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We need guns, not gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to Jack Lilly's letter on the Second Amendment: First, If you hear shots going off in the middle of the night I hope you called the police. And second, I am sick and tired of the blanket blame being laid on every honest responsible law abiding citizen who happens to own fire arms. I am not responsible for that poor fellow who was shot on his tractor or the hunting accidents that happen or that maniac who went on a shooting rampage in Burlington."

"What about all the deaths every year from medical mistakes, do you blame every person in the medical field for that? Or how about the carnage on our highways, is every driver or the car companies responsible for that? ..." ...
 

David Olofson Update
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From Dave and Pat Olofson:"

"Hello everyone."

"Please feel free to pass this message to those who will care."

"I would like to pass on an update on David, as I see it has been more than four weeks since the last."

"He tells us he is doing fine, and we have been getting about one call a week, so it is good to hear from him. He is trying to help others when he is in the law library. I remind him not to let his guard down or become complacent, as I’m sure they will be looking for an opportunity to go after him for anything else they can. He says he is losing weight with all the free time, exercise and the great food they have." ...
 

Selling the 'Reason' Not the 'Right'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the parking lot of my local Publix grocery store, I saw a pickup truck recently with a bumper sticker that read: 'Gun control means hitting your target.'"

"Ha ha. That's really funny."

"Actually, it kind of is funny. And, those of us who agree with the Supreme Court's recent decision ... would probably agree that this is exactly how gun control should be defined."

"However, it is not a particularly effective bumper sticker if our goal is to persuade gun control advocates to re-think their position." ...

"... those who are not already inclined to agree will take offense, shut down any alternative way of thinking, and be more fully convinced that people who are not for gun control are simply 'gun nuts.'" ...
 

I don't carry a gun…
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"… to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed."

"I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place."

"I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world."

"I don't carry a gun because I’m evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world."

"I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government."

"I don't carry a gun because I'm angry. I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared." ...
 

Gun Rights on Trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A homeowner suddenly confronted by a knife-wielding intruder reaches desperately for a handgun with which to defend himself. But the firearm lies disassembled and unloaded in a drawer ... the assailant strikes, and strikes again — with fatal results."

"The real cause of the homeowner's death in this scenario? That he had the misfortune to reside in the District of Columbia. For ... the District requires that all registered handguns possessed by its civilian residents remain unloaded and either disassembled or fitted with a trigger lock unless there is a 'reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm to the person.'" ...
 

Second Annual God Not Guns Sabbath Sept 26-28, 2008
Submitted by: motoboy

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"The God Not Guns Sabbath is an annual event that asks us to reflect on and respond to the epidemic of gun violence that kills nearly 30,000 Americans every year." ...
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Submitter's Note: Scroll down and you'll find this: www.godnotguns.org is a project of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Please visit our Web site, www.bradycenter.org for more information on how the Brady Center is working to reform the gun industry and educate the public about gun violence through litigation and grassroots mobilization.
 

CA: Would-be robber flees store after employee shoots him
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man was shot Tuesday morning as he tried to rob a Coachella convenience store, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department."

"The man entered the Y and M Market in the 1500 block of Second Street about 10:40 a.m. and brandished a handgun."

"Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and a store employee and the suspect was shot, according to the sheriff's department."

"The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle with a woman. They did not get away with any money."

"No one in the store was injured." ...
 

LA: Neighbors caught in the crossfire of shootout
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Was it self defense, or a danger to the community? It's a question many residents in the Faubourg St. John area are now asking after a recent shooting left bullet casings up and down their neighborhood block."

"On Sunday, around 10:30 p.m. ... two hooded men robbed an employee of the Soprano's Meat Market at gun point ... surveillance video captured the entire incident."

"'They robbed him, beat him with the gun, threw him on the floor, and demanded the money,' he said."

"But Abraham says his brother was only carrying $50, and so when the robbers demanded more, his brother pulled out his own gun to defend himself. 'What happened wasn't just some gunfight; it was a matter of life and death situation.'" ...
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H/t to Nicki F., who has her own view of these PSHs.
 

TX: Resident Shoots Apartment Intruder to Death
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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An apartment resident shoots another man to death after that man tried to enter his southwest Houston unit, according to Harris County Sheriff's deputies.

Investigators say Clarence Hill, 28, had an argument Tuesday night with John Cruz, 21, at the Sierra Pines Apartments on the 6400 block of Sierra Blanca Drive near Presidio Square Boulevard.

Cruz ran into his apartment and was followed by Hill, who forced his way into the unit, according to investigators.

After Hill entered the home, deputies say Cruz shot and killed him.

The Harris County grand jury will determine whether or not Cruz will face any charges in the death of Hill.
 

School puts together sensible gun policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kudos to Harrold, Texas! Finally, reason prevails over hysteria. It is the first school district in the country to establish a policy allowing teachers and staff to carry weapons to protect children from criminals and terrorists, who by their very nature ignore 'Gun-Free School Zones.'"

"The recent Associated Press article in the News was rather brief and did not include much of what I had read in the original article published by the Houston Chronicle ..."

"First, Texas law prohibits guns in schools 'unless pursuant to the written regulations or written authorization of the institution,' ..."

"Secondly, those wishing to carry their weapons on school property must first be licensed ..." ...
 

TX: Harrold school district's gun policy violates law, group says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorneys for a Washington, D.C.-based gun-control advocacy group have the tiny school district of Harrold in their sights."

"The 110-student district, 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth near Wichita Falls, made international news last week with a new policy that allows teachers to carry handguns if they have a state permit and permission from the district. The move appears to be unprecedented."

"But the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says school officials may be violating state law."

"'When I first read about this, I couldn't believe it was legal,' said Marsha McCartney, president of the Texas chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 'It turns out it wasn't.'" ...
 

TX: Perry says school districts should decide own gun rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that local school districts should be able to decide whether to allow concealed weapons on their campuses."

"'I'm pretty much a fan that if you've been trained, if you are registered, then you ought to be able to carry a weapon,' Perry said."

"He was asked about the policy of a small school district west of Wichita Falls, which may be the first to allow employees who are licensed to carry concealed handguns to bring their weapons to the district's lone 110-student, K-12 campus."

"After the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech University, Perry expressed support for allowing licensed Texans to carry concealed handguns anywhere, including churches, courthouses and college campuses." ...
 

WV: Walker endorsed by NRA-PVF
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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NRA-PVF, the political action committee of the National Rifle Association of America, has announced its sole endorsement of Beth Walker for Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals."

"'I am honored to have the endorsement of the National Rifle Association,' Walker said. 'West Virginia has a rich tradition of responsible gun ownership recognized in our state constitution.'"

"In a letter to the Walker campaign, Jordan Austin, West Virginia State Liaison, stated, 'On behalf of the NRA Political Victory Fund and all NRA members in the State of West Virginia, I am pleased to inform [Walker] of [her] endorsement for the 2008 General Election for West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice.'" ...
 

NY: Cop's The 'Inside Dope'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A VETERAN city nar cotics detective has been arrested for al legedly tipping off his confidential drug informants that they had become the targets of a federal investigation ..."

"Detective Earl Williams, a 19-year NYPD veteran, was indicted on charges of hindering prosecution by allegedly trying to protect a pair of half-brothers from [DEA] scrutiny of their cocaine-distribution ring in Washington Heights."

"Williams, 42, is accused of warning his two informants that the feds were on to their operation, that their phones were being bugged and, later, that the feds had executed warrants at their drug spots, according to a Criminal Court complaint filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office on Aug. 6." ...
 

NY: 2 cops are charged in Bronx road rage pistol-whip
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"Two off-duty female cops yelled, 'We are the police!' - and then pistol-whipped a Bronx man in what authorities call a case of road rage."

"NYPD Officers Michelle Anglin, 37, and Koleen Robinson, 24, were charged with assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon ..."

"It took 25 staples to close the gash in Marlon Smith's head ..."

"Smith, 35, had pulled up alongside Robinson's black Suburban with his driver's side car door wide open ..."

"'Close the door, you f------ a------!' one of the two off-duty transit cops yelled as Smith came perilously close to scraping Robinson's SUV."

"Smith proceeded to make a big mistake: He yelled at one of the officers, 'You are a f------ b----!'"

"And then it was on." ...
 

PA: Former Chief Sentenced For Losing Evidence
Submitted by: jac

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A former police chief in Dauphin County has been sentenced to nine months on work release for losing evidence.

Chris Wade admitted failing to properly account for more than $3,000 seized in drug investigations when he was police chief in Lykens.

Prosecutors said there is no evidence that Wade spent the money, only that he couldn't find it.
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Submitters note: You don't lose $3000.
 

CA: Speed shooters pistol-to-pistol near Piru
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The World Speed Shooting Championships are underway near Lake Piru."

"Alicia Setting and Molly Smith are both 11 years old and are among the world's best pistol shooters. They are two girls who say they enjoy guns over dolls."

"Alicia can fire a pistol at five targets, hitting the bull's-eye on each of them in a blistering four seconds. Molly is just as fast. They are both competing in the preteen division in the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championship."

"'It takes training, practice, and a lot of guts,' says Alicia"

"'She comes from a shooting background. I mean, I shot competitively for years; her mother shot competitively. And it was just assumed that she would,' said Matt Setting, Alicia's father." ...
 

AR: Siloam Springs Teen Experiences D.C. Through NRA Program
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Ginger Macfarlan saw first-hand how government works during a trip to Washington D.C. as one of the few teenagers chosen to attend the Youth Education Summit sponsored by the National Rifle Association."

"The 17-year-old from Siloam Springs was the only Arkansan among 48 high school juniors and seniors from around the nation picked for the trip. Around 300 apply"

"The all-expenses-paid weeklong adventure immerses participants into the workings of the nation's capital. They tour national landmarks, interact with politicians and take part in debates on national issues."

"Applicants complete a three-page essay about the second amendment to the Constitution and do other qualifying work." ...
 

UK: Sotheby's To Sell British Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Every serious sportsman knows that by late August, the Scottish Highlands offer an array of riches. Grouse season is a couple weeks under way. Deer stalking is at its peak, and the fly-fishing doesn't get any better."

"Sotheby's annual sale of antique sporting guns at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland is popular this time of year because winning bidders can walk out the door and take to the field with their elegantly engraved rifles and shotguns. ..."

"But at Sotheby's 35th annual Gleneagles auction on Monday, it's visitors from North America — particularly financiers from Wall Street's most storied shops — who are expected to keep the market for antique British guns smoking hot. ..." ...
 

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