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FBI to create group to study gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"FBI Director Robert Mueller is forming a study group to review the law that let suspected terrorists buy guns in the United States after they cleared background checks."

"Mueller unveiled his plan to form the Justice Department working group, which will include the FBI, in a letter sent Wednesday to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. The group will also review the government report issued earlier this month that said more than 40 terror suspects were able to buy firearms in the United States last year because background checks showed they had no felony convictions and weren't illegal immigrants." [emphasis added]...
 

Report: TSA Misled Public on Flier Data
Submitted by: Bill Arevalo

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"A government investigation has found that the Transportation Security Administration misled the public about its role in obtaining personal information on 12 million airline passengers to test a new computerized, terrorist-screening system."

"A report released Friday by Richard Skinner, acting inspector general of the Homeland Security Department, said the TSA had misinformed individuals, the media and Congress in 2003 and 2004. It stopped short of saying TSA lied."

"'TSA officials made inaccurate statements regarding these transfers that undermined public trust in the agency,' the report said. 'These misstatements were apparently not meant to mischaracterize known facts. Instead, they were premised on an incomplete understanding of the underlying facts.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Still think that there is not a gun registration somewhere in the BATFE or FBI?????
 

CA: Fighting back: A life-or-death decision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'This is a robbery,' someone hollered, and liquor store owner Dan Lee grabbed a pistol from beneath his cash register."

"An instant later, Lee found himself staring down the barrel of one robber's gun and at about the same time noticed another man climbing over the counter toward Lee's mother. The fight was on."

"Lee shot them both and an accomplice who was standing near the door. One of the men died during the attempted take-over last May at Mount Vernon Liquor in Colton."

"'He pretty much made the decision for me when he came over the counter at my mother and threatened her life,' Lee said of the first man he shot." ...
 

WY: No charges in shooting death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"No charges will be filed in the shooting death of a Montana man at a campground last weekend after an investigation determined the shooting was likely 'justifiable,' according to the Big Horn County Sheriff's Department."

"Larry P. Thomas, 44, of Roundup, Mont., was found dead Sunday afternoon from a single gunshot wound near the Five Springs Campground, Sheriff Dave Mattis said." ...

"When the two men left in their vehicle, Thomas rammed them from behind with his pickup ... Thomas then attacked the driver of the first vehicle and began slamming his head against rocks."

"The passenger of the first vehicle grabbed his rifle, warned Thomas to stop and shot him after he continued to beat the other man's head into the rocks ..." ...
 

PA: Editorial : Stop Gun Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This is the type of attack that is worth cheering - unless you're a criminal: Political leaders have joined to fight the epidemic of gun crimes in Philadelphia and in Pennsylvania" ...

"Legislation has been introduced that would allow Philadelphia to limit handgun purchases in the city to one per month per person. Such a law could upend the trafficking known as straw purchasing, in which a person legally makes a bulk purchase of guns and then turns the weapons over to a trafficker who illegally sells them to criminals barred from gun ownership. To be most effective, such a law should be statewide." ...
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Submitter's Note: Note the bait-and-switch. They are in favor of reducing gun crime, but then want to do so by limiting legal purchases, thus implying that legitimate gun owners are the problem.
 

Brady Campaign: NRA Calls for More Guns in Schools
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The incoming president of the National Rifle Association told the Associated Press that in order to prevent school shootings like last week's horror in Red Lake, Minn., we should arm teachers with guns, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence." ...

"'Putting more guns in our schools is an irresponsible position to advocate publicly -- an awful, awful idea,' said Michael Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign. 'The National Rifle Association should disavow this policy position immediately.'"

"'To use a tragedy like this to advocate for more guns in the streets is unconscionable,' Barnes said. 'It is also, unfortunately, vintage NRA. Whenever there is high profile gunfire, their reaction is to try to sell more guns. ...'"
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KABA Note: As opposed to the Brady Bunch's reaction which is to ban the guns that weren't used, and further restrict the people who didn't do it?
 

UT: Gun laws won't protect you from someone bent on violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We at Utah Self-Defense Instructors' Network (US-DIN) are deeply saddened at the senseless loss of life that occurred last week at Red Lake High School in Minnesota."

"This situation, like other recent mass shootings, is frustrating to us in that we believe they are largely preventable."

"This is yet another shooting in another place ignorantly perceived as safe because of signs and policies that prohibit weapons. Yet these places take little, if any, affirmative action to ensure safety, let alone allowing for lawful self-defense. They pay lip service to security procedures and personnel and place 'feel good' signs restricting weapons."

"These 'victim disarmament zones' are actually worse than doing nothing ..." ...
 

MN: Teacher Killed in Minn. Shootings Praised
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"English teacher Neva Rogers finally had found a place where she felt needed, where she could give opportunities to poverty-stricken children who struggled with teen pregnancies, drugs and alcohol."

"That place was Red Lake High School, where she died in a school shooting last week. While students crouched under their desks in a corner, Rogers stood out in the open and began to pray." ...

"'He walked up to that teacher with the shotgun, and he pulled the trigger, but it didn't fire,' said Chongai'la Morris, 14. 'Then he pulled out his pistol, and he shot her three times in the side and once in the face.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So the teacher could have saved herself and possibly others, if only she'd had a gun.
 

Watters: Being different: the ultimate crime
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"The 10 bodies were just turning stiff in the morgue when the vultures started circling."

"They were drawn to the blood spilled in Red Lake, Minn., where Jeff Weise, 16, decided to make the world pay attention to him with a gun. Weise killed nine people before turning a pistol on himself."

"But these vultures won't be content with carrion. They want fodder. They want to peck at their enemies while claiming to fight for the victims."

"The first to jump at the chance to exploit this tragedy was the Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence united with the Million Mom March. They immediately linked the killings to the expiration of the assault weapons ban."

"Weise used two pistols and a shotgun in his massacre. None of Weise's weapons were covered by the ban, but that doesn't matter. It makes a good sound bite for television." ...
 

FL: Ben Bova: Bearing arms, and unbearable traffic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The new measure being considered in Tallahassee would permit a person being threatened to use deadly force whenever he or she feels threatened by violence. ... [The bill] has the approval of the National Rifle Association and the Florida Police Benevolent Association."

"Opponents of the bill fear that frightened citizens might, by mistake or through panic, shoot police officers, emergency responders, even unexpected guests." ...

"Personally, I believe that an armed society is a polite society. I think our gun-control procedures are 180 degrees out of phase with reality. Instead of making it difficult for citizens to possess firearms, we should make it mandatory. Every adult should be required to own a gun, and take regular practice in firing it." ...
 

FL: Self-Defense Bill Goes Too Far
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... "Now, bills are moving quickly through the Legislature that would expand the so-called 'Castle Doctrine,' which allows people to use deadly force to protect themselves in their homes against intruders. The bills would sanction gun violence in the name of 'self-defense' -- not only in one's home, which certainly makes sense, but on the streets, in public places, just about anywhere, so long as a perpetrator 'reasonably believes that it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm.'" ...

"Call it the Road Rage Facilitator bill. A fender bender occurs, two angry motorists get into a shouting match, one feels 'reasonably' threatened and pulls a gun. No-fault manslaughter." ...
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Submitter's Note: Wolf! cried the little boy. Help! WOLF!
 

FL: Go ahead; pass this bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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It doesn't take a lot of thinking to predict problems with Florida's fast-tracked Make My Day Law. The Legislature didn't notice potential problems because, as usual when the National Rifle Association wants something, the Legislature didn't do a lot of thinking."

Submitter's Note: The Florida PBA also supports this legislation.

"Because 'a person's home is his or her castle,' the bill (HB 249, SB 436) says, people need enhanced rights to protect themselves at home or in a vehicle. It removes any obligation to try to avoid a confrontation, by running away or calling police. The law assumes that anybody who gets in your home or car illegally is a violent threat. In short, you can shoot him. That's assuming you aren't shot first after you are emboldened to exercise your new rights under the law." ...
 

FL: Bringing the Wild West to Florida
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"To friends or family who are thinking of visiting or moving to Florida, you might want to pass on this advice: Don't."

"Lebanon might be safer. Maybe even Israel."

"Under a bill the Senate has passed and the House inevitably will, the Wild West is coming to Florida streets. And to bars, shopping centers, theme parks and everywhere else where strangers meet."

"This is what SB 436 says:"

"'A person who is attacked in any . . . 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 to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.'" [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: So contrary to the shrill shrieks of the antis, you still have to convince the DA (or failing that, a jury) of the reasonableness of your actions. You can contact this individual at dyckman@sptimes.com
 

IN: Chief: Hammond cops covered up for their own
Submitted by: BILL AREVALO

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"After eight years, city police acknowledged Thursday that high-ranking officers conspired to cover up a former lieutenant's drinking the night he crashed his city car into another squad car."

"City Police Chief Brian Miller vowed to file disciplinary action against the accused officers who remain on the police force, although he noted that most of the people involved are no longer city police officers."

"Thursday's announcement was the first time police have publicly acknowledged a cover-up in the Jan. 21, 1997, crash in which former Lt. Thomas Hanna left the Calumet Tap after a night of drinking and threatened a teen with his gun before crashing into a city police car." ...
 

PA: Confiscated Guns Melted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It was a murderous meltdown Thursday as more than 3,000 guns dissolved at more than 3,000 degrees in a steel plant furnace." ...

"Every kind of caliber, every type of crime, and many still marked with the blood of their victims."

"The roar of the weapons brought violence and death to city streets but now, following the roar of a steel plant furnace, they are about to disappear."

"From their storage place at the police evidence room, the weapons were moved in a truck caravan under the close watch of swat teams to the ISG Steel Plant in Coatesville."

"With furnaces heated to more than 3,000 degrees, once the guns were dumped into the flames, they were gone for good." ...
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Submitter's Note: Nope, no anti-gun bias here!
 

LA: Doubts raised in police killing in N.O.
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"A large pool of blood stained the grass in front of a back-yard woodpile where Jenard 'Nordy' Thomas was fatally shot by two New Orleans police officers Thursday night. The officers ... fired seven or eight shots after Thomas, according to police, stuck a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol in Rodrigue's ribs."

"Thomas' father, however, is adamant that the plain clothes officers shot an unarmed man. Jerry Thomas said the gun his son had been carrying in his waistband fell to the ground before he bolted into the yard of a home on Piety Street."

"'I saw the whole thing and my reaction is this: murder,' said Thomas, who had followed his son and the officers into the yard. 'They knew he didn't have a gun because he dropped it in front of the house. Some other cops brought it to the back and said, 'Here's the gun.'" ...
 

OH: Ross Co. Sheriff's deputies offer gun safety classes to school kids (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Chillicothe Gazette is reporting that Sgt. Dale Gillette and Lt. Don Dettillion of the Ross County Sheriff's Office have enlisted the help of the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program in an effort to educate children on what to do if they find a gun."

"From the story:"

"Parents who think their children have no idea where their handguns, rifles and ammunition are hidden should know the secret is out."

"Kids know where the guns are hidden."

"At least that's what about a dozen kids told Ross County sheriff's deputies Tuesday at a gun safety class."
 

MA: Charity shoot raises $18,000
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Police Officers Safety Association and Smith & Wesson raised $18,000 for the Jimmy Fund in a charity pistol shooting match last week."

"The Isabella de Bethencourt Memorial Cops For Kids Match was held at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield on March 19."

"The event was held in the memory of Isabella de Bethencourt, the year-old daughter of a police training instructor who died in 2003 from cancer. Her parents created the Cops For Kids match in her memory and to recognize the efforts of staff at Children's Hospital in Boston, where Isabella died."

"About 90 participants took part in the match, a five-stage competition that was open to current and retired law enforcement officers. ..." ...
 

TX: Employee shot in face while working in lobby of Hermann Hospital
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"Police are searching for a man who they say walked into Memorial Hermann hospital and shot his estranged wife in the face early Friday. The shooting happened while the victim was working at the hospital's valet desk. She is now in critical condition."

"Police say the man and woman were separated and she told him that she was moving out and getting her own apartment."

"Houston police say Gerardo Gomez, 39, walked into Memorial Hermann Hospital without arousing suspicious even though he had a loaded semi-automatic. One eyewitness saw it all." ...
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Submitter's Note: According to packing.org, 'Places off-limits while carrying' includes "On the premises of a Hospital licensed under the Health and Safety Code".
 

CA: Oceanside man mulls border-watch group in California
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"A retired Oceanside man said he is studying the possibility of gathering civilian volunteers to patrol the border in East San Diego County, hoping to deter illegal immigrants and terrorists from coming into the country." ...

"The Minuteman Project has attracted national and international media attention because some of the volunteers will carry guns, which is legal in Arizona. Organizers say the guns are for self-defense only."

"The Minuteman Project has also raised concerns among human rights and immigrant rights activists because links to its Web site have been posted on white supremacist Web sites." ...
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Submitter's Note: So would these people be 'concerned' if there was an ACLU link on some racist Web site, ?
 

VA: Lawyers: Hunting involves live animals
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... "The county early last year denied Orion Sporting Group LLC a conditional-use permit to operate the shotgun sports center as part of its licensed hunting preserve, based on noise and safety issues. The center would have been located within a 450-acre tract off the James River near Wingina."

"The suit, if it is not dismissed, is to be heard at a trial scheduled for next month."
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NY: Disabled enjoy air rifle competition
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Dave Baskin, director of disabled shooting for the National Rifle Association, finishes tallying the scores on a paper target then strides up behind two wheelchair-bound veterans taking aim with their rifles at targets across the room." ...

"Baskin, 66, an engineer, was in town Friday for The United Spinal Association–NRA Air Rifle Championship at the Castle Point Veterans Administration Hospital. It is his job to help those impaired by disability – blindness, amputation, stroke, spinal cord injuries and the like – shoot guns. Thus, the air rifle championship." ...
 

Ireland: Maybe, if we’re lucky, they’ll put the law on side of innocent victims
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"THIS week, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny brought up a matter in the Dáil which should evoke a popular response if the Government ever decides to do anything about it."

"He wants the law changed to protect victims of burglary, and it seems there are quite a lot of them given that there were 25,000 burglaries last year. There's no reason to suppose there will be fewer this year because crime, like the cost of living, is on the increase." ...

"However, that's what Mr Kenny was talking about and made the point that the law, as currently applied, obliged a person whose home was being robbed to retreat or find a method of retreating." ...
 

South Africa: Amnesty gathers 1% of illegal guns
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"Welcome to the Killing Fields, South Africa. The devastating toll of gun deaths in this country over the past 10 years is five times the number of Americans killed in Vietnam, almost as many as those killed by the Asian tsunami and nearly twice the number of those who perished in the Bosnian War."

"Curbing the bloodletting is one of the aims of the government’s gun amnesty campaign, which ends next Thursday. Thousands of illegal firearms have been handed in and destroyed."

"From 1994 to 2000 – the latest year for which statistics are available – 174 954 people were shot dead through criminal attacks, police actions, accidents or suicide." ...
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Submitter's Note: Always the same logical fallacy: You can't do a cost-benefit analysis by looking only at the costs!
 

India: BSF official denies allegations, justifies firing
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"The Border Security Force (BSF) today denied the allegation of firing on innocent civilians in an inebriated condition by one of its Assistant Commandant, W Rajendra Singh."

"Singh, who is posted at the Ashabari border out post of 46 battalion, allegedly, started firing in an inebriated condition in which one person died and three others were seriously injured on Saturday morning."

"The alleged BSF officer today speaking to ANI said that he and his men were attacked by some unruly mob along with some transporters with sharp weapons, rods and sticks and even pelted bricks when they were on mobile patrolling near the Kalamcherra police station." ...
 

UK: The mindless yobs who risk people's lives day in, day out
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"With violent incidents against Northern Ireland's emergency services currently running at over 10 every week, Deborah McAleese and Jonathan McCambridge examine the shattering impact of attacks on those who risk their lives to protect us." ...

"Union officials have warned of the shattering effect the attacks have on the morale of the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect the public. ..."

"On one single night this week firefighters were targeted in eight separate attacks during 10 hours in Greater Belfast. Disturbingly it is believed that several of these attacks were orchestrated by youths who set fire to rubbish and then lay in wait for the fire crews to arrive before pelting them with bricks and bottles. ..." ...
 

Malaysia: Kongster Says: Driven to aggression
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"Baseball is not popular in this country and most Malaysians know nothing about this American sport."

"Yet many Malaysian motorists are buying baseball bats and there’s nothing sporting about it. Whatever the reason, for self-defence or for a sense of security, the purpose of using the baseball bat is to hit someone and not to score a home run."

"What’s worrying is that some motorists let their base emotions get the better of them – as in most traffic accidents – and resort to violence." ...

"Sigh, we drive with a siege mentality; people are driven to arm themselves following a surge in road violence. In the past few months, three Malaysian motorists were beaten to death following minor accidents." ...
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Submitter's Note: But at least they aren't shooting each other, right?
 

Mexico: Gun slingers raid hospital
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"A group of armed men tried to rescue three injured murder suspects from a hospital in this northern border city, but were forced to flee after police opened fire, authorities said Friday. At least one of the gunmen was injured."

"A police officer who received an anonymous tip spotted the men Thursday night two blocks away from the general hospital, where three of their colleagues lay recuperating from gunshot wounds after being detained for the slaying of a police officer the day before."

"The would-be rescuers escaped, some with gunshot wounds, after a 40-minute shootout with police that spread through various streets, state police Commander Juan Antonio Varela said." ...
 

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