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TX: Pantego residents learn how to protect homes
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Jean McCown has been worried since her neighbor's house was burglarized three weeks ago - in daylight."

"I'm interested in learning everything I can to safeguard my house," she said.

KABA NOTE: But the police apparently gave platitudes and safeguards that do not mention the BEST home defense you have: a gun.
 

TX: Rice to speak on terrorism, Mideast woes
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will speak at noon Monday at Texas A&M University’s Rudder Auditorium."

"Tight security measures will be in effect during Rice’s lecture. No handbags, backpacks, cameras or other personal belongings will be allowed inside Rudder Tower."

KABA NOTE: A "National Security Advisor" who avoids discussing sane self-defense through proper use of personal arms is a PHONY.
 

VA: Henrico votes to continue anti-gun plan
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"Virginia Exile may have been sent packing by the General Assembly, but the Henrico County Board of Supervisors wants the anti-gun crime program to stick around."

Anti-gun plan is right. See KeepAndBearArms.com's Project Exile Archives to see many reasons to end this NRA-promoted program immediately.
 

Guns and the Mentally Ill
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two months ago, the 63-year-old school bus driver, who friends say had gone off his medication, burst into the national news when he inexplicably took off with his busload of terrified schoolchildren on a seven-hour odyssey from Pennsylvania to a Washington, D.C., suburb. When Nuss was apprehended, there was a loaded semiautomatic rifle on the bus, and authorities later found 48 weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his home."

"As that shooting and others show, gun control laws do little to prevent seriously mentally ill people from buying guns. But it's not just gun rights advocates...who oppose substantial new restrictions. Mental health specialists worry about unfairly painting the mentally ill as violent, and even some gun control advocates fear that tighter rules would compromise privacy rights and doctor-patient confidentiality."
 

Canada: Animal activists attack gopher-hunting derby
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Saskatchewan's annual gopher-killing derby kicked off this week amid growing complaints the traditional event is an unsafe 'bloodbath' that will hurt the province's tourism industry."

"The derby...is billed as a fun way to help ease damage to farmers' fields, where gophers cause significant problems."
 

Second Amendment Foundation Condemns Jersey City Mayor's Wasteful Gun Lawsuit
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today condemned a lawsuit against the firearms industry by Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham of Jersey City as "a wasteful use of public money in an effort more designed to promote headlines than public safety."

"Mayor Cunningham must not read newspapers, or else he would know that such lawsuits have repeatedly failed across the country," said SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb. "He is using the same tired arguments that have been previously rejected by courts in several states, including Louisiana, Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio and Indiana."

Gottlieb said serious questions and suspicions must certainly arise from Mayor Cunningham's decision. He noted that there had been good faith efforts by industry representatives to show Cunningham the various safety initiatives undertaken voluntarily by gun makers, and efforts to work with law enforcement.

"Despite industry efforts and all the court precedents in this arena," Gottlieb observed, "Mayor Cunningham decided to sue anyway. This lawsuit could not possibly be motivated by any concern for the public good. The only motive here appears to be an attempt to grab a headline, nothing more. Unfortunately for the citizens of Jersey City, this will not be a 'cheap' headline. It is going to get very expensive."
 

CT: Safety locks for guns are free; Saybrook police providing kits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Department of Police Services is providing free firearm safety kits with gunlocks to town residents through a partnership with Project HomeSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program."

"Police are encouraging resident gun owners to pick up a kit so they can securely store their firearms."

KABA NOTE: Are these same police willing to sign sworn statements that their own firearms are under lock and key? Visit KeepAndBearArms.com's Triggerlock Archives to see some of the shortcomings of locking up your safety. Visit KeepAndBearArms.com's "Safe Storage" Archives for additional information.
 

NRA 131st Annual Meetings & Exhibits, Reno, Nev., April 26-28
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"WHAT: NRA 131st Annual Meetings & Exhibits"

"Events will include exhibits, special sessions and family activities as nation's oldest civil rights organization celebrates 131 years of freedom and service to America"

"The National Rifle Association, America's oldest civil rights organization, will hold its 131st Annual Meetings & Exhibits April 26-28, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, in Reno, Nev."

KABA NOTE: Be sure to visit a few reports on what the "America's oldest civil rights organization" has done to aid our enemies. If you attend the meeting, perhaps you'll have a few questions to pose to a few people.
 

Demeaning of the Constitution
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The constitutional debate has raged for years, now. There are the original intent people on one side who maintain that we should only interpret the Constitution to mean what The Founding Fathers meant. On the other side are the proponents of a living document who maintain that the Constitution has to change with the times. Of course, it always seems to be only themselves whom they entrust to determine the way it's supposed to change."
 

Ariz. Bill Would Allow Gun Tracking
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Legislation proposed in the Arizona legislature would call on the state Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to trace the background of weapons confiscated from criminals, the Associated Press reported March 23."

"Arizona is facing a situation where hundreds of guns sold in the state are landing in the hands of criminals. In 1999, statistics from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ranked Arizona 10th in the nation for gun trafficking."
 

CO: Gun opponents remember victims on Good Friday
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun opponents spent Good Friday on a pilgrimmage of sorrow."

"They visited five different Denver sites where people have died from gunshot wounds in the past year."

"The journey echoed the Christian rite of the Stations of the Cross, which recalls Christ's journey to crucifixion."

KABA NOTE: These people would serve their cause much better by marching to a few of the locations where guns were used to save lives: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, and SEVEN. Or how about visiting the site of the incident where an armed woman in Colorado shot a serial rapist -- now rotting in jail where he belongs. It's fitting these people are using the symbol of crucifixion to promote their cause -- they are crucifying reason and logic. Fortunately, the truth about Guns & the Bible widely contradicts their calls for gun control.
 

RI: Pistol packing politicians get a pass
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A legislative commission studying Statehouse security approved a number of administration recommendations Tuesday -- including installing metal detectors at the two access doors -- but has put off a decision on whether legislators will be prohibited from carrying guns."

"The commission rejected a proposal from Administration Director Robert Carl that would have forbid anyone but a uniformed police officer to carry a gun in the building after Jan. 1."

KABA NOTE: Rhode Island is not only NOT a "shall issue" state, it's seen by more than a few local residents including our own members as an elitist police state.
 

FL: Tests reveal Taser gun not factor in death of homeless man
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Broward County Medical Examiner's Office said a shot from a Taser gun did not contribute to the death of a homeless man who died in late January after struggling with Hollywood police...but the medical examiner would not release the cause of death Tuesday."

"Hollywood police spokesman Tony Rode said the department has always felt Tasers are safe and that officials are satisfied with the medical examiner's findings."
 

MT: County gets federal money to reduce gun crimes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Prosecutors have a message for people who are using firearms to commit crimes: Prepare to spend some time behind bars."

"On Tuesday, Yellowstone County commissioners approved a $120,000 federal grant that was made available through Project Safe Neighborhood, a Bush administration initiative to reduce gun crime in local communities."
 

UK: Worried Britons Turn to Guns for Protection
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"With street crime on the rise in Britain, some residents are sleeping next to a gun and are prepared to kill with it, Reuters reported March 26."

"Guns feature alongside baseball bats and hammers among the arsenal kept by almost one in 10 worried householders," said a report by the security firm Micromark. The report was based on a telephone survey of 1,000 Britons.

According to the report, eight percent of the respondents with a weapon had a gun, extrapolated to about 100,000 homes in a population of 59 million. In addition, while 44 percent of respondents said they slept with a blunt instrument such as a baseball bat, 10 percent of the women surveyed said they keep a gun nearby.

"Sixty percent of respondents believe people have the right to take the law into their own hands, and nearly half would be prepared to kill in order to protect their family," the report further stated.
 

CA: Dial 911 and Let Your Neighbor Die
Submitted by: Ken Bach
Website: www.concealcarry.org

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"San Francisco police yesterday released the dramatic tape of 911 calls made in the fatal dog mauling attack on Diane Whipple..."

She explained how police should be able to get in. "Please hurry! I hear her screaming and I don't dare open the door, these dogs are ferocious."

KABA NOTE: A responsible neighbor wouldn't have wasted time on the telephone -- careful shot placement would've been the priority. Be sure to visit our Guns Save Lives from Animals archives.
 

Self Defense is not a Crime
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Each day in the U.S., between 5 and 11 women are killed by a male intimate partner, between 1800 and 4000 per year."

"In the U.S. women are more likely to be killed by their male intimate partners than all other homicide categories combined."

"90% of women murdered are killed by men, men who are most often a family member, spouse or ex-partner."

"There are hundreds of women in California prisons and thousands of women in prisons nationwide convicted of killing an abusive partner."

Many more facts compiled by the National Clearinghouse in Defense of Battered Women, Washington, D.C. can be found on this page.
 

MA: Grandson of Police Chief investigated in theft of police gun
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"One youth has been charged with stealing a handgun from Police Headquarters, and another, the grandson of Police Chief James Gallagher, is being investigated in connection with the crime."

"The gun, reported stolen in August, was believed to have been used in a recent downtown shooting that police have said was gang-related."

“At this time, the investigation is far from complete,” Chief Gallagher said yesterday. “We're continuing to investigate everybody involved, and additional people may be charged.”

"Chief Gallagher said his 15-year-old grandson and a 16-year-old friend of the boy were in the police locker room when the police-issue weapon disappeared."
 

Israel Peace Activists: 'I never thought they would fire live rounds'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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What MORONS!

"Forty peace activists from Britain, Europe and the US were holed up in a central Bethlehem hotel last night awaiting evacuation after one member of the group was seriously injured by a ricocheting bullet."

"Another 35 volunteers attempting to act as human shields for Palestinian families said that they were determined to stay on in the town's three refugee camps of Aida, Azza and Deheshe."

"I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could cope working in a place like this. I have good friends and a comfortable life. I wanted to do something for those who were not as fortunate as me."
 

IN: Gunlock giveaway raises safety awareness
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Eaton patrolmen Kevin Roberts made his home a safer place for his family when he picked up a handful of free gunlocks Tuesday from a truck outside Wal-Mart Supercenter. The gunlocks were being distributed as part of Project HomeSafe, a national gun safety program touring Indiana for the past few weeks."

"Roberts said gun safety was a big issue at his home, but it's not only his daughters, ages 11 and 15, he's concerned about."
 

NY: Deputy charged with pointing gun at own supervisor
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An Albany County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested Tuesday for allegedly pointing his loaded service revolver at Undersheriff John Mahan during a disciplinary hearing."

"Deputy Michael Diedrich, 34, was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment after meeting with Mahan and several other supervisors on Monday."

"According to Sheriff James Campbell, Diedrich was being suspended for 30 days without pay as a result of insubordination toward one of his commanding officers on March 12."

"During the meeting, Diedrich was instructed by Mahan to turn over his .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun, his badge and identification card as a result of the suspension."

"Campbell said Diedrich removed the weapon from its holster, then waved the pistol in front of Mahan before pointing it at the undersheriff."
 

SC: Free Gun Locks Available
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Do you have a gun in your house? Do you have kids who might get their hands on it? How would you like a free lock for that gun? Project Homesafe is travelling South Carolina giving away free gun safety kits which include cable-style gun locks."
 

VA: City addresses 'shame of rape'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Nearly three dozen people are raped each year on average in Alexandria, where the city's Office on Women has scheduled a series of events to raise awareness of sexual assault."

"The Alexandria City Council issued a proclamation on March 26, calling for April to be observed as Sexual Assault Awareness Month."

"Nearly 400,000 adult women and men are sexually assaulted each year in this country, according to National Institute of Justice."

KABA NOTE: How many of the victims are armed?
 

Clinton-era anti-gun claims disproved by University of Pennsylvania.
Submitted by: Chicago Farmer

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Clinton Wrong Again

Higher licensing fees, mandatory background checks and a crackdown on part-time gun dealers, all changes that went into effect in the mid-1990s, had little to do with America's drop in violent crime in the years that followed, according to a new study from a criminologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study was published this week in "Criminology & Public Policy," a new journal being published by American Society of Criminology.
 

CO: Paintball Gun Attacker Shot By Intended Victims
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A 21-year-old man who shot some teen-agers with a paintball gun was in serious condition Tuesday after they responded with a real gun, police said."

"Jeremiah Witherwax and two friends told police they were driving in the 800 block of Oak Street at about 8:45 p.m. Monday, firing paintballs at pedestrians, when two teen-age boys retaliated."

"One shot Witherwax in the head, police said."

KABA NOTE: Anti-self-defense people can lump this case into their "gun violence" stats if it makes them feel good -- self-defense is self-defense.
 

SC: Homeowner helped break robbery ring, Sheriff calls him a 'hero'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is crediting a Dentsville man with helping his agency stop a home invasion ring that targeted elderly neighbors."

"Homeowner Bobby Drum, 68, shot a man who tried to break into his home at 7651 Parkview Drive on March 20. As a result, a little later that night, detectives arrested the man who they say tried to rob Drum and his wife."

"They also have charged four other teen-agers who they say preyed on victims who they thought couldn't fight back, Lott said."

"Mr. Drum is a hero," Lott said. "He probably not only saved his wife and his life, but the lives of other people as well. If (Jack Maurice Austin) had not been shot by Mr. Drum, they still would be doing" home invasions."
 

NY: County OKs gun resolution
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Dougherty County commissioners make it illegal to discharge firearms near residential areas in unincorporated Dougherty County."

Gun law highlights:

**It is unlawful for any person to discharge a handgun, rifle, shotgun or any other type of firearm in an unincorporated area of Dougherty County within 500 feet of a residence, place of worship, business or public meeting place.

**Exemptions include on-duty law enforcement officers, residents using firearms in self-defense and shooters at private or public skeet or trap facilities or other official shooting ranges.

**Violators will be subject to misdemeanor charges enforced through Dougherty County Magistrate Court and fines of up $1,000.
 

OK: Handgun Stolen From Barry Switzer's Car
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A handgun was stolen out of former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer's car Monday night."

"Switzer told police that he was visiting a friend at the Oklahoma City office of The Black Chronicle when the gun was stolen."

KABA NOTE: You may or may not remember that when Barry Switzer was the Dallas Cowboys football coach, he was given a misdemeanor for trying to take a gun onto an airplane.
 

Finding Terroristan
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"It seems that we are left with a bunch of people who intend on this country operating as a monarchy with government having plenary control over the people. It is obvious they do not have an inkling of their authority or the purpose of having three distinct and separate branches of government. The current processes undertaken by the federal government - and followed closely by State and political subdivision governments - is to force the allegedly free people of this country to act as subjects to the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal, state, and lesser corporate governments."
 

GA: Bounty hunter under scrutiny
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"An Aiken bounty hunter who tracked a suspect to Augusta may have his own criminal charges to face if police decide he violated Georgia law, authorities said Tuesday."

The suspect bit the bounty hunter, and he retaliated with three strikes with the butt of his gun.

"The question that we have is whether he was legal in his attempts to 'arrest' this guy and bring him in," Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

"Georgia law requires a bail recovery agent who enters a police jurisdiction with the intention of capturing a fugitive to notify local police before taking any action, unless it takes place in public."
 

MO: Lawyer charged with weapons infraction (setting booby traps in garage)
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"An eastern Missouri lawyer was charged yesterday with unlawful use of a weapon for the booby-traps a sheriff’s deputy found in his garage."

"John Kessler of Cedar Hill had shotgun shells packed with shrapnel loaded into plastic tubes, investigators said. The homemade cannons were designed to detonate at anyone who entered Kessler’s garage and flipped on the light switch."

"The deputy who found the traps was checking the garage because of past burglaries there."
 

Sydney: gun capital of Australia
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"THE number of armed robberies in Sydney's most populated areas has soared by 34 per cent over two years, forcing police to reform a hold-up response team and concede guns have become endemic on the city's streets."

"The increase comes despite a tightening of national gun laws since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre."

"The state Government and NSW police were quick to label the jump in armed robberies and assaults a serious concern. Bureau director Don Weatherburn fuelled their fears with his assessment that NSW had a 'major problem with the gun issue'.'

"There is no doubt there are more guns in circulation now," Dr Weatherburn said, in a statement that casts doubt on the effectiveness of gun laws repeatedly described by the Government as the toughest in the nation."

-- Duh! Take away the guns from the good guys and what do you have left? Guns only in the hands of the bad guys.
 

MI: Court rules swearing ban violates free speech
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Sheriff Jim Mosciski is dismayed. He is newly free to express that emotion by cursing. But the freedom only makes him angrier still."

"Mosciski, sheriff of rural Arenac County in northern Michigan, was a big fan of a 105-year-old state law barring the use of vulgar language in front of women and children."
 

CT: Man sentenced to 5 years in prison for carrying a concealed firearm
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TITLE OF STORY: Man acquitted in killing sentenced on gun count

"Dorsey, convicted of carrying a pistol without a permit, got five years, suspended after 3½."

 

NJ: Police officer pleads guilty to drunken vehicular homicide
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A former Egg Harbor City police officer pleaded guilty yesterday to vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a Philadelphia man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Blitz said."

"Charles Klein 3d, 37, of Egg Harbor City, also pleaded guilty in Superior Court to charges of assault by auto and driving while intoxicated, Blitz said."

"Klein was off duty and traveling east on Route 30 in Galloway Township at 2 a.m. on May 21, 2000, when he struck a car driven by Gazmend Cena. Cena's car slammed into a telephone pole, killing him and seriously injuring his front-seat passenger."

"Klein is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Albert J. Garofolo on June 14."
 

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