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Should you just give robbers what they want?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "As for this latest attack, note that the police, who cannot protect anyone beforehand, have yet to produce after-the fact results. They’ve 'searched several homes,' but the attackers are still at large, and even if they do arrest suspects, there is no guarantee they will be convicted, and if so, removed from society until it’s safe to release them back into it—if ever." ...
 

Was Hughes Amendment lawfully passed? (video available)
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "And then, if you come to believe we’ve been swindled, ask yourself what we can do about it. Because it’s a cinch no one in Congress is motivated to resurrect this, nor is the anti-gun media." ...
 

Bloodthirsty: 'Gun control' lobby requires victims; the more the merrier
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'It's an ill wind that blows nobody good' is a proverb with particular applicability to the gun rights/'gun control' debate. A mass shooting--an event that any decent person would certainly classify as 'ill'--is, to the forcible citizen disarmament lobby, an opportunity to exploit. ...

"... From MSNBC Open Channel:"
"'In the wake of these kind of incidents, the trick is to move quickly,' said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, one of the gun control groups working with McCarthy's office."
"No one can accuse the VPC and McCarthy of being unaware of 'the trick.'" ...

 

PNW college student sues while Colorado J-school student stews
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Pacific Northwest college student filed a lawsuit this morning seeking to force school authorities to let him keep a firearm in his on-campus apartment, a case that could have significant ramifications for college campuses all over the landscape, including the University of Washington." ...
 

We Are All Funding Anti-Hunting Groups
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"How would you like to make a donation to the anti-hunting movement? You wouldn’t, of course, but like it or not, you already have. In 2007, for example, $280,000 of your tax dollars went directly to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)—the nation’s preeminent anti-hunting group—after HSUS successfully stopped the delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota." ...
 

Dueling Polls on Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the Tucson shootings, CBS News and CNN/Opinion Research Corp. -- among other organizations -- conducted polls asking Americans about their views on gun control. The CBS poll results indicated 'there is no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights.' According to the CNN/ORC poll, 69 percent said they 'have not changed their opinion' that more gun control is needed."
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Then, on Jan. 18, Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced the results of a poll it commissioned which, essentially, confirmed the same results but, somehow, indicate that Americans want and need more gun control. ..." ...
 

Dangers real, but deaths increasingly rare for police officers
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... "The recent rash of police shootings nationwide -- which left two police officers dead and at least nine injured in a 24-hour period Sunday and Monday -- has brought a fresh focus on the dangers of law enforcement." ...

"Still, law enforcement isn't among the top 10 most dangerous professions, according to the latest ranking by the U.S. Bureau of Labor. ..."

"Moreover, experts note and statistics indicate that police officers today appear appreciably less likely to be killed in the line of duty than they were decades ago." ...
 

Safer Streets 2011: Doctors against personal safety?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'll take this one, guys."

"I just finished reading an article by a physician who is against guns. As a non-physician medical practitioner in my own right and a second amendment authority in one, I am a colleague who can criticize."

"I have responded before to doctors who oppose gun violence, but their editorials and pleadings to reduce gun violence wind up killing the patient, that is, the disarmed community ...
 

Letter writer illogically uses historical context
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The author of a letter to the editor published on Jan 19 states: 'The Second Amendment only gave people the right to own muzzle loaders.'"

"This civic wisdom pearl says a lot about the author. First, he believes the Constitution, and by extension the government, gives rights to us, the governed."

"Second, it reveals the logic of 'The Founders were a bunch of ignorant rubes' cabal. The reasoning goes like this. The founders could have not foreseen the dizzying heights of technical sophistication to which their nation has climbed; thus they did not intend their words to be applicable to the present day." ...
 

Racial and ethnic divide over gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In a September survey, the Pew Research Center found that 50 percent of Americans favor protecting the right to own guns over the adoption of stricter gun control laws. There were important racial and ethnic distinctions. Non-Hispanic whites favor gun rights by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent."

"However, people of color hold opposite views. Among African- Americans, two-thirds—66 percent —favor control of guns, compared to 20 percent who favor giving preference to the right to own guns. Among Hispanics, the gap was even larger, with 75 percent favoring tougher gun control laws and only 21 percent giving the edge to gun owners." ...
 

Cooking the Gun Homicide Numbers at the NYT
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "New York Times readers, however, ought to hesitate before scurrying to speed-dial their Congress reptiles and demand an end to this preventable epidemic of gun ownership. To begin with, that repeated phrase "9 out of 10" has a euphonious ring, but Blow's data is simply inaccurate. I was unable to find any U.S. homicide statistics in the source cited, the United Nations Small Arms Survey, which for the most part discusses the proliferation of guns in places like Timor and Yemen. According to the Department of Justice, the percentage of homicides for guns in the U.S since 1977 has risen slightly from 62% to 68% -- less than seven out of ten, not nine out of ten." ...
 

SHOT Show Wrapup
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The world’s largest trade show for the firearms industry wrapped up today with what the sponsor, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, called record attendance. NSSF says that more than 57,000 people were there." ...
 

Massad Ayoob to Live Chat with TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia (That’s You)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lucky me. I got to talk with Massad Ayoob for over an hour yesterday. And lemme tell you, it was every bit as interesting, cool, fascinating, informative, instructive and riveting as I’d expected. And I had VERY high standards on this one. The Man waxed rhapsodic on topics from 'which caliber is best for self defense' to 'what weapon(s) should you have for home defense (and why)' and what NOT to do in order to avoid getting indicted, should you be forced to defend yourself. (Clue: do NOT jump up and down as you call 911, and shout 'I got one! I got one! I finally got one of the punks that keep robbing me!') I've got lots and lots of counterintuitive info . . ." ...
 

Quality – SIG SAUER and Kahr Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two more brands to consider: SIG SAUER and Kahr Arms."

"Kahr is a relative newcomer to the gun scene. Founded by the son of the man who headed the Unification Church (the 'Moonies'), Kahr makes small and medium-sized handguns with steel or polymer frames. They’re all single-stack, striker-fired designs." ...
 

Firearms-Related Comment of the Day: KSG Ammo Issues Edition (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A member of TTAG's Armed Intelligentsia had a look at the new Kel-Tec KSG and raised an important point: 'I don’t know how i'd feel about cops loading their weapon with lethal and non lethal ammo,' Alex opined. 'A simple wrong switch or not racking the slide after the change could be life or death.' It's an important issue for someone considering any shotgun for home defense . . ." ...
 

Smith & Wesson Governor. What’s Up With That? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When the shotshell-firing Taurus Judge first made the scene, the big ass handgun was an immediate sensation. Initial sales were stratospheric. By the time Winchester made new, more effective ammo for the gun—the PDX1 flying disks and BBs round—it was clear that the Judge was here to stay. As you’d expect, Taurus’ marketing mavens have been milking the Judge for all it was worth. They’ve added no less than 17 variants to their shotshell-firing line. Yes, well, when gun enthusiasts surveyed the Judge, they wondered what the hell is that thing for?" ...
 

FN-SCAR Accuracy Results
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here beginneth the dry, technical part of my FN-SCAR review. I can’t help it; I was (briefly) an engineering student, and whenever I notice myself starting to write a technical paper I get drier than a box of hard pretzels. So grab a beer (or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice) to wash it down with, and read on . . ." ...
 

Quality – Springfield XD and Smith & Wesson M & P
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Next up – tracking the reliability of Springfield Armory’s XD/XDM family of pistols, and the Smith & Wesson Military & Police pistols. Both are designed to compete with Glock, and like the Glock they are both available in full-size, compact and subcompact versions." ...
 

Gun Review: FN SCAR
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the name of 'work', I have had the privilege of shooting the hell out of a SCAR 16S and telling you how much fun I had. Before you think ill of me, please know this: I didn't set out to write a superlative-laden gushfest with less objectivity than a Tiger Beat biography of Taylor Lautner. I really didn't." ...
 

Guns, freedom and more guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I can confidently say that as young man living in America, I have never been in a situation where I look back and say 'wow, good thing I had my gun.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Then you should count your blessings. I can "confidently say" there are lots of people who have been in situations where they thought 'Oh Lord, I wish I had a gun' (Columbine and VA Tech leap to mind).
 

Mayor Bloomberg called for gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After the fatal shootings in Arizona, Columbine, Virginia Tech and on the Long Island Rail Road, the Mayor has joined others to pressure Congress to enact legislation to control illegal guns."

"Now, I believe the Second Amendment should never be appealed[sic] and I do believe in what it states which is, 'The right to bear arms shall not be infringed.' I do believe – on the other hand – that illegal guns must be stopped because they are ending up in the wrong hands. ..." ...
 

Gun rights aren't sacred in U.S.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "What makes our constitution the greatest legal document ever created is the fact that it is a living document. However, it is not the infallible word of God as many wish to believe. ..."

"Article Five places only one limit on the amending power: no amendment may deprive a state of equal representation in the Senate without that state's consent. With all the recent violence, maybe it is time our legislators revisit the Second Amendment. This Amendment guarantees the right of individuals to possess weapons." ...
 

If We All Had Guns, We'd All Be Safer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Gun advocates claim that we would all be safer if more people had guns, the crime rate, especially the murder rate would go down."

"I agree and in order to assure a safer more crime free society; teachers should be armed. Students should be armed. Convenience store clerks, fast food servers, gas station attendants and pharmacists should be armed. Retail clerks, postal workers, UPS and Federal Express employees should be armed. Ministers, priests, rabbis and nuns should be armed. Doctors, lawyers, public servants and all elected officials should be armed. Private cars, taxis and city buses should have gun turrets mounted on their roofs. ..."
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Right to bear muskets and dueling pistols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... [Justice Scalia] claims to know, understand and believe what the authors of the American Constitution originally intended by their language, despite the fact that the authors of same could not themselves do so at the time. Of course, they couldn’t imagine airplanes, automobiles, automatic weapons and airwaves ... but they certainly understood the meaning of 'arms.'"

"So let's stick with what they intended. Every citizen then would have the right to bear a muzzle-loading musket or (for people of the better sort) a dueling pistol. Not only can I live with that, but think how many more people could live, too."
 

N.R.A. Stymies Firearms Research, Scientists Say
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"In the wake of the shootings in Tucson, the familiar questions inevitably resurfaced: Are communities where more people carry guns safer or less safe? Does the availability of high-capacity magazines increase deaths? Do more rigorous background checks make a difference?"

"The reality is that even these and other basic questions cannot be fully answered, because not enough research has been done. And there is a reason for that. Scientists in the field and former officials with the government agency that used to finance the great bulk of this research agree in saying that the influence of the National Rife Association has all but choked off money for such work." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Why doesn't billionaire Bloomberg underwrite such research?

KABA Note: Given the outrageous anti-gun bias of the CDC (as exemplified by their refusal to review Dr. Lott's 'More Guns: Less Crime' study because it was "counterintuitive") I would submit that denying funding to these quacks is a good thing.
 

Bill Maher Rips Obama on Gun Control (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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VA: Gun Crazy: Mr. Smith and Wesson goes to Richmond
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the recent, horrific attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 20 others in Tucson, Arizona—and with the fourth anniversary of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech fast approaching—the last thing you might expect to see is some dude with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder strolling through the halls of Virginia’s State Capitol Building."

"But there he was, waiting patiently outside of a state senator’s office during last week’s annual 'Lobby Day,' in which citizen activists of all shapes and sizes descend upon Richmond to petition the General Assembly on behalf of their favorite causes." ...
 

SHOT Show 2011: "The Second Amendment Ain't About Duck Hunting"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Unlike televisions or blue jeans, firearms don't wear out in a matter of months or years. Gun ownership has been in long-term decline over the last 40 years. The industry experienced a brief resurgence in 2009 after President Obama's election stirred fears of new gun control laws. However, that buying surge has evaporated and left the industry reeling as many recent buyers have sold their firearms, flooding the secondary market." ...
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Submitter's Note: You are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts(.pdf file).
 

Out of control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the Jan. 8 Tucson tragedy, the airwaves — and the halls of Capitol Hill — have been filled with the predictable calls for expanded government oversight and decreased civil liberties. Clear-headed reasoning has been displaced by emotional pleas for aggressive legislation to prevent such tragedies in the future."

"The proposed fixes for the massacre have run the gamut from the superficially plausible to the simply idiotic. ..." ...
 

Bill of Rights protects everyone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While it is true that [the Tucson shooter] purchased a gun and committed a horrible crime with it, the Second Amendment was not written to prevent or predict such acts. The Second Amendment was primarily written to protect the American people from an overbearing government ..."

"The Second Amendment was also written in full realization that firearms can and will be used as tools for committing crimes. However, if citizens were not allowed to openly carry and keep guns, then only criminals and law enforcement will have them. That possibility would make criminals more brazen to commit crimes. ..." ...
 

Gun Control Standoff Heats Up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recovers from gunshot wounds and Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner pleads not guilty in a court of law, pundits and politicians prepare their arms for a debate on a historically heated and politically polarizing issue -- gun control." ...
 

How about more criminal control?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again a senseless loss of life has befallen those whose job it is to protect us. This time it was two brave law-enforcement officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department. And as predictable as daylight, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., blamed the murders on relaxed gun-control laws."

"My grandmother used say, there is such a thing as 'throwing the baby out with the bath water.' And that's exactly what legislators and anti-gun lobbies move to do at every opportunity. ..." ...
 

Stricter Gun Laws are the Best Way to Prevent Mass Shooting. Or Not.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine the gun control advocates’ distress when the Safeway Massacre didn’t move the needle on public support for more stringent gun laws. The usual suspects assumed a fall-back position: ban the type of high capacity magazine used by Jared Lee Loughner during his attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But you can’t keep a good liberal down, and polls are meant to be broken. Writing for (who else) the Huffington Post, working with the folks at Gallup, Margie Omerta, I mean Omera, managed to do the seemingly impossible: create a mandate for stricter gun laws where none exists. And a clever little Democratic pollster she is too . . ." ...
 

Who are we selling guns to?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "'Guns don't kill; people do' is not the real issue that divides us. The gray area that separates is not that a trigger is pulled and someone falls. It's the ease of access to the purchase of certain types of guns that by their very description are chilling." ...
 

ID: Idaho Law Student Wants Right to Carry Guns on Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Do we really need to make it easier for people to have weapons on school campuses? Really? We’re not worried about school shootings anymore? Is the Second Amendment really so broad that it requires us to allow students to weaponize their law school dorm rooms? Is there no 'safe zone' in America where I can go and be reasonably assured of not being hit with an unintended, stray, accidental bullet fired from a hand cannon a man was legally allowed to possess just because George Washington needed some well-armed farmers to defeat the British?" ...
 

TX: Possibility of guns in classrooms worries some administrators
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Teachers with guns in their classrooms? It could be a reality if some gun activists get their way."

"CBS 19'S Monique Bird explains why some don't think teachers with guns is a good idea. 'I understand what they're saying...just being involved with the school systems and knowing how schools are, I think that's a dangerous situation.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So you trust teachers to mold childrens' minds, but not to protect their lives?
 

OH: Cleveland police union president & Plain Dealer editorial board claim shootout with felon proves need for more gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"23-year-old Glenn Proctor was killed last week in a shootout with police, despite a gun control law that prohibited the felon from even possessing a firearm, despite a gun control law the prohibits shooting a firearm in city limits, despite a law that prohibits shooting at police, despite laws against attempted murder, etc. etc. etc."

"Despite all the gun control laws that were broken by this felon, the president of Cleveland's police union thinks he knows what would have prevented the shootout - another gun control law." ...
 

Urban editorial boards argue 2nd Amendment should be applied differently depending on where one lives, so what about the 1st?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On December 29, 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court once again upheld statewide preemption of gun laws, in essence knocking Ohio's cities out of the gun control business. The Ohio establishment media is attacking this ruling, not because of the substance of the ruling, but because it is a win for gun owners. In an attempt to disguise these editorials as something other than another anti-gun rant, the newspapers once again purport to be champions of 'home rule' authority." ...
 

Rutabaga Ridge and Bac-O
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The aftermath of the Arizona shooting reminded me of how much support there is for the Second Amendment compared to other amendments. No one — left or right — believes that guns will be restricted in any way."

"Not so with the other amendments. The ruling class has figured out how to make the Bill of Rights irrelevant." ...
 

After Tucson...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Possibly even more menacing than the constant gunfire imagery is a growing tendency among American right-wing commentators to depict political adversaries as actual enemies of the nation and its core values ..."

"Liberal commentators who made reference to the bellicose rhetoric in connection with the Tucson shootings were denounced for unfairly blaming their political opponents for the random actions of a mentally disturbed individual."

"While there is no indication that the gunman had a coherent political agenda of any kind, the explosive rhetoric nurtured by the 'Tea Party' movement and other right-wing elements nevertheless provides a context for the shooting that is very much worthy of attention ..." ...
 

The near-fatal shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is an instance of Far Right adventurism and intolerance to centrist policies in the United States.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... Gun violence is not unusual in the United States, largely because of the easy availability of all manner of guns. The [NRA], the gun lobby, the gun manufacturers and, mainly, the Republican Party are hardened against any kind of restrictions on gun purchases. The assault rifle ban, enacted in 1994, expired in 2004 and has languished ever since. Of all the States, Arizona has the most promiscuous gun laws; one is allowed to carry a concealed pistol without a permit ... An instant background check of gun purchases is considered a farce. No wonder the Mexican government bemoans this lack of regulations ..." ...
 

21st-Century Gun Laws for 21st-Century Weapons
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"Before the Tucson shootings are lost forever in the mists of time (which, given this country's attention span, figures to be two weeks from now), we might do well to ponder the various reactions to the outrage." ...

"The American people -- a lot of them -- responded by buying guns. Gun sales surged in the wake of the shooting. Apparently people see themselves standing in a shopping mall, taking dead aim on a gunman who's spraying the place with bullets, and bringing him down with a single shot. Lots of luck with that. Life seldom imitates Clint Eastwood movies. Even when it does, you rarely get to be Clint." ...
 

Kevin Powell Talks "Guns in America"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Accordingly, as we debate guns, gun control, and what happened, precisely, in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, January 8th, and who, exactly, is responsible, I think it time we cease pointing fingers at each other and take a good look in the mirror at ourselves."

"For there is something wrong with us as a people, as Americans, when some of us can justify, in the aftermath of that Arizona shooting tragedy, or the countless shootings in America's suburbs and inner cities, the right to bear arms. I am very clear what the Second Amendment says but, honestly, it is tough to hear those words this very moment ..." ...
 

PA: City Council should be able to ban guns at meetings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Given the horrific events in Arizona, many elected officials are understandably antsy about attending events and meetings where citizens might be packing heat."

"York City Councilwoman Toni Smith clearly is. She recently raised the question of whether citizens should be allowed to bring guns to council meetings - as at least one regular attendee reportedly does." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yes, because if laws and social mores against murder won't stop someone a gun ban surely will.
 

IA: Guns don't belong in the public library
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Of course the Iowa City Public Library should ban the display of firearms anywhere in the building!"

"And of course local governments should should ban the display of firearms on government property -- especially on Iowa City's pedestrian mall -- and during government meetings!"

"What possible good could come from allowing people to walk around with their guns on display in the public library?"

"What possible threat do gun owners think they will face at the library that they would need to come in packing heat?" ...
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KS: Find common ground on gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some issues appear to defy compromise and negotiation. ..."

"A seemingly unbridgeable gap exists between gun-control supporters, who see a proliferation of firearms spreading death and destruction, and gun-rights advocates, who view gun ownership as a fundamental right essential to American freedom."

"There seems to be little room for agreement, but we sincerely believe there is potential for common ground. ..." ...
 

AZ: We all deserve greater safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the Tucson disaster, it should give us pause that any violent person can buy super firearms designed to kill human beings rapidly, and without hesitation."

"If the popular constitutional argument were followed to its constitutional beginnings, then it would be possible only to purchase weapons available at the time the second amendment was implemented." ...
 

PA: Gun Restriction Advocate Stops in Youngstown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Elliot Fineman has experienced what he calls the 'wrath' of gun violence."

"'I lost my son four years ago to a paranoid schizophrenic who came into a restaurant where my son was eating, having dinner with his wife. And by the time everything was over my son was murdered,' he said." ...

"... Fineman said the tragedy in Arizona earlier this month is a prime example of how relaxed American gun laws have become. He said if gun laws had done their job, [the shooter] would never have been able to purchase the gun ..."

"He also said the tragedy reminds him of his own son's death. Both were senseless and could have been prevented with gun restrictions." ...
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Submitter's Note: And therein lies the problem. No laws will ever completely prevent crimes, so the antis will keep calling for stricter and stricter laws.
 

Re. "Gun crazy, or gun savvy" by JT Coyote, opinion, Jan. 21
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I write to correct an understandable but nonetheless egregious grammatical error in JT Coyote's attempt to parse the syntax of the Second Amendment in his opinion column. He describes the one-sentence amendment as consisting of 'two dependent clauses, each modifying and explaining the other.' Not so. (Not possible either.) The first 'clause' is in fact a nominative absolute, and the second is the independent or main clause of the sentence. Let me explain." ...
 

Public doesn't understand the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a letter to the editor on Jan. 9, a Margate gentleman asked the question, 'Who really has the right to bear arms?' The answer is in the wording — the people do. Generally, the public doesn't understand the thrust of the Second Amendment, nor the phrase concerning the militia. The militia is not the National Guard, which is a government-controlled organization. ..."
 

NYC Mayor wants Obama to talk gun control in State of the Union Address
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today called upon President Barack Obama to speak out on the issue of illegal guns during his State of the Union Address Tuesday night."

"The mayor was flanked by Martin Luther King III and 34 family members affected by gun violence. Bloomberg said that the 34 family members, representing the shootings in Tuscon, Columbine and at Virginia Tech, as well as local shootings symbolized the 34 people who are killed each day by gun violence." ...
 

OpenSecrets.org Provides 2011 Legislative Preview Ahead of Barack Obama's State of the Union Address
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... "GUNS"

"Second Amendment rights and gun control issues stand in the spotlight in the wake of a mass shooting at a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz., which left six dead and 13 others injured, including Giffords, who is recovering from a shot to the head." ...
 

Bernie Sanders Doth Protest Too Much
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"Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wasted no time using the Tucson shooting to financially benefit his 2012 reelection campaign. From his email:"
"In terms of this savage shooting rampage, several points need to be made. First, this horrendous act of violence is not some kind of strange aberration for this area where, it appears, threats and acts of violence are part of the political climate. Nobody can honestly express surprise that such a tragedy finally occurred." ...
 

Obama must advocate for tighter gun control laws
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"Why does any civilian need a gun clip that fires off 33 bullets without having to reload?"

"That question has been asked over and over again since six citizens were killed and 13 injured in a mass shooting Jan. 8 in Tucson."

"In his State of the Union speech tonight, President Barack Obama must strongly challenge Congress to ban such large clips and revisit the expired ban on assault weapons. After all, he campaigned to reinstate that very ban." ...
 

Hero intern urging tighter gun laws
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"The 20-year-old intern credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is urging President Obama to support tougher gun laws in response to the deadly Arizona shootings."

"Daniel Hernandez, the intern who rushed to treat Giffords (D-Ariz.) after she was shot Jan. 8 in Tucson, is endorsing a new proposal from Mayors Against Illegal Guns that will require states to report mental-health cases to a federal database designed to screen gun purchases." ...
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Submitter's Note: So he is urging a 'solution' to a purported problem which had absolutely nothing to do with the Tucson shooting.
 

Will Seattle liberals hear about guns in tonight’s State of the Union?
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"Faithful liberals in Seattle, Bellingham, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane, Bremerton and Mercer Island will be glued to their television sets during tonight’s State of the Union speech, and if Dennis Henigan at the Brady Center has anything to say about it, they will hear Barack Obama make some historic statement about guns."

"If he does, expect a reaction from the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and Second Amendment Foundation. ..." ...
 

Baum to Obama: Don’t Burn Ballistic Bridges
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"That’s me and my family [pictured] at the Democratic Convention in 2008, watching Barack Obama accept the nomination. We’re big Obama fans. But I find myself cringing when I read all the calls from the left for Obama to come out strongly for gun control in tonight’s State of the Union address." ...
 

Obama agenda: SOTU, No. 2
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... "... hero intern Daniel Hernandez 'credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is urging President Obama to support tougher gun laws in response to the deadly Arizona shootings.' He said, 'It is my hope that President Obama and Congress will work together right away to reform our gun background-check system so that all records of dangerous people are in the system and all gun buyers will have to pass a thorough background check,' Hernandez said Monday in a statement. Such changes should 'be done in a way that does not infringe on Second Amendment rights,' he added, 'so that responsible citizens may exercise their right to bear arms.'" ...
 

Gun Control Advocates Await Obama’s State of the Union Address
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"The Obama Administration has released details of the President’s State of Union address for Tuesday. Economy. Jobs. Deficit reduction. Spending Cuts. Reaching across the aisle. Yada yada yada. The only real suspense: will the Commander-in-Chief throw his support behind Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy’s bill to ban high capacity magazines? We know the Prez will address the Safeway Massacre at some point in his speech. Members of the medical team that treated Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford will be in attendance. Chances are President Obama will say something vague about gun violence and closing loopholes, look determined during the standing O and let it go at that. ..." ...
 

Senator Lautenberg Introduces Three Gun Control Bills
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"Today, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a package of three common-sense gun safety bills that would ban high-capacity gun magazines and keep deadly weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists. As one of Congress’ leading voices for gun safety, Senator Lautenberg has worked throughout his career to draft legislation that prevents criminals and terrorists from obtaining guns and assault weapons." ...
 

IA: Wright County practices a double standard
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"'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.'"

"Does anyone recognize that quote?"

"In Wright County, Iowa, that idea is alive and well. As local governments in Iowa continue their illegal slaughter of Iowa's statewide preemption laws, Wright County has taken things a step further. Not only did they pass a ban on firearms in county facilities, but they decided that their ban only pertains to the common citizens who would do business or live in the county. From their newly enacted Ordinance Number 42:" ...
 

MI: Michigan bill would allow guns in churches, bars (poll available)
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"Legislation to do away with the list of places where concealed weapons are banned in Michigan – including churches, arenas and bars – was introduced today in the state Senate."

"Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, the bill’s sponsor, said the restrictions, enacted as part of a controversial change in concealed weapons law a decade ago which made licenses easier to obtain, are cumbersome and unnecessary." ...
 

OH: Message to Ohio gun owners: Telling the "embarrassing" truth about a Republican could cost you
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"For the volunteer leaders at Buckeye Firearms Association, 2010 was one of the more interesting election years in this political action committee's history."

"While BFA is now and always has been a non-partisan, single-issue PAC, the many volunteers and supporters who make up the organization are by no means apolitical. Nor are most (any?) one-issue voters. As in any such endeavor (a single-issue group made up of partisan individuals), there is going to be temptation to let other non-related issues influence the actions of the PAC. This year, more than ever before, this PAC (and other pro-gun organizations that have influence in the Buckeye State) were faced with the challenges of putting our 'non-partisan' words into action." ...
 

AZ: Pearce to Senate: It's OK to pack heat
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"Just in case there was any doubt, Senate President Russell Pearce on Tuesday sent a memo to lawmakers clarifying his policy on guns in the Senate: Feel free to pack heat."

"Pearce's policy may conflict with the state law that's posted at the entrance to both the Senate and House advising visitors they cannot bring weapons inside. But he says the state Constitution gives him authority to make the rules within the building." ...
 

VA: Va. House passes states' rights measure
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"Virginia's House of Delegates on Tuesday struck another largely symbolic blow against centralized power in Washington, D.C., by endorsing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow two-thirds of states to cancel federal laws and regulations." ...
 

NJ: Legislation won't stop criminals from buying guns
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"Again and again, I read the same arguments over gun control after every shooting tragedy. Almost every sane human being wants firearms to be kept out of the hands of violent or emotionally disturbed individuals, but the debate on how to do that always seems to land in the same place. Liberals want to make firearms more difficult to obtain and conservatives want fewer restrictions, citing Second Amendment rights." ...
 

NE: NRA backs recall; mayor opposes illegal guns
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"The National Rifle Association has fired a late shot at Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle."

"A neon orange postcard showed up in the mailboxes of Omahans on Monday — the day before the election on recalling Suttle — urging them to 'vote to defend your freedom' and recall the mayor."

"The group's political action committee, the NRA Political Victory Fund, targeted Suttle for being a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national organization made up of 500 mayors that says it works to stop the flow of illegal guns into cities." ...
 

GA: Praise Jesus (And Pass The Glock)
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"A gun rights organization in Georgia is asking Speaker of the House David Ralston and Gov. Nathan Deal to support legislation that would lift the state’s ban on carrying firearms into places of worship."

"'Over the past decade, at least twenty instances have been documented thoughout the country where a crazed thug enters a place of worship and shot, or attempted to shoot, the place up,' said Patrick Parsons, executive director of Georgia Gun Owners." ...
 

NE: Is the NRA piling on Mayor Suttle?
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"As if Mayor Suttle didn't have enough problems, in an 11th hour push, the NRA is joining the fray. It's hard to give a coherent reason why however, as Suttle has never taken any position on gun issues. Oh yeah, he's against illegal guns getting into the hands of Omaha's street gangs. That doesn't sound even remotely controversial and yet the NRA's political action committee has now targeted Suttle in an effort separate from the groups that support the recall effort." ...

"One has to wonder about the true motives of the NRA in this effort. A possible reason is that Suttle is a member of a group known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns ...
 

NC: N.C. gun group wants concealed guns allowed in more public places
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"The shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., in early January is not blunting calls by North Carolina gun rights advocates for the ability to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, malls, restaurants and other areas, the head of the state’s NRA affiliate says." ...
 

IL: Reitz Seeks to Pass Concealed Carry Law in Illinois
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"State Rep. Dan Reitz (D-Steeleville) is co-sponsoring legislation in the Illinois House that would allow responsible gun owners to carry a concealed weapon in public."

"'Illinois is one of only two states without a concealed carry law on the books and it is time that we recognize the rights of responsible gun owners in our state,' Reitz said. 'I have faith in our law enforcement officials that concealed carry permits will be issued only after stringent criminal and mental background checks, as mandated by the bill.'" ...
 

NY: Good Morning, Buffalo -- A quick look at what's happening today in Western New York
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... "Converging on Albany today to stand up for their Second Amendment rights are hunters, recreational shooters, collectors and others who think having a gun handy is a good idea. SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) chapters across the state have chartered buses with the target of exceeding the total of 2,500 who attended last year's Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day." ...
 

VA: House Republicans approve tea party bills
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"Conservatives advanced measures through Virginia's House on Tuesday that defy Washington by exempting Virginia-made goods from federal oversight, allow states to repeal federal law and blunt federal energy policy." ...
 

GA: Judge upholds ban on guns in places of worship
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"A federal judge has upheld the Georgia law banning weapons in churches, mosques and synagogues, saying gun rights advocates had not shown that carrying a firearm is necessary to practicing any religion."

"U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal late Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the gun rights organization GeorgiaCarry.org and the minister at the Baptist Tabernacle of Thomaston. Royal wrote that Georgia law did not violate the First Amendment right to freedom of religion or the Second Amendment guarantee of a right to bear arms." ...
 

U.S.: Gun raids show cartels at work in Arizona
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"Federal officials say they have new evidence that Mexico's most violent drug cartels are exploiting U.S. guns laws to acquire massive quantities of assault rifles and other firearms for use in their war against the Mexican government." ...

"In the cases announced Tuesday, officials said the alleged straw buyers managed to acquire the weapons — and pass federal background checks — without raising red flags despite the fact that in some cases they plunked down large sums of cash for multiple purchases of assault rifles. In one case, officials said, seven individuals spent $104,251 in cash at various Phoenix-area firearms dealers to acquire 140 firearms." ...
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KABA Note: And how many of these "suspicious" purchases were a red-flagged by dealers but okayed under the ATF's Project Gunwalker?
 

Jesse Ventura sues TSA in pat-down smackdown
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... "The lawsuit, which also names Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole as defendants, argues the searches are 'unwarranted and unreasonable intrusions on Governor Ventura's personal privacy and dignity and are a justifiable cause for him to be concerned for his personal health and well-being.'" ...
 

TX: Humble officer on leave after killing car burglary suspect at mall
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"A Humble police officer remains on administrative leave after authorities said he accidentally shot and killed a suspected car burglar at Deerbrook Mall." ...
 

KY: Officer suspended for giving 7-year-old a ticket
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"A police officer here has been suspended for 15 days for giving a 7-year-old a ticket after a ball the child threw hit the officer's truck." ...
 

MI: Detroit women get no help in arrest of alleged car thief
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"An alleged car thief got more than he bargained for when three women yanked him out of the vehicle he was trying to steal, held him down and made a citizen's arrest."

"But when the women repeatedly called Detroit Police, they said nobody responded, so they decided to walk the man to the nearby Central District police station. On the way, they said they encountered a Detroit police officer — who they claim refused to take the man into custody." ...
 

IL: Judge gives former Ill. sheriff life in prison
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"A federal judge called a disgraced Illinois sheriff 'the worst of humanity' Wednesday and sentenced him to life in prison for trafficking marijuana on the job and a foiled plot to have potential witnesses killed." ...
 

OH: Tale of the Tape: Buckeye Big Bucks Club
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"The current Ohio deer season is winding down with the archery season concluding February 6. It is the time when hunters remember the season, celebrate the harvest or perhaps lament about the lack of success. It's often a busy time of year for the official scorers of the Buckeye Big Bucks Club (BBBC). Perhaps no one in Ohio has scored more animals than Ron E. Perrine, Sr, of Xenia." ...
 

OH: New gun range plan at Marietta community college not dead, but many hurdles still ahead
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"The Marietta Times is reporting that while proposed plan to build an outdoor gun range at Washington State Community College isn't dead, but those involved say there are numerous hurdles to overcome before it could happen."

"A meeting in early December about the proposed range, which would be located on a hill beyond the college's lower parking lot, yielded anger and concerns about safety from neighbors of the college." ...
 

AZ: State of Breakdown: Guns on campus divisive
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"A proposal by a state Legislator to allow anybody 21 and older with a concealed carry permit to bring their gun to college campuses has been met with moderation and resistance at Northern Arizona University."

"Senior Cody Newport said he supports guns in general, off-campus. But he's a hard-liner against guns on campus."

"He recognized that people bent on a shooting at NAU would not be deterred by a ban. But the campus is just too crowded for guns around campus to be safe." ...
 

US Firearms Supplied to UK Criminals
Submitted by: Mike the Limey
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"Weapons smuggled into the UK from the US in hold [checked] luggage are being hunted by police, it has been revealed."

"American Steven Greenoe, 37, is accused in the US of smuggling 62 guns into the UK, including Glock and Ruger 9mm pistols."

"Police fear many were sold on to criminal gangs in north-west England." ...
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Submitter's Note: No mention of the MAIN source of illegal firearms in the UK: Eastern Europe & Russia......
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. — Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964 (1909-1998)

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