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For Immediate Release: October 24, 2005
BELLEVUE, WA -- Sunday's landmark rejection
by Brazilian citizens of a proposed nationwide gun ban demonstrates that
when given a choice, people around the world will opt for freedom and
the security of personal firearms ownership over the false promises of
government, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
(CCRKBA) said today.
"With nearly 100 percent of the votes
counted, it appears that 64 percent of Brazilian voters opposed the idea
of giving up their firearms," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.
"History has demonstrated that when people are disarmed, they are
at the mercy of predators who have no mercy, and governments that all
too often oppress people rather than protect them from evil.
"Take, for example, the views of taxi
driver Mohammed Osei, who was quoted by CNN," Gottlieb noted. "When
asked why he voted against the nationwide gun ban, he explained matter-of-factly,
'I don't like people walking around armed on the street. But since all
the bandits have guns, you need to have a gun at home'."
Gottlieb noted that the track record of
Brazil's proposed gun ban was much the same as similar proposals here
in the United States. Early on, polling suggested that the gun ban had
the support of 80 percent of the population. However, as the election
approached, that support began to evaporate, especially after both sides
were given free air time on television to present their cases.
"It never fails," said Gottlieb,
"that when citizens are presented with facts instead of emotionalism
and rhetoric, they choose firearms freedom every time. Brazilian citizens
understand that you vote freedom away only once, and when you surrender
it, through referendum or initiative, you never get it back.
"The Brazil vote should stand as a
lesson to global anti-gunners," Gottlieb observed. "The people
they want to disarm through their global gun control efforts don't care
to be left defenseless. Citizens who enjoy firearms freedom are not likely
to give up that essential cornerstone of liberty. Gun banners, whether
they roam the halls of the United Nations, or the streets of San Francisco,
need to be reminded of that every day, and certainly on every election
"The vote in Brazil was a victory
for freedom," Gottlieb concluded, "and a strong message for
those zealots who would take away that freedom."
What those wacky guys and gals at IANSA, (aka "We
are the UN and we want all of your guns,) have to say
Brazil gun referendum defeated: a lost opportunity for
victims of gun violence Battle to reduce the gun death epidemic continues
IANSA PRESS RELEASE, For Immediate Release: Monday 24 October 2005
Campaigners for gun control in Brazil and
around the world today expressed disappointment at the result of Brazil’s
gun ban referendum in which 64% of the population voted No to banning
the sale of guns and ammunition.
‘The financial and marketing power
of the gun lobby and the gun industry in Brazil won in the end,’
said Rebecca Peters, Director of the International Action Network on Small
Arms. ‘We are disappointed at this lost opportunity to take a dramatic
stand against gun violence, but we know the country’s strict new
guns laws will continue to help save lives.’
The result is a victory for the financial
and marketing power of the gun lobby and the gun industry. In the last
3 weeks before the referendum, Brazil’s election law required that
each side be allocated equal air-time to promote their arguments. The
pro-gun lobby used that period to run a slick, professional and misleading
campaign of TV propaganda for the No vote. By contrast, the Yes vote depended
on thousands of volunteers campaigning on the streets, but had very little
money to produce TV ads.
The referendum was one of the measures
contained in a tough national gun law introduced in December 2003, which
made it illegal to carry guns, imposed tighter restrictions for obtaining
a gun, and stiffened penalties for using or owning guns illegally. In
2004, 3200 fewer people died from gunshot wounds, a drop of 8% and the
first decrease in 13 years.
‘We will keep fighting to prevent
gun deaths,’ said Jessica Galeria of the NGO Viva Rio, an IANSA
member that campaigned for the ban. ‘Most Brazilians do not own
guns and do not believe guns make a household safer. But the No campaign
exploited people’s fears: that police cannot protect them; that
the government was trying to take away their “rights”.’
The pro-gun lobby claims that if the sale
of guns is banned, only criminals will have guns. But the fact is that
the majority of crime guns were originally legally owned.
The Brazilian referendum was the first
time any country has put its national gun laws to a popular vote. Brazil
has the highest number of gun deaths in the world, around 38,000 a year
– or more than 100 every day. This is a higher rate than in many
conflict zones. It is also the second largest producer of guns in the
|NOTE: The main reason that the bill passed was that the "NO"
campaign and the "YES" campaign were both given equal free
time in the press and the "NO's" won. All of the pop stars
who showed up to tape a "YES" vote commercial had their
armed private security guards with them.
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ORANGE COUNTY NEWS
ELECTIONS SET FOR NOVEMBER 8TH,
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE VOTING FOR
(I will be adding to this information over the next few weeks so check
back for updates.)
November 8th is the day that you have to
go out and vote. We have many local races that are very important with
the most important being the local Judge Positions.
FAMILY COURT JUDGES
Four people are running for
two family court seats. These are VERY IMPORTANT!!! THESE JUDGES
ISSUE PISTOL LICENSES AND ARE ELECTED FOR 10 YEARS!!! One
of the seats is old and one was just created. This race is slightly unusual
because four people are running for two positions so the two people with
the highest vote count wins. The four people running are:
- Debra Kiedaisch from Greenwood Lake, D, I, WFP, Incumbent
- Lori Currier-Woods from Monroe, R, C
- Christine M. Krahulik, R, C
- Carla Wise , D
County Court Judge Stewart Rosenwasser is also running for a seat on
the state Supreme Court bench
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association's PAC supports the
- Orange County Legislature District 9, Mary Ellen Matise (D)
- Orange County Legislature District 14, Ralph Caruso (R)
- Orange County Legislature District 21, Thomas Pahucki (D)
here to see all of the names of everyone who filed a petition to run for
any office in Orange County
Rumors about Unrestricted licenses being restricted
(Do not over react to this article!!
I have been unable to verify any of this information and I do not personally
know the person that I talked to and we do not know who the other person
Two people have said that
they have received phone calls stating that they were being requested
to turn in their UNRESTRICTED Handgun License so that Restrictions could
be added on to them. I have talked to one person , (who I will call Mr.
A), who was unable to tell me the name of the person who had called or
exactly when the call was made other than it was month to two months ago.
Mr. A told the caller that they would not ever voluntarily have their
license restricted and Mr. A's license has not been changed. Mr. A has
not had their license changed in many years and the issuing Judge no longer
issues pistol licenses so we are unable to say who Mr. A's Judge is. Another
unidentified person told employees at one of the gun stores of a similar
phone call but we are unable to identify the person or any other information.
I have called the Pistol Permit Department,
the office of the Judge who is most likely to be the Judge for Mr. A,
and some other people but all denied making such a call, or taking any
If anyone gets or has gotten a phone
call requesting that they turn in their restricted license so that restrictions
can be added, please contact me at once. Make sure that you get the name
and phone number of the person that you are talking to and who they work
for. You do not have to voluntarily turn in your unrestricted
license to have restrictions placed on them but a Judge can review your
license at any time for any reason and reissue you a license that is restricted.
Judges do have the power to add restrictions
of any type to any license that they control and they can review any license
at any time without any reason. (CLICK
HERE TO SEE THE NY STATE CASE LAW IN GENERAL AND
IN SPECIFIC O'CONNOR
v. SCARPINO, and O'BRIEN
v. KEEGAN on the same page. I hate it as much as you do but it
is settled law and unless someone has a few hundred thousand dollars to
try to take it to Federal Court without much chance of winning, we are
stuck with it. Don't start yelling about the Second Amendment, our own
NY State Appeals Court has decided that the Second Amendment does not
apply in NY as far as the NY Court system is concerned.)
AGAIN!! Do not over react to this article.
I have been unable to verify any of this information and I do not personally
know the person that I talked to and we do not know who the other person
even is. This article is to make people aware that if they do get a call
to contact me at info@OCShooters.com
so that I can verify the information and try to figure out what to do.
We do not want to have more restricted licenses issued in Orange County,
we want more UNRESTRICTED licenses issued in Orange County!
The United States Military
Academy Combat Weapons Team held their first annual 3 Gun Competition
scheduled on October 15-16, 2005. The event was named “First Annual
Houghton Memorial 3 Gun Challenge at West Point” after CPT Andrew
Houghton was a member of the Combat Weapons Team during his four years
at West Point.
Upon his graduation in , Andy graduated
in 2001 as Second Lieutenant and in 2004 was deployed to Iraq as a platoon
leader with 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment. During his deployment
Andy’s platoon carried out over 400 combat missions. First Lieutenant
Houghton volunteered to extend his duty in Iraq and was gravely injured
in an RPG attack on July 10, 2004 (his first day back from leave). Andy
succumbed to his wounds on August 9th, 2004 at Walter Reed Army Hospital
in Washington, D.C. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Captain
and awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. (Please visit www.andyhoughton.org
for more information on the life of CPT Andrew Houghton, and The Captain
Andrew R Houghton Foundation.)
The event consisted of 8 challenging stages
utilizing Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun alone and was held on six different
ranges in the West Point training area, to include the 300-meter pop up
range. Participants faced a mentally demanding match in three divisions,
Limited, Tactical, and Open. Many Companies had donated items as prizes
for the event among them were a S&W 1911, a Sig P220 or P226, Auto
Ordinance 1911, Halo sights, backpacks and other items. Every one who
registered was also entered into a raffle for the many other items that
were donated from T-shirts to sights to gift certificates.
I was able to watch the event on Sunday
and and everyone had a great time. The CWT Club is a West Point Club that
is limited to about 30 members. Normally only between 5 and 10 slots are
available in the club and up to 200 apply for the positions. This event
is held as a fund raiser for the club to supplement the limited funds
that are available for clubs at West Point. The members of the club have
to find the time in their busy schedule to attend practice and they spent
their time this weekend running this event. They did all the chores from
laying out the course, acting as RSO's, scoring, timing, food prep, and
everything else that had to be done. Sunday, they had their hands full
dealing with all the problems caused by having high winds up to 40 MPH
trying to blow down all of the targets and other stage props. The deserve
a lot of credit for their hard work.
The event had slots for up to 80 people,
40 on each day, and almost 100% of the slots were taken. All of the courses
of fire were straight forward with several added requirements that forced
you to keep thinking while you were shooting to avoid the dreaded "PROCEDURIAL
PENALITY" because you did not keep your feet in the box or you did
not load behind cover. Targets covered the range from just a few feet
out to 125 yards. Some had to be shot while moving, some from behind cover
both left and right, some through barriers and some from 3 positions.
The shooters were from all over, NY, NJ,
Conn and PA. Many individuals shot and several teams attended from police
to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from New London, CT. The shooters abilities
also covered a wide range from high skill level by members of some of
the formal teams and hard core 3 gun shooters who had the best guns and
all of the bells and whistles to guys who were shooting borrowed guns
and carrying the spare clips in their pockets but everyone had a good
Heather had to deal with a grill that wanted to
turn into a Rocket because of the wind.
Too close for sights
Run and shoot
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Keep your feet in the box.
All the bells and whistles.
Me, George Rogero, shooting a gun from a very special table that
had several guns you could try out.
|A special thanks to CPT Medina
for his help and to all of the members of the CWT Club for their hard
work. It was a great event.
Monroe Chester BHR Posse held Cowboy Action Shooting Open House
The Monroe Chester BHR Posse is held an Open
House to introduce experienced Orange County shooters to Cowboy Action
Shooting last month and we all had a good time. I was "The Dosta
Kid" and I had a great time.
Rowdy Rich and Annabelle Bransford, NY State
first place SASS holders, were on hand to show everyone some good shootin
and splane all thu rules and regulations to us new people. Bog Water Mary
and Judge Zaney Gray made sure that everything ran smooth and safe and
they made sure that we all had the guns that we needed for each stage.
(Though Judge Zaney Gray did get a little frisky when I had to dress up
for the first stage, see picture.)
We all had fun but the season is over for
the year. Next spring if any of you got a hankering to put on your cowboy
or cowgirl duds on and come out for a shoot. Feel free to contact ???
for more information or go to http://northeastcas.com/
to find out about other shoots.
HERE TO SEE LAST MONTHS STORY
Judge Zaney Gray overcome by my buety and unable to control hiself
after I gussied up for the first stage.
Rotten Rich making some smoke
along his own posse.
Rowdy Rich and Annabelle
You need a lot of guns and you get to build something to carry them
New call in dates for Stewart State Forest
CLICK HERE FOR THE OCSHOOTERS.COM
STEWART STATE FOREST
Because of the new
opening dates, Stewart State Forest has had to make some changes to
their normal call in times and dates.
To get a reservation for the
opening week only you have to call in
on the specified day the week before opening day. The system is
totally random because no one knows who will be connected first
however it does punish those who can not spend all day trying
to call in.
In past years, on the first day
when they are only taking reservation for opening day they are
full by about 10:00 or 11:00 AM. The other days when they are
taking reservations for 3 days they finish around 1:00 or 2:00
To start it only take about a minute
to take a reservation but as the day goes on and the spaces get
filled it takes longer to go over what is left to choose from.
They have a total of 76 spaces,
most are one car/party while some take two. Three people are the
max number of people allowed in any group so the total is 228
people can hunt at one time. You have to claim your spot by 7
AM or loose it.
Because some people might fill their
tag and so can not hunt, they are late and miss the 7:00 AM deadline
and for other reasons, they do have some "No Shows"
some days. The number of "No Shows" increase as the
opening week progresses.
2005/2006 CALL IN DATES
|CALL IN ON:
||FOR RESERVATIONS ON
Senior Games Trap Shooting a success
On September 27th, about 15 trap shooters
gathered at the Shawangunk
Fish & Game Club west of Middletown participate in the
first shooting event that has ever been held as part of the Orange County
Games. The Senior Games are coordinated by the Orange County
Office for the Aging and anyone 55 and older can participate. This year
the Senior Games celebrated their 22nd Anniversary. The Recreational,
Social and Competitive Activities, events and contests cover just about
every activity that you can think of from athletic events to playing cards
to outdoor river trips. This year trap shooting was their "major
Fish & Game Club did a great job hosting the event. Not
only did they provide the 3 trap ranges, safety officers and scorers,
they also provided 100 rounds of free ammo for each shooter. A big thanks
to SFGC for volunteering to hold the even and all of the hard work of
their members, the Orange County Senior Games for reaching out to the
shooting community and for Orange County Legislator for Middletown, Jeff
Berkman for bringing them all together.
NEW YORK STATE NEWS
NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATION COUNCIL announces officers
recently held its annual convention for 2005. At that meeting a
new slate of officers were elected to oversee the operations of the Council.
The following is to provide for you those names and contact information:
||554 Chaseville Road, Maryland, NY 12116
|1st Vice President
||22 Queens Way Suite 8, Camillus, NY 13031
| 2nd Vice President
||788 Birdsley Road, Waterloo NY 13165
|Legislative Vice President
||P O Box 60, West Shokan, NY 12494
||Clifford Coffin, Sr.
||1165 Jones Road, Ilion, NY 13357
||6635 Cooper street, Westmoreland, NY 13490
|Executive Program Director
||Howard Cushing, Jr.
||96 Jones Road, Poestenkill, NY 12140
If you have any questions please feel free to contact them as shown.
Anti-gun Andy Spano, Westchester County Executive, fights the NRA in election
Andy Spano, best know for his push to pass
a renewable handgun license in Westchester, is running again for Westchester
County Executive. He enlisted the help of NY State's anti-gun Attorney
General Spitzer to tout Spano's best accomplishments. In the ad, the first
accomplishment listed is Spano's fight with the NRA and Spitzer states
that "The NRA fought him viciously but Andy Spano signed a bill that
said that trigger locks were necessary," referring to a bill that
Spano had passed in 2000 that requires all guns to be locked up all of
HERE TO SEE THE VIEDO OR GO TO http://www.andyspano.com/
I don't remember the NRA being in this fight
at all, if you do remember that the NRA was involved, please send me an
e-mail with more information.
|The Andy Spano business is from 5+ years ago when he
forced renewable pistol licenses and mandatory storage on Westchester.
He wasn't fighting the NRA, he was fighting Scott Sommavilla/Westchester
County Firearm Owners Assn., and Bill Doughty/NYSRPA.
Jacob J. Rieper, Legislative Director, New York State Rifle &
UPDATE: I called Rob Hoch, Campaign Manager,
at 914-686-1005 again on 10/17/05 and he did not offer me any information
about how the NRA was involved at all. All he would say is that they are
sticking by their statement.
Pat Manning, 103 District Assemblyman, to run for Governor in 06
Pat Manning, who represents the 103 Assembly District, has announced plans
to run for Governor in 2006 and The
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association's PAC will be supporting
him. Pat's 103 District includes parts of Dutchess and Columbia Counties.
Manning was present at the NYSRPA-PAC fund
raiser and was announced as the "next Governor of NY State."
Pat has always supported the outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen and the
2nd Amendment. Pat is asking for your support and you can keep up with
what is going on and sign up for e-mails at Pat's new website at: PatManning.com.
Committee On Political Education) has also had talks with Pat and
it looks like that he will be getting an A+ rating from SCOPE
For those of you who do not know, Pat Manning
is also one of the tallest people in NY State Government as you can see
from the picture.
The State Republican Party has been pushing
for x-Massachusetts Governor William Weld but William Weld supported an
AW Ban in Massachusetts and even went the extra step to file an AW Ban
under his own name and testify as to why it should pass. For more information
get me a shovel at Jacob Rieper's Blog, Gun
Legislation & Politics in New York.
Pres. Bush signs S.397 the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms
LANDMARK NRA VICTORY NOW LAW
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
(Washington, DC) - President George W. Bush today signed into law the
National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed "Protection of Lawful Commerce
in Arms Act" (S. 397) ending politically motivated lawsuits designed
to bankrupt law-abiding American firearm manufacturers and retailers.
S. 397 passed both chambers in Congress with broad bipartisan support.
"This is an historic day for freedom.
I would like to thank President Bush for signing the most significant
piece of pro-gun legislation in twenty years into law. History will show
that this law helped save the American firearms industry from collapse
under the burden of these ruinous and politically motivated lawsuits,"
said Wayne LaPierre, NRA’s executive vice president.
In late July, the Senate approved the measure
65-31. Last week, the House overwhelmingly passed the bill 283-144. The
"Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" was NRA's number
one legislative priority and a monumental victory for the Association
and its members.
"What we witness today is the culmination
of a seven-year effort that included a comprehensive legislative and election
strategy," stated Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. "We
worked hard to change the political landscape to pass this landmark legislation.
As always, our members were up for the task. Key electoral victories in
2000, 2002 and 2004 helped pave passage of this law.
"The Bush administration was a vital
ally during debate on Capitol Hill. I would also like to thank Senators
Larry Craig and Max Baucus and Congressmen Rick Boucher and Cliff Stearns
for doing a yeoman’s job as lead co-sponsors of this legislation.
In addition, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Senate Majority Whip
Mitch McConnell ought to be commended for their steadfast leadership during
Senate deliberations," added Cox.
In recent years, 33 states passed similar legislation
outlawing frivolous lawsuits intended to bankrupt the gun industry. However,
this new law creates judicial uniformity in all courts across the United
"This law will help preserve the American
firearms industry and also help preserve American manufacturing jobs.
American companies will cease to make products if they continue to be
sued every time a violent criminal they do not know, have never met and
cannot control, misuses a legal non-defective product. This is a significant
step toward saving millions of manufacturing jobs," concluded LaPierre.
NEW ORLEANS FEMA says residents can now
possess and store firearms in trailer parks or other temporary housing
set up for hurricane victims. FEMA spokesman Butch Kinerny says use of
weapons is still prohibited in the parks.
Gun rights groups had sought the change,
saying the original policy violated Second Amendment protections for gun
ownership. Kinerny says FEMA made the change after consulting with lawyers.
The old policy banning possession or storage
of firearms had been in place for years. But two gun rights groups, the
National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation, said they
only found out about it earlier this month as a FEMA trailer park was
opening in Baker, north of Baton Rouge.
Coincidentally, the East Baton Rouge Parish
Sheriff's Office had asked for enforcement of such a ban because the small,
camper-style trailers are close together and have thin walls. The sheriff's
office feared any gun going off accidentally would cause deaths or serious
|NOTE: The head of the Sheriff's Office was on NRANEWS.com and said
that while he wanted the people to not have gun, his officers would
PETA workers face 25 felony counts in North Carolina
By DARREN FREEMAN, The Virginian-Pilot, 10/15/05
HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE ARTICLE
WINTON, N.C. — The cats and dogs two PETA employees have been charged
with euthanizing and dumping in an Ahoskie garbage bin were killed by
injections of pentobarbital, a barbiturate commonly used to put down animals,
according to new warrants issued and served on Friday.
Additionally, the two employees were charged
with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. The
charges allege that they euthanized three cats from an Ahoskie veterinarian
after promising to find the animals new homes, according to the new warrants.
PETA employees Andrew B. Cook, 24, of Virginia
Beach, and Adria J. Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, were served with warrants
on 22 felony charges of animal cruelty and the three felony charges of
obtaining property by false pretense in court on Friday.
A grand jury is expected to consider formal
indictments Oct. 31, Assistant District Attorney Donnie Taylor said. The
new animal cruelty charges replaced 31 previous animal cruelty charges,
which were dismissed.
The new warrants now include more information,
such as descriptions of animals investigators found, the causes of death
and – in some warrants – photographs of the dead dogs.
The new information was added to clarify
the charges, which previously did not have such information as the cause
of death, Taylor said.
The two employees are still charged with
eight misdemeanor counts of illegal disposal of dead animals and one count
Both have been released on $35,000 bail,
and PETA is paying their legal fees. PETA suspended Hinkle for 90 days
and did not discipline Cook.
Police began investigating this summer
after carcasses of cats and dogs in plastic bags were found in a supermarket
garbage bin in Ahoskie every Wednesday for four consecutive weeks. At
least 80 animals were found.
Officers say that on June 15 they followed
a van after it left Bertie County’s animal shelter, then staked
out the garbage bins and arrested two PETA employees.
The officers found 18 dead dogs in a bin
and 13 other animal carcasses in the van, which was registered to PETA.
PETA had been picking up animals in northeastern
North Carolina since 2001, when a caller informed the group of poor conditions
in shelters, according to a written apology PETA President Ingrid Newkirk
sent to Bertie County officials.
Bertie County and Northampton County officials
and one Ahoskie veterinarian said they believed that adoptable animals
would find new homes, while sick, injured and wild animals would be euthanized.
Newkirk has since said that dumping the
animals into trash bins violates PETA policy.
PETA typically euthanizes animals in Norfolk
and cremates the carcasses, Newkirk said in a June 17 press conference.
Newkirk said at the time that the animals
found in North Carolina had likely been given a lethal injection of a
barbiturate that PETA is licensed to use.
Bertie and Northampton officials cut ties
to PETA pending trial.
The counties are now euthanizing animals
without help from PETA.
“On Sept. 28th of this year, Mike Wallace from ‘60 Minutes’
appeared at a Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Event at the French
Embassy in Washington, D.C. During his appearance, Mr. Wallace used
a clip from a ‘60 Minutes’ interview he conducted with then-NRA
President Charlton Heston.
Does CBS have a policy regarding on air talent appearing at special
interest events like this, and does CBS have a policy regarding use
of their broadcast material at events like this? Further, do you believe
Mr. Wallace and ‘60 Minutes’ have an ethical obligation
to disclose Mr. Wallace's support for the Brady Center the next time
the program does a story on guns and/or gun control?
I look forward to your response.
It took several days and I am sure many
other emails after Cam talked about this on the show, (including me,)
but Vaughn Ververs finally responded. These are some selected quotes:
- “We allow CBS correspondents to speak at various functions and
occasionally show video. We have strict regulations that if a CBS correspondent
becomes identifiable with one side of a controversial issue, they will
not be allowed to cover that issue in the future.”
- “we’re looking into it to determine”
- I then spoke with Wallace ... “had no idea” that the event
was a fundraiser for the Brady Center
- the focus of the entire affair was on Buchwald, not on gun issues
- But Edwards raises important questions. CBS News will have to decide
whether or not Wallace should cover issues involving the Second Amendment
again or if he does, whether he should disclose his appearance at the
event. His presence, and especially the video, comes very close to making
him “identifiable” with a cause ...
- We are hopeful that the dialogue will continue. It's a cautionary
tale for all journalists about the perceptions they create whenever
they appear at any event.
What a bunch of CRAP. It was after Wallace
found out that it was a fundraiser for HCI that he bought tickets for
himself and his family. The whole event was a swipe at the NRA and Wallace
used a tape of Charlton Heston and made fun of him. Everyone knew what
was going on.
To see the video of event go to
then click on
BROWSE ARCHIVES then
2005 MEETING scan down to BRADY CAMPAIGN AT FRENCH
UPDATE: Disarming Mike Wallace, October 21, 2005
There were some loose ends remaining
when we last left the story of “60 Minutes” correspondent
Mike Wallace and his appearance at a birthday party for columnist
Art Buchwald -- a party that just so happened to also be a fundraiser
for the Brady Center, a prominent advocate of gun control laws.
We’ll tie up those loose ends below.
First, some quick background. Wallace’s
appearance raised questions for CBS News from some quarters, most
notably from Cam Edwards, host of the Cam and Company show on nranews.com.
At issue were comments made by Wallace at the event and the fact
he showed a 47-second video of a past “60 Minutes” segment
that, by Wallace’s own admission, cast former NRA President
Charlton Heston in a less-than-favorable light.
We were asked what CBS News standards
are on appearances such as these. Linda Mason, senior vice president
for standards and special projects at CBS News at the time informed
us that if a CBS correspondent becomes identifiable with one side
of a controversial issue, that correspondent would no longer be
allowed to cover that issue. When we asked if Wallace’s appearance
in this case made him “identifiable” on this issue,
Mason said CBS was looking into the matter to determine that.
I spoke with Mason late yesterday
and she told me how CBS News will deal with this issue in the future.
Mason said that if Wallace “suggests a story that we feel
is a potential conflict, we’ll look at it and if we see a
conflict, we’ll turn it down.” I take that to mean we
won’t be seeing Mr. Wallace doing any more stories involving
Second Amendment issues.
When I first addressed this issue,
it was with mixed feelings. I sympathized with Wallace and the explanation
he provided me for his appearance. He emphasized what he saw as
his humorous approach to his comments and his focus on his very
good friend’s 80th birthday party. But I also found the fact
he had brought a video addressing the gun issue to be troubling.
I have since seen some of Wallace’s
remarks and am far less conflicted. In introducing the video, Wallace
calls Heston the “self-righteous enemy of the Sarah and Jim
Brady bunch.” Coming out of the video, he mocks Heston’s
widely-seen comments that the government would take away his gun
only from his “cold, dead hands.” And he referenced,
we assume, the relatively unknown position on gun control of Chief
Justice John Roberts, calling him part of “the legions of
the already convinced.”
Wallace told me his appearance was
“meant to be and was received as a joke.” If so, it
was one that was out of my range of humor. Others present at the
event stressed to me the relative lack of discussion over gun control
or the Second Amendment, saying the primary focus by far was Buchwald’s
birthday. I have not seen a tape of the entire event but have no
reason to doubt that. Even so, Wallace did make reference to the
gun debate in a way that made him identifiable with one side of
I trust Mason and CBS News to carry
through with the pledge to turn down a Wallace story if there is
a conflict involving his Brady Center appearance. It is the right
thing to do. And I have no doubt that we’ll hear about it
if that does not happen.
I don't trust Mason and CBS News, I am sure that Wallace will
be able to report on any "event" that is negative
about guns. I don't expect to see Wallace or anyone at “60
Minutes” to do a positive story on the rejection of more
gun control in Brazil or the passage of "Protection of
Lawful Commerce in Arms Act," or
Just when you thought that the famous ATF
Form 4473 was perfect, the ATF has revised the form and it is now dated
July 2005. The phrase, "The more things change, the more they stay
the same." comes to mind but don't expect to see any big changes.
The biggest change you will notice is that the form is now on white paper.
This form change has become a big problem
for some people because many FFL's have not been sent the new forms.
HERE TO SEE THE NRA-ILA ALERT ABOUT THIS PROBLEM however the link
on the web page leads to a 404 error on the ATF web site. I have been
unable to locate a clean form that you can download from the ATF web site
so click on the link above to see the new form.
| In the meantime, BATF states that
retailers can now download the new Form 4473 from the BATF’s
website, and they have temporary approval to use photocopies of the
form—identified as the "10/2001 version of the original
ATF Form 4473 Part I, including instructions,"—until such
time as a supply of original forms is received, or until April 20,
2002, whichever occurs first. When using a photocopy of the new 4473,
dealers must provide their nonlicensed firearms customers with both
the form and its instructions while they complete the form. The completed
forms and instruction sheets must be retained in dealers’ records
for the time period specified in 27 CFR 178.129.
Handgun Control, (aka Brady Campaign,) launches fear campaign
aimed at Florida vacationers.
Handgun Control, (aka Brady Campaign,)
has announced that they are going to start a campaign to make vacationers
aware that Florida now has a law that allows anyone to protect themselves
against criminal attack no matter where that criminal attack occurs. (And
the downside of that is ??) However HCI does not consider the fact that
this campaign might backfire when law abiding citizens across the nation
realize that they do not have that right in their state.
Let Florida and Handgun Control how you
for a Florida CCW.
militia protects its New Orleans neighborhood" the police
chief and mayor of New Orleans decided that when they could put SWAT teams
on the street again that their first task should be to do a house to house
search for legal gun owners who were defending their homes and businesses.
The NRA and SAF took them to court and a Federal Judge has ordered that
the police stop disarming law abiding citizens and return any firearms
that they have illegally taken. The order read in part:
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED
that C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans; P. Edwin Compass III, Superintendent
of Police for New Orleans; and Jack Strain, Jr. -, Sheriff, St. Tammany
Parish; and the officers, deputies, agents, servants, and employees of
a1l such persons, and upon those persons in active concert or participation
with them, are hereby enjoined and prohibited, until further order of
1. From confiscating lawfully-possessed
firearms from citizens, including, but not limited to, Plaintiff Buell
0. Teel and members of Plaintiffs National Rifle Association, Inc. and
Second Amendment Foundation, Inc.
2. And they are further ordered to return
any and an firearms which may have been confiscated by Defendants, their
officers, deputies, agents, servants, and employees of all such persons
from Plaintiff, Buell 0. Teel, who plaintiffs have assured the Court is
authorized to possess firearms; members of Plaintiff, National Rifle Association,
Inc., who lawfully possess firearms; and members of Plaintiff Second Amendment
Foundation, Inc., who lawfully possess firearms; and all other persons
who lawfully possess them, upon presentation of identification and execution
of a receipt therefore.
Nothing in this order shall supercede any
declaration of emergency promulgated by the applicable authorities.
DATED this 23rd day of September, 2005.
Gun control's best friend
By Dimitri Vassilaros, TRIBUNE-REVIEW,
Friday, April 1, 2005
The slaughter, rape and torment of
the citizens of Darfur would end if humanitarian aid included guns.
Darfur is a Texas-size region of Sudan.
The Sudanese government and its militia proxies have killed roughly 70,000
civilians, raped and mutilated untold numbers of others and caused about
3 million refugees to live in camps.
Sudan could teach Serbia a thing or two
about ethnic cleansing.
This carnage has been going on since 2003.
The Sudan People's Liberation Army, a small band of revolutionaries from
Darfur, were the only excuse the government needed to wage war on unarmed
citizens in the region, who also happen to be fellow Muslims.
As I was reading story after story about
the horrific treatment of the innocents by government-backed forces, I
always wondered why there was no mention of the victims fighting back.
"Some do defend themselves,"
said Bill Garvelink, acting assistant administrator for the Bureau for
Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance in the U.S. Agency for
International Development. The United States has given about $600 million
"But Sudan has helicopters and AK-47s.
People in the camps have machetes," Garvelink said. International
treaties covering humanitarian aid prohibit giving any side arms to defend
oneself; otherwise no aid workers would be allowed to bring in supplies
to a troubled region.
But Sudan is not allowing aid workers much
access anyway so the refugees are caught in the middle, he said.
Amnesty International prefers to end the
genocide by moral persuasion instead of self-defense.
"We at Amnesty International
are not going to condone escalation of the flow of arms to the region,"
said Trish Katyoka, director of Africa Advocacy. "You
are empowering (the victims) to create an element of retaliation.
"Whenever you create a sword-fight by letting the poor people
fight back and give them the arms, it creates an added element of complexity.
You do not know what the results could be."
But we do know what they are
Self-defense could exacerbate the situation,
Katyoka said. "Fighting fire with fire is not a solution
to the genocide. It is a dangerous proposition to arm the minorities to
Better they should be slaughtered.
Katyoka hopes the United Nations can do
something -- someday -- to stop the killing. She also hopes Sudan's leaders
are charged with crimes against humanity in the International Criminal
Court. But at this rate, will there be any eyewitnesses left to testify?
Even Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar, founder and
director of the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania
-- who was born and reared in Darfur -- does not believe in arming the
"That could create a vicious cycle
of violence," Ali-Dinar said. "The cycle now is mainly orchestrated
by the government. Give guns to the traumatized and it will definitely
get out of hand. There is no limit then, for them to stop."
He, too, hopes the international community
comes to the rescue -- someday.
(Ali-Dinar will be speaking 2 to 4 p.m.
on Sunday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue
in Squirrel Hill. There is no charge for admission. It is sponsored by
the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition.)
Darfur is one more reminder that gun control
is genocide's best friend.
Dimitri Vassilaros can be reached at email@example.com
or (412) 380-5637.