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Robinson Brings Wisdom to NRA Leader Role
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The new president of the National Rifle Association lacks the celebrity firepower of Charlton Heston. But Kayne Robinson brings political know-how to the role, along with a police and Marine background and an inside-and-out knowledge of guns dating to his Huck Finn-like childhood." ...

"Robinson was also an NRA vice president for six years."

"A major battle lies ahead for the NRA: The 1994 federal ban on military-style assault weapons will expire next year unless Congress renews it. The gun lobby opposes the ban, but President Bush, in a rare break with the NRA, has said he favors renewing it." ...

" 'That's where I would see him coming in - maintaining a balance between sportsmen, who obviously guns are a tool of their sports, as opposed to people that believe in ownership of guns as an end in itself,' the senator said."
 

IL: State Senate Rejects Gun-Buy Limit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Despite pleas from Chicago lawmakers, legislation that would limit people to buying one handgun a month failed Friday in the state Senate."

"The measure was aimed at curbing so-called 'straw' purchases, where people buy large numbers of guns legally and then sell them to criminals. About 25 percent of handguns used in crimes trace back to legal purchases."
 

CO: Mayoral candidates oppose state's new gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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Mares: Says state should not be able to dictate to the city. Held a news conference in March asking the legislature to drop the bills.

Quote: "Denver and every other city should be allowed to make rules around the safety of their citizens that they deem appropriate."

Hickenlooper: Says he would "absolutely" continue the legal action against the laws that Mayor Wellington Webb has promised is forthcoming.

Quote: "I think historically it's pretty clear that in most of these issues we have a right to self-determination."

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You now know for whom not to vote.
 

GA: Elgin police trace gun fired at party to theft from Georgia woman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A black .380-caliber handgun stolen from the trunk of a car at 19 S. Liberty St. in Elgin April 30 was the same gun used nine days later by a 16-year-old male who fired seven shots at rival gang members at a party at 302 Center St. in Elgin, according to police."

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This is why personal responsibility dictates you not leave your firearm sitting around in your trunk.
 

MA: Student faces charges in gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Police have decided to file criminal charges against a student who reputedly brought a loaded handgun to school in March and allegedly named intended targets."

"Police have been unable to find the gun the 14-year-old boy was said to have brought to school on March 14, and the boy denied the allegations during an interview Thursday evening."

"Nonetheless, police said they believe they have enough evidence to bring criminal charges against the juvenile."
 

UK: Gun crime 'threat' to UK minorities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Drug crime dominated by gun-toting gangs is the biggest threat to Britain's minorities since the beginnings of mass immigration, a former adviser to the home secretary has warned." ...

"April's gun amnesty saw 40,000 weapons handed in to police."

"But only a tiny minority of the firearms were surrendered in the target areas of Operation Trident, the Police's unit focusing on gun crime blighting black communities."

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So police admit that crime is a huge threat to minorities in the UK. Authorities are quite obviously unable to do anything about it. And yet, disarming law abiding citizens, instead of allowing them to fight back in self-defense seems to the Brits a logical step in reducing crime?
 

WY: Woman who provided gun used in Montana murder gets prison term
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Wyoming prison guard who gave a convicted felon the gun used to murder a woman was sentenced to prison Friday." ...

"Yockey was a guard at the WY State Pen. when Fallsdown was released. He had served nearly three years for assault and robbery, and the two struck up a relationship while he was incarcerated."

"Fallsdown and his brother-in-law were arrested the next day in Yockey's pickup after a woman told police she was kidnapped and raped and her friend was killed in a Billings motel."
 

MS: Mississippi Trial Lawyers Under Inquiry
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"The Justice Department is investigating allegations of improper campaign finance practices involving prominent Mississippi trial lawyers, a major source of support for the state's Democratic Party, according to lawyers involved in the case."

"One subject of the probe is Paul Minor, a Democratic trial lawyer and son of well-known newspaper columnist Bill Minor, the sources said last week. They said prosecutors also looked into campaign contributions of Richard Scruggs, perhaps the state's best-known trial lawyer, and decided not to bring charges."
 

TX: House Democrats: Revolt Won't Hurt Bids
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"Texas House Democrats, even those in swing districts, say last week's revolt to Oklahoma over a congressional redistricting bill probably won't hurt their chances for re-election."

"While holed up at the Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Okla., the 51 Democrats received balloons, flowers and hundreds of e-mails from supporters applauding the group's drastic measures to oppose a plan that would have improved prospects for Republican congressional candidates."
 

Hollywood goes paranoid
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"This is much more insidious than the Dixie Chicks incident: The executive producer of this week's CBS miniseries, "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," was fired for publicly likening the climate in America in advance of the invasion of Iraq to the climate in pre-war Germany that allowed the rise of the Third Reich."

"Ed Gernon lost his job for drawing an analogy." ...

"In Washington, Felling notes it is 'ironic that the first American patriots held nothing sacred,' in fact, they were rebels and made sure the right to rebel was in the country's Constitution."

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Thank you for making a good pro-RKBA argument.
 

SC: Blacks say lynching law hits them the hardest
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"South Carolina's lynching law, the only one of four in the nation that is still routinely used, was enacted to end the state's long history of white vigilante justice against blacks. But that law has borne strange fruit."

"Today in South Carolina, blacks are most often the ones charged with lynching — defined in the statute as any act of violence by two or more people against another, regardless of race."
 

U.S. probes passports as France protests 'lies'
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"The Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether the French government provided passports to members of Saddam Hussein's regime fleeing Iraq as French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin demanded yesterday that 'lies' published in the U.S. and British press stop."

"The department notified Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, that its investigation is ongoing, meeting a deadline the chairman set for a response to his request for such an inquiry."
 

U.S. public warned to be on alert for truck bombers
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"In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia this week, the State Department issued a nationwide alert yesterday for the U.S. public and American businesses to be on the lookout for possible attacks by suicide truck bombers in this country."

"Saying it had no specific information that a truck bombing of any kind was being planned in the United States, the department — through its Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) — said the nationwide alert was designed to pre-empt any such attack by advising the public as well as people who own and operate businesses on how such a terrorist event might take place."
 

CA: Family of teen killed by police awarded $2M
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"The family of a teenager killed by police in a case of mistaken identity will receive $2.1 million in compensation for his death."

"A federal jury Friday deliberated about four hours in the lawsuit filed by the family of 18-year-old Antonio Saldivar, according to their lawyer Ray Brown."

"The jury denied punitive damages, finding Huntington Beach police Officer Mark Wersching did not act with reckless disregard in the May 5, 2000, shooting. Police said Saldivar was holding a toy rifle when he was fatally shot."
 

TX: Investigators say truck deaths part of larger immigrant smuggling ring
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"Investigators believe a smuggling operation in which 19 illegal immigrants died after being packed into a sweltering trailer with dozens of other people is part of a larger organization, a federal prosecutor said."

"It is the deadliest U.S. smuggling incident since 18 immigrants died in a rail car in West Texas in 1987."
 

CA: Former Los Angeles officer sentenced to 15 years for drug trafficking
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"A former Los Angeles police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison on federal drug and firearm charges."

"Ruben Palomares, 33, apologized to the government and his family Wednesday for 'the worst thing in my life' before receiving the minimum penalty for trafficking cocaine and carrying a firearm."
 

NY: NYPD cop freed after D.C. rape
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"A New York City police officer accused of raping an intoxicated woman at a Washington hotel was freed without bail after being arraigned on a sex-abuse charge yesterday."

"John Contento, 30, who has been an officer for eight years, was ordered to submit a blood sample and to stay away from the 27-year-old Virginia woman who filed the complaint."

"His lawyer told the court Contento was not guilty, but no formal plea was entered during the brief hearing in District of Columbia Superior Court, WRC-TV in Washington reported."
 

Don't tread on the NRA (book review)
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"Only a few years ago, gun control activists and lawyers were terrifying the gun industry with their legal crusade. In 'Outgunned: Up Against the NRA,' Peter Harry Brown and Daniel G. Abel tell the story behind that movement and explain how the NRA battled back with its profound political influence."
 

IL: Fatal shooting outside a South Side nightclub
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"Police are trying to solve a deadly shooting at a South Side nightclub Friday night. One person was killed, three others injured outside Mr. G's club on West 87th Street."

"Witnesses say a gunman opened fire on the victims following an argument. Mayor Daley says shootings like these highlight the need for stricter gun control and he'll continue to push for a bill to limit gun sales."

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Another excuse for yet more gun control, as if already draconian gun control laws in Chicago aren't enough. Apparently, to Daley, ANY occurrence is reason enough for more gun control.
 

NC: Cries of abuse unheeded, assaults rise to murders
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"In 2002, at least 73 people died in North Carolina as a result of domestic violence, prosecutors say. But the state lags in convictions for assaults and other crimes that many say lead to homicide."
 

NY: Gun's trip gives potent kickback
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Government exhibit 32 will stay here until Ferrell and Mincey exhaust their appeals. It could take years from now, but those appeals will be exhausted. And then exhibit 32 will be destroyed – either chopped into three pieces and tossed into a scrap yard or melted down."

"P089659 did not kill John F. Kennedy. It did not kill John Lennon. It is not a famous gun in that way."

"But P089659 is like hundreds of guns on the streets of Newburgh – guns used in stickups and pistol-whippings and attempted murders and murders."

"Except that P089659 will never be fired again."
 

CO: Gun law gives rise to jitters
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"Nick Frangos plans to tack up a 'no guns' sign next to a 'no fighting' sign in his bar."

"Frangos, like many business owners across the state, is concerned about a new law that could put thousands more concealed weapons on the streets."

" 'I don’t like this new law at all. Some people get two or three drinks in them and they’re not rational. I’ll put up a sign, but I don’t know what good it will do,' the Congress Lounge owner said."

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It will do about as much good as those billboards in Illinois. But we're sure the criminals will appreciate you disarming everyone in your establishment for their convenience.
 

UK: Sky marshals will be used on UK flights, minister says
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"United States-style armed sky marshals will secretly be installed on flights in and out of Britain, Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has told The Independent on Sunday."

"His announcement comes in the wake of renewed fears of terror attacks in the air against British airlines that led last week to the grounding of all flights to and from Kenya."
 

UK: The real reasons why the police are failing
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"...the police have made matters worse by the manner in which they use the scarce time at their disposal. A common response has been to focus on 'serious' crime and to leave 'trivial' offences to take care of themselves. This understandable reaction turned out to be the diametrically wrong thing to do. And just how wrong was demonstrated by the New York police in the 1990s."
 

Why Central Planning Doesn't Work
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Another problem with central planning is corruption. The 'efficiency' of a centrally planned economy creates thousands of little tin horn dictators, each of which must be absolutely honest at all times and in all things if the system is to be fair. And if your only choice for shoes is the central shoe planning board's director, then you'd better hope he's not funneling your share of shoes off so that his family and friends can be shod in style. And you'd also better hope he's not some freak with a foot fetish-wouldn't it suck to be sexually harassed every time you needed shoes? What if he demands sex for shoes? Do you sleep with him and get them, or do you say no and go barefoot?"
 

MN: Questions and answers about the new 'Conceal and Carry' gun law
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"The Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act of 2003, also called the conceal-and-carry law, widens the right to carry guns. Some readers are wondering what the law might mean to them. Here are some questions and answers about the new law, which becomes effective May 28."
 

IL: McLaughlin wants ban on gun sales close to school
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"Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin said Friday he plans to add a provision to the village's proposed firearm ordinance would prohibit Galyan's Trading Co. from selling firearms."

"McLaughlin said he believes the proposed ordinance must also include a provision against the sale of firearms within a quarter-mile of a school."
 

CA: Arcata gets tough on Patriot Act
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"More than 100 cities, and one state, have condemned the USA Patriot Act as giving the government too much snooping power. In Arcata, a liberal fold in Northern California's Redwood Curtain, the City Council has gone a step farther and criminalized it."

"Starting this month, a new city ordinance makes it a crime punishable by a $57 fine for a city department head to voluntarily cooperate with unconstitutional investigations or arrests under the aegis of the Patriot Act..."
 

France: Gun culture dominates Cannes festival theme
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For the second year in a row, high school shootings took centre stage at the Cannes film festival yesterday but the movies could not be more different."

"At Cannes 2002, Michael Moore's documentary Bowling for Columbine was lauded for its probing look at American gun culture and went on to land an Oscar."
 

OH: Stray bullets in homes spark push for gun law
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"On the afternoon of March 6, a stray bullet from a hunter's rifle pierced the home of Green residents Susan and Don Pucak and landed on their kitchen floor."

"Three years earlier, two houses away, Delora Grim discovered a bullet sitting on the carpet of her 3-year-old's bedroom." ...

"Incidents like these have prompted members of the Green City Council to consider further restricting the city's firearms ordinance. Changes were introduced at the council last week."
 

CO: Denver readies for gun law fight
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"Denver is gearing up for a tough and probably lengthy court fight to keep its gun laws intact."

"For Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and many police officials, the change to a statewide mandatory law for carrying concealed weapons which officially goes into effect today was bad."

"But another law wiping out virtually all local ordinances that are more restrictive than state or federal gun laws went too far."
 

TX: House approves gun bill
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"A bill to strip cities of authority to ban concealed handgun licensees from bringing their weapons into government buildings and other public places was passed by the House on Friday."

"Authored by Sen. Ken Armbrister, D-Victoria, the bill could be a defense to prosecution for licensed carriers charged with violating 'No firearms' signs posted by cities on public facilities such as libraries and police stations."
 

How You Can Stop the John Walsh Anti-Gun Propaganda Machine!
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"Are your guns worth 10 minutes of your time? If so, what's your excuse? Send the emails, make the calls. Protect your right to bear arms."
 

TX: Then & Now
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"In October 2001, the DPS reported it had issued more than 218,000 licenses, and revoked about 1,600 for various reasons. Today, there are about 223,000 active licenses across the state, according to the agency."
 

NC: The victims
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"And in December 2001, Ureche took out a domestic violence protective order against Fontaine. She wrote that he came home drunk, wanting sex, but she declined; he then hit her and raped her. A judge dismissed the case when Ureche did not appear in court."

"Ureche, then 41, was found strangled to death in her Charlotte apartment Aug. 31, 2002. Her body was beaten so badly that family members couldn't identify her, Bailey said. Fontaine, 38, has been charged with her murder." ...

" 'He beat her all the time,' said her mother, who noticed bruises on Camille Blackwell's arms and thighs. 'He told her that he was going to kill her, and she was scared.' "

"Blackwell sought a protective order after Horne pointed a gun at her and 'threatened me that I was going to die if I try to get a divorce,' she wrote. She died three days later. Horne is charged with shooting his wife. The restraining order was in her hand.

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'Nuff said.
 

They're afraid of us!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Our Government knows that if they continue doing the infuriating things they've been doing to us, and intend to continue doing, at some point we will have had enough and shoot the next 'government agent' who comes to our door to usurp our rights or steal our property. It has happened before in this country (see the Revolutionary War with England). Later episodes have been painted as the work of 'extremists' who are 'breaking the law' and they have killed most of them or imprisoned them for a long time for trying to defend themselves and their property. So they are working hard to destroy the concept of personal responsibility and are teaching us to hold innocent third parties liable for criminal acts in their efforts to disarm the entire population of the United States. They're suing innocent gun manufacturers, holding them responsible for the crimes of people who misuse their products. The guns they make are not inherently bad. If they were, police and even government agents would not be buying and carrying them for self defense."
 

CNN Poll Is Still Running: Go Vote
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It is now Saturday 9:15 PST. The CNN poll asking whether the assault weapons ban should be extended is still running but has been moved to another page since I first saw it yesterday. It is in the left hand margin of the link provided. When I first reported this on Thursday evening the antigunners were ahead 65% to 35%. True Americans are now ahead 75% to 25%. I know the vote is unscientific, but it sure is a fun repudiation of CNN. If you haven't voted, do it.
 

NRA supporting WVU rifle
Submitted by: Paul Raynods

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"The NRA announced this week its strong opposition to West Virginia University’s decision to abolish its rifle team."

"The Mountaineer rifle program, which has won 13 national championships, was eliminated due to budget constraints on the WVU athletic department."
 

PA: Safe Streets' grip on violent crime varies
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"Mayor Street's much-heralded $35 million Safe Streets program has been credited for a 13 percent drop in crime citywide."

"For many of Philadelphia's poorest - and perhaps most neglected - neighborhoods, the year-old program has paid off: Crime has dropped significantly."

"To gauge the program's effect, The Inquirer analyzed violent crime separately from property crime. The district-by-district analysis showed that property crime fell everywhere and that violent crime plummeted in Philadelphia's most troubled neighborhoods."

"But it also revealed something else: Violent crime hasn't gone down in a third of the city, including parts of Center City and middle-class sections of South and Northeast Philadelphia."
 

NV: Negligent Discharge (Video Clip)
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While we don't have an actual date for this video, it clearly shows a negligent discharge on the part of the female officer, who out of the blue shot at a handcuffed man on the ground.
 

Petition to Reject Renewal of Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act
Submitted by: Brian L. Edminster

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"A citizen petition to affirm the Second Amendment to our Constitution, requesting that the President, our Representatives and Senators reject legislation to renew the 1994 Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer gun-control law scheduled to sunset in September of 2004."

Follow the link to the petition page - read it - and sign-up if you agree. Be sure to forward this to any and all others who believe that renewal and/or replacement of this legislation is a 'bad idea'.
 

Quindlen's argument defies all logic (Letter)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"So, columnist Anna Quindlen thinks it's perfectly OK to sue gun companies if their product is misused by criminals."

"According to her brand of logic, we have a lawful product, lawfully manufactured under federal regulation, sold lawfully by dealers under federal and sometimes state regulation, that somehow grows horns if misused."
 

OH: No indictment for man who shot accused bank robber
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"A Hamilton County grand jury today declined to indict Harold McKinney, a Citizens on Patrol Program member who police say shot a man May 8 as the man was robbing a Northside bar."

"Grand jurors ignored charges of felonious assault and carrying a gun in a liquor establishment, charges police had brought against McKinney, 54, of Northside."

"The grand jury indicted Joseph Person, 18, who was shot, and his accused accomplice, DeMeico Hester, 18, on five charges of aggravated robbery and four counts of robbery."
 

CA: Crime Somehow Committed With Non-Assault Weapon [Satire]
Submitted by: Tom Allison
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-- Police are struggling to understand how a man was able to assault a convenience store clerk using a weapon not classified as an assault weapon.

Said one local police investigator, "This case has us confused. The security video clearly shows the suspect using a handgun. Despite the fact that the firearm is not an assault weapon, he still managed to assault the victim with it. This is a troubling development, since it may indicate that this weapon is an assault weapon after all." Lawmakers are already rushing to identify the model of the gun used in the assault, so that it can be banned, thus preventing further crimes.

Said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), "Our biggest concern here is the prevention of crime, and the only way to do that is to take away weapons used in crime. Eventually, these criminals won't have any weapons left, and they will have to use some sort of non-weapon, like maybe they will rob a store with a fish or something. That will be a lot safer. And if that gets to be a problem, we could always enact some sort of assault fish ban."
 

FL: Cop makes 16 year old do topless jumping jacks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Florida policeman resigned after a teenager complained that he made her do jumping jacks while topless to avoid arrest, Pensacola police said on Thursday.
The 16-year-old and a 19-year-old man were kissing in a parked car when Officer Patrick Shields confronted them, police said."

"The officer told them they could be arrested on trespassing and lewdness charges and asked them to suggest an alternative punishment, adding that the girl's punishment should be 'embarrassing,' the police report said."

"She offered to do jumping jacks and push-ups and 'Shields agreed and then shined his flashlight on the female while she did five jumping jacks without her shirt,' the report said. The man did 20 jumping jacks, also shirtless, and Shields let them go, police said."
 

NY: For Neighbors, Fear and Sadness Over Death After Police Raid
Submitted by: Paul Raynods

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"Neighbors of a Harlem woman who died on Friday after officers mistakenly raided her apartment expressed sadness, bafflement and fear yesterday as a police investigation into the incident continued." ...

"Ms. Spruill, 57, a longtime city employee who lived alone, died of an apparent heart attack after officers broke down her door and tossed a flash grenade into her apartment. Police said an informant had told them the apartment contained drugs and weapons."
 

RI: Student arraigned for school shooting
Submitted by: Jim Archer

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"The Mount Pleasant High School senior who allegedly shot into the cafeteria ceiling in January was arraigned as an adult yesterday in District Court."

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Those "gun-free" zone laws are doing wonders, aren't they?

 

MN: More letters on Minnesota's Permit to Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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First 4 letters on page

"I enjoyed reading the first sentence of Erica Bouza's May 13 letter. I'm very happy that she enjoyed a 'pleasant lunch.' However, did the young man running down the street shooting have a conceal-and-carry permit? If not, what's the point?"

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Another letter

"Thanks, but . . .

Thank you, Gov. Pawlenty, for granting me and other Minnesotans the chance to carry guns in our pockets. I must decline this offer, because we don't hunt humans here in Minnesota."
 

MN: Focus on responsibility [Letter]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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Third letter on page.

"It looks as though we as citizens will now have to go and buy bulletproof vests for our everyday use."

"I am absolutely astounded that pretty much everyone now has the right to carry a gun in his daily errands and movement. I think it will be safer to go to Somalia and live."

"It is just plain common sense: the more guns, the more violent crime."
 

UT: Gun Control Middle Ground [Letter]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I would like to believe gun owners are not 'gun toting, irresponsible people who shoot at anything that moves,' just as I would like to believe that gun control advocates are not 'trying to destroy our constitutional rights and disarm America.' "

"I am simply afraid that legislation disguised as gun control would, in reality, ban all firearms (or make them so difficult to obtain that they are virtually banned). In truth, I wouldn't mind a longer wait as a more thorough background check is performed, and I think that most responsible gun owners/buyers would agree. I think that gun control advocates do not want firearms banned, only more responsible precautions taken to reduce the instances of violence that could have been averted by a complete and thorough background check and licensing procedure."

"Unfortunately, we are each so afraid of the other that we refuse to meet in the middle to develop an effective solution, and the opinion of one person is drowned out by screamed epithets."

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The first part is correct. But beware the soothing snake oil of compromise that he is trying to sell. When a burglar comes into you home, do you compromise and allow him to take half your heirloom silver?
 

MN: Gun law makes some officials across the state nervous
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"Meeker County Attorney Mike Thompson couldn't believe his eyes when he began researching the new Minnesota law that makes it easier to carry a handgun."

"As Thompson interpreted the law, some of the larger number of people who are expected to carry the weapons could conceivably bring them into city halls and county courthouses."

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Oh horror of horrors! A law-abiding citizen can actually walk into a government building armed! What is it that makes this bed-wetting coward so nervous about having peaceable citizens walk around government buildings armed?
 

MN: When many are armed, life takes on new drama
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"A Detroit bus driver told me that most drivers carried handguns. They figured they needed guns because there was always a chance -- a good chance -- that their passengers would be armed."

"I admired the drivers for their determination to maintain law and order west of the Detroit River. But they weren't cops. They hadn't been trained to handle violent situations. And it always seemed to me that asking an amateur to handle an out-of-control armed person is like asking an amateur to perform brain surgery. It's likely to lead to problems."
 

MN: For Minnesota's sake, let's repeal the concealed-carry law
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"The buzz at the grocery store, the health club and the restaurants in my suburban area is how in less than one month it will be much easier for Minnesotans to carry a concealed handgun. Parents, business owners, city and county elected officials and neighbors have asked me time and time again over the past few weeks why do we need a law to have more guns in Minnesota? My answer is that we don't need this law, and that's why I have authored a bill to repeal it."

 

UT: Church and state
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"Those seeking an explanation for Utah's strong ties to the Republican Party don't have to look far. Ask Utahns why, and they'll point out that the state is smack-dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountain West, the most conservative region in the country."

"And then they'll reluctantly mention the influence of 'the church,' the one that settled Utah 150 years ago and accounts for about 70 percent of the state's 2.3 million residents. Utahns bristle at having their every move attributed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormons, but in this case, the link is hard to escape."
 

130 busted in cybercrime strike
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"The FBI has arrested more than 130 people and seized $17 million in its operation to stop cybercrime."

"The Justice Department dubbed the effort 'Operation E-con,' a collection of separate investigations in the past five months targeting investment scams, sales of stolen software, online banking fraud — even a purported Russian marriage service."
 

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You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am. — Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

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