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More G.I. wives get hoax casualty calls
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"Wives of Camp Pendleton Marines involved in the war in Iraq have been receiving crank calls from individuals claiming to work for the Red Cross who regretfully, and falsely, inform them that their spouses had been killed in action."

"In a statement, Camp Pendleton reminded military families that genuine casualty notifications are not made by telephone or by the Red Cross."
 

Germany: German police storm hijacked bus, rescue hostages
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"German police stormed a bus hijacked by an armed bank robber in Berlin on Friday, shooting and injuring him and rescuing his two hostages unhurt after a four-hour standoff."

"Special forces smashed their way in through the rear windows of the double-decker bus, tossed in a stun grenade and shot the hijacker in the shoulder."
 

Army investigates chaplain trading water for baptisms
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"Llano, a Southern Baptist, recently told a Knight Ridder reporter that he makes soldiers sit through a 90-minute sermon and then take part in baptismal services in a 500-gallon container used only for baptisms. Rudd said many of the soldiers had gone up to 10 days without a shower."

"In the story ...Llano said the soldiers willingly agreed to his terms. Said Llano in the story: 'It's simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized.' "
 

Freedom is not just a word!
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"Freedom does provide rights for citizens, but the more important element of freedom is, probably, the acceptance of responsibilities for maintaining these rights of peaceful existence, fairness and justice, equality of treatment and protection from unnecessary and harmful abuse. Freedom is born of education, experience and enlightenment. It is not an instantaneous transformation that could be caught on TV cameras to be easily displayed to the world." ...
 

UK: Hand in these "killers"
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"Police have strengthened calls for weapons to be handed in to police stations across Cheshire following a violent gun incident this week."

"Shotgun raiders made off with parcels from a Frodsham Royal Mail delivery van leaving a female driver needing medical attention last Wednesday."
 

FL: Baby Born At Jail Is Nowhere To Be Found
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A baby born in the Orange County Jail recently is nowhere to be found. One woman says she spotted the infant at the home of some female correctional officers. But how did the baby get there, if it is there?"

"Right now, this is an internal jail investigation looking to see if three correctional officers broke any policies or procedures and had any thing to do with the missing baby."
 

Immigrant bashers
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... "The burden of Buchanan's tome (surprise, surprise) is that somehow, all these foreigners – especially those that aren't well, you know, like "us" – aren't fit to be here. They're ethnic pollutants (so to speak) that drag down American culture and values. And Malkin demands that we 'Stop the Revolving Door' and that we 'Protect our Birthright' from the host of 'foreign menaces' that threaten our … our what? Our United States Marine Corps?"

"Excuse me? Menaces like who? Gutierrez? Garibay? Del Solar? Gutierrez wanted to get here so badly as a teen-ager, he played the hobo on trains between Guatemala and Mexico before sneaking into California. He slept on park benches, took the worst jobs and then managed to find a foster family before enlisting in the Marines." ...
 

FL: Police Officer Charged With Getting Nude Dances On Duty
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"A Miami-Dade County police officer was arrested for allegedly faking a stripper's traffic court records so she would give him nude dances while he was on duty and in uniform."

"Sgt. Felix Martinez, 41, received nude dances three times in January and February at the Masters Gentlemen's Cabaret and filled out payroll forms saying he was working at the time, according to an affidavit filed by the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office. He was arrested Thursday."
 

CA: Schwarzenegger, Rice possible Calif. candidates in '06
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The Terminator vs. the national security adviser for California governor in 2006?

"Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, weighing a run for the job, met yesterday with Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser."

"If he decides to run, Schwarzenegger might face a challenge from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, who has spoken to senior Republicans about running for California's top job, according to a Bush adviser."

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Schwarzenegger is actually pro-gun control. He was quoted in this interview as saying: "And the movies, with the gun in my hand? I don't run around every day with a gun in my hand. So I want kids to understand the difference: one is make-believe, like we do in movies. But in reality, I'm for gun control. I'm a peace-loving guy. I hate violence amongst the young kids."
 

MD: City officer is indicted on federal drug charges
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"Holding up Munoz's badge, the city's new police commissioner said the officer - suspended without pay - would never wear it again. He described Munoz as a 'drug dealer and gun runner' who had infiltrated the city's police force and deserved to face the harsh penalties of the federal court system, where Munoz could receive a 55-year prison sentence if convicted."
 

MD: 6th-grader with toy gun is suspended
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"Dumbarton Middle School in Rodgers Forge has suspended indefinitely a sixth-grade pupil who brought a toy gun to school and told classmates it was real, school officials said yesterday."

"Assistant Principal Michael Etzel said he removed the boy from his first-period class on Tuesday, after a classmate reported the remarks."
 

IL: Vet wants seized gun returned
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"Whoever has the gun can unload the ammo, put it in a box and send it to the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department, says detective Jeff Lower. Police then could return it to the war vet."

"Yep, that’s unlikely. But not impossible. Can’t patriotism melt a burglar’s heart?"
 

Gun Control Groups Pin Hopes on Liberal Senate Dems
Submitted by: Tom Allison
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"Opponents of gun rights - reeling from Wednesday's lopsided vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to ban lawsuits seeking to hold gun makers accountable for the actions of criminals who misuse their products - are now counting on a minority of liberal Democrats in the Senate to block the legislation."
 

UK: No-jury trials in gun cases?
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"Home Secretary David Blunkett says the Government will consider trials without juries and greater protection for witnesses to help police crack the wall of silence surrounding fatal shootings and gun crime."
 

IA: Dubuque boy charged with gun possession at school
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"Dubuque police say the gun was not loaded and Cartwright had no plans to harm himself or anyone else."

"Police say the gun belonged to the boy's mother. It is not known why he brought the weapon to school."
 

UK: Blunkett in guns visit
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"A Total of 158 weapons have been handed in to police since a gun amnesty was launched in Nottingham two weeks ago."

"The announcement today comes as Home Secretary David Blunkett was visiting the city to speak to police and community representatives about gun crime. The amnesty figure includes 15 handguns and 143 non-prohibited weapons, including 47 imitation firearms. And 4,646 rounds of ammunition have also been handed in."
 

Australia: Gun built into mobile phone
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"A new James Bond-style gun disguised as a mobile phone has been seized by police in Melbourne."

"Police yesterday confirmed the weapons were on the streets after confiscating one of the phone pistols during a raid earlier this week."

"They said they were the latest covert weapons being used among gangs and criminals."
 

TN: Parent: Gun incident shows need for SROs
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"Meeting at the same school where five students were charged last Friday after a loaded handgun was found in a backpack, members of the McMinn County School Board heard an appeal for continuing to keep School Resource Officers in the county system."
 

UK: 8,000 guns taken off streets during gun amnesty
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"However, we know there are still plenty more illegally-held weapons out there and I urge anyone in possession of one, or who knows of someone who is, to take this opportunity to get rid of them,"...

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Chances are there are plenty more, and the criminals are holding on to them.
 

Japan: Air gun shots fired at pedestrians at two locations
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"Okinawa City Police received two emergency calls Sunday morning reporting that someone had shot plastic bullets with what looked like an air gun at them. Neither of the targets suffered injuries."

"One of the incidents occurred in Mihama, Chatan Town and another in Chuo, Okinawa City. The police suspect that the culprit is the same in both cases, as the description of the vehicle used matched in both cases."

"Okinawa City Police are investigating the case as assault." ...
 

NRA chalks up victories
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"National Rifle Association, membership 4.1 million, has a lot to celebrate at its 132nd annual meeting, scheduled for April 24-27 in Orlando, Fla."

"Check out this list of victories compiled by UPI"
 

Senate Shootout Approaching
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"WHAT'S NEXT: The battle moves to the U.S. Senate, where a majority of members support the bill. However, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and other opponents are threatening to stall the measure with a filibuster.

"WHAT YOU CAN DO: Let the U.S. Senate know your views. You can find the names and contact information (including an e-mail link) for all senators at the senate's website. Or you can send postal mail to any senator to the U.S. Capitol."
 

Report: HHS Chief Not Licensed for Gun
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"Health and Human Services Inspector General Janet Rehnquist was not legally entitled to receive a government handgun and law enforcement credentials but got them anyway, an internal investigation concluded."

"The daughter of Chief Justice William Rehnquist was guilty of 'administrative failures,' the investigation found. The Justice Department reviewed the findings and said it would not prosecute."
 

Senate Panel OKs Class-Action Bill
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"Many class-action lawsuits would be forced from state courts and into federal courts under legislation that a Senate committee cleared Friday." ...

"Democrats tried to get the committee to exempt several types of class-action suits, including those seeking damages from lawsuits involving environmental, civil rights and gun questions; consumer protection; and tobacco."
 

MT: New rules affect prison employees
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"A plan to revise Department of Corrections’ policies to comply with federal law will result in criminal background checks for employees."

"This is to ferret out employees with domestic violence convictions that carry a lifetime ban on owning or handling firearms and ammunition."

"The change is driven by the Lautenberg Amendment, a supplement to the Gun Control Act that became law on Sept. 30, 1996." ...
 

Another report on the passage of HR 1036
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"Gun-control groups have said they wanted to impose financial hardships on gun makers by taking them to court and forcing them to spend tens of thousands of dollars defending their products."

"So far, one company – Navegar Inc. – has declared bankruptcy, though lawsuits brought against the company in California failed to find it negligent in a 1993 San Francisco multiple homicide."
 

Wal-Mart short-changes gun owners
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"Which brings me to Wal-Mart Stores' decision to stop selling firearms in California. Yes, money talks – in many ways – and it seems as though the nation's top retailer has made a financial decision to short-sell the Second Amendment."

"Hopefully, gun owners will make them pay dearly."
 

GOP calls for wider powers to track citizens
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"On one track, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, with the backing of the White House, wants to make permanent the provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the sprawling 2001 law hastily passed only weeks after the Sept. 11 attack." ...

"At the same time, the Bush administration is drafting new legislation, dubbed Patriot II, that would provide federal agents even more authority to issue wiretaps, conduct 'data mining' and monitor people presumed or known to have terrorist connections."
 

UT: Makers of Guns Targeted
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"The report, 'Smoking Guns: Exposing the Gun Industry's Complicity in the Illegal Gun Market,' was released by the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence." ...

"But a Utah gun-rights advocate said the organization is misinformed about the firearms distribution process and questioned whether the report's release was retaliation for a Wednesday vote by the U.S. House granting gun manufacturers immunity from lawsuits for damages resulting from their products."
 

NY: Putting 'Good Book' to good use smiting thug
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Ramona Pimentel believes she was saved from a screwdriver-wielding sex attacker by some divine intervention - in the form of the Holy Bible she used to bash the attacker's head."

" 'He had evil in him,' Pimentel said of Roderick Rollins, who cops said broke into her apartment at 128-14 Van Wyck Expressway at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. 'I'm happy he'll never do this again, but I feel sad because he died.' "
 

UT: Atheist wins right to pray before Murray City Council
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"If atheist Tom Snyder still wants to pray before the Murray City Council to Mother in Heaven for deliverance from weak and stupid politicians, he has the blessing of the Utah Supreme Court." ...

"Snyder and his lawyer, Brian Barnard, have been pursuing the Murray prayer lawsuit since 1994, when Snyder first filed suit in federal court against the city for allowing other pre-meeting prayers but refusing to let him offer a prayer addressed to 'Our Mother, who art in heaven.' "
 

CA: Urge Your Assembly Member To Oppose AB 992
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"AB 992, which seeks to levy a tax of 10 cents per cartridge for all ammo sold, passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Please call the members of the State Assembly and ask them to oppose AB 992."
 

TN: Committee To Hear Four Bills April 15
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"On Tuesday, April 15, at noon, the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Constitutional Protections will hear four critical pro-gun bills: HB 1710, the House counterpart of SB 1531; HB 452, which would require Tennessee to honor a handgun carry permit issued by any other state; HB 1622, which would revise the handgun carry permit law to specify that minor misdemeanor offenders are not prohibited from applying for permits; and HB 1615, which would authorize the public to use law enforcement ranges
 

AZ: Senate To Consider Two Pro-Gun Bills Soon
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"The week of April 14, two important pro-gun bills will be considered on the Senate floor. HB 2319 clarifies that cities and counties are prohibited from regulating the sale of firearms at gun shows in a manner inconsistent with state and federal law. HCR 2025, "Legislative Recognition of Gun Shows," encourages Congress to protect gun shows from attacks by anti-gun zealots."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The pool of guns that get turned in in buybacks are simply not the same guns that would otherwise have been used in crime. — Harvard professor David Kennedy, as reported on FoxNews

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