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Hearing protection essential to shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'What did you say?'"

"'Huh?'"

"'Say again?'"

"'Did you hear me?'"

"Those may be the most common phrases heard around rifle ranges, campfires and deer camps throughout Texas this month as hunters prepare for another hunting season."

"Old shooters can't hear. It's one of the laws of nature -- or is it?"

"There was once an assumption that all shooters would eventually lose some hearing. We just accepted a 'tin ear' as the price we paid for a dedication to the sport."

"The tragedy is that hearing loss is almost always preventable. Shooting sports are loud. Rifles bellow, shotguns boom and pistols blast. But few nimrods preparing for the season take time to protect themselves from the deafening roar." ...
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And if 'silencers' weren't effectively banned, then this would be significantly less of a problem.
 

The over/under on a good bird gun is 16
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"An ever-increasing supply of neat doubles and over/unders have come to market at prices from affordable to laughable."

"But what gauge? The 28 gauges are easy to carry and don't punch me, but they carry only a small charge of shot; and while great on grouse, they may be marginal for pheasant and no choice for waterfowl."

"The 12 gauge is perhaps the most versatile chambering, and you can buy (or load) charges of less than an ounce of shot up to 13/4 ounce in standard 23/4-inch chambering."

"But what about the 16 gauge, until the 1950s the darling of upland hunters? Oddly enough, as doubles are again gaining ground, the 16 gauge is enjoying a resurgence, says Bill Hanus, a pioneer in that rebirth." ...
 

Bush reneged on assault-gun pledge
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... "In 2000, presidential candidate George W. Bush pledged to renew the ban. Before the expiration, however, he said he would do so only if the Republican-led Senate and House sent him the enabling legislation ..."

"Not coincidentally, I'm sure, the National Rifle Association had not made its expected announcement of support for President Bush as of Sept. 13."

"Although the Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits the import of guns not specifically designed for sporting purposes, crimes committed with assault weapons were increasing in 1989. President George H.W. Bush took action by banning certain imported assault weapons. That year alone, the number of imported assault weapons traced to crime dropped by 45 percent." ...
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KABA Notes:

A) The BATFE has repeatedly said that gun traces have no relation to criminal gun use.

2) There is a growing body of evidence indicating that the Gun Control Act of 1968 was almost certainly based on the Nazi Weapons Law of 1938.
 

NY: Weapons that can shatter concrete
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"The Cold AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle is long, black and sleek and shoots .223-caliber ammunition, or 2-inch long bullets."

"For 10 years, the sale and manufacture of the fearsome weapon was illegal anywhere in America."

"Last week, as some Southern stores resumed sale of the rifle, Police Officer Darrell Corti demonstrated its destructive power."

"Corti aimed the weapon at a cinderblock at the NYPD firing range at Rodman's Neck in the Bronx and pulled the trigger. The burst of gunfire rang loudly in the ears despite protective gear. The narrow bullet traveled at such a high velocity that it pierced a half-dollar-sized hole in the inch-thick side of the stone before shattering into shiny fragments." ...
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NH: Weapons ban sunsets, controversy rises
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"Fall in New Hampshire brings to mind foliage, the unique seasonal beauty New Englanders are privy to. There is apple picking, pumpkin carving and a plethora of autumn activities. But what many are waiting for is hunting season, a historical pastime that is passed down through generations, and this year there may be a few more rifles scoping for game than there has been in the past decade." ...

"Other people in the outdoors community feel the exact opposite of Pekins. 'I am glad that this phony law has finally sunsetted,' expressed Ronald Thomas, a private citizen, gun owner, hunter, NRA instructor and firearms competitor."

"Though his views are quite different on the ban, Thomas can agree that people have been improperly informed what the sunset bill entailed. 'The national news media has chosen to listen only to the voices of alarm and fear raised by the same devious individuals who hoodwinked the public on this issue in 1994,' Thomas said in an e-mail." ...
 

NC: Libertarians celebrate sunset of misnamed 'assault weapons ban'
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... "North Carolina Libertarians greeted the ban's end with approval and calls for similar 'sunset provisions' for all intrusive laws. Rather than leading to a wave of crime, the ban's demise will allow peaceful people to continue to defend their property and to pursue their interest in gun-collecting and shooting with less control by the Federal government. That can only be a good thing, Libertarians say." ...
 

OH: Hunt's assault weapons column was misleading [letter]
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"Thursday's columnist Swanee Hunt ('The safety of America's streets hinges on politics') makes a number of erroneous and/or misleading statements concerning firearms, which deserve an answer."

"She posits that the 1994 assault weapons ban is keeping AK-47s and Uzis off the streets. Not so. These are machine guns and have been, since 1934, covered under the National Firearms Act. Nothing about this law is scheduled to change."

"The 'assault weapons ban' to which Ms. Hunt refers covers semi-automatic rifles, which look like machine guns. While they are, as she claims, 'more powerful than (what) cops carry,' that is because they are rifles and 'most cops' carry pistols. In actuality, these rifles use a 'mid-powered' round that is less powerful than most deer rifles." ...
 

NC: Paper's commentary on guns insulting
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"I assume you have 'ceased fire' on attacking so-called 'assault' weapons -- the anti-gun editorial on Sept. 10 and cartoons on Sept. 14 and 16 -- and that I may now respond to your virulent, insulting, anti-gun commentary."

"The law that lapsed banned weapons based on 'cosmetic' features. Criminals, given that term for a reason, will obtain weapons notwithstanding laws or weapon appearance."

"Naturally, you do not question the ban's constitutionality. Second Amendment aside, its basis is the Constitution's 'commerce clause,' yet no one has proved these weapons affect interstate commerce. Liberals would never use the commerce clause to support federal censorship of the media, which would subvert the First Amendment." ...
 

DC: Rep. Norton, DC Mayor, Prince George's Cty. States Attorney, Others Team Up with Root for Regional Approach to Combat Gun Violence
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... "WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE to announce 'Guns Aside' Campaign"

"WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m."

"WHERE: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street, NW. Washington, DC 20045 (Tel. 202-662-7500)"

"WHY: The DC Metropolitan Area has been the scene of tragedy after tragedy. Recent violent deaths of youth by gun violence has increased the homicide rate for youth under the age of 18 to 21, almost 200 percent above all of 2003; and, the number of incidents involving gun violence continues to escalate at alarming proportions. ..." ...
 

DC: Helping the defenseless District
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"The House of Representatives will begin debate today on a very important piece of legislation — the 'D.C. Personal Protection Act.'"

"Already, as to be expected, the usual gun-control partisans are up in arms. They shouldn’t be. This common-sense legislation is simply a long-overdue attempt to conform the District’s draconian gun laws with federal law and the laws of the states."

"Year after year, Washington, D.C., is in the running for the disgraceful title of 'the murder capital of the United States.' Today in the District, it is difficult, if not impossible, for an honest citizen to keep a firearm in the home for self-defense. No handgun may be possessed unless it was registered by 1977, and legally owned rifles and shotguns must be kept unloaded and disassembled and thus useless to defend against criminal attack." ...
 

DC: District leaders decry House bid to scrap gun laws
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"The mayor of Washington, D.C., and other top city officials on Tuesday pleaded with Congress not to overturn the capital city's gun laws, often described as the strictest in the nation."

"The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday is likely to pass a bill striking the district's ban on hand gun ownership, its gun registration system, and other gun limits. Critics of the measure say it will go even further, and let people walk around the nation's capital with fully loaded assault weapons."

"Mayor Anthony Williams told a news conference on Capitol Hill that the city has brought down crime, despite a recent surge in youth homicides, and that loosening gun laws will only make gun violence worse. He also said he was outraged that federal officials would try to overturn local laws." ...
 

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Says Chief Sponsor Should Tell the Truth About His D.C. Gun Bill
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"Representative Mark Souder (R-IN) is misrepresenting legislation he has offered to repeal the District of Columbia's gun laws. The bill would allow assault weapons to be carried openly on D.C. streets. It would also allow people convicted of negligent homicide with a gun and court-adjudicated alcoholics to stockpile weapons."

"Welcome to life in the nation's Capital if Congress repeals D.C.'s gun laws by passing the so-called 'District of Columbia Personal Protection Act,' scheduled for House action Wednesday."

"On Tuesday, Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN) sent out a letter that read 'A recent dear colleague to Congressional offices was blatantly wrong in its
assertion that 'H.R. 3193 would allow fully loaded assault weapons to be carried in public.' This is completely false!'" ...
 

DC Gun Safety Laws Under Attack!
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"In a transparent display of election year pandering to the gun lobby, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah), and Larry Craig, (R-Idaho), and U.S. Representative Mark Souder, (R-Indiana, Third District), are working with lobbyists from the National Rifle Association to dismantle DC's gun safety laws without a vote from DC residents and against their consent. The bill in the Senate is S. 1414 ... and the bill in the House is H.R. 3193 ...."

"DC Vote is working closely with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, The Citizens to Save D.C. Gun Safety Laws, and our allies in Congress to defeat this action." ...
 

WI: Gun rights just one of the issues important to sportsmen
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"Real people in America hunt and fish — nearly 40 million of them — and they vote, too, which is why George W. Bush and John Kerry keep showing up in blaze orange jackets, carrying a rod or a shotgun." ...

"A drive south from La Crosse on the Mississippi-hugging Rt. 35 revealed that hunters and fishermen are anything but single issue voters. They are just as conflicted about the issues — the Iraq war, the economy, health care, to name a few — as other people across Wisconsin."

"At his taxidermy shop, Kumlin said he has seen the NRA’s anti-Kerry ads in the hunting magazines but will probably vote for him anyway because 'I don’t like the war in Iraq, I don’t think it was necessary for us to go over there.'" ...
 

NV: Firearm safety should be taught in school
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"First, my prayers go to the families of the recent shooting accident, but your editorial 'Shootings offer opportunity to educate,' while true, doesn't quite tell the whole truth."

"Practically every school district in the U.S. has had the chance to sign up with the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle program since its inception many years back. Very few took that chance, due to the almost rabid fear of firearms by the National Education Association and other government entities such as the Centers for Disease Control."

"The NRA program, in a nutshell, teaches kids that if they find a gun they should tell an adult." ...
 

NV: Firearms are not to blame for deaths
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"I would like to thank editor Steve Lyon for the fine editorial he wrote dealing with educating children and parents about firearms. I couldn't agree more. As a young man growing up in Fallon, it was common place for us to go duck and goose hunting in the morning before school. We were asked not to leave our shotguns in our cars, as they may be stolen. We were asked to bring them to the principal's office, unloaded of course, and check them in along with our 'waders.' After school we could check out our shotguns and take them home. We also got a week off for deer hunting with our fathers if our grades were good enough!" ...
 

LA: Man sentenced for lying to buy pistol [at a gun show]
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Van Douglas Godette Jr., 23, from Lake Charles was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge Richard Haik to 21 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release for making false statements to a firearms dealer ..." ...

"... Godette stipulated at the time of the guilty plea that he well knew that he had been convicted of a felony when he tried to purchase the 9mm pistol and also an AK-47 type rifle at the gun show. The ATF was alerted to the transaction because of the required background check through the National Instant Criminal Information System which revealed Godettte's prior felony convictions." ...
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That's what you get when you listen to Sarah Brady et al. about "gun show loopholes".
 

MI: Stabbed student stumbles to class
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"A 16-year-old girl who was stabbed Monday at Romeo High School was steps away from her first class when, police said, her ex-boyfriend attacked her, leaving a trail of blood in the hallway and panic in the air."

"'He was kind of running up to her, and he came up from behind and hit her as hard as he could,' said student Darrin Lucas, 16, as he swung his fist toward his friend’s lower back to replay what he saw."

"'She said, 'What the hell!' She looked like she was in a lot of pain, and he started running.'"

"John McEwan, superintendent of Romeo Community Schools, called the attack on Nicole Louise Lambert a 'very isolated incident' and said no security changes are planned at the school." ...
 

NY: Trapshooter staying right on target
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"Chris Vendel is a trapshooting Grand American champion, which means he has won the Super Bowl of his sport. Hand him a 12-gauge shotgun, toss a clay pigeon in the air, and odds are very, very good it will be broken long before it hits the ground." ...
 

NH: Yearbook publisher sides with district on shotgun photo
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"Yearbook publishing giant Jostens yesterday said it supports Londonderry High School's decision to nix senior Blake Douglass’ submitted yearbook photo featuring a broke-open shotgun." ...

"'We support whatever the position of the school is, and in this case the school owns the publication because they signed the contract,' said Cole Harris, a Jostens yearbook publishing consultant, who is based in Portland, Maine."

"'And if guns are not allowed in the school, I feel it’s inappropriate to have it in the yearbook. It’s contradictory.'" ...
 

NY: Wild West Side
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"Police shot and killed a bike messenger on a busy Manhattan intersection yesterday after the man refused to drop his gun — an antique-style derringer that cops said was still deadly."

"Boangeres Mota, 36, was pronounced dead at St. Vincent's Hospital at 3:42 p.m., less than two hours after his dramatic face-off with police on a crowded Chelsea street."

"Police sources first said that Mota's derringer — an old-fashioned weapon rarely seen on city streets — was probably inoperable because a metal ball was jammed in its barrel, although the officers who shot him would have had no way of knowing that."
 

SD: Haley's Accident
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"It's hunting season again and with it comes warnings of gun safety. Every day, 24 children* are victims of gunshot wounds. And while that statistics is startling, what's more amazing are kids who live after a bullet brings them close to death."

"On August 22, 2003, 7 year old Haley Torkelson and her 5 year old brother Trevor spent the day at Grandma's in Slayton, Minnesota. Also visiting were two teenage cousins, practicing with their rifles. When one of their guns got jammed, they dumped the bullets out and used a plunger to clear it. But one bullet was still in the chamber and the trigger was 'accidentally' pulled." ...
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* Note: This figure is arrived at by including as "children" anyone under 18. It also includes deliberate shootings, so a 17 year-old drug dealer who gets shot in a turf war would be one of those "children". The actual numbers, from 2001 - 2002 of real children (14 and under) accidentally shot is less than 3.2 per day. Still too many, but nowhere near "epidemic" proportions.
 

DE: Young shooter captures third; Competed in national tourney
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"Casey Lynch, 13, of Harrington placed third in the sub-junior division of the 2004 National Sporting Clays Championship, the largest clay shooting competition in the world."

"The competition was Sept. 8-12 in San Antonio, with more than 1,600 participants."

"Casey started the sport last March and has already received more than a dozen trophies, cash awards and prizes including a .22 rifle and a duck decoy. The cash awards are in a savings account for his future."

"The Texas competition took place on a complex situated on more than 11,000 acres."

"It was hard because you had to focus. People were there from all over the world,' said Casey."

"'I felt really good competing and look forward to going back next year.'" ...
 

CA: Our Voice -- Schwarzenegger bucks party line, legislates for the people
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"Now that’s leadership: Governor supports bills even at the risk of alienating core supporters"

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the anecdote [sic] for a political ill that ails us -- polarizing partisanship."

"With each passing year it seems that Republican- and Democrat-elected officials drift further towards opposite poles on the political spectrum. Much to the chagrin of his core supporters and conservative activists, Schwarzenegger is not drawn in by the powerfully coercive force of party extremism. He is the anti-partisan." ...

"We might not agree with all of his decisions, but the truth of the matter is that his moderate social views are in tune with most Californians’ -- and most of our country." ...
 

Australia: Crim avoids extra jail for gun in cell
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A DANGEROUS convicted kidnapper will not serve an extra day in jail despite hiding a loaded .22 revolver in his high-security prison cell.

Kevin Andrew Farrugia, 31, yesterday received an 18-month suspended sentence and a $1000 fine for his illegal prison stash, which also included cannabis, 11 vials of steroids, four syringes, a mobile phone, a file and a screwdriver.

The Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard Farrugia's hoard was discovered last May during a search of his cell.

Magistrate Jennifer Grubissa said though the crimes were serious she did not want to hinder Farrugia's chances of parole in November and possible rehabilitation.

"I don't wish to impact any potential for you to be paroled," she told him.
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The average Joe on the street would do hard time for having an unlicensed handgun, but a violent felon who had one in his prison cell won't?!?

Truly, the inmates are running the asylum.
 

Argentina: Teen opens fire in Argentine school: 4 dead
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""A 15-year-old student opened fire in his high (secondary) school in a town south of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, killing four students and injuring five others, authorities said."

"The youth identified so far only by his first name, Rafael, brought his father's 9 mm handgun to the Islas Malvinas school in Carmen de Patagones, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Buenos Aires."

"He began shooting in his classroom as students waited for their teacher to arrive, police and witnesses said. The boy's father had the weapon as a member of Argentina's border and river police [Coast Guard]." ...
 

South Africa: New firearms law forces dealers to close shop
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"Gun dealers in Cape Town say they are being driven to shut up shop because of the Firearms Control Act."

"They say a lack of the accredited ranges and instructors required by the Act has led to a backlog in licence applications. They also say applications are not being processed efficiently by the police." ...

"Millar said there were no accredited ranges in Cape Town so potential gun owners could not do competency tests."

"There was only one instructor, but he couldn't provide training because there were no accredited ranges."

"The police refused 'a vast majority' of licences. 'This is crippling us,' Millar said." ...

"'The police just refuse anything. There's also no appeal board so people can't appeal.'" ...
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Sounds like the law is working exactly as intended.
 

South Africa: Playground bullies turn to the power of the gun
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... "It appears that playground bullying has moved up a few notches. Disgruntled children - who lack the communication skills or emotional maturity to resolve conflict with peers - are resorting, if not to real weapons, then to the very potent threat of them."

"And with an estimated 500 000 unregulated gun owners who do not store their firearms correctly, who can assume that a threat like this is farfetched?"

"Inevitably, parallels can be drawn between this trend of bullying and the American high school massacre in April 1999 at Columbine High School ..." ...

"This is a shocking example, but how far off is a local tragedy when our children's attitude to guns is increasingly gung-ho?" ...
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But you have your new "Firearms Control Act" that is less than 4 months old. Shouldn't you at least pretend to let it fail before trying for more counter-productive laws?
 

South Africa: Cigarette thief killed
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"A nicotine-craved Limpopo man has been arrested for murdering a neighbour who allegedly stole money meant for cigarettes."

"Police report that the unnamed Ga-Semenya villager became enraged when he discovered that 22-year-old Jonas Nkosi had stolen R14 meant for cigarettes."

"Nkosi had promised to buy the man a pack of smokes, but apparently admitted he'd spent the money on other things."

"'The villager became so angry, that he grabbed his pistol and shot Nkosi dead on the spot,' said local police spokesperson, Mohale Ramatseba on Tuesday." ...

"Police later arrested a 37-year-old man for the murder, and confiscated an unlicensed pistol as evidence." ...
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But under the new Firearms Control Act it is illegal to have an unregistered gun!
 

Mexico: Mexican mayor accused of shooting opposition candidate
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"A small-town mayor stalked into a clinic and shot to death an opposition party candidate for his job, the Oaxaca state attorney general's office said Tuesday."

"Mayor Candido Palacios fled after the shooting on Monday in San Jose Estancia Grande and was still being sought, the agency said in a news release." ...

"Witnesses told the attorney general's office that [candidate] Avila was at a medical clinic discussing a plan to offer medical checkups as part of her campaign when Palacios stormed in at 11:15 a.m. and shot her four times with a pistol." ...
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But only the elite should have guns, right Sarah?
 

Philippines: Forest protection chief ambushed, dies
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"A motorcycle-riding gunman ambushed and killed the chief of the region's forest protection and law enforcement section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at Crossing Matina Balusong, Tuesday morning."

"Isidro dela Peña, 60, a resident of DHL Village in Matina Balusong was killed even before he could be treated at a nearby hospital."

"Investigation conducted by SPO3 Cecil Mac Blanco and PO3 Decebelindo Didal of the Talomo Police Precinct showed that dela Peña was with his niece onboard his gray Toyota Corolla around 7 a.m. when the attack happened." ...

"Police recovered three empty shells of a caliber .45 pistol at the crime scene." ...
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But guns are banned in the Philippines!
 

Philippines: AWOL cop shot dead
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"TWO motorcycle-riding gunmen in nearby Polomolok town of South Cotabato gunned down a policeman formerly assigned to the Regional Mobile Group Monday evening."

"Police Officer 3 Eddie Seranillos was buying balut outside an eatery along the national highway when the gunmen, riding a black Yamaha DT motorcycle, approached and shot him several times."

"The gunman immediately fled towards unknown direction after taking the victim's .45 caliber pistol."

"Seranilos was rushed to a hospital in General Santos City but was pronounced dead on arrival."

"Reports said Seranillos went absent without official leave (AWOL) and the local police in Polomolok said they are looking the possibility the slaying was drug-related." ...
 

Philippines: Couple slain in drug-related hit
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"A man in the police drugs watch list and his live-in partner were killed in an ambush in front of a pension house in Cebu City Tuesday dawn."

"A cache of drugs, cash and jewelry worth at least P600,000 were found inside the car the couple was riding."

"Wendell Mendoza Ilega, 42, who was armed, and Gloria delos Reyes, 44, died on the spot after two motorcycle-riding men strafed their vehicle at 3:15 a.m."

"Police investigators believed that Ilega's links to the illegal drug trade was a possible motive for the killing." ...

"Ilega also carried a .380 pistol with a magazine containing six bullets and two other spare magazines with seven bullets each." ...
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But guns and drugs are both illegal! How do these bad men get them?
 

UK: Fake gun terror for bus driver
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"A SALES boss sparked a major alert when he hurled racist abuse at a bus driver while brandishing an imitation pistol in Manchester city centre."

"Terence Ward left Mahmood Quraishi 'transfixed' with terror when he got the imitation gun - which later turned out to be a novelty cigarette lighter - from his silver Mercedes convertible which was blocking the route of the bus one evening last September."

"Passers-by rang police and officers from the Armed Response Unit went to the scene."

"A judge at Manchester Crown Court jailed Ward for two years, telling him: 'The citizens [sic] of this city are very fearful of the use of firearms whether they are imitation or otherwise.'" ...
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Given how strict your gun laws are, why would your subjects have anything to fear from gun violence?
 

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