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NY: Lawyer for Wendy's executioner (in disarmed city) says client is guilty
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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Citizens disarmed at the hands of the state die, while the killer's lawyer tries to spare his life.
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"Taylor is charged with first-degree murder in the five shooting deaths. He and a pal, Craig Godineaux, allegedly ate at the Wendy's just before closing time, then bound, gagged and shot the seven workers in a freezer in the restaurant's basement."
 

NY: Teen hit in crossfire in gun control 'utopian' city
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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Sarah Brady keeps telling us that stricter gun laws will diminish crime committed with firearms. Then, how can it be, that in gun-free New York City, a teenager is caught in the crossfire of a gun battle????
 

"Bioterror threatens U.S. food supplies"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A major bioterror attack on U.S. agriculture could result in deaths, a disruption of the economy and panic among the public, warns a new report by the National Research Council."

"The report, commissioned at the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, finds the nation cannot detect and identify many pests and pathogens and needs a comprehensive plan to defend against attacks with biological weapons."
 

Lax new INS limits on Mideast visitors
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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More homeland insecurity brought to you courtesy of your government.
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"It's official: Airport immigration officers under a new anti-terrorist tracking system will not be required to check to see that visitors from high-risk Mideast countries actually board flights and leave the U.S. when their visas expire, reveal new federal guidelines for departure controls, a copy of which was obtained by WorldNetDaily."
 

FAA got alerts but no blame in attacks
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The Federal Aviation Administration got an intelligence report that a group of Arab terrorists planned to get a plane filled with explosives in Libya and fly it into the World Trade Center. U.S. intelligence agencies received a separate report that said bin Laden might try to fly an explosive-laden plane into a U.S. airport and detonate it."

"Those reports and several others provided lots of clues about the Sept. 11 attacks. So why didn't the FAA or the airlines do more to prevent them?"
 

Bulky bomb detectors crowd into state airports by Dec. 31
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"With a deadline for testing every bag for explosives only three months away, state airport officials are wondering how they will squeeze an array of bulky bomb-detection equipment into already crowded terminals."

"Over the past year, the Transportation Security Administration, the new federal agency responsible for airport safety, has purchased thousands of detection machines it will distribute between now and Dec. 31."

"The problem is that the best devices for the job are the size of Dumpsters, can weigh 9 tons and will require structural changes at every major airport, from rearranging ticketing areas to knocking out walls and building additions."
 

Support grows for air traveler ID system
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Support is growing among key government officials and travel industry groups for creation of a registered traveler program for screening airline customers and employees, despite objections by civil libertarians and privacy advocates."

"The registered traveler plan would allow low-risk airline passengers and employees to bypass most airport security protocols in return for permitting a rigorous background check and biometric screening."
 

NY: New Law Protects Flag Wearers
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A new state law prohibits companies from taking action against employees showing their patriotism by displaying the American flag."

"The Legislature deemed the bill necessary after Cablevision-owned News 12 on Long Island prohibited its on-air staff from wearing flag pins following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."
 

India: 23 Dead in Temple Attack
Submitted by: Mike McCafferty

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They were in a very safe place......

How can three people call 23 people? The first group is armed; the second consists of easily victimized sitting ducks.

"Commandos stormed an Indian Hindu temple early on Wednesday to try to flush out several gunmen who killed 29 people in a raid that could stoke tensions with Muslim Pakistan and spark new religious violence."
 

NJ: Vote expected on handgun ban masquerading as a 'childproof' handgun bill
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On Monday, September 30 your State Senator will vote on S. 890. This bill, sponsored by Senator Dick Codey (D-27), is a complete handgun ban masquerading as a 'childproof' handgun bill. As currently written, S. 890 would set in motion an ultimate ban of all new models of handguns in New Jersey if a so-called 'smart gun' is introduced to the market. And, if one of these guns were pulled off the market for any reason, the ban would still remain."
 

ME: Panel urges reversal of hunting ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Policy Committee voted Monday to recommend that city councilors retract a recent ordinance change that banned duck hunting at Biddeford Pool and along much of the lower Saco River."

"The vote came after a public hearing, called by Policy Committee chairwoman Christina Manikas, in which hunters, guides, game wardens, residents and law enforcement officers spoke against the duck hunting ban."
 

Letter: "Second Amendment Still Needed"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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This is a letter in response to an anti-gunner's letter to which we linked a couple of days ago.

And it's a good one, worth reading -- especially by anyone who still writes letters to editors.
 

Bellesiles appeals independent panel ruling; provost says deadline for appeal process 'soon'
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"History professor Michael Bellesiles has appealed a report from an independent panel that was charged with evaluating his research for his award-winning book on gun culture in America..."

"Bellesiles' case marks the first time a College professor has been charged and investigated for research misconduct."
 

U.S. eases terror alert to ‘yellow’
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"In a statement announcing the change, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Security director Tom Ridge cited the recent arrest of six alleged members of an al-Qaida cell in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., and the apprehension of senior al Qaida operatives — including Ramzi Binalshibh, in Pakistan as well as roundups of suspected terrorists in Singapore and Yemen as reasons for easing the alert."
 

FBI says strict gun control laws are leading to more guns being stolen
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Five Men Indicted On Stolen Gun Charges"
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"The thefts happened on Sept. 10, at the A-1 Pawnbroker on Laurel-Bowie Road. A grand jury in Greenbelt handed down the indictment Monday."

"The FBI said thefts of guns are becoming more common since stricter gun control laws are making it more difficult for criminals to get them legally."
 

Random screening of air travelers may be phased out
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"[James] Loy, who became head of the TSA after his predecessor was accused of ignoring passenger convenience, said he wants to balance security with customer service. He has already gotten rid of the requirement that passengers be asked questions about whether they have kept a close eye on their baggage. He has also decided to allow passengers to carry drinks through security checkpoints. He calls the random gate screenings 'hassle checks.' "
 

PA: 3 Officers Injured Trying To Bust Naked Man
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Pennsylvania state police were pretty sure a naked man wasn't carrying any concealed weapons -- but that didn't make it an easy bust."

"Troopers say three of their officers were injured in a fight when they tried to stop Neftali Garcia. He too was injured in the brawl. According to state police, Garcia was strolling down a rural Armstrong County road in the buff."

"Troopers say they have no idea why was walking naked."
 

Prosecutor deal leads to rape of little girl
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Prosecutor deal opens a door to more crime"
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"Federal authorities had evidence in early 2000 that two convicted heroin dealers had returned to the drug business within a year of their release from prison, but the men were allowed to remain on the streets as 'free agents' after a prosecutor said they had offered to work as cooperating witnesses..."

"Eight months after he was allowed to stay out of jail, James E. Gross Sr. was charged with raping a 12-year-old Baltimore girl at a county nightclub..."
 

MD: Another disarmed victim dead, killers at large
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Police seeking information in fatal carjacking"
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"Straughan Lee Griffin, 51, was shot once in the head and run over as two men, for whom police have vague descriptions, fled in his 2000 Jeep Cherokee."

"Police officers and social workers met with a number of residents from Griffin's neighborhood Saturday night to talk about safety and the need to form a neighborhood watch."
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You can be sure that in Maryland, with its draconian gun laws, armed self-defense was not a part of the safety briefing.
 

Anti-gun KMart trying to deflect anti-KMart commentary online
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info

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Kmart Web Site for Well-Wishers Only: Fed up with the masses of anti-Kmart commentary filling web sites & newspapers, and struggling to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Kmart has set up a new web site: for good news only!

Kmartforever.com, billed as a "gathering place for all those interested in supporting Kmart," launched with little fanfare & boasts 300 subscribers includes tips on how to write a pro-Kmart letter to the editor.
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PATHETIC ADMITTANCE OF DEFEAT! - 2A VICTORY!!!
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Email them a quick note with your thoughts about the company's anti-gun history and ignorance: KmartForever@kmart.com
 

Mexico City Cops to Trade Bullet Proof Vests for Sombreros & Mariachi Suits
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info

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"As of 11-01, Mexico City police are trading in their bulletproof vests & uniforms for sombreros and mariachi suits in a bid to draw visitors."

"The proposal was put forth by tourism officials who believe the costumes will help draw visitors while still allowing them to fight rising crime."

"If the program is successful, officials plan to increase the number of charro police to 80 officers after two months, then 120 officers at the beginning of next year."
 

TX: Burglary Suspects Pick Wrong Victim
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info

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"A pair of would-be burglars picked the wrong home to visit when they allegedly broke into the residence of one of Dallas's best-known police officers."

"One suspect was shot in the leg trying to flee the scene; both men were arrested after they allegedly tried to rob the home of Senior Cpl. Chris Gilliam."

"Gilliam, who is often seen in the local media delivering news on crime in Dallas, made the news by giving chase to the suspects, shooting one in the thigh, police said."
 

Freedoms Lost Under Bush
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Those who believe that the Bush administration is truly trying to protect American freedoms are either ignorant or deluded. The fact is, we have lost more liberties since G.W. Bush became president than during any administration since Franklin D. Roosevelt."

"The Associated Press provided the following list of some of the fundamental liberties that have been lost under Bush:" ...
*FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
*FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
*FREEDOM OF SPEECH
*RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION
*FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES
*RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL
*RIGHT TO LIBERTY
See website for backup information on the above. And add to the list "RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS" -- the Bush administration pressured the Supreme Court not to hear two valid, sound, clear Second Amendment cases, and chances are good he'll sign a renewal of the so-called "Assault Weapons" ban, sealing his loss in his 2004 re-election bid.
 

Number Seeking to Buy Guns Rose 3% in 2001
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The number of Americans seeking to buy handguns and rifles last year rose 3% to nearly 8 million, of which 1.9% were rejected, the Justice Department said."

"Last year's rate of rejected gun applications, for reasons ranging from felony convictions to outstanding warrants, was little changed from 2% of 7.7 million applications in 2000."
 

CA: Gun-shield repeal likely to be signed
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gov. Gray Davis is expected this week to repeal long-standing legal protections for gun manufacturers, a move that could unleash a slew of big-ticket lawsuits and challenges to gun owners' rights."

"Gun-control advocates said Davis would appear Wednesday in San Francisco to sign SB 682 by Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, and AB 496 by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood."
 

IL: Cops say principal lied about gun to rush 911
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Chicago Public Schools principal was arrested Monday for calling 911 and lying to authorities about the presence of a gun during a fight at her South Side school in order to get a quicker response from police officers."

"Cheryl Marshall-Washington, 58, principal of Dyett Academic Center, was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, for filing a false police report, authorities said."
 

MD: Mr. Ehrlich's Gun Talk
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"REP. ROBERT L. EHRLICH JR., the Republican candidate for governor of Maryland, may well be correct in saying that some of Maryland's gun-control laws are ineffective or counterproductive. But given his record on gun issues, voters have reason to be skeptical when he starts talking about plans to 'review" state laws if he is elected.' "
 

Health Break | NRA helps protect children with gun safety course
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It is estimated that more than half of the homes in the United States have a gun somewhere in the house."

"A June 2001 study in the journal Pediatrics found that many parents incorrectly assume that a child educated about gun safety can tell the difference between a real gun and a toy gun and know how to handle the real thing. In fact, half of the children who found the gun hidden for the purposes of this study actually pulled the trigger."
 

Navy Weapons May Not Work
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info

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"The Navy plans to use several types of weapons and key equipment that may not work, the Pentagon's testing chief warned in an internal memo made public saying that the Navy is using or plans to use 5 systems that did poorly or failed their tests."

"Officials at the receiving end of such critiques grumble, claiming he tests systems against excessively idealistic requirements & systems that fail to meet such standards can still be valuable in war."
 

UT: Utah U president tries to keep concealed weapons at bay
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"When Chris Machen rides into the backwoods of the West, she takes along a few friends – and a small arsenal of guns for protection. Her husband, on the other hand, remains behind to fight against the gathering force of gun-rights advocates."

"Bernie Machen, president of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, says he's not antigun. He's just trying to maintain the university's prohibition of guns in the face of a Utah law that allows people with permits to carry concealed weapons."
 

CO: Self-Defense Groups Subject of Denver Police Files
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"At least I'm in good company. The Denver Police kept files on me and the Colorado Freedom Report, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the Tyranny Response Team, and the Libertarian Party (see http://www.co-freedom.com/2002/09/spyfiles.html and http://www.co-freedom.com/2002/09/lpfiles.html)."

"What do these groups have in common? They all advocate the right to keep and bear arms, a fundamental human right guaranteed by the U.S. and Colorado constitutions."
 

U.S. May Nix Random Airport Checks (another report)
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info

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"Random security screening could be phased out next year as TSA chief, James Loy tries to make air travel less burdensome."

"A spokesman for the ATA, which represents major airlines, said the random checks are unnecessary."

"Loy said he wants to balance security with customer service. He calls the random gate screenings 'hassle checks.' "

"The TSA won't say how passengers are singled out for the random checks, citing security concerns."
 

SC: Great GrassRoots Gathering! Columbia, South Carolina
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"GrassRoots GunRights South Carolina goal is 'Good citizens carrying arms wherever and whenever they choose.' "

"To achieve that goal, we have to convince people that citizens who legally carry concealed weapons are the 'Good Guys' and benefit society as a whole."

"We can convince people through Emotion, through Reason, and through Attitude."
 

WI: Man with misdemeanor conviction convicted of federal crime for possessing firearms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Abuser convicted of federal gun crime"
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"A 45-year-old Jackson man has become one of the first people in Wisconsin convicted under a little-known federal law meant to keep guns out of the hands of people found guilty of even misdemeanor domestic violence."

"Warren B. Kruse pleaded guilty Monday in Milwaukee federal court to the felony of possessing a gun after a domestic violence conviction, the first such charge filed in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing in November."

"But even if no more crimes are committed, simply having a gun after a domestic violence conviction may lead to federal charges...The purpose of the gun also is not a consideration, which means hunting with a rifle or shotgun is off-limits..."
 

CA: Gun Control Fails to Reduce Crime Rate
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Californians are more likely to be killed by criminals now than they were last year, and are far more likely to become victims of property crimes."

"That is the latest news from the state attorney general, who this month unveiled California’s crime report for 2001."

"Overall, the state’s crime rate increased 3.7 percent from 2000 to 2001. That is the second consecutive year in which there was more crime, after a decade of massive decreases in the crime rate..."
 

UAE: Ownership of firearms laws being drafted
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Federal laws regarding ownership of firearms are being drafted by the Ministry of Defence, said Abdullah Ahmed Abulhoul, managing director, Mediac Communication and Promotion - organisers of the Arab Hunting Show and Arabian Adventure Show."

"Meanwhile, shipping costs for firearms have increased by 60 per cent since last September 11, said M.H. El Miniawi, from UK-based Melya."

"It is only a matter of time before firearm ownership laws are introduced in the Emirates, said Abulhoul."
 

CA: DRGO Benefit Shoot
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"On Saturday, October 19, Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership will hold a benefit shoot and friendly sporting clays competition at the Angeles Shooting Ranges in San Fernando, CA from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the work of DRGO, and will be matched, dollar for dollar by the National Shooting Sports Foundation."
 

FL: Golden Gate group trumpets property rights at park rally
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Democrats have a donkey. Republicans have an elephant."

"And a local Property Rights Action Committee now has a goat."

"During a rally Sunday to support property rights, Bama the goat sported a white plastic hat with red, white and blue trim while chewing on grass and being admired by children."
 

NM: Board members ask for clarity on plan to have armed officers at schools
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Before Albuquerque Public Schools officers carry guns on campus, the Board of Education Policy Committee wants a clear plan on how the district's police force would handle a crisis during school hours."

"Under the board's current policy, district officers can only carry guns before and after school."
 

Assault on Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The National Rifle Association is this nation's largest and most effective firearm-safety organization."

"There are a number of organizations that claim to be firearm-safety groups, i.e., Coalition Against Gun-Violence, Join Together and Florida Coalition for Gun Safety. However, these organizations seek to dilute or strip the right of the lawabiding citizens of this nation to own pistols and rifles, or any other firearm in freedom."
 

Ladies of Liberty
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Their turn-ons are good books, long walks on the beach and a free market economy. The Ladies of Liberty are taking the political landscape by storm with their charm, poise and freedom-loving common sense. ... The calendar was produced by Rachel Mills, Libertarian candidate for North Carolina General Assembly, House district 31. ... She is hoping to sell 2,000 copies and raise over $30,000 for her campaign..."
 

FL: No ruling on zero tolerance
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Teresa, 15, is an honor student at Pensacola High School.
But she faces expulsion after finding a bag of pills on campus.
She said she was afraid to turn them in, believing school administrators would claim they belonged to her..."

"Meanwhile, Teresa's story is causing a stir nationwide, particularly after the School District lost a legal battle to fire a teacher who showed up to work high on cocaine."
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Some of these school administrators are as dumb as posts.

More NEA morons calling the shots.

I guess the faculty is high on cocaine and with distorted cognitive skills rule this school since they don't seem to fire them.
 

TN: ‘Cowboy Action Shoot’ Comes To Greene County
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Greene County Regulators held their first 'Cowboy Action Shoot' on Saturday at the TAC2 Shooting Range."

"Organized by Mark Duvall, the event featured participants, dressed in Old West attire, competing in five timed shooting matches."

"The event featured participants from around the region, including some from as far away as Chattanooga and Bristol."
 

WA: Gun battle erupts as defiant jeweler resists armed robber (another report)
Submitted by: John Fansler

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I can't believe that this guy fired a weapon at a criminal and he hasn't been arrested.

With citizens like this, criminals will have to incur greater risk and our government will not allow that to happen.

/Sarcasm off

Something to consider. -- Of all the 3,000+ U.S. counties, those counties that voted for Gore had an average of over 11 murders per year per X-thousand people
Those counties that voted for Bush averaged just over 2 murders per X-Thousand people.
 

Poor opinion of police is now a punishable offense
Submitted by: Christopher A. Hamer
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I know this is not 2nd Amendment related, but it's outrageous that someone would be punished for speaking their mind and stating their opinion.
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"Lori Blumke thought she was doing her civic duty last week when she told a judge her recent hard feelings toward police officers might taint her ability to serve as an impartial juror."

"She was stunned when David Buter, chief judge of Grand Rapids District Court, declined to excuse her from jury duty. Instead, he ordered her to perform 24 hours of community service."
 

Los Angeles First City in Nation to Vote to Ban 50 Caliber Sniper Rifles
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NOTE: This report comes from "Violence Policy Center," the anti-rights group that openly advocates outright prohibition of handguns.
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"The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today applauded the Los Angeles City Council for passing a ban on the sale and possession of 50 caliber sniper rifles. This marks the first time that a legislative body has voted to ban these weapons of war. The groundbreaking measure was sponsored by Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and passed unanimously."

"The legislative effort, which received strong support from the LA Police Department, was spearheaded by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, aided by the Pacific Center for Violence Prevention, and based on research by the Violence Policy Center (VPC)." ...

Read the rest at the link above.
 

CA: "Study Looks At California Handgun Sales"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A research group has released the first comprehensive study of handgun sales in California, and the organization describes the results as 'groundbreaking.' "

"The California Department of Justice tracks the number of guns manufactured and guns involved in crimes. But this is the first study in California that focuses on legal handgun sales, outlining where handguns are sold and who is buying them." [emphasis added]

"Researchers, who are supported by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, released their findings at a conference in Sacramento Monday, saying they believe if they can highlight patterns and trends in handgun sales, local law enforcement will have a better handle on preventing gun-related violence."

"In 1999, 235,875 handguns were legally sold in California. Twenty-five percent of those buyers bought more than one weapon. The majority of sales, 20 percent, were in Los Angeles County. Orange County came in second, with San Diego and Santa Clara counties coming in third and fourth, respectively. In 1999, Sacramento County ranked fifth in the state for gun sales."

"According to the study, 70 percent of handguns sold were pistols, described as semi-automatic. More than 92 percent of handgun sales were to men. And only 1 percent of sales were denied after a background check."
 

Airlines Fear Collapse Without More Government 'Help' ($?)
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"The chief executive at the world's biggest airline warned Congress on Tuesday the industry could come close to collapse if it did not receive government help to reduce taxes and other costs related to aviation security."
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Not a dry eye in the house, I'm sure... [sarcasm mode off]
 

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional by federal District judge
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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MONTPELIER, Vt. - "A federal judge declared the federal death penalty unconstitutional Tuesday in the second such ruling in less than three months."

"U.S. District Judge William Sessions said the law does not adequately protect defendants' rights."

" 'If the death penalty is to be part of our system of justice, due process of law and the fair trial guarantees of the Sixth Amendment require that standards and safeguards governing the kinds of evidence juries may consider must be rigorous, and constitutional rights and liberties scrupulously protected,' he said."

"On July, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in New York City became the first federal judge to declare the 1994 Death Penalty Act unconstitutional. He cited evidence indicating that innocent people have been put to death."
 

How to kill a hiker in a National Park where guns are banned
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Confession tape played in Yosemite naturalist's death"
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"Yosemite killer Cary Stayner cradled his head in his hands and plugged his ears with his fingers Tuesday as jurors heard his tape-recorded confession to decapitating one of his four victims."

"Stayner said Joie Armstrong, a 26-year-old nature guide, struggled from beginning to end as he bound and gagged her with duct tape, dragged her into the woods and slashed her throat repeatedly."

"Jurors will decide whether Stayner, who is serving a life sentence for Armstrong's 1999 murder, should be put to death for killing three Yosemite National Park tourists five months earlier."

"Stayner was convicted last month of murdering Carole Sund, 42, her daughter, Juli, 15, and their Argentine friend Silvina Pelosso, 16, while they were staying at a rustic lodge where he worked as a handyman."

NOTE:
It's illegal to carry a firearm for self-defense in National Parks like Yosemite. Unless you're an officially sanctioned government employee, you can use your hands or a pocket knife to deal with grizzlies and psychos like this guy, but carrying a handgun will land you in jail. (And if you're "caught" exercising your right to keep and bear arms in self-defense, you'll be arrested by a government employee who happens to be carrying a handgun, too.)
 

Dream job becoming demoralizing - A Pilot's Perspective
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"US Airways pilot Dennis Condon of Palm Harbor says he no longer has control over what is happening in the back of the aircraft. He would like pilots to be armed."

"So why are so many airline pilots unhappy? "

"They have grown weary of security workers who paw through their suitcases and confiscate their nail clippers."

"They have been isolated in their cockpits, prohibited from strolling through the cabin to chat with passengers."

"They have to eye passengers carefully, looking for nervousness or other signs of trouble. The guy in the polo shirt in 7C may be a terrorist."
 

KS: Gubernatorial candidates "clash over gun rights issue"
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TOPEKA -- "The gubernatorial campaigns of Republican Tim Shallenburger and Democrat Kathleen Sebelius clashed Monday over how many Kansans should be allowed to carry concealed guns."

"Sebelius said she would allow the state to license retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed guns, while Shallenburger supports proposals to allow most Kansans to carry concealed weapons."

"Nicole Corcoran-Basso, a spokeswoman for Sebelius, said the Democratic nominee's position was in keeping with her general support for gun rights as guaranteed by the federal and state constitutions. She said Sebelius won't seek any changes in current gun laws."

"Shallenburger spokesman Bob Murray said Sebelius 'dances around the issue of concealed-carry.' "

"The issue came to a vote in 1997, when Shallenburger was House speaker and a sponsor of concealed-carry legislation. A bill that Shallenburger favored passed, only to be vetoed by GOP Gov. Bill Graves."

"Corcoran-Basso said Sebelius developed her position after talking with law enforcement officers. Sebelius worries that a broader concealed-carry law would hurt public safety, the spokeswoman said."
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A fool looks at a fact as says, "that's not my opinion."
 

FBI reports threats of violence to Forest Service by environmental terrorists
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"An environmental terrorist group that claimed responsibility for an arson fire last month in Pennsylvania has now threatened U.S. Forest Service administrative and research facilities nationwide."

"In a letter faxed to a newspaper in Warren, Pa., the Earth Liberation Front said the agency’s facilities 'will be targeted for complete destruction.' "

" 'Their blatant disregard for the security of life and its perfect Natural balance, indifference to strong public opposition and the irrevocable acts of extreme violence they perpetrate against the earth daily are all inexcusable and will not be tolerated,' read the letter. 'If they persist in their crimes against life, they will be met with maximum retaliation.' "

"Earth Liberation Front members warned that future protests could be violent."

QUESTION:

Why is the front door at the offices of "Earth Liberation Front" still on its hinges?
 

MA: Local police chief supports cops' shooting at fleeing vehicles
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ORIGINAL TEXT: "Shooting ban draws little police support: Area officials won't second-guess officers"
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"At least one local police chief sides with the Boston Police Union in the dispute over Commissioner Paul Evans' proposal to ban officers from shooting at moving vehicles."

" 'I would like to see it go in favor of the officers. I think they have a valid point,' Duxbury Police Chief Mark DeLuca said."

"Like other chiefs and police union officials on the South Shore, DeLuca says every situation in which an officer has to make a split-second decision on whether to fire a weapon is different."

" 'It's tough to have a definitive answer as to how an officer should respond to a moving vehicle. There cannot be a generic answer for everything,' DeLuca said."

"Duxbury Police Union President Sgt. Christopher Mori agrees."

"Evans proposed ban on police officers shooting at moving vehicles following the death of Eveline Barros-Cepeda, 25, who was in the back seat of a car that was shot at by police after allegedly hitting an officer who tried to stop it Sept. 8."

"The Boston Police Patrolman's Association has called for Evans to resign and issued a vote of no confidence, saying the directive would put their lives at risk."
 

Four 600- to 800-pound African lions killed in Arkansas in the last week
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You think a mountain lion is tough? Try a hungry, full sized African lion running full speed straight at you -- in your back yard.
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"Lisa Vaughan says her log cabin in the woods was so peaceful that sometimes the only sound that could be heard was the trees swaying in the wind."

"Now she's listening for lions."

"In the past week, four 600- to 800-pound African lions believed to have some connection to a nearby exotic animal farm have been killed near this central Arkansas town. And residents say the terror may not be over, because no one knows for sure whether more lions are on the loose."

" 'I had a terrible headache and my blood pressure has been up. ... It's been a long ordeal,' said Vaughan, whose husband, Johnny, killed two of the lions with his .30-06 rifle."

" 'Everybody is scared around here,' added neighbor Arvil Skinner. 'People have to sit out with a high-powered rifle just to let their kids play in the yard.' " ...

SUGGESTION:

Have members of Handgun Control, Inc. and Violence Policy Center go out to the woods to reason with the lions -- to explain to them that guns are bad. And take Rosie, too.
 

Peru: Congressman challenges vice president to gun duel
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"A Peruvian congressman wants to settle an argument with the country's second vice president with a pistol duel."

"Independent legislator Eittel Ramos says David Waisman called him a coward."

"He says he is challenging Waisman to a duel at Conchan beach to prove he's no such thing."

"Mr Ramos told Radioprogramas radio station: "He has branded me a coward. Now he has the chance to prove I'm a coward."

" 'I challenge him to a duel. Since I'm the offended one, I choose a pistol.' "

"It is unclear if duels are legal in Peru."

"In 1957, several years before he first took office, two-time President Fernando Belaunde fought a sabre duel with a political rival who had insulted him."

"The two nicked each other slightly, drawing blood, before referees called the duel over."
 

CT: Twice-convicted killer charged in attempted murder
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BRIDGEPORT -- "A city man with two previous murder convictions was arraigned Monday for attempted murder."

"Superior Court Judge Salvatore Agati ordered Billy Jackson held in lieu of $1 million bond and continued the case to Oct. 7."

"Assistant State's Attorney Charles Stango had urged the judge to set a $5 million bond, pointing out that Jackson, 41, had previously been convicted of murder in Washington, D.C., and Kentucky."

"Jackson, of Sims Street, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and carrying a pistol without a permit."

"According to police, Jackson shot a 30-year-old city man in the shoulder and the leg following a dispute at the Connecticut Small Game Club on Sept. 21."

"Jackson was arrested a short distance from the Connecticut Avenue club, police said."

QUESTION:

Can the state be sued by the victim for having let this person back out into society not once but twice?
 

"Some gays and lesbians say a gun is the best defense."
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"Matthew Shepard. Brandon Teena. Tyra Hunter. Barry Winchell. Anthony Milano."

"All were murdered because they were gay. It's a list that Gwen Patton and her partner, Maggie Leber, don't intend to join. So they pack heat."

"Both women are members of Pink Pistols, a group that believes the best defense against gay-bashing thugs is a loaded handgun."

" 'We're not a bunch of crazies running around with guns. All we want is to be safe,' said Patton as she lunched with members of the group at an Upper Southampton restaurant."

" 'The fact is,' said Leber, 'there are people out there who don't like gays, don't like what we are and are waiting to hurt us. To take up legal firearms is the most effective means to defend oneself.' "

"Pink Pistols has 29 chapters nationwide, including one in the Delaware Valley. The group has about 1,500 active members throughout North America." ...

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DE: Handgun study released; "city leaders said they were not surprised by the results"
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"A yearlong study on handgun violence in Wilmington was released today, and city leaders said they were not surprised by the results."

"The study, which also compiled statistics on handgun violence across the state, focused on the 182 shootings in the city between Jan. 1, 1999, and March 31, 2002."

"The findings include:"
• A handgun was used in 94 percent of the shootings.

• The median age of the victims was 23.

• Males accounted for 89 percent of the shooting victims. The national average is 89 percent.

• Blacks accounted for 87 percent of the shooting victims. The national average is 54 percent.

• Black men made up 77 percent of the shooting victims.

• Blacks accounted for 80 percent of the suspects.

• And 61 percent of the cases involved black male victims and black male suspects.
“Now when we approach this issue, we won’t be shooting from the hip. These are the facts.” --Provey Powell Jr., president of the grass-roots Stop the Violence Coalition
 

CT: Fairfield cop facing kidnap charge is arraigned
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"A Fairfield police officer who held police at bay last week outside his parent's Norwalk home after allegedly kidnapping his former girlfriend was arraigned in court Monday."

"Kirk Holzapfel, 26, a Fairfield police officer since February 2001, was brought into Superior Court in handcuffs."

"Judge David Tobin ordered Holzapfel held in lieu of $200,000 bond after Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Pollard told him the officer is accused of threatening his former girlfriend with his service gun."

"Fairfield police said Holzapfel abducted his former girlfriend Friday afternoon from the Fitness Edge on Commerce Drive, where she was working out."

"He pointed a gun at her and forced her to drive to a condominium he owns on North Avenue in Bridgeport. They drove into the garage, where he forced her head into his lap and punched her several times in the face, police said."
 

Humor: Time To Get Even
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"For all of you who occasionally have a really bad day watching the anti-gun news, and you have the need to take it out on the nearest socialist, don't take it out on someone you know, take it out on every Socialist you don't know."
 

Learning from Coltsville
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"As our nation discovers that the corporate headquarters of some of the nation's largest companies have become a den of thieves, it seems clear that our business schools — and other parts of the educational system — have been remiss in teaching future business leaders about the virtues of America's greatest and most ethical businessmen."
 

TN: Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss the NRA
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"In Tennessee's Governor's race Monday, school directors heard differences between the two candidates, and the NRA made an endorsement [Republican Van Hilleary].
 

OK: New school rules urged on weapons
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"An Oklahoma City state senator [Keith Leftwich] said Monday he wants to put some common sense into the law used by school boards to deal with weapons in schools."

"[H]ere's the problem: a child pointing a finger and saying 'bang' is treated as if he were pointing a real gun."

"[He] will introduce legislation ... [that] would allow school districts to consider ... intent and circumstances and give more precise definitions for a weapon. [And] specify punishments."
 

MA: Debate exclusion (of third party candidates) sparks protest
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"['Green' Party candidate Jill] Stein and Libertarian Carla Howell will appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot but were not invited to appear at either of the two scheduled debates with Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Shannon O'Brien."

"News organizations and their partners in sponsoring debates have said they decided against including third-party candidates because of limited TV time to address complicated issues and limited interest in the candidates."
 

NC: Gun group linked to ads
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"In the days before the Sept. 10 primary, a radio advertisement sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Privacy Council told listeners to send a message to state Rep. Jennifer Weiss 'and other prying politicians,' and vote for her Democratic opponent."

"Weiss, who had co-sponsored a bill that would create a database of mentally incompetent people denied gun permits, had never heard of the council, which had not finished filing its state PAC registration forms or disclosed all its contributors. As it turned out, the Privacy Council paid for the ad with money from the PAC of Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun-owners group."
 

VA: Grant to help get through to criminals who use guns
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"The Virginia Exile-Project Safe Neighborhoods Foundation will receive $340,000 to develop and deliver the message that gun-related violent crime will result in long prison terms."

"The grant is part of the Bush administration's national Project Safe Neighborhoods anti-crime program. It is based in part on the Project Exile project developed in Richmond."
 

NJ: Dozens of suspects captured in two-county sweep
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"A multiagency force captured more than 100 people during a two-county sweep early Tuesday, including several alleged drug and gun traffickers."

"The arrests were made in Bergen and Passaic counties over a two-hour period, according to a prepared statement issued by Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli. The suspects were being processed at the National Guard Armory in Lodi before being transferred to the county jail."
 

NJ: Federal government may block state's bid to drop fourth grade test
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More unconstitutional federal interference in state affairs.
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"The state's plan to drop an assessment test given to fourth-graders will likely be delayed by at least a year because it could conflict with federal education reforms."

"Gov. James E. McGreevey has said the standardized test, which critics said was ill-designed and too long for young students, should be scrapped and gradually replaced with smaller exams in grades 3-8."

"Officials have noted that test results were low in the first years, prompting two changes in how it was scored and raising questions about its reliability."

"However, federal officials recently told the state that scrapping the assessment test would likely not be allowed and that it would have to be administered for at least one more year."
 

Faces Of Evil: Chuck Schumer D-NY
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Occasionally I’ve written columns on what I like to term ‘Faces of Evil’, those politicians whom I consider to be exemplars of government slavemasters, true devotees of the jackboot. Logically, the one trait that serves as connecting tissue for all these abhorrent insects is an overriding hatred of the 2nd Amendment above and beyond their disdain for the rest of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights."
 

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