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Afghanistan: Ban on weapons help ease tension in Sholgara
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"One of Afghanistan’s most volatile districts is leading attempts to end the country’s gun culture by banning all weapons in public as part of a multi-ethnic disarmament agreement. Gun-toting militiamen have been barred from the centre of this town in northern Balkh province by local officials in a bid to lower tensions between rival commanders which have had a habit of boiling over into gun battles."

"The central government announced plans last week for the formation of a national disarmament commission but Sholgara is the first district to put the plan into practice on a local level."
 

Howard Phillips: U.S. Can't Attack Iraq Unless Congress Declares War
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There is no war on terrorism. Congress has not declared any such war."

"With those words, a three-time presidential hopeful told a weekend seminar sponsored by Accuracy in Academia that President Bush should not go to war with Iraq without the constitutional blessing of a formal declaration of war."
 

Soldiers, not cops
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"No idea, it has been said, is so bad that it can't be debated. But some - like the suggestion now floating around Washington that the Posse Comitatus Act be relaxed to give the military a domestic law-enforcement role - should not get much time on anyone's agenda. It counters core American beliefs and presents the potential for problems, and dangers, this country does not need."
 

Pregnancy registration like gun registration?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Earlier this year, the body of a newborn baby, 24-48 hours old, was discovered in the trash at the local recycling center."

"Sheriff Chuck Eddy, desperate to find the mother, subpoenaed the records of all pregnancies from the local Planned Parenthood."

Said Jill June,president of P.P., "Imagine the police knocks on the door, 'I see you were pregnant three months ago, where's the baby? If you had a miscarriage prove it. If you had an abortion prove it. Produce the child for police to see.'"
 

Gun-hating Sen. Chuck Schumer opposed reforms that would have protected investors
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"FOR MONTHS NOW, Congress has reverberated with tough talk about cracking down on shady accounting and corporate greed. 'If you really want to clean up the system, you have to do something with teeth,' said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y."

"But Arthur Levitt says that in his eight years as chairman of the SEC, Congress was part of the problem."

"Schumer received $340,000 from the accounting industry over 11 years, the second most of any member of Congress."

"Schumer declined to be interviewed."
 

Brady campaign highlights record of NRA's A-rated Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two days after naming Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) to its 2002 "Dangerous Dozen" list of candidates with dismal records on gun violence prevention, the
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March launched a new Web site that highlights Dingell's historic and prominent opposition to sensible gun laws. The site may be
viewed at http://www.dingellandguns.com."
 

VA: Lawyer questions if shots fired at copter -- Defense cites 'mental health issues' (followup)
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WILLIAMSBURG - "A lawyer for a man charged with firing an assault-style rifle at a helicopter said the shooting likely was a figment of his client's imagination."

"I have serious reservations to whether he ever fired a gun," said Pat Kelley, a Williamsburg lawyer representing John Chwaszczewski. "I think he probably has some mental health issues."

"Chwaszczewski said he cut up the rifle (AR-15) with a saw shortly after the incident and threw it away."
 

UK: Mother, daughter must battle armed robbers with bare hands
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A BRAVE mother and daughter battled with armed robbers who raided their Lakeside shop on Thursday night."

"Three men, one carrying a gun, broke into the living quarters above Gentry's Store, Farm Road, to gain access to the shop at about 10.30pm."

"Shopkeeper Pam Price was in the office and her daughter, Lindsey, was in the main store."

"Miss Price, 24, said: "Before I could press the panic button, I had this man on me."

KABA NOTE: If these women had pulled out a firearm and shot these villains, chances are very high they'd be in jail, and the "Home Office" would consult the surviving thugs as to whether or not to charge the women they attacked. If they'd used a banned handgun in self-defense -- like the one these violent thieves used against them -- the women would be headed for prison.
 

UK: Police recover weapons arsenal that include several machineguns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An arsenal of high-powered assault rifles and machine guns which could have found their way into the hands of London's most deadly criminals has been recovered by police, Scotland Yard said today."

"The cache, understood to have been imported from Eastern Europe, contains three assault rifles including an AK47, an SLR - a gun formerly used by the British Army - and another assault rifle similar to an M16."
 

Former police deputy 'inadvertently kept' machineguns from previous job
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two automatic firearms obtained years ago by a Smith County constable were missing when a new constable took office this month and learned they were at the home of a fired deputy constable, authorities said."

"The 9 mm Steyer-Daimler fully automatic machine guns were purchased in 1991 after a deputy constable donated money to then-Precinct 3 Constable Rick Waller."

"The high-powered weapons, which were only available for sale to a law enforcement or government agency, were not on the department's inventory and were missing from an evidence locker when a new constable took office."

"Waller, now the Whitehouse police chief, said he was confronted earlier this month about the missing guns by his successor, veteran lawman Danny Smith."

"Smith said he learned of the machine guns days after he took office through another deputy but they were nowhere to be found during an evidence locker search. Federal firearms agents couldn't help because Smith had no serial numbers, he said."

"Waller said he asked his ex-chief deputy about the missing guns and he acknowledged he inadvertently kept them."

GET THIS: "Waller said the constable's office purchased the two machine guns at a reduced price in May 1991 through a special mail offer from the manufacturer of the firearms. The offer, Waller said, was restricted to law enforcement agencies. ... Waller recalled paying $100 to $200 for each gun but does not remember where they were mailed from, and said he does not have the receipts. ... Waller assumed he did not record the gun purchases with the auditor because they amounted to less than $500."
 

Police group asks Justice Department to investigate 'assassination' remarks
Submitted by: wildbeall

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At a news conference after the videotape was shown, [sean] Baker [a member of the Oklahoma City chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] said:

"It's getting to the point now where the community is outraged and beginning to think they have to take to the streets and begin retaliating. Of course, we don't want that to happen, but I think the only message the police officers will understand is when they have to start passing flags to the wives and paying some death benefits. Nothing else has worked."

Maybe it will take some death benefits like he said, but if a white man said that it wouldn't take an investigation -- he would be in jail.
 

Daily Terrorism-related News Site
Submitted by: shots, TerrorismDigest.com
Website: http://terrorismdigest.com

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Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know about my new site, TerrorismDigest.com. This is a "sister site" to FirearmNews.com, my other site. You may want to drop by once a day to check for stories, as we update the site throughout the day with new news items.
 

WA: Summer biathlon enables athletes to run and gun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Running a mile, then picking up a rifle and squeezing off five shots at a target didn't seem like the ultimate challenge for Meghan Vallor.
But when Vallor decided to follow her older sister Christin and take up the Summer Biathlon, the Liberty sophomore discovered that the sport was very challenging."

"When I watched her (Christin) it didn't seem that bad. I discovered that it takes a lot of effort."
 

PA: Former MMM chapter co-president: "What happened to our dues?"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Mt. Lebanon meeting called by the executive director of CeaseFire PA was billed as an update on efforts to prevent gun violence in Pennsylvania communities."

"But it got sidetracked some by two of 19 attendees who asked questions about and raised issues with Bryan Miller concerning what happened to their group."

"How did it happen that the Million Mom March in Allegheny County ceased to exist?" said Michelle Dreyfuss of Mt. Lebanon, who had been co-president of that chapter. "Without our votes, without our consent, the chapter ceased to exist. People paid memberships. What happened to our dues?"
 

Mexico: City announces crackdown on gun distribution centers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Mexico City Attorney General's Office (PGJDF) is honing in on illegal gun distribution centers, capital authorities announced this week."

"Specifically, we're talking about guns being sold in the Cuauhtemoc, Gustavo A. Madero and Iztapalapa districts," Damian Canales Mena, head of the city's investigative police, told the local press."

"He added the sprawling open-air market of Tepito was one of the largest distribution centers."

"According to capital police chief Marcelo Ebrard, the problem of illegal arms circulating among criminals remains a serious and intensifying problem."

KABA NOTE: They already banned or very strictly limited civilian possession of firearms. And, like the drug ban, the gun ban isn't working either.
 

General: U.S. Military Doesn't Want Police Power
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Despite the specter of new attacks on the United States, the U.S. military opposes any move to give civilian police powers to the armed forces to protect Americans, a top Army general said on Wednesday."

"Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Keane spoke as the government began to examine possible changes in an 1878 'posse comitatus' law that forbids the military from making arrests and undertaking other law enforcement duties except in dire emergencies."
 

California man organizing group to patrol Arizona-Mexico border
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A California man is organizing a group of volunteers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border."

"Glenn Spencer said his new organization, American Border Patrol, will use electronic devices to track and report illegal activities to regular law enforcement agencies beginning Sept. 1."

" 'Today's technology can be used to provide information to regular Border Patrol agents, giving them more eyes to see where the problems are,' said Spencer, of Sherman Oaks, Calif."

"One state legislator said if the group sets up shop in Cochise County it will create more divisiveness in the community." [And we wouldn't want to divide the community between those who support the law and those who don't, now would we?]

No word on whether these folks will be armed.
 

Just Say NO! to the Federal Government
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"Back in the 80s, Nancy Reagan championed a 'War on Drugs' campaign that featured as its slogan 'Just Say NO!' From what I could determine, the only people who took the slogan seriously, who imagined it would do anything to stem the use of drugs, were the drug warriors themselves. Everyone else pretty much laughed at or ignored it. But Nancy was right. She was just right about the wrong thing."

"The real target of her 'Just Say NO!' campaign should have been the Federal government itself."
 

MN: Police sharing tips on women's assaults
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"Police agencies in two counties are looking into the similarities in a string of early morning sexual assaults against women — many of whom awoke to find the assailant in bed with them."

"Eight similar assaults have occurred in northern suburban communities..."

"Authorities do not want to unnecessarily alarm women, but they stressed the need for 'sensible precautions'.'

A PRIMARY 'SENSIBLE PRECAUTION': Have your firearm in reach and be mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually ready to put a hole through a rapist's black heart.
 

NY: Unarmed robbery victim, unable to defend himself, jumps from fifth floor to escape
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"An employee of a midtown handbag store was critically injured yesterday when he jumped out of a fifth-story window after two gunman walked into the shop and pointed their weapons at him and the store's owner, police said."

"The employee, a man in his 20s whose name was not released, was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan, where he was listed in critical condition."

"Police said the incident occurred about 3 p.m. when two men entered AMC Inc. on the fifth floor of 336 W. 37th St. and placed handguns at the heads of the employee and the store's 34-year-old owner."
 

So What Does a Freedom Lover Do NOW?
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"Everything -- beyond a few acres of New York, Arlington, Virginia, and Pennsylvania -- looks normal. But nothing is normal. We’re suspended somewhere between a reign of terror and World War III, with no idea where we’re going."

"There are only two certainties: that there will be more violence (pray that it’s aimed only at the guilty) and that our own government, in the name of 'safety' and 'security,' will launch an all-out assault on American freedoms."
 

ID: Teen gets mere 120 days for killing at party
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Timberline High School graduate Blake McDonald was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail followed by six years' probation and community service for accidentally killing another teenager at a party."

"Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail imposed the sentence, which was agreed to two months ago when McDonald, 17, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the December shotgun slaying of Phillip Tinney, 15."

"McDonald took a shotgun into a party as a prank, not realizing it was loaded when he pointed it at others and pulled the trigger. Tinney was killed and a second teenager wounded."

"Bail ordered McDonald to spend 1,000 hours of community service teaching other teenagers about gun safety."
 

UK: Yet another deaf woman violently assaulted by street thug
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From the land that is "more civilised" than America...

"A deaf pensioner has been punched and mugged in the street in Teesside."

"Cleveland Police say the attack happened close to the home of the 61-year-old woman, who lives in Middlesbrough with her blind son."

"Margaret Kent suffered a fractured cheekbone and bloodied nose after being hit on the head and face on Tuesday morning."

"It is the second attack on a disabled person in the town after a deaf-blind man was shot in the stomach by a youth with an air rifle in June."
 

NM: Woman's ordeal has led to gifts
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An Albuquerque woman who shot a man attempting to rape her just might sleep a little easier after the gift of an alarm system."

"We have been inundated with calls from people in the community trying to help her, to make her feel a little more safe," Albuquerque police Sgt. Beth Baland said.

A Home Security company will "donate a complete home security system plus daily monitoring fees."

"The woman wrestled the handgun away from her attacker and fired it three times, hitting him twice in the upper torso. The intruder died at the scene and was later identified as Michael Robert Magirl, 51, a registered sex offender."
 

Believe me, officer, we know who good guys are
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"He is a cop in the metro area, and he said he'd share what happened only if I'd keep him anonymous. I made the deal."

"A police officer for 15 years, he was standing in a grocery store line when it happened. I'll let him start the story."

KABA NOTE: Law enforcement officers in one town just captured a couple who'd stabbed an innocent person during a robbery and left him for dead. The couple was armed and could easily have killed the arresting officers. They went in harm's way, and the community is safer. This happens every day, all across America.
 

MA: Disarmed, nervous public seeks self-defense - but not the best defense
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This article from a Massachusetts newspaper reports how scared and nervous and anxious people are -- this all comes to light after a woman was abducted and murdered at a roadside rest stop.

Part of the interview comes from a martial arts instructor who says, "When someone catches you by surprise, I don't care if you're Bruce Lee, and if you're a 100-pound woman, let's face it, it's going to be hard to stop a 250-pound guy with a knife."

Yet there is not one single mention of the most affordable, most effective, easiest to use, easiest to carry tool of self-defense ever devised: the handgun.
 

UK: Rare American revolver sells for more than 220,000 pounds
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"A rare Colt revolver made more than 150 years ago in the United States was sold at auction Wednesday for $343,550, Bonhams auctioneers said."

"The Deluxe Cased Colt Paterson No. 2 Belt Model Percussion Revolver made in New Jersey in 1840 was sold in its original mahogany case with spare parts including a bullet mold and cleaning rod."

"An unidentified bidder bought the gun, which had been found among the belongings of a woman who died in a small row house in southwest Scotland, Bonhams said. The firearm is worth more than the property itself."
 

Salt Lake Tribune: Armed Pilots Would Deter Hijackers
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"Opponents of allowing pilots to be armed have portrayed horror movie visions of pilots and terrorists shooting it out in the aisles of airliners. But the main reason for arming pilots is not so that they can re-enact the gunfight at the OK corral. The main reason for having guns for self-defense anywhere is deterrence."
 

IL: I never heard ‘police,’ wounded man says
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A man shot early Monday morning by Springfield police said officers didn’t identify themselves as they ordered him to drop his gun."

"The two officers, three-year veteran Dale Sokolik and rookie Michael Cossou, went to the 3215 W. Calhoun St. home after 1 a.m. Monday in response to an hours-old alarm call." [emphasis added]
 

NY: Upstate Police Sued Over Treatment of Abused Women
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A federal judge in Albany Tuesday refused to dismiss Equal Protection and Due Process claims in a lawsuit in which an Adirondack woman who was stabbed by her husband is accusing the town police of shortchanging victims of domestic violence."

"[Diane] Clark ... had repeatedly expressed her fears to police and had an order of protection."

"Her suit alleges a pattern of discriminatory treatment of abused women ..."
 

Agency to re-evaluate pilot gun policy (more details)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"One issue is cost. Mineta said it would cost $860 million to set up a training program, plus another $250 million to retrain the pilots every year."

[Front Sight offered to train them for free -- a LONG time ago. In other words, Mineta is full of BATF.]

"Loy also will look at whether to equip pilots and flight attendants with nonlethal weapons such as stun guns. Magaw had not made a decision before he resigned under fire last week."
 

F.O.P. Calls for National Concealed Carry -- for Cops Only
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"Steve Young, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, appeared before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary yesterday to offer testimony in support of S. 2480, the 'Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act,' at the request of the bill's sponsor, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). The legislation is the companion bill to H.R. 218, the 'Community Protection Act,' and is the top legislative priority of the F.O.P."

"This bill is not about firearms, it is about officer safety,"
Young said.

KABA NOTE: Numerous gun rights groups and leaders adamantly oppose this concept, and with good reason. Consider reading the following report before you give this bill your support:

Special Exemptions for Cops?
Public Servants Seek Immunity from Gun Laws they Enforce;
Gun Rights Leaders Say "No Thanks!"
 

Mineta reverses stand on armed-pilot issue (WND)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In a dramatic turnaround, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has ordered the new head of the Transportation Security Administration to study options for arming the nation's 70,000 commercial pilots with 'lethal force' capabilities."

" 'It is under discussion in terms of should we take another approach,' Mineta told the House Transportation Committee's aviation subcommittee during testimony on Tuesday."
 

TX: Injured teens intend to sue police officer
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A police corporal was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant last month after two men accused him of hitting them with his baton so hard that they had to have stitches in their heads."

"If we believe officers have violated the use of force, we'll take corrective actions and, in some cases, if necessary, even termination of that employee," [Police Chief Ralph] Mendoza said.

[Yeah right. Unless words are backed up with action, the result is hypocrisy.]
 

"War on terrorism notebook" - More on Mineta/pilots issue
Submitted by: serinde
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"The Bush administration is taking a new look at whether to allow airline pilots to carry guns, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Tuesday."

"Mineta testified before the House Transportation aviation subcommittee Tuesday. Afterward, spokesman Chet Lunner said Mineta was not responding to congressional pressure to arm pilots, but simply asking the new head of the Transportation Security Administration to review an old policy."
 

GAO: Destroying gun records after one day would be boon for criminals
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"Congressional investigators say shortening the time the government keeps firearm records could make it easier for criminals to get guns."

"Records on people who try to purchase guns are now kept on file for three months, but Attorney General John Ashcroft has suggested they be destroyed much sooner -- after one business day."

"Gun rights groups say keeping the records is an invasion of privacy."
 

Scotland: Gun ownership falls to record low in Scotland
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The number of firearms officially in circulation in Scotland fell to the lowest level ever recorded last year, according to official figures.
Shotgun certificates issued over the 12-month period were also at an all-time low, the Scottish Executive statistics revealed."
 

UK: Gun Charge Trainer Slams Police Over Yobs Ordeal
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A RACEHORSE trainer cleared of firing a shotgun at teenage vandals hit out at police yesterday."

"Donal Nolan said they ignored his pleas for action as the yobs destroyed his properties."

"He claimed they acted only to accuse him falsely of shooting at his tormentors."
 

Senate Considering Bill to Arm Off-Duty and Retired Cops (CNS News)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Senate Judiciary Committee is now considering legislation that would let off-duty and retired law enforcement officers carry weapons when they leave their local jurisdictions, even when they cross state lines."

"But some police organizations are slow to embrace the bill, claiming it could do more harm than good."
 

Is Crime Increasing? - Understanding the latest numbers.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"As the economic slowdown drew to a close in late June, a long run of good news about crime rates came to a screeching halt. Suddenly, newspaper headlines were screaming that 2001 saw rising crime in America for the first time in a decade. Late last week, Canada also reported slight increases in crime. Following a record-busting nine-year run of declining crime rates, the FBI reported that America had seen a two-percent crime increase last year just as the economy slid into recession."

"The bad news about crime, however, is both more and less important than it seems. On one hand, 2001's increases in crime were so tiny that Americans should not panic — yet. On the other hand, those increases reflect a worrisome retreat from the combination of effective community-oriented policing and ample investment in incarceration that have made the United States the safest large Western nation."
 

Gun-less Washington D.C.'s crime report
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The following were among crime reports recently received by the Metropolitan Police Department. For more information, call your police district station." ...

• 9 Homicides
• 6 Sexual Assaults
• Several Dozen Robberies

NOTE: Of these numerous reports, at least 29 of them involved criminal misuse of a firearm -- many of them banned handguns. It appears that criminals not only disobey the handgun ban, but that they are using it to their great advantage... as is the case in "Great" Britain.
 

NRA's Police organization bashes cops who won't support Cops-Only National Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Westphal argued against legislation that would allow qualified off duty and retired law enforcement to carry their firearms from one state to another. Yet on November 14, 2000, the Denver Post
reported that when Westphal traveled from Colorado to California to attend an IACP Convention and run for office, the brought his gun -- and got it stolen, along with his badge and uniform."

KABA NOTE: Numerous gun rights groups and leaders adamantly oppose this concept, and with good reason. Consider reading the following report before you give this bill your support:

Special Exemptions for Cops?
Public Servants Seek Immunity from Gun Laws they Enforce;
Gun Rights Leaders Say "No Thanks!"
 

FL: Florida city puts police officers on leave
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The city commission put the police force's seven officers on indefinite leave [with pay] after realizing the city charter did not give police authority to make arrests and issue citations."

"Only the acting police chief, Edwin Jenkins, remained at work Wednesday. He was deputized by the Levy County sheriff, empowering him to enforce county ordinances and state laws, City Manager Earl Cannon said."

"The issue could be brought up in criminal cases where Chiefland police made arrests, State Attorney Bill Cervone said."

"Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith said until a solution is found, he will schedule off-duty and reserve deputies to work in the town of 1,900, about 110 miles southeast of Tallahassee."
 

AGS: McCarthy-Dingell Bill Clears Judiciary Committee
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"AGS Says Bill Good for Gun Owners, Bad for Criminals"

"The bill is aimed at fixing a huge hole in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system - a hole that was first highlighted by the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation in a report last January that revealed how over ten thousand criminals got guns and how countless legitimate firearms purchases were delayed due to a faulty background check system."
 

UK: Shooting champion hailed as hero in the land that confiscated firearms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The ale flowed and they celebrated long and hard in his local pub when the conquering hero returned home from a distant land with a gun and gold in tow."

"The folk of Longparish, a lovely unspoiled village nestled in the Test Valley in Hampshire, could hardly have seemed more united in their delight for the success of Richard Faulds; one of their own who had made good, having just been crowned an Olympic shooting champion."
 

Laser gun targeted for military service 'could blind people miles away from the target'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A laser gun which can be mounted on fighter planes could be in use by 2015."

"The weapon is designed to destroy other aircraft and ground weapons."

"But some people are warning it could blind people miles away from the target."

"The 100-kilowatt infrared laser is being developed for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter by defence companies Lockheed Martin and Raytheon."

"The US claims because any danger to sight will be incidental it is exempt from the Geneva Convention's ban on blinding weapons."

"However, researchers admit that a lot of the laser light would be reflected off the target and could blind those standing nearby."
 

Kids' gun death (letter)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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See 5th Story Down on Page...

"The statistics used in the article, 'Study pans effectiveness of gun warnings on kids' (July 19), are grossly distorted in an apparent attempt to scare the uninformed."

"Accidental gun death and injury rates in children have been falling for years. The National Safety Council reported fewer than 200 such deaths of children under the age of 13 in 1995."
 

Federal ID Card: A Police State
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://ww.libertyforall.net

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"A recent poll revealed 71% of participants were willing to give up personal freedoms for safety. That appalling statistic shows the extent to which Americans have been 'conditioned' by our own government, through the mainstream media, to accept the unacceptable. It also makes it evident that our nation's citizens have become cowardly sheep who are willing to blindly follow rather than realize for themselves that individual liberties never have to be given up for safety."
 

Drivers, choose your weapons!
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CourtTV & AOL put this armed self-defense story in their section called: "Stupid Crimes & Misdemeanors". But one of the "stupid criminals" was a heroic self-defender...

"An argument between two handicapped men over a hospital parking space escalated when one man whipped out a sword, prompting the other to pull out a gun."
 

Liberals want to remove guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The liberals will not stop until they have taken your guns away."

"Some years ago I had been 'mediatized' into thinking the National Rifle Association (NRA) was bad. I believed there should be some middle ground that could provide for the public's safety. I didn't want unsupervised children or criminals to have guns and I still don't. However, I now believe that there is (Rule 1) no middle ground for liberals."
 

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As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms. — Tench Coxe in `Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution' under the Pseudonym "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1.

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