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Top Chicago cop continues to blame law for crime
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "If it’s that dangerous, what kind of mentality would demand citizens in that environment be helpless?" ...
 

Reuters reports on ATF 'Gunwalker' reassignments day after GRE, SSI
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "This confirms the exclusive stories broken last night by this correspondent and Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, and elaborated on this afternoon by Dave Workman. It is one more in a series of exclusives showing how new media continues to outperform the establishment press--as has been the documented case from day one of 'Project Gunwalker' reporting. ..." ...
 

Academia Nuts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Quincy College's governing board will consider a policy that would ban everyone other than police officers from carrying a gun on campus, regardless of whether they have a permit,' The Patriot Ledger reports."

"According to College President Peter Tsaffaras, they've 'received anecdotal evidence sometimes that we have students who are coming to school armed.'"

"And while he admits 'they're not hostile or threatening,' he says Quincy needs a policy 'to deal with it.' But it will be a policy without teeth, as campus security guards don't carry guns."

"Having everyone but predators unarmed is how these 'educators' define 'safety'?" ...
 

Breaking News: Chicago Police Supt. Recognizes Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, Supt. Garry McCarthy stated at a press conference in Chicago’s 15th District Headquarters that 'Congress could close loopholes in gun laws without violating the public’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.' I am gratified that Superintendent McCarthy has finally recognized the validity of the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago ..." ...
 

Feel Good News of the Day: US Most Heavily Armed Country
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Are you having a down day today? Well here’s a little pick-me-up. According to something called the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, The United States is – far and away – the most heavily armed country in the world. In fact, it wasn’t even much of a race. Read on to put a spring in your step and a frown on mikeb’s apple-cheeked face…" ...
 

Two "As Things Should Be" Responses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two recent high profile shootings show us that sometimes, in the aftermath, things go as they should, though in only one of those actual shootings did we have what anyone could call a happy ending." ...
 

Gun Control: A Movement Without Followers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the year since the Tucson (Ariz.) massacre, in which a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people and wounded 13, the most famous victim, Gabrielle Giffords, has recovered admirably. The Arizona representative has co-authored a memoir and made appearances in the well of the House of Representatives and on national television. What Giffords and her fellow Democrats have not done is use the Tucson bloodshed to achieve tougher gun control laws."

"The inaction, especially President Barack Obama’s passivity on the topic, demonstrates that gun control has expired as a national political issue. If Democrats can’t sell stiffer restrictions after a midday attack on a congresswoman, when can they?" ...
 

[Not So] New from Sphinx: SDP Compact Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Swiss Miss Sphinx is moving into the U.S. market with their CZ-like pistols. Again. Still. As part of that push, the American arm has started to Tweet. (OMG!) One of the company’s first Tweets brings news that they’re finally bringing the SDP Compact 9mm into the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave (note: same place). As it’s been a long day in the Internet salt mines; I’m gonna post ye olde presser after the jump and call it good. If the SDP is as good as their race guns, and we hope to get some trigger time at SHOT and report, well-heeled CZ-lovers may have a suitably swish alternative . . ." ...
 

We live in the future
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As shooters, we are tremendously fortunate to live in a day and age where the best guns ever made for self defense are readily availale for reasonable prices. You can put lasers on these guns to make them even easier to aim, and now the trend is to put red dot optics on handguns to make them more effective and easier to aim."

"Now Brownells is offering slides that are pre-cut for the popular red dot optics through partnership with Glockworx. ..." ...
 

Chiappa Rhino .40 S&W
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just got the press release from Chiappa about the latest addition to the Rhino line: the Chiappa Rhino .40 which will be at SHOT 2012:" ...

"Now, we’ve had some rough experiences with Chiappa Rhinos in the office, but the fact of the matter is that I want to love this gun. It’s so delightfully quirky, and when it works it really does do make a huge difference in the way the gun recoils. ..."
 

Gun control, race, and the founding fathers (podcast available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"KPFA's Mitch Jeserich, one of my favorite people on the radio, had a fascinating discussion this morning with Adam Winkler, who's written an new book about the history of gun control. Everyone who fights with me on this blog knows I'm not a big fan of guns, and Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, doesn't completely agree with me."

"But there's some interesting stuff in his book and it's worth listening to the show -- in part because it shows just how inconsistent the gun nuts have been over the years and how their claims about the Second Amendment don't hold up when you look at history." ...
 

D.C. Gun Victims Vigil Sunday; Anniversary of Tucson Shooting
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"The Brady Campaign today announced that Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, and Rep. Jim Moran will be guest speakers, along with local victims and survivors of gun violence, at the Washington, D.C. vigil for victims of gun violence on January 8, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, 1510 9th Street NW." ...

"Vigils, candle-lighting ceremonies and religious services will be held in more than 60 locations and 22 states on January 8." ...
 

WI Cap Times Columnist: Concealed Carry Sucks. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dave Zweifel of the Madison WI Cap Times doesn’t like Wisconsin’s new shall-issue permit to carry law, and doesn’t mind telling the world about his feelings. And neither does the house cartoonist. In Zweifel’s piece, the scribe tries to make the case that there’s no way to know if concealed carry is safer or not. Despite all the evidence staring him in the face. If he cares to look. Unfortunately, he also doesn’t seem to mind lying through his teeth about the law, its passage and its proponents…" ...
 

NY: Turner mum on gun control bills
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"'I want to let the family and the NYPD know that they have the support, prayers, love and respect of our community.'"

"The words were spoken last month by Congressman Bob Turner(R-Queens and Brooklyn) at a fund raiser for the daughters of slain NYPD Officer Peter Figoski."

"But Turner's office is declining to say whether or not his support includes proposed federal gun control legislation that in the past has been supported by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly." ...
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KABA Note: This is the officer who was killed by a felon who was in custody, but then released by the court despite having an outstanding warrant for a shooting in North Carolina.
 

AL: Homeowner Confronts Car Thief, Shoots Thief Once After Altercation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An AL homeowner confronted a car thief when he noticed his vehicles being broken into during the night. A scuffle ensued and the homeowner used his handgun to shoot the suspect once in the leg. The suspect is being charged and no charges against the homeowner have been filed. ..." ...
 

OH: Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend Who Broke Into Her Home In the Face
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An OH woman's ex boyfriend broke into her home in the early morning. The woman fired a single shot from a handgun at the intruder, striking him in the face. The intruder’s injuries are not life threatening and he is being treated at an area hospital. ..." ...
 

CA: 90 Year Old Retired Sheriff’s Deputy and WW2 Pilot Shoots Intruder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A CA resident, a 90 year old, retired Sheriff’s Deputy and former World War II pilot, shot an intruder 3 times with a .38 caliber revolver. The homeowner was shot once. Both the suspect and homeowner are expected to live. The suspect is charged with attempted murder. Don’t mess with the Greatest Generation! ..." ...
 

Palin: ‘I’m All in Favor of Girls with Guns’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "When Martin kicked in the door, McKinley fired. Police later said the shooting was justified."

"Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin agrees. In an email to NRO, Palin writes, 'I love that young woman. I'm all in favor of girls with guns who know their purpose. She fulfilled a purpose of the Second Amendment. I'd advise my own daughters to do the same. This mom protected an innocent life. Kudos to the 911 dispatcher, too.'"
 

More and More Gun Owners are Women
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 'man of the house' used to be the only one who got to wield a gun. Now, more and more women are picking up fire arms. Gun sales to women are through the roof."

"'This is only my first time in a shooting range,' said Linda Thompson, on a recent trip to Fort Worth's Shoot Smart. She was there with her daughter, Kelly Quick."

"The mother-daughter outing is no longer the exception to the rule." ...
 

More women turning to firearms for protection (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What would you do? On New Year's Eve an Oklahoma woman shot and killed a man trying to break into her house. She feared it was either her and her baby's life, or the intruder's."

"Stories like that are now compelling others to exercise their second amendment rights."

"No one wants to be in that situation, but if you are and you're armed do you know your rights?"

"A growing number of women are asking that question."

"Shooters Gun Shop, Inc. in Cape Girardeau opened 15 years ago as a shop for mainly for hunters. That has all since changed."

"'We mostly sell concealed carry handguns,' said manager Rowdy Enderle."

"Enderle says more women are coming through the doors than ever." ...
 

SC: Community up in arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker is a huge advocate of programs aimed at giving women the knowledge, power and equipment to defend themselves against an attack — and apparently he’s not the only one."

"Following the horrific murder of Hope Melton, the day after Christmas, the sheriff's department received a flood of requests from women in the community wanting to sign up for, or find out about, defense classes that would teach them how to use a gun."

"'We have gotten a lot of calls,' said Parker. 'We are doing everything we can to accommodate.'"

"Mitch Combs, of Carolina Handgun Academy ... said he read about the 'horrible crime' and decided to offer his expertise ... free of charge. ..." ...
 

Speculation rampant on reported ATF moves involving key Fast & Furious players
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the hours following Wednesday night’s report that three key Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials involved in Operation Fast and Furious had been relieved of duty, this column learned that the announcement apparently came during a Wednesday conference call to all ATF special agents in charge (SAC) around the country, and ATF headquarters executive staff." ...
 

Grassley: New docs prove Admin knew about Fast & Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New documents obtained from the Justice Department Thursday prove that the administration knew that guns were being walked as part of Operation Fast and Furious, Senator Charles Grassley said in a press release, and then he reiterated his call for Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to resign." ...
 

Santorum faces skeptics as he seeks votes in NH
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum faced skepticism about his support for gun rights ... Thursday, all the while emphasizing a conservative record that he acknowledges is imperfect." ...

"'What assurances can you give New Hampshire voters that you're not going to strip us of our Second Amendment rights?' one voter pointedly asked him in Tilton."

"The voter cited Santorum's past endorsement of Arlen Specter, a former Pennsylvania senator who ... had supported restrictions."

"Santorum said he was a supporter of gun owners' rights and took his son hunting during a recent trip to Iowa. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: As Kurt Hofmann points out here, Santorum's anti-gun record is hardly restricted to supporting Sen. Specter.
And seriously, bird hunting? We're supposed to think he supports our natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional rights when he equates them with bird hunting?
 

How the Presidential Candidates rate on gun rights
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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"It can be difficult to determine where your favorite Presidential Candidate stands on the Second Amendment if you only listen to their standard talking points. As a result it is helpful to look at their ratings from the gun rights organizations that you trust. Unfortunately the NRA does not rate candidates specifically for the primary, so you have to do some digging through the NRA PVF Archive to find NRA ratings from past elections. For your convenience, I've done the digging for you, and below is what I found for the current top contenders along with the date that the NRA rated them."

"NRA PVF Ratings:" ...
 

NH: Guns create jobs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Campaigning in liberal San Francisco in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama was caught ridiculing those 'who cling to their guns and religion.' The president’s cavalier attitude toward gun owners could undermine his re-election effort, especially in New Hampshire, where guns mean jobs."

"In New Hampshire, the gun issue isn't just about the Second Amendment and freedom. More than 2,000 state residents are employed by firearms and defense-related manufacturers, including Sig Sauer ... and Sturm, Ruger & Company ... Add that to the 1,500 jobs supported by New Hampshire hunters and the 4,000 jobs supported by Granite State sportsmen, and you can see how the firearms issue takes on greater meaning in the state." ...
 

Obama to Congress; I'll decide what's constitutional
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "In other words: 'Congress may pass laws, but I decide which of its laws are constitutional and which I can simply choose to ignore.'"

"Of course, the Constitution doesn't actually give the president this power, but Obama won't allow a little thing like the U.S. Constitution get in his way. And in the present case, Congress is right to try to prevent him from using a federal health agency, not to mention our tax dollars, as a weapon in his ongoing war against the Second Amendment. As The Washington Times reports, NIH has wasted over $5 million since 2002 producing deceptive studies aimed at furthering gun control — including one study that tried 'to prove that a home without firearms was essential to a child's safety and well-being.'" ...
 

Mont. legislators maintain support of guns in national parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Members of Montana's congressional delegation reasserted their support this week for a measure that allows loaded firearms in national parks, in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a national park ranger in Washington state." ...

"Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Democrats, were ardent supporters of the 2009 bill allowing visitors to carry loaded guns into parks or wildlife refuges as long as state gun laws are followed."

"Tester ... has repeatedly touted his support for the law that took effect in February 2010. This week both senators expressed sadness over Sunday's events at Mount Rainier National Park, but also reasserted support for the law." ...
 

OR: Neighbors sue Ashland Gun Club
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"Three neighbors have sued the Ashland Gun Club and the city of Ashland, alleging that lead ammunition is contaminating the environment and stray bullets are striking one of their properties."

"Cathy DeForest, her husband, Leon Pyle, and Dr. Edward Kerwin filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Medford on Dec. 23." ...

"The gun club has operated on city-owned land east of the Ashland Municipal Airport since the 1960s. It has a lease agreement with the city for use of the site."

"DeForest and Pyle own a 5,085-square-foot 2007 home on 13 acres on Emigrant Creek Road southeast of the Ashland Gun Club ..."

"Kerwin built a 19,045-square-foot house on 56 acres on Dead Indian Memorial Road to the north of the gun club in 2004 ..." ...
 

Local Sheriffs Protecting People's Gun Rights from Feds
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"I have reported earlier that sheriffs in New Mexico are threatening to arrest federal agents if they attempt to enforce unconstitutional federal acts in contravention of state law."

"The even better news is that sheriffs in other states are doing the same. Sheriff Brad Rogers of Elkhart County, Indiana has told Food and Drug Administration agents they will be arrested if they go on Amish farmer David Hochstetler’s land. Having falsely alleged that raw, unpasteurized milk sold by Hochstetler had caused several cases of food poisoning, the FDA filed a complaint in federal court to support their attack on the farmer." ...
 

NY: Cops Caught Apparently Planting Evidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here's a video of two Utica, N.Y. police officers searching a car during a traffic stop. At 1:02, one officer pulls a small baggie of something out of his pocket and ducks into the car; at 1:31, he emerges again, holding the same baggie. Oops!"

"The video was obtained by the Utica Phoenix, which goes to great lengths to avoid specifically accusing the officers of evidence-planting. We understand! The cops are only 'apparently' planting evidence: it's also possible that they just completely and egregiously mishandled the evidence they found. Utica cops also 'apparently' really good at finding drugs on the property of black residents:" ...
 

TX: APD officers accused of abuse during New Year's arrest (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Austin Police Department faces allegations of abuse stemming from a New Year's Day arrest."

"Like most cases of alleged police abuse, the accuser has his story and police have another. However there is video which may help determine which side is telling the truth."

"Cell phone video shot across the street from a gas and convenience store on Lamar Boulevard and 10th Street shows police taking down Antonio Buehler, 34, early Sunday morning." ...
 

VA: Former, local police officer pleads guilty to child porn charges, sentenced to 13 years behind bars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Allen Hoffman, a former Henrico police officer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges of posession and production of child pornography."

"A judge sentenced Hoffman to 10 years, with 7 years suspended, for the production charge and 20 years, with 10 years suspended, fopr possession of child pornography." ...

"Prosecutors say Hoffman posed as a photographer on Craigslist, offering to help underage girls with their modeling portfolios."

"Two of the photos obtained from Hoffman's digital camera showed two girls, under the age of 18, posing in sexually explicit positions. According to proscutors, the pictures were taken in a Henrico County hotel." ...
 

AZ: Investigation finds PHX police retaliated against officer over kidnapping stats (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A whistle-blowing police sergeant who raised questions about the accuracy of kidnapping statistics faced retaliation by the Phoenix Police Department, according to a federal investigation obtained by the ABC15 Investigators."

"After a year-long investigation, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General found Sgt. Phil Roberts was 'retaliated against' because the police department 'failed to vet' Robert’s claims and then launched an internal investigation against Roberts after he brought forward allegations." ...
 

OH: Canton police officer who threatened to execute concealed carry licensee should be fired
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Canton Repository reported recently that notorious Canton Police Officer Daniel Harless, who was caught on his own police dash cam video verbally assaulting a concealed carry license holder, was a no-show at his latest disciplinary hearing. So, despite berating an honest citizen for lacking responsibility, when faced with taking responsibility for his own actions, Officer Harless chose to be cowardly and hide."

"Officer Harless claims to be mentally disabled and unable to help with his own defense. Yet, the Canton [PD] deemed him well enough to testify at a recent murder trial. So, he either testified at a murder trial despite a serious mental issue, or he is exploiting the idea of being mentally ill for his own gain." ...
 

December sees 24.5% increase in firearms sales checks over same month last year; 19th straight month over month increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The December 2011 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,410,937 is an increase of 24.5 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,133,371 in December 2010. For comparison, the unadjusted December 2011 NICS figure of 1,854,400 reflects a 22.6 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,512,265 in December 2010."

"This marks the nineteenth straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year." ...
 

OH: Gun sales on rise in area
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FBI officials are reporting a significant increase in gun sales — both nationwide and in Ohio — in 2011, and area gun store owners are seeing the trend locally as well."

"From Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, 2011, the latest information available, more than 406,000 firearm background checks were conducted in Ohio, up from 393,000 in 2010 and 292,000 10 years ago, according to information from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, an FBI agency." ...
 

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