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Bring back the draft
Submitted by: FWiedner

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"Why shouldn't we ask all of our citizens to bear some responsibility and pay some price?"

"It is the obligation of every citizen of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States who is between the ages of 18 and 26 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this Act unless exempted under the provisions of this Act."

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Our exalted leaders have decided that their assaults to control free speech, disarm the population, to deny privacy and due process have been well received.

Now they are attempting to force free Americans to enforce their failed foreign policies by implementing involuntary servitude.

Presidential candidate Aaron Russo is openly campaigning against the draft and has initiated a petition drive in opposition to this insane idea.
 

Women's Groups Headed for Showdown Over Guns; S.A.F.E.R. Event to Support Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Mothers' Day, May 9, the Second Amendment Sisters (SAS) will be standing up for the basic human right of self-defense for women and others."

"The group reports 'the so-called 'Million' Mom March (MMM), an anti-gun group, will be holding a rally in Washington, D.C., at the same time.' "

"A spokesperson said 'Unbelievably, the extremist MMM is asking Congress to renew and strengthen the so-called 'Assault Weapons Ban' -- a law that even the Centers for Disease Control admits has had no effect on crime. The gun-grabbers are also shooting to reinstate the 5-day Brady waiting period for all gun purchases, which has proven itself to be utterly worthless since its inception.' "
 

Assault weapons ban due to expire soon as Bush ignores problem
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"The 1994 law bans 19 models of military style semiautomatic weapons, including the Uzi, AK-47 and TEC-9, which can fire bullets as fast as the user can pull the trigger. Also banned are ammunition clips that can hold more than 10 rounds. The law also attempted in vain to ban 'copycat' guns by defining the characteristics of an assault weapon."

"Gun control advocates want the ban renewed. They want to toughen it by requiring instant background checks for buyers at gun shows, closing the 'gun show loophole,' and banning the importation of high-capacity ammunition clips that can hold as many as 150 rounds."
 

Exploiting yet another tragedy: Relatives of Two Sniper Victims To Join D.C. Anti-Gun March
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"The mother of one of the sniper victims, and the sister of another, are hoping to rally thousands of other women to make gun control a major issue this election year."

"They are now part of the Million Mom March, which has its latest signature event scheduled for this Mothers Day, May 9th. That's when organizers hope hundreds of thousands of women will converge on Washington to call for tighter gun control."

"Their top concern this year is the federal ban on assault weapons, which is scheduled to expire in September. Organizers say President Bush promised to renew it, but so far has done nothing."
 

The 2003 MissLiberty.com Film Awards
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Innocents Betrayed is a nominee for Best Libertarian Documentary of 2003

"This documentary gives historical evidence for the connection between gun control and genocide." --C.P.

"This film graphically shows what happens when the protectors (governments) become the predators upon the people (citizens) whom they have first disarmed using 'gun control' laws. Facts, figures, photos and footage that you'll never forget, from around the world and here in America." --T.S.

"Outstanding documentation of the inevitable result of 'gun control.'" --S.M.

 

Every Police State Needs Happy Police
Submitted by: James Eller

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"Every good police state needs plenty of police, so as the United States becomes more totalitarian it should be no surprise that the job of enforcing all the rules is becoming more lucrative."

"Lines are typically long when police agencies begin hiring, given salaries that can easily top $100,000 a year and retirement packages of 90 percent of final pay, or even more. Cities always are promising to spend more on 'public safety,' which means more cops, bigger salaries, more outrageous pensions, more high-powered weapons and other gee-whiz gadgets to subdue the population."

"The work isn’t particularly hazardous, despite the claims to the contrary, and for some reason the populace still gives the police a great deal of respect, despite the never-ending examples of abusive police tactics, the bullying of police unions and the increasing tendency of cops to view their 'subjects' with hostility and disdain."
 

MS: University Police Department presents self-defense classes Wednesday
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"Women from the Lafayette County area will learn how to defend themselves at a women's defense course."

"UPD officers will be assisting in the instruction of the course demonstrating certain maneuvers as well as educating the participants of certain safety and awareness tips, according to Thelma Curry, crime prevention coordinator for UPD."

"Though Curry said she wanted to assure women of Oxford and Ole Miss that their community is by no means a dangerous place, she said she encourages people to understand that anything can happen."

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Ole Miss Student Policy states: "The possession of any dangerous instrument on campus is prohibited. These include, but are not limited to, any gun, rifle, pistol or other firearm..."
 

NC: Another case for the "Only cops and military should be allowed firearms" file
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"A former Fort Bragg soldier was charged Monday with having two pistols that had been missing from the post."

"He was arrested near Atlanta with two 9 mm pistols, sources said."

"The missing weapons belonged to the battalion commander and the battalion logistics officer of the 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, sources said."

"About 120 paratroopers from 3rd Battalion's Headquarters and Headquarters Company were were released late Monday night. They had been confined to their unit area since April 13, when the weapons were discovered missing."
 

NY: Village, County Cops Facing Unlawful Death Suit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The family of David Glowczenski, the mentally disturbed man who died after scuffling with village police officers last winter, alleges his death was not only unnecessary, but also excruciating."

"During an emotional press conference last Thursday, the family and Hempstead attorney Frederick Brewington announced their intent to bring a multimillion dollar suit against Southampton Village and Suffolk County, and called for the arrest and persecution of the officers involved in the February 4 incident."

"According to Brewington, officers employed excessive force in subduing Glowczenski, who was cuffed, sprayed with chemical mace, and stunned nine times with an electric Taser stun gun during the altercation."

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Another set of police officers abusing their power? What if they were the only ones armed?
 

NY: NYC Justice System Displays Horrific Double Standard As Ex-Police Officer Sentenced To Conditional Discharge Because "Losing His Job As A Cop Was Adequate Punishment"
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"An ex-police officer who was convicted of attempted assault and criminal weapons possession for apparently swinging a radio at a handcuffed suspect was sentenced to a conditional discharge."

"Charles Dorcent, who had faced up to 18 months in jail, will not serve time in prison, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Tomei ruled Tuesday."

"Tomei suggested that Dorcent, an eight-year veteran of the police force, go to anger management counseling, but the judge said losing his job on the police force was adequate punishment."

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Losing his job wasn't punishment, it was recognition that he never should have been a cop! Prison is punishment, and that's where a regular citizen would have gone if he'd done the same thing to a cop.
 

NJ: Victim finds robbery gun
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"A Jersey City man who said he was robbed at gunpoint Sunday returned to the scene of the crime later that day to look for clues, and found the handgun the woman trained on him during the robbery, he later told police."

"The 25-year-old man told police he was getting out of his car early Sunday morning when a man and woman approached him and demanded money and jewelry."

"After giving a statement to police, the man searched the area and found a .380 caliber pistol nearby, reports said. The man said he took the gun to a friend, who unloaded it and placed it on the ground before calling police, reports said."

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Maybe the cops were too busy arresting people for mere possession hollow-points to look for evidence in an armed robbery.
 

NY: Using tragedy for political gain
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Local gun-control advocates used yesterday's fifth anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre to push for the renewal and strengthening of a federal ban on military-style assault weapons."
 

Kenya: 100 Firearms recovered in Nairobi
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"One hundred firearms, over 3,000 rounds of ammunition and 288 toy pistols have been recovered from criminals in Nairobi in the last six moths." ...

"The police boss, at the same, clarified that the Government had not disbanded organised vigilante groups."

"But even if the groups were an effective tool in community policing, he said, they should not be misconstrued to mean the creation of criminal gangs such as Kamjesh and Mungiki."
 

NC: Residents debate reasonable, common sense, gun proposal that only fanatics (or those who know what 'incrementalism' means) could object to
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"Pamela Postage wanted the county commissioners to know Monday night that three houses in her neighborhood near Sunset Beach have been hit with stray bullets in the past year."

"Reggie Hucks wanted the commissioners to know that there are already existing laws that prohibit gunfire in inappropriate places."

"Both were among hundreds that showed up for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would limit where firearms can be discharged in Brunswick County."

"But County Attorney Huey Marshall said the proposed restrictions wouldn't apply to licensed hunting, self-defense or the protection of farmland from varment animals."

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. . . but because it happens slowly, the frog doesn't notice how hot the water is getting.
 

NRA backs Bush, but some grumble
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"At 79, Ray Jennings is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, even though he doesn't hunt anymore." ...

"The retired heavy-machinery operator from Columbus, Ohio, may have put down his weapon, but he stays on the lookout for attempts to limit gun ownership. He and others attending the NRA's 133rd annual convention this past weekend say there is an assault under way on their 2nd Amendment rights, and some of them question whether the Bush administration really is on their side."
 

WV: Police name suspect in shooting death
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"No charges had been filed or arrests had been made Monday in connection with the shooting death of Joseph Adkins. He died from a fatal chest wound shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday at the home of Jeffrey Bradshaw. Bradshaw is a suspect in the case." ...

"The shooting appears to have been the result of a disturbance in which a victim had been there earlier in the day, said Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles. It appears Adkins came back, forced his way into the trailer and was shot after he made entry, he said."

"At this point, the investigation indicates there was no criminal act, that the shooting was done in self defense..."

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But Sarah and her ilk will call it a life lost to "gun violence" not lives saved with a gun.
 

OH: Most lawn mower accidents result of human error
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"So WHY are we writing a story about 75,000 accidental lawn mower injuries on a website that focuses on self-defense rights?"

"Because according to the CDC, less than 17,700 people received non-fatal injuries due to a firearms accident in 2001."

"Because when you add to that accidental number those injured intentionally, due to violent attack, the total number is still less than those injured by accident with lawn-mowers - 63,000."

"Because there is no Ohio Coalition Against Lawn Mowers. Because the Million Mom March isn't ambulance-chasing and holding press conferences every time someone is injured with their Lawn Boy."

"Because Bob Taft isn't dictating legislation that lawn mowers not be operated in the presence of children under 18."
 

NY: Man charged with robbery-homicide in shooting death in the "gun free" Brady paradise of NYC
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A Bronx man was charged yesterday in the shooting death of another man during a robbery on Sunday, police said.

Rene Malloy, 25, of 307 Tremont Ave., was charged with murder and robbery in the slaying of Elliot Monserate, 38, in a Morris Heights building.

Monserate and a friend, Miguel Cuevas, 54, were accosted by Malloy and an accomplice, who allegedly pulled out a .22-caliber pistol and fired a shot, hitting Monserate in the neck, police said. Monserate was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died.

Police are still seeking the second suspect.
 

Taking Aim
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Dick Cheney drew standing ovations at the National Rifle Association's 133rd annual convention in Pittsburgh this weekend when he derided John Kerry and made his pitch for Bush-Cheney 04. 'John Kerry's approach to the Second Amendment has been to regulate, regulate and regulate some more,' the veep told a cheering crowd."

"Yet some NRA members are reportedly not so thrilled with Bush. Some are unhappy that Bush supports extending the Federal Assault Weapons Act, an assault weapons ban, signed by Clinton in 1994, that would expire in September. Some NRA members also feel that Bush has stepped on civil liberties and infringed on privacy by way of thePatriot Act, which makes it easier for police to search homes without a warrant."
 

TN: State Decides To Retry Former Officer Christopher Gaynor
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The state has decided to retry former Chattanooga police officer Christopher Gaynor for the shooting death of a motorist in East Chattanooga.

The case was tried in February, but ended in a mistrial.

The former officer, 24, took the witness stand to say he acted in self defense when he saw John Eric Henderson reach inside the glove compartment of his vehicle that was parked on Newell Street. There was no weapon in the car.

Gaynor is charged with criminally negligent homicide.

He is appealing his dismissal from the police force. A hearing is to be held by the City Council after the criminal proceedings are over.

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If there was no gun, how can it be self-defense? And most people, upon seeing an officer approach, reach into their glove compartment for license and registration.
 

OH: More businesses ban; more reverse course after feeling repercussions
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"When Ohio-based Frisch's Inc. ordered its Ohio stores to hang signs, concerned customers began contacting the company, inquiring as to why it would post them in Ohio, when it hasn't posted them in Kentucky or Indiana. Frisch's responded by saying they would post signs in those states as well. This ill-conceived plan succeeded only in angering customers in three states, instead of one."

Ohioans For Concealed Carry can now report that Frisch's management, upon the requests of customers, has decided to take another look at the issue. While Frisch's has not yet made a formal statement about the reversal, the signs ARE coming down at all Big Boy, Frisch's and Golden Corral restaurants!
 

UK: Students taught how to be good victims
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"Pupils at Tain Royal Academy, in the Highlands, are used to feeling safe when they walk the streets, as the area has the lowest crime rate in the UK."

"When the time comes to go to university, they may find it hard to cope with the threats posed by big-city living."

"So the head teacher, Donnie Macleod, has enlisted the help of Alan Bell, an unarmed combat expert with 22 years' service in the SAS."

"Final-year pupils learn how to spot a potential aggressor, the basics of self-defence and skills used every day by city dwellers, such as making sure no one is watching while they use cash machines."

"The half-day courses emphasise avoiding trouble, rather than confronting it. The skills learned include speaking calmly when threatened."

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Right. And when armed thugs accost them, speaking calmly will prevent the crime how?
 

UK: Man Who Stabbed Blood-Soaked Cocaine Addict Who Came Crashing In His Home Is Jailed For Protecting Himself And His Pregnant Guest
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"A 23-year-old man was jailed for five years today for stabbing to death a cocaine-addled and blood-soaked intruder who terrified a group of friends after he smashed his way into a flat."

"Brett Osborn knifed Wayne Halling five times in the back after the 30-year-old burst into the property in Romford, east London, following a drug-fuelled rampage on August 24 last year."

"Judge Shirley Anwyl QC said that she accepted that Halling could have been perceived to be 'dangerous to others'."

"But she added: 'With hindsight it is clear that Halling was presenting no real danger to anyone but himself.' "

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So when a blood-soaked maniac comes crashing into your home you should offer him counseling on his self-destructive tendencies? Apparently this young man will be jailed and have his life ruined because he's a danger to dangerous, strung-out drug addicts who burst into people's homes blood-soaked and unannounced.
 

Canada: Martial-arts mama gives thugs a thumpin' -- Uses taekwondo to fend off attackers
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"Two thugs picked the wrong lady to mess with. A 40-year-old woman used her expertise in taekwondo to fight off two men who confronted her Monday night after she got out of her car."

"The veteran martial artist was retrieving golf clubs from the back of her vehicle, when a man grabbed her by the neck from behind."

"When the woman turned around, she saw a second man."

"Using her self-defence techniques, the taekwondo expert backhanded the first man and then delivered a roundhouse kick to the stomach of the second man, Glover said."

"The two men apparently had enough and took off."
 

IN: Man sends alleged robber to hospital with severe injuries
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"In what police are calling a likely act of self-defense, a 20-year-old man struck a would-be robber with a bat, stopping the robbery and sending the would-be thief to the hospital."

"The 20-year-old, who is confined to a wheelchair, let a 22-year-old male into his apartment."

"[Officer] Wilson said the 20-year-old was acquainted with the 22-year-old. . . . According to what the 20-year-old told police, his wallet was sitting between his legs, and the unarmed 22-year-old told him he was going to take it. As he was doing so, he began to grab the 20-year-old's neck and shirt. That's when the 20-year-old reacted and hit him in the back of the head with a small wooden bat."

" 'I would say it's an act of self-defense,' Wilson said."
 

CA: Gun-sale ban advances
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"Legislation that would ban the sale of weapons at gun shows near San Francisco's most violent neighborhoods was narrowly approved by a critical subcommittee Tuesday and is headed to the state Senate floor for a full vote."

"The Senate Public Safety Committee voted 4-2 to support SB 1733, a simple piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, that blocks the sale of firearms at the Cow Palace, located in Daly City just across the city line from San Francisco."

"Gun shows are regularly held at the state-owned convention hall, which opponents say sends a wrong message to nearby communities, where the sound of gunfire is all too familiar."
 

IA: Pellet Gun Causes Trouble For Student
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A Davenport high school student was suspended for bringing a pellet gun to school.

Officials say it happened Tuesday, on the fifth anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.

Police say a school bus driver spotted the 16-year-old boy with a gun inside a car in the parking lot of West High. The boy was disarmed and taken into custody.

The teenager was suspended pending further disciplinary review and action.

School officials say the district's zero-tolerance policy on weapons doesn't differentiate between toy guns -- which a pellet gun is classified as -- and real guns.
 

PA: Toomey will defend gun rights (Letter)
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"If you value the preservation of your Second Amendment rights as much as I do, the prospect of another term for Sen. Arlen Specter is frightening. If re-elected, Sen. Specter would likely chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, which reviews and approves all gun control legislation. With his unreliable record on this issue, his chairmanship could prove disastrous to our Second Amendment rights. ...That's why Guns & Ammo magazine rated Specter one of the 10 "most dangerous anti-gunners."

"I know Congressman Pat Toomey is a member of the National Rifle Association and a responsible gun owner. ..."
 

MA: Taunton police chief pleads for more officers
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"Police Chief Raymond L. O'Berg said his department is undermanned and fighting a losing battle against crime and he pleaded with the City Council on Tuesday to hire more officers." ...

"He said robberies, assaults, drug activity and other crimes are on the rise because of short staffing." ...

"He said police response time has been slowed considerably because on most shifts there are only five police cruisers on patrol."

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And yet the state of Massachusetts still insists on disarming its citizens, forcing them to rely on understaffed police even though crime is on the rise and the police admit they cannot handle the load.
 

FL: What's good for gun owners should be good for prescription holders
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"Keeping a list of gun owners violates individual privacy rights, but keeping a list of their medical prescriptions does not; ... First the House and Senate passed a measure making it a criminal offense for anyone including law enforcement to keep any type of list of gun owners, except those under active criminal investigation. Then a House subcommittee approved a law allowing the creation of a statewide database on persons receiving controlled prescription drugs."

"Supporters of the gun measure argued the lists of gun owners could wind up in a state database that could be invaded by hackers ... ...The question is, if the gun-list database could be compromised, what makes the prescription database inviolate?"
 

UK: Lotto winner won't face gun charge
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"Norfolk Lotto multi-millionaire Michael Carroll will not face criminal charges following a police raid at his Downham Market home, police said today."

"Carroll, 21, was arrested on April 3 after a tip off from a concerned member of the public."

"Police searched his new house in Bexwell Road, Downham Market and seized what were described as 'firearms related items'." ...

"Norfolk Constabulary, in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, found no evidence to support any criminal offence having taken place."
 

UK: Mountain rescue cops join gun hunt
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"A MOUNTAIN rescue team yesterday joined in the massive police search for a hidden cache of guns in a Paisley housing scheme." ...

"Yesterday morning, experts from the Strathclyde Police mountain rescue team arrived at the scene and, dressed in protective clothing and equipped with specialist gear such as ropes, joined in the weapons hunt."

"As the search entered its sixth day, police stepped up their efforts, with dozens of officers involved in the investigation." ...

"Meanwhile, officers have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the Amochrie Road area."
 

UK: Police in drive to tackle gun crime
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"POLICE chiefs are devising a strategy to crack down on illegal gun factories in Merseyside."

"It comes after a record number of firearms was seized last year with the final total 2,600."

"Now police officers across Merseyside are identifying the particular gun problems they have in their own command areas."

"There is an increasing trend in the underworld for taking legal replica firearms and making them capable of firing real bullets."

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Maybe UK government officials need an Economics 101 refresher. There would be no supply if there wasn't a demand, people! Bans create demand!
 

Australia: Jailed for gun threat
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"TWO brothers who pointed a loaded gun at security staff outside the Thirsty Dog after being evicted from the popular nightclub were sentenced yesterday to a year's jail."

"Ballarat Magistrates Court was told Stanley and Rodney McDonald, who have appealed their sentences, had been drinking heavily when they visited the Lydiard St nightclub, now known as Seven, on the eve of last year's Ballarat Cup."

"The court was told the brothers spent a few hours at the club, before they were evicted for fighting."

"Upon their eviction, the men returned to their car, where there was a loaded .303 sawn-off rifle."

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Boy, that gun control is doing wonders, isn't it?
 

TX: Robbers Target Bar, Deputy Opens Fire
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"An off-duty Harris County sheriff's deputy opened fire on two suspected robbers at a bar Wednesday."

"Investigators said the deputy was working as security after the owner was robbed three times recently."

"Around 4 a.m., two men armed with shotguns broke in through the front door, officials said."

" 'He hears some people talking outside the bar. Then he hears what he believes to be prying noise on the bar door. The door comes open. Two suspects come in. They have on ski masks. He hops up from his hiding location, identifies himself. He is in uniform. One of the suspects has a pistol-grip shotgun and turns towards him and the deputy opens fire at him,' said Capt. Lanny Hitchcock."
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Armed security works.
 

UK: Gun owners without certificate face jail
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"More than 1,000 people in Hertfordshire could face five years in jail if the Home Office does not adequately publicise a change in gun ownership laws, warns the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)."

"From May 1, it will be illegal to possess a Brocock gun without a firearms certificate but BASC argues that not enough people know about the new leglislation."

"Brocock guns are small self-contained gas cartridge-powered pistols and their ban was agreed in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to help cut down on the misuse of air weapons and immitation firearms." ...

"A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said that people 'need to hand them in otherwise we cannot guarantee that we won't prosecute them'."

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The UK just makes America appear more free by the minute.
 

UK: Man shot in street in broad daylight in this "gun-free" Brady Paradise
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"The suburban calm of East Finchley has been shattered by a dramatic gangster-style shooting."

"The quiet area neighbouring the Grange estate was rocked after a 20-year-old man was shot by a group of masked men in New Trinity Road at around 4.20pm on Friday last week. He is currently recovering in hospital."

"A resident of nearby Willow Walk, who did not want to be named, said: 'I came home on Friday to see all the police tape up and didn't understand what was going on.' "

" 'When I was told somebody had been shot I was amazingly shocked.' "

"This is East Finchley. People don't get shot in East Finchley. I moved here to get away from all of that."
 

UK: Gunmen attempt to rob store twice in five days since it is easy in gun control "utopia"
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"Armed robbers held up the Tesco store again on Saturday only five days after another pair of gun-toting thieves tried to rob the store."

"At 10.40pm on Saturday, April 17, two young black men came into the store demanding cash. One of them, brandishing what looked like a gun, pistol-whipped the manager."

"The manager opened the store's safe, but while the thieves were searching it they were charged down by the in-store security guard, who took the gun. The thieves fled, taking only two money-bags of small change."

"On inspection the gun turned out to be a replica."

"[The previous] Monday at the same store, two white men, also carrying a gun, fled when a panic alarm was set off."

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Robbery made risk free by the gun-grabbers!
 

A Place Called Perfect
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"...'We are permitted to use or disclose your PHI [Protected Health Information] for the following purposes.' It then listed just under 20 reasons why 'The Pharmacy America Trusts' might entrust my Protected Health Information with other people."

"Research."

"Fundraising."

"The list went on."

"But then I stumbled upon the 'purpose' I liked best: 'We may release PHI about you to federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, protection to the President, and other national security activities authorized by law.' "

"Wait a minute. What?"

" 'Protection to the President'?"

"How, exactly, is my swollen Eustachian tube a threat to the President? How's it a threat to anything other than my ability to breathe like a human being?"

"This makes me wonder what other info the feds might need in their efforts to defend our democracy."
 

MI: Police seek new guns
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" 'None of us want to shoot anybody, but if we do get into a life-and-death situation, you want a round that’s going to do the job...' said Hancock Police Chief Beaudoin."

“The only time a police officer is going to use his handgun on a human is when his life is in danger, or when he’s protecting the life of someone else. If you were in that situation yourself, you’d want the best equipment you can have.”

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So how do you and the MSP feel about me having "the best equipment" for my own safety?
 

Uganda: Army Officer Who The US Thinks Should Have a Monopoly On Force Ties Escort Behind Car And Drags Him 100 Meters For Insubordination
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"The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence is investigating Maj. Tebarura [who] allegedly tortured his escort Obedi Kiiza."

"Eyewitnesses say it all started when Tebarura travelled to Kampala and left his pistol in his house, which he occupies with a civilian relative."

"When Kiiza saw the pistol, he removed it saying civilians could not be trusted with firearms. He handed the pistol back to his boss when he returned."

"[A]n angry Tebarura accused Kiiza of insubordination for keeping his pistol. He called two regimental police soldiers and ordered them to administer 20 strokes of the cane on Kiiza."

"After the flogging, Tebarura tied Kiiza's legs on his pick-up and ordered the driver to speed off."

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So only governments and their agents should be armed, right?
 

OH: Blast From The Past
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Because of the violence that has occurred in schools in recent years, strict regulations have been put in place prohibiting the presence of weapons on school property. Even without these regulations, we would question the presence of guns in the classroom. However, they have not always been banned.

On March 12, 1892, Arthur Wolfe caused a disturbance in his English classroom at Central School when the 22-caliber pistol he carried in his pocket suddenly discharged. Remarkably, neither he nor anyone else was injured. The bullet traveled down his pants leg and lodged in his shoe. It was reported it was "common practice among the boys to carry revolvers to school."

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So why no Columbine style shootings?
 

Australia: Injured animals casualty of new handgun laws as compassionate passersby are forced to beat them to death instead of humanely euthanizing them with a handgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Brian Kentwell says he has been left with no choice but to 'hammer' injured or dying animals as he patrols 75 kilometres of irrigation channels in the district."

"Mr Kentwell, who has been manager of the Marthaguy Irrigation Scheme for 15 years, said he was no longer permitted to use the 9mm Ruger he was specifically licensed to carry for the humane euthanasia of stock and native animals bogged in channels or injured when hit by vehicles."

"Just last week I had to put down a kangaroo that had two broken legs. It's not very pleasant at the best of times and doubly difficult without a firearm..."

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It is the same mindset that would rather see a woman raped than a rapist shot.
 

CA: San Francisco Supervisor Blames Gun Show for Violence in the 'Hood
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"Gerardo Sandoval's brilliant answer to mayhem and murder in the Bayview is to suggest that gun shows be ended at the Cow Palace. Is he under the impression that gang members buy their weapons legally? No, Sandoval just thinks it is 'inappropriate and insulting...to sell guns so close to The City's center of gun violence.' I suppose the idea of doing something about the violence might have entered his mind, but apparently the double whammy of pandering to terror stricken residents and getting another legal business closed down, is much more appealing to his brand of empty political posturing."
 

NY: Eye Doctor To Challenge Schumer
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"Marilyn O'Grady, a Garden City ophthalmologist, who ran as a Republican two years ago against Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, blasted both Schumer and Republican Senate candidate Howard Mills, who also is seeking Conservative Party backing." ...

"Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long said Wednesday that because the candidates seeking his party's backing are registered Republicans, it was 'not likely' that party leaders would allow a primary. Michael Benjamin, a former Wall Street trader, also is seeking both the Republican and Conservative nominations."
 

UT: CCRKBA Demands Ouster of University of Utah Trustees for Defiance of State CCW Law
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"Utah Gov. Olene Walker should immediately request the resignations of the entire Board of Trustees at the University of Utah for their continued defiance of the Utah Legislature, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today." ...

"CCRKBA's call for the trustee ouster comes in the wake of published reports that the Board unanimously voted to continue its policy of prohibiting students, faculty and staff from being armed on campus, despite state laws that allow it. An assistant attorney general said the issue is whether the university has a constitutional right to enforce a policy that is contrary to state law."
 

CA: $1 million damage caused during raid by agents
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"The owner of a San Leandro warehouse complex searched by federal agents seeking rocket launchers scoffed Saturday at the notion that he has any links to terrorism or illegal military weapons."

" 'I'm about as much threat to national security as a tired old dog,' said Harold Chapman, 75."

"The U.S. magistrate who signed the warrant told The Chronicle the search was for 'rockets that could be launched from military vehicles and (for) some M-16s.' "

"Chapman said several hundred searchers caused some $1 million damage to his warehouse complex."

"Chapman said they believe the investigation was initiated by a false tip from a man who had a personal beef with him. 'He was jealous because we were both seeing the same woman.' "
 

AZ: House backs allowing guns in bars
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"The House on Wednesday voted to allow possession of guns in bars and restaurants if the bearers aren't drinking and if the establishments themselves don't post a ban."

"The House voted 32-17 along party lines for the Republican proposal, a start-over version of a bill (SB1210) that originally dealt with another subject."

"If passed on a formal vote by the House, the bill would return to the Senate for consideration. A similar proposal (HB2648) cleared the House last month but stalled in the Senate."
 

OH: Concealed guns could be trouble in city parks
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"Among the uncertainties surrounding the state's new concealed carry law is whether cities and other political subdivisions can prohibit weapons in public parks."

"City officials across the state say they would like to prohibit firearms in public areas for as far as the law will allow."

" 'It's just common sense when you're dealing with children that you don't want to play around with firearms in our public places,' said Fremont Mayor Terry Overmyer."

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Since when is a responsible, well-trained, background-checked person carrying concealed for their own protection considered equivalent to "playing around" with firearms?
 

MA: Paintball banned in town: Board also prohibits BB, pellet guns on town land
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"Paintball, BB and pellet guns are now on Norwood's banned "weapons" list after selectmen last night adopted regulations prohibiting their use on town-owned park land."

"The new regulations carry fines of $100, $200 and $300 for first, second and third offenses."

"Selectman Chairman Gary Lee said he tried to give the problem time to resolve itself, hoping that parents and kids would get the message. He said he continued to get complaints from residents and believed it was time to act."
 

Yes, You Really Can Fire A Powerful Silver Bullet
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" 'No silver bullet' is a phrase we hear a lot these days (particularly when the government is making excuses for its failures to keep us safe from murderers)."

"But there are a few genuine silver bullets in the world—simple tools that can solve major problems. Some important sources are picking up on one of those remarkable tools."

"In a full-page article in the May 2004 issue of Guns & Ammo, Dr. Paul Gallant and Dr. Joanne Eisen write:

'The fact that genocides have only been successfully perpetrated against unarmed civilians cannot be overstated. 'Innocents Betrayed' will knock the wind out of any claim that the world will be safer when all civilians are disarmed.' "
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. — Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962

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