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"Assault Weapons" Scam
Submitted by: Liberty Belles
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"By 1988, gun banners had finally figured out that Americans were not going surrender their firearms willingly. The only way they were going to achieve their goal of total disarmament was through mass dissemination of misinformation and by infiltrating both the legislature and mainstream media."

"By 1994, the disarmament crowd had succeeded in banning the sale and manufacture of many commonplace semi-automatic rifles. They called it the 'Assault Weapons Act of 1994' and they achieved it by frightening the general public into submission."
 

The federal government’s ever-expanding criminal code: an affront to justice and the Constitution
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"These are just three of the many cases that illustrate how federal criminal law has overstepped its proper bounds, prescribing draconian punishments for offenses that should be handled at the state level or that should not be considered crimes at all. During the last century, especially in the last three decades and in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Congress has made federal crimes out of an astonishing array of behavior, much of which is already prohibited by state law, could be better addressed with civil penalties, or is considered wrongful not because it violates anyone’s rights but only because Congress says so."
 

Congress to TSA: Arm More Pilots or Suffer Consequences (GOA Alert)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Gun Owners of America alerted you in January to legislation that would soon be introduced by two pro-gun legislators, Senator Jim Bunning (R) of Kentucky and Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina."

"Last week, both legislators announced the introduction of their bills at a press conference that was attended by GOA and several pilot organizations." ...

"Both S. 2268 and H.R. 4126 are entitled the "Cockpit Security Technical Corrections and Improvements Act of 2004" (or "Cockpit Security Act" for short)."
 

Lawsuits Beat Working For A Living
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In a socialist society increasingly suffering from the politics of envy, filing 'Hail Mary' lawsuits for outrageous awards is becoming as popular as playing the lottery and voting for a living."

"The theory seems to be that if something bad happens to me, somebody should pay me for my suffering, even if they had nothing to do with the loss I suffered. ..."

"People who have experienced criminal attacks now seek to have the courts stick their hands in the pockets of somebody -- anybody -- so that they can be compensated financially. This has been dubbed 'deeper pocket jurisprudence.' "
 

The MILLER decision has been twisted by the DISARMERS
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The MILLER decision is to be LIBERALLY APPLIED to the lawful possession of firearms, not to be a conditional limitation on the possession of firearms. What good would the right against self-incrimination and the right to a jury trial, if MIRANDA was narrowly applied like MILLER?"

"What good was the Civil Rights Act of 1866, securing the protection of rights of all Americans, when in Democrat controlled southern States, Blacks were treated like second-class Americans? Court interpretations are to be an expression of the protection of rights, not statutes enacted by the Legislature. Only laws that are constitutional in the protection of rights have any standing. So the default is: All laws must protect unalienable rights."
 

Good ol' .45 making a comeback !!!!
Submitted by: gary g

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"In 1911 the U.S. military adopted a new sidearm: John Browning’s venerable .45 caliber automatic pistol. That pistol served with distinction as our armed forces’ standard sidearm into the 1980s, when it was officially replaced by the Beretta M9 9mm automatic pistol. In recent years, however, the 1911 Model .45, in a more modern guise, has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts."
 

Where Illegal Guns really come from
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"A participant in a 1990 coup attempt in Trinidad who is wanted in the United States on charges of running guns from Florida was taken back into custody after he was briefly released from jail Wednesday, officials said." ...

"U.S. federal agents broke up the alleged gun-smuggling plot with the 2001 arrest of Trinidadian national Keith Andre Glaude in Fort Lauderdale, Fla."
 

A Blow to the Fourth Amendment
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In a judicial version of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has blasted a huge hole in the Fourth Amendment. If the Supreme Court fails to repair it, the Bill of Rights will topple as surely as did the Twin Towers 2 1/2 years ago." ...

"While the impact of the public release of the court's opinion was largely lost in the brouhaha surrounding the publication of Richard Clarke's parting shot at his former boss, its impact is likely to be much more profound over the long term. Left unrepaired, the decision threatens to do what the USA Patriot Act could only hint at -- destroy the very foundation of the Fourth Amendment."
 

"Revolutionary Majorities"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"If citizens of this country ever again enjoy the blessings of liberty and true freedom, it will not be the result of a majority of its citizens having risen up in righteous indignation at governmental abuse of themselves and their culture. If a restoration of the Constitution of our forebearers occurs - with all that this implies - it will probably not be because a plurality of citizens fought for it, supported it, or cared one way or another. If lawful government is reestablished it will come about because a revolutionary majority makes it happen."

"Within the American historical experience a revolutionary majority may be defined as any number of citizens sufficient to initiate general hostilities against a destructive government. ..."
 

In prison, awaiting deportation...over a misdemeanor. Fed heavy-handedness
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"Virginia's regional jails are the only home left for about 500 immigrants waiting to be banished from the lives they had built here to countries they might not even remember. The Department of Homeland Security is detaining more than 23,000 people across the United States. Their crimes may be as minor as shoplifting or as grave as robbery or murder, but the U.S. immigration system no longer tries to tell the difference."

"Since 1996, people with misdemeanor convictions and nonviolent felonies, such as Mi-Choong O'Brien, have been branded as 'aggravated felons.' The law does not allow immigration judges to weigh the good against the bad in deciding whether to deport people living legally in this country, sometimes since infancy."

"Longtime residents can be jailed and deported for crimes they committed long ago, even decades before Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act in 1996 and changed the rules."

"Misdemeanors under the laws of Virginia can be aggravated felonies under the law of immigration. A person sentenced to a year in jail is considered a felon - even if the time is suspended, even if the sentence ultimately is dismissed after its terms are met."
 

Rice says there was 'no silver bullet' to stop 9/11
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Under contentious questioning, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice testified Thursday 'there was no silver bullet that could have prevented' the deadly terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

KABA Note: HORSEFEATHERS! Allowing passengers to carry their personal firearms (and providing frangible ammunition if needed) would have certainly helped prevent the 9-11 terrorist attacks. So would a population that had not been indoctrinated to "go along" with bad guys and await rescue by government agents.

"Bush 'understood the threat, and he understood its importance,' she told a national commission investigating the worst terror attacks in the nation's history."

KABA Note: If he understands the threat, why hasn't he followed the Israelis' example and opened up the armories? Why has his administration been dragging its feet in arming pilots?
 

Annan Launches U.N.-Wide Action Plan to Prevent Genocide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In an April 7 address to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced plans to launch an 'Action Plan to Prevent Genocide' involving the entire United Nations system." ...

"Annan spoke on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide of Rwanda, following a memorial ceremony at the U.N.'s European headquarters."

"Urging U.N. member states to 'be serious about preventing genocide', Annan outlined a five-point strategy ..."

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Surprisingly enough, none of the "points" include preventing the disarmament of potential victims.
 

CA: St. Helena teen shoots, kills mountain lion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Andy White, 14, said that for a moment on Tuesday morning, he thought he was going to be the main course in a mountain lion's breakfast. Instead, the 14-year-old St. Helena High School student was able to shoot the cat three times, killing the 63-pound animal on a remote hillside near his grandparents' home on Chiles Pope Valley Road in northwest Napa County." ...

" 'I was scared to death. It was only about three feet from me. It took a swipe at me with its paw,' said the teenager, standing near the bloodied body of the cat. 'I thought it was going to kill me. I saw it and just froze.' "
 

CA: Man killed as Carson jewelry store workers fire at band of hooded robbers
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"Jewelry store workers shot back at would-be robbers Tuesday in a gunbattle inside their Carson store, wounding one man who collapsed and died face down outside an Albertsons supermarket entrance, witnesses said." ...

"The owners and three employees were inside the store when the robbers pulled guns, Perez said." ...

"I saw the man from the jewelry store running out with a gun." ...

"He apparently was chasing one of the robbers, who ran about 200 yards and collapsed near the Albertsons supermarket entrance, dying on the ground behind stacks of Pepsi, 7-Up and other sodas."

 

GA: Teen Suspended for Fighting Back in Self-Defense Under School's "Zero Tolerance Requires Zero Thought" Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Parents expect their kids to be safe when they're in school. But one mother says that wasn't the case at Savannah High School. A few weeks ago, her son was in the cafeteria when kids came onto school grounds and attacked him. And her son was suspended for defending himself."

"School officials say it's all part of the zero tolerance policy which means no weapons, drugs or any kind of violence on campus. But Johnson says school policy not only violates her son's civil liberties, but he is an innocent victim."

"Her son, senior Alejandro Johnson, says he is a victim of the zero tolerance policy. 'I was attacked,' he said. 'I was in the right, 100 percent. I was where I was supposed to be doing what I was supposed to be doing.' "
 

TN: Gun owners learn about 'shooting to live'
Submitted by: Blake Wylie
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"Reporter learns defending yourself with a pistol involves much more than just pointing it and pulling the trigger."

"After I spent 21 hours over two days in a local gun carry-permit class, there were two things I learned for sure."

"No. 1: Buford Tune, the head instructor and owner of the Academy of Personal Protection and Security, is not for thin-skinned, sensitive types — especially if they're members of the American Civil Liberties Union or the news media." ...

"No. 2: If I ever have to use my gun for self-defense, I need to know a whole lot more than how to point and shoot to survive."
 

The gathering storm
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"Readers of these pages know that I have been predicting that there will be no national elections in 2012. I maintain that the economic system will collapse and martial law will be declared after the 2008 elections."

"This is, of course, a pessimistic assessment and there's an old saying that hope springs eternal in the human breast. In between periods of realism, I become somewhat optimistic but, inevitably I get stomped by reality. Over the past two weeks, I have read two articles that have confirmed my worst fears."
 

Nigeria: Police Chief and Two Other Officers Arrested for Robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Mr. Johnson Woka, attached to Area 'A' Lion Building Command, Lagos Island, has been arrested by anti-robbery policemen in Lagos for robbery."

"Arrested alongside the CSP were Corporal Ilaoje Emmanuel and Constable Fabian Tyotewe, also attached to the Area 'A' Police Command."

"P.M. News reliably gathered that nine civilians were also arrested by the anti-robbery team."

"Report revealed that two lorries loaded with 750 bags of rice stolen from a warehouse were recovered from the robbers."

"Investigations revealed further that the suspects were arrested for giving cover to the robbers who stole the commodity from the warehouse."

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

IN: Pike students face expulsion over gun incident in victim disarmament zone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two Pike Township Schools eighth-graders are facing expulsion and juvenile charges after one of them brought an unloaded gun to Lincoln Middle School this week."

"Schools Police Chief Allen Kasper said the gun was discovered Tuesday afternoon after a couple of students went to administrative officials and said that another student was bragging about a gun."

"School police searched the student and found an unloaded .32 caliber handgun on the student, who was arrested that afternoon on a charge of possessing a firearm on school property."

"Another student was arrested Wednesday after officers learned that he had held the gun during part of the day."

"Both students were suspended pending an expulsion hearing."
 

FL: Third-grader pleads to gun charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The third-grader who brought a pistol to Prine Elementary School in January will not serve time under a plea agreement reached today."

"Kuymuni Allen had originally been charged with possession of a firearm on school property. Prosecutors amended the charge to possession of a weapon on school property because the pink-handled, .25-caliber pistol was rusty and didn't work."

"The nine-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday morning. Acting Circuit Judge Don Hall sentenced him to five years probation, 25 hours of community service and court costs and fees."

"Allen will also have to write a one-page essay on the dangers of firearms."

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Firearms are dangerous only to those who are ignorant. Or statist oppressors.
 

South Africa: Robber shot dead in Johannesburg heist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A cash van and crew, topping up a Standard Bank ATM just before the long weekend, came under heavy attack by a group of men this morning. One robber was shot dead and no money was taken."

"The shopping centre where the incident occurred was, however, evacuated for fear of some of the robbers hiding inside. The dead suspect was killed while trying to flee the scene in one of three getaway cars."

"Police say it is clear the men were going to shoot to kill. 'We know they are prepared to take us on and to kill for the money they want,' says the head of the Johannesburg detectives."

"The remaining nine suspects are still on the loose."

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And the South African government wants its citizens disarmed when facing thugs like these.
 

UK: Gangster found with drugs and loaded pistol in the Brady paradise of the UK
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Some £25,000 worth of Ecstasy tablets and a loaded pistol were found in a car outside the home of Kevin Murray, Nottingham Crown Court was told."

"The court heard that when Murray (30), of Moss Close, was stopped last October, police found £50,000 cash in the footwell of his car and a stun gun."

"His home was searched and in a car outside were discovered 5,000 Ecstasy tablets and a loaded pistol, which had the catch off, ready for firing, said Tracey Kirwin (prosecuting) at Nottingham Crown Court."

"Ninety rounds of ammunition were also discovered, plus a gun silencer."

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Submitter's Note: There is no such thing as a "silencer". Muffler, yes, but you can use a pop bottle as a muffler.
 

UK: Outlawed air guns ‘could fall into hands of criminals’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Many hundreds of powerful, gas-powered guns, which are soon to be outlawed, could be driven underground or fall into the hands of criminals, according to Eric Wallace, the secretary of a national air gun association."

"Only a handful of owners in both areas, where it is estimated there are as many as 1200 self contained gas cartridge handguns and rifles, have so far applied for a firearms certificate."

"Owners of the Brocock make of weapon have until the end of April to hand them in or apply for newly-designated firearms certificates, otherwise they risk a minimum of five years or maximum of 10 years in jail for possession of the weapons."

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Could this be the birth of a great civil disobedience? One can only hope.
 

UK: Seven years jail for having a gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The law finally got tough with gunmen when a Birmingham criminal was sent down for seven years. Damain Smith felt the full force of the city's anti-gun crackdown after admitting possessing a gun and ammunition."

"And police chiefs today welcomed the sentence saying it was warning to others that they could expect tough treatment if found with a gun."

"Twenty-six-year-old Smith was arrested last September when officers swooped on two houses he owned in Woodgate Valley and Quinton following a tip-off to police."

"During the search, police found a pistol and a quantity of ammunition."

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Note that he did not shoot, assault, or even threaten anyone. He's going to jail for 8 years for possession of a piece of machinery.
 

IL: Student arrested for taking BB gun to school
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"A 13-year-old boy was suspended from Holmes Junior High School after being arrested for bringing a BB gun pistol to the Mount Prospect, school officials said."

"The boy was arrested March 30 in front of his parents at his home, school officials said. He was charged as a juvenile for unlawfully possessing a weapon on school grounds and was released into his parents' custody, Mount Prospect police said."

" 'We're always very concerned when faced with instances like this,' said Robert Howard, the superintendent for Community Consolidated School District 59."

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Yep, kids bringing toys to school -- very frightening. (/sarcasm)
 

OH: Not all permit seekers current gun users [just 99% according to one instructor]
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"Most people taking safety training to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon are current handgun users who hunt or have guns in their homes for protection. Few are gun novices, says an instructor reporting brisk business as the law takes effect."

" 'I've had a few in there who have never owned a gun,' said Laura Deal, a certified instructor who teaches a course for central Ohioans. 'It would be a very small percentage, probably 1 percent.' "

"Of the 100,000 people expected to apply within the next six months." ...

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I thought the antis were claiming there was "no popular demand" for CCW in Ohio?
 

UK: Seven Years Jail for having gun
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"The law finally got tough with gunmen when a Birmingham criminal was sent down for seven years. Damain Smith felt the full force of the city's anti-gun crackdown after admitting possessing a gun and ammunition."

"And police chiefs today welcomed the sentence saying it was warning to others that they could expect tough treatment if found with a gun."

"The weight of the punishment will come as a relief to police who only two weeks ago saw Edwin Hayward convicted of possessing a gun but then walk free after the judge accepted he had thought the weapon was a cigarette lighter."
 

OH: Concealed weapons: Pro or con, Athenians don't see big local effect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ohio's controversial, much ballyhooed concealed weapons law is about to go into effect. And its impact on Athens could be undetectable."

"Supporters of the law say they think it's needed to confirm gun rights, and provide self-defense for people in dangerous surroundings. And [the] Athens Sheriff predicted that around 2,000 residents will apply out of a population of roughly 62,000."

"But neither supporters nor detractors of the bill seem to feel it will make much difference in our county. Reasons include the fact that there's not a great deal of street crime-type violence here, and the fact that actually carrying a concealed weapon can be a major pain if you want to stay legal."

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It's not about safety, it's about freedom.
 

OH: Editorial - Concealed weapons law target of criticism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you're tired of hearing all of the talk and conjecture about concealed weapons, we've got bad news for you."

"Today's opening of applications for permits to carry concealed weapons in Ohio may be just the beginning, for a simple reason: Nobody's happy."

"Those who backed this legislation for the decade it took to pass remain quite unhappy with many of the law's restrictions."

"Some even predict most law-abiding citizens won't bother to apply for a permit due to concerns about facing felony charges if they mishandle their gun. There's no doubt carrying a concealed gun is a huge personal and legal responsibility many would prefer to avoid."

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Hey, throwing up obstacles worked when denying blacks the right to vote.
 

Nigeria: Special Task Force urges surrender of illegal Firearms
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"The zone II Special Task Force charged with the responsibility of arresting those in possession of illegal firearms in Lagos and Ogun states yesterday appealed to individuals in possession of firearms to surrender them without delay."

"This, it said, was to allow those who could not heed the earlier call by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun to surrender them voluntarily without being prosecuted."
 

Bulgaria: Bulgaria Embarrassed by Its Firearm Problem as It Enters NATO
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"Bulgaria, a new NATO member, is flooded with cheap small firearms that have accumulated since the fall of communism and are fueling the country's crime wave, according to a study released here this week."

"A Kalashnikov assault rifle sells for only 120 dollars on the black market and you can buy a Makarov pistol for 130 dollars from a certified dealer, the British NGO Safeworld and Bulgaria's Center for Studies on Democracy have found."

"...The study showed that the number of people employed by Bulgaria's arms industry has dropped from 115,000 in 1989 to 25,000 in 2003, and in the regions where the economy relies on the industry unemployment tripled between 1995 and 2001."

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But it's "cheap guns" fueling crime.
 

HI: Firearms applications declined last year
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"The number of personal firearm permit applications processed in Hawaii last year declined 2.8 percent from the previous year, according to a report from the attorney general's office released yesterday."

"Of the 6,792 permit applications processed in the state last year, 94.5 percent were approved with permits issued. Another 3.8 percent were approved but subsequently voided after the applicants failed to return for their permits within a specified time period, and 1.7 percent were rejected for various reasons." ...

"Law enforcement officials estimate there are more than 1 million privately owned firearms in Hawaii."
 

The Smoky Back Room Game
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"These differences aren't just about issues. Libertarianism is not only a different philosophy of government; it is an entirely different way of doing politics. Our policy proposals presume that most people are responsible adults who can run their own lives better than we could for them. We pretty much all agree. If we actually do believe in self-government, it stands to reason that people have every right to as much information as they need to make the decisions that shape their lives."
 

What First Amendment?
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Two reporters ordered to erase tapes while covering Scalia speech

"Two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a Mississippi high school."

"Scalia has long barred television cameras from his speeches, but does not always forbid newspaper photographers and tape recorders. On Wednesday, he did not warn the audience at the high school that recording devices would be forbidden."

"During the speech, a woman identifying herself as a deputy federal marshal demanded that a reporter for The Associated Press erase a tape recording of the justice's comments. She said the justice had asked that his appearance not be recorded."

"The reporter initially resisted, but later showed the deputy how to erase the digital recording after the officer took the device from her hands. The exchange occurred in the front row of the auditorium while Scalia delivered his speech about the Constitution."

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Ah yes! The Constitution! That outdated document for which the "authorities" no longer have any respect.

 

OH: Concealed carry law a boon for gun instructors
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"The state's new concealed weapons law has meant brisk business for instructors in firearms handling, whose courses that run from $100 to $300 are mandatory for most permit-to-carry applicants."

"The law, which takes effect today, requires those who apply for permits to show proof they have had 12 hours of safety training, including two hours of shooting practice, within the last three years."

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As usual, the media only gets it partly correct. According to Ohio Statutes Section 2923.125 (B)(3)(d) an honorary discharge within 6 years of applying will satisfy the certification requirements.
 

MO: Officers disciplined in last week's police shooting
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"St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa said Wednesday he has fired one officer and suspended another without pay for firing 28 shots at a fleeing car carrying a man, his wife and their three young children, saying they violated department procedures."

"Mokwa, who also has recommended that the second officer be fired, told reporters he took the disciplinary action to resolve what he termed a routine traffic stop March 31 that 'escalated into a major confrontation.' He said both officers had flawless records."

"He said he alone decided the action after a police investigation of the confrontation."

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So tell me Chief, what would have happened to two "civilians" who fired 28 shots at a car that was fleeing from them?
 

OH: FLASH!! LexisNexis Anderson Publishing displaying wrong Ohio CHL law on website
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry has discovered that LexisNexis Anderson Publishing, the nation's primary publisher of "legal treatises, professional journals, law school textbooks, criminal justice publications, and legal forms", has an incorrect version of Ohio's new concealed handgun license law on it's website, http://onlinedocs.andersonpublishing.com"

"The version that has somehow made it's way into print, and is falsely published as Ohio Revised Code, is actually the Senate-passed version of House Bill 12."
 

OH: Local lawmen not sure what to think of concealed-carry law
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"Area law enforcement officials are split on what to expect from Ohio's new law. Some feel it won't make much of a difference, while others think the increase in carried weapons could make a lot of people -- citizens and law enforcement officials alike -- nervous."

" 'I think there's going to be an impact overall, everywhere,' said Oak Harbor Police Chief Weirich. 'Society is not used to seeing guns, and I'm not sure if society is quite ready for it.' "

"I'm not against gun rights -- but I think now with the average citizen having an even bigger right to have a gun on them, there might be some jittery officers out there on the street. I've been dreading this day coming, I don't know why. Maybe I shouldn't be so nervous about it."

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Sounds like it's the officers' problem that should be addressed with additional training. Why should it be the citizens' problem, when all they are doing is exercising their constitutional rights?
 

OH: Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla Too Incompetent to Have Everything Ready Despite Months of Lead Time
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"The state's new concealed weapons law takes effect today but Jefferson County residents will have to wait until Monday."

"Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla says the department had to purchase a special machine to take the pictures for the permit first."

"He says the county's official day starts Monday morning."

"Concealed-carry permits are open to Ohio residents age 21 and older who have lived in the state for at least 45 days. Applicants must undergo a background check, be fingerprinted and have completed at least 12 hours of safety training, including two hours of shooting practice, in the past three years."
 

OH: Don't bring your gun
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"If a concealed handgun permit holder gets out of the car or takes a step off the sidewalk, there's a chance the gun will have to be put down and locked away."

"The list of so-called 'forbidden carry zones' in the new concealed-carry law that goes into effect today could conceivably include every place a person may travel on a particular day."

"Public buildings are out, as are schools, churches, day care centers and universities. That basically leaves privately owned buildings and businesses, but each of them can post signs banning guns if they choose."

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Our next step must be to remove these prohibitions, especially on carry in public buildings, which are, after all, "owned" by the taxpayers.
 

Senators say U.S. slow to arm pilots
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"The federal government is stalling the process to arm airline pilots, according to lawmakers pushing new legislation to jump-start the program created in 2002."

"Sens. Jim Bunning, Kentucky Republican, and Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, introduced the bill before the Easter recess to force the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement the Federal Flight Deck Officer program the way Congress intended."

" 'The TSA has been dragging its feet in arming our nation's commercial airline pilots. It has been over 2½ years since the attacks of September 11th,' Mr. Bunning said in announcing the legislation last week."
 

OH: Richland County Sheriff Believes That Laws Only Apply To Peasants And Not Members Of The Elite Like Him
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"A last-minute change in the way the local sheriff's department will process applications for Ohio's new concealed-carry law will start by accommodating just six people a week."

"The sheriff's department had planned to take applications Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until noon from residents seeking the permit and then expand the program to meet demand."

"Richland County Sheriff's Lt. Bob Brown said Wednesday applications would be taken during that weekly three-hour window by appointment only, with appointments slated for 30 minutes."

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But this is the same Sheriff who will prosecute you for carrying without a permit, because the new law has removed all affirmative defenses for carrying without a permit.
 

CA: Gunmen kill two, wound two in Los Angeles housing project
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"Two gunmen entered a residence in a gang-plagued public housing project in Watts and shot four people at close range, killing two." ...

"Officers have carried out 67 'parole and probation searches' that have resulted in 20 arrests and recovery of 20 guns, including 11 assault rifles..."

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Yet California denies law-abiding citizens to have comparable firepower with its "assault" weapons ban, as these criminals, who already use illegal guns terrorize them.
 

RI: Gun-surrender bills advance
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"A House committee yesterday voted in favor of requiring people subject to a restraining order to surrender any guns in their possession, sending two related bills to the House floor for a first-of-its-kind debate."

"McNamara and McManus both questioned why an exemption was made in the bill for police officers and not for other people required to have guns for work. The lawmakers also said they remembered a magistrate testifying that state judges already had the power to take away a person's guns if a victim raised it as an issue."
 

OH: Ohioans Line Up For Concealed Gun Permits But Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald McFaul Thinks That Laws Should Not Apply To Him
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"People lined up before sunrise Thursday to be among the first Ohioans to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon."

"Geauga County officials estimated they processed an application every 15 minutes Thursday."

"In Lorain County, the line of applicants poured out the door into the rain. In Cuyahoga County, applicants won't be able to get a permit before the end of next month because of office renovations."

"James Irvine, who is a member and spokesman for OfCC, filed a lawsuit asking the State Supreme Court to force Sheriff McFaul to accept and process the applications with the other counties. Irvine filed the suit Thursday within two hours of the county's refusal to accept Irvine's concealed carry application."

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Interesting how some sheriffs' departments will go to any lengths to delay issuing these permits. What's next, literacy tests for those wanting to carry concealed?
 

OH: 'No Guns Allowed' Kit Developed By Oath-Braking Fraternal Order of Police Keeps Concealed Weapons Off Property
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"The Ohio FOP teamed up with a marketing firm to develop a kit for businesses and individuals who don't want guns brought onto their property."

"Under the concealed carry law that went into effect Thursday, signs must be posted in order for people to exercise their right to not allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons on their property."

"So the Ohio FOP joined up with Ohio firm JMS Marketing and developed the 'No Guns Allowed' kit."

"The kit includes a laminated sign, stickers, instructions on how to display them, and a 'frequently-asked-questions' on the new law."

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Submitter's note: As far as I know (and IANAL) open carry is still allowed in these locations. So when you enter, just remove your covering garment.
 

CA: Los Angeles Man Killed Car Thief in Self Defense Says Lawyer
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"Businessman Yoon Ho Song says he saw two men stealing his car from his driveway in the middle of the night and one flash what looked like a gun, so he fired a shot into the darkness."

"Now Song faces a trial on murder charges that could send him to prison for life in a case that has legal experts asking how far a man can go to protect life and property."

" 'When you think someone is going to pull a gun and shoot you, you have to shoot first,' Song's lawyer, Frank Rorie, told Reuters in an interview on Thursday."

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So the next time LAPD guns down an unarmed individual, we can expect to see all the officers involved charged with first degree murder, right?
 

AZ: Teen, dad track defensive gun use creating more anti-gun junk science
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"A study debunking the notion that guns are used in self-defense started out as a question in the mind of a 12-year-old boy from Tempe."

"After reading a 1998 Tribune article about a woman facing prosecution for a shooting she claimed was in self-defense, John Denton wanted to know how many people actually used guns in self-defense."

"With the help of his father, William Fabricius, a psychology professor at Arizona State University, Denton collected articles in the Tribune from April through June 1998 and tracked the cases through the courts to get an answer."

"His conclusion?"

" 'Almost nobody uses their guns in self-defense,' said Denton, now a 17-year-old senior at Mountain Pointe High School."

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Just because the story doesn't appear in a newspaper doesn't mean it didn't happen. Many times the gun is never fired, and the thug is merely scared away. Ergo, no story. Using nothing but a podunk newspaper to determine how many times people use guns in self defense is less than scientific and quite misleading.
 

Trinidad: Accused cop to know fate today
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"ALMOST nine years to the date, a police constable who shot and killed a Matelot villager is expected to know his fate today."

"Greene is charged with murdering Neil Sutherland on April 14, 1995."

"Two villagers, Ricky Sutherland, the brother of the dead man, and Carl Abraham, testified that Greene shot Neil as he was running away."

"But according to the version given by Greene and another defence witness, Neil had attacked two police officers with a cutlass."

"The accused said he fired a shot from his self-loading rifle, the bullet hit Neil under his right buttock and exited though the right front thigh.

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How does someone threatening you with a cutlass get shot in the ass?
 

UK: The police have failed us - so we've hired a 6ft 6in security guard
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"When Harriet Sergeant and her neighbours discovered a shared sense of powerlessness at the level of crime in their street, they set about organising the policing of it themselves. But why should they have to? And why, when some US police forces have regained the trust of communities, can their example not be followed in Britain?" ...

"The Home Office says that crime is 'low' and that the 'real' problem is not crime itself but the public's irrational fear of crime. But when I asked 20 households in my immediate neighbourhood what crime they had experienced in the last three years, the tally suggested otherwise: 17 muggings and assaults, three houses burgled, two cars stolen and numerous incidents of petty theft and criminal damage."

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And why is the fear of crime irrational? When the public is disarmed by its own government and the government's agents are unable to protect them, that fear is very justified.
 

MA: Boston Commission: Research Should Determine Crime, Drug Strategies
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"A commission studying the criminal-justice system in Massachusetts recommended doing away with popular programs that have not proven effective..."

"Among the 23 programs and strategies the Governor's Crime Commission recommended eliminating are neighborhood watches, gun buybacks, summer programs for teens, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, correctional boot camps, 'scared-straight' programs..."
 

Nigeria: Legalize Arms, Lawmaker Urges
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"The member representing Itu/Ibiono Ibom federal constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Barrister Ita Enang has called for the legalisation of arms in the nation as a panacea to the security problems currently being witnessed in the polity."

"He reiterated that the just concluded local government elections showed that the civilian armed class was more sophisticated and better trained than the military or police community."

"He added that Nigeria has found itself in a security crisis and should allow a measure of self defence and self protection by relaxing the rules of carrying arms."

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Some politicians are starting to get it. Question is: will he be treated as a heretic and vilified?
 

FL: State attorney hit with TSA's stiffest weapons fine
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"State Attorney John Tanner has paid a $2,500 fine for trying to board a flight at Daytona Beach International Airport with firearms and ammunition, just days before the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, federal officials said Wednesday."

"Tanner and his wife, Marsha, were detained briefly Sept. 9, 2003, when inspectors discovered firearms in the couple's checked baggage and knives and ammunition in Marsha Tanner's carry-on bag." ...

"Lauren Stover, spokeswoman for the southeastern division of the Miami-based Transportation Security Administration, said ...the fine -- the stiffest in the southeast region since the TSA took over responsibility for airport screeners under the Homeland Security Act after the terrorist attacks -- shows how serious the federal government is about safety at the nation's airports."

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Sounds like they're more serious about extorting revenue from people who made an honest mistake and keeping travelers disarmed and vulnerable.
 

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