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IA: U OF IA Alumni Respond to Anti-gun Article
Submitted by: Donald W. Bohlken

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After the Iowa Alumni Magazine published an anti-gun article "Hold Your Fire", the alumni responded with letters defending guns and gun owners. The magazine's print edition published shortened versions of two such letters. The magazine also provided the full text of critical letters at its website. The above link is to my letter, but the original article and other letters can also be accessed.
 

Latest Democrat Extremism: Guns Are Weapons of Mass Destruction
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Defenders of the Second Amendment are on the lookout for a new Democrat campaign, already attempted in one state, to brand handguns as 'weapons of mass destruction.' "

"Washington Gov. Gary Locke, picked by the Democrats to give their response President Bush’s State of the Union address just a couple of months ago, urged his state's Legislature to create six terror-related crimes that would bring guns under the legal definition of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)." ...

"...several Democrat lawmakers crafted [Washington State] House Bill 1210 to include firearms as weapons of mass destruction." ...
 

MT: Fighting Terrorism - Montana Style
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Forget the Patriot Act. When it comes to defending the nation, the Real Americans in Montana have a pretty good idea on what works. Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association crafted House Joint Resolution 12 for the legilature in Helena. It was amended slightly by the House Federal Relations Committee, but not amended further by the Senate. Check out the final of this bill that passed both houses." ...
 

CCRKBA Congratulates Congress for Vote to End Frivolous Anti-Gun Lawsuits
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Website: http://www.ccrkba.org

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms(CCRKBA) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation aimed at preventing frivolous municipal lawsuits against the firearms industry."

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb called the lopsided bipartisan
285-140 vote 'a reasonable first step toward ending costly and
baseless litigation against perfectly legal gun makers.' The legislation must now go to the Senate."
 

NE: Council passes new pawn shop, gun ordinances
Submitted by: STA

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"The new ordinance makes it illegal for those convicted during the previous 10 years of any of about 20 misdemeanors to possess firearms within city limits."

"City officials believe conviction of those misdemeanors -- varying from obstructing government operations to use of explosives without a permit --indicates violent tendencies."

"Previous indications the council might shorten the misdemeanor list or the 10-year time frame did not come to fruition Monday."
 

AZ: Operation Falcon Phase 2 to Ensue
Submitted by: Sage Cheney
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info/RRMembersOPHAWKJailedJournalistTestimony.htm

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RR'S OP FALCON PHASE 2 TO ENSUE AS PLANNED!

Operation Falcon - Jim Hogg County, Texas
Phase 2 begins 26 April 2003
200 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

"Op. Previously aborted due to erroneous incarceration of Hank Conner & Casey Nethercott.

Ranch Rescue will not cease its righteous duties to help our neighbors along the border!

This effort will assist TX landowner w/ repairing private property that has been damaged & destroyed by hordes of criminal trespassers over the past 4 yrs. He sees 100-500 criminals on his private property WEEKLY, some armed!

 

NY: Dad who plugged prowler spurns deal
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Navy veteran who shot an intruder in his toddler's bedroom decided against pleading guilty to a gun charge yesterday. Ronald Dixon rejected a deal that would have spared him from having to do jail time because he does not want a criminal record, his new attorney said."
 

NY: Bill seeks to ban sales of crime scene items
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The sale of a murderer's strand of hair or artifacts recovered from a crime scene would be banned under a bill introduced by the Assembly Republican minority Tuesday. The legislation was prompted, in part, by the potential commercial value of debris from the World Trade Center towers, the crash of the space shuttle Columbia and a recent online auction of the bullet-ridden front door of shooting victim Amadou Diallo, sponsors said."
 

Does gun ownership secure liberty? [blog]
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Tim Noah has asked a question that I've seen few of the gun rights bloggers address: if guns are widely available in Iraq, how come they've got this nasty dictatorship?"

"The answers that have been given to this question are, broadly:"

"a) Neil McFarquar, the New York Times reporter who claimed that 'nearly every household in Iraq has a gun,' is wrong."

"b) The public has guns, but the government has better ones."

"c) Gun ownership helps to secure liberty, but is not the sole condition for doing so."
 

House passes legislation to block gun lawsuits
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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The GOP-controlled House on Wednesday passed legislation to protect the firearm industry from lawsuits that allege links between gun marketing and street violence."

"House Republicans said the industry is being attacked through frivolous suits blaming gun manufacturers and dealers for violence by criminals. The suits could end the American gun industry by making companies spend millions in court, said the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.."
 

FL: Four Miami Police Convicted in Shooting Cover-Up
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In the biggest trial of suspected rogue cops in Miami since the 1980s, a U.S. jury convicted four policemen of conspiracy and obstructing justice on Wednesday in a case that exposed a plot to cover up questionable shootings by planting guns on unarmed suspects."

"But in a mixed verdict, the U.S. District Court jury in Miami acquitted three other police officers on all charges and failed to reach unanimous verdicts against four additional officers, who could face retrial."
 

Australia: Anti-gun lobby takes a shot at Olympic shooters
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An anti-gun lobby group says Australia should forego competing in five Olympic and Commonwealth Games shooting competitions to allow for a much broader ban on handguns."

"Roland Browne of the National Coalition for Gun control says changes to handgun laws proposed for every state and territory do not go far enough."
 

CA: Davis opposes bill to protect gun makers
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Gov. Gray Davis says he opposes a proposed federal law that would bar some liability lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers, effectively preempting new state laws allowing such suits."
 

FL: Police: Robbers Torture Pregnant Woman With Tazer Gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Police in Miami are asking for the public's help in finding two men who allegedly attacked and tortured a pregnant woman and her brother-in-law with a tazer gun." ...

"Schwartz said the men ordered the victims onto the floor, held guns to their heads, and shocked them, all while demanding cash and jewelry. Police said the attack lasted for 'hours.' "
 

CO: No charges filed in preschool gun case
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"No charges will be recommended in the case of a 5-year-old boy who brought his father's loaded handgun to preschool, the Moffat County sheriff said Wednesday."

"The boy's father had left the .357 Ruger under the seat of his truck. The boy brought the gun in his backpack but did not threaten anybody, Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said."
 

SD: Marshall County Sharpshooters Win State Championship
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Marshall County Sharpshooters won the state championship in the South Dakota Jaycee BB Gun Tournament held in Elk Point on Saturday."

"The local squad is now eligible for the International BB Gun Championship to be held in Wilmington, NC, in June."

"Alex Hill was a first place individual winner in the age 10-11 total aggregate score. He also won the prone shooting competition." ...
 

Iraq: Gun amnesty launched in Basra
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"British forces have launched a gun amnesty in Basra in a bid to make the streets safer."

"Locals living in Iraq's second city are being urged to turn over their weapons as troops work to bring back law and order."

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Consider the unsurpassed absurdity of this move. "Let's make the Iraqis 'free' by enslaving them through gun control!"
 

NY: Ex-N.Y. Officer Admits to Strip Stops
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A former police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he forced four women to strip after he pulled them over for traffic violations."

Prosecutors said Frank Wright, 36, forced one woman to walk home wearing only her underwear. He pleaded guilty to civil rights violations carrying up to five years and three months in prison.
 

What About Ammunition?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Hollow points are sold in different weights, with and without jackets, but all of them have a cavity in the tip that helps them expand when they strike a living organism containing liquid."

"This expansion serves two important purposes in a legal defensive firearm: it causes more energy transfer and more damage to the threat (which helps to stop him quickly) and it keeps the bullet from passing through the threat and hitting an innocent unorganized Militia member..."
 

PA: Gun Sales Up
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Gun dealers say handgun sales are up and so are permits to carry concealed weapons. Some say it's a trend that's a reaction to the war in Iraq."

"The owner of Dunkleberger's Sporting Goods in Stroudsburg says the gun business is booming. Sales are up ten per cent. His explanation: fear over a possible terrorist attack since we invaded Iraq."
 

CA: Looking down on frowns
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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"Palo Alto may need to call in the Demeanor Police."

"The city council is wrestling with a code of conduct that urges elected officials not to roll their eyes. Or shake their heads. Or frown."

"Experts say the council's plan to discourage non-verbal forms of 'disagreement or disgust' is odd, unenforceable and almost an infringement on free speech."
 

UK: Another city post office set to close
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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NOTE:

The URL for this story is too lengthy for our Newslinks system. It can be accessed here.

Yet another post office targeted by thieves is closing. One wonders, with all the victimizations of post offices in the UK, how they manage to get any correspondence.
 

GOA Denounces NAACP Lawsuit (Press Release)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The suit is one of several that have been launched by anti-gun mayors and organizations around the country -- all of which could bankrupt gun makers who must dole out thousands upon thousands of dollars in their own defense."

" 'With the U.S. troops currently fighting hostile enemies in Iraq, the NAACP is helping to cripple the very industry that supplies our men with their weapons,' said Erich Pratt, Director of Communications for GOA."
 

Terrorists said to seek entry to U.S. via Mexico
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A group of al Qaeda terrorists is attempting to infiltrate the United States from Mexico to conduct attacks in the country, The Washington Times has learned."

"At least 14 al Qaeda members are said to be in Mexico, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The al Qaeda members are working with Mexican organized crime groups, such as drug-trafficking organizations, in an attempt to enter the United States covertly, the officials said."
 

Republicans Want Terror Law Made Permanent
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Working with the Bush administration, Congressional Republicans are maneuvering to make permanent the sweeping antiterrorism powers granted to federal law enforcement agents after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, officials said today."

"The move is likely to touch off strong objections from many Democrats and even some Republicans in Congress who believe that the Patriot Act, as the legislation that grew out of the attacks is known, has already given the government too much power to spy on Americans."
 

FL: Cop violated no-contact order, Cocoa police say
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A Cocoa police officer who was ordered to stay away from his estranged wife or face arrest was ordered released from jail if he could post $5,000 bond, following his arrest Monday night." ...

... "Niepoetter is charged with eight first-degree misdemeanor counts of violating a pre-trial release order barring him from contact with his wife, alcohol or firearms with the exception of his service revolver during working hours. He also is charged with one count of stalking, which is a third-degree felony."
 

CA: Word defends police response in port melee
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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"Police Chief Richard Word's department is having a hard time winning support for its reaction to large groups of protesters."

"Monday's shooting of hard bean bags, wooden dowels and rubber pellets at protesters reopened a wound that festered after the department's handling of street melees following the Oakland Raiders' victory in the AFC Championship game and loss in the Super Bowl."
 

Place the blame for gun violence where it belongs
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"These citizens feel as if they're empowering themselves. In reality, they are merely embracing some sort of all-encompassing truth that places the onus of responsibility for gun violence solely on gun manufacturers, as opposed to the criminals who are actually pulling the triggers."

"That is not to say gun violence is not a serious problem. Plainly it is. But the problem with this lawsuit is that it concerns itself only with victimization. The lawsuit carries with it an implicit message that gun manufacturers are responsible for gun violence. We are all victims. Not victims of hardened criminals who stalk our streets, but rather victims of gun manufacturers. Such a viewpoint places the emphasis on social retribution, rather than individual responsibility. Get it? The gun manufacturers are being blamed for the harsh acts of criminals."
 

Patriot Act To Be Made Permanent?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The times said the move to repeal the ‘sunset’ clause was crafted by one Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah. Republicans may seek to move on the proposal this week by trying to attaching it to another antiterrorism bill that would make it easier for the government to use secret surveillance warrants against "lone wolf" terrorism suspects." ...

Another senior official who also demanded anonymity said the department had held discussions with Congressional Republicans about how that might best be accomplished." ...

"Again, notice how no one wanted to go on the record about this. Debate is expected, but months away. The Sierra Times suggests, consider this New York Times story an official ‘trial balloon’ to gauge the public reaction. Chances of the sunshine clause being lifted is slim at best - unless another major terrorist attack happens before then."
 

Practicing peace
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Physicians for Social Responsibility, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985, has about 25,000 members nationwide, most of them health professionals. The group has long campaigned against nuclear proliferation, environmental degradation and gun violence. But in recent months, its focus has been on the war in Iraq."
 

WA: Gun Shop Burglar Shot By Owner
Submitted by: Mark Laiminger

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"Around 4 a.m. Wednesday the owner of Brock’s Gunsmithing received a call from his alarm company about a burglary at his shop."

"When the owner arrived, police said one teen, who they believe is 18, pointed a gun. Police said the shop owner shot the suspect in the shoulder. The two other teens ran away."
 

No legal shield for gun industry (Another frothing anti-gun editorial)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Gun manufacturers and dealers want to be above the law. Most outrageously, the House of Representatives appears ready to accommodate them." ...

"Congress will offer this gift to the industry unless you demand otherwise."
 

IL: State Rep's Brother Charged With Bank Robbery
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"Police said they arrested the brother of a first-term state representative Tuesday as he got into a cab after a bank robbery."

"Joseph E. Dunkin, 38, of 630 W. Evergreen was charged with stealing about $80 from the TCF Bank at 1050 W. Wilson, according to the FBI."

"Dunkin's brother is first-term State Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, a 5th District Democrat."
 

PA: Officer sentenced for threatening to kill officer he was having affair with
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"A Doylestown police officer was sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison for attempting to kill a fellow officer who wanted to end their extramarital affair."
 

UK: Extra 1,900 crimes solved in last year
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"Almost 2,000 more crimes were solved in the Royston area in the last year than in the previous 12 months." ...

... "figures showed that an extra 1,901 crimes had been solved last year, with burglary detections up by 16 per cent, robbery detections up 12 per cent and vehicle crime detections up five per cent."

"Arrests per police officer had also improved by 21 per cent."
 

UK: Grandad's quest to nab gun 'idiots'
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"The grandfather of a teenage boy who was shot in the chest with an air gun is to offer a reward for information leading to a conviction."
 

CA: County to review gun show contracts
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"Anyone who wants to rent the Grass Valley Veterans Building for gun shows in the future will have to get the Board of Supervisors' nod first."

"In a unanimous vote, the board Tuesday asked to review the contracts between gun show promoters and the county, which owns and rents the veterans building on South Auburn Street."
 

MA: Expert Panel Debates Gun Control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Second Amendment deserves a B-minus in draftmanship, according to Frankfurter Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz, who debated the constitutional issues surrounding gun ownership at Harvard Law School (HLS) last night."

"In front of an audience of about 200, Dershowitz advocated heavy regulation of gun purchases, saying that the amendment would prevent guns from being banned altogether."
 

CA: Sean Penn’s Downtown Lunch Marred by Car, Gun Theft
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"Actor Sean Penn's car was stolen as he lunched at a Downtown Berkeley restaurant yesterday afternoon, police said." ...

"Penn, 42, told police he had a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun inside his car in addition to an unloaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in the trunk."

"It was legal for Penn to have the guns in his car because he has a state concealed weapons permit, Kusmiss said."
 

Canada: Gun registry set to come under fire in Wallaceburg
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Outspoken Canadian Alliance MP Garry Breitkreuz will take aim at the Liberal government's gun registry at a public meeting in Wallaceburg tonight."

"The controversial issue was thrust back into the spotlight last month when the Liberal government pushed through an additional $59 million for the program."
 

PA: Ex-fireman faces gun count
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A former Johnstown fireman who was acquitted of threatening to shoot the fire chief now is accused of illegally carrying a concealed gun within hours after the jury cleared him."

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The state seems absolutely intent on charging him with something - anything!
 

Give It to Them Straight
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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John Ross, author of Unintended Consequences, shows us how to address anti-gunners' ultimately flawed arguments.
 

NC: Let's not shoot the bunny
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"Nothing quite says resurrection of a savior like a nice spiral-sliced ham, some brightly colored eggs and an impressive array of automatic weapons in your Easter basket."

"Or, if you are more civilian by nature, how about a cool SWAT team police action figure? They come in Caucasian and African- American models for your multicultural Easter shopping convenience."
 

War Profiteers
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The president asked Congress last week to authorize new funding for the war in Iraq, which was not paid for in the wasteful budget recently passed in the House of Representatives. You might assume that Congress would simply approve legislation that pays for military supplies and hardware, troop wages, ammunition, fuel, food, and the like. In other words, the bread and butter items that our troops need to prosecute the war in Iraq."

"But nothing is simple in Washington. Congress could not resist the opportunity to put its hands in taxpayers' pockets by adding 20 billion dollars in completely unrelated spending to the final bill. In essence, Congress is so addicted to spending that it will use any opportunity, even a war, to spend money for every conceivable reason – however unrelated to the war in Iraq."
 

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