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Does ‘fatally flawed’ minority report on gunwalking ‘absolve’ administration?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Unsurprisingly, the minority report would convince us senior administration officials are cleared of any knowledge and wrongdoing, and that the solution is to enact some administrative changes, treat 'flaws' as internal personnel, rather than criminal matters, and enact more 'gun control.' That makes it easy to point the finger at lower-level Phoenix operatives—if they face no criminal charges, there’s no incentive for them to squeal, and the ones who might can simply plead the Fifth (although why one would have to if there have been no crimes committed remains conspicuously unexplained) or simply not 'recall'." ...
 

New Jersey Second Amendment Society Supports Starbuck’s Pro Gun Policy – Feb 14th 2012
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New Jersey Second Amendment Society announced it will be joining many national freedom and rights groups in supporting Starbucks on February 14th."

"'While some organizations have chosen to boycott Starbucks for their policies,' says Frank Jack Fiamingo, President of the NJ2AS, 'we choose to support those businesses that support freedom and individual choice ...'"

"Fiamingo continues, 'Unlike a number of large restaurant entities Starbucks has chosen to defer to local laws regarding the right to keep and bear arms on their premises. This support of the rights of the law abiding people patronizing Starbucks is to be commended.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Spend a $2 bill to thank them for their Second Amendment support.
 

Columnist Pitts aims finger of blame at wrong target
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts yesterday fired off a missive blaming guns ... and what he considers weak gun laws, for the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords last year that led her ultimately to resign from office recently to focus on her recovery."

"His column is already stirring quite a conversation on the popular GunRightsMedia.com forum."

"In his remarks, Mr. Pitts – exercising the proper degree of righteous indignation – asserts that the will of the people was 'overturned by a gun.' Were it only that simple." ...
 

"So get more rocks and build you a dam." A high compliment and a metaphor from one rock to another.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Vanderboegh,' the friend/source/retired spook said to me in a conversation on the general topic of 'change agents' a couple of days ago after I got to DC, 'you're like this little rock in the middle of their stream, defying the water. ... It pisses them off because you just won't go away or get out of their way.'"

"'Yeah,' I replied, 'but the low-life in the water still gets around me.'"

"'So get more rocks and build you a dam.'" ...
 

Catholic Bishops Should Listen to American Gun Owners on Obama (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the accompanying video, gun rights expert John M. Snyder notes that proponents of religious rights and champions of Second Amendment rights can unite with each other against Obama on the issue of civil rights itself." ...
 

Live Free or Die? Not on Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New Hampshire House recently passed a statewide preemption bill. The state Senate appears to have punted, relegating the bill to 'further study' limbo. Among other things, the bill would prevent public universities and colleges from enacting campus bans. This provision, predictably, is causing widespread panty-soiling hysteria amongst the usual suspects. . ." ...
 

Are Guns And Ammo The New Gold?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I came across these two infographics today and found that they presented a lot of good data in a way that could be understood."

"First, are guns and ammo the new gold?" ...
 

Why Do Concealed Carriers Carry Concealed?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over the last few years, calls for the right to carry firearms concealed have reached a crescendo. In step, politicians from both sides of the aisle have endorsed opinions on the subject and, with very few exceptions, these public servants tend to tailor their stances in line with those of their base of support. For those opposed to concealed carry, this often means pointing to numbers that make the argument gun-related deaths would be vastly diminished if we all were to simply disarm but what these interests tend to avoid are the powerful anecdotal cases where a legally armed citizen defended himself or herself against some robber, rapist or lunatic. ... " ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually the evidence isn't anecdotal. See here for the figures showing more than twice as many lives are saved by DGUs than are lost to homicide with a firearm.
 

2012 SHOT Show - A look into the Firearm Industries Trade Show from the perspective of two new members
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sunday – Flying out"

"We checked our concealed carry firearms at the Southwest Airlines baggage counter, and prepared to board our flight to Las Vegas. Though firearms are prohibited from the show itself, we would have them for any other circumstances. Neither of us having ever attended the SHOT Show, we had a four hour flight to contemplate the possibilities that lay ahead. An uneventful flight, a shuttle bus to the hotel, and a quick meal before calling it a day ... morning would come all too soon." ...
 

Obama continues ban on importation of 600,000 historical, collectible M1 Carbine rifles; Fate of 86,000 Garands still in doubt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Korea Times is reporting that while it ... will allow 86,000 historical M1 Garand rifles to be imported from South Korea, the Obama administration continues to block the importation of some 600,000 M1 Carbines because 'they come with a magazine that can carry multiple rounds.'" ...
 

Score: NYC 1 v. Bill of Rights 0
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The case, New York against Mark Meckler, Tea Party Patriots co-founder; The charge, C Violent Felony of Possession of a Firearm with Intent to Use; The reality, Meckler was in-transit at LaGuardia Airport and declared his fully-licensed, unloaded weapon that was stored in a TSA-approved locked case located in his luggage; The result, jail and a fine."

"Meckler describes his ordeal as nothing short of a nightmare. ..." ...
 

Ricardo Pimentel’s Faustian Bargain
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Columnist O. Ricardo Pimentel doesn’t seem to like guns very much. Oh, he’s willing to admit that they have their moments, citing this incident in San Antonio where a homeowner shot at two armed men (killing one, wounding the other) coming into his house through his garage. But Ricardo almost immediately goes into damning-with-faint-praise mode saying, 'and this, of course, is the type of incident that seemingly undercuts the arguments of even the most ardent supporters of reasonable gun control and bolsters those of folks in the opposing, see-that’s-what-I-mean camp.' Okay, just for starters Ricardo, how is it that a successful DGU only seemingly undercuts the confiscatory arguments you and your fellow gun prohibitionists make?" ...
 

Gun Review: Beretta M9/92A Take Two
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"[Ed: the following review originated as a comment from SFC Jose A. Garcia about our Beretta 92A1 review]"

"I am a fan of the M9. I am also a senior NCO and leader of a marksmanship training team in the US Army. To date, my team and I have trained thousands of Soldiers deploying over the last 3 years. We’ve also competed at the 2010 & 2011 US Army Small Arms Championships, placing among the top 10 teams in Rifle, Pistol, and Combined Arms. Two of my Soldiers have earned their Gold Distinguished Pistol Badges in the last 18 months, with a third within four points of that achievement. We’ve fired tens of thousands of rounds through our M9′s. . ." ...
 

The Lanchester Mark I Submachine Gun: Stolen Designs, Done Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, the prevailing attitude in Great Britain was one of panic as many believed the advancing Nazis stood poised to invade England at any moment. This being the case, the Royal Air Force decided to quickly adopt a fresh submachine gun for airfield defense and with no time to spare for the development of something new or revolutionary, the Brits turned to an unlikely source of inspiration—their enemies— making copies of the German MP 28 for their own use. The RAF called little-known gun the Lanchester Mark 1 and times proved so desperate, that the British Admiralty joined the airforce and ordered copies for their own use." ...
 

A Combat Gear Primer by Andrew A.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What is combat gear, and why do you need it? Well, your combat gear is simply your gear that you wear from day to day, in a combat situation, or more aptly for us, a TEOTWAWKI situation. I am a young prepper living in the central Carolinas. I have been collecting military gear, such as uniforms, helmets, vests, and such for over 8 years. Over those 8 years, I've seen what the average soldier wears through combat in Iraq and what a Delta operator might wear in Afghanistan. However, please keep in mind that as preppers, most of us have never received the specialized training of a soldier ... That being said, let‘s discuss what an average prepper might need in the way of combat gear." ...
 

Praxis: A Combat Gear Primer at Survival Blog; An Inexpensive Dutch LBV & M76 Grendade Launcher Attachment for M14 Rifle.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Also, I dropped off I95 North today while I was out and stopped at the warehouses of BTP Arms of Waldorf, MD -- who can be found on the Internet at KeepShooting.com for a pre-arranged tour by the very helpful staff."

"Previously, I did a post on the inexpensive M76 clone grenade launcher attachment for the M14-series rifle. They are only thirty-five bucks, which is a steal compared to the three hundred price tag I saw on the last USGI I spotted at a gun show ..."

"Of interest as well was this Dutch Army surplus copy of the USGI LBV [Load Bearing Vest]." ...
 

Bilateral Carbine Transfers (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hopefully I will never be the target of a home invasion. That said, training to be able to shoot with a carbine from both your strong side and your support side sounds like a useful skill to have in case of one."
 

When It Needs to Be One and Done: Aiming for the T-Zone in Hostage Situations (Video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although the phrase one shot, one kill has become something of a cliché amongst shooters, there are many deadly scenarios—take for instance the classic hostage rescue scenario—when one powerful shot to the melon is needed to cause the near instantaneous death of the attacker. Making sure that this shot is effective takes precise shot placement and, in the case of the hostage taker, most law enforcement officers and military operators use the T-zone to make sure when they shoot, it will be once and done." ...
 

Pink Mist Tech Reactive Blood Packs: Channeling Your Inner Peckinpah (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Are you bored of shooting down at your local range? Does the idea of punching holes in yet another run-of-the-mill NRA target trigger a Carteresque malaise? Does the thought of plugging even one more zombie Nazi or Osama bin Laden in the cranium thrill you less than standing in line at the bank? Law Enforcement Targets has the answer! Their new target system is just the thing to perk you up and put a little splat in your step . ." ...
 

Mayor Bloomberg has simple message for Giants in the Super Bowl: ‘Win’
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"As far as inspiring pregame speeches go, Mayor Bloomberg is no Vince Lombardi."

"When asked what advice he would give Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl, Mayor Bloomberg gave a tepid pep talk."

"'Win,' Bloomberg said bluntly on Tuesday. 'It would be a lot nicer trip back if you win.'"

"Wearing a blue tie to show team spirit, the mayor made the comments at the opening of the Frank Gehry-designed Signature Theatre in Manhattan." ...

"He also announced that he and his Boston counterpart, Mayor Thomas Menino, would appear in an anti-illegal gun commercial during the championship game, joining the race for Super Bowl ad space."

"The spot shows the two leaders of Mayors Against Illegal guns in an animated discussion ..." ...
 

Starbucks Redux
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We discussed here in February, 2010 how the Starbucks chain, when gun haters demanded that firearms be banned from their coffee shop premises, stood up and said no, they would follow the laws of the given state, and those legally carrying guns would be welcome. ..."

"It seems than an anti-gun group has called for a boycott of Starbucks on this coming Valentine’s Day, February 14. As Dave explains, many of us in the gun movement will be buying something at Starbucks on that day, just to make sure that Starbucks has a profitable holiday despite being boycotted by the antis." ...
 

CA: In Support of Portantino's Open Carry Rifle Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What do I find scary in Altadena? Fast traffic on dark roads, power lines in a windstorm, the cello-packed seafood at Ralph’s. ..."

"But I'm not afraid of people; neighbors or strangers with whom I share the streets, parks, shops, gas stations. Whatever personal safety questions cross my mind, owning a gun, much less carrying a gun, doesn't offer much of an answer. I suppose I could shoot the Ralph’s salmon, but for heaven's sakes, it’s been dead far too long already."

"Anthony Portantino has introduced a bill to ban the open-carry of rifles in public. This seems like such a reasonable bill, such a no-brainer, I’ve been nonplussed by the sturm and[sic] drang emanating from the gun advocate corner. ..." ...
 

TX: Mother With Young Son Shoots & Chases Down Daytime Burglar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A TX mother, returning home after picking her son up from school, was confronted by an intruder in her home. The woman shot the man once and then chased him out of the home and down the street. Police found the man wounded, and hiding nearby. The suspect is being treated for his wounds and will then be arrested." ...
 

WI: Is This Wisconsin’s First Concealed Carry DGU?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From jsonline.com:"
"Milwaukee police late Monday were investigating whether a 20-year-old man who showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound is the same man who tried to rob an Aldi store and was shot at by a customer." ...
 

MO: Retired School Librarian Holds Three Thieves At Gunpoint Until Police Arrive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A retired MO school librarian and his brother in law held three thieves they found on their family’s land until police arrived to arrest the trespassers. The librarian and his brother used a firearm and a machete to hold the men until police could arrive. The three men will likely be facing burglary and possibly other charges." ...
 

OR: Homeowner Shoots Burglar With RUBBER Bullets From 12GA Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Oregon homeowner opened fire on a burglar with a 12GA shotgun. However, rather than getting hit with the normal buckshot, deer slugs, or birdshot the burglar was hit by rubber bullets the homeowner keeps in the gun (followed by a standard shell, which was unfired). The suspect was later caught." ...
 

WV: Homeowner Shoots at One of Two Burglars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A WV homeowner shot at, and scared off 2 burglars he caught in his home. Both suspects got away, and it is believed neither was shot. Police are asking the community for help in capturing the men." ...
 

DC: Running D.C.’s gun-owner gauntlet -- Re-registration requirement criminalizes innocent conduct
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Owning a gun in the District of Columbia can be dangerous, because the city’s hastily drafted rules are putting the innocent in jeopardy. A gun owner who has cleared the District’s 17 registration hurdles still isn’t home free. To continue exercising the Second Amendment right to keep arms, individuals have to renew registration certificates every three years and show up at the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) every six years to be fingerprinted. The citizen is responsible for the fees in each case." ...
 

MILLER: My testimony at D.C. city council (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I testified on Monday before the District of Columbia Council’s Judiciary Committee about my experiences and reporting on the gun registration process in the city."

"Below is the video of my oral testimony, followed by the extensive grilling I got from the committee’s chairman, Phil Mendelson, Democrat At-Large. The text of my statement is after the video." ...
 

After 'Fast and Furious' effort, U.S. government has blood on its hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives instituted “Fast and Furious” to sell thousands of guns to suspected Mexican drug cartel suppliers. The objective was to trace these guns to criminals, but the government immediately lost track. It is suspected the real reason was to use the resulting murders to increase government power over U.S. citizens’ gun ownership."

"Gun dealers were falsely assured by the government to serve as fronts to sell guns to purchasers buying on behalf of criminals. When the murders of civilians and enforcement officers became traceable to these guns, the dealers were then blamed by the government elites. ..." ...
 

Democrats Fully Engaged in Fast and Furious Coverup
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are officially trying to cover for Attorney General Eric Holder just before he testifies on Thursday about Operation Fast and Furious, with anti-Second Amendment Ranking Member Elijah Cummings leading the way. Last night, Cummings released a 95 page waste of paper and taxpayer money report, alleging that top Justice Department officials did not authorize the program, despite evidence showing otherwise. The report tries to pin the blame back on a few 'rogue' managers in the ATF Phoenix Field Division. This is the same argument we've heard since the beginning of the scandal: it was a local operation, nobody important knew anything." ...
 

ATF Death Watch 135: The Smoking Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The average American doesn’t have the bandwidth for devilish details about public policy. Politicians know if they 'control the narrative' ... they can manipulate public opinion. Millionaires and billionaires = oppressors. Iraq = not our problem anymore. The public can handle the truth; they just don’t have time for it. They’ve got money to make, kids to raise, bills to pay, football to watch, spouses to deceive, etc. And that’s why, more than a year after ATF-enabled drug thugs gunned down Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the ATF Fast and Furious Scandal is still flying below the radar. It’s too damn complicated. But there’s a chance F&F might 'pop,' now that Congressional investigators have uncovered a smoking gun . . ." ...
 

Resist the ever-louder siren song of 'Holder must resign' demands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In light of the growing body of evidence that Holder committed perjury--in multiple instances of sworn congressional testimony--the calls for his resignation are likely to become louder and more insistent. As National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has argued, this has a real down side:"
"If Holder simply steps down, much of the incentive to pursue him will evaporate. The natural focus of those who place ambition above principle will target others who have the power they covet for themselves. First things first and all…" ...
 

Congressional Democrats: Fast & Furious is Arizona’s Fault!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The new Fast & Furious meme:"
"Democrats investigating the failed gun-running probe known as 'Operation Fast and Furious' are laying the blame at the feet of officials in Arizona, saying in a new report that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have 'obtained no evidence' implicating high-level political appointees in Washington."
"This is curious. Evidence surfaced this week showing that AG Holder’s office knew immediately when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by a F&F firearm." ...
 

Under the bus? Dem report blames AZ officials only for F&F
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a 'minority report' Tuesday on Operation Fast and Furious that points to officials with the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix as responsible for the scandal, while applying no blame to Obama administration appointees in Washington, D.C."

"It also suggests that the problem with gunwalking dates back to the Bush administration." ...
 

Friday F&F document dump could mean more trouble for Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Late Friday night, the Justice Department released a series of e-mails related to Operation Fast and Furious that indicate officials at the agency, including Attorney General Eric Holder, were alerted within hours of the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, and that Holder’s aide was told guns found at the scene were linked to the gun trafficking scheme." ...
 

Assistant AG Lanny Breuer wanted to walk guns months AFTER Agent Terry's murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Among the documents released in the Friday night document dump by the Department of Justice (discussed yesterday) were some showing that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer lobbied for yet more 'gunwalking,' after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry had been murdered with 'gunwalked' guns, and soon after the Department of Justice forcefully denied using such tactics. ..." ...
 

The Obama administration, the Tiahrt Amendment, and 'Project Gunwalker'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Could the Obama administration's approach to dealing with the 'Tiahrt Amendment' shed some light on 'Project Gunwalker'? The Tiahrt Amendment refers to a series of amendments to spending bills every year, starting in 2004, filed by former United States Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), restricting the release of firearms trace data to law enforcement agencies only, and only as part of criminal investigations. ..." ...
 

Fireworks Expected This Week...But No Celebration in Wake of Fast & Furious Scandal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"[This] week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will once again question United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder about Operation Fast and Furious. F&F was the fatally flawed 2009 DEA anti-gunrunning operation supposedly designed to trace illegal firearms to Mexican drug lords." ...
 

Issa threatens contempt proceeding against Holder if Justice fails to comply with Fast and Furious subpoenas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if he fails to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents."

"Holder has until Feb. 9 to comply."

"In a four-page letter to Holder, Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., claims the Department of Justice has 'misrepresented facts and misled Congress,' which began its investigation of Operation Fast and Furious one year ago." ...
 

Grassley on gunwalking: 'Clean hands' excuse 'doesn't pass laugh test'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'The idea that senior political appointees have clean hands in these gunwalking scandals doesn’t pass the laugh test, especially considering we’ve seen less than 10 percent of the pages that the Justice Department has provided the Inspector General,' the release continues." ...
 

Voters should know Republican candidates views on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last year, I wrote a column that offered a blanket defense of gun rights and was blessed with an overwhelmingly positive response. ..."

"With this in mind, I've decided to write a column that asks how the four candidates in the ongoing Republican primary stack up on this important issue."

"Mitt Romney, the current frontrunner in the race, is hardly known as a hardline defender of the Second Amendment. ..." ...

"Upon closer inspection, however, Gingrich's record is somewhat mixed. ..." ...

"To his credit, Santorum has a relatively strong record on gun rights. ..."

"Without a doubt, the candidate with the strongest record of defending the Second Amendment is Congressman Ron Paul. Paul is the only candidate to receive an A+ from the Gun Owners of America ..." ...
 

NC: Anti Second Amendment forces do not stop their incessant attack on our freedom to keep and bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Their latest move is a proposed law being circulated and discussed in Forsyth County, NC which would make firearms illegal to carry in local parks. Supporting the measure, the editorial pages of the Winston-Salem Journal make an argument that County officials should 'curb, not promote, guns in parks,' because visitors will not feel safe and will be discouraged from visiting."

"Um…so not true. Most people feel safe knowing they can exercise their natural right of self protection, than be restricted from the option altogether." ...
 

IA: HF 573 passes House Public Safety Committee
Submitted by: Sean McClanahan
Website: http://www.rightofmiddle.com

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"The Iowa House Public Safety Committee passed HF 573 on a vote of 14-7 this afternoon in Des Moines. HF 573 is commonly referred to as the 'Stand Your Ground' bill, which would remove the need for a citizen to retreat from danger prior to using deadly force. It also frees citizens from the threat of civil penalties if they are cleared criminally for choosing to use deadly force." ...
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Submitter's Note: Stand Your Ground legislation advances to the full House in Iowa!
 

VA: McDonnell going wobbly on shutting down Va. gun check system?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this year gun rights advocates were dismayed when Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) said that he would 'not be inclined' to sign legislation limiting the power of state colleges to ban gun carry in campus buildings. Like most states, it's currently not a crime in Virginia to carry guns on college campuses, but state colleges may promulgate 'policies' restricting gun carry by its students and staff, and 'regulations,' which have the 'force of law' against the general public ..."

"But these same gun rights supporters cheered when McDonnell came out in support of replacing Virginia’s notoriously slow fee-based gun purchase check system ('V-Check”' with the more or less instant and free [NICS]. ..." ...
 

NH: New Hampshire on the verge of passing 'constitutional carry'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Hampshire could soon become one of the most pro-gun states in the country – a sanctuary where the Constitution is paramount and Americans don’t need the government’s permission to exercise their God-given rights."

"The bill is House Bill 536, sponsored by state Rep. J. R. Hoell, and it has already passed the House. The issue is 'constitutional carry' – a concept which recognizes that Americans have the Second Amendment right to carry firearms without getting the government’s permission." ...
 

UT: Clinton legislator seeks relief from police when lawfully carrying firearm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A local lawmaker thinks people should be able to legally carry a firearm without the threat of being charged with disorderly conduct by local police."

"'Whenever you try to take away someone's Second Amendment rights, there needs to be some protection there,' Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, said of existing enforcement of disorderly conduct rules by some communities in regard to firearms."

"Ray, who has a concealed weapons permit, said he is nervous about facing a potential hassle when carrying a weapon in some communities."

"Under Ray's bill, HB 49, police would not be able to stop an individual carrying a weapon, open or concealed, unless there was 'additional threatening behavior.'" ...
 

VA: Virginia House advances one-gun-a-month repeal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Handgun buyers would no longer be limited to one weapon a month under a bill that received preliminary approval Tuesday from the House of Delegates and that governor has said he would sign." ...
 

TX: Texas Upholds the 2nd Amendment or Does It?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Constitution is the guiding instrument of American society, so it is not surprising that issues dealing with the document or its amendments command the highest level of attention ..."

"One of the more controversial provisions of the Constitution is the Second Amendment, which grants[sic] Americans the 'right to keep and bear arms.' ... [T]he amendment was implicated in Jennings v. McCraw, a lawsuit decided in Texas district court Thursday. The suit found the [NRA] denied in its attempt to overturn a Texas law barring 18- to 20-year-old Texans from carrying concealed weapons."

"Although the litigation focused on the legitimacy of a Texas state law, Jennings implicated questions of criminal and Constitutional interpretation. ..." ...
 

'I'm going to destroy America and dig up Marilyn Monroe': British pair arrested in U.S. on terror charges over Twitter jokes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to 'destroy America' and 'dig up Marilyn Monroe'." ...

"After making their way through passport control at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last Monday afternoon the pair were detained by armed guards."

"Despite telling officials the term 'destroy' was British slang for 'party', they were held on suspicion of planning to 'commit crimes' and had their passports confiscated." ...

"'I almost burst out laughing when they asked me if I was going to be Leigh's lookout while he dug up Marilyn Monroe.
'I couldn't believe it because it was a quote from the comedy Family Guy which is an American show.'" ...
 

KS: Ex-Wichita cop pleads guilty to sexual battery while on duty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Wichita police officer pleaded guilty today to committing sexual battery while on duty."

"Joseph McGill had been charged in March 2011 with inappropriately touching residents on two occasions while he was working as a police officer. The charges stemmed from separate incidents in November 2010 and the following February." ...
 

CT: East Haven police chief retiring amid scandal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police chief under fire for his handling of anti-Latino abuse allegations that led to the arrests of four officers last week is retiring from office, the mayor said Monday, describing his departure as a 'selfless act' intended to help the town heal."

"Leonard Gallo, chief of the East Haven Police Department, has been chastised by federal civil rights investigators for creating a hostile environment for witnesses, and his lawyer has acknowledged that last week's indictment refers to him as an unnamed co-conspirator." ...
 

FL: Two Putnam deputies fired over high-speed incident
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"Two Putnam County sheriff's deputies have been fired because they recklessly drove their patrols cars on State Road 20 on Dec. 31 when responding to a noise complaint, causing one to crash ..." ...

"The deputies were eastbound in two separate cars at about 2 a.m. ... when Burger lost control of his car. He spun, crossed a concrete median and ended up in the westbound lane. About $1,000 in damage was done to the car. A device on the car indicated Burger was traveling 124 mph. Krueger’s car was traveling at 119 mph ..."

"Investigators learned that Burger was initially following Krueger in the inside lane, but moved over into the outside lane to pass when he lost control of his car. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 mph." ...
 

TN: Officer charged with trying to buy cocaine
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"Federal prosecutors say a 32-year-old Memphis police officer has been charged with trying to buy cocaine while in uniform and driving his patrol car." ...
 

CA: Seems Fair: Man Walks Dog without Leash, Cop Shoots Him with Taser (vidro available)
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"In the back, no less, according to witnesses."

"In fairness, the lapdog-walking perp was not carrying a legal ID, and allegedly did not give the park ranger his real name. ..." ...
 

FL: Ex-BSO deputy sentenced in concert ticket scam
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"A former Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy was sentenced Friday after being convicted of grand theft and filing a fraudulent insurance claim, Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe said."

"Shawn Terel Barber, 44, got 30 days in the Palm Beach County Jail and three years' probation plus a fine of $5,000 and restitution. He was facing up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said." ...
 

Fury in Frisco: Park ranger shoots dog walker in back with taser
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The actions of a National Park Service ranger in San Francisco on Sunday may have far-reaching effects among citizens who use national parks and recreation areas, and the incident is already causing political shockwaves equivalent to a California earthquake that could eventually be felt as far as the Pacific Northwest." ...
 

FL: Gun shows part of important rights (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The basic assumption of the [It's too easy to get a gun Jan. 27] letter-writer is false. More guns do not result in more crime. Growing population numbers in combination with more guns do not result in higher crime rates, nor in higher murder by firearm rates."

"According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were 219 fewer 'total murders by firearm' in the year 2010 than there were in 1989, yet the population increased by almost 6 million people by 2010. During that same period, the 'murder rate per 100,000' dropped from 11.0 to 5.3 (per 100,000 population), more than a 50 percent decline." ...
 

NH: North Hampton gun noise limits talk leads to legal action
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"The war of words over whether the town has the ability to limit noise made by the firing of guns is escalating. It is now in the hands of attorneys, both for the town and for those who operate firing ranges along Mill Road."

"A letter from attorney Thomas Keane, of the Keane & MacDonald law firm in Portsmouth, dated Jan. 11, was read into the record of the Jan. 16 Select Board meeting. ..."

"Keane contended in the letter that state law forbids municipalities from enacting laws that seek to limit the noise from established shooting ranges." ...
 

UK: Gunshot Detectors Don't Work
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"Gunshot sensors installed in Birmingham, missed five confirmed shootings but detected dozens of unconfirmed incidents, police figures reveal."

"The Shotspotter Gunshot Location System has apparently detected 106 shootings since December 2010, but only two could be confirmed by West Midlands Police."

"Chief Constable Chris Sims said in a report it was not possible to say the system had been falsely activated." ...
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Submitter's comment: One more expensive piece of unproven technology foisted upon dozens of US & UK cities proves itself worthless.
 

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