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Submitted by: LibertyActivist.org
Website: http://www.libertyactivist.org

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LibertyActivist.org exists to provide resources to grassroots and underfunded liberty organizations in need of proper tools to continue their battle efficiently.
 

WA: 'Less-lethal' weapons are risky -- for police
Submitted by: BobL

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A sheriff's deputy was killed by a naked madman, who took the cop's own gun. Pepper spray failed to subdue him.

This same man had not responded to both pepper spray AND a Taser last year, when he was arrested and sent to jail (he served 6 months of a 1-year sentence).

So who favors giving pilots Tasers now?

Personal note: I was near the site of the shooting that same day and got pointed to a detour in the aftermath. I wish I had been there!!!
 

TN: Guns and Crime -- Statement by Gubernatorial Candidate
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"For too long, gun control has meant taking away Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens and leaving criminals out there to terrorize the streets. That's not right, and it's not safe."

"Criminals – not guns – cause crimes."

"That's why, as Governor, I put in place the Class X crimes bill. You've probably seen the signs in grocery stores: Armed robbery means a mandatory sentence – with no parole."

KABA NOTE: This fellow supports "Project Exile". We do not. Click here to find out why: Project Exile Archives If you feel so inclined, EMail Him.
 

TN: Bob Pope Endorses Lamar Alexander for U.S. Senate
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Bob Pope, organizer of Bob Pope's Gun Shows, publicly announced his endorsement of United States Senate candidate Lamar Alexander."

"Lamar Alexander is right on guns, that's why I'm endorsing him to be our next Senator from the state of Tennessee," said Pope. "Fred Thompson is a friend to the gun owner and Lamar Alexander is just like him."

"Alexander attended the Bob Pope Gun Show in Smyrna, Tenn., on Saturday where Pope and Alexander addressed approximately 2,000 attendees."
 

CA: Vigilante's ambush collars S.F. suspect
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"When San Francisco police said they couldn't spare an officer to arrest a man suspected of stealing Tom Van Lokeren's credit cards and checks, the 47-year-old North Beach tax accountant took matters into his own hands."

"Van Lokeren bought a large fishing net at Fisherman's Wharf, some pepper spray and a stun gun at a military surplus store and then lured the suspect into a trap on a busy downtown street."
 

It's Here...The Federal ID card
Submitted by: Roger Macdonald

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"Right now the U.S. House of Representatives is debating in committee what could be the single most federal power expanding bill in American history -- HR 4633, the 'Driver's License Modernization Act of 2002.'"

"Most people have been conditioned to accept the belief that a driver's license is both a legal requirement and necessary. Even after much effort, I have yet to find anyone in government who can explain how it is constitutionally authorized."
 

Another Second Amendment Poll
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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Blog by Volokh (you may have to try the link more than once)

...further evidence that the Justice Department's position is far from the "radical" step that many have described it as being.
 

Congress Fears the "Gun Show Loophole"
Submitted by: Dennis Jackson

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"The other criminals in Congress are so afraid of this legislation that they are trying convince McCain to table the issue until after the elections. Well what do you know, they even know that it's wrong and don't want it to mess up their chances of re-election. It is indeed sad that Congress is so afraid of themselves that they can't let their own votes be a guide for the voters."
 

TX: Gun safety courses offered for children
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"The College Station Police Department and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host a gun safety course for children in pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade."

"Classes for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade will be July 2 and 18. Third- through sixth-grade classes are July 11 and 25. All classes run from 10 until 11 a.m."

"The sessions are free, but class sizes are limited ..."
 

TX: Local clay shoot to benefit Special Olympics
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Gun enthusiasts can take aim at supporting the local Special Olympics chapter at a clay shoot Saturday in Robertson County."

"The second annual Sporting Clays Shoot is the largest fund-raising event of the year for the Special Olympics Heart of East Texas area, which covers the Brazos Valley to Conroe."

"[Heather] Normand said she hopes the event raises $12,000 this year. The money will fund training and travel expenses for the Special Olympic athletes in the Brazos Valley."
 

TX: City can again put wreckers in tow
Submitted by: Lyndell Rottmann

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"Houston will immediately look into re-establishing its laws requiring tow truck drivers to obtain permits, licenses and insurance, go through criminal background checks and work in zoned areas rather than responding to calls citywide."

"Another law prohibiting wrecker drivers from carrying guns on the job may also be restored..."

"[D.J.] also complained about price gouging and said wrecker drivers should not be allowed to have guns."

"It could get very ugly if they're armed," she said.
 

Spider-Goat Makes New Bullet-proof Vest
Submitted by: Evan Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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"Scientists have combined the DNA from a goat and spider to create an animal which produces silk that is five times stronger than steel. The breakthrough could be worth millions because the silkmilk fibre can be used to make body armour which is far tougher than normal bullet-proof vests – while weighing little more than a cotton shirt."

KABA NOTE: Raise your hand if you think such a "cotton shirt" will be available for The People...
 

MD: Charges possible in fatal gunfight (follow-up)
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"Harford County's top prosecutor said his office will wait until early next week to determine whether to file charges against a Fallston gun shop employee in the fatal shooting Thursday of an armed 83-year-old customer."

KABA NOTE: A customer shot at an employee after an argument -- the employee fired back and was a better shot. When an employee defends himself, why should there be charges?
 

Second Amendment Coalition
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Our first undertaking as an organization is simple. We call this operation 'Your check is in the mail!' We want to send a message to the NRA that we are not pleased with the stance they have taken regarding the recent US v Emerson court battle. To get our point across, we want individuals to send voided checks to the NRA. You may use your own voided personal check, or you may print off the sample attached below. In the memo section write US vs. Emerson. Date the checks July 4, 2002."
 

PA: Expert: Gun safety a must
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The unintentional shooting death of 17-year-old Laquetta Lynn Dixon has gun safety activists trying to spread their message, again.
They say teaching children and adolescents about the proper use of a gun is essential, like saying no to drugs and drinking and driving."
 

Call to Arm Pilots Grows Louder (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Congress, this week, revisited one of the recurring topics raised during last week’s Annual Meetings—the idea of allowing properly trained flight crew on commercial aircraft to be permitted to carry firearms to defend their aircraft. U.S. Representatives John Mica (R-Fla.) and Don Young (R-Alas.) recently introduced H.R. 4635, which seeks to establish a training program for arming flight crew, and on Thursday, the House Subcommittee on Aviation held hearings to discuss the subject."
 

CA: Who Are They Fooling?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I am tired of politicians in California, and elsewhere across the country, running on “moderate-2nd Amendment” platforms when the reality is that they seek the elimination of gun ownership and the rights to use them."

"CA Senator Perata has his own Concealed Carry Permit, but denies the right to average folks. Meanwhile, he and his liberal friends crank out toilet-paper rolls of legislation."

"Hey, actions-versus-words spin works for the Palestinians, why not Sacramento?"
 

Comments on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Rewritten in modern terms the Second Amendment might read..."

"The proper control of all military (or quasi-military) groups is necessary if we are to have a safe country where citizens have guaranteed rights; therefore, the right of all citizens to possess, carry, and use weapons to control these military (or quasi-military) groups shall not to be changed in any way, or be encroached upon."
 

UK: Trigger unhappy
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"Five centuries of growing civility [in England and Wales] ended in 1954. Violent crime has been climbing ever since, and armed crime - with banned handguns the weapon of choice - is now described as "rocketing"."

"History shows that public safety is not enhanced by depriving individuals of their right to personal safety."
 

Massachusetts Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"As gun owners and sportsmen are aware, your NRA-ILA and Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) have been working with the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety in an attempt to draft a bill that makes positive reforms to our gun laws. NRA-ILA and Gun Owners Action League ask you to show your support for the positive changes to gun laws outlined in the reformed version of H.1087."
 

AL: Gun stance draws skepticism
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Fed up and frustrated by the alarming number of armed robberies in the city, Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright is urging law-abiding people to fight firepower with firepower."

"But the proposal has generated little public support, and at least one expert said the suggestion borders on irresponsibility."

"On two separate occasions recently, Bright has suggested that store clerks and homeowners should have a weapon handy and learn how to use it as a way to deter the armed robberies that seem to have become an almost daily occurrence in Montgomery."

KABA NOTE: The Montgomery, Alabama Mayor sounds like an intelligent man. If you'd like to email him, his email address is: mayor@ci.montgomery.al.us.
 

NJ: Democrats backing off on childproof gun measure
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gov. James E. McGreevey used gun control as a defining issue in his gubernatorial campaign last year, leading many gun control advocates to believe he would champion their cause in office."

"But behind the scenes the McGreevey administration has quietly urged Democratic leaders to bottle up the centerpiece of the gun control legislative agenda -- a measure to mandate so-called childproof handguns."
 

Root-Cause Redux -- The dispute over arming pilots echoes earlier crime debates.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"We have a Texan in the White House, hundreds of congressmen who fly home for weekends, and terrorists who ram planes into buildings. So why is it we're not allowing pilots to fly with side arms?"

"On Capitol Hill that's not a rhetorical question. More than a few members realize that if the terrorists had struck on a Friday instead of a Tuesday any number of congressmen might have been on the Dulles flight that smacked into the Pentagon."
 

Major Crimes In U.S. Increase
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The number of major crimes in the United States increased last year for the first time in a decade, bringing an end to a decline in violence that had resulted in the lowest crime levels in a generation, according to FBI statistics."

"The increase included a 3.1 percent rise in murders reported by police departments nationwide, along with significant jumps in the numbers of robberies, burglaries and car thefts, according to the preliminary FBI survey, which was obtained by The Washington Post. Overall, major crimes in 2001 were up by 2 percent from the year before."
 

IL: Housing authority chief arrested on gun charge
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The executive director of the Champaign County Housing Authority was arrested by Champaign police early Saturday morning for allegedly threatening a couple with a handgun."

"In a two-paragraph news release, Champaign police reported that they arrested Elawrence Davis for aggravated assault and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The latter charge is a Class 4 felony."
 

CT: Shooting accident prompts gun safety lectures
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Basketball practice held at the Nathaniel Ely School gymnasium yesterday afternoon wasn't all about jump shots, layups and fakes."

"Practice for the kids, ages 10 to 18, was cut short when about 45 of them gathered around two city police officers who had dropped by to warn about them what to do if and when they find a gun."
 

WA: Armed citizens intervene in attempt to save fallen police officer
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The man somehow managed to release Herzog's gun from his holster, and it hit the ground. That's when several bystanders rushed the naked man and tried to overpower him."

"``But he just blew them off like water on a duck's tail,' said Porter."

"Knowing the situation had risen to a deadly level, Porter -- a long-time gun owner and wife of a gunsmith -- scrambled to the trunk of her car and pulled out her .40-caliber Browning semiautomatic pistol."

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"Just as Porter bent over Herzog's body, she said, a car carrying a man and a woman pulled up next to her, apparently to shield her and the officer from the fleeing gunman."

"His hands firmly gripped around a .38-caliber handgun, the man driving the car jumped out and sprinted after the suspect."

"Police on the scene shortly after the shooting were overcome with grief. Some were amazed by the action taken by regular citizens."

``That is a tremendous statement that people will step forward in a crisis and help us out,' Bellevue police officer Marcia Harnden said. ``It was a heroic situation.'
 

Second-Amendment Setup: What They Say Isn't What You Get
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Bush administration's fact sheet - - for Project Safe Neighborhoods also says, "In addition to strict enforcement of existing gun laws, the President supports expanding instant background checks to close the gun show loophole and banning the importation of high-capacity ammunition clips."

"In other words, we ain't seen nothin' yet. President Bush wants even more laws that violate the Second Amendment. (For more, read our article "What's a Compelling State Interest? What's a Felon?"
 

Senator Creates Petition to Protect Our Borders
Submitted by: Curtis Wood

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Senator Tancredo creates petition for the US government to protect our borders. Please sign to give him support in introducing such important legislation.
 

Armed pilots are a better defense than sky marshals
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I AM A PILOT with a major airline who would like to express concerns regarding the FAA’s remedy of using sky marshals to make our skies safe, and present a solution involving “arming” pilots without actually arming pilots."

"First of all, where on the airplane will the sky marshal sit? In which class? When is the right time for him to jump into action against the one, three or five terrorists? How does he know how many there really are?"
 

NY: Jewish Patrols Fail to Materialize
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There were no signs of armed patrols a rabbi promised in two heavily Jewish neighborhoods because of an FBI terrorism warning."

"Rabbi Yakove Lloyd had said his armed patrols would meet at two Brooklyn street corners, but the only people who arrived Sunday night were reporters, police, community leaders and curious residents."
 

Kofi Annan Probed Over Machine Gun-Toting Bodyguards
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan over reports that his bodyguards carry illegal submachine guns to protect the number one diplomat."

"Sources in the U.N. Security and Safety Service say that members of Annan's personal protective detail have been using the German-made MP5 submachine guns since 1998," reports the National Rifle Association's "America's 1st Freedom" magazine."
 

NY Rabbi Plans Armed Night Patrol in Brooklyn
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A right-wing Jewish group is planning an armed anti-terror patrol of Jewish areas in Brooklyn on Sunday night, even if it means arms bearers will be arrested, the rabbi who heads the group said on Sunday."

"Rabbi Yakove Lloyd, who founded the Jewish Defense Group in 1985, said he expected between 25 and 40 people to participate in patrols of the Midwood and Flatbush sections of Brooklyn organized after FBI warnings that fuel tanker trucks could be used in possible attacks on Jewish targets."
 

Guns are vital to freedom
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I recently attended the National Rifle Association Political Workshop in Little Rock. No media covered the event, although they were invited. I brought home and placed bumper stickers on out vehicles that said simply "I'm the NRA and I vote."

"On Monday my wife parked one of our vehicles in the faculty and staff parking at the University of Central Arkansas where she is employed. The sticker was removed from the vehicles the first time away from home."
 

'You are not to reference the Constitution ... '
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Protesting a Denver ordinance against bearing arms, business owner and Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stanley late last year strapped on a hip holster bearing a .380 Beretta (fellow protester Duncan Philp chose a shoulder rig) during a Dec. 15 rally celebrating the 210th anniversary of the Bill of Rights."

"He'd advertised what he was going to do and invited Denver police to come get him. They did. He was peacefully arrested by 18 officers, and brought to trial on May 15 in the municipal court of Judge Robert L. Patterson."

"It was defense attorney Paul Grant's voir dire questioning of a potential juror who was also a police officer that gave the first indication of the way things were going to go in Judge Patterson's courtroom."
 

The Second Amendment, Terrorism and the Militia
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Recently there has been a lot of talk about the United States government's new understanding of the 2nd Amendment as it relates to individuals. Basically they stated that the 2nd Amendment applies to individual rights, as opposed to organized militias, something some folks have come to incorrectly identify as the National Guard or the United States military."
 

Australia: Bill 'could create police state'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"AUSTRALIA could become a police state if Parliament passes the Government's anti-terrorism Bill, Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown has argued."

"Senator Brown said under the proposed laws, almost anyone joining in a protest could be deemed a terrorist."

"While it was unlikely that would happen, the fact it was possible meant the legislation had to be rejected, he said."
 

Sharply Divided Supreme Court OK's Tougher Sentences in 'Gun Crimes'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that judges can lengthen the prison sentences of people who use guns while committing other crimes, even if the defendant hasn't been convicted of any charge specifically involving the weapon."

"With the 5-4 decision, justices avoided a ruling that could have threatened prison sentences of thousands of inmates and put in doubt sentencing laws in nearly every state."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
As an individual, I believe, very strongly, that handguns should be banned and that there should be stringent, effective control of other firearms. However, as a judge, I know full well that the question of whether handguns can be sold is a political one, not an issue of products liability law, and that this is a matter for the legislatures, not the courts. The unconventional theories advanced in this case (and others) are totally without merit, a misuse of products liability laws. — Judge Buchmeyer, Patterson v. Gesellschaft, 1206 F.Supp. 1206, 1216 (N.D. Tex. 1985)

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