Op-Ed: Shooting Blanks

December 29, 2004 New York Post by Dr. John Lott Jr. This month the National Academy of Sciences issued a 328-page report on gun-control laws. The big news is that the academy's panel couldn't identify any benefits of decades-long effort to reduce crime and injury by restricting gun ownership. The only conclusion it could draw was: Let's study the question some more (presumably, until we find the...

Losing on all fronts, Brady left trying to spin numbers of CHLs issued

by Chad D. Baus Having lost legislative battles against concealed carry reform in Ohio and across the country, having seen the unsuccessful Clinton Gun Ban go down in flames, having watched another anti-gun Presidential candidate get beat on the gun issue, and having witnessed crime rates fall nationwide even as more and more Americans carry firearms for self-defense, the Brady Campaign (formerly...

Masked men with handguns rob ''no-guns'' FirstMerit

The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that authorities are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday morning in Kenmore. The story says employees at the FirstMerit Bank in the 1000 block of Kenmore Boulevard reported that three ski-masked men with handguns entered the bank about 9:40 a.m., and demanded money. FBI officials were quoted as saying two of armed criminals jumped over the...

FLASH: Armed robbery at ''no-guns'' Bureau of Workers' Comp garage

Ohioans For Concealed Carry has learned that there has been a robbery at a parking garage that is leased to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in Columbus. While information is still sketchy, initial information is that a female attendant who was working in a ticket booth (behind prominently displayed "no-guns" signs) was robbed on Wednesday morning, December 29. The criminal informed the...

Quid pro quo: Taft taps former Senate president to lead Commerce Department

FLASHBACK: Sen. White admits to existence of HB12 vote trading for Taft job appointments According to sources for the Cleveland Plain Dealer , term-limited Senate President Doug White will join the governor's Cabinet as director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. The appointment, which the newspaper says is expected to be announced today, allows Gov. Bob Taft to fill the vacancy created when he...

Warren Tribune Chronicle publishes ''firearms shopping list'' again

The assault by a few media outlets in Ohio on thousands of concealed handgun license-holders who have broken no laws, violated no other persons' rights, and who simply wish to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense continues: An OFCC supporter has alerted this organization that Trumbull County's Warren Tribune Chronicle has once again abused the media access loophole and published...

Good samaritans shot at, assaulted on highway

Where will you be when it happens to you? Will you have the means to defend yourself and your family? The December 29, 2004 Dayton Daily News story begins like this: "With two shots fired and a gun now at his head, a Medway man driving home from a mall Monday night fought for his life, wrestling a gun away from an assailant on Ohio 444, local law enforcement reported Tuesday. Greene County...

Letter to the Editor: Gun bans don't ensure safety

December 28, 2004 Cleveland Plain Dealer Two Dec. 14 letters to the editor, under the headline "Bars are last place where guns should be allowed," call for a response. Rosie Craig wrote, "If anyone is really interested in saving lives, they should join the crusade for a comprehensive nationwide, public-health policy to prevent and reduce gun violence." Has Craig ever heard the term "dedicated...

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