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Are Lost FBI Weapons Ending Up In Criminal Hands?
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"A...With 11,000 agents working and 15,000 support personnel working at offices all over the nation, the sheer size of the FBI allows it to fall prey to the very kind of bureaucracy that lie at the core of the 9-11 security failing."

"...According to Report No. 02-27, an alarming number of FBI weapons were stolen or simply lost. Since some of the missing arms include such specialize items as tear gas guns, carbines and machine guns (also known as MP5s), the thought of them falling into the hands of criminals is especially frightening."

"In addition, some 142 "red handled" guns (colored disabled weapons used in FBI training sessions) were also reported missing. ..."
 

Gun-proofing children
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Mother’s Day -- the 'anti-gun' Million Mom March will gather on the West Lawn in D.C."

"Meanwhile, the pro-gun Second Amendment Freedoms for Everyone (SAFER) will rally nearby. Both organizations claim to speak against gun violence and for children’s safety. Yet each espouses diametrically opposed positions on gun legislation."

"A specific piece of legislation will be the focus of debate this year. ...But the matter that is fundamentally at issue runs much deeper than any one piece of legislation. The basic question is whether private gun ownership is a constitutional and individual right, or a reckless practice that endangers society and children."
 

Evaluating Pediatricians’ Effectiveness at Violence Prevention
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"This first batch of data examines surveys that parents complete during well-child exams. It measures media exposure, gun storage and communication between the parent and health care provider and also measures pediatricians’ levels of comfort and effectiveness in talking with parents about these issues. During well-office visits, parents of children ages two to 11 are asked to complete surveys. More than 100 pediatric practices throughout the United States are participating." ...

"Parents were also asked about gun storage. Of the nearly 900 parents surveyed, 246 own some kind of gun and nearly half are not storing them safely, based on the recommendations of the AAP."
 

Gun-grabbers target practice (Political Cartoon)
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A nice political cartoon, courtesy of Aaron Russo supporter Kevin Tuma.

See "hitting the target," blog entry for 5/4/2004 if link does not work.
 

Democrats' new playbook on gun control
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Scroll through the articles on this page to see some articles on how the Democrats will phrase their new efforts on taking away our guns.

The irony is they know that the majority of Americans believe in the Second Amendment, yet they still want to take our freedoms away.

I thought that our representatives were supposed to represent the people.
 

Don Galloway: It's a little-known fact that all criminals are criminals
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"LAWMAKERS IN our state have been debating various matters involving citizens carrying concealed weapons. Many people seem always to be debating such matters, even though it has been reliably determined that while criminals often use guns to commit crimes, non-criminals never do. Some citizens do have accidents with paring knives, however, and that’s certainly something that should be investigated."

"The thing is, Article 2-a of the Bill of Rights of the New Hampshire Constitution says in its entirety, 'All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.' It seems fairly clear. It must be admitted, however, that it doesn’t specifically mention paring knives."
 

Daisy Settlement Shows Political Influence of Gun Industry (JTO)
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"Before the leadership of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) changed political parties late last year, the federal agency had filed a lawsuit against Daisy Manufacturing Co., ..."

"But now, instead of a recall, the federal agency has agreed to a settlement with the company that only involves promoting safe BB-gun usage..." ...

"At the time, Ann Brown, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1993, served as chairman of the agency. In 2001, President Bush replaced Brown with Republican Harold Stratton Jr. Prior to the appointment, the National Rifle Association (NRA) had e-mailed a 'special alert' to members warning that the government's recall could be used in future lawsuit against all gun makers."
 

Assault-weapons ban is itself under assault
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"If Congress allows the federal ban on assault weapons to expire, the law's public-safety successes will disappear with it. Lawmakers should not let that happen. The ban is saving lives."

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Not according to the National Institute of Justice, which was specifically tasked with evaluating the ban. The NIJ found that:

* The ban has failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident or multiple gunshot wound victims.

* The public safety benefits of the 1994 ban have not yet been demonstrated.
 

FL: Legislature fails to bite the bullet
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"Once again, the Florida Legislature proves it is the best that money can buy. I'm referring to the gun-range bill." ...

"The National Rifle Association, through its paranoid vision, sees the protection of our environment, as it relates to gun ranges, as some attempt at gun regulation. ..."

"Our legislators, through their infinite wisdom (and at the direction of the NRA), don't see any correlation between the lead from bullets going into the ground and then working its way into the water we drink."

"Before anybody labels me an anti-gun nut, let me say I carried a gun for 25 years in law enforcement. My department had an outdoor range and, after years of use, had to clean up the lead. It's just common sense. ..."

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Considering that the gun banners have tried to use every tactic available to them to destroy the right to keep and bear arms, is it really so paranoid to believe that they are using dubious environmental claims to achieve their goals?
 

MA: Assault weapons must be banned -- again
Submitted by: Keith Russell

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"It is true that 90 percent of gun-related crimes are committed with ordinary handguns, which are not affected by the assault weapon ban. But according to Attorney General John Ashcroft's statistics, the number of banned weapons traced to crime has decreased by 65.8 percent across the nation from 1995 -- the first full year the ban went into effect -- to 2002."

KABA Note: Well, duh! When your initial sample is inadequate, as in the case of the minute number of crimes committed with what you call "assault" weapons, the percentage reduction will obviously be higher. This is not an indication of the effectiveness of the AW ban.

"...Perhaps that is why every major police organization in the country supported the effort to renew the federal assault weapons ban. ..."

KABA Note: By "police organization" this writer, of course, means the politically appointed bureaucrats. According to the rank-and-file police officers, very few of them support this absurd law.

"Let's be clear. Semiautomatic assault weapons have no self-protection purpose."

KABA Note: Tell that to the Korean shop owners who used the weapons that make you quake in your boots to defend themselves against thugs during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992.

"Unlike rifles and other recreational firearms, they have no sporting purpose."

KABA Note: Point to the portion of the Second Amendment that specifies "sport" as justification for keeping and bearing arms.

"The constitutional right to own guns has never been found to extend to military-designed weapons of mass destruction."

KABA Note: Actually it has. According to one of the founders, "Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American." ~~Tench Coxe, of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

Looks like State Senator Jarrett Barrios, chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, needs an education. JBarrios@senate.state.ma.us
 

Patriot Act Suppresses News Of Challenge to Patriot Act
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"The American Civil Liberties Union disclosed yesterday that it filed a lawsuit three weeks ago challenging the FBI's methods of obtaining many business records, but the group was barred from revealing even the existence of the case until now."

"The lawsuit was filed April 6 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, but the case was kept under seal to avoid violating secrecy rules contained in the USA Patriot Act, the ACLU said. The group was allowed to release a redacted version of the lawsuit after weeks of negotiations with the government."
 

UK: Man shot dead by police was not carrying firearm
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"A man shot dead by police in a Cornish village yesterday was not carrying a firearm when a police marksman opened fire."

"Phil Prout, 53, is understood to have been armed with several knives when he was shot by outside his home in Lewannick, near Launceston."

"The shooting happened after a row between Mr Prout and his mother and sister, according to a family friend."

"The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the case, which happened at 1.25am. According to a local report, the police opened fire when Mr Prout refused to drop the weapons and appeared to move towards them."
 

South Africa: New MP becomes a victim of crime and the law
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"Imagine having your house broken into and trashed, all your valuables stolen and then being charged with negligence."

"This is what happened to Moulana Rafeek Shah this weekend. The Democratic Alliance's new member of parliament returned to his home in Glenashley, Durban, on Sunday after attending a function, only to find that it had been broken into."

"And to make matters worse, the police charged him with negligence when they found his firearm on his back porch." ...

" 'I was then charged with negligence because my firearm, which I kept locked away, was left behind by the robbers. This is ridiculous. My gun was kept locked away and now I'm being charged with negligence,' said Shah."
 

OH: Store owner doesn't conceal his stand on firearms
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"Businesses continue to get the message! The Ft. Knox Bank, Home Depot Springfield, Roman Cycle and the New Philadelphia Walmart are all businesses which briefly posted signs, only to take them down again after hearing from customers."

"There are also businesses like Todd Whitacre's (see story), which are not only support by NOT posting signs, but are showing support by posting pro-CCW signs. The sign below is posted at the Ashtabula BP station at the intersection of Rt. 45 and I-90."
 

UK: Man jailed for imitation gun siege
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"A man who was shot with a plastic baton by police after a four hour siege has been sentenced to three years in prison. Pete Webster was hit in the chest after threatening officers with an imitation handgun. Phil Brewster reports."

"The dramatic moment officers shot Pete Webster in the chest. For four hours armed officers had surrounded the 33 year old's flat at Cotgrave in Nottinghamshire in January after he'd been spotted brandishing a handgun."

"Officers tried to calm Webster down, but he'd consumed large amounts of Vodka, and was upset after splitting with his girlfriend. Aswell as threatening to kill himself, he also threatened officers."
 

IN: IPD Launches New Anti-violence Campaign
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"A recent wave of violent crime has prompted the city to launch a new-anti violence campaign. The project kicked off Monday in the Crown Hill neighborhood. And Indianapolis police officers are looking to residents for help."

"IPD officers hit the streets Monday, delivering a message to residents in the neighborhood." ...

"The campaign is called 'Project Care' and the goal is to stop violence in an area known for crimes involving guns and drugs." ...

"The program will work in three stages. The informational component being the first, with follow-ups by police and some gun education geared toward young people in the area beginning later this summer."
 

MO: Some concealed weapons permits issued without background checks
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"The police chief of Hallsville issued concealed weapons permits to people who had not cleared criminal background checks, saying state law requires him to do so if the checks are not done within 45 days."

"Police Chief Pete Herring said more than 40 people are eligible for the permits because they applied March 19, more than the 45 days ago." ...

"Herring said he completed Missouri criminal records checks on the applicants but checks based on fingerprints had not been done by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI."
 

OR: Officers deserve benefit of doubt
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"After a police shooting, it can be agonizing to examine the 'if only's.' So agonizing, indeed, that the Portland Police Bureau has been institutionally inclined over the years to skip all those painful could-haves and should-haves." ...

"A three-day inquest into Perez's death last week convinces us that his shooting by Officer Jason Sery was justified. The officer had the latitude, under the law, to do what he did to protect himself. The inquest also convinces us that Perez's death was far from inevitable, though. The bureau must examine Perez's death to see what the officers might have done differently."
 

NY: Cop Begins Testimony In Fatal Shooting Of Immigrant
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"Conroy is charged with shooting Ousmane Zongo, 35, an immigrant from Burkina Faso who repaired African art and musical instruments in a third-floor storage unit in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood."

"Zongo came upon Conroy last May as the officer guarded a storage unit full of counterfeit CDs seized in a raid on the same floor. Conroy, who was in plainclothes, shot Zongo in the chest, abdomen and upper back after a winding chase through the hallways of Chelsea Mini-Storage."

"Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said the officer told his supervisors after the shooting, 'He tried to take my gun. I had to shoot him.' "

"Zongo's family filed a federal lawsuit against the city and Conroy in March..."
 

PA: Court to take custody of stolen guns
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"Perry County President Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp yesterday ordered that guns stolen from a Landisburg couple last year be turned over to the court."

"The weapons have been in legal limbo. State police said a change in federal policy prevented them from returning the guns to John and Sue McElhiney." ...

"The McElhineys' home was burglarized in March 2003 and 11 guns were stolen. Police returned eight to them, but one was destroyed by burglars and two kept as evidence."

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Not only were these people victimized by criminals, but now they are being preyed upon by the "authorities."
 

WA: Campus Republicans pack heat
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"Members of the UW College Republicans gathered last night at the Bellevue Indoor Range to participate in the club's annual Second Amendment Shootout."

"Besides blasting off a few rounds, the event gave the 32 participating members the opportunity to celebrate their Second Amendment rights."

" '[The Second Amendment] was specifically put in the Constitution by the founders of the country that everyone should have the right to bear arms and own guns,' said Anitra Beruti, vice president of the group. 'We go out and shoot to prove that we celebrate our Second Amendment.' "

"In addition to reaffirming the right to bear arms, the night emphasized safety and responsibility."
 

OH: Sheriff sports CCW permit
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"The first civilian in Licking County to be approved to carry a concealed gun was scheduled to walk into the Licking County Justice Center at 9 a.m. today to pick up a license, authorities said."

"A total of 63 licenses will be issued throughout the week, but the first person to be issued a permit got his two weeks ago. That person is none other than Licking County Sheriff Gerry Billy."

"In the course of experimenting with the process and equipment used to make the actual licenses, Billy's was the first permit to be produced, said Licking County Sheriff's Deputy Capt. Ray Back." ...

"Becker said other states that have enacted right-to-carry laws have not experienced problems with citizens breaking concealed-carry laws."
 

AK: Ogan Amendment Strengthens Gun Rights
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"Gun owners passing through checkpoints would be entitled to retain possession of weapons 'reasonably justifiable for the person's lawful use' under an amendment offered by Sen. Scott Ogan (R-Mat-Su/Chugiak) and approved by the full Senate 17 to 2 Wednesday."

" 'This is an important balance between the cherished rights of our citizens to keep and bear arms and the government's interest in protecting us against terrorism and enemy attacks,' said Sen. Scott Ogan. 'I strongly believe that patriotic Americans should not have their weapons seized by government in the name of protecting us. We are a free country because we are an armed country, and this amendment protects that cherished principle.' "
 

PA: DA to Decide if School Gun Incident Warrants Charges
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"The district attorney's office is investigating an incident at a local elementary school yesterday to determine whether or not to file charges after a first-grader brought a loaded gun to class."

"Not only was the firearm fully loaded with the safety off, but a computer check revealed that the gun was also reported stolen back in 1999."

"The six-year-old girl had the 9-mm gun inside her book bag at Miller Elementary School in Pittsburgh's Hill District yesterday." ...

"A source close to the investigation told KDKA that the girl's mother is no longer cooperating with school police in their investigation -- and that the matter has been turned over to Children, Youth and Family Services."
 

IN: Attorney Enters Not Guilty Plea for Congressman on Gun Charge
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"A congressman from southern Indiana did not appear in court Tuesday morning to answer to a charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon into an airport."

"An attorney for US Representative John Hostettler entered a plea of innocent for the five-term Republican congressman. Hostettler faces a misdemeanor count in Louisville. He could face a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $500 fine."
 

An Economist Against Bush and Kerry
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"In August of 2000 I warned that voting for Bush was a very big mistake. Many people complained to me that Bush was a good conservative who would be good for the economy and national defense. I was right, they were wrong. Bush turned out to be worse than my wildest dreams. Today I will present some alternatives for 2004." ...

"What did my fellow economists present as the benefits of a Bush presidency? He would strengthen Social Security, cut taxes, institute education vouchers, hold down the growth of government, strengthen national defense, pay down the debt, and promote free trade. Really?"

"He did pass a small cut in taxes, but tax cuts without decreases in government spending are practically meaningless. Social Security has been "strengthened" with the prescription drug giveaway, a mammoth increase in government spending that greatly undermines the financial solvency of Social Security and drives up drug prices for the rest of us. Bush’s "No Child Left Behind" is an illogical policy that will only serve to further entrench Washington bureaucracy in your local public schools. Government spending has skyrocketed with record rates of growth and the phony surplus has been turned into very real and gigantic deficits. Bush has not used his veto power, but this supposed free trader has used protectionist measures to insult our allies and threatened the globe with a protectionist trade war. Meanwhile the dollar is dropping like a stone."



 

MO: Sheriff dismissed from concealed guns lawsuit
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"The Moniteau County sheriff was dismissed Tuesday as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the local issuance of concealed gun permits and the statewide validity of a new law allowing them."

"Sheriff Kenny Jones was dropped as a defendant largely because concealed gun opponents had not requested in the lawsuit that he be ordered to do -- or refrain from doing -- anything, said Moniteau County prosecutor John Kay, who was representing Jones."

"Circuit clerk David Haldiman confirmed a judge had ordered the dismal and also given plaintiff attorneys 20 days to file an amended lawsuit."
 

OH: Gun ban extremists to offer first concealed carry "corrections" bill?
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"OFCC members, training instructors, law enforcement officers and new concealed handgun licensees have already identified several problems with Ohio's concealed carry law that are in need of immediate attention."

"Restrictions on license-holders carrying firearms in motor vehicles which are not only unsafe (because they require too much firearms handling), but are unfairly discriminatory against women."

"Mental records background checks are being implemented in such a way that persons who were never meant to be prevented from defending themselves, such as a woman who was once treated for an eating disorder, may be denied licenses." ...
 

Australia: Gun used in takeaway robbery (Yet another gun control failure)
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A TAKEAWAY shop attendant was threatened with a gun and ordered to lie on the floor during an armed robbery on the NSW central coast overnight, police said.

A man armed with handgun, possibly a revolver, entered the shop at The Entrance, about 7.35pm (AEST) yesterday, a police spokesman said.
The man, believed to be aged between 40 and 50, grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the till and took the shop attendant's wallet, before fleeing.

Police described the man as about 183cm tall, with a weathered, scarred face.

He wore a black jacket, trackpants, a cap and was carrying a black haversack bag, police said.
 

PA: 6-Year-Old Takes Loaded Gun To Pittsburgh School
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Pittsburgh public school police said a 6-year-old girl took a loaded semiautomatic pistol to Miller Elementary School Monday morning.

Officials said the girl took the weapon from her backpack and began waving it around the cafeteria.

Another student notified school officials, who recovered the weapon.

After further investigation, the firearm was reported stolen from Wilkinsburg in 1999.

Authorities are trying to determine how the girl obtained the gun.

Children, Youth and Family Services are investigating as well.
 

MO: Rifles stolen from rural residence
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"The Saline County Sheriff's Department is looking for leads into a Monday burglary at a home just outside Marshall."

"The burglary was reported at 2:30 p.m. Monday when a woman returned home and noticed a window screen missing and the window open. Once inside, the woman discovered five guns missing from a cabinet."

"A search of the house and surrounding buildings failed to provide any clues, and attempts to retrieve fingerprints from the window and gun cabinet were unsuccessful."

"The missing guns include two .50 caliber black powder rifles, a .270 caliber Winchester rifle and two Mossberg shotguns."

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Would a NICS check have stopped this criminal from obtaining these guns?
 

CT: City Approves Ban On Late-Night Stores
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"The New Haven Board of Alderman approved a zoning ordinance that bans new 24-hour businesses, such as gas station/convenience stores, in residential areas."

"The new ordinance, approved Monday night, also requires that businesses wanting to operate from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in commercial or industrial zones will need a special exception from the Board of Zoning Appeals." ...

"Targeted operations include pawn and swap shops, gun and accessory shops, transient lodging, adult entertainment stores, amusement, automotive and laundering services, and businesses that sell food, drinks and pharmaceuticals."
 

TX: Crooks Invade Fortified Gun Shop
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"Searching high and low, Corpus Christi Police are looking for the thieves who are ready to unload a couple dozen high-priced hunting rifles."

"Around thirty long barreled weapons were stolen from the Texas Gun Shop on SPID over the weekend."

"Police say the thieves took elaborate measures just to get into the gun shop. It took all of eight minutes, after the alarms went off inside, to get $30,000 worth of stolen goods out."
 

Gun advocate's argument is absurd (Letter)
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"The idea that the U.S. government (the people with the bigger guns) would enact martial law any time in the future is absurd. This is the kind of speech one would expect to hear from an ultra-conservative gun nut."

"Let me stress this, the truth is that we are much safer without arming ourselves to the teeth with military-style and automatic weapons." ...

"But I do know that the U.S. government gave us that right, not God."

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Since when does the government grant rights? Does the state grant the right to life, liberty, or property? No. Basic human rights exist independent of the state. And the right to keep and bear arms is a simple extension of those basic human rights.
 

CA: Special source of community strength
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"I'VE NEVER thought much about self defense. I've just always assumed that I would kick the daylights out of anyone who tried to attack me. I'd go for the kneecaps or the groin -- and then run like crazy."

"But that didn't work for a friend of mine. She was accosted by two thugs in her parking garage. They roughed her up and took her purse."

"If you look at the statistics, they're alarming. Three out of four women will be the victims of violent crime in the U.S. And watching Steven Segal movie or 'Dirty Harry' won't teach you self defense."

"Doug Jones will. A fourth-degree black belt, Doug has studied martial arts for more than 30 years."

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Better to show the bad guys a gun when they are 10 yards away than have any physical contact with an assailant who may outpower and outweigh you.
 

GA: Police say shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 22-year-old Duluth man will not face charges for shooting a man who kicked in the door of his apartment early Monday morning, authorities said."

"At about 3 a.m. Monday, Jesus Arturro Velasquez, 20, allegedly drove to his former girlfriend’s home at Sweetwater Glen apartments on 3525 Club Drive. The girlfriend, 20-year-old Kimberly Nelson, was living at the apartment with her new boyfriend, Celso Villa Lobos, according to Cpl. Dan Huggins, spokesman for Gwinnett Police."

"Authorities said Velasquez forced his way inside by kicking in the front door, but as he entered the apartment Lobos shot him four times."

"Investigators who interviewed Lobos believe he acted in self-defense, Huggins said."
 

The security trade-off
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"National security is a hot political topic right now, as both presidential candidates are asking us to decide which one of them is better fit to secure the country."

"At the end of 2005, when many provisions of the Patriot Act expire, we will again be asked to sacrifice certain liberties for security, as many legislators seek to make those provisions permanent."

"As a security professional, I see a vital component missing from the debate. It's important to discuss different security measures, and determine which ones will be most effective. But that's only half of the equation; it's just as important to discuss the costs. Security is always a trade-off, and herein lies the real question: 'Is this security countermeasure worth it?' "
 

The Boom in Bomb Detection
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Get ready to be scanned, sniffed and zapped ..."

"Our visitor parks the car and walks through the building's doors, oblivious to the sudden blast of air that propels molecules from his clothes and skin to an overhead array of tiny electronic sniffers that can identify trace amounts of explosives from even a tiny bomb concealed on his person. ..."

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If you are shooter, collector, reloaded, or are around guns, you will be "ZAPPED."

Every gun owner will have to explain why they are not a terrorist!

Guilty until proven innocent!
 

TN: Metro Detective Says Store Owners Shouldn't Have Fought Back
Submitted by: Blake Wylie
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Note: This is a link that's also related to yesterday's story about the convenience store owner who thwarted a robbery.

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"Now Metro Police are searching for the suspect. They say that victims of crime should think twice before taking the law into their own hands."

"Metro Robbery Det. James Arendall said, 'We would never say to fire back. Just let them have what they want and hope they don't shoot you and let them go.' "

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If you notice, the assailants fired the first shot, but apparently Detective Arendall is too busy worrying about giving armed thugs a safe environment to do as they please instead of praising the would-be victims for fighting back.
 

Bay Bridge Walk Another Opportunity to Corral Sheeple
Submitted by: Tomahawk

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During the (formerly) annual Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Walk, pedestrians are given a glimpse of how Americans are to be treated from now on.

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"In a satirical look at the future on one episode of the Simpsons, American citizens were whipped by giant robots reminiscent of the Sentinels in X-Men comics as they were herded past memorials to liberty such as the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument. While things are not yet quite that bad, they may be very well on the way in light of the so-called security measures being taken that don’t have so much to do with actually preventing acts of terrorism as conditioning the American people to pliantly do as they are told by those claiming to wield authority."
 

FL: Miami officer's corruption trial hinges on toy gun's presence
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"Attorneys for a suspended Miami SWAT officer told a jury Tuesday that fellow officers will testify they saw a toy gun in a dark yard after their colleague fatally shot a crazed man. Prosecutors said other officers will testify the toy wasn't there, so it must have been planted to make the shooting look legitimate."

"Federal prosecutor Edward Stamm told jurors that the toy gun inexplicably moved around in the yard in the hours after officer Alex Macias fired a three-shot machine gun volley that hit Jesse Runnels twice in the right cheek."
 

WI: Alderman May Fight Great Outdoor Shooting Permit
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"Madison alderman Matt Sloan is considering trying to get ESPN's shooting permit for the Great Outdoors Game, set for this summer in Quann Park near the Dane County Coliseum, revoked."

"Sloan told News 3 he's still weighing the pros and cons of trying to dump the permit at tonight's common council meeting."

" 'Shooting in a neighborhood park, shotgun fire until 10 p.m., over 1,000 in three days,' Sloan said. 'I think it's a bit much to have in a downtown urban park.' " ...

"Sloan first proposed changing an ordinance so he and his colleagues, rather than the police chief and mayor, would have the power of giving out gun permits."
 

GA: Boy brings loaded gun to school
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"A south Georgia third grader is caught carrying a loaded gun on a school bus."

"The nine-year-old boy from J.M. Odom Elementary School in Colquitt County had a .22 caliber revolver in his backpack. The five inch long gun had three hollow point bullets and two spent casings."

"Investigators believe the boy had the revolver all day at school. He showed it to another student on the bus ride home and that student told the bus driver."
 

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