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WA: Seattle's 'Sanctuary Law' Helped Kill Rebecca Griego, Says CCRKBA
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"Had it not been for a Seattle ordinance that forbids police officers from routinely ascertaining a suspect's immigration status, Monday's murder-suicide at the University of Washington might have been prevented because the perpetrator would have been deported months ago ..."

"Seattle newspapers reported Thursday morning that gunman Jonathan Rowan had been living in this country illegally for more than ten years. Stopped for drunken driving last June 30 by Seattle police, his residency status could have been determined, were it not for Seattle's ridiculous policy. Generically called 'Sanctuary Laws,' they tie the hands of police and allow foreign nationals a free pass to stay here illegally." ...
 

John Longenecker: Castle Doctrine Making Its Way Across America
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"The Castle Doctrine is now in Texas awaiting Governor Perry's signature. That makes sixteen states now in support of citizens." ...

"Editorials encourage Texas Governor Perry to veto the bill because it would mean a return to the Wild West, and that more guns would put more people in harm's way. As I said, they fail to understand the concept."

"The clue is that these anti-liberty positions basically say that gun owners are the aggressors. Projection. Interference with a civil right and family and personal safety is aggression. Meanwhile, most Americans understand that editorial boards and public officials under oath have no say-so in opposing a civil right - more aggression." ...
 

CNN shooting highlights safety in public workplaces
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"Deadly shootings this week at Atlanta's CNN Center and the University of Washington's Seattle campus underscore how attackers may target victims who work in public places." ...

"Police and security analysts said a large part of the responsibility for safety in open venues rests with workers themselves -- remaining aware and vigilant." ...

"Visibility of security in a public workplace is a key factor in such crimes, said international security analyst Kelly McCann. ..."

"'The higher presence and visibility there is, the more of a deterrence there is. If that guy had felt that there was no way he could have gotten in there with a weapon, grabbed her and shot her there, the shooting may not have taken place there.'"
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Submitter's Note: Perps are rarely deterred by the usual security, especially if they can identify the players easily...
 

Unusual Allies in a Legal Battle Over Texas Drivers' Gun Rights
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"Keith Patton was driving home one night in February when police officers pulled over his red Ford Explorer for a traffic stop."

"His license and insurance form were in his gym bag on the floor near the back seat. Under the bag was a .357 Magnum."

"Mr. Patton, 51, ... told the police about the gun, which he said he had bought hours before from a co-worker for target shooting. Moments later, he was handcuffed and on his way to jail, facing a charge of unlicensed carrying of a weapon."

"The arrest might have been routine elsewhere, but this is Texas, where a code rooted in the days of the highwayman recognizes the right of travelers to be armed, and the Legislature has repeatedly endorsed that principle." ...
 

Paul Helmke: Killer boyfriends and guns
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"This week, for two days in a row, we saw high-profile killings of women by former boyfriends. ... While statistics show that women are less likely to be murdered than men ... their killer is much more likely to be a spouse or intimate acquaintance ... According to Susan Sorenson, School of Public Health, UCLA, 'intimate partner homicides composed only 4% of the murders of men but about one-third of the murders of women.'"

"Rather than focus on ... the problems that occur when someone in a bad relationship can easily get a gun, columnist Bob Allen on Wednesday decided that the blame for tragedies like these should be placed on people who 'cannot carry a weapon… without asking permission of the government.' ..." ...
 

Remington to Be Bought by Cerberus for $118 Million
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"Remington Arms Co., the gunmaker that has equipped U.S. soldiers for 150 years, agreed to be acquired by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP for $118 million."

"The company, based in Madison, North Carolina, produced its first profit in three years in 2006 after struggling with rising materials costs and increased competition from Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., maker of the .44 Magnum used in the 'Dirty Harry' movies. Remington was sold by New York-based private- equity firms Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. and Clayton Dubilier & Rice Co., according to a company statement today." ...
 

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits
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"The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce this year's Annual Meetings and Exhibits to be held at the America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri from April 13-15, 2007."

"Members of the news media are welcome to cover this year's event. For press credentials please call NRA Public Affairs at (703) 267-3820."

"Credentials will be available for pick-up in the Press Office, Room #230, starting Thursday, April 12. The Press Office telephone number in St. Louis will be 314-342-5600. Television crews and still photographers should bring necessary equipment and lenses (sports lenses) to cover events from platforms at a distance from the stage." ...
 

"Constitution Worship" is Preventing Us from Seeing the Gun Issue Clearly (GunGuys)
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"Here's a really interesting opinion piece from the LA Times that condemns what's called 'Constitution worship.' Our founding fathers created the Constitution to be a 'living, breathing document.' It's meant to serve the people, not the other way around. But when a group like the gun lobby (or any other group that advocates the suffering of Americans in slavery to a two-hundred year old piece of paper) uses the Second Amendment as a shield against even the most reasonable of laws, we all suffer. ..." ...

"The connection to the gun debate and the Second Amendment is obvious. We shouldn't see the Constitution as written in stone, or handed down to us by the hands of God Himself. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: This argument only works if you believe that the Constitution grants rights rather than protecting pre-existing rights.
 

WA: Protection order can't stop person hellbent on doing harm
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"There's no piece of paper strong enough to stop a person with a gun, an obsession and nothing left to lose, domestic-violence experts say."

"Rebecca Griego had moved and changed her phone number since her ex-boyfriend, Jonathan Rowan, repeatedly threatened her during and after their on-and-off relationship. A judge had ordered Rowan to stay 1,000 feet away from Griego and her sister, whom he had also threatened. Griego had circulated his name and photo among her colleagues."

"Yet she was killed Monday by the man she'd gone to such lengths to avoid."

"'That's the problem,' said King County Deputy Prosecutor Tim Bradshaw. 'There's only so much a piece of paper can do, and too often it ends up blood-spattered.'" ...
 

NY: New Rochelle man acquitted in shooting
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"A New Rochelle man who said he shot another man in self-defense as they wrestled over a gun that was never found was acquitted of attempted murder, assault and weapons charges by a jury that deliberated for less than two hours yesterday." ...
 

OH: Intruder shooting justified, jury says (follow-up)
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"A Butler County grand jury declined Wednesday to indict a Hamilton man who shot and killed a sledgehammer-wielding home invader."

"Inside his rented home on March 23, Jamie Buck, 33, fatally shot Millard Brandenburg, 31."

"Buck told police a man burst into his home to demand money or jewelry after using a sledgehammer to shatter a side door window. Authorities identified the intruder as Brandenburg, who had been released from jail seven weeks earlier."

"Buck, who told police he was hit in the head with the sledgehammer, was treated at Fort Hamilton Hospital. Brandenburg was shot five times in the head and torso, Butler County Coroner Richard Burkhardt said." ...
 

MS: St. Martin shooting death ruled self defense
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"No charges have been filed against a 17-year-old male involved in the shooting death Tuesday night of 20-year-old Michael Pittman ..." ...

"According to Pittman's brother ... they went to the house so Michael Pittman could confront several people who allegedly accused him of stealing a cell phone, Byrd said."

"The brother, Byrd added, confirmed witnesses' reports that Michael Pittman exited their vehicle armed with a gun and threatened to shoot those in the area." ...

"The ruling Wednesday was that the 17-year-old ... had shot in self-defense, striking Michael Pittman in the back as he was fleeing the scene, Byrd said." ...
 

FL: Cappuccino for self-defense
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"In his Friday column, George Diaz wrote that, rather than being armed, one likely stands a better chance to live by throwing a cup of burning coffee in an assailant's face. Well, maybe, Diaz drinks STRONG coffee, but I would prefer being armed."

"Diaz says the proposed bill permitting firearms in cars in private companies' parking lots would make individuals only feel safer. Firearms would be locked up and inaccessible and there would be more stolen guns. The police chief agrees."

"Does Diaz have proof for his assertions? Similar horror stories were suggested when Florida permitted concealed carry. ... When Florida permitted people to stand their ground if being accosted illegally, similar horror stories abounded. ..." ...
 

AK: Wolf Grabs Small Dog and Runs Off
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"A black wolf snatched a small dog near a Juneau lake and ran into the woods with it, U.S. Forest Service rangers said. A woman was walking three dogs Tuesday at Mendenhall Lake when the wolf grabbed the unleashed Pomeranian then dashed off with the dog in its jaws. The woman unsuccessfully searched for the dog, which has not been seen since."

"An animal believed to be the same wolf, however, was seen alone at the lake Wednesday, said Dennis Chester, wildlife biologist at the Juneau Ranger District."

"The culprit is believed to be a wolf nicknamed Romeo and known for playing with larger dogs accompanying people on walks." ...
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Submitter's Note: But why would you need a gun in a park?
 

WA: Rock, paper, trigger (second letter)
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

By all accounts, Rebecca Griego did everything right to protect herself from her stalker. But it wasn't enough. According to "Paper can't stop person hellbent on doing harm" [page one, April 3], court orders of protection are pretty much worthless in the face of a stalker bent on homicide.

It's clear that victims of domestic violence need to take a few more steps to protect themselves: Get a firearm and a concealed-weapon permit; learn to use the gun and carry it with you at all times; be prepared to use it when your stalker shows up.

The court order will then have some retroactive functionality — it will help prove you acted in self-defense.

Mary Ann Kae, Seattle
 

LA: Man accused of killing wife at job
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"A man walked into a fast food restaurant where his estranged wife was working and killed her, police said."

"Christopher Harold Pell, 23, was arrested Wednesday about four hours after the slaying of Janah Lynn Pell, 23, at a Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits restaurant. The woman was shot and then stabbed repeatedly, investigators said."

"Pell was found in woods following a four-hour search with the aid of a heliocopter and police dogs, said Walker police Lt. Marliam Lee." ...

"The couple had been separated for about two weeks, and the woman had sought a protective order, but it could not be served because her husband did not have a known address after the separation, police said." [emphasis added]
 

CA: Shootings offer contrast
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"An off-duty Sacramento County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who she said had crept into her Roseville home late Tuesday night and tried to sexually assault her. Hours later, in a south Sacramento neighborhood, a father of four shot and wounded a teenager who he said was trying to break into his car."

"Sou Saechin, the 42-year-old father, was trying to protect the family car, his wife said Wednesday. Sacramento police arrested him on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. The deputy, who authorities say was acting in self-defense, remains free."

"Their cases illustrate where the legal lines are drawn when it comes to using deadly force to protect yourself or your property." ...
 

OH: Deputies: Student Brings Real-Looking Gun To School
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An eighth-grade Ohio County student has been removed from school after school officials said the student brought a soft air pistol to school.

Staff members told deputies they didn’t know if the gun was real. It is a replica of an automatic handgun, and deputies said it had no markings to indicate it was a toy.

They said the student was showing it in class and at lunch.

The eighth-grader allegedly told deputies he didn’t know he had the air pistol until he got to school.

Superintendent Lawrence Miller said he is taking this incident very seriously. He said administration will make changes to the district’s safety policies if it feels changes are necessary.
 

GA: Opelika Middle School Student Brings Tec-9 Semi-Automatic To Campus
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"Opelika school officials say they've thwarted a student's plot to shoot another student. Police say a 12-year-old student at Opelika Middle School brought a semi-automatic weapon on campus. Quick action on the part of school officials stopped the potential tragedy."

"If it had not been for one student alerting Opelika Middle School officials, police say there would have been a tragedy Thursday. OMS principal Kenneth Burton said he found the weapon in a book bag Thursday morning. He said he never expected to see the Tec-9 semi-automatic pistol." ...

"Police say the student intended to shoot another student after school at the recreation center located next to the middle school." ...
 

CO: Police: Jr. High Student Arrested In Gun Incident
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"A 13-year-old junior high student is under investigation after Fort Collins Police said he took a .357 magnum pistol to school in his backpack."

"The school resource officer at Kinard Core Knowledge Junior High was tipped Wednesday about the seventh grader."

"According to police, the student showed the weapon to at least one student, but never brandished it."

"The teenager was taken into custody at his home Wednesday evening. He was transported to the Platte Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Greeley, Colo., pending the filing of charges."

"Police said they recovered a .357 Ruger from the student's backpack. The gun belonged to his grandfather who kept it in a locked gun box, according to police." ...
 

AL: Seventh-grader brings gun to school for protection
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"A teen who brought a gun to school told authorities he needed it for protection."

"Limestone Sheriff Mike Blakely said the 13-year-old male brought the pistol to West Limestone High School on Wednesday."

"The teen is a seventh-grader. West Limestone is a K-12 school."

"'He claims a kid threatened him, and it's a kid who has pulled a knife on his brother before,' Blakely said. 'The 13-year-old was going to point a gun at the kid, if the kid jumped him.'"

"Blakely said the gun was unloaded." ...
 

NY: Albany gun registry proposed by Jennings
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"If you buy a gun in Albany, Mayor Jerry Jennings wants the police chief to know within 24 hours."

"A gun-control law he proposed Wednesday drew immediate fire from critics who said the legislation would only affect law-abiding gun owners without reducing crime. It quickly became a hot topic on a live Web cast on the National Rifle Association's Web site." ...
 

NY: Gun laws up for review (another view)
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Some residents have come out in full opposition to legislation that is now in front of the Common Council for review.

"Registration is the first step to confiscation," said Albany resident Joe Schufelt.

The mayor is pushing for a bill that would ensure that current gun owners would have to register with the city even if they already have their permit. He said it's all about accountability.

Mayor Jerry Jennings said, "I see too many young people shooting at each other, too many young people carrying guns. We have to do something. It's not just the City of Albany, it's across America." ...
 

Romney shoots from the hip on hunting
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"In boasting about his lifelong experience as a hunter, Mitt Romney may have shot himself in the foot."

"The Republican presidential contender has told audiences on several occasions, most recently this week in gun-savvy — and early voting — New Hampshire, that he has been a longtime hunter. But it turns out he has been on only two hunting trips."

"Critics said it was the latest example of a White House aspirant willing to say anything to reach the Oval Office."

"'Whether he's pretending to be a hunter ... he'll say absolutely anything to distance himself from his real record,' said Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee." ...
 

TN: Deadly Force Bill Moving In Legislature
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"Legislation is moving in the Tennessee House to allow more use of deadly force for self-defense."

"The bill would expand the circumstances under which a person using deadly force for self-defense is considered immune from civil liability."

"Under present law, a person is justified in using deadly force in his or her residence if they have a reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury."

"The pending legislation would expand the use of deadly force to include within a vehicle or dwelling, as opposed to just a person's own residence."

"A person using such force ... would be immune from civil liability, except when the force is used against a law enforcement officer acting in an official capacity." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania Gun Registration Legislation Introduced! (NRA-ILA)
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"The Gun Registration Act of 2007, House Bill No. 760 ... has been introduced in Harrisburg."

"This misguided proposal would require every gun in Pennsylvania to be registered with the state, and each firearm would have to be re-registered annually. The registration would cost law-abiding gun owners $10 per gun each year. Of course, criminals won't pay anything BECAUSE CRIMINALS DON'T REGISTER GUNS! In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Haynes v. U.S. (309 U.S. 85 (1968)) that since felons are prohibited from owning firearms, compelling them to register them would violate their 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination. However, if a law-abiding gun owner fails to register it, he or she will be jailed and lose his or her rights FOREVER." ...
 

VA: Insight into Mayor Doug Wilder's security detail given
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"Imagine being Doug Wilder."

"It can get a little hairy for the nine Richmond police officers who hover around the city's wide-ranging mayor from first daylight until bedtime."

"'You begin to live a life of someone else,' Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe said." ...

"The detail, created two years ago, will cost the city an estimated $495,885 in salaries and overtime pay in the current fiscal year. That pays for eight officers and one supervisor to guard the mayor, both when he's in Richmond and when he's traveling on city business elsewhere. ..."

"Why is any of it necessary?" ...

"'Mayor Wilder receives a number of threats, both verbally and . . . written,' the chief said." ...
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KABA Note: Mayor Wilder is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
 

AZ: Bill would reduce penalty for not carrying gun permit
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"For Arizonans who carry concealed weapons, forgetting to bring along a permit can lead to a misdemeanor charge, four months in jail and a $750 fine."

"But a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate and headed to Gov. Janet Napolitano would reduce the charge to a petty offense carrying no jail time and a fine of up to $300."

"A group representing law enforcement professionals in Arizona said forcing people to carry permits protects police officers and the public."

"But Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, sponsor of HB 2469, said forgetting a permit shouldn't be a crime in the first place." ...
 

CA: LA City Council Gives Supports For 'Shooting Victims Bill Of Rights'
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"The Los Angeles City Council went on record Wednesday in support of four state gun-control bills dubbed the 'Shooting Victims Bill of Rights.'"

"One of the bills, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Feuer ... would require all new semiautomatic handguns to be equipped with microstamping technology by the start of 2010. The technology marks a gun's make, model and series number on spent shell casings."

"Feuer, a former Los Angeles councilman, has said his proposed law would help authorities trace the owners of guns used during crimes and could lead to a reduction in gun trafficking."

"Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon, D-Los Angeles, has introduced a bill that would require retailers to have a license to sell ammunition." ...
 

John Hancock to William Alexander, "taking the Arms out of the Hands of the disaffected and Non-associators", March 15, 1776
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"...By the enclosed Resolves you will perceive, the Congress have voted eight Thousand Men for the Defence of the Colony of New York. Three Battalions, & a Company of Rifle-Men from Pennsylvania, and one Battalion from New Jersey are ordered to join you with all Expedition. Col. Irvine's Battalion and the Rifle Company are said to be compleatly armed. The Rest are not so well provided as could be wished. But by the Resolve for taking the Arms out of the Hands* of the disaffected and Non-associators, it is hoped, they may be soon supplied...."

"...and I am directed to request the Governor of Connecticut, the Conventions of New York and New Jersey, to hold their Militia in Readiness..."
 

Thomas Nelson to John Page, "the whole of them, able to bear arms", Sept. 18, 1776
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"...It is probable that something has been attempted by the British Troops, as they had made dispositions to surround our Men upon New York Island, which it is to be wish'd they may not effect, as by that means, our whole Army would be pounded. . . We have been grossly deceiv'd with respect to the assistance we should have from the eastward upon an emergency . . . was imagin'd in case of an invasion that the whole of them, able to bear arms, would have march'd down to the Seacoasts, but they have got the privateering* scheme in their Heads by which they can make Fortunes & they will not inlist to fight for 1/6..."

* - Would someone care to explain how an unarmed people would be able to participate in a “privateering..."
 

NC: Wallace Officer Jailed on Drug Charges
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"A Wallace police officer was jailed on drug charges after an investigation that began last summer, authorities said."

"David Brown Jr., 31, was arrested Tuesday and held ... under $200,000 bond. He was charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine and marijuana, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery ..."

"Brown was a five-year veteran of the department, where he worked as a road patrol deputy and wasn't involved in drug cases ..."

"Maready said he was approached several months ago about the deputy's activities. The county prosecutor asked for the SBI investigation."

"Maready said Brown was fired before he was charged, but remained on the job while the investigation continued."
 

GA: Judge Sentenced For Pulling Gun On Motorists
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"A municipal court judge charged with pointing a pistol at two others has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a lesser charge."

"Columbus Municipal Court Judge Haywood Turner was sentenced to a year of probation Wednesday and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to reckless driving."

"Turner was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and to attend an anger management class."

"Turner had initially been charged with two counts of pointing a gun after another motorist said Turner had pointed a pistol at him as he was merging onto a road last August." ...
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PA: Philadelphia Man Says Police Beat Him For Taping Brutality
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"Angel Rodriguez told NBC 10 that he needs crutches to get around because at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police beat him and broke his ankle." ...

"Rodriguez said police were on his block making a drug arrest, but then he started videotaping what he thought turned into police brutality."

"'There was like five cops on each person. They had the one lady on the floor they was kicking her and the other guy they had handcuffed against the car and they were beating him with the sticks,' Rodriguez said." ...

"He said within minutes, he went from being a witness to a victim."

"'The one cop came punched me in my mouth then they threw me on the floor. After they were done smashing the camera then they hit me with the night stick,' Rodriguez said." ...
 

Japan: Porn Swap Sparks Japan Defence Leak Furor
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"It is a scandal over a possible leak of sensitive data linked to Japan's missile defence system ..."

"Police launched a probe last week after a navy officer ... was found to have taken home a computer disk containing information about the high-tech Aegis radar system ..." ...

"The officer told police he accidentally copied the confidential data onto his computer's hard disk when copying porn from a computer belonging to a crew member from another destroyer ..."

"A third officer was also found to have copied data on the Aegis system alongside pornographic images ..."

"Police suspect senior officers were also involved in the swap because none of the three were authorised to access the confidential information ..." ...
 

UK: Police are joke, says councillor
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"POLICING in Littleport is 'a joke' and the force is failing residents, says cleared councillor Fred Brown."

"The district and parish councillor feared he might end up behind bars after he slapped a teenager who had terrorised him and spat in his wife's face."

"He was cleared of common assault by Ely magistrates, but Cllr Brown has said his case has highlighted chronic shortcomings in policing in Littleport." ...

"A police spokesman said: 'Littleport has a dedicated neighbourhood policing team supported by reactive shift officers. ... Should any resident have concerns regarding the policing of the area, or particular issues of crime or anti-social behaviour, they are encouraged to discuss them with local officers."
 

OH: Plain (Dealer) hypocrisy: 'Jeers' to privacy theft (BFA)
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"The Associated Press reported recently that motorists in Ohio and five other states are suing a company that sends advertising in vehicle registration notices, saying it violates a federal law that protects their personal information." ...

"For those who appreciate irony, there is plenty cast by knowledge of the Ohio General Assembly passing a Driver Privacy Protection Act just three years before opening concealed handgun licenseholders' records up to the media. But that irony pales in comparison to the heaping pile that can be found by reading the Cleveland Plain Dealer's treatment of this lawsuit news." ...
 

ID: Idaho shooters target National Guard
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"For years, ATV-riding, gun-toting sport shooters have flouted gun laws in part of Idaho's high desert by taking pot shots at ground squirrels and other animals. Now, officials say, they're also setting their sights on National Guard tanks that train in the area."

"Rifles and pistols have been banned in a 68,000-acre area of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area since 1996."

"But the federal Bureau of Land Management is considering expanding the gun-restricted area by 41,000 acres to try to limit shootings at Idaho Army National Guard troops who report slugs bouncing off their tanks on a regular basis." ...
 

NC: Two views on the use of deadly force: 'We should be able to defend ourselves'
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"The right to live free from fear, criminal assault and victimization is high on my priority list. While there are some idealistic (and deluded) folks who worship helplessness and total dependency on police protection, I can assure you they have never been mercilessly beaten, stabbed, shot at, viciously assaulted or raped."

"Locked inside their fragile crystal palaces of peaceful delusion, they preach the virtues of the victim psychology — vulnerable dependency and helplessness to the rest of us. They quote false or misleading statistics about the dangers of gun ownership fabricated by gun-hating zealots. They employ exaggerated fear tactics ... and the 'poor example' gun ownership conveys to children." ...
 

LA: Toddler Caught on Camera Handling an AK-47
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"Louisiana pawnshop manager Dan Reese said he never thought he'd see a diaper-clad 2-year-old holding an AK-47."

"But that's exactly what happened inside BJ's Pawn Shop, Reese said."

"The toddler's father gave him the gun and proceeded to show the child how to hold, load and operate it." ...

"With an assault rifle slung over the toddler's shoulder, Reese said he drew the line, took away the weapon and shut the gun case." ...

"Reese also said he'll sell AK-47s only to police officers now."

"Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee said he was concerned about the incident but said that the father didn't break any laws."
 

UK: Man waved gun on Internet
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"A man showed a 'fascination with violence' after posting a picture of himself on the Internet wearing a balaclava and waving a gun."

"Dean Lissenden, 21, was arrested after an anonymous person sent the pictures downloaded from a website called Bebo to police in Didcot, Oxford Crown Court was told yesterday."

"Lissenden admitted possession of a firearm and was in breach of his licence after being released early from jail in August last year, prosecutor Clare Tucker said." ...

"Terence Woods, defending, said Lissenden did not know the Walther air pistol was classed as a firearm or breached his licence conditions." ...
 

UK: Hero chases gun robber
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"A mechanic has told how he chased an armed robber making his getaway with thousands of pounds."

"Barry Long burst into action after hearing gunshots outside his garage in Patcham, Brighton."

"He was eventually outrun by the masked raider but was described as 'heroic' by passers by who watched the pursuit." ...

"Mr Long said: "I heard a lot of commotion outside and then a gunshot. I ran out and saw this guy with sunglasses on and a scarf around his face running up the road."

"'I shouted after him and he fired another shot. My father owned shotguns so I knew immediately it wasn't a live round and shouted to everyone that he was firing blanks.'" ...
 

Canada: Quebec government hopes to pass new gun-control laws this spring
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"Premier Jean Charest's minority government hopes to pass a new gun-control law when the legislature resumes early next month."

"'The government can no longer close its eyes to the extremely tragic incidents that have occurred in Quebec over the past years,' Public Security Minister Jacques Dupuis said in a news release on Wednesday."

"'We have to ensure that the laws in place adequately protect the citizens of Quebec.'"

"The bill aims to limit to the use of restricted firearms, such as the semi-automatic weapon used by Kimveer Gill during his shooting rampage at Dawson College last fall."

"Hunting rifles, however, will not be included in the legislation." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (42B.C)

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