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It happened here
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whenever tragedy strikes, there is always someone who says, 'Things like this don't happen here.' It gets said so often, it's cliché. It's also a lie."

"I know it's a lie because a tragedy happened here. It happened in my hometown, in the middle school I went to as a young girl, the same school that is next door to the public library where I work now."

"On November 7, 1994 Keith Ledeger, a paranoid schizophrenic, entered the middle school with a 12 gauge shotgun. A former student at the school during the 1970s, Mr. Ledeger returned to the school full of rage and alcohol. ..." ...
 

The Kimber Kiss-up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For those of us who make the transition from gun owner and shooter to Second Amendment activist, the most disillusioning phenomenon we have to face is that not everyone we might expect to be an ally in the fight for the right to own and carry weapons can actually be relied on."

"When I first became involved in this historical struggle, Smith & Wesson, that quintessentially American revolver manufacturer was actually owned by a British holding company that didn't give a rap about the Second Amendment, was much more concerned with the company's sales to police departments across the country, and was inclined to go along with any regulatory scheme politicians and bureaucrats came up with." ...
 

Media Double Standardland
Submitted by: The Great Black Swamp

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... "Prior to one of the many hearings, a local pastor gave an invocation and during his remarks and called on God to help the brave council people have the strength to do what needed to be done, and ban the evil guns. Or something like that." ...

"NO one on council batted an eye. No one in the media took notice. ..." ...

"Fast forward to June 6, 2008. Today's Columbus Dispatch features an editorial lambasting clergy for getting involved in politics." ...

"So while the Dispatch had no problem with local clergy urging on City Council members to ban or force the registration of perfectly legal competition rifles, it has a problem today with clergy speaking out about the presidential candidates." ...
 

Miami Herald: 2nd Amendment is 'Mythical Right '
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Miami (FL) Herald let lose with another propagandistic broadside against the 2nd Amendment on Thursday featuring some more moaning and false statements about how horrible it is for America that the misnamed 'assault weapons ban' has lapsed. There is much wringing of hands, waterworks, histrionics and over dramatics by the aptly named Fred Grimm here. In 'What's a few dead cops to the gun lobby?' Grimm's final pronouncement is that the 2nd Amendment is a 'mythical right' but in between there are many misstatements and out right lies."

"Grimm starts out putting on some faux 'shock' that a modern 'semiautomatic assault rifle' he had the occasion to handle was so light. ..." ...
 

Guns in National Parks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Re 'Rule Change Would Permit Weapons in National Parks' (news article, May 30):"

"The Bush administration has caved in to political pressure and reopened the firearms safety and uniformity regulations in our national parks for public comment."

"The proposed changes to the regulations would allow loaded concealed weapons to be carried within national parks, subject to the state laws applicable for state parks in the state where the national park is located."

"The current regulations ... allow people to possess firearms in national parks, as long as they are unloaded and are stored out of easy reach."

"The regulation is limited and reasonable and does not apply during hunting seasons in those parks that authorize hunting." ...
 

Combating Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign against illegal guns won a notable victory this week when a Georgia gun dealer decided to default rather than go to trial in a civil lawsuit that accused him of illegally selling handguns that were later used to commit crimes in New York."

"The last-minute retreat by the dealer, Jay Wallace, is new vindication of Mr. Bloomberg’s strategy for holding irresponsible gun dealers accountable. It is part of the mayor's larger battle against atrocious federal laws that shield the gun industry from having to account for the crimes committed with guns that they provide." ...
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KABA Note: For the truth as opposed to grey lady lies, see here.
 

Interpreting the bill of rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week I began a discussion of the Bill of Rights in the context of judicial interpretation, how those interpretations often create 'new' law, and that both liberal and conservative justices are guilty of doing it. Today I continue that discussion." ...

"Of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, no amendment has caused more controversy over the years than [the Second] and the reason for that is in the reading of it. Its language is imprecise and its meaning uncertain, thereby allowing everyone to interpret it based on their own self-interests, rationality, irrationality, bias or prejudice." ...
 

FL: Photos Of 6-Year-Old Holding Handgun Gets Felon Arrested
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A convicted felon was arrested in Palm Bay after allegedly putting a gun in a 6-year-old child's hands and forcing her to pose for pictures." ...

"Investigators with the Palm Bay Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said Allen took the photos, including two more of himself holding an SKS assault rifle. Detectives said the pictures came from a cell phone stolen from the owner of a local landscaping company where Allen recently worked." ...

"Police said the photos aren't enough to charge Allen with child endangerment, but they said the girl is safe and Allen, who has a long criminal history, is charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon." ...
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KABA Note: Stupid Felon Tricks.
 

NM: Homeowner fires shot, burglar flees
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Police are searching for a man who tried to steal $20,000 worth of natural gas equipment during a residential burglary in Mentmore early this morning."

"Deputy Police Chief John Allen, a spokesman for the Gallup Police Department, said someone broke into a garage of a residence on the 3400 Block of Blue Hill Avenue at about 5 a.m."

"The homeowner noticed his van that contained the valuable equipment had been stolen from the driveway. He then found the burglar inside the garage trying to steal additional equipment."

"Allen said the homeowner fired a shot from a handgun over the thief’s head and demanded he remain inside the garage until police arrive, but the man fled on foot and has not been arrested." ...
 

CA: Gun, ammo bills go to Senate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the future, you may have to leave a copy of your driver's license if you want to buy .22-caliber rounds from your local big-box store."

"The California Assembly further reinforced the state's reputation as having the most stringent gun laws in the nation by passing two bills late last month that would put more restrictions on buying and selling handguns and handgun ammunition. Both bills must now win state Senate approval."

"One bill ... would require any new handgun sold in the state to have a device installed that prohibits anyone other than the owner from pulling the trigger."

"... the technology for such devices isn't yet available for sale and the bill wouldn't take effect until after it is, according to the legislation." ...
 

Rep. Bill Sali To Government Agency: Always Think Freedom!
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"Representative Bill Sali is introducing a bill to send a message to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) that freedom still means something in this country."

"As part of its Asset Forfeiture training program for agents, the BATFE ordered 2,000 Leatherman tools inscribed with the words 'Always Think Forfeiture.' The program urges agents to focus on seizing private property."

"Rep Sali believes the agency should be thinking 'Freedom,' not 'Forfeiture.' The Idaho Republican complained about the program and recieved a letter from Acting ATF Director Michael Sullivan, who apologized for the 'confusion' over the issue." ...
 

MN: Former police officer charged
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Lake Crystal police officer, who resigned in December after 14 years of service, is facing a felony charge for allegedly selling a van without a clean title." ...

"Alan White and his sister, Marnee White, attempted to transfer the van's title in December 2006. They had purchased the van from Johnson and his wife, Pamela, then. Johnson told Alan White the lien card for the title was lost and he would send it to him later." ...

"Lake Crystal Police Chief Tony Cornish said Johnson started working for the Police Department on Nov. 1, 1993, and resigned on Dec. 20, 2007. Cornish said he could not say why Johnson resigned because it is not public information." ...
 

IL: Gurnee officer charged with assaulting a minor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lake County circuit judge set bail at $1.5 million Friday for a Gurnee police officer charged with sexually assaulting a minor, authorities said."

"Jay Simon ... was arrested ... Friday on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of aggravated assault ..."

"The department was informed that Simon was under investigation in mid-May ... Simon was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, and will remain on leave pending his court case."

"Simon has been a Gurnee police officer for almost six years, Patrick said. There is no indication that the offenses of which he is accused took place while Simon was on duty, he said." ...
 

IL: Chicago police officer charged in alleged insurance scheme
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Chicago police officer was charged in federal court on Thursday for allegedly taking part in an insurance fraud scheme that involved faking the theft of a car and dismantling the vehicle for parts."

"Officer Joseph Grillo, a 12-year department veteran, and another man ... have been charged with one count each of felony mail fraud ..."

"Two other men, including another officer, were involved in the scheme, the FBI said. ... Neither man, according to the release, has been charged."

"The Chicago Police Department issued its own news release, saying that additional charges were expected to be filed and that Grillo, 45, has been relieved of his police powers pending the investigation. ..." ...
 

OH: Strip Search Part 4: Four more women come forward with similar stories; Exclusive (slow loading page)
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... "Dyshko came to North Canton nine years ago, she says, to escape the fear of KGB persecution in Ukraine. Her ordeal inside the Stark County Jail stemmed from a home schooling issue. ..."

"Dyskho was educating 2 of her 8 children at home. She received a notice from the Stark County Sheriff about a warrant for her arrest ... When Dyshko arrived at the Sheriff's office, she says she was quickly handcuffed and thrown in jail on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor."

"After this mother of 8 spent 3 days behind bars, a judge reviewed her case and quickly dismissed the case."

"Lawyers for Dyhsko say she had to remove all her clothes because someone inside the jail determined she was suicidal. ..." ...
 

KY: Kids To Learn Gun Safety
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Youth SportsFest Camp, sponsored by the National Rifle Association, will take place June 21 at the Lloyd Wildlife Management Area in Crittenden."

"The day camp will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude around 4 p.m."

"The NRA Youth SportsFest Camps provide a perfect setting to introduce youngsters to the fun and excitement of the shooting sports in a safe, positive and educational environment."

"The camp will feature training in the safe handling of shotguns, rifles, handguns and archery equipment, all under the supervision of experienced instructors." ...
 

OR: A safe place to shoot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Finding a place for target practice didn’t use to be that difficult in Oregon."

"That's no longer the case as an increasing number of public and private property owners no longer welcome the practice, leaving many marksmen nowhere to go."

"The shortage of options is driving more and more people to join organizations such as the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club"

"The club added about 250 members over the past year, bringing its total membership to almost 1,300." ...

"As a result of the increased usage, the club is seeking a change to its conditional use permit that will allow it to accommodate more members and events." ...
 

WY: Fantasy gunfighters square off in cowboy action shooting matches
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The piano player bangs out a tune in the corner of the smoky saloon as the last cards are drawn. The red-headed stranger turns over a full house and reaches to collect his chips."

"'Nobody's that lucky, Mister,' you say."

"The music stops as the stranger stands, his spurs jingling on the hard wooden floor."

"'You callin' me a cheater?' he says, his hands on his pistol belt."

"You cooly shuffle the deck and cut the cards. If it's a black card, you'll draw your Colt revolvers on the no-good skunk and shoot him down like the mangy scoundrel he is. If you draw red, you'll fill him full of lead with your Winchester rifle."

"It's the Ace of Diamonds." ...
 

UK: Britain Cracks Down on Knives After 11th Teen Is Slain in London
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"Leila Shire stood outside her central London apartment block, where a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death this week, the 11th teenager killed with a knife in London this year."

"'A lot of people are carrying' knives, said Shire, 24, a family friend of Arsema Dawit, ... the unarmed victim of a 21-year-old man charged with stabbing her repeatedly in an elevator."

"'A lot of people think that it's better to be safe than sorry, and the only way they can be safe is maybe if I carry something, you know,' Shire said. ..." ...

"'Young people need to understand that carrying knives doesn't protect you, it does the opposite -- it increases the danger for all of us, destroys young lives and ruins families,' [Prime Minister] Brown said ..."
 

UK: Knife Crime: 'It's A Fashion Thing'
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"Two gang members have told Sky News that killing someone is seen as a status symbol and said the recent spate of knife murders is just 'fashion'."

"'If you kill someone that just makes you bigger or something,' one said, identifying himself only as 'Little-tastic'."

"Younger Archer, 16, said: 'It's a fashion thing at the moment for everyone to be killing everyone.'"

"Neither of them carries a knife now but they know plenty of people who do."

"'We used to, but not anymore. It's stupid. Our friends have gone to jail for doing things they shouldn't have.'"

"Sixteen young people have been stabbed to death in London alone this year." ...
 

UK: Knife Crackdown in Britain After 16 Teens Slain; Some Say Stabbing 'in Fashion' (another view)
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"A recent spate of teen stabbing deaths have sparked fears of a knife crime 'epidemic' among Britain's young, and spurred the government to announce tougher penalties for teens caught carrying a blade."

"Arsema Dawit, a 15-year-old schoolgirl found dead in an elevator at a south London apartment building this week, is the 16th teenager slain in Britain's capital this year. Most, like Dawit, were stabbed to death — and most of their killers were other young people." ...

"Until now, warnings were given to most of those under the age of 18 found with knives. With the change, anyone 16 or over who carries a knife with a blade longer than 3 inches will be prosecuted. Those convicted face a penalty of up to four years in prison." ...
 

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