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On Friday October 1, 2010, a rally was held in Newark, N.J., approximately one week after the death of Jessica Moore, a 19-year-old psychology honors student at Seton Hall University, who was shot and killed at a weekend house party in East Orange, N.J., along with four others who were wounded.

An article in the New York Times for October 7 summarized the backdrop behind the apparent killing of an American jet skier, David Michael Hartley, on September 30, as he and his wife, Tiffany, were riding across Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexican border.

ABC News reported on October 6 that the heads of the nation’s largest mass transit systems were briefed on that day about a planned law-enforcement "surge" this week along Amtrak routes.

Forty-four years after sniper Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower at the University of Texas (Austin) and opened fire, the nation’s largest university drew national attention again Tuesday when sophomore Colton Tooley fired shots on the campus before fatally shooting himself.

“How can we imagine that a dangerous, illegal drug like marijuana should be voted on by the people? That’s not how we do medicine in this country.” Those words, spoken by a federal drug-control official, are emblematic of the contempt Washington has for the common man. Only the federal government has the right to determine what the average American may smoke or ingest, so this line of thinking goes; individuals should have no say in it whatsoever.
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