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SAF Condemns ABC News Fraud in Report on Sunset of "Assault Weapons" Law
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BELLEVUE, WA -- "The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today called on ABC News anchor Peter Jennings and correspondent Bill Redeker to admit the network distorted fact during a report on the end of the so-called “assault weapons” ban that aired Wednesday evening, Sept. 8."

"During that segment, video footage from the North Hollywood bank robbery shootout in March 1997 showed the robbers firing full-automatic weapons, suggesting that this type of firearm will be legal when the ban expires at midnight Sept. 13. These guns had been illegally modified, yet ABC News left the impression that such rifles will be available to the general public." ...
 

Whiny gun banner -- a sore loser on the gun ban renewal -- compares flash suppressors to grenade launchers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"For obvious reasons, federal law bans the sale of semi-automatic rifles with flash-suppressors. Snipers can put flash suppressors on their rifles to keep from being seen as they squeeze off rounds from their hideaways. For similar reasons, federal law bans ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets. In the hands of a mass killer, the more bullets that can be fired before reloading, the more people might die. These are commonsense restrictions. They no more need justifying than the federal ban on grenade launchers that can be attached to rifle barrels. But Monday morning, all these restrictions will be lifted."
 

Sore Loser Sen. Feinstein Criticizes Bush Silence On Assault Weapons Ban
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WASHINGTON -- "Days before a ban on assault weapons is set to expire, Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused President Bush of staying silent on the issue because he wants the endorsement of the powerful National Rifle Association."

" 'The president quietly awaits Sept. 13 and hopes that after he lets the ban expire, he can once again receive the endorsement of the NRA, because the NRA is not going to make their endorsement until the ban expires,' Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday on the Senate floor."

"Bush has said in the past that he supports renewing the ban that Feinstein authored 10 years ago. But he has not pushed congressional Republicans on the issue, and House GOP leaders never brought it up for a vote." ...
 

Iowa County Sheriff's justification for supporting renewal of useless gun ban reveals plenty about his character
Submitted by: medicdave

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"A federal ban on semi-automatic firearms is set to expire in five days. And that would mean people could legally carry the weapons on the streets of eastern Iowa and across the country."

"While law officers across the country and in eastern Iowa say a ban is necessary. Linn County Sheriff Don Zeller told TV9, 'To protect them if we're out manned and out gunned then we're already at a disadvantage. When you have drug dealers and gang members if they have access to these types of weapons then the encounters we make will be that much more dangerous.' "

QUESTIONS FOR THE SHERIFF:

Does that mean that The People should be banned from being able to own semi-auto handguns, too? After all, most of your deputies carry semi-autos. Should The People only be allowed to own single shot arms? Would you have us revert to muskets? Or would you ban those too? And since you mention "protect them," are you implying that you, as a sworn law enforcement officer, have a duty to protect The People? If so, would you care to put that in writing?
 

"The criminological premises of the anti-gun movement have collapsed in the face of serious social science."
Submitted by: medicdave

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"Similarly, the criminological premises of the anti-gun movement have collapsed in the face of serious social science. For better than three decades the American public has been solemnly assured that peaceable citizens who possess guns for self-defense are disasters in waiting."

"Yet the criminological literature provides little support for this caricature of gun owners. Instead, careful research has discovered an incredibly high amount of firearms' being responsibly used in self-defense...Gary Kleck and others indicate between two and three million cases of self-defense per year. Overwhelmingly these incidents involve not firing the weapon at the attacker, but simply brandishing it and thereby causing the attacker's withdrawal."
 

MN: Minneapolis Mayor Rybak, police criticize lapse of gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"A decade-old ban on assault weapons is expected to expire Monday, rekindling a nationwide debate about whether inaction by an election-year Congress will put more military-style rifles in the streets."

"The ban's expiration drew harsh criticism Wednesday from law enforcement officials and members of Congress at events on Capitol Hill and in the Twin Cities."

"Those who want to end the ban, which forbids the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons and blocks gun manufacturers from making certain weapons, say it hasn't had much of an effect on decreasing gun crime."

"'It may make for good politics, but the ban has done little to make Minnesota families safer,' said Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn." ...
 

Ken Schram's Commentary: The NRA And Political Weasels
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"Face it, if the NRA had its way, people would be able to own machine guns."

NOTE: In most areas of the country, people can own machineguns. They just have to jump through lots of hoops and have lots of disposable income.

"And the more fanatical NRA members would be yammering about how the 2nd Amendment allows it." ...

"Contrary to popular belief, I support the 2nd Amendment."

"What I don't support is the NRA's iron-fisted labeling of every reasonable effort to curb gun violence as a diabolical plot to take guns away from law-abiding citizens." ...

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Writer's Name: Ken Schram
Writer's Email: kenschram@komo4news.com
 

MI: Detroit for a State Ban on Assault Weapons
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"Detroit is one city urging congress Thursday morning to extend a ban on assault weapons. The nearly 10-year-old ban is set to expire Monday." ...

"Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings told gathered press, 'These are weapons of war. They have absolutely no place in our neighborhoods. We are in total support of any legislation that will take these weapons off of our streets.' "

[Great, chief. Have all your officers turn them in, then.]

"Chief Bully-Cummings favors a plan by two state house members who want to introduce a bill that will ban assault weapons in Michigan. This plan is also supported by victims of gun violence and gun control advocates nationwide." ...
 

NY Times' rant to renew federal gun ban
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"On the eve of another Sept. 11, it is worth noting that terror comes in many guises, not just as monsters who turn airplanes into missiles. Terror can also come calling as a lone madman with a gun." ...

KABA NOTE: There's actually nothing new in this article -- nothing you haven't seen and heard before. But it's sometimes fun to watch gun banning losers lose in such an undignified manner. For that purpose, the article does have some entertainment value.
 

Schumer and McCarthy Use Cops to Bleat, Once Again, for Gun Ban Renewal
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Flanked by law enforcement officials from across the country, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and New York Sen. Charles Schumer called on President George W. Bush yesterday to urge House Republican leaders to extend the assault weapons ban set to expire at midnight Monday."
 

Bush hasn’t lifted a finger to help (on renewal of Clinton gun ban)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Washington is about to quietly do the unthinkable: It's going to allow the return of assault weapons to the nation's streets. All it takes is for President George W. Bush and Republican House leaders to do nothing, a course they, sadly, seem perfectly willing to take."

KABA NOTE: To Bush's credit, this complainer is right: he's done little to push the ban and has actually surely helped it sunset.
 

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy presses fight on guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the summer of 1994, after her husband was murdered and her son was grievously injured on the Long Island Rail Road by a gunman wielding a semi-automatic pistol, Carolyn McCarthy was conducting a one-woman crusade against assault weapons. Trained as a nurse, she was suddenly a public figure. She lobbied in Albany for a state assault-weapons ban, appeared in anti-gun commercials with Gov. Mario Cuomo and roamed the halls of Congress, corralling legislators to urge them to vote for President Bill Clinton's assault-weapons ban."

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Defenseless husband killed with a handgun. So let's ban rifles? Gotcha. Makes perfect sense to a liberal lefty.
 

"Bush flip-flops on weapons ban pledge"
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"That rat-tat-tat-tat you hear is the sound of the lethal weapons President George W. Bush is about to hand over to drug dealers, street gangs - even terrorists. No such fusillade marks Bush's flip-flop on his 2000 campaign pledge to extend the 1994 ban on assault weapons. The Bush political operation has an efficient muzzle: the sound of presidential silence."
 

WA: Tacoma Gun Dealer Settles Lawsuit
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TACOMA - "A gun manufacturer's decision to pay $550,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by victims and victim's families in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper shootings is a first, a gun control lawyer says." ...

"However, a Bushmaster lawyer said Wednesday the settlement was an economic decision and involved no admission of liability." ...
 

Gun dealer and manufacturer settle in sniper lawsuit
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The families of eight D.C. sniper victims reached two settlements totaling $2.5 million yesterday with the dealer and manufacturer of the rifle used in the shooting spree that left Washington, D.C.-area residents afraid to leave their homes in the fall of 2002.
Lawyers for the families call the settlements "landmark."

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which has filed a number of gun suits, said this is the first time a gun manufacturer has agreed to pay a settlement to victims.

 

We're Here, We're Queer, and We're Voting Libertarian: Pink Pistols endorses Badnarik for President
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"Pink Pistols, a national organization dedicated to educating the alternative sexual community on the need for armed self-defense, has endorsed Badnarik's candidacy."
 

Kerry Criticized for Betraying Union Workers, Being a Gun Hypocrite
Submitted by: David Adams
Website: http://www.nraevcva7.com

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"National Shooting Sports Foundation President Doug Painter today criticized presidential candidate John Kerry for betraying union workers whose pleas for help he ignored earlier this year in a vote that would have protected union jobs. Kerry was also taken to task for accepting as a gift a hunting gun that could be banned under Kerry-sponsored legislation. The strongly worded letter delivered to Capitol Hill today emphasizes the Senator's hypocrisies."
 

"Gun prevention group" promotes safety
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A gun prevention group says the number of suicides in Iowa increased 12 percent last year.

Citing public health records, Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence says 350 people committed suicide last year. The group says more than half of those used a gun.

The group is releasing the information in time for International Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow.

The group says there were 291 suicides by men in Iowa last year, up 17 percent from 2002.

Suicide by women fell eight percent to 59.

The gun prevention group has been conducting research on suicides in Iowa since 1999.

NOTE: People who honestly think they can prevent suicides by attacking gun rights ought to read the following:
Suicide in the Gun Debate
by Angel Shamaya
 

Woman Sentenced For Trying to Carry Gun Through "Security" Checkpoint At Airport
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Powell woman who carried a loaded handgun into Port Columbus International Airport was sentenced Thursday.

Security screeners found the .38-caliber gun in Janis Printz's bag in May.

She pleaded guilty to one count of trying to carry a gun into a passenger screening area of an airport and faced up to six months in prison. She received a sentence of one year of probation and a $275 fine.
 

School gun ban leaves nation vulnerable to Russian-type tragedy
Submitted by: Mark Anderson

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Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told members of Congress in a letter that "teachers in this country are just as disarmed as the defenseless teachers in Russia," where Islamic terrorists killed hundred of innocent civilians whom they held in a school gymnasium in the town of Beslan. It should be noted that ALL the school shootings that have been prematurely cut short here were ended because a responsible adult had a firearm at the school.
 

NY: Club has long history
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Cayuga County Sportsmen's Club is reviving a 50-year-plus tradition, their annual Fall Field Day. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, the Central New York community is invited to join with the members of the Cayuga County Sportsmen's Club in celebration of outdoor sporting activities. This year, the Sportsmen's Club is reviving the tradition. Various events, similar to what has been done in the past, will be offered for sportsmen, sportswomen, their children and interested community members."
 

Grenada: "Students there, mostly Americans, were arming themselves with knives, sticks and pepper spray against looters"
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ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (CBS) -- Hurricane Ivan pummeled Grenada, Barbados and other islands with its devastating winds and rains, causing at least 15 deaths..."

"Students there, mostly Americans, were arming themselves with knives, sticks and pepper spray against looters, said Sonya Lazarevic, 36, from New York City. 'We don't feel safe,' she said by telephone."

Of course people aren't safe if they're denied effective means of self defense!

"When Organ wandered downtown after the hurricane passed, she said she saw bands of men carrying machetes looting a hardware store. She said she saw a bank with glass facade intact on her way down that was smashed when she returned."
 

Police: Puppy Shot by Man Trying To Kill Him and Several Other Dogs
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PENSACOLA, Fla. -- "A man who was trying to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs made the .38-caliber revolver discharge, deputies said."

"Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, of Pensacola, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday."

"Bradford was being treated at an undisclosed hospital for the gunshot wound to his wrist, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy."
 

NC: Visiting Duke instructor robbed on campus - where self-defense is outlawed and criminals work unfettered
Submitted by: E.F.Haywood

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DURHAM -- "A man with a blue-colored gun robbed a woman Wednesday morning on a path near the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke police said."

"The victim, a visiting Duke University instructor, was walking when a man stepped into her path and pointed the gun at her around 8:10 a.m., Duke police spokeswoman Maj. Phyllis Cooper said."

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This instructor should have learned a valuable lesson. Outlawing guns on school property does nothing to prevent crime on campus. The next lesson may be on Newton's Second Law (F=ma), and the next exam may be the FINAL.
 

CA: Long-running feud blamed in shooting, self-defense cited
Submitted by: medicdave

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"A 56-year-old resident of remote Bradford Island fatally shot his next- door neighbor after a long-running dispute, then called police and reported it, Contra Costa County sheriff's officials said Wednesday."

"Another man who lives at Hall's house said he had witnessed the fatal shooting and that it was in self-defense. Gardner had threatened Hall in the past and Tuesday 'went over there and grabbed his beard, started smacking on him,' said the man, who declined to give his name."
 

TN: Lebanon man shot after argument, self-defense cited, no charges filed
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"An argument turned violent Tuesday night in Lebanon, leaving one man fighting for his life, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said."

"John Thomas Rogers, 28, was shot three times by his mother's friend Nancy Butler, Ashe said. Butler lives with Rogers and his mother on Speck Road, the sheriff said."

"Butler told officers that she shot Rogers in self-defense, Ashe said. Butler had not been charged with any crime as of yesterday afternoon, Ashe said."
 

Subverting the Constitution in High School
Submitted by: medicdave

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"Parents of high school students would be well advised to look at We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, the federally mandated text for what students learn about the founding and fundamental principles of this nation."

"When this textbook looks at the Bill of Rights, those ten amendments that are the very heart of the protections extended to Americans, insuring that government cannot run rampant over them, neither the Second Amendment, nor the Ninth or Tenth are even mentioned!"

"Instead, this vile text exists to subtly subvert our Constitutional system and our loyalty to the sovereign government of the United States of America by teaching students that they are members of a 'global village' and are, 'world citizens.' "
 

A carefree country under Kerry
Submitted by: medicdave

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"I have been hearing many negative comments about John Kerry, the great Senator from Massachusetts. I think it is time to take a fresh look at how our lives would be enhanced and what wonderful changes he would bring to America, should he be elected President." ...

"Lastly, don't worry about having your guns confiscated. John Kerry doesn't believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms, anyway. He will protect you and your family. He knows what is best for the American people. We must trust him."
 

'No-fly' list should be expanded, panel says
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[First story on page]

"WASHINGTON -- The government should convert its 'no-fly' list of suspected terrorists into a 'no-transport' list that applies to cruise ships, Amtrak and other forms of travel besides air, the Sept. 11 commission staff recommended in a previously unreleased report."

"Distributed to Congress this week, the staff report buttresses the commission's transportation recommendations and provides much greater detail -- including suggested deadlines for such improvements as classes in self-defense for flight attendants."

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Arm the pilots. Arm the passengers.
 

NY: PC Insanity: Albany orders reduction in the "crotch bulge" of historical statue of soldier
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"When Copper John, the statue of a Continental soldier, resumes his post atop the administration building at Auburn Correctional Facility this fall, he won't be the man he once was." ...

"Auburn prison officials decided to spruce up Copper John's appearance while the building's roof is being repaired this summer. In the process, workers were ordered to reduce the size of the bulge in the statue's crotch."

"The statue, built by prisoners, has stood unchanged atop the prison administration building since 1848, when it replaced a deteriorated, wooden version of the statue erected in 1821." ...

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I wonder if they took his gun away too?

The "men" who ordered this were probably jealous.
 

SC: Bank Stuck Up With a Pitchfork
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"South Carolina police are looking for a man who chose a unique weapon to hold up a bank: a rusty pitchfork."

"Police say the robber...used a 4-foot-long pitchfork to threaten employees and take an undisclosed amount of money." ...

CONSIDER: Anyone with a handgun could have ended this joker on the spot. But banks these days have a policy of giving money to peole armed with threatening notes.
 

FL: Attorney jailed for violating curfew while coming home from baseball game with his family
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"Marcos Gonzalez started the evening Tuesday in his regular seat behind home plate at Pro Player Stadium but ended it standing for 11 hours in a hot, crowded jail cell, where he was detained for breaking Palm Beach County's curfew."

"Gonzalez, a 35-year-old attorney from Hypoluxo Island and Marlins season-ticket holder, watched his team beat the Mets with his brother-in-law and his two kids. When the game ended after 9 p.m., he headed toward Wellington to join his wife and son at his sister's house. The family is staying there until electricity is restored to their house."

"After exiting Interstate 95, he was stopped three times by law enforcement officers enforcing the 10 p.m. curfew. Two of them told him to have a good night and allowed him to pass after he explained that he had been at the game and showed his ticket stubs, Gonzalez said."

"But around 10:50 p.m. at Forest Hill Boulevard and U.S. 441, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy wasn't so forgiving." ...

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1) Would he have made it home "on time" if he hadn't been stopped by the other officers?

2) Does government have the Constitutional authority to tell you when you have to stay at home?
 

OH: Officer fired for using Taser to get revenge on prisoner who tried to escape
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"A veteran Middletown police officer is without a job after misusing her taser gun."

"The Middletown Police Chief Bill Becker says he had no choice but to fire officer Kathy Jones." ...

"But Becker says he had no choice because he says the evidence shows Officer Jones used her taser on Estell Wayne Buck without provocation."

"According to police Jones used her taser to get revenge for another officer who had been hurt when Buck tried to escape." ...
 

IL: Big Brother in Chicago - Mayor outlines elaborate camera network for city
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Big Brother installs cameras throughout Chicago... welcome to the British solution... 1984

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"From a hi-tech command center, the City of Chicago plans to monitor a vast security network. Thousands of surveillance cameras will be linked -- and authorities will be alerted to crimes and terrorist acts. The mayor unveiled the plans for this new security network at a news conference this morning." ...
 

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