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'Gunwalking' documents shared by Issa prior to Holder hearing cite DOJ failures
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Left unsaid is whether Issa believes the role of Justice was criminally reckless and flawed, although the decision by Patrick Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, to plead the Fifth Amendment shows involved officials at Justice fear their roles will be scrutinized in that light." ...
 

Study: Guns Effective for Self Defense Against Criminals
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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... "Gun control proponents stress the idea of harm reduction. They say the enactment of firearm regulations will reduce accidents and the criminal use of guns. But if policymakers are truly interested in harm reduction, they must consider the number of crimes that are thwarted by gun owners. Each year gun owners prevent a great deal of criminal mayhem–murders, rapes, batteries, and robberies. Tough Targets gathers dozens and dozens of examples of ordinary people using guns to stop criminal attacks. he defensive use of guns happens much more often than most people realize." ...
 

January Gun Sales Pick Up Where Record 2011 Left Off
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"If January is any indication, it looks like 2012 will be a banner year for gun sales, following a record 2011."

"The FBI reports that there were 1,377,301 requests for background checks last month. Virtually every background check results in a gun sale." ...
 

Regulate replica guns
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"Replica guns cost about $3, which is all it takes to teach your children how to use and aim a gun. Next thing you know, they get their hands on a real one and end up pointing it at someone and hurting or taking a life. It was proved when a cop's son got into the safe and used a real gun like a toy and shot himself."

"The Morgan family believes that replica guns should be banned from all states, or at least the buyer needs to be at least 18 years old ..." ...

"RASHELLEY MORGAN FOR THE MORGAN FAMILY
North Portland"

"Rashelley's brother, Brad Lee Morgan, was fatally shot by Portland police Jan. 25 after he pointed a fake gun at officers."
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KABA Note: Brad Morgan was 21. Rashelley, like so many antis before her, is using the death of a loved one to try to pass laws that have nothing to do with that loved one's death.
 

Victims Group to Boycott Starbucks Over Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For most, Valentine’s Day is a hallmark holiday, dedicated to expressions of love and companionship between partners. One advocacy group has chosen the day as a backdrop for boycotting a renowned coffee chain and its decision to allow customers to carry sidearms."

"The National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC), a network of 14 million members endorsed by 89 peace and religious fellowships, called on its supporters to stop buying Starbucks products starting on Feb. 14, until the open gun policy is changed." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually the antis have (supposedly) been boycotting Starbucks since March of 2010, a period during which Starbucks profits have steadily risen.
 

CA: 87-year-old 'sharpshooter' wounds suspected burglar
Submitted by: John Jorgensen/GS2AC
Website: http://gs2ac.com

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"Quick thinking and a sharpshooter's aim enabled an 87-year-old retired postal worker to thwart an attempted burglary and critically wound one of two burglars trying to break into his Baldwin Hills home, police said."

"Jack Goodwin, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, told police he was listening to a Lakers game when he heard the rear window breaking in his house ..."

"Fearing for his life, Goodwin said he armed himself with a handgun, walked down his hall and opened fire when he saw the intruders, critically wounding one and sending the other fleeing, police said." ...
 

AZ: Sander rejects guns on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"UA President Eugene Sander publicly declared his opposition to guns on campus on Thursday ... during his fourth town hall-style meeting."

"Sander began the meeting by explaining some of the proposed legislation that would allow guns on campus, saying that because the UA is an academic hub that houses scholars, athletes, professors and children, having guns on campus would be neither smart nor safe."

"'I believe in the Second Amendment and I even own a host of guns, however this does not give me the right to take it in certain locations,' he said. 'I stand by the newest right made by the Legislature that guns on campus are not permitted.'" ...
 

NH: Bring universities in line with second amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New Hampshire's most recent editorial was titled 'Bringing guns to a knife fight: HB 334 bad news for college campuses.' The editorial argues that an incident in which two defenseless and law-abiding students were stabbed and assaulted, respectively, outside the Adams Towers, clearly demonstrates that university administrations should have the ability to infringe upon the constitutional rights of students at public universities." ...
 

Rep compares Fast and Furious to Penn State case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Mark Walberg, R-Mich., asked Attorney General to compare the leadership failure and response in Operation Fast and Furious to that in Penn State University sexual abuse scandal."

"'What's the difference between the case of Joe Paterno at Penn State and the Justice Department under your leadership?' Walberg asked Holder during the House hearing this morning. Walberg pointed out that 'Joe Paterno [was] a legend in his sport, and yet he was unceremoniously fired,' whereas an assistant deputy attorney general 'continues in his current position even though Fast and Furious has had deadly consequences.'"

"Holder refused to discuss Joe Paterno and Penn State ..." ...
 

Holder didn’t know…but somebody did; the F&F ‘main justice’ problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At the end of more than four hours before a sometimes contentious hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Operation Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared to have dodged a political bullet."

"His subordinates at the Department of Justice may not enjoy the same luxury. Holder repeatedly told the committee that those responsible will be held accountable, but he did not specifically say anyone would be fired. Most of those involved have already been reassigned and two people have quit." ...
 

In Light of Fast and Furious Probe, Eric Holder Should Just Step Down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm a liberal American who believes the second amendment in our founding documents is right. Let's all be clear on that. Although I've never owned a firearm in my life, it's still a uniquely American right. We owe it to ourselves, our families and America to continue in possessing firearms."

"So, as I read of the disgusting lies told by Attorney General Eric Holder in regards to the embarrassment known as 'Operation Fast and Furious' ... I all but give up on anyone in power. It seems almost as if the members of our government want gun ownership to seem 'wrong' in hopes of disarming the population. It's a topic over which Republicans are willing to fight, too, as demonstrated in an Associated Press report." ...
 

Republicans grill Holder over Arizona gun scandal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before a House oversight committee Thursday, it was the sixth time in a year that he had faced congressional questions about the Arizona gun-trafficking scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious."

"Holder was grilled by members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee for about four hours in a hearing that produced no major new revelations, but ratcheted up partisan rhetoric even as it left the dispute unresolved." ...
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Submitter's Note: I was unaware that hundreds of dead Mexicans and at least two dead American LEOs were partisan issues.
 

House panel to Holder: Give us 'Fast and Furious' documents
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"Attorney General Eric Holder squared off Thursday with Republicans on a House committee who are demanding that the Justice Department turn over documents about its handling of congressional inquiries into a flawed gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious."

"At the start of a hearing, chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will do what is necessary to force the Justice Department to produce the information."

"The attorney general said he will consider Issa's demand." ...
 

Buerkle: US Attorney General Testimony "Shameful"
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"US Attorney General Eric Holder was on Capitol Hill Thursday to answer more questions about the government's 'Operation Fast and Furious' gun program, and Republican House member Anne Marie Buerkle of Upstate's 25th District had plenty to say about it herself." ...
 

Video: Eric Holder Testifies on "Fast & Furious" Gun Operation (video story)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"Attorney General Eric Holder was back on Capitol Hill on Thursday, squaring off with Republicans on a House committee who are demanding the Justice Department turn over documents about its handling of congressional inquiries into the 'Fast and Furious' gun-smuggling investigation. He denied there was a cover-up to hide details of the botched operation:" ...
 

More Gun Control Not Needed to Stop Another "Fast & Furious"
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"Attorney General Eric Holder used his testimony before a House committee on Thursday to tout the supposed need for new gun control laws to prevent 'gun walking,' ... But he – and members of the committee – ignored existing laws that already accomplish Holder’s ostensible goals."

"'That is why we need a stronger gun trafficking law,' Holder said in response to questions about recourse against officials who signed off on the gun walking tactic. The tactic was integral to Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed the transportation of roughly 2,500 firearms into Mexico, often with not just the knowledge but the facilitation of federal law enforcement officials, where those guns were given to violent drug cartels." ...
 

SD: Concealed Weapons Bill Moves Forward
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill recently passed in the South Dakota House of Representatives would give more rights to employees. But some say it takes too many away from the business."

"House Bill 1132 passed with a vote of 49 to15."

"The backbone of the bill would let employees keep guns and ammo in their locked cars on company property, but some say it goes too far." ...
 

UT: Legislator works to clarify Utah open carry law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislator Paul Ray-R, Clearfield is sponsoring a bill that will allow Utahns to openly carry firearms and other weapons without being charged with disorderly conduct. Ray maintains some police agencies have unnecessarily issued citations to gun owners who have not concealed their weapons."

"Ray said, 'When you’re trying to take away any second Amendment rights, there needs to be some protection there.'" ...
 

IA: Proposal that could kill gun-control laws advances
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Iowa laws pertaining to gun controls could be eliminated under a legislative resolution that would amend the state’s constitution ..."

"House Joint Resolution 2005 would amend the constitution to say that the rights to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry and transfer firearms for legitimate purposes is fundamental and cannot be denied." ...

"The resolution would also limit local governments’ ability to restrict guns from such places as city halls, the attorney general’s office said."

"Rep. Deborah Berry, D-Waterloo, said she supports Second Amendment rights but expressed deep concerns with the possible consequences of such a resolution."

"'Are we going to see another Gabrielle Giffords if you don’t like something I do?' Berry asked. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: But Deb, the amendment specifies "legitimate purposes" so it will still be illegal to shoot you.
 

IA: HJR 2001 "Lead Shot Ban Reversal" legislation passes full House vote
Submitted by: Sean McClanahan
Website: http://www.rightofmiddle.com

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"HJR 2001, the legislation that reverses Iowa DNR's ban on lead ammunition during dove hunting season, passed in the Iowa House this morning on a 73-27 vote. The issue will now go to the Senate for debate. If it passes in the Senate, it is reported that Governor Branstad will sign the legislation into law."

"Also today, HJR 2005 was passed in a House Public Safety subcommittee meeting. HJR 2005 is legislation that would provide for an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that secures the right to keep and bear arms. ..." ...
 

NJ: "Big Win" for New Jersey Gun Owners: Ammo Ban on Hold
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"Thanks to the overwhelming number of phone calls and e-mails from dedicated NRA members, the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee decided to hold Assembly Bill 588 for further study. While this fight is not over, this is a big win for gun owners in the Garden State. ..."

"... Sponsored by Assemblyman L. Grace Spencer (D-29), A588 has been confused for police safety legislation aimed at armor-piercing ammunition (which is already prohibited under federal and state law). This measure actually would have opened the door to a sweeping ammunition ban by an unelected public official by executive fiat. ..." ...
 

IA: Officers should be held accountable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Polk County Attorney John Sarcone has until March to decide whether to bring charges against former Des Moines Police officer John Mailander."

"He should."

"In a county that almost never sees charges against police, even in the face of damning videotaped evidence, this seems like an airtight opportunity to show that lawbreakers who wear badges won’t automatically get away with it."

"Mailander was one of two officers in a 2008 traffic stop of a young black couple that left Octavius Bonds with broken bones and a head injury requiring eight staples. Until late last month, the officers had denied any wrongdoing and blamed the couple."

"But now, facing federal charges, Mailander caved." ...
 

PA: Triumverate of Philadelphia Officials Responsible for Violent Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter expressed indignant outrage this past Monday regarding the case of Jorge Aldea, a man with a lengthy criminal record ..."

"Aldea was released on reduced bail mere hours before a warrant was issued for his arrest as the main suspect in yet another murder."

"Depending on who you ask, this murderous thugs release was the fault of the DA’s Office if you ask the Police, and the fault of the Police if you ask the Office of the District Attorney ..."

"Today we learned of a man John Gassew, who was arrested no less the 44 times for crimes including armed robbery was finally sentenced to a 30 plus year term in prison for his crimes, only because Federal Prosecutors took interest in him ..." ...
 

TX: Ex-Texas Officer Indicted Over Alleged Sex Assault
Submitted by: jac

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"A former North Texas police sergeant has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman he arrested on a traffic violations warrant."

"A Tarrant County grand jury Wednesday indicted ex-Dalworthington Gardens police Sgt. Bobby Beasley on a charge of sexual assault." ...

"Beasley resigned when the allegations began[sic] public. ..."
 

IL: Is Paintball Gun "Capable of Causing Severe Injury?"
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"Experts cannot testify that a paintball gun is 'capable of causing severe injury' in a civil trial against two cops who shot a child on Halloween after allegedly mistaking a paintball gun for an actual firearm, a federal judge ruled."

"Bianca Jordan, on behalf of Delbert Van Allen, a minor, sued two Chicago police officers for use of excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure, and assault and battery."

"The officers wanted an expert to testify about the dangers of paintball guns to show what went through their minds when Delbert allegedly pointed it at them on Halloween night in 2008 from his grandmother's home on the South Side of Chicago." ...
 

CA: The meaning of 'infringe'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again, for those Second Amendment snivelers who responded to Inga Barks' Jan. 28 column, 'Long-gun ban only threatens our free speech rights,' in the Feb. 1 Letters section:"

"'Infringe (verb): Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on. 'Infringe on his privacy.'"

"So those bombasts who start sentences with 'I don't want to infringe on anyone's rights, but ...' are doing exactly that."

"Some other indisputable facts that freedom haters love to dispute:" ...
 

Holder hearing recorded for those who missed it live
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Rather than formulate opinions based on what others are saying, Gun Rights Examiner encourages readers who could not watch the live proceedings for themselves to carve out the time to do so. It is time-consuming, but also essential in order to be fully informed."
 

IL: Family Furious After Calumet City Police Shoot, Kill Boy With Autism
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Police in Calumet City were defending their actions Wednesday after officers shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, who has a form of autism, after he threatened them with a knife.
Stephon Watts’ family said he suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome — a high-functioning form of autism — and attention deficit disorder.
As CBS 2′s Susanna Song and WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller report, they claimed the boy was only holding a butter knife. Police would only describe it as a “kitchen knife.”
The deadly encounter happened at the boy’s home at 541 Forsythe Av. in Calumet City, police said.
 

VT: Pigs on police cars? Prank by Vermont inmates adorns decals
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How did an image of a pig — the infamous ’60s-era epithet by protesters for police officers — wind up on a decal used on as many as 30 Vermont State Police cruisers?
State officials Thursday pointed to the failure of the quality assurance office within the Vermont Correctional Industries Print Shop in St. Albans to detect a prisoner-artist’s addition made four years ago [!!!!] to the traditional state police logo. A spot on the shoulder of the cow in the state emblem was modified into a pig. ...
State officials attempted to strike a balance between concern over the situation and acknowledgment of the humor involved.
 

Putting Football Rivalries Aside, Mayors Unite Against Illegal Guns
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg don't agree on football -- but they strongly agree that we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people while supporting the 2nd Amendment.
 

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