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This is your one-stop source for breaking stories, critical updates and the news you need on issues affecting your Second Amendment rights. Shown below are NRA-PVF news releases, ILA articles and articles from across the nation.

 

12/24/02In the NewsThe Soldiers' Christmas

On these days of celebration, we should also remember and give thanks for the soldier. For those who go in harm's way, Christmas has often been a day of sacrifice, and valor. Two hundred twenty-six Ch . . . .

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12/24/02In the NewsArmed Police On Beat To Tackle Rising Handgun Crime

The Metropolitan Police is putting more armed officers on London streets to combat the increasing use of handguns by criminals. Read About It: London Times POSTED: Tuesday, . . . .

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12/23/02Poll: Hillary Clinton Top 2004 Democratic Choice
With Al Gore now out of the race, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the top choice of Democrats for the 2004 presidential nomination if she chooses to run, according to a new CNN/Time maga . . . .
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12/18/02Out Of Control
The Canadian government is under fire over the failure of a new national gun registry. A scathing report about the failure of a new national gun registry has prompted calls for the prime minister, Jea . . . .
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12/16/02Book Prize Taken From Historian
Columbia University trustees voted to rescind the Bancroft Prize awarded last year to a book by an Emory University historian Michael A. Bellesiles , citing accusations of scholarly misconduct. The pr . . . .
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12/12/02Law Under The Ninth
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which recently showed his distain for the Second Amendment, also has declared the use of the words "under God" by public schoolchildren when reciting the Pledge of Alle . . . .
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12/12/02Disaster Up North
Effusively praised by Bill Clinton, Canada`s gun-control laws are in a state of crisis, threatening the political future of many Liberal party politicians. Introduced in 1995 with a promised net cost . . . .
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12/11/02In the NewsWho Am I?

I'm a .25 cal. pistol 'a so-called Saturday Night Special' made by defunct gun maker Raven Arms. Although I'm an inanimate object, I've been found legally culpable in the 2000 classroom shooting of a W . . . .

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12/11/02Disarming Uganda
More gun control, more genocide. That`s the lesson of the 20th century in many nations, including Uganda. Yet the United Nations is again trying to make it impossible for Ugandans to protect themselve . . . .
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12/3/02What Did Taxpayers Get For Their Billion Dollars?
Back in 1995, when Bill C-68, the Firearms Act, was being debated in the House of Commons, twenty Reform MPs took that opportunity to warn the government that it would cost a billion dollars to regist . . . .
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11/25/02Conservative favorites to join ACLU
The elder George Bush won the presidency against Michael Dukakis in 1988 in part by suggesting it was beyond-the-pale liberal to be "a card-carrying member" of the American Civil Liberties Union. Now . . . .
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11/21/02The Right To Hunt
Times have changed since the Founders of our nation and our states penned their constitutions. So today there is a growing movement to add specific protections to what many of us assumed to be among o . . . .
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11/21/02Pentagon To Track American Consumer Purchases
A massive database that the government will use to monitor every purchase made by every American citizen is a necessary tool in the war on terror, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Edward Aldridge, underse . . . .
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11/20/02Rethinking Ballistic Fingerprinting
Ballistics experts have become crime-fighting stars in the Beltway sniper case, where they linked most of the bullets to a single gun through their distinctive markings. But the frustrations encounter . . . .
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11/19/02Gunned Down
In West Palm Beach, a jury imposed $1.2 million in damages against Valor Corporation, a wholesaler that distributes a wide variety of products, including firearms, to retail stores. While a 2000 Flori . . . .
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11/15/02In the NewsNeeded: Active Judges

Isn't it wonderful how liberal Democrats, just trounced in an election, proceed immediately to tell the winners how to govern? Obsessed with governing-with running other people`s lives-they simply can . . . .

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11/15/02GOP Targets Judicial Jam-Up
The change in control of the U.S. Senate promises to pop the cork on judicial nominations bottled up by Democrats during the last 15 months. With an agreeable Senate, President George W. Bush will hav . . . .
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11/14/02NRA AlertFree Speech in the Twilight Zone

ON NOV. 6, AMERICANS became less free to speak out than at any time in our nation`s modern history, losing a large measure of their right to exercise collective paid political speech. On that date, John McCain`s dream of political thought control--the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA)--took effect. And when it did, American liberty entered the Twilight Zone.

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11/12/02Gun Control Logic Fails
"It takes little journalistic sweat to reel off another tired litany of sound bites that smear lawful gun owners as simple-minded obstructionists to whatever the anti-gun proposal du jour happens to b . . . .
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11/7/02Voting Ehrlich And Often
Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend tried to paint Congressman Bob Ehrlich as "too conservative for Maryland." In Montgomery County, in the wake of the sniper attacks, the Brady Campaign aired . . . .
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11/6/02Republicans Win the Senate
In a stunning midterm victory for President Bush, the Republican Party has won control of both houses of Congress. The Democrats lost the Senate early Wednesday morning when Republican challenger and . . . .
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11/6/02Second Wins and Losses
The Second Amendment enjoyed a good election night for Congress, a mixed night in the governors` races, and some defeats on ballot initiatives. Read About It: National Review Online . . . .
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11/5/02A Second Amendment Voting Guide
National Review Online`s Dave Kopel takes readers on a journey through the states, looking at races for governor and the U.S. House and Senate. Read About It: National Review Online . . . .
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11/4/02In the NewsGun Control's Twisted Outcome

Two years ago, Dan Rather made many stiff British upper lips quiver by reporting that England had a crime problem and that, apart from murder, "theirs is worse than ours." The Mirror, a London daily, . . . .

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11/1/02In the NewsJackass, The Documentary

Dishonesty. Tendentiousness. Blubber. Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine" is even worse than what we`ve come to expect from him. Read About It: The Weekly Standard POSTED: . . .

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10/31/02In the NewsPoll: More Gun Laws Won't Help

The latest FOX News poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation found that most Americans are doubtful that tougher guns laws would help stop these kinds of acts, with 76% saying people like the se . . . .

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10/30/02Ballistic Fingerprinting A Waste Of Time
Proponents of the ballistic-fingerprinting idea want to create a database of bullets and shell casings that could be scanned by a computer for matches with evidence found at crime scenes, just as poli . . . .
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10/29/02In the NewsBellesiles Is Out

Emory University has accepted the resignation of history professor Michael Bellesiles, the author of Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. The book stirred up controversy because it a . . . .

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10/28/02Who Let Lee Malvo Loose?
The mainstream media informed us this week that Lee Malvo, the reportedly 17-year-old youth charged as a material witness in the sniper investigation is a "Jamaican national." As of this writing (Oct. . . . .
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10/25/02In the NewsOff Target

In the annals of rank opportunism, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) deserves a special place. All hail her efforts to exploit the Beltway-sniper killings by pushing a bad "ballistic fingerprinting" bill. He . . . .

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10/25/02In the NewsThe Gun Debate From A Seller's Point Of View

In the San Francisco Bay Area, gun owners tend to be dismissed as gun nuts - in fact, many jokingly call themselves that when among friends. And when it comes to gun legislation, nobody thinks to ask q . . . .

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10/24/02In the NewsNot So Fast On "Ballistic Fingerprinting"

From the viewpoint of the prohibition lobbies, however, the misnamed "ballistic-fingerprinting" scheme does have advantages. The scheme amounts to partial gun registration today (in any form that coul . . . .

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10/18/02The Gun-Control Exploitation Society
Gun-control opportunists have wasted no time exploiting the serial sniper shootings as if on a mission to undermine those who insist they be taken seriously. Read About It: World Net Daily . . . .
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10/18/02The Next International Right
The past century was one of barbarism and mass murder, one in which the world stood by while large populations were exterminated by governments bent on power and possessed of the means of killing. Not . . . .
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10/17/02Man Shot Identified By Six Female Victims
A pistol-packing woman accomplished with two bullets what Pittsburgh police had been attempting to do for days: to stop the man suspected of a string of sexual assaults in the city`s East End. Rea . . . .
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10/16/02NRA AlertDon't Be Fooled, The Fight Continues

As gun owners, you and I are now the targets of a massive, coast-to-coast deception campaign. Anti-gun politicians who have attacked us in the past are now trying to make us believe that our Second Amendment rights aren't in jeopardy in the 2002 elections.

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10/14/02Guns & Elections
Little has been said about gun control during this campaign. Oh, sure, Gray Davis is running on gun control in California, but in states from Illinois to Michigan to Pennsylvania, where Democrats gube . . . .
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10/10/02In the NewsInquiry Lists Unreported Gifts To Clintons In White House

Denise Rich, Malcolm S. Forbes, Nelson Mandela and other friends and supporters of the Clintons showered the couple with roughly $1 million in previously unreported gifts during the Clinton presidency . . . .

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10/9/02In the NewsEd Rendell: From the Horse's Mouth

Anyone who looks at his record will see that former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell is one of the most anti-gun candidates for governor in Pennsylvania history. In his campaign for governor, Rendell i . . . .

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10/7/02In the NewsOne on One with John Cornyn

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10/7/02In the NewsOne on One with Lindsey Graham

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10/7/02Exposing Animal Rights Terrorists
When many people think of "animal rights," they will roll their eyes and smile. But the animal-rights/liberation (ARL) movement isn`t funny anymore. Unable to get most of society to agree that animals . . . .
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10/7/02In the NewsGun Battle in Minnesota

If you live in Minnesota or have family, friends, co-workers or acquaintances in that state, here is what`s at stake in this November`s elections. With control of the Senate up for . . . .

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10/3/02In the NewsNew Jersey's Liberal Constructionists

Six of the seven New Jersey supreme-court justices responsible for Wednesday's "interpretation" of the state`s election laws to permit the Democratic party to substitute a more credible candidate for . . . .

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10/2/02Dem. Hopes In New Jersey
The New Jersey Democratic party`s claim that it can anoint a new candidate, based on the political calculation that incumbent U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli will probably lose, appears to be baseless. . . . .
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9/30/02In the NewsLetter Is Crucial In Lawsuit On Liability Of Gun Makers

A letter from a federal firearms agent urging a gun manufacturer to help track the illegal use of its weapons has become crucial evidence in a lawsuit by 12 California cities and counties against the . . . .

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9/26/02In the NewsFinish the Job

In the past several elections, National Rifle Association members have become the most united, most freedom-loving, most effective vote-producing machine in history. With critical control of the S . . . .

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9/26/02In the NewsWho Taped Ganske's Campaign Meeting?

Iowa voters are trying to catch up on new developments in the controversy surrounding the taping of a campaign meeting for candidate for U.S. Senate Greg Ganske. Attorneys said they need to find out h . . . .

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9/25/02So Much For The Kennedy Mystique
The close race for Maryland Governor provides fresh evidence that the name Kennedy is no longer an asset. Only a few months ago Kathleen Kennedy Townsend seemed unbeatable. So not many paid attention . . . .
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9/25/02Ms., Armed
"Being a National Review employee has its perks," writes Elizabeth A. Fitton, "- intelligent daily discourse, relaxed work environment, good people, WFB parties, etc. But I never imagined NR would put . . . .
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9/24/02Learning From Coltsville
A bill currently before Congress, S. 2519, sponsored by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) would take an important step toward teaching future generations about business ethics. (The parallel House bill, . . . .
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9/20/02Demography As Destiny?
William H. Frey is a demographer and research scientist at the University of Michigan`s Population Studies Center, who studies how population is shifting within the U. S. Frey has produced a series of . . . .
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9/20/02Why The Countryside Is Angry
Almost immediately after it came to power in 1997, the British Labour government announced that it proposed to ban hunting. This may have been a classic political mistake. Read About It: The . . . .
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9/19/02Troops Urged to Vote by Absentee Ballot
Stateside and overseas troops and U.S. civilians overseas should now be requesting absentee ballots in order to vote in the November general elections, the DoD`s senior voting official urged today. . . . .
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9/18/02The Guns Of Zimbabwe
In an era when politically correct pundits challenge that hunting has anything to do with conservation, Ed Kadzombe, the chairman of the Zimbabwe Wildlife Advisory Council, his work cut out for him. B . . . .
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9/16/02In the NewsIn Maryland, A Blowout Becomes A Nail-Biter

It is harsh enough that the double-digit popularity poll leads of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend`s campaign for governor of Maryland evaporated over the summer. No less biting to her is the cool . . . .

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9/12/02Airline Safety: A Step Forward
A proposal to allow the nation`s commercial pilots to carry guns in their cockpits is gaining momentum. A disturbing report in the New York Daily News helps underscore why these developments should b . . . .
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9/10/02In the NewsDemocrats, Using Finesse, Try To Neutralize The Gun Lobby`s Muscle

If there is one thing that parties can agree on, it is the fact that gun owners were responsible for Gore`s defeat in 2000. Now more than ever, gun owners must remain vigilent in their voting for favo . . . .

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9/10/02In the NewsTeaching September 11

While parents have tried to articulate truth for their children, many in the high halls of academia and in learned societies have been sending out a muddled and dishonest response to the attacks. At . . . .

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9/9/02One On One With Tim Hutchinson
U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., is running for election to the Senate this fall. Hutchinson, the first Republican Senator elected in Arkansas since 1879, recently shared with us his views on terrori . . . .
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9/9/02In the NewsFederalize Airport Security? What Were They Thinking?

The idea that government could do a better job of protecting airports than private industry had little to do with the experience of security-conscious countries such as Israel, which set rigorous stan . . . .

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9/9/02In the NewsU.S. Violent Crime Lowest Since `73

The number of people who were victims of all violent crimes except homicide fell by 9 percent in 2001, sending the crime rate to its lowest level since it was first tracked in 1973, the government rep . . . .

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9/6/02West Virginia`s Mascot`s Musket Allowed In Wisconsin
West Virginia`s Mountaineer mascot can shoot his musket at Saturday`s game against Wisconsin after all. Wisconsin athletic department officials originally denied permission, saying university policy p . . . .
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9/6/02One On One With Wayne Allard
U.S. Senator Wayne Allard, R-Colo., a former veterinarian first elected to Congress in 1990, has been an outspoken advocate of fiscal restraint, congressional accountability and Second Amendment freed . . . .
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9/6/02Senate Approves Plan To Arm Pilots
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow pilots to carry guns, despite strong objections from airlines and questions raised by the Bush administration. The 87-6 Senate vote attached the propo . . . .
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9/6/02Democrats Give Judge A Thumbs Down
Senate Democrats on Thursday rejected President Bush`s nominee for a federal appeals court in New Orleans, setting up an election-year battle over what has become a highly partisan process of evaluati . . . .
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9/5/02One On One With John Thune
Congressman John Thune, R-S.D., is running for a Senate seat this fall against anti-gun Democrat incumbent Tim Johnson. The race promises to be a close one, the repercussions of which will be felt by . . . .
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9/5/02CFR Suit Stalled
Raising the shield of legislative privilege, the six principal authors of the new campaign finance, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), law are resisting a request to se . . . .
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9/5/02NRA Members Rally In Tucson
Arizona gubernatorial canidate Matt Salmon made a guest appearance at the NRA rally last week at the Pima Air & Space Museum. There, he spoke to over 400 NRA members about freedom. Read About It: . . . .
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9/5/02Wisconsin Takes Issue With Mountaineer Musket
As college football rivalries go, West Virginia vs. Wisconsin doesn`t conjure images of heated battles between proud teams on the field and passionate fans in the stands. Yet Mountaineers fans have le . . . .
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9/5/02Bush Considers Program To Arm Pilots
The Bush administration plans to adopt a small-scale test program of arming commercial pilots, reversing its previous opposition to guns in the cockpit. The airlines generally opposed plans to arm pil . . . .
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9/4/02Guns Save Lives
Many people buy firearms for self-protection, because they believe guns can help even the odds. Sure enough, a pistol allowed Steve D. Robey and his 16-year-old daughter to beat the odds against two a . . . .
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9/3/02In the NewsGun Industry Is Gaining Immunity Against Suits

A spate of government litigation against the nation`s gun companies has been stifled in 30 states, which have passed laws granting the industry immunity from civil lawsuits. See Also: "Courts Reject . . . .

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8/30/02Life On The Edge
Pocketknives and box cutters were used to hijack jets on 9/11. They can be used for evil ends. Yet, in these times when increased security is understandable, does it seem too unreasonable to ask airli . . . .
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8/27/02Pilots Packing Heat
Arming pilots is hardly a new idea. For decades, up through the 1980s, some pilots carried guns on board - at first to protect the U.S. mail and then to combat hijackings. Although the practice petere . . . .
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8/21/02The Complainers
"Maybe it`s happened before I missed it, writes Fred Barnes. "Maybe it`s a practice that other administrations have indulged in once they`ve left office, only with less fanfare and visibility. But so . . . .
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8/20/02In the NewsHe's Not Moses But He's Something Else

Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss offers a tribute to Charlton Heston: "I am shy around movie stars. True, if odd. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth and all I can think to say is I loved yo . . . .

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8/19/02Terminal Tyranny: Airport Security Needs A Change Of Attitude
"Airport security isn`t rocket science. But it also can`t be conducted effectively by arrogant idiots who lack both judgment and discretion. The job of the TSA is to protect air travelers, not to hara . . . .
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8/16/02In the NewsThis One's A General

Testosterone is in again. Witness the ascent of Dr. Richard Carmona, the true-to-life hero nominated by President Bush for the post of surgeon general and recently confirmed, unanimously, by the Senat . . . .

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8/16/02Amid Terror, A Drastic Decision: Clear The Skies
Capt. Jim Hosking is stunned as he reads the message from the cockpit printer aboard United Flight 890. On most days, messages sent to the Boeing 747 are ordinary: maintenance items or reports of bad . . . .
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8/15/02San Francisco Prepares Monster Voter Guide
Mail carriers beware: San Francisco`s Nov. 5 voter handbook may swell to 350 pages, the bulkiest in city history and just a tad shorter than the Sacramento White Pages. Voters will weigh in on 19 loca . . . .
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8/14/02Analyze This
Did anyone notice that the new WorldCom restatement numbers released last week add up to the fact that now, in aggregate, the majority of the income distortions which have been announced since the Bus . . . .
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8/14/02The Victory Of An Old-Fashioned Social Democrat
Rep. John Dingell`s victory over fellow Democratic incumbent Lynn Rivers in the Michigan 15th-District primary this past Tuesday by a 59-to-41% margin-larger than most observers expected-proves severa . . . .
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8/12/02Judge Smith Goes To Washington
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8/12/02In the News"A Woman's Choice" Letting Her Defend Herself

A year ago it would have been shocking news: a governor publicly telling women to get a concealed handgun permit so that they can defend themselves against a serial killer. Hardly politically correct . . . .

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8/9/02Champ Investigated In Self-Defense Shooting
A Indian champion pistol shooter is arrested for using a pistol in self-defense during a mob attack. Police recommend that charges be dropped. Read About It: The Indian Express POS . . . .
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8/5/02Arrested, Fingerprinted And Cautioned: Kids With A Toy Gun
Three 12-year-old children playing a James Bond game with a plastic toy pistol were surrounded by police from three patrol cars, arrested, fingerprinted and required to give DNA samples, it emerged ye . . . .
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8/2/02Immoderate Reporting
"When the junior senator from New York took her seat, I instituted my own personal moratorium against writing about the exploits of the former First Lady," says Robert D. Alt. And then a friend direct . . . .
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8/2/02San Francisco PD Dead Last In Solving Violent Crime
Violent criminals who prey on San Francisco`s residents and visitors have a better chance of getting away with their crimes than predators in any other large American city. The city`s police departmen . . . .
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8/2/02Louisiana Governor Advises Women Scared Of Serial Killer To Get A Gun
Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster reminded women Thursday that they can pack a gun to protect themselves from a serial killer who has slain three women in the capital in the past 10 months. "You have the rig . . . .
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7/26/02In the NewsPanel Has Evidence Of Two Gifts To Torricelli

As the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee weighs charges that Senator Robert G. Torricelli improperly accepted gifts and cash from a political contributor, a government official involved in the inquiry said . . . .

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7/26/02In the NewsLegislation To Arm Pilots Gains Support In Senate

Senate opposition to arming airline pilots waned further today as two more lawmakers unexpectedly endorsed the idea and positions against it were all but absent at a hearing on aviation security. The . . . .

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7/19/02Traditional Rights To Go In Judicial Shake-Up
Britain has unveiled sweeping changes in its criminal justice system, scrapping the ban on "double jeopardy", the 800-year-old legal principle that forbids trying a suspect twice for the same crime. O . . . .
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7/16/02Arming Pilots
The Bush administration is now to the left of Senator Barbara Boxer on arming airline pilots. The liberal California Democrat on July 10 cosponsored a bill by conservative Bob Smith (R, N.H.) that let . . . .
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7/8/02Study: Guns No Safer When Locked Up
Trigger locks and gun safes don`t reduce the number of gun accidents, and they actually put gun owners and their families in greater danger, a new report says. Read About It: Fox News . . . .
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6/28/02In the NewsUsurpation and Abdication: The Court and The Constitution

The Supreme Court's usurpation of legislative power is, in a way, the lesser of our constitutional deformations. The flip side of the Court's usurpation of power is the other branches' abdication of r . . . .

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6/26/02In the NewsThe Daschle-McCain Blockade

Yesterday National Review Online reported continuing Republican frustration with Majority Leader Tom Daschle's decision to shut down the confirmation process in the Senate. In the last six weeks, no B . . . .

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6/25/02A Federal Crime?
It turns out that on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, FBI agents were monitoring phone calls from the home of a madam of a New Orleans brothel. But with the terrorists attacking back East, the agents sh . . . .
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6/17/02Triggering New Debate Over Guns
The overwhelming consensus among historians and law professors is that the Second Amendment guarantees that every responsible, law-abiding adult may have guns. It is no coincidence that the few schola . . . .
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6/14/02In the NewsSinger Toby Keith Speaks Out On ABC Censorship

Toby Keith says the producer of an ABC 4th of July TV special rescinded an offer to have the country singer perform his current hit after the show's host, World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings, hea . . . .

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6/14/02In the NewsProtecting D.C.: The Necessity Of Bearing Arms

No jurisdiction in the United States works as doggedly to disarm citizens as does the District of Columbia, our nation's capital and on-again, off-again murder capital. Sure, the city council grudging . . . .

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6/13/02Gun Shop Ban Planned In Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh City Council preliminarily approved zoning changes 12 June that would prohibit gun sales in some city neighborhoods. Read About It: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette POSTE . . . .
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6/13/02In the NewsWhen Peer Review Yields Unsound Science

To ensure the quality of what medical journals publish, their editors, beginning 200 years ago, have increasingly called on scientific peers to review new findings from research. Now, however, there i . . . .

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6/12/02Making The Case
"The lawlessness of today`s racial quota and gun control liberals may be coming under serious challenge," writes Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report. Read About It: U.S. News and World . . . .
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6/11/02In the NewsJustices Reject Cases On Right To Bear Arms

In turning down two appeals by defendants charged with federal firearms violations without comment, the Supreme Court relieved the Bush administration of the need to further explain its statement to t . . . .

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6/11/02In the NewsAcademic Accountability

Anti-gun scholar Michael Bellesiles defends his shoddy work by calling critics names. Read About It: Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2002

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6/11/02A Straight Shooter On Gun Owner Rights
Inverness, Florida, attorney Cliff Travis is an NRA Life Member who combines his work and his passion for guns to help local firearms owners. Read About It: St. Petersburg Times PO . . . .
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6/10/02A Straight Shooter On Guns
In addition to the undergraduate diploma and law degree, there is a large, framed certificate identifying Cliff Travis as a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association hanging on the wall of his . . . .
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6/7/02In the News"Pulped" Fiction: Michael Bellesiles And His Yellow Note Pads

One of the fascinating subplots in the controversy over whether Michael Bellesiles committed scholarly fraud in his book, Arming America, is what he claims happened to some of his research notes. Bell . . . .

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6/6/02In the NewsThe Cowards Of Academe

A new work of history is published. You review the book on the front page of the book section of the New York Times, saying the author "has dispelled the darkness" surrounding an issue of significant . . . .

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6/5/02Public Support For Federal Workers Falls to Pre-Sept. 11 Levels
The percentage of Americans who said they trust the federal government to do what is right just about always or most of the time fell from 57 percent in October 2001 to 40 percent this month. In July . . . .
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6/4/02PETA Could Lose Nonprofit Status
An animal-rights group should lose its tax-exempt status because it gave $1,500 to a group the FBI lists as "terrorist," say two pro-business groups on the other side of the ongoing debate on animal t . . . .
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5/31/02In the NewsWould Mohamen Atta Object To Armed Pilots?

"In a new safety initiative, the Department of Transportation has instituted an affirmative-action program for Arabs interested in pursuing careers in aviation," writes Ann Coulter. "Transportation Se . . . .

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5/31/02Crime: Still Saving Lives
People who are able to defend themselves against armed criminals continue to save lives and protect property in America and throughout the world. Read About It: Florida Times-Union . . . .
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5/31/02In the NewsLindh's Rights: Second Amendment Does Not Apply

"Chutzpah isn`t a word often used in connection with typical admirers of Islamonazi terrorism," says Dave Kopel. "But John Walker Lindh is special. In federal court, Lindh`s attorney has claimed that . . . .

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5/22/02In the NewsArmed Pilots: A Needed Security Measure

John W. Magaw, a career federal law enforcer and head of the Transportation Security Administration, told a senatorial committee Tuesday that his agency wouldn't allow commercial airline pilots to car . . . .

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5/21/02Gun Games: Truth Is A Casualty Of The Anti-Gun Cause
The new radio ads from the misleadingly named "Americans for Gun Safety" feature John McCain and Joe Lieberman making a variety of bogus claims as part of their campaign against gun shows. Read Ab . . . .
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5/21/02In the NewsDemocratic Primary Race Focuses On Guns

The NRA, seizing on Pennsylvania's rural, conservative sensibilities has run a series of ads criticizing Ed Rendell, who served as Philadelphia mayor for nine years before leaving to join the Democrat . . . .

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5/15/02In the NewsAmerica: It's Our Right To Bear Arms

After hearing the Second Amendment verbatim, 73% in an ABCNEWS.com poll said it guarantees the right to individual gun ownership. Twenty percent said, instead, that it only guarantees the right of sta . . . .

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5/14/02In the NewsNot Only In America: Gun Killings Shake The Europeans

The assassination of a Dutch politician and a series of mass shootings-at a German school and at normally tranquil local legislatures in Switzerland and France-have shaken the European notion that suc . . . .

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5/7/02Getting With It: Italians Move Toward Protecting Self-Defense
In Italy, the Minister of Defense, Antonio Martino, recently announced his support for private gun ownership. "Gun control disarms law-abiding citizens, not criminals," he said. Martino, who was a pro . . . .
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5/6/02Gun Control And Civil Liberties
To huge applause, Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA, told the crowd that commercial airline pilots should be allowed to carry guns, and that the government should identify and stop n . . . .
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4/30/02Democrats Divided Over Gun Issue
Democratic governors from the South aligned themselves Monday with Georgia Sen. Zell Miller`s call for Democrats to be more sympathetic and supportive of people who own guns. "It`s a rite of passag . . . .
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4/30/02In the NewsWomen Can't Be Gun-Shy About Defense

It is rare for a prestigious institution to nakedly compromise its research integrity to promote a political agenda. Yet this is what the Harvard School of Public Health did April 17 when it issued an . . . .

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4/30/02Panel Wants To Arm Pilots
Two House transportation committee leaders, pushing to reverse the Bush administration`s opposition to arming pilots, want to strip the new Transportation Security Administration of its power to rule . . . .
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4/23/02The New War On Freedom
In response to the Oklahoma City bombing, Congress passed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, "antiterrorism" legislation which not only gives the attorney general the power to use the . . . .
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4/19/02In the NewsAre Michael Bellesiles's Critics Afraid To Say What They Think?

Some defenders of Michael Bellesiles's Arming America have insisted that his critics have yet to bring forth any evidence to suggest scholarly fraud. One apologist points to the "searching examination . . . .

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4/19/02In the NewsKelly Seeks U.S. Trials for Some Gun Crimes

Citing an analysis that shows stiffer prison sentences meted out in federal court for gun crimes, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly is seeking to expand a program under which people a . . . .

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4/19/02In the NewsConcealed Weapon Bans Discriminate

On April 10, an Ohio appellate court unanimously ruled that Ohio`s ban on carrying concealed weapons, in effect since 1974, violated the people's right to keep and bear arms. Since 1851, the Ohio Cons . . . .

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4/18/02No Choice: "Weapons-effect" Paralysis
On September 16 Reuters revealed that in the midst of the September 11 hijackings, President Bush had ordered U.S. fighter pilots to shoot down any airliner acting in a suspicious manner. What has bee . . . .
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4/16/02In the NewsThe Elian Cover-Up

Reporter Alfonso Chardy wrote an important article for the March 10 Miami Herald. It adds to the proofs that we never got the whole story behind the Clinton administration's case for deporting 6-year- . . . .

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4/15/02In the NewsJanet Reno's Race

Florida's political fortunes can shift like sand, as Janet Reno is finding out. When she announced her candidacy last year, Reno was the putative lock for the Democratic nomination to run against Gov. . . . .

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4/11/02Exit Gun Control
"News stories from around the nation identifying gun control as a trip-wire issue dividing conservatives and liberals don`t surprise," writes William F. Buckley, Jr. Read About It: National R . . . .
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4/5/02In the NewsPilots Unions' Plea To Bush: Allow Guns In Cockpit

The nation's five largest pilots unions have asked President Bush to intercede personally to let pilots arm themselves aboard commercial jets. Read About It: USA Today POSTED: . . . .

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4/4/02In the NewsFawning Critics Don't Say Book Was A Fraud

Professor Michael Bellesiles' book Arming America purported to establish that the core historical argument behind the Second Amendment was a fraud. The brave minuteman armed with his trusty rifle, Bel . . . .

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4/4/02In the NewsSafety Replaces Firearms Buyback

Organizers of the Tampa Bay gun buyback program have decided to cancel this year's trade-ins. Instead, the group will focus its efforts on gun safety education and awareness, which includes a billboar . . . .

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4/3/02In the NewsNever Give Up, Never Forget

It's been a whirlwind first year out of office for Bill Clinton, who certainly hasn't strained to avoid the limelight. He's been hanging with his Hollywood toadies; explaining why he spent his final d . . . .

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4/2/02Security Games
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has based airline security on three policies: improved screening, air marshals, and strengthened cockpit doors. While all are helpful, no one can ignore the evid . . . .
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3/26/02In the NewsThe Year Of The Yellow Notepad

Michael Bellesiles is taking heavy artillery fire for knavish scholarship in his Arming America, and, writes none other than Alexander Cockburn, "Bellesiles' phony scholarship is as devastating a blow . . . .

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3/20/02Federally Funded Gun Control Propaganda
The federal government says it lacks funding for much-needed research about the alarming increase in autism, asthma, diabetes and other serious childhood conditions. Now we know where scarce research . . . .
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3/20/02In the NewsGiving Reporters Guns

Recognizing the inherent dangers of covering the war in Afghanistan, news agencies are reviewing operating procedures for foreign correspondents, issuing flak jackets and providing "hostile environmen . . . .

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3/19/02Pakistani Tribes, Gun Trade Go Hand In Hand
Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan--All along the main street in this dusty, one-horse town, dozens of weapons stores are lined with floor-to-ceiling replicas of Russian, Chinese and American arms. Some 10,000 . . . .
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3/13/02Gun Rights Activists Chalk Up State Wins
Gun rights groups, bolstered by safety concerns in the wake of Sept. 11, are turning to state legislatures to reverse bans or restrictions on carrying concealed weapons. And the efforts appear to be p . . . .
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3/13/02Birth Of A Nation
On May 20, 2002, a new nation will be born, conceived in the blood of patriots, and guided to independence by the indifferent midwifery of the U.N. The new nation is East Timor, and its story of indep . . . .
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3/11/02In the NewsA People's Constitution

Opponents of the campaign-finance bill are arguing that President Bush should veto it because it is unconstitutional. George Washington used the Constitution in just this way when he vetoed a bill he . . . .

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3/8/02In the NewsYet Another Clinton Speech

At a speech to the 2002 World Congress on the Peaceful Reunification of China and World Peace in Sydney, Australia, Bill Clinton intoned that America's "pre-eminent military, economic and political po . . . .

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3/8/02British Clubs Urged To Help Stop Gun Crime
New British Home Office guidelines say club owners need to install metal detectors as a priority to curb the increase in drug-related shootings but also urge `chill-out rooms` for drug victims. Re . . . .
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3/7/02Federal Bureaucracy Threatens Georgia Hunt
Pressure from "environmental" groups and arcane Federal regulation is threatening to put an end to hunting on Cumberland Island. Read About It: Jacksonville.com POSTED: Thursd . . . .
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3/6/02In the NewsUnintended Consequences: Anti-Gun Lawsuits

Pearl Harbor day for the gun industry was the day that New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial filed his lawsuit, demonstrating to the industry that its scrupulous compliance with extensive statutes and regulat . . . .

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3/4/02Advice For President Bush On Campaign Finance
President Bush is reportedly about to commit a cynical and opportunistic act unworthy of his young presidency: signing a disaster of a campaign-finance-reform bill. Read About It: National Re . . . .
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2/27/02Veto Finance Reform?
"A dismaying aspect of the whole scene on campaign-finance reform is the running question of constitutionality," writes William F. Buckley. "Attention is being paid to a moral question: If the preside . . . .
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2/25/02British Gun Crime Soars After Handgun Ban
Gun crime has almost trebled in London during the past year and is soaring in other British cities, according to Home Office figures obtained by The Telegraph. The new gun crime figures also show that . . . .
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2/25/02Party Guy
Bryon York of the National Review ponders the barren ex-presidency of Bill Clinton. "Clinton," he writes "aimed to create an ex-presidency that rose to the highest levels of statesmanship. What he ha . . . .
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2/20/02In the NewsThe Historian Who Couldn't Shoot Straight

When Michael Bellesiles's "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" appeared in 2000, its reviews were practically love letters. As the celebrations continued, however, a handful of scho . . . .

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2/12/02Freedom To Speak
National Right to Life Committee Director Douglas Johnson speaks on the dangers that the Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform bill would bring to free speech. Read About It: National Review . . . .
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2/6/02In the NewsWhat 'Smart Gun' Technology Is Really All About

Columnist Vin Suprynowicz speaks out on "smart guns" and the real agenda behind them. Read About It: Las Vegas Review-Journal POSTED: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

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1/31/02The Rhetorician
National Review reporter John J. Miller, author of The Unmaking of Americans, compares George W. Bush and Bill Clinton as speechmakers. Read About It: National Review POSTED: . . . .
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1/31/02In the NewsPlainspoken Eloquence

"State of the Union addresses are usually reviewed in terms of 'eloquence,' or 'drama,' or how the overnight polls register the public's reaction. But for sheer seriousness, for the depth and scope of . . . .

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1/30/02In the NewsDisarming America, Part III

The National Review's Melissa Seckora returns to her investigation of the questionable research that produced Michael Bellesiles` book, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. She finds . . . .

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1/25/02Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Own Bodyguard
What a perfect example of how the Second Amendment is really the cornerstone of our Bill of Rights, the guarantor of all others. It was the exercise of her Second Amendment rights that empowered Elean . . . .
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1/17/02In the NewsLess Guns, More Gun Crime

In pure logic, only four possible states of gun ownership in a society are possible: (1) Everybody has a gun. (2) Nobody has a gun. (3) Criminals have guns but law-abiding people don't. (4) Law-ab . . . .

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1/17/02Gun Control Advocates Should Change Their Tune
Times are hard for gun-control advocates. Following September 11, firearm purchases spiked 10 to 20% nationwide. It`s not about terrorism, but personal security. Read About It: Seattle Times . . . .
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1/14/02In the NewsThe Rise Of Nuisance Theory

These public nuisance suits against the firearms industry come at a time when demand for firearms has risen. From October 2000 to October 2001, background checks for guns rose 22%. The gun rush probab . . . .

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1/11/02Video NewsStranger In A Strange Land

A reviewer who praised Michael Bellesiles's book, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture., now says, "I was badly wrong in my judgment, though it took me a while to grasp just how wrong . . . .

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1/10/02In the NewsFAA Wants Public Opinion On Arming Pilots

The FAA is asking for public comment about authorizing on-duty pilots to carry firearms in flight-a post-September 11 issue incorporated into the new federal air travel security law that passed in Nov . . . .

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1/8/02In the NewsWar On The Police Harms War On Terrorism

The Manhattan Institute's Heather Mac Donald has been calling the most strident anti-police activists of recent years, and asking: "Suppose that in the wake of September 11, the FBI decides to check o . . . .

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1/3/02In the NewsThe Op-Ed's Hidden Agenda

Glenn Harland Reynolds, professor of law at the University of Tennessee, examines the tendency of media organizations to turn press releases and written-to-order opinion pieces into apparently objecti . . . .

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1/2/02In the NewsGuns And (Character) Assassination

It was only a matter of time before the gun-ban lobby took advantage of Americans' fears of terrorist attacks to scare them into giving up more of their rights. Gun banners are now rushing to demonize . . . .

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