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Tough Task Ahead in Gun-Industry Immunity Fight
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The prospect of a Senate filibuster to stop a bill that would immunize the gun industry from most lawsuits appears likely when Congress resumes its session April 28 following the Easter break. In early April, the House passed a nearly identical bill by 285-140, and the Senate already has 52 co-signers."
 

Iraq: Iraq's streets are awash with guns
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"Massive arms stockpiles that were abandoned by Iraqi forces -- and cleaned out by scavengers -- have put automatic weapons in the hands of anyone in Iraq who has money to pay."

"And the price has gone way down as the market has been flooded."
 

CA: Barking no joke to cop
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"When a Palo Alto police dog barked at Richard Dillon, the Menlo Park man barked back."

"Dillon's actions didn't amuse Palo Alto police, who cited him on a misdemeanor charge of taunting a police dog. On Tuesday, Dillon pleaded not guilty in Santa Clara County court."
 

Australia: Airport forces girl to remove fake limb
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy, Australia's tallest female basketball player, says she was humiliated when forced to prove her right leg was a prosthesis in front of dozens of other horrified airline passengers."
 

Gun control: the criminal lobby
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"Two recent books by the Manhattan Institute's Walter K. Olson and the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre show how class action lawyers are trying to use the courts to take away our constitutional rights."

"Olson notes the irony of cities, which routinely sell thousands of used police weapons on the gun market, fronting for lawsuits against gun manufacturers for selling their wares to federally licensed dealers." ...

" In Guns, Freedom and Terrorism (WND Books, 2003), Wayne LaPierre describes the attempt underway to destroy the concept of personal responsibility and to hold innocent third parties liable for criminal acts."
 

NRA vs. Ron Paul?
Submitted by: John

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The National Rifle Association is considering opposing Rep. Ron Paul, a champion of gun rights, in next year's Texas Republican primary. Paul evoked the NRA's ire April 9 by opposing a bill that would order federal and state courts to immediately dismiss lawsuits against gun makers and gun sellers.

Paul always has defended Second Amendment protection for gun owners. However, he objected to Congress legislating against state rights. The bill carried, 285-140. Only three Republicans--Paul and two liberals--voted against it.

The gun lobby is split on Paul. While the NRA wants to challenge him, the Gun Owners of America are in full support.
 

LA: AK-47 used in school shooting was imported legally
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"Steve Lenkart, spokesman for the Virginia-based International Brotherhood of Police Officers, said the school killing shows that the United States should continue its ban on importing and manufacturing AK-47s and other military-style assault weapons."

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Isn't it revolting how some anti-freedom scum are willing to take advantage of any tragedy just to see an unconstitutional and ineffective ban continue? Tell us, Mr. Lenkart, how effectual has the ban been in preventing violent crime?
 

UK: Streets get safer with gun amnesty
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"A Cheshire Constabulary spokesman added: 'This amnesty is designed to take guns off the streets and make the streets safer.' " ...

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Apparently it hasn't been doing its job, and the report's headline is a lie. According to this story, gun crime is up despite the amnesty. This amnesty has not been shown to reduce crime in any way.

But it's always nice to know that the media is a willing accomplice in the disarmament and enslavement of British subjects.

 

MD: Without funds, gun prosecutors may be fired
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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"The Baltimore state's attorney's office said yesterday that it will have to fire more than half of its gun prosecutors in June if the city or the state doesn't come up with funding to fill a hole left by an expiring grant."
 

MD: Boy, 7, charged in attempted robbery
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"Annapolis Hollywood Video store manager Vicky McLaughlin wasn't sure what to make of the bandit pointing a silver handgun at her and declaring, 'I'm going to stand this place up.' His gun looked real and he was dressed in all black, with a sweat shirt hood pulled tightly around his head."

"But this robber was 4 feet tall and weighed 70 pounds. He was 7 years old. And the weapon turned out to be a fake."
 

Prosecutors: Sniper Suspect Malvo Laughed At Fatal Shot
Submitted by: Clint Cook
Website: http://www.angelfire.com/home/oldguns

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"Prosecutors described sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo as a willing killer who was amused by a bullet that whizzed by one target's head and laughed about a shot that killed an FBI analyst."

"Malvo's demeanor during a six-hour interview in November in which he confessed to some of the sniper shootings proves police did not intimidate him into confessing, a prosecutor wrote in a legal brief released Monday."
 

TX: Settlers emphasized the importance of schooling
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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Schooling in the 1850s ...

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"All male students 12 or older were required to carry a rifle to school in case of an Indian raid. The school was never attacked, but Indians raided the settlement on July 24, 1863. The raiders were driven off before major damage was done, although horses were stolen."

"Tom Taylor later wrote that turning 12 and being responsible for taking a rifle to school -- and knowing how to use it -- 'was a badge of manhood.' "

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How times have changed.
 

'Forced Busing' at National Parks Decried as 'Anti-People'
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A federal plan to restrict the use of private automobiles in California's Yosemite National Park is raising the hackles of land rights advocates nationwide and prompting protests at the park."

" 'The Park Service is trying to force visitors out of their cars and into big buses, and drive people away from our national parks,' Chuck Cushman, executive director of the American Land Rights Association (ALRA) said in an interview with CNSNews.com Tuesday. Cushman also leads the newly formed Visitors and Communities for an Open Yosemite."
 

Canada: Cabbie's vest didn't save him
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"Veteran cabbie Mohamad Nakib Arbaji wore a bulletproof vest to protect him from gun-toting passengers."

"But it couldn't save the 53-year-old taxi driver when he tried to stop the bandit who robbed his favourite variety store."

"Arbaji — known to friends as Mo — was shot in the face, neck and arm Monday night when he walked in on a robbery at the Daisy Mart store in Scarborough's Malvern Marketplace."
 

UK: Guns given in
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"Congleton Police have confiscated seven guns, two swords and a blade, as a result of the national amnesty on weapons." ...

"With seven guns, Congleton's division has received the least number of firearms in the whole of Cheshire. But the danger of weapons to local residents remains acute with the news that neighbouring Macclesfield - less than 10 miles from Congleton Town - confiscated the greatest number of weapons in the county - 34 in total."
 

Weekly check on anti-gun bias at Yahoo
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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Jeff Soyer's latest counts of pro-, anti- and neutral articles linked to from Yahoo.
 

GA: Barr Drops Out of Ga. Congressional Race
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"Former Georgia congressman Bob Barr, a conservative Republican who rose to prominence as a House manager during the Clinton impeachment hearings, bowed out of a campaign to return to Congress on Wednesday."
 

WI: Proposed bill would protect gun makers, dealers from civil lawsuits
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"Assembly Bill 96, introduced by Rep. Mark Pettis, R-Hertel, also would block such lawsuits against ammunition makers, gun importers, trade associations and sport shooting range owners. Only injury or death lawsuits stemming from illegal use or sale of guns or that result from manufacturing defects would be allowed under the proposal."
 

Matchbox Twenty Auction Tickets For Anti-gun Campaign
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"The tickets for select dates on their MMore Than You Think You Are tour will be put up for bidding on auction website eBAY, with proceeds benefiting the Speak Up Campaign run by PAX, who hopes to end to the gun violence epidemic in America. Matchbox Twenty guitarist Adam Gaynor says the band always 'does whatever it can' to help out organizations such as PAX."
 

UK: Rape and violent crime rise in London
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"The number of rapes and violent crimes in London has risen in the past year according to Scotland Yard figures released on Wednesday."

"There was a 9% increase in rapes and a 10% increase in violent crimes between April 2002 to March 2003 than in the previous 12 months."
 

IL: Carjacking victim turns tables on suspect
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An elderly man on the city's South Side turned the tables on his would be attacker.

Police say the 76-year-old victim was at a gas station near the corner of Garfield Boulevard and Princeton late last night when an 18-year-old suspect tried to take his car at gunpoint.

Details are sketchy, but police say that instead of surrendering the victim struggled with the suspect. During the altercation the gun went off. The bullet struck and killed the younger man.

The victim was not hurt.
 

UK: Rocket shocker as amnesty continues
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"Police officers were shocked when a rocket launcher landed on their front desk as part of a weapons surrender." ...

"It looked capable of firing but on closer inspection officers realised the weapon was nothing more than a harmless replica."

"It is made out of household parts, including a gate latch and a bike seat, and is thought to have been used for an arms exhibition."
 

UK: Knifeman robs store
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"Another armed robbery was carried out at a Borehamwood convenience store on Saturday evening."

"A man with a 6inch knife, claiming to have a gun, robbed The Alldays store in Organ Hall Road, at 9.30pm. The shopworker handed over cash, and the robber ran off along Theobald Street, towards Radlett."
 

UK: Two shot near traveler site
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"Police are investigating after a 17-year-old girl and an 61-year-old man were hit by air rifle pellets outside a travelers' camp in Ridge."
 

OH: Police: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect
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"A robbery suspect died Tuesday night after a homeowner apparently used his gun to stop an apparent home invasion."
 

Canada: Shots fired at school
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"Three gunshots shattered the sense of security at Carleton North High School in Bristol on Tuesday as a student was arrested for firing a weapon on school property."
 

UK: Another helpless, disarmed British family victimized by armed criminals
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"A mum and her five-year-old son had a gun pointed at them by a gang of masked men wearing camouflage uniforms and Army boots who burgled their home."

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That amnesty doesn't seem to be doing anything to stop the criminals from victimizing their disarmed prey.
 

OH: Two Ohio home invasions, two very different outcomes
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Two recent home invasions in Ohio had two very different outcomes for the victims, and for the perpetrators."

"In Case #1, a 23-year-old Akron woman, Ms. Raysean Clark, was shot in the chest by Timothy D. Secession, after he forced his way into her home and began beating her. Clark is still slowly recovering."

"In Case #2, a Columbus homeowner used his gun to stop David A. Griffin when he crashed into the home in an attempted home invasion/robbery."
 

CA: California Assembly says, "Let them eat lead!"
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"The worst possible nightmare for many politicians—and especially for California Assembly members Mark Ridley-Thomas and Paul Koretz—is that citizens actually start to pay attention to their everyday shenanigans. Several times now, socialist fiefs in California’s Assembly have tried to pass a statewide tax on ammunition. And although Californians consistently shoo them away, they continue to scratch at the screen door. Someday, they hope, no one will be paying attention and they will manage to scamper into the kitchen. But not today."

"Los Angeles Assemblyman Ridley-Thomas reintroduced the idea of an ammunition tax in February via Assembly Bill 992, this time claiming that the proceeds would benefit 'Trauma Centers' that treat uninsured gunshot victims. In California, words like 'trauma' sell, and two weeks ago the Committee on Public Safety approved the bill. And just in case the Assembly doesn’t approve it, notorious Hollywood Assemblyman Paul Koretz introduced a word-for-word identical bill labeled AB 602. So even if Ridley-Thomas has the door slammed shut in his face, these two persistent pests can keep on scratching."
 

Declaring War on Marijuana
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"With all of the media focus on the war with Iraq, another war is quietly raging. In the two long years since the Bush administration was inaugurated, the war on drugs has steadily intensified. What is unusual about this particular intensification is that it is directly aimed at the least insidious of all illicit drugs, marijuana. 'It's more harmful than we thought' a recent high quality, TV ad warns, ironically inspiring independent (and anti-prohibition) minds to question the invasive methods and curious media the new anti-marijuana campaign employs."
 

CA: Army contract goes to firm co-owned by Feinstein's husband
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"A planning and engineering firm co-owned by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband has been awarded a five-year Pentagon contract that could be worth up to $600 million."

"San Francisco-based URS Corp. announced Monday that the Army had hired one of its divisions and a partner to help with troop mobilization, weapons system training and anti-terrorism assessment."
 

From whence comes income?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"We might think of dollars as being 'certificates of performance.' The better I serve my fellow man, and the higher the value he places on that service, the more certificates of performance he gives me. ...In order for one to have a claim on what his fellow man produces, he must first serve him. Contrast that moral standard to Congress' standing offer, 'Vote for me and I'll take what your fellow man produces and give it to you.' "
 

I Have A Challenge For You Protesters
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... "My challenge is for you to tell me why I shouldn't consider you all very hypocritical in the demonstrations you have taken part in these past few months." ...

"Where were all of you when Attorney General Janet Reno, with the help of her federal army of law enforcement people, laid siege to the Branch Davidian Church in Waco?" ...
 

OH: City to pay $25,000 for unwanted handguns
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... "Toledo police will conduct an anonymous gun buyback program May 3, 10, and 17 in an attempt to take 500 unwanted handguns off the streets. City Council approved spending $25,000 from the law enforcement trust fund for the program, which will end early if the money runs out."
 

ME: Police to display confiscated guns
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"Blanchette said the practice in town so far has been to sell confiscated firearms to out-of-state gun dealers, but the presence of the fully-automatic gun is different."

" 'The machine gun we'd like to destroy,' he said Tuesday. 'We'd really like to see those off the streets.' "

"The plan, according to the town manager is to bring the machine gun, described as being manufactured by Jersey Arms Works, to the town Public Works Department to be destroyed."
 

Levitt, for the record (Blog)
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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More, this time from Dave Kopel, on Steve Levitt and the NAS gun study

"I'm not arguing (at least not in this post), that Levitt's statements are incorrect, and they are certainly not 'rabid.' But if a person selecting panelists for the NAS study were looking for panelists who might be expected to see benefits from reducing 'easy availability of guns,' it would have been reasonable to pick Levitt. There is nothing logically inconsistent with a scholar favoring gun control to address the very large problem of criminal homicide with guns, while also recognizing that the magnitude of the problem of fatal gun accidents involving children is not nearly as large as the media imply."
 

UK: British sheep hand in nearly 300 tools of self-defense
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"Acting Assistant Chief Constable David Roberts said: 'The figures show the gun amnesty is working.' " ...

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Yes, working to disarm law-abiding citizens and leave them at the mercy of armed thugs.
 

Hodgdon Smokeless Powder Product Recall
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"Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc. has determined that a small number of one pound (1 lb.) containers of Hodgdon's LIL' GUN smokeless powder may create excessive pressures in firearms when loaded in cartridges and/or shotshells using standard loading data. Such a condition, if present, may cause personal injury to the user and/or bystander and damage to the firearm. Users should immediately cease using this product and return it to Hodgdon Powder Co." ...
 

The Truth About 'Assault Weapons'
Submitted by: Flashbunny.org
Website: http://www.flashbunny.org

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"The Truth About 'Assault Weapons' " is a new flash movie designed to take on the anti-gun lies against semi-automatic rifles and 'high-capacity' magazines. By illustrating what the 'Assault Weapon' ban is and how it effects law-abiding citizens while not effecting crime, gun owners and non-gun owners alike can see how the 'Assault Weapon' ban is a complete failure - but one that is a threat to our freedoms and is in danger of being renewed if we don't do something about it.
 

NJ: McGreevey says state will no longer recycle its police guns
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"The state government will destroy its used police guns instead of trading them in to gun dealers, Gov. James E. McGreevey announced Tuesday."

"McGreevey's press spokes-man, Micah Rasmussen, acknowledged that the new policy, which is effective immediately, is the result of a special report by The Press of Atlantic City that examined how most New Jersey law-enforcement agencies sell used guns to dealers in exchange for a discount on the cost of new weapons."
 

MN: House Passes Handgun Bill 88-46
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"Gun rights supporters have moved one big step closer to requiring state sheriffs to give handgun permits to most law-abiding adults who seek them. The House attached the proposal to an innocuous D-N-R bill and passed it 88-to-46. The parliamentary maneuver was designed to force the DFL-led Senate to vote on an issue its leadership has been less-than-enthusiastic about."
 

UK: Anti-tank rifle is handed in to police
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"Staff at a police station in Fife were stunned when a man turned up at their public counter and said he wanted to hand in the weapon. It is believed the rifle, which was almost 6ft long and weighed more than a hundredweight, belonged to a member of his family who had served in the first world war."

"While in a poor state of repair, officers say the weapon could have caused 'carnage on a massive scale' if it had fallen into the wrong hands. They said the rifle was likely to be the biggest and most deadly weapon handed in under Scotland's weapons amnesty."
 

It’s not censorship, it’s consumerism
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Business people in this country have the freedom to make choices about the marketing of their products based on what they believe the consumer wants … and also what they believe the consumer does not want."

"It’s as much a right as the freedom of speech practiced by folks such as Robbins, Sarandon, Penn and Sheen."

"This isn’t a case of censorship. It’s a case of making decisions based on the pulse of consumerism."
 

New Zealand: Man charged after firearm incident
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"Police were called to the intersection of Te Ngae Road and Robinson Avenue around 2 o'clock, where a group of teenagers alleged a person threatened them with a firearm, and in the process discharged a shot into the air."

"No one was hurt."

"Police then searched a house on Te Ngae Road and seized a single barrel shot gun and ammunition."
 

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