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UK: Martin stays in prison to save burglars
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"...Malcolm Starr, a friend and leading supporter of his case for early release, condemned the judgment as 'an absolute disgrace.' "

" 'He would be better off being a burglar,' he said. 'They lie to the Parole Board and get out early, while he remains inside.' "
 

UK: Protection for criminals
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"According to Pushpinder Saini, the Parole Board's barrister, 'it would have been irrational for the Board to ignore the risks to such persons [ie burglars]'. It is not, apparently, irrational to ignore the risks to ordinary, law-abiding citizens when the impression is given that the law exists only to protect criminals. Indeed, the logic of the Parole Board's decision is that all householders should be incarcerated, for any one of us might represent at least a theoretical risk to the burglar as he goes about his unlawful business."
 

KFC Promises PETA to Kill Its Chickens With Kindness
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Under pressure from animal-welfare activists, the president of KFC has pledged to improve the lives and deaths of the 350 million chickens it serves in the United States each year."

"In return, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will stop sending protesters in chicken suits to KFC's corporate headquarters in Louisville and will pull back advertisements that had accused the fast-food chain of 'Kentucky Fried Cruelty.' The group also pledged to make a positive report — while still pressing for additional reforms — at KFC's annual shareholder meeting next week."
 

Ban Aid - The real point of the "assault weapon" law
Submitted by: Charles S. McMillion

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"As President Bush's support for renewing the law reflects, the "assault weapon" ban is widely seen as the very model of reasonable gun control. Yet it is based on arbitrary distinctions unrelated to public safety or crime control."

"The anti-gun lobby decided to target firearms that look like military weapons for tactical reasons. As the VPC's Josh Sugarmann observed in 1988, "The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase that chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."

"The VPC continues to capitalize on this confusion. 'Civilian assault weapons,' it says, 'are semiautomatic versions of military weapons designed to rapidly lay down a wide field of fire—often called 'hosing down' an area.' Contrary to the impression left by that ambiguous statement, so-called assault weapons fire once per trigger pull, like any other semiautomatic."

"Functionality aside, are 'assault weapons' especially popular with criminals? Police statistics from across the country indicate that they represent 2 percent to 3 percent of guns used in crimes."
 

CA: Destructive gun laws [Letter]
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Still, the Democrats declare that only police and military should have guns. They keep passing new laws that only affect law-abiding citizens and make criminals out of women who only want to protect themselves from predators. They have passed waiting periods, gun-buyer testing and one-gun-a-month laws that don't affect criminals. Why should they when they can buy a stolen gun from a car trunk in a parking lot?"

"Voters need to wake up and realize that 'stuff happens' and no gun law will miraculously stop criminal gun use or occasional gun accidents. Get rid of any politician who advocates more gun control laws, because such laws only weaken our ability to protect ourselves."


 

CT: State court to hear gun carrying taxi driver case
Submitted by: gary g.

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"Should drivers be allowed to carry guns in their cabs without a permit?"

"The state Supreme Court has opted to rule on a New Haven judge’s determination that taxi drivers can carry guns in their cabs even if they don’t have permit to carry."

"Last week, the high court decided to take the case from the appellate court level. The New Haven State’s Attorney’s office appealed a 2002 ruling by Superior Court Judge Lubbie Harper that prosecutors contend sets a frightening precedent that might allow anyone from ice cream vendors and traveling salesmen to pack heat in their vehicles."
 

DeLay: Ban Renewal has "Zero Chance" of Passing
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Yesterday, bills to renew the semi-automatic "assault weapons" ban were introduced in both the House and Senate, each with a handful of co-sponsors. The Senate version is slightly more restrictive than the current ban, while the House version is significantly broader.

According to a Washington Times story today, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) is very confident that neither version will not pass in the House of Representatives.

"The House in the past has taken a dim view of the assault-weapons ban. I would say that the majority leader is pretty skeptical of reauthorizing it, as is the House as a whole," DeLay spokesman Stuart Roy said.

"It has zero chance," he added, also mentioning that any attempt by the Senate to tack a renewal onto a bill supported by the House is also likely to fail. "It's technically possible to do that, but just about on the verge of being impossible."
 

NY: Rosedale anti-gun activist seeks home for group
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Nine years ago, Liz Goldsmith lost her 27-year-old godson to gun violence. Now the Rosedale resident is struggling to find a new home for the organization she founded following that tragedy, Mothers Against Guns."
 

OH: Robbery attempt was not a joke
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"Within a few seconds, however, one of the men was pointing a gun in Emmons' face and grabbing $16 off the bar while the other gunman ran behind the bar trying to get money from the cash register."

"About that time a customer sitting on the barstool next to Emmons pulled out a handgun and shot the nearest robber in the head." ...

"The bar patron, Harold McKinney, 54, of Chase Avenue in Northside, was charged with felonious assault and having weapons in a liquor establishment."

"As part of the group, McKinney has no special rights to carry a firearm, and, as part of the group's agreement with police, is not to carry weapons while on patrol for the group, said police spokesman Lt. Anthony Carter."

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His right to carry a weapon is outlined in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. The cops may want to read that document sometime.
 

Senate Passes Bill Including Provision to Arm Cargo Pilots
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"As a House panel considered legislation Thursday to include cargo flight crews in the federal armed pilots program, the Senate passed the proposal unanimously as part of a larger plan to secure cargo flights from terrorist hijackers."
 

What do "feelings" have to do with the Constitution as written?
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"Feelings are completely and by their very nature subjective, therefore subject to change. They may change every minute, but the Constitution was written to preserve liberty in the time it was written as well as for future generations. I have not read of Ms. Davis' misfortune, nor do I know any details, but the fact that her sons are now in their graves may be testament for the preservation of the 2nd Amendment as written." ...
 

FBI Raids House of Animal Rights Terrorist
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided a house in Washington and hauled away computer hard drives, mailing and phone lists and fliers connected to the animal rights terror group Animal Liberation Front (ALF)."

"One of the residents of the house was Josh Harper, a long-time animal rights activist."

"Harper has thrown a lighted flare and smoke canister at Native American whalers, charged through a police line outside a conference of bio-medical researchers, and participated in numerous demonstrations against the fur industry, animals in agriculture and other animal uses."
 

OH: 2 Wounded By Gunman At Case Western Reserve University
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"One person is confirmed dead after a gunman opened fire at Case Western Reserve Friday afternoon. Janice Gouhl was rushed to the emergency room at University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead." ...

"Two women and a man, along with others, have been safely escorted from the Peter B. Lewis Building during a four-hour long standoff with a suspect that continues at this hour. Shots were heard at about 4:15 p.m. The gunman who reportedly broke down a door with a sledgehammer and started shooting randomly."

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Meanwhile, Governor Bob Taft threatens to keep Ohio citizens defenseless by vetoing concealed carry legislation, and the Ohio Supreme Court dawdles in upholding the Ohio Constitution: "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security." (Article 1, Section 4)
 

TN: Police shoot escapee holding gun to son's head
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"Karen Lynn Lovell, 28, would likely have been released from the DeKalb County jail soon, said Chief Deputy Milton Bowling of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. But instead of waiting for her release, Lovell stole a police car; kidnapped her son; shot a family pet; shot at a police officer after hitting him with a stolen police cruiser; and finally pointed a stolen police revolver at her son's head."

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Somehow this convict got a hold of an officer's gun and car to go on her little criminal spree, and some want these "professionals" to be the only ones allowed to keep and bear arms?
 

WND exposes U.N.'s 'New World Re-Order'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Decisions made in the next few months will determine to a great extent whether the United States of America remains a free, constitutional republic or yields its freedom to the rule of international law administered by the United Nations, according to the May issue of WorldNetDaily's acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine."
 

MT: Montana First State to Ban Federal
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"Montana became the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of state owned land to the federal government."

"House Bill 223 authorizes the state land board to sell school trust lands that are not producing income from grazing, timber, mining, or oil and gas. The measure was dubbed 'the state land banking bill' and it also allows the land board to purchase more productive lands in its place."
 

Justice Department Seeks Stay on Campaign Finance Ruling
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"Government attorneys defending the law asked the court Friday to halt its ruling from taking effect pending Supreme Court review of the case, and requested a temporary stay while it considers the longer-term stay request. The Justice Department (search), defending the law on behalf of it and the Federal Election Commission, sought the stays in consultation with the FEC."
 

MN: Cities question part of gun law
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"Attacking the Minnesota Personal Protection Act, a new law that allows most law-abiding residents to carry a concealed firearm, the mayors said it's unfair to deny cities the same rights the law provides to schools and private businesses. The law allows schools and businesses to ban weapons on their properties but excludes that discretion to cities."

" 'What we are simply asking is let's take away those inconsistencies,' Duluth Mayor Gary Doty said at a Capitol news conference." ...
 

AL: Guardsman Sentenced In Gun Smuggling Case
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"An Alabama Air National Guardsman will spend one year in federal prison for smuggling 21 Turkish shotguns into the country on a military aircraft." ...

"Prosecutors said Owens bought the weapons for $7,000 while he was on temporary assignment at a U.S. air base in Turkey in February of 2002." ...

"Upon his return to Birmingham, Owens declared only 10 shotguns to customs agents. Three of the guns were sold to a Birmingham businessman."
 

NH: Gun liability bill passes Senate
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"The state Senate passed a bill yesterday that would prohibit civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors, dealers and importers of firearms or ammunition whose products are used for criminal or unlawful purposes. The vote followed party lines, with 17 Republicans in favor and six Democrats against."
 

NC: Former publisher convicted of possessing gun
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"A federal jury has convicted a Wilmington businessman and former Spanish-language newspaper publisher of possessing a gun while being an illegal alien."

"Alejandro Llinas-Suarez was born in Colombia and has lived in North Carolina since 1993. His sentencing is scheduled for July
27th and Llinas-Suarez faces a possible prison sentence and fine."

"He will remain in custody."
 

Congressman: Bush administration way behind on gun training for pilots
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"Republican John Mica of Florida isn't happy that only 44 pilots have been trained to carry guns on commercial airplanes. He says it looks like a costly bureaucracy, if that's all it's accomplished after six months of work."

"But a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration defends the program, saying it would train more people if Congress funded the money. The TSA says overall, it needs 25 (m) million dollars."
 

CA: Area reacts to gun ruling
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'That decision is a joke, and the U.S. Supreme Court will overrule them,' said Ray Beeson, owner of Victor Valley Shooters, an Apple Valley gun shop."

"But Norma Garrigus of Big Bear City said she was pleased by the decision by justices of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco."

" 'If they can keep guns out of the hands of idiots, I am all for it,' Garrigus said."
 

Payton's guns on block
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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A collection of firearms that once belonged to the late Bears running back Walter Payton will be auctioned off in Morris on June 22, organizers have announced.

The proceeds of the auction at Jennifer's Garden will go to the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation for children's causes, said auctioneers Brian DeBolt and Chris Wegener.

DeBolt said some of the rifles, shotguns and handguns to be auctioned off in Morris have Payton's jersey number, 34, engraved on either the stock or the barrel. Payton, who played for the Bears from 1975 through 1987, died in November 1999 of bile duct cancer at age 45.

 

MN: 'Crime protection' just a cover for new gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"How ironic that John R. Lott Jr. questions the credibility of those opposed to putting more guns on our streets (Op Ex, May 4). Lott is at the center of controversy himself, because he claims to have done research showing that more guns cause less crime."

"However, when questioned on his research, Lott cannot come up with any evidence that anyone did the survey he claimed to have done; he says that he can't produce his data because his computer ate it. I do not turn to people like Lott on questions of credibility."

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How convenient that she forgets to mention that the study was redone.
 

HI: Man Arrested After Airport Gun Incident
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A man with a handgun barged through security at Lihue Airport, fired two shots and terrorized passengers in a gate area before surrendering to police, officials and witnesses said."

"No one was injured. The man, 24, was arrested for reckless endangerment but was not immediately identified."
 

NM: Me? A gun? Shoot, I'm not the type to pack heat
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"Well, I did pick up a little souvenir from my peaceful sojourn through piles and piles of weapons of individual destruction."

"I happen to have a small fascination with ceremonial knives. I don't know why. I was probably the gifted metalsmith who created the magical sword Excalibur on the Isle of Avalon. Or a scary freak."

"Anyway, though I have this fascination and like to look at them in catalogs, I've never actually bought one. Until last weekend."
 

OH: Gun buyback extended
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"Toledo police are continuing their anonymous handgun buyback program tomorrow after 131 handguns were turned in during the first day of the program May 3."

"Operable handguns will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ... Fifty dollars will be paid for each handgun."

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In other words, taxpayers will be purchasing $50 dollar guns, while providing criminals a convenient way to get rid of weapons they use in crimes and get paid for it without prosecution.
 

Australia: Hitchhiker threatens motorist with gun
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"A hitchhiker threatened a Darwin motorist with a gun, police said today."

"The 21-year-old motorist said he stopped to pick up a hitchhiker near a fuel outlet south of Darwin about 5pm (CST) on Wednesday." ...

"The hitchhiker told the man to stop the vehicle about 12km south of Acacia Store, and the gunman ran off into the bush."
 

Feingold to vote against bill to shield gun industry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Russ Feingold, who has urged fellow Democrats to vote in favor of gun rights, plans to vote against legislation that would protect the gun industry from lawsuits."

" 'This legislation does not affect the constitutional right to bear arms, a right that I have consistently supported throughout my service in the U.S. Senate and the Wisconsin State Senate,' " Feingold, D-Wis., said."
 

MN: City officials ask lawmakers to amend handgun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With a new concealed carry law to take effect later this month, some city officials are asking lawmakers to allow them to ban guns on city property."
 

TX: Council adds zoning rule for gun shops
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"The Galveston City Council on Thursday passed an ordinance amending the city’s zoning to include 'gun shop' as a permitted land use in five commercial zones."

"Previously, the city’s zoning only included a general designation for 'sporting goods,' a designation that recently allowed gun dealer Robby Rosser to open his stand-alone gun shop across the street from one of the Galveston Housing Authority’s complexes."
 

Taking away citizenship: Effective deterrent or act of violence?
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"On the government's side is a new law that states that the home secretary may revoke the citizenship of any naturalized Briton if "the person has done anything seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom," including, the secretary has asserted, lending support to terrorists."

"In the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has opened the door to similar legislation."
 

UK: Judges are supposed to use their judgment, Mr. Blunkett
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... "If Blunkett wants a bench that is both independent but also more sensitive to democratic opinion, the solution is not merely to hand it instructions from MPs. Rather it needs a fairer, more accountable method of picking judges. That should not be such an alien notion for David Blunkett. Indeed, back in the long ago days before 1997, it was even Labour party policy."
 

Feinstein pushes for renewed guns ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday issued a challenge to President Bush as she began a difficult quest to save her landmark 1994 assault-weapons ban from expiring next year:"

"Don't just support a continuation of the ban, as Bush has promised, but actively work to persuade the Republican-controlled Congress to pass it."
 

Canada: Domestic dispute turns violent
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"Police are investigating what they believe to be an attempted murder-suicide in the city's south side." ...

"Police suspect it was a domestic dispute between the man and his girlfriend, or ex-girlfriend. A sawed-off shotgun was found outside the home."
 

CT: Bridgeport father wages war against guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Clyde Nickerson, a longtime crusader against gun violence, attended the funeral of his 22-year-old son Lloyd Bohannon in Bridgeport Friday. The young man died Thursday after being shot over the weekend at the PT Barnum apartments. For Nickerson, the funeral is both a mourning ground and a new battlefield.

Thirteen years ago Nickerson, formed a group called "Stop the Killing," which brought together mothers, fathers and friends of murder victims to wage a battle against guns and street violence. Now, he vows to increase his efforts against illegal guns.

Nickerson says the guns need to be taken out of kids' hands. He wants tougher laws for the sellers, and says they need to be held responsible.
 

IL: Minors with records would have to wait to own guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Minors who commit felony offenses would have to wait ten years before they could own a gun under legislation headed to the governor.

The measure passed the Illinois Senate today 55-0. It has already been approved by the House.

Under the bill, minors convicted of felonies could not get a Firearm Owner's ID Card until ten years after their crime.

Right now, they can get it as soon as they turn 18.

Sponsors say the bill will make the rules more consistent with the law for adults.
 

Ninth turns its guns on the Second
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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" 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention,' a bumper sticker I once saw read. If the response to a recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is any indication, much of America's media is lacking in the attention department. As a result, many Americans are being deprived of an opportunity to be outraged."

"I find it outrageous that a federal court could be so cavalier concerning a right the founding fathers believed to be fundamental."
 

TSA Not Screening Airport Workers for Guns, Explosives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"But a TSA official acknowledged Thursday to the House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation that airport workers who do not normally work on board airplanes do not undergo any security screening."

"Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) recounted a trip to a "major metropolitan airport," where he said he observed a security officer checking identification badges and then waiving airport employees past the checkpoint without undergoing any type of screening for weapons or explosives."
 

WA: Bremerton Officer Accused Of Assaulting Wife
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"A Bremerton police officer was in custody Friday, accused of assaulting his wife on at least two occasions."

"Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies arrested Officer William B. Cook on Thursday on a warrant charging him with second-degree domestic violence assault, fourth-degree domestic violence assault and third-degree malicious mischief. He was booked into the Kitsap County Jail and bail was set at $250,000."

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One more for the "Only police and military should have guns."

 

OH: Man Reportedly Kills Wife, Cousin, Himself
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"According to police, Damon Lee, 30, allegedly went to his estranged wife's home late last night on East 123rd Street. There, he shot his wife -- Dorna Lee, 34, and her sister, Leatrice Brown, 30, NewsChannel5 reported." ...

"Officials said the couple was in the middle of a separation and had a history of domestic violence."
 

AL: The "why" of gun ownership
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"Gun control is one of those notions that seems to make sense on the surface; that reasonable people are initially inclined to accept; that seems to offer an easy solution to a difficult problem. That is the problem with gun control. It is wishful thinking: simplistic, naïve, even juvenile."

"It is typical liberal thinking: social problems can be solved by putting words on paper in state and federal statute books. And not only liberals: the Bush administration has upset the National Rifle Association by agreeing to legislation that would extend the ban on semi-automatic firearms that were previously in use for decades and are virtually never used in crimes."

"Whenever you hear about bans of this or that weapon, remember that no word on paper ever changed human nature. There are bad people out there who will prey on good people. They will not be deterred by words on paper in Albany, N.Y. or Washington. Good people, however, wishing to obey the law, will be deterred. That is why muggers, rapists and murderers know that in gun control havens like New York City and Washington, citizens are virtually helpless against them."
 

A federal license to own a handgun?
Submitted by: Robin Herman

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ORIGINAL TITLE: Does Congress have the Constitutional Authority to Force you to get a Federal License to own a Handgun?

"This proposed legislation is a showcase for the power hungry nature of federal politicians. These constitutionally challenged reprobates only care about the Constitution and system of government established by that document when they can manipulate it to their advantage. When these so-called 'elected representatives' want to enact legislation not authorized by the Constitution, they either attack the Constitution as an out dated document or claim it is a living document that can be interpreted to fit the needs of modern society. It should come as no surprise that this bill is void of any reference to the constitutional provision that allegedly empowers Congress to enact the legislation in the first place."
 

Pa: 18 minutes of torture on 911 call
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Unable to pinpoint Zayas' location, horrified 911 operators listened for 18 minutes while Zayas howled in pain as his captors stabbed him repeatedly in the thighs. They demanded drugs and money; Zayas said he didn't have any. There were occasional silences, brief conversations and endless screams."
 

Bush, NRA at odds on weapons ban
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"President Bush's support for renewing a ban on so-called 'assault weapons' has rankled the National Rifle Association, but the chance of such a bill reaching the president's desk is 'zero,' said a top House Republican aide." ...

"Bob Barr, former Georgia Republican congressman and current chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation's 21st Century Privacy and Freedom Center, said despite such assurances, he is still concerned the ban could be renewed. A White House endorsement always increases a bill's chances to become law."
 

Gun Rights on a Roll
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"Thanks to conservative gains in the 2002 elections, and increasing Democratic reluctance to embrace gun control, gun rights have made significant advances on the state and federal levels over the last two months."

"In addition to House passage last month of a bill immunizing gun manufacturers from lawsuits based on criminal misuse of their products (see Human Events rollcall, May 5), several states have passed similar bills or are working on them in their legislatures. Meanwhile, five states have passed laws this year making it easier to carry concealed weapons, and three others have taken legislative steps toward gun rights legislation..."
 

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