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NRA endorsement of Bush is on hold
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"An influential gun-rights group known for backing Republicans is unlikely to endorse President Bush until after the federal assault-weapons ban expires in September."

"Bush supports the renewal of the 10-year ban but has not called on the GOP-controlled Congress to act. If he does so, the move would probably cost him the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA)."

"Some political observers believe that the NRA’s endorsement is a certainty, pointing out the group’s stinging criticism of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee."
 

Flight attendants unprepared to defend against terror, they say
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"More than two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many flight attendants say they're still poorly prepared to defend themselves and their passengers." ...

"Wednesday, the association plans to deliver 10,000 letters from flight attendants to the federal Transportation Security Administration demanding that the TSA review security and counter-terrorism training programs of every U.S. airline."

"Some airlines now provide only about an hour's worth of security training for flight attendants and no self-defense training, Deeks said."
 

U.S. Military considering new cartridge for the next generation of assault rifles
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"Shown (from left to right) are the 30 Remington (a rimless 30-30), the new 6.8mm Remington SPC and 5.56mm used in the M-16. The 6.8mm SPC is under serious consideration as the cartridge for the new army assault rifle, the M-8."

"The U.S. Army is pretty serious about adopting a new caliber bullet for its infantry weapons. Now is the time to do it, as a new infantry rifle, the XM-8, is moving quickly through field testing. The proposed new caliber is 6.8mm (also known as .270). Officially, it's the 6.8mm Remington SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) Special Forces troops were the first to use 6.8mm ammo in combat, and they were impressed with its better (than 5.56mm bullets) ability to take down enemy troops. This should be no surprise, as the 6.8mm round is based on the 19th century 30-30 round. The 6.8mm round is a modified 30-30 caliber round based on the Remington 30 cartridge (first introduced in 1906). The 30-30 is a rimless round first designed for lever action rifles. ..."
 

....And here's the rifle that will fire it !!
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"The new U.S. Assault Rifle, the XM8, is a modular weapon that can be fitted with three different barrels (9", 12.5", 20".)"

"The 9" barrel is for a very compact weapon for tank crews or commandoes. With the nine inch barrel and the butt stock retracted, the weapon has an overall length of 21 inches."

"The 12.5" barrel is the standard, for use with the assault rifle or, with the butt stock retracted, it serves as a carbine. The 20 inch barrel is thicker as well and used for the light machine-gun version. There is also a lighter 20 inch barrel for use by snipers."

"The assault rifle can be equipped with the new M320 40mm grenade launcher."
 

DHS and UK ID card biometric vendor in false ID lawsuit
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"At San Jose Superior Court today (11 May) biometrics company Identix will seek to have a product liability and slander lawsuit against it and the States of California and Oregon dismissed. Plaintiffs Roger Benson and Miguel Espinoza are seeking restitution for the damage inflicted on them by duplication in police records which gave them other people's criminal records."

"Benson was wrongfully imprisoned for 43 days for carrying a firearm when a convicted felon, although the felony on his record had been committed by someone else, while Espinoza, had his restaurant business destroyed by a false record of a criminally negligent homicide conviction. The plaintiffs claim that their problems stemmed from Identix's Livescan 10-print, a fingerprint scanner used to enter fingerprint data into police systems. Two months ago Identix was re-confirmed as the winner of a Department of Homeland Security Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for fingerprint systems, this being worth and estimated $27 million over five years. Identix is also supplying equipment for the UK Passport Service's ID card pilot, so one might reasonably consider that the stakes in San Jose Superior Court will be rather high."
 

Million Mom March Was Pleasant...Almost!
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"Personal tragedy is never an excuse to deprive others of their basic human rights. Carma Jackson, the Executive Director of Armed Females of America, lost her young son to gun fire. Was she emotional? Certainly. Did she grieve? Surely. She still does. Did she blame guns, gun manufacturers, the NRA and the President for her son’s death? Absolutely not. Because Carma undoubtedly realized that the only person to blame for her tragedy and loss was the person who pulled the trigger. She furthermore realized that disarming innocent, peaceable citizens and rendering them vulnerable to armed criminals would be leading them to certain death – the same fate that befell her son."
 

Mother's Day on the Mall
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"I don't think guns should be legal," declared Joan Davis, who traveled to the Capitol from Manhattan. "I don't think the average person should have a gun."

" 'Ideally, I guess I would like to see a total ban on guns,' held Bonnie Rock of suburban D.C. 'But in reality, I would be satisfied with getting rid of the assault weapons and having some real bite to the laws in terms of people getting guns.' Rock, who carried a sign reading 'Bush: Whore of the NRA,' believes the president is 'destroying America.' Rock explains: 'He hasn't done anything right since he was selected to be president. So, there's nothing the man has done for the common good.' She adds that she has already given serious thought to moving to Canada if George W. Bush wins reelection." ...

"Lost on the organizers, as well as the marchers, is the irony of holding a gun-control rally in Washington, D.C. More than a quarter century after the nation's capital banned nearly all private firearms, the city's gun-violence problem has not gotten any better. ..."
 

Million Mom Dud
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"Here's more evidence that a million ain't what it used to be. On Sunday the Million Mom March ended up attracting between 2,000 and 3,000 women to the West Lawn of the Capitol. Though organizers tried to put a brave face on the paltry turnout, it was quite a comedown from Mother's Day four years ago, when the same event attracted hundreds of thousands and was cheered on from the Clinton White House." ...

"It tells you something about where this issue is heading politically that now-Senator Clinton didn't bother showing up this year. We can appreciate that she must have had better things to do on Mother's Day."
 

Anti-gunners' illicit illegal weapons transfer? (Blog)
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"...It seems Linda S. Vaughn, the Southeast Region's Senior Associate Director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March, may have tried to bait an ad to illicit potential illegal weapons transfers. Since she left her MMM/Brady Campaign office telephone number as the point of contact, the ruse was quickly discovered."

"It doesn't seem to me that any of the weapons listed were illegal (assuming they are pre-ban). It does seem to me that Linda was trying to conduct another of their studies (term used very, very loosely) on the acquisition of assault weapons."

"Additionally, Linda's actions have been reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms."
 

A Lesson In Reality
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"Maryann's initial shock suddenly dissipated, leaving outright anger in its place. That someone would DARE approach her that way! That someone would DARE to threaten her! With a rope! Her anger was overwhelming, and gave her strength. She pulled her right arm up, took a good firing stance, brought her left arm up to grasp the little Ruger in a good two-handed hold that lined up the gun sights right in the middle of his chest. The giant who was threatening her suddenly became a big, close target that she'd have no trouble hitting."

"She gave him a good view of the business end of her revolver as her anger poured out of her in the words she shrieked. She called him something unprintable, followed by, 'If you want to play, we'll play with this!' "

"The giant hadn't anticipated this change in his game plan. Instead of the bondage games he'd had in mind, he suddenly had to decide between living and dying. It's not a choice that takes long to make. The rope dropped to the ground almost as quickly as his jaw dropped into an expression of utter surprise. His hands went up, and he started backing away. The giant was getting smaller and smaller with every step."

"As he backed away from Maryann, away from his rope, away from his intentions to harm her, and, hopefully, away from his image of himself as a big, bad dude who could have any 'fun' he wanted with a woman, he started muttering, 'Bitches with guns. Bitches with guns. Bitches with guns.' He kept saying it over and over, as his own surprise gave way to impotent anger, 'Bitches with guns. Bitches with guns.' "
 

OH: Concealed carry in action
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Habib Howard, 23, had received his concealed-weapon permit just days before he shot a holdup suspect.

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"Police said the robber entered, pulled out a handgun, and demanded money. Habib Howard handed him money, and the robber took the cash and a 12-pack of beer."

"When the man turned to leave, he took a couple of steps and opened the door to leave. Habib Howard pulled out his gun and said something. The robber turned and pointed his weapon at him, Detective Paul Tetuan said."

"Habib Howard fired four shots, injuring the robber and breaking the glass in the front door. The man stumbled to the getaway car, and an accomplice took him to a nearby home. Another person, whom police declined to identify, took the wounded robber to the hospital, the detective said."
 

TX: Business Owner Shoots Alleged Burglar
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"A Northeast Side business owner critically wounded a 31-year-old man late Tuesday who was allegedly caught red-handed burglarizing the business."

"According to police, the owner of Chuck's Tops and Trim went to check what was wrong at his business in the 5500 block of Schertz Road after getting a call that an alarm had gone off."

"While the owner was investigating, he saw a man in one of his cars, police said."

"According to police, the business owner then grabbed a gun and confronted the man. Moments later, the man ran off and that's when the owner opened fire, wounding the man in the back. The man was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in critical condition."
 

KS: Police department gives away gun locks
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"The Derby Police Department is doing its part to keep families safer."

"The department, in partnership with Project Childsafe, is distributing free cable-style gunlocks and educational materials to Derby residents."

" 'The big benefit is just gun safety alone,' Lt. Jimmy Queen said. 'It allows us to make sure that a product that will keep all of families in the city safe is available to them.' "
 

IA: University gun battle goes to court
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"A University of Northern Iowa police officer is taking his fight for firepower to the courts."

"The Iowa Board of Regents has barred officers at UNI and its two other universities from carrying firearms on duty, instead directing them to pack less-than-lethal weapons."

"But Lt. Gary McCormick, a former Cedar Falls officer who has been a UNI lawman since 1990, said the approved Air Tasers, pepper spray and batons aren't designed to meet lethal threats."

" 'If a guy has a gun, who wants to get close enough to spray him with pepper? Or if a guy is shooting at you, who wants to get close enough to beat him with stick?' said McCormick, 64."
 

UK: "I should just get my gun and kill her"
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That Mrs Rose's son and daughter would give evidence that the 'controlling' Rose and his wife 'fought like cat and dog'. Once, Rose, a member of a gun club, allegedly telephoned his wife's son James and said: 'I can't take it any more. I should just kill her. I should just get my gun and kill her.' "

"Forensic evidence would show that the shots which hit Mrs Rose, who was naked, were fired from 15 to 20 inches away from her body, the court heard."
 

UK: Man fined for illegally importing parts of machine gun
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"A Former RAF armourer was fined £500 after admitting he illegally imported machine gun parts ordered from an internet auction site."

"John William Reid, 32, of 15 Innes Court, Lhanbryde, pleaded guilty in Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday to three charges of illegally possessing casing for a MG34 machine gun as well as live ammunition, including soft nose copper jacket bullets and hollow point lead bullets. The first charge also involved a violation of customs laws."

"Defence agent Marc Nixon told the court that Reid was simply an avid collector of military memorabilia, and had no intention of using the weapon or ammunition for any purpose other than display."
 

CA: Ex-Sheriff in California Guilty in Gun Theft
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"A former San Bernardino County sheriff pleaded guilty Monday to helping himself to hundreds of guns from the department's stores during his eight-year term. Investigators found that Floyd Tidwell, sheriff from 1982 to 1990, took at least 523 guns. They included confiscated weapons that should have been returned to their owners and illegal firearms that should have been destroyed, prosecutor Michael Risley said."

"In November, Tidwell returned 89 guns in two milk crates, including a .30-caliber, fully automatic M-2 carbine that is illegal under state and federal law. The whereabouts of the remaining 434 guns are unknown."
 

MS: Metro Center Shooting Raises Gun-Ownership Age Issue
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"Jackson police said changes in the law are needed to help cut crime in the metro area, citing Friday night's shooting at Metro Center as an example of what's happening all over the city."

"The man charged with firing a shot inside the mall, Denarius Pryor, is just 19 years old."

"While the single shot fired inside the food court didn't hurt anyone, Jackson Police Chief Robert Moore said most of the crimes involving weapons in the city are committed by people under the age of 25. He said he would like to see the age requirement raised for gun ownership."

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Will raising the age make the criminal less violent or prevent him from getting a gun if he wants one?
 

AL: Sheriff Seeks Second Pardon To Restore Gun Rights
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"Hubert Norris of Fayette County may be the only sheriff in the nation prohibited from carrying a firearm."

"Now he's seeking a second pardon from the state Board of Pardons and Paroles to get his gun rights restored."

"Norris served as sheriff from 1974 until 1989 when he was sent to prison for two years eight months after pleading guilty to federal racketeering and tax evasion charges in connection with a scheme to take bribes from bootleggers."

"In 1994, the board pardoned Norris and restored his right to run for elected office. He won a seat on the Fayette County Commission in 2000 and was elected sheriff again in 2002."
 

AR: Sheriff will give away 500 gun locks
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"It's first come first served for people interested in free gun locking devices."

"That's how the Cowley County Sheriff's Office plans to distribute 500 devices free of charge." ...

"There are homes with guns but without children living in them. However, children, such as grandchildren, may visit. Gun safety devices should be used in the home, Read said."
 

OH: Gun Group Takes Battle To Businesses
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A group that pushed for approval of the state's new concealed weapons law is asking gun permit holders to boycott businesses that prohibit people from carrying hidden guns.

Ohioans for Concealed Carry lists the business on its Web site, www.ofcc.net .

The list includes more than 300 businesses, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

The concealed weapons law prohibits people from carrying hidden guns at government buildings, airports and schools. Child care centers and places serving alcohol are the only businesses required to ban concealed weapons. Other private businesses can choose whether to bar employees and customers from being armed.
 

UK: Terror on train in air gun attack
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"TWO women were left terrified after being showered with glass when vandals apparently fired an air gun at a train window."

"The women were travelling on the Edinburgh to North Berwick service when the shots were fired from fields as it passed through Wallyford Station."

"The impact shattered a window, showering the two female passengers with glass and leaving them badly shaken." ...

"The attack took place just weeks after a female train conductor from Edinburgh needed 16 stitches after yobs hurled stones at a train as it approached Uddingston Station in Lanarkshire."
 

Apes, Guns, Whiskey and Drugs
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"A modern-day example of misguided attempts at controlling perceived problems concerns guns."

"Authorities have long worried about semi-automatic weapons. Most laws concerning them have centered on b*llshit cosmetic changes like barring the inclusion of bayonet lugs (an attachment under the barrel that allows the user to attach a bayonet). Sure, that makes perfect sense because a guy robbing a 7-11 is somehow more dangerous if he’s got a bayonet attached to his semi-automatic weapon. Not only can he blow away customers and clerks, he can also wreak havoc on the store inventory by gutting some Twinkies."

"However, a few legislators have, at least half-heartedly, tried to make some meaningful changes to these weapons. For instance, manufacturers can’t make weapons with high-capacity magazines (those containing more than 10 bullets). This makes it damn inconvenient for gangsters when they have to blow away more than 10 people. It’s downright vexing to have to stop smack dab in the middle of creating carnage."

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Of course it's also downright vexing to a potential victim surrounded by multiple attackers to stop and reload while the ones who are still left standing proceed to rob, rape or murder their intended prey.
 

VT: How to Catch Fish in Vermont: No Bait, No Tackle, Just Bullets
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"The hunter's prey darted into the shadows, just out of reach of Henry Demar's gun."

" 'Come on, stand up and be counted,' Mr. Demar whispered excitedly. 'There was a ripple that came out of the weeds. There's something out there.' "

"Dressed in camouflage, gripping his .357 Magnum, Mr. Demar was primed to shoot. But this time, no such luck. With a flick of its tail, his quarry — a slick silvery fish — was gone."
 

France: Policeman Arrested Driving Drunk in Fishnet Tights
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A French policeman faces trial in a police court for driving under the influence after he was stopped at the wheel of his car drunk and wearing only a pair of fishnet tights, a prosecutor said on Friday.

The man admitted he was a part-time prostitute after fellow police chased him through the Bois de Boulogne, a wooded area on the outskirts of Paris reputed as a nighttime hangout of transsexual prostitutes, in the early hours of Thursday.

The policeman said he needed the extra income. If convicted, he could lose his driver's license and be fined.

Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to try him for passive soliciting, which is punishable by prison in France.
 

Liberals Were For Torture After 9/11
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"Things were different when America still realized it was under attack from its enemies at home and abroad. Leading civil libertarian, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, actually argued that the torture of terrorist suspects was legal under the U.S. Constitution and should be employed when a suspect refused to divulge information about potentially deadly terrorist plots."

And Limbaugh agrees: "...it's okay, Constitution even says, let's torture these people."

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Maybe these fine "Americans" missed the fine print in the Bill of Rights:

Amendment VIII - Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
 

KS: Council may alter protest guidelines
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"People attending large demonstrations in Topeka may be asked to leave their gas masks, bulletproof vests and improvised body armor at home."

"A proposed ordinance supported by Police Chief Ed Klumpp would ban the items at demonstrations."

"Klumpp said the ordinance was needed to ensure the public and police officers were safe at large demonstrations prone to acts of disorder."

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How are items of protection such as gas masks and body armor in any way dangerous to police officers?
 

Canada: Man sent gun in internet mix-up
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"A Canadian student who ordered an MP3 player over the internet from the US was shocked to receive a licensed handgun instead." ...

"The pawnshop that auctioned the device sent him an unloaded .22-calibre Smith & Wesson gun and a licence by mistake."

"A Canadian customs official said not all parcels were X-rayed at the border."
 

Ex-DEA official admits embezzlement
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"A former top official in the Drug Enforcement Agency's New York office pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $138,000 by using DEA resources and agents to conduct work for his private investigation firm."

"Kevin Tamez, 50, of Mt. Laurel, N.J., who served as associate special agent in charge of operational support in New York from January 2002 to February 24, 2003, pleaded guilty to 24 separate crimes including embezzlement, wire fraud and mail fraud stemming from a scheme that ran from 1999 to 2003."

"Because he entered his plea without a deal with prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin advised Tamez he could face a maximum term of up to 155 years in prison and fines of at least $1.25 million when he is sentenced Aug. 23."
 

DE: Stop the Violence group calls for government help
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"Trudy Boardley wants an end to the violence in Wilmington that has led to seven shooting deaths so far this year."

"She said that's why she came to tell people attending the Stop the Violence Coalition meeting Monday in Wilmington about the pain of losing a loved one."

"Boardley, whose son Darryl Lively, 23, was shot and killed in November in Wilmington, urged residents to join together so that more young men, such as her two younger sons, do not become victims." ...

"Nearly 100 people, including city and state officials, attended the Stop the Violence Coalition mobilization meeting. The group, made up of church and community organizations, is seeking to end the rash of shootings in the city through community empowerment and more accountability from residents and public officials."
 

DC: Sarah, This is who is killing your precious children
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"A Northeast Washington man was charged with murder yesterday in the killing of 8-year-old Chelsea Cromartie after homicide detectives received a key tip that could lead to more arrests, police officials said."

"The suspect, Raashed Hall, lives a few blocks from the house that Chelsea was visiting May 3 when stray gunfire crashed through a living room window. Hall, 21, is believed to have fired that bullet, which hit the child in the back of the head, police officials said. Chelsea's aunt also was wounded."
 

MD: Wheeler Sues City and Feds For $100 Million
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A Baltimore man who was held in jail without bail for months after a weapons raid on his rowhouse is suing the police department and federal authorities.

Lovell Wheeler is seeking 100-million dollars in the civil action alleging his civil rights were violated.

Wheeler was arrested at his Highlandtown home after police found gunpowder and homemade firearms in his house.

A judge had set bail at 2 million dollars but later revoked it after prosecutors argued he was a threat to the community.

Wheeler was released following four months in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges in a plea arrangement with prosecutors.

Neighbors claimed Wheeler was a racist and white supremacist, a charge Wheeler denied.

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IL: Guns Protect City Official, But Not Her Constituents, Group Complains
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"A Second Amendment group says a Chicago city councilwoman is a hypocrite for insisting that she deserves special police protection - while her 'legally disarmed constituents are left like defenseless sheep in a city of wolves.' " ...

"Saying he was 'stunned by Troutman's cavalier attitude,' SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb issued a statement of his own, rebuking Troutman: 'What happened to the rights of Troutman's constituents to police protection in a city where honest citizens have been left virtually disarmed by insidious gun laws that Troutman no doubt supports?

" 'While Troutman gets special treatment... ...In a gun-free gulag like Chicago, everyone should have around-the-clock personal police protection. ..."
 

FL: FDLE says state's crime rate dropped for 12th straight year
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"Florida's serious crime rate dropped for the 12th year in a row in 2003 as it reached levels last seen in the early 1970s, Gov. Jeb. Bush and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced at a press conference." ...

"FDLE said the number of crimes committed with guns has dropped by 18 percent since 1998."

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What say you, gun banners? Florida has allowed concealed carry since 1987, and there is no bloodshed in the streets. As a matter of fact, crime is diminishing.

 

MN: HSUS Decries Legislation to Allow Target Shooting of Doves in Minn.; Dove Hunting Has Been Banned for Nearly 60 Years
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"The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Fund for Animals expressed extreme disappointment with 34 state senators who chose not to support an amendment last night to remove a dove hunting provision from the omnibus game and fish bill. The Senate defeated, by a vote of 33-33 (with one abstention), an amendment by Senator Sandra Pappas (DFL-65) to remove the authorization for dove hunting. The Pappas amendment was first approved 35-31, but then the matter came up for reconsideration and two senators switched their votes to allow dove hunting. Minnesota has banned dove hunting for nearly 60 years."
 

Uganda: Girls Wielding Guns Against LRA Rebels
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"The name Arrow Group is synonymous with men but Sarah Adeke, 23, and Grace Arimo, 28, sit in their offices in Soroti. Underneath their desks, they are stepping on rifles."

"Adeke is a secretary while Arimo is a nurse."

"Once a spontaneous community alarm was raised to defend their motherland from the marauding rebels of the LRA mid last year, they quickly enrolled into the civil militia popularly referred to as the Arrow Boys/Group. The group is currently fighting LRA in Teso in eastern Uganda."
 

UK: Taxi is stolen at gunpoint
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"A Dudley taxi driver was robbed of his £5,000 cab at gunpoint as he took three passengers home in the early hours."

"Khizar Rahman, 32, was terrified when the front seat passenger pulled a gun from his jacket and told him to stop the car and get out."

"The father of four from Holly Hall got out of the Peugeot 406 and walked away as it sped off along North Street in Dudley at 3am on Saturday. The car also contained £200 and two mobile phones." ...

"Mr Rahman, who has been a taxi driver for eight years, now has no livelihood as he can not work without a car. But he is determined to get back on the road."
 

NH: To permit or not to permit loaded, concealed guns?
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"No, this bill should not become law. New Hampshire already has some of the most lax laws of any state when it comes to concealed weapons. ...By opening this up, the state would be making us all less safe. ..."

"I should also note that this bill is opposed by the N.H. Association of Chiefs of Police as they feel it would put police officers and the public at increased risk. ..."

"If a person is allowed to own a firearm, then that person should be allowed to carry that firearm, loaded. New Hampshire’s State Constitution states that 'All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights — among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property.' ..."
 

IL: Bloomington OKs buying Tasers
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"Bloomington police officers are getting a new, nonlethal weapon with which to protect themselves while working the streets."

"After about 30 minutes of discussion Monday night, the Bloomington City Council unanimously voted to spend $95,710 to purchase 100 Taser X26 stun guns. The vote came after an NAACP official called on the city to develop strict guidelines for their use."

"The stun guns have been sitting in boxes outside Police Chief Roger Aikin's office since the April 12 council meeting, when the purchase was tabled so the Minority and Police Partnership committee could review it."
 

UK: Police Shooting Inquest Opens
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"An inquest into the death of a man shot by police at his home was opened today."

"Unemployed widower Philip Prout, 53, died after being shot by armed police called to his house in the isolated village of Lewannick, near Launceston, Cornwall."

"Plymouth Coroner Nigel Meadows heard that he later died in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth." ...

"Dozens of police were called to Lewannick at 9pm on May 3 to deal with what was said to be a domestic incident with reported threats of violence. Mr Prout was armed with a samurai sword and two smaller bladed weapons but was apparently not carrying a firearm, the IPCC revealed earlier."

"Police initially twice attempted to use non-lethal baton guns to stop him, but the weapon failed both times."
 

NY: Court Says NYC Could Be At Fault For Student's Fatal Beating
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"The family of a teenager fatally beaten in a 1996 attack that began on the grounds of a New York City school can sue the city for wrongful death, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday."

"An eyewitness to the attack against Julien Balbuena said several teachers and the safety officer at Junior High 302 in Brooklyn saw a gang of about 10 students begin to beat Balbuena outside the school. However, neither the teachers nor the safety officer did anything, even though the eyewitness told them to intervene and the victim was screaming for help, according to the court's ruling."

"Balbuena broke free from his attackers, but they caught up with him about six blocks away and inflicted fatal head injuries."
 

OH: Conceal & carry: One month later
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"The concealed carry law most likely won't mean the return of twitchy-fingered gunslingers yelling 'draw!' at high noon."

"In fact, crime could get wounded with the adoption of the concealed-carry law in the old Midwest. Ohio legislators passed the law in January and it was effective April 8."

"According to FBI Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime rates are highest overall in states that don't have laws or have limited laws that permit carrying concealed firearms for self-defense."
 

Thailand: Narathiwat officials want to carry guns
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"Hundreds of government officials in Narathiwat province, including teachers, have sought permission to carry guns to protect themselves following a spate of attacks against their colleagues in the South."

"Pramuk Lamul, chief of Narathiwat’s Muang District, said more than 500 officials have asked for permission to carry guns and the number is still rising."

"He said teachers have requested that police officers and soldiers be deployed to protect them and their students. But they don’t want security forces to guard schools all the time, fearing the heightened military presence would encourage insurgents to attack. The teachers suggested the schools be watched by local villagers instead."
 

NH: Fighting to stop gun violence
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"A number of speakers had been personally affected by gun violence, as Vinande has. A woman whose daughter was killed in the Columbine school shooting spoke about her experience. Another woman who had twin sons killed told her story. New York Congresswoman Caroline McCarthy, whose husband Dennis was killed and son Kevin was injured when a lone gunman opened fire on a Long Island Commuter train, told her story. McCarthy has been lobbying for gun control since the incident."

"Those kinds of stories are definitely very emotional... Rather than sitting home, they’re out here trying to help other families. They don’t have to be doing this, but they want to help other people not go through this."
 

OH: Dispatch: Banning guns may be bad for business
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"Aside from the fact that this organization has NEVER used the word boycott to describe our efforts to inform CHL-holders that they are not welcome stores listed on our Do Not Patronize While Armed database, and aside from the fact that this reporter was so informed, we are pleased to see this issue getting the attention it deserves." ...

"The purpose of the Do Not Patronize While Armed list is to assist these stores. We wish to help CHL-holders know to stay away while armed, which is exactly what the stores are communicating on their signs."

"Only 300 businesses out of thousands and thousands and thousands in Ohio have posted these discriminatory signs..."
 

MN: Officer Arrested in Hmong Violence Probe
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"A Hmong-American police officer was arrested on suspicion of carrying out two drive-by shootings that were part of a string of violent incidents within the city's large Southeast Asian community."

"Tou Cha, 35, was jailed Monday on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm. No one was wounded in the shootings."

"Cha is suspected in a Nov. 29 shooting that shattered several windows at a mall that houses a Lao Veterans group, and in an April 20 shooting at the home of a translator for an influential Hmong leader. ..."

"Shell casings from both crime scenes were matched to Cha's department-issued .40-caliber handgun, police said."
 

Canada: Police Officer Charged
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Thunder Bay Police have laid charges against one of their own. Following a five month investigation involving both city police and the RCMP, Constable Andre Lichtenfeld has been charged with several criminal code offences.

They include attempting to obstruct justice, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen property. Police remain vague about details surrounding the investigation.

But Police Spokesperson Chris Adams says it relates to the handling of criminal charges by Lichtenfeld against a member of the public.

Constable Lichtenfeld remains under suspension. He has a court appearance set for June 16th.
 

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