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Verisign preparing to sell private internet-gathered info of its trusting customers
Submitted by: Bryan S. Sampsel
Website: http://www.libertyactivist.org

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"Welcome to Verint Systems....a global organization providing analytic software solutions for communications interception, digital video security and surveillance, and enterprise business intelligence. We generate actionable intelligence through the collection, retention and analysis of voice, fax, video, email, Internet and data transmissions from multiple types of communications. Please explore our site to learn how Verint can help your organization."
 

The 'right thing' tears at a family -- A classic propaganda piece
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"Trever Palmer, 17, says he felt nervous and slightly heroic the night he picked up the phone, dialed 911 and informed the King County Sheriff's Office that his father was growing marijuana."

"When he called police, he said, he wasn't considering what would happen to his family."

"I didn't think about that. I kind of figured that would fall into place,"

What was going through his mind?

"I thought: no guts, no glory," he said.

This kid has no guts, deserves no glory.

KABA NOTE: Though this article doesn't directly relate to the right to keep and bear arms, yet -- one day, we will surely see children turning in their parents over possession of banned firearms. ... it's a precursor of things to come.
 

MD: Fraternal Order of Police doesn't care what rank and file think
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two statewide police groups, the State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance and the state Fraternal Order of Police, have backed Mrs. Townsend based on votes by directors of their boards."

"Critics say those votes were cast by people with close ties to Mrs. Townsend and her boss, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, and do not reflect the views of members, who were not polled as they customarily are."
 

Jamaica: HWT Gun Court 'not witness friendly'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"SOME MEMBERS of the judiciary and the police are reported to be concerned about the continued location at the Corporate Area Court at Half-Way Tree, of the Resident Magistrate's Court Division of the Gun Court."

"There is no special entrance for witnesses going to the Court, with the result that they have to run the gauntlet of hostile friends or relatives of accused persons who are facing, gun, shooting or murder charges, and these "interested parties" frequently make threatening gestures or remarks to them, the sources say. "The precincts of the Gun Court are not witness-friendly" at all, a source said."
 

UK: London gun crime rockets
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Crime in Britain is rocketing with sharp rises in gun and violence offences, figures will reveal this week."

"Overall crime rose by six per cent last year, with muggings up by 20 per cent and violence offences rising by more than 70 per cent in places."

"The London figures, revealed by the Evening Standard in April, will show overall crime up by six per cent with mugging up by 38 per cent."
 

A retailer's reasonable gun sale restriction
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The fact that Wal-Mart executives didn't hold press conferences and splash the news that it would voluntarily toughen its criteria for gun sales is a testament to how explosive gun rights still are far from the heat of the Columbine High School shootings or other high-profile firearms debates."

"The fact that the National Rifle Association, the leading advocate of unfettered Second Amendment rights, walked carefully toward its response to Wal-Mart's decision tips to the fact that the company made the reasonable choice."
 

Locked and Loaded - Popular Mechanics magazine pushing trigger locks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Today, 44 million Americans keep 65 million handguns in their homes. Unlike sporting guns or collector's pieces, most handguns are purchased for personal protection. And perhaps for good reason. Research by criminologist Gary Kleck of Florida State University indicates that Americans use firearms to successfully defend themselves 2.5 million times each year, often without firing a shot."
 

FL: Outer Limits: A Day on the Range -- Good Safety Reminders
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The first time I cradled the pistol, I made my first safety mistake."

"I put my finger on the trigger."

"It was just the first safety lesson Times photographer Brendan Fitterer and I would learn. If we were going to enjoy our day at the gun range, we had to learn to handle these weapons safely."

"Despite a predisposed male fascination with firearms, it would be hard to find more of a novice on the gun range than me."
 

VA: Have gun, will travel (in 0.05 of a second)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"His six-shooter sits ready in its holster."

"His steely gaze stares out from under his black cowboy hat."

"Then, in the blink of an eye, smoke surrounds him, and an ear-piercing blast resounds."

"Lee Walker , 59, of Vinton is one of the fastest guns ever known in the Roanoke Valley. He's in a select group of men who know how to shoot the 'pure' way - with no gimmicks or fancy guns. He fires his Colt single-action .45 in an average of 0.05 second."
 

Poll: Half(wits) willing to suspend freedoms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Civil libertarians say public unaware of rights it would trade for safety"

"Living under the continuing threat of terrorism that might prove worse than last September's attacks, Americans are faced with the dilemma of how much to sacrifice in civil liberties for safety."

"A new poll showing that almost half of 1,000 surveyed are willing to curtail basic freedoms to protect their country evokes concern among some civil libertarians, while others assert that a wartime mentality of survivalism has evolved over the nine months since the terrorists struck."
 

ISRA: Walmart Move On Guns Is Yet Another Reason To Patronize Local Merchants
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The ISRA is expressing little surprise over the announced effort by Walmart Corporation and a gun control group known as Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) to establish indefinite waiting periods on firearm purchases."

"Dubbed, 'Don't know...don't sell' by the AGS, the policy recently adopted by Walmart would prohibit the delivery of firearms to anyone whose FBI background check had not been completed within
the 3-day allotment established by federal law."

"The ISRA opposes the AGS/Walmart, 'Don't know...don't sell' policy as it irresponsibly undercuts legislative authority to govern background checks and establish waiting periods. The AGS/Walmart action opens the door to the establishment of an arbitrary hodgepodge of waiting period policies that would unnecessarily infringe on the law-abiding citizen's right to keep and bear arms."
 

New Zealand: Police gun policy for review after cop shooting
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police officers' access to guns will be reviewed after the shooting of two detectives near Palmerston North."

"Neither Detective Constable Duncan Taylor, who was shot dead, nor Detective Jeanette Park, who was wounded in the leg, was armed when they chased Daniel John Luff, the 17-year-old accused of the shootings, out the driveway of the farm where the attack happened."
 

Monitor's Famous Gun Turret Is Closer To Recovery
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On July 5, off Cape Hatteras, N.C., the USS Monitor's famous gun turret was completely
uncovered for the first time in 140 years. At 7:57 p.m. a team of U.S. Navy divers and scientists from the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) succeeded in removing a 30-ton section of hull and armor belt that has covered the turret since the warship sank on New Year's Eve, 1862."
 

UK: A country in the crosshairs
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"While Britain has some of the toughest firearms laws in the world, the recent spate of gun murders in London has highlighted a disturbing growth in armed crime."

"The shooting of a young woman in London by a mobile phone thief has again raised the issue of escalating gun crime in the UK."

"The attack follows a series of gun-related incidents in east London between Christmas and New Year, which included the case of two men who were killed by a single shot at a party."
 

Your Confidential Medical Records Are an Open Book
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Thanks to new federal regulations designed by President Clinton and backed by President Bush, all kinds of people can now access your most private medical records without your say-so..."

"A lawsuit has revealed that a pharmacy company got its hands on the medical records of a woman and sent her junk mail containing samples of one of its drug products, Prozac Weekly, as a remedy for her medical problem, depression."
 

Gun-control groups on alert after others lose names
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"Colorado's anti-gun groups are scrambling to make sure their organizations are properly registered with the state."

"This spring the Illinois State Rifle Association discovered that the Council Against Handgun Violence was late in filing its annual report with the state and usurped the name for itself. A similar dalliance in Minnesota resulted in the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance taking possession of the moniker for Citizens for a Safer Minnesota and its fundraising arm."
 

CA: Video of arrest sparks investigations into police brutality
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Amateur cameraman captures violent incident in Los Angeles suburb; officer suspended"

"Three separate investigations were under way Monday into a weekend arrest caught on video that shows Inglewood police officers punching a teen-ager and slamming his head against the hood of a patrol car."

"The video shows an officer lifting the handcuffed teen from behind, then driving the side of the youth’s face into the hood of the patrol car. Another officer later punched the suspect once in the face."
 

President "Keep Pilots Defenseless" Bush wants more money for 'airport security'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"President Bush denounced criticism of his past business practices as old style politics on Tuesday, and said "sometimes things aren't exactly black and white when it comes to accounting procedures.""

Can we tell that to the machine-gunners at the IRS?

"Bush...also urged congressional action to provide funding for the military campaign against terrorism and for security at America's airports."

"Further delays are intolerable. Congress must act," Bush said...
 

UK: Armed police gun-nazis assault rabbit hunter in paranoid anti-gun frenzy
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"ARMED police surrounded a gunman in a West Wales village yesterday - then discovered he was going rabbit shooting."

"Four armed officers from Dyfed-Powys Police surrounded the man on nearby farm land and ordered him to lay down his weapon and give himself up."

"But the panic subsided when the man wandered over and explained he was shooting rabbits."

"He had permission to be on the land and was released without charge."
 

FBI: Trace on LAX Shooter's Guns Not Being Made Public (follow-up)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The FBI won't say whether LAX shooter Hesham Mohamed Hadayat legally owned the guns he used to mow down six El Al employees on July Fourth, killing two of them - or even if investigators have succeeded in tracing the weapons."

"That's not information that we have given to the public, nor is it information that I can necessarily provide to you at this time," an FBI spokesman in Washington, D.C., told NewsMax.com on Monday."
 

The Preamble to the Bill of Rights (At the National Archives)
Submitted by: Don Hamrick

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"THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution."
 

Lunar Lunacy! U.S. Sues Moon Rock Over Custody!
Submitted by: Don Hamrick

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In United States of America vs. One Lucite Ball Containing Lunar Material, federal lawyers argue that the Republic of Honduras is the rightful owner of said rock. But retired businessman Alan Rosen, who lives in Pembroke Pines, said he bought the rock fair-and-square from a retired Honduran military officer.

(If the gov't can sue a rock then it can sue the wind for forest fires. It can indict a gun for murder, electricity for its lethal effect, the list is endless.)
 

IL: 'Girls Fight Back' urges use of 'a water bottle' for self-defense
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Erin Weed, who founded 'Girls Fight Back' last year after the murder of friend and Rolling Meadows native Shannon McNamara, has booked the park district's community center for a two-hour session July 14 - part of a three-stop area tour."

"The women-only session in Rolling Meadows will offer simple but effective self-defense techniques - less fancy and more practical than the martial arts, Weed says - and tips on how to creatively turn common objects, like a water bottle, into helpful weapons." [emphasis ours]

KABA NOTE: Teaching women how to put two pieces of lead into a would-be rapist or murderer's chest would make a lot more sense than teaching them how to fight with water bottles.
 

MI: Banks empty cash drawers to female robbers who merely 'imply' they are armed
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Story originally ran under the title of: "Female bandit sought after daylight heist"

"She was dressed for a warm day, but soon she may be feeling the heat of law enforcement after pulling off a brazen bank robbery."

"Police are looking for leads in connection with a morning bank robbery where a female made off with an undetermined amount of cash Wednesday morning."

"The robber, who was described as being a slim white female about 4-foot 10-inches tall and in her mid-30s, implied she had a gun when she held-up the Standard Federal Bank..." [emphasis ours]
 

Identity theft claiming hundreds of thousands of victims each year
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"At one time, a person could lose their car, house or even their life and still hold on to their identity. That’s not the case anymore."

"Identity theft is a growing problem across the country, and Northwest Missouri is no exception."

"About 700,000 to 800,000 people nationwide have their identities stolen each year, said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Mickey Roberts, who is based in St. Joseph."

“Everyone has the potential to be ripped off,” Mr. Roberts said.

"The FBI only pursues cases where more than $25,000 has been stolen from the financial victim, which usually is a bank or other lending agency."
 

Canada: Authorities escort violent criminal to freedom
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will launch an investigation into how an inmate from the Saskatchewan Penitentiary escaped from correctional officers while attending a funeral on Saturday."

"Royce Badger, 25, was provided escorted leave to attend a funeral for his cousin on the Mistiwasis First Nation, about 100 kilometres southwest of Prince Albert."

"Badger was serving a term of four years and six months for robbery, use of a firearm, failure to appear in court, failure to comply with the conditions of an undertaking and possession of property obtained through criminal means."
 

MN: Development crowds out firing ranges
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No home on the range
"As development crowds out firing ranges, suburban police have fewer places to practice — that may put officers and the public at risk."

"It's really becoming a crisis," said West St. Paul Police Chief Terry Cook. "The public wants us to shoot good, but we have nowhere to practice."

"For the police chiefs, the dwindling number of places to practice compromises the safety of their officers and squeezes already-strapped small departments. For the public, it means officers have less time to get comfortable with their firearms."

"I keep seeing it: As new people come into the area, the first thing they want to do when they hear the noise is stop the noise."
 

IT'S A DAISY -- Flashback to the gun that helped so many grow up
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Daisy Red Ryder Western Carbine air rifle has beenthe stuff of dreams for boys–and grown men–for generations."

"Hopalong Cassidy was in the movies, Tom Mix was on radio and comic books and magazines such as American Boyand Boy's Liferan ads for every boy's dream–the Daisy Red Ryder Western Carbine. What a time to be young. BB guns were decidedly a step up from slingshots and homemade bows and arrows that were called on for shooting at assorted targets: tin cans, pesky varmints and, on an occasional perverse whim, the neighbor's cat or chickens."

"According to Daisy advertising of the day, the BB guns built character and contributed to good health, good habits, good eyesight and steady nerves."
 

Gun Education for Anchormen
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I’m really tired of the way television news readers—anchormen— portray guns as the great American evil. I can understand why anchorwomen object. Girls, as a rule, don;t like guns. It is when the baritone voices express outrage at gun ownership that I find myself scratching my head."

"I blame our education system."

"So, here is my modest proposal—firearm training for television commentators. Get these boys and girls out of their studios and on the firing range for a day."
 

UK: Gunsmith introducing a new shotgun with plans to distribute
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"TO CELEBRATE the 150th anniversary of its firm, Blairgowrie fishing tackle dealer and gunsmith James Crockart and Sons launched its newest product, a 20-bore over-and-under shotgun at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace this weekend."

"At one time several gunsmiths produced their own shotguns in Perthshire, but none do so now. It is thought Crockarts themselves produced their last shotgun at the turn of the century."

"For a year gunsmith Andy Coull has been busy in the workshops working on the new shotgun."

"There is a keen demand for good shotguns," Mr Jamieson said. "We have customers in Ireland, the south of England and north of Scotland. With many good guns being snapped up and exported to America, we felt the firm’s 150th anniversary was an appropriate time to come back into the market with our own shotguns."
 

NJ: Jersey town still recovering from cop's berserk rampage
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"To visit Toms River, N.J., you'd never know that three months ago, one of its own - a trusted cop and longtime resident - went berserk and shot dead five neighbors before turning the gun on himself."

"But although the lawns are manicured and children giggle innocently in this quaint seaside community, the residents that survived Officer Ed Lutes' rage are still struggling to overcome its heartache."
 

Judge questions Ashcroft's gun stand, says gang members have no right to bear arms
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"Seizing on the Bush administration's new position that the Constitution protects individual gun ownership, defense lawyers in a San Francisco gang prosecution sought dismissal of all weapons charges, including machine gun possession."

"A federal judge's response was to wonder what they'd been drinking."

""The motion . . . is one of those clever pieces of mental gymnastics engaged in late in the evening, perhaps after a nightcap," Chief U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said in a terse three-page order Tuesday refusing to dismiss charges against 11 alleged members of the Big Block gang in Bayview- Hunters Point."

"She also appeared to question the recent change in the government's position announced by Attorney General John Ashcroft, saying the dismissal motion would be misguided "even if (Ashcroft's) statement . . . were a correct statement of Second Amendment law.""
 

Behold
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Faster than ask and receive, quicker than knock: But Behold!
We are a Republic, from the times of OLD. Socialists will scream, and Lie to deceive; to rob us from our life-giving need; head ye my words of wisdom I convey. Might, and Honor gives LIFE today! The old paper is right after all. Obey The Constitution, or else you'll fall."
 

UK: Gun crime soars in cities
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"GUN crime has soared by up to 50 per cent in violent inner-cities, a report reveals this week."

"Police gun squads are close to breaking point as armed gangs roam the streets in record numbers."

"The alarming Home Office figures will blow apart Tony Blair’s pledge to beat street crime. Worst blackspot is the West Midlands, which has seen a 50 per cent rise in offences in 12 months. In London, gun crime leapt by 25 per cent and West Yorkshire saw an 11 per cent increase."
 

Screensaver: 4th of July in Pictures
Submitted by: SaveOurGuns

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Place a wallpaper on your computer:
http://www.saveourguns.com/wallpaper.htm
(just click on image and when full version appears on your screen then right click and select "set as background".
 

Tom Ridge -- next U.S. vice President?
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"TOM RIDGE, the man chosen by George Bush to co-ordinate America's domestic anti-terrorism effort, is being tipped to become the Presidents running mate in the 2004 election."

"Mr Ridge, 56, the Director of Homeland Security and a personalfriend of Mr Bush, is seen as a leading contender to take over from Dick Cheney as Vice-President should Mr Bush win a second term."
 

AZ: McCain Will Not Seek Reelection
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Sources close to Senator John McCain, speaking on condition of anonymity, have signaled over the weekend that he will not seek reelection as Arizona's senior elected official in the next election cycle, 2004. Various factors were cited, including health, dwindling popularity amongst the state's GOP voters, and lack of cash-on-hand in his reelection war chest."
 

The 'Rights' of Passage
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There seems to be a popular conception that a "right" is something that has no restrictions on it. Yet, if I ask someone, "Should the right to have a gun (or any type of arms) be applied to a child?" they might say, "no!" This leaves us with the idea that, maybe, all rights are not for all people at all times."

"Only a fool would hand a loaded gun to an infant child and claim it is the child's right. I trust that those reading this are not fools."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
As an individual, I believe, very strongly, that handguns should be banned and that there should be stringent, effective control of other firearms. However, as a judge, I know full well that the question of whether handguns can be sold is a political one, not an issue of products liability law, and that this is a matter for the legislatures, not the courts. The unconventional theories advanced in this case (and others) are totally without merit, a misuse of products liability laws. — Judge Buchmeyer, Patterson v. Gesellschaft, 1206 F.Supp. 1206, 1216 (N.D. Tex. 1985)

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