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CA: California NRA Attorney Chuck Michel: "The real problem is...the ammunition."
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Contra Costa County Supervisors are recommending ban on .50 caliber rifles:

"High-powered rifles are the target of a new ordinance that will be introduced by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors at their meeting Tuesday. The proposed law would prohibit the sale of .50-caliber rifles in the unincorporated areas of the county."

"Supervisors John Gioia of Richmond and Gayle Uilkema of Lafayette, who are recommending the ordinance, say the ban is intended as a public safety measure." ...

"Unincorporated Contra Costa only has two gun dealerships and neither one sells .50-caliber rifles."

"The supervisors said they hope the ban on .50-caliber rifle sales could be used as a 'model ordinance' and adopted by various Contra Costa cities." ...

THEN GET A LOAD OF THIS ONE:

Chuck Michel of the California Rifle and Pistol Association:

"The real problem is not the gun, it's the ammunition. ... The message that legitimate hunters and target shooters get from this is that 'you don't count and that we don't care about your sport.' "

Yo, Chuck. The Second Amendment isn't about "sport," Sport. The Second Amendment is about having the means to resist raw tyranny -- the same kind of tyranny the Nazis carried out after using the "sporting purpose" ruse to ban and confiscate firearms.

SUGGESTION:

Email these gun banning snakes if you feel so inclined:

John Gioia
dist1@bos.co.contra-costa.ca.us

Gayle B. Uilkema
gayle@bos.co.contra-costa.ca.us
 

OH: Woman kills middle-of-the-night armed intruder
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Springfield woman shot and killed a 21-year-old man early Sunday, reportedly after the victim and a companion broke into her Chestnut Avenue home, police said."

"Matthew J. Marino, 21, whose address was not immediately available, was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center at 3:45 a.m., Springfield police Lt. Michael Hill said. Officers found Marino lying on the driveway at 346 Chestnut Ave. with a gunshot wound in his abdomen." ...

"Springfield police received a call at 2:50 a.m. from Melany Yancey, 49, of the Chestnut Avenue address, Hill said. She told them that while she was home alone, two men wearing bandannas kicked in her front door and came upstairs." ...
 

SC: Jury acquits shooter in self-defense case
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"A Berkeley County man has been acquitted by a jury in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man almost two years ago."

"The jury deliberated about two hours before clearing Archie Clifford Eagerton III, 26, of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2002 death of Justin Maurice, 20. Eagerton said he acted in self-defense when he shot Maurice in the back." ...

"Eagerton was pursued by Maurice and four of his friends for nearly 12 miles to his rural Berkeley County home. Eagerton said Maurice picked up his pregnant wife at their home and threw her to the ground."

" 'We were telling them to leave and that we didn't want any trouble,' Eagerton said. 'It was five against one. I had to do what I had to do.' " ...
 

AK: "Sportsman" says: "But if there is nothing to hunt, then guns don't mean that much to me."
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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. . . " 'I think I own 60 shotguns and rifles. I certainly am a Second Amendment believer,' Dean said. 'But if there is nothing to hunt, then guns don't mean that much to me.' "

"The administration's efforts to open more public lands on the Eastern front of the Rocky Mountains to oil and gas drilling have driven some sportsmen to do something they never thought they'd do -- make common cause with environmentalists." ...

SAD FACT:

Some of the most dangerous "allies" Second Amendment advocates have call themselves "sportsmen." We're all for sport shooting, competitive shooting, hunting and the like. But the Second Amendment is about being poised, as a nation of free individuals, to defend freedom.

Unfortunately, "sportsmen" who don't understand the Second Amendment are numerous enough to seriously undermine the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
 

MO: Stray Bullet in Self-Defense Shooting a Good Reminder, Nothing More
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"When a man fired a weapon at armed robbers from his truck in suburban St. Louis earlier this month, authorities said it likely was the first instance of self-defense under Missouri's new concealed-weapons law."

"One of the man's bullets pierced a window screen and frame, an aluminum blind, and lodged in the comforter on the bed of his girlfriend's 79-year-old neighbor, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday. The neighbor was not home at the time." ...

REALITY CHECK:

The shooter helped capture armed and violent thugs, and several of his rounds went into one of them. Nobody was hurt other than the punk who had it coming.

Yes, you must absolutely be careful about what's behind your target. But a hole in an unused bedspread is a small price to pay for ridding the streets of a couple of scumbags.

Do we ask police officers to walk around defenseless because of what has happened with their stray bullets? Of course not. Nor should we.
 

OH: "Sniper" Suspect Being Used by Anti-Self-Defense Control Freaks to Further Undermine Basic Human Rights
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"The arrest of a Columbus highway shootings suspect who is said to be mentally ill has raised questions about Ohio's new concealed carry law."

"The law allows people with mental illness to get a concealed weapons permit, unless they had been committed to a mental institution by a court."

"That exact scenario - or one close to it - has worried many people opposed to looser gun laws." ...

REALITY CHECK:

1) Anyone who wants to can carry a firearm -- anytime, anywhere there isn't a metal detector.

2) Criminals intent on doing harm to innocent people will not be deterred by any law on any lawbook. London's recent doubled murder rate (see the Newslink on this very page) is more proof of that fact.

3) Using the actions of one violent person -- or even many violent people -- to deny the means of self-defense to all good, decent people is wrong and, quite frankly, just plain evil.
 

MN: Opposition to weapon law comes from the 'permit' part
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"The other night in a garage, a guy dug his wallet out of his jeans and showed us his new permit. He had just received it at the mall. Occasionally, I produce a card that shows my lifetime free admission into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., where I have been enshrined in the library wing for donating a book about Metropolitan Stadium. I use the card to get into the Hall about as often as a guy with a permit uses his to fire a pistol for protection, much less murderous intent. Never."

"It's the gang bangers who are killing each other." ...

"The price for actually using the weapon is so demanding that only the most extreme example of duress might result in even thinking about it. But the burden of responsible expectation is always placed on honest citizens. I guess we have different rules for gang bangers." ...

"The editorialists and other hysterics told us that as many as 90,000 people would seek permits. So far, about 15,000 have. The editorialists and other hysterics warned us that gunfights would be breaking out on the streets or at Vikings games or at sock hops. Hasn't happened. The gang bangers keep firing, but honest people haven't caused any problems." ...
 

MO: Conceal-carry permits draw scores in St. Charles County
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"Before dawn Saturday, Bill Whitney unfolded his camouflaged chair, the one he uses for turkey hunting, and nestled in for a long wait."

"He wasn't in some serene wilderness at 5:35 a.m., but on the concrete walk outside the St. Charles County sheriff's department."

"Whitney had come for the tedious task of filling out paperwork, hoping to score a permit to carry a concealed weapon."

" 'It's a long time coming,' said Whitney, 65. 'We're finally being treated as first-class citizens in Missouri.' "

[That is IF you consider having to pay fees, go through training requirements, submit to fingerprints and a background check just to be able to exercise a Constitutional right.]

"St. Charles County began taking conceal-carry applications Saturday, and Whitney was the second person in line. When the doors to the sheriff's office opened at 9 a.m., the crowd had grown to nearly 40." ...
 

MO: No conceal and carry permits in Cedar Co.
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"While some counties in Missouri are issuing conceal and carry gun permits, Cedar County isn't."

" 'We're not doing anything until the possibility of injunctions that could be filed to stop the law are dealt with,' said Cedar County Sheriff Aaron Spillman."

" 'We've also got to determine what the cost of permits is going to be and how to deal with the entire issue.' " ...

" 'I made the decision based on the Missouri Sheriff's Association recommendation to hold off issuing permits,' Spillman said. 'The Legislature is working to clarify areas of the conceal and carry law that would adjust processing fees and help the issue, but until that is completed, we're not going to issue any permits.' "

"Spillman said the law also makes changes to other gun issues, such as possessing a handgun in the passenger area of a motor vehicle." ...
 

IA: More anti-gun and anti-gunowner bigotry from Iowa cops
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"More than 60 police chiefs and departments across the state have pledged support for strengthening and renewing the federal assault weapons ban."

"A minority of departments responding to a survey oppose it."

" 'That is it in a nutshell,' he said. 'These types of weapons are designed for one purpose - to rob banks and 'shoot the place' up." --Atlantic, Iowa Chief of Police Roger Muri

EMAIL CHIEF GUN BIGOT HERE:

roger@atlanticiowapd.org

Be sure to copy this address so other Gun Bigots in the department see it: everyone@atlanticiowapd.org
 

"Effectiveness of assault-weapon bans still unclear"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Yet there is precious little information to tell policy-makers whether the bans are achieving their goal: reducing gun violence across America."

REALITY CHECK:

In truth, there is information showing the Ban as worthless, having no effect on crime and that it should be allowed to sunset. But the goal of this gun ban based on arbitrary ergonomic, cosmetic and safety features was not to reduce violence; it was to provide a stepping stone to total gun bans. Many "gun safety advocates" are on record saying just that.

One classic example of the stupidity of the gun ban is the inclusion of bayonet lugs in the made-up definition of "assault weapons." When is the last time you heard of someone being bayonetted in America? The anti-Second Amendment yahoos went after the firearm features that sound or look "scary" and are thus easiest to demonize -- typical of the dishonest Communist tactics that pervade the thinking and strategies of the gun ban community.
 

Gun Ban Group Dancing in the Blood of Slain Sheriff's Deputy
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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" 'It is tragically clear that these military-style weapons have no business in the hands of civilians. It is time for Congress and the White House to address the threat posed by semiautomatic assault weapons to officers and citizens alike. Merely renewing the current law is not enough. We need an improved and effective law that truly bans assault weapons,' says [Handgun-Free America whiner Chris] McGrath." ...

SO TYPICAL:

Gun banners are fond of dancing in the blood of slain innocents. If "gun violence" suddenly dropped to zero in America, deceitful brats like this McGrath character would still be trying to ban them outright.

But at least his group is honest about their name: "Handgun Free America". McGrath and other people of his ilk would do well to get a full understanding of the term "MOLON LABE!". Here's a link they can use to do so:
http://www.thefiringline.com/HCI/molon_labe.htm
 

UK: Gun Ban Film Shows Dead Child Shot in Head
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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A GRAPHIC film portraying a dead child who has been shot in the head is being used in a campaign to ban guns.

Calendar Girls star Dame Helen Mirren was recruited to do the voice-over for the 90-minute production called Toys That Kill.

It is part of a hard-hitting campaign launched by [UK-based] Mothers Against Guns and will be shown in cinemas and on Sky's Community Channel.

Lucy Cope, 48, of Mothers Against Guns, said: 'Sadly, the shocking images have to be shown.

'That is the way it has to be in this day and age to get the point across.

'We really want people to visit our website and join us to get firearms banned in this country.'

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Handguns are already completely banned in the UK, yet crimes with handguns have skyrocketed. Most long guns are also banned, and those that aren't are under the strictest of licensing terms.

If this doesn't show us that gun banners will never be satisfied, nothing will.
 

"Threats against the nation's 2,000 federal judges and magistrates has increased in recent years"
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. . . "The report also said marshals have no centralized intelligence program to handle threats, lack a secure national communications system to share information, and have too many personnel without the security clearances they need to see classified information."

"The number of threats against the nation's 2,000 federal judges and magistrates has increased in recent years, and the report predicts that the war on terrorism is likely to produce more high-risk trials. Fine's report said that although the marshals have placed greater emphasis on judicial security since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, much more needs to be done."

"...in 215 years only four judges have been assassinated, none since 1989." ...
 

CO: State nets free gun safety locks
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. . . " 'We're not trying to take away firearms from anyone,' Comisky said. 'We're just giving an option to people who choose to lock up firearms in their house.' "

"The program is funded by a $50 million grant from the Department of Justice." ...

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And everybody knows that burglars and home invaders will take a "time out" while you fumble to unlock your firearms. Right?
 

NY: Mayor presses for tighter gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"During a ceremony honoring two detectives slain during an undercover gun buying operation in Tompkinsville last year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday called for state legislators to strengthen laws against illegal firearms trafficking." ...
 

MD: Jurors deciding murder all become robbery victims themselves
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"While deliberating in a first-degree murder case yesterday, Baltimore jurors were escorted from the jury room to the courtroom to watch a videotape of trial testimony they had requested to see."

"When they returned three hours later, they made a discovery as shocking as some courtroom evidence."

"A thief had gotten into the locked jury room and stolen their money, cellular telephones and car keys."

" 'They were angry, hot, livid,' said lawyer Warren A. Brown, who was in the courtroom on another matter. 'Here they are, jurors in a murder case, and we can't even trust the court to protect their belongings from thieves. It's mind-boggling.' "

"Police think it was an inside job." ...
 

OH: 11-Year-Old Girl Finds Loaded Gun In Used Car Formerly Owned By Police Chief
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ELYRIA, Ohio -- "An 11-year-old girl found a loaded gun in a used car, and her family wants disciplinary action taken against the former police chief who owns it, reported NewsChannel5."

"Houssain Mishkin, of Grafton, said his daughter, Layla, found a loaded .38-caliber revolver in a 1998 Toyota Camry he purchased two weeks ago."

"The car was bought at Twining Auto Sales, and was formerly owned by former Oberlin Police Chief Robert Jones, who worked for the department for 30 years."

"According to an Elyria police report, Jones lost track of the gun and it was left in the back pouch of the car's seat when he sold it."

"Four months later, Mishkin purchased the car, and his daughter pulled the gun out of the pouch while the family was on the road."

"Mishkin is upset no disciplinary action was taken against Jones, who is now head of security at Oberlin College." ...
 

NC: Board of Supervisors terminate officer: "negligent and acted in a manner unbecoming that of an officer"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Rush Township Board of Supervisors agreed this morning to terminate the employment of officer Scott Michalesko, both for allegedly shooting Nancy's Meiser's dog, Whiskers, on Jan. 10 and for allegedly taking two CD's of telephone and radio conversations between Michalesko and the Schuylkill County Communications Center, which were being used as evidence in the first case."

"In the case of the dog shooting, the board found that Michalesko was, 'negligent and acted in a manner unbecoming that of an officer,' as read from a statement by supervisor chair Marian Lazur. And in the case of the SCCC recordings, Lazur said that Michalesko, 'violated his duties as an officer.' " ...
 

UK: Guns and drugs fuel sudden rise in London's murder rate
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"The murder rate in London has doubled in 12 months to reach one of its highest levels ever, according to the most recent Home Office statistics, which have been leaked to the Telegraph."

"In the final three months of last year there were 61 murders in the capital, compared with just 31 in the same quarter, the previous year. The figure is the highest total for the last three months of any year, according to the Metropolitan Police's published figures. In the final three months of 2000, for example, there were only 40 murders, while in the same period of 2001 and 2002 there were 43 and 31 respectively."

"A year-on-year comparison between the murder rate in 2003 and that in 2002 is not available because the Metropolitan Police is currently 'revising' its figures for the first four months of last year. The total, however, is expected to be significantly up on 2002."

"Senior officers fear that a dramatic increase in the use of guns, particularly in battles between gangs competing over the trade in drugs, is the prime cause of the sharp rise in the number of deaths." ...

CONSIDER...

A "dramatic increase in the use of guns" after guns were banned would lead a rational person to conclude that some people don't obey gun bans very well. A doubled murder rate might even make some people think that the gun ban isn't working -- that it's only affecting law-abiding people, disarming them to make them easier to prey upon.
 

UK: Disabled Army veteran killed minutes after dialing 999 - but the police failed to respond
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"Sandy Clark was in fear of his life from a criminal with a violent record, yet as Daniel Foggo reports, his call for help was given the lowest possible status"

"Police failed to respond to pleas for help from a disabled Army veteran who dialed 999 minutes before he was brutally murdered in his own home. The operator at West Mercia police who took the call decided no action was required, even though it was the third time that day that Alexander "Sandy" Clark had told officers of his fears about the man who killed him."

"Mr Clark, 63, who lived alone in Worcester, told the operator that he was being pursued by a man who had already stolen from him and who had stated, in an angry telephone call, his intention to come to his home and confront him. Instead of help being sent, Mr Clark was told simply to keep his door shut and dial 999 again if the man materialised. The call was officially logged as having the lowest possible status." ...

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Great Britain: where you're given a rifle to fight in foreign places but left to fend off career criminals with your bare hands so you can be beaten to death in your later years.
 

Gun Control Advocate Explains Why He Has a Carry Permit (blog)
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"There used to be a statement [th]at a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. It sounds like Tracy Warner is a gun control advocate who has figured out that all his high ideals about how bad guns [are] didn't survive a dose of reality." ...
 

OH: How did sniper suspect get gun?
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COLUMBUS - "When Charles A. McCoy, Jr.'s, mother reported him missing on March 15, she told Columbus police that he is a 'paranoid schizophrenic.' "

"If that is corroborated, how did the suspect in 24 shootings along or near central Ohio highways since May, 2003 - including one that killed a 62-year-old grandmother - get access to guns?"

"Federal law says certain mentally ill people are ineligible to possess firearms."

"It is illegal for a person who 'has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution' to possess a firearm." ...

"Chad Baus, an Archbold resident who supports Ohio's new concealed carry law, said gun-control advocates should not use Mr. McCoy's capture to push for more restrictions on who can buy a gun."

" 'For example, how many grown women who once suffered from an eating disorder and who were institutionalized by a family member are now forced to be rendered defenseless for the rest of their lives?' he said." ...
 

CO: CU treats adults like children
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. . . "Liberals like to find a way to jump ahead of a bad event and take away the means for that event to ever happen. (If we can disarm America via gun control, then we can stop gun crimes.)"

"A more workable way is to punish the individual who did the action and show everyone else the consequences. If you commit date rape, drunken driving or assault, you'll go to prison for a long time." ...
 

TN: In wake of Milan shooting, should gun laws change?
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"The Feb. 13 shooting in Milan has initiated questions about Tennessee's gun laws and whether it's sufficient for background checks to cover only felony criminal history. Involuntary commitment to a mental institution, such as in Ivory's case, is among the reasons allowed under federal law to deny a gun purchase. But the FBI, which oversees the background check database, can't force a state to provide mental history information..." ...
 

FL: Gun Records Bill Draws Votes, Critics
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"While they haven't done anything about the state's water supply yet this year, the Legislature has moved swiftly to pass a sweeping gun law."

"The bill would ban anyone, especially the government, from keeping many records of guns and gun owners, including growing computer lists of firearms bought and sold at pawnshops."

"Critics say the law would hinder police in trying to solve violent crimes and could even make it easier for terrorists to get weapons." ...
 

NC: Gun-free Duke University student reports on-campus rape
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"Clarence Birkhead, chief of University/Campus police at the school, said the 21-year-old woman was walking home from an on-campus party around 10:30 or 11:00 p.m. when someone ambushed her from behind." ...

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No surprise here: Duke is a gun free campus. Rapists know they've got plenty of easy victims.
 

NY: Schumer challenger cites Second Amendment rights as justification for backing him
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... " 'I'm running for Senate because I strongly believe (Sen. Charles E.) Schumer is leading our state and our country in the wrong direction on so many issues,' [ Republican Michael] Benjamin said, citing taxes, health care, Medicaid, foreign policy and second-amendment rights." ...

"Employed in the securities industry, Benjamin was nominated in 1996 to be the Republican candidate for Congress from New York's 8th district -- covering parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn -- but lost the race. Benjamin is the son of immigrant parents who came to America decades ago and long ago became U.S. citizens. His father emigrated from Iran in 1950, while his mother was born in Honduras."
 

TSA’s ‘Trusted Traveler Program’ Heralds Big brother
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"If the new Transportation Security Administration gets its way, Americans may soon be ID’ed, stamped and tracked in a manner an old-style European police state could only have dreamed of."

"And when Ben Franklin uttered this remark more than 200 hundred years ago, he could not have imaged how prescient he would be: 'Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither security nor liberty.' " ...
 

'Ugly specter'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In the March 8 editorial, 'Gunfight at the D.C. corral,' The Bee made the statement, '...the ban on assault weapons should be extended -- and strengthened -- with a better definition of such weapons...' Therein lies the difficulty of this type of legislation: the definition."

"The anti-gunners really have one purpose, to ban all firearms. To propose this would be political suicide in a country that has more than 200 million firearms, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the anti-gun crowd knows this."

"Therefore, to accomplish their goal of a total gun ban, they must work incrementally." ...
 

'The real goal'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In your March 8 editorial you wrote about gun control and offered the observation that 'Despite real progress, the gun control agenda is incomplete.' "

"Yes, the real agenda is incomplete because the proponents of 'gun control' refuse to admit that confiscation is their real end game." ...

NOT QUITE SO...

Several proponents of "gun safety" are on record confessing that they desire total gun bans. Chief among them is super rich armed elitist Dianne Feinstein, who said that if she could have gotten the votes she'd have banned them all.
 

"Someone with nothing to hide would give his address."
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" 'I love it,' says [police Sgt. Sean] Colomey of his job as he inserts his Crown Victoria into traffic on a mild, sunny, eventful afternoon patrolling the swath of South Los Angeles where most flat surfaces are marked with the spray-painted signs of the 60 or so gangs that deal drugs to customers and death to one another." ...

"Colomey pulls alongside a car in the opposite lane and asks one of the men in the front seat, 'Where do you live?' The man, gesturing vaguely behind him, says, 'Down there.' Colomey knows that someone with nothing to hide would give his address. The man goes on his way, knowing the police are on the job." ...

REALITY CHECK:

An officer on the street believing that anyone who won't immediately give his address is hiding something has lost sight of the rights he swore to protect. Not everyone who lives in South L.A. is a gang banger. And unless there's probable cause to believe a citizen has committed a crime, he is not required to provide his address to a police officer upon request.

The "if you're not hiding something, you should surrender your rights" nonsense is getting very old.
 

India: Does a legal firearm give licence to kill?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Friday morning, a property dealer did not wait for police assistance to scare the robbers who had reportedly barged into his house with an intention to rob it."

"Yadram Sharma simply took out his gun and shot at the men in 'self-defence.' "

"A similar incident in Mumbai last week left many shocked. Twenty nine-year-old Amit Patel shot a man when he and his friends allegedly began passing lewd comments about Patel's wife and his friend Raju Thakkar's wife."

"While the two incidents were on account of self-defence, a third was almost reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino film."

"Amit Sharma walked into his regular haunt at Mughlai Mahal 15 minutes past closing time and shot at random when he was served cold food." ...
 

India: 'Stricter licence rules needed'
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Ashok Aggarwal, lawyer: "The law says that a weapon must be used only for self-defence. However, this is not always the case. If the misuse of licenced weapons has to be curbed, norms for issuing licences must be made more stringent."

"A person seeking licence must be able to prove that there is a genuine need for him to keep the weapon."

Gunmeet Singh, student: "Delhi is full of crime cases, for instance, the Jessica Lal murder. With tolerance levels going down drastically, weapons in the hands of irresponsible people can be a big safety threat."

"The need of the hour is to make the licence availing process more strict and raise the eligible age for carrying a weapon." ...

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India: Self-defence won't always work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There are two strategies for maintaining law and order. One when there are no weapons in circulation and no one owns arms except for the police. But if owning a weapon becomes a part of society's mores, even citizens have to be armed."

"Senior criminal advocate K T S Tulsi claims the 'inefficient' and 'corrupt' police has forced the 'law-abiding' citizens to defend themselves. 'They are left with no other option but to keep weapons,' Tulsi says."

"The legal fraternity, however, advises 'caution' while reacting to an attack. The provisions under the Indian Penal Code do not suggest that people take the law into their own hand."

"According to Supreme Court lawyer Rajeev Dhawan, this could lead to self-defence rage in Delhi." ...
 

PA: Absent lawmakers "ghost voting", having others vote for them
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HARRISBURG - "On the day Gov. Rendell unveiled his budget to a packed House chamber, Rep. William Rieger voted in favor of all six bills that came up."

"But Rieger wasn't there. The Democrat was home on Feb. 3, 100 miles away in Philadelphia."

"A wad of paper shoved into his electronic 'yea' button atop his desk did the work for him."

"Similar sights are in plain view on any given session day in the cavernous lower chamber where so-called ghost voting is a tolerated bipartisan tradition. But, like most state legislatures, rules in the Pennsylvania House explicitly bar it."

"Paper clips, pen caps, pennies."

"These things and others are routinely wedged into voting machines - a low-tech attempt to mask the fact that lawmakers have either left the floor momentarily or haven't made the trip to Harrisburg at all. In other cases, lawmakers cover for absent colleagues by reaching across desks and voting for them." ...
 

FL: North Port commissioner Fink says city's firearms law is too strict
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NORTH PORT -- "Under city law, City Commissioner Joseph Fink couldn't use the hunting bow collecting dust at his house if he wanted to, and he thinks it's time for that to change."

"Fink thinks the city's firearms discharge law is far too strict, and makes criminals out of citizens who have done nothing wrong. Further, he said, it keeps recreational businesses like paintball ranges from setting up shop in the city."

"The city's law, amended in November 1999, states that anyone firing a gun, a bow, or 'any device that propels … a projectile' anywhere in the city can be fined up to $500."

"That means anyone from a chicken farmer scaring away a hawk to a child firing a slingshot at a soda can is guilty, Fink said. At the City Commission's meeting Monday, Fink plans to ask the city to amend the law or throw it out altogether." ...

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But, but, but... there'd be blood in the streets!
 

A Bold New First in U.S. Border Invasion
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"In an unprecedented move along the U.S.-Mexico border, a convoy of 12 pickup trucks packed with suspected illegal immigrants barreled through the Tohono O'odham Nation and tried to run down approaching Border Patrol agents."

"Agents stopped six of the vehicles Wednesday night and found 165 people stashed in the beds of the trucks, said Greg Maier, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson sector." ...

"One of the trucks got stuck in sand, and agents were approaching it on foot when the driver of a second truck gunned his engine and headed toward the agents..." ...

"The 165 people were still being processed yesterday, and their nationalities were unknown last night..."

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Were operatives from Hamas or al Qaida on board the trucks whose occupants made it into the U.S.? Who knows. But we do know this: the U.S. is investing hundreds of millions of dollars protecting and strengthening foreign borders while terrorists who want to kill as many Americans as they can waltz right through our own border.
 

Haiti: Head of Haiti force says they won't disarm gunmen - But his boss says they will
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"The commander of a multinational force in Haiti insisted on Sunday (Monday in Manila) it was not his mission to disarm militants, differing with earlier U.S. assertions that the force would confiscate weapons."

" 'This is a country with a lot of weapons and disarmament is not our mission. Our mission is to stabilize the country,' U.S. Marine Corp. Brig. Gen. Ronald Coleman, head of the 3,000-strong U.N.-sanctioned force, told Reuters."

"Army Gen. James Hill, who oversees the Haiti operation, told a Pentagon briefing this month the 1,600 U.S. Marines in Haiti would begin confiscating weapons from everyone without a valid permit."

"Saying, 'you've got to take guns off the street,' Hill said Marines would start going after caches." ...
 

NC: Mother concerned about black bear that likes to play in back yard
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"It's almost like Lisa Best and her family have a brand-new pet."

"A 400-pound, very aggressive, unwanted pet that occasionally shreds a play ball or tears down their picket fence. But a pet nonetheless." ...

"She was surprised to find that the city of Asheville and the police department do not address bear issues because it's a wild animal, unless it causes an imminent threat. Now she's afraid to let her children, ages 3, 7 and 9, go out in the back yard to play." ...

"State law does allow homeowners to protect themselves and their property from wild animals, but this brings up the complications of firing a gun in city limits and taking the life of a noble beast."

" 'State law says that if an animal is in the act of depredation, then the landowner has the legal right to shoot it on the spot,' Brooks said. 'They have to notify the enforcement officer within 24 hours.' " ...
 

FL: Jury convicts man of two murders in botched home-invasion robbery
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"A Miami-Dade County man was convicted Friday of two murder charges for a botched home invasion robbery near Davie a decade ago that left a 5-year-old girl and one of his accomplices dead."

"A Broward Circuit Court jury needed a little under four hours behind closed doors before concluding that Hector Oliveira, 50, was one of the gunmen responsible for the July 6, 1994, ambush that killed Kathlyne Herrera outside her family's home. The girl, her father and her 7-year-old sister had just come home from a Marlins game when the would-be robbers surrounded them and opened fire."

"Kathlyne's father, Joel Herrera, managed to pull out his gun and fatally shoot one of the attackers, Enrique Machado Sr., in self-defense." ...
 

NY: Family refuses $600K offer from city over "accidental" police killing
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"The family of a Rochester man accidentally killed by a police officer has rejected a settlement offered by the city."

"Just days after a jury found the city negligent in Vandy Davis's death, his father said the city offered to settle out of court but the offer was not enough."

" 'What, $600,000?' Goldberth Davis said. 'This is just a big joke.' "

"Officer David Gebhardt accidentally shot Vandy Davis, 21, during a drug raid in 2001. The jury cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, but found the department's policy of executing warrants with the shotgun safety off is dangerous." ...
 

New World Order
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"This twisted vision is one of a global society managed by an elite central government that maintains control and supervision by means of a massive army of so-called 'peacekeeping forces.' Over a period of time, their goal is to eliminate national sovereignty, family loyalty, individualism, patriotism, independent thinking, and religious affiliation and replace it with a world currency, world bank, world government, world police force, and world courts." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. — George Washington

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