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Cummings seeks dismissal of Fast and Furious suit against Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Characterizing the committee’s actions as a 'rush toward unnecessary conflict' and referring to such litigation as 'unnecessary and premature,' the petitioners ignore official stonewalling now measured in years, documented lies submitted to congressional investigators, and the deliberate indifference shown by Cummings and other Oversight Democrats when publicly asked to look into allegations of waste, abuse, corruption and fraud by [ATF] management long before the public had ever heard about Fast and Furious. Had they provided such high-profile scrutiny, there is every possibility gunwalking attempts would not have been dared, and those killed as a result might still be alive." ...
 

Gallup: Majority opposes ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "According to USA Today, 51 percent of the respondents are against such a ban while 44 percent say they favor a ban. Fifty-eight percent support stricter gun laws, the newspaper reported, but also noted that 46 percent support enforcement of existing gun laws while 47 percent support passing new laws."

"Essentially, banning so-called 'assault weapons' is a dead-heat issue that has not gained any traction." ...
 

Random Thoughts About Sandy Hook, Racism and The Geography of Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'A House Democrat is pushing a package of gun reforms that a recent poll indicates are popular among members of the National Rifle Association (NRA),' thehill.com reports. 'Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) said the legislation ... will highlight what he calls a disconnect between NRA members and the group’s leaders, who are in near-blanket opposition to tougher gun laws.' There’s the latest strategy from the gun control industry: marginalize the NRA, divide American gun owners and conquer. It’s not a bad plan (for them). But where is it coming from? History is our guide. Let’s start with voting . . ."

"In the post-Civil War South, various state governments placed 'common sense' conditions on voting. A literacy test, for example. ..." ...
 

Make the White House and the Obama childrens’ school gun-free!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"If guns are so dangerous, why then do we have a dozen plus armed guards, in addition to U.S. Secret Service agents at the Sidwell Friends School campus, where the Obama children attend school?" ...
 

Publicly identifying gun owners UPDATE: Sauce for the goose
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The latest stunt by freedom-hating leftists to stigmatize gun owners as people to be shunned."
"(CNN) — An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit holders in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties has infuriated many readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper’s website." ...
"Thanks to a tip from our comment section, you can find out all you ever wanted, and then some about this bunch of yahoos at that newspaper."

"Here’s just the tip of the iceberg!" ...
 

Up to $50/Year Fee (+ Up to 30-Day Waiting Period) for Buying Ammunition or Going Target-Shooting?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/SW-Model-10-Military--Police-Revolver-A-guns-autobiography

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"That’s what California Senator Kevin De Leon, chair of the California Senate Democratic Caucus, is proposing in California (bill text). To buy ammunition, you’d need to submit an application with a fee (which will be up to $50), and wait up to 30 days while the state conducts a background check. And the permit would need to be renewed each year; as I read it, each renewal would require a new fee." ...
 

So What Are We Going to Do About It?
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/SW-Model-10-Military--Police-Revolver-A-guns-autobiography

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"After the Sandy Hook school shooting, as well as after other shootings, those of us who are skeptical about gun controls are often asked: So what are we suggesting should be done about the shootings? If we’re not suggesting gun controls (as opposed to proposals such as allowing teachers to be armed, increased concealed carry rights outside schools, providing school guards, and the like), the argument goes, we’re not taking gun tragedies seriously."

"Now I generally don’t support the 'don’t just stand there, do something' school of criminal law. When all the proposals seem likely not to work ... implementing one of them for the sake of 'doing something' strikes me as a mistake."

"But let me offer a concrete analogy ..." ...
 

Parents buying body armor for children, Sen. Durbin wants that outlawed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"That anti-gun politicians would have the appalling, cynical audacity to shamelessly exploit the murdered children of Sandy Hook Elementary School for their 'gun control' agenda is, sadly, not at all unexpected. That is indeed a long-established pattern. Where it gets surprising is when a senior United States Senator exploits the atrocity for the agenda of outlawing purely defensive, passive measures." ...
 

Guns, Mental Illness and the Climate of Fear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Since the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook, the usual debate around gun control has taken on a new facet that threatens rights in addition to those guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Those on both sides of the pro- and anti-gun rights argument have increasingly focused at least part of their attention on one misunderstood minority: people who suffer from mental illness. The idea is beginning to take hold that individuals who have some form of mental illness are now as much a contributing factor to mass shootings as the accessibility of the weapons themselves . . ." ...
 

Dred Scott Would Have Been Better Off If He’d Had A Gun
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Jacks-World-Famous-Carribean-Meatloaf-Jerk

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"... Much has been written about this since the Newtown murders; one such commentary that I ran across noted that in the Dred Scott decision, Chief Justice Taney wrote that if Negroes had the rights of citizens, it would entail the ability to bear arms–a frightful prospect to Taney, a loyal Democrat. This piqued my interest, as I hadn’t read the Dred Scott decision in decades, and had no memory of the passage cited. So I looked it up."

"You can read the decision, which is lengthy, Scott v. Sandford, here. Taney wrote for the majority. ..." ...

"It is noteworthy that Taney placed the right to 'keep and carry arms wherever they went,' along with the rights of free speech and public assembly, as unquestionable privileges of citizenship." ...
 

‘Childish Fantasy’: Gun Control and the Victim
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Jacks-World-Famous-Carribean-Meatloaf-Jerk

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... "That fiscal cliff seems not to be such a big deal after all, does it? And now we have all but abandoned talk of fiscal cliffs and begun our 'conversation on guns.' Or have we?"

"Based on what we’ve heard so far, this 'conversation' amounts to little more than an attempt by one side to shame the other into silence and acquiescence. If ... you dare to suggest that the public at large would not be less safe but safer if more law-abiding citizens were allowed to carry concealed handguns; if you refuse to acknowledge what is so patently obvious to your enlightened betters living in colonies along both coasts ... then you are an abettor in the slaughter of children and deserving of public scorn if not imprisonment and even death." ...
 

Repeal of the 2nd Amendment would not Abolish any Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following the recent school shooting in Connecticut, American citizens have once again displayed their total ignorance concerning the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment. Facebook postings, comments to so-called news articles and letters to the editor are calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. These individuals believe the right to own a firearm is based on the Second Amendment and the right will vanish if the Amendment can be repealed. Unless the Second Amendment created the right, then repeal of the Amendment cannot constitutionally abolish the right." ...
 

Look At All These Guns People Got for Christmas
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"That increase in gun sales following the Newtown shooting might have had a little bit to do with Christmas season, as a lot of people are flaunting their new firearms on social media today, a trend first-noticed by The Verge's T.C. Sottek. As the AR-15 is a popular rifle of choice these days both for consumers and murderers, we decided to take a look at all the brand-new owners of that make of semi-automatic. Some have suggested the increase in sales had to do with fears that gun control will soon take these off the shelves. Or maybe all the talk about Bushmaster and guns inspired these Christmas gifts. No matter the motivation, as Sottek notes, the 'sales boost appears to have manifested under the Christmas tree.' ..." ...
 

Gear Review: Warne Quick Detach Scope Rings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Scope mounts aren’t an item that you can simply buy the cheapest version and live with the wobble. Good scope mounts are essential for accurate shots, and quick-detach scope mounts (that return to zero when re-attached) are even better. Unfortunately, the only rings I’ve tested so far that meet those criteria are LaRue’s QD mounts, which clock in at around $200. Until now . . ." ...
 

How do I get my Girlfriend/Wife into Firearms (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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University of Texas law student leads the way in 3-D printable gun technology
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Demands for stricter restrictions on gun sales are all the rage right now in light of the Connecticut elementary school massacre. However, a law student at the University of Texas says new technology will soon change the regulatory landscape dramatically, and possibly make such regulation futile." ...
 

Gear Review: Bushnell HDMR 3.5-21x50mm w/ G2-DMR FFP Reticle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Long range scopes don’t really come in 'one size fits all' configurations. You need to get your hands on the scope, try it out, and see what works best for your own particular shooting style. Bushnell isn’t making that process easier, what with their rather daunting combination of tube size, magnification range and reticle choice, so when I picked one to test for a review, I wasn’t exactly sure of what I was getting. But from the second I took it out of the box, I knew I had something downright nifty on my hands . . ." ...
 

The Center for Biological Diversity’s Email on Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Dear Center Supporter:"

"The National Rifle Association’s extremist agenda has held our political system hostage for too long."

"The Center for Biological Diversity has long fought the NRA over the senseless killing of endangered wolves, condors, polar bears and bald eagles. After the horrific, gun-charged killings in Newtown — and seeing the NRA’s sickening refusal to take responsibility or support any gun violence reforms at all — I’ve decided that enough is enough! . . ." ...
 

Right to own guns should never infringe on others' right to live without fear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "... While it seems absurd to think the government would allow each of us to have our own WMD, it does permit our citizens to purchase and own efficient people-killing assault weapons. As we know, these can cause substantial devastation in a short amount of time. In many ways these weapons fit the definition of WMDs."

"Times have changed since the 18th century and it's time we changed the Second Amendment to reflect our contemporary society. ..."

"We all have our 'rights' according to the Second Amendment, but it is not your given right to purchase or own these weapons if it infringes on my given right to live without the fear of sending my children safely to school or going to a shopping mall." ...
 

No place in civilized society for rapid-fire weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "However in my humble opinion, no standard of civilized society, should include the need to own rapid fire, assault type weapons of mass destruction"

"If we are a civilized society, these are not necessary for sport or recreation."

"A civilized society can encourage and support responsible ownership of guns for sport, recreation, and even self defense. However, rapid-fire, assault style weapons are not guns." ...
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Submitter's Note: You mean rapid fire weapons like this?
 

Time to get ‘real’ and push for gun law reforms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One more tragic headline. Twenty-six innocent people dead. Grief and outrage. More talk."

"Will it change? Or will this issue just drop off the screen once again as politician’s posture and legal scholars debate the semantics of the Second Amendment and the causes of gun violence?"

"It’s time to get real. Those innocent children were real. Their caregivers were real. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a moot point for 26 more people. Sure, senseless acts of violence may never find a permanent cure. Many issues need to be addressed regarding mental health policies, and the exposure of children to violent images and video games." ...
 

Why a Constitutional Amendment Is the Only Way to Go
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The Second Amendment was apt for its day, a shrewd mix of freedom ('the right to keep and bear arms') and duty (the 'well-regulated militia' clause). But it was meant for the realities of American life over two centuries ago. The country, 90 percent rural, had no standing army. And available 'arms' were pretty much limited to muzzle-loading muskets that took the typical shooter a full minute to load and get off a single shot."

"In response to my last post, a call for repeal of the Second Amendment, one reader wrote that the Newtown slaughter was a 'small price to pay' for the preservation of Americans' constitutional freedoms. ..." ...
 

It Was Done on Tobacco. It Can Be Done on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "The tobacco control movement overcame some equally powerful mythology to fundamentally alter American attitudes toward tobacco products. The tobacco industry's effort to sow confusion and uncertainty about the link between smoking and disease eventually was exposed as a fraud. The entrenched view that smoking was simply a bad habit that individuals can choose to break was destroyed by evidence that the tobacco companies knew that nicotine was powerfully addictive ... The assumption that smoking harms only the smoker was contradicted by the overwhelming evidence of the danger of second-hand smoke."

"Once these myths were exposed, attitudes changed, policies changed and we started saving countless lives. ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who actually agrees with Henigan that we should treat guns like tobacco. As David says: I just got a box of maduros delivered by UPS. I didn't have to go through a background check or anything, and can buy as many as I want as often as I want--off the internet or over the phone, and from dealers in other states. And while there are "No Smoking" zones, no one prohibits carrying them concealed wherever I go.
 

Second Amendment needs to be updated to protect US citizens
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We shamefully live in a country not governed by freedoms, but by wealth, greed and power. This becomes crystal clear when it comes to what has occurred in Sandy Hook."

"The Second Amendment is an outdated right that needs to be re-introduced to fit our modern times. When written, we had just went through the worst war right within our own United States. Brother against brother. What could be more horrible? It is happening again! So scared were all people they were given the right to keep and bear arms in case the unimaginable occurred again. There was no Army or government or state militia. Of course you needed to protect yourself, it not you, who?" ...
 

NJ: Banning assault weapons can help protect children
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When I heard on the radio about the massacre in Newtown, Conn., I started to cry. I couldn’t believe that a mass murderer had chosen to kill 6- and 7-year-olds, administrators and teachers in an elementary school."

"How we can allow this to occur, over and over again?"

"While I am no constitutional scholar, it is my understanding that our founding fathers created the Second Amendment to allow our citizens to protect themselves from tyrants and aggressors. We need to admit that the Second Amendment does not apply to modern-day America and that the greater threat comes from those who use the Second Amendment as an excuse for the proliferation of handguns and assault weapons. Gun ownership should be a privilege, not a right." ...
 

Bud’s Gun Shop: Yes, We Have No Black Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hell has officially frozen over. Bud’s Gun Shop, they of the endless inventory, competitive prices and leisurely shipping, have exactly zero 'Modern Sporting Rifles' listed in stock, and almost no defense-capable autoloaders of any kind. I doubt anyone is surprised by this, but I scrolled through their inventory from 94 different rifle manufacturers and importers just to see for myself . . ."

"No ARs. No AKs. No HKs. No FNs, except a .308 caliber FNAR. Nothing else but a .308 Remington 750 hunting autoloader, and a MasterPiece Arms 9mm carbine. And by the time you read this, they’ll probably all be gone." ...
 

Help Needed: TTAG to Conduct Simulated School Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hey guys, we’ve got something awesome coming up this weekend and I need your help. You remember how everyone keeps arguing about whether allowing concealed carry in schools for students or teachers would make a difference in a school shooting? Well, we’re going to finally put that to the test . . ."

"If you’re in the Connecticut / New York / Rhode Island / Massachusetts area and can get to Southington, CT on Sunday (12/30), then I need your help." ...
 

Russia’s Kalashnikov in Intensive Care: Report
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"Legendary Russian rifle designer Mikhail Kalashnikov has been hospitalized in intensive care after complaining of general weakness, his assistant was quoted by news agencies as saying Dec. 25."

"The 93-year-old father of the AK-47 has been having heart problems and feeling poorly since March, when he stopped showing up for work, his aide told the RIA Novosti news agency." ...
 

MD: Maryland Coin Shop Employee Shoots and Kills Would be Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A man tried to break into a coin shop in Maryland at around 6:30am, but an employee of the store was there."

"An altercation ensued which resulted in the employee shooting the would be burglar."

"The suspect ran from the store and collapsed nearby." ...
 

GA: Sweet Auburn Robbery Victim Shoots, Kills Attacker
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"Atlanta police arrested a man following the Christmas Eve shooting death of another man in a botched robbery attempt."

"Officials charged Roderick Banks, 22, with armed robbery and felony murder."

"The victim was accosted in the 20 block of Jackson Street in the Sweet Auburn disctrict sometime after 10 p.m."

"Police said that Banks and the deceased man tried to rob the would-be victim, who pulled out his gun and shot one of his attackers." ...
 

All Animals Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Now more than ever we live in an Orwellian world."

"Thanks to Bitter at Shall Not Be Questioned for pointing out a story on TMZ regarding BATFE intervention on behalf of David Gregory and his illegal in DC 30-round magazine. It seems officials in Comrade Napolean's, err, I mean President Obama's ATF contacted the Metro PD on behalf of NBC and were told Gregory could 'display' the magazine." ...
 

David Gregory Investigation Makes No Sense: Wall Street Journal, Greta Van Susteren
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Journalists are blasting the police investigation of David Gregory and his use of a gun magazine on Sunday's 'Meet the Press' as completely frivolous."

"The Wall Street Journal called the investigation 'entirely nonsensical' in an editorial on Thursday. The piece, entitled 'Free David Gregory,' read:"

"'Mr. Gregory interrogates Mr. LaPierre on the subject of whether to ban a magazine that it is illegal for Mr. Gregory to display but apparently easy enough to acquire in time for a Sunday morning broadcast. So here we have a possible indictment that would be entirely nonsensical of a journalist who was trying to embarrass an NRA official over an ammunition ban whose impact would be entirely symbolic.'" ...
 

Failure to arrest David Gregory illustrates the hypocrisy of gun control
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"Last Sunday, in a Meet The Press interview with NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, NBC’s David Gregory repeatedly held up a 30 round magazine to illustrate his point that there should be a law against possessing such accessories."

"The problem? There IS a law in DC where the NBC studio is located. ..." ...

"But I will predict that nothing will come of the ‘investigation’. Why? Because David Gregory is one of the ‘elites’ who cannot possibly commit a crime because their only intent is to serve the greater good of the progressive agenda."

"But dare to be an ordinary citizen and break one of the District’s draconian gun laws and you will be in jail so fast you won’t even be able to say 'What happened to my country?'" ...
 

Stockholm Syndrome, Newtown and the Liberator Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Two days ago, a man whom I’ve known and respected for over a decade launched into a more than slightly incoherent Facebook rant in which he explicitly blamed the NRA and law-abiding civilian shooters for the Newtown killings. 'Those children died,' he wrote, 'so you could have your toys without any reasonable restrictions.' I didn’t know how to respond to the post. After all, none of the 'reasonable' restrictions now being proposed would have prevented [redacted]’s affluent, well-educated mother from purchasing a gun. I tried pointing that out to my friend, only to have him dismiss me as a 'gun nut.' Although he’s normally a reasonable fellow, since Newtown happened he’s clearly decided to let emotion take the wheel ..." ...
 

Hickok45 on the Sandy Hook Slaughter (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hickok45 weighs-in on the post-Sandy Hook slaughter gun control jihad with a common sense just-plain-folks defense of the AR. To say the Internt marksman’s a bit long-winded on the topic is like saying Nutnfancy would be an ideal salesman for a gun buyer in a hurry. ..."
 

Moving forward: If more gun control laws are not the answer, what is?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "In every event, there are things that were helpful, and others that were harmful. Let us embrace and strengthen that which was good, and reject and discard that which was not."

"Connecticut has heavy restrictions on semi-auto firearms. Importation and possession of most military-style guns are prohibited. The state ranks fifth in the Brady Campaign state rankings, scoring 58 out of 100 points (average is 16). In the Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws of the 50 States, Scott Kappas writes 'Connecticut's gun laws have become more severe over the last twenty years.' He scores the state about 27 out of 100 indicating it is much closer to total prohibition than total freedom regarding firearm rights." ...
 

Around the country, gun owners stop potential mass murder; Here in Ohio, more violence in places where guns are banned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Nearly two weeks later, the nation is talking about the horrific deaths in a 'gun-free' zone in Connecticut. In their arguments for the creation of more and more 'no-guns' zones ... gun rights opponents like to make claims such as college students having a 'right' to a 'gun-free' campus ..."

"As the discussion about the Connecticut killings goes on, here are other gun-related events happening in our state and across the country."

"Quickly forgotten in the wake of the horrific attack in Connecticut is the attack at Clackamas Town Mall in Portland, Oregon. It has now been reported that a 22 year-old man licensed to carry a concealed handgun was at the mall when the attacker opened fire." ...
 

Amidst Tragedy, Logic and Reason Must Prevail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Like all of you I was reeling for days over the horror of what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. The victims for the most part were so young, so innocent. There is no reason to bother to try to rationalize what this lunatic did as it was evil and insane. ..."

"While we were all caught up in the emotion of the moment, a more ghoulish faction was rapidly acting on their political agenda to, as Representative Jerrold Nadler put it, 'exploit' the shooting to attack American gun rights. People like Nadler, Diane Feinstein, Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Menino, the entire MSNBC network, etc., disgust me in that their first reaction was to climb on top of the bodies for political gain ..." ...
 

Democrats really DO want to take away your guns!
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"Gun owners are a diverse group. In fact, I am fond of saying that 'gun owners are as diverse as America.' Gun owners are both men and women … young and old … rich and poor. They come from all races, religions, and geographic regions. More importantly for purposes of this article, gun owners are just as likely to be Democrats as they are to be Republicans." ...

"But if you haven’t been living under a rock the last week, you will know two things. First you will know that there is true evil in the world ... The second thing you will know is that Democrats were more than willing, anxious even, to exploit the tragedy (their word not mine) to immediately begin calling for gun bans." ...
 

N.C. Democrats Push Gun Control in Wake of Newtown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Three Democratic members of the North Carolina congressional delegation have joined President Obama in calling for more gun control as a means of preventing a mass shooting like the one Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut."

"Meanwhile, three Republican lawmakers have said they would not support additional gun control measures, while the other seven Republicans and Democrats Kay Hagan and Mike McIntyre have not made their positions clear." ...
 

Republicans Join Democrats to Destroy Second Amendment
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"In addition to surrendering to the Democrat instinct to tax Americans into oblivion, Republicans in Congress are prepared to go along with knee-jerk legislation rolling back the Second Amendment in the coming year."

"'Put guns on the table. Also, put video games on the table. Put mental health on the table,' Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia said last week as the Republican leadership signaled it is ready to chip away at the right to own firearms." ...

"'In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow violence to grow,' said formerly pro-Second Amendment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 'And every idea should be on the table as we discuss how best to do just that.'" ...
 

NY: Gun Control In Albany: Cuomo Pushes For Strictest Magazine Ban In Nation
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"Governor Andrew Cuomo owns a gun. To be specific, it's a shotgun that he keeps locked up in his Westchester home. He's admitted to this; regardless, since his inauguration, he's been strident on gun control, siding with Mayor Bloomberg on the need for more regulation in Albany and Washington. And that attention ramped up after Newtown: Cuomo declared that our national gun obsession was 'fundamentally a federal matter' but 'loopholes' remained in state laws." ...

"Also, the Governor seeks another provision in Albany: limiting magazines to seven bullets a clip. If passed, it will be the strictest limit on actual bullets our nation has ever seen. ..." ...
 

Ammo ban: Open Letter to BATFE Regarding Sporting Purpose Exemption
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"To Whom It May Concern,"

"It has come to my attention that the [ATF] is considering further restrictions for various types of ammunition used in both rifles and handguns as they pertain to the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968. I am personally concerned that further restrictions on commonly used ammunition would represent a serious breach of the intended scope of the original limitations set forth under the laws created in the Gun Control Act. ..." ...
 

AZ: Faced with gun-toting drug smugglers, Arizona ranchers demand security at the border (WITH VIDEO)
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"Just before nightfall, 73-year-old rancher Jim Chilton hikes quickly up and down the hills on his rugged cattle-grazing land south of Tucson, escorting two U.S. Border Patrol agents."

"He wants to show them the disturbing discovery he made earlier in the day: a drug-smugglers' camp on his private property. Stacked together under a stand of trees are blankets, jackets, food, water, binoculars and bales of marijuana from Mexico wrapped in burlap. The smugglers, themselves, are nowhere in sight and are believed to have fled the area, which is about 10 miles north of the Mexican border." ...
 

SC: Columbia Police Department officer suspended after DUI arrest
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"A Columbia Police officer has been arrested on a drunken driving charge after he wrecked his patrol car while on duty Friday morning."

"Harold Julius Caldwell, 55, was suspended without pay Friday and is expected to be fired next week, according to a press release from the police department." ...
 

PA: SCI Pittsburgh officer Kelly guilty on four counts
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"A judge today found former State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh officer Tory Kelly guilty on four criminal counts related to inmate abuse, and not guilty on 10, following a week-long non-jury trial.

The four counts for which Mr. Kelly now faces sentencing March 20 are simple assault, official oppression, terroristic threats and intimidation of a witness. ..."

"All relate to interactions two years ago with a single inmate, Randy Jones, who was housed in the prison's F Block for a few days. F Block is the scene for what investigators said was systematic abuse of inmates viewed as pedophiles, or the genesis for what defense attorneys suggest is a massive conspiracy to smear guards." ...
 

FL: Trooper files lawsuit against several officers and agencies
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"An FHP trooper filed a lawsuit after she said a highly publicized traffic stop caused her a lot of trouble."

"Trooper Donna Watts is seeking more than $1-million in a suit against more than 100 police officers and agencies."

"She reportedly claimed they looked up her personal information and used it to intimidate her following the arrest of Miami Police Officer Fausto Lopez." ...
 

WA: Bellevue bar shooting exemplifies system breakdown
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"It is not entirely clear why Ja’mari Alexander Alan Jones is identified as the suspect in the early Monday fatal shooting at Bellevue Square’s Mirror Lounge at Munchbar, but it is clear to a number of Seattle Times readers that he is a poster child for a broken judicial and corrections system." ...
 

Fears of repealing Second Amendment
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"The American left, led by the president, has used this sickening event in Newtown to try to take the first steps toward repealing the Second Amendment. I am not a gun owner, but I do recognize that there are people who live in rural areas who indeed should be allowed to carry weapons for the protection of their families or pets. I do agree that we don’t need machine guns or AR-15s to accomplish this."

"My problem is that knowing the agenda of the left, they would not stop there ..." ...
 

Gun cartoon, editorial are tasteless, ignorant
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"I take exception to the tasteless and ignorant cartoon on the opinion page of the Daily News on Wednesday morning, and to the editorial taken from the Northwest Florida Daily News."

"The NRA is not the creator of our Second Amendment, nor is it responsible for the current gun violence. They and other pro-Second Amendment groups are the defenders of our right to self-protection when the government seeks to disarm its citizens."

"That right was intelligently recognized by the founding fathers, who knew the importance of an armed citizenry, the evils of a standing army and the right of every individual to self-protection." ...
 

NY: Assault Weapons Behind Few New York Murders
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"The gun scourge in New York goes far beyond the assault weapons that are grabbing headlines in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre. New state stats show that firearms were responsible for more than 58% of the murders statewide last year — but the biggest problem was handguns." ...
 

NY: So how does Journal – News reporter Dwight R. Worley rate a NYC pistol permit?
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"According to an Editor’s Note accompanying this reporter’s article revealing the home addresses of all licensed pistol owners, 'Journal News reporter Dwight R. Worley owns a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon since February 2011. ...'" ...
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Submitter's comment: A residence permit is one of three handgun permits issued by NYPD. The other two are business, which permits a handgun in a business; and carry, the one which is so difficult to obtain.
 

CA: LA offers groceries for guns in annual buyback
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"Los Angeles police are offering grocery store gift cards for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting."

"Long lines of cars formed Wednesday as people have turned in weapons at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple." ...
 

NY: Outcry Over Newspaper’s Map of Handgun Permit Holders
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"In the days after the Connecticut school killings, a newspaper in nearby Westchester County, N.Y., decided to respond by publishing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in its readership area. The newspaper, The Journal News, said that informing people about legal weapons in their neighborhoods was a public service."

"Not everyone agrees." ...
 

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