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If I had a son (video story)
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Mark Walters, host of nationally syndicated Armed American Radio opens the Easter Sunday broadcast with a bold comparison between Obama's concern about Trayvon Martin and slain Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry."
 

Anti-gun group says celebrities should share in monopoly of violence
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "... We now have those who wish to ban handguns to all but state actors welcoming celebrities into the ranks of the exalted."

"That the left embraces media figures who are exploitable for their various subversive causes is also no surprise. ..." ...
 

John Rosenthal And Alan Gottlieb Talk About Gun Control (audio story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Trayvon Martin case has become extremely polarizing, with many different issues surfacing. ... John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence, and Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, join NightSide to debate the law and gun control issues in this country." ...
 

How Gun Control Advocates Think. Or Not.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over on the post Mayor Bloomberg = Mayor Blameberg? MikeB302000 and I are having it out. 'How many times do I have to lay out the facts concerning background checks and preventing straw purchasing with registration for you to get it,' MikeB asked. ... To which I replied 'In answer to your question 'how many times do I have to lay out the facts . . . ?' Try once. Give me one fact ... Not opinion. Or conjecture. Fact. One. For each preferably, but I’ll take what I can get. In fact, it doesn’t have to be convincing. Just factual.' And then something amazing happened . . ." ...
 

Question of the Day: Objective Measure Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If owning many types of military grade weapons can be prohibited, then we can infer the existence of a legal limit on the destructive power available to citizens, beyond which the Second Amendment affords no protection. Current gun laws like the NFA cite arbitrary measures like barrel length and caliber size, but that’s an indirect measure that can create bizarre restrictions on some types of firearms but not others. A better approach would be a logical and explicit description of the threshold between legal and illegal arms . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well that's an easy one: If the type of arm in question is allowed for use by the military and/or LEOs, it's legal. Period, stop.
 

Remington Fires First Shot in Round Two of NBC War
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The over 20 million firearms NBC is attacking have been used for nearly 60 years by hunters, shooters, military and law enforcement and they have been time-tested under some of the harshest conditions known to man,' says Wally McLallen, Vice Chairman of Freedom Group, Inc and Remington. 'NBC has chosen once again to base their attack on the agendas of plaintiffs' attorneys and paid 'experts' that have testified against more than a dozen of the biggest manufacturers, as opposed to the experience of tens of millions of sophisticated shooters and tens of billions of rounds.'" ...
 

Bloomberg launches attack on ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday launched an effort to 'repeal or reform' Stand Your Ground laws now at the center of a swirling controversy surrounding the slaying of Trayvon Martin."

"The effort probably will have no impact in Washington State, where 'Stand Your Ground' is a principle enshrined in state Supreme Court rulings, not state statute. Washington’s statute for the use of lethal force in self-defense is well-established, and explained in this columnist’s book Washington State Gun Rights and Responsibilities." ...
 

Amazing What Happens When Liberty Prevails
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The DesMoines Register reports that some sheriffs are astonished that when they stop arbitrarily curtailing folks' rights, people start exercising them:"
"The number of Iowans seeking permits to carry handguns and other weapons has increased 170 percent during the first 11 months of 2011 — a trend one Iowa sheriff calls 'unbelievable.'" ...


 

First Time CHL: The End of the Beginning
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It finally came! I proudly hold the distinction of being TTAG’s most recently licensed concealed carrier. My ticket showed up in the mail within a week of the state website telling me they’d mailed it. Not bad for the USPS, eh? From the time I submitted paperwork in person, to the time I received my license in the mail was about 6 weeks. Your mileage might vary. Now that I’ve gotten to carry a few times, I’d like to share some early observations . . ." ...
 

Forty-Five Faceoff: Glock 21 vs. SIG SAUER P220
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If great grand-pappy was a Doughboy and shot a pistol, it was probably a .45. When our grandfathers and fathers were doing the business at Omaha Beach, Inchon or Khe Sanh, they loved having their trusty .45s handy. We civilians are still shooting the same round today, so if any pistol cartridge can claim to be America’s own, it’s got to be the .45 ACP." ...
 

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson SD40
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The best value in handguns for sale today is the Smith & Wesson SD40. I know that is a bold statement, and many of you will balk at such an absolute proclamation. Keep reading the review and let me explain…"

"The Smith & Wesson SD40 is a striker-fired, polymer framed pistol that falls between the Sigma and M&P lines of handguns in terms of price and features. While S&W publicly states the SD line is a completely separate entity from their other lines, the SD40 definitely shares some of the parts and features of the Sigma and M&P series." ...
 

The Burnside Carbine: The man who made the gun (and the gun who made the man)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Major General Ambrose Burnside was known more as an industrialist turned politician (and for his distinctive facial hair) than for his military aptitude during his turn as a Union Army Officer (or even in his more esoteric role as the first President of the NRA), but while posted in Newport, Rhode Island in 1853, General Burnside would draft sketches destined to become one of the most popular carbines of the Civil War, the Burnside Carbine—a rifle that would speak to military talents he never possessed." ...
 

Gun Review: Springfield Armory Range Officer: Its quality to price ratio really takes the cake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Springfield Range Officer is a solid, dependable 1911 with a classic feel. It lacks a lot of extra features and the price reflects that. The original idea behind it was competitive shooting, but Springfield also had the hobbyist in mind too. The Range Officer is something that can be upgraded as time and finances allow." ...
 

The Civilian Marksmanship Program Now Offering M1 Garands in .30-06 and .308
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Right now the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is offering refurbished Springfield Armory M1 Garands chambered in both .30-06 Springfield and .308 Winchester. And because the CMP is a government-chartered program, they're going for extremely reasonable rates. " ...
 

Washington Ceasefire: Bus We Must
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... Washington Ceasefire, the citizen activist group that has fought for almost 30 years to reduce gun violence in this state, announces its most extensive public health ad campaign ever: a multi-media effort including 250 bus transit ads in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties . . ."

"The group's Know the Facts campaign uses data from a leading book in the gun debate – 'Private Guns, Public Health,' by David Hemenway of the Harvard School of Public Health — to make the case that a gun in the home generally does more harm than good." ...
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Submitter's Note: We've already talked about this: Lies, Damned Lies And Washington CeaseFire Statistics.
 

Call Out Gun Supporters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mayor Bloomberg has it exactly right. Those federal officials who refuse to crack down on the plague of illegal guns in New York City and elsewhere should get calls from the victims of gun violence at all hours of the night. The mayor and his colleagues elsewhere are all too familiar with late-night calls placed to the loved ones of police officers wounded or killed by sociopaths armed with assault weapons and other weapons of mass carnage." ...
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Mayor Bloomberg: End "Stand Your Ground" Laws
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Bloomberg is in Washington D.C. to announce a national campaign to repeal the controversial laws, which in general hold that a person has no duty to retreat when attacked."

"Opponents of the laws, however, say they should really be called 'Shoot First, Ask Questions Later.'"

"Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' provision is at the center of the firestorm surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin."

"'I don’t think any civilized society should allow people to just all of a sudden decide they don't like somebody, feel threatened or whatever it is, pull a gun and kill 'em,' Bloomberg told reporters in New York before hopping a flight to D.C." ...
 

Michael Bloomberg on Florida: 'License to murder'
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"The so-called Stand Your Ground self-defense laws in Florida and some other states amount to 'a license to murder' and an excuse for 'vigilante justice,' New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg charged Wednesday."

"'The laws are not the kind of laws a civilized society should have and the [National Rifle Association] should be ashamed of themselves,' Bloomberg, a leading gun-control advocate, said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 'This has nothing to do with gun-owners' rights. This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

OK: Open carry law isn’t sensible
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am a supporter of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. However, recent judgment by our state leaders to support the open carry laws leads me to believe someone has a couple of pages stuck together."

"I often wonder how common sense has become so rare that one could bottle and sell it. It’s quite apparent some leaders don’t support our law enforcement officers and their safety." ...
 

NEMO Arms' $95,904 Titanium .308 Winchester AR-10 (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NEMO Arms has manufactured a titanium AR-10 chambered in .308 Winchester. It's a promotional rifle, an attention-grabber, and it runs almost $100,000. The [Ti]ONE showcases NEMO Arms' production capabilities with a near-complete titanium build, one of the most difficult metals to work with."

"In U.S. dollars, $95,904 gets you the [Ti]ONE serial number one. If you're interested in getting a titanium battle rifle of your own but are on a budget, NEMO Arms will sell you one of the other [Ti]ONE rifles for $49,789. Those receivers must be hell on the tools. " ...
 

O'Keefe Responds To DC Investigation: 'Shooting the Messenger' (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Associated Press (via the New York Times) reported yesterday that the District of Columbia Board of Elections has responded to James O'Keefe's exposé of the potential for voter fraud by investigating O'Keefe rather than DC's flawed voting system."

"O'Keefe's Project Veritas embarrassed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by showing that poll workers would willingly hand Holder's own primary election ballot to a complete stranger without any form of identification. He conducted the video sting on primary day, April 3, and released the Holder video on April 9." ...
 

NC: Store Clerk Shoots Knife Wielding Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man entered a NC convenience store, brandishing a knife and demanding money. Fearing for his safety, the clerk drew a handgun and fired at the suspect. The suspect was hit and fled the store. He was found injured in the store parking lot when police arrived and was taken into custody. Currently the suspect is undergoing medical treatment at a nearby hospital for 'non life threatening injuries'." ...
 

OH: Akron man acquitted of all charges in fatal June shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The last of three defendants in the June shooting death of 25-year-old David D. Clark of Akron has been found not guilty of murder, felonious assault and two firearms specifications."

"Franklin D. Conley, 24, of Treeside Drive in Akron, was acquitted of all charges after a five-day jury trial in Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker’s court."

"The jury was given the case Monday afternoon, with more than 100 exhibits to consider as evidence, but the panel returned the not-guilty findings after little more than an hour of deliberations, a court official said." ...
 

CA: Police: Santa Barbara homeowner shoots intruder, suspect in custody (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Santa Barbara homeowner shot an intruder Wednesday morning, according to police."

"Police said a 33-year-old man began knocking on the front door of a home in the 900 block of West Pedregosa Street. Police said the man inside the home woke up, and told the suspect to take off. Instead, police said the suspect uttered something about money, before walking around to the back of the home."

"Police said the man's family called 911, as he armed himself with an M-1 carbine rifle. When the suspect showed up on the back patio, police said he yelled out something indicating he was suicidal, before picking up a lantern and breaking the glass doors with it." ...
 

WA: Renton homeowner fires shots at burglar, suspect at large (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Renton homeowner fired shots at a burglar Wednesday morning, after the suspect rang his doorbell and then broke in through a living room window."

"The incident happened in the 200 block of Naches Avenue Southwest off Highway 900 and the homeowner said he thinks it was the same person who broke into his house yesterday when he was at work." ...
 

NC: Chief Monroe: home-invasion shooting “clearly a case of self-defense”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Wednesday that a shooting involving a man who killed a would-be burglar who was kicking down his girlfriend’s apartment door was 'clearly a case of self-defense.'"

"It took detectives and prosecutors a matter of hours to determine that the shooting Tuesday in a quiet east Charlotte neighborhood was within the boundaries of the law."

"'The (shooter) was defending himself and his property from a criminal act,' Monroe told the Observer. 'It was clear he was protecting himself.'" ...
 

Teeing up the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... TTAG’s gearing up to carpet bomb the NRA Annual Meeting with the kind of coverage the Armed Intelligentsia has come to know and expect. And if you can’t stroll the aisles yourself, it’s probably just as well. With 70,000 gun lovers in town combined with the Cardinals’ season-opening series with the the small bears of the north and a couple of hockey playoff games, hotel rooms, cabs and toasted ravioli will be at a premium. But your faithful correspondents are undaunted, ready to bring you news of the industry’s latest and greatest right along with the face-palmingly stupid and inane. Not to mention booth babes. ..."
 

St. Louis readies for NRA convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cabbie Ismail Ibrahim calls it 'the greatest news.' Barkeep Patrick Russell is loading up extra supplies and staff hours."

"They’re not talking about the Cardinals home opener or Blues playoff hockey, though both are happening this weekend."

"What really excites these downtown workers is the prospect of 70,000 National Rifle Association members gathering at America’s Center, wallets at the ready. The NRA convention is back in town only five years after it last gathered here." ...
 

I Can Suggest Someone For That Tenth Spot On The Most Wanted List (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The FBI has taken most of a year to fill one of the openings in their Ten Most Wanted List. The openings came about due to the capture of mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger and the death of Osama bin Laden. ..." ...

"... there are two critical factors that must be present for a person to be placed on the list. First, they must be 'a present threat to society.' Second, it must be someone who, with the public's help, 'we think we can capture in a relatively short period of time.'"

"I think I can suggest a candidate for that tenth spot. This person has been implicated in an operation that involved the running of guns to narco-terrorists in Mexico. This has resulted in the death of an estimated 300 Mexican nationals and two Federal law enforcement officers." ...
 

Holder’s new challenge: Color blindness; Today’s NRA bash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wednesday’s Washington Times expects a great deal from Eric Holder, an attorney general who has spent the past year stonewalling Congress on the deadly Operation Fast and Furious." ...

"In an editorial, the Washington Times wants Holder to take action against the New Black Panthers in that organization’s bounty offer of $10,000 for the 'arrest' of George Zimmerman ..." ...

"The Washington Times editorial board must be dreaming. Holder is not about to take any action that jeopardizes the re-election chances of his boss, whether it is pursuing charges against the New Panthers or prodding the Justice Department’s Inspector General to issue a report on her investigation of Fast and Furious." ...
 

Romney's relationship with gun enthusiasts in the spotlight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On his way to shoring up the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney faced off against one rival who carries a pistol while jogging and another who stopped for target practice on the campaign trail."

"Romney, however, has had trouble demonstrating familiarity with hunting and firearms. His sometimes tenuous relationship with gun owners, which will be in the spotlight when he addresses the National Rifle Association on Friday at its convention in St. Louis, reflects a theme that has long nagged at Romney's candidacy."

"While he cultivated an air of inevitability in the GOP race, Romney has not inspired a tremendous amount of enthusiasm among grass-roots conservatives." ...
 

NRA Spending More Money in NY than Any Other State
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"The NRA is handing out more political contributions in New York than in any other state in the nation."

"The New York Daily News reports that the pro-gun group contributed $217,400 to candidates and political committees over the past nine years. Arizona was second over that time frame with just under $200,000." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association endorses Sharon Kennedy for Ohio Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association has endorsed Sharon Kennedy for Ohio Supreme Court Justice, for the November 6, 2012 general election. Ohio Supreme Court races are among the most important races Ohio voters make, but it's difficult to know where the candidates are on important issues." ...
 

Rep. Chip Cravaack: Armed pilots our last line of defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In February, I wrote an article for The Daily Caller on the Obama administration’s attempts to cut the Federal Flight Deck Officers program (FFDO). The article drew heavily on an interview I did with Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN)."

""The FFDO program was instituted by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and was created to be a last line of defense for airplanes facing an attempted terrorist takeover. Through it, pilots ... earn the right to carry a handgun in the cockpit: a handgun they are trained to use to protect that cockpit should a terrorist breach its door."

"On April 5, I did a follow-up interview with Rep. Cravaack to see where the FFDO program now stands. The news was good and bad. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: You don't "earn" the right to arm yourself with the most effective self-defense tool in existence: it is "a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right -- subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility." - L. Neil Smith
 

MO: How Far Does Right to Bear (Fire)Arms Go?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One Wildwood resident cited his U.S. Constitutional rights as a reason no further gun-related restrictions should be placed on the city's citizens at a public hearing held at Wildwood City Hall Tuesday evening. The hearing was conducted so the municipality's staff and Administration/Public Works Committee members could hear various viewpoints about recently proposed changes to Wildwood's hunting and firearms rules."

"Changes about restricting the type of firearms that could be used east of Missouri Route 109 within Wildwood were recommended by one resident, Tom Mitchell, a self-professed hunter." ...
 

MO: Constitutional Right to Reload
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Republican controlled Missouri House voted to put gun rights on the November ballot."

"The resolution would establish a constitutional right to purchase and process ammunition. It would also permit the manufacturing of ammunition."

"Republican Pacific Representative Paul Curtman says the bill protects the second amendment of the United States Constitution." ...
 

VA: Virginia Tech publishes final ‘Weapons on Campus’ regulation
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"In the April 9, 2012 edition of the Virginia Register, the final Virginia Tech ‘Weapons on Campus’ regulation was published and now has the force and effect of law."

"The regulation, which is codified at 8VAC105-20-10 through 8VAC105-20-40, addresses the 'carrying, maintaining, or storing' of both 'firearms' and 'weapons.'" ...
 

MO: Do Guns Belong on Public Transportation?
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Lawmakers in Missouri are considering a bill that would allow guns on public transportation."

"The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that legislation is pending that would prohibit such cities as St. Louis and Kansas City from using local ordinances to ban guns on trains and buses."

"Supporters of the bill say it would make riders safer, arguing that no one would try to commit a crime if they know other riders might be armed."

"Critics feel the opposite; they say people will stop riding mass transit if guns are allowed because they won't feel safe with the weapons around." ...
 

Reid to Push Gun-Grabbing Judge for Nevada
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is attempting to push yet another radical anti-gunner through the U.S. Senate. This time it’s Elissa Cadish, who flatly denies that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right."

"Asked in 2008 by a group called Citizens for Responsible Government whether she believed an individual citizen had a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, Cadish answered:"
"'I do not believe there is this constitutional right. Thus, I believe that reasonable restrictions may be imposed on gun ownership in the interest of public safety. Of course, I will enforce the laws as they exist as a judge.'[sic]" ...
 

Gun stance should disqualify judge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regarding your editorial, 'Preventing Justice': I am really glad Sen. Dean Heller has held up the nomination of Judge Elissa Cadish to the federal bench."

"Why should she get a second look from Sen. Heller just because she would now give a different answer to the Second Amendment question, which she was asked before? When she gave her answer in 2008 to the question, over 225 million firearms were in the hands of private citizens in the United States of America." ...
 

WI: Does the Second Amendment protect non-violent felons?
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"The answer, according to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, is 'No'."

"The court ruled today against Thomas Pocian, who, in 1986, was convicted of felony forgery. Subsequently, in 2008, Pocian shot two deer with a rifle borrowed from his father. After reporting the deer to the DNR, he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of Wisconsin Statute § 941.29. The trial court convicted Pocian and he appealed based upon both constitutional overbreadth and as-applied challenges to the statute." ...
 

U.S. border agent accused of gun smuggling ordered detained
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A U.S. Border Patrol agent, accused of buying guns in the United States and smuggling them to Mexico for use by drug cartels, must remain in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, a U.S. Magistrate Judge ruled on Tuesday."

"Ricardo Montalvo, 28, and his girlfriend Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, 29, briefly appeared in court for the first time since their arrest on Monday. They are charged with conspiracy to buy firearms and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition to be smuggled into Mexico." ...
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Submitter's Note: Should have told the cops you were working in conjunction the the ATF, after all no one from Fast & Furious is in jail.
 

Is The Increasing Number of Cops Killed by Perps Really a "Disturbing Trend"?
Submitted by: Mike DeArmond

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"Ten times more civilians were killed by cops than cops were killed by civilians in 2008, but you won’t find that information in Tuesday’s New York Times story on the 'disturbing trend' of officers killed by perps." ...
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KABA Note: Here is the Wikipedia entry on Kelly Thomas (pictured in the piece).
 

AF Putting New Emphasis on Firearms Training
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"The Air Force's force doesn't just come from the air anymore."

"Recognizing the increasing role airmen play in ground operations, and facing an enemy that can appear anywhere at any time, the Air Force has started a new firearms training course aimed to simulate real combat conditions. Previously the training consisted basically of pointing a gun at a target and firing. Now elements are added that include moving before shooting, firing at the right target while avoiding the wrong one, and getting accustomed to commands airmen may hear in the field in the event of a firefight."

"Also every airman must qualify each time they deploy, no matter what their job may be." ...
 

Holder Continues Tradition Of Selective Prosecution
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"I ... leave it to the readers to assess why the Justice Department would vigorously pursue a case not supported by evidence and ignore one that is." ...
 

MN: Minneapolis Police Assault Videographer During Protest (Updated) (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Minneapolis police blatantly assaulted a videographer Saturday during a protest in which Occupy protesters were trying to reestablish their encampment in the city’s downtown."

"Police began making arrests on charges of blocking the street when a man with a large camera began capturing it on video."

"A cop walks up to him and shoves the camera hard, then walks away to continue making arrests."

"The short video doesn’t show many details but from what we see, it was not a justifiable use of force." ...
 

NY: News Videographer Files Suit Against Suffolk County PD Over Video Arrest (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Suffolk County Police Department has harassed news videographer Philip Datz so many times over the years it thinks it can get away with anything." ...

"But even after that video went viral, even after the Suffolk County police commissioner acknowledged it was an unlawful arrest, even after the Suffolk County State Attorney’s Office refused to file charges against Datz, they continued to harass him."

"Hell, they continued to harass him even after they assured the National Press Photographers Association they would bring in instructors from the FBI Academy to retrain their officers in basic Constitutional law."

"In fact, they harassed him on at least six separate incidents since then, according to the lawsuit Datz filed ..." ...
 

OH: Cincinnati Police Officer Indicted On Bribery, Theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A grand jury indicted a Cincinnati police officer Wednesday on bribery and other charges."

"Jose Laboy-Laviena was indicted on two counts each of bribery and theft in office and one count of tampering with records." ...

"Prosecutors have not laid out additional details about the charges against the officer, but newspaper reports indicate he's accused of extorting an illegal immigrant." ...
 

CO: Carbon County sheriff’s captain accused of keying vehicles resigns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Carbon County sheriff’s captain charged with allegedly damaging three vehicles — two owned by government agencies — has resigned from his position."

"Sheriff James Cordova on Wednesday confirmed Guy Adam’s resignation, which takes effect Friday."

"Cordova said Adam’s letter of resignation did not address the three criminal mischief charges he is facing after he allegedly used a car key or other instrument to scratch the vehicles in January at a South Salt Lake auto repair business." ...
 

OK: Former Skiatook officer charged with perjury booked into jail
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"A former Skiatook police officer charged with perjury was booked into the Tulsa jail this morning, records show."

"Benjamin Anthony Dunn, 28, of Sapulpa posted $5,000 bond and was released. Dunn, who started with police department in 2009, submitted his resignation in January, Police Chief John Lawrence said today. " ...
 

WA: Wash officer's daughter shot in leg with his gun
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"The 10-year-old daughter of a veteran Spokane police officer was in stable condition after shooting herself in the leg on Easter with her father's duty weapon, authorities said."

"Officer Barry O'Connell, an 18-year veteran of the Police Department, has taken time off to care for his daughter. When he returns, he will be assigned to desk duty while an investigation by Spokane County sheriff's detectives is under way, police said." ...
 

WA: Judge upholds SPD dash-cam policy but still levies fine
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"The Seattle Police Department's video-retention policy — which allows most police dash-camera videos to be kept secret until destroyed — poses a 'Catch 22' and is contrary to the intent of the state Public Disclosure Act, but doesn't violate it, according to a King County Superior Court judge."

"The ruling comes in a case filed last year by KOMO-TV reporter Tracy Vedder over access to the videos."

"Judge Jim Rogers rejected Vedder's contention that the department's failure to turn over logs of dash-cam videos when she asked for them was intentional or malicious." ...
 

KY: Officer accused of police brutality has commendations, reprimands (video available)
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"Was it reasonable? That's the question as LMPD investigates the officer caught on camera getting physical with a handcuffed suspect."

"Now the suspect's family is speaking out about the cell phone video."

"Tewana Felton calls her tears a mixture of sadness and anger for what happened to her 19-year- old son."

"'My son is a human being,' Felton said. 'A human being. He slapped him like a dog...it wasn't no resist, no assault or trying to fight back. He was handcuffed and they beat him, slapped him.'" ...

"The LMPD officer in question, David Graham, has been with LMPD for 13 years. Now he is the center of a public integrity investigation." ...
 

OH: Daniel Harless to appeal firing from Canton police
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"The city police officer fired for a pattern of verbal abuse and making threats is trying to get his job back."

"Patrolman Daniel Harless is proceeding with the arbitration process, said Kristen Bates Aylward, an assistant city law director." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Yeah, what's wrong with giving a raging headcase who threatens to kill people a badge and a gun, if the great object is to maintain a monopoly of violence?
 

AL: Police to White Victim: We 'Don't Mess' with Black Gang
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... "We 'don't mess with the Outcasts of Alabama.'"

"Wow. Just wow. These guys sound like Barney Fife -- without the guts."

"We're used to hearing stories about law enforcement being intimidated by organized crime in places such as Colombia and Mexico. But in the US? ..."

"Stokes also reported the crime to the FBI, which has promised an investigation. The question is, will the agency do anything more than just go through the motions? I don't know, but three things are for sure. First, if this had been an attack by a white gang on a black victim, the national media would be all over the story. Second, Eric Holder's DOJ won't be getting involved like it has in the Trayvon Martin Case. And, lastly, we can be sure that Barack Obama won't get on his soapbox and accuse the Adamsville police of acting stupidly."
 

MA: TSA agent among 55 caught in kid porn net (video available)
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"Cops snared 55 Massachusetts men in a sweeping, multi-agency child pornography crackdown — including a Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to Logan International Airport who is just the latest embarrassment for the troubled federal agency."

"TSA agent Jose E. Salgado, 59, of Chelsea was suspended from his job after his employers learned that local law enforcement agencies are pursuing criminal charges against him for the possession and sharing of pornographic images of children." ...
 

FL: Second-degree murder charge in Trayvon Martin case (video available)
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"The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Wednesday after months of mounting tensions and protests across the country."

"George Zimmerman, 28, could get up to life in prison if convicted in the slaying of the unarmed black teenager." ...

"Separately, the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division is conducting its own investigation."

"Corey said the decision to bring charges was based on the facts and the law, declaring: 'We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So why not take the case to a Grand Jury?
 

BREAKING! Zimmerman will be charged in Trayvon death: WaPost
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"George Zimmerman, at the center of a raging controversy over his fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will be charged in that case, according to Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey, the Washington Post is reporting."

"UPDATE: The Associated Press and KOMO are reporting that Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder, according to an unidentified law enforcement official. He is reportedly in custody." ...
 

George Zimmerman Charged In Trayvon Martin Shooting
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"Florida State Attorney Angela Corey will hold a press conference at 6:00p Eastern to announce the charges she’ll bring against George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. ..."

"UPDATE: After an Academy Awards-length list of thank-yous to various supporting players and an interminable preamble, Angela Cory – in full-makeup and wearing an incongruous grin for the cameras – announced that she is charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder." ...
 

Why Trayvon Martin Trumps Presidential Politics
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"Early Tuesday afternoon, former Sen. Rick Santorum announced he would be suspending his presidential campaign. A few hours later, lawyers for George Zimmerman walked in front of a bank of microphones in Florida and announced they were withdrawing as legal counsel for their client."

"As these two big news stories collided and competed for national media attention, only one was destined to remain part of our national dialogue for weeks to come." ...
 

Stand Your Ground Not Responsible for Trayvon Martin's Death
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"JURIST Guest Columnist Tim Lynch, Director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, says that George Zimmerman's actions are not covered by Florida's Stand Your Ground law and that Zimmerman could have been arrested and charged because of his actions the night of Trayvon Martin's death..." ...
 

Discovery Channel launches new season of "American Guns" (VIDEO)
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"Discovery Channel will once again air a season of 'American Guns' later this month. The show, which is largely overshadowed by the popular 'Sons of Guns' and often confused by google with 'American Chopper,' follows a typical American family who just happen to own and operate a successful firearms facility in Colorado." ...
 

Has Another Gun Buying Frenzy Begun?
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"In the past month or so, Guns.com has reported increased gun sales in Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, Wisconsin as well as ammo shortages in Texas. Now, one can add Indiana to that list."

"Gun shops across the Hoosier State are seeing a significant bump in sales, so much so that store owners and managers are worried that demand might soon outpace supply." ...
 

NY: Readers sound off: The illegal guns on our streets
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"Whitestone: With four police officers shot by an ex-con, Nakwon Foxworth, using a gun purchased in North Carolina, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are demanding action from Congress on gun sales ('Killing machine,' April 10). The National Rifle Association is Public Enemy No. 1 and should be publicly declared so by our elected officials and all of law enforcement. Olga D. Peabody" ...
 

CA: 2 USC Graduate Students Killed in Campus Carjacking
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"Two graduate students from China were shot and killed in Los Angeles in what police think may have been a carjacking attempt." ...
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KABA Note: Quick, pass a campus gun ban law . . . oh, wait, pass an assault weapon law . . . oh, um, pass a law to make it illegal to kill people!
 

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