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Pew poll confirms amnesty a danger to gun rights
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "... [A]ttitudes expressed by Hispanics show overwhelming rejection of pro-gun political sentiment. With only 25 percent favoring laws protecting the right to own guns, 71 percent want government to 'control ownership.'” ...
 

Olympia rally draws defiant gun owners to protest new edict
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "At the end of the rally, organizer Seim and others burned their concealed carry permits, noting rights are not bestowed by government officials and thus do not require their permission. In spite of uncounted acts of civil disobedience and a crowd armed with long guns and side arms, rally attendees, while exuberant and defiant, remained peaceful." ...
 

A Brief History of Violence; How to protect our schools and churches
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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"Violence isn’t new. Violence has always shocked us. If anything, violence shocks us more now that we have a hundred channels of 24-7-365 media coverage bleeding in wide screen high-definition. Scholars have studied violence and how real violence has changed over time. They learned quite a bit from the attacks on our schools, churches and shopping malls. Their prescription to protect us from violence has changed as well. Unfortunately, for all the stylized Hollywood violence we watch, we remain ignorant of real solutions. We, the general public, have yet to catch up with the reality of modern public violence. The professionals who study violence can now tell us what works to stop violence, but it is up to us to put their prescriptions into practice. ..." ...
 

Need change on gun violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"How many armed psychopaths does it take to change a gun law? As a nation, we have, unfortunately, not reached that number yet."

"If there’s any hope for real, proactive gun control, it may just come from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his group, Everytown for Gun Safety. Bloomberg’s activist camp plans to aggressively support legislation at the state level to expand background checks for gun purchasers." ...
 

A Look At The 'Smart Guns' That Could Prevent Future Tragedies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary two years ago, President Obama signed an executive order to review the availability of innovative gun safety technologies."

"The shorthand for that is 'smart guns,' weapons that — through one technical solution or another — only fire when in the hands of their owner."

"Significant hurdles have been raised by Second Amendment absolutists and the NRA. Though the technology is out there and available in parts of Europe, smart guns have yet to be consistently available in the United States." ...
 

Gun nuts’ racial duplicity: How Ferguson and Garner undermined their Second Amendment crusade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gun extremists, whose grasp of constitutional law and American history is typically as firm as their grasp on empathy and decency, have been telling us for some time that a well-armed populace is necessary to keep tyranny at bay. The recent announcements that white police officers would not face trial for shooting unarmed black men would seem to provide a good opportunity for these anti-oppression patriots to protest governmental abuse."

"Sure, armed white private citizens have been conspicuously absent from the struggle against actual governmental oppression in U.S. history — Native American genocide, Jim Crow, women’s subjugation, Japanese internment camps — but things might be different this time, right?" ...
 

America continues to protect gun nuts, even though Newtown remains wounded two years after Sandy Hook shooting (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "There are no words, ... two years after Sandy Hook Elementary, for a recent Pew poll that says a majority of Americans believe it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than it is for the government of this country to somehow limit access to guns. After all the shootings we have had in America since [redacted] started shooting with his AR-15, a poll result like this is more insane than [redacted] was that morning ..."

"This isn’t about responsible gun owners. This is about all the slow thinkers, starting with the mouth breathers from the [NRA] ... who actually believe that assault-weapons bans and tougher background checks and limits on ammunition are somehow a threat to everything good and decent." ...
 

CT: Families of Newtown, Connecticut, massacre victims plan lawsuits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "The parents of eight of the children killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, carnage ... have notified Connecticut courts that they may file wrongful death lawsuits in state or federal court."

"Their initial court filings, related to legal entities created in memory of their children, do not indicate who the families could target in their lawsuits ..."

"While the parents could not be reached for comment, a spokesman for Bridgeport law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder said that a lawyer at the firm had recently met with some of the Newtown parents about potential suits."

"'Attorney Josh Koskoff has met with parents about legal action,' said Geraldo Parrilla, a legal assistant with the firm." ...
 

PA: Gun absurdity: Laws can’t work when big loopholes invite abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Those who oppose reasonable restrictions on firearm sales often argue that such steps are useless because criminals will get guns if they want them. Yes, they will — if big loopholes are left in the law."

"That’s what convicted felon Jody Lee Hunt did in West Virginia. Because he had pleaded guilty to felony charges of abduction and use of a firearm for crimes committed in Winchester, Va., in 1999 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years’ probation, it was illegal for him to purchase or possess a firearm."

"No problem. He simply bought a 9 mm gun from an unsuspecting seller on the Internet. ..." ...
 

CT: Newtown Families Suing Bushmaster Over AR-15 Used In Sandy Hook School Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Newtown families are suing Bushmaster in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting second anniversary. Bushmaster is the gunmaker that manufactured the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle used by [redacted] in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting." ...

"Second Amendment advocates have been quick to point out that the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is a legal weapon sold Bushmaster in full compliance with all firearms manufacturing statutes. If the Newtown families lawsuit against the gun company is successful, it could set a precedent for other victims of gun violence to sue the makers of the handguns used in those crimes as well." ...
 

OH: Ohio Clerk Shoots 2nd Robber in Three Years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Sgt. Ed Buns, spokesman for the Hamilton Police Department, said two men entered the store and tried to rob it."

"Grayson Matthews, 53, was the clerk on duty when the suspects entered the store. Matthews told police several gunshots were exchanged between himself and at least one of the men." ...
 

WA: Gun rights battle brings crowds to Olympia, Puyallup
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Depending upon whose estimate one accepts, anywhere from 1,000 to perhaps 1,800 Second Amendment activists turned out for a midday rally opposing Initiative 594 in Olympia Saturday, while the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds drew a couple of thousand more looking for pre-Christmas deals, and answers to questions about the state's new, and confusing, gun law."

"In neither location did anybody stop traffic, smash windows or clash with police. Nobody was arrested. Nobody got hurt. A handful of people in Olympia burned their concealed pistol licenses at the end of the event. Protest organizer Gavin Seim posted a video of the event online." ...
 

WA: Gun crowd vows to defy background check law, hears calls for confrontation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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largely armed, assault rifle-toting gun rights advocates pledged Saturday to defy voter-passed Initiative 594, which became law last week, while hearing anti-government speakers urge them to 'stand up to lawlessness.'"

"About 800 to 900 people were on hand at the state capitol for the 'I Will Not Comply' rally, far fewer than the 6,000 initially promised by rally organizers and who pledged on the rally’s Facebook page that they would come." ...

"Gun owners made a show of exchanging weapons, and selling weapons, in defiance of the initiative, which requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and online ...

"'This isn’t a protest. We are here to openly violate this law,' said Seim." ...
 

WA: Over 1,000 Gun Owners Violate Washington State Law - In Front Of Police!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington State held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation's history, brazenly titled "I Will Not Comply." No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594."

"Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, 'This isn't just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law.' ..." ...
 

Will Vivek Murthy Be Our Next Surgeon General?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Well, the anti-Second Amendment Surgeon General nominee is back. Vivek Murthy, who’s confirmation vote was put on hold when Democrats discovered they did not have enough votes, might get another chance as this lame duck session comes to a close. Murthy’s delayed Senate vote is something of an embarrassment for Democrats since all they needed was 51 votes to confirm him under the new rules on executive and judicial nominations Sen. Harry Reid put forth, yet this nomination still faces the same obstacles ..."
"... due to queasiness among Republicans and moderate Democrats about Murthy’s positions on guns — and the stated opposition of the National Rifle Association — Murthy may struggle to be approved by the Senate." ...
 

Liberals attempting to disarm our veterans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The radical left is at it again with the continuation of their full-scale assault against Second Amendment rights that began in 2013. Unfortunately for liberal anti-gunners, most of their efforts failed miserably ... In most other states, their demand for stricter gun control laws met with widespread backlash and ultimate failure. However, anti-Second Amendment loonies are not easily defeated, and have now exchanged their radical actions for more subdued tactics, but their goal is the same: To attack the rights of gun owners. Their latest strategy may be nothing more than a way for them to unleash their hostility toward United States veterans in a subtle way." ...
 

KS: Lawmakers mull gun legislation for upcoming session
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"When the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence sued this summer to throw out Kansas’ law nullifying enforcement of federal firearm laws, state sovereignty was pitted against federal supremacy — a clash of ideas about the role and scope of the federal government."

"When philosophical battles are fought in litigation, however, they tend to take time."

"Nearly half a year later, the lawsuit is still slowly moving through federal court, with no legal fireworks from either side. ..."

"With the Legislature due to meet in January and no resolution to the lawsuit expected soon, lawmakers must now decide what, if any, Second Amendment legislation they need to pursue. So far, they are sending mixed messages." ...
 

VA: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe eyes gun curbs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday will call for a package of gun restrictions in Virginia, including a renewal of the state's one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that buyers at gun shows undergo background checks."

"McAuliffe will also propose keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence and revoking concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments." ...
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Submitter's Note: So is barring "parents who are behind on child-support payments" from speaking in public or going to church next on the agenda?
 

OH: Uecker stands for Second Amendment rights in Senate vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"State Senator Joe Uecker, R–Miami Township, has announced Senate passage of House Bill 234. The bill advances several initiatives to modernize Ohio’s concealed carry laws by strengthening background checks and other accountability measures while also improving access to permits for law abiding Ohioans." ...
 

TX: Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns."

"That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights."

"'If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the state of Texas,' Abbott said the day after his election last month."

"And if Texas, which allows concealed handguns, embraces open carry — rolling back a 140-year ban — it would be the largest state to have done so." ...
 

TX: Second Amendment Advocates Support Texas Constitutional Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As Texas is considering legislation for open carrying handguns, groups are advocating 'Constitutional Carry.'"

"Justin Delosh, executive director for Come and Take It Texas, said that the government shouldn't be making money off of gun permits."

"'We support the right to concealed carry and the right to open carry. We think it's unethical for the state to profit off a person's ability to defend themselves. So we're pushing for both without a permit,' Delosh said." ...
 

Cop Doesn’t Shoot Violent Attacker With 51 Previous Arrests
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'A 28-year old East Hartford man with 51 previous arrests and more than a dozen convictions [and wanted for a homicide in 2006] was charged Thursday night with assaulting two police officers following a car accident,' courant.com reports. Specifically, 28-year-old Joshua Suarez’s charges include assault on a police officer, possession of narcotics, engaging police in pursuit, driving under license suspension, driving an unregistered car, reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving without insurance. The judge in the case praised Sgt. Jeff Morrison for not shooting Suarez, and for good reason . . ." ...
 

TX: Houston cop threatens to jail open-carry activist: 'I’m tired of you idiots' (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A Houston police officer has sparked an internal investigation after an encounter with an open-carry activist legally carrying an AR-15, The Blaze reported Wednesday. The encounter was captured on video, Jon Street said, after the officer attempted to delete the video. After threatening to jail the man for not having ID, he is heard telling the protester that he was 'tired' of seeing open-carry 'idiots.'"

"The confrontation started with the officer asking for the man's identification. The man said he didn't have any on him at the time."

"The unidentified officer then seized the rifle and placed the man in handcuffs, KRIV reported. ..." ...
 

OH: Former Ohio Law Enforcement Officer Convicted of Illegal Possession of a Machine Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A former sheriff’s deputy from Greene County, Ohio has been found guilty of knowingly illegally acquiring and possessing a machine gun."

"Maj. Eric Spicer was arrested in April and accused of using forged documents to obtain a post-1986 manufactured machine gun from a firearms dealer in New York state."

"The gun in question was a select fire Heckler & Koch HK416. Spicer was fired from his position after he was involved in the shooting of a suspect in 2013. The appeal of his termination is ongoing. Central to the case was the fact that Spicer continued to possess the firearm three weeks after being fired. It was found in his home be federal agents." ...
 

KS: Kansas Student Facing 186 Day Suspension For Bringing Spent Brass Casing to School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Here we go again, more anti-gun hysteria in our schools."

"An elementary school student is facing a school suspension which could be up to 186 days in length due to bringing an inert piece of metal to school with him. The boy was sighting in a hunting rifle the day before school and picked up a piece of spent brass and put it in his pocket."

"It was discovered by school officials when it fell out during school." ...
 

ME: Gun control debate lingers in Maine (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre came a national debate over gun control and whether or not stricter laws need to be put in place."

"Many thought gun reform laws would be passed. Mike Sleeper told CBS 13, 'I think a lot of guns are getting into the wrong hands and not enough is being done to stop it.' Sleeper says he’s shocked at the amount of people he sees carrying guns, 'I saw someone in here last week, a guy with a side arm, I don’t know how they let him in the grocery store but he had a side arm on his waist and I just think it’s wrong.'" ...
 

MI: Michigan Firearm Rights Group Names Its 2014 Gun Advocate Award Winners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On December 5th, 2014, the Michigan Coalition of Responsible of Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) – a gun rights organization that promotes the safe use and ownership of firearms through education, litigation, and legislation – selected its 2014 Gun Advocate Award Winners at their Board of Directors Meeting."

"MCRGO staggered and announced the official public release of this year’s award winners during last week on its Facebook organization page." ...
 

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