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CO: Bulldozer rampage gunman dead
Submitted by: Vincent Miller

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"A gunman who went on a rampage with a homemade armored bulldozer, demolishing buildings in the small town of Granby, Colorado, has died, apparently after shooting himself, according to a local county official."

"Duane Dailey, chairman of the Grand County commissioners, said the coroner's report has not been issued to confirm the cause of death."

"No one was killed after the man exchanged gunfire and drove the massive vehicle into town buildings Friday, believed to be intentionally targeted as a result of a zoning dispute that affected his business." ...
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Unintended Consequences?
 

CO: Man surprised rampage plan wasn't discovered (Update)
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"A man who spent months armoring a bulldozer before he went on a rampage through a small mountain town and then killed himself was surprised no one discovered his plans beforehand, according to notes found by investigators." ...

"'It's interesting how I never got caught,' Heemeyer wrote. 'This was a part-time project over a 1 1/2 year time period.'"

"Investigators believe Heemeyer spent months building a steel-and-concrete box around the driver's cage of the bulldozer. Police fired hundreds of bullets at the bulldozer during Friday's attack and tried three times to blast through it, but nothing penetrated the armor." ...

"Neighbors and acquaintances said Heemeyer was furious with town officials after fighting with them over zoning rules and town code violations at his muffler-repair business."
 

Military conscription is morally reprehensible
Submitted by: Stephen Gordon
Website: http://al.lp.org

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"For the last several months, national discourse about a military draft has been increasing in both volume and tempo. In addition to legislative proposals by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., other nationally prominent figures are speaking out on the topic, or evading questions about it."

"While Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was attacking President Bush for being supportive of the draft, he was secretly stripping his own call for mandatory national service from his Internet site. While Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was denying any plan to reinstitute conscription, the Selective Service Board was actively recruiting members to fill the nation's draft boards. While Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., was introducing the topic at the Brookings Institute, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. actively called for the reinstatement of the draft."
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Didn't we fight a Civil War to end involuntary servitude?
 

OH: 'No Guns' Signs Come Down in Ohio
Submitted by: Henry Statkowski

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"Signs reading 'no guns allowed' are coming down in some Ohio stores and restaurants."

"Ohioans for Concealed Carry said it is pleased to announce that two national chains -- Southwest Ohio Kroger stores and Perkins Family Restaurants -- have 'begun removing discriminatory signs banning concealed handgun license-holders from their stores.'"

"So far, at least nine national chains and nearly 50 other businesses have removed their signs and opened their doors to Ohio concealed handgun license-holders, the group said."

"In a letter announcing the removal of the signs, Marc Teaberry, the executive vice president of Perkins Family Restaurants, noted that the restaurant chain has 'numerous locations in Pennsylvania, which has always had a concealed weapon law, and have never had any problems.' Teaberry added that the company, in posting the signs, had received 'bad advice' from its attorneys." ...
 

VA: Treating party as riot may have been a self-fulfilling prophecy
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"The fallout is still stinging a week after Richmond police discharged a pepper-spray fogger in the midst of crowded upstairs apartment in the heart of the city."

"'I am concerned about our response to that circumstance,' Richmond Police Chief Andre Parker told us Wednesday during his weekly media briefing."

"Manufacturers of the large foggers, which are about the size of a kitchen fire extinguisher, say these "riot control" devices are best suited for outdoor use."

"The U.S. Department of Justice stresses 'the necessity of warnings prior to application' of any type of pepper spray."

"And yet, early last Sunday morning, a Richmond police supervisor activated his fogger - reportedly without warning - inside a second-floor apartment on the 200 block of East Main Street crowded with more than 100 partygoers. Their only avenue of escape: a 3-foot-wide stairway."
 

CDC Says Suicidal Youths Turn to Hanging Instead of Guns
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"Before 1997, the overwhelming majority of young people who committed suicide used guns. But that's changing."

"In recent years, teenagers who choose to kill themselves, young teens especially, turned more often to hanging or other types of suffocation than to shooting, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Atlanta-based federal health protection agency." ...
 

UK: Man had firearm despite gun ban
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"CHILDREN had to be kept indoors during school break time after shots from an air rifle were heard nearby, a court heard yesterday."

"It led to a nearby house belonging to John Wayne Clutton being raided and air weapons seized."

"Clutton, 39, of Bryn Teg Crescent, Brynteg near Wrexham, denied firing any weapons but he was jailed for two months yesterday after he admitted possessing the .22 air rifle when prohibited because of a previous prison sentence."

"Mold Crown Court heard how at midday one day in September of last year, Audrey Ellis, a supervisor at Brynteg Primary School, heard the noise of a gun being fired."

"She also heard the whizzing noise of pellets, which appeared to hit wood." ...
 

OH: Prosecutor: No charges against storekeeper who killed man
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"No charges will be filed against a storekeeper who fatally shot a man who entered the store and pointed what turned out to be a toy gun, the Hamilton County prosecutor said Thursday."

"The statement that storekeeper Abdrab Ashishi gave police was consistent with what investigators found at the scene and the coroner's autopsy report on the victim, Prosecutor Michael Allen said. Allen said the May 27 shooting of David Billups, 40, of suburban Forest Park, was in self-defense."

"'Police do not believe a crime was committed, nor do I,' he said."

"Billups had entered the convenience store wearing a mask and black leather gloves and carrying what appeared to be a real handgun, Allen said." ...
 

NH: Police seize legal gunowner -- 911 caller 'alarmed' by citizen carrying weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A gunowners group is protesting the seizure of a legally armed citizen in a bookstore by two police officers who responded to an anonymous caller alarmed by the weapon."

"Michael Pelletier was browsing a Manchester, N.H., Barnes & Noble with his wife March 27 when a police officer, assisted by a colleague, suddenly grabbed him by the right shoulder and his holster and pushed him toward the corner of a bookcase, says Gunowners of America." ...

"The gun group said: 'The cops assaulted Pelletier based on this flawed complaint in spite of what their own eyes revealed to them -- a family man wearing his gun openly and legally, peaceably browsing in a store.'"

"The police, however, claimed it was reasonable for someone to feel alarmed and threatened." ...
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Well I guess it's okay to shred the Bill of rights and then pee on the scraps as long as some nervous nellie felt "alarmed and threatened".
 

On-Line Community Dedicated to Women's Firearms Ownership Launched
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Feminists 4 Firearms is an online community which is dedicated to encouraging women to seek self-empowerment through armament, to informing women about the benefits of gun ownership, and engaging women in active participate in the ongoing struggle for second amendment rights. The site includes articles, information, book suggestions and product reviews. The site's main feature is its extensive collection of discussion forums which are open to both men and women and both pro and anti gun-rights individuals."

"The impetus behind creating this website was the desire for a place where women can express themselves as individuals, women, feminists and firearms enthusiasts in their own unique way in an environment which challenges them to think critically about their stance, and to the question social mores which dictate that women should not be gun enthusiasts." ...
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See also Second Amendment Sisters and Liberty Belles.
 

AZ: Did he have to shoot? [Editorializing away the right to defend yourself]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The fatal shooting of an unarmed man last month in the woods north of Payson has aroused heated reactions."

"Some say the shooter, 57-year-old Harold Fish of Glendale, had no excuse for firing three bullets from his 10mm semiautomatic pistol into the chest of 43-year-old Grant Kuenzli."

"Others, including Fish's attorney, Mel McDonald, say he faced a frightening threat from Kuenzli and his three dogs. They call the shooting a clear case of self-defense."

"The truth, we suspect, rests somewhere between those polar views, and the decision by Coconino County Attorney Terry Hance to charge Fish with second-degree murder seems proper."

"Fair-minded people, however, may add up the evidence differently. Coconino sheriff's Detective Scott Feagan, for one, came to a sharply different conclusion. He said his department's investigation showed Fish acted in self-defense and called the death justifiable homicide." ...
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It's nice to know that this editor admits that those agreeing with the experienced investigators are "fair-minded".
 

Australia: Armed man holds up bank in this 'Brady Paradise'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Melbourne bank manager was threatened with a gun and forced to open his branch office as he arrived for work today, police said."

"Dozens of police responded 30 minutes later when the manager fled the Camberwell building forcing the armed bandit to break a glass rear door to escape."

"Unsure whether the offender in the building, police arrived at the Bendigo Bank centre in Prospect Hill Road wearing bullet-proof vests and with guns drawn."

"The police began a wide search of the area soon after 8.40am (AEST)."

"Detective Inspector Steve Clark of the Armed Offenders Squad said a man had threatened the 47-year-old manager with a handgun at the front door and forced him to open the branch."

"He would not confirm if anything was stolen or what type of pistol was used." ...
 

KY: Second manslaughter trial of former Liberty police officer gets underway
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The manslaughter trial of former Liberty police officer Leo "Danny" Cook Jr. got under way for a second time Wednesday, this time in Adair County, where jurors will try to decide if Cook's use of deadly force was justified."

"Cook, 40, is charged in the July 2003 shooting death of Leon Brown after the officer responded to a domestic dispute at the home of Brown's mother. Brown, 52, was unarmed, but Cook contends he thought Brown was reaching for a knife or other weapon when he shot him in the chest from close range."

"Cook's first trial in Casey County Circuit Court in March ended without a verdict after Circuit Judge James Weddle declared a mistrial when the jury remained deadlocked after 14 hours of deliberations. Jurors said their last vote was 9-3 in favor of acquittal. Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Wright decided to retry the case and it was moved to neighboring Adair County, where the case has received little publicity. Weddle is also presiding over the second trial." ...
 

U.S. mothers seek UN help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following in the footsteps of Paul Robeson, who in 1951 charged the U.S. government at the United Nations with genocide against African Americans, the mothers of people killed by police in the United States will press their cases June 11 at same the international body."

"'We need an independent organization to judge police misconduct,' Norma Martinez said, 'because no police are being found guilty of murder, among all the cases we have on record.'"

"Her unarmed son, 26-year-old Gonzalo Martinez, was shot to death by three white officers in Downey, California, just outside Los Angeles, in February 2002. The weapons used by the officers, Brian Baker, William Kautz and Ronald Gee, were an MP-5 submachine gun, a 9-mm pistol and a beanbag shotgun." ...
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They're calling in the wolves to put down the foxes.
 

Philippines: Abra policeman nabbed with 'hot' [unlicensed] guns, ammo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A joint police team arrested on Monday a fellow policeman from Abra for allegedly having in his possession several unlicensed high-powered firearms and several rounds of ammunition."

"A belated report from the Police Regional Office in the Cordilleras identified the arrested policeman as Senior Police Officer 3 Celestino Duela Libuen of Barangay Bangganger, Bangued, Abra." ...

"Seized from Libuen were two M-16 Armalite rifles, a caliber .45 pistol, a caliber 380 Llama pistol, 13 short and long magazines for M-16, another 108 rounds of live ammunitions for M-16 and one fragmentation grenade." ...
 

CA: Willits teenager paralyzed by bullet collecting money to buy defective guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A quadriplegic teen is collecting donations to buy the equipment of a gun maker that filed for bankruptcy after a jury found it manufactured the defective firearm involved in his accident."

"Brandon Maxfield was left paralyzed a decade ago after a .38-caliber handgun accidentally fired and the bullet hit him in the jaw when a family friend tried to unload it. Last year, an Alameda County jury awarded him nearly $51 million."

"Costa Mesa-based Bryco Arms filed for bankruptcy days after the verdict, a move Maxfield believes was intended to avoid paying damages." ...
 

NY: NYPD cop indicted in killing of African immigrant -- Officer shot unarmed man in warehouse where he guarded evidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A city police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed West African immigrant in a Manhattan storage warehouse last year provoked outrage among human rights activists has been indicted on manslaughter charges."

"Officer Bryan Conroy, 25, of Staten Island, surrendered with his lawyer and pleaded not guilty in state Supreme Court in Manhattan to second-degree manslaughter charges stemming from the May 22, 2003, killing of Ousmane Zongo, an immigrant from Burkina Faso."

"Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said at a news conference that Conroy shot Zongo four times while the officer was alone guarding police evidence -- counterfeit CDs and DVDs -- that had been seized on the third floor of the warehouse on West 27th Street between 11th and 12th avenues.

"Morgenthau would provide few details of the shooting, but said Zongo came to the third floor to visit an unrelated storage area and that Conroy -- dressed in a postal carrier's uniform -- pointed his gun at him and pursued him to another part of the third floor before the shooting." ...
 

What Gun Controllers Don't Want You to Know
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I used to support gun control, meaning civilian disarmament. There was no reason, the rationale went, for a private citizen to own a gun. The only ones who wanted guns had small genitalia, were paranoid crazies, and criminals."

"All this was assumed, without any empirical or statistical research to base it upon. Due to the influence of one of my clients who is a person of great honor, I began to research the issue of gun control on my own. Having been a college boy who loved library research, I knew how to ferret out fact from fiction. It was interesting to find that the claims of the NRA, John Lott, et al., were easy to verify from neutral or even slightly pro-gun control sources."

"More ominously, I found that the gun control groups consistently lied or twisted minor factoids taken out of context in their articles. This begged the question: if they are lying to advance their agenda, can we really trust the utopian outcome they promote as true?" ...
 

CA: Investigators say L.A. deputy may have been shot by another deputy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A sheriff's deputy shot another deputy during a confrontation with a man who was holding a BB pistol, authorities said Thursday."

"Deputy Michael Arruda, 36, was shot when he and other deputies were called to a Motel 6 shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy Luis Castro said. Arruda was airlifted to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition."

"Paul Smith, 51, of Whittier was shot and killed after deputies believed he was pointing a real handgun at them, though it turned out to be a BB pistol, Lt. Dave Smith said."
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But only cops are well trained enough to carry guns, right Sarah?
 

NY: Unadilla Valley parents react to gun-in-school incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While investigators probed into allegations Wednesday of a Unadilla Valley fifth-grader taking a gun to school Tuesday, some parents said they were pleased with the response by authorities."

"State police at Norwich said Wednesday night the investigation went on throughout the day and would continue today."

"The parents said they met with troopers and school officials at Unadilla Valley Central School in New Berlin on Wednesday morning and were impressed with how the incident was being handled."

"No one was hurt Tuesday when the boy took an unloaded pistol in his bag into his classroom, a letter sent home with the students said."

"The parents said the boy without the gun in hand threatened to kill four children after they knew he had the weapon."
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And if the boy had wanted to hurt someone the teachers would have been helpless to do anything but act as human shields.
 

Chechnya: Guns to be bought off in Chechnya
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Residents of Chechnya will be invited to surrender firearms for cash, an official in the regional headquarters for anti-terrorist operations the North Caucasus told Interfax on Thursday."

"The goal is to reduce the amount of crimes committed with firearms and explosives, a headquarters press release says."

"The Chechen government has passed an ordinance under which 5,000 rubles will be paid for every pistol, 20,000 rubles for sniper rifles and slightly less for assault rifles, Col. Ilya Shabalkin, spokesman for the headquarters, told Interfax on Thursday."

"People who surrender arms will not be prosecuted, Col. Akhmet Dakayev told Interfax earlier."
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George Santayana: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
 

FL: Student accused of having gun at school [first story on page]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Miami-Dade schools police arrested a North Miami Senior High School student and charged him with possession of a firearm on campus, the agency said Wednesday."

"Schools police made the arrest Tuesday at 9:40 p.m. after receiving an anonymous tip that Mark Victor, a student at the school, was carrying the gun."

"Officers confiscated a Larson .25 caliber pistol from Victor, 16. Police did not say why he was carrying the gun or what he intended to do with it."
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Boy those victim disarmament zones sure seem to be working well don't they?
 

CO: Feds raid home of tax foe
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"Federal agents raided the Denver home and business of income tax opponent and gun rights advocate Rick Stanley on Wednesday, seizing materials said to be related to taxes and possible anti-government activity."

"No federal charges have been filed against Stanley, and court documents relating to the raid remained sealed Wednesday. He did not return a telephone message left at his business, Stanley Fastener & Shop Supply on East 39th Avenue, where he also lives." ...
 

OH: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) Wants Investigation, Prosecution In Release Of Ohio CCW Info
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"The CCRKBA today called upon Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro to investigate the release of the home addresses of 87 concealed pistol licensees by Shelby County Sheriff Kevin O'Leary, to the Sidney, Ohio Daily News, which subsequently published that information in its June 8 edition."

"'Release of this information is not merely a gross invasion of privacy,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'it might also be a violation of the Ohio concealed carry statute. Under the law, only the name, county of residence and date of birth may be released by a sheriff to a bona fide journalist, and it requires a written request. There is no provision for releasing street addresses of licensees. Attorney General Petro should immediately launch a criminal investigation to determine if the law was violated, and then prosecute the violators.'"

"Details about individual licensees, including their home addresses, might be considered confidential, and releasing that information is a felony of the fifth degree, Gottlieb stressed. The 'willful and deliberate' release of that information by a sheriff or any other public officer or employee can bring a civil fine of $1,000." ...
 

AZ: Ammunition seized at Border
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"A 49-year-old Nogales woman is facing charges for allegedly trying to smuggle 5,500 rounds of ammunition into Mexico."

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the ammo in a five-gallon paint bucket that Antonia Martinez was pushing in a cart."

"The arrest came at the pedestrian port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales."
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When guns and ammo are outlawed . . . smugglers and corrupt border guards get rich.
 

James S. Brady Recalls Ronald Reagan
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... "Sarah Brady defended Reagan's support for gun laws such as the assault weapon ban, despite unwavering admiration for the former president from the National Rifle Association, which this week remembered him as a 'great champion of freedom' for gun rights."

"'We are certainly - and I'm sure he felt the same way - not for banning or taking away people's rights, but for common sense measures,' she said. 'And the president felt the same way.'" ...
 

Papua New Guinea: Gunning in on the bigger picture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"RECENT media attention on gun issues is obviously raising considerable concern among members of the shooting fraternity and licensed firearms owners.
As members of the sport of shooting and as responsible firearm owners, we wish to make our views known."

"What makes gun control so compelling for many is the belief that violent crime is driven by the availability of guns and, more importantly, that limiting access to firearms can reduce criminal violence."

"This is a testable proposition."

"Restrictive firearm legislation has failed to reduce violent crime in Australia, Canada or Great Britain. The policy of confiscating legal guns has been an expensive failure for these countries."

"It is an illusion that gun bans protect the public. No law, no matter how restrictive, can protect us from people who decide to commit violent crimes." ...
 

CO: Aspen cracking down on toy guns
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"A new ordinance, to be considered by the Aspen City Council next week, would make it against city law to alter toy guns to make them look like real weapons or to brandish them about."

"The proposed law stems from an incident last September that resulted in the apprehension of several teenagers at gunpoint in downtown Aspen. The youths had been goofing around with pellet guns that had been altered to look like real handguns. An alarmed bystander notified authorities, who responded with guns - the real kind - drawn."

"A photograph in The Aspen Times of a teen face down on the ground, being handcuffed by one officer while another pointed an assault rifle at him, caused a stir."
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How about prohibiting ignorant panty-wetters from making panicked calls to 9-1-1 for kids with toys?
 

NY: Gun identifying system: Flawed, failed experiment
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"There are not many things harder for a politician to do than to admit defeat, and that is exactly what the governor and the state legislature need to do right now. At least one of them -- either the governor or that esteemed body -- has to find the intestinal fortitude necessary to pull the plug on a failed experiment called CoBIS."

"It has now been three years since Gov. George Pataki offered up the Combine Ballistic Information System (CoBIS) as a partial solution to gun violence. The governor punted the bill to the legislature and they carried it down field and over the goal line. The legislature, I'm sure, reacted out of the fear that doing otherwise would make them vulnerable to the charge that they were soft on crime." ...
 

FL: Whistle blown on Crime Bill
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"As they ready their city for the Super Bowl in January, lawmakers from Jacksonville and the sheriff are waiting for the governor to sign a bill they blitzed through the Legislature that requires mandatory jail time for habitual petty offenders, some of whom have haunted downtown for years."

"The proposal, which reached Gov. Jeb Bush's desk Wednesday and awaits his signature or veto, would require nearly anyone in the state convicted of five misdemeanors in a 12-month period to spend six months in jail or a residential treatment facility."

"Advocates for the homeless and South Florida judges say they fear that's a back-door way of locking up the downtrodden -- at great expense to state and county taxpayers, who would have to spend more for jail and treatment beds. And they say the timing of the bill is suspicious."
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So if the cops wanted to roust someone (say an outspoken advocate of gun rights) all they need to do is harrass him until he tells them to piss off, then bust him for "failing to cooperate with a police investigation" or some such. Do that 5 times and they can throw him in jail. No potential for abuse there!
 

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