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2nd Amendment Caucus Created In The U.S. House
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Today, Congressmen Marilyn Musgrave (CO-04) and Virgil Goode (VA-05) announced the creation of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus. Comprised of 38 Members of Congress, this caucus is solely dedicated to the right of lawful individuals to own firearms as granted in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." ...

"The caucus was created by Musgrave and Goode to ensure lawful gun owners are tenaciously defended in Congress. Its mission statement states:

The members of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus know and understand that the Second Amendment to the Constitution is clearly written to protect the fundamental and individual right to keep and bear arms.

Furthermore, we understand that the Second Amendment does not refer to a collective right of federal or state governments. The Second Amendment refers to the individual citizen's right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of defense, recreation, and collection.

We oppose the banning of firearms, their accessories, their manufacture and their importation. Furthermore, we support recognizing the right of lawful citizens to carry a weapon both at home and while traveling the nation.

In upholding these principles we have joined the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus. This caucus' purpose for existence is solely to accomplish the above stated goals and protect the Second Amendment as it is written.
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Single Injury supports Multiple enhancements for firearm use
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"A defendant convicted on five counts of attempted murder for firing two shots into a group of five people, injuring one of them, must have each count enhanced under the '10-20-life' firearm use law, a unanimous state Supreme Court ruled yesterday."

"The justices rejected the argument, accepted by the trial judge and the Fourth District Court of Appeal, that a single injury can support only a single added penalty of 25 years to life in prison under Penal Code Sec. 12022.53(d)."

"But three concurring justices said the result the court disdained was supported by 'both common sense and the overall scheme of the 10-20-life law' and suggested that the statutory language—which, they agreed, required the multiple enhancements—was 'likely the result of oversight rather than legislative intent.' "

"Sec. 12022.53 provides additional penalties for the use of a firearm in committing felonies specified in its first subdivision. The law’s second, third and fourth subdivisions provide for a 10-year enhancement for personal use, a 20-year enhancement if the weapon is discharged, and an enhancement of 25 years to life if the defendant 'personally and intentionally discharges a firearm and proximately causes great bodily injury...or death, to any person other than an accomplice.' "
 

Sounds like we should be getting ready for a body armor ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'Some of their vests even have better capability in stopping bullets than what we have,' says New Orleans Police Lt. Mike Cahn."

"One of the vests he's talking about can stop an AK-47 round and is just one of some two dozen seized from criminals this year alone."

" 'I look at the body armor thing as being almost as serious as carrying a gun,' says New Orleans Police Superintendent Edwin Paulcompess."

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Note the stunning hypocrisy! When a cop dons a bullet-proof vest, it's to protect his life. But a civilian's life is apparently not that important.
 

US to Canada: "Stop harassing gun owners or we'll stop hunting there!"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"On January 1, 2003, the date Canada's notorious federal gun registry took effect, Lacombe took an unloaded .22 rifle to a press conference in Edmonton, Alberta, and told the news media he would not register it. ..."

"To avoid creating public alarm, the rifle was sealed in plastic, the firing bolt was removed, and Lacombe had given two days' notice of his intention to police." ...

"The province of Alberta had promised since 1998 not to enforce the federal gun registry. It promised to leave enforcement to the federal government. ..."

"If they had stuck to that commitment, it would have been possible for Lacombe and other protesters to have the federal Firearms Act struck down in court as unconstitutional."
 

Fear and Fiction About Guns
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"The inappropriately named 'Assault Weapons' ban represents the greatest threat to firearm freedoms in this country. The ban was introduced and passed largely due to efforts by the, also inappropriately named, 'Violence Policy Center' -- an organization that has nothing to do with violence policy in any form whatsoever, rather their goal seems to be total disarmament of the American population and eventually, the world."

"With the help of the news media, Michael Moore, and other second-rate celebrities, the 'Violence Policy Center' has been able to scare many Americans into fearing the very word, 'gun.' The people that the VPC preys on are the type who believe they would never own a gun and certainly would not have the slightest idea of what to do in a defensive situation. It is easy to scare these people as they do not want to accept responsibility for their own safety."
 

AK-47s Headed to U.S. Had Legal Permits
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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After all the gun banner attempts to vilify this shipment just in time to use it in their calls for making the AW ban permanent, it looks like the shipment was perfectly legitimate.

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"A U.S.-bound shipment of thousands of AK-47 assault rifles and other combat-type weapons, seized by Italian authorities who suspected they were being smuggled, actually have legal permits to be imported, American officials said Wednesday." ...

"A 1994 law prevents the U.S. gun industry from making, importing or selling military-style semiautomatic weapons."

"But under ATF regulations, a properly licensed company can ship such weapons to a 'custom bonded warehouse' in the United States. ..."
 

Bush Pushes For Computerized Health Records
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"President George W. Bush says America's medical technology may be tops, but its medical record-keeping is stuck in the 'buggy era.' " ...

"In a discussion with doctors, patients and health officials, the president promised to name a federal coordinator for information technology." ...

"Implementing a system where everyone has their own personal electronic medical record will protect patients, improve care and reduce cost, he said."

"Bush acknowledged that patient privacy is a concern and a top priority."

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Well isn't this just coincidental! This is the same type of plan Hillary Clinton is pushing. As a matter of fact, Hill has introduced S.2003, the Health Information for Quality Improvement Act, which would "amend the Public Health Service Act to promote higher quality health care and better health by strengthening health information, information infrastructure, and the use of health information by providers and patients."

Our Republican president promoting Hillary Care? How could that be?

Still think there's a difference between Bush and Kerry?
 

Gunning for the White House
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Amidst headlines and headshots of the candidate proclaiming his support for such standard Democratic issues as peace in Iraq, middle-class tax relief and women's rights, there's a link with the somewhat incongruous title Sportsmen for Kerry. If you click on it, you're whisked to a new page and greeted by a rather amusing photo of Kerry wearing a screaming orange hunting vest, an enormous rifle slung over his shoulder, staring intently at some sort of dead animal held by a man next to him." ...

"The picture of Kerry the hunter, and for that matter, the entire 'Sportsmen for Kerry' site – which touts Kerry's firm belief in Americans' right to bear arms and also in gun control – underscores an important point. With a nail-biter election all but certain, neither candidate can afford to take any issue for granted."
 

PA: Specter narrowly defeats Toomey
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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It is instructive that President Bush supported Arlen Specter over the more freedom-oriented Pat Toomey. The reason? Read on...

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"Sen. Arlen Specter’s 17,000-vote victory in Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania casts serious doubt on the 24-year incumbent’s ability to deliver the battleground state for President Bush in November."

"Bush backed Specter in the primary over third-term Rep. Pat Toomey because Specter was expected to have a statewide “machine” to get out the vote."

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It appears freedom and the Constitution matter little to Mr. Bush. It's the votes he's after.
 

Why Does the Public Put Up With Abusive Cops?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"My latest article on LewRockwell.com was anything but kind to the armed bureaucrats who claim to be the protectors of safety, yet to my surprise I received only one moderately critical response. Almost every emailer – and there were plenty – added their own stories about how police officers abuse their powers and fail to make us safer."

"Here was my favorite response: 'Why is it after spending 32 years as a California Peace Officer (28 with the California Highway Patrol) that I cannot find fault with your article. ... Let me add tip #11: Never tell the public that 11% of the on-duty killings by police qualify as wrongful deaths, while only 2% of killings by the uninformed, ill-trained, dangerous public are so.' "
 

WV: Woman Claims Cops Made Her Show Tattoo
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A woman detained in a traffic stop is suing authorities for allegedly forcing her to display her tattooed buttocks, but the police chief said Tuesday he has no record of the woman being arrested." ...

"An officer then ordered Pegg to pull down her pants. The tattoo was photographed 'in an open area of the station house in full view of several male officers,' the ACLU complaint said."

"there can be no justification for this incredibly intrusive search..."

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Fourth Amendment? What Fourth Amendment? Hey Joe, you hear of a Fourth Amendment?
 

TX: 97-year-old woman handcuffed, jailed for unpaid traffic ticket
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Police say they had no choice but to go by the book when they handcuffed a 97-year-old woman and took her to jail for failing to pay a traffic ticket."

"Harriette Kelton was arrested last week after officers stopped her for having an expired registration and inspection sticker and realized there was a warrant for her arrest for failing to pay a traffic ticket."

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Government is getting serious about its revenue!
 

TX: Fort Worth police told to make 2 traffic stops per day
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"West side patrol officers are under new orders: Make two traffic stops a day or face a penalty that includes having days off changed or being reassigned to a different beat, shift or district."

" 'Officers have to show their supervisor productivity,' Chief Mendoza said. 'One of the things we have pushed is going back to the fundamentals of policing. Traffic stops are extremely fundamental.' "

"He said such stops also give officers a legal means of finding evidence of crimes, such as narcotics."
 

WI: Drinking, guns don't mix for police
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Officer Brandon S. Erdmann, 23, was carrying his personal handgun when he was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly pointing the weapon at a bouncer outside Brew City Barbeque, a popular N. Water St. bar and restaurant, according to the arrest report."

"The bouncer, Jeff Jackson, 32, said he saw Erdmann drinking beer in the club prior to the alleged gun incident at 2 a.m. Saturday, according to the report."

"Jackson, who is African-American, also alleged Erdmann used a racial slur."

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Another case for the "Only cops should have guns" file.
 

CA: Gubmint official recommends using cell phone when confronted by a mountain lion
Submitted by: R Nance

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"Los Angeles will post warnings in Griffith Park, one of the country's largest urban wilderness areas, after a mountain lion was seen by people there for the first time in 100 years, officials said today." ...

"Jerry Spansail, patrol captain with the state Department of Fish and Game, said people should use common sense: Don't hike alone, and take a cell phone."
 

Canada: High School student stabbed
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Where's that knife ban when you really need it, eh "safety" advocates?

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A stabbing near Downsview Secondary School at Wilson Ave. and Keele St. has sent a student to hospital.

The attack occurred today around noon. Both the victim and the suspected assailant attend the school, according to police, and both are 17 years old. One suspect is in custody but no charges have yet been laid, said Constable Mike Hayles.

The victim suffered two knife wounds, one to the chest and one to the leg, said Hayles. He was taken to Sunnybrook hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is reportedly in stable condition.

Several bystanders were at the scene and are being interviewed by police.
 

Japan: Gunman blasts home of famed novelist
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Hmmm. We seem to be getting more stories about gun crime in "gun-free" Japan lately. It couldn't possibly be that gun bans don't work, could it?

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"A jobless man was arrested after admitting to having fired shots at the home of novelist Mangetsu Hanamura in western Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, police said."

"Hirohiko Takeuchi, 44, a resident of Musashino, Tokyo, was taken into custody on suspicion of violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law."
 

IN: Guns, Ammunition Stolen in Carroll County
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Look, Ma! No background check!

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"A home burglary in Carroll County concerns police because a cabinet full of guns was stolen. Fifteen guns, including shotguns, handguns, and semi-automatic rifles were stolen from the home of Alvin Upton. Upton discovered the missing guns when he returned from a week long vacation. He reported the theft to police. Upton says the guns are worth four to five thousand dollars. Some of them have personal and historic value."
 

OH: Portage couple among region's first to secure concealed-carry permits
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"At 72, stroke victim Ben Doepel, a well-known outdoorsman, figures he needs the protection of a gun."

"He and his wife once were frightened by three suspicious men in a parking lot as she helped him climb out of his wheelchair. 'I never felt so helpless in my life,' said Doepel, former president of the Goodyear Hunting and Fishing Club. 'I sure don't want to hurt no one, and neither does she. But we want to feel safe.' "
 

MI: Controversial gun-shop sting ends with misdemeanor plea
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"As promised a year ago, the charge against a former Egelston Township gun-shop owner caught in a statewide 2001 'sting' has been reduced to a low-level misdemeanor." ...

"Heskett co-owned Pro Guns, 4021 E. Apple, which has gone out of business. The shop was one of eight statewide, including three in Muskegon County, busted in 2001 after a 'sting' dubbed Operation Scarecrow and authorized by then-Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, now governor."

"Although the other two Muskegon County cases resulted in felony pleas and fines imposed on the corporations owning the shops, the state had problems in some other counties making the charges hold up. Judges in two other jurisdictions dismissed the cases."
 

NV: Ski Resorts Must Return Howitzers on Loan From Army
Submitted by: Jose Batista

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"The U.S. military is demanding the return of five howitzers that two Sierra Nevada ski resorts use to prevent avalanches, saying it needs the guns for the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. ..."

" 'It was designed to kill people, but it's a very valuable safety tool for us,' said Rachael Woods, a spokeswoman at Lake Tahoe's Alpine Meadows, where seven people were killed in an avalanche in 1982."

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But children go skiing, too, and they might grow up emotionally twisted after witnessing a 4.13 caliber cannon on the slopes. The VPC would probably want you to know that, at this very moment, street gangs are using howitzers to shoot down orbiting space satellites.

-JAB
 

SC: Greenville man fends off gunman
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"A Greenville man says he fended off a gunman who tried to enter his home early Wednesday morning, according to a Greenville County Sheriff's spokesman. "

"Sgt. Shea Smith said the victim sells T-shirts out of his homes. He told deputies that two men knocked on the door of his East North Street apartment asking if he had shirts for sale, Smith said."

"One of the men pushed his way into the apartment and pointed a blue steel handgun at the victim, Smith said. The victim told deputies he grabbed the handgun and they wrestled over it, falling out of the apartment into the parking lot."

"Smith said the suspect jerked the gun away and then ran off. The other man had run away as well, he said."
 

We hold these freedoms to be self-evident...
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Freedom of thought is the basis of a lot of our existing constitutional rights in the US, as in many countries. With the burgeoning of neurosciences and the neurotechnologies they give rise to, we can see great opportunities but also great perils, because the law on freedom of thought is so underdeveloped. It is the most important of all legal freedoms, but the least articulated. ..." ...

"On the near horizon are a slew of new pharmaceuticals we call memory management drugs. Some of these aim to improve memory safely. Others are designed to help dim or to erase the memories that haunt people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder." ...

"Some of these drugs are available now. ..."

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Mind control technology is available and in use in commercial applications already.
 

FL: Florida Town to Use Surveillance Cameras
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"One of the nation's wealthiest towns will soon have cameras and computers running background checks on every car and driver that passes through."

"Police Chief Clay Walker said cameras will take infrared photos recording a car's tag number, then software will automatically run the numbers through law enforcement databases."

"A woman detained in a traffic stop is suing authorities for allegedly forcing her to display her tattooed buttocks, but the police chief said Tuesday he has no record of the woman being arrested."
 

CA: City assault on weapons
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A group of city leaders stood united Tuesday in the heat of the sun and the heat of the debate over the ban of assault weapons, calling for the continuation of a federal ban on assault weapons as they described the guns as 'weapons of war and terror.' "

"Mayor Gavin Newsom, police Chief Heather Fong and other politicians stood beside neighborhood activists who have lost loved ones to violence in an effort to pressure Congress to renew U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's 1994 Federal Violent Crime Control Act, which is due to expire on Sept. 13."
 

FL: Radio Hosts to Pay Price for Fooling Fidel as FCC Violates The First Amendment (Again)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Two Miami radio hosts who duped Cuban President Fidel Castro with a prank call are soliciting pennies from their fans to pay a $4,000 fine proposed by U.S. regulators because of the on-air stunt."

"Talk radio host Enrique Santos said the fine made no sense, so he and co-host Joe Ferrero will pay it with 400,000 cents, delivered in person to the FCC."

" 'We prank-called a head of state in a country that is considered hostile to the United States. He's a violator of human rights and they're fining us $4,000,' Santos said on Tuesday. 'We just find it absurd.' "

"But the FCC ruled last week that the station violated a regulation requiring that participants in phone conversations be told in advance if the call is being broadcast."
 

WA: "Renewing the ban is the least we can do for police officers and their families"
Submitted by: Keith Russell

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"One was used to shoot a woman in a domestic-violence assault, another sent multiple rounds flying in a South Seattle neighborhood, a third was found in the possession of a Central District teenager, and a fourth was recovered when officers responded to a report of shots fired."

"All four weapons -- two Tech-9 [sic] semiautomatic handguns, an assault rifle with a collapsible stock and a 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun dubbed the street sweeper -- are illegal under a federal ban on certain assault weapons."

"But with the ban expiring Sept. 13, local authorities yesterday held a news conference in the presence of these firearms to call for an extension of the ban."

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Note the complete lack of logic. The police are rallying to extend a ban that has done nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining and using these weapons.

But hey, it seems like the old "for the children" adage is no longer used. Now it's "ban them for the police and their families." Are those the same police who beat up and Taze old ladies and shoot unarmed cell phone users?
 

Surge in crimes has common element: guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Third letter from the bottom:

"We ought to urge Congress and the president to pass more gun control legislation instead of weakening it as they plan to do."

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This paper has been very receptive to publishing logical pro-gun responses to garbage like this. Email them your replies at: letters@uniontrib.com
 

VA: Local moms hope to create a revolution
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Among those joining the Million Moms is Alina Harway, a sophomore at the College of William and Mary. A high school classmate used a handgun to commit suicide, she said, and turned what could have been just a bad day into his last day." ...

"This year the focus is renewing and strengthening the federal ban on production of assault weapons, which expires Sept. 13 after 10 years on the books." ...

"Beyond that, the march is about handguns, which Price said kill eight children and injure another three or four every day in America."

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A couple of misguided, misinformed and misanthropic mommies get together and try to whine away your rights and freedoms, and this paper calls it a "revolution."

How pathetic.

 

Australia: The world is "benefiting" from the other time we saw the flak jacket
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...The last time we saw John Howard in bulletproof gear was 1996 and he was addressing a public meeting in rural Victoria. What made that meeting as dangerous as occupied Iraq? The topic: gun control."

"Today is the eighth anniversary of the largest massacre ever perpetrated by a single gunman anywhere in the world when, at Port Arthur in Tasmania, 35 people lost their lives, dozens were injured and thousands were traumatised. The nation, consumed with grief, demanded that the laws which had allowed the tragedy be changed. ..."

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So eight years ago murder was legal in Australia?
 

MI: BBs to Bombs: Schools balance zero-tolerance weapons laws with details of case
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"Is a pellet gun as worrisome as a shotgun at school? Does it make a difference whether they are loaded?"

"And does it matter if the students involved are closer to elementary school than they are to graduation?"

"Those are the issues facing West Michigan school officials after several incidents involving kids and guns..."

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Zero tolerance = zero sense
 

CA: "Assault" weapons ban does nothing (Letter)
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Second letter from the bottom

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The federal "assault weapon" ban, which applies to all states, has been in effect almost 10 years. California's own brand has been on the books even longer. Yet neither law, nor the thousands of other guns laws kept one of the banned weapons off the streets or out of the hands of Officer Isaac Espinosa's killer. How could anyone be so dogmatic as to cite a decade of demonstrable ineffectiveness as an argument in favor of renewing these laws?

 

Indonesia: Mily-Police units seize self-made Bombs, Firearms
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Joint military-police units that operated in Poso districts and adjoining regions over the past four months seized an assortment of self-made bombs and firearms, a spokesman for the regional security operations command said on Wednesday. The joint forces confiscated a total of 168 self-made bombs, 102 self-made firearms and 485 rounds of ammunition, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Agil Assegaf of the Sintuwu Maroso Operations Command said.

"These deadly tools were found in integrated operations conducted from January to April 2004 in the districts of Poso, Morowali and Tojo Unauna," he said.
 

CA: Morgan Hill teens arrested in ‘attack’
Submitted by: Keith Russell

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"Panicked parents and a teacher called Morgan Hill Police Monday afternoon just before 5 p.m., saying that four men with assault weapons, handguns and wearing black masks were approaching youngsters about to start baseball practice in Jackson Park adjacent to an elementary school."

"The boys were playing commando, said Lt. Joe Sampson, and told police they were having a good time." ...

"Police, however, initially thought the teens were trying to get into position to shoot at the field full of baseball-playing children."

"Within 15 minutes, four teenage males, 13- to 16-years old, were in custody and police had possession of an arsenal of replica weapons. No one was hurt, but it was a close call."

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This is a blatant attempt to vilify anything resembling a firearm. And our cowardly society will fall for the "someone could have gotten hurt" scenario hook, line and sinker, even though the incident was nothing more than a bunch of children playing soldier.
 

UK: Community Spirit Helps Cut Gun Crime, Blunkett Says
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"Home Secretary David Blunkett today said a corner was being turned in the battle against gun crime."

"A 'massive drop' in shootings across Britain last year was reflected in today’s announcement of a 7.4% fall in gun crime in London in 2003-04, he said."

"Speaking at the Parliamentary launch of the anti-gun crime charity Disarm Trust, Mr Blunkett paid tribute to grassroots efforts to drive firearms out of local communities."

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Riiight. Is that why we read almost daily about some poor Brit being victimized by an armed assailant? Or is it simply that they're not shooting their victims, but merely beating, raping and robbing them?
 

WI: Gun Locks Available
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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If you have a gun in your home, the Houston County Sheriffs Department wants to offer you a "free" gun lock. The locks resemble bicycle locks, and they fit most handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Besides the lock and a manual on how to use it, there's also material available for your children. Swedberg says while there's never been an accident involving a child and a gun in the county, that doesn't mean its not a good idea to take precautions. He says you can stop by the department anytime to pick up a lock.

 

UK: Stores foil gun raider
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"DETECTIVES were today probing possible links between two armed raids in Leeds in the space of less than three hours."

"The incidents took place in Otley and Yeadon yesterday and in both cases the suspect was carrying what is believed to have been a black handgun."

"Police say the first raid happened around 11.50am, when a man walked into business premises on Boroughgate in Otley and demanded cash."

"The female shopowner, who is in her 50s, refused to hand over any money, prompting the robber to pull out a gun and repeat his request."
 

UK: IRA: Terror For Profit
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I visited an 80+-year-old lady who lives in a Protestant enclave -- an island surrounded by a sea of Catholic neighborhoods. She regularly removes the stones from her yard that are thrown at her house from the Catholic neighborhood on the other side of the fence. ..."

"It is hard to imagine living in such conditions, but how can they sell their homes at a fair market price? People are trapped. This has gone on for years and continues now ..."

"Consistent with the appeasement orientation of the British socialist government, the police do nothing to pursue vandals and bullies and thieves. And of course, self-defense is a big no-no. The British police presence is almost non-existent..."
 

TN: Lincoln County Bird Helps Hunter Capture Top Gun Honor
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"Though the Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt is based in Giles County, two of the top three birds in this year's hunt were bagged in Lincoln County."

"Saturday's hunt served as the third annual fund-raiser for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation and attracted 59 hunters, who paid $1,000 each and came back with 22 turkeys, which are considered elusive and difficult to hunt."
 

ND: Gun found in locker at Dickinson elementary school
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"Police say they found an empty .22-caliber revolver in a locker at an elementary school and the boy who brought it to school told them he intended to harm himself but not others."

"Police and Superintendent Dean Koppelman refused to discuss any possible disciplinary action except to say the boy was turned over to the proper authorities."
 

LA: Gun control measures beaten back in Louisiana House committee
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"Gun control took a beating in the Louisiana House of Representatives Wednesday, as measures to limit free access to guns were killed in a House committee with little dissent."

"The bills were pushed by a New Orleans representative, Democrat Cedric Richmond, who decried the rising toll of gun deaths in his city and across Louisiana."

"But he found few allies in a committee room crowded with gun owners, whose views were championed by the National Rifle Association and a conservative Dallas think-tank."

"Richmond's bills would have banned assault weapons in Louisiana, required background checks of gun buyers at gun shows, prohibited carrying guns at parades and established a statewide fingerprints database."
 

MN: Gun law reaches one-year mark
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"Gun rights supporters celebrated the one year anniversary of the passage of the 'concealed carry' law at the Capitol Wednesday. ..." ...

"Rep. Lynda Boudreau, R-Faribault, was the chief House author of the bill. She says critics' predictions of violent crime by permit holders haven't come to pass. She says there have been very few problems with the law." ...

"...Rebecca Thoman with the handgun control organization Citizens for a Safer Minnesota ...says it's difficult to track whether any permit holders have committed crimes, because the applicants are anonymous. ..."

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It's not difficult for the police to track, and they say there have been no problems. Ms. Thoman apparently has an issue with her and her gun banner pals being unable to access those records.
 

WV: Another gun goes to school
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"It may have been an accident, but ..."

"A student mistakenly took a loaded gun to school in nearby Wheeling, W.Va., a few weeks ago. ..." ...

"Authorities report the 8-year-old's brother was using the kindergartner's book bag the previous day. He simply forgot to take the gun out before his brother took it to school."

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When a kindergartner is punished for what was obviously an accident, you are sending a mixed message. If he accidentally discharges the gun, the firearm will invariably be blamed. If there is no discharge, it's the little guy's fault, no matter what, even if an older sibling is responsible for leaving the firearm in the bookbag.
 

WA: Local Police Make Plea On Assault Weapons Ban
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"With the federal ban on assault weapons set to expire, Seattle's police chief made a plea to the president Tuesday."

"Inside the Seattle Police evidence locker, there are assault-style weapons. If the ban is lifted, it will again be perfectly legal to sell them."

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This is typical "Assault Weapons" in the hands of criminals hysteria. The article also has an online poll of whether or not renew the AWB.
 

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