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The Liberty vs. Security Game
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"What do gun control laws, random airport passenger searches, and drug tests for public school students who engage in after-school activities all have in common?"

"All of them make you less safe."

"Those who would decrease your liberty often frame their discussion in terms of "liberty vs. security", implying that we gain one only at the expense of another, and that reducing your liberty will increase your security. "
 

NC: North Carolina Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Last month, the NRA-backed lawsuit preemption measure, H.B. 622—sponsored by Representative P. Wayne Sexton (R-73)—successfully passed out of Senate Judiciary II Committee. This critical legislation will prevent municipalities from filing politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products."
 

UK: Animal Rights Terrorists at work in gun free England
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Kevin Kjonaas shed no tears when three masked animal-rights activists beat Brian Cass with ax handles outside Cass' home. Cass' company tests pharmaceuticals on laboratory animals."

"Nor was he moved on another occasion when assailants sprayed a caustic liquid in the face of Cass' colleague as he stepped out of his car at home, then beat him as he writhed on the pavement in pain, his wife and daughter watching from inside their house."
 

Gun Laws Around the World: Do They Work?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Americans have been gravely misled about foreign gun ownership and the severity and effectiveness of foreign gun bans. It simply is not true to state that 'the U.S. has more gun availability and far less restriction than any other modern industrial nation'."

"That honor goes to Israel where, nevertheless, murder 'rates are much lower than in the United States despite ... [Israel's] greater availability of guns to law-abiding civilians,' writes Israeli judge Abraham Tennenbaum (formerly an official with the Israeli National Police and then a professor of criminology)."
 

NY Times opposes arming pilots because it might hurt trial lawyers
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"The New York Times has found a reason to oppose the bill arming airline pilots. It would - gasp! - upset trial lawyers."

"Not satisfied with its attempt to manipulate public opinion against arming pilots, as reported in NewsMax.com Friday, the fanatically anti-gun New York Times went back to the well again Sunday with a so-called News Analysis aimed at the bill calling for arming airline pilots in cockpits, citing concerns by trial lawyers, of all people, that the legislation might limit their ability to sue both airlines and pilots."
 

UK: Cops too busy for 999 (911) call
Submitted by: Charlie McMillion

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Knife-wielding thugs surrounded Christine and Peter Nelson’s car in Leeds, England, threatening them and damaging their car. Mr. Nelson called the police on his cell phone, as did a local shop owner who saw the attack. Both were told the same thing: The cops were too busy to help. The police eventually showed up -- five hours later.
 

MA: Massachusetts Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Great news for Massachusetts citizens! This week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 114-32 to send reform bill H.B. 5102 to the Senate. There were attempts to gut the bill by anti-gun legislators, but their attempts were soundly defeated. While the bill fails to make all of the changes needed to roll back oppressive anti-gun legislation imposed by the legislature in 1998, it is an important first step."
 

FL: Increasingly, single women -- and moms, wives, even grandmothers -- own guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Ruth Ann Smith, who stands all of five feet tall in thick-soled platform sandals, grips her Colt Cobra .38 with both hands and aims the revolver at the male silhouette looming before her."

"Her outstretched arms barely waver as she cocks the trigger with one thumb and sends a volley of shots crackling through the air. Blam. Blam-Blam. Blam. Blam-Blam."
 

UK: Gun worth more than house it was found in
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A rare Colt revolver discovered after the death of the elderly woman who owned it has turned out to be worth more than twice as much as her house. The beautifully engraved Colt Paterson percussion revolver, which was made in the United States in about 1840, is expected to fetch up to £120,000 when it is auctioned at Bonhams in London on July 24."
 

Guns in the cockpit - rant supporting defenseless pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"What started out as a bill to test the wisdom of airline pilots having guns in their cockpits has turned into something much more problematic. The House last week threw reasonable caution to the wind with its overwhelming vote to allow all pilots voluntarily to arm themselves. It will now be up to the Senate to rein in this overreaction by reinstating sensible and safe rules."
 

No guns in the cockpit - Christian Science Monitor defies reason
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"If the pilots flying the planes hijacked on Sept. 11 had been carrying guns, could they have thwarted the hijackers?"

"Probably not. But that didn't stop the House of Representatives last week from voting overwhelmingly to allow airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit."

"The use of firearms under high stress is at best difficult. Movies and stories of drive-by shootings foster the false belief that it's easy to hit a moving target with a pistol."

QUESTION: If operating a firearm under stress is difficult, does that mean it's better to fight barehanded against jihad-happy attackers using makeshift weapons?
 

IL: More stun guns in police hands
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The 15-year-old Zion boy kept screaming he was going to kill himself as he wielded a knife in the basement of his parents' home. Worried police summoned a Winthrop Harbor cop, who zapped him with a powerful stun gun. One paralyzing jolt instantly ended the standoff."

" 'The effect was immediate,' said Winthrop Harbor Deputy Chief Rick Concepcion, whose department bought two of the non-lethal weapons this year."
 

NC: Charges to be dropped against defendants in unConstitutional police raid
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Criminal charges will be dropped against the remaining defendants arrested in a police raid a judge found to be unconsitutional [sic], the Durham County prosecutor says."

"The decision by District Attorney Jim Hardin follows a ruling by Judge Orlando F. Hudson that the February police raid at Cheek Road Apartments violated people's civil liberties."

"Hardin also will not oppose a reversal of convictions against those defendants who already have pleaded guilty, officials said Friday."

"Hudson said the raid was unlawful because officers improperly 'seized' the entire neighborhood and conducted unreasonable searches and seizures. Actions of some officers amounted to 'tortious or criminal conduct,' Hudson said."

"Police have maintained they did nothing wrong or unconstitutional. Senior Police Attorney Arnetta Herring said Wednesday that officers conducted themselves in 'a very fine and upstanding' manner."

KABA NOTE: Just once, it would be nice to have at least one man in a police officer's uniform say, "Well, you know what - we were wrong, we screwed up royally, it will not happen again, we're sorry, and we expect to pay the price for violating people's civil rights."
 

UK: In the Absence of Guns - In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A couple of weeks before that, the 85-year-old mother of Phil Collins, the well-known rock star, was punched in the ribs, the back, and the head on a West London street, before her companion was robbed. 'That's what you have to expect these days,' she said, philosophically."

QUESTION: Why would you expect to be mugged? Why don't you instead change your government so that you can protect yourselves?
 

GA: Boy, 13, dies after being shot in head at gun show
Submitted by: UncleJohn

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Follow up for Monday's Newslink. Note this happened in North Atlanta, not Alabama. Local TV stated the gun went off as a vendor was fitting a new holster.
 

Social Security Called A Bigger Fraud Than Corporate Scandals
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A public policy think tank devoted to individual liberty and free-market capitalism says the current frenzy in Congress and elsewhere to address corporate accounting scandals isn't a reaction to fraud. It's an attack on business and capitalism, said the Ayn Rand Institute."

"The Institute wonders why lawmakers and others aren't looking at the Social Security program."

BECAUSE: Asking lawmakers to overhaul or get rid of the Social Insecurity scam is like asking a wealthy wool farmer to put his sheep out to pasture to live the rest of their lives away from shearing machines.
 

FL: Jury With 'G' Names Overruled
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan granted Carter a new trial after Carter's attorney argued that his client's Sixth Amendment right to a jury of his peers had been violated."

"Federal jury pools in Miami are selected by dividing potential jurists alphabetically by the first letter of their last name and then selecting letters randomly. Anyone who draws a 'G' would have a large number of Hispanic jurists."
 

Cockpit Guns Can Thwart Terrorists (letter)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Your editorial, 'Guns in the cockpit?' (July 12), amazed me, particularly after both of California's U.S. senators endorsed the arming of pilots."

"Assume that the flight crews on Sept. 11 had been armed. Do you believe that 3,000 lives would have been lost through the actions of boxcutter-armed terrorists if that had been the case?"
 

NRA National Gun Show Returns to Missouri
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"After a year’s absence, the NRA National Gun Collectors Show and Conference will return to Kansas City in 2002. Hosted once again by the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association, this year’s show is scheduled for July 26-28 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo. The show, the seventh annual event in the series, will feature a variety of rare and historically significant firearms."
 

Federal Squandering: Ready to work, but nothing to do all day
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"John Kasprowicz went to his job as a geologist at Argonne National Laboratory every day for nearly two years and did nothing."

"When he asked his bosses at the U.S. Department of Energy for something to do to justify his $95,000-plus paycheck, they told him something would come along."

"But for 22 months, nothing did--that is, he says, until he sent copies of his time sheets showing he was doing nothing all day to the DOE inspector general's office in Washington, D.C."
 

Use of force (lethal and non-lethal) in cockpits demonstration
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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This "CADC Lethal Weapon Demonstration" was put together to show the difference between arming pilots with real firearms and non-lethal guns. Anyone who watches it and calls for use of less-than-lethal guns requires counseling and should seek help immediately.
 

Liberal anti-gun paper praises "Wal-Mart's Gun Control"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Bravo to Wal-Mart for adopting a policy designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who are not legally allowed to own them. As the largest gun retailer in the country, Wal-Mart's tougher stance undoubtedly will save lives."

"Under federal law, potential gun buyers must undergo a criminal-background check before they can walk out of a store with a firearm."
 

MD: Two men die after SUV falls from garage
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Rush Limbaugh read this on-air.

He was illustrating the bias in media -- they hate SUV's; therefore they are demonizing SUV's the way they demonize guns.

Note the humans inside are not blamed -- it's the SUV's fault!!
 

Lawmakers Seek to Undo Court's Anti-pledge Decision
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Pledge Protections Act, as the Midwestern lawmaker’s bill is called, states, 'No court established by Act of Congress shall have jurisdiction to hear or determine any claim that the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, as set forth in section 4 of title 4, violates the first article of amendment to the constitution of the United States.' "
 

California: Wanted! An Ethical Governor. Apply Within
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In the event California’s gubernatorial race ends in November with Bill Simon winning, pundits and voters will ask two fundamental questions."

"What took people so long to recognize that Gray Davis was running against the majority of the state’s voters on so many issues?"

"And why didn’t Davis ever comprehend and respond to a manifest credibility gap caused by his arrogant indifference to charges of unethical conduct?"
 

Influential 9th Circuit assembles in S.D.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In the mid-1980s, only 47 percent of the [9th] circuit's rulings were reversed, the third best result of all the circuits. By 1997, the 9th had the nation's worst record: 28 out of 29 cases reviewed were reversed."

Submitter's Note: I wasn't going to post this article in Newslinks, until I saw this line. It's no wonder that the country is in the shape it's in when a major newspaper doesn't even know where the laws of this nation are enacted!

"The Supreme Court only takes up decisions that make new law or that represent a conflict between lower courts."
EMail the reporter.
 

UT: Police arrest Utah judge, confiscate drugs following family complaint
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A county judge was arrested at his home after his family called police and then turned over drugs they said belonged to him."

"Fourth District Judge Ray M. Harding Jr. was arrested Saturday. Authorities found cocaine, heroin and barbiturates, Alpine-Highland Police Chief Kip Botkin said."

"A family member had made a police complaint about narcotics and a domestic disturbance, police said."
 

U.N. Advisory Board On Disarmament Matters To Meet In Geneva, 17 - 19 July
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters will meet for a three-day closed session in Geneva from 17 to 19 July 2002. Its last session was held in New York from 30 January to 1 February 2002. The Board meets twice a year."

"The Board is tasked with advising the Secretary-General on matters within the area of arms limitation and disarmament, including on studies and research under the auspices of the United Nations or institutions within the United Nations system."

"The Board is composed of a group of 22 experts, appointed by the Secretary-General on the basis of their expertise in the field of disarmament..."
 

Australia: Costa rejects handgun ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"POLICE Minister Michael Costa has opposed a push for a blanket ban on semi-automatic handguns."

"But he wants other states to support national uniform laws to tighten up conditions on handgun ownership."

"The National Coalition for Gun Control is lobbying for the Australasian Police Ministers Council meeting, to begin today in Darwin, to extend bans on self-loading rifles to pistols."
 

NY: Flight Attendant: Uniform, ID, Key Stolen
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A flight attendant’s uniform, cockpit door key, and identification card were stolen from her Queens apartment, police said today."

"The burglary was discovered just before 8 p.m. Sunday at an apartment shared by two Delta Airlines flight attendants in Astoria, near LaGuardia Airport."

"One of the women returned to the apartment to find the door ajar and noticed some money missing, about $20, said an NYPD spokesman, Sgt. Mike Wysokowski."
 

This is your captain speaking: 'I am armed and you are safe'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Given the amount of energy required for thinking, and my aptitude for staring into middle space, I confess to an affection for no-brainers, such as: Should airline pilots carry guns?"

"Wait, wait, I'm tearing myself away from a mesmerizing galaxy of dust particles to make this public service pronouncement. Yah. Why not? Terrorists have box cutters and nefarious plans for murdering thousands by taking out helpless pilots. Here's an idea: Let's give pilots a way to defend themselves!"
 

CO: Maverick new mayor upends town
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Here's a newly elected mayor who:

* Has a "lengthy criminal record, including four drunken-driving arrests and busts for cocaine and marijuana possession (both charges were dismissed)"

* "Just before her election...wrestled a man to the ground in a bar brawl."

* Got rid of the police chief and is paring down the department further ...
 

DC: Several people attacked with blowguns sent to hospital
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"D-C police are reportedly investigating several incidents in which people were hit in the back by darts fired from a blowgun."

"They started showing up at area hospitals late last night."

"Ten people are known to have been injured by the six-inch long, razor-sharp projectiles. At least three required surgery to remove them."

"Police think at least two teen-age pranksters are doing the huffing and puffing behind the blow guns."

IDEA: Because D.C.'s handgun ban is so effective, perhaps they should consider banning people from shooting others with blowguns.
 

FL: Bobcat attacks hiker, park rangers in Orange County
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"The carcass of a bobcat that attacked a hiker, charged a park ranger's truck and lunged at another ranger in Rock Springs Run State Preserve is being tested for rabies, officials said Monday."

"A wildlife officer fatally shot the cat Sunday as it hung from the ranger's arm, officials said."

"Todd Long, 37, of Melbourne, was hiking when he said he heard 'a shrill meow' and saw a bobcat poised to attack. Long said he put up his arms to deflect the cat, but instead caught the 35-pound animal."

Recommended: Visit our "Guns Save Lives from Animals" archives to see stories where armed citizens got the job done.
 

NY: "Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree"
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Regardless of the allegations against these American citizens, that they can be charged for mere possession of a firearm has America's Founders' turning over in their graves.

Reading between the lines, it's also possible that shots allegedly fired in this case were fired in self-defense -- but when handguns are banned and someone is using a handgun for self-defense, an attempt to leave the scene is predictable.

And guess what was in the arresting officer's holster. ...
 

UK: Pistol-whipping thug "may receive a prison sentence"
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"A thug who pistol-whipped a man during a fight on Southend seafront has been warned he may receive a prison sentence."

"Phaisan Dinnes, 21, who has a previous conviction for threatening behaviour, was found guilty by a jury of unlawful wounding and possessing a firearm."

"Dinnes was warned by the judge, Mr Recorder Martyn Levett, he regarded the matter so seriously that custody would be considered."

"The defendant was remanded on bail for reports and will be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on August 16."

KABA NOTE: Previously convicted felons in America caught using a firearm violently would know the minute they were caught that they were headed for "custody".
 

Armed and ludicrous - How a black basketball star is above the law
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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NBA star Allen Iverson is soon to be charged over allegations that he threw his wife naked off of their gated property then ran around menacing people with a pistol to get his sweetheart back home.

This whole editorial is a great poke at the charade that has formed around Mr. Violent B-ball Player. But the following section deserves the attention of anyone who still believes in equal protection of the law:

"Iverson might receive a judicial order to show up to an elementary school and recite whatever inanities are deemed necessary to make everyone feel better. This is the wink-wink that goes with the tsk-tsk. He is bound to be sentenced to another season in the NBA."

"Iverson is expected to surrender to authorities tomorrow, assuming he can fit it into his busy schedule and has recovered from his all-night party over the weekend."

"The patience of the authorities is remarkable. A nobody could not expect the same." [emphasis ours]
 

IN: Another "robber" is given free money at a bank when "armed" only with a note!
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This article describes this note-wielding "robber" as "brazen" -- one must wonder why, when all he has to do is ask for money to get it.

What has come over our society that we hand free money to derelicts on the street when they "threaten us" with a piece of paper?

Why don't bank managers shoot the bad guys anymore?

Why are they making stealing so bloody easy?
 

Veterans upset over '60s biological tests in which they were lied to repeatedly
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"It was 35 years ago, but Phil Fetkenhauer remembers how a small boat cruised several hundred yards ahead of his destroyer, the Herbert J. Thomas, spewing what scientists said were harmless clouds of mist."

"After each test, Fetkenhauer, who worked on the exposed flight deck, had to strip off his coveralls and take a shower in the specially modified destroyer's revolving-door airlock."

"The civilian Army scientists on board said the showers were just a precaution and there was no danger to the crew, he recalled."

"But in recent weeks, the Pentagon has acknowledged that the San Diego-based destroyer and other military vessels were used in biological and chemical weapon tests during the 1960s, some involving nerve agents and potentially harmful bacteria."

FORTUNATELY... Now that the government loves the people unconditionally and only has our best interest at heart, there aren't any tests being conducted on "free" human beings.
 

UK: Pop stars get chased, shot at with banned gun
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"POP stars Hear’Say fled for their lives when a thug menaced them with a gun."

"The chart-topping fivesome feared he was going to open fire. They dived into their tour van and sped off down a busy motorway."

"But the lunatic gave chase — and followed them for about 30 MILES. A band source claimed he even took a potshot at them with the awesome-looking gun."

The source added: “They were absolutely terrified and really thought this man was out to kill them.”
 

Canada: Illegal guns 'part of heritage'
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"Owning an unlicensed, unregistered gun is part of Albertan culture, says a firearms group behind a new effort to fight federal gun-control laws."

"The Responsible Firearm Owners of Alberta group is seeking a political sponsor for the Alberta Western Firearms Heritage and Historical Act, which aims to counteract federal firearms laws."

" 'Why wouldn't we support it?' asked Dave Wilson, a member of the town council in Vulcan, which passed a motion endorsing the bill."

"This is a burning issue in the county. There are a lot of hunters here."

"Canadian Alliance MP Myron Thompson said he agrees with any act that would shoot down the country's gun laws and may take the group's bill to Ottawa."

KABA NOTE: Or how about introducing the "If You Come to Take Our Guns, You'll Get Our Bullets First" Act.
 

"Guns in cockpits give little safety"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Pilots are one step closer to 'flying shotgun.' Political influence trumped sound security policy when the House of Representatives voted last week to let pilots carry guns in airplane cockpits as a defense against terrorists. This will make pilots feel safer, but not passengers."

EMail the Editor. You'll find plenty of ammo in the KeepAndBearArms.com Airplanes & Guns archives.
 

LA: Woman's 13-year quest to recover family shotgun pays off
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"Wanda Butler's 13-year quest to get back the last thing her grandfather left her -- a 12-gauge shotgun -- was rewarded Monday when the gun was returned to her."

"Had she not gotten the shotgun back on Monday, Butler was prepared to seek arrest warrants against city officials."
 

TX: Library evacuated after man wields dangerous... sunglasses
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FULL TEXT BELOW...

Original Title: Library evacuated after 'gun' spotted

"El Paso Library Director Carol Brey, center, talked to an El Paso police officer who was standing guard Sunday afternoon at the main entrance of the Main Library in Downtown El Paso. The library was evacuated at about 2:30 p.m. and then shut down for the day after security officers were told that a man with a gun had threatened someone."

"The library was evacuated, and the man, Glen Leroy Marchant, 49, was arrested -- but only for a misdemeanor warrant for not having insurance on his vehicle in 1996. What had appeared to be a gun was just his sunglasses case, police said."
 

TN: Zero tolerance offenses in Knox County schools
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This page includes stats on how many "zero tolerance" offenses took place in Knox County, Tennessee schools for the following years:

School year 1998-1999:
Total Offenses, 118
Weapons, 24 (1 gun)
Battery, 15
Drugs or paraphernalia, 73
Alcohol, 6

School Year 1999-2000:
Total Offenses, 132
Weapons, 30 (0 guns)
Battery, 12
Drugs or paraphernalia, 73
Alcohol, 17

School Year 2000-2001:
Total Offenses, 157
Weapons, 21 (0 guns)
Battery, 10
Drugs or paraphernalia, 121
Alcohol, 5

School Year 2001-2002:
Total Offenses, 172
Weapons, 34 (1 gun)
Battery, 4
Drugs or paraphernalia, 119
Alcohol, 15
 

Australia: Another daylight robbery where self-defense is stifled
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"TWO security guards were robbed of a large sum of money and their handguns in a brazen armed hold-up in daylight yesterday."

"The two Chubb security guards had just finished a routine cash pick-up at Mt Druitt railway station when they were confronted by two armed men in North Parade at 1.40pm."

"Chief Inspector Wayne Ross said the guards were confronted by the two robbers as they neared the van."

"The thieves demanded the bag containing a "large sum of money" before robbing the two security guards of their guns."

"Both men ran from the scene before escaping in a Holden VN Commodore sedan parked nearby."
 

The Feds Fumble Yet Again -- LAX shooting was terrorism
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Two sane letters in the New York Post point out the obvious regarding the LAX act of terrorism on Independence Day: that it was what it was.
 

VA: Attacker stopped by armed citizen charged with assault and battery
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"A man who narrowly escaped being shot during his alleged role in the beating of another man outside a party Sunday was arrested and charged late that day with assault and battery, police said today."

"Police charged 18-year-old Quesada La Costa Clements late Sunday after interviewing him and others, police spokesperson Cpl. Jimmie Wideman said. Clements lives in the first block of Holiday Drive in Hampton, he said."
 

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