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Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"As a former New Yorker, I found it sad and ironic to read that a resident of Queens, Phillip Bernstein, had been arrested because he had 16 guns, 10,000 rounds and 80 magazines in his home ['DA: Lawyer Had Arsenal,' News, July 2]. Apparently, his disgruntled fiancée ratted on him after a domestic argument, claiming he threatened her with a gun. Of course, there were no witnesses. Some of the firearms were supposedly 'unregistered'."

"Outside New York City, throughout much of the United States in fact, hundreds of thousands of individuals own gun collections with a dozen, oftentimes several dozen (or more) firearms. Possession of such a large collection - and the ammunition that goes with it - is neither illegal nor considered abnormal. The local sheriff or D.A. wouldn't think twice about an otherwise law-abiding citizen having a collection of firearms."
 

California Anti-gun Senator Boxer supports arming pilots
Submitted by: Evan Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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Boxer signs on to armed-pilot bill. Anti-gun senator prefers firearms in cockpits to fighters downing planes. She stands for the first time with Senator Smith on a gun issue.

"A well-known anti-gun senator has agreed to support legislation that would allow airline pilots to fly armed because, she says, it is better than ordering planes destroyed by U.S. fighter jets in the event of a hijacking."

"Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said at a press conference in Washington today that she is lending her support to legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H."

KABA NOTE: In the last 24 hours, we've seen numerous Democrat members of the House stand for arming pilots, and now we've got a rabid anti-gun socialist on board -- but President Bush and his cronies still oppose, prefering to shoot planes out of the sky with F-16's than to let pilots take out hijackers.
 

AZ: Mother dies saving daughter, friend from violent predatory criminals
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"A Mesa woman, bound with duct tape, saved the lives of her teenage daughter and friend by facing off against two armed intruders, fatally shooting one before she was slain in her bedroom."

Thanks to Larry Drake for also submitting this one...
 

The Balkans and Gun Control - Americans disarming other countries
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A recent Public Broadcasting Service news report made my blood run cold. I heard an American Army officer, with the assistance of an interpreter, tell a bedraggled Kosovar to relinquish his weapon. The man protested, stating that he had none to give up. Neither, he insisted, did his companions behind him, sitting sullenly in their battered red sedan. "

"Angrily and arrogantly, our officer snapped, 'I want that, too!' and jabbed a finger at the man's hunting knife."
 

Mineta Strikes Again
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has made another controversial decision that seems to place politics and political correctness above national security."

"Mineta, President Bush's only Democrat in the Cabinet and a holdover from the Clinton administration, has steadfastly opposed ethnic profiling as a tool in airport security screening...blocked efforts to arm airline pilots..." [emphasis ours]

And now Mineta has chosen to tick off another group of people.

"Opponents of Mineta's decision suspect that local politics were the deciding factor in the selection of San Francisco. The San Jose Mercury reported in May that Mineta was under intense pressure from San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Bay Area civil rights activists to preserve security screening jobs of nearly 800 employees at the San Francisco airport. The new act requires screeners to be U.S. citizens and the private security firms to be U.S.-owned."
 

The Lie of Firearm "Safe Storage"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I see the main stream media and the antigun movement are doing their level best to get every state to pass 'safe storage' legislation for firearms. Then along comes Mr. Lott, who was once one of them, and shoots holes in the whole idea. First you must realize that the anti's definition of safe storage means the firearm must be locked up in some way that makes it unusable to anyone who needs it."
 

Persecuted Gun Rights Leaders File New Appeal Brief
Submitted by: H. Bunce

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On 7/8/02, Russ Howard & Steve Cicero filed a new appeal brief in the campaign finance case FPPC v CAC.

Howard & Ciciero were fined $808,000 in retribution for the recall of Top California Gun Grabber David Roberti, but officially for protecting donor privacy. The fine was upheld without trial and is $1.2 million with interest.

"This is the largest, most oppressive forced disclosure fine ever issued in what remains of America," Howard said.

Howard & Cicero seek legal defense donations.
 

U.S. Developing 'Star Wars' Style De-Mining Gun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The United States army will soon conduct trials of a Star Wars-style cannon that will clear surface-laid mines by zapping them with a high-powered laser, New Scientist magazine said Wednesday."

"Dubbed Zeus, the laser cannon is mounted on the top of a Humvee all-terrain military vehicle and operated from the cab."
 

October 2001 issue of the Journal of Law and Economics
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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This entire issue concerns guns, crime, and safety. Old, but useful.

An excerpt from one article:

"According to the analysis here, differences in drug prohibition enforcement explain differences in violence, which in turn explain differences in gun ownership that correlate positively with violence but do not cause that violence. Further, the results provide a hint that restrictive gun control regimes can themselves increase violence."
 

Who Really Pays? - Even symbolic responsibility is better than none at all.
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"In the People's Republic of China, they execute people all the time for all sorts of crimes."

"After chances at re-education through slave labor, the state gives up and fatally cures...shot in the back of the head by a special squad of police. At the same time those shots are fired, policemen arrive at each criminal's home to present his family with a bill for the bullet used to kill their relative. The chinese government, feels that if it must step into the lives of its citizens then someone must pay."
 

NC: Gun bill may end standoff
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Democrats in the state Senate appear to be backing down from their position on gun-show regulations, and they are poised to approve a measure banning some lawsuits against gun manufacturers without the proposed curb on gun dealers they insisted on last year."

"The Senate's approval would end its standoff with the House over the gun bill."
 

MI: A year later, few problems with concealed weapons
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In the last year, Brian Pears of Niles has gone from a person who didn't even own a handgun to someone licensed by the state of Michigan to legally carry his .40-caliber semiautomatic Glock pistol concealed in public."

"I don't consider myself a gun fanatic. I shot guns as a kid growing up, but didn't even buy a handgun until I took the concealed pistol class," said Pears, a 40-year-old registered nurse at South Bend's Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center."
 

NY: Tougher Penalties For Gun Charges
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Last week at a press conference at the United States Courthouse in Central Islip, Chief Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Underwood announced that 16 defendants originally arrested on state firearms charges would be charged on the federal level instead. In addition to seizing crack, cocaine and marijuana, local authorities allegedly confiscated more than 20 firearms from these 16 defendants"

"Project Safe Neighborhood is a nationwide gun violence reduction program headed by the Justice Department and run in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms."
 

UK: Gun Course in U.S. Is Focus at British Terrorism Trial (another version)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Sakina Security Services offered its British customers 'serious firearms training' at gun ranges in the United States. The London firm said this was a case of finding a profitable business niche in Britain, where guns are hard to get. But the British government said Sakina's gun classes amounted to terrorism."
 

OH: State plans student ID #'s for all 1.8 Million government indoctrination center participants
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The state is preparing to assign an identification number to each of Ohio's 1.8 million public schoolchildren to help track and improve academic performance."

"The proposal concerns the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which has asked the state for details on the plan."

"The Department of Education says the Statewide Student Identifier System will be in place this coming school year."
 

CA: Young, brainwashed anti-rights brats named 'Join Together Heroes'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The twins, who are 10th graders at a North Hollywood area high school, are currently working on efforts to pass pending legislation that would ban the sale of all gun ammunition in Los Angeles. By empowering youth of all races, cultures and neighborhoods to take political action to stop gun violence, Kidz Voice-LA is on track to become an influential nation-wide children's violence prevention group."
 

House Overwhelmingly OKs Guns for Pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Airline pilots could carry guns in the cockpit under an anti-terror bill the House passed overwhelmingly Wednesday despite the opposition of the White House."

"The legislation, approved by a vote of 310-113, would allow guns for more than 70,000 pilots if they agreed to undergo training. Lawmakers stripped out provisions limiting the program to some 1,400 pilots, about 2 percent of those flying."
 

Supreme Court Becomes Assertive
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Whether the issue is liberal or conservative, the Supreme Court of the United States is increasingly willing to step on the toes of Congress to judge public opinion and invalidate federal laws, a panel of legal experts argued Tuesday in a review of the court's 2001-2002 term."

""This court has been quite willing to strike down acts of Congress. It's as if Congress can't get any respect," said Ken Starr, the former U.S. solicitor general and special prosecutor, who spoke on the panel at the conservative Heritage Foundation."
 

Feds Favor Foreign Airport Screeners Over American Cops
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"One member of the President Bush's Cabinet is being accused of placing more importance on preserving jobs for noncitizens than ensuring aviation safety."

"That charge comes from a New York attorney who says Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, a leftover from the Clinton administration, ignored his plan for using retired law enforcement officers to provide security at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport."
 

RI: East Providence Police Officer Arraignment
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The East Providence police officer who shot and killed a fellow officer in a training exercise pleaded innocent today at his arraignment in Superior Court."

"Joseph Warzycha the Third was charged with involuntary manslaughter in April. He shot Captain Alister McGregor in the forehead with a sniper's rifle last December 27th."

Warzycha "has been on administrative leave since the shooting. The Attorney General’s Office says Warzycha believed he was firing an unloaded rifle at the time."
 

CT: Gun uncovered in school
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The cowboy-style, six-shot revolver, safety glasses, and ear plugs had been so long forgotten on a shelf above Geremiah Cassella's workbench at The Morgan School that two years of dust had accumulated on the bag that contained them."

"His father's target pistol might still be there today, police say, had Cassella not been suspended from his school maintenance job for storing a school lawn mower at his East Haddam home."

"Characterized by police as absent-minded in the matter rather than acting with criminal intent, Cassella, 38, was arrested Monday on Superior Court warrants charging him with possession of a weapon on school grounds."

"The arrest, and the loss of the job he has held for 14 years, all came about because of the lawn mower, police say."
 

VPC Statement Opposing 'Arming Pilots' - prefers to have F-16's shoot planes down
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The VPC is in strong opposition to guns of any kind in the cockpits of our nation's passenger planes. Introducing guns to the close quarters of an airliner may be even more hazardous than putting guns in classrooms, as some urged following the 1999 Columbine massacre."

"The first and foremost consideration should be the fact that the weapon, by definition, would potentially be available to every passenger."
 

'Siege' mentality testing patience
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Navigating the heightened security at the College World Series in Omaha last month wasn't too much of a hassle for local artist Beth Daley. She had to wait in line to go through new security checkpoints, and she couldn't bring her own food or water into the ballpark, as she had done in the past."

"But after walking past bomb squads and reading that hazardous-materials teams were poised and that flights had been restricted over the park, Daley started to get mad."
 

MD: No charges against gun shop employee who shot violent customer
Submitted by: highlandlassie

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"The Harford County state's attorney decided Wednesday that charges will not be brought against a gun shop employee who shot and killed an armed 88-year-old customer in an exchange of gunfire last month."

"State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said the fatal shooting of Milton Caplan on June 20 outside the Fallston Gun & Pawn shop, in the 2800 block of Belair Road, was a 'suicidal and deliberate' act set up by the victim."
 

MD: Unorganized militia help capture bank robber
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A man charged with robbing the M&T Bank in Clear Spring at gunpoint Tuesday morning was pursued by a citizen and then police who apprehended him after forcing the suspect's vehicle to crash near the Interstate 70/81 interchange."

"Anthony John Holliman, 24, of no fixed address, fled his disabled car and was tackled by Washington County Sheriff's deputies in the median of Interstate 70 just minutes after the 10:30 a.m. robbery..."

KABA NOTE: According to U.S. Code, the citizens who helped nab this thug are members of the unorganized militia -- they should be acknowledged as such and given the medals they deserve.
 

Jamaica: Four arrested on mere possession of firearms are headed to 'Gun Court'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"FOUR men were arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act following the seizure of two firearms in Trelawny and Kingston Sunday, the police reported yesterday."

In Jamaica, where the average Joe goes to jail for having the means of self-defense... if you act in a "suspicious manner" or happen to "arouse the suspicion of the lawmen", you can be searched on the spot -- if they find a gun, you get to go to the friendly neighborhood 'Gun Court,' and then to jail.
 

TX: Grandmother faces charges for letting child have access to gun used in killing
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Synopsis: Granny leave the house. 12-yr-old finds her gun and shoots 8-yr-old to death. She's out on bail but isn't done with judges and attorneys just yet -- "legal guardian" means just that.
 

Application of officer training not always applied to citizens
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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This news story addresses the shooting of an armed man by a police officer. Some local residents are upset that the officer shot the lunging knife attacker four times.

“The way an officer is trained to shoot, he keeps pulling the trigger until the person holding the weapon, be it a gun or a knife, is not capable of causing harm,” said Green Bay Police Lt. Bill Galvin, a firearms instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s police science program.

Lt. Galvin is 100% correct... but how many times have judges (and police) made the number of shots an issue when the person pulling the trigger was a self-defending citizen?
 

UK: Shopkeeper under attack with banned guns must use "stick" to defend himself
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two youths were seen off by a shopkeeper after trying to hold up his store with a handgun."

Det Con Linn said: "They told the shopkeeper to hand over all the money and he refused and told them to get out of his shop."

"The shopkeeper then picked up a 'stick-type instrument' kept behind the counter and told them he was calling the police."

The Brits require even frail elderly women to either hand over their valuables or fight off young, strong, gun-toting thugs with sticks -- but call themselves 'civilised'.
 

Citizens Committee Urges John McCain To Retire From United States Senate
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"His third term in the United States Senate scheduled to end in two years, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today said that Arizona Sen. John McCain should retire from public service, rather than seek re-election in 2004."

"John McCain began his Congressional career as a genuine war hero, running on a solid platform representative of the views of his Arizona constituents," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb."

"However..."
 

Did NRA's President Endorse Marginal Candidate - or Not?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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“[A] spokesman for the NRA said Heston did not endorse Ganske during a Republican political event in Des Moines on June 22… But Ganske campaign spokeswoman Ann Warren said anyone who heard Heston's remarks that day would have interpreted them to be supportive of Ganske. ‘I don't think anyone who attended the event would say Mr. Heston wasn't referring to Congressman Ganske as one of the good guys,’ Warren said.”

KABA Note: Why the confusion? See previous story: "Heston’s Latest Role".
 

MA: Democrat DA abusing power to re-open closed cases for political gain?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Last spring, Salvatore F. DiMasi, the powerful majority leader of the Massachusetts House, called on Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley asking for a favor. DiMasi, who also practices law, planned to file a civil lawsuit against the attacker of a stabbing victim. But first he wanted to know: Why had criminal charges been dropped against the alleged attacker?"

"An assistant district attorney had dropped the case for lack of evidence and DiMasi offered no new information. But Conley asked his top trial attorney to review the matter - a decision that could substantially help DiMasi's client's civil case should charges be reinstated."

"The unusual move of reinvestigating a closed criminal matter, several former Suffolk County prosecutors said this week, highlights Conley's willingness to bend to the political will of the powerful, particularly as he seeks election in a heated Democratic primary race this September."
 

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