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Assault weapons ban set to expire in September
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The federal ban on assault weapons is set to expire in just over a month."

"And Louisville congresswoman Anne Northup says she doesn't expect the ban to be renewed."

"The assault weapons ban went into effect in 1994 but it will expire on September 13th."

"Gun control advocates say if it expires, American's will be exposed to un-necessary violence. Gun supporters believe the ban infringes on their right to bear arms." ...
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KABA Note: Actually Tom Diaz of the VPC said on NPR "If the existing assault weapons ban expires, I personally do not believe it will make one whit of difference one way or another in terms of our objective, which is reducing death and injury and getting a particularly lethal class of firearms off the streets. So if it doesn't pass, it doesn't pass." and many others have made similar comments.
 

WA: Opinion - ASK the gun foes to be truthful
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"Why is the anti-gun lobby willing to make itself such an easy target? In passing along misleading information, as it recently did in Vancouver, the worthy, supportable cause for responsible gun ownership and laws is weakened."

"A July press conference at Vancouver City Hall highlighted the ASK program, which encourages parents to ask other parents if they have guns in the house before allowing their children to come over for a play date. The program also stresses the use of gun locks." ...

"What isn't fine is when its promoters mislead people in trying to make their point."

"Then, in the context that asking about guns in friends' homes saves lives, Vancouver Police Chief Brian Martinek said that 12 Clark County children were killed by firearms between 1997 and 2001." ...
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Not surprisingly, none of those "children" were shot accidentally, and none were under 15.
 

US Army orders weapons supercomputer
Submitted by: Richard W Watras Jr

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"The US army has commissioned a new supercomputer to simulate complex weapons systems. Once built, it will rank as one of the top 20 most powerful computers on the planet."

"The computer, named Stryker, will be capable of a peak performance of 10 trillion mathematical calculations per second - 10 teraflops. It will also be the most powerful computer in the world use the Linux operating system, a free alternative to Microsoft and Unix software."

"The $15 million supercomputer will be used to aid the development of advanced weapons systems, according to a statement issued by the US army." ...
 

MD: For 911 call-taker, a bad time to doze off
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"When Patricia Berg phoned Anne Arundel County Police last Thursday to report a possible prowler, the Glen Burnie resident thought she would receive help, and fast."

"But before local authorities could respond to her call for assistance, Berg had to wait a few moments - for a tired 911 call-taker to finish his nap."

"According to police records, Berg's emergency call about 2:45 a.m. July 29 was delayed for one minute and 42 seconds as Louis Gerber, one of the county's 911 call-takers, fell asleep and snored into the phone." ...
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Since the police have no duty to respond, why do the operators have a duty to answer?
 

VA: Reader Clarifies 'Anti-Gun' Statements
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... "Mr. Sollo stated that he had been attending safety classes at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax for the last three years, and he made derogatory comments about the credibility of an instructor he had last year."

"We would like to correct the record. We checked our records, and our research indicates the following:"

"1) In our record checks from 1998 to present, Mr. Sollo has not been enrolled in any of the NRA safety classes at the NRA range."

"2) Based on records checked from 1994 to present, Mr. Sollo has never been approved for an NRA Range Badge, which is required to enter and shoot on the NRA range for safety classes."

"Mr. Sollo’s claims seem to be just another attempt — by an anti-gun spokesperson — to discredit our instructors, our range, and our exceptional safety and educational programs." ...
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An anti lying? Perish the thought!
 

The Gun That Never Was
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
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"It had it all -- accuracy, ease of use, and a revolutionary 'caseless ammunition' system that might have changed the way rifles are made -- but the Heckler & Koch G11 rifle was never put into mass production. What happened to this unique rifle?"

"Some of the most interesting innovations in military technology are never implemented -- not because the innovation was a bad idea to start with, or due to design flaws, but simply due to bad timing. Case in point: the revolutionary Heckler & Koch G11, a rifle that used unprecedented 'caseless ammunition,' as well as advanced aiming and recoil-less firing capabilities. Its only sin? It was ready for action in a period of political unification and cost-cutting measures." ...
 

South Africa: Guard kills robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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A man was seriously wounded and a robber killed in an armed robbery in Kensington, Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

According to Metro Police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane five men went into a bar at the corner of Langerman Drive and Queen Street at around 20:00 and held patrons up at gunpoint, robbing them of cellphones, wallets and jewellery. They made off with R1000 in cash.

As they were fleeing the scene a security guard fired a shot, killing one suspect. The other four fled the scene. The owner of the hairdresser next to the bar was shot in the stomach and taken to a nearby clinic.

A 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off, four cellphones and three wallets were seized from the dead suspect.
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See? Armed defense works!
 

India: Officer denies police impartiality in Gujarat violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Then additional commissioner of police Shivanand Jha, who was questioned by senior advocate Mukul Sinha ... said it was wrong to say that his junior officers had not carried out their responsibility in controlling the violence." ...

"When it was pointed out there was a TV report in which then police commissioner had admitted that the police's role in controlling violence was partial, Jha was visibly taken aback."

"Sinha said: 'Then police commissioner of Ahmedabad P.C. Pandey in his two interviews to a satellite TV channel on Feb 28 and March 10 had admitted that the police role in controlling violence had become partial, since lower rung officers were influenced by general sentiment.'" ...
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Police are only human, just like everybody else.
 

Indonesia: Lampung governor lambasted for exorbitant gun budget
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"After being criticized for proposing additional budget spending (ABT) on luxury cars, Governor Sjahroeddin Z.P. was again thrust into the hot seat on Thursday after Lampung councillors found that the governor also proposed another large amount of money to buy guns." ...

"But, at Thursday's meeting, it was revealed that the governor also proposed another line item for 'governor's security', totaling Rp 900 million (US$ 97,800). Of that amount Rp 600 million is allocated for buying guns for security guards, Rp 150 million for buying a single pistol for the governor himself and another Rp 150 million for the deputy governor's gun." ...
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$16,300 each for the governor's and deputy governor's pistols.
 

Turkey: Lawyer threatened at gunpoint for defending clients from torture
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"Police have reportedly threatened lawyer Abdulhekim Gider at gunpoint when he tried to visit his clients in south-east Turkey on 2 August 2004, and have repeatedly followed him in the street."

"The clients, Abdullah Gündogdu, Tahsin Atak and Ihsan Gülmek, had been detained and reportedly tortured - beaten, stripped and sprayed with a high-pressure hose for over two hours."

"Amnesty International believes the lawyer’s life may be in danger and is also concerned at the allegations that his clients may have been tortured. The organisation is calling on its members to write to the Turkish authorities." ...
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But only cops and the military should have guns, right Sarah?
 

UK: CCTV hunt for sex fiend
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"BIG Brother is helping police and community safety officers watch over a Greater Manchester town where a sex fiend has struck 11 times."

"CCTV cameras have been set up in parts of Rochdale where the attacker has been preying on his female victims."

"Detectives upped patrols and launched a massive manhunt in June following a spate of attacks in Smallbridge, Hamer, Kirkholt and Syke."

"The two youngest victims were just 11 years old."

"Safety advice booklets are also being sent to homes. Women of all ages are still being urged not to go out alone." ...
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Since when is Big Brother a benevolent individual? And isn't a little scary the he is being invoked for protection in the UK?
 

UK: Woman Police Constable's death sparks inquiry
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"An investigation was launched this week after a woman police officer from Borehamwood was found to have died from a gunshot wound at a police headquarters."

"The body of PC Amy Adams, 32, from Malden Road, was discovered in the boiler room of the Territorial Policing Headquarters in Victoria Embankment, London, at 11.50pm on Sunday."

"She had a single gunshot wound to her head and Scotland Yard suspect that she shot herself with her police pistol. Two handwritten notes were found nearby."

"PC Adams ... suffered from depression and had been affected by the recent deaths of her father, brother, aunt and uncle in a car crash. She had been on sick leave for several months, and had only just been given back her firearms licence." ...
 

Australia: Bandits in sledgehammer diamond heist
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"Bandits used sledgehammers, a baseball bat and a pistol to threaten jewellery shop staff before escaping with diamonds and diamond jewellery in Sydney's south-west overnight."

"The trio arrived at the Forest Road, Bexley store about 7pm (AEST) and threatened staff before escaping with the jewellery, which was yet to be formally valued, police said." ...

"The first man was described as 175cm tall and of solid build."

"He was wearing a black balaclava, gloves, dark grey or black tracksuit pants and was armed with a sledgehammer and a pistol." ...
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Pistols are already banned, better ban sledgehammers and baseball bats too!
 

Philippines: Robbers on motorcycles hit anew
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"ROBBERS on motorcycles struck again in Dagupan City Wednesday, carting away P300,000 from a man who had just withdrawn the money from a bank."

"The description of the robbers and their modus operandi indicated that they belonged to the same group responsible for previous heists in the city and in other Pangasinan areas."

"Supt. Noli G. Taliño, city police chief, said what is different now is that the suspects no longer just poke their guns but fire at their victims to disable them."

"In the latest robbery Wednesday, the robbers fired twice at Catalino Cuison, 38, a junkshop owner and a resident of Barangay Bolait in Malasiqui town. Cuison was hit at the arm but was already declared out of danger." ...
 

Philippines: 10 percent of cops do not have firearms
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"The National Police admitted on Thursday that some 11,500 policemen or 10 percent of the 115,000-man force do not have firearms."

"Chief Supt. Joel Goltiao, National Police spokesman, said a gun is expensive -- the 9mm Beretta service pistol used by policemen costs P27,000."

"About 15 percent of policemen did not have issued firearms at the start of the year."

"Goltiao said the police is continuing the program to purchase firearms for policemen and almost all Metro Manila police officers are now armed."

"The issue of policemen without issued service firearms arose as a number of rookie policemen were reported to have been forced to buy their own handguns to be able to pursue their duties." ...
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So not only is the average citizen disarmed, but 10% of the cops are too!
 

LA: Ex-jailer ready to admit guilt in courthouse probe
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"William Giangrosso, the highest-ranking jailer charged in the federal investigation of Jefferson Parish Courthouse corruption, has signed a plea agreement to help prosecutors in the continuing inquiry, his attorney said after Giangrosso's arraignment Wednesday."

"Attorney Vinny Mosca would not discuss details of the deal but said Giangrosso, who held the rank of captain, is ready to admit to the government's accusations that he took bribes in return for giving preferential treatment to bail bonds mogul Louis Marcotte III. Indeed, when Magistrate Judge Louis Moore asked Giangrosso to enter a plea, the ex-captain did not hesitate: 'Guilty,' he said." ...
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But only cops and the military . . .
 

Thailand: Prosecute and Discipline Responsible Officials For Southern Violence
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"The Thai government must prosecute and discipline those responsible for the use of illegal lethal force in April’s violent clashes in southern Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today."

"Yesterday, a government-appointed commission released the conclusions of a lengthy report into the killings of more than 100 people by the Thai security forces. Human Rights Watch called for the immediate release of the full report, which has not yet been made publicly available."

"'This report is a good first step, but the process cannot end there,' said Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch. 'A fully independent judicial inquiry is now necessary to ensure the prosecution and discipline of those responsible for the killings.'" ...
 

NY: Police Witness Double Shooting
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Two Rochester police officers witnessed a double shooting outside Sheff's Quick Stop around 1:00 p.m. on Central Park in Rochester.

Investigators said two men were shooting at each other. One was grazed in the head, the other shot in the leg.

Both are now in police custody.
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Even when the police are standing right next to you they still have no duty to protect you...and apparently no ability to, either.
 

South Africa: Road rage man in court
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"A 34-year-old Johannesburg man arrested over a road rage incident which left three people dead and one wounded appeared briefly in the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Thursday, police said." ...

"Kekana faces provisional charges on three counts of murder and three of attempted murder." ...

"Roestoff said Kekana drove a car with its headlights set on bright in Regina Street, Unigray, at about 23:30 on Saturday night, while on his way to his sister's house."

"A bakkie with six occupants followed him to his sister's house, where an argument ensued. The men broke his car window and pulled him out of the car, threatening to kill him."

"Kekana then allegedly drew his firearm and fired several shots." ...
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So in addition to effectively banning guns, South Africa is now working on banning self-defense.
 

Canada: Coleman's Drug War Overlooks The Gun Problem
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"How many people will have to be shot to death in and around nightclubs before the B.C. government's 'minister for public safety' does something about it?"

"So far the count is six dead in the past year, including a fatal shooting outside Vancouver's Aqua 1066 Restaurant and Lounge on July 25, but no action has been taken by Rich Coleman, the solicitor general and minister for public safety, to try to put an end to the violence."

"Coleman's ministry is responsible for policing and crime prevention, and to hear them tell it, they're doing a hell of a good job." ...
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But wasn't your $2 Billion gun registry supposed to take care of this problem?
 

South Africa: Gunmen terrorise disabled
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"Pandemonium broke out when four gunmen held up over 50 terrified pensioners and disabled people on Wednesday."

"The screaming victims fell to the floor or scrambled for safety when four men armed with pistols held up the Delmas post office at 08:00, shortly after security guards delivered the pension grants."

"'Some fell on top of each other when the robbers leaped onto a counter, shouted insults and threatened to kill them,' said police spokesperson Sibongile Nkosi on Thursday."

"She said the gunmen had first entered the post office pretending they were looking for a relative." ...
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But I'm sure the BGs had their guns registered with the Central Firearms Registry, right?
 

FL: Limited edition rifle features St. Augustine Lighthouse
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"The St. Augustine Lighthouse has moved past the postcards and maps. It's image is now on a Ruger 10/22. The lighthouse was built in 1874 and stands as one of St. Augustine's historical landmarks. Investment Arms Inc. of Fort Collins, Colo., released the Special Limited Edition Ruger featuring the lighthouse July 17."

"'The lighthouse was chosen because of its significance in and out of the community,' said Justin Daley, the project director of Ruger at Investment Arms."

"'Ruger is second to none,' said John Spiller, owner of Spiller's Gun and Cutlery. 'It's high quality and a good company.'" ...
 

OR: Black Powder Shooting Rendezvous Truly A Blast From The Past
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"Loud explosions ripped through the air. Puffs of silver gray smoke from a bygone era rose gracefully into the blue summer sky while men and women dressed like pioneers from the early 1800's wandered about. Black powder shooting enthusiasts gathered at Josephine County Sportsmen's Park from July 30th to August 3rd for their annual tournament. Sponsored by the Western States Muzzle Loader Association (WSMLA), the competition included 99 matches in which contestants fired caplock and flintlock guns as well as some black powder cartridge guns." ...

"Rifle and pistol shooters fired at mostly stationary targets except for the Running Buffalo Competition, which consisted of six shots fired at a moving buffalo shaped target. ..." ...
 

Malaysia: Inter-Ministry committee to tackle rape
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"The Cabinet has given the go-ahead for the setting up of an inter-Ministry committee to look into matters related to rape cases in the country."

"The committee will enforce a proposed programme which will be monitored by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry."

"Yesterday, Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said for a start, the Ministry will find out the causes and ways to solve rape cases, organise courses to encourage women and children to learn self-defence and establish a national family policy." ...
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How about establishing a national family policy of armed self-defense? It's "for the children".
 

UK: Overhaul of murder law demanded --End mandatory life sentences, government advisers urge
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"The 'breadth and depth of discontent' over the mandatory life sentence for murder means the law needs its first big overhaul in more than 50 years, the government's law reform advisers say today.
The Law Commission say 21 judges canvassed during their consultation exercise believe a mandatory life sentence in every case is 'indefensible and should cease'." ...

"The Law Commission also rejects the idea of a "Tony Martin defence" to allow a defendant to claim they acted in self-defence, despite using excessive force."

"The suggestion arose after the case of the Norfolk farmer who shot and killed Fred Barras, a 16-year-old burglar in August 1999." ...
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What the article fails to mention is that at 16, Fred Barras had appeared in court 18 times and had 29 criminal convictions, including theft, fraud and assaulting the police.
 

VA: Chantilly Is for Gun Lovers? Gun enthusiasts converge on Dulles Expo Center for gun show
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"Glenn and Colleen Faini made the trip up from King George County to the Dulles Expo Center Saturday looking for a shoulder holster. The Fainis, gun owners and concealed-carry permit holders, wanted something that would make it possible to carry a gun comfortably without attracting too much attention. They've been to gun shows before in Richmond and Dale City but Chantilly was the furthest they've gone looking for firearms and firearm accessories. 'Normally we wouldn't drive this far but the novelty of having one here in such a long time' made it hard to miss, said Glenn Faini." ...
 

UK: Gun Club Gets Order To Leave
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"Members of a city gun club have been ordered to vacate a rifle range they built themselves so it can be demolished and replaced with a nursery school. The Kitto Rifle and Pistol Club were told by a district judge they have eight months to leave their range at the Kitto Centre, in Honicknowle Lane. Landlords, the YMCA, applied for the court order when the club's members refused to comply with an earlier request to leave."

"The YMCA, which already runs a smaller nursery at nearby St Pancras Church, has been awarded £80,000 from the National Lottery to build a nursery with 45 places on the site. They say the nursery will provide much needed childcare places for the community in line with the Government's neighbourhood nursery initiative." ...
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That's one way to do it. Restrict shooting to gun clubs, then eliminate the clubs . . .
 

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