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CA: Marjie Lundstrom: Here's the problem - 'Gun fun' for a few puts many at risk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Amid the rancor in Contra Costa County over big guns - the county's controversial new ban on .50-caliber rifles was legally attacked again this week by gun groups - a nagging question lingers: Who wants these things, anyway? I mean, what is the point of having a .50-caliber sniper rifle that can take out a Humvee and penetrate inch-thick steel? I've been accused more than once of just not getting all this 'gun fun.' I confess: I still don't."

"But a majority of supervisors in Contra Costa County don't either, recently making theirs the second local jurisdiction in California to ban the sale of the powerful, large-caliber rifles. The city of Los Angeles passed a similar measure last year." ...
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For some truth about these guns see .50 Caliber Liars.

Reach Marjie Lundstrom at (916) 321-1055 or mlundstrom@sacbee.com.
 

Michael Moore, Hezbollah Heartthrob
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Fahrenheit 9/11' is making mega-bucks in American theaters and -- with some help from terrorists who also are Michael Moore fans -- it could prove a blockbuster in the Middle East too."

"The film industry publication Screendaily.com reports that the movie will soon debut in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain."

"'In terms of marketing,' Screendaily.com announces, Mr. Moore 'is getting a boost from organizations related to Hezbollah.'"

"Yes, that Hezbollah: the Syrian- and Iranian-backed terrorist group that pioneered suicide bombings against Americans more than 20 years ago in Beirut, the terrorist group second only to al Qaeda in number of Americans murdered ..." ...
 

Kerry gun-shy on assault weapons
Submitted by: Derick Sager

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... "Last November, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, now the likely Democratic nominee for president, cosponsored legislation by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., that would make permanent the 1994 assault weapons ban, tighten control of high capacity magazines and expand coverage to include the SKS and dozens of other rifles, pistols and shotguns. The bill, which has since languished, would ban manufacture and import of those models and require all sales of those already in circulation to go through licensed dealers, complete with background checks."

"Making the one-on-one sale to another Peck would be illegal under such a law."

"But Kerry is likely to seek renewal of the existing assault weapons ban rather than advocate an expansion as he reaches out to rural voters with guns, campaign aides said last week. That reflects a broader effort by Democrats to come to political grips with the Second Amendment." ...
 

CT: Shoot-out in pizza parlor
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A Hartford business man took the law into his own hands against a would be robber today.

This all happened early in the morning on Broad Street at Campus Pizza near Trinity College.

John Skouloudis has been carrying a gun everyday for the seventeen years he's owned Campus Pizza in an area know as Frog Hollow in Hartford.

Until today he never fired his gun. According to him, a would be robber came in and pointing a firearm.

Skouloudis ducked behind the counter and heard two shots fired. He pulled out his own gun and fired two shots in return.

When he looked up the robber was gone. Skouloudis still had his money and, more importantly, his life.
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KABA Note: Self-defense emphatically does not constitute "taking the law into your own hands".
 

TX: Burglar killed by store owner
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"The convenience store was dark when owner Antonio Cuauhtli unlocked the door about 4:30 a.m. Saturday."

"He spotted the burglar about the same time the burglar saw him."

"When it was all over, the Fort Worth businessman had fatally shot a man who apparently broke into his southeast Fort Worth store."

"'I didn't know him,' Cuauhtli said Saturday afternoon. 'I didn't even look at his face. I didn't want to know who he was. That would make it too personal.'"

"The break-in was the latest of about 10 burglaries at the store in the past year, Cuauhtli said."

"'They know I have a gun now,' he said. 'Maybe they'll think twice before they try and rob me again.'" ...
 

OH: Naming Names in Ohio
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BLOG by Publicola

"Two Ohio newspapers felt they should publish the information of concealed carry permit holders. After all, it is a matter of public record. So I'm sure they won't mind if I publish their info."

"The Warren Tribune Chronicle published the names & birthdates of the CCW permit holders. The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram published the names & ages of CCW permit holders. Both papers did so in their print editions. Neither published the info on their web sites." ...
 

OH: Naming Names in Ohio II
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"Previously I posted some info about reporters & their respective newspapers after they published the names, dates of birth & county of residence of Ohio CCW holders."

"This will be a continuation of that theme, but this time it concerns a paper that published CCW holders' home addresses as well as the sheriff who gave them out. Quid Pro Quo anyone?"

"Sheriff Kevin P O'Leary
Home address:
1367 Gearhart Road
Sidney OH 45365
Direct office phone#: 937-498-7833"

"Jeffrey Billiel
Publisher & Executive Editor (Sidney Daily News)
(937)498-5962
jbilliel@sdnccg.com
Home address:
17047 Dingman Slagle Rd
SIDNEY, OH 45365
937-492-8482" ...
 

FL: Rely On Yourself, Not Cops, For Your Protection
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"A reader sent this to me a few days ago." ...

"Publicola,

Here's a crime that occurred in Florida over the holiday weekend, and it illustrates the flaw of relying on government as the primary source of civil protection. Sunday afternoon in Ocala, Debra Vazquez was chased through the city by her enraged estranged husband Jose Vazquez."

"Although her husband rammed the SUV she and her child were fleeing in, she managed to drive to the Ocala Police HQ. Unfortunately, at 2:30 PM there were no officers present and Jose pulled her away from the door, back into the parking lot and shot her dead." ...
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CA: In the Crowe case, this cop ignored the politics while pursuing justice
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"Some friends warned sheriff's detective Vic Caloca not to dig too deeply into the Stephanie Crowe killing. You'll have to step on people's toes, they told him. You'll ruin your career." ...

"The 12-year-old girl was stabbed to death in her Escondido bedroom in January of 1998. Police arrested three teens, including her brother, after two of them confessed."

"But on the eve of trial ... lab tests found drops of Stephanie's blood on a shirt worn by a mentally ill transient roaming the Crowe neighborhood the night of the slaying." ...

"'I'm too dumb to know what I was getting myself into,' Caloca said. 'I thought that the people who worked the case in the beginning had the same ideals that I had, which was to get justice for this little girl. But it didn't happen that way.'"
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But a system which is perfectly happy to railroad some teenagers for a murder they didn't commit, and which fights a member's efforts to find the truth, this is a system which Sarah Brady says should have a monopoly on force.
 

SC: NAACP blasts ruling on school raid
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"State NAACP officials say state Attorney General Henry McMaster’s decision not to prosecute law enforcement officers or school officials involved in the Stratford High School drug raid in Goose Creek is an injustice to the students." ...

"'Any other person who invaded one of our schools and interrupted the process of education without legal justification would have been charged with disturbing a school,' Randolph said Friday at a news conference. 'Any other person who had without justification pointed a pistol at another person would have been charged with pointing and presenting a firearm.'

"'These are all criminal offenses in South Carolina,' he continued. 'But the victims were only kids, and mostly African-American kids. It is regrettable that Mr. McMaster is not the attorney general for all of us.'" ...
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Regardless of their race, Mr. Randolph is correct. These were kids who had guns pointed at them without justification.
 

Weapons Ban Set to Fade Into Sunset
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"With time expiring on the decade-old assault weapons ban, gun control advocates are angry at President Bush for apparently doing nothing to extend it. In fact, the president never asked the House to continue the ban, which will expire in September, because he knew it was pointless, says Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.)."

"In his 2000 campaign, Bush said he favored extending the 1994 ban on 19 semiautomatic assault weapons. But now, 'time is running out, and President Bush's strategy is to remain silent,' said Michael Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, in a recent statement." ...
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But don't get complacent boys 'n girls. Keep an eye on your Congresscritters. Remember Mark Twain's words on the subject: "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in
session."
 

10 year old assault weapons ban set to expire
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"The 10-year-old ban on the sale and manufacture of some assault weapons — a law once supported by President Bush — will likely end in September, largely because the White House did not lobby Congress to keep the law in place."


"The administration has sent mixed signals about its support for the law, amid election year pressure by the National Rifle Association to do nothing."

"As a result, Americans this fall will be able to again legally make and buy rifles such as the Colt AR-15, Steyr AUG, and the Beretta Ar70 and SC-70." ...
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We can only hope . . .
 

AZ: 10 Years of Concealed Weapons Law -- Efforts to ease requirements for permits fought
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... "'We feel the program has done very well over the past 10 years,' said Sgt. Bill Whalen, supervisor of the DPS Concealed Weapon Permit Unit. 'The program has served as a model for other states.'"

"There has been no analysis of whether the concealed-weapon law has had any effect on crime, Whalen said, but nearly everything he's heard points to the vast majority of permit holders as responsible gun owners focused on safety."

"'All the people who get concealed weapon permits are law-abiding citizens. These are the people who aren't getting in trouble,' Whalen said. 'The people who don't care for laws, in general, don't get permits.'" ... [emphasis added]
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And there it is in a nutshell.
 

OH: Linton Twp. shooting -- was it legal?
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"On Thursday night, two men broke into an out-building that contained valuable tools on Linton Township Road 118."

"The owner fired a warning shot from his pistol into the roof of the building while the two men were inside. The owner then fired his remaining rounds into the car in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the intruders' escape."

"Is that dangerous and reckless behavior or is it legitimate defense of one's property?"

"Tom Sarver ... said he was justified in defending his property and did not make any attempt to harm the intruders."

"'What I'm trying to do is make it known to these guys doing it that you're going to run into the wrong person one of these days,' Sarver said."
 

IN: 300,000 Hoosiers have gun permits
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"In May, when pizza deliveryman Ronald B. Honeycutt was confronted by a gun-toting robber, he drew his own 9 mm and pulled the trigger, pumping more than 10 bullets into the Indianapolis man, killing him."

"Two months before, when a neighbor came after Daniel L. Floyd with an ax handle, the Johnson County man fired his 9 mm handgun, sending one bullet into the neighbor's neck and two into his torso. The man died."

"Like 300,000 other Hoosiers, the two men had permits to carry handguns in public. In neither case were charges filed."

"Nearly one in 15 Indiana adults have gun permits, which they can get once they turn 18 -- and without going through any training. ..." ...
 

Australia: Vic police may pack semi-automatics
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"Senior Victorian police are being urged to issue the state's police officers with semi-automatic guns."

"The Police Association says the semi-automatics are better than the .38-calibre Smith and Wesson six-bullet guns which police carry." ...

"[Liberty Victoria] Vice-president Brian Walters says increased firepower is not the answer to dealing with corruption and underworld killings."

"'We have a situation in Victoria where there has been a history of police misusing weapons,' he said."

"'There have been a large number of police shootings in this state.'"

"'It's quite inappropriate to give this kind of weapon just at a time when the police are trying to sort out problems internally with their own corruption.'"
 

One last service for WWII flag
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"'The flag … was made from two sugar bags, which two British soldiers stole from the camp,' he recalled."

"It was painted with blue and red dye mixed with blood, he said." ...

"Norman Hopkins said that although his father was a chaplain, he carried a .45 revolver and a Thompson machine gun during the war."

"He was asked one time … why he carried guns. He said: ‘A shepherd must protect his flock.’'" ...
 

IN: States' gun laws are not equal
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"Hoosiers who want to pack a pistol in the glove compartment of their vehicle while driving across the state line had better pay attention to what state they're entering."

"Travel north or south into Michigan or Kentucky, and you're OK. But journey east or west into Ohio or Illinois, and you could wind up in jail."

"Police admit that this legal version of a Bermuda triangle illustrates how inconsistent state laws for carrying a handgun can be."

"'What this comes down to, if you carry a handgun, and you're planning to travel anywhere, you'd better do some research,' said Lt. Rick Fambro, a spokesperson for the Ohio Highway Patrol."
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Amazing isn't it that the mere act of crossing a state line is a felony?
 

CA: Grand jury blasts D.A.'s antics -- Brazelton accused of saying he wanted to shoot a reporter
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"Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton's office has been slammed by legal experts for its handling of Scott Peterson's capital murder case. And now the area's top lawman is being personally lambasted -- this time for bizarre behavior, including whipping out his pistol and saying that he would like to shoot a newspaper reporter."

"In a six-page report that carries no legal weight, the Stanislaus County civil grand jury found that Brazelton committed nine acts of willful misconduct and violated the county's workplace security and anti-violence policy." ...

"Thistle said it's 'not comforting at all' to know that the county's top law enforcement official is accused of brandishing a gun in the district attorney's office and pretending to shoot people." ...
 

WI: Kerry photo didn't show firearms safety [First letter on page]
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"A recent picture in the Wisconsin section of Sen. John Kerry trapshooting shows he knows very little about firearms or firearms safety. What's wrong with this picture? I can spot four safety violations that are normally mandatory at nearly all shooting ranges. The action of the shotgun is still closed after shooting. His finger is still on the trigger. He's wearing no eye protection. Ron Kind, immediately to his left and also holding a shotgun is also not wearing eye protection. I hope the Holmen Gun Club is ready for a lot of complaints from other shooters and sportsmen regarding their lax policies on safety." ...
 

MD: Md. police records found lacking -- Criminal documents, file handling show 'glaring deficiencies'
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"Crime-fighting efforts at the Maryland State Police have been hampered by the department's failure to collect DNA samples from thousands of felons and other shortcomings, a recent report concluded."

"Sloppy record keeping, inadequate oversight of firearms dealers and dismal fiscal management were among the highlights of a legislative audit released this week blasting the state agency and its practices. In addition, the state Attorney General's Office has been asked to investigate $65,000 in questionable construction contracts."

"'They are glaring deficiencies that affect public safety,' House Speaker Michael E. Busch told The (Baltimore) Sun." ...
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And these folks should have a monopoly on force?
 

PA: Charges held against police officer in New Ken break-in, assault
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"Charges were held for court Friday against a Wilkinsburg police detective and his alleged accomplice who are accused of barging into a city home last month and threatening the four occupants at gunpoint."

"Michael J. Adams, 41, of North Street, New Kensington, is accused of shoving a .38-caliber revolver into a man's mouth and threatening to shoot him after Adams and Brian G. Keener Sr., 47, of Westminster Drive, Verona, allegedly forced their way into a Charles Avenue home on June 11."

"Although he was off duty, Adams is accused of flashing his police badge and slapping three of the four occupants in the face with it, according to testimony by a witness."

"Adams also allegedly told a neighbor inquiring about the dispute that he was a police officer and would handle the situation." ...
 

OH: Man Visiting Bible Study Class Robs Members During Break
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An unknown visitor to a bible study class robbed three of the members during a refreshment break, then fled Sunday morning, NewsChannel 4’s Natalie Walston reported

The suspect was in the class for about 20 minutes and appeared to be paying attention. When the members took a break, he started stealing purses. Two of the purses were snatched off the victims' arms, police said.

The suspect told the class he had a gun and that he would shoot them if they came out and followed him, but no weapon was seen, police said.

The victims were only able to give a vague description.
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KABA Note: Ohio's new CCW law specifies that houses of worship are victim disarmament zones.
 

NY: NYC's Weekend Homicide Count Spikes Sharply
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"It was such an unusual spike in crime, Commissioner Ray Kelly felt compelled to address it on Sunday -- calling it "exceptional" -- especially since the murder rate is down city-wide."

"It was crime scene after crime scene and the death toll kept rising. In New York City, 10 people were shot and killed since Friday night. Some residents blamed it on the warm weather, but Mayor Bloomberg has another theory."

"Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City: 'There's too many guns on the street. And people use guns. Guns have one purpose, it is to kill people. There is no reason to have a gun.'" ...
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Well, okay Mr. Mayor. When are your armed bodyguards going to turn in their guns? And the city cops and state troopers?
 

NC: The Drug War Piggy Bank
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"Here's a little gem I just found out about today. Here in North Carolina we have this thing called the Illegal Drug Tax. We've taken in almost $80 million so far and other states are copying us (TN - http://www.newschannel5.com/content/news/5598.asp)"

"So the state says not to sell crack, but if you do, you have to pay tax on it - I'm not kidding. Wow. All this time I've been saying legalize, tax and regulate substances and we'll all be better off without the black market."

"I underestimated the government. They found a way to tax without legalizing." ...
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KABA Note: It has long been held by the courts that taxes must be revenue raising measures, not attempts to implement social policy. If they can tax illegal drugs at 100%, what is to stop them from taxing legal guns or ammo at 100%?
 

Japan: SDF member busted for bashing buddy to death with hammer
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A Self-Defense Forces (SDF) member who hid the body of a colleague in a car after fatally striking him with a hammer has been arrested for murder, police said.

Kenzo Masuda, 33, a member of the Ground Self-Defense Force base in Wakayama, is accused of hitting colleague Shinichi Shimizu in the back of the head with a hammer and leaving the body in his car on the compound on Friday night.

After Shimizu, 37, failed to return home, his family contacted the base and officials alerted police. Masuda was then questioned by officers and admitted to the allegations.

He had left the victim's body wrapped in a black garbage bag under a seat in his car. Officers are grilling Masuda over his motives.
 

AZ: Officer cleared in killing
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"Jurors refused to second-guess a former Chandler police officer, acquitting him of all charges after three days of deliberations in the on-duty shooting of an Ahwatukee Foothills woman."

"Dan Lovelace, 39, the first Arizona officer to stand trial on felony charges stemming from an officer-involved shooting, was found not guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and endangerment in the shooting of Dawn Rae Nelson."

"'The message will be that it's difficult to convict a police officer,' said Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Vince Imbordino. 'That's just a fact. Whether that's right or wrong is a question for a different day.'"
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Officer who shot unarmed mother with infant in car acquitted in shooting.
 

UK: The Lunatics Are Running The Asylum [Original Title: Legal fleas]
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"Here is some heartening news for invertebrates: under new Government proposals, creatures such as insects, worms and slugs will be protected from mistreatment if it can be proved that they suffer pain and distress."

"This will pose a legal dilemma for gardeners, who have a number of ingenious ways of disposing of the plant-guzzling invaders. Some cut the offenders in two; others employ saucers of beer, in which drunken slugs drown. A spokesman for Peta, the animal welfare group, has welcomed the proposals, saying: 'Compassion must be extended to all living beings. Stamping on a slug sets an example to children that 'might makes right'.'" ...
 

Russia: Cases of murders of journalists in Russia
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"The murder of Russian Forbes Chief Editor Paul Khlebnikov in Moscow at night of July 9 attracted much public attention as he was an American citizen and the Chief Editor of the major magazine.
He became the sixth reporter who found his death in Russia in 2004."

"Meanwhile, far more cases of the reporters" death and abuse remain unnoticed by the public. These reporters were not so lucky to write a bestseller on corrupted oligarchs and become famous. They just did what their conscience said to them: they could not keep silent when seeing injustice of the world." ...
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And guns are banned in Russia, which proves no impediment to those set on murder, just those who want to defend themselves.
 

Guatemala: Guatemala swaps guns for bicycles
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"Guatemalans can exchange their guns for sewing machines and bicycles under a new plan to disarm the population."

"President Oscar Berger said he hoped the move would cut the number of shootings in the country."

"It would not produce major results in the short term, he said, 'but together we will resolve, little by little, the problems of violence in Guatemala'."

"At least 1,600 people have been shot dead in the central American country since the start of the year."

"Guatemalans are permitted by their constitution to carry arms, but it is thought there may be 10 times as many weapons in the country as the 200,000 officially registered." ...
 

IN: There are a lot of guns in some small towns
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"Wilbur Jones can hardly remember a time when he wasn't shooting guns."

"'As soon as I was 12, 14 years old,' the 84-year-old Coatesville man said, 'I was learning to carry a gun and how to use it.'

"Today, Jones keeps a Ruger .22 semi-automatic handgun in his Dodge Ram truck. He says it's partly for protection -- and partly for pesky creatures."

"'We try to take care of not letting the coyotes get so thick. They're pretty thick out in the country.'"

"In this Hendricks County community, the right to bear arms is passed on from generation to generation, as it is in Morgan County, where Jones grew up." ...
 

ME: Men charged for harassing in report over guns being fired in Kittery Point
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"Police have charged two men and served them a cease harassment notice after neighbors complained about them." ...

"[Police Chief Edward F.] Strong, in his letter, said the two were 'using a backyard range at 31 Charles Hill Road.' Strong wrote he was informed that the property owner, Samuel Kramer, 'had not applied nor received approval for their firing range from the Kittery Police Department.'"

"Strong wrote to the council saying that until the approval for the range is granted, 'they can no longer discharge firearms on their property.'" ...
 

OH: Women and guns, a sign of the times
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"In Summit County, nearly 1,000 people have received concealed carry permits and one in 12 of those gun carriers are women."

"'A gun makes me feel confident very confident because I can’t wrestle a man to the ground,' said disabled Sharon Pulling. 'I look very vulnerable in a wheelchair, so people may want to take advantage of me more. If I have a gun, I feel more confident.'"

"Now Pulling has a gun permit for a .38 special."

"Protection is also why one local businesswoman holsters a .380 pistol. She travels alone and wants the ability to defend herself wherever she is."

"'You never know if the car’s [going to] break down, and if someone might walk up to you with a gun,' she said." ...
 

Philippines: Motorcycle bandits victimize 6 more
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"THE Philippine National Police recorded six cases of cellphone snatchings, holdups, and a car break-in in different parts of Dumaguete last Tuesday."

"The victims included a student and an employee of Negros Oriental State University (Norsu) and a coed of Silliman University Tuesday evening." ...

"The victims said they were standing on a road corner in Orchids, Barangay Daro past 10:00 o'clock Tuesday evening when a Honda Wave motorcycle suddenly stopped and the rider announced a holdup while pointing a knife at them."

"At the same time, a red Honda Econo Power motorcycle also stopped, the rider pointed a pistol and ordered Calunsag and Bedro to hand over their cellphones." ...
 

Philippines: Father of 5 is 40th ‘death squad’ victim
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"Two men on a motorcycle killed a fish vendor in Mabini, along Quezon Boulevard, on Sunday morning. The fish vendor now becomes the 40th casualty of a shadowy vigilante group believed to be behind several killings in Davao City." ...

"Police investigating the incident said they learned that Malibay was walking on an alley on Kalye Putol in Barangay 23-C, Mabini Boulevard at 10:50 a.m. when he was shot. An unidentified gunman reportedly followed Malibay and shot him from behind, hitting him on the head."

"The suspect reportedly ran toward a waiting companion on a motorcycle along Roxas Boulevard. Both then sped off." ...
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But guns are banned in the Philippines! How can a "vigilante death squad" have them?
 

Canada: Bar clash ends in shotgun blast
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"A shotgun blast next to his ear sent a London bar employee to hospital early yesterday after a firearm tug-of-war between staff and a disgruntled man backed by a gang of friends. No one was injured when the gun went off, said London police Const. Cam Halliday."

"Bar staff kicked an unruly patron out of the Roxbury Bar on Oxford Street East about 1:30 a.m., Halliday said."

"The man returned two hours later with about four buddies -- and a shotgun, bar owner James Vilos said."

"Vilos denied any of the people involved in the incident were inside the Roxbury Friday night. He said doormen had refused to let one of the men into the bar earlier in the night because he was intoxicated." ...
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Wasn't the $2 BILLION registry supposed to stop this sort of thing?
 

Australia: Man shot in backyard attack
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A MAN has been attacked and shot in the leg in the backyard of his home in central Victoria.

The 46-year-old man was walking towards a shed on his Dunolly property, 190km north-west of Melbourne, when he was assaulted, police said today.

He was struck from behind and knocked to the ground before being shot in the left leg.

A police spokesman said the man was being treated in hospital for the gunshot wound.

The attack happened at his home in Thompson Street about 6.45pm (AEST) yesterday.

The victim told officers he felt someone put their knee on his back just before he was shot.

It is believed two men were involved in the shooting and used a rifle.
 

France: Mother, baby attacked on Paris train after mistaken for Jews
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"A young woman and her baby were attacked in a suburban train near Paris on Saturday by unidentified men who drew swastikas on her stomach with a pen in what police said was an anti-Semitic assault."

"The six attackers who were armed with knives clipped the 23-year-old woman's hair, and cut her t-shirt and pants before drawing three swastikas on her body." ...
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POSTER'S NOTE: Imagine if the mother had been allowed to be armed to defend herself and her child. Where would Nazism be if not for the disarmed victims?
 

MI: Let's conceive a place, mind-set that won't stand for gun violence
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... "The war on violence needed an opening skirmish. And Kwame Kilpatrick’s volley last week, however politically motivated, was aimed at an appropriate target: criminals who use guns." ...

"The profusion of illegal guns needs to become the next battleground. The gun lobby may be powerful — but why should it be more powerful than the antigun lobby?"

"In fact, the gun lobby ought to lead: The manufacturers need to take responsibility for the way their gun distribution networks so often fail to keep guns out of criminal hands."

"Law enforcement — and the courts — needs to hold them accountable. And we need to demand that they do." ...
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She started so promisingly, but then veered off so badly. You can write this columnist at lberman@detnews.com
 

UK: In fight to rid the world of its 640 million guns, it's a start
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"The AK-47 rifles were mangled at the Royal Armouries museum before an audience which included a man whose life has been wrecked by guns.
The rifles were representative of the 640m handguns in use in the world today – a number increasing at the rate of more than 7m a year."

"The AK-47s were smashed as part of Gun Destruction Day, an international event in a campaign to rid the world of the millions of small arms which kill someone, somewhere, in the world every minute – more than 10,000 a week." ...
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KABA Note: In the 20th century, governments killed almost 170 million of their own disarmed citizens. Thus governments killed at a rate of 3.2 per minute, or more than 32,000 per week.
 

IL: Village loses court fight to halt hunters beyond its borders
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"A Lake County judge threw out a ticket issued by Lake Zurich police to a goose hunter who fired shots near the village."

"Lake Zurich officials thought they would be covered under a new ordinance they made banning the use of firearms in town and within a half-mile outside its borders."

"But in a July 2 decision, 19th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jorge Ortiz said Lake Zurich does not have authority to enforce ordinances extraterritorially."

"Robert Sprow, a member of the Ultimate Waterfowlers hunting club based in Island Lake, was ticketed Dec. 13 for firing shots from unincorporated land near Lake Zurich, just north of the Wicklow Village East subdivision by Old McHenry Road." ...
 

OH: Smoking guns
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"Seated at a table outdoors, Little Britches picked up his guns and shot at two paper targets with outline drawings of people before jumping up and running into an outhouse and shooting from the back of the building at other targets."

"Standing near the taped-off shooting area set up to look like a scene from the Old West with a mercantile, Firelands jail and livery stable, Little Britches, also known as Michael Gnizak, 12, said although he didn't shoot as well as he would have liked in the outhouse event, it was his favorite of the day."

"Competing with him in the event was his sister, Alayna, 14, who goes by the name Sadie Rose when she's shooting, a sport she's been involved in for a little over a year." ...
 

A mighty movement: the U.S. Right
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"When Hillary Clinton claimed to see 'a vast right-wing conspiracy' in America, she was 'correct — but not quite in the way she intended.'"

"So say John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, two Britons who cover the United States for The Economist magazine of London. Their book is a broad-brush portrait of American conservatism, which they dub "the Right Nation." It is a reporter's book, thin on ideology and full of anecdote, and it gets a lot of things about the Right right."

"The Right Nation, they say, is an army of disparate militias: tax cutters, gun owners, home schoolers, abortion opponents and defenders of Christian values. Each group considers itself a struggling minority, but together they make a formidable movement that in the past 30 years has out-thought, out-spent and out-organized its rivals." ...
 

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