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U.S. Proposal Could Block Gun Buyers Tied to Terror
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Justice Department proposed legislation on Thursday that would give the attorney general discretion to bar terrorism suspects from buying firearms, seeking to close a gap in federal gun laws.

...would give the attorney general authority to deny a firearm purchase if the buyer was found "to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism."
 

Carpenter: Killers were sane enough to select targets carefully
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"Crazy Like a Fox."

That's an old idiom, but it became popular after Academy Award-winning humorist S.J. Perelman, who once lived in upper Bucks County, used it as the title of a 1944 book.

There was nothing funny in the events that made me think of that phrase, however. Seung-Hui Cho is only the latest in a series of gunmen whose murderous rampages have been attributed to craziness.
 

TX: Local gun dealers see uptick in interest related to Virginia Tech tragedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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In the first week after the tragedy, Midland gun dealer Tommy "Hoss Fly" Atchison saw his gun sales increase by a significant percentage. He said he usually sells about three guns per week and as of Friday afternoon he had sold five. People buying and considering buying had two basic reasons, according to Atchison.

"Some were looking for assault type weapons like SKs, AKs. They feel like the Democrats in Congress are going to go back on gun control," so those people want to purchase a gun before it becomes harder or illegal altogether.
 

AL: Security's just 3 days away at gun store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A young man walks into a Huntsville gun store with a handgun on his mind.

There's no shortage. Glass cases are full of new and used revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Men wait to show any gun he fancies.

He knows women carry pistols now for self-defense. There's an industry in smaller "ladies guns." But there are no women here today. Young men in sagging jeans, yes, older men in ball caps, men in ties and employee badges.
 

CA: Another border agent charged with murder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The video appears to involve an incident on the California border where a Border Patrol agent shoots in the chest an illegal alien who appears ready to hit him with a rock.
Interestingly, there are actually two border patrol cases that fit this scenario.

A date stamp on the video identifies the incident occurring on March 26, 2007, at the border near Calexico, Mexico.

The video is being widely identified on the Internet with the Corbett incident, But the Corbett incident occurred Jan. 12, 2007.

Both incidents involve remarkably similar circumstances – a Border Patrol Agent who shoots an illegal immigrant in the chest at close range to prevent the illegal immigrant from hitting him with a rock.
 

Gun Control Isn't Crime Control
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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This past Tuesday the governor of Virginia announced he would close the loophole that allowed Seung-Hui Cho to buy the guns he used to kill 32 people — and himself — on the Virginia Tech campus. OK, it's a good idea to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable. But be careful about how far the calls for gun control go, because the idea that gun control laws lower gun crime is a myth.

...strict gun control laws do not always have the effect that legislators intend. More guns (in the right hands) can stop crime, and fewer guns (in the wrong hands) can make for more crime. Gun control isn't crime control.
 

NY: Comrade’s Shot Killed New York State Trooper
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The bullet that killed a New York state trooper during a shootout Wednesday morning in a farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains came from the gun of a fellow officer, not the suspect they had cornered, the state police said yesterday.
The police said that the suspect, who was hiding in the house after shooting another trooper the day before, fired one bullet at the slain trooper, David C. Brinkerhoff, but that it hit his body armor. That bullet knocked Trooper Brinkerhoff onto one knee. He was then struck once in the back of the head, fatally, during the fusillade of bullets that followed from three other troopers.
 

NY: NYC mayor: Kan. TV wrong to 'censor' ad
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday questioned a Kansas television station's refusal to air an advertisement that is part of his antigun campaign. "I think if I were CBS I'd call this local station and say what on earth were you thinking about? You can't censor this kind of ad, if you don't agree with the opinion," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.
 

NY: Gun debate ignores human factor
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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When I read the "Derby" from our President of the Union, I was expecting a tirade against the evils of guns and a call for tighter regulation or an outright ban. I was relieved and impressed when I saw that his position took the correct view in attacking not the guns, but the motives of the people that use them for crime or, as was the case recently, a destructive rampage.
 

AL: Criminals don't register their guns; why should we?
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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By Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore;

"...Alabama legislators who introduced House Bill 600 in early April are probably hoping to use the tragic murder of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech for their own anti-gun political agenda..."

"...In other words, this bill would affect, in addition to automatic weapons, practically all pistols, revolvers and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that Alabamians already lawfully own."

"Giving the government more information about our lives and the guns we own does nothing to stop criminals with guns..."

"...The right to keep and bear arms is not just a means of protecting life, but also an indispensable safeguard of our liberties against oppressive government..."
 

UT: Officials warn of crack down on illegal sales at gun show
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Website: http://www.atfabuse.com

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Selling firearms at gun shows can be lucrative, but authorities have a warning for dealers going to this weekend's event in Sandy: Make sure you have a license.
U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman and officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said at a Friday news conference they are continuing to crack down on illegal gun sales and will have undercover agents at the Crossroads Gun Show at the South Towne Exposition Center.

An 18-month undercover investigation from 2003 to 2005 at gun shows along the Wasatch Front identified a number of people selling firearms without licenses, he said.

Three of those charged with federal gun law violations spoke repentantly about their actions on Friday as part of a deal.
 

AL: Re: Our God-given right of self-defense
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"Ran across the article titled in the headline while doing quotation research on another article. The author turned out to be the same as the one that I was doing historical study on. Which would be the venerable former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court; Judge Roy Moore..."

"...the liberals and many in the media also wanted to place the blame on something else for Cho's cruel and immoral actions, once again exploiting this tragedy to push their agenda of taking away guns from law-abiding citizens."

"...Our Founding Fathers believed that the right to keep and bear arms was a natural right given by God..."

This "great natural law of self-preservation," Wilson continued, "cannot be repealed, or superseded..."
 

NY: U.P.S. 'gun thief'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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What can "Brown" do for you? How about steal your guns and sell them on the street? That's what the feds allege after arresting UPS driver Craig Francis on Thursday and charging him with swiping weapons he was supposed to deliver to a popular Chelsea gun range. Francis snatched the packages instead of dropping them at the Westside Rifle and Pistol Range at 20 W. 20th St., said prosecutors for the Manhattan U.S. attorney. The delivery man then resold them to street buyers, said sources close to the probe.
 

ABC's Sam Donaldson to Host Brady Campaign Gun Control Fundraiser
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Cam Edwards at NRANews.com tipped me Friday night: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will have another $250-a-plate fundraiser in Washington on May 15, like their 2005 event at the French Embassy celebrating the 80th birthday of liberal political humorist Art Buchwald. An ad on the Brady Campaign home page for this year’s "Stand Up For A Safe America" fundraiser shows this year’s Master of Ceremonies is ABC News legend Sam Donaldson. Sam just wisecracked on This Week that gun owners have their weapons "to shoot the paperboy and the relative coming home late at night."
 

NY: Don’t blame the NRA for sick man’s actions
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Adam Zyglis graduated from bush league to outright unprofessional with his April 20 editorial cartoon comparing the National Rifle Association to a sick mass murderer. I joined the NRA long after deciding it was right in its advocacy. After realizing that such things as handgun bans proposed in the early ’80s were wrong, I began noticing that gun control proponents made new demands with each victory. Of course, new demands were always “urgently needed” or “reasonable.” Miserable tactics included scare stories, technical misinformation and the sowing of fear among urban populations about their gun-owning neighbors.
 

MI: Aim for sensible improvements to gun regulations
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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For as long as there have been guns in America, there have been gun regulations. Indeed, in the decades after the adoption of the Second Amendment, gun regulations became more restrictive, not less. The Second Amendment links the right to keep and bear arms with the civic obligation to participate in a well-regulated militia. It has nothing to do with the use of firearms for self-defense, hunting or target shooting.

The Founding Fathers were not anti-gun, nor opposed to self-defense. But they recognized that these activities had to be balanced against the needs of public safety.

...the Second Amendment does not pose a barrier to gun regulation; it compels it.
 

NY: Firearms range safe, county officials say
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Following visits by a bevy of county officials, including health workers, the Nassau County Police Department firearms range in Hempstead was declared generally safe Thursday, despite concerns expressed by the police union. "It takes hundreds of years for lead to move just a couple of feet, so I doubt there's any contamination," said Acting Commissioner of Health Abby Greenberg, referring to lead buildup that Police Benevolent Association president Gary DelaRaba had told county lawmakers Wednesday might be leaking into soil and water.
 

"All the means of Self Defence"....
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"John Hancock to the Colonies"

"...I am commanded by Congress to transmit you the enclosed Resolves, and to request your immediate Attention to the same..."

"...The Article of Lead is so essentially necessary to us at this Juncture, and is withall so scarce, that no Pains should be spared to procure it. The Situation of the United Colonies will be extremely deploreable if we depend entirely upon the Importation of it. Every People should have, within themselves, all the Means of Self Defence. To the Bounty of Providence we owe it, that America has these in the greatest Plenty. Let us not therefore be wanting to ourselves, but faithfully and dilligently cultivate those Means..."
 

MR. CALHOUN'S REPORT, Senate, February 4, 1836
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"...Fortunately, Congress has no such right. The internal peace and security of the states are under the protection of the states themselves, to the entire exclusion of all authority and control on the part of Congress..."

"...turning to the Constitution, it will be seen that, while the power of defending the country against external danger is found among the enumerated, the instrument is wholly silent as to the power of defending the internal peace and security of the states, and, of course, reserves to the states this important power, as it stood before the adoption of the Constitution, with no other limitations, as has been stated, except such as are expressly prescribed by the instrument itself..."
 

Campus gun policies
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Utah is the only state that prohibits public colleges and universities from banning concealed weapons on campus. Nationwide, 38 states and the District of Columbia prohibit concealed weapons at schools. Of those, 16 explicitly ban concealed weapons at colleges and universities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In other states, college are allowed to formulate their own gun policies.
 

AL: Criminals don't register their guns; why should we?
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...After all, personally owned firearms have been used to stop school shootings. Five years ago at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., a disgruntled law student killed two faculty members and a student and wounded three others. But in this case, the killer was eventually restrained and held captive for police by two courageous law students who each retrieved their own handguns from their vehicles....”

“...Our Founding Fathers believed that, as Alexander Hamilton once said, "the Supreme Being ... invested (man) with an inviolable right to personal liberty and personal safety..."

"...You must take away the people's guns before you can take away their rights and liberties...."
 

NY: Group rallies for ‘sensible’ gun laws to reduce violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Getting illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and saving innocent lives were a few of the issues on the minds of the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Assembly and Senate Democrats last Wednesday, as they gathered at the Well of the Legislative Office Building. “We are here because there is too many of us dying. This is entirely preventable,” said Jackie Kuhls, the executive director of NYAGV.
 

Expert offers teachers free weapons training
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mad homicidal rampages in American schools will halt when attackers find out that faculty and students sometimes are armed and trained to use those weapons effectively, so an expert in the defensive use of guns is offering free training to educators."

"'In our country, every time a misguided individual on psychiatric drugs goes on a killing spree, anti-self defense legislators watch the polls and exploit the dead victims in order to fool the public into accepting more gun control,' said Ignatius Piazza, founder of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute." ...
 

NY: Assembly Package Targets Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The state Assembly has approved a nine-bill package aimed at reducing the number of illegal guns, protecting victims of domestic violence and safeguarding children from firearms by ensuring that weapons are stored safely. Silver joined other legislators at a rally earlier this week marking the annual lobby day of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, a statewide advocacy group working to build public awareness of the devastating impact of gun violence in New York and across the country, while advocating for sensible gun legislation on the city, state and federal levels.
 

NY: A Fatal Wound From a Colleague’s Weapon Is Rare, but Always a Risk
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The accidental shooting of David C. Brinkerhoff, the New York state trooper who was killed by a bullet from a fellow trooper confronting a suspect inside a Catskill farmhouse on Wednesday, puts Trooper Brinkerhoff in a small minority of police officers killed in the line of duty.
In the annals of law enforcement history, cases of officers dying at the hands of their own colleagues have been exceedingly rare. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, from 1893 through 2006, about 18,000 officers were killed on the job — but only 198 of them at the hand of a fellow officer.
Put another way, slightly more than 1 percent of all officers killed in the line of duty were killed by bullets fired by their colleagues.

 

UT: Armed and ready? About 1 in 40 Utahns packs a concealed weapon
Submitted by: Tdoff

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If you are ever in a room with 40 or so other Utahns — say at a theater, restaurant or back-to-school night — odds are that at least one person there has a concealed weapon permit and could be legally packing a loaded handgun.
Permit-holder Brent Tenney displays his Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun on the University of Utah campus. (Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press)Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press
Permit-holder Brent Tenney displays his Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun on the University of Utah campus.
Then again, the odds are double that in rural Garfield County, where one of every 19 residents has such a permit
 

MO: 4 Killed in Kansas City Violence
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A man driving a dead woman's car shot a police officer, then opened fire in a parking lot and a mall Sunday, authorities said. By the end of the day, four people, including the gunman, were dead.
Police shot the gunman to death outside a Target store inside Ward Parkway Center in south Kansas City, police spokesman Tony Sanders said.

 

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