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The Journalist's Guide to Gun Violence Coverage
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Guns are a sad fact of life in American culture and are a major topic in modern journalism. A good Journalist has a duty to get involved and make a difference in this important societal debate. By following certain guidelines, the concerned Journalist can be assured of having the maximum impact on this shameful problem.
The first principle to remember is that subtle use of terminology can covertly influence the reader. Adjectives should be chosen for maximum anti-gun effect." ...
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Submitters Comment: Great satire, seems entirely to true.
 

Product Recalls: Air pistols distributed by Umarex USA Inc.
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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About 7,250 air pistols, distributed by Umarex USA Inc. and made in Germany by DianaWerk GmbH & Co., have been recalled because the air pistols can accidentally discharge, posing a risk of serious injury. Umarex USA has received one report of an air pistol that unexpectedly fired a pellet and struck the user's lower leg, causing swelling. The recalled RWS5G Magnum Air Pistol is for target and recreational shooting and uses spring air to fire pellets. The air pistols were sold at sporting goods stores and gun shops nationwide from July 2006 through February this year. Details: by phone at 866-633-2910; by Web at www.umarexusa.com or www.cpsc.gov.
 

Statement of Paul Helmke on Senator Kennedy's Illness
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the news about Senator Edward Kennedy's medical condition:"

"'All of us at the Brady Campaign and Brady Center were deeply saddened to hear the news about Senator Kennedy's illness. We all care very deeply about Senator Kennedy and consider him part of our family. His wife, Victoria, was a longtime member of our Brady Center Board of Trustees and his niece, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, currently serves on our Board.'"

"'Senator Kennedy has always been a courageous champion of efforts to prevent gun violence. ...'" ...
 

Mike Huckabee, Racism, Chain Gangs, a Joke About Assassinating Barack Obama and the NRA: This is the 'Gun Rights' Movement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The relationship between guns, race and the largely white male membership of the NRA is not incidental. It is at the heart of the passion that fuels the virtually insane gun lobby opposition to laws that would even help police solve crimes. Anyone who thinks that this issue is about 'reason' or 'Second Amendment Rights' has forgotten that this nation fought a Civil War that resulted in the end of slavery and citizenship rights being granted to blacks in the South. That is still a deep psychic scar for many white males, and marked the beginning of the perceived descent in their power." ...
 

NY: Gun tragedy spurs Bronx mom to action
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gloria Cruz sat in the peaceful green grounds of St. Ann's Episcopal Church and it was so quiet the bees' buzzing was distracting. Beyond the swings and slide and fence is E. 139th St., where gunfire rang out nearly three years ago, and still resonates for Cruz."

"'There are so many firearms in these homes,' she said, sweeping her arm toward bustling St. Ann's Ave. and the Mott Haven neighborhood where she's lived for 22 years." ...
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KABA Note: But we feel certain that all those firearms are legally possessed, registered and permitted under applicable local and state laws, right? Otherwise why would you need to push for more laws?
 

TX: Homeowner Shoots Teen Burglary Suspect
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A homeowner on Tuesday morning shot a 17-year-old burglary suspect who police said broke into the man's home while he was sleeping."

"Police said the incident happened in the 2300 block of Larry Drive in east Dallas when the teen, who they said was skipping school, forced his way into the house through the back door."

"The homeowner awoke and confronted the teen, eventually shooting the boy when he charged the man, police said."

"Sgt. Steven Shaw said the homeowner had been a recent crime victim and that he was quite startled during the burglary."

"'He was scared,' Shaw said. 'Walked in the living room in his underwear and [the] burglar charged him, and fired one shot.'" ...
 

Sen. John McCain: The NRA's 'C-plus' Valedictorian
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Sen. John McCain spoke to the National Rifle Association in Louisville last Friday, and the reaction seemed mixed. I had a few thoughts of my own after watching his speech ..."

"First, featuring Sen. McCain at their convention as their potential endorsee for President shows how tough a political year the NRA is facing in 2008."

"'A' rated candidates like Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Fred Thompson dropped out of the Republican race long ago ... Instead they seem to be settling for 'C-plus' rated Sen. McCain, someone they once called 'one of the premier flag carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

McCain's appearance at NRA Annual Meetings as flat as his record of support for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"John McCain's closing speech at the 'Celebration of American Values' conference at the NRA's 2008 Annual Meetings last Friday was a real clinker, and not just because he was boring, uninspired, unmotivated and talking out of both sides of his mouth."

"No, I realized how much of a clinker his speech to the thousands of NRA members in attendance was as I stood at the back of the auditorium and listened to the turn-styles at the exits."

"Clink, clink. Clink, clink. Clink, clink."

"The NRA had announced earlier that morning that the event was sold out. I'm not sure how many tickets were sold, but the chairs that had been set up in the room for the 'sold out' show was only about 75% full at the start. ..." ...
 

MT: Obama campaigns in Bozeman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thousands of people packed MSU's fieldhouse on Monday night to cheer on Illinois Senator Barack Obama as he made his final Montana stop for the day."

"Obama was on hand to build support in Montana for his campaign, and if Monday's crowd was any indication, he succeeded." ...

"'I believe in the Second Amendment, and if you are a lawful gun owner in this state you have nothing to fear from the Obama administration. I think people have a right to bear arms ...'" ...
 

Gun control backers not bold on 2009
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lawmakers who favor gun control are not optimistic about next year even though Democrats may be running Congress and the White House."

"Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the sponsor of legislation that would reinstate the expired federal assault weapons ban, dismissed the idea that her bill might pass in the 111th Congress."

"'It's a pro-gun House, a pro-gun Senate and [Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)] won't want to deal with it,' McCarthy said."

"McCarthy stressed that she is not giving up on reauthorizing the weapons ban that sunsetted in 2004, but also made clear she is not holding her breath." ...
 

IL: State needs concealed carry law, not county
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Winnebago County Board member Randy Olson, R-1st, asked me what I thought of a concealed carry proposal he and Doug Aurand, D-3rd, planned to present to the board, I said I had no problem with the concept. Forty-eight states allow people to carry concealed weapons under certain circumstances. Only Illinois and Wisconsin do not."

"To qualify for a permit, I'd want people to be American citizens without significant criminal records, and I'd require them to take and pass a firearms training course."

"... Their names would be on a statewide, searchable database and their driver's licenses would indicate that they were permitted to carry concealed weapons. I'd be pretty strict about it." ...
 

PA: City, NRA to face off on gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Common Pleas Court judge will consider legal arguments from the city and the National Rifle Association today on whether five local gun-control laws passed last month should be enforced."

"Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan, who last month issued a temporary restraining order to keep the city from enforcing the laws, is considering whether to make the order permanent."

"The NRA, pointing to a state Supreme Court ruling from 1996, insists that only the state can regulate firearms."

"The city concedes that the state regulates lawful firearm ownership, but says the local laws are meant to control the illegal possession of firearms by criminals." ...
 

IL: Winn. Cty. Concealed Carry Debate Moves to Subcommittee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The push for a concealed carry ordinance in Winnebago County moves ahead as county board members form a subcomittee to give the issue a closer look. But some say the proposal may be off target."

"Any debate over the second amendment is guaranteed to trigger strong reactions. Many people worry more guns will lead to more crime. But gun advocates gathered at a Winnebago County Board committee meeting say, when in the right hands, the opposite is true."

"'We really need to draw the line between criminals and the law abiding citizens,' says Rockford gun rights advocate Shaun Kranish. 'You don't have to worry about the law-abiding citizens ever. But the criminals, they're going to commit crimes no matter what the laws say.'" ...
 

NY: Bullet microstamping efforts appear stalled
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Efforts to mandate 'microstamping' technology in handguns, which advocates say would allow police to better trace bullets, appear to have faded in the state Senate after being targeted by opponents in the gun lobby."

"News that the effort lost momentum emerged Monday following a live-fire demonstration at the State Police headquarters target range to promote the technology." ...

"Proponents ... say microstamping would cost only about $3 per gun. But opponents, including sportsmen groups and supporters of gun ownership rights, say it could add hundreds to the cost of a handgun. They also question its reliability." ...
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KABA Note: Hmmm, in earlier releases they were saying it would only cost one dollar per gun.
 

IL: County Board's vote to back gun rights not without controversy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The McLean County Board approved a resolution Tuesday opposing legislation that 'unreasonably' infringes on the rights of people to bear arms, but the vote wasn't unanimous or without controversy."

"Seven members voted against the motion, with several saying it wasn't because they don't support the Second Amendment ..."

"Member George Gordon, who previously made an unsuccessful motion that the issue be postponed until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a District of Columbia gun case, said he needed that information before voting ..."

"Member Dave Selzer said while he 'fully supports' the Constitution and the Second Amendment, he opposes supporting legislation that 'unreasonably' infringes on the rights of people to bear arms." ...
 

NY: Paterson proposal for new gun law restricts sales, adds safety course
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Individuals who were involuntarily committed to a mental institution would be disqualified from purchasing a gun in New York, while all gun buyers would be required to take a safety course, under legislation proposed Monday by Gov. David A. Paterson."

"The measure also greatly expands the State Police’s role in gathering information about guns used in crimes and requires all gun shop employees to undergo criminal background checks."

"'We are not trying to interfere with anyone else's constitutional rights. . . . We are trying to stop crime,' Paterson said."

"The governor's entry to the gun control arena has him joining lawmakers who this year, an election year, have already put forth a slew of other measures ..." ...
 

NY: Lawmaker support for bullet stamping mixed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"With Democrats making a concerted push for tougher gun controls, one Assembly measure to trace bullets through 'microstamping' got support from law enforcement Monday."

"Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III, a Republican who is president of the state District Attorneys Association, said at a news conference that its membership has unanimously endorsed the bill proposed by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck. Lloyd Perkins, president of the New York Association of Chiefs of Police, also endorsed the measure."

"The bill would require semiautomatic pistols manufactured or legally sold in New York to be equipped with a device that stamps a code identifying the gun on cartridges as they are fired. ..." ...
 

Code of Silence: 'Don't Rat Out Other Cops'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Abbate initially was charged with a misdemeanor, and it was only after the tape of the beating was leaked to the press that the charges were upgraded to felonies. He's since pleaded not guilty."

"'If there hadn't been this videotape,' said Ekl, 'there would have been no charges in this case.'"

"Ekl, who has filed suit against the city of Chicago on Obrycka's behalf, said both the incident and the attempted cover-up are no surprise. He said police misdeeds are routinely ignored, and worse." ...

"That's a serious charge to make about the second-largest police force in the country, but new research from the University of Chicago also concluded that little is done to punish officers." ...
 

IL: Oh, shoot!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) is a former hunter with an arsenal of weapons ..."

"But there's a problem."

"Mell forgot to re-register the weapons as required every year by the ordinance that he helped to pass ..."

"So, what does an alderman do when he finds himself in violation of the law? He writes a new law. Mell has quietly introduced an ordinance that would reopen gun registration in Chicago and create a one-month amnesty for himself and other gun owners in the same predicament."

"During the monthlong window, gun owners who attempted to re-register their guns between May 1, 2007, and April 1, 2008, only to be rejected on grounds the registrations had lapsed would be allowed to re-register without penalty." ...
 

NJ: Shelter prez shoots himself accidentally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The president of an under-fire Jersey City animal shelter accidentally shot himself in the foot ..."

"Hector Carbajales, president of the [HCSPCA], heard a noise from the roof of his ... building shortly after midnight and loaded a .357 Magnum 'for his protection,' ..."

"As he pulled back the hammer, he dropped the handgun, causing it to fire a bullet into his right big toe ..."

"Union City Police Chief Charles Everett said seven legally registered guns were taken from the apartment and are being held at police headquarters 'for safekeeping.'" [emphasis added]

"Carbajales has said that his family has been hectored by animal activists ..."
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Submitter's Note: And legally possessed property being removed without permission is different from stealing . . . how?
 

PA: 4 Police Officers To Be Fired Over Videotaped Beating
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"Four officers will be fired and four others disciplined for their roles in the beating of three shooting suspects, an encounter that was caught on videotape and took place two days after an officer was fatally shot."

"The police department made the disciplinary decisions after reviewing frames from enhanced tape of a video shot by a television news helicopter on May 5, Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Monday."

"A total of 19 officers -- 18 city police and one transit officer -- were involved in the apprehension of the three suspects."

"The video shows the suspects being pulled from their car on the side of the road and groups of officers kicking, punching and beating the men." ...

"Those who will keep their jobs will be reassigned, and the entire department will be retrained in arrest procedure." ...
 

MA: Mass. officer's gun goes off during safety class
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A firearms instructor in southern Massachusetts has been assigned to other duties after his gun accidentally went off while he was teaching a class on weapons safety. Officials say the Glock handgun discharged while Maj. Donald Lamar was demonstrating to Bristol County deputy sheriffs how to safely holster the weapon.

The bullet ripped a hole in Lamar's pants but missed his leg and foot.

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says the officer made a "gross error in judgment" by not emptying the weapon before the class last week.

Lamar, a certified firearms instructor since 2005, was transferred to another division and will not carry a firearm while the incident is being investigated.
 

CO: Woman says trooper left kids on U.S. 50
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"Keio Suapaia didn’t think it was right when she was arrested on a warrant late last month by a Colorado State Patrol trooper and hauled away, with her 7-month-old baby girl and her 15-year-old niece left alone in her vehicle at night by the side of the road near Whitewater."

"'I thought we’d be there until another cop car or my sister got there,' Suapaia said about her arrest, which happened approximately 11 p.m. April 28 on U.S. Highway 50 after she was pulled over for speeding."

"Suapaia said she did not have her driver’s license with her when she was pulled over. She was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on a 10-year-old warrant for a dog violation. Her case has since been dismissed after she paid a fine." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

IL: City Cops To Get Battle Gear, Semi-Assault Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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curbing Chicago's gun violence, according to police, is putting officers on the streets dressed in full battle gear and traveling in vehicles normally used in hostage and barricade situations."

"'I think it acts as deterrent,' Chicago Police Dept. Supt. Jody Weis said. ..."

"In addition to the battle dress, police will soon add high powered semi-assault weapons to their arsenal. Weis says it's in reaction to a shooting last month where police encountered a man with an AK-47."

"'They were outgunned. I don't want officers going up against an AK-47 with a Smith and Wesson,' Weis said. 'They would lose every time.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: But according to the Bradys Chicago should be a crime free paradise!
 

South Korea: Thousands Killed in 1950 by US's Korean Ally
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"Grave by mass grave, South Korea is unearthing the skeletons and buried truths of a cold-blooded slaughter from early in the Korean War, when this nation's U.S.-backed regime killed untold thousands of leftists and hapless peasants in a summer of terror in 1950." ...

"With U.S. military officers sometimes present, and as North Korean invaders pushed down the peninsula, the southern army and police emptied South Korean prisons, lined up detainees and shot them in the head ... Women and children were among those killed. Many victims never faced charges or trial." ...
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Submitter's Note: I know from personal experience that South Koreans (present day) have no interest in keeping/bearing arms, all have a total faith in their (ha) army to protect them.
 

SC: 18-year-olds granted gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Youths ages 18 through 20 can possess handguns legally under a state Supreme Court ruling issued Monday."

"The unanimous decision mirrors a new state law that took effect last month."

"The five-member high court said the old law violated the state constitution, which grants full legal rights to everyone who is at least 18 — with the exception of alcohol purchases."

"'By expressly allowing the regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages to the 18-to-20-year-old age group and not stating any other situation in which the General Assembly may restrict the rights of this age group, the state constitution precludes the General Assembly from prohibiting this age group's possession of handguns,' Justice James Moore wrote for the court." ...
 

MA: Boston residents ignore the anti-gun "Safe Homes Initiative"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Boston metropolitan area totals 3,406,829 people. As of April 30, it looks like 3 of them have taken advantage of the city's controversial anti-gun program billed as the 'Safe Homes Initiative.'"

"The Boston Herald is reporting that two mothers have called the police to report guns owned by their teenage sons. Apparently desperate to cite more than two incidents of 'success' ... the police 'were also touting a May 1 call from a concerned Roxbury citizen who saw teens place a suspicious object in a neighbor's back yard that turned out to be a shotgun hidden among rocks.' A .22 pistol, a 9mm pistol, and a shotgun someone left in their backyard underneath some rocks - I bet the streets of Boston are safe now." ...
 

VA: Gun owners show off their rights in Leesburg
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Five men sat around a table at Giovanni's New York Pizza in Leesburg May 19, eating pizza, sipping iced tea and sharing stories of what it's like to be a gun owner."

"A gun was holstered on each man's hip, in plain view of the customers dining at the family-style restaurant."

"The men, who are regular citizens, not police officers, were openly carrying their firearms, mainly to exercise their right to do so in the state of Virginia."

"'There are a lot of reasons,' said Vienna resident Bill Garman, who carries a gun pretty much everywhere it is allowed. ..." ...

"Virginia law also prohibits concealed weapons where alcohol is served, so gun owners who want to carry their guns must do so openly at places like Giovanni's." ...
 

NJ: Family files lawsuit in metal bat injury case
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"The family of a boy who suffered brain damage after he was struck by a line drive off an aluminum baseball bat sued the bat's maker and others on Monday, saying they should have known it was dangerous." ...
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Submitter Comment: I have nothing but sorrow about this childs injury, but I think it is time to register and have a 15 day waiting period for these destructive and evil devices!
 

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