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Hearing yields explosive testimony about law enforcement corruption in gun case
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The ordeal of the Reese family continues as a growing sense emerges among those watching the convolutions and misrepresentations and evidence of corruption at all levels -- a suspicion among some and a certainty among others -- that the wrong people have been put on trial, and that their scapegoating is being continued lest the entire official web of deceit unravels." ...
 

“Take A Newbie Shooting” Day on March 9th
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Hoplophobia (fear of guns) costs lives. A unarmed individual is at greater risk from criminals and, yes, government tyranny, than an armed citizen. By the same token, an unarmed individual increases the risks of a successful violent attack against their family. And by enabling civilian disarmament, unarmed citizens put other individuals, families and society in general at risk. I’m not saying that everyone must have a gun. That would be tyranny as well. But I am saying that all Americans should try to understand guns: what they can and cannot do. How it feels to fire one . . ." ...
 

Emanuel pressures banks to dry up funds to Ruger, S&W
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is drawing fire from a major Washington-based gun rights group and a United States senator from Texas for suggesting to two major banking firms that they pressure Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger, two of the nation’s biggest firearms companies, to accept gun measures pushed by the Obama administration." ...
 

The Second Amendment: Constitutional Right or a Governmental Wrong?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The shooting at Sandy Hook ... has once again thrust the Second Amendment into the spotlight. Supporters of the Amendment claim they have a constitutional or Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Opponents counter that even if that were the case, the federal government was granted the general power to place restraints on the right. Both of these assertions are based on a misconception concerning the intent of the document known as the Bill of Rights."

"When the Bill of Rights was submitted to the individual States for ratification, it was prefaced with a preamble ... As stated in the preamble, the purpose of the Amendments was to prevent the federal government from 'misconstruing or abusing its powers.' ..." ...
 

Do Gun Bans Curb Violent Crime?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Who isn’t sickened by the moral decay and heinous acts of violence across our country?"

"My heart and prayers continue to go out to victims everywhere.
But do gun bans — such as the one proposed this past week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which would outlaw 120 specific firearms — curb violent crime?"

"Not according to a recent Fox News investigation titled 'Assault-weapons ban no guarantee mass shootings would decrease, data shows.' The report concluded, 'Data published earlier this year showed that while the (Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was signed by President Bill Clinton) was in place, from 1994 to 2004, the number of mass shootings actually rose slightly during that period.'" ...
 

Descendant of Holocaust survivors wants us less capable of resisting holocausts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Menachem Rosensaft presumably knows more than a little about the Holocaust, as indicated in his Huffington Post biography ..." ...

"His parents survived the horror of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, his wife's grandfather was slaughtered by the Nazis and he was himself born in the Displaced Persons camp at Bergen-Belsen after the war."

In short, he cannot claim even the weak excuse of being unaware of the genocidal consequences awaiting a citizenry incapable of effectively resisting an out-of-control government bent on monstrous evil. He knows what the 'government monopoly on force,' so beloved of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has so often led to ..." ...
 

The Attack on Handguns Has Officially Begun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"So far, most of the gun control talk has been around reducing the number of semi-automatic rifles and reducing magazine capacities."

"To those of us who have studied the gun control measures put into place over the last 100 years it is obvious that the endgame is either a complete ban or extremely tough restrictions on the average citizen’s right to bear arms."

"We’ve been saying that a ban on semi automatic rifles is just a stepping stone to an eventual ban on handguns. After all, it will be very easy for politicians to point out that the semi auto rifle ban isn’t working to stop gun violence ..."

"Now it seems that the conversation is turning to handguns even before any new legislation has been passed." ...
 

Why am I being punished?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"What crime have I committed? Under what legal concept am I guilty? Seriously, what did I have to do with the tragedy in Newtown? I did not know the shooter or his family, never have been to the town. In fact, I have no connection to any of the school shootings in this nation's history. However, as an American who chooses to own semi-automatic firearms, I and millions like me are about to have a punitive sentence land on our heads like a hammer from Hades if Senator Diane Feinstein gets her way." ...
 

Today’s gun owners: Parallels to Jews in Germany in the 1930s
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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"Propaganda about gun owners has reached a fever pitch in America today, leaving American gun owners feeling like the Jews in Germany before the Second World War."

"What is propaganda? From the US Holocaust Memorial Museum:"
"Scholars, journalists, and politicians have long argued about how to properly define propaganda and distinguish it from other forms of mass communication. Propaganda is biased information designed to shape public opinion and behavior."
"Jews in Germany faced an unrelenting assault from government and political figures in the National Socialist Party, known to many as the Nazi Party. The National Socialists were far left on the political spectrum, much like today’s leadership of the Democrat Party here in America." ...
 

Should we Stonewall Piers Morgan?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A couple of people mentioned this in the comments section the other day, and it really stuck with me. The suggestion being that we should completely deprive Piers Morgan of all the attention that he has been getting over this anti-gun binge that he has gone on." ...
 

New Gun Control Bill Proves Anti-Gunners Dont Care About the Sandy Hook Children
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Senator Feinstein’s newly introduced gun control bill proves once and for all that the the anti-gun crowd does not care one bit about 'gun violence'. They do not care about preventing future lunatics from hurting people, and they dont care in the least about the children who were slain in the horrific tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary." ...
 

Elected sheriffs v. political police chiefs and president
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As gun owners are drawing a proverbial line in the sand and warning gun prohibitionists not to cross, they’re being joined by a growing number of county sheriffs who may end up squaring off against political police chiefs and President Barack Obama."

"On the same day that the president had a chat with lawmen from around the country about gun control — trying to create the impression his plans have broad law enforcement support — Examiner got confirmation that sheriffs in Colorado are turning thumbs down on the enforcement of any new gun laws they believe are unconstitutional. It’s the same position taken recently by the Yakima County sheriff, as reported by this column, and other 'rogue' sheriffs." ...
 

With GOP sellout on private sales looming, non-compliance is second-to-last step
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For a while now, St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has argued that Senator Feinstein's (D-CA) grotesquely over-the-top bill to ban regime change rifles (she still calls them 'assault weapons,' and has certainly shown no inclination to adopt the Department of Homeland Security's name for them: 'personal defense weapons') is political theater--a decoy." ...
 

Government prepares for war with the people, and mass media approves
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last September, in 'The government's war at home,' St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner looked at some ominous developments that seem to indicate preparation on the government's part for domestic warfare. The enemy? Oh, the usual suspects in these times of fear mongering about 'right-wing violence'--'anti-federalists,' 'Tea Party insurgents,' militias, etc."

"The newest 'enemy' (theoretically, of course--at the moment), according to authorities in Ohio, is 'Second Amendment activists,' who are so angry about federal 'gun control' laws that they use chemical, biological and radiological weapons against . . . someone--who that would be is not very clear." ...
 

Taking aim at Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A tragic shooting occurs in a 'gun-free' zone, rational people respond by pointing out the idiocy of said zones and suggest that perhaps having someone there who could shoot back just might help and still the gun-haters say something like, 'I just don’t see how more guns are the solution.'"

"This kind of ignorance is forgivable. It is, after all, counterintuitive, and they obviously haven’t seriously studied the subject."

"What is unforgivable are those lefty elitists and politicians who know full well the truth but don’t care. Their hatred of guns and your right to own them drives them to the depths of shamelessness as they exploit tragedy to further their dream of a disarmed American populous." ...
 

People Not Entitled To Choose Facts Regarding Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Words have meaning. The meaning can be culture sensitive, time (era), context sensitive."

"A proposal of 12 amendments to the Constitution was forwarded on September 25, 1789 to the 13 state legislatures. Ten of those amendments were approved by the states as the Bill of Rights, ratified Dec. 15, 1791."

"In the late 1700s, if a group was thought to be 'well regulated' it meant well trained to do certain things, as might be expected say of a militia. It had nothing to do with specification of their personal firearms, edged weapons, or other adjuncts to their group functioning. It meant simply they met and were trained together, as a militia, in the use of their personally selected weapons, and how to do group tasks." ...
 

Gun control gets cut down by Occam’s Razor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In the current debate concerning guns in America, I am always astounded by the twisting of facts, logic and reason that the gun control zealots put forth in order to defend their case. By all sense and logic, gun control cannot be viewed as anything other than a means to oppress a free people and to disarm the law abiding."

"When looking at the pro-rights argument against the pro-control argument one needs to cut through the hyperbole and sensationalism with Occam’s razor." ...
 

Hear, Hear, Mr. Ong! (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Henson Ong is an immigrant to the United States. Yesterday he testified before the Connecticut legislature's Gun Violence Prevention Public Hearing. Listening to his testimony, it quickly becomes evident that Mr. Ong has a better understanding of and a better appreciation for the Constitution than many sitting on the panel. He certainly has more of an appreciation for it than do those in the gun prohibitionist community who would seek to do away with the Second Amendment and to deny First Amendment rights to their opponents." ...
 

Gun owners: The time to stand up is now!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There have been times the pro-gun lobby looked irrelevant in America and when it looked like the private ownership of firearms was going to be relegated to the historical scrap heap."

"This is not that time."

"There was a time when owning a gun in American was seen as a sign of being socially backward, and the mere mention of guns was taboo."

"This is not that time."

"There was a time when the anti-gun zealots were able to pin the blame for mass murders on the gun industry and pro-gun groups like the National Rifle Association and Buckeye Firearms Association."

"This is not that time."

"Now is the time for each and every gun owner in America to stand up and be counted." ...
 

Solutions to Violence: Making things worse or making things safer
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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... "... simple-minded residents in Venezuela demanded more gun control in the face of violent crime and a horrendous murder rate."

"Pocket Info reports that in 2009, Venezuela had a murder rate of 67 per 100,000 residents. ..."

"Putting that into perspective, Mexico, with its orgy of narco-violence has a rate of about 15 per 100,000. And the USA about a third of that."

"In 2012, Hugo Chavez gave Venezuelan residents the gun control they clamored for. He outlawed private ownership of guns and confiscated registered guns, something more than a few of Chavez’ fellow leftists in America are demanding."

"So what happened?"

"Almost overnight, murder and violence have shot way up." ...
 

Steyr L-Series Pistol (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I have always been intrigued by the Steyr pistols due to their low bore axis as well as their fairly smooth - for a striker-fired pistol - triggers. They have now launched the new L Series which is a full size service pistol available in 9mm and .40 S&W." ...
 

Bushmaster to sell 300 BLK uppers separately
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Bushmaster will be selling their 300 AAC Blackout uppers by themselves starting this year. They have been making 300 BLK rifles for about a year now, and they’re about to tap the aftermarket with a stand-alone upper."

"The 300 AAC Blackout upper will be the same as the upper they include with their rifles. It’s a carbine-length upper with a lightweight profile free-floating barrel and an approximately 12-inch quad rail handguard." ...
 

New pistols from Para USA (videos available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Para, a staple in the world of quality and featured 1911s, introduced five new pistols at this year’s SHOT Show. All are 1911s, although some really stretch the familial resemblance." ...
 

SIG P227 Tactical: Fistful of .45
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The new SIG P227 Tactical takes the standard double-stack .45 ACP handgun and kicks it up a notch to satisfy the special forces operator in all of us. With a threaded barrel and extended magazine, all you need to do is add a manly beard and your favorite shemagh, and you will be ready to HALO jump into indian territory." ...
 

Beauty and the Beast – Florida Discount Guns Inc Unveils High-Style Pink Guns and the ‘Never-Empty Double Gun’, a Patent-Pending Ultra High Capacity Assault Weapon
Submitted by: Florida Discount Guns Inc
Website: http://FloridaDiscountGuns.com

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"South Florida based startup, Florida Discount Guns Inc, dropped some jaws today, when it launched http://www.PinkGun.com and http://www.theNEDG.com, unveiling unconventional looking firearms and technology that struck strong chords with their respective audiences." ...
 

HuffPo: Firing guns made him feel invincible. What happens when he has sex?
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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"Jon Hotchkiss, a TV producer and creator, wrote on the Huffington Post (fair warning: it’s an anti-gun hit piece that will make you hurl in your shorts, complete with a compensating for small penis comment) that firing the AR-15 and a Glock made him feel invincible." ...
 

Survey: Connecticut teachers oppose guns in school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A month and a half after the Sandy Hook shooting, a survey of public school teachers in Connecticut shows overwhelming opposition to the idea of letting teachers carry guns in the classroom."

"The survey was conducted by the Connecticut Education Association, a teachers union. Some 85 percent of respondents opposed any proposal to allowed armed teachers on school grounds. Instead, a majority of respondents favored stricter gun control as a way to guard against future mass shootings." ...
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Submitter's Note: I'm suddenly getting a mental image . . .
 

NRA Sheriff Organizing Campaign to Take Down Federal Government
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "In the midst of this robust national conversation about how we can use the power of the federal government to protect families and communities from violence, pro-gun extremists are increasingly asserting that they are above the law when it comes to firearms regulation. Case in point is a recent movement by a small group of sheriffs to assert 'Posse Comitatus' theory and issue an open -- and sometimes violent -- challenge to the federal government." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Small group" in this case meaning (at last count) 228 of them, including 28 of the 29 sheriffs in the state of Utah, and 30 of New Mexico's 33 sheriffs .
 

San Diego Police Chief: We Can Disarm Americans Within a Generation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is fully supportive of the Obama/Feinstein gun grab, and says if lawmakers play it right Americans can be completely disarmed within 'a generation.'"

"Lansdowne has gone on record saying: 'I could not be more supportive of the president for taking the position he has. I think it's courageous with the politics involved in this process. [And] I think it's going to eventually make the country safer.'"

"He made it clear that it may take 'a generation,' but new laws could eventually take all guns off the streets." ...
 

It's time to take stand on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Well, it was a good thought for a while. After the student massacre at Newtown, the latest in a line of mass shootings from Aurora to Oak Creek to Virginia Tech to Columbine, I thought we might, at long last, get some sensible weapons legislation without the rancor that has always accompanied the idea."

"No chance. After a few days of silence, the National Rifle Association spoke — and hasn’t shut up since. ..."

"First, some facts, from Business Insider Online:" ...

"• Americans bought more than 8 million guns in 2010. We’re adding guns faster than people." ...
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Submitter's Note: Given that there were 14.4 million NICS checks run in 2010 I would say Americans bought a lot more than 8 million guns that year,
 

Gun control and the use of the second amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Letters and opinions published in the Lake Sun over the last several days cause one to wonder whether the writers have actually read the Second Amendment to the constitution." ...

"There are a couple of discrepancies in spelling and punctuation between the original bill as presented and that finally signed, but the wording is clear."

"What does not seem to be clear to some is the meaning of 'well regulated militia.'"

"Surely this does not translate as meaning that anybody can have as many weapons — of whatever kind — that he happens to want. That is, most certainly, not 'well regulated.'" ...
 

Anti Gun, Media Matters Boss, Was Protected by Assistant Carrying Illegal Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Oh the hypocricy never ends among the anti-gunners."

"If it wasn’t bad enough that top Democratic lawmakers have admitted to carrying guns for self defense, the Daily Caller is now reporting that left wing media company, Media Matters founder, David Brock, gave his assistant a Glock handgun to use to protect him."

"Possession and carrying of the handgun would be highly illegal in Washington DC, New York City, and California, all places where the gun was allegedly carried." ...
 

Sandy Hook 'heckling' reports discredited as raw forum footage emerges (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reports that a parent of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting was heckled during a public forum on gun control have been shown to be misleading. Edited footage from the forum made it appear as though opponents of proposed gun control laws had heckled speaker Neil Heslin. ..."
 

IL: Champaign County ICHV: Perfecting the art of irrelevancy
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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"The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence’s ivory-tower hired-gun Nicole Anderson-Cobb, PhD, decided to have a sing-a-long for a group activity for the Champaign County Grassroots Chapter of the [ICHV] at the Champaign Public Library just before New Year’s 'in light of this week’s horrifying events at Sandy Hook Elementary School AND the continued gun violence across Central Illinois'."

"Did Nicole and friends sing about the Illinois Conservation cop who needed to use his gun to repel a violent home invader to protect a woman he didn’t even know, along with his two toddlers in Decatur recently?"

"We kind of doubt it, but really, what’s the point of holding a sing-a-long and a candle-light vigil indoors in a closed room at a library? ..." ...
 

IL: Gun-haters lament being surrounded by Champaign-Urbana’s “NRA Stronghold”
Submitted by: John Boch
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"Last night, at a local restaurant in downtown Champaign (one with a flair a little left of center based upon clientele in general), we overheard an interesting conversation."

"It was five university-types sitting around. One with a Brit accent seemed to be getting quizzed by four others."

"Our ears perked up when we heard 'Guns Save Life'."

"In short, Champaign-Urbana is an 'NRA Stronghold' and they cited the publicity about Guns Save Life in the local media and the fact 'their' community is SURROUNDED by Guns Save Life’s highway signs." ...

"They lamented the fact that it’s an NRA stronghold, and how that drives 'good folks' out of town."

"If a black or Latino family moved next door to them, would that also cause small-minded, gun-hating bigots to leave town as well?" ...
 

MO: Understand intent of gun amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I write this with the hope there are still people who are willing to consider facts as our society struggles to find an appropriate response to the horrific number of gun- related deaths in our country."

"I believe that we can make better decisions (i.e., decisions that produce the greatest good for the greatest number) when we base those decisions on reality, reasonable assumptions and reasonable predictions."

"I know that many people are more likely to make decisions based on emotions, but I will leave emotional appeals to others." ...
 

Fox News Poll – 2/3 of Americans Surveyed Would Defy Gun Bans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fox News has released a poll that covers a variety of subjects, including gun rights."

"One of the more interested statistics is that 2/3 of those surveyed said they would defy a law banning guns."

"The exact question was:

If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and
keep your guns?
Give up: 22%, Defy Law: 65%, Don’t Know: 13%" ...
 

Daily Digest: You’re Kidding Right?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Constitution is a piece of paper. It was written by man for man. You want to change it? There’s an app for that. If 38 out of 50 states vote to ditch the Second Amendment protection of Americans’ right to keep and bear arms, BAM! Gone. Even in the midst of the post-Sandy Hook hysteria that’s about as likely as me scoring a date with the Arielle Arts babe at my daughter’s gym (while sitting next to my second ex-wife). So why would CBS give airtime to someone arguing that the United States Constitution is 'antiquated' and irrelevant? Because they’re commie bastards. Next question? What’s in the news today . . ." ...
 

Civil Resistance: Some Things to Ponder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We believe in the strength of our Second Amendment, because we believe in the strength of American gun-owners, and we believe that there’s strength in numbers."

"But we don’t know for certain how many of us there are, nor how we will act under pressure."

"Hulley and Cummings (Designing Clinical Research – An Epidemiologic Approach, 1988) noted that: 'obtaining information about 'potentially sensitive areas' is especially difficult.'"

"It is obvious that questions about firearms fall into this category. We find ourselves living in a politically charged, anti-gun climate, fueled by ... most of our politicians, and designed to stampede ignorant Americans into demonizing peaceable gun-owners and their guns." ...
 

Exclusive: Journalist Accosted By Security Over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control." ...
 

"Come Armed, Come Masked." The Day of the 4473 Parties Arrives.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Years ago I wrote a fiction piece about the necessity for 4473 parties in the case of universal registration. James Wesley Rawles now calls for us to get ready for them." ...

"This is a standing invitation to my fellow Americans: If congress ever enacts a law mandating the registration and/or a production ban of detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles then you are hereby invited to the town square of your local community. There, burn barrels will be set up and we will publicly burn Form 4473s, FFL Bound Books, state and local registration records, and the sales receipts for every firearm in the United States. ..." ...
 

Meaning of 2nd Amend. has long been debated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"No other part of the U.S. Constitution is talked about more than the Second Amendment."

"Many people boldly assert their rights under that amendment, often while worrying that the amendment, which has to do with the right to 'keep and bear' firearms, is under attack."

"Before you stop reading, this column is not advocating or opposing gun control. It is about the Second Amendment, which has become a central part of modern American life." ...
 

Incendiary Image of the Day: What We Value Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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WA: Missile launcher shows up at Seattle gun buyback
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"Seattle police worked with Army officials Monday to track down the history of a nonfunctional missile launcher that showed up at a weapons buyback program and determine whether it was legal or possibly stolen from the military."

"A man standing outside the event Saturday bought the military weapon for $100 from another person there, according to Detective Mark Jamieson."

"The single-use device is a launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile and already had been used. As a controlled military item, it is not available to civilians through any surplus or disposal program offered by the government, according to Jamieson." ...
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MO: 82 Year Old Homeowner Shoots 30 Year Old Intruder Who Assaulted Him (video story)
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"On January 19th, an elderly homeowner in MO was forced to defend himself when a 30 year old suspect broke into his home and assaulted him."

"The hoemowner fired a shot at the intruder, striking him in the arm."

"The suspect then fled the scene, but was captured by police after a brief manhunt." ...
 

OH: 2 of 5 Home Invaders Shot by Homeowner in Ohio
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"Two people were in an Ohio home when five men stormed the residence with the intent to assault or rob the occupants."

"A struggle ensued in which one of the residents was injured."

"Two of the would be home invaders were shot. One was found with life threatening injuries inside the home, while the second was found collapsed on a nearby street." ...

"This is the third story in two weeks we’ve reported where 3 or more suspects have taken part in a home invasion. Some of those standard capacity magazines would probably come in handy."
 

LA: Homeowner in Louisiana Shoots Armed, Career Burglar in Buttocks (video story)
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"A homeowner in Ponchatoula, LA found a 20 year old man inside his home. The man was wearing the homeowner’s clothing and had several of the homeowner’s firearms in his arms."

"The homeowner, fearing the armed burglar, drew a gun he was carrying on his person and held the suspect at gunpoint."

"The suspect then told the homeowner he was not going back to jail, drew a gun, and fired at the homeowner."

"The homeowner returned fire, striking the suspect once in buttocks." ...
 

ND: Homeowner in ND Confronts Burglar at 3:30am, Fires Shots, Scares Him Away
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"A homeowner in North Dakota found an intruder inside of his home around 3:30am on January 17th."

"The homeowner confronted the suspect and managed to get him outside of the home."

"The homeowner then fired a shot at the suspect just outside of the home." ...
 

WA: Vancouver, WA Resident Shoots and Kills Would be Prowler
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"An alleged prowler was shot and killed in Vancouver, WA last night."

"Police received reports of a prowler in a neighborhood in Vancouver."

"A few minutes later, police received calls that the prowler had been shot by a resident." ...
 

CA: Off Duty Security Guard in CA Shoots Would be Armed Robber
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"An off duty security guard in CA was approached by a man who implied that he had a gun as the guard sat in his car."

"The suspect demanded money and pretended to have a gun in his hands."

"The security guard, fearing for his life, drew his sidearm and shot the suspect once in the abdomen." ...
 

MI: Great Grandmother Shoots Would be Robber on Bus With 9mm Handgun (video story)
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"When a young man tried to rob a woman, a great-grandmother, on a bus in Detroit, the woman fought back."

"There were other people on the bus when the man tried to assault the woman and steal her backpack and purse, but no one made a move to help the woman."

"The suspect fled with the items at the next stop, but the woman got off the bus, going after him, and confronting him. When the suspect turned to confront her, the grandmother, a concealed weapons permit holder, then drew her semi-automatic 9mm pistol and fired 11 shots at the suspect." ...
 

Defensive Line: The NFL players association receive the best firearms training available
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"Fans and sportscasters aren’t the only ones who watch professional athletes. Because of their fame and the public knowledge of their rather hefty salaries, criminals often target stars of the playing field for robberies, home invasions and a multitude of other offenses. Sometimes, these crimes have tragic results ... In response, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith tasked the organization’s Director of Security, Tim Christine, a former Secret Service Agent, to develop and implement a comprehensive training program designed to protect its members. The result, after several years of consultation, is the NFLPA/SIG Sauer Academy Training Cooperative." ...
 

MILLER: The assault weapon myth
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"Gun grabbers aren’t subtle. Flanked by uniformed police officers and a wall of black rifles, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday unleashed the most restrictive ever national 'assault weapon' ban in the Senate. The California Democrat and the assembled anti-gun officials directly referenced last month’s horrific shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School no fewer than 45 times. They will let no tragedy go to waste." ...
 

MILLER: The cop-killer bullet myth
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"Give the administration credit for its creativity. The theatrical show President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are putting on in their effort to foist gun control on the public disguises a more subtle push to disarm America in the name of protecting cops. On Monday, Mr. Obama invited police chiefs from towns that have had mass shootings to the White House for a discussion on firearms and, more importantly, a photo opportunity." ...
 

MILLER: The high-capacity magazine myth
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"Deception is the key component in the latest push for more gun control laws. During her soap opera press conference Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein used a liberal clergyman to give her the moral high ground in her campaign to infringe on the Second Amendment."

"The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, donned his clerical collar for the all-Democrat event to say he can 'no longer justify a society' that 'permits the sale of high-capacity magazines designed for the purpose of simply killing as many people as quickly as possible.'
The anti-gun crowd labels any firearm magazine capable of holding more than 10-rounds 'high-capacity.' It’s a scare tactic." ...
 

Senator Chris Murphy: "Neil and I are supporters of the real Second Amendment, not the imaginary Second Amendment" (video story)
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"On the heels of a Sandy Hook hearing in Hartford, Conn., which featured mixed reactions and emotional outbursts, on Tuesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Neil Heslin back to the program to share his candid reaction and pained perspective." ...
 

NRA vs. Giffords' husband at Senate gun control hearing
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"Today, the debate over gun control gets its first congressional hearing since President Obama proposed sweeping reforms to help tackle escalating gun violence in the United States."

"National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who survived a shot to the head two years ago during an assassination attempt that left six people dead, are among those slated to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. One congressional source tells CBS News that Giffords herself is expected to attend the hearing; she is expected to accompany her husband but is not scheduled to testify." ...
 

Paul Ryan: Gun Show Loopholes Should Be Addressed
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"Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday that he is open to closing gun show loopholes that allow individuals to purchase firearms without a background check."

"'I think we should look into someone not legally allowed to buy a gun going to buy one and let's figure that out,' Ryan said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 'Let's find out how to close these loopholes without infringing on Second Amendment rights.'"

"Reaffirming his opposition to an assault weapons ban, Ryan claimed that such a measure would not work because similar legislation did not work 'the last time,' referring to the law that expired in 2004." ...
 

NRA official to Congress: More gun laws not the answer
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In the first Congressional hearing on gun violence since the Connecticut school massacre, a top NRA official plans to tell lawmakers Wednesday that new weapons restrictions are not a "serious solution" to the problem.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, will be one of five witnesses at the hearing.

Submitter's comment: The last thing any politician wants to hear is that more laws are not the answer. If that were the case, politicians would be unemployed!
 

IL: Illinois Concealed Carry Bill Revealed: No Chicago Carve-Out
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"HB0977, Illinois’ long-awaited concealed carry bill, has dropped. Click here to read it. The executive summary: HB0977 puts the Illinois State Police in charge of the permitting process and turns The Land of Lincoln into a 'shall issue' state. To wit: 'The Department shall have the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the applicant would pose a danger to the applicant’s self, another, or public safety, or would use a firearm unlawfully, if granted a license to carry a concealed firearm under this Act.' Did Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel just throw up in his mouth a little? There’s no carve-out or exemption from the State permitting process for Cook County or Chicago . . ." ...
 

NY: Saratoga County sheriffs’ deputies union blasts state's new gun law
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"The 105-member Saratoga County sheriffs’ deputies union says new state gun control legislation makes criminals of ordinary citizens."

"The group also objects, in a six-page letter to state officials, to how quickly new laws were passed, with no apparent provisions for law enforcement officers." ...
 

PA: Gilberton council shows its support for Second Amendment
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"The national debate about gun control came to Gilberton on Thursday evening as the borough council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the right to bear arms as declared in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."

"The 'Second Amendment Preservation Resolution' was composed by borough police Chief Mark Kessler, who has been watching the news on gun rights and gun control and decided to show where he stands on the issue." ...
 

TN: Carr's gun bill would fall to supremacy clause
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"I strongly object to Rep. Joe Carr’s recent campaign to enact states’ rights legislation to prevent enforcement of a potential federal ban on assault weapons and other measures to tighten gun regulations."

"The president’s proposals do not violate the Second Amendment or the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They are based upon the delegated authority of the federal government to regulate interstate commerce and do not involve taking guns away from individuals. These amendments do not give the states a right to prevent federal officials from enforcing a ban on assault weapons. Such actions would violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution." ...
 

NY: “Nothing like that will ever happen without a message of necessity.”
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"Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a head-on defense to his decision to waive a required three-day waiting period to allow an immediate vote on his recent gun control bill, dubbed NY-SAFE,"

"'I think we did a great thing,' Cuomo told the Times Union Editorial Board on Monday. 'Nothing like that will ever happen without a message of necessity.'" ...
 

NY: Thompson Town Board to oppose federal gun control
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"Town board members in Thompson will address the issue of federal gun control when they meet next week."

"Town Supervisor Anthony Cellini has introduced a resolution calling on the board to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the right of people to bear arms." ...
 

NY: Westchester lawmakers consider calling for greater federal gun control
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"Westchester County legislators have begun to discuss a proposed resolution that would call on the federal government to impose greater gun control measures."

"The call comes in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre." ...
 

CA: California Ammo Sales Registration and Mag Ban Bill Revealed
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"California State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner has introduced California Assembly Bill AB-48. It’s now headed to committee. The bill attempts to close 'loopholes' in the Golden State’s unconstitutionally restrictive firearms laws. For example, at the moment, a shooter can lend or borrow a 30-round magazine at a 3Gun competition—-so long as the other person is on site. Skinner’s skinned that cat . . ." ...
 

NY: Cuomo Predicts Lower Poll Numbers After New Gun Laws
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"Governor Andrew Cuomo says his popularity probably took a shot after he pushed through a controversial gun policy package earlier this month."

"The prognostication in question came during a Tuesday morning radio interview with New York Post columnist Fred Dicker. Mr. Dicker, who’s sparred with Mr. Cuomo in the past on the issue, predicted Mr. Cuomo’s typically sky-high numbers would take a tumble in the next statewide survey and Mr. Cuomo simply agreed." ...
 

CO: Colorado bill would allow teachers to carry guns in schools (video available)
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"Imagine this: A man holding a gun enters a Fort Collins school, threatening the lives of hundreds of adults and children."

"The armed school resource officer is off-campus at a meeting, unable to defend his or her keep. But a librarian sorting books nearby realizes what’s happening, draws a concealed handgun and neutralizes the assailant before a path of destruction is laid."

"With the introduction of Senate Bill 13-009, some Colorado lawmakers would give public educators the option of being on level ground with would-be attackers. ..." ...
 

WA: Meet your local mayors against ‘illegal guns’
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"Twenty-one mayors in Washington State, including Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, are members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), and it is going to surprise some people in various rural Evergreen State communities that their local official is among them."

"The anti-gun mayors’ group has been busy exploiting the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy for the past six weeks, following in step with anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who issued his first demand for tighter gun restrictions even before the bodies of 20 children and six adults had been removed from the crime scene on Dec. 14." ...
 

Appellate Courts Weigh In on Right to Carry Gun
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"The US Supreme Court's decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago established that individuals have an enforceable Second Amendment right to possess firearms — including handguns — for self-defense, and that this right is protected against infringement by states and municipalities as well as the federal government."

"The facts of Heller involved possession of a handgun within the home. Does the right to keep and bear arms extend outside the home? To many, merely asking that question seems preposterous. When the Second Amendment was adopted, the founding generation had just fought a war of independence using their own weapons, and it was fought not in their parlors but up and down a continent. ..." ...
 

NY: Court action blasts N.Y.’s tough gun law as unconstitutional
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"Pro-gun-rights groups filed notice with the state Tuesday of their intention to sue over Gov. Cuomo’s new assault weapons ban."

"The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and other groups made the filing with the state Court of Claims, arguing the new gun control law violates the rights guaranteed by the U.S. and state constitutions." ...
 

MA: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upholds state's gun storage law, rejects challenge by Springfield man
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"The state Supreme Judicial Court Tuesday upheld the state's tough gun storage law by rejecting a Springfield man's constitutional challenge stating it violates the Second Amendment."

"John McGowan of Springfield, who had a license to carry a firearm, was charged in November 2008 by Springfield police with violating the state's gun storage law. The charge came after a female roommate went into his second-floor bedroom, took his loaded handgun from an unlocked drawer in a side table, left the home, threw the weapon into a neighbor's bushes and then locked him out when he tried to retrieve the gun." ...
 

NY: Rifle & Pistol Association To File Notice To Sue State On Gun Law
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"The state Rifle and Pistol Association today is set to file a notice of claim over the state’s new gun-control law, the first step toward a lawsuit over the measure."

"The group’s executive director, Thomas King, confirmed to Gannett’s Albany Bureau this morning that the notice would be filed today in Albany. The notice of claim would give the group 90 days to file its lawsuit." ...
 

NY: Attorney files suit in State Supreme Court to challenge NY Safe Act
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"Tuesday marks the first official step in a Buffalo attorney's legal challenge to the NY Safe Act."

"Thousands have contacted attorney James Tresmond to express concern, even outrage, at New York's new, strict gun laws, but it only took two names to get the case before a State Supreme Court Justice in Buffalo." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle and Pistol Association files first legal challenge to the NYSAFE Act
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"The nation's strictest gun law is seeing its first legal challenge."

"The State Rifle and Pistol Association has filed a notice of claim to overturn New York’s sweeping gun control law, the NY SAFE Act. The claim takes issue with the gun control law and its updated ban on assault weapons, challenging the constitutionality of the measure." ...
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CT: Lawyer Argues Waterford Arrest Violated Second Amendment
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"Perhaps Judge John Nazzaro summed it up best when he asked the state's prosecutor this question during Andrew Malerba’s court appearance on Friday: 'Assuming he fired a round off, on (30.6) acres, at 2:19 a.m., can you tell me how that’s against the law?'" ...
 

NY: Gun group to sue over tougher NY gun law
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"A gun owners' group filed notice Tuesday that it intends to sue New York State for a court order striking down the state's restrictive gun law passed two weeks ago."

"The New York Rifle & Pistol Association said the new law violates the constitutional right to bear arms and privacy rights. The group says the law unconstitutionally criminalizes guns and magazines that were previously legal and restricts a citizen's ability to do business."

"Association President Tom King said others will join the suit, including individual gun owners and businesses." ...
 

WI: ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures
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"A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia."

"Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything."

"They were undercover agents from the [ATF] running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons."

"But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF military-style machine gun landing on the streets of Milwaukee and the agency having $35,000 in merchandise stolen ..." ...
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Submitter's comment: Was Badger Guns closed, as a "worst crime-gun shop". to make way for the BATF's enterprise, losing only taxpayer money?
 

House, Holder may near deal on Fast and Furious contempt
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"A deal may be near in the Operation-Fast-and-Furious-related dispute that led the House of Representatives to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt last year."

"U.S. District Court Judge Amy Jackson was set to hold a key hearing next week in the lawsuit the House filed seeking to enforce its subpoena for records of how the Justice Department responded to Congressional inquiries about the [ATF] gunrunning investigation that may have resulted in as many as 2000 weapons flowing to Mexican drug cartels."

"However, both the Justice Department and the House asked Jackson Tuesday to put the scheduled hearing off for more than two months as the two sides try to work out a deal that could obviate the need for the lawsuit." ...
 

CA: Walnut Creek: Parents of man shot to death by police file $15 million lawsuit
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"The family of a hairdresser killed by Walnut Creek police last month is seeking $15 million in a wrongful-death suit filed against four members of the police department, alleging the 22-year-old man was shot after officers tripped and fell over one another."

"Anthony Banta Jr. was killed Dec. 27 when officers say he charged them with a knife after a fight with his roommate in their Creekside Drive apartment. A lawsuit filed Jan. 24 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco maintains the altercation had ended by the time police arrived and that Banta was not armed. The lawsuit says that one officer fired in a panic after reacting to the other officers tripping and falling behind him, and that other officers also opened fire." ...
 

CO: Former sheriff's detective pleads guilty, keeps job at jail
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"A former El Paso County sheriff’s detective who leveled his service pistol at fellow law enforcement officers during a 2009 standoff in Douglas County will remain on the sheriff’s payroll despite a guilty plea."

"Facing trial this month in Douglas County on felony menacing charges, 46-year-old Jerald Day instead pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to three misdemeanors and was sentenced to five years’ probation."

"Day previously had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity." ...
 

AR: State Trooper Fired; Accused Of Sexual Affair While On Duty
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"An Arkansas State Police Trooper out of Fort Smith lost his job after an investigation states he had sex with a married woman while on duty."

"The state police started an investigation in November against Trooper Zachary Saxon, in which the married woman he allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with told police she had sex with Saxon at his home during his lunch break, according to police documents." ...
 

GA: Sheriffs’ Association Takes Strong Second Amendment Stance
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"We found the following statement issued by the GA Sheriffs’ Association."

"The Immediate Past President of the GSA is Sheriff Scott Berry. You might remember Sheriff Berry from one of our other posts last month in which he pulled his department’s business from a local supplier after the vendor decided to stop selling semi auto rifles to civilians." ...
 

MO: St. Louis police internal affairs recommends officer be fired for alleged assault
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"The Internal Affairs Division of the St. Louis police has recommended that a veteran officer be fired for his conduct during an alleged assault of a handcuffed man at a casino."

"But prosecutors are not filing criminal charges against the officer, even though his department arrested him on suspicion of felony assault." ...
 

MA: Mass. officer loses gun in courthouse bathroom
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"A Plymouth police officer’s gun has gone missing after he inadvertently left it in a courthouse bathroom."

"Chief Michael Botieri says Capt. John Rogers Jr. put the gun down in the bathroom of Wareham District Court at about 3 p.m. Monday, then left without it. When he went back for it minutes later, it was gone." ...
 

MI: Macomb County court referee resigns amid investigation
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"A Macomb County juvenile court referee has resigned, just a few weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation about possible misconduct."

"John Kennedy, an attorney who was hired as a referee in May 2004, resigned effective Jan. 22. He was placed on administrative leave with pay Jan. 3, Macomb County Circuit Chief Judge David Viviano said Monday." ...
 

MI: Oakland County narcotics officer fired, 16 drug cases dismissed due to alleged false testimony
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"Oakland County prosecutors have dropped 16 drug cases in recent months -- including one involving a large-scale marijuana bust -- after an investigation determined a deputy on the county's narcotics enforcement team falsified a search warrant and lied under oath." ...
 

OR: Hillsboro police struggling to understand Cannon's behavior
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"The Hillsboro Police Department is struggling to understand why one of its officers was arrested for aggravated attempted murder."

"In his first public statement on the incident, Hillsboro Police Chief Carey Sullivan said, 'Our people have been affected both personally and professionally. Personally they struggle to understand the actions of a co-worker and friend. Professionally they take pride that they are often able to intervene before incidents reach this level and wonder what may have been missed or could have done to prevent this incident.'" ...
 

WA: Seattle’s ‘buyback’ nets mayoral hypocrisy, interesting math
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ly very good with 'hundreds' of people showing up, but if one is to believe details of all the reports, there is some curious math at work."

"The event also allowed anti-gun Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn to deliver what has to be the cornerstone soundbite of hypocrisy of the day ... the mayor — miffed that several gun rights activists ... were buying the firearms otherwise headed for destruction — had this observation:"

"'One person can sell another person a gun on the street and it’s absolutely legal. Do you see anybody out there doing a background check?'"

"That’s pretty smug for someone presiding over a 'no questions asked' large-scale gun swap scheme ..." ...
 

PA: Cops shoot dogs in front of Pennsylvania high school
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"A dog fight ended with a hail of bullets in a Philadelphia suburb, leaving residents shocked and looking for answers."

"The incident started on Friday at around noon when a stray dog got into a pickup truck at a red light in Chester, Pa., and began fighting with another pooch ..."

"Cops were called when the dogs couldn't be separated, and when they arrived, witnesses were stunned at the reaction. One officer shot at the dogs five times with a pistol, then another fired one blast from a shotgun. Both dogs were killed."

"And this all went down right in front of Chester High School." ...
 

MA: Officer Loses Job After Drug-Related Texts Surface
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"A Malden police officer accused of seeking prescription painkillers from an alleged drug dealer has lost his job, officials confirmed this week."

"Investigators said incriminating text messages from then Officer Brian Killion's mobile device were discovered after the January 2012 arrest of a Malden man on alleged drug and firearms charges."

"Killion, an 18 year veteran of the department and the nephew of former Mayor Richard Howard, is appealing the decision but no longer on active duty with the city." ...
 

CBS Runs Segment Called 'Let;s Give Up On the Constitution'
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... "... Constitutional obedience has a pernicious impact on our political culture. Take the recent debate about gun control. None of my friends can believe it, but I happen to be skeptical of most forms of gun control. I understand, though, that's not everyone's view, and I'm eager to talk with people who disagree."

"But what happens when the issue gets Constitutional-ized? Then we turn the question over to lawyers, and lawyers do with it what lawyers do. So instead of talking about whether gun control makes sense in our country, we talk about what people thought of it two centuries ago. ..." ...
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Submitter's comment: I've got a simple idea: Let's give up on Louis Michael Seidman and his ilk.
 

Survey finds NRA members united
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"The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action conducted a national scientific poll of its members and found near unanimity among NRA members on a wide range of issues involving mental health reform and firearm rights."

"Gun control advocates including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as various media outlets, have released data claiming to represent the views of NRA members, despite the fact that none of those surveys had access to the NRA's membership list. The NRA survey of 1,000 randomly-selected NRA members across the country is the only legitimate survey of NRA members in existence." ...
 

Map of New York gun owners’ addresses was inaccurate, newspaper admits
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"The newspaper that created an online map showing the addresses of gun permit holders in New York admitted earlier this week that thousands of addresses on the map belonged to people who didn’t actually own guns."

"After The Journal News used publicly available government records of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester, New York to create the interactive online map, many people complained to the newspaper that their addresses appeared on the map even though they did not own guns." ...
 

Gun rights come with responsibilities
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"After reading both the position of President Obama’s task force and the gun lobby and Second Amendment supporters, it seems both sides have overlooked a simple, yet effective way to reduce the threat of gun violence in schools and other public places. In many situations, it has been found that a minor – or someone living in the home of parents – has brought the parent’s weapon to school. Sometimes it’s a child bringing a gun in a backpack to show and tell in elementary school; sometimes it’s a teenager who is being bullied at high school; and sometimes it’s a mentally disturbed young adult still living at home with parents." ...
 

A warning to gun grabbers and collectivist media: By calling for gun control, you are unleashing your own worst nightmare
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"By screaming about how they wish to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm the American people, collectivist media gun grabbers and 'school shooting doomsday' fear mongers have managed to do exactly what they hoped NOT to do: They have pushed millions of AR-15s and hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition into the private hands of Americans."

"Over the Christmas holiday, I spoke with a friend who owns the largest retail gun shop (and advanced tactical shooting range) in one of the largest U.S. cities. He told me, “Our store sales have been $100,000 a day since the Newtown shooting.” On a normal business day, his sales hover around the $10,000 mark, so what we’re witnessing here is a 1000% increase in gun sales." ...
 

Universal background check is gateway to firearms registration
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"Imagine a grandfather who wants to give a family shotgun to his 12-year-old grandson having to do a background check on his grandson before giving him the shotgun."

"Or a friend having to do a background check on his lifetime best buddy before lending him a hunting rifle."

"Or, if your mother had a prowler at her home, having to do a background check on your own mom before you could give her one of your guns for protection."

"That’s what 'universal background checks,' as proposed by President Barack Obama, do. They turn traditional innocent conduct into a criminal offense. They target law-abiding gun owners." ...
 

WA: Seattle Gun BuyBack Gets JACKED! Turns Into a Damn Gun Show! LOL
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"Police officers in Seattle, Washington held their first gun buyback program in 20 years this weekend, underneath interstate 5, and soon found that private gun collectors were working the large crowd as little makeshift gun shows began dotting the parking lot and sidewalks. Some even had 'cash for guns' signs prominently displayed."

"Police stood in awe as gun enthusiasts and collectors waved wads of cash for the guns being held by those standing in line for the buyback program." ...
 

OR: Letters show volume of gun ownership (second letter)
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"Let me be brief, concise, and to the point! I'm not in the mood to fully rebut the anti-gun sentiment in the Saturday, Jan. 26 Ashland Daily Tidings. On that same date my latest letter titled, 'Gun owners beware this year' ran in the Klamath Falls Herald and News. This can be accessed and read online at www.heraldandnews.com. Also, the Wednesday, Jan. 23 Lake County Examiner in Lakeview ran a similar letter of mine titled, 'Parallel Found' via www.lakecountyexam.com. The Dan Smoot Report has an online video: 'Dan Smoot audio-Federal Firearms Legislation, 1964.' Though certainly dated and preceding the 'LBJ/KGB' 1968 Federal Gun Control Act (which hasn't reduced violent crime ...), it's a credible and moral presentation." ...
 

IL: Don Gwinn | Urging caution
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"Don Gwinn addressed the audience at the Monday SCRA meeting and urged caution as far as our excitement over the recent Seventh Circuit decision granting Illinoisans right to carry. 'Yeah, we won, but…' Gwinn said. In a nutshell, he covered all the things that can delay implementation of a new law."

"Gwinn talked about the appeal process, opining that an en banc appeal by Madigan at the last minute was probable. [Editor: Indeed, that happened on the last day she could file.]" ...
 

VT: Shooting Range Bans Police Department In Protest Of City Council Gun Bill
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"A gun range has banned a Vermont police department from training there in protest to the city council drafting legislation to ban assault-style firearms."

"The Stowe Reporter reports that the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club decided to ban the Burlington Police Department because the executive board feels that the Burlington City Council wants to take away their Second Amendment rights." ...
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H/t to Reason.com.
 

WA: Oak Harbor antis fail to exclude gun activists from debate
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"A Democrat precinct volunteer in Oak Harbor has acknowledged to Examiner that opponents of guns in city parks are trying to pack the city council meeting next Tuesday specifically to keep gun rights activists out." ...
 

CT: Gun advocate: Sandy Hook shows it's time to arm
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"A moment in Monday's legislative hearing on gun control illustrates the intractability of the debate, even in Connecticut, home of Sandy Hook."

"It happened while Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was among the 20 first-graders killed with an assault rifle in their classrooms on Dec. 14, addressed the state Legislature's gun-violence task force in Hartford." ...
 

CT: Officials advised to better assess threats of gun violence
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"The founder of a Norwalk-based threat assessment company fielded questions during a Gun Safety Legislative Forum at City Hall on Tuesday night."

"The forum comes a month after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that left 20 children and six adults dead."

"The tragedy has sparked a debate over gun control and identifying potential violence at schools."

"'What can we do as a state, more particularly district by district, to truly get serious about (preventing) bullying, not only enforcing it, but educating the enforcers on how to deal with it?' asked state Rep. Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr., R-142, and school expulsion officer in Norwalk." ...
 

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