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Coalition to hold national 'Gun Appreciation Day' amid calls for more gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Firearms groups are banding together across the country with a so-called 'Gun Appreciation Day' this month as part of a bid to check the increasingly vocal anti-gun movement." ...

"The organizers are encouraging gun-rights supporters to 'send a message' to President Obama two days before his second inauguration by 'lining up around the block' at gun shops, ranges and shows with a copy of the Constitution, U.S. flags and a 'Hands off my Guns' signs." ...
 

Is America tumbling toward ‘Arms-ageddon?’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"America’s front-page fight over gun rights versus gun prohibition could be tumbling foolishly toward a revolution, if one were to believe respected long time conservative commentator and one-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan."

"His remarks may be either cautionary or cockamamie; you be the judge. With so much talk right now about gun control and outright bans, and resistance growing by the hour as could be seen by the reported rush on Oregon gun permits, one might think the nation is rushing toward 'Arms-ageddon.'" ...
 

NRA 'inhibiting' political agenda, not 'medical research'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "NRA's opposition was not to 'medical research,' but to a focused program using tax dollars that had a specific agenda to subvert gun ownership under the fraudulent imprimatur of scientific authority, and one that was actually telegraphed by those perpetrating the bait-and-switch in their confidence and arrogance."

"'We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes,' Dr, Mark Rosenberg, then-Director of the CDC's National Center for Injury Control and Prevention told The Washington Post ( ! ) back in 1994. 'Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly, and banned.'" ...
 

Americans aren't buying 'assault weapons' just to have something to register
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Saying that the legislation would 'merely mean registration' somewhat implies that registration does not lead to confiscation--that ease of confiscation is not, indeed, pretty much the point of registration. That notion is probably a tough sell for anyone who has followed the history of gun politics, both in the U.S. and abroad. Feinstein's home state, in fact, received 'extra credit' in the Brady Campaign's ranking of states for anti-gun tyranny, specifically for using the gun registry for the purpose of wholesale confiscations." ...
 

Gun ‘buybacks’ may be deceptive political theater
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One day after conservative and gun rights groups announced a national “Gun Appreciation Day” on Jan. 19 – two days before Barack Obama’s second inauguration, coinciding with Martin Luther King Day – several organizations in Seattle and King County are announcing a gun buyback program that may be more flash than substance.

The program will grab big headlines, but according to various sources and several experts, such programs may not produce any negligible effect where violent crime is concerned. A 2004 study by the National Research Council reported the following:" ...
 

CCRKBA & SAF Team-Up for “Gun Appreciation Day”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Given the temper of the times it was only a matter of time before the gun rights movement moved from the virtual world to the real world. Leading the charge: the [CCRKBA] and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). Along with a growing coalition of gun rights orgs dedicated to defeating civilian disarmament, they’ve announced 'Gun Appreciation Day' for Saturday, January 19, two days before President Obama is sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. The press release [after the jump] is a little vague on what you’re supposed to do for GAD. ... Methinks the concept is evolving, even as the battle to defend and extend Americans’ Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms intensifies. Watch this space . . ." ...
 

'Magazine control' will be made irrelevant even sooner than 'gun control' will
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A frequent topic here at St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner is the likelihood that the technology-fueled growth in the ease of improvising effective firearms will soon render 'gun control' irrelevant. More specifically, as 3-D printing technology rapidly becomes both more sophisticated and more readily available to middle class consumers, and groups like Defense Distributed develop designs for 'printable' guns that will be made freely available on the Internet, gun bans will eventually require Internet bans to have any faint hope of posing any real obstacle to those seeking to bust a 'government monopoly on force.'" ...
 

The Second Amendment is there for a reason and we can’t forget it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment right to 'bear arms' is not a relic of history, inappropriate for today’s society. Instead, it’s more relevant in a society which feels its government is safe from attack, where complacency allows narrow focus on lesser issues and where independence of the citizen is taken without question." ...
 

Will “Extreme” Gun Control Proposals Require An Executive Order?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It’s good to see that some/any Democrats can see the writing on the wall for new gun control legislation. ... Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) called the civilian disarmament proposals—rumored to be under contemplation by Senator Joe Biden’s [Gun] Death Panel—'way extreme.' As suggested on this site, a federal national database to track all assault weapons would run smack into the face of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) which forbids a national database to track ANY firearm. The chances of repealing FOPA are smaller than the chances RF will date Natalie Dadon. Which leaves . . ."

"an Executive Order directing the ATF to re-classify 'assault weapons' as Title II firearms (e.g., machine guns and suppressors). ..." ...
 

CSGV tries to bully newly elected senator for rejecting extreme gun restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last Sunday, newly elected United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) appeared on the ABC News program 'This Week.' During the program, when George Stephanopoulos asked her if she would be willing to talk about 'gun control,' she bucked her party's rabidly anti-gun stance, accurately describing it as 'way in the extreme.' The Obama administration, remember, has endorsed Senator Feinstein's confiscatory 'assault weapons' ban, and banning all private gun sales--and that's just the beginning."

"'Extreme' sounds like a pretty accurate term to describe that position, at least if 'tyrannical,' and 'criminal' are off the table. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, of course, shrilly disagrees. ..." ...
 

Post-Alex Jones Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Revolution is a Trap!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"TTAG reader JJ watched Alex Jones’ pantomime performance on Piers Morgan’s chat show last night. ... He wrote this cautionary response ..."

"Khrushchev said that the sure destruction of America would happen from within and that they will take down the country without firing a shot. Stalin himself pointed out that violent revolution often preceded the establishment of a socialist order, which in turn, would become communism. Given these two notions, one is safe in concluding that any current revolution within America will not involve foreign powers, but will come about by a form of an internal, social breakdown. ... In regards to starting a revolution, my argument (and plea) is for cooler heads to prevail . . ." ...
 

Daily Digest: Gawker’s John Cook Sees No Evil
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Here Is a List of All the Assholes Handsome Law-Abiding Citizens Who Own Guns Some People in New York City. Yup that’s the headline over at gawker.com where scribe John Cook offers a 446-page list of every licensed gun owner in New York City. Cook also links to a database containing 300k New York pistol owners (out of 1.2m) which have been 'freely available online for more than two years.' ... As we said before, it’s up to the courts to protect this information. And it’s up to the media to act responsibly. As if. More of your daily dose of anti-pistol perfidy and a spoon full of ballistic sugar after the jump . . ." ...
 

Pat Buchanan: America's Coming Gun War
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"Eight days after the massacre of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary, where each child was shot with a Bushmaster .223, The Nation's Gun Show, the biggest east of the Mississippi, opened."

"'A line already snaked around the building shortly after the three-day event began at 3 p.m., and the parking lot was jammed' at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., wrote Justin Jouvenal of The Washington Post:"

"'With an AK-47 slung over one shoulder, Marco Hernandez offered one word when asked why he was in the overflow crowd at the gun show.'"

"'Obama,' he said. 'I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the possible gun ban.'"

"And this is the story across America since Sandy Hook." ...
 

Gun Review: Remington 700 ADL Varmint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Back in November, TTAG ran a post about a Black Friday 'doorbuster' sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They were offering a Remington 700 ADL Varmint for $350.00. As it turned out, I just so happened to be in the AO about a ½ hour before midnight when the sale started so at the last second I decided to partake in the Black Friday madness. For reasons still unknown to me, I picked up one of these 'doorbuster' 700s, and after putting 200 rounds through the rifle I can report to the Armed Intelligentsia . . ." ...
 

New from ArmaLite: AR-10 Law Enforcement Carbine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hey, if 'they' only 'let' you have a 10-round magazine, why not make every round count? And who doesn’t want that new, taller A2 front sight? Press release:"

"ArmaLite is proud to announce its AR-10 Law Enforcement Carbine. ArmaLite has long been known for its LE carbines chambered in .223/5.56X45mm NATO. Now comes an LE firearm with the added stopping power of the .308 cartridge . . ." ...
 

New from Ed Brown: Skip-Line Checkering
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’m really just doing this to annoy Nick. The fact that Ed Brown Products is offering their over-exposed (photographically speaking) Executive Elite Mega CEO Big Swinging You-Know-What Custom 1911 with a new kind of checkering is exactly the kind of non-news news that drives our Gun Test and Reviews editor crazy. ..."
 

Personal Safety Series: Pre-attack indicators
Submitted by: John Boch
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"People from every economic background and profession are the victims of crime each day. It doesn’t matter if you are a fast food worker, medical doctor, pilot or mechanic, you are at risk of being the victim of violent crime."

"Criminals don’t care about your profession or your loved ones. They have often rehearsed their crime in their minds many times and they don’t give a second thought about hurting anyone that gets in the way."

"Fortunately, for all their rehearsing and 'planning,' criminals often subconsciously exhibit one or more inappropriate behaviors before they attack." ...

"Here are a few signs to watch for in a suspicious subject that may indicate impending trouble for you." ...
 

Does Drywall Stop Bullets?
Submitted by: John Boch
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"For years I have wanted to know if normal drywall (as used in houses) would stop various caliber bullets. This is an important question because it affects how one judges and responds to the threat posed by an armed intruder."

"For example, if an armed burglar invades your home, will a standard 2×4 framed, drywall covered wall protect you from bullets fired by this bad guy? In other words, can a bullet travel through a wall from one room to the next and still have enough energy to cause harm to yourself or another family member? Furthermore, if a round penetrated the wall, I wanted to know how much residual energy was left. ..." ...
 

Get a Grip: Skateboard tape grip enhancement for semi-auto pistols
Submitted by: John Boch
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"Warren Drake found an inexpensive, yet effective solution to getting big hands securely on a small pistol. Small pistols, like the Kel-Tec, baby Glocks and the now-discontinued Standard Arms SA-9 are not the easiest things to get a firm grip on, particularly when shooting hot loads. Drake bought a set of commercial, adhesive grip panels for his baby Glock. He liked those so much, he wanted to install some on of his other small frame pistols however grips weren’t available for all of them, so he had to improvise."

"After extensive searching he found some material for skateboards that is very similar to the Glock grip panel material. ..." ...
 

A third way in gun debate
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"We have to move away from the divisive 'guns or no guns' debate to avert a cycle of senseless violence. Vice President Biden and his new task force on gun violence should consider the long-term potential of new technology to address the problem." ...

"The result could stretch science and tap the imagination. Perhaps 'electronic fences' around schools, hospitals, and other locations could disarm any weapon brought inside. Certain firearms might be required to contain computer chips that could be activated from afar by authorities. Or guns could be equipped to recognize the owner's finger on the trigger. These are just examples of the possibilities that might emerge." ...
 

FL: Gun ads: Have you no sense of shame?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Accepting and printing full-page ads two weeks in a row promoting the sale of deadly weapons was a poor management decision — especially in light of what happened in Newtown, Conn. Do you have no sense of shame? Apparently the bottom line for The Log is advertising revenue." ...
 

CT: 'Guns make it easy to kill people'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In the wake of the Newtown shootings, the tired refrain of the gun lobby and the NRA that 'guns don’t kill people, people kill people' is a shameful and cowardly attempt to evade all responsibility."

"Guns make it easy for people to kill people. And when you make it easier for something to happen, it happens more often." ...
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Submitter's Note: Gasoline also makes it easier to kill, as do boxcutters. ow about banning them first?
 

Official White House Response to: Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When Discussing the Second Amendment, Keep the First in Mind Too"

"Thank you for participating in We the People to speak out on an issue that matters to you."

"Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press -- fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. ..." ...
 

Why Gun Owners & Disaster Management Professionals Should Get Together
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It can be where personal independence and emergency planning meet."

"DM -- Disaster Management -- also known as Emergency Management, is an emerging specialty since disasters came into such prominence and adverse influence in our country."

"I believe that gun owners in America can aid them in their message in defining how the DM role can find greater acceptance, and helping to shape policy and planning, all to better obtain desirable results in survival and social outcomes." ...
 

Bagley: Bullets Over Bedlam (bigoted cartoon)
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Submitter's note: Please leave comments on this bigoted cartoon (you probably already have a "disqus" account to use for comments). This cartoon was published by the largest newspaper/news website in Utah, and is a magnet for leftists who leave very unintelligent comments which need to be challenged.

KABA Note: And why is it that when Wayne suggests videos and movies might cause problems he is a nut-job, but when the Vice-President's "Task Force" meets with them he is "listening to everybody"?
 

OH: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Man Defends Self and Infant Son from Armed Robber
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"Let me set the scene. Its 9 PM, and you’re walking from your car to your doorway after a long day. Your two month old son is in his car carrier, dozing off as you try to get him into his crib before he wakes up. But before you get to your front door, out of nowhere an armed robber puts a gun to your head and demands everything you have. What do you do?" ...
"The dispatcher asked Smith how he knew the man had been shot."

"'Cause when I shot he started crying and he fell to the ground,' Smith told the dispatcher." ...
 

Compare and Contrast: A tale of two home invasions… one resident armed, the other unarmed
Submitted by: John Boch
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"In Georgia in these past few days there were two home invasions with shots fired."

"One homeowner hid from the intruders with her family’s revolver."

"The other homeowner hid from intruders without a firearm. (H/t to mosinmango for the story)."

"Which homeowner would you be?" ...
 

IL: Are you required to retreat from a violent confrontation outside the home?
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"The laws in a few states require an innocent person to 'retreat' from any place where the individual has a lawful right to be in to avoid using deadly force."

"Illinois law is best represented by the Pattern Jury Instructions on Murder and Self-Defense. There is no mention of any requirement to retreat as it is not part of the burden of proof of either side."

"Retreat plays a role under the general topic relating to the imminence of an attack. That is, to be justified in using deadly force in self-defense, you must make a 'reasonable man' (what a reasonable man, knowing what the defendant knew at the time, would do) showing that you believed that you faced a serious or deadly assault, and that the assault was imminent. ..." ...
 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Airing Ads In Towns With Mass Shootings
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"The pro-gun control group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is airing a new TV ad in media markets where there have been mass shootings that stars a woman whose daughter was killed in the Arizona incident that critically wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords."

"The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is airing the ad in Tuscon, Waco, Roanoke, Denver, Binghamton and Milwaukee." ...
 

Gabby Giffords finds her new job: Blood dancing.
Submitted by: John Boch
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"God bless Gabby Giffords."

"She survived an attempted assassination at the hands of a lunatic in the only mass public shooting since 1955 that didn’t occur in a gun-free zone."

"She didn’t run for re-election and disappeared off the map briefly, until scoring headlines of late with her new job."

"What’s she doing? She’s promoting gun control."

"What are her qualifications? None, really, aside from being the victim of an attempted assassination."

"But organizing against assassinations isn’t a field where one can make some extra money pimping new laws against assassinations. After all, everyday Americans recognize that murder and political assassination are illegal, right?" ...
 

Gun Rights Groups to Meet With Joe Biden Thursday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Pro-gun groups will meet with Vice President Joe Biden Thursday at the White House to see if any political middle ground can be forged on the gun control debate currently raging across the country."

"The meeting is one of many Biden has scheduled with interest groups this week to explore gun violence. Wednesday, Biden met with gun control groups and victims' families. Friday, he will meet with video game manufacturers." ...
 

NRA to meet with Biden Thursday
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"Pushing forward with the Obama administration’s gun control agenda, Vice President Joe Biden will reportedly meet with representatives from the National Rifle Association on Thursday, according to The Hill."

"Examiner has learned that NRA will be represented by James Jay Baker, former executive director of the group's Institute for Legislative Action." ...
 

Biden to meet with NRA
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"Vice President Joe Biden will meet Thursday with the National Rifle Association, 'one of many' gun rights groups he will meet with as part of the White House's gun task force to reduce gun violence."

"'We look forward to hearing from a variety of organizations,' White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday."

"'We are sending a representative to hear what they have to say,' Andrew Arulanandam, NRA spokesperson, told CBS News." ...
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Submitter's comment: In the photo, at Biden's right hand, is Thomas Nee, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) and the 250,000-member National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). His son, Joseph, was convicted of plotting a Columbine-style massacre at Marshfield High School.
 

White House gun task force forging ahead
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"With a self-imposed end of January deadline to come up with a proposal regarding gun safety, Vice President Biden is accelerating efforts of the White House task force on gun violence with a series of meetings this week." ...

"Upon returning from his long weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Biden has numerous task force-related meetings scheduled this week. He will meet with officials of the video game industry and mental health experts, which the president said are important factors to examining gun violence. Additionally, Biden will meet with illegal gun opponents and pro-gun groups, including the National Rifle Association, in an effort to seek input and build consent for action, CBSNews.com has confirmed." ...
 

NRA to attend White House meetings on guns (video available)
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"Obama administration officials will meet with the National Rifle Association Thursday, 'one of the many' gun-rights advocacy groups that will attend a series of events at the White House, according to White House officials."

"The NRA confirms it will attend."

"'We got an invite late Friday,' NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said in a short statement. 'We are sending a representative to hear what they have to say.'"

"White House spokesman Jay Carney downplayed the meeting, telling reporters that the NRA is just 'one of the many' groups that will attend." ...
 

White House, NRA to meet amid push for new gun control laws
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"The White House and the nation's leading gun lobby will meet face to face Thursday amid an intensifying effort in Washington to craft new gun control measures ..."

"The [NRA] confirmed to Fox News that the group has accepted an invitation to meet with the Vice President Biden-led task force examining ways to curb gun violence. The task force was formed in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre and is running up against an end-of-the-month deadline to produce a set of proposals."

"The administration says mental health and the entertainment industry will likely be examined as part of that process. But much of the discussion, and proposals from Democratic members of Congress, continue to center around gun control." ...
 

Stan McChrystal: We need some serious gun-control laws
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"Surprised? Don’t be. It’s an open secret that McChrystal’s a liberal, to the point where he allegedly banned Fox News from TVs in his headquarters in Afghanistan. He’s kept a low profile since he retired but between this and his criticism of O’s dependency on drone strikes, I guarantee that some liberals will start murmuring about him as a Plan B in 2016 in case Hillary decides not to run. ... Having the guy who liquidated Zarqawi out in front of the cameras wringing his hands about AR-15s would be a nice asset to Democrats during their coming gun-grab push. There’d be a lot of grateful liberals afterward, some of them with fat checkbooks. He’d have to really, really hate politics not to take the opportunity." ...
 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Gun Control Alchemy
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"We now have a view of the new gun control proposal that some have labeled Diane Feinstein’s Grand Plan. Grand? Feasible? Passible? That remains to be seen. What is plain and predictable is that Feinstein’s proposal illustrates the structural inadequacy of supply control policies that attempt a purely public response to an intensely private crisis." ...
 

IA: Iowa Lawmaker: Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons, Then ‘Start Taking Them’ From Gun Owners if Needed
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"Here is an excerpt from Iowa’s Daily Times Herald, which conducted the interview with State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer:"

"'We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them,' Muhlbauer said. 'We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons.'"

"'Even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,' Muhlbauer said. 'We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands.'" ...
 

NY: Marking more lines on gun control
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Nearly half the total number of state legislators — 100 senators and members of the Assembly — have signed on to a package of gun control measures designed to make it harder to get assault-style rifles like the ones used in Newtown, Conn. and Webster."

"All the signatories are Democrats." ...
 

NY: State’s DAs offer up gun proposals for state, feds
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"The state District Attorneys Association has stepped into the debate over new gun laws with proposals for both state and federal lawmakers to consider. The group’s list includes items popular among Democrats as well as several items — including stepped-up punishment for gun crimes and expansion of Kendra’s Law regarding oversight of the mentally ill — that have been floated by Republicans."

"Here’s the full list:" ...
 

IL: REFORMED FELONS: Get your firearm rights restored
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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"The Director of the Illinois State Police or a local court shall restore a felon’s firearm civil rights in Illinois, under the Firearms Owner’s Identification Act under the following conditions, per the FOID Act:"

"the applicant has not been convicted of a forcible felony under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction within 20 years of the applicant’s application for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, or at least 20 years have passed since the end of any period of imprisonment imposed in relation to that conviction;"

"the applicant’s criminal history and his reputation are such that the applicant will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety;" ...
 

NY: Call to arms on Staten Island: panel votes to give school guards guns
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"A Staten Island education committee voted last night to demand that the city’s schools be guarded by gun-toting lawmen, in a desperate bid to beef up security in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre."

"The Communication Education Council for District 31 last night approved the high-caliber proposal with a vote of 9-1."

"The council called for the Department of Education to hire 300 to 500 retired NYPD cops to rove 1,750 city schools in all boroughs and install buzzer-entry systems with video and 'panic buttons' at main entrances." ...
 

NY: Assembly Proposal Would Limit Disclosure Of Gun Records
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"Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell announced today she would back legislation that limit the public disclosure of gun records while also increasing penalties on those who murder first responders." ...
 

CA: Shootings Prompt New Gun Bill. A new bill would restrict ammunition sales in California
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"The massacre in Newton, Conn., and other mass shootings have prompted for a call to curb gun violence."

"California assembly member Nancy Skinner answered that call with a proposal to restrict ammunition sales in the state."

"'2,800 people in California were killed last year by gunfire,' Skinner said. 'It is easier to buy bullets than cough medicine or alcohol. It should not be that easy. We need to have much more scrutiny when it comes to the purchase of guns.'" ...
 

NY: Libous Says Gun Talks Continue
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"Negotiations over changes to the state’s gun laws have continued throughout the day, but it’s unclear whether an agreement can be struck before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State tomorrow." ...
 

NY: Aide To Gov. Cuomo Says Assembly Democrats Open To Tougher Gun Penalties
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"In the back and forth 'flash point' between Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats over guns, a top aide to Gov. Cuomo weighed in to say, yes, the Assembly Dems are open to tougher criminal penalties as part of a gun control package."

"'The Senate Republicans have put a number of proposals on the table to increase penalties for illegal guns,' said Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto. 'The Assembly has said they are willing to increase penalties on illegal guns.'" ...
 

UT: Spring City, Utah Councilman Neil Sorensen Wants Guns in Every Home, Classroom
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"Spring City, Utah Councilman Neil Sorensen recently wrote a proposed ordinance that called for every home to have a gun and free concealed gun training for all elementary school teachers."

"Sorensen told KSL-TV: 'The first recommendation was that we require, or we recommend, every household have a gun and be properly trained to use it.'" ...
 

Why Gun Control Legislation Will Likely Pass Supreme Court Review
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"Gun control advocates got a rare bit of good news from the Supreme Court this week, declining to hear a case brought by gun owners challenging a Georgia law that bans the carrying of firearms in public locations like churches and other houses of worship." ...
 

IL: Madigan Seeks Full Appellate Court Review of Conceal-Carry Ruling
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"Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a December ruling that overturned the state's ban on the concealed carry of handguns in public."

"The Chicago Tribune reports that the move is aimed at challenging the decision by a three-judge panel of the court, which ruled 2-1 that the state's longtime ban violated the Second Amendment." ...
 

Why Did It Take the Cops 20 Minutes to Get to Sandy Hook Elementary School?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "According to media reports ... it took the police 20 minutes to arrive at Sandy Hook from the first 911 call, which specifically when out as 'Shots Fired.' I am a police officer of 24 years ... so I’m not trying to bash the police. But I also know that where blame is due….well, it’s due. As a police officer, you hear a call for shots fired at a school, and it take 20 minutes to get there? Something is wrong here . . ."

"Even a person who has no knowledge of firearms... would have to reasonably agree that if a deranged killer has 20 minutes to do their horrible killing unfettered, in a gun free zone no less, the results would have been just the same or even worst if he was armed with a single shot break open shotgun." ...
 

NY: Police Stop-and-Frisk Program in Bronx Is Ruled Unconstitutional
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"An element of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practice was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge on Tuesday, a ruling that may have broad implications for the city’s widespread use of police stops as a crime-fighting tactic." ...
 

NY: Gawker Posts Full List of All 'A**hole' New York City Licensed Gun Owners
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... "Just in case that was too subtle, Gawker has now published a complete list of every licensed gun owner in New York City. The headline? 'Here Is a List of All the Assholes Who Own Guns in New York City.' Writes the author, John Cook:" ...

"Cook singles out Sean Hannity, Roger Ailes, former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Howard Stern, Don Imus, and Donald Trump for criticism. Apparently owning a gun permit is now enough to get you labeled an 'asshole' from a left that considers all gun owners evildoers." ...
 

NY: Pirro vs. Journal News: Judge Jeanine Pirro is an outed gun owner (video available)
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"Judge Jeanine Pirro delivered a riveting monologue ... Her eloquent remarks were directed to The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., the newspaper that published a list of legal gun owners and their addresses."

"The Journal News utilized an interactive map similar to what is used to warn people of sexual predators. What gave her scathing remarks extra potency was the fact that Judge Jeanine Pirro is a gun owner, and her name and address are on that map."

"In what may be the most amazing speech ever delivered on cable news, Judge Jeanine Pirro displayed why she has the reputation and standing in the legal community that she has today. You can view the remarks in the attached video." ...
 

NY: Here Is a List of ... Law-Abiding Citizens Who Own Guns Some People in New York City
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"Last month, the Journal News sparked a firestorm of protest when it published a mappable database of every licensed gun owner in Westchester and Rockland counties, north of New York City. The paper obtained the data—which New York state law explicitly and unambiguously demands be made public—through open records requests. The reaction was swift and furious—gun rights and privacy advocates published the names and addresses of the paper's editors in retaliation, and the paper (ironically) hired armed guards to protect against threats." ...
 

NY: Putnam DA Talks Gun Permit FOIL Request
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... "Levy announced his opposition to the release of the names and addresses of licensed gun owners in Putnam County, as was requested by The Journal News in their Freedom of Information Request (F.O.I.L.)."

"'This is a public safety issue—not a gun issue' said DA Levy, Putnam County’s chief law enforcement officer. 'The disclosure of the names and residential addresses of licensed permit holders endangers the safety and well-being of those citizens along with their neighbors.'" ...
 

NY: Greg Ball vs. goo-goos on gun data disclosure
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"Another day, another back-and-forth in the controversy over the Journal News’ decision to publish an interactive map of the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties, and the refusal by Putnam County officials to produce similar data — despite its clearly being subject to state Freedom of Information Law disclosure." ...
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KABA Note: Which law clearly states that information which "if disclosed could endanger the life or safety of any person" may be withheld.
 

NY: Did a Newspaper Act Irresponsibly by Publishing the Addresses of Gun Owners?
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"The Journal News, a newspaper serving the northern suburbs of New York City, published the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two counties in New York State. The interactive map received more views than any other article in the paper’s history and generated significant outrage across the nation. Calls and e-mails to the newspaper became so threatening that it decided to hire armed security guards to protect the safety of its employees."

"Did the newspaper act irresponsibly by publishing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders online?" ...
 

December 2012 NSSF-Adjusted FBI NICS Background Checks Soar 58.6%
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"The NSSF has released their adjusted figures for December 2012′s NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) checks. December’s total (2,237,731) represents an increase of 58.6 percent over the previous year’s number (1,410,937). The NSSF-adjusted NICS 2012 year-end figure (13,780,285) represents a 27.7 percent increase over the 2011 year-end total (10,791,275). ..."
 

Gun Store/Gun Show Inventory Survey: This Sucks
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"New England’s Bass Pro Shops aren’t the only places that are out of almost everything. Our section of the Northwest has been picked (nearly) clean of All Things 5.56mm, and this photo shows why. It shows only a part of the crowd that showed up 45 minutes before a gun show opened its doors in Portland, Oregon this weekend. Joe Grine, Aharon and myself were among the lucky ones who got to wait indoors; the unlucky rabble stretched almost a quarter-mile around the building and across the Oregon Expo Center parking lot. What did we (the lucky ones) find when the doors finally opened? Not many ARs, but a lot of surprises…" ...
 

Remove "short barreled" rifles from the NFA (national firearms act and registry). An inch doesn't change a weapon. (White House petition)
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"Babysitting owners of 'short barreled rifles' or rifles with barrels under 16" by forcing them into a complex registration scheme, wastes millions in resources maintaining a worthless registry, but more importantly, wastes the time of federal ATF agents by making them babysit (with paperwork) owners of rifles ..."
 

Professor James Tracy Claims Sandy Hook Shooting May Not Have Happened
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"Professor James Tracy, of Florida Atlantic University, recently wrote a post on his blog, memoryholeblog.com, in which he claimed that the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting may not have happened the way that it was reported or may not have happened at all."

"Professor Tracy is basing his claims on the early conflicted news media reports of the shooting, however, he fails to note the media did not have all the facts at the very beginning of the story, which it was covering live, reports the Daily Mail." ...
 

Piers Morgan vs. Alex Jones on gun control: Who won wild debate? (video avainable)
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"Ultraconservative radio talk host Alex Jones appeared on CNN’s 'Piers Morgan Tonight' on Monday talking about gun control, although 'talking' is a word that might not really describe what went on. Mr. Jones shouted, ranted, and preached in a voice so loud that Rush Limbaugh is a whispering golf announcer by comparison. Jones did everything but wrap himself in an American flag – though he did offer to fight Mr. Morgan while wearing red white and blue trunks."

"'You’re a hatchet man of the New World Order.... You wear the Jolly Roger,' he snarled at the very British Morgan." ...
 

NY: Abolish Second Amendment
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"I am not some erudite constitutional scholar. I was just lucky enough to earn a high school diploma."

"However, I do have enough grasp of the English language to understand a relatively simple phrase such as the Second Amendment’s 'a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'"

"It was written mainly to ensure a well-regulated militia had unimpeded access to its weapons. Hence, the people’s right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

MO: The Second Amendment
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"Several months ago I became curious. Why didn’t the authors of the Second Amendment simply write, 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' No other amendment prefaces the establishment of a right with an explanation that looks almost like a justification or even an apology. So I reviewed the history of the Second Amendment and I was very surprised. ..." ...
 

NY: Passing more gun laws won’t stop the lunatics
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"I am really tired of reading the anti-Second Amendment nonsense that The News publishes constantly. Do just the least bit of research – for instance Federalist Paper 28 by Alexander Hamilton – and it is clear that the Second Amendment was meant to ensure the right of individuals to bear arms. Just which part of 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed' is it so hard to understand? There are over 20,000 gun laws on the books nationwide. Does anyone really think more laws will keep lunatics and criminals in check?" ...
 

AZ: Gun events show divide 2 years after Ariz shooting
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"Two dueling gun events played out in the hometown of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on the second anniversary of her shooting, illustrating the sharp divide between gun reform advocates and Second Amendment stalwarts."

"Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik staged a gun buyback Tuesday in the parking lot of the Police Department, offering $50 grocery store gift cards to anyone who surrendered firearms to be destroyed." ...
 

KS: Our right to bear arms does eclipse all
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"I would like to respond to the opinion letter published Dec. 27, 2012, entitled 'Our right to bear arms does not eclipse all.'"

"Before I start my counterpoint. I would like to give thanks to the writer for his service to our great nation. Mr. Levine, thank you sir. We appreciate all you have given in the name of God and country."

"I want to point out that the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly and arms, were not granted by our founding fathers. Our founding fathers understood that these rights are God given and it is the duty of our government, and of ourselves, to protect these rights. If ever our government tries to take these God-given rights away, than it is up to us ... to protect ourselves and our rights. ..." ...
 

OR: Understand Second Amendment (second letter)
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"Contrary to the collective misintepretation of the Second Amendment via Ted Gibb's Thursday, Jan. 3, MT letter, the proper historical context is properly addressed at JPFO Inc. (www.jpfo.org)."

"Their online video titled '2A Today for The USA' explains it simply and honestly." ...
 

NY: Mirroring National Trend, Gun Sales Spike
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"Businesses in the Huntington area report that in recent weeks there has been a dramatic spike in gun sales and requests for help obtaining pistol licenses, mirroring widely reported state and national trends."

"Local merchants involved in business associated with firearms report that the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo., and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have resulted in a dramatic jump in consumer interest in guns." ...
 

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