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Court: No Right to Keep Names From Police
Submitted by: Tobagoman

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"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that people do not have a constitutional right to refuse to tell police their names."

"The 5-4 decision frees the government to arrest and punish people who won't cooperate by revealing their identity."

"The decision was a defeat for privacy rights advocates who argued that the government could use this power to force people who have done nothing wrong, other than catch the attention of police, to divulge information that may be used for broad data base searches."

"Police, meanwhile, had argued that identification requests are a routine part of detective work, including efforts to get information about terrorists." ...
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Well as long as it will help catch terrorists it's okay that we are moving to a police state!
 

The demise of your privacy [another version]
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"A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled today that people who refuse to give their names to police can be arrested, even if they've done nothing wrong." ...

"The court's 5-4 decision upholds laws in at least 21 states giving police the right to ask people their name and jail those who don't cooperate. ..."

"Privacy advocates say the decision gives police too much power. Once officers have a name, they can use computer databases to learn all kinds of personal information about the person."

"The loser in Monday's decision was Nevada cattle rancher Larry 'Dudley' Hiibel, who was arrested and convicted of a misdemeanor after he told a deputy that he didn't have to give out his name or show an ID." ...
 

Legislation set to bust tax cheats rewards whistle-blowers
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"Suspect your company is cheating the IRS out of millions in taxes?"

"Pass along the inside information to the Internal Revenue Service and you stand to collect up to 30 percent of taxes and penalties recovered under whistle-blower legislation aimed at snaring high-dollar tax cheats."

"The proposed IRS Whistleblower Office is designed to give tax agents an inside advantage when fighting complicated, often invisible tax shelters developed for and used by wealthy taxpayers and corporations." ...
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Welcome to Soviet Russia, where you can turn in your neighbor, friend, boss or relative for anti-government activities (in this case depriving the state of the right to loot you) for a reward.
 

IL: Longtime CAPS volunteer outraged by police raid on home, feels that as a member of a "police family" he should have been treated with more respect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reginald Mitchell is a longtime volunteer in the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy in the Austin neighborhood."

"His brother is a Chicago Police bomb and arson detective; his father was a 33-year veteran of the police department, and his mother was a Cook County sheriff's deputy."

"So when the police knocked in his door to execute a search warrant last Thursday while he and his mother were away, Mitchell was outraged."

"'We are a police family,' said Mitchell, the CAPS facilitator for Beat 1522 in the Austin police district. 'They could have handled this warrant with more respect. They tore my house apart.'"
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So this guy is basically saying that, as a cop family, they should receive special treatment.
 

AL: Will The Killing Of Three Alabama Officers Bring The Second Amendment Under Fire?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The killing of three Birmingham Police officers with a weapon designed for war could spur debate about a need for more stringent gun restrictions."

"Alabama's current regulations on assault-type weapons don't exceed federal requirements, said Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."

"The slaying Thursday of three Birmingham police officers with an assault-type weapon drew attention to the easy availability of such high-powered firearms, said Mike Coppage, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety and a former Birmingham Police chief."

"Coppage said a balance must be struck between the constitutional rights of citizens to own firearms and the safety of the law enforcement and the public." ...
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According to the CDC, bans of firearms are ineffective, so it is not a question of "balancing" rights and safety, but of further infringing rights without impacting officer safety.

E-mail the author at lconnell@postherald.com
 

Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A sweeping mental health initiative will be unveiled by President George W Bush in July. The plan promises to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," according to a March 2004 progress report entitled New Freedom Initiative (www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom/toc-2004.html). While some praise the plan's goals, others say it protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public."

"Bush established the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002 to conduct a 'comprehensive study of the United States mental health service delivery system.' The commission issued its recommendations in July 2003. Bush instructed more than 25 federal agencies to develop an implementation plan based on those recommendations." ''
 

This gun can pierce inch-thick steel a mile away
Submitted by: Derick Sager

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"During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, U.S. troops used the .50-caliber sniper rifle to take out Iraqi armored personnel carriers from a mile away. Its most powerful cartridge can penetrate inch-thick steel from that distance."

"Could the same weapon, in a terrorist's hands, be used to bring down a commercial airliner or unleash toxic chemicals from a railroad tank car?"

"Originally designed for the military, the .50-caliber rifle is legally available to anyone 18 or older who can pass a background check."

"Most civilians use it for target shooting. Some people fear it could be wielded for darker purposes."

"'They're obvious weapons of choice for terrorists,' said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. 'They have no function in hunting, unless you're hunting humans.'"

"Mr. Moran introduced a bill in May that would prohibit sales of the gun, except to the military and law enforcement agencies. He is the latest in a succession of federal and state legislators who have sought to ban or more tightly regulate the .50-caliber, drawing spirited opposition from gun-rights activists."

"These efforts have failed for good reason, say defenders of the rifle."

"'There's no scientific basis for any of this,' said Michael Marks, president of The Fifty Caliber Institute, an advocacy group. 'There's no historical basis. My concern is that this is drawing attention and resources away from some very real threats.'" ...
 

Nicki Fellenzer: Another 'Thick-Headed' Senator
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"My friend Don lives in Washington State. Like many fellow patriots, he’s stuck in a beautiful area whose Senators wouldn’t know the Constitution from a roll of toilet paper. Maria Cantwell is one of those Senators. Recently Don took the time to write her a letter, urging Senator Cantwell to filibuster any attempt on the part of Dianne Feinstein to introduce the so-called 'assault' weapons ban as an amendment to legislation. Don explained to Senator Cantwell that what she calls 'assault weapons' 'are not unlike any other semi-auto rifle where one pull of the trigger discharges one round.' Don went further to explain that 'the Sec
 

Third Parties on Right Could Be Problem for Bush
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... "Hardline conservatives have no shortage of gripes with the president they helped elect. Topping the list is the dramatic increase in federal spending, especially the $500 billion new Medicare entitlement for prescription drugs Bush pushed through Congress, said Paul Weyrich, head of the Free Congress Foundation and a leading conservative activist."

"Weyrich said grassroots conservatives 'have a real problem with this administration's out of control spending.'" ...
 

WA: Family of 16-year-old may sue over use of Tasers
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"Early in the morning last July 5, a patrol car working South Seattle pulled over a Ford Expedition with a broken headlight. Kenneth, a 16-year-old from SeaTac, was in the back. Two friends of his sat in front."

"Within minutes, a routine pat down turned violent and Kenneth lay on the ground, handcuffed and bleeding. A Seattle police officer had pressed a Taser four times against the back of Kenneth's neck.

Each of the 50,000-volt jolts lasted five seconds and left a dime-sized char mark. Scars still remain almost a year later."

"After an internal investigation, the department concluded it was an unfortunate misunderstanding and ruled three of the four officers involved did not violate department policies. The fourth was ordered to undergo additional Taser training." ...
 

A Pentagon memo undermines the US Constitution
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"The telltale signs are there: the disregard and dismantling of international law; the evisceration of the US Constitution; the erosion of any goodwill toward America internationally, but especially in the Arab world; the bickering between the White House, the Pentagon and the Justice Department on the one hand, and the State Department on the other; the shortsighted vision of national security; the endangering of the lives of American soldiers on the front lines by hawks who have never seen combat; the legitimization of methods made notorious by dictators; the boundless arrogance." ...
 

TX: UT anti-rape resources good but disorganized
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"Last year, of 16 known forcible sex offenses on campus, five occurred in residence halls. And rape is severely underreported. One in four college women is a victim of rape or attempted rape, and 57 percent of rapes occur on dates."

"According to the UT Police Department Web site, sexual assault is any sexual act that is not consensual. Consenting sex requires sober, verbal communication without intimidation or threats."

"Student Government, UTPD and the UT administration have made many efforts to make the campus safe. Students, however, remain largely unaware of the availability of these programs. The programs are ill-coordinated and poorly advertised, rendering them less helpful." ...
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According to Student Policies and Procedures Section 3.2.9, the University of Texas prohibits handguns (specifically including CCW permit holders) so obviously the U isn't working that hard on keeping women safe.
 

MA: Chiefs seek to legalize Taser
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"Massachusetts police chiefs say a state law banning electronic weapons is handcuffing police from using what some consider the most effective, yet nonlethal means of stopping violent offenders."

"The weapon, called a Taser, fires up to a five-second burst of 50,000 volts that backers say is usually enough to stop - and drop - most offenders long enough to place them under arrest."

"Massachusetts and New Jersey are the only two states that do not allow police to carry Tasers."

"Taser supporters say that unlike other police weapons, such as pepper sprays, batons or firearms, a Taser blast is usually quick and painless, and the end result is not a trip to the hospital or the morgue."

... "Melconian's bill would keep the ban in place for the public, but allow police to carry Tasers." ...
 

IL: Revolutionary War re-enactments excite, educate youthful spectators
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"Most of the children who watched this weekend's recreation of an American Revolution battle at Lake Shelbyville described it with the same word:"

"'Cool.'"

"And that pleased organizers of the annual Muskets and Drum Muster, the whole point of which was bringing history to life -- for children in particular."

"The Kaskia-Kaw Rivers Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers co-sponsored the festivities Saturday and Sunday at the Dam East Recreation Area, which featured demonstrations of 18th century fashion and living as well as warfare."

"But the highlights, at least for many of the youthful spectators, were the battles that included live fire from cannons and muskets." ...
 

IN: Granny get your gun -- Some seniors securing guns and training for safety measures
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"In the 52 years of business for Blythe Sport Shop, Les and Mike Blythe have watched their clientele grow and mature with age."

"With store locations in Griffith, Valparaiso and Portage, Les, 48, and Mike, 45, educate customers of all ages about their merchandise and wares, include guns."

"A new customer demographic even includes a growing number of senior citizens expressing an interest to purchase guns and firearms, as well as training, for personal safety and security."

"'About 80 percent of the people we train in gun safety and who have just purchased a gun are senior citizens and females,' Les said."

"'It's a trend that's definitely out there, and the interest exists among an older age group who want to feel safer.'" ...
 

South Africa: S. Africa tightens gun ownership law to fight crime
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"South Africa will enforce tough new gun control laws from July 1 in an effort to reduce a level of violent crime that makes it one of the most dangerous countries in the world."

"The government may also declare an amnesty to flush out millions of unlicensed and homemade weapons used in crime, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said on Monday."

"Police statistics for the year to March 2003 put the national murder rate at an alarming 47.4 per 100,000 people -- eight times the figure for the United States."

"A national mortality study released earlier this year found firearms caused 7,091 deaths in 2002, making guns one of South Africa's top causes of non-natural deaths."
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Will they never learn?
 

Press Release From CeaseFire Maryland Dances on the Graves of Three Cops
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[Original title: "Three Alabama Police Officers Shot to Death with Assault Rifle"]

"CeaseFire Maryland, Along with over 800 Local Police Chiefs and Sheriffs around the Country, Calls on Congress and President Bush to Renew and Strengthen the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that Sunsets Sept. 13th, 2004"

"Three police officers were shot to death yesterday when they approached a house in Birmingham Alabama to serve warrants. The bullet proof vests the officers were issued were no match for the SKS assault rifle, named by officials as the weapon used in the killing. The SKS rifle is a copycat of the AK 47 assault rifle. It is cited by the ATF as the rifle most frequently used to kill law enforcement officers and is readily available in the US despite the current federal assault weapons ban." ...
 

South Africa: Glut of unwanted guns
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"Second-hand firearms are no longer welcome in South African gun shops."

"Several dealers have stopped buying second-hand weapons, since supply exceeds the demand as more South Africans are trying to get rid of their guns, rather than renewing their licences, as required from July 1 under the strict new Firearms Control Act."

"'We are now advising sellers of second-hand firearms to hand in their unwanted guns to the police to have them destroyed,' said Solomon Shange of Kings Arms and Ammunition in Pietermaritzburg."

"Rather than paying R570 (per firearm) for proficiency and competency certificates, many gun owners don't want to go through the costly and lengthy procedure of renewing their licences."

"Shange said most new applicants who have bought firearms at the shop have been turned down by the Central Firearms Registry in Pretoria." [emphasis added] ...
 

TX: Off-duty officer shoots man at car wash
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An off-duty Houston police officer shot an armed man early Sunday after a confrontation at a northwest Houston car wash, officials said.

Officer Hector Ramirez, 31, was working a security job at the car wash in the 7100 block of Tidwell about 5 a.m. when he spotted James Lee Madden, Jr., 38, carrying a pistol in his waistband, police said.

Police said Ramirez, a five-year HPD veteran, shot Madden when he saw the man make some type of suspicious gesture. Madden was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. He was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Ramirez was not injured.
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See?!? Armed self-defense works!
 

VA: Second Child Charged in Gun Incident at Va. School
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"A second student has been charged in Friday's incident at Bull Run Middle School in which a 12-year-old boy sneaked two rifles and a shotgun into the boy's bathroom, police said today."

"A 13-year-old boy from Haymarket was charged with conspiracy to possess firearms on school property, police said. He was involved with the planning of the incident, but backed out at the last minute, they said. Juvenile intake officers released him to his parents and a court date has not yet been set."

The 12-year-old was loading a cartridge into a .30-06 hunting rifle when assistant principal Jamie Addington heard the sound, called police and implemented the school's lockdown plan ..." ...
 

VA: Gun-toting student found in bathroom [follow-up]
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"A 12-year-old boy charged with bringing guns into a middle school was found out because an assistant principal making rounds heard a cartridge being popped into a rifle inside a bathroom stall, a newspaper reported."

"Assistant Principal Jamie Addington, who is a hunter, 'knew instinctively' that he had heard the sound of a gun being loaded, his wife, Sherry, told the Washington Post."

"Sherry Addington said her husband looked under the stall Friday and saw the boy with a loaded .30-06 rifle, another rifle and a shotgun. Shocked, he called police while the school quickly implemented an emergency plan."
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So the only reason there wasn't a massacre of unarmed students and disarmed teachers is that the boy waited until he was at school to load his guns.
 

Malawi: Police officer shoots two passengers in Mzimba
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... "Mzimba police traffic officer Constable Thomson Mathungwe, 22, from Mkambuwa Village in Chiradzulu is alleged to have shot Dadly Lupesya and Nashaz Sakala on the hand and chest respectively with a 303 rifle during a traffic check on the Lilongwe–Mzuzu M1 road at Luwawa in Chikangawa forest reserve."

"Police publicist Willie Mwaluka confirmed the incident, saying the police management has since directed that the issue be investigated and the suspect is in custody to allow justice to take its course."

“'Management has since directed that the matter be investigated and that the suspect be arrested. Right now the officer is in police custody awaiting trial,' said Mwaluka." ...
 

Bangladesh: Making quick bucks at cop checkpoint
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"At around 5:00 in the afternoon Friday, eight members of the armed police battalion and three police constables led by a sub-inspector (SI) set up a checkpoint on the eastern side of Satmasjid Road in front of Abahani Club Ltd. in Dhanmondi."

"The launch of the heavily guarded checkpoint is a part of an ongoing government effort to catch criminals on the streets before they strike. The move came with the alarming rise in violent crimes in the city in the last three months." ...

"This correspondent spent an hour on the spot and counted 17 vehicles stopped by the police. Of the 17, six were threatened with prosecution but released in the end through 'negotiations'."
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For the naive, 'negotiations' means bribes.
 

IN: Police promoting gun safety
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"If you have guns in your home, then the Linton Police Department has something to help you with gun safety."

"The Linton Police Department will provide 600 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program."

"The safety kits will be distributed at the police department beginning Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. The distribution will end Friday. Each person coming in will be given two free kits."

"'We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,' said Linton Police Chief Keith McDonald." ...
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Translation: Lock up your defense tools and trust us.
 

PA: Two local teenagers do area hunters proud
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"Devon Babcock, 16, of Rome, won first place overall in the senior championship (for ages 15 through 18), while Justin Staats, 14, also of Rome, took first place in the junior championship (ages 11 to 14). Devon and Justin are members of the Valley Youth Hunter Education Challenge Inc., based in Rome." ...

"We congratulate Devon and Justin on their accomplishments. Both have demonstrated a keen interest in hunting, which of course is one of Pennsylvania's greatest pastimes and industries."

"Hunting requires more than simply taking a rifle or other type of weapon, going into the woods and killing an animal. A person must have a working knowledge of the environment he's going into, and a tremendous respect for it as well. Without these things, a person with a gun is just blundering around, creating a hazard to himself and others as well." ...
 

No Kicks from the '06 -- Revolutionary ammo means the animal gets walloped, not you
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"I first got an inkling that recoil was not good for you in 1973 when I met Ned Lilly, a Hall of Fame trapshooter. At that time he had been smashing clay birds for 40 years and had fired over a million rounds. As a result of all that pounding, he said, he was unable to turn his head anymore, so arthritic were his neck and shoulders."

"Over a long period of time, recoil wrecks backs and necks and detaches retinas, and in the short term it can do a pretty fair job of turning you into a lousy shot, because it’s against human nature to hold steady when you know you’re about to get walloped. So in this era of dill pickle–size cartridges, it is heartening to see Remington and Federal come out with big-game ammo that is loaded to kick less—lots less." ...
 

UK: Drugs bust is worth a mint (Bristol)
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"Crack cocaine worth around £60,000 has been seized in a high-profile police operation in the centre of Bristol."

"Operation Mint was a four-day, pro-active, operation which ended on Saturday, and which followed many weeks of intelligence gathering."

"Search warrants were executed at 22 locations in St Paul’s and Easton – at private addresses and commercial outlets, including the Black and White Cafe – and 24 people were arrested."

"Police seized some 660 rocks of crack cocaine, plus a self-loading pistol and ammunition, several knives and other offensive weapons." ...
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Another gun in the gun-free UK!
 

CA: Funeral Scheduled For Deputy Killed By Friendly Fire
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"Funeral services will be held Monday for a sheriff's deputy accidentally killed by a colleague during a motel shootout with a suspect armed with what turned out to be a pellet gun."

"Services for Michael Arruda, 36, will begin at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina, Calif."

"Arruda, a 13-year veteran of the sheriff's department, was wounded at a Motel 6 in Hacienda Heights on June 9 and died six days later."

"Arruda was shot in the neck as he and other deputies responded to a "shots fired" call at the motel."

"When deputies arrived, a man identified as Paul Smith, 51, of Whittier fired at them from what looked like a semiautomatic pistol, but which was actually a pellet gun, said sheriff's homicide Capt. Ray Peavy." ...
 

India: Picking Up A Pistol Made Easy [Subject to "Stringent" Licensing]
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"The bad lands of Bihar are not the biggest market for pistol bought for self protection by civilians. Uttar Pradesh and the North-East top the list of customers rushing to buy 0.32 pistol from Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). ..."

"For OFB, the civilian market is a good source of revenue. 'We want to sell more and more to the civilian market,' say senior OFB officials in Cossipore, West Bengal." ...

"'These pistols are not lethal and are picked up mainly by businessmen for their personal security,' an official said." ...

"Licensing system for acquiring such weapons is very stringent and comes under the purview of the state government." ...
 

FL: Trial starts in alleged illegal search
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"Freddie and Cheryl Bruner of North Fort Myers claim police illegally raided their home in August 2000 and injured their son in the process."

"The Bruners’ children tell of Lee County sheriff’s deputies and Cape Coral police bursting into their house off Moody Road with pistols drawn as a sheriff’s helicopter hovered overhead."

“'All of them had guns out,' Lucius Bruner, 19, said in a sworn statement. 'When they went inside the house, they were pointing the guns at everyone.'"

"Jurors in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers are expected to hear two very different versions of what happened on Aug. 15, 2000, during a trial starting today in a lawsuit the Bruners filed against Lee County Sheriff Rod Shoap and sheriff’s Sgt. John Bores." ...
 

OH: NRA offers women's target training class
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The National Rifle Association's Women On Target program is sponsoring a free instructional shooting clinic for women from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 16 at the Camp Perry Shooting Club on Niagara Road, Port Clinton.

All necessary equipment will be provided by the club, including firearms, ammunition, and eye/ear protection. The clinic will include training in the safe handling of shotguns and helping participants learn the fundamentals of shooting.

The goal of NRA's Women On Target program is to introduce women to the shooting sports and give them the chance to meet other women with similar interests.

To register for the clinic call clinic coordinator Keith Bailey at 419-929-0307 or by e-mail at kvbguns@msn.com
 

The President and the Gun: To the Avenger Go the Spoils
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"The story of how President Bush ended up with Saddam Hussein's pistol mounted in his private study off the Oval Office has dribbled out in the last few weeks, and it is a good one." ...

""It's the phallic equivalent of a scalp - I mean that quite seriously,' said Stanley A. Renshon, a psychoanalyst and political scientist at the City University of New York who has just completed a book, to be published by Palgrave/Macmillan in September, called 'In His Father's Shadow: The Transformations of George W. Bush.'" ...
 

FL: Officers get okay for more firepower
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"Worried about being outgunned by criminals, St. Petersburg's police chief will let officers use assault rifles."

"ST. PETERSBURG - Police Chief Chuck Harmon has decided his officers need semi-automatic assault rifles to protect themselves and the public from criminals with increasingly greater firepower." [emphasis added]

"Officers will have the option of buying their own Colt AR-15 rifles, which fire bullets that can pierce body armor. The rifles are accurate enough to shatter a light bulb at 900 feet. The rifles will be kept in squad cars." ...
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Plus a truck-load of other mis-information and anti-gun misgivings.

If anyone else cares to enlighten the author(s), their e-mail is minai@sptimes.com
 

AL: Birmingham police officers had no chance
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"The Birmingham Bellsouth White Pages, still better known as the telephone book, is 1 &1/2 inches thick."

"The military style assault weapon officials said killed three Birmingham police officers Thursday is capable of firing a bullet through two of them, a gun shop owner said later."

"Thus, regardless of the protective equipment officers Carlos Owen, Charles Bennett and Harley Chisholm might have worn, they had little chance against the SKS-style assault rifle used to slay them in Ensley when they went to a residence to serve an outstanding warrant."
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I wonder how many phone books a .30-'06, a common deer rifle cartridge, will penetrate? Yet more anti-gun hysteria from the ink-stained hyena crowd.
 

Guns and the Gipper
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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... "A decade ago, when the proposal to create a federal ban on military-style assault weapons was teetering between Congressional passage and defeat, Mr. Reagan personally lobbied Republican House members to take what he called the "absolutely necessary" step of outlawing the bullet-spraying semiautomatic guns favored by criminals. His effort proved crucial, as the legislation passed the House by just a two-vote margin." ...
 

NY: Rhinebeck gun club battle to continue
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Members of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals want another shot at determining whether a road constitutes a property boundary."

"The Town Board last week voted to appeal state Supreme Court Justice James Brands' ruling that the zoning board overstepped its bounds in rejecting a variance application from the Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The NRA has a point about the inadvisability of simply taking guns away from the populace. If that were possible, it would not disarm that small percentage of the population willing to break the law.... Punishing people who obey the law is backward thinking. — Hugh Downs, Veteran ABC newsman

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