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Giuliani campaign strategy is out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The presidential campaign strategy for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — complete with a $100 million fundraising target for this year — is out of the bag."

"The paper said an anonymous source obtained the document after it was left behind on a campaign swing in 2006, but Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel claimed it was actually pilfered from airline luggage." ...

"... Mindel played down its importance, saying it is 'simply someone's ideas which were committed to paper over three months ago.'"

"The document also predicts some $100 million could be spent against Giuliani to highlight political vulnerabilities like his three marriages and moderate stances on social issues including gun control and gay rights."
 

It's a Simple Question of Logic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Historically, the second amendment was meant to protect the citizens from the government gaining too much power. The right to keep and bear arms was foundational to the creation of security in this nation. Historically, every government that has ever denied their citizens the right to keep and bear arms has turned quickly into a one-party rule dominion over that nation. The citizens of this new nation realized that governments under the control of either a monarchy or a one party rule could become power hungry, and the only way to maintain power would be to deny the citizens their right to protect themselves." ...
 

New Year Resolutions (OFCC)
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"It is that time of year when each of us take stock of what we have done, where we are, and what we would like to accomplish in the coming year. This reflection usually ends up in a list of resolutions. I am drawing up two lists this time and hope that you will do the same. The first is my perennial list: Lose ten pounds, Exercise every day, Call my mother more often… ..."

"With that, I will move on to my second list. This is the one that I plan on taking much more seriously so that I won’t feel too badly about skipping a morning run every now and then. Below are a few things that I will do my absolute best in trying to accomplish in 2007:"

"1. Do not remain silent so that only anti-gun voices are heard. ..." ...
 

More U.S. gun stores closed
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"With little fanfare, the federal government has substantially increased the number of licenses it has taken away from gun dealers over the past five years, according to newly obtained statistics."

"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives pulled federal firearms licenses from 22 gun dealers across the country in 2001. That number increased almost six-fold last year when ATF revoked 131 licenses, statistics show."

"Despite the increase, license revocations remain exceedingly rare and the number pales in comparison with the roughly 105,000 people and businesses nationwide permitted to sell firearms and ammunition." ...
 

Rosie O'Donnell, Katie Couric, 'Supposed' Fans of Gun Control?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the Federal Page in Tuesday's Washington Post, Jeffrey Birnbaum, who covers lobbying, suggests it's not 'genuine' for the National Rifle Association to sound the alarm on threats to gun rights at the moment: 'No one expects gun legislation to pass this year.' But in dismissing the 'not-so-imminent threat' (as the article's headline describes it), Birnbaum goes too far:"

"The document is filled with sinister-looking caricatures of supposed anti-gun figures such as filmmaker Michael Moore, comedian Rosie O'Donnell, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (R) and CBS News anchor Katie Couric."

"Supposed? Doesn't Birnbaum remember Rosie trying to wallop NRA spokesman Tom Selleck into submission? ..." ...
 

NRA warns members on Democrats
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The National Rifle Association is warning that Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill 'could be one of the most unfriendly' to the NRA."

"The organization is unhappy with the voting records of incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other House Democrats, the Washington Post reported, and is serving notice that it will resist attempts to pass new gun laws."

"'The new leadership could be one of the most unfriendly to the National Rifle Association,' said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam." ...
 

NRA Sounds Alarm of Not-So-Imminent Threat
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In lobbying, a threat is good for business, whether it's genuine or not."

"This might help to explain the dire warnings being issued by the National Rifle Association as the Democrats prepare to take control of Congress this week." ...

"The famously combative lobby, with 4 million members, is displeased with the voting histories of Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other top Democrats in the House and is putting them on notice that it won't tolerate passage of anti-gun measures."

"The only problem: No one expects gun legislation this year." ...
 

6.8x43mm SPC Cartridge for Urban Warfare CQB and Short-to-Medium-Range Sniping
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"Anybody who's been keeping abreast of small arms and ammo develpments in the USSOCOM arena should already be aware fo the 6.8x43mm SPC a.k.a. '6.8mm Remington SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge)' cartridge concept. The 6.8x43mm Special Purpose Cartridge (SPC) was conceived and designed with the help of members of the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group as a much better answer for urban warfare and CQB (Close Quarters Battle) than the 62gr 5.56x45mm NATO round, and a much better short and intermediate distance sniping round than the 77 gr. 5.56mm round that's been utilized of late in the SPR (Special Purpose Rifle) by U.S. Spec-Ops personnel in the Middle East." ...
 

KY: 'I Had No Other Choice': Man Recalls Fatal Shooting
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"Tom Pierson says he could have never prepared for what he happened in his Kenton County back yard Saturday night."

"'When he pulled that weapon on me and pointed it at my heart ... I don't know how I survived it,' he said. ..."

"Pierson said he went into his back yard because he saw someone there, and because he'd had trouble with thefts lately, he brought a gun with him." ...

"Pierson said the conversation started well enough, but then Miller pulled out a handgun and Pierson fired." ...

"Kenton County deputies are still working to determine if this is a case of self defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Police Deciding If Charges Will Be Filed"???? Are they serious? It looks cut and dried as self defense to me.
 

FL: Man claims self-defense in DeLand shooting
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"Police on Sunday continued to investigate a shooting Friday that left one man dead."

"Officials said they were trying to determine if the shooting was justified. The man who fired a weapon at the man who died told police he acted in self-defense. Police said a man went to a home ... and knocked on the back door. The man then started an argument with Drew Munro, who was in the home."

"'The argument escalated and both subjects armed themselves,' a press release said."

"Police said shots were fired, but did not clarify whether both men fired weapons. Munro told officers that he fired at the man and was not sure if he hit him. The other man fled on foot. Neighbors found the body in the same neighborhood on Saturday ..." ...
 

MD: Beefing up protective orders
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"Hardly a week goes by without news of a Maryland resident who has been murdered or seriously injured in an act of domestic violence where a protective order had been issued against the attacker. In a recent incident, police shot a 25-year-old Kent County man who had forced his way into the apartment of his girlfriend and held their toddler hostage."

"... In many of these cases, protective orders ... had been signed by either a District Court commissioner or a judge. They are important tools to help prevent troubled relationships from turning worse through abuse, harassment and physical violence. But they're not cure-alls. A few tweaks to the law can reinforce their effectiveness." ...
 

The independent company of free citizens, New York, 1775
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"New York, 1775. Sir, The independent company of free citizens, of which you are a member, are to meet this day at [blank] o'clock in the Brick-meeting yard; at which time and place, properly armed and accoutred, you will be pleased to give your punctual attendance. By order of the Captain...."
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, April 29, 1778
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"...They contend for the rights of human nature, and therefore merit the patronage and assistance of all mankind. Their success will secure a refuge from persecution and tyranny to those who wish to pursue the dictates of their own consciences, and to reap the fruits of their own industry...."

"...we promise and engage to you that great privilege of man, the free and uninterrupted exercise of your religion, complete protection of your persons from injury, the peaceable possession of the fruits of your honest industry, the absolute property in the soil granted to you to defend, unless you shall otherwise dispose of it, to your children and your children's children for ever...."
 

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, "...to answer to the charge of manslaughter...", May 15, 1856
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"......Mr. Knowlton submitted the following preamble and resolution, claiming the same to be a matter of privilege, viz:

"Whereas a difficulty occurred at Willard's Hotel, in this city, on the 8th instant, between Hon. Philemon T. Herbert, a member of this House from the State of California, and Thomas Keating, a waiter at said hotel, which resulted in the death of said Keating from a pistol shot fired by said Herbert...."

"...Guess ol' Thomas Jefferson was correct when he stated;

No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”



 

VA: Officer Disciplined in IHOP Shooting
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"An Alexandria police officer who shot and killed a teenager last year will be disciplined, but not fired, police officials announced on Tuesday."

"Officer Carl Stowe was working as a security guard when he fired shots ..." ...

"The shooting occurred after a group of teens left the restaurant allegedly after failing to pay their bill."

"Stowe, a 13-year veteran of the force, fired at the teens' Jeep as it drove toward him."

"An internal police investigation found that Officer Stowe acted within department policy in his decision to use lethal force in self-defense, but found Stowe 'unreasonably placed himself in a position that allowed the situation to elevate to a level of high risk' when he stepped in front of the Jeep." ...
 

LA: Police charged for Katrina shooting greeted by supporters
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"Hundreds of people today gathered at a New Orleans jail in support of seven police officers charged in relation to a deadly shooting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina." ...

"The charges relate to shootings on the Danziger Bridge on September 4 2005 ..." ...

"The facts of what happened on the Danziger Bridge remain murky. Police say that the officers were responding to a report that some of their colleagues had been hurt ..."

"Mr Madison’s brother ... claims they were both running from a group of teenagers who had opened fire on the bridge when seven men jumped out of a truck and also began firing at them without warning. The men did not identify themselves as police officers, he says." ...
 

India: Cop, army fugitives behind gold loot case
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"A COP posted at the Chief Minister’s residence, Ramakant Yadav along with army fugitives, Ajay Pal Singh and Sunil Singh had looted 11 kg gold and cash from a Kanpur-based jeweller on December 19 in Unnao."

"Ramakant had also allegedly shot dead another driver, Chotu who had tipped them about the movement of jeweller Kailash Nath Agarwal." ...
 

Canada: Government orders psychological testing for trainers of armed border guards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Canadian border guards who want to train their colleagues in the use of weapons will have to pass a test of their own later this month - to see if they're psychologically fit to handle a gun."

"A hurried contract tender worth $74,000 was posted this week ... for getting the Conservative government policy underway by July."

"The contract's objective: 'to evaluate psychological readiness to carry a side arm of candidates who have applied for a . . . Use of Force Trainer position.'"

"Up to 110 such candidates, spread across Canada, are to be tested for medical and personality disorders Jan. 15-31, with followup interviews and evaluations completed by Feb. 15." ...
 

WA: Ex-PNNL worker says beliefs in gun rights led to firing
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"A former cyber security researcher has sued for wrongful termination, claiming his former boss at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory didn't like his pro-gun beliefs and that's why he was fired."

"Joseph Huffman ... alleges in a lawsuit filed in Benton County Superior Court that his supervisor at the federal lab in Richland spent hours examining Huffman's personal Web site about gun rights issues in the weeks before the firing in June 2005."

"Huffman, 51, claims in the recently filed suit he was accused of violating lab policies relating to downloading non-business related materials from the Internet, 'accessing anti-governmental Web sites while at work' and performing personal business on company or client time." ...
 

TX: Family, not gun, is to blame (4th letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Re: 'Still think guns are safe?' by Philip Scott, Wednesday Letters."

"Mr. Scott seems to blame either Second Amendment supporters or the firearm for this tragic incident, when the blame lies with parents and grandparent who allowed this to happen."

"The parents should have taught the boy that firearms are not toys – not even starter pistols. The grandmother is responsible because she left the weapon where a child could easily take it. In most states, including Texas, this is illegal, not to mention irresponsible."

"My wife and I are firearm owners who take this responsibility seriously. We have no children, yet we still have taken steps to make sure that unauthorized individuals cannot use our firearms." ...
 

KY: Great-Grandmother, 80, Bags First Deer
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"Gladys Schaefer likes to get things done. The 80-year-old western Kentucky great-grandmother followed that mantra in her first outing as a deer hunter. She bagged a doe within 30 minutes in late November. 'Don't stop doing things 'til you're in the grave!' Schaefer says."

"She's a mother of four, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of seven who loves boating, plays golf three or four times a week and is getting ready for a trip to Las Vegas."

"'She's a totally amazing woman,' said Mark Lynn, her son-in-law."

"Her grandson-in-law, Christopher Connell and Lynn took Schaefer out for the Nov. 20 hunt. They picked her up the day before to take her out for some target practice." ...
 

KS: Nearly 3,000 seek concealed gun permits
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"Kansas enters the new year with nearly 3,000 people cleared for carrying concealed handguns."

"And more applications are coming into the Kansas Attorney General’s Office."

"'Actually, it's picked up a little bit in the last two weeks of December,' said Chuck Sexson, the office's director of concealed services. He said last week that he expected about 5,000 applications would have been received by the start of 2007."

"The state had mailed 2,981 license approval notices to concealed carry applicants as of Wednesday, Sexson said. The next step is for applicants to take their notices to a Kansas driver's license office and have their concealed carry licenses made." ...
 

WI: Settlement near in suit against keeping bill drafts secret
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"Don't be surprised to see a quick settlement of a lawsuit that tries to stop legislators from keeping drafts of their bills secret until they’re officially introduced."

"Peg Lautenschlager, outgoing attorney general, filed the suit, after two GOP lawmakers secretly shared a draft of their concealed weapons' bill with the National Rifle Association. Now, Judy Robson, incoming Senate Majority Leader, says the new attorney general, J.B. Van Hollen, will probably settle the case after he takes office Wednesday."

"Van Hollen has not said what he’ll do. But he does say Lautenschlager was apparently trying to change the current law with her suit, and the AG shouldn’t be doing that. ..." ...
 

NY: Renew the ban on assault weapons
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Assault weapons are dangerous and should never be available for private use."

"In 1994, President Clinton passed a law to ban the private use of assault weapons. His reason was a growing number of school and other public shootings across the nation."

"I am an outdoorsman and a hunter, and I think assault weapons are ridiculous. They should be used only for military purposes. The ban on semi- and fully-automatic weapons should be renewed."

"When the next school or public shooting happens, the public will be saying, 'We should have banned these guns when we had the chance.' Now we have a chance. Don't waste it."

"The ban should be renewed, and it will be a big topic in the upcoming 2008 election. ..." ...
 

NE: Concealed weapons now legal in state - if you follow rules
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"This is your only warning, would-be criminals. You better think twice in selecting your next victim, for you never know who will be 'packing heat.'"

"Tuesday, Jan. 2, is the first day Nebraska residents can apply for a permit to legally carry a concealed weapon."

"That is, of course, if you have already taken a certification class approved by the Nebraska State Patrol, which is required before filling out an application for the permit."

"So far, only four instructors have been certified to teach the handgun-training course required by the state."

Patrick S. Smith, ... was certified to teach the course in November 2006. People have been calling him from all across the state for the certification course. ..." ...
 

OH: Looking Back At 2006 - And Forward To 2007 (BFA)
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"Ohio sportsmen have many things for which to be thankful. Looking at the national outdoor media, there are states, which still have blue laws prohibiting Sunday hunting. Michigan sportsmen lost their battle over dove hunting which may very well open the door for additional anti-hunting measures in their state. These are non-issues for Ohio sportsmen. While 2006 saw continued success there are significant challenges ahead." ...
 

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