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MI: Woman Stops Robbery With Own Concealed Gun
Submitted by: Gary Skimin

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This event was reported on TV, and supposedly the formerly anti-CCW police chief said this event changed his mind on Michigan's shall-issue policy.

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A woman in Farmington Hills stopped a robbery Friday with a concealed weapon she was carrying.

Police tell Local 4 the woman was entering an office building around 6:30 a.m. when two men confronted her. She reportedly pulled the gun and called 911. Police responded and arrested the two men.

The woman has a concealed weapons permit for the gun.
 

NJ: Former Orange cop gets 9 years in torture, murder of suspect; fellow accomplice officers get even lighter sentences
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A former Orange police officer was sentenced yesterday to nine years in federal prison for his role in the death of an East Orange man who was beaten and abused by officers when they mistook him for a wanted cop-killer."

"Choking back tears, former officer Brian Smith apologized to the family of the victim moments before the sentence was issued. Smith was accused of blasting the suspect point-blank in the face with pepper spray as he lay beaten and unconscious in a stairwell at Orange police headquarters." ...

"Four fellow Orange officers were also sentenced in the case, but received significantly lighter penalties of 33 months each." ...

"Prosecutors claimed that the cops kicked and beat Faison at the scene of his arrest on an Orange street, and then dragged him, barely conscious, into a dimly lighted rear stairwell at police headquarters. There, they said, police 'began to exact their own brand of punishment,' pulling a gun on him and blasting him point blank with pepper spray as he struggled for breath from an asthma attack." ...

"In addition to the mistaken Faison arrest [and BRUTAL, MEDIEVAL MURDER], at least three innocent people were charged in the Carnegie case before the real killer, Condell Woodson, eventually confessed." ...

KABA QUESTION:

If you tortured and murdered a police officer in the way this citizen was tortured and murdered, do you think you'd get off with just nine years?

And in case you don't read the full story -- and you ought to -- get a load of this:

"All five were sentenced in the bottom range of the prison terms they could have received, each was given the option to voluntarily report to prison within 60 days, and each gets to serve their time at Fort Dix, 'so they can be close to their families.' "
 

PA: Pittsburgh Police Chief: "Assault weapons serve no legitimate civilian purpose"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"State Rep. Dan Frankel urged fellow lawmakers Friday to pass state-level restrictions on assault weapons in preparation for the expiration of the federal law." ...

" 'Assault weapons serve no legitimate civilian purpose and are the weapon of choice for criminals. We need to keep these weapons off our streets and out of our communities,' [Pittsburgh] Police Chief Robert W. McNeilly Jr. said in a statement."

STOP AND CONSIDER:

In essence, Chief Adolf here is saying that the millions of semi-automatic rifles deceitfully called "assault weapons" owned by law-abiding citizens should be banned and illegal to own. After all, if there's "no legitimate civilian purpose" for them, civilians shouldn't own them, right?

Therefore, this thuggish gun banning cop is the embodiment of justification for the Second Amendment.

Molon Labe!
 

CA: Accused of molestation of several teenagers, deputy chief retires with full pension and benefits
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"Los Angeles officials have reached a confidential settlement with a deputy police chief accused of molesting Explorer Scouts...The settlement...allows him to retire with full benefits, including the right to carry a concealed weapon, police identification card and retirement badge...He will receive his full pension of nearly $10,000 a month." ...

"Kalish, who was the highest-ranking openly gay LAPD officer, said Thursday that he was 'quite pleased with the settlement,' but declined to elaborate, citing a confidentiality agreement." ...

"The settlement ends the LAPD's investigation of Kalish. In November, prosecutors closed their criminal probe, saying statutory deadlines prohibited them from filing charges. But they said there was sufficient evidence that Kalish molested two teenage police Explorer Scouts in the late 1970s. Prosecutors did not disclose the evidence." ...
 

CT: Police officer convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison remains free while the case is being appealed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last May, the former officer rejected a proposed plea deal that would have allowed him to avoid jail time in exchange for him giving up the right to work as a police officer in the future. After a two-week trial in March 2000, Mr. Smith was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison, but he has remained free while the case is being appealed."

"The state Appellate Court overturned the conviction in October 2002, saying the superior court did not grant him a fair trial because it denied his right to present evidence on police training, among other issues. The higher court remanded the case back to the superior court for a new trial, which must begin with the selection of a new jury." ...

KABA QUESTION:

If you had shot someone in the back and killed him while you had your boot in his back, and then you were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison, do you think you'd still be in the free world while appealing your case?

If not, what does "equal protection of the law" actually mean?
 

CA: Family calls police for help with suicidal family member; SWAT team kills him
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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" 'All we did was call for help,' said Sharon Brandon, his mother. 'They said they were going to send an officer over, and they send a SWAT team here.' " ...

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At least he's not suicidal anymore, right?
 

NV: Man had to call police repeatedly to get response to sighting of Ohio shooter
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"Sheriff Bill Young said Thursday he will review emergency-dispatch policies after the man who tracked down the Ohio sniper suspect had to place about one dozen calls before officers responded."

" 'This is most important. I've been turned down by 911 because this is not life-threatening. I'm parked next to the Ohio beltway murderer. The shooter, the sniper's car here in Las Vegas,' Malsom said in a call placed at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday."

" 'Mmm-hmm,' the operator replied." ...
 

Noble U.N. may have dined with devil himself
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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It seems the "It's for the Children" UN who insists on disarming people global are the same ones who took huge sums of money and allowed Saddam to starve thousands of Iraqi children.
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. . . "Now we are learning how the United Nations may have allowed Saddam Hussein to steal money intended for food and medicine for starving Iraqi babies. Taken almost literally from their mouths."

"We're learning just how Saddam paid for all those opulent palaces and how he managed to find people all over the world who thought him a fine fellow who ought to stay in power. He bought it - bought many of them - with money meant for his starving, dying people. And he did it right under the nose of the United Nations."

"What are we to think of this noble union of nations now?" ...
 

Legal scholars troubled over Democrats' memo
Submitted by: Gary L. Erne

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Think back to this blowhard's tirade against "cop killer bullets" during the debate about frivolous lawsuit legislation. Now we have this, from that bloated senior senator from Chappaquiddick, his exalted pompousness Sen. Kennedy. Is anyone really surprised by this? This is just one that we've found out about and yet another reason to summarily dismiss almost anything these lying arrogant people happen to say about anything.

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"As the dust settles in the Judiciary Committee fuss over Republican snooping into Democrats' memos, several legal scholars said yesterday they were shocked by a memo showing staffers in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's office plotting to manipulate one of the most significant court cases in recent years." ...
 

Gun Control Group Sues Justice Dept. Over Assault Ban Enforcement (FOXNews report)
Submitted by: Gary L. Erne

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If this wasn't so indicative of the lengths these anti-freedom gun-grabbing extremists will go to it would be funny. Here's the gun-grabbers getting their panties in a knot because the ATF allows for replacement of a damaged "pre-ban assault weapon" receiver. Yes, this must be a major source of the much-sought-after flash suppressor equipped rifle. So do we need any more evidence that Sarah's little glee club is nothing more than a bad joke played out on law-abiding Americans?

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"A gun control group filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the Justice Department of aiding gun manufacturers in skirting assault weapons laws." ...
 

RI: Bob Kerr: It's logical to take their guns away
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"What must it be like to wake up in the morning and know that your day's work will be devoted to keeping guns in the hands of angry, vengeful, out of control people?"

"It is fascinating and frightening to watch the gun lobby run hard against common sense when it comes to restricting access to guns in order to protect vulnerable and frightened people. There is a dull, dangerous ignorance in what they do."

"There is a bill before the Rhode Island legislature that would provide a small measure of protection for victims of domestic violence. It would require people under restraining orders to turn in their guns." ...

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Some "restraining orders" are frivolously filed by vindictive estranged spouses whose sole purpose involves demonizing the victim of their aggression. That has been proven repeatedly.

What must it be like to wake up in the morning and know that your day's work will be devoted to disarming the innocent?
 

GA: "Child endangerment" bill headed to governor's desk
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The bill creates a felony-level child endangerment crime, defined as recklessly putting a child in a situation where injury is likely."

"Guns aren't mentioned in the law, but sponsors concede that prosecutors could charge someone under the statute if they left a loaded gun sitting around." ...

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In other words, owning a firearm when you have children and keeping it handy can make you a felon.
 

Taiwan: President Chen released from hospital after being shot in assassination attempt
Submitted by: Mike Curtis

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So much for using the death penalty as a deterrent to illegal ownership of guns.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (CNN) -- "Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has arrived back in Taipei after surviving an apparent assassination attempt in the southern city of Tainan."

"Chen was released from hospital Friday after being shot and wounded while campaigning for Saturday's national election."

"Chen's running mate, Vice President Annette Lu, was also treated for a gun wound and later discharged from hospital." ...
 

Who gave $ to which candidate?
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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Use the location search (on your home address) to find those who live near you that have made presidential campaign contributions. You can also search for friends or celebrities by name.
 

NY: Supervisors: Shoot that $100 pistol fee down
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Opposition to a proposed $100 state pistol permit fee is being raised on several fronts. The Columbia County Board of Supervisors Legal Committee earlier this week voted to support having the full board adopt a resolution stating that 'responsible gun owners should not have their constitutional right to bear arms further infringed upon by adding additional financial burdens to the already arduous permit process and costly expense of becoming licensed to carry a handgun.' " ...
 

NY: Little Neck woman urges gun safety through march
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Little Neck resident Joan Gold will never forget the time she and her husband were held up at gunpoint while on vacation in St. Martin more than a decade ago. But it is the everyday gun violence that claims thousands of lives in the United States every year that makes Gold sound the call for Queens participants in this year's Million Mom March for gun control." ...

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In the immortal words of Larry Elder:

"A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders."

When the rapist comes calling, just lay back and enjoy it, Mrs. Gold. Maybe you'll get lucky and he'll wear a condom for you.
 

NY: Bloomberg Urges Stiffer Law Against Sales of Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"[NYC] Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg yesterday sent a letter to legislative leaders in Albany urging them to pass legislation that would strengthen New York State's law against illegal gun sales." ...

KABA NOTE:

Newsflash for this so-called "Republican" mayor: the penalty for murder is 25 years to life, yet your City has lots of murders every year. Criminals don't obey laws, which is why they are called criminals.
 

OR: Let's GO!
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"First you should know that I spent my early childhood on a hippie commune. It is important that you know this before you read the next sentence. This week, I decided to go target shooting at a gun range. It will probably not surprise you to learn that I really had no idea that someone like me, with no gun, no gun license and no gun experience could, on a lark, go shoot stuff for a nominal fee. In fact, it's easy. Here's how it happened." ...
 

Big Brother Is Watching How Patriot Act Search Warrants Can Affect All of Us Online
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A recent Associated Press article about the FBI raiding an Ohio-based chat host company's offices and confiscating its servers sent a chill up my spine." ...

"These chat rooms' servers have IPs and probably e-mail addresses (if not much more) stored on them about both the regulars and the 'just-passing-through' users. Since the FBI was looking for someone who may have hacked someone else's computer through the aforementioned chat hosting service, everyone came under scrutiny."

"In other words, if you ever visited that chat room and participated (or maybe just looked around) you're a suspect." ...
 

Assault Weapons Proliferation
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"While the pro-gun community has relied on the same tired old arguments for ending the Ban, they have totally ignored the best arguments available. The AWB has actually increased the ownership of assault weapons by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of guns. In nine years not a singe person has been denied access to a high capacity semi-auto rifle because of price or availability. And a large percentage of the banned guns are identical to the high capacity 9mm handguns carried as duty guns by our nation’s police. When these facts are pointed out in a letter to the editor the anti-gunners rarely even try to respond." ...
 

NC: Domino's Pizza's Anti-gun Policy Fails Again
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Domino's Pizza has a stated policy that none of its employees be armed. Criminals know that. This is the result.
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"A Domino's Pizza delivery driver was shot during an apparent robbery on March 18."

"According to the Greensboro News Record, the unidentified driver was transported to the hospital with serious injuries following the assault." ...

RELATED READING:

A Pizza Delivery Driver's View of Gun Control
 

Brady Campaign Sues; 'New Gun Part Is Same As New Gun'
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Gun control advocates say the manufacture of a key gun part is the same thing as making 'thousands of new illegal assault weapons.' "

"They say fixing older, 'grandfathered' semiautomatic weapons violates federal law, and they've filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the practice stop." ...

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Publicola has an extensive blog on this latest Brady nonsense.
 

Your Voices: No loopholes exist in the law covering gun shows
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"There is no such thing as a gun show 'loophole' in the law that allows firearms dealers to sell guns at gun shows, or anywhere else, without receiving completed federal and state purchase applications and performing a criminal record check."

"There are no 'unlicensed' firearms dealers. Either a person has a Federal Firearms License or not, regardless of where the sale takes place." ...
 

Column mistakenly characterized firearm (now there's a surprise)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Regarding "Gun lobby's real weapon: Campaign money for willing politicos" [Feb. 25]:

"Bushmaster XM-15 military-style assault rifle" is incorrect. The Bushmaster is not an assault rifle.

Assault rifles are full-auto firearms. The Bushmaster is semiauto only. Assault weapons are particular semiautos with certain features. The Bushmaster lacks those features.

Therefore, the Bushmaster is neither an assault rifle nor an assault weapon. It is simply a semiauto rifle.
 

Messing with the Constitution
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"There is a move afoot in the Congress to essentially change the way the United States Constitution is amended. Eleven Republican congressmen have decided that the old system of congressional passage coupled with state ratification is just too cumbersome for this enlightened age. Their idea? To simply allow the House and Senate to amend our Constitution with a simple two-thirds majority vote." ...
 

"History of mental illness doesn't prevent a gun sale"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Gun control advocates, like David Mitchel with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, have long considered that a major loophole. 'You know the Hinckleys of the world shouldn't be allowed to walk in and buy a gun, c'mon, that's common sensical.' " ...

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So now what? You are assumed mentally unstable unless you can prove otherwise? Do you want us to report yearly, monthly... weekly to prove we are still sane (by your standards, of course)?

Hey, David. Should we require psych evaluations in order to be allowed to exercise the First Amendment, too? How about urine samples and DNA registries, too?
 

College dangerous for women
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"When your 17-year-old daughter goes off to college, she will enter a jungle where there is one chance in four that a male will rape her. Middle school and high school are also jungles for young women, but not as bad as the college campus. The college rape scandal (reported in a study by a Harvard professor....) is not limited to the service academies. It is a pandemic that has swept the country. Women in colleges are more likely to be raped than are women who didn't go to college." ...

CLUE:

College campus gun bans empower rapists. Rapists know that students are required by Pro Rapist Policies to be defenseless. That's just common sense. Think about it: how many times have you heard of a woman getting raped at a shooting range?

Saying that self-defense-banning college campuses are fertile grounds for rape is like saying the ocean is wet. It doesn't take a Harvard study to figure that out. An average ten year old could piece it together in about one minute.
 

UT: Gun activist encourages political involvement
Submitted by: USU2A
Website: http://usu.edu/2ndAmendment

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Media's purposeful or accidental misquote?

The actual quote from Huntzinger was “those that vote pro-gun tend to vote for SMALLER government in other areas as well”, not “BIGGER”!

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"The president of Gun Owners of Utah spoke to six students Thursday evening about how to become politically involved in ways that will ensure their gun rights are protected."

"Bill Clayton said the most politically influential action a person can take is to become a party delegate at either the district or state level." ...
 

South Africa: I'm not Jesus, says 'road-rage' magistrate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I am not Jesus. If someone threatens my life, I will definitely defend myself," alleged road rage killer and suspended magistrate Sithembele Elvis Tebe told the Cape High Court on Thursday.

Former Mitchells Plain magistrate Tebe, who pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bongani Pendula, claims Pendula's shooting - which took place in Khayelitsha in November 2002 - was accidental and occurred after the 27-year-old father of two attacked and threatened him.

Tebe's evidence stands in direct contrast to the eyewitness account of Khayelitsha resident Rina Makaluza, who testified that she saw Tebe assault and then shoot Pendula at point-blank range in the head.
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But only the "elite" should have guns, right Sarah?
 

UK: Samurai sword horror
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"AN EX-CON who hacked off a man's hand with a samurai sword claimed he swung the weapon in self-defence."

"David Roberts' hand was severed and fell to the pavement as he waited for two friends to complete a drug buying deal, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard."

"His alleged attacker, Douglas Bryant, 22, of Charlbury Crescent, Harold Hill, claimed in court yesterday (Thursday) that Mr Roberts and two pals turned up at the flat and demanded £80 he owed one of them for drugs."

"A struggle broke out on the stairs, Bryant said, adding that he grabbed the three foot weapon from one of the men, Dennis Glossop, and swung it to 'ward off' his attackers."
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Better follow Australia's lead and ban swords, right?
 

UK: Second Amendment Set to Go Global With First Stop England
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When the British government took away all guns from law abiding citizens in 1997, they said it was for a safer England. The preceding first step of gun registration, that they assured the public had nothing to do with a plan to confiscate all guns, had been couched as 'for safety' also."

"Now guns in England are squarely in the hands of criminals. English citizens are subject to skyrocketing criminal assaults, and have no means to defend themselves in their homes or on the street. Guns have been criminalized, so only the criminals have guns. Seems the criminals didn’t bother to obey the law, a fact that is always and ever a complete surprise to gun control proponents." ...

"It’s time the Second Amendment crossed the Pond" . . .
 

NATO Sees Specter of Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo - easier after gun recent confiscations
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PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - "NATO troops raided apartment blocks in a flashpoint Kosovo town on Friday after two days of mass violence the alliance said verged on 'ethnic cleansing' of Serbs by majority Albanians."

"Almost 1,000 Serbs have fled their homes and sought the protection of NATO-led peacekeepers stationed in the province after riots, gunfire and arson attacks on Serb churches and villages." ...

Related to this story from 2000:

"Russians destroy Kalashnikovs"
http://www.nato.int/kfor/chronicle/2000/nr_000710b.htm
 

IN: The People's Voice...Concealed carry gun law needed in increasingly violent times
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An editorial by Leo Morris on March 6, 2004, headlined 'A little knowledge of gun culture is a dangerous thing' bothered me greatly. I had hopes that Mr. Morris was shedding the light of truth on the mischaracterizations by the liberal left. Not so. The truth is that growing numbers of Americans are obtaining handgun carry licenses for personal protection. The truth is we are living in increasingly violent times."

"Unfortunately what comes through is subtle ridiculing of hundreds of thousands of decent honest Americans of all walks of life. We are now labeled with a new media catch phrase: gun culture." ...
 

NC: Students Charged at Separate Schools - a cap gun, and a pellet gun, respectively
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Spartanburg Public Safety Officers responded to two city schools in response to students with guns."

"The first incident occurred at 7:55 AM on the campus of E.P. Todd Elementary School. Responding officers were told that a 9-year-old student was armed with a gun and was involved in a fight."

"Investigation revealed that the gun was a toy, similar to a cap pistol. The student was charged with Assault and Battery due to the fight with another student."

"The second incident occurred at 10:45 AM at the Southside Learning Center. Public Safety Officers were called after school staff discovered a 16-year-old male student armed with a pellet gun. The student was charged with Carrying a Weapon on School Grounds." ...
 

WA: "Our Readers Views"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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. . . "Guns prevent 2.5 million crimes a year. Since 1991, privately owned firearms in the United States grew by 70 million guns, while states with 'right to carry' gun statutes increased to 37 states. Some research shows that the result has been that murder dropped 43 percent, rape 22 percent and robbery 47 percent, while overall violent crime dropped by 35 percent."

"These are facts, not opinions ---- suppressed facts that must be gotten out, especially before elections." ...
 

MO: School Board Gun Bigots pass rule guaranteeing the safety of criminals
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Just hours before Missouri's new concealed-carry gun law went into effect this past Friday, the Seymour R-II Board of Education voted to implement General Administration Policy 1432, titled 'Prohibition Against Firearms and Weapons.' " ...

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Criminals do not obey laws. So what these people are really doing is assuring that lawful, peaceable people are not going to carry on the premises -- meaning the criminals have an easier time raping, robbing and murdering. That tells you plenty about the priorities of these anti-self-defense gun bigots.
 

Angola: Plan to Disarm Civilians (UN Integrated Regional Information Networks)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The large number of weapons in private hands has been noted as a threat to stability in Angola, where, according to some estimates, a third of the country's 14 million population is armed. Most of the firearms were distributed to civilians by the government during the three decades of civil war against the UNITA rebel movement." ...
 

NC: Mugging survivor wants to start new martial arts club
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Danger presented itself to Armando Campo many years ago when he was confronted by two men, one with a handgun. Though he was scared, he didn’t give in to fear."

"The gun-pointing mugger moved in just close enough to reach, and Campo seized the opportunity."

" 'The rest is history,' he said. 'Both were arrested and taken to jail, one with his nose broken, the other with his front teeth missing.' " ...

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Martial arts is great for self-defense. But with a handgun, you don't have to wait for a predatory criminal to get close enough -- and some people are never going to apply themselves to become that skilled. Many very skilled martial artists carry firearms, too.
 

Philippines: Supreme Court spares cop who murdered 11-year old for flying a kite on his roof
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A TRAFFIC policeman who shot and killed an 11-year-old boy whom he found flying a kite on the roof of his house has escaped the death penalty."

"In a 26-page en banc decision, the Supreme Court reduced to 40 years imprisonment the death sentence meted out to PO3 Fernando Fallorina who gained notoriety in 1998 for killing Vincent Jorojoro."

" 'There is no dispute that the appellant is a policeman and that he used his service firearm, the .45 caliber pistol, in shooting the victim. However, there is no evidence on record that (Fallorina) took advantage of his position as a policeman when he shot the victim,' said the decision penned by Associate Justice Romeo Callejo Sr." ...

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But only cops should have guns, right Sarah?
 

South Africa: My bloodiest case ever, says Sizzlers sleuth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"[Inspector Jonathan] Morris, a police officer for 27 years - the last three in the serious and violent crimes unit - said the Sea Point massage parlour massacre was by far the most gruesome crime of his career."

" 'I tried to think to myself why they had to cut the people's throats like that.

" 'I had sleepless nights at first, but it became better once we made an arrest,' he said."

"Taylor, who was in hospital for 21 days after surviving a slit throat and a gunshot wound to the head, had 'undoubtedly' played the most crucial role in the investigation, Morris said." ...

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And the South African authorities want to disarm the populace in the face of murderous thugs like the ones who did this.
 

UK: Man arrested over retired colonel's shotgun murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Police have arrested a man in his 60s over the murder of a retired army officer shot at point-blank range in a picturesque Hertfordshire village."

"The man was bailed after being questioned about the death of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Workman, 83, who was shot as he answered the door of his cottage in January."

"It is the second arrest in the murder case, which shocked and baffled villagers in Furneux Pelham."

"A 24-year-old who lives in a nearby village was arrested the day after the killing, but released without charge. Police say they know of no motive for the shooting. The shotgun blast that killed Workman was equivalent to being hit by nine bullets from a small pistol." ...

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Poster Note: It was a 12 ga. 00 buck round.
 

UK: Teenager in shooting (with banned handgun) facing long jail term
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"A TEENAGER faces years in prison for trying to overthrow the main dealer on a Sheffield estate in a devious ambush."

"Adnam Hashi, aged 17, lured drug dealer Lennox Ellis to the Park Hill estate and gunned him down with a silver pistol as part of a plan to take over his patch."

"Hashi had stolen crack cocaine from a 16-year-old runner working for Ellis and then called him on a mobile arranging a meeting 'to discuss the drugs'."

"When Ellis, aged 29, arrived on the top floor of the block of flats on November 10 last year, Hashi shot him in the back of the leg while three of his young associates looked on." ...

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Handguns are banned in the UK. This story must be false. Because gun bans really do work. No, really. They do. Really.
 

NJ: Security workers under scrutiny
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"Alarmed by revelations ex-convicts were guarding New Jersey's busiest airport, lawmakers are looking to tighten watch over those watching over the state's bridges, tunnels and refineries."

"Private security workers -- from unarmed officers watching over athletic games to the pistol-wielding armored car drivers restocking the state's ATMs -- would undergo stricter background scrutiny, under a bill pending in the Legislature."

"It would prohibit those convicted of a 1st or 2nd Degree crime from working at security jobs. Those with multiple convictions for 3rd or 4th Degree crimes would also be prohibited from being hired, under the plan." ...

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So convict rent-a-cops have been getting guns while law-abiding citizens were denied?
 

UK: Immigrant 'forced to leap from flat'
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"A Chinese immigrant broke bones in his spine and feet when forced to leap from a three-storey window by an alleged protection racketeer, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday."

"Chinese national Guo He threatened Gang Li with violence and even held a [banned] handgun against his head to force him to pay protection money, the jury was told."

"And on March 8 last year, the defendant backed his victim up against a window, wielding a knife and telling Mr Li he would slash the tendons in his legs or he could jump, the prosecution alleged."

"Terrified Mr Li leaped from his Thetford flat, shattering bones in his heels and spine, which left him in hospital for weeks." ...

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Another disarmed victim of victim disarmament.
 

DE: Range targeted for closing: Health concerns shut Smyrna site
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"The DE State Police firing range, once touted as a state-of-the-art facility, has been closed due to environmental problems."

"Capt. Gregory Warren, who is in charge of all state police training operations, said the situation is so serious there's no telling when the indoor range will reopen."

" 'This pistol range is the absolute epitome of a project from hell since its very inception,' Capt. Warren said Wednesday."

". . . . The entire building is contaminated with lead."

"Capt. Warren said the range, completed at a cost of $3.3 million, started experiencing structural and health-related problems only months after it opened that September." ...

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But we should let the gov't regulate our ranges, because they know best.
 

Philippines: Town councilor nabbed for firearm ban violation
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"A municipal councilor might be charged with violating the election gun ban after police manning a check point in Bukidnon reportedly found in his possession Thursday a .45 caliber pistol with seven live [rounds of] ammunition. [Police at the checkpoint] flagged down the vehicle of Caesar Pontongan Sr. and discovered through a metal detector the firearm tucked in his waist. The councilor immediately presented a memorandum receipt of his firearm signed by Carmen Mayor Rogelio Taliño."

"But Insp. Lumban questioned the validity of the said memorandum receipt since the serial number that appeared on it is different from the confiscated firearm’s." ...

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But only responsible gov't officials should have guns, leaving the peons defenseless.
 

Jamaica: US gun ban not on army, police
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"Gov't says suspension affects private gun dealers"

"THE government said yesterday that a US ban on firearm shipments to Jamaica does not apply to the army and the police but to private, commercial dealers."

"Firearm dealers reported this week that the US State Department had informed them about a suspension of licences for guns and bullets to Jamaica, raising speculation that the action was related to disagreements that have emerged between Kingston and Washington over the political crisis in Haiti." ...
 

CA: SFPD officer accused of "insubordination and using his position for personal advantage"
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- "A five-year member of the San Francisco Police Department is in trouble over charges that he used his badge to try to get into a hotel room where he thought his estranged wife might be visiting another man."

"Newly filed internal police charges say that Michael Celis, 36, showed up at a Burlingame hotel while off duty on March 15, 2003, and told the manager he was investigating a crime and believed the suspect was staying there. Although the manager escorted the officer to the room in question, according to documents filed by Acting Chief Heather Fong, when no one came to the door he was asked to leave."

"Instead, the charges say that Celis next offered $100 to another hotel employee to get inside the room but was again rebuffed. Then, when police officials learned of the allegations and stripped him of his gun privilege and street assignment, he's accused of purchasing his own weapon and improperly carrying it with him both on and off duty." ...
 

NJ: State Attorney wants charges dropped against police officers who violated weapons ban
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"State Attorney General Peter Harvey yesterday told prosecutors in Somerset and Atlantic counties to drop assault weapons charges against police officers."

"The state itself may have issued 'conflicting or ambiguous' statements about whether police officers are covered by the 1990 ban on private ownership of the weapons, Harvey said."

"The Division of Criminal Justice, the county prosecutors association and police training commission will study the issue for 120 days in an effort to reach a 'definitive' interpretation of the law and whether it needs to be amended, Harvey said." ...

"...a World War II-era carbine ... led to the gun charges..." ...
 

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