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TSA Conducting Witch Hunt
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"The Transportation Security Administration is conducting a 'witch hunt' to ferret out and discipline employees in the federal air marshal program who have talked to the media, several sources within the program told MSNBC.com. Some air marshals are even being threatened with having the USA Patriot Act, a law enacted to help fight terrorism, used against them. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, denies that any such investigation is taking place."
 

NV: Drugs led ex-officer to deadly shootout
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"Two months after his drug addiction cost him his job as a police officer, Dave Freeman went to his doctor's home seeking more painkillers."

"But Dr. Sheldon Mike told his patient and former bowling buddy during the Aug. 4 visit that he no longer could treat him, nor would he write him any more prescriptions for the OxyContin, Lortab and Soma he had long been abusing. The doctor told Freeman that he needed help with his drug problem."

"The former police officer reacted by reaching into a backpack and pulling out a handgun, according to a police report obtained Tuesday by the Review-Journal."

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One more for the "only cops should have guns" file.
 

CO: Police Missing Rifle
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"Colorado Springs police are hunting for a missing rifle."

"A Springs police officer was responding to a call in the 700 block of Tia Juana Street Tuesday night just before 9:00 when he noticed the trunk of his cruiser was partially open and his AR-15 rifle was missing."

"It appears the trunk lid came open and the rifle slipped out of the trunk while the vehicle was moving."

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But only cops are responsible enough to have guns.
 

TX: Cadillac owner chases down, shoots car thief
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"A northwest Harris County man chased two thieves who stole his Cadillac early today, shooting and wounding one man."

"The man told Harris County Sheriff's Department deputies he discovered his car being swiped from the parking lot of his apartment complex on Gulfbank around 3 a.m."

"Using another vehicle, the car owner chased the stolen Cadillac about three miles and fired on its two occupants, until the car slowed and rolled into a curb in front of a convenience store in the 1200 block of Bammel-North Houston near Texas 249, deputies said." ...

"Deputies said the shooting probably will be referred to a grand jury without charges."
 

NM: New Mexico company sees light with smarter gun
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"New technology that senses subtle differences in people's skin might make a New Mexico company a prominent player in the handgun industry."

"Albuquerque's Lumidigm makes what's known as a biometric sensor. Using intense light, it can perceive who's who and lock out people who shouldn't be using a specific device, such as a handgun."
 

Canada: Don't worry about gun law, assembly told
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"The N.W.T.'s justice minister says aboriginal hunters in the territory shouldn't be worried about Canada's new gun laws while out shooting this fall."

"Roger Allen says he's been told the RCMP don't plan to charge anyone using unregistered firearms for hunting purposes."
 

PA: Marching against gun violence (Photo)
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"Children marched up Broad Street yesterday to kick off a campaign to collect toy guns from kids - in an effort to curb youth violence with real handguns. The march was part of the annual Youth Summer Non-violence Campaign, organized by the City Wide Improvement & Planning Agency, a community organization serving the youth of North-central Philadelphia."
 

WI: Atwood Clark Station Robbed At Gun Point
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Police are looking for the person who robbed a Clark gas station on the city's east side last night.

Police say a man approached the clerk at the Atwood Avenue Clark with a handgun around 9:40 p.m., demanding cash.

The robber took off with the cash on foot.

Police describe the suspect as an African American man in his 20s with a dark complexion, about 6 feet tall, 185-200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, dark T-shirt, police said.
 

UK: Driver Beaten by Gun Raiders
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"Gun-wielding robbers made off with a container full of cash after assaulting a Royal Mail delivery driver outside a post office."

"The robbers, wearing black balaclavas, took a container carrying cash from the van. They ran down Valley Road towards Fraser Road where they sped off in a car. No shots were fired."
 

FL: MATRIX is raising privacy concerns
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"The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is putting together a computer network that would allow police to analyze government and commercial records on every Florida resident, and the agency is planning to share that information with police in at least a dozen other states."

"Critics say the system - known as the Multistate Anti-Terrorist Information Exchange, or MATRIX ...would allow police to assemble electronic dossiers on every Floridian, even those not suspected of crimes."
 

PA: Sellersville Council urged to oppose Patriot Act
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"Like its neighboring council in Perkasie, Sellersville Borough Council Monday night was thrown into the debate over the controversial U.S. Patriot Act."

"Four borough residents urged council to discuss the matter and adopt a resolution in opposition to the anti-terrorism legislation that many believe extends to far into privacy issues and is unconstitutional."
 

MA: Board favors anti-Patriot Act resolution
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"On a night when the Board of Aldermen accepted a nearly $1 million federal grant to help protect Newton against terrorist attacks, aldermen unanimously approved a resolution questioning the constitutionality of America's domestic war on terror."

"Discussion of the resolution against the USA Patriot Act began in May when a citizen's petition accompanied by 136 signatures asked the board to adopt a resolution opposing the Patriot Act." ...
 

ID: Craig defends war, Patriot Act
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"Senator Larry Craig is defending the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act and the American policy of pre-emptive strikes." ...

"Craig says the Patriot Act was used 400 times in the last year. It resulted in 200 arrests and 100 prosecutions."
 

Turning lawyers into government spies
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"When will the first lawyer be arrested, indicted and sent to prison for failing to help the government convict his client? You can bet it will be soon. Once the Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Justice (sic) complete their assault on the attorney-client privilege, they will rush to make an example of a lawyer, lest any fail to understand that their new role in life is to serve as government informants on their clients."
 

IN: Guard approves donor Democrats for flights in F-16
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"In his 21 months as the leader of the Indiana National Guard, Maj. Gen. George A. Buskirk Jr. has approved 11 flights for Hoosier civilians on an F-16 fighter jet -- most to major Democratic contributors or activists." ...

"Buskirk, a major contributor to Democrats himself, signs off on the hourlong rides in the back seat of the state's only two-seat F-16."
 

IRS seeks states' help in hunt for tax evaders
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"This month, California's Franchise Tax Board expects to reach an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to divert 30 of the state's most seasoned examiners to ferret out Californians evading federal taxes."

"IRS officials say California is among the first states to sign such a deal, and it is unlikely to be the last."
 

UK: Gun drama man escapes jail term
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"A man caught with a loaded gun in a busy hotel during last year’s Edinburgh Festival has escaped a jail sentence."

"The Maitland Hotel in the Capital’s West End was full of tourists when Robert Dickson was seen by the night porter with the weapon tucked into his waistband." ...

"An armed response unit was sent in to arrest Dickson, of Blackcot Road, Mayfield, Dalkeith. He was found with what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol."
 

MO: Woman and her son shot to death
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"A woman, 51, and her son, 25, were both shot to death late Tuesday by two gunmen who had forced their way into the woman's home at 3901 Cottage Avenue looking for money, St. Louis police said."

"One of the killers also shot the woman's 11-year-old grandson in the head, leaving him for dead, but the bullet only rendered him unconscious for a short time and he rode his bicycle home. The boy was later treated at a hospital and released."

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More Missouri disarmament victims.
 

South Africa: Taxi war claims life of cop negotiator
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"A policeman, who was involved in trying to reconcile two rival KwaDukuza taxi associations, has become the latest victim of the bloody violence. He is 10th person to be killed in the past two weeks."

"Captain Vincent Khumalo was shot dead on Tuesday night while in full uniform. Police Captain Musa Khaba said two men in a VW Golf shot at him."

" 'He was shot three times in the stomach,' said Khaba."

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They can't protect their own, so how are they expected to protect a disarmed populace?
 

Philippines: Guard plays Russian roulette on self in Angeles City
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"A security guard was in critical condition after he shot himself in the head while playing the deadly Russian roulette with his gun on Monday at his post." ...

"Unciano said investigators learned from witnesses that Amor accidentally shot himself when he pulled the trigger of his .38-caliber revolver, which was pointed at his right jaw. The gun still had the empty shell in its chamber when it was recovered." [emphasis added]

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It wasn't accidental if he pulled the trigger!
 

SC: Four men rob couple outside Waterfront Park
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"Charleston police are looking for four men who robbed a Santee couple at gunpoint early Tuesday outside Waterfront Park."

"A robber took the victim's sneakers, gold chain, cell phone, pager, car keys and a wallet with $300 inside, police said." ...

"The robbers split up and drove off in the victim's Ford Expedition and a Lincoln Navigator. Stolen with the Ford were the girlfriend's purse, another cell phone and a pistol in the glove compartment, police said."

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What is the point of having a pistol if you're just going to store it in your glove box for the thieves to steal?
 

TX: Traffic dispute led to Travis deputy's arrest
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"Deputy Marc Taub, 33, was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon."

"Driving while intoxicated is a Class B misdemeanor, with a punishment of up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine."

"The other charge is a second-degree felony, with a punishment of up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000."
 

CA: Recall Supporters Violently Attacked by Gray Davis Thugs
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"All told, there were four attacks on our people. ...Our supporters were kicked, punched, beaten and tackled. There were several men attacked, a 20-year-old woman and then the 'WAR' thugs chased after and harassed, screamed at and terrorized a 7-year-old boy who was crying and shaking after watching his mother and father assaulted."
 

CO: Springs City Council approves weapons ban
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"The City Council voted Tuesday to ban the open carrying of guns in municipal buildings, a decision prompted by the actions of a man who's been showing up at City Hall with a shotgun."

"Uneasy city employees and some citizens called for the ordinance after Don Ortega began bringing his 12-gauge Stoeger shotgun - its stock painted bright yellow with a matching happy face - to City Council meetings." ...

" 'The proposed ordinance is cosmetic,' said Ortega, who hasn't threatened anyone. 'It only gives the illusion of safety. It doesn't prevent people from carrying concealed weapons.' "
 

MI: Residents Go To Battle Over Shooting Range
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"A local suburb is locked in a battle over a shooting range that residents say is causing a noise disturbance."

"Hundreds of residents living near a Department of Natural Resources shooting range in Green Oak Township say their normal lives have been disrupted, Local 4 reported." ...

" 'We've been here for 13 years. We've been here well before the range was ever even thought of and we didn't buy into this,' Wiegand said. 'No one asked us if we had any desire to be a part of the shooting range.' "
 

Bali: Infidels had Bali coming, says Bali Bomber, while quoting Michael Moore
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"Reciting from the Koran, and rambling in Indonesian, Arabic and Balinese dialect, the alleged Kuta bombing field commander, Imam Samudra, yesterday swore that he had no knowledge of the attacks - but said they were justified as part of the Islamic struggle for freedom and respect." ...

"Mr. Faisal also quoted from American satirist Michael Moore's book Stupid White Men and other anti-western texts."
 

CA: Supervisors call for ban on rifle sales
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"In a unified call for tougher gun control, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved drafting an ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit the sale of a type of high-powered rifle."

"The move follows a ban by the city of Los Angeles on .50-caliber rifles two months ago."
 

NJ: P'ville made federal case out of gun charge
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"The first federal prosecution of an illegal gun possession case out of Pleasantville resulted in a New Brunswick man's guilty plea in federal court Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said."

"Stanley Thomas Allen, 32, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler."

"Allen pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging that he was a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm."
 

CO: Springs bans guns at City Hall (Alternate Story)
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"Don Ortega showed up at Tuesday's City Council meeting with his shotgun - as expected. And, as expected, it was the last time he can legally bring the gun when he comes to City Hall."

"The City Council passed an emergency ordinance banning open-carry firearms on city property. The council voted 5-4, with Mayor Lionel Rivera breaking a 4-4 tie."
 

Let the Pilots be Armed
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... "Last week a Federal Air Marshal Service memo indicated that expenditures were being cut back, though that was quickly rescinded. Cuts are also being made in airport screeners."

"Yet, with so few marshals and the ineffectiveness of screeners, such cuts do not pose the real concern."

"What is more disappointing is that despite Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's public support on Sunday for arming pilots as a last line of defense (indeed it was the first policy he mentioned), the Bush Administration has fought the program at every turn."
 

UK: Inform plea to gunmen's families
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Police targeting gangland gunmen launched a campaign to get their own families to inform on them.

Scotland Yard's Operation Trident, which tackles black-on-black gun crime in London, has already seen a 27% decrease in murders in black communities so far this year.

A new Trident advertising campaign aimed at relatives, with the slogan "Don't let guns and drugs RIP your family apart", will target five London boroughs - Brent, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth and Southwark.

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Similar to the "rat out your neighbor" program in the socialist People's Republik of New York.
 

UT: 14 year old injured while stuffing illegally purchased gun in his pants while finger is on trigger.
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A Salt Lake City boy, 14, accidentally shot himself with a handgun Monday while attempting to holster the gun in his pants with his finger on the trigger. The victim's 15-year-old friend found the gun under his uncle's bed near 700 South and 300 East, where the shooting occurred. The boy is hospitalized in stable condition, according to Salt Lake City police. The uncle, who admitted owning the gun, was arrested on a felony warrant for false information on a federal weapons application.

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Note that gun owner is being charged for illegal purchase. This took place in an area known for illegal aliens and illegal drugs.
 

Fox News: The No Credibility Zone
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"We’ll never know exactly what transpired in the hallowed halls of Fox News, but it appears Bill O’Reilly didn’t want to touch the story. But a major Internet story it was, so instead of the 'No-Spin Zone', Fox arranged interviews by John Gibson, a spot on Hannity & Colmes, and with Greta Van Susteren. Gibson and Hannity & Colmes did the interviews, but for some reason it was bumped from Van Susteren’s segment."
 

For Shame
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"Personal responsibility obviously requires that people learn that actions have consequences. We've discussed that on these pages before where I've talked at length about everything from spankings to jail time. But perhaps the ultimate reward for personal responsibility is pride, and the natural punishment - pride's polar opposite - is shame."
 

Federal Courts and the Imaginary Constitution
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"The practice of judicial activism – legislating from the bench – is now standard for many federal judges. They dismiss the doctrine of strict construction as hopelessly outdated, instead treating the Constitution as fluid and malleable to create a desired outcome in any given case. For judges who see themselves as social activists, their vision of justice is more important than the letter of the laws they are sworn to interpret and uphold." ...
 

OR: Clark Co. Sheriff's sergeant's son taken into custody
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"Twelve year old Nathan Randall appeared in juvenile court this morning with his father, Craig Randall, who is a Clark Co. Sheriff's sergeant."

"This is not the first gun-related incident for this family."

"In January, Nathan's older brother, Matthew accidentally shot and killed their 10-year old sister, Emilee with their father's service pistol."

"The judge in Nathan's case said she was concerned about the home environment for the boy and ordered he be taken into custody."
 

UK: Carjacker jailed for seven years
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"A carjacker who kidnapped and robbed three lone women motorists at gunpoint to feed his crack cocaine habit has been jailed for seven years."

"Richard O'Connor threatened to 'cap' one victim with a replica pistol and told another she may never see her children again after jumping into their cars, Birmingham Crown Court was told."

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In the gun-free paradise of the UK, the criminals don't even have to have real pistols. They can terrorize the populace with toys.
 

CO: Prosecutor says furrier gunned down ex-lover in jealous rage
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"The defense conceded Denson shot Boyd at her ranch last summer, but said she acted in self defense when he attacked her while high on cocaine." ...

"Just before Boyd was shot he had demanded $300,000, Robinson said."

"The defense is expected to argue the shooting was justified under Colorado's 'make my day' law, which allows homeowners to defend themselves against unwanted entry."
 

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