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SAF Says D.C. Circuit Denial On Re-Hearing Of Parker Case Was Right
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"This morning's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to deny a petition from the District of Columbia for a hearing of Parker v. District of Columbia before the full court was 'right and proper,' said Alan M. Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation."

"'This is a strong signal that the D.C. Court of Appeals, which is the second most powerful court in the country, feels the original ruling by Senior Judge Laurence H. Silberman is solid,' Gottlieb stated. 'It is now up to the district to accept the ruling and begin the process of licensing handguns to be kept legally in district residences, or to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.'" ...
 

Moment Called for Sympathy, Not an Agenda . . .
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"As the events of April 16, 2007 unfolded, Virginians and indeed the world watched as the best and the worst of human nature were presented for all to see. We saw Virginians from all walks of life and all backgrounds come together and declare that we all became 'Hokies' on that fateful day." ...

"Unfortunately, others exhibited behavior that reflects poorly on human nature. Some individuals and groups with political agendas wasted no time in making their voices heard, even before all of the families of the victims had been notified that their loved one was among the dead."

"Less than 24 hours after the shootings, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence issued an e-mail, complete with a fundraising graphic ..." ...
 

Don Kates Responds to NY Times
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... "The pervasive inaccuracy of the N.Y. TIMES on gun issues is epitomized by the fact that 'A Liberal Case for Gun Rights' is the most accurate treatment the Times has ever given the Second Amendment – and yet is still highly misleading."

"From the article the ordinary reader would come away with the following misimpressions: 1) from its enactment in 1791 to roughly 1980 everyone viewed the 2nd Am. as a states right or a meaningless 'collective right'; 2) since 1980 a few ivory tower intellectuals have theorized that the Second Amendment might be a right of individual gun owners; 3) nonetheless the great majority of authorities say that is wrong."

"The truth is almost diametrically opposite. ..." ...
 

The Forgotten War - Part 1
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"There has been heated debate whether another large terrorist attack would happen here in the United States. If it happens, the first responders will not be the U.S. Military or Federal agents. As in the shooting at Trolley Square in Salt Lake, it will be police officers and citizens who are willing to put their lives at risk." ...

"... 'Every single citizen in the United States has got to be prepared to fight against terrorism when they see it. That fight may be in the form of calling the authorities. That fight may be in the form of taking out someone who has got a firearm and is shooting into a crowd of people - tackle that guy if you can.'" ...
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Submitter's note: no mention of the role of a well-regulated militia.
 

John Longenecker: Answering The Brady Center...Again: Academic Freedom and Guns DO Mix
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"Because Freedom and Guns mix. They mix because they are the lethal force which backs citizen authority."

"Speaking of academic, the non-profit Brady Center hasn't learned about Freedom, if their May 3rd, 2007 release is any indication. The Center interferes with American Freedom as it claims to operate in the public interest making the argument against Freedom."

"Mentioning in its press release bio that the Center is a non-profit, so-called Reports from that organization have amounted, in my opinion anyway, to what the IRS Exempt Organizations Publications refer to as unsupported opinion in requirement of non-profits; the Service warns against such opinion for EO's claiming to educate in the public interest." ...
 

Gun control: Worthwhile or not?
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"In the wake of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, gun rights have been a point of contention. Some think stricter gun control laws would have prevented the massacre; others believe if the laws were less strict, the deaths could have been cut down." ...

"Another important consideration is that while liberals often fervently oppose gun rights, many discourage efforts to control the amount of violence shown in movies and video games. When children grow up having no contact with guns except to watch actors pretend to shoot others down, they will not have a realistic view of weapons. The role of a gun goes from being a tool used for hunting, or more importantly, self-defense, to a way to plug your enemies." ...
 

Spin in the opposite direction
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"The recent mass murder at Virginia Tech played to the fearful and knee-jerk, faulty thinking that would have us believe gun control/confiscation is the logical move to avert more of the same."

"Amy Goodman of 'Democracy Now!' devoted an entire show to pushing gun control, bringing an old interview with Michael Moore of 'Bowling For Columbine' fame into the bias. Moore doesn't know it yet, but he owes Charlton Heston, a better man and patriot than himself, a sincere apology for his attempt to belittle Heston. ..."

"As many clear-thinking minds have written, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was put in place by the founders for a very good reason." ...
 

Turning a Blind Eye to Gun Dealers
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"In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, many gun control advocates are renewing calls for imposing tighter restrictions on firearms purchases. But the federal government, as it turns out, is having a hard enough time keeping up with current regulations."

"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is not meeting its own goal for monitoring licensed firearms dealers. At the current rate of inspections, says an ATF spokeswoman, it would take 17 years to inspect all existing license holders. ATF's stated goal is to complete a routine inspection every three years. 'At our current staffing levels we are unable to meet that goal,' ATF's chief public affairs officer, Sheree Mixell, told TIME." ...
 

America must rethink fixation with firearms
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"I ponder where we went wrong in this country. Not so much in government, business and social institutions, but America in general -- the people. The question weighs most heavily on those of us in advancing years."

"The older generation largely knows the score; for it lived in a world, for the most part, free of artificial ingredients that have come to define our society today. It was a world where traditional values helped create decent human beings. It was an age where social commitment was the rule, rather than the exception." ...
 

Alleged Fort Dix Terrorists Reportedly Trained With Yugoslavian SKS Assault Rifle Model Specifically Approved for Import by Bush Administration (VPC)
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"A foreign-made SKS assault rifle specifically approved for import by the Bush Administration was one of the weapons the U.S. government alleges that six men plotting an assault on Fort Dix trained with in the Poconos according to the criminal complaint filed in a federal district court in New Jersey. In addition to the Yugoslavian SKS, the alleged terrorists also trained with a Beretta Storm assault rifle."

"Although the federal assault weapons ban has expired, the Bush Administration has the executive authority to ban the import of foreign-made assault weapons like the SKS and Storm. ..." ...
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KABA Note: I suppose the VPC would be happier if wannabe tangos used good american weapons.
 

Gun control for psychotics?
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"In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre, there was the usual debate between supporters and opponents of gun control. On one thing, though, everyone seemed to agree: Seung-hui Cho, whom a judge had found a danger to himself, should never have been allowed to buy a gun. But now that legislation has been introduced in Congress to keep deranged people from getting firearms, we find not quite everyone is on board."...

"You might think that if you can persuade the NRA to endorse a restriction on gun ownership, you can persuade anyone. But the McCarthy bill drew fierce opposition from another group: those claiming to advocate for the mentally ill." ...
 

OH: 'I Thought This Would Never Happen to Me' (BFA)
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like they were all drugged up,' he continued. 'They weren't afraid of me – heck ... they thought I was just an old man, a pushover. ...'"

"'So,' I inquired, 'what did the cops have to say about it?'"

"His head drooped forward. 'I didn’t report it,' he said." ...

"'I probably should have, but I didn't really want the hassle and was real concerned about it,' he explained. 'The cops are pretty much stand-up people. But once something like this gets to the higher-ups, there's no telling how it will turn out. ... Plus, you can't trust the [local] newspaper. What if they published my real name and those punks saw it and came after me in my own home? I might not be so lucky the next time,' he mused." ...
 

TN: Kingsport senior citizen shoots sister-in-law's attacker during intersection fracas
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"A Monday evening shooting, though still under investigation by Kingsport Police, may have been in self-defense."

"Shortly before 6:15 p.m. Lawrence Jennings, 46, of Virgil Avenue, blocked the intersection of Nassau Drive and Kingston Court, not allowing his ex-girlfriend to pass. ... Jennings' former girlfriend was a passenger in the car of Giles Eddie Ferguson, 69, who is her brother-in-law."

"Jennings began to kick the door and beat the windows of Ferguson's vehicle. He was able to get inside and attack Ferguson, at which point the senior citizen shot Jennings in the abdomen ..." ...

"Det. David Cole ... would not confirm Ferguson's actions as self-defense at this time." ...
 

D.C. Petition for Rehearing of Gun Ban Case Denied
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"Today, in a 6-4 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a motion by the D.C. government to reconsider the court's blockbuster opinion in Parker v. District of Columbia. On March 9, the court held in Parker that 'the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms,' striking down a 31-year old ban on guns in the nation's capital. ..."

"That means the D.C. handgun ban is unconstitutional and, unless the Supreme Court overturns the Parker decision, the ban will have to be lifted. Most likely, the D.C. government will now ask the Supreme Court to review the appellate court decision. If so, the high court could decide this summer whether to take the case." ...
 

DC: Gun Rights in D.C.
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"The D.C. Circuit will not be re-hearing the Parker case en banc. The government of the District of Columbia has to decide whether to seek Supreme Court review of the decision ... Robert Levy ... tells NR that he would not oppose the city's petition: 'Our goal from the beginning has been to get a foursquare pronouncement from the Supreme Court on the real meaning of the Second Amendment.'"

"The case has split gun-rights activists in the past, with some of them fearing that asking the Court to pronounce on the matter could set back their cause if it leads to a disappointing answer. But Levy says he is finding less resistance now. ..." ...
 

D.C. Gun Laws Likely Headed to Supreme Court
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"When in early March the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the District's restrictive gun laws were unconstitutional, over 70 years of legal thinking on the Second Amendement was upended and the nationwide debate over gun control was given new life. And with another decision by the court today, it looks like the matter will be settled by the Supreme Court." ...
 

TX: How best to keep Americans armed - and safe
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"The governor's proposal to make Texas' schools and courthouses safer by letting people pack heat into them needs some serious thought."

"I fully agree with anyone who argues that we mustn't allow the criminal misuse of a firearm to become a fulcrum for prying loose our freedom to own guns, if we're willing to handle them responsibly." ...

"And I am in complete sympathy with those who so want to see this kind of heartache stop that they're willing to consider anything. If we could do it with snipers on all four corners of every roof, I swear the temptation would be tough for me to resist."

"But it's time for a little sanity here." ...
 

NY: Should Students Be Able To Carry Concealed Weapons?
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"The deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech last month has re-ignited an emotional debate about whether students should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus."

"Virginia Tech, like most universities around the country, forbids students from having guns on campus. But as an increasing number of states have passed laws that allow people to carry concealed weapons, gun advocates from Virginia to Utah have also challenged the academic policies that prohibit weapons at colleges and universities. Their argument is that guns can save lives."

"If the students at Virginia Tech were armed, they contend, they might have been able to stop the rampage before more than 30 of their classmates were killed." ...
 

OH: N.C. prof says tragic event turned around his outlook on guns
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"A criminology professor from North Carolina last Thursday told an Ohio University audience how a personal tragedy jolted his political assumptions and persuaded him to abandon his long-held anti-gun position."

"'The thing that began to drive me away from that position was actually a very tragic event,' Mike Adams said of his former liberal, gun-control beliefs." ...

"His speech, entitled 'The Failures of Gun Control,' differed from Adams' usual lectures. It was the first time that he was asked to give a speech specifically on the Second Amendment. Last year at OU he spoke on freedom of speech and the First Amendment." ...
 

CA: New Ballistics Technology Enjoys High Rate of Success With Current Generation of Firearms (BCPGV)
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"A recent study by UC Davis graduate student Michael Beddow has drawn inaccurate and misleading conclusions about the efficacy of microstamping technology."

"Microstamping technology utilizes lasers to make precise, microscopic engravings on the breech face and firing pin of a gun. As the gun is fired, information indicating the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the cartridge as numbers and letters (and also in a variety of coded formats). The technology promises to greatly aid law enforcement officials in investigating homicides and other crimes by allowing them to trace firearms through cartridge casings found at crime scenes ..." ...
 

TN: Self-defense bill passes both houses
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"Legislation to give people more leeway in defending themselves when faced with a violent threat has passed both houses of the General Assembly."

"Passage of the measures has been hailed by gun-rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association. But others say the new law takes Tennessee in the wrong direction." ...

"'I could regale you for hours about how that has gone hellishly wrong,' said Zach Ragbourn, assistant director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Ragbourn ... pointed to a Florida case in which two men fired at each other, hitting a 9-year-old girl. Police could not prove who shot first, and both claimed self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: Presumption of innocence: Ain't it a bitch.
 

TN: Massacre propels bill to OK guns in parks
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"Tennesseans who have handgun permits could carry their weapons into state parks legally under a bill on the move in the legislature, and its chances of passing are greater in light of the Virginia Tech massacre, one of its sponsors said."

"The proposal to allow permit holders to go armed in state-run parks was introduced well before the slayings of 32 people on the university campus last month."

"But Senate sponsor Tim Burchett thinks the killings may have "created a positive atmosphere" for changing the law this year. And House sponsor Frank Niceley said he may push next year to allow college students and teachers with permits to carry handguns on campuses." ...
 

James Madison to Daniel Webster, 'The Revolutionary Rights of the People', Mar. 15, 1833
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"...But this dodges the blow by confounding the claim to secede at will, with the right of seceding from intolerable oppression. . . . The latter is another name only for revolution, about which there is no theoretic controversy..."

"...And here the undisputed fact is, that the Constitution was made by the people..."

"...and finally proclaims its supremacy, and that of the laws made in pursuance of it, over the Constitutions & laws of the States; the powers of the Government being exercised, as in other elective & responsible Governments, under the controul of its Constituents, the people & legislatures of the States, and subject to the Revolutionary Rights of the people in extreme cases..."
 

A Dangerous Game of Dress-Up
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... "There is nothing wrong with playing dress-up. If you want to dress like a Confederate soldier and march around a field all weekend, go ahead. There is absolutely no harm in doing so."

"My great fear is that there is another group playing dress-up today, and their actions do cause harm." ...

"... Once a police department forms a SWAT team, the military attitude is adopted by the other members of the force. Today, we see not just SWAT members, but patrolmen moving about our towns wearing jump boots and flak jackets… just like the military. Unfortunately, once a person adopts the military mindset, the focus is no longer to assist, to help and to be the peacemaker, but rather to intimidate, to force and to destroy." ...

"Until we, the honest citizens, say 'no more!' to an armed military in our streets, things will only get worse. How long before we are the occupied territory? ... How long before our neighbors are 'disappeared' in the night?" ...
 

IL: Chicago to pay $2M to wounded Bulls celebrants
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"Chicago is still paying for its last NBA championship."

"A city council committee today recommended a $2 million settlement in a police-brutality case stemming from the 1998 Bulls victory celebrations. The full council is expected to approve the deal Wednesday."

"On the night of June 14, 1998, after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz, police fired 25 bullets into a car carrying 11 young people, including teenagers, wounding several, the city said." ...

"Officers said they fired in self-defense, the city said, believing the car would hit them. Those in the car said they posed no threat. Bullets hit the front, side and rear of the car, the city said." [emphasis added] ...
 

FL: Driver Accuses State Attorney Of Waving Gun At Him
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"He's normally a prosecutor for the State Attorney General. Now Carlos Ivanor is under investigation for brandishing a gun on a busy road." ...

"... as Ivanor raced down the road ... he reached down to the passenger seat, unzipped a black file folder and pulled out a weapon."

"'It was up high. He was holding it like this, thrusting it back and forth,' he said."

"Deputies on scene told the victim that Ivanor didn't do anything that could get him arrested ..."

"That didn't sit well with the victim, who later decided to take the case to Daytona Beach police."

"Florida Statute 790.10 says, in part, that anyone using a weapon in a threatening manner, not in self defense, should be guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor." ...
 

MN: Gun control protects criminals
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"The author of a recent letter to the editor wants more gun control, blaming our right to keep and bear arms for the senseless killings at Virginia Tech."

"Actually, gun control played a major role in the massacre. The campus was designated as a 'gun free zone,' ensuring all of the law-abiding victims would be disarmed and easy prey for the killer. ... Even those with valid permits to legally carry a firearm for self defense were prohibited from carrying on campus."

"In reality, gun-control laws protect criminals and disarm potential victims. Instead of blaming our right to keep and bear arms for this despicable act, put the blame where it belongs, on a deranged killer, protected by victim disarmament laws."
 

OH: Gun licenses safe choice
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"When Florida liberalized its restrictive and disjointed system of concealed carry laws in 1987, many states followed suit. In each case, naysayers predicted everything from 'blood in the streets' to 'parking lot shootouts.' Just as regularly, after each state changed the law to allow more law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns, the results were peacefully anticlimactic. ..."

"Now after the Virginia Tech shootings, there are those wanting concealed carry to be allowed on college campuses. I've wanted this for ages, not as an 'answer' to mass shootings (there is no single answer), but because it would further improve the safety of individuals who are legal to carry elsewhere in Ohio." ...
 

OH: It's time for another Plain Dealer Pulitzer: Self-defense commentary continues (BFA)
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"In 2004, ultra-liberal Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz ... was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for commentary that, among other things, bashed Ohio CHL-holders as 'Dirty Harry wannabe's'." ...

"Ms. Schultz has been notably mute in the days and weeks since an armed 15 year-old attacked a CHL-holder in his front yard. However, I would like to suggest that another Plain Dealer columnist is deserving of a Pulitzer for her commentary on bearing arms for self-defense in Ohio."

"While the initial Plain Dealer news coverage of an Ohio CHL-holder protecting himself with gun was everything we've come to expect from the anti-gun newspaper's coverage ... columnist Regina Brett quickly came to the news reporters' rescue." ...
 

TX: Lawmakers divided over metal detectors at the Capitol
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"Sen. Carlos Uresti, a former Marine, feels more comfortable on the Texas Senate floor these days, knowing that some wacko with a high-powered rifle in the gallery up above doesn't have him in crosshairs."

"The Senate recently installed metal detectors at the entrance to the public gallery. ..." ...

"Uresti ... said lawmakers must take security seriously without discouraging anyone from watching or participating in the democratic process."

"'But would you allow them to take a gun or a weapon into the gallery?' Uresti asked."

"Gov. Rick Perry would."

"'The governor believes if a Texan is properly licensed and permitted they should have the ability to exercise their second amendment rights in their state Capitol,' ..." ...
 

WY: Wyoming loses gun rights lawsuit
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"The federal agency that tracks gun purchases was correct in rejecting a Wyoming law that sought to allow people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence charges to regain their right to own guns through the state courts, a federal judge has ruled."

"U.S. Judge Alan Johnson ruled Tuesday against Wyoming's claim that the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arbitrarily rejected the 2004 state law."

"The federal agency had warned Wyoming that if it persisted in allowing people with misdemeanor violence convictions to buy guns, that the federal government would no longer recognize more than 10,000 concealed carry permits issued by the state as a substitute for federal background checks for firearms purchases." ...
 

TX: Mr. Buttar’s response (and my own)
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"You might recall my fisking of an opinion piece by Shahid Buttar written on the Second Amendment. He has responded to my arguments, but needless to say I’m not convinced:"

"Courrèges characterizes my argument as suggesting that any government interference with an individual right would be legitimate, while I say no such thing. …" ..."I'm glad that Buttar doesn't support a wholesale ban on gun ownership. However, it makes me wonder why he cited Britain's gun control laws prominently, and why he opposes the recent Parker decision that slapped down Washington D.C.'s gun ban. Both of these imply that he supports those kind of gun control measures. ..." ...
 

MI: No vote needed
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

To the editor:

While our military is fighting our enemies abroad, the rest of us must fight over enemies here.

The enemies I refer to are the anti-gun and gun ban groups. They want to take away our second amendment rights, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

If that right is taken away, so is our freedom. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has submitted such a bill (H.R. 1022) to the House of Representatives. Please contact U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak and ask him to vote against H.R. 1022.

GERALD F. LIGHT

Ontonagon
 

WI: Is gun control a magic bullet?
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"Three weeks ago, our nation experienced the worst school massacre in our history [sic]. ... When the massacre was over, he had killed a total of 33 people ... This was not the first large-scale school shooting. In 1999, there was the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, which left 15 dead."

"Then, as now, these shootings have brought gun control issues to the forefront of public debate. Issues regarding gun safety, gun sales, and conceal carry have risen once more. In Wisconsin, legislators are attempting to pass a bill that would allow concealed carry ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: In fact the Bath Massacre was the worst school massacre in US history.
 

CA: What can we do to stop senseless campus shootings?
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"Another senseless shooting has happened near a college campus."

"A student at California State University at Fresno has killed 1 and wounded two at an apartment building near campus ..."

"Let's hope our political leaders take quick action to keeps guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Existing laws have too many loopholes that allow people like Virginia Tech mass murder Seung-Heui Cho to buy their weapons with proper permits."

"I know that people have the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Just because I choose not to own guns, doesn't mean I want to stop people from legally purchasing them for hunting or protection. No rights, though, are absolute." ...
 

MN: Second Amendment protects necessary freedoms
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"I am writing in response to Jeffrey L. Bineham's April 25 column, 'Is the Second Amendment obsolete?' I was quite appalled at the statements made in his writings."

"Bineham began by saying that the militia is no longer a necessary body in modern America. I couldn't disagree more."

"While the National Guard is largely responsible for protecting the United States from attack while the regular military forces are at war, the truth is, more and more National Guard units are being deployed overseas. Who will you depend on in case of attack?" ...
 

UK: Millwall fan convicted of manslaughter
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"A MILLWALL fan who killed his friend by stabbing him through the eye in a drunken row over a minicab fare faces years behind bars."

"Craig Griffin plunged a kitchen knife into Barry Johnson's face and then fled, leaving the 39-year-old with blade sticking out of his eye."

"The force of the blow sent the blade into Mr Johnson's brain and he died in hospital two days later."

"Griffin lashed out after a drink and drugs binge at Mr Johnson's home ... which ended in a row over a £50 cab fare."

"The 21-year-old had denied murder, claiming he had retaliated in self-defence after being attacked by Mr Johnson, but said he could not remember plunging the knife into his eye." ...
 

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