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Why does Sting promote anti-gun sentiments that enable tyranny?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "I note a typical construct used by journalists is to refer to this champion of the masses as 'the former Police frontman.' It appears we could change that to 'current' and add the word 'state.'" ...
 

The story of the armed community organizers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A few weeks ago, I linked to a picture of civil rights activist John Salter being attacked by a mob during a lunch counter sit-in during the 1960s. I also linked to a newspaper op-ed in which Salter explained how he and other civil rights workers used firearms for protection from Klansmen and other terrorists—when Klansmen knew that a homicide would not be witnessed by the news media. Since that blog post drew great interest from the readers, I thought that some persons might be interested in the longer version of Salter’s history of the role of armed self-defense in the Civil Rights Movement." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

Gun-control crowd being had
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A front page article in the Times-Herald ... featured Ellen Faden and her local chapter of the powerful and virulently anti-gun pressure group, The Brady Campaign. Right on schedule, it's the usual exploitation of an upturn in crime and violence for political gain -- page one of The Brady Campaign handbook."

"In the article Ms. Faden is quoted as saying: 'We're not saying we want to do away with people's Second Amendment rights. But we are serious about stopping the tidal wave of gun violence sweeping the country, so people can live safer lives.' I hope to disabuse Ms. Faden of this false notion or if appropriate correct her disingenuous statement that seemed to go unquestioned by the writer, Rachel Raskin-Zrihen." ...
 

Steve Lee, the Australian Gun “Moderate”
Submitted by: Larry

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"After I posted this blog, 'Steve Lee Likes Guns and Government Gun Control,' I heard from Steve. So did many other pro-gun bloggers who were critical of Steve. In this interview televised on Australian television, he clearly came off as a suck-up seeking fame and fortune while selling out to the idea of government gun control and limitations on ownership. This letter that he sent to another writer was strikingly similar to the first email he sent to me."

"Many folks were fawning all over his (nice) song and video, and they didn’t bother to care that he was selling the ideas of Australian gun control in a television interview. Some of us did pay attention." ...
 

The right to gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns are made for self-defense for all of our citizens ('National parks will open gates to holders of concealed guns,' Page I, Monday). They are our first line of defense against government and criminals. Our Founding Fathers knew that, which is why they adopted the Second Amendment."

"Thank God for the National Rifle Association and other people who keep protecting our right to carry guns. No gun has ever jumped up out of a holster and shot anyone of its own volition. A person is the shooter. If saving lives is the issue, we should lower the national speed limit for cars down to 35 mph. No more traffic deaths." ...
 

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2010: A Celebration of American Values
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce this year's Annual Meetings and Exhibits to be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina from May 14-May 16."

"Members of the news media are welcome to cover this year's event. ... Leading firearm manufacturers will display the firearm industry's latest and greatest products. Various hunting and shooting accessories and an extensive private collection displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs will fill acres of convention space. With approximately 400 exhibits, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone." ...
 

NRA Offers Free Membership to Active Duty Military
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The [NRA]'s connection to the military goes back well over a century. Indeed, it was military men who founded the organization."

"Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the [NRA] in 1871. ..."

"Military veterans have played a role in NRA ever since. They make up a significant part of NRA's membership and Board of Directors. They shoot in NRA's competitive matches and often become NRA-Certified Instructors ..."

"Because NRA deeply appreciates the sacrifices you make while serving our country, we are honored to offer you a complimentary one-year membership in the NRA as a token of our gratitude and respect ..." ...
 

The Tyranny of the American Mind
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Guns in bars. No background checks at gun shows[sic]. No permits to carry required. No restrictions on how many guns a person may buy (in some cases now it's one per month)."

"What Americans don't seem to understand is how crazy they look to most of the rest of the world. The reason they don't understand is because of their one-thought tyranny."

"Americans are tyrannized by 1776, The Second Amendment, The Bill of Rights, The Constitution and other colonial-era artifacts. They have been brainwashed into believing that those are the only thoughts there are. This is not freedom. Freedom means having a choice. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Like the choice of what tools to use to defend my family and myself? Is that the freedom you are talking about?
 

Gun Ban 2009! A Reflection on Unwarranted Mass Hysteria
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The gun ban is coming! The gun ban is coming!' Sound familiar? It was the rallying cry for those who feed from the NRA teat immediately following President Obama's election in 2008, similar to Paul Revere's famous cry, except Revere's warning was an imminent reality. The gun ban? Not so friggin' likely according to the New York Times." ...
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Submitter's Note: See what happens when you believe what a politician says? It comes back to bite you. So when Obama said he was in favor of the DC ban and thought it was Constitutional, when he said he supported a ban on handguns and another time he favored banning all semi-autos, those were all lies, right? And his promise to bring back, strengthen and make permanent the Clinton AWB was mere campaign rhetoric, not to be taken seriously?
 

Real America: The Gunmen Among Us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns kill people. That’s what they are meant to do. But do gun control laws kill people? Because they are generally not supposed to do that. Concealed carry permit holders claim that they do. To find out if they are correct, I became one of them." ...

"The concealed carry of weapons (CCW) elicits especially strong, often unreasonable, 'debate.' Support for CCW can border on the pathological, while opposition is often specifically unsupported and inseparable from gun-control feelings in general. ..." ...
 

VA: Emotions flame gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is no debate over the fact that criminals will be able to obtain guns for the foreseeable future. But I am not aware that criminals have been robbing and shooting up restaurants during business hours. So I personally feel more at risk from fellow citizens with mental problems or unsettled grudges opening fire with his/her concealed weapon in a public space. Or when a possibly untrained person engages them in a gunfight. I imagine that if I were to see someone with a displayed handgun (especially if they were acting suspiciously,) I would have the opportunity to move to safety. I understand that others feel differently, but I feel safest with my pistols secured at home or in a safe deposit box." ...
 

Ron Paul Against Assassinations (video)
Submitted by: Larry

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Submitter's Note: The centgov declares it will murder its own citizens without so much as a by-your-leave, and nary a yawn from John Q Public. Monstrous yet pathetic.
 

FL: St. Petersburg, FL homeowner shoots home invader in self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A St. Petersburg, Florida man reportedly used his gun to stop a home invader."

"Police say that a burglar tried to break in through the rear window of a home on the 1900 block of Seminole Blvd at about 9:40 AM. The homeowner is said to have noticed the home invasion attempt and fired several shots from his 9mm pistol, which sent the criminal fleeing. ..." ...
 

You either call 911 or you are 911
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is a salute to a teacher who was 911 at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado on Tuesday. As we say all the time, seconds count in a crisis. David Benke exemplified the reasoning and the courage we all aspire to in times of peril. While on schoolyard duty after classes, he jumped a man who began shooting at the students. He was not only brave, but kept his cool by identifying the threat quickly and ascertaining that with the criminal using a bolt action rifle, he would have a window within which to counter-attack. All of us who carry concealed weapons know what we hope we would do in such an attack. This man knows." ...
 

CO: Teacher tackles gunman supected in school shooting
Submitted by: Larry

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"The gunman who wounded two middle school students in a city still haunted by the Columbine massacre was allowed to enter and leave the building hours before he opened fire in the parking lot, investigators said Wednesday."

"A math teacher who tackled the 32-year-old gunman and stopped the rampage Tuesday was hailed as a hero, and officials said the quick response was further proof that the city learned the lessons of Columbine in quickly responding to the shootings." ...

"David Benke, a 57-year-old teacher and father of two, said he heard one shot and saw the gunman squeeze off a second round before he sprang into action and tackled the man. Another teacher also helped subdue the gunman." ...
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KABA Note: But why would a teacher need a gun in a school?!?
 

Daley Does D.C. To Support Handgun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the Supreme Court of the United States scheduled to hear arguments in McDonald v. Chicago (the case of the City of Chicago's handgun ban) next week, Mayor Daley is making the rounds in Washington, D.C. to garner more support for the ban. Daley appeared at the National Press Club along with a few other civic leaders from around the nation who support such local bans to keep communities safe. Gun rights advocates insist the ban violates Second Amendment rights. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: We also 'insist' that such bans are counterproductive, and often racially motivated.
 

The Second Amendment and Domestic Violence Misdemeanants
Submitted by: rick schwartz

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"The day after the Seventh Circuit agrees to rehear en banc a panel’s earlier decision in U.S. v. Skoien on this subject, the Fourth Circuit has decided to follow Skoien, in U.S. v. Chester (4th Cir. Feb. 23, 2010) (surprisingly unpublished):" ...
 

Chicago Case Attorney, Plaintiffs Available for Interviews Following March 2 Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WHEN: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 following 10:00 am oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago"

"WHERE: Outside of the Supreme Court"

"WHO: Alan Gura, attorney representing the Second Amendment Foundation and Illinois State Rifle Association, and individual plaintiffs Otis McDonald, Adam Orlov, and David and Colleen Lawson."

"SPECIAL GUESTS: Alan M. Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, and Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association." ...
 

VA: National Rifle Association endorses Boucher for reelection
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has endorsed Rick Boucher in his re-election bid, according to Boucher's campaign office."

"The endorsement comes with an A+ rating based on Boucher's voting record on the Second Amendment."

"'I am pleased to again have the endorsement of the NRA. Throughout my service in Congress, I have strongly supported gun owners' rights and have worked closely with the NRA and sportsmen in Southwest Virginia to ensure that those rights are protected,' Boucher said." ...
 

Fearing Obama agenda, states eye new gun laws (Video)
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "'We expected a very different picture at this stage,' said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun control group that last month issued a report card failing the administration in all seven of the group's major indicators." ...
 

PA: Bill would allow concealed weapons in public parks and restaurants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anyone holding a gun permit would be allowed to carry a weapon into public parks, most restaurants and other businesses under a bill that has passed the state Senate."

"Senate Bill 2153 passed the Senate on a 48-3 vote earlier this month. It was sent to the state House and was assigned to the Judiciary B Committee last week. It must also pass the House and be signed into law by the governor."

"If the bill becomes law, it would allow people holding concealed weapon permit the right to carry a concealed firearm in parks, restaurants, etc." ...
 

WA: WA Senate bill would merge WDFW, Parks under Natural Resources
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Evergreen State hunters and fishermen have historically been treated with a mix of indifference, disdain and outright contempt by the State Legislature and the governor’s office over the past quarter-century."

"When thousands of sportsmen rallied on the Capitol steps in the 1980s ... they were essentially given lip service. The old Department of Game was merged with the Department of Fisheries to create the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, an indication that the agency would – and many complain has – gradually drifted away from the primary mission for which it was created, to serve hunters and anglers and to conserve, protect and enhance fish and game populations. ..." ...
 

States eye ban on public release of 911 calls
Submitted by: Larry

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"Linda Casey dialed 911 and screamed, 'Oh, God!' over and over again into the phone after finding her daughter beaten to death in the driveway of their North Carolina home."

"Later that day, she heard the 911 recording on the local news and vomited." ...

"Because of situations like Casey's, lawmakers in Alabama, Ohio and Wisconsin are deciding whether to bar the public release of 911 calls." ...

"Open-government advocates disagree and say that prohibiting the release of the recordings takes away a valuable tool that has exposed botched calls."

"For example, a Detroit dispatcher in 2006 scolded a 5-year-old boy for 'playing on the phone' while his mother lay unconscious. When police arrived, the boy's mother was dead. ..." ...
 

Tyrants, Torturers, and Taxmen: Pillars of "Civilization"
Submitted by: Larry

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... "'The language of war and the culture of conflict are the only means to prepare us for what is expected of us,' recalled former IRS revenue officer Richard Yancey in his invaluable memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. 'How else could they [the commissars whom Yancey and his fellow cadres in the agency] demand what was expected of us? You can't take [the] life savings [of income tax victims], their car, their paycheck, the roof over their head and the heads of their children, without dehumanizing them, without casting yourself in a role that by necessity makes them the enemy.'"

"One of Yancey's supervisors considered taxpayers to be, at best, fodder for the firing squad. ..." ...
 

U.S. to embed agents in Mexican law enforcement units battling cartels in Juarez
Submitted by: Larry

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"For the first time, U.S. officials plan to embed American intelligence agents in Mexican law enforcement units to help pursue drug cartel leaders and their hit men operating in the most violent city in Mexico, according to U.S. and Mexican officials."

"The increasingly close partnership between the two countries, born of frustration over the exploding death toll in Ciudad Juarez, would place U.S. agents and analysts in a Mexican command center in this border city to share drug intelligence gathered from informants and intercepted communications."

"Until recently, U.S. law enforcement agencies have been reluctant to share sensitive intelligence with their Mexican counterparts for fear they were either corrupt or incompetent ..." ...
 

Federal agency that labeled millions of gun owners as 'rightwing extremists' criticized for casual loss of firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Agents and officers of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that 289 of their handguns, shotguns or automatic rifles had been lost or stolen between 2005 and 2008, the agency's inspector general said in a report released last week."

"Some of the weapons were left in places such as fast-food restaurant restrooms, bowling alleys and clothing stores." ...

"According to the National Academy of Public Administration, more than 200,000 people are employed by the DHS. Even if every one single DHS employee was issued a firearm (and they're not), that would mean an astounding rate of a lost gun by one of every 700 DHS employees."

"And they say we're a threat to society."
 

NY: Police Officer Seeks Protection FROM the Police
Submitted by: Larry

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"When he opened his locker at the NYPD's 42nd Precinct, Officer Frank Palestro was greeted with a symbolic death threat: A mousetrap with his name on it."

"Palestro, who was one of three elected precinct delegates to the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, had been outed as a 'rat' for reporting acts of official corruption ordered by Lt. Susana Seda, a former midnight platoon commander who is mired in scandal."

"The whistleblower 'was transferred to another command for his safety,' reports the February 24 New York Daily News." ...
 

MD: Police Officer Cannot Claim Immunity For Intentional Torts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On February 19, 2010, Maryland's highest court issued its decision in the case of Houghton v. Forrest, holding that a Baltimore City police officer cannot claim immunity from suit for intentional acts of assault, battery, false arrest and false imprisionment. This ruling is an important victory for Maryland citizens who are subjected to these types of harm at the hands of a public official." ...
 

LA: Charges Filed in Federal Inquiry Into Katrina Police Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... with floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina still standing in much of the city, Lt. Michael J. Lohman of the [NOPD] arrived at the Danziger Bridge in eastern New Orleans. ..."

"At the bridge, Lieutenant Lohman found that six civilians had been shot by police officers, two fatally. None of them had weapons."

"Almost immediately ... he and the other officers began to plot a cover-up, planting a gun ..."

"That action led to Lieutenant Lohman's appearance in a federal courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, where he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obstruct justice. It is the first charge in a wide-ranging inquiry into police misconduct that led to civilian deaths in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, and it is unlikely to be the last." ...
 

Officials and statistics agree: No need to fear an end to the ban on guns in national parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new law allowing concealed carry in national parks went into effect on February 22, and according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the change 'got more resistance from the weather than from the handful of visitors in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Monday.'" ...
 

SC: Guns OK in federal parks, but not here
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hold up on those plans to re-take Fort Sumter -- it's not going to be as easy as it sounds."

"On Monday, a federal rule went into effect that allows folks to carry loaded guns inside national parks. This has been a political football for years, but finally was signed into law last year by President Barack Obama. Who knew he was such a gun enthusiast?"

"There's a catch, however. Bob Dodson, superintendent at Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter, says gunslingers still can't pack heat inside the actual forts."

"Or their visitors centers."

"Or on the boat out to Sumter."

"'It's not going to be that big a difference for us,' he said." ...
 

AR: Sarah gets her gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sarah Palin has another gun—a Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum lever-action rifle, stamped with a unique serial number: PALIN-001. Engraved with the words, 'Presented to Sarah Palin, February 16, 2010, Arkansas Republican Party,' the rifle was a gift to the former Alaska governor, who headlined a Republican Party fundraiser last week at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock."

"Palin made note of the gift in the opening lines of her speech. 'I scored a .44 Magnum. It's beautiful, and I thank you,' she told the crowd, as if the people of Arkansas themselves had bored the barrel, carved the stock and engraved the brass receiver." ...
 

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