Aside from the negative press, denial and fractures...<br>here's some good news, even if it's a drop in the bucket for now:<br><br>=> /<br><br>[color:red]Gun dealers to be liable for weapons' criminal use</font color=red><br>19/01/2005 - 14:13:19 <br><br>Gun manufacturers and dealers are to be held liable for criminal use of their weapons in New York for the first time in American history. Under landmark laws signed by city Mayor Michael Bloomberg, crime victims can sue those who do not adhere to the industry’s stringent guidelines.Guns used in New York are often bulk bought in states with more lenient gun laws and then resold on the city’s black market.<br><br>The new legislation holds dodgy dealers accountable anywhere in the United States if their weapons result in death or injury in New York City. “We need to do everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and out of the hands of children,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “There’s just no argument here. Guns kill people, it’s time to get them off the street.” The unprecedented bill is one of four to be signed into law in renewed efforts to regulate sales and possession. City lawmakers are hoping the crackdown will act as sufficient warning to gun makers and dealers to regulate the sale and transfer of their weapons, keeping them out of the hands of criminals.<br><br>Dealers could be facing hefty payouts for selling multiple guns to one person or making sales without performing a criminal background check. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association has reportedly slammed the new legislation as “ludicrous” claiming it is wrong to hold the gun industry responsible for criminals’ actions.<br><br>=>! finally.<br><br>[color:red]Spanish church backs condom use to battle Aids  <br></font color=red><br><br>In a dramatic shift from traditional policy, the Catholic Church in Spain has said it supports the use of condoms to prevent the spread of Aids. “Condoms have a place in the global prevention of Aids,” Juan Antonio Martinez Campos, spokesman for the Spanish Bishops Conference, said after a meeting with Health Minister Elena Salgado to discuss ways of fighting the disease. The Catholic Church has repeatedly rebuffed campaigns for it to endorse the use of condoms in the fight against Aids. The Vatican states that condoms, being a form of artificial birth control, cannot be used to help prevent the spread of HIV, the virus that causes Aids. Martinez Campos said the church’s stance was backed by the scientific world. He cited a recent study by experts in the medical magazine Lancet which supported the so-called ABC approach of abstinence, being faithful to partners and using condoms. “The Church is very worried and interested by this problem,” he said.<br>- So is humankind pal.<br><br>Oct 15, 04. Police fired projectiles upon Oregon protesters. [color:red]Why?</font color=red> Why U.S. citizens?