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Cleveland, OH Mayor 'All Wet' on Anti-Gun Proposal to Stem Crime, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposal by anti-gun Cleveland, OH Mayor Frank Jackson to make firearm possession illegal by anyone under age 21 is a non-solution to a genuine problem of violent crime, and like all gun control laws, it targets the wrong people, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"Mayor Jackson's suggestion came after the killing of a 12-year-old girl caught in a crossfire near her home Sept. 1. However, one of the suspects in that gun battle, Eric Romel Wilson, would not have been affected by such a law because he is 35 years old, and due to his criminal history, he cannot legally own a gun." ...
 

Educating Republicans on the ATF (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I have been asked to speak at the Lake County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Day Banquet in Polson, Montana on September 20th. I will be speaking on the Second Amendment and just how the ATF is trying to destroy it. If you live in Montana, please show up.

On the 24th I have been asked to speak to the Twin Falls County Republican Women on the subject as well. Twin Falls County Sheriff Wayne Tousley will be speaking as well.
 

Romanian WASR-2
Submitted by: David Wolfe

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"During the period of complete lawlessness, that is sure to follow any type of collapse, be it peak oil, economic or wide reaching pandemic, you my be forced into a situation where defending your home or retreat against mobs of semi-organized gangs of looters of even well-organized and well armed paramillitary bands of outlaws will become necessary. Living near a military base or national guard armory would tend to make the latter of the two much more likely." ...

"If you are to have a reasonable chance of defending yourself in a post collapsed world you will need a reliable semi-auto military type rifle, to put the odds more in your favor. ... After all, it is only your life at stake." ...
 

Body Armor
Submitted by: David Wolfe

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"Lets face it, at some point you maybe faced by someone, or even a number of armed attackers intent on doing you harm. Any collapse of the present system whether brought about by peak oil collapse, a severe economic down turn, pandemic or whatever makes you wake in a cold sweat at 4:00 am, will bring out the worst in a lot of the unprepared. Just look back to New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina." ...
 

Witness 9mm
Submitted by: David Wolfe

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... "The new Witness felt good in the hand with the grip being at just the right angle and size to match the contour of my hands, balance was also perfect. After loading 15 rounds of 9mm ammo in the magazine, I fired five rounds at the target I had set up about 15 yards away, the group was about three inches wide and about two inches left of center. Not bad I thought, considering this was the first time I had ever fired the pistol." ...
 

ID: Massage parlor owner fires shot at burglar
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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The owner of a massage parlor in Boise fired at least one shot at a would-be burglar who had broken into the business through a bathroom window - but was thwarted by a locked door.

The incident occurred this morning at about 3 a.m.

That's when somebody slipped into Tokyo Massage, which advertises a "relaxation jacuzzi" as well as a sauna and steam room.

When the business owner noticed the break-in attempt was underway, she called her husband - who fired one shot as the burglar fled.

Officers say nothing was stolen, and it didn't appear as though the bullet struck the robber.
 

Court must face up to gun issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It would be inconceivable for the Supreme Court to turn down the District of Columbia's recent petition to decide whether one of the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation will be reinstated, overturning an appeals-court ruling that every American has the right to own a firearm and the capital city has no right to curtail that."

"Few constitutional issues in modern times have cried out for closure more than the argument over whether the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to bear arms or is actually a collective privilege meant to safeguard a state's ability to raise a militia. Yet, since 1939, the nation's highest court has been reluctant to deal substantively with the matter." ...
 

A Good Case To Leave Alone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dick Heller's status in the District of Columbia is clear: He is a special police officer with a responsible job. By day he's an armed guard at the Federal Judicial Center. But when he applied under D.C. law for permission to keep a pistol at his home, permission was denied."

"Sometimes, as Beadle Bumble said in 'Oliver Twist,' the law is indeed 'a ass, a idiot.' Heller and other plaintiffs challenged the district's ordinance. They lost in U.S. District Court but won a notable victory last March on appeal to the D.C. Circuit. Now, regrettably, Mayor Adrian Fenty has appealed Judge Laurence H. Silberman's opinion to the Supreme Court. We will know in a few weeks if the high court will hear the city's argument." ...
 

D.C. Gun Ban Appeal Could Change National Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Washington, D.C. filed a petition in September asking the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's decision to strike down the city's ban on handgun ownership." ...

"Gun control advocates want the government to be able to regulate weapons to protect innocent people, while gun rights proponents argue that the Second Amendment guarantees citizens a right to own weapons, primarily so that they can protect themselves."

"If the Supreme Court sides with Washington, D.C. and upholds the handgun ban, it would validate the legal arguments of the gun control camp."

"If the court sides with the appeals court and declares the D.C. ban unconstitutional, it could become difficult, but not impossible, for the government to regulate ownership and use of guns ..." ...
 

OR: Ore. teacher wants permission to carry gun in school (poll)
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"A high school teacher in southern Oregon plans to challenge a school district policy that prevents her from carrying a gun on school grounds."

"Portland lawyer Jim Leuenberger said in an e-mail message to the Mail Tribune newspaper that he will ask a Jackson County judge to declare the Medford School District's policy 'illegal and void' for holders of concealed handgun licenses."

"'There is a state statute that prohibits local governments -- including school boards -- from restricting possession of firearms by concealed firearm permit holders,' Leuenberger said." ...
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KABA Note: Poll requires free registration . . .
 

OR: OFF To Challenge Illegal School Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oregon law is clear. Only the legislature has the power to regulate licensed concealed carry of firearms. But across the state, bureaucrats continue to make up their own rules in direct violation of state law."

"Some months ago we were contacted by a teacher in Medford who was abusively threatened by her employers when it was discovered that she had a concealed handgun license." ...

"She was taken into an office, where her boss dramatically lowered the shades. A police officer stood near by. She was told if she had a gun she would be fired and arrested. Later she was told if they even thought she may have brought a gun to school, her car would be searched. As you know, none of this is lawful." ...
 

NH: High School girl can't hold flower in yearbook pic
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"Merrimack High School Principal Ken Johnson said yesterday he is giving 'full consideration' to the case of Melissa Morin, the 17-year-old high school senior who wants to include a red flower in her yearbook picture."

"School rules prohibit students from holding any props in the pictures, and Morin was told the photograph violated the guidelines." ...

"The high school first set the policy two years ago, but only put it in writing this year, after 'high profile legal cases' were brought against school districts related to the content of yearbook photos."

"Blake Douglass, a Londonderry High School senior, brought a First Amendment case against Londonderry High in 2005 after yearbook editors refused to publish a photo of him with a broken-open shotgun slung on his shoulder." [emphasis added] ...
 

OR: Teacher fighting for her right of self defense
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"A teacher in fear for her life from her x-husband is being denied her second amendment rights to carry a concealed weapon for her own self defense even though she has a valid CCW permit. What is she supposed to do, walk around defenseless & hope that she won't be attacked while she is away from her home, or that the Police could come & save her before any harm is done? The more Mr Moran opens his mouth, the more he proves that he has a lot to learn. How exactly did this guy become Chairman of a School Board? Just a few of his statements & my response to them:" ...
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KABA Note: It is actually simpler than a Second Amendment issue, the school district is out and out violating the law.
 

WV: Gunshots Startle School and Neighborhood
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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A Wayne County School went into lockdown this morning after gunshots were heard nearby.

Police say Louis Lowe fired gunshots near the Spring Valley Bridge this morning. Kellogg Elementary School immediately went into lockdown and pulled students off the playground.

Police say Lowe was just taking target practice in his own yard, but the noise startled neighbors. Investigators say he was not shooting at any person, but at a target. He will face a misdemeanor charge for firing the gun so close to homes and a school. Lowe tells WSAZ's Doug Korstanje he won't do this again.

Spring Valley Road was closed down and Kellogg Elementary went into lockdown for a short time. However, both are back open at this hour.
 

OH: New gun laws wouldn't solve Cleveland's crime problem - an editorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mayor Frank Jackson received intense criticism for keeping mum as bullets whizzed through city streets and claimed innocent lives this summer."

"On Monday, he took a very public stand to try to curb violence and prevent young thugs from brandishing guns. ... Jackson called for a new Ohio law to make it illegal for people under 21 years of age to possess firearms."

"Beyond any doubt, Cleveland has a violence problem ... So it's good to see the mayor showing more concern about the city's homicides."

"But even if his proposal had a chance of becoming state law - and, make no mistake, it is DOA in Columbus - it wouldn't do a thing to solve the local problem." ...
 

OR: Jail worker investigated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Multnomah County sheriff’s office investigators are scrutinizing a corrections officer at the downtown jail for Internet postings made from his work computer in which he gloats about how fun it is to Taser people and brags about having crushed one inmate's eye socket."

"David B. Thompson, 30, recently wrote on an Internet message board that one of the more pleasurable parts of his job is when he gets to use his Taser, thus exposing people to the agonizing sensation of 50,000 volts of electricity pulsing through their bodies."

"'Seeing someone get TASER'd is second only to being the guy pulling the trigger,' Thompson wrote on an Internet message board Aug. 25. 'That is money. Puts a smile on your face.'" ...
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H/t tp David Codrea.
 

CT: NRA Safety Course Set
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The next National Rifle Association Handgun Safety Course will be on Saturday, October 13."

"The one-day program is designed to provide the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for using or owning a handgun."

"The course, which highlights safety and responsible ownership, instructionally educates anyone who may come in contact with a firearm."

"The instructor is a veteran law enforcement officer in Connecticut." ...
 

MI: Detroit Cops Win $6.5M Suit Against Mayor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jury ruled in favor of two former Detroit police officers Tuesday, awarding them $6.5 million in a whistleblower lawsuit that churned out allegations of misdeeds by the mayor's staff and extramarital affairs by the mayor himself."

"Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope had sued the mayor and the city, saying city officials made them suffer after they raised questions about alleged wrongdoing within Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's security unit."

"The Wayne County Circuit Court jury found after a 15-day trial that Kilpatrick and the city had violated the state's Whistleblower Protection Act in the case." ...
 

PA: 2 Police Sergeants Could Face More Than 1,000 Felony Charges
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"NBC 10 has learned that two local police officers are the focus of a state investigation and could face more than 1,000 felony charges."

"Sources with knowledge of the investigation said the officers are sergeants with the Philadelphia Police Department, and they are expected to face hundreds of felony and misdemeanor charges ..."

"Sources speaking exclusively to the NBC 10 Investigators said the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office will charge the officers as early as Thursday."

"The charges stem from a side security business the officers owned. Sources said the officers failed to maintain worker's compensation insurance." ...
 

Canada: Officer charged with assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Peel Regional Police officer who earlier this year was disciplined for his role in hunting down two men who videotaped a rowdy police booze party has been charged with assaulting his ex-wife's boyfriend." ...

"Investigators say they were called to a woman's home Monday around 2 a.m. after a 9-1-1 caller reported an altercation."

"Police determined a man entered the home, assaulted another man and left. ..."

"Const. Jason Ross, 34, has been charged with assault, being unlawfully in a dwelling house and breach of recognizance. ..." ...

"Three months ago, Ross was one of 24 officers who was disciplined as part of an internal affairs investigation, believed to be the largest ever in the province ..." ...
 

WI: What restrictions would be acceptable? (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I read ... 'It's the criminals, stupid' with interest. As a rational-thinking 'liberal,' I often find myself agreeing with gun advocates' arguments that gun laws will affect law-abiding citizens rather than criminals ... What we don't hear from gun advocates is what restrictions they are willing to accept to make our community safer."

"I agree ... our Founding Fathers were not stupid men. However, we as a society have already agreed to numerous restrictions on that vital and fundamental First Amendment. For instance, I can't yell 'fire' in a crowded theater ..."

"I ask strong supporters of the Second Amendment what restrictions they will accept to reduce the senseless deaths in our community." ...
 

WI: More guns out there is not the answer (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I realize that gun control measures will do little to curb street violence, since most of this violence is wrought by illegal guns bought on the street. However, I fail to see how more guns on the street equals more safety. I ain't too good at book learnin', but that just don't add up."

"Letter writer Thomas R. Eells mentioned a school and mall shooting ('Concealed handguns allow self-defense.' Sept. 8). Count on never seeing me in a mall, park or festival if a law passes allowing concealed weapons." ...
 

OK: Teens tops in shooting sport
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"With the school year well under way, many teens are busy with football, soccer, cross-country or another 'traditional' sport.

"Twin brothers Trent and Eric Pribil, seniors at Edmond North High School, are polishing up their rifles and shotguns for another year of participating in shooting sports."

"The two competed in July at the National Rifle Association International Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, N.M., as part of a team of five from Oklahoma. Areas of competition included various types of firearms as well as map and compass orienteering, wildlife identification, a hunter responsibility examination and a hunter responsibility trail, which involved 'shoot or don't shoot' scenarios." ...
 

WI: Governor's proposals are important (first letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Community columnist Mark A. Sity attempted to shoot down Gov. Jim Doyle's plans to combat violent crime, but the bullet lodged in his foot ('It's the criminals, stupid,' Sept. 7)."

"He repeated the crazy idea that since criminals will disobey a law, there's no point having the law. Licensing guns is important and necessary, just as is the licensing of cars. Yes, that may involve a cost, but gun ownership is a privilege as well as a right." ...
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Submitter's Note: Since the governor's proposals are designed to prevent certain non-harmful acts, rather than punish certain harmful acts, then the fact that criminals will disobey the law is precisely the point.
 

UK: Gun crime up 21 per cent in one year
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Gun crime has risen in Haringey for the first time in years, according to new figures released by the Metropolitan Police."

"In the 12 months leading up to July this year, there were 160 incidents of 'gun enabled crime' - a 21 per cent rise on the same period the year before."

"Gun crime has been steadily decreasing in the borough over the past few years."

"Chief Inspector Shaun De Souza Brady said: 'When you've pushed a type of crime to low numbers, the only way those figures can move is to nothing or they're going to climb and with small figures, a small climb gives you a disproportionate percentage.'" ...
 

MI: Police Find Man's Body, Guillotine In Wooded Area
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The body of a 41-year-old man was found in a wooded area next to a guillotine he built and used to kill himself, police said.

The man, from the Detroit suburb of Melvindale, was discovered Monday by workers from a shopping center near his home.

Allen Park Deputy Police Chief Dale Covert said the roughly six-foot tall guillotine was bolted to a tree and included a swing arm. Covert said police also found several store receipts detailing the materials used to assemble the device.

"I can't even tell you how long it must have taken him to construct," he said. "This man obviously was very determined to end his life."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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