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An interview with Michael Badnarik
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"I only have one priority as a candidate - and as an individual - and that is the restoration of the Bill of Rights and of constitutional government in America. ..." ...

"As president, I'll veto any new victim disarmament - 'gun control' - legislation, and I'll shut down the agencies that enforce the 20,000 unconstitutional gun laws now on the books. My administration will defend that policy in court as necessary. The right to keep and bear arms is not negotiable."

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How many other candidates running this year reflect these values?

 

John Kerry's Anti-Gun Record (NRA)
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FACT: Kerry has voted nine times in favor of banning semi-auto firearms.

FACT: Kerry has voted for a Ted Kennedy amendment to ban most rifle ammunition, including the most common rounds used by hunters and target shooters.

FACT: Kerry has voted to hold America's firearms makers — not violent criminals — responsible for crimes committed with firearms.

FACT: Kerry was one of only 18 Senators who opposed the Firearms Owners' Protection Act, which ended alarming abuses being committed under the 1968 Gun Control Act.

FACT: Kerry has voted to allow unlimited warrant-less inspections of FFL holders.

FACT: Kerry has voted to criminalize legal sales between private citizens at gun shows.

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Note the silence on Bush.
 

More Columbines?
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"This week it was reported there were 48 school-related violent deaths in America in the academic year just concluded, up from 17 and 16 in the prior two years. 'This is a pending crisis. We know it's coming -- we can guarantee it's coming,' said L.A. Police Chief William Bratton."

"For 200 years, American kids went to school with guns to hunt after classes. They did not turn them on one another. What is different? "

"Here's a clue. Kids are training themselves on simulators, some of them created by DOD, to kill one another. Medical studies show kids process the games in a different part of the brain than do adults, the sector that leads to copycatting. Garbage in, garbage out."

"You think Columbine was bad? Just wait."
 

One Month and Counting until Federal Assault Gun Ban Expires (JTO)
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"For nearly a year now, on the 13th of each month, CeaseFire Maryland and others in the gun violence prevention movement have called attention to the ticking clock on the 1994 federal assault weapons ban and have urged its strengthening and renewal, not its demise."

"Leah Barrett, CeaseFire Maryland's Executive Director, said: 'It is sad that we as a country have reached the point where time and hope have nearly run out on keeping and improving a ban on these weapons of war. Common sense is about to lose out to common fear -- the President's and Congress' fear of the gun lobby.' "

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It is fear of a tool's cosmetic features that is driving this irrational call for a ban. Pot. Kettle. Black.
 

Personal Defense -- What Women Want! (GOA)
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"Coupled with a strong sense of self and family, Yelena is extremely serious about the training she provides for women. It is no nonsense, down and dirty, and it works. But thanks (again) to her grandmother, her focus is really on developing the student, not just the technique."

"Closer to home, after reviewing the video my wife told me, 'I wish I'd had THAT training years ago.' From one woman to another... What more can I say?"
 

CA: Calif. Assembly Defeats Proposed Gun Show Ban (JTO)
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"The California Assembly narrowly rejected a bill that would have prohibited gun shows at the state-owned Cow Palace in San Francisco, the Associated Press reported Aug. 12."

"Most Democrats supported the bill requested by residents of crime-plagued neighborhoods near the facility. 'These neighborhoods are living in a war zone right now, and this gives them a comfort that they have asked for,' said Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)."

"But Republicans from rural areas argued that gun shows aren't the cause of urban shootings. ..."
 

Australia: Liberal leader settles gun defamation case
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"TASMANIAN Liberal leader Rene Hidding and anti-gun campaigner Roland Browne have settled their defamation case."

"Mr Browne, a Hobart lawyer, sued Mr Hidding for defamation over a December, 2001, press release he issued."

"The press release, titled Challenge to Roland Browne, was in response to comments by Mr Browne in his role as Coalition for Gun Control chairman about the Liberal's traditional recreation policy."

"Yesterday Mr Hidding confirmed a confidential settlement had been reached."

"He said that in the release, which he issued as police and public safety spokesman, he had referred to Mr Browne being often hysterical on anything to do with firearms."
 

IN: Police absolved in killings by man wrongly freed
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"In what the Indiana Court of Appeals deemed a 'tragic mistake,' the St. Joseph County Police Department let Phillip Stroud out of jail without posting bond because someone typed the wrong information into a computer."

"Two months later, in September 2000, Stroud killed three construction workers. He is now on Death Row."

"Tuesday, a panel of the appeals court unanimously ruled that the Police Department cannot be held liable for mistakenly releasing Stroud because it is protected under government immunity laws."

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There you have it. The government has no duty to protect you, can screw up and cause you harm and cannot be sued. And yet, they still want to disarm you.
 

IL: Firearm identification charge dropped against Wilmette man
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A man who robbed a Wilmette home last year and was shot by the homeowner when he broke in the following night has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Thirty-two-year-old Morio Billings pleaded guilty to residential burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was sentenced yesterday.

Billings robbed Hale DeMar's home of electronics, keys and S-U-V on December 28th. He returned the next night and was shot twice by DeMar.

DeMar's use of a gun started a debate when Wilmette cited him for violating its handgun ban. He is challenging the constitutionality of that law.
 

IL: Woodridge, IL Proposes To Strengthen Assault Weapons Ban (NRA)
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On Thursday, August 19, the Village of Woodridge will hold a Board Meeting to discuss Proposed Resolution No. R63-2004, which would "Urge Congress and President Bush to Reauthorize and Strengthen the Federal Assault Weapons Ban." Please plan on attending this meeting and voicing your opposition to this resolution. This Board Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM, August 19, and will take place in the Werch Board Room, Village Hall, Five Plaza Drive, Woodridge, IL, 60517. You can also contact the Village Board Members via e-mail at villageboard@vil.woodridge.il.us.
 

ME: Maine Members! Please Contact Your Legislators!
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"National animal rights groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States, have organized and funded a ballot initiative for the November 2 election that would ban the three traditional methods of bear hunting—baiting, hunting with dogs, and trapping. These groups routinely use ballot measures to curtail hunting throughout the country and have been successful in several states, including banning all trapping in neighboring Massachusetts. Please be sure to encourage your family, friends and fellow sportsmen to vote "NO" on this initiative in the November 2 election. ..."
 

CA: California Members! Please Contact Your Legislators!
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"SB 1733, the proposed ban on gun shows at San Francisco's state-owned Cow Palace failed to pass the state Assembly on Thursday. The bill was defeated by a 38-36 vote, three votes shy of a 41 vote majority. Unfortunately, the bill was granted reconsideration and could be voted upon anytime. AB 50, the bill to ban the sale and possession of .50 caliber rifles was passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and will head to the Senate floor. SB1140, the bill that would make it a crime if a minor gains access to your firearm with or without your permission passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is going to the Assembly floor. Please contact your Assemblyman and ask him to vote "NO" on the preceding legislation. ..."
 

TX: Texas Governor Signs Reciprocity Agreement With Idaho! (NRA)
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This week, Governor Rick Perry (R) signed a Concealed Handgun License reciprocal agreement with the State of Idaho, to take effect immediately. The agreement had been negotiated by the Office of Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who was given authority to negotiate such agreements through legislation sponsored by Rep. Jack Stick (R-Austin) and Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) during the 2003 Texas Legislative session. Governor Perry also signed agreements with the States of Utah and Mississippi; those documents await signature by the appropriate authorities in those states.
 

CA: Teenager Fails in Bid to Buy Gun Maker (N.Y. Times version)
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"California teenager paralyzed by a defectively designed semiautomatic handgun lost his bid in federal bankruptcy court yesterday to buy the company that manufactured the gun."

"The teenager, Brandon Maxfield, bid $505,000 to buy the company, Bryco Arms, but the bid was topped by an offer of $510,000 by Bryco's former plant manager, Paul Jimenez."

"Mr. Maxfield, 17, had wanted to buy the company's machinery and inventory of 76,000 unassembled gun frames to turn the weapons over to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be destroyed, said his lawyer, Richard Ruggieri."
 

WA: Gun purchase checked
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"Monroe police want federal agents to look into how Bryan Hetherwick was able to buy a gun just hours before killing his grandson and himself." ...

"Police have learned that Hetherwick was looking for a gun three days before the shootings. ..."

"Dave Workman, communications director for the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said there is no evidence that supports that a 'waiting period or any other gun-control law' reduces suicide rates. 'Even if a person waits five business days, if they want to kill themselves they going to do it anyway,' he said." ...

"She plans to tell lawmakers about her family's tragedy and urge them to tighten gun controls and increase mental health services."
 

IN: Stun gun used on Alzheimer's patient
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"A man says he thinks South Bend police overreacted when they used a stun gun on his 65-year-old father after he wandered into a busy street."

"Police Capt. John Williams says the officer had no way of knowing that Thompson Thewo has Alzheimer's disease." ...

"A South Bend officer shot Thewo with a Taser when he refused to come out of the street. Thewo's son, Matthew, says his father suffered deep cuts to his face, a fractured arm and a dislocated elbow when he fell."
 

NJ: Jersey gun banners speak out
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"With the federal ban on semi-automatic assault weapons due to expire on Sept. 13, some New Jersey delegates are imploring the public to support an extension of the ban."

" 'This is a matter of life and death. We need to act expeditiously,' Sen. Jon S. Corzine, D-NJ, said at a news conference last Thursday at the Monroe Township Public Library. Corzine was accompanied by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg and Rep. Rush Holt, both D-NJ."

" 'It’s not enough to talk about it,' Corzine said. 'We have to make sure that there is a federal effort to make sure we keep these weapons off the street.' "
 

MO: Concealed guns not barred from fairgrounds
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"Along with familiar banners promoting beer and wine gardens, funnel cakes and the last flashlight you'll ever buy, new signs are up outside the Missouri State Fair's main concert stage: 'No Concealed Weapons in Grandstand.' "

"But it's a narrow ban on hidden handguns, covering just a fraction of the 396-acre fairgrounds. ..."

"The State Fair Commission decided without fanfare to bar concealed weapons only in the places where alcohol is sold - although fairgoers are free to stroll around the grounds carrying drinks and concealed guns."
 

UK: Firearm charge follows assault
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"A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with using a firearm to resist arrest, and two counts of assaulting a police officer, in Staines."

"The incident took place in the car park of The Two Rivers retail park, at around 1.45am, on Sunday, August 8, when a male suspect under arrest for a public order offence committed outside the Toad pub, in the High Street, then assaulted a police constable by punching and headbutting him."

"He then took the officer's CS spray, using it against the officer, before he was detained by some Special Constables, and further assaulted a male Special by kicking him."
 

NY: 24th Congressional District Republican Primary Offers Candidates With Very Differnet Views On Gun Rights
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"The September 14th Republican primary in the 24th Congressional District pits incumbent Congressman Sherwood Boehlert against challenger David Walrath. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and SCOPE would like to remind voters, especially the gun owners, shooters, and sportsmen of the district, about these candidates. positions on gun rights issues."
 

CA: Warn kids in Alameda about guns
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"My husband is a hunter and has a small gun collection. I'm concerned about my children coming into contact with them. Do you have any suggestions to help me safeguard my children, or to help educate them? ..."

"Don't assume that because you don't own a gun your child is not in need of training. Your kids may come in contact with a firearm in someone else's home, or they may find one in their travels. If you own a firearm, we advise enrolling yourself and your family in a firearms safety course."

"The No. 1 rule in those courses is almost always, TREAT ALL GUNS AS IF THEY ARE LOADED! ...Never deviate from this rule. Not even after you have determined that the firearm is in fact unloaded. ..."
 

OH: Judge bars Clyde's gun ban
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"As anticipated, the disagreement between the City of Clyde and Second Amendment advocates has landed in court, and Clyde has lost the first battle."

"Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Judge Harry Sargeant Thursday granted a temporary restraining order, barring the city from enforcing a ban on legally concealed weapons in city parks." ...

"The motion seeks to have the city's ban declared unconstitutional and to prevent the city from enforcing it. The action names the City of Clyde and various Clyde officials, including City Solicitor Barry Bova, Mayor Dan Giebel, City Manager Dan Weaver, council members and Sandusky County Sheriff David Gangwer."
 

UK: Couple's stun gun terror
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"TWO teenage sweethearts are recovering after being attacked with a stun gun."

"The boy and girl, both 15, were sitting on the platform at Flowery Fields railway station in Hattersley, Tameside, when a gang of three boys and a girl went up to them."

"In an unprovoked attack, the boys punched the boyfriend in the head and when he tried to run out of the station in Bennett Street, they chased him, punching and kicking him to the ground."

"The gang then used a stun gun on the back of his neck and stole a silver neck chain before turning on his girlfriend, with the female member of the gang snatching neck chains from the victim."
 

OH: Sheriffs find positive new use for CHL equipment
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"What began as a piece of equipment to grant concealed weapon licenses is now helping find missing children."

"The Ross County Sheriff's Office rolled out a program called KidPrint ID that gives parents an identification card containing a recent photo, physical description and thumb print." ...

"The ID card can be created in minutes using a digital camera, laptop computer and portable card printer -- the same printer used to create licenses to carry a concealed handgun. ..." ...

"Concealed-carry opponents have complained about the initial expense of this equipment, which was a one-time cost of about $8000."

"Now, sheriffs have found two ways to use the machine to help save lives."
 

FL: Victim Made Seven 911 Calls Before Mass Murder
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"Investigators in Volusia County, Fla., released seven 911 calls Tuesday made from one of the six victims of the Deltona mass murder, according to Local 6 News." ...

"Deputies were unaware that the seven phone calls would be followed by the mass murders, according to the report."

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So, Sarah. You'd like us to rely on the police to protect us from criminals?
 

AL: Gun safety is the focus of the second annual Baker Hill Safety Day Aug. 14.
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"The Town of Baker Hill and the Baker Hill Police department will partner with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearm safety education program, to distribute 300 free firearm safety kits to local residents."

"The safety kits, which include a gunlock, will be distributed from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Baker Hill Town Hall, 1896 Hwy. 131."

"Baker Hill Mayor Jimmy Cochran said the Baker Hill Fire Department, Baker Hill Rescue and police will have several vehicles as well as equipment on display for the community to see up close."
 

UK: Gun thug shoots at bus
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"AN air rifle yob opened fire on a bus, smashing a window." ...

"Now police officers are planning to travel on the buses to stamp out the problem."

"And in an extra security measure, unmarked cars carrying police officers will also follow the buses."

"The incident is the latest in a spate of attacks on buses and happened at around 9pm on Wednesday night."
 

UK: Jailed for gun attack
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"A GUNMAN who terrorised two teenage boys after bursting into a house brandishing an arsenal of weapons has been jailed for ten years."

"Ben Hatto, 23, of Hanwell, burst into the home of 16-year-old Robert Sams with a group of men on May 22 last year and pointed a gun at him and demanded money."

"Andrew Rodger, prosecuting, told Isleworth Crown Court: 'There were four or five other young men but the defendant was the ring leader and he pointed the gun in the face of Mr Sams saying 'Where is the money?'. Another of the young men began lashing out at him with a hammer.' "
 

NM: More than 1,600 licensed for concealed guns
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"More than 1,600New Mexicans have been licensed to carry concealed, loaded handguns since the beginning of the year."

"The state Department of Public Safety released the license figures today, saying that slightly more than 350 other New Mexicans had applied and were undergoing background checks."

"Under a law that went into effect January First, New Mexicans 25 and older are authorized to apply for two-year concealed carry licenses."

"They must complete firearms training and pass national and local criminal background checks."
 

Australia: 'Thank God I live in America!' -- U.S. readers condemn Aussies for charging security guard with murder
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"Last week's column on Australian security guard Karen Brown had an effect. It made many Americans who read it online proud as hell, and relieved as hell, to be Americans. And since it was picked up as a link on the National Rifle Association website, Brown's story -- she's been charged with murder for fatally shooting a robber after he bashed in her face -- triggered a like-minded reaction from just about every state of the union." ...

""I am appalled by such callous misuse of the law. That SOB would have suffered the same fate at the hands of an American police officer or a citizen. No wonder armed robbery (in Australia) is up 166%. This is exactly what gun control brings on the innocent citizen. ..."
 

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