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Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"CHASTISING PRESIDENT BUSH for allowing the ban on assault weapons to lapse, Sen. Kerry charged in a speech on Sept. 10 that 'America's streets will not be safe because of a choice George Bush is making' ..."

"Strong words from the Democratic candidate. But now we read in the October issue of Outdoor Life that Mr. Kerry himself may have one of these nefarious firearms. Asked if he was a gun owner and, if so, what was his favorite gun, the man from Massachusetts said, 'My favorite gun is the M-16 that saved my life and that of my crew in Vietnam. I don't own one of those now, but one of my reminders of my service is a Communist Chinese assault rifle.'"

"An assault rifle? Egads! So what is Mr. Kerry's philosophy, exactly? Outlaw guns, so only lawmakers can have them?"
 

UK: Home Secretary Explicitly Calls Self-Defence Murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Defendants facing murder charges will be encouraged to plead guilty early to cut a third off their prison term, under draft guidelines unveiled yesterday by the lord chief justice, Lord Woolf." ...

"[Home secretary Mr. Blunkett] added: 'Parliament was very clear when it passed the act that those convicted of murder should receive minimum sentences ranging from 15 years to whole life, depending on their circumstances. This deliberately toughened up earlier legislation, passed by previous governments.'"

"'The only exceptions to the minimum tariffs in the act should be very specific aggravating or mitigating circumstances - mercy killing or where self defence is a factor.'" ...
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There you have it, self-defence is murder.
 

NC: Road Rage Leads To [Self-Defense] Shooting In Rocky Mount
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"It started with a frustrated driver in a hurry. Rocky Mount police say it ended with gunshots, but that the man who pulled the trigger was not in the wrong."

"Investigators say the incident began at a stoplight ... Police say when the light turned green, Thomas Williams Jr. did not move right away."

"Authorities say Allen Williams Jr. ... was right behind him and honked his horn. Investigators say Thomas Williams Jr. made an obscene gesture, then slowly drove a half-mile to the next stoplight."

"When the men stopped at the second intersection, police say Allen Williams got out of his car and walked to Thomas Williams' car. Investigators say Allen Williams grabbed the handle and yanked the car door open. They say that is when Thomas Williams grabbed a gun and shot him." ...
 

TX: Teen shot while playing with rifle
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"A Missouri City teen was in critical but stable condition on Friday after being shot in the neck by his friend."

"Missouri City Police Lieutenant John Bailey says, 'The victim is paralyzed from the chest down and the bullet is still lodged in his spine. Because of the surgery, the teen can't talk and is using a ventilator to help him breathe.'"

"... Police say two 16-year old males were playing with a rifle in an upstairs bedroom when one teen pulled the trigger, shooting the other in the neck."

"'The teen who pulled the trigger said it was an accident and that they were playing around with a rifle which they thought was unloaded,' says Lieutenant Bailey." [emphasis added]...
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Another tragedy which could have been averted with education and training. How many more children need to die before Sarah and her ilk give up their extremist position and start pushing for sensible gun safety education laws?
 

ND: Boy, 13, thought pistol unloaded
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"A 13-year-old Fargo boy who died from a gunshot wound Saturday removed the pistol that killed him from a locked safe, authorities said Tuesday."

"Jerrid Allen Swedberg died in an accidental shooting after 'twirling and spinning' a loaded .22-caliber pistol in his hand, Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said."

"Swedberg, an eighth-grader at Fargo’s Ben Franklin Junior High School, likely didn’t know the pistol was loaded, the sheriff said."

"The gun, which had seven live rounds and two empty chambers in it at the time, fired a bullet, striking Swedberg in the head and killing him instantly, Gordon said." ...
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Another dead child that can be laid directly at the feet of the Million Marching Morons and others of that ilk who would keep our children ignorant of basic firearms safety.
 

VA: Accidental shooting shatters family
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"Kristy Pickering was still coming to grips with her husband's unexpected death last September when her 2-year-old son was shot and killed with a gun her older son had found." ...

"Pickering said the children returned home and went to her bedroom to watch television. Zeth, who was with the girls, was crawling on the bed. Katrina, Pickering said, noticed Dallas reach for one of the guns in the bedroom closet. The 13-year-old told him to leave it alone."

"'When she went to grab it, it went off,' Pickering said, adding that her sister did not have time to touch the gun before it fired. Police have not determined if Dallas was touching the trigger. Details won't be released until the investigation is complete." ...
 

FL: Bad milkshake leads to bombing
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"A bad milkshake at a Florida McDonald's restaurant led three men to set off an improvised bomb in revenge."

"Pedro Garza, and brothers Joshua and Nathaniel, all face felony charges of making and discharging a destructive device."

"Sheriffs said the men let off an improvised "acid bomb" inside a North Lakeland McDonald's because they got a bad milkshake a few days before."

"Joshua and Nathaniel Hackey, are both members of the US military, says The Ledger."

"Investigators say the men mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a plastic drinks bottle. The men then capped the bottle and left the restaurant, with the concoction still sitting on the table. It exploded some time later." ...
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KABA Note: But only cops and the military should have guns, right Sarah?
 

CA: Jury deliberates if cops abused logging protesters
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"A federal jury began deliberating Tuesday whether police went too far by swabbing pepper spray in the eyes of bound and nonviolent Northern California logging protesters." ...

"Nancy Delaney, the attorney for the officers, said authorities did not wish to use power tools to unbind the protesters who had shackled themselves together, fearing that it could have 'severed digits.' She said they swabbed pepper spray in an effort to get them to unlock their shackles and be removed from private property."

"'The pepper spray is preferable and poses less risk of injury,' she said in her closing remarks in U.S. District Judge Susan Illston's court, where the gallery was full of mostly those supporting the activists." ...
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They sprayed pepper spray into cups, then used Q-tips to daub it directly into the eyes of the protesters, and they think this was okay?!? Why not just attach electrodes to their genitals until they submit?
 

VA: Remains found are those of officer
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"Police confirmed yesterday that skeletal remains found Sunday in a wooded area of Chesterfield County were those of former Richmond Sheriff's Maj. Michael W. Minion, who disappeared in April 2003." ...

"Minion, a high-ranking member of the Richmond Sheriff's Office, disappeared after he left his Hopewell home ostensibly headed for the Richmond City Jail, where he worked on April 16, 2003. Family members officially reported him missing two days later." ...

"Minion had been under criminal investigation at the time of his disappearance and was indicted in Hopewell in May on two felony sex charges involving a minor." ...
 

NJ: Springfield Cop Admits Faking Own Shooting
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"A Springfield police officer has admitted he faked his own shooting earlier this year, claiming he had been ambushed."

"Christopher LaFragola, 39, pleaded guilty in state Superior Court to official misconduct. He will avoid jail time, but must resign his job and pay a $7,500 fine when he is sentenced Nov. 5."

"'The whole thing is very sad,' Bruce Bergen, the town attorney for Springfield Township, told The Star-ledger of Newark." ...

"They determined that he shot himself with an old, unregistered .22-caliber pistol. The slugs were stopped by his bulletproof vest and he was only slightly injured." ...
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So another of Sarah Brady's "elite" displays his feet of clay, and is handled with kid glove
 

GA: APD cop kills young son, self
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"The former Phoenix School on Mercer Avenue was the scene of a murder-suicide Tuesday afternoon."

"An Albany Police officer shot his estranged girlfriend, then entered the school building and shot his son in the back. He then killed himself with his pistol."

"Albany Police held a press conference shortly before 6:00PM, and said that the GBI was in charge of the investigation." ...

"The officer was at the school to pick up the child when his mother arrived. The man and woman got into an argument, and he pulled his weapon and shot her, then shot his son as he tried to run away. He then shot and killed himself." ...
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In a "gun-free" school zone no less.

Sarah, are you sure that only cops should have guns?
 

Thailand: Man killed in attack on armed goldsmith
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"A goldsmith shot and killed one of four men yesterday morning after he was fired upon with an AK47 assault rifle, police said."

"Police arrived at Wat Dai Yai in tambon Donpho, Lop Buri, at 7am yesterday to find an unscathed Pairoj Panjui, 47, with a 9mm pistol in his hand, said Major Kitti Pukphanson of Ban Khum police station."

"Pairoj told police he was taking his family, including his 70 year old mother, to the temple. As he drove to the sermon hall, he heard a loud bang and saw a group of men shooting at him. 'I pulled out my gun and shot back, hitting one of them,' Pairoj said. The men fled in a pickup with the injured man." ...
 

LA: Man booked for shooting at burglar
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"A burglary victim became a defendant in the case when he fired off several rounds of a semiautomatic rifle as the alleged thief tried to flee, police say."

"Brian Napier, 46, was booked with illegally discharging a weapon after catching a man allegedly trying to steal fishing equipment from his garage." ...

"'If someone is in your home and you feel that your life is being threatened, you can use whatever force is deemed necessary,' [Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John] Fortunato said. 'He (Napier) was arrested for illegally discharging a weapon for shooting as the suspect was fleeing from him.'" ...
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Remember, you can only shoot at a fleeing criminal if you are a cop! The rest of us peons can only use deadly force in direct self-defense.
 

CCRKBA hails end of semi-auto ban, says law was 'ten years of deception'
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"'Ten years of deception is finally over,' declared Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) this morning, as the decade-old ban on production of certain semi-automatic firearms has come to an end."

"Passed in 1994, the law did not ban possession of so-called 'assault rifles,' but merely prevented the continued production of such firearms, based solely on cosmetic features, not caliber or function." ...
 

Dumb Legislation (by Charley Reese)
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"The ban on assault weapons had no effect on crime, and ending the ban will have no effect on crime."

"If ever there was a stupid piece of legislation, the so-called assault-weapons ban was it. All it did was ban cosmetic features like flash suppressors, bayonet lugs and high-capacity magazines." ...

"Crime is a human behavior problem, not a mechanical problem. Furthermore, if firearms were not very useful for self-defense, then police wouldn't carry them. In a free country, if the government can go armed, so should the citizens, if they so choose."
 

Assault weapons hot topic for debate
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"The expired ban on so-called assault weapons deserves some comment: Forget the fact that other than some minor cosmetics, there is no practical difference in potency between post-ban legal armaments and the civilian, semiautomatic, military-like wannabe weapons that were available all during the 10 years of the ban." ...

"Unfortunately, the TV soundbites pay least heed to the one useful part of the so-called assault weapons ban, the limitation of magazines to a capacity of 10 rounds. There is no legitimate civilian use for mega-round magazines, a la military M-16s and AK-47s. Period." ...
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I wonder if the author would feel the same when facing a pack of 15 feral dogs? Or 50 rioting looters (as happened in the LA riots)? E-mail him at spollick@theblade.com to find out.
 

Expired Gun Ban Had Deeper Implications
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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 alarmist 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." ...
 

Kerry Misleads the Assault on the Weapons Ban
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"Senator John Kerry has recently attacked President Bush for allowing a ban on military styled firearms to expire thereby confirming the Democrat candidate’s true beliefs regarding the right to keep and bear arms. ... In the ten years that the law has been in effect, there has been no noticeable decline in gun violence, primarily because this type of firearm is rarely used in crimes. Nonetheless, to the consternation of many 2nd Amendment advocates, candidate George Bush in 2000 pledged to sign the ban extension if Congress passed it." ...
 

AR: Need For Assault Weapons Ban Questioned
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... "Fort Smith police detective Ron Lockhart, vice president of the state [Fraternal Order of Police] lodge and past president of the local lodge, said he favors reinstating the ban, as do many of his fellow FOP members."

"'We don’t want to take hunting rights away from anybody, but assault rifles with 30-round clips are not useful,' Lockhart said.

"Sebastian County Sheriff Frank Atkinson said he supports the constitutional right to bear arms but can think of no legitimate reason for a person not involved in law enforcement to own any of the 19 semiautomatic assault weapons named in the ban."
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If you want to try to enlighten these ignorant LEO'S
fatkinson@co.sebastian.ar.us
http://www.arfop.org/contact.asp
 

NY: Ban on assault weapons need to be reinstated and strengthened
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"Last 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."

[So anyone interested in these weapons is a criminal?]

"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."

[Sure there is; it's called the Second Amendment]

"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." ...

[I would imagine that most cops would love to have a file of everyone's fingerprints and DNA, too, that doesn't make it any less of a police state measure.]
 

NC: Editorial misstated capability of weapon [third letter on page]
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"Get your facts straight. A semiautomatic weapon is not capable of "firing hundreds of rounds a minute" as you state in your Sept. 10 editorial on the assault weapons ban. By definition, a semiautomatic weapon fires one round for each pull of the trigger, making your claim absurdly false (unless you think someone can pull the trigger about five times a second for 60 seconds)."

"The law was mainly cosmetic, banning sales of weapons with features such as folding stocks, pistol grips and bayonet mounts. The only effective provision of the law was the ban on large capacity ammunition clips (which can be found in the back room of most gun dealers anyway). ..." ...
 

DC: This Gun-Law Warning Misfired
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I agree that President Bush caved in to the National Rifle Association ["Gun Ban Advocates Fault Bush," Metro in Brief, Sept. 15], but it is disingenuous of Bryan Miller to hold up a MAC-10 submachine gun as an example of the weapons that will be on the streets because of the expiration of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

The MAC-10 is a fully automatic weapon. The 1994 ban related solely to semiautomatic weapons. The difference is critical. Automatic weapons continue to fire any rounds available via the magazine as long as the trigger is held down. Semiautomatic weapons fire one round per trigger pull. Automatic weapons fall under a set of laws dating to the 1930s.

Mr. Miller had a good point, and he had no need to cheat to make it.
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Well at least some antis have a modicum of knowledge and integrity.
 

UT: Pepper spray can help, but also hurt
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"While training for the St. George marathon, Joy Terribilini carries two things: a water pack around her waist and a small canister of pepper spray in her hand."

"'It makes me feel safe,' said Terribilini, a senior from Santa Rosa, Calif, majoring in Spanish. 'Pepper spray is an easy defense.'"

"Although pepper spray is a common defense for joggers, it can be turned against them."

"'Unless you really are trained to use it, you're better off not using it because it can be turned on you,' said Patricia Mills, Prevention Education Specialist at the Provo Center for Women and Children. 'It's just like a gun -- if you pull it out and you're not willing to use it, you can get hurt.'" ...
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FOLDEROL! Defending yourself with a gun greatly reduces your chances of injury, while defending yourself in other ways raises your chances of injury (compared with doing nothing).
 

NJ: 185 guns off the street
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"An effort aimed at getting firearms out of people's homes and into the hands of law enforcement apparently hit the bull's-eye here."

"... In total, 185 firearms were turned in, including automatic and assault weapons, Cumberland County Prosecutor Ronald J. Casella said."

"At the end of the event, Casella said, he was moved to see a young woman step forward carrying a knapsack that contained three assault weapons loaded with hollow-point bullets."

"She told the prosecutor that she found the guns in the basement of her house, where a relative must have left them after a brief stay. She took the bus from Millville to Vineland just to turn in the weapons."

"'We thanked her profoundly,' Casella said, 'and told her how brave she was.'" ...
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Poster's Note: The first sentence of this article tells it all.

KABA Note: In some states, taking property that does not belong to you and giving it to someone in return for money is called theft. But I guess the law doesn't apply when your intentions are good.
 

WA: Misquoted amendment doesn't apply [fifth letter on page]
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"Rich King (Sept. 14 letter) tries to make some connection between the assault weapons ban, the Second Amendment and hunting. He suggests a 'quick' reading of the amendment."

"I suggest he do a very slow reading, dictionary in hand, and learn exactly what this much-misquoted amendment to our most precious document says. In one simple sentence, one subject, one verb and one descriptive phrase, it states that which would take modern lawyers and politicians dozens of pages to express." ...

"Once he understands the meaning of the amendment, he will know why he may not own a fully automatic weapon, a field gun or an Abrams tank."

"Those who take a portion of our Constitution, and misquote, or take out of context, do a disservice to us all."
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Looks like even a slow reading of the 2nd Amendment didn't help this idiot.
 

CA: Arnold signs one gun control bill, vetos two
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"The governor of California exercised both his pen and his veto on Monday, resulting in a mixed return for the issues I've been watching. Here's the bad news:"

"Schwarzenegger signed two gun control measures. One, SB 1858, prohibits public display of fake guns that look real. He also signed AB 2431, which will require police to return firearms seized if owners pass a background check showing they can legally own a gun."

"SB 1858 is silly -- it's another measure banning toy guns to help the police avoid shooting kids playing cowboys and indians. While I don't really have much problem with regulating toy guns, is it too much to ask for the police to evaluate the situation before shooting a kid? Who is the real threat to our children in this scenario?" ...
 

CA: Rules Ease for Filmmakers
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"In a move to pull the entertainment industry back into California, the governor signed two bills that will soften the rules for movie-makers to get permits for guns and pyrotechnics."

"A bill signed Monday will differentiate theatrical firearms from general firearms, lowering the cost of permits and shielding the entertainment industry from federal restrictions written for general firearms."

"Another measure authored by the late state Sen. William J. 'Pete' Knight, R-Palmdale, and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week will simplify and expedite the permit process for entertainers to procure explosives and fireworks." ...
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So the Hessian is making it criminal for American patriots to possess guns he disapproves of, but makes sure his anti-gun Hollywood cronies get a special exemption denied to the rest of us.
 

MA: Clark calls Republican efforts to end assault weapons ban 'shameful'
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"State Senate candidate Katherine Clark called on her Republican opponent Richard Tisei to join her in urging the U.S. Congress and the Bush administration to renew the Assault Weapons Ban."

"In addition to promoting the ban, Clark is unveiling her 'Stronger, Safer Communities' plan, which includes investing in local law enforcement and first responders to ensure they are equipped to meet new threats and protect local communities."

"'At a time when we need to be making sure our communities are safer, it is shameful that Republicans in Congress and President Bush are playing politics with the Assault Weapons Ban,' said Clark ..." ...
 

NE: Rape Case Clash
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"Omaha mayoral candidate Dave Friend is calling on Mayor Mike Fahey to do more to help police capture two serial rapists active in the metro. Police Chief Thomas Warren says this is an issue that is too serious to be politicized."

"Friend says this is a case in which the mayor needs to be more involved in a police matter."

"The Republican challenger says Omaha is a city living in fear with more women taking self defense courses and buying pepper spray."

"Friend says Mayor Fahey needs to call on the business community to offer rewards of $25,000 or more." ...
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Much less expensive to train women in armed self-defense. When Orlando did that in 1966 they experienced an 88.2% drop in rape in the metro area, against a 5% increase overall in the state.
 

CA: CCRKBA Applauds Arnold's Veto of Anti-Gun Legislation
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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today applauded California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for applying his veto pen to two pieces of anti-gun legislation, including one that would have registered sales of ammunition."

"'Although we scolded Gov. Schwarzenegger recently for signing into law a ridiculous ban on .50-caliber sporting rifles, we can honestly say he has used far better judgment in vetoing SB1140 and SB1152,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'The more insidious of these was SB1152, which would have required registration of ammunition purchases, including the taking of a buyer's fingerprint. We're delighted that the governor responded to calls from gun owners statewide and nixed this extremist legislation. Gun owners should not be treated like criminals simply for making retail purchases of ammunition.'" ...
 

IL: Illinois Capitol Murder Proves Gun Laws Do Not Stop Killers
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"Monday's brutal murder of an unarmed Illinois Capitol security officer by a shotgun-wielding killer proves that restrictive gun laws like those in the Prairie State cannot stop determined criminals, and never have, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today."

"'If the Draconian gun laws in Illinois worked,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, 'then security guard William Wozniak would still be alive. Instead, the anti-gun philosophy has so permeated politics in Illinois that cold-blooded killers can stroll right up to the Capitol with a shotgun, while security guards are expected to perform their duty unarmed.'" ...
 

MD: Hoyer Announces Federal Funds for Beretta USA Corp. in Accokeek
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"On Friday 17-September, Congressman Steny Hoyer visited Beretta USA Corp. in Accokeek to tour their facility and to announce the $1.9 million in federal funds for Beretta included in the fiscal year 2005 Defense Appropriations Act at Congressman Hoyer's request. The legislation was enacted in July."

"The funding secured by Congressman Hoyer, which will be used by Beretta to replace magazines on the Marine Corps standard issue 9mm sidearm, will enhance the reliability and extend the operational service life of the M-9 9mm pistols, and will significantly improve the safety of these weapons for the servicemen and women using them." ...
 

NY: Threats preceded bloody spree
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"Clifford Bonner was accused of threatening his estranged wife in the weeks before he shot and killed her, critically wounded her half-sister and abducted the couple's three children Saturday, a Westchester County spokeswoman said yesterday."

"Bonner's body was found early yesterday near his father's home in Valhalla, where police said he dropped off his children before running behind a nearby deli and killing himself."

"Susan Tolchin, chief adviser to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, told The Journal News yesterday that the county Probation Department obtained an arrest warrant for Bonner last month for violating his probation by 'making threats against his wife.'" ...
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In "gun-free" New York, it takes over a month to serve a warrant on a probation violator, giving him time to get a gun and make good on his previous threats, while preventing his wife from getting a gun with which to defend herself.
 

NY: Brutal Robbery Spurs Fear On East Side
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"A thug pistol-whipped a woman on the Upper East Side early yesterday, stealing her cellphone and her wallet and triggering fear in the tony neighborhood."

"The victim, whose name was withheld, was walking on Third Avenue near East 80th Street at 1:30 a.m. when the attacker accosted her with a silver gun in his hand."

"After the victim refused the mugger's demand for money, he bashed her with his gun and stole her phone and wallet. It was not known how much money was taken."

"The mugger fled, and the victim was released after treatment at New York Hospital." ...
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Another thug has the lesson reinforced: Go where the prey are disarmed.
 

Australia: Blind Man Kills Deaf Man
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"A BLIND man was jailed for eight years today for killing a deaf man by slashing his throat because he was enraged by the noise coming from his stereo and television."

"George Gerard Goeldner, 49, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court for the manslaughter of Francis John Butcher, 54, on January 4, 2002.
Both men lived at the Aid For The Blind Complex at Fairfield on Brisbane's southside."

"Prosecutor Michael Byrne said the men's units were 20 metres apart and Goeldner had made numerous complaints to management about the noise from Mr Butcher's unit."

"Mr Byrne said Mr Butcher had been given head phones but wasn't using them because they were uncomfortable in the extreme summer heat." ...
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But at least he didn't use an evil gun!
 

India: Bajrang Dal cadres switch to guns
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"Activists of the Hindu radical organisation Bajrang Dal in a Madhya Pradesh town are graduating from canes as weapons of self-defence to guns and rifles, perhaps keeping pace with the changing times." ...

"Though the Bajrang Dal is flouting rules by imparting firearms training to its cadres, the district administration and police in Vidisha said they had not received any such reports."

"'I am not aware of such training,' Vidisha police chief R.P. Shrivastava told IANS. Added another police official: 'Rules are being flouted in the training. A person who has a licensed pistol, rifle or gun cannot give it or lend it to another person even for a second or firing one shot.'"
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So you can't get a licence unless you are trained, but getting training is illegal?!?

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." -- Mahatma Gandhi in 'Gandhi, An Autobiography'
 

Namibia: Traditional Leaders Want Guns for Protection
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"THE Council of Traditional Leaders has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to consider providing guns to village authorities for self-defence."

"Government is expected to respond to the request by tomorrow."

"The request is one of the issues being discussed at the Council's seventh annual meeting, which opened in the capital yesterday."

"Traditional leaders feel that in view of rising crime in the country they need guns to protect themselves."

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also expected to give traditional leaders feedback this week on whether Government will accord traditional leaders VIP status, which would give them State protection." ...
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So unless you are a VIP the state won't protect you? An interesting admission of a policy that has been obvious for years.
 

Australia: Siege gunman had firearms stash
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"A GUNMAN who held police at bay for 25 hours owned seven firearms despite being refused a gun licence in three states."

"Keen hunter Damir 'Damien' Horvat claimed he killed people for a living and dreamed of walking into a police station armed with a gun."

"Horvat, who yesterday pleaded guilty to 17 charges, including assaults and weapons offences, had a cache of illegal guns, including a homemade pistol he boasted only took seconds to make."

"He admitted he had been refused a firearms licence in three states, but said he was able to get guns 'all over the place'."

"During the marathon stand-off at a Craigieburn service station on June 13, he had two loaded guns, including an M1 Carbine military rifle with a bayonet attached." ...
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But guns are banned in Australia! And he'd been turned down for a licence in 3 states! And he fantasized about killing cops! I think we need stricter laws! /sarcasm
 

Canada: Police seek gun used in home invasion
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Toronto police yesterday were looking for a loaded handgun, missing after an early morning home invasion in Scarborough.

Police said three armed men broke into an apartment at 4 a.m. on Pell Street where they pistol-whipped the man inside. He was able to escape and call police. Three men were arrested and police recovered jewellery taken from the apartment.

Prior to the arrests, police believe the assailants threw a handgun from their car near Kingston and Fallingbrook Roads.

Police were also looking for a cream-coloured SUV, seen in the area at the time.
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Why don't they just look the gun up in their $2,000,000,000.00 gun registration system?
 

Zimbabwe: Farm manager arrested over guns
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"A MAN, believed to be a manager at Delport Farm near Harare, has been arrested after being found in possession of four guns and several rounds of ammunition at the farm."

"Simon Zungwani Maplanga was picked up on Sunday afternoon at the farm, which is near Epworth, after a tip-off from members of the public."

"He is still in custody and is expected to appear in court soon facing charges under the Firearms Act."

"Police said Maplanga failed to produce the licences for all the firearms when he was arrested." ...
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This in a country where farmers are routinely murdered by squatters and the police remain unable (unwilling?) to do anything about it.
 

Canada: Shots fired at vehicles on the Trans-Canada Highway
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RCMP are saying it is fortunate no one was injured after shots were fired at traffic travelling along the Trans-Canada Highway west of Calgary.

Sgt. Mike McTaggart of Cochrane RCMP says shots from a rifle hit a Greyhound Bus, a pick-up truck and a holiday trailer on Saturday and Sunday.

He says the vehicles were hit on the highway southwest of Cochrane on the stretch near the overpass for Jumping Pond Road.

McTaggart says police believe the shots were fired from south of the Trans-Canada across the highway, not from the overpass.

Police are searching for three teens, aged 14 and 15, whom they believe may have information about the incident.

McTaggart says it's believed the shots were fired randomly.
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But why didn't your wonderful gun registration system prevent this?
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy ... censorship. When any government, or any church, for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything. You cannot conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." --Robert A. Heinlein, "Revolt in 2100" (Pg. 68-69, Baen Books paperback edition, 1999 printing)

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