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U.S. Readies for Draft
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"Despite denials that the U.S. plans to re-institute the draft, the Pentagon has stepped up preparations for a new Selective Service System that could allow for a full-blown draft by next year." ...

"Inquiries ...are answered as well with an explicit canned denial:"

"Notwithstanding recent stories in the news media and on the Internet, Selective Service is not getting ready to conduct a draft for the U.S. Armed Forces – either with a special skills or regular draft." ...

"But savvy draft-watchers, including author, radio personality and attorney Col. Ron Ray, USMCR (Ret.), dispute the 'is not getting ready' phrase, suggesting that there is, indeed, evidence indicating a new, heightened urgency within the agency ...
 

Army Told Not to Use Israeli Bullets in Iraq
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"Israeli-made bullets bought by the U.S. Army to plug a shortfall should be used for training only, not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. lawmakers told Army generals on Thursday.
Since the Army has other stockpiled ammunition, 'by no means, under any circumstances should a round (from Israel) be utilized,' said Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, the top Democrat on a House of Representatives Armed Services subcommittee with jurisdiction over land forces."

"The Army contracted with Israel Military Industries Ltd. in December for $70 million in small-caliber ammunition."

"The Israeli firm was one of only two worldwide that could meet U.S. technical specifications and delivery needs, said Brig. Gen. Paul Izzo, the Army's program executive officer for ammunition. The other was East Alton, Illinois-based Winchester Ammunition, which also received a $70 million contract."
 

Larry Pratt: Help on the way to the Senate?
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"The Senate has been a socialist stronghold in Washington. It controls the nomination of judges, who all too frequently set new policy in this country by following international standards, rather than abiding by our own Constitution."

"Any judge known to be pro-Second Amendment will be put on the do-not-confirm list by liberal senators such as Edward Kennedy (D-MA), who until now have been able to control the nomination process. This blacklist is not conjecture. It is a scandalous fact ..." ...

"Well, help may well be on the way. If former U.S. Rep. Tom Coburn, a Muskogee obstetrician, is successful in his bid for the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma, gun owners will once again have a champion in the Senate. ..."
 

Ilana Mercer: Self-defense: A universal right
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"My mother in-law, a fierce and fiery South African, has a gun and keeps it loaded and close to hand. This is the only sensible course in a country considered one of the most dangerous outside a war zone. But in the 'new' South Africa, self-defense has become a crime against the state." ...

"Of course, a person's right to own a firearm is not contingent on whether he lives in a 'safe' community. The right to self-defense, implicit in the right to life, belongs to every non-aggressor, imperiled or not. Natural rights are not subject to the vagaries of crime rates. Or, for that matter, to the whims of the state (or Rosie O'Donnell). Natural rights are not for governments to grant but to uphold."
 

OR: Clerk gives robbers taste of hot lead
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"Three robbers in a black Cadillac held up an Interstate 5 gas station and threatened to kill the clerk, but she drove them off by blowing out the car's back window with her handgun, police said Thursday."

"Officers stopped a car minutes later on Belt Line Road and arrested two men and a woman late Wednesday."

 

CCRKBA Hails Saudi Arabia on Firearms, Asks What's Wrong with Other Countries
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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today hailed an announcement by the government in Saudi Arabia that foreigners who feel threatened by a wave of militant violence can carry guns for their personal protection. ..."

" 'This sensible move by the Saudi government should send a signal to other nations around the world, where citizens have been essentially disarmed and left to the mercy of a growing criminal element,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. ..." ...

"...It appears that the Prince fully understands that citizens, and even non-citizens, are entitled to protect themselves against criminal attack. ..."

 

CA: L.A. officers investigated in videotaped beating
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"Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton on Thursday identified the eight officers involved in the controversial capture of a suspected car thief — including the LAPD officer videotaped by TV news cameras repeatedly striking the African American suspect after he appeared to surrender."

"The officer seen striking the man 11 times with a flashlight was identified as John Hatfield, 35, a seven-year veteran of the department." ...

"After a short footrace, Miller was seen raising his hands in the air and appeared to be ready to lie down when two officers pinned him to the ground. A third officer, Hatfield, was seen running up to Miller, first kicking at the prone man, then appearing to strike him 11 times with a metal flashlight."
 

FL: Hi, we're from the government, and we're here to help
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"An 80-year-old widow was arrested and jailed for writing a bad check for less than $150 nearly two decades ago."

"Elizabeth E. Milton was driving home from her son's 31st wedding anniversary when she was pulled over in a random stop, and arrested for writing a bad $145.93 check on Dec. 24, 1985."

"She was put in the back of a Hillsborough County Sheriff's patrol car, and taken to the Orient Road Jail, where she stayed overnight until she posted $1,000 bail early Thursday." ...

"...the fact is, the deputy followed procedure. At what age do we say a woman is too old to be taken to jail?"

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And the Nazi SS were just following orders too.
 

CO: Rick Stanley found guilty
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"Gun activist Rick Stanley was found guilty Thursday on two felony counts of attempting to influence a public official."

"Stanley, 49, owner of a Denver shop-supply company, said he was prepared for the verdict in the trial, which began Monday in Adams County District Court behind double security screening - once at the door of the courthouse and again at the door of the courtroom." ...

" 'I'm never surprised when people allow the government to destroy their rights,' Stanley, who remains free on bond until a Sept. 10 sentencing, said outside the Adams County Justice Center as supporters gathered around him."
 

CA: Man Arrested At Airport with Gun, Knife
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"Authorities say a man was arrested at John Wayne Airport in Orange County Thursday after he was found with a loaded gun and a knife at a security checkpoint."

"Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino says the 65-year-old man was detained at about 1:30 p.m. after a standard X-ray screening of the bag revealed the weapons." ...

"Sheriff's officials say the man was booked on charges of possessing a loaded gun and attempting to carry a loaded gun into a secure area of the airport. He's being held at Orange County Men's Jail."
 

SC: Corrections worker accused of smuggling gun into facility
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"An Allendale Correctional Institution employee has been charged with smuggling in a gun used in April to shoot two inmates."

"Kezia Fennell of Brunson is charged with criminal conspiracy."

"Officials would not release information about Fennell's job or Corrections Department status."
 

CA: Youths aim for status in gun club
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"Twelve-year-old Tommy Davis wore a grin from ear to ear Thursday as he sat in a pile of .22-caliber bullet casings, waving his paper target laced with bullet holes."

"Davis, one of 34 members of the Apple Valley Junior Rifle Team, was awarded the Marksmanship First Class status at the club's weekly rifle match held at the Apple Valley Gun Club."

"The Junior Rifle Team, first established in 1967, has been growing since its revival in 1997, team coach Dave Halbrook said." ...

" 'It teaches them discipline,' Mona Grody, the girls' mother said. 'I've always enjoyed shooting and I wanted to pass something on to them that I enjoy.' "

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But Brady and the moron mommies claim that guns and kids are a dangerous combination!
 

UK: Gunmen pounce on city chip shop
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"Masked gunmen raided a Coventry chip shop late last night - and got just £40."

"The balaclava-clad trio, one carrying a rifle, burst into the Three Js chip shop in Bedworth Road, Longford, at 11.15pm and demanded cash."

"PC John McDonagh, of Stoney Stanton Road police, said the man carrying the rifle ordered the shop owner to open the till before a second man jumped the counter and took the £40."
 

VA: Fed. Agents Aid Local Cops
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"The Justice Department is dispatching teams of federal agents to Richmond, Va., the Washington, D.C. region and 13 other cities struggling with violent crime problems despite a dropping U.S. crime rate, Attorney General John Ashcroft said today."

"Ashcroft told reporters that the effort would be targeted at 'the hottest zones of criminal activity' in cities where high murder and violence rates persist despite a violent crime rate that is at a 30-year low nationwide, based on federal victimization statistics."

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Funny, the home of Project Exile and the city with some of the toughest gun control laws in the state is so crime-ridden, that the feds are stepping in.



 

NV: State fails to file sex offender reports
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"A review of law enforcement data sharing found that Nevada is the only state not filing information about sex offenders with a nationwide FBI database."

"Records about Nevada residents with protective orders against them for domestic violence, stalking or harassment also are not available from the FBI's National Crime Information Center, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday." ...

"Another problem is that hundreds of Nevada fingerprint files entered each month into the national database include misspelled names and inaccurate identification numbers ..."
 

OK: Justice is self serving
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"While seated on the bench, an Oklahoma judge used a male enhancement pump, shaved and oiled his nether region, and pleasured himself, state officials charged yesterday in a petition to remove the jurist. According to the below complaint filed by the Oklahoma Attorney General, Donald D. Thompson, 57, was caught in the act by a clerk, trial witnesses, and his longtime court reporter (these unsettling first-hand accounts will make you wonder what's going on under other black robes). ..."
 

South Africa: Gun owners oppose new law
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"Firearm owners will seek a court interdict on Wednesday to stop the government from enacting legislation to control the ownership of guns."

"SA Gunowners Association spokesperson Martin Hood said on Friday the Firearms Control Act was a threat to the country's security and its citizens."

" 'We do not want the legislation to be implemented as it will lead to the criminalisation of tens of thousands of gun owners,' said Hood."
 

Congress Moves to Shield Bad Gun Dealers (JTO)
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"Why do the Republican leadership in Congress and the Bush Administration keep taking steps to protect bad gun dealers?" KABA Note: They don't. They keep taking steps to prevent you and your ilk from destroying the firearms industry.

"Mere hours after a West Virginia gun dealer agreed to pay $1 million to settle a case about recklessly selling guns into the criminal market, the House Appropriations Committee passed a measure that would prevent even federal judges from seeing data that shows which gun dealers sell guns later linked to crimes." KABA Note: Could this be because holding gun dealers responsible for guns being used in crimes is akin to holding car dealers responsible for drunk drivers?
 

Canada: Families of gun-violence victims speak out
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"Four mothers and a sister of victims of gun violence were in Toronto on Friday to plead for the protection of the national gun registry -- a topic of heated debate during the federal election campaign."

" 'We don't want to punish gun owners but want to protect women and children from being threatened and killed with guns,' said Karen Vanscoy, whose 14-year-old daughter Jasmine was shot to death by a young offender."

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Questions for Mrs. Vanscoy: How many criminals do you know who register their guns? How is treating law abiding citizens like criminals going to protect women and children?
 

MI: Gun range ordered to meet noise limits
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"The shooting range at Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Island Lake State Recreation Area must comply with Green Oak Township's noise ordinance, a judge has ruled."

"Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress Thursday signed a preliminary injunction ordering the DNR to comply with the ordinance, which limits noise to 65 decibels." ...

"If the state does not comply, a court hearing will be scheduled, at which time Burress could order the range closed until the necessary modifications are made. Independent testing by both the township and DNR has confirmed that sound levels resulting from the privately run skeet, trap and sporting clay range portion of the facility are above the township's limit."
 

FL: Police: Teen May Have Been Shot In Self-Defense
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"Police investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old in northwest Jacksonville early Thursday now say he might have been shot in an act of self-defense."

"If that's the case, authorities said the shooting victim could face criminal charges." ...

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But you can be sure that Brady and crew will list this shooting as just another "child" harmed with a firearm.
 

NY: Moving Into Their Dream Home, Then Learning to Hit the Deck
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"A year after Kevin and Tracy Coyle bought a second home here among the oak trees - 'our dream house, our sanctuary,' Ms. Coyle called it - they said they arrived one weekend in April to find bullet holes in the bedroom, broken wallboard on the floor and damage to their cathedral ceilings." ...

"After the police came and yanked two bullets from high-powered rifles out of the walls, the Coyles said they knew whom to blame: the Maidstone Gun Club, a mile away as the bullet flies, whose rifle range is on a direct line with the new subdivision where the Coyles live."
 

MI: Detroit Mayor ‘Finally Gets It’ About Thugs With Guns Following Shooting
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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today applauded Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for 'finally getting it' about fixing responsibility for a violent act on the perpetrator, and not holding firearms owners responsible as a group."

"In the wake of a Wednesday nights shooting of nine people during a fireworks show, a man apparently pulled a handgun and shot nine people. In response, Kilpatrick was quoted by the Associated Press insisting the man was a lone 'idiot.' " ...

"SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb stated, 'We would like to congratulate Mayor Kilpatrick, who has apparently figured out that the conduct of one thug with a gun does not represent the conduct of millions of law-abiding American firearms owners. ..."
 

VA: Virginia Law Shifts Background Checks to State Police (JTO)
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"Starting July 1, Fairfax County will no longer be allowed to perform background checks on county residents looking to purchase a handgun. Instead, the Virginia State Police will handle all background checks..."

"Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerry Connolly calls the new law 'a big step backward in public safety.' "

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How is treating those who actually obey the law and get a background check when purchasing a firearm like a criminal going to stop the real criminals, Chairman Connolly?
 

Afghanistan: Blaming the "easy availability of guns" for senseless killings
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No, we couldn't possibly blame the CRIMINALS, could we?

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"The easily availability of weapons in Afghanistan has led to numerous murders committed in the heat of the moment. Correspondent Ahmad Hanayesh of RFE/RL's Afghan Service visited the eastern city of Parwan to speak with the perpetrators and victims of these crimes, and to find out if anything can be done to rid the country of so many guns. (This story was the winner of RFE/RL's Division of Broadcasting Innovation & Excellence Award for reporting on social issues, and was originally broadcast on 18 May.)"
 

Library Group Gathers Patriot Act Data
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"The American Library Association said Friday it will survey thousands of libraries to determine how often federal agents have used the USA Patriot Act to try to secretly obtain patrons' records."

"The association wants the information in its fight to bring about changes to the controversial law, said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the group's Washington office."

"The act 'jeopardizes library patrons' privacy in a way that has never been done before,' she said at the start of group's annual conference in Orlando."
 

FL: Hunters loaded for bear rebound
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"Black bear hunting was officially banned in Florida a decade ago, and hunters have been trying just as long to bring it back."

"Now that bears are thriving in some areas, the pressure is growing to allow hunting again. Board members of the agency that oversees hunting are not ruling it out. However, they say it probably won't be anytime soon."
 

NC: Bill eases gun buying
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"Purchasing a handgun in North Carolina would get easier under a bill passed by the state Senate on Thursday."

"The measure -- a version of which passed the House in April 2003 -- would allow people with a concealed handgun permit to buy a pistol without going through the typical approval process."

"As the law stands now, a permit to purchase a handgun is issued by a local sheriff after a background check."
 

South Africa: Fail to spot a gun and you may go to jail
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"Gun experts have warned that lengthy jail terms await those who fail to alert the police about illegal firearms or allow illegal guns to be hidden on their property."

"Under the new Firearms Control Act, to be introduced next week, the public and property and gun owners will be compelled to be super vigilant or face the penalty."

"For one thing, Alex Holmes of the South African Arms and Ammunition Dealers Association says, if you become aware of an illegal gun or ammunition you must tell the police or face the possibility of 15 years in jail."

"The old Arms and Ammunition Act gave courts permission to assume certain facts, which often forced those charged with illegal possession of a firearm to give evidence or face conviction."
 

VA: Feds "help" Richmond to control illegal guns
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"Some of Washington's top agents who chase gunrunners are heading up a new federal effort to target violent crime in Richmond and 14 other communities this summer." ...

"U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said the bureau's technical resources will allow the new teams to focus on stopping the flow of guns to criminals here."

"He said gun shows, which he noted are held as often as every six to eight weeks, will be a particular focus of the teams."

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Will VCDL and other gun rights groups also be a "focus"?
 

RI: Outrage follows Senate defeat of domestic violence gun bill
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"PROVIDENCE -- Advocates chanted 'shame, shame, shame' yesterday after a deadlocked Senate Judiciary Committee killed a pair of bills to require that people subject to domestic violence restraining orders surrender their guns."

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