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Rep. Maloney Calls For Ban On Armor-Piercing Rifle
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A local congresswoman wants to ban the sale of an armor-piercing rifle."

"Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says under current federal law, .50-caliber armor-piercing sniper rifles are actually easier to purchase than a handgun. The weapons were first used by the U.S. military, because they can pierce tanks and aircraft." ...
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KABA Note: It must be terrible to live a life so full of fear that truth and facts can't penetrate.
 

Republicans Head to Convention Divided on Gun Ban
Submitted by: medicdave

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"If there's one issue on which Republicans usually agree, it's their strong defense of the Second Amendment. But less than two weeks before the GOP convention, moderates and conservatives find themselves at odds over the soon-to-expire semi-automatic gun ban."

"In a clash with pro-gun Republicans, President Bush has publicly supported the ban on so-called 'assault weapons' dating back to his 2000 presidential campaign. Although he hasn't actively pushed for an extension of the 1994 law, his spokesmen consistently reaffirm his support for it." [emphasis added]

"The law would sunset Sept. 13 without action from Congress. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have refused to bring up the matter for debate, and with only four working days left before it expires, even the law's supporters acknowledge it is doomed." ...
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Which does not mean we can take it for granted. Contact your representatives and let them know that you will be watching them!
 

Gun education important
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The year was 1952 as I remember it. The war was over and the troops were home. I was 16 and had just received a single-shot Winchester .22 rifle for Christmas. The gun was a present from my grandfather, Seneca W. Hall, who also happened to be Sudbury's police chief."

"Getting your first gun on your 16th Christmas (or birthday) was a common occurrence in most of what is now MetroWest, but, thanks to grandfather, mine came with strings attached. Before I could take it out for plinking squirrels or woodchucks, I had to pass a hunter safety and marksmanship course sponsored by the National Rifle Association at the Sudbury Rod and Gun Club." ...

"This was before the days of the NRA being a dirty word. In fact the government loaned .22 rifles and sold ammunition at cost to clubs which sponsored hunter safety and marksmanship courses. The idea was to develop familiarity with firearms and teach kids to treat them with respect." ...
 

Three Communities Use Data-Driven Approach to Gun Violence (JTO)
Submitted by: motoboy

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"... [A]n ongoing study in three small cities is finding good data collection systems can reveal sometimes surprising gun-violence tolls in communities that may not think they have a problem."

"As Therese S. Richmond, research director at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, explains, the logic behind the study was quite simple. 'If you look at how we attack diseases, you need the data that describes the disease first,' she says. 'So once you say firearms violence is a disease, you go to that first step and you do basic public health. You describe the disease.'" ...
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Measure how many lives were SAVED by guns in these 3 cities, too, OK? And note, also, that Japan, with almost NO guns, has a higher suicide rate than the US [the study includes suicide as "firearm violence"].
 

Don't mischaracterize weapons bill (6th letter on page)
Submitted by: medicdave

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"The inaccuracies in the letter from the NRA's Chris Cox attacking the assault weapons ban cannot go unanswered." ...

"It is clear to most Americans that the assault weapons ban has made a substantial impact on gun crime and violence without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners." ...
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Regardless of Rep. McCarthy's assertions of what "everyone knows", a number of independent groups (NIJ, CDC, DOJ) have determined that the ban has not had any impact on crime, much less a "substantial" one.
 

Clerical error puts Kennedy on "no fly" list
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has heard this morning from one of its own about some of the problems with airline "no fly" watch lists.

Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy says he had a close encounter with the lists when trying to take the U-S Airways shuttle out of Washington to Boston.

The ticket agent wouldn't let him on the plane. His name was on the list -- in error. After a flurry of phone calls, Kennedy was able to fly home, but then the same thing happened coming back to Washington.

Kennedy says it took three calls to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to get his name stricken from the list. The process took several weeks, in all.

And Kennedy asks -- what about the little guy?
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And KABA answers -- the "little guy" (who doesn't have Tom Ridge on speed dial) is ground beneath the iron heel of the jack-booted oppressors that you put in place.
 

FL: Jay Ambrose: Ban the butcher knives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The above cases all involved butcher knives and represent just three of many thousands of butcher-knife stabbings that have occurred in recent years. I checked it out in an electronic library, and let me tell you, some of the butcher-knife slayings you can read about there will make your stomach churn."

"Isn't it about time, fellow Americans, that we outlawed the sale of these wide-blade, sickeningly long means of mayhem, replacing them in our kitchens with short, thin knives that could easily perform all the necessary culinary functions?"

"A stupid argument? I confess that it is, but not much stupider than the argument of a New York Times columnist arguing for an extension of a national assault-weapon ban ..." ...
 

'Assault rifle' is misnomer; ban should end
Submitted by: medicdave

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"The Free Lance-Star's editorial "Extend the Ban" [Aug. 9] misses its mark, perhaps due to a misunderstanding of the types of rifles that the ban banned." ...

"Military assault weapons, such as M-16 rifles and M-4 carbines that fire multiple rounds with each pull of the trigger, did not fall under the 1994 Clinton gun ban. They already were regulated by a different federal law."

"Instead, the ban imposed arbitrary and ultimately futile regulations on several plain old semiautomatic rifles." ...

"Fortunately, with the expiration of the ban, these Toyota Camrys of the firearms world will once again be available to law-abiding citizens at reasonable prices. It's about time."
 

IN: Body Armor Can't Protect Officers From High-Powered Assault Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As Wednesday’s deadly shooting shows, body armor can't always protect officers against all dangers they face on the street."

"Officer Jake Laird was killed and four of his fellow officers were wounded in a shootout on the city’s south side early Wednesday morning. While they wore bulletproof vests, the shooter they faced was using an SKS assault rifle. The shooter, Kenneth Anderson, was using ammunition that can penetrate those vests." ...
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KABA Note: just about any rifle ammunition will penetrate a vest, which is why oppressive police agencies try to deny their subjects semi-auto rifles.
 

Philippines: Former US marine nabbed with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"SAGAY police operatives arrested a former US Marine lieutenant in a checkpoint for alleged possession of high-powered firearms and ammunition."

"The suspect, Russ Robinson of California, USA was with two alleged female "escorts", two non-uniformed security escorts and three uniformed security guards, all from Blue Eagle Security Agency (BESA) when intercepted on his way to Jomabo Island Resort in Escalante City."

"The suspect's wife Janette Sigon of Eroreco Subdivision, Bacolod, reportedly owns the security agency."

"They were on board two vehicles ... when stopped by police operatives led by Sagay Police Chief C/Insp. Norberto Boston, along Tri-Star Store in Poblacion I Highway, Sagay City." ...
 

OK: Judge Accused of Masturbating Resigns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Oklahoma judge facing removal over charges that he masturbated and used a device for enhancing erections under his robes during trials said on Wednesday he would retire from the bench."

"Creek County District Judge Donald Thompson, 57, wrote to Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry resigning effective Sept. 1, a move that will allow him to retire with a full pension."

"A former state representative and a judge for 22 years, Thompson was accused by state Attorney General Drew Edmondson of using a "penis pump" to enhance erections during trials and exposing himself to a court reporter several times while masturbating on the bench."

"The state Court on the Judiciary was scheduled to hear a motion on Friday to suspend Thompson." ...
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KABA NOTE: According to the L.A. Times, "Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has approved only 377 permits, mostly for judges, prosecutors, public defenders and retired federal agents." So a masturbating judge could get a permit before a pizza delivery driver.
 

UK: Gun owner jailed for five years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A BUSINESSMAN who kept a handgun and ammunition in a safe at his home was yesterday jailed for five years."

"Bernard Campbell, 45, who owns Bernie's Gym in Pembroke Place, Liverpool, claimed he had the gun because he was concerned about shootings in the city."

"The father-of-two pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to possessing a self-loading automatic pistol, ammunition and a CS gas canister."

"The offences came to light when police carried out a search of Campbell's home under the Misuse of Drugs Act." ...

"He said he had the gun because, 'everyone in Liverpool was concerned about shootings' and said he bought the CS gas in Belgium and had that for his own protection." ...
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Note that he harmed no one and threatened no one, but he'll do 5 years in prison. Truly, the inmates are running the asylum.
 

AL: New Tool for Fighting Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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The Morgan County sheriff's department is getting a new crime fighting tool. It's a military helicopter, donated to the department for use in the field.

The sheriff's department spent 5 weeks on engine repairs, new glass, and repainting. Now the chopper is ready to take to the air.

Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett said, "Oh, this is a great thing for the sheriff's department. What money we've used to refurbish this thing has come out of pistol permit money. It's not been anything out of, any tax payers have had to pay for this. So this is a good thing for the county."

The sheriff says his deputies will use the helicopter to look for suspects, missing persons, and in drug busts.
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So much for the idea that permit fees merely cover the costs of processing the application.
 

Australia: Martin case in the news in Australia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With the fifth anniversary of the Bleak House shooting just hours away, Tony Martin held court to a TV crew."

"The issue of how much force we can use to defend our property was the subject of fierce national debate after Mr Martin shot dead a teenage burglar and wounded his accomplice when they broke into his home."

"The same debate has engulfed Australia, after a female security guard shot dead a robber who punched her in the face." ...
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KABA Note: When they say "punched" read "wearing brass knuckles the robber held her hair and smashed her repeatedly in the head, bashed her to the ground, fractured her skull, an eye socket, her nose and left hand, and left her possibly brain damaged."
 

Sudan: The Meaning of Suffering, from the Farms of Darfur
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... "Khamis's village was attacked by the Janjaweed militias and government forces three times. He described how the first time the village was attacked they went to the police in a nearby town seeking protection and were told to go away. ..." ...

"Abdul was not the innocent civilian portrayed so often in these conflicts; he had carried a weapon and fought to defend his village as part of a self-defense group. He told me how the people from a neighboring village had warned his community that the Janjaweed militiamen were coming to attack. He said, 'We prepared 10 Kalash [Kalashnikov] to defend ourselves and then we went about 10 kilometers outside the village. We saw the Janjaweed and the government coming, but they were so many. They had guns and cars and planes, and we farmers, we have nothing, just knives and whips.' He told me about women who had been raped in the attack, and young boys who were killed when they refused to let the militias take the animals they were sworn to guard." [emphasis added]
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Yes, governments protect their citizens! And Sudan made sure to disarm them before rendering such "protection".
 

Sudan: Gun Ownership Would Have Prevented Genocide in Sudan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "In Sudan, it is virtually impossible for an average citizen to lawfully acquire and possess the means for self-defense. According to gun-control statutes, a gun licensee must be over 30 years of age, must have a specified social and economic status, and must be examined physically by a doctor. Females have even more difficulty meeting these requirements because of social and occupational limitations."

"When these restrictions are finally overcome, there are additional restrictions on the amount of ammunition one may possess, making it nearly impossible for a law-abiding gun owner to achieve proficiency with firearms. A handgun owner, for example, can only purchase 15 rounds of ammunition a year. The penalties for violation of Sudan's firearms laws are severe, and can include capital punishment." ...
 

IN: Demand drives sale of assault-style weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Don Davis has been telling TV audiences for years how he loves to sell guns -- but even he thinks the semiautomatic rifle used to kill an Indianapolis officer Wednesday and wound four others should be outlawed."

"'They're terrible,' said Davis, owner of Don's Guns, 3807 Lafayette Road."

"And, he added, 'I sell them like crazy.'"

"In 1993, Davis said he would stop selling the weapons, which have military features allowing rapid, accurate firing. He burned 44 AK-47s in a pit to make his point."

"Four years later, he began selling them again. He said politicians bowed to pressure from groups like the National Rifle Association to keep the weapons legal." ...
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Can you say "hypocrite" boys and girls?
 

VA: A Cultural Holdover Says Goodbye -- Annandale Gun Range And Hangout Closes After a Half-Century
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For 51 years, the Annandale Small Arms Range has been a gathering place for local gun aficionados, who often stopped by to pop off a few rounds after work or to chat amiably with Drew Smith, the assistant manager armed with a Glock 9mm pistol on his hip."

"But early Saturday evening, the managers of the last gun range inside the Beltway packed up their things and, just after sunset, left town."

"A dispute between Smith's bosses and the building's landlords couldn't be resolved, so Smith said he had no choice but to clean out the place, take down the cowboy hat hanging on the wall and close the doors for the last time." ...
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The term is genocide: The systematic destruction of a culture and its institutions.
 

OH: Plain Dealer: Business as usual, even with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hand-wringing and speculation abounded earlier this year over the implications of Ohio's new concealed-carry gun law for businesses."

"If you enacted a strict policy denying entrance to gun-carrying customers, would you lose their business and invite the wrath of pro-gun groups? If you didn't put such a policy into place, would you alienate customers opposed to the new law?"

"Now, nearly five months after concealed-carry went into effect in Ohio, the law's impact on business is more akin to an inconsequential ripple than a cresting wave of uncertainty. Whether or not businesses put prohibitive policies in place, it appears, has meant little in dollars and cents." ...
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See? The sky didn't fall.
 

WV: W.Va. State Police gun sale raises about $41,000
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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West Virginia State Police will receive about $41,000 from the recent auction of surplus shotguns, sniper rifles and machine guns.

The unwanted firearms were put up for auction earlier this month after the State Police decided to clean out its weapons locker. The agency received more than 30 bids for the weapons.

A Norinco machine gun, which resembles an AK-47, attracted the highest bid of $9,854, said Ken Frye, assistant director of the state's surplus property division.

The State Police also sold two Cobray machine guns, an Uzi pistol and three Uzi semiautomatics that it received from a gun collector who had been convicted of a felony.

Only holders of Class 3 firearms permits or Class 2 manufacturers were allowed to bid on the machine guns and Uzis.
 

CA: Shooters go to state championships
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Five members of the Redwood Practical Shooters Club traveled to San Luis Obispo during the week of Aug. 8 for the International Defensive Pistol Association California State Championships.

Darrell Godwin retained his California state champion position for the second year, defeating his closest competitor by over eight seconds. Godwin is now the outstanding Master Class shooter in the state.

Anyone interested in learning the safe handling and shooting of defensive firearms can contact club President Peter Matlin at 937-3310.
 

CA: Calif. Assembly Passes Toy Gun Bill
Submitted by: motoboy

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"On a 62-2 vote, the California Assembly has passed a bill that would increase fines for carrying or displaying realistic toy guns in public, the Associated Press reported Aug. 18." ...
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Will Ahnold, who has made his living thus far playing with toy guns, sign it? Stay tuned....
 

AZ: Kuenzli dogs adopted by local residents
Submitted by: Shovelhead

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"Maggie, Sheba and Hank -- the three dogs who were with Grant Kuenzli when he was shot and killed -- have been released by the Coconino County Attorney's Office and have been placed in new homes, according to a reliable source."

"While neither Coconino County Attorney Roberta McVickers nor Arizona Animal Defense League of Arizona (ADLA) lawyer Stephanie Nichols-Young would return repeated phone calls, the Roundup has learned that Nichols-Young drafted the agreement that allowed the dogs to be placed in permanent homes. The agreement stipulates that the dogs be made available in the event they are needed for the second-degree murder trial of Harold Fish, the Valley man accused of gunning Kuenzli down May 11 when the dogs allegedly charged him at a remote trailhead south of Clint's Well." ...
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No media bias here!
 

VA: Armed for dinner: Va. gun owners test new freedoms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One night recently, 30 people walked into a Fuddruckers restaurant in northern Virginia, most of them openly wearing handguns."

"They weren't law-enforcement officers, and they weren't desperadoes."

"They were law-abiding Virginians, celebrating the state's newly strengthened pro-gun laws."

"Virginia - like 36 other states, including Pennsylvania - has a law that requires local courts to issue permits to all nonfelons who want to carry concealed handguns. But the state requires no permit to visibly carry a handgun."

"A statute that went into effect July 1 further bolstered the state's gun laws by prohibiting any Virginia locality from enacting any regulations at all on gun ownership, carrying, storage or purchase." ...
 

NY: Bear's dinner visit proves deadly
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A 3-year-old black bear that had been repeatedly harassing a Highmount woman and entering her home was shot dead Tuesday by the woman's uncle when the bear entered the home again just after the two sat down to dinner."

"Robert Grennie said the bear had chased his niece, Candice Backstrom, inside from gardening four times and had entered her Rolling Brook Road home on several occasions, destroying an aluminum sliding door, freezer and about $125 worth of food." ...
 

Philippines: Three cops arrested for escorting businessman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Three policemen were arrested Friday at the Legaspi Towers on Roxas Boulevard in Malate district, Manila, after they were seen carrying firearms and escorting a businessman in an unauthorized operation, dzMM reported." ...

"Also arrested were Ervin Buol and Jose Rosete. Earlier reports said the two were civilian agents, but initial investigation by the Philippine National Police showed that Rosete was a businessman, who asked the policemen to escort him because he had death threats." ...

"Interior Secretary Angelo Reyes has ordered an investigation on who gave the policemen authority to escort Rosete." ...

"Authorities seized an M-16 rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, two 9mm bullets and a magazine ..." ...
 

Trinidad: Guard robbed of gun in Barataria
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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NORTH-EASTERN Division police had mixed results on Tuesday when they recovered a unlicenced firearm and then received a report of another gun stolen. According to reports, Sentinel Security Ltd’s estate constable Forbes was on duty at Penny’s Gas Station at Jumbie Bridge in Barataria around 8.30 pm. A lone gunman walked up, pointed a gun at him, and relieved him of his 9mm pistol and 15 live rounds of ammunition.

Police visited the scene and carried out a search, but came up empty-handed. Two and a half hours earlier, members of the Northern Division Task Force led by Sgt Louison were on patrol at Dusty Trace, El Socorro Extension, when they saw a man known as a “Go For” drop a bag, jump on his bike and ride off. On inspecting the bag, they found a Venezuelan-made 12-gauge shotgun, with no ammunition.
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See how gun control endangers police and security people?
 

UK: Gunning For A Change In Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Three years ago my son Micah, then 12, was beckoned into the house of a boy he knew and as Micah ran upstairs he was shot in the mouth with a high-powered air rifle."

"The boy had been left home alone and his father had left the loaded rifle under a bed. Fortunately the pellet pierced Micah's lip and his bottom teeth took the impact."

"As a result of this experience, I started to research airgun incidents and can appreciate the concern there is in Cumbria about air guns after a cat was killed and a woman motorist shot." ...

People are maimed, paralysed and terrorised all around the country and yet the foreword to the government’s control on firearms consultation states 'further restriction of airguns would be at this stage disproportionate'." ...
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Quit blaming the tool!
 

India: Home-guard molestation causes safety concerns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The safety of women commuters on the suburban system has always been top priority for the railways. But the recent case of the molestation of a woman home guard has raised the question: Who shall protect the protectors?"

"The incident which occurred on Monday has raised serious concerns about the safety of women home guards who work through the night armed with no more than a lathi. According to the railway police, the 19-year-old home guard was on duty at Khar railway station and was waiting inside the guard room at about 8 pm for her shift to start when sub-inspector Dilip Bhavar entered the room and allegedly molested her. She later registered a complaint with the Bandra railway police. Bhavar was arrested and let off on bail by a metropolitan court the next day." ... [emphasis added]
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But only cops and the military, right Sarah?
 

Malta: Striking the right balance -- Major John Schembri, a security consultant, answers Blanche Gatt’s questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The GRTU’s reaction to this decision was one of concern that it places too much burden on businesses. What are your comments on this and what would your advice to small business owners be?"

"I agree that the responsibilities are onerous. But at the same time someone has to shoulder them. I mean, realistically, what are the alternatives? We could do nothing and hope for the best; certainly one option, but is it sustainable? Recent events have put paid to that fatalistic approach. Alternatively we could fortify businesses at the expense of pleasing and conducive business environments. Armed self-defence remains an extreme third option but how likely is it to come into legal effect, and would it not create more problems than it solves? Do we really want to go down that road as a society?" ...
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A beautiful example of the delegitimization of self-defense, calling it an "extreme" option.
 

AZ: Judge tosses out evidence in Howell case
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"When Robert Howell fired a shot at police officers in March 2003 his action was “the product of the illegal government activity,” a judge ruled Monday in granting Howell’s attorney’s motion to suppress evidence against him."

"Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Janis Sterling ruled that the state cannot use evidence police obtained while executing two search warrants during a drug raid on Howell’s home." ...

"[Judge Sterling] wrote, 'the forced entry of the residence within five seconds of the first knock and announcement did not permit a reasonable time for response prior to the commencement of the forced entry.'" ...
 

AK: Miller, Murkowski trade shots over gun rights
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"Gun Owners of America, a 300,000-member national group, has endorsed Mike Miller for the U.S. Senate."

"Miller, a former state senator from North Pole, has maintained that his Republican primary opponent, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, has voted against gun rights."

"Murkowski has challenged that contention, citing her own endorsement by the 4 million-member National Rifle Association and prominent members of its Alaska chapter." ...
 

Canada: Report cites poor security at Defence facilities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The military is sloppy about guarding its weapons, ammunition and technology from thieves and terrorists, says a newly released report."

"An audit of five major facilities across Canada has found that local security officers were poorly prepared and badly trained, and that key elements of the federal government's security policy have been neglected."

"'A general lack of awareness regarding security issues seemed to prevail at each of the five facilities visited,' says the heavily censored report." ...
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But only cops and the military are professional enough to be trusted with guns, right Rosie?
 

SC: Federal Grant Helps "Get Guns Off Anderson's Streets"
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Anderson police say a reduction in "gun crimes" is the result of some extra money from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice has given the city of Anderson a grant to help fight a "growing gun problem." The extra money allows investigator Mike Clardy to check into "gun crimes" full time.

Clardy said the guns he seizes are "often connected to drugs."
 

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