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Tartaro: Hate Speech Could Spark Violence Against Gun Owners
Submitted by: Philip Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"The leader of the nation’s oldest gun rights legal foundation is concerned hate speech in the media will encourage violence against gun owners."

"Statements made by broadcasters including CNN’s Piers Morgan and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, as well as comments on social media have contributed to an environment of hate directed against law-abiding Americans who are being demonized for a crime they did not commit, said Joseph P. Tartaro, the president of the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation." ...
 

The 6 Most Important People in the Looming Gun Control Debate
Submitted by: Philip Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"The Washington Post put together a list of the six biggest players in the ongoing national debate on gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, which was the second-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history."

"For the most part, I agree with the people on the WP’s list ..."

"However, upon further reflection, I made a few substitutions (I omitted Rep. McCarthy and Sen. Orrin Hatch), so below is my amended list with some additional notes:" ...

"Second Amendment Foundation Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb – Along with the NRA-ILA, Gottlieb’s Second Amendment Foundation is a leading force on the legal front for defending our right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

Bloomington anti-gun council members illustrate need for local activism
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Local activism is every bit as essential as paying attention to what happens at the state and national level, and often easier to force a course change/direct a positive outcome. ..." ...
 

Slate cites gun blog 'Wanted' poster as threat to 'gun violence researcher'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "It is intended to notify gun show operators, dealers and attendees they are being stalked for the purpose of advancing a citizen disarmament agenda. And if you catch him at it, what action does it call for? In huge letters?" ...

"' IF YOU SEE THIS MAN, NOTIFY SECURITY IMMEDIATELY.'"
 

'Hate speech' targets 2nd Amendment supporters
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"'If this hate speech leads to hate crimes, people like Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews will be partly responsible.'"

"That’s the word from Second Amendment Foundation Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb on the issue of the vitriol that is being directed both at gun owners and firearms rights organizations in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting tragedy." ...
 

Gallup: More Americans favor school officials having guns than weapon ban
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Jacks-World-Famous-Carribean-Meatloaf-Jerk

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... "An interesting fact somewhat buried is that when you combine the number of people who said a solution would be 'very effective' and 'somewhat effective', more people favored 'arming at least one school official' over 'banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons' by 64 to 63. Although the result is within the margin of error, it indicates that neither media nor political pressure on the gun control issue have made it overwhelmingly popular as a solution with citizens."
 

‘Hate speech’ toward gun owners draws SAF reaction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"While the nation continues to recover and reflect on the Newtown tragedy, a pattern of often vile and obscene hate speech is emerging from the Left, and on Thursday morning, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation threw down the gauntlet."

"'If this hate speech leads to hate crimes,' said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, 'people like Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews will be partly responsible.'" ...
 

Threat to private gun sales might be greater than threat to 'assault weapons'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Private sales--the so-called 'gun show loophole,' despite the fact that even anti-gun groups are no longer trying to hide the fact that they want to ban all private sales, whether at gun shows or not--might be a different story. The guns used in the Connecticut school massacre were not purchased at a gun show, and certainly not purchased without a background check (and the purchaser, Nancy Lanza, would apparently have been very unlikely to be found 'unsuitable' to purchase firearms even under the ever more restrictive and intrusive background checks pushed by anti-gun fanatics)." ...
 

Gun Control: It’s the Software, Stupid, Not the Hardware
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"Either employing long-term wisdom or momentary political acumen, President Barack Obama was right last week not to mix up an overwhelming feeling of grief and mourning over the Newtown tragedy with the classic debate about gun control. Still, the question has been raised by pundits like Jeffrey Sachs and political leaders like Dianne Feinstein, and will inevitably be raised again and again: since massacres happen, and are usually perpetrated with firearms, is it not reasonable to repeal the Second Amendment, or at least to interpret it in the most restrictive way?" ...
 

Bellevue gun group says banning assault weapons will fuel hate
Submitted by: Philip Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"Turns out words do hurt you. Especially if you are the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue."

"The gun rights group sounded the alarm Thursday that angry words over guns could lead to hate speech, then hate crimes."

"Turns out, many people were quite upset that 20 first-graders were slaughtered in Connecticut."

"The foundation says broadcasters — it singles out Piers Morgan and Christ Matthews — and social media have contributed to 'an environment of hate directed against law-abiding Americans who are demonized for a crime they did not commit.'" ...
 

Why Not Just Make Guns Slightly Harder for the Bad Guys to Get?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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... "... I don’t think all gun restrictions are particularly bad, and I certainly don’t think they are all unconstitutional. Some might even be worth trying, if they impose very slight burdens on the law-abiding. But in general, my sense that many of the laws that supposedly impose very slight burdens actually impose much more substantial burdens (at least to the extent that they are complied with); and many of the proposals that would supposedly yield large benefits actually don’t."
 

Gun Dealer Discounts Disappearing. Rationing Begins
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"We’ve already seen some blatant, public-facing price increases on things like Magpul magazines. The 'Now We Sell Firearms Now We Don’t Now We Do' folks at CheaperThanDirt raised their prices from around $15 to $60 per magazine. According to our industry sources, considering the simple law of supply and demand, firearms and magazine prices will remain sky high for the foreseeable future. Distributors for brands such as Glock, Ruger, S&W and Magpul have begun eliminating ALL dealer discounts. They’ve also begun rationing entire brands of firearms and accessories, in some cases raising prices as much as 60 percent . . ." ...
 

ABC's 'Nightline' Airs Superb Segment on School Security (video story)
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"Last night on ABC's 'Nightline,' Terry Moran introduced a fantastic segment that took a serious look at something beyond the incessant media drumbeat that pretends only gun control will solve the problem of mass shootings."

"In a glaring exception to The Narrative, 'Nightline' offered a sober, thoughtful examination of pro-active, common sense solutions that could be implemented almost immediately: Improved structural security, armed guards, and, yes, arming teachers who have already qualified for a concealed carry permit:" ...
 

You Can't Save Gun Control With Word Games
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Jacks-World-Famous-Carribean-Meatloaf-Jerk

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... "No, the people who want to tax guns at 17,000%, or ban ammunition, or make cartridges cost $2,000 apiece, are the only ones hinting at something that might make a real dent in America's unusually high rate of gun homicide. Except for one thing: you can't do an end-run around an enumerated right with some sort of semantic game. ..."

"... You cannot curtail the right to protest by requiring instant background checks and a 90-day waiting period on anyone who wants to assemble with 500 of their friends in a public area. ... If you pass a law like that, the Supreme Court will say 'nice try, guys' and void all the painstakingly constructed verbal origami that was supposed to make civil liberties infringement look like an innocent exercise of the taxing power. ..." ...
 

XS Products X-15 50 Round .223 Round Magazine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A few months back I talked with James Malarkey with XS Products about their X-15 50 round drum magazine for firearms that use the STANAG AR-15/M16 style magazines. It might be no surprise to most of you that this high capacity magazine is always sold out and they take pre-orders for later months. I ordered mine back in October and it showed up last week." ...
 

“Debating” Anti-Gunners. It’s Getting Ugly Out There
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I’m an NRA-certified firearms instructor, a concealed carry instructor, an avid shooter, and just an all-around gun guy. My friends, coworkers and acquaintances all know this. Generally, this is a non-issue. In fact, I’ve gained many good friends through my love of firearms, and I’ve converted several individuals from non-owners to owners. But with the recent spate of negative gun publicity in the mainstream media, I’ve learned some things about the few gun control advocates within my network…some things I’m very concerned about, and frankly, a little scared of . . ." ...
 

If You Are "Better Than This", Why Lie? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The Brady Campaign has just released a new public service announcement featuring celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Mariska Hargitay, Rosanne Cash, Liev Schrieber, and Anthony LaPaglia. It features their 'We Are Better Than This' slogan."

"What this PSA doesn't feature is the truth. When Liev Schrieber says that anyone can go on the Internet and buy as many guns as they want without background checks, that is not only misleading but a lie. When Anthony LaPaglia says convicted felons and the mentally ill can go to a gun show and buy guns, it is misleading. ..." ...
 

New York Times: It’s the Gun (Stupid)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The New York Times came out today for an assault weapons and high capacity magazine ban. 'Mr. Obama should also focus on the weaponry itself, starting with restoring — after toughening — the ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004. Assault weapons are versions of military rifles that are meant to kill people, not paper targets, clay pigeons or deer. They account for only a fraction of the guns sold and used in the United States, but they play a hugely outsize role in the national slaughter; rampage killers love them.' But here’s something you wouldn’t expect: the Times agrees with gun owners who believe in arming teachers . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: I guess the Times' crack interns (or is that crack smoking interns) were unable to find the FBI's interesting stat on assault weapons vs. fists: in 2010 more people were beaten to death with fists than were killed by all long guns.
 

Paging, Piers Morgan: Gun Violence Explodes In England
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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... "Piers Morgan can't stop talking about how England's extreme gun control laws make his case for what we should do in America, except, uhm... you know, the facts."

"What's happening in our media now is not about stopping mass-shootings or protecting children. It's about gun control and winning a political debate against the Right."

"To the media ad Democrats, it simply doesn't mater that gun control isn't working in England or Chicago or anywhere else. And it sure doesn't matter if gun control might be emboldening criminals to commit gun crime because they know the public isn't armed." ...
 

Connecticut congressman: Rick Perry a ‘testosterone laden’ individual with blood on his hands
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Jacks-World-Famous-Carribean-Meatloaf-Jerk

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"During a press conference on gun control yesterday, Rep. Jim Himes D-Conn. blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry for vocally supporting Second Amendment rights for American citizens after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut."

"'So the notion that more Americans quote unquote in the words of Governor Perry, 'packing heat' will make us safer is not founded in reality, in facts or in history,' Himes said bitterly during a press conference. 'It is founded in the fantasy of testosterone laden individuals who have blood on their hands for articulating that idea.'" ...
 

NY: Binghamton's Mayor Calls for Tighter Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan has joined more than 750 mayors across the nation signing a petition to be sent to the White House, calling for what he terms better gun 'censorship'."

"'We want to make sure all our politicians in Washington get the message it's time to really do something says Matt Ryan, Mayor of Binghamton."

"The petition has a three point agenda which includes getting military style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines off the streets, making gun trafficking a federal crime, and requiring every gun owner to pass a criminal background check." ...
 

Walmart Still Sells AR-15s, Dick’s Sporting Goods Not So Much. For Now.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced it will not be pulling the type of weapon used in the Newtown school massacre off its shelves,' WSBTV reports, 'while another major retailer announced it would. Walmart confirmed Tuesday that it does sell the Bushmaster Sporting Rifle at its stores and plans to continue to do so. 'We have made no changes to the assortment of guns we sell in our stores,' Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg said in a written statement.' Meanwhile, Dick’s Sporting Goods has made its ban on assault rifle sales official in the Press Room portion of their website . . ." ...
 

The Myth of the Confused First Responder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Among the many imagined scenarios for those who object to arming citizens in facilities attractive to spree killers is first responders not knowing the good guy from the bad guy. This is indeed possible, but like most of the objections raised by promoters of gun free zones, unlikely. Here’s why . . ." ...
 

Dramatic increases in search patterns on gun control
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... "Now, you can support just about any hypothesis you want with this data, but I believe that all this shows is that this is without a doubt the biggest hot button issue in our country right now… and rightfully so. Taking things further than that is pure speculation, unless you have other evidence to support your opinion." ...
 

Why an Assault Weapons Ban Won’t Make a Difference
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I was sickened by what happened in Newtown, Connecticut and the only way I can make sense of it is to put it into perspective. Events like this are tragic, but they are a statistical blip and don’t make for good public policy decisions. A 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control is an instructive place to start. It lists the causes of deaths in the US in 2009, when a total of 2,437,163 were recorded. From Table 10, some specific causes of death for 2009 included . . ." ...
 

Was [Newtown Shooter]’s Bushmaster rifle an assault weapon?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school murders, many are calling for a ban on assault weapons. Sale of 'assault weapons,' as defined in federal law, was prohibited from 1994 to 2004, and politicians and editorialists across the U.S. are calling for a reinstatement of the ban. To take just one of countless examples, the Minneapolis Star Tribune editorialized on Monday, 'Ban assault weapons.'" ...
 

ABC News: ‘Unlikely’ Assault Weapons Ban Would Have Stopped Sandy Hook
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"Today, ABC News finally reported the blindingly obvious fact that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s beloved assault weapons ban – a piece of legislation now favored by President Obama – would not have prevented the Sandy Hook shootings. Here’s what they said:" ...
 

The case for gun rights is stronger than you think
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"On NBC's 'Meet the Press' this past Sunday, I was asked how we can make our schools safer and prevent another massacre like Sandy Hook from happening again. I suggested that if one person in the school had been armed and trained to handle a firearm, it might have prevented or minimized the massacre."

"'And I'm not so sure -- and I'm sure I'll get mail for this -- I'm not so sure I wouldn't want one person in a school armed, ready for this kind of thing,' I said. 'The principal lunged at this guy. The school psychologist lunged at the guy. Has to be someone who's trained. Has to be someone who's responsible.'" ...
 

Air Marshals, Armed Teachers, and Gun-Free Zones: Are You Consistent?
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag

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"If you are instinctively uncomfortable with the thought of concealed-carry teachers — personally, I have difficulties imagining Ms. Fitzpatrick from my kindergarten reading Good Night Moon, packing under her green cardigan — I would first suggest you attempt to reconcile your objection to trained, armed teachers with your (statistically likely) support for air marshals."

"Following 9/11, most Americans demanded an armed undercover marshal on every flight. Little resistance presented to the idea, and expeditiously it became law. The new job of air marshal itself drew tremendous interest, likely aided by the pride of profession applicants expected. ..." ...
 

Gun legislation update: Restrictions on ice; ending GFZs gains momentum
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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... "The constant hysterical drumbeat of doom and gloom, aggressively fed and watered by gun grabbers who were on the ropes days before . . ."

"Well, ladies and gents, all the talk of gun bans, ammo restrictions, and confiscations was nothing but cheap trash talk."

"That’s right. It was nothing but hot air and those plans are evaporating faster than a puddle of water in the hot Arizona noon-time sun." ...
 

Flashback: Sen. Dianne Feinstein has conceal carry permit
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"President Barack Obama at a White House press conference on Wednesday said that he intends to take action in the area of gun control legislation next year. 'Any single gun law cannot solve all these problems,' he said."

"'This time, the words need to lead to action,' President Obama said. We are going to need to work on making access to mental healthcare at least as easy as access to guns."

"Senator Dianne Feinstein (D - CA), author of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to bring back the legislation since it expired in 2004." ...
 

Stricter Laws Won't Prevent [a spree shooter] from Committing Mass Murder
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"There's probably no mystery in why politicians habitually propose new, ever-more restrictive laws in response to horrific crimes like the Newtown massacre. If there's any truth to the saying, 'if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail,' then everything looks to member of Congress like a target for legislation — especially in the panicked aftermath of a tragedy, when people are screaming for a response."

"But, historically, laws have proven useful for setting out the penalties people can expect to suffer if they are caught going beyond the limits of behavior considered acceptable within a society ... for actually changing people's behavior beyond the margins, they're impotent. They're also easily evaded by people who intend harm." ...
 

The post-Newtown witch hunt
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"In the aftermath of the horrific Newtown school massacre, Americans from all parts of the political spectrum agree that we need to pay more attention to mental health issues. Public death threats and incitements to violence must be taken seriously. The incendiary witch hunt against law-abiding, peaceful gun owners is neither noble nor effective. It’s just plain insane."

"Over the past week, I’ve witnessed a disturbing outbreak of off-the-rails hatred towards gun owners and 2nd amendment groups. Whatever your views on guns, we can all agree: The Newtown, Conn., gunman was a monster ... Every decent American is horrified and heartsick by this outbreak of pure evil." ...
 

OH: Armed Teacher Pilot Program to Provide Free Training to Educators
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) announced they have launched a pilot program to provide firearm training to teachers free of charge."

"The announcement was made at a Town Hall Meeting at Ohio State University Thursday evening where participants debated the gun control issue in light of the recent mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut." ...
 

NY: Schimel, McCarthy lead for gun control
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Friday’s shooting deaths of 26 people in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school - including 20 young children - have sparked calls for tougher gun control legislation from the North Shore’s state and federal representatives." ...
 

NC: Guns in North Carolina Classrooms (video story)
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"Grass Roots North Carolina President Paul Valone did an interview with WTVD-11 Raleigh presenting the idea that teachers should be allowed to carry concealed in classrooms. Strangely it’s not the usual hatchet job." ...
 

SD: Police Concerned About Proposal To Arm Schools
Submitted by: Paul Lathrop
Website: http://politicsandguns.com

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"South Dakota law enforcement officials are raising concerns over a potential push in the legislature to arm school staff to prevent a mass shooting spree here."

"Incoming Rapid City State Representative Scott Craig told KELOLAND News on Wednesday that a well-trained, armed school employee would be able to protect students. But law enforcement authorities think that proposal could only make a tragic situation even worse."

"Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel gives credit to South Dakota lawmakers for looking into possible solutions to preventing the kind of school violence we saw unfold last week in Connecticut. But he believes a plan to arm school employees might backfire." ...
 

The Same Administration That Wants to Ban Law-Abiding Americans From Buying the Most Effective Rifle for Self-Defense Actively Supplied Over 1000 of the Exact Same Firearm to the World’s Worst Criminals (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I kinda thought that needed saying. In fact, let me say it again: under the Obama Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives created a secret program called 'Fast and Furious.' This black bag job actively encouraged the transfer of some 2000 firearms—the majority of which were assault rifles—from American gun stores to known members of a Mexican drug cartel. These ATF-enabled illegal buyers then distributed those weapons to vicious criminals, who used those weapons to intimidate, torture, wound, rape, murder and kill hundreds of innocent people. ..." ...
 

Classy Tim Scott Won't Take Soledad's NRA Bait (video story)
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"Soledad O'Brien insisted on trying to grill Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) on the future-Senator's position on the NRA and gun control."
 

OH: Governor John Kasich signs Am. HB495; Ohio's concealed carry and firearms laws continue to be improved
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Wednesday, December 20, Governor John Kasich (R) signed amended House Bill 495 into law."

"HB495, sponsored by Rep. Terry Johnson (R), makes three changes to current law:" ...
 

NY: Libous Sheds Light on NY Gun-Control Negotiations
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office are discussing a number of gun-related issues behind closed doors, including the possibility of a statewide handgun registry, according to a top Senate Republican."

"Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, confirmed that negotiations on gun legislation are currently taking place, while cautioning that the issues will more likely be taken up in 2013 rather than before the end of the year." ...
 

NY: Cuomo, newly revealed gun owner, doubts there will be special session for gun control
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today he has no immediate plans to call an emergency special session to pass gun control legislation."

"'The only thing that's going to happen in the next few days is Christmas,' Cuomo told Fred Dicker on his radio show this morning."

"Rumors around the Capitol had it that the governor might summon the legislature to take emergency action, in the wake of the mass shooting in Connecticut last week, but Cuomo said he 'highly doubted' a special session would happen, and that he plans to address the issue when the legislature convenes next month." ...
 

NY: Cuomo working on new set of tougher gun laws following Newtown massacre
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"In the wake of the Connecticut shooting rampage, Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders are quietly negotiating a package of tough new gun laws that they hope can be voted on within days, the Daily News has learned."

"At the center of the talks is a proposal to expand the state assault weapons ban to include all firearms with clips[sic] of more than seven bullets, sources said." ...
 

NY: Kurland announces her run, and says she gave up her gun
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"On Dec. 10, Yetta Kurland announced that she’s running for City Council in the Third District, for the seat currently held by Speaker Christine Quinn ... " ...

"Meanwhile, last Saturday evening, in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, Kurland led a vigil in Union Square against gun violence. Two years ago, after the mass shooting in Tucson that left several dead and Congressmember Gabbie Giffords critically injured, Kurland also held a vigil in Union Square against gun violence. However, at that previous vigil, Kurland did not divulge that she herself was in fact a handgun owner."

"Kurland’s gun ownership was 'outed' in a New York Times article in February of last year, which noted that she was among the more than 37,000 New Yorkers legally licensed to have a handgun in the city." ...
 

D.C.: High Court Fight Looms Over Right to Carry a Gun
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"The next big issue in the national debate over guns -- whether people have a right to be armed in public -- is moving closer to Supreme Court review."

"A provocative ruling by a panel of federal appeals court judges in Chicago struck down the only statewide ban on carrying concealed weapons, in Illinois. The ruling is somewhat at odds with those of other federal courts that have largely upheld state and local gun laws, including restrictions on concealed weapons, since the Supreme Court's landmark ruling declaring that people have a right to have a gun for self-defense." ...
 

KY: UK Officer Fired After Student Video Goes Viral (video available)
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"A University of Kentucky police officer has been fired after a student posted a video to YouTube of officers entering his room." ...
 

IL: Ex-police officer pleads guilty in murder-for-hire scheme
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"He was the ringleader of an 'elite' Special Operations Section that ransacked homes without warrants and shook down drug dealers for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash."

"On Tuesday, former Chicago Police Officer Jerome Finnigan, wearing an orange jump suit and shackles, admitted to those crimes as well as to the most outrageous charge — that as an officer, he ordered a hit on another cop." ...
 

TN: Maury County sheriff's deputy arrested in Internet sex sting
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"A Maury County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday on child sex charges."

"Maury County Sheriff Enoch George told Nashville's News 2 Deputy Jackie Sands was arrested following an Internet sex sting investigation conducted by the Dickson County Sheriff's Department." ...
 

CO: Denver Police Officer Found Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Woman
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"A Denver police officer charged with sexually assaulting a woman he pulled over has been found guilty."

"The verdict came in Tuesday afternoon against Hector Paez. He was found guilty of sexual assault, kidnapping and false reporting." ...
 

Caron Martinez, American University teacher, marches on Capitol Hill headquarters of NRA (video available)
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"Three days after the second worst school shooting in American history, nearly 200 people marched to the NRA's Capitol Hill headquarters while chanting, 'Shame on the NRA! Shame on the NRA!'"

"'I'm here because I'm tired of lighting candles and crying and praying for victims of violent crime. I want to do something,' said Caron Martinez, a teacher at American University."

"Martinez and the other protesters want to ban the sale of assault rifles to private citizens. But near the end of their march, they heard someone shouting, 'Arm the teachers! Arm the principals,' from an office building adjacent to the NRA."

"That person was promptly booed by the protesters, but he still comes outside to defend his view." ...
 

Roaring gun sales belie Seattle centric view on gun control
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"While anti-gunners in and out of Seattle city government are plotting more controls — possibly on a collision course with the state constitution — local gun sales are red hot for the very firearms liberals want to ban, mirroring the national trend."

"A Pew Research poll released Thursday afternoon also shows that public attitudes about gun control have changed very little in the wake of last Friday’s tragic shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association's Ken Hanson participates in ABC Town Hall debate on the Sandy Hook Shootings
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"The shooting at Sandy Hook has ignited a fierce discussion about guns and school safety. On Thursday evening, December 20, Columbus' ABC Channel 6 held a town hall to bring together advocates on both sides of the issue."

"Watch the event online. In advance of the event, we were told this town hall might be picked up by as many as 100 stations around the country." ...
 

MN: In Minnesota, guns in schools may be legal for now
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"Minnesota is both a solidly blue state and a land of political correctness, so it is surprising to learn that guns aren’t necessarily prohibited in the state’s schools. The Minneapolis Star Tribune headlines: 'Little-known Minnesota exemption allows guns in schools.'" ...
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VA: Police: Man brings 2x4 labeled "High Powered Rifle" into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Virginia
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"Christopher Johnson is accused of walking into northern Virginia's Sandy Hook Elementary School carrying a 2x4 board bearing the words 'High Powered Rifle.'"

"Johnson, 33, was arrested after being detained by a school resource officer. Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office Major Scott Proctor told CBS affiliate WTVR that Johnson was approached by a school employee immediately after he entered the school. He said the school resource officer arrived 'seconds later.'"

"Proctor said he was not sure why Johnson entered the school, however he said it appeared Johnson wanted to make a point about school security." ...
 

NC: Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party to Raffle Off Assault Rifle
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"The Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party announced it would raffle off an assault rifle, only three days after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut."

"As part of its 'Great Gun Giveaway,' the Tea Party group will auction off a .22 magnum handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle made by DPMS Panther Arms, which is similar to the AR-15 made by Bushmaster Firearms that was used by [name redacted] to murder 20 school children and six adults, reports Salon.com."

"Raffle tickets are $20 for the AR-15 and $10 for the handgun, according to a flier for the raffle." ...
 

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