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Get a gun, stop a terrorist?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chris Bird, a journalist and handgun expert, might really believe everything he's saying. On the other hand, maybe he just wants to sell a few books."

"... Now, he has written a book on how to choose, carry and shoot a gun in self-defense."

"That's all fine and well, until you get to one of his premises. Bird says that for decades, Americans have been 'brainwashed' into a passive mentality that made them easy targets for miscreants of every stripe. But thanks to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the scales have fallen from our eyes."

"'We learned,' Bird says, 'that the government and the professionals could not protect us.'"

"If his remark can be taken at face value, it's almost astonishing in its naivetť." ...
 

The Truth About the S. 397 "Ammunition Study"
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"It has come to my attention that some well-meaning pro-gun activists have expressed concern about an amendment on armor-piercing ammunition that was added to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S. 397) during consideration of the measure on the Senate floor. Those concerns are unwarranted and many of the assumptions and interpretations concerning that provision are just plain wrong."

"The amendment was offered this year (as it was in 2004) by pro-gun Senators in what proved to be a successful attempt to defeat Senator Edward Kennedy's amendment that would have banned all center-fire rifle ammunition by labeling same as 'armor-piercing' ..." ...
 

Top Gun - NRA's New Jewish President
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just as there are no atheists in the foxholes, there are no gun control advocates locked in their apartments with a large, menacing burglar attempting to batter his way in."

"That was Sandra Fromanís experience nearly two decades ago. Her shouting, banging on the wall and even cranking the stereo to 11 didnít scare off the would-be intruder, but he eventually ... abandoned his effort to enter her domicile."

"Still, the minutes of sheer terror left an impression on the San Mateo-born and raised Froman, and it would prove to be a life-altering moment."

"'The next day, I went to the gun store. ...' said Froman, who became the National Rifle Associationís first Jewish (and second female) president earlier this year." ...
 

Kelo's Implications Are Horrendous
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"Readers' questions have prompted me to examine further the Supreme Court's recent Kelo decision. Kelo is even worse than the calamity I declared it to be."

"Kelo does not mean the end of private property per se, but it does mean the end of anyone's secure possession, be the owner an individual or a corporation. To the extent that Americans still possess constitutional rights, Kelo could mean their end, as well." ...

"Indeed, as one astute reader noted, Kelo's public benefit concept of eminent domain could be used to condemn privately owned firearms. The Second Amendment would still be there. We would have a right to firearms in the abstract just as we have a right to property in the abstract, but every specific right can be condemned." ...
 

Canada: Torontoís Mayor David Miller: What a Maroon!
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"There is something about Torontoís mayor, David Miller, which brings out the Bugs Bunny in me. Whenever I see Miller on television, uttering his platitudes and articulating his inanities, I just shake my head and say, 'What a maroon!'"

"Anyway, it is not the banalities that he regularly utters that caught my attention. He has managed to pin down the reason why we have all these shootings and gun deaths in Toronto. Are you ready for it? Itís the Americans." ...

"One thing is for certain. Whichever guns are being used, the shooters are 100% Canadian." ...
 

Israel: Settlers Hand Over Weapons
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"Dozens of residents in the Gaza settlement of Ganei Tal handed over their weapons Monday to local security officials, who in turn returned them to the IDF."

"Shlomo Vasertil, one of those who handed over their weapons, told Ynet this was a sad day for him."

"'Itís a day where a law abiding citizen who used the weapon to protect himself is asked by the State of Israel to return it,' he said" ...
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Poster's note: The guns being handed in are full-auto military M-16s lent by the army. Most of these folks get to keep their licensed handguns. More surprisingly, most Israelis cannot own a gun of any kind.
 

FL: 2 men are slain in robbery tries
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"Two suspects were killed in separate armed robberies Saturday night in Orange and Lake counties."

"Lorenzo Baker, 29, was shot in Orlo Vista and pronounced dead later at a hospital, officials said."

"The incident began just before midnight. David Mathis, 20, said he was heading to a club with friends when four men forced them back into his mother's Orlo Vista home, demanding the keys to her shimmering green show car." ...

"The older brother of someone from the house was called and arrived in a red Ford Explorer to confront the suspects ... The man, whose name was not released and who is not expected to face charges, exchanged fire with the suspects, she said."

"Baker was shot while in the driveway." ...
 

IL: Four shot, killed in Southland
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Four men were fatally shot in the Southland over the weekend, including an alleged burglar who was killed by an Evergreen Park homeowner, officials said." [emphasis added]

"Evergreen Park police declined to comment Sunday on the death of Lawrence Edgeworth, a 41-year-old resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla."

"Edgeworth was possibly burglarizing a home in the 9000 block of South Utica Avenue Sunday about 2 a.m. when he was discovered by the homeowner, officials said."

"The homeowner fired a .44-caliber Magnum revolver at Edgeworth, striking him once in the chest, officials said." ...
 

VA: Taking a Shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should the penalty for using a firearm illegally in Henrico County be more severe than a maximum fine of $250? Should it be illegal to fire a gun on any piece of land smaller than an acre?"

"Some members of the county's Board of Supervisors think so, and they've asked the Henrico's county attorney to study the county's existing firearms ordinance and deliver a briefing during their Aug. 9 work session."

"At that meeting, supervisors also are expected to consider revised plans for a new ordinance outlawing the use of bows and arrows in most areas."

"Both matters stem from a complaint made last October by a resident ... after learning that his neighbor was taking target practice with a high-powered crossbow. ..." ...
 

WI: Local Police Chiefs Speak Out Against Concealed Weapons Proposal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The battle over whether Wisconsin should allow people to carry concealed weapons is taking on a new fight. Local police chiefs are speaking out against the proposal."

"Imagine if Wisconsin allowed you to carry a concealed weapon. Would you put it under your jacket? Maybe inside your purse? You don't know? Neither do police officers, which is exactly why they're opposed to the idea."

'I think this is an additional danger to my officers and I believe it will be an additional danger to the City of Green Bay,' says Chief Craig Van Schyndle with the Green Bay Police Department." ...
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Submitter's Note: Different state, same BS. If someone is going to shoot a cop for pulling him over, lack of a gun permit won't stop him.
 

LA: Gun Buy-Back Program Offers Cash, No Questions Asked
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Hoping to get more guns off the streets of New Orleans, the annual gun buy-back program is changing locations this year.

On Aug. 27, the program will move from Mid City to St. Bernard Avenue -- an area that has seen an increase in gun violence.

In the past six years, the program has collected thousands of guns by offering cash with no questions asked.

With restrictions in place at gun stores, many of the guns are purchased on the street. The gun buy-back aims to "out-price" the street transactions by offering $50 for guns and $75 for assault weapons.

The program's coordinators also are passing out free gunlocks.
 

IL: Suspected in blast, cop still on job
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"A 34-year-old Chicago Police officer from the Rogers Park District was one of the first cops on the scene after three loud booms startled residents near Howard Street beach on Nov. 29."

"He later received an honorable mention for finding an explosive device on a retaining wall at 1311 W. Howard."

"Now the officer is the main suspect in setting off the device, described as a bundle of three metal pipes filled with explosives, said a source familiar with the investigation. Yet he is still on the job, working on a lakefront bike patrol and armed with a gun -- something that's surprising to some police officials aware of the situation." ...
 

GA: Committee unfazed by warnings
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"A new safety bulletin that warns against repeated shocks of the Taser has not altered the pro-Taser views of a Georgia police chiefs' committee, members say."

"In the 54-page report released June 20, a Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police committee of law enforcement, medical and academic experts concluded that the Taser's benefits outweigh its risks."

"The group released its report just one week before Taser International, the maker of the weapon, sent out a training bulletin warning that multiple shocks with the stun gun could impair breathing and possibly lead to death."

"James Chadwick, Dalton police chief and chairman of the committee, said the new bulletin did not change the committee's conclusion." ...
 

India: One injured in accidental firing
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One person was today injured when the rifle of a Special Police Officer went off accidentally in Udhampur district, official sources said.

SPO Abdul Qayoom was cleaning his rifle at Dakkikote in the district when his gun went off, they said adding a bullet from the gun pierced through the chest of his nephew Aslam.

Aslam, who was critically injured, has been hospitalised, they said.
 

South Africa: Life for cop-killing policeman
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"A police officer and two men were sentenced in the Pretoria High Court on Monday for the murder of two policemen in January last year."

"Superintendent Maria Mazibuko said Serame David Melato, a police officer from the Vaal Rand police emergency unit, as well as Blessing Moloi and Oupa Kerston Maseola were found guilty of shooting the two policemen in Sonlandpark in Vereeniging." ...

"Melato had sold an R4 rifle to Moloi and Maseola for them to use in a cash-in-transit robbery. Inspector Machiel Hechter, 30, and police reservist Constable Chris Greyling, 27, were killed in the subsequent shootout." ...
 

NC: Wayward rifle bullet tears through Fort Mill couple's home
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"A family in Fort Mill was on alert and on edge this weekend after a neighbor showed them where a bullet from a high powered rifle ripped through their front door and the living room couch."

"The bullet burst through Nellie Nevelís front door Friday evening. It happened at a time when she and her 2-year-old son would have been on the couch watching TV. ..." ...

"Her neighbor, Mike Brown, a United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, recognized the bullet immediately."

"'This is a big time bullet,' said Brown."

"Brown identified the bullet as a 30 ought six. The kind of ammunition used in hunting rifles."

"'In the military these bullets can pierce the skin of armored vehicles,' Brown said." [emphasis added] ...
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Poster's Note: "Armor Piercing" .30-06 rounds? Hunters do you still think they aren't going to come for your guns too?
 

MI: Libraries vs. guns
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"The words are still there in red on the Ferndale Public Library's front door."

"'Absolutely no weapons including those permitted by concealed weapons law may be brought into this facility.'"

"The statement remains, even though the courts have said the rule is not enforceable for properly registered concealed weapons." ...

"Talk of Ferndale's gun fight came up recently when, in June, the Waterford Township Board of Trustees approved new library rules that included prohibiting guns inside the library."

"Gun rights advocates protested, saying the township could not ban guns, quoting from the rulings made during the Ferndale effort." ...
 

GA: World-Class Sporting Grounds Coming to BriarRose Country Estate & Club
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"A World-class sporting ground is the latest amenity to be announced at The BriarRose Country Estate & Club, the private golf and equestrian community now taking shape ..." ...

"The community has retained internationally acclaimed designer John Higgins of The British Shooting School ... to design and oversee construction of the game clays course and serve as the 'Chief Coach,' Davis said."

"Mr. Higgins has helped design and build over 50 private and resort shooting operations around the world ..."

"Construction of the BriarRose game clays course is underway, with completion coming in the spring of 2006. Also planned is a members lodge, which is expected to be under construction by next spring, Davis said." ...
 

OR: Outdoors-woman courses set through fall
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"There are a host of workshops and skills clinics being offered through the fall in Central Oregon by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program."

"'The BOW program teaches by having participants experience hands-on, skill building activities in a casual environment,' said Nancy Smogor, the program coordinator for the department's High Desert Region in central and southeast Oregon." ...

"A Day at the Range on Oct. 1 in Madras."

"This workshop offers the chance to learn about firearm safety and handling."

"It's designed for those from beginners and experienced and provides time on the range to learn proper shotgun, smallbore rifle, archery and pistol skills." ...
 

OR: Cowboy action shooters recreate the Old West
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"Badgermanís right hand blurs into motion like a hummingbirdís wings, and when the hand comes back into focus itís holding a stainless steel revolver that sprays lead hail in .44-caliber chunks."

"His targets down, Badgerman jams the revolver back into its leather holster and lets go of the pistolís shiny black buffalo horn handle."

"Then he moseys 10 feet to his left, grabs a double-barreled shotgun and slips a 12-gauge shell into each cylinder. He snugs the gunís butt against his shoulder and empties both chambers ..."

"This gunfight is over. And although Badgermanís aim was true, not one drop of blood has been spilled in the sagebrush near Virtue Flat in Eastern Oregon." ...
 

KS: Run, shoot, run, shoot, run: Event is a test of two skills
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Like many, Joe Guitierrez long associated the term 'run-and-gun' with things like a hectic lifestyle or fast-paced basketball team."

"Sunday he and 39 other athletes took the term to its literal meaning at the Young Hunter Safety Range near Lake Afton at the fifth annual summer biathlon."

"Sponsored by the Derby Running Club and the Kansas State Rifle Association, the event intermixed a 5 kilometer race and target shooting with .22-caliber rifles." ...
 

OK: Statewide Hunter Education Courses
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"Course locations are listed by town, followed by date, course location and time. If a phone number is listed, pre-registration is required. Courses are a minimum of 10 hours and are free. Students must pass an exam with a score of 70 percent. For updated information on upcoming courses, contact the Wildlife Department's Hunter Education Hotline at (405) 521-4650 or check our Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com/hunted.htm"

"Jenks: Aug. 13th; ..."

"Jenks: Aug. 18th: ..."

"Owasso: Aug. 20th; ..."

"Okmulgee: Aug. 20th; ..."

"Sand Springs: Aug. 20th; ..."

"Broken Arrow: Aug. 23rd & 25th & 30th; ..."
 

OK: Sept. 2 application deadline for bonus youth deer hunts
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"Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in six youth controlled antlerless deer hunts that will take place on private lands in several Oklahoma counties. Applications must be received at the Wildlife Department no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2."

"The hunts are scheduled for either October or January. This year, 70 bonus antlerless deer gun hunts will be drawn. To be eligible the youth must be between 12 and 16 years of age on the day of the hunt and have completed their hunter education requirements."

"'These hunts are on private property and should provide young hunters a great opportunity to see some deer as well as a chance to harvest a doe,' said Bill Dinkines, assistant chief of wildlife ..." ...
 

UK: Let us spray . . . it's the way to deal with these violent punks
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"'SPRAY TO disable to protect.' Now thatís a motto to live by. The police have a spanking new slogan for the war on terror ó 'shoot to kill to protect' ó so why canít we civvies in the war on hoodies have one too?"

"'Spray to disable to protect' swam into my mind as I watched the Fantastic Four battle against villainy because a fight broke out in the cinema. A huge man with dread-inducing dreadlocks was raining punches down on a man who had had the temerity to tell him to stop talking."

"Naturally, everyone turned into a superhero: 'Pow! I am Mighty Englishman, be amazed by my awesome selective deafness and tunnel vision. With the power of my mind I donít see or hear anything unpleasant. Marvel at my hyper-inactivity Wooosh!'" ...
 

UK: Latest weapon, a key fob that fires bullets
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"IT LOOKS like just another key fob, the kind motorists carry with them every day."

"But this harmless exterior conceals a deadly weapon- a tiny gun capable of firing two bullets."

"Believed to have been built in Bulgaria where they are sold legally as flare pistols, the pocket-sized firearms have been converted by criminals to fire live ammunition."

"Police have seized more than a dozen adapted key fobs at sites all over the country ..." ...

"Anyone caught in possession of a converted key fob faces at least five years in prison. This is the same sentence as someone caught with a conventional firearm."
 

South Africa: Criminals becoming more inventive - police
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"In recent weeks, criminals have become increasingly inventive and brutal in carrying out their crimes and preventing themselves from being caught - using an articulated truck to block off the freeway, gouging out a victim's eyes to prevent identification, and using bullet-proof vests to prevent injury."

"In KwaMashu last week, a man's eyes were gouged out by two men who stole his cellphone, sandals and wallet. This cruel manner of identity protection is believed to the first of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal."

"In a larger operation at the weekend, criminals carried out a Hollywood-style heist on the N2 southbound freeway, near Spaghetti Junction." ...
 

Canada: Calls for more cops in Toronto
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"The mayor and police chief of Canada's biggest city stood shoulder to shoulder Monday in an effort to ease the jangled nerves of residents as they pledged to stop the deadly gunplay plaguing the city's mean streets."

"They also pleaded with those residents to do their part and come forward with information to ensure those responsible for the violence are brought to justice."

"For two weeks, gunfire has been ringing out almost daily in Toronto, often in very public places and leaving bloodshed in its wake. Among the victims was a four-year-old boy who was wounded in a gun battle between members of rival gangs." ...
 

Australia: Armoured car heists attract $100,000 reward
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"A security company has offered a reward of up to $100,000 in an effort to track down thieves responsible for a series of robberies on armoured cars in Sydney since last year."

"Police are seeking information regarding three armed robberies of Brink's Australia armoured vehicles in Newtown, Randwick and Crows Nest since October last year."

"Brink's Australia had posted the reward money as a means of helping police identify those responsible, CEO David Gronow said today in a statement."

"In each incident, cash was taken and security guards had their firearms stolen. Two firearms have since been recovered." ...
 

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