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TSA to launch registered traveler program
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week announced that it is seeking proposals from IT vendors for a registered traveler pilot program to help speed and improve the efficiency of security checks for frequent fliers."

"IT vendors will have until April 19 to submit proposals to the TSA. The program will start in June at three to five airports and run for approximately 90 days. The TSA said in a statement that it expects between 5,000 and 10,000 travelers to take part."
 

Other states also defend use of databases to track gun buyers
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"Illinois is not alone among states worrying that a federal clampdown on their use of gun-buyer records could thwart cops from catching criminals."

"On Wednesday, Gov. Blagojevich sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft expressing concerns over a federal law that could force Illinois to destroy a database containing 2.15 million records of gun transactions. Authorities use the information to investigate gun trafficking and other crimes."

"Last month, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer wrote Ashcroft criticizing the Justice Department for ordering the state to stop using the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System to identify people barred from owning guns."
 

NRA Gets Tour of Bush Ranch
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Several sporting and conservation organizations, along with the National Rifle Association (NRA), were invited to a tour of President Bush's Prairie Chapel ranch in Crawford, Texas, Reuters reported April 8.

The NRA has been a major supporter of Bush, as well as the Republican Party.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the pro-gun lobbying group to date has given $390,000 to Republicans for the 2004 election. Democrats have received $58,000 thus far from the NRA.

Bush used the visit to highlight his conservation agenda.
 

Supreme Court to Decide Gun Ownership Rights of Foreign Felons (JTO)
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"The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether people who are convicted of crime outside the United States can own a gun here..." ...

"Under U.S. law, felons are prohibited from owning guns, but exceptions are allowed for antitrust and trade violations."

"The government argues that the law should include felons convicted overseas. However, lower courts have sided with Small's argument that the exemptions under the law are proof that Congress did not intend to include foreign convictions when drafting the law."
 

Million Mom March members join national effort to renew Federal Assault Weapons Act
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"These assault weapons really are not weapons used for hunting for sport — Minnesotans understand that, said Rebeccah Thoman, director of Citizens for a Safer Minnesota. She cited results from a commissioned survey by the University of Minnesota, that found 75 percent of respondents favored strengthening the ban."

"You don’t have to go very far to see the damage assault weapons do to police officers in Duluth..."

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"Million" Moron Mommies taking a page out of the Nazi playbook, promoting the "sporting purpose" test.
 

Second Amendment Foundation Calls for Impeachment of Judge Weinstein
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"His evident bias against firearms manufacturers exposed on the editorial page of the prestigious Wall Street Journal, and having refused to recuse himself from yet another anti-gun case, federal Judge Jack Weinstein should be impeached, the (SAF) said today."

"SAF founder Alan Gottlieb recalled that Judge Weinstein presided over Hamilton v Accu-Tek, a case in which Reason magazine accused the jurist of having 'bullied the jurors into a verdict they would not have arrived at on their own.' "
 

AL: Quick Thinking Clerk Foils Robber's Plan
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A robbery suspect tells police his attempt to hold up a convenience store was an April Fool's joke.

Police say Donnie Dwain Shankle tried to rob the Freeway Beverage Store on Highway 24. He walked up to the counter with a case of beer, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

Witnesses say a store employee pulled out his gun. That's when Shankle quickly told the clerk he was just kidding. Shankle is charged with first degree robbery.
 

IN: Bar owner, customers beat up would-be robber
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"A bar owner and three of his customers beat a would-be robber so badly that the shotgun-wielding man needed 19 staples in his head, police said."

"Police said Donald A. Willis, 46, held a shotgun and walked into a Kokomo bar Wednesday just as it was closing at 3 a.m."

"Willis told the owner and three customers to get on the floor, said Lt. Don Whitehead."

"Tom Grawey, one of the bar's owners, charged Willis, knocking him to the floor. One customer grabbed the gun, another hit the man in the head with several bottles and a third patron helped subdue the suspect, Whitehead said."
 

MN: Out For a Few Beers (blog)
Submitted by: Andy Currie

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"It's what I'd call a quirky neighborhood bar; if you want to call it a dive, I wouldn't argue, as long as you smiled when you said that. Fun place, although definitely quirky, and decorated with a lot of handmade signs, some of which I can't quote and keep my self-established PG rating on this blog."

"And it used to be posted, with a sign that read:"

"THE GOPHER BAR
BANS GUNS IN THESE PREMISES"


"Not any more."

"There was a robbery a couple of weeks ago."

"Now, this is the sign that you see as you come in the door. Like most of the signs inside, it's hand-lettered, and perhaps a little hard to read from the picture.
It says:"

ATTENTION
Due to the recent robbery
at Gun Point on Friday ALL Customers
can carry their firearms on these premises
 

MT: This kind of gun control averts tragedy
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"In the news this week is the Cascade-area man who shot and killed an escaped convict who broke into his home and threatened his wife and him. What an awful, terrifying experience. Thank goodness Robert Nylund had a weapon available, the ability to quickly access it and the skill needed to use it under trying circumstances when the stakes couldn't be higher. That's what we call gun control."
 

South Africa: Robber shot by homeowner
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"A man was shot and injured and his attacker killed during a robbery at a house in Lynwood on Thursday night, Pretoria police reported on Friday."

"Inspector Percy Morokane said the man and his wife, in their fifties, returned to their home and were confronted by two men, one armed with a 9mm pistol."

"The couple were tied up. The robbers then demanded the keys to the safe. The armed robber went to the car to fetch the keys."

"Morokane said the man managed to untie himself during that time and ran to his bedroom to get his gun. When the armed robber returned there was an exchange of fire. The man was shot in the knee and the robber, 20, was fatally wounded, dying shortly afterwards at the scene."
 

AL: Man accidentally shot by trooper in critical condition
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"A 22-year-old man was shot in the neck when an Alabama state trooper accidentally fired after stopping the man in a vehicle reported stolen in Prichard, a trooper spokesman said." ...

" 'Preliminary investigation indicates that the trooper's gun discharged accidentally as the trooper was attempting to arrest the vehicle's driver,' Williams said."

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So if it had been a civilian that negligently discharged his weapon at another, would the gun have "discharged accidentally" all by itself?

 

CA: Police officer wins shooting championship
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"Eureka Police Officer Rob Metaxas recently won the California Palma Shooting Match in Sacramento, beating more than 70 other marksman from around the country."

"The Eureka Police Department said Metaxas participated in the late mid-March event in Sacramento, shooting 45 shots a day from 800, 900 and 1,000 yards away."
 

FL: Feds seize 344 guns at flea market
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"ATF investigators and local agents served search warrants at three stalls at a weekly farmer's market at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. They've also raided homes in DeLand, Jacksonville and Sanford."

"Investigators say the gun sellers have been using a legal loophole to sell the weapons without being licensed gun dealers. In the words of one agent, 'they would go to the flea market under the guise of selling their own personal collection, but in essence they were operating like dealers.' "

"The benefit to doing business that way is that buyers would not be required to submit to a background check. Federal law requires licensed dealers to run a background check to make sure that prohibited buyers, including felons, don't buy guns."

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If these people were selling guns from their own collections, what exactly is the problem? Why does one need federal permission to dispose of one's own property? And as for this nonexistent loophole, one would think that if it really had existed, criminals would be taking advantage of it. But they are not. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a tiny minority of criminals actually purchases firearms at flea markets.

In other words, this is just another ploy to force private citizens to submit to government control, while promoting legislation that would destroy gun shows.
 

MA: Gun buybacks among programs deemed ineffective at reducing crime
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"The DARE program in schools, gun-buy-back programs, after-school sports and arts and dozens of other well-known crime-fighting techniques have not been proven effective, a Romney administration commission said on Monday, calling instead for dozens of new 'cutting-edge' crime-fighting initiatives backed by scientific evidence."
 

MI: DNR to install sound containment huts at Island Lake gun range
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"The state Department of Natural Resources says it will install 14 sound containment huts this spring at the Island Lake Recreation Area Shooting Range to reduce noise levels."

"The gun range has been the subject of complaints by nearby residents who charge that the noise has disrupted their lives. The DNR has taken corrective measures, including putting in straw bales to absorb sound, but residents in both Brighton and Green Oak townships say the measures have not helped."
 

OH: Concealed weapons: Pro or con, Athenians don't see big local effect
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Ohio's controversial, much ballyhooed concealed weapons law is about to go into effect. And its impact on Athens could be undetectable."

"Supporters of the law say they think it's needed to confirm gun rights, and provide self-defense for people in dangerous surroundings. And Athens County Sheriff Vern Castle predicted that after he starts taking permit applications for concealed weapons permits today, around 2,000 county residents will apply out of a population of roughly 62,000."
 

OH: Ohio Mayors Look to Prohibit Firearms, Despite State Law
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"Several city officials in Ohio are planning to ban firearms in public areas for the safety of citizens, despite a new concealed-handgun law that took effect April 8, the Fremont News-Messenger reported April 7." ...

"While the state law prohibits guns in government-owned or leased public buildings, it is unclear whether public parks and fairgrounds are included."

"Ottawa County Sheriff Craig Emahiser said a court challenge would more than likely ensue if cities ban firearms from outdoor public places."

 

OH: First permits sought
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"I think they'll (lawmakers) lighten up as time goes by... I think a number of people will get charged for being forgetful and complacent. There's definitely a lot of restrictions."

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Well, that's the whole point isn't it? If you can't subdue the will of the people to exercise their rights, make so many rules, restrictions and regulations, that sooner or later, everyone wishing to exercise their Second Amendment rights becomes an armed criminal.

Another gun owner and permit applicant who doesn't understand the constitution or freedom:

"Most people that will carry guns know this is serious business. It is a privilege." -- Nancy Swartz, 55, of Newark
 

OH: Sheriff's Office processes 40 applications
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"Northwood resident Michael Evanoff wasted no time applying for a concealed-carry permit -- and he did some advance planning to beat the Toledo-area crowds." ...

"I think it's a long time overdue. It's definitely not a minus, in my opinion. It's definitely a plus."

"Evanoff's opinions were echoed by about 15 fellow concealed-carry permit applicants Thursday morning, the first in Ottawa County history. Nearly all lived in Lucas and Wood counties."

"In total, Ottawa County Sheriff Craig V. Emahiser said his office processed 40 permit applications Thursday. About 20 were from Lucas County residents."
 

OH: 44 seek permits on first day of gun law
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"Forty-four people flocked to the Crawford County Justice Center on Thursday, the first day people could apply for a concealed weapon permit."

"Crawford County Sheriff Ronny Shawber had been taking appointments since Monday and said 25 people are slated for today."

"Shawber said the morning was busy, with appointments running two every 15 minutes."
 

OH: Debate continues as concealed carry law goes into effect
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"Gerard Valentino looks into Ohio's future and sees a state with lower crime rates and better-protected citizens, thanks to the ability for Ohioans to carry concealed guns."

" 'A lot of people are hoping something bad happens,' said the central Ohio coordinator for Ohioans for Concealed Carry. 'They are going to be disappointed.' " ...

"Toby Hoover looks into that same future and sees a state where there are more shootings, and citizens are taught to fear one another."

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Unfortunately for Mr. Hoover, existing facts in the vast majority of US states do not support his hoplophobic irrationality.

 

OH: Few in Ross County show up to apply for weapons permit
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"The halls of the Ross County Law Enforcement Complex were quiet Thursday as only a handful of residents chose to venture out on the first day to apply for a concealed carry weapons permit."

"It was a striking contrast to the whirl of excitement Sheriff Ron Nichols anticipated for the first day. In a previous article, he was quoted as saying he thought one percent of the population, or about 760 residents, would sign up for the $45 permit."
 

OH: Cuyahoga turns away gun owners
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"...More than 200 people applied in Northeast Ohio counties.

"But in Cuyahoga County, no applications for permits were accepted - prompting one gun-rights advocate to sue Sheriff Gerald McFaul."

"Chief Deputy Charles Corrao said the office has not received the necessary computer equipment from the state to process applications for the concealed-carry license. ..."

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Whose problem is that, Deputy? It certainly shouldn't be the citizens'? The fact that you were unprepared when a law went into effect is not their fault, now is it?
 

OH: Many public places serve notice to gun-toters
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"Jeff Wall at Tobacco Road, 125 S. Main St. in Mansfield, said he is not putting a 'No Guns' sign on his window."

" 'I don't think people who have gun permits are the ones to worry about,' Wall said. 'It's the ones who carry without a permit I'd worry about.' " ...

"Jerry Seiter, executive director of the Ashland YMCA, said he does not want to take any chances when it comes to kids and guns."

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Hmmm. Let's see. One has to be 21 to apply for a concealed carry permit anyway. So, a kid who is carrying concealed is already doing so illegally. And Mr. Seiter thinks that a sign on the YMCA's door will somehow magically do what the law on the books can't - stop a criminal from breaking the law!
 

MN: Police sweep uncovers drugs, alcohol in cars at high school
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"Several teenagers are facing criminal charges after police found drugs at a southwest metro high school."

"For the second time, a drug task force conducted a sweep of cars in the parking lot of Prior Lake High School. Authorities reported finding liquor, beer, cigarettes, marijuana, and even a B.B. gun that looked like a pistol."

"The Dakota County task force also searched lockers on all three floors of the high school. However, officers said the alcohol, cigarettes and drugs were all found in the vehicles - not inside the school itself." ...

"The sweep was the second time police have checked students' cars. And because this one found so many illegal substances, authorities said it may not be the last time."
 

UK: Guns and drugs found in the post
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"Customs officers at Coventry say there has been a rise in the number of people trying to bring illegal weapons into the UK."

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Now let's see if British authorities will finally get this through their heads. The only "law" that controls the flow of firearms is the law of supply and demand. Their bans mean nothing. Think they're finally getting the message?
 

UK: Customs thwart terror student
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"Customs officers at Coventry seized hundreds of illegal bullets ordered over the internet by a student obsessed with terrorism."

"Their amazing find sparked a major police investigation which uncovered an arsenal of weapons and ammunition in Carl Barnsley's bedroom."

"Barnsley, 24, was given a five year jail sentence this week for firearm offences. It emerged that a package addressed to him was intercepted at Parcelforce's international depot near Coventry Airport."
 

UK: Caught carrying weapon
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"A Man who was caught with an extendible baton in his pocket had a previous conviction for possessing a gun, North Lincolnshire magistrates heard.

The latest offence came to light at about 4.15am on September 12, when police went to Smith Street, Scunthorpe. "They saw Majid Khan and another man get out of a car," prosecutor Dennis Aisthorpe said." ...

"Chris Dickins, defending, conceded: 'The court has found him guilty of possessing an offensive weapon and that is a serious matter.' "

"But, he said, Khan continued to assert he had intended to hand in the baton and was not carrying it for his own protection."

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God forbid this subject actually carry something for his own protection! We can't have that!
 

Canada: Gun registry ad deal shoots up to $2.1M
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The federal Liberals quadrupled a 2000 ad contract to a whopping $2.1-million in an effort to sell the embattled gun registry to Canadians, according to newly released documents. The lucrative contract, given to Montreal ad firm Groupaction Marketing, was repeatedly amended upwards over 10 months, from $515,740 to $2.1 million.

Some amendments were to pay for creating TV ads meant to entice Aboriginals into registering their firearms.

Groupaction is under RCMP investigation for allegedly billing taxpayers three times -- or $1.6 million -- for the same report.

Sun Media has reported Groupaction was handed a $330,000 contract under the sponsorship program in 1996 to produce a strategy to sell the gun registry.
 

Here comes the bride -- so load your firearms now, please (Humor)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"It's wedding season again. You can tell because the average bridal magazine currently weighs more than the average bride."

"There are no magazines for grooms, of course. The groom's sole wedding responsibility is to arrive at the ceremony wearing pants."

"Everything else is up to the bride, who must make thousands of critical wedding decisions, such as: Should she invite all her relatives, or just the attractive ones? Where should the guests sit? Should they shoot firearms into the air?"
 

UK: Airgun owners told to 'get legal'
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"Owners of airguns were given a stern warning last night – get legal or face five years or more in jail."

"A crackdown on these weapons means that owners can either apply for a certificate by April 30 or hand in their gun to the police by the same deadline to avoid prosecution."

"The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 has outlawed the carrying of an airgun in public and raised the age at which an airgun can be owned to 17."
 

NH: Owner Of Dog Shot By Officer Threatens Lawsuit
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"A man whose dog was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer is threatening to sue the city unless it takes action against the officer." ...

"Arnoldy's dog was shot and killed in Bedford's Pulpit Rock Park March 28. Officer Stephen Coco has claimed self-defense, saying the chow mix charged and threatened him and his children." ...

"Signs at the park state that there are no firearms allowed on the property. Arnoldy and his attorney contend that the officer shouldn't have had his gun on him, but off-duty officers are allowed to carry their weapons."

"The Hillsboro County Attorney's Office is investigating whether it was OK for the police officer to be carrying his gun in the park."

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The details of this case are unclear. If the off-duty officer was acting in self defense and in defense of his children, he was certainly within his right. But firearms are apparently banned in the park for the non-badged, non-elite. So if the dog, indeed, attacked, any civilian and his children could have possibly been mauled or worse thanks to the tyrannical rules of the park.
 

MS: Ex-lawman facing time for weapons
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"A former Mississippi Highway Patrol SWAT team member is facing up to 30 years in prison for convictions on charges of possessing two machine guns and a stun grenade, all unregistered, federal prosecutors said Thursday."

"Archie L. Foster III also is facing 29 child pornography possession charges in a separate case set for trial May 3 in state Circuit Court."

"Foster's sentencing for the firearms and explosive device violations is scheduled June 22 before U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson. A jury convicted Foster on Tuesday."
 

One in a million
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"While the prospect of a shooting at your local educational institution is horrifying, there is some good news: Getting shot at school is still a one-in-a-million proposition, according to the U.S. Secret Service."

"Indeed, perception exacts an unwavering influence on the relevance of the school-preparedness debate."

"According to the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, local television news coverage of homicides increased 700 percent from 1993 to 2001, while the national homicide rate steadily fell during that span."
 

AR: School threats addressed
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"In March, Harrison's school board expelled a high school student for allegedly threatening other people at the school. The high school principal assigned two other students to in-school suspension on a similar charge.
In an ironic development, threatening behavior reached a new level when the high school principal told a Harrison police detective that a local reporter should suffer bodily harm for asking questions about the difference between the two cases."
 

IA: Prosecutor Eases Up On Gun-Toting Bettendorf Student
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"Scott County prosecutors have dropped one of two felony charges against a teenager accused of bringing a gun to Bettendorf High School last month. Fourteen-year-old Trenton Eyman told police he had been threatened by another student."

"According to court documents, Eyman was going to point the gun at the other boy and run if confronted. ..."

"County Attorney Bill Davis says he dropped the going armed with intent charge because he can't prove the boy intended to shoot someone. Eyman was expelled from school."

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If he felt threatened enough to bring a gun to school with which to defend himself, what does this say about these supposed "safe zones" the government has created in our nation's schools?
 

UT: Guns on campus could be dangerous, cops say; Officers report they can't control all situations
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That's right. Officers can't control all situations. That's why the students should be able to defend themselves with firearms.

"People with concealed weapons are trained in how to handle them and are not dangerous, say U patrol officers Garth Smith and Rick Bishop." ...

"In their experience, concealed weapons in the hands of permit holders have never caused problems, they said." ...

"But even though he doesn't think it's probable, Bishop said the new law allowing guns on campus makes him nervous because a dangerous situation is possible."

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So the officer has never had a problem with permit holders and guns, but yet, he is nervous because something could happen? Can we say, "vacuous emotionalism?"
 

OK: Teen Found With Loaded Gun
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Weapons charges could be filed against a freshman student at Keys High School in Cherokee County.

After getting a report about a freshman student at Keys High School in Cherokee County, school officials say they pulled the boy out of class Wednesday, and found a loaded gun in his backpack. The gun had been reported stolen. The local sheriff says the teenager could face weapons charges.
 

Australia: Bust that cracked a corrupt force
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"WHEN police raided Robert "Bobbie" Slusarczyk's Beechworth property in country Victoria in 1999 and discovered an amphetamines laboratory bubbling away, there was little doubt about his guilt." ...

"...Victoria's most experienced drug investigator, Wayne Strawhorn - one of 13 drug squad officers since charged with corruption-related offences -- drove three hours from Melbourne to the farmhouse to inspect the work of his detectives."

"But what Strawhorn did not realise was the Slusarczyk bust would contribute to a series of corruption investigations that not only brought down the drug squad, but also now threaten to destroy the reputation of the Victorian police."
 

MN: Police offer amnesty for fake ID holders
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"Police are offering amnesty to thousands of college students across the state they say bought high-quality bogus Minnesota driver's licenses from a suspect who was arrested this week."

"Forgery charges are pending against 23-year-old Chris Peterson, but he was charged Thursday with three counts of aggravated assault for allegedly trying to run over three police officers as they attempted to arrest him in a Hamline University parking lot."

"Police accused Peterson of being the king of a $350,000 fake ID empire." ...

"But Peterson told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis he thought he was being carjacked when undercover police pointed a gun at his head."
 

Australia: Police shoot gunman dead
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"A MAN was shot dead by police yesterday after a tense 19-hour siege at his property at Cinnabar, near Kilkivan west of Gympie in Queensland."

"Jamie Hewson, 29, was shot a number of times by police after he allegedly levelled a gun at them as he tried to escape from his property in a car."

"Cinnabar residents yesterday expressed shock at the death of Mr Hewson, who was said to have been under extreme stress since his father died of cancer a few months ago and he took up managing the family's farm."
 

NC: Student charged with using stun gun on classmate
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"A student at Southeast Raleigh High School could be suspended for using a stun gun on a classmate."

"Eric Rogers, 17, has been charged with simple assault. According to police, Rogers used a stun gun on Sean Campbell in the school hallway."

"Campbell reportedly was knocked to his knees but was not seriously hurt." ...

"Stun guns deliver an electric jolt of between 80,000 and 625,000 volts. They are legal in North Carolina."
 

IN: Schools have emergency plans in place
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"We have all of the ingredients for a Columbine. We have the availability of firearms. It's a part of our culture and way of life around here."

"Axe said past studies by state police have shown that is one handgun for every 13 people in the county -- that's one of the highest rates per capita in the state."

"That is for licensed handgun permits. That does not include the unlicensed guns and those used for hunting. There are too many guns in the hands of irresponsible people."
 

NH: Time-tested hunting methods pay dividends
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"You know, folks, during the last 65 years of hunting these New Hampshire woods I have developed some of my own unique methods of that hunting, some of which work well, others not so good."

"For instance I like to use a gun and ammo that most hunters frown upon, that being the 12 gauge loaded with 3-inch lead. I have killed turkeys at up to 67 yards with this load and have made upwards of 35 shots without a miss."

"I did roll a couple of turkeys in the middle there but did manage to get them in the end. I have taken 38 turkeys as of last year and while I may sound like I am tooting my own horn, I am not. Just telling the facts."
 

MN: Gun locks available at local police agencies
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to distribute more than 456,000 free gun locks in Minnesota, as part of the national Project ChildSafe (PCS) initiative.

PCS is designed to help make homes with firearms safer by raising awareness about responsible firearm ownership and storage.

Cable-style gunlocks and educational materials will be available at the following police departments: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, New Hope, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, and Wayzata.
 

Bulgaria: Officials deny having "firearms problem"
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"According to a recent study by the British Saferworld group, large stockpiles of weapons have been left without proper control in Bulgaria in the wake of the military reforms that culminated in the country's NATO membership on 29 March. The study alleges that access to relevant information remains rather difficult, which in turn "raises questions about the transparency of government policies". At the same time, the study says that as part of its integration into NATO, Bulgaria reduced its armed forces from some 100,000 to 45,000, which left between 300,000 and 350,000 small arms and light weapons in surplus stockpiles, EurActive reported."

"The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has told EurActiv that the report counts as a 'dependable source of information', notwithstanding that since 2002 several improvements have been made in the country's export control-related regulations. ..."
 

Rice at the show trial
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"After the incident of shocking violence, a panel was convened to investigate. ..."

"The incident in question was not terrorism, but a schoolyard shooting in Jonesboro, Kansas, in March of 1998. The panel was not the commission probing the 9/11 attacks, but a group of education experts called together by then Attorney General Janet Reno."

"But that experience does have a lesson for those of us trying to fathom the 9/11 commission's work and, especially, what can be gleaned from the appearance of national security adviser Condoleeza Rice, who told the panel bluntly yesterday that while al-Qaida was at war with us, we were not at war with al-Qaida and that there were structural problems going back several administrations frustrating the nation's efforts to deal with terrorism."

"Reno's panel came to similar dismal conclusions about terror in schools. What 'they all quickly realized,' according to one news account, 'was the sobering truth that there are no quick solutions.' "

 

India: A welcome to arms
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"Indians must demand the constitutional right to own and carry guns. Crooks, thugs, hoods, dons and other well-connected people can easily acquire guns. But a citizen who is at the mercy of these monsters cannot. This discrimination is thoroughly undemocratic."

"Crooks, thugs, hoods, dons and other well-connected people can get away with anything — murder, rape, loot, theft of property, abduction of women and children. To victims or grieving relatives they say, 'Go to court.' And they laugh as they say it. Essentially, these monsters are saying that law-and-order is a joke and it is we who invented it, ha ha ha."
 

NC: Man flies U.S. flag upside down in protest
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"Richard Evey is proud of his brand new American flag -- even though he's flying it upside down." ...

"Evey says his decision to buy a new flag from E.T.'s Military Surplus and fly it upside down followed months of deliberation."

"It's a signal of distress," he said. 'I'm convinced that our country is in distress because our government has run amuck.' "

"Evey said his attitude is best described by an old saying: 'I love my country, but fear my government.' "
 

MO: Provocative and political exhibit would benefit by going a little deeper
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"The anti-government rant continues in works such as 'The Germans Did It Now It's America's Turn' and 'Welcome to the Police State,' both showing silhouetted figures in uniform on bright-colored grounds that give them the aspect of placards."

"Although the fine art canon generally relegates this kind of overt political expression to the agit-prop category, there is conceptual artistry, certainly, in Gear's decision to confront dangerous times with extreme measures."
 

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Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. — James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46

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