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Fumbling the Gun Makers' Protection Act -- What went wrong this week and how to make sure it doesn't happen again
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"What happened this week in the U.S. Senate was predictable."

"Senate Democrats loaded up the gun makers' protection act with several anti-gun amendments, forcing all sides to vote the bill down. Pro-gun lawmakers didn't want the gun restrictions to pass, while the anti-gun zealots didn't like the underlying bill because they want the frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers to continue." ...

"Senators Had Been Warned -- As far back as six months ago, Gun Owners of America had been warning Senate personnel that what happened this week in the U.S. Senate could easily happen, and we had laid out the necessary steps to make sure it didn't happen." ...
 

GOA Blasts 'Inexperienced' GOP Senate Leadership
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Thirteenth brief on the page:

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A pro-Second Amendment group is blaming the Senate leadership in general, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in particular, for the "legislative donnybrook" that killed a bill aimed at protecting the gun industry from politically motivated lawsuits. Gun Owners of America called the defeat of the bill a "humiliating loss" that didn't need to happen. GOA said it worked hard with the Senate Republican leadership to insure that "killer amendments" would not be added to the bill - but in the end, they were. Those gun control amendments included an extension of the "assault weapons" ban, new restrictions on sales at gun shows, and gun lock requirements. "The death of the gun makers' protection bill was the tragic price we paid for an inexperienced Senate leadership that failed to understand and use the Senate rules," said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt. He accused Senate Republican leaders of using a procedure favored by Senate Democrats - a procedure that was destined to fail, Pratt said.
 

NY: Gun-dealer immunity fails — at a price
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Before the vote, minority Democrats managed to attract enough Republican support to add two key amendments to the bill that would protect gun dealers who place firearms into the hands of criminals. One amendment extends the ban on semiautomatic weapons. The other closes the so-called 'gun-show loophole' that exempts gun buyers and sellers from the Brady Law’s background checks."

"Neither of these amendments is particularly controversial. The assault weapons ban has been in effect for a decade during which crime rates have dropped. The gun- show loophole is an inexcusable gap in the protection provided by the Brady Law, which already has prevented thousands of felons from buying firearms."

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Note: these proposals WERE controversial, because they foisted yet more gun control on American citizens. The gun show "loophole" does not exist. If it did, more criminals (not just the paltry fewer than two percent) would be taking advantage of it.

The AW ban - an unconstitutional and worthless piece of legislation - is due to sunset this year, and it has done nothing to lower crimes, since only about two percent of criminals use so-called "assault" weapons in crimes to begin with.
 

TN: Dale Harvey, a native of Roane County, recently announced his bid for the U.S. House seat for the 4th District.
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"As a conservative Republican, Harvey holds many of the same values of the people in the 4th District. He is pro-life, pro-family and a member of the 2nd Amendment Foundation (an organization that works to protect the citizen's right to bear arms). He admits he is not a professional politician, but believes he can best serve the people of the 4th District as their representative by standing firm for the values they have in common."
 

Kerry's First Mistake
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"I was shocked to see 'our' candidate's picture in the NY Times with Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein this morning, and I'll bet that the RNC, NRA, and the whole Bush team is delighted."

"Now, in addition to some 4,000,000 fundamentalist wingnuts the Republicans can count on another 4,000,000 NRA votes, placing Kerry in essentially the same position that Al Gore occupied in Y2K. All because of one lousy snapshot. His Senate vote is understandable and, considering how the gun manufacturers' protections bill had been poisoned, it was a reasonable one, but how could Kerry have been so stupid as to associate himself with the lunatic fringe of 'gun-melter-downers?' "

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"How could Kerry have been so stupid as to associate himself with the lunatic fringe of 'gun-melter-downers?" Maybe it's because he happens to be one, regardless of his grabbing a shotgun and killing a few defenseless animals to show his "Second Amendment" spirit.
 

FL: Legislative agenda: Gun-control bills
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"...Then they took up some gun bills."

One would restrict the state Department of Environmental Protection's ability to sue ground-polluting gun ranges for failing to clean up lead discharge from spent rounds. The other would bar police departments from keeping lists of most guns bought from pawn shops and second-hand dealers. When did we miss the public clamor for quick action on these two issues?"

"Truth is, there is no such clamor. The only push to ease already lenient state gun laws comes from the Florida National Rifle Association chapter. Easy to see who comes first with this Legislature: special interests."

"Neither bill serves the public good. Lead-pollution is a health risk to humans and a killer of wildlife. Maybe the contaminants from gun ranges add up to a small risk, but that doesn't mean owners should get a free pass from regulation."
 

Bang, Clinton 1994 assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The Senate renewed the historic 1994 ban on assault rifles by a thin margin of 52 for to 47 against." -- No they didn't. They voted to attach the AW ban to the gun industry lawsuit protection bill.

"It seems ironic that an organization that promotes education and safe use of guns cannot see that the banned firearms are different in many areas that can make them significantly more dangerous that a common hunting rifle. ..." -- And it really is expected that an ignorant, pseudo journalistic hack would think that a flash suppressor or bayonet lug would make a weapon more dangerous.

"Some of the different components of banned weapons make them significantly more lethal. Those components include, pistol grips on rifles and shotguns, facilitating shooting from the waist, stalks that are foldable for concealment, and threaded barrels designed for silencers. Does anyone else feel a little uncomfortable with the thought of a rack of silencers and other tools of human assignation being sold next to ping-pong tables in Wal-Mart sporting goods?" -- Only panty-wetting ignorants, whose only firearms education comes from the VPC and the Brady Bunch.

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KABA Note: There are many more lies and ignorant statements in this article. If we were to address all of them here, it would take all night. This inane piece of dreck was written by the paper's opinions editor W. John Tritt. Unfortunately, his email address is not listed.
 

GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Larry Craig
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"BuzzFlash speculates that Craig wasn't acting on his own. He's a good loyal Republican foot soldier and isn't the kind of Bush minion to take such a rash action independently. So, it's pretty clear that Karl Rove was afraid of the whole gun control issue backfiring on Bush's 2004 campaign and sent the order down from on high to kill the legislation."
 

NY: For Bloomberg and the G.O.P., Pre-Party Jitters
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"But Mr. Bloomberg — a lifelong Democrat who became a Republican to run for office — finds himself in an uncomfortable political position, one that promises to get tougher as the convention nears. New York Democrats, who outnumber Republicans by a ratio of five to one, are complaining that their mayor is doing the bidding of the White House. At the same time, Republicans close to the White House say they view Mr. Bloomberg's Democratic background with suspicion and have clashed with his aides over logistical and financial details of the convention."
 

FL: Trigger-happy legislators
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Have Florida lawmakers grown immune to embarrassment? It would appear so, given their unholstered enthusiasm for a bill that would declare shooting ranges immune to pollution lawsuits and make it a crime for any state regulator to file one."

"The measure, which would absolve more than 400 gun ranges in Florida from responsibility for cleaning up lead and arsenic contamination, was OK'd by the Senate Natural Resources Committee this week."

"In response to complaints that -- surprise! -- taxpayers would be stuck with the bill, the committee added a provision that would increase licensing fees for security guards, people acquiring concealed-weapons permits, and firearms instructors."
 

IN: Rural school dealing with urban problem
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"In a span of four days, all this week, two kindergarteners from the same class at J.B. Stephens Elementary brandished weapons two separate times. One had a knife. The other an unloaded gun."

"Both happened as they were heading home on a school bus."

"Greenfield Police Chief Clarke Mercer says, 'It's kind of hard to fathom that kindergarten age children would bring dangerous weapons into school.' "
 

KY: Officer Indicted On Murder Charge
Submitted by: Larry Mitchell

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"A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a local police officer who shot and killed a teenage drug suspect, WLKY NewsChannel 32 has just learned."

"Officer McKenzie Mattingly shot 19-year-old Michael Newby during an undercover drug sting on Jan. 3, an incident that prompted a public outrage on city streets. ..."

"Mattingly was indicted on one count of murder and one count of wanton endangerment. He'd been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, which prompted the city’s black community to once again call for drastic changes within the police department."

"Newby, who was shot in the back as he tried to run from Mattingly..."
 

PA: Democrats push for "victim disarmament zone" laws
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Those caught illegally possessing or using a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or university will face mandatory prison time if the Pennsylvania Legislature approves a bill that will be presented to the Senate next week."

"State Sens. Vincent Fumo and Shirley Kitchen, both Philadelphia Democrats, want 'firearm-free zones' within 1,000 feet of every public and private school and university, and within 500 feet of every playground and recreation facility. School vehicles would also be designated as gun-free areas."
 

DC: Student Accused of Killing Classmate Says He Fired in Self-Defense
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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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.

None of the car's occupants was hit in the shooting - but a bullet did kill 16 year old football player Devin Fowlkes.

The name of the teenager accused in the shooting isn't being released because he's charged as a juvenile. If found guilty, he could be locked up until turning 21.
 

PA: Police Investigate Accidental Shooting By Officer (Alternate report)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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A Schuylkill Haven man was shot by a state police officer, when the trooper's gun accidentally went off.

Police from the Schuykill Haven barracks were called about a burglary at a Wayne Township home Thursday morning.

Troopers entered the home and went to the second floor bathroom when they pulled back the shower curtain, they found a man hiding, when they went to make an arrest, Trooper Kirk Kirkland's gun accidentally went off, striking 51 year-old David Freed Jr. in the shoulder.

Freed, who owns the home was taken to the hospital, no word on his condition. The investigation is continuing.

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Yet another report that neglects to mention that the officer had to have actually pulled the trigger to get the gun to "go off."
 

UT: Where are your facts? (Letter)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"I was struck by one word in the 'Guns as trump card' editorial Feb. 22. The word was 'rightly,' used in the following sentence: 'The gun laws should specifically allow private business owners to restrict gun possession, because many employers rightly believe that people carrying guns increase risks to workers and customers.' "

"Wow! This little word changes an acceptable opinion (a belief) into an unsupported assertion, incorrectly presented as fact. Do you have support for this fact?"
 

Bush mends fences with voter base (allegedly)
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"President Bush has taken bold steps to improve his standing with core Republican voters, conservative leaders say."

"From gun control to judicial appointments to supporting a constitutional marriage amendment, Mr. Bush's election-year moves in the past few weeks have done much to mend fences with disgruntled grass-roots Republicans."

"He has cut their taxes, hasn't taken anyone's guns away,..."

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Since when is merely not taking someone's guns away a "bold step?"
 

HFA: U.S. Senate Stops Assault on Residents of Washington, DC
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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" 'We applaud the support of the United States Senate in its decision to protect the integrity of the locally-enacted handgun laws in our nation's capitol,' states Chris McGrath, executive director of Handgun-Free America, a national grassroots organization dedicated to banning handguns in America. 'By upholding the longstanding ban on handgun possession, the U.S. senate has decided that the fight against gun violence cannot be taken out of the hands of local law enforcement.' "
 

MO: Officers wary now that guns can be concealed in cars
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Because it is now legal for most adults to stow a concealed weapon in a vehicle, local law enforcement officials say there will be a heightened sense of awareness among officers when conducting traffic stops."

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Excuse us, we hate to remind the paranoid officers of this, but the criminals ALREADY have guns, regardless of the law. The law simply makes it legal for those who will abide by it. So what is it that makes these stellar professionals so paranoid about those who actually obey the law being armed?
 

NY: Police Blotter from disarmed New York City
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A person who was resting in the safety of his home was attacked by a home invader. The victim was inside his resident when the attacker was able to pick a lock to gain entry. Once inside, the victim was stabbed." ...

"An investigation got underway after shots had been fired from a building’s roof." ...

"Investigators responded to the emergency room of Lincoln Medical Center after a man requested medical assistance. Two males had stabbed the man after one of them bumped into him on the street." ...

"A 19-year-old black teen was admitted to nearby Lincoln Medical Center after receiving a stab wound to the back." ...

"Three teens were arrested after they robbed a deliveryman." ...

"Police investigators raced into action after the city’s 311 received a call from a Bronx telephone. The man at the end of the phone was threatening to shoot the mayor. ...They found the man to be intoxicated, but also recovered an unloaded pistol." ...

"An inquiry got underway after police learned that two males fired several shots during a home invasion." ...

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

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

"The 20 year old victim was shot once in the leg and received assistance from the medical staff at Bronx Lebanon Hospital." ...

"Additional police officers were dispatched into the Highbridge area after a victim was shot during a robbery attempt." ...

"A search was conducted for a Hispanic male about 20 years old in connection with a shooting." ...

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And on and on it goes...
 

UT: Gun legislation gets Utah State thinking
Submitted by: C. Huntzinger
Website: http://usu.edu/2ndAmendment

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"A bill that will strip the University of Utah of its gun ban is currently under debate in the House and there are mixed feelings on campus at Utah State University about the impact this may have."

"Senate Bill 48 will give the Legislature sole authority to ban and regulate guns, prohibiting universities and other public entities from creating their own rules and policies regarding firearms."

"Craig Huntzinger, a graduate student in biology and president of USU's chapter of Students for the Second Amendment, said SB 48 is a reminder that the Legislature, and not public entities, make the laws. He said he feels the U's gun ban is a violation of Second Amendment rights and 'not a privilege to be granted and revoked at the whim of government.' "

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If it is OK for the University of Utah to pick and choose which parts of state laws they want to follow, can citizens do likewise?
 

OH: Cleveland business media assault on concealed carry continues
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Is there something in the water at the Cleveland business media's office buildings?" ...

"While the statute does not require employers to institute handguns or weapons policies, it would be in the best interest of the company to do so, say Hanna and Stephanie Trudeau, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland and a certified specialist in employment law." ...

"In addition to clearly stating that no weapons are allowed, make sure the policy outlines actions that will be taken if a weapon is brought to work, Trudeau says."

"On the other end of the spectrum, Trudeau says there may be an employer who decides to require all employees to obtain a weapon and bring a gun to work. 'There needs to be a legitimate reason why this would be required,' she says. 'If an employer is using this as a means of discriminating — requiring someone to pass the background check, mental competency and looking at any criminal convictions — that would be a problem.' "
 

UK: Get rid of the guns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"About 250 nine to 20-year-olds attended the Sistaz Against Guns event to see rappers, singers, MCs, dancers and poets raise awareness of the dangers of gun crime."

"Funded by the Disarm Trust, trustees attending included Bill Brown, Neil Kenlock and Lee Jasper."

"The event was conceived and organised by Carla Campbell, 25, of Peckham."
 

UK: Writing on the wall for guns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"MEMBERS of the public had opportunity to sign an anti-gun declaration' board this week, displayed in Twickenham's Civic Centre."

"It is a pledge to support the Metropolitan Police's campaign against gun crime, sending a clear message that its elimination is a high priority for London's residents, businesses and crime-fighting agencies." ...

"The pledge board, visiting London town halls throughout March and April, will be displayed at the 2004 Gun Crime conference to be held by the Met later this year."

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That way all the armed criminals will be sure to know where the government is making a special effort to keep their subjects disarmed and vulnerable.
 

New Guns Of The Old West
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Remember those childhood games of cowboys and Indians, er, Native Americans, and the way you used to rip off a strip of roll caps with your trusty six-shooter? Maybe it was movie cowboy Hopalong Cassidy blasting what seemed like a dozen shots from his six-shooter and leveling saloonloads of bad guys that spawned a secret longing to someday own a real six-gun. You were not alone. Interest in six-guns has long been part of an ongoing nostalgia attached to the early American West. That interest spiked in the 1950s when living rooms across America were trampled in a stampede of TV Westerns such as 'Gunsmoke,' 'Have Gun--Will Travel' and 'Maverick.' "
 

Reasonable limits on guns necessary
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The National Rifle Association continues to call the tune played by too many lawmakers."

"After the Senate attached two important and common-sense amendments to a bill shielding gun manufacturers from lawsuits, the NRA successfully lobbied to defeat the legislation that the New York Times reported had been one of the group's priorities."

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If "reasonable limits" on guns are necessary, so are reasonable limits on idiot editorial writers, who don't know one end of a gun from the other and who spew anti-freedom rhetoric fed to them by those with an onerous agenda.

You can't have any respect for people who use the First Amendment to destroy the Second.
 

UT: Guns legal in foster homes?
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Families who agree to take in troubled Youth Corrections children have long been banned from having a firearm in their house."

"But with the Legislature's passage of Sen. Michael Waddoups' so-called 'U.' gun bill, that apparently won't be the case anymore."

"Waddoups' SB48 prohibits any state entity from restricting the possession of firearms via an administrative rule or policy, unless authorized in statute."
 

UK: Provisional IRA Ready To Give Up More Guns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"THE IRA is preparing for a fourth act of decommissioning, republican and British Government sources have told the News Letter."

"The Provos are said to be assessing further disarmament as part of a deal with Britain which would not break the political deadlock or restore the Stormont institutions but would be designed to build confidence in the peace process."
 

Guns Still Need Their Triggers Pulled
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"I’ve yet to see one gun shoot a person on its own. Somebody has to pull the trigger. The hypocrisy swarming around in the United States Senate chambers is repulsive, concerning the ban on guns. Trying to pass the buck seems to be the only option most of these men and women know how to do. First, it was the tobacco companies who held a gun to the heads of irresponsible people and made them smoke and become ill from tobacco products... now, it’s the gun manufacturers who are pulling the trigger on their guns...while in the hands of criminals. P-L-E-A-S-E...enough already! I don’t indulge in smoking, snorting cocaine, or drinking alcohol products of any kind, and so far, I haven't had to shoot anyone. If I can steer clear of these bad vices, so can everyone else. It’s a wonder this country wasn’t originally built on cop-outs."

"There are way too many baby-boomers who are of the notion: no one should be held accountable for their actions." ...
 

NY: Cop Accused Of Striking Suspect With Radio Goes On Trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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A Brooklyn police officer accused of striking a suspect with a radio after he'd been handcuffed went on trial Thursday on assault charges.

Officer Charles Dorcent, 43, who was caught on tape in the act, sat silently in Brooklyn Supreme Court as a jury watched the recording.

Dorcent, assigned to the 70th precinct, was charged after a videotape surfaced of an Aug. 11 incident in which he arrested a man on a Brooklyn street while breaking up a fight.

He contends he struck Anthony Carty, 26, in self defense when the suspect lunged at him. But Assistant District Attorney Charles Guria said Dorcent acted out of anger.

"The radio is a police instrument," he said. "It's not there for batting practice."

If convicted, Dorcent faces up to seven years in prison.
 

TX: Texas gunslingers dust off Old West for shooting events
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"The Old West apparently never died when the 19th-century Texas sun set on this hardscrabble town near Glen Rose. Once a month, it comes back to life with a bang."

"Hundreds of bangs, in fact. Just like you would have heard during shootouts on the streets of Tombstone or at the O.K. Corral. Just like you hear along the streets of this make-believe Old West town."

"The setting was created by the Comanche Valley Vigilantes, the nation's second-largest 'cowboy action shooting club.' The activity, with its gunfighter dress code, is the fastest-growing shooting sport in the country, or as the Vigilantes might say: It's a popular way to spray a little lead."
 

Philippines: Guns, ammo, TNT seized in Nueva Ecija raid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Police and military intelligence operatives seized a big number of weapons, ammunition, and explosives from a suspected gunrunner in Nueva Ecija last Thursday night."

"Querol said Barrientos was arrested during a raid on his residence."

"Seized from Barrientos’ residence were a baby Armalite hydramatic, two 9mm Berretta pistols, a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, a .22 caliber Ruby Extra revolver, two long magazines for M16 Armalite rifle, two magazines for 9-mm pistol, a magazine for AK-47 rifle... two 40mm grenades, 17 Claymore mines, C-4 explosive materials, a pair of camouflage pants..."

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What happened to that gun ban in the Philippines? Didn't it work?
 

Kenya: Trader Killed By Thugs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"A Nairobi businessman was abducted and shot by two armed gangsters, who then drove around with him as he bled to death."

"Mr Moindi was pronounced dead on arrival at [the] Health Centre where he was taken by a Good Samaritan."

"Moindi's wife watched in horror as the remorseless robbers drove from Kahawa West to Ruiru in Thika where they were abandoned after being robbed."

"According to the Officer Kirimi, Moindi and his wife were driving when they slowed down to enter Maziwa at about 9pm."

"Two gangsters approached the car and shot Moindi bundled him and his wife into the back of the car and drove around until 2am when they abandoned the couple after robbing them of two mobile phones and Sh500."

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More victims of government disarmament.
 

IN: Want to learn to shoot, or improve your skills?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Fitzsimmons placed a paper target on the mechanical mover that allows the target to be placed at whatever shooting distance you desire. The range varies from seven to 25 yards. Next he carefully loaded his weapon and took aim. After firing off five rounds he pushed a button that in turn brought the target back for inspection."

"Meanwhile, behind the shooters’ lanes in a bulletproof glass room, Range Masters’ “range-master” Joe Hawes found a potential flaw in the stance that Fitzsimmons took while shooting." ...

"If anyone should know the ins and outs of proper stance, the proper way to hold a handgun or rifle, or any of the various shooting techniques, that would be Hawes."

"After serving as a Navy SEAL for 22 years, he followed that up with enrolling in some of the most prestigious weapon schools in the United States; namely the Gun Sight Thunder Ranch. He obtained his 'Master' level by graduating from the Illinois Police Institute."
 

NY: Pulling trigger only way to fire gun, expert testifies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"A Westchester County police gun expert testified yesterday that the only way Pia Stefanelli's gun could fire was if someone pulled the trigger."

"Detective Arthur Holzman, a county police firearms instructor, said he examined Stefanelli's .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol several times and found that it had been maintained and was in good working condition."

"Stefanelli is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Sgt. Troebs. Troebs was shot in the back of the head by Stefanelli while he was dropping off their son after a weekend custody visit. Stefanelli, maintaining the shooting was an accident, said she was checking to make sure the weapon was safe when 'it just went off' while Troebs was standing in front of her."

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Oh, when a LEO negligently discharges his weapon, the gun just "goes off." When a civilian is guilty of the same thing, it takes a firearms expert to testify that the gun will fire if the trigger is pulled!
 

Electronic Voting Critic Recounts His Experience as an Election Judge -- on the Very Voting Machines that Concern Him
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"It is now 10:30 pm, and I have been up since 5 a.m. this morning. Today, I served as an election judge in the primary election, and I am writing down my experience now, despite being extremely tired, as everything is fresh in my mind, and this was one of the most incredible days in my life."

"I first became embroiled in the current national debate on evoting security when Dan Wallach of Rice University and I, along with Computer Scientist Yoshi Kohno and my Ph.D. student Adam Stubblefield released a report analyzing the software in Diebold's Accuvote voting machines." ...
 

VA: Judge quits over racist chat
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"A Richmond General District Court judge will retire this month because of remarks he made in an Internet chat room that he acknowledged would be interpreted as racist."

"Judge Ralph B. Robertson, who heard criminal cases for 19 years in the Public Safety Building, took sick leave last week and will not be on the bench before his retirement becomes effective March 19."

"He notified the Virginia Supreme Court of his retirement plans last week, without giving a reason, according to a spokeswoman for the court." ...

"The exchanges in the Atticus chat room on Yahoo! Groups included a reference by Robertson to Martin Luther King Jr. as a plagiarist who 'turned things upside down' and a description of Jesse Jackson as 'a thief, a liar and a traitor to his own people.' "
 

MD: Boys charged with BB gun
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"Two Hagerstown teenagers were arrested Thursday outside the Washington County Head Start building on West North Avenue after a teacher reported seeing a youth with a gun behind the building at around 4:30 p.m., Hagerstown Police said."

"The gun turned out to be a handgun-style BB gun, Sgt. Paul Kifer said."

"A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year old boy were each charged with possessing a firearm on streets..."
 

ID: Turning school into a minimum security prison
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"A district committee met for the first time this week to start reviewing the district's safety plans." ...

"Columbia High students returned from a weeklong February break last week to find some new measures already in place. Most doors other than the main entrance have been equipped with alarms."

"...all exits except the front have long been locked to the outside, but alarms may discourage students from letting others slip in. As part of the school's construction project, permanent alarms will later be installed with key card-controlled locks..."

"Six new monitors have also been hired. ..." ...

"Mr. Tipton said he initially feared students would feel like 'Big Brother's watching them.' But the response was positive, and the cameras seem to deter acting up."

" 'Kids seemed to find it reassuring,' he said, 'like a security blanket.' "

"Principal Kuzdzal said last week that most Columbia students and staff also feel good about new security measures."
 

OH: Dangerous people carry guns now
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"One month later, the Dayton Daily News has finally published one of the letters they received in response to Mary McCarty's fear-mongering diatribe about Ohio's new concealed handgun law." ...

"Passing a concealed-carry law does not mean more dangerous people will carry guns. That number won't change. What will change is that safe people will have the legal right to carry, if they so choose."

"There are dangerous people who carry firearms every day now. Bad guys will not go through training and background checks to obtain a permit from the state. They simply will carry illegally."
 

MO: KC Bans Firearms From Municipal Buildings
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"The City Council has banned anyone from carrying firearms into city buildings unless they are specifically authorized to do so."

"The new ordinance, passed unanimously Thursday, is designed to keep both openly carried and concealed weapons -- even in cases where the owner has a permit -- out of city buildings."

" 'There are a lot of kooks out there,' said Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks, who introduced the ordinance. 'This is very, very serious.' "

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That's right, Mr. Brooks. The Constitution is very serious. Your violation of the people's rights is very serious. These are the same people who give statists like you your governing powers. It's repugnant for you to ban them from freely exercising their rights in buildings paid for with their taxes, to protect your cowardly, paranoid rear end from a nonexistent threat.
 

UK: Widow in fear after gun attack
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NOTE: That should be AIR gun attack

"A Swaffham widow, aged 77, has been left terrified by a sniper with a high-powered airgun who fired two shots into her front door."

"Police said there was an interval between the shots and the pensioner could easily have opened the door after the first pellet struck and been in the firing line for the second."

"The woman, who has lived in Swaffham for 55 years and lost her husband nearly four years ago, is now living in fear and has asked not to be named."

"She was alone in her home at The Oaklands on Monday night when the mystery sniper struck."

"She heard 'an almighty crack' at about 8.20pm as she was clearing the table after her son, who had been with her for tea, had left for his home in Swaffham."
 

Philippines: Philippines mayor, son shot dead in election violence
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"Gunmen shot dead a town mayor and his son in the Philippines in the latest outbreak of violence ahead of the May 10 national elections, officials said."

"Roy Jumao-as, 66, mayor of Hindang on Leyte island, and his son Jake, were shot by two pistol-wielding men as the family stepped out of a taxi in the central city of Cebu late Thursday, police said."

"The slain mayor's wife, Narcisa Jumao-as, escaped unhurt."

"Provincial governor Remedios Petilla, an ally of Mr Jumao-as in President Gloria Arroyo's Lakas Party, said the mayor was running for re-election and had confided to her that he had been receiving death threats."

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Cops can't even protect the elite, but they disarm the "peasants."
 

Canada: Miller seeks federal help after shootings
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"Mayor David Miller went before the federal government's GTA caucus yesterday, asking its members for stronger laws for gun crimes, funds to restore social programs for at-risk youth and even wanting them to tell the United States it needs to toughen its stand on gun control."

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What typical socialist tripe! Not only is he trying to find a government cure for criminals acting like criminals, but he's trying to impose his statist view on America!
 

AR: Senators Defy Gun Lobby
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"Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor were among a handful of lawmakers who defied the powerful gun lobby Tuesday and voted for a bill containing gun-control amendments."

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And hopefully Arkansans will remember their treasonous votes and ensure that these two are out of a job the next time they are facing reelection.
 

WI: Feingold joins the firing squad
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"Beginning in September, the gun industry can resume making, importing and selling military-style semiautomatic weapons that were outlawed a decade ago. And in a hard-to-understand flip-flop, U.S. Sen, Russ Feingold, D-Wis., stood apart from President Bush and a majority of Feingold's Senate colleagues of both parties by voting to dump the ban on these weapons." ...

"However, don't expect law enforcement officers to agree with "Gun World's" assessment of the wonderful world of assault weapons. In a four-year period, one in five police officers killed in the line of duty was shot to death by an assault weapon, says the Violence Policy Center. ..."

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Of course the VPC doesn't mention that the Uniform Crime Reports from which they gleaned their misleading statistics do not differentiate between regular rifles and the "assault" rifles that make gun banners quake in their boots. Ergo, it is misleading to use the "one in five" law enforcement officers statistic to justify renewal of this unconstitutional ban.
 

FL: Hands Off Our Money, Sen. Peaden
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A GOP Fla. State Senator wants to charge a tax on CCW permit holders, armed guards, and firearms instructors to help offset costs for cleanup of lead contaminated groundwater from gun ranges.

Why is it these so-called "conservatives" want to penalize folks exercising their constitutional right to bear arms? They tax all property owners to fund government schools, even though many taxpayers do not use them; gun range cleanup should be funded in like manner. After all, gun owners provide an important public service, certainly more important and effective than the failed public schools.

No, I'm NOT advocating an increase in the property tax, in fact I'd like to see it go away, along with foolish govt. officials and unconstitutional laws.
 

NY: G-man guns down robber
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"A gun-wielding robber got his comeuppance from one of his victims last night - a federal agent who gunned him down during a robbery attempt on the Lower East Side, cops said."

"The unidentified agent was confronted by the robber on the first floor of an Avenue D building around 11:30 p.m."

"It was unclear how the drama unfolded, but it ended with the assailant getting shot a number of times."

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Note, however, that had this been a regular, disarmed New York citizen, not one of the elite class granted the privilege of exercising their rights, he would have likely been forced to give up his property and likely physically harmed as well.
 

VA: Killer to face new gun charges
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"Six years ago, the case of a double-homicide withered in court from a capital-murder charge punishable by death to a 20-year prison sentence for the killer."

"Now, federal grand jury indictments against the perpetrator have put his life back on the line for the slayings."

"U.S. Attorney John L. Brownlee announced yesterday that a grand jury sitting in Charlottesville charged Simmons with two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of murder."

Double jeopardy?
 

VA: 3 guilty of 'jihad' charges/Face life in prison after judge discounts story behind paintball
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"Three U.S. Muslims face life in prison after being convicted on charges that they used paintball games to train for religious war against Americans and traveled abroad to hone their fighting skills. Defendants said the games were merely a form of recreation and aided them in preparing to protect their families." ...

"The evidence was overwhelming. ..." ...

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Let's hope that overwhelming evidence used to convict them was something other than mere paintball games. Could this strategy be used against Second Amendment advocates?
 

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