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SAF, CCRKBA Congratulate Froman On Election As NRA President
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today congratulated Arizona attorney Sandra Froman on her election as president of the National Rifle Association of America."

"SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb met with Ms. Froman at the NRA convention in Houston, TX over the weekend."

"'Sandy and I have been friends for many years, and I think she will bring lots of energy and knowledge to the job,' Gottlieb stated. 'Her leadership skills will soon become evident, and her strengths include a terrific professional background, and deep devotion to the shooting sports.'"

"CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron called Froman 'one of the top leaders in the firearms rights community.'" ...
 

CCRKBA Calls Remarks By Former ATF Official 'Outrageous, Slanderous'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An outrageous remark by a former official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is 'nothing short of slanderous,' said leaders of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)."

"Gerald Nunziato, former head of ATF's National Tracing Center and now a partner in Crime Gun Solutions, an anti-gun consulting firm, told the Houston Chronicle Sunday, 'If it wasn't for criminals, there wouldn't be a gun industry in this country.'"

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb fired back: 'If it wasn't for remarks like Nunziato's, perhaps law-abiding American gun owners would not consider ATF an adversarial agency when it comes to Second Amendment rights. His comment is nothing short of slanderous. I guess in his opinion, we're all criminals.'" ...
 

You can have your guns and shoot them too, for freedom's sake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Suddenly it dawned on me, [NRA members] were telling me that my right of free speech was dependent upon their right to bear arms. Right, like your average NRA member is going to fight off an invading army. Still, the gun people had a point that I should have picked up on long ago." ...

"If I support gun ownership, isn't it both logical and fair that the NRA should automatically oppose all attempts by the conservative left to regulate music lyrics, cable TV content, satellite radio and Howard Stern? If we support their rights, aren't they obliged to bring to bear their winning influence on all attempts to diminish the rights of Americans to express themselves freely, even during national flirtations with totalitarianism?" ...
 

Gun Banners
Submitted by: Liberty Belles
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"Gun banners claim that they don't want to ban guns, 'they just want to keep guns out of the wrong hands,' and 'if it saves just one child's life, it's worth it.'"

"The reality is, they DO want to ban guns. The 'wrong hands' are YOUR hands -- the hands of the law-abiding citizen who understands the original intent of the Second Amendment as well as the historical consequences of stripping away a population's most effective defense mechanism. They claim they want to 'save the children' while purposefully creating defense-free schools which has cost the lives of many of our young people." ...
 

Animal Rights Groups and Ecology Militants Make DHS Terrorist List, Right-Wing Vigilantes Omitted
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"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not list right-wing domestic terrorists and terrorist groups on a document that appears to be an internal list of threats to the nation’s security." ...

"Last year, following arson and vandalism sprees on both coasts attributed to radical left-wing groups such as ALF and ELF, the FBI made those movements its top domestic terror priority. But right-wing groups remained a concern, according to one FBI official."

"'That doesn’t de-emphasize our interest in other domestic terror groups,' stressed the official, who would not be named discussing the bureau’s counterterror strategy, during a phone interview Friday. 'For us, the right-wing patriot movement remains a continuing threat.' (The FBI considers militias, tax protesters, and anti-government groups part of the right-wing movement, the official said; the bureau considers violent anti-abortion extremists a separate movement.)" emphasis added] ...
 

UN workshop on small arms, light weapons held in Beijing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"China is willing to join hands with the international community in eliminating the illegal trade of small arms and light weapons, said Qiao Zonghuai, a senior official with the Foreign Ministry, Tuesday."

"Qiao made the remarks at a three-day United Nations Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons attended by about 70 government officials and scholars from more than 30 countries and another ten international, regional and non-governmental organizations."

"Qiao said maintaining world peace, promoting common development and strengthening cooperation with mutual benefits has become an unavoidable trend nowadays. However, both traditional and non- traditional threats to security still exist." ...
 

TX: Wanting one of everything -- Editorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Despite both aptitude and acquired skills, I never owned a gun, save for an ancient, New Worchester fowling piece, double-barreled and 16-gauge, inherited from my great-grandfather. After visiting the 5-acre gun show at the National Rifle Association convention here this weekend, I realized what a fool I've been."

"The pen is mightier than the sword, but can the same be said of a .50-caliber, steel-piercing sniper rifle with muzzle flash suppression and cheek rest? I would hate to be the guy with the pen." ...

"For those on a budget, I recommend one of the ultramodern, military-style carbines. Equipped with telescopic, laser-guided sight, it can hit and bring down just about any visible target. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: A good fisking of this is available here.
 

WI: Opinion: Macho politicking on concealed carry makes no sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This breakout of macho politicking on behalf of packing heat comes at an odd time, as southeastern Wisconsin and other states have been wracked by especially gruesome gun violence, including:"

"The massacre of Brookfield churchgoers at a service in a hotel conference room by a fellow parishioner who killed eight people and wounded four more."

"The suicide in West Allis of the angry litigant who had earlier killed two members of a federal judge's family in Chicago."

"The slaughter at the Red Lake Indian reservation school in Minnesota by a student ..."

"The shooting in Texas of a high school football coach by the hothead parent of one of the team's players." ...
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Submitter's Note: Interesting that all of these incidents took place in government mandated victim disarmament zones.
 

NC: Number of concealed weapon permits increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's been a jump in concealed weapons permits in Cumberland County. As a matter of fact, that number shot up by more than 200 from 2003 to 2004."

"Illinois native Miles Norsworthy is applying for a concealed weapon permit." ...

"He's not alone. The number of concealed weapon permits is on the rise in Cumberland County. In 2002, the sheriff's department approved 353 applications and the next year it was up to 395. In 2004, numbers jumped to 636 and this year it's already pacing to exceed that."

"Officials say, personal security reasons aside, they think a 2004 change in North Carolina law is the reason for the hike."

"'Now you don't have to come through us every time to purchase your pistol,' explained administrative specialist Mary Massey. 'You can just use your concealed.'" ...
 

WA: Self-defense class teaches women how to counteract potential attacks
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"One in every three women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and every woman needs to learn how to defend herself against an assailant, self-defense instructor Gerry Ebalaroza said."

"Ebalaroza said she has been a self-defense instructor for six years and has been practicing martial arts and Wing Chun, a form of Chinese kung-fu, for more than 20 years. She owns her own self-defense training company called Atura. She said Wing Chun is the best form of martial arts for a woman to learn because it teaches how to attack a perpetrator at close range with hand-to-hand combat." ...
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KABA Note: Please remember that the safest thing to do when someone tries to assault you is to defend yourself with a gun.
 

FL: Ex-Tech player won't be charged in shooting
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"Charges will not be pursued against one of two former Louisiana Tech football players arrested following a fatal shooting at a restaurant earlier this month. ..."

"Charges will not be pressed against Myron Hawthorne, 22, who was arrested April 3." ...

"Honeycutt allegedly hit Hawthorne in the head with a large pipe, and Hawthorne responded by pulling a gun and attempting to fire, but the pistol jammed, authorities said."

"'Myron was the victim,' Register said. 'He was struck by a person with a pipe. Myron was not the aggressor at any point during this altercation. When he was wrongfully and mistakenly attacked he simply invoked his constitutional right of self defense.'" ...
 

Feds Say School Shooter Slew Victims Quickly
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"Student gunman Jeff Weise fired 45 times during his rampage through the halls of Red Lake High School last month, killing all seven of his victims in three short minutes, investigators said Monday in providing new details about the worst school shooting since Columbine."

"The entire length of the shooting spree was only nine minutes: After the killings, Weise wandered through the school firing at random, wounding some other students." ...

"Weise's grandfather was a tribal police officer, and Weise took his police-issued shotgun and semiautomatic pistol to the school and wore his bulletproof vest. ..." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: So, Sarah, why do 'civilians' need AP rounds?
 

NC: 7th-grader found with unloaded gun
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"One gun was real and the other was fake, but both caused concerns at several Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools Monday."

"Authorities locked down four University City-area schools in the morning after a 911 report that a Vance High student was seen carrying a rifle on a Charlotte Area Transit System bus."

"That student turned out to be a member of Junior ROTC who was authorized to take the dummy rifle home for the weekend to practice ..." ...

"Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, a student at Northridge Middle School ... tipped off authorities that another kid had brought a gun to school."

"School officials and police found a seventh-grader carrying an unloaded gun, Haigler said. The student, whose name was not released, was arrested. He also will face school discipline, she said." ...
 

LA: Gunman fires at student leaving Baton Rouge school's campus
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"Authorities in Baton Rouge are looking for a man accused of firing three shots at a Belaire High School student as the student was leaving campus."

"Twenty-one-year-old Jarvis Sentrel Jones is wanted on a count of attempted second-degree murder. No one was injured in the incident, which happened yesterday."

"East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's office spokesman, Deputy Fred Raiford, says Jones allegedly fired three shots at 18-year-old Jeremy Muse as Muse was driving out of the school parking lot."

"According to the sheriff's office, Muse and a friend got into an argument with Jones earlier in the day. ..."

"Jones then went into an apartment complex across the street and returned with a semiautomatic pistol. He fired at the teenagers as Muse was driving away." ...
 

AR: Extortion Allegation Hits Officer
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"The internal investigation of former Fort Chaffee Public Safety Director Michael Hardy included allegations of extortion, the selling of confiscated weapons and unauthorized use of government property, a letter in his personnel file states."

"A portion of Hardy's file was released by the Office of the Adjutant General at the state Military Department in North Little Rock after a second Freedom of Information request by the Times Record in the last six weeks. Documents in his file that were not released were turned over to 'local law enforcement agencies as part of an ongoing investigation,' a letter from Col. Philip L. Roser states." ...
 

India: City cops can't shoot straight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are 8,000 personnel in the Hyderabad City Police, but most of them have not fired a shot — in anger or otherwise — in eight years."

"Except the 500 men in the City Security Wing — who guard VIP protectees and are expected to practice once a week on a simulator — the city's constabulary rarely gets to use their firearms."

"Senior officers admit that not many of their men can shoot straight. 'The last time I fired my weapon was in 1997, when we were taken to a range and asked to aim a .303 at a target,' said one constable participating in a training programme currently going on in the city." ...
 

France: Arabs Bear Brunt of French Police Racism Says Report
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Racist acts by French police have dramatically risen in 2004, particularly against French citizens of Moroccan origin, according to a report by an independent French committee."

"The National Committee for Police Practices said in its annual report, a copy of which was obtained by IslamOnline.net Monday, April 18, said it recorded 97 abuses of power by policemen against 70 in 2003."

"The 529-page report expressed deep concerns, as the police misconduct has increased by 38 percent in just one year." ...

"The harassment starts with checking IDs, followed by beating suspects, holding them in custody and unnecessarily using tear gas canisters." ...
 

Norway: Teenager charged in weapons theft
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"A 19-year-old man was in police custody Tuesday in Kristiansand, charged in the theft of weapons from a local military bunker. An alleged accomplice was questioned and released."

"The 19-year-old lives on the same island, Flekkerøya, just outside Kristiansand where the bunker is located. He was arrested at 7:30pm Monday evening, a day-and-a-half after the theft of a large cache of military weapons, ammunition and dynamite." ...

"The theft spurred criticism from police about the military's lack of security around their weapons storage systems. The theft was the latest of such break-ins at weapons bunkers around the country, with the weapons showing up later in some spectacular armed robberies." ...
 

AZ: Guns in bars bill reaches governor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Carrying your loaded gun into a nightclub, bar or restaurant that serves alcohol could soon be legal as long as you don't drink under a bill that emerged from the Legislature on Monday."

"But don't load those holsters and head for the dance floor just yet. Gov. Janet Napolitano still has to sign the bill."

"And her cryptic statements so far indicate she is leaning on the side of Arizona's tourism and hospitality industry, neighborhood groups and major public-safety organizations who have all strongly opposed the measure." ...

"The National Rifle Association, the main force behind the bill, says its membership has practical reasons for wanting the law changed."

"Law-abiding gun owners don't want to have to leave their weapons at home or in the car, where they are useless for protection, when they dine in restaurants that serve alcohol ..." ...
 

VA: Letter: Author had right argument for guns, but was addressing wrong crowd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"First, I would like to laud the author of 'Limiting gun access does not reduce crime' for applying logic, reason and intellectual honesty to the topic of gun ownership and gun usage (CT, April 13, 2005)."

"It's not often that logic, reason and intellectual honesty about guns appears in the pages of any newspaper anywhere."

"However, I think the author has made two fundamental mistakes. First, he writes: 'If gun owners are going to convince advocates of stringent gun control to ease up, they need to save the ‘it's my right’ arguments for the courtroom and respond to gun control proponents who argue on the basis of gun violence statistics.'"

"While I like the author’s optimism and enthusiasm, I think he is making a very 'collegiate' mistake here in actually believing that hardcore anti-gunners can be persuaded by mere logic, truth and facts." ...
 

IA: West senior lands college scholarship for rifle shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There have been college signings for football, basketball, soccer and softball. The list goes on and on for high school athletes."

"But on Monday at Davenport West, senior Cassandra Rauch signed a letter-of-intent with the University of Tennessee-Martin ... for shooting."

"Rauch will compete for the SkyHawks’ rifle team in the smallbore and air rifle competition in a sport that has 11 Division I colleges offering scholarships, and a host of others that offer the sport on a club basis."

"'My grandfather, Russ Hennings, got me interested in shooting when I was about 9 years old,’' Rauch said. 'He took my older brother Matt and I to the Milan (Ill.) Rifle Club, and it was something I enjoyed and stayed with it.'" ...
 

AZ: Border Patrol union supports Minutemen
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"The largest local union of Border Patrol agents in the country has declared its support for the Minuteman Project in Arizona, while at the same time slamming both the American Civil Liberties Union and President Bush."

"According to its website, the U.S. Border Patrol Local 2544 ... the volunteers involved in the border-monitoring Minuteman Project have been nothing but supportive." ...

"The group blames the ACLU for setting off ground sensors in the area of the Minutemen activities:

'Reports of [Minutemen] causing 'ground sensors' to go off are exaggerated because most of those are being set off by the ACLU sneaking around trying to find the Minutemen doing something wrong.'" ...
 

IN: Housing developer, gun club trade shots
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"If words were bullets, then a showdown at the Noblesville Plan Commission would have left smoke in the air as a local developer and the Hamilton County Fish and Game Association stood at opposite ends of a discussion about a new housing addition."

"Developer Paul Vondersaar wants to build a housing development on 68 acres ... He is asking the plan commission to recommend his request for a zoning change for his proposal, called Potter's Bridge Estates. The land has previously been used for agricultural purposes." ...

"The problem is, the planned development is also next to the Hamilton County Fish and Game Association, which has a shooting range on its property. The club has been there since 1936." ...
 

South Africa: Guards robbed in cash heist
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"A security vehicle conveying cash ... was robbed of 'a couple of thousand rand' during a heist, said police on Tuesday." ...

"A red bakkie came from the opposite direction and sideswiped the armed minibus on the right, near the rear end, causing it to overturn."

"A gang, armed with handguns and automatic rifles jumped from the bakkie and demanded the guards hand over their firearms and cash."

"Police spokesperson Tienkie van Vuuren said: 'The guards remained in the car, whereupon the suspects started smashing the drivers side window with a large hammer...'"

"When they did not succeed, they smashed the roof of the vehicle to gain access to the guards."

"One security guard was robbed of his handgun and automatic rifle." ...
 

South Africa: Durban taxi owner gunned down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A taxi owner was gunned down this afternoon while having his hair cut in central Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said. Michael Reid, a police spokesperson, said Alex Dube (59) of the Kwa-Ndengezi Taxi Association was at an informal barber shop when two men approached him.

One was armed with a 9mm pistol and shot Dube in the head. "We believe he was targeted," said Reid.

The serious and violent crimes unit would investigate whether the incident was related to taxi association conflict, Reid said.
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Submitter's Note: But I feel sure that the assassins had all the licensing and registration required by the Firearms Act.
 

Australia: New Call for Ban on Semi-automatic Guns
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"A gun-control group has called for a total ban on semi-automatic handguns to prevent them falling into criminal hands with deadly consequences." ...

"'What we are going to see in the future is more high-powered handguns on the streets because gun manufacturers are developing what are called quick-draws, which means they can be quickly grabbed and aimed at someone,' Ms Lee said." ...

"Ms Lee said some 4,000 firearms are stolen every year in Australia adding: 'What seems to happen is these guns move into criminal hands.'"
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Submitter's Note: Imagine that, stolen guns ending up in criminal hands.
 

UK: Murder suspect shoots police before suicide
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"A murderous trail of events which began when hikers found a 20-year-old man's body on a Yorkshire moor ended yesterday when the suspected murderer died after shooting himself in the head." ...

"He seemed to be 'perfectly respectable', according to staff at the pub ... Then, on Monday afternoon, two unarmed detectives from West Yorkshire police's new homicide and major inquiry team called, and shortly afterwards pistol shots were heard."

"One of the detectives ... was hit in the thigh."

"Her colleague ... suffered a minor stomach wound. Both were allowed home on Monday night after hospital treatment." ...
 

Australia: Second car may be involved in Rocks shooting
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"A SECOND killer fired shots from a different car in the weekend drive-by double murder at The Rocks, police revealed."

"Previously police only identified a black BMW as carrying a gunman in the slaying of Sydney men Naser Ghaderi, 25, and his mate Keyvan Ghajaloo, 24."

"Each assassin, both armed with a handgun, was responsible for one of the deaths, police said."

"The two men died in Hickson Rd as a total of 10 shots were fired, about 1am last Saturday."

"'Ballistics evidence indicates two weapons were fired at the victims - one weapon was fired from the black BMW, the other from the Volkswagen Bora,' homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Paul Jones said." ...
 

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