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NBC Nightly News Report with KeepAndBearArms.com Director Angel Shamaya
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Click the above to view this video online. Apparently, you have to have cookies turned on and your firewall turned off to view it.

There is no need to keep writing us asking why we are issuing public opposition to president Bush's reelection. You can go read the following and figure it out for yourself: A Gun Rights Reply to the Bush Campaign Fundraising Letter.
 

NRA leaning toward supporting Bush
Submitted by: P. Jones

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President Bush may have rankled some members of the National Rifle Association with his push for enactment of the USA Patriot Act in the months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but that shouldn't hurt his support from the organization, according to NRA President Kayne Robinson." ...

"The NRA, which is conducting its convention this weekend in Pittsburgh, has not formally endorsed Bush; however, he is more likely to get the nod -- and the financial support -- of the gun-rights lobbying group than his likely Democratic opponent, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry."

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It is curious that an organization that represents the largest group of gun owners in America has consistently failed to endorse any Libertarian presidential candidates, even though they are consistently the truest friends of freedom and the Second Amendment in every race.
 

Cheney Says Kerry a Threat to Gun Owners
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"Vice President Dick Cheney portrayed President Bush and himself as champions of the Second Amendment - and Democratic candidate John Kerry as a potential threat to gun owners - in a speech at the National Rifle Association's 133rd annual convention Saturday."

" 'John Kerry's approach to the Second Amendment has been to regulate, regulate and then regulate some more,' Cheney said, citing votes against legislation that would protect gun makers from lawsuits and in favor of allowing federal authorities to randomly inspect gun dealers without notice."

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Meanwhile, the Bush team's approach to the Second Amendment has been to keep silent on potentially decisive 2A cases, promise to sign the AW ban and endorse enforcing current gun laws, some of which are patently unjust and unconstitutional.
 

Cheney takes aim at Kerry (another report)
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"With a crowd of 4,000 people chanting 'four more years,' Vice President Dick Cheney told attendees Saturday of the National Rifle Association's annual convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center that he is one of them." ...

"In a 27-minute speech touching on the war on terrorism, the economy and the rights of hunters and fishermen, Cheney repeatedly tore into the record of presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry, who is expected to face President Bush in the Nov. 2 election."
 

Bush and Kerry speak out on gun control -- see if you can tell the difference.
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This is an instructive link showing what our current president believes vis-a-vis gun control. Compare his views to John Kerry's.

"...I’m for instant background checks at gun shows. I’m for trigger locks. I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun. I also believe that the best way to make sure that we keep our society safe is to hold people accountable for breaking the law. If we catch somebody illegally selling a gun, there needs to be a consequence. The federal government can help."

Bush also wants to impose trigger locks on you, and have the government pick up the tab. Translated, this means he would like the taxpayers to pay for a product you may or may not use and that could prevent you from using your tool of self defense in an emergency.

"Bush has said he would sign a law requiring trigger locks with handgun sales but wouldn’t push such legislation. Bush has endorsed outlawing the import of certain high-capacity ammunition clips. Bush also would raise the legal age for handgun purchases from 18 to 21."

Now, click to see what John Kerry thinks of gun control.

"...like all of our rights, gun rights come with responsibilities, and those rights allow for reasonable restrictions to keep guns out of the wrong hands. John Kerry strongly supports all of the federal gun laws on the books, and he would take steps to ensure that they are vigorously enforced, cracking down hard on the gun runners, corrupt dealers, straw buyers, and thieves that are putting guns into the hands of criminals in the first place. He will also close the gun show loophole, which is allowing criminals to get access to guns at gun shows without background checks, fix the background check system, which is in a serious state of disrepair, and require that all handguns be sold with a child safety lock."
 

Gun foes picket NRA convention
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"Tom Mauser, whose son was killed in the Columbine High School massacre, donned the tennis shoes that Daniel wore as he was shot and marched them yesterday into the heart of the nation's gun lobby."

It's sick that this man is still using his son's tragic death to promote a political agenda.

"Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. William Valenta said one in five law enforcement officers killed between 1998 and 2001 was felled by an assault weapon. ..."

Actually, according to government statistics, that many were killed by rifles. The report does not differentiate between the type of rifle that was used in downing the officer.
 

Debating guns
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Nathaniel Glosser of Highland Park is a brave liberal. He's not a professional advocate or a think tank public policy guru. But the anti-gun advocate has agreed to take on John Lott, one of the country's premier gun experts, in a Duquesne University debate next week on the costs and benefits of firearms."

"Glosser is president of the Rosenberg Institute for Peace and Justice and volunteer executive director of Pennsylvanians Against Handgun Violence. Lott, whose op-ed articles often appear in the Trib, is a University of Chicago professor, American Enterprise Institute fellow and author of 'More Guns Less Crime.' "
 

A Local View: Honor Columbine by keeping gun law
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Honor a massacre by ensuring victims are disarmed against violent thugs? You've GOT to be kidding!

"Criminals love assault weapons, a deadly combination of power and size. That's why law enforcement led the fight for the original assault weapons ban and that's why major law enforcement organizations across the country support renewing the ban."

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Criminals do not love "assault" weapons. These weapons are used in less than 2 percent of crimes.
 

Bush Pushes for Renewal of Antiterrorism Legislation
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"President Bush on Saturday kicked off a concerted effort to pressure Congress to extend expiring provisions of the antiterrorism law passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, saying that failing to keep them in force would leave the nation vulnerable."

"Mr. Bush used his weekly radio address to renew and amplify a demand he first made in his State of the Union address in January, calling on the House and Senate to act to extend provisions of the USA Patriot Act that will otherwise expire at the end of next year. The provisions include making it easier for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to share information about suspected terrorists, expanding the use of wiretaps and search warrants and allowing the government to track who is sending e-mail to or receiving it from suspected terrorists."
 

The Criminalization of Dissent Still a Problem Nationwide
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"If you want to wear your 'Dump Dubya' button in Crawford, Tex., a few miles from the president’s ranch, make sure you get approval from the police chief. Wearing a political button could violate Crawford’s protest ordinance that requires a $25 permit and prior approval by police." ...

"But increasing limits on protest aren’t limited to one-horse Texas towns with Bush memorabilia shops. Government surveillance and the 'criminalization of dissent' are growing and Americans need to be worried, say activists and civil liberties advocates. Two significant and recent episodes:" ...
 

AZ: Why wouldn't you carry a gun? (Letter)
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" 'I see no rational reason for a person to bring a firearm into a drinking establishment,' says state Sen. Ken Cheuvront, D-Phoenix."

"Good thing he doesn't 'see' for the majority of law-abiding gun owners."

"How about protection, senator? Has there ever been a bar or restaurant that's been robbed? How about fights, including gunfights, outside of a restaurant or bar?"

"A third reason is simple. If my weapon is not on me, someone else can take it and hurt someone with it, maybe even hurt one of Cheuvront's family members. Not a pleasing idea, is it?"

"These are just a couple reasons why, more often than not, I do carry my firearm into restaurants."
 

CA: Family of Murdered Teens Calls for Security at Private Parties
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"The friends and family of Scharrod Fleming, a teen-ager shot to death outside a YMCA dance in February, gathered at a Western Addition playground to promote a bill to protect kids at organized dances."

"The so-called 'Scharrod's Law' sponsored by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell would require party promoters to have police on hand or pay for private security."

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Why is it that after any tragedy the first thing that happens is that more laws are proposed that have no hope of preventing said tragedy?
 

CO: Having A Blast
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This is an article about guns. And let me just say this up front: I'm not a gun guy. I hate the things. I find the belief systems that steer most gun owners through modern life to be completely at odds with my own beliefs; I care nothing for the Second Amendment (I think it should be changed to something like 'All Americans have the right to live comfortably in the knowledge that their neighbors aren't armed to the teeth and might pose some kind of nutball threat to them if they become chemically imbalanced'); I don't appreciate the political tendencies of most gun owners; and I can't stand their gun-ownership arguments. ..."

"Twice a year the tiny Colorado hamlet of Gateway holds an event called the Gateway Dynamite Shoot, which may be the state's most interesting shooting event. Each year roughly 250 'shooters' from across the nation head to Gateway to fire at soda-pop cans filled with a dynamite-like compound that, when hit, produce a wonderfully satisfying minor explosion. ..."

Then, buried in the text, he admits:

"Many people come away with the impression that this crowd is more polite than most church picnic groups... If anyone is doing anything that looks even slightly dangerous, they'll be told to leave."

Apparently this paranoid hoplophobe just can't reconcile the polite, sane crowd he encountered with his delusional and irrational fear of an armed citizenry.
Drop him a line at cameron@rmi.org
 

MI: Realistic toy guns fool police
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"Local police agencies are struggling to deal with a new gun that is getting into the hands of children and becoming a nuisance on city streets."

"The problem is that it’s a toy."

"The 'airsoft guns,' which use air pressure to propel plastic BBs instead of bullets, look so much like actual handguns and assault rifles that even police can’t distinguish them from the real thing. The guns are replicas of real firearms but have orange barrel tips to show that they are fake. But police said the colored tips are often removed or painted black so the guns will look real."
 

NV: Woman sues Coors over son's death in accident
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"A Reno woman has sued Coors Brewing Co. over her son's death in a traffic accident, claiming it promotes underage drinking."

"In her lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washoe County District Court, Jodie Pisco contends Coors has failed in its duty to protect the country's youth from drinking. The suit seeks unspecified damages."

"Her 19-year-old son, Ryan, was killed in March 2002 after he drank Coors at a party in Reno and drove his girlfriend's car into a light pole at 90 mph."

" 'They should be well aware that people under 21 are drinking Coors,' said Ken McKenna, Jodie Pisco's lawyer. 'They should be liable for the damage caused by underage drinking.' "

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In an age where people are suing gun manufacturers for criminal and negligent use of their product, it is unsurprising that some mommies do not want to accept their precious children being responsible for their own drunken negligence. This case could set a dangerous precedent.
 

NY: Law firm withdraws from city's gun industry lawsuit
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"A top law firm that had offered to represent New York City in a lawsuit against the gun industry reportedly withdrew from the case, citing potential conflicts of interest."

"The firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, had agreed to work with the city pro bono on the case, which alleges that the gun industry's sales and distribution practices create a black market for firearms that has become a public nuisance."

"Weil, Gotshal said in a statement that it was withdrawing because of 'certain potential 'positional conflicts' involving the position of long-term existing clients and those being advanced in the gun case,' The New York Times reported Saturday."
 

OH: No local rush in gun bill's first week
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"In the first week since the concealed carry weapons law took effect, the number of people -- or lack thereof -- applying for permits is surprising local officials."

"The biggest rush for the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office was April 8, the first day people could apply, said Muskingum County Sheriff Bob Stephenson. Fifty applicants lined up outside the office that day. Since then, the stream of applicants has been steady but not overwhelming."

" 'This is nothing like what we had anticipated, and we don't know the reason for that,' Stephenson said. 'We're hearing there are people in the classes now and people that have completed the course, but they have not been in to apply yet.' "
 

OH: Concealed guns: Ohio, Kentucky deciding rules
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"Ohioans with a valid concealed-carry permit will be able to bring their weapons into Kentucky, but Kentuckians should wait a while before taking their guns north of the Ohio River."

"In 1998, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a law that automatically accepted 'valid carry concealed weapons licenses issued by other states.' "

"But Ohio -- whose concealed-carry law went into effect this week -- is still working out agreements with other states."

" 'We will, but we haven't entered into any agreements yet,' said Bob Beasley, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro."
 

OH: Guns allowed in city parks
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"Patrons of Fremont public parks will be able to carry concealed weapons after all."

"Instead of hearing the first reading of an ordinance to prohibit concealed weapons in public parks, Fremont City officials decided Thursday to see what larger cities will do."

"City Law Director Bob Hart told council that after much research on the new concealed-carry law in Ohio, he has found that the city cannot enact any ordinance to prohibit weapons in parks, only city buildings."
 

PA: Suit seeks damages from gun shop that sold gun that killed 7-year-old
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"In April 1999, 7-year-old Nafis Jefferson was fatally shot by another 7-year-old with a revolver they had found under an abandoned car in South Philadelphia."

"Police never determined who put the gun under the car, but they learned it came from a gun shop in South Williamsport that sold it for $200 to a straw buyer who illegally resold it on the black market."

"That sale and Jefferson's death has spawned a lawsuit, scheduled for trial in July in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, that could break new ground in Pennsylvania in holding gun shop owners responsible for allegedly negligent and irresponsible sales practices, even when they have complied with state and federal laws."
 

TX: Zero tolerance policies at schools cause concerns
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"Since school districts across the nation have been enforcing state and local 'zero tolerance' policies, stories of students being suspended for bringing nail files or butter knives to school have become common."

"Jewel Caillet, a 16-year-old in the Katy Independent School District... was accused of drinking at a high school football game ..."

"Caillet said she was not drinking and was refused a breathalyzer test. A municipal court judge threw out her case, but the district still sent Caillet to discipline school." ...

"In Katy schools, throwing food, carrying a pager and having a skateboard are listed in the student code of conduct as offenses that can warrant calling in the police."
 

TX: Texas Concealed Handgun FAQ
Submitted by: Safetynet Associates
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A comprehensive and up-to-date Frequently Asked Questions listing for the Texas Concealed Handgun law. 130+ articles on all aspects of legal carry in Texas.
 

CA: Riverside County, California - As Corrupt As It Gets
Submitted by: US Oregon Observer
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"Janet Lundberg of Murrieta, California and a mother of five children claimed she had been raped repeatedly by two male teenagers. Her daughter claimed that one of the males had attempted to rape her as well. Detective Glen Schnoor of the Murrieta Police Department conducted an inadequate investigation and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office falsely charged Lundberg."

"After three separate defense attorney's failed to investigate the case on Janet's behalf and after each of them attempted to browbeat Lundberg into accepting a plea bargain the Observer was hired to investigate and expose the severe corruption going on in Janet's case. We found that the eldest of the two males John Mathis, who Janet claimed had sexually assaulted her had indeed placed Janet in great fear in his alleged rape of Ms. Lundberg. We have also found that John Mathis has been the recipient of severe sexual allegations with people other than Ms. Lundberg."
 

FL: More disabling devices for your safety tools being distributed
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"Hoping to prevent fatal shootings like the one that killed a 14-year-old Riviera Beach boy, Bishop Thomas Masters launched a campaign Saturday to distribute gun locks to Palm Beach County's inner-city neighborhoods."

"Masters, pastor of New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Riviera Beach, received 600 gun locks during a news conference held at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The gun locks are being given away across the country as part of Project ChildSafe, a national campaign sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation."
 

UK: Gun scare plays on safety fears
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"Police sealed a London building to search for a man thought to be carrying a weapon."

"...However, an investigation revealed the man had only a cellphone in his possession. No charges will be laid, police said."

"But area residents said yesterday afternoon's incident still drove home concerns about neighbourhood safety."

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Perhaps, if they had a means to defend themselves against armed criminals, they would feel a little more safe than they do now, when they have to depend on police for their very lives.
 

Philippines: United Nations' Chosen One, drunk, shoots 10-year-old boy
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The UN says they want the police and the military to have guns -- and they work to strip everyone else of them. Here's the UN's Chosen One in action:

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"A ranking police officer was locked up at the Baguio City Jail Saturday night after he indiscriminately fired his gun twice and wounded a 10-year-old boy on the right knee."

"Insp. Randolph Beniat, 31, who is assigned at the Police Regional Office (PRO) I based in San Fernando City, La Union, is facing criminal charges aside from violating the gun ban presently implemented by the Commission on Elections..."

"A report from the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) said Beniat was allegedly drunk when he brought out his 9mm Beretta caliber and fired it twice." ...
 

NE: Program advocates disabling your tool of self defense
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"Hall County Chief Deputy Sheriff Chris Rea can't think of anything more tragic than a child injuring or killing themselves with a gun." -- How about a mother using a bathtub to drown her children? Would that be considered more tragic?

"To help prevent such an accident, the Sheriff's Department and other area law enforcement agencies are participating in Project ChildSafe, a national program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage by distributing free gun-locking devices along with educational messages."
 

NY: Gun show crowded, but buyers scarce
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The aisles of the Syracuse Gun Show were thick with people Saturday."

"But most of them didn't come to open their wallets." ...

"Many gun retailers experienced a spike in business after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but since then, sales have dropped off."
 

Canada: Three charged in armed bank heist
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"Three men were charged yesterday with Friday's bank robbery in Kerwood and police are probing connections between two other recent bank heists. Two masked men walked into the TD Canada Trust on Kerwood Road armed with a sawed-off shotgun just before 3 p.m. Friday and demanded cash, Middlesex OPP said." ...

"Three bank employees and two customers were in the bank at the time, but no one was injured."

"Police were searching the area and later pulled over a suspicious vehicle."

"Three men in the car were arrested and police said they recovered a shotgun and cash." ...

"Middlesex OPP are investigating links to other heists, including a robbery at a Bank of Montreal in Thorndale last month." ...
 

Jamaica: Licensed firearm owner kills bad guys
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In Jamaica -- where firearms possession is strictly regulated -- 8 people were killed in 36 hours, just in the nation's capital.

However...

"A licensed firearm holder, whose name police were not releasing, shared the spotlight when he went to the rescue of a man who was abducted outside an entertainment night spot by two men. In the ensuing confrontation, he shot both men dead." ...
 

TX: Police called to schools over "throwing food, carrying a pager and having a skateboard" (Another report)
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"Schools nationwide have begun to increase the number of offenses that constitute suspension, expulsion, citations and even arrests in a move to crackdown on school violence."

"The result has been more police calls at schools for what may seem like minor infractions."

"In Katy schools, for example, throwing food, carrying a pager and having a skateboard are listed in the student code of conduct as offenses that can warrant calling in the police."

"Katy school police this year have ticketed or arrested students in more than 4,000 cases for things such as disorderly conduct, disruption or assault, which can range from a shove to physically harming someone." ...
 

UK: Prince William in gun row over cat
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"A devastated cat owner is threatening to take Britain’s Prince William to court after he allegedly scared off her cat while on a night-time rabbit shoot, a British newspaper said." ...

"The incident was alleged to have taken place while William was out with the royal gamekeeper near the Scottish royal residences of Birkhall and Balmoral. 'My lawyers said there is enough here for breach of the peace and reckless discharge of a firearm,' Art said, according to the newspaper. 'I will do this even if it is a private prosecution,' she added. Buckingham Palace has reportedly admitted William had been on a pest-control trip but said no cat had been killed."
 

CO: Suspended cop can't carry gun
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"Denver police officer James Turney can keep his gun during his 10-month, unpaid suspension, but his badge and identification card have been taken away already."

"Police spokeswoman Virginia Lopez said Friday that each officer's concealed-weapon permit is on the back of his or her badge. When an officer is suspended, the badge becomes the property of the internal affairs bureau." ...

"Turney shot and killed mentally disabled teenager Paul Childs on July 5 after Childs refused to drop a knife."

"Childs' family sought to have Turney fired, while Police Chief Gerry Whitman recommended a 20-day suspension. The Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance primarily wanted Turney off the streets."
 

UK: Man dies after gun club shooting
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"A man has died after being shot in the head at a gun club in Sunderland."

"The 52-year-old was found with a single gun shot wound to the head in a cubicle at the Mayfair Buildings gun club, on Durham Road, at 1430 BST on Friday."

"The man, a member of the gun club, was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he died later from his injuries."

"A post-mortem examination was carried out by a Home Office pathologist on Friday night but police say the death is not being treated as suspicious."

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What's next, UK? Gonna outlaw suicides? Gun clubs?
 

Canada: Why mandatory reporting of gunshot wounds is a bad idea
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... "The goals behind the [Ontario Medical Association's Section on Emergency Medicine] position statement are laudable: 'to assess and reduce immediate public risk and to collect data to inform future prevention strategies.' However ...it will produce little benefit and cause significant harm." ...

"Education and safety training would be a better strategy for preventing accidental firearm injuries and deaths than would police notification."

"Furthermore, patients who attempt suicide with a firearm require psychiatric care, not a police investigation. Victims of accidental and self-inflicted gunshot wounds (the majority of cases) pose little risk to the public at large." ...
 

ID: Student, parents won't be charged in gun incident
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"A 5-year old who brought a gun to school and his parents will not be formally charged for the incident..."

"School officials found the gun in the boy's backpack April 2 at Moreland Elementary after his father discovered it was missing." ...

"Snake River School District officials immediately suspended the boy, and at a recent school board hearing, he was suspended for seven days. His backpack will be inspected daily, and he will receive one-on-one supervision for the rest of the school year."

"...the boy's family has agreed to complete a state-sponsored diversion program in exchange for not filing charges. ...the firearm will be removed from the home, and no other firearms or toy guns will be allowed in the home." ...
 

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