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Is 'Project Gunwalker' about to bust wide open?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The bottom line is, insiders are prepared to come forward. Not just with testimony, but with documentary evidence, and it looks like the trail leads to high places in the executive branch." ...
 

Senators crawfish on helping agents in Project Gunwalker scandal. See if you can't help concentrate their minds.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Folks, this has been a frustrating morning. Senate staffers who have been completely briefed on the Project Gunwalker scandal over the last few weeks are deliberately not answering their phones. Others, including Charlie Harmon, the chief of staff of Saxby Chambliss, the U.S. Senator from Georgia, told one of his constituents, 'We're on it.' Yet, when pressed about the urgency of the matter, said 'these guys need to get a lawyer.'" ...
 

New Jersey gun case demonstrates no justice possible through ‘lawful’ avenues
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "As things stand now, there is no relief from this injustice. Which kind of makes me wonder if these newly-empowered Republicans, the ones who’ve promised us they’re all for principled government—and who were put in power largely through the efforts of involved gun owners—are going to take the lead on fixing this obscene outrage." ...
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KABA Note: Jan 18 2011 Petition DENIED. National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea has more.
 

The Tragedy Litmus Test – Another Failure of the Anti-Gun Culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The tragic events in Arizona are an unfortunate litmus test to see if the anti-gun community will truly use any tragedy for political gain. Based on the actions of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, it is clear the anti-gun community failed such a test in a horrible fashion." ...
 

Safer Streets 2011: What do you do in the absence of first responders?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have often been asked how a Paramedic reconciles the use of lethal force with a mission or philosophy of saving lives. I was asked this so often that I put it on the liner notes on the back cover of my hardcover book."

"It is a most important question for non-gun owners to ask. Its answer is the message of Liberty." ...
 

Safer Streets 2011: The system is not broken, it is short-circuited
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Under our system, there can be no such thing as a reasonable balance between civil rights and safety (or clean streets). In fact, even to believe there is such a thing as balance is to admit the two are opposites. The truth that liberals are hiding is that you don't get safer streets by infringing on civil rights for some mistaken notion of compassion; you only get control of people and their money. If you want safer streets, you respect civil rights and the dignity of the person to make their own choices and safer streets will come." ...
 

In gun debate, education would help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "How then do we balance our Second Amendment rights with the need for public safety? To some on the extreme left, all guns should be confiscated. On the extreme right there are those who believe any Second Amendment infringement will push us over the precipice of a slippery slope, at the bottom of which is a world where only criminals have guns. Both fringe groups use fear to promote their argument."

"What if we focus on education? A colleague of mine takes his criminal justice class to a local police firing range every year to learn about and shoot firearms. I'm always amazed at the positive reaction of the students and the community's support of this activity." ...
 

Limit the First Amendment? Really?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was inevitable. Desperate to try to change their fortunes before voters enter the voting booth in 2012, liberals have been trying to manipulate the conversation no matter what the subject. After the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, one would think decorum would be the rule of the day. Instead, liberals went on the attack immediately, blaming any conservative with a microphone for the 'atmosphere' that contributed to the Giffords shooting. Never mind that the lunatic who pulled the trigger didn’t listen to talk radio, nor was he politically conservative." ...
 

'Respect' for 'different gun cultures'; contempt for 2nd Amendment activists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others (six fatally) in Tucson, it has become fashionable for the moment to at least pay lip service to the idea of eschewing harsh, divisive rhetoric, replacing it with constructive, mutually respectful dialog. In that vein, writer Mitchell Bard states in the Huffington Post that 'There Can Be No Gun Control Without Recognizing and Respecting the Different Gun Cultures in the U.S.' We'll ignore, for the moment, that for those of us who believe that shall not be infringed means what it says, the idea of 'no 'gun control' sounds rather attractive (we'll find out later that he's not really talking to us, anyway)." ...
 

Trade group opens Las Vegas expo amid national gun debate triggered by Arizona shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Beneath the gold-flecked chandeliers and classical murals in the gilded meeting rooms of the Venetian hotel and casino, the mighty $28 billion-a-year firearms industry opened one of it's most opulent annual shows Tuesday."

"Industry members networked while catching up on the newest weapons and gun gear from 16,000 vendors spread across more than 630,000 square feet ... That there are renewed calls for tougher gun restrictions after a Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Arizona ... did little to dampen spirits at the giant show." ...
 

Report: Obama admin. reconsidering ban on importation of historical M1 rifles from South Korea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Outdoor Wire has learned the United States Department of State is reconsidering last year's decision to block the importation of World War II rifles from the Republic of Korea."

"Citing concerns over the proposed demilitarization and disposal of 850,000 surplus M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines, the State Department had rescinded authorization for the transfer, saying the decision was based on the 'collective Administration's effort to analyze the impact of this potential transfer.'" ...
 

Media hypocrites about Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is strange to me how the media is so quick to advocate the revocation of an amendment to the Constitution when they supposedly hold the First Amendment so high in regard."

"The Second is just as — if not more — important than the First. For, without the Second, how are we as a people supposed to defend ANY of the others including the First Amendment?" ...
 

Murders down in DC; where is the media fanfare?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For someone who lived in the greater metropolitan Washington D.C. area in the 80's, and who was bombarded nightly with the stories of homicides and how D.C. was the murder capital, I find the current deafening silence on the subject quite curious. Why has the mainstream media dropped the subject and why is the good news not broadcast-worthy?" ...
 

 

SHOT Show: Baker Ballistics Shields Shield Active Shooter Shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As you might imagine, as school administrators should imagine, confronting a potential active shooter inside a school is about as dicey a proposition as you can get without sleeping on a craps table. Tactically, there’s no cover. Strategically, there’s no time. By the time the police arrive, dozens of people ... may be dead or injured. Schools up and down the country are conducting lock-down drills, teaching children the fine art of creating target rich environments for deranged killers. Even though there’s a long, sad and bloody history of American school shootings, hardly any educational establishments are tackling the real issue: how do we shoot the active shooter as quickly as humanly possible? Not the police. Us . . ." ...
 

1911 Quality Pt. 2 – Short Guns and Other Calibers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back in my original post about 1911 quality, I examined the reliability of full-size 1911s in .45 ACP. TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia posed questions about Commander and Officer-size 1911s, as well as 1911 performance in other calibers. You want stats? We got stats . . ." ...
 

SHOT Show: Kel-Tec KSG Bullpup Shotgun Explained (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kel-Tec’s KSG is a SHOT Show stopper, with crowds hovering over the bullpup like disaster victims over Red Cross food supplies. OK, maybe not that desperately. But there’s no question that Kel-Tec will sell every one of their 1000-unit initial run of their space-saving man stopper. The company says they’re aiming to produce 5000 units in 2011. With law enforcement types sniffing around, there’s every chance they’ll ramp up from there. ..." ...
 

SHOT Show: 28-Gauge Taurus Raging Judge All the Rage (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So a SHOT Show attendee sidles up to the new 28-gauge Taurus Raging Judge, shakes his head and says 'What on Earth is this thing for?' I dunno, what’s a metaphor? ..."
 

SHOT Show: Stoeger’s M3500 Officially Official (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At some point in time within the dim recesses of my pre-SHOT show past (heretofore known as 'earlier'), I reported that Stoeger has finally brought the M3500 shotgun to the bird-blasting party. For the last four years, I've been thinking that fears of brand cannibalization accounted for the delay. The six-bills-and-change Stoeger M3500 offers the same inertia drive system as the $1k-and-up Benelli products. Better, in fact (the new improved inertia system has less rebound), When I asked Stoeger's Product Manager if the M3500 was a fine young cannibal, Keith Heinlein looked at me as if I was a stranger in a strange land . . ." ...
 

Gun Lobbyists Silent In the Wake of Arizona Terrorist Attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... ABC news interviewed a Phoenix gun shop owner who said businesses are at liberty to refuse the sale of ammunition. However public safety is left to the experience and common sense of individual vendors as there are no laws to regulate bullet sales. Isn’t this evidence enough that more gun control regulations are needed? ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Um, no, it isn't "evidence" of a damned thing.
 

GOP uses guns as marketing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sarah Palin now wants to distance herself from the tragic event in Tucson with regard to the crosshairs across Congresswoman Giffords' district on Palin's website."

"If she has a clear conscience, why was it removed?" ...
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Submitter's note: Maybe it was removed because the election is over? Or if that isn't the case, perhaps someone felt that it might be in poor taste to put crosshairs on someone who has just been shot.
 

What are you meant to hunt with THAT? Giant killing machine is star attraction at shooting sports convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is less than a fortnight since six people were killed and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords terribly injured in a shooting spree in Arizona."

"But the Tucson massacre has done nothing to deter the 16,000 expected to attend the 33rd National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade convention in Las Vegas.
The annual event (which goes by the all-too-accurate acronym SHOT) is taking place at the 630,000 sq ft Venetian Hotel and Casino."

"Among the wares on offer is this extraordinarily large Heckler & Koch many visitors were eyeing with some excitement." ...
 

Gun control is a public health issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Firearm control and violence are not traditionally viewed as topics related to 'healthcare,' despite the obvious correlation between firearm injuries and emergency departments. It’s not a stretch to accept that gunshot wounds lead either to fatalities, or to surgeries and rehabilitation for the almost 65,000 patients with nonfatal firearm wounds. Also, the public health world rightly points out that more deaths across the world are caused by preventable disease than guns. However, fatalities from gun violence should not be ignored." ...
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Submitter's Note: Nor should defensive gun uses be ignored, but the author does ignore them.
 

Alan Gottlieb, Bellevue Gun Nut, Finds Exploiting Tucson Tragedy "Unconscionable" . . . Unless It's His Group Doing It
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"That was fast. Save for a few TV talking heads, chatter about new gun controls has faded away just a week after the anti-gun rage over Jared Loughner's extended-cartridge Glock 19. Duke professor Philip Cook told Salon it's likely because 'Those who favor a modicum of gun regulation are on the defensive, as the Second Amendment Foundation and other such groups attack in the courts.' Bellevue's SAF is indeed busy challenging gun laws in several states and launching hypocritical attacks on their foes. Opponents, meanwhile, are busy backpedaling in an increasingly pro-gun nation." ...
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Submitter's Note: CAUTION - Serious lack of coherence and logic in this article. Read at your own risk.
 

Americans Can't Agree on Guns? Wrong.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Mass shootings and assassinations are shocking, and the sad truth is that America's history of gun murders is as repetitive as it is tragic. And what's more, much of its enormous toll never makes it into the national headlines: 34 Americans are murdered with guns each and every day." ...
 

Breaking down the gun law arguments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pundits have been filling the airwaves and national cable news about what our society should do about gun violence in the aftermath of the atrocities in Tucson on Jan. 8. Let’s look at the three prominent arguments." ...
 

In Aftermath of Tucson Shooting, New Bipartisan Poll Shows Americans, Including Gun Owners, Support Tougher Laws to Keep Firearms Out of Dangerous Hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The bi-partisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced the results of a new poll conducted jointly by Momentum Analysis, a polling firm with Democratic clients, and American Viewpoint, a polling firm with Republican clients. The poll reveals that Americans and gun owners strongly support a sensible approach to gun laws that protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans while also keeping criminals and other dangerous people from accessing firearms." ...
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Submitter's Note: Read the poll if you want to see a masterpiece of vague questions and amorphous replies.
 

Brady Campaign Joins Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, National Gun Violence Prevention Group to Ban Large Capacity Magazines
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and other leading national advocates for reducing gun violence today at 2 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol to discuss the introduction of - and a plan to advance - her legislation to ban large capacity ammunition magazines such as the one used in the tragic January 8 shooting in Tucson, AZ." ...
 

Violence Policy Center Strongly Backs Ban on High-Capacity Magazines
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury, today hailed Representative Carolyn McCarthy's (D-NY) proposal to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines at the Capitol Hill press conference announcing the bill." ...
 

The trouble with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I don't like guns. Before you erupt in outrage, let me clarify: I respect the Second Amendment of the Constitution. I'm a liberal Democrat, but I don't want to take away anybody's guns."

"I just wish Americans would leave their guns at home a little more often." ...
 

Way Cool Gun Fanboy Site of the Year: imfdb.org
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Okay, TTAG (so far) doesn’t hand out awards, plaques, trophies, or even coupons for 50˘ your next visit to KrispyKreme for distinctions like our semi-regular series 'Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day.' We may have to change all that, after a buddy of mine sent me what has to be the coolest friggin’ website for gun fanboys EVAH. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Internet Movie Firearms Data Base – www.imfdb.org." ...
 

LA: Ascension deputies: Man shoots burglar
Submitted by: Gregg Hughes

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"A man at home with his wife and children shot and wounded an intruder in the act of burglarizing the family’s vehicle late Friday night in Prairieville, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Saturday." ...
 

NV: Man shoots at robber at North Las Vegas Walmart
Submitted by: gregg hughes

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"Shots rang out in a crowded Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot on West Lake Mead Boulevard near North Simmons Street Tuesday afternoon. The bullets started flying - not from an armed thug - but from an honest citizen trying to defend himself against an attacker."

"The suspect thought he picked an easy target to rob, but the 57-year-old victim had a gun of his own. The criminal got more than he bargained for." ...
 

Violence in Arizona is the result of one person’s mental illness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is just over a week since Jared Lee Loughner’s killing spree in Tucson took several lives and left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition. It took only moments before the left and the media recognized this tragic event as an opportunity to promote their anti-freedom agenda."

"With almost no information available, Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik held a press conference during which he blamed Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Mark Levin and their acerbic political rhetoric for provoking the mentally unstable Loughner ..." ...
 

Gun control measures don't stop violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Against the horrific backdrop of the Tucson, Arizona, tragedy, new gun control proposals are on the way. Some of our legislators will be tempted to apply Rahm Emanuel's aphorism, 'Never let a good crisis go to waste.'"

"For example, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New York, wants to outlaw magazines with more than 10 rounds -- even those already in circulation. She hasn't explained how a ban on previously sold magazines would deter anyone but law-abiding citizens." ...
 

The Next Jared Loughner
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"As a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has also served as medical director of a community mental health center serving 10,000 patients and medical director of a psychiatric hospital (as well as having worked as a psychiatrist at a state psychiatric hospital and on a locked psychiatric unit at a VA hospital), I believe it could be helpful to disclose the reasons why the “next Jared Lee Loughner” might fall through the cracks and kill people, too."

"Here’s the basic problem: The cracks in the mental health care system in America are not fissures; they are canyons." ...
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KABA Note: So it isn't "easy availability of guns" that is the problem.
 

No easy answers in wake of Tucson shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It hit me in the pit of my stomach when I heard about the shooting of a congresswoman by a disturbed individual who took six innocent lives. Everyone who has ever been in media, in high-profile positions ... realize irrational and unanticipated or unpreventable acts by disturbed individuals happen."

"The first reaction is to cast blame. The next is to devise some way to prevent a similar event from ever happening again. The latter is the hardest to construct, but there is still much we can do by taking our own personal responsibility." ...
 

Gun controls could have saved 'a lot of lives' in Arizona
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation banning high-capacity ammunition clips could have saved 'a lot of lives' in Arizona this month, a top House Democrat said Tuesday."

"Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters that high-capacity clips like those allegedly used in the Arizona shooting have essentially one purpose: 'Taking a lot of lives quickly." ...
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Submitter's Note: Then why do all these proposed bans exempt LEOs?
 

Banning Assault Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the aftermath of the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that left six dead and 13 wounded, many are calling for a renewed discussion of limits on gun and ammunition ownership. Such a conversation is overdue." ...
 

A favor from those in charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now that the memorials are mostly over, we should ask a special favor of the folks in the best position to do something about preventing incidents like the Tucson tragedy and those massacres surely lying ahead."

"You know, those really in charge on gun policy - those who make our elected representatives here and in Washington dance to their tune much like those bullies did the new town dude in all those movie westerns." ...
 

Safe Environment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Liberals want less access to guns. Conservatives think the solution is to increase access to guns. Those who obviously need help with mental health issues, should they be denied guns, or should we just make sure everyone else has a gun to take them out when they 'draw' in a crowd. Should we focus on getting help for those with mental issues, or should we make sure we kill Health Care Reform because insurance lobbyists don’t like it?" ...
 

The Second Amendment has been abused
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"OK, so we have another gun killing, another mass murder. But so what? Guns don't kill. Now, we're focusing on mental health (which is a very real problem in our society) and on who failed to spot the signs and symptoms of this coming carnage — while guns get another free pass." ...
 

Gun control is needed now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Today, in sharp contrast, I would not only refuse to recommend anybody for a gun permit, but I would try my best to discourage them from having anything to do with guns ­-- especially hand guns."

"Hunters aside, I cannot for the life of me understand why anybody would want -- or need -- a gun."

"Guns kill."

"It's just that simple." ...
 

There are good reasons to regulate firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Iowa State Daily columnist Brandon Blue wrote about the ineffectiveness of writing new legislation to ban the sale of some types of dangerous weaponry in the United States. His point was that it doesn't help Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the others killed and injured last week to write legislation now in reaction to the incident. I would debate this point, and argue that while new laws won't help the victims of the recent attack, this incident is a good excuse to re-examine our nation's gun laws or lack of gun laws." ...
 

Country's gun laws deserve revisiting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There have been a lot of questions asked after the shooting in Tucson, Ariz. However, I think the most important question to ask is why a madman was able to buy a gun legally in the state of Arizona." ...
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Submitter's Note: Because of repeated failures by law enforcement and huge gaps in the country's mental health infrastructure.
 

High capacity: What’s not to like?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Just so you know: There are plenty of perfectly good reasons to buy high-capacity magazines for your favorite firearm. Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced my list."

"So we’ll have to figure out some of those perfectly good reasons for ourselves. Feel free to chime in—it’s like the ammo makers always say: The more, the merrier." ...
 

Guns are a health hazard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The persons who were killed and wounded in the Arizona shooting are less healthy than they were before the shooting. Even the persons who escaped direct physical injury, but experienced the trauma of the event, have less vigorous health than they had before."

"This is not a difficult concept. Shooting is a hazard to health. ..." ...
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Submitter's note: You can't do a cost-benefit analysis and only look at the costs.
 

The myth of the law-abiding citizen (foul language)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In fact, it was only a few hours after the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, attempted to burnish his NRA bona fides by releasing a statement warning that, 'Restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens will not stop random acts of violence.'"

"Frankly, I'm not reassured. The accused gunman in the Arizona shooting ... was a law-abiding citizen, albeit an apparently bat-shit crazy one. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: No, the Tucson shooter was most definitely not a 'law-abiding citizen'. He had a history of domestic violence and in the months leading up to the shooting had made a number of explicit death threats, all of which the Sheriff ignored!
 

We must find a way to prevent the next senseless massacre
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In reaction to the shooting rampage in Tucson, which injured 14 and claimed the lives of six persons — including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green — I briefly entertained the idea of chartering a new 12-step program, Stamp Out Gun Violence Anonymous." ...
 

IA: Council makes Waterloo City Hall latest gun-free zone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Persons bringing guns into city buildings or public parks can be arrested now for trespassing."

"City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution banning firearms and weapons from City Hall, other buildings the city owns or occupies and city parks." ...
 

IA: Bettendorf Considers Gun Free Zones
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Deep discussion continues on the new hot button issue: the right to carry a gun versus keeping the public safe. Now Bettendorf city leaders are talking about making some places in the city gun free zones."

"Currently, Bettendorf has no restrictions on weapons inside city-owned public buildings, meaning anyone with a legal permit can bring a gun into a places like city hall, the public library, or the fitness center. New gun laws in Iowa and an increase in the number of people getting gun permits has the council considering banning any weapons from inside city buildings." ...
 

IA: Iowa retailers defend use of no-guns warnings
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"Retailers say they intend to make customers feel comfortable, not make a statement about gun rights, with new signs telling patrons not to bring firearms inside."

"The Dahl's grocery store chain is among the more prominent central Iowa businesses to post such signs since state law changed Jan. 1 and made it easier for residents to get a permit to carry a weapon." ...
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KABA Note: It is good to see that even in this tough economy there are companies doing well enough to tell largely middle-class middle-aged permit holders that their custom is unwelcome.
 

Conservatives Make Inaccurate Arguments Against Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Political observers generally agree that with a Republican House of Representatives no such gun-control law will pass. But whether you think a ban on police-style assault weapons such as the one Jared Lee Loughner used in Tuscon is good policy or not, it is curious to see that Republicans are not even bothering to make legitimate arguments against such proposals." ...
 

Sides split on prospects for new gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun-rights supporters and lawmakers said they expect little change in gun laws following the Tucson shooting spree in which six people were killed."

"Despite bills being drafted on background checks, no-gun zones and large-volume magazines for ammunition, gun-rights advocates and congressional members said chances of producing meaningful legislation were small ..." ...
 

Gun rights’ debate intensifies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"National and state lawmakers are rushing to pass gun-related legislation in the wake of Tucson's Jan. 8 shooting, but differ on how they should respond." ...
 

VA: Va. Gov. Bob Mcdonnell moves to enforce universal right to open carry
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-washington-dc/mike-stollenwerk

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"According to a National Rifle Association (NRA) email alert sent to its Virginia members today, '[o]n January 14, Governor McDonnell issued a directive to the [Virginia] Department of Conservation and Recreation to cease enforcement of § 4VAC5-30-200 which prohibits open carrying of firearms in State Parks and has immediate effect.'" ...

This action follows though on a legal opinion McDonnell issued as state Attorney General regarding the state regulation banning open carry in state parks in which he declared that "[a] person’s right to carry a firearm openly is considered universal within the Commonwealth." . . .
 

FL: Pediatrician Gun Questions: Don't Muzzle Medical Inquiries
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"The slavishness of the Florida Legislature in attending to every whim of the National Rifle Association knows no bounds. Now lawmakers in Tallahassee are talking about locking up doctors for having the impudence to ask questions about gun ownership." ...
 

CA: 2nd Amendment Upheld - AB 962 [Ammo Registration Bill] Ruled Unconstitutional!
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"It will NEVER cease to amaze me that people continue to believe that if the government would only make guns illegal to own as well as ammunition, then all would be right with the world. The stupidity of that belief is obvious to thinking individuals, yet there are too many people who wrongly believe that by removing all guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens, then gun-related crime would become virtually non-existent." ...
 

Traveling man's gun arrest appealed to high court
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"Missed flights only inconvenience most people. A late flight landed Utah gun owner Greg Revell in jail for 10 days after he got stranded in New Jersey with an unloaded firearm he had legally checked with his luggage in Salt Lake City."

"The Supreme Court could decide Tuesday whether to consider letting Revell sue Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police for arresting him on illegal possession of a firearm in New Jersey and for not returning his gun and ammunition to him for more than three years." ...
 

Jericho movement launches petition to reopen COINTELPRO cases
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jericho is a small-scale movement with a defined goal of recognition of the existence of political prisoners in the United States and gaining amnesty and freedom for them. Jericho grew out of a 1998 demonstration for prisoners in Washington, D.C."

"Jericho believes that all convictions in COINTELPRO-linked cases where the individuals are still imprisoned should immediately be reviewed. COINTELPRO was an illegal, secret operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under director J. Edgar Hoover that targeted the Black Panthers and other 'black nationalist' groups with lethal ferocity." ...
 

TN: Stop, or I will vacuum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week in Williamson County, Tennessee, Robin Robeiro waited thirty-five minutes for deputies to arrive. Meanwhile, Amber Alabama took the law vacuum into her own hands, and met the home invader with lethal some level of force. This story sounds humerous in the re-telling, but it had to be a terrifying experience at the time." ...
 

NJ: Deep Layoffs Take Effect In Camden
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"Some firefighters turned in their helmets and police officers their badges Tuesday as part of deep municipal layoffs destined to further erode the quality of life in Camden, already one of the nation’s most impoverished and crime-ridden cities." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Meanwhile, concealed carry permits are virtually unobtainable in the Democratic People's Republic of New Jersey and its citizens are told they own firearms "at their peril."
 

NJ: Camden police will overlook some crime due to layoffs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Camden's police department will no longer be able to respond to vehicle accidents without injuries, minor thefts and vandalism due to layoffs, Police Chief Scott Thomson said."

"Residents will now have to phone those incidents in or visit headquarters."

"Camden was dueto lay off around a quarter of its workforce on Tuesday, including almost half its police, to close a $26.5 million budget deficit." ...

"Reuters reports that Camden, rated as one of the most dangerous cities in America, plans to fire 180 police, or 43 percent of the force; 67 firefighters, and 150 other workers to balance its budget." ...
 

OH: Statewide Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Concludes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hunters took 17,108 deer during Ohio's four-day muzzleloader season, January 8-11, with Tuscarawas County again leading the state with 914 deer checked. In 2010, a preliminary total of 24,078 deer was taken during muzzleloader season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife." ...
 

CA: Gun Ctrl Isn't The Answer; Executing Criminals Is
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's all a part of the contentious Second Amendment debate; fueled even more by gun-grabbers coming out of the woodwork amidst the Tucson tragedy: How do we prevent future school shootings?"

"Each year it hits closer to home... In fact, just last week, we had a close call at Helix High School. It's not the end... So, should we arm teachers?" ...
 

SD: Fall River Gun Club to hold annual meeting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After approximately a year in existence, the Fall River Gun Club (FRGC) has set Jan. 29 as the date of its first Annual Business Meeting and Dinner at the Hot Springs American Legion."

"The past year has seen the club organize as a registered non-profit and acquire around 40 members, according to club secretary Owen Meadows. But the primary goal of the club – to create a long-range rifle and pistol shooting range within the county – is something the board of directors continues to work on." ...
 

UT: Open-carry rights should depend on education
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Utah government needs to change state gun laws to protect citizens from inexperienced and incompetent gun carriers. A higher level of gun education needs to be a prerequisite for purchasing a gun of any kind."

"When discussing the lack of gun education required, Olson said, '(Most people are) totally unfamiliar with a gun, never handled one or used one, only seen them in movies or whatever, there need to be laws that say you…are trained in all types of firearms.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Would you carry a gun with no idea how to use it? If you would, then you are a seriously irresponsible individual who probably shouldn't be allowed out without a keeper. If you wouldn't, then how dare you assume that gun owners are less responsible and safety minded than you!
 

WA: Nobody opposed to Sultan gun range, they just don’t want it in Sultan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is the classic NIMBY response from residents along the Sultan Basin Road in Snohomish County, where a proposed gun range is now in the political and legal crosshairs." ...
 

WV: Pro-gun group plans meeting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "On Saturday, the [West Virginia Citizens Defense League] will host an open-carry membership meeting and public forum to discuss a proposed bill as well as pending local litigation, Thomm said."

"It will be held at Hoss's Steak and Sea House restaurant in Martinsburg at 2 p.m." ...

 

NH: 2nd Amendment advocate doesn’t like gun vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have mixed emotions over the vote of the New Hampshire House of Representatives to allow members to carry concealed weapons."

"As a Second Amendment advocate, and licensed to carry a weapon myself, I agree with being able to defend myself."

"But I’m also fearful for innocent people within 'range' should an irresponsible or lunatic event take place." ...
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Submitter's Note: I suppose it is preferable to let the lunatic shoot unimpeded?
 

Germany: Ferocious Attack Raises Fears of the Wolf's Return to Germany
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"A German village is in mourning after a wolf broke into an enclosure and slaughtered 13 much-loved pet deer. Experts are urging farmers to protect their livestock better because the wolf population is set to keep increasing ..."

"The wolf came in the dead of night, burrowed under the fence of the enclosure and wiped out a herd of fallow deer in a bloodbath that left 13 does dead. Bruno, a buck, was the only survivor, maybe because he was able to defend himself with his antlers ..." ...
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Submitter's Comment: Another lesson to be learned: The only survivor had the means to defend himself.
 

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