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The Fourth Branch of Government: Part 3
Submitted by: T.E.Slusser

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By Wayne Hicks -- "If there was any doubt remaining as to whether or not your government was selling you out… then the Immigration Reform Bill probably put it to rest. The America we once knew is no more… it is now nothing more than a place for those who can’t make it in their own countries to come and shove their own cultures down our throats."
 

Criminalizing the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms.disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes." --Thomas Jefferson

"Americans have always recognized the necessity for firearms. For that reason, it will be the longest, most protracted battle the U.S. Government has ever waged to disarm this nation without massive force."
 

OH: Lots of fine print in gun law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Greater Cincinnatians who hope to obtain state permits to carry concealed weapons would need a lengthy list to track where they could - and could not - carry hidden handguns."

"Under a bill expected to be passed today by the Ohio House of Representatives, gun-permit holders could walk into Cincinnati City Hall or the Ohio Statehouse with firearms."
 

Liberal Columnist Says 'NRA Winning in Gun Control Debate'
Submitted by: Carol Ernst

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Pulitzer Prize winner and the Washington Post's most liberal columnist Mary McGrory gives credit to 50 high school students for frightening H&R Block enough to stand down in its marketing agreement with Memberdrive (penalizing NRA and other diverse groups and charities, some very liberal). Makes you want to sign KABA's petition to Block.

She also says, "...the NRA trumpets the danger of any gun control, and more and more terrorized people are listening every day."
 

'Armed And Anxious'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On a sunny Saturday, as I began my weekly rounds in my Connecticut Avenue neighborhood, I was startled to find myself in the middle of a demonstration. About 50 youths, most of high school age, were waving posters and shouting chants against, of all people, H&R Block, the tax return preparers who have an office in the middle of the block..."
 

TX: Woman settles lawsuit over son's shooting death
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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2nd story on page

"A woman has agreed to settle her $48 million lawsuit against the city of Houston, the police department, a dispatcher and nine law officers for $130,000 in connection with her son's death."

"I'm not happy that we're settling," said the victim's mother, Susan Hartnett. "I would like to have my day in court. But when you look at it realistically, we're not going to win."
 

Male teen suicides by gun 'tracked'
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"The rate of suicide by gun among black male teen-agers nearly quadrupled between 1979 and 1994 before falling off somewhat in the late 1990s," according to a study.

"The rate among white male teens climbed by more than a third during the period before dropping back some."

"Traditionally, blacks have had much lower suicide rates than whites, but the availability of guns may help account for the narrowing of the gap among young men," researchers said.
 

FL: South Miami gun lock law rejected by appeals court
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A state appeals court on Wednesday overturned a South Miami ordinance that made it illegal to own a firearm without a trigger lock in a home with children."

"The ruling on the 2-year-old ordinance also calls into question an almost identical Miami-Dade County ordinance that was approved soon after South Miami's ordinance."
 

Campaign $$ Curb Perils Free Speech
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"THE CAMPAIGN finance reform bill that passed the Senate yesterday and was sent to President George W. Bush for his signature is the most fraudulent legislation in Washington since Hillary Clinton promised health insurance coverage no one could ever lose."

"Even those who support the idea of limiting special interest money that flows into campaigns and into the coffers of the political parties, will be disappointed with the bill's impact on our election process."
 

MD: Gun Control Advocates Block Bill in House
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Maryland lawmakers who backed a plan to expand access to firearms said they will withdraw that proposal today rather than wade into a wide-ranging gun control debate on the House floor."

"The Maryland House of Delegates was preparing to vote today on a provisionintended to clarify whether someone with a relatively minor criminal conviction, from a decade earlier, could regain the right to own a gun."
 

Senators Say 'Arm Guardsmen Border Troops'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A bipartisan group of senators concerned over the safety of 1,700 National Guard troops recently deployed to the Mexican and Canadian borders is calling on President Bush to let them carry weapons."

"Lawmakers, including Sen. Pete Domenici (R/NM), are circulating a letter to the president, asking that the administration's decision keeping Guardsmen unarmed be reviewed. The deployment, which began earlier this month, is scheduled to last 179 days."
 

'War on terrorism' a threat to liberty?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The war on terror is creating media attention and fund-raising opportunities for conservative organizations. It is also creating confusion of thought among conservatives and, thereby, opportunities for more centralized government power and a police state."

"Too many Americans are coming to accept that a successful war on terror requires a police state in whole or part."
 

MI: Gun permits surge, but not violence
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The only place Cliff Dabrowski has pulled his new 9mm Glock is the shooting range, but he keeps it in a shoulder holster he wears every day to protect his wife and young son."

"The police are doing a good job, but there's just too much going on," the computer programer said, explaining why he applied for a concealed gun permit. "It's the opportunity to take care of myself and my family."
 

ME: Town solicits views on park hunting ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Although an advisory committee recommends banning hunting with firearms at a town park, Town Council members say they want to hear from both sides before making a decision. The emotionally charged issue has dominated the work of Friends of Pratt's Brook Park all winter. Now the battle moves to the council, which will hold a public hearing on April 18."
 

Canada: man who registered soldering gun as protest could get jail
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A man who successfully registered his soldering gun as a firearm says he did so to point out the absurdity of the federal gun registry program."

"But Brian Buckley's act of civil disobedience may create more problems than he bargained for. Government officials aren't happy and, according to the Criminal Code, he could go to jail for up to five years. Buckley, who has a possession-only firearms licence, said he got a form to register his guns in the mail around Christmas time."
 

OH: Law enforcement, governor opposed to citizen concealed carry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"For the first time in seven years, a bill that would let people carry concealed handguns in Ohio moved out of a state legislative committee Wednesday. But it could soon stall."

"The bill would allow gun owners to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The House Civil and Commercial Law committee voted 8 to 3 to forward it to the full House."
 

VA: New Democrat governor bans predecessor's name
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Virginia's Mark Warner yanks gun law [Project Exile] billboards, highway signs, stickers with small 'Jim Gilmore' designation."

"The day after he was sworn in, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, ordered the removal of all "Virginia Exile" highway signs and billboards bearing the name of former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore, who signed the 'successful anti-gun crime measure' into law, WorldNetDaily has learned."
 

MO: House votes to ease law on guns in cars
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A bill allowing some motorists to have a firearm anywhere inside a vehicle took an important step forward Wednesday."

"On a vote of 104 to 46, the Missouri House gave final approval to the bill. The measure now goes to the Senate."

"A spokesman for Gov. Bob Holden said the governor would veto the measure if it passed the Legislature."
 

VA: Gun-Power Play in Richmond
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"SO MUCH for a modest city government attempt to keep guns out of public buildings in Alexandria: The state legislature -- controlled by lawmakers who believe that gun safety means carrying one -- has sent a bill to Gov. Warner that would all but invalidate Alexandria's ban on guns in city buildings. The bill also would make it illegal for any other local government to adopt a law or rule on gun uses that has not been expressly authorized by the state."
 

I Am a Criminal: My letters to Bush and Gramm
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Shays-Meehan Campaign Reform Bill was passed today. I am making my stand. I refuse to shut up. I refuse to accept this violation of my freedom of speech. I will go to jail. I will not follow the law."

"From this day forward, Shonda Ponder is a known criminal. Either deal with it, or try to shut me up. By the way, Thank you, Phil Gramm, for standing up and voting NO."

"Below are copies of the letters I sent to president@whitehouse.gov and Phil_Gramm@gramm.senate.gov"
 

OH: Judges to rule on appeal over concealed carry law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Judges will read their ruling April 10 on the legality of a ruling that struck down Ohio's law banning carrying concealed weapons."

"A three-judge panel in the Cincinnati-based Ohio First District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday."
 

MI: Wayne County slow to hand out concealed weapons permits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Kerry Kukhahn was one of the first to apply to carry a handgun after a state law took effect in July making it easier for Michigan residents to qualify for a concealed weapons permit."

"Eight months later, Kukhahn is still waiting."

"He is among about 3,000 frustrated Wayne County residents who are waiting for county officials to process their concealed weapons applications. Wayne has the largest backlog of any county in the state, according to state police records."
 

NY: Outdoors calendar
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"CNY hunt class: The state course for new firearms hunters is taught from 6 to 10p.m. Friday and 9a.m. until its conclusion Saturday at the Central New York Rod & Gun Club in Pennellville. To sign up, call 437-8099 between 9a.m. and5 p.m."
 

WA: Interlake Gun Club regains license
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Interlake Gun Club regained its operating license last week following a six-month suspension."

"The range was shut down in September after Kirkland police officers training at the range placed targets too far from a protective backstop and a stray bullet left the range, landing about three feet from an employee at a nearby business."
 

Netherlands: Dutch Police Detain Man With Tank
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police were questioning a man Thursday after finding a Centurion tank and an arsenal of weapons at a boathouse in a small Dutch coastal town."

"A raid on the man's home uncovered more guns and "large amounts of ammunition," according to a police statement. He was detained and was being charged with violating gun laws."
 

Should President Bush Sign Campaign Finance Reform Into Law?
Submitted by: Robert_Kuhn

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Yes - "Unregulated soft money donations have given corporations and unions a loophole around reforms that were enacted in the wake of the Watergate scandal. That loophole must be closed." Rep. Leach said, "At issue is the shape of our democracy."

NO - "The bill is likely to be struck down by the courts." Rep. Delay said, "This bill...strips citizens of their political rights and unconstitutionally attempts to regulate political speech."

VOTE.COM will send your vote to President Bush.
 

UK: Stun guns sold at town pub
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Electric shock weapons are allegedly being sold in Borehamwood," a tabloid newspaper investigation has revealed.

"Borehamwood police are investigating after a stun gun able to deliver 300,000 volts of electricity, to temporarily paralyse a person, was handed in at Borehamwood Police Station last Friday by a newspaper investigator."

"The investigator said the gun was bought for £250 from a Borehamwood dealer, who works out of a pub in the town."
 

CO: Sane gun bill in sight?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Has Hades has frozen over? Can the legislature truly be close to a compromise on passing a sensible statewide concealed-weapons law that will end the crazy-quilt of local ordinances and whims that has heretofore passed for policy?"
 

CO: Rough arrest caught on tape
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A television news helicopter caught on videotape what appears to be a Denver police officer kicking a handcuffed suspect who was captured after a tumultuous chase Wednesday evening."

"The suspect, Patrick Rodriguez, 22, was wanted for the attempted murder of a police officer on Jan. 18," Denver police said.
 

CA: Guilty on All Counts
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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Not gun related, but...

"The San Francisco couple whose dogs mauled a neighbor to death last year were convicted of all counts today."

The Jury put the blame where it belongs! The Brady Campaign would have blamed the dog!

“The angels and the devils are definitely within us, not within the machines, (or dogs), we use.”

If Diane Whipple had the right to carry, she might be alive today!
 

NV: Shooting range bill passes panel
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A bill to give Clark County 2,880 acres of public land 10 miles north of Las Vegas was approved by the House Resources Committee on Wednesday."

"This bill helps accommodate a longtime recreation favorite in Nevada -- target shooting," said bill sponsor Rep. Jim Gibbons (R,NV).
 

MA: Universal offers "free" gun locks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It's hard to argue with Hank Almonte as he explains the number one reason why firearm owners should take advantage of his gun lock giveaway."

"There is no question about it," he said. "Gun locks save lives."

"Almonte, who has owned and operated Universal Firearms on Main Street in Wakefield for 11 years, is again offering what has become an annual gun lock giveaway and instruction program."
 

CO: Judge tosses lawsuits against gun dealers
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"Three gun dealers aren't liable for selling weapons used by Columbine killers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in dismissing five lawsuits."

Also see the AZCentral.com version
 

Charlie Puckett: Attorney Talks About His Client's Disappearance
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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Charlie Puckett's attorney, Gatewood Galbraith, "hopes Charlie Puckett turns himself in without a confrontation" and "called for calm".

Then he said Charlie "left without leaving a note, or telling his wife of 33-years where he was going" and "it's possible Puckett was taken by someone who wants to spark a confrontation with the government."
 

AU: Australian on target at world shooting champs
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Australian Wayne Perks held off a determined challenge from Christchurch marksman Gavin Searle to clinch the world clay target shooting championship at McLeans Island, near Christchurch."
 

SC: Drugs, Revenge drive 'Gun Deaths'
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"A string of deadly shootings on the Charleston peninsula in 2001 propelled the number of homicides throughout the city to its highest level in seven years, with black males accounting for all but two of the 14 victims."

"Charleston police blame the rise on a wave of gun violence fueled by drug disputes and street vengeance."
 

NRA: Court Challenge next for Campaign Finance Reform
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) also vowed to challenge the ban against corporations and unions spending their treasury money on television and radio ads that mention a candidate for federal office within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary."

"King George threw the colonists in jail for pamphleteering against the crown," said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA. "What's the difference here?"
 

MN: Retirement award given in gun safety class
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Cannon Falls resident Bob Schlekewy retires this year after teaching firearms safety for the past 30 years. In recognition of his many years of service to the program, Schlekewy was given an artist's print of this picture by wildlife artist Richard Plasschaert."

"The low key presentation was held on Tuesday, March 12, in front of a crowd of his students, at Schlekewy's request. "I earned it in the classroom," he noted."
 

Freedom 21 Workshop - Global Governance and Local Policy
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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With Dr. Michael Coffman and Henry Lamb.

At the Airport Marriott in Nashville, TN, July 19-20, 2002.

"This workshop is designed especially for local activists, candidates, state and local elected officials, and others who are interested in learning how to develop effective responses to international influence on local policy. Smart Growth, zoning, trans-boundary planning, open space, wilderness, and related issues are topics for review."
 

MI: Ingham police get pepper ball guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Just after 10a.m. Tuesday, police shot a pepper ball gun several times at a 22-year-old Mason man who threatened to hurt them after they responded to a call to his home."

"The Ingham County Sheriff's Office now has six pepper ball guns on the road. Two will be sent to Delhi Township, four others will be in out-county patrol cars at all times. The project, paid for with a federal grant, cost about $2,500."
 

Brady Campaign Hails Final Passage of Campaign Finance Reform
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Michael D. Barnes, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March issued the following statement on the final passage of campaign finance reform legislation in the Senate:"

"Congress has finally passed a meaningful campaign finance reform bill. Passage of this legislation is a victory for democracy and for the millions of Americans who feel that their elected officials listen to big money more than to their constituents."
 

BILL OF RIGHTS RALLY: Saturday, March 23
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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Saturday, March 23, 1 to 3PM on the South Steps of the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.

Speakers: Rick Stanley, Alex Jones, Don Crawford, John Tarsikes, Michael Badnarik, Dave Nalle, Thomas Allen, and Wes Benedict.

"Someone will WIN A LIFE-SIZED COPY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS, along with life-sized copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution ... the winner will be the person who can recite the greatest number of Amendments - from memory! So break out your Citizen's Rule Book and start studying!"
 

Mexico: Left Denounces U.S., Urges Global Taxes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On the eve of President Bush's arrival at the United Nations Conference on Financing for Development, a global forum of several hundred non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has demanded a global tax on currency transactions as a means of financing increased foreign aid and stabilizing the international financial system."
 

With 'Bias' toward All
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Some 440,000 copies of Bernard Goldberg's book 'Bias' are now in print. Who knew that a complaint about news bias would become a runaway bestseller? You could tell the book was touching a nerve when two very good journalists, columnist Michael Kinsley and TV critic Tom Shales, both attacked Goldberg with berserk and sputtering, almost vein-popping rage."
 

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