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  • wingover 6:58 pm on March 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    After attacks, Europe hurries to tighten gun laws 

    After attacks, Europe hurries to tighten gun laws.

    HELSINKI – Several European countries have restricted gun laws in the wake of school massacres, gang violence and other gun-related crimes:

    _Finland announced plans Wednesday to impose stricter restrictions on firearms, including raising the minimum age for handgun ownership from 15 to 20. The proposal was prompted by two school massacres within a year in which lone gunmen opened fire on classmates and teachers.

    _Germany, where a gunman killed at least 11 people Wednesday, raised the legal age for owning recreational firearms from 18 to 21 following a 2002 shooting in Erfurt that killed 16 people, including 12 teachers.

    _Belgian lawmakers passed strict new gun control laws in 2006 in reaction to the racially motivated shooting deaths of a toddler and her black baby sitter in Antwerp.

    _Swiss citizens are demanding a referendum aimed at confining army weapons to military compounds and banning private purchases of pump-action rifles and automatic weapons — following a spate of suicides and homicides.

     
    • Byron 10:08 pm on March 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      How sad, Europe is being disarmed just like the U.S.A. is trying to do to its’ citizens. I think we have forgotten the lessons of World War 2.
      Where U.S. citizens have the right to keep and carry arms the crime rate is lower: when in Florida they enacted a right to carry a weapon law, the politicians were amazed to find a very large drop in the crime rate in that area. Neighboring areas saw a significant rise in crime for the simple fact that the neighboring area citizens were unarmed, therefore they are easier targets. When the people are afraid to leave their home, they are already a victim of a government controlling and restricting their movements through fear.
      Washington, D. C. has a complete ban on firearms, so according to all the politicians it must be the safest place on earth; but on a per capita basis our soldiers in Iraq are less likely to be killed than in our nations capitol. Australia has taken gun rights away from the citizens and now is experiencing a huge leap in crime, but they can not figure out why it happened.
      Let me say this real plain and simple for all the do-gooders that are sure we are stupid and only they know what is best for the rest of the populus – SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, PAY ATTENTION TO THE REST OF US THAT ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT AND KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT SURVIVING AMONGST THE EVIL OF THE WORLD! YOU CAN PASS A 1,000 LAWS OUTLAWING GUNS OR ANY OTHER WEAPON WITH ONLY ONE RESULT… MORE INNOCENT VICTIMS! CRIMINALS HAVE NEVER & WILL NEVER CARE THE LEAST LITTLE BIT THAT YOU DO NOT WANT THEM TO BE ARMED! THEY WILL ROB, RAPE, AND/OR KILL YOU, YOUR WIFE, MOTHER, FATHER, SON, DAUGHTER, HUSBAND AND/ OR GRAND PARENTS AND GRAND KIDS AND LET US NOT FORGET OUR FRIENDS!
      If you have any common sense, please, for the love of GOD, your family, your country, and your culture do some research and then tell the government to go away.

  • wingover 11:06 am on February 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    NY Times attempt to disarm America? 

    U.S. Is Arms Bazaar for Mexican Cartels – NYTimes.com.

    PHOENIX — The Mexican agents who moved in on a safe house full of drug dealers last May were not prepared for the fire power that greeted them.

    When the shooting was over, eight agents were dead. Among the guns the police recovered was an assault rifle traced back across the border to a dingy gun store here called X-Caliber Guns.

    Now, the owner, George Iknadosian, will go on trial on charges he sold hundreds of weapons, mostly AK-47 rifles, to smugglers, knowing they would send them to a drug cartel in the western state of Sinaloa. The guns helped fuel the gang warfare in which more than 6,000 Mexicans died last year.

    Mexican authorities have long complained that American gun dealers are arming the cartels. This case is the most prominent prosecution of an American gun dealer since the United States promised Mexico two years ago it would clamp down on the smuggling of weapons across the border. It also offers a rare glimpse of how weapons delivered to American gun dealers are being moved into Mexico and wielded in horrific crimes.

    “We had a direct pipeline from Iknadosian to the Sinaloa cartel,” said Thomas G. Mangan, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix.

    Drug gangs seek out guns in the United States because the gun-control laws are far tougher in Mexico. Mexican civilians must get approval from the military to buy guns and they cannot own large-caliber rifles or high-powered pistols, which are considered military weapons.

    The ease with which Mr. Iknadosian and two other men transported weapons to Mexico over a two-year period illustrates just how difficult it is to stop the illicit trade, law enforcement officials here say.

    The gun laws in the United States allow the sale of multiple military-style rifles to American citizens without reporting the sales to the government, and the Mexicans search relatively few cars and trucks going south across their border.

     
  • wingover 12:21 pm on February 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    5,000th weapon destroyed in Rwanda since December 

    Reuters AlertNet – 5,000th weapon destroyed in Rwanda since December.

    A six-man team from the Rwandan Army is making a truly significant contribution to security in its own country and the wider Great Lakes Region.

    Since December the soldiers have been learning how to destroy excess stockpiles of small arms and light weapons.

    The weapons – many of which were confiscated during the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 – are often of a high quality and their destruction means that they are never able to inflict harm again.

    On Friday the 5,000th weapon was cut up, with a target of 10,000 to be destroyed by the end of March.

     
  • wingover 11:44 pm on February 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Trade a gun for a rose in SC on Valentine’s Day 

    Trade a gun for a rose in SC on Valentine’s Day.

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Police in South Carolina gave away roses on Valentine’s Day. All you had to do to get one for your sweetie was turn in a gun.

    Hoping to get the weapons off the streets with the “Guns for Roses” program, authorities in two central South Carolina cities set up a program where anyone who turned in a gun received a free rose and a Best Buy gift card.

    At a Columbia church, five cars lined up to give away guns before the exchange had even started. At the end of the day, Columbia area police had collected 191 weapons and police in Sumter collected 32.

    “We’ve got a great turnout so far,” Richland County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Chris Cowan said.

    A handgun was worth a $100 gift card, while a rifle or shotgun netted a $50 gift certificate. Cowan said one man turned in six handguns, worth $600 in gift cards.

     
  • wingover 11:51 am on February 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    UN starts to disarm 180,000 civil war fighters 

    Reuters AlertNet – Sudan starts to disarm 180,000 civil war fighters.

    KHARTOUM, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Sudan started to disarm 180,000 fighters from the war between its north and south on Tuesday, setting into motion a demobilisation plan at the heart of the peace deal that ended Africa’s longest civil war.

    At a ceremony marking the start of the U.N.-backed campaign, 15 soldiers from north and south Sudan handed over their weapons in exchange for cash and food tokens.

     
  • wingover 11:13 am on February 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Obama and Gun Control 

     
    • Anonymous 5:10 pm on February 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      DON’T LET THEM TAKE YOUR GUNS!!!!!!! IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.

  • wingover 4:25 pm on February 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Military disarming civilians in Bosnia 


    Take a guess what happens when government has all the weapons and civilians have none.

     
  • wingover 11:10 pm on January 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Angola – Home minister highlights police role in disarming of civilians 

    Angola Press – Society – Home minister highlights police role in disarming of civilians.

    Luanda – Angola’s Home Affairs minister, Roberto Leal Monteiro “Nongo”, Wednesday in Luanda highlighted the role played by the national police in the disarming of citizens in illegal possession of firearms, Angop learned.

    In a yearend message delivered to Angop, the official says that the existence of firearms out of their right place has influenced the environment of instability that hinders police daily work.

    “The participation in the seizure of firearms, a process in which we were fully engaged and whose results are encouraging, will help reduce the rates of crime and the propensity to committing crimes through the illegal use of firearms”, reads the document.

    On the same note, the minister speaks of the security work carried out by the police officers during the electoral process, from the registration until the voting day on september 5 last year.

     
  • wingover 3:13 pm on January 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Congress’ plan would let AG ‘ban guns at will’ 

    Congress’ plan would let AG ‘ban guns at will’.

    A perfect storm is developing for Second Amendment opponents that could allow President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general – Eric Holder – to “ban guns at will” despite the 2008 affirmation from the U.S. Supreme Court that U.S. citizens have a right to bear arms.

    The situation was described with alarm by Alan Korwin, author of Gun Laws of America, in a recent commentary.

    He cited Holder’s known support for gun bans – the former Clinton administration official endorsed the District of Columbia’s complete ban on functional guns in residents’ homes before it was overturned by the Supreme Court.

    And Korwin pointed to overwhelming Democratic majorities in Congress as well as Obama’s known support for gun restrictions and his presence in the Oval Office.

     
  • wingover 8:35 pm on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Sri Lanka: Government disarming civilians 

    TMVP to be disarmed.

    The Government is to disarm the feuding factions of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP). The move, The Sunday Times learns, is prompted by several reasons. Main among them is said to be the growing internecine rivalry between factions led by Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan and National List parliamentarian Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna.

     
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