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Zogby Poll Shows Overwhelming Rejection of Gun Bans as Terrorism Solution
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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today released the results of a recent poll it commissioned, conducted by Zogby International, which shows overwhelming rejection by likely American voters of the notion that banning guns would be effective in the fight against terrorism."

"Asked whether they agreed or disagreed that banning guns would reduce the threat from terrorists, respondents to the poll disagreed by a margin of 75 percent. Only one in five respondents supported the notion, and five percent were not sure. Zobgy polled 1,009 likely voters chosen at random nationwide with a margin error of plus/minus 3.2 percent. Polling occurred between March 30 and April 1."

"SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb said the results of this poll clearly show that anti-gunners trying to use terrorism as an excuse to pass more restrictive gun laws are out of step with the American public."
 

Fort Lauderdale plans to ban water guns, balloons in security plan for global conference
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"City officials today may back a controversial, permanent ban of water guns, glass containers, spray paint cans or balloons filled with water from parades and public gatherings."

"The proposed measure has already drawn fire from the American Civil Liberties Union, which calls such restrictions unconstitutional." ...

"But the ACLU argues such a proposed law is unnecessary and vows to file for a restraining order if commissioners adopt the ordinance."
 

Gun Violence Victims Urge Congress to 'Err on the Side of Life,' Reject Legal Protection for Gun Sellers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gun violence victims from five states joined U.S. Senators and U.S. House members today to urge rejection of special interest legislation that would slam courthouse doors across the nation to the victims and survivors of gun crimes." ...

"The victims were joined in opposition to the legislation by more than 60 law enforcement leaders and organizations, more than 75 legal scholars from the nation's law schools, two former directors of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and dozens and dozens of other organizations around the country."
 

Buy a Gun April 15
Submitted by: Liberty Belles
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"Probably the easiest way for Second Amendment supporters to make their presence known to Congress is to keep buying firearms. The continued purchase of firearms and firearm accessories sends a clear message to our legislators that: a) firearm owners exist in great numbers; b) they are actively engaged in exercising their rights; and c) any further anti-gun legislation would most certainly lead to unemployment, or worse yet, a real job, for our Senators and Representatives." ...

"Buying firearms and firearm accessories en masse at certain significant times of the year, such as Tax Day, is also a way for Second Amendment supporters to demonstrate strength and unity. Clearly a rise in activity of National Instant Criminal Background Checks will raise an eyebrow at the federal level. Those lucky enough to live in a private-party transfer state, may wish to purchase some accessories to go with their new firearms."
 

The anti-gunners` language reveals their true strategy: to ultimately ban all rifles, no matter their size (NRA)
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"A VPC propaganda sheet titled 'Voting From the Rooftops,' that supposedly targets .50 BMG rifles, shrieks about 'the severe and immediate threat that heavy and intermediate civilian sniper rifles pose to public safety and national security.' Read that again, dropping the 'heavy' part, and you'll see what the future holds for your tack-driving magnum big-game guns, varmint rifles and target guns."

"The VPC demands that these guns--your guns--be brought under the control of the National Firearms Act. Failure to register your guns--semi-autos, bolt actions, falling blocks, Trapdoors, you name it--would become a federal felony. ..."
 

Mark Alexander: The 'Gun Problem'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In an observation typical of the gun confiscation crowd's Leftmedia trucklings, Washington Post Deputy Editor Colbert King posed this loaded question: 'What about the guns that take away the life?' "

" 'Gun problem,' 'gun violence' and "guns that take away the life"? Like Barnes and Havelin, King insists that the problem is guns and that confiscating guns will solve the problem. But Barnes, Havelin and King, like most Leftists, display a chronic disconnect with reality. ..."
 

American Visits To Canada, Mexico To Require Passports
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"Americans will need passports to re-enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, Panama and Bermuda by 2008, part of a tightening of U.S. border controls in an era of terrorist threat ..."

"Similarly, Canadians will also have to present a passport to enter the United States, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ..."

"An announcement, expected Tuesday at the State Department, will specify that a passport or another valid travel document will have to be shown by U.S. citizens, the officials said." ...

"Speaking at Baylor University at Waco, Tex., Bush said border controls with Mexico had to be tightened to make sure that terrorists, drug runners, gun runners and smugglers do not enter the United States."
 

Gonzales Pushes Patriot Act Renewal
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"The Bush administration's two top law enforcement officials on Tuesday urged Congress to renew every provision of the anti-terror Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller also asked lawmakers to expand the bureau's ability to obtain records without first asking a judge."
 

Patriot Act Renewal Draws Senate Cheers, Jeers (Another report)
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"Though the Patriot Act prompts strong reactions, the hearing was subdued, with senators praising Gonzales for his willingness to engage in debate. ..."

"Gonzales told lawmakers the provisions have been invoked sparingly since the Patriot Act became law in October 2001... expanding the government's surveillance and prosecutorial powers against suspected terrorists, their associates and financiers."

"Authorities have sought roving wiretaps 49 times and business records 35 times in 3½ years, Gonzales said."

"The government has never used the provision permitting secret warrants for 'books, records, papers, documents and other items' to obtain library, bookstore, medical or gun sale records..."
 

FL: House approves bill on self-defense
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"People who feel threatened anywhere they have a legal right to be - even on the street or at a baseball game - could 'meet force with force' to defend themselves without fear of prosecution or liability under a bill passed overwhelmingly Tuesday by the Florida House."

"The measure essentially extends a right Floridians already have in their home or car. Under present law, however, people attacked anywhere else are supposed to do what they can to avoid escalating the situation and can use deadly force only after they've tried to retreat."

" 'I'm sorry, people, but if I'm attacked I shouldn't have a duty to retreat,' said the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Dennis Baxley. 'That's a good way to get shot in the back.' "
 

HI: Letters from Fans of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"(Your article) was a breath of fresh air..." ...

"Thank you for your article printed April 1st, 2005, in Hawaii Reporter, regarding CCW and the second amendment in the wake of the recent rapes in Manoa. I wholeheartedly support a woman’s and man’s right to bear arms for personal protection. ..." ...

"I applaud you for your wonderful article and your efforts to earn back our rights to protect ourselves wherever we are. ..."

"You go Girl! Bill Adams, United States Army Special Forces, Retired, De Oppresso Liber and In God We Trust" ...

"I enjoyed your article on Women and Firearms in the Reporter. You have done every person a great service. Lance Bailles"
 

IL: Illinois State Rifle Association Pushes for Passage of Gun Control Reform Legislation
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) will hold a news conference highlighting several key pieces of gun control reform legislation. ISRA officials along with sponsors of the legislation will be on hand to present the legislation and answer questions for the media."
 

MD: Ballistics Database Yields 1st Conviction
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Evidence linking an Oxon Hill man to a murder weapon -- the equivalent of a handgun's fingerprint -- yesterday helped Prince George's County prosecutors win a first-degree murder case."

"The verdict against Robert Garner, 21, marked the first time that prosecutors in Maryland have used information from a statewide ballistics database to obtain a conviction, law enforcement officials said. The conviction comes as some Maryland lawmakers are trying to kill the Integrated Ballistics Identification System because they say it is ineffective."

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One conviction in more than four years makes this thing effective?
 

Malaysia: Car thieves steal finger (Remember this when the antis push for fingerprint recognition on pistols)
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"Police in Malaysia are hunting for members of a violent gang who chopped off a car owner's finger to get round the vehicle's hi-tech security system."

"The car, a Mercedes S-class, was protected by a fingerprint recognition system."
 

SC: Accused S.C. killer released by mistake
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"A miscommunication led to the premature release from jail of a man now accused in a fatal shooting in South Carolina."

"Jeremy McGilton, 24, is one of four people charged in the killing of James Young, 24, during an argument on March 25 in Nixonville, S.C. McGilton is in jail in Horry County, S.C., where he is charged with murder."

"He was released from Muskingum County jail on Feb. 27, though he was supposed to stay in jail until a March 14 parole violation hearing that could have kept him locked up for another 2 1/2 months."
 

MS: Man kills estranged wife, himself
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"A Greenwood Leflore Hospital security guard is believed to have shot his estranged wife on the outskirts of this town before turning the gun on himself Monday, police said." ...

"Curtis Wiggins was employed as a security guard at the hospital for 25 years." ...

"Curtis Wiggins had no arrests for domestic violence in Madison County or Greenwood, the Jackson Sun reported."

"He faced a single charge of felony aggravated assault in Carroll County in 1999, however court officials could not find a judgment in the case, the paper reported."
 

NM: Las Cruces officer questioned regarding ABQ traffic stop
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"An off duty New Mexico State University police officer is facing questions, and a probable lawsuit, following a traffic stop he made 200 miles away from his jurisdiction in which he drew a pistol and pointed it at a man’s head." ...

"A state trooper did show up, but his arrival seemed to enhance Diaz’ troubles rather than resolve them when he discovered that Beal and his cousins were unarmed and that Diaz may have been drinking."
 

UK: Gun pulled on woman by carjacker
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"A gunman forced an elderly woman out of her new BMW car at a busy Shropshire garage and then made off in the vehicle, police have revealed. The robbery happened as the woman and her husband pulled up at a filling station near Bridgnorth on Saturday afternoon."

"While her husband went into the garage, the woman was confronted by a man who jumped into the passenger seat. He ordered her out of the car and, when she refused, pulled out a gun and prodded her in the back, again ordering her leave."
 

AZ: Bill OK'd to allow firearms course
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Legislature has voted to allow public schools to offer an elective gun safety course that would have to include instruction on how firearms help protect peace and freedom."

"The House approved the bill (SB12761), 40-15, on Monday. The Senate approved it unanimously on Feb. 17 and it now goes to Gov. Janet Napolitano."
 

OH: Defenseless Ohioans continue to be victimized in their cars
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"Before reading the latest accounts of drivers being victimized in their cars, consider again the words of Ohio State Highway Patrol Capt. John Born, during the lobbying phase of Ohio's concealed carry law.: ..."

"In a Columbus Dispatch article about the expected progress of Ohio House Bill 12, Ohio Highway Patrol Capt. John Born reiterated the OHP's opposition to any bill that would allow citizens their right to self-defense in an automobile."

" 'We do not want a loaded firearm readily accessible to the driver of a car,' said Born."

"When presented with the fact that a firearm is useless in a pinch if it's locked up, Born responded: 'If there's a dangerous situation and you're in your car, you can drive off.' "
 

UK: Mystery over shot man, 24
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"A man was in hospital today after being shot in the stomach in Coventry last night."

"Police said details are sketchy but they believe the 24-year-old was blasted in Ordnance Road, Foleshill, Coventry, at about 9pm yesterday." ...

"People in Ordnance Road were shocked to hear there had been a shooting on their doorstep."

"Most neighbours in the cul-desac off Stoney Stanton Road were unaware of a disturbance."
 

NV: Vegas middle-schooler arrested on firearms charges
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Clark County school police are investigating what a 14-year-old student was doing with a 25-caliber handgun in his backpack Monday.

The boy was arrested at Canarelli Middle School and charged as a juvenile with possession of a dangerous weapon.

Officials say the gun wasn't loaded. And there've been no reports that he threatened anybody. But the boy will face suspension and possible expulsion.
 

IL: ISRA head sets the record straight (Letter)
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"I saw a letter from Mr. Hanson in your paper [ISRA needs to inform, activate individual members for legislative battles (April 1)]."

"Just to set the record straight on February 23, 2005, we held a briefing and Lobby Day in Springfield. Everyone, members and nonmembers, were invited. At that time, the legislative agenda was clear."

"On March 23, 2005, a 'Call to Action' was sent out with specific bills listed to call on both pro-gun and anti-gun. Included was the sponsor's name and the phone numbers of every Senator and House of Representatives member. Each day the progress of the bills was listed on our website. There were also email alerts sent out as needed."
 

UK: Promise to wipe out weapons, shops told
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"Shopkeepers are being urged to sign a code of practice preventing replica weapons being converted into lethal weapons used for shootings."

"A spate of gun crime over the past year has raised the weapons as Lambeth residents' number one crime concern, spurring Lambeth Council and police into action."

"Two community protection officers have just started work on a voluntary code of practice which would lead to the banishing of replica weapons."

"The code will state that diminishing stocks should not be replaced, strict enforcement of only selling to over-18s and not selling replicas at 'toy' price."
 

WI: Would-Be Robbery Victim Not Charged For Shooting Man (Another report)
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A man visiting from Arkansas will not face any criminal charges for killing a Racine man in self-defense.

The 64-year-old has been released from jail.

Police said a group of young people tried to rob the man at a gas station on 12th and North Sunday morning.

They began beating the man with his cane, police said. That's when the Arkansas man grabbed his gun and shot 20-year-old Kendall Moss.
 

South Africa: Gran says police did nothing to help her
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"The 69-year-old grandmother, who survives on her monthly pension, has been ostracised by her community in Doornkop, Soweto, since her son, Johannes Laka, accused her of practising witchcraft."

"Mlangeni had to flee for her life over the Easter weekend when her son and members of her community threatened to burn down her single-room shack."

"But police ignored her pleas for help, not even bothering to serve a protection order on her son. Afraid for her life, she has gone into hiding - and all she wants to do is go home."

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And while police refuse to help her, the government continues the systematic disarmament of victims such as this.
 

FL: Marine files report against deputy
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"A sheriff's deputy shocked a Marine reservist with a Taser stun gun in a case of mistaken identity just days after the reservist had returned from an overseas assignment."

"Leon County deputies responding to reports of a domestic disturbance wrongly went to Demar Jackson's apartment instead of the correct one next door."

"Jackson tried to tell Deputy John Daly he was at the wrong apartment, but Daly told him three times to turn around. When Jackson did not turn, Daly shot him with his Taser, sending 50,000 volts of electricity into Jackson's bare chest and abdomen as his wife and 3-year-old son watched."
 

PA: What a 'nightmayor' (Letters)
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"Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has explained Israel's remarkable record of airline safety and security by saying that the difference between Israeli and U.S. air security is that Americans look for bombs - but Israelis look for bombers. Perhaps Philadelphia's leaders should be less preoccupied with gun control and more focused on criminal control."
 

WI: Man claims he fired weapon in self-defense
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"Four juveniles could face homicide charges after a joyride in a family van ended in the fatal shooting of their cousin in a Milwaukee gas station parking lot, according to a hearing in Milwaukee County Children's Court Monday."

"Kendell L. Moss, 20, of Racine died early Sunday, allegedly after trying to rob a 64-year-old man from Arkansas who had stopped at the gas station to ask directions, records show. After being punched and kicked, the man pulled a .44-caliber revolver from under the driver's seat of his car and shot Moss in the head, according to police reports."

" 'I don't have no money, I'm sick and just got out of the hospital,' one of the juveniles quoted the elderly man as saying before he pulled out the gun."
 

WA: Police probe officer in road rage
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"An off-duty Kennewick police officer is accused of pointing his gun at a Meals on Wheels volunteer in a road rage incident."

"Officer Ryan Bonnalie was arrested by West Richland police Friday on suspicion of second-degree assault and booked into the Benton County jail. He later was released on his personal recognizance, but is restricted to his home until prosecutors decide by Wednesday whether to file charges."

"Bonnalie, who will turn 29 on Sunday, has been placed on paid administrative leave by the Kennewick Police Department while an internal investigation is conducted, said Chief Ken Hohenberg."
 

GunShopFinder.com: First Traffic Milestone Achieved
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"Launched in June of 2004, Gunshopfinder.com has been experiencing a remarkable rate of growth in the number of visitors."

" 'I told our subscribing gun shops last summer that we'd be at the 100,000 visitor a month point by March,' said Dick Baker, founder of Gunshopfinder.com. 'We're right on target.' "

"We've been seeing a 40% to 60% month-over-month increase in the number of visitors since September... Once we hit the first pages on the search engines, traffic really took off."
 

FL: Deaths spur questions on stalking laws
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"Morgan-Hernlen was scared. She detailed every threat and instance of harassment. She did just about everything she legally could to protect her family. But it didn't work. ..."

"Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said investigators tried to arrest Johnson in January on a felony count of aggravated stalking, but deputies couldn't find him. The spokesman said investigators turned the case over to state prosecutors, who later charged Johnson with a misdemeanor. Johnson was never arrested on the stalking charge."

"Dietz said that in cases such as these, 'law enforcement is not a method to prevent violence. The law is just a blunt instrument for trying to do anything about this.' "
 

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