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U.N. influence in Alabama
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A major function of all U.N. Biosphere Reserves is to continually expand the core wilderness areas and connecting corridors of wilderness, pushing ever-outward the buffer zones, and surrounding the entire area with an ever-expanding 'zone of cooperation.' ...State Department maps now show the reserve to include an area that stretches from Birmingham to Roanoke, and from Nashville to Asheville."
 

UK: Two arrested over gun attack
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"A woman has been injured in a knife and gun attack on the outskirts of Belfast."

"A car with a number of people in it pulled up outside a house on the Brians Well Road in Poleglass shortly before midnight on Saturday."

"One man got out and entered the house, where he slashed the woman with a knife."

"After he left, a shot was fired through the front window."
 

CO: Adams County overwhelmed requests for gun permits
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"New statewide gun laws have inundated Adams County officials with requests for concealed weapons permits, forcing the sheriff's office to restrict hours that residents may apply for them."

"More than 400 people are seeking the permits. Before the laws went into effect last week, the sheriff's office had issued no permits."
 

MN: Gun practicalities unsettle many
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"Joe Coté spent a few hours last week researching how his church and the new state gun law intersect."

"With the clock ticking — the Minnesota law takes effect Wednesday — he has hefty issues to sort out: Will the church put up signs banning guns in the house of worship? For those employed by the Maplewood church, will an anti-violence policy ban handguns in the workplace? What insurance changes may be necessary?"
 

Congress prepares for battle over assault weapons
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The battle over the ban, which cuts across party lines, also has split Democratic gun control advocates into two groups - those who support a permanent extension of the current ban as the most politically possible measure to get through Congress, and those who favor adding further restrictions to toughen the current ban."
 

New Zealand: Woman with rifle threatens shoppers
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"An enraged woman caused havoc in central New Plymouth on Saturday as she ranged the streets armed with a rifle."

"Care Chemist owner Nico Jacobs ended the woman's rampage by jumping her as she pointed a gun at him."
 

UK: Robbery getaway vehicle found
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"The hunt for an armed robber and £6m of stolen jewellery has been stepped up following the discovery of the intended getaway vehicle."

"The silver and black Piaggio scooter was found shortly after a robbery at Graff jewellers on New Bond Street, west London, last Tuesday."
 

NC: Violence Dismissed: How N.C. can do better (letter)
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"When an abusive partner is subject to an adjudicated restraining order or has been convicted of a state misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, under federal law that partner is a 'prohibited person' and no longer permitted to own or have custody of a firearm." ...

"In most prosecutions for illegally possessing a firearm, it is unnecessary for the victim to testify. The law enforcement officer who discovered and seized the firearm instead can serve as the primary witness for the government."
 

NRA twitches, Bush jumps
Submitted by: Guy Smith
Website: http://www.GunFacts.info

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"Thus Bush escapes any blame for re-arming the nation's nut cases with weapons that can mow down school kids and postal employees wholesale -- hey, he said he'd back an extension, didn't he? -- but the gun lobby gets what it wants anyway."

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Marc Victor's Recusal
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"A judge is obligated to faithfully follow and apply the law. However, cases may arise where the applicable law is irreconcilably at odds with a judge’s strong sense of justice. In such a case, the judge is thrust into a moral dilemma. The judge is faced with either applying a law that is contrary to his or her strong sense of justice or failing to faithfully apply the law. This case presents such a moral dilemma for this judge pro tem."
 

FBI shooting comes at an inopportune time
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"What happens here stays here -- unless it involves an FBI agent, a handgun and a defenseless freezer."

"Then what happens here, despite attempts to keep things quiet, echoes from the heart of the Strip all the way back to FBI headquarters."

"Meet Supervisory Agent John T. Hanson: Appliance Assassin. Hanson, of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., is accused of getting drunk and firing his handgun in an occupied building."

"Actually, into an unoccupied freezer at the Barbary Coast."
 

Cheney vote breaks tie as tax cut passes
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"Congress passed a $350 billion tax-cut package yesterday, and the Bush administration said taxpayers will start seeing the effects by summer."

"The tax-cut bill passed the House about 2 a.m. yesterday 231-200, with seven Democrats voting for it and only one Republican, Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa, voting against it. About eight hours later, it passed the Senate 51-50, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the tiebreaking vote. Three Republicans voted against the bill, and two Democrats voted for it."

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Meanwhile, the Republicans are apparently pushing a 5.4 per gallon increase in the federal gasoline tax. This isn't a tax cut - it's a tax shift.
 

DC: makings of police corruption?
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"It's the type of violent intimidation usually associated with the underworld, and it's happening on the streets of Washington — hardly good signs for a city recently redubbed Murder Capital U.S.A."

"Three law-enforcement families have had their homes and cars shot at. Fortunately, none of the victims have been physically injured. All of the shootings have been in Northeast. Still terrified by an April 6 triple murder in a popular Northeast tavern, residents in Northeast Washington are arming themselves to do battle with City Hall. 'If [officers' families] can't get the help they need, how is an average citizen going to get it?' ANC Commissioner Regina James told The Washington Times. A police official offered a lame answer. 'The 5th District is just as safe for a police officer to live in as any other part of the city,' Cmdr. Jennifer Greene said. Not so."
 

CT: Yale boost security for graduation after blast
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"Yale University bolstered security for this weekend's graduation exercises after an explosion rocked a law school classroom earlier in the week, the school's Web site said."

" 'In light of the recent incident at the Law School, we are taking some special security measures to augment the expanded efforts we always mount for Commencement,' Linda Koch Lorimer, Yale vice president and secretary, wrote in a memo to graduating students and guests."
 

Iraq: U.S. May Let Kurds Keep Arms, Angering Shiites
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"The American occupation authority in Iraq, apparently preserving the prewar distinction between Kurdish-controlled northern areas and the rest of the country, will allow Kurdish fighters to keep their assault rifles and heavy weapons, but require Shiite Muslim and other militias to surrender theirs, according to a draft directive."

"The plan has engendered intense criticism by Shiite leaders involved in negotiations with American and British officials ..."
 

U.S. bans imports from huge Chinese conglomerate
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"The Bush administration has banned imports for two years from a major Chinese industrial conglomerate for selling missile parts to Iran, State Department officials said Thursday."

"The sanctions against the China North Industries Corp., also known as Norinco, went into effect May 9 under an executive order and will run in the Federal Register today."
 

FBI-CIA `matrix' is key to tracking terror threats
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"The decision to put the country on high alert for a terrorist attack was based largely on a top-secret daily report produced by the FBI and CIA that details every sign of a threat, from intercepted e-mails to satellite photos to clandestine whispers of spies."

"Running up to 30 pages, this threat 'matrix' has become part of President Bush's morning routine in the fight against terror."
 

Freshman congresswoman fights gas tax
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"A freshman Republican congresswoman, backed by the White House and other GOP lawmakers, is taking on a powerful House committee chairman by staunchly opposing a 5.4 cents-per-gallon increase in the federal gasoline tax."

"The American people need their tax burden lifted, not shifted."

 

IL: State Budget Finished, Except For Paying For It
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"Illinois lawmakers essentially completed the spending side of the state's budget puzzle Friday, sending Gov. Rod Blagojevich legislation that doles out billions for schools, prisons, health care and more."

"But the trickier part remains unsolved. The governor and lawmakers now must figure out how to pay for all that spending and maybe a little more." ...

"The bills would add more than $135 million to the budget Blagojevich proposed last month. Many lawmakers wanted even more..."
 

NY: Cops Shoot Unarmed African Immigrant
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"A plainclothes officer killed Ousmane Zango, 43, following a chase inside the storage facility Thursday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters. But the reason for the shooting was known only to the officer, whose name was not released, and the dead man, he said."

"Zango was shot four times, once in the back, inside Chelsea Mini-Storage at 615 W. 27th St. around 4:20 p.m., officials said."
 

Liberty and Security
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"One must wonder how long the American people are going to put up with legislators, executive branches, and judiciaries who haven't the foggiest notion of what liberty means nor what it takes to establish security."

"One must also wonder how long the American people are going to put up with the constant barrage of lies from the three branches supposedly balancing each other in order to avoid any infringements upon the liberty of the American people and the complete destruction of security."
 

FL: Fired deputies' suit thrown out
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"Two deputies fired for appearing on a pornographic Web site were guilty of a 'hard-core' violation of the sheriff's ethics policy, a federal judge ruled this week."

"Ronald Thaeter and Timothy Moran sued the Sheriff's Office in federal court last year. They claimed their off-duty activities were protected under the First Amendment's guarantees to free speech and expression."
 

WA: Student who took machine pistol to school arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A White Center high school sophomore who brought a loaded machine pistol to school in his backpack yesterday told authorities he needed it for protection outside of school after a drive-by shooting at his home a month ago."

"King County Sheriff Dave Reichert and Evergreen High School officials said there was no indication that the 17-year-old boy, who was arrested, had threatened or was planning to shoot anyone on school grounds."
 

Amendment to Be Recommended on Continuity of Congress
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"Congress should pass a constitutional amendment directing lawmakers to ensure that the legislative branch can survive a catastrophic terrorist attack or natural disaster, a special panel will recommend next month."

"The Continuity of Government Commission, a joint project of the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution, spent nine months studying how Congress might carry on if many of its members were killed or incapacitated in an attack on Washington."
 

CA: Eco-Warriors Making House Calls
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Animal rights activists showed up with blaring sirens and bullhorns at 3 a.m. one day at the home of an executive of a Los Angeles software company."

" 'We'll be back, scumbag,' Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty said on its Web site later in the day. 'Denny, we know where you live, we know where you work, and we'll make your life hell until you pull out of HLS.' "
 

WI: Guns, but no shots at Memorial Day Parade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This year's Kiwanis Club Memorial Day Parade will feature school bands, military units, floats and lots of handouts. But one thing will be missing: The gun shots that typically signal the start of the parade and are fired as the procession makes its way across town."

"Parade chairman Jason Paul said organizers decided against the guns this year out of respect to those who fought in the recent war in Iraq, but the parade committee's position was changed after speaking with veterans groups. Guns will be allowed in Monday's parade, but they cannot be discharged."
 

Fewer veterans live in poverty
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"The poverty rate for U.S. veterans is about half that of all Americans, the Census Bureau said in a Memorial Day report detailing the status of the nation's former military personnel."

"Almost 6 percent of the country's 26 million veterans lived in poverty in 2000, compared with 11 percent of all adults, according to the bureau."

"Veterans groups say service members leave the military with federal benefits, such as education and job training, paid for through the G.I. Bill. That tends to give them a boost in the private sector."
 

FBI director orders review of ethics office
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"FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, concerned about the public's confidence in the bureau, has ordered a review of the FBI office that investigates employee wrongdoing and recommends disciplinary action."

"The inquiry, ordered yesterday, targets the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility and will focus on what Mr. Mueller called 'an erosion of trust' over accusations of separate disciplinary systems for senior executives and rank-and-file agents and concerns of retaliation by the bureau against FBI whistleblowers."
 

IL: North Aurora considering ban on paintball guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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There are signs North Aurora is getting fed up with paintball guns.
Several cases of private property being pelted with paintballs has officials there thinking about banning the guns.

Village Attorney kevin Drendel says North Aurora might add paintball guns to an ordinance that already restricts the use of rifles, B-B- guns and bows.

Some wonder if adding paintball guns to the ordinance would be too restrictive and say that some people have target ranges in their basements.

But Police Chief Tom Fetzer says people could still use the paintball guns in their homes. They just wouldn't be able to fire them in the village.

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Must ban the evil inanimate object!
 

PA: Proposed state legislation targets drugs and guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Local law enforcement professionals say they're firmly behind new legislation that will increase prison sentences for drug dealers who carry a gun."

"If approved by the state Senate, a bill introduced by state Rep. Ellen Bard, R-153, would impose a mandatory five-year prison sentence on anyone convicted of drug trafficking while the person 'or the person's accomplice' is in physical possession or control of a firearm."
 

New Zealand: Critics upset guns and gambling part of NZ school curriculum
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"Casino gambling, gunsmithing and how to use a chainsaw are among some of the subjects New Zealand high school and tertiary students can study, raising concerns among critics, local press reported."

"The latest course National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) authorities are considering introducing is in rugby refereeing."

"They have already approved the study of kapa haka - a traditional Maori war dance."

"One high-profile secondary school principal slammed as 'ludicrous' the proliferation of subjects available in secondary schools."
 

UK: Gun gangs offer 'ignored'
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"A Government agency charged with tackling youth crime turned down an opportunity to broker a truce between Birmingham drug gangs weeks before the shooting of two teenage girls in Aston, it was claimed last night."

"The Youth Offending Service is alleged to have rejected a plea last October to intervene in the bitter conflict between the Burger Bar Boys and the Johnson Crew."
 

The Individual's Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: FA18

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"It is wrong to use some constitutional provisions as spring-boards for major social change while treating others like senile relatives to be cooped up in a nursing home until they quit annoying us. As guardians of the Constitution, we must be consistent in interpreting its provisions. If we adopt a jurisprudence sympathetic to individual rights, we must give broad compass to all constitutional provisions that protect individuals from tyranny. If we take a more statist approach, we must give all such provisions narrow scope. Expanding some to gargantuan proportions while discarding others like a crumpled gum wrapper is not faithfully applying the Constitution; it's using our power as federal judges to constitutionalize our personal preferences."
 

UK: McConnell told: your anti-crime war won't work
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"A policing expert at Dundee University, Dr Nick Fyfe, has warned that the First Minister's plans to put more police officers on the street is 'an ineffective way of catching criminals'."

"And the president of the Association of Directors of Social Work, Duncan MacAulay, fears that a move to jail parents of delinquents would result in more children in care."
 

MN: Churches scramble, fret over gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The woman returning a call from Al-Taqwa Mosque in St. Paul was puzzled when asked about a new state law that allows people with permits to carry guns in, among other places, mosques and other houses of worship." ...

"That response could well have come from any church, synagogue or mosque in Minnesota before a lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Hennepin County by Edina Community Lutheran Church. The church maintains that the state's new conceal-and-carry gun law infringes on the guarantee of religious freedom under the Constitution because it requires the church to, among other things, allow guns in its parking lot."

"Calls are pouring in from other churches and synagogues, said David Lillehaug, the attorney who filed the suit on behalf of the Edina church and, soon after, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis."
 

UT: Court Bars Camping on Vast Tract
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"As thousands of campers prepared to head to the Utah hills for Memorial Day weekend, a federal judge in Salt Lake City refused to open 250,000 acres near Moab to dispersed camping and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts."

"In a bench ruling, U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins said the Bureau of Land Management has the power to restrict Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use in Grand County and elsewhere in order to prevent or reduce environmental damage."
 

Conservatism as Exorcism
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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"Instead of fighting for great principles, the conservatives now settle for exorcising little demons. Buckley and Rusher are happily reconciled to George W. Bush’s Republican Party. The conservative movement itself has been taken over by unprincipled "neoconservatives.' "

"The conservative movement once stood for American traditions; now it stands for amnesia. It shows energy only when given a new distraction, a new demon to exorcise, a new short-term obsession. That way it can pretend to have won when, in fact, it has totally abandoned any semblance of a conservative philosophy."

"Yesterday’s conservatives would have known what to call today’s right-wingers: liberals."
 

MN: Conceal-and-carry expert carries gun to synagogue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdec.com

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"While some religious organizations are suing to prohibit guns from their property, a primary legal expert behind the new conceal-and-carry law says he has gone to his synagogue armed with a gun for at least 15 years. And, he says, he will continue to do so until synagogue leaders tell him not to."

"David Gross, a former Minneapolis assistant city attorney now in private practice, said Rabbi Norman Cohen of Bet Shalom in Minnetonka knows that he brings a gun to the synagogue, including during the High Holidays. Gross has a Florida permit to carry a gun because of threats to his life when he was a Minneapolis prosecutor."
 

MN: Churches must follow two-step process to keep guns out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdec.com

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"What does a church have to do to make sure guns don't enter? The same as any other nongovernmental organization, according to David Goldstein, a lawyer with Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis. Private establishments such as churches, Target Center, the Guthrie Theater, office buildings, department stores and restaurants must notify the public of the gun ban."

"Goldstein outlines the two-step process under the law:"

"1. Post at every entrance an 11-by 17-inch sign that states '(name of establishment) BANS GUNS ON THESE PREMISES.' Lettering must be black arial typeface at least 1 1/2 inches high. Signs must be within 4 lateral feet of the door and between 4 to 6 feet from the floor."

"2. Personally notify every person who enters of the ban. However, there is no guidance as to what 'personally notify' means. A general announcement over the public address system may or may not satisfy the law. Some interpret the law to mean a personal verbal notification. Others think handing each person a written notice will suffice."
 

Bush is vulnerable in '04, Democratic strategists insist
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"Top Democratic strategists say President Bush is increasingly vulnerable but at the same time reveal that their party is viewed less favorably by Americans than the Republican Party or the National Rifle Association is."

"Mr. Bush is open to attack in several domestic areas such as the economy, taxes and Social Security, according to a poll, described in a recent memo sent to Democrats from Democracy Corps, a group of party advisers."
 

UK: CS spray man faces legal action
Submitted by: Steven Brown

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"A disabled man who used CS spray to fight off a robber is now facing the threat of legal action."

"Wheelchair-bound Nicholas Ashworth, aged 22, sprayed his alleged attacker in the face with the CS spray."

"He then climbed out of his wheelchair and limped across the road as the man screamed in pain. A passing police patrol spotted him in distress and stopped at the scene. Officers then arrested both men."

"Today after being released on police bail pending further inquiries -- which could result in police prosecution -- Mr. Ashworth defended his use of the CS spray. He said he bought it to protect himself after being attacked in Bridgeman Street three weeks ago. On that occasion his attacker hit him in the face before pinning him back in his chair. The man then rifled through his pockets and stole £100."
 

WA: Judge: State silenced dissent
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" 'This court does not intend to minimize the real fear of harm and intimidation,' Coughenour wrote. 'However ... in this society, we do not quash fear by increasing government power, proscribing those constitutional principles and silencing those speakers of whom the majority disapproves.' "
 

SC: Thieves grab 30 guns from Columbia store
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"In less than nine minutes Friday morning, thieves yanked the front door off a Columbia gun store, smashed three glass cabinets and took more than 30 handguns."

"The burglary at Palmetto Firearms, 4601 Broad River Road, happened less than a week after a similar break-in at a Greensboro, N.C., gun store, said Richland County sheriff's spokesman Joseph Pellicci."

"Investigators think the burglaries are linked because the same company owns Palmetto Firearms and Southern Firearms in Greensboro."
 

Cyprus: Police on the lookout for club-wielding burglars
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"Limassol police were yesterday looking into a claim by six Bagladeshi students that they had been robbed and beaten by two individuals armed with a club and posing as police officers."

"Police said the students claimed the two men broke into their Amathus flat and herded them into the living room."

"The perpetrators claimed they were police officers and asked the students to show them their passports."

"The assailants clubbed one man on the head, while a second one, fearing he would be beaten too, jumped out of the window, injuring himself in the process."
 

OK: Students disciplined for gun comments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two Little Axe High School students received in-school suspension for comments they made regarding guns, superintendent Barry Damrill said Friday."

"The school and Norman police officers investigated the incident this week. The students’ parents also were brought to school."

"Damrill said one student who was not prepared for an examination mimicked a movie line and said he wished he were dead."

"Damrill said another student offered to bring a gun and carry out that wish."

" 'It was just a dumb comment,' Damrill said."
 

Iraq: U.S. Coalition Makes It Official: Iraqis Must Give Up Weapons by Mid-June
Submitted by: John G. Lankford
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"The U.S.-led coalition officially ordered Iraqis on Saturday to disarm by mid-June, part of a high-profile effort to get weapons off the streets and return public security to cities under American occupation."

"Anyone found with unauthorized weapons after June 14 will be detained and face criminal charges, U.S. Central Command in Florida said, quoting a 'national order' from the top civilian administrator, L. Paul Bremer of the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance." ...

"One group that may stay armed, at least on some level, is the peshmerga, a Kurdish fighting force that helped the United States during the war."
 

CA: Some misplaced support for assault-weapons ban (Letters)
Submitted by: Morgan McKay

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Thanks to all who responded to my request to write to the San Diego Union Tribune and condemn their ridiculous story on "Assault Weapons" last week. To my utter astonishment, they printed FOUR of your letters! They obviously were deluged by responses to have given this much space to your letters. This is a rather large paper and there were no letters printed in support of the ban. I think that says a lot.
 

MA: Shooting justified, officer says
Submitted by: Jim

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"A police firearms training expert said yesterday it appears to him the Monson officer who shot and killed a man who threatened him with a barbecue fork followed police procedure for using deadly force."
 

Iraq: Gun gangs rule streets as US loses control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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""Iraq is now a society of either predators or prey, fully armed with weaponry looted from military stores the Americans failed to secure after the war. 'We all have guns now,' says Abdul Ahmed Hasan, 25, surveying the charred remains of his looted photo laboratory. 'Some have guns to attack, some have guns to defend their families. I have four at home.' "

"Baghdad is being carved up by armed gangs. Towns in the south - apart from the port city of Basra, under British control - are even more dangerous. In the city of Hilla, near Babylon, the poor quarter of Nada, where scores of civilians were killed by cluster bombs during the war, is out of bounds to strangers and US troops alike. Both The Observer and Human Rights Watch were warned not to enter without an armed escort."
 

With Feingold, others torn, assault-gun ban may expire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A decade ago, Senate Democrat Russ Feingold backed the assault weapon ban signed into law by President Clinton."

"But today his vote to preserve the ban is uncertain." ...

"That's only one sign of the political cloud hanging over the weapons ban, which expires next year unless Congress votes to extend it."

"While President Bush says he supports an extension, House GOP leaders may not even bring it up for a vote. Passage in the Senate is also a question."

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KEEP CALLING! Fox is running a pro-AWB piece called "44 minutes" on June 1.
 

UK: Toy Gun Kids Face £6000 Fine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun-toting kids or their parents will soon face £6,000 fines."

"Pellet guns and so-called BB toy pistols which fire plastic balls will be banned under new replica gun laws."

"And adults who carry them risk being jailed for up to six months."

"Trendy toy guns cost from £3 and websites offer replicas of Uzi and AK47 machine guns and James Bond's Walther PPK pistol."

"Now Home Secretary David Blunkett is set to crack down on kids who buy them as a fashion accessory to impress their pals."
 

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