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CA: Ladies' Handgun Seminar and Practice
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"When: Saturday, August 24th, 2002, 12 – 4 pm Where: James Mangan Range, Sacramento Who: Women with no firearms experience wishing to learn AND Women experienced with firearms wanting to practice."

"Our event will focus on introducing women who have never shot before to safety practices and providing a chance to pull the trigger in a safe, controlled, supervised environment."
 

PA: Republican Rep. Wallis Brooks' half-cocked gun control proposal
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"There are two kinds of politicians in the world, a wise man once wrote: those who think the law keeps the public safe, and those who think the sheriff keeps the public safe. Pa. Rep. Wallis Brooks, a Republican, has firmly established herself in the former category with her newly contracted mania for gun control. Rep. Brooks, a former prosecutor, ought to know better."
 

"Easy access to guns" partially blamed for surge in murders in nation's capital
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The homicide rate in Washington surged 36 percent this year, but local officials insist it doesn't harken a return to the days when the city was known as the nation's 'murder capital'."

"So far this year, 148 homicides have been reported, compared with 109 at this time last year. Aggravated assaults also are up, but only slightly."

You aren't one of those people who believes a person is to blame for his choices and actions, are you? If so, prepare to be enlightened:

According to Mayor Anthony A. Williams, one of the primary reasons for the surge in murders in the lovely District of Criminals is, well... "easy access to guns".

Since handguns (and, thus, legal self-defense) are already banned in D.C., what is the city's answer to these murderers?

"The city has budgeted money to add 200 officers to the existing force of 3,600."

CLEARLY... AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases will reportedly reach epidemic proportions in this or the next generation. In some places, they are supposedly already there. If "easy access to guns" is to blame for murders, "easy access to sexual relations" is to blame for sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore, we must ban all access to sexual relations immediately.
 

IA: Gubernatorial candidate says he'd support concealed carry
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Clyde Cleveland of Fairfield, who describes himself as a 'socially conscious venture capitalist,' said most members of Congress never even read what they were voting on when they passed the USA Patriot Act."

"He said the legislation, designed to give police and other law enforcement agencies broader powers in tracking down suspected terrorists, 'takes away fundamental rights' of American citizens."

" 'Their agenda is increasing their control over the American people,' Cleveland said in an interview with The Hawk Eye."

"He said the legislation allows personal searches 'without your permission'.'

"As governor, Cleveland said he would encourage personal responsibility in deterring attacks against individuals or groups, including allowing citizens to carry guns."
 

Nigeria: Vigilante crime fighters hailed as heroes, criminals
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Men in bandanas and dark sunglasses lean from a speeding van in this southeastern Nigerian city, blasting sawed-off shotguns in the air. Traders pushing loaded carts scurry. Mothers carrying babies dart out of the way."

" 'We have received information of an attack by armed robbers,' says Austin Ugo as he fires his shotgun. His cohorts smash machetes against slow-moving cars. 'God has sent us to this job to dispense justice.' "

"The 28-year-old Ugo and his men are members of the Bakassi Boys, a vigilante group celebrated as heroes in Onitsha's once-crime ridden market but increasingly scorned by human rights groups -- and privately by some residents and police -- who say they are ruthless killers."
 

UK: Unarmed woman hit with butt of long gun in robbery attempt
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A FEMALE receptionist at an escort agency bravely fought off an attack by a masked armed robber."

"The 35-year-old woman was working at the Secrets Escort Agency in Bury New Road, Prestwich, when the thief barged in at around 10.15pm on Thursday evening (Aug 1)."

"Armed with a long-barrelled gun and wearing a black plastic bag to hide his face the man demanded cash from the woman. She refused and was hit over the head with the butt of the gun before the thug fled empty-handed."

The United Kingdom: Where requiring women to fight armed raiders barehanded is considered "civilised".
 

NC: Commissioner’s resignation is overdue
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps stepped into a hole a year and a half ago, and has been digging ever since. She needs a rest from her labors -- permanently."

"This is not a novel idea. Others have voiced it, and it was first aired here two months ago after North Carolina’s embattled agriculture commissioner was fined $130,000 for taking illegal contributions and unlawfully routing money to a campaign rival who ended up (briefly) on her staff."

"It takes on added urgency now as new allegations surface and as the secretary angrily swings an accusing finger in every direction but her own. Losing bidders for the state fair contract are to blame. Losing bidders, and political foes. And editorialists. Losing bidders, political foes and editorialists. It’s beginning to resemble a scene from a Steve Martin movie: 'The Jerk'."

"Enough of this."
 

MI: Supreme Court reprimands judge, again, for keeping handgun of acquitted teen
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The state Supreme Court ordered a second public reprimand for a Hinds County Justice Court judge accused of keeping a handgun that belonged to a teenager acquitted in his court."

"The high court Thursday upheld charges of judicial misconduct filed last year by the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance."

"The commission alleged that Joseph Lewis did not return a .38-caliber pistol to a 16-year-old who appeared in his courtroom in April 2001."
 

CT: Cab Driver's Gun Charge Dropped; Taxi Ruled to Be Business (law.com report)
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"John Lutters' 'place of business' may be his taxicab. But just like the owner of a bricks-and-mortar company trying to foil a robbery attempt, he is exempt from felony charges of carrying a handgun without a permit, New Haven, Conn., Superior Court Judge Lubbie Harper Jr. ruled recently in a case of first impression."

"Travis Hazelwood was killed last year after cutting Lutters in the throat during an attempted robbery."
 

OR: 'Marathon Man' has shot at more than 100,000 clay targets since Nov. 1
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Gary Morlan strides to the line and toes the mark. He cants a little sideways, his lean, wiry frame angled slightly forward to absorb the impact."

"He raises a gleaming double-barreled shotgun to his padded shoulder. Old tattooed bracelets slip from beneath the neatly pressed sleeves of his Western shirt. The words 'Marathon Man' emblazon the back of his favorite shooting jacket."

"Another day, another several-hundred targets. Maybe he can get the others to stay long enough for 1,000."

"Pull!"
 

UK: Actor's prop sparks armed alert
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"ARMED police swooped on a man seen waving a gun around in Leith - only to find he was a Fringe actor moving his props."

"The incident - one of four across the city and the Lothians which under-pressure firearms officers were called to on one day - was sparked when a bus driver spotted a man sitting in a Land Rover waving a gun around as he spoke to a passenger in the vehicle."

"Armed police raced to the scene at Constitution Street but it emerged the 'gunman' was part of a Fringe show which uses guns and mime during the performance."

"The actors told police they were in the area to pick up their props for their show and were 'just talking' when police arrived. A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said the actions of the actors were sufficient for members of the public to become alarmed and think they had a real gun."

He added: "They were totally oblivious to the fear and panic they had caused and were very apologetic when they were spoken to by officers. They were advised to transport their props in a more suitable manner next time."
 

IL: Michigan Election Outcome Should Frighten Illinois Gubernatorial Hopeful Rod Blagojevich
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Dingell's trouncing of Rivers is proof positive that the gun control message is falling on deaf ears. Americans are not buying the gun control movement's assertion that one is safest when he or
she is defenseless. Americans are not voting for candidates who would ban and confiscate their firearms. Americans are not voting for candidates willing to leave them completely at the mercy of
murderers and muggers, terrorists and rapists."
 

"Ashcroft's Bad Aim"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"What is going on with the Justice Department and guns?"

"Last year, John Ashcroft proposed a new policy of destroying Brady Act gun purchase records after 24 hours, even though a federal appeals court had ruled that it is perfectly legal for the department to maintain those records for six months to audit the background check system. The attorney general cited the 'privacy interests' of gun buyers as paramount. He ignored the Federal Bureau of Investigation's recommendation that the record retention period be increased to one year."
 

Bearing Arms in D.C.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Will individuals get their Second Amendment rights? The District presents the test case"

"Michael Freeman is probably a bad dude -- even a poster boy for gun control. He was convicted as a juvenile for assault with intent to kill, then charged as an adult with violating the ban on handgun possession in the District of Columbia. In short, Freeman isn't the type of guy who elicits much sympathy for an argument that prosecutors should drop their pending charge because Washington, D.C., gun laws violate the Second Amendment."

"Most likely, Freeman never imagined that he'd become a constitutional test case. Yet his Second Amendment claim could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. And if Freeman isn't the test case, then someone else in D.C. with a similar background might be -- roughly three dozen challenges to the D.C. law have already been filed. Or better yet, to promote more-sympathetic litigants, pro-gun groups might consider organizing a peaceful demonstration in the nation's capital by responsible, armed citizens volunteering to be arrested for handgun possession. Whoever the ultimate litigant is, the goal will be to validate the Justice Department's newly announced position that the Second Amendment affords each of us an individual right to keep and bear arms."
 

No Free Ride for Gun Argument
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An order by Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel has defense attorneys grumbling about the foreclosure of legal arguments in a common case in the Northern District of California -- ex-cons allegedly caught with a gun."

"Earlier this month, Patel dismissed the latest rage in defending felon-in-possession cases: arguing that the Justice Department's recent policy switch on the Second Amendment gives defendants new ground to challenge the charges against them."

"What really rankled defense lawyers is not so much that Patel dismissed the argument being made in courts across the country, but that she told lawyers not to waste their breath -- or taxpayer money. 'The court will not reimburse attorneys out of CJA [Criminal Justice Act] funds for such useless time,' Patel wrote."
 

Spain: "Unprecedented Explosion of Violence"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Wave after wave of immigrants has brought Spanish society to crisis point. 1,500,000 immigrants have entered Spain in the last year and according to a high-ranking police officer 'one per cent of these come to Spain to live a life of crime', translating into 15,000 hardened criminals every year. More than half the 232,000 arrests made last year were foreigners and 470 foreign gangs have been revealed, many of these being classified as 'extremely violent' by the authorities."

Gives the Libertarian 'open borders' concept a new twist -- especially in areas where people are not allowed to carry a firearm for self-defense.
 

Immigration Reform Introduced to secure nation's borders
Submitted by: Curtis Wood

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"House Immigration Subcommittee Chairman George Gekas (R-PA) introduced sweeping immigration reform legislation(H.R. 5013) yesterday designed to cut back on mass immigration and secure the nation's borders."

Please call your representative toll-free at 1-800-648-3516 and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 5013.
 

TN: Clement blasts 'anti-gun' talk
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Bob Clement took more than one swing Thursday at his opponent, former Gov. Lamar Alexander, and said the Republican's attempts to brand him as anti-gun couldn't be further from the truth."

" 'I believe in the Second Amendment. I think a person ought to have the right to bear arms and to defend themselves and their family,' Clement said during a campaign visit to United Auto Workers Local 1853."
 

Homeland Defense Petition to Protect Our Borders from Illegal Immigration
Submitted by: Curtis Wood

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"I urge you to use this authority immediately to bolster our border security. I hope you will strongly consider adding this important new tool to our nation’s arsenal."

Is our military supposed to be used for countless foreign invasions or to protect our own border?
 

Leftist (i.e., pro gun control) lobbies suffer a hit in Michigan race
Submitted by: Mitchell J. McConnell

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"Rep. John D. Dingell's victory in Michigan's Democratic primary Tuesday was a high-profile defeat for two liberal forces: the gun-control lobby and the feminist EMILY's List."

"The 18-point win by Mr. Dingell over liberal Democratic Rep. Lynn Rivers was the sixth loss in a House race this year for EMILY's List, despite the group having spent at least $350,000 on Mrs. Rivers' campaign and sending out five mailings."
 

How Anti-Gun Politicians Divide And Conquer Us
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"How do Big Government Anti-Gun Politicians get the votes they need?"

"Divide and conquer. "

"They tell hunters that they support hunting. "

"They speak of the joys of going out into the wilderness with shotguns or fishing equipment so that everyone who's a hunter or a fisher or outdoorsman will think or feel that the politician is really one of them. The result? Hunters feel comfortable and safe voting for these anti-gun politicians."
 

UK: Killer gets sixth life sentence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A psychotic killer who took part in gangland turf war shootings while on the run after murdering a millionaire's wife in a robbery has been jailed for life."

"Jason James, 30, is already serving five life sentences for murder and attempted murder after being jailed in March."

"He had shot dead Guiseppina Martorana and wounded her son and his girlfriend during a botched robbery in the driveway of the family's home in Hoddesdon, near St Albans, in August last year."

"Four months after he killed Mrs Martorana, James fired a sawn-off shotgun in a street while wearing body armour."
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The great Great Britain's elite mental giants responded to this news story:

"Oh, bloody hell," said Lord Disarmsalot, to his friend in Parliament. "We shall have to increase our laws against such skullduggery, now, shan't we old boy?"

"Oh, dear, yes. I see what you mean," replied Sir Emptymind, calculating furiously. "This rapscallion surely would've obeyed the dreaded double-ban our strategists conceived. I shall have Chauncey call the Queen Mum's second cousin to alert them of this brilliant idea at once!"

"Oh jolly good show," Lord Disarmsalot responded gleefully. "In the meanst while, to ascertain that this dreadful murdering beast learns his lesson, I believe I shall exert my influence to see that he's given seven life sentences!"

Back at the prison, the mega-life sentenced murderer grieved: "My word! I had prepared myself to handle the five life sentences, but this sixth sentence shall prove more than I can bear!"
 

"Dingell Survives Primary Challenge"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Note the anti-gun group's title:
"Dingell Survives Primary Challenge"

"Dingell won about 64 percent of the vote, compared to 36 percent for Rivers."

Nice spin by the anti-freedom crowd. Most honest, objective folks would simply call this a landslide. They are either stupid, or dishonest. Pick one!
 

NV: Sparks gun range has lead contamination, manager says
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Sparks indoor gun range is so severely contaminated with lead that the walls can’t be cleaned and should be taken down, the general manager said Thursday."

"Impact Indoor Range General Manager Dave Domzalski said the shooting range is closed and a gun dealership in the Coney Island Drive building will operate only nine hours a week because the lead levels are so high."
 

Ancient Eagle tries Army's light machine gun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It was old home week for Bob Granche of Port Charlotte at Fort Campbell, Ky., recently. This is headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division, 'The Screaming Eagles,' "

"He was invited to come up to 'The Week of the Eagles,' when the fabled airborne unit struts its stuff. Granche and his wife, Fran, were among a number of guests who attended the annual affair."

"He was the only guests [sic] who got to shoot the 240-B light machine gun that fires a 7.65 mm NATO round. How come?"
 

IN: Gun twirler captivates fair crowd
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"While Bob Hamm didn't have any notches on his gun belt, the world champion Hollywood cowboy did turn up visitors' interest a few notches when he performed his gun twirling tricks at the Lake County Fair on Thursday afternoon."

"Standing in a clearing just west of the horse arena, Hamm drew a crowd as he flipped guns over and under, back and forth as he demonstrated his craft, twirling one, then both, then each independently of the other."
 

NH: Gun permit procedure creating a stir in Franklin (another report)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police have been illegally collecting medical information on people who apply for pistol permits, according to city and state officials."

"Mayor Tony Giunta and several city councilors became concerned about the police department’s permitting process in recent weeks after they and some constituents went to renew their pistol permits and were asked to give police permission to review their medical records.
 

MD: 69-year-old businessman arrested, jailed for mere possession of handgun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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ORIGINAL TITLE: "In Baltimore, no targets are unfair in gun crackdown"

"SIXTY-NINE-year-old Charlie Cimino spent Monday night on a concrete bench in the Big Mussolini downtown because he walked across York Road on Monday night with a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver sticking out of his shorts, and he didn't have a permit to pack the thing. What are we going to do with Charlie?"

" 'I know,' he says. 'I'm stupid, but the police officers could have used a little common sense.' "
 

When Dictatorship Comes: How Do You Know?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"When did the Hitler system become totalitarian?"

"That's easy. Hitler imposed a totalitarian dictatorship on Germany on . . . when he . . . Hmm."

"Notice that even in Hitler's case that isn't an easy question to answer. Suppose we're living in Germany and it is January 30, 1933. That is the day Hitler takes over. Are we living under a dictatorship? No, not yet. Remember that Hitler took power legally."
 

Customs Service Withholds Data on Missing Guns, Computers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The U.S. Customs Service is refusing to publicly release data on thousands of computers and weapons for which it cannot account, getting angry attention from a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee."

"The move comes just three days after an inspector general's audit at the Justice Department found more than 200 weapons and 400 laptop computers missing from the FBI."

"If releasing any of this information really would compromise national security, then I understand keeping it confidential," [Sen. Charles] Grassley [R-Iowa] said. "But it's not right to keep a lid on information just because it's embarrassing to the agency."
 

OCAGV: "Take Action to Oppose Concealed Weapons in Ohio"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A coalition of gun violence prevention groups are calling on all individuals and organizations opposed to the carrying of hidden, loaded guns in our shopping malls, day care centers, libraries, salons, workplaces, places of worship, museums, grocery stores, amusement parks, restaurants, theaters, on our playgrounds, beaches, buses (and almost anywhere else you can think of) to join us for a meeting on September 3rd at the Ohio Statehouse."
 

A Woman’s Choice - Letting her defend herself.
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A year ago it would have been shocking news: a governor publicly telling women to get a concealed handgun permit so that they can defend themselves against a serial killer. Hardly politically correct advice. Yet, in this post-9/11 world, no overwhelming calls are being made for a retraction of the governor's statements. Contrast this with the typical recommendation that women behave passively or simply make sure that their doors are locked."
 

Japan: Crime hits record high on Japan's mean streets
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Bear in mind that in Japan, private possession of firearms is strictly prohibited unless you're one of the lucky ones.
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"The number of criminal cases in the first half of this year hit a record 1,351,727, up 4.9 percent from a year earlier, the National Police Agency said Thursday."

"While the number of serious crimes, including murder and robbery, increased by 3.5 percent to 9,715, the arrest rate fell 1.9 percentage points to a record-low 52.5 percent."

"We have made improvements in tackling light crimes such as bag-snatching, but we are still struggling to prevent the expansion of crimes (in general)," the NPA said.

"The number of youth criminal offenders grew by 6.8 percent to 65,573."

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Jackbooted Thug of the Month
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Officer Gary Kingsbury, while on vacation and sixty miles outside of his normal jurisdiction, went above and beyond the call of Thuggish duty to evict and arrest an official candidate for Governor of South Dakota from a purportedly open debate with the candidates."

"As an added bonus, Kingsbury is Samizdat's first JBT winner known to have personally drawn blood from his victim in the course of earning his award."

"Merely arresting Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Nathan Barton probably would have earned Kingsbury a place on Samizdat's Jackbooted Thug rolls, but that wasn't enough for this over-zealous enforcer of the will of the entrenched powers-that-be."
 

Tips, and Tactical Timing
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Yes, liberty does seem to be lost, as Ashcroft claims, or nearly so. No doubt the Reichsmarshall would like us to believe that battle is over so that we'll stop fighting him. It's happening piecemeal, and started generations ago. In the common freedom analogy, we're being boiled slowly. (Has anyone actually done that to a frog? It strikes me as unlikely in the extreme that it would work that way.)"

"But I don't plan to go down without a fight. The question is, when is it time to fight?"
 

'Ladies and Gentleman, the President of the United States'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Mr. Speaker, Vice President Mao, members of the communist Congress, disgruntled guests, fellow citizen inmates, as we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession and the uncivilized world faces unprecedented dangers of being on their own without the brainwashing of the United Nations. Yet the state of our union has never been stronger."
 

Why Gunowners Worry About the Slippery Slope
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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Blog posting by Eugene Volokh

"[F]or a while those who supported handgun bans stressed that of course they weren't trying to seize all guns -- only handguns. Well, then it was 'assault weapons'; then some started to call for banning semiautomatics generally; now it's pump-action guns. Seems like those who thought the handgun bans were just the first proposed step towards a total ban on guns might have had a point . . . ."
 

Charlton Heston diagnosed with Illness similar to Alzhiemers
Submitted by: David Adams
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"Hollywood legend Charlton Heston revealed he has symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease, Friday."

"The icon, whose career spans seven decades said, 'I'm neither giving up nor giving in,' in a taped statement played at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel."

"In recent years, Heston's most prominent role has been president of the National Rifle Association. He will serve out his term at the association, which expires next April."

"In an interview with Fox News, NRA executive Wayne LaPierre said he expected Heston to remain active in the gun rights community."

" 'He'll continue to be an inspirational leader and he'll continue to be a motivational leader to the association and to the country,' LaPierre said."

And LaPierre emphasized his admiration for Heston. "He is a man deeply loved by all of America for his life in general and we (at the NRA) feel the same way," LaPierre said. "I've known him for 20 years and he's a good guy. He never got into all that Hollywood fluff out there, and culture. He's just a normal good guy."
 

Charlton Heston has Alzheimer's symptoms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Charlton Heston said Friday that his doctors have told him he is 'suffering symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.' "

"The actor and political activist said he is 'neither giving up nor giving in' and will continue to work as long as he can."
 

Heston Led NRA Gains Against Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Charlton Heston, the actor turned national gun rights advocate, announced Friday that he has a debilitating neurological disease."

" 'My physicians have recently told me that I may have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer's,' Heston said. 'For now I'm not changing anything; I'll insist on work when I can, the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you'll know why."

"The NRA, which pushes for protection of the Second Amendment's clause on citizens' right to bear arms, said Heston will step back from some of his duties as president but will continue on as the organization's head at least until the next election in April 2003."
 

The victory of an old-fashioned social Democrat
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"Rep. John Dingell's victory over fellow Democratic incumbent Lynn Rivers in the Michigan primary by a 59-to-41 percent margin–larger than most observers expected–proves several things:"

"People are learning in their own lives the lesson proved by John Lott in More Guns, Less Crime that allowing citizens to carry guns makes all of us safer–just as they learned that even tight state and local gun-control laws did not prevent a very high rate of gun crimes in America's cities."
 

NH: Former police chief admits he ordered medical records for CCW requests
Submitted by: Scott Wells

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"Former Franklin N.H. police chief Doug Boyd clarified earlier remarks and acknowledged yesterday that he had been collecting state mental health records on most residents who applied for pistol permits."
 

An 'Unreviewable and Irreversible Power ... To Acquit'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I was called for jury duty again July 29. Judge John McGroarty of the 16th Department was attempting to seat a jury for the murder trial of one Daniel R. Jones, who allegedly stabbed his younger brother Steven to death a year ago in a condominium near Owens Avenue and Lamb Boulevard."

"Well, to be more accurate, one Daniel R. Jones had certainly stabbed his brother to death a year ago in a condominium near Owens Avenue and Lamb Boulevard -- a jury was now needed to determine whether his act was premeditated; whether it was justified; whether it was an 'accident' -- in short, whether this homicide constituted a 'murder,' in the legal sense, at all."
 

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