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The New Book Laws - Adventures in Absurdity
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org/

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"I was told that my Lifetime Book Safety Certificate that was issued two years ago was no longer valid. I was going to have to take the new Book Safety Test at a cost of $25. In addition to the written test, I would also have to I demonstrate to the bookstore employee that I knew how to read and turn the pages of the book in a safe manner. If I passed, the new certificate would be good for 5 years."
 

RI: Boy was slain by friend, police say
Submitted by: Jim Archer

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"The boys were shooting at the car because of an ongoing rivalry among youths from the Barbara Jordan Homes neighborhood, off Broad Street, and the Lockwood Plaza neighborhood, the police believe."

"Because the two South Providence neighborhoods are virtually side-by-side, the two groups occasionally cross 'into each other's turf,' Kennedy said. In recent months, the police said, there have been several shooting incidents that can be linked to the feud; police did not speculate about what caused the rivalry."

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Of course, in Brady press releases this will be counted as "children killed by gunfire" statistics, instead of gang thugs succumbing to natural selection statistics.
 

FL: Police Wrongly Arrest Victim Instead Of Suspect
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"It truly is a case of adding insult to injury. Orange County deputies arrested a victim in a beating case while the suspect remains free. The Orange County Sheriff's Office admits it made a big mistake."

"Apparently, there was a paperwork problem. The state attorney's word processor processed the wrong words, adding the victim's personal information to the suspect's name - her sex, race, date of birth and physical description added to his name, which is Ronnie and could be a man or a woman."
 

Economic stupidity
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution says Congress has the authority 'To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.' It wasn't the Framers' intent to give one group of Americans, such as those in the steel industry, the power to use Congress tax other Americans."

 

Three basic principles
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The first basic principle you must understand is that it makes no difference what law you pass. It will not stop people who break the law." ...

"The second basic principle is that laws only affect the lawful citizen in America. Criminals don't follow your laws or obey them." ...

"The third and most basic of all principals is the need for each citizen to protect themselves and their families. This is a God given right..." ...
 

MI: MCRGO wins Ferndale Lawsuit!
Submitted by: MichiganShooter.cOm
Website: http://www.michiganshooter.com

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"We've just been informed that MCRGO won a full victory this morning in its challenge of Ferndale's attempt to limit your right to carry. Thanks to Carol Bambery, MCRGO's Corporate Counsel, for all of her help. MCRGO stood alone in this court battle."
 

Ballistic Imaging Easy to Defeat
Submitted by: MichiganShooter.cOm
Website: http://www.michiganshooter.com

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"Current federal attempts to create a database of images of marks that guns make on bullets and cartridge cases won't work because there are too many inexpensive ways for criminals to defeat it, according to a report released today by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)."
 

Pro-Gun Women Allege Set-up by 'John Walsh Show'
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Two women who are victims of prior criminal assaults and a representative of a pro-gun women's organization claim they were set up by the John Walsh Show on Tuesday's episode, which was supposed to focus on women arming themselves for self-defense but instead became a debate on gun ownership."
 

IN: Robbery thwarted at Pabey's campaign headquarters
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"A former police officer shot a man whom he said threatened to rob him early Tuesday at a mayoral hopeful's campaign headquarters."

"Jose Vazquez, who decided to stay late at the George Pabey for Mayor campaign headquarters to watch TV, found himself on the wrong end of a gun when he answered a knock at the back door at 1913 E. Columbus Drive at 1 a.m."

"Vazquez opened the door and came face to face with a man who was holding what appeared to be a handgun, telling him it was a robbery, and that he wanted his wallet, East Chicago Deputy Police Chief Ed Samuels said."
 

The NRA's enormous political clout
Submitted by: Nicholas Clark

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"The National Rifle Association just lost its high profile president -- actor Charlton Heston -- but the gun rights' group shows no sign of losing its enormous political clout on Capitol Hill."

"Heston boosted the gun rights group's profile when he took the reins in 1998. But as he stepped down this week and handed the job over to Kayne Robinson, former Iowa Republican Party chairman, there is no indication the transition will diminish the NRA's influence."
 

Powell: International Terror Attacks Decreasing
Submitted by: Clint Cook
Website: http://www.angelfire.com/home/oldguns

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"The State Department released its annual report "Patterns of Global Terrorism: 2002," (search) which said last year there were 199 terror attacks worldwide, a drop of 44 percent from the 355 attacks recorded in 2001." ...

"Syria, which Powell is due to visit this week, permits some terror groups to maintain headquarters or offices in Damascus and helps Iran supply Hezbollah via Damascus, the report said."

"But the Syrian government insists the offices are involved only in political and informational activities, the report said."

"The White House has alleged that Syria not only has been producing chemical weapons but is providing safe harbor to Iraqi regime leaders seeking a hiding place from the coalition forces hunting them down."
 

UT: Shooter Passed Background Checks
Submitted by: Clint Cook
Website: http://www.angelfire.com/home/oldguns

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"On Sunday 26-year-old Jeffrey Mayer shot 29-year-old Midge Perkins-Uribe twice, killing her before turning the gun on himself."

"There's been a bunch of debate over whether background checks should be more intrusive and include more information about a person."

"But there are always concerns about privacy rights."

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But you can bet that the gun controllers will use this opportunity to push for more intrusive background checks and registration.
 

Gov't Says Some McVeigh Evidence May Have Been Fabricated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Ten days before Timothy McVeigh was executed, lawyers for FBI lab employees sent an urgent letter to the attention of Attorney General John Ashcroft alleging that a key prosecution witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trial might have given false testimony about forensic evidence." ...

" 'Material evidence presented by the government in the OKBOMB prosecution through the testimony of Mr. Burmeister appears to be false, misleading and potentially fabricated.' said the June 1, 2001, letter to Ashcroft obtained by The Associated Press."
 

UK: Gun amnesty was a success, says Blunkett
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The home secretary, David Blunkett, yesterday hailed as a success a gun amnesty that has seen an estimated 25,000 firearms handed into police despite claims that it will have little real effect in reducing gun crime."
 

NV: Bills would tighten Nevada's gun laws
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An Assembly Judiciary member raised questions Wednesday about a bill to strengthen Nevada laws dealing with private gun sales."

"SB199, bringing Nevada into compliance with federal laws, makes it illegal for someone to knowingly sell a gun to a person who is a convicted felon, takes illegal drugs or has been judged mentally ill by a court."
 

Lautenberg Gun Control Bill Compared to Nazi Policies
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) announced his plans Wednesday to introduce legislation he calls the 'Homeland Security Gun Safety Act,' along with fellow New Jersey Democrat Jon Corzine, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)."

"Lautenberg claimed the proposal would close 'loopholes' in current gun laws 'that allow terrorists to access weapons and explosives inside our borders.' "
 

MI: Ferndale Can't Create Own Gun Laws, Court Says
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Detroit suburb doesn't have the authority to dodge a state law and prohibit concealed weapons in public buildings, according to a Michigan Court of Appeals decision released Wednesday."

"In 2001, the city of Ferndale enacted an ordinance that prohibited concealed weapons from being carried into buildings it owned or controlled. Violation of the local gun law is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine."
 

UK: WW2 machine gun handed to police
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A powerful Bren machine gun has been handed in to Lothian and Borders Police as part of a nationwide firearms amnesty."

"The deadly weapon was handed in to astonished officers by someone with connections with the Air Training Corps."
 

Canada: Ontario to ban mandatory retirement: source
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Ontario government plans to crackdown on gun crime and child pornography and ban mandatory retirement when it releases its throne speech on Wednesday."
 

Rocker Ted Nugent: Hunters Are Conservationists
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I see a link in recidivism and a failed justice system that continues to let evil, violent, hateful people out of their cages even after they've murdered policemen. The media has intentionally misrepresented the utility of firearms and they don't show the millions of instances where the good people in downtown neighborhoods have actually saved innocent lives and protected themselves because they have a firearm."
 

Abolish the United States Military
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"I recommend this with a great deal of trepidation and hesitation but I think it is the appropriate step. It is obvious that the military has become a huge monster that is out of control and that is as much of threat to our Constitution as the Soviet Union ever was. It has taken on a life of its own. There has been much written about the fears the Founding Fathers had about an idle standing army. Whatever those fears were, experience has shown that they were more than justified."
 

Malvo Attorneys Voice Suspicions
Submitted by: newslinks admin

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"Attorneys for sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo argued yesterday that a series of unusual coincidences and omissions landed the teenager in a Fairfax County police interview room Nov. 7 with two veteran investigators -- without a lawyer or guardian -- and that his subsequent admissions to killing at least some of last fall's shooting victims should be barred from his capital murder trial in the fall."

 

Stop the New Patriot Act! - Send a Free FAX in 2 Clicks!
Submitted by: Melissa (skypod)
Website: http://profiles.yahoo.com/skypod

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Congress must not accept new legislation that threatens our constitutional rights in the name of security against terrorism.
 

Bush signs amber alert bill
Submitted by: newslinks admin

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"President Bush today signed into law a nationwide system designed to help rescue abducted children and to impose stricter punishment on child pornographers and sex offenders."

"Bush signed the legislation, creating what is known as an 'Amber Alert' system, during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden less than three weeks after Congress approved the measure overwhelmingly."
 

U.S. scorns re-election of Cuba to rights panel
Submitted by: newslinks admin

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"The White House yesterday denounced the United Nations for re-electing Cuba to its Human Rights Commission, saying the move 'is like putting Al Capone in charge of bank security.' "

" 'Cuba does not deserve a seat on the Human Rights Commission,' White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters moments after the re-election. 'Cuba deserves to be investigated by the Human Rights Commission.' "
 

Court rules legal immigrants may be held without bail
Submitted by: newslinks admin

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"The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 yesterday that immigration officials may jail without bail the thousands of legal immigrants awaiting deportation after serving time for 'aggravated felonies.' "

"In a sharply different 6-3 vote, the court also said lower courts may hear constitutional challenges to denial of bail or parole. The court rejected arguments that Congress' demand, that courts may not ignore the attorney general's acts, prevents such challenges."
 

OH: Cincinnati police want out of accord on race
Submitted by: newslinks admin

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"Angered by a judge's comments, the Cincinnati police union said yesterday it wants out of an agreement put in place after 2001 race riots to improve police relations with blacks."

"Officials with the Fraternal Order of Police said more than 200 members voted unanimously yesterday to pull out of the agreement and will soon ask U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott to make it official."
 

CA: Calif. Offers Textbook Case of Political Correctness
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"That’s because many California textbooks will no longer feature pictures of hot dogs, sodas, cakes, butter and other kinds of food that are not considered nutritious. Nor will the books contain any phrases judged to be sexist or politically insensitive."

"The Founding Fathers, for instance, are now referred to as 'The Framers,' in an apparent effort to make them sound less male-dominant." ...
 

KS: Campaign to target gun violence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Kansas law enforcement officials hope to curb gun violence across the state with a national media campaign beginning Thursday in Topeka that warns convicted criminals not to possess guns."

"United States Attorney Eric Melgren said at a news conference at the Law Enforcement Center today that the Ceasefire campaign promotes the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods program, which helps law officers and the legal system work together to strictly enforce gun laws."
 

UK: Why gun amnesty left inner cities cold
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Police have hailed the latest gun amnesty a success but critics say it has had little impact in inner cities." ...

"The flaw in the police's gun amnesty plan was glaringly obvious from the start to Mr. Edwards, 30." ...

"Had they asked him, Mr. Edwards would have told the police to set up the amnesty in a neutral venue."
 

Ridge favors national ID system for livestock
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Bush administration's homeland security czar on Monday endorsed an ambitious concept for nationwide identification of all commercial livestock." ...

"Ridge's support is the latest, vivid signal of progress toward a national animal identification plan. Spurred partly by post-Sept. 11 fears of bioterrorism, industry and government officials are speeding up work on the proposals."

 

MN: CONCEALED-WEAPONS PERMITS: Classes for gun owners fill up
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Olmsted County Sheriff Steve Borchardt was cooling down from his 6 a.m. run in Rochester Tuesday when a neighbor pulled up in his pickup truck to ask how he could get his gun permit."

"The question came less than 12 hours after Gov. Tim Pawlenty had signed into law a measure expanding access to handgun permits in Minnesota. Throughout the day Tuesday, residents were grilling law enforcement agencies and gun shops about how to get a permit to conceal and carry — fast."
 

UK: Did the gun amnesty work?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The UK's month-long gun amnesty is ending - but it appears to have had little effect in the communities where it really matters. One family tells their story."
 

MN: JOE SOUCHERAY: Legal guns won't increase illegal gun violence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"It is not likely that the three teenagers wounded last week were shot by anybody with a legal permit to carry a legally owned weapon. It just doesn't make sense, based on the evidence that the thousands of Minnesotans who already have permits have not been implicated in any drive-by shootings in Berglin's district. It is just as unlikely, for example, that 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards, also of Berglin's proximity, was killed by a shooter with a legal permit to carry a weapon legally owned."
 

Lautenberg wants gun law tied to terror level
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a staunch opponent of the gun industry since well before the Sept. 11 attacks, says the threat of terrorism demands new restrictions on the sale of guns."

"Lautenberg, D-N.J., proposed legislation Wednesday that would give police more time to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers when the nation's security level is 'elevated,' as it has been for the past 13 months."
 

CA: How Sean Penn got gun permit
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"So why was actor Sean Penn toting a loaded 9mm Glock handgun and unloaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson in the trunk of a car that wound up being stolen?"

"Fear that an ex-employee of Penn's was stalking him, according to confidential documents he submitted to the Ross Police Department as part of his application for a concealed-weapons permit back in 2001." ...

"Penn admitted to using marijuana 20 years ago and had a couple of arrests for assault and driving recklessly, factors that could have disqualified him for a permit for carrying a concealed weapon. In this case, however, Penn got FBI and state Department of Justice clearance and completed firearms training early last year."
 

MA: Felon arrested for hunting deer
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A man who hunted deer on his own property will spend 15 years in federal prison because he was a convicted felon, and therefore not allowed to possess a gun."
 

IN: Cop kills goose that pecked his dog
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Indianapolis Police Officer Mitch Waters was letting his K-9 partner take care of business when a goose, trying to protect a nearby nest, swooped over a fence and nipped at the dog's nose."

"Waters opened fire."

" 'He did what he thought he had to do to protect his dog,' said spokesman Lt. Paul Ciesielski of the Indianapolis Police Department."

"The goose did not survive."

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Lethal force is the first reaction to a bird attacking a dog? Scary to think what would have happened if it were a human interfering with his dog's "business."
 

French atrocities
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"According to reports, the forces of the French-backed government then embarked on a series of murders of immigrants in areas under their control, whilst the French troops kept rebel forces at bay. This is not to say the rebels did not perpetrate the same horrors as well, for the literal eye-for-an-eye is a particularly African custom."
 

MI: Warrant issued for Almont cop
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Police Officer Craig Brown claims he didn’t sell illegal drugs, but authorities think otherwise."

"St. Clair County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Mona Armstrong confirmed Friday that a warrant had been issued for Brown, but wouldn’t elaborate on the charges, or the investigation, pending arraignment."
 

OH: SAF Lauds Cincinnati Decision to Drop Lawsuit
Submitted by: Second Amendment Foundation
Website: http://www.saf.org

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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today hailed the decision by the city of Cincinnati to drop its four-year-old lawsuit against the gun industry, noting that it is long past the time for this wasteful case to be 'round-filed.' SAF had urged the city to drop its case several months ago."
 

UK: Dunblane father blasts gun controls
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"The father of a young victim of the Dunblane massacre has accused the Government of 'double standards' over controls on British arms dealers."

"On the final day of the Home Office's firearms amnesty, Mick North joined forces with two leading charities to demand tighter regulations on the British arms industry."
 

Ballistic Imaging: Not Ready for Prime Time
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"This system sounds good in theory. However, the best evidence is that a ballistic image database would be unreliable and expensive, would solve few crimes and would divert scarce resources from other crime-fighting programs."
 

Patriot Raid
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I explained that we were just eating dinner and asked why we were being held. We were told by the INS agent that we would be released once they had confirmation that we had no outstanding warrants and our immigration status was OK'd."

"In pre-9/11 America, the legality of this would have been questionable." ...
 

The United Nations: Unfit to govern
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"But if you want to turn a long-shot into a surefire failure, there's no better way than handing post-war Iraq from the Americans to the UN -- the successors to the Belgian school of nation-building. At best, you'll end up with Cambodia, where the UN has colluded in the nullification of democracy, or the Balkans, where once-functioning jurisdictions are reduced to the level of geopolitical tenements with the UN as slum landlord in perpetuity. At worst, you'll wind up with the West Bank 'refugee camps,' the most extreme reminder of how the UN has little interest in solving problems, only in establishing bureaucracies to manage them. Washington should ignore the French, dare the Russians to veto, let the Iraqis turn on the spigots, and pay no attention to 'do-gooders.' "
 

OR: Banned on campus: Boys talking to girls
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...an elementary school in southern Oregon has taken that proscription a step further, by banning all conversation between boys and girls."

"The silent fury began last week when 6th-grade teacher Mary Bond at Peterson Elementary School noticed students showing public signs of affection during lunch recess, reports the Klamath Falls Herald and News."

"So, to prevent nature from running its course, she banned all discourse between boys and girls, at least temporarily."
 

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