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Heartened by Senate Vote, Anti-Gun Groups Demand 'Stronger' Ban
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"Gun control groups not only want Congress to pass an extension of the 1994 'assault weapons' ban -- they also want the ban to be 'strengthened.' "

"They said they are heartened by this week's gun control votes in the U.S. Senate." ...

"Such weapons are perfectly legal under the so-called 'assault weapons' ban. But the Violence Policy Center accuses the gun industry of evading the intent of Congress by 'making minor cosmetic changes and producing 'clones' and 'knock-off' versions to continue to sell for profit at the expense of public safety.' "

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Gee, maybe it's because the ban banned minor cosmetic features on firearms which were barely ever used in crimes.
 

Terrorists May Use Pen Guns, FBI Warns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The FBI is warning that terrorists could potentially use pens filled with cartridges of poison as weapons, according to an FBI bulletin obtained by Fox News."

"A pen gun is a small-caliber, single shot weapon that resembles a fountain pen."

"In its weekly bulletin to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, the FBI said that bullet cavities of pen guns could be filled with poisonous chemicals or biological toxins, including cyanide, mercury, arsenic and ricin."
 

Looking Back and Ahead After Senate's Votes on Guns
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"But in politics, winners and losers are not always who they seem to be, and if it looked as though Democrats emerged victorious from the topsy-turvy voting, Republicans on Wednesday were hardly conceding defeat. They contend that by forcing Democrats to vote on the volatile questions of assault weapons and background checks, Republicans will come out the winners at the polls in November."
 

Gun Votes Now Part of Political Agenda
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Senate's repudiation of a gun industry legal protection bill this week gave the National Rifle Association an unexpected blow and injected gun policy into this year's elections."

"Lawmakers, lobbyists and experts on gun politics said the odd spectacle of pro-gun senators stampeding to kill their own legislation will have repercussions at the ballot box."
 

Assault weapons bans are ineffective and limit private rights to arms
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I was disappointed to read the editorial 'Congress must tighten gun control laws' (CT, Mar. 3), in which support was voiced for renewing the assault weapons ban and closing the 'gun show loophole.' While the bill in question was dropped from the agenda by Congress, these issues will be raised at another time and readers of the Collegiate Times should know the truth about them."

"Both of these measures are intended to feed off public ignorance and fear about the actual situations they address. The assault weapons ban was passed in 1994 and has done nothing to make the public more safe."
 

New round in gun issue
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Pick up the Yellow Pages and go to 'Guns.' Call the first gun store you find. Ask what you'll need to purchase a semi-automatic military-style sniper rifle like the one used by John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo to kill 10 people during their 2002 Washington, D.C.-area murder spree." ...

"In the midst of a series of mass murders in workplaces, Congress in 1994 imposed a 10-year ban on the sale of military style weapons under production at that time."

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Never mind that the cosmetic features banned in this pathetic law have nothing to do with the deadliness of the weapon. Never mind that the "assault" weapons were used in less than two percent of all crimes. They had to ban SOMETHING!
 

Gun legislation misfires (or another ignorant editorial)
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"The National Rifle Association shot itself in the foot Wednesday, killing a favored gun-lawsuit immunity bill in the Senate rather than see it passed with amendments to extend an assault-weapons ban and close a gun-show loophole. Better no bill than a bad bill that would have given immunity to gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits, no matter how justified."

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Almost right. Better no bill than a bad bill chock full of unconstitutional and immoral human rights violations.
 

Public safety is big loser after federal lawmakers sink gun legislation
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...Similar to other controversial bills, both sides got what they wanted — and things they didn’t want. It was a moment to celebrate, one for Americans to be proud of, but it was short-lived. The big loser was public safety." ...

"In the end, Republicans scrapped the gunmaker-immunity bill after the Democrats’ amendments passed and after the National Rifle Association pushed for the bill’s demise. ...It’s a shame. For a brief moment, the Senate had a bill that contained something for everyone, and could have made a difference."

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Yes, it would have made a huge difference. It would have further shred the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Thank goodness that monster is dead!
 

MD: Guns and politics
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"Ali Boumelhem must be smiling. He's the terrorist and Hezbollah member who was observed buying a gun at a Michigan gun show and was later arrested for smuggling. The U.S. Senate has killed legislation that would have closed the so-called gun show loophole, preserving the right of evil-doers such as Mr. Boumelhem to obtain weapons without those inconvenient background checks."

"This is the state of gun policy in the United States today - too many politicians are unwilling to support sensible limits on the sale of guns." ...

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The guy got CAUGHT at a gun show, where background checks are required, and yet, they still claim there is a loophole?
 

DC: Student Accused of Killing Classmate Says He Fired in Self-Defense
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The teenager accused of slaying a student who was an innocent bystander outside Anacostia High School back in October says he fired the shots in self-defense.

At his trial Thursday in D.C. Superior Court, the 15 year old testified he started shooting after spotting several people in a Cadillac outside the school - believing that they had threatened him with a gun just days before.

The teen says one of the car's occupants put his arm out the window like he was going to fire. The teen says that prompted him to pull out his own gun and begin chasing the vehicle up the street.
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A teenager (barred from possessing a handgun) in a school-zone (where guns are prohibited) in Washington D.C. (where handguns are prohibited).
 

NY: Bronx Police Blotter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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40th Pct.

FEB. 20th – An investigation got underway after shots had been fired from a building’s roof.

43rd Pct.

FEB. 18th – An inquiry got underway after police learned that two males fired several shots during a home invasion.

44th Pct.

FEB. 18th - An 18-year-old male teen was arrested after he was nabbed in possession of a loaded gun.

FEB. 21st – A 29-year-old man received medical treatment at Lincoln Medical Center after being shot in the buttocks.

FEB. 22nd – A street dispute left one of the participants requiring medical assistance. The 20 year old victim was shot once in the leg.
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And on and on go the shootings . . .
 

The Open Conspiracy
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"A Massachusetts liberal for president? With John Kerry the clear Democratic front-runner now, it’s a live possibility." ...

"Bush has been our first neoconservative president. He is barely to the right of Kerry, except perhaps on same-sex marriage."

"What would they have to debate about? To borrow Bill Buckley’s great line, it would be like the Smith Brothers debating cough drops." ...

"As long ago as the 1930s, H.G. Wells prophesied 'the Open Conspiracy' — by which he meant an international tendency toward a one-world bureaucratic regime, which he already (approvingly) saw taking shape. Communists, socialists, liberals, and other 'progressives' around the globe were all working toward the new order Wells foresaw; maybe he wouldn’t be surprised to find self-styled conservatives, in time, joining the irresistible movement too."

"I never tire of quoting Chesterton: 'Men can always be blind to a thing, so long as it is big enough.' " ...
 

WA: 2 arrested in cabdriver's killing
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"To the relief of the city's Somali and Muslim communities, Seattle police yesterday announced they had arrested two men they believe robbed and killed a cabdriver in January." ...

"One of the two suspects in the killing of Hassan Farah was already in jail, accused of attempting to rob a West Seattle jewelry store two weeks ago before getting shot in the chest by the store owner." ...

"Farah's killing sparked an outcry among area Somalis and Muslims, as well as among the region's cabbies, who claimed that police and cab companies weren't doing enough to protect them from being frequent targets of violent crime."

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Take responsibility for your own self defense, much like the jewelry store owner did by shooting the robber in the chest. The police have no legal obligation to protect you.
 

SC: Eye in the sky to protect the abused
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"S.C. domestic violence offenders who take one step in the wrong direction will soon be tracked by a technology-savvy Big Brother."

"Funded by a $120,000 federal grant, the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services will have 65 Global Positioning System units ready to go in the next couple of months."

"The satellite-linked devices — similar to GPS units that have become a popular option in vehicles — will be worn by men who have been convicted of violence against women."

"The intent of these units is to ensure the offenders do not again try to approach their victims."
 

MN: City mulls code changes regarding gun-related businesses
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"City staff members have outlined recommendations to clarify how Richfield will regulate firearms-related business in the future."

"The Richfield City Council will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, to consider changes to its zoning and city codes related to such businesses. The hearing will take place at Richfield City Hall, 6700 Portland Ave. S."

"The need for such changes came to light in June 2003, when a man requested permission to open a firearms training center, complete with a target practice facility, at 6611 Chicago Ave. S. ..."

"Because city code does not specifically address firearm-related businesses, the City Council adopted a moratorium on them, pending a review of the zoning ordinance."
 

Canada: Ruling: Canada's gun law unconstitutional
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"An Ontario judge has ruled that Canada's gun registry violates treaty rights of Aboriginal hunters." ...

"Two Ojibwa hunters were charged in 2001 with not having a firearms license, but this week, an Ontario judge acquitted the men on the grounds that Canada's gun law is unconstitutional."

"The Ontario judge ruled the men's right to hunt was protected by their treaty even though the men were hunting partridge with unregistered guns on a social hunt and they didn't need the meat to survive."

"The judge says Aboriginal people should not be required to have a gun licence, but they should still be on a national registry."
 

UK: Scare as five teens point toy gun from car
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"A group of teenagers terrified motorists as they drove around pointing a toy gun out of a car window in Newtown. Police swooped on the car in Broad Street yesterday morning following reports from startled drivers."

"The gun was seized by unarmed police officers and examined and found to be a toy."

"The five youngsters, both male and female, were arrested at 10am and an 18-year-old man was cautioned for possession of an imitation firearm."
 

VA: Project Exile
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"Today, city, state and federal officials introduced a new campaign to raise public awareness of Project Exile." ...

"The marketing in the last campaign was intense. It will be intense this time. Richmond Police officers would frequently arrest individuals on the street. They would quickly say if they were dealing guns, 'No way am I carrying a gun, man I don't want to be exiled.' We want that same message to be carried by the younger people who didn't get the message last time..."
 

NH: Decorated Nashua officer arrested after standoff
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"An off-duty city policeman stands accused of threatening fellow officers while holding a handgun early yesterday during a six-hour standoff at his home."

"According to police, Master Patrol Officer Scott Anderson, a 15-year veteran with the Nashua Police Department, allegedly threatened to kill two co-workers and himself during the standoff, which followed accusations that he slammed his wife’s head into a car window."

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I can't help but wonder if a civilian who behaved this way with a loaded handgun would still be alive, much less only "charged with two counts of criminal threatening, a Class B felony, and three misdemeanor charges."
 

Argentina: Shoot Thieves Dead, Mayor Tells Farmers
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An Argentine mayor is so fed up with crimes on his patch he has told farmers to go ahead and gun thieves down in cold blood.
"I endorse killing criminals on your farmland, I endorse it," said Jorge Simoni, mayor of the municipality of Villarino in southern Argentina.

"The life of the guy who gets up at 5 a.m. to produce, to work, comes first," he said in a television interview aired on Thursday. "There will be a thousand reasons why people go out and steal, but I don't excuse them."

Provincial farmers say robberies and violent crimes have risen sharply since Argentina plunged into its worst economic crisis in 2002. One in two of Argentina's 36 million population live below the poverty line.

Argentina's police say poor budgets and wages are taking their toll on fighting crime, but the government is seeking to improve policing.

 

MN: Carlson, Mondale lead effort to repeal handgun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A powerful pair is teaming up against Minnesota's new handgun permit law, leading a group called 'Repeal Conceal.' "

"Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Governor Arne Carlson say the law is bad public policy."

"The law took most discretion away from local police, saying permits most be issued to most-law-abiding, mentally competent adults who have taken a gun safety class."

"In the past, applicants had to show an occupational need or a threat to their safety."

"Mondale says the law provides only an illusion of greater safety for those who carry handguns, and a higher level of anxiety for many others."

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Notice he says "anxiety", which is a perception, and nothing about safety which is reality.

The reality is that citizens do not need to demonstrate a "need" in order to exercise their constitutional rights.

Reality is that there have been no shootouts and no blood in the streets, like the hanky wringers have been predicting, since concealed carry laws took effect.

So essentially, these two statists are working to violate citizens' Second Amendment rights for absolutely no good reason.
 

GA: Police officers will give up guns upon entering Chatham County building
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"A showdown over police officers disarming as they enter the Chatham County Courthouse fizzled Wednesday."

"But that doesn't mean Sheriff Al St. Lawrence and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Dan Flynn see eye-to-eye on a proposal to have police officers shed their service weapons as they enter the building. ..." ...

"Last week, Flynn sent a letter to St. Lawrence objecting to a directive ordering officers to lock away their service guns at the front door of the courthouse. Flynn believes cops could become targets of violence for angry defendants and their associates."

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Of course, only Police are "qualified" to be able to handle guns, especially in Court, where they are "in danger". What about the rest of us? Are witnesses and their families, jurors and victims testifying against their attackers not viable targets that deserve to be able to defend themselves?
 

NH: Nashua police officer charged with assaulting wife after standoff (Another version)
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"Officer Scott Anderson, 46, is accused of threatening two officers with a handgun and barricading himself inside his home after his wife called police Tuesday night from a neighbor’s house to report that he had assaulted her..."

"...The couple got into an argument and her head was forced through a car window in the garage..."

"Anderson was a police officer for 15 years. ..." ...

"Police had responded to Anderson’s home in October on a domestic disturbance call but the matter did not result in any arrests."
 

Canada: Montreal police officer on trial for shoplifting says he was testing supermarket's security
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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The trial of a Montreal police officer accused of shoplifting from a suburban supermarket should be discontinued, his lawyer told a Quebec Court judge yesterday. The trial of Guy Marleau, 39, began on Monday, when the court heard that on April 10, 2002, he left a store without paying for $191 in groceries. Store manager Robert Laporte testified that when he approached Mr. Marleau in the parking lot, the police officer said he was "testing" the supermarket's security system. Instead of producing a sales receipt for the items, Mr. Marleau showed his badge. Police had been called, and when patrolman Serge Marcotte arrived, he recognized his colleague. In a search, Mr. Marcotte found Mr. Marleau's loaded service revolver. He was off duty at the time and not authorized to be carrying his gun. The 13-year veteran has been suspended without pay since his arrest.

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"A" grade for originality. "F" for common sense and decency.
 

MN: Sky hasn't fallen since concealed-carry passage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Well, it's been almost a year since the passage of the concealed-carry law, and the sky hasn't fallen. There haven't been any road-rage shootings or Wild West shootouts like the doom-and-gloom crowd predicted.

In fact, it appears that people can actually be trusted to be responsible in exercising their Second Amendment rights. What a huge disappointment this has to be for the gun control crowd, but not to worry. In their typical fashion, they'll just continue to ignore the facts and conjure up more horror stories to make us believe that we can't be trusted to do the right thing. You can bet that they'll use the "save the children" argument.
 

IL: Dance, pardner
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"There was an interesting Washington minuet on guns this week. In the end, nobody got anything. But we learned a great deal along the way."

"We learned that a majority in the Senate is in favor of extending the 10-year-old ban on the manufacture and importation of semi-automatic assault weapons."

"We learned that a Senate majority also approves of a proposal to close the so-called gun show loophole, which allows unlicensed dealers to sell guns at such shows without checking the background of buyers."

"In the end, the Senate rejected the entire bill by a whopping margin. Each side in the debate preferred to gain nothing, rather than give the other side something."

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We learned who the unprincipled RINOs in the Senate are, and we will be focusing on ending their careers.
 

TN: Locks to be made available March 13
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"The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been selected to administer a $50 million grant for Project ChildSafe, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive firearm safety education program. An expansion of NSSF’s Project HomeSafe, Project ChildSafe will provide approximately 20 million free gun locks and firearm safety education materials to families in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia."
 

SC: South Carolina distributes "free" gun locks
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Police agencies will be giving out free gun locks this month as part of a government program to reduce gun violence.

The South Carolina campaign was kicked off with a news conference at the Statehouse on Thursday and is sponsored by the U.S. attorney's office and Project ChildSafe along with more than 200 local police agencies.

The project will distribute 256,500 free gun locks through March 15. Nationwide, more than 6 million safety kits have been given out in 35 states.

 

KS: Concealed guns bill moves to Senate
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"The House approved a bill Thursday to allow Kansans to carry concealed handguns, but not by a veto-proof majority."

"The vote was 78-45 and sent the measure to the Senate."

"Supporters fell six votes short of the 84 votes necessary for a two-thirds majority in the 125-member chamber, which is the requirement for overriding a gubernatorial veto."

"Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has said repeatedly she supports allowing only retired law-enforcement officials to receive concealed carry permits." ...

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And what is it that makes the governor hate her constituents so much that she would leave them disarmed, while arming an elite class of citizens, whose only qualification for their elite status is their badge?
 

MI: Boy penalized over cap gun in classroom
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"Showing off a birthday present brought a 6-year-old at Saginaw's Jerome Elementary an unexpected consequence: a half-day suspension."

"In mid-February, the kindergarten student came to class with a metallic cap gun to show his friends..."

"Principal Hilda Rodriguez suspended the student as a reminder of school policy, which prohibits students from carrying lookalike weapons on campus."

"The penalty for toting toy weapons can range from suspension to expulsion, but Rodriguez determined that the student didn't plan to intimidate classmates."

 

AL: Project ChildSafe distributes gun locks to Selma residents
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"Keeping guns in a home, whether loaded or unloaded, can be dangerous if a curious child or unexpected individual manages to get their hands on them."

"In an effort to spread the word about firearm safety and reduce the number of accidents, a representative of Project ChildSafe arrived in Selma Tuesday to distribute free firearm safety kits and gun locking device to law enforcement officials. Phillip Glasser of Project ChildSafe brought 1500 safety kits - 400 for the Selma Police Department and 1100 for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department - to be given away to the public."
 

I'm Sorry, Dave, You're Speeding
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"At the Melbourne Motor Show last week, Toyota unveiled a controversial concept car that would very closely monitor, and in some cases restrict, the actions of its driver -- including refusing to turn on."

"To drive the sleek Toyota Sportivo, a driver would have to enter a memory card into its console to turn on the engine. Based on the driver's experience and driving record, the car adjusts its engine performance, cutting back for motorists with less experience or spotty driving records." ...

"While some say a car that would second-guess its drivers' abilities might have limited appeal, Toyota says the purpose of the electronic logging and authentication isn't to snoop, but to inform."

" 'What we're suggesting is the driver's license in the future will be a smartcard, and it's embedded with all the data required to operate the car more safely and efficiently,' Toyota project manager Paul Beranger said."
 

FL: Can't hide your prying eyes
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"Every police officer's nightmare is to be wounded on the streets -- alone. So when the Orlando Police Department pilot-tested new Global Positioning System (GPS) units, which let the central office track officers' locations, you'd think the officers would have been grateful."

"Gratitude, however, wasn't much in evidence during the pilot program, according to Conrad Cross, CIO of the city of Orlando. 'The officers felt it was intrusive to be monitored 24/7 and didn't see much benefit in their day-to-day work,' he says. The unions "raised a lot of noise" and the project was canceled, Cross says."
 

MN: Statistics don't support scary stories about concealed-carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Feb. 13 Point of View column by Dr. Greg Bachhuber -- 'Concealed-carry laws place guns into hands of unskilled people' -- (and your newspaper's editorial as well) contains all the misinformation and mistrust that every opponent of concealed-carry believe. The problem is it just isn't true." ...

"The vast majority of individuals getting their concealed-carry permit have years of experience with firearms. The point is that they are taking responsibility for their own self-defense, and with it comes a tremendous responsibility to know how to handle the firearm correctly as well as when it is wise to use it." ...

"Yet should we as a society decide that they should be disarmed and risk not being able to defend themselves? To attempt to compare the training police get in the use of deadly force and that of a civilian is like comparing apples and oranges. The police have a duty to carry their firearms and protect the public (and, incidentally, such protection does not extend to any individual but to the community as a whole, as has been upheld several times by the U.S. Supreme Court)."

"Police should be held to a much higher standard concerning defensive shootings, yet routinely are not. Police are given three days of administrative leave before being interviewed about the events. I can promise that if a civilian is involved in a defensive shooting, they will not get three days to settle their nerves and collect their thoughts. They will be grilled for hours and will most likely end up behind bars for at least a short time."
 

UT: Rampaging Moose Stomps Man OR Why Would You Need Firearms In A Park?
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"One man was hospitalized after he and two hiking companions were attacked by an aggressive moose."

"The attack occurred Wednesday after the three Salt Lake City men came face-to-face with the angry, 800-pound bull moose while snowshoeing on a trailhead about 10 miles east of the city, near Parleys Summit."

" 'It stopped and stared us down for what seemed like hours, but it was probably five or six minutes,' said Bob Canestrini."

"He said they slowly retreated into some brush for cover. Then, without provocation, the moose 'just leaped through the trees and landed on Nick and started stomping him,' Canestrini said."
 

Barbados: Jodie Kidd shooting drama
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"Model Jodie Kidd was shot at she as chased an armed intruder from her Barbados home, it has been reported."

"The 25-year-old was with her boyfriend when she awoke and found the burglar standing over her in her bedroom, The Sun reported."

"The pair ran after him but were nearly shot when he opened fire."

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KABA Note: We draw your attention to this article, where a former Attorney General is quoted as saying that "only a few Arab states had [firearms] legislation as brutal as Barbados."

And what do those tough laws accomplish? From the same article:

"Regarding the rising crime rate, the St George North MP said the harsher the penalties became in Barbados, the more offences seemed to be committed."
 

UT: '04 legislators defend gun rights
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"When it comes to gun control, Utah lawmakers have a consistent track record. Each year they vote to support the Second Amendment right to bear arms and make sure only the Legislature sets public gun policy in the state."

"Sen. Mike Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, sponsored SB48, a gun bill directed at the U."

"They didn't deviate from that pattern in 2004."

"Most controversial among the gun measures this year was SB48, which wagged a disciplinary finger at the University of Utah."
 

IL: Two letters to Fitzgerald for his anti-gun vote
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"If he plans on running for governor in two years, he has [angered] many conservatives by supporting illegal immigration, campaign finance reform that took away our First Amendment rights, gun control, and some wacko environmental legislation not to drill for oil in ANWR. Gun owners who vote have long memories Peter, we will remember in 2006." ...

"As I sit looking at the vote summary from the defeated S.1805 (Protection of Lawful Arms in Commerce Act), I feel a mixture of anger, frustration, and disgust. Our own Senator Peter Fitzgerald voted with the likes of Teddy Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, and Hillary Clinton and once again has shown his true colors. What we need is a real, honest-to-goodness Republican, not another RINO."
 

FL: House leader considers charging shooters to fund gun range bill
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"House Speaker Johnnie Byrd said Thursday he would likely support charging gun owners in order to pay for a bill that requires the state to pay for cleaning up some environmental damage at shooting ranges."

"Byrd, R-Plant City, said some sort of charge levied on ammunition or guns could be one of the primary sources of money for the cleanups." ...

"Byrd, who has made opposition to any new taxes a hallmark of his tenure as speaker, said there was a difference between the proposed fee and a tax because only gun users would be subject to paying it."

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So it's OK to penalize people for exercising their Second Amendment rights and enjoying a hobby because technically it's not a tax?
 

OH: Gun talk tonight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Ohio University Second Amendment Club is hosting Kim Rife of the Central Ohio Pink Pistols tonight at 7 in the Baker Center 1954 Lounge. Rife will speak on issues related to gun rights and the LGBT community."

"According to a news release, Rife 'will primarily address concerns that the LGBT community may have about guns, as well as providing reasons why all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, should be familiar with proper gun responsibility.' "
 

PA: Accidental Shooting in Schuylkill County
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"State police thought they were responding to a burglary at a home near Schuylkill Haven Thursday morning. A search of the home found a man crouched behind a shower curtain. It turns out troopers didn't catch a criminal, they wound up shooting the man who lived in the home." ...

"When they reached a second floor bathroom, one of the troopers pulled back the shower curtain to find a man, fully clothed, crouching in the shower. The trooper had his gun drawn at the time."

"The individual stood up and was rather unresponsive, wouldn't say who he was. He exited the shower and in the process of placing him under arrest an officer's gun discharged..."

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Why is it that in the hands of a LEO the gun just discharges on its own?
 

Australia: Kings Cross shopkeeper charged over gun cache
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A Kings Cross shopkeeper has been charged after 26 guns and several other prohibited items were found in his shop.

Police from Operation Vikings executed a search warrant on the Bayswater Road premises in response to a number of items, including rifles, handguns and crossbows, being advertised for sale.

During the search they also found ammunition, medieval weapons, axes and knives - some with price tags.

Police arrested the 41-year-old shopkeeper and charged him with possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit.

He was granted bail and will appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on March 25.
 

NH: Officials Announce New Program Against Gun Violations
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"In television ads directed at would-be criminals, the clanging of a jail cell door reinforces a stern message: gun crime means hard time."

"A law enforcement task force is starting to run television, radio and print ads to remind the public that violating federal gun crimes carry harsh punishments."

"One television spot shows a mother with small children looking on in shock as the father is sentenced to prison. Another features a row of grim-faced state troopers seated behind the defense table during a trial."

"The public awareness campaign is the latest phase of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Bush administration initiative that New Hampshire joined in 2002."
 

NC: Clinton police to promote gun safety at Children's Festival
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"Clinton police hope to promote gun safety during the second annual N.C. Children's Festival scheduled for Saturday."

"Clinton police officer Lt. Keith Jennette said the department would have several booths at the N.C. Children's Festival 2004 explaining the different units within the police department, as well as providing gun locks for gun owners as part of Project ChildSafe." ...

"The Clinton Police Department, as well as the Sampson County sheriff's office, Garland Police Department, Roseboro Police Department, and Salemburg Police Department, received firearms safety kits through Project ChildSafe, the nation's largest firearm safety program."
 

GA: Mistaken Releases Lead to Firings
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"The improper release of two Fulton County inmates has led to the firing of three high-ranking Fulton County Sheriff’s employees."

"The first inmate, charged with shoplifting, was released after a computer operator overlooked an outstanding warrant that should have kept the person in custody, according to officials. The inmate, Kenneth Dodd, remained at large Thursday."

"A second inmate slipped through the cracks after being improperly processed at the Fulton County jail. ..."

"Sheriff Jackie Barrett called the dismissals part of her 'zero tolerance' policy. She denied they had any connection to a grand jury report citing serious problems at the jail."
 

NY: Police Arrest JFK Airport Bag Handlers
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"Gang members used their jobs as baggage handlers at New York's John F Kennedy Airport to avoid inspection of mail bags filled with cocaine and transported on commercial planes from South America, police said on Thursday." ...

"The case is the latest in a series of disrupted drug operations at JFK airport run by baggage handlers who diverted narcotics from security and border inspection procedures that authorities say have been tightened up since the September 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks."

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Meanwhile, the passengers are getting groped, harassed and robbed at security checkpoints.
 

Silencing Student Speech -- And Even Artwork -- in the Post-Columbine Era: The Relevant Supreme Court Cases, and How They Have Been Misapplied
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"...The rash of school shootings in recent years -- including the April 1999 horror at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado -- shows that danger does exist from certain disturbed, alienated, and disaffected youth."

"However, the response among many school officials has been to overreact by infringing on students' constitutional rights." ...

"Of course, student safety should be a paramount concern. And school officials have a duty to ensure safe learning environments."

"Nevertheless, as the cases I have listed show, the push to silence and punish student expression has led to some very unjust results." ...

"... As Judge Kleinfeold wrote in Lavine: 'Suppression of speech may reduce security as well as liberty.' ..."
 

The First American Revolution
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Other Bumper Stickers and Posters are at: http://www.saveourguns.com/posters_you_can_download.htm

A local High School Teacher is using this poster as a discussion point for class.
 

Can you fight City Hall?
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"My experience has taught me that individuals can and do make a difference when they become involved at the local level. Here we find the essential key to throwing off chains created by an overbearing Nanny State. We must learn to reassert ourselves as true independent citizens and reclaim our stolen birthright, which is control of government. You should never miss the city/county council or commission meetings in your local area."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? [...] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (Chapter 1 "Arrest")

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