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Brady planning a call-a-thon to "Save the Assault Weapons Ban"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"We need your help! Please contact President Bush on Thursday, September 9th, 2004, and tell him to renew the assault weapons ban."

"There are only a few days until the assault weapons ban expires on September 13, and our nation will face a new era of criminal and terrorist attacks with assault weapons unless President Bush keeps his campaign promise and gets the law renewed. During his campaign in 2000, President Bush pledged to renew this law. But so far he has done nothing to prevent military style weapons like AK-47s and UZIs from flooding back into our neighborhoods."
 

Too often, ideological orthodoxy quashes voices of reason
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"The fanatic pro-gun lobby represents perhaps the ultimate denial of reality in the service of ideology. A ban on assault weapons passed by Congress 10 years ago is about to expire, and while President Bush says he favors continuing the ban, he's done nothing to back his position and is allowing the hard-right leadership in Congress to bury the issue."

"The ban is not perfect, but people who know the issue best, law-enforcement officials, overwhelmingly support its extension and expansion. Chief William Bratton of the Los Angeles Police Department wrote recently that as 'a 28-year veteran of law enforcement, I have seen firsthand the death and destruction that can be brought by military-style assault weapons.' "
 

Howard Nemerov: Gun Control: For the Children?
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"Over 70 million additional civilian firearms have been sold since 1990 (3), yet the firearm death rate for children under 15 has dropped 60%. (4) With all those children living in homes containing firearms, if Boxer assumed correctly, the death rate should be much higher for children." ...

"Barbara, why do you want to make firearms more expensive and less affordable to poorer folks who live in inner cities, where there are generally higher crime rates? Isnít this rather racist and elitist? How are they to defend their children against violent predators? A gun lock may be 'inexpensive' to you, but that is not the case for the little people you profess to care so much for."
 

CO: Homeowner: 'I had to shoot the bear'
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"Bachelor Gulch homeowner John Tietbohl shot and wounded a 150-pound bear Tuesday outside his Daybreak Ridge home."

" 'I had to shoot the bear,' said Tietbohl. 'It was determined to get inside this house.' " ...

"The Colorado Division of Wildlife is investigating the incident to decide what, if any, charges will be filed."
 

CA: DEA seizes pot from medical marijuana operation
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"Federal Drug Enforcement agents say their medical marijuana raid in Roseville should send a message to every other medical pot operation in California, that they're breaking federal law."

"Of course, state law allows for medical marijuana possession and distribution to sick people, and a federal appeals court has said that federal authorities lack the power to go after these medical marijuana shops in California."

"But the U.S. Justice Department has appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court, and meanwhile, the D-E-A isn't slowing down."
 

IA: Reward offered for officer's gun
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"The Clinton Police Department is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the safe recovery of a police service weapon and holster."

"The items were stolen last weekend from the private vehicle of Officer Matt Lorenzen in the 700 block of Melrose Court in Clinton. Police Chief Brian Guy said the investigation into the incident is continuing. He said the weapon, a Heckler and Koch (H&K) model .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun, is black in color and has a serial number of 22-076448."

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Another "stellar professional," who is more privileged than the rest of us to exercise his Second Amendment rights, loses his gun.
 

IN: Monroe coroner accidentally shoots himself in leg (a/k/a The height of irony)
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"Monroe County Coroner David Toumey is hospitalized with a leg wound after accidentally shooting himself while trying to demonstrate gun safety."

"Toumey told The Herald-Times that he was demonstrating gun safety to some people at a Lake Monroe boat ramp Wednesday night when he accidentally shot himself."

"He says that as he checked to make sure his weapon was unloaded, the gun discharged, and a bullet struck him in his left leg. Toumey calls it an unfortunate accident and says he always tries to be very careful when handling guns."

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So he claims he checked to ensure his gun was unloaded, but the big, bad gun went off all by itself anyway? It had nothing to do with his finger being on the trigger, perhaps?
 

FL: Danger is their most frequent passenger
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"In his 25 years of picking up fares, Roger McKinnon has been shot at, kidnapped and burned on the hand with a cigarette."

"During that time, six cabdrivers he knew of were killed; two of them were his friends." ...

"In Pinellas County, if a rider becomes aggressive, drivers can rely on several techniques."

"Yellow Cab's 350-car fleet is equipped with GPS tracking, two-way radios, on-board computers and panic switches installed in secret locations. ..."

"Checker Cab's 67 vehicles have much of the same equipment, including the satellite tracking technology and panic switches offered to their independent contract drivers." ...

"But none of the cabs has a partition, and neither company allows drivers to carry guns."
 

FL: Don't Need 'em, Don't Want 'em
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"You don't need an assault weapon to defend your home and family against an intruder. Neither do you need one to go duck or deer hunting. What you need an assault weapon for is to commit murder and mayhem on a massive scale."

"Which means you don't need one at all. ..."

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Fortunately for Americans who understand the Constitution and American history, it's a Bill of RIGHTS, not a bill of NEEDS.
 

IL: A look at Barack Obama one-on-one
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"...On some issues Iím quite conservative: I believe in the death penalty, I believe that there is an important place for the Second Amendment in this state, I believe that it is important that we donít think we can solve all our problems with government programs. Iíve said that publicly and repeatedly, and Iíve voted in that fashion." ...

"What is true is that on certain issues ó like choice or common-sense gun safety laws ó I fall well within the mainstream of the Democratic Party, and there are going to be legitimate disagreements with Republicans on those issues."

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So, he believes there's a "place" for the Second Amendment in the state, as long as he and his cronies get to control how the people of the state exercise it.
 

UK: Farmer who shot suspect burglar is not charged
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"A 72-year-old farmer who shot a suspected burglar will not face criminal charges."

"Kenneth Faulkner was arrested after shooting in the leg a 22-year-old man he thought was breaking into a garage at his remote farm near Ockbrook, Derbyshire, in the early hours of Aug 6."

"He had been burgled twice in the three weeks before the incident and fired his shotgun as the intruder was fleeing."

"Mr Faulkner and James Rae, the suspected burglar, were arrested but yesterday Mr Faulkner, who was released on bail, was told the Crown Prosecution Service had decided there was insufficient evidence to take him to court."
 

PA: Boy who had gun on bus will return to school
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"A 10-year-old boy who carried a pellet gun onto a school bus taking children home from Bedminster Elementary School last March will be returning to the classroom Monday." ...

Robert Kish, the superintendent of Pennridge schools, said two psychologists - one ordered by a judge and the other working for the district, came to the same conclusion after spending time with the boy.

" 'They determined that this kid is not a threat to anyone, that he did this because other kids dared him to do it,' Kish said. 'He said he had a gun at home and the other kids said, 'we bet you don't.' It's kid stuff. Unfortunately, it was a gun and, therefore, was no longer kid stuff.' "
 

South Africa: W Cape cops recycle (read: destroy) guns
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Western Cape police on Saturday destroyed 1 100 firearms that were handed in voluntarily or confiscated.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Riaan Pool said this brought the number of guns destroyed since September 2003 to 5 138.

He said police destroyed guns from time to time to recycle the metal contained in them.

Since April 2003 a total of 6 485 firearms and 1 429 468 rounds of ammunition were confiscated in the Western Cape. During the same period 967 people were arrested for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Pool said police test the firearms before destroying to ensure they were not used in crimes that were still under investigation.
 

UK: Woman gunned down in front of crowd
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"A young woman was gunned down in front of more than 100 people at a multi-racial centre police have said."

"The 23-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, suffered gun shot wounds to the head in the attack at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and was in a serious condition in the town's General Hospital."

"The motive for the attack was not immediately clear."

"Police on foot patrol close to the Multi-Racial Centre in St Mary's Street, were alerted to the incident at 2.37am by a member of the public."

"Officers sealed off the area, including the nearby Swan Theatre, and launched a major hunt for the attacker."
 

WA: Former Omak cop charged with rape
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"A former police officer has been charged with raping two girls over a period of about three years."

"Michael Wayne Hopkins, 41, appeared before a Spokane County commissioner on Monday and was ordered held on a $500,000 bond."

"Hopkins has worked as a police officer in Omak, Northport, Dayton and as a corrections officer at the Stevens County Jail, according to Spokane County sheriff's spokesman Dave Reagan. Hopkins also was employed as a guard at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla."

"He was arrested Friday by Spokane County sheriff's deputies on two counts each of first-degree rape of a child and first-degree molestation of a child."

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But according to the ACLU guys like this are the only ones who have the individual right to keep and bear arms. The organization that claims to protect your civil rights asserts, "Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected."
 

PA: Region's police promote gun lock program
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"Penn Township Chief of Police Michael Mastroianni wondered what his department was going to do with 2,500 gun-safety locks but before he knew it, 'they went out the door.' "

"They were given away for free, to anybody who wanted one, as part of Project ChildSafe, which is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in Newtown, Conn., with a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. It is a component of Project Safe Neighborhoods in America's Network Against Gun Violence."

"The program was launched in September 2003, and since January, representatives have visited 13,000 towns in 50 states to distribute 15 million gun locks."
 

MO: Tough federal law
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"With the help of inmates in St. Louis jails, the U.S. Department of Justice has crafted an ad campaign aimed at felons. Possess a gun illegally, it warns, and you will find yourself in a cold, desolate prison, far away from friends and family."

"It may sound like a get-tough scare tactic, but this is not just an ad. President George W. Bush's administration is pouring more than $1 billion over four years into Project Safe Neighborhoods, an effort to halt violent crimes largely by focusing on the illegal possession of guns by felons."

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Low cost for the erosion of the 10th amendment and the vilifying of the most effective self defense tool on the market.
 

TN: Gun shop, rare in West Tennessee, thrives in Humboldt
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"For 32 years, Walter Howard McClanahan has been 'the gun man' on North 22nd Avenue in Humboldt, and beyond. His business, W.H. Mc Guns, has customers from all 50 states, plus Germany, England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Frank Elliott, a former nuclear engineer, came on board nearly 29 years ago and is considered one of the nation's finest gunsmiths."

"Together they have built a true jewel in the world of guns - a no-frills place where you can simply hang out, drink a cup of coffee and talk all day about guns, knives and hunting."
 

DC: Two Bank Robberies in D.C. May Be Connected
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The criminals are smart enough to go where they know the law-abiding will be disarmed.

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"Police are investigating two bank robberies that may be related."

"The first happened at 9:40 a.m. at the Riggs Bank at 'M' Street and Wisconsin in Northwest, in the heart of Georgetown."

"The suspect handed a teller a note demanding money and displayed a gun, perhaps under his shirt. He exited the bank with a bag of money, but a dye pack inside the bag exploded. He dropped the bag and fled on foot."

"About an hour later, a robbery occurred at the Citibank branch in the 1200 block of 12th Street in Northeast. After handing the teller a note and displaying a gun, the robber left with cash and got into a nearby car."
 

VA: No guns, no newspapers: How would you like that? (Letter)
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"A recent survey showed that 85 percent find newspapers despicable. ..."

"Whether you found this letter annoying, comical, or downright ludicrous, you should consider that the responsibility of a newspaper to judiciously weld its awesome power and not go out of its way to mislead the public with outlandish opinions, like the one above or the recent editorial titled 'Extend the ban' and subtitled 'Assault Weapons are only for people-hunters' [Aug. 9]. The facts are as legitimate as those put forth in a fiction novel."

Educate yourself! Don't be blindly led by those who would have you think what they want you to. Learn more about the Bill of Rights! ..."
 

NY: True test for skeet shooters rests with .410
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In a game of perfection, the .410-bore is skeet shooting's Miss Congeniality."

"The results usually aren't as pretty as the 100-out-of-100 scores regularly posted with the 12-, 20- and 28-gauge shotguns. There are blemishes during the .410 competition, which is why it often separates the crowned champion from the rest of the field." ...

"If you call breaking 1,195 out of 1,200 clay targets good, then Parsons has achieved his goal. His .410 average last year was 99.59 out of a possible 100 - the highest in the history of skeet shooting."
 

UK: Man shoots himself in the hand
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AN arthritis victim was driven so desperate by pain that he shot himself in the hand, it was revealed last night.

The 37-year-old man has admitted going to a clay pigeon range at Kingscliff Sporting Lodge in Methlick, Aberdeenshire, with the intention of shooting himself. He was standing beside an instructor when he wounded himself with a 12bore shotgun.

Police were last night considering a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm.

Aberdeen arthritis counsellor Christine Schiach said: 'I have never heard of anyone taking extreme action like this before.'

 

IL: Blagojevich on armed self defense
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About that particular bill, I just don't think the state should be in the business of telling local governments what they should do when it comes to their local ordinances and how they decide to regulate their public safety issues. It should be left up to the local community to make a decision on whether or not they want to allow people to have guns in their homes." ...

"If someone breaks in your home now and you were to use a weapon on that person, you have a legitimate self-defense claim. If somebody invades your home, in my opinion, you should use whatever means necessary to protect your home and most importantly your family. And I do believe that people have a right to have firearms in their home and in their places of business."
 

CA: Napan touts weapons ban benefits
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"For her summer vacation this year, Jane Roth decided to take on the gun industry."

"She headed out of Napa up to Portland, Ore. in mid-August, then hit the road again as soon as she arrived. Boarding a decked-out hot pink RV, Roth crisscrossed the western U.S. to imprint her message -- that the federal assault weapon ban is set to expire on Sept. 13 -- indelibly in people's minds."

"Roth, who heads the California council of a gun control organization, Million Mom March, has been organizing press conferences and pressuring lawmakers to extend the ban. Whether her efforts will pay off remains to be seen." ...

"Roth said she became involved in gun control because her son was murdered with a handgun. She said she believes there will be bigger loopholes if the federal law doesn't get extended."

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Notice that her son's death had nothing to do with the "assault" weapons ban. We also wonder had her son been killed with a baseball bat, would this woman campaign vigorously for baseball bat and blunt object control? Wouldn't she be better off campaigning for criminal control?
 

IN: Times-Mail: Banning assault weapons should be a high priority
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"The recent killing of Indianapolis police officer Jake Laird has pushed to the forefront the dangers created by the manufacturing and dissemination of assault weapons to civilians."

"Kenneth Anderson killed Laird with an assault rifle after purchasing the military-style semiautomatic a year ago in what was defined as a legal transaction."

"Anderson first killed his mother, then shot four officers who responded to the shooting spree."

"The incident caused law enforcement personnel to push for training on similar weapons. Fighting fire with fire is an understandable response. Most metropolitan police forces already are trained on assault weapons."

"But the ultimate solution should be to extinguish the fire."
 

PA: F&M Security Guard Accidentally Shoots Self In Chest
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A Franklin and Marshall College security guard has been suspended after accidentally shooting himself on campus Thursday night.

The guard initially told a different story. Jacob Geib told police a black man wearing a white T-shirt shot him in the chest.

Geib was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time and was not seriously injured.

Police used search dogs on the college campus to look for the shooter.

Lancaster police said the security officer accidentally shot himself with his personal weapon.

It is unclear whether charges will be filed.
 

Sudan: Stop Politicking, People Are Dying, Say African Church Leaders
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"With the passing this week of a United Nations deadline for Sudan to restore security to the war-torn Darfur region, Christian leaders in Africa are urging the international community to take stern action against Khartoum for failing to do so."

"So far, however, no Security Council action is planned, despite attempts by the U.S. and Britain to pursue a tougher line against Sudan."

"A U.N. report released Wednesday said Khartoum had fulfilled some of its earlier pledges to the world body, but had done little to disarm the Janjaweed militia, accused of atrocities against the black Muslim community in Darfur."

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Ever notice how some religious "leaders" scream for government to disarm people, then later they scream for government to send men with guns?
 

PA: Veteran cop sees a trend
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"Many of the young today are acting out violently because they believe someone has been disrespectful to them, and they want to even the score, Weber said."

"Many of the young today believe that the only way they can earn respect is by carrying a gun. If youíve got the gun, youíve got the respect..."

"South Williamsport Police Chief Rexford Lowmiller agreed."

"In some cases, guns are carried by young people who see it as a status symbol. They want to show everyone how tough they are, and they want to convey the message that they should not be messed with..."

"Years ago, it was a big deal to carry a knife to a fight. Most often those involved kept the knife in their pocket. You duked it out behind a building, and that was the end of it."

"That is not the case any more, Weber said."

" 'Today, the knife has been replaced by the gun,' and there is little hesitation to pull it out and use it if necessary, regardless of the consequences, he said." ...

"There has always been youth violence in our society. The problem is guns have now been more readily introduced into that violence."

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Guns have been a part of our society since our society was formed. Try again.
 

TX: BB gun causes lockdown
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"A student brandishing what apparently was a BB gun led to a lockdown at Clear Creek High School on Friday."

"Officials Friday evening filed misdemeanor charges against League City resident Damon Phillips, 17, of disorderly conduct and disruption of a public school facility, each of which carries a possible fine of up to $500."

"Student Crime Stoppers received a tip that morning that a male student was showing other students what appeared to be a pistol tucked into his waistband."

"School officials locked the school down about 11:30 a.m., and kept all students where they were for about two hours."
 

NY: City man sues over stun guns
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"A city man who alleges that he was 'brutalized and tortured' by cops using a stun gun is suing the city and Taser International Inc., seeking to prohibit the devices from being sold to or used by White Plains police."

"In papers filed in federal court in White Plains, Sean M. Cosby says he suffered permanent injuries from police beatings and the use of stun guns during drug arrests in 2003. Cosby also claims that he contracted a serious foot infection after being "forced to stand and walk barefoot upon a filthy floor' in the booking area at Police Headquarters. The lawsuit alleges Taser International contributed to Cosby's injuries by failing to adequately test the stun gun models used by city police."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people had not been "brainwashed" about gun ownership and they had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazi's. ó Theodore Haas, former prisoner of the infamous Dachau prisoner concentration camp

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