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IL: Elgin armory opens doors to residents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Michael Osborne couldn't decide where to start when he walked through the doors of the National Guard armory in Elgin."

"Overwhelmed, the 8-year-old scanned the expansive assembly room, but then made a bee-line for the weapons on display."

"He fingered the 40 mm grenade launcher and picked up the M-16 machine gun almost reverently."

" 'This is the closest I'll ever let him get to a gun,' his mother, Laura, said, watching her son with bemusement."

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There's no salvation for the ignorant. By not allowing her child proper firearms education, this woman is condemning him to a lifetime of fear of an inanimate object, curiosity about the "forbidden fruit" and possible tragedy due to ignorance.
 

AK: Alaska Police Force Fighting to Carry Guns (Alternate Report)
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"When this town's seven police officers go on patrol, they never reach for their guns. That's because Hooper Bay is the only known municipality in the United States whose police officers are forbidden to carry firearms."

"Town leaders say they fear guns will just make the village more dangerous, even in the hands of cops. Police say town leaders are being unreasonable and insist guns can make the town safer."

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So in Hooper Bay Alaska, the only people who are armed are the criminals. While the cops can only wave their hands and scream, "Stop! Or I'll say 'STOP!' again!"
 

DC: The ban against public safety
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"Since 1976, D.C. residents have lived under the nation's most restrictive gun laws: Police enforce a citywide handgun ban, and local statutes require residents to keep long guns disassembled, unloaded and locked up. The law even forbids target shooting. Those who envision the United States as a violent cowboy nation might take comfort in knowing that this regime offers more restrictions than the laws anywhere else in the United States, in Canada, or indeed, in any major European Union nation."
 

MI: Ruling allows gun dealers to dodge bullets
Submitted by: MichiganShooter.cOm
Website: http://www.michiganshooter.com

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"Blaming firearms manufacturers and dealers for what criminals do with guns is like holding baseball bat makers responsible for the Tigers' anemic hitting, right?"

"And courts in Michigan and other states have overwhelmingly rejected the argument that the gun industry should be held accountable for the costs associated with handgun violence, right?" ...

"But in Michigan and elsewhere, lawmakers indebted to the gun industry and its insurers have made sure that dealers and manufacturers don't have to answer to anyone, no matter how irresponsibly they behave."
 

CO: Weapons permit requests pile up
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"Applications for concealed-weapons permits are piling up on sheriffs' desks throughout the metro area, overwhelming county workers and frustrating gun owners."

"Residents in seven metro Denver counties have filed at least 2,223 applications, most under a new statewide law that took effect May 19, the latest figures show."

"But sheriffs had taken action on only 450 applications - a little more than 20 percent."
 

IRS Loses A Big One
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"On Friday, a Memphis federal jury acquitted FedEx pilot Vernice Kuglin of six counts of felony Tax Evasion and Willful Failure to File tax returns."

"Ms. Kuglin's attorneys, Tax Honesty Movement barristers Larry Becraft and Robert G. Bernhoft, told reporters that Kuglin was indicted seven months ago and had refused to plead the case out for a lesser sentence. During her testimony Kuglin testified that since 1995, she had sent numerous letters to the IRS requesting that they inform her of what law required her to pay the Individual Income Tax. To this day, she has not received an answer."
 

KY: Kentucky Teen Dies Playing Russian Roulette
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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A teenager fatally shot himself Saturday during what was described as a game of Russian roulette.

Gary Brandon Wellman Junior of Sand Gap, 19, was with three friends in an apartment when the shooting happened at about 2:20 a.m., Jackson County Deputy Coroner Lonnie Hacker said.

According to witnesses, Wellman removed five bullets from a pistol before putting the gun to his head and pulling the trigger.



The official cause of death was an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot, Hacker said.

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You can be sure that this tragic stupidity will be exploited by the Brady Bunch as yet another "child" killed by those evil firearms.
 

Globalism or Sovereignty?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"But it gets worse, there are equally binding treaties covering education programs, child welfare, woman’s rights and even gun control. The UN abandoned all pretence of respecting the sovereignty of nations when the International Criminal Court was approved by only those 60 nations that ratified it. ...Now can any one really say for sure that America is a sovereign nation and still in control of her assets?"
 

IA: Former Des Moines Teacher Arraigned
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A former Des Moines middle school teacher has been arraigned on charges of carrying a concealed weapon.

Twenty-five-year old Amy Felton and four alleged members of an Hispanic gang were arrested in June. Police found a loaded nine-millimeter pistol in Felton's car.

Felton has since resigned from the Des Moines School District. A pretrial hearing is set for September 11th.
 

UK: Crazed sniper jailed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Macclesfield man has been left with a ball bearing permanently lodged in his throat after a thug with a powerful air gun shot him in a 'campaign of terror' in the streets of the town."

"Phillip Smith was hit by a man armed with a ball bearing gun who staged a terrifying rampage through Mill Street shortly after midnight on April 27. Crazed sniper Craig Moses also shot at a shop window and threatened a crowd of people."

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Inflammatory rhetoric to pave the way for banning BB guns.
 

MO: Rendezvous takes visitors back to the 1800s
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The annual event is set up as a pre-1840 encampment with competitive events that include shooting rifle, pistol or smoothbore (including divisions for women and children), a knife and hawk throw, a flint and steel firestart and an archery shoot."

"Robert Simmons, president of the blackpowder club, hopes many spectators will take a step back in time and join in on the pre-1840 experience. Competitors and campers will be dressed in pre-1840 attire."
 

Russia: Militants kill secondary school teacher in Chechnya
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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The militants in Chechnya killed a secondary school teacher, RIA Novosti was told on Monday by a spokesman for the regional operational headquarters for controlling the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus.

"The crime was committed last night in the village of Ulus-Kert, the Shatoi district," said the spokesman. According to him, the bandits burst into the house of Said-Ahmed Arsakhanov, 32, and his wife.

"The militants cruelly beat Arsakhanov and then killed him by two shots from a pistol into the head and set the house on fire," reported the headquarters spokesman. Arsakhanov taught physics in the local secondary school.

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Another sad example of the citizenry being disarmed by the state and victimized by armed thugs.
 

MD: Man is arrested after firing gun in complex
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A night of family gatherings and barbecuing came to a screeching halt when a man allegedly fired a handgun outside his ex-wife's apartment."

"The Hagerstown Police Department arrested Thomas Stillions in connection with the shooting, according to police. No one was hit by the lone shot, according to Hagerstown Sgt. Mark Renner."

"Police charged Stillions with disorderly conduct, carrying a firearm, discharging a firearm within city limits and reckless endangerment, according to Renner."
 

IL: 3 arrested in Cabrini robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Chicago Police were noticing an uptick in crime at Cabrini-Green in the early morning hours after plainclothes tactical teams went off-duty. So they adjusted their schedules as part of a new 'rapid deployment' initiative, hoping to throw gang members a 'curve ball,' according to one official. The tactic worked when East Chicago District officers nabbed a 17-year-old suspect minutes after he and two cohorts allegedly robbed a man, pistol-whipped him and stole his 1992 Toyota."

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Unfortunately, this is what happens when law abiding, peaceable citizens are forcibly disarmed by their government. They become victimized by armed thugs, who don't abide by the law.
 

AK: Hooper Bay police seek to bear arms
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"When Hooper Bay's seven police officers go on patrol, they tend to deal with small-town peacekeeping duties, not the violent crime of their big-city cousins. And that's fortunate, for Hooper Bay is the only known municipality in the United States whose police officers are forbidden from carrying firearms."

"The desire of officers to carry arms and the refusal of village leaders to permit them has caused a rift between the two. Town leaders say they fear firearms will just make the village more dangerous, even in the hands of cops. Police say town leaders are being unreasonable."
 

James Madison Center Files Challenge to Colorado's Amendment 27
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"On Thursday, July 31, 2003, James Madison Center attorneys filed a constitutional challenge to several provisions of Colorado's Constitutional Amendment 27. Plaintiffs Colorado Right to Life, Inc., and Colorado Citizens for Responsible Government, Inc., are challenging various provisions of Amendment 27 that limit their freedom of speech and association in the name of 'reform.' "
 

GA: DeKalb official caught with gun at airport
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"DeKalb County Commissioner Lou Walker, in his first public comments since being arrested Friday on gun possession charges at Hartsfield International Airport, insisted Monday the incident was a mistake."

" 'To my family, friends and constituents, this was an honest mistake,' Walker said in a brief statement. 'I am very disappointed the media would sensationalize the incident at the airport, and there is no further comment.' "

 

Solomon Islands: Gun amnesty in Solomon Islands judged a success so far
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"More than 800 guns have been handed in to authorities in Solomon Islands since a weapons amnesty began 10 days ago."

"They include 80 military style weapons with 1,700 rounds of ammunition."

"The leader of the Solomons' intervention force, Nick Warner, says the collection rate has been high since the amnesty began."
 

OH: Gun bill work continues, but progress questionable
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"Sen. Steve Austria still thinks a compromise on Ohio's concealed handgun bill is out there waiting to be discovered."

"As the Legislature takes time off this summer, the Beavercreek Republican has sent bill revisions to the Ohio House and governor's office in hopes of breaking the stalemate that has put the bill's fate in jeopardy."

" 'I'm still optimistic we might be able to do something in this general assembly,' Austria said."
 

LA: Arrests Made In Gun Shop Break In
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Five men are behind bars in Magnolia, Arkansas for allegedly stealing more than thirty guns.

Police say Olson's Gun Shop was broken into on July 29th.

This weekend four suspects and a juvenile were charged with the crime.

20-year-old, Clarence Lewis Junior, 23-year-old, Damon Jones, 18-year-old, Larry Evans Junior, and 18-year-old, Eric Fisher are at the Columbia County Jail.

Detectives say the guns were worth more than 13,000 dollars.

No bond has been set.
 

WI: Local gun store owner supports concealed carry legislation
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Tom Hardell manages his gun shop on North Main Street with a gun strapped to his side."

"He wouldn’t be without it."

"Not only is it his right, he said, but it’s good security in his business."
 

UK: Boy sparks 'gun' warning
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Police are warning young people who carry toy guns that they risk being shot by armed response officers."

"Reports of young people being spotted with air weapons, pellet-firing BB guns or replica weapons are on the increase and police are warning that all call-outs involving possible firearms will be taken 'extremely seriously'."
 

Blacklisting Judges
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"... Mr. Ashcroft has ordered federal prosecutors to start collecting information on federal judges who give sentences that are lighter than those suggested by federal guidelines. Critics are right when they say this has the potential to create a 'blacklist' of judges who could then be subjected to intimidation."
 

DC: More Americans Being Killed In DC Than In Iraq
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Despite the obvious dangers to our U.S. military in that country, the tragic loss of 52 U.S. soldiers in the ninety days following the end of combat operations on May 1 is fewer than the 66 Americans killed in Washington, D.C. during those months."

"What is wrong with this picture?"

"What's wrong is that Americans have not been allowed to own or carry firearms in this nation's capital since 1976, when the D.C. Council passed one of the most draconian gun bans in the country."
 

FL: Many states honor Florida gun permits (Question and Answer)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I was unable to track down the precise number, but it probably consists of a large majority of 33 states that have easy-to-meet requirements for getting a permit, a group that includes Florida. Eleven other states have limited weapons laws and issue very few permits, because you have to have a legitimate reason to get one -- for example, a security guard, and only when on duty. ...Anyone in Vermont and Alaska who legally owns a weapon can carry it concealed without a permit."
 

Australia: Boy succumbs to gun injuries
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A 10-year-old boy has died at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth after he was accidentally shot in the head at a remote Kimberley community in north-west Western Australia."

"It is believed three children were playing with the gun in a house at the Kearney Range, near the Balgo community, last week, when it was accidentally fired."

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The lengths to which the press will go to avoid placing responsibility on careless use and storage of firearms in order to blame the tool are amazing!
 

Ashcroft Planning Multi-City Tour
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Attorney General John Ashcroft will embark on a multi-city tour later this month to talk about the war on terrorism and the benefits of the USA Patriot Act, officials said Monday."

"Ashcroft plans to kick off the tour Aug. 19 in Washington and visit more than a dozen cities. The exact itinerary was still being completed and will be released later."
 

"Supreme Court Gun Cases"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Coming out in September 2003, 'Supreme Court Gun Cases' dispels the myth that the High Court has been quiet on the subject of guns. The book runs 672 pages, covers 92 gun-related cases, and this is the bottom line: the Supreme Court has upheld the legal tradition and historical record of private gun ownership, self defense, and armed self defense, since the country began. The days of saying Americans have no individual gun rights are now over."
 

Liberal position on gun control is simple-minded
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Conservatives, says a new study, are simple-minded, to which I say that's partly true, some of us sometimes are, but I would also argue that the characterization can apply to some liberal dispositions, such as the one on gun control."
 

NY: Right to Carry Conference and 2nd Amendment Rally in New York
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"The Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education, Inc. (S.A.F.E.), will host the 2003 Right to Carry Conference and Second Amendment Rally on Sunday, October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ...Be sure to come out and get the latest updates on the Right to Carry, and hear guest speakers raise issues and give information you won't hear anywhere else!" ...
 

CA: Schwarzenegger opens at No. 1, poll shows
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"If California's recall election were held today, Democrat Gray Davis would be swept out as governor and Republican political rookie Arnold Schwarzenegger would be swept in."
 

Psychologists Misfire In Study
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Studies such as this make it clear why an individual's mental health records should not be available to those doing background checks on gun purchasers. For that matter, background checks should not be done on anyone, but that is an issue for discussion elsewhere. Psychology is so out of touch with reality that it is impossible to tell what next might be considered a personality disorder... that would then be used to expand the number of persons prohibited from owning guns."
 

Is Your School's Curriculum UN Approved?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The guidelines and We the People are so busy teaching multiculturalism and environmentalism that they have no time for teaching the 2nd Amendment (right to keep and bear arms), and the 10th Amendment (severely limiting legitimate activity of the federal government)."

"And now, it turns out, we are reporting on our progress at wiping out local and state control over curriculum to the UN!" ...
 

TN: Jury acquits pilot, who questioned IRS, of tax-evasion counts
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Kuglin, a pilot for FedEx since 1985, said she had paid taxes like anyone else for most of her life. But about 10 or 11 years ago, she began to question the federal tax system. She began to read court documents, legal opinions and the federal tax code."

"She said she found what she felt were contradictions. She wanted to know where in the federal tax code it said she was liable for taxes."
 

Multiple Victim Shootings And The Right To Carry
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"We must send a clear message to these people. Many more law-abiding people must get carry licenses and be trained in the defense of themselves and others. The police can not be everywhere and they are not legally required to protect individuals, only the public as a whole."

 

OH: One man’s lonely fight to bear arms
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"The French immigrant insists his actions make sense. They’re part of his on-again, off-again quest to challenge what he perceives as restrictions on the right to bear arms as covered by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

"His accent still thick after 42 years in America, the balding professional weapons designer believes the courts have stripped the Second Amendment of its meaning, and he’s willing to be the legal guinea pig to fix it." ...

[noted gun-rights advocate Stephen Halbrook, a Virginia attorney who has fought in many high-profile gun cases] scoffs at Warin’s tactics."

" 'I don’t know of any responsible Second Amendment advocates who would suggest that anybody get arrested,' he said."

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Would Halbrook scoff at Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King as well?

It would seem that establishment-recognized experts scoff while those
who effect change do the work and pay the price -- that the pedantic
blindness of the former does not become evident until after history
has run its course.
 

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