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Woes beyond oil-for-food
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Our Constitution's Second Amendment is also under assault by the United Nations and global gun control advocates who met in New York last month to embrace an Arms Trade Treaty. Spearheaded by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), the treaty is an outgrowth of the U.N. Program of Action, a 2001 agreement that calls for curbing the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons through global regulations. But 'small arms and light weapons,' as they relate to the treaty, would include firearms used by American hunters and sportsmen. The NRA is fighting valiantly, but they may be out-manned."
 

Down With Democracy!
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"The Second Amendment is, without question, an individual right. Though the courts all too frequently issue rulings in disparate ways, and even constitutional scholars fight over it, the reality is that if it were not, the words "the people" wouldn't have been used. Such pre-eminent experts on the Constitution as the men who helped craft it later made clear that the Second was intended to apply to all citizens. Even so, a majority of Americans favor more gun control rather than less."

"Politicians who cater to the majorities in these cities are often rabid supporters of gun control. ..."
 

Worker right or workplace danger?
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"...Now that many states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons, the NRA is pushing to eliminate remaining restrictions on where those guns can be taken. Gun-control groups - and some employers - are fighting back. The outcome could decide whether more states expand the rights of licensed owners to carry their guns where they want, despite recent evidence that workplace gun bans do lower risk." ...

"The NRA will soon have billboards up in 10 to 15 states where ConocoPhillips has major interests, he says. The billboards will read: 'ConocoPhillips is No Friend of the Second Amendment.'"
 

Gun law expert, author of book on terrorist battling Catholic saint, blasts Vatican UN observer
Submitted by: News Admin

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"American gun law expert John Michael Snyder today blasted the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations for public support of UN international gun control schemes."

"Snyder, a practicing Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, said that, 'Archbishop Celestino Migliore’s public support for the proposed UN international arms control treaty is a direct attack on the God-given right of law-abiding citizens to self-defense. As such, it is an attack on the very right to life itself. Coming from an official of the world’s purportedly premier pro-life entity, it comes as a shocking example of public hypocrisy.'"
 

John Roberts - W's Souter
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"When the president announced John Roberts' nomination to the United States Supreme Court, I had doubts." ...

"...He worked in the Reagan Justice Department, clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court. Thus, he was perfectly positioned to provide insights into the thinking of conservative justices - how to counter the objections they'd likely raise to the anti-Amendment 2 position."

"If Smith had gone to one of the many liberal lawyers at Hogan & Hartson and asked them to help Operation Rescue with a challenge to Roe v. Wade, or to assist the NRA in trying to overturn the assault weapons ban - what do you think the response would have been?"
 

FL: Sign of things to come?
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"A Fort Myers shooting that has received little attention is headed for what promises to be an interesting court case. It involves a Dunbar grocer who shot to death another man in the grocery store's parking lot."

"During the confrontation, Nazario punched Hasan in the face. Hasan then shot him through the chest."

"The first thing business owners are expected to do is to call police if they suspect a crime is taking place. Hasan apparently was on the phone at the time of the shooting trying to do just that."

"Police did not arrest Hasan at the scene, but waited to see whether the state attorney's office would press charges. Last week it did ..."
 

TN: Killing at bank lot was an act of self-defense (Update)
Submitted by: Robert A. Tims

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"A sanitation worker who unloaded six .357 Magnum slugs into an armed kidnapper won't be charged with a crime, officials said Wednesday."

"And Jacob Evans didn't have a permit to carry the pistol, but won't be charged for that, either, officials said."
 

FL: Student arrested with gun at school
Submitted by: News Admin

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"One week into the new school year, a 15-year-old Hillsborough High School student was arrested amid allegations he brought an unloaded .380-caliber handgun to campus to scare off students he had fought with the day before."

"A guidance counselor went to the school's resource officer Thursday morning when she saw what looked like the outline of a gun in the front pocket of the student's jeans, Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said."
 

VA: NN officer's gun causes fright
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"A plainclothes police officer created a stir at Warwick High School on Wednesday afternoon when an employee saw a pistol on her and alerted a secretary who summoned police."

"The possibility of an armed woman at the high school brought a heavy police response as well as the fire department's bomb squad. Wednesday was the last day of summer school, and the only people in the building at 3:20 p.m. were office staff and employees in the adult education program, said Michelle Morgan, spokeswoman for Newport News schools."
 

CO: Aurora policeman placed on paid leave
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"A police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly pointed a gun at a handcuffed suspect in a squad car on Saturday, police say."

"Another Aurora officer reported him to a supervisor, Aurora Interim Police Chief Terry Jones said."

"Sources confirmed that officer Chris Stine is accused of pointing the gun."
 

GA: Georgia Judge Owes State About $250G
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Submitter's Note: More of the "rules don't apply to me" attitude from a public official who is in the position to affect your RKBA.

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"A Georgia judge owes nearly $250,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties, and the state is seeking to garnish his wages, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press."

"State Court Judge Jack Carney, of Pembroke, owes back taxes for calendar years 2002, 1989 and 1986, the state Revenue Department said. AP obtained the documents this week through an open records request."

"'They have, indeed, filed some liens,' the judge said Wednesday when reached by telephone. 'I am trying to work the matter out with them and really don't have anything else to say.'" ...
 

TX: Man with Dead Infant Shoots Self at Police Station
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"A man who took his dead infant brother to city offices later stole a gun from an officer at the police station and shot himself in the head Thursday in Kyle, northeast of San Antonio." ...

"The Hays County Sheriff's Office said that Twine brought his 6-month-old brother to the city offices about 7:30 a.m. screaming, 'He's not breathing!'"

"Paramedics called to the scene determined the child was dead. A cause of the infant's death was not immediately determined."

"About an hour later, Twine was brought to police headquarters."

"After getting out of the car, he struggled with officer Donny Fonseca and grabbed the officer's gun."
 

Canada: Open letter to Dalton McGuinty regarding gun violence
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"Like many Ontarians, I have been greatly saddened and frustrated with the escalating gun violence that has taken place in Toronto over the past month. ..." ...

"...I would hope you might address a number of other items on an urgent basis to help reduce the violence:"

"Putting the promised 1,000 new police officers on the streets. This has been promised many times before, during and after the 2003 election. ..." ...

"Lobbying the federal government on sentencing for gun crimes and stricter border controls on guns. ..." ...

"A youth strategy with a focus on coordinating and replicating programs for children and families that work. ..."
 

UK: PET ATTACK: Gun curb call after cat shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A WOMAN whose beloved cat was shot with an air rifle has branded the perpetrators as 'barbaric'."

"Helen Porter is now too afraid to let her other cats play outside her house in Mewburn, North Bretton, Peterborough, in case they are targeted by gun-wielding youngsters."

"Miss Porter (24) was horrified to find her black cat, Jenny, crying in pain outside the back door, with blood running out of her back leg."

"She quickly rushed the pet to an emergency out-of-hours vetinary service, just after the incident on Wednesday, August 3, at about 9.45pm."

"Luckily, the vets at the city's Broadway clinic, saved Jenny's leg – but she now has to hobble around with a metal plate in it for the rest of her life." ...
 

KS: State to Distribute 155,000 Free Cable Gun Locks
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At a news conference Thursday, in Wichita, Lieutenant Governor John Moore, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Wichita Police Department announced the next phase of Project ChildSafe.

The goal is to distribute 155,000 free cable gun locks to owners in hopes of improving gun safety.

The program is part of a national effort among U.S. attorneys, states and local law enforcement officials. Last year, Kansas distributed more than 218,000 gun locks and safety kits which include information about proper handling of a firearm.

Funds from the program come from grants from the U.S. Department of Justice.
 

UK: Debate rages over 'shoot-to-kill'
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"A FEARED gang leader and three of his crew are facing life in jail for shooting dead a teenager in the street."

"Pepe Brown - dubbed 'The God of Hackney' - Mark Lawrence, 23, of the Nye Bevan estate in Lower Clapton and Aaron Salmon, 18, were convicted of murdering 18-year-old Jadie Brissett at a trial earlier this year."

"A fourth member of the gang, Robbie Thomas, 22, of Dennington Close on the Jack Watts estate in Lower Clapton, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Tuesday."
 

MI: Gun locks to be distributed to local residents this weekend
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Gun owners can get free gunlocks at several locations, beginning on Friday in Branch County, in a national program aimed at preventing tragedy -- Project ChildSafe. These locks -- it is hoped -- will prevent children from using the weapons.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation will distribute free gun locks in at the Coldwater Wal-Mart Supercenter at 800 East Chicago Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m; on Saturday at Gander Mountain -- located at the Willowbrook Plaza -- from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and at area law enforcement agencies in Branch County on Friday, Aug. 12 through Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The project's sponsors has received $30 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to distribute the safety devices.
 

Canada: Mayor wants more police to fight crime
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"Mayor David Miller has formally asked the Toronto Police Services Board to hire 150 more officers to help fight the recent gun violence in the city."

"After a meeting with the board Thursday, he stressed that crime prevention programs, including helping young people stay away from drugs and guns, are still effective. But he said it's now time to give police more resources to fight street crime."

"Miller said he has also met privately with some of the families of shooting victims, including the family of a four-year-old boy who was shot and wounded."
 

PA: VanDenHeuvel selected
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"Leah VanDenHeuvel of Export, was selected to attend a scholarship program called the Youth Education Summit (YES) sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA)."

"VanDenHeuvel wrote an essay on what the second amendment meant to her personally. She was one of 40 students were chosen across the nation for this all-expense paid trip to the Washington D.C., to tour the monuments, the White House and to learn about what it means to be an American."

"She also met the vice-president of the NRA, Wayne Lapiere, as well as other key lobbyists for the organization."
 

OK: Police sergeant repeats as state pistol champ
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Edmond Police Sgt. Tony Fike has won the Oklahoma Police Pistol Competition state championship."

"Again."

"Fike, who won the award in 2004, won the overall award with a score of 2,972 points, 12 better than the second place finisher, a Norman police officer. Last year, Fike won the overall championship by only five points."
 

OK: Williams Cos. out of Oklahoma gun law challenge (Another report)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Williams Cos. Inc. has backed out of a federal lawsuit that challenges a new Oklahoma law that allows employees to keep firearms in their cars at work, leaving Houston-based ConocoPhillips as the primary plaintiff."

"Whirlpool Corp. and The State Chamber had earlier opted out of the litigation. The law has been blocked pending the lawsuit."

"In a written statement it released Tuesday, Williams Cos., said that continuing to pursue 'this isolated issue through the courts would require a disproportionately large dedication of company time and resources.'"
 

VA: Tim Kaine: Gun rights for violent criminals?
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"Jerry Kilgore would like you to think that Tim Kaine will take away your guns. This is about as likely as Tim Kaine taking away your goggles."

"While Jerry Kilgore brags about his ‘A’ rating from the NRA, we must consider some of the policies the NRA supports. You would think that the NRA simply wants to protect law-abiding gun owners who want to collect as many guns as they want to use for sport or home protection – and you’d be wrong."

"I once even heard some gun-rights advocates explain that it doesn’t matter if we do background checks to catch suspected terrorists who attempt to purchase firearms, because terrorists prefer to use bombs instead. Is that really the best excuse they can come up with?"

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KABA Note: No, Mr. Kaine. A fundamental right is not an "excuse." Your failure to recognize this fact makes you a very poor choice for Governor, indeed.
 

FL: Different alert from gun permit
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"Re the Anthony Diotaiuto/SWAT team story by Brian Haas: There is no logic in the police citing Diotaiuto's concealed weapons permit as a 'major factor' to involve the SWAT team."

"Drug dealers are not likely to have a concealed weapons permit. First, there is the considerable paperwork, fingerprints and expense. Then you have to take the gun safety and firearms law class."

"You have to satisfy the state's requirements for a clean record."
 

New Zealand: Gun fired during service station hold-up
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A robber who fired a shot while holding up a Tauranga service station last night escaped with a small amount of cash.


Senior Sergeant Ross Bielby of Tauranga police said the man entered the Summit Service Station about 9.45pm.

One shot was fired during the hold-up and the gunman then escaped on foot with "a small amount of money".

No description of the offender was available.
 

UK: Passers-by caught up in gun drama
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"ARMED police arrested three men after stopping a car in Verulam Road last Thursday evening."

"One of the men, who is aged 21 and from St Albans, has been remanded in custody by magistrates after being charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm."

"The other two, a 22-year-old from St Albans and a 21-year-old from Luton, are on police bail and are due to return to St Albans police station in October."
 

CA: ACLU Probes Taser Gun Incidents
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"The American Civil Liberties Union is asking three Bay Area police departments for more information about deaths in which Taser guns were used."

"As NBC11's Daniel Garza reported, Brian Patrick O'Neal died Aug. 1 after a struggle with San Jose police officers outside a San Jose apartment. In addition, police also used pepper spray and a baton. O'Neal died at a hospital."

"ACLU San Jose Director Sanjeev Bery told NBC11, 'We want to make sure that the follow-up police investigation of this incident that led to the death of this man is transparent and public and that all the information is made publicly available.'"

"The ACLU is asking San Jose police for records related to O'Neal's death."
 

Canada: Thoughts on the Canadian Gun Registry
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"...Government computers are notorious for having poor security. So what happens if some hacker manages to steal the national gun registry files and sell them to a criminal organization, like the outlaw motorcycle gang Hells Angels? Instead of randomly breaking into houses looking for weapons, they would now know exactly which houses to go to to obtain their desired weapons. They would know the address of the house, the names of the occupants, and even (I think) the ages of the occupants. And once this registry has been stolen, there would be no putting the genie back in the bottle -- everyone in the registry would either have to move or live in fear. That's a scary thought."
 

Philippines: Cop nabbed for poking gun
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"A Caloocan policeman was accused of gun poking and threatening a vendor who refused to give him the whereabouts of his live-in lover in Quiapo, Manila on Wednesday night."

"The lawman, SPO1 Tomas Gabrielles, of the Caloocan Police Community Precinct-Station 5, was slapped with grave threat and oral defamation charges."
 

Ireland: Former Irish Government aide on firearms charges
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"Former senior Irish Government aide Phil Flynn is to face firearms charges, he confirmed tonight."

"Mr Flynn, a one-time ally of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, said he was served with summonses by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau in Dublin."

"He is due to appear before Dublin District Court on October 10 for possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence."
 

NY: Albany needs to act now to stem the ongoing gun violence in the city
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"Something is wrong here, and I don't know what it is. A female teacher employed in a local private high school allegedly has sex with some male students, and it is front-page news, not only locally, but nationally."

"Yet when an incident of gun violence, such as the shooting death of 18-year-old Jihhad Scales occurs in Albany, it is a 'below the fold' story. Or, even worse than the 'below the fold' coverage of a murder, are the numerous gun-related violence incidents such as: blind man robbed at gunpoint; man robbed and hit in head with gun; 15-year-old shot in arm; etc., that both the print and electronic media ignore completely, or bury inside the local section."

"Has gun-related violence become so prevalent in the Capital Region that our local news media feel it is no longer a 'story'? Or is it not 'sexy' enough to warrant the full attention it deserves?"
 

OH: Columbus Gun Ban Goes Into Effect
Submitted by: Peoples Rights Organization
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"The City of Columbus's draconian gun ban goes into effect today. There is a 90-day grace period, during which time gun owners can register their guns they feel may be affected by this ban with the city."

"PRO IS RECOMMENDING that people NOT register their guns, but move them out of the city until this matter is settled in the courts. There is a great deal of confusion about what guns this ban covers. Because a provision in the new law stipulates that guns that are registered cannot be later sold or willed to a gun owners' heirs upon her death, this is essentially a gun 'surrender/confiscation' law, as well. It makes no sense to register lawfully owned guns for later surrender to the city with no compensation, so we urge you to move and store your firearms outside the city limits."
 

Russia: How I bought a rifle for self-defense in Russia
Submitted by: medicdave

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"When burglars killed a guard at my neighbor's summer-house, I started thinking about self-defense."

"The Federal Law On Weapons adopted under Boris Yeltsin in 1996 has enabled five million Russians to buy guns for this purpose. In Moscow alone, some 400,000 people legally keep 470,000 weapons to protect themselves, their families, and property against potential assault in these troubled times."

"The law in Russia is extremely conservative compared with that in the United States. Russians can only buy smoothbore hunting rifles of minimum 80cm, gas pistols, or revolvers shooting rubber bullets. Safe use of this arsenal for five years allows purchase of a twin rifle or carbine. Stub-barreled firearms are a taboo for Russian citizens."
 

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