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VA: Virginia State Police train to use Colt M-4 rifle
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" 'This gives us the capabilities we never had before. The handgun is a fairly short-range weapon and so is the shotgun but this is more along the long-range and it gives us additional magazine capacity,' said 1st Sgt. Paul Kvasnicka. 'With the threat of terrorism, I think we are doing a disservice to citizens and the troopers if we don't provide them with the best tools possible to defend themselves and the citizens.' "

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Note how the insulting term "Assault Weapons" is not used here. Since it's the police using the firearm, it's now a "tool."
 

UK: Exposed: Global Dealer in Death
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Warning: Extremely anti-gun biased story.

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"Mick Ranger sold the gun used in the Hungerford massacre. Now he is selling missiles, machine guns and rifles almost anywhere in the world."
 

UK: Crime down but we refuse to believe it
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Three out of four people in Britain think crime is rising, although official statistics show it has been falling for a decade. The finding, from an Observer /ICM poll, will be a disappointment for Ministers, who had been hoping they had turned a corner in public perceptions of crime."

"Two-thirds of voters think burglaries are increasing, whereas they fell by 11 per cent last year. Seven out of 10 think street crime is rising, even though it is stable."
 

MN: Hidden Guns -- Last Chance to Keep Current Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Do Minnesotans really want more pistols in purses, firearms in front pockets? Do thousands more guns on the streets and in glove compartments truly make us feel safer? As local surveys confirm, we think not. And though a law to loosen handgun permit rules appears headed for passage on Monday, one outside opportunity remains to stop or amend it."

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They just don't get it, do they? Constitutional rights are not subject to popularity contests!
 

Actor Heston Steps Down As NRA President
Submitted by: Salim Farhat

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"Charlton Heston made his last appearance as president of the National Rifle Association on Saturday, shuffling onto the stage before a crowd of 4,000 NRA members but too feeble to give a farewell speech."

" 'Thank you for everything, not only now but for all the years,' Heston said. 'It has been a wonderful run. I'm going to miss you.' "

 

Tort Reform At Gunpoint
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"If a hospital leaves a sponge in your midsection, you can sue. If a car dealer sells you a clunker it hadn’t properly inspected, you can sue. Of course, it may be that your suit will get nowhere. Witness the jurist who threw out the action by parents who argued that fast food made their kids fat, and who did it faster than you can say, 'Do you want fries with that?' "

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And if a gun manufacturer sells you a defective product - one that doesn't function properly, you can also sue.
 

MO: Washington Park mayor indicted on weapons charges
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"A St. Clair County grand jury has indicted Washington Park Mayor Sherman Sorrell on weapons charges because of a 9 mm pistol found in a village-owned car he had been driving."
 

NY: Common sense best defense to avert tragedy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Whether you're for or against gun control, a case in the local news this week shows there's no substitute for common sense."
 

WA: More lunacy from the Left Coast
Submitted by: Gary L. Erne

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"A few years ago, officials of this small town successfully outlawed Silly String and stink bombs. Now there's a new threat to public order -- the spud gun."

"The City Council is considering banning the toys that shoot small chunks of potato after pistol-packin' revelers left a mess at the city's Daffodil Parade earlier this month. The streets were littered with spent spuds and two residents were tatered."

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The gun-grabbers never pass up an opportunity to repress the rights of Americans based on the whinings of one or two misfits.
 

Party Patrol
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two weeks ago, the House and Senate quietly passed the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2003—legislation aimed at quelling club drugs like Ecstasy and GHB. Ushered through with little fanfare, the act was piggybacked onto the AMBER Alert Bill, a package of child-safety laws ..." ...

"The act expands upon the so-called 'crack house' statute—an '80s law allowing prosecutors to go after the owners of 'crack houses,' even if they're neither dealers nor users." ...
 

FL: Gun buyback program nets 64 firearms for Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
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"The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department removed 64 guns from the street on Sunday."

... "We may have prevented 64 accidents, other incidents, shootings, deaths, murders."

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And you may also have prevented 64 law-abiding citizens from effectively defending themselves against violent criminals, or helped 64 criminals safely dispose of the guns they used in crimes.
 

Kenya: We need arms, pastoralists tell Govt
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"Lack of adequate security machinery in North Eastern Province has led pastoralists to protect their cattle with illegally acquired arms, a leaders' peace meeting heard yesterday."

"A former Assistant Minister and Wajir East MP, Mr. Mohammud Abdi, said nomadic pastoralists had been forced to arm themselves because the Government had failed to guarantee their security against rampant cattle rustling. They have also been prone to militia attacks from neighbouring countries."
 

President's brother gives gun owners shot in the arm
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, has thanked the National Rifle Association for helping elect his brother President of the United States in 2000."

"Mr. Bush, the keynote speaker at the gun lobby's annual convention, said that, based on exit polls, 48 per cent of the voters in the 2000 presidential election were gun owners."
 

IL: Orland ready to unveil gun sales proposal
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"Dist. 135 Superintendent Pete Yuska said despite initial concerns about the sale of firearms at a store so close to the K-3 school, he is satisfied with the job Orland Park officials did in revising the potential ordinance."

" 'It's about as restrictive as it can be and still allow Galyan's to sell rifles and shotguns,' Yuska said. 'Our Parents For Education people attended the meeting and they also were comfortable with the restrictions the (proposed) ordinance includes.' "
 

CA: Law may help out gunmakers
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"Oakland is trying to fight back. It filed suit, along with San Francisco and other California cities in 1999 over what local officials see as the $3.5 billion gun industry's lax sales practices."

"But that lawsuit and any subsequent actions could be derailed by legislation that breezed through the House of Representatives this month and is expected to be approved by the Senate any day now."
 

Canada: Gang-control help needed
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"As police continue to hunt a gunman who killed a city teen at the wheel of a car, Mayor Bill Smith said he has full confidence that cops have a handle on gang violence."

"But Smith believes the provincial and federal governments could be doing more to help."
 

A shadowy figure aboard Flight 722
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"The mysterious itinerary that caused Gayle Gould heart-pounding concern over President Bush’s safety arrived unexpectedly in her mail last week."

"Someone had stolen her credit card number and charged airline tickets to her MasterCard." ...

"At the bottom of the itinerary was the traveler’s name: Far D. Nasir." ...

"But when Gayle Gould tried to alert the authorities, they weren’t interested."
 

MT: Lawful stance improves steady aim
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"SUMMARY: Effective self-defense requires understanding the justified use of deadly force."
 

MN: Stereotypes dog handgun owners
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"The concealed-carry bill has passed the House, and the Senate is expected to vote on it on Monday. So whom will it affect? Who are the gun owners? Who wants to carry a handgun?"

"Franz Metzger says they can't be pigeonholed."

"Metzger was in the seminary for three years before becoming a dentist. He's married with two grown children, lives in Edina, played football at the University of Minnesota and sings with the Apollo Male Chorus."

"And he owns a handgun."
 

Frustrating Examples of Subsidization
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The point being that there are many people in our country that believe that when the government pays for something, the money comes from some unknown source (i.e. grant money comes from the mysterious grant tree in the South Pole). Only when they realize that their pockets are being robbed every time someone's pet program is being subsidized will they possibly think outside the box and understand the benefits of the free market and efficient spending."
 

Gun supporters split over Rep. Paul
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"A staunchly pro-gun-rights lawmaker has repeated his opposition to legislation that would protect firearms manufacturers from liability suits, despite a report that the National Rifle Association may pull its support for him in the next election."

"Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, voted to oppose H.R. 1036, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, because he said he feared it would be an unconstitutional enhancement of federal power."
 

WI: Civil liberties vs. safety: It's a difficult balance
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"Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it."

"In a post 9/11 America, many Americans demanded a safer place to live. Protect our borders, keep out terrorists, do what you have to do."

"But you might not like what the government has to do or is willing to do to accomplish that goal, said Public Defender John Waubunsee."
 

TN: Some people need to get over their fear of guns
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"I'd sure like to have a contract to train pilots in firearms proficiency at $6,200 apiece. ...I think I could develop proficiency in those capable of achieving it and still pocket 90 percent of the training cost as profit."

"Of course there are always going to be some students who prove incapable of developing proficiency at any price. I guess it's best that those poor souls remain unarmed, but I don't want to go flying with them."
 

Big guns are just plain fun, collectors say
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"Smith & Wesson has sold more than 10,000 Model 500s for $987 apiece since February. Good thing we ban assault rifles."

"But I will say this. We have nothing to fear from the Model 500 because it is the most impractical handgun in the world for robbing or shooting anyone."
 

Animal Rights Leader Wants to Be Barbecued
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The leader of a prominent U.S.-based animal rights group said she had drawn up a will directing that her flesh be barbecued and her skin used to make leather products in protest at man's ill-treatment of animals."

"Ingrid Newkirk, 53, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said on Thursday she had chosen to donate her body to her organization for use in a variety of startling protests."

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Once again PETA shows its initials to stand for: People Embarrassing the Tidewater Area.
 

Marchers deliver message to NRA
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"About 50 people organized by the Million Mom March organization marched to the convention site. They said they came to send a message to thousands of members attending the annual convention of the National Rifle Association: America's children have a right to a safe life that does not include death by firearms."
 

Australia: Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint
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Two men held a gun to the head of a taxi driver when they robbed him in Brisbane.

Police said the two men, in their 20s, hailed the taxi in Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, at 2.15am (AEST) and asked to be taken to suburban Yeronga.

During the trip one of the men pulled out a gun and held it to the driver's head while demanding money.

Police said the men ran off and entered a small dark coloured sedan which had been following the taxi.
 

WY: Longmont man restores guns that tamed the West
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"There's a Wild West story behind the old gun Darrell Peters holds in his hand."

" 'My father's uncle used to own this,' he said of the black Colt .45. 'He was a saddlemaker by trade.' "

"One day the uncle discovered some of his harnesses missing and later found them on draft horses at the county fair, Peters said. When he tried to retrieve them, a few men popped him with their .22s."
 

Australia: Coalition labels gun control legislation a shambles
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"The National Coalition for Gun Control has labelled as 'a shambles' the Federal Government's agreement with the states to remove handguns from the streets."

"On the seventh anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, the Coalition is calling for the lives of the 35 people killed to be remembered and for gun laws to be tightened."
 

IN: Rising number of Hoosiers have permits to carry handguns
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"...more Hoosiers than ever before are buying handguns and seeking personal protection permits. And while the debate over whether such permits increase crime rages on, gun shop owner Cosner and many others will continue to rely on their own weapons for protection."

"When asked whether he had ever been in a situation where he believed his weapon improved his safety, Cosner had a firm reply."

" 'You're damn right I have,' Cosner said. 'That's why I always carry a gun.' "
 

KS: Knifing was self-defense
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"After about three weeks of threatening phone calls from her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend, Ajalene Wilson, 19, had taken to carrying a kitchen knife in her car for protection."

"Then last week, at a crowded QuikTrip in the middle of the afternoon, the other woman -- 24-year-old Temeka Bryant -- attacked Wilson, authorities said."

"Wilson fought back, pulling out the knife she carried. Swiping blindly at Bryant, Wilson stabbed her three times."
 

Gun rights discussion on the Mark Scott show Tuesday
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"Are you seeking an open discussion on Reason, Individualism and Freedom? Are you interested in limited Government? Land Rights, Gun Rights, Free Market, or the New World Order. Worried about war and Weapons of Mass Destruction? Alternative Energy? Alternative Health issues? If you are, then you found the Mark Scott Show."

KeepAndBearArms.com Founder and Executive Director Angel Shamaya will be on the show Tuesday.
 

A Mother's Conversion
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... "The only gun in the house, Dad's old .22 bolt action Remington, sat useless in the closet with no shells. If this man wanted to harm us, there was literally nothing I could do, except throw lamps and use harsh language. And hope the law would save us."

"As I waited for the police to arrive, my heart pounded under my nightgown as icy fear closed around it... But under that fear was a seething anger at myself for my current plight - a poor victim waiting for rescue."
 

The sanction of the victim
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" 'The sanction of the victim' is a phrase which I first heard while reading Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand." ...

Now, you may object that you have never endorsed or supported any gun control idea. You may object that you are a member of this gun rights group or that gun rights group. However, I would submit that, if you’ve done nothing more active than send the NRA $35 this year to defend your gun rights, you are sanctioning their removal. Your sanction is provided in several ways:"
 

The gun-control issue
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"President Bush's advisers should know something's wrong when liberal Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer are praising their boss." ...

"Make no mistake about it: Gun control, including the so-called Assault Weapons Ban, is bad policy and bad politics. First off, gun control simply doesn't work. ...On the other hand, crime has been proven to drop by 5 percent to 8 percent in states that have instituted laws making it easy for law-abiding citizens to get concealed-carry permits."
 

Resistance to Tyranny
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"The enemies of liberty are cowards and skulkers, moral cockroaches who shun the harsh light of the truth. They're also compromisers. Shine the light on them long enough, and changes will made."
 

WA: Tacoma police chief shoots wife, kills himself
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"Tacoma's police chief shot his wife and then himself in the parking lot of a strip mall Saturday afternoon while the couple's two young children were nearby." ...

"On Friday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Crystal Brame, 35, had accused her husband in court papers of pointing his service revolver at her and trying to choke her during two separate incidents in the past six months."

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Meanwhile, prior complaints against this venerated public servant were never investigated. Why wasn't his firearm removed from his possession at the merest hint of domestic violence, like it would have been from any regular citizen?
 

Heston Era at N.R.A. Nears End; Iowa Republican Is New Leader
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"Charlton Heston ends his tenure as president of the National Rifle Association this weekend, as 60,000 members of the group gather here for their annual convention. He will be succeeded by Kayne Robinson, a retired police detective and former chairman of the Iowa Republican Party."
 

UK: Stop thugs with tape
Submitted by: Steven Brown

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"Terrified old folk who asked police for protection against stone-throwing yobs (young hooligans) were told: 'Tape your windows so you won’t be hurt by flying glass.' "

"Instead of vowing to catch the thugs, cops gave people tips on defending their homes at a Neighbourhood Watch meeting." ...

" 'I just couldn’t believe my ears. It was as if he was saying the police can’t stop the yobs so put up the barricades and take cover. It’s ludicrous.' "

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In jolly olde England it's illegal to defend yourself - so the victimized should just lock themselves away and hope for the best.
 

More trouble for John Lott? (Blog)
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"In the latest installment of a back-and-forth debate over John Lott's more-guns-less-crime hypothesis, Ian Ayres and John Donohue accuse John Lott of making systematic errors in support of his hypothesis. (Pp. 1397-98; see also 1392-93). By 'systematic' errors, I mean that, according to Ayres and Donohue, the errors appear to all produce results that support Lott's hypothesis. They don't accuse him of fraud, and make a point of noting that it's very easy to make mistakes in this area, but nonetheless the language is, by academic standards, rather strong. They also note (1374) that Lott removed his name from a response that relied on the data in question. (This seems odd to me -- if he removed his name because the data were bad, why would the coauthors go ahead? I have no idea, and no knowledge of what's going on there beyond what Ayres and Donohue say.)"
 

Conservatives Rise for the Bill of Rights!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A significant development in the movement to resist the Ashcroft-Bush dismembering of the Bill of Rights is the growing coalition between conservative groups and such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way."
 

Online Anonymity Comes Under Fire
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"Though Verizon recently lost its fight to keep two subscriber's personal information out of the hands of the recording industry, privacy advocates say the real losers are consumers."

"Invoking a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Recording Industry Association of America subpoenaed Verizon to turn over the name of two of its Internet service subscribers, both alleged file-swappers."
 

MT: Civil Disobedience Considered To Battle Federal Grizzly Policy
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"The outrage in northwest Montana is over the Forestry Service's road closures that have been placed in affect to protect the grizzly bear, wolves and other endangered species. There are 2,104 roads in what the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) describes as a forest system. At present, according to the state of Montana, 1,910 of those 2,104 roads (91%) have been gated or rendered impassable by permanent Kelly humps made by bulldozers under federal contract."
 

Trading Freedom for Security
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... "Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety end up trading freedom for security. The present moment calls for sober reflection on that grim warning. Are we giving up essential liberties in the war on terror for the promise of safety? In the name of security are we concentrating and institutionalizing power in such ways that we are inviting terror far beyond what any terrorist group could ever hope to inflict on us?"
 

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