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Is S. 397 a Trojan Horse? (JPFO)
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"There's been minor grumbling about the 'safety lock' provisions in the proposed legislation, but otherwise S. 397 has had overwhelming support."

"Just about the time we were wondering why even some usually gun-unfriendly senators like Herb Kohl (D-WI) were in favor of this bill, an alert Congresswatcher contacted us with a warning."

"'The only thing I see that's good about the bill,' this sharp-eyed observer wrote, 'is that it hasn't become law.'"

"After taking a closer look, we agree."

"As our correspondent pointed out, the real problem lies in Sec. 6 'Armor Piercing Ammunition.'" ...
 

Not a free pass
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Senate took a step last week that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals ..." ...

"Opponents point out that had such a law been in effect when the Washington snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, stole the rifle used in those killings, the families of the victims would have been unsuccessful in their attempts to recover damages ..."

"One kink in that line of reasoning is that the federal government licenses and inspects the records of gun makers and dealers. Problems with sales and inventory should then ultimately be the feds’ responsibility, right? ..." ...
 

The NRA vs. the Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The most commonly heard complaint about the National Rifle Association is that it's run by extremists who are militantly opposed to all forms of gun control and do not represent the views of the average gun owner. The second most common complaint is that the NRA is a namby-pamby, inside-the-Beltway lobby that readily compromises principle for political advantage."

"There is some truth to both of these seemingly contradictory portraits. The NRA's single-minded determination to defend its own understanding of the right to keep and bear arms can lead it to chip away at other pillars of a free society." ...
 

The wrong safety lock
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"What is more important than the war in Iraq? The National Rifle Association has Congress so intimidated that the Senate dropped consideration of a $491 billion defense-spending bill to bring up a measure immunizing gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits."

"The Republican leadership jumped the NRA's pet bill to the top of the agenda — rewarding the gun lobby for its support in 2004. But Democrats shared in the pandering, with 14 of them helping to pass the measure 65-31. Florida Sens. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Mel Martinez, a Republican, both voted for the bill. And if states want to hold gun makers to a higher standard? However much the GOP claims to protect states' rights, it holds the NRA's power in higher regard." ...
 

Gun Control: Rebuttal to Michael Barnes, Brady Campaign
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"'This is a day in America when the little guy lost out to powerful special interests.' – Michael Barnes, President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence."

"This doleful lament is in response to the Senate’s passing of the tort reform bill outlawing frivolous lawsuits filed to hold firearms manufacturers accountable for the illegal actions of violent criminals." ...
 

Let Freedom Ring for Nation's Gun Makers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"If I were an industry, I would hire lobbyists and hand out lots and lots of campaign money to politicians. Then, I would persuade them to pass a law to keep people from suing me."

"If I were really good at this, the law would force judges to toss out lawsuits already filed against me, no matter how worthy, no matter which court."

"First, I would blame those greedy plaintiffs' lawyers for trying to bleed good industries like me dry. I would point to the craziest lawsuits I could find (is the McDonald's hot coffee case overused?) to distract people from the solid cases, the ones filed because my carelessness did hurt people."

"If I could do all that, I would be the gun industry." ...
 

Their aim was true
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"A few years ago, the strategy of gun-control advocates was obvious: File frivolous liability lawsuits against gun-makers and distributors, knowing that, whatever the ultimate merits of the cases, the manufacturers would be hard- pressed to keep fighting. ...."

"It was a cynical strategy, but one that is about to end. A shift in political winds has changed the dynamic. A gain of four seats in the U.S. Senate by Republicans, and the realization by Democrats that their incessant anti-Second Amendment viewpoints have a political cost, resulted in a 65-31 vote last week in favor of a National Rifle Association-backed bill that would largely forbid lawsuits against gun-makers and dealers when guns they produce or sell are used illegally." ...
 

CA: Commentary: Second Amendment is the People’s Life Insurance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People who bear firearms have a legal, moral, and financial responsibility for the terminal resting place of every projectile that is fired. Our rights come with real responsibilities. ... Firearms education is on a dangerous decline in large part due to the disinformation published by the media and Hollywood. The problem is compounded by the elimination of firearms education in the schools. With today’s 'no tolerance' policies you cannot so much as wear a T-shirt depicting a firearm, let alone teach firearm safety in our schools. ... It would be irresponsible to abandon our means of self defense because of accidents. Automobile accidents cause far more death and injury than firearm accidents, yet no one is rallying for 'car control.'" ...
 

KY: Fight over Iraq war prompts fatal [self-defense] shooting
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"A disagreement between two friends over the war in Iraq ended with the fatal shooting of one of the men."

"Prosecutors and Kentucky State Police determined that Douglas Moore, 65, of Martin, acted in self-defense when he shot Harold W. Smith, 56, in the chest."

"Both men had booths at a flea market when they began arguing over the war." ...

"Police said the argument escalated into a fight, and Smith drew a small pistol from his pocket, threatening to kill Moore. Witnesses said Moore pulled a .38-caliber pistol from his pocket and shot Smith once in the chest." ...
 

OR: Jury acquits man in 2 deaths
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"A Clark County jury on Thursday decided Benito Gamino-Valdovinos was defending himself -- a justifiable homicide -- when he fatally shot two men in February."

"Gamino-Valdovinos' face relaxed as a Spanish interpreter relayed the jury's not-guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter."

"He had faced two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Rafael Gonzalez Camacho, 23, and Joel Abraham Chavez, 25. But jurors had been given the options of murder and manslaughter, depending on whether they believed the shootings were premeditated, intentional or reckless." ...
 

MO: Arm yourself with a personal system, for safety's sake
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"It's early in the morning. You're jogging alone on a wooded trail. You see a man approaching, and something about him makes you feel uneasy. ... And maybe it's just your imagination, but he seems to be moving over on the trail so that he's right in your way."

"What do you do?" ...

"But even the best and most careful precautions cannot immunize you from the possibility of an assault. And though the chances are small that you will experience violence, minimizing those chances only makes sense."

"A personal alarm is a practical and sensible way to enhance your security. Personal alarms are small, portable devices that are worn or carried. In the event of an assault, or the threat of an assault, the alarm may be triggered. ..." ...
 

Gun Lobby Endangers Workers in its Push to Force Businesses to Allow Guns in the Workplace
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your co-worker is acting strangely again, and the NRA wants him to have his gun close by."

"It was only a matter of time. The National Rifle Association thinks every employer in America should be required by law to allow workers to bring guns into the workplace, and the group’s leader announced this week it will work to get state laws passed to ensure it. It doesn’t matter if there are day care centers in the office, or hazardous materials: Workers, the group says, should have a Constitutional right to be armed. And they’ve added a boycott campaign of one business that has argued in court in the state of Oklahoma that it should have the right to ban firearms from the workplace." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually the NRA is talking about workers leaving their guns locked in their trunk.
 

OK: Gun rights advocates assail ConocoPhillips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is boycotting ConocoPhillips in response, it charges, to the company's anti-gun policies."

"NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in speaking to a packed house at the Kiamichi Technical Center in Idabel, Okla., recently, vowed to make ConocoPhillips 'an example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment rights.'"

"ConocoPhillips is the largest of several companies challenging in federal court an Oklahoma law that allows workers to keep guns in their locked cars on company property."

"That law was passed primarily because of public reaction to those fired at a Weyerhaeuser plant in Idabel in 2002. ..." ...
 

OK: NRA dead wrong in Oklahoma
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The National Rifle Association has called for a boycott of ConocoPhillips because the energy company has dared to insist on its right to keep its workers safe."

"Like many other employers, ConocoPhillips bars its employees from bringing firearms onto the work site, even if the weapon is kept locked in the employee's car in the workplace parking lot. It's a wise move, given that 487 people were shot to death at work in 2003, the latest year for which numbers are available. Those gunfire fatalities accounted for more than three-quarters of all the homicides on work sites that year." ...
 

VA: Former sheriff charged with embezzlement, stealing department rifle
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"The former sheriff of Prince William County was indicted and arrested this week on charges that he stole money and a rifle from his department before leaving office."

"On Monday, a Prince William County grand jury indicted former Prince William County Sheriff E. Lee Stoffregen on one count of grand larceny and one count of embezzlement."

"Stoffregen turned himself into Virginia State Police investigators on Tuesday."

"Cpt. Gary Jenkins, who runs the Bureau of Criminal Investigations for the State Police, said Wednesday that the grand larceny charge relates to a weapon that was owned by the Sheriff's Office."

".It was an automatic rifle that (Stoffregen) kept when he left office,. Jenkins said." ...
 

CA: San Rafael family sues Fairfax and San Anselmo for $18 million
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"A family is suing Fairfax and neighboring San Anselmo, demanding $18 million in connection with a police investigation last year." ...

"The Folans said they were terrorized by police wielding assault rifles for more than an hour without knowing the reason." ...

"The incident began on July 19, 2004 when a motorist was reported to have pointed a gun at another driver ..."

"Officers said they attempted to stop the SUV but the suspects were uncooperative. The driver pulled into the driveway and the suspects fled into the house, where a resident threatened officers, according to a police report written after the incident."

"Fairfax officers eventually were able to talk their way inside and the standoff ended at about 8:30 p.m. with no immediate arrests and no weapons found."
 

GA: Eight deputies fired after courthouse shooting probe
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"Eight Fulton County deputies were fired on Friday because of their actions surrounding the courthouse shootings of March 11 that left a judge, court stenographer and sheriff's deputy dead."

"Sheriff Myron Freeman said he also suspended without pay a lieutenant and a sergeant and gave written reprimands or 'counseling' to three others. The sheriff declined to name those punished. Those fired included two majors, a captain, a lieutenant, a sergeant, two deputies and a detention officer."

"Freeman personally told the two majors they were fired and letters were delivered to all on Friday."

"Freeman said the firings and suspensions are effective Monday, and after that date he will release names." ...
 

OK: Project ChildSafe provides gun locks
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"Project ChildSafe, the nation’s largest firearm safety education program, has begun the second phase of its nationwide campaign to promote safe and responsible gun ownership and storage. The program reminds gun owners to take steps to prevent a loaded gun from falling into the hands of a child, thereby preventing tragic accidents."

"The current campaign will distribute over 12 million free firearm safety kits and follows the successful Phase One distribution of 20 million firearm safety kits over the past year to all 50 states. Each firearm safety kit includes a cable-style gun lock and a firearm safety brochure." ...
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Submitter's Note: 32 million kits at about $2.50 each gives $80 million that could have been spent on safety training in schools.
 

IN: Hundreds Attend Meeting to Address Gun Violence
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"People packed a west side church Thursday night to tackle one of our community's most troubling trends."

"In just a few months, more young people have died violently in Indianapolis than often do in a whole year. In the search for solutions, many of the city's most powerful people joined hundreds of its most passionate residents." ...

"Representative Julia Carson made a plea to her colleagues about guns. 'Stop succumbing to the National Rifle Association,' she said." ...
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Submitter's Note: According to a DOJ report kids who legally own guns have lower rates of crime, delinquency and substance abuse (figure 13, page 18 of the report, p. 25 of the pdf).
 

MN: Court was inevitable (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The state of Minnesota is being dragged back into court because our legislators and governor cared more about serving a narrow interest group than they did about respecting religious freedom when they reinstated concealed-carry.

Lawmakers were told that if religious institutions' concerns weren't addressed another lawsuit was inevitable. But they chose to reject common-sense amendments that would have rectified the problem. They let their fear of the gun lobby prevail.

Minnesotans shouldn't be surprised that we have another expensive legal battle on our hands; it was our elected officials' choice.

Rebecca Thoman, St. Paul;
executive director,
Citizens for a Safer Minnesota.
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Submitter's Note: An excellent fisk of this letter is available here.
 

NC: North Carolina man armed for squirrel
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"Squirrel-hunter Jason Williams is tired of his newer Raleigh, N.C., neighbors calling police every time he bags some of the rodents in his backyard."

"The 41-year-old forestry consultant keeps a .22-rifle, equipped with a scope, in his kitchen and usually kills squirrels when they climb into his pear or fig tree. Williams has been hunting the varmints for years, long before new townhouses began sprouting in the wooded neighborhood annexed by Raleigh in the 1980s." ...

"A 90-day special permit is all that's required and Williams has his taped to his front door."

"He said the first time someone reported gunfire a police SWAT team showed up at his home."
 

MI: Green Oak residents fight gun range din
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"Residents fed up with the constant barrage of gunshots from the Island Lake Recreation Area will have to wait until at least the end of the month to see if the firearms will fall silent."

"The Green Oak Township Planning Commission agreed on Thursday to postpone any decision on revocation of the special land-use permit the shooting range needs in order to operate." ...

"... There are hundreds of homes within a two-mile radius of the shooting range -- and most of the residents were already living in the area before the range opened about five years ago. The first three years were relatively peaceful, according to residents. But two years ago, a privately owned trap and skeet shooting area opened and the noise became unbearable, residents say."
 

OK: The right weapon, training make for gun safety.
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"Tony Boyle has owned a handgun since he was 25 years old, and his wife, Carla, has owned one for the past 27 years."

"'It's good for self-protection, for protecting your home, my wife is more comfortable, and it's legal,' said Boyle. 'At the time I got my first handgun, I enjoyed shooting. I enjoyed the challenge of accuracy and those types of things.'" ...

"Jeff Wilson says carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle makes him feel more comfortable."

"'I'm not one of those freaks who drags a gun around everywhere I go, but I do a lot of driving [to and from Siloam Springs, Ark.] at night, and my car's not in too good a shape,' he said. 'Several years ago when I broke down, a fella stopped on the pretext of helping, and he wound up making an indecent proposal, and things got kind of hairy there because he had a ball bat. That won't happen to me again.'" ...
 

WI: Onalaska Town Board ready for gun rule OK
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When fall hunting opens there will be new firearms regulations in the town of Onalaska."

"Wednesday night, town supervisors gave preliminary approval to a new ordinance that deals with the reality of more residences in the town. The ordinance is a copy of one now in the town of Shelby."

"'It's a very good ordinance,' said Ray Heidel, a town resident who helped write the new rules. 'It clears up confusion around subdivisions.'"

"However, the need for some language modifications in the ordinance means its approval will be delayed at least until a special town board meeting set for Thursday, Aug. 11." ...
 

Preparation needed for season
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"Snap! Poof! Bang! This firing sequence will be familiar to users of traditional flintlock muzzleloading rifles (the purists). However, during the fall muzzleloader season, cap lock, and modern in-line smokepoles may be used, as may conical projectiles."

"Regardless of what type of muzzleloader you use during this great season some preparation is in order well before the season arrives." ...
 

MS: The Matriarch Of The Magnolia Woodlands
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"There's something satisfying about taking a huge whitetail buck in the closing moments of an extended hunting trip; it feels as if you've milked all the enjoyment out of earning a hard-won trophy. If it's the last day of a season during which you've been in the woods every day, success seems even sweeter. And to ice the cake, the buck is the biggest you've taken after three decades of hunting nearly every day of each season." ...
 

UK: Police marksmen guard Scotland's transport hubs
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"ARMED police were out in force across Scotland yesterday, echoing increased security up and down the country, exactly four weeks after the suicide bombings which wreaked carnage in London."

"The high-visibility operation, which stationed officers with automatic weapons at rail, air and sea ports, was aimed at reassuring the public and preventing further terror attacks."

"Police stressed the patrols were precautionary, not a result of specific intelligence."

"However, British Transport Police said that they had asked forces to maintain as high a presence as possible at all major transport hubs." ...
 

Canada: More Gunplay In Northwest Toronto
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"Toronto police are trying to track down a gunman after several shots were fired in the Islington and Finch area last night."

"The gunfire erupted at 10 o'clock just a few hours after the police chief deployed a specific gun violence task force to the northwest corner of Toronto. The area has seen a rash of gunplay, including two drive by shootings, one of which injured a 4 year old boy. Chief Bill Blair says it's part of a gang turf war in the area."

"The child's mother says she believes it was her older son, Junior Cadougan, who was the target. She also says she thinks she knows who the gunmen were." ...
 

UK: Shot in the mouth
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"A MAN who set out to avenge an assault on his young sister was shot in the mouth at close range." ...

"When Toni and her friends approached Catherall there was pushing and shoving and Catherall struck Toni in the right eye. The incident was caught on the town's CCTV system."

"Later Toni's elder brother Richard went to Catherall's flat to confront him."

"Catherall's brother, Dean, answered the door but refused him entry so he pushed him aside and got into the hall."

"Catherall appeared with a loaded air rifle and pointed it at Monaireo's head."

"'He fired the gun once and a pellet went through the corner of his mouth and struck two rear teeth, damaging them,' said Mr Wilson." ...
 

UK: Baby found among murdered family
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"A TRIPLE murder hunt was launched last night after a woman discovered the bodies of three relatives in a flat."

"The woman alerted officers after finding two sisters, aged 27 and 34, and a 62-year-old man - thought to be their father - murdered in the same room of an apartment in Stonebridge, near Wembley, north London."

"A child, believed to be nine months old, was also found at the flat ... He was believed to be covered in blood but was not injured and is being cared for by social services." ...

"Scotland Yard said all three victims died of gunshot wounds and the two women and the baby are also believed to be related. Inquiries were continuing last night and no arrests had been made. ..." ...
 

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