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TX: Houston Police Chief Bradford indicted
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*Bradford charged with felony perjury*

"Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford was indicted Friday on allegations of lying under oath about whether he used foul language with subordinates. Hours later, Mayor Lee Brown suspended the first police chief in Houston in modern times to be charged with a crime."

"The allegation against Bradford stems from a rift between Bradford and suspended Capt. Mark Aguirre, the police supervisor in charge of last month's unrelated raid at a westside Kmart."
 

UK: "Gun seen" leads to cordoned street and three arrests - for BB gun
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"A MAN has been detained by police after an armed siege in the city."

"Police were called to a top floor flat at North Junction Street, in Leith, in the afternoon yesterday after reports that a gun had been seen."

"Armed police took part in an operation to retrieve the weapon - later found to be a 'BB gun', which fires ball bearings."

"A Ferry Road resident, who asked not to be identified, said when he arrived home at 7.30pm, the whole street had been blocked off and at least three police vans were outside the house."

"One neighbour said police were still at the flat when he arrived home at about 10.30pm. 'I was told not to come home because there was a shooter here,' the man said."

Over a sighted BB gun and no reports of any misuse.
 

Another lousy history text
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"The new school year is here and already I'm on the verge of outrage. And it all began the very first day of classes."

"My elder daughter, a junior at Mt. Lebanon High School, brought home her history textbook. It's the brand-spankin'- new, copyright 2002 'American Odyssey: The United States in the 20th Century' published by Glencoe McGraw-Hill."

"A lover of history, I like to peruse these books to see how the educratic establishment is dysfunctioning these days."

"One tell-tale litmus test for any history text in my book is how it treats the Second Amendment. Does it discuss the amendment for what it is — the individual right to bear arms? Or does it espouse the collectivist theory that liberals so love — that the Second Amendment guarantees only the right of state militias to be armed sans any federal strictures?" ...

KABA NOTE: The writer of this story is obviously a Second Amendment advocate. But he's wrong on one point.

He quotes another textbook used at a government indoctrination center a couple of years ago as having said "states can limit the sale and use of guns within their borders." He says that is correct -- and he's wrong.

If the states can violate the Second Amendment, they can violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, etc. -- and they cannot. They certainly exhibit the POWER to do it, but they do not have the Constitutional AUTHORITY to do it.

The Second Amendment, a "right of the people," was intended to be unalienable -- beyond the reach of anyone in government.

If you would like to address this point with the writer, Mr. Colin McNickle, you can email him at: cmcnickle@tribweb.com.

If you would like more information on that issue, consider reading Brian Puckett's article entitled: "The Founders Intended for the Bill of Rights to Apply to the States".
 

"Hamilton was Himself a Victim of Handgun Violence"
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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Blog, by Volokh, chiding Violence Policy Center for choosing Alex Hamilton as a gun-control poster boy

"Whatever one may say about Hamilton's death, it most assuredly provides zero support for gun control proposals. Blaming the gun -- as opposed to blaming Hamilton himself, blaming Burr, blaming social attitudes that tolerated or encouraged dueling, or whatever else -- in this case is almost self-parody."
 

Too expensive to arm pilots?
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"An airline pilots' group that supports arming flight crews as a 'last line of defense' against potential terrorist hijackers says training cost figures cited by the government are seriously over-estimated."

The administration's start-up figure comes out to $800 to $900 million to train as many as 85,000 commercial air pilots who volunteer to be armed in cockpits.

This is, of course, in line with the $500 toilet seats the government is so proud of purchasing.
 

Fleischer speaks on arming pilots
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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Ellen Saracini - the widow of one of the airline pilots murdered on 9-11 - claims her husband wanted to be armed. "If he had been armed, the loss of life and property damage could have been vastly different."

Fleischer: And these issues are very important, and the president hopes that Congress will take a thoughtful approach to these.
 

Small Planes Flying Below U.S. Radar
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"If a terrorist wants to get into the United States, all he has to do is fly a small plane across the border from Canada, below the radar."

"Nobody will see him -- because nobody's watching."

"The job of military men and women of the North American Air Defense (Norad) is to watch and protect America's skies. Norad is plugged into radar pictures all over the continent, but it admits the view near the Canadian border is, at best, incomplete."
 

Arm the pilots
Submitted by: P. Jones

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WASHINGTON TIMES: "As has been pointed out on this page and elsewhere, you won't get a response from 911 at 30,000 feet. In the event a would-be terrorist slips through security -- a distinct possibility, as recent breaches have made all too clear -- the only thing standing between another potential disaster and getting safely back on the ground is the ability of the flight crew to defend itself."

"Reinforced cockpit doors are great, but arming pilots is the best way to level the playing field. Without armed pilots, an armed thug stands a far greater chance of getting through security and using his weapon to seize control of the aircraft. Without comparable means of fighting back, the crew and all aboard are would be at the mercy of the hijacker. Given the reality that many pilots are former military personnel and have already had extensive screening and training, arming them is just common sense."
 

Newspaper Apologizes for "Literal Truth"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Philadelphia Daily News’ August 22 front-page story (mysteriously missing from its website) printed the photographs of 15 of the 41 people who have outstanding homicide warrants in the Philadelphia area. They were all visible minorities."

"Daily News editor Ellen Foley issued an apology:"
“The cover of our paper last Thursday carried mugshots of 15 of 41 suspects. They were African-American, Hispanic or Asian. .... There were no white people who were being sought for murder.”
"Seeing all those minority suspects produced an instant reaction in the multicultural community. They acted as if they’d been the victims of a blood libel."

When in fact, the story had told itself, in pictures -- and the "upset" communities whose members are being sought for murder weren't comfortable with the facts, so they tried to keep a newspaper from helping the community identify potential murderers.

That kind of political correctness can get people killed.
 

Airport Horror Show
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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All this rigamarole is, of course, preferable to having a few armed passengers and pilots aboard a plane.
 

Combat Air Patrols Take To Skies Over D.C.
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"On Thursday, 24-hour combat air patrols began flying again over Washington, D.C. and New York City. Defense officials tell NBC News the missions will continue through late next week. In addition, the patrols are also being flown over several other major U.S. cities on a rotating basis over the course of the next week."
 

Marilyn Manson Exhibit Has Painting Of Child With Gun
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The paintings reportedly include a portrait of a child with a gun, nudes, and an image of Manson as Mickey Mouse."

I'm wondering why the headline focuses on the child with the gun, when it's clearly a collection that includes much, much more...
 

TX: Houston Police Chief Indictment causes dismay, calls for resignation
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"Police and politicians expressed dismay Friday over Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford's perjury indictment, with several suggesting he give up his job as the city's top cop even before his case is tried."

"And while the indictment handed up Friday is unrelated to the flap over the mass arrests last month of people at [Sonic] restaurant and [Kmart] retail parking lots, several said the charge against Bradford irreparably colors that case as well."
 

MT: North Middle School locked down
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Another school 'locked down' when it should have locked and loaded.
If we lived in a truly free country, schools could provide their own protection with armed teachers, but that goes against the socialist propaganda they're teaching.
 

NC: Cherokee Nation Defends Revels' Ex-Fiance's Actions (followup)
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"The Miss North Carolina controversy began after Rebekah Revels' ex-fiance implied in an e-mail to the Miss America Organization that he had topless photos of her. Tosh Welch, a police officer in Cherokee, is supposed to be in court next week, but not if the Cherokee Indian nation has its way."

"Leaders contend that the Cherokee nation is a sovereign reservation with its own rules and its own court system, and that Robeson County has no jurisdiction in this case."
 

It's a Good Day to Die - September 7, 2002
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"If the Heavenly Father should choose to call me home this day, no one can say that I haven't been involved with the fight. And on this day, we have come out the victor in a major battle with the United States of America, Inc., for by this hour on Thursday night, the United States Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 2554, commonly known as Arming Pilots Against Terrorism and Cabin Defense Act of 2002."
 

UK: Gang membership climbs, even among young kids
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Children as young as nine are flocking to join violent street gangs and taking part in crimes such as drug dealing, theft and even murder."

"Alarming figures suggest there are now as many as 30,000 gang members across England and Wales and the numbers are rising rapidly. The number of gang members aged under 16 has doubled in the past year and nearly half of all gang murders committed with firearms now involve victims under the age of 18."

"London, Birmingham and Manchester have the most extreme problems, closely followed by Liverpool, Leeds and Bradford, while other towns and cities are increasingly experiencing problems associated with gang culture."

"Steve Shropshire, an expert on gangs and youth culture and co-author of a new report that highlights the problem, said: 'Young people are being drawn into the gangs and crews in ever increasing numbers and the average age of new members is falling dramatically. The gang culture is now inextricably linked with gun violence."

"Many gangs are sophisticated and some have access to private doctors who will treat gunshot wounds without reporting the incident to the police."

"Increasingly, he reports, gang activity is centred around schools. A typical secondary school in a gang area will have up to 20 hardcore members among the pupils, 30 or 40 associate members and up to 100 or more who are marginally involved."

"The members listen to gangsta rap and idolise the heroes of films like Scarface, Goodfellas and Menace II Society, adopting their values and some of their language."
 

"Anti-gun Coalition of America" Seeking Leadership, Input
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info/PatriotActivismSageTrueFeminismGuns.htm

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"We are currently seeking corps & celebs to take ownership of gun issues in America. If you or your co. can help make this issue matter in the public's eye we urge participation."

"Below is a list of those labeled as enemies by NRA. Review & acknowledge these BRAVE, PATRIOTIC AMERICANS!"

"AntiGun Orgs
Nat'l Orgs w/ AntiGun Policies
AntiGun Corps/Corp. Heads
AntiGun Pubs & Media
AntiGun Indv & Celebs"

"Patronize them AND MAKE IT KNOWN HOW YOU FEEL!"

"Contact us: agca@bitsnet.com."
 

Today Show's Matt Lauer shows bias against gun owners (again)
Submitted by: SASister

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Excerpt: "Matt Lauer acted astonished that NRA President Charlton Heston had never reconsidered his support of gun rights after hearing about a shooting. During a taped interview played on Thursday's Today, Lauer wanted to know, given that Heston has guns in his house as he is showing signs of Alzheimer's, whether there is 'a concern that if you become of diminished mental capacity that that could be a problem?'"
 

"Guns in the cockpit must prompt other action"
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Now that the U.S. Senate has approved the ill-advised idea of arming airline pilots, it is to be hoped that safety and training proposals that the administration is insisting upon will be scrupulously followed and that other anti-terrorist measures will be accelerated."
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Email this editor about his "ill advised" comment right here: letters@thejournalnews.com.
 

My Gangsta - The 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info/PatriotActivismSageTrueFeminismGuns.htm

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"SERIOUS STRONG EMOTION WARNING! 6 yrs ago an incident occurred while visiting this site - pro 2A with heart conditions or high blood pressure should leave now. We no more have a right to bear guns than we have a right to drive cars - you can continue to soak up the 'belief' to justify gun ownership but it serves society negatively to support an industry that gives easy access to the most dangerously effective tools used to threaten life, liberty & pursuit of happiness. 2A = antique & useless."
 

FL: Florida's Child Welfare Agency Employs 183 Criminals
Submitted by: Sage
Website: http://www.patriotvocals.info

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Reports show FL child welfare agency employs at least 183 with criminal pasts like molestation, child abuse, sex crimes, drug dealing, grand theft, battery, DUI manslaughter, aggravated assault with a weapon & welfare fraud.

The head of the agency's data-security team is on the state's sexual predators list for molesting a 5 yr old boy. DCF determined the employees were now on the right track & clients would be in no danger but admitted they did not know about the criminal pasts in all cases.
 

Nepal: Rebels kill 49 police in three-hour battle
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Hundreds of Maoist rebels fighting to end Nepal's constitutional monarchy attacked a police station in a remote mountainous village yesterday, killing at least 49 police officers, a government minister said."

"There were about 70 police officers stationed at the post in the village of Bhiman, about 100 miles south-east of the capital, Kathmandu. About 20 were injured in the attack, and two others were reported missing, the deputy home minister Devendra Raj Kadel said after a visit to the site."

"The rebels attacked the police post at around 12.30am yesterday, and the gun battle continued for more than three hours, the minister said. Communications to the post were knocked out half an hour after the assault began."

"Although the post is only about 12 miles from the district headquarters, government reinforcements took several hours to reach the village because rebels blocked the roads, a police official said."
 

South Africa: Cops 'not adequately trained' - 72 already dead this year
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"Police top brass have admitted that their men and women in blue are not adequately trained."

"Seventy-two police officers have been killed since the beginning of the year. Now the South African Police Service (SAPS) is investigating what influence their training - or lack thereof - has had on the high incidence of police killings."

"Most of those killed are from police stations and not specialised units. Their deaths could be the result of most police station members not being adequately trained despite attending to violent situations regularly, said Riaan van Staden, the head of the directorate of police safety."

"He said policemen were not allowed to carry a gun off-duty unless they had permission and then only under the strictest conditions."
 

Darwin Award Winner: "Oh shoot, I'm not bulletproof"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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PARAMARIBO, SURINAME -- "What it boiled down to was a case of truth in advertising turned sour."

"William Potogi went to a bush doctor in a rural village 175km south of the Suriname capital for a ritual bath purported to render his body bullet-proof. The practice is common among those fleeing the police."

"After the bath, full of confidence, Potogi asked the doctor's assistant to test the treatment and, according to police spokesperson Ronald Gayadhar, the assistant obligingly fired a shotgun point blank at Potogi, who was killed."
 

CT: Registration 'loophole' blamed for some nut job under 'restraining order' going psycho
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"Despite a law that requires people under restraining orders to turn in any weapons, Richard Strich had two guns in his possession on Aug. 28."

"On that day, Strich allegedly shot his estranged wife and later, held a handgun to his head during a five-hour standoff with Milford police."

"Strich is charged with attempted murder for firing a shotgun at his estranged wife in a Devon home, wounding her in the shoulder."

"Milford police are still investigating exactly how he acquired the weapons."

"Strich was required to surrender all handguns after his wife, Sandra, was granted a court protective order against him because she feared for her safety."

"But the order wasn't enough to protect Sandra Strich."

"and a legal loophole may make it difficult for other domestic violence victims to feel secure."

"While police can arrest anyone who transfers a handgun to another person without registering the transfer with the state, there are no penalties for those who transfer shotguns."

"If this requirement was in place, it might have been noticed that someone was transferring a shotgun to Strich, and then authorities would have been notified, officials acknowledge." ...
 

Sergeant sues Remington over shotgun incident, case heading to federal court
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ALL THE PAPER GIVES TO A NON-SUBSCRIBER:

ORIGINAL TITLE: "Central Booking sergeant sues Remington over shotgun incident"

By a Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer

"A $1 million product liability action filed by a correctional sergeant against three arms manufacturers has been removed to federal court."
 

FL: Woman Kills Dad In Hunting 'Accident'
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"A Pinellas County man was shot and killed by his daughter in a hunting accident in Levy County."

"Charles Ellis Whitfield, 57, of Largo was killed by a shotgun blast that struck him in the back, said Lt. Dewey Weaver of the Florida Fish and Wildlife onservation Commission, which investigated the shooting."

"Whitfield was hog hunting in the woods Sunday with his daughter, Crystal Star Whitfield, 25, of Gulf Hammock, when the accident occurred, Weaver said."

"He said Crystal Whitfield was walking behind her father when she tripped and somehow discharged her shotgun."

QUESTIONS:

Please use the "Post Comments" link above to respond:

The basic rules of gun safety clearly say not to point your firearm at anything you're not willing to destroy.

Is it right to call a negligent or unexpected discharge that leads to injury or death of an innocent person an "accident"?

Should someone who negligently discharges his or her firearm and kills an innocent person be charged with a crime and sent to jail?
 

'Safe' military laser weapon comes under fire
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"Eye specialists say a laser weapon designed to dazzle soldiers could permanently damage eyesight, despite being dubbed 'eye-safe'."

"Since 1996 the Geneva Convention has prohibited weapons designed to cause permanent blindness. But lasers that dazzle or cause temporary 'flash' blindness are permitted."

"The Pentagon has already exploited this loophole with laser weapons called illuminators. These red-laser weapons illuminate an aggressor, who will then hide or flee after realising they are in someone's rifle sights. But while illuminators do not work well in bright daylight they are powerful enough to damage vision." ...
 

OR: Police shoot cougar found napping in Bend back yard
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"Bend police shot and killed a cougar at a northeast Bend home Friday morning after the 100-pound animal decided to stretch out for a nap in the homeowner's garden."

"Kim and Rik Reynolds of 1310 NE Hollinshead Drive discovered the cat sleeping in their back yard about 8:30 a.m."

"Shortly after letting out their dogs...they found the toothy surprise sleeping under some plants in their garden, said Rik, 38."

"Officers discussed taking the animal alive, but decided against it..."
 

OH: Ohioans For Concealed Carry forms Political Action Committee
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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Ohioans For Concealed Carry is a non-profit organization of volunteers working for a common goal. We are pleased to announce the formation of our political action committee (PAC).

The OFCC PAC recently announced the creation of a sister website, which can be be found here.

Please take a moment to visit both websites if you or anyone you know lives in Ohio.
 

Bank One is supporting a "gun buyback" effort
Submitted by: David Codrea

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The Detroit Police are sponsoring another ludicrous gun buyback/amnesty program. Per the above link, "Bank One is assisting the effort financially."

According to Bank One's website: "We believe our customers are the most important people we know."

Yeah, that's why they want them disarmed and helpless. Click on the "Contact" tab at http://www.bankone.com and send your thoughts.
 

Say "Thanks" to Senator Smith "Pilots with Guns"
Submitted by: Tyree White

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Senator Bob Smith of NH needs a pat on the back for supporting the Second Amendment. He is a very strong supporter of the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

The above link it to his website. His email address is: opinion@smith.senate.gov.
 

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