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Eagle Scout shot in face by FBI (Update)
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"Joseph Charles Schultz, the Anne Arundel County man shot Friday after being mistaken for a bank robbery suspect, was reaching to unfasten his seat belt to comply with an FBI agent's order when the agent opened fire, an attorney for Schultz's family said yesterday."

"They told him to get out of the car, and he was trying to comply with that," attorney Joseph C. Asensio said.
 

Criminalizing toy guns (multiple insanities)
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Gun control has reached absurd limits in America. In Michigan, an 8-year-old boy is being prosecuted for pointing a toy gun at three other youngsters and threatening to shoot them. If this had happened in my day, every boy would have spent his youth in prison."

"Do you remember when England had very little crime and unarmed (police)? Since those halcyon days, the British have had their guns confiscated, and are now being shot, raped, burgled, robbed and assaulted at record rates."
 

Eagle Scout Schultz was shot by FBI agent as he reached to unfasten his seat belt
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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Schultz was shot as he reached to unfasten his seat belt to comply with an FBI agent's order to get out of the car.

The wearing of seat belts is the law in Maryland.

Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., whose 2nd District includes northern Anne Arundel County, called the facts of the case "egregious." Ehrlich said that his office has contacted the Justice Department to make sure appropriate attention is focused on the case.
 

Democrats claim redistricting win, eye House control
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Democrats declared victory in the congressional redistricting process yesterday, saying that with the process nearly complete they have come out about even with Republicans and are in a good position to take control of the House."

"Republicans continue to predict up to a 10-seat gain, but Democrats say that the process shows things breaking even, and that there simply aren't enough states remaining to produce the gains."
 

Shrinking AMA Calls the Shots on Anti-gun Policy
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Despite a declining membership, American Medical Association is having significant success with its campaign to infuse politically correct anti-gun propaganda into the mainstream of the medical profession."

"Many patients are startled to find their doctors asking them if they have any guns in the house. Because this is a matter related less to medicine and more to politics and household safety, many patients are simply refusing to answer."

"Compounding the irony is that this entire campaign is driven by an organization whose numbers are shrinking. AMA, once the respected voice of the mainstream of the medical profession, has become just another left-wing interest group. Declining membership does not prevent AMA from presuming to speak for all doctors or from aggressively weaving its leftist dogma into the doctor-patient relationship."

"Dr. Lyle Thorstenson, an ophthalmologist from Nacogdoches, Texas, told Physician’s Weekly that AMA gains 30,000 members a year and loses 33,000. At this rate, he says, it will be left with no members by 2023."
 

NH: Gun Bill Would Allow Access to Mental-Health Info
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Legislation proposed in the New Hampshire legislature would allow state mental-health records to be checked as part of the national firearms background-check system, the Concord Monitor reported Feb. 25."

"Currently, the state doesn't report mental illness to the federal system used in conducting background checks of gun buyers. As a result, some mentally ill people banned from owning guns under a 1968 law can buy weapons in New Hampshire."

KABA NOTE: The People should have access to the mental records of anyone who wishes to enter a career in public serivce, too.
 

CO Debates BB-Gun Law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Colorado lawmakers will debate whether BB or pellet guns should be considered deadly weapons under the present gun law, the Rocky Mountain News reported Feb. 11."

"The current state law considers BB guns a deadly weapon. But Sen. Mark Hillman (R-Burlington) has proposed a measure that would make BB or pellet guns a deadly weapon only if they are used to cause death or bodily injury."
 

Ridge comment on pilots out of step
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The director for Homeland Security's comment that it doesn't "make sense" to allow commercial airline pilots to be armed appears to be at odds with the opinion of a majority of Americans and pilots' groups.

Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge said yesterday if pilots were permitted to be armed, the trend would likely spread to other sectors of the travel industry – something he didn't seem prepared to sanction.

KABA NOTE: Tom Ridge is unfit to serve as Homeland Security Director and should step down for being too soft-spined to understand the harsh realities of facing criminal elements with only a pencil for self-defense. Ridge took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, but now we need somebody to defend the Constitution from HIM.
 

GOA Blasts Ridge And Mineta For Their Anti-gun Comments
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun Owners of America today called on President Bush to take two of his rogue officials to the political woodshed for their anti-gun comments made over the past several days."

"Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta and Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge have both made outrageous remarks within the last week," said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt.

"Both men have shown their contempt for the Second Amendment and for legislation signed into law by President Bush last year."

KABA NOTE: Precisely why Ridge and Mineta should step down and be replaced with Real Americans.
 

'Even nonlethal weapons may be risky on planes'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Flight crews could thwart a hijacker with a nonlethal weapon, such as a stun gun or pepper spray, but the weapons could be risky in the confined space of an airplane cabin, a Justice Department report said."

"The report by the National Institute of Justice, a research arm of the Justice Department, was mandated by Congress to help the new Transportation Security Administration decide whether pilots and flight attendants should be allowed to carry weapons aboard commercial airplanes."

KABA NOTE: NIJ and DOJ have commissioned "studies" with already-predetermined "findings" as long as those governmental bodies have existed. Their "studies" mean one thing: they set out to justify denying American pilots the access to armed self-defense, and they've put their excuses down on paper below a title and above some footnotes.
 

UT: Senate Resurrects Bill to Chastise U. Administrators Over Gun Ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Legislature took another shot Tuesday at the University of Utah for sticking to a campus policy banning concealed weapons that appears to be contrary to state law."

"A retaliatory bill that failed to pass out of a committee was resurrected Tuesday by sponsoring Sen. Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, then approved on a vote of 15-11. It was set for one more vote, with the end of the session tonight at midnight."
 

MI: Prosecutor drops assault charges against the 8-year-old boy who pointed a toy gun at playmates
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Saying it made a mistake, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office will drop felonious assault charges against an 8-year-old Whitmore Lake boy accused of pointing a toy gun at three children in his neighborhood."

"But the mother of one of the children frightened by the Dec. 6, 2001, incident in the Northfield Estates mobile home park still wants the matter pursued in Juvenile Court."
 

Lessons Learned
Submitted by: Andy Kellett

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"The Bill of Rights gives us no rights – our rights already exist as given by God. All it does is prevent Big Bro government and Marxist buffoons like Clinton from depriving us of our rights. Why didn’t S&W know that? How many big game hunters use a Chief’s or a Model 10 to bring down a deer or a bear? Considering S&W’s corporate domicile at the time, Great Britain, why couldn’t they learn from their country’s own gun ban debacle?"

Ted Lang pontificates on S&W, Dell and disarmament.
 

75% more Israelis apply for gun permits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"With violence raging on the streets of Israel, the Interior Ministry has been inundated with a 75 percent increase over the last year in requests by citizens for permits to carry a weapon.'

"The number is expected to rise even further due to easing of restrictions to bear private firearms that is now going into effect."

"According to figures released today, the ministry received 7,790 request for permits to carry arms last year compared to 4,417 the year before."

"In all, a total of 265,325 Israeli civilians currently have legal permits to carry fire arms."
 

FL: Miami police tighten rules on when to shoot
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An unarmed teen's death at the hands of Miami police has spurred significant changes within the department as police officials grapple with mounting community pressure to curtail police shootings."

"Since Nicholas Singleton's death last April, the department has toughened guidelines on when officers are allowed to use deadly force. His case also highlighted serious problems with the Glock pistol preferred by the department."

Before the policy change in October, Miami police officers were allowed to shoot at fleeing felons if they thought they would pose a danger to the community. Now officers are only allowed to shoot at suspects who are armed and pose a "serious imminent danger" to the officer or another person, said Deputy Chief Bobby Cheatham.

KABA NOTE: If a cops tries to flee the scene of a crime he commits that is witnessed by the citizen, if the citizen shoots and kills him, it's called murder. When a cop does it, it's called public service.
 

UK: For their eyes only
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The United States possesses an extraordinary institution which sets it apart from almost every other nation on Earth and helps define America as an open democracy. It is called the 1966 Freedom of Information Act, and it is in serious trouble."

"For journalists and ordinary citizens alike, FOIA (pronounced "foyer") is the daily embodiment of government of, by and for the people."

"Government officials are under instructions from the attorney general's office to drag their heels on Foia requests whenever it is legal to do so."
 

Community leader fined $400 for gun incident
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Vista Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered Fallbrook and Bonsall community leader Dick Olson, who discharged a gun after witnessing a hit-and-run accident last fall, to pay a $400 fine and not carry a concealed weapon for one year."

"Olson, 63, a member of three Fallbrook-area boards, pleaded guilty to a charge of disturbing the peace, said Stephen Anear, a deputy district attorney."

KABA NOTE: In California, let's see a "regular citizen" get away so lightly. Better yet, let's see a "regular citizen" even get a concealed weapons permit in the first place without having to fight to make it happen.
 

N.H. Gun-Control Advocates Pleased with Progress
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A newly released University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll shows that the gun-control lobby is making headway in getting tighter measures passed in the state legislature, the Boston Globe reported March 3."

"The tide is swinging our way. We've made some progress," said state Sen. Burt Cohen.

"The poll of 555 New Hampshire adults found that residents in the state overwhelmingly support tighter gun laws."

KABA NOTE: New Hampshire's motto is LIVE FREE OR DIE. While Mr. Cohen basks in his 555-person poll, he and his kind are encouraged to understand that Real Americans in New Hampshire take the state's motto seriously.
 

THE TRUE ORIGIN OF GUN CONTROL
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The origin of "gun control," a euphemism for the total abolition of each and every American citizen’s constitutional right to not only be armed, but to be allowed his right to carry [bear] firearms, originates from virtually all elements of "America’s" leftist, mainstream, establishment media, hereafter simply referred to as the "media."

"The pressure from the media empowers corrupt politicians, who are mostly identifiable as being such in that they violate their oaths to preserve and protect the Constitution by passing illegal, harmful, laws penalizing the American people."
 

Unintended Consequences -- The fruits of hysterical antigun lawsuits.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On Saturday, the voters of New Orleans elected businessman Ray Nagin to be their next mayor. Nagin will take office on May 6, succeeding outgoing Mayor Marc H. Morial. Nagin's platform on crime said absolutely nothing about promoting more gun control — quite a contrast from Mayor Morial, who was the first mayor in the United States to sue American gun manufacturers."

"But rather than reviling Mayor Morial, Second Amendment supporters should be thanking him for helping to transform the American gun industry — although the transformations are precisely the opposite of those that Morial and his gun-prohibition allies hoped to achieve."
 

NE: Omaha man (prior convicted felon) wounded with his own zip gun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An early-morning incident involving a homemade gun Tuesday reminded Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady of a scene from 'West Side Story,' the 1961 musical about rival gangs at war in New York City."

"My guess if you didn't grow up with 'West Side Story' you just don't know about 'zip guns,' " Casady said.

KABA NOTE: When guns are outlawed, outlaws will make guns.
 

WA: New sales weapon in county's arsenal
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"With little discussion, the Metropolitan King County Council yesterday OK'd a plan to make guns safer by selling guns."

"The motion passed by the council allows the county Sheriff's Office to sell confiscated guns, raising money to buy lockboxes for deputies to keep their weapons safe at home."

"The lockboxes cost $70 to $110 each, and the county has 672 commissioned officers, so $47,000 to $74,000 is involved."
 

War On Terror Blurs Lines Between State And Federal, Military And Civilian
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Until recently, there were clearly defined boundaries between the various entities that are charged with enforcing laws and keeping Americans safe."

"Sheriffs and local police enforced local ordinances, as state agencies did state laws. The FBI, the DEA, the BATF and other federal law enforcement agencies upheld federal statutes. The CIA collected intelligence abroad and was barred from spying on Americans. The military was there to protect us from foreign militaries, and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prohibited it from performing civilian police functions."
 

UK: If the state fails us, we must defend ourselves
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"We all know things have become steadily worse since the 1960s. We might, however, be just about to reach that point where enough is, at last, enough."

"To say there is an "epidemic" of violent crime is to push understatement to its limits. As this week's incidents show, it strikes across classes. At the root of it is the drugs problem."

"The crime wave is being compounded by the complacency of politicians, by the bullying of the police into attitudes of craven political correctness, and by a creaking criminal justice system. Now we have reached a situation in which few can feel safe even in their homes, and this could be the breaking point."

"Most of us had an implicit assumption that there was a contract between law-abiding people and the state. In return for our restraint, the state would use the various means at its disposal to control crime. It would police our society properly. It would severely punish those who attacked us."

"It must, though, be clear to all that the state has broken that contract. When it comes to crime, we are no longer dealing with good, honest criminals. We are dealing with degenerates who view crime not only as a way of life but also as a recreation."
 

MD: Bill defends gun owners from civil lawsuits
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"Del. Carmen Amedori wants to make business and homeowners immune from civil lawsuits if they injure or kill someone in defense of their property."

"The genesis of the Carroll Republican's bill stems from a case in Glyndon last year. On March 19, 2001, brothers Matthew J. Geckle and Dominic A. "Tony" Geckle, owners of the Back River Supply Inc., were guarding their business with shotguns because of previous burglaries. That night, the two killed an intruder and injured two others."

"A grand jury did not indict the two men, but attorneys for the Baltimore man killed, 24-year-old Jonathan Steinbach, said they intended to file a wrongful death suit against the brothers."

"That's exactly what Amedori is hoping to avoid for other business and homeowners who might fall into the same situation."
 

CO: Drugs seized at home inadmissible -- High court says police entered illegally
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"Because police illegally entered the home of suspected drug user Toby Smith, the drugs, which Smith helped the officers find, can't be used as evidence, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday."

"I feel good that there are six justices on the Colorado Supreme Court that realize the sanctity of the home," said Stephen Laiche, Smith's lawyer."

"In a 6-1 opinion, written by Justice Rice, the court said the police entered the home without proper authority. The only time law enforcement officers can enter a home without a warrant is when they are in "hot pursuit" of a fleeing suspect, to protect the immediate destruction of evidence, or there is an emergency in which the life or safety of a person is threatened, said Rice."
 

Feds seek comments on 'Patriot Act'
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"The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued a request for public comment as part of the process of implementing the Patriot Act of 2001."

"The notice, published in The Federal Register on Monday, notes that "Section 314 of the Act furthers this goal by providing for the sharing of information between the government and financial institutions, and among financial institutions themselves..."
 

'Truth-in-taxation' forum ends in D.C.
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Hearing put forth 'almost 500 … legal assertions' challenging system"

"A host of witnesses who offered testimony under oath during congressional-style hearings at a "Truth-in-Taxation" forum in Washington, D.C., say the event went off without a hitch and was generally a success."

Bob Schulz, head of the We The People Foundation, which helped sponsor the event, said the forum – held Wednesday and Thursday at the Washington Marriott Hotel – "brought to public attention" allegations that the government has "intentionally and systematically conspired to deprive the American People of our Constitutional rights. …"
 

Police Agency Asked To Probe Road-Rage Incident Involving Off-duty Cop
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"Greenville County's chief prosecutor said Wednesday that it looks like a deputy broke the law and that a state investigation is needed to confirm it."

"Solicitor Bob Ariail asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate an incident where an off-duty Greenville deputy aimed a gun at another motorist during a traffic dispute."

"An Upstate physician said that Nalley aimed his service weapon at him from just a few feet away."

KABA NOTE: If the police officer is proven to have committed this crime, will he be treated as harshly as a citizen would be treated?
 

Texas: Police State
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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According to the February 22 Washington Times, the Gestapo is alive and well in the state of Texas: "Jerry Shifflet received a $300 ticket last Friday. But it wasn't from a cop catching him speeding. The ticket was written by an officer patrolling his child's school. The offense: his 15-year old son cursed at another student."

"As my father used to say, sometimes I really regret the fact that Hitler won the war."
 

SC: State of mistrust
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"South Carolina agencies continue to violate citizens' privacy. This time the state is distributing our children's DNA. Lawmakers need to institute firmer rules on the collection and distribution of individuals' personal information."

"Once again South Carolina’s state government has proven that it can’t be trusted with the personal information it demands from its citizens."

"South Carolinians had hoped it was a fluke when the state sold the information on 3.5 million people’s driver’s licenses to a New Hampshire company without their permission or even notification. Citizens thought that the outrage from that incident surely would make state officials more responsible about how they handle the personal information citizens are forced to give the state."

"But last week South Carolinians learned that — without their knowledge or permission — the state had created a DNA library on our children."
 

Manila: Chief Deputy Director General favors arming civilians
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"NATIONAL Anti-Kidnapping Task Force (Naktaf) Chief Deputy Director General Hermogenes Ebdane favors arming citizens as long as they are “psychologically and physically fit.”

"Ebdane said there is a smaller likelihood that kidnappers would attack if civilians are armed. “There are some dealers who offer a lower price for as long as you know how to handle a gun,” Ebdane said..."

KABA NOTE: Even leaders in faraway places have more sense that many American legislators who grew up under the Bill of Rights.
 

ME: Schooner captain cleared in antique pistol incident
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"A Rockland schooner captain who fired an antique pistol near an erratic jet skier has been cleared of assault."

"Captain Parker said [the jet skier] was driving erratically, doing doughnuts between boats and threatening his vessel. He fired a warning shot from his antique pistol to get Marves' attention."

"I think I made a good assessment of the situation," Parker said Monday, noting his 25 years of experience as a captain.
 

Fraudulent activity at A.G.'s office
Submitted by: Jim Farquhar

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"The U.S. Attorney General’s office is concerned about “extensive fraudulent activity” at the Mass. Attorney General’s office concerning the regulations on handguns, according to the Gun Owners’ Action League."

"Although most of the media ignored GOAL’s story in January, senior staff at the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Washington agree there appear to be improprieties, according to GOAL. Their allies at the National Rifle Association met with some of Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft’s investigators to discuss their charges and the documents which they obtained from the state under the Freedom of Information Act."
 

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