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'Arms' have come a long way since the Founding Fathers [So has the 'press']
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'"

"For some gun owners, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means no gun control laws. No infringement means just that -- no laws that restrict the right of citizens to own and equip themselves with armaments of their choosing." ...

"Not only did the nation's founders lack standing national armies and navies, they also could never have imagined that the word 'arms' could include today's weaponry. Like it or not, the right of the private citizens to keep and bear arms has already been infringed by outlawing the ownership of all sorts of weapons now relegated for use by the nation's well-regulated military."
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KABA Notes: Nice 'bait-and-switch' there, going from 'well-regulated militia' (which is composed of the whole body of the people) to 'well-regulated military'. And if you argue that the Founders never imagined what 'arms' would become, then you must admit that they never imagined what 'press' would become (what with high-speed presses, radio, television and the internet) so you must be equally willing to allow 'reasonable restrictions' on the freedom of the press, right?

Right?
 

CA: California Becomes First State to Ban 50 Caliber Anti-Armor Sniper Rifles (JTO)
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Law Comes Less Than Three Years After Violence Policy Center First Identified Threat Posed by These Readily Available Tools of Terror

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill That Bans Rifles That Can Destroy Aircraft, Down Helicopters, and Penetrate Armor Plating


... "VPC Senior Policy Analyst and study author Tom Diaz states, 'California has once again confirmed its status as a bellwether state in preventing gun violence. Today's action not only protects the police and public, but stops the sale of a confirmed tool of terrorists. We look forward to other states, and eventually the U.S. Congress, following its lead.' Under federal law, 50 caliber rifles are as easy to buy as hunting rifles, and less restricted than handguns."
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KABA Note: For the truth about .50 BMG's, see .50 Caliber Liars.
 

Clinton Gun Ban Gone But Not Forgotten
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"Although the Clinton gun ban expired on September 13, John Kerry and his anti-gun allies in the media are bent on continuing to use this issue as a political football, pillorying NRA and pro-gun lawmakers for supporting law-abiding citizens` Second Amendment rights. Rest assured that while this misguided law has been stricken from the books, this issue is not going to go away. In fact, just this week, anti-gun lawmakers in Washington, D.C. introduced new legislation to reinstate the ban. Not only will this issue be used as a political battering ram against pro-gun candidates, but many states are already gearing up to introduce state level versions of the expired federal ban." [emphasis added]
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The antis are going to keep fighting, so we must also! Remind your legislators that RKABA is your core issue, and that they will lose your vote if they vote against it.
 

Firearms Are Not to Blame
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"My dad is fond of saying one of the most important reasons we have guns is so that we don’t have to use them."

"Some are naive enough to believe that if we were to ban guns altogether, there would be no crimes committed with guns. We should take the assault weapons ban as an example."

"The idea of 'taking these horrible weapons off the streets' begins with the fallacy that if the government makes a law, it will be followed." ...

"The assault weapons ban goes beyond the previously established laws to assume that because some people commit crimes with assault weapons, everyone does."

"Another false assumption is that if we ban assault weapons, they will not be used in crimes." ...
 

Effort to Repeal D.C. Gun Ban Is Dropped in Senate -- for Now
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"Idaho Republican Sen. Larry E. Craig announced yesterday that he has abandoned a bid to seek a repeal of D.C. gun laws in a Senate committee, and Senate GOP leaders indicated that they did not have time to get bogged down in a debate over gun limits in the weeks before Congress adjourns for the fall elections."

"Craig dropped his effort as opponents of the proposed repeal, including parents of District residents killed by gunfire, lobbied senators and held a news conference on Capitol Hill. A similar proposal has been introduced in the House and has more than enough co-sponsors to pass that chamber." ...
 

Fight Anti-Hunting Initiatives In Alaska And Maine!
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"Fanatical anti-hunting groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, Greenpeace and PETA, are once again seeking to force their agenda on the good citizens of Alaska and Maine."

"An initiative in Alaska seeks to ban the use of bear management techniques commonly used by the Department of Fish and Game. This ballot measure would, in addition to restricting the methods used by hunters to attract bears, ban the intentional feeding of bears for the purpose of photography or viewing, and prohibit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from live trapping and relocating problem bears. If found in violation of this proposed law, one could spend a year in jail and face a hefty $10,000 fine for each offense." ...
 

Not Targeting "Assault Weapons"
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"Slipping in the polls, Senator John Kerry deceitfully accuses President George Bush of not pushing for an extension of the 1994 federal ban on so-called 'assault weapons,' which has just expired. Bush deceitfully responds that he supported the ban’s extension and would have signed it but for Congress’s failure to pass it. Both Kerry’s and Bush’s statements are half-truths calculated to mislead voters."

"It has been clear for many months that Congress would not bring the extension of the 'assault weapon' (AW) ban up for a vote. Neither Congress, the Democrats, nor Bush were willing to make this a major policy issue for the same two reasons. The first reason is purely political." ...
 

IL: Federal law pre-empts city's gun regulations -- by Mayor Daley
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"Quietly, and without a roll call vote, Congress recently approved legislation giving retired and off-duty law enforcement officers the right to carry concealed weapons anywhere in the United States, even in states like Illinois that prohibit the practice. President Bush signed the bill into law July 22." ...

"Reasonable people can disagree about whether this law adds extra protection to our streets or creates new problems. I believe it creates new problems."

"In Chicago, we've reduced the crime rate substantially over the last decade, in large part by reducing the number of guns. Adding more weapons to our streets, even in the hands of former police officers, is not likely to make the city any safer." ...
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So is the Honorable Mr. Daley saying that he doesn't trust cops? What does he know that we don't?
 

GA: Soldiers charged as gun runners
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"A federal grand jury has charged Quentin Raymone Crockett and Christopher Patrick Camacho of Fort Stewart with conspiring to sell firearms without a license, unlawful dealing in firearms and transporting firearms across state lines with intent to commit a felony." ...

"According to the indictment filed at the Savannah courthouse on Thursday, the government alleges Crockett bought six semi-automatic pistols for about $140 each at the Mr. Cash pawn shop in Hinesville on May 27, and that he and Camacho drove the weapons to Chicago, where they sold the guns to 'V.B.' the next day, for $300 each." ...
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But only cops and the military, right Sarah?
 

Chechnya: Policeman suspected of murder detained in Chechnya
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A Chechen policeman, suspected of attacking a post office cashier in Grozny on July 19, 2004, has been detained in Chechnya, the Russian Interior Ministry's temporary press service in the North Caucasus told Interfax.

As a result of the attack, this policeman and other members of a criminal group misappropriated 5.3 million rubles and shot two servicemen of the Zavodskoi district military commandant's office who accompanied the cashier.

Two automatic rifles and ammunition were seized from the killed servicemen.

The press center said that the detained policeman was a member of a criminal group. He has also been accused of planting a bomb in the Zavodskoi district, aimed at blasting federal servicemen and policemen.

An operation to find the other members of the criminal group is continuing, the press center said.
 

NY: The Truth About Rifle Statistics
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NEW YORKERS are at least four times as likely to be punched to death than to be killed with an assault-style rifle, unpublished state crime statistics show.

The eye-opening figures — obtained by The Post from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services — reveal that New Yorkers are also at least twice as likely to be clubbed to death than shot dead by an attacker wielding one of the semi-automatic rifles previously covered by a federal government ban that expired last week.

The most recent statewide statistics — murder-by-weapon-type figures from 2002 — also show that New Yorkers are at least five times as likely to be stabbed to death with a knife than they are to be shot with an assault rifle.

Of 893 murders committed two years ago, just 22 — or slightly over 2 percent — were carried out using some form of rifle, including assault-rifles, the figures show.
 

IL: Security guard shot in Illinois Capitol
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"An unarmed security guard was shot to death inside the state Capitol on Monday by a gunman who then fled in a car, authorities said."

"The officer was killed with one gunshot to the chest, said Col. Larry Schmidt, chief deputy director of the Secretary of State Police. Authorities did not immediately provide a motive."

"After firing the shot, the gunman left the building, put the weapon in the trunk of his car and drove away, Schmidt said. He said the guard died in a hospital operating room." ...
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Had this gunman been bent on wider mayhem would these unarmed security guards have been able to offer any resistance other than as bullet catchers?
 

KY: Jury deadlocks in bear shooting case, defendant enters plea
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"A Letcher County man pleaded no contest Monday to illegally shooting a black bear in his back yard in June."

"The plea came after his day in court ended in a mistrial when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked."

"... Brock entered an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes there is sufficient evidence for a conviction." ...

"Brock said he tried to frighten the bear away by banging on the side of his mobile home and yelling while his wife called the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for help."

"Craig Nicholson, a dispatcher for the state agency, said he took the call from the Brocks."

"My statement then was, 'Ma'am, if the bear is threatening you or your livestock, shoot the bear,'" Nicholson testified."

"Conservation officers charged Brock with illegally killing the bear on June 2." ...
 

GA: Rape Crisis Center Offers Rape Prevention Tips, Classes
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"One man accused of raping three women now has police saying they're looking for a serial rapist.

"'Our main concern right now is the safety of the women of the Coastal Empire,' said SCMPD spokesman Bucky Burnsed. 'We urge women to take precautions. Curtail nightly activities and travel with somebody else. Lonely wolves make easy prey.'" ...

"With a serial rapist on the loose, the Rape Crisis Center is warning women to be on guard. The first thing women should do is always be aware of their surroundings." ...
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CODSWALLOP! The first thing women should do is get a gun! In 1966, alarmed by increasing rape rates, Orlando FL police started a highly publicized program to teach women armed self-defense. The following year rapes in Orlando declined by 88.2% while increasing by 5% overall throughout the state.

Armed self-defense works!
 

NJ: Mcgreevey's Hunting Policy Un-Bear-Able
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"NEW Jersey's Gov. McGreevey and his DEP commissioner Bradley Campbell are trying to give the animal-rights people everything they want before the governor leaves office in November."

"In a letter dated Sept. 10 to the director of the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife, W. Scott Ellis, the chairman of the Fish and Game Council made a formal request that the 2004 black-bear hunting-permit applications be distributed immediately in order to allow New Jersey sportsmen to meet the Sept. 30 deadline presently stated in the 2004 Hunting Digest of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife."

"Commissioner Campbell on Tuesday repeated that he wouldn't issue permits for hunters to participate in the state's second bear
 

AK: Former UAF shooter takes aim at Paralympic gold
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"Former University of Alaska Fairbanks shooter Dan Jordan will be going for Olympic gold this week in Greece."

"Jordan, who competed for two seasons at UAF before being injured in a rock climbing accident, is the only member of the U.S. Paralympic Shooting Team, but he's a medal favorite in all three of his events--the men's 10-meter air rifle, .22-caliber smallbore prone and .22 smallbore three-position shoot--at the 2004 Paralympic Games that got under way recently in Athens." ...
 

NC: Crime victim in critical condition
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Durham police said they took a man they said had been either shot or stabbed to the Duke University Medical Center emergency room at 4:53 p.m. Saturday evening.

The victim, who was found on the south side of the Stanford L. Warren Branch Library at Simmons and Fayetteville streets, appeared to have been shot or stabbed in the abdominal area and was unable to say what had happened, police said. Police said they canvassed a one-block radius of the crime scene but didn't find a suspect.

The victim was in critical condition Sunday, according to police.

Police said they had no suspects and the case remained under investigation.
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The library is posted against concealed carry.
 

MN: Gun safety important, but consider other dangers
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I am writing this letter to the editor in reply to Mr. Yost's piece "Time to start teaching gun safety in schools".

I am a gun owner, and I believe very strongly that gun safety should be taught starting in nursery school, but I can see why some people think our resources could be better expended elsewhere. After all, accidental shooting deaths among children (those 14 and under) have been dropping steadily since 1981 and are now less than a third of what they were 20 years ago. Don't misunderstand me, 72 accidental firearm deaths among children in 2001 is tragic, but when you have 96 accidental poisonings, 134 fatal bike accidents, 279 suicides, 669 pedestrian deaths, 859 accidental drownings and 864 accidental suffocations in that same age group I can see why some people wish to set different priorities.
 

TN: Police Arrest Teen Accused Of Carrying Gun At School
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Monday, Metro Police arrested a 14-year-old student at Maplewood High School accused of carrying a gun.

Police said the suspect possessed an unloaded .22 caliber pistol on campus.

Police said they were alerted to the student after a teacher became suspicious of a book bag the teenager carried.

When officials searched the bag they found the gun, police said.

The teen said the book bag didn't belong to him and he didn't know the pistol was inside, police said.
 

MD: In Md., Two Sides Take Aim Before Bear Hunt Begins
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"Last year in Maryland, hunters killed about 200,000 mourning doves and 87,000 deer. Squirrels and rabbits died by the tens of thousands."

"Nobody held a protest or filed a lawsuit. Instead, it was a typical year in a state that, despite its urban and suburban centers, has more than 100,000 licensed hunters."

"This year, everything has changed. Blue state, meet black bear."

"As Maryland prepares for its first bear hunt in 51 years, hunters are lining up for the challenge: More than 1,600 have applied for the 200 licenses that will be handed out in a lottery this week."

"But the response has been equally strong from hunting opponents, who have picketed the governor's mansion, dragged state regulators in front of a legislative committee and threatened legal action to stop a hunt set to begin next month." ...
 

FL: Ask Doctor Law -- What are my legal rights to use force if attacked?
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"Q: I'm a surgical trauma assistant. I travel a great deal in both private and public vehicles at all hours of day and night, often to high crime areas of the city. I'm unsure of my legal rights as to carrying a concealed handgun and using 'deadly force' to protect myself. I hope I'm never in such a situation, but one never knows. Can you help with the legal guidelines?"

"-- 'Confused in Tampa'"

"A: Your inquiry is a good one. Today's headlines often mention instances where law-abiding citizens are attacked in their homes or automobiles, use weapons they lawfully own to defend themselves, and are then prosecuted for excessive use of force and/or sued for damages by their assailant. ..." ...
 

AL: Gun ban hurts lawful citizens
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"Last week, the ten-year-old Federal assault weapons ban expired amid much hype from gun opponents and the national media that the law's disappearance would suddenly escalate gun-related crime in America. These alarmists claims ring hollow when one looks at the actual facts about the gun ban. The U.S. House leadership has already made it clear that this weapons law will not be renewed."

"Gun rights opponents have long made no secret about their intent to limit Americans' ability to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Any way they can block gun access and ownership is a victory for them and a defeat for law-abiding citizens who wish to have guns for their own protection and recreation. The 1994 Federal assault weapons ban is a classic example of why gun control does nothing to stop violent crime." ...
 

FL: Sheriff says weapons ban ineffective
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"Jacksonville’s sheriff said he won’t miss the national ban on assault weapons that expired last week. In the national debate that followed the ban’s sunset, John Rutherford said he agreed with those who thought the law was poorly crafted and ineffective."

" ...The idea was to keep rapid-fire weapons out of criminals’ hands, but Rutherford said it had failed in that purpose. The list of weapons banned was patchy and inconsistent, he said."

"'Take a look at our 'Operation Chopper Stopper,' said Rutherford, referring to the operation that concluded in July, seizing assault rifles and handguns along with illegal drugs. 'Those guns we took in July were all legal under the ban that just expired.'" ...
 

PA: Assaulting common sense
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"As the federal assault weapon ban faded away last Monday, Leon Cash was being assaulted in his Harrison Township home. When the masked intruder started pistol-whipping him, Cash's wife grabbed a shotgun and fired. The assaulter died almost instantly."

"At almost the same moment, another woman was being attacked by an armed perpetrator in Marshall Township. He ordered her to undress and then struck her in the face and head with his gun. Police are still searching for that assaulter."

"And we are supposed to be concerned because so-called 'assault weapons' can be sold legally again?"

"For once, gun grabbers such as John Kerry and his fellow liberals should stop demonizing inanimate objects and put the blame for crime precisely where it belongs -- on criminals."

"Honestly, can this be any more obvious?" ...
 

IN: Assault weapons ban expires
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"If you do not want to pay attention to politics because you believe that it's a hassle or just plain boring, you may want to open your eyes. Last week a federal law banning 19 different styles of military assault weapons and numerous rifle, pistol provisions expired."

"Washington did little to renew the ban, and the bill was never heard by either side of congress. On Monday, Sept. 13, the ban disappeared from the books. ..." ...

"There is a problem when Congress ... extends the rights of a criminal to obtain an assault weapon. Neither party should walk around Washington with their heads high and say that they are doing the most to protect America. I am disappointed that their pockets are full of 'candy' from the NRA. They are flat out wrong."
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KABA Note: Another future newspaper editor heard from, and apparently just as abysmally ignorant as the current crop. The "AWB" had nothing to do with criminal access to firearms, and everything to do with cosmetics.
 

IA: Area gun collectors weigh in on the lift of an assault weapons ban.
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"It was a ban put on assault weapons and now it’s a thing of the past. As KIMT NewsChannel Three told you last Tuesday, the law that was passed in 1994 was only good for ten years."

"At a gun show in Mason City on Sunday, the show’s manager says the lift on the ban really isn’t a big deal."

"'It just isn't an issue. The ban affected us very little and the end of the ban affects us even less,' comments gun show manager Dennis Greischar."

"Just what did that ban entail? Well, it really only prohibited 4 things: flash suppressors at the end of the barrel, pistol style grips, folding stocks, and magazines that held more than 10 rounds of ammunition. ..." ...
 

FL: Most Agree the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban Wasn't Effective
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"Louis Baltz, a Lakeland hunter and avid gun owner, said he never had an interest in owning an assault weapon before 1994."

"But as soon as President Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act into law, Baltz said he knew he had to have one."

"'It made me go out and buy three or four of them,' Baltz said, referring to the assault weapons ban that expired Monday. 'The ban was useless.'"

"Baltz said he has used his assault rifles for hunting and target shooting -- though not that often."

"While banning assault weapons remains a controversial issue nationwide, Polk gun enthusiasts and law enforcement officers said the 1994 law had little effect here, and they don't expect the law's demise to make much of an impact either." ...
 

VA: End of ban 'wasn't a big deal'
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"It has been a week since a controversial national ban on certain assault weapons ended - and there has been little fanfare. Gun dealers haven't seen a flood of sport-shooting enthusiasts asking for the weapons, and most customers haven't even mentioned the ban's expiration, store owners said."

"'It really wasn't a big deal,' said Walter Cooper, president of Winfree Firearms in York County. 'It's only a few collectors that are even wanting the stuff.'"

"Even if the change in the law has caused few changes at gun stores, the debate on the ban between pro-gun groups and their opponents shows no signs of letting up." ...
 

UK: Buckingham Palace now loses its fire power!
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Buckingham Palace security officials may soon have to revamp the royal establishment's security after two army rifles belonging to the Irish Guards, the regiment currently providing ceremonial protection to the Royal Family, were reported stolen.

According to The Sun, the discovery of the missing SA80 assault weapons surfaced as the Irish Guards were preparing to fly out to Kenya for hot weather war games.

The palace then called in the elite Military Police to carry out a search for the missing weapons at the Wellington Barracks located next to the palace. However, no clues have surfaced as yet.

"We take the loss of any weapons very seriously," an army spokesperson was quoted as saying.
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Ooops!
 

Uganda: Shooting At Kampala Parents: Are Our Schools Secure?
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"On Monday last week, two suspected robbers entered Kampala Parents School in Naguru, a Kampala suburb. One of them was shot dead and the other sustained bullet wounds as they tried to rob a car belonging to Ms. Gertrude Acan, a parent who was dropping his daughter at the school. Police later said the thugs had a stint Luzira prison and were on wanted list. Eye witnesses told the press that the thugs had a pistol, which they had wrapped in newspapers." ...

"This incident has exposed the security threat that schools in Kampala and in the whole country could be facing. ... How therefore, are the schools secure and safe for children and parents?" ...
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Well in this incident, the school and parent were safe because the parent was armed and proficient in the use of her weapon.
 

Philippines: 3 'holduppers' shot dead
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"THREE suspected holduppers were killed in a shootout with operatives of the Central Police District (CPD) in Quezon City Monday dawn."

"The three fatalities remained unidentified as of press time as no identification card was recovered from them. ..."

"Chief Insp. Rodolfo Jaraza, homicide section chief of CPD-Criminal Investigation Unit, said the shootout occurred at 3:30 a.m. along Congressional Avenue."

"Prior to the shootout, the thieves allegedly robbed three food stores in different places. They were on board a blue Honda Civic bearing a fake license plate." ...

"The policemen told the robbers to surrender but they drove away and fired at the lawmen. The policemen chased them and fired back, hitting the three robbers." ...
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But guns are banned in the Philippines! How could BGs have them?!?
 

Russia: What Next? Uzi Bourbon?
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"The creator of one of the world's most famous guns, the AK-47 assault rifle, launched another weapon in Britain Monday -- Kalashnikov vodka."

"Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov, who invented the AK-47 after being shot by German soldiers during World War II, said he wanted to continue 'the good name' of his gun."

"'I've always wanted to improve and expand on the good name of my weapon by doing good things,' he told Reuters Television."

"'So we decided to create a vodka under my name. And we wanted that vodka to be better than anything made, up until now, in both Russia and England.'" ...
 

South Africa: KZN farmers say worse is yet to come
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"Kwazulu-Natal's farmers feel under threat - from criminals, the government's plan to phase out the commando system by 2009, and new gun laws that will curb farmers' 'firepower'."

"Spokespeople for the police and the army say farmers have nothing to worry about, and that a plan is in place to maintain law and order, even after the commando units are withdrawn."

"At the annual congress ... some farmers said recently promulgated gun laws would strip them of their ability to defend themselves against attacks on their farms."

"It was suggested that out of 12 500 recent firearm licence applications - for self-defence reasons - just 572 had been approved. This, along with the decision to do away with the commando units, was seen as a threat to rural security." ...
 

Tanzania: Priest Skips Tutsi Massacre Trial
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"A Roman Catholic priest accused of ordering the slaughter of 2,000 people who sought refuge in his church during Rwanda's genocide refused to appear for the start of his trial at a U.N. tribunal Monday."

"The Rev. Athanase Seromba is the first Roman Catholic priest to be tried for the 1994 genocide, in which at least 500,000 minority Tutsis and political moderates from the Hutu majority were killed." ...

"Prosecutors allege that Seromba, a Hutu, ordered the Hutu militia to kill the Tutsi who sought shelter in his church."

"'The ... militia attacked with traditional arms and poured fuel through the roof of the church, while gendarmes and communal police launched grenades and killed the refugees,' the indictment said."
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Poster's Note: Not mentioned in the article is the fact that UN forces sat on the Rwandan border and intercepted weapons being shipped to the previously disarmed Tutsis for their emergency defense. That's called "peacekeeping."
 

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