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Pournelle: Thoughts on the LAX shooting
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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*scroll to the third article on the 4th of July*

"If we are going to continue to pay such a price, we need to levy tribute on the rest of the world and lower taxes on ourselves; that way we at least get something out of it. Of course we don't do that. We will continue to have a passenger disruption system and pretend that it is a security system; and we will continue to tax ourselves to pay people to inconvenience us. And for that we gave up a self-governing Republic?"
 

AK: Group will promote gun safety
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Representatives of a national gun safety program are touring 33 Alaska towns in 33 days handing out gun locks and safety kits."

"The Project HomeSafe firearm safety tour began last Friday in Tok. After working their way through Glennallen, Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula, tour officials will make their way back into the Interior on July 10 at Time To Eat in Cantwell."
 

UK: Gun terror rocks US
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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*I didn't feel particularly terrorized, did you?*

"A SHOCKWAVE swept America during nervous July 4th festivities yesterday when an Egyptian gunman charged an airport ticket counter and shot dead two people."

"Witnesses said the man, carrying a knife and a gun, rushed the desk of Israeli airline El Al at Los Angeles International Airport."

"He killed a clerk and fatally wounded a check-in passenger. Seven others were injured before the man was shot dead by an El Al security chief."
 

FBI Can Check Out Reading Habits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"If suspended Professor Sami Al-Arian, who is under investigation for possible terror ties, were to visit any library at the University of South Florida, the FBI could review his reading habits."

"For that matter, the FBI could spy on books borrowed or Internet search trails left at libraries nationwide as part of a new federal law."

"Such oversight - little noticed by average Florida library patrons - became legal in October when Congress passed the Bush administration's sweeping USA Patriot Act weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."
 

Bill to arm pilots faces revisions
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"As the U.S. House prepared to debate whether to arm hundreds of airline pilots, a Maine lawmaker expressed concerns about how pilots would be screened, and a congressional study outlined options on the proposal. U.S. Rep. John Baldacci, a Transportation Committee member, called the legislation 'a work in progress' because of a lingering desire to require training for flight attendants and a report on whether arming pilots really improves security."
 

TX: 'Outlaws' gun for fun in fast-growing sport
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gunslinger crouches low outside the blacksmith shop, hat atop the bandanna tied around his head, boot-shod feet ready to move."

"The buzzer sounds and, within a second, he's inside, pistol cocked, bullets flying."

"He seamlessly slips the pistol into a holster while reaching for his rifle, squeezing off five shots before grabbing a shotgun."

"By the time he's finished punishing the targets, 30.6 seconds have passed."
 

MI: Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire: Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Do you own a gun?"

"Blanchard: No"

"Bonior: No"

"Granholm: No"

"Posthumus: Yes. I have been a hunter and fisherman since I was young and continue to hunt and fish with my children to this day."

"Schwarz: Yes"
 

Disturbing Holiday Thoughts
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On July 4th, a shooting incident at the counter of Israel’s El Al airlines at the Los Angeles airport claimed the lives of two innocent civilians. The attacking gunman was an Egyptian citizen, whose wife and children are in Egypt. Yet the FBI has categorically dismissed the idea that this might be a terrorist attack."

"Last week, FBI director Mueller was the honored speaker at a luncheon of the American Muslim Council whose founder is a Hamas supporter. Mueller’s message was one of tolerance towards Muslims in general and the American Muslim Council in particular, even though one of its directors is currently under investigation for funneling funds to terrorists. Is there a connection between these two images? We think so. The FBI needs a new director and a new attitude. Its leaders need to understand that we are at war with radical Islam and that the enemy has penetrated our borders."
 

North Carolina Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On 2 July the NRA-backed lawsuit preemption bill, H.B. 622, sponsored by Representative Wayne Sexton (R-73), passed out of Senate Judiciary II Committee. This important legislation will prevent cities from filing politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products. Although this move represents a positive step in the fight to establish a lawsuit preemption statute in North Carolina, there is still work to be done."
 

MI: GUNS: Candidates take cover on gun questions
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"At one time last year, it appeared Election 2002 might produce the biggest test of gun politics in Michigan history."

"That's when it seemed likely a proposal to repeal the state's newly liberalized concealed-weapons law would be on the ballot and candidates would be forced to take sides in a fight between gun-rights and gun-control factions."
 

UK: Fake gun 'shoot-out' at school
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A BOY was 'shot' in the face after pupils were allowed to take pellet guns into school as props for an end-of-term play."

"The injured child, thought to be a 12-year-old, was hit near his eye with a ricocheting plastic pellet from a gun, while he walked along a corridor at Mossley Hollins High School, in Mossley, Tameside."

"Four teenage pupils were suspended after the incident."
 

Children Kept Ignorant About America's Past, Scholar Says
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The story of America's founding -- its leaders and underlying principles -- is important in the ongoing fight to preserve liberty, says Lynne Cheney, author, American Enterprise Institute scholar, former National Endowment for the Humanities chairman, and vice presidential spouse."

"But schools and parents are failing to teach history in a way that equips young people to defend liberty and traditional American values, Cheney has concluded, and students remain ignorant of the past."
 

WA: Urban League chief charged with bringing gun to school (another report on hypocrite anti-gunner)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"James Kelly, president of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, has been charged with carrying a gun onto school grounds. Kelly, 47, admitted in a written statement to police that he carried a handgun when he attended a community meeting at Rainier Beach High School the night of May 29."

"Under state law, it is a misdemeanor to have a gun on school grounds. If convicted, Kelly faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine."

KABA NOTE: To make sure those who haven't followed this story are aware of an important detail in this case, Kelly is an anti-gunner who endorsed "gun free schools".
 

NY: Convicted Felons Charged in Gun Case
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"As part of a nationwide crackdown on gun violence, 16 repeat felons arrested on Long Island by local police while using guns in the alleged commission of new crimes have been charged under a tough federal law, officials said this week."
 

The International Criminal Court – a Threat to Our Legacy of Freedom
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On July 1, 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the United Nations opened its doors in The Hague, ready to hear, file and investigate complaints alleging human rights abuses, genocide and crimes against humanity on the part of any of its member nations whether signatories to the ICC treaty or not, including members of the globetrotting U.N. peacekeeping forces."

"This is another step toward the final consummation of a polygamous, global marriage among the nations of the world under the all-seeing eye of the U.N. You may say the wedding of this unholy partnership took place on April 11, 2002, at a Faustian ceremony held at the U.N. in New York when 10 nations ratified the ICC treaty, going over the threshold of 60 nations arbitrarily set by the U.N. (out of the 190 U.N. member nations!)."

"The Rosemary's baby of this ungodly matrimony will be delivered only if and when the U.S. finally capitulates to international pressure and joins in the polyglot, global orgy."
 

Does Wal-Mart remember K-Mart's bankruptcy?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest seller of guns, has quietly ordered its stores to adopt a tougher policy on gun sales that goes beyond the requirements of the federal government and is sure to provoke opposition from gun owners."

"Wal-Mart executives, in an internal memorandum obtained by The Times, told store managers five weeks ago to stop selling firearms in cases where authorities were not able to determine whether the would-be buyers should be banned from owning a weapon."
 

MN: Minneapolis police officer shoots another police officer in the back
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Minneapolis police officer was wounded early Thursday when another officer's handgun accidentally discharged while he was inspecting it at the Fourth Precinct station in north Minneapolis."

"An officer had just done routine maintenance on a 9-millimeter service weapon at about 2 a.m. when it fired, according to police. The bullet traveled through a wall into the precinct's locker room where it struck the other officer in the back."
 

Pro-NRA legislators keep guns in wrong hands (letter)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It has taken Bill Bunting several months and a great deal of prodding for him to say, "We don't think guns should be in schools." We have some doubts about that."

"Their specialty license plate bill sponsored by Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite of Brooksville and Rep. Ken Littlefield of Zephyrhills stipulated, "The annual fees shall be distributed to the Department of Education and may be used only to provide NRA-approved safety courses in public and private schools."

"Because we knew the only gun safety courses the NRA has for secondary and high schools involved teaching the shooting sports with guns, we were concerned."
 

73% of polled seniors say instructors don't teach standard of right, wrong
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Graduating college seniors say professors in the U.S. consistently teach a post-modern philosophy that there are no uniform standards of right and wrong, according to poll results released by the National Association of Scholars."

"A majority of seniors – 73 percent – chose the statement "what is right and wrong depends on differences in individual values and cultural diversity" as the message college and university professors most often transmit."
 

'Hacktivists' to release covert communications tool
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An international group of 'hacktivists' says it is about to release a computer program designed to let political dissidents communicate via the internet without fear of government eavesdropping."

"Hacktivismo, an international group of programmers and activists, says the program, named Camera/Shy, will make it simple to bury encrypted information in innocuous-looking images that can then be shared over the internet."
 

MA: City strayed from strategy on violence, co-creator says
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The experiment was radical, and the theory behind it almost naively simple: If authorities in Boston could isolate the worst perpetrators of gun violence, confront them in a room, and deliver a message - if there is violence, you will pay - could they make the streets safer?"

"The result, a sudden, plummeting drop in crime starting in 1996, marked a turning point in the city's long battle against deadly gun violence and launched a program that police across the country would try to copy: Operation Ceasefire."
 

LAX shooting: El Al shows us all what guns are for
Submitted by: Anonymous

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How's this for a statement of the obvious...

"Wherever El Al flies, it has its own armed guards from check-in to final destination.... it is arguable that, had El Al not had a strict tradition of posting guards at ticket counters - following fatal attacks on check-in counters in Rome and Vienna in 1985 by Palestinian militants - then the number of fatalities at Los Angeles airport on Thursday could have been much greater."
 

OH: Zoning inspector would step down on gun club issue
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Plans to build a 12-acre gun club on rural farmland between Buckland and Kossuth are moving ahead — slowly."

"The 12-member Buckland Sportsman’s Club formally purchased a flag lot off Williams Road on June 20, but members have not applied for a zoning change for the land — a step neighbors are nervously awaiting."

"A flag lot is a parcel of land with no frontage on a street."
 

Threat of 'Drunk Pilots' Irrelevant to Need For Guns in Cockpits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The former director of aviation security for the U.S. government says the arrest and planned firings of two America West airline pilots for allegedly operating their aircraft under the influence of alcohol is irrelevant to the urgent need to train and arm commercial pilots with guns to defend their cockpits."
 

IA: Sheriff adds new gun to arsenal
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A non-lethal gun that earned kudos as a crowd control device during the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle has been added to the Johnson County Sheriff Department arsenal."

"The PepperBall gun uses compressed air to fire a small projectile, or pepper ball, which releases powdered pepper spray upon impact."
 

MT: Price of security too high, some argue
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The price paid, some say, is too high."

“I sure as hell don’t like being told I need a passport to cross this border,” said Bruce Nielsen, an independent sort, but certainly no fundamentalist or constitutionalist, who lives not far from the border. “I don’t like having these guys poking through my trunk and I don’t like them intimidating my wife. It’s just out of control. I don’t know how we allowed things to get to this point.”
 

MN: Police chief defends his gun carry in council chambers but says it's OK to deny The People
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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GLENCOE -- "Police Chief Wes Olson, required to leave his firearm outside the June 17 meeting, had his firearm at his side Monday as he read from state statute that prohibits city councils and mayors from disarming licensed police officers."

"Olson said the council cannot restrict a police officer from carrying a firearm, but it can restrict others from entering the council chambers with firearms, even if they have a permit to carry the gun."

EMail the Editor.
 

OH: Recall drive goes red, white and blue
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The loud report of a Civil War-era rifle delighted hundreds of spectators at Thursday's Independence Day parade that ran through downtown Newton Falls."

"The rifle was fired by someone dressed as a Union soldier who accompanied the red-white-and-blue float sponsored by Bud Fetterolf, the man who is spearheading a modern revolution of sorts in local government."

"Fetterolf, who is leading drives to recall two councilmen and change the charter to eliminate the position of the city manager, drew more attention on the holiday by entering a float in the parade that had a theme 'Take Back Your City.'"

'That's what the fourth of July is about - fighting for your freedom and your independence,' Susan Fetterolf said.
 

TX: Dallas paper promotes martial arts as self-defense against gun-wielding criminal
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Read this story, and the inference is obvious. A woman who had a gun-wielding intruder come into her home is "self-confident" now that she is learning... martial arts.

Zero mention of the most effective, most affordable, easiest to use, easiest and quickest to learn and best means of defending your home against an armed intruder: the GUN.
 

France: Riots and arrests sparked by court ruling that lets police officer go free
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Bands of young people angered by a French court ruling set a dozen cars on fire and threw Molotov cocktails at a police station early Friday in an immigrant neighborhood in the northern city of Lille, local authorities said."

"Six people were taken into custody, suspected of taking part in the riots that left a trail of damage but no injuries, the authorities said."

"The violence came after a regional court threw out charges of homicide against a police officer who shot and killed a 24-year-old Algerian in Lille in April 2000."
 

LA: Sheriff offers tips to protect residents against carjackings, but fails to mention best defense
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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In case this story gets moved to another page, the title to search on is: "Craft offers tips to protect residents against carjackings"

Lots of valid ways to decrease your chance of being carjacked... And, it sure would be nice if the Sheriff would issue a notice saying anyone who tries to carjack a local resident can face the possibility of having his brains blown out.

EMail the Editor.
 

UK: Guns don't work (another report on faulty military rifles)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"It's been described by the Ministry of Defence as the 'best rifle in the world' - so why do so few soldiers appear to trust the SA80?"

"It's history gives some clues: reportedly modified 83 times, it received a 92-million pound revamp after complaints from Gulf War soldiers."

"But now, the Ministry is considering a new report on its reliability after British troops in Afghanistan suffered 'a number' of incidents where their rifles failed to work properly."

"But the question remains, did national pride get in the way of a perhaps more sensible decision to buy a weapon that works from abroad?"

"They could - for less money - have bought the American M-16, the Heckler and Koch G-36, or the Austrian Steyr Aug - all far more reliable than the SA-80."
 

NY: More fox attacks, need to have a gun handy is obvious
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"A red fox was killed in Cooperstown on Tuesday after three people reported being attacked, possibly by two different animals."

Mr. Fox, meet Mr. Shotgun.
 

Unorganized militiaman helped subdue LAX gunman
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"A Beaumont man headed to the Philippines on vacation helped tackle and disarm a gunman who killed two people at the Los Angeles airport late Thursday morning."

"David Parkus, 39, a trauma surgeon at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, said he saw the man suddenly open fire with a pistol on people in line at the ticket counter of Israel's El Al Airlines."

"He said he initially threw himself to the floor, but then he looked up and saw an El Al security guard wrestling with the gunman."

"The security guard was smaller than the gunman and was having trouble with him so I ran over to help him out," Parkus said.

KABA NOTE: According to U.S. Code, this doctor is a member of the unorganized militia -- he should be acknowledged as such and given the medal he deserves.
 

Philipines: 8 arrested for violating gun ban - including members of the police
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"EIGHT persons in Iloilo City were arrested in June, this year, for violating the gun ban, which took effect last May 31."

"The nabbed violators included a policeman..."
 

Sound Weapon sends message that's loud and clear
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"An electronics company, American Technology Corp., has turned the wail of a baby into a weapon that fires 'sonic bullets,' narrow beams of noise that exceed the human threshold of pain. It can incapacitate people or compel them to flee."

"It gives you the equivalent of an intense migraine headache," said Elwood G. Norris, the company's chairman and inventor of the device. "It's just totally disabling."

"Pentagon officials see many uses for Norris' invention..."
 

TN: FBI on the Trail of Possible Serial Bank Robber -- local drivers beware!
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"The FBI is on the trail of what could be a serial bank robber. His latest target - the Heritage Credit Union around 1:00 p.m. Friday."

"The FBI said the robber burst into the bank and demanded money from several tellers before leaving in a white car."

Because the FBI can now shoot unarmed, innocent drivers in the face with total impunity, all local drivers are advised to be on the lookout for bumbling FBI idiots who don't know how to handle a weapon.
 

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