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Buying Big Guns? No Big Deal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fifteen years ago, Osama bin Laden sent one of his operatives to the United States to buy and bring back two-dozen .50-caliber rifles, a gun that can kill someone from over a mile away and even bring down an airplane."

Submitter's Note: Actually the US Government bought them and gave them to Osama to use against the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan.

"In spite of all the recent efforts to curb terrorism, bin Laden could do the same thing today, because buying and shipping the world’s most powerful sniper rifle is not as difficult as you might think." ...
 

Resistance is Not Futile; Rather It is Highly Effective
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"Recently the Florida State University department of Criminology released a study indicating that people who employed self protection strategies reduced their likelihood of injury when compared to nonresistance."

"Old research seemed to indicate that resistance to confrontational crime contributed to victim injury. New information reveals the old assumptions were found to be largely attributable to confusion concerning the sequence of self protective actions and injury. In crimes where both occurred, injury followed self protection in only 10 percent of the incidents. Combined with the fact that injuries following resistance are almost always relatively minor, victim resistance appears to be generally a wise course of action." ...
 

Americans losing concept of freedom
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... "We Americans are fond of talking about freedom, especially around the time of patriotic holidays, but I fear we’re losing the concept. Maybe that’s because the idea of freedom is so intoxicating that we’ve forgotten to talk about responsibilities."

"For example, we have the freedom in the Second Amendment that gives us the right to own firearms, but with that freedom comes a weighty responsibility. If you misuse that freedom, you go to prison." ...
 

LA: Man kills burglar, police say
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"A 20-year-old Destrehan man, who authorities say was attempting to burglarize a home, was killed Friday when the resident shot him in the side." ...

"Authorities said Vinett and the 16-year-old remained in the yard while Dabney entered the window on the second floor of the home, where he was shot by a male resident. Authorities would not release the resident's name, but said he was in his 30s." ...

"The resident who shot Dabney has no prior convictions, Champagne said, adding that the man's action was a 'justified use of deadly force.'" ...
 

GA: Court officers lock and load
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"Months after the deadly courthouse shootings in Fulton County, the ripple effect is being felt in the Gwinnett County courthouse."

"Nearly 30 Gwinnett court officers — including judges, magistrates and their staff — recently completed firearms training prompted by the Fulton rampage. In the March 11 incident, a judge, court reporter and sheriff's deputy were shot to death. ..."

"The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department provided the weapons training, which included shooting on a firing range and simulator scenarios. Judges learned how to wear guns under their robes."

"All used their own firearms, which ranged from revolvers to semiautomatic weapons, said Stacey Kelley, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman." ...

 

WI: Editorial: No 'us' and 'them' in these numbers
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"It's time to get angry. It is, in fact, long past time for that and then for an entire community to mobilize."

"Last week, the Journal Sentinel reported on the grisly and senseless homicides plaguing Milwaukee. The killings, at 67 as of Tuesday, were up 46% from this time a year ago. ..." ...

"These spate of shootings defy easy explanation. An earlier Journal Sentinel story detailed just how spontaneous many of the murders were. Tempers flared, guns or knives - most often guns - were produced and people were slain." ...

"And while it is tempting to rail against the availability of guns, it's pretty clear that genie is long out of the bottle, though reasonable gun control laws are just a matter of community self-defense." ...
 

FL: Self Defense Instructor Releases New Program Designed to Protect Citizens from Predators
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"Attacks, robberies, kidnappings and rapes can happen to anyone at any time, and those caught by surprise can be helpless against a predator if not prepared in advance. That's why Jonathan Burke is speaking out to people of all ages, encouraging them to be confident and fight back using simple self-defense methods."

"He has dedicated his life to helping people learn how to escape when, and if, a predator attacks, and he feels very strongly that people need to better equip themselves and their children with a basic understanding of self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: Simple moves are good, situational awareness is good, but the safest and most effective self-defense tool is still a gun.
 

KY: Rockcastle County Family Finds Gator in Lincoln County Pond
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When 10-year-old twins Derek and David Wynn go back to school next month, they are going to have quite a story to tell their friends. Along with their father, Bobby they caught something quite unusual in relatives Lincoln County pond.

"You know it's not very often in the state of Kentucky you go out and do a little blue gill fishing and you catch an alligator," Bobby Wynn said outside his Rockcastle County home.

Once they wrestled the 42 inch, 22 pound alligator out of the pond, Bobby shot it with his pistol, right between the eyes. They've been keeping the alligator in their freezer because they plan to send it to a taxidermist and have it stuffed. Then they are going to keep it on display at home.
 

MA: Guns out of control
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"Three nights ago, Brockton detective Ernest Bell swung by a Belmont Street hotel with two workers from the state Department of Youth Services to help arrest a 16-year-old boy."

"He found the teenage boy in a second-floor room — and a loaded .380 handgun in the nightstand drawer."

"It was one of the latest weapons to be added to what authorities say is a growing cache of guns seized in the city."

"'I would say we're seizing three or four a week,' Brockton Lt. William Conlon, chief of detectives said. 'It is quite a few guns.'" ...

"So far this year, Brockton police seized 32 handguns, eight shotguns and four rifles. Last year, police confiscated 63 handguns, 14 shotguns and seven rifles." ...
 

IL: False confessions: Taping interrogations won't protect suspects from themselves
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"When the interrogation starts, the man is emphatic: He had nothing to do with his girlfriend's death in a hit-and-run. By the end, he's whimpering as he describes hitting her with his car and driving away."

"Case closed. The police had their videotaped confession."

"The only problem is, physical evidence showed Raymond Wood did not commit the crime. After a year in jail, the Maine courts threw out his confession and set him free."

"It may be hard to imagine people confessing to crimes they didn't commit, but experts say police interrogation tactics - even perfectly legal tactics that don't involve violence - can be so powerful they trap the innocent as well as the guilty." ...
 

FL: Former Boca Raton PIO arrested during Libertarian gun protest
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"Arguing that gun buy-backs 'do not work', two Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LPPBC) officials were arrested this week during the city of West Palm Beach’s gun buy-back program, 'Operation Cease Fire'."

"Two West Palm Beach officers told LPPBC Chairman Karl Dickey he would be arrested for trespass if he did not leave the property immediately, according to Dickey."

"'We were there with cash in hand to purchase guns with private money ... and were immediately told to get off the property as we were not welcome there,' he said."

"Dickey pointed out that the incident happened at the Salvation Army Community Center ... 'a city-owned property, during a city-sponsored event inviting the public onto the property,' Dickey said ..." ...
 

MO: Ex-lawman pleads guilty to weapons charge
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"A former candidate for McDonald County Sheriff has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges."

"Randy Hance, 45, of Rocky Comfort, entered the guilty plea Friday before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr."

"Hance was arrested Nov. 23 on charges he harassed his former wife. When he was stopped a half mile from her home, authorities found several guns and ammunition in his possession, including a Berretta .40 caliber pistol, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition ... A search of his trailer turned up a Ruger M77 rifle, typically used for deer hunting." ...

"On Dec. 16, Hance was federally indicted on a charge that he possessed a firearm while his estranged wife had a state order of protection against him." ...
 

MN: Police officer arrested for allegedly stabbing estranged wife
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"An 8 1/2-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department was in jail Sunday, accused of stabbing his estranged wife."

"The 37-year-old was on duty Friday evening when St. Paul police came to arrest him for aggravated assault. He was taken to the Ramsey County Jail pending charges that could be filed Monday, police said."

"The officer is accused of stabbing his estranged wife with a knife on July 6 and threatening her with a gun at her St. Paul apartment. She was treated and released and did not report the incident right away, police said."

"'It was a non-life-threatening injury to her. And then he threatened to kill her, the children and himself at one point in time,' St. Paul police spokesman Paul Schnell said." ...
 

GA: Columbus police arrest two of their own in a week's span
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Authorities are still investigating the second Columbus Police Department officer to be arrested in a week.

Officer Gregory Diltz, 45, was charged Thursday with pointing a gun at another person. He was released from the Muscogee County Jail after posting a $250 bond.

Diltz's arrest came one day after Columbus Police arrested officer Philip Matteo on charges of forgery and illegally obtaining an addictive painkiller with falsified prescriptions. Matteo was released on a $9,000 bond and placed on administrative leave without pay.
 

MN: Cameras catch city employees running lights
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"Earlier this week, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS showed you how the new ‘Stop on Red’ cameras in Minneapolis are catching more than speeders, they are catching accidents on tape."

"But the tapes show something else as well: City vehicles—including police officers—running red lights in the city."

"In the first 30 days, cameras caught 16 city vehicles running red lights, the city of Minneapolis is reporting. That number includes 14 police cars, a fire vehicle, and an animal control vehicle." ...

"The city said it is in the process of tightening its policies regarding employees following the driving laws."
 

TX: Consistent testimony convinced jurors
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"Because Eric Hillman never changed his story about the night he shot Kevin Lunsford, it eventually convinced four jury members to change their minds and vote to acquit the former Houston police lieutenant of murder, according to a jury member who contacted The Courier following the trial."

"The nine-woman, three-man jury deliberated for almost 22 hours over four days before reaching its unanimous verdict last Tuesday in the 284th state District Court. They reached their decision shortly after they listened to a portion of Hillman's testimony about the events that occurred in front of Hillman's Cut and Shoot area home on Dec. 15, 2003." ...
 

Philippines: 69 hits for killers since December; no arrests by cops
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"Two days after a suspected big time-drug pusher in Barangay Tejero, Cebu City was gunned down vigilante-style, another victim fell yesterday morning in Barangay Pari-an."

"Herbert Ledesma Deada ... was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds at 12:15 a.m. at corner Sanciangko and Jakosalem Sts."

"Personnel from the Scene of the Crime Operation and homicide investigators recovered eight empty shells of .45 pistol and two deformed slugs near Deada’s body."

"Deada is the 69th victim of vigilante-style killings in Cebu City since last December."

"He was allegedly a snatcher operating at the Carbon market area. He was jailed at the Iwahig Penal Colony in Palawan several years ago." ...
 

CA: Civilian group patrols Mexico border
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"Volunteers began patrolling remote mountains outside San Diego on Saturday, watching for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers as part of a campaign to draw attention to the nation's porous border with Mexico."

"About 30 volunteers joined the first patrol of a 26-mile stretch of rolling hills from Jacumba to Tecate. ..."

"Jim Chase ... is leading the California patrols, which will continue through Aug. 7. He said volunteers will call the Border Patrol if they spot illegal border activity."

"Chase, a retired postal worker, said he and others will carry guns for self-defense but will not initiate attacks. 'The guns are for one reason - to keep my people alive,' he said in an interview Friday." ...
 

CT: Keeping Guns Safely A Protection For Families
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"About The New York Times editorial titled “Gunplay in the capital,” published July 12, regarding the House of Representatives' decision to repeal the local law in Washington, D.C., requiring lawful gun owners to store weapons unloaded and disassembled or locked:"

"Thankfully, it is already a crime to store a firearm in such a way that it can fall into the wrong hands in a condition to cause injury or death. In most areas of the country, provided the above is observed, it is lawful to maintain a legally owned gun in a reasonable state of readiness to defend oneself or one's family. Armed self-defense is a right guaranteed by our Constitution — to private citizens, not police, military or licensed security guards ..." ...
 

OH: Women's outdoors experience great
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"They shot Ruger 22 mm and Glock 9 mm handguns, learned to trap-shoot with a 20-gauge shotgun, shot compound and traditional bows, went bass fishing, used global positioning system units on a scavenger hunt in the woods and learned how to cook with a dutch oven."

"They learned about scuba diving, canoeing, self-defense, sporting clays, plant and tree identification and nature photography."

"The 20 women spent the day at Saturdays's Women in the Outdoors daylong event at Hemloch Sportsman Association in Piqua. They signed up for everything but turkey hunting/turkey calling, ironic since the Miami County chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation hosted the event as part of its outreach program." ...
 

WV: Castin' and blastin'
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"From 10 yards away, the arrow took almost no time to reach the balloon. The pop was still echoing through the narrow hollow when the shouts of congratulations began."

"'You did it!' yelled one of the women, slapping the balloon-breaker on the back."

"'I can do this!' said the delighted archer. 'I can shoot a bow!'"

"At the recent 'Wild & Wonderful Women’s Event' in Kanawha State Forest, 17 women discovered that they, too, could shoot bows, even though many of them had never before picked up a bow or an arrow. Eighteen discovered that they could shoot rifles. Thirteen learned how to pitch tents and set up camps. Thirteen others learned how to bait hooks and catch fish." ...
 

NY: Hunting club law shot down by Town Board
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"From the response at Tuesday night's meeting, many Town of Highland residents weren't convinced that the rights of home owners and the interests of the town's hunting clubs totally coincided."

"The Town Board wasn't convinced either. In a 4-0 vote, with town Supervisor and Excelsior Hunting Club President Allan Schadt abstaining, they rejected a local law that would require new dwellings on land adjacent to hunting club property to be set back 500 feet." ...

"Hunters had said they could lose thousands of acres of land if property adjacent to them were bought up and subdivided by developers." ...
 

NY: Athletes run and shoot in the summer biathlon
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"You think hitting a metal target 50 meters away with a .22 caliber rifle is easy?"

"Try doing it after you've run several kilometers on a hilly cross-country course, while your limbs are trembling and your heart is pounding at a rate of almost three beats per second."

"That's what more than 30 contestants in the 2005 United States Summer Biathlon National Championships & World Team Trials have been doing this weekend, at Pratt's Falls Park in Pompey. The county park was also the site of the 2001 national championships and world trials." ...
 

PA: Freedom Armory on target -- Indoor shooting range will draw police, too
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"Southern Regional Police officers need a training site where they can squeeze off a few rounds without the threat of inclement weather and out of earshot of homeowners."

"Rather than continue to spar with Mother Nature on the open gun ranges of south central Pennsylvania, officials with Southern Regional Police Department have placed their support behind a new $2 million indoor gun range in Springfield Township set to open in February 2006."

"'We are definitely planning on using this facility,' said Southern Regional Police Lt. James Boddington. 'This will be an asset to law enforcement in York County.'"

"Boddington is the head firearms instructor for the department." ...
 

LA: Women's event spawns friendships
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"Being a member of the Royal Ya Ya Sisterhood of the Turkey Butts means that Terri Cedars had more experience with outdoor activities than most of her counterparts at Saturday's National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors event at Bodcau Dam."

"Cedars, who works in forest development at Louisiana Technical College in Natchitoches, has been attending WITO events since 2000, when her friend, WITO Regional Coordinator Kim Johnson, invited her to a similar outing in central Louisiana."

"The women taped turkey feathers to their backsides and formed a loose Ya Ya coalition that has made them lifelong friends." ...
 

MI: Gunning and loving it
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"Tammy Bailey has a gun and she's not afraid to use it."

"In fact Bailey, a member of the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club, wants everyone to know they need not shy away from visiting their local gun clubs just because firearms are used."

"'Don't be afraid to try something new just because it involves guns,' said Bailey. 'It's a great sport and safety is our foremost concern. The people are very friendly so don't be nervous about trying it for the first time.'" ...
 

NY: It's hard to get behind rifle hunting in Tier
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"If all deer hunters were as safety conscious as Don Varga, I would have few if any qualms about the revision in the big game hunting law that will, for the first time, allow the use of center fire rifles in the counties of Tioga and Chenango, provided Gov. Pataki doesn't veto it."

"Varga, who is a member of the Tioga County Sportsmen' Association, hunts deer each year with a bow and arrows, muzzleloading rifle and handgun (.357 magnum). He's been hunting deer for 30 years and has been quite successful, mainly because he takes it seriously." ...
 

Australia: Police find gun, stolen items in raid
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"Police have recovered a large quantity of stolen property and weapons in a Wellington raid that came in response to last week's crime spree."

"A Marsh Street home was searched on Saturday afternoon by more than eight detectives and general duty police from Dubbo and Wellington, after local enquiries enabled police to gain an official search warrant."

"'We followed up on a recent spate of break and enters in Wellington,' duty officer Inspector Alan Cusack said." ...

"Police retrieved one firearm, knives and other personal belongings in the raid, and Orana Local Area Commander Superintendent Stuart Smith promised further action." ...
 

Philippines: 3 weekend attacks pull death toll to 72
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"Two more people were shot dead in separate attacks over the weekend, bringing to 71 the number of suspected criminals killed vigilante-style in Cebu City."

"Both victims--a pimp and a car watcher--spent time in the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center. The pimp was gunned down an hour past midnight Sunday, while the car watcher, who was jailed for drugs years ago, was killed Saturday afternoon."

"Another man, who had no criminal record, was also shot dead Saturday night while waiting for his wife near the Carbon market."

"In Sunday’s vigilante-style killing, Amado Justiniani, 32, was shot repeatedly in Barangay Kamagayan, a few blocks from three barangay halls." ...
 

UK: Bar owner shot, stabbed
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"The owner of a London bar says he's lucky to be alive after he was stabbed and shot while breaking up a fight between two men early yesterday." ...

"A police task force was set up recently to probe shootings in the city this year:" ...

"- Weapons offences are up 63 per cent this year compared to 2004, London police have said." [emphasis added]

Submitters Note: The massive Canadian Gun Registry seems to be working well... 2005 is the first year it is in full effect.
 

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