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Book Review: 'Guns Save Lives'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In June, a new book will be published that I urge every American to read. It's called 'Guns Save Lives: True Stories of Americans Defending Their Lives With Firearms'. The author is Robert Waters. The publisher is Loompanics Unlimited."

"If your politically correct bookstore doesn't have it by June, tell it to order the book for you."
 

FL: Group aims to give away gunlocks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"After a false start in 2000 when a gun 'safety' program gave away defective gunlocks, the same group is giving away new, sturdier gunlocks."

"Project Homesafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will distribute the gunlocks at Wal-Mart in Hillsborough from 10a.m. to 4p.m. today. They will be working in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office."
 

An Antigun Firefight
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Rep. John Conyers (D,MI) brims with confidence when he talks about the gun-control proposal he introduced in the House on March 20. At a press conference to unveil the measure, he predicted that the 'Gun Show Background Check Act of 2002' (H.R.4034) will not be an issue in the November elections because it already will have passed."
 

Security line 'grope-fest' getting Feds' attention
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Many female travelers, including flight attendants, have been furious about the idea that being taken aside and groped by some officious bozo pretending to be looking for bombs..."
 

What We Do About Terrorism
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"How can Bush, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft delude themselves into believing they can protect 270 million Americans from the terrorists of the world? Bush and Congress should be looking at ways to get more guns into the hands of more civilians, instead of enacting unconstitutional legislation and encouraging sovereign individuals to sacrifice those sacred American siblings, Liberty and Freedom, upon the altar of Promised Security."
 

France: Jews fear (another) 'Kristallnacht'
Submitted by: John Fansler

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STRASBOURG: "The Jewish community's official representation in France has warned of a "new Kristallnacht" after a series of attacks on Jewish targets over the weekend."

-- Is it not grand to live in the People’s Republic of EURO? One large victim disarmament zone.
 

Another Unconstitutional Law (Campaign Finance Reform)
Submitted by: T.E.Slusser

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"Throughout American history, political speech was usually the most protected of speech. This began with English law and was included in the constitutions of most of the original Thirteen Colonies. Representative James Madison presented the protection of speech in the first Congress as part of the Bill of Rights."

"No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. 300 lawmakers violated that law."
 

AU: CHOGM police had guns without bullets
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"THE Queensland Government has been accused of playing "russian roulette" with the lives of Commonwealth leaders after it was claimed some armed police protecting CHOGM had no ammunition."
 

MO: Legislative Update (NRAILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Next week is an important one for Missouri gun owners. Senator Cauthorn's (R-18) Right to Carry bill—SB 938,and SB 689—Senator Gibbons (R-15) bill, which establishes Project Exile, will be debated in the Senate on Tuesday, April 2nd. Call your Senator at (573) 751-3824 and tell him to support these bills on the floor."

KABA NOTE: Before you go supporting Project Exile, be sure to read http://www.keepandbeararms.com/Exile
 

KS: Legislative Update (NRAILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"SB 116, the NRA-supported Reckless Lawsuit Preemption bill will be voted on next week on the House floor. Please call your Representative at (800) 432-3924 and urge him to support SB 116. You also can find your legislators' contact information by using the "Write Your Reps" tool."
 

CO: Urgent Alert to All Gun Owners And Sportsmen (NRAILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"RIGHT TO CARRY IS MOVING IN COLORADO AND YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW!"

"Our best opportunity to pass a uniform Right to Carry bill is now at hand. House Bill 1410 (sponsored by Representative Lois Tochtrop, D-34, and Senator Ken Chlouber, R-4) was introduced in the State House on March 26, 2002."
 

Liquor Ban Struck Down as Unconstitutional (Can this be applied to firearms?)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A state law banning the shipment of wine and beer from out-of-state vineyards and breweries to Virginia residents ... the law limits the importing of beer to those licensed to sell it. Wine can be shipped from another state only to someone with a wholesale wine license..."
is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled
 

Just 1 hour of TV linked to violence
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"One of the most definitive studies yet to link watching television with violent behavior finds both men and women are affected by violent programs on television — but teen-aged boys are especially at risk."

“We saw the jump was between less than one hour and more than one hour a day. There was a four-fold increase,” said Jeffrey Johnson of Columbia University in New York, who led the study."
 

Department of Peace?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Besides a secretary of peace, the principal officers of the department will include the under secretary of peace; the assistant secretary for peace education and training; the assistant secretary for domestic peace activities; the assistant secretary for international peace activities; the assistant secretary for technology for peace; the assistant secretary for arms control and disarmament; the assistant secretary for peaceful coexistence and nonviolent conflict resolution."
 

NJ: Deer Hunters Win Legal Victory
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A New Jersey town that hired a Connecticut company to shoot deer will benefit from an appeals court ruling to be published Monday."

"The court ruled that a New Jersey law allowing municipalities to hire professional hunters to thin deer herds is constitutional."
 

MI: New technology helps police tie guns to crimes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On any day, John Jacob and Kent Gardner can be found spending hours bent over their microscopes, getting excited over grooves, scratches and dents they find at the other end of the lens."

"The pair aren't medical researchers, but may save lives in another way. They work in the Oakland County Sheriff's Department forensic science lab, examining bullets and cartridge casings from guns and rifles."
 

WA: 'Gunshots' were actually fireworks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A huge police response in the University District yesterday that closed the 45th and 50th street exits from I-5 for nearly two hours ended peacefully yesterday after it was determined a man had been shooting off fireworks, not a gun."

"More than 40 Seattle police officers, a SWAT team and hostage negotiators surrounded a house on Northeast Seventh Avenue after a neighbor reported hearing shots just after 5p.m."
 

FL: Had gun can't travel
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Florida man just wanted to get home, but now he's spending time in jail after he tried to sell a handgun to finance his trip, police said."

"According to police reports, Charles Dankworth, 50, of 11653 Ridge Road, Largo, Fla., entered a business in Washington Plaza Saturday at 4:08 p.m. to sell a handgun. He was later arrested by police and is being charged for carrying a pistol without a permit and keeping an unregistered weapon in a motor vehicle. He is being held on a $10,000 bond."
 

VA: Spring Gobbler Season Opens Soon
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Spring Gobbler Season opens April 13 and closes May 18 this year in Virginia. The Commonwealth is home to a strong population of wild turkeys and many enthusiastic turkey hunters. The sharp eyesight and acute hearing of the wild turkey make him challenging game for hunters to pursue."
 

VA: Study questions Exile's effects; officials insist it made city safer (update)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The highly touted Project Exile had little to do with a decline in Richmond's firearm homicide rate, according to a study to be published in the fall by The Brookings Institution."

"The researchers found that the drop in gun homicide rates after the implementation of Project Exile in 1997 was not unusual. They say it would have been likely to occur without it - a conclusion disputed by the acting chief of police, the U.S. attorney and others."
 

FL: Gun club under fire for 'lead use'
Submitted by: John Fansler

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ENGLEWOOD -- "For more than three decades, Englewood Pistoleers Gun Club members have pumped bullets containing lead into an earthen mound behind their shooting range, located on one of the local water district's well fields."

"But the club's lease expired March 12, and the Englewood Water District's Board of Supervisors says the range may have violated a nearly 10-year-old Sarasota County law."
 

NV: Settlement 'urged' in Taser claim against Reno police
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"City lawyers are recommending a $45,000 payment to settle a claim by a disabled man who was shot with a stun gun as police mistakenly arrested him for driving under the influence."

"Timothy McClelland, 38, was arrested Nov. 4 after he crashed his car through a fence and officers suspected him of being under the influence of a controlled substance."
 

Million Gun March 'Threat' fractures Libertarians
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Libertarian Party of Colorado is fractured over U.S. Senate hopeful Rick Stanley's apparent threat to use armed force in Washington, D.C., if politicians fail to repeal laws surrounding gun control, asset forfeiture, income taxes and civil liberties."
 

The psychology of self defense and the force continuum
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"You have made the decision to legally carry a self defense firearm. You have selected a pistol, acquired a CCW license and hopefully learned the basics of using all of this exciting new firepower. You have spent a lot of energy learning about pistols, cartridges, holsters, and the laws and rules concerning the carry of deadly weapons. That is all good and necessary, but it is woefully incomplete..."
 

MD: Police Clash With Students
Submitted by: Jerry Rowe

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COLLEGE PARK - "Police in riot gear and riding horseback fired pellets into a crowd of hundreds of celebrating Maryland basketball fans early Sunday, hours after the Terrapins advanced to the national championship game."

"Officers used guns with red laser scopes to fire the rounds whenever someone from the crowd threw a bottle in their direction."
 

Canada: Starter pistol ruling upheld - Gun considered firearm
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Ontario's highest court has upheld a landmark ruling classifying a starter's pistol as a firearm and left a sports store clerk facing an automatic year in jail for selling one to an undercover police officer."

"He's a small fry, a small sales guy with a family and limited income who now has to step into custody for a year," lawyer Joseph Neuberger said yesterday after his client, Pradeep Goswami, surrendered to begin a mandatory jail sentence for gun trafficking."
 

Surgeon General nominee 'haunted' by fatal shooting
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Richard Carmona, President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, said he's haunted by his fatal shooting of a man who assaulted a motorist in 1999."

"Carmona, a trauma surgeon, SWAT team member and Vietnam-era Green Beret, fatally shot Jean Pierre Lafitte on Sept. 18, 1999. Investigators determined the shooting was justified. They said Lafitte had stabbed his father to death earlier that day and was planning to kill a former girlfriend."
 

CA: Gun sales fall despite Sept.11 (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Months after many members of a frightened nation rushed to gun shops seeking security in triggers and steel, mounting evidence suggests that the gun-buying spree is over."

"For decades, handgun sales in particular have been a barometer of public fear – rising and falling in lock step with crime rates and riots. So the drop is, on one hand, a sign of how America has acclimated to its new normal."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I have seen an American general and his officers, without pay, and almost without clothes, living on roots and drinking water; and all for LIBERTY! What chance have we against such men! -- young British officer to Colonel Watson describing the American militia rebels in Georgetown, SC [Source: 'Marion, The Life of Gen. Francis Marion' by M. L. Weems, Ch.18]

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