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Airlines Accused Of Pressuring Bush To Keep Pilots Unarmed
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee accused major American air carriers Tuesday of pressuring the Bush administration into keeping pilots unarmed during flights."

"Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) also vowed to keep pushing legislation to arm pilots, because he said they need every means of defense necessary against terrorists and other threats."
 

CA: Pro-lifers' free speech censored in San Francisco
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Law-enforcement officers on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco demanded that a pair of college students walking across the structure as part of a demonstration remove their pro-life T-shirts or be subject to a fine and jail time."

"pro-life Americans should not be targeted for discrimination – especially in the San Francisco Bay area, where the right to free expression is [supposedly] held in high regard."
 

Most Major Air Carriers Against Arming Pilots In Cockpits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines Wednesday said the company agrees with the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision to prevent the arming of pilots in cockpits. However, she did not respond to an accusation by a House subcommittee chairman, that America's major airlines had pressured the Bush administration to keep the pilots unarmed."
 

'Dealing with Vitriolic Emails after a Study's Publication'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The acerbic e-mails began a few days after HSPH’s David Hemenway published "Firearm Availability and Female Homicide Victimization Rates among 25 Populous High Income Countries" in the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association (JAMWA) last month. The paper caught the attention of a small group of people, many of whom peppered Hemenway with sometimes unsigned and often scathing, insulting e-mails."

KABA NOTE: If the shoe fits...
 

The press gunning for Ashcroft
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Washington Post editorial page has never come across a new gun restriction it didn't like. So it provides the perfect platform for septuagenarian McGrory to unload on the Bush Administration. And if the facts aren't on your side--no problem! Make them up! Here's a sampling of some of the most outrageous lies McGrory served up in Sunday's anti-gun, anti-Ashcroft, anti-NRA column..."
 

An Open Letter: You Won the Battle but Lost the War
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"To our fathers and grandfathers who fought in World War II: America owes everything to you. You sacrificed your youth, you saw your buddies die before your eyes... You fought in Europe or the Pacific — all to save the world from fascism... You won a long, hard, painful battle. But when you came home, you lost the war. You lost the Bill of Rights and freedom. And so we all lost..." -- Aaron Zelman
 

Thousands Signed Petition Calling For Guns in Cockpits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Tens of thousands of people had signed a petition urging Congress to create a program to train and arm U.S. airline pilots before the Bush administration Tuesday announced it would continue its ban on guns in the cockpits."

"The petition, circulated and delivered by the Airline Pilots' Security Alliance (APSA), was delivered to U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who chairs the House Aviation Subcommittee. The petition drew 53,417 signatures, according to APSA's website."
 

UK: TV Fame for Super-Strength Vests
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The body protection vests, made of revolutionary material and manufactured by Glenfield firm, Jack Ellis Body Protection, will be seen on BBC1's Tomorrow's World."

"The vests use a fabric called kevlar, which can be found in other body protection clothing. But the fabric has been specially adapted to give it extra toughness ... the light-weight material, known as Protexa, was both resistant to sub-machine gun shootings and knife stabs."
 

TX: Rifle shows history of Galveston County
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"It certainly won’t replace any textbooks, but a rifle being produced by a Colorado company does give the highlights of Galveston County’s history from the Karankawa Indians to the University of Texas Medical Branch."

"Investment Arms of Fort Collins, Colo., plans to sell only 10 of the Winchester rifles decorated with scenes of the county’s history."

"capable of firing bullets ... better suited for the display ... Each of the 10 rifles and one prototype will sell for about $3,000."
 

NC: Former officer to sue DMV for alleged pattern of criminal acts
Submitted by: Jeff Rau
Website: http://www.grnc.org

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"Bradley had accused Woodfin Mayor Homer Honeycutt, then a civilian employee of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department, of bragging that he could fix tickets, encouraging racial profiling and of ordering officers not to arrest drunken drivers."

"Shortly after Bradley made the accusations, portions of a secret State Bureau of Investigation report detailing Bradley's sexual habits were leaked to local media."

--The town also fired Bradley.
 

TX: K-9 unit slated to join city's police
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"The City Council voted, 5-2, on Monday to spend $49,000 to create the city's first K-9 unit, consisting of a German shepherd and DPS officer Ted Gerardi."

"the unit...will investigate burglary calls, search buildings, assist in drug cases, protect officers and others from violence, and make public relations appearances and demonstrations." [emphasis mine]
 

CA: Government Not Liable for Court Violence
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Victims of violence inside courthouses can't sue counties and sheriff's departments charged with overseeing the buildings, the state Supreme Court ruled."

"Public entities in general are not liable for failing to protect individuals against crime... counties have "a duty to take reasonable steps to provide safe courthouses to those who enter."

"the danger ... was the same inside the courthouse as outside." -- Chief Justice Ronald M. George
 

U.S. Congress Help Sought on Armed Pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The House Transportation aviation subcommittee is to consider legislation Thursday to allow trained pilots to carry guns, and a bipartisan group of senators is moving ahead with a separate bill."

"While I'm disappointed with the Department of Transportation's decision, I will redouble my efforts to pass this measure,' said Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont."
 

MD: Gun control advocates to rally against Ehrlich's firearms stance
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Members of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse and others say that Ehrlich, Republican gubernatorial candidate, has acted for his longtime opposition to tougher gun laws. They point to his vote as a state delegate against a bill to ban Saturday-night specials, and a later vote in Congress to repeal a national assault weapons ban."

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has raised more than $6 million for her run for Governor, compared with $2.3 million for Ehrlich.

Ehrlich needs our help!
 

IL: Gun advocates snare rival group's name (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"after failing to file its annual business report with the state, the Chicago-based council lost its registration to operate under [Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence]."

"Vandermyde refused to respond to accusations that he used a sneaky tactic to bully the citizens group. Alison Barkley, attorney for the new council, said the move was perfectly legal and the name accurately suits the mission of the new group to increase "accessibility of firearms for self-defense."
 

CT: Despite ruling, gun charge stands
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that owner-operator taxi drivers are permitted to carry guns in the cab without obtaining a state pistol permit."

"But Judge Lubbie Harper Jr. also refused to dismiss a weapons charge against a local cabbie who shot and killed his fare during a June 2001 robbery attempt. ... Authorities called the killing justified and police charged him with carrying a pistol without a permit last year."
 

U.S. Gun Policy Foes Unite on Background Record Bill (H.R.4757)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two Democrats who usually have opposing views on gun control, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, said on Wednesday they had teamed up to back new legislation designed to force states to fill in gaps in gun purchase background records."

"Their bill is called "Our Lady of Peace Act," for a church in McCarthy's district where a mentally ill man killed a priest and parishioner during Mass last March. It would allow federal grants to states worth about $250 million for each of the next three years."

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Like politicians, pilots need protection
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will not allow U.S. airline pilots to carry guns into cockpits ('Security chief says no to guns in cockpit,' News, Wednesday)."

"Why is there a different standard of protection for our elected officials than for everyday citizens? When Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta flew to Chicago on United Airlines shortly after 9/11, he had armed agents with him."
 

Pilots angered by decision denying them firearms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Pilots accused the administration of caving in to pressure from the airlines, which oppose arming pilots. Congressional Republican leaders vowed to press ahead with legislation that would allow pilots to carry weapons."

"The battle up on the Hill has really just begun," said Sam Mayer, speaking for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents pilots for American Airlines. A House committee later this week is expected to approve a bill permitting pilots to carry guns."
 

Southwest Airlines Pilots Support Arming Pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Captain Jon Weaks, President of The Southwest Airline Pilots' Association (SWAPA), called on the Members of Congress to support H.R.4636, introduced by Chairman Young and Subcommittee Chairman Mica. Requesting congressional support, Captain Weaks stated that "Efforts must continue to pass a law for a voluntary program to train and arm pilots. I urge all Members of Congress to support H.R.4636 and the companion bill in the Senate introduced by Senators Smith, Miller, Murkowski and Burns."
 

Terrorist-friendly skies: Pilots should be armed immediately
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"AIRLINE PILOTS may not carry firearms, the Department of Transportation has ruled. The reason? “Pilots need to concentrate on flying the plane,” said Transportation Undersecretary John Magaw."

"That concentration will come in handy when terrorists are giving the pilots directions on where to crash. Immediately after Sept. 11, pilots began demanding the right to arm themselves."
 

U.S. Act Would OK Snail Mail Searches
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Just a few years ago, the U.S. Postal Service got savaged by privacy advocates after suggesting that private mailbox services were somehow objectionable. Since services like Mailboxes Etc. could encourage fraud, the post office declared, businesses must limit anonymity by demanding photo ID from all customers."

"Three years later, the Postal Service's lobbyists are fighting for Americans' privacy rights -- and opposing a bill in Congress that would allow U.S. Customs agents to open any internationally-mailed letter or parcel for almost any reason."
 

NH: Gun ban proposal to be aired June 5
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A public hearing will be held in two weeks to give city residents a chance to voice their opinion on the proposal to create a gun-free zone during Bike Week."

"On June 5, the City Council will hold the hearing on what is formally known as An Ordinance Amending Chapter 139 Emergencies and Chapter 145 Firearms. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. in Room 200A in City Hall."
 

UT: Court Gun-Locker Dispute Goes to Leavitt
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A single security camera now sits atop a desk where eight gun lockers used to be in the Richfield courthouse, the latest symbol in the ongoing battle between the state's defiant judges and pro-gun state lawmakers."

"The metal lockers were removed two weeks ago -- about the same time a state law took effect that mandates all courthouses install gun-storage lockers for concealed weapons permit holders. Judges balked at installing the lockers, arguing they compromised security."
 

CA: Jury hears of suburban terror
Submitted by: Andrew G.

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"Woman describes husband's slaying during Alamo home invasion."

"With a suspiciously soft knock at her front door, Winnie Fang's pleasant suburban life was swept away in a matter of seconds as two armed assailants burst into her Alamo home two years ago."

KABA NOTE: Be armed. Be trained. Be prepared.
 

Every Armed Citizen is Guaranteed a VOTE
Submitted by: SaveOurGuns.com
Website: http://www.SaveOurGuns.com

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Part of our Job is to educate - even those who think they "know" what the 2nd Amendment is about.
 

Australia: No extensions on gun amnesty says Police Minister
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Solomon Islands Police and Justice Minister, Benjamin Una, says he will not accept any request to extend the May 31 gun amnesty deadline. The minister was responding to reports that some former militant commanders have asked for an extension to the amnesty deadline."

"Mr Una says although his ministry has not received a formal request from any group, he has no intention of giving an extension."
 

TN: New rifle model difficult to find in Midstate stores
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Have you ever looked for hen's teeth? Were they hard to find? That's about the situation shooters and Midstate gun dealers are in right now trying to find the new .17 caliber rimfire rifles."

"Ammunition, however, is readily available."

"only three companies are making the rifle to accommodate Hornady's new bullet"
 

Bellesiles: Author loses grant name, keeps funds
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Bellesiles has spent the academic year in Chicago at the Newberry Library, a research institution that awarded him an NEH-funded $30,000 fellowship in February 2001 to work on a project called "American Gun Laws: The Regulation of Firearm Use and Ownership, 1607-2000."

"Bellesiles has been redesignated a "Newberry Library Fellow," but the funding will not be revoked, said James Grossman, the library's vice president for research and education. The fellowship ends next week."
 

'Pilots and Guns a Bad Combination'
Submitted by: Uncle John

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--Typical position taken by the editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cynthia Tucker.
 

AZ: Unannounced 'gun drill' creates panic at high school
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"Dozens of Hamilton High School students and a handful of teachers thought they were in the middle of a Columbine-inspired school takeover Tuesday afternoon, when four students brandishing fake guns stormed the school."

"Don't make me do it!" screamed the gun-toting students, running through a school hallway as part of a law-enforcement class drill. Unaware of the exercise, teachers swiftly locked down classrooms to ensure the safety of their bewildered students."
 

Thailand: Monk takes Parliament hostage with full auto rifle
Submitted by: Lyndell Rottmann

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"A Buddhist monk was under arrest last night after storming Thailand's Parliament with an AK-47 assault rifle, taking about 30 people hostage and demanding to speak with the Prime Minister."

"The monk, wearing a traditional saffron robe, was captured by three plainclothes police posing as reporters who took the gun and handcuffed him after a one-hour standoff during which he fired once into the air. No one was injured."

KABA NOTE: All of the gun restrictions in Thailand didn't seem to stop this monk from obtaining an illegal machinegun. Anybody surprised?
 

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