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Grand jurors still mulling Torres case
Submitted by: Lyndell Rottmann

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"Harris County grand jurors asked Monday to hear additional testimony before deciding whether to indict the Baytown police officers who wrestled with Luis Alfonso Torres before he quit breathing."

"However, Michael Solar, the attorney representing Torres' family, said Monday, "The police knew Torres was physically impaired. They had searched him and knew he was unarmed."

"They had his cooperation and were asking questions when they knocked him down from behind for no apparent reason."
 

TN: Mt. Juliet offers handgun classes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"This city's police department has joined the ranks of those in the state that offer public handgun-carry permit classes."

"After two trial sessions, Mt. Juliet had its first handgun safety class leading to state certification for the citizens on Saturday, with the second class this coming Saturday."

'The main reason a lot of people don't offer handgun safety courses is because of the liability,' said Kenneth Martin, just promoted from lieutenant to police chief as of July 1.
 

No reason for pilots to carry guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It's too much to expect even the most macho airline pilot to turn the cockpit over to a co-pilot, get a gun out of a lockbox, open a bulletproof door, shut and lock it behind him, go back to the coach section, shoot a terrorist dead (making sure not to kill a passenger or break a window), return to the cockpit and land the plane."

KABA NOTE: Leave it to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution to oppose a sensible measure even a Democrat Senator supports. If you find this editorial offensive and would like to sound off: EMail the Opinions Column Editor.
 

Anti-gun Nuts Lie to Exploit German Massacre
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The anti-gun-rights activists are eager to exploit the school shootings Friday in Erfurt, Germany - and don't care how many lies they tell."

"Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has denounced this latest "chilling demonstration of the carnage caused by the flood of illegal weapons," United Press International reported today."

Related Reading: Visit Our Germany Archives.
 

Democrats divided over gun issue -- Southern Governors Unite!
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Democratic governors from the South aligned themselves Monday with Georgia Sen. Zell Miller's call for Democrats to be more sympathetic and supportive of people who own guns."

"It's a rite of passage," Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said. "We like to hunt."

"There was a perception in the last election with Vice President Gore that he was out of step with what most of us thought of that issue," Barnes said.

KABA NOTE: It's wonderful to see the Southern governors coalescing for firearms liberties. Hopefully, they'll surround a better issue than the mere "right to hunt." The right to keep and bear arms was not about hunting; it is about LIBERTY. Senator Miller knows that; hopefully he'll convert a few of these sportsmen into thinking harder on patriotism.

We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the NRA for bringing this issue to a head, too!
 

NY: Catskill holsters gun buy-back program
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A change in presidential administrations brought an end to the village's program to buy back guns after it took as many as 20 firearms off the streets."

"The program started in April 2000, resulting in 13 guns being purchased within the first year. Village Police Lt. William DeLuca said Monday the program took in a few more guns after April 2001. Although DeLuca was not sure how many more guns were bought back, he said the final total was up to 20."
 

Australia looks to extend gun ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Australia will consider extending its ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons to handguns following the Erfurt massacre in Germany at the weekend."

"Semi-automatic handguns such as the one used by teenage German killer Robert Steinhaeuser are readily available in Australia, despite the outlawing of automatic and semi-automatic rifles about five years ago."
 

City of Chicago lawsuit to repeal Gun Laws.
Submitted by: Chicagofarmer

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Christorpher K Morley has brought a lawsuit against the City of Chicago seeking injunctive relief to bear firearms and legally conceal and carry them for self protection, self defense, under the Illinois and United States Constitiutions.

Christorpher K Morley has been attacked 14 times by muggers, gang bangers going to and from work.

Christ handicap is he suffers from permanent and partial paralysis from cerebral palsy.

A long battle and Chris will need support from all 2nd Groups.
 

WA: Local gun show disrupted by last-minute 'rule' changes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Pacific Northwest Gun Show at Guy Cole Convention Center at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim began as it usually does - its regular annual event where gun collectors come together to show off their equipment, and to buy, sell and trade. The show ran from April 12-14. This year was different, however."

"As the show prepared to open, the local police chief of Sequim, Byron Nelson, showed up to inform the gatherers that there would be no private sales allowed, and that anyone doing so would be subject to arrest."
 

Political Correctness: The Scourge of Our Times
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Does anyone know the origins of Political Correctness? Who originally developed it and what was its purpose? I looked it up. It was developed at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, which was founded in 1923 and came to be known as the "Frankfurt School." It was a group of thinkers who pulled together to find a solution to the biggest problem facing the implementers of communism in Russia."

"The problem? Why wasn't communism spreading?"

"Their answer? Because Western Civilization was in its way."
 

'Phenomenal' Increase in Women Taking Up Shooting Sports
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"National Rifle Association officials are crediting a relatively new NRA program for 'phenomenal growth' in the number of women becoming involved in shooting sports."

"NRA officials said Sunday the 'Women on Target' program is drawing more women into firearms sports by providing instructional clinics around the country and offering 'women-only' hunting events."
 

Women Can't Be Gun-Shy About Defense
Submitted by: Caleb Bartlett
Website: http://gunlies.com

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"It is rare for a prestigious institution to nakedly compromise its research integrity to promote a political agenda. Yet this is what the Harvard School of Public Health did April 17 when it issued an anti-gun press release trumpeting its recent study on the murder of women."

"Buried in the text is an admission that the 'study cannot prove causation,' meaning that it cannot and does not establish a link between guns and the murder of women."
 

CO: PSR: Update on HB 1410--Hidden Handguns Threaten Public Safety
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The Anti-Rights Crusade Whines: "Marching in step with the gun lobby, the Colorado legislature would address the gun violence epidemic by mandating the issuing of up to 160,000 hidden handgun permits."

"The bill being considered, HB 1410, would weaken existing law by forcing sheriffs to issue permits to carry concealed weapons to virtually everyone."
 

VA: Court (4th Circuit) backs Rebel Flag on Virginia license plates
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Sons of Confederate Veterans have prevailed once again in their quest to have the Confederate flag placed on their license plates."

-- The lawyers for the SCV had asked the court: "If the NRA and the AFL-CIO can have their own license plates (with logos), why can't the SCV have theirs as well (with the battle flag)?"

See Also:
Court: State can't block Sons' flag plate
Confederate group wins appeal over license plate
Actual text of court ruling
 

Montana Agency Thins Herd by Shooting Bison That Leave Yellowstone Park
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The state Livestock Department has begun killing all the bison that leave Yellowstone National Park to thin the herd in compliance with the state-federal bison management plan, officials said."

"Mike Mease, co-founder of the protest group Buffalo Field Campaign, called the action an atrocity."

"The department sent 32 bison to slaughter without testing them for exposure to brucellosis after their capture last week."
 

Stiff Right Jab -- Obsta Principiis
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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As of the writing of this column, President Bush and the Republican Party were still working feverishly to pressure the American Senate to "hurry up!" and pass H.R. 3005, Fast Track Authority for the President, also known as Trade Promotion Authority.

What's the hurry? H.R. 3005 transfers constitutionally mandated powers of Congress to the president – and the president wants those powers now, not tomorrow, to all the more easily do the following: READ THE LIST ON THE ABOVE LINK!!
 

If Just One Capable Adult Had Access to a Gun ...
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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By now most of you know about that shooting at a high school in Germany. Thirteen students and adults, including one police officer, were killed by one 19-year-old "gunman."

"This event has given the hysteria-based anti-gun crowd a good reason to ratchet up the rhetoric. In fact, even as the shooting was under way, the German Parliament was considering even stronger gun control laws."

"Europe is seen by some as some sort of a gun-control utopia."
 

CA: Poll puts education first and gun control last in minds of Californians
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Abortion and gun control ranked at the bottom of the list and were the only issues that significant minorities of the voters polled said were not important to them at all."

"Abortion ranked ninth out of 10, with 49 percent saying they considered it extremely important. And 22 percent said it is not important to them."

"Gun control placed last, with 47 percent calling it important and 17 percent saying it is unimportant."
 

UK: Armed police patrol city in fear of guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police carrying machine-guns and pistols were patrolling the streets of Manchester yesterday after a series of gangland killings and incidents where unarmed officers were threatened at gunpoint."

"The patrols began after four unarmed officers were confronted by gunmen during the last six weeks. It is the first time armed officers have patrolled south Manchester on foot."

"There have also been three shootings in the area during April - one of which was fatal. Aeon Shirley, 18, died after he was shot in Longsight, which has often been a focus for gun incidents. Two other people, including a heavily pregnant teenager, have been shot and injured in Moss Side this month."
 

Australia: Howard ponders gun reduction
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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AUSTRALIA'S gun laws may be made tougher, Prime Minister John Howard has said.

Asked if Australia needed tighter, tougher gun laws, Mr Howard replied: "We might."

"We need fewer guns," he told the Nine Network this morning.

"Whether that is through laws in relation to guns or something is a question. But I am examining this to see if there is anything further that the federal Government can do."
 

UK: Gun control for some. Prince Charles buys .243 for young William
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Prince of Wales has given his eldest son a £20,000 stalking rifle. The .243 Mauser action comes from the workshop of gunmaker Mike Lingard of Friockheim, Angus and Alan Brown did the engraving."

"According to The Times newspaper, Brown was asked to put a simple “W” rather than a coat of arms on the gun."

"Prince William is reportedly a keen shot, both of fur and feather."
 

LA: Security guard's death attributed to horseplay
Submitted by: sidmystic

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"While teen-agers danced inside an eastern New Orleans school gym Friday night, two security officers stationed outside played quick-draw with their 9 mm handguns until the game turned fatal, police said."

"My husband took his job seriously," Jeaneariear Antoine said Saturday. "He never played with guns."
 

Panel wants to arm pilots -- NRA Director Leading the Charge!
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Two House transportation committee leaders, pushing to reverse the Bush administration's opposition to arming pilots, want to strip the new Transportation Security Administration of its power to rule on the issue."

"Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., plan to introduce a bill Tuesday to let Congress decide whether pilots should be allowed to carry guns aboard commercial flights."

KABA NOTE: Good for NRA Director Rep. Don Young. Visit our Airplanes & Guns archives.
 

IL: Blagojevich vows he won't mess with gun card fees
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Blagojevich referred to an issue that could hurt him in rural areas of Illinois--his one-time support of a huge increase in the fee charged for a firearm owner's identification card."

"Hunters and sportsmen," he said, "you have nothing to fear from me. We'll never raise your FOID card fee." He said he respects their values and lifestyle.

KABA NOTE: This guy is a lying sack of ____! Comrade Blagojevich openly advocates banning handguns that can be concealed, used all the time in sport-shooting. And he actively seeks to ban the .50 caliber rifle, among others.
 

Emory widens probe of professor's book
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Emory University has appointed a committee of outside experts to further investigate accusations of research misconduct by history professor Michael Bellesiles."

"Emory University is widening its probe of the research done by history professor Michael Bellesiles for this book on guns in America.
Bellesiles has drawn criticism over his 2000 book, "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," which argues that guns were more rare in early America than previously thought.>
 

CO: The guns of Musgrave
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Politics does have its delicious moments and one of them is looming: State Sen. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan, is finally going to have to come out of the closet and declare where she stands in regard to a responsible bill authorizing citizens to carry concealed weapons."

"The fact that Musgrave's vote is in doubt will surprise many voters familiar with her noisy "Get out of Dodge" pro-gun rhetoric."

KABA NOTE: Musgrave has introduced concealed carry bills, has supported the least intrusive CCW bills and is touted by GOA and RMGO as an ally. Given the fact that this 28-page bill is promoted by NRA but the 8-page HB1242 wasn't, one must wonder if this article is written by an NRA person attempting to undermine a committed pro-RKBA ally in order to get the bill passed -- regardless of how intrusive the bill might be, and regardless of whether or not everything stated is factual or fair.

Musgrave later voted FOR the bill even though NRA ignored the better bill she wanted. This information is included here not as an attack on NRA, but rather as a defense of a very RKBA-supportive legislator who has been under attack based on half-truths.
 

NH family members want Police shooting investigated
Submitted by: George Croteau

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Police break into man's home and shoot him 7 times to prevent his suicide.
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"The family of a man shot and killed last week by a local police officer wants an independent inquiry into the events that led to his death. William Weibel said his son was shot and killed after the family called Henniker police for help."

“As the family of William Joseph Weibel, shot seven times in his home last Monday, by a Henniker police officer, we welcome calls for an independent, public inquiry into the events that led to his death and a process of public accountability that is open and transparent,” wrote Weibel.

“New Hampshire law enforcement officials have provided us with no information. However, we read in the newspaper that they claim Joe left a note. All we know is that we called the Henniker Police Department for assistance for Joe that night and that the police entered his home uninvited and shot him to death,” he wrote.
 

Will Somebody Just Control These GUNS?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Makes complete sense. As you all know, GUNS cannot be trusted.
Why, just the other day, I was visiting my brother and a wild gun crawled out of his room. I thought for sure it was going to get me or one of the kids, but luckily, I managed to beat it off with a pan.
I yelled for him to come get it, and it only took him 'bout a half hour to trap the nasty thing and put it back where it belonged."
 

UT: Task Force to Target Gun-Law Violators
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Federal, state and local prosecutors Monday announced a joint task force that hopes to slam gun law violators with serious prison time."

"But in announcing the cooperative initiative, the prosecutors were careful to distance the program, which primarily targets gun-wielding felons, from gun control in general."

"This project is about gun-law violators," said U.S. Attorney for Utah Paul Warner. "It is not anti-gun. We stand directly behind the Second Amendment [right to bear arms]."
 

NRA: Smart Guns Are Plain Stupid
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Maybe it'll know your fingerprints. Or you'll wear a magnetic ring with a pulse that can decode a trigger lock. Or, in some of the more fanciful conjectures, a sensor would be capable of recognizing the unique way you grip the handle."

"The aim is the most significant proposed innovation in firearm technology in decades, a gun that knows and performs only for its owner."

Related Reading: "Smart Gun" Archives
 

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