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PA: Purchase of gun ends thefts at area store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Merlony Colaco got robbed one too many times, and instead of shrugging and moving on, he did something about it.

The Greencastle merchant was mad and not going to take it anymore, so he bought a shotgun and caught a woman he didn't know inside his convenience store.

He also put the kibosh on what police call a recent string of local smash-and-grab robberies.

After his store, the Molly Pitcher Mini Mart, was broken into for the second time, Colaco picked up a shotgun and set up an after-hours stakeout.
 

GA: Man, 84, shoots would-be burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A woman who tried to burglarize a backyard storage building Friday morning was shot by the homeowner, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Frank Sams, 84, fired one shot from his .38-caliber handgun, striking the unidentified woman once in the left side of the neck, Investigator Lt. Jimmy Young said. The woman was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics. Sams has not been charged, Young said. Sams, who had been victimized by earlier break-ins, decided to sit on his back steps and wait for the burglars to return. It was the third time in less than two weeks that would-be burglars have been shot by potential victims.
 

ABC's Stossel Links Gun Control to Higher Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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On Friday's 20/20, ABC anchor John Stossel discussed the self-defensive benefits of gun ownership, debunking the myth that 'gun control reduces crime,' during 20/20's recurring series 'Myths, Lies & Downright Stupidity,' based on Stossel's book of the same title. Citing the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Washington, D.C.'s ban on gun ownership, Stossel talked to the pro-gun plaintiff in the case, and pointed out that the murder rate in D.C. increased after the city's gun ban.
 

CT: Gun permits come with silencers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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People have the right in Connecticut to know who wants a permit to carry a concealed handgun. They are entitled to inspect most of the information someone jots down on these applications.
But they are blocked from finding out who succeeds at getting gun permits. That's because that information is secret. The reason it became hush-hush isn't because of a massacre on a college campus, terrorist attack or any knockdown, drag-out legislative debate. Rather, Connecticut gun permits were shielded from public purview in 1994 because of deal-making among state lawmakers, Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr., the gun industry and Second Amendment advocates, including the National Rifle Association.

Ed. Note: There is an anti-gun poll.
 

A Liberal Case for Gun Rights Sways Judiciary
Submitted by: Anonymous

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In March, for the first time in the nation's history, a federal appeals court struck down a gun control law on Second Amendment grounds. Only a few decades ago, the decision would have been unimaginable.
There used to be an almost complete scholarly and judicial consensus that the Second Amendment protects only a collective right of the states to maintain militias. That consensus no longer exists — thanks largely to the work over the last 20 years of several leading liberal law professors, who have come to embrace the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns.
SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Believe it or not, this is in The New York Times!
 

Jackie Mason Video Blog 13 "Guns Protect Too"
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...Virginia you are allowed to carry a gun everywhere except on campus. Now that has to be the most moronic thing that I ever heard in my life.
 

AK: Guns are detrimental to the safety of children
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The root of the problem is located deep in our culture of violence and in our philosophy of individualism. American children are taught that we’re all individually responsible for our own successes or failures. As adults we become unable to conceive of benefits to the collective whole that do not also benefit us personally. Why else, in a country where Ellison states that we "breathe freer than any other nation on earth," should he feel the need to protect himself from oppression by "government both foreign and domestic"?
 

NC: Pizza Parlor Owner Shoots at Burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The owner of a pizza parlor took the law into his own hands early Friday morning when he pulled up to his restaurant and saw a man running out. Jim Moury, the proprietor of Upper Crust Pizza on Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem, N.C., got a call at home before 4 a.m. indicating the burglar alarm had been triggered. When he arrived, Moury was surprised to see a man running out of the restaurant. "Next thing I know, this guy comes running out and he raises his arm like he's got a gun, so I drew my weapon and I fired in his direction," he recalled.
 

AK: Shootings spur police crackdown
Submitted by: William Furby

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The raids began April 26 and ended April 28, an ATF official said. "We were attempting to prevent as well as investigate crimes," said ATF resident agent in charge Brad Earman. "If we can stop something from happening. If we can stop a murder, that's more successful than bringing a murderer to justice."

Submitters Note: I think that is called Prior Restraint. Isn't that still illegal in this country?
 

NY: Pattern shotgun before hunting
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The dirty little secret about shotguns is that some don't shoot straight. Another secret: Most people who own these guns don't realize they don't place shot where they're pointed. Why not? Because most shotgun owners don't pattern their weapons.
 

NY: Gun control a hot topic again after recent violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The debate over gun control is on the front burner again following recent incidents of gun violence, including the massacre at Virginia Tech and shootings of several New York state troopers. But rather than try to restrict gun ownership, a lot of people in the law enforcement community believe more guns, at least in the hands of law-abiding citizens, can actually reduce crime. Among them is Toni Dragotta, a state conservation officer who also organized a local chapter of the International Defensive Pistol Association.
 

TX: Aim of gun laws tough to reconcile in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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It was difficult last week to listen to gun talk at the Texas Capitol and gun talk at the Hays County Commissioners Court and not wonder whether the discussions were taking place in the same state.
The first piece of legislation to clear through the Texas House and Senate this session was a bill expanding self-defense claims. The governor signed it, and now Texans who use lethal force to protect themselves from attack can do so in their automobiles just as they would their homes. Feel threatened? Open fire. Texas juries — petit and grand — have been historically sympathetic to self-defense claims, so the bill's value in changing lives for the better is limited.
 

TX: How much government is enough?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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So what are the true costs of what Texas congressman and current presidential candidate Ron Paul calls “the Welfare/Warfare State?”

Our nation’s comptroller general (accountant) tells us that the real U.S. debt based on the same accounting principles that the government requires of corporations is about $48 trillion, or more than $156,000 per man, woman, and child.
 

NRA paranoia but with an underlying point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The NRA claims that they hate the terrorists as much as the next guy, but they don’t want any laws that take guns away, because that will be the first step in government taking everyone’s guns away.

Essentially what this law would do is deny weapons sales to anybody on the terror watch list. While I feel that the NRA is being paranoid in their approach, they do have a valid point when it comes to the terror watch list. The terror watch list has proven itself to be overwhelmingly inaccurate and less than reliable.
 

WI: Do we really deserve the Bill of Rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Americans often patronize other cultures from a point of view of cultural supremacy. We project it as a "city on the hill" which others should look at for inspiration. Reading the sublime language of the "Bill of Rights" – that perspective is not out of place; but sadly those minds are long gone and today's America is no different from the rest of the world.

Surely the inertial push of the "Bill of Rights" is helping us move forward but today's America, sadly, looks like an infant carrying a diamond ring. It does not know what it has
and would gladly trade it for a toy made out of clay.
 

AZ: How many have to die before we put vital controls on guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Check out the lack of gun laws in Arizona and ask yourself if this is acceptable for the safety and well-being of your family: No permit is required to purchase a handgun, shotgun or rifle. No registration is required for any firearm purchased. There are no licensing requirements for owners of handguns. There is no waiting period when purchasing a firearm. People are moving in every day with firearms with no way to track them.
 

PA: Commonwealth Hunters Set New Safety Record in Penn's Woods
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last year, there were just 46 hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs), including two fatalities. In addition, the incident rate of 4.81 per 100,000 was the lowest on record."

"In 2005, the year the previous records were set, there were 47 hunting-related shooting incidents, including three fatalities, and the incident rate was 4.92 per 100,000."

"In 2004, there were 56 hunting-related shooting incidents, including four fatalities, and the incident rate was 5.56 per 100,000."

"While even one incident is one too many, we are pleased that hunters continue to improve on their safety record,' said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. 'However, we must continue to strive to do better.'" ...
 

NJ: Suspended West Paterson cop agrees to cooperate in probe of other officers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A suspended West Paterson police officer has pleaded guilty to one count of hindering prosecution and agreed to cooperate wiith the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office in its prosecution of five other officers accused of protecting the targets of a drug investigation, authorities said this morning."

"Officer Richard Beagin, 29, pleaded guilty to the fourth-degree crime on Wednesday ... Beagin admitted he received confidential information about an ongoing drug investigation and passed it along to the targets of the probe ..."

"In accordance with his plea agreement, five other charges against him were dropped, including witness tampering, violation of the Wiretap Act and two counts of official misconduct ..." ...
 

NJ: Trooper official relents on radio disclosures
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At the request of State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes, the head of a State Troopers union today cancelled his campaign to publicize the home addresses of radio personalities who aired postings from a union Web site ..." ...

"Jones was retaliating against the radio hosts for reporting on the air on Tuesday about anonymous postings on a password-protected union Web site that enouraged troopers to harass motorists with a 'ticket blitz' in May."

"Jones said the broadcast led to arguments between motorists and troopers on highway roadsides, creating danger to both troopers and the public."

"'This is where I draw the line,' he said. 'The First Amendment does not give you the right to yell 'Fire' in a crowded theater.'" ...
 

WI: Strong gun laws wouldn't have stopped Tech tragedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A recent column in The Post-Crescent, "Gun access central to school shootings," again implies that "gun control" is the answer to gun crime without proposing a single workable suggestion.

He criticizes lax gun laws and enforcement for failing to keep a "mentally dangerous" individual at Virginia Tech from obtaining firearms, when in fact it was "privacy" concerns that did not allow that person's name to be entered in the federal registry. It had nothing to do with existing gun laws; those laws would have worked were it not for this overriding concern with privacy.
 

PA: Chief: Police Officer Pulls Man Over, Forces Sex Acts
Submitted by: jac

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After an on-duty, male Philadelphia police officer pulled another man over in the Fairmount Park section of the city, the 18-year-old male veteran took a man from the car to a nearby area and forced him to engage in undisclosed sexual activities, authorities said.

On Friday, police arrested fellow officer Michael Paige, 40, of the 92nd district, and charged him with unlawful restraint, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse and related offenses in connected to a March 16 traffic stop.

An internal investigation showed that Paige was in full uniform and driving a marked police cruiser when he stopped a car and took the victim to a secluded area.
 

NJ: Ban assault weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The National Rifle Association spends an insane amount of money lobbying against any form of gun control. The NRA cites the Second Amendment as the sacred right for any individual American to keep and bear arms.

The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 and at that time the term "arms" did not include the assault weapons easily purchased today. In 1996, lawmakers in Britain banned all handguns after a school massacre.
 

Packing heat can save lives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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If only Virginia Tech's mass murderer had read the school's policy handbook. He would have learned the college was a gun-free zone. So then he wouldn't have brought any guns on campus and the tragedy could have been averted.

That's roughly the logic used by many proponents of gun control. Adding more laws, rules and regulations to the thousands already on the books will somehow stop the violence.
 

Guns do kill people
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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Thomas Achen's April 26 letter makes me very angry.
Gun control doesn't mean gun banishment. Reasonable, common-sense rules of control, diligently enforced, could really help save lives. For instance, Cho fired 170 times in nine minutes. If he could only have fired 10 times, there might have been six dead, instead of 33. Think of that for just a minute; 27 extremely brilliant, moral people, just at the beginnings of their lives.
 

Brazil: Rio militias keep peace in slums
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil · For as long as anyone can remember, the cracked asphalt soccer field in the Roquete Pinto slum was off-limits to children, "reserved" by gangs selling marijuana and cocaine. Then, a few months ago, a mysterious squad of beefy men with submachine guns started patrolling on foot, and the drug dealers disappeared.

Last month, while gunbattles were raging in two other Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods and bystanders were shielding their kids from the bullets, the barefoot teens of Roquete Pinto kicked a ball around their freshly liberated field.
 

VT: Second Amendment protects law-abiding citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Recently a TV news reporter loudly declared that there had been no multiple gun killings in England since their gun ban was employed. Then he quietly admitted there had been more gun crimes than before the ban. So, according to this faulty reasoning it is OK to kill more people, just don’t kill so many in one place at one time.
 

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There are other things so clearly out of the power of Congress, that the bare recital of them is sufficient, I mean the "...rights of bearing arms for defence, or for killing game..." These things seem to have been inserted among their objections, merely to induce the ignorant to believe that Congress would have a power over such objects and to infer from their being refused a place in the Constitution, their intention to exercise that power to the oppression of the people. —ALEXANDER WHITE (1787)

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