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MI: Local Doctor Sparks Controversy With Anti-Saddam Buttons
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"Dr. Kenneth Honn, a nationally renowned cancer researcher, has reportedly turned his support of the war into a small business."

"Honn sells anti-Saddam buttons... Other buttons display anti-regime jargon such as, 'Whack Iraq,' or 'Axis of Weasels,' which is an attack against France, Germany and Belgium -- United Nations countries that opposed the war in Iraq." ...

"...all of the profits from his campaign will go toward cancer research."
 

Canada: ‘No’ vote would have been futile – senator
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"Ione Christensen and her fellow senators were debating an amendment that was put forward to remove the extra $59 million that had already been approved by the House of Commons on Tuesday."

"She explained in an interview this morning why she decided to permit more money to be put into the controversial program. It will cost $1 billion, much more than its original estimated price tag of $2 million."
 

Moore Film To Claim Ties Between Bush, Bin Laden Clans
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"According to Variety online, Moore is putting together a deal with actor Mel Gibson's production company to finance 'Fahrenheit 911,' a documentary that will trace the roots of terrorism against the United States."

"But perhaps most shockingly, Moore will also spell out alleged dealings between two generations of the Bush and bin Laden clans, according to Variety."

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So the illegitimate "documentarian" gets accolades from Hollywood and takes that as carte blanche to promote more fiction. Does anyone actually believe this clown?
 

Vets with Stress Disorder More Likely to Own Guns
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"Combat veterans who are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appear to be more likely to own guns and participate in potentially dangerous behavior with their weapons, a small study suggests."

"As a result, doctors at Veterans Affairs hospitals should ask their patients about their use of guns, according to a team of researchers led by Dr. Thomas W. Freeman of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock."

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Aside from the liabilities doctors could face, is invading a patient's privacy really an ethical thing to do?
 

MS: Former cop given 30 year sentence
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"A former Maryland police officer will spend the next 18 years in prison for shooting at three Hattiesburg officers."

"Special appointed Circuit Judge Jess Dickinson sentenced Douglas Dawson, 33, on Thursday to a 30-year-jail sentence with 10 years suspended. Dawson pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault against a police officer."
 

Media-Induced Gun Myths
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"Lott cites a Los Angeles Times’ survey of some 3,000 journalists that found a whopping 78% of the media supporting stricter gun control measures despite the fact that states which allow citizens with no prior criminal records to obtain concealed weapons permits lead to lower rates of violent crime, including murder."

"The author effectively shows how the press manipulates public opinion polls to further their own anti-gun agenda." ...
 

UK: Gun victim killed in front of partner and son
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"He was chatting to girlfriend Lesley Quinn, with their two-year-old son Connor still in the car, when they were approached by a man wearing a balaclava and carrying a handgun."

"Mr. Singleton ran across the road but the gunman chased him and the pair fought in the front gardens of three houses."

"The attacker then opened fire and shot Mr. Singleton in the head and stomach. He was later declared dead in hospital."
 

NC: Airport Passenger Arrested After Gun Discovered in Bag
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"An airport passenger faces weapons charges after investigators say they brought a gun to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport."

"Police credit security screenings for helping them to make the arrest."

"Lloyd Robinson of Northridge, Ca. has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon."

"The incident marked the fourth gun found at the airport in the last five months."
 

UK: Mask gang steal sports motor
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"A man meeting a buyer for his sports car was beaten up by a gang of masked men who stole the vehicle."

"The 24-year-old Birkby victim was selling the black, P-registered Mazda MX, worth £5,500, through a car magazine."

"A red Nissan Micra carrying the masked men pulled up."

"The men attacked the victim with hammers and a stun-gun."

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Hammer control NOW!
 

UK: Caretaker's shock after raider points gun at him
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"Armed police and dogs carried out a search of Cambridge streets after a caretaker came face-to-face with a gunman."

"The city council caretaker had been checking the garages belonging to Hanover Court flats in Trumpington at about 6.30am on Wednesday when he saw that one had been broken into."

"He confronted the man inside, who pointed a gun at him."
 

NY: 4-year-old child of sheriff's officer shoots himself
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"The 4-year-old son of an Essex County sheriff's officer shot himself Friday with his father's service handgun, authorities said." ...

"The father, sheriff's Officer Tony Wallace, told police he was in the bathroom when his youngest child, Joel, went into the parents' bedroom and picked up the Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun and a clip containing bullets, Glenn said."

" 'The kid is able to insert the clip into the gun and discharge it, striking him in the chest,' Glenn said." ...
 

IL: Sportsmen angered over gun bill
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... "Exemptions later in the bill make it appear that semi-automatic shotguns with a fixed magazine holding less than five shells or pump, bolt or lever action guns wouldn't be affected."

" 'It (the 50-caliber restriction) supersedes all of it,' said John Mann, owner of Mann and Sons Sporting Goods in Pinckneyville. 'The best way I can tell you is, it will ban all guns down to a 28 gauge. I guess I can become the biggest Daisy BB gun dealer down here.' "
 

IL: Dordan: You gotta fight for your right to...
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Summing it all up, these three laws, as usual, will do nothing but restrict the freedoms of the law-abiding citizen. We all know criminals and big-city gangbangers really aren’t too worried about obtaining or keeping their FOID card up-to-date or going through a licensed dealer to get a weapon. As usual, we downstate law-abiding gun owners must fight for our rights due to the inadequacies of the Cook County and surrounding county court systems."
 

Gun Control Debate Centers on NRA Tactics, D.C. Gun Ban
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" 'The NRA has educational programs designed as marketing tools. They use cartoon characters to put a friendly face on guns,' he said. 'The NRA makes guns so that kids will someday more easily use them. What kind of sicko would not only market guns for kids but also make them easier to use?' " ...

" 'We spend $100 million on safety and education. I’d be interested to see if their [Handgun Free America’s] budget goes towards anything that educates about handguns.' "
 

Answers still elusive for fasting activist
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"Although her congressman assured her that his staff is working on answering her 500 questions about the federal income-tax system, 52-year-old Rose Lear continues her hunger strike, saying she will not eat until she has the answers in hand."

"Lear stopped eating on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and said she will not eat again, save for Holy Communion, until the government responds to a petition for redress of grievances sponsored by the 'tax honesty' organization We the People..."
 

MD: Police told suspects black from very 1st shot fired
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"Suspecting the Michaels shooting was connected, one of Moose's homicide detectives ...took a statement from a Papa John's Pizza employee working two doors down from Michaels, who said he heard the rifle report and turned to see 'two black males with short hair' driving slowly away in a dark-colored 'beat-up vehicle,' the source said." ...

"The detective filed a written report with headquarters, but the eyewitness statement was buried, department sources say."

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Moose had the entire area searching for a white van with a white driver, while he knew perfectly well that witness reports stated otherwise. He should be fired, not getting book deals.
 

KY: Shelby Food Mart owner indicted in October shooting death of robber
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"After a string of robberies at his Shelby Food Mart, Firas Al Kurdi kept a gun under the cashier's counter."

"Last October, the store owner used it, fatally shooting James Abdul-Shajee as Abdul-Shajee, armed with a knife, robbed the business."

"Yesterday a Jefferson County grand jury indicted the Jordanianborn Al Kurdi on one count of murder."
 

Columbia professor's anti-U.S. military call
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"A Columbia University professor told an anti-war gathering that he would like to see 'a million Mogadishus' -- referring to the 1993 ambush in Somalia that killed 18 American servicemen."

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Email this ungrateful, vicious swine and inform him that his ignorance and savage lack of couth are surpassed only by his lack of human decency. npd18@columbia.edu
 

AZ: Fill-in judge fired; refused to hear court's drug cases
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"A judge pro tem was fired Thursday, his first day on the job at a Mesa courthouse, for refusing to hear drug cases."

"Arizona Chief Justice Charles Jones fired Marc Victor, a Mesa defense attorney, saying Victor 'expressly declared his inability to be impartial in the application of the law and the disposition of cases before him.' "

"But Victor, a marijuana legalization activist, said he recused himself only on drug cases, not all cases."
 

UK: Girl, 10, sees dad gunned down
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"A young girl watched in horror as her father was shot in the back at close range in a pub car park."

"The man, who is in his 30s, had just left the King Edward pub in Aston when the armed gang pounced."

"The masked men opened fire with a shotgun as he climbed into his car, ignoring his ten-year-old stood nearby."
 

U.S. Supreme Court takes on California's child molest law
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"An elderly man accused of molesting two daughters nearly 50 years ago ...is at the center of a Supreme Court challenge that could affect cases nationwide."

... "The Bush administration has urged the court to uphold the law out of concern that a ruling absolving Stogner may weaken some provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which retroactively withdrew statutes of limitations in terrorism cases involving hijackings, kidnappings, bombings and biological weapons."
 

Over there ...
Submitted by: SaveOurGuns
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Let us not forget.
 

MI: Into the fire with the firearms (hard copy title)
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"Detroit police destroyed 5,037 guns Thursday, some dating back to the 1970s, from their overburdened evidence room." ...

"One goal is to get the Detroit Police property room's inventory to a manageable level. Last year, the department said that as much as $5 million in cash was improperly inventoried and could be missing."

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This waste is hard to believe when the city is dealing with "lean financial times".
 

MD: Committee leader stalls firearms bills
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"The General Assembly appears headed toward rejecting all major firearms-related legislation this year, despite calls throughout the 2002 gubernatorial campaign and sniper crisis for tougher measures to combat gun crime."
 

NY: School bans cops' guns
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"The Hudson School District has hired off-duty police officers to patrol school grounds before and after classes, at lunch and during recess, but has required that they wear civilian clothes and not carry firearms."

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And what happens if a crime actually takes place on school grounds? Will those cops throw pine needles or gravel at the criminal?
 

MI: Woman pulls gun against would-be bandit
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"Acting as if he had a handgun, the man tried to rob a 40-year-old woman. But he wound up on the wrong end of a pistol wielded by his intended victim." ...

"Determined not to become a robbery statistic, the woman reached with her other hand to the passenger seat for her 9 mm handgun, grabbed the pistol and pointed it at his face."

"The Warren woman told police she braked for a stop sign on Lorraine Boulevard at Dodge Avenue, when the man opened the driver's door of her 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass. With his hand in his right pocket, he pressed an object to her jaw that she believed was a gun."
 

GA: Georgia politicians want law requiring restaurants to serve sweet tea
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"Rep. John Noel, D-Atlanta, and four co-sponsors filed a bill Tuesday that would make it a misdemeanor 'of a high and aggravated nature' not to offer sweet tea in any Georgia restaurant that serves iced tea."

"Noel acknowledged the bill was an attempt to bring a little humor to the Legislature. But he said he wouldn't mind if it became law."

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This is what is commonly known as tax money-sucking bureaucrats with too much time on their hands. What's next - a law requiring Georgia citizens to wipe from front to rear?
 

ME: Bill would let victims of abuse carry guns
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"Victims of domestic violence should be free to carry concealed weapons without permits because that may be the best way for them to protect themselves against homicidal abusers, a state lawmaker from Durham told a legislative committee on Wednesday."

"Protective orders issued by the courts 'are a good tool for law enforcement,' Republican Rep. Michael Vaughan told the Criminal Justice Committee, but 'they don't stop a bullet or (a) knife.' "
 

WI: DNR: Court clears way for mourning dove hunt
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"The state Department of Natural Resources has the authority to allow a mourning dove hunt, an appeals court ruled Thursday in overturning a decision that halted a hunting season for the state's symbol of peace almost two years ago." ...

"The DNR immediately announced it would go ahead with plans for a 60-day hunt to begin Sept. 1."
 

For Broadcast Media, Patriotism Pays
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Now, apparently, is the time for all good radio and TV stations to come to the aid of their country's war."

"That is the message pushed by broadcast news consultants, who've been advising news and talk stations across the nation to wave the flag and downplay protest against the war."
 

In a world of violence
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"The University of Michigan study confirms that a society saturated in violence bequeaths more of the same to its children through popular culture and entertainment. It's a reminder that the remote control can be a tool for a more civil society -- provided parents have the will to use it and the resources to make informed choices."
 

Greece: Passengers Leaving Hijacked Turkish Plane
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"Passengers began leaving a Turkish Airlines plane early Saturday, hours after a hijacker saying he was armed with explosives commandeered the jet over Turkey and forced it to Greece, according to a report on state-run television."
 

TX: Beaten robber suspect in several heists
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"A would-be robber who was pistol-whipped with his own gun and clubbed on the head with a champagne bottle at an Arlington liquor store is believed to be the same man responsible for about a dozen convenience store heists in east Fort Worth, police said."

"The man, who was emptying a safe when a clerk began his surprise attack, fled empty-handed, bloody and probably with a headache, police said."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The gun-control movement is driven by raw emotion. Facts are irrelevant. Logic is spurned. Utter nonsense is solemnly intoned. It's little wonder that our most emotive president has made gun control his signature domestic issue. — Don Feder

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