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VA: Gun Problem, or Medication Problem?
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Experts say psychiatric drugs linked to long list of school shooting sprees.

*Poster's Note* In recent years I was prescribed Zoloft and took it for two and a half years. Normally the kind of person who would fit into the "nice guy" category, oftentimes too nice. I remember after being on the meds for awhile I became angry much much easier than I ever had before, much more quickly and with greater intensity, I would go into rages over the simplest things. This stuff does change your brain chemistry and even after having been off for a year and a half I still don't think I'm completely back to where I was before. This is what we should be writing our representatives about.
 

VA: Death toll limited before campus gun ban
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As soon as the gunfire erupted, two students acting independently of one another, Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross, ran to their vehicles to retrieve firearms. Gross, an off-duty police officer in his home state of North Carolina, got his 9mm pistol and body armor. Bridges got out his .357 Magnum.

Bridges and Gross went back to the building where the shots were heard and as Odighizuwa exited, they approached from different angles. Bridges yelled for him to drop his weapon and the shooter was subdued by several unarmed students.

Gross went back to his car and got handcuffs to detain the shooter until police arrived.
 

DC: Lawmakers Push to Close Gun Law Gaps
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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Grappling with the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, lawmakers said Sunday they want to eliminate a gap between state and federal laws that can allow someone with a history of mental illness to buy guns.
McCarthy, whose husband was fatally shot by a deranged gunman on the Long Island Railroad, is working with Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and strong gun-rights advocate, to get legislation through Congress.
~ Rep. Dingell has a C- rating from GOA and we ALL know McCarthy's work!~
 

Paying the price for gun culture
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.libertyzone.blogspot.com

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"Why is it that journalists today do little to no research before spewing moronic platitudes that get published as fact? Case in point: The Delco Times from Pennsylvania. Aside from quite obviously biased banalities ejaculated in this particular piece, note the lack of actual facts to support said bromides." ...

"...In the end, the ban would not have prevented the sale of these weapons to Cho, nor would it have prevented the shooting. And no matter how many lies you try to spew to link the expiration of the ban to the shooting, educated people know the truth, and you -- as the members of the media -- have a responsibility to report the truth to your readers. You have failed, and you have failed miserably."
 

NY: Are gun laws too lenient?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Every year, thousands of New Yorkers travel to state gun shows. They say it's part of a hobby. But, those looking to add to their collection face some of the strictest gun laws in the country. In New York, you have to go through a background check to get a permit to purchase a handgun, and another one to carry it. This can be a lengthy process.
 

KS: Kansas TV Station Disses Bloomberg
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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KWCH, a CBS affiliate TV station in Kansas, has refused to air an ad calling for the repeal of the Tiahrt amendment that is being paid for by Mayor Bloomberg under the auspices of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. Kansas just so happens to be the home state of U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Republican for whom the amendment is named. The ad is airing on two other Kansas stations (the ABC and NBC affiliates), according to a Bloomberg source.
 

Corzine's adulterous trooper/driver crashes after being exposed.
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"We are confirming that there is this allegation and that it is under investigation," State Police Lt. Gerald Lewis said yesterday. He declined to comment further.

Police are trying to determine whether Rasinski saw the messages just before the crash and whether they had an effect on his state of mind. The governor's Chevrolet Suburban, speeding and with lights flashing, was struck by a pickup truck that had swerved to avoid another vehicle.

A Berkeley Heights police sergeant was quoted in the Star-Ledger of Newark yesterday saying he sent an e-mail shortly before the crash to Trooper Robert Rasinski, confronting him over having a two-year affair with his wife, Susan. He said he enclosed a family photo as an attachment.
 

VA: Wanted: A culture of self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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There's no polite way or time to say it: American colleges and universities have become coddle industries.

Big Nanny administrators oversee speech codes, segregated dorms, politically correct academic departments and designated "safe spaces" to protect students selectively from hurtful (conservative) opinions - while allowing mob rule for approved leftist positions (textbook case: Columbia University's anti-Minuteman Project protesters).
 

VA: Bloodbath in a 'Gun-Free Zone'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The feel-good palliative of declaring Virginia Tech a "gun-free zone" did nothing to stop a homicidal psychopath armed with two handguns from fatally shooting 32 students and faculty members. It only assured that none of his victims would be able to defend themselves or stop this mad killer before 32 innocent people lay dead.

So much for relying on politically correct wishful thinking to deter real-world perils.
 

NY: Schumer, McCarthy cite failure of VT shooter's background check
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A revamping of laws to require stricter background checks on would-be gun purchasers is needed to prevent more calamities such as the Virginia Tech campus massacre that cost 32 lives, two New York lawmakers said Sunday. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., said it went beyond reason that Seung-Hui Cho had been able to buy two handguns legally in Virginia despite having been identified as a mentally ill person. The legislators, longtime advocates on Capitol Hill for tighter gun control, said they would jointly introduce legislation to guarantee that all prospective gun buyers are checked against the federal government's National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
 

NY: Stiff gun bill pushed by N.Y. pols
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Two New York lawmakers hope a new bill will seal the loophole that let the deranged Virginia Tech gunman get his weapons, they said yesterday. Seung-Hui Cho bought a pair of pistols in Virginia even though a judge had found him to be "an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness." He killed 32 people on the Tech campus last Monday before shooting himself. "I know that our bill ... could have prevented the murderer from buying that gun," said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-L.I.), whose husband was killed and son wounded in Colin Ferguson's 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting spree.
 

UK: Gun crime and murder rate fall but street attacks, drug offences and vandalism increase
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Alarmingly, however, this has been accompanied by a 46% rise in the use of firearms in residential robberies to 645 cases in the last year.

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The fall in gun crime, down from 11,371 incidents to 9,728 in the year to last September, was welcomed by the Home Office minister Tony McNulty. But he acknowledged the small increase in residential robberies involving firearms: "We have some of the toughest firearms legislation in Europe. Anyone convicted of having a prohibited firearm faces a minimum five-year sentence."

Ed.: Those wacky Brits. Apparently a 46% increase is "small."
 

AZ: In reversal, House OKs bill to make self-defense law retroactive
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The House on Monday reversed itself and approved the latest attempt to make a 2006 self-defense law favorable to defendants apply retroactively in some cases.

The House approved the bill on a 32-23 vote, six days after rejecting the bill 31-27.
 

OR: Self-defense a necessary skill to know during times of danger
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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What we gravely need to discuss, however, is how it was possible that a lone gunman could, over the course of 35 minutes, stalk through a building with over 300 people locked inside and then systematically shoot more than 45 people, the whole time remaining effectively unopposed.
 

Australia: Pro-gun lobby strengthened following US campus shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"The only person who is responsible to defend you is you -- the police are incapable of defending each and every one of us all the time," said Mike Stollenwerk, 44, co-founder of OpenCarry.org, a Virginia-based gun-rights networking group.

"Citizens have an inherent right to be able to defend themselves," he said, speaking last week to The Washington Times newspaper.
 

UT: Fish in a barrel
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Fortunately, Utah law prohibits state colleges and universities from banning legally carried self-defense weapons. Thus, when I visit the University of Utah, I can choose not to be a potential fish in a barrel. The victims at Virginia Tech did not have that option.

Astonishingly, the administrators at the University of Utah seem perennially determined to copy Virginia Tech's disastrous policy. Thank goodness the Utah Legislature and the Utah Supreme Court have managed to keep them from doing so.
 

CA: UCSD Needs Beefed-Up Safety Measures in Case of Crisis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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What they don't tell students is what self-defense items they are permitted to have. What qualifies as a weapon? If even slingshots are prohibited, what isn't? Can students carry around pepper spray, stun guns, Tasers or utility knives? Students are obligated to ask administrators, risk breaking the rules or guess at the answers to these questions if they want to protect themselves.

Naturally, administrators worry that permitting the use of defensive weapons will mean more students using them offensively to commit crimes or exact revenge. But they must realize that these rules do not stop such students from carrying them; policies were meaningless to the Virginia Tech gunman.
 

IL: Politicking ill-timed at a time for grief
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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It is true that with far stricter gun laws, Seung Hui Cho might have had a more difficult time getting the weapons and ammunition needed to kill so relentlessly. Nonetheless, we should have no illusions about what the laws can do. There are other ways to kill in large numbers, as Timothy McVeigh demonstrated. Determined killers will obtain guns no matter how strict the laws. And stricter controls could also keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens using them in self-defense. After all, the psychotic mass murder is very rare; the armed household burglary is not.
 

OH: Armed citizens could have prevented massacre
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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No other policy was more responsible for the massacre than this one. Even if just a one student nearby could have been armed, the death toll may have been much less. Indeed, the murderer may not have even acted on his temptations if he knew students could have shot back. In a study of all public, multiple-shooting incidents in America between 1977 and 1999, John Lott and Bill Landes found concealed-carry laws reduced multiple-shooting attacks by 60 percent and reduced the death and injury by nearly 80 percent. But the state and university leadership preferred their students cower under desks and barricade doors should a cold-blooded murderer ever decide to massacre students from classroom to classroom.
 

CT: Idiot on parade
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer

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"In the wake of Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech in which a student killed 32 people, Dean of Student Affairs Betty Trachtenberg has limited the use of stage weapons in theatrical productions."

"Enough is enough! Grieve for them. Remember them. Be angry that one armed psychopath could destroy the lives of so many defenseless victims. Learn from the experience. But for petessake[sic], don't foment panic and hysteria about weapons by banning props from a school play! Removing all objects that could be considered vaguely weapon-like and furthering the cause of victimhood and disarmament will do nothing to promote safety."

"It will simply give more armed loons the opportunity to wreak havoc."
 

IL: Durbin suggests limiting ammo capacity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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One week after a student gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. suggested Congress should again consider regulating the size of ammunition clips that can be sold to the public.
 

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