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'Control Borders, Not Guns' Says Citizens Committee in National Mail Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today announced a campaign to flood the White House with letters from American gun owners demanding that government put its energies into controlling the borders, rather than guns owned by law-abiding citizens."

"'We intend to tell President Bush that American gun owners are tired of taking the heat, and the rap, for increasing numbers of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. 'We need to control our borders, not perfectly legal firearms. Our government should seriously restrict access to our country by people who have no right to be here, rather than restrict the gun rights of citizens who were born here.'" ...
 

New Orleans: A wakeup call for California
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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... "In California a major earthquake would make the scope and scale of what happened in New Orleans seem like a minor incident. There obviously would be no warnings, and the area devastated would be at least 10 times that of New Orleans affecting as many as 10 million people or more." ...

"6. When politicians tell you that only law enforcement and police should own guns in today's 'modern society', tell them to go to hell... or New Orleans. There's no difference between either at this point in time."
 

NRA’s new Jewish leader shoots holes in stereotypes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"As a Jewish woman and Harvard-educated lawyer who practiced law in Los Angeles, Sandra Froman admits that, at least on paper, she doesn’t seem a natural choice to lead the National Rifle Association (NRA). But the Second Amendment, she said, is all about empowerment."

"'I’ve never met a gun I didn’t like,' said Froman, 55, a California native who moved to Tucson in 1985. 'I wish I had more time to practice. My favorite gun is normally the one I was able to take out most recently, but I shoot pistols, rifles, black-powder rifles.'" ...
 

WI: A.G. Accuses Two Lawmakers of Breaking Open Records Law
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"The state's attorney general sued two Republican lawmakers on Thursday, accusing them of hiding from the public the draft of a bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons." ...

"Wisconsin citizens have the right to know what legislation is being considered by the state Legislature - that's not a privilege reserved for the gun lobby," Democratic Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager said in a statement."

"Zien said the bill will be made public when it is introduced as early as next week. He acknowledged sharing drafts with an NRA lobbyist and two outside lawyers, but said he saw nothing wrong with seeking their expertise in writing the legislation." ...
 

F.B.I. Abandons Disputed Test for Bullets From Crime Scenes
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"F.B.I. scientists said Thursday that they would abandon a controversial bullet-matching technique that had been used in thousands of investigations."

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it still had confidence in the scientific reliability of the technique, which is known as bullet lead analysis and analyzes the chemical composition of a bullet. But in light of criticism of how the results were interpreted in court, the bureau said it would stop conducting the tests." ...

"A major study last year by the National Research Council found that the bureau's examiners had sometimes overstated the test results in concluding that a bullet had come from a certain box or batch of ammunition." ...
 

CA: S.J. homeowner released after fatal shooting of alleged intruder
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"A West San Jose homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into his house late Thursday and assaulted him, according to San Jose police." ...

"[Sgt. Nick] Muyo said the 38-year-old dead suspect ... had been in an argument outside with another adult who lives in the house. That man came inside and closed the door behind him, apparently seeking to avoid a physical fight. It didn't work."

"'The suspect breaks the door down and confronts the resident. The homeowner hears the commotion and comes downstairs with a weapon and gets assaulted,' Muyo said. When the man hit him again, Muyo said, the homeowner shot the intruder." ...
 

GA: Parents Sue Savannah Beauty Queen In Their Son's Death
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"Savannah beauty queen Sharron Nicole Redmond, who was acquitted of murder earlier this year in the death of her boyfriend, is now being sued by the man's parents."

"Kevin Darnell Shorter's parents filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Redmond Thursday in Chatham County State Court."

"Shorter's mother, Phyllis Shorter, called him a gentle giant and said he was not the person he's been portrayed to be."

"Redmond claimed she was acting in self-defense when she shot Shorter in December 2003, just four months after she was crowned Miss Savannah. She also said Shorter had been abusive."

"A jury found her not guilty in March." ...
 

NC: Two Students Charged With Having Weapon On School Grounds
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Two Broughton High School students are not in class because they are in trouble with the law.

Raleigh police say a 15-year-old was pulled out of class and had a pistol.

In a separate incident, police arrested 16-year-old Everette Saunders and charged him with assault on a government official and possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Police say Saunders assaulted a school administrator and security officer. They say he had a knife.
 

MI: Teen attempts to rob special ed student, police say
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"A student grabbed a blade from another's backpack and held a third Arthur Hill High School student at knifepoint Thursday, the second incident of a deadly weapon in a city school this week, police and parents said."

"School officials said they did not have knowledge of the incident's details. A police report described the 7:30 a.m. incident as taking place on school grounds, Saginaw Sgt. Paul Crane said."

"'We don't know if he was threatening anybody or if he was just displaying it,' said Art O'Neal, security chief for the Saginaw School District." ...
 

LA: Five Days And Still No Help?
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... "New Orleans is the perfect case study to appreciate what can happen – what does happen – when armed resistance and civilian authority in general are neutralized as they have been with the flood which separates the citizens from their armed protection. Violent predators then have nothing to fear from unarmed citizens." ...

"The idea of Martial Law, for instance, which sweeps up the innocent with the criminal because officials can’t tell the difference, is a zero-tolerance policy of a sort, and runs counter to the citizens’ active participation in their own recovery. The idea of putting 300 soldiers fresh from Iraq armed with rifles doesn't impress me, but worries me on whether they can tell the good guys from the bad guys. An armed citizen can tell the difference, and doesn't necessarily have orders to shoot to kill. There is such a thing as middle ground where no one has to get hurt." ...
 

MS: Trying to survive, while others binge
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"Judy Marsh sleeps in the back of her damaged Western clothing shop with a .380-caliber pistol at her side."

"Like many business owners, she is dealing not only with storm damage but a looting free-for-all that has made shops like hers fair game."

"Simple survival drives some to forage for essentials such as food and water. But others have used the opportunity for their own nefarious purposes."

"They walk off with TVs, jewelry and guns. In parts of New Orleans, well-armed groups of men have shot at police. Even rescue helicopters have come under fire." ...
 

LA: 'All you can do is fend for yourself'
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"At a corner of the French Quarter's fabled Basin Street, now transformed into a vision of darkly ominous floodwaters, a phalanx of armed men stood guard over the First District police station."

"Looking more like members of a Third World militia than officers of a U.S. municipal police force, some were dressed in flak jackets, others in T-shirts, brandishing their semi-automatic weapons and shotguns as if they meant to use them."

"'Hope you got a pistol,' suggested one of the policemen, the sleeves of his T-shirt rolled up to expose a massive dragon tattoo and the name Armand. 'It's going to be mayhem here.'" [emphasis added] ...
 

LA: Shoot looters
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... "Several news organizations have reported that armed gangs are now roving the streets. They raided a nursing home and took whatever they could lay hands on. 'We had enough food for 10 days,' Peggy Hoffman, the home's director, told the AP. 'Now we'll have to equip our department heads with guns and teach them how to shoot.'" ...

"... John Carolan was sitting on his porch in the thick, humid darkness just before midnight Tuesday when three or four young men, one with a knife and another with a machete, stopped in front of his fence and pointed to the generator humming in the front yard. [One] said, 'We want that generator.' [Carolan responded] 'I fired a couple of rounds over their heads with a .357 Magnum . . . they scattered. You've heard of the law west of the Pecos? This is the law west of Canal Street.'"
 

LA: More dark days in New Orleans, but Pittsburghers offer hope
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"From nola.com, Web site of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, yesterday:"

"11:41 a.m., Dave Gibbs: Seven people are trapped in the Gallery Row apartments at Julia and Magazine. They were attacked by an armed gang, who hijacked their truck and drove it through a locked gate in the parking garage. They are unable to leave the building due to the heavy presence of large, well-organized armed looters. They expect the building to be attacked at any moment. The trapped people are lightly armed (one shotgun and one pistol), but there are numerous entry points into the apartments. Please send help ASAP." ...
 

LA: New Orleans in Anarchy With Fights, Rapes
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... "Tourist Debbie Durso of Washington, Mich., said she asked a police officer for assistance and his response was, 'Go to hell - it's every man for himself.'"

"'This is just insanity,' she said. 'We have no food, no water ... all these trucks and buses go by and they do nothing but wave.'"

"FEMA director Michael Brown said the agency just learned about the situation at the convention center Thursday and quickly scrambled to provide food, water and medical care and remove the corpses."

"Speaking on CNN's 'Larry King Live,' Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the evacuation of New Orleans should be completed by the end of the weekend." ...
 

VA: Records Confirm at Least Seven ATF Gun Show 'Stings'
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"Virginia State Police records confirm that at least seven gun show 'sting' operations since July of 2004 have targeted gun buyers in the Richmond, Va., area. The documents support allegations that protected information may have been illegally shared with local police and gun buyers' relatives and neighbors." ...

"Following that initial report, Cybercast News Service obtained Virginia State Police (VSP) records that show at least six other stings have been conducted in the Richmond area since the summer of last year."

"Gardiner also believes the ATF agents violated federal law by providing the information to local police officials that in turn was used to conduct the residence checks. ...'" ...
 

FL: Officers responded to auto break-in
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"On Aug. 10, at 6 a.m., while I was working out ... my marked Broward Sheriff's Office car was broken into. Numerous items were taken, among them my Sig 380 pistol, laptop computer, cell phone, credit cards, BSO ID, badge and cash." ...

"On Aug. 11, at 10 a.m., I got a message to call Hollywood Detective Nick Singley. When I made contact, Det. Singley advised me that he and his unit had made an arrest and recovered my pistol. ... While at the station, it was discovered that the arrested subject had my cell and that members of Det. Singley's unit had recovered my laptop." ...

"All I can say is, Hollywood, you should be proud to have these police officers working for and protecting you. I am."
 

KS: Weapon of choice
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"Topeka police officers and Shawnee County sheriff's deputies will be carrying the same service weapon starting next spring. But police say their switch to the Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol has little to do with the fact that the sheriff's office uses that gun."

"The change was triggered instead by problems police experienced with the 'safety' ... of their current handgun of choice, the Smith and Wesson 9 mm semiautomatic, said police Sgt. Ron Brown."

"Over the past 10 years, Brown said, 84 percent of the department's officers have experienced some sort of problem during practice exercises because some found it difficult to manipulate the safety, or because they forgot to deactivate it before firing." [emphasis added] ...
 

WA: Ex-officer testifies he 'defused situation' (the fired officer's testimony)
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"A former Kennewick police officer accused of pointing his gun at a man he perceived as "crazy" for stopping his truck in a traffic lane said his actions "defused the situation" just like he was trained."

"Ryan Bonnalie took the stand for two hours Thursday in his assault trial to tell jurors that he has been taught to act fast and have his gun ready and loaded, instead of reacting to a potential threat. So when Don Schnell, a 63-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer, pulled over and walked back to his truck April 1, Bonnalie said he thought he had a problem on his hands and wanted to protect himself and his 6-year-old daughter seated next to him." ...
 

IA: Gun In West Des Moines Kidnapping Linked To Iraq War
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"A West Des Moines kidnapping case now has a significant tie to the war in Iraq."

"West Des Moines police found a 9 mm pistol while working the kidnapping case, and it turns out that soldiers in Iraq have been looking for that gun."

"On Aug. 5, police went to a home where a woman was found handcuffed and confused. She had liquid running down her arm. She told police she'd been trying to fall asleep when two men broke in."

"Police said one of the men was U.S. Marine Brandon Brown. ..."

"'There was a pistol found a few blocks from the crime scene,' said Major Christian Rankin ..."

"The brothers were also found the next day ... They were soon charged with robbery, burglary and kidnapping. ..."
 

OR: County OKs shooting range near Bandon
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"Local gun enthusiasts hit target dead center Thursday night receiving, the go-ahead from the Coos County Planning Commission for the development of a public shooting range nine miles north of Bandon."

"The commission approved a conditional use permit allowing for 220 acres of the Coos County Forest to be used as a shooting range."

"All five of the seven members of the Commission present Thursday were in favor of the shooting range. Commissioners Charlie Waterman and Dennis Schad were absent. Coos County Board Chairman John Griffith attended the meeting but didn't testify." ...
 

NY: Ilion police give away gun locks
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"The Ilion Police Department wants to ensure gun safety within the community. That's why they're giving out free gun locks through the Project Child Safe Program."

"Captain Laurie DeVaul says the locks can be picked up in the lobby of the station. She says everyone that owns a gun should also own a lock."

"'We have had limited situations involving weapons that weren't properly locked up. This is just a free alternative for people. It's not going to prevent children from accessing the weapon but it will prevent them from loading it and firing it,' she said."

"The police department has already given away hundreds of locks, but there are still plenty available." ...
 

MA: Gun maker protects stock control
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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. has adopted a plan to protect itself from hostile takeovers that would create a new class of preferred shares."

"The plan was effective Aug. 26, according to filings last week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission." ...

"Because Smith & Wesson is set to grow rapidly and its stock price may not reflect the company's view of its prospects, hostile bidders may become involved, Sharp said. The plan for rights to buy preferred shares would have the effect of discouraging such takeovers unless they are negotiated with the board of directors, she said." ...
 

AR: Seniors check out Daisy donations
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"Ethel Peters is 90 years old. But don’t get competitive with her — she still might be able to out-jump you, outrun you or even outshoot you."

"Peters, one of more than 1,000 athletes expected to compete at 2005 ’s Arkansas Senior Olympic Games in Hot Springs, was on hand Thursday at the Rogers Daisy Airgun Museum to hear the company announce its support for the games. 'They look kind of heavy,' she said as she examined one of the six rifles Daisy Outdoor Products is donating to the games for shooting events."

"The company is also donating three pistols, BBs and other equipment." ...
 

IL: Doctors Blame Taser Stun Gun for Fibrillation
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"A shock from a Taser stun gun caused a teenager in Chicago to go into ventricular fibrillation, a usually fatal heart disturbance, according to a letter published yesterday in The New England Journal of Medicine."

"The letter, written by two doctors at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, appears to be the first medically documented case of ventricular fibrillation caused by a Taser gun. Tasers are pistol-like weapons that fire electrified barbs up to 25 feet, immobilizing people with painful shocks."

"Taser International, which makes the guns, has said that Tasers cannot cause fibrillation, a condition in which the heart loses the ability to pump blood. ..." ...
 

UK: Hitmen guilty of gun attack in city
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"A MAN was an inch from death after being shot in the back in an attempted gangland assassination outside his Edinburgh home."

"Peter Simpson, 45, was sprayed with five bullets from an automatic pistol by a gunman wearing a balaclava, but only one round hit him, the High Court in Edinburgh heard today."

"Another balaclava-wearing accomplice threatened him with a sawn-off shotgun but the weapon was never fired. The daylight attack in Granton came just two months after Mr Simpson had been tipped off by police that he could be in danger." ...
 

TX: Set your sights on being prepared for hunt
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"Now is the time for deer hunters to worry about the simple things, like whether that old shootin' iron will put a slug where it's aimed."

"To do it right, take the rifle you're going to use next season, along with a box of the exact bullets (brand and weight) you're going to use, and head for the range."

"There are several rifle ranges in the area. If you're shopping for a range, ask about amenities such as shooting rests, sand bags, eyes and ears protection, targets and spotting scopes."

"As deer hunting season nears, some ranges will offer extended night hours." ...
 

uK: Gunman draws a blank with Sabbath muggings
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"A GUNMAN tried to rob three orthodox Jews in separate incidents in Golders Green - but fled empty handed because they were not carrying cash on the Sabbath."

"The man picked on his first victim at about 8pm last Friday between Highfield Road and Leeside Crescent."

"The victim was walking through an alleyway when a man got out of a red car and pointed a black pistol at him demanding money."

"But he explained he did not carry cash or anything else on the Sabbath."

"The suspect searched his pockets before fleeing the scene."

"About half an hour later the suspect tried again - this time pointing his pistol at another Orthodox Jew in Garrick Avenue - and again the victim explained that he didn't have anything to hand over." ...
 

Canada: Hunters don’t need more gun controls from Toronto
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"Kenora hunters don’t need more rules from Queen’s Park so they can make Toronto streets safe from handguns."

"That’s the view of Bob Sinfield, who’s in charge of members with pistols and revolvers at the Lake of the Woods Gun Club."

"'It’s not the hunters that are breaking the law. It’s the crooks and the criminals,' he said Thursday."

"Attorney General Michael Bryant announced new rules in response to ongoing violence in the Toronto earlier in the day."

"According to Canadian Press, there have been 48 murders this year, double last year’s total, 32 of which involved guns. As of Aug. 15, Toronto police had seized 1,265 firearms in an effort to reduce the death toll in Canada’s largest city." ...
 

UK: 40pc of young people 'know a gun owner'
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Almost 40 per cent of young people know someone who owns a gun and 62 per cent have seen one on the street, at school or in their own home, according to a survey by the music television channel MTV.

Almost 700 people, most of whom were under 24, took part in the internet poll, which looked at the relationship between gun crime and hip hop, the music genre blamed for glamorising guns.

The results raised concerns about the attitude of young people towards firearms, as 40 per cent said they were an effective way of intimidating people and 25 per cent considered them a good form of self-defence. Almost half of the respondents lived in London and the South-East.
 

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