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NY: NYPD To Debut Armored Trucks At Republican National Convention -- Vehicles Can Hold 10 Officers, Have Rotating Roof-Top Turret
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The New York Police Department's newest weapon against terrorism, armored trucks, will likely debut during the Republican National Convention, according to a Local 6 News report."

"The Bearcat vehicle has steel plating designed to stop armor-piercing ammunition, bullet-resistant windows, a rotating roof-top turret and eight gun ports."

"The armored cars are equipped with lights and sirens like most NYPD vehicles and can carry as many as 10 officers."

"Radiation or toxic gas detectors and an infrared camera system are also extras on the vehicle, according to the report."

"So far, about 100 Bearcats have been built and there are orders for several hundred more." ...
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More toys for the Jack Booted Boys.
 

CA: A bullet too many? -- Man charged, but neighbors hail him as hero
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"Harvey Williams is a vigilante hero."

"That is the opinion of many of his Western Addition neighbors, who are angry that Williams faces assault with a deadly weapon charges after shooting a gun-toting crook caught intruding in his Fell Street home."

"Williams, a soft-spoken 29-year-old electrician, arrived home Tuesday at 1 p.m. to find his front window smashed and an armed burglar lurking in his condo. A wrestling match ensued, during which Williams forced the pistol from the burglar's hands, picked it up, and plugged the intruder four times as he ran down the front steps and onto Fell Street. The unidentified man was listed in stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital."

"Police say Williams went too far." ...
 

The Evidence Is Clear: President Bush Is Blocking Assault Weapons Renewal, Says Brady Campaign
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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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."
 

GA: Robbery Suspect Dies After Shootout With Waycross Clerk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Authorities say a robbery attempt ended with one of the suspects being fatally shot by the intended victim.

Roy Rhodes, a liquor store worker, told investigators he was almost to his home on Augusta Avenue early Wednesday when he heard someone behind him.

Ware County sheriff's spokesman Major Randy Royal said Rhodes, who was carrying a pistol, turned around to see two people coming toward him.

One of the robbery suspects, 20-year-old Carl Jerome White Jr., was struck in the exchange of gunfire and died at the scene.

Royal said Rhodes was shot in the leg but was brought to a hospital and is expected to recover.

The other suspect fled the scene and is being sought by investigators.
 

The Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act Signed Into Law By President Bush!
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"Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Grand Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, proudly announced that President George W. Bush signed H.R. 218, the 'Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act,' into law earlier today."

"'Today's triumph was the result of a long, hard-fought battle,' Canterbury said. 'The Fraternal Order of Police has been working toward this day for over ten years. With the stroke of his pen, the President has made real the hopes of law enforcement officers across the nation.'"
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KABA replies: All citizens are equal, but some are more equal than others.
 

NH: Groups Back Law Enforcement in Call to Ban Assault Weapons (JTO)
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"The New Hampshire Chapter of the Million Mom March, NH Ceasefire and the New England Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence hosted a press conference this morning in downtown Portsmouth to call the public's attention to the pending expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) less than eight weeks from today."

"Representatives of the groups called for a ban on the sale and possession of all assault weapons, echoing sentiment from law enforcement leaders in the Granite State. To date, 28 NH police chiefs have signed on to an official letter to New Hampshire's Congressional delegation calling for a strong and effective assault weapons ban." ...
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In a rare show of candor, they admit their goal of confiscation when they say they want to ban possession of "assault weapons".
 

Guns and Terrorism in the U.S.
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"International terrorists who have experienced a measured degree of success in Spain, Germany, and France, are in for a rude awakening when it comes to the United States."

"Unlike many European countries, whose culture and people are on the brink of extinction as a result of passive intellectualism, Americans are more than willing to stand up to terrorists in order to preserve our individualism and our liberties. We are a nation born of rebels who have fought and won wars not only to preserve our own liberties, but to preserve the liberties of other nations as well. One might even argue that, for some Americans, such a battle invigorates the spirit." ...
 

VA: Gun Owners Emboldened by New Laws
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"On July 31, thousands of gun enthusiasts from all over the area will descend on Fairfax County to browse among 1,000 vendors selling tens of thousands of firearms at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. The event, billed as "The Nation's Gun Show" by its organizers, is the first such event in Fairfax County in 40 years and one of the biggest gun shows the state has seen, said Steven Elliott, president of C&E Gun Shows, the Blacksburg company which is organizing the event." ...

"The first-of-its-kind gun show in Northern Virginia is one of several instances of muscle flexing by gun rights activists recently. In the past few weeks, several members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun organization, have been openly carrying their weapons in restaurants and Starbucks, which, in some cases, has led other diners to call the police." ...
 

What about the Children?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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Don't you just hate the phrase "but it's for the children." Oh, how I hate that phrase. Whenever you hear a politician use the words "It's for the children" what they're really saying is "we're raising your taxes, Bubba." But lets just be honest for a minute here... sit down with ole Trev and think about it... why are we (as in Libertarian activists) doing what we're doing today? Likely, we're doing it for the children.
 

Conservatives, Liberals, and other trash talk
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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Extreme right-wing Conservatives rant that the "liberals" have destroyed "our country" and are destroying our "way of life". First of all, it is not your country. You happen to share it with millions of other people, who all have just as much of a say in how things operate here as you do. You do not own America anymore than the liberals do. And quit trying to recreate 1950's "Leave It to Beaver" America and shove your "traditional family values" down everyone else's throat.
 

CA: Domestic Violence Victim Killed by Boyfriend in Calaveras County [Another Victim Who Did Exactly What The Brady Campaign, HCI, VPC, Etc. Counsel]
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"A 42-year-old woman who had sought police help in dealing with her violent boyfriend was killed by him on Tuesday. The man then turned the gun on himself."

"Susan McShane went to the sheriff's department April and said her boyfriend, 36-year-old A.J. Pugh, had attacked her and threatened her life. Police arrested Pugh. She called investigators again last week after she'd received threatening phone calls from Pugh." ...

"Investigators say McShane did all the things domestic violence victims should do. 'A restraining order was on file, and he violated that restraining order, so we ended up getting another warrant and were attempting to arrest and locate him at the time this happened,' said Undersheriff Ron McFall of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department."
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She did everything except take steps to protect herself.
 

MD: County Police Deliberately Obstructed Suspect's Rights, Court of Appeals Rules
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"The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently reversed a court ruling that found a Bowie teenager guilty of a double homicide, arguing that county police obstructed the suspect's rights, when detectives elicited a confession by interrogating the suspect for 51-hours, without a lawyer present, and held the teen past a 24-hour limit set by state law."

"The criminal case, which deals with the brutal murder of a Lanham veterinarian and his wife in 1999, shows that the court of appeals 'expressed its extreme dissatisfaction with the length and manner of interrogations' on three separate cases where Prince George's County detectives held suspects passed the legal allotted time. The court ruled that the practice was 'deliberate and designed for the 'sole purpose' of obtaining a confession.' ..." ...
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But cops would never abuse their monopoly on force or disregard the law, right Sarah?
 

Defending against Muslim aggression in Africa
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"Will Sudan finally have peace? Years of pressure by American Christians and Jews led to Secretary of State Colin Powell's peacemaking visit to the ravaged country early this month -- but any truce is likely to be short-lived as long as radical Muslims continue their attempt to force non-Muslims into submission."

"Ideally, a training program for villagers in Sudan and elsewhere would include the basics of survival: the right way to dig a trench to dispose of human waste, how to dig a well, how to provide emergency medical help and so on. But it should also teach them how to hunt and shoot, including how to shoot at a marauder who is attacking them. ..." ...
 

Rep. McCarthy to Speak at Convention; 'Democrats Show True Colors...Again,' Says Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)
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"By offering rabidly anti-gun Rep. McCarthy a plum opportunity to promote legislation expanding the ban on so-called "assault weapons" during their convention next week, the Democratic Party is once again showing its true colors to millions of American gun owners, the CCRKBA said today."

"'For months, everywhere you turned, Democrats have been out hustling gun owners for their votes, trying to portray themselves as pro-Second Amendment. Giving McCarthy a microphone proves Democrats haven't abandoned their failed gun control policies,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'What would the press be saying if Republicans allowed a recognized gun rights proponent like Rep. Don Young to urge his colleagues to let that ban expire?'" ...
 

IL: Editorial - The People's Republic of Wilmette
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"All clichés are true."

"Today’s installment: Idle hands are the devil’s workshop."

"Case in point: the municipal busybodies who run the Village of Wilmette on Chicago’s scenic and well-heeled North Shore."

"From the people who brought you the prosecution of resident Hale DeMar for using a firearm to protect his family from an intruder in his home (guns are banned in Wilmette), the Wilmette Village Board is planning to consider a local ordinance to ban airguns, including air rifles, air pistols, BB guns and paint ball guns."

"Soon the county club set will be able to sleep easy knowing that no Red Ryders will be under any Christmas trees in Wilmette this year. This assumes, of course, village apparatchiks still allow for the celebration of Christmas." ...
 

Czech Republic: Foiled rape puts spotlight on self-defense as police consider charging victim with assault
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"She could have been a rape victim."

"Instead, a woman who was attacked July 8 in Prague 11 fought back. Hard."

"The 23-year-old university student repeatedly stabbed her assailant with a penknife and then ran from the scene to a dormitory and called the police, who have not released her name."

"The incident brought a week's worth of local media attention as the assailant died of his wounds. The would-be rape victim had apparently punctured his heart."

"Police are still investigating whether the woman should be charged with bodily harm resulting in death; however, they have determined that an attempted rape occurred." ...
 

CA: SF Man Arrested After Shooting Burglar Released
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"A man who interrupted a burglary at a Fell Street apartment and ended up shooting the fleeing suspect in the back was released from jail after being arrested Tuesday, officials said Thursday."

"Harvey Williams, 29, had been arrested on suspicion of assault after the 1 p.m. incident at Fell and Scott streets, police said."

"He was released from custody Wednesday evening and charges could be filed pending further investigation, according to San Francisco district attorney spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh."

"The alleged burglar, whose name has not been released, underwent extensive surgery for 'numerous' gunshot wounds and remains in critical but stable condition, according to San Francisco police spokesman Dewayne Tully." ...
 

CA: Slain man had knife in pocket
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"The San Jose man shot in the back and killed by a state drug agent in February had a knife in his pocket that could have been mistaken for a gun -- a detail that could explain why the agent thought he was acting in self-defense."

"But critics of the evidence presented before a criminal grand jury Wednesday questioned why the man would have put the four-inch folding knife back in his pocket after being mortally wounded rather than throw it away." ...

"Several law enforcement witnesses have testified Walker told them he thought Cardenas had a gun, though police found no gun at the scene or on Cardenas. A San Jose police officer who patted down Cardenas right after he was shot also did not find the knife."

"But later, a crime scene investigator going through the slain man's bloody clothes found a folding four-inch knife with a black handle in his left front pants pocket." ...
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But according to Dewayne Tully, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police, "The issue of self-defense becomes not an issue when he’s no longer threatened. When there’s no longer a life-threatening situation, at the point when the gun was dropped and the burglar started running, it is no longer a matter of self-defense."
 

CA: Long series of mistakes led to man's death in San Jose alley
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"Near the end of verbally flaying a state narcotics agent before the Santa Clara County grand jury, Deputy District Attorney Lane Liroff summed up the pursuit that resulted in the fatal shooting of Rudy Cardenas:"

"'So you're running around the streets of San Jose with a siren after a car you can't see, for a suspect you don't know the name of, in a car you don't know the license plate of?' he asked agent Brian Link. 'Is that about it?'"

"'That's correct,' said Link, a self-contained, short-haired man whose recollection was battered again and again under Liroff's lash."

"If it didn't have such a tragic end, the events of Feb. 17 in downtown San Jose could have qualified easily for a Keystone Kops episode, a comedy of errors. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong." ...
 

IA: Officers want to renew ban
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"Sixty-two Iowa police chiefs and sheriffs have joined more than 1,000 of their counterparts nationwide in asking President Bush and Congress to renew and strengthen the federal Assault Weapons Ban set to expire Sept. 14."

"The chiefs, including those from Atlantic, Avoca, Clarinda, Denison, Harlan, Red Oak, Shenandoah and Villisca, signed a resolution requesting the action, according to Leah Woodward, a spokesperson with Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence."

"John Johnson, IPGV executive director, said police support for the ban has not been difficult to get."

"'The men and women who protect us are aware of the devastating firepower of these guns and the damage they cause in our communities.'" ...
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I find it truly ironic that the gun shown in the "gun-ban" icon appears to be an FP-45 Liberator, basically a cheap zip-gun that was air-dropped into France in mass quantities for the Resistance to use against the Nazis, since the French had been disarmed by their government years before.
 

VA: Response To Assault Questioned
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"Ruth Matthews wants to know why it took so long for somebody to respond to an emergency call she placed last Tuesday after learning that a teenage girl had been accosted by a man on the George Washington Parkway bike trail."

"'A 16-year-old girl was running and was accosted by a man with a gun ...' said Matthews, who had been running towards where the incident had happened. Matthews stayed with the girl and together they flagged down a biker, who called 911 on his cell phone."

"'We called police using 911. It took them over half an hour to respond to the scene. ...'" ...
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Police are not required to protect individuals, that is why you should carry!
 

NY: Homeowner Unlikely To Face Charges In Shooting Death
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"A homeowner who shot and killed a college student he thought was breaking into his home will likely not face more charges, authorities said Wednesday."

New York's highest court said Clinton County District Attorney Rich Cantwell does not have to present the case of Lawrence Crouthers again."

"A grand jury previously decided that Crouthers, from Plattsburgh, was acting in self-defense when he shot Andy Leroux, 21."

"A local judge wanted the district attorney to present grand jurors with lesser charges against Crouthers, but the higher court said that was not necessary." ...
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The grand jury said it was self-defense, what "lesser charges" would be appropriate for a man who defended himself and his family?
 

Advice: Scream and run [1st letter on page]
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"With all of the recent news about women being attacked and abducted, nuts running around in the parks exposing themselves and traffic flashers (from recent police and fire reports), I felt compelled to write in to tell parents to remind their kids about what to do if someone approaches them."

"I am a father of teenagers and was surprised at the response I got when I asked one of them what she would do if someone pulled up in a car, pointed a gun at her and told her to get in. The answer: 'I guess I would have to do what they say because they have a gun.'"

"This must be a myth they see in movies or TV. The right answer, I explained, is to scream and make as big of scene as possible and run the opposite way in which the car is facing." ...
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And since most states disarm their teens, this is about all a teenaged girl can do. Scream and run and hope you don't trip, and he doesn't catch you, because you are defenseless.
 

WA: Intent is gun control [4th letter on page]
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"In reference to the July 15 editorial, 'Good question Parents should ask about guns,' I am not surprised at The Columbian's position but at the comment that ASK program, being promoted by CeaseFire, is not about gun control. ASK is all about gun control."

"CeaseFire's Web site is a typical hysterical anti-gun site that shows but one side of the gun ownership issue and that with half-truths and outright lies. CeaseFire is trying to accomplish with peer pressure what they have not been able to accomplish with open legal changes. To state that the ASK program is anything but a push for gun control is a gross misunderstanding of its intent and demonstrates a naivete that has become common among news reporters when confronted with gun issues." ...
 

IL: No charges for man who chased gas thief
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"A Bluford store owner will not be charged on a weapons violation for holding at bay a teen who allegedly stole gasoline from his store. Instead, he has been asked to take training on property protection rights."

"In May, Bob Buttrum, owner of Midway Mart ... helped chase a vehicle of teens after the driver of the car allegedly pumped gas and then drove away without paying for it. Once Buttrum and several of his friends blocked the car with their vehicles, Buttrum displayed a gun and held the teens until deputies could arrive. The teen driver was later charged with theft."

"After reviewing sheriff’s department reports, Jefferson County State’s Attorney Gary Duncan said Wednesday afternoon Buttrum won’t be charged." ...
 

IN: Girl, 14, Severely Beaten In Home
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"Authorities are searching for the individuals who broke into a Fountain County home over the weekend and assault a 14-year-old girl."

"Police said one or more persons broke into the home Saturday morning and severely beat the teen." ...

"The girl, who police have not identified, remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma, RTV6's Jeremy Brilliant reported."

"The attack has left many people in the area on edge, Brilliant reported. Attica is a small city where many residents keep their doors unlocked." ...

"We just went up to Lafayette today, checking a gun shop, and we're shopping around. We're going to buy one," added Jeff Mitton." ...
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At least one person in town is wising up . . .
 

FL: FBI examines shooting in Warm Springs police chase
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"The FBI has launched an investigation into a high-speed chase on the Warm Springs Reservation in which a member of the tribal council fired six shots into an occupied car, officials said."

"While no one was injured, the incident has raised questions about the conduct of former police chief, Raymond Tsumpti, head of public safety for the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation."

"An internal review by Warm Springs police concluded that Tsumpti violated department policy by firing an unauthorized weapon and carrying a gun when he was not certified to do so, The Oregonian newspaper reported."

"Chris Elliott, the Warm Springs police officer who wrote the report, was fired from the department Tuesday after turning in his findings, his attorney said." ...
 

NY: Bomb suspect search nets zilch
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"A search of the Manhattan apartment of a police officer being investigated for possibly planting the bomb that exploded in a Times Square subway station turned up nothing that immediately connects him to the incident, law enforcement sources said yesterday." ...

"The officers removed a desktop and laptop computers and some rifles his brother, a State Trooper, stored there, according to police sources and Pat Bonanno, the lawyer for the brother's union."

"Police also seized several documents from the apartment, including federal firearms licenses. Federal firearms licenses allow people to make weapons transactions with residents in other states." ...
 

CA: Shrill vs. shrill [4th letter on page]
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IF THE NRA sounds shrill and hysterical it is so because they have had to match the tone of their opponents [Examiner View, July 5].

The history of the last 40 years shows that gun control is a failure because criminals don't obey the law.

The British banned and confiscated all handguns in 1997. The result? A skyrocketing criminal use of guns.

One must ask oneself why seemingly intelligent people continue to push for a failed policy. The answer is unknown to me but it is likely darker and more injurious to civil liberties than they will ever publicly admit.

The second ratified amendment to the Constitution was designed not to grant a right to "recreational shooting" as you fatuously state, but rather it was meant to guarantee the people of the United States (not the states themselves) the final veto over the power of the government, should that government become overreaching or a threat to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
 

UK: Judge deplores late-night violence in resort
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"A JUDGE yesterday hit out at late-night town centre violence on the North Wales coast."

"Mr Recorder Simon Parrington, sitting in Mold Crown Court, sentenced a youth to six months youth detention - to be served in addition to a sentence he is already serving for an earlier offence of violence." ...

"Mr Parrington said, 'This court deplores the all-too-prevalent violence that occurs late at night in town centres, particularly on the North Wales coast.'" ...

"Late at night in Rhyl town centre, Ingram had, on his own admission, struck another man in the face 'because you say that he called you names.'" ...
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Better ban fists!
 

Australia: Adelaide CBD under siege
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"CITY streets and buildings were locked down by police and security officers yesterday as a couple allegedly armed with a sawn-off rifle left a trail of damage along two major thoroughfares."

"At the height of the drama, the man ran through sections of the Royal Adelaide Hospital and university grounds – and tried to hijack a number of vehicles – in a desperate attempt to avoid capture."

"Shocked drivers also told how the couple's stolen white VN Holden Commodore careened down North Tce and Frome Rd, hitting other cars before crashing at the hospital."

"The incident began on North Tce about 11am, when a police patrol asked for a random check on a set of vehicle number plates." ...
 

UK: Under-fire GP surgery set to close
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"An Ulster doctors' surgery whose staff suffered a spate of shocking attacks from teenage thugs will close soon."

"The Belfast Telegraph can reveal that work on new premises to replace the beleaguered Moylinn GPs out-of-hours practice in Craigavon will start in the next month with work to be completed by September."

"The new surgery will be relocated in the grounds of the nearby Craigavon Area Hospital."

"It follows a string of assaults on staff and spates of vandalism in and around the Moylinn premises."

"Both medical and administrative staff have borne the brunt of frequent attacks over the last few years." ...
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To quote Monty Python: "Run away! RUN AWAY!"
 

UK: Search for car used in paramilitary style attack
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"Police in Londonderry were today seeking information about a car in connection with a paramilitary style shooting in the city."

"The 28-year-old Strabane victim of the attack was today recovering from a gunshot wound to his right ankle."

"Further details of the attack emerged today." ...

"There were five men on board - four in dark clothing wearing balaclavas, plus the victim who was wearing a white boiler suit."

"The victim was taken to a grass area in front of Drumleck Drive. His hands were tied and he was blindfolded."

"One of the men banged on the door of a house and called on the occupants to phone an ambulance. The victim was then shot in the ankle."

"An attempt was made to shoot him again but the pistol jammed and the gang made off." ...
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In the "gun-free" UK?!?
 

Australia: Teens fired on scared backpackers
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"TWO teenagers fired shots into a campervan as frightened foreign backpackers sheltered inside, a Cairns court was told today."

"Tennesee Caston, 19, of no fixed address, and CJ McDonald, 17, of Cairns, were today granted bail over the incident, although Magistrate Robert Spencer told them it was 'by the skin of your teeth'."

"The pair face charges of intent to cause grievous bodily harm and willful damage in relation to the campervan incident near Cairns early on Monday morning."

"They are also charged with the armed robbery of a man in a Cairns suburb later that day, and other firearm and willful damage offences after bullets were fired into a parked car and a building's window over the weekend." ...
 

UK: Drive-by gun attack on boy
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"A TEENAGE boy was shot in the arm as he and his friend ducked for cover when an airgun was apparently fired at them from a passing car."

"The 14-year-old is now preparing for surgery at the University Hospital of Wales, although his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening."

"The two teenagers were on a grass hill near Titan Road in Splott, Cardiff, at around 9.30pm on Monday night when a shot was fired at them from what looked like an airgun."

"It came from the direction of a red car which had driven past them and then turned round."

"Just after the incident, the pair tried to get help from a woman in a nearby black car, but she is believed to have driven off." ...
 

UK: This robber didn't want to deprive this shop of 20 pounds!
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In a bizarre incident, a man who entered a grocery shop with the aim of looting it went back laughing, without taking anything, when the shopkeeper told him that he only had 20 pounds.

The alleged robber even joked and asked the shopkeeper whether he was on candid camera.

According to Anannova, the man had walked into the shop, pulled out a gun and demanded cash from the staff. When they told him they only had 20 pounds he started laughing.

"I showed him how little we had and told him we had only just opened and had hardly any money yet," the shopkeeper was quoted as saying.

"He just started laughing and asked us if it was a joke and he was on candid camera and then turned and walked out. He didn't even bother taking the bit of money that we did have," he added.
 

Netherlands: Report says 15,000 guns smuggled annually
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"Research indicated on Thursday that some 10,000 to 15,000 illegal weapons are smuggled into the Netherlands each year, 80 percent of which originate from Portugal, Germany and Belgium."

"The research institute IVA and Tilburg University also said that the remainder of the illegal weapons smuggled across the Dutch border originated from former Eastern bloc nations."

"The research tracked the logistics necessary to illegally manufacture a gun, to smuggle it into the Netherlands and then sell it here. Researchers noted the inventiveness that weapons traders applied to the task, news agency nu.nl reported." ...
 

UK: Shootings in London fall by a third: Met
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"Shooting incidents in London have fallen by just over a third since the start of the year, the Metropolitan Police has reported today."

"A new team set up to tackle shootings in London, dubbed Operation Trafalgar, has had "strong results" - cutting instances of non-fatal shootings by 35%.
The total number of shooting incidents investigated by officers fell from 49 offences between January to June 2003, to 32 offences over the same period in 2004."

"Operation Trident, a team set up to tackle shooting incidents in the black community, has reported a 45% reduction in gun-related murders over the last six months; from 11 murders between January and June 2003, to six murders in the corresponding period this year." ...
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How about gun crime and violent crime overall?
 

UK: Armed Raid By Boy, 12, In The "Gun-Control Paradise" of the UK
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A MASKED schoolboy aged 12 raided a grocery store armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

But staff realised they were dealing with a small boy and told him: 'Go away, take the gun with you - and be good.'

The boy hatched the robbery as a 'joke', Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

The youngster admitted having a firearm - it wasn't loaded - and attempted robbery. He was remanded in custody until August 5.
 

Australia: Submachine-guns found in weapons factory
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"The discovery of an underground weapons factory in Melbourne producing submachine-guns fitted with silencers is a dangerous development in the context of the city's gangland war, federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison warned yesterday."

"He revealed that three Owen submachine-guns and parts to make another six had been seized from a building in Melbourne's south-east." ...

"Senator Ellison said the weapons were being made on the property but he would not say exactly where it was."

"'There is no doubt that if you manufacture an Owen submachine-gun with a 30 round clip to go with it that is a very serious weapon indeed,' Senator Ellison told The Age." ...
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So when you ban something you create a black market?
 

UK: Animal workers sickened by attack on dog
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"SANCTUARY workers say they are sickened by the brutality of a gang of thugs who tried to stone a young dog before threatening to drown it."

"The Jack Russell crossbreed was being pelted with bricks and stones on Ferryhill Road on Sunday afternoon by a gang of vicious teenage thugs."

"Other youngsters spotted it being tortured and ran for help to a nearby house when the gang threatened to throw it in a stream and drown it."

"A resident rescued the animal and took it to Animals in Distress (AID) sanctuary ... where it is recovering from its ordeal."

"Sanctuary manager Mike Brown said: 'This has really sickened all of us and, believe me, we thought we were used to most cases of cruelty.'" ...
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Better ban bricks and stones!
 

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