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'Now Is Time for Deep Reflection, Not Dancing in Blood' Says SAF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today, as the nation is mourning Monday's horrible loss at Virginia Tech, this should be a time of deep reflection and offering our prayers for the victims and their heartbroken families."

"Sadly, noted Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, some groups and individuals are using this terrible crime to further their own political cause: the continued erosion of firearm civil rights and the abolition of firearm ownership in the United States."

"'Almost from the moment the first news broke about this monstrous crime,' Gottlieb said, 'we at SAF have been forced to respond to staccato attacks from gun control organizations whose goal is to destroy the Second Amendment. ...'" ...
 

WashPost Leaves Out That Gun/Suicide Study Funded by Anti-Gun Foundation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Harvard researcher Matthew Miller released a study on April 10 that ties higher suicide rates with higher rates of firearm ownership. Six days later the Washington Post's Shankar Vedantam printed a five-paragraph brief in the paper's 'Science Notebook' that cribbed heavily from the Harvard School of Public Health press release. Yet nowhere in his story was the fact that a liberal anti-gun think tank gave $700,000 to finance the School's research." ...
 

Aftermath Of Tragedy: GOA Defending Freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our hearts and prayers truly go out to all of those affected by Cho Seung-Hui's evil actions. But not even senseless, brutal murder justifies taking away the God-given rights of the law-abiding."

"It is also worthwhile to note that Virginia Tech is -- because of deliberate policies set by its administration -- a victim disarmament zone, where even those with a state-issued concealed carry permit are denied their right of self-defense." ...
 

Anti-gun groups once again seek to exploit tragedy (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun bans disarm victims, not criminals."

"That is the simple lesson that anti-gun groups refuse to acknowledge as they race to dance in the blood of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Prior to April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech was an anti-gun 'success story.' Tech fought, and won, a battle against a statewide measure that would have guaranteed the right of students to defend themselves while on campus. In Virginia, students with a concealed carry license are allowed to carry on college campuses unless the college prohibits it. Virginia Tech prohibits it, and fought to make sure they could continue to prohibit it." ...
 

Gun lobby prepares for battle over rights
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"Last Saturday, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, urged delegates at the group's annual convention in St Louis, Missouri, to prepare for 'the storm that lies ahead'."

"He was referring to the threat posed to the gun lobby by a Democratic-controlled Congress and the risk that the White House could also fall into enemy hands next year."

"Mr LaPierre cannot have imagined that the storm he predicted would arrive two days later in the most tragic circumstances."

"Monday’s fatal shooting of 32 students on a Virginia college campus has thrust the issue of gun control back towards the top of the political agenda and put the country’s powerful gun lobby on the defensive." ...
 

Virginia Tech Shooting (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oh, Christ, here we go again."

"Some maladjusted little bugsnipe gets his mental panties into a bunch and goes flat boiling nutters with a gun in one of the few places where he knows someone isn't going to put him down like a rabid dog during his first magazine."

"And -- as usual -- the Mainstream Media is bleating about needing more Gun Control."

"Gun Control is a failure. You simply can not expect those who would do murder -- those who would violate the highest law -- you can not expect them to obey a lesser law." ...

"I weep for the dead. I weep for the families who lost their treasured children today."

"I weep even more for a land which not only denies the tools required for self-defence, but also denies the very mindset required for self-defence."
 

Guns defend Americans as well as kill them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "A strict gun law might have made it more difficult for Seung-Hui to get a weapon. But with all the crimes committed with illegal firearms in America, Second Amendment advocates still have a legitimate and powerful argument that taking away guns from law-abiding citizens won't stop criminals from getting weapons." ...

"But further slaughter was avoided in 2002 when former Appalachian law student Peter Odighizuwa ... was confronted by two students who retrieved their guns and then subdued the alleged assailant in a fistfight."

"Police can't be everywhere. At Virginia Tech, they never even got close enough to take a crack at Seung-Hui. But if a student or professor had access to a weapon, the carnage might have stopped sooner."
 

Media Subterfuge and School Shootings: All of the Media's Lies are Connected
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Darn it, my wife is going to be angry with me again today. I’m suppose to mow the lawn and do some work on the house, but some crazy bastard went and murdered 32 people at Virginia Tech today and the media is already fixated on utilizing this story as another reason Americans should agree to reject the Second Amendment and voluntarily disarm ourselves. I won’t get into my feelings about these seemingly random school shootings we seen to hear about so often anymore or who or what motivates them other than to say I’m a bit skeptical that they are what the media presents them to be. Why am I skeptical?"

"Facts behind the Columbine shootings have absolutely been covered up ..."
 

Second Amendment: designed for Virginia Tech
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment unequivocally protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, both for their own self-protection and for defense against the tyranny of an autocratic central government."

"The American war for independence began when the Crown tried to disarm the colonials, and when the Bill of Rights was created, the Founders wanted to make sure that the central government in the new nation would be forbidden to do what the Crown had tried to do."

"However, the trendiness of gun control laws has disarmed one American after another, in the guise of making our streets, cities, and schools 'safe' from gun violence. But as the Virginia Tech tragedy illustrates, disarmed Americans are defenseless Americans." ...
 

Politics of the Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The echoes the gunfire in Virginia have hardly died away. The dead and wounded have only just been removed from the scene. The blood stains are still fresh. And yet the sleazy politics of gun control have already begun. ... MSNBC starts the anti-gun effort rolling by rounding up hopelessly political reaction from Europe and Down Under." ...

"Simply put, all of this is media hysteria and demagoguery. Power-hungry politicians and their liberal media allies are so eager to exploit a crime for their own gain that they cannot even wait for the cleanup to begin without chiming in to score cheap political points based on emotion." ...
 

Why You Should Own a Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The murders on the Virginia Tech campus, the worst such rampage in our history, might have been mitigated if just one member of the faculty or a student had the means to return fire."

"I have owned guns for decades. On rare occasions, I have had to 'show' one of my guns to people with bad intentions. Not surprisingly, they changed their plans to take my money and do me some harm. The Virginia Tech murders confirm the value of empowering ordinary citizens to carry a concealed weapon." ...
 

Shock, Sorrow, Prayers and Questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Groups and politicians on both sides of the Second Amendment debate have issued statements on the mass murder at Virginia Tech, but with details still sketchy, the anticipated debate on gun control has not yet erupted."

"A gunman (according to early -- and erroneous -- reports, he was a 24-year-old Chinese exchange student in the U.S. on a student visa) shot and killed two students in a Virginia Tech dormitory Monday morning, then about two hours later killed 30 more people in a campus classroom building. (The gunman turned out to be a 23-year-old student from Centreville, Va., who came to this country from South Korea as a child.)" ...
 

Ignoring McCain and White House, LA Times claimed gun rights advocates "generally kept their heads down" following VA Tech shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an April 17 article headlined 'Gun control debate resumes, on one side,' the Los Angeles Times asserted that 'Monday's deadly rampage at Virginia Tech sparked a largely one-sided response in the long-running debate over guns.' The article continued: 'Gun control advocates said the shootings pointed to the need for tougher laws, while supporters of gun rights generally kept their heads down.' ... But, in fact, gun rights supporters hardly 'kept their heads down.' In the aftermath of the mass shooting, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino, and various conservatives reiterated their belief in a 'right to bear arms.'" ...
 

Shootings horrible but not reason to ban guns
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"I'm prepared to take some flak for what I'm about to say. That's okay, I've never been afraid to tackle the tough topics. Yes, it has only been 24 hours since the Virginia Tech massacre took place. But, some facts are in and it is time to discuss them."

"I want to make myself clear here. My heart goes out to the victims and their families from yesterday's massacre. But, gun-control laws would not have stopped what happened from occurring. What you had was a suicidal crazy lunatic who was hell-bent on causing death and destruction. Try as you might, but you're not going to stop these people from accomplishing their task. If they can't find a gun, they'll find something else." ...
 

News from Virginia underscores need for carrying of firearms by law-abiding people, states gun law expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The tragic news from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia demonstrates the need for the carrying of guns on campus by qualified law-abiding students and faculty."

"Such an armed individual could have prevented or interrupted the mass murder perpetrated Monday morning by an obviously deranged gunman who caused the deaths of at least 32 people, including himself. We all know that the police can’t be everywhere at once."

"The tragedy is compounded by the fact that Virginia authorities could have enabled such carrying, but blew their opportunity." ...
 

Blaming Charlton Heston
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"With a view to Monday's deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, European newspapers are blaming the lack of gun control measures in the United States and implying that Charlton Heston is indirectly responsible for the scope of the killings." ...
 

Media Spins Va.-Tech Tragedy for Gun Control
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"Even a national tragedy like the shooting massacre on the campus of Virginia Tech will not delay the New York Times and congressional gun-control advocates in their quest to push their liberal agenda."

"In the New York Times lead editorial today, which was likely written mere hours after the nation's worst gun rampage in history and before the bodies had cooled, the gray lady is calling for more gun control. ..." ...

"Besides the audacity of using this tragedy to immediately push their liberal agenda, the Times editorialists failed to mentioned that there is a complete gun ban on the campus of Virginia Tech, and that ban didn’t stop the shooter." ...
 

Virginia Tech Shootings Ignite Gun Control Debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun control advocates in Congress said that while the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University underscores the need for tougher restrictions on firearms, they probably don't have enough support to pass such legislation."

"Representative Carolyn McCarthy, a New York Democrat, said she has little hope that the House would renew a ban on assault weapons that lapsed in 2004, even with Democrats in the majority for the first time in a decade."

"She said she will push for legislation that would ban the sale of large-capacity ammunition clips and improve a national database used to conduct criminal background checks of gun- buyers. McCarthy's husband was killed by a gunman on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993." ...
 

Ensley's solution: Get rid of the guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's the guns, stupid."

"The most developed, allegedly most civilized nation on earth eagerly and misguidedly bans drugs and abortions and smoking and gay marriages. But it allows virtually unrestricted access to individual implements of mass murder: guns."

"So 32 college students are slaughtered at Virginia Tech, five Amish schoolchildren are executed in Pennsylvania, four junior-high students and a teacher are killed in Arkansas and 12 high-school students and a teacher are gunned down in Colorado. So there are daily gang shootings and domestic murder-suicides and toddlers shot with guns from their parents' closets." ...
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Submitter's Note: So there was no violence or repression prior to the invention of firearms?
 

Another Shooting and the Gun Debate Goes Nowhere
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Though the mass shooting at Virginia Tech is being called one of the worst in U.S. history, it certainly isn't the only high-profile shooting to spark national debate about the Second Amendment and the issue of gun control."

"...if history is any indication, the debate will heat up again soon."

"But that same history shows us that even in the face of unfathomable tragedies at the end of a gun barrel, the gears of law move slowly, and that in the end, they may not be very effective at protecting us anyway."

"While laws are regularly debated, refined and enacted to prevent gun violence, the issue hasn't changed much in the last 50 years." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: Translation: Anti-gun laws don't work!
 

Gabe's View: Va. Tragedy Screams Need For Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The tragedy in Virginia should focus our attention again on the need for gun control and the insanity of allowing widespread availability of weapons to continue."

"The argument that restrictions on guns violate the Second Amendment to the Constitution is specious. The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms -- but not to commit a massacre. Gun control is in keeping with the highest ideals of this country. The need to protect public safety must trump any other consideration."

"It is hard to believe that the founding fathers ever intended to enshrine in the document that guarantees our liberties a provision that opens the door wide to crazed gunmen. ..." ...
 

Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the tragedy that took the lives of 33 people and brought terror to the Virginia Tech campus, President Bush rushed to politicize the event."

"White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino told reporters that 'As far as policy, the President believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed.'"

"Ultra right-wing websites ... launched a demand for more guns, removal of any prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons, and described the White House's decidedly pro-gun response as 'feminine' and as 'lets-squeeze-a-teddy-bear.' One columnist for the website refused to consider the mass killing a tragedy and urged putting more guns into private hands. ..." ...
 

Michael Winship: Va. Tech: People Kill People -- With Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Sunday, the National Rifle Association wrapped up its 136th annual convention in St. Louis, where 60,000 attended. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre fired up the crowd, telling them, 'Today, there is not one firearm owner whose freedom is secure.'"

"On Monday, one of those owners shot more than 50 students, staff, and teachers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Thirty-two of them died, the worst such massacre in American history. So much for their freedom." ...
 

Tragedy, Gun Laws, and Loose Ends
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As is expected after something this tragic, everyone wants to talk about gun laws. Some want to talk about banning guns, which is wrong and unconstitutional. However, the one issue that is really serious to talk about is the leniency of Virginia's gun laws, which even in a rural hunting state are beyond comprehension."

"One thing that is absurd is that Virginia does not require much for a person to get a concealed carry permit. My husband, who is a Democratic gun expert ... found this shocking as well. No background checks are required and no training is required either. It's madness. Colorado has the right approach, as does Nevada." ...
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Submitter's Note: According to Concealed Handgun Permit Process Information on the Fairfax VA County Government page, both training and a background check are required.
 

Massacre
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The massacre at Virginia Tech relieves Texas of the sad distinction of being the state with the most people shot to death in a single incident. In 1991, George Hennard, armed with two pistols, drove his pickup into a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, shot 23 people to death and then himself."

"Despite this history and Monday's heavy toll of human life, the Texas Legislature is contemplating making it easier for people to carry weapons to and from work. The Texas Senate passed a bill that would allow those with a license to carry a concealed handgun to lock their guns in their cars in company lots, even if the business bans guns from its property." ...
 

A beautiful campus, grotesquely violated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Twenty-four years ago this fall, a year before Cho Seung-Hui was born, I joined Virginia Tech as a graduate student. The bucolic campus and its surrounding community was my first home in the United States and came to represent so much that I admire about this country." ...

"That image of the most beautiful campus in the country, bar none, has been grotesquely violated by the obscenity of April 16. As I watched the horror unfold, I could not but think: Were it not for the culture of guns that pervades our society, would this have happened in such a macabre and horrific fashion?" ...
 

NY: Yes, Virginia, guns kill innocents
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Still love those guns, Virginia?"

"Ready to admit that it's madness for any psycho to be able to saunter into a gun shop and acquire firepower capable of killing 32 innocents?"

"Feel different now that the blood is the blood of so many of your most promising young people?"

"You've been shrugging for decades as illegal guns from your state plague our city, killing and maiming and terrorizing New Yorkers by the thousands, at one point comprising 47% of the guns our cops recovered." ...
 

UT: Utah has been a center of guns-on-campus debate
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"Monday's Virginia Tech campus shootings resonated with Utahns, especially those engaged in ongoing discussions over gun rights at state colleges and universities."

"University of Utah President Michael Young, who unsuccessfully fought to prohibit guns at the U., said people 'can't politicize these kinds of tragic events,' because they can be used to argue for either expanded gun control nationwide or the need for more access to guns on campuses."

"'Arming everybody is not the answer and disarming everybody isn't entirely possible, so you have to look for other solutions,' Young said." ...
 

Bush on gun control: 'Crack down on people who commit crimes'
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"The White House, acknowledging today that the shooting deaths of 33 people at Virginia Tech is certain to rekindle a national debate about gun control, says President Bush will 'participate’' in that discussion."

"But until now, the president has largely watched that discussion from the sidelines ..."

"And the president has made his own philosophy on the subject clear ... 'I believe law-abiding citizens ought to be able to own a gun. I believe in background checks at gun shows or anywhere ... But the best way to protect our citizens from guns is to prosecute those who commit crimes with guns… Neighborhoods are safer when we crack down on people who commit crimes with guns. To me, that's the best way to secure America.'" ...
 

How Democrats Hoped To Avoid Issue of Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The shooting rampage in Virginia may revive the issue of gun control in the 2008 presidential contest and unravel what had been a growing consensus among Democrats not to mention the subject."

"'This is an issue that shows up during tragedies,' a Democratic gun policy analyst and former aide to Senator Schumer, James Kessler, said. 'That is the nature of the gun issue. It will recede from view and then, unpredictably, burst upon the scene.'" ...
 

McCain Backs Gun Rights After Shootings
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"Sen. John McCain says the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech does not change his view that the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to carry a weapon."

"'We have to look at what happened here, but it doesn't change my views on the Second Amendment, except to make sure that these kinds of weapons don't fall into the hands of bad people,' McCain said Monday in response to a question."

"The Arizona Republican, who was campaigning in this Texas-Mexico border city, said he didn't know the details of the attacks at Virginia Tech."

"'I do believe in the constitutional right that everyone has, in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, to carry a weapon,' he said. 'Obviously we have to keep guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.'" ...
 

White House press corps on guns
Submitted by: Howard Mortman
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A member of your White House press corps asked this question at today’s news briefing with Dana Perino:

Q Columbine, Amish school shooting, now this, and a whole host of other gun issues brought into schools — that’s not including guns on the streets and in many urban areas and rural areas. Does there need to be some more restrictions? Does there need to be gun control in this country?

Um, more restrictions than we have? And there’s no gun control in this country? Do facts matter anymore? How about intelligence? Certainly there’s some gun control somewhere in this country — isn’t there?
 

AZ: House rejects latest bill to make self-defense law retroactive
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"The House on Tuesday rejected the latest attempt to make a 2006 self-defense law favorable to defendants apply retroactively in some cases."

"The House voted 31-26 against a bill (SB1166) that would have made the law apply to cases pending in trial court when the law took effect on April 24, 2006."

"That time limit and a requirement that defendants had not pleaded guilty or no-contest would have limited the law's reach to about a dozen cases, supporters said."

"Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a broader retroactivity bill earlier this year, agreeing with prosecutors who argued it would have applied to numerous cases." ...
 

FL: Chamber says survey backs gun curbs
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"A new survey shows 80 percent of Floridians think businesses and homeowners should decide what things are brought onto their property, which the Florida Chamber of Commerce said Monday undermines the push by the National Rifle Association to allow employees to keep guns in their cars at work."

"The chamber survey, conducted by the firm Tel Opinion Research, also shows 56 percent of the 600 respondents said business owners should be able to expressly bar their workers from having guns in the vehicles. The business group has been fighting the NRA's legislative bid to expand gun rights, which they say is part of a nationwide push by the gun-rights organization." ...
 

Secret Service Officers Injured in Accidental Shooting
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Two Secret Service officers have been injured in an accidental shooting outside the White House.

Today's incident occurred in a security booth at the southwest gate.

Secret Service spokeswoman Kim Bruce said one officer was injured in the leg and the other received a shrapnel wound in his face.

Bruce said the injuries appear to be non-life threatening. Both officers were taken to nearby George Washington University Hospital.

Bruce said the gun involved was a service-issued weapon. She said the Secret Service Office of Inspection will conduct a review.
 

NJ: Ex-cop sergeant surrenders in 'assault, theft'
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"A former Jersey City police sergeant has been arrested and charged with punching a man in the face during a drug deal that turned into a robbery at his Heights home last week ..."

"Michael Servino turned himself in ... after the 39-year-old Bayonne victim signed a complaint against the ex-officer in connection with Saturday's robbery ..."

"That day officers were dispatched to Neptune Avenue, where they spoke to the victim, who told them he was robbed after going to buy cocaine at Servino's home ..."

"The Bayonne man said he wanted to buy $100 worth of cocaine but Servino told him it would cost $200 so he left ... He told police that once outside the home Servino punched him in the eye and robbed him of $580, reports said." ...
 

UK: Pc tagged for assault
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"A policewoman has been convicted of punching a young mother in an Urmston supermarket after her police officer boyfriend was accused of eyeing up the woman."

"Rochdale magistrates found that Pc Carla Street, 34, was the aggressor during the altercation in the frozen food section of the Asda superstore."

"The fight broke out following a heated argument between the partners of the two women."

"Street was said to have gone 'mad' and struck Kelly Osborne, 29, leaving her with bruising to her left eye, a swollen cheekbone and marks to her legs, neck and arms." ...
 

NY: Gun got into [Madison Square] Garden easy: sheriff's officer
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"A Hudson County sheriff's officer was shocked that Madison Square Garden security allowed him to walk into the arena with his handgun without so much as searching him or requesting his ID ..."

"Officer Juan DePeña said he even called ahead to find out arena policy on handguns before arriving with his family at the Garden Saturday night to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ..."

"He was told he would be screened using a hand-held metal detector and directed to a supervisor for an ID check, but that never happened ..."

"One ticket taker pointed him in the general area of a supervisor before ignoring him ... When he told a guard he had a gun, he said, he was rebuked for slowing the line. ..." ...
 

OH: What a difference a (Democrat) governor makes (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The silence is deafening."

"On April 12, 2007, a spokesperson for Governor Ted Strickland told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram that the governor 'opposes allowing anyone — including journalists — to review who has a [concealed handgun license].'"

"Given their history of vocal, vehement advocacy on the issue of media access to the private, personal information of concealed handgun license-holders, one would think the Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA) and its members would have begun shreeking at the very utterance of these words from the governor's office."

"Instead, they have said....nothing." ...

"What a difference being a Democrat makes when it comes to treatment by the Ohio media on a gun issue." ...
 

OH: Appeals Court reverses: Clyde City Parks 'no-guns' signs illegal (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an important victory to gun owners, the Court of Appeals of Ohio’s Sixth district, on Friday April 13, 2007 reversed its earlier ruling on the City of Clyde’s ordinances intended to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens who possess a concealed handgun license from exercising their constitutional rights in city parks."

"In their ruling, reversing an earlier decision, the court noted:"

"On December 12, 2006, while this appeal was pending, the Ohio Legislature passed H.B. 347 over Governor Taft's veto. The bill affects 31 different statutes, most of which comprise the concealed carry laws." ...
 

OH: Education Guide Lesson #15: Ohio CHL-holders acting in self-defense (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "There was a good deal of acrimony over the need for Ohio's Concealed Handgun Licensure law, and the General Assembly was accused of knuckling under to a vocal micro-minority. As the establishment media and the gun ban crowd told it, no one needed/wanted this law. However, since passage of the law in 2004, almost 87,000 law-abiding citizens have chosen to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense." ...

"Buckeye Firearms Association has compiled a list of the known incidences of Ohio CHL-holders defending their own lives or the lives of others. It is not our intent to re-open old wounds or to gain from these tragedies. However, it is critical that the public understand how well this law is working."
 

OH: A month of concealed carry (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It has been one month since HB347 went into effect, eliminating the need to carry your holstered firearm in 'plain sight' in a motor vehicle. That simple change still brings a smile to my face every time I get in a car."

"... I had concerns that we would be enjoying warm weather and would not truly appreciate the benefits of concealed carry for many more months. Given Ohio's cold temperatures the past few weeks, I am still wearing a jacket and enjoying our new law."

"How nice it is to be able keep my jacket zipped up, fasten my seatbelt and not have to wonder if I was in compliance with the law. How nice that I don't have to re-cover my gun as I exit my vehicle and remember to uncover it every time I get back in." ...
 

KS: Who defends the Guard?
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"AS IMPLIED by its seal, the National Guard is the descendant of the Minutemen who fought at Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the American Revolution. The Guard is the 'well regulated militia' envisioned in the Second Amendment of the Constitution."

"In its modern form, the Guard has two jobs: to provide trained troops so the federal government can back up the regular military in times of war or national emergency and to provide an organized, disciplined group of people ready to help in states in times of disaster or emergency."

"According to Guard officials and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the demands of the first mission ... are making it increasingly difficult for the Guard to reliably carry out its second mission." ...
 

U.S. Gun Laws Draw Heat After Massacre
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"The Virginia Tech shootings sparked criticism of U.S. gun control laws around the world Tuesday. Editorials lashed out at the availability of weapons, and the leader of Australia ... declared that America's gun culture was costing lives."

"South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the government hoped Monday's shootings, allegedly carried out by a 23-year-old South Korean native, would not 'stir up racial prejudice or confrontation.'"

"While some focused blame only on the gunman, world opinion over U.S. gun laws was almost unanimous: Access to weapons increases the probability of shootings. There was no sympathy for the view that more guns would have saved lives by enabling students to shoot the assailant." ...
 

UK: Massacre - The Dealer's Defence: 'I just sold him the gun'
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"If Cho Seung-Hui wanted to start a war, he could not have gone to a better place than Roanoke Firearms."

"Five weeks ago, the 23-year-old foreign student entered the shop and paid $570 (£284) with a credit card for a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a box of 50 cartridges. He provided three different forms of identification and passed an additional security check carried out by the state police. The checks threw up no red flags. The entire transaction took no more than 20 minutes."

"'I don't know anything about him. I just sold him the gun,' the store's owner, John Markell, told The Independent ... 'He had a Virginia driving licence, a cheque book and a green card. Everything was legit - he checked out completely.'" ...
 

BBC Links Violence to American Culture
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"It didn't take the BBC World, airing on PBS, long to find a way to criticize America and our constitution it the midst of our national tragedy. After an initial segment on the events at Virginia Tech, the BBC felt another story on Second Amendment rights were appropriate for a broadcast. The story by Gavin Hewitt led with the following, 'Today's images from Blacksburg are at once horrific but shockingly familiar. Shootings on campuses, in high schools, in shopping malls, have become part of the American landscape.'" ...

"The followup ... was 'The question all around the world, when an incident, a terrible incident like this happens is how many shootings does it take before America has a serious discussion about gun control?'"
 

UK: A lethal love of guns
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"The first response to one of the deadliest days in recent US history must be mind-numbing horror and heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their families. But what then? Will the slaughter of 32 people at the Virginia Tech University be dismissed as the actions of a crazed loner with guns and a grudge? Regrettable but basically unavoidable? Or will it finally trigger political action to limit the ridiculous ease with which it is possible to buy guns in the United States? The same question has been asked in the wake of every bloodbath since Charles Whitman opened fire at the University of Texas in Austin in 1966, killing 16 - America's worst university mass shooting, until Monday. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So did Thomas Hamilton buy his guns with 'ridiculous ease'?
 

UK: Banning guns is a salve, not a solution
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"Would gun control in America have prevented the carnage at Virginia Tech university? Probably, yes. Does that mean that tighter controls will reduce gun crime? Almost certainly, not. That, simply put, is the dilemma that confronts us each time we listen to the grim, but all too familiar, details of a school or college massacre, the planned, methodical preparations for an apparently deranged act of revenge, the shock experienced by a small and peaceful community and the soul-searching that comes in its aftermath."

"An abiding memory of Dunblane in 1996 was the experience of standing among the mothers outside the school gates as they tried to find out what was happening to their children ..." ...
 

UK: Virginia gun giveaway to go ahead despite massacre
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"They are calling it the "Bloomberg Gun GiveAway". On Thursday two gun shops in the state of Virginia will stage a prize draw. Anyone spending more than $100 ... will be entered, and the first prize a free handgun or rifle worth $900."

"The draw has been devised as an act of defiance against the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, who is suing two Virginia gun shops, including Bob Moates, as well as 25 stores in other states, for allegedly selling guns too freely and thus fuelling violent crime. In a sting operation last year, Mr Bloomberg sent a team of undercover investigators into Bob Moates and other stores to expose how regulations on sales were being openly flouted." ...
 

UK: What is it about this fetish with firearms?
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"You will be hearing a lot over the next few days about the second amendment to the constitution of the United States. ..."

"The amendment, one of 12 forming the bill of rights, was added to the constitution of a frontier society in 1791, some few years before the advent of 9mm automatics, when the word 'spree' was still innocent. Equally, the framers and their 'well-regulated militia' probably did not envisage a day when 300 million souls would share 300 million personal weapons among them. Meanwhile, though the amendment may represent a sacred freedom for many Americans, it has not necessarily inhibited legislators." ...
 

UK: Tragedy will not decide gun control debate
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"Not everyone concludes that tighter gun controls might prevent more gun deaths, although this has been the common conclusion on this side of the Atlantic. As the fatal shooting of 32 people at Virginia Tech sent the US into new analysis of one of its most controversial personal freedoms, some American commentators argued that if only students had been allowed to take their own arms into classrooms, they could have fought back."

"Michelle Malkin, a well-known conservative blogger, attacking The New York Times's call for tighter gun laws, declaimed that 'apparently it's creepy to call attention to legislative efforts that prevent students from arming themselves in self-defence on campus, but there’s nothing creepy about the Times jumping the gun on gun control'." ...
 

Canada: Sun readers react to rampage
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"It's sad - the most desired nation in the world to live in still has the most domestic gun violence in the world due to the fact that getting a gun is like buying soda pop at the mom and pop store. When will they learn that if guns couldn't be obtained so easily most of this violence would not be happening? How many more will die before America wakes up and deals with it?" ...

"I am sickened by the individuals who callously and indiscriminately injure and kill innocents. I am sure organizations will call for more limitations on guns in general or a greater ability for self defence. The problem is neither of those methods will prevent events like this from occurring as it is society and its underlying values and influences that are creating the situations. ..." ...
 

New Zealand: Fear behind America's love of guns
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"The left-wing American movie-maker Michael Moore may not be to every taste, but his study of the Colorado school massacre eight years ago was a powerful indictment of the forces that have infested so many American households with firearms. The movie is resonating now in the coverage of yet another student massacre ..."

"... Nothing has been done since the Columbine massacre to make it harder for disturbed young people to find a gun and write a chapter for themselves in America's inglorious record of campus slaughter." ...

"... The guns that feature in campus shootings ... are handguns and even semi-automatic assault rifles. They are for killing people, nothing else, or as their owners would say, for self-defence." ...
 

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