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Defending these United States
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"It's important to look to the Constitution as the basis of law in this country but it's equally important to look to The Declaration of Independence for the philosophy of the country. To that end, consider that one of the charges against King George III that Jefferson listed was, 'He has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislatures.' With that in mind, now view The Third Amendment which says, 'No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.' There is no other conclusion that can make sense of these paragraphs than that The Founding Fathers wanted the strength from our domestic defense to be drawn from our various militia and there to be a permanent Navy. It is reasonable to conclude that The Founding Fathers were wary of a standing army."
 

Disarmament Still A Threat
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://libertybelles.org

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"Although you might not hear much about it in the mainstream media, the disarmament crowd is working as avidly as ever to render ordinary Americans defenseless against violent criminals. Considering the backlash that resulted from extensive media coverage by Rosie O'Donnell and others in years past, one might be inclined to think that today's current lack of coverage is by design. The less Americans know about their deteriorating rights, the better."

"If gun-banners are successful in their endeavors, the people who will be hit the hardest are those that the gun-banners purport to represent. Primarily, women and children. Of course, the elderly, the handicapped, and low-income persons will also be harshly affected as firearms become more expensive and increasingly harder to get."
 

DC: Police response times 'scary'
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"Residents from around the District have expressed concern over city police officers' slower response times to life-threatening emergencies, despite Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey's assurances that response times are not a problem." ...

"Criminals can do a lot of damage in eight minutes. And they know they have the time. That's the scary part."

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You don't need a gun to defend yourself, just let the police protect you. How much damage can a rapist or murderer do to you in eight minutes?
 

Voting lesser of two evils won't save America
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"The issue of whether someone should vote for the 'lesser of two evils' this November has become very contentious in recent months with friends and relatives clashing to the point of creating hard feelings. Sadly, most Americans don't really recognize that they are being deliberately herded into this direction to keep them in line and 'faithful' to either the Democrat or Republican parties." ...

"As both Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry continue to promise every special interest group and PAC in the country more and more unconstitutional looting of the people's treasury, Americans have forgotten what a sitting President can and cannot do in his capacity. ..."

"No President can promise funds from the people's treasury which, incidentally, has no money and every penny promised comes from borrowing. All bills of expenditure must originate in the House of Representatives, not from the President's desk. Presidents are not supposed to create jobs, the private sector must take that lead role in a free market system. Under communism, the government creates the jobs and the slaves; free enterprise is forbidden." ...

"Millions of Americans are afraid to vote outside the two "main" parties because they fear the other evil worse than they fear the lesser strength evil. This is what it's come down to in America? The I'm too afraid brigade are wont to cave in because they no longer have the capacity to stand up to party bullies? ..."
 

Ukraine: Smoking Soldiers Ignited Ammo Disaster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Two smoking soldiers set off tons of ammunition that killed five people, caused $725 million in damage and sent debris showering across southern Ukraine last week, the emergencies minister said on Tuesday."

"A series of blasts hurled debris as far as 25 miles after fire broke out last Thursday at a warehouse complex where 92,000 tons of artillery ammunition was stored."

"Blasts were still heard on Tuesday, emergencies minister Hryhory Reva told parliament."

"'At about 12 o'clock on Thursday, two servicemen, who were stocking military ammunition, began smoking at their working site. It caused the fire and set off the explosions,' he said." ...

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But Sarah Brady says clowns like these should have a monopoly on force!
 

120 Days Out: State GVP Groups Urge Strong Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"States United to Prevent Gun Violence, the coalition of thirty independent state-based organizations devoted to reducing gun violence, distributed a letter today to all members of Congress urging them to promptly pass legislation -- H.R.2038 in the House and S.1431 in the Senate -- to strengthen and renew the federal assault weapons ban (AWB)." ...

"John Johnson, Executive Director of Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence noted: 'Public opinion surveys show that nearly 80 percent of Americans, including a majority of gun owners, support a federal ban on military-style, semiautomatic assault weapons. America needs a strong and effective AWB, that bans all assault weapons, not just a few specific models.' "

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Public opinion polls such as the rigged survey CNN ran a few days ago?
 

CeaseFire MD: Assault Weapons Threaten Public Health and Safety
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Johns Hopkins doctors, faculty from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Baltimore City Health Commissioner presented strong evidence about the epidemic of gun violence in the United States and why it needs to be addressed as an urgent public health problem. The impending expiration of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban on September 13th motivated today's event at the Johns Hopkins Hospital."
 

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Wars on drugs, guns, fathers going well
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"We all know that in today's America, police can break into your house in the middle of the night and terrify your half-clad family at gunpoint if they have 'reasonable grounds.' "

"But did you know 'reasonable grounds' now include having too high an electric bill or putting your garbage out too late?"

"Police in Carlsbad, Calif., will conduct an internal investigation into a March 19 police raid at a home that was invaded and searched for marijuana because of a high electricity bill, The Associated Press reports. No drugs were found."

"Officers raided the home of Dina Dagy and her family because records indicated the family used three times as much electricity as their neighbors."

"Police said the Dagy house was also targeted because a drug-sniffing dog 'responded to the home' (proving such 'hits' are about as reliable as Wonder Woman's magic lasso) and because the family put its trash out later than neighbors, 'which can indicate suspicious activity,' police said."
 

Congressman Jim Moran's News Commentary
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"This past Sunday, America's sons and daughters celebrated one of the most important people in their lives: their mothers. ..."

"Sadly, however, some of these mothers have been deprived of their offspring's adoration because of the over-abundance of guns in our country. Every day, around 8 children under the age of 19 are killed in gun related homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. The approximately 192 million guns in the U.S. represent the second leading cause of death for our young people."

"Ten years ago, President Clinton successfully persuaded Congress to ban AK-47's, Tec-9's and other deadly assault weapons. Unfortunately, in order to pass such a controversial measure, the bill included a sunset provision that made the law expire ten years after its enactment. In the time since the Assault Weapon Ban's enactment, violent crime has decreased, the use of assault weapons in crimes has dropped significantly and people are safer because this law has been in effect."

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Overall crime has decreased during these ten years. How in the world can Moran attribute said decrease to this stupid ban?

Additionally, is he really trying to tie in the "8 deaths a day" to firearms that are already banned and to simple cosmetic features on firearms that just happen to frighten him and his ilk?

Here's Moran's contact info for anyone who wants to challenge his disingenuous claims:

5115 Franconia Road
Suite B
Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: (703) 971-4700
Fax: (703) 922-9436

1760 Reston Parkway
Suite 312
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 481-4339
Fax: (703) 481-4338

2239 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515-4608
Phone: (202) 225-4376
Fax: (202) 225-0017


 

US Lawmakers Debate Airport, Rail Security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Strengthening of security against further terrorist attacks was a major topic Wednesday for members of the U.S. Congress. In hearings, lawmakers pressed government officials on progress in airport and rail security, just as new questions were being raised about security at one of the nation's busiest airports."

"A recent published report saying thousands of bags were being loaded on passenger aircraft at Newark International Airport without being scanned for explosives was one subject of a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill." ...

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If they were serious about security they would allow law-abiding passengers to arm themselves.
 

IN: Police are the only ones responsible enough to be trusted with firearms
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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A missing police assault rifle is back in the hands of authorities in southern Indiana.

Vincennes City Police say they now have the loaded assault rifle back in their hands.

The weapon came up missing earlier this week. Police say an officer took the gun out of the trunk of his cruiser after arresting a suspect on a bicycle and putting the bike in the trunk.

The officer then drove off, leaving the weapon behind.

A search of the area failed to turn up the gun, prompting an investigation. Vincennes Police say they have made no arrests, but charges are pending against the person who picked up the weapon.
 

OH: Raging Against Self-Defense: Anti-gunners react to Do Not Patronize list news...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As news of OFCC's Do Not Patronize While Armed list was reported across the state and even across the nation (including USA TODAY) this week, we have received an increasing amount of emails from people who seem to need a few anger-management classes."

"The following person didn't have the courage to leave his real name or email address:"

"How pathetic are you people? Let me guess- you are so bitter about being such a fat waste of a life, that you have to hide behind a gun! Do you really have nothing better to do? Don't you have jobs? Families? You really spend this much time and money fighting so you can carry a gun into Arby's? If someone wants to steal your Beef'n'Cheddar, are you going to shoot them?" ...
 

Canada: Edmonton man won't go to jail for bringing gun to protest rally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former sergeant-at-arms who brought a rifle to a protest rally has been found guilty of carrying an unregistered and unlicensed firearm."

"Oscar Lacombe, 75, brought his rifle, wrapped in plastic and with the bolt removed, to an anti-gun registry rally on Jan. 1, 2003, hoping to be charged under the new federal Firearms Act. But charges were laid under the Criminal Code." . . .

"[Judge] McNab said he was trying to balance Lacombe's model citizenship with a sentence that would tell the public they can't make political statements by carrying guns to events." . . .
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I think the judge would have been more honest if he'd said the sentence "would tell the public they can't make political statements."
 

TX: Bill of Rights’ ‘no trespassing’ overlooked, Libertarian says
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Keynote speaker Jeff Daiell, chairman of the Harris County Libertarian Party and 2002 gubernatorial nominee, addressed the Houston Property Rights Association ..." ...

"And then, to tighten the chains on the power of the Federal government to infringe on our right to peacefully acquire, own, and control private property, the Ninth and Tenth amendments were passed, protecting rights not specified and denying the central government any authority it was not granted but might wish to usurp..."

“These two amendments are often forgotten or ignored, but are vital. As an example, even if the Second Amendment did not protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms — which it does — the Ninth Amendment would. ..."
 

KY: Police Say Waggener Student Brought Gun To School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Jefferson County high school student was in custody Thursday night after he allegedly brought a gun to Waggener High School in his backpack. WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle reports."

"School officials tell WAVE 3 News a teacher found the gun in the 17-year-old student's backpack in a classroom around 11 a.m. after a tip from another student. Police say teachers were able to secure the gun and take the student into custody for questioning."

"St. Matthews Police Officer Dennis McDonald, who serves as Waggener's Resource Officer, says the student who allegedly brought the gun to school never intended any harm to other students or faculty at Waggener."

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So much for "gun-free" schools.
 

UK: Gang member helpline hope over gun crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A telephone helpline for members of violent gangs could play a crucial role in reducing gun crime in the West Midlands, according to the official police watchdog."

"Community initiatives are an essential part of efforts to reduce the number of firearms offences, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary said. In a major report, inspectors highlight Midland schemes including "Gang Line", which will provide support for people who fear for their safety, including advice on how to leave a gang."

. . . "The report was published to coincide with a Home Office review of Britain's gun laws, which is designed to bring them up to date."

"It warns: 'Despite representing only half of one per cent of reported crime, gun crime is still increasing, albeit at a slower rate than in recent years.'"
 

OH: Fearforprofit Inc.
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Just what kind of advice should we imagine these businesses are receiving in ONeill's sales pitch?"

"Looking at a few of O'Neill's past claims may provide some idea:

"On May 21, 2003, Ms. O'Neill testified before the Ohio Senate Committee on Criminal Justice that businesses would be found in violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules if they allow license-holders on their property. OSHA itself says that there is NO OSHA concern. ..."

"On that same day, O'Neill also told Senators that real estate agents don’t want HB12 to become law, and essentially explained away a proponent’s story about a defenseless real estate agent who was brutally murdered while showing a house by inferring it was the agent’s own fault for not running when she sensed she was in danger. ..."

"Other questionable quotes:

..."Companies in virtually every industry will be adversely affected if a concealed carry weapons bill passes in Ohio."

"If...CCW passes in Ohio, it will give a whole new definition to the term 'hostile environment.'"

"Now, Ohio employers have an additional burden to deal with - the prospect of employees and customers with concealed gun permits bringing their guns into the workplace."

"...Employers and customers who bring loaded handguns into offices, medical establishments, retail stores and banks increase the risk that someone will be injured or killed by their guns."
 

KS: Panel to study firearms use
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Responding to a city survey who wanted shooting to remain legal concerned some Council members. Wendy Scheidt, Ward I, suggested allowing citizens to obtain a permit for target practice on large enough parcels of land."

"Doug Clements, Ward II, said there were problems with the results of the survey, sent out in January, because it was only sent to those who were allowed to shoot and not to their neighbors who had safety concerns."
 

GA: Ex-Felon Sheriff Can Already Carry Gun Legally
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"An ex-felon sheriff seeking a state pardon to restore his firearm rights already can legally carry a gun while on duty, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday."

"Jim Cavanaugh, the agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for Alabama, said an exception in federal gun laws makes it legal for Fayette County Sheriff Hubert Norris to carry a firearm while on duty."

" 'And if you're a sheriff in a rural county, you're sort of on duty all the time,' said Cavanaugh, who has talked with Norris about the issue. 'Obviously, he can't go bird hunting because he wouldn't be on duty then.' "
 

OH: Legislative floor actions
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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INTRODUCED

HB 496 CONCEALED WEAPONS (Yates) - Expands the list of 'prohibited places' where a person possessing a valid license to carry a concealed handgun is not permitted to carry a concealed handgun to include public parks, swimming pools, golf courses, cemeteries, and parking lots and permits a municipal corporation to adopt an ordinance or resolution to restrict the places where a person possessing a valid license to carry a concealed handgun may carry a concealed handgun.
 

FL: Bush signs gun owner list bill
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Gov. Jeb Bush signed bills Thursday that ban police from keeping comprehensive lists of law-abiding gun owners and give gun range owners almost total immunity from lead cleanup lawsuits."

"The National Rifle Association praised Bush for signing the bills, both of which were pushed hard by the gun-owners' group."
 

IL: Revived Self-Defense Gun Bill Clears Illinois House
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A plan to offer gun owners legal protection when they fire in self-defense has been revived in the state Legislature."

"The House voted 90-to-25 today for a bill based on the case of a Wilmette man who shot a burglar in his home and was then charged with violating a local law that outlawed owning handguns."
 

Malaysia: "Handle Firearms with Care"
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Immigration Department staff are advised to take care of firearms issued to them in line with their duties for their own safety, said its director Robert Lian Saging (inset) at the department’s 3rd series of shooting training at Petra Jaya, yesterday. It was attended by 50 officers who had been issued with various types of firearms. “Some of our staff are issued with firearms for their own safety and security and not meant to scare people,” he said.

Robert also reminded his staff of their responsibilities to obey the laws and not to abuse their position. He disclosed that the department had issued firearms to some of its staff since 1996. He said last year the department recorded 1,398 illegal immigrants in the State and in the first four months of this year, 400 had been recorded.
 

Fire in the Belly! Report on Visit with Canadian Gun Owners
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"...Canada—just a few hours away—is three quarters of the way to total national gun prohibition, like Britain and Australia have already done. Americans need to fight hard now to stop 'gun control' here, and roll it back, or we'll be in Canada's situation in just a few years."

"When America's example of individual gun rights is gone, there will exist no nation in the world with gun rights. Nobody will rescue us. And our government will never give them back."
 

MN: Student wins trip to D.C.
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"The Second Amendment is a large pillar of what our country was founded on and what it is made of today."

"That's a strong statement, but it was said by a student who feels strongly about the right to own firearms, which is provided for in the Second Amendment."

"Her belief is so compelling that an essay she wrote about the subject won her a trip to Washington, D.C."

"Sophomore Abigail England wrote the essay, 'Crime and the Second Amendment,' for the Youth Education Summit through the National Rifle Association."
 

Canada: Former Alberta sergeant-at-arms found guilty of gun charges
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A former sergeant-at-arms at the Alberta legislature was found guilty Thursday of weapons charges brought against him after he protested Ottawa's gun registry."

"Oscar Lacombe, a Korean War veteran, brought an old .22-calibre rifle to a rally on the legislature grounds Jan. 1, 2003, the day new registration requirements under the Firearms Act came into effect."

"He was later charged with offences that already existed under the Criminal Code: possession of a firearm without a licence or registration certificate and carrying a weapon to a public meeting."
 

MI: Granholm signs bills allowing antique gun purchases without license
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"Antique gun collectors won't need a license or safety inspection for their old weaponry under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Jennifer Granholm."

"The three-bill package is intended to clear up confusion for retailers about how to apply to antique firearm purchases the requirement for a license and safety inspection."

"Representatives who introduced the bills said they wanted to end the frustration gun collectors and hobbyists had with the process."
 

Australia: Investigation finds 'no need' for NSW gun court
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"A proposal for an American-style gun court for New South Wales is dead in the water, after a report that found the level of gun crime is too low to justify setting one up."

"The former governor, Gordon Samuels, investigated whether it was worth setting up the court, after a push by the State Opposition."

"But he has found that the level of gun crime in Australia compared with America is proportionally very low and there is no need for it."

"He also found that the courts are not unduly lenient in handing down sentences for gun-related crime, which was one of the main issues fuelling the Opposition's push for a gun court."
 

MI: Security says woman had gun in carry-on
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"A woman traveling to Detroit was arrested at Port Columbus International Airport on Thursday when security found a loaded gun and additional ammunition in her carry-on bag, authorities said."

"Janis Printz, 52, of suburban Powell, was being questioned and will be charged with attempting to take a weapon onto an airplane, said Thomas Rice, airport federal security director." ...

"Rice said he believed Printz had a permit for the gun."

"That doesn't matter. If you do have a permit to carry in Ohio, you can't carry it into the airport and attempt to take on the plane in your carry-on luggage..."
 

FL: CCRKBA Praises Gov. Bush for Signing Gun Owner Protection Legislation
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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today congratulated Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for signing legislation that prevents police agencies in the Sunshine State from keeping comprehensive lists of law-abiding gun owners."

" 'Florida's new law has sharp teeth to prevent law enforcement agencies from developing a database that amounts to de facto gun registration,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. 'There is no sensible reason for a police agency to maintain a list of law-abiding firearms owners, who have committed no crime and are not suspects in a crime.' "
 

TX: Teaching your child gun safety
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Although not everyone has a gun in their home, studies show 34 percent of homes with children do. So, even if you don’t have a gun in your home, chances are your child may encounter one."

"Parenting Magazine said we can't underestimate the allure guns have for kids."

"In a recent study 8 to 12 year old boys were put in a room where guns were hidden and 72 percent of the boys handled the guns even though they had received instructions about gun safety."

"After the study researchers found the message about gun safety needs to be repeated once a month."
 

Australia: The gun buy-back we didn't need to have
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"IT'S been a particularly bloody week on the streets of Perth."

"A bloke shot dead outside a health studio early Wednesday morning. A shoot-out between some bandits, trying to rob a jewellry store, and security guards the day before - fortunately with no one seriously injured."

"On top of that we've had a couple of straight out murders and a number of other slayings under the different appellations used by police."

"Death in the suburbs proceeds unabated. Where now are the zealots whose shrill screeches of ill-informed hysteria after the Port Arthur massacre provided the only incentive needed by Prime Minister Howard to introduce his ill conceived gun buy-back legislation."
 

NC: Man Holds Up Postal Clerk With Glue Gun
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A Pitt County man is behind bars, charged with using a glue gun to rob a post office.

Investigators said 44-year-old Jeffrey Taylor held up a postal clerk Wednesday to get some grocery money. He got away with just $100.

Taylor is accused of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Because the alleged crime involved the U.S. mail, he also could face federal prosecution.

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A glue gun is a dangerous weapon? Where's Gluegun Control, Inc. when you need them?
 

Guam: Anti-gun policy for schools weighed; JFK uses bag search
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"With the recent memory of wailing ambulances at John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning, the school's administrators have started a random bag search for students entering the school."

"School principal Ulric Mark said the random search started on Monday and was not prompted by 'any specific incident.' Administrators are trying to deter students from bringing contraband materials to school."

"In April, a JFK student stabbed three other students while on campus. The victims were treated and discharged from the hospital."
 

UK: Ban those assault eggs at once!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"POOR security at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court has led a top clerk of the court to admit he is fearful of guns being smuggled into the building."

"Last Thursday morning a youth burst into the public gallery of court one at the Farnan Avenue building and threw an egg at a teenager who was due to appear as a defendant."

"Shocked onlookers rushed to call security and police, but within seconds the youth returned, throwing two more eggs at the teenager. One struck the youngster's father, another his solicitor."

"Keith Chadney, bench legal advisor at the court, said: 'This time it was eggs the next time it could be a gun. I am concerned for the safety of the public and the staff.' "
 

VA: Special prosecutor clears deputy in fatal shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The March 27 shooting death of an Axton man by a Pittsylvania County sheriff's deputy was in self defense, a special prosecutor concluded."

"As a result, no charges will be filed against Sheriff's Cpl. Harris Silverman in the killing of Allen Lee Carter, Botetourt County Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom said Wednesday."

"On the day of the shooting, Carter came toward the deputy with a knife. After failed attempts to slow Carter with pepper spray, the deputy fired a number of shots, according to the sheriff's office." . . .

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Yet Sarah Brady would have "civilians" relegated to defending themselves with pepper spray far less potent than that used by deputies.
 

UK: Landlady's 'terror' before shooting
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"Friends of a pregnant pub landlady shot dead by an 'obsessed' farmer have said she was terrified of the man who killed her in the months leading up to her death."

"Caroline Evans, 27, was shot in February 2003 by William Davies, 59, who then turned the gun on himself."

"He had threatened Miss Evans the previous October, but charges of making threats to kill had been dropped in favour of lesser offences."
 

UK: Gun raider strikes at Troon shop
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"A TERRIFIED shop worker was held at gun point by an armed raider who stole thousands of pounds in cash."

"The thug brandished the hand gun at the woman as she opened up the Troon shop at 7.30am on Sunday morning."

"Police revealed that the gunman fled the scene of the robbery at the Spar shop in Logan Drive leaving the shop worker in a state of shock."
 

MN: St. Paul officer accused in drive-by shootings says he lent gun to his cousin
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"Tou Mo Cha, the St. Paul police officer jailed Tuesday in connection with two drive-by shootings, had a ready explanation for the attacks when interviewed by investigators: His cousin did it."

"In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Cha denied involvement in the attacks but said he lent his police pistol to his cousin at least twice with no questions asked."

"Shell casings from Cha's police-issued .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol were linked by St. Paul police this week to a drive-by shooting at a St. Paul strip mall in November and at a Maplewood home last month."
 

MD: Prince George's County Leads Maryland with Highest Number of Gun Deaths, CDC Says
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"Prince George's County had 131 deaths from gun violence out of a population of 818,526, the latest statistics show, and now leads all Maryland counties with the highest rate of gun deaths per person..."

"Statewide there were 607 gun deaths in Maryland, the equivalent of fifty deaths per month, with 363 of those deaths ruled as homicides, 220 as suicides and nine categorized as legal intervention, according to the latest 2001 statistics used for the report. The new statistics show a grim reality in American life, where over 2,500 are killed a month by guns nationwide, which equals 82 people killed a day. More sobering, eight children are killed every day in the United States by gun violence."

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The problem with advocacy journalism is that it always turns out to be manipulated. Children are generally defined as individuals 14 years old and younger. According to the CDC, 414 actual children died by gunfire in 2001. That's a little more than one per day. The gun banners count 19-year-olds - LEGAL ADULTS as children to get this figure. And considering that age 15-19 is a prime involvement period for criminal gangs, the number is disingenuous at best, and an outright, intentional manipulation at worst.
 

IL: Teacher recovering from knife attack outside exclusive private school in Chicago: Daley silent
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"A kindergarten teacher is recovering after she was attacked outside an exclusive private school in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, officials said."

"'It's very shocking. You always have to be vigilant, because these kinds of things can happen even in a safe neighborhood,' said Evelyne Girardet, spokeswoman for the Latin School of Chicago, 59 W. North Blvd."

"The 56-year-old victim was accosted about 6 a.m. as she was walking across the street to Latin School's Lower School building, Girardet said. A car pulled up, and a man got out and grabbed the woman's purse."

"The assailant stabbed the teacher in her lower right side with a small knife, and then got back into the vehicle and fled with her purse, police said." ...

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What say you, Mr. Daley? As you undoubtedly walk around with armed guards, how do you feel about the people whom you are supposed to serve being forcibly disarmed and turned into vulnerable victims for thugs?
 

VA: Violent N. Va. gang has ties in Richmond area
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The gang responsible for the machete attack on a 16-year-old rival gang member in Northern Virginia is here in Richmond, one of two national Hispanic gangs that police say have been spotted in the city, mainly on the South Side.

By the way, there's a local gang active in the same neighborhood AS the South Side's Second Precinct police station.

Even knowing this, Chief Parker's priority is to ask noncriminals to turn in THEIR guns.

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"Richmond also has 10 homegrown gangs, Police Chief Andre Parker said."

"Until yesterday, Parker had hesitated to provide the number of gangs in the city. He would not name any of the local factions."

"Members of MS-13 in Fairfax used a machete early Monday morning to sever the hands of a member of rival gang South Side Locos."
 

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