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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: After Passage of 'Shoot First' Law, Getting Away With Murder
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"Prosecutors here say a man who owed a drug dealer money invited him to his apartment, picked a fight with him, bashed him in the head five times with a lamp, and got off with manslaughter yesterday." ...

"'This was inevitable,' said Sarah Brady, honorary chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 'When the first of these statutes passed in Florida, what we said was the inherent problem with the law was that it would empower thugs to kill. That is precisely why the people of Kentucky will have James Adam Clem back on the street sooner than he should be back on the street.'" ...
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KABA Note: So because despicable people claim to act in self-defense, Sarah would deny self-defense claims to all? This sounds exactly like her rationale for wanting to ban guns.
 

Silly Crime Summit Take II (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Crime Summit planned for August 30th in Washington D.C. is expected to attract law enforcement and elected officials from more than a dozen cities. The goal of the meeting is to discuss the increase in crime during 2005. One thing you can take to the bank is that the participants will blame guns for the increase in crime - they always do."

"It seems to be epidemic among law enforcement agency bureaucrats to blame guns, regardless of the mounds of evidence to the contrary. As usual, the establishment media falls on their every word and holds them up as experts on the issue of gun control. The problem is they have a vested interest in saying the problems that cause crime are out of their control." ...
 

Old firearms have tales to tell
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"BLINDLY REACHING bare hands into dark, tight corners that likely haven't been disturbed in decades can earn you a ticket to an emergency room with an appendage throbbing from the venom of a brown recluse or black widow spider."

"Still, that's where the guns were. Upon the passing of her elderly aunt, a neighbor asked me to look at several aged firearms belonging to her late uncle. I gingerly reached into the 8-inch nook (or maybe it was a cranny) between the washer and the wall, just below a coat rack, and removed the stashed shooting irons."

"It was almost like reaching into a time capsule, or a box of chocolates--as Forrest Gump noted, you never know what you're going to get, but each piece may be a morsel to be savored." ...
 

Shotgun makeover
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When considering a firearm for self-defense or home protection, most people think about handguns. While handguns do have a role to play in personal protection, most notably conceal/carry where legal, the majority of experts you ask will tell you the best choice for defending home and property is a shotgun."

"Two primary reasons to consider a shotgun as a defensive firearm are safety and effectiveness. Handgun bullets penetrate walls with sufficient retained energy to harm a person in an adjacent room, or even an adjacent residence. The bulk of a shotgun blast's energy is expended in the target or wall material, minimizing the danger to others." ...
 

LA: D.A.: Business owner justified in shooting burglar
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"Caddo Parish District Attorney Paul Carmouche says a Shreveport business owner was justified in shooting and killing a burglar he caught in his business last month."

"The district attorney's office reviewed the shooting and determined no charges should be filed against 74-year-old Dudley Hay."

"Hay went to his business in the middle of the night after a burglar alarm alerted him to trouble at the tax-service and gun-cleaning and repair shop located next door to his house."

"Hay got a gun and went to investigate on his own and found a man hiding in a bathtub. Hay said 19-year-old Eric Bryant of Shreveport stood up and confronted him, so he fired one shot."

"Louisiana's shoot-the-burglar law allows property owners to defend themselves." ...
 

AZ: 10-year term in deadly confrontation on hiking trail
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"A former Valley schoolteacher who claimed self-defense was sentenced to the minimum 10 years in prison on Thursday for the shooting death of another man on a forest trail north of Payson two years ago."

"But 59-year-old Harold Fish could be granted a new trial by the end of the year depending on whether the state Supreme Court decides that a new state law more sympathetic to those who use deadly force would apply to his case." ...
 

NY: Yonkers mayor offers gun amnesty program
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"In another effort to keep guns off city streets, Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone Thursday announced a gun amnesty buy back program, through which anyone can anonymously turn in a firearm for cash at designated sites throughout the city with no questions asked by law enforcement." ...

"'We don’t want to know your name. We don’t want to take your picture. We don’t even want to know where you got it. All we want is to get as many guns as we can off the streets as we can,' said Amicone, who has stepped up the city’s efforts to combat the influx of illegal guns. 'I want to stress, this is a completely anonymous program. If you have a gun in the house or if there’s a gun you can get to before a child or a criminal can, bring it in and we will give you cash, absolutely no questions asked.'" ...
 

MA: Boston billboard pins crimes on Vermont guns
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"Not far from Fenway Park in Boston and visible from some of the busiest highways on the East Coast is a 252-foot-long, 20-foot-high billboard with a message: 'Stop Traffic: Background Checks Prevent Crime,' alongside enormous silhouettes of handguns. The accused? In equally large letters: Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont."

"Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, city police leaders and a group called Stop Handgun Violence unveiled the billboard's message to raise public support to change federal law so background checks would be required for private handgun sales. Federal law requires background checks only on purchases from licensed firearms dealers -- primarily gun stores." ...
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KABA Note: So if Vermont guns cause crime in Mass., why don't they cause crime in VT?
 

PA: Senate panel takes opinions on gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Law enforcement officials and gun-control advocates told a Pennsylvania Senate committee yesterday that a bill intended to hinder the so-called straw purchases of handguns - acquisitions of weapons by someone without a criminal record on a criminal's behalf - could help curtail gun violence."

"The testimony taken by the Judiciary Committee at Philadelphia's City Hall, the first of four stops statewide, comes as the city's homicide total continues to soar."

"'I think the availability of guns is the real problem,' Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson testified." ...
 

TX: Seguin police add new weapon to arsenal
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"Seguin SWAT officer Adrian Garza looked through the scope of a rifle designed to hurl a bullet 200 yards with pinpoint accuracy."

"It's one of the upgrades for the members of the Seguin Police Department SWAT team thanks to several local donations."

"Seguin Police Chief Luis Collazo announced that donations from the Birch Foundation allowed the department to purchase two high-powered sniper rifles that will replace two bolt action rifles — varmint guns, according to Collazo." ...

"The department purchased two semi-automatic Blaser sniper rifles at a cost of about $3,000 each."

"'These were specifically designed for special weapons and tactics,' Collazo said." ...
 

NJ: Trooper Admits Guilt In Gambling Probe
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"A former New Jersey state trooper pleaded guilty Thursday to helping run a gambling ring and promised to help authorities with their case against Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet and others."

"In a negotiated deal, James Harney ... pleaded guilty to conspiracy, promoting gambling and official misconduct. He faces a maximum of seven years in prison at his sentencing on Oct. 27."

"He initially faced more than 25 years in prison when he was charged in February." ...
 

PA: State Police Response Time Questioned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There was extensive discussion at Tuesday night's Waymart Council meeting over the plight of a 14 year old girl who - according to a report from District Attorney Michael Lehutsky- was allegedly sexually molested by a man who visited the Gravity Planes Apartments in Waymart, last Thursday evening."

"Kathy Little, who is on the board of the Wayne County Housing Authority (which operates the apartment complex) but said she was speaking as a private citizen, raised concern that the State Police did not respond to the scene until 1-1/2 hours after residents first called them. State Police, as it is reported further in this story, said the response was 50 minutes." ...
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Submitter's Note: Oh, only 50 minutes! Well that's just fine then!
 

MI: Police say gun buyback has exceeded expectations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The no-questions-asked buyback of guns has generated an overwhelming response from residents, but city police are worried about running out of money to pay for the weapons."

"Two days into the buyback, 250 firearms, including an AK-47 rifle, have been turned in, police said."

"'The response definitely exceeded our expectations so far,' police spokesman James Tate told The Detroit News. 'It has been so strong we are running low on money, but we are going to continue through Sunday.'"

"Police have been paying $50 to $200 for the guns from a pot of $10,000."

"... Tate said. 'Our goal is not to judge or arrest anyone but to at least remove some of the thousands of guns we know are out there on the streets.'" ...
 

CA: Renovated range slated to open on Marine Corps Logistics Base soon
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"The silent, dusty shooting range on Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow could start ringing with the explosive sounds of M16A2 service rifles and M9 Berettas being employed once again. It is these weapons that are going to be used to send screaming rounds of death down range, and get Marines and Marine Corps police officers tactically proficient with firearms."

"The range needed renovations, because the old range was not formatted for the Marine Corps', newly revised, marksmanship course, which includes a 25-yard line stage of fire, said Staff Sgt. Michael Woods, base range manager."

"... The ranges needed new equipment, bigger berms and environmentally cautious signs and fences ..." ...
 

MO: Nugent speaks to his crowd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A room decorated with elephant tusks, a lion-skin rug and a mounted gazelle head might intimidate some people, but not Ted Nugent."

"'All right!' the 57-year-old rocker said as he entered the library at MidwayUSA to handshakes and smiles. 'A room full of dead stuff. I feel better already.'"

"The ardent shooting enthusiast was in town for a show at The Blue Note last night. Yesterday afternoon, he stopped by MidwayUSA's 100,000-square foot distribution center ... home to more than 75,000 shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, hunting and outdoor products."

"Sara Potterfield-Zara, a project specialist at the company, said Nugent and MidwayUSA were a perfect fit."

"'He is a gun guy,' she said. 'He's a big gun guy.'" ...
 

DC: Violence on National Mall Sparks Calls for Repeal of Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Outraged by reports of armed robberies on the National Mall, spikes in criminal assaults, and the brutal murder of a British citizen working as a political activist here, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has called on Congress and the Washington, DC, municipal government to abolish the District’s 30-year-old gun control regulations."

"Under the gun control ordinance adopted in 1976, handguns are banned and long guns must be dismantled."

"'For 30 years,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'we have witnessed the cruel hoax of restrictive gun laws in our nation's capitol. The insanity of gun control is revealed in the murder, rape, assault and robbery statistics that make the District of Columbia the crime capital of America.'" ...
 

KS: More guns will not help
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"America is, by all accounts, a violent nation. Oh, we're not as bad off as places like Colombia, with a homicide rate in a 2002 report of 84.4 deaths per 100,000 population, or El Salvador, at 50.2. But we're not very close to the bottom, either. ..."

"Homicide rates in the United States, after peaking at about 11 per 100,000 in the early 1990s, have tapered off to about 6 per 100,000. Bear in mind, of course, that there are a few little 'anomalies,' to wit: the homicide rate for Washington, D.C., is about 45.8 per 100,000. Our nation's capital is roughly on a par with that haven of peace and tranquility, that same El Salvador mentioned above." ...
 

OH: Banning handguns makes no sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No offense to the author of the column 'Cincinnati should ban handguns' (July 27), but Robert B. Newman's arguments make little sense. Banning handguns, while not only unconstitutional, is highly impractical. It is a criminal's dream. The fewer people who have guns, the fewer can defend themselves when attacked ..."

"Newman argues that getting into a gunfight makes you more vulnerable. Well, I'd feel a lot better bringing a gun to a gunfight rather than a fist. ..."

"But let's suppose that the city organizes a giant handgun buy-back program, and sympathetic gun owners decide to hand over their guns for cash. Who's going to trade in their guns? Is an armed criminal going to turn in his gun if it's the means to his/her ends? No." ...
 

MA: Firearms safety class
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"The Ipswich Fish and Game Association hosted a Home Firearm Safety Course on Tuesday, July 18. The purpose of the course was to help increase firearms safety awareness by delivering a nationally recognized and state approved firearm safety course to the local community. The course was taught by State Police-certified and NRA -certified instructor J. Eric Josephson"

"The four-hour course was attended by people from as far away as Lynn and North Andover. The men and women that attended the training session were instructed in the identification, safe handling, loading and unloading, storage and transportation of firearms. The training course also covered applicable Massachusetts firearms laws, a sometimes confusing subject." ...
 

VA: Girl Got Gun
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"As the sound of gunfire grew louder upon entering the shooting range, the fear of the guns themselves evolved more into an interest into their power and stigma. The range prides itself on its pledge to safety, and after taking the written safety test that every shooter must pass before crossing through its doors, the idea of shooting a gun became less frightening and more intriguing."

"Guns are scary because they can kill, but they aren't so scary when responsibly practiced as a hobby; the shooting that is, not the killing. But people own guns for other reasons; be it a stress-release mechanism, a hobby or a mode of self-defense as granted to every American in the U.S. Constitution." ...
 

American Juniors Compete in the Drew Cup International Postal Rifle Match
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"Twelve of this country’s best junior target shooters were selected on July 22 to compete in the Third annual Drew Cup International Postal Rifle championship. The young shooters, all 20 years of age and younger, were selected based on their scores in the prone phase of the National NRA 3-Position Smallbore Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio."

"The Drew Cup is a British National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA) 'postal match,' fired annually by teams of junior rifle shooters from English-speaking nations. ... A 'postal match' means that matches are shot at different locations and times, and scores are mailed to NSRA where a winner is announced. ..." ...
 

IA: Shooting sports, 4-H safety training
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"The next statewide Safety and Education in Shooting Sports (SESS) Leader Training for volunteers is scheduled for September 15-17, 2006, at the Iowa 4-H Center. All volunteers and staff who would like to work with youth in the following shooting sports disciplines must be trained at the statewide SESS Leader Training: Coordinator, Riflery (air rifle and small bore), Shotgun, Muzzleloading, Archery, or Wildlife Skills (a NEW discipline)." ...
 

MT: First time's the charm for national 4-H shooting sports competitors
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"Montana 4-H teams placed first in all three of the events they entered at the 2006 4-H Shooting Sports National Invitational June 26-29 in Rapid City, S.D. More than 400 competitors from 27 states participated in the meet which offered eight events in all. This was the first year teams from Montana competed, making their victory all the sweeter."

"Montana 4-H'ers competed in the team air Rifle, air pistol and archery events and in the individual .22 rifle event." ...
 

NY: Senate hopeful urges state crackdown on illegal firearms
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"Days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal guns, Democratic state Senate candidate Matthew Titone said he's ready to take those initiatives statewide."

"'It's not the ultimate solution, but it certainly makes a significant dent in gun violence on Staten Island and the rest of the city, which is why I'd like to see the laws in effect statewide,' Titone said yesterday outside state Supreme Court, St. George."
 

UK: Victim's 999 Hell
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A SHOOTING victim dripping blood rang 999 and was told: "Sorry, we're too busy to speak to you."

Simon Lambert, 37, called police after he was shot in the arm by a high-velocity air rifle.

An investigation was launched after the van driver, from Swansea, was put on hold.

He said: "They didn't ask where it happened or how injured I was."
 

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