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By Dave Bates For the Observer-Reporter I am not a politician nor do I enjoy politics. This installment, however, comes dangerously close to taking a political stance. If you are reading this outdoors column that is directed towards hunters, shooters, fishermen and the like, there’s a good chance you might already be a member of
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by Jeff Gross, contributing writer Getting closer to Fishing Season As usual folks up in Maine are taking some great Trout and Atlantic Salmon. The Keeper Salmon in the header photo was caught by my friend’s wife on Moosehead Lake.  Apparently, Jon has more than one keeper. Though the Salmon was released. Thursday the 29th was
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Book: THE AMERICAN BEAST: ESSAYS, 2012-2022 Author: Jill Lepore Published by: John Murray Price: Rs 799 At the dedication of the National Archives Building in 1941, the then president, F.D. Roosevelt, emphasised that: “To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use
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In the Warsaw Ghetto in October 1941 Mary Berg, then a teenager, wrote in her diary about the improbable persistence of laughter in that hellish place: Every day at the Art Café on Leszno Street one can hear songs and satires on the police, the ambulance service, the rickshaws, and even the Gestapo, in a
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Letters submitted by BDN readers are verified by BDN Opinion Page staff. Send your letters to letters@bangordailynews.com The Feb. 28 Bangor Daily News article by Billy Kobin on the governor’s and Maine Legislature’s newly proposed gun safety bills includes a link to an National Rifle Association article about the bills. In the linked article, the NRA accuses the
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Actor and incoming NRA president Charlton Heston with outgoing president Marion Hammer and Executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre in 1998. By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org National Rifle Association honcho Wayne LaPierre’s ticket to ride the NRA’s gravy train was canceled last week with a New York jury’s widely reported corruption findings, but his longtime
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On Feb. 18, two Burnsville police officers and one firefighter/paramedic were killed in a shooting that started out as an investigation into a domestic incident. Feb. 18 was also the day “The Weight of the Crown” (about the shooting and recovery of former police officer Arik Matson) was shown in Ostrander Auditorium in Minnesota State’s
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So it appears that Kyle Rittenhouse has gotten himself into a little spat with one of his fellow Republicans who is promoting sensible AR-15-style gun control laws. Apparently, Kyliepoo doesn’t like this. Rittenhouse, who killed two men with the aforementioned gun and was subsequently acquitted of the killings, is all up in his feels because
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washington —  President Joe Biden brought law enforcement officials from key swing states into the White House on Wednesday as he touted declines in crime in major cities and pressed Congress for more action on policing and gun control. “Murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery — all dropped sharply, along with burglary, property crime and theft.
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On Saturday afternoon, MSNBC host Katie Phang allowed liberal activist Fred Guttenberg to indulge in a hateful rant against the NRA and Donald Trump supporters as he declared that he hopes that former NRA head Wayne LaPierre “rots in hell.” It even sounded at one point like he excoriated Trump supporters as the “maggot vote”
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Trump supporters holding a Gadsden flag at protest across the street from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York in April 2023. The flag, which has become a symbol of individual liberty favored by Libertarians and conservatives, could become a new Iowa license plate design available to vehicle owners. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah) DES MOINES
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At a roundtable with local law enforcement officials and public safety leaders on Wednesday, President Joe Biden touted his administration’s efforts to combat crime, making the case that his administration’s “plan is working” and attempting to rebut criticism from Republicans. “Last year, the United States had one of the lowest rates of all violent crime
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats in the Maine Legislature have introduced bills covering 72-hour waiting periods on gun purchases and a host of additional violence prevention and mental health initiatives in response to the state’s deadliest mass shooting on record. The new proposals, which have the backing of most Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives, attempt
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Many Americans are practically terrorized into consumption. The interactions I experienced at the gun show strongly resonated with anthropologist Joseph Masco’s argument in his book The Theater of Operations. Masco writes of how the adversarial nature of the Cold War conditioned Americans to a pervasive sense of imminent risk and destruction. The ensuing mindset has
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By KIM SEUNG-JUNGThe author is a professor of archaeology at the University of Toronto.Not long ago, a shooting spree occurred in Kansas City. On the same day, another shooting occurred at a high school in Georgia. The two incidents led to yet further gun control controversy. No other country in the world has the kind
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WASHINGTON — Some Supreme Court justices expressed reluctance Wednesday to strike down a ban on “bump stocks,” gun accessories that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more quickly, although the final outcome remains unclear. The Trump administration the imposed prohibition after the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017, in which Stephen Paddock used bump stock-equipped firearms
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CNN  —  For Michael Cargill, the thorny dispute over bump stocks is only partly about the controversial devices themselves. It’s also about what Cargill views as government overreach. “It’s the principle of it,” said the 54-year-old Texas gun store owner who six years ago sued over a federal ban on the devices, which allow people
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