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Bill of Rights Day largely unnoticed by government and media
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "The White House is also silent at its primary url, and further shows nothing for today’s public schedule. A presidential proclamation does acknowledge Bill of Rights Day, but it focuses on 'progressive' agenda items, and gun owners will not be surprised to see the Second Amendment, deemed by the framers as 'necessary to the security of a free State,' is wholly ignored."

"Based on admittedly limited sampling that may change as the day progresses, it appears there is not a lot of emphasis being placed on the Bill of Rights either by media or government. Also largely ignored is that the Bill of Rights was introduced with a preamble declaring its purpose." ...
 

Poll: Would you support more restrictive gun laws in your state?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It has been two years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the state of Connecticut now has some of the most restrictive gun policies in the country."

"While federal legislation stalled in partisan gridlock, in April of 2013, Gov. Dan Malloy signed into Connecticut law a series of new restrictions on guns in the state. While gun violence experts say it’s too early to tell if the new law is effective, Malloy points to the fact that there were 32 percent fewer murders in 2013 than in 2011." ...
 

Registration will lead to confiscation? They told us that would never happen
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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"The left has repeatedly told gun owners that they want to benignly register their guns. They don't want to take them; they just want to know where they are. Yet, history has shown that this has not always been the case."

"The Ottoman Turks did it in association with their 1915 genocide of the Armenians ..."

"Then, last month, the Buffalo, NY, Police Department announced they would begin to confiscate pistols from the families of deceased pistol license holders."

"New York law authorizes police departments to do this, and like all bad laws, New Yorkers are stuck with it until it is either rescinded through legislation, or declared unconstitutional by a court. ..." ...
 

What have you done today for the Bill of Rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Today is Bill of Rights Day, and following a weekend of activism in Washington State it may be fair to ask firearms owners what they have done today to exercise one or more of their civil rights, and more importantly, what have you done to protect them?"

"First question, and this is for gun owners in Washington and Colorado especially, did you actually vote in the Nov. 4 election? It is abundantly clear, based on the election results, a lot of self-professed 'Second Amendment supporters' didn’t, despite the fact that everyone questioned about this will insist they did." ...
 

Why Gun-Control Advocates Lie about Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Angered by the news that American voters are now more supportive of the Second Amendment than they have been in two decades, the New York Daily News’s Mike Lupica used his weekend column to vent. Over the course of 900 words, Lupica lambasted the public for continuing 'to protect gun nuts,' chided the 'mouth-breathing' NRA for its murderous myopia, and contended emotively that 'there are no words' available to describe the horror of 'a recent poll that says a majority of Americans believe it is more important to protect the right to own guns than it is for the government to limit access to guns.'"

"And then, having established his moral bona fides for all to see, he tried to sneak a brazen lie past his audience:" ...
 

Radical Right-Winger Promises ‘Second Amendment Remedies’ To Fight Background Check Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Vanderboegh, who gave a notorious speech at the Bundy ranch promising 'civil war on a vast scale,' was similarly unrestrained in his remarks to the Olympia rally, calling supporters of the background checks initiative 'domestic enemies of the Constitution' and suggesting that 'Second Amendment remedies' may be necessary to combat them if political negotiations fail." ...
 

NRA Defeat: Everytown Statement On Confirmation Of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The United States Senate today stood up to the gun lobby by confirming Dr. Vivek Murthy as our country’s next surgeon general – an important step forward in addressing gun violence in our country as a public health problem."

"But this is about more than just the confirmation of our country’s top doctor, it’s also a defeat for the gun lobby that has fought tooth-and-nail to keep gun violence prevention off of the agenda in Washington. For decades the NRA has suppressed funding for research to understand gun violence and pushed for legislation to muzzle doctors and military leaders from being able to talk to their patients or troops about firearm safety. ..." ...
 

Gun Review: Ruger Hawkeye African
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When dad suggested that we take a trip to Africa for some hunting I had to find an appropriate caliber rifle for the task. There are plenty of big game rifles to choose from on the market and if I wanted to have any money left over to pay for my hunt, I had to find the economy option. This brings us to the Hawkeye African from Ruger with an MSRP of $1199 and a street price about thee hundred dollars less, making this an attractive buy when compared to the big money commanded by some other rifle makers . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Meopta Meosight III
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bigger isn’t always better. There are definitely circumstances where a 24x scope with a Horus reticle isn’t the right tool for the job, and something smaller (and cheaper) will suffice. Especially for close range targets and lightweight rifles, having a small red dot mounted on the gun instead of a scope or even an EOTech sight might be a better idea. Meopta is a European optics manufacturer who has been in the business since 1933, and they’ve come out with a new red dot specifically for those times when a scope is simply overkill: the Meosight III . . ." ...
 

MO: Even under the gun amendment, convicted felons should not own firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This is the Rule of Unintended Consequences: An 'idiomatic warning that an intervention in a complex system always creates unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes.'"

"Thus begins the tale of Amendment 5, a constitutional ballot measure that Missouri voters passed in August to make the right to keep and bear arms 'unalienable.'"

"The amendment stated that any restriction on ownership of a firearm must be 'subject to strict scrutiny ...'"

"Exceptions to ownership include those judged mentally infirm and those with violent felony convictions."

"The question now before the Missouri Supreme Court is whether a person convicted of a nonviolent felony should be allowed to legally own a firearm." ...
 

AL: Moment burglarized family 'captured intruders at gunpoint after passing them in the street as they were on the way back from ANOTHER break-in' (video available)
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"The victims of a burglary captured their alleged intruders after spotting them in the street - on the way back from another break-in."

"The Wyatt family's surveillance system filmed the moment a woman and two men took two TVs and numerous Christmas presents from their home in Warrior, Alabama, last Friday."

"Just two days later, Chris Wyatt spotted the suspects' Ford Ranger pickup truck driving down a road and swerved to block them into a corner."

"Mr Wyatt, his wife Sarah, and two other relatives ordered them out of the car - apparently full of stolen goods - and held them at gunpoint until police arrived." ...
 

Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy As Surgeon General Over NRA Opposition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a rare show of defiance of the National Rifle Association, the Senate on Monday confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as surgeon general of the United States. Murthy's nomination had been stalled for nearly a year due to comments he made in support of stricter gun laws."

"Murthy is a Harvard- and Yale-educated physician, and has identified obesity and chronic disease as areas of focus for his tenure. ..."

"The Senate voted, 51-43, to confirm Murthy for the nation's top public health post ..." ...

"Murthy's confirmation represents a defeat for the NRA, which mounted fierce opposition to his nomination earlier this year because of previous statements characterizing guns as a 'health care issue.' ..." ...
 

Congress must act to ensure safety of children
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "... We have before us a wide range of possibilities to address firearm violence: from renewed examination of the critical importance of background checks to laws that facilitate enforcement of existing restrictions; from bans on certain weapons to increased safety hardware on firearms; and from funding for research on gun violence to resources for mental health."

"While no one piece of legislation could stop every tragedy, each may contribute to a safer society. Congress owes it to those who have been affected by firearm violence to consider each proposal fully. I refuse to believe that nothing more can be done." ...
 

House Committee Faults FDIC for Participation in Operation Choke Point
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In May, NRA-ILA reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point."

"While DOJ insisted that the operation was meant to protect the soundness of America’s financial system by targeting fraudulent businesses, the committee report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to 'choke out' legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable. Among others, these included firearm and ammunition sales."

"A new report by the committee, 'Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Involvement in 'Operation Choke Point,' makes equally damning findings about the [FDIC] ..." ...
 

Surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy, opposed by gun lobby, confirmed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"President Obama's pick to serve as the next surgeon general was confirmed Monday evening more than a year and half after being nominated, the first of nearly a half dozen of the president's picks set for confirmation this week as Democrats prepare to cede control of the U.S. Senate."

"Senators voted 51 to 43 to confirm Vivek Murthy, a Harvard and Yale-educated doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, whose nomination had been in limbo amid concerns about his experience, and opposition from the gun lobby." ...
 

Reid Pushing to Confirm Anti-Gun Zealot as Surgeon General
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Back before November 4, when he was fighting to keep his anti-gun Senate majority, you didn’t hear a lot from Harry Reid about his anti-gun intentions after the election."

"That was then; this is now."

"Now that the elections are over — and the Senate is about to adjourn for the year — Reid is pushing, once again, to confirm anti-gun zealot Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States."

"Remember Murthy? He was the guy whose only qualification to be the nation’s top doctor was his leadership in a political organization to elect Barack Obama." ...
 

TX: Will An Open Carry Bill Get Done In Texas?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Texas has had an open carry ban that has been around for the last 140 years. Governor Elect Greg Abbott has promised to sign any open carry bill that gets to his desk next year. That is, if one gets to his desk."

"Edwin Walker of Texas Law Shield says the only snag could be the fact there will be competing bills in Austin next session." ...
 

VA: Gun control package gets cool reception
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Local legislators had generally unfavorable reactions Monday to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s push for new regulations on gun ownership in Virginia."

"'The governor knows, or should know, that these Obama/Bloomberg anti-Second Amendment proposals are going nowhere in the Virginia General Assembly,' Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Glade Hill, said in a statement. Poindexter was referring to President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, both of whom have advocated for stronger gun control."

"Poindexter rebuked Virginia’s Democratic governor for selecting Monday, the day after the second anniversary of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, to unveil his legislative package. ..." ...
 

Can gunmaker be held responsible for Newtown shooting? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Can the manufacturer of the assault rifle wielded by Adam Lanza be held responsible for the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting?"

"The families of nine of the 26 people killed at the school, as well as a wounded teacher, have filed a civil suit that charges just that. According to the plaintiffs, the Bushmaster AR-15 never should have been sold to a civilian because it is a military rifle." ...

"At the crux of the lawsuit lies the same question that divides the increasingly embittered gun-control debate: Should it be legal to sell military-style weaponry to civilians?" ...
 

Alan Gura’s reply to Palmer v. D.C. Contempt Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Thursday, 11 December 2014, Alan Gura replied to the D.C. government arguments that they should not be held in contempt in the case of Palmer v. D.C."

"The reply is 24 pages of double spaced legal argument. It is well organized and clearly argued."

"As GTOGUNNER noted on the mdshooters.forum:"

"In reality, win or lose this case, surely from my POV, it won’t be do to a sucky Attorney."

"To give you the flavor of Alan Gura’s reply, I have quoted a small selection of his points. Here is a link to Gura’s entire reply in a pdf file." ...
 

10 Sandy Hook families sue Bushmaster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Parents of 9 children killed at the mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, along with one teacher who survived, are suing the businesses behind the Bushmaster rifle, which was used in the massacre."

"The lawsuit was filed one day after the second anniversary of the killings." ...

"The rifle ... should not have been entrusted to the general public because it is a military assault weapon that is unsuited for civilian use, according to the lawsuit." ...
 

OH: Cops Mistake Real Gun for a Real Gun Painted to Look Like a Toy Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 9500 block of Wayne Avenue around 1:25 a.m. Friday for reports of a man with a gun,' Cincinnati’s wlwt.com reports. 'According to investigators, Orlando Lowery, 23, was found in possession of a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun that was painted red to resemble a toy gun.' Nope. As TTAG commentator bryce pointed out, “the Cobra or Lorcin FS 380 comes in that color from factory.” Besides, if the criminal really wanted to fool the cops into thinking he’s carrying a toy gun . . ." ...
 

AL: Claims of 'revenge beatdown' by Madison County deputies linked to mysterious killing
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... "The killing of Klonowski in November of 2013 and the arrest of Bryant in August of 2012 may turn out to be unrelated."

"But the awkward timing -- with Madison County throwing out charges against Bryant just a week after Klonowski turned up dead – was enough to cause the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to step in."

"'We don't trust the Madison County Sheriff's Department to investigate this matter because a number of Madison County deputies ... were instrumental in allowing Mr. Bryant's beating to be covered up,' said Hank Sherrod, the civil attorney for Bryant."

"Sherriff Blake Dorning and attorneys for Madison County have declined to comment on Bryant's claims, saying they anticipate a lawsuit. ..." ...
 

IL: Alton officer indicted for misconduct (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Alton, Illinois police officer is accused of destroying evidence. Now, he has been indicted on a felony charge of official misconduct."

"Jonathan K. Forrler, 38, is accused of destroying forensic evidence gathered as part of a sexual assault case. According to the indictment, the evidence included a rape kit and clothing."

... Authorities say they found missing evidence in 130 cases." ...

"Gibbons says a very thorough investigation did not find any malicious intent behind the missing evidence, but investigators are convinced Forrler destroyed evidence on purpose. In the sexual assault case, Gibbons says investigators could not find any connection between Forrler and anyone involved in the case." ...
 

LA: Former Colfax police chief sentenced after 2013 arrest on charges of pawning police evidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The former police chief of Colfax has been sentenced following his arrest on charges of malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice and theft of a firearm."

"Charles Stickell, 44, was in office when he was arrested in October 2013. The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/12GnPC7 ) that Grant Parish District Attorney Jay Lemoine recently announced the convictions." ...
 

WA: Evergreen State Second Amendment activists now focusing on Jan. 15
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"With last Saturday’s 'I Will Not Comply' event now history, Evergreen State Second Amendment activists are shifting their focus to an event one month from today on the Capitol steps that will have some heavy-duty backing by two locally-based national gun rights organizations, and the grassroots group that has grown out of the battle against Initiative 594, which took effect earlier this month."

"Incidentally, today is Bill of Rights Day. Contrary to what anti-gunners might believe, there are ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, as those attending Saturday's rally could attest because they exercised two of them at the same time." ...
 

Australia: Faces of the victims: Heroic Sydney cafe manager, 34, shot dead as he grabbed terrorist's gun to protect hostages - and the brilliant young barrister and mother of three, 38, who died in hospital after the siege
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"These are the faces of the innocent victims forced to endure some 16 hours of hell as they were held hostage in Sydney's terrorist siege."

"Tori Johnson, the manager of the Lindt cafe in Martin Place, and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson were the two hostages killed during the bloody climax."

"Mr Johnson, 34, was shot dead after he tried to wrestle the gun from Islamic extremist [name redacted] inside the cafe ..."

"Ms Dawson, a 38-year-old whose children are all under 10, died in hospital. She was a barrister at Eight Selborne Chambers in Sydney's Phillip Street, opposite the site of the siege." ...
 

Jihadist hostage-taker enabled by Australian gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The people with no 'genuine reasons' [redacted] took captive were all unarmed and 'law-abiding,' and thus helpless to do anything to protect themselves except wave an Islamic flag when ordered to, wait for men with guns to save them, and hope or pray they would survive. If domestic advocates of citizen disarmament have their way, petitioning U.S. cafes and other businesses to disallow guns on their premises, and further, demanding government pass laws prohibiting them, Americans obeying such edicts could find themselves in the same dilemma as the Sydney hostages."
 

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