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MI: Man bolts from house, police find explosives
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Neighbors complained of loud noises coming from property. Officers discover AK-47 in home ...

"When an officer arrived on the nuisance complaint, police say the suspect fled out a rear bedroom window and into the woods surrounding the house."

" 'The deputy pursued the suspect to the wooded area and then returned to the house to see why someone would run,' Johnston said. 'The house was locked and when he looked in a window he saw assault-type rifles including an AK-47 and a lot of explosives.' "
 

OH: Toledo robberies prove again why 'victim zone' exclusions are a very bad idea
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"In the last two days, Toledo detectives received 15 reports of thefts from vehicles in West and South Toledo with items taken ranging from purses and wallets to golf clubs and computers." ...

"If Am. Sub. HB12 were law today, the extended list of 'victim zone' exclusions - places where license-holders are prohibited from carrying their firearms - would ensure that a long list of firearms were added to the list of stolen items."
 

MO: Guns and kids­ a dangerous mix
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Philips said the number one rule when handling a gun is to point the muzzle in a safe direction. He said to never point the gun at anyone or anything that is not the intended target."

'If someone gets hurt, people blame the gun, but that's not correct. The person with the gun should also blame themselves,' he said. 'Does the gun have a brain? No. If it is picked up, where does its brain come from? It comes from the person who is holding the gun.' "

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Notice the title of the article, and its irrational paranoia that does not describe the actual story.
 

Holding Up Development: The Effects of Small Arms and Light Weapons
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Cheap, portable and readily available: every year more than half a million people are killed through the misuse of small arms such as handguns, assault rifles and grenades. Millions more are crippled. With poverty providing an ideal breeding ground for small arms proliferation, African countries are currently the worst hit by a global epidemic of armed violence which threatens the safety and well being of people in developed and developing countries alike."

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Why not mention the inordinately large people killed by their own government's guns?
 

MN: Regents Say Guns Should Be Banned
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A committee of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents says guns should be banned from U of M campuses and events such as Gophers football games at the Metrodome."

"The proposed ban would prohibits even people with a gun permit from bringing a weapon on campus or to an event sponsored by the university."

"The six regents on the committee unanimously supported the new rule. It takes effect immediately if passed by the full board tomorrow."
 

Great Danger in Believing Junk History
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"As someone who taught history for many years, I cannot describe how irritating it is to hear that Abraham Lincoln fought the 'American Civil War' in order to free the slaves, that FDR saved this country from the Great Depression, that the first amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to publish pornography, and that 'assault weapons' have been the greatest source of crime and violence in the US during the last century. And yet, it is easy to see how well-intentioned people, who have not yet grasped the extent to which they have surrendered to media and government types the ability to think for themselves, can buy into these notions. They are packaged very cleverly, with bits and pieces of information that are verifiably true. And let’s not forget to consider those mouthpieces doing the convincing-very impressive. All kinds of advanced degrees from this school or another, a book tour, a radio or TV show, you name it."
 

A=A Logic
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Now for the infamous gun issue. I get a kick out of the popular 'there's no reason for the average civilian to own an assault weapon' hogwash. O.K. Why should anyone own an assault weapon? Why should soldiers be issued assault weapons, why should our enemies be allowed to carry assault weapons? Why should assault weapons exist in the first place? I have an idea, I'll just make myself a soy/veggie burger and drink organic carrot juice while I meditate to the spirit of the [insert cute, furry endangered animal here] and implore that my aura be projected into the past so it can dis-invent assault weapons (and while its there, it can hand out flowers and dime-bags of marijuana in an effort to weave peace into our herstory). What gets me is that liberals, while complaining about 'fairness' in all walks of life, would simultaneously give you a flower and a criminal an assault weapon. Here's where the average liberal says, 'that's not what we're saying. We should make laws to keep assault weapons out of criminals' hands, too.' To put this into perspective, I'd like to propose that we pass a law that makes it illegal to fly aircraft into buildings for the purposes of terrorism. Think about it. Now, if you can't see the futility of this proposition then you may have an acute case of liberalism."
 

PA: Existing laws sufficient, local gun experts argue
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" 'Assault' weapon are also a concern..."

"The organization thinks laws are needed to force the gun industry to stop making military-style assault weapons available to the public. They are not used for hunting or sport, Miller said.
'They’re manufactured to kill as many people in as short a time as possible,' he said. 'That’s doesn’t seen [sic] to us to be a legitimate civil purpose.' "

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Maybe we should get car manufacturers to stop making cars that drive over 75 miles per hour. After all, they have no other purpose than to speed and break speed limit laws. Speeding kills, and that doesn't seem to us to be a "legitimate civil purpose."
 

NH: Live free of thee
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"What would most of us find wrong with having no income taxes, no regulatory bureaucracies and fewer laws to regulate gun control and drug use?"

"Maybe nothing. Maybe a lot. It all depends on our own view of reality."

"But New Hampshire's 'Live Free or Die' is certainly a motto that appeals to the 'Free State Project,' which advocates these standards. Its members are seeking a place with a warm, cozy political feel that they can call home, and this state is one they're considering."
 

MO: Concealed guns will not help keep children safer
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Children are the casualties, intended and unintended, of the use of guns."

"The potential harm to children is one reason why most Kansas City urban legislators did not vote in favor of the concealed handgun bill that the General Assembly passed in early May. These lawmakers say that being able to hide guns from view will not make the neighborhoods safer, but less so."

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Due to lack of anything substantial to whine about, the enemies of freedom trot out the old "It's for the Children" adage.
 

Australia: Minister accused of 'police state'
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"NSW Police Minister John Watkins was today accused of trying to establish a secret police state by refusing to answer questions about his portfolio."

"Opposition police spokesman Peter Debnam claimed Mr. Watkins had ignored 78 of the 110 questions put to him in the NSW Parliament." ...

"Mr. Debnam said Mr. Watkins had failed to address questions about ministerial expenses, transit police, police using public transport, police numbers, incorrectly issued speeding fines, stolen mobile phones and other issues."
 

Putnam: Cybersecurity laws coming
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Cybersecurity regulation that will affect the private sector is on the way this year, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) said this morning at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by the Business Software Alliance and the Center for Strategic and International Studies of Washington." ...

"Business Software Alliance president Robert W. Holleyman argued against regulation. 'The government must avoid mandates' and allow the private sector to develop and deploy security technology in partnership with it, Holleyman said."
 

Revolting photo
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Open at your own risk. Moore and Albright practicing obsequious osculation of one another's rather voluminous derrieres.

 

AR: Gun Found at Area School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The girl's father says the youngster made that discovery after he took her to the school to play Sunday night. Authorities tell us the girl was climbing into a playground tunnel when she literally found herself on top of the gun that had been left there." ...

"We're told the 22-caliber rifle is a weapon that can hit a mark from 75 to 150 feet away depending on the skill of the shooter."

"The gun was not loaded, but that doesn't make the discovery of the weapon any less alarming to area residents. They say in addition to the school, there were several homes nearby that could have been targets."

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So obviously it is a sniper rifle and the manufacturer must be sued!
 

UK: Family escapes injury in Co Tyrone gun attack
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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FULL STORY BELOW:

A couple and their two young children have escaped injury in a gun attack on their home in Co Tyrone overnight.

Two shots were fired at the house in Linkside Close at around 11.30pm.

The occupants had fled upstairs after spotting the gunman at the rear.

Meanwhile, a house in Lurgan, Co Armagh, was targeted in a petrol bomb attack at around 1.20am.

The device was thrown at a house in Colban Crescent.
 

Small firearms claim 60 lives every hour: Annan
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Sixty people are killed by gunfire every hour, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a speech Monday, noting that the vast majority of victims are women and children."

"Roughly half a million people are killed each year by small caliber firearms, Annan said at the first-ever UN conference against small arms and light weapons, who called the deadly weapons 'a global scourge.' "

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Wouldn't it be interesting to find out how many of those likely exaggerated 60 lives are claimed by corrupt governments, corrupt cops, or potential victims defending themselves?
 

CA: White Student Won't Apologize for Flap at University Multicultural Center
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Initially labeled a 'suspicious white male' by police investigating a dispute at the multicultural center on the campus of California Polytechnic State University, student Steve Hinkel continues to defy university officials who want him to apologize for posting a flyer advertising a conservative speaker."

"The original dispute occurred Nov. 12, 2002, when Hinkle, a member of the College Republicans, entered the Cal Poly Multicultural Center to post a flyer promoting an upcoming speech by Mason Weaver, a conservative and African American author of the book It's OK to Leave the Plantation The book analyzes the dangers of African Americans becoming too dependent on government programs." ...

"But Hinkle refuses to apologize."
 

CT: Cops get more power in new guns
Submitted by: Peter F. Jones

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"This week, the first contingent of local officers began carrying a new, more powerful sidearm that will replace the Italian-made semi-automatics many of them have used for 15 years."

"The department is trading in its approximately 160 Beretta 9mm handguns for the Glock 22 and 23, which fire a heavier, more powerful .40-caliber round. In doing so, Danbury police join many other law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the FBI, that have already made the switch."

"Some two dozen officers successfully qualified to carry the new weapons during training sessions Monday, Camara said. Instructing and qualifying all officers probably will take about 10 days, he said."
 

AZ: Church uses guns to attract new members
Submitted by: Harold Hough

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Second item on page.

"While Minnesota congregations struggle with a new gun law Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Tucson, Ariz., uses guns to attract new members. The Mount Zion Sportsmen's Group meets monthly and invites those who enjoy shooting sports to join a Christian fellowship organized around their interest. The group also sponsors community classes on gun safety, home defense and the 16-hour Arizona concealed carry permit course."

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Not all churches are anti-gun. Ironically, while other churches make a lot of noise about gun control, some are very successful in attracting new members with a pro-gun attitude.
 

SURVEY: How would you rate Bush as a world leader?
Submitted by: Melissa (skypod)
Website: http://profiles.yahoo.com/skypod

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"Using a scale of 0-10, how would you rank the president in the categories that Foreign Policy sets out?"

1. Advancing U.S. interests in the world
2. Building alliances and coalitions
3. Cooperating through multilateral institutions
4. Conducting personal diplomacy
5. Making tough choices
6. Balancing rhetoric with reality
7. Using strategic creativity
8. Attracting the best and the brightest team
9. Speaking with one voice

Email responses to jBersia@OrlandoSentinel.com. for a future column.
 

Democrats shy about guns? Analyst says candidates avoid discussion because it harms party
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"Leading candidates seeking the Democrat Party's presidential nomination in 2004 are shying away from public discussions of gun control because the issue is widely seen as a contributing factor in the loss of the White House and Congress in recent past elections, says a news analysis of the issue."

" 'Democrats are nervous about these issues,' Peter Hamm, communications director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, told the Hartford Courant newspaper..."

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That's because Democrats know the issue is a loser for them.
 

CA: AB-50 DEFEATED!!
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Thanks to a last ditch effort by FCI and a team of pro-gun leaders, AB-50 (California's proposed ban on all .50cal rifles and ammo) was defeated today in the Senate Public Safety Committee. FCI President John Burtt traveled to Sacramento to testify and was joined by the NRA's Ed Worley, California Rifle and Pistol Association's Jerry Upholt, Gun Owners of California's Sam Paredes and Safari Club's Kathy Lynch."

"AB-50 had been pulled from last week's committee schedule and in the interim, FCI presented Committee members with documented expert testimonials that dispelled the ridiculous anti-gun myths put forth by the backers of the 50 ban. The bill was heard today in Committee and defeated. It is effectively dead for this session, although we expect anti-gun forces to try again next year."
 

NJ: Family attacked by gang of youths
Submitted by: R.E. Parker

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"A pack of young people descended on a Jasper Street home Saturday night hurling pipes and bottles at the house, shattering windows and battering the front door."

"Inside, Minerva Alzamora said she frantically dialed 911."

"She called again and again telling the police operator that her family was being attacked, but police didn't arrive for an hour after her first call..."

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New Jersey apparently doesn't like its residents to defend themselves with firearms, forcing them to depend on the police for protection - police who take longer to respond than a comatose octogenarian.
 

TX: Home Invasion Turns Into Shootout
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcWebDev.com

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"Detectives said the homeowner woke up to find two gunmen in his home around 2 a.m."

"The gunmen bound the hands of the homeowner and his common-law wife with duct tape and demanded money, officers said."

" 'They left the homeowner unattended in the bedroom. He was able to . . . retrieve the shotgun from somewhere in the bedroom,' said Lt. Billingsley."

"A shootout between the homeowner and the gunmen then broke out."

One of the invaders was shot. Unfortunately so was the homeowner.
 

UK: Big Mother is Watching
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Mums can stop their kids eating junk at school with a new space- age scanner."

"The machine, which scans the child's eyes to identify them, was designed by a Scots firm."

"And although it was originally created to cut waiting times in canteen queues and stop kids knowing if others are getting free meals, it has had an unexpected spin- off."
 

PA: [Taxpayer] Cash for Gun Information
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"During the first six months of the year 506 illegal weapons have been taken off the streets of Philadelphia. But there are thousands more out there, and the city is now launching a program called GRRIP to try to get as many of those as possible out of the hands of criminals." ...

"Tip callers can get up to a $1,000 for anonymously leading police to people with illegal guns."

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In other words the government is paying snitches with taxpayers' money.
 

CA: Good Grief! Lucy a Terrorist?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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" 'From the very beginning (of the Patriot Act), we've been saying the laws were written in such a way that domestic groups not connected with terrorism can be subjected to terrorist investigations,' the ACLU's Liz Schroeder told the Daily News. 'This is a particularly egregious example to use the LAPD terrorism unit to poke their noses into the affairs of a nonprofit organization that in fact advocates nonviolence.' "
 

NY: Gun safety teacher shot in accident
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"A student in a gun safety class accidentally shot his instructor in the leg Wednesday while unloading a Glock handgun at the instructor's home in Salina, Onondaga County sheriff's deputies said." ...

"Gary Kassel, 56, of Syracuse, was unloading the .40-caliber Glock and didn't realize there was still a round in the chamber when he pointed the gun at the cement floor and pulled the trigger 'to render the gun safe,' deputies said. A bullet ricocheted off the floor and struck Sacco." ...

"At least two Onondaga County law enforcement agencies have had a history of accidental shootings with Glocks since 1992." ...

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Instead of making it clear that the shooter was simply inept, it's the same "blame the gun" mentality.
 

TN: Gun at airport just an error
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A federal court jury believed a Greenwood, Miss., man who testified he simply forgot he had a 9mm semi-automatic revolver in his suitcase when he was stopped by security guards at Memphis International Airport earlier this year."

"Wednesday afternoon, Oma Cox, 47, was found not guilty of attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed, loaded firearm at the end of a two-day trial."
 

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Unveils CandidatesOnGuns.org for Candidates' Views on Gun Violence Prevention
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) today unveiled http://www.CandidatesOnGuns.org, the only website designed as a clearinghouse for information on Presidential candidates' positions on the gun violence prevention issue."

" 'This website will serve as a clearinghouse for voters, the media, and advocates who want to know where candidates stand on the critical issue of gun violence prevention,' said Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence."
 

Colombia: Bush and the Paramilitaries: Coddling Terrorists in Colombia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"...Alex Lee, the chief political officer at the U.S. embassy in Bogotá, and Stewart Tuttle, who heads the embassy's human rights division, met with representatives of the so-called 'United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia' (AUC,) a right wing paramilitary group with strong ties to the Colombian military that has terrorized dissidents and poor people in Colombia for the past decade."

"The U.S. State Department has officially designated the AUC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization--meaning that the meeting definitely violated the State Department's policy of not negotiating with terrorists, and may also have violated the PATRIOT Act. An embassy official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the meeting's sole purpose was to reiterate the State Department's desire to see the arrest and extradition of AUC leaders Salvatore Mancuso and Carlos Castano, who are wanted for drug trafficking in the U.S."

"But this story doesn't hold water. Would the State Department meet with representatives of Al Qaeda to remind them that it wants to see Osama bin Laden arrested and extradited? Even that would make more sense than this meeting--bin Laden is in hiding, but Castano routinely grants interviews to the press, published a bestselling book last year, and even made a recent appearance on a talk show in which he issued veiled death threats against opponents of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe."
 

IL: Ald. Schiller Builds Support For Patriot Act Hearings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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FULL STORY BELOW:

Another Chicago alderman is garnering support for passage of a resolution calling for hearings on the Patriot Act, which was passed in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Alderman Helen Schuller says the Patriot Act contends to a dangerous abridgment of human rights. Shiller has rounded up 27 council members, 26 are needed, to support passage of a resolution calling for the hearings on the act.

Schiller says the act actually endangers instead of protects American freedoms. It actually does to the United States what Osama Bin Laden was trying to do, she asserts, by endangering basic freedoms.
 

TX: Proud to Be Un-Patriot-Ic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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" 'They don't know what they're talking about,' a security guard was overheard saying outside the Federal Building Thursday afternoon. 'They' were lawyers, clergy, veterans, and activists who staged a press conference seeking an Austin City Council resolution or ordinance against the USA PATRIOT Act. The guard made his comment just minutes after Austin Bill of Rights Defense Committee coordinator Mac McKaskle had read the Bill of Rights."
 

'Dear Clarence Thomas: It happened on July 4, 1776'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The new conservatives claim the power to violate citizens' private lives because there is no 'right to privacy' in the United States." ...

"The simple reality is that there are many 'rights' that are not specified in the Constitution, but which we daily enjoy and cannot be taken away from us by the government. But if that's the case, Bush and Thomas would say, why doesn't the Constitution list those rights in the Bill of Rights?"

"The reason is simple: the Constitution wasn't written as a vehicle to grant us rights. We don't derive our rights from the constitution."

"Rather, in the minds of the Founders, human rights are inalienable - inseparable - from humans themselves. We are born with rights by simple fact of existence, as defined by John Locke and written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident,' the Founders wrote. Humans are 'endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights....' These rights are clear and obvious, the Founders repeatedly said. They belong to us from birth, as opposed to something the Constitution must hand to us, and are more ancient than any government."
 

Kennedy’s Libertarian Revolution
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"In the end, Lawrence is a very simple ruling. Justice Kennedy examined the conduct at issue to see if it was properly an aspect of liberty (as opposed to license), and then asked the government to justify its restriction, which it failed adequately to do. The decision would have been far more transparent if Justice Kennedy had acknowledged what was really happening (though perhaps this would have lost some votes by other justices). Without this acknowledgement, the revolutionary aspect of his opinion is concealed, and it is rendered vulnerable to the ridicule of the dissent. Far better would have been to more closely track the superb amicus brief of the Cato Institute which he twice cites approvingly."
 

UK: If it looks like a gun, ban it says Mayor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"London Mayor Livingstone wants a complete ban on the importation, manufacture and sale of replica guns - and he has the support of the Metropolitan police."

"Mr. Livingstone believes proposals in the Government Anti-Social Behaviour Bill have not gone far enough."

"Under the proposed legislation there is a mandatory five year ban on possession of a firearm and new powers of arrest for having an air weapon or imitation firearms in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse."

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The Brits' answer to ineffective gun control: MORE gun control. Maybe more ineffective gun laws will somehow become effective, heh?
 

NY: More pellet gun mischief reported in area
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"On June 12, a 16-year-old East Rockaway high school student, whose name was not released because he is a minor, brought a pellet gun to school and unintentionally shot a teacher in the arm. Although the teacher was not seriously injured, criminal charges were filed."

"In response to the incident, the school district has taken definitive action and decided to carry out their zero-tolerance policy "
 

Solomon Islands: Australian Intervention Force Will Disarm Citizens
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Solomon Islands lawmakers endorsed a plan Thursday to let an Australian-led security force into the Pacific nation to prevent it from plunging into anarchy." ...

"The force is expected to confiscate weapons, help reform the police, strengthen the court and prison systems and protect key institutions like the Finance Ministry."
 

PA: Harrisburg Spends $5M On Artifacts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"You may not think of Harrisburg when you think of the Old West, but Mayor Stephen Reed hopes you soon do. That's why he's spent nearly $5 million from a special city fund to buy items for the museum."

"The mayor's spokesman, Randy King, showed News 8 some of the artifacts the mayor has purchased for the museum he'd like to open by 2006. It includes a pistol, and gambling table used by the legendary sheriff Wyatt Earp."

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Pennsylvanians' tax dollars at work!
 

AZ: Arizona raids target biker gangs
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the state and arrested 30 people, including several associated with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, authorities said. Charges included murder-for-hire, drug trafficking and weapons violations."

"Tuesday's raids yielded 560 illegal weapons, including silencers, pipe bombs, sawed-off shotguns and machine guns, along with ammunition, $50,000 in cash and drugs..."

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And which one of the more than 20,000 gun control laws prevented them from getting firearms?
 

Kosovo: Kosovo civilians own almost 500,000 weapons: UN report
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Almost half-a-million small arms and rifles are washing around in Kosovo, illegally owned by the province's residents, a UN report said Thursday." ...

"The report says up to 460,000 firearms were in civilian hands in Kosovo, four years since the province with two million inhabitants came under UN and NATO control after the 1998-99 war."

"UNDP's Kosovo head, Robert Piper said the presence of such a large quantity of illegal weapons has 'impeded development in Kosovo.' "
 

TX: Man in critical condition after home invasion (Another report)
Submitted by: William Rodgers

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"Walter Wadiak, 57, was shot once in the chest and remains at Ben Taub Hospital. One of the intruders also was shot and later showed up at an area hospital, but his accomplices escaped, sheriff's deputies said."

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This is the first self defense article I've seen the Houston Comicle. I'm sure it is there because the defender was wounded after he grabbed his gun, reinforcing the notion that we should surrender meekly.
 

NY: Police And Business Owners Battle East End Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Rochester police are making progress finding out who is responsible for a rash of robberies in the city's east end."

"Thirteen cases involved the use of a gun, including one in which a man was killed several weeks ago."

"Officers have made four arrests so far, and the RPD has assigned 30 additional officers to keep watch over the area." ...

"Officers don't want people to feel they can't go out to the East End at night, but they do advise people to travel in groups."
 

OR: Poaching costs man gun rights
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A Glide man who admitted to police he poached at least 13 deer lost his right to own firearms this week after being sentenced in Lake County Circuit Court."

"Thomas Rondeau III, 21, entered guilty pleas Monday to three felony counts of taking a deer during a closed season, one felony count of first-degree theft, and a misdemeanor count of taking a deer with the aid of an artificial light."
 

Happy Birthday to Our Republic!
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"If you want a free, prosperous, sensible country, in which you pay a fair price for your children's milk, send your children to well run schools, know that your children will not pay taxes to pay off your debts, know that your government is run honestly and with profound respect for the whole Bill of Rights, you're going to have to start working to get it. Because the Republicans and Democrats are hard at work, pushing our country in exactly the opposite direction."
 

NY: Teens, residents and police grapple with fears about gang activity
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"Twenty-two-year-old Omar, wearing a dark blue Yankees cap, white T-shirt and baggy jeans, has been living in Baldwin for the past five years and graduated from Baldwin High. Omar, who works in a print shop and asked that his last name not be used, also said that he was harassed by police two years ago on Grand Avenue. He was walking with a purple wrist exerciser and said a police officer pulled a gun on him because he didn't know what it was. "
 

NJ: Newark officer shot with his own weapon
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FULL STORY BELOW:

Authorities say a Newark city police officer was shot by his own service weapon while he struggled with a suspected drug dealer. Officer Edward Cunha was shot once in the hand Wednesday night during a brawl that occurred inside a Newark home.

Police say the five-year veteran was on patrol with two other uniformed officers when they saw Tylone Moore allegedly selling drugs near the home. Moore then fled into the house as the officers approached him.

Moore broke free after the gun discharged but was captured a short time later in a nearby yard. He was charged with drug offenses. A charge of aggravated assault on a police officer is pending.

Cunha is being treated at University Hospital in Newark where his wound is not believed to be life-threatening.
 

WI: Uffenbeck’s loses up to $500,000 in jewels
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"The suspect entered the store shortly after 2 p.m. and looked around, said Fond du Lac Police Department Capt. Bill Makowski."

" 'An employee talked to him and was about to show him some jewelry when he sprayed the employee with pepper spray,' Makowski said. 'He told the male employee to ‘Turn around; I have a gun.’ No gun was seen. The employee turned around, and the suspect smashed a couple of display cases.' "

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Pepper spray control now!
 

Kosovo: Survivor Testifies at Serb War Crimes Trial
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"She was testifying at the war crimes trial of former Serbian policeman Sasa Cvjetan, who has pleaded not guilty."

"The frail dark-haired girl and her four cousins were the only ones left alive on a cold March day after rowdy soldiers and police gunned down her brothers, mother, grandmother, aunt and cousins, killing 19 in all."

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Is this what the UN means when it says only law enforcement and military should have guns? And the UN has the gall to whine over people owning weapons to defend themselves?
 

OH: Woman faces gun threat ... twice
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"Twice on Wednesday, the life of a Mary Street woman was threatened by a person with a gun, and Marion City police were able to chase down both suspects. "

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And Ohio legislators are wondering why the citizens demand concealed carry?
 

The Bloody Profits of General Dynamics
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"It's a familiar story: Robert Johnson traded his soul for the ability to play the guitar like no one else. Dr. Faustus traded his for the ability to effect cures and other medicinal wonders. In modern western society, it is the citizens and their governments who sell themselves (and their souls) to oil and the military." ...

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Typical liberal demonizing weapons and their manufacture and not the people who use them. Also whining about self defense.
 

UT: Who's Packing?
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" 'I guess most people want to know why the Utah Legislature would want guns in school,' says Sen. Arent." -- Because like in any other victim disarmament zone, schools are safer when responsible gun owners are allowed to carry their tools of self-defense.

"Many school districts and school board leaders are asking the same question. But burdened with the task of rewriting policies to comply with the new state law, they are trying to find ways to avoid instances like Bunger’s."

"Some districts are discouraging permit holders from storing their guns in a desk drawer, handbag, coat pocket or even a locked coat closet. Officials want the weapons to be attached to the person with a holster at all times. And so does Rasmussen."
 

NJ: Teen styled self on 'Matrix'
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"Matthew Lovett was known as an angry young man: He dressed all in black, drew violent pictures and walked around town with a baseball bat. Acquaintances said he kept a list of people who had teased him as far back as grade school." ...
 

FL: Police Make Safety Visits To Convenience Stores
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"Longwood police officers are making unannounced late-night safety visits to area convenience stores."

"They visit late at night, when employees are most vulnerable to robbery, and check on things like alarm systems, camera equipment and parking lot lighting."

"The attorney general can fine stores $500 to $5,000 for breaking the safety rules, but Stewartson said collecting the money isn't what the inspections are all about."
 

CO: Lawyers Caution Colo. Businesses on Gun Policy
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"In light of recent workplace shootings, lawyers in Colorado are urging employers to consider all the business issues surrounding the state's new concealed-weapons law, the Denver Business Journal reported July 7."

"The law allows individuals with concealed-weapons permits to carry their guns in more locations, including businesses. Only private companies are allowed to enforce their own policies against guns on the premises."

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They conspicuously ignore the fact that not one employee at the Mississippi Lockheed Martin plant had a weapon for defense against the shooter, and now the enemies of freedom are urging further disarmament.
 

Netherlands: Stiff penalties for possession
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"With the number of violent crimes on the island increasing in the last two years, authorities have issued a warning once the 'Gun Buy Back Day' has passed they will be cracking down on illegal gun possession and issuing stiff penalties to those caught with illegal firearms."

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Oh yeah! It worked so well in Britain!
 

UK: Gummer thrown gauntlet over vandals
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"Your challenge, Mr. Gummer, will be to end vandalism and nuisance noise in Woodbridge."

"That was the gauntlet thrown down by an angry Woodbridge shopkeeper today for the Suffolk Coastal MP in a bid to put an end his misery during weekends." ...

"Tory MP Mr. Gummer has blamed the lack of CCTV for the rise in vandalism in the town centre."

"The police do all they can but their job would be helped immensely if they were able to monitor what goes on in the town centre via CCTV," said Mr. Gummer."
 

TN: Former Newbern alderman pleaded guilty to federal firearms charge
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"The mystery surrounding the resignation of Steve Harper as a Newbern alderman became clearer Wednesday as federal authorities announced that he pleaded guilty to a firearms violation on June 3."

"United States Attorney Terrell L. Harris announced Wednesday that on June 3, Harper pleaded guilty to a one count information charging him with aiding and abetting the making of a fake statement in violation federal law that 1001 makes it a crime to make a false statement involving a matter within the jurisdiction of an agency or department of the United States."
 

DC: Council member 'outraged' at camp's closing
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"D.C. police canceled the camp Friday, after learning that the federal grant required to run it would take longer than expected to arrive." ...

"The annual grant comes from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is a little more than $250,000, said Andrew Lluberes, spokesman for the ATF. Mr. Lluberes told The Times on Monday that the funding should come through this week"
 

Computer Simulated Democracy in America
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"America is living a lie. We are no longer a democracy. We are merely a computer simulation of democracy. We are merely pretending to be a free country while an organized coop has taken over and is looting America, starting wars, and turning the a free nation into a police state." ...
 

Financing Mikey
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"I wish some conservatives would get off the ridiculous blame game and quit trying to hold movies and games accountable for the actions of asshole kids and the parents that raised them. In this regard conservatives are no better than the left-wing morons who blame violence on guns."
 

CA: Man faces assault with gun charges
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"According to police the man got into an argument with Buen who was sitting in the garage, but was not a resident of the home. Police said the man's wife pulled him away from the argument and they walked toward their car."

"Then Buen pulled a handgun from his waist area and pointed it at the victim and his wife. The victims left the residence and called police. Officers responded and arrested Buen. The weapon was a 9-mm, semi-automatic handgun."

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But California has laws against that!
 

CA: Teen Can't Recall Much of Taped Arrest
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"A teenager who was punched by a police officer and slammed onto a squad car while handcuffed testified Thursday that he could not remember many details of his videotaped arrest last year and passed out after an officer choked him."

"Donovan Jackson, who was 16 at the time, said he was afraid of the officers when he first saw them and felt it was wrong that they asked him to get in their police car because he hadn't done anything."
 

IL: 'Big Brother' Cameras Coming To High-Crime Neighborhoods
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"The city will install $16,000 worth of highly visible video cameras on light poles in high-crime areas to create a deterrent, but officials on Thursday were tightlipped on how many cameras there would be and where exactly they will be located."

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Chicago mentality: if taking away some freedoms doesn't solve the crime problem, keep taking away freedoms until you turn the city into a maximum security prison.
 

How's This for Bad Diplomacy? Send an NRA Board Member to Represent US on UN Effort to Stop Flow of Guns
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"Following is a statement by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March:

"Bob Barr in charge of reducing the illicit flow of guns? He can't even hold a gun without accidentally firing it."

"NRA board member and former Representative Barr is a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Small Arms Conference. Mr. Barr was one of the most notorious gun lobby supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives ..."
 

Buying a handgun for someone else: firearm dealer willingness to sell
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[Here is the source study showing that "more than 50% of dealers would be willing to sell illegally."]

Results: Most dealers were willing to sell a handgun regardless of the end user.

"Dealers within each city were randomly assigned to one of two interviewers, one male and one female. Interviewers called the sampled firearm dealers posing as potential handgun purchasers. Interviewers followed a predetermined script that began with 'Hi, do you sell handguns?' If not, the dealer was thanked and the call was terminated. If the dealer said yes, the interview continued with one of three a priori randomly assigned conditions, specifically: (1) 'I’m looking to buy a handgun for myself,' (2) 'I’m looking to buy a handgun for my girl/boyfriend for her/his birthday,' or (3) the intentionally ambiguous situation of 'My girl/boyfriend needs me to buy her/him a handgun'."
 

ABA Urges Senate to Reject Civil Liability Exemption for Firearms Industry
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"This week, in a letter to U.S. senators, American Bar Association President Alfred P. Carlton Jr. expressed the Association's strong opposition to S.659, the Protection of Legal Commerce in Arms Act. The bill, which Carlton called a 'sweeping federal intrusion into traditional state responsibilities for designing and administering state tort law,' would immunize gun manufacturers, gun dealers and gun trade associations from liability for the widest range of potential ordinary civil claims."
 

VA: Posting Prompts Complaints on Smart Tags
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"A consortium developing radio-tagged chips to replace bar codes in stores posted documents labeled confidential on its Web site that detail strategies to counter complaints the technology will be misused by retailers, the government or criminals to snoop on consumers."
 

EU: Constitutional convention signs final draft, urges leaders to keep it intact
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"Among other things, the constitution provides for a bill of rights guaranteeing freedom of speech and religion as well as rights to life, shelter, education, collective labor bargaining and fair working conditions."

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Welcome to the European socialist super state!
 

PA: "Safe" Gun Bill Introduced
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The usual Pennsylvania suspects introduce legislation to take our guns away by making them "safe." The legislation looks suspiciously similar to legislation introduced in other states.
 

UK: Melt down for amnesty guns
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"Firearms surrendered to police during an amnesty in April have been destroyed at a steel plant."

"They were melted down in about 35 minutes."

" 'One of the most unusual things to come in was a box of antique guns,' the [Police Constable Nigel Brown] said."

"Some of the handguns in the box were still wrapped in their original cloths and are very well looked after."

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This is the kind of person who would appreciate the artistry of a 500 year old Torah before he threw it on the fire.
 

IN: Winfield consider prohibiting sale of guns
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"The Plan Commission agreed to a joint meeting with the Town Council over a possible ordinance prohibiting gun sales in the town." ...

"At last month’s meeting, Town Attorney Irak was asked to draft an ordinance regarding gun sales in response to several complaints that guns were to be sold out of Doubletree West’s golf course clubhouse."

" 'Most people are concerned that retail sales would be a person buying a gun after buying a drink,' said Town Planner Dartz."

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Most would be concerned if they were unable to defend themselves from those who would break the law.
 

WA: Wash. bans 'violent' game sales
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"The state of Washington has become the first in the nation to regulate the sale of video games. Gov. Gary Locke on Monday signed into law a bill banning the sale of certain 'violent' games to anyone under 17."

"Specifically, the law forbids selling minors any video or computer game depicting violence against law enforcement officials." ...

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The camel's nose is poking under the tent wall.
 

Canada: UN gun control forum told of Ottawa's registry woes
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"Canadian government officials watched straight-faced at a United Nations conference on gun control yesterday as a leading opponent of Ottawa's gun registry recounted its cost overruns and questioned its effectiveness." ...

"Canada has been using the week-long conference to campaign for accelerated global efforts to trace guns internationally and destroy illicit supplies of small arms."
 

MN: Board holds fire on county employee gun ban
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"Rather than go off half-cocked, commissioners will take steady aim at a proposed policy prohibiting county employees from carrying firearms at work."

"And though the resolution was shot down at Tuesday’s meeting, it will be the target of discussion at a workshop July 29."
 

UK: Young family survive late night gun attack on home
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"Police were today trying to establish a motive for a gun attack on the home of a young family in Strabane."

"A couple and their three-year-old and five-year-old daughters narrowly escaped injury in the attack, during which two shots were fired at their Linkside Close home."
 

UK: Gun boy banned from city streets
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"A boy of 14 who carried a gun has been banned from parts of Salford."

"In September, 2001, Hulme was discovered with a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray, Salford magistrates heard."

"The weapon was an air rifle with no butt and a cut-down barrel." [emphases added]

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Well, maybe if the Brits stopped calling BB guns firearms it wouldn't "cause fear of violence and affray".
 

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