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John Lott's Reply to Michelle Malkin's Smear
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"Below is Malkin’s op-ed with commentary by me (my comments are indented and in italics and start at the bottom of the page with the numbered responses corresponding to the numbers in the supporting document). (Note that two other discussions on this issue have been posted since February 2003 and involve a general discussion of the two other polls that ask about brandishing that have been done over the previous two decades as well a response to other attacks are available at the bottom of the page found here.)" ...
 

VPC TALL TALES: Tom Diaz's Latest Lie on the .50
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Tom Diaz of the "Violence Policy Center" is basically a professional liar. He gets paid to deceive people.

His latest binge involves trying to ban the .50 caliber rifle even though nobody has ever used one to intentionally harm another person in the entire nation. The only violent crime committed with a .50 was committed by a murderous police officer, too.

Yet Newsday is happy to be liar Diaz's accomplice in spreading this whopper:

" 'These are the tools of the trade of terrorists,' countered Tom Diaz of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, referring to the use of the rifles against federal agents at the Waco, Texas, siege and in assassinations around the world."

DEAR TOM DIAZ,

Please provide any and all evidence you have that the federal government's murder victims at Waco used even one shot from a .50 caliber rifle when defending themselves from BATF and FBI killers. We'd love to see it. Until you do, here's yet one more of your long list of lies exposed.

Sincerely,

Real Americans Who Think You Are a Wussy
 

CNN Admits It: "Assault Weapons" less accurate, easier to defend against
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(from an article about a high-tech gunshot locator)

"The Pentagon is rushing into service in Iraq....technologies developed under its advanced research arm: a Humvee-mounted sensor for pinpointing hostile gunfire...."

""Assailants in urban Iraq....tend to be armed with AK-47s rather than more accurate rifles, giving soldiers time to return fire or get out of harm's way."

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But we can't have AKs in the US because they are allegedly such horrifically efficient killing machines.
 

MD: Police seize 57 guns; no charges; can't get guns back because he'd been "committed for evaluation" after the "raid"
Submitted by: Don Finlayson

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This story is very fishy -- and foreboding. No charges mentioned. Gun owner trying to get his firearms back, so he's obviously not in jail. Justification for seizing 57 firearms: alleged complaints from neighbors, but apparently without enough evidence to charge the guy. Now he cannot get his firearms back because those who seized his gun collection ordered him "evaluated". If you think this couldn't happen to you, think again.

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... "The man was committed to a psychiatric hospital after the raid. He has since been released and is seeking to have his weapons returned, Berger said. However, under state and federal law, police can confiscate the weapons of those committed for mental health problems." ...

"But James Purtilo, publisher of gun rights newsletter Tripwire, worries that the police are taking aim at the rights of legitimate gun owners 'without any public safety benefit.' "

" 'It puts people under the scrutiny of the police for no other reason than lawfully purchasing a gun,' said Purtilo, a Silver Spring resident."

" 'These are officials driven by ideology and experimentation of social control who are going after people only because they legally own firearms,' he said."

"The case in Kensington is an example of how the unit is seizing legally purchased guns, Purtilo said. 'His real crime appears to be not fitting in well with the People's Republic of Kensington,' he said."

"The police said they are careful of the rights of legitimate gun owners."

" 'We're not trying to take guns away from anybody who can legally own them [even though that's exactly what they just did],' said Officer Derek Baliles." ...

"The firearms unit is backed by anti-gun supporters." ...
 

MD: Burglar targets widow, steals guns; details in obituary notice may have inspired the thief
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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Consider this a public service announcement and a heads up.

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"Chris Harbaugh Hewitt returned to her Kaetzel Road home Monday evening from the viewing for her husband of 31 years to find her bedroom ransacked and thousands of dollars in cash and items missing."

"Hewitt said it was unsettling to think the burglars went to her house because they knew she would be at a funeral home."

"Joseph Hewitt died at age 53 after a battle with colon cancer. He was a Frederick, Md., native, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the National Rifle Association."

"She said she believes including information in her husband's obituary on his interest in hunting and rare coin collecting may have sparked someone to commit the crime." ...

"They took $1,000 in cash, four rifles valued at about $2,000, two jewelry boxes containing about $800 worth of items and two model trucks valued at $100 from the home." ...
 

CA: Contra Costa County bans the sale of .50 caliber rifles - when none were being sold in the county
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"In an emotionally charged meeting Tuesday, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit the sale of .50-caliber 'sniper' rifles in unincorporated areas of the county."

"By a 4-0 vote, the board approved the restriction." ...

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They will not stop with the .50's. They will move on to the next scary (in their view) tool.

Meanwhile, of the two licensed gun dealers in the county, neither of them even sold .50 caliber rifles. In other words, these people have banned something that doesn't happen in their county. Maybe they should ban slow parades of 1,000 elephants, too -- just in case, so they can keep traffic flowing in the delusional recesses of their gun-stupid minds.
 

IN: After much thought, list of gun permit holders will not appear online
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"The overwhelming majority opposed posting the list, ... we'd like to thank everyone who contributed to the debate."

"...we've decided not to provide easier access to this public record on our Web site. .... Those who want the information will have to request it from the State Police and pay $25 for it."

"One of the strongest arguments for making the list searchable online was the ability for parents to check whether a household where their child would be playing included a permit holder." ...
 

OH: Gun classes fill up as concealed carry nears
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Ms. Korn, 60, was among nearly 25 people taking a 12-hour class at Cleland's Outdoor World on Airport Highway. The training is required in order to carry a firearm under Ohio's new concealed weapons law."

" 'I was mugged previously and I want to be able to defend myself,' she said. 'I will feel safer.' " ...

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More importantly, you'll be safer.
 

MO: Conceal law drives increase in gun sales
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"Missouri's new conceal-carry gun law has sparked a steady increase in handgun sales in recent months, area gun dealers say."

" 'I've been restocking my handguns on a three-to-one ratio,' said Dennis Naber, owner of Ozark Gun Traders and Pawn in Ozark. 'For every one handgun we used to sell, we now sell three. We plan on doing more business because of conceal-carry.' "

"At Garner's Gun and Pawn in Springfield, owner Herschel Garner said people are buying smaller handguns that are more suitable for self-defense and concealment."

" 'We sell a lot of .38 Specials, .380 semiautomatics, 9 millimeters, because they're smaller,' he said." ...
 

FL: Senate approves two new pro-gun laws
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TALLAHASSEE -- "Prompting charges of election-year pandering, the Republican-controlled Florida Senate on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a pair of controversial gun laws."

"One proposal would bar anyone, including police agencies, from keeping databases of gun owners and firearms. Another would shield shooting ranges from government-sponsored environmental lawsuits." ...
 

NY: Clerk shoots hold-up man with "unlicensed" gun, faces charges
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An attempted robbery at a Queens bodega led to gunplay last night when an armed clerk shot the bandit in the head, police said.
Devin Keitt, 26, allegedly tried to rob at gunpoint the Ramon Food Market on 107th Avenue in Ozone Park at 8 p.m., cops said.

But he was foiled by Edwin Marte, 35, who shot Keitt once in the head with an unlicensed gun, police sources said.

Keitt managed to run almost a block and a half from the bodega before collapsing, according to a police source.

He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition.

Police sources said Marte is facing a weapons charge and Keitt is facing attempted robbery and weapons charges.
 

Philippines: 50 firearms seized, 38 persons nabbed in gun ban drive
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THIRTY-eight persons were apprehended and 50 firearms and two fragmentation grenades were confiscated since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) implemented the gun ban last December 15, for the forthcoming local and national elections in May 10."

Of those arrested, 32 were civilians, three were members of the Philippine Army, one village head, a doctor, and some were agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), reports from the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office disclosed."

Reports further showed that the two firearms were abandoned in a secluded area in Manapla town."

"Senior Supt. Vicente Ponteras, police provincial director, revealed that 27 cases have been filed in court." ...
 

Warning issued to paintball gun users
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"The government issued sharp warnings yesterday to paintball gun users, announcing new safety measures while investigations continue into two deaths caused by canisters flying off the guns."

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission said both deaths occurred after brass valves were inadvertently unscrewed from the pressurized carbon dioxide canisters on the guns, which turned the canisters into projectiles."

"In June 2003, a 15-year-old boy from Washington state died after the canister he was removing struck him in the head, the commission said. In February, a California mother of two was instantly killed by a canister that propelled off a gun someone was disassembling nearby." ..
 

MO: Chief distances department from officer
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"Kansas City Police Chief Rick Easley urged community members not to 'paint all police officers with the same brush' after a sergeant was accused of giving false testimony." ...

"He was responding to the case involving Sgt. Brad Chirnside, who was accused by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge of providing false testimony in an Oct. 17, 2002, evidence suppression hearing. The hearing concerned a gun recovered in a Feb. 20, 2002, traffic stop." ...

"Three violations involved rules of conduct, including dishonesty and conduct that brings discredit to or destroys public respect for the department."

"The fourth accused Chirnside of not turning on the audio portion of his patrol car's camera system during the traffic stop." ...
 

PA: Paroled killer and rapist, released from sex offender registry, dragged woman into the woods and tried to rape and kill her
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"Raymond Webb, a paroled killer and rapist, was mistakenly released from his Megan's Law requirement to register as a sex offender six months before he allegedly dragged a woman into the woods in Richland Township and tried to rape and kill her."

"Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons said that although she does not believe a Megan's Law watch on Webb would have prevented that crime, dropping the requirement removed a layer of protection for the community." ...

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He's probably right that his name on some list would not have prevented the crime.

What would have prevented the crime would have been a gunshot (or two or three) in the middle of his face -- preferably with a large caliber projectile that expands for maximum damage to human tissue.

Those sad, sadistic people who oppose concealed carry for self-defense ought to have T-shirts made with this scumbag's face on it -- with the following caption: "Do Not Shoot This Poor, Misunderstood Person. Let Him Rape and Murder You, and Then You'll Be a Good Person."

As for any woman who walks around like a defenseless deer in the headlights, don't come complaining to us when you're victimized. Blame yourself for listening to morons like Sarah Brady and Dianne Feinstein.
 

WA: Slain sex offender held job at women's shelter
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For anyone who believes the government is here to protect you, this story oughta settle that fantasy.

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"He was a convicted rapist, a level three sex offender, and last week, he killed a single mother before he was fatally shot by police."

"But despite his history of abusing women, Lawrence Owens, 43, had spent the past three months working through a temporary employment agency at the YWCA's Opportunity Place, a Belltown facility that includes among its services a 25-bed shelter for homeless women, some of them victims of domestic violence."

"Because Owens was working through the Labor Ready employment agency, YWCA authorities did not know about his criminal background." ...

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Police killed him AFTER he killed his victim, not before. Only she was in a position to save herself. Instead, she perished Sarah Brady style: unarmed and defenseless. Government had full records on this worthless waste of human flesh, but records don't stop evil nearly as well as fast-moving lead does.

And what ended him? A bullet -- the same kind any of us can obtain at the local gun store.
 

Pride of the force: a street cop
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. . . "Today, after nominating Garafalo several times over all those years, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Exchange Club will honor him as the Officer of the Year." ...

"He made the news more than once during that career. In 1992, when a man who had been on a drinking binge pulled a gun and shot at him, Garafalo and another officer fired back. The man died. Last year, he was recognized by the department for rescuing two people from a truck that had overturned and caught fire." ...

"He has survived a shotgun blast at close range, was bitten by a pit bullterrier during a standoff, and watched bullets pound the ground at his feet during the city's 1996 civil disturbances."

"But there are other, smaller, things that don't show up in his personnel file or in the news accounts." ...
 

"Robbing people of their fundamental right to having a roof over their heads."
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This alleged "right to have a roof over your head" nonsense is getting really really tiring. There is no such right, whatsoever.

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" 'Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed," said President Dwight D. Eisenhower more than 40 years ago."

"And we could add that it also means robbing people of their fundamental right to having a roof over their heads."

"A new plan by the Bush administration 'to streamline' the federal rent subsidy plan known as Section 8 - if approved by Congress - would inevitably mean a drastic increase in the city's already unmanageable homeless population." ...
 

4th Circuit Court reverses ruling on Richmond arrest; frisking people "in high-crime areas" allowed
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Police can stop and frisk people in high-crime areas who are behaving suspiciously even if authorities aren't aware of any criminal activity, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday."

"A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision that threw out evidence obtained by Richmond police when they arrested Irvin Mayo in February 2003." ...
 

KY: Gun Shops in the Home: Newport gunsmith's case may eliminate local zoning restrictions
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FRANKFORT - "A proposed change in state law could allow a Newport gun shop owner to expand his business into nearby cities, a move that has been blocked for years by local zoning laws."

"A bill to allow gun dealers to open shops in their homes by exempting them from almost all local zoning restrictions has been approved by a House committee."

"The legislation was prompted by an appeals court ruling in a case involving gun shop owner Peter Garrett, said Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester."

"Garrett sought in 2000 to open two new locations of his gunsmith business in Dayton and Bellevue, but his plans were rejected because of planning and zoning rules, which he calls 'gun control by proxy.' " ...
 

MO: Start Issuing Concealed Gun Permits
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"Unless someone is in dire need, Sheriff Gary Toelke is urging people to hold off applying for a concealed gun permit when his office begins the application process next Monday, March 29."

"The sheriff's office staff is bracing for a large turnout the first few days. They will begin taking applications at 9 a.m. Monday.
'We ask that applicants be patient,'..." ...
 

MI: Thwarted Robberies Prompt Mich. Debate
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It's surprising seeing "Join Together Online" promoting this:

"After gun-toting citizens prevented two recent robberies in Michigan, Farmington Hill Police Chief William Dwyer said he is reconsidering his opposition to a new state law that eases permit regulations for concealed weapons, the Detroit Free Press reported March 23." ...

BUT OF COURSE they had to run a brainwashed, irrational gun bigot in the same short article:

Acknowledging that people need to defend themselves, State Sen. Gilda Jacobs (D-Huntington Woods) cautioned, "We have to be careful we don't end up having the wild, wild west."

Jacobs, who voted against the concealed-carry law in 2002, added, "People should feel able to protect themselves in their own homes, there's some argument there. But do we want a bunch of vigilantes running around with guns to do the police's work?"
 

MN: Handgun foes say concealed-carry law costs taxpayers too much
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"A report by a group opposed to Minnesota's handgun law shows the law cost taxpayers in three Twin Cities counties more than a half-million dollars in its first seven months."

"The report by Citizens for a Safer Minnesota looked at the gap between what counties can charge to process permits and the actual cost of doing the work. The difference was $42,247 in Dakota County, $147,418 in Ramsey County and $344,333 in Hennepin County." ...

AGAIN, THE SOLUTION:

Stop charging fees and intruding on people's lives and just let them protect themselves against the criminals who do not obey laws anyway.
 

TN: Police Promoting Serial Number Registration Program
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"The Memphis Police Department wants to help you keep your property safe. The department has set up a database for citizens' personal property, including firearms. You can get an electronics or a firearms inventory form at any police precinct or you can download a form. These are only for items with serial numbers. If those items are stolen and later found, police can match them with the owner."
 

Constitutionists'
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The Founders and writers of our nation's law thought this would cover all the ills of humanity and I have no argument with it. Everything from the suffragettes in 1910 to the civil rights question for blacks in this nation in 1965 has addressed the basic words of the Constitution. These are good things. It forced the nation to look at the wording of our law and adhere to it. There is no room for making new law. None is needed. The rights of one man are the rights of all men."
 

NY: Unarmed mother, daughters tied up, robbed in home invasion
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"Police are searching for a man who allegedly entered a home in Dix Hills, tied up a the homeowner and her two daughters and left with money Tuesday."

"The mother and her two daughters, ages 6 and 16, were at their home on Gallatin Drive when a heavy built man knocked at the door at about 6 p.m. pretending to deliver flowers, says Suffolk County Police." ...

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Sounds like they could have used a handy firearm. There are numerous cases of people answering their doors with firearms and stopping home invasions due to their readiness.
 

Bush's Prescription Pill Police State
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"The plan includes new state surveillance agencies that monitor prescription drug users to ensure they aren’t fishing for pushover physicians to prescribe 'unneeded' pharmaceuticals"

"The idea of Big Brother spying on your visits with your doctor may frighten you. But this isn’t the first time police-state tactics have been used against the healthcare choices of patients to enforce the government’s version of good medicine." ...

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This from an Administration led by a President who snorted cocaine and smoked marijuana -- the successor to another President who did the same.
 

Snapshots from the Recent "Protest" in San Francisco
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If you only look at one section, check out the one called "Communism, Marxism and Socialism".
 

Is Playing Paintball and Firing Legal Guns Terrorism?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"On March 5, in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge Leonie Brinkema delivered her verdict in the case of three American citizens -- Masoud Khan, 32, Seifullah Chapman, 31, and Hammad Abdur-Raheem, 35 -- who were charged with participating in a conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism."

"Brinkema found the three men guilty. As a result of the finding of being labeled 'terrorists,' the men now face prison terms of fifty to one hundred years."

"Yet plainly, these men are no terrorists, as I will explain below. Instead, defense attorneys have made a convincing case that the men were indicted and convicted primarily because they are Muslims."

"Even the Government Did Not Initially See This as a Terrorism Case" ...
 

"The Buzz"
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"Short and snappy comments by anonymous Observer readers on the issues of the day" ...

"The reason gun control laws don't work is because the NRA shoots down any effective gun control law proposal. They have blood on their hands."

"To add your voice to The Buzz, call (704) 377-4444. After the introductory greeting, enter category 1900. You'll have 30 seconds to leave your message. Or you can send a one- or two-sentence e-mail to buzz@charlotteobserver.com."
 

Protecting Your Privates
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"In 2000, Bush ran on a platform that loudly supported medical privacy. ..." ...

"That promise has been broken." ...

"The Bush-Ashcroft Justice Department is attempting to force hospitals and clinics to turn over medical records on thousands of abortions. ..."

"Fundamentally, Bush's claim is that the government can instruct doctors on the needs and treatment of their patients. ...There are honorable arguments for and against abortion, but it is difficult to imagine an honorable argument for the government's right to dictate specific medical care. If government can dictate something so intimate and personal then what, according to that precedent, can it not dictate?"
 

Lefties Trying to Break into Talk Radio
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"Liberal radio station hopes to ride a wave of perceived antipathy to the Bush administration and so succeed where other leftwing broadcasters have failed. From a cramped 40th floor office on Park Avenue, Mark Walsh is plotting a radio revolution." ...

"Air America radio goes on the air next Wednesday, initially in four cities - New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles - as well as by satellite and over the internet. By the end of the year, Mr Walsh hopes to be in 36 markets, through a combination of station leases and purchases, syndication deals and other arrangements." ...
 

Gun law is off-target
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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. . . "Under federal law, individuals deemed "mentally defective" or who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution may not purchase or possess a gun. This includes people judged to have difficulty managing their affairs due to mental illness."

"Such broad, stigmatizing definitions promote the idea that violence and mental illness are inextricably linked - but research shows that people with mental illnesses are no more violent than others." ...

"Public safety must be protected, but arbitrary discrimination is a poor way to do so. Efforts to prevent gun violence must reject baseless stereotypes and protect the privacy of millions of non-violent Americans." ...
 

FL: Mother sues principal who held toy gun to son's neck
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - "A woman sued a middle school principal because he held a toy gun to her son's neck to teach him a lesson."

"Attorney Richard A. Ryles filed the lawsuit on behalf of Felicia Vickers on Tuesday."

"The suit asks for punitive damages against Okeeheelee Middle School Principal David Samore for his 'willful and blatant disregard' of the boy's rights during the Oct. 28, 2003, incident." ...
 

Terror War's Legal Cost -- people getting disappeared goes before High Court
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"The Bush administration believes that habeas corpus is a luxury that the US cannot afford in its war against terror."

"Habeas corpus is the legal principle that is the foundation of Anglo-American freedom. It prevents the government from picking up a person and holding him indefinitely without charge."

"The Bush administration’s claim to the right to conduct its war on terror outside the framework of US law is before the Supreme Court." ...
 

WI: Drivers in Wisconsin Forced by Police to Give Blood Samples -- even if it kills you in the process
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BROOKFIELD, Wis. -- "After police stopped Robert H. Miller for driving erratically here one afternoon in February 2001, they asked for his license and registration."

"Then they asked for something else: his blood. Having been convicted of drunk driving once before, Mr. Miller refused to cooperate. So after he was taken to a hospital, five officers pinned him to the floor as a medical technician stuck a needle in his arm." ...

Terry Jones' refusal to incriminate himself with his own blood as evidence did not go so well:

"Two officers testified that another stood on and kicked Mr. Jones's head; that officer denied the charge. Suddenly, Mr. Jones went limp. The coroner ruled that Mr. Jones died of acute cardiac arrhythmia, a heart-rhythm disturbance. But a second autopsy, performed by a retired deputy medical examiner at the request of Mr. Jones's widow, found that his head had been beaten and his left eye crushed. 'Had it not been for that trauma, he probably wouldn't have died,' that doctor testified." ...
 

PA: No disciplinary action taken against police officers or school employees over strip-searches of six girls in high school gym class
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MOUNT CARMEL — "No disciplinary action has been taken yet against two Mount Carmel Township police officers and two Mount Carmel Area School District employees involved in a strip-search earlier this month during a high school gym class."

"On Monday morning, Mount Carmel Area Superintendent Richard Beierschmitt said physical education teacher Gingie Britton and high school nurse Ruth Gregory have not been disciplined thus far in connection with the March 9 incident."

"Mount Carmel Township Supervisor Edward Sebastian also confirmed no disciplinary action has been taken yet against Chief of Police Donald Geary and Cpl. Brian Hollenbush, who were serving as school resource officers when they allegedly ordered Britton and Gregory to strip-search six female students in a closet near the gym area after being informed that $27 had been stolen from someone in the gym class." ...

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Obviously, all six girls did not steal the money. This means that some innocent teenage girls were strip searched. If one of them was your daughter, sister, niece or neighbor, would you expect someone to be punished for this action?
 

OR: Police issue warning about replica guns
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"Washington County police say they want people to be aware of the dangers surrounding look-alike guns that can be mistaken for the real thing."

"They say law enforcement officers around the country are finding themselves involved in a growing number of 'tense' encounters with young people in possession of Air Soft guns."

"The replica weapons, which fire round plastic pellets, are difficult to tell from the real thing, especially at night or during suspected crimes." ...
 

The Golden Opportunity
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"The Republicans and Democrats are handing us a golden opportunities, on a scale the Libertarian Party has never before had, if only we can take advantage of them. Both parties are spending money like a crew of wastrel spendthrift ne'er-do-well bankrupts. Both Parties supported the "patriot" act, an unpatriotic assault on the whole Bill of Rights. Both Parties voted for an unAmerican War on a country that never attacked us. Both parties sat quietly as we went from hundred billion a year surpluses to half-trillion a year deficits. Both parties support socializing medicine. ..."
 

Haiti: "Everybody has to be disarmed."
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"Haiti's new government held its first Cabinet meeting Wednesday as leaders began tackling the multitude of troubles afflicting the impoverished country, first among them the large number of guns on the streets."

"The meeting in the National Palace was held as the last contingent of 450 Canadian soldiers prepared to join patrols in the still-volatile capital."

"A top aide to Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue said a top government priority is to work with American and French troops to disarm militants."

" 'Everybody has to be disarmed. Without disarmament, there will be no security,' the aide, Miguel Auguste, told The Associated Press." ...
 

TX: Student Arrested For Loaded Gun At Middle School
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"A student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly carrying a loaded gun to a northwest Harris County middle school."

"Deputies said a 14-year-old male student was showing the weapon, a 380 semi-automatic pistol, to classmates on his school bus. They said he was not aiming the weapon at anyone or making any threatening gestures."

"When students arrived at school, they told administrators, who took the boy out of class and searched his locker, according to authorities. The gun was found inside, along with a clip that had six bullets in it, officials said."

"The child was taken into custody and charged with a third-degree felony."

"Officials said the gun was stolen when a car was broken into a few days ago in a nearby subdivision."
 

IN: Rape and Burglary Suspect Found Unconscious At Scene
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"This began when, police say, Maxwell shoved his way into a home on Jefferson Street, beat the husband and then beat and raped the wife."

"They managed to get away when, police say, Maxwell passed-out."

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This guy beat both the husband and the wife, but the gun banners expect a 911 call will stop him. What will stop him is a well-placed bullet.
 

OH: Rape At Wilson
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Youngstown Police are investigating an alleged double rape at Wilson High School.

Authorities say a 16-year-old girl was at Drama Practice after school when she went into a dressing room to rest, that's when she alleges a 17-year-old male student raped her.

Her sister, also a student at the school interrupted the rape, and allegedly became a victim of rape herself. A third sister went into the dressing room, and started fighting with the suspect, before he fled.

Police say they know who the suspect is, however no arrests have been made at this time. In the meantime, the suspect's been removed from the school.

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Things like this are not supposed to happen in "gun free" victim disarmament zones. But that's where they happen most often.
 

TN: Indictments Returned In Police Evidence Room Theft
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"Two indictments have been returned from the ongoing investigation of thefts of drugs and other property from the Memphis Police Department Property and evidence room."

"One indictment charges attorney Scott Crawford with violations of the money laundering statutes and the bank larceny statute. Crawford was previously charged in a separate case with obstruction of justice, bribery, firearms and drug offenses. According to the indictment Crawford laundered the proceeds of drug sales by Patrick Maxwell, who had conspired to steal cocaine and marijuana from the Memphis Police department property and evidence room and redistribute these drugs."

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They can't even protect their evidence but we're supposed to count on them to protect us?
 

KY: Man Pleads Guilty in Dorm Rape-Murder
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"One of two men charged in a dormitory attack that killed a Western Kentucky University freshman pleaded guilty to murder, rape and arson Tuesday, and agreed to testify against his co-defendant." ...

"Autry, 18, was found in her smoldering dormitory room May 4. She had been beaten, stabbed and burned, and died three days later at a hospital."

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This is what happens when you take students' right to armed self defense away and insist on "gun-free" campuses.
 

VA: Rape Victim Website
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"Rape on college campus is an all too frequent occurrence. According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, one in twenty college women reported being raped since the beginning of the school year. Eight percent of all violent crimes are rapes and half of the victims say they know their attackers."

"The mother of a student who claims her daughter was raped at the University of Virginia has started a website, which criticizes the administration's efforts to protect her child." ...

"...We understand any parent's pain and anger at a time like this but we need to alert students to the need to report any sexual assault to the proper authorities."

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How about encouraging students to defend themselves with the most effective tool on the market today, instead of just relying on the "authorities" to investigate after the fact?
 

Camo Candidate: John Kerry is a hunter, gun owner & decorated war hero
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
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"Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.), who has been his party’s most loyal supporter of President Bush has delivered a blistering critique of Sen. Kerry’s leadership while renewing his offer to campaign for Bush in the South." ...

"In an interview near the Senate floor last week, Miller said he is willing to help Bush 'because I believe in him. … I believe in the direction he’s taking this country. I think he’s a principled and determined leader, and that’s what we need right now.' "

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Principled? The head of an administration that brought you the Patriot Act, the biggest bureaucracy in history in the Homeland Security Department, increased funding for the NEA, amnesty for those who broke immigration laws and who has done nothing to support the Second Amendment? That's principled?

So much for Zell Miller.
 

WA: Not a victim anymore - Kent woman says rape victims need to fight back
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"Victims of sexual assault normally aren't identified by the media, but Kelly, 28, said she's stepping forward because she no longer sees herself as a 'victim.' "

"She's a survivor, she said, and she wants to tell other women that they don't have to be victims of sexual abuse or assault. They should report what's happened and 'fight back using the legal system,' she said."

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How about fighting back using the best tool of self defense? How about not allowing yourself to become a victim in the first place?
 

TN: Adult woman, too young to carry a firearm legally, reports attempted rape
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"A woman was sexually assaulted after she stopped her car on Market Street Sunday night to investigate an unusual noise."

"The 18-year-old victim told police that after she stepped from her car near Annetta Court, an armed man forced himself on her."

"The woman eventually escaped and ran toward her residence, according to a report by Officer Sabrina Deakin."

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Being only 18 she can't carry a firearm until she is 21. But she can get raped at 18, and the rapist is armed.
 

Australia: Australia city fears gangland war
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"The authorities in the Australian city of Melbourne fear an escalation in a gangland war after another killing on Tuesday."

"Andrew 'Benji' Veniamin, 28, was shot dead in an Italian restaurant."

"A former heavyweight boxer, Dominic 'Mick' Gatto, has been arrested for the killing which he said was carried out in self-defence."

"Veniamin was the 22nd victim in a gangland war that started in 1998 with the murder of a self-styled godfather."

"Alphonse Gangitano was shot dead in the laundry of his home sparking off a spate of killings carried out by rival groups."

"Veniamin was suspected by police of being a hit man involved in a number of deaths, and many had suspected that he himself would soon be a target."
 

Trinidad and Tobago: Cop on trial for murder
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"A POLICE constable went on trial in the High Court yesterday charged with the 1995 murder of a Matelot villager, but the defence has suggested that the officer acted in self-defence."

"PC Mihiset Greene, an officer with over 19 years' service, pleaded not guilty to the charge before Justice Herbert Volney in the Port of Spain First Criminal Court at the Hall of Justice after he was put in the charge of a 12-member jury, comprising seven women and five men."

"He is accused of killing Neil Sutherland between April 14 and 15, 1995. Sutherland was shot once in the vicinity of Marcelle Trace and Paria Main Road some time between 11 p.m. and shortly after midnight during a police raid."

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But only cops should have guns.
 

Mexico: Mexican Land Dispute Divides Native Communities - poorly armed farmers driven off land
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The men and women of San Pedro Yosotatu, most of them poor farmers, are staying at the fancy Government Palace in Oaxaca this winter – uninvited. Since early February, several dozen protestors have camped out in the palace's front portico on the main city square, lying on cardboard mats and sleeping under blankets."

"...Since 1998, say the protestors, the people of San Sebastian Nopalera, heavily armed, have driven them off a land grant of more than 1,200 acres they had farmed in Oaxaca state, under presidential decree, since the 1930s."

"There are only about 30 firearms in all San Pedro, he said, the vast majority of them hunting rifles."

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Why would anyone need an "assault weapon"?
 

NH: Barrington man convicted on gun charge
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A man convicted of possessing an unregistered machine gun 14 years ago was given a 6-month sentence for being found in possession of a revolver in 2001.

John Gubellini, 54, of Barrington, pleaded guilty last October to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Concord. The 6-month sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release.

The case was handled by the U.S. Attorney’s office along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Barrington Police Department.

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It is interesting that there is no criminal activity, just the exercise of a constitutionally protected right.
 

Reading Between the Numbers
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"How can we trust research?

"The question is not trivial, since studies and statistics form the basis for many of the laws under which we live. If they are wrong, then the laws may be as well. Short of taking a course on statistics and poring over data, the best way to get a sense of which data to trust is through common sense. There are five questions you should demand of any statistic." ...

"Bias does not invalidate findings. Just because a researcher seeks funds or has a personal opinion doesn’t mean his finding that 2+2=4 is false. But it does mean you should look at the math more closely."

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Put these questions to use next time some anti-self-defense deceiver is preaching Brady stats!
 

How About a National 'Do Not Tax' List?
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"Now that I have announced that I do not want to buy what Uncle Sam is selling, I further demand that he quit trying to sell it to me."

"I will place my name on the National Do Not Tax Registry. Those of us on the list will use all constitutional tools at our disposal­ -- the two strongest being fully-informed jurors and the Second Amendment­ -- to keep the boot of the IRS off our necks."

"The Founders gave the old steel tip to a tyrant who took only 3% of their income." ...
 

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