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Does Kerry have a chance to wing some of the NRA vote?
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Second Amendment traitor Robert Ricker: "The power of the gun lobby is more perception than reality." [the NRA's 4 million members] "many of these join only to get the gun magazines or insurance. They believe in the Second Amendment but understand that an AK-47 isn't a hunting rifle."

KABA Note: And many of us understand that the Second Amendment is NOT about hunting.

"But many Second Amendment fundamentalists, not so affectionately referred to as "gun nuts," are fed up with Bush. ..."

"Angel Shamaya, executive director of KeepAndBearArms.com, a proud member of the Anybody But Bush crowd is equally disenchanted. ..."

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KABA Note: Last time we checked Mr. Shamaya had no intention of voting for just ANYONE instead of Bush. But it's so nice to know that this particular "journalist" decided to copy erroneous claims from a previous story rather than check the claims himself.
 

Special Alert Regarding The November Elections (GOA)
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"Four years ago this November, the eyes of the world focused on a single state -- Florida -- as the course of American history was decided by a mere handful of votes."

"Whether or not you think it was a good thing that George W. Bush eventually emerged victorious, there is no doubt that our country would be markedly different had Al Gore been in the White House on September 11, 2001."

"What a lot of people fail to realize, however, is even more profound. The fact of the matter is that were it not for the votes of gun owners, Florida wouldn't have mattered at all!"
 

Gun issue lies low, but could re-emerge during campaign
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"With the national assault weapons ban set to expire in less than two weeks, nobody expected the gun lobby to ignore the Republican National Convention. And it didn't."

"Its leading organization, the National Rifle Association, has sponsored several receptions this week. Wednesday night it co-sponsored a bash for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who could either help or hinder efforts to extend the ban. The bash featured Isaac Hayes and Kid Rock and lasted into the wee hours."

"To remind Republicans gathered here to re-nominate President Bush of its national grass-roots clout, the NRA also took out a full-page advertisement in a national publication, opposite a widely read schedule of events and parties."
 

Three Boys, Two Guns, One Sheriff
Submitted by: Henry Statkowski

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"I know many of you are less than enamored with guns."

"Absolutely despise the carnage that results from their improper or illegal use."

"Here’s something you should know. Law-abiding gun owners hate it even more."

"So, rather than spouting statistics for 800 words or so, I thought I’d tell a story. Maybe get us past the slogans and whatnot."
 

Deacons For Defense (GOA)
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"A lethal moment in Bogalusa shocked the Klan into the realization that blacks were no longer chattel punching bags. During a 1965 summer desegregation demonstration, white hecklers turned violent and threw a brick which struck Hattie Mae Hill. The white mob surrounded the car the Deacons were using to attempt an evacuation of the terrified girl."

"As the mob threatened to break into the car, Deacon Henry Austin shouted that he had a gun. Then he fired a warning shot from his .38 into the air. The mob kept closing in. Austin then fired almost point blank into the chest of Alton Crowe who was in the front of the mob. While Crowe survived, the fun of beating up on blacks died that afternoon in Bogalusa."

"All the white liberals in the north and their black allies, with all their clucking that defensive violence would only provoke more violence, had failed to get the feds to enforce their civil rights laws. Henry Austin and the Deacons succeeded."
 

John Lott: Media Bias Against Guns
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"But much more than a bias toward bad news and drama goes into the media's selective reporting on gun usage. Why, for instance, does the torrential coverage of public shooting sprees fail to acknowledge when such attacks are aborted by citizens with guns? ..."

"I conducted searches of the nation's three largest newspapers - USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times - for the year 2001 and found that only the Times carried even a single news story on defensive gun use. ...Broadening my search to the top ten newspapers in the country, I learned that the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune each managed to report three such stories in a year."
 

David Rossie: NRA selective in choice of political targets
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"There is a doctoral dissertation waiting to be written on the role fear plays in determining how people vote and how political propagandists exploit those fears."

"The latest issue of Field & Stream contains an example of their tactics. A two-page ad sponsored by something called the Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund features a photograph of the gun nuts' rogues gallery: Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. The cutline beneath the photo says the four are shown leaving the Senate chambers on March 2, 2004, 'giggling after casting a day-long series of anti-gun votes.' "

"How the caption writer could tell they were giggling, ...isn't clear, so I guess we'll just have to take his or her word for it. But you should think twice before you take this outfit's word for anything, if what follows is a measure of its credibility."

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Unlike that bastion of credibility VPC that would have you believe that unless we implement some "sensible" gun control, terrorists will be buying .50 BMG's by the bushel.
 

Gary Aldrich: "Escape From New York"
Submitted by: Mark H. Townsend

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"Did anyone consider having these heavily armed officers just out of sight, on location but ready to respond? The way this crowd control has been planned is exactly the opposite. Automatic weapons are everywhere you look. The endless number of blazing red and blue lights and constantly wailing sirens add to the feeling that something has already happened. But nothing has happened – police officers are just moving from place to place. Are the sirens and lights being overused? Are they inadvertently driving potential rioters to the brink?"

"Apparently authorities think this show of power sends a strong message to possible troublemakers. But I have to wonder -- protesters I’ve seen are rude but unarmed. Rock and bottle throwers normally don’t bring along guns. If there was an isolated incident involving a firearm, the normal number of police officers could surely handle it as they usually do. If they have evidence of the possibility of guns, then they should move swiftly to arrest such persons preemptively." ...

"If somebody’s rights had to be taken, why did they take our rights and why did authorities assume we would just give them up?"

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Poster's Note: I hope it's not too late...

KABA Note: Strange that NYC believes a show of armed force will somehow keep felons at bay, but apparently only if the government has the guns. If the people have the guns, it's apparently a bad thing, and they need to be prosecuted.
 

Wayne LaPierre: Self-Defense--Or Self-Defenseless?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "So, in England, our vintage Winchester Model 12s, or Remington 870s, or Ithaca Sweet 16s or Remington 1100s are illegal."

"Do any of us think of them as 'assault shotguns?' Does my friend think of his Model 12 as a 'danger to society?'"

"The anti-liberty forces in England believed exactly that and, with a massive anti-gun propaganda campaign, they prevailed."

"Tony Martin's nightmare was the final rung in the long series of 'sensible steps' demanded by the enemies of freedom in Britain. Those same steps began here at home with the 1994 Bill Clinton 'assault weapon' ban and represent a long-term campaign modeled on England's total civil disarmament." ...
 

CA: Redondo resident scares off intruders
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"A Redondo Beach man thwarted a burglary at his home when he opened the blinds and waved a handgun at the potential intruders, who fled."

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Substitute "New York" or "Washington, DC," or "Chicago" for "Redondo Beach" and the story would no doubt focus on his being arrested for possessing a firearm.
 

CO: Coors is no fan of many gun laws
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"Both Pete Coors and Ken Salazar hold themselves up as defenders of the Second Amendment - the right to bear arms."

"If Coors, a former National Rifle Association poster boy, had his way, a lot more people would be able to bear a lot more arms."

"Queried at the Republican National Convention about his stance against continuing the federal assault weapons ban, Coors responded that in Colorado, 'we believe in the right to bear arms without restrictions.' "
 

MD: Maryland Leaders Experience Gun Violence Firsthand
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"Maryland's Prince George's County State Attorney Glen Ivey and former delegate Rushern Baker III experienced gun violence firsthand while taking a break from campaigning at an ice cream shop, the Washington Post reported Sept. 1."

"While standing in line at the shop in the Districts Height section of the county, the political leaders were shot with a pellet gun by a gunman in a passing car."
 

MD: Gun Dealer Punished For Leaving Firearms Within Child's Reach
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"A Mount Airy gun dealer is worried he may not be able to sell guns again, after he's charged with leaving loaded firearms within a child's reach."

"An attorney for 56-year-old Amir Tabassi says his client is worried he will lose his business if he doesn't appeal his conviction."

"Tabassi was found guilty on 11 counts of allowing a child access to loaded firearms and one count of reckless endangerment back in April."

"The charges were filed in August 2003 after state police seized 111 weapons from Tabassi's home. Tabassi said he had lost his lease on a gun store in Hagerstown and was moving his inventory to his home."

"Tabassi will have to pay a $1,000 fine and will have to serve one year of probation. ..."
 

NH: Homeowners want law protecting gun clubs declared unconstitutional
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"A homeowners group is seeking to declare unconstitutional recent legislation exempting shooting ranges from liability and prosecution from noise complaints."

"Twenty-three members of Residents Defending Their Homes say the measure, passed in May, violates their legal recourse against a local gun club. The group filed a petition last month in Hillsborough County Superior Court against the town of Hollis and the Lone Pine Hunters Club."

"The club, which began in Nashua in 1913 and moved to Hollis in 1966, suspended its shooting and other outdoor operations last fall due to unresolved disagreements over noise levels and environmental concerns of nearby homeowners."
 

OH: Shots fired by robber at 'no-guns' First Merit bank
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"Police are investigating the Wednesday robbery of the FirstMerit Bank at 1502 Canton Road."

"Police said that a lone gunman wearing a black ski mask and sunglasses told tellers at 9 a.m. to put money into a bag he had brought with him." ...

"We've tried and tried to tell them - posting signs will not keep out armed criminals, and may even provide them incentive... When it became clear that bank management was unwilling to put the safety of their patrons ahead of imaginary liability concerns, OFCC began the process of moving our accounts, just as many other Ohioans have moved their business away from businesses who deny their self-defense rights. First Merit is proving to be a very unsafe place to do business."
 

OH: Another 'no-guns' First Merit robbery; Branch once held OFCC's accounts
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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry has learned that the Garfield Heights branch of First Merit bank was robbed on Wednesday, July 21. According to sources, the perpetrator walked right past "no-guns" sign on the outer door, made his way to the counter, and presented a demand note."

"First Merit has posted 'no-guns' signs at its branches throughout Ohio for just eight weeks, and OFCC has documented at least seven robberies in various parts of the state since that time."

"What makes this branch notable is that it once held the accounts of Ohioans For Concealed Carry Inc. ..."
 

OH: Order that bars gun ban is extended
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"Unless the City of Clyde requests a hearing, a temporary court restraining order barring enforcement of a ban on legally concealed weapons from public parks will continue indefinitely."

"According to records from Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, Clyde City Solicitor Barry Bova consented in a phone conversation to the extension of the original temporary restraining order imposed by Common Pleas Judge Harry A. Sargeant, Jr. on Aug. 12." ...

"Sargeant's action was in response to a motion filed on behalf of Ohioans for Concealed Carry Inc., a Second Amendment advocacy group based in Delaware, Ohio. Such a court action was anticipated since city officials said they would not repeal the ban despite pressure from the advocacy group."
 

IN: Proposed stun-gun ban may be revisited later
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"A proposal to ban stun guns in Indianapolis is still alive despite a City-County Council committee's decision Wednesday to delay discussing the measure."

"Democratic council member Sherron Franklin-- who is an Indianapolis police officer -- said she hopes to craft a new proposal that conforms to state law and could be ready later this month."

"The proposed ban, which currently would impose a $250 fine for buying a stun gun, is intended to protect police officers, who could be incapacitated by them, Franklin said."
 

Philippines: Another gun that goes off all by itself in the hands of "veteran cop"
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"HOMICIDE investigators in Manila never thought they would be investigating the death of one of their own."

"But they did just that Wednesday when SPO3 Solomon Bataller died after his service pistol fell and went off accidentally."

"The incident happened in front of his 10-year-old son, who was unharmed." ...

"He suffered two gunshot wounds."

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KABA Note: Our spidey sense is telling us that this was no ordinary negligent discharge.
 

More Responses to “Assault weapons, they’re almost back” (Letter)
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"Your editorial plea to reauthorize the assault weapons ban was emotional but it was also full of misinformation. The 1994 law banned the manufacture or importation of specific weapons and high capacity magazines for public consumption. However, the ban did nothing to remove millions of assault weapons or high capacity magazines from everyday commerce. 'Pre-ban' guns and magazines are available and have been easily procured during the entire length of the ban. In fact, manufacturers dumped so many magazines and guns on the market in 1993 that prices actually went down in spite of the pending ban."

"That renders any so-called decrease in assault weapon crime or other statistics moot ..."
 

Finland: Study Says Courts Hold Victims to Blame for Violent Crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Finnish courts frequently hold the victims of violent crimes as partly to blame for the incidents, according to new doctoral research." ...

"Hahto also criticized the severity of Finland’s self defence law, which states that only “reasonable force” can be used."

"'You can see frequently that courts feel that defending yourself with a knife, for example, automatically exceeds the limits of self-defence – unless the attacker also has a weapon,' says Hahto."

"She says that courts should more carefully consider, on a case-by-case basis, whether the victim really had any chance of escape or defence without the use of a weapon."

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Poster's Note: I am 6'5" and in excess of 300 lbs. A 5'1" 105 lb woman couldn't use a weapon to fight me off? If I were a robber, rapist or murderer, I'd want to move to Finland!
 

Sudan: U.S. accuses Sudan of persistent attacks in Darfur
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"The United States accused Sudan on Thursday of playing a direct role in attacks against African villagers in Darfur and said the United Nations needed to be tougher in getting Khartoum to accept thousands of African monitors."

"U.S. Ambassador John Danforth challenged the United Nations' failure to emphasize Sudan's involvement in the crisis. And he criticized U.N. officials for suggesting that fielding African Union observers would be conditional on whether or not Sudan was able to protect its people in Darfur." ...

"He also called for increased African Union monitors and outlined a broader mandate to stop abuses." ...

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A) What's going on is genocide not "abuses".

2) The victims don't need "monitors" they need guns and ammo to defend themselves - something that their government and the UN aren't capable of doing effectively. Current Sudanese law limits handgunners to 15 rounds per year!
 

GA: Police officer admits to robbing banks to pay employees
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"FBI agents say a veteran Atlanta police officer has confessed to holding up three banks over the last two months."

"An affidavit by two FBI special agents includes a statement from Officer Stanley Street in which he says he robbed the banks at gunpoint because he needed money to pay employees at Atlanta's Finest Security Co."

"Street, an Atlanta police officer for 17 years, made an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday on three charges each of armed robbery and illegal use of firearms."
 

VA: Writer doesn't understand the Second Amendment (Letter)
Submitted by: medicdave

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"It seems that the folks who populate the staff there don't want you to read the Constitution beyond the First Amendment. When you get to the Second Amendment, it clearly states that 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' "

"The people on The Free Lance-Star editorial staff propose just such an infringement when they advocate a ban on 'assault weapons.' The way this works is to demonize an inanimate piece of machinery that most citizens don't understand."

"The rifles in question work no differently from a mechanical perspective than any other semiautomatic rifle that any 'sportsman' uses."

"They do look different, but that's all. However, looks can be deceiving and that's exactly what The Free Lance-Star is doing--deceiving. The Constitution doesn't protect the rights of "hunters" and "target-shooters." It protects everyone--even people whom The Free Lance-Star doesn't understand and won't report accurately about."

"Those of us who own military-style rifles use them the same way anyone else does--lawfully. Many of us use them in high-power rifle competitions while The Free Lance-Star is busy covering upstanding athletes from the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball. You know: the guys who take drugs, fool around, and end up in court or jail."

"The simple fact is that we don't need any additional gun laws. ..."
 

South Korea: U.S. soldier on trial for attempted murder in S. Korea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The trial of an Army soldier accused of attempted murder kicked off Wednesday afternoon in a Seoul court room, with the soldier maintaining his innocence in the case."

"Pfc. John C. Humphreys, 21, is accused of stabbing a South Korean man during an early-morning dispute in May. At his Aug. 20 arraignment in Seoul District Court, Humphreys characterized the incident as self-defense."

"According to Seoul prosecutors, witnesses will testify during the trial that Humphreys and a group of other soldiers were drinking and causing a public disturbance early the morning of May 15. When a 27-year-old South Korean civilian, identified only by his family name Park, approached the soldiers to quiet them, police said, a scuffle broke out." ...
 

Responses to “Assault weapons, they’re almost back” (Letter)
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"If it is the opinion of the www.Minute ManMedia.org than the gun industry is 'virtually unregulated,' you might want to do a little more reading before ranting about a totally ineffective weapons ban. The gun industry is very regulated and requires significantly more paperwork than journalism does. ..."

"Guns are banned in England, Jamaica, and Australia, but criminals just don’t seem to want to follow the law, so people get killed by guns there. On the other hand, here in the US, criminals have to fear law-abiding gun owners – that might just shoot them for trying to rob, rape, murder, or burglarize them! ..."
 

Philippines: Pier worker: Cop shot me, my pal
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"The 20-year-old pier laborer whom PO3 Adonis Dumpit allegedly shot and wounded last week finally showed up at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 and named the policeman as his assailant." ...

"Accompanied by his parents, Rolando Mejarito, 20, told the NBI that he recognized Dumpit as the man who shot him and his friend, Wilson Borja, 30, because the policeman frequented the Cebu City pier area either in a red multicab or a police car."
 

UK: Ban stun guns now!!!
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"A pizza parlour owner was hit by a stun gun during an armed hold-up in Northern Ireland only yards from a bakery which was visited by the Prince of Wales today."

"Ronnie Doey, who owns the Pizza House in Main Street Castledawson, Co Londonderry, was beaten in his home by three masked men who demanded cash during the overnight raid."

"One of his teenage sons was thrown into a bath of water by the thugs who threatened to shoot him with the stun gun."

"Politician William McCrea, who visited the Doey family, said they believed they were going to be killed."
 

UK: Armed officers make arrest over gun
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FULL TEXT BELOW:


Armed police officers arrested a man after receiving reports that a man was seen walking past a hotel in a Mid Wales town, carrying a handgun.

They were called to the Bell Hotel, in Commercial Street, Newtown, during the early hours of Tuesday morning. After searching the area officers found the man the Llanfair Road.

Officers disarmed him after a search revealed he was carrying an imitation ball bearing gun. He was then arrested and taken into custody.

 

OR: Assault Weapons Ban To Expire
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"The federal assault weapons ban is nearly 10 years old and it is about to expire. Arguments continue over whether it has helped cut crime over the last decade, but one thing is certain: The firearms now available are almost identical to those that are supposed to be banned."

"Some see the military style AR 15 as an assault weapon, while others claim it is only a varmint rifle. Either way the AR 15 is legal in Oregon. 'They're very popular,' says Marvin Loy, owner of SM Gunshop in North Eugene."
 

UK: Bus service axed after shooting
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A bus company is withdrawing one of its services after a driver was shot with what is believed to be a pellet gun.

The man suffered a minor eye injury in the incident, which happened on Cornlands Road in the Acomb area of York just before 1900 BST on Wednesday.

Two youths were questioned by officers over allegations of assault before being released on police bail.

Now First, the company that operates the service, says the bus will not run in the area in the evenings.

Commercial director Peter Edwards said: "We will not be operating along Cornlands Road after 1900 BST at least until Monday, specifically because of this incident."
 

UK: Man arrested after siege incident
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"Armed police had to cordon off a residential area in Brighton after receiving a call about a man believed to be armed with a gun."

"Sussex Police received a call about the man - who had barricaded himself inside a house on Firle Road - at about 1600 BST on Thursday."

"The man - believed to be in his 50s - was arrested about five hours later for public order offences, police said."

"They also confirmed that a number of firearms were retrieved from the house."
 

IA: Self-Defense Class Fills Up Fast
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A self-defense class for women being offered by the Linn County sheriff's office was expanded from 24 to 30 women two days after registration began.

And training officer Chris Smaby, who is teaching the free class, says five more are still hoping to get in. Smaby will teach another class in January, sooner if interest continues.

The class is physical so women learn to escape an attack, but the main focus is actually to help them avoid attack in the first place. That could mean ending a date early if a guy seems aggressive, setting limits or just keeping up your guard.

The class is for women age 16 and older.

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Iowa is one of the very few remaining "may (but probably won't) issue" states.
 

VA: Waynesboro Man Faces Charges After Paper 'Protection' Proves Futile
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"On Wednesday, the Waynesboro Police Department placed criminal charges against William Adrian Foote, 46, of Waynesboro. He's charged in connection to an August 29th stabbing/beating incident on South Poplar Avenue."

"Police allege that Foote arrived at the residence of his estranged wife where he allegedly became involved in an altercation with Michael Joseph Gentry, 46, of Augusta, Georgia. Foote allegedly stabbed Gentry once in the back, and then was beaten by Gentry." ...

"Foote was charged with Malicious Wounding, Burglary with the intent to commit assault and Violation of a Protective Order."

"Police say Gentry acted in self defense and no criminal charges against him will be filed."
 

MA: Gun owners forum Friday
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"The Baystate Republican Council in partnership with the Gun Owners Action League will sponsor a 2nd Amendment/Article 17 issue forum at the Italian American Victory Club, Rte. 9, on Sept. 3, 7 to 9:30 p.m."

"Ron Crews, candidate for U.S. Congress, 3rd District, and former president of Massachusetts Family Institute, will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, there will be several legislative incumbents and candidates in attendance who support the issue, or want to learn more."
 

UK: Outcry over city shootout
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"Anti-gun campaigners today said gangsters who opened fire during a high-speed chase in rush-hour traffic could have killed innocent bystanders."

"Gleen Reid, who chairs of Mothers Against Guns, said it also proved the problem of gun crime had not vanished from city streets. Gun-toting thugs repeatedly shot at the occupants of an Audi during the chase along the outer ring road at 5.25pm yesterday."

"Scores of commuters crawling home in heavy traffic are thought to have witnessed the high-speed gun drama as the Audi cars weaved between them."
 

LA: Explorers help fingerprint kids and distribute free gun locks
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"Free cable-style gun locks were distributed over the weekend by the Gonzales Police Department's Explorers thanks to a program sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Lieutenant Governor's Office."

"The locks were presented last week to the Gonzales Police Department, Sorrento Police Department and Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office as part of Project ChildSafe."

"Members of the Explorers sat in Wal-Mart Saturday handing out the free gun locks and providing fingerprinting for children."
 

UK: Armed police swoop
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"ARMED police raided a caravan park in Poyle Trading estate last week in connection with a murder at a wedding reception."

"Officers stormed into the site at around 10.30am last Thursday and quickly surrounded one of the park's mobile homes."

"Using a battering ram to break through the door the group of armed police then entered the house before declaring it safe." ...

"The raid was staged following information received by police relating to the murder of 28-year-old Samuel Barr, of Woking, Surrey, who died at a wedding reception on Sunday, August 15 at the Holiday Inn, Peartree Roundabout near Oxford."

 

The right to bear arms, but not in the wrong hands
Submitted by: medicdave

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Confusion abounds in this editorial! One minute, he's a realist, the next, he's an idiot.

"In all advanced industrial democracies except the United States, guns are heavily regulated...Looking at democracy in comparative perspective, it is clear that an armed citizenry is not a necessary condition for political freedom."

KABA Note: If you call being prosecuted by the government for defending your life, the lives of your family members and your property "freedom," please, by all means, move.

"The United States is the only modern democracy in which gun ownership is a right, not a privilege granted by the state."

KABA Note: The United States is NOT a democracy.

"A sudden disappearance of firearms in America would not endanger liberty."

KABA Note: We'd simply become subjects, like in Merrie Olde England.

"But no right is absolute. Absolute freedom without any rules or responsibilities is anarchy. On the other hand, taking rules and regulations too far in the name of the public good can snuff out liberty."

KABA Note: The right to life is absolute. Consequently, the right to defend that life is absolute as well, even if it means using weapons that scare the hanky-wringers.
 

MI: Detroit changes police gun policy
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"The Detroit Police Department has ended its decades-old policy that required officers to carry their department-issued weapons at all times."

"Off-duty officers now have the option of leaving their guns at home when they're off duty. Previously, cops were exempt from the policy only when they were in church, on vacation or attending a sporting event."

"The change is being driven by reforms arising from Detroit's federally mandated consent decree and from national trends, said Detroit Police Inspector Jamie Fields, of the department's planning and accreditation section. Fields said concerns over cops and off-duty alcohol drinking also played a role in making the requirement an option."
 

IA: Another responsible public safety officer loses sight of his weapon
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"Clinton police have been following up on many phone tips about an officer’s missing .40-caliber handgun, but the case remains unsolved."

"Police Chief Brian Guy said investigators are focused on finding the Officer Matt Lorenzen’s gun, which was reported stolen sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and noon Sunday from his personal car at his home on Melrose Court."

"Guy said the officer did not violate department policy by taking the gun home after work, but the policy does state that officers are responsible for the safekeeping of their weapons."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them. — Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646

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