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American Indians Criticize Bush’s Silence in Red Lake Shootings
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"Native Americans across the country -- including tribal leaders, academics and rank-and-file tribe members -- voiced anger and frustration Thursday that President Bush has responded to the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history with silence. Three days after 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed nine members of his Red Lake tribe before taking his own life, grief-stricken American Indians complained that the White House has offered little in the way of sympathy for the tribe situated in the uppermost region of Minnesota."
 

NRA Says Teachers Should Have Guns
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"All options should be considered to prevent rampages like the Minnesota school shooting that took 10 lives -- including making guns available to teachers, a top National Rifle Association leader said Friday."

" 'I'm not saying that that means every teacher should have a gun or not, but what I am saying is we need to look at all the options at what will truly protect the students,' the NRA's first vice president, Sandra S. Froman, told The Associated Press." ...

"Froman cited the 1997 school shooting incident in Pearl, Miss., where a teacher retrieved a gun from his car when a student opened fire, then held the student at bay until police arrived."
 

Erich Pratt: Gun Banners Shooting Themselves In The Foot
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"For the second time in two weeks, a criminal thug steals weapons from a cop and then goes on a shooting rampage."

"First there was Brian Nichols who, after stealing a gun from a deputy in an Atlanta court house, killed four people."

"Then, a 16-year-old teenager in Minnesota stole guns from his grandfather -- who was a cop -- and used one of the weapons to kill several students and adults at a Minnesota high school."

"Although the guns in question were stolen from the police in both cases, the gun control lobby still insists upon punishing law- abiding Americans -- even though gun control would have done nothing to keep guns out of the bad guys’ hands."
 

Devvy Kidd: American men: Too many wimps and sissies
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"One man named Guy wrote, 'Stupid slag ... you have no Second Amendment rights ... the Second Amendment applies to militias, not individuals. ... I suggest you dust off your Constitution and actually read it instead of listening to other idiotic conservatives who haven't got two brain cells to rub together. ... You people make me sick.' " ...

" 'The great object is that every man be armed. ... Everyone who is able may have a gun.' Patrick Henry during Virginia's ratification convention (1788) in 'The Debates of the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution' at 386, Jonathan Elliot (New York, Burt Franklin: 1888)."
 

IL: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Blasts Blagojevich Bigotry Toward Gun Owners, Personal Protection
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"Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has once again placed the Democratic Party's agenda of anti-gun bigotry ahead of the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms and defend themselves, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ...said today."

" 'A few days ago, Gov. Blagojevich announced that he would veto all pro-gun legislation that comes to his desk,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. 'That includes any state pre-emption statute or law creating a concealed carry system.' "

"While calling such legislation 'dead on arrival,' makes for a great sound bite, ...it actually tells law- abiding Illinois residents that they are pretty much 'dead on arrival' if they are targeted by violent criminals. ..."
 

MI: Police question actions of gun-toting Royal Oak minister
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"The Rev. Mark Byers believes in packing heat, even in the pulpit. He urges congregants to do the same. Police say that's a bad idea." ...

"Royal Oak Police Chief Ted Quisenberry said the minister is within his rights. But he's concerned." ...

"Byers urges his congregants to get concealed weapons permits and carry firearms to church. He also tells them to go to the firing range to keep up their shooting skills."

" 'I certainly question the need to do something like this, but it seems like there's nothing we can do,' the chief said. 'We can't just arbitrarily set up outside the church and start shaking people down to make sure they have the proper permits.' "
 

UK: Intruder rapes girl in own home
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"A young schoolgirl was raped during the night in her own bedroom by a stranger, police have revealed."

"The child, aged under 10 years, was attacked after the man sneaked into her home in Basildon, Essex." ...

"Detectives described the rape, which happened between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, as horrendous and said it was every parent's nightmare."

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KABA Note: Not being allowed to defend your loved ones with the best self defense tool available, and risking being prosecuted if you do is also a parent's nightmare.
 

WA: Machete victim calls for safety protocols
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"A state social worker who was attacked by a machete-wielding father during a child-welfare check testified yesterday in support of a bill intended to prevent future assaults." ...

"The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, passed the House on an unanimous vote earlier this month. It would create a work group to develop policies and consistent protocols on welfare workers' safety." ...

"Threats against child-welfare workers are not uncommon, and law-enforcement officers frequently accompany them, particularly when there is no court order."
 

UK: Vigilante violence: Death by gossip
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"His assailants believed Paul Cooper was a paedophile, so they beat him to death. But he was innocent, a victim of vigilante violence." ...

"A murder investigation was under way yesterday after a gang of men near Mr Cooper's home at Heywood wrongly convinced themselves he was a paedophile and beat him to death at his flat." ...

"Rising hostility toward minority groups, clamour for tough sentences against offenders and a sinister desire for retribution are being driven by an increasingly prevalent right-wing agenda."

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Submitter's Note: These unfortunate situations have nothing to do with a so-called "right wing agenda." They're the direct result of people driven to extreme measures by a system that cares more about its criminals than its victims.
 

NC: Local Law Agencies Have Free Gunlocks
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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to distribute 340,000 free cable-style gunlocks in North Carolina as part of the national Project ChildSafe (PCS) initiative. Those agencies include the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Coats, Angier, Lillington, Erwin and Dunn."

"The gunlocks will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each law enforcement agency will check I.D.s to ensure the recipients live within their respective jurisdictions."
 

FL: Tasers Used On 24 Central Fla. Students Since '03
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"Police officers in Central Florida have used Taser guns on 24 students since 2003, according to a report Friday."

"The records, compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, also discovered that most of the students zapped by officers were Orange County students."

"The youngest student shocked by a Taser gun was 12 years old and some of the students were given several shocks, according to the report."

"School officials told the newspaper that they can't second-guess deputies when they believe the Taser guns are necessary."
 

Australia: Police defend return of guns to murder-suicide family
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"Police from New South Wales' Lower Hunter Command have defended their actions in seizing then returning firearms to the home of a Maitland family that was killed in a triple-murder suicide last weekend."

"Police believe Sally Winter murdered her husband Stephen and their two children, four-year-old Jake and three-year-old Kasey, before turning the gun on herself."

"Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey has confirmed police seized guns from the Winters' home in July after a verbal argument."

"He says the guns were returned when no formal action was taken regarding the incident."
 

Where women's opinions count
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"It has come to KRT's attention that some organizations have just discovered that women have minds ... and can write, too. Good for them; better late than never." ...

"Jill 'J.R.' Labbe is the senior editorial writer and columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ..."

"Labbe is secretary of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and will serve as the organization's president in 2007. Equally committed to the Second Amendment as she is the First, Labbe is a member of the National Rifle Association and was honored by the Second Amendment Foundation with a James Madison Award for her columns supporting gun ownership rights."
 

IN: Granny's got a gun — and a hatchet
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"Michelle Burdett appears no different than many other grandmothers. A mother of four and grandmother of 11, the 50-year-old Noblesville resident spends her days serving coffee, bagels and sandwiches at Panera Bread. She goes home to a house decorated with miniature carousel horses and dainty tea cups and saucers from around the world."

"But Burdett's weekend hobby separates her from most grandmothers." ...

"Burdett has been throwing hatchets and 16-inch Beaver knives and shooting a 50-caliber Ithaca percussion rifle for the past nine years at pre-1840 war reenactments with the Buck Creek Muzzle Loaders."
 

UK: Only enforcement can stop gun crime
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"You see, we already passed the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003, creating a new offence of possessing an air weapon, or imitation weapon, in a public place without reasonable excuse. This offence came into force on January 20, 2004."

"Andrew Morton’s killer, therefore, broke this law - how can we say that if there had been a ban or further restrictions on air guns the murderer would have abided by those?"

"It is, therefore, not only incredible for SNP politicians to claim that the Scottish Parliament should introduce a licensing scheme to deal with the use of air guns, it is also fantastic to claim that Scotland has a distinct problem that requires us to act differently from the rest of the UK."
 

IL: 'Lookalike' or not, boy faces gun charges
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"A 12-year-old Rolling Meadows boy faces five counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly used a plastic pistol that resembles a real semi-automatic handgun to threaten a classmate at his junior high school."

"Police arrested the seventh-grade pupil this week after he brought the gun, which fires plastic BBs, to Sandburg Junior High School, at 2600 Martin Ln. in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows, officials said."

"Besides being cited in a delinquency petition, the youth has been suspended and could face further disciplinary action, officials said."
 

ME: Gun-purchase cartoon went to offensive extreme (Letter)
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"As an National Rifle Association member, I find your editorial cartoon of March 15 offensive. The NRA has never supported letting criminals, terrorists or any of the like being able to purchase guns."

"To purchase the full automatic assault weapon pictured in the cartoon, the person would need a class 3 firearms license. If a dealer sold to a person without a class 3 firearms license, then the dealer should be held accountable."
 

AZ: Bill allowing guns in bars passes hurdle
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"A bill to allow patrons to carry guns in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol cleared a key hurdle in the House on Thursday."

"House Bill 1363 moved through the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-3. It's now poised for a full House debate. It has already passed the Senate."

"The only change to the bill was a requirement that signage on establishments that still want to prohibit guns mention that firearms are prohibited."
 

TX: Woman Shot At Hospital; Husband Suspected
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"Police identified a man Friday afternoon who they say walked into a Houston hospital and shot his estranged wife in the face, KPRC TV reported."

"Gerardo Gomez, 39, walked into Memorial Hermann Hospital's valet parking entrance at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, spoke with his 27-year-old wife, Esmeralda Guerra, who is a receptionist, and then shot her, according to investigators." ...

"The shooting was captured by the hospital's security camera, although there were no security officers in the area at the time of the shooting."
 

PA: Enact gun limits, at whatever level
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"Gov. Rendell and Mayor Street huddled for more than an hour at City Hall yesterday and emerged with an antigun agenda."

"It includes a half-dozen or so items. The most important is a proposal to limit sales of handguns in Pennsylvania to one a month. It's a proven way to cut down on gun trafficking, which puts thousands of guns on the streets of the city each year."

"It is not the answer, but it can be part of the answer to the local gun carnage: 300-plus gun homicides a year, more than 1,600 shootings."
 

FL: Florida bill aims in wrong direction
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"State senators say they've fixed problems with a right-to-shoot bill that passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday. But the legislation still has flaws that could prove to be fatal -- in the literal sense. The House should fix them, or, better yet, drop the legislation." ...

"One clause of the bill is truly outrageous. It states that anyone 'who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be, has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.' "

"As written, this provision would enshrine 'shoot first, ask questions later' into Florida law. ..."
 

MO: Refusal to give gun permits may end
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"...At the end of the day, students were ready to apply for a state concealed-carry permit."

"The problem is, fully a year after Missouri became one of 46 states to offer such permits, St. Louis and St. Louis County still refuse to issue them."

"But this may soon come to an end. A bill pending in the Missouri Legislature would remove the financial roadblock used by local officials and force the city and county to fall in line with the rest of the state."
 

NY: Bulls-eye! Rifle team wins state championship
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"Members of the Valley Stream High School District varsity rifle team wanted this season to be different. Last year they suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Nassau County Championships, losing the county title by the slimmest of margins. When practice began for the 2004-05 season, the team was determined to turn that disappointment into success. It did just that, capturing both the county title last month and the state championship on March 6."
 

NJ: Gun collecting book fires up Boonton mom
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"The mother of a fifth-grader at John Hill School said she will not return a book about firearms that her son checked out of the school library because she feels it is inappropriate and possibly dangerous."

"Robin Barroso said that two weeks ago her son, Kyle, brought home 'Guns of the World: The Complete Collectors and Traders Guide,' a book she said includes information on how much various firearms cost, what kind of ammunition is used, their range of firing, and also information on machetes." ...

"It is definitely not meant for children... With everything going on in the world this is the last thing my 10-year-old needs to look up."

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KABA Note: Notice the audacity. She doesn't feel it's appropriate for her child, so she will not only STEAL it, but impose her views of what's appropriate on other children as well.
 

OH: Gun carry law challenged
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"Jerry Joseph of Valacamp Avenue S.E. is accused of violating Ohio's conceal and carry law during a traffic stop Monday when police say he failed to tell police he had the weapon concealed while he was in a motor vehicle.

"Joseph is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Warren Municipal Court on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. He is free on $5,500 bond."

"Joseph, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Ohio, said he believes he didn't do anything wrong."
 

CA: Officials aim for firearm safety
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Too often, a child gains access to an adult’s firearm and gets hurt or even killed."

"Sheriff and police stations across the country are offering free gun- locks to prevent such tragedies. Local law enforcement stations recently received the kits to give to the public."

"The federal gunlock program, or Project ChildSafe, partners with governors, lieutenant governors, United States attorneys, mayors and local law enforcement agencies across the country to distribute firearm safety kits free of charge to gun owners and to promote firearm safety at the community level."
 

VA: Muslim VCU professor threatened for leading mixed-gender prayer
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"Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) officials met yesterday to discuss concerns about the safety and security of a female professor of Islamic studies who defied Islamic tradition by leading a prayer service that included men and women in New York City."

"The professor, Amina Wadud, has been threatened and sharply criticized in many parts of the Islamic world. ..."

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Not to worry; she's perfectly safe. VCU prohibits weapons on campus.
 

TN: Gun Owners Take Home Free Gun Locks
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"If you own a gun, is it out of the reach of children? Better yet is it disabled so it can't fire if it gets into the wrong hands? Project ChildSafe is traveling the country giving cable style gun locks away to gun owners who might not buy them on their own. Friday the group set up at Bass Pro Shops in Memphis." ...

"Project ChildSafe has no idea how many lives have been saved as a result of these giveaways, but says if it prevents just one death.. The effort is all worth while."
 

NY: Gun club takes another shelling
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"Chester – Two men from this town are suing the Zoning Board of Appeals, charging 'fatuous' logic, 'arbitrary' and 'capricious' decision-making and 'total irrelevancy.' "

"The lawsuit is only the latest salvo in a 25-year feud with the Monroe-Chester Sportsmen Club." ...

"The beef, as listed in the 10-page, 28-point suit: 2004 town zoning laws say annual membership clubs can't have outdoor firing ranges – yet the ZBA approved that very coupling at a Feb. 23 hearing."
 

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