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Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry memorial fundraiser to be held Nov. 12
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Brian Terry Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Scottsdale International Auto Museum, in Scottsdale, AZ. Per event organizers:" ...
 

Bloomberg Brings The Dead Back To Life (Updated)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bitter at Shall Not Be Questioned has a post on the late mayor of Freeland Borough, Pennsylvania, Tim Martin, who had been a member of MAIG. Mayor Martin passed away on September 2, 2010 due to cancer. Nonetheless, he has either been listed in advertisements or has signed letters to Congress and the President since that time on behalf of Mayor Bloomberg and his Illegal Mayors. I didn't realize that Bloomberg had such supernatural powers!" ...
 

The problems of gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I currently do not own a gun. The only reason I don’t is because I live in an apartment complex that doesn’t allow them. However, the complex also doesn’t have any semblance of security."

"So, if an armed assailant were to break into my apartment, I essentially would be screwed. A kitchen knife wouldn’t do much good in this situation."

"Therein lies the dilemma of gun control. ..." ...
 

Andrew Sullivan Is Wrong About the Supreme Court and Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a long post titled 'The Tea Party’s Fatal Delusion,' Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan takes aim at the 'spasm of ideological abstraction and purism' which he says has gripped the American right since 2008 and manifested itself in all sorts of regrettable ways ... I agree with some of Sullivan’s criticisms of the modern conservative agenda and disagree with others, but when it comes to his take on the Supreme Court and the Second Amendment he couldn’t be more wrong. According to Sullivan, the right’s current 'spasm' has included 'a Supreme Court happy to find radical new interpretations of the Constitution' such as 'turning the Second Amendment into something more radical than anything previously contemplated.'" ...
 

Recall: Thompson Center Venture Rifles Mfg. Between 8/1/2011 – 10/28/2011
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thompson Center, one of the more well known makers of rifles specifically marketed for hunters and owned by Smith & Wesson, issued a recall notice for their Venture bolt action rifles made between August 1 and October 28 of this year. Venture rifles are marketed around the $500 mark and in competition with other 'budget' bolt guns. Apparently these guns have had an 'issue' with the sear, which typically translates from marketing speak as a problem where the gun may accidentally discharge without anyone pulling the trigger. Yep, bad news. Glad I went with the Weatherby for my project instead. Make the jump for the full recall notice and how to get your gun fixed." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: Best Firearm for One Handed Home Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The handgun is the perfect firearm for one handed defensive shooting because that’s exactly what it was designed to do. It’s a lightweight firearm that uses ammunition with a large diameter but relatively gentle recoil and is designed to be fired using a single hand. Some modern firearms even have ambidextrous controls, but most at least have a left handed version available for purchase. The compact size and lightweight ammunition also mean the gun is easier to hold and maneuver around the house and won’t tire out your arm from holding up the gun as fast as a rifle or shotgun would." ...
 

Of Interest To Crufflers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I first started collecting C&R firearms, tons of CZ-52s were on the market for around $100-125. The price has risen but they are still cool - and very powerful - handguns. They are also somewhat complicated and unusual compared to more modern like the Glock."

"The American Gunsmithing Institute has recently released another in their series of technical manuals and armorer's course and it is devoted to the CZ-52." ...
 

South Mountain Showdown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shot the South Mountain Showdown this past Saturday, a major IDPA match (www.idpa.com) sponsored by the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club (http://www.phoenixrodandgun.org). It was my second time there, and I’m more convinced than ever that this is one of the paradigm shooting matches in the country. An enthusiastic member base, assisted by shooters from elsewhere who appreciate what they do, comprise an outstanding team of well-trained range officers who keep things running smoothly and fairly." ...
 

Men's Emotional Connection to Guns: An Interview With Michael Messner (Part 2)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "MM: Sure, we do need to think rationally and logically about the role of guns in our society. But to suggest that gun rights advocates are the rational ones in the national debate ignores the deeply emotional connection that many gun owners ... often have with their guns. I illustrate this in my book by reproducing a loving letter that my grandfather hand-wrote to my dad on Christmas Day in 1934, on the occasion of giving then-fourteen-year old Dad his first rifle. This gift -- and the lessons about safety embedded in the letter -- were a deep expression of love. For the rest of his life, my dad kept that letter in his top drawer, with his socks. Emotions are of central importance on all sides of the gun debate. ..." ...
 

When Guns Defeat Butter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Years ago I read a newspaper story about an elderly man, a loner, who lived in an impoverished area of Cleveland. Neighbors had noticed his mail piling up on his porch. When they received no responses to phone calls or to knocks on the door, they called the police, who broke into the man’s house. What they found is an allegory for our time"

"The withered old man was dead in his bed, surrounded by rifles, pistols and guns of every description. Boxes of bullets and cartridges were stacked on the floor. He had a knife in his cold, dead hand and an actual harpoon was leaning against his refrigerator, which was empty."

"In a nation of plenty and with grocery stores in the man’s neighborhood, he had starved to death." ...
 

Bahdgez. (cartoon)
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October sees 10.6% increase in firearms sales checks over same month last year; 17th straight month over month increase
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The October 2011 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 945,088 is an increase of 10.6 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 854,563 in October 2010. For comparison, the unadjusted October 2011 NICS figure of 1,331,836 reflects a 2.1 percent decrease from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,359,894 in October 2010." ...
 

Democrats cling to their guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Obama scares women and liberals into the gun store"

"Gun ownership is on the rise in some surprising places. As much as President Obama would have us believe that only small-town yokels 'cling to guns or religion,' a Gallup poll released [recently] suggests many of the firearms that have been flying off the shelves in the past two years were purchased by Democrats and women. The Second Amendment has truly gone mainstream." ...
 

Headline: "Holder Refuses To Apologize For Murder Of Border Agent; Says Fast & Furious Didn't Lead To Death"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"RealClearPolitics.com has posted a transcript of testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder, submitted at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which he was asked to answer questions about the ATF's 'Operation Fast and Furious' gun running scandal, which has led directly to the death of two, possibly three U.S. agents and more than 200 Mexicans."

"In the video, Holder can be seen telling Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that he has not apologized (or even talked to) to the family of Brian Terry, one of the U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered by a weapon used in the Justice Department operation now being investigated. The article notes that, when given the opportunity to do so at Tuesday's Senate hearing, he did not apologize." ...
 

Eric Holder’s Testimony to Sen. Chuck Schumer & the Senate Judiciary Committee (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cam Edwards analyzes and rebuts some of the testimony of Attorney General Eric Holder before the Senate Judiciary Committee."
 

Holder Thumbs His Nose at Brian Terry’s Family, Says We Need More Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In addition to refusing to come clean on exactly when he first knew of Fast and Furious (and what he knew), Holder also had the gall to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the real issue they needed to focus on was 'the battle to stop the flow of illegal guns to Mexico.' In other words, what we should be focusing on here is the need for gun control in order to keep the Southern border safe. To that end, Holder said the ATF should receive increased powers via the increased 'resources and statutory tools it needs to be effective.'"

"Note to Eric Holder: One way the ATF could be more effective is if it would quit forcing gun store owners to sell guns to straw purchasers who turn around and pass those guns to criminals." ...
 

More Representatives Call for Eric Holder’s Resignation
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"There’s great news happening in Washington, and you guys have played a central role in helping bring it about. We need your help to keep us on the front lines, so that we can keep winning more battles together in our nation’s capital."

"First, however, there was an important hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the U.S. Senate and admitted that Operation Fast and Furious was 'flawed' from the beginning." ...
 

Eric Holder Says A Federal Gun Registry Would Have Prevented Fast & Furious (video available)
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"Just when I thought confidence in government couldn’t get any lower, Barack Obama’s anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder opened his mouth on Capitol Hill."

"Testifying under oath before the U.S. Senate, Eric Holder came up with every excuse he could think of to defend the indefensible – the ATF’s gun-smuggling operation, 'Fast & Furious.'"

"Holder placed the blame for his gun-smuggling operation on the lack of new gun control laws — specifically, a national gun registry." ...
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Submitter's Note: Waitaminnit here; didn't the ATF track the serial numbers of the guns they were walking? So how is that not a 'registry' of sorts?
 

NRA's 'Fire Holder' Campaign Spurred by 2nd Amendment Concerns (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association has launched a national TV and Internet ad campaign calling for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's firing in the wake of a controversial gun walking operation."

"With liberals using the botched Fast and Furious program to call for stricter gun regulation, the NRA is spearheading an effort to beat back their efforts. The ad calling on Holder to resign can be seen in that context."

"The ad says Holder committed perjury when he gave testimony last May about Operation Fast and Furious that Republicans say misled Congress. The ad charges that Holder knew about the controversial gun running tactic long before he notified Congress. ..." ...
 

Under oath, Holder discredits 'Bush did it too' excuse for 'Gunwalker'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In 75 seconds of pointed questioning of Attorney General Holder (see sidebar video), Senator John Cornyn has perhaps left the excuse makers scrambling for something better. In that time, he asked Holder if he knew that Operation Wide Receiver (the Bush-era operation) actually did involve an attempt to track the firearms, while Fast and Furious did not. Cornyn then asked Holder if he knew that Operation Wide Receiver was run in conjunction with the Mexican government--Fast and Furious was kept secret from not only Mexico, but from the [ATF] attaché to Mexico, Darren Gil. Gil, in fact, after discovering on his own what was going on, was basically pushed into retirement ..." ...
 

Issa wants answers from DoJ official; Terry family statement
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"Congressman Darrell Issa came out swinging today with a letter to Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, asking him for 'documents and other information related to a false statement' Weich made in a Feb. 4 letter to Sen. Charles Grassley in which Weich insisted that no guns had been knowingly 'walked' by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives." ...
 

Pattern of evasion continues in Fast & Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Obama administration’s signature pattern of evasion – shifting blame elsewhere for everything from the economy to walking guns across the Mexican border – continued yesterday with attorney general Eric Holder’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee." ...
 

VA: The battle for the Capitol: VA Republicans poised to take state politics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the 20-20 tie, many Virginia Republicansare celebrating a shift in power. Political experts say once they take control of both chambers of the General Assembly, voters will see a strong push on many fronts."

"One emphasis, Dr. Bob Holsworth believes will be on social issues that have been hot button items like carrying guns on college campuses." ...
 

GOP Sen. Scott Brown: No on National Right-to-Carry Gun Bill
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"You can count Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as one Republican who opposes the national right-to-carry gun bill -- he said he will vote against it."

"The Associated Press reports that in a letter to the nation's mayors, Brown wrote that while he believes people have the right to own guns, individual states also have the right to determine what is in their best interests in order to protect their citizens." ...
 

CA: Police weapon exemptions in spotlight
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"A federal investigation into weapons dealing by officers in three Sacramento-area law enforcement agencies has shined a light on provisions in California law that allow peace officers to buy guns, high-capacity magazines and assault weapons that are illegal for the public." ...
 

CO: Ex-Denver Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced To Probation
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"A judge says that an ex-Denver sheriff's deputy's former job played no role in her sentencing him to probation for a sex offense."

"The Denver Post reports that Denver District Court Judge Anne Mansfield sentenced 36-year-old Brennon Lonergan Monday to 10 years of sex offender probation. Lonergan pleaded guilty in August to attempted sex assault on a child involving a teenage relative." ...
 

PA: Student's father sues over school officer's search
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... "The male officer allegedly stuck his hand down the girl's shirt and touched her chest during the two-hour search in an auditorium full of students at Harding Middle School on Oct. 24, according to the suit." ...
 

IN: Allen County officer accused of theft
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"An Allen County Sheriff's Department sergeant has been charged with felony theft, accused of stealing while on duty and in his police uniform."

"According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Allen Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Louis Lee, 58, of Fremont, is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools from a van parked at Klopfenstein Furniture." ...
 

TX: Former Austin cop pleads guilty in window peeping case
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"A former Austin police officer has pleaded guilty to official oppression and has been sentenced to two years deferred adjudication, a form of probation, related to allegations that he peeped in a woman’s apartment window while on duty last year."

"Joshua James Peters, 36, resigned from the force following his February indictment on two counts of official oppression. The indictment accused him of subjecting two women to unlawful searches while acting 'under color of his office or employment.'" ...
 

CA: Public strip search costs ex-Oakland cop $40K
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"A former Oakland police officer must pay $40,000 out of his own pocket to two men who were illegally strip-searched in public and have already been awarded at least $100,000 apiece in damages."

"Spencer Troy Lucas and Kirby Bradshaw had their pants pulled down on a busy West Oakland street in 2005 by police after then-Officer Ingo Mayer stopped them for no lawful reason, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel wrote in an August ruling after a bench trial." ...
 

FL: Shooting (second item)
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"The Second Amendment Club will host the Turkey Shoot, a shotgun competition using stationary paper targets, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fair Haven Farms, 15212 State Road 52 (just west of the Suncoast Parkway). Cost is $5 per shot; prizes include frozen turkeys. ..."
 

CA: Guns and Grammar: Linguistic authority and legal interpretation in Washington, DC, v. Heller.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In 2005, the city of Washington, D.C., was sued in federal court to overturn a long-standing ban on handguns on the grounds that it violated the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees American citizens the right to 'keep and bear arms.' Both sides in Washington, D.C., v. Heller armed themselves with linguistic arguments to defend or attack the city's gun law." ...
"When: Thursday, November 10, 2011. 4:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s)."

"Where: [Standford University] Education 128, located by the archway between Cubberley and the Bing Wing. (Map)" ...
 

OH: Ohio's Youth Deer-Gun Hunting Season Set for November 19-20
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"Ohio's youth deer-gun hunting season will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20, according to the Ohio Department ofNatural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife."

"The youth deer-gun season is open statewide to hunters 17 years old and younger. Plugged shotguns using slugs, muzzleloaders .38 caliber and larger, handguns .357 caliber or larger, and bows are legal. All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license and a $12 youth-deer permit, and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult in the field." ...
 

TX: Gun Instructor Crockett Keller: I'll Train Obama Supporters & Muslims
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... "However in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Keller said of the Public Safety statement, 'It was not a retraction of anything... I will definitely use a tremendous amount of discretion when it comes to who I will teach how to use a weapon.'"

"He said he would evaluate would-be students on an individual basis."

"'I would listen to people, listen to their comments to determine who wants to train and notify the state about any concerns I have about their safety or character -- by me being vigilant, trying to ascertain who’s who in my class and what their true needs are as far as a concealed-carry license.'" ...
 

WI: Local weapons classes feel impact of decision
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"Individuals applying for concealed carry permits in Wisconsin will no longer face minimum training requirements, a change welcomed with open arms by Second Amendment groups and other gun rights supporters."

"But the sudden switch has thrown a wrench into the plans of Blackhawk Technical College, which hosted its first four-hour training course last Friday and had planned to offer additional classes in the near future, said Mark Brown, the Dean of Public Safety there." ...
 

WI: Advocate for guns gets to make his point
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"Talking with Robert Farago, the publisher of a national website on guns, I learned something new about Wisconsin's new concealed carry law."

"'It doesn't really require that much intelligence or training to use a gun,' he said."

"Say what?" ...
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Submitter's Note: It really doesn't; 95% of my carry permit classes was spent reviewing the legal requirements and ramifications of a self-defense shooting.
 

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