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APRIL FOOL: British Journalist Threatens Lawsuit Over Linking to His Crime Stories to Promote American Firearms Rights
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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This is a series of email exchanges that began with a British journalist threatening KeepAndBearArms.com with a lawsuit for our having linked to his stories and used them to expose Britain's gun control policies for their absurdity.
 

UK: 50-year-old man gunned down outside a popular Brixton nightclub
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Here's another story Greg Truscott probably wouldn't want us to run, because it exposes him as a savage who would rather hide the fact that his country's gun laws terrorize and victimize innocents and sic lawyers on those who would expose that fact.

The UK gun ban still doesn't seem to be working Mr. Truscott. Will you try to silence the messengers who would broadcast this truth?
 

Shamaya: Trance Channeling Gun Banning; Can you get a message through for me, too?
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"What do all of the spirits of the dead people who've been stabbed to death tell you to do? Specifically, what do the spirits of people stabbed to death who'd have been carrying a firearm to prevent their own death but were not legally allowed to do so tell you?"

"What do the women who've been gang-raped and murdered because they were unable to defend themselves legally tell you?"

"What does the Spirit of Josef Stalin tell you? ..."
 

Lawmakers want TSA to put armed pilots program in high gear
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"U.S. congressmen introduced legislation Thursday that would arm pilots faster to help protect the skies from the threat of another terrorist attack."

"Last month, the I-TEAM first reported problems in the armed pilots program. More than two and a half years after the Sept. 11 attacks, most people think commercial airline pilots are carrying guns, but only 1,500 pilots out of 115,000 nationwide are carrying weapons, according to the Airline Pilots Security Alliance." ...

"More than two and a half years after the Sept. 11 attacks, most people think commercial airline pilots are carrying guns, but only 1,500 pilots out of 115,000 nationwide are carrying weapons, according to the Airline Pilots Security Alliance."
 

Hollywood "Reach The Stars" Campaign: Jewish Civil Rights Group Asks Stars to Stop Supporting Genocidal Policies
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"JPFO has launched a campaign to persuade Hollywood personalities to stop supporting government policies that lead directly to police states and genocide. Through a photo gallery, links to celebrities' own statements, and contact information that enables anyone to Reach the Stars, the group hopes to change Hollywood's understanding of this vital human rights issue." ...

"Some of Hollywood's most gun-toting stars are vocal about wanting to take arms from other people. Sly 'Rambo' Stallone called for house-to-house confiscation of firearms in the U.S. Arnold 'Terminator' Schwarzenegger publicly advocates every measure promoted by 'gun control' groups while still saying that he believes in the Second Amendment."
 

New Book by Strident Anti-Gunner Says Science Provides Answers to Gun Violence
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"For instance, Hemenway pointed out, 'all evidence' shows that a gun in the home increases occupants' chances of dying as a victim of homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting. 'All the data' are consistent in finding that geographic areas and populations with greater gun inventories experience greater rates of gun death."

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Objectivity to Hemenway is what garlic is to a vampire or showers are to Michael Moore. You would think a Harvard researcher would better understand that he has repeatedly failed to establish a CAUSATIVE link. This is the same pseudo-intellectual who attempted to establish a link between suicide and gun ownership, but failed to explain why there are countries with low gun ownership rates but much higher suicide rates than the US -- and why there are countries with higher gun ownership rates than the US, but much lower suicide rates.
 

Was the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Conditioned on Service in an Organized Militia?
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"Those who deny that the original meaning of the Second Amendment protected an individual right to keep and bear arms on a par with the rights of freedom of speech, press and assembly no longer claim that the amendment refers only to a collective right of states to maintain their militias. Instead, they now claim that the right, although belonging to individuals, was conditioned on service in an organized militia. With the demise of organized militias, they contend, the right lost any relevance to constitutional adjudication. In this essay, I evaluate the case made for this historical claim by Richard Uviller and William Merkel in their book, The Militia and the Right to Arms, or, How the Second Amendment Fell Silent. I also evaluate their denial that the original meaning of Fourteenth Amendment protected an individual right to arms unconditioned on militia service. I find both claims inconsistent with the available evidence of original meaning and also, perhaps surprisingly, with existing federal law."
 

CCRKBA Blasts Anti-Gun TSA Bigotry and Supports Proposed Cockpit Security Act
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" 'Ever since the militant Islamist terrorist attacks of 9-11,' he continued, 'we have supported the arming of qualified commercial airline pilots for the protection of themselves, their crews, their passengers and their planes. We have endorsed specifically the armed pilots program since it first was proposed in Congress, through its passage, and signing into law by the President, only to see it thwarted by anti-gun bigotry on the part of the TSA.' "

"Snyder said that, 'the attitude on the part of TSA officials in this regard is incredible. What is the matter with these bureaucrats? Don't they realize that we are at war with people who will stop at nothing to murder as many Americans as they can and destroy as many planes as they can? ...' "
 

RI: Student Suspended For Carrying Gun-Shaped Lighter
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A 14-year-old student has been suspended from his school after police received reports that he was waving a handgun from his school bus.

The gun turned out to be a plastic lighter. No one was injured.

According to East Providence police, a teacher driving by the bus early Wednesday spotted the boy holding what appeared to be a gun.

Police were alerted and officers boarded the bus.

When they approached the student, the boy said all he had was a lighter.

Police and school officials said the teen could face charges. He was suspended because of the school's zero-tolerance policy on weapons.

The teen is not being named because of his age. He attends the Watters School in East Providence.
 

NJ: Benevolent tyrants reduce punishment for child who DARED to bring a knife to school to peel his fruit
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"After hearing his apology for making a mistake, the School Committee last night agreed to reduce a 13-year-old middle school student’s suspension for bringing a knife to school."

"The decision lowering the suspension from 10 to six days came after the committee reviewed the 13-year-old boy’s case in a rare public disciplinary hearing."

"The sixth-grader’s mother requested the public review and restated that position to School Committee Chairman John F. Ward as the session began in the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center media room."

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And the mother was PLEASED with the outcome? The kid wanted to cut some fruit and was treated like a criminal because of it, and she's happy he received six days instead of ten?!?
 

CO: Is that coed packin'?
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"Yesterday was apparently 'Second Amendment Day' at CU-Boulder. Who knows their Constitution?"

"The right to bear arms seems to rear its debatably ugly head every few years at CU. Though the Colorado Attorney General found last year that the CU Regents' ban on concealed weapons on campus was legal, CU's College Republicans are hardly surrendering their belief in their right to carry a gun on campus."

"For their 'Second Amendment Day' Wednesday, the Republicans held a presentation at the University Memorial Center's Dalton Trumbo Memorial Fountain featuring speakers and informational displays about guns. CU Republicans contend that the Regents' laws banning concealed-carry are unconstitutional and are asking they be repealed."

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It's instructive that this pseudo-journalist refers to the right to defend your life against armed assailants with the most effective tool on the market today as having a "debatably ugly head." It's ugly only to those who haven't faced an armed thug.
 

IL: Mell, Council ask state to impose tougher gun penalties
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" 'But it's coming into the city of Chicago,' Mell said. 'Stop the flow of guns and drugs into this city. We're not manufacturing it here.' "

"The resolution Mell spoke in favor of urged the Illinois General Assembly to pass a package of gun control bills that increase penalties for gun possession and restrict gun purchases."

"It passed unanimously."

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It would be a wonderful thing if the gun manufacturers all banded together and refused to sell ANY product to ANY law enforcement agency in Chicago. Let's see how quickly they change their tune.
 

IL: Governor threatens to veto 'DeMar' bills
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"Two bills that would shield gun owners from local ordinance charges in self-defense situations passed both houses by wide margins last week, but they face a veto from Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who shares concerns by opponents of the bills who say they would undermine local authority on gun control issues."

" 'The truth is that HB 4075 has little to do with the situation in Wilmette. Indeed, it is a strategy by the (NRA) to undermine the local control of communities to regulate the possession and use of handguns,' Hamos said last week. 'If this bill becomes law, there will be a new defense to local gun ordinances: Any weapon, anywhere, anytime, no matter who gets shot.' "

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Yeah, darn the NRA for holding an individual's life more sacred than the tyrannical screed of ignorant politicians!
 

MD: Assault weapons bill not approved in time
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"With less than two weeks remaining in the General Assembly's legislative session, the lead sponsor of an assault weapons ban conceded Tuesday that the bill is dead."

"The House and Senate failed to approve the assault weapons bill by Monday's crucial 'cross-over' date, prompting lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue to predict that the bill was headed for defeat. Bills approved after the 'cross-over' date are assigned to the opposite chamber's Rules Committee, known around Annapolis as the place where controversial bills are sent to die."

" 'Unfortunately, the bill is dead,' said Del. Neil F. Quinter (D-Dist. 13) of Columbia, lead sponsor of the ban in the House. 'It's very disappointing.' "
 

Revenge of the Killer Drones
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"They've served, mostly, as spies. Once in a great while, they've moonlighted as assassins. But now, unmanned aircraft are slowly starting to become full-fledged killing machines -- armed to the teeth, and designed for the deadliest parts of war."

"In just five years, the U.S. military wants a handful of battle-ready fighting drones. This week, in a hotel ballroom just a few miles from the Pentagon, a group of a hundred or so Defense Department officials and defense contractors laid out their road map for how they'll reach this goal."

"The next step will come in a few days, when a prototype unmanned combat aerial vehicle (or UCAV, for short) will soar over the Navy's China Lake testing range in California's Mojave Desert and drop its first smartbomb."

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Imagine one of these over your city. The unarmed versions of these drones are already flying missions over our cites.
 

OR: Gresham domestic dispute leads to defensive shooting, injury
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"A custody dispute involving a 6-month-old baby girl was the spark that ignited a fight that ended in gunfire..."

"Officer Grant McCormick said Tommy D. Massegee...fathered the girl with a woman who lives with her grandmother..."

"McCormick said the woman had recently obtained a restraining order against Massegee."

"...James A. Ooms, who lives in the apartment, came outside armed with a pistol and confronted Massegee, who police said had used a tire iron to damage Ooms' truck."

"Ooms told police that after the two men exchanged words, Massegee came at him with the tire iron, so Ooms shot him once in the lower left chest."

" 'He's claiming he shot Massegee in self-defense,' McCormick said."
 

VA: Law allows felons to ask for right to bear arms again
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"Walton B. Fanshaw, a nonviolent felon, walked out of Chesapeake Circuit Court on Wednesday with permission to carry a firearm."

"Ryan Allen Bechthold, another felon, is looking to get a firearm, too. So is Woody Eugene Wiggins, an ex-con who wants to hunt wild game with rifles and shotguns."

"Although Virginia law prohibits felons from possessing or carrying a firearm, stun gun or taser, it does allow them to petition the court for a permit once their civil rights have been restored."
 

IN: Color Pink Causes Gang Activity In Educators' Bizarre Fantasy World
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"About 100 middle school students wore pink to protest restrictions imposed by school officials concerned that the color was associated with gang activity."

"The protest Wednesday at Clifford Pierce Middle School resulted in mass wardrobe changes, said Principal James Joiner." ...

"No students were disciplined for wearing pink, he said."

"Joiner said he understood that students might feel the policy is unfair, but he said the protest -- which included roughly one-tenth of the student body -- distracted from education." ...

"Superintendent Tony Lux said the policy had been misinterpreted as a ban." ...

"However, the wearing of any color when worn by groups of students to set themselves apart as an exclusive group ... will be investigated as possibly violating the student handbook regarding the wearing of gang colors."

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Not only was the ban an asinine idea in the first place, but now the school administration is backtracking and claiming that there never was a ban, even as they continue enforcing it. Lessons from the Ministry of Truth:

1. Putting gang activity out of sight and out of mind is a viable solution.

2. When in a position of authority, you can defend a stupid idea by changing its name.
 

New Zealand: Policeman bit his girlfriend in self-defence, court told
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"A police officer accused of biting his girlfriend on the forehead was in fact trying to bite her hand to stop her attacking him, a jury at the Manukau District Court heard yesterday."

"The biting was one of several violent assaults alleged against 27-year-old Simon Nita Ruru, based at the Onehunga police station at the time of the incidents, in January last year."

"He faces two charges of male assaults female against 23-year-old Dana Cornes, one of threatening to kill her, one of injuring with intent to injure, three assaults with intent to injure, escaping police custody and assaulting a police officer."

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But according to the gun banners, violent partner abusers like this should have a monopoly on deadly force.
 

OH: Dayton Daily News prints reponses to 'Mad' Mary McCarty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"McCarty states her case by quoting a source about 'thousands' of Ohioans who are 'short-tempered' and 'ticking time bombs,' and she seems to think people are eagerly counting the days to get their conceal-carry permits, ready to lay aside their honest, law-abiding ways to embark on a life of crime."

"The truth of the matter is that criminals and criminally minded people will not be affected by conceal-carry laws. The I-270 shooter criminally misused a firearm and deserves the severest punishment. But, a conceal-carry permit would not have made the shooter's actions any less criminal."

"Conceal-carry laws give honest folks a viable defense against senseless and irrational criminals."

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And antis call us paranoid!
 

Schools need to get histories; No Child Left Behind provides for disclosure
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"Now comes the new federal No Child Left Behind law's little known regulations, one of which mandates that students who are suspended or expelled for fighting or carrying drugs, alcohol or weapons at school must carry the record of their wrongdoings with them when they move to a new school." ...

"No one should be unfairly flagged. But information about what one did in the past certainly gives those in charge of our school system a heads up about the possibilities that could occur in the future. ..."

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With children getting disciplinary records for carrying lighters and keychains in the form of a gun, getting suspended for threatening to shoot a rubberband at another student or bringing a small knife to school to cut their fruit, is it any wonder there is hesitation about their "records" following them for the rest of their school careers?

With kids being disciplined for lending a friend Advil or asthma medication or even sharing a lemon drop and being prosecuted for it, is hesitation so surprising?
 

MI: ERIC SHARP: Advice to Granholm: Don't veto dove bill
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"Here's my suggestion: Let the bill become law without Granholm's signature, then give us a dove season next fall to see how it works out. Tens of thousands of people would take part in the hunt. A lot of them would be the same deer, duck and grouse hunters who told pollsters they oppose dove hunting, but will try this new sport and find they like it." ...

"If Granholm vetoes the dove bill, she will give ammunition to Second Amendment zealots who have tried to label her as a gun-grabbing friend of the animal rights movement. ..."

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Funny how people who support the Second Amendment are labeled as "zealots," while people who use the First Amendment to vilify the Second apparently don't recognize their own hypocrisy.

 

NY: Ozone Park worker faces weapons charges in shooting
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"An Ozone Park bodega worker who police say turned the tables on a would-be robber by pulling out an illegal handgun and shooting him in the head only faces charges of possession of an illegal handgun, a spokesman for the Queens district attorney said last week."

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last Thursday ruled out more serious charges after finding that the March 24 shooting was in self-defense."

"Edwin Marte was working as a clerk at Ramon's Deli when a man wearing a blue jacket and a black face mask entered the bodega shortly before 8 p.m., brandished a gun and said it was a stick-up . . ."

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Unfortunately this is not and April Fools joke. You expect this kind of savagery to happen in the UK, but not in the good ole USA. Makes you believe that there is no more good ole USA.
 

Australia: An officer and a debt collector on the job
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"A RETIRED policeman yesterday admitted acting as a debt collector for a Sydney officer accused over a string of ATM thefts."

"The Police Integrity Commission has been told Senior Constable Daniel Ryan was in a gang with his brother Darren and a Chubb security worker who carried out the heists in 2001."

"Yesterday former Detective Senior Constable John Hancock, a friend of the Ryan family for 35 years, said he had twice been involved in the collection of money linked to Sen-Constable Ryan."

"Mr Hancock, who worked with the Ryans' father in the force and was a police surveillance expert, said he was contacted by Sen-Constable Ryan 15 months ago to help get $60,000 from a man identified as SV1."

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But only cops . . .
 

TX: Local sportsman club promotes proper use of firearms and gun safety
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"Not much attention is given in the local news media to the shooting sports, yet a large segment of the population admits to owning at least one firearm. As a result, education on the proper use of firearms and gun safety has become an important issue, and firing ranges are increasingly popular as a form of family recreation."

"In the Alpine area, the Big Bend Sportsman Club, a non-profit organization, operates one such range on property leased from an area rancher. According to their charter, the club has been in continuous operation since 1951."

"The range features three shooting galleries, one for small arms target shooting and plinking, one for higher caliber pistol and rifle and a trap and sheet shooting range."
 

FL: Teen faces charges after weapon found
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A school resource deputy at Godby High arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with the possession of a weapon on school ground Wednesday, said Lt. Linda Butler of the Leon County Sheriff's Office. The dean of students at Florida High told the deputy that one of his students was threatened by the boy with a firearm while attending a track meet at Florida State University on Tuesday. The boy was searched by school officials and later, a .38-caliber pistol was found in the center console of his vehicle parked on campus. The boy was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center, and further charges may be pending, Butler said.

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Boy those victim disarmament zone laws really work!
 

US chose to ignore Rwandan genocide
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"President Bill Clinton's administration knew Rwanda was being engulfed by genocide in April 1994 but buried the information to justify its inaction, according to classified documents made available for the first time."

"Senior officials privately used the word genocide within 16 days of the start of the killings, but chose not to do so publicly because the president had already decided not to intervene."
 

OH: Deadly in Dayton: Gun control laws' failure displayed
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"After reading these headlines from TWO DAYS in the Dayton Daily News, it appears the next Senate President, Jeff Jacobson, calls a very dangerous place home."

"We hope Sen. Jacobson is ready to lead the charge on making corrections to Ohio's concealed carry reform law, which was severely corrupted at the hand of Governor Taft, and a few term-limited Senators. He is expected to take the position when the Republican caucus votes in early 2005."

"As these headlines show, the Senate and Taft should have been focusing on what criminals are doing with guns, instead of on finding ways to discriminate against law-abiding, defenseless Ohioans..."
 

Feds Crank Up Heat on P2P
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Another "war on _____" is brewing, and one of the solutions will certainly be the removal of more of our privacy and rights.

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"The Justice Department said Wednesday it has formed an intellectual-property task force to analyze how the department addresses issues like piracy of software, music and movies."

"Led by David Israelite, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the attorney general, the task force will also recommend what the Justice Department should do in the future to combat unauthorized use of copyright material."
 

FL: 3 Miami Officers Convicted in Gun Cover-Up
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"Three Miami police officers were convicted Thursday of charges that they joined a cover-up after guns were planted near the bodies of two robbers fatally shot by police." ...

"All three officers promised an appeal."

 

Kidnapping Liberty
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"Well, in this Kyrgyz culture, I saw that certain customs that were not completely done away with over at least a couple of generations are essentially hard wired into peoples minds. Almost all of the women who worked to convince the kidnapped women to accept the groom and the marriage had been kidnapped and forced into marriage the same way."

"So from a libertarian point of view, I saw that when most of a society accepts the initiation of force to achieve their goals then it becomes a normal and accepted part of that society. In order to break that cycle then people have to refuse to submit and many times that is far more difficult than going along with a culture no matter how wrong it may be."

"Once someone submits to violations of their rights, then they are far more likely to encourage and participate in the same violations of another person's rights."
 

WA: Student arrested after bringing BB gun to school
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"A 15-year-old boy was arrested when he returned to his school in Kent after reportedly threatening two black students with a BB gun that resembled a semiautomatic pistol."

"No one was injured in the incident that forced a lockdown at Sequoia Junior High School around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Kent police officer Paul A. Petersen said. Classes resumed roughly an hour and a half later after school officials informed students and teachers of the situation."

"Additional security officers employed by the Kent School District were brought in for the rest of the day at the school about 22 miles south of Seattle."

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If guns in school are bad, why bring in more armed security after an incident?
 

NC: Million Mom March's aim: Stop gun deaths
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"A group of moms presented some staggering statistics about gun violence and children in North Carolina and Durham at the old North Holloway Street school Wednesday afternoon."

"Between 1999 and 2001, 131 children under the age of 17 died from gunshot wounds in North Carolina, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner."

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How many of these "children" were gangbangers who died while committing crimes? And how many who weren't gangbangers could have been saved with some firearms education?
 

CA: Southland Legislator's Gun Violence Prevention Bill Passes
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"The committee approved the measure by Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, on an 8- 2 vote, according to his office."

" 'Gunshot wounds are the second leading cause of death in American teenagers,' Scott testified."

"On average, more than seven American teenagers are killed by guns every day. We need to do more to teach kids about the dangers of these weapons."

"In this climate of limited resources, the existing school health programs are an ideal place to start."

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How many schools are going to use this as an opportunity to make kids afraid of guns, instead of teaching them to use them in a safe manner?
 

MI: Middle school student suspected of bringing BB gun onto campus
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"A 13-year-old Houghton Lake Middle School student apprehended for bringing a carbon dioxide BB pistol to school March 24 remains lodged at the Roscommon County Juvenile Detention Center."

"Cody Seaman, Houghton Lake, pleaded guilty before Judge Douglas Dosson to a charge of possessing a weapon in a weapons-free school. A disposition (sentencing) hearing is scheduled for April 1."

"[School Resource Officer] Ackley said even though no ammunition was found, if a carbon dioxide cartridge had been discharged, the air blast could have caused an injury if, for instance, it was pointed at someone’s face."

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When are they going to ban those nasty sharp pencils that can poke an eye out?
 

OR: Supporters and opponents speak out about officer in recent shooting
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"Portland police Officer Jason Sery had his supporters and his detractors, even before he shot and killed an unarmed black driver during a traffic stop in north Portland."

". . . three weeks ago, Sery pulled his gun on a 24-year-old man who was standing with his hands in his pockets, according to his report on the incident."

"Sery had been conducting surveillance with other officers on a nearby apartment complex they thought was a gang hangout, the report said. When two men lingered in the middle of the street, Sery got out of his unmarked car and told them to take their hands out of their pockets."

"When one didn't immediately respond, 'I drew my pistol,' Sery wrote. He said the two men were known gang members."
 

MI: Student charged in case of 'airsoft' gunshot assault - Pistols marketed as toys, but are classified as firearms
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"A UM student is facing a felony criminal charge accusing him of firing a toy pistol out of his dormitory window and striking a passing motorist in the face with a plastic pellet."

"The newest case renews the controversy over airsoft pistols, which have been classified as firearms by the County Prosecutor's Office."

"At least three men have been charged locally with carrying a concealed weapon for possession of airsoft guns."

"But Conover's attorney said authorities misjudged the weapon used and he was confident that it did not meet the legal standard of a dangerous weapon under Michigan law."

"The law defines a dangerous weapon as one that when used, is likely to cause death or serious injury, said John Shea."
 

Homeland Security
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Picture of Lady Liberty holding a handgun with the caption: "The Second Amendment: America's ORIGINAL Homeland Security"
 

FL: New Gun Club at the University of Florida
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"Firearms are not allowed on the University of Florida campus. But can they be a part of student organizations?"

"The pistol and rifle club is holding its first meeting today at the University of Florida. Treasurer Andrew Kwan hopes the new club will encourage responsibility and safety among students who own firearms."

"Kwan started the club with co-founder Robert Shulte and says the club will cover all aspects of firearms including improved marksmanship and gun-handling. Kwan hopes one day the pistol and rifle club will be able to compete against other universities."
 

OH: Attention Criminals: Business Opportunities in Ohio!
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"Businesses throughout Ohio are taking measures for when the state's new concealed-carry law takes effect April 8, the Akron Beacon Journal reported March 29."

" 'Every client that I've spoken to has asked, 'How do I keep guns off my property?' said Jackie Ford, an attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus."

"The law allows business owners to prohibit guns in their offices or stores, but signs have to be posted at all entrances."

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Criminals: Look for the signs.
 

This is education?
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Why is valid, conflicting, scientific information being ignored? Are the powers that be in academia, politics and the media afraid that if they give us both sides of this and other arguments, such as 'gun control', to openly study we might disagree with their cherished beliefs? Would access to conflicting information empower the 'little man' (us) and somehow threaten their perceived social and intellectual superiority? Would that be such a bad thing?"

"These are questions that need to be asked and, more importantly, answered. I chose to discuss climate change because of the obvious way that only one side is being discussed. That this is by no means the only subject this happens in is patently obvious."
 

IN: In your defense - No neighborhood is 100 percent safe. Be prepared if an attacker strikes
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"Man abducted at gunpoint."

"Two held in abduction of women."

"These are just a few recent local headlines."

"Would you know what to do if faced with a life-threatening situation?"

"Keith Boggs, owner of Broad Ripple Martial Arts, said concerns for personal safety are high."

" 'People want personal protection to belong to them,' he said."

"In his self-defense class, Boggs teaches his students to bring the fight to the assailant."

" 'You make the fight right there instead of waiting,' he said. 'If they take you away, chances are you're gonna die,' he said."

"And you don't have to be a black belt to learn."

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It would make much more sense to never let the assailant get close enough to touch you in the first place, especially if he is bigger and stronger than you are. "Bring the fight to him" at 20 feet by aiming your gun. Chances are, he won't get any closer.
 

Mr. Showbiz Goes to Washington
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"...Most political flicks, even the good ones, suffer from a seriously distorted concept of their subject. The most egregious case—setting aside Stand Up and Cheer—is probably The Contender (2000), another liberal fantasy. Writer-director Rod Lurie is so tone-deaf that he seems to think a popular, moderate, Midwestern politician would call for a draconian form of gun control; worse yet, he thinks that a potential vice-president's youthful sexcapades would be more of a political hot potato than her open atheism. It's at times like these that one hopes the candidates are smart enough not to take all their cues from the movies."

"Though on second thought, I kind of like the idea of Bush as a rapping socialist after all. Bring it on!"
 

PA: Groups target NRA meeting
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"Anyone wondering how a newly formed local coalition opposed to gun violence feels about the National Rifle Association holding its annual convention in Pittsburgh next month need only look at the name of the organization's Web site: GoodByeNRA.org."

"Yesterday, the Confluence Against Gun Violence fired the first volley in what likely will be a battle of ideological banter with the NRA when it held a news conference in Shadyside and characterized the NRA as a violent, militaristic, racist, sexist and homophobic organization."
 

VA: Gun-Control Advocates See Headway in Legislature
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" 'We believe we have begun to turn the tide,' said Jim Sollo, president of Virginians Against Handgun Violence. 'We still have a long way to go, but we look forward to continued progress in the next legislative session.' "

"As signs of success, Sollo cited two bills that have cleared committees this year that previously failed. One would have banned most guns in airports, while another would have required background checks on all firearms sales at gun shows."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Allowing riflery training while decrying gun violence doesn't send a mixed message any more than does supporting a wrestling team while opposing schoolyard brawls. — CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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