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Covert Gun Control and the Art of the Big Lie
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"With the stunning defeat of Democrats and the progressive agenda in general in the November 4, 2014 mid-term elections, gun-related issues are, for the time being, off the front pages and the nightly newscasts. But as I noted last week in “What We Deserve,” the apparent absence of overt challenges to the rights to armed self-defense and to keep and bear arms does not mean such attacks are not being planned. Or even that they aren’t actually, actively occurring . . ." ...
 

US Murder Rate Falls Again in 2013 (& Other Bad News for Gun Control Supporters)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"All categories of violent and property crime declined from 2012 to 2013, the FBI has announced, in conjunction with the release of its annual crime report for 2013."

"From 2012 to 2013, the nation’s murder rate decreased five percent, to at least a 57-year low. The 2013 rate was down 56 percent from the all-time high recorded in 1980, and down 54 percent since 1991, when total violent crime hit an all-time high." ...
 

Anti-gun, anti-hunting agendas both depend on lies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "That said, it would be equally foolish for gun rights advocates to dismiss hunters--some of whom are also gun rights advocates--as needed allies. While many enemies of gun rights are not enemies of hunting (at least not outwardly, and especially when elections approach), anti-hunting activists tend to be reliably anti-gun. In other words, we share many common enemies. And those enemies share a common strategy--blatant dishonesty." ...
 

Gear Review: Geissele Super Gas Block
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gas blocks for the AR 15 come in a variety of different flavors. From the venerable A2 style to adjustable types to the ones with a Picatinny rail on top. The world is your oyster when it comes to the type you desire, but the lightweight low profile gas block seems to be all the rage. It should be functional, minimalist, and as light as possible. Oh, and it shouldn’t impede the installation of a free floated hand guard in any way.." ...
 

New from Taurus: Curve .380 ACP Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Back in June we noted Taurus’ patent filing for a body-contoured handgun. Taurus had begun flirting with a curve in their View ultra-small snubbie with its contoured grip designed to hug the body, contributing to its ultra-concealability. Now the reason for that patent filing has been revealed in the announcement of the new Taurus Curve .380 ACP pistol (MSRP $390) featuring a built-in belt clip along with frame-mounted LED headlights and laser. Taurus’s promo info after the jump . . ." ...
 

Gun 'palm-print readers' a step forward
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"With the addition of 'palm-print readers' to guns, gun violence may finally begin to decrease in this country. This new technological advancement will enable only those with authorization to use a gun while still upholding to the Second Amendment."

"It has become far too commonplace to hear of homicides on the news. In 2012, there were a total of 12,765 firearm deaths in the country, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation."

"One of the major problems that develops from 'palm-print readers' is the potential argument that people may make regarding the Second Amendment of the Constitution." ...
 

Good news for guns is bad for gunmakers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Two days after the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 4, National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre crowed about the success his group achieved in helping Republicans take control of the Senate and getting pro-gun candidates elected nationwide, effectively putting a bullet in legislative attempts to enact new federal controls on firearms." ...

"Yet all is far from hunky-dory in the consumer arms business. Colt Defense ... just scrambled together a new loan after last week warning of a possible default. Moody’s Investors Service recently downgraded the debt of Remington’s parent. And Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson have taken a beating in the stock market. Good news for guns, it seems, is bad news for gunmakers." ...
 

Remington CEO: New York’s anti-gun policies drove us to Alabama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It has long been assumed that New York’s anti-gun policies drove Remington Arms to expand into Alabama, rather than in Ilion, NY, where the company has operated since the early 1800s. Now there’s confirmation." ...
 

Public Health as Political Prisoner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If a foreign government took the United States Surgeon General hostage, I'm confident we'd be pretty upset. I think we would be working on reprisals, and maybe even prepping a SEAL team."

"I don't know if it's better or worse that we need no help from a foreign power to take our surgeon general hostage. Our own political system manages all on its own." ...

"... The official reason for opposition to Dr. Murthy is a tweet dated 10/16/12 that states: 'Guns are a health care issue.'"

"If we reasonably take the full expanse of 'health care' to encompass both patient care, and public health, I think the only possible reaction to this statement is a yawn, and: Duh!"

"What can possibly be controversial about this statement? ..." ...
 

Tom Brokaw: ’We just can’t be a polarized country when it comes to guns’ (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Newsman Tom Brokaw grew up around guns. ..."

"'At the same time, as an urban dweller and someone who … feels the same pain that a lot of others do when we have these mass shootings, we need to have a discussion in the middle,' Brokaw said. 'We just can’t be a polarized country when it comes to guns.'" ...

"'The First Amendment says, however, that you can’t yell 'fire' in a crowded theater,' Brokaw said. 'I think when it comes to a gun debate we’re now in a crowded theater. We need to have a way of talking to each other sensibly about it.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: See Nick Leghorn's excellent essay on the origins of that phrase here. Basically, during WWI Charles Schenk was arguing against the draft on 13th Amendment grounds. The government wanted to shut him up and SCOTUS obliged.
 

Michael Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing agenda is this Election’s Biggest Loser
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"At the ballot box and in the courtroom, it has been a good year for the Second Amendment. In some states, citizens took to the polls to make it known that their Second Amendment rights were not to be undermined. In others, it was the courts that solidified our right to bear arms."

"Take a look at some of the highlights from this past year, and check out who really lost big in November:" ...
 

Larry Pratt: Politicians Should Fear Getting Shot (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Tuesday on 'The Alan Colmes Show,' Alan spoke with Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt about some of the more controversial statements he’s made regarding whether politicians should be afraid of being shot by those who disagree with them. Alan pressed Pratt to explain these comments, as well as other statements he’s made about President Obama." ...
 

FL: Silencers[sic]: Florida's latest sideshow distraction in guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"OMG!! Did you hear??!!"

"Florida has another gun debate!!!"

"It's about silencers!!"

"The NRA wants to allow them for hunters!!"

"Gun-control advocates can now start screaming about the dangers of silent mass murderers!!"

"And NRA members can scream about personal freedom, the Second Amendment and their God-given right to quietly blow away deer!!"

"If you are worked up on either side of this issue, then congratulations — you've been played."

"This is the Florida way. Each and every year, the NRA pushes some new issue — regardless of significance — designed solely to gin up controversy and swell its membership rolls." ...
 

Anticipating Ferguson: Authorities, private citizens prepare for worst
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ... declared a state of emergency yesterday afternoon, activating the National Guard in anticipation of trouble in Ferguson and the general St. Louis region ... an area where gun sales have reportedly spiked pending a decision by a grand jury on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August."

"ABC News yesterday reported that the FBI has issued a warning to law enforcement agencies across the map to expect trouble from 'extremist protesters' following the grand jury’s announcement, expected almost any time now. The Ferguson National Response Network has a list of cities where demonstrations are planned. Seattle and Portland are on the list." ...
 

MO: Report: Alleged Officer Warns Ferguson ‘If You Do Not Have a Gun, Get One’
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"Law enforcement in the Ferguson area are preparing for potential protests and riots following the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown investigation, which is expected sometime this month."

"Talking to 'St. Louis Coptalk' forum, a supposed police officer in the Ferguson area issued a warning to others in the community to 'protect' their families with firearms."

"Many posting in the forum expressed fears that demonstrators will take to the streets regardless of the decision made in the Aug. 9 shooting death of the 18-year-old by officer Darren Wilson." ...
 

Israel to ease gun controls for self-defence after attack
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"Israel is to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defence after a deadly Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Tuesday."

"'In the coming hours, I will ease restrictions on carrying weapons,' he said in remarks broadcast on public radio, indicating it would apply to anyone with a licence to carry a gun, such as private security guards and off-duty army officers." ...

"Tuesday's attack saw two Palestinians from the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber bursting into a synagogue during morning prayer and attacking worshippers with meat cleavers and a gun."

"They killed four people and wounded another eight before being shot dead by police." ...
 

Ask Congress to Protect the Interests of Law-Abiding Gun Owners & Sportsmen Today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As Congress considers budget legislation, the NRA respectfully urges that the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen be protected from the ongoing attacks of the anti-gun Obama Administration."

"The NRA has worked hard to include numerous pro-gun provisions in the House of Representatives’ budget that would protect lawful gun owners and prevent federal government harassment and overreach on your right to Keep and Bear Arms."

"Importantly, the House of Representatives also includes a provision to prohibit the Obama Administration from banning the trade and sale of lawfully-owned ivory, which is contained in many antique firearms ..." ...
 

Gun group warns against continuing resolution surrender by Republicans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Although recently set back at the national polls, Democrats could still dominate the legislative agenda on guns and other crucial issues for the next 10 months if the Republican leadership allows a long-term continuing resolution to pass, Gun Owners of America warned members Monday in a national action alert. If that happens, GOA cautioned it will 'allow the repudiated Democrats currently in control of the Senate (until January 5) to make all of the spending and policy decisions [and] set policy and spending until the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2015).'" ...
 

CO: Hickenlooper: ‘Open’ To Discussion About Arming Teachers (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. John Hickenlooper said he’s willing to talk about the possibility of teachers carrying guns in Colorado schools."

"'I’m certainly open to that discussion,' he said during an interview with CBS4. 'The ability of people to defend themselves in a world that increasingly looks chaotic (is important). There is not a parent in this state that doesn’t want to make sure we’re doing everything possible to make their kid safe.'" ...
 

Can California ban gun stores from advertising handguns on their signs?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I blogged last week about Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC. v. Harris (E.D. Cal.), a case in which I’ve been hired to consult, and which the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, The Calguns Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation are supporting. The case is a First Amendment challenge to Cal. Civil Code § 26820 (which was first enacted 1923 ...):"
"No handgun or imitation handgun, or placard advertising the sale or other transfer thereof, shall be displayed in any part of the premises where it can readily be seen from the outside."
"Just yesterday, we filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the statute; you can read the full motion in a PDF, but I also include the text below:" ...
 

WV: AG’s office files amicus brief in Maryland gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office is part of a bipartisan group of 21 state AGs that has filed an amicus brief in a Maryland gun case."

"The amicus, or friend of the court, brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a case in which the plaintiffs want the court to declare unconstitutional a Maryland law that forbids the possession, sale, transfer or receipt of certain firearms." ...
 

FL: Former Pasco deputy arrested for sexual assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Pasco County sheriff says one of his deputies violated the public's trust. Deputy Carlos Lopez is accused of sexually violating a woman while on-duty."

"Lopez is now off the job. He's been fired from the department and is facing sexual battery charges."

"The sheriff's office says Lopez was sworn to protect the public, but betrayed that when he allegedly attacked a woman he'd been called out to help." ...
 

CA: 3 San Mateo sheriff’s employees accused of smuggling to inmates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A San Mateo County deputy who recently ran for sheriff, as well as two county correctional officers, have been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cell phones into jail for inmates, authorities said Friday."

"Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez, 50, of Redwood City and correctional officers Michael Del Carlo and George Ismael were arrested on charges that they hatched a plan to bring the contraband into the county lockup in Redwood City ..."

"Each was charged with various crimes, including conspiracy to bring an unauthorized communication device into jail and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Ismael was also charged with conspiracy to bring controlled substances into jail and furnishing controlled substances to inmates." ...
 

CO: Butte County sheriff’s deputy arrested on child molestation charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputy is facing allegations that he molested an 11-year-old girl, according to authorities."

"Thomas Michael Sylvia, 37, was taken into custody Monday following a seven-month investigation by the Chico Police Department."

"Sylvia appeared in custody Thursday in Butte County Superior Court. Defense attorney Jodea Foster, who was retained to represent Sylvia, entered a not guilty plea to the single felony count of committing a lewd act on a minor under 14." ...
 

UK: Brit Loses Shotgun License for Failing to Close Cabinet Lock
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Memo to American gun owners who see nothing wrong with so-called 'safe storage' laws (e.g., NJ residents): The moment you make it a crime to fail to store your firearm in a legally prescribed manner is the moment you invite Johnny Law (a.k.a., the police) into your home to ensure compliance. And that could very well be an unannounced inspection. An inspection that could lead to firearms confiscation. In this case ... the police entered David Robert Meek’s home 'while making enquiries about a separate matter.' Does it matter? Nope. In The Land of Hope and Glory (as well as Canada), the police have the right to inspect any shotgun license holder's home whenever they wish. And here’s what they found in Mr. Meek’s proverbial castle . . ." ...
 

Facebook Bans Gun Safe Ads – In The Name of Safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"You may recall that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America demanded that Facebook prevent netizens from selling firearms via the service. The social media giant agreed to 'delete reported posts that indicate that the seller will not conduct a background check or that a buyer is seeking to avoid a background check' and 'block all children (under 18) from viewing reported posts from individual gun sellers or gun pages where guns are sold or traded.' The former depends on snitches and the latter is unenforceable. But that hasn’t stopped Facebook from [further] trampling gun rights on the advertising side . . ." ...
 

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