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After controversial refusal, Wounded Warrior Project CEO to appear on Gun Talk
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'Steven Nardizzi will be a guest on this Sunday's show,' the release advises. 'This follows a week where show host Tom Gresham shared his email exchange with the PR director of WWP in which she indicated that the organization does not do interviews with media or appear at events which are related to guns.'" ...
 

Emily Miller Hearts The Donald. The Donald Hearts Chuck Schumer and an AWB
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Since launching her series 'Emily Gets Her Gun' Emily Miller has achieved iconic status within the gun rights community. What was that Jim Croce said about Superman’s cape? There’s a small segment of the gun blogging community that wants my balls for breakfast because I 'creeped-out' the comely gun blogger during a recent interview. So . . . I’m a lot less than enamored with Ms. Miller’s Washington Times puff-piece on Donald Trump, which is just long enough to encompass a couple of pro-gun platitudes and the 'revelation' re: which firearms he favors. 'The Donald is a true Second Amendment enthusiast,' Ms. Miller’s report concludes. Enthusiast maybe. Lip servicer certainly. But gun rights supporter? I don’t think so . . ." ...
 

An Unholy Alliance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An unholy alliance of gun prohibitionists, politicians, and certain church groups is pushing a so-called documentary called 'Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence' that will air on certain NBC owned and affiliated stations. The documentary is part of the Horizons of the Spirit series which airs on that network. The documentary is presented by the National Council of Churches and was produced by the Presbyterian Church USA."

"The documentary features such gun control luminaries as Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Colin Goddard, and Dr. Garen Wintemute talking about how 'gun violence' (sic) impacted their lives." ...
 

The Failed Strategy of Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Never throw the first punch and Fire only if fired upon are two pieces of pseudo-tactical advice thrown out so often that people now merely parrot the phrases without ever thinking about what they mean. When examined at the most basic level, the advice is often given by those who will not actually be involved in the anticipated conflict. Parents tell their kids 'never throw the first punch' and Military Officers issue orders for their troops to 'fire only if fired upon' . . ."

"In both of the previous examples, the parent or the military officer, neither party is likely to be in actual physical jeopardy when their advice is applied. ..." ...
 

Constitution Check: Is There a Constitutional Right to "Stand Your Ground"?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a continuing series of posts, Lyle Denniston provides responses based on the Constitution and its history to public statements about the meaning of the Constitution and what duties it imposes or rights it protects. Today's topic: self-defense and the Constitution."

"The statement at issue:
'The stand-your-ground law is one portion of justifiable use of deadly force. And what that means is that the state must go forward and be able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt... It makes the case in general more difficult than a normal criminal case.'" ...
 

Ruger & Company Awarded Firearms Manufacturer of the Year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has been presented with the Firearms Manufacturer of the Year award by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers for the sixth consecutive year during the Association’s 39th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida." ...
 

Illinois gun owners wishing to secede from U.S. may have it backward
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Daily Caller noted Wednesday that all 50 states have submitted secession petitions to the White House 'We the People' website, which promises that any petition that garners a minimum of 25,000 signatures within 30 days will receive a review by White House staff, and a response. When the Daily Caller article was written, seven states' petitions had reached that threshold. National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea notes that gun owners who sign such petitions could perhaps be taking a risk they had not considered, if the Obama administration chooses to play truly vindictive hardball." ...
 

The .40 War Rages On . . .
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In today’s Tactical Wire, Tiger McKee (above) added his .02 to the ongoing .40-caliber debate In Skill Set: Why I Don’t Like the Forty, the director of Shootrite Firearms Academy ... shoots down .40 fans with extreme prejudice. 'With the .40 you must use a good aggressive stance, arm position with isometric tension between the arms, and the proper grip to provide the resistance necessary for the pistol to function properly.' And that’s bad because 'Failures to eject, commonly called stovepipes or smokestacks, are more frequent with the .40 than 9mm’s and .45′s. This is especially true when shooters are working with one hand, during injury drills, or firing using a less than ideal platform ...' But wait! There’s more! ..." ...
 

A Short History of Long Range Shooting in the United States
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"Long range is, by definition, a relative term. When the earliest European settlers arrived on the east coast of what would become the United States of America they were armed with a collection of match, wheel lock, and snaphaunce actuated firearms that were, occasionally, more dangerous to the user than the intended victim. Among the immigrants were gentlemen adventurers on the prowl for quick riches, families looking to build a new life, and others who sought religious freedom; all who drilled with these firearms under the under the leadership of the likes of Captain John Smith, in the Virginias, and Captain Myles Standish, in the Plymouth Colony." ...
 

Walther preparing launch of new PPX pistol (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Walther is preparing to launch a new addition to their polymer P-series, the PPX. The PPX uses more conventional controls and operation, making the PPX a low-cost option that maintains the ergonomics, reliability and reputation of the Walther name."

"Unlike other recent Walther P-series pistols, the PPX is not striker-fired. It uses a pre-tensioned hammer for a short, light 6.5-pound trigger pull. Another change is to the more common American-style magazine release, with a reversible push button in the frame where the trigger guard meets the grip. Walther pistols like the PPQ and P99 are striker-fired and use a paddle-style magazine release." ...
 

WA: Woman pulls gun on man who exposed himself at lake
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"A Longview woman who was walking at Lake Sacajawea with her 6-year-old son pulled a gun on a man who exposed his genitals to her Wednesday evening, according to police."

"The 35-year-old woman was near Martin Dock around 8:10 p.m. when the man approached her 'aggressively,' sat down and began performing a sex act, then suggested she should watch him, according to the woman and accounts from police."

"'I put the magazine in my gun. I cocked it,' the woman said in an interview Thursday night. 'I said, 'You need to leave or Ill shoot you. I’m going to blow your brains out.'"

"'Oh, [expletive]!' the man declared, before running away." ...
 

Heritage Foundation Shoots Down Right-Wing U.N. Gun Grab Conspiracy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The right-leaning Heritage Foundation has thrown cold water on the revival a conspiracy theory pushed on Fox News by contributor Dick Morris and the National Rifle Association that the United Nation's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is actually a sinister Obama administration plot to eliminate the right of private individuals to own a firearm."

"During a Heritage Blogger Briefing, senior research fellow Ted Bromund stated, 'I don't think that the ATT is a gun confiscation measure for a variety of reasons. First, because I don't regard that as within the bounds of possibility in the United States and secondly, because that is not what the text says.'" ...
 

Outnumbered but not Outgunned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"After two resounding wins, it is clear that liberal Barack Obama supporters strongly outnumber conservatives in the U.S. He won the 2012 election with roughly 7 million fewer votes than the 2008 election, and it was still more than enough. We are outnumbered."

"Do you know what he did on his first day back at work while you were staring sullenly at the electoral map?"

"He greenlighted the United Nations Arms Control Treaty, which he plans to use as a springboard for a national gun registration list, followed by confiscation. ..." ...
 

RKBA: UN Treaty (mothership)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a DKos group of second amendment supporters who also have progressive and liberal values. We don't think that being a liberal means one has to be anti-gun. Some of us are extreme in our second amendment views (no licensing, no restrictions on small arms) and some of us are more moderate (licensing, restrictions on small arms.) Moderate or extreme or somewhere in between, we hold one common belief: more gun control equals lost elections. ..." ...

"Lately, there's been more discussion on the UN Small Arms Treaty. The NRA and the GOP are pulling an 'I told you so!' ..." ...
 

Obama and the assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Though the national psyche will forever associate the 2012 presidential debates with Big Bird and bayonets, I'll remember the talk of guns — and being shocked by both candidates on the topic."

"Both of the statements occurred during the second, town hall style, debate."

"Romney surprised me when he said that it’s already illegal to purchase automatic weapons."

"I thought to myself, 'Man, somebody should tell that to those folks at the Birmingham gun show.'" ...

"While Romney's statement made me scratch my head, Obama's almost made it explode."

"In the middle of the debate, he casually mentioned that he would be interested in renewing the Clinton-era assault weapons ban." ...
 

Speculation on the future of shooting sports
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Last week’s election will have a profound impact on the future of gun ownership, shooting sports, recreational hunting and fishing." ...

"... here is what I see coming."

"Supreme Court decisions involving Second Amendment rights have been hanging by a one-vote thread for several years."

"Given the ages of current justices on the High Court, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Mr. Obama could appoint as many as four new justices during his second term."

"If his past appointments are any indication of future ones, new justices will likely rule in favor of more 2nd Amendment restrictions."

"With a slight shift to the left in the makeup of the Senate ... watch for renewed attempts to pass an 'Assault Weapons Ban.'" ...
 

NRA’s LaPierre reminds us it wasn’t Bloomberg facing down looters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Wayne LaPierre, NRA’s Executive Vice President and CEO, spoke to Ginny Simone and Cam Edwards on the election results. 'When you fight like hell for freedom, you get more freedom.'"

"As always, Wayne is clear and unabashed on the president’s intent to advance gun restrictions. He also discusses the president’s power to use Supreme Court nominations to advance the cause of gun control and what could happen in the 2014 elections to those legislators that support an anti-gun agenda."

"Wayne reminds us it was not Mayor Michael Bloomberg that was facing down looters in the wreckage of NYC. It was lawful gun owners protecting themselves when the government was not there to protect them." ...
 

Another 4 Years...The assault has already begun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I'm still reeling with dismay and confusion. How could so many of my fellow Americans choose to reelect someone who has proven to be totally unqualified for the job, if not downright destructive? It is unfathomable to me. I could offer up a litany of reasons why their choice was such a mistake, but most of you reading this know them all too well."

"Even so, I'm still catching flak from some of our hard-line rights supporters for encouraging people to vote for Romney. They insist that since he has taken anti-rights positions in the past, that I should have declared a pox on both leading parties and gone Libertarian or some other third party. ..." ...
 

CA: West Hollywood Deputy Arrested in Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A deputy assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood Station was arrested today on suspicion of shooting and killing a Sylmar man." ...
 

CT: Meriden Officer Indicted In Brutality Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Meriden police officer was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on a charge of police brutality following an investigation into a 2010 incident in which he shoved a handcuffed prisoner into a jail cell, cracking the man's skull."

"The criminal investigation of Evan Cossette, the son of Police Chief Jeffry Cossette, started after the videotape of the jail cell incident surfaced and two officers, Brian Sullivan and Donald Huston, complained to city officials that Evan Cossette had received favorable treatment because he is the chief's son." ...
 

NJ: N.J. policeman arrested in Polk for assaulting fellow officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A New Jersey police officer was charged with aggravated battery after he attacked a fellow officer who was in Polk County to testify at a hearing." ...
 

LA: Judge orders ex-narcotics officer to prison
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Baton Rouge police narcotics officer who admitted stealing three shotguns and more than $27,000 in cash that was to be used as evidence in drug cases was sentenced Friday to two years in prison."

"State District Judge Richard Anderson also ordered Michael Thompson, 29, to pay $27,065 in restitution to the city of Baton Rouge." ...
 

Florida ‘SYG’ task force issues draft report; Has Jindal launched 2016 campaign?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The gubernatorial task force set up earlier this year by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to examine that state’s 'Stand Your Ground' law last night posted its draft report on the state’s website, and its recommendations probably won’t make self-defense opponents very happy."

"However, Washington gun owners will quickly recognize that the standard which appears to remain intact is essentially the same that Evergreen State courts have affirmed for nearly a century. There is no duty to retreat from an attack if you are in a place that you have a right to be." ...
 

Birchwood Casey Wins Award at the NASGW Annual Meeting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"At the recent 39th annual meeting of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) inOrlando,Florida, Birchwood Casey won their fifth consecutive Accessory Manufacturer of the Year award."

"The NASGW Awards are given to manufacturers who best demonstrate a commitment to two-step distribution and who provide outstanding value and service. ..." ...
 

FL: Result of Florida Governor’s Panel on Changes to “Stand Your Ground” Law: Nothing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following the Trayvon Martin shooting, there was a massive backlash against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law — the one that removes the duty to retreat from somewhere you have a legal right to be when being attacked by someone with deadly intent. A law which, to those without an axe to grind, makes perfect sense. And apparently, a panel that the Governor of the state of Florida commissioned with the task of figuring out if any changes to the law are needed agrees. For the most part . . ." ...
 

AZ: Insist on regulated right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bitter justice this week for all the Tucson shooting victims. Continued persistent injustice for all of us dominated by the profiteering of the gun industry and their paid puppets in the Arizona legislature, and the national gun industry profit front, the NRA. The 'right to keep and bear arms...' clause gets all the play by these people. We NEVER hear or read the other key and prior clause in the Second Amendment: 'A well-regulated militia being necessary...'"

"Perhaps this legislature, with the gall to name a 'state handgun' within days of the Tucson massacre, should name that automatic[sic] 30-round clip[sic], which they righteously defend, the 'state ammo.'[sic]" ...
 

WA: Gun ban in graveyard not a dead issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Deceased gun fans were likely rolling over in their graves regarding the city of Wenatchee’s years-long ban on firearms in the local cemetery."

"But no more. The ban’s been holstered."

"Last week, the City Council repealed the ban on graveyard guns to better conform with state laws on where cities and towns can or cannot allow firearms. No to guns in schools and courthouses. Yes to guns in many other public places, including the city’s own (sort of) Boot Hill." ...
 

OH: Ohio Marks 10th Annual Youth Deer-Gun Hunting Season
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ohio youth hunters will participate in the state’s 10th annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season this month, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. This year’s deer-gun youth hunting season is Nov. 17-18."

"Ohio youth hunters killed 8,867 deer in 2011 and at least 8,300 deer in the two-day season every year since 2005. Youth hunters killed 422 more deer in 2011 compared to 2010." ...
 

OK: Local group rallies for more liberty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A new group formed in July to push for change in government aims to achieve its goal by educating area residents in the standards of liberty, inspiring voters to hold government leaders to their proper roles, and empowering citizens to seek positions of authority."

"The Oklahoma 2nd District Liberty Movement hosted its first official meeting Oct. 15 at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center to explain the six state questions voters would tackle in the Nov. 6 general election. On Nov. 13 at the same site, the group brought Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association founder and President Tim Gillespie to the podium for a discussion on the state’s recently passed open carry law and other Second Amendment issues." ...
 

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