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Well now, what have we here....
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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... "But Lapierre nonetheless says the group is now working with longtime ally Rep. John Dingell, Democrat of Michigan, on a bill to ensure that mental-health records—such as the December 2005 court order directing Cho to receive a psychiatric evaluation—are entered into a FBI database that is used for background checks of gun buyers....." ...

"'...McCarthy told NEWSWEEK that she was pleasantly surprised to hear of the NRA's public position, noting that an executive of the Gun Owners of America had met with House Republicans this week to gin up opposition to her measure. 'I have a feeling that this is their [the NRA's] way of showing they can be moderate,' she said. ..." ...
 

Nuts in the crosshairs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For cranky right-wingers who think politicians don't listen to them, this week I give you elected Democrats running like scared schoolgirls from the media's demand that they enact new gun control laws in response to the Virginia Tech shooting."

"Instead, Democrats are promoting a mental health exception to the right to bear arms. We've banned mass murder and that hasn't seemed to work. So now we're going to ban mass murderers. Yes, that will do the trick!"

"This is a feel-good measure that is both wildly under-inclusive (the vast majority of nutcases receive no formal court adjudication of their nuttiness) and wildly over-inclusive (the vast majority of nuts don't kill people). ..." ...
 

Responder Zero (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the world of infectious diseases there is a term called 'Patient Zero'. This is essentially the first person to start the epidemic spreading to numerous points unknown. ..."

"For those of us who choose to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense, I would like to coin a new term in describing the general benefit we provide to our community. We are 'Responder Zero'."

"Many of us have heard the description 'First Responder' when referring to the first police officers to arrive at an active shooter call. The police are generally going to wait for some type of backup ... Even a small delay of minutes can equate to dozens more victims as recent events have clearly pointed out." ...
 

Poll: Lax gun laws not the real problem behind Virginia Tech rampage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly half of those responding to the Business Journal's most recent online survey said that lax gun laws were not the real problem leading to the April 16th massacre at Virginia Tech ..."

"A total of 47 percent of the 393 people who responded to the question, 'what are your thoughts on gun laws?,' agreed with the answer that guns were not the real problem."

"The poll question, which ran April 18-24, also offered two other answers."

"Another 37 percent agreed with the answer, 'there should be greater restrictions on the purchase of handguns and ammunition,' while 15 percent picked the answer, 'the ability to carry a concealed weapon should be broadened for personal defense.'" ...
 

Polls show people want Congress to reject gun control as a response to Virginia Tech shooting, notes gun law expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Public opinion polls following the Virginia Tech massacre last week should caution politicians about toughening firearm controls for law-abiding citizens."

"Hopefully, this message will strike home with politicians now facing ill-advised attempts to use the tragedy as an excuse for promoting additional anti-gun owner legislation at the federal level."

"Congress on the other hand could deal directly with an underlying problem evidenced in last week’s mass murder. It could enact legislation providing that on any college campus receiving federal funds, students or faculty there who have state issued permits to carry concealed firearms will not be prevented by university officials from carrying them." ...
 

Hopes That Massacre Will Spark Treaty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The former U.N. human rights chief hopes that last week's massacre at Virginia Tech will generate U.S. support for a global treaty to control the international small arms trade."

"Mary Robinson, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002, noted Monday that the U.S. was the only country to oppose a U.N. General Assembly resolution that could lead to the first international convention on regulating the trade in small arms and light weapons such as AK-47s." ...

"'I saw firsthand the reality that it is the small arms that are the weapons of mass destruction at ground level,' in places such as Sierra Leone, East Timor, Congo and Colombia, she said." ...
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Submitter's Note: To say nothing of being extremely effective tools for resisting oppression.
 

OH: The legal gun won this fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arthur Buford is dead, and that's a sad thing."

"Arthur had his whole life ahead of him. He was just a kid, after all - a 15-year-old freshman ..."

"What he didn't know, as he approached Damon Wells' house ... Saturday night, was that his whole life consisted of just a few more seconds."

"Arthur had a gun, which he and another youngster apparently thought would give them the power to take something from Wells, who was standing on the front porch."

"Whatever Arthur's plan was, it unraveled. It didn't account for the possibility that the guy who looked like an easy mark would ... carry a concealed weapon, or that he would bother to arm himself just to walk to the neighborhood store and back." ...
 

OH: Plain Dealer columnists defend self-defense; AP continues to report bad info
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"I hope none of the Cleveland Plain Dealer readers who opened their newspapers today had a serious heart condition, because it must have been quite a shock."

"The newspaper has published not one, but TWO, op-eds by Plain Dealer columnists defending CHL-holder Damon Wells taking action to defend himself against an armed teenaged thug." ...
 

Will Gun Control Prevent Campus Shootings?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun control has been a touchy issue for many years now."

"Recently the debate has begun anew in response to the savage murders that took place last Monday at Virginia Tech."

"This is a common practice employed by democrats. It is typical for them to take advantage of an emotional situation in order to push their issues onto the Senate floor."

"Despite their efforts, the Second Amendment still protects us from government powers that would like to take away our guns."

"One thing that is important to remember ... is that the first thing Hitler and Stalin did when they came to power was take away all the guns from their people. ..." ...
 

Media Blame Businesses in the Wake of Tech Tragedy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week after tragedy struck Virginia Tech and a gunman took 32 innocent lives, the media portrayed legal businesses as complicit in the murders."

"The media coverage quickly turned into a raging debate about gun control, with reporters on the three major networks blaming a number of businesses that committed no crime. ..."

"'The Roanoke Firearms store where Seing-Hui Cho bought his murder weapon has a history of selling guns involved in murders. It is the fifth time a gun sold in this store has been used in a homicide, ...' said Ross on the April 18 'Good Morning America.'"

"While five incidents may sound high ... [t]he gun shop sells roughly 2,500 firearms every single year, according to 'CBS Evening News.'" ...
 

Land of the Blind: Amendment No. 2 is safe for now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Unfortunately, not everyone sees honesty as a virtue. It's easier to blame the bearers of bad news than to face up to the consequences of our decisions."

"It was the same with Virginia Tech. Almost immediately, people started looking for a scapegoat. The shooter had killed himself. So others caught the blame: Campus cops. Counselors. The NRA." ...

"If we were being honest, Second Amendment defenders would concede that easy access to firearms makes violent criminals more dangerous than they would be otherwise."

"If we were being honest, gun control advocates would admit that their position requires a Constitutional amendment. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Access to firearms makes violent criminals more dangerous, and as long as firearms exist, people will have access.
 

Free and open societies can't be 100 percent safe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It will happen again."

"That's the first thing people must know about the awful massacre at Virginia Tech University that claimed the lives of 33 people, including the disturbed gunman. Such shootings are inevitable in a nation with so much freedom and so much firepower, and an honest discussion can't avoid the tradeoffs between freedom and absolute security. The tragedy raises the issues of:"

"* Guns. The United States is virtually alone among advanced democracies in its embrace of unfettered gun ownership. Not only is the Second Amendment interpreted as a right to own firearms, it’s also interpreted as a right to purchase firearms with a minimum of government oversight. ..." ...
 

They Never Learn
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... "... Ironically, Tech's governing board had approved in June 2005 a violence prevention policy reiterating the school's ban on students, employees, or visitors -- even those properly licensed -- from bringing handguns onto campus."

"At the Virginia Tech press conference after the slaughter of 32 defenseless people, the university's president cautioned that it wouldn't be possible to have police guard every classroom and dorm. What he omitted was this cold, hard fact: By making the university a 'gun free zone,' his administration and the state legislature had fostered a climate in which ubiquitous police would be necessary. ..." ...
 

Martha Rosenberg: Cho rampage no reason for law changes, say gun lovers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Virginia Tech shootings present a dilemma for gun lovers. On the one hand, they feel bad for the families of the victims such as the mother who said she thought she would be buying her daughter's wedding dress and instead she is buying a funeral dress. And the professor who survived the Nazi holocaust only to be killed trying to save his students."

"On the other hand, 32 people shot dead by a previously law-abiding legal gun owner is no reason to take away Second Amendment rights. The rights, gun lovers hasten to add, on which all other rights depend."

"Already fallout can be seen." ...
 

Land of the Rising Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The slaughter at Virginia Tech has provided a welcome opportunity for Second Amendment enthusiasts to indulge in fantasies of pistol-packing citizens gunning down mass murderers like Cho Seung Hui. In the gun enthusiasts’ scenario of a concealed-weapon world, whenever a gun enthusiast entertaining a massacre large or small starts firing away, another gun enthusiast would always be on the scene to whip out his or her concealed weapon, coolly take dead aim and prevent, or at least minimize, the impending carnage." ...
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Submitter's Note: Sort of like what happened at Trolley Square Mall?
 

New issues emerge from the aftermath of VA Tech shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "One issue that has surfaced from the depths of the situation is one of gun control. Ever prevalent, the issue has regained a spotlight in political debate as students across campuses have opened forums, started Facebook groups, and voiced their opinions strongly. Standing by the argument that claims that the second amendment is in fact out dated, written in a time of war in which civilian protection was necessary, it is clear that the 'right' to bear arms has become an overused privilege. The travesty that occurred this past week is simple proof of this cause." ...
 

Twin storms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So it was that I missed the news about an even greater storm, and another unhappy high mark for the record books."

"And it was all too familiar. Another madman with a gun, all too easily obtained. Another, longer list of innocent names, of the blameless dead, caught on the wrong side of circumstance. And another national debate to follow, between those who love and those who fear guns, between those who want to sanctify society and those who want to arm it against the vicissitudes of the modern world."

"How many heartbreaking stories of this kind will America accept? How many storms of madness and tragedy ... must there be before we, as a nation, realize that not everyone should be allowed to possess a gun?" ...
 

MI: Gunman Causes Lockdown of Local School
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"A 17-year-old Jackson boy could face charges after police say he brought a gun near the Concord schools, forcing the district to lock down classes. In a district where safety is top priority...." ...

"About an hour later, the sheriff's department caught a 17 year old with a BB gun. Turns out the Concord students weren't ever in any real danger."

"Jay Bada: 'No, I don't think there was any real threat to anyone.'"

"But still, the teen with the gun could face criminal charges."

"Capt. Kevin Stellingworth, Jackson Sheriff's Department: 'To walk by with a gun in plain view is just ridiculous in this day and age. It's as inappropriate as yelling out bomb in an airport.'" ...
 

TX: Fourth Grader Takes [Inert] Grenade to School
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An elementary school in Southlake was evacuated for more than an hour after a fourth grader showed up with a hand grenade, the authorities said. The grenade still had the pin in it, but it was later determined to be inactive, a school district spokeswoman said. A bomb squad was called in to remove it from a classroom. “He just thought it would be cool to bring it to school,” Cpl. Mike Bedrich of the Southlake Department of Public Safety told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
 

Republican voters question Giuliani gun control, abortion stance
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani defended his positions on a late-term abortion procedure and gun control Tuesday as he faced skeptical GOP voters who questioned his sincerity." ...

"Once an advocate of strong federal gun controls, Giuliani also disputed the characterization that he advised President Clinton on the matter, talked of leaving the issue up to states, and said: 'I agree with the Second Amendment. I always have. I think people have an individual right to bear arms.'" ...
 

Rudy shifty on guns at N.H. forum (another view)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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Gun regulations that curbed violence in New York City might not be a good idea elsewhere, Rudy Giuliani yesterday told a crowd of college kids jittery over the Virginia Tech shootings.

Speaking at 1,000-student New England College, the former mayor defended what critics call his evolving position on gun control.

In the 1990s, Giuliani said, he did support an extension of a federal assault-weapons ban and stricter anti-gun enforcement on city streets.

"I did use our own laws in New York City very effectively," the presidential candidate said.

But he said, "I agree with the Second Amendment," the right to keep and bear arms.

Giuliani also said federal law shouldn't bar states from adopting their own gun-control measures. "What works in New York might not work in Texas," he said.
 

Bloomberg: The Changing Gun Debate
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"The senseless loss of life at Virginia Tech breaks our hearts. And every day, nearly 30 people are murdered in the United States. We ask ourselves, what can be done to stop this kind of gun violence? As mayor of the country's largest city, I have asked myself that question many times. In New York, we've cut murders by 40 percent compared with six years ago. But eight police officers have been gunned down in the line of duty in that span—eight young men who were protecting us."

"Unfortunately, in recent years, combating gun crime hasn't been a priority of this Justice Department or Congress. Actually, that's understating it. Congress is undermining our local efforts by handcuffing our police departments. ..." ...
 

Second Amendment follies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here's an old chestnut from Rudy Giuliani regarding gun control laws proposed under Clinton:"

"'I know many people argue that keeping and bearing arms is a federally guaranteed right as stated in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, but even in the Second Amendment, it refers to firearms in the context of a well regulated militia, and well regulated is what we are trying to accomplish.'"
"I noted this same problem with Justice Burger. You have gun control fanatics who take the word 'well-regulated' and try and spin the phrase into 'subjected to intense government regulation.' Then they always cite licensing of automobile use ..." ...
 

Gun Law Needed
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"My heart goes out to the victims and their families of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech University ... I only hope that their sorrow can serve to wake up Americans to the dangers of hand guns."

"I commend Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg and other national mayors who have united with many local and state police organizations to get illegal hand guns off our streets." ...

"Radical NRA supporters in Congress are working hard to try and pass the Tiahrt Amendment, which would keep law enforcement officers from sharing data about where guns come from before they're used in crimes." [emphasis added] ...
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KABA Note: Shades of the 'pre-crime' police.
 

PA: Gun control alarm bells
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fear-mongering can be a refined art or amateur-show theatrics. The more amateurish the attempt, the more shrill the barker."

"Enter again state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican whose shouts of alarm would put any side-show tout to shame." ...

"This time Mr. Metcalfe's screed concerns perceived threats to Second Amendment rights. He and other pro-gun lawmakers yesterday announced a literal flurry of bills they claim are designed to ensure those rights to all of us."

"Don't bother asking why, or why now. The pro-gun folks needed a sideshow and times obviously were slow in Harrisburg." ...
 

PA: Lawmaker Wants 'Bill of Rights' for Pennsylvania Gun Owners
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"Touting a 'bill of rights' for gun owners, Pennsylvania House Republicans Tuesday introduced a package of two bills aimed at easing legal access to firearms."

"'Our government must protect our liberties and ensure that our Second Amendment liberties remain second to none,' state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) said during a press conference in Harrisburg, Pa."

"The first of the two bills sponsored by Metcalfe seeks to prohibit Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies from maintaining registries or databases of legal firearm purchases." ...
 

KS: Don't buy claims about Tiahrt gun amendment
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"Some of America's mayors, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and Thomas M. Menino of Boston, would like you to believe that their Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition is about fighting illegal firearms in their cities and across the country."

"It's not."

"... The mayors would have you believe that law enforcement supports giving them the information on gun traces ..."

"But the officers in the field who are actually working illegal gun cases know that releasing sensitive information about pending cases can jeopardize the integrity of an investigation or even place the lives of undercover officers in danger. That is why the Fraternal Order of Police has always supported language protecting firearms trace data ..." [emphasis added] ...
 

VA: Kaine May Seek More Data for Gun Sales
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"Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said yesterday that he is considering an executive order to make sure that gun sellers have more information about the mental health of potential buyers, a move that would have kept Seung Hui Cho from purchasing the handguns he used to kill 32 people at Virginia Tech last week."

"A court had found Cho to be dangerously mentally ill, but that information was not available in the computer systems used by the outlets that sold Cho the guns. Kaine's proposal would ensure that such mental health information be in the database." ...
 

PA: Rohrer Stands Up for Berks County Gun Owners During Second Annual, Second Amendment Rights Rally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"House Republican Game and Fisheries Committee Chairman, Sam Rohrer (R-Berks) joined with a united coalition consisting of fellow pro-gun ownership lawmakers, leading state and national Second Amendment advocates and hundreds of Pennsylvania gun owners and outdoor sports enthusiasts in the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday to unveil a landmark package of Second Amendment rights protection legislation."

"'Gun owners in Berks County and across this Commonwealth are justifiably outraged any time they are mandated by government to endure a loss of Constitutional freedom and personal security,' said Rohrer. ..." ...
 

TN: Wake SWAT Team's Weapons Stolen
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"Seven weapons belonging to Wake County's Special Weapons and Tactics team were stolen from a van outside a Memphis barbecue restaurant Monday afternoon, authorities said."

"Members of the Wake County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team ... stopped at the Interstate BBQ Restaurant in Memphis, authorities said. While the deputies were inside, two men drove up in a Ford Explorer and broke into the van, authorities said."

"Three assault rifles with several hundred rounds of ammunition, two 12-gauge shotguns and two .357-caliber semiautomatic handguns were stolen from the van, authorities said. ..." ...
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Submitter's note: These are probably full automatic assult rifles. One more example of how gun laws keep criminals from acquiring guns?
 

NC: Man with potent pot odor seeks permit
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"A man applying for a gun permit at the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office was instead charged with marijuana possession after authorities smelled it on his body."

"'The odor was so overpowering that it soon filled hallways,' according to a news release from Sheriff Alan Jones' office." ...
 

PA: Don't be duped by gun control fanatics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am writing this rebuttal to the letter in your April 11 edition submitted by James Higgins, 'Shields Blasted Over Gun Views.'"

"Mr. Higgins is entitled to his opinion, as is C. Scott Shields and the rest of us. I could not help but notice that Mr. Higgins is a board member of CeaseFire PA. This is interesting as Handgun Control, Inc. evolved into the Brady Center To Prevent Handgun Violence and now is called CeaseFire Inc."

"Mr. Higgins attributes our 'patchwork-quilt of weak gun laws' as the reason we have a high crime. I hold a federal firearms license and have held this license for over 21 years."

"Before I can sell any firearm I must complete ATF Form 4473. ..." ...
 

PA: You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every once in a while I will read a news story that actually makes me guffaw when I least expect it. Today it was an article about a protest in front of the Capitol dealing with gun control laws."

"Apparently, PA's laws are too strict (even though I can't see how waiting a little while for your boom stick can be a bad thing). All this in the wake of the VA Tech incident."

"Ah, the irony astounds!"

"The best part of the P-News' article wasn't even their detailing about the perceived death threat on a sign aimed at State Representative Cruz from Philadelphia (it's funny how all the gun nuts there decided that they weren't with the nut that brought the sign). ..." ...
 

OH: Plain Dealer Abandons Journalistic Ideals in Coverage of Self-Defense News (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"While most of Ohio's news media have done a fair-to-admirable job covering the issue of self-defense, Cleveland's Plain Dealer appears to have abandoned any pretext of journalistic integrity on this topic."

"Consider several recent stories: A boy dies, and a gun debate is reignited (April 24, 2007), Tragedy at Virginia Tech (April 18, 2007), and Gun advocates in massacre find a call to arms (April 19, 2007).

"In each case, the journalists involved ignored facts and evidence available to them and even ignored their own previous reporting, resulting in factually inaccurate and misleading stories."

"We therefore issue this open challenge to the Ohio media and the Plain Dealer, which claims to be a member of your professional ranks." ...
 

WV: Man attacks W.Va. store clerk with hammer
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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"A regular customer of Lynn’s Gulf station is accused of whacking a clerk twice in the back of the head with a hammer."

"Kevin Howell, 27, of Valley Bend was filling the slushy machine when a man walked in behind him and hit him in the back of the head, Howell’s wife and co-owner of the store, Roslyn, said Tuesday. Another employee was able to distract the hammer-wielding man while police were called to the scene." ...
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Submitter's Note: Sarah Brady declined comment when asked if she would seek to ban hammers....
 

OH: Cleveland RTA Buses Have No Guns? Wrong (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since the adoption of concealed carry in Ohio Cleveland's Regional Transit Authority, and Toledo's equivalent, have put signs on their buses and claimed that carrying a firearm on a bus was prohibited. Prior to March 14th when carrying a firearm in a motor vehicle required it to be 'in plain sight' made it somewhat hard to 'get away' with the act."

"Cities have no authority to prohibit concealed carry by the general public in a motor vehicle. They can prohibit their employees, however, through a non-criminal employer rule that risks termination."

"Time and time again we're asked 'Why do you want to carry a gun There?' and the answer is because you simply never know when you might need a firearm to defend yourself. ..." ...
 

NH: Our gun culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems some of your readers do not understand the amendments to the Constitution."

"Peter Fried states that a 'narrow-minded reading (of the Second Amendment) selectively ignores the first half of the amendment. It is specifically a 'well-regulated militia' that this amendment applies to' (Monitor letter, April 23)."

"It seems the courts have another view. Again and again courts have found there is an individual right to keep and bear arms. One needs only to look at the history of the birth of America to see that individuals needed firearms to survive."

"You are welcome to argue that times have changed, but we still have the right to protect ourselves. History shows that dictators, like Hitler, prefer their victims unarmed." ...
 

MN: Is Second Amendment obsolete?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "If we want gun control laws that work, we must declare the Second Amendment obsolete. Few people will agree with that statement, and I'm not sure I do either. But I'm willing to consider it, as I think the basis for such a declaration is evident in the amendment's rhetorical history."

"One pro-amendment argument states citizens should be prepared to defend their country, and that an essential ingredient of such preparation is possession of a firearm. Historical evidence supports this argument." ...

"But it surely does not apply in the 21st century, when no ordinary citizens called to armed service — whether in the military or the National Guard ... — are expected to supply their own weapons." ...
 

WI: Second Amendment safeguards freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"First and foremost: Virginia Tech, you are in all of our thoughts and prayers, and we will never forget you or your loved ones. That being said, this terrible tragedy should not be turned into the political circus that some are attempting to make it."

"As is often the case after any tragedy, people need someone or something to blame. In this case, fingers were pointed at the Virginia Tech administration, society, guns and countless other scapegoats almost as soon as the terrible news broke. Whatever happened to the idea of personal responsibility? No one but Cho Seung-Hui is at fault here." ...
 

MD: No question: Guns increase the murder tally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "All of the arguments and counterarguments have been heard."

"Sure, people kill and they, not their weapons of choice, should be blamed. But, the other side responds, they are more likely to kill if they are enraged or crazy and a weapon is close at hand ..."

"Why should law-abiding citizens be deprived of the means to defend their home and family or to enjoy target shooting and hunting which, on the one hand, provide healthy recreation and, on the other, protect farmers and motorists from deer ..."

"Because, comes the reply, possession of a gun for home protection is not in question. But there are less lethal means of 'harvesting' deer and more wholesome, humane recreational outlets than killing quadrupeds." ...
 

NY: Mayor Brown announces citywide gun buyback program
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"Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the City’s 'No Questions Asked' Gun Buyback Program will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at six drop-off sites across Buffalo."

"'Late in 2006, I announced that the City would conduct a gun buyback program as one of several tactics we will use to rid our streets of illegal guns,' said Mayor Brown. 'And during my annual State of the City Address I reiterated that this program would be a no-questions-asked process where guns submitted at several locations will enable the individual to receive a pre-paid credit card at a dollar value based on the caliber of the weapon.'" ...
 

NY: New Yorkers have gun lax Virginia in their sights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Yorkers have got very smug about themselves lately. And who can blame us? We feel we're right about just about everything and it's time the rest of the country caught up."

"You name an argument or a national controversy and, generally speaking, New Yorkers believe they got to the truth of it long before anyone else."

"Take the Virginia Tech massacre. The NYPD has said for the last five years, and possibly a lot longer than that, that Virginia's notoriously lax gun laws would come back to haunt them. Police officers here joke that the state's tourist slogan, Virginia is for Lovers, should really read, Virginia is for Gun Lovers." ...
 

WI: Gun purchase laws must be enforced and they must work
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"Barely a week has passed since the tragedy at Virginia Tech and the blame game is just beginning. ..."

"One obvious issue that boiled immediately to the surface was the question of gun control or gun regulations." ...

"However, the ease with which Seung-Hui Cho purchased guns he used in the shootings demands immediate attention by every state in the nation."

"... Cho was able to legally buy the guns under Virginia laws. However, he should not have been able to purchase the guns by federal standards, which has provisions for people diagnosed as mentally ill." ...

"Whether you agree or disagree with the registration procedure, it is the law of the land and should be followed. More importantly, it should work." ...
 

Japan: Japan tightens gun-control guidelines
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"Japan adopted stricter gun control guidelines Wednesday following a spate of gangster shootings that rattled a nation renowned for its crime-free streets ..."

"The measures are intended to reduce the smuggling of guns into Japan by organized crime groups and focus on getting rid of guns already in circulation ..." ...

"Private handguns are banned in Japan, and only police officers and other professionals such as shooting instructors can own them. Hunting rifles are strictly licensed and regulated."

"Despite the laws, high-profile gunbattles between gangsters have increased ..."
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Submitter's Note: By 'strictly regulated', they mean that if you have a licensed firearm the police can enter your home at any time to 'inspect' your home and guns.
 

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