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George Soros and America's Coming Election Crisis - a Three-Part Series
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"'The government of the most powerful country on earth has fallen into the hands of extremists...,' writes George Soros in his 2003 book The Bubble of American Supremacy. '[T]he far right is in power in the United States... [P]resident Bush came to office without a clear mandate - he was elected president by a single vote on the Supreme Court.' With these words, Soros threw down the gauntlet. He declared the Bush presidency tyrannical and illegitimate. Unlike other Democrats, however, Soros has the money, the power and the experience to put his inflammatory rhetoric into action." ...

"Curiously, Hillary Clinton told the New York Post’s Cindy Adams on March 30 that an October Surprise would likely decide the 2004 election. "It will be outside forces – something unforeseen that suddenly happens – that tilts the election one way or the other," she predicted, with an odd note of certainty. (29)"

"Was Hillary just guessing? Or does she know something we don’t? In the remaining installments of this three-part series, we will examine further evidence that Velvet Revolution may be brewing among the Party of the Left."
 

Badnarik supportive of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the Ashcroft v. Raich case. This case may establish the final judicial ruling that federal force may not be used to undermine state medical marijuana laws."

"Later this week, the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment will probably be proposed during consideration of the Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations bill. Essentially, it would prevent the federal government from spending funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. Last year, this amendment received 152 votes, and it requires 66 more to pass this year." ...
 

WI: Police are not giving up on search
Submitted by: youngbuck

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"One small piece of missing evidence could make or break the police department’s efforts to identify a perpetrator in last Saturday’s shooting of an Oshkosh police officer." ...

"Police last week seized a number of firearms during consent searches of homes in the area, but need the bullet to match against them. Police also served a search warrant at the property they believe the shot originated from."
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Nothing but an example of our Police State in action. They are searching homes and confiscating firearms without search warrants!

KABA Notes: These "consent searches" were performed by SWAT and K-9 units. That's like an armed rapist saying "but Your Honor, she consented!"
 

WI: Oshkosh Police Conduct Door To Door Gun Confiscations
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"Following the shooting of an Oshkosh police officer Saturday night, area residents were forced from their homes, their lawful firearms being confiscated by police."

"The Oshkosh Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Unit responded to the area, with a K-9 police dog in pursuit of the perpetrator who was reported to have fled on foot."

"Citizens' guns were seized through searches of area homes. The police promised to return the firearms after forensic tests proved they were not involved in the crime. ..."

"'The message is: Hand over your guns, now!' said Corey Graff, executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners Inc. 'This is a blatant case of guilty-until-proven-innocent and an abuse of police power.'" ...
 

Clock Ticks on Extension of Gun Ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"During his campaign for the presidency in 2000, George W. Bush took a dramatic step: a vow to support the ban on assault weapons, enacted in 1994 for a 10-year period.

"'It makes no sense for assault weapons to be around our society,' Mr. Bush declared."

"Since then, the president's advisers have repeatedly affirmed his support for the ban, a position that has helped him appeal to moderate voters and demonstrate independence from the powerful gun lobby. But in the middle of a presidential election year, and with only five working days left in Congress before the law expires at midnight on Sept. 13, the issue has become a hot potato that no one in the Bush administration seems eager to touch." ...
 

Ban demonizes assault weapons
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"Newspaper editorial pages have lately become a choir in support of renewing the ban on so-called 'assault weapons.' The authors of those emotional appeals should research the issue a bit more, so they can at least get their stories straight."

"Take, for example, an editorial in the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune that stated, 'In 1993, prior to the ban, assault weapons accounted for 8.2 percent of all guns used in crime. After the ban had been in effect for three years, the proportion had dropped to 3.2 percent.'"

"Two days later, the New York Daily News editorialized, 'Before the federal ban, assault weapons were used in almost 5 percent of crimes. After the ban, that number dropped to 1.6 percent.'"

"Well, which is it? ..." ...
 

New hi-tech passport to aid travel safety
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"A technology few people heard of until recently is becoming the first line of defense in the war on terror.
This fall, the State Department is rolling out new passports that will use biometric technology to guarantee the person holding one is who he's supposed to be."

"Embedded with computer chips that hold a traveler's digitized photo and fingerprints, the new passports will be scanned by customs agents at an airport or border crossing, popping up a photo on a screen."

"At the same time, the traveler will touch an inkless scanner to make sure the fingerprints match the ones in the chip."

"The technology was once dismissed as futuristic, too expensive and an unnecessary invasion of privacy. But that changed with Sept. 11, 2001."
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The fact that it is an unnecessary invasion of privacy did not change with 9/11/01, it is just more palatable to the sheeple when packaged as an "anti-terror" tool.
 

Fed Center Using Environmental Ammunition
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"Officers aim their submachine guns at small steel targets and fire short bursts of bullets that, on impact, disintegrate into copper-colored dust."

"So-called 'green ammo -- bullets made of iron, copper and other metals less toxic than lead -- has become the norm at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, essentially the nation's largest police academy."

"Responsible for training the employees of 76 federal agencies, from the Secret Service to the U.S. Park Service police, the center has virtually created a market for unleaded ammunition that officials say poses fewer health and environmental risks." ...
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KABA asks: 76 AGENCIES?!?! There are 76 Federal agencies that have armed employees?
 

FBI Makes Progress On Gun Buyer Privacy
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"One of the top priorities of gun owners at the end of the Clinton Administration was to end the unlawful retention (for up to 180 days) of records on lawful gun buyers, kept by the FBI`s National Instant Background Check System (NICS). Though the law establishing NICS has always been clear that all records of a sale should be destroyed when the sale was completed, the Clinton Administration claimed the records were needed for 'system audits.'"

"In July 2001, the Department of Justice published a proposed regulation that would require record destruction by the beginning of the next business day. NRA, along with hundreds of concerned citizens, filed comments on the proposed rule." ...
 

Police shootings can be reduced
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"Experts point to several steps police agencies can take to reduce the number of unarmed people their officers shoot in the line of duty."
"Expand the use of less-lethal weapons such as batons, pepper spray and Tasers as alternatives to firearms."

"After police departments in Miami, Phoenix and Seattle bought the high-tech stun guns known as Tasers, shooting incidents plummeted. Tasers temporarily disable people, but the manufacturer touts them as safe."

"However, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International have expressed concern that Tasers, which leave no lasting marks, may be overused by officers. ... More than 40 people in the United States and Canada have died after being stunned, and medical examiners have linked three deaths to Tasers in autopsy reports collected by the Arizona Republic." ...
 

"Outgunned at Firearms"
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"At the rate federal inspections of the nation's licensed gun dealers are going, it will take 22 years before all are checked out. That's according to a scathing U.S. Justice Department report criticizing gun-dealer inspections by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as years behind, superficial and incomplete."

"However, the report should have stressed — along with "significant areas in the ATF's inspection program that need improvement" — the need for additional inspectors to compensate for the chronic personnel shortage the agency has endured for years." ...
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Author identifies FFL holders as the root problem of Guns, demands all FFL holders be tightly controlled by an expanded BATFE...
 

TX: Safety experts say surviving an attack should be top priority
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"In a week when residents across the city have been traumatized by a rash of home invasion robberies, police and safety experts are eager to remind people how to protect themselves."

"Anthony Ibarra, owner of Ibarra Martial Arts Police Security Concepts Institute, said it's most important for people to escape with their lives."

"'First of all, there's nothing in this world more valuable than your life,' he said. 'Everything else can be replaced.'"

"Ibarra encourages victims to comply with an attacker's wishes and try to de-escalate the situation before using self-defense."

"'What we preach is for people to say, 'Take whatever you want, leave me alone,' he said. 'Sometimes that's all it takes.'" ...
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Sounds like the same philosophy that got 3000 people killed on 9/11/01
 

NY: Store Employee Killed After Masked Men Announce Robbery
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A 22-year-old employee was fatally shot and another was pistol-whipped after three men wearing masks pushed their way into a Brooklyn store and announced a robbery, police said.

The intruders forced three employees into the back of the store on Avenue U in Gravesend after going in at about 6:45 p.m. Friday, police said in a statement.

The shooting victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he died less than an hour later. Police said the employee who was pistol-whipped declined medical attention.

The three suspects fled on foot, police said.
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More disarmed victims of victim disarmament who believed they would be safe if they did what the BGs said.
 

OH: Friends: Woman felt break positive, but died because she depended on 'paper protection'
Submitted by: George Combs II
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"Donnie Ray Sweeney and Rhonda Michelle Short bought flowers at Wal-Mart on Thursday and planted them in the yard of her new Huber Heights home."

"About 9:30 p.m. Sweeney called his mother, Brenda Barion, and told her Short was feeling positive about the break from her husband, Duane."

"A short time later, both Sweeney and Short were dead, allegedly gunned down by Duane Short." ...

"Rhonda had sought help from the courts and service agencies to remove herself from the relationship, Bentley said. She had obtained a protection order from a Montgomery County domestic relations magistrate July 16."
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Paper protection fails again.
 

CA: Robbery foiled, man shot by store clerk
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"A MacArthur Boulevard store clerk with a .38 caliber pistol and an alert Oakland officer evened the odds in an attempted armed robbery Saturday morning, police said."

"The alleged robber ended up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his shoulder and scalp."

The suspect, David Mosley, 37, of Oakland, was listed in stable condition. He was expected to be released into police custody, Oakland police investigator Darrin Downum said."

"Downum said the would-be bandit entered the store at 6349 MacArthur Blvd. at 9:35 a.m., pointed a pistol at the clerk and told him to get down on the floor."

"'The guy walks around the corner of the counter and the clerk fired at him,' Downum said." ...
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Armed self-defense works!
 

Weapons ban faces a quiet death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, her political identity forever one of grieving wife and mother, stood outside the U.S. Capitol this week holding an Uzi, as she passionately decried her colleagues' disinterest."

"Ten years ago, fueled by a flurry of public mass murders and rising disgust with gun violence, Congress handed gun advocates their worst defeat in years, passing a ban on assault weapons and limiting the number of bullets a magazine can hold to 10."

"It was a hard-fought victory, and passing it meant acquiescing to a key provision: In 2004, the ban would expire unless Congress renewed it."

"The ban expires in six weeks. Congress does not appear likely to renew it." ...
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This does not mean, however, that we can rest on our laurels. Keep the pressure on your representatives, let them know that you are watching them.
 

OH: Victim zone prohibitions fail to stop Ohio shootings
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"Wherever guns are banned, it can be assured that only criminals intent on harming others will possess guns. Should your right to self-defense stop at the door of a business that sells alcohol? Gun prohibitions in liquor establishments did NOTHING to help these victims:"

"Columbus, July 24, 2004: Accidental bump led to gunshots, victim says" ...

"Taylor said it was all so strange: His friend accidentally bumped into a man in the crowd leaving the bar. The bumped man and his buddy responded with colorful language. Then, as he and his friends walked away, the bumped man pulled a gun." ...

"Dayton, July 20, 2004: 'Gentle giant' killed in shooting, Two others injured when shots fired outside Majestic Lounge"

"An argument at the Majestic Lounge bar led to a triple shooting Monday, killing a bar employee who tried to mediate the argument, police said." ...
 

TX: 1 in 3 police shootings involve unarmed people
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"Law enforcement officers in Harris County have shot 65 unarmed people since 1999, killing 17. These incidents represent more than a third of all local police shootings, but experts call them the most preventable."

"After two unarmed teenagers were shot and killed in separate incidents last year, the Houston Chronicle analyzed 189 shootings by officers from 18 local law enforcement agencies in the past 5 1/2 years."

"Officers' actions were ruled justified in nearly all of the shootings examined. A shooting can be legally acceptable if an officer believes someone's life is in danger."

"But only half of those shot by police carried a gun or a knife. Another 7 percent held another object, such as a screwdriver, a piece of lumber or a pipe." ...
 

MA: Veteran officer charged with child molestation
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"A veteran city cop has been charged with sexually abusing his adopted daughter." ...

"Smith, a patrolman with the Taunton police department for nearly 30 years, has allegedly admitted to authorities he sexually abused his adopted daughter for more than a year, said Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Chris Markey."

"Markey said the alleged abuse occurred 'almost nightly,' from March 2000 to March 31, 2001, while Smith was divorced from his second wife."

"The girl was 7 and 8 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, Markey said." ...
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'nuff said.
 

OH: Attacked in workplace parking lot
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"Senators on the Committee which considered the bill, which was chaired by Sen. Steve Austria, saw fit to remove a parking lot exemption at the request of the cash-rich Ohio Chamber of Commerce. There is no place which can guarantee Ohioans their safety if their right of self-defense has been removed."

"A man's nose was severed and his woman friend was stabbed Friday when they were attacked in the parking lot at a city plant as they left work, Monroe police said. The suspect is the woman's former boyfriend, who remained at large, police said." ...

"Zamora recognized the man in the other vehicle as her former boyfriend, Curlis said. When she opened the door, the man stabbed her in the side, then severed Lozano's nose and stabbed him in both arms, Curlis said." ...
 

GA: Always clean guns from breech end
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QUESTION: Regarding your article on cleaning guns, is it true that one can ruin a bore by cleaning from the muzzle end? If so, how would you clean a semi-automatic or any other gun that does not give access from the breech end?

ANSWER: Many gun manufacturers are crowning the muzzles to protect the sharpness of the lands and grooves. Even so, it is easy to damage the rifling with a brush or cleaning rod. Damaging the lands or grooves can quickly ruin the accuracy of a good rifle. For this reason, it is good advice to remove the bolt whenever possible, to clean the bore from the breech end."

"For those guns that do not give access to the breech end, there is a special cleaning tool. The one that I use is called the Snake. ..." ...
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Poster's Note: I am not an employee of, nor affiliated in any way with the manufacturer of any products mentioned in the article.
 

SC: Jury clears Pembroke man in shootings
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"A Pembroke man who had been accused of shooting and killing two men in 2001 was found not guilty Friday."

"A jury deliberated about six hours over three days before returning the verdict on the case of Carlos Sampson."

"Sampson had pleaded not guilty in the deaths of James Major Locklear and Rory Waltman. The men were shot Oct. 7, 2001. Sampson said he shot Waltman in self-defense. He said Waltman pulled a gun on him at Waltman's mobile home on Onnie & Joe Road."

Sampson, 32, of U.S. 74, was arrested the next day and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He faced the death penalty." ...
 

OH: SAF supports Ohio group's effort to repeal illegal gun laws
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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today endorsed an effort by the Ohioans For Concealed Carry (OFCC) to force cities in Ohio to rescind illegal ordinances that violate the state's new concealed carry statute."

"OFCC has advised communities in the Buckeye State by mail that they have until the first week of August to repeal ordinances that attempt to restrict the lawful carry of concealed handguns by citizens who are legally licensed to do so under the new statute." ...
 

TX: Gun control could be trigger in political races
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"Three Texas congressmen collected endorsements last week from the National Rifle Association: Republican Pete Sessions of Dallas and Democrats Max Sandlin of Marshall and Nick Lampson of Beaumont."

"For the Democrats especially, the NRA seal of approval could be critical. Both pitch themselves as conservative and independent-minded, and they face uphill battles in rural districts that the Legislature redrew last year to favor Republicans."

"'It's a very big deal,' Mr. Sandlin said."

"Political scientist Allan Saxe at the University of Texas at Arlington agreed. The NRA has a strong record of prodding its members to the polls on behalf of favored candidates."

"'It could make a big difference, especially in some very close races,' he said." ...
 

NJ: Asbury Park Cop Hurt While Holstering Gun
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A city police officer suffered a gunshot wound to his right leg Friday night when his pistol accidentally fired while he was putting the gun into its holster.

The accident happened at police headquarters about 8 p.m. when Officer Daniel Kowsaluk retrieved the weapon from a lock box after releasing a prisoner, Lt. Theaudric Holmes told the Asbury Park Press. Officers' weapons must be secured before they enter the jail cell.

The bullet struck Kowsaluk in the calf and foot. The officer, a four-year member of the force, was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment.
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But only cops and the military are sufficiently trained to have guns, right Sarah?
 

WA: Report: Dog's owner was cuffed when shot
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"A sheriff's investigation into the shooting of a 19-year-old woman by deputies who were firing at her dog confirms that she was handcuffed and lying on the ground just before being hit." [emphasis added]

"The investigation, released Thursday in response to a public-records request by The Columbian, also confirms witness reports that one of the officers fired his gun at the wounded boxer-mix dog as it was running away the evening of June 26."

"But witnesses interviewed by sheriff's detectives differed on another key point, whether the dog, named Savage, was moving aggressively toward Deputies Don Slagle and John O'Mara when they first opened fire." ...
 

NY: Officer Charged in Shooting of Woman, 18
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"An off-duty police officer who authorities say accidentally shot an 18-year-old woman in the chest early Thursday morning in Queens was arrested yesterday, police said."

"The officer, Jeffrey Rivera, 23, was arraigned last night on charges of second-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence and falsely reporting an incident, officials said."

"Mr. Rivera, a recent Police Academy graduate beginning his third week on the job, was assigned to the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn."

"... When the police arrived, Mr. Rivera, who had disassembled his 9-millimeter pistol, told them it had gone off while he was cleaning it, a law enforcement official said. But witnesses said he had been showing the gun off, the official said." ...
 

MI: Family of man killed at day care center calls shooting unjustified
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Relatives of a man shot to death by police at a church day care center believe the shooting was unjustified, a family spokesman said Saturday.

"'The police are trained in self-defense to take him down and restrain him, not to kill him,' said Jim Kosta, a spokesman for the family of Rob VanBuren. 'He had no weapons in his hands.'" ...

"Police Chief Thomas Tiderington said Friday's shooting at the Church of the Nazarene was under investigation. Authorities said VanBuren was not armed." ...
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According to an AZ prosecutor, the cops should be charged with second-degree murder.
 

Japan: Military policeman uses camera in book to snatch up-skirt shots
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"A man serving as the equivalent of a military police officer in the Ground Self-Defense Force has been reported to prosecutors for using a camera built into a rolled up book to take photos up women's skirts, police said."

"The man, a 35-year-old whose name has not been disclosed, is accused of breaking a Miyagi Prefectural Government ordinance forbidding people from creating a public nuisance."

"He admits to the allegations."

"'We will punish this incident severely and make sure something like this never happens again,' Keizo Natsume, a spokesman for the GSDF, said." ...
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But only cops and the military should have guns, right Sarah?
 

Canada: Fifth Canadian dies after being shot by police with controversial Taser gun
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"A man high on cocaine died after receiving a shock from a police Taser gun, Vancouver police confirmed Friday."

"It marked the fifth time someone in Canada has died after being hit by a Taser. Amnesty International said proof has mounted at an alarming rate over the past year that the weapon should banned until more tests are done to determine how safe it is."

"'Most of the testing that's been done by Taser International has been on police officers or people in the military, people in good health,' said Hilary Homes, a campaigner for Amnesty International in Ottawa."
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KABA Notes: If the alternative is being shot with a bullet, I'll chance the TASER, thanx.
 

SC: Federal law to allow cops to carry guns out of state
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"Beaufort law enforcement officials welcomed President Bush's signing into law Thursday of a bill that will allow off-duty and retired officers to carry concealed firearms outside their home state.
'Crime doesn't know borders,' said Beaufort Police Department Chief Jeff Dowling."

"The Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act of 2004 will affect active and retired officers in South Carolina only if they carry a concealed weapon outside the state, he said. They already are allowed to carry concealed firearms throughout the state, even though their jurisdiction ends at the town, city or county line."

"If an off-duty or retired officer carries a firearm outside the state, it may only be used for self-defense, to stop a crime, or to aid another officer ..." ...
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When else would anyone use a weapon? And since "Crime doesn't know borders" why should only cops be so privileged?
 

MD: Protesters Rally in Md. To Protect Black Bears
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"About 200 protesters ... shouted in a galloping chant that echoed in the State House courtyard: 'STOP the TRO-phy hunt! STOP the TRO-phy hunt!'"

"Led by a woman dressed in a black bear costume and Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, the protesters ... called on Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) yesterday to stop the state's first black bear hunt in more than half a century."

"'We want the governor to know he can't sit on his hands and let this happen,' said Michael Markarian, president of the Fund for Animals."

"Between 266 and 437 bears are in the state, up from as few as 12 bears 50 years ago, according to the state Department of Natural Resources." ...
 

ME: Firearms- noise beef called too weak for court
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"If your biggest concern with shooting ranges in town is the noise, you may not have a valid or legal complaint, according to Town Attorney Duncan McEachern."

"The right to bear arms and fire them on private property has been the target of discussion as the once-wooded areas in York County transform into new housing developments."

"But the nearly two dozen residents who attended a recent Town Council meeting say their Second Amendment rights shouldn’t be under fire."

"At that meeting, Police Chief Edward Strong addressed residents’ concerns surrounding firearms."

"Strong told the council that the Police Department hears numerous complaints about the sound of guns firing near homes and the safety concerns that go with it." ...
 

MN: A need or a right [last letter on page]
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"Regarding Tim Penny's July 18 Op Ex article: Yes, conceal and carry is a badly written law. But the problems can't be so easily tweaked away. The fundamental debate is whether carrying a loaded handgun in public is a God-given, constitutionally protected right or a matter of public health and safety."

"The former law, which worked well for more than a decade, required individuals to demonstrate a need before being granted a permit to carry. ..." ...

"Rebecca Thoman, executive director, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota, St. Paul."
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KABA Note: Citizens for a Safer Minnesota was funded to the tune of $300,000 in 2000 and $200,000 in 2002 by The Joyce Foundation. I believe the term is "checkbook advocacy".
 

PA: Trapshooting: A sport for everyone
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"Trapshooting has sometimes been referred to as a hidden sport, but often what is hidden is worth seeking out."

On a small plateau overlooking a valley, nestled amongst a good bit of green acreage not far off Country Club Road, is the Waynesboro Fish and Game Association trapshooting range."

"On any given Sunday afternoon or Thursday evening, a number of men, women and children can be found at the range practicing a sport that is not well known outside of its own circle. Perhaps, it isn't known as a spectator sport, but the Waynesboro Fish and Game Association trapshooters boast the largest numbers of any team in the Franklin County Trap League." ...
 

UK: Family Of Slain Dad Beg: Stop The Binges
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"The family of a man killed during a drunken brawl outside an Aberdeen nightclub pleaded for a curb on binge drinking yesterday."

"Raymond Duncan, 27, died last Boxing Day after he was punched, kicked and stamped on following a Christmas night out at a city-centre club."

"And at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, his teenage killer was sentenced to eight years behind bars for the unprovoked attack."

"Martyn Anderson, 18, of 158 Cairngorm Drive, Aberdeen, was described as a "man of violence" by temporary judge Rita Rae QC, after being found guilty of culpable homicide." ...
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But I thought guns caused murders, not alcohol and fists.
 

Zimbabwe: Cop shoots three dead, takes own life
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"A MASVINGO junior policeman ran amok on Saturday evening and shot dead his estranged girlfriend, the girlfriend’s sister and her husband before turning the weapon on himself in a tragic end to their stormy relationship."

"Constable Stewart Mudzipurwa (22), based at Gunikuni police base in Muchakata near Morgenster Mission, shot his girlfriend Lina Midzi ... in the back with an FN rifle."

"Mudzipurwa also shot Lina’s sister, Catherine Mudzitirwa (30), her husband Brazo Rupani (35) on the back after they tried to mediate in the pair’s love problems."

"After killing the trio, Mudzipurwa shot himself under the chin with the police issue rifle." ...
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Another for the "Only cops and the military" file.
 

South Africa: Referee shoots coach
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"A South African referee is alleged to have shot dead a football coach and injured two players during a friendly amateur match in the Eastern Cape coastal town of Kenton on Sea."

"The incident followed an argument over a yellow card and a disputed penalty."

"According to police, the referee allegedly to have pulled out his 9mm pistol after being involved in an argument with the coach of local side Marcelle." ...

"The Marcelle coach then stormed onto the field and was involved in an argument with the referee, who pulled out his gun and shot the coach through the chest."
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But I'm sure the ref was properly registered through the new Central Firearms Registry!
 

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