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Was President Bush and Congress Right To Allow The Decade-Old Ban On Assault [Poll]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"YES! There’s no solid proof that the ban on assault weapons has had any impact on reducing the number of gun crimes in the U.S. The expiration of the ban will have little effect on the types of guns and accessories that are sold and traded across the country!"

"NO! Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said, 'Today George Bush made the job of terrorists easier and made the job of America's law enforcement officers harder and that's just plain wrong.' The ban on assault weapons helped reduce crime and murder!"

"We'll send your vote to President Bush and Congress."
 

Misfires: John Kerry aims all over the map on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Last Tuesday Kerry's campaign claimed: 'John Kerry's opponents are worried because he's the first Democratic candidate to support Second Amendment gun rights and to be an avid hunter.... The Republican Party and George Bush's campaign will stop at nothing to mislead voters about John Kerry's record.' Campaigning in St. Louis last Thursday, Kerry again claimed, 'I support the Second Amendment. I've been a hunter all my life." Earlier this year, Kerry said, "I believe that the Constitution, our laws and our customs protect law-abiding American citizens' right to own firearms.' If you believe some of the responses from voters, Kerry's statements and his constant photo-ops with guns have convinced many that he supports gun rights." ...
 

Moveon PAC Ad Lies About Legality of Machine Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The latest ad from Moveon PAC is about as misleading as it can be. Through words, graphics and sound effects, it invites viewers to think that the expiration of the ban on 19 semiautomatic assault weapons will allow people legally to buy fully automatic machine guns that can fire 'up to 300 rounds per minute.' That's false."

"It has been illegal to buy a machine gun without federal clearance since 1934, and remains so."

"The ad also claims that Bush 'will let the assault weapon ban expire,' which is misleading. In fact, Bush spoke in support of the ban during his campaign four years ago and his spokesman said as recently as May of last year that he still supported it. It was Congress that failed to consider extending the ban and didn't present Bush with a bill to sign." ...
 

Assault Weapons Symbolism and GOP Totalitarianism
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"Some readers assume that since I live in Berkeley, look like a hippie and hate war more than anything else the government does, I’m some kind of pacifist – or that I support gun control, or, more accurately, victim disarmament."

"No. I’m a libertarian, I believe in self-defense, and gun control is the stuff of tyranny. One of the very few positive things to happen on the national political scene in recent years is the expiration of the abhorrent ban on so-called 'assault weapons.' It is a triumph for liberty."

"But it is not without its downside. All libertarians know the many upsides to any reduction in anti-gun tyranny. I want to focus on the downside."

"George W. Bush – a president who has flouted the gun rights of Iraqis and American airline pilots, to say nothing of American airline passengers – will get credit for the expiration, when he deserves the scorn of every decent gun-owner in America. ..." ...
 

Duck and Cover
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Our long national nightmare is over. With the 10-year federal ban on 19 types of assault weapons expiring, happy days are here again. ..." ...

"As someone born in the free fire zone called the United States, I possess certain inalienable rights. To me, the Second Amendment is sacred, even if most of the others are a bunch of crap. Renewing the ban would be the beginning of a long, slippery slope ending in the settling of personal disputes by hand-to-hand combat or--worse still--calm, sober discussion. Having to protect my family from an intruder or in-law with a Smith and Wesson .38 Special is a scary thought. Self-defense in the home should consist of dozens of bullets sprayed haphazardly throughout the bedroom, preferably in near complete darkness." ...
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Someone should e-mail Mr. Herschlag the 4 Rules of Gun Safety, emphasizing number 4.
 

MI: It's time to regroup and push for sensible gun laws
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"President George W. Bush and Congress took a bloody powder when they failed to stand up to the gun lobby and renew a modest ban on assault weapons."

"The law that expired Monday banned the manufacture and importation of 19 kinds of military-style assault weapons, and the manufacture of magazines with more than 10 rounds. True, the ban had loopholes and gun makers dodged it by removing outlawed parts. But the government should no more have dropped the ban because it was not entirely effective than it should repeal laws against murder or crack cocaine because they haven't stopped homicides or drug sales." ...
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Poster's Translation: Gun owners are simply criminals waiting to happen.

KABA Note: The difference is that the laws against murder punish a harmful act. Under the AWB it was entirely possible to face 10 years in federal prison for purchasing a 15 round magazine from an Undercover BATFE man who'd polished the "Law Enforcement Only" label off.
 

Police Group Calls Expiration Of Clinton Gun Ban a Victory for Crime Fighting
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"The Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) proclaimed the expiration of the 1994 Clinton gun and magazine ban a victory for crime fighting. LEAA Executive Director, retired New York police officer James J. Fotis, spoke out in support of the gun ban expiration, 'this marks the end of an era, the end of the Clinton gun ban days when real criminals were ignored in favor of failed gun control. From this point forward our nation's lawmakers can focus on laws that target real criminals, not cosmetic firearm features.'"

"LEAA's Fotis added that law enforcement has nothing to fear from the expiration of the Clinton gun ban, because the ban never prevented criminals from obtaining firearms. 'Even the Bill Clinton and Janet Reno Justice Department admitted that this law has had no impact on crime,' said Fotis, referring to DOJ studies on the impact of the Clinton gun ban."
 

Sun Sets On Assault Weapons Ban, Legislation Conceived In Darkness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Do you feel more fearful today then yesterday? Gun control advocates apparently do, but not for the reason that most people think."

"At the midnight just passed, the federal "assault weapons" ban expired."

"Despite claims that allowing the ban on some semiautomatic weapons to end will cause a rise in gun crimes and a surge in police killings, letting the law expire will show the uselessness of gun-control regulations and the inconveniences they cause."

"Very soon it will be obvious to everyone that all the horror stories that were used to make the case for the ban -- one of the two major gun control regulations over the last 36 years -- were wrong."

"The risks Americans wake up to Tuesday are being portrayed as deadly serious. Sarah Brady, a leading gun control advocate, warns that 'Our streets are going to be filled with AK47s and Uzis.'" ...
 

Gun ban lapses quietly -- Officials mixed on loosened standards
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"The 10-year-old national ban on assault weapons expired with little fanfare Monday."

"Several guns once illegal to purchase can now land in the hands of almost anyone with the money to buy them."

"The expiration of the ban means firearms like TEC-9s can now be legally bought. But some of the 19 weapons -- foreign-made guns like the Russian- or Chinese-made AK-47 and the Israeli-manufactured Uzi -- are still banned under a 1989 law prohibiting imports of specific automatic weapons." ...

"The law banned weapons from having certain types of characteristics -- such as a bayonet lug, pistol grip or collapsible stock -- but manufacturers built slightly modified guns to dodge the restrictions." ...
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KABA Note: When you remove banned features, it is called "complying" with the law, not "dodging" it.
 

TX: Store clerk shoots armed man allegedly arguing with his girlfriend
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... "It started out as a domestic disturbance in the restaurant area of the convenience store. Witnesses say the argument between a man and woman inside quickly turned violent."

"'He wanted her to leave with him and she didn't want to leave. So he tried to snatch her by the hair and what not, and she didn't want to go,' said witness Germain Anthony."

"Anthony was inside the store when the fight heated up. He says it was at this point when the boyfriend walked outside the convenience store, grabbed a small caliber handgun from his car and went back in the store."

"Anthony told Eyewitness News, 'After he came back in the with the firearm, he proceeded to get the girl again by force and he pushed the store owner, and the owner of the store pulled his pistol out.'"

"According to police, the boyfriend tried to fire his gun at the clerk, but it jammed. That's when the clerk, Aziz Shah, opened fire." ...
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No media bias in that headline!
 

MI: Report Says Parole Officer Involved In Fatal Road Rage Shooting
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"A Michigan Department of Corrections parole officer was reportedly involved in a fatal shooting on a local roadway Wednesday afternoon."

"Police believe a road rage incident resulted in the shooting on the northbound Lodge service drive at Euclid on Detroit's west side at about 4:30 p.m."

"A man driving a Honda Civic apparently got out of his vehicle at a traffic light and started beating the parole officer's truck with a club, Local 4 reported."

"Police say two female passengers in the Civic assisted by pulling the parole officer out of his vehicle."

"The man armed with the club allegedly struck the parole officer over the head. Police say that's when the officer pulled out a gun and shot the man." ...
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The antis were right! CCW did lead to a "road rage shooting".
 

PA: Police say intense fight led to Natrona death
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"Pistol whipped and on the losing end of a struggle, Leon Cash had no other choice but to ask for his wife's help."

"An intruder had Leon Cash by the throat and pinned against a kitchen appliance Monday night, at Cash's Spruce Street home, according to Harrison Police Chief Mike Klein."

"Eleanor Cash's reaction was to grab a shotgun and fire at Ras Saleen Hudson."

"The shot, fired from almost point blank range, was fatal." ...

"It was still unclear Tuesday if any charges will be filed. Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said detectives were in the process of consulting with the Allegheny County District Attorney's office and the county coroner's office before making the determination." [emphasis added] ...
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A man is in his home, being beaten with a pistol and his wife shoots the intruder; KABA asks, what in the Hades is there to "consult" about?!?!
 

Zimbabwe: Robbery suspect badly injured in shootout [as homeowner defends himself]
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"A SUSPECTED armed robber was recently shot and seriously injured by a Goromonzi farmer after an exchange of gunfire."

"The man, Tawanda Matenga (24), was in the company of two suspected accomplices who are still at large when they tried to steal from Windsor Park Abattoirs at around 1am on Saturday." ...

"It is believed that Matenga, with two accomplices, went to the farm with two vehicles ..."

"The suspects, armed with two pistols, broke into the farmhouse, but the owner of the house heard noise and took his gun."

"He then approached the men."

"According to the police, on seeing the owner of the house armed with a gun, the suspects started firing shots at him. The man fired back and the suspects took flight." ...
 

NY: Mayor takes aim at Bush
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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have downplayed his differences with President George W. Bush when the Republicans were in town, but he took a very John Kerry-like whack at Bush yesterday over the lapsed assault weapons ban."

"'It's a disgrace that we are going to allow guns to be sold on the streets, and I think the president can do more,' the mayor said at a Brooklyn news conference yesterday." ...
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Conveniently ignoring that New York has it's own AWB.
 

NH: There is no logical reason to legalize assault weapons
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... "While we’d like to briefly celebrate, we’re just not certain how the expiration of a law supported by 68 percent of the American people, as well as the majority of law enforcement officials across the nation, is cause for joy."

"Law-abiding gun owners have hardly been 'penalized' during the past 10 years."

"Under the assault weapons ban, which was next to useless by the time it emerged from the political process in 1994, gun owners still could still have 10 rounds in the clips of their semiautomatic rifles, whereas 'cosmetic' attachments like bayonets were banned."

"The law also banned certain silencers and other devices to shield the flash of rifle fire. With the lapse of the ban, 'registered silencers can now be attached to semiautomatic rifles and pistols without creating a prohibited semiautomatic assault weapon,' the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms explains." ...
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With such breathtaking stupidity in front of us all we can say is "Relax, Chicken Little. The sky isn't falling. Really."
 

IN: Reactions mixed after end of ban
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"With the federal ban on assault weapons having expired Monday, area residents and officials offered their opinions on the situation."

"The 1994 ban signed by then-President Bill Clinton prevented firearms such as AK-47s, Uzis and TEC-9s from being sold. A clause directed that the ban expire after 10 years unless Congress specifically reauthorize it, which it did not."

"Assault weapons are semi-automatic military-style guns that have features such as bayonets, collapsible stock and flash suppressers."

"Otsego County Sheriff Donald Mundy said he supported reauthorizing the ban."
 

NY: Assault-Weapons Ban: False Sense Of Security
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Five letters to The New York Post about the demise of the AWB:

"In response to the expiration of the 'assault weapon' ban, John Kerry accused President Bush of making the terrorists' job easier.
Does our would-be president honestly believe that terrorists are buying semi-automatic rifles legally from their local gun store?
Law-abiding folks were the only people ever affected by the ban." ...
 

MN: Lover of birds, seller of guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I go through life constantly being surprised."

"Tuesday evening, for example, I stopped by Koscielski's Guns and Ammo shop on Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis, figuring there would be a big truck backed up to the door, with suddenly-legal weaponry being lugged into the store."

"I figured that everything from grenades to machine guns would be available to the gun crowd, given the fact that our stalwarts in Washington allowed the federal ban on assault weapons to bleed to death as of Monday."

"'So what can I buy here today that I couldn't buy last week?' I asked Mark Koscielski, the owner of the shop." ...

"Koscielski laughed at my question about what's available. He reached for an ammunition magazine, which holds 15 rounds."

"'Last week, I could get $189 for this,' Koscielski said."

"'Since the ban died?' I asked."

"'About $39,' he said." ...
 

AZ: Assault weapons ban lifted on Monday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A federal ban on assault weapons was lifted at midnight on Tuesday morning, thanks to a clause in the document that said the ban would expire if Congress did not reauthorize it."

"President Bill Clinton signed a bill on Sept. 13, 1994, that required domestic gun manufacturers to stop production of semi-automatic assault weapons and ammunition clips holding more than 10 rounds, with the exception of military and police use. Imports not already banned were also halted. The ban included 19 different weapons and all copies or duplicates of those weapons."

"An employee of B & M Guns said the ban was a joke and would have no impact on their business."

"'What they said was assault weapons never really were,' he said." ...
 

IL: Assault ban confused people
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"From his gun shop on Adams Street, Ron Barrington has been fielding calls for days from residents about the assault weapons ban that expired Monday and who were concerned that he would soon be selling machine guns."

"'Some people are confused because they believe things that aren't true,' Barrington said. 'Fully automatic weapons have nothing to do with this law. Most Americans cannot buy or possess those.'"

"Without being called for a vote in Congress, the law that expired just after midnight banned 19 specific semiautomatic weapons, as well as other long guns with more than two features like a pistol grip, flash suppressor or bayonet lug."

"The measure was enacted in 1994 with the aim of slowing the proliferation of what gun-control groups consider the most dangerous weapons on the market." ...
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Actually according to their own people the aim of the ban was to desensitize the American people to the banning of guns.
 

AZ: Assault weapons legal now
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"A 1994 ban on some forms of semiautomatic weapons didn't affect Fred Barten's business, and he doubts it will now that the law has expired."

"'You should come in a month from now and see if there's a change,' Barten said from behind a counter at the Chandler Gun Shop. 'I don't anticipate one.'"

"That's because if a person wanted to buy a supposedly outlawed weapon during the ban, they could as long as it was manufactured before 1994." ...

"'The spirit of the law addressed cosmetic features rather than actual capabilities of the firearm,' said Tim Walden, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident and private arms dealer." ...
 

FL: Demise of assault weapons ban will change very little [first letter on page]
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"After ten long years the ban on so-called assault weapons has finally expired. I use the phrase 'so-called' because the truth is that real assault weapons have been strictly regulated since the National Firearms Act was enacted in the 1930s."

"The expiration of the ban does not legalize the sale of machine guns, including fully automatic Uzis, AK-47s, and 'street sweeper' shotguns. The expiration of the ban simply means that a few previously outlawed cosmetic features will now be available as options on many weapons. These cosmetic features include things like pistol grips, bayonet lugs and muzzle flash suppressors. The fundamental way these firearms operate will not change; the new weapons will be different from those previously available in appearance only." ...
 

TX: Sales up, prices down as gun ban ends
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"The decade-long ban on assault weapons ended without much fanfare or controversy at Dallas-Fort Worth-area gun stores this week, but it sure fired up some sales."

"Gun dealers note that during the ban, many of the banned items and weapons produced before the law were still available, though much rarer and more expensive. Now, with the law lifted, magazines that hold 15 rounds instead of 10 and guns with collapsible stocks and pistol grips are selling for a third of what they cost during the ban." ...
 

MA: Gun maker set to offer larger clips [sic]
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"Smith & Wesson will begin shipping higher-capacity magazines with its pistols next month, following the expiration of the federal assault weapon ban Monday."

"The ban, while aimed mostly at rifles and shotguns, limited semiautomatic pistols to magazines of 10 rounds or fewer. Smith & Wesson started offering customers buying pistols a coupon good for two free higher-capacity magazines when they became legal again."

"Such magazines will be shipped with pistols sold in most states around Oct. 15, company officials said."

"In Massachusetts, California and some other states, local laws preclude the larger-capacity magazines from being sold new." ...
 

PA: Pa. Legislature Considers Tougher Assault Weapons Ban (JTO)
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"With the non-renewal of the federal assault weapons ban, the Pennsylvania legislature is considering a bill that would ban semiautomatic rifles and pistols based on physical characteristics, the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reported Sept. 14."

"The Assault Weapons Ban bill, introduced by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Pittsburgh), is stricter than the federal ban because the weapons would be banned based on physical characteristics instead of their names."

"'My bill creates a generic definition of what an assault weapon is,' said Frankel. 'When the federal ban was passed, manufacturers just created a whole new family, or series, of guns that weren't named in the legislation.'" ...
 

PA: There is no place for assault weapons in Pennsylvania
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"Guns don't kill people. People kill people."

"People with guns kill people more easily. And people with military semi-automatic assault weapons kill a whole lot of people really fast."

"We guess Congress must like that kind of thing because they decided Monday not to extend the federal ban on 19 different types of assault weapons in this country. What? Not enough blood on the streets now?"

"The ban became law in 1994 and violent crimes dropped by 26.5 percent between 1994 and 2001, according to statistics reported by State Sen. Connie Williams' (D-17) office. The NRA argues that semi-automatic weapons are rarely used in crimes, that the ban did nothing to reduce crime and repealing the ban will not increase crime." ...
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KABA Note: That drop in crime actually started in 1991. Furthermore, the editors should know that causality is not shown merely by verbally linking events.
 

MI: Dove slaughter begins -- Gun nuts blow reason, loved birds out of the sky
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"Sigh!"

"And it's just beginning."

"The reference is to the cascade of self-serving and mostly sophomoric rationales coming forth from the gun-nut lobby to justify the recently approved dove slaughter in Michigan and to head off a serious and enthusiastic attempt by birders, sensible outdoors-people and others to reinstate the ban via the statewide ballot."

"Some of the noisiest blather has come from Michigan's big-time trophy hunter and rock 'n' roll meister, Ted Nugent, who licks his chops and drools whenever doves get mentioned. It was he who bragged at the state Capitol early last November -- as the latest (and successful) campaign to browbeat the Legislature into lifting Michigan's 99-year-long dove-hunting ban got under way -- about how he intended to eat them 'tonight,' 'next week' and 'for Thanksgiving.'"
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Poster's note: It's okay to call dove hunters drooling, chop licking, gun nuts. But it's wrong to call foaming at the mouth animal rights nuts: "mentally deficient."
 

KS: Two Soldiers are Charged with Murder
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"Two soldiers charged with the Clay County shooting that left one soldier dead and another in the hospital were in court today. Fort Riley soldiers Aaron Stanley and Eric Colvin made their first court appearances."

"22 year old Aaron Stanley and 23 year old Eric Colvin are facing murder charges. Police say it happened here around 10pm Monday night at a house in Clay Center, Kansas."

"30 year old Staff Sergeant Matthew Werner and 23 year old Specialist Christopher Hymer were found shot. Werner is dead while Hymer is in critical condition at a Witchta hospital."

"The KBI says the investigation is continuing. They found two weapons that were possibly used in the shooting. The weapons are .308 caliber rifle and a .22 caliber pistol." ...
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But only cops and the military should have guns, because they are an "elite" and can be trusted not to abuse them, right Sarah?
 

MI: Ex-officer to plead on marijuana charge
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"A former Flint cop will plead no contest to delivering marijuana to a confidential informant, but a weapons charge against him was dismissed, eliminating a mandatory prison sentence."

"Lawrence E. Thomas, 49, faces a Sept. 27 circuit court arraignment before Genesee Circuit Judge Richard B. Yuille."

"He is expected to plead to delivery of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, both 4-year felonies; carrying a concealed weapon, a 5-year felony; and maintaining a drug house/vehicle, a 2-year circuit court misdemeanor."

"In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a felony firearms charge, which carries an automatic 2-year prison term that must be served before prison credit is given on any other charges." ...
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So sentence enhancements only apply to bad people who "use" guns in a crime.
 

PA: Former Cop Sentenced to Prison
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A former Edinboro police officer charged with growing marijuana received is going to jail.

Robert Hitchcock will spend eight to 23 months behind bars.

Last October members of the attorney general's office and the drug task force arrested the Leboeuf Township man, after discovering large amounts of pot inside his home...

Police found 41 plants, a three and a half gallon bucket and metal tin full of the drug, 9 rifles and shotguns, a pistol and a 357 magnum.

Edinboro police never estimated the street value- but believe the pot was grown to be sold.

Hitchcock’s lawyer Phil Friedman says his client's jail time will be followed by 13 months probation.
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I guess sentence enhancements for "gun use" in drug crimes don't apply to cops . . .
 

Philippines: 3 soldiers implicated in Butuan kidnapping
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"Three Army soldiers and a rebel returnee are in hot water for the kidnapping of a female teacher who was rescued at a police checkpoint here last Tuesday afternoon."

"Being investigated are former communist guerrilla Julieto Andil, Pfc. Alexander Lofranco, of the Army’s 30th Infantry Brigade, and Pfcs. Elvie Plana and Emelio Cena, both of the 58th IB based in Tago, Surigao del Sur."

"The kidnapping victim, Catalina Culaste, 44, was crying and in a state of shock when policemen, alerted about the abduction, found her inside the Kia Besta van being driven by Plana."

"Culaste told police two armed men forced her to board the van while she was walking at the corner of P. Burgos and E. Luna streets here last Tuesday afternoon." ...
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And in the Philippines, just as Sarah Brady wants, the cops and military have a virtual monopoly on armed force. And, of course, the criminals.
 

MI: Wild West great shot
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"Barbara J. Bell of St. Charles started her Labor Day weekend in an unusual way."

"She donned cowboy boots, packed firearms, changed her name and prepared to blast her way to the top as Michigan's Lady State Cowboy Shooting champion."

"The 56-year-old Bell said she relied on more than a steady hand and dexterity. 'Each time before I shot, I had a little talk with the Lord,' she said."

"Bell and 300 other Old West aficionados moseyed to Port Huron to compete in the sixth annual Wolverine Ranger Range Wars."

"Bell shot past all women competitors to claim a Single Action Shooting Society silver and gold belt buckle." ...
 

OR: Fall big game hunting season is coming soon
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To prepare for the fall big game hunting season, the Big Timber Rifle & Pistol Club will open to the public for its annual Sight-In Weekend. The Range will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19.

Cost is only $3 per gun and target backers are provided. Please bring targets and your centerfire guns to get ready for the season.

The range has a covered firing line, plenty of shooting benches and targets may be set from 25 to 400 yards for sighting in and practice.

The Big Timber Rifle & Pistol Club is located on Wade Road in Siletz. Turn West from Hwy 229 (Siletz-Kernville Hwy) at milepost 23 and the range entrance is about 1/4 mile ahead on the right.

For range membership information contact Wes Bullock at 265-9566 or Troy Delle at 867-7110.
 

Bangladesh: BNP man dies in Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) custody
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A ruling BNP activist died in custody of elite Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) about six hours into his arrest yesterday from a private clinic in Dhanmondi where he was receiving treatment for head injury."

"A team of Rab-2 arrested Mohammad Zinnah, assistant organising secretary of ward 72 unit of the city BNP, Tuesday evening and took him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) at 12:15am with his both legs covered in red bruises. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital."

"The death count in the Rab custody now rose to 17." ...
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But elite members of elite teams like these should have a monopoly on armed force, because they would never abuse it, right Rosie?
 

Spain: Police Thwart Cannonball Run Road Rally [Apparently By Making Up Law As They Go Along]
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"Spanish police temporarily seized luxury and sports cars driven by people they suspected of participating in an illegal road rally named after a 1981 film starring Burt Reynolds, a spokesman said on Tuesday."

"Police said they were tipped off by a driver of a family car who said he had been overtaken by high-powered cars bearing rally-type markings in the northeastern region of Catalonia."

"The managing director of Cannonball Run Europe, Tim Porter told Reuters on Tuesday that entrants in the rally of the same name had been fined by Spanish police, citing a law which the Spanish embassy later told his organization does not exist." [emphasis added]...
 

Australia: Firearms, drug charges in court
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"THE case against an Orange man accused of 14 serious drugs and firearms offences has been adjourned to allow the prosecution to complete a brief of evidence."

"Lino Pasquale Pagano, aged 64, of Kearneys Drive, appeared before Magistrate Jan Stevenson in Orange Local Court."

"Pagano faces charges of supplying a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, possessing more than three unregistered firearms, possessing an unauthorised pistol, three counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm, four counts of not safely keeping a firearm, possessing ammunition without a licence and possessing a prohibited weapon." ...
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But guns and drugs are banned in Australia! Do BGs really not follow the law?!?
 

IA: Hampton man tops Minnesota sportsmen in outdoor contest
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"An outdoor competition held recently in a neighboring state that prides itself on its sportsman heritage was won by a Franklin County resident."

"Rick Rieken, a park ranger with the Franklin County Conservation Department, bested nearly 600 competitors in the Wilderness Challenge held during the annual Ahlman's Shooter's Roundup held in Morristown, Minn., on Aug. 25." ...

"One of the highlights of the event is the Wilderness Challenge, in which competitors must receive a passing score at 15 different stations. Each station tests a different skill, such as shooting .22 caliber pistols, rifles, black powder rifles, multiple sporting clays challenges, archery, air pistol, cowboy action shooting, and tree identification." ...
 

People's Republic of China: Robbers make off with US$30,000
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"Local police are searching for three men who allegedly robbed a man of cash and valuables worth about 250,000 yuan (US$30,120) in Jiading District yesterday morning."

"All the three suspects were dressed in black and are about 20 years old, according to authorities."

"The victim surnamed Qin alleged it was an armed robbery as the suspects carried a rifle and a pistol."

"Police said they are not sure if the guns were genuine or fake."

"Qin, a Jiangsu Province man, illegally runs a gambling house in the city, officers said."

"The incident occurred around 1am yesterday when Qin returned to his first-floor apartment in Zijin residential area, Jiading District." ...
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If one of the most ruthless governments in the world can't keep BGs from getting guns . . .
 

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