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Why tolerance is fading for zero tolerance in schools
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"While zero-tolerance policies took root nationally with the passage of the 1994 Gun-Free School Act, it wasn't until the shootings at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 that school officials began rapidly expanding the types of infractions that merit expulsion."

"Today, they range from spitting to swearing to skipping school. Principals and teachers say the intent is to head off bad behavior before it escalates into violence. And, in fact, there is evidence that fewer weapons and drugs are being brought on campus since zero-tolerance policies were enacted. Violent crime on campus fell 50% between 1992 and 2002, according to a federal report."
 

John Lott: Right-to-carry law is the way to go
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While murder rates have been falling or have been flat for years in the rest of the country, Philadelphia's rate has been rising. ..."

"Mayor John Street's solution? ...he blames the law-abiding citizens who have permits to carry concealed handguns. He announced on Thursday that the city will deliberately begin delaying issuing new concealed handgun permits. ..."

"No reporters seem to have asked Street or Rendell the obvious question: If permit-holders are the problem, how many of those 85 murders were caused by a person with a permitted concealed handgun? When I asked, the city police and mayor's office were unable or unwilling to answer that question, but my guess is zero."
 

AR: Lonoke weighs easing the punishment for some kids
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"Since the beginning of the school year, at least three shotguns have been discovered in students’ cars that were parked on campus, resulting in three suspensions. Now Lonoke administrators and the Lonoke School Board are discussing the use of an 'assessment tool' to help decide who should be punished for bringing a gun to school and who shouldn’t. It’s a system that could result in a situation where a student deemed 'prone to violence' could be harshly punished — even expelled — for an infraction that would allow another student to get off with a lesser punishment."
 

NY: NYU plan to thwart suicides
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"At New York University, a doorway to suicide is being sealed shut."

"The suicide-plagued school is blocking access to balconies in two high-rise dormitories starting this summer." ...

"While she said the suicides were terrible, 'the university can't prevent it. If they're not going to jump, maybe they'll try some other method.' "

"Campbell noted the rooms' windows still open wide enough to get through."

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KABA Note: A few weeks ago, I alluded to this very think in response to a New York Times feature by Fox Butterfield that attempted to link firearms ownership and suicides.

In it, I pointed out that "Apparently a rash of suicides at New York University ...saw four students jump to their deaths from rooftops in a span of 6 months.

Using Butterfield’s logic, maybe tall buildings are to blame."


I was being sarcastic. Apparently someone at NYU applied Butterfield's logic to their policy.
 

NY: After Suicides, N.Y.U. Will Limit Access to Balconies (Another report)
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In an effort to prevent suicides, New York University will restrict access to balconies in two dormitories, Carlyle Court and Coral Towers, which together house more than 1,000 students."

"Faced with five student suicides in about a year, N.Y.U. has pursued a variety of initiatives, including expanding counseling services and building plexiglass panels around the perimeter of the atrium in the university's Bobst Library, where two students jumped to their deaths."

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Yes, folks. There you have it: Balcony control!
 

OR: Compromise Reached Over Marine Photograph
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"After a Salem high school student was told she could not post a photograph of her Marine brother holding a weapon in a classroom, school district officials have now come up with a compromise that is agreeable to both sides."

"The controversy began when Shea Riecke brought a picture to McKay High School for an assignment showing the school's graduates at work."

"However, the principal would not allow the picture to go up because two of the soldiers in the photograph are seen holding assault rifles."

"Principal Cynthia Richardson cited the school's zero tolerance policy on weapons as a reason for her decision." ...

"Now school district officials have approved the display of another picture of her brother that shows him holding a weapon, but has a focal point of a young Iraqi boy wearing a Marine t-shirt."
 

Wendy McElroy: Mother Sues Cops For Failing to Protect Kids
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"Supported by women's groups such as the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Gonzales suit is path-breaking in at least two ways: first, it would establish restraining orders as de facto Constitutional entitlements, the enforcement of which are guaranteed by procedural due process; and, second, it would hold state police federally liable for actions they did not take rather than for their bad acts." ...

"...As long as restraining orders are 'standard' and 'perfunctory' they lose all value as indications of possible violence. Perhaps the police would take them seriously if they were issued only after a genuine threat of violence had been established. Otherwise, it becomes impossible to distinguish a necessary restraining order from one obtained for advantage."
 

CA: Concord Boy Attacked by Pit Bulls
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A ten-year-old boy was attacked by two pit bulls as he walked down the street near his Concord home Tuesday.

The child was in stable condition Wednesday, after hours of surgery. Police said he had bites on his legs, arms, and abdomen. Witnesses said they scared the dogs away by beating them with a pipe and firing a gun in the air.

The dogs were quarantined during the investigation.
 

TN: Woman, 83, wrestles, shoots at intruder
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"An intruder broke into the house of Clara Groseclose early Tuesday. She heard a noise downstairs, retrieved a handgun and went to check on it."

"Groseclose encountered a man near a broken window, and he demanded money, police said."

"She struggled with the man and fired two rounds at him. Police said Foulk had an abrasion on his face that could have come from the muzzle of the gun when it was fired."

"The man took Groseclose's gun and purse and fled."

"She had a minor cut on her knee from the struggle but was not seriously injured."
 

TX: Would-Be Burglars Met With Homeowner's Gun
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"An east side homeowner confronts burglars with gun in hand, for the second time in four days!"

"George Shandy grew up in the home on Dawson, and still takes care of it. That's what he was doing on Saturday, when he shot a burglar in the arm. That suspect was arrested."

"When Shandy went to the home Tuesday, he noticed the front door was open, and someone had stolen a China hutch. The burglars had left a washer and dryer, as well as a refrigerator, in the center of the living room. Shandy had a hunch the crooks would be back, so he sat and waited for them with his 9mm handgun."
 

UT: Man Arrested For Loaded Gun At SLC Airport
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An Ogden man faces criminal charges for allegedly trying to enter Salt Lake International Airport with a loaded gun in his carry on luggage.

Richard Alan Boyce, 41, tried to enter the secure area of the airport on Sunday, when screeners reportedly found the loaded handgun in his bag. Boyce was planning to fly to Saint George before the gun was discovered. He was arrested and booked into jail. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Federal authorities have charged Boyce with attempting to carry a dangerous weapon onto an airplane, but other charges may follow. If convicted, he could spend 10 years in prison.
 

IL: Gun Policy A Matter of Safety
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"Recently, we read of 13 new gun control measures that Chicago liberals want to impose on the rest of Illinoisans. From making it harder to purchase a handgun to banning various firearms and ammunition that liberals have decided are 'gratuitous', it’s a tough time to be a law-abiding gun owner in Illinois. It’s moments like this where I think a little logic would go a long way."

"Liberals have been obsessed with gun control for about 20 years now. They feel that reducing gun ownership will lower crime levels. The problem is that, as is often the case, their feelings go against accepted statistical evidence. ..."
 

UK: Jailed teacher called cops
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"THE tormented teacher jailed for firing an air gun near yobs called police 15 times but got no response, her family claim."

"Cops never once came out to Linda Walker as she suffered two years of harassment and vandalism, her son Craig said last night."
 

ME: A Question For All Maine Gun Owners
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"...You are on your way to a shoot. You find that you have to leave your pick-up truck for some reason. Since you cannot lock your pick-up, you stick your empty pistol under your belt. Some one notices the bulge and calls the police. The police officer who responds sees the bulge, and asks you what it is. You answer, showing him that the gun is empty, and explaining why you didn't leave it in the pick-up. You are arrested for carrying a concealed weapon." ...

"...Would you rather be judged by the judge, or, would you rather have a jury that could be informed that, as a fully informed jury, they had the constitutional right to judge both the law and the evidence and to bring a verdict according to their conscience?"
 

IA: Judge Issues No-Contact Order For Officer
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"A judge issued a no-contact order to a Carlisle police officer who was arrested and charged with assaulting his wife."

"Tom Bauler, 29, appeared in court Wednesday morning to listen to the charges against him."

"The two-time Officer of the Year stood shoeless before the judge Wednesday. ..."

"Bauler is charged with assault on his wife, Jennifer Bauler, and three counts of interfering with 911 calls for help."
 

South Africa: Gun threats scare off teachers
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"Safety at schools is in the spotlight again after teachers at a Khayelitsha school were threatened with a gun in two separate incidents and are now scared to go back to school."

"Three teachers at Usasazo High School were on stress leave during March because of the incidents."

"One of them, Marlaine Davey, said she was reluctant to return to school after the Easter holidays because she did not feel safe."
 

KY: Police look into fatal shooting
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"Hall said there had been previous calls to the Newcastle residence, including one involving domestic violence in the last two years."

"Henry Reeves had also been charged with alcohol intoxication on several occasions. Police also arrested him twice for violating an order of protection filed by his wife of 23 years. The couple had two children and one granddaughter."

"Crystal Reeves filed an order of protection against Henry Reeves in June 1996 and again in April 1999, according to documents in Fayette District Court. Henry Reeves was arrested in January 2000 and in March 2001 for violating the order."
 

MA: Newton not gun shy
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"The next time you think about cutting someone off while driving along Washington Street, or agree to let your child play at the house of a family you don't know very well, consider this fact: More than 1,200 Newton residents are licensed to own a gun."

"Police records show that one out of every 80 Newton residents are licensed to own a gun. That's similar to the percentage of gun licenses per capita issued in Cambridge or Wellesley. But it's much higher than in Brookline, where just one of every 250 residents has a gun license." ...

"Joyce, a Newtonville mother of a 17-year-old who declined to give her last name, also said that if her daughter asked to visit the home of a gun owner, 'I would have to know the family. I would have to know the whole situation'."

"But she also said, that after 29 years of living in the Garden City, she can't understand why so many Newtonites feel they need to carry a weapon."

"Why would you need a gun here? There's not that much crime around here." -- KABA Reply: Because it's a Bill of Rights not a Bill of Needs.
 

CO: 4-Hers invited to join in shooting sports campout
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"4-H members, families, leaders and staff involved in the 4-H shooting sports program are invited to participate in the 4-H shooting sports family campout June 17-19 at Victor."
 

IL: Hunters, gun dealers want no part of gun control plans
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"Illinois hunters and gun dealers are trying to shoot down a flurry of gun-control proposals they say rose from fear in the streets of Chicago, far from the downstate prairies and woods where guns are appreciated for sport."

"They see no room for compromise on Chicago-led efforts to ban assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles and ammunition, and they oppose proposals to require background checks for gun-show purchases and to limit gun buyers to one handgun per month."
 

Guns Don’t Kill -- But Gun Control Hypocrites Just Might
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"Stevens ...also admits to owning the gun, which she insists belonged to her late son. But she maintains that the arrest 'is an attempt by police to get her to give up information about unsolved crime in the city.' If she believes the police to be so untrustworthy, it’s curious that she wants them (along with the military) to have a monopoly on the legal ownership of firearms."

"...In her own defense, Stevens could claim she was emulating the duplicitous behavior of gun control czarina Sarah Brady, who — in the words of the New York Daily News — 'bought her son a powerful rifle for Christmas in 2000 — and may have skirted Delaware state background-check requirements.' "
 

UK: Teacher threatened with replica firearm
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"A teenager has admitted threatening a teacher with a replica gun outside the gates of a North-East school."

"William Loughran is alleged to have pointed the BB handgun at a senior member of staff supervising pupils during break time at St Edmund Campion School in Wrekenton, Gateshead."

"The 18-year-old appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday when he admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause William Penny to believe unlawful violence would be used against him."
 

NY: Get On Target With Shooting Sports
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"Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is accepting registrations into its Shooting Sports Program. ..." ...

"Youth do not need to have previous experience or own firearms to participate in this hands-on learning experience. The Oswego County 4-H Program and instructors, certified New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program, will provide all firearms and necessary equipment. The instructors are volunteers who are chosen for their ability to teach and their skill at relating to youth. They have all previously worked with youth throughout the community and are exceptional marksmen."
 

OR: FBI Admits Secretly Searching Mayfield Home (Sneek and Peek)
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"FBI agents used provisions of the USA Patriot Act during their investigation last year of a Portland attorney who was wrongly jailed for two weeks on suspicion of involvement in the Madrid train bombings, according to a Justice Department letter."

"The Patriot Act allows for covert searches of homes, without conventional search warrants." ...

"While preparing the case, Mayfield's attorneys sent a letter to the Justice Department in February seeking an order compelling the U.S. Attorney General to inform Mayfield about any electronic surveillance that was conducted during the investigation and any secret searches."

"In response, the Justice Department sent a letter acknowledging FBI agents searched Mayfield's house under provisions of the Patriot Act."

"The letter provides new details about the investigation against Mayfield, stating that agents seized three hard drives, 10 DNA samples preserved on cotton swabs and took 335 digital photographs of personal effects in his home."

 

South Africa: Firearms amnesty a success, say experts
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"The three month amnesty has also prompted legal gun owners to reconsider their need for a firearm. 'In terms of the amnesty, 8,474 illegal firearms have been handed in - and we've had 17,317 legal firearms handed in as well,' Bloem said."

"Police also confiscated 7,983 illegal firearms since the beginning of the year."

"Already we are looking at 33,774 firearms taken out of circulation - their removal should surely have a corresponding effect on violent crime perpetrated with the use of a firearm, and one expects to see a drop in violent crime. But, of course, we'll only know that much, much later..."
 

CO: A safer option?
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"On Tuesday, a group of about 15 people gathered at the Dalton Trumbo Fountain to discuss the issue of allowing firearms at CU. The event was sponsored by the CU College Republicans." ...

"College Republicans said they were dismayed to find that even water guns are not permitted on campus. The Regents' rule also bans anything that resembles a weapon."

" 'That's ludicrous," said Dudley Brown, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado's largest gun rights organization." ...

"Brown argued allowing people to carry guns on campus could be a measure of defense. A woman, for example, walking home at night in a bad neighborhood could defend herself against an attack, he said."
 

PA: Evans aims for control
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"STATE REP. Dwight Evans is a longtime advocate of gun control. The Democrat from West Oak Lane has proposed numerous bills regulating the sale of firearms during his 25 years in the state House. He made gun control the foundation of his unsuccessful mayoral run in 1998."

"Evans is so passionate about gun control that during the 1998 mayoral debates, he spoke about public safety despite being asked a question about taxes." ...

"Q: Will reducing the number of available guns reduce the number of shootings?"

"A: I believe it will. It won't eliminate them. But if we can make it more difficult for guns to get into the hands of the wrong people, then it has to have an impact. Even if it prevents one death, it will be worth it." -- KABA Note: By that logic, if a gun saves just ONE life (not to mention the thousands that are saved each year by armed citizens), it's worth keeping one around.
 

UK: Dumped gun found by police on patrol
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"A handgun has been found dumped in a residential Coventry street, it was revealed today."

"Police on a routine patrol found the gun in Tallants Road, Bell Green. Officers believe it had been left there only a short time before." ...

"As they approached them they ran away, but officers managed to arrest three people and the gun was found during a search of the area."
 

OH: Toledo officials offer contradictory statements on park ban challenge
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"Judging by recent coverage in the Toledo Blade, city officials are beginning to contradict themselves publicly as they struggle to decide how to deal with an activist who has announced he will challenge the city's ban on carrying firearms for self-defense in parks next week."

"Yesterday, Toledo City Councilman Wilma Brown told the newspaper she would try to stop the parks department from issuing a permit for the gathering by claiming it carrying firearms in the park would be a political statement. She said that is prohibited in a public park."

"But today, city law director Barb Herring contradicted Brown, announcing that advocates of the state's concealed-carry law can gather at Toledo's Ottawa Park next week, even though the event's organizer does not have a permit."
 

NM: New Mexico Deputy Indicted In Suspect's Death
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"Sheriff John Blansett confirmed Tuesday evening that deputy Bill Anders was indicted by a grand jury in the Dec. 18 shooting death of Earl Flippen. The sheriff declined to comment further." ...

"Albuquerque television stations reported earlier this year that state police were investigating whether Anders in fact subdued Flippen and handcuffed him before firing the fatal shot."
 

PA: One Day At A Time Rallies Over 1000 Marchers to End Gun Violence
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"One Day At A Time (ODAAT) achieved overwhelming success in attracting over 1000 members to its anti-gun violence rally." ...

"Under Police Motorcycle Escort, over 700 members of the African-American Biker Community led the way down Broad Street. They were joined by over 400 members of the ODAAT community and 200 members from other support groups. Traffic came to a standstill on Broad Street as the Cavalcade proceeded from Progress Plaza at Broad and Oxford streets to Love Park at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Joining the motorcade was a hearse from Baker Funeral Home honoring the memories of the children who died during last week's violence."
 

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