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FL: Police Mum After Officer Loses Gun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Tampa police officer is under investigation after he inadvertently left his loaded 9 mm handgun on the roof of a patrol car last week and drove off."

"The officer, Patrick J. Gray, did not discover his pistol missing from the roof until about 15 minutes after leaving the department's downtown garage, said Sgt. Joe Durkin, a department spokesman."
 

NE: Shooting down violence
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A fairly new cooperative effort between federal and county prosecutors is helping make sure gun-wielding criminals get the stiffest penalties allowed under law. State leaders hope that with time, Project Safe Neighborhoods will bring a reduction in gun-related violence."

"That has happened in other states. In Richmond, Va., a 30 percent reduction in gun homicides was seen when a similar program was introduced, said Jan Sharp, criminal chief for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha."
 

The Guns of Zimbabwe
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I recently sat under a colorful tent with Ed Kadzombe, the chairman of the Zimbabwe Wildlife Advisory Council. We were surrounded by photos of lions, leopards, and elephants, as well as hand-woven baskets and other artifacts — such as statues of black rhinos, sacred animals to the people of Zimbabwe. Kadzombe told me he wants to spread the word that his people are managing the Zimbabwe resource 'for the good of all.' "

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In an era when politically correct pundits challenge that hunting has anything to do with conservation, Kadzombe has his work cut out for him. But the cold facts on hunting in Africa tell the real story. You may have heard various eco-groups grabbing headlines with the claim that African elephants are endangered. Well, that depends on just where you are talking about. In l980, Zimbabwe had 40,000 elephants. Today, after 22 years of carefully regulated hunting, they have 88,000 pachyderms. How can this be so?"

"The Media Research Center recently reported that over a two-year period antigun stories outnumbered pro-gun stories by a ratio of nearly 10 to 1 — even though some 35 million people in the U.S. enjoy shooting firearms. So, it's unlikely you're gonna read many stories describing how tourism and hunting are stabilizing forces in the turbulent country of Zimbabwe. But it's a story that Ed Kadzombe has the facts to back up."
 

AK: Great place to be a kid
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"My shotgun-toting 13-year-old and the French exchange student had been tromping around the wet woods in search of spruce grouse or hooters, but after the third pile of fresh bear poop and the sound of a distant moose hunter's rifle, they decide to come back. They still have ammunition, so they wrap a bunch of pine cones in duct tape and have their little sisters toss them in the air so they can shoot at them."
 

Air Passenger Cries Racism
Submitted by: serinde
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"An Indian doctor who was on a flight when a federal air marshal pointed a gun at passengers while another detained an unruly passenger said he was held for hours after the plane landed because of racial profiling."

"[Bob] Rajcoomar said he was held in a filthy cell for about three hours and was given no reasons for his detention. He was later released without being charged."

"The other man, detained for being unruly, also was released without charges."
 

TX: New unit goes looking for crime
Submitted by: serinde
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"A new Galveston police detail recently hit the streets looking for lawbreakers."

"The Street Crimes Unit, unlike regular patrol officers, is charged with finding crime and stopping it."

"The detail consists of four officers at a time working extra hours."

"The unit always includes one supervisor and at least one of the four is a SWAT officer. Their mission is to find and stop gang activity and drug deals and to assist patrol officers on major calls."
 

More Terrorism Concerns - FBI Warns of Possible New Al Qaeda Hijacking Tactics
Submitted by: Jerry Rowe

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"The discussions involved using 10 to 20 'Chechen Muslims affiliated with al Qaeda, but already present in the United States' to overwhelm the crew after taking seats in first class, according to the FBI bulletin."
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It seems like 20% of passengers with concealed carry handguns would nullify even this sort of thing.
 

TX: New security position created at Easterwood Airport
Submitted by: serinde
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"The [deputy federal security director] position was created ... and designed to provide a clear line of authority at airports nationwide."

"The director’s duties include implementing efficient security screening standards for airport employees, making security risk assessments and supervising federal law enforcement. He also will be required to organize and implement a federal security crisis management response plan for Easterwood."
 

MO: Victim takes shotgun from attackers - fights back
Submitted by: Art Schreiber

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Man accosted by robbers...takes away their shotgun...then pulls his own pistol..thieves flee for their lives.
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"They wanted to murder me," the victim said Wednesday. "After I did what they asked me to do. I'm glad to be alive. I'm glad to still be here. To see my son."

In Sarah Bradyland, this guy would be dead. Had he followed the usual police suggestion that you "don't resist, and do what they tell you," he would be dead. Then there's this:

"Police Chief Joe Mokwa said Wednesday that the city has seen 98 cases of auto theft involving a gun over the past six months." -- in Missouri, where concealed carry by lawful people is virtually banned and where some police organizations have opposed reforms
 

UK: Dalbeattie Gun Club
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Dalbeattie Gun Club’s shoot for the South West Cup was held on Sunday at Edingham and won by Alan McKean, pictured left."

"There were 33 guns shooting on the day and the veterans’ prize went to Bobby Jackson and the junior prize to David Maitland."
 

NY: Gun club under fire
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Rhinebeck resident handed the Rhinebeck Town Board a petition requesting that a local rod and gun club stop shooting firearms at night and change the location of their shooting range."

"Rhinebeck residents attended a Rhinebeck Town Board meeting last week to express their concerns about the Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club at 140 Enterprise Road in the Town of Rhinebeck."
 

MD: Teacher's union flunks Ehrlich
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Maryland school teachers union gave U.S. Rep. Robert Ehrlich a report card full of F's Wednesday morning, while 35 miles away in Montgomery County, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence blasted the Republican gubernatorial nominee's record on gun control."

"And in a triple-header show of support for Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League held a news conference a few hours later to endorse the Democratic nominee."
 

CO: Gun shipments checked (redux)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Another report...

"The Army is investigating whether soldiers, including members of the Colorado National Guard, illegally sent foreign weapons back from Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday."

"U.S. Customs agents found about 50 guns in shipping containers at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in late August, said Marc Raimondi, spokesman for the Army's Criminal Investigation Command."
 

Let's Stop Being Manipulated!
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"More and more, we are seeing citizens being invited to 'participate' in various forms of meetings, councils, or boards to 'help determine' public policy in one field or another. They are supposedly being included to get 'input' from the public to help officials make final decisions on taxes, education, community growth or whatever the particular subject matter might be."

"Sounds great, doesn't it?"

"Unfortunately, surface appearances are often deceiving."
 

UK: Families press for airgun crackdown
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The families of youngsters killed or injured by airguns joined MPs and campaigners to press for a change in the law governing use of the weapons."

"Members of the umbrella group Campaign for Airgun Control are calling on the government to make it illegal for under 17s to buy, sell or use 'lethal' airguns."
 

UK: Triple shooting leaves secluded village stunned
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Residents of a Somerset village were yesterday receiving counselling after seeing a man shoot dead a mother and her six-year-old daughter as they tried to escape in a neighbour's car."

"He chased the pair from their home and murdered them as children played in the quiet Broadoak cul-de-sac in Horton, near Ilminster, on Tuesday evening, before turning the high-powered rifle on himself."
 

TX: Better not mess with Texas' gun laws
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Tony Sanchez and John Sharp have one essential thing in common with Rick Perry and David Dewhurst besides their all being Texans running for office. Sanchez and Sharp are the Democratic candidates running for governor and lieutenant governor. Perry and Dewhurst are the GOP candidates running for the same offices."

"The essential thing these four have in common is that each knows that to have any chance at all of winning in the Lone Star State at his level, he must tout his love of guns and show his support for gun ownership. All four candidates claim to own many firearms."
 

AZ: Apache Junction to pay $1.65 million in police shooting of suicidal teen
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"Apache Junction has agreed to pay $1.65 million to the family of a teenager who was fatally shot by one of the city's police officers."

"Reha and Sandra Altug filed an $8.2 million wrongful-death lawsuit in December 2001 in connection with the April 2000 shooting."

"Haywood said Ali Altug was coming at him with a knife when he fired his gun in self defense."

"But Reha Altug claimed his son was walking toward the kitchen sink and not toward the officer when the youth was shot three times."
 

Liberty: a unified field theory
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Nat Hentoff, whose columns the Register sometimes runs, titled his 1980 book on the history of free speech in America 'The First Freedom.' "

"In one sense the title is straightforward, referring to the individual rights protected by the First Amendment."
 

TN: Poll: Lottery, church, guns get OK
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On another question, 63 percent of those surveyed said a firearm is present in their home and a similar 62 percent said that a member of their family was a hunter and/or fisherman."

"Gant said the percentage of homes with a gun was somewhat higher than he would have anticipated."
 

VA: Patriettes Will Fight Coming Terrorist Crime Wave
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Some women in northern Virginia are not waiting around to be victims. When firearms training classes were announced that would take an average woman with no prior knowledge of guns to the point where she could file forms in a county office for a 'concealed carry' permit, women came in droves."

"These 'must-issue' permits will allow them to secretly arm themselves against terrorists or any other thugs who may come their way."
 

Privacy Villain of the Week: Your driver's license!
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Take your driver's license out of your wallet and flip it over. Does it have a magnetic strip on the back, like a credit card? A bar code, like you might find on a supermarket product? About 40 states now have one or the other, and it won't be long before the rest do. What's going on here?"
 

VA: New cameras to catch trash scofflaws in act
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Smile when you dump that old refrigerator in some out-of-the-way city lot."

"You just might be on camera."

"The city has purchased two all-weather surveillance cameras and will install them within weeks at spots popular with illegal dumpers."

"City staffers have seen just about everything abandoned in lots: a sailboat with no mast, washing machines, construction debris, plain old garbage."
 

TX: Suspect shot in botched armored truck heist
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A man was shot in the shoulder this morning after he attacked an armored truck driver and tried to rob her outside a northeast Houston convenience store, police said."

"The man ran away but later turned up at LBJ Hospital seeking medical treatment and was identified as the attacker, police said. Charges are pending against him."
 

Profiling charged on 'nightmare' flight
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Yesterday, suggesting that the line between security and civil-rights violations is blurring, the physician, Bob Rajcoomar, filed notice in U.S. District Court that he may sue the U.S. government for illegal detention and emotional distress."

"His wife had been left to wander the Philadelphia airport for three hours during his detention, never told of his whereabouts."

" 'This is blatant racial profiling,' Rajcoomar, a naturalized citizen since 1985, said by telephone from Florida."
 

Law Enforcement Groups to Announce Support for Reauthorizing Federal Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Major law enforcement groups will gather in the nation's capital on Monday, September 23, to express their strong support for the renewal of the federal Assault Weapons Ban, which is scheduled to
expire in September 2004, unless Congress passes legislation to renew it. The Assault Weapons Ban was passed as part of the 1994 Crime Bill."

According to this Brady Bunch press release, the culprits are:
• Major Cities Chiefs Association
• National Association of Police Organizations
• Police Foundation
• National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
• Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
• International Brotherhood of Police Officers
• National Association of School Resource Officers
"To protect and serve" whom?
 

NY: Prosecutors charge 14, including 4 cops, in drug ring
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"What began as an investigation into possible drug use by one Suffolk County police officer culminated Thursday in the arrest of 14 people on drug-related charges, including that officer, an NYPD sergeant and two state troopers."

"The 14 are accused of participating in the use, sale and distribution of cocaine and illegal steroids, police and prosecutors said."
 

OK: Student disciplined for pointing finger 'like a gun'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An elementary school student who pointed his finger like a gun at classmates has been given five days of in-school suspension."

"The incident appears to be the first time that the behavior has been addressed by a school in Oklahoma, said Muskogee School Superintendent Dr. Eldon Gleichman."
 

Confiscation , Search and Seizure
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I took my husband , who is contracted to work for the government, specifically the military, yesterday, to go for a job for them."

"We had been camping that weekend prior, and I had forgotten that I had given him my Swiss Army pocket knife to hold for me."

"I called them today and they had destroyed it last night. I hate the evil that has taken over our 'government'!"
 

Armed pilots will make flights safer
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"So now it’s official: At least some airline pilots will be armed."

"That news is the result of an overwhelming 87-6 vote in the U.S. Senate to allow commercial pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit. The vote came after the Bush administration dropped its official opposition to the idea. Even anti-gun senators such as California’s Barbara Boxer voted for it."

"The House of Representatives had earlier voted overwhelmingly in favor as well."

"The mystery is why the Bush administration had ever wasted any time opposing so sensible a measure. It had long been apparent, in every survey taken on the matter, that Americans overwhelmingly backed arming the pilots."
 

WI: Legislators push hunting-rights vote
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Sportsmen's amendment could affect party influence"

"That's the underlying message embedded in a campaign by state Democrats to set an April vote on a hunting and fishing rights constitutional amendment."

"The Democrats, who announced the plan Tuesday at Gander Mountain in Rothschild, say it is crucial that the amendment be ratified as soon as possible. Some Republicans, just as adamant about the law's importance, want to see a November 2003 referendum because they think the issue will drive Republican voters to the polls."
 

NY: Man who shot in self-defense going to prison on weapons charges
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Hells Angel biker pleads guilty to weapons possession"
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"Nassau District Attorney Denis Dillon said a murder charge against Raymond Dwyer would be dropped in lieu of his guilty plea to the lesser count."

"Dwyer, 39, of Oceanside, was accused of fatally shooting Robert Rutherford, a member of the rival Pagans motorcycle gang from Lancaster, Pa., at the Vanderbilt catering hall in Plainview, Long Island. The Hells Angels were holding a motorcycle expo there on Feb. 23 when the Pagans crashed the event with bats and pipes."

"We're pleased that the district attorney saw this for what it was," [attorney William] Petrillo said. "It couldn't be more obvious that the shots which were fired were done so for the purpose of saving innocent people from being seriously injured or killed."

"After the rumble, police and federal agents seized hundreds of weapons, ranging from knives and baseball bats to handguns, shotguns and an Uzi machine gun."
 

CA: Mom, three children killed by alleged drunken driver in Los Angeles County
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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No shortage of violence and killings in gun-free California.
 

Plane Diverted From Andrews AFB To BWI
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"An Airbus 310 that took off from a Belgian Air Force base was forced to land at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Thursday after Andrews Air Force Base refused to allow the plane to land..."

"The plane was not allowed to land at Andrews because their waiver could not be verified," said the government spokeswoman. She said documentation from the State Department is required to land at Andrews, but the plane could not provide the proper documentation."
 

DC: Critics Blast Emergency Evacuation Plan
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"Wednesday, the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance reminded the council's Transportation Planning Board that the region has the third worst traffic in the nation on a regular commute."

"The council asked how the board could spend an entire year developing a plan that failed to identify so-called choke points and recommend strategies to address them."

How? They're bureaucrats. That's how.
 

NC: Roxboro City Council approves purchase of high-powered rifles
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Pistols and shotguns don’t give police here enough of a fighting chance against machine gun-toting criminals."

"So the Police Department, with City Council approval on Thursday night, will use a federal grant to buy 33 high-powered rifles."

"Including training ammunition, 30-round clips and shoulder slings, the all-weather Ruger rifles will cost $16,832."
 

TX: Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez supports a new state pre-emption law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Democrat Tony Sanchez's campaign, saying that it misunderstood a gun control question last week, says he supports efforts to strip cities of their authority to ban concealed guns on public property."

"A campaign adviser to Mr. Sanchez, running for governor, said last week that he was opposed to new firearms legislation, including a proposal to bar cities from outlawing concealed handguns in public buildings."

"The Texas State Rifle Association and its affiliate, the National Rifle Association, have said they would push that bill in the next Legislature, convening in January."

"Republican Gov. Rick Perry said he would support that legislation."

"Sanchez campaign manager Glenn Smith said Mr. Sanchez is a strong advocate of gun rights who believes that the Legislature, not cities, should regulate the carrying of handguns in Texas."
 

NY: Law against spitting stirs outcry by black community
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Spit and you could find yourself in court."

"Under a law passed unanimously by the city council this summer, it's illegal to splat your sputum on the sidewalk, or any area in public use here."

"Officials say it's another tool in the police tool box to break up clogs of loiterers. Other residents of the city, where one police officer out of 114 is black, say the law is a device to target minorities."
 

VA: Home invasion try results in 2 men injured by gunfire
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"Two men were wounded during an attempted home invasion early Wednesday on St. Mihiel Avenue, police said."

"A group of people tried to enter a home in the 2600 block after 3 a.m., said police spokesman Chris Amos. A resident shot one of the men and was in turn shot himself, Amos said."
 

"Odds are deadly for guns at home"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I'm not anti-gun; in fact, I own two handguns: a 9mm and .22-caliber Smith & Wesson. The idea of guns as protection came naturally to me; my dad kept a pistol in a bedside drawer. I used to shoot at a range."

"But my guns have been locked up for the last eight years. I no longer think guns make me safer, and the rash of deaths in my city has made me look at them in a whole new light."

"A controversial study by Arthur Kellerman concluded that a handgun at home is up to 43 times more likely to kill the owner, a family member or friend than it is an intruder. The study is a little misleading, because, for one, it includes suicides. Even so, for most people, a gun is more likely to cause trouble than to stop it."

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Email the writer of this trash. Be sure to share David Felbeck's dismantling of Kellerman's so-called "study," which can be found by clicking here.
 

NRA Service Helps Target Hunger Across America
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Deer season is here, and with it comes an excellent opportunity for America's sportsmen and women to share their good fortune in the field with those less privileged. Hunters for the Hungry is a national charitable program through which hunters may donate their extra game meat to help feed the hungry."

KABA NOTE:

This is an excellent idea from NRA -- and a great program. If you're a hunter and plan to bring home more meat than you can use, consider participating.
 

OH: Police chief charged with rape, burglary
Submitted by: Russ Hawver

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"A Medina County OH grand jury indicted Lafayette Township Police Chief Rick A. Schmidt yesterday on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and burglary."

"Schmidt, 36, who was led through the lobby of the Medina County Jail in handcuffs, refused to comment on his arrest and indictment."

"Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler signed a court order allowing Schmidt to be released if he posts $15,000 of a $150,000 bond."

"Lafayette Township trustees suspended Schmidt with pay in July when a township woman alleged that Schmidt raped her that month at her home while he was on the job as chief."

"Schmidt has been Lafayette's police chief for about 2˝ years. He was a patrolman and sergeant for the Lodi Police Department for nine years."

"The rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine. The other two charges carry maximum prison terms of 18 months and $5,000 fines. Each offense also carries a firearms specifications that can carry mandatory one-year prison sentences."

If convicted, his time in prison carries opportunities to find out what rape is like -- from the other side of the equation.
 

Steve Young, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lies in National Press Release
Submitted by: Angel Shamaya

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"Steve Young, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, took issue with Senator Edward M. Kennedy's (D-Mass.) opposition to the F.O.P.'s top priority, S. 2480, the 'Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act.' " [click link above]

The so-called "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act" is a national concealed carry bill that would grant law enforcement officers exemption from the concealed carry prohibitions in all 50 states -- while those laws continue to be enforced against The People who happen to be mentioned in "the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

[The senate version -- S. 2480 -- can be found by clicking here. Its mirror image counterpart -- H.R. 218 -- can be found by clicking here.]

In his "Cops Deserve Extra Rights" press release, Mr. Young proves himself to be dishonest, by saying,
"This isn't a controversial bill to anyone but Sen. Kennedy."
Meanwhile, numerous gun rights groups and leaders publicly oppose any legislation that accomplishes the same objective. And there are law enforcement groups that oppose the legislation, as well. Included in those groups are:
Police Executive Research Forum
International Association of Chiefs of Police
• There are others, and Mr. Young would have us believe he doesn't know it? Hogwash!
It's enlightening to see the leader of perhaps the largest police organization in America telling lies in public in support of an unconstitutional piece of legislation that slaps gunowners in the face.

What's next, Steve -- are you going to tell us that gun rights groups support your bill, too?

RELATED READING:

Special Exemptions for Cops?
Public Servants Seek Immunity from Gun Laws they Enforce;
Gun Rights Leaders Say "No Thanks!"
 

PA: On-duty trooper shoots herself in the hand
Submitted by: Angel Shamaya

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But if you read this report, they make it sound like the gun did it to her. ...
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"A Pennsylvania state trooper shot herself in the hand Wednesday, Allentown police said."

"An Allentown police official said the trooper was part of a state police operation in the city when her gun accidentally discharged about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a McDonald's at 15th and Tilghman streets."

"Allentown police were not involved in the undercover operation, the city police official said."

"State police from the Bethlehem barracks released a statement shortly after 9 p.m. saying they had arrested Tyrone Lamont Beasley, 23, of Allentown on various drug charges at the time of the accidental shooting."

"While helping to arrest Beasley, the trooper was wounded by an accidentally discharged firearm, the state police statement said. State police did not identify the trooper."
 

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