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Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana was briefly detained Tuesday when security workers found a handgun
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Off to jail if this was YOU.

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"Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana was briefly detained Tuesday when airport security workers found a handgun in his briefcase as he was going through a checkpoint on a trip back to Washington." ...

"Apparently the congressman had left a handgun in his briefcase and forgot it was in there and took it to the security checkpoint, where it was detected and they detained him briefly to make sure he had no ill intent as they should do..."

"Jahr said Hostettler is an avid sportsman and has a permit for the weapon, but he was not sure what type of handgun the congressman had and whether it was loaded."
 

New York Loses a Top Legal Ally in Suit Over Guns (another report)
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"New York City is preparing for the first trial of a civil suit by an American city claiming that the gun industry fosters an illegal market in the firearms criminals use to deliver death to the city's doorsteps."

"Gun industry representatives say the case is crucial, and the companies have some of the country's top law firms defending them. Until a few weeks ago, the city had a powerful legal weapon, too: another of the country's top law firms, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, had agreed more than two years ago to work on the case for free."

"But now the law firm is withdrawing from the case, acknowledging that at least one of its corporate clients had complained about its role. In a statement, the firm said that 'certain potential 'positional conflicts' 'had been 'brought to our attention.' Some industry critics say the disruption in the city's legal team may have been intended to weaken the city's chances in what is certain to be a bitterly fought trial."
 

Gun control activists to march on Washington
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun control activists and elected officials from Long Island announced plans today to take part in the second Million Mom March in Washington, D.C. next month.

With the Federal Assault Weapons Act of 1994 set to expire in September, supporters who gathered in Huntington's Hecksher Park today spoke about the importance of renewing and expanding the law, which banned the manufacture and importation of several military-style weapons.

" 'There's not a single person who could give me a logical reason why these weapons need to be on the street for sale,' said Ali Gordon, Long Island coordinator of the Million Mom March, scheduled to take place on Mother's Day, May 9th." (Translation: My mind is impervious to logic and rational discourse. I will simply stick my fingers in my ears and scream, "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!" at the top of my voice, because I don't want to hear anything that will alter the course of my emotionalist stance.)
 

Why the MILLER Decision is Defective
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The MILLER decision said some things, and didn't say others. The MILLER decision did not say, that firearms, proven to be part of the ordinary military equipment, or, those which could be used in the common defense, were TO BE DENIED to the average American."

"That which is NOT SPECIFICALLY DENIED, is allowed."

"The MILLER decision, in my opinion, affirms and supports the right of the average American to possess firearms for their own defense, as
the United States in MILLER, never brought within judicial notice, that MILLER and most average Americans WERE NOT part of the militia."
 

NRA: No Reason Allowed
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"There is a reason I am not a member of the National Rifle Association. It's not that I dislike firearms - quite the opposite is true, actually. ...I agree that there are few deterrents to crime more potent than the Second Amendment, and I can cite many examples where gun ownership may have saved someone's life from a criminal attack..."

"So where do we differ? It's quite simple: Politics. The NRA is organized, operated and staffed by a bunch of Republican nitwits, starting with its titular head, Wayne LaPierre. He may be the only person on Earth with a 'French-sounding' name whose jackboots would be licked by fawning conservatives, who would no doubt wait in line to do so. ..."
 

Explaining Eisentrager
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"The gun-prohibition lobby has long argued that the Second Amendment 'right of the people' protects only the power of American state governments to have militias. This argument is not consistent with the court's opinion in Eisentrager. The 'irreconcilable enemy elements, guerrilla fighters, and 'were-wolves' in Justice Jackson's hypothetical are obviously not American state governments. They are individuals, and as individuals would have Second Amendment rights, if the Second Amendment applied to non-Americans."
 

Gun-rights media not a new idea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The NRA announced this week it is getting into the news business with an Internet talk show, TV reports and plans to buy a radio station."

"But a smaller gun-rights group is way ahead of the NRA. The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and its lobbying arm already own four Northwest radio stations. The first was bought in 1990. The most recent purchase came two weeks ago, when the groups acquired an Olympia station that had tried oldies and comedy to stay on the air."

"If you turn on your radio tomorrow and hear some of the three-hour-long 'Gun Talk,' you're probably listening to a station owned by the SAF and the CCRKBA."
 

A Hard Lesson
Submitted by: Don Finlayson

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"I have no idea how these teenagers came by that gun or who may or may not have given it to them."

"The fact is they had it and managed to shoot themselves with it."

"Now this next will upset some of you but Iíll say it anyway."

"Guns did not cause this accident. They are no more responsible for shootings than knives are for sliced fingers or chainsaws for amputations."

"Guns are inanimate objects. They are morally neutral - neither good nor bad. They are tools and, to make one work, you have to attach a human being. Unfortunately - as with knives and chainsaws - the attached human being isnít always blessed with good sense, training, or experience. Thus, there will be times when you read headlines that leave you shaking your head."
 

Ruger Shoots Low
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"Sturm, Ruger's latest rifles may offer a high-velocity, .204-caliber cartridge that keeps the bullet from dropping off, but the company can't seem to flatten the trajectory of its sales and earnings curves."

"On the heels of years of decline, the firm put up another first quarter of sinking revenues, inking $40.2 million, down 2% compared with $41.1 million in the prior-year period. Revenues for both the gun business and the casting business -- which produces products like golf club heads -- fell off. Earnings took a bigger dive, shedding 18% from the first quarter of 2003 to reach $0.14 per share."
 

Five Years After Columbine, Million Mom March Kicks Off National Efforts to Save Assault Weapons Ban before September Expiration
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Here's more dishonesty from the gun banners. When Klebold and Harris began their massacre at Columbine, the AW ban was already in full force. To link its expiration with the Columbine tragedy is disingenuous. The ban did not prevent those two miscreants from wreaking havoc. And yet, the gun banners are trying to use the tragedy to push for a renewal of this unconstitutional and ineffective ban.
 

Empty Lessons
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"In the course of their crimes, Harris and Klebold broke more than a dozen gun laws already on the books. There were, nonetheless, calls for still more gun control, as though there were some magic number of regulations that would suddenly make a potential schoolhouse killer junk his plans. 'By the time our children leave school at the start of the summer,' announced Handgun Control, Inc. Chair Sarah Brady, 'they should know that the lawmakers of this country have done something to protect them from the type of gun violence that occurred at Littleton.' Further demands for gun laws issued from figures ranging from Rosie O'Donnell to...Marilyn Manson."
 

Five Years After Columbine Tragedy Children Still In Danger
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"On the fifth anniversary of the Columbine shootings, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) today laments that America still lacks a comprehensive and common sense gun safety policy to keep children safe. ..."

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Maybe it's because no government policy will keep children safe. Parental responsibility and accountability will.
 

What happened to Columbine's lessons?
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"Meanwhile, the NRA is back in control of gun laws. The assault weapon ban is in danger of being allowed to expire."

"The sound is down. The cash register is ringing."

"We're out to lunch."

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How convenient that a reminiscence about the Columbine tragedy places veiled blame on the NRA and "assault" weapons, despite the fact that the ban was already in effect during the Columbine shootings and did nothing to prevent the tragedy.

Here is the author's email: rdelacruz@sun-sentinel.com
 

Chemist May Have Destroyed Evidence
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"Disgraced Oklahoma City police chemist Joyce Gilchrist doctored trial evidence and may have destroyed hair samples that could have exonerated a man now on death row, according to a confidential police memo obtained by The Associated Press."

"Her dismissal followed disclosures she helped send at least two innocent men to prison during her 21-year tenure as a forensic chemist and prosecution witness in hundreds of cases. Those men were released after DNA testing proved they were not guilty."

"Since she was fired, two secret criminal investigations - one by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the other by the FBI - have produced no charges."

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Ah, yes, the "blue wall of silence."
 

Constitutional rights?
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"Too, in Mr. Barnett's remarkable historical overview, loose Supreme Court 'living document' interpretations have eroded otherwise invaluable government safeguards, including the Ninth and 10th Amendments, the Commerce Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause, the Privileges or Immunities Clause (of the 14th Amendment), the Second Amendment via 'gun control,' and the Takings Clause in the Fifth Amendment via unwise readings of 'eminent domain.' " ...

"...The Constitution, based on the Founders' presumption of liberty and natural rights (recall Thomas Jefferson citing 'the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God' in the Declaration of Independence), has been lost. A sorry situation, yet not an irretrievable one." ...

"So long as the courts profess fealty to the written Constitution under glass in Washington, the opportunity still exists to adopt a Presumption of Liberty and restore the lost Constitution."
 

GOP in sneak move to pass U.N. treaty
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"A United Nations treaty awaiting confirmation before the Senate, national security experts warn, would, if approved, cripple the U.S. Navy, empower potential enemies including China, make the nation vulnerable to submarine cruise-missile attack, and help terrorists."

"Nonetheless, momentum has been building stealthily in the Senate to ratify the treaty. And this time Republicans can't point fingers at their liberal Democratic colleagues or even at the former Clinton administration."

"The culprits behind the sneak move, Capitol Hill sources say, are senior Republican senators and key figures in the administration of President Bush."

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This is for all of you who claim that Kerry would be so much worse for America, as he'll give the US away to the United Nations. Still think there's a difference between Bush and Kerry?
 

Globalist: In Texas, an America lost on Europe
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"In their way, the Crawford diners have framed the terms of what will be a bitterly contested American election. As seen from Texas, it will pit the straightforward against the slick, supporters of the troops against doubters, small-town America against metropolitan America, church-going America against a more secular America. On its outcome, in turn, may hinge the future of the Euro-American cultural divide."

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Actually this will be a battle between those who cherish and want to preserve freedom, and those too afraid to stray from the Republican Party.
 

'They Hate Us Because of Our Freedom'
Submitted by: ne1

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"Whenever I hear 'they hate us because of our freedom' or 'because they hate our way of life' or some other such drivel, I donít know whether to laugh or cry. If real people didnít suffer the consequences of it, such ignorance would be amusing. But another annoying thing about statements like these is that they perpetuate the myth that we live in a land of freedom. The sad fact is, we are not free, and haven't been for a long, long time."
 

MS: Police search for wounded suspect. Jackson man shoots intruder on property
Submitted by: Mark Robinson

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"Jackson police are searching for a burglary suspect who was shot in the arm early Monday by a property owner."

"Hector Johnson, 56, owner of the unoccupied house at 149 Livingston Road, found the unidentified man sleeping in the doorway of his property, said Jackson Police Department spokesman Robert Graham."

"Johnson told the man to freeze because he was calling the police, but the man got up and began moving toward a flower pot on the front porch, Graham said. Johnson fired his handgun once, striking the man in the arm, Graham said."
 

MS: Homeowner not indicted in killing
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"A Jackson homeowner who fatally shot a man who broke into his home last year should not be prosecuted, a Hinds County grand jury has determined." ...

"Tommy Christian, 53, of 5933 Floral Drive, shot and killed Christopher Stiff, 31, of 3811 Mosley Ave., after finding Stiff inside his back door on Oct. 21, police said."

"Christian couldn't be reached for comment Monday. He has said he shot Stiff because he didn't know what Stiff's intentions were after he broke into his home."
 

Australia: Officer linked to murder gun
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"A suspended policeman had a corrupt relationship with an underworld figure and provided the gun used in one of Melbourne's gangland killings, a court heard yesterday."

"The policeman, facing trial on drug trafficking offences, also allegedly gave a lot of money to the criminal - who is now a Crown witness in the case against the officer."

"The allegations were made in the County Court yesterday as prosecutors applied to tighten bail conditions for the policeman, who has also been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice."
 

TX: JISD PD reflects on school security changes
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"Five years ago today, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12 students and one teacher before committing suicide." ...

"Jacksonville Independent School District Police Department Chief Rex Brown on Monday examined the changes in school security - something forever altered after the Columbine rampage." ...

"In the years following the Columbine shootings, Brown said many schools developed two major factors to deal with a crisis situation."

"First, a crisis plan is put into place. Second, changes in how threats are addressed have been put into place."
 

SC: Search continues for weapon used to shoot inmates
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"Investigators have swarmed a prison near Fairfax to figure out who shot two inmates this weekend and how someone got a weapon inside."

"But so far, there are more questions than answers."

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The "authorities" can't even keep weapons out of their prisons, but they think they're going to keep guns off the streets?
 

NC: Man arrested after rushing pregnant wife to the hospital
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"A North Carolina father-to-be wound up with more than just a speeding ticket after rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital."

"Police in the town of Ranlo say Jimmie Fisher resisted arrest and cursed at officers who pulled him over for going ten miles above the posted speed limit."

"Fisher says he was under some stress when he swore at the officers and pulled away when they approached him a second time in the emergency room. But, he complains they pointed a gun at him when he tried to get out of the car to explain that his wife's water had broken."
 

NY: Pirro To Republicans: Extend Gun Ban
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"Westchester County district attorney said Tuesday that the battle for gun control is too important for politics and her fellow Republicans in Washington, D.C., should get behind the effort to extend the federal ban on assault weapons."

"I believe in the Second Amendment strongly, but there is no legitimate purpose in possessing an assault weapon other than to kill as many people as quickly as possible." ...

"Pirro and Spano said 20 percent of all law enforcement officers killed on duty are victims of assault weapons."

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So the lives that were possibly saved during the LA riots when store owners used high powered rifles to defend lives and property are irrelevant?

And do tell how you tell the difference between a regular rifle used to kill a police officer and an "assault" rifle; because the government doesn't differentiate in its statistics.
 

NH: Committee Rejects Bill To Eliminate Concealed-Weapons Permits
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"A New Hampshire House committee is taking aim at a plan to do away with any requirements for carrying a concealed weapon in the state."

"By a vote of 16 to 3, the House Criminal Justice Committee rejected a plan to eliminate concealed-weapons permits in New Hampshire. The bill will still go to the full House with a negative recommendation from the committee." ...

"Gov. Craig Benson has said he supports the bill. The final vote in the House is expected to be very close."
 

UT: University Trustees Continue Ban on Campus Guns
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"The Legislature this year enacted a measure specifically intended to overturn the University of Utah ban of guns on campus. The university's trustees have voted unanimously to continue the ban."

"The board of trustees on Monday directed the administration to pursue a 'quick and definitive resolution' of the legal dispute."

"Senate Bill 48 was signed into law last month by Gov. Olene Walker. In addition to reasserting the Legislature's claim to having ultimate authority on where guns may be banned, it was intended to overturn a state court ruling in support of the university's policy."
 

OR: Portland cops have to justify pointing gun
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"Starting in July, Portland, Ore., police officers will have to write a report each time they point a gun at someone."

"The policy was announced Monday on the eve of Tuesday's grand jury hearings on the shooting death of James Perez, an unarmed motorist killed in a confrontation with Portland officers during a traffic stop last month."

"The Perez shooting stirred a public uproar that Police Chief Derrick Foxworth said he hoped would be cooled by the new report requirement, which takes effect July 1."
 

TX: Sheriff urges gun safety: A simple plan for prevention
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" 'I've seen this type of tragedy too many times throughout my career,' Navarro County Sheriff Les Cotton said."

"Over the last few years, a program called Project ChildSafe launched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) supports a mobile safety tour of 15 education vehicles that visit's all 50 states."

"The program also assists local law enforcement agencies with scheduling firearm safety events in their communities as well."

"One of the NSSF programs that Navarro County Sheriff's Office is currently participating in, is distributing free firearm safety kits, which includes a gun locking device."
 

GA: Man Kills Nephew in Self Defense
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"An 18-year-old man died at the hands of his uncle early Tuesday after he tried to run his uncle down with a pickup truck. No charges were planned in what authorities described as a justified killing." ...

"The deceased, Jeremy Woods, first showed up at his mother's home in Stone Mountain Monday night after skipping a required nightly visit to jail."

"He was part of a Rockdale County work release. ..." ...

"Woods and his mother got into an argument when she tried to convince him to report to the jail. Woods then showed up at his father's house in Walnut Grove Tuesday morning. He broke into the house, smashed open gun cases, and stole a shotgun."
 

NE: Nebraskans Can Get Free Gun Locks
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"Gov. Mike Johanns announced Tuesday that more than 100,000 gun locks are available free of charge to Nebraskans as part of Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety program." ...

"Project Childsafe, funded by a $50 million grant from the Department of Justice, is operated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. An expansion of Project HomeSafe, Project Childsafe is expected to provide nearly 20 million free gunlocks nationwide this year."
 

UK: Armed robber's raids at bookies
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"DETECTIVES want to speak to the man pictured in connection with a series of armed robberies."

"Cops believe he has struck at a minimum of nine betting shops in the past nine months, threatening staff with a gun."

"He is believed to have robbed a branch of Ladbrokes in London Road, Tooting, on Thursday, March 25."

"He is also suspected of carrying out at least eight other raids across South London and Surrey since July last year."

"The Association of British Betting Shops has put up a £5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect."
 

PA: Toy guns pose real danger for kids
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"Northeastern Regional Police Chief Darryl Albright released the ammunition clip from his service pistol and slid it inside the 'toy' handgun."

" 'Perfect fit,' he said."

"He then pointed out the three fake 'Walther' manufacturer logos on the pellet gun, including the P99 model number of a 9mm Walther."

"Thankfully, he said, the Northeastern Regional officer who seized the weapon from a teen at Mount Wolf Park Friday knew the weapon shot only plastic BBs."
 

UK: New calls for fake guns ban
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"NEW calls have been made for imitation firearms to be banned."

"Holme Valley parish councillor Royston Rogers, who started a campaign against fake weapons last year, has spoken out after an incident involving a fake gun in Honley."

"A police helicopter and armed response unit were called out last week after reports of a man being threatened with a gun."

"In fact, the weapon was an airgun that looked like a real firearm."
 

Italy: Self-Defense: Minister of Justice Castelli, more attention to victims of assaults
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Minister of Justice Roberto Castelli speaks again about "self-defence". "It is completely evident that no one is entitled to take the law into his own hands. But, within the limits of a fair justice - the Minister said to journalists at the end of the inauguration of Lodi's prison new wing - I don't think today's regulations take the victims' psychological state into the right consideration: if they are under pressure, they do not have the necessary clarity of mind to estimate the situation correctly". The Minister pointed out that "this is an input given by the parliamentary committee two years ago, that is to say before the emotional wave of recent happenings took place; no law should be made in this way" he stressed. The Minister of Justice said he knew of "many cases of people that, having reacted after being assaulted served far too many years in prison. Nordio's Committee - Castelli concluded - is working towards this aim".
 

Saved by the gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...holy shit! ÖThis is why we have to have the Second Amendment! This is why youíve got to have a [legal defensive firearm]! If it wasnít for that goddamn Glock Iíd be dead today and so would my son. That goddamned [legal defensive firearm] saved our lives!"

"I respectfully submit to you that hereís all the evidence necessary for rational, intelligent, reasoning people to decide whether to risk their precious familyís lives on the lies and deceit of those - like insane Sara Brady who, in the long run, wish them dead - or the well-reasoned, practical advice of those compassionate, patriotic individuals - like John Lott, Gary Kleck and John Mustard -who wish all good Americans long lives of liberty."
 

Australia: Accused cop in cash probe
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"CORRUPTION investigators suspect a suspended detective accused of taking bribes has hidden cash overseas."

"The detective has been named by a career criminal as the man who also gave him a gun used in an underworld murder."

"The criminal's claims that he made large payments to the detective over a long period prompted corruption investigators to check the policeman's finances, allegedly uncovering overseas funds and offshore financial dealings."
 

WA: Tacoma city attorney involved in Brame case leaves
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"City Attorney Robin Jenkinson, one of several city department heads who became embroiled in last year's controversy sparked when Police Chief David Brame killed his wife and himself, resigned yesterday." ...

"Jenkinson, who has led Tacoma's legal department for nine years, said the events of the past year did not cause her to leave the city." ...

"Since Brame fatally shot his estranged wife and killed himself on April 26 last year, several high-level city officials have left their jobs. Longtime city manager Ray Corpuz was fired by the City Council. The Police Department's command staff has been replaced. Human Resources Director Phil Knudsen is on paid leave."
 

OH: New Gun Law Confuses Ohio Residents
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Many people are confused about Ohio's new Concealed Carry Gun law.

The law allows people with a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but property owners have the right to keep even legal gun carriers off their property.

Business owners must put up a notice if weapons are not allowed on their property. Under the law, the sign has to be in a highly visible location.

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has set up a special website to help understand the new law.
 

Trinidad: One of the UN's "Chosen Ones" Gets Ten Years Hard Labor For Murder, Perjury, Falsifying Evidence, Planting Evidence, Doctoring Police Records and Intimidating Witnesses
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"A HIGH Court judge yesterday suggested that the time has come for the creation of an independent body to investigate police officers who are accused of committing crimes in an effort to restore public confidence in the criminal justice system."

"Justice Herbert Volney, presiding in the Second Criminal Court, at the Hall of Justice, Port of Spain, made the comment as he sentenced a police constable, who was found guilty of manslaughter, to 10 years in jail with hard labour."

"PC Mihiset Greene an officer with 23 years' experience, was found guilty on April 8 of unlawfully killing Neil Sutherland, who was shot from behind on April 14, 1995."

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But men like this should have a monopoly on force, right Sarah?
 

Iraqi citizens are joyfully arming (humor)
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
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"With little more than two months remaining until the American-led occupation force hands sovereignty to an interim government, Iraqi citizens are joyfully arming themselves in anticipation of independence." ...

"Butti said he plans to observe the day of independence at home with his family, in quiet contemplation and prayer for his life in a fortified bunker he built beneath his house."

"Iraqi leaders expressed optimism about the future of democracy in Iraq."
 

CA: Lesser charge in mall shooting which DA says was probably self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 22-year-old man arrested in the shooting of a teenager during a melee last month in Arden Fair mall will not be prosecuted for felony assault with a deadly weapon."

"Debose is charged with possession of a concealed handgun. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison."

"Debose was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a concealed gun."

"Debose... shot one of three people who were attacking him in the crowded mall on a Saturday afternoon, court records show."

"Debose was at the mall with his girlfriend and their child."

"The assault charge was dropped because Debose would likely prevail in claiming he fired the gun in self-defense, Grippi said."
 

OH: Food for thought: Consider insurance as protection, too
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As this Columbus Dispatch story points out, although insurance isnít required in the law, itís something to consider as a personal choice."

"Itíll cost Ohioans $45 to apply for a concealed-handgun permit, but those looking to take advantage of the new state law could find themselves shelling out hundreds more for extra insurance coverage."

"Standard policies donít cover many of the liabilities gun carriers might face, insurers say, and one of the few that does costs more than $300 a year."

"Those who use a handgun for reasons other than protection against serious harm could face criminal charges under state law. Civil lawsuits also are a possibility, even if a gun owner shoots someone who is breaking the law."
 

AR: Man Gets 30 Years For Shooting At Armed Men Pouring From Unmarked Vehicles With No Emergency Lights Which Had Crashed Into His House
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"Kenneth Eugene Barrett was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of a state trooper and the wounding of another."

"District Judge John Garrett upheld the sentences recommended in February by a jury. Jurors found Barrett, 42, guilty and recommended a 20-year prison term for first-degree manslaughter and a 10-year term for assault and battery." ...

"During the five-week trial, Barrettís attorneys claimed he was acting in self defense when he opened fire on troopers as they converged on his property in 1999 to serve a no-knock, nighttime search warrant for drugs."

"Barrett fired only after being blinded by the headlights of Hamiltonís Ford Bronco, which rammed his front porch, Echols said."


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Meanwhile, a cop from Trinidad gets a mere 10 years for shooting an unarmed man in the back.
 

AZ: Defending yourself against an attacker
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"Safford Police officer and martial arts expert Eric Walker challenged a mostly female audience to plan ahead and 'think outside of the box' so they will be prepared if faced with an attacker."

"When a potential attacker becomes threatening, Walker said he knows he can defeat the person because of his law enforcement and martial arts training. He knows he can do his job without physical confrontation and prefers avoiding fights. Walker told the audience to try to avoid a physical fight at all costs."

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That's right. Many times an attacker will outweigh and outmuscle you. That's why you must avoid getting close enough to where the assailant can lay his hands on you. The best way to do that is draw your gun.
 

FL: Disabled Vet fighting to save his home from 'eminent domain' seizure
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For anyone who believes in the notion of "private property."

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"A disabled Navy veteran, whose David-and-Goliath battle with the state of Florida to save his home is being closely followed by property-rights advocates across the country, won a brief reprieve when Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet postponed a final decision on whether to take his land by eminent domain as part of the $7.8 billion Everglades Restoration Project."

"Rather than voting to begin condemnation proceedings as expected, the three-member Cabinet last week gave the state Department of Environmental Protection two weeks to find a way that would allow Jesse Hardy, 68, to keep his property and at the same time continue the project without running up the cost or leaving the state open to liability."
 

America: Global Welfare Provider
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"If there is one thing that our elected legislators are really good at it is creating flawed social programs designed, with supposedly good intentions, to improve the standard of living for some poor shmuck that cannot seem to make it on his/her own. It is little wonder that the tax burden placed upon American citizens is so great when we consider all the programs we are expected to cheerfully fund, not only at home but also abroad."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. ó Edward Abbey

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