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A Fight Is A Fight Is A Fight
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"Few in the American gun world are unfamiliar with Colonel Cooper's color codes for threat awareness ..." ...

"What I do not understand is how so many American gun owners ... can and do fully adopt Colonel Cooper's color codes for encounters with street miscreants, but then completely lose that focus when the predators carry neither a knife or a gun, but the reins of executive, legislative, and judicial power."

"Nowhere in any of his works have I ever read any evidence that the color code system was intended by the Colonel solely for use against amateur criminals such as burglars and street thugs."

"Should one be less wary when dealing with humans who wield the awesome power of the State, rather than a switchblade or pistol?" ...
 

Three Percent: Toward a theory and practice of republican restoration.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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... "But why are we 'bitter clingers'? Leaving aside the issues of faith and principle and focusing merely on defense of the God-given inalienable rights that are codified in the Second Amendment, we do so because we understand (as did the Founders) that it is the Second Amendment that secures all the rest of the Bill of Rights. We do so because it is our firearms that provide stability and order to the society."

"We all know this. Heck, even the gun confiscationists know this from experience though they refuse to admit it. What has been the result of the concealed carry movement in the past 30 years? John Lott has said it in the title of his book: 'More Guns, Less Crime.' ..." ...
 

'You got to protect yourself'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At the risk of stepping on the Cleveland Browns Examiner's turf, I'm going to suit up and talk about his team."

"You've probably heard about the Plaxico Burress case. The Giants wide receiver is in a heap of trouble for shooting himself in the leg while 'illegally' carrying a gun in a New York City nightclub. That has earned him the wrath of Legion of Doo... uh... Mayors Against Guns mastermind 'Furious Mike' Bloomberg."

"Enter Mike Ditka, showing more bone-in meat between his ears than that 30 oz. 'Tomahawk' ribeye they serve at his namesake restaurant:"
"I don't understand the league, why can anybody have a gun? I will have a policy, no guns, any NFL players we find out, period, you're suspended." ...
 

Early Brady Plans Revealed; Push to end all private sales tops list
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"EDITOR'S NOTE: When reading the following op-ed, keep in mind Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm's comment on Monday that gun owners who are purchasing firearms in advance of the Obama's inauguration are 'stupid'." ...

"'Universal background checks for EVERY gun sold in this country.'"

"Plenty of gun-ban speculation is flying."

"I have this quote direct from Sarah Brady in a letter addressed to me:"

"'On Election Day, we helped deliver a strong victory for President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden. They will be two of the most powerful allies we have ever had.'"

"This is what Obama meant when he told you to your face that he respects the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

Defending Heller from 'Faux Conservatism'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of the many critiques that followed the Supreme Court's landmark gun rights decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, perhaps the most interesting came from conservative federal Judge J. Harvey Wilkinson III. In a Virginia Law Review article entitled 'Of Guns, Abortions, and the Unraveling Rule of Law,' Wilkinson denounced Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion for engaging in judicial activism and compared the reasoning in Heller to that in the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade ..."

"Now George Mason Univesity's Nelson Lund and the Independence Institute's David Kopel have written what looks to be a decisive critique of Wilkinson's article, which they recently made available via the Social Science Research Network. ..." ...
 

R/C Helicopter with .45 Caliber Handgun (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bergen Gasser EB with Springfield 1911-A .45cal"
 

A Judgment Call
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Then there’s current NFL great Plaxico Burress. He took a gun into a Manhattan nightclub and ended up shooting himself when the gun went off accidentally as it fell from the waistband of his track pants."

"All things considered, Burress is blessed that his injury wasn't more serious. But the gun wasn't registered. Now he faces a felony illegal weapons charge that comes with mandatory jail time if he’s convicted."

"It's understandable that Burress or anyone else might want a gun in their home for protection. After all the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants[sic] the right to bear arms. But a public place such as a night club where alcohol is served is no place to have a gun." ...
 

Columbus Dispatch editorial parrots gun grabbers' new pitch to Obama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an editorial published on Sunday November 30th, 2008 the Columbus Dispatch agitates for 'closing' private sales loophole for gun owners......interesting timing, given a Brady Campaign ... press release on the same date, addressing the same topic."

"You can read the Dispatch editorial, which chides Congress as having 'failed' to enforce background checks on 'private sellers, who use gun shows, the Internet and other means to peddle their wares', here." ...

"The Editors at the Dispatch didn't have to do much work here - it's mostly cut and paste with absolutely no fact checking of the Brady statistics!" ...
 

Keep guns out of reach of children
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was fortunate to avoid serious injury when he accidentally shot himself on Nov. 29 at a Manhattan nightclub."

"But there are numerous instances of tragedy when guns are improperly handled and secured - such as the death of 14-year-old Colton Hutchinson." ...

"For those who choose to keep guns in the home, they must recognize it's an extremely dangerous decision."

"The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that a gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to kill someone known to the family than to kill someone in self-defense. Guns kept in the home triple the risk of homicide and increase the risk of suicide fivefold." [links added] ...
 

Andrew Coumo accepts the Sarah Brady Visionary Award [video]
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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Andrew Coumo accepts an award at the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Brady Law.
 

Paul Helmke on the 2008 Elections (video)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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President Paul Helmke Discusses the significance of the 2008 election on the gun violence prevention movement during a Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence event in LA.
 

NY: Enforce the law
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t hold much back when it came to Plaxico Burress, the New York Giants football player accused of illegal possession of a loaded weapon in a New York City nightclub."

"'I think it would be an outrage,' Bloomberg said, 'if we didn't prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, particularly people who live in the public domain ... They are role models for our kids.'"

"For the record, the 'fullest extent of the law' is likely a minimum of two years of prison time under the mandatory sentencing law backing the state statute."

"Attorney Benjamin Brafman, who is representing Burress, thinks the mayor went over the line, prejudging guilt, rather than forbearing judgment and presuming innocence." ...
 

WV: What about our gun laws?
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of 343 municipal chief executives, says data West Virginia is No. 1 in the nation for exporting guns that are used in crimes."

"The Mountain State exports four guns for every gun it imports, the group said. And the criminal element does put those guns to work." ...

"People kill people. Guns do what people make or carelessly allow them to do."

"But guns can be profoundly destructive in the wrong hands, and West Virginia should do its part to deny firearms to the criminal element." ...
 

W.Va. is tops in exporting guns used for crimes, mayors group says
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"West Virginia led the nation per capita last year for supplying the most guns recovered in out-of-state crimes, according to a study by a bipartisan group of 343 U.S. mayors."

"The report ranks West Virginia No. 1 for exporting crime guns at a rate of 41 per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly four times the national average."

"Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition fronted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, attributes West Virginia's high ranking to what it perceives as lax gun laws here."

"The group's study is based on data compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives." ...
 

Bush Gives A Bear Hug To The NRA
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"These last bull-in-the-china-shop days of the Bush administration proceed apace. With time running out, the administration has been resorting to presidential orders and other peremptorily devices to pay off its special-interest backers and ideological stakeholders." ...

The national parks have been taking hits, too ..."

"And now the White House has added a new fillip, so? Happy news, campers! Concealed guns are coming back to your national parks and wildlife refuges, ending an absence that dates to the Reagan era."

"This is so park visitors can protect themselves from the hordes of marauding muggers who have never turned up in the parks but - who knows?- could any day, couldn't they?" ...
 

Guns in the parks unsettling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If the Bush administration's rule change that rescinds the ban on carrying handguns in national parks goes into effect, those of us who love the Second Amendment can celebrate its affirmation. But I doubt I'll pop a cork." ...

"I agree with the [NRA]. 'Today's announcement by the U.S. Department of the Interior brings clarity and uniformity for law-abiding gun owners visiting our national parks,' said NRA Executive Director Chris W. Cox ..."

"But I also understand why John Waterman, president of the Park Ranger Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, said ... 'National parks are different from other public lands ...' Waterman also expressed concern for the safety of park rangers if loaded firearms are allowed in national parks." ...
 

Guns In Parks Are Ticket To Mayhem
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"As a parting shot from the Bush Administration, courtesy of the gun lobby, those who seek the solitude and beauty of some national parks and wildlife refuges will face the fact that the visitor standing next to them just may be packing heat and is ready to use it at the first sign of any unfriendliness, such as an argument over a camping space." ...

"So much for finding a moment’s break from the threat someone might decide to shoot you over a triviality, a daily possibility in today’s urban battlegrounds. The only hope one might have under the circumstance is that before the assailant could pull the trigger, he or she would be attacked and eaten by a bear." ...

"I eagerly await the card and letters and vicious e-mails that will undoubtedly follow."
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KABA Note: Don't antis ever get tired of repeating the same old discredited scare stories about "blood in the streets" and "parking spot shootouts"?
 

We Don’t Feel Safer
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Anticipating what Barack Obama has called 'common-sense gun safety laws,' the Bush administration has rushed through a last-minute gun rule that is the antithesis of common sense. The Interior Department published a rule last week that will allow loaded, concealed weapons in nearly all of this country’s national parks."

"The rule, which will take effect next month, will apply to national parks in every state that has a concealed carry law, even if guns are prohibited in state parks. The administration — again — also has ignored the point of a public comment period. It received 140,000 comments on this proposed rule change, the vast majority opposing it, and still went ahead." ...
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KABA Note: You may not feel safer, but numerous impartial studies have shown that you will be safer.
 

NC: Store Owner Shoots Suspected Robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said a business owner shot and killed a suspected robber, and hurt another one."

"Deputies said it happened at 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Randy Willis, owner of Willis Packaging on Highway 10, went to his store because the alarm was going off. When Willis got there, deputies said he saw a man coming out of his store with a shotgun."

"Willis and the robber struggled, and deputies said Willis pulled out a pistol and shot the robber, killing him."

"Deputies said another robber, 52-year-old Arnold Ray Jr., had broken into the store. Ray jumped Willis, and Willis shot him as well, this time in the shoulder." ...
 

Plaxico Burress Shooting: Cue the Hypocrites
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week: all Plaxico, all the time. There's nothing like an NFL player shooting a hole in his own leg in a packed nightclub to become our latest walking, talking weapon of mass distraction. Why ponder the global economic meltdown, two wars, and rising unemployment, when millionaire black athletes like Plaxico Burress walk among us ... with guns?"

"Don't think that this is a defense of the New York Giants star wide receiver. ..."

"Right on cue, the moralists are slithering onto their soapboxes to hiss at the latest athletic bogeyman. Hypocrisy reigns supreme." ...
 

Joey Porter Defends Plaxico Burress, Athletes Who Carry Guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter comes off as a smack-talking buffoon, but it's all an act. He's sort of like Tony Kornheiser in that respect; he plays dumb for the crowd, but the reality is that he's a pretty sharp dude. So with that in mind, I was interested in his comments on the whole 'Plax blew a hole in his own leg?!' fiasco that has since earned the Giants wideout a suspension for the rest of the NFL season and, if New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way, a three-plus-year stint in the slammer for, well, shooting himself in the thigh without a permit." ...
 

OH: Authorities Search For Sheffield Bank Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a bank in Sheffield Wednesday.

The robbery occurred at 12:20 p.m. at the Fifth-Third Bank on Abbey Road.

The FBI said the man walked into the bank and passed a note to the teller, demanding money. Nobody was hurt during the robbery.

The robber is described as a white man in his 20s, about 6 foot 3 inches tall.

Anyone with information should contact Sheffield police or the Cleveland office of the FBI.
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Submitter's Note: All Fifth-Third Banks in Ohio are Victim Disarmament Zones.
 

OH: Ohio Needs Restaurant Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They say gunpowder and alcohol don't mix. Tell that to these robbers:"
"GROVE CITY, Ohio -- Two suspects robbed a local restaurant [Applebee's] at gunpoint and took patrons and employees hostage over the weekend, according to police..." ...
"Fortunately, nobody was injured this time, and it certainly isn't the first time something like this has happened in Ohio." ...

"It is time for the Ohio legislature to right this wrong and stop denying the rights of Ohio citizens to defend themselves simply because they are dining in an establishment where alcohol is served ..." ...
 

Strict Indian Gun Law Aided Mumbai Terrorists in Attack
Submitted by: Paul

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"India's strict gun laws are partly to blame for the success of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, according to the head of an Indian gun rights group and a U.S. expert ..." ...

"'That’s because India's gun laws make it nearly impossible for its citizens to own guns,' Singh said in a telephone interview from Delhi."

"Singh said his group has long fought against the India Arms Act, which doesn't bar all guns outright."

"'On paper, pretty much anyone can apply for an arms license, but, at the end of the day, the grant of the license is completely at the discretion of the authorities,' Singh said." ...

"Authorities, consequently, reject 95 percent of the applications they receive, Singh said." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma campus gun legislation in sight again
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Legislative leaders said Tuesday it’s likely a measure that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus would be taken up again next year despite their opposition."

"House Democratic leader Danny Morgan, a member of the National Rifle Association and a hunter, told members of The State Chamber that legislators are under political pressure to support the idea. His opposition to this year’s measure resulted in him receiving a lower grade from the NRA."

"House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, said he opposed the original bill, but didn't mind a later version that would have restricted the privilege to military veterans and others with gun training." ...
 

Group asks states to track citizens' ammo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation to trace ammunition is pending in several states, and many gun owners are concerned that it is just another attempt by anti-gun groups to violate citizens' Second Amendment rights."

"An organization known as Ammunition Accountability is pushing to make coding technology mandatory across the nation. Its website claims it is a group of 'gun crime victims, industry representatives, law enforcement, public officials, public policy experts, and more' who are 'saving lives one bullet at a time.'"

"If states pass the legislation, manufacturers will be required to ... [use] a patented process developed by Seattle, Wash., resident Russ Ford and his business partners, Steve Mace and John Knickerbocker." ...
 

PA: '95 case could prompt mayoral veto of gun measure
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A 13-year-old settlement between a gun club and Pittsburgh officials could be a factor in whether Mayor Luke Ravenstahl vetoes legislation that would penalize gun owners who don't promptly report lost or stolen weapons."

"The Allegheny County Sportsmen's League agreed in 1995 to drop a lawsuit challenging a city ordinance banning assault weapons in exchange for an agreement signed by former City Solicitor Howard J. Shulberg. The agreement says the city would abide by state Act 85, which regulates firearms."

"The state law prohibits cities from regulating 'lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms.'" ...
 

IL: Illinois gov. released on own recognizance
Submitted by: Doug Huffman
Website: http://www.scfirearms.org

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"A federal judge in Chicago has ordered Governor Rod Blagojevich released on his own recognizance after the Democrat was hit with federal corruption charges."

"The governor was arrested at his home Tuesday on charges he conspired to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder."

"U.S. District Judge Nan Nolan said 'Good afternoon, governor' in greeting Blagojevich at the afternoon bond hearing. ..."

"He was released on a signature bond that specifies that he'll forfeit $4,500 bond if he doesn't appear in court. Blagojevich also was ordered to relinquish his passport and his firearm owner's identification car[d]." [emphasis added] ...
 

NJ: Law would limit firearm sales to 13 per year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A consequence of lax gun laws is the proliferation of violence and funerals, Atlantic City Councilman Bruce Ward said as he advocated for a bill Monday that would limit most New Jersey gun owners to buying 13 or fewer firearms per year."

"Others said the proposal would do little to stem the flow of firearms to criminals from illicit sources."

"The state Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee approved the bill by a 3-2 vote. It now goes the full Senate. ..."

"Current state law does not limit firearm purchases."

"State Sen. Sandra Cunningham, D-Hudson, the bill's sponsor, said, 'Anyone with a clean record can ... buy 10 or 20 guns at a time, and then resell them for a handsome profit.'" ...
 

VA: Crime commission ducks vote on gun 'loophole'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some emotional pleas to the Virginia State Crime Commission to close what opponents call the state’s gun show “loophole” went unanswered Tuesday."

"Under the law, private parties may sell firearms at gun shows without making a criminal background check on the purchaser. Licensed dealers must do so."

"Commission Chairman Del. David B. Albo, R-Fairfax, did not permit a vote endorsing such an effort..." ...

"Efforts by legislators to close the loophole over the years have met with failure in spite of pleas in the last assembly session from families and friends of the 32 killed in the Virginia Tech massacre last year — though the killer, Seung-Hui Cho, did not buy firearms at a gun show." ...
 

SC: House getting concealed weapons bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A South Carolina House member is filing a bill to allow residents to carry weapons without a permit.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper of Piedmont said Tuesday he has filed legislation to allow any law-abiding citizen to carry a weapon.

The Republican says concealed weapons permit laws and other restrictions make it less likely people who obey the law will be armed and does nothing to disarm people willing to break the law.

Tuesday is the first day House members can file new bills for the legislative session that starts Jan. 13.
 

Palm Pistol Inventor Calls FDA's Decision 'Political'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should a gun be considered a medical device? The inventor of the Palm Pistol claims that the Food and Drug Administration said 'yes,' then changed its mind." [link added]

"The Palm Pistol is a single-shot firearm designed for the elderly or disabled who may lack the manual dexterity or strength to fire a regular gun ..."

"... inventor Matthew Carmel wanted to spread the word to senior citizens. So he spoke with the FDA and was advised to register his company as a manufacturer of medical devices and list the pistol as a 'daily activity assist device.'"

"On Monday, the FDA said it had determined the Palm Pistol was 'not a medical device,' the Associated Press reported." ...
 

NY: 3 NYPD officers charged in subway sodomy case
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"A police officer warned a tattoo parlor worker that if he reported being sodomized with a baton during an arrest at a New York subway station, officers would lock him up for a felony, prosecutors said Tuesday." ...

"With Mineo in a 'helpless position' with his pants down, Kern took out a retractable baton and shoved it into the victim's buttocks, said Assistant District Attorney Charles Guria. The baton pierced Mineo's underwear, tore his rectum and drew blood, the prosecutor said."

"To cover his tracks and with the other officers' knowledge, Kern wrote Mineo "a bogus summons" that was purposely backdated so it would be invalid, then warned him to keep quiet or face a felony, prosecutors said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Bloomberg's finest.
 

WV: Supreme Court orders city to disclose police time sheets
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"The city of Charleston must turn over police time sheet records to The Charleston Gazette in response to a 2007 Freedom of Information Act request ..."

"'We ... recognize that the Gazette seeks this information for a valuable public interest and that the information would not otherwise be available ...' the opinion reads. 'As such, we believe that the City should have disclosed the CPD's time sheets ...'"

"The Gazette requested police time sheet records for 28 Charleston police officers in July 2007. Several months earlier, a Kanawha County jury convicted former Detective James L. 'Chip' Nowling of 'double-dipping' by working more than 1,700 hours for outside employers while on the clock for the city over a two-year period" ...
 

WV: Ex-Logan sheriff appeals loss of pension
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"A former Logan County sheriff convicted of conspiring to buy votes is appealing the state's termination of his pension."

"Johnny 'Big John' Mendez has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a Kanawha Circuit Court ruling that stripped him of his pension benefits because of 'less than honorable service.'"

"The lower court upheld a decision by the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board to terminate Mendez' pension."

"Mendez pleaded guilty in 2004 to two federal charges of conspiring to buy votes in 2000 and 2004."

"The justices will consider whether to hear Mendez' petition on Tuesday." ...
 

WA: 9 Washington troopers accused of faking degrees
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The State Patrol is recommending felony theft charges against nine troopers accused of buying fake diplomas to win a pay increase.

The patrol turned over its investigative paperwork Monday to the Thurston County prosecutor's office.

The Seattle Times reports the patrol discovered the disputed diplomas after conducting a routine review of personnel files. The nine troopers have been on paid leave since Oct. 13.

A patrol spokesman, Capt. Jeff DeVere, says troopers earn a 2 percent raise for a two-year degree and a 4 percent raise for a four-year degree with another 2 percent for a master's.
 

MO: Cop in Child Pornography Investigation Kills Self Behind Church
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"A St. Louis police officer who was under investigation in a child pornography case jumped out of a police car, ran away, and killed himself, authorities said Wednesday."

"The officer's name was not released. He was 37 and had been with the department for 2 1/2 years, city police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross said." ...

"Later Tuesday, members of the city police Internal Affairs division picked up the officer and were driving him to police headquarters. Van Ross said he was being taken in for two reasons: To await results of the county search of his computer and papers, and for questioning about why he apparently lived in the county when city officers are required to live in the city." ...
 

IN: Muncie cop refuses field sobriety test after pullover
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Muncie police officer arrested Sunday for drunk driving along Kilgore Avenue refused a field sobriety test."

"Bradley O. Wiemer, 37, was initially stopped for speeding about 1:38 a.m. Sunday ..."

"When the ISP trooper approached the driver, he smelled alcohol and noticed the driver, later identified as Wiemer, had bloodshot and glassy eyes. ..."

"According to a probable cause affidavit, Wiemer, a 14-year veteran, refused a field sobriety test, causing the officer to seek a warrant for a blood draw."

"Delaware Circuit Court 1 Judge Marianne Vorhees signed the warrant around 2 a.m. ... After the first blood draw was not witnessed by the officer, Vorhees signed another warrant at 4:27 a.m. for a second. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Do you suppose a non-"Only One" would have been given 3 hours to sober up before being tested?
 

UT: Trolley Square hero accused of molesting woman during arrest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ogden assistant police chief says a federal lawsuit filed against officer Ken Hammond, who confronted the gunman during the Trolley Square shooting, was the first time his department became aware of allegations Hammond abused a suspect and sexually assaulted a woman earlier this year."

"... [The] department will begin an internal investigation into the case. Misconduct allegations against police officers are common, and Hammond is presumed innocent until proven guilty ..." ...

"The allegations in the lawsuit ... are not the first Ogden police are investigating in connection with Hammond. The officer has been on administrative leave since November pending an investigation into unrelated misconduct allegations ..." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee Officer Arrested, Accused Of Drunken Driving
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 25-year-veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department is facing a drunken driving charge after his weekend arrest."

"Elm Grove officers arrested Officer Dan Davis after finding him inside his car in a ditch on Friday night."

"Davis was off duty at the time but he had his holster and gun with him when he ran off the road. That could lead to a criminal charge ..." ...

"Police said that Davis had apparently been outside the vehicle trying to get it out of the ditch but then got back inside his car."

"After officers got him out of the car, they saw he was wearing an empty holster. That's when they said he explained that he was a Milwaukee officer."

"The officers allegedly found his service gun in the snow." ...
 

TX: Former Correctional Officer Arrested for Accepting Bribes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A former correctional officer at the Ector County Correctional Center was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a federal bribery charge.

Federal authorities say 23-year-old Allen Zehr supplied an inmate with three bags of marijuana and a cell phone in exchange for $450 back in October.

Zehr faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Zehr had his initial appearance before US Magistrate Judge L. Stuart Platt Wednesday afternoon in Midland.
 

NY: Hunter police officer arrested on sex charges
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A Hunter police officer has been arrested on charges he had a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

State Police said Nathan Vanfleet, 30, of Durham is charged with rape, criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct. He is accused of having sex with the girl multiple times when he was working and when he was off duty.

Vanfleet was arraigned in Catskill and sent to the Greene County jail.

There is no word on whether he's been suspended with or without pay.
 

Greece: Ricochet killed Greek teenager
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INITIAL results from the post-mortem on a 15-year-old Greek boy whose killing by police sparked five days of rioting show Alexandros Grigoropoulos died from a bullet ricochet.

According to forensic doctors and independent experts, the bullet "is a bit deformed, which showed the bullet touched a hard surface" before entering the boy's chest.

The news came as two police officers charged over the shooting prepared to go before a magistrate and riot police fired teargas at thousands of demonstrators advancing on the national parliament building in Athens.

Alexandros was allegedly among a group of 30 youths that had thrown stones at the squad car.


 

Argentina: Human remains found in Argentine detention center pit
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"Inside a once-secret detention center where political dissidents were tortured and killed during Argentina's dictatorship 25 years ago, forensic anthropologists have discovered a pit containing 10,000 bone fragments."

"The first discovery of human remains inside a detention center confirms the testimonies of hundreds of survivors who have said for years that authorities tortured, killed and burned the bodies of political opponents ..." ...

"But the evidence already shows that bodies were thrown into the pit, covered in fuel and burned along with tires, to mask the smell of burning flesh. More than 200 bullet marks were found along a wall bordering the mass grave." ...
 

UK: Grandmother sent machine gun in the post that was meant for nearby police HQ
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"A grandmother was left petrified when she was sent a police machine gun in the post by mistake."

"The package was delivered by a courier to Catherine Roots when it should have been sent to firearms officers at the nearby police HQ."

"Mrs Roots had been expecting a horse harness in the post so opened the package thinking it was that."

"Instead, she found the Heckler & Koch black sub-machine gun staring back at her." ...

"Mrs Roots was later told the weapon was in fact a frighteningly realistic training gun that fires infra-red beams." ...

"Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting, of Dorset Police, said: 'Because this item isn't actually a firearm it is lawful for the company, the suppliers, to use a courier as they did.'" ...
 

UK: Police worker shot during safety demonstration sues for £300,000
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"Keith Tilbury, 51, a control-room operator, was injured after a police marksman's gun went off accidentally."

"Mr Tilbury was one of a dozen staff sitting in a semi-circle around PC David Micklethwaite."

"The constable was giving a lecture to employees and showing the kind of weapons police officers can come up against."

"While he was demonstrating the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum, the gun used by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies, it suddenly went off." ...

"PC Micklethwaite said he had no idea the handgun was loaded1 with live ammunition."

"He was not charged following the shooting but has been taken off firearms duties." ...
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1: Because revolvers are so hard to clear . . .
 

ND: Gun Sales on the Rise
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"Since Election Day firearm sales have skyrocketed throughout the nation and North Dakota is a part of the trend."

"North Dakota firearm dealers have noticed an increase in sales, specifically among military rifles and handguns."

"Those purchasing the weapons fear a new weapons ban, despite President Elect Obama's claimed support for the second amendment and those who lawfully own guns."

"Both gun buyers and sellers hope that philosophy doesn't change." ...

"The increase in sales has lead to higher prices in some spots, and a lack of supply from manufacturers."
 

IN: No rush to arms needed
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"Even before the new administration takes office, Barack Obama's election has managed to boost the lagging economy in one small area."

"The city of Marion, like much of the nation, has seen a spike in gun sales."

"We believe people have a right to buy guns and own guns under current laws ... However, we don't believe that the rush to buy firearms right now is all that logical — even if there is reason to believe tighter gun laws might become more likely over the next four years." ...

"The decision to own a gun is not to be taken lightly. We urge those shopping for firearms to think the matter through and remember that nothing with regard to federal law will change at noon Jan. 20. It is not a deadline to buy."
 

Home, home on the firing range
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"Ready on the right. Ready on the left. Ready on the firing line. Gun sales have skyrocketed since election day. Gun shop owners across the country report business has doubled, even tripled, with customers snatching up handguns, shotguns, assault rifles and exotic ammunition."

"What triggered this firearms feeding frenzy? The latest Obama drama: he's plotting to take our guns away. Rumor has it the president-elect and his Democratic Congress await inauguration with blades sharpened, poised to eviscerate the Second Amendment. ... Lock and load, America."

"I have never owned a gun, but these perilous times would cause the Dalai Lama himself to keep and bear. ... So I decided to go shopping last weekend at a local gun store." ...
 

IL: Gun sales increase after Obama election
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"A nationwide financial crisis has mom-and-pop stores across the country struggling to survive, but at The Gun Shop in Hillsboro, Ill., business has never been better."

"Since Barack Obama was elected president, area residents have been rushing to stock up on guns and ammunition. Store owner Roy Treadway said sales have increased more than 100 percent since Election Day. Large AR and AK rifles have been his biggest sellers."

"'Most people don't have one, and they decided they want one in case we have a big uprising,' he said."

"... gun shop owners across the state say gun enthusiasts are worried their right to own firearms will come under attack once Obama takes office." ...
 

OR: Amendment about guns, not hunting
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"Regarding the piece by Christian Bringhurst about his students and deer hunting: it was an interesting read, but I was stopped short by his comment that it was a long time since he 'exercised his Second Amendment rights' by going hunting."

"This is a common misconception by those unfamiliar with American history. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. Its sole purpose (for those who still don't understand what the framers meant when they wrote it) is to guarantee the 'militia' (which, at the time it was written, meant the people, not the National Guard, as many mistakenly believe) the means to deal with an oppressive and tyrannical government." ...
 

VA: Blue Ridge Arsenal Owner Voted Obama & Celebrates with Increased Sales (with video)
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"Gun sales are up, and most gun dealers consider it bittersweet because they know that the risk of new gun control is very high. They might enjoy brisk sales, but not with the knowledge that more gun control will likely be coming down the pike. But one major gun shop/range owner in Virginia is swimming in the dough from increased sales and then giggles like a school girl when he admits that he supported Obama in the election." ...
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Submitter's Note: H/t to David Codrea, who points out that the owner's response was the moral equivalent of "I didn't know it was loaded."
 

India: Over 1600 shooters participate in All India G.V. Mavlankar shooting championship
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"After the success of ace shooter Abhinav Bindra in Beijing Olympics more than 1600 shooters are taking part in the 18th All India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship being held in Punjab state."

"The championship holds a great significance for the shooters who wish to qualify for the National Shooting Championships."

"The shooting championship, which started on December 7 at Punjab Armed Police (PAP) shooting range Jalandhar, under the aegis of the National Rifle Association and Punjab Rifle Shooting Association, will conclude on December 16." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. — James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46

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