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UK: Gunman holds woman hostage as robbery goes wrong
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"A gunman is holding a woman hostage inside an American Express building in central London."

"The man, believed to have been trying to carry out an armed robbery, is holed up inside the building in the Haymarket, near Piccadilly Circus."

"A large area in the centre of the capital has been brought to a standstill as armed police, police dogs, hostage negotiators and a helicopter moved in."

KABA NOTE: "Gun free Britain"...?
 

UK: Police chief blames TV for crime; gun related crime up 50% in his region
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"Sir Edward Crew, chief constable of West Midlands Police, believes the constant stream of fighting and innuendo on television is a key reason why the force is having to deal with more cases of assault and low-level violence."

"He said: "On the face of it, violent crime is steadily increasing, but the increase is in common assaults and other low-level violence, which have only featured in the recorded crime tables in recent years.""

"Gun related crime has also risen in the region with the number of offences involving a firearms rising by 50 per cent."
 

GA: Should shopkeepers shoot?
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"It depends on who and what you're defending, according to Georgia law."

"Store owners routinely brandish guns for protection, often in full accordance with state law."

"It's easy, however, for prevention and self-defense to turn into an unjustifiable killing."

"The rules are strict about when lethal force can be used and when it can't."

"It can't be used to simply protect property, but it can be used to protect yours or someone else's life."
 

How to Disappear
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Your inbox is awash in spam, your boss is chuckling over your credit report, and you've got a sneaking suspicion that Uncle Sam counts how many Löwenbräu you chug. Yes, your privacy's shot to hell, and you're tempted to shrug and settle for an open source life. But privacy isn't like virginity, forever lost after the first trespass. With some work, "reprivatization" is possible. Use this three-tiered guide to pick a level of solitude."
 

5 Rules of Conceal and Carry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"YOUR CONCEALED WEAPON IS FOR PROTECTION OF LIFE ONLY."

"KNOW EXACTLY WHEN YOU CAN USE YOUR WEAPON."

"IF YOU CAN RUN AWAY SAFELY- RUN!"

"DISPLAY YOUR WEAPON, GO TO JAIL."

"DON'T LET YOUR EMOTIONS GET THE BEST OF YOU."
 

Domestic Abusers Bought Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The General Accounting Office, in a draft report obtained by The Washington Post, found that federal authorities have had to retrieve guns from those convicts and more than 8,000 others because they had been wrongly allowed to buy the weapons."
 

Trying to Figure Out Property Rights
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Looking at property rights in the simplest form reveals that a person has the right to his or her own property, using it as the owner sees best fit. This usage includes the self-protection of person and property. This means that if someone comes onto one's property without consent, the owner shall have the right to protect his or her property by any means necessary as long as the owner does not harm another's property."
 

House panel votes to arm airline pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The House Transportation Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would allow about 1,400 commercial airline pilots to carry guns on board planes."

'Nothing else can provide the deterrence of an armed pilot protecting an otherwise vulnerable flight deck,' said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of a House aviation panel within the Transportation Committee."
 

Shredding the Constitution: The case against the International Criminal Court.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"By January the ICC may begin prosecuting international crimes if the relevant nation's own courts are unable or unwilling to do so and a member state or the U.N. Security Council refers a matter to it, or if the prosecutor decides on his own that something should be done. The court is authorized to investigate and prosecute four crimes committed by individuals (not nations) at any time after July 1: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and "aggression," which has yet to be defined."
 

GA: Alpharetta officials questioning gun-toting judge’s behavior
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"City officials are looking into complaints about an outspoken Alpharetta judge known for wearing a gun tucked in his waistband during court and lobbying for a hefty salary increase. City Attorney Sam Thomas confirmed receiving complaints about Judge Scott Childress but declined to elaborate. The judge insists he’s done nothing wrong."
 

CT: Jump in gun sales sets Rell in motion
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell is "stunned" at the 457 percent increase in national gun sales since Sept. 11."
"We need to make sure that each one of those guns is safe and secure and well out of the reach of children," Rell said Wednesday, kicking off the first leg of her Project Home Safe gun lock tour."
 

OH: Legal costs warning raised over gun suit
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Cincinnati's lawsuit against gun makers may come at a “staggering” cost to city taxpayers, the chief lawyer for the nation's firearm industry told Cincinnati City Council on Tuesday."

"But Lawrence G. Keane's appearance before the Law and Public Safety Committee was not enough to sway council members to vote to kill the 3-year-old lawsuit, which will continue — at least for now — to the evidence-gathering phase."
 

IN: Group seeks ban on sales of guns in classified ads
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A gun safety advocacy group wants Indiana newspapers to ban classified ads selling firearms."

"Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence calls the sale of guns through the newspaper a "loophole" in the laws regulating firearm sales because private sellers are not required to follow waiting periods or conduct background checks on buyers, which licensed dealers must do."
 

WARNING: A631 Has Passed the New Jersey Assembly
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"This Bill BANS expungement (record clearing) for 14 different offenses including the disorderly persons and petty disorderly persons offenses of harassment, simple assault, lewdness, false imprisonment, criminal mischief and trespass which may qualify as domestic violence."
 

SCOTUS Rules it's OKAY to Random Drug Test Students
Submitted by: Ken Ross

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The Supreme Court approved random drug tests for many public high school students Thursday, ruling that schools' interest in ridding their campuses of drugs outweighs an individual's right to privacy.

--Outweighs an individual's right? EXCUSE ME?!?!?!
 

OH: City votes to continue gun lawsuit
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Cincinnati City Council will continue its three-year-old lawsuit against gun manufacturers, defeating an attempt by some of its members to dismiss the case."

"Council voted 5-3 Wednesday to reject a proposal by Council Member Chris Monzel seeking to drop the lawsuit."

"Monzel {ndash} who, like several of his colleagues, wasn't on council when the lawsuit was launched {ndash} said the effort is a waste of the city's limited resources."
 

IL: Delivery man foils home invasion
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"Bolingbrook police Wednesday credited a bottled water delivery man for foiling an attempted home invasion in which a man forced himself into a home and confronted a woman with a gun."

"A 33-year-old Plainfield man was arrested by Bolingbrook police Wednesday in connection with the home invasion, Bolingbrook police said."
 

Downtime brings weapons practice
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"ABOARD THE USS JOHN F. KENNEDY -- The butt of the 12-gauge shotgun rests against my shoulder just below the collarbone. My left hand, stretched forward, supports the end of the 12-pound weapon and the tip of my right index finger rests on the trigger."

"One member of the Navy SEAL team on board the carrier is explaining how to aim as he steadies me for the shotgun's powerful kick. So with a trembling hand I pull back on the trigger."
 

Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations Applauds Approval of Armed Pilots Demonstration Program
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Captain Bob Miller, president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) which represents more than 22,000 airline pilots, congratulated
Chairman Don Young and Ranking Minority Member Jim Oberstar of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Chairman Mica of
the Aviation Subcommittee, and other members of the Committee for approving H.R.4635, which would put in place a demonstration program to allow pilots to be armed to protect the cockpit."
 

Compassionate Tyranny
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"John Kenneth Galbraith is not a Republican guru. Tell that to President Bush and Sen. John McCain. Both are following Galbraith's political prescription for "the good society."

"Six years ago, Galbraith published "The Good Society: The Human Agenda," in which the good society is defined as one politically organized to coerce "the favored" to work for the poor."
 

High court gives green light for school vouchers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Led by a narrow conservative majority, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that school voucher programs are constitutional if they provide parents a choice among a range of religious and secular schools."

"The 5-4 ruling further erodes the figurative wall separating church and state and clears a constitutional cloud from vouchers, an education idea dear to political conservatives and championed by President Bush."
 

VA: Teen pleads guilty to weapons charges (followup)
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The 15-year-old county teen charged with stealing and stockpiling weapons in a makeshift fortress in his parents' back yard, pleaded guilty to several weapons and theft charges Tuesday to avoid being tried as an adult.

The weapons confiscated included an automatic 12-gauge shotgun, a single-shot shotgun and a double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun that had been altered to become a sawed-off shotgun. Several rifles also were recovered, including a .22-caliber rifle, and two carbine rifles.
 

Judge stays Pledge decision
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The judge who ruled Wednesday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional because of the phrase "under God" violates the separation of church and state issued a stay Thursday pending further appeals."

"Thursday's stay issued by Alfred Goodwin, who was appointed by President Nixon, did not dramatically alter the dynamics of the case because the ruling was not expected to take effect immediately.
 

NE: U.S. attorney ready to prosecute gun crimes in federal court
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The U.S. attorney for Nebraska traveled the state this week, telling local police he wants to bring gun crimes into federal court."

"We want to make your neighborhoods as safe as possible by making sure that those who use guns in the wrong way are taken out," U.S. Attorney Mike Heavican said in Lexington on Wednesday."
 

NC: 2 more sentenced in flea market gun sales crackdown
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two more men joined a former state trooper sentenced for illegally selling guns at a Mebane flea market, and two other defendants in the case will be sentenced next month, officials said."

"Norman Lewis Hayes, 56, of Siler City and Phillip Ray Freeze, 77, of Burlington were sentenced Thursday to 37 months in prison and three years probation after being convicted of dealing in firearms without a license, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Klauer said."
 

Don't Relax Faulty System
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, has come up with a troubling statistic: From 1998 to 2001, 3,000 domestic abusers were able to buy firearms because the FBI was not able to complete required criminal background checks within three days."

"Until the FBI can demonstrate near-perfect accuracy in its records checks, it would be unconscionable for Congress to decrease the time allotted."
 

Camas-Washougal Wildlife League Members Have Been Teaching Gun Safety
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Five months ago, state officials honored the Camas-Washougal Wildlife League for 45 years of promoting hunting safety. The east Clark County group was among the first in the nation to offer youth firearms courses."

"But just to set the record straight, wildlife league members have been teaching gun safety and sportsmen's ethics for almost 70 years, and non-stop for the past 54 years."
 

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