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Win-Win -- No gun-suit immunity, no assault-weapons ban
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"In a dramatic, almost wacky turn of events, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected S. 1805, a bill earlier this month that would have immunized firearm manufacturers and dealers against many forms of tort liability. The bill's own sponsors turned against it, as did its original NRA supporters, after opponents succeeded in adding two "poison pill" amendments — one extending a soon-to-expire ban on so-called assault weapons, and another closing an alleged 'gun-show loophole' for unregulated sales of firearms."

"Pro-gun and anti-gun groups seemed equally disappointed. The NRA had lobbied long and hard for tort immunity, and lost. Gun-control advocates dearly wanted an assault-weapons extension and new gun-show rules; they lost too. Call us contrarians, but we're delighted on both counts. To us, this is a win-win situation — a win for the Constitution and a win for law-abiding gun owners everywhere."
 

Beware Idiots, Madmen, and Lunatics
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"As any thinking American knows, nothing has done more to destroy Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures than the War on Drugs. ..."

"As the story goes, if you live a good clean life, obey the law, pay your taxes, and don’t say, write, or read too many bad things about the government, you should have no need to fear that your liberties will be violated. Refusing police requests to search your person or property, running from authorities – or through airports, withdrawing or depositing large amounts of money, purchasing or borrowing 'subversive' books, nowadays suggests evil intentions. ..."

"Pretending that an abuse of liberties is legal so long as it’s directed at 'bad' people is a recipe for disaster and only leads to the complete destruction of all liberties. As Tim Freeman said, 'When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don’t deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I’m innocent. When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don’t own a gun. Now they’ve come for the first amendment and I can’t say anything at all.' "
 

Bush, Kerry Battling Like it is Already Fall
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Last week, Kerry targeted another Bush state from 2000: West Virginia."

"Bush won West Virginia by 6.3 percentage points, although Democratic strategists say Gore lost the state by failing to address GOP-led charges that he favored strict gun control measures."

"West Virginia was in the spotlight last week when Kerry traveled to the state and criticized the president for 'shortchanging' veterans on health care while cutting taxes for the wealthy."

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That's right, Mr. Bush. Gun owners gave you the last election, and this year - unless you completely renounce your support for unconstitutional gun control - we can take it away.
 

Supreme Court hears privacy case
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"The Supreme Court was hearing arguments Monday in a potentially landmark privacy case, reviewing the appeal of a Nevada rancher who refused to identify himself to an officer."

"The issue split the Nevada Supreme Court, which sided with law enforcement on a 4-3 vote in a case in which the man, Larry Hiibel, was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and fined $250."

"Hiibel, 59, said he believes he was exercising his constitutional rights when he refused a sheriff’s deputy’s 11 demands for identification."
 

Presidential race may be decided in just 18 states, including PA, W. VA and Ohio
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Democrats are still steamed about losing West Virginia in 2000 and want to return it to its Democratic roots. Bush's on-again, off-again steel tariffs could cost him, but even Democrats say the issue has more potency in neighboring Pennsylvania and Ohio. What Kerry has to worry about is a reaction to his support for gun control, which badly hurt Gore in 2000. Kerry has played down the issue, but the National Rifle Association plans to spend heavily in the state."
 

CA: Intruder killed in Salinas home invasion
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"A Salinas man shot and killed one of three people who invaded his home Monday morning, police said."

"Between 5:45 a.m. and 6 a.m., a woman and two men came to the front door of an upstairs unit of an apartment at 725 East Romie Lane, said investigating Sgt. Mike Groves."

"The woman knocked, and when the door didn’t open, the two men kicked in the door, Groves said."

"At least one of them was armed with a handgun, he said."

"The robbers tied up the occupant, a man in his 20s, and left him in a back room while the three ransacked the apartment, police said."

"The young man untied himself, found his own handgun, and fired several shots at the intruders, killing one, police said."
 

OH: Is this Dayton Daily News writer on the list of people who have lost their marbles?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Despite thousands of Federal and state gun control laws on the books, Charles McCoy still walked around carrying a concealed gun, shooting willy-nilly at anything that moved, immortalizing himself as the Ohio sniper."

"Who cares if he could have gotten a concealed carry license or not? Notice that he didn't wait until April 8 to begin his sickening crime spree. And yet Mary McCarty wants us to believe that other potential bad people are."
 

Most of the public and even the majority of its core supporters don’t begin to understand the most important truths about the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994
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"Anti-gun Republicrats in the U.S. Senate have proved that they can pass an extension to the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. They succeeded in part because most of the public and even the majority of its core supporters don’t begin to understand the most important truths about the legislation."

"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. ..."
 

KS: Kansas Senate Committee To Vote on Right To Carry! (NRA Alert)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Senate Federal & State Affairs Committee will vote on HB 2798--the Personal and Family Protection Act--early next week. The bill will then head to the Senate floor for consideration. Please call you Senator and urge him to vote for HB 2798."
 

IL: Illinois Members! Please Contact Your Legislators! (NRA Alert)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"This week, the House and Senate will be back in session, and several firearm-related bills could be brought up for discussion. In the Senate, SB 2165 and SB 2386 (both supported by NRA) address the problem highlighted by the outrageous prosecution of Hale DeMar--the man in Wilmette who was forced to use a handgun to defend himself and his family against a convicted criminal who had broken into his home for the second time in as many nights. ...HB 3989 (NRA supported), introduced by Representative Brandon Phelps (D-118), would lower from 21 years to 18 years the age at which a person may apply for and be issued a Firearm Owner`s Identification (FOID) Card without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. ..."

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Shouldn't the NRA be working toward eliminating the revolting idea of an identification card for people who wish to exercise their constitutional rights, instead of lowering the age at which an Illinois resident can be treated like a potential criminal?
 

NY: Arms fair targets history buffs, hunters
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"This weekend's Arms Fair at the City Center brought some gritty characters here on Saturday. A woman in cowboy boots showed her son how to open a knife, and men with beards stood with rifles slung over their shoulders like characters from an Ernest Hemingway safari."
 

The Ten Conundrums
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Liberal Jews are for gun control; yet who is controlling the guns? The State. I’d rather not contribute to the State’s monopoly on violence. If you’re really worried that 'it could happen here' then arm yourselves and stand up not only for Jews, but whoever the State is oppressing. Blacks. Latinos. Immigrants. Moslems. But no, we expect the 'police' to protect us because, over the years, we have become 'official whites.' The logic goes that Israel exists just in case something WERE to happen. I’ve actually had this argument, ridiculous as it seems, on several occasions with various people. The assumption is, I imagine, that if Jews were to become old-fashioned Diaspora Jews here, in America, that is, perceived enemies of the state, Israel would rescue them. Now, I really can’t imagine how Israel, powerful as it seems compared to Palestinians armed with rifles and grenades, is going to take on the United States and 'rescue' a bunch of cowering liberal Jews that Israelis themselves despise. Not to mention that if the U.S. were to 'turn' on the Jews, the annual three or more billion dollars of 'aid' to Israel would not be forthcoming. And their military as well as their economy would collapse. They’d have a whole lot more to worry about than 'rescuing' 5 million American Jews (and where, pray tell, would they put us?). The issue of gun-ownership is taboo in the 'progressive community.' But if the Jews in Europe had been armed in 1940, Hitler would have had a hard time fighting war on two fronts as well as an internal war against armed Jews. Imagine 100 Warsaw uprisings. ..."
 

Are biometrics coming to a PC near you?
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Science fiction often depicts a future where retinal scans are common and fingerprint scans replace passwords and even door keys. It may be science fiction no longer: A government agency is examining the possibility of applying biometrics to curb identity theft."

"A little-known provision of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003 requires the Department of the Treasury to examine the use of biometric technology as a security tactic. The FACT Act's primary mandate is that customers be notified when banks send credit bureaus negative reports on them."
 

Ed Davis: Another gun editorial is short on facts
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Like the previous editorial, 'Going easy on guns,' on Jan. 4, this editorial is short on evidence and accuracy for the following reasons:"

"There is no 'loophole' in Federal Law that allows people to buy guns from private parties at gun shows; the Congress has simply gone as far as the Constitution allows to regulate the manufacture and sale of firearms in interstate commerce."

"Congress has no authority to regulate private sales among citizens at gun shows or anyplace within a state because people are engaging in intrastate commerce. Congress only has the authority to regulate interstate commerce commerce among the states U.S. constitution. Sect. 8, 3rd. sentence."
 

UT: Gun activist encourages political involvement
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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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."

" 'Your voice will carry a lot more clout if you are a delegate,' Clayton said. 'When you contact your state legislator, for example, and you tell him you're a county delegate, he will listen a lot more seriously than if you are just Joe random voter because he knows he needs your vote at the convention if he wants the nomination.' "
 

Canada: Canadian Prison Guards Forbidden to Wear Protective Gear
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Canada's corrections department will not be letting guards at its highest security prisons wear stab-proof vests because, spokesman Tim Krause says, "If you have that kind of presence symbolized by [a stab-proof vest], you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person."

"In other words, simply by donning protective gear, you might hurt the feelings of a potentially dangerous criminal locked up in a maximum security facility, and therefore guards are not allowed to do so, reports the Calgary Sun." ...

"In other words, by trying to protect yourself, you might not be able to ascertain how the inmates really 'feel.' "

"One guard at the Edmonton Institution has decided to wear his vest anyway, inexplicably valuing his own life over the feelings of convicted felons, to the complete shock and chagrin of Corrections Canada."

"The unnamed guard has been threatened with disciplinary action..."
 

If police ask who you are, do you have to say?
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"The American tradition of liberty is such that citizens generally do not have to justify their existence by producing government-issued identity papers whenever ordered to do so. This is why moves to establish a national identity card have never gotten off the ground."

"But what happens when a police officer believes you might be involved in a crime and asks your name as part of the investigation? Do you have to answer?"
 

Ireland: Lawmakers Want Unarmed Bush Visit
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Left-wing politicians opposed to a planned visit by President Bush called Monday for his Secret Service agents to be disarmed while in Ireland."

"Opposition lawmakers denounced the government's confirmation that Bush's bodyguards would be allowed to open fire if deemed necessary to protect the president during a U.S.-European Union summit scheduled for June 25-26 in Ireland."

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After all, why would the president of a country whose constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms be protected by armed security in a country where self defense is a crime and armed thugs prey upon the disarmed populace?
 

Australia: Gun enthusiast jailed
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A NEWCASTLE gunsmith caught with Australia's largest private collection of illegal weapons has been jailed following a successful appeal against his original penalty."

"Ian Ross Cromarty, 62, was jailed today for up to four years after the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal found his original penalty of three years periodic detention too lenient."
 

Taking Baby Steps Toward Freedom
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Babies represent, more than anything else, hope. And there is, indeed, some small hope. More and more people are demanding reform in their public schools, are opting for private or charter schools, or are homeschooling their children. Many people are beginning to overtly express resentment of a government that's become as much 'Big Mother' as 'Big Brother.' Grassroots organizations are springing up overnight and across the country to address matters ranging from the repeal of the PATRIOT Act, to the shutdown of MATRIX, to the demand for the return of such unalienable rights as those of genuinely free speech or self defense."

"Much of the political movement to restore liberty under the Constitution and Bill of Rights is very much in its infancy. But like my friends' little boy, there is great potential and hope for growth. On the occasion of his birth day, I wish for this sweet child love, happiness, and a swing of the pendulum once again toward liberty. Like all of our children, he deserves no less."
 

CA: 'Illegal' vs. 'Undocumented': When language defines the debate
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"It's semantics. Whether one chooses to call those who come to this country without permission 'undocumented' or 'illegal,' the label does not change the fact that these newcomers are deportable."

"Language colors the debate. It peppers the pages of scholarly investigations. Readers are mindful of the language because they find clues, real or imagined, about the researchers' biases."

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Perhaps the sensitive media will start referring to "undocumented guns."
 

UK: Met urges public to use new terror hotline
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Scotland Yard will today launch an unprecedented campaign urging the public to report individuals they suspect of being terrorists.
As the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir John Stevens, called for a much more coordinated European security force effort in the wake of the Madrid bombings, UK citizens were asked to register any suspicious activity by phoning a hotline." ...

"The Life Savers campaign goes much further, asking people to consider whether the behaviour of those they encounter, through work or socially, gives them any reason to think they might be planning terrorist attacks."

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Again we are forcefully reminded of the Soviet Union's old "Snitch for Favors" program.
 

FBI Plans To Track Suspects with Data-Mining Techniques
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Proposals by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and state agencies to use data-mining techniques to track terrorists are floundering, encountering criticism from civil liberties activists and technologists who blast the plans as too 'theoretical' and not technically feasible."

"The FBI last week petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), seeking access to high-speed Internet connections, fearful that terrorists could be using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies to evade detection."

"The government wants ISPs to change their networks so the packets of data can be tapped and terrorist patterns discerned."

"But technology experts say the plans are simply not workable, and civil libertarians note that state efforts to conduct surveillance over the Internet are quickly losing support of policy makers."
 

UK: Blunkett plans ID cards 'by stealth'
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The Cabinet battle over identity cards intensified last night as it emerged that David Blunkett is being accused by senior colleagues of introducing a compulsory scheme by stealth."

"The hostility to the Home Secretary's proposals, to be published within weeks, is revealed in letters leaked to The Sunday Times. Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, Alistair Darling, the Secretary of State for Transport, Paul Boateng, the Chief Secretary of the Treasury, and Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Trade have all voiced alarm."

"They are angry that Mr Blunkett's proposed legislation introducing a voluntary scheme could lead to citizens later being forced to carry identity cards without a further act of Parliament being passed."
 

Novice to confront Supreme Court
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"On Wednesday, Dr. Michael A. Newdow, an atheist from California who objected when his daughter's second-grade class pledged allegiance to 'one nation, under God,' will personally appear before the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court."

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Amazing that they will listen to an attention-seeking prat argue that merely saying the words "Under God" constitutes a violation of the Law of the Land, but refused to hear Silveira vs. Lockyer, a case dealing with one of the most divisive constitutional issues in America today.
 

Time to tell the truth about Tiananmen
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"In 1989, students in Beijing voiced their just demand for fighting corruption and bureaucratic racketeering and for promoting honest government. ... a small number of leaders who supported corruption resorted to unprecedented means. They acted in a frenzied fashion, using tanks, machine guns and other weapons to suppress the totally unarmed citizens, killing hundreds and injuring and crippling thousands of others."

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Here you have the consequences of keeping the populace disarmed, while allowing corrupt governments weapons to oppress them.
 

No-smoking forces taking new territory: the beach
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Ten years after California set a national precedent by banning smoking in restaurants and bars - and months after prohibiting it within feet of government buildings and playgrounds - many of the state's coastal cities are now banning smoking at the beach.
Health and environmental officials say the moves are a logical extension of smoking bans in other public places and are necessary to meet state and federal antipollution requirements."

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Heck, in New York City even ashtrays are cause for prosecution.
 

They seemed normal but plotted to kill thousands
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Critics say the case shows that the authorities, obsessed with Islamic terrorists, have ignored the deadly assortment of domestic extremists. America's right-wing groups, ...., have become bent on acquiring weapons capable of mass slaughter."

" 'The radical right is going to seek ever more deadly and extreme forms of weapons,' said Daniel Levitas, author of The Terrorist Next Door. Levitas estimates that far-right groups have about 25,000 members, with 10 times as many sympathisers."

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Notice how weapons possession is immediately vilified and identified with right-wing extremism.
 

Liberty In One Easy Lesson
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Libertarians posit that you own yourself and it's as simple as that. Anything else is contradictory and hypocritical. You own your body and the labor it produces. You own your time and how you choose to spend it. You own your decisions. You and you alone. You also own the consequences of them, at least you should. Your ownership ends at the tip of your nose, as does your neighbors responsibility for your well-being, and yours for his. We certainly believe in being good neighbors, respectful neighbors, but we don't accept that the world owes us a living. That is for us to eke out from the dust of the earth just like every human being from the dawn of time. We believe in the Golden Rule, and for some of us that might mean living in isolation in hopes not to be bothered. For most of us though, that means contributing to society, respecting our fellow man, being generous and kind, charitable, of our own accord, with the knowledge that someday we may be in need, and it is comforting, a form of insurance if you will, to work toward a society that lends a helping hand. But never once would we demand our neighbor provide for us at gunpoint should that day arrive. Charity under duress is not charity. We call it theft, and we don't like it."
 

Eisenhower Planned Emergency Government
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"CBS President Frank Stanton was one of six private citizens secretly recruited and granted authority by President Eisenhower to run major components of the government if a Soviet attack wiped out many American leaders."

"Shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, President Bush created a shadow government of 75 to 150 officials who worked in mountainside bunkers outside Washington to ensure the government would function if the capital came under attack." ...

"All those officials already were in government when they were given the assignment. Eisenhower is believed to be the first president to go outside government to look for leaders in a crisis."
 

Does Judaism and gun control go hand in hand ???
Submitted by: gary g

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"Diaz, in middle age, has become a serious Jew and a major figure in the effort to stop the flood of deadly weapons engulfing the nation..."

“The whole process of considering conversion to Judaism involves thinking about leading an ethical life, about the meaning and consequences of what you do... It means everything from what you eat to how you treat fellow human beings.”

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It's abhorrent that Tom Diaz is using Judaism as an excuse to disarm the citizens of America. Numerous rabbis confirm that the sanctity of life is affirmed numerous times in the Talmud (a 70-volume code of Jewish law). Gun control subverts and violates Jewish law. The right to self defense is mandated by Jewish law, and, consequently, so is the right to use the most effective tools available to defend one's life.

Diaz's attempts to use religion as a rationale for disarmament and tyranny are appalling.
 

UK: Wife murdered with shotgun after affair row in this gun-controller's paradise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

JOHN Walker cheated on his wife then shot her at point-blank range when she threatened to expose him.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how Walker called 999 on November 11 2002 and told emergency services he had been "overcome with anger" during an argument.

When they went to his home in Great Bealings, police officers found Glenda Walker dead on the dining room carpet.

She had been shot at point-blank range with a 12-bore shotgun. Walker, 66, of Lodge road, denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

But prosecutor Karim Khalil told jurors the act had been calculated to kill. He said: "This defendant shot his wife from a couple of feet away with a 12-bore gun.

"He meant to kill her."
 

UT: Bar Argument Ends in Shooting at Residence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The argument began in the Barbary Coast Saloon in South Salt Lake about 6 p.m. Sunday..."

"The victim followed the other man to his home and was shot in the torso. ..." ...

"The suspect called authorities at 7:03 p.m. 'He turned the weapon in when he turned himself in,' Rivera said. He was being questioned and had not yet been booked."

" 'It's very fortunate for the detectives that we do have the shooter off the street and the gun in custody so no one else will be injured tonight,' Rivera said."

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How pathetic is this? The so-called "victim" follows the alleged "suspect" to his home after an argument. The "suspect" apparently defends himself, then calls the police and reports the incident. And yet, the good Sergeant insists on implying that the guy who shot in apparent self defense was dangerous. "It's very fortunate for the detectives that we do have the shooter off the street and the gun in custody so no one else will be injured tonight..."
 

Police Blast Cuts in Federal Grants
Submitted by: Ektarr

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"It’s budget season, and police officials who say local law enforcement is the first line of defense against crime and terror in American communities say they will not let go of their favorite funds without a fight."

"There has been nothing that has brought us together as a single, priority issue than this issue — without this, none of the other stuff flows, and I assure you, without it, there will be police officer reduction issues..."

"The 'stuff' he refers to is funding for primarily three sacred federal law enforcement funds: the Community Oriented Policing Services program, the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program and the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant Program, all provided currently through the Department of Justice and all on the chopping block in President Bush’s 2005 budget proposal." ...

"But Capitol Hill officials say the administration is simply consolidating two of the three funds and shifting some of them to the Department of Homeland Security, where they will be better managed and used more effectively for emergency services, and will undoubtedly include local law enforcement funding."
 

MS: House Approves Right To Carry Reciprocity! (NRA Alert)
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"This week, the House approved HB 989, the NRA-backed Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation sponsored by Representative Warner McBride (D-Panola), which requires Mississippi to recognize permits from any state that recognizes Mississippi permits. The Senate also approved SB 2705, the House companion to HB 989, sponsored by Senator Walter Michel (R-Jackson). Each bill now moves to the other chamber for consideration. The Senate also passed SB 2623, legislation creating a specialized NRA license plate and dedicating fees from such plates to the NRA Foundation State Account for Mississippi. That bill now moves to the House for consideration."
 

NY: Mom's Pal Kills Daughter
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"A Long Island man stabbed his gal pal's 20-year-old daughter to death with a steak knife after she rushed to her mom's defense during a fight, Suffolk County cops said yesterday."

"Gary Smith, 45, of Coram was charged late Saturday with second-degree murder in the death of Jean Ferdinando of Ronkonkoma, police said."

"Cops said an argument between Smith, the victim and her mom, Rosalie Abato, erupted around 10 p.m. in the home that Smith shared with Abato."

"Smith knifed the victim, who had an order of protection against him, four times, police said."

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In the gun control paradise of New York, victims of paper protection cannot defend themselves against armed abusers, but are expected to wait for the police to arrive and protect them. Apparently in this case, knife trumped paper.
 

NY: Police on the lookout for homemade gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The NYPD is warning cops to look out for an ingenious homemade gun that looks like a common bolt, but can fire a .22 caliber bullet, The Post has learned."

"Such a gun was recently taken from a Philadelphia iron worker by a Pennsylvania state park ranger."

"The device looks harmless enough - it's a 4-inch bolt, with a nut screwed onto its thread."

"But the threaded part of the bolt detaches from the rest - revealing a hollowed-out interior."

"A single bullet can be stored inside the threaded part of the bolt."
 

Coercive Medicine
Submitted by: Joshua L. Long

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"An arrest in Utah last week of a 28-year-old woman who allegedly committed murder by refusing to undergo a C-section represents a shocking abuse of state authority and a dangerous disregard for medical ethics."

"In this case, prosecutors claim that Melissa Rowland – a woman pregnant with twins – rejected the advice of her physicians to have a caesarean section, allegedly resulting in the stillbirth of one of the twins. According to the law, however, pregnant women – like other Americans – have the right to decide whether or not to undergo surgery. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as well as other leading medical groups similarly conclude that the final decision must be the woman's..." ...

"These legal and medical ethical principles make sense for both women and children. Doctors are not infallible and their advice is just that, advice. In addition to the consensus of medical organizations, courts, too, have long recognized a patient's right to make health care decisions free from governmental intrusion."
 

AZ: Law enforcement agencies give away free gun locks
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"In an effort to foster safe and responsible gun use and ownership, local law enforcement agencies are distributing free gun locks to the public as part of Project ChildSafe."

"The program is supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a grant from the United States Department of Justice, and is a component of Project Safe Neighborhoods."

"Thatcher Police Chief Mike McEuen estimated his department has given away about 300 locks so far, and said he probably has about 1,000 locks remaining."
 

WA: High school students offered rewards to stop crime
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Rewards are usually $10 or $20 (US$7.50 to $15), but sometimes the school will offer $50 (US$37.50) to try to solve a problem quickly, House said."

"Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd praised the community building aspect but expressed concern about the rewards."

" 'People should be encouraged to report willful damage to property or theft or assault because they are concerned about the collective well-being of others, not because there are financial rewards,' Boyd said. 'It's inappropriate to offer a financial reward. It may motivate people to act like Big Brother.' "

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In the former Soviet Union people were encouraged to turn in their neighbors, co-workers and friends for anti-communist activities and sentiments in exchange for basic needs like bread, toilet paper, jobs, housing and even vodka. Sound familiar?
 

OH: Ever wonder how criminals get their hands on guns without a NICS check?
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Burglars steal a huge gun and knife collection from a Clark County man, but investigators say they didn't get far with the loot.

The thieves broke into the South Pitchin Road home Sunday when a neighbor caught them in the act.

Investigators say they ran off with armloads of weapons, but police say they were able to catch up with them and recover most of the stolen property.

The suspects are Travis Jones, charged with aggravated burglary, and Tracey Stump, charged with complicity to aggravated burglary.
 

Australia: Gun buyback centre planned for Parramatta under amnesty
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"Licensed shooters will be paid to hand in recently banned firearms."

"NSW Police Minister John Watkins said today guns banned under a Council of Australian Governments agreement in 2002 could be exchanged for payment at a new gun buyback centre in Parramatta."

"Also, two mobile vans already have begun touring NSW as part of the national handgun buyback scheme."

"Mr Watkins said more than $16.5 million already had been paid out in compensation since the buyback scheme began last October, with more than 10,000 guns handed in."
 

MO: County accepting concealed gun permit requests
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"The first person to apply for a concealed weapons permit, Randy Cornell says he has no intention of carrying a handgun on a daily basis." ...

"Cornell said he wants the flexibility of being able to carry a handgun without restrictions, such as when he goes hunting." ...

"Jasper County residents who wish to apply for a concealed weapons permit need to make an appointment with the JCSD."

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This man wants the freedom to carry a firearm, but doesn't want his children to understand or appreciate that freedom. "I have two young boys... I don't want guns around my boys."
 

ME: Senate continues debate over Patriot Act
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"Round two of a debate over the federal Patriot Act is scheduled Monday in the Maine Senate."

"The House on Friday adopted the election-year resolution, which urges Congress to make sure anti-terrorism laws do not compromise civil liberties. The House vote closely followed party lines, and final passage is up to senators."
 

TN: Tenn. librarians speak out against Patriot Act
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"Tennessee librarians met at the Knoxville Convention Center Thursday to discuss the USA Patriot Act."

"The panel discussion included members of the American Civil Liberties Union. The state ACLU was the first group to sue the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General John Ashcroft over the provision of the act."

"The Patriot Act gives the government the ability to know what books people are reading at public libraries."

"ACLU director Hedy Weinberg says the government has a duty to keep its citizens safe. But she said, 'We can be safe and still be free.' "
 

NJ: Patriot Act leaves mark on S. Jersey
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"...Historically, governments overreact during war time, like it did with internment of the Japanese after World War II and the McCarthy hearings during the Cold War. Eventually, mistakes were acknowledged and corrected. This time Bush tells us the war is endless. That notion, plus greater secrecy and less judicial supervision under the Patriot Act, means we don't even know when mistakes are being made."

"The strong arm of the Patriot Act is being felt at universities in how they track foreign students and faculty, in the world of banking and finance to make sure money is not stashed under false identities to fund terrorist operations, and in the day-to-day lives of citizens."
 

UK: Police hunt for spotty raider after 4th robbery
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"A SPOTTY-FACED armed robber whose last attempted theft was foiled when a shop assistant threw a kettle of boiling water over him is believed to have struck again."

"A man carrying a handgun targeted a city off-licence yesterday afternoon and demanded cash from the terrified shop staff."

"Investigators believe the suspect is the same man already linked to three similar incidents in the Capital last week."

"Staff at the Oddbins outlet in Brunswick Road handed over about £200 when a man walked in and pointed a handgun at them at around 5pm. He was last seen heading towards Montgomery Street."
 

DOD tries out biometric smart cards overseas
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"The Defense Department’s broadest smart card rollout for biometric authentication is happening in South Korea, Japan and Europe—not the United States, Kenneth C. Scheflen told the Biometric Symposium 2004 in Washington."

"Scheflen, director of the Defense Manpower Data Center, said yesterday the pieces 'are not all there yet for an enterprise biometric solution.' Vendors’ products are still closed to interoperability, he said, and the algorithms used for fingerprint comparison remain proprietary."
 

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Reporters today are far removed from America's founding values and are alarmed and contemptuous of gun owners as dangerous lower classes. — HENRY ALLEN, WASHINGTON POST

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