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GOA Denounces Gun Confiscations In New Orleans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Simply outrageous!'"

"That was the reaction from Erich Pratt, Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America, after learning that the city of New Orleans had begun confiscating legally-owned firearms from New Orleans' residents."

"'By what authority can the mayor order these confiscations?' Pratt said. 'You can't legitimately suspend the God-given rights of American citizens who have committed no crimes."

"'These confiscations will not make the people of New Orleans any safer. Privately owned firearms were the only thing which prevented good people from becoming victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when few policemen were to be found anywhere in the city.'" ...
 

So Where Is The NRA???
Submitted by: Mike

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"So where is the NRA? Authorities are going into private homes in New Orleans and forcibly removing the only real means the last hold-outs have of defending themselves against looters, rapists and murderers. I suppose the reasoning behind this outrageously unconstitutional act is to make the remaining residents feel vulnerable -- and I'm certain it is working. But let me state for the record that if any of those remaining residents come to harm after they've been disarmed, there is going to be Hell to pay. But where is the NRA? Why hasn't the NRA, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, filed papers in federal court to stop this illegal act? Why do you NRA members pay your dues to those dupes if they can't be counted on to even try to stop this action? ..."
 

Bill of Rights ScoreCard (Blog)
Submitted by: Stan Smith
Website: http://katrinagovernmentresponse.blogspot.com/

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... "Let's take quick score of how our rights are standing up in the Big Easy:"

"1st Amendment: Well, mainstream media outlets are allowed into the city, but FEMA began confiscating cameras from citizens earlier this week."

"2nd Amendment: Bye bye right to keep and bear arms."

"3rd Amendment: That's history. Check the video links"

"4th Amendment: Another one bites the dust" ...
 

CT: Gunplay ends robbery attempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The owner of a city jewelry store was shot in the foot by a man trying to rob his shop Friday afternoon, but managed to shoot the robber in the leg before police arrived."

"Jerry DosSantos, owner of Santos Jewelers on Main Street, was released from Bridgeport Hospital late Friday after being treated. Police said he would not be arrested."

"The suspected bandit, Gregory Turner, 32, address unavailable, was reported in stable condition in St. Vincent's Medical Center."

"He is charged with first-degree robbery, attempted murder, unlawful restraint, first-degree assault, illegal discharge of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit, police Lt. Mathew Cuminotto Jr. said." ...
 

AL: Jury acquits man in double slaying
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Bessemer Cutoff jury acquitted 24-year-old Calvin Burns of capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of two teenage girls.

The victims, 17-year-old Terrin Greer and 19-year-old Krystal Bennett, were killed July 2004 in a shootout at a Fairfield gas station.

When the verdict came Friday, the victims' relatives screamed at jurors in protest.

Burns of Wylam claimed he feared for his life after a threat from Bennett's boyfriend, Mario Gibson. One shot from a rifle killed both girls.
 

CT: Neighbor shoots attacker who beat woman to death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Bristol man was arrested Saturday in the fatal attack on a city woman."

"Michael Foster, 37, faces several charges including assault, burglary, assault of a person over 60 and possession of a pistol without a permit. Selina Brewster, 36, died in the attack."

"Police said Brewster ran screaming into a neighbor's home early Friday morning and was followed by a crow-bar wielding man, later identified as Foster. He allegedly beat Brewster until Victor Ventrello shot him in the head with a .22-caliber rifle he keeps in a closet, police said."

"Brewster, a nurse, died on the Ventrellos' floor after fleeing. Police said Foster also beat Brewster's live-in boyfriend, identified as David Fongemie by the Hartford Courant." ...
 

LA: Armed to the hilt, old high school pal keeps vigil at bar
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Most people who knew Art DePodesta in high school would not be surprised to know he is doing well, thriving in fact, in the post-apocalyptic conditions in this city." ...

"After a call from those high school friends last week, I did a Google search and found a picture of Art standing on the street outside the New Orleans bar and restaurant where he has worked for the past eight years."

"Art is in profile, a pump action shotgun dangling from the end of his arm as he stares watchfully at the neighborhood disintegrating around him." ...
 

GA: Midstate schools vigilant about tracking, preventing guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's something lurking under the radar screen in Georgia's schools - often hidden in backpacks, concealed under clothes or slipped under car seats."

"They're guns, and they're being found in Middle Georgia schools."

"'Students are afraid. They carry guns for safety,' Central High School senior Sapphire Wilmore said recently ..."

"After two guns were found in a car on Central High School's campus this summer in Macon, school officials said finding guns on school property is rare. ..."

"According to the [Department of Education] reports during the past five years, Bibb County schools found 17 guns on school grounds. The reports were compiled before the two handguns were found at Central this summer." ...
 

New Orleans: Looters, bad Guys Keep Guns, Law Abiding Citizens Denied
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of widespread lootings and home invasions in New Orleans, there have been reports of valiant men and women who defended themselves against opportunist, armed intruders and looters to protect what little they had, against the criminal thugs who had been released from the prisons."

"The U.S. Constitutional Right to Bear Arms did its job! They thwarted off hardened criminals who were released from prison, roaming the streets robbing and pillaging! These men and women of valor protected their friends, family and neighbors when police were nowhere to be found!"

"The city of New Orleans has begun confiscating legally-owned firearms from its residents, stripping them of their right of self defense, as law-abiding citizens." ...
 

LA: Lawmen cleaning up New Orleans streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Law enforcers say they are in control of the streets of New Orleans since looting and violence erupted after Hurricane Katrina."

"But in nearby Baton Rouge gun sales are rising and residents fear their city will become the new crime capital of the South." ...

"Just 110 kilometres northwest of New Orleans in Louisiana's usually sedate capital Baton Rouge, mostly untouched by the hurricane, business at gun and pawn stores is brisk these days."

"'Such disaster can bring out the good - and bad - in people and those television pictures of looting got people here scared,' said Jim McClain, owner of Jim's Firearms, one of the city's biggest gun shops." ...
 

LA: Fears of post-Katrina disorder spark gun-buying spree
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Marshall Morgan is selling guns faster than he can replace them amid security fears in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."

"We could hardly keep up. We would sell out of everything,' said Morgan, owner of Precision Firearms and Indoor Range in the Louisiana state capital of Baton Rouge."

"He estimated that his sales are 10 times what they were before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the US Gulf of Mexico coast August 29." ...

"Among the popular sellers at his store is the Colt AR-15, a 900-dollar semiautomatic copy of the US military’s M-16 rifle. 'We’ve been selling a lot. We sold a load of AK-47s, too,' said salesman Tony Fazzio, standing in front of a half-empty display case."
 

NV: A million acres, a single cop: Crimes rampant on forest service land from Reno to Mono Lake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back when Don Harris resigned as a deputy sheriff and signed on as a Forest Service cop, his recruiter told him to expect a change of pace." ...

"As a Forest Service officer, Harris expected to concentrate on resource-related crimes — illegal timber cutting, theft of archeological resources and squatters living on public land."

"It’s true, those things keep him busy. But what left Harris 'totally surprised' was the level of potentially dangerous urban-type crimes he encounters." ...

"Then there’s the gang activity of the type Harris so often dealt with as a sheriff’s deputy in New Mexico and before that, as a police officer in El Paso, Texas." ...
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Submitter's Note: But federal law bars 'civilians' from carrying defensive arms in these areas.
 

WA: Deputy's Tainted History
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"A King County sheriff's deputy whose gun was used to kill a convenience-store clerk has a history of department violations that prompted internal affairs to recommend in 1991 that he be fired, according to documents obtained by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer."

"A memo written 14 years ago by King County Sheriff Sue Rahr, then an internal-affairs lieutenant, said Ferenc Zana 'does not possess the integrity to wear the uniform.' ..." ...

"His roommate, Christopher Bistryski, is charged with using a gun that belonged to Zana - not his service weapon - to shoot and kill clerk Dimitri Imad Harb last month." ...

"Despite the problems, Zana never received more than a suspension. ..." ...
 

TN: Handgun-permit law flawed
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"For years, courts across the state have failed to seize handgun carry permits from accused felons and the Department of Safety, which oversees the permits, apparently didn't notice the laws weren't enforced."

"In addition, the Department of Safety hasn't instituted a procedure for law enforcement agencies to report the arrests of people with handgun carry permits, as required by law."

"The lack of clear policies from the Department of Safety has led to confusion among law enforcement agencies and courts and has allowed accused felons, in violation of state law, to continue to go armed." ...
 

MI: 9-11 changed way city goes about its firearms training
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"At a recent meeting, the Southfield City Council approved purchasing $38,642 worth of ammunition, the annual allotment for the police department."

"'We're not shooting that many people in Southfield, are we?' Councilman Kenson Siver asked, tongue-in-cheek."

"No, responded police Chief Joseph Thomas Jr. Officers typically fire their weapons in the line of duty fewer than a dozen times a year, he said, mostly to dispatch threatening dogs or seriously wounded dogs."

"But Southfield police take their weapons - and firing them - very seriously, Thomas explained." ...
 

TX: Mexican Troops Help Hurricane Victims In San Antonio
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A Mexican Army unit today helped feed lunch to three-thousand Hurricane Katrina refugees in San Antonio. The nearly 200 soldiers are part of a historic military convoy.

They received a hero's welcome yesterday as they traveled from Laredo to San Antonio in the first Mexican military presence on U-S soil since 1846. The Mexicans have set up a self-sustaining camp on the grounds of Kelly-U-S-A.

The troops are sleeping on cots in large tents and have two mobile kitchens, as well as medical supplies, physicians and nurses. They plan to stay in San Antonio at least 20 days, but longer if needed.
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Submitter's Note: The BIG question is, are they armed and if so under whose authority?
 

NY: Aim to end gun, auto fatalities
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Coincidentally, I received two e-mails in the same week sounding the alarm about the impact of lethal weapons in our region."

"One was from a former student who wrote about five recent deaths in three separate auto accidents in eastern Fulton County, the rural fringe of our region. The accidents happened within a three-week period. The writer wondered when the public is going to finally demand action and create a 'public uproar' to stop highway carnage."

"The other writer, Leonard Morgenbesser, has become Albany's most persistent anti-gun violence advocate over the last four years. He called my attention to more than 200 firearm-related incidents in Albany in the last two years." ...
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LA: Halted gun sales infuriate customers
Submitted by: Mike

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"As fearful residents rush to stock up on guns, Wal-Mart, one of the region's biggest suppliers, abruptly stopped selling them at 40 stores scattered throughout the Gulf Coast."

"The move infuriated some Wal-Mart customers in this fiercely progun region, some of whom said the big chain left them without protection as the violence increased after Hurricane Katrina."

"'We had a lot of chaos,' said Donald Goff, who was sitting in a white pickup outside a local Wal-Mart store. 'They should be open to sell guns. They should not be doing this to people.'" ...
 

NE: Collectors have weapons, stories behind them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tables displayed not only weapons of choice, but also history, with vendors ready and willing to tell the stories behind various guns, knives and swords."

"Collector Tim Ott of Columbus said he's still learning about some of the intricately carved handles, fittings and guards of ancient Japanese swords, but appeared quite knowledgeable about the items. The oldest one he owns was made in 1350 for the Imperial family."

"Some of the swords he has collected over the years have come from World War II veterans who as part of the selling "price," spend an afternoon telling their war stories of the Pacific Theatre."

"The swords and other weapons are part of a gun show going on this weekend at Platte County Agricultural Park. ..." ...
 

CT: Advocate for firearm safety delivers advice, gun locks
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"To Larry Biggins, gun safety is everyone's business."

"That's why he spent all day Friday at the Waterbury Wal-Mart educating people on the need for gun safety."

"Biggins, a Project ChildSafe representative, handed out free gun locks, brochures, children's safety pledges, badges and bookmarks to anyone who stopped by the booth set up outside the entrance of the store."

"'I've given out 600 locks today,' he said. 'It's been quite busy.'" ...
 

TX: Second annual friends of the NRA banquet scheduled 09-11-2005
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Running Water Draw Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold the Second Annual Friends of the NRA Banquet on Thursday at the Ollie Liner Center in Plainview."

"Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the event starting at 6."

"The event features a barbecue dinner, live auction, drawings, a tribute for 'Honoring Our Heroes' and recognition of this year's special guest, Joaquin Jackson, former NRA board member." ...
 

MN: Minnesota offers bear hunting, without the wait
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wisconsin black bear hunters often wait three to seven years for a permit for the fall season in September and October."

"Minnesota helps out by offering a bear-hunting season with tags for non-residents fairly easily to obtain." ...

"The two states have similar management techniques and similar quota areas or management units. Wisconsin is divided into four bear-hunting management zones, while Minnesota is split into 12 areas. In Minnesota, permits also are issued to hunters through a preference drawing system, with unsuccessful applicants receiving preference points for the following year’s hunt. Most applicants, however, receive permits their first year." ...
 

CA: Shotgunner Susan Sledge, 18, has a bead on making the 2008 Olympic team
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Susan Sledge's bouquet of charm begins with the fact she's still young enough to enjoy 'Harry Potter' stories, but mature enough to appreciate 'Shawshank Redemption,' her favorite movie and most-watched DVD."

"Her disarming smile is as wide as the El Cajon Valley in which she lives, but put a $4,500 Perazzi shotgun in her hands and she transforms into a dead-eye markswoman, capable of blasting clay targets better than most anybody."

"Sledge, 18, a sophomore at Cuyamaca College, burst onto the shooting scene in June when she earned a bronze medal in junior women's international trap at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Shotgun Championships in Lonato, Italy, her first world event." ...
 

CO: Cowboy action shooters aim for speed, accuracy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"He took the name Evil Roy in 1993 and became a world champion Cowboy Action Shooter a year later. He knows his competitors by alias only, operates a traveling gun-shooting school and his movie comes out this summer."

"On the third Sunday each month, the Gunslingers don period clothing and become characters from the Old West, shooting planned scenarios for points. With enough points, competitors continue to state, regional, national and world championships."

"A typical scenario: Steal the baby from the cradle, toss it in the gunny sack, shoot 10 'bad guys' left to right with a pistol. Competitors must shoot quickly and accurately to receive a high score. Any unsafe or unruly behavior earns the player penalties." ...
 

MI: Getting fit for a shotgun makes a difference for hunters
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"When hunters choose shotguns, they look at a wide range of variables -- action, weight, chokes, price-range, even cosmetics. But rarely do they consider how well the gun fits them."

"Going afield with a poor-fitting shotgun is like going to a job interview wearing your brother's suit; it might get the job done, but you'd feel a lot better about it if you were in you're own." ...
 

NY: EPA proposes upstate gun club stop using lead shot
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"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday an agreement with an upstate New York gun club to keep its members from firing lead shot into nearby wetlands and water."

"EPA Regional Administrator Alan Steinberg said the consent order with the Central New York Rod and Gun Club in Pennellville is part of a larger effort to educate owners and operators of outdoor shooting ranges on how to safely manage lead shot and bullets. The consent order is subject to public comment, with a meeting scheduled Wednesday at the club in Oswego County." ...
 

Canada: Shooting requires discipline
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'There's a mental discipline involved in it,' says shooter Peter Ripley of Sackville."

"'There is discipline to know when to perhaps put the gun down and not make the shot and then pick it up again and do it properly.'"

"Now retired after 33 years as an air traffic controller, he first learned to shoot on the family farm in the 1960s. (His dad, Don Ripley, was one of the top shooters of high-powered rifles in Nova Scotia.)"

"Peter also shot with the army cadets and did training with the reserve forces before moving to Moncton in 1973."

"There he became involved with a shooting club with other controllers, using pistols, both air and regular." ...
 

UK: Killed By Cops.. Maniac Who Warned: 'I'll Blow You Away'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AN ARMED maniac was shot dead by police after blasting the home of a man he had threatened to murder."

"The gunman used a machete to smash householder Peter Bromley's front window and truck in a domestic feud - then phoned to warn him: 'I'm going to blow your f***ing head off.'"

"He returned later and fired a rifle into the terraced property. Armed officers were then summoned and shot him. The man had 100 rounds of ammunition. Police last night named him as Craig King - whose sister is believed to have moved into the property six months ago with her two young children." ...
 

Canada: Man gunned down fleeing from killer -- 37th gun murder this year - 7th in Jane St. area
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ANXIOUS MOTHERS fearing for their sons rushed forward yesterday asking about the identity of the latest shooting murder, the seventh in the Jane St. corridor this year."

"The victim was caught in a hail of bullets as he tried to run away across a footbridge ..."

"The man, described as being in his mid-20s, collapsed on the bridge. Efforts to revive him failed and he was later pronounced dead at the scene."

"One teen witness said about 20 kids rushed up to the scene after the shooting, near Brookdale Middle School, and stood over the dying man, the 37th murder victim by gunfire this year. The teen said the victim looked like he was hit in the legs and torso. No one apparently recognized the man." ...
 

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