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David Codrea: The Hero of Medicine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I won't go here into why I think this study is crap, aside from the fact that Wintemute is one of the more notorious agenda-driven anti-defense propagandists out there. Going to gun shows is hardly equivalent to doing 'shoe-leather epidemiology' in South Central or East LA amongst these guys. And I'll only note in passing what a disappointment I find this PhysOrg.com site to be--is this what purported scientific "news" has been reduced to: blatant rah-rah press releases for anti-defense fanatics?"

"What stands out most for me was this character snooping in on private transactions without the knowledge of the people involved--and many gun shows I've seen have a 'No Cameras/Recording Devices' policy. ..." ...
 

Victims don't have luxury of time when attacked
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As law-abiding Americans, one of our basic civil liberties is the right to self-protection and self-preservation."

"The ... (NRA) has led efforts to preserve this right for generations. In 2005, we embarked on a concerted effort to strengthen self-defense laws ... Recently, Gov. Phil Bredesen signed 'castle doctrine' legislation (HB1907) into law, making Tennessee one of 17 states across the country to have adopted this measure."

"Most Americans believe that self-defense is protected under the law. However, until recently, most Americans would be mistaken. NRA reviewed state statutes and case law history across the country and we were astonished to find that many laws favored the criminal and burdened the victim." ...
 

Repeal Second Amendment, Analyst Advises
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Second Amendment guarantees the right of an individual to own guns and for that reason should be repealed, according to a legal affairs analyst who opposes gun ownership."

"'The Second Amendment is one of the clearest statements of right in the Constitution,' Benjamin Wittes, a guest scholar at the center-left Brookings Institution, acknowledged in a discussion Monday. 'We've had decades of sort of intellectual gymnastics to try to make those words not mean what they say.'"

"Wittes, who said he has 'no particular enthusiasm for the idea of a gun culture,' said that rather than try to limit gun ownership through regulation that potentially violates the Second Amendment, opponents of gun ownership should set their sights on repealing the amendment altogether." ...
 

Canada Should Not Ban Handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The top headline in the news during my visit to Canada last month was a school shooting ... The shooting took place at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, located in the citys rough Jane and Finch neighborhood. It resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy named Jordan Manners." ...

"Although Canada is not immune from homicides or even school shootings, given Manners' tender age and the fact it took place on school grounds, the tragedy has understandably struck a raw nerve with Canadians. When tragedies such as this have a deep impact on the public psyche it is inevitable that politicians will try to get involved and put forward sweeping solutions with the hope that such a tragedy will never occur again. ..." ...
 

Nicki Fellenzer: I have good news and bad news....
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The good news is another legal scholar agrees unequivocally that the Second Amendment does, in fact, protect the right of individuals to own guns. One would think this is a good thing, right?"

"Well, yeah.... until you realize that this particular fascist creep wants to simply repeal it." ...
 

Unregulated 'Gun Shows' What Happens In Nevada Does Not Stay In Nevada!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"California regulates gun sales between private parties that take place at 'gun shows'. [KABA Note: They also regulate private sales that take place outside gun shows] Neighboring Nevada does not. Now a recent academic study indicates that unregulated private transactions at Nevada gun shows are behind an apparent pipeline of guns used in crimes in California." ...

"70% of the dealers at the Nevada gun shows lacked Federal Firearms licenses." ...

[KABA Note: Then they were selling books, knives or clothing as federal law requires anyone 'engaging in the business' of selling firearms to have a FFL]

"At least two dozen 'straw' purchases firearms bought by one person but intended for another 'prohibited' purchaser were observed." ...
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KABA Note: Which makes the fact that they were private sales immaterial: straw purchases are when someone who can pass a NICS check buys a weapon for someone who can't.
 

TX: Local Resident Fights Back Against Alleged Carjacker
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Madisonville resident fought back after he says a man and a woman tried to carjack him about a mile from his home." ...

"Woycheshin then proceeded to follow the vehicle, and the chase began."

"Woycheshin says the pursuit continued down back roads in the area until the two suspects in the car came to a dead end, abandoned their vehicle, and fled on foot. Woycheshin says he remained on the phone with 911 to let them know his location."

"'It dead ended into a field and he waited until police got there,' [Madison County Sheriff] Douget said. 'His stepson then went back to Highway 90 and observed them coming out of the woods, and at the point had a weapon with him and held them at gunpoint until the police officers got there.'" [emphasis added] ...
 

FL: Business as usual at grocery store
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"Joking and calling customers by name, the Hutto family on Monday continued to do what they've done for generations: run a grocery store."

"Seven cars and a bicycle crammed into the small lot of Neighborhood Discount Supermarket on the corner of Ford and Market streets in Fort Myers."

"No blood was visible on the linoleum floor in front of the counter on Monday, a day after Damione G. Massey, 16, died face down in that spot. Fort Myers police say he and his half-brother tried to rob David Hutto, 38, at gunpoint."

"Police say that Hutto's shooting of the teens was justifiable self-defense because one of them shot at him first during the bungled robbery Sunday." ...
 

AR: Crawford County Man Shot [in Self-Defense], Killed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Officials said a Crawford County man was shot and killed Monday night in front of his wife and children.

Bobby Joe Freeman, 32, was killed at his home off Cartwright Mountain Road, police said.

Freeman's family told police he became aggressive, so they hid in a bedroom. When Freeman barged into the room, investigators said, Freeman's stepfather shot him.

Sheriff's officials said it appears the shooting was in self-defense.
 

AL: Jury acquits man of murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cameron Stephan Garth wiped away tears and shook hands with his attorney after learning that a Colbert County jury had acquitted him of murder charges Monday."

"It brought an end to an emotional and nerve-racking day for Garth, who waited more than five hours for the jury of six men and six women to reach a verdict."

"Garth said the long wait was agonizing. 'It was hard. All I could do was pray.'"

"Garth, 46, was charged in connection with the ... shooting death of Mitchell Parnell ..."

"Garth was charged with killing Parnell, 64, by shooting him once in the chest. Parnell was dating Garth's mother, Shirley Garth Nevett, at the time of the shooting."

"Garth testified that he shot Parnell in self-defense." ...
 

Huckabee Speaks With HUMAN EVENTS Part Two
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I want to hit upon -- you mentioned gun control. The reason I want to at least touch on it. It really concerns me when weve got Republicans that are being considered for the presidency and touted as frontrunners that dont even understand that the second amendment is not about hunting. And when theyre asked, they say, oh Im a hunter. Well, Im a hunter. I have a concealed carry permit. Thats not what the Second Amendment is about."

"The Second Amendment is about protecting my family, my property and frankly God forbid it comes down to it, protecting myself form the people in those big buildings over there (gesturing toward the Capitol) -- and I know that sounds radical in 2007. ..." ...
 

IL: White County Board passes largely symbolic anti-gun control resolution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The White County Board passed a largely symbolic resolution Monday declaring its support of the Second Amendment and its intent to oppose the enactment of state laws infringing upon the amendment and the rights it gives Illinois citizens."

"The last line of the proposed resolution says 'consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful Legislative authority.' Board Chairman Ron Wooten said the board's legal counsel had advised against approving this line of the resolution, saying the board lacks authority to declare a state law unconstitutional." ...
 

TN: State's citizens deserve law's deterrent effects
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although it seems to have been clouded by other issues, the General Assembly once again faced several pieces of gun legislation this year."

"Because I have a past in law enforcement, I am very much in favor of the Second Amendment, and usually have a hand in much of this legislation."

"This year, I sponsored ... the Castle Doctrine.' We did pass a version of this, expanding the circumstances under which the use of force is presumed justified. I felt this measure was vitally important; our citizens should be able to defend themselves."

"I believe it to be a very important right for people to be able to defend themselves in their homes, their cars, and their businesses. ..." ...
 

OH: State Senators Buehrer and Wachtmann Unveil Self-Defense Legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) and State Representative Lynn Wachtmann, (R-Napoleon) will hold a press conference to announce the introduction of legislation that would make needed reforms to Ohio's self-defense law, designed to give Ohioans more tools to protect their homes and their families. The two legislators will be joined by representatives of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the Grant Hearing Room (Rm. 110) of the Statehouse.

For more information please contact Tim Kelso at (614) 466-0663.
 

IN: Council kills ban on firing guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposal to ban the discharge of firearms in all of Marion County was shot down Monday night in the City-County Council in front of a crowd of jubilant gun-rights supporters."

"The council voted 16-8 against the proposal, which would have extended a 1975 ordinance prohibiting the discharge of a gun within the old city limits, except in self-defense. The bipartisan defeat was expected, especially after the committee that heard the proposal moved it to the full council but recommended against its passage."

"Opponents said the measure unfairly restricted the constitutional right to bear arms because it placed limits on shooting even in safe situations on private property." ...
 

NJ: N.J. moves to limit handgun purchases to one per month
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Jersey yesterday moved closer to becoming the fourth state to prohibit people from buying more than one handgun a month when the Assembly voted, 51-25, to impose the limit."

"A key aim of the bill is to combat so-called straw buyers, who legally purchase firearms in bulk to sell on the black market."

"Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy is among those pushing for the state law, which would exempt law enforcement agencies and officers purchasing handguns for official use. Certain gun collectors also would be exempted." ...
 

Hundreds of Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Restrictions on Crime Gun Information
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Police leaders from across the nation today urged Congress to repeal legislation that prevents police and local governments from having access to crime gun trace data that would help cities fight illegal gun trafficking in their communities."

"In a letter sent to Congress today, 32 national and state police organizations and 200 individual law enforcement leaders urged Congress to rescind what has become know as the 'Tiahrt Amendment,' named after Representative Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, who drafted the legislation for the gun lobby. Furthermore, eight police leaders spoke at a press conference in Washington DC urging Congress to change the law." ...
 

Ohio Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Restrictions on Crime Gun Information
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police leaders from across the nation, including six Ohio police chiefs, today urged Congress to repeal legislation that prevents police and local governments from having access to crime gun trace data that would help cities fight illegal gun trafficking in their communities." ...
 

California Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Restrictions on Crime Gun Information
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police leaders from across the nation, including 23 California police chiefs and the California Police Chiefs Association, today urged Congress to repeal legislation that prevents police and local governments from having access to crime gun trace data that would help cities fight illegal gun trafficking in their communities." ...
 

New York Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Restrictions on Crime Gun Information
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police leaders from across the nation, including four New York police commissioners and chiefs, as well as the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police today urged Congress to repeal legislation that prevents police and local governments from having access to crime gun trace data that would help cities fight illegal gun trafficking in their communities." ...
 

Virginia Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Restrictions on Crime Gun Information
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police leaders from across the nation, including six Virginia police chiefs and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, today urged Congress to repeal legislation that prevents police and local governments from having access to crime gun trace data that would help cities fight illegal gun trafficking in their communities." ...
 

New Jersey Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Restrictions on Crime Gun Information
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police leaders from across the nation, including 47 New Jersey police chiefs, today urged Congress to repeal legislation that prevents police and local governments from having access to crime gun trace data that would help cities fight illegal gun trafficking in their communities." ...
 

Minnesota Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Congress to Remove Restrictions on Crime Gun Information
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police leaders from across the nation, including seven Minnesota police chiefs and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, today urged Congress to repeal legislation that prevents police and local governments from having access to crime gun trace data that would help cities fight illegal gun trafficking in their communities." ...
 

KY: Family of road rage shooting victim doubts ex-cop shot in self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rick Koenig, an ex-cop who spent 20 years with the Jeffersontown Police Department, claims he shot Darren Pickerill in self-defense ... But new evidence has Pickerill's family questioning that claim. ..."

"J'town Police Chief Rick Sanders met with Pickerill's family on Monday to inform new details in the investigation."

"Scott Drabenstadt, the attorney representing the Pickerill family, says the new evidence proves that Pickerill never threatened Koenig with his weapon."

"Chief Sanders also conveyed the latest information to reporters ... 'The weapon that we found last Sunday was actually in the console, between the two front seats of the Hummer, Mr. Pickerill's vehicle, and the console door was in the open position.'" ...
 

NY: Cop Charged with Shooting Dog in Warren County
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"The Warren County Sheriff's Department says the incident happened over Memorial Day weekend in the town of Hague -- but it took till now to decide whether to file charges." ...

"[John Sheehan is] an officer for the Suffolk County Police Department ..."

"Sheehan claims he shot a 2 year old boxer on May 27 in self-defense, which police say might have held more water if this were the first time he had done this."

"Sheehan says he was jogging ... when the dog came at him -- so he took out his .38 caliber pistol and shot it." ...

"Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland says Sheehan shot a neighbor's dog in 2005 but there were no charges because there appeared to be nothing unusual in that case, unlike this one." ...
 

TX: 3 Guardsmen Charged With Human Smuggling
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"Three members of the Texas National Guard helping patrol the Mexican border have been charged with human smuggling after federal agents found one of them in uniform driving a van crammed with 24 illegal immigrants north of Laredo, the Justice Department said Monday."

"The guardsmen, including two sergeants, were assigned to Operation Jump Start assisting the Border Patrol and had run multiple smuggling trips at fees of $1,500 to $2,000 per passenger, according to the complaint by the United States attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Don DeGabrielle."

"The complaint cited cellphone text messages exchanged among them like '24 will b tuff 2 fit but ill try.'" ...
 

VA: Firearm allegedly found on bus
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"Cpl. David Mays, a school resource officer at Staunton River Middle School, was placed on a paid administrative leave Thursday after allegedly leaving his loaded gun unattended on a charter bus, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown said."

"Mays, who has been employed by the county sheriff's department since 1999, also moonlights as a bus driver ..."

"According to Brown, the incident occurred Wednesday evening at a rest stop ..."

"'Cpl. Mays took his weapon off to go to the bathroom,' Brown said."

"A chaperone and a student photographed the weapon in an unsecured compartment near the driver's seat, Brown said. The images were turned over to the sheriff's department Thursday." ...
 

MA: City of Boston Deploys ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System as Part of Crime Reduction Strategy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"ShotSpotter, Inc., the world leader in gunshot location systems and technology for public safety and the military, announces that the ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System (GLS) has been selected as a new crime-fighting tool in the City of Boston."

"ShotSpotter is a collection of sensors that detect and locate gunshots in seconds, sending an immediate signal along with the precise location of the shots to police dispatchers. This gives the City's Police force the ability to arrive on the scene of a gunshot event faster. The system will be launched in areas that have been identified as experiencing firearm violence." ...
 

Switzerland: Hands off my gun!
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"Guns have long been a fixture of life in Switzerland, with its militia army, strong traditions and liberal laws. Up to 20 million are kept in cellars and attics."

"As the national gun debate hots up, swissinfo tests the temperature of opinion among gun fans with a visit to a gun dealer and stop-off at the 'world's biggest shooting festival'."

"It's 10am and the tiny premises of Poyet gun shop in the middle of the capital Bern are a hive of activity."

"A distinguished-looking man in suit and tie is checking the price of a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson pistol SFr680 ($558) while three young Goths are scanning the displays of pistols, mace and knives: 'That's the kind of gun rappers carry,' one whispers." ...
 

Canada: More gun control isn't the answer
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"After Saturday's fatal car-to-car shooting in the same troubled area of north Toronto that has also seen a deadly school shooting and three teens killed during a high-speed chase with police in the past three weeks, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty called on Ottawa to ban handguns. We recognize that Mr. McGuinty and his government are up for re-election this October, so the Premier must appear to be doing something about crime in Canada's largest city. But why is it the first instinct of most liberal-left politicians to go after the property of law-abiding citizens when the problem is so obviously the actions of criminals? Confiscating the former will have no impact on the latter." ...
 

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