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Jesse Jackson Is 'Gunning For Guns' (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Having experienced humiliation by supporting the false accuser of the Duke lacrosse players, the Reverend Jesse Jackson's latest race-baiting initiative (read: his latest attempt to get his face in front of the media) involves taking up the mantle of gun control. The fruit of his labor was an article called 'Gunning For Guns', published, among other places, in the Xenia (OH) Gazette."

"Commentary by Buckeye Firearms Association editors, Chris Chumita or Chad Baus is in crimson."
 

Sandy Froman: The making of a gun believer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm the last person you would ever expect to own a gun, let alone become a gun rights activist. I'm often asked how a Jewish woman, a native of San Francisco and a graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law became president of the NRA ..."

"It was a night in 1982 when I was living alone in suburban Los Angeles. At about 3 a.m., I awoke to a sound at my front door ..." ...

"... At this point I realized that a man still trying to break through the door with lights, noise and a person in the house would probably not just take my stereo and sneak away. I was in terrible danger."

"I was 32 years old then. I'm 5 feet 2 inches tall ... The bottom line is I would have no chance against the thug who was about to come through my front door." ...
 

The old 'he didn't know what 'snuff' means' defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I know I keep talking about this (also here), but I'm still not quite ready to drop 'Father' Michael Pfleger's call to 'snuff out' gun shop owner John Riggio, along with unnamed pro-rights legislators. Here in the U.S., we're just not accustomed to the clergy advocating murder. ... this is an American born and raised Catholic priest calling for murder."

"Some might claim that Pfleger didn't really mean that Riggio and Pfleger's enemies in the legislature should be killed. In fact, one of his minions makes just that claim"

"Vince Clark, a spokesman for Pfleger, told Cybercast News Service Wednesday that the pastor wasn't aware of the violent connotation of 'snuff' and didn't mean to threaten bodily harm." ...
 

Rep. Ron Paul: Immigration 'Compromise' Sells Out Our Sovereignty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The much-vaunted Senate 'compromise' on immigration is a compromise alright: a compromise of our laws, a compromise of our sovereignty, and a compromise of the Second Amendment. That anyone in Washington believes this is a credible approach to solving our immigration crisis suggests just how out of touch our political elites really are." ...

"According to the pro-Second Amendment Gun Owners of America, the legislation also makes it easier to target gun dealers for prosecution. Even gun clubs could find themselves targeted under this immigration reform legislation." ...
 

NBC's Tim Russert shows ignorance on guns during Bill Richardson interview (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During a weekend Meet the Press interview with Democrat presidential candidate Bill Richardson, NBC anchor Tim Russert exhibited exactly why Buckeye Firearms Association's Larry Moore wrote 'The media and guns – things they should know'."

"More than two years after it sunsetted, Russert's grilling of Bill Richardson over his support for the sunsetting of the Clinton Gun Ban reveals that he is still under the false impression that the failed legislation banned automatic weapons, which he refers to as 'street sweepers' and 'uzi machine guns'." ...
 

GUN SAINT Author Rips Hypocrisy of Jesse Jackson and Demands Defrocking of Lapdog Catholic Priest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Who in his right mind can help abhorring the vicious clerical hypocrisy manifested in Chicago last weekend by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Michael Pfleger during their verbal assaults on the law-abiding owner of a suburban business,' asked GUN SAINT author John Michael Snyder here today."

"Jackson's group, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, organized the demonstration against Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale IL. Jackson himself charged that the business sold the 'majority of guns connected with recent shooting deaths in Chicago,' but then admitted he did not have statistics on the store, reported NBC5.com." [emphasis added] ...
 

Gun Advocate Wants Priest's 'Snuff' Comments Investigated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun rights advocate wants the Justice Department to investigate a Catholic priest who during a weekend anti-gun rally threatened to "snuff out" a Chicago gun store owner."

"As Cybercast News Service reported earlier, Rev. Michael Pfleger said Saturday in comments aimed at Chuck's Gun Shop owner John Riggio, 'we're going to find out and snuff you out.'"

"Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina's Church in Chicago, told the crowd 'we're going to snuff out John Riggio, we're going to snuff out legislators that are voting ... against our gun laws and we're coming for you because we are not going to sit idly.'"

"To 'snuff' can mean to sniff, inhale, or extinguish. It is also commonly used as a slang term for 'to kill.'" ...
 

Which Amendment Matters Most?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's no surprise, in the wake of the ... tragedy at Virginia Tech ... that gun control has become an issue for the 2008 presidential race. In the aftermath of the shooting spree, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards ... called for more restrictions, while Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona has said the incident would not sway him away from backing the rights of gun owners. And the [NRA-ILA] recently issued this news alert: 'A one–sided hearing ... in the House Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, chaired by long–shot presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D–OH) [rated 'F' by the NRA], was used by anti–gunners as a platform for pushing the same, old, tired anti–gun restrictions.'" ...
 

MO: Police see little impact from Missouri gun law
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"As it comes time for thousands of Missouri residents to renew their permits to carry concealed weapons, law enforcement officials say the controversial concealed-carry law has had little effect on crime rates."

"Police say it has neither reduced nor increased crime overall. People don't seem to be shooting others, or themselves, by accident in any greater numbers."

"'When they were debating this, one side was saying it was going to reduce crime and another was saying it was going to cause gunfights in the streets,' Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. '... You're not having fights in the streets, but it's not saving the world either.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Don't care about saving the world, Gary, just about protecting my family.
 

CA: Simi Valley man admits to shooting pellet gun near University of Riverside Wednesday
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"A Simi Valley man told Palm Desert police that he was adjusting a new pellet gun near the University of Riverside Palm Desert Campus Wednesday morning just before the facility was put on lockdown while authorities investigated reports of an armed man in the area."

"Authorities will ask the Riverside County District Attorney's office to file charges against ... Jason Poniewaz, the Palm Desert Police Department said. He violated a Palm Desert law that prohibits air rifle usage within city limits, which is a misdemeanor offence."

"Poniewaz contacted investigators after seeing media coverage of Wedneday's lockdown. He told them he was visiting family members in the area when he stopped ... to adjust the scope on his rifle." ...
 

WI: Guns delivered to school; teachers suspended
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"Two long-time Ellsworth High School teachers have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation that began after firearms were delivered to the rural Pierce County school."

"The teachers, who run a firearms business in nearby Beldenville, say the delivery should have been made there - not to high school where they worked."

"The guns are legal, but possession of firearms on school grounds, with few exceptions, is not, said Ellsworth police Chief Greg Place." ...

"Lewis and McLeod have taught for 30 years or more, and are well known in Ellsworth and Beldenville, Lewis said, which may explain why the delivery service opted to take the boxes to the school, rather than their businesses." ...
 

LA: Panel kills college dorm gun ban
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"An attempt to close a state 'loophole' that allows firearms in college dorms was soundly defeated Wednesday in a House committee after several Second Amendment advocates spoke against it."

"House Bill 461 by Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, attempted to include dorms in the firearm-free school zone portion of state law in order to coincide with university policies, which already ban firearms in dorms." ...

"For instance, an LSU student with a gun in a dorm room could be expelled under university policy, but not face any legal consequences." ...
 

WA: Democrats and Republicans square off on gun control and death penalty
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"The atmosphere was heated last night between campus Democrats and Republicans, and that’s not counting yesterday’s soaring temperatures."

"During the quarterly debate between the Young Democrats and the College Republicans held last night in Gowen Hall, the two groups passionately debated the issues of gun control and the death penalty."

"For the first debate, the Democrats argued that all handguns should be banned for use by private civilians."

"Senior Cullen White, outgoing ASUW president, and sophomore Max Wagner, Young Democrats president, debating for the Democrats, argued that handguns claim far more innocent lives than they save." ...
 

Canada: Alleged gun sighting at Elmira high school
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"For the second time in a week, Waterloo regional police were scouring a local high school looking for a handgun."

"This time, the force's tactical unit descended on Elmira District Secondary School, after two 10-year-olds claimed yesterday to have seen a young man with a pistol inside a school washroom. After searching the grounds, neither a weapon nor a suspect were found."

"The school was empty because of an early dismissal day, although elementary-school aged children were taking part in a track meet on the sports field, said Insp. Bryan Larkin of the Waterloo regional police." ...
 

Fred Thompson Position on Illegal Immigration Gun Control Abortion – Presidential Candidate Still Needs To Fill in Blanks
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"Actor and politician Fred Thompson said that he will be entering the 2008 Presidential race, but has yet to clarify all of his positions. Thompson was elected Senator by Tennessee voters in 1994 to take over the slot after Al Gore became Vice President." ...

"He is anti-gun control. When asked about the Virginia Tech massacre, he told ABC radio that 'Whenever I've seen one of those 'Gun-free Zone' signs, especially outside of a school filled with our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, I've always wondered exactly who these signs are directed at. Obviously, they don't mean much to the sort of man who murdered 32 people just a few days ago.'" ...
 

CA: California Assembly Passes Microstamping Bill Despite 'Flawed' Technology
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rejecting the results of a study it requested, yesterday the California Assembly passed by a vote of 44-29 legislation that would mandate a new patented, sole-sourced technology known as firearms microstamping. The study, conducted by the University of California at Davis tested the reliability of microstamping ... The authors of the study concluded that, 'At the current time it is not recommended that a mandate for implementation of this technology in all semiautomatic handguns in the state of California be made. Further testing, analysis and evaluation is required.'"

"The Assembly's vote ... not only contradicted recommendations of the experts at U.C. Davis, but also an earlier peer-reviewed study published last year ..." ...
 

OH: City of Perrysburg Park Signs Down (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The City of Perrysburg in Northwest Ohio posted signs prohibiting concealed carry at their parks at some point since concealed carry became law, and after HB347 became law they didn't take their signs down. ..."

"A few weeks ago we wrote the City a polite letter explaining the limitations of Ohio law with respect to posting no-guns signs and enacting illegal ordinances. ..." ...

"We had heard that the city knew what they were doing wasn't technically permissible by law and that they intended to leave the signs there as a deterrent to license holders. ... So it came as a surprise this week when we began to hear reports from local residents that Perrysburg has taken down 'every' sign in all of their parks!" ...
 

AL: Sheriff's pistol permit passes Senate
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"A proposal to reduce the cost of a DeKalb County pistol permit for persons age 62 or older has just passed the Alabama Senate, and has been forwarded to the House of Representatives, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris."

"If passed, the bill would decrease the cost of such permits for eligible persons from $25 to $1."

"Harris, who drafted the initial proposal, said that he was pleased with the news."

"'I wrote the bill and sent it in January 16th, after I was elected and took office. I had talked to Lowell Barron, Todd Greeson, Richard Lindsey and Frank McDaniel and Jack Page; who all represent parts of DeKalb County,' said Harris." ...
 

WY: AG says state will appeal gun ruling
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Wyoming will appeal in federal court to try to defend a state law that allows some people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to regain their right to own firearms."

"U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson ruled earlier this month that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was correct to reject the 2004 Wyoming law."

"Attorney General Pat Crank said Wednesday that he has decided to appeal Johnson's decision. The federal appeals court in Denver hears appeals from Wyoming." ...
 

FL: Legislator goes after gun licenses
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A state lawmaker said Wednesday that she is preparing legislation to make it more difficult for people who plead guilty or no contest to felonies to get or keep licenses to carry guns."

"'It's a loophole that we need to close,' said Rep. Yolly Roberson, D-North Miami."

"The representative was asked to field a bill by a South Florida group of citizens and public officials concerned about gun violence. ..."

"The newspaper found that more than 1,400 people had valid gun licenses despite having pleaded guilty or no contest to felonies, including assaults, burglaries, drug possession and even manslaughter. In plea deals, their convictions were 'withheld.'"

"Under Florida law, they can obtain concealed weapon licenses three years after completing their sentences." ...
 

NE: Nebraska Gun Owner Action Alert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From JoeMerchant24:"

"We need help here in Nebraska."

"LB97 passed this morning, expanding the number of gun-free zones."

"We need to get all of you to call Governor Dave Heineman at 402-471-2244 and politely ask him NOT TO SIGN LB97!!!!"

"There are so few days left in the session, we can pocket veto this."

"There are talking points to be made to the guv at joemerchant24.blogspot.com" ...
 

NY: Orange County launches gun buyback program
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Orange County government Thursday announced its 45-day gun buyback program, dubbed 'Give it up for Life.'"

"The county is giving each of its three cities ... $50,000 toward the effort. Of that money, $40,000 in each city is earmarked for the purchase of security cameras and the other $10,000 will be for the gun buyback."

"There is a twist, though. Anyone who returns a gun – and there will be no questions asked – won’t receive cash, but will instead be given gift certificates to a Shop Rite supermarket." ...

"The program will be a success if just one illegal weapon is removed from the streets, said District Attorney Frank Phillips." ...
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KABA Note: So what if that 'just one illegal weapon' has eight or ten bodies on it.
 

ID: Gun-toting teens alarm residents
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"Zach Doty typically wears a tie and dress shirt to church. But lately, a new accessory of his is raising alarm in Post Falls."

"After turning 18 last month, the Post Falls teenager began strapping a loaded 9 mm Glock 19 handgun to his belt every day. He totes it in full view to Bible studies, the public library, city parks and neighborhood stores and on walks around town." ...

"'I've been chief here for over 19 years, and we've never had anyone elect to exercise their rights this way,' [Chief] Hayes said."

"The public and law enforcement will need to grow accustomed to the sight, Hayes said."

"'I don't think it's necessary to overreact to two individuals who elect to exercise their right to carry a firearm,' he said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Kodos to a Chief who gets it.
 

MN: Couple suing DirecTV, police
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"The DirecTV installers were struggling."

"They'd been fiddling with the satellite TV system for two hours at Julie and Steven Pyle's home in Savage. The installers called DirecTV at one point, saying they were being 'held hostage' on the job." ...

"A DirecTV dispatcher called the police, who showed up at the Pyle house with guns drawn. Savage police forced Julie Pyle to the ground in her driveway and handcuffed her, even after the DirecTV installers told officers there'd been a mistake, the Pyles say." [emphasis added] ...

"... The Pyles allege the installers spoke with police at the scene and told them this was not a hostage situation involving a gun." ...
 

Brazil: Rio gun victim's book due out
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"Joseph E. Martin's life in Brazil, which ended when the 30-year-old city native was shot to death in Rio de Janeiro last week, could have been the stuff of a book."

"Soon it will be."

"Medium Rare Publishing, an independent book house in New York, is putting the finishing touches on a 200-page manuscript that Mr. Martin had all but completed by the time of his death last Thursday, allegedly at the hands of an off-duty police officer, who has been charged with homicide." [emphasis added] ...
 

IL: Student plans trap shoot fund-raiser
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"Proceeds from a fund-raiser this summer will benefit Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis and Anderson Hospital in Maryville."

"Zachary Reynolds, a 15-year-old sophomore at Edwardsville High School, is organizing a trap shoot as a way to raise money for pediatric health care services at Cardinal Glennon as well as for Anderson's new Pediatric Therapy Services Center." ...

"Individuals can sign up as part of a five-person team, with each participant paying a $50 entry fee. Shooters will shoot their first 25 targets from a line 16 yards away and the next 25 at the team's average score at that distance, plus two yards. Ties will be broken by a shoot-off." ...
 

NJ: Dogs to wear bandanas to distinguish them from coyotes
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"Dog owners in Middletown are being advised to tie a bright bandanna around their canine companions so the animals aren't mistaken for a coyote."

"The advisory was made after two coyote attacks in as many months. The attacks have left some residents so wary that they've mistakenly called in coyote sightings that turned out to be dogs."

"'We encourage people to call in about sightings, but it is somewhat exhausting our resources,' Deputy Chief Eugene Hannafey told The Asbury Park Press ... Thursday explaining the advisory. 'It will help save our resources a little bit ...'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Allowing citizens to ecercise their G-d given right of self-defense without fear of prison would help save you resources even more.
 

IL: 'Good use' for weapons ... and so on (fifth letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

I'd like to comment on the stories about the child with the gun card. It's not a loophole. It was written into the law. It can be used as a form of identification. The attacks on all of these so-called gun owners, at least when you read the newspaper, is against their Second Amendment right. I believe it's one-sided and does not share both sides.

As a retired police officer carrying a weapon for many years, many weapons are used by people for good use of protection of the people. The Second Amendment right is something that we must have, and it is a multibillion-dollar-a-year business, and it's only a small group of people that are using weapons illegally, and so on.

Bridgeview
 

AL: About control, not guns (first letter)
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"In the May 1 Huntsville Times we saw in Dan Sullivan's letter to the editor titled 'Gun violence' a proposal for the 'collection' (seizure) of all handguns, claiming that the Second Amendment can be satisfied with rifles and shotguns. Sullivan called himself a 'gun enthusiast,' while stating that handguns had little or no practical use 'for average citizens.'"

"It's sad to see such callous disregard for the rights of others. For many 'average' citizens, handguns offer the only practical exercise of their Second Amendment rights. To the single mother, who finds her home invaded by a violent criminal, the handgun is the weapon of choice for one hand while carrying a child in the other, when seeking refuge from the assailant." ...
 

UK: Doc: Dad Injured Too Badly
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"A DAD had 'unsurvivable' injuries after a teenager punched him in the face, a court heard yesterday."

"Craig Hobin, 18, is accused of killing Andrew Moor, 33, with a single blow after an argument outside a friend's birthday party." ...

"Hobin denies the culpable homicide of the dad-of-two after they attended Lewis MacLeod's party at the Royal British Legion Club in Aberdeen's Bridge of Don on March 17 last year."

"He has lodged a special plea of self-defence, claiming he was defending his father Michael, 43." ...
 

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