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Huckabee Criticizes Kerry at Gun Shooting Range
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"Governor Huckabee and Republican sportsmen took aim at the Democratic presidential ticket Wednesday. Huckabee says hunters should be up in arms over what the governor says is the threat that a John Kerry presidency would pose to gun rights."

"Speaking at a gun club shooting range run by the Remington Arms company, Huckabee criticized Kerry's comments that the Second Amendment right to bear arms should stop with state militia and should not extend to individuals. The governor also cautioned Southerners not to be fooled by North Carolina Senator John Edwards
as Kerry's running mate. The governor says Edwards will try to portray himself as a fellow Southerner when he does not hunt, fish, like NASCAR racing or country music."
 

Michele Malkin: Candidates ignore 'security moms,' at their peril
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"I am what this year's election pollsters call a 'security mom.' I'm married with two young children. I own a gun. And I vote."

"Nothing matters more to me right now than the safety of my home and the survival of my homeland. I believe in the right to defend myself, and in America's right to defend itself against its enemies. I am a citizen of the United States, not the United Nations." ...

"What I want is a commander in chief who will stop pandering to political correctness and People magazine editors, and start pandering to me." ...

"So far, neither presidential ticket quite measures up. Judging from the touchy-feely-fest put on by the John Kerry-John Edwards campaign recently, it is clear that the Democratic Party still thinks it can win by wallowing in the Sept. 10 politics of grievance, entitlement and passivity. ..."

"As for the Republicans, I have supported President Bush's war on terror overseas, but he continues to fight only a half-hearted battle to defend Americans on American soil from hostile invasion or attack. ..."
 

Kerry Deluged With Invitations to Speak to Conservatives
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"Several groups have invited Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to speak to their members as the result of a statement made at the recent NAACP convention. But Kerry may have opened a Pandora's Box when he declared that as president of the United States, 'you need to talk to all of the people.' " ...

"The Gun Owners of America (GOA) has invited Kerry to speak to its members."

"CNSNews.com quoted GOA Director of Communications Erich Pratt as saying, 'We're so glad to hear that you (Kerry) want to talk with us and help unite this nation. How about working with us to defend the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights?' "
 

Tucson woman poised to head N.R.A.
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"It's the most powerful pro-gun lobbying organization in the nation and a Tucson woman is poised to become its leader."

"In April 2005, the National Rifle Association will swear in Sandy Froman as its president."

"Froman will succeed Charlton Heston, the actor-turned-activist whose 'from my cold dead hands' anti-gun-control slogan defined his tenure as NRA president. Heston suffers from Alzheimer's disease."
 

Gun law targets public data
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"The document is titled 'ATF Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative Trace Analysis Report.'"

"The report talks about the guns kids used in crimes in 1999. It incorporates data from 38 cities, including Denver and Aurora. The data contain the top 10 manufacturers of guns that kids used in crimes. The data show a small percentage of gun dealers accounting for a large percentage of so-called 'crime guns.' "

"The data include all kinds of important stuff. Some researchers and citizens fear that the information will no longer be available under a new law. ..." ...

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Notice practically every gun banner organization's spokesperson is quoted. Any quotes from gun rights advocates about the fact that violating the privacy of the vast majority of gun owners because of the misdeeds of a few is immoral? No. Just more gun banners whining about how gun owners are not being abused enough.

Here is this "writer's" contact information if you wish to contact him: jspencer@denverpost.com
 

It’s Time For Some Gun-Rich Zones
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"I’ve just about had it with this 'Gun-Free Zone' crap, you know? True, I live in a fairly sissy-rich environment but, usually, the only visible effects are too many restaurants with 'Chez' in their names, dogs with designer haircuts and guys wearing magenta polo shirts. ...But lately I’ve noticed and even more troubling trend. You’ve seen these little round signs with a gun and a circle and a diagonal line through it and it says “This Is A Gun-Free Zone”? And it’s like they’re proud of that or something! I’m seein’ more and more of those and it’s bothering me." ...

"When my kids were little, I taught ‘em the two best places to run for help were police stations and gun shops. ..."
 

Metzenbaum: America wants the assault weapons ban
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"A decade ago I was privileged to lead a fight with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on what for me has become a deeply personal issue: the federal ban on assault weapons. These killing machines had no place on our streets in 1994, and they have no place now. Yet as the days pass, it is becoming clear that many members of Congress are content to skip through the summer months doing nothing while awaiting this fall's greatest prize -- not the elections, but the sunset of the assault weapons ban."

"Ten years after that great victory we are facing the extinction of an important public safety law that was an unusual piece of bipartisan lawmaking. ..." ...

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You can't have it both ways! The VPC says "more than 40 gunmakers in 22 states have circumvented the ban" but Sen Metzenbaum calls it "an important public safety law".

Additionally, who cares what "America wants!" The ban is unconstitutional. Period.
 

Rep. McCarthy to give convention speech on renewing assault weapons ban
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"Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, best known nationally as an advocate for gun control, will deliver a speech at the Democratic National Convention next week urging the party to work to renew the assault weapons ban, she said Tuesday."

"Some Democrats have tried to shy away from the gun control debate in a presidential election year, fearing it will hurt candidate John Kerry's chances in swing states." ...

" 'I happen to think Republicans and Democrats around the country agree on' renewing the ban, McCarthy said."

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Could that be because both Republicans and Democrats are little more than statist tyrants whose ultimate goal is power over the citizens?
 

Assault weapon rhetoric misses mark
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" 'Expect the market to become flooded' with AK-47s and Uzis, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, author of the 1994 law banning 19 specific weapons, recently told the San Francisco Chronicle."

"This blast of rhetoric comes from people who switch to fully automatic every time the subject of guns comes up. In fact, the situation is nothing so dire as portrayed." ...

"We'll bet the assault weapon ban will expire in September, no mayhem will immediately ensue, but the easing of restrictions will be short-lived. Sooner or later, Congress will reinstitute a ban. Clearly, the government may restrict to some degree the weaponry readily available to the public. On balance, that's a good thing. Who would like to see rocket-propelled grenades and stinger missiles available at the local pawn shop? The question is, where do we draw the line? As we've watched a supposedly conservative administration pare back other civil liberties in overreaction to Sept. 11, the thought occurs to us that it might not take much to draw the line right through your gun rack."

"Then again, if people become hysterical enough about the current ban expiring Sept. 13, perhaps they'll be more than satisfied to have the line drawn at or near the current 19 assault weapons, thus preserving the status-quo. We could live with that."


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Pathetic. More of the "so long as my guns aren't banned" nonsense. When will 80 million gun owners realize a threat to one of us is a threat to all?
 

Martin Schram: Hiding on the assault-weapon issue
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... "Sadly, but hardly surprisingly, President Bush seems to have been struck silent by a campaign-season bug — leadership laryngitis — just when America's policemen and policewomen most need to hear him speaking out."

"The 10-year federal ban on cop-killer assault weapons will expire Sept. 13 — unless Congress takes the simple act of voting to extend it. Or better yet, make it permanent — and plug the loopholes that permitted copycat assault weapons to still be sold. If you really care about providing life-protecting support to the men and women who keep us safe by putting their lives on the line as they patrol our cities, towns, villages and rural highways." ...

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Ahhh, now they are "cop-killer assault weapons" . . . Funny, but there's no mention of the fact that they're used in a miniscule number of crimes.
 

CA: Resident shoots burglar with own gun and gets busted
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"A man suspected of breaking into a Fell Street apartment Tuesday afternoon found himself tumbling down stairs and running from a hail of bullets after the resident interrupted the burglary, San Francisco police said."

"The alleged burglar, whose name has not been released, remained in surgery with several gunshot wounds some eight hours after the 1 p.m. incident, Officer Maria Oropeza said."

"The man apparently was shot with the gun he brought to the home near Fell and Scott streets, and the home's resident, 29-year-old Harvey Williams, has been arrested on assault charges, Oropeza said." ...

"It was on the sidewalk, as the alleged burglar was running away, that Williams' actions turned from self-defense to assault with a deadly weapon, Oropeza explained."
 

CA: Victim shoots alleged burglar with own gun and is arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (Another report)
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"After a suspected burglar pulled a gun on a Western Addition resident coming home Tuesday, the two men wrestled for the weapon before the resident shot the fleeing suspect, police said."

"The 1 p.m. shooting at an apartment in the 1100 block of Fell Street left the alleged burglar hospitalized with several gunshot wounds. Police arrested the home's resident, Harvey Williams, 29, for assault with a deadly weapon."

"The alleged burglar, whose name is not being released, was in surgery Tuesday night at San Francisco General Hospital. The suspect will face charges of burglary, robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm, Officer Maria Oropeza said." ...
 

DC: Teenagers Wield a Pen Against Youth Violence -- 2 D.C. Finalists Honored for Essays
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"Anthony D. Carter sees reassurance in the metal detectors and X-ray machines inside the entrance to his junior high school in Southwest Washington. From his perspective, the devices are a buffer, helping to shield the classrooms and hallways from the violence that is commonplace on the District's streets."

"' I do not walk around outside by myself,' Anthony, 13, wrote in an essay assigned by his English teacher in the spring. 'The only way I would go out, is if I am with a buddy or family member.' " ...

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But guns are banned in the District! Why would they need metal detectors in schools or a buddy to walk the streets?

Anthony sounds like he would be a bit more comfortable in a nice totalitarian utopia or concentration camp.
 

TN: Mark Lancaster Update
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"I haven't written about Mark Lancaster for the past few weeks, but I wanted to give you a quick update along with an opportunity."

"First, Mark was taken into Federal custody about three weeks ago. He is currently serving a one year term at a minimum security prison in Manchester, KY. ..." ...

"Simply put, Mark is a political prisoner. He was not a danger to society, and what he did didn't deserve jail time. In fact, I personally feel the National Firearms Act to be un-Constitutional. I know that many of my regular readers and friends feel the same way."
 

The Evidence Is Clear: President Bush Is Blocking Assault Weapons Renewal, Says Brady Campaign
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"There are only six days left when Congress is in session before the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban -- a law that President Bush pledged he'd renew as a candidate for President in 2000. "It makes no sense for assault weapons to be around our society," he said then. And another Republican leader made statements this week indicating the President can get a vote by simply asking for one."

"'President Bush is blocking a vote on the Assault Weapons Ban,' said Michael Barnes, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March." ...

"The Brady Campaign ... is planning a growing effort to save the law, with television and print advertising, phone banks, grassroots lobbying efforts across the nation throughout August, culminating in the first week in September."
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Don't get complacent folks! The antis are going to keep up the pressure, so we need to do the same!
 

MI: Michigan prisons could swell over new gun rules
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"Gov. Jennifer Granholm's vow to lock up prison parolees caught with a gun sends a tough message to the streets."

"She'll send the bill to taxpayers."

"About 400 additional prison beds will be needed during the next year for parole violators who are caught with guns or who associate with others who carry guns, according to an estimate by state corrections officials."

"By 2009, the number of additional inmates will rise to around 1,000 and then decline, corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said."

"Granholm's new parole rules will automatically put gun-toting parolees behind bars for 5 years or the remainder of their last maximum sentence, whichever is less. Convicted criminals on probation would be prosecuted for a 5-year prison term if they are caught with a gun."
 

IL: More cretinism out of Wilmette
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"The Village of Wilmette may ban the sale and possession of airguns, just a few months after receiving national attention for prosecuting a homeowner who used a handgun to stop an alleged home invader who broke into his house twice in less than 24 hours."

"The Wilmette Public Safety Committee has scheduled a meeting ... for public comment on a proposal to ban airguns, including air rifles, air pistols, BB guns and paint ball guns."

"Democrat State Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg of nearby Evanston supports the prohibition and distributed a model airgun-ban ordinance to Wilmette and other municipalities in the area. Wilmette Police Chief George Carpenter said village staff reviewed the model ordinance and liked it." ...
 

Cost of Government Day Report, 2004
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"According to an annual report of the Washington, DC based Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), July 7th, 2004 marks Cost of Government Day (COGD), the date in the calendar year when Americans have paid off their share of federal, state and local government spending and regulations. As COGD falls on July 7th, Americans now work more than half of the year - 189 days - to pay their share of the cost of government. Americans work one day less than last year, but this comes after a 10 day jump between 2000-2003. Eighty percent of that increase comes from federal spending."
 

PA: "Free" gun locks offered in Greensburg
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Free gun locks will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the rear parking lot of Greensburg City Hall, 416 S. Main St.

The gun locks can be used on any firearm, semi-automatic rifle and shotgun, Greensburg police Chief Walter "Wally" Lyons said.

The gun locks are being distributed in conjunction with the Summer In the City festival in downtown Greensburg and is being sponsored by Greensburg and South Greensburg police, as well as the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Department.

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KABA Notes:
A) "Paid for by taxpayers" is not the same as "free".
B) Trust education and training, not mechanical devices!
 

The ACLU vs. Religious Liberty
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"The ACLU protects the freedom of gay marriage, pedophilia, and abortion, but when it comes to religious freedom, some religious people might find themselves discriminated against. The U.S. Equal Employment Commission reported that religious discrimination has gone up an overwhelming 82% over the past eleven years. ... This is very scary news for people of all religions."

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The ACLU also claims that the right to keep and bear arms is a collective right reserved for militias and won't lift a finger to help protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights. To them, the Constitution is little more than a pick-and-eat buffet.
 

South Africa: Radio reporter mugged on air
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"A South African radio reporter went a little more live than anticipated when he was mugged on air for his cellphone."

"Regan Thaw of the Johannesburg area Talk Radio 702 was about to deliver an on-site report from a local squatter settlement when one of the locals pulled a gun on him."

" 'I asked him a question but got no response, I just heard shuffling and muffled voices in the background,' said 702 news editor Katy Katopodis, who was on air with Thaw at the time."

" 'He had a gun held to his head and he was told 'give me your phone' ... (the man) threatened to kill Regan if he didn't hand over the phone and his belongings.'" ...

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But the mugger undoubtedly was registered and licenced by the government, right?
 

WI: A mangled interpretation of McCain-Feingold law
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"Perhaps the worst law of all is the one of unintended consequences."

"We have to believe that is the case with one portion of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law which bars corporate-funded advertisements that mention a 'clearly identified candidate' within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election."

"That ban is getting a most distorted reading here in Wisconsin where a chain of car dealerships - Russ Darrow Group - is wondering if it has to drop all its car advertising for a month or two in order not to interfere with the senate candidacy of the firm's namesake founder - Russ Darrow." ...

"Yet strangely enough the Federal Elections Commission appears very likely to hold that that the car dealership must stop advertising during the days before the September primary and maybe the November election." ...
 

VA: Oh deer, you're everywhere now -- Nearly 1 million call Va. home, double the number at Jamestown's settling
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"Are there too many deer in Virginia?"

"The answer depends on whom you ask."

"For every person who hates to see deer crumple her car or raid his garden, there are others who want to see more of the dewy-eyed creatures."

"'There's this tug of war,' said Nelson Lafon, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries."

"Nearly 1 million deer roam Virginia - more than twice the estimated number that were here when the Jamestown settlers arrived nearly 400 years ago."

"In an innovative program, 16 middle and high-school science teachers braved poison ivy, ticks and chiggers last week to study the ways deer affect Virginia." ...

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And yet, while the deer get more populous, it is getting more and more difficult to find places to hunt them. Instead, police with "assault" weapons go out and blast the critters away.
 

CA: Police chiefs call for renewal of gun ban
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"The federal assault-weapons ban should be renewed and improved because the gun industry has made slight changes in its weapons to evade the law, East Bay police chiefs and anti-violence advocates said Tuesday."

"With a table of seized guns as a backdrop, Oakland Police Chief Richard Word and acting Richmond Police Chief Charles Bennett called on President Bush to urge Congress to renew the 10-year-old ban that expires Sept. 13."
 

New England sees decline in police recruits
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"Police agencies from around New England are seeing a decline in potential recruits and nobody knows why, leaving some law enforcement officials scratching their heads about what to do."

"Despite a sluggish economy and limited job growth nationwide, usually two factors that contribute to a spike in interest, applications and people testing for police jobs have declined significantly in recent years."

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All the more reason for citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms. Police cannot be everywhere, and with their numbers on a potential decline, citizens must take responsibility for their own safety.
 

India: Cobra’s 'venom' will stun eve-teasers
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"Girl students have got a new weapon to tackle eve-teasers and assailants — Cobra cans."

"After discussions with city colleges, the Vijayawada Police Commissionerate has recommended that all girl students facing trouble from eve-teasers carry Cobra cans which can spray a pepper filled concoction into the eyes of the attacker, immobilising him."

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And what would happen during a strong wind that could conceivably carry some of the spray into the would-be victim's face?

NOTE: The innocuous sounding term "eve-teaser" refers to men who singly or in groups grope (sexually assault) women.
 

PA: Teacher acquitted in stabbing of boyfriend, scolded by judge
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A kindergarten teacher was acquitted today in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend but was scolded by a the judge who ruled it was likely self-defense.

Allegheny County Judge John Zottola told 29-year-old Shannon Smith of Pittsburgh she was innocent but that didn't mean was blameless in the November stabbing.

During her trial, Smith admitted that she had initially lied to police about the November 17th stabbing of her live-in boyfriend, 35-year-old Franklin Rose. Smith initially told investigators that Rose may have stabbed himself or was killed by enemies.

Later, she admitted that she got a knife from Rose as they struggled during a fight and stabbed him in self-defense. Smith testified that Rose abused and sold drugs and became enraged when she said she wanted to break up with him.
 

Philippines: Notorious 'death squad' kills 3 in a day in this "Brady Paradise"
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"Summary killings in Davao City are not only continuing, they are accelerating with three people, including a woman, being shot dead by unknown assailants within an eight-hour period Wednesday."

"The spate of killings jacks up the number of summary execution victims since January this year to 48."

"First to fall were Emilio Verano, 54, carpenter, of Purok 2 in Barangay 76-A, Quezon Boulevard, and Arlene Abellana, 32, housewife, resident of Bayco in Bankerohan."

"Verano and Abellana were reportedly playing mahjong at around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday when they were gunned down."

"A few hours later, a man who had just brought his children to school was shot dead by one of three men in a motorcycle around 7:30 a.m."
 

UK: Gunman blasted cat
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"SWEEP the cat really does have nine lives after surviving being shot eight times by his sadistic owner."

"The abused pet was blasted six times in the head and twice in the body by Nigel Gardiner, but has made an astounding recovery."

"Unemployed Gardiner, 36, of Mottingham Road, Eltham, appeared at Greenwich Magistrates' Court on Tuesday last week and admitted riddling Sweep with air rifle pellets."

"District Judge Peter Wallis banned him from keeping pets for 10 years and gave him an 80-hour community service order."

"An x-ray found six air rifle pellets lodged in Sweep's skull and two in his body. Vets had to remove his left eye because of the damage done by the pellets." ...
 

ME: Gun owners urge against renewal of ban
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"A group of Maine gun owners say the U.S. Congress should not renew a federal ban on assault weapons."

"Jeff Weinstein of the Maine Gun Owners Association says the ban -- which is set to expire in September -- inhibits the Second Amendment, and the types of guns banned are no more dangerous than other weapons."

"He says gun owners are worried that renewing the ban might lead the way to future bans on other types of guns."

"Weinstein and a handful of other protesters protested outside a Portland rally Tuesday, where law enforcement officials and others urged President Bush and Congress to renew the ban."
 

MN: Fast ruling sought on gun law appeal
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"The Minnesota Supreme Court should hear an accelerated appeal of a decision striking down the permit-to-carry law because it raises questions that could paralyze the legislative process, Attorney General Mike Hatch said Tuesday."

"Ramsey County District Judge John Finley's ruling declaring the gun-permit law unconstitutional also is causing hardships for law-enforcement agencies and should be stayed while it is appealed, attorneys for the state argued in court filings." ...

"Hatch said Tuesday that Finley's ruling raises a key question about how courts will interpret the state Constitution's requirement that laws embrace only one subject."

"Uncertainty about that legal standard could 'paralyze the process. ... There are many bills passed that have more than one proposal,' Hatch said." ...

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Not that paralyzing the legislative process would necessarily be bad . . .
 

NC: Murder suspect pleads not guilty
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"The alleged ringleader in the 2002 murder of 89-year-old Lois Cannady pleaded not guilty Tuesday." ...

"Lee lived near Cannady at the time of the June 2002 slaying and allegedly led four other suspects to her home on Valleydale Drive, where she was gunned down as she tried to call 911."

 

Democrats block 6th judge pick
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"Democrats lodged a filibuster yesterday against a nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, accusing him of being an 'anti-environment activist.' "

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Hmm, so it's not about "will he judge righteously according to the constitution?" (as is his/her responsibility), but rather will he/she judge according to our agenda?

Shameful.
 

VA: Pistol packing
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"A few folks in Northern Virginia must have been all stirred up by some 'Gunsmoke' reruns. Police dispatch lit up when six men were spotted with guns at a Fairfax restaurant this month. They weren't off-duty or undercover police officers. They weren't federal agents. They were six citizens 'just exercising their rights,' they told police who arrived on the scene." ...

"It's legal. But is it safe? Is it intelligent? Is it necessary? Does it add to the richness and fullness of our culture?"

"One can only hope that the owners of private establishments stick to their rights and make their property off limits to wannabe cowboys openly toting firearms. One hopes, too, that common sense prevails and that people leave their guns at home unless they're going hunting or target shooting. If there's a surge of people exercising their rights to carry guns in the open, well, sooner or later that could lead to situations that get handled in ways that harm innocents. Then the pistol-packing citizens will find out about their Sixth Amendment rights - the ones that guarantee speedy and public trials."

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Once again the Chicken Littles are running around clucking "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Open carry is legal. Peaceable citizens do it every day. There is no blood in the streets.

Is it safe? Yes - no peaceable citizen exercising his or her rights has killed anyone.

Is it intelligent? Why not?

Is it necessary? "Necessity" is not a prerequisite to exercise constitutional rights.

Does it add to the richness and fullness of our culture? Who cares?
 

Knights in Shining Armor?
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"Standing alone, independent of everything else, I don't really have any problem with cops carrying concealed firearms -- or with anyone else, for that matter, until they decide to become a threat to me. The problem that I have with this issue is simple: police can, normal citizens can't."

"So what's wrong with that? All sorts of things."

"I use the analogy to knights because I think it gets the point across quickly and easily, and (as an avid reader of medieval fantasy novels, collector of swords, etc) it's one that comes naturally to mind. Knights are warriors, considered better than the common peasant. Knights have more rights than peasants; they are allowed to carry arms where a peasant would be denied that right. Even in areas where a peasant is technically allowed arms (say, a bow for hunting, or a sword) the knight is subject to fewer questions and challenges for his decision to go armed."

"Furthermore, in many cases a knight could kill a peasant with impunity: simply invent an imagined threat or insult, and the nobility (which in that time usually acted as judges) would accept the explanation. Only the most notorious of knights could expect censure for their actions. The Samurai, for example, are widely known to have tested their swords (and their own skills) with human victims; mostly corpses or criminals, but 'execution by sword tester' was not unknown."

"In short, knights were 'like us, only better'."
 

UK: A woman claims she has received more death threats after complaining about anti-social behaviour on a Paignton housing estate
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"The woman was featured in Monday's front page story in the Herald Express which included a picture of a man appearing to point a gun at a passer by on the Queen Elizabeth Drive estate. Residents have since insisted that the weapon being brandished is nothing more harmless than a bottle of pop."

"But the mother at the centre of the storm has revealed how one youth, waving a copy of the paper in his hands, allegedly threatened to get a gun and shoot her in the head within hours of the story hitting the streets."

"She immediately called police who 'turned up in force' to investigate the threat made against her."
 

UK: Gun fired outside city nightclub
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"Police in Glasgow are looking for man in his 20s who fired a gun outside a nightclub early on Wednesday morning."

"A 25-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were hurt when the weapon, believed to be a shotgun, was fired in Sauchiehall Street at about 0315 BST."

"Neither was seriously injured but the man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment to his hand."

"Detectives say the street would have been busy at the time and would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened."
 

NY: Cop under suspicion in subway blast
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"Police are investigating whether a subway blast in Times Square Monday that injured a police officer might have been the work of the officer, who was recently granted a Sept. 11-related psychological disability, law enforcement sources said yesterday."

"The officer, Joseph Rodriguez, had been on the verge of being fired last week for unclear reasons when the department granted him the disability for problems 'rooted in 9/11,' sources said." ...

"Officially, police would say only that Rodriguez was approved for a psychiatric disability pension on July 14. It was unclear if he was still allowed to carry a gun."
 

IN: Gun shop shot down again
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"The 5-0 vote was to deny Whickcar's request for reconsideration of his petition for a variance. The board rejected the petition last month when Whickcar failed to show up. Whickcar apologized to the board Tuesday, saying he was confused about the date of the meeting."

"A member of the Air Force Reserve for 18 years and a lineman for the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. for 15, Whickcar said he owns '27 or so' guns, including a half-dozen handguns and the rest sports guns, rifles and shotguns." ...

"He needed the variance to qualify for a federal license to sell guns. ..."
 

UK: Gun violence an "epidemic"
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How can it be? Guns are banned in the UK!

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"POP star Jamelia last night made an impassioned plea to Tony Blair to tackle Britain's soaring gun culture."

"The R&B sensation - who was brought up in the tough Handsworth area of Birmingham, where gun crime has exploded in recent years - urged the Prime Minister to address what she dubbed an 'epidemic'."

"She told the Daily Mirror: 'Gun culture does concern me - not in a personal way, but because it's so popular at the moment.' "

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All well and good for someone who likely has armed guards to protect her. Who will protect the disarmed citizens?
 

NY: City Hall honors slain councilman
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"A City Hall lounge that City Councilmembers use daily to make phone calls and confer with each other was named after slain Councilman James Davis yesterday." ...

"Noting Davis' activism against gun violence, the mayor said he sent letters yesterday to congressional leaders asking their support for gun control legislation."

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Some of the toughest gun control laws in the country didn't stop this murder, but MORE gun control laws will?
 

IL: Burglars looking for any easy mark? Try Wilmette
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"The Village of Wilmette obviously values the safety of burglars more than that of its residents, and the residents evidently agree because they elect and re-elect those fools. Why don't they just put up a billboard in Chicago? 'Dear Burglars, Please come to Wilmette and burgle us. We're a nice rich town and none of us have any way of defending ourselves.' "

"Don't these people get it? Burglars love gun control. ...All gun control accomplishes is to guarantee the safety of burglars and the helplessness of their victims. But no, suburban housewives think that guns endanger their children more than the burglars."
 

KY: Man who killed bear rejects plea bargain
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"An eastern Kentucky man charged with illegally killing a bear in his backyard has refused to plead guilty in order to avoid the possibility of jail time, opting instead to have his case heard in front of a jury."

"Terry Brock, 36, of Mayking, said the bear was a renegade and that he killed it to protect his family."

"The Letcher County man faces from 30 days to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted. He said the county prosecutor offered a plea bargain that would have required no jail time but he would have had to pay a $250 penalty, give up his hunting privileges and the heirloom 30-30 caliber rifle he used to shoot the bear."

" 'I didn't want to do that,' Brock said. 'I don't feel 'like I did anything wrong.' " ...
 

IN: Suspect shot while being cuffed.
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What if you did this, would you get the same treatment?

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"A police officer mistakenly shot a man during a narcotics raid Friday morning at a home in the 4400 block of Wabash Avenue."

"Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said a 23-year-old man was shot in the finger and buttocks as he was being handcuffed. He said the gun accidentally discharged as the officer was placing his gun back into its holster. ..."

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Maybe if he'd kept his finger off the trigger...
 

UK: Ex-hotel boss on gun charge
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"A FORMER owner of Morecambe's Midland Hotel has admitted possessing two high voltage stun guns which were seized during a raid on his home by the Serious Fraud Office."

"Lincoln Fraser, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing the guns, said to be similar to cattle prods, at a court appearance in Lincoln."

"They had been seized by police officers investigating the collapse of his offshore investment group Imperial Consolidated.
Fraser was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £118 costs. The guns will be destroyed."
 

CA: Chance for kids to learn safe hunting practices
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"In September, the California Deer Association will begin taking kids and young teen-agers on a series of chaperoned junior hunts on a state land preserve northeast of Gilroy."

"In preparation, they’ll be teaching young people next week how to hunt safely."

"The Deer Association, based in Salinas, invites kids up to 16 years of age to sign up for the 10-hour hunter safety class, which will take place on July 30 and 31."

"Henry Coletto, a Santa Clara County fish and game warden for 37 years and currently the sheriff’s resident expert on mountain lions, will help teach the class. Coletto sits on the Deer Association’s board of directors." ...
 

UK: Neighbours' fears at gun man's threats
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"A MAN threatening to shoot himself sparked a major security scare on a crowded Norwich estate."

"Dozens of police swooped on the Netherwood Green area, in Long John's Hill, at 5.40pm yesterday trapping hundreds of people in their homes."

"An ambulance crew had been called to the house after claims that somebody had fallen down a flight of stairs."

"When they arrived they found a 49-year-old man waving a shotgun."

"They called for police back up and within minutes, dozens of officers were on the scene — some armed — and negotiations began to bring the man out alive."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
[The American Colonies were] all democratic governments, where the power is in the hands of the people and where there is not the least difficulty or jealousy about putting arms into the hands of every man in the country. [European countries should not] be ignorant of the strength and the force of such a form of government and how strenuously and almost wonderfully people living under one have sometimes exerted themselves in defence of their rights and liberties and how fatally it has ended with many a man and many a state who have entered into quarrels, wars and contests with them. — George Mason, "Remarks on Annual Elections for the Fairfax Independent Company" in The Papers of George Mason, 1725-1792, ed Robert A. Rutland (Chapel Hill, 1970).

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