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Former Ambassador Hammers NRA Influence Over U.S. Gun Policy (JTO)
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"If U.S. President George W. Bush had been ready to come out publicly in support of extending the ban, Congress could surely have been persuaded to agree to an extension... Unfortunately, the president seems to have given precedence to winning support from the NRA for his re-election over a principled stand in defense of law and order in America."

"The opinion article pointed out that gun crime is much higher in the U.S. than in other democratic countries with strict gun laws, and it suggested that the NRA bears some responsibility for this."

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Right. Because it's surely the fault of 4 million law-abiding, peaceable citizens that criminals happen to use guns to commit crimes.
 

Kerry shotgun still in WV; Democrat hasn't bothered taking steps to bring home
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"A September 23, 2004 article in the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail revealed that the 12 ga. Remington Model 11-87 which was presented to John Kerry at a rally earlier this month has never left the state of West Virginia where the photo op took place."

"Presidential candidate John Kerry never took home a semi-automatic shotgun that stirred controversy when he accepted it at a Boone County rally..." ...

"Gun Week magazine Senior Editor Dave Workman wrote last week that Kerry did not have possession of the gun he accepted in West Virginia." ...

"Workman told the newspaper most of his readers believe the gun gift was staged for the image that Kerry is for gun rights."
 

The War On Our Freedoms!
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"America, the greatest, freest nation on the face of earth. The country with the highest standard of living, the best economic opportunities, and surely the best chance to live one’s life without the unnecessary encumbrance of an over-bearing government."

"All the above statements are undeniably true, yet for how much longer can we, as Americans, realistically hope to retain our God-given and Constitutionally protected liberties? ..."

"There are also a growing number of Americans who seem to prefer government solutions to personal responsibilities and liberties. And be very,very sure that the more we allow government to solve our problems the more our liberties will be eroded."
 

Americans in the crosshairs - the hand-wringing over the AW ban continues
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"By allowing the assault weapons ban to expire, Bush—whose re-election campaign has been largely based touting the president's ability to combat terrorism— and Congress chose to make the jobs of terrorists easier. The 9/11 commission report stated that terrorists are encouraged to purchase assault weapons in the United States. As Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said on Sept. 14, 'For the first time in 10 years, when a killer walks in a gun shop, when a terrorist goes to a gun show somewhere in America, if they want to purchase an AK-47 or some other military assault weapon, they are going to hear one word—sure.' "

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Feel free to set this kid straight with some cold, hard facts. mycow8me4lunch@starpower.net
 

Newspaper: Airport screeners missed guns, knives
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"Undercover investigators were able to slip explosives and weapons past security screeners during tests at 15 U.S. airports, according to a 2003 investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."

"Results of the department's tests, which were cited Thursday by USA Today, were presented in a classified report to members of Congress while a less detailed version was released by the agency's inspector general on Wednesday."

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Don't you feel safe now, knowing that the fedgov is disarming you, while allowing all kinds of weapons to pass through what they affectionately call "security"?
 

CA: Six fired in beating videotaped at California youth facility
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Six counselors at a high-security juvenile prison in California have been fired -- in connection with a fight with inmates that was caught on videotape.

An investigation found that two of the counselors used excessive force and the four others falsified reports about the beating.

The fight last January at the facility near Stockton began between two youths and two counselors. The tape shows the two counselors continued to beat the two inmates after they were subdued, and the others joined in.

The counselors' union says the workers, who have appealed their firing, were acting in self-defense.
 

IL: State Senator wants language out of constitution
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"A Republican state senator from Plainfield has made a call for a change in the Illinois Constitution regarding citizens rights when it comes to bearing arms."

"Ed Petka, R-Plainfield, is calling for the removal of a phrase from the constitution that places limitations on citizens' rights."

"Article 1, Section 22 gives residents the right to bear arms, but adds a qualification. The section says 'Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' "

"According to transcripts of the 1970 Constitutional Convention, these words were added to the Amendment. Leonard Foster, a delegate to the Convention from the west side of Chicago, stated four times on the convention floor that the language would allow for a total ban on handguns. This speech has been used in Illinois courts to uphold bans on handguns according to Petka."

"This language came out of a time of great social unrest in Chicago, but the net effect of this language is a deterioration of our 2nd Amendment rights... The 2nd Amendment is a right -- not a privilege and the problems that existed more than 30 years ago is not an acceptable excuse to take away our rights as American citizens. We need to reclaim what was lost in the 1970 Constitution."
 

VA: Pro-Gun Demo in F.C.?
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"Members and supporters of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun rights organization, are mobilizing on-line to show up in big numbers at this Monday's Falls Church City Council meeting. They're angry at F.C. City Manager Dan McKeever's policy, articulated at Council meetings earlier this month, requiring a police inquiry of all individuals carrying guns into public places. A VCDL meeting is scheduled at the Mason District Government Center on Columbia Pike tonight when plans may be solidified."

"The VCDL website and another website, Packing.org, have lit up in the past two weeks with angry comments attacking McKeever's policy and with plans to descend and "fill the room" at Monday's Council meeting. ..."
 

GA: Ex-Officer Shot, Man Killed in Robbery
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"A former Atlanta police officer was wounded and a would-be robber shot and killed Thursday night during a wild shootout that stemmed from a botched carjacking, authorities said."

"J.D. Hudson, 77, the retired director of Atlanta's corrections department and an ex-police officer, was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment ..."

"One suspect, whose identity was pending, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were searching Friday afternoon for a second suspect."
 

NJ: Retired officer shoots pistol-pointing man
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"A retired city police officer shot and wounded a man who pointed a gun at him Friday morning during an argument in a bar, police said."

"Earl Hill, 47, who was carrying his personal Glock 9mm semiautomatic pistol, said other bar patrons were involved in a verbal altercation when he arrived there around 10 a.m. Hill told authorities that Theodore Demetrius Meekins, 39, of Trenton, then took out a handgun and pointed it at him."
 

OR: Ore. woman won't face charges in shooting of ex-boyfriend
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"Prosecutors cleared a Springfield woman who shot her ex-boyfriend in the head last week after he was warned not to enter a Eugene home." ...

"Although no one else was in the room when the shooting occurred, witnesses backed the account given by the woman, 27-year-old Shannon Luanne Brandt." ...

" 'She told him not to come any closer. He saw she had a gun, and he approached her,' Gardner said. Gardner added that Millican's actions 'posed a substantial threat' to Brandt and the shooting was legally justified."
 

IN: Deadly Shooting Raises Questions About Officer Training
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"One question that will be asked following the deadly shooting of Butler University police officer James Davis is whether he had the proper training to deal with life and death situations."

"Butler police made the transformation from a public safety force in 1995 to full-fledged police department when eight officers were issued guns for the first time. They say they have always taken training seriously." ...

"The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy requires that in order for a new officer to go on board he or she has to go through 40 hours of training on self defense and get a qualifying score on weapons training before being allowed to carry a gun."

"Officer Davis' training was reportedly above and beyond state requirements."
 

VA: Sheriff's investigator shoots wife while cleaning gun, authorities say
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The wife of a Loudoun County Sheriff's investigator is hospitalized with a bullet wound, and authorities say he shot her.

According to the sheriff's office, it appears to be an accident that happened while the investigator was cleaning a handgun at their home in Lovettsville last night. The wife was flown to Washington Hospital Center and is in stable condition.

The sheriff is continuing to investigate and no charges have yet been filed. But the unidentified officer -- a 15-year veteran of the force -- is now on leave with pay.

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This "stellar professional," who apparently didn't have enough sense to empty the chamber before cleaning his weapon, can now carry his gun anywhere in the US, while you are apparently not good enough or responsible enough to exercise your Second Amendment rights.
 

UK: 'Crooked' cash used in fighting gun crime
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"CASH seized from criminals is being used in community projects tackling gun crime."

"The scheme is part of the Government's drive to channel proceeds of crime into local anti-crime campaigns."

"It means £250,000 is being made available to groups working in the areas worst affected by gun crime, particularly in London, Manchester and Birmingham."

"In Kirklees, community safety officials hope to produce a video film warning about the dangers of guns."
 

UK: Gun-wielding man threatens to shoot dog
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"A MAN carrying a gun threatened to kill a woman's dog."

"The woman called police at 2.50pm yesterday, but said the incident happened about 20 minutes before, close to Forest Glade in Haverhill."

"She said the man pointed the weapon, believed to be a handgun, at her dog and threatened it."

"The woman left to go home and report the incident and the man ran off down an alleyway in the direction of Ganwick Close."
 

UK: Guard foils gun raid at garage
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"A SECURITY guard foiled gun-toting raiders who struck at a petrol station."

"The Securicor guard was delivering money to the Sovereign service station garage on Penistone Road in Shepley when the thieves struck at 8.10 last night."

"He had taken a money case out of the van when he was confronted by the balaclava-clad robbers."

"One had a gun and they struggled with the guard who managed to push the case back into the van's hatch."

"The thieves tried to grab it but failed and then pointed the gun at the guard."

"He fled into the petrol station."
 

Canada: Firearms and the law: what do you really know?
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"It seems that most Canadians know very little about firearms and what the law requires and enforces. A national public opinion survey was conducted not long ago by a Simon Fraser University researcher, and it reveals that Canadians know little about existing gun control laws and their support for firearm registration weakens as they become more knowledgeable about the issue. ..."

"This study also reinforces the findings of other surveys indicating that Canadians place a very low priority on stricter gun control laws as a method of combating violent crime."

"This survey was conducted with 5,500 Canadians randomly picked from all over the country and all different walks of life. ..."
 

UK: Firearms and drugs seized in raids
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"Police in North Wales seized more than £1 million worth of cash and drugs and 14 guns in a major operation which they today said was the biggest haul in the force's history."

"Homes in Froncysyllte, near Chirk, and Corwen were raided during the operation, which involved 40 officers. The haul recovered by detectives included £815,000 cash."

"They also found cannabis resin worth £103,000, 14 firearms, an imitation gun and a selection of other drugs."

"The police operation began on Wednesday when, after information received, traffic police stopped a VW Passat between Bala and Llangollen on the A5. Cash totalling £50,000 was discovered in the car."
 

I Propose A New Amendment To The Constitution
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"Unfortunately, many people, including whatever your pet social or political group is, even if it claims to want freedom and individual liberty, seem to have forgotten this. We are not living in a totalitarian state where the government, no matter how well-meaning, should be able to tell citizens how to run their private lives. (Are we?)"

"This includes smoking, the constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, the use of trampolines, and other activities which are none of your neighbor's business and none of the government's business." ...

"Pediatricians want to ban guns, emergency room doctors want to ban trampolines, and Playboy magazine thinks it is perfectly fine for Rep. Pete Stark, the national Medicare nanny, to formulate a law saying it is illegal to discuss fees with a naked patient. Isn't this getting a little silly? Isn't it? Aw, come on, admit it!"

"I propose a new Amendment to the Constitution:"

"Congress shall pass no law any funnier than the average Polish joke." ...
 

UK: Zimbabwe man arrested with gun at airport
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A citizen of Zimbabwe pleaded guilty Friday to attempting to take a gun aboard a plane at Gatwick airport.

Simon Regis Mandiveyi, 37, was arrested Thursday after X-ray checks detected a firearm in his luggage.

Appearing before Crawley Magistrates' Court, Mandiveyi pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous and prohibited article on an aircraft.

He was freed on bail pending a hearing in Crown Court, at a date to be determined.
 

IL: Auburn student arrested on gun charge
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"A 17-year-old Auburn High School student faces expulsion and possible jail time after he allegedly brought a handgun to school this week."

"Michael A. Allen was in the Winnebago County Jail Thursday on $100,000 bond facing an unlawful use of weapons on school property charge." ...

"There’s nothing to indicate that he was going to do anything with it..."

"Our biggest problem has been fighting, some of that gang-related ... but everyone can understand that bringing a gun to school is a no-no."

"Thompson said he is considering metal detectors in schools. 'It’s certainly a potential for our Title IV dollars,' he said. 'But we’d have to see what the trade-off is in expense versus perceived problem.' "
 

MI: Mandan student expelled for bringing BB gun to school
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"The School Board here has expelled a student for the remainder of the school year for shooting another student with a BB gun." ...

"Wimer said a 17-year-old girl was hit in her shoulder. The BB went through her sweater, but didn't penetrate her skin, he said."

"Wimer said the boy claims the shooting was an accident."

"The student has been charged in juvenile court for reckless endangerment."
 

UT: Over-qualified?
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Over-qualified? A federal agent working for the Air Force at Hill Air Force Base is eligible for a resident Utah hunting license because he is active duty military.

A fully accredited federal law enforcement agent, he has qualified as a marksman in his military training, has a valid Utah concealed weapon permit and took a hunter safety course in Michigan.

He is cleared to carry a fully automatic M-16 and a concealed semiautomatic 9 mm pistol which, as a federal law enforcement agent, he is permitted to carry on an airplane.

He has been issued hunting licenses in Michigan and New Mexico.

But because he hasn't taken the 15-hour Utah hunter safety course and shot a .22 for a state instructor, he couldn't get a license to hunt sage grouse last weekend with his father-in-law, Sam Scott of Vernal.
 

CO: Deputies Arrest High School Student, Confiscate Gun
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"A 14-year-old Douglas County High School student faces charges after school officials said they found a handgun and pocketknife in his coat pocket."

"The unidentified student was brought to the principal's office after school officials received a tip that he brought a handgun to school, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office."

"Deputies were called to the school in Castle Rock, Colo., and the student was taken into custody and booked on charges of carrying a concealed weapon at school, possession of a handgun by a juvenile and reckless endangerment."

"The 14-year-old was transferred to a juvenile detentions center."
 

WI: Doyle Says He Supports Hunting & Fishing Fee Hikes
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"Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle says he plans to recommend an increase in hunting and fishing license fees in his next state budget, and may also call for raising the $55 fee for car registrations. Doyle says that some of the state's hunting and fishing fees have not been raised in years and provide revenue for habitat protection."
 

NH: Londonderry school photo may lead to suit
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"A Londonderry High School senior may wind up suing the district after the administration denied his request to use a picture with a trapshooting gun on his shoulder as his yearbook photo, said Penny Dean, the student’s Concord-based lawyer."

"According to Steve Juster, a 10-year high school assistant yearbook advisor and longtime teacher, student Blake Douglass’ mother first contacted him in mid-August to request that the photograph be used in next spring’s yearbook." ...

"Seniors are allowed to submit their own photos for the yearbook, sometimes choosing to pose with their musical instruments or cars."

"Right after school began in late August, Douglass appealed to Londonderry High School Principal James Elefante, who agreed with Juster and the yearbook staff that Douglass’ photo was 'inappropriate.' "
 

UK: 'Gun Club Pair Held after Murder Weapon Find'
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"The discovery of a murder weapon on an Irish river bed led to the arrest of two members of an English gun club, an Old Bailey court heard today."

"Police divers found a 9mm self-loading pistol at the bottom of a river in Co Limerick in December 2002, said Mark Ellison, prosecuting."

"Although it had been officially deactivated some years before 'it was obvious the gun had been reactivated'."

“It had been used in the shooting of a man the month before.”
 

UK: Boy shot in head while walking dog
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"A 12-year-old boy is critically ill in hospital with gunshot wounds to his head after a an incident involving suspected 'lampers', who hunt deer and rabbits at night with powerful lights."

"The boy was shot on an evening walk with his father and the family's dog along a footpath by a golf course near Castleford, West Yorkshire, where the practice is illegal but has been regularly reported in recent months."

"Neighbours in Castleford called for tougher action against gangs who use high-powered torches or car headlights to mesmerise their prey before killing them. Lamping claimed another young victim last month when Byron Evans, 13, was shot by his stepfather in Devon during a legal night-time hunt."
 

KY: Irony at the museum (Letter)
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"The Frazier Museum may well be an exciting and educational place to visit, but it is a shame that so many Kentuckians are barred from visiting this 'world class' exhibit."

"No, we are not prohibited by our sexual orientation, the color of our skin, and not even by our gender. The people not allowed to visit this museum are some of the finest, law-abiding citizens that reside in the commonwealth that just so happen to think that the protection of their families and themselves is important enough to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Yes, the Frazier Historical Arms Museum does not allow 'weapons' inside of its building."

"The citizens of Kentucky fought a long, hard battle to have the right to carry concealed weapons, much like our forefathers battled to gain independence from England. Kentucky's Constitution guarantees everyone the right to 'openly' carry a firearm, and now for those that choose, we may apply for and receive a license to carry these firearms concealed."
 

Canada: City firearms draft bylaw infuriates rural councillors
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"Hamilton's rural councillors are furious that an attempt to harmonize the city's firearms bylaw has put them in the line of fire." ...

"In an attempt to harmonize the six municipalities' firearms bylaw, city staff crafted a draft bylaw for the whole city that would:

* control the use of air guns, spring guns, cross bows and long bows;

* ban the discharging of firearms within the limits of the city, except when protecting livestock; or on property the firearm user owns;

* able to discharge a firearm from 500 meters away from a dwelling;

* require property owners to receive written permission to allow people to hunt on their property; and

* require property owners to install signs designating the area as for hunting."
 

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