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Senators overwhelmingly pass pilot gun bill
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The Senate overwhelmingly backed a measure on Thursday that would arm airline pilots on a voluntary basis in a dramatic security step aimed at preventing a repeat of last year's Sept. 11 attacks."

"Gun control advocates from the Democratic party joined conservative Republicans in passing the measure 87-6, leading supporters to declare they had the momentum to overcome the remaining hurdles to making the plan law."

"A similar bill already has passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin, and while the Bush administration does not like the idea it said on Thursday it would implement such a plan if Congress passes one."

" 'This is a package that will make our skies safer,' declared Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill along with Sen. Bob Smith, a New Hampshire Republican."

"The Bush administration had been flatly opposed to arming pilots, but on the eve of Thursday's debate it signaled that it would consider arming a limited number of pilots."

How considerate of our "pro gun" president -- to acquiesce, once his anti-gun stance is defeated by bi-partisan sanity that includes liberals like Boxer.
 

VA: Suffolk puts off vote on new ID for handguns
Submitted by: P. Jones

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SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA -- "The City Council on Wednesday delayed voting on a requirement that residents be fingerprinted every time they apply for a permit to carry a concealed handgun."

"In Suffolk, a handgun permit is good for five years. Under the proposed regulation, anyone applying or reapplying would be fingerprinted. State law leaves it up to cities to require fingerprints, which must be expunged from records within 21 days of completing the application."

"Council member Linda T. Johnson, who called the measure unnecessary, led the effort to delay a vote until the Sept. 18 meeting to give the city staff time to research what kind of criminal background check can be done on an applicant without the fingerprints."
 

NC: North Carolina county to test students for illegal drugs
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Wake County school officials will test students for illegal drugs, using a new method being tried out this fall as part of a federally funded pilot program."

Here's how it works:

"Litmus paper is rubbed on surfaces such as book bags or hands; then a spray is applied to the paper. If even microscopic amounts of drugs are present, the paper changes color in seconds."

So the kid wouldn't even have to actually USE the drugs to be branded for life.

More police state for your dollar.
 

Sept. 11 Flight Restrictions Announced
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The rules limit flying within a 34.5 mile radius of the event sites below 18,000 feet. Passengers on commercial airlines will be required to remain seated for 30 minutes after takeoff and 30 minutes before landing in the three areas."

"Private flying will be banned or in some cases limited to aircraft operating under instrument flight rules. Sightseeing and training flights will also be banned."
 

Homeland Security: Mixed Results
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Homeland security has, by all appearances, been somewhere between a joke and a threat."

"The jokey side of homeland security has been evident in such dumb measures as the confiscation of tweezers, corkscrews, and other harmless implements from airline passengers, and -- in less-funny form -- in the unserious response to the July shooting at Los Angeles International airport."
 

UK: Minister furious over "gun" smuggling
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has demanded answers from airport bosses after glaring security lapses were exposed."

"Only days before the first anniversary of September 11, Mr Darling said he was 'extremely concerned' after an undercover reporter was able to successfully smuggle an imitation gun onto a flight from Heathrow."
 

TX: "ATF helps investigate gun range robbery"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has assigned an agent to help investigate a gun heist at a local shooting range."

"The federal agency has partnered with the League City Police Department to turn up leads in a theft left Al and Ruby Trug, owners of A&R Gun Range, shaken and confused."
 

Easier than ever to be spied upon
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Governments worldwide have made it easier for authorities to augment citizen databases and eavesdrop on telephone and online conversations in order to fight terror, according to a new survey of privacy regulations."

"The report, written by privacy activists Electronic Privacy Information Center and Privacy International, show the United States was not alone in passing new laws that value increased security over personal privacy."
 

Nation Trembles as Congress Reassembles
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The gang that Mark Twain called 'America’s only native criminal class' has returned to Washington. Get ready for a lot of bad news. So long as Congress remains in session, everyone’s life, liberty, and property will be in heightened jeopardy."

"In a government of divided powers, our national legislature is the most craven and irresponsible branch. Congress attracts a special breed of men and women. They are ambitious to get and to keep their offices."
 

NY: NYPD ironing out bugs in "failing" bulletproof vests
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"About 1,000 uniformed cops on the front line of the city's war on crime are using bulletproof vests that failed to stop bullets in NYPD tests, The Post has learned."

"The life-and-death problem surfaced in May, when a young cop noticed that his relatively new vest was losing its resilience and remained wrinkled every time he put it on before he went out on patrol, officials said."
 

NC: Cop attempts to blackmail Miss N.C.
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"A Superior Court judge temporarily reinstated Rebekah Chantay Revels as Miss North Carolina on Thursday. Revels, 24, said she was forced to resign after topless pictures taken by a former fiance surfaced."

"Revels' former fiance, Tosh Welch, contacted Miss America officials by e-mail about the photos. 'Would you want to be represented by someone with a past?' wrote Welch, now an officer with the Cherokee Police Department. 'Nude pics of Miss America bring in big bucks nowadays.' "
 

UK: Hunt enthusiasts say they would flout ban
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Many are aristocrats who consider themselves to be pillars of society, yet a majority of fox hunters are willing to break the law to sate their enthusiasm for their chosen blood sport, according to a poll published today."

"Two-thirds of people who ride out with hunts would continue to pursue their sport even if it was banned by parliament, the poll, conducted for Country Life magazine, found."

"Of the 500 people interviewed across the country, 63% said they would break the law by continuing to hunt even if it was banned."

"A further 47% of those canvassed said they would consider breaking the law to defend their perceived right to hunt."
 

Imagine
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"I think George Bush is trying to kill me. Most every night I am able to find something on the evening news that makes me experience palpitations and shortness of breath, but nothing compares to the chest tightness and sweats brought on by the sound of that man's voice. ... I watch him bluster and threaten to invade Iraq while the entire world asks him to think carefully about it and know it never occurs to him that it may be wrong."
 

ID: Stabbed, shot, left for dead - NOW she has a gun
Submitted by: Mark Laiminger

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SANDPOINT, IDAHO -- "Diane Griffiths carries an angel on her shoulder and a gun on her hip. She sleeps with the weapon, just in case the angel [on her shoulder] nods off and her ex-husband returns." [emphasis added]

"Griffiths survived a 2 hour beating, 2 stab wounds to the neck and a gunshot wound to the head last month. She lay on the bloody floor of her fifth-wheel trailer, expecting to die, for 18 torturous hours."

"A Bonner County judge has issued an arrest warrant charging attempted murder for her ex-husband."

CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER...

Does the Sarah Brady Gun-Lying Crowd suggest that this woman should "get the gun out of her home"?
 

WI: Wisconsin relents, will allow mascot to fire musket. (redux)
Submitted by: Bob Beatty

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More political correctness from the most liberal state in the Midwest. Any Badger alumni out there that take exception to this? Maybe you should let them know how you feel!
 

TN: Metro [Nashville] Officer Arrested for Second Time Within a Week
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"A Metro police officer facing criminal charges [for violence with a firearm] has been arrested for the second time in only a week."
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Another reason why only "the Police" should be armed.
 

MD: Two More Charged In Deputy Shootings
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Two more suspects appeared in court Wednesday in connection with the murder of two sheriff's deputies in Prince George's County, Md."

"Anthony Kromah is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Kromah was in the house where the deputies were shot last Thursday as they tried to serve a warrant to James Logan."
 

Famous Ground Zero Flag Disappears
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The American flag raised by three firefighters at ground zero on Sept. 11 is missing. The four-by-six-foot flag raised by firefighters in the now-famous image came from a yacht docked in a Hudson River marina that day."

PERHAPS...

Maybe these Marxist anti-America students at UC Berkeley absconded with the flag so they can burn it on September 11th.
 

Ridge: No Heightened Alert for Sept. 11
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge does not anticipate that the country will be on heightened alert -- at least not according to his department's color-coded scheme -- on Sept. 11."
 

Swedish hijack suspect to challenge detention
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A Swede of Tunisian origin suspected of planning a hijack will appeal against the order detaining him while police investigate the case, his lawyer said yesterday."

"Intelligence and security sources told Reuters on Saturday that Chatty, working with four other men, planned to hijack the plane and crash it into a US embassy."

And he took flying lessons in the US!
 

AL: Federal initiative targets guns (redux)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said they (federal prosecutors) plan to take statewide the Northern District’s three-year initiative Project ICE, or Isolating the Criminal Element."

"Under the ICE program, violators of laws preventing felons, fugitives, illegal aliens, drug dealers and those convicted of domestic abuse from carrying guns will face prosecution in federal court, where sentencing guidelines bring harsher sentences. Violators could face up to five years in prison if convicted."
 

Activist dares IRS to arrest him - dares them to 'Come and get me'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A long-time tax activist has sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service informing the agency he will no longer pay income taxes and daring IRS officials to arrest him."

" 'I ... have not filed a federal income tax return for 1997 or any subsequent year. This is not because I am protesting any law, or because I do not want to pay my 'fair share'; it is because I refuse to be a victim of the biggest financial fraud in history,' said 'Theft By Deception' video producer Larken Rose."

"Vowing not to 'remain silent' as Washington allegedly continues to 'defraud my fellow Americans,' Rose, in his letter, admonished the IRS to 'stop terrorizing the American public' while challenging them to 'come and get me.' "
 

Rogue Elephant (a pithy slam of the FBI)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There is sure to be much debate in the coming days about what has and hasn't changed in Washington since last Sept. 11. Political talk shows will spend hours debating this over the next few weeks. One thing they probably won't discuss: the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unchanged penchant for destroying the lives of innocent U.S. citizens."
 

NY: Mother slashes two children in Brooklyn, police say
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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In "gun free" communities, the slime will always find a way to harm innocents.
 

MO: Southwest Missouri man charged with shooting at National Guard helicopter
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Shriver, 53, was charged in state court with six counts each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He was charged in federal court with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Todd P. Graves said."

"Shriver was convicted in 1998 of possessing a controlled substance."
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While this was an incredibly dumb move on Shriver's part, the incident further goes to demonstrate the lengths the government will go to relieve us of our freedoms.
 

TX: Police Chief Mendoza discusses how Israelis fight terrorism
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"[Police Chief Ralph] Mendoza and nine other senior U.S. law enforcement officials met with their Israeli counterparts in late August to discuss methods for deterring and responding to acts of terrorism."

"The four-day law enforcement exchange [was] funded by the Jewish Institute for National Security."

"We have to look at what we can do, without trampling people's civil rights, that will ensure we have a safe country." -- Mendoza
 

TX: Airport security deadline debated
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"At issue [baggage screening] is whether pouring in money and people will make up for the lack of time."

" 'You have 118 days, starting from now, to construct it and implement it,' [Jim] Crites said. 'We don't believe you can construct it in 118 days.' "

"D/FW officials have been among the industry's most vocal critics of the Dec. 31 deadline, acting as a leader for the airport lobby nationwide in pushing Congress to change the law."
 

TX: Fighting terror No. 1 for FBI in Dallas
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"[T]errorism...has become the bureau's primary mission..."

"The Dallas division, with 240 agents, has doubled the number of agents assigned to counterterrorism since Sept. 11, [Guadalupe] Gonzalez said Wednesday."

"Fifty agents are assigned to counterterrorism, while investigations of drug trafficking and white-collar crimes have become a lower priority, Gonzalez said. Nationwide, the bureau has reassigned 500 agents to investigate international terrorism and help prevent another attack."

KABA NOTE:

In case you missed this report, or if you simply let it slip your mind, do see: "Public Servants" Going After "Constitutional Terrorists"?

The FBI's idea of a "terrorist" has included, in writing, "defenders of the US Constitution against federal government and the UN".
 

South Africa: Gun owners should be disarmed because they are "irresponsible"
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Most South African gun owners should be disarmed because they are 'irresponsible', the chairperson of the national assembly's safety and security committee, Mluleki George, told a committee meeting on Wednesday."

"George of the African National Congress was expressing his displeasure with the slow implementation of the Firearms Control Act."

"He said he was convinced that 'most South Africans who have firearms are not supposed to have firearms'."
 

OK: Residents to serve as "eyes and ears" of police
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"City council members Wednesday approved a plan to hire about 30 part-time workers to help residents and serve as the 'eyes and ears' of police..."

"The part-time corps members will wear uniforms that make them recognizable but that won't identify them as police. They will carry radios with which they can contact police in emergencies."

"Corps members also would be able to perform basic first- aid, preserve crime scenes, provide traffic control, report panhandlers and give directions."
 

OK: Store workers apprehend suspect
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Two Wal-Mart employees wrestled an armed man to the ground and held him for police after he tried to sexually assault a woman in the store rest room, police said."

"Police said a 32-year-old Braman man approached a woman in the rest room Wednesday morning with a gun and made sexual demands."

"The woman ran out of the rest room and yelled for help. Employees called police and held the man until police arrived."
 

DE: Weapons dealers arrested for selling guns to convicted felons
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Two Delaware men face federal weapons charges after a sting operation in which the two allegedly sold guns and ammunition to convicted felons."

"Camden gun dealer Jason L. Rash and Smyrna gun salesman William Francis appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday after prosecutors accused them of selling guns to an undercover agent of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, even though the agent told them he was buying the guns for convicted felons."

CONSIDER:

BATF said basically the same thing about Arizona gun dealer Jerry Michel after having stolen over 200 firearms from his place of business. The rogue anti-Second Amendment agency must've been lying through their teeth again; they gave the firearms back and never charged him.

"[Michael Bouchard, special agent in charge of the bureau's Maryland and Delaware region] said his agency rarely puts together such undercover operations because most federal prosecutors don't make prosecuting gun dealers a priority."

Tell that to the roughly dozen+ gun dealers who got the Jerry Michel treatment in Arizona over an 18-month period from 1999 through 2001, Mr. "Special" Agent.
 

CA: "Shooters get 90 days to prove themselves"
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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(Follow-up.)

"The (California Bureau of Land Management) considered closing its 172-acre Campo Seco parcel to shooting because of escalating conflicts between neighbors and gun enthusiasts."

"A July draft decision called for keeping the shooting range open during daylight hours but making shooters walk nearly a half-mile to get there."

"Those with disabilities will be given permits allowing them to drive to the shooting area."
 

The tragedy of terrorism: from Afghanistan to Iraq
Submitted by: R. Lee Wrights
Website: http://www.rationalreview.com

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"So here we are on the brink of the next war. Will we allow ourselves to be fooled into believing it is justifiable to kill more innocent people just so we can go after one man that might do something to us? ... Are we really any better than the terrorist if we start bombing foreign countries preemptively? Herein lies the tragedy of terrorism. The tragedy of terrorism is not the terrorist act itself no matter how catastrophic it may seem. The true tragedy is what fear does to human beings."
 

Reporter: Airport screeners 'never really looked' at bag
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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Amusing CNN interview with the reporters who snuck contraband through airports over the weekend.
 

Man with gun arrested at Hartsfield International Airport (CNN report)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A man was arrested Thursday as he attempted to pass a security checkpoint with a gun at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, authorities said."

"The man was on his way to pick up his mother and said he forgot that he was carrying the gun, according to police at Hartsfield."

"The man was arrested at 8:30 a.m. EDT, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and is being held in the Clayton County Jail, said Yolanda Clark, an airport spokeswoman."
 

TX: Seeking justice after police abuse
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"You have a right to complain and seek justice if you or your kids have been victims of police abuse."

"Scott Henson sent me a new manual he wrote: Stand Up! What to do if you are a victim of police abuse in Texas. Ironically, it came in the mail the same day our Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford was getting grilled by City Council about that big Kmart parking lot raid."

"You have a right to complain if you or your kids have been victims of police abuse. You also have a duty."
 

Campaign Finance Reform Suit Stalled
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Raising the shield of legislative privilege, the six principal authors of the new campaign finance law are resisting a request to search their Congressional offices for documents sought by a group challenging the law's increased limits on the amount donors may give to campaigns."
 

NJ: In self-defense-free New Jersey...Three shot during botched purse robbery
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Three people who attempted to aid a woman being robbed in the parking lot of a Southwest Baltimore liquor store were shot and seriously wounded yesterday afternoon by robbers who opened fire on them before fleeing in a car driven by an accomplice."

"The robbers did not escape with any money."

In New Jersey, it takes a miracle for the average person to get a "permit" to carry a firearm for self-defense -- leaving thugs like these free to victimize women and their rescuers with ease.
 

Bush to OK Guns for Airline Pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Reversing course, the Bush administration said Thursday it would go along with arming commercial pilots, provided a long list of safety and training concerns are addressed."

"The administration wrote two senators outlining specific recommendations, such as issuing pilots lockboxes to carry their weapons so they are not left in the cockpit. The letter said only pilots who volunteer to carry weapons and receive extensive training should be armed."
 

Bush's armed-pilot plan called 'bad joke'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A commercial pilots' group that strongly supports allowing flight crews to carry firearms has criticized a White House plan to arm only a small number of fliers and instead wants lawmakers to pass legislation authorizing guns in cockpits."

"The White House proposal to arm about 1 percent of our nation's airline pilots on a trial basis is a joke, but it's a very bad joke considering the approaching anniversary of the 9-11 attacks,"
 

CA: School-sponsored 9-11 Remembrance Day to exclude patriotic symbols and religious references
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The 'Star Spangled Banner' is too patriotic, divisive and political, so organizers of UC Berkeley's day-long tribute to the victims and heroes of 9-11 are excluding it. 'God Bless America' is doubly excluded. Not only is it patriotic, but it also mentions God, something else that is taboo next Wednesday."
 

GA: Who does weapons license protect?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Letter to the Editor"

"An Atlanta assistant state's attorney says that concealed weapons licensees may carry their firearms anywhere except in churches, public buildings, establishments which serve alcohol or sporting events. These prohibitions are listed on the license."

"An Augusta assistant state's attorney says the law means just what it says: No concealed weapons are allowed in any 'public gathering.' What's a concealed-weapons holder to believe?"
 

VA: Murder suspect free pending trial
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Henrico County man charged with capital murder is free on his own recognizance because Richmond prosecutors couldn't bring him to trial in the five months required by state law."

"John K. Watson, 21, of the 3600 block of Miller's Glen Lane, is accused of killing Margaret Alexander, 34, and Corey Miles, 27, at the victims' South Richmond home on April 1."

"Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Shena Dixon said the problem is that the former lead detective in the case is unavailable."
 

CA: DEA raids Calif. medical marijuana farm just before harvest
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Federal agents raided a marijuana farm Thursday and arrested the owners, who grow the pot for a medical users club, surprising community members and local law enforcement."

"Officers seized more than 100 marijuana plants, three rifles and a shotgun in the pre-dawn raid, said Drug Enforcement Agent spokesman Richard Meyer in San Francisco."
 

Ninth Circuit Court Hands Important Legal Victory to America
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In a landmark decision, aptly handed down the day after Labor Day, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that workers could claim damages under the RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization) statute against employers who knowingly and systematically engage in hiring illegal aliens. The 9th Circuit ruling was made in a case brought in March 2000 by legal aliens against Zirkle Fruit and Matson Fruit, two Washington State packing
companies. "
 

WI: Mascot Gets Musket But Gun Group Responds
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The University of Wisconsin's silly attempt to disarm West Virginia's Mountaineer mascot during this Saturday's football game in Madison was a public relations blunder that has been rectified, yet it revealed a deeper philosophy of academic bigotry that will not be ignored by gun owners."

"While congratulating UW officials for quickly regaining some common sense in this matter, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has hired an airplane to fly a pro-gun banner around Camp Randall Stadium during Saturday's game between the Badgers and
Mountaineers."
 

Guns & Victimization - A Tale Of Indifference
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info

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EVIL GUNS: 4th paragraph "To a rational person, it would appear that if any industry should be sensitive to victims & survivors, it should be makers of a product whose very purpose is to kill."

BLASTS in 6th: "These groups believe guns prevent victimization, why do they exhibit little acknowledgement of the 1,000s of gun victims."

DOUBLE BARREL in 8th: "Victims represent a threat, gunners deal with that threat in a variety of ways."

FULL AUTO til end with "Where are their priorities?"
 

Japan: Depressed Japanese behind the country's biggest disappearing act
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Gun Free Japanese find other ways to commit suicide.

"Every year, dozens of thousands of Japanese choose to wipe themselves off the face of the earth, either by taking their own lives or simply vanishing. Josei Seven (9/19) notes that the number of suicides in Japan has exceeded 30,000 annually for each of the past four years."
 

Law Must Go, WTO Tells U.S.
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The World Trade Organization said the United States must abolish a law, the Byrd Amendment, that has allowed the government to hand out almost $500 million in import duties to companies such as U.S. Steel and Hershey Foods. The law allowed the federal government to turn over to companies the import duties collected under anti-dumping orders. The EU said the law encourages U.S. companies to bring trade cases against foreign competitors by rewarding them with direct payments if they win. The WTO ruling confirms an interim July 17 ruling on a complaint brought by the European Union, Canada and nine other governments. The United States said it will appeal."
 

MO: Attackers beat 80-year-old man, broke his jaw
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INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI -- "An 80-year-old Independence man suffered a broken jaw and fractured left eye socket during a brutal attack and robbery in his home early Wednesday morning."

If this man had a loaded handgun ready to use, he may have been able to avoid the pain.

Sarah Brady and the Gun-Lies Crowd would like everyone to be this easy to beat in their own homes. "Get guns out of your home," they whine -- trying to make everyone weaken down to the level of "Easy Target."
 

UK: This is why crime pays in Britain today
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"When Peter Foster's briefcase was stolen at a petrol station, the thieves were filmed on CCTV and witnesses noted their description and car registration. He told police within two minutes . . . they did nothing. This is his account of a disturbing failure of law and order" ...

"This is a story which will dismay ordinary citizens but delight criminals everywhere. It begins shortly after 6.10pm on Monday night when, returning to London from covering a story in Oxfordshire, I pulled into a BP petrol station on the A40 to fill up." ...
 

'Against all enemies, foreign and domestic'
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" 'I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic...' "

"The first time I spoke the words of the oath of enlistment in the U.S. Navy, I didn't think much about them. It just seemed like a quaint ritual I had to go through to become an officer candidate in the Navy and start my career of travel and adventure."

"During my Navy career, I repeated those words many times, each time I was promoted, or anytime I performed a re-enlistment ceremony and as the years went by I started thinking more about those words."

"However, since Sept. 11, it has occurred to me that the most important thing we can do, as Americans is to think about what those words 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,' and to commit again to carrying them out."
 

Japan: Maritime Self-Defense Force Loses Classified Manual Containing Data on U.S. Navy
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"Severe punishment is threatened if the culprit is found."

"A secret communications manual containing data on the U.S. Navy was lost aboard a Maritime Self-Defense Force ship and may have fallen into the wrong hands, sources said Wednesday."

"The manual contains information for communicating during war conditions and its loss could have compromised radio communications with U.S. Navy vessels."

"Sources said the manual has not been located and those responsible for the loss, if identified, will face disciplinary measures."

"The manual also provides instructions on how to handle radio interference as well as on how to interfere with enemy radio communications."

"MSDF officials reported the loss to their U.S. Navy counterparts."

"Sources said the manual could be used to jam communications between MSDF and U.S. Navy ships during war."
 

LA: Southeastern La. classes to teach pepper-spray use
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"Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Continuing Education is sponsoring classes on the popular self-defense aid, pepper spray, officials said Wednesday."

"The courses, taught by Southeastern Police Department Sgts. Hal Price and Jason Johnston, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and Nov. 16 in Room 104 of the University Center."

"Price said the classes will provide students with information regarding carrying and use of defense sprays. Both Price and Johnston are certified chemical weapons instructors, training police officers at Southeastern and surrounding agencies."

" 'Like carrying any type of personal protection equipment, such as a gun, the decision to carry or use a defensive spray rests with the individual and their level of comfort,' said Price."
 

Senate votes to penalize corporations who move offshore to avoid burdensome taxes
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Senate begins crafting homeland security measure"
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"The Senate has voted to ban corporations that relocate offshore from winning federal contracts with the proposed Homeland Security Department."

"The ban was approved by voice vote as lawmakers begin working on legislation creating the new cabinet-level agency."

"It is similar to what the House has already approved."

"Some Republicans argued the ban makes little sense."

"Texas Senator Phil Gramm said corporations are forced offshore by a burdensome U-S tax code that puts them at a disadvantage with foreign competitors."

"The relocations are a legal way of reducing U-S taxes on foreign income."
 

Flight attendants want better self-defense training
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"Many flight attendants say they haven't been adequately taught to defend themselves or their passengers from terrorists because each airline offers different training for dealing with potential threats."

"Congress passed a law in November ordering transportation officials to develop training guidance for flight attendants. But some flight attendants say the guidelines that resulted are lax and allow as little as two hours of training."

" 'We're really no more prepared to defend ourselves and to defend our passengers than we were on the morning of September 11,' said Dawn Deeks, spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 50,000 flight attendants."

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

The Association of Flight Attendants is an AFL-CIO group. In June they issued a press release claiming that "House 'Guns on Planes' Bill Smacks of Sexism".
 

"Pro Gun" President Bush's Conditions for arming pilots
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Some stipulations the Bush administration attached to its support for arming commercial pilots:

--A test program must be undertaken to establish the viability of arming all 85,000 commercial pilots.

--Only pilots who volunteer to carry guns would do so, and they must undergo firearms training and safety instruction.

--Protocols should be established to coordinate pilot responsibilities with those of armed air marshals and other law enforcement officials who travel with guns.

--Pilots should be issued individual lock boxes that would be used to transport weapons to and from aircraft.

--Cockpits would have to be redesigned to accommodate special sleeves to hold guns.

--Studies must be undertaken to determine how to comply with state, local and foreign gun laws, as well as to determine liability issues involving use of the weapons.

--Congress would need to come up with more money, which the administration estimates would cost $900 million to start and $250 million annually to maintain. The Transportation Security Administration does not have money in its budget to cover the expense.
 

AL: Former police chief arrested in possession of firearms stolen from police dept.
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LINDEN, ALABAMA — "Former Linden Police Chief Otis Preston Bowden has been arrested and charged with possessing stolen firearms...could be sentenced to 10 years in prison, receive a fine of $250,000 or both, if convicted...charged with receiving at least five stolen weapons, ranging from a high-powered rifle to a Beretta pistol."

" 'The indictment alleges that the firearms had been stolen from the city of Linden’s Police Department,' [U.S. Attorney David] York said. He said Bowden served as chief in the Marengo County community from 1990 to 1999."

"Linden Mayor Pat Vice took in stride the arrest of a man once considered one of the town’s most trusted public employees."

" 'Nothing surprises me in government anymore,' Vice said Thursday afternoon. 'I am disappointed in (Bowden.) It’s a black eye on law enforcement.' "

"Bowden’s son, David, faces a similar fate after pleading guilty to charges of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime."
 

UK: Yorkshire's "biggest ever operation" yields numerous firearms, drugs
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"WEST Yorkshire's biggest crackdown on criminals continued today with more raids."

"Police put their latest arrest tally at 33."

"More than 200 officers took part in raids in Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford and Keighley today and yesterday."

"They seized about £1m worth of class A drugs, including heroin and cocaine, sawn-off shot guns, handguns and live ammunition."

"A total of 30 men and three women have been arrested so far in Operation Primary."

"It has been described as West Yorkshire Police's biggest ever operation..."
 

'I wasn't about to just stand there and do nothing'
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QUINCY, ILLINOIS -- "Despite having a gun pointed at his face, Carl Lentz wasn’t about to let intruders rob his rural Adams County home without doing something about it."

"Lentz and his boss, Dan Schullian, interrupted intruders stealing guns, jewelry and other items from Lentz’s two-story farmhouse just east of Quincy Regional Airport Wednesday morning."

"Cool thinking under pressure by both Lentz and Schullian helped authorities apprehend three Decatur residents about an hour later after an extensive ground, air and foot search." ...

Good job catching these guys, worth reading the whole story.

If Illinois law wasn't so screwed up on concealed carry, this gentleman and his friend may have been armed and could have handled the situation much more quickly.
 

NJ: Police charge 67-year-old robbery victim with "maintaining a nuisance"
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ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- "Police charged one of the victims of a social-club robbery after patrons told police their illegal gambling winnings were stolen in the holdup."

"The owner of The Englewood Social Club, 68-year-old Ben Truesdale of Berry Street, Hackensack, was served Tuesday night with a summons for maintaining a nuisance."

"Police said nine people were in the West Englewood Avenue club when three masked men burst in Sunday night and robbed them at gunpoint."

"The victims said one carried a sawed-off shotgun and another carried what appeared to be an AK-47-style weapon. All three wore handkerchiefs over their faces."

"The man with the shotgun announced, 'You know what's up. Take off your pants and get on the floor,' they said. The victims said The robbers ordered them to empty their pockets and put money and jewelry into a plastic bag. The victims reported varying amounts stolen."
 

UK: Another armed robbery of a post office
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"SHOTGUN raiders escaped with a large amount of cash after threatening staff and customers at a Westhoughton post office."

"Two masked men entered Chequerbent Post Office in Park Road shortly before it closed last night. One confronted staff after jumping over a security screen and his accomplice threatened customers before ordering Post Office staff to hand over money."

"No shots were fired and no one was injured."

"The ordeal lasted a matter of minutes before both robbers told staff to open a side door. They ran to a getaway car driven by a third man."

"Police said the raiders escaped with a 'substantial' amount of cash."
 

A cross to burn, an axe to grind
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This is a hit piece that tries to link "the far right" with the KKK and to marginalize people who've grown weary of abusive government.

But there are some poignant observations presented in the article, as well.
 

TX: Ex-cop gets prison time in drug sting
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"A former police officer was sentenced Wednesday to more than five years in prison for agreeing to protect cocaine shipments and, in one instance, offering to transport a briefcase of narcotics in his squad car."

"David Anthony Morales, who tried to commit suicide last month, appeared pale and said little before U.S. District Judge Edward C. Prado handed him a sentence of five years, 10 months behind bars."
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Think there aren't more cops like this out there?
 

Scotland: Scots Guard fired pistol into street as kids played
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"A SHAMED Scots Guard is facing jail after firing a revolver in the street and threatening terrified schoolchildren."

"Drunken Sean MacPherson, 19 - a trained marksman - let rip with a powerful Russian air pistol after warning the youngsters they had "five seconds to run".

"The gun-crazy private, who recently served in Northern Ireland, faces up to seven years in jail after he was convicted of illegally firing the gun and could even be booted out of the Army."
 

FBI 'concludes' Israel-hating Muslim LAX shooter not a terrorist
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"The Egyptian-born gunman who shot up the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport on July 4 harbored some resentment toward Israel. However, the FBI has concluded that he was driven to his deadly act by his own personal demons and general downward spiraling of his life and was not part of any international terrorist plot."

"Two people were killed when Hadayet, 41, pulled out a handgun near the El Al ticket counter. He fired 10 shots before being shot and killed by an El Al security guard."

"...Hadayet was a devout Muslim..."
 

MA, NH: Killer was a retired Massachusetts policeman
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"About two hours before he shot his estranged wife and her boyfriend to death in Nashua on Monday, Joseph Collopy joined his landlord, Elaine LaCrosse, for dinner in her Tyngsborough, Mass., home."

"Roughly two hours later, Collopy, 64, shot Nantel, 37, and her new boyfriend, Paul Burton, 45, of 9 Monroe Drive, Hudson, to death at Nantel’s home at 71 Underhill St., Nashua."

"Less than a half-hour later, Collopy was shot to death after Nashua and Hudson police stopped his black Ford Ranger on Derry Street in Hudson."

"Nantel took out a restraining order against Collopy last month, but [Senior Assistant Attorney General Simon] Brown couldn’t say whether Tyngsborough Police confiscated any firearms from Collopy when he was served with the order Aug. 17."

"...he previously had worked as an officer for one or more police departments in Massachusetts..."
 

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