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The CPR Corollary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Can gun owners be trusted when not facing grave danger? Grab a cup, this one is a little long." ...

"One of the questions about gun ownership is whether gun owners are safe in any given community. The question has been how gun-toting citizens behave when not confronted by crime. How do they handle traffic stress? How do they manage a family discussion when they have a gun on their hip? How do they function in the workplace when armed throughout the work day?" ...

"For the non-gun owner interested in exploring this, I refer you to two models which answer your question on whether the average reasonable person can be trusted throughout the day armed with a loaded handgun. ..." ...
 

'Qualifying Fireams'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"'If passed, this bill would require that anyone wishing to purchase, own, or possess a "qualifying firearm" - that's any handgun, and any long gun capable of accepting a detachable magazine - would have to be licensed by the state or the federal government in a licensing program managed by the Attorney General.'

"This is what the gunhaters mean by 'common sense gun control' and 'reasonable restrictions.' So much for 'shall not be infringed.'

"This is nothing less than a declaration of war on American gun owners."
 

ALERT! Martial Law and Gun Confiscation on the Way?
Submitted by: The Liberty Sphere
Website: http://www.thelibertysphere.blogspot.com

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... "The following is the audio from a radio program that examines the possibility that Martial Law and gun confiscation is in the near future for the United States."

"You will need an audio/media player, of course, to hear it. And it is lengthy, but well worth your time."

"According to the show's guest, a former law enforcement officer, Martial Law and gun confiscation is not just a possibility. He is convinced that it is definitely on the way, and he claims to have proof of it from the testimony of hundreds of law enforcement and military personnel who attest to it."

"The good news is that many of the patriotic lawmen and soldiers will defy orders and refuse to participate in this attack on American citizens. ..." ...
 

The right to bear arms is the final defense against tyranny and crime
Submitted by: jghilty

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"When asked to name a controversial topic, one of the first subjects to arise is the Second Amendment's right to bear arms."

"To understand why the Second Amendment is a necessary safeguard, we must first explore the origins of the Second Amendment, measure society's benefit from armed citizens and finally determine its absolute necessity."

"We then will find that the Second Amendment serves as the cornerstone of civil liberties." ...

"James Madison, as well as the rest of the Founding Fathers, knew the dangers of disarming the populace when faced with the potential for governmental tyranny."

"Historically, the militia consisted of ordinary citizens who used their weapons to defend their homes and communities. ..." ...
 

Rebuttal of Ayres and Donohue Claim of 'More Guns, More Crime'
Submitted by: Ahcuah

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"A new article has recently appeared in a peer-reviewed journal on the issue of whether 'shall issue' right-to-carry concealed weapons laws ... The article, found here[.pdf], concludes that such laws are generally beneficial."

"The article, written by Carlisle Moody and Thomas Marvell, rebuts the 2003 article in the Stanford Law Review by Ian Ayres and John Donohue. Ayres and Donohue found (contrary to the seminal work of John Lott and David Mustard) that shall-issue laws actual lead to an overall increase in crime. Here is how Moody and Marvell describe their findings:" ...
 

National Rifle Association Wusses Out On Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NRA Grassroots Hotline is 1-800-392-8683. Remember, if they tell you they are opposed to Holder, ask if they are going to score a vote and testify. The answer is 'no.' They’re just going to send a letter."

"Sources inside the National Rifle Association tell me the NRA has succumbed to pressure from Democrats to not actively oppose Eric Holder."

"Holder has strident, well known anti-second amendment positions. Nonetheless, because the NRA likes to play nice with Democrats, they are going to roll over for Barack Obama on the Holder nomination instead of fighting for, well, the second amendment — their reason for being." ...
 

GOA enters Holder fray
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"Gun Owners of America has issued an alert to its members to oppose confirmation of Eric Holder as attorney general."
"GOA and its members have defeated Eric Holder and his agenda in the past, and we need to do it again. The Holder nomination is subject to Senate confirmation in a vote which is set to occur at any time."

"Gun Owners of America has asked all members of the U.S. Senate to reject this anti-Second Amendment activist."

"Now we're urging gun owners across the country to contact their own Senators and insist that they vote "NO" on Eric Holder." ...
"Click on the link to read the entire message, including an email message already composed that you can send your senator." ...
 

The NRA throws in the towel on Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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",,. The NRA will not use the confirmation vote on Eric Holder as a score for its national rankings this year ,,," ...

"Erick thinks this has to do with keeping Harry Reid specifically within the pro-gun coalition, but I suspect the NRA is thinking in more general terms. Orrin Hatch announced yesterday that he would support Holder’s nomination, and with Democrats holding 59 more seats, Holder’s anti-gun positions won’t stop his nomination. The NRA has to hope that Holder’s involvement in the FALN and Rich pardons and his connections to Blagojevich will derail his nomination, and a high-profile attack from the NRA could distract attention away from those points." ...
 

Eric Holder: Gun Grabber
Submitted by: Trapper

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"Despite a huge Democratic Senate majority, Eric Holder's confirmation hearings are going to be difficult. He has a long record to defend. Whether it is his involvement and inconsistent statements about Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich’s or his pushing Clinton’s clemency of the FALN terrorists or his failure to disclose his work for troubled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich after Blagojevich's legal problems surfaced, he faces tough questions."

"But Holder's nomination raises other questions about what President-elect Barack Obama claimed he believed during the campaign. Numerous times he promised that he supported an individual's right to own guns and that he wouldn’t do anything to take away people’s guns." ...
 

The Bitter Fruits of Compromise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While the vast majority of emails I have received in response to my articles here and here, have been overwhelmingly positive, I have received quite a number from those who believe compromise with the state on the subject of concealed carry permits to somehow be positive, while others who continue in their support of the NRA have written to say, Neo, you must swallow the blue pill; life is good, the NRA is our friend." ...

"Compromise bears bitter fruit. On a bright sunny day in October of 1991, then Suzanna Gratia went to lunch with her parents at Luby's restaurant in Killeen, Texas. ... Ms. Gratia compromised and left her .38 caliber pistol in her vehicle. ..." ...
 

Praxis: Beating the 7.62 NATO bandoleer drought
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anyone who has tried to find bandoleers to put their 7.62 NATO 5-round stripper clips in will confess that they are hard to find and getting scarcer plus are expensive and getting dearer by the day. These thin little pieces of stitched cloth have six pockets, holding two stripper clips each, or 60 rounds per bandoleer. They are a little bit of nothing and used to be ten cents a piece in most surplus stores. (When they weren't given away as just-this-side-of-trash.) Oh, for the good old days."

"While one may find M1 Garand bandoleers which will also work, they too are expensive. (The only ones I saw at the Indy 1500 show were $3.00 each without cardboards.)" ...
 

FL: Gun allure is strong, no matter what parents say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the past week, we've seen a fatal shooting at Dillard High and five other kids caught with guns at Broward schools, including four elementary students. It's only natural to wonder what in the world - or the Wild, Wild West - is going on."

"I could see how our kids might be confused. When it comes to guns, there's a barrage of mixed messages."

"You have adults buying and carrying firearms in greater numbers, with some viewing guns as the cornerstone of personal protection. You have the NRA and other gun-advocacy groups winning the battle of the second amendment to the point where courts and politicians consider 'gun control' dirty words." ...

"Is it any wonder some kids might think it's OK to bring a gun to school?" ...
 

IN: Police: Man shoots, kills suspect in Hammond robbery attempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An attempted robbery early Sunday morning turned fatal for one of the suspects ..."

"A 38-year-old man and his girlfriend were exiting their sport-utility vehicle in the parking lot of McTavern's bar in the 7400 block of Indianapolis Boulevard when two people attempted to rob the couple, according to a Hammond police news release."

"Another person is believed to have been an accomplice in the attempted robbery, Police Chief Brian Miller said."

"The owner of the vehicle took a handgun from the SUV and shot one of the suspects in the chest, the release states. The shooting victim died at the scene before Hammond Fire Department personnel could provide further treatment and he could get to a hospital." ...
 

FL: Police: Man Shoots, Kills Armed Robber At Car Wash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A car wash customer in Orange County shot and killed a man he said was trying to rob him on Friday."

"The shooting happened at Mr. Big's Super Car Wash off Orange Blossom Trail."

"'During this attempted robbery, the victim, who holds a concealed weapons permit, pulled out his weapon and fired shots into the bad guy,' said Orange County Sheriff's Office Commander Paul Hopkins."

"The alleged robber was shot in a car wash stall. He ran about 50 feet and fell near some orange cones."

"Hopkins said the shooter was washing his car when two men approached him. He said one had a sawed-off shotgun."

"Hopkins said that modus operandi fits a series of recent holdups." ...
 

AL: 87-year-old scares man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Altha Rider usually keeps a .38 pistol by her bedside. Thursday night, the 87-year-old woman was ready to use it."

"It wasn't long after Rider went to bed Thursday night that someone tried to kick in the front door of her home at 65 Brushy Road, she told an officer, whom she met at the carport door with pistol in hand." ...
 

IN: Indiana court passes on Gary gun lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Indiana Supreme Court today declined to get involved again with the city of Gary’s 10-year-old lawsuit against several gun makers, allowing the case to proceed to trial."

"The court's order, issued after the justices reviewed the gun manufacturers' request that they take up the case, lets stand an October 2007 Indiana Court of Appeals ruling. That 3-0 ruling said a provision in the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, passed by Congress in 2005, did not bar the Gary lawsuit from proceeding in state court."

"Gary's lawsuit, filed in 1999, alleged that 16 gun makers and six Northern Indiana gun dealers sold guns they knew would end up in criminals' hands." ...
 

OH: Anti-gun Columbus Dispatch continues editorial tirade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Judging by the pubishing of yet another uninformed anti-gun editorial ('Carrying to Extremes'), having just recently been taken to task by Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman Jim Irvine for their false reporting about the eleventh-hour wrangling over HB450 has apparently not given pause to the editorial writers at the Columbus Dispatch."

"From their latest editorial:" ...

"That statement makes it pretty evident that the editors at the Columbus Dispatch believe that law-abiding citizens cannot be trusted to take responsibility for their own safety. Not only that, anyone who carries a firearm is to be suspected and up to no good:" ...
 

OH: Faulty Journalism or Faulty Presentation?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An article in today's Morning Journal newspaper (Event teaches residents to protect themselves, property) covered what was described as 'Take Back Elyria,' an event dedicated to teaching residents how to protect themselves and their property...'"

"The article reported on some good tips delivered that night, but glaringly absent was any mention of the right to own firearms and Ohio's "shall issue" concealed handgun license program. All the planning for deterrence in the world won't save you if you're not prepared to deal with a criminal threat if you find yourself targeted for a criminal attack." ...
 

PA: City to discuss gun law proposal
Submitted by: jghilty

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"The York City Council will take up an issue Tuesday that municipalities throughout the state have been dealing with: lost and stolen firearms."

"The council will hold a committee meeting to discuss a proposed law that would require owners to report lost or stolen firearms within 72 hours. York Mayor John Brenner, a member of PA Mayors for Gun Safety, backs the proposal, which was introduced in November." ...

"Several cities, including Pottsville, Allentown, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, have passed similar laws. ..."

"The Philadelphia law has been challenged in court. A state law prohibits municipalities from making their own gun laws." ...
 

NY: Funding set aside for gun program
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"County legislators authorized another $10,000 Monday night for a city gun buyback project at the request of Sheriff James Campbell, who said the program has been successful."

"The funds are used to purchase gift certificates valued at $150 each to be spent at either Crossgates or Colonie Center malls. The measure passed unanimously." ...
 

PA: Clergy targeting gun dealers
Submitted by: jghilty

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"Citing frustration with the legislature's reluctance to pass tough laws against 'straw' handgun purchases, a coalition of religious leaders stood outside a gun store yesterday and announced a plan to pressure retailers directly." ...

"Dealers who take the pledge agree to:"

"Videotape all their firearms transactions."

"Participate in a computerized gun-trace log that will identify buyers whose previous purchases were used in crimes."

"Interviewed later at his shop, Colosimo, 77, said he had not signed because his lawyers advised him that the computerized tracing system was illegal and that other requirements in the code could be unconstitutional." ...
 

VA: Gun-show loophole[sic] takes center stage today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After months of hearing from those on both sides, the Virginia State Crime Commission today is to decide whether to endorse legislation to close the so-called gun-show loophole."

"Victims and family members of those injured or killed by a student gunman at Virginia Tech have pleaded with the commission to support closing the loophole, in which private sellers at gun shows are not required to perform background checks on buyers."

"Others have said gun opponents are using the Virginia Tech tragedy as an excuse to prevent law-abiding citizens from selling their private firearms." ...
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Submitter's Note: The VA Tech killer did not buy his weapons at a gun show, and he did pass the background check so yes, the antis are once again dancing in the blood of the slain.
 

IA: Second Amendment attorney discusses rolling back gun laws in lecture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The attorney who successfully persuaded the Supreme Court to overturn Washington, D.C.'s gun ban last year said the case is just the first step in a process to limit governments from restricting a person’s right to own a gun."

"'No single case will ever tell us for all times when it's OK to bear arms and when it's not,' Alan Gura said in a presentation at the University of Iowa College of Law on Monday. 'This decision is just the first step. The constitution is forever, and interpreting it will never end.'"

"Gura was the lead attorney in the case District of Columbia v. Heller, which was heard by the Court last March and decided in June. At issue was a law restricting gun ownership by residents of Washington, D.C." ...
 

Seeking Clemency From a War Criminal: The Case of Evan Vela Carnahan
Submitted by: Larry

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"Sgt. Evan Vela Carnahan, 25, has served roughly one year of a ten-year sentence at the Ft. Leavenworth Military Prison. In November 2007, he was convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian ..."

"... Evan admits that he killed Janabi in compliance with a direct order issued by his squad leader. The squad leader – who was acquitted of a murder charge – admits that he gave the order, and stated under oath that he would have killed Janabi himself except for the fact that Evan was the one with the pistol in his hand."

"During the past six years, the Bush Regime has followed an inverted Nuremberg formula – call it the 'Abu Ghraib Doctrine' – under which the legal accountability for war crimes resides only with those at the bottom of the chain of command. ..." ...
 

OH: Advice for Both Sides of the Blue Line
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All too often it seems there is a barrier erected along the thin blue line separating the police from the citizens that results in an 'us vs them' mentality from both sides."

"Police officers spend much of their day dealing with some of the worst elements of our society ... which can understandably result in some jaded perspectives by some in law enforcement."

"On the other side of the equation, poor behavior in isolated incidents (Willowick and Northwood, for example) can result in the misdeeds of a few being projected on the rest of the police community by the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve."

"I admit that when I first started reading Steve Denney's article ... I was expecting to see one sided advice." ...
 

NJ: NJ targets gun traffickers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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can't stop people from bringing weapons here from less regulated states. ..."

"To help stanch that flow, New Jersey will become the first state in the nation later this month to directly partner with federal firearms officials in pursuing gun traffickers across state borders."

"'We're going to start knocking on doors at the end of January,' said state police Detective Sgt. Eric Barlow." ...
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Submitter's Note: As David Codrea asks, who out there really thinks the cops will politely knock on the door and wait for an answer?
 

OH: Open carry of firearms is a legal activity in Ohio
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"In an article I wrote yesterday, I mentioned two incidents that occurred last year concerning open carry of firearms."

"The first one occurred in Willowick. An OFCC member was harassed by the Willowick Police department for openly carrying a firearm. ... In Northwood, another OFCC member was also openly berated. This time, the police department refused to acknowledge their error which culminated in an open carry walk designed to drive home the point that open carry is legal in Ohio."

"These were just two of many across the state in the past few years, all as a result of law enforcement claims that they did not know open carry is a legal activity in the state of Ohio ..." ...
 

Anecdotes of The Great Obama Gun Rush
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Scene: Gun shop in northern Colorado, earlier today."

"Scenery: On the counter, a thousand round case of Winchester .45 ACP ball, full metal jacket."

"Actors: An over-worked counter man; an interested observer off to the side; a tall, well-dressed middle aged man who looks like a college professor and appears very much out of place; his friend who looks not-so-much out of place."

"What is happening: The credit card transaction is almost complete."

"Dialogue: The 'professor' turns to his friend and asks, 'What does 'FMJ' mean?'"

"Counter help arches his eyebrow and exchanges significant glance with interested observer. Both stifle a chortle." ...
 

Gun sales soaring
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Outside Shooter's Supply in Loveland, six men line up on a Wednesday morning waiting impatiently for Marvin Mann to open the small shop at 10 a.m. so they can stock up on guns and ammunition."

"Less than 10 miles away, a frustrated Mike Sargeant laments how he can't find any .223-caliber rifle rounds for his customers ... His distributor is out. Orders for AR-15 assault rifles are running six months behind."

"In Northern Kentucky, Alex Logsdon is seeing a rush of first-timers looking to buy a pistol ..."

"'They come in looking like country-clubbers or people who have never considered owning a gun'. Logsdon says. 'They almost look like, 'I can’t believe I'm in here. But I'm buying a gun because of the past election.'" ...
 

Coolio's shocking gun collection
Submitted by: jghilty

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"Rapper COOLIO can't stop adding to his collection of lethal weapons - despite previously serving time for illegally possessing a firearm."

"The Gangsta's Paradise hitmaker, currently appearing on U.K. reality show Celebrity Big Brother, has admitted to having an arsenal of 54 guns, including a machine gun ..." ...

"He says, 'Me myself personally, I've got 54 guns - 54! During the Nineties, I had this fascination with guns. Now I've got 54 guns. It's like collecting coins.'"

"'They said I couldn't have a gun around me no more. So I took all the guns and put them in different (places). I sold them to different people in my family. They are my guns, but I sold them alls to my cousins and s**t like that.'" ...
 

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