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Scholar says guns, not jihad, to blame for Ft. Hood atrocity
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Imam Zaid Shakir, described as being among 'the most influential Islamic scholars in the West,' tells us not to blame jihad, or Islamic fundamentalism for the shooting rampage at Ft. Hood last November, but 'easy access to guns,' as he explains here, in an attempt to link Ft. Hood to Columbine and Virginia Tech."
"The common denominator is easy access to guns. The common denominator is that there are more guns in America than there are human beings. There are more guns in America than human beings, and they are easily had. And if someone tries to limit their accessibility, they’re going to be challenged by the NRA, the National Rifle Association–one of the most powerful lobbies in this country." ...
 

In defense of Oath Keepers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Folks,"

"I've been hearing some bitches about Oath Keepers that fall into two categories:"

"One, that they are 'anti-militia.'"

"Two, that they have begun to do background checks on prospective state leaders so that they will know that such folks are not convicted felons and are who they say they are."

"Let me deal with the second one first. It is a mystery to me why anyone except poseurs and provocateurs would object to this. Haven't we had enough military resume inflators like 'military intelligence officer' Mark Koernke?" ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: Starbucks v. Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Safer streets in 2010 will bring with them safer workplaces as much as safer assets, safer personal property, and safer futures. The only way to get back to safer streets is going to be an America of one voice in how we will be independent from not only public servants, but from political harassment. Gun control is a harassment of American Liberty."

"Since the story broke that Starbucks was announcing that it would adhere to state and local laws regarding customers who wear a sidearm, there have been reports of a divided opinion of supporters and stores alike. One of the dissenters is the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence." ...
 

Gun rights group applauds Starbucks for allowing guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A national gun control organization wants Starbucks to take a stance on its gun policy, but a pro-gun carrying group argues the coffee company is right to stay out of politics."

"In California some groups have started banding together and carrying their guns unconcealed into businesses ..." ...

"... Starbucks told The Seattle Times, '... We will continue to adhere closely to local, state and federal laws and the counsel of law enforcement ..."

"'Starbucks has not only done the right thing, but a very courageous thing. They have essentially said 'Look, we are a business. We're not into politics, we're into selling coffee to anybody who wants to buy it,' [said] Dave Workman, spokesman for Second Amendment Foundation ..." ...
 

Gun owners support appeals court's decision that felons can't have guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Mark Anderson of Redding thinks everyone should be able to own and carry a gun in America."

"Everyone, that is, except convicted felons."

"'If you are convicted of felonies, you have shown you're not morally responsible and mentally mature enough to have a gun,' said Anderson, a 49-year-old flight instructor and gun owner."

"A federal appeals court this week agreed." ...

"Although a supporter of the Second Amendment, Redding mayor and gun shop manager Patrick Henry Jones said he supports the ban on felons having guns."

"'When you screw up that bad, you lose some rights,' Jones said." ...
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Submitter's Note: This gun owner doesn't support the decision. As David Codrea says: Anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian.
 

Ted Nugent on Blowing Away Criminals Caught in the Act (video)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Singer and noted gun enthusiast Ted Nugent was interviewed recently on a television show called "Texas Monthly" on KLRU-TV, the PBS station in Austin, Texas. He insisted the Second Amendment gives all Americans the right to own guns without restrictions. And he chats about shooting and killing criminals rather than letting them go through the justice system, which will allow them to eventually be free and commit more heinous crimes:
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Submitter's Note: I doubt Ted believes the Second Amendment 'gives' anyone anything. What it does is protect our God-given, natural, human and civil right to bear arms from government interference.
 

Guns at Starbucks? Thousands say no
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In case you missed it ... A gun-control group has been circulating a petition demanding that Starbucks ban guns in its stores. Today, the Brady Campaign announced it has gathered more than 25,000 signatures."

"'We urge Starbucks to respect the rights of the vast majority of its customers, who seek to take their families into its stores without facing the intimidating presence of openly carried guns,' Paul Helmke ... said in a statement."

"This all started when word spread that advocates of openly carrying guns in public were meeting at Starbucks in and around California's Bay Area.

"We're just a bunch of citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights, which if you don't use them, you'll probably lose them,' ...." ...
 

The grind: Civil liberties need to be protected
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The U.S. loves to flaunt its unending freedom of expression, opportunity for peaceful protest and robust exchange of differing opinions. Or does it? Sometimes free speech makes people nervous and causes them to do unethical, even unconstitutional, things, like in the case of a Madison protest last year."

"The Department of Homeland Security conducted, and later destroyed records of, a threat assessment of Madison pro-life and pro-choice activists at a rally last year, the Associated Press reported in the Star Tribune." ...
 

Coffee and the Second Amendment Don’t Mix, According to AlterNet
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The popular chain coffee shop, Starbucks, is known for a lot of things, but up until recently guns were not one of them. ..."

"Liliana Segura, of AlterNet, painted a bleak picture and wrote, 'So you're at your neighborhood Starbucks, maybe with your kids, and ... you realize as you look around, there's a table full of gun-toting customers just a few feet away, sipping coffee and doing nothing ... Aside from steering clear -- or else getting the hell out of there – what can an unarmed citizen do?'"

"Well, not much. (Except maybe relax and consider that the establishment you're in is at the moment quite safe from armed robbery and other violent crime. Go ahead, buy Junior another triple mocha latte.) ..." ...
 

Hey, Members Of The NRA Need Valentines, Too!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"At last, a romantic gift for those special people in your life who love their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Don't forget to accessorize your Belgian milk chocolate handgun with chocolate bullets in a mini ammo can! Or ditch that Charlton Heston stuff altogether and surprise your boo with this super klassy chocolate grenade. Chocolate weaponry for Valentine's Day will be so beloved, you won't be able to pry it from your honey’s 'cold, dead hands!'" ...
 

Armed defense at Front Sight: How competent are you?
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"Few firearm training facilities have as much to offer the many thousands of new gun owners created by the Obama administration as Front Sight Training Institute. Having just completed the school's Four Day Defensive Handgun course, this four part series will detail the school's philosophy, what you can expect to learn, and most of all, why you need to go."

"Overall, I was impressed. Front Sight differs from other shooting schools I’ve attended, primarily in its lack of 'boot camp' mentality. The upside is a friendly atmosphere for a variety of people – including families and upscale professionals – who have relatively little initial training in firearms. ..." ...
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Author's Note: As the first of four articles this segment details the school's philosophy, training facilities and organization.
 

‘Access to Guns,’ Not Jihad, to Blame for Ft. Hood, Says Noted Islamic Scholar
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Imam Zaid Shakir came to speak at my school, Claremont McKenna, on December 9th to respond to the 'tragedy of Ft. Hood.' Rather than respond to the massacre of American servicemen, Shakir spent the evening indicting the United States – saying 'we were born in genocide.' The reason for the Ft. Hood Massacre, according to Shakir? Not jihad or Islamic fundamentalism, but the 'pervasiveness of violence in our society' and because of Americans’ 'easy access to guns.'"

"For those wondering who Mr. Shakir is, he's the go-to expert on Islamic issues for the mainstream media. The New York Times describes him as a 'leading intellectual light,' ..." ...
 

Soon You Can Hike the Mt. Rainier Wonderland Trail Armed
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Imagine hiking along remote stretches of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail winding around the base of Mt. Rainier. Ah, bliss. Far away from the crowds at the lodge, it's just nature, you, your tent, trail mix, and your trusty assault rifle."

"Thanks to a law that goes into effect on Feb. 22, you will soon be able to pack heat in the national parks, formerly Second Amendment (and accompanying noise and safety hazards)-free zones." ...
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Submitter's Note: Since the rule change does nothing to affect shooting policies, Ms. Onstot's claims are all . . . noise and smoke.
 

Their View: Mexican gun control: The bitter irony
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"We read with horror about yet another mass slaughter in our Mexican border city, Juarez, on the last day of January when 18 young persons were killed in cold blood at a festive event. This story is now being repeated all over Mexico, particularly in the northern tier of states. There is a terrible irony about the current wave of deaths occurring from out-of-control shootings, many with fully automatic weapons."

"The principle irony is this. To my knowledge, Mexico has the toughest gun control laws in the Western Hemisphere." ...
 

Charges, backlash follow bus tunnel beating; what can citizens actually do?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"By now, the whole country has seen the brutal bus tunnel beating of a teenage girl ..." ...

"Charges were filed against the 15-year-old girl who can be seen on the video punching, kicking and stomping the victim. ..." ...

"The so-called 'security guards' didn't intervene, and just stood by essentially as spectators. Allegedly, prior to the attack the 15-year-old victim had sought help from two Seattle police officers, and was essentially ignored, according to published reports. ..."

"What could a private citizen have done in the presence of such an attack?"

"The applicable state statute is RCW 9A.16.020, which covers use of force other than lethal force. ..." ...
 

TN: Inskip Elementary principal and assistant shot, teacher arrested
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"Yesterday about this time, Principal Elisa Luna and assistant principal Amy Brace were shot on campus at Inskip Elementary School in Knoxville. Their alleged assailant was a fourth grade teacher, Mark Stephen Foster, 48, of Clinton."

"Inskip Elementary, like all schools in Tennessee is a Gun Free Zone (GFZ). Well meaning but hoplophobic legislators and administrators have banned guns in these areas as a safety measure for the children. Unfortunately, there can be unintended consequences to any action."

"Creation of these GFZ's has, in reality, created Victim Disarmament Zones; or perhaps they should be called Criminal Empowerment Zones. ..." ...
 

GA: Carjacking in church parking lot highlights need to repeal public gathering law
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"According to the Ledger Enquirer, a carjacker struck in a Columbus church parking lot Tuesday afternoon, stealing a car at gunpoint and firing a shot at the victim."

"While crime stories are not usually fodder for this column, it is worth remembering that Georgia is one of only five states that categorically ban firearms in churches." ...
 

TN: Principal, assistant principal shot at Knox school, teacher charged
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A fourth grade teacher at Inskip Elementary School is charged Wednesday with the shootings of the principal and assistant principal at the school."

"The victims are Principal Elisa Luna and Assistant Principal Amy Brace."

"Officials at UT Medical Center say Luna is in critical condition and Brace is in stable condition. Brace is described by officials as joking and in good spirits."

"The suspect is Inskip teacher Mark Stephen Foster, 48, of Clinton. He's charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder." ...
 

OH: Caught on tape: Dem's Sec. State candidate Maryellen O'Shaughnessy defending Columbus gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Less than two weeks after the Ohio Democrat Party leaders, and Governor Ted Strickland, announced they would not support the candidacy of Jennifer Garrison for Secretary of State due to concerns about her support for gun rights, among other issues, the Democrats' anti-gun replacement, Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, has officially announced her candidacy for the office."

"To fully understand the level of O'Shaughnessy's opposition to gun rights, one need only to go back to late 2006. In November of that year, the Ohio General Assembly voted to pass HB347, legislation designed to ensure uniformity of firearms laws in the state of Ohio ..." ...
 

OH: Obama supporter hosts shooting (!) fundraiser for anti-gun Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith Lanzinger
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun owners and hunters often feel as though the only time some politicians know where they are is during election season. There can be no better example of this than the following Republican campaign fundraiser announcement:" ...

"To attend the fundraiser, which will be held later this month in Champaign County, donors are asked to give $1000 per candidate ($2000 total) for the hunt and dinner."

"But here's the rub. While Justice O'Connor is pro-gun, and a long-time friend of this PAC, the same cannot be said for the other Republican candidate involved in this fundraiser, nor can it be said of the event host." ...
 

Chicago's Gun Ban Challenged
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"After the landmark Supreme Court case District Columbia v. Heller struck down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban, gun activists are challenging a parallel law in Chicago."

"The question presented is a difference appreciable mainly by lawyers: Washington, being a federal enclave, called into question the federal government’s power to infringe on Second Amendment rights. Chicago isnt a federal city, so the issue is can a state or city government do what the federal government can't?"

"The case of McDonald v. Chicago, with Supreme Court oral arguments set for March 2, involves the constitutionality of 28 year-old city regulations on firearms, which include a ban on most handguns." ...
 

WV Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in the Senate, Would Impose Exorbitant Fees on Use of Public Shooting Ranges
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Earlier this week, Senator John Pat Fanning, D-McDowell, and Senate Majority Leader H. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, introduced Senate Bill 516, which imposes a permit requirement to use a public shooting range."

"SB 516 requires anyone other than a licensed hunter or person exempt from the requirement of a license to hunt, to obtain a permit to use any public shooting range operated by the Division of Natural Resources. Funds generated by this bill would be used to create additional public shooting ranges and maintain and improve existing public shooting ranges. So far, so what?"

"However, the kicker (to many gun owners' groins) is that SB 516 proposes charging an annual fee of $50 for residents ..." ...
 

AR: Chicago-style gun ban in Ozark National Forest
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As related in a previous article, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crossed the boundaries of their law-making power in 1995. In March of 1997, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled the AGFC's 'power to regulate the manner of taking game certainly does not translate into a general power to regulate the general possession of all firearms…' This ruling, however, did not stop the AGFC from enacting even stricter gun laws." ...

"... the AGFC is enacting a Chicago-style gun ban in the Ozark National Forest, an enormous area that encompasses 1.2 million acres of the state. In addition, the entire WMA system covers almost 3.2 million acres total! ... Recently, the [AGFC] used these WMA regulations to infringe upon individual gun rights ..." ...
 

MS: Guns in parks, restaurants gain first OK in Mississippi Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Mississippi senators voted Wednesday to join Tennessee in allowing handgun-permit holders to carry their guns in most Mississippi parks, as well as restaurants and other locations."

"The National Rifle Association-backed legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, originally covered only parks but was amended to let permit holders carry their guns in restaurants, bars and unsecured government buildings unless the owners of those facilities post notices barring guns."

"The measure now goes to the House and would have to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Haley Barbour if it passes the Legislature." ...
 

VA: State Senate Passes Bill On Concealed Guns (video)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In downtown Richmond restaurants opinions are flowing freely about what will likely become a new Virginia law. It would allow Virginians to carry a concealed weapon in to a restaurant or bar."

"'I'm totally opposed to it,' said Lulu's owner Steven Jurina."

"Jurina thinks mixing guns and alcohol puts their patrons and employees at risk. While the law says permitted and concealed gun carriers can bring the weapons inside, it says they can't drink any alcohol once they are. Owners say it's not enough."

"'On a concealed you don't know who is bringing it in, who has a permit, who doesn't have a permit and who is going to get drunk and pull out a gun,' said Jurina." ...
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Submitter's Note: And do you know any of this now?
 

WI: Wisconsin Concealed Carry: Is a Sell-Out in the Works?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A recent editorial appearing in the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel ... ought to alarm gun owners. That's because it underscores a push to create tougher gun laws by using concealed carry as a carrot to lure in and dupe activists into complacency and surrender, say leaders of Wisconsin Gun Owners (WGO)."

"'We’ve been warning gun owners to prepare for a tough fight on concealed carry, and to expect marginal state republicans to cave in to pressure from anti-gun bureaucrats,' said Corey Graff, executive director of WGO. 'If liberals suddenly claim to support concealed carry in exchange for tougher gun laws you can bet gun owners stand more to lose than we do to gain. You know something's amiss.'" ...
 

WV: Kessler wants to protect W.Va. gun owners from ‘entrapment’
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Senate Judiciary Chairman Jeffrey Kessler hopes to send a strong message to the Big Apple and any others outside West Virginia: Hands off when it comes to entrapping residents with illegal firearms purchases."

"In fact, he dubbed his proposed new legislation Tuesday 'the Bloomberg bill' after the New York mayor and his zest for rounding up guns."

"'They've been sending folks across state lines, outside the jurisdiction of his city, so I call it an entrapment bill,' Kessler said."

"'Basically, it would make it a felony for them come out and try to purchase guns illegally in the state of West Virginia.'"

"Actually, the measure goes far beyond New York, he noted, since it is tailored to cover all states." ...
 

Six Faulted Over Fort Hood
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The military will formally discipline at least six officers, mostly from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, for failing to take action against the officer accused of carrying out last year's deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, according to people familiar with the matter."

"Senior Army officials said the decision to punish so many officers reflects the military's belief that the November assault, which killed 13 people at the Army base in central Texas, could have been prevented if Maj. Nidal Hasan's superiors had alerted authorities to his increasing Islamist radicalization." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out: I don't see any acknowledgment that rendering human beings defenseless renders them...uh...defenseless.
 

Austin gun show documents confirm promoter given ultimatum
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When we last discussed the Texas Gun Shows situation, attorney Jerri Lynn Ward had been temporarily stalled in her Open Records Request ..." ...

"That's ostensibly been resolved and they've coughed up some docs. ..." ...

"And there's one other thing that bugs me about this ... Attorney Ward asked for all correspondences and emails, but the only thing we see from Special Agent Daniel Jones of ATF is a one word reply to a query on whether he could make the meeting:" ...

"That's the only documented communication APD received from ATF in all of this, from the time it first came up? Really?"

"And ... I don't see anything from either side establishing the need to have the meeting in the first place ... Why?" ...
 

10 of the Dumbest Cops Ever (videos)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Cop shoots himself during a school gun safety demonstration"

"This DEA Cop was giving a talk to kids on gun safety when he shoots himself in the leg. Then he tries to show the kids another gun and they all get scared and tell him to put it down."

"Cop call the cops because he thinks he and his wife had an overdose on marijuana brownies"

"This cop called 911 for help after he and his wife accidentally overdosed their baked brownies with marijuana. You get to hear some of the dumbest remarks from this cop while being asked by the operator."

"Cops run right past the bank robbers"

"They ran right past the bank robbers, and they never saw them." ...
 

We're the Only Ones...
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"...Settling Up Enough

...Contradicted Enough

...Sticky-Fingered Enough

...Bulked Up Enough

...Data Mining Enough

...Making a Killing Enough

...Making Withdrawals Enough

...Giving Repeat Business Enough

...Who Really Know How to Treat a Lady Enough

...Fishers of Men Enough

...Teaching Teens the Beat Enough

...Color-Coordinating Enough

...Cutting Back on Greenhouse Gases Enough

...Crash-Testing Enough

...Leaving the Scene Enough

...Backing Our Employees Enough" ...

"This is a sample of what I come across every day. I could give them each their own post, but as I've said ad nauseum, I don't want to lose complete focus here ..." ...
 

Feds push for tracking cell phones
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... "Even though police are tapping into the locations of mobile phones thousands of times a year, the legal ground rules remain unclear ... On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear oral arguments in a case that could establish new standards for locating wireless devices."

"In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no 'reasonable expectation of privacy' in their--or at least their cell phones'--whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that 'a customer's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records' that show where a mobile device placed and received calls." ...
 

PA: Former Harrisburg cop Leslie Brown ordered to prison for stalking ex-lover
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A Cumberland County judge this afternoon imposed an 8- to 23-month prison term, plus 10 years of probation, on a former Harrisburg police officer who pleaded guilty to repeatedly stalking a former lover.

Judge Albert H. Masland sentenced Leslie Brown, 40, of Hampden Township, after Brown also admitted to violating a protection from abuse order the man had secured barring her from contacting him. While admitting to the stalking and protection order violations, Brown, who quit the city force in 2008 after 13 years of service, insisted she is a victim of lies and "legal blackmail."

Brown spent three months in prison last year for violating the protection order.
 

ME: Corrections Officer Faces Gross Sexual Assault Charges
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In less than a week, authorities in Cumberland County have arrested two corrections officers accused of misconduct on the job. Both face serious charges in unrelated cases."

"Last week, an officer was charged with smuggling drugs in to the jail, and a second officer was accused Tuesday of having sex with an inmate."

"Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion said he is disappointed over what he called 'two corrupt corrections officers' at the Cumberland County Jail." ...
 

VA: Chesapeake deputy sheriff arrested for bank robbery
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On Tuesday afternoon, police in Chesapeake, VA, arrested Sgt. John Michael Keane II, 32, he is accused of robbing a bank in the same city where he works as a deputy sheriff."

"According to a statement ... at 2:10 p.m., Sgt. Keane entered the BB&T bank ... and handed a bag to a teller 'implying that he was conducting a bank robbery.'"

"The teller complied, stuffing the bag with money and handed it back. The robber then fled the scene in a red car."

"Shortly thereafter, a Chesapeake K-9 officer spotted a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle. Another officer pulled over the Mercury Sable driven by Keane."

"Police claim to have found evidence in Keane’s car, linking him to the robbery." ...
 

NE: Dueling gun laws lead to confusion
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Is Omaha a confusing place for gun owners?"

"Not if you ask City Prosecutor Marty Conboy."

"Conboy said the city’s handgun registration ordinance still applies to people who have obtained a state concealed-gun permit, despite a state law adopted last year to nullify city ordinances banning concealed guns."
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Submitters note: Conboy seems to be ignoring Nebraska law LB430 "cities and villages shall not have the authority to regulate the ownership, possession, or transportation of firearms unless expressly provided by state law and any existing ordinance or regulation pertaining to the ownership, possession, or transportation of firearms is null and void."
 

CA: Calif. Cop Takes Heat for Anti-Open Carry Gun Comments on Facebook
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"A California police officer could be in trouble for comments he made in a Facebook forum about shooting people who openly carry guns."

"East Palo Alto detective Rod Tuason apparently made the remarks in response to a friend's status update, which joked that gun advocates who carry unloaded weapons in plain view as a political statement should start doing so in places such as Oakland, Richmond and East Palo Alto 'and not limit themselves to hoity toity cities.'" ...

"After several more comments in the thread, Tuason joked that officers should shoot the advocates, who have made recent headlines throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for sipping coffee at cafes and performing other everyday acts with visible weapons." ...
 

MA: Man Arrested for Practicing Second Amendment, Warning About Martial Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In Massachusetts, more than a dozen but less than twenty firearms are considered an arsenal and may get you arrested and held for 'evaluation,' especially if you mistrust and fear the government."

"'A Massachusetts man is under arrest for the stash of guns police found in his possession,' reports MSNBC, WHDH-TV, and the Associated Press. 'Authorities took Gregory Girard, 45, into custody Wednesday afternoon on weapons charges after apparently finding dozens of guns inside his ... home.'"

"According to the report, flares guns, handcuffs, kevlar vests, and helmets are weapons."

"Girard's crime? He feared the government would impose martial law. 'He was convinced that martial law was imminent,' said a prosecutor" ...
 

MA: Paramilitary Thugs Steal Private Arms Collection
Submitted by: Larry

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"We feel our community is safer having this kind of weaponry off the street,' intoned a spokesman for the ... police department"

"Granted, the invocation of that cliche is part of the familiar gun-grabber liturgy, but it doesn't apply here, since the 'weaponry' referred to was never on the 'street' to begin with. It consisted of several firearms legally purchased by 45-year-old Gregory D. Girard, a computer consultant whose wife ... told the authorities about her husband’s supposedly alarming view that martial law is imminent."

"Since it is unacceptable for people to believe that government agents will carry out paramilitary raids to confiscate firearms, a paramilitary force was sent to Girard’s home to confiscate his firearms." ...
 

CA: Cop suggests shooting open carry advocates
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Open carry is the (legal) practice of openly carrying an unloaded firearm in California. This is distinct from concealed carry, which requires a permission slip from the State of California (a permission slip that is costly to acquire) and allows you to carry a loaded weapon concealed on your person. Open carry advocates make a point of publicly displaying their holstered, unloaded firearms while about town, in an effort to exercise their second amendment rights."

"I mention this because an East Palo Alto Police Officer who goes by the handle of Rod Tuason suggested that open carry advocates should be shot. By the police." ...
 

UK: Police to pose as burglars in the middle of the night in bid to cut break-ins
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"If you awoke in the dead of night and saw a suspicious character trespassing on your property trying your windows and doors you would assume it was a burglar and immediately call the police."

"But residents may be in for a shock for the dark-clad figure trying your car door may in fact be a police officer."

"Officers are posing as burglars to test the windows and doors of homes in a campaign to improve security."

"And if they find an open door or window they will drag sleepy residents from their beds in order to inform them."

"The move is part of a new initiative called Operation Golden which aims to slash burglary rates in Macclesfield in Cheshire." ...
 

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