#AceNewsServices – Nov.24 – FERGUSON – Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown – a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

' Chaos returns to the streets '

‘ Chaos returns to the streets ‘

Monday night’s destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August’s shootings, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed.

Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames AP reported.  

' Signs of How People Feel '

‘ Signs of How People Feel ‘

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

They led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of “hands up, don’t shoot,” the refrain that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country.

A Missouri grand jury’s decision to spare police officer Darren Wilson from criminal charges makes his case the latest in a long line of police shootings that show the latitude that the law and the courts give law enforcement in using deadly force.

The question for the panel that decided the case was never whether Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, but rather whether the Aug. 9 killing constituted a crime.

In declining to indict Wilson, the grand jury reached a conclusion that is far more the norm than the exception.


#guns, #racial-tension, #riots


#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK (Buffalo) – Nov.15 – Police will begin confiscating firearms of deceased gun owners from their next-of-kin.

'COPS CONFISCATE GUNS FROM FAMILIES AFTER OWNER’S FUNERAL%0A%22Sorry your father died, hand over his guns - now.%22Screenshot from 2014-11-15 16:43:05 '

‘COPS CONFISCATE GUNS FROM FAMILIES AFTER OWNER’S FUNERAL Sorry your father died, hand over his guns – now.Screenshot from 2014-11-15 16:43:05 ‘

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda said the department will be sending cops to collect guns from the families of pistol permit holders who had died.

“We recently started a program where we’re cross referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records, and we’re sending people out to collect the guns whenever possible so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands,” said Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda. “Because at times they lay out there and the family is not aware of them and they end up just out on the street.”

His rhetoric is little more than an excuse to eradicate the Second Amendment.

“They’re quick to say they’re going to take the guns,” the president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Tom King, said to Fox News. “But they don’t tell you the law doesn’t apply to long guns, or that these families can sell [their loved one’s] pistol or apply to keep it.”

And it’s likely the cops will take every gun they can find, according to Bob Owens of BearingArms.com.

“They’re going to use the relative’s pistol permit as the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent to get at every firearm they can, hoping to remove all the firearms from the home while the family is at their most vulnerable,” he wrote.

The fact that the cops are using a pistol permit registry to determine what guns to confiscate is further proof that gun registrations lead to confiscations.

Last year the New York Police Department began sending out notices to registered gun owners demanding that they give up their firearms in the wake of the state’s newest gun control law, the SAFE Act.

The notice told gun owners, who possessed firearms now prohibited under the SAFE Act, the “options” to either surrender their firearms to the police, remove them from the city limits or otherwise render them inoperable.

Like the Buffalo Police Department, the NYPD knew exactly who to send the notices to by using a centralized firearms registry which lists the city’s gun owners and what firearms they had in their possession.

And the police departments can make a lot of money off of selling confiscated guns.

“These gun collections can value into the hundreds of thousands,” Buffalo defense attorney Dominic Saraceno said. “If a police officer came to my door without a warrant signed by a judge, I’m not giving them anything.”

“Most people don’t know that and get intimidated.”



#deceased, #families, #guns, #permit-holders

UNITED STATES: ‘ Panera Bread Introduces No Gun-Toting Policy’

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – September 08 – Panera Bread is asking customers not to bring guns into its restaurants. The request places it on a growing list of companies asking guests to refrain from toting firearms into their locations amid an ongoing nationwide debate about gun policy.

Panera Bread

Panera Bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The request is simply we recognize everyone’s rights,” said Panera CEO Ron Shaich during a phone interview Monday. “But we also recognize that we are building communities in our cafes and are where people come to catch a breath.”

“We’re simply respectfully requesting that people leave their guns at home,” he added. “It’s that simple.”

The move nods to why people choose to dine at Panera—essentially to catch a breath and mellow out, Shaich said. To date, the chain hasn’t had any material issues with firearms at its stores, he added.

Panera Bread in Chicago's South Loop

Panera Bread in Chicago’s South Loop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the request is new, Panera plans to continue to follow state and local laws regarding firearm policy. The chain also won’t ask employees to enforce the new request or place signs about it in its restaurants.

“We’re certainly not going to put our associates in the position of confronting someone carrying a gun,” he said. “We won’t put our café management in the position of being law enforcement.”

“I think this industry has attempted to figure out how it stands out of ‘make a point’ political battles by advocates on either extreme,” Shaich said. “I think what we feel is we’re trying to be respectful of people’s rights while at the same time ensuring that Panera isn’t the battleground for political statement.”

When asked about potential alienation due to the request, Shaich said the chain’s customer base hold a wide spectrum of opinions.

“I think at its core people get the request to make this an everyday oasis and not make this a battleground for political opinion,” he added.


By CNBC’s Katie Little


#guns, #united-states

” Venezuelan Offices of the `Opposition Party Popular Will’ have been raided to arrest their Founder ”

#AceWorldNews says Venezuelan military intelligence officers are reported to have raided the headquarters of the country’s opposition party, Popular Will.

Several of the party’s officials alleged armed officers arrived at the office, threw tear gas, and attempted to remove several individuals from the premises.

“The intelligence officers arrived and began to harass us,” said party activist Adriangela Ruiz. Security camera footage provided by Popular Will, which has not been independently verified, showed officers entering the party’s offices armed with guns.

Venezuela’s government has issued an arrest warrant for Leopoldo Lopez, Popular Will’s founder, who has been accused by the Maduro administration of inciting violence and acts of terrorism.

#activist, #armed, #guns, #intelligence, #leopoldo-lopez, #maduro, #military, #officers, #opposition-party, #popular-will, #terrorism, #venezuelan, #violence