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We Are Revolutionaries
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It would be a hopeful sign if the Senate could get away from its obsession with abortion on demand and consider, during its Supreme Court confirmation hearings, what the Constitution is and what it isn't."

"Some people seem to be under the erroneous belief that the Constitution grants us our rights. It does no such thing. To understand the Constitution, you have to remember the Declaration of Independence, which preceded it by several years. It is the Declaration that contains the philosophy of the American Revolution. The Constitution merely implements that philosophy." ...
 

Katrina chaos boosts case for 2nd Amendment
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"As New Orleans flooded and whatever civil society the city could lay claim to disintegrated, those left behind needed two things: a powerful will to survive and a gun."

"Hurricane Katrina might end up being the best friend the Second Amendment ever had."

"Gun dealers across the country are reporting increased sales. People who saw on television what happens when government can't deliver on the promise of protecting its citizens are buying firearms as an insurance policy against anarchy."

"That assurance of government-provided security has convinced individual Americans to gradually trade in their unrestrained constitutional right to bear arms." ...
 

NRA upset with New Orleans PD gun confiscation order
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For most people the events of Hurricane Katrina and the issue of gun control are two separate issues, but the National Rifle Association said New Orleans officials are infringing on peoples constitutional rights."

"New Orleans police and law enforcement officers found hundreds of firearms left behind by residents fleeing the hurricane. The search for the abandoned guns began after criminals fired on police and U.S. Army and Coast Guard rescue helicopters in early September."

"The controversy for the NRA started ... [when] New Orleans Police Superintendent P. Edwin Compass said that the new gun confiscation order also had been expanded to include weapons possessed by law abiding citizens." ...
 

CA: Surrendering Rights In San Francisco?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last December, five members of San Francisco's board of supervisors submitted to the Department of Elections a proposed law that would ban the possession of handguns and the sale, manufacture and transfer of all firearms and ammunition in the city and county of San Francisco. The proposal has been placed on the November 8 special election ballot."

"If a simple majority of voters approves Proposition H on that day, the ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2006."

"After that, San Francisco gun owners will have 90 days to surrender their firearms to authorities. Since all handgun sales are now registered in California, confiscation of firearms from honest, peaceable citizens will presumably begin sometime soon after that." ...
 

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to Address Gun Rights Conference in Los Angeles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) will address the 20th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference this coming Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Los Angeles LAX Marriott hotel."

"The Sept. 23-25 conference will also feature appearances by nationally-syndicated talk host Larry Elder, National Rifle Association President Sandra Froman, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne La Pierre, Second Amendment Foundation President (SAF) Joe Tartaro and Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA). The event is co- sponsored by SAF and CCRKBA, with support from other organizations." ...
 

Misuse of Stun Guns Continues and Throws Their Safety into Question
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"News reports and litigious developments have called into question the safety of a major stun gun manufacturer’s product, and human rights groups continue to ask tough questions. Safer alternatives from other companies may exist, and their use along with stricter guidelines for law enforcement’s use of the weapons may go a long way to dispel fears, says Robert Siciliano, security expert and president of StunGun.com of Boston, Mass." ...
 

AZ: Man killed in [apparent self-defense] gunfight outside baby shower
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 20-year-old man was killed early Sunday after a gun battle that erupted outside a just-finished baby shower."

"The victim, whose identity was not released, had left the party in a pickup truck with some friends shortly after 12:30 a.m., Sgt. Mike Zeller said."

"But the victim soon circled back to the home ... where partygoers had gathered in the cul-de-sac."

"The victim got into an argument with some of the partygoers."

"At some point he brandished a shotgun, and another partygoer produced a .357-caliber Glock, Zeller said."

"A gunfight broke out, and the partygoer shot the victim dead, police said."

"... The shooting, which is being treated as self-defense, is under investigation."
 

ID: Convicted Calif. sex offender shot, killed by alleged victim (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A northern Idaho man who was shot and killed by a woman he was attacking was a registered sex offender convicted in California, Bonner County Sheriff's Capt. John Valdez says."

"A 34-year-old Clark Fork woman shot Christopher Michael Schmidt, 42, Tuesday night during a struggle after she gave him a ride home, Valdez said."

"'He grabbed her and physically attacked her and told her she was coming with him,' Valdez told the Spokesman-Review newspaper of Spokane, Wash. 'There was a struggle and she couldn't overcome him. All the physical evidence matches what she says, all down the line.'"

"... Bonner County Prosecutor Phil Robinson said he ... did not anticipate filing charges against her. ..." ...
 

GA: Mercer student shoots, kills man who broke into home
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"A Mercer University law student shot and killed a man who broke into his home, police said."

"Frederick Taylor, 21, and his companion, Adrienne Warren, 22, were in the upstairs bedroom early Sunday morning when they heard glass break, police said."

"Warren stayed upstairs and called 911, while Taylor went downstairs. He saw the intruder at the bottom of the steps ..."

"Taylor shot and killed the intruder about four minutes after the initial 911 call was made, police spokeswoman Melanie Hofmann said. The intruder was shot in the upper torso and pronounced dead at the scene, she said." ...

"The Bibb County District Attorney's office will determine whether Taylor will face charges, Hofmann said."
 

TX: Man acquitted after killing acquaintance he found with wife
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"A 57-year-old man has been acquitted of a murder charge after jurors found that he acted in self-defense when he shot an acquaintance he had caught with his wife."

"Jurors in state district Judge Everett Young's court deliberated over two days before finding John Harley Roach not guilty of murder in the Feb. 1, 2004, death of Randy Spagnola."

"Spagnola had spent the night at Roach's home. The next morning, Roach found Spagnola having sexual contact with his wife, and said the two men had an altercation."

"'I'm still very sorry for what happened and for killing Mr. Spagnola,' Roach said. 'It wasn't intentional. I did fear for my life. I'm just thankful that it is all over and it came out the way it did.'" ...
 

CO: Hunter says he killed cougar in self-defense
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"A Denver-area deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion in self-defense after it brazenly threatened to attack him Friday evening, officials said."

"The hunter, who was not identified, first attempted to scare the animal off by throwing items and yelling at it, said Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. But when those actions didn’t faze the approaching cougar, the man shot it with his muzzleloader." ...
 

OH: Shoot to kill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THE last thing Michigan needs is a deadly force law that would free more gun-owners to shoot first and ask questions later." ...

"But Carolynne Jarvis, of the Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, feels somewhat betrayed by the deadly force legislation. She opposed a 2001 state law that made it easier to get a license to carry a concealed weapon when the rationale of proponents was that guns would only be used as a last resort."

"'This is basically saying guns are going to be the first resort,' she said. 'It's more likely you're going to end up shooting your son coming home late from a date … than you are an intruder.'" ...
 

MI: Michigan debates deadly force legislation
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Gun control advocates want to stop Michigan legislators from passing a law allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves without fear of prosecution.

The bills were introduced this month in Michigan.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March are calling lawmakers in an attempt to keep the bills from getting out of the House Judiciary Committee.

The battle in Michigan over the so-called deadly force legislation is an important one for both sides.

It could open the doors to similar laws across the country, a top priority for the National Rifle Association, or stop the effort in its tracks.
 

CA: Sheriffs Debate: Badges and Guns for Donors?
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"Los Angeles, CA. Internet video bloggers and just plain surfers will be able to watch a debate between Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca who are featured in a eight minute Full Disclosure™ video blog explaining their policies on taking political contributions from Reserve Deputies, Under Sheriffs and personnel in their Departments." ...

"Mike Carona explains why he issues a gun and badge to ordinary citizens and his policy on accepting political campaign contributions from those very same people. Then Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca describes his policy on accepting campaign contributions from his Under Sheriffs, Deputies and Department personnel." ...
 

TN: Nashville murders up despite chief's crime strategy
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"The state's second-largest city is on pace to see murders at the highest level since 1997 despite finishing last year with the lowest rate since the 1960s."

"Through Friday, Nashville had tallied 69 killings, putting the city of about 545,000 people on pace to record 97 homicides this year - the highest number since 1997, when there was a record 112."

"This year's trend is counter to what's happening in other cities across the nation, where the homicide rate is falling." ...

"Anti-violence activist Earl Jordan blamed the increase in killings on the easy availability of guns."

"'Everybody is toting pistols,' Jordan said. 'And when people are having conflicts now, they are not fighting. They are shooting to kill.'" ...
 

SC: Famous S.C. lawyer to defend elderly woman stunned by police
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"One of South Carolina's most famous defense attorneys has signed on to help the defense in the case of a 75-year-old woman stunned with a Taser gun by a Rock Hill police officer."

"Jack Swerling said he has been interested in the case of Margaret Kimbrell ever since reading about the incident last October."

"'Hitting an elderly lady with a Taser gun, why anybody would go to those lengths, I don't know,' Swerling said. 'Plus, I like the lady.'"

"Kimbrell ... was charged with trespassing and resisting police after officers said she refused to leave a Rock Hill assisted living center after being asked to leave."

"Officer Hattie Jean Macon said she used her stun gun after Kimbrell either swung her arm or her purse at her." ...
 

IN: A shot in the dark, a good shot at survival
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Flashlights in one hand and Sig Sauer .40-caliber semiautomatic handguns in the other, six South Bend police officers, eye goggles on and earplugs in, peer through the darkness."

"Fifteen yards away, at the edge of the leafy green tree-and-bush border of the shooting range, a line of 3-foot-tall yellow, red and blue metal targets await the barrage of bullets and the ping-ping-ping of successful hits." ...

"Welcome to night shooting instruction and practice at Officer Survival School, where new officers hone their skills under cover of darkness, a time when statistics show police-involved shootings happen most frequently." ...
 

India: Four passers-by injured in accidental fire by policeman
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Four passers-by were injured when a service rifle of a police constable in Kathua district went off accidentally this afternoon, official sources said.

The incident took place at a busy marketplace in Billawar town of the district when the loaded SLR of Showkat Ali went off accidentally, they said adding the cop was arrested for negligence of duty.

The injured were identified as Mohinder Kumar, Sheetal, Raj Kumar and Gais Din.
 

OH: Centerburg hosts Civil War skirmish
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"The Centerburg Conservation Club turned back the hands of time this weekend as 11 teams participated in the North-South Skirmish Association’s Heart of Ohio Skirmish."

"The Heart of Ohio Skirmish is the annual fall event hosted by the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the club and included Civil War era teams from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan. This is the 36th year the 2nd Ohio has hosted the event. The teams compete in live-fire matches, breaking targets in timed matches while using original or approved reproductions of Civil War period muskets, carbines, breechloading rifles and revolvers." ...
 

MN: This bear hunter had no problem finding prey
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"When bear hunter Joel Klinke climbed up to his bear-hunting stand near Duluth Monday afternoon, he found it already occupied."

"By two bears."

"'Here are two bears about 10 inches away from me, looking me directly in my eyes,' said Klinke of Cottage Grove. 'One opened his mouth and did this spitting noise. That's when I let go.'"

"Klinke, 35, fell about 10 feet from the 16-foot-high stand, catching himself on one of several 2-by-4s that had been nailed to the tree for climbing purposes."

"Klinke's guide, Rob Parrott of Duluth, was at the bait pile adding more Gummi Bears, candy hearts, sweetbread and potato chips for the evening hunt."

"'I hear him yell a deathcurdling yell, like he fell out of the tree,' Parrott said." ...
 

MI: Reliving Wild West in style
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When she struts out on the shooting range, she's no longer Barbara J. Bell, quiet St. Charles homemaker."

"She transforms into 'Katie Callahan,' the brash, pistol-packing cowgirl ready to blast bandits and brawlers in the Wild West."

"'I love the noise when you shoot -- it's a ping. It kind of rings,' Bell said, almost breathless. 'It gives you an adrenaline rush. I'm usually shaking after I'm done shooting.'"

"Earlier this month, Bell ... was crowned the statewide cowboy action shooting champion in Port Huron for the second straight year. More than 280 gunslingers battled in ... the Wolverine Rangers Range War Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) Michigan State Championship." ...
 

NC: Discharging firearm unlawful in Turkey limits
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... "Clifton told the board that he had a citizen to complain about the discharging of a firearm in the town. He said a Sampson County Sheriff's Department deputy responded to the complaint, but did nothing because it was thought that the town had no ordinance banning the practice. Clifton said he has checked and, in fact, the town does have such an ordinance. ..."

"White furnished a copy of the ordinance, which reads: 'It shall be unlawful for any person, irrespective of age, to fire or discharge any air gun, air pistol, air rifle or firearm within the town limits unless such firearm, etc., is discharged in the defense of person or property or pursuant to lawful directions of law enforcement officers.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So under this ordinance if I have a BB gun range set up in my basement, I am breaking the law every time I shoot.

Please tell me why succeeding generations have less and less respect for the law and LEOs?
 

MA: Welcome to Massachusetts: the land of liberal lies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Welcome to Massachusetts - you're more likely to be indoctrinated by liberal lies here."

"Returning students like myself are probably familiar by now with the billboard I'm referring to, located on the Massachusetts Turnpike near Fenway Park. The propaganda, put up by Stop Handgun Violence (SHV), a non-profit organization based in the Newton office of the Meredith Management Corporation, reads, 'Welcome to Massachusetts. You're more likely to live here. Most effective gun laws and lowest gun fatality rate in the country. Gun laws work.' If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth taking a look. That massive billboard could be one of the biggest lies you'll ever see." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually, according to the CDC's WISQARS website, Mass. does have the lowest firearm death rate in the country. But since Washington DC has the highest rate (at almost 9 times the Mass. rate) it sort of shoots down the whole "strict gun laws" theory.
 

AK: Old ram no match for 10-year-old huntress
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"The shot was long, but Rachel Juliussen settled into the stock of the cut-down .243-caliber rifle, peered through the 2 X 7-power scope, and said she could make it. Her father, Sagen, was skeptical. Grandpa Roger Morris, though, had faith."

"Morris had his reasons. The full-curl, Dall sheep ram had fully exposed its flank. Rachel had a good rest to steady the rifle. ..."

"Morris remembers well the whispered chat that followed:"

"'I said, 'What do you think, Rachel?'"

"'She said, 'How far is it?'"

"'Two-eighty (280 yards).'"

"'She said, 'That's a long ways.'"

"'I told her to just put the cross hairs on the sheep's back and to be sure to squeeze the trigger.'" ...
 

VT: Girls and Boys, Meet Nature. Bring Your Gun.
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"Chomping wad after wad of Bubblicious Strawberry Splash gum and giggling as she tickled people's necks with a piece of grass she pretended was a spider, Samantha Marley could have been any 9-year-old girl."

"A couple of things set her apart, though. She was cloaked in camouflage from boots to baseball cap. And propped next to her on the seat of a truck was her very own 20-gauge shotgun."

"Samantha, a freckle-faced, pony-tailed fourth grader, was on a bear hunt. Not the pretend kind memorialized in picture books and summer-camp chants, but a real one for black bears that live in the woods of southwestern Vermont and can weigh 150 pounds or more." ...
 

UK: UN says Scotland is the most violent country
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"A UNITED Nations report has labelled Scotland the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America."

"England and Wales recorded the second highest number of violent assaults while Northern Ireland recorded the fewest."
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Submitter's Note: Why do we always hear America is the most violent then?
 

UK: Taser stun guns arrive on city streets
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"STUN guns which blast their targets with 50,000 volts are to be issued to Scottish police today after requests from officers on the beat."

"The Taser guns are being introduced to Strathclyde Police after the majority of cops backed the move."

"The new move follows extensive trials in a number of English police forces and significant scientific research."

"Strathclyde Police is the first force in Scotland to deploy Tasers, however the majority of forces in the UK have or are now in the process of deploying them." ...
 

Australia: Armed thieves raid pub
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THREE men armed with a gun and machete held up a pub in Sydney's north-west overnight.

Police said the trio entered a hotel on Windsor Road at Baulkham Hills, via a beer garden about 10.30pm (AEST).

A police spokesman said the men threatened up to 30 staff and patrons, forcing a male employee to open the tills.

No one was injured, and one person was treated at the scene for shock.

The men fled with a sum of money and were last seen on foot heading west along Seven Hills Road to Connie Avenue.

They are described as being of medium to solid build, between 178 and 185cm tall, and were wearing black clothing.
 

UK: Man who shot young mother jailed
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"A Wolverhampton drug dealer has been jailed for life for shooting his lover while her children slept upstairs after she attempted to end the relationship."

"The body of Hayley Davenport, 23, from All Saints, Wolverhampton, was found by her girls - aged two and three - the morning after her death in May 2004."

"She had been shot in the head at her home in Tansley View."

"Jarvis Mayfield Johnson, 32, of Bilston must serve at least 25 years after his defence lawyer offered no mitigation." ...
 

Canada: Man shot, killed following traffic collision
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"A 24-year-old Mississauga man is the latest victim in what has been an horrific summer of gun violence across the GTA."

"Mississauga resident Donald Jeffrey Rawluck, 24, was shot and killed this weekend following a traffic accident in North Etobicoke."

"Autopsies have confirmed that Rawluck and 25-year-old Joseph Colin Santos of Toronto died from gunshot wounds. Rawluck was shot in the head, while Santos was shot in the neck."

"The shooter remains at large." ...

"Police said Rawluck was driving a BMW that collided with a van. Several gunshots were fired following the collision and the BMW went over a concrete barrier into a parking lot, moving across the lot and eventually rolling over a grassy knoll on to Tandridge Cres." ...
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Submitter's Note: But I thought these things were only supposed to happen after the passage of 'shall-issue' CCW legislation!
 

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