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Gun Rights Groups Call For National Commission to Study Causes of Violence (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"Just prior to President Obama announcing today the formation of a gun control task force to be led by Vice President Joe Biden, two pro gun rights organizations called on the president to create a commission to examine the real causes of gun-related violence and propose preventative solutions."

"Leaders from the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said that in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which left 28 people dead, including 20 small children, a level-headed and unbiased commission would be uniquely prepared to address the complexity of the dilemma." ...
 

‘Stunning developments’ in Reese case as father, son are led shackled in court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"What started as a motion to release a former New Mexico gun dealer and his son from jail until their sentencing date for federal gun form convictions will turn into a request for a new trial, a source close to the case and courtroom observer of yesterday’s hearing in the United States District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., has informed Gun Rights Examiner. Another report, filed today by consistently informed and reliable chroniclers of the case, documents due process violations via information withheld from the defense, and reveals a key government witness against the family is himself under investigation." ...
 

Massad Ayoob: Against Monsters
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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... "I’ll repeat what I said in the Wall Street Journal op-ed section and on the Today show in 1999, after the Columbine High School atrocity: if we simply prepared teachers to handle this type of crisis the way we teach them to handle fires and medical emergencies, the death toll would drop dramatically. ..." ...
 

Massacre that wasn’t due to an armed Principal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Mayor Bloomberg claims that he doesn’t know what good a gun would do in stopping a school shooting. Allow me to remind him of Pearl High School and a would be massacre that occurred on Dec. 17, 1997. 'Would-be' being the operative term." ...
 

Take a deep breath… it’s going to be okay
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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"The news has come fast and furious these last few days and if you listen to the mainstream media, you would think the Armageddon is upon us."

"A couple of U.S. Senators who were formerly fair-weather pro-gun senators have come out saying it’s time for action on guns, stores stopping the sales of America’s favorite rifle, mainstream TV cancelling gun-related shows, politicians trying to make hay with gun bans and a constant drumbeat of doom and gloom aggressively fed and watered by gun grabbers who were formerly on the ropes." ...
 

NY Post on ARs: “Time to Get Rid of Them”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The post-Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre anti-Second Amendment witch hunt continues. The rationale for infringing (and how) on Americans’ Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is centering on the semi-automatic rifle (a.k.a., assault rifle). Apparently the guns are just too damn lethal for citizens. To wit this from nypost.com: 'Has technology rendered the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution obsolete? That is, has the application of modern military design to civilian firearms produced a class of weapons too dangerous to be in general circulation? We say: Yes.' Do the gun grabbers know the difference between a fully-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic rifle (one bullet per trigger squeeze)? Yes. Do they care? No. ..." ...
 

The Assault Weapons Ban: How Silly Was It?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"Revisiting the comically incompetent law which President Obama wishes to reinstate." ...
 

New from Magnum Research: Desert Eagle Mark XIX .50AE with 10″ Barrel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Over the years, the Desert Eagle .50AE semi-automatic pistol developed a [well-earned] reputation as a jam-o-matic. The fact that ne’er-do-wells and aesthetically-challenged collectors cherished gold versions of the 'Deagle' (now with tiger stripes) did nothing for the gun’s rep amongst the cognoscenti. Some two years ago, Kahr Arms bought the brand. Ralph reviewed the Israeli-made Desert Eagle Classic for TTAG and loved the gun, such as it is: 'Shooting a Desert Eagle is like taking a honeymoon in Las Vegas. There’s no justification for it, except for having a raucous good time and burning through all those cash wedding gifts when your spouse isn’t looking.' That was the 6″ barrel. ..." ...
 

Gun owner changes absolute stand on Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I own more than 20 rifles, shotguns and pistols. We gun owners have insisted on our Second Amendment rights, and we have insisted that those rights be virtually absolute, and have rejected common-sense restrictions on those rights."

"Tragically, last week 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School paid the price for our unrestricted right to own guns. Now their families grieve for the little ones they love, and we mourn the lives that might have been." ...
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Submitter's Note: If gun rights really were unrestricted Victoria Soto and Anne Murphy wouldn't have been reduced to shielding their students with their bodies.
 

NY Daily News Starts Online Petition To Ban Assault Weapons And Blame the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"One of America’s oldest and best known newspapers, The NY Daily News, joined the fray and launched an online petition drive to ban assault weapons and institute comprehensive gun control. The advertisement promoting the petition includes a recent front page of the paper with a full color photograph of the United States Capital Building dripping with blood and the headline 'Blood On Your Hands.' Instead of examining the issues and proposing realistic solutions, the News just looked for a soft target and chose the Congress and anyone who advocates for the Second Amendment. It is easier to blame the NRA." ...
 

Solution to guns is more guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Liberty Man is back! And this time he's got a gun."

"He wants you to have a gun, too."

"'Liberty Man' is the name I've coined for the rugged individualists that rear up whenever we're having some sort of civic trouble. No matter if the problem is life or death, Liberty Man's mantra is: You're on your own."

"And so it is that in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings — as many are talking of what can be done, if anything, to change a culture awash in guns — Liberty Man has zeroed in on a uniquely American answer:"

"We need more guns, not fewer. In more places. The way to stop the next school shooting is to arm the teachers." ...
 

Unrestricted gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In the aftermath of this horrible tragedy the news is being dominated by the debate of gun control."

"As a diehard conservative you would expect my stand on this subject to support unrestricted gun ownership. Part of that is true. I believe in the Second Amendment right of gun ownership but not unrestricted ownership. In fact, all our constitutional rights have parameters on them."

"You have the right of free speech, but do not have the right to scream fire in a crowded theater or to promote hate speech or insurrection. The Constitution is a living document and has been amended many times to fit current society." ...
 

Supreme Court has consistently failed to restrict gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"JANE Crawford (Letters, December 19) is quite right to argue that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution does provide that a 'well-regulated militia' is required to qualify gun ownership."

"However, a little homework would have shown that this is itself meaningless when a consistently spineless, or worse, Republican-leaning Supreme Court is making the decisions on constitutionality." ...
 

People with guns kill people
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"After every tragedy involving an antisocial or mentally unstable murderer who uses a gun to kill or maim innocent victims, the all-powerful gun lobby responds with the inaccurate mantra, 'Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.' The truth is, as in almost every one of our many mass killings, people with guns kill people."

"Our perverse interpretation of the Second Amendment that embodies the belief that anyone should have unfettered access to owning any type of weapon available is absurd to the extreme. At the time the second amendment was passed, the state-of-the-art weaponry consisted of a single-shot, muzzle-loading rifle. ... " ...
 

Gun control should be called gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I know it's odd for a journalist to admit this, but I can't watch the news."

"... No amount of time in front of the television set will bring those little angels back."

"When I first heard about the shooting, I called my daughter to tell her not to have the radio on in the car or the TV news on at home to protect my grandchildren from hearing about it."

"My grandson is 3. He's learning from other boys that there are such things as guns. We don't own one. Neither do his parents. Neither do most people in our circle of friends."

"He's starting to ask about them. What do you use a gun for?"

"What do you tell a child? Why do people own guns?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Why do people own guns? Because there are bad people in the world but Mommy and Daddy will protect you from them with our guns.
 

Americans will support reasonable gun safety measures
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Within hours of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the chattering class, pundits and the Twitterverse began to buzz with the political maneuverings of those interested in exploiting the horrific events unfolding in Newtown, Conn."

"Some immediately began clamoring for a new conversation about gun-control and gun bans. Others reaffirmed a position of no compromise on anything related to the Second Amendment. What followed was the back and forth of intransigent ideological positions that leave no room for even the most obvious forms of compromise." ...
 

To combat gun violence, U.S. must stop stereotyping both sides
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As the nation wrestles over the topic of gun violence and possible remedies, there’s a tendency for Americans to slip into a sloppiness of language and crude mischaracterizations from all sides."

"A meaningful national conversation on guns will require setting aside the tired battle positions in favor of a more honest debate. The stereotype of gun-rights advocates as clueless paranoids or gun-toting good-ol’ boys does a disservice to the millions of gun owners who take great care to use their firearms safely and securely." ...
 

The National Rifle Association Is the Problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "But as their power and finances grew, a lot changed. More and more, we were urged to get guns to 'protect ourselves' or to become a collector. Guns for guns' sake. The technology got more and more sophisticated. Weapons could shoot more rapid-fire bullets and the bullets became more lethal. Cop killer bullets, some were called."

"The NRA raised more and more money to attack politicians who argued for reasonable checks at gun shows or opposed carrying concealed weapons into schools or churches or community centers. You were either with them all the way or against them—no middle ground."

"For the NRA, it became about expansion of gun sales and ammunition sales. ..." ...
 

Repeal 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Not long ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the so-called 'right to bear arms' amendment to the Constitution is in fact a guarantee of the individual’s right to arm himself. My first reaction to this ruling was that the justices shared a common malady: the inability to read and interpret dependent clauses; in this case, the first part of the Second Amendment, which reads, 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State.'"

"How on Earth the leap was ever made from a collective right — the militia — to an individual’s right — the culprit in the recent grade school shooting in Connecticut — is, at first blush, mystifying. ..." ...
 

How To Separate Unstable People From Their Guns – A Practical Plan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "As the situation exists today, there is very little a parent can do when they see their gun-owning adult child’s mental health deteriorating. I would like the courts to create a system for reviewing such cases. In a process which would be similar to a wife asking for an order of protection, a concerned family member would be able to demonstrate to a judge the need for a 'firearms restraint order.' Issuing such an order would allow law enforcement to immediately search and remove any weapons from the (for sake of a more technical term, let’s refer to the family member as PS for Potential Shooter) PS’ sphere of existence. ..." ...
 

So You Think You Know the Second Amendment?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Does the Second Amendment prevent Congress from passing gun-control laws? The question, which is suddenly pressing, in light of the reaction to the school massacre in Newtown, is rooted in politics as much as law." ...
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Submitter's comment: You may know the Second Amendment, but Jeffrey Toobin obviously does not. He writes: "In other words, according to the Supreme Court, and the lower courts as well, the amendment conferred on state militias a right to bear arms—but did not give individuals a right to own or carry a weapon."
It is a Bill of Rights for individuals, not for state militias.
 

Change the Constitution to restrict gun use
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Last week was a tragic one for the state of Illinois and our nation. It began with a shopping-mall killing in Oregon, then a federal court struck down the Illinois gun control statute and on Friday we had the horrible massacre of children and school officials in Connecticut. I am saddened by the thought that these extreme acts of violence will unfortunately continue to be frequent because of the unrestricted gun provisions of the Constitution. Reasonable attempts to limit gun availability are invariably struck down by the federal courts because of the Second Amendment to the Constitution." ...
 

Getting Around the Second Amendment By Making Those Who Profit Pay
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "One way to stop the senseless slaughter caused by guns is to label the manufacture and sale of guns an ultra-hazardous activity. This would mean that the victims of gun violence could sue the manufacturers and recover for their harms and losses. It would also mean that gun sellers would be more cautious about whom they sold to and how they tracked gun ownership. The sellers would also importantly have to dramatically raise the price of guns to account for the losses that are caused by their criminal use. In other words, the initial price of a gun would have to include the likely cost of injuries and deaths associated with guns in the marketplace." ...
 

Pier Morgan debating GOA Larry Pratt (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Lively discussion with Piers Morgan and Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America regarding gun control in the wake of the Connecticut massacre."
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Submitter's Note: See Pier reduced to sputtering incoherence and personal insults.
 

China, Iran join America's domestic enemies in calling for citizen disarmament
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "And the gun prohibitionists among American politicians have yet another category of allies--the rulers of brutally oppressive governments. China's official state-run 'news' agency, Xinhua, said of the Sandy Hook victims that, 'Innocent blood demands no delay for U.S. gun control.' ...this is not a new position for China, which has asserted that the Second Amendment is a 'human rights violation.'"

"China is not the only tyrannical country allied with America's 'gun control' advocates. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is quoted by Fars News (another 'news' agency apparently controlled at least to some extent by the government) in an article titled 'Ahmadinejad Asks US to Reconsider Profiteering Policies on Gun Control':" ...
 

My Personal Pledge of Resistance Against Any Attemp to Disarm Us by Means of an “Assault Weapons Ban”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"My conscience, and the urgency of our current situation, compel me to speak out. The victim disarmament freaks are now telling us that they don’t want to disarm us- oh, no! They just want to take away our 'assault weapons' – our semi-automatic, magazine fed, military-style rifles – and the 'high capacity' magazines that feed them. They want us to believe that so long as we can own some kind of firearm, after our semi-auto military rifles are taken, we are not disarmed. That is a LIE."

"The truth is that our semi-automatic, military pattern rifles are the single most important kind of arm we can own, and are utterly necessary for effective defense of our lives, property, and liberty. ..." ...
 

"You Can't Fix Broken People With A Law" - Pastor Kenn (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Pastor Kenn Blanchard posted this video message yesterday. He is correct: you can't fix broken people with a law. And the shooter in Newtown, CT was a broken person." ...
 

NC: Charlotte, NC Detective Fires at Home Invader Trying to Break Into His Home (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A detective for the Charlotte, NC police department was awakened by his wife who heard something in the middle of the night."

"When the homeowner went to investigate he saw a man trying to kick his way into the home."

"The homeowner fired his personal weapon at the suspect, who then fled the scene." ...
 

TX: Gunman Attempts to Open Fire at Crowded Movie Theatre, Is Shot by Off Duty Cop, No Deaths (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Police are still investigating why a gunman tried to open fire in a San Antonio restaurant and then nearby movie theatre during a late night showing of 'The Hobbit.'"

"What police do know is that no one died thanks to the actions off-duty police sergeant, identified as Lisa Castellano."

"Castellano was off duty and was at the theatre as a private citizen when she saw the gunman with his weapon in his hand."

"Castellano fired 4 shots and hit the man once, immediately ended the potential shooting spree." ...
 

IL: Felony stupid: Angry man picks poorly, now pushing petunias
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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"What is felony stupid?"

"Felony stupid is kicking the door of a state conservation police officer’s private home to chase down and further beat your ... girlfriend who had fled an earlier beating and sought refuge in the random home that just happened to belong to the cop."

"Then you go all Billy-badass on the cop, advancing menacingly, while he’s yelling at you to back off as he retreats in his own home pointing a gun at you."

"'Intruder! You’re in my home. I’ve called the police! I am the police! Get back! I’ve got a gun and will shoot you!'"

"Billy decides to take off his shirt to show the strange man what a tough guy he is."

"Conservation cop pulls the trigger and Billy assumes room temperature, right there." ...
 

The Myth of the Imperiled Bystander
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"When someone suggests eliminating gun free zones like schools and shopping malls, one of the imagined scenarios that prompts people to shriek and hike up their skirts is the specter of innocent bystanders being hosed down with lead. Like most such things, this is not a real-world eventuality. With millions of armed citizens in the nation and hundreds of thousands of defensive gun uses, you’d be hard-pressed to find a 'non combatant' hit by a stray bullet…unless they were hit by a cop . . .
 

CCRKBA: Before Banning Our Guns, Recover The Ones Your ATF Sent to Mexico
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF

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"'Before asking Congress to ban our firearms, President Obama should order his Justice Department to get back all the guns his administration allowed to be walked into Mexico under Operation Fast and Furious,' the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted that some 2,000 guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those guns are still showing up at crime scenes including, as CBS News reported, the attack that killed Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez." ...
 

Gun at Mexican crime scene bought by ATF officer who ‘sold it on the Internet’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A pistol recovered from a crime scene in Mexico was apparently purchased by an official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Arizona during the Operation Fast and Furious investigation, but he told CBS News that he sold it last year after posting an ad on the Internet."

"According to documents obtained by Senator Charles Grassley and obtained by this column, the FN Herstal pistol was recovered at a Mexican crime scene earlier this fall. Fox News is also reporting this blockbuster development, and David Codrea offers his observations as well." ...
 

Grassley ties gun from cartel shootout to central Gunwalker figure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A gun that 'may have been purchased by' the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the [ATF]’s Phoenix Field Division has turned up at the scene of a cartel shootout in Mexico, Ranking Senate Judiciary Committee Member Charles E. Grassley told Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a letter today."

"'The weapon apparently purchased by Gillett was recovered in the same area and on the same weekend as an AK-47 purchased by Uriel Patino was recovered.,' Grassley wrote, also maintaining Gillett had given 'false information.'" ...
 

Do as I say, not as I do!
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"CBS News has learned that two guns found in the area of a recent Mexican drug cartel shootout have been linked to Fast and Furious: One trafficked by a suspect in the case, and the other purchased by a federal agent."

"Mexican beauty queen Susana Flores Maria Gamez and four others died in the brutal gun battle between Sinaloa cartel members and the Mexican military in November. CBS News has learned that an FN Herstal pistol recovered near the crime scene in November was originally purchased by an[ATF] manager who was faulted by the Inspector General in Operation Fast and Furious: George Gillett. Gillett was the Asst. Special Agent in Charge of ATF Phoenix when Fast and Furious began." ...

"'I didn't do anything criminal,' said Gillett, who calls himself a gun enthusiast. 'I've been a gun collector all my life.'" ...
 

Fast & Furious: The gift that keeps on giving
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"More than two years after the murder of a Border Patrol agent cracked the lid on a gun trafficking scandal that would bring down careers, hound the attorney general and force Capitol Hill hearings, the mismanaged Operation Fast and Furious continues to provide one thing that may haunt the Obama administration for years: Dead bodies."

"The latest victim may be Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez, according to CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, whose dogged reporting earned for her a well-deserved Emmy award earlier this year. Flores Gamez reportedly was used as a human shield last month, and near her body, a semiautomatic rifle linked to Operation Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino was recovered." ...
 

Joe Manchin: "I'm so proud of the NRA"
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who suggested earlier in the week that the time had come for some gun control restrictions, said on Wednesday that he’s 'not supporting a ban on anything' and he repeatedly defended and praised the NRA." ...

"On Monday, Manchin drew notice when he said it was 'time to move beyond rhetoric' on gun control in the wake of the killings in Newtown."

"'I don’t know anyone in the hunting or sporting arena that goes out with an assault rifle,' Manchin said on MSNBC’s 'Morning Joe.' 'I don’t know anybody that needs 30 rounds in the clip to go hunting. I mean, these are things that need to be talked about.'" ...
 

Obama Revels in Murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"One is left with the unmistakable impression that Obama and the Congressional Democrats, whose fiscal agenda is looking increasingly like taxation without representation, are taking advantage of the slaughter of the innocents to disarm the peasants. Some things have never changed."

"But it is also curious to see how Americans respond privately to these events. It turns out that when these mass shooting happen, gun sales spike. Some people buy guns because the feel unsafe. Others buy guns because they fear the government is about to interfere in the Second Amendment rights of their citizens. ..." ...
 

They Are All Our Children
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The President is correct. We’re not doing enough. Elected representatives such as President Obama and NY Mayor Bloomberg have correctly said that these tragedies must end. Honestly, they won’t. In a democracy where individual liberty is sacrosanct, there’s no law or other government action that can prevent a deranged individual from exacting revenge on innocent victims. What a sensible society can do is make it much more difficult for deranged individuals to acquire assault style or personal weapons of mass destruction." ...
 

Sandy Hook and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"With emotions running high in response to the heart-wrenching events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14, many of my liberal friends and family members believe now is the perfect time for gun control legislation. As heartbreaking as it is that 20 children in Connecticut will not have the chance to open Christmas presents, celebrate birthdays, go on a first date, drive a car, graduate, get married, and have kids, there are millions of kids out there who will. And they are the reason why the rest of us need to fight for the freedoms guaranteed to us in the Constitution which Progressives are so predictably willing to give away." ...
 

There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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... You don't need a special kind of gun to shoot civilians. You just need a gun. A handgun, a shotgun, and a rifle are all pretty deadly at close quarters, and [name redacted] went to the school with all three. ... You don't need a military style rifle, or a high-powered scope, or a pistol grip, or a detachable stock, because concealment is not a big issue, and you don't need much aim to put a bullet into someone at ten feet. Nor can you stop these shootings by restricting people to hunting rifles, which for some reason people seem to think are less deadly than regular guns. The truth is the opposite: it takes a lot more wallop to bring down an elk than a person ..." ...
 

Sheila Jackson Lee Calls on Americans to ‘Turn In Your Guns’
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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... "That someone so ignorant she that thought North and South Vietnam live in peace side by side, and who thought we had put astronauts on Mars, has any say over our freedoms and any government policy ought to terrify all Americans."
 

Professor Loomis and the NRA: A Story In Which EVERYONE Annoys Me
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"The story begins with Erik Loomis, an associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. Professor Loomis also blogs at Lawyers, Guns & Money and has — well, had — a twitter account."

"Last Friday, as the unspeakable tragedy in Connecticut unfolded, Professor Loomis got upset. As described at Twitchy, he tweeted or retweeted violent rhetoric about the NRA, and then began to engage angrily with people who criticized his rhetoric:" ...
 

To Stop Shootings, Americans Focus on Police, Mental Health
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"Americans are most likely to say that an increased police presence at schools, increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment, and decreased depiction of gun violence in entertainment venues would be effective in preventing mass shootings at schools. Americans rate the potential effectiveness of a ban on assault and semi-automatic guns as fourth on a list of six actions Gallup asked about." ...
 

Massad Ayoob: Beyond Symbolism: Protecting the Children
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... "There were brave teachers who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut ... Unfortunately, against a man with a gun who’s not within physical reach, even such great courage is fatally futile, as we saw in the instant case. One lawmaker has had the courage to say so publicly ... 'Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, was the sole representative of gun rights’ activists on the various Sunday talk shows. In an interview on 'Fox News Sunday,' Gohmert defended the sale of assault weapons and said that the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who authorities say died trying to overtake the shooter, should herself have been armed. ..." ...
 

Mass killings such as Newtown’s defy a single, or easy, political fix
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"America’s wrenching conversation over how to stop another mass shooting like that at Sandy Hook Elementary grew more complex this week ..."

"Restrict guns and ammunition, some argued. No, others said: Improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness first."

"Give teachers guns, still others suggested. Limit access to violent movies and video games. Build intruder-proof schools."

"By midweek, no consensus emerged for preventing the next massacre other than that something needs fixing.

"President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration will make 'concrete proposals' by January to help stem gun violence. He endorsed restricting military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips." ...
 

New gun laws won't stop next Newtown
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"There are few physical things I love more than guns. But I would've melted down every rifle, shotgun and pistol I own had I thought it would spare the life of even one of those precious children massacred in Connecticut last week."

"It wouldn't have. And the post-shooting solutions being demanded in response ... won't prevent another outrage."

"But here we are waging a culture war instead of coming together to figure out if there's actually something we can do that might work."

"More gun control, at least not the proposals on the table, won't do it. Connecticut has some of the nation's toughest gun laws — including restrictions on assault weapons, a waiting period for firearm purchases and no-carry zones covering schools." ...
 

We know how to stop school shootings
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"In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman’s mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation’s attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre."

"Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll." ...
 

Chinese State Media Demands US Citizens Be Disarmed
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"The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess."

"The Chinese state-controlled media’s statement, titled 'Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for US Gun Control,' is primarily focused on the Newtown tragedy in which 26 Americans were killed by a mad gunman. Twenty of the victims were young children."

"The Chinese government stated, 'Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.'"
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Submitter's comment: A Chinese phrase was popular decades ago and maybe it's time to revive it. I believe Obama is China's "running dog."
 

Obama to send Congress gun proposals in January; calls for assault weapon ban
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"Declaring the time for action overdue, President Barack Obama promised on Wednesday to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after last week's schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut."

"Even before those proposals are drafted, Obama pressed lawmakers to reinstate a ban on military-style assault weapons, close loopholes that allow gun buyers to skirt background checks and restrict high-capacity ammunition clips." ...
 

Obama, Reid slam brakes on gun control
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"With President Obama’s announcement of a commission to study and recommend ways to reduce gun violence, the two most important Democrats in government — Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — have both indicated a desire to slow the momentum toward gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. The president’s decision to appoint a blue-ribbon panel — the classic Washington ploy to defuse and delay consideration of an issue — along with Reid’s inaction on the gun question will undoubtedly frustrate many in their party who want immediate action." ...
 

White House endorses specific gun restrictions
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"The 'meaningful action' that President Obama promised after a mass shooting in Connecticut last week began to take shape Tuesday, as the White House said it would support a fresh push to renew an assault weapons ban and other new gun laws."

"In addition to the proposed prohibition on assault weapons, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president would back legislation that closed so-called gun show loopholes and cracked down on high-capacity ammunition clips. Progressives have long targeted gun shows, saying weapon sales at such events did not require the same background and identification checks as purchases made at stores." ...
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KABA Note: And some people say that the world is flat. No matter how many journalists wish it were otherwise, repeating a lie does not make it true.
 

Texas Dem. party official apologizes for threatening NRA, Twitterers don’t accept
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... "As Twitchy reported, rather than mourning the lives brutally snuffed out in the Newtown massacre, a group of sickos targeted the NRA with verbal abuse and death threats. One of those sickos, John Cobarruvias, called for NRA members to be shot:" ...

"... But Cobarruvias isn’t just any ordinary jackass. He also happens to be a Democratic Party precinct chair in Houston, Texas, and sits on the Texas State Democratic Party’s Executive Committee ... Evidently, his prominent political position widened the scope of the spotlight that we shined on his filth just a little too much for his liking. He has deleted his tweet advocating shooting NRA members and apologized for getting 'emotional.' But is he truly sorry for saying what he said, or just sorry he got caught?" ...
 

Missouri Senators Disagree About Gun Control
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"After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are now looking to Congress and the President to enact legislation that will curb gun violence. But Missouri’s Senators don’t agree on what that response should be."

"On Saturday, Senator Roy Blunt said stricter gun laws are unlikely to deter similar acts of violence. Later, he told The Kansas City Star that he would vote against anything that negatively impacts the Second Amendment, and that federal gun laws won't change anytime soon." ...
 

NY: Ellenville mayor sets gun-control talk
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"Ellenville Mayor Jeff Kaplan isn't waiting around for Washington to take action in the wake of the Newtown shootings. He's called a special meeting of the Village Board to discuss legislation that would ban possession of handguns, assault and semi-automatic weapons." ...
 

Second Amendment Does Not Apply to Illegal Immigrants, Court Says
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"The Second Amendment right to bear arms does not extend to people who are in the United States illegally, the 4th Circuit ruled."

"While searching Orangeburg, S.C., home of Mexican national Nicolas Carpio-Leon, immigration agents found a .22 caliber Marlin rifle, a 9 mm Hi-Point pistol and ammunition."

"Carpio-Leon ... claimed that he kept the firearms for the protection of his home and his children. He admitted he was in the United States illegally, and had used a false Social Security number to get a driver's license."

"Prosecutors indicted Carpio-Leon in 2011 for possessing firearms while being illegally in the United States and for entering the country illegally." ...
 

OH: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine calls for arming school employees
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"Various Ohio media are reporting that advocates who've long been calling for arming our teachers to deter mass murderers and to stop them if they try, have a new ally: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R)." ...
 

NM: Stolen TV found in APD officer's home (video available)
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"An Albuquerque police officer has been arrested after being accused of receiving stolen property."

"Officer Daniel Burge has bonded out of MDC. Burge is charged with receiving and transferring stolen property over $500."

"Albuquerque police revealed Tuesday that they found a stolen TV at Burge's Rio Rancho home. Action 7 News was first to report on the incident." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee police officer arrested on theft, misconduct accusations
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"A Milwaukee police officer with eight years on the department was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of theft while on duty and misconduct in public office, the department announced."

"Acting on a citizen complaint, the department's Internal Affairs Division opened an investigation into the 37-year-old officer's activities while on duty, according to the department's website."

"The department did not disclose what the officer is alleged to have done. ..." ...
 

OH: Retired Ohio officer charged in bank robbery
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"A grand jury has indicted a retired Dayton police detective on charges of robbing a bank in eastern Ohio."

"The Dayton Daily News reports that the Guernsey County grand jury indicted 49-year-old David Hirst on Tuesday. The newspaper says Hirst retired in November 2011 after 25 years with the Dayton department." ...
 

RI: RI a.g., police chief back assault weapons ban
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"Rhode Island's two top law-enforcement officials have called for the reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons."

"Days after a gunman shot dead 20 children and six adults in a Connecticut elementary school, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and State Police Supt. Col. Steven G. O'Donnell said Monday they'd like to see a reinstatement of the ban on the sale of assault weapons."

"The Providence Journal reports ... that O'Donnell said assault weapons have one purpose, to kill people in war. He says civilians should not have assault weapons." ...
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Submitter's Note: So Steve, when will your officers be giving up their AR-15s?
 

TX: Female US cop caught on tape giving two women body cavity search during routine traffic stop... and 'using the SAME gloves on both' (video available)
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"Two Texas women are suing after state troopers subjected them to a humiliating and invasive 'roadside body cavity search' that was caught on video."

"Female trooper Kellie Helleson is seen in the footage aggressively searching the private parts of Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece, Ashley Dobbs, 24, in front of passing cars." ...
 

And so the shooting world says ‘Good riddance’ to Cheaper than Dirt
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"Cheaper than Dirt has, for no particular stated reason, halted online sales of guns. The company will maintain its brick and mortar retail presence in McKinney, Texas, but yesterday posted these messages on their Facebook page."

"'Cheaper Than Dirt! is suspending online sales of firearms effective immediately. We are reviewing our policy internally, and will continue to be the leader in the outdoor industry with our full line of gear and accessories.'"

"Which then got about 12,000 angry comments telling them what they can put where and how far up it should go, and so on. So they regrouped ..." ...
 

Cheaper Than Dirt Stops Selling Guns
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"According to their Facebook page, Cheaper Than Dirt (a major online firearms, ammo and accessories dealer) has stopped selling guns through their website."

"There has been significant fallout among the firearms community, with thousands of people criticizing the decision on the Facebook page."

"Note that guns purchased online are not sent directly to the buyer, but are instead sent to a federally licensed firearms dealer in their area where a background check is done and a Form 4473 is filled out, just like a normal in store purchase." ...
 

CheaperThanDirt! Resumes Selling and Shipping Firearms Following Massive PR Backlash
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"Earlier this week CheaperThanDirt!, one of the larger firearms accessories and ammunition retailers, suspended its sales of all firearms following the Connecticut shooting. The move prompted a MASSIVE internet backlash, with the number of 'likes' of their Facebook page plummeting and groups springing up to promote a boycott of a 'fair weather gun dealer.' ..." ...
 

CA: How does Sandy Hook shooting affect Southern Californians' views on Second Amendment?
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"The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has once again turned the country's attention to the issue of gun control."

"We reached out to our Public Insight Network of news sources to ask how—if at all—incidents like this affect their views on gun control. More than 70 people responded: Some urged stricter restrictions on gun purchasing and ownership, while others expressed a need for more guns as a protective measure."

"Here are some of those responses:" ...
 

UT: US shooting fuels bullet-proof backpack sales
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"On the heels of the deadly shooting tragedy in Connecticut, parents’ anxiety is driving a surge in sales of bullet-proof backpacks, in the hope the armored bags can give their kids a safety edge."

"For under US$300, the company Amendment II ... is selling a boys’ pack with Avengers characters on it and a Little Mermaid one for girls."

"'Sewn into the rear of the pack, you can always be confident that the armor hasn’t been accidentally left at home and that you or your child are protected in case of the unthinkable,' the company says." ...
 

LA: BR gun sales up on fear of restrictions
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"Kevin Reed spent his Wednesday afternoon examining the inventory at Jim’s Firearms on Siegen Lane."

"Reed, a Michigan resident who is visiting family in Baton Rouge, said he wanted to see the selection before it disappears."

"'I really wanted to come and see what was left on the shelf,' he said."

"Reed and other firearm enthusiasts have been spending more time at Baton Rouge area gun stores and pawn shops, and the shop owners and employees are saying they have seen greater gun sales since the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday." ...
 

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To trust arms in the hands of the people at large has, in Europe, been believed...to be an experiment fraught only with danger. Here by a long trial it has been proved to be perfectly harmless...If the government be equitable; if it be reasonable in its exactions; if proper attention be paid to the education of children in knowledge and religion, few men will be disposed to use arms, unless for their amusement, and for the defence of themselves and their country. — Timothy Dwight, Travels in New England and New York [London 1823]

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