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Tuesday, August 03
· FOP Should Now Endorse National CCW For Private Citizens, Says CCKRB (0)
· Letter to the Editor: Not buying editor's story (0)
Monday, August 02
· Another Clinton Gun Ban Failure (0)
· Officials stick to their ... er, guns (0)
· Attorney: Witnesses located in road-rage case (0)
Friday, July 30
· One more down: Arcanum's gun ban changed after scrutiny (0)
· Clifton: Why we printed the list (0)
Thursday, July 29
· PD Editor: Calls to my home ''tapering off'' (0)
· Cleveland Editor Takes Heat for Publishing Gun List (0)
Wednesday, July 28
· Tony Gordon Fund moved away from bank on ''Do Not Patronize While Armed (0)
· Cleveland Plain Dealer fulfills promise to violate privacy of CHL-holders (0)
· Editorial: Smoke clears on hidden-gun myth (0)
Tuesday, July 27
· Letter to the Editor: Kerry’s image belies his support of gun bill (0)
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· Plain Dealer editorialists find Ohioans they DON'T want to disarm (0)
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Monday, July 26
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Sunday, July 25
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Saturday, July 24
· Victim zone prohibitions fail to stop Ohio shootings (0)
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Thursday, July 22
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Wednesday, July 21
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Tuesday, July 20
· Letter to Mall management (0)
· Man robs ''gun-free'' bank in Dayton high-rise (0)
· Ohio Auto Dealers Association Board Chairman reaffirms OADA neutrality on CCW (0)
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Monday, July 19
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Sunday, July 18
· First Merit: Another armed robbery in ''gun-free'' bank (0)
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Saturday, July 17
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The PD editor and gun nuts play a strange game of chicken
CCW in Print
August 4, 2004
Cleveland Scene

When Ohio's concealed-weapons law was passed with the provision that only journalists have access to the names of registered carriers, Plain Dealer Editor Doug Clifton declared that he would publish complete lists of all area residents who receive the permits.

Last week, The PD splashed the names of heat-packing Northeast Ohioans over two and a half pages. Not surprisingly, the move drew the ire of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, which maintains that family newspapers have no right to divulge who's walking around with an unnatural bulge in their pants.

So with eye-for-an-eye resolve that would make Suge Knight proud, OFCC deftly returned fire by posting Clifton's name and phone number and a map to his house on its website. "The editor of the Cleveland [paper] believes in open records," the site reads. "Thus he should certainly have no problem with OFCC publishing his home address and telephone number . . ."

Ouch! And just how did the cunning sleuths unearth such privileged information? They pilfered it from the phone book, where Clifton's home number has appeared for years.

"The posting, I gather, had two purposes," Clifton wrote. "The first was to say 'turnabout is fair play': Public records are public records, and you're not exempt. The second was to intimidate. Why else run a map?"

What he failed to mention is that he's an experienced stalker himself. Clifton made his bones at the Miami Herald by staking out then-Presidential candidate Gary Hart's townhouse to catch him fraternizing with a woman who was not exactly his wife. The revelation deep-sixed Hart's candidacy and became the template for the sex-crazed reporting that would bring us Monicagate.

But what if some pissed-off gun nut decides to take OFCC up on its none-too-subtle suggestion to visit Clifton? "It's a ridiculous question," responds spokesman Chad Baus of Fulton County, who's also -- hint, hint -- listed in the phone book. Perhaps it is. As Clifton noted in an appearance on a National Rifle Association radio show, "I have had guns my whole life. I have a gun in my home -- a pistol."

Consider it a none-too-subtle warning of his own: This editor packs heat.

Posted by cbaus on Wednesday, August 04 @ 16:20:55 EDT (69 reads)
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Clyde City Manager: We know better than AG Petro and other cities' officials
CCW in Print

August 4, 2004
Fremont News Messenger

by Jack Buehrer

Clyde firm on gun ban in city parks

CLYDE -- While an Ohio Second Amendment advocacy group continues to threaten legal action, city officials are refusing to budge on their decision to ban weapons in public parks.

City Manager Dan Weaver said Ohioans for Concealed Carry, who last month wrote a strongly-worded letter urging city council to rescind an ordinance it enacted in June that prohibits concealed handguns in Clyde's six public parks, have contacted the city to make an official request for all public records pertaining to the ordinance. So far, OFCC has been successful in persuading several other municipalities in Ohio to revoke similar ordinances -- most recently the Village of Arcanum about 35 miles northwest of Dayton -- but Weaver said Clyde has no intentions of changing anything.

Click on the "Read More..." link below for more.

Posted by cbaus on Wednesday, August 04 @ 15:07:26 EDT (68 reads)
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Ohio Politics
On April 8, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman staged a press conference next to a jungle gym, lamenting the fact that the city was unable to protect children by posting signs banning concealed handgun license-holders. Responding to his antics, Columbus-area legislators introduced legislation to abolish Section 9 of House Bill 12.

As the story below illustrates, these officials could better spend their time worrying about criminals in parks, rather than law-abiding citizens.

August 04, 2004
Columbus Dispatch

It certainly wasn’t the best of hideouts for the suspected bank robber: a park where Whitehall police were helping to prepare for National Night Out.

"Those officers probably wouldn’t have been there on any other day," Whitehall detective Steve Brown said last night.

Click on the "Read More..." link below for more.

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Days after Plain Dealer ''outing''; CHL-holder Bill Singleton is dead
CCW in Print
Compiled from news reports at,, and

August 4, 2004

Less than a week after the Cleveland Plain Dealer published Bill Singleton's name among a list of people who have chosen to obtain a license to bear arms for self-defense, Mr. Singleton is dead.

When three robbers came to Singleton's business Tuesday morning - they allegedly shot before Singleton had time to react to their demands.

In an exchange of gunfire, Singleton and a 17-year-old assailant were shot in the parking lot outside the United Check Cashing store on Lake Shore Boulevard near East 156th Street. Both later died at Huron Hospital.

“As I was outside I had seen a person stumbling,” Perry Roberts said. “He had his pistol in his hand and he was saying ‘somebody help me, somebody help me’ and he fell down on the ground.”

Cleveland police said Singleton was shot once in the chest, and he shot 17-year-old Rhyan Ikner once in the head. The two accomplices that witnesses saw with Ikner have not been found, said police Lt. Wayne Drummond. It was unclear Tuesday whether Singleton was shot by Ikner or one of the other robbers, Drummond said.

Attacker Had Criminal Past

Ikner was arrested in March on aggravated robbery charges after police said he held up two men with a handgun.

The victims failed to appear in court for trial, and the charges were dropped on June 17. Ikner was released that day from the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Ikner also was found delinquent six times in Juvenile Court since 2001 on charges of drug possession, drug trafficking and assault, court records show.

Victim Was Caring, Respected Citizen

Friends described Singleton, 59, of Solon, as a kind man who was active in the neighborhood merchants association, and who sought to help lift up the nascent retail district surrounding his business, which opened last year.

"He treated everybody so decently," said Ward 11 City Councilman Mike Polensek, who was supposed to meet Singleton on Thursday to talk about the neighborhood.

"[He was a] good man who cared about his family, who cared about his neighborhood [and] made an investment in here," Councilman Mike Polensek said. "Here's another, decent black businessman, an African-American businessman gunned down, for what, because he made an investment in our city. We are being preyed upon by predators and we have got to send a message to the predators that it's over. You can't continue to do this.

It is not yet known Polensek has a history if support for the right of citizens to bear arms for self-defense.

The Need to Bear Arms For Self-Defense

But Singleton also worried that his business would attract thieves. He said he was robbed at least twice, and he was planning to buy surveillance cameras to mount outside the store, said Brian Friedman, head of the Northeast Shores Development Corp.

Records show Singleton received a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

"He was scared," Friedman said. "He had a sneaking suspicion this would happen."

Ray Beverly, who manages the video store across the street, says he could have easily been killed like Singleton because he was just robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

"He took me into the back room, wanted to know where the safe was, cracked me with his gun, broke my fillings," said Beverly. "He took me back to the adult room and told me to stay in there ... that if I came out, he was going to shoot me."

"It became a war zone in two days," said Beverly.

People in the neighborhood are scared and angry.

"It's not safe for any color, any race. It's not safe for nobody any more," said area resident Carolyn Johnson. "I got robbed on East 156th myself."

This isn't the first time Singleton's life was in danger. One morning in June, Bill Singleton was opening his Collinwood check-cashing store when he had to fend off a would-be robber in a skeleton mask. Though the man had a gun, Singleton managed to hold the door shut and lock it before calling police.

Questions Which Deserve Answers

It is not yet known if the Cleveland Plain Dealer's actions even remotely played into this tragedy. But the harsh reality of the situation begs the question:

Why did editor Doug Clifton act to put people like Bill Singleton at so much risk by revealing to potential attackers that they are armed, and why do they promise to continue to do so?

Why did Doug Clifton decide that these innocent, law-abiding citizens, desperate to protect themselves from violent criminals that no gun control law or background check can stop, are the ones needing to be treated like persons of suspicion?

Initial accounts say the robbers shot first, ambush-style. Did they know Singleton was armed? Did Bill Singleton die upon Doug Clifton's altar of open records? We may never know.

If they're really interested in public safety, why doesn't the Plain Dealer spend its precious page space printing names of persons like these attackers, with violent criminal histories?

The questions above may yield answers with time. But this one can never be answered: How many other would-be victims of Rhyan Ikner will live out their lives because of the heroic actions of Bill Singleton?




Click on the "Read More..." link below to read a tasteless letter to the editor from gun ban extremist Toby Hoover supporting the Plain Dealers' actions.

Posted by cbaus on Wednesday, August 04 @ 09:47:37 EDT (200 reads)
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FLASH: CHL-holder killed; suspect critically wounded in robbery
CCW in Print
August 3, 2004 (Cleveland NBC Ch. 3)

A man is dead, and a boy is badly injured in an attempted robbery shootout Tuesday morning.

Police say shots were fired around 8:45 a.m. in the area of E.156th and Lakeshore.

A preliminary investigation revealed the owner of United Check Cashing store was opening for business when three suspects approached him.

Gunfire was exchanged when the 14-year-old boy allegedly shot the check-cashing employee in the chest. The employee then reportedly shot the boy in the head.

EMS transported the two victims to Huron Hospital.

The suspect is believed to be in critical condition. The owner was pronounced dead.

Police say the owner of the store had a conceal and carry weapon permit.

No names have been released at this time.

The two other suspects are still at large.

Related Story:
Ohio CHL-holder stops robbery; defends lives

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·The PD editor and gun nuts play a strange game of chicken
·Clyde City Manager: We know better than AG Petro and other cities' officials
·Days after Plain Dealer ''outing''; CHL-holder Bill Singleton is dead
·FLASH: CHL-holder killed; suspect critically wounded in robbery
·FOP Should Now Endorse National CCW For Private Citizens, Says CCKRB
·Letter to the Editor: Not buying editor's story
·Another Clinton Gun Ban Failure
·Officials stick to their ... er, guns
·Attorney: Witnesses located in road-rage case


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