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Shooting Medalists in National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"In other news, John Potter and Tamara Barnett of Fort Worth and Joe Miller of Arlington won medals in July at the 22nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Cleveland...All participants are veterans confined to wheelchairs."

"Potter scored two golds and a silver in air-gun shooting and nine-ball pool; Miller won one gold and two silvers in manual wheelchair slalom, 5-kilometer road race and 5,000-meter track; and Barnett won one silver and one bronze in track events."
 

TX: Two officers on leave after dog's shooting
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A...police officer and an animal control officer are on leave with pay while administrators consider whether to fire them because they did not notify supervisors that the officer had shot and killed a dog, a police official said Monday."

"When cornered, the dog, a pit bull, became aggressive, and the officer was forced to shoot the animal."

"The officer did not write a report about the shooting or immediately notify a supervisor as required by department policy."
 

Taking Liberties With The Law - An FBI Strategy
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Most Americans probably have never heard of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a highly secretive body that wields considerable power over sensitive law enforcement surveillance. The judges, in effect, approve spying on terror suspects."
 

Is Ashcroft's Concern for Privacy Just a Patriot Act?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Until the people take it to court the government really doesn't seem to care how far it will go to extend its powers, especially during times of war. If they don't care enough about the Constitution to even attempt to follow its dictates in the declaration of war why should anyone believe it somehow guarantees the protection of our rights. The president, congress and our courts play lip service to the Constitution, but they don't enforce its restrictions upon themselves."
 

OH: Police admit "Protection Order Not Worth Much" in Ohio
Submitted by: Anonymous

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" 'When someone is very determined to hurt someone or terrorize someone, a protection order doesn't mean much,' said Akron police Lt. Sylvia Trundle."

... and a concealed weapon, in your own home, is still a felony in Ohio.
 

OR: "Child Safety at Home, School Emphasized"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Yewman said hers is not an anti-gun message: 'Most gun owners want guns to be used in a safe way and kept away from children. Charlton Heston (president of the National Rifle Association) wouldn't want his grandkids playing with loaded guns.' "
 

Forum Discussion: Firearms and Self-Defense
Submitted by: Heather James

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Ongoing discussion about firearms and self-defense on an international mainly-tech forum site. Put in your 2 bits!
 

IL: Illinois State Rifle Association Marks the Passing of Former President John Smerz
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The ISRA is marking with great sadness, the death of past president John Smerz. Mr. Smerz served as president of the organization from 1984 through 1987 and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the ISRA's Kankakee range."

"A resident of Villa Park, Illinois, Mr. Smerz was an avid competitive pistol shooter who was a member of the ISRA Pistol Team and the organizer of the ISRA's Sunday Morning Bullseye League."

"At the time of his death, Mr. Smerz was 51 years of age."
 

Military tells 14,000 reservists they may be needed for second year of service
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Air Force has notified at least 14,000 National Guard members and reservists they may be needed for a second straight year of active-duty military service for the war on terrorism, military officials said Monday."

"The largest group facing an extended term are some 5,700 Air National Guard security troops who protect bases, said Kathleen Gereski, a spokeswoman for the National Guard Bureau. Some are serving at domestic bases; others have been sent overseas, she said."
 

New Zealand: Firearms mystery solved - large cache of buried weapons discovered
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The mystery of a cache of firearms buried in Auckland years ago has been solved."

"The 200 badly corroded firearms were found last month at a property being developed in Glen Innes."

"Police originally thought they could have been dumped by a thief who decided he had too many, but yesterday said the firearms were buried after a 1973 fire at a sports wholesale company."
 

Sharpton details positions on 'Meet the Press' - supports gun control
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Rev. Al Sharpton said he supported gun control, gay marriage, and slavery reparations and denounced the Bush administration's tax cuts and support for school vouchers in an appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press' Sunday."

"Sharpton, who is exploring whether to make a presidential bid, said he continues to believe that 'something happened' to Tawana Brawley, a black teen-ager who claimed she was raped by a gang of white men."
 

VT: Police Department Gets Patrol Rifles (M-16's)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The St. Johnsbury Police Department has added another tool to its law enforcement toolbox -- two military issue M-16 patrol rifles."

"The patrol rifles will not be used for sniper or SWAT team work, said patrol rifle instructor and St. Johnsbury police officer Mark Jenks."
 

There's No Place to Hide
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The next word in security is a system so thorough that it will reveal even the contents of a cigarette pack hidden in your coat pocket."
 

FL: Dad shoots intruders to save daughter, self (update)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Man kills 2 intruders that forced their way into his hotel room. This is more detailed than the earlier article. The county sheriff, Rod Shoap, had this to say: 'We don't have to put up with this. If you rob someone, you might have this coming.' "

Now THERE'S common sense.
 

Officials: Congress' OK Not Mandatory For War
Submitted by: Paul Parker

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More from the George "I'll do anything I damn well please because I'm comander in chief" Bush administration
 

FBI looks into whether gun caught in Philadelphia made it past Atlanta screeners
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/Nicki

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This is a follow up to the earlier story about the same woman who had a firearm in her carry-on.

It's further proof that our "crackerjack" airport security buffoons need to be replaced by a competent, armed passenger corps.
 

Security breach forces rescreening of passengers at Denver airport; thousands inconvenienced
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/Nicki

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"A security breach shut down Denver International Airport for 90 minutes Monday morning, emptying all three concourses and forcing several thousand travelers to go through another screening."

A passenger had apparently gotten through security without complete screening.

""We will certainly have some delays. It could be up to two hours. Anybody planning on travel today should call ahead," said Chris Brathwaite, spokesman for United Airlines, the biggest carrier at the airport."
 

Bush Lawyers Believe Vote Not Needed for Iraq War
Submitted by: Paul Parker

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"Any decision that the president may make on a hypothetical congressional vote will be guided by more than one factor. The president will consider a variety of legal, policy and historical issues if this becomes a relevant matter. Finally, he will consult with Congress because Congress has an important role to play," he said.
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SUBMITTER'S NOTE:
The president's decision must be based on only one factor -- the Constitution.
 

Tape of 911 call: Victim begs for help for 48 minutes
Submitted by: Shawn Smith
Website: http://www.getusout.org

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"As Godfrey pleaded and prayed on the phone, one floor below was the body of her husband, Glenn Godfrey, 53. Just before 12:30 that morning, police say, he was shot to death by a distraught Karen Brand, with whom he'd had an affair. Brand, 33, then shot Patti four times in an upstairs hallway and retreated downstairs. Police say Brand had entered the Godfreys' home while they were gone and waited in a closet for their return."

"Police tapes released Thursday detail a critically wounded woman's harrowing 48-minute wait for help as confused officers wandered nearby streets and dispatchers disregarded the address she gave them, relying instead on inadequate computer information."

"She described her injuries in detail. One bullet had ripped through her stomach, another through her leg, and her right arm was nearly severed, she said."

" 'Would you please . . . somebody out there to help me?' she said."
 

AZ: Dem foes get tough at governor debate
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Libertarians picketed the debate because their two candidates, Barry Hess and Gary Fallon, were not invited to participate. Police arrested one protester, Tucson congressional candidate Joe Duarte, for hoisting his sign in an undesignated area."
 

AL: Officers to train for shooting, embark on "prevention of school violence"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The deputies will begin with some classroom time Saturday morning, learning various techniques such as how to enter a school building and what to do if there are injured people."

"The afternoon will truly test their knowledge and ability with a practical field exercise at Dadeville High School."

"The department is also working on preventative measures, such as posters at each school promoting the prevention of school violence."
 

Russia: Traffic cop kills four, wounds 11 in rampage
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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Here's one for the "Only Police and Military should have guns" crowd.
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"A Russian traffic policeman shot four people dead and wounded 11 others for no apparent reason in a far-eastern village, a local police official said."

"The policeman stormed into a bar in the village of Yaroslavka early today and opened fire on customers with his standard issue weapon, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted the official as saying."
 

MN: Minneapolis officer faces review after prank with fake grenade
Submitted by: Shawn Smith
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"A grenade found in a police officer's mailbox that prompted officials to call out the bomb squad turned out to be deactivated, and was put there as a prank by a fellow officer, authorities said."

"Police began an internal investigation after a corporal working in the Third Precinct discovered the grenade in her mailbox at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Bomb squad investigators determined there were no explosives in the grenade."

QUESTION:

Why does this officer merit only "an internal investigation" when his superiors -- the people -- would be charged and investigated openly, under the watchful eye of the terrorism-frenzied media AND police?
 

Conservatives Trump Liberals in Thirst for Federal Power
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"The original vision of the Founding Fathers for these United States was one of limited power for the centralized or federal government. Instead, they envisioned a country comprised of strong state governments and much personal freedom. The limited nature of the federal government can be readily observed in the brevity of described duties in the U.S. Constitution and in the strong prohibitions against federal power contained in the Bill of Rights."
 

TX: Events to mark Sept. 11 attacks
Submitted by: serinde
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"[M]arking the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County will host A Day of Caring and Remembrance on Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth."

"[P]eople can...donate blood and canned goods, or...write letters to the troops in Afghanistan. Grief counseling will also be offered."

"At 7:46 a.m. CDT, the time that the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, bells will toll at more than 1,300 churches throughout the county."
 

TX: Schools distribute guides for crises
Submitted by: serinde
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"The Arlington school district gave teachers a set of crisis guidelines this year ..."

"The manual gives tips for handling 16 crisis situations, from accidental injury and hostage situations to sniper gunfire and weapons."

"A crisis manual has been available to principals for years. It began to grow in size and detail as school violence made headlines through the 1990s and into this decade."

"Giving a guide to teachers seemed like the next logical step..."
 

KY: Girl blames herself for brother's slaying
Submitted by: serinde
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"A 10-year-old girl who survived a knifing rampage that killed two siblings and wounded her mother blames herself for her brother's death and can't stop talking about the attack, her aunt said."

"Courtney felt responsible for her brother Cody's death because she left the house to get help by pretending to be dead and sneaking out the back door."

[Most 10-year-olds are old enough to handle a gun safely.]
 

DE: Wilmington police photo policy under fire
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Two Wilmington police squads created in June to arrest street-level drug dealers have taken pictures of at least 200 people who were not arrested for any crimes."

"The pictures, names and addresses of the people - mostly minority men - are being used to create a database of potential suspects to investigate future crimes, Police Chief Michael Szczerba said."

What's next - the department of future crime?
 

PA: Grassroots Activism is for All Sides
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Michael J. Slavonic Jr. inspired today's column. He is the secretary of Firearms Owners Against Crime, which bills itself as 'Pennsylvania's Largest Pro-Gun, Pro-Civil Rights Political Action Committee.' "

"The Founding Fathers must have had people like him in mind when they created the Second Amendment."

"Slavonic is a regular guy with a regular job who is passionate about protecting your right to keep and bear arms. He could be your neighbor, or mine. We should
be so lucky."
 

FL: Man fatally shoots intruder at North Fort Myers hotel
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A man fatally shot one intruder and critically injured another after they forced their way into his hotel room during an attempted robbery."

"Steven D. Robey, 46, was pinned to the bed with a gun to his head Saturday when he grabbed his .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol from under a pillow and started shooting. One of the suspects had grabbed Robey's 16-year-old daughter and was bringing her into the bathroom."
 

Burton's panel finds links to foreigners in Oklahoma City blast
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana, was back sniffing around Oklahoma City last week looking for reasons to believe that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had help."

"They found plenty. Committee lawyer Marc Chretien interviewed at least six people who claimed to have seen McVeigh keeping company with foreign-looking men in the days, even minutes, before the bombing on April 19, 1995."

KABA NOTE: Attorney General John Ashcroft and many others were far too eager to kill McVeigh given all the unanswered questions over the OKC bombing. Their sweeping under the rug the full disclosure of all information the government had at the time may have helped empower the 9/11 attackers, too.
 

AK: Nugent delivers high-octane message for Ross
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In the black-and-white worldview of rock star, madman, bow hunter and occasional political operative Ted Nugent, there's one decisive issue: guns. And when it comes to guns, there may be no more zealous an advocate in Alaska politics than Wayne Anthony Ross."

"Ross, an Anchorage attorney up against U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and two other candidates in the Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday, has litigated numerous gun-rights cases and once owned more than 800 firearms."
 

PA: Riflemen and shotgun shooters should prepare for season ahead
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A bowman getting in some back-yard practice shooting at bales and targets is a common sight this time of year. Archers know that practiced skills will let them shoot with confidence and responsibility when the time comes to unleash the string in the woods."

"Seldom, though, does the average shotgun hunter practice before the small game season. Even riflemen rarely hone their skills except to fire a few shots to verify that the rifle is still zeroed in from the previous year."
 

CA: Urgent! Save Our State!
Submitted by: Liberty Belles
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org/

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The Million Mom March and Handgun Control are only days away from realizing their dream of banning guns in California. The MMM and HCI have been working with their cohorts in the California state legislature to pass two identical bills that would allow firearm manufacturers and distributors to be sued into bankruptcy for merely existing.
 

Woman Manages to Get .357 Magnum Onto Airplane - Through Airport "Security"
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"The FBI plans to pursue charges Monday against a woman detained for allegedly arriving at Philadelphia International Airport aboard a flight from Atlanta with a handgun, officials said. Airport security officers stopped the woman Sunday morning and found she was carrying a .357 Magnum handgun, Philadelphia police spokeswoman Officer Maria Ibrahim said."
 

TX: Order Compelling Prospective Juror to Court -- Priceless
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"David C. Williamson of San Antonio definitely has chutzpah."

"Not too many Texans would have the nerve to bill a federal court in advance for jury service at a rate of $100 an hour. But that's exactly what Williamson, a software consultant, did this year in a months-long attempt to avoid serving on a jury in federal court."
 

TN: Shop Owner Who Came to Woman's Aid is Bad Guy?
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"A shop owner accused of taking the law in his own hands pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter."

"Wayne Martin was originally charged with second degree murder, but he made a plea deal Monday in a Nashville court. He'll be sentenced this November for the shooting death of Michael A. Swilley."

"Swilley allegedly held a woman at knife-point during a flower shop robbery last year. Martin then shot Swilley after a foot chase down Murfreesboro Road."
 

ND: Former Marine grabs gun from VFW robber
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"Gerald Pedriali says he simply acted when a man walked into the Fargo VFW Club Sunday and began waving a gun around. Pedriali, a former Marine, took the gun away from the man."

[OooRah!]
 

MA: Democratic Gubernatorial candidate thinks anyone who carries a gun is a predator!
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A quote from Candidate Thomas F. Birmingham..."

" 'We're going to throw the book at corporate crooks,' he told supporters. 'Even though they don't carry guns, they are still predators.' " [emphasis added]

"On the issue of gun control, Birmingham criticized the state's governor-appointed Gun Control Advisory Board for being too tilted toward the gun lobby, and promised to replace some of its members."
 

FL: Solution for pizza problem: carry a gun (letter)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I see that the residents of the Union Academy neighborhood in Tarpon Springs are upset at being lumped in with the criminals who mug pizza deliverymen. They're complaining that law-abiding pizza consumers are being treated like law-abiding gun owners -- we both get blamed for the actions of the few bad apples."
 

Guns and 'Slander': Who is lying to whom?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"TWO YEARS AGO, 'historian' Michael Bellesiles gained national fame for his book, 'Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture,' in which he posited that gun ownership in early America was rare and that there was no historical basis on which to claim that the Second Amendment protected individual rights to bear arms. His book won the Bancroft Award, the highest American award for a history book. Then objective reporters and historians began picking apart his book."

"What they found was a mountain of lies."
 

Inside the American Gulag - Millions Behind Bars in U.S. (followup)
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"One in every 32 adults in the United States was behind bars or on probation or parole by the end of last year, according to a government report Sunday that found a record 6.6 million people in the nation's correctional system. The number of adults under supervision by the criminal justice system rose by 147,700, or 2.3 percent, between 2000 and 2001, the Justice Department reported. In 1990, almost 4.4 million adults were incarcerated or being supervised."
 

DE: Delaware police compile database of future suspects
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police in Delaware are trying to get a head-start on cracking crimes before they happen by setting up a database that contains a list of people who officers believe are likely to break the law."

"Defense attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union oppose the database, which lists names, addresses and photographs of the potential suspects -- many of whom have clean slates."
 

Bush Seeks Secrecy For Pardon Discussions - Protects Bill Clinton
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"President Bush's lawyers are trying to keep secret the inside stories of President Bill Clinton's last-day pardons by invoking a claim of executive privilege that extends far beyond the White House."

"In pleadings filed in U.S. District Court here this month, including affidavits from White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson, the Bush administration contends that the privilege covers not only advice given to a president about individual pardons, but also government papers he has never seen and officials he has never talked to, such as the sentencing judge in a particular case."

"The stance, taken in opposition to a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit group Judicial Watch for access to Clinton pardon records, represents a hard line that the government has never taken. In the past, executive privilege has been recognized for advisers who operate within the White House. Bush's lawyers say it covers officials in any part of the government who are asked for input about pardon requests."
 

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We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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