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Debate October 12 LaPierre vs Peters
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"For the first time ever in history these two strong advocates for their cause, face off, before a live audience in the historic Library of King's College London."

"The Great Gun Debate will be a TV debut for the Library of King's College London. Both Rebecca Peters from the IANSA and Wayne LaPierre from the NRA will speak on the topic of Gun Control. This will be a first in history where strong advocates from both sides come together and speak before a live audience."
 

Assaulting firearm misinformation
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"THE FEDERAL Crime Control Act of 1994, also known as the 'assault weapons ban,' was recently allowed to expire due to a 10-year sunset provision. Anti-gun groups such as the Brady Campaign lobbied intensely to renew and expand the ban, attempting to take advantage of the public's fears and general lack of knowledge about the issue. Though anti-gun groups would have Americans believe that this was a significant loss in the war against crime and terrorism, Americans should not accept these baseless claims."

"The term 'assault weapon' was coined by the anti-gun movement in an attempt to demonize certain weapons and blur the line between automatic and semi-automatic weapons. ..." ...
 

TN: Clarksville police apologize for raiding wrong home
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"Clarksville Police Chief Mark Smith said he will offer two residents a written apology for officers' mistakenly raiding their home Friday night." ...

Guiler and Elliott's attorney, Tommy Meeks, said what the police did is unacceptable."

"'What justification can you give to kick a 54-year-old man who's down on the ground,' Meeks said about Elliott, who is a Vietnam War veteran. 'All he saw was men in masks with rifles. He was terrified. Then to get knocked down and stomped.'" ...
 

NY: Officer Was Putting Gun Away When Fatal Shot Was Fired
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"An off-duty police officer was putting away his service pistol on Wednesday night when it discharged and killed one of his closest friends, the police said yesterday."

"The officer, Javier V. Colon, 25, of Canarsie, Brooklyn, was placed on a modified assignment pending an investigation. A police official said it appeared that the shooting was an accident caused by Officer Colon's not properly safeguarding the weapon. The official did not elaborate."

"George Perez, 25, of West New York, N.J., was shot in the face and killed, the police said." ...
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But only cops and the military are well-trained enough to be trusted with guns, right Sarah?
 

OH: Gun Taken From Student At Middle School
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A gun was confiscated from a student Thursday afternoon at a local middle school, NBC 4 reported.

As students exited Indianola Middle School for the day, the principal reportedly took a pistol from a seventh-grader. The gun was not loaded.

The boy fled the scene after giving up the gun. He has not been found.

School officials said the student will be suspended until a disciplinary hearing is held, which should be within two days.

Stay with NBC 4 and nbc4i.com for more information.
 

NY: Prison added to injury for burglar -- Intruder wounded by homeowner may face 25 years to life
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"A 43-year-old man who was shot and wounded by a homeowner as he attempted to break into an Inwood home in December 2002 was convicted last week in the break-in."

"A jury deliberated for about three hours last Thursday before finding the defendant, Edwin Murdaugh ... guilty of second-degree burglary after a week-long trial. Murdaugh, who is considered a persistent felony offender, faces a prison term of up to 25 years to life ..." ...

"Freamon said he was home with his mother at the time, and had been hearing noises throughout the evening. When he went to investigate, he saw the intruder breaking through the window. Freamon said he grabbed his 22-caliber target pistol from an upstairs room and fired four times, striking the intruder all four times. ..." ...
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Damned fine shooting.
 

PA: Woman who shot attacker tells story
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... "The man she said confronted her, Daniel Wesley, 27, is on trial on charges that he raped or sexually assaulted eight women and girls in the East End two years ago."

"Just two days before the showdown with Dunbar, Wesley had raped another woman in East Liberty after choking her into unconsciousness, according to that woman's testimony Wednesday."

"The suspect might not be in custody if not for his second meeting with Dunbar." ...

"She walked a bit farther and decided she was at a disadvantage with him behind her. So, she stopped ... leaned against a fence and took the gun from her pocket. The sleeve of her sweat shirt concealed the weapon."

"When Wesley appeared, he was smiling."

"Moving into the moon's backlighting, Wesley began to raise the rifle and Dunbar said she fired twice from her .38, striking him in the abdomen." ...
 

NY: Cops seek husband in killing of woman "protected" by restraining order
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"A day after Diane Malone was found dead in her Long Beach bedroom, bludgeoned in the head and stabbed in the chest, police yesterday were seeking to arrest her husband of six turbulent years." ...

"'David Malone is now the focus of our investigation and we are seeking to arrest him for the murder of his wife,' Det. Lt. Dennis Farrell, of the homicide squad, said after detectives spent a day of conducting interviews. He declined to elaborate."

"Police had been called to the Alabama Street bungalow seven times since December for various conflicts between the couple, authorities said, and Diane Malone had a restraining order against her estranged husband." [emphasis added]...
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And in New York it was virtually impossible for her to get a gun, so she died a brutal, horrible death.
 

FL: 4th Suspect Arrested In Home-Invasion Shooting
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"Clay County police Wednesday served an arrest warrant for the fourth suspect in a fatal home-invasion shooting, while he was in jail on other charges."

"A 17-year-old male was charged with attempted robbery and murder. At the time, he was already in a Green Cove Springs jail."

"The teen is the last suspect in a shooting death and home-invasion robbery in Orange Park."

"On Aug. 26, three armed men burst into a home on Blairmore Boulevard where a group of men were playing cards. Another man was outside the house at the time."

"Investigators said two of the card-players shot and killed one of the intruders, while the three others fled." ...

"Clay officials and the State Attorney's Office determined that the men who shot the intruder acted in self-defense and would not face charges."
 

Itís a difficult choice: side with tyrants or geeks
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... "I have never been able to figure out my own stance on gun control. On one hand, I donít want to live in a country where only the government has guns, where an Adolph Hitler, Saddam Hussein or Tojo could take power."

"I think itís good that a power-hungry megalomaniac would need to worry about millions of Skoal-dipping Bubbas with .44-caliber Magnum pistols, deer rifles (with more knockdown power than some assault rifles) or shotguns in their pickups, attics or barns. Itís a good thing the government doesnít have a list of all the guns, their owners and their locations." ...
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With ignorant, racist, bigoted allies like these, who needs enemies? You can reach this twit at allene@valleystar.com
 

A Short-Lived Victory?
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"With the death of the assault weapons ban and the success of concealed carry laws nationwide, proponents of 2nd Amendment rights are on a roll." ...

"What a difference ten years makes."

"The early 1990s were the dark ages for most pro-gun organizations. Several high-profile gun crimes were used to scare Americans and politicians into believing in the false hope of gun control laws." ...

"As crime continued at epidemic rates in cities with severely restrictive gun control laws, such as Chicago and Washington D.C., many began to question the viability of disarming the law abiding. Gun control was dealt a further -- and some would argue, fatal -- blow with the success of Florida's concealed carry law." ...
 

An assault on the will of the people
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"Ten years ago, a Detroit woman named Bryl Phillips-Taylor went to Washington to support a ban on assault rifles. Her son, Scott, had been killed with one."

"Last week, she returned for the same reason. Her son was still dead. The bullets had still come from an assault weapon. But there she was again, pleading the same case."

"That's because on Monday, the assault weapons ban expired. And despite the fact that nearly 70 percent of Americans support keeping it - and you can't get 70 percent of Americans to agree on anything these days - lawmakers stepped aside and let it fling off the cliff." ...
 

Sun finally sets on the assault weapons ban
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"Like a fish bone lodged deep in their throats, the assault weapons ban has been a constant irritant to gun owners ever since President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law on Sept. 13, 1994."

"The assault weapons ban was part of a larger piece of legislation called the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which had its roots in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. The fact that the 1994 law had a sunset provision that would make it necessary for Congress to revisit it in 10 years did little to temper the displeasure that gun owners expressed toward their congressional representatives." ...
 

Gun legislation should be uniform nationwide
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"This week's lapse of the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons is great news - for people who make and sell the weapons and for gangs and criminals who get a thrill out of military-style weapons."

"Police, who are the usual target of such weapons, are not so happy."

"You shouldn't be either."

"There is absolutely no reason on earth for those weapons to be legal anywhere in the United States."

"The ban had nothing to do with allowing people to hunt or own handguns. Rather, it banned weapons that police don't want on the streets. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the Fraternal Order of Police all wanted the ban to continue." ...
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KABA Note: Nice job characterizing as a criminal or gang-banger anyone who likes one of these guns.
 

End of the Ban - A debate between the Seattle Chief of Police and Wayne LaPierre
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"JIM LEHRER: Now, the assault weapons ban. The ten-year-old law expires at midnight tonight. It outlaws 19 types of military- style semiautomatic assault weapons, as well as ammunition clips holding more than ten rounds."

"Republican congressional leaders declined to bring reauthorizing legislation to the floor for debate or vote, saying there were not enough votes to pass it."

"We get reaction to the end of the ban now from two very different perspectives. Gil Kerlikowske is chief of the Seattle Police Department. Wayne LaPierre is executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association. Chief Kerlikowske, first, what is your reading of what the impact of the failure to extend this ban is going to be?" ...
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Poster's note: This is a debate between Mr. La Pierre and the Seattle Police Chief, which aired on PBS the other night. Wayne means well, but neither he nor the chief know what a flash suppressor is for...
 

Taking up firearms in self-defense
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"So the assault weapons ban is at last history. Over the years, I could not help but wonder how different things might have been had there been one or more armed people in that [San Ysidro, CA] McDonald's in 1984 who could have defended those helpless people. The same would have been true in other similar circumstances."

"Prior to moving to Vacaville from Napa, I had a permit to carry a concealed weapon for many years."

"When I went to the Vacaville Police Department, I was told no permits were being issued here as we have enough of a police department to handle anything." ...
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KABA Note: BALDERDASH! Numerous courts have ruled that the police have no duty to protect individuals, but rather protect society at large.
 

Assault Weapon Ban Impact Debated
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"The TEC-9 is arguably one of the most notorious assault weapons around."

"Small, lightweight and powerful, it can discharge up to 50 rounds in mere seconds when equipped with a high-capacity clip. For gun control advocates, the gun became a disturbing symbol of both daily gang warfare and random mass murders like the high-profile 1999 Columbine High School shootings that killed 15 people."

"For the last 10 years, the manufacture and sale of the TEC-9 and 18 other assault weapons, along with clips containing more than 10 rounds, have been outlawed under the Federal Assault Weapons Act. On Monday, that law expired, making the weapons legal in the 45 states that donít have their own bans on the books." ...
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Poster's Note: My TEC-9 shipped yesterday. When I get it, will I be able to resist its evil powers? Or will I fall under its spell and go on a shooting spree?
 

What Is an Assault Weapon?
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... "For starters, consumers can now purchase one of the 19 firearms specifically outlawed by the 1994 ban, including such action-movie staples as the Uzi, the TEC-9, the Kalashnikov, and the Street Sweeper shotgun. The law's authors had to be as precise as possible in crafting the ban, since the phrase 'assault weapon' isn't really part of the gun-making vocabulary. Rather, it's a catchall term that gun-control advocates define as covering any firearm designed for rapidly firing at human targets from close range. The 19 guns called out in the ban are all semiautomatic in nature: They can eject spent shell casings and chamber the next bullet without human intervention, but only one round is fired per squeeze of the trigger. Not coincidentally, the verboten 19 were largely the sorts of high-profile guns that even gun neophytes have heard of, either through watching the nightly news or by reading Tom Clancy novels." ...
 

End of gun ban drawing little attention
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... "Some law enforcement officers nationwide, especially those in urban areas, have said they're worried that criminals will now be able to buy more powerful weapons."

"But in Klamath County, no one's losing any sleep over it."

"Klamath Falls Police Chief Jim Hunter said most people who own assault weapons in the county do so lawfully, and restricting the sale probably didn't accomplish much. He said many residents with military training prefer guns such as the AR-15, because they're similar to the standard-issue military weapons."

"'That's what they grew up with. That's what they shoot. That's what they like,' he said."

"Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger agreed." ...
 

OR: Assault-arms ban's end: a popgun issue
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"It sounds so impressive. The assault-weapons ban."

"And the fact that it expired this week has prompted the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth from the gun-control set."

"I'm not a shooter. I'm not a collector. I don't have a firearm in my home. (NOTE TO CRIMINALS: I HAVE A LARGE FRYING PAN, AND I'M NOT AFRAID TO USE IT.) I'm not a Second Amendment absolutist. But the cosmetics and claptrap surrounding the assault weapons ban are just too offensive. Seldom has a law achieved so little and produced so much balderdash."
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Perhaps someone should take The Oregonian's token conservative out for a day at the range?
 

MN: Local chiefs support renewal of gun ban
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"Police chiefs from several west metro departments, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and other Minneapolis city officials held a press conference Sept. 8 at Minneapolis City Hall. Representatives of two pro-gun legislation organizations also attended."

"The panel discussed its support for a renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Act .... The act was scheduled to expire on Sept. 13."

"Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold said that his department is in full support of renewing the act. He sent a letter of support to Citizens for Safer Minnesota, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending gun violence." ...
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KABA Note: Actually, CSM is dedicated to ending gun ownership, they just aren't honest enough to admit it.
 

ID: Expiration of assault weapons ban makes us less safe
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"Day by day the world is fast becoming an ever more violent place and when we have the power to lessen, even by one iota, the hardware used to inflict violence we should take whatever measures we can to make it safer."

"The expiration this week of the assault weapons ban is one step backward in contemporary society's attempt to bring a degree of sanity to the proliferation and sale of military-style armaments in everyday life."

"The 10-year ban against the manufacture, sale and importation of 19 military-style semiautomatic weapons, such as the AK-47 and the Uzi, was of questionable success. Manufacturers were able to sidestep the law by making minor adjustments to comply with the letter of the law. ..." ...
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Even the antis admit that it was a useless ban!
 

IL: Ill. Advocates Lobby for State Assault Weapons Ban (JTO)
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"Now that the federal assault-weapons ban has expired, gun-control advocates in Illinois plan to lobby lawmakers for a statewide ban, the Quad-City Times reported Sept. 13."

"'When the ban is lifted, you will have an increase in accessibility. Increase in accessibility means that you have an increased probability that these guns are going to be used in our schools,' said Chris Boyster of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. 'These guns are going to be used in our streets.'"

"The Illinois State Rifle Association plans to fight any efforts for a state ban on assault weapons. 'When you ban firearms there is a guarantee that no law-abiding citizen will have the ability to protect themselves,' said Richard Pearson, executive director of the association. ..." ...
 

NY: Local reaction mixed to end of assault weapons ban
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"A 10-year federal ban on assault weapons expired on Monday, although a similar state law will prevent much from changing for New Yorkers."

"The federal ban, signed in 1994 by President Clinton, prohibited the manufacture and sale of 19 specific military-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines."

"Some local gun dealers and law enforcement officials say the banís expiration isnít a big deal, but others worry it could mean more of the deadly weapons crossing state lines ó regardless of the laws on the books here."

"'Iíll put it point-blank ó it has nothing to do with New York state residents,' said Pam Armitage, owner of Brewers Sporting Goods in Ovid. 'New York has its own assault weapons ban, so itís not going to affect anybody in New York at all.'" ...
 

MD: Police, gun-control advocates aim for assault-weapon ban
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"Terrorists and criminals can now more easily obtain military-style assault weapons, according to some local legislators, police officers and gun restriction proponents." ...

"CeaseFire Maryland, Laurel area delegates and police officials held a news conference Monday at Laurel Regional Hospital asking citizens to call on their local representatives and the federal government to reinstitute the ban and expand a state ban."

"'We are here today to mark the demise of the 1994 weapons ban on 19 assault weapons,' said Leah Barrett, executive director of CeaseFire Maryland."

"'Republicans want to make these weapons of war more available by letting the ban die,' Barrett continued, holding up a plastic replica of an M-16. 'We want the president to know we are deeply upset.'" ...
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How hard must it be for Leah, living her life so afraid of an inanimate object that she can't even tell the difference between semi- and full-auto.
 

NY: Sheriff's Deputy Arrested on Charges of Child Porn
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"Forty-nine-year-old Ronald Sheffer is accused of using a Monroe County Sheriff's department computer to download and distribute child pornography."

"Monroe County Sheriffs arrested Sheffer after investigating tips from an Internet policing company. Sheffer is charged with 16 counts of possessing child pornography."

"After his arrest, police say Sheffer admitted to the crime, and resigned the force."
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Sarah: Would you let your children play outside knowing you gave this man a monopoly on effective force?
 

WV: Kerry aims to bag gun owners
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"In a few short weeks, just as the clock ticks down on the last days of the presidential race, West Virginia's fall hunting season will begin."

"Thousands of people around this important swing state will take their guns and head for its verdant forests and broad valleys in search of fowl and other wildlife, just as their fathers and grandfathers did before them."

"And some of John Kerry's supporters here hope the Massachusetts Democrat will be among them." ...
 

Kerry's gun stand loses him a vote
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"Oops! I'm afraid John Kerry just damaged his campaign irreparably by raising the gun control issue. He criticized George Bush for not interfering with the sunset of the so-called assault weapons ban."

"In doing so, Kerry undoubtedly alienated many Second Amendment proponents, a large and crucial voting block, who had been wavering due to George Bush's unsatisfactory posture on the issue. Bush has said he would sign an extension of the gun ban."

"By speaking out, Kerry has unnecessarily reminded swing state voters that he has been a consistent opponent of citizen gun rights, and thus he fits right in to the widely detested stereotype of the urban elitist, big government Democratic politician." ...
 

Fellow Republicans Rohrabacher, Hatch would help Schwarzenegger be President
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"No, he's not eligible. Born in Austria, he's barred by the Constitution. But that would change under an amendment introduced Wednesday by a fellow California Republican."

"Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's proposal would allow anyone who's been a U.S. citizen for 20 years to run for the nation's highest office. That would include Arnold Schwarzenegger ó bodybuilder, movie star and now governor of California." ...

"Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has introduced similar legislation in the Senate."
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With his signature on the .50 Caliber Ban, Ahnold's cat is outta the bag. Tell them what you think:

http://www.house.gov/rohrabacher/

http://hatch.senate.gov/
 

OH: OFCC releases pro-CCW video spots online
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Ohioans For Concealed Carry announced today the release of two versions of a video advertisement promoting the benefits of obtaining an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) for self-defense.

The video depicts a scenario involving a woman returning to her car in a parking lot, and being confronted by an armed criminal.

"In the technology age, video productions are being utilized to communicate important messages in ways that no written statement can," observed Chad Baus, OFCC Spokesperson. "There isn't a single person in Ohio that hasn't found themselves in a position where they sense their own vulnerability. Fortunately, most escape harm. But for the same reason they buy fire insurance or wear seatbelts, law-abiding Ohioans need to give serious consideration to obtaining an Ohio CHL."
 

NE: Self-Defense Concerns -- Recent assaults raise awareness
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"With two serial rapists staying one step ahead of police, security experts say that women need to consider self-defense measures. They recommend non-lethal protection like pepper spray and mace." [Completely ignoring the vast body of evidence which shows that self-defense with a gun is the safest means of defense]

"The cause for the heightened concern is the possibility that two serial rapists are still at large in the metro, responsible for nine rapes and the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl."

"Penny Ames started self-defense training a year-and-a-half ago with her granddaughters. The recent sexual assaults make her worry about their safety and her own." ...
 

OR: Hunting Protest [second story on page]
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Animal-rights groups say they will picket youth pheasant hunts on Sauvie Island's Wildlife Management area Saturday and Sunday.

The Portland office of In Defense of Animals said it will peacefully protest the hunts on both days but warned that more militant activist groups might try to physically disrupt youths and their parents or adult companions.

Each year the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife conduct several youth-only hunts for upland birds and waterfowl, including another this weekend at Vancouver Lake.

Laws in both states prohibit protestors from attempting to block or interrupt hunts in the field.

Oregon officials said Oregon State Police will be on the island this weekend.
 

UT: Students, guns called bad mix
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"The debate over whether guns should be allowed in the dormitories and classrooms of Utah college campuses continued on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with college administrators saying the maturity and mental health of students make firearms a potential campus hazard."

"College campuses are an amalgam of attitudes, cultures, maturity and life experiences, educators said. But the mix ó especially for younger students and those away from home for the first time ó can be fraught with conflict and challenges.'"

"'Frankly, young people, conflict and weapons is not a good mix. It's simply not a good mix,' Juan Franco, vice president for student services, told the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee." ...
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Except a DOJ study shows (on p. 18) that teens who legally own guns are less likely to use drugs and be delinquent than other teens, and have zero percent involvement in gun crime.
 

MI: Judge shoots down outdoor firing range
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"A judge has ordered a local gun club to shut down an outdoor firing range in order to avert "tragic consequences" to patrons at a neighboring golf course."

"Bay County Circuit Judge Lawrence M. Bielawski issued the long-awaited ruling on Tuesday, granting a request from Fraser Township and Maple Leaf Golf Course to stop construction and use of an outdoor pistol range at the Linwood-Bay Sportsman's Club, 1643 E. Linwood Road."

"The ruling comes after evidence was presented in an April trial, including accounts by one woman who was struck by stray gunfire while golfing and another golfer who was narrowly missed. Both incidents involved guns fired on club property by trespassing nonmembers." ... [emphasis added]
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So when "trespassing non-members" shoot on the golf course and hit people in a nearby development, will the judge shut down the golf course?
 

CT: Vernon police warn of toy guns
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"Police in Vernon say each day there's a new incident involving toy guns. They're worried someone may misuse the toy gun and get seriously hurt. It's a nationwide issue that many communities aren't playing around with."

"Police consider toy guns, the real deal. A police officer's handgun and bb/ pellet guns look similar. The one police found Tuesday on a 14 year old look just like the real thing in color and weight. Police say the 14 year old pulled out the bb/pellet gun in front of other young children on Prospect street in Vernon." ...

"One more thing, besides possibly getting hurt, if you don't have a pistol permit and you have a bb/pellet gun in your car, you're looking at a serious fine or even jail time."
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So for having a toy in your car, not "brandishing" it, not threatening someone with it, just for having it in your car you can go to jail.

The inmates are running the asylum.
 

CO: Memorial shoot to benefit Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The La Junta Rifle Club and Cottonwood Sporting Clays will be sponsoring the Wes Borns Memorial Challenge competition shoot on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, at the La Junta Rifle Club. All proceeds from the event will be forwarded to Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation."

"The Wes Borns Memorial Challenge is a multiple discipline shooting event where participants can shoot rifle, handgun, shotgun and bow, in different events of their choosing, either as individuals or a team. ... Registrations can also be made the day of the shoot. Event choices include sporting clays, pistol, silhouette, skeet, trap, doubles trap and 3D archery silhouette." ...
 

UK: Special Report: Gun violence in Britain
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The Guardian's Web site for articles on "gun violence in Britain."
I guess they can't have such a site showing how guns have saved lives or prevented crimes because no one who has used one to such beneficial effect is willing to come forward.
 

Brazil: Thieves rob bus full of policemen
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Forty-six Brazilian policemen traveling to a sports competition were caught with their guard down this week when four Brazilian thieves robbed the bus carrying them to the event.

The bus with 46 unarmed policemen from northeastern Paraiba state was headed to the city of Salvador in Bahia when two cars with armed robbers forced them to stop on the country's main interstate highway on Tuesday. [emphasis added]

"The robbers took their cameras, cellular phones, wallets and even the sports uniforms and sneakers," a police spokesman said.

The suspects, who escaped, apparently did not know the bus was full of police when they stopped it, he said.

"We are looking for them, but I cannot say there's any particular ardour here due to the fact that policemen have been robbed."
 

Russia: Firearm fever in Russia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After the recent terrorist act in Beslan, Russians began purchasing legal means of self-defense."

"Some even address direct letters to different law-enforcement agencies across country with a plea to authorize sales of hunting rifles and self-defense firearms."

"State Duma plans to adopt certain amendments by the end of this month, aimed at restricting the overall turnover of firearms and explosives in the country. The amendment however will apply only to Russian special services. At the same time, many delegates express their affirmative views to make the firearms market more liberal. According to them, if the state is unable to protect its citizens, let them have the right protect themselves, writes 'Izvestia'." ...
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Even the Russians, with their long history of dependence upon and subservience to the State, are figuring it out. So why can't Sarah, Rosie, Diane, Chuck, et al.?
 

Greece: Shooters from 34 countries vying for spot on the podium
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"The Paralympic Games Shooting competition will be held at the Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Centre from 18 to 23 September. A total of 141 shooters (33 female) from 34 National Paralympic Committees will be competing in the 12 Paralympic Shooting events. Six are open to both women and men (mixed), three are only for men and three only for women. All events are indoors."

"Shooting has been part of the Paralympic programme since the 1980 sixth Paralympic Games in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The sport, divided into rifle and pistol events, is open to all athletes with a physical disability, with two classes of competition - those who need a shooting stand (SH2) and those who do not (SH1). ..." ...
 

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