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New AWB poll on CNN
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A story along with yet another CNN AWB poll. I guess the gun banners are sore losers. Let's beat them at their own game.

The poll is on the right side of the page.
 

Assault Weapon Ban expires! - ATF Fact sheet
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This link includes the FAQ's regarding the now defunct Assault Weapon Ban. Don't let the guard down quite yet, but remain vigilant. The anti's will not take this one lightly.
 

Kerry Blasts Bush Refusal To Extend Gun Ban
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"In Kerry's words, the president 'made the job of terrorists easier and made the job of America's police officers harder and that's just plain wrong.' "

"Kerry also criticized the president for proposing deep cuts to the Community Oriented Policing Services program, known as COPS. ..."

"The assault weapons ban is expiring as the Justice Department reports that the nation's crime rate last year held steady at the lowest levels in the 31 years since the government began surveying crime victims."

"His criticism came as he outlined a $5 billion plan to fight crime. Appearing at the same event, gun control advocate Sarah Brady said, 'George W. Bush shame on you for making this decision.' "
 

Kerry and Bush Trade Blows on Gun-Ban Lapse (NPR)
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"Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry says President Bush did not do enough to urge the Republican-controlled Congress to extend a 10-year federal ban on the sale of assault weapons that expired Monday. Bush aides maintain the president did everything he could. NPR's Scott Horsley reports."
 

Gun Dealers Discount End of Assault Weapons Ban (JTO)
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"Gun dealers throughout the country said the federal assault-weapons ban, which sunsets at midnight on Sept. 13, was ineffective because of the loopholes in the law, the Washington Post reported Sept. 13."

"According to gun dealers, there would be no significant difference in the types of guns that can be sold when the ban expires and those that were sold during the 10-year ban. That's because a loophole in the law allowed gun makers to make cosmetic changes to their firearms to circumvent the ban."

" 'It's a big nothing,' said Gary Taepke, owner of Wolverine Shooting Sports in Brownstown, Mich. 'The ban didn't change anything. It is strictly cosmetic.' "
 

More Smoke Than Fire as U.S. Assault Gun Ban Ends
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"A 10-year-old ban on assault weapons expired across the United States on Monday with a political firefight but no apparent rush to rearm by gun fanciers."

"At The Shooters Shop in West Allis near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, salesman Peter Kinkead said that by noon he had received more than 20 phone calls in addition to walk-in inquiries."

" 'People are using us as a resource, asking what the law covers. Now that the ban expired I think we'll see more security guards who will come in and be able to purchase a proper (ammunition) magazine for their work,' Kinkead said."
 

Barr Issues Statement on Expiration of Clinton Gun Ban
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"The ban on so-called 'assault weapons' was nothing more than a cosmetic restriction, banning certain firearms not because they were used in crimes, and not because of their performance, but simply because they looked 'mean.' "

"True assault weapons, which are capable of fully automatic firing (that is, machine guns such as Uzis and AK-47s), are not available lawfully to civilians except in highly regulated circumstances, they have not been available since the 1930s, and they remain essentially unlawful to possess even after the present gun ban expires."

" 'Assault weapons' banned by the 1994 law have never been used in more than a miniscule percentage of all violent crimes -- between 0.25% and 2.0% of violent crimes."
 

Armalite set to crank out 30-round magazines and other assorted wonders
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GENESEO, Ill. - (KRT) - "If all goes as expected, workers at the ArmaLite, Inc. factory here on Tuesday morning will start churning out their military-style rifles with ammunition magazines that hold 30 bullets instead of the maximum 10 rounds permitted under the Assault Weapons Ban."

"The manufacture of highSTANDARD-capacity magazines is one of the more controversial features that have been illegal under the ban for the last decade." ...

"With the expiration of the ban Monday, ArmaLite owner Mark Westrom said Friday there is no question he'll stop using the smaller magazines." ...

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Does any reporter know the difference between a bullet and a cartridge?
 

Dave Kopel: Bait-’n’-Switch
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"At midnight tonight, the federal ban on so-called 'assault weapons' expires. As a constitutional moment, the expiration is as significant for the Second Amendment as the March 3, 1801, expiration of the Alien and Sedition Acts was for the First Amendment. These federal laws were not found unconstitutional by any court, but the laws expired in disgrace because our political system, as expressed through congressional elections, determined them to be infringements on the Bill of Rights."

"As detailed by Leonard Levy in his book Origins of the Bill of Rights, the political defeat of the Alien and Sedition Acts resulted in a much broader, more speech-protective understanding of the First Amendment. It is possible that that the political defeat of the gun prohibition will have a similar effect."
 

Timothy Wheeler: Assault-Weapons Ban, R.I.P.
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"Perhaps the most pathetic attempt to spin the law's demise came from a list of medical organizations claiming in a September 7 press release that gun violence (public-health-speak for armed hoodlums on the job) is 'an ongoing home-security problem.' Nice try." ...

"As the assault-weapon panic fades, gun-control activists will find another kind of gun to demonize. In fact, they already have. On California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk lies a bill to ban .50 caliber rifles, a target rifle fancied by well-to-do hobbyists. Gun controllers have ginned up a myth of .50-caliber rifles as the new weapon of choice for terrorists, just as assault weapons were supposedly preferred by criminals. ..."

 

Assault weapons ban expires
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"A 10-year-old ban on specific high-powered assault weapons fades into history today, barring a last-minute change of position by U.S. senators and President Bush."

"The ban's effectiveness, debated even before President Clinton signed the 1994 law, always was a source of contention between gun-control advocates and pro-gun supporters such as the powerful National Rifle Association."

"Both sides cite a bevy of statistics and studies on whether the assault ban effectively cut down on the use of the weapons or whether crime was reduced or the lives of police officers and civilians were saved. Conflicting statistics are presented by both sides, each citing numbers that support their position."

"Gun manufacturers in several ways made the 1994 law moot by designing guns without certain equipment banned by the law, both sides agree."
 

Assault weapons ban: ineffective, feel-good law expires today
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"THE FEDERAL 'assault weapons ban' expires today, as President Bush and Congress won't renew the 10-year-old law. Will their inaction spur bloodbaths in the streets? Hardly."

"The assault weapons ban was a misnamed and ineffective piece of legislation designed to give Congress and President Clinton the appearance of doing something about gun crime. Just what did they do?"

"Well, they banned ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds. They banned things like bayonet attachments and flash-suppressing muzzle attachments. Did they actually remove so-called assault weapons from the streets? No. Witness the 1997 Los Angeles bank heist in which robbers used guns banned under the law to wound 16 people before being killed by police."
 

Playing with Firearms
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"It is wrong that Congress failed to vote on extending the 10-year-old federal ban on assault weapons - a ban that expires today despite the number of lives it has likely saved. President Bush, the Senate and House of Representatives all failed to use their respective powers to make sure this life-saving job was done."

KABA Note: Notice that this whining editorial fails to cite one single statistic to support its contention that this worthless ban saved lives. The government itself has not seen any evidence to support this claim. But that doesn't stop them from spouting.

"Assault weapons serve no useful purpose on the streets of America. These military-style weapons are designed for killing people, not for target practice or hunting. The ban has helped to reduce their use in crimes."

KABA Note: Again note the lack of supporting evidence and the histrionics that gloss over the fact that the people have every right to own these weapons, just as the Founding Fathers intended.
 

Statement of Marian Wright Edelman on the Expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Angel Shamaya

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In this one fear-mongering rant, this particular gun prohibitionist says all of the following about the demise of the useless semi-auto rifle and magazine ban:

1) "grievous and giant step backwards"
2) "obvious peril"
3) "catastrophe"
4) "grave danger"
5) "manipulation of the political process"
6) "extremist agenda at the expense of our children's lives"

She forgot to tell us is that guns cause AIDS and the West Nile Virus and that we are all going to Hell when we die.

In the minds of sore loser gun banners like this bigot, the word "extremist" means, "anyone who disagrees with me." Therefore, let us all to embrace the term and wear it proudly.

Sincerely,

Happy Extremist Manipulator of the Political Process
 

ISRA: Freedom Restored as 'Assault Weapons' Ban Fades Away
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"The following are excerpts of comments delivered today to the Central Illinois Gun Policy Roundtable by Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director, Richard A. Pearson."

"Despite last minute pleadings by anti-gun extremists, the crown jewel of efforts to destroy the 2nd Amendment will soon crumble to dust. At midnight, the sunset provision of the 1994 'assault weapons' ban will kick in, thus bringing to close one of the most hypocritical chapters in gun control history." ...

"...The American people don't buy the gun control movement's notion that there is strength in weakness. They don't believe that the Spirit of America dictates that citizens should hide in a closet and pray when danger comes knocking on the door. They do believe that a free and strong America must be comprised of a free and strong people."
 

Virginia Shooting Sports Association Applauds Death of Clinton Gun Ban
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"For the better part of the last five months, the gun ban lobby has engaged in a desperate and deceptive political campaign. As the sunset date approached, they have constantly attempted to scare the public by referring to 'Uzis' and 'AK-47s,' and stating that, these specific firearms 'will be in our neighborhoods unless the assault weapons ban is renewed.' "

"Canale responded to this charge by saying, 'The truth is that AK-47s and Uzis were prohibited in 1989, under federal firearm importation law, five years prior to the enactment the Clinton ban! The expiration of the Clinton gun ban will not in any way affect this previous law.' "
 

Why no extension of weapons ban? (Letter)
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Sixth letter on the page

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If President Bush really cared about the safety of our nation and its citizens, why has he done nothing to extend the ban on assault weapons? And why can't Congress muster enough votes to pass an extension bill? Are they all kissing up to the National Rifle Association to get votes? You bet.

The stupid "statement of the week award" should go to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, for saying that "all this does is make it tougher on manufacturers and gun owners for no benefit." No benefit? Making it harder on the manufacturers and gun owners – isn't that the purpose of the bill? I certainly hope so.

ELLIOTT ESTRINE
Poway

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Letters Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune., PO Box 120191, San Diego, CA, 92112-0191, or fax (619) 260-5081, or e-mail: letters@uniontrib.com

KABA Note: Now that the ban has sunset, you can expect a lot of sour grapes from the gun banner camp.
 

The "gun freaks and second amendment radicals"
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... "But the gun freaks and second amendment radicals take an entirely different position on the ban, and are reveling in its expiration. Why? What does it all mean?"

This child of the "modern" age also uses the following words and phrases:

1) "brutal weaponry"
2) "obsessive firearm aficionados"
3) "such a level of paranoia"
4) "fierce determination of the gun freaks"
5) "tobacco-chewing country villain in camouflage"

But then he actually says something that makes sense:

"Congress should also move swiftly to legalize machine guns, sawed off shotguns, silencers..."

Only the word isn't "legalize." It is "de-criminalize."
 

UK: Three held after drive-by shooting
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"Three men have been arrested after a drive-by-style shooting. The trio, all in their 20s, were held on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life."

"Earlier, two men said they were shot at by a gunman who was standing through the sun-roof of a VW Golf as it drove through east Reading. The pair told how, as they came out of a take-away shop at the junction of Wokingham Road and Pitcroft Avenue, the man was firing rounds repeatedly from the vehicle as it drove past."

"The windscreen of their Toyota Camry was smashed by a shot, they told police. Several more shots were fired at the two as the gunman's car headed towards the city centre." ...
 

Alan Caruba: Subverting the Constitution in High School
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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." ...

"...you will discover that the 'self-evident truths' of the Declaration of Independence have been magically transformed into mere "ideas" from the eighteenth century. The message is that they can be cast aside or changed in our times."

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

FL: Gunman Shoots Miami Officer twice with Assault Rifle
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Police said a gunman with an assault rifle opened fire on a Miami-Dade County police officer around 2 a.m. Sunday, striking her twice and setting her cruiser ablaze.

The officer is expected to be OK. It's not known how many rounds the gunman fired, but one of them hit the police cruiser's gas line, setting it on fire. Police are looking for the gunman. They say they know his name, but are not releasing it to the public.

"Somebody that's going to fire on a uniformed officer in a police car with an assault-type weapon, that person's obviously showing very disregard for any law enforcement or any authority," said Pete Andrew of the Miami-Dade County Police Department.

The officer was in the area of Northwest 183rd Street and Miami Avenue in Miami Gardens when she pulled over the suspect. Police say the suspect got out of the car and opened fire.

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That's right. This is someone who has complete disregard for any law or any authority in general - even laws banning "assault" weapons that don't expire until the next day. Wonder how long till this makes front page on the Brady Bunch's website.
 

KS: Former Trego County sheriff sentenced in drug, gun case (Another report)
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"Former Trego County Sheriff Curtis Bender, who resigned last year after a Kansas Bureau Investigation probe into his activities became public, was sentenced Monday to a little more than 10 years in prison."

"Bender's time in prison, 123 months total, is to be followed by five years of supervised release, said U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren."

"A jury convicted Bender, 37, of Lawrence, of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, two counts of distributing cocaine, one count of attempting to distribute cocaine and one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime."
 

KS: Former Sheriff Sentenced to 10 Years for Selling Cocaine (while he was Sheriff)
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Trego County's former sheriff is sentenced to more than ten years in prison for selling cocaine and possessing a firearm while trafficking drugs.

Curtis Bender, 37, is to spend 123 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Prosecutors say the Lawrence resident conspired to sell cocaine in Trego and Ellis counties last year, one month before he resigned as sheriff.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation set up controlled buys of cocaine through an undercover officer after being tipped off that Bender was trying to sell drugs.

He was convicted of the gun charge because he was carrying a handgun when he tried to make the sale.
 

IA: Local gun sellers don't expect high demand right away
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"Mid-Iowa gun sellers don't expect to see much difference in sales immediately following the end of the assault-weapons ban, mostly because the law affected a gun's appearance more than the way it worked."

"Automatic weapons that continue firing until the bullets are gone or the trigger is released have been illegal since bank robbers started using Tommy guns in the 1920s."

"Assault weapon characteristics, on the other hand, include a muzzle flash suppressor, a pistol grip, capacity for a lot of ammunition and bayonet attachments. But they still fire one bullet each time the trigger is pulled."

"Kyle Banks, a salesman at Paul Jacobson's Gun Center in Story City, said he expects to see more people become interested in the AR-15 rifle, which is a semi-automatic version of the military's M-16."
 

DC: Norton: House To Vote To Repeal All D.C. Gun Laws
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"The Delegate for the District of Columbia says the U.S. House of Representatives will soon schedule a vote to repeal all D.C. gun laws and that the bill has enough cosponsors to pass."

"However, Norton said she believes the bill has a decent chance of failing in the Senate." ...

" 'I thank Senator Kerry for leading the national fight to eliminate military style assault weapons from our country, to authorize the COPS bill, and to assure a genuine national approach for fighting crime and the risk of terrorism in our streets. Particularly, in the absence of Presidential leadership,' she said."

"...She said that she is 'saddened and offended' that President George W. Bush and the Republican Congress would further endanger the nation's capital by sanctioning the introduction of military style assault weapons."
 

U.S. crime rate remains at 30-year low
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WASHINGTON -- "The nation's crime rate last year held steady at the lowest levels since the government began surveying crime victims in 1973, the Justice Department reported Sunday."

"The study was the latest contribution to a decade-long trend in which violent crime as measured by victim surveys has fallen by 55 percent and property crime by 49 percent. That has included a 14 percent drop in violent crime from 2000-2001 to 2002-2003."

' The rates are the lowest experienced in the last 30 years,' Justice Department statistician Shannan Catalona said in the report. 'Crime rates have stabilized.' " ...

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This is a well timed report from Mr. Ashcroft's gang.
 

FL: Miami-Dade police officer shot by assault rifle; shooter at large (Another report)
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Obviously someone did not tell this thug that the assault weapons ban has not yet expired. Not that he really cared. ...
 

Brent Wheat: Hunters shouldn't be fooled by Kerry's 'support'
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"The bottom line is that it appears Sen. Kerry and his people are trying to redefine the candidate into something more palatable to a significant segment of conservative voters. While such spin is a common practice on both sides of the political aisle, this particular topic falls into my meager bailiwick and thus deserves mention."

"However, I will be the first to say don't trust me; research the issue yourself. You will find that things aren't always as they appear in soft-focus political ads full of positive images, hearty handshaking and slow-motion amber waves of grain."
 

NY: Rep. Slaughter calls on Congress to renew assault weapons ban
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Here is another know-nothing politician who claims that preventing the citizens of the U.S. from owning the arms that are their "birthright," according to at least one of the Founding Fathers, does not violate our rights.

Note she also brings in the "homeland security" strawman and claims that somehow, because a majority of the great unwashed and uninformed support this ban, we should bow before their ignorant whims.
 

IL: Local Gun Shop Flooded With Weapons Requests
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"It is the day gun makers geared up for. The ban on assault weapons is officially over, despite pleas from police and politicians. Gun store racks will once again be fully loaded. The question is: Will there be an all out assault to buy them?"

"Business is booming at a northwest suburban gun shop along with demand for the previously-banned assault weapons. Telephones are ringing almost non-stop."

"Roger Krahl could barely field the phone calls pouring into his Carpentersville gun store, but he had bad news for all those hoping to buy one of the controversial firearms that have been prohibited by the about-to-expire federal assault weapons ban."
 

ME: Dealers: Gun ban's effect minimal
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Gun dealers in Maine say the assault weapons ban has done little to stop firearms enthusiasts from buying rapid-fire guns.

The decade-old federal law banning the production of semiautomatic assault weapons and bullet clips that hold more than ten rounds expires Monday.

At the 27th annual Bangor Gun Show over the weekend, dealers said those weapons could still be owned, traded and sold, which meant people could purchase them under the ban.

Ralph McLeod of Buyers Guns in Holden said the lifting of the ban will have "zero effect."

Charlie Rumsey, the coordinator of the gun show, said he's glad to see the ban expire. He said the focus on firearms should be directed at catching and prosecuting people who misuse guns.
 

UT: If gun ban expires, will violence escalate?
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"Utah public safety agencies can't say whether the ban has had any effect here. There has never been a high-capacity gun-related crime nor mass shooting such as the 1993 Long Island commuter train massacre that in part spurred lawmakers to institute a federal ban."

"Joyce Carter, firearms section supervisor for the Utah Department of Public Safety, said the big stories that involve lots of shooting are few and far between and she doesn't believe any agency in Utah has tracked the use or nonuse of assault weapons in crimes. Mostly, people committing armed robberies use the smallest, cheapest type of firearm they can, she said."
 

CT: Connecticut assault weapons ban remains in effect
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- "The end of the national ban on assault weapons will leave Connecticut as one of seven states where those guns will remain illegal."

"And gun rights advocates don't expect that to change soon."

" 'Nothing is going to change here in Connecticut and I don't perceive anybody going after the legislature in trying to get rid of the law this year,' said Robert Crook, executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen."

" 'Maybe next year, maybe the year after, we'll make an effort to get rid of it,' Crook said."

"Connecticut and Massachusetts are the only two New England states with an assault weapons ban on place." ...
 

IL: Gun hating politicians and the dangerous laws they help pass - two letters
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"Many politicians have tried to convince us that the only way to end violence is through severe restrictions of gun ownership. After much research and reading, I have learned that firearms have been responsible for saving multitudes of innocent lives. This appears to be one of the world's best kept secrets." ...

"The number of innocent children protected by firearm owning far outweighs the number hurt by guns. ..."

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"At the suggestion of Chicago's Mayor Daley, I am corresponding with my representatives to allow this phony bill [Assault Weapons Ban] to expire! This fraudulent legislation was corrupt from the start."
 

OH: Unorganized militia members foil robbery, hold idiot for police
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KETTERING, Ohio -- "A man is behind bars Monday, accused of attempting to rob a Kettering pizzeria. The incident took place shortly after midnight at Piccadilly Circus Pizza when the pizza shop owner and two restaurant patrons [members of the unorganized militia, per federal law, Title 10, Section 311] foiled the robbery." ...

"According to police, David Henry, 22, of Kettering, ...demanded money to be put in a plastic bag."

"... The suspect then punched the owner in the face in an attempt to escape. Investigators said two restaurant patrons jumped in to assist the storeowner and held Henry to the ground until police arrived." ...
 

National Association of Police Organizations Endorses John "Bonesman #2" Kerry
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"Kerry's event in Washington, D.C., was held on the tenth anniversary of the 1994 crime bill that put 100,000 more police officers on the street and gave law enforcement more tools to crack down on crime." ...

"John Kerry and John Edwards are committed to keeping America's communities safe and have a plan that puts the safety of families and communities first. Their plan will put more cops on the street, fight crime and make our communities stronger. As a result of this commitment, Kerry was endorsed Monday by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)." ...

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NAPO endorsed Gore, too.
 

CA: Fresno police officer fights to possess service gun
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"A decorated Fresno police officer will be in court Friday to try to retain full-time possession of his service weapon, a privilege he lost when he received a restraining order for harassing his neighbor." ...

"Because of the ruling, Putnam said, the law required Twedt to give up his police gun. Twedt is a motorcycle officer assigned to traffic enforcement."

"A provision in the law, however, allows a peace officer to petition the court to retain the use of his gun if the officer undergoes a psychological evaluation. Twedt has agreed to the exam."
 

UK: MP in pledge to help gun victim
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"WIRRAL West MP Stephen Hesford has pledged to help find a new home for a man left paralysed by a thug."

"David Hazel, 35, was shot in the back with a BB gun..."

"He cannot face returning there but his pleas for Wirral council to find somewhere he can be with his family and feel safe have so far failed."

"Now MP Stephen Hesford has slammed the council for not reacting more quickly to find Mr Hazel, his partner Patti and their children a new home."

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Not only does the government render its citizens vulnerable against armed thugs, it then uses funds appropriated from taxpayers to pay for a change of housing, instead of simply restoring their right to self-defense.
 

AL: Child killed accidentally by deputy's gun
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"The 3-year-old stepson of a deputy sheriff was reportedly killed Saturday night as a result of injuries suffered when a handgun was left sitting on a dresser."

"At a Sunday press conference, held at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall and Marshall County Sheriff Mac Holcomb released the preliminary results of an investigation into the death of Deputy Sheriff Carl Keller’s stepson."

"According to the combined statements of Marshall and Holcomb, the events surrounding what Marshall believes is nothing more than 'a tragic accident,' began around 7-7:15 p.m."

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But only LEOs are responsible enough to own firearms?
 

NY: Renew ban on assault weapons
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"Congress is caving in to the powerful gun lobby by allowing a sensible ban on assault weapons to expire today. It's a reckless decision. Not only should the ban continue, it should be expanded."

"Just about every major law enforcement organization -- including the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police -- supports the ban. These police leaders question, and rightly so, why politicians would make it easier for criminals to carry more firepower than the police generally carry themselves."

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That's quite an ignorant assumption. By restoring the people's right to keep and bear a certain type of firearm, according to this "writer," Congress is automatically arming criminals.

What is the implication here? Did criminals specifically wait for the ban to sunset before rushing out and purchasing a weapon with which to outgun police? Or are all gun owners who choose to own said weapon - as it is their constitutionally protected right to do - automatically branded as criminals by this paper?
 

DC: D.C. Leaders Sound Alarm on Future of Gun Laws
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"...Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says the House is expected to schedule a vote soon on whether to repeal all of D.C.'s gun laws."

"She says she's outraged and will fight against it, just like she has with two similar attempts. Norton says 13 city kids have been killed by guns this year, and a repeal of gun laws would put youngsters at even greater risk."

"Norton stood alongside presidential hopeful John Kerry and Mayor Tony Williams at a downtown news conference."

"The mayor pointed to the serial bank robberies, saying the suspects armed themselves with what he calls a 'staggering array' of assault weapons. He says the city doesn't need to get into what he calls 'an arms race with criminals.' "

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No, of course it's much better to lay down and become a compliant victim.
 

NY: Pols target D.C. over guns
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"City Council members yesterday opened fire on the Bush administration and Congress for the expected lapse of the assault-weapons ban today."

"George Bush is doing nothing to protect the American people from this scourge,' Council Speaker Gifford Miller said."

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Scourge? Here's another politician spouting paranoid vitriol. These guns are used in less than 2 percent of crimes committed with firearms, and yet, according to him, they're a "scourge."
 

Bush v. the 2nd Amendment
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"Lately, Democratic presidential contender John Kerry has been making laughable attempts to appeal to gun owners, despite his very clear record in favor of gun control. This would probably be funnier if it weren't for the fact that Bush, too, has a very clear record of undermining the Second Amendment. Most supporters of gun rights seem to be oblivious to this, or at best only dimly aware. Pointing out the failure by Bush to protect the right to bear arms nearly always brings out the question 'So you think Kerry would be better?' Obviously only those who agree with Sarah Brady think Kerry would be better on guns, but it would take some considerable effort for Kerry to do worse, as Bush has attacked gun rights in his domestic agenda, by Administration actions in the courts, and in his foreign policy."

"Taking the last first, in Iraq there is a total gun ban in place. The interim constitution provided to Iraq by the Bush Administration contained declarations of 'rights' to security, education, health care, and social security for the 'liberated' nation, but no right to bear arms. In contrast, Saddam Hussein's Iraq allowed all sorts of firearms to be bought and sold openly without restriction. To be sure, Hussein was an awful, evil man, a tyrant and a thug. But Hussein was better on gun rights than George W. Bush."
 

Gun banners endorse Kerry
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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) today hailed Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's crime prevention program, which includes banning military-style assault weapons and mandating background checks for all gun sales at gun shows."

"As Kerry unveiled his plan, he received the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States."
 

Crime wave proves thugs, not guns, always the problem
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Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"A surge in the use of machetes in gang-related attacks in the Boston, Mass. region proves that criminals, not guns, are and always have been the problem at the root of crime, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today."

"News agencies in Boston have reported that gang members in the greater Boston area have also been arming themselves with Chinese throwing stars and Japanese metal chain whips, also called Nunchukas. Several communities have passed machete ordinances that restrict or ban the big knives."

" 'When are politicians going to wake up and understand that it's not inanimate objects - whether we're talking about guns, knives, clubs or rocks - but criminals that are causing urban and suburban problems,' challenged CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. ..."
 

SC: Man robs bank with rusty pitchfork
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"A robber who used a rusty pitchfork to stick up a bank got away -- and so far, finding him has been like looking for a needle in a haystack."

"The man, wearing sunglasses and a mask, entered Security Federal Bank Tuesday morning and threatened employees with the 4-foot-long pitchfork. The man took an undisclosed amount of money."

"The robber dropped the farm tool as he ran from the bank through a wooded area to a golf course behind the bank, police said."

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Poster's note: This is what happens when citizens are encouraged to be meek and submissive, even in a "pro-gun" state.
 

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