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Guns and Mothers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"On May 13, 2003 a documentary is scheduled to air on PBS’s 'Independent Lens.' "

"The documentary is titled 'Guns & Mothers' and is produced and directed by Thom Powers of Sugar Pictures."

"SAS’s Maria Heil is the featured Mother on the pro-gun side of the issue."

"This one-hour documentary is quite riveting. It is one program you will want to videotape and view a number of times, for a number of reasons."
 

MN: Hail, Minnesota (Letter)
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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LAST LETTER ON THE PAGE:

"Please let me extend a warm Indiana welcome to Minnesota as it joins the 35 other states who've made the decision to trust law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns."

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I'm surprised but gratified that The Minneapolis "Red" Star Tribune published my letter. Let it be an encouragement to you to be willing to get involved even at this minimal level of writing to newspapers.
 

CA: Gun Rights for the Gun Shy
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"I can understand the knee-jerk reaction of many on the Left to guns. After all, it was on April 20, 1999, that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire on fellow students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. They left 12 classmates and a teacher dead, and 23 more seriously wounded. Harris and Klebold then committed suicide. The Left's predictable reaction: 'Guns did it -- get rid of 'em.' "

"Politicians are compelled to react and pass even more gun laws. They have to look busy."

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RKBA commentary from a San Francisco writer who gets it. This has gotta drive Bay Area libs nuts.
 

Bush and the Republican Gun Grabbers
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"President Bush’s promise to extend the assault weapon ban is hardly the first time that alleged pro-gun Republicans have chosen to infringe upon 2nd Amendment freedoms. At least Democrats are honest in their pledge to disarm the populace. The GOP, on the other hand, uses treachery and deception to mislead the citizenry into thinking that they will 'protect' the right to keep and bear arms. Yet, it is clearly evident that they are enemies of liberty as well."

"The N.R.A. donated nearly $3 million to Republican candidates during the 2000 election cycle, and gun rights groups contributed over $90,000 to President Bush’s campaign alone. I guess $90,000 doesn’t buy much influence in Washington these days."
 

NJ: For gun industry, a special standing
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"All Lemongello can do is await the Senate's verdict: 'I own a gun. I believe in the right to bear arms. I'm just trying to hold the industry accountable.' " ...

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Right. The prospect of deep pockets has nothing to do with it. And that probably goes double for your trial lawyer.
 

White House Pokes Gun Owners in the Eye
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The bottom line? The President supports the ban on many semi-automatic firearms and on magazines holding 10 rounds or more."

"The White House seems to think that the bill will never reach the President's desk. At least that is what top officials are counting on. In pursuing this strategy, they are trying to please both sides and are playing a very dangerous game, to be sure."
 

Who Needs an AK-47 to Go Duck Hunting?
Submitted by: SaveOurGuns

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Don't you think it's about time people stop trying to pound a square peg into a round hole? Get off the "hunting and sporting" line.

This is a new pro-gun rights poster.
 

PA: Illegal guns brought death, mayhem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"When drug dealers in West Philly wanted expensive, exotic firearms, Lehron 'Ruff' Harris was the man to see."

"Harris had connections and could get you a .50-caliber Desert Eagle, a drug-dealer favorite because of the power it brings."

"Or the .223-caliber assault pistol from Professional Ordnance that fires 30 rounds in a matter of seconds, and can easily penetrate a police officer's bulletproof vest."

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How long will the media continue to place the blame with the tools criminals use to commit crimes, instead of the thugs themselves?
 

Spud Guns: Legal And Dangerous
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Berry was shot in the face, looking down the barrel of a home-built spud gun. When it fired a frog, it blinded him."

" 'If it would've been anything else it would've killed me,' he says."

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IT would have killed you? How about your lack of common sense in looking down the barrel of a weapon after it malfunctioned? Take some responsibility for your own actions.
 

LA: Merit selection could reduce judicial corruption
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a recorded telephone conversation between Judge Joan Benge and ex-Judge Ronald Bodenheimer, recently made public, Judge Benge stated that she would have dismissed a plaintiff's suit without award but for the fact that the plaintiff's attorney had contributed to her election campaign.

While this is only one case, it makes one wonder how many other similar conversations were not recorded."

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It makes you wonder: How many corrupt judges have caused false felony convictions, thereby depriving citizens of their right to self defense with the most effective tool on the market?
 

RI: Officer taped making threats is suspended
Submitted by: Jim Archer

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"One day after the airing of a tape in which he is heard making a death threat against an animal-rights activist, a police captain who oversaw the city's animal shelter was suspended from all police duties yesterday, and the incident is under state police investigation."
 

OH: Robbers hit bar; patron shoots / What can we do to HELP?
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"Thursday night, at a Northside bar, one of those patrol members, 54-year-old Harold McKinney, found some crime. And he was carrying a semiautomatic pistol." ...

"But police also charged McKinney with felonious assault and carrying a weapon inside a tavern. He remains in the Hamilton County Justice Center on no bond. He will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in Hamilton County Municipal Court."
 

Insidious Cancer
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "Terrorism is only the second most worrisome problem the world has. Collectivism is the first, and it's growing like a cancer. Terrorism kills a lot of innocent people, but so does collectivism. (Stalin killed millions in Russia and they're killing people with abandon in Communist China, even today. They even kill people so they can sell their organs. Killing people in large numbers is common thing in collectivist nations.)"
 

A Letter To My Haredi Neighbor
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"No, my dear neighbor ...the time has not yet come to put down the gun. On the contrary, we are commanded to teach Torah diligently to our children (Deut. 6:7). One of the commandments of the Torah is to survive and know how to survive. Indeed, there is an entire chapter in the Shulkhan Arukh (Orah Hayim 329) dedicated to the laws of how and when to fight a threatening enemy. I often wonder how many in the yeshivas today skip over that chapter and ignore its teachings."
 

NY: Funds for Howitzer canon produced in Watervliet clear early hurdle in Senate
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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"US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that a key congressional committee came to agreement today on an authorization bill that could send nearly $4 million to Watervliet for a top-of-the-line canon. Schumer said that this clears a hurdle towards the projects getting funded, a fight he and Senator Clinton will continue to wage in the Senate."

Schumer said "...this equipment is made in New York and will help push the local economy."

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Clearly a case of "Guns are evil unless manufactured in my home state, which will bring in money and votes for me."
 

N.Y. Times: Ex-Reporter 'Committed Fraud'
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"A New York Times reporter 'committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud,' including stealing material from other newspapers, inventing quotes and lying about his whereabouts, according to an investigation conducted by the paper." ...

"Blair, 27, 'used these techniques to write falsely about emotionally charged moments in recent history, from the deadly sniper attacks in suburban Washington to the anguish of families grieving for loved ones killed in Iraq,' according to a story the Times posted on its Web site Saturday before its publication in Sunday's editions."

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Considering how many media lapdogs want to deprive us of our Second Amendment rights because criminals abuse guns, wonder if they would mind if they were deprived of their First Amendment rights because some abuse them and lie?
 

UK: Gun fired in Prince Andrew's mansion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A royal protection officer accidentally fired a shot inside the Duke of York's residence while he was in a room nearby, it has emerged."

"The Metropolitan Police officer was unloading his gun when it went off."

"Scotland Yard has taken the officer off firearms duty and is mounting an inquiry after the incident, which happened two weeks ago at Prince Andrew's Sunninghill Park mansion in Berkshire."
 

IL: Island Lake Police Officer charged in gun incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Island Lake police officer faces misdemeanor criminal charges after allegedly pointing his gun at a dispatcher."

"Ronald Jankauskas of is charged with reckless conduct and disorderly conduct. Each charge carries a possible one-year jail sentence."

"The alleged incident happened March 29th. Jankauskas is accused of pointing his gun at the dispatcher and asking him how it would feel if the gun fired."
 

Lack of training often hampers gun reviews
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Too often, police records personnel aren't trained to spot red flags indicating gun purchasers are ineligible to possess firearms, police and state Department of Licensing officials say."

"Months after Jason Lee Taylor was wrongly approved by the Issaquah Police Department to purchase at least one handgun, Issaquah Police Chief Dave Draveling said he still isn't sure exactly why Taylor is restricted from owning a gun."

"On Thursday, Draveling was told the Department of Health and Social Services had flagged Taylor as ineligible because of his mental history. But Friday, Draveling learned that most likely it was Taylor's 1995 felony for second-degree burglary that prohibited him from carrying a weapon."
 

UK: Criminals turn from bullets to stun guns
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"As the row grows over equipping British police with Taser stun guns, increasing numbers of criminals are themselves turning to such weapons in an attempt to avoid harsh sentences for possessing firearms and replica guns, according to a senior intelligence officer."
 

VA: Officer killed with own gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Investigators know how a fellow officer died early Friday, but they may never know why."

"Christiansburg police said Scott Allen Hylton, 43, of Willis died after being shot with his own gun about 5:30 a.m. by a man suspected of shoplifting. Minutes later, police fatally shot the suspect, Christopher Allen Holmes, as he ran from the Stop-In Food Store and Shell gasoline station on Roanoke Street near the Shelor Motor Mile."
 

Gun law reforms off target
Submitted by: Jim F.

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"To Neal, the NRA opposes "any regulation whatsoever" on the gun industry." ...

"The NRA says the bill, 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,' will prevent frivolous lawsuits which have financially drained the nation's gunmakers."

" 'America does more today to regulate the safety of toy guns than real guns,' Kennedy said during a speech against the proposed bill. 'It's a national disgrace.' "

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It looks like over 20,000 gun laws aren't enough for Mr. Kennedy. Well, he and Mr. Neal can rest assured they have a good friend in the NRA.
 

WA: Charges filed in killing of nurse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Taylor apparently lied on applications to buy the Taurus 9-mm and, later, to purchase a Taurus .40-caliber pistol, charging papers say. But that should have been caught when Issaquah police ran Taylor's name through various databases used to process gun applications, said Jeff Smith, a spokesman for the state Department of Licensing (DOL), which maintains the state's database of people who aren't allowed to have guns."

"But Smith acknowledged that the database is difficult to use because information is stored on a circa-1968 computer system. The DOL is in the process of updating its system, Smith said."

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Looks like the Brady background checks are not doing much to prevent criminals from getting their hands on firearms.
 

FL: Fla. Man Gets 8 Years For Kicking Police Dog
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"I'm really sorry for what happened with the dog, really. ...The dog wasn't going for my arm or my leg. He was going for my face. I didn't want to do it. I had to do it."

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Message to free Americans:

Government says you may not defend yourself against animals they employ--and not just the kind with four legs.

Just so you know where they think you should be on the food chain.

 

Study: "Language police" harming children
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Activist groups acting as 'language police' are exerting increasing control over American schools, resulting in bored, cynical and 'dumbed down' children, according to a three-year study of education policy."

"Diane Ravitch, author of 'The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn,' notes the classic children's story 'The Little Engine That Could' has been banned in some U.S. jurisdictions because the train is male, the National Post reported."
 

Former G-men retire to top jobs
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"At a time when federal law enforcement finds its resources stretched to the limit with the war on terrorism, an increasing number of retired U.S. Secret Service agents are taking advantage of an anomaly in the retirement system, unavailable to other federal law-enforcement agents, that gives them complete retirement benefits even if they return to service as full-time investigators in other government agencies, Insight has learned."
 

Feds Doing More Secret Searches
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A record number of searches and wiretap orders granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2002 underscores a growing trend of reliance on the secret court in government investigations, privacy advocates say."

"The number of FISA orders jumped more than 30 percent to 1,228 last year, compared to 934 the year before. The FBI uses the warrants in investigations of suspected terrorists and spies to eavesdrop on communications and conduct physical searches."
 

Government handing money to states to promote marriage
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Bush administration is giving communities in Michigan and Idaho money for a new idea: using the child-support system to promote marriage among low-income families."

"The program aims to provide counseling and other support services to parents who are interested in marrying each other. It also is targeted at preventing divorce among those who are already married, and at improving parenting skills of both married and unmarried couples."
 

NJ: An honest man in New Jersey?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"What on earth is happening in New Jersey? Last week, Martin Barnes, the former mayor of Paterson, one of the state's largest cities, was sentenced to three years in prison for accepting more than $200,000 in bribes. He was also fined $1,000 for accepting cash, a swimming pool and the favours of a young lady, all provided by thoughtful city contractors."

"Once behind bars, Mr. Barnes won't lack for political gossip. Milton Milan, who used to be mayor of Camden, another big town, is currently serving a seven-year sentence for a litany of crimes. A former mayor of Irvington, Sara Bost, who has pleaded guilty to witness tampering, may soon join them. Last month, Kenneth Saunders, a former mayor of Asbury Park (of Bruce Springsteen fame), was charged with conspiracy and bribery. A former Newark mayor pleaded guilty to tax evasion last autumn."
 

Habits and Attitudes of Free People
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"America is a 'free country', the 'freest country in the world.' At least, that is what is almost universally accepted here simply due to the fact that it is repeated over and over again."

"Or is it? I shall examine the evidence a little closer, based on what I have concluded to be criteria for what constitutes free people. I have come to the conclusion that the idea of freedom is like a seed being planted on a particular type of soil." ...
 

Elections and the Lesson of Frodo
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"To talk of politics, then, is to talk of immorality. Talking about it and thinking about it in terms of politics makes it seem polite and intelligent, makes it agreeable. It makes it acceptable. After all, it’s the smart people, the involved people, the concerned and caring people, who pay attention to politics!" ...
 

UK: House targeted in gun attack
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"Police are investigating an incident in west Belfast in which a house came under gun attack." ...

"A man, his wife and two young girls aged six and nine were at home watching television when the house was attacked."

"No-one was injured in the attack, but the children's bedroom window was damaged, when the shot smashed through one pane of double glazing."
 

IN: Teacher suspended for bringing gun to school
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"Students from Broad Ripple High School's yearbook staff spent their Friday morning outside, snapping photos around the school. At noon, they noticed a car trunk ajar. When they looked inside they noticed, in a pouch, sitting in the trunk, a 38-caliber handgun."

"The car belonged to a substitute teacher. The students told the principal what they found and school police escorted Eric Harris off the property."
 

NV: Reid's support of NRA-backed bill raises eyebrows
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Traditionally a dependable voice for gun control, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is raising eyebrows among old allies with his endorsement of a bill that would shield firearms makers from lawsuits by gunshot victims."

"Reid, the Senate minority whip, is one of 52 senators supporting legislation backed by the National Rifle Association to prevent victims of gun crimes from making civil claims against companies that manufactured, imported or sold the weapons."
 

Airport Screener Cuts May Reduce 'Standing Around'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Transportation Security Administration (search) recently announced it will cut 3,000 airport screening jobs by the end of September, on top of the 3,000 announced in March. The first round of cuts will be made by May 31. TSA expects to save about $280 million."

"Travelers and security experts say cutting back on bodies doesn't mean passengers should feel less secure, particularly since TSA is often jokingly referred to as 'Thousands Standing Around.' "
 

UT: Protect Gun Manufacturers (Letter)
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"She compares a negligent hospital with a gun manufacturer. Would it make sense for people to sue the manufacturer of a sponge because someone in the hospital's surgery forgot to remove it? Would it make sense to sue the manufacturer of a common hammer if some thug hit someone with a hammer and killed him? The answer to the above questions is an obvious no!"
 

CT: State considers what makes a school persistently dangerous
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"Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, children attending 'persistently dangerous' schools are given the option of transferring to a safer environment."

"But the responsibility for defining unsafe schools falls to the states, and some are struggling with how to do that. Officials know a label of persistently dangerous would be damaging to a school's reputation, and they want to make sure the schools that earn that designation truly deserve it."
 

Nancy Smith: Military domestic violence hits home
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"Shocking as it was, the violent murder of Luise Breford in her Palm City home last Tuesday is only the latest in a long line of tragedies involving domestic violence and the U.S. military."

"The brass at the Pentagon know it. They just don't seem to be doing enough about it."
 

Feeding the Beast
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"There are laws regulating everything from the color you can and cannot paint your house to the kind of sex in which two consenting adults are allowed to engage. Why is it like this? Crime is big business, that's why. In fact, crime is government's biggest industry. Moreover, there is incentive for legislators to create new laws purely for the purpose of raising revenue. Thus they continue to engorge an already dangerously bloated bureaucracy. Elected rulers have birthed and nurtured a beast that feeds on the pocketbooks and rights of the very citizens they have sworn to protect."
 

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