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A Saddam Souvenir - President Bush keeps the former dictator's pistol at arm's reach
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"When Saddam Hussein was rousted from his spider hole in Dawr, a town near Tikrit, by U.S. soldiers last December, Iraq's fallen dictator was clutching a pistol. He is now in detention at an undisclosed location, being questioned by American authorities and awaiting charges for war atrocities and crimes against humanity. But what ever happened to the pistol?"

"The sidearm has made its way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Sources say that the military had the pistol mounted after the soldiers seized it from Saddam and that it was then presented to the President privately by some of the troops who played a key role in ferreting out the old tyrant. ..." ...
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Isn't the President aware that DC law bans pistols? He is in violation of the law!
 

Badnarik gets LP Nomination, Russo concedes
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On Sunday May 30th, 2004, the Libertarian Party in its National Convention nominated Michael Badnarik as its candidate for US President. Aaron Russo concedes that Michael Badnarik has won the nomination.

Aaron thanks all of his supporters and volunteers and urges all Libertarians to come together to support Michael Badnarik as the LP nominee.

The web site of the Badnarik campaign is Badnarik.org.
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Poster's Note: I don't know what to say. Badnarik is hands down the best when it comes to the gun issue. But I think Russo has the media experience, charisma, and savvy to get the party noticed.
 

Canada: MacKay calls for end of gun registry program
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"Conservative Party deputy leader Peter MacKay wants to scrap the costly federal gun registry system, and says the money spent to register firearms could go towards better police protection."

"'A sex offender registry would have a far greater impact of protecting communities, particularly children,' he said on the campaign trail in Nova Scotia Sunday."

"MacKay points to the registry's price tag, now in excess of $1 billion. 'The CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre) system itself could have been upgraded. Twelve-thousand new police officers could have been hired.'"

"While the Liberal government has admitted that cost of launching the gun control registry was excessive, it maintains the program is an important element of public safety. In order to combat rising costs the Liberals have announced an annual funding cap of $25-million starting next year." ...
 

Indonesia: Attorney Generals Office orders Firearms for some Prosecutors
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"Indonesia's Attorney General's Office has ordered 70 units of firearms for use by selected prosecutors, Deputy Attorney General for Intelligence Basrief Arief told ANTARA on Saturday."

"'The weapons will be given to prosecutors who need them while handling cases attracting much public attention,' he said."

"He said an application for the necessary police licences had already been filed, adding that the prosecutors who would hold the weapons would first be trained in how to use them."
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This in a country which flat prohibits gun possession by the peons.
 

Peru: Lone survivor of 21-year-old Peru massacre [perpetrated by soldiers] leads authorities to recover bodies
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"Authorities have unearthed the bullet-ridden remains of 15 peasants murdered by soldiers after a lone survivor of the massacre came forward following 21 years of silence, officials said Saturday."

"The witness led a prosecutor and a forensic team to the bodies last month near the village of Totos, 198 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Lima, chief forensic investigator Luis Castillejo told The Associated Press."

"He said the survivor, whose identity was withheld, told authorities he was one of 16 people brought to a nearby military post on May 28, 1983, for questioning amid reports that Maoist Shining Path rebels were in the area."

"The group was returning to Totos, 37 miles (60 kilometers) southwest of this provincial capital, when they were seized by soldiers."

"The witness escaped and watched from a hiding place as his companions were forced to dig their own graves before being gunned down, said Castillejo, adding that the witness kept quiet for 21 years, fearing reprisals if he talked."

"The bodies showed signs of torture before death."
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But only cops and the military . . .
 

Klan on the run -- Book credits armed "Deacons of Defense" with victories normally attributed to Dr. King
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"'It takes violent blacks to combat these violent whites,' Bob Yates told a cheering Bogalusa crowd. 'We're gonna be ready for 'em. We're gonna have to be ready to survive.'"

"Yates spoke for many working-class African-American men in February 1965. Refusing to participate in non-violent marches that they considered unmanly and dishonorable, and in pursuit of issues such as voter registration, which they believed had little impact on their daily lives, men like Yates had seen enough, suffered enough, and had enough. They were going to fight back to protect their homes and families and the young civil rights activists who had come to their towns to help them." ...

"... (Sally Belfrage's famous memoir, "Freedom Summer," makes no mention of armed self-defense measures because a Mississippi activist warned her, 'If you write about the guns, we'll kill you')." ...
 

MI: Ex-deputy arrested in sex solicitation
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"A former Wayne County sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday after he used the Internet to arrange a meeting for sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, police said."

"Instead, he met an undercover investigator from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department's Internet crime unit."

"Deputies arrested the 30-year-old Trenton resident at 8 p.m. in Warren, where he planned to meet the girl and take her back to his house, said Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans. The man, whose name wasn't released, had sent online pictures of himself, police said. Investigators said they used the photos to identify the former deputy."

"He was fired six weeks ago 'for a pattern of inappropriate behavior,' Evans said. ..." ...
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But according to Sarah Brady, men like these should have a monopoly on force.
 

TX: Police Officer broke into home, beat up man
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"A Dallas police officer arrested early Saturday on a felony charge of burglary of a habitation is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home and beating up her new boyfriend, police said."

"Marcus Winn, 30, who lives in Irving, was arrested a few hours after a man broke through a back window about 11:30 p.m. Friday in a home in the 10300 block of Woodleaf Drive in Pleasant Grove and assaulted another man, authorities said."

"Officer Winn posted $5,000 bail Saturday afternoon and was released from Lew Sterrett Justice Center, jail officials said."

"He will be on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted, Sgt. Gil Cerda said. Messages left on Officer Winn's answering machine were not returned Saturday." ...
 

India: Villagers takes 'policing' in their hands as 'Brady elite' abandon them
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"Living under perpetual fear of strikes by the robbers (Kale Kachewale) at night has become a routine for the residents of most of the villages in Amritsar district these days. After the police failed to provide them adequate security cover, they were instructed to protect themselves and hold night guards (theekhri pehra) in villages. Armed with lathis and gandasi (broad axe with long helve), the villagers have formed batches to set up nakas and guard fellow residents."

"However, the question uppermost in their minds is whether the police, who is responsible if someone from them dies or gets injured during a clash with robbers, will compensate them and their families taken care of. And what if some robber was killed during an encounter? Will they be arrested and put behind bars or rewarded?" ...
 

Japan: Maritime Self-Defense Force officer attacks elderly woman at home
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"A Maritime Self-Defense Force officer attached to Shimosa Air Base was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of inflicting bodily harm on an 84-year-old woman after breaking into her home in Shonancho, Chiba Prefecture."

"Petty Officer 3rd Class Hideaki Shibata is suspected of breaking into the woman's home at about 4:30 a.m. and punching her in the face, inflicting severe injuries, when she woke up."

"When a neighbor saw through his window that the elderly woman was being attacked, he went to her rescue and subdued Shibata."

"Shibata was reportedly intoxicated at the time."
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But only the cops and military should have guns, right Sarah?
 

OH: Store owner kills armed man -- Wearing mask, gloves, he intended to rob Roselawn shop, police say
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"The owner of a convenience store shot and killed an armed man wearing a black ski mask who authorities said was intending to rob the store, police said Friday."

"Abdrab "Abe" Ashishi, of West Chester, was the only employee working at the Shop Rite, in the 7900 block of Reading Road, when he shot and killed David A. Billups, 40, of Forest Park, about 9:45 p.m. Thursday."

"Billups is the 32nd person to be slain in Cincinnati this year."

"Ashishi called 911 to report he shot someone trying to rob him."

"When officers and emergency medical crews arrived, they found Billups - wearing a ski mask and black leather gloves and armed with a handgun - lying on the floor just inside the store with a gunshot wound, police said." ...
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Note that this paper counts a self-defense shooting as a slaying.
 

SC: Prosecutors will not charge man who killed intruder
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"Prosecutors say they will not charge a man who shot and killed an ax-wielding intruder in his bedroom."

"Lance Myers of Anderson acted in self-defense when he shot 41-year-old Ernest Leroy Miles, Prosecutor Druanne White said."

"Myers told police he pulled a handgun from his nightstand and shot Miles in the neck after spotting an intruder coming at him with an ax on March 7."

"White said she reviewed the evidence in the case and compared it to what Myers told investigators. 'Everything the victim told us ended up panning out,' she said."

"The intruder apparently grabbed the ax from among Myers' tools at the base of the stairs in the house, she said." ...
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Nice to see the cops using the term "victim" correctly.
 

KS: Intruder shot near Friends
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"A man trying to break into a home on All Hollow Street early Saturday was shot by the home's occupant, police said."

"Police said the resident was sleeping about 3:30 a.m. when he heard someone trying to break through his bedroom window. The resident told police he grabbed a rifle and fired after warning the intruder, whom he knew, to leave."

"The wounded man went to an area hospital for treatment. Police did not release further details of the shooting."
 

MA: Effective or excessive? Debate rages over whether gun legislation is useful and fair
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"Massachusetts' gun laws and regulations are confusing, contradictory and full of legal loopholes squeezing licensed business owners. They also appear to be ineffective, as the state's gun violence has steadily risen since 1998, when it was heralded for passing the 'toughest' firearms laws in the country." [emphasis added]

Yet there remains a serious push by lawmakers and other elected officials to maintain the status quo, to uphold the current guidelines without addressing the effects those policies have had on crime, gun-related accidents, and the hundreds of mom-and-pop businesses that sell firearms. The issue alarms the state's legally licensed gun owners and dealers, whose numbers have dropped significantly during what they say is an 'assault on their constitutional rights.'" ...
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What debate is necessary? The CDC found no evidence that these laws are effective.
 

LA: Gun safety program planned for schools
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"Local elementary school students will be visited by a big bird this fall, but not the oversized canary of 'Sesame Street' fame."

"Eddie Eagle, The National Rifle Association's feathered gun-safety expert, will be making the rounds of pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade classrooms, thanks to a $4,500 grant from the NRA Foundation."

"Medical Center of Louisiana Police Sgt. Marshall Pierre, who will likely be the one inside the costume, will use the grant to purchase the mascot uniform and additional materials for the child gun-safety program."

"Volunteers who administer the program instruct children on a four-part strategy to handle situations in which they see a gun or someone with one: stop, don't touch, leave the area and tell an adult." ...
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The beginnings of real gun safety.
 

OH: Woman Attacked By Pet Lion Saved By Rifle
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"A 33-year-old Ross Co. woman is in stable condition after being attacked by her family’s pet lion."

"It happened Friday night near Chillicothe. Lisa Peters was playing with the lion when it bit down on her entire forearm. The animal would not let go until Lisa’s father, Charles Peters, pulled out his rifle and killed it."

"Lisa was taken to Ohio State Medical Center."

"The family allowed a rescue group to take their other pet lion, Simba, away on Saturday. They will bring it to an exotic animal sanctuary near Akron."

"According to officials, Charles Peters does obtain the necessary paperwork to own and care for lions."
 

WV: Group formed to raise funds for WVU rifle team
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"A group led by Morgantown Mayor Ron Justice is working to assure the continued existence of the West Virginia University rifle team and club. The group, which calls itself the West Virginia Rifle Endowment Team, hopes to raise between $3 million and $4 million for the effort. The rifle club was formed after WVU’s rifle team, the most successful rifle program in NCAA history, was dropped by the university last April. The elimination of the rifle team, along with men’s tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and cross country, was a cost-cutting move. The rifle team was reinstated in March after the West Virginia Legislature allocated a one-year stipend of $100,000. The coed team will resume its varsity status on July 1." ...
 

PA: The shot heard 'round the U.S.: Henry Homestead in Belfast opens its museum of famous firearms
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"'The Pennsylvania rifle was the first genuine invention (one of the first inventions of the time that did not mimic something European) out of the Colonies, and half of them were made right here,' Jim Wilson said. 'They were crucial to the Indian fur trade of the time.' Jim Wilson was hired by the Jacobsburg Historical Society to operate the state park in 1997."

"The factory was started when Henry III cut a deal to make a large production of guns for the War of 1812. He had previously operated the iron-making business."

"The Henry pistols were much lighter, efficient and superior to anything crafted in Europe. They afforded America with many of its war triumphs from the 19th century." ...
 

UK: Shooting competition: Young gun fires NRA to victory
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"A 23-year-old law student came to the rescue of the National Rifle Association yesterday as she top scored with 149 to help fend off Guernsey in a thrilling finish."

"Sarah Jane Binder, on her first national tour with the NRA, held her nerve to score just one short of the maximum after the islanders had fought back from a careless start on the Fort Le Marchant range in Guernsey."

"At 300 yards the home team of eight found themselves seven points behind, uncharacteristically dropping an average two points per firer at the shortest range."

"But at 500 yards they had pulled back five points, which left everything riding on the final shooters at 600 yards. With Binder to the fore, the NRA sneaked through at the death, even though the final margin had been reduced to one point and Peter Jory had made a maximum 150 for Guernsey." ...
 

AL: Officer deaths bring new Alabama law on gun buys
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"The shooting deaths of two Athens police officers led to a new Alabama law that requires reporting involuntary commitments of the mentally ill to a national database that screens gun buyers."

"State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, said Gov. Bob Riley signed the Mims-Russell Law Enforcement Protection Act, which becomes effective immediately."

"'I'm saddened that we needed it, but hopefully it will save lives in the future,' Butler told The Decatur Daily last week."

"The law requires the reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System."

"Farron Barksdale, who had a history of mental commitments, is accused of killing Athens police Sgt. Larry Russell and officer Tony Mims on Jan. 2 with a rifle he purchased Dec. 24 at a Huntsville gun shop." ...
 

MS: Taking personal protection into their own hands
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"Christine Krieger, a wife, mother and business owner, has thought about buying a gun."

"First though, Krieger, who also owns Tri-State Med in McComb, needed someone to recommend an appropriate firearm and teach her to shoot."

"'I've been thinking about it for years after I had my first child,' she said."

"She read in the paper about a class where she could learn to shoot and the class was close to home. She was among nine men and women who attended a recent National Rifle Association personal protection course. Members of the Southwest Mississippi Gun Club in McComb taught the two-session class." ...
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Since the police are not required to provide protection to individuals, everybody is responsible for their own protection.
 

UK: Police Probe Weapons Find
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"Detectives were continuing their inquiries today into a stash of guns and ammunition discovered at a pensioner’s home."

"Bomb disposal experts were called to the 74-year-old’s property in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, after police discovered the cache on Friday."

"The OAP was arrested and released on bail yesterday pending further inquiries."

"The haul included pistols, shotguns and rifles, as well as gunpowder, ammunition and some chemicals."

"Officers have ruled out any links between the stash at the property in Stone Road, Hanford, and terrorism."
 

NV: Man allegedly had gun at school
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"School police have arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly holding a loaded handgun as he cut across an elementary school campus, marking the third school-related weapons arrest this month."

"Mount Rose Elementary School was locked down for about 20 minutes Thursday morning as school police looked for the suspect and made the arrest, Washoe County School Police Chief Mike Mieras said." ...

"Steve Mulvenon, Washoe County School District spokesman, said 'students were not in danger at any moment.'"

"'From the first report, the students were inside, and during the lockdown, were safe and secure,' he said." ...
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"Safe and secure" as long as the gunman wasn't locked down inside the school with the disarmed students and staff.
 

Italy: Weapons And Ammunitions In The Basement Of Locri Hospital
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"Two pistols and ammunitions have been discovered by the police in the course of a search that happened in the basement of Locri hospital. Behind a boiler, and wrapped in a plastic bag, the policemen found two pistols calibre 7.65 with the serial number cancelled out. Both had a magazine, one of which was empty. The ammunitions, also wrapped in an envelope and hidden behind a second boiler, were for rifles and kalashnikovs. The investigators have not excluded that the weapons and ammunition were used in episodes linked to organised crime in the city."
 

PA: 2003 was safer year for hunters
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"Last year was the safest hunting year overall in the 90 years that such records have been kept by the state Game Commission, but not since 1998 were there more fatal incidents."

"According to the Game Commission, there were 57 hunting-related shooting incidents - including four fatals - in 2003. The incident rate of 5.63 per 100,000 participants was the lowest on record, according to the commission."

"While eight fatal accidents occurred in 1998, four also occurred in 1999. In the last 12 years the most fatal incidents, nine, occurred in 1991, a year which had the most hunting incidents for the period - 136." ...
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More guns, more hunters, but fewer accidents. Education works.
 

Thailand: Elderly monks attacked
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"Two elderly monks were hospitalised after a vicious assault and robbery at their temple in Bangkok's Don Muang district early yesterday."

"Three men posing as merit-makers pistol whipped the two monks, tied them up and gagged them, and then stole about Bt30,000 in donations, said the officer in charge of the case, Lieutenant Rangsan Sonsing of Don Muang Police Station."

"After asking 80-year-old Phrakhru Rattanawimon Wimalo of Wat Buddha Siam to bless their vehicle, the three men followed him into his residence, the officer said. There they pistol-whipped and robbed the monk." ...
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KABA Note: Thailand has a virtual ban on pistols, but somehow the BGs didn't care.
 

Philippines: Bike-riding assassins shoot dead grandpa, 12-yr-old boy
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"MOTORCYCLE-riding gunmen shot dead a man and his 12-year-old grandson on Sesami St., Matina Aplaya, Davao City, Friday night."

"Dead on the spot was one Ermelino Castillones, 53, of Cateel, Davao Oriental while his grandson John Lloyd Nepthalie Dagoy, of Sunrise Village, Matina Aplaya, died minutes later while being treated at the Davao Medical Center."

"Initial reports from the Talomo police station showed Castillones and Dagoy were on their way home to the latter's residence at around 9 p.m. when two still unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects passed by them and repeatedly shot Castillones using a .45 caliber pistol."
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But guns are banned in the Philippines!
 

NY: NRA youth event a big draw for all
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... "Ken Foster has been putting the Sportsfest together for several years now. He called me the other day to give me a gentle reminder that it was coming up soon -- on June 5. In the course of the conversation, he mentioned the fly casting lessons. I can only assume he thought that I didn't pose much of a risk and I could do it again this year."

"The Friends of NRA grants program has made the Sportsfest possible. The money for the grants is raised by the Friends of NRA dinners. This year's Dutchess County dinner was the most successful to date and helps assure the funds for future Sportsfests will be there." ...
 

Australia: Young victims of our mean streets
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"A SHOCKING spate of violent, unprovoked attacks on young men has led to a call for teenagers to be taught 'survival skills' in Queensland schools."

"Two leading criminologists say young boys should be sent on protective behaviour courses in a bid to curb the alarming rise in serious assaults against males."

"Latest police figures show males aged 15 to 34 are the most likely to be victims of assault, with most taking place on the footpath or in the street."

"In the 15-39 age group, there were 458 grievous assaults (resulting in disfigurement or permanent injury) on men in that age group last financial year, compared to 126 on women the same age." ...
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But why haven't strict gun control laws ended this?
 

UK: Pair charged over pistol
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"TWO men appeared in court today charged with stealing an automatic pistol and 30 bullets during a burglary."

"At Belfast Magistrates Court teenager Ross Sheffield (17), from Tates Avenue, and 23-year-old John Dunn, of no fixed abode, were charged with breaking into a house on the Knock Road on Wednesday night."

"It is alleged that as well as stealing the gun, 30 bullets and two magazines for the Walther 9mm automatic pistol that the pair stole an electronic coded safe and £8,000 of jewellery and electrical appliances."

"They are further charged with possession of the hand gun and the bullets under suspicious circumstances." ...
 

Malaysia: Judo, the smart way to keep safe
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"Women and girls need to be responsible for their own safety, such as learning self-defence skills like judo, writes KHONG CHENG KUAN."

"KICK and punch, scream and shriek, pull and shove; that is probably most women’s reaction when attacked. Flight will definitely be a wiser alternative than fight when one is confronted by someone bigger and stronger."

"Run if you have the chance. Sometimes, however, escape is not possible, and we have to fight for our safety."

"There are plenty of simple yet effective judo techniques to fight an assailant when there is body contact. Yes, even when he chokes you from your back or pins you on the ground. As long as there is body contact, you can execute judo defence techniques to save yourself."

"Forget about kicks and punches; a woman is naturally weaker and a match based on sheer strength is futile." ...
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Which is why it is much better to have a gun, than try to learn enough Judo to protect yourself.
 

Bangladesh: Why no ire against Sarbaharas?
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... "Complaints to the police have hardly produced any actions of significance against them. Ordinary villagers were regularly required to pay money demanded by the Sarbaharas. Any failure in this regard brought swift merciless raids from them. Thousands and thousands of homes of ordinary people in rural areas were attacked by these Sarbaharas and their inmates were killed, tortured and raped barbarically by these outlaws. When no worthwhile or sustained response to such activities seemed to be forthcoming from the law enforcement bodies, the long suffering people of these areas started organising themselves in self-defence. ..." ...
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KABA asks why no ire against the do-nothing police?!?
 

eBay bans firearm accessories
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"Effective June 8th, 2004, we will be making some guideline changes to the Hunting category (found under Sporting Goods). The following restrictions will limit what gun-related items can be sold on eBay:"

"The sale of any assault weapon-related parts or accessories will not be permitted. This will apply to all parts and accessories related to any firearm defined as an 'assault weapon' by federal or California law."

"The sale of any firearm receiver or firearm frame will not be permitted. This includes complete receivers and frames; components and parts of receivers and frames; or 'cut', '80%', or 'partially complete' receivers."
 

CA: SF District Attorney announces stiffer penalties for gun policies
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"To help reduce gun violence, District Attorney Kamala Harris announced Friday new charging policies for gun crimes and the creation of a special team that will ensure stiffer penalties for those who carry illegal guns and commit gun crimes."

"'I'm putting the criminals of San Francisco on notice: I'm going to attack these gun crimes with intensity and focus,' Harris said at a news conference in her office." [KABA Note: 'criminals' apparently also includes those who only carry the most effective tool for self-defense (see below).]

"The new policies include opposing the release of defendants on their own recognizance for all gun crimes, recommending that anyone convicted of carrying a concealed or loaded weapon be sentenced to a minimum of 90 days in jail, and charging all cases involving possession of an assault weapon as felonies." ... [emphasis added]
 

UK: Rise in ownership of Guns 'no cause for concern
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"THE INCREASE in the number of shotgun and firearm certificates issued in Scotland last year is no cause for concern, according to the Dunkeld-based representative of the UK’s largest shooting organisation."

"Dr Colin Shedden, Scotland director for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, was reacting to calls for tighter regulations on gun ownership after figures from the Scottish Executive showed a 1% rise."

"The increase was the first since 1988 in the case of shotgun certificates, and since 1995 for firearms."

"'BASC Scotland had predicted that certificate numbers in Scotland would rise, given the growing number of new people taking up shooting and the end of a recent trend for a fall in the number of certificate renewals,' said Dr Shedden." ...
 

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