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Schumer drug use reporting proposal won’t stop violence, will infringe on rights
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "So how does one go about decrying this 'reasonable, common sense' proposal without appearing to favor stoned-out (or worse) substance abusers walking the streets with guns? Schumer is nothing if not smart and shrewd. He appears to have constructed an argument few would dare publicly oppose."

"How’s the line go? 'I’m your huckleberry.'”

"Let’s ask a few questions.." ...
 

Sen. Boxer would expand California-style 'gun-control' nationwide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "California, unlike Illinois, does not ban defensive firearm carry outright, but, unlike Missouri, leaves issuance of a permit up to the discretion of the local police chief or sheriff. This means that in many cases, such permits are effectively impossible to get--except, perhaps, for cronies or generous supporters of the sheriff."

"Why should St. Louis area residents care about California law regarding defensive handgun carry permit issuance? Because United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wants the federal government to overrule the laws of all 50 states, and export California's system nationwide ..." ...
 

Gun debate is fair
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Sorry folks. While I believe fully in the Second Amendment, I have to acknowledge that gun control advocates have a valid issue on which to challenge those of us that support the Second Amendment. As Barr wrote, the shooter in Arizona is, 'clearly a deranged individual.'" ...
 

Most gun laws produce misfires
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Immediately after especially galling acts of gun violence, such as the Jan. 8 tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., a cry goes out to place more restrictions on firearms ownership. At times like this, we even sometimes hear calls for outright bans on private ownership of handguns."

"Right on cue, various lawmakers across the country have announced legislation with the ostensible intent of reducing gun violence, citing the shootings of 19 people -- six of them fatalities -- in Tucson." ...
 

It's possible to support gun rights and reasonable regulations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I own guns, and I support the responsible use of them. I learned how to use a gun responsibly as a young boy while hunting small game and deer with my dad. But why can’t we use this horrible incident to enact a few reasonable safeguards that probably would have prevented this tragedy or at least reduced its terrible toll?" ...
 

Sensibly reforming gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The issue here is not whether Americans should be allowed to own firearms or what types they should be allowed to own, it is a question of the small number of Americans who should be restricted from owning guns." ...
 

Rethink handgun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The idea of allowing the general public to carry handguns legally, openly or concealed, in public is, in my opinion, both dangerous and stupid. To regress to a 'Wild West' mentality, which was and is greatly exaggerated by pulp magazines, books and movies, is to revert to a 19th Century 'shoot first and ask questions later' society. ..." ...
 

Arizona Shooter's Gun Purchases Should Have Been Blocked: The First Was Illegal, the Second Violated the Law's Intent
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A review of federal law and regulations suggests that Arizona shooter Jared Loughner should have been blocked from buying the shotgun he obtained less than a year after his rejection from enlistment in the Army, and that his subsequent purchase of the Glock pistol he used to unleash a violent rampage in Tucson, Arizona violated the law's clear intent." ...
 

Guns and Sleepovers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although I, myself, am not a hunter, many of my friends are. And my daughter is friends with many of my friends’ children. This means that there are times when my daughter will be playing at a home that houses a weapon, and I’ve never once stopped to ponder that fact. Until, that is, I read an article written by a mom who has one question for every set of parents whose children invite her son over to play."

"'Do you keep a gun in your home?'" ...
 

Will the Tucson Shooting Impact Gun Control?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Like them or not, guns are as American as covered wagons and the infield-fly rule. The revolutionaries and pioneers who forged the nation and peopled its wilderness really did cling to their guns as tenaciously as they clung to their religion. And while modern cosmopolitans may be shocked by the gun violence in this country — the worst among wealthy nations by far — well, that's an American tradition too." ...
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Submitter's Note: Nice weasel there with the specification of gun violence Mike. Because if we were just talking about violent crime, then the UK has more than double the assaults, sexual assaults and home invasion burglaries we have here in the US.
 

2nd Amendment does not give folks the right to own killing machines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Even in a nation where guns in some states are as easy to purchase as popcorn, the tragedy in Arizona, instigated by a mentally ill man seething with hatred for government, should at least lead to the resurrection of federal legislation lifted in 2004 that bans ownership of assault weapons."

"The NRA, representing gun manufacturers whose bottom lines are substantially enhanced by the sale of weapons with maximum killing potential, can make no cogent argument against this proposal. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Wanna bet?
 

NRA shouldn't dictate Obama's ATF pick
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The slaughter in Tucson has reawakened the national debate about gun laws. It's long past time for that."

"The deranged 22-year old who allegedly killed six and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was easily able to purchase a semiautomatic pistol and a high-capacity magazine that allowed him to fire off 30 bullets without reloading." ...
 

Response to shooting: Looser gun laws?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Less than 10 days after the mass shooting in Tucson that killed six and left a congresswoman in critical condition, the briefly revived gun control conversation -- such as it was -- already appears to be over." ...

"But even more striking is that, in the wake of the mass shooting, Arizona state legislators are preparing to push new laws that would actually make it easier to carry guns. ..." ...
 

The framers never figured on right to bear a Glock
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since the shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others in Arizona, most of the debate has tended to focus on questions of what more stringent gun-control measures are needed and how mentally unstable persons can be prohibited from purchasing weapons. I suggest we also re-examine what the authors of the Second Amendment had in mind by the word 'Arms' ..."

"Could they have had in mind a weapon like the Glock 19 semiautomatic handgun Jared Lee Loughner bought at the Sportsman's Warehouse outlet and used to fire off a full clip of 31 shots?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, how about Mormonism. That wasn't 'invented' until decades after the founding. Blogs, online news sources, TV, radio, telephones, cell phones . . . claiming that the Bill of Rights doesn't cover things that hadn't been invented yet is a seriously slippery slope that you really do not want to start down.
Oh, and the term "Arms"? According to GunCite.com "In Colonial times "arms" usually meant weapons that could be carried. This included knives, swords, rifles and pistols."
 

NRA wrong to defend high-capacity magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My husband and son both hunt deer on our land. Many people deplore the idea of hunting, but I eat meat, wear leather, deplore the ecological damage of an outsized deer population, and trust the wisdom of our hunters. But the fact that our family buys gun licenses every year doesn’t mean that I sympathize with the National Rifle Association propaganda that gets sent to our house. I’ve yet to agree with them on any presidential or other candidate, and they’ve recently redefined the meaning of irresponsibility with their staunch defense of high-capacity gun magazines." ...
 

UT: Gun regulations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, proposes that any person over the age of 21 be allowed to carry a loaded deadly weapon almost anywhere in the state for 'self defense' ..."

"However, Wimmer’s proposal is a poor policy idea. He claims to believe in personal liberties, freedoms and rights, but fails to realize that his proposal jeopardizes not only the safety, but the rights of many citizens of our great state." ...
 

FL: Open carry takes gun rights too far
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After the Tucson shootings, one can imagine how potentially provocative it would be for a concealed weapon permit holder to be striding down the street openly carrying a firearm."

"Picture the reaction of families when someone enters a restaurant or crosses a university campus with weapon at the ready." ...
 

Many NW companies at annual SHOT show, but there’s an undercurrent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Seattle has rain and clouds, but several Pacific Northwest companies are currently being represented down here where there is sunshine and summer warmth, at the nation’s biggest firearms industry show, which opens Tuesday morning a the Sands Convention Center." ...
 

SHOT Show: ArmaLite Prez Westrom: AR-10 IS the Best Bug-Out Gun (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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SHOT Show: Trigger Happy M40-A1 Handgun No Bum Styr (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In yesterday's Steyr Arms overview, Gunnutmegger claimed that the Styr M40-A1 handgun is a 'worthy alternative to their most direct competitor: Glock.' Worthy yes, but why bother? There's not a lot in it. The Styr is Austrian as in made-in-Austria. The Glock is Austrian as in 'We make perfection in the Peachtree state.' Ethnocentricity aside, there are only two appreciable, in-the-hand differences between these dead nuts reliable weapons: the trigger and the sights." ...
 

SHOT Show: Taurus Counters Smith & Wesson’s New Governor with 28-Gauge Raging Judge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to Taurus, 'The first Judge of its kind is ready to take on whatever comes your way. Whatever 'it' happens to be.' I reckon 'it' is the media coverage given the new Smith & Wesson shotshell-firing Governor handgun. But the Raging Judge’s new caliber, 28-gauge, raises more question than it answers ..."
 

SHOT Show: Setpoint Introduces On-Demand, Customized, Precision .308 Cartridges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you're trying to master all the variable variables that make long-distance shooting such an engrossing challenge, you want ammo that’s more consistent than the panel gaps on a Bugatti Veyron. Given that premium ammo makers work to SAMMI spec and rely on post-game inspections to detect defective loads, even the best factory ammo may fail to scratch that OCD itch. You might also have a hankering something that's not on the premium bullet makers' ballistic menu: something involving ultra-precise, weight-measured powder charges. While some precision shooters enjoy hand-loading these magic cartridges, others consider it a PITA. For them, Setpoint Ammunition is a godsend . . ." ...
 

FL: Jogger who shot and killed unarmed teenage 'mugger' released without charge
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"When Thomas Baker was confronted by two youths while out on a late night run he decided to defend himself."

"Having been punched in the face and fearing his attacker was armed he pulled out a handgun from his pocket and shot dead the teenager who had hit him."
 

After Tucson, Can Arizona Mellow Its Wild West Image?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Will the Tucson massacre change Arizona? Perhaps, if an extraordinary event on Jan. 10 at the beginning of the state's legislative session last week is an indication. In the House of Representatives, Majority Leader Andy Tobin, a rural Arizona Republican, and Minority Leader Chad Campbell, a Phoenix Democrat, stunned onlookers by exchanging an embrace. The two men — who had previously voted on opposite sides of Arizona's controversial immigration bill — agreed to work together." ...
 

Quit laying blame for actions of a madman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In the wake of a tragedy such as this one, the immediate response of many people is to find someone or something to lay blame upon. Knowing there is a group or individual that caused such an event is cathartic. Attention can be focused and debate can be based more on information than conjecture."

"But you can't justify this incident. As nice as it would be to find causality for the shooting, it is, unfortunately, not that simple." ...
 

Seth Meyers of SNL argues ‘right to bear arms’ only includes muskets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since the Arizona shootings one of the leading topic of discussion has been more gun control legislation. The shooter, Jared Loughner, used a high-capacity clip which enabled him to fire many more rounds before reloading. ... Last Saturday Seth Meyers gave his own opinion on the matter in on a Saturday Night Live segment called 'Constitutional Corner.' While Meyers segment was humorous of course, he also made a more serious point. Watch the video by cliciking[sic] to the left ..." ...
 

Should Congress Members Be Allowed to Carry Firearms in D.C.?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's illegal to carry around firearms in Washington, but one lawmaker says Congress members should be exempt from the ban."

"Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert sees the recent tragic Arizona shootings as a wake-up call for federal lawmakers, who are 'sitting ducks' in the 'criminal capitol of the country:'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Don't forget to take the poll.
 

CA: Arizona Shooting Fuels Debate About Open-Carry Gun Law in California
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mass shooting in Tucson last weekend is fueling the gun control debate in neighboring California, with an advocacy organization renewing a push to prohibit firearms in restaurants and state lawmakers taking up a bill that would end the state's open-carry law." ...
 

NY: NY Senator Set to Introduce Gun Bill in Wake of Arizona Shootings
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the wake of the shootings in Arizona, a New York senator plans to introduce a bill Monday that would keep guns out of the hands of people suffering from mental illness." ...
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KABA Note: Heck, maybe he should introduce a bill making murder illegal too . . .
 

VA: Gun supporters converge on state Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly 300 pro-gun advocates converged on the state Capitol this morning to lobby legislators to protect their rights to bear arms in the commonwealth."

"Gun-toting activists wearing black and orange stickers stating 'Guns Save Lives' and red, white and blue stickers saying 'Freedom is not a Loophole,' roamed the halls of the General Assembly Building on Capitol Square in Richmond before assembly near the Capitol Bell Tower for a late-morning rally sponsored by the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League." ...
 

AZ: After tragedy, Ariz. lawmakers eye more gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arizona has become a national leader in the gun rights movement in recent years as the state enacted law after law to protect the people's right to bear arms nearly anywhere, at anytime."

"The shooting rampage that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a former legislative colleague, has done nothing to slow down the Legislature." ...
 

OR: Bill would exempt Oregon-made guns from U.S. rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Salem legislator has introduced a bill seeking to cancel federal regulation of firearms and ammunition that are manufactured in Oregon and never leave this state." ...
 

Federal prosecutors in hot water in Ashland terror funding case
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"Here's a seriously ugly moment for Oregon's federal prosecutors. This past summer, they successfully prosecuted an Iranian-American man from Ashland on conspiracy and tax fraud charges. He was convicted of diverting money, supposedly being used for humanitarian causes, to militant groups rebelling in Chechnya. But now it turns out that the government admits it withheld documents from the defense, and that the FBI quietly paid thousands of dollars to the husband of a key witness in the case." ...
 

MD: Residents Allege Police Violations
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"Some residents tell 9NEWS NOW that the increased police patrols following the murder spike in Prince George's County has led to some questionable activity." ...
 

GA: Ex-Ga. cop pleads guilty in drowning of SWAT officer
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"A former Cobb County police officer has admitted to being responsible for the drowning death of a fellow officer on Lake Allatoona." ...
 

NE: ACLU Demands Action Over Allegations Of Evidence Tampering
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"'It has been nine months since the news broke of four separate law enforcement officers engaging in the planting of evidence,' said ACLU Nebraska Legal Director Amy Miller."

"'Residents in Omaha and Douglas County have a right to know what steps have been taken to investigate how far the wrongdoing reaches,' said Miller. 'More importantly, how does any Omaha resident know whether other files handled by the four evidence planters are clean or not?'" ...
 

OR: Portland faith groups plan peace service, launch gun-free zone campaign
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"A Portland woman's campaign to use purple bulbs in porch lights as a plea to stop gang violence has inspired faith groups to sponsor a peace service and launch a gun-free zone initiative in the city." ...
 

WA: Posing as city workers, thieves steal jewelry from home
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... "'We would like to take this time to just remind folks that if somebody comes to your door and you don’t know them and they’re demanding access into your home, don’t let them in. And if you have any doubt you can call 911.'"
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KABA Note: Yes, because gov't employees respond so well to being told to take a hike . . .
 

VA: Sticking to their guns, pro or con
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tucked into the Rev. John Hilton's shirt pocket was a miniature copy of the Gospel. Tucked into his belt was a 9mm handgun."

"Hilton, whose clerical collar peeped out from a jacket showing a blaze-orange 'Guns Save Lives' sticker, said there is no contradiction in carrying a Jimenez Arms semiautomatic and the New Testament, just as there is no contradiction in the idea that only by increasing access to firearms would society be a safer place." ...
 

CA: Brady Campaign to protest Open Carry dinner in Manhattan Beach California
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Karen Arntzen the Brady's California chapter coordinator, told FoxNews.com yesterday that her group would be protesting an Open Carry dinner in Manhattan Beach California this Thursday, January 20th." ...
 

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