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School FOIA response points to law violation by anti-gun filmmaker
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "With events and actions established, the Oakland Police Department probably won’t do anything unless public pressure makes ignoring things problematic. They have evidence that a gun, real or imitation, was brought into a school within their jurisdiction. They have the ability to determine if exemptions were in force if the firearm was real. They have a statement from the school director that if the gun was a replica, it was not authorized. They have cause to investigate to determine if any violations occurred, and no excuse not to aside from they don’t want to. ..." ...
 

Exclusive: “Green Decoys” Lure Sportsmen Into Deceptive Trap
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "Employing a 'divide and conquer' strategy against gun owners, often pitting sport shooters against those who own firearms for the primary purposes of protection and freedom, is hardly new. It’s been tried before with other well-funded shill groups established by those who can’t push citizen disarmament edicts through if they’re up front about their intentions, so they instead package them in a way to induce well-meaning but poorly informed gun owners to take the bait." ...
 

Some Rights are More Equal than Others
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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"The first amendment recognizes some of our fundamental rights and tells governments not to infringe upon them. ..." ...

"So far so good. We think we revere human rights, but do we really? What if we treated the other rights in the constitution the same way we treat the right of self-defense protected by the second amendment?
  • You would need a permit before you could speak in your home state, and that permit is only good in the state where you live. ...


  • It would be illegal for you to speak in public once you crossed into another state. Don’t be shocked. The government says it is only regulating your right to speak, not infringing on it ..." ...
 

Boston U. Trustees to “Socially Responsible” Investment Group: Drop Dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The forces arrayed against our civil rights are starting to recognize that a single, all-encompassing legal win against the right to keep and bear arms in Congress or the judiciary is just not in the cards for now. So they push in areas where they believe the terrain is favorable for a win — places such as the media and academia. This strategy was explained in a December 2013 article in the old New Republic, which breathlessly mentioned gun banners in the same (virtual) breath as people who protested Apartheid-era South Africa, the tobacco industry, and the fossil fuel industry. They showed surprising restraint in leaving out human chattel slavery ..." ...
 

The real root of gun problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Vermonters are tired of having their rights politicized, debated and systematically eliminated by lawmakers who answer to out-of-state special interest groups. Gun control advocacy groups like GunsenseVT are tired of watching lives damaged by violence. Vermont gun owners are tired of being made the straw man for the violent behavior of criminals who disobey the law. Both groups voice valid concerns. Unfortunately, both groups ignore the purple elephant in the room and a common foe: the War on Drugs/Prohibition." ...
 

Campus sexual crime prevention, a study in failure
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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"The last week of January, 2015, saw Two Vanderbilt athletes convicted of rape, while, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel,
'administrators from about 80 public and private colleges across Tennessee were meeting just three miles away about sexual assault on campus.'"
"The meeting was coincidental with the trial, but this confluence of events reminds us of the potential danger that all coeds face when they go off to college. Predictably, this conclave will not eliminate violent sexual assault on Tennessee campuses. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: A discussion of the failures of college campuses to prevent felony rape, while maintaining a virtual victim disarmament policy.
 

Carry On-Body Or Not At All
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Off-body carry is a lot like treating a gun like a talisman. If just having a gun somewhere nearby would ward off criminals, then it’s great. But if you actually need to use your firearm, well…not so much. Actually drawing and presenting a firearm from an off-body carry solution is generally more difficult than most people appreciate. Give it a try sometime. Stick an (unloaded or training) gun in a briefcase, purse or backpack, close it as you would if you were walking down the street, then try to draw and present under time pressure. Then try to picture how long it would take you to do that under real stress . . ." ...
 

AAC’s Mike Smith Posts the Least Professional Press Release in History
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Mike Smith is the Freedom Group employee who kicked me out of the Remington booth at SHOT Show. ... When the news about my unceremonious eviction from the SHOT Show booth hit the ‘net, Mike saw it as an opportunity to vent. He turned to AAC’s official blog and told the world how he really feels. Click here to read the The Truth About AAC on AAC’s blog. Or click here for the PDF mirror. Here are a couple choice excerpts below . . ." ...

"We’ve never heard any response from Remington or AAC about our coverage. Every time we try and follow up on a story based on reputable sources (who were often still current AAC employees, not ex employees as Mike suggests) we’ve tried to confirm the details and offered an opportunity for AAC to tell us their side of the story." ...
 

Russia selects new assault rifles
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"The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme."

"'We have already made a deal and selected assault rifles from Izhmash. It won in cost to effectiveness terms. The quality is also acceptable for us,' Deputy Minister of Defence Yuriy Borisov stated on Russian radio on 24 January."

"Borisov stated that two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern were selected by the Armed Forces: the AK-12, chambered in 5.45x39 mm, and the 7.62x39 mm AK-103-4." ...
 

HuffPo: NRA Could Learn From Bloomberg’s Gun Violence Workshop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Breitbart News reported that Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety is funding a two day workshop in Phoenix to help journalists report on 'guns and gun violence' more 'effectively.' The NRA sounded a warning around the same time as well, but the Huffington Post says the NRA would be better served attending the conference rather than complaining about it."

"According to the HuffPo, the NRA’s concerns over the workshop are misplaced 'because attendees will actually hear from both sides in the gun debate.' What this means is there will be two pro-gun control speakers, Garen Wintemute and Philip Cook, versus one pro-Second Amendment speaker, CNN’s S.E. Cupp." ...
 

Another Day, Another Shoddy Anti-Gun Study From The Left
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'There is a crisis of youth gun violence in this country,' reads January's Center for American Progress’ (CAP) 13-page report that shows how our Second Amendment rights are devastating the Millennial generation. According to their data, most of which is from the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice, 'gun deaths are on track to surpass motor vehicle traffic deaths for this age group in 2015.'"

"Well, that’s certainly a horrid milestone, but like most anti-gun studies, the data is often skewed or includes debatable subcategories, like suicides, to inflate the numbers in order to add to the narrative that America has a gun violence epidemic; it doesn’t." ...
 

CO: Moms Demand Action Urges CO Dems To Oppose Repeal Of Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"With seven pro-Second Amendment bills before the Colorado state legislature on February 22—including some that would repeal certain gun laws instituted in 2013—Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America urged Democrats to dig in and oppose the repeal of gun control."

"Moms Demand Action saw their cause supported by other gun control proponents who argued for gun control on the grounds that the attacks on Sandy Hook, the Aurora theater, and Columbine High School snatched loved ones from their lives." ...
 

This Commando Blade Was for Stabbing Nazis in the Back -- Its real name should have been ‘the killing knife’
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"There’s a peculiar, green flag hanging on a wall inside St. George’s Chapel in London. Along the top of the banner, the word “Commando” wraps over a stylized portrait of a long, slender knife."

"Around and beneath the dagger are the dates 1940–45 in gold letters—and the names of 38 battles British Commandos fought and died in during World War II. The double-edged blade is the most prominent feature on the flag."

"This is because it’s the symbol for Her Majesty’s special operators. It’s also a symbol of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife."

"Soldiers have carried blades as weapons and tools for thousands of years. But no dagger is more closely associated with World War II elite forces—or possesses more mystique—than the Fairbairn-Sykes knife." ...
 

UK: British Royal Marine is world's deadliest sniper
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"A Royal Marine who has 173 confirmed kills fighting Taliban insurgents is the deadliest sniper in the world, it has been claimed."

"If correct, the unnamed Marine’s toll of kills in Afghanistan surpasses that of Chris Kyle, the US Navy SEAL, whose exploits are portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film American Sniper."

"The corporal, who is still serving, made the majority of his kills during a single six-month tour of Helmand province eight years ago. His actual total of kills could be far higher, sources told the Sun."

"The identity of the sniper, who is a married father who grew up in the South of England, is a closely guarded secret for fear he will become a target for Islamist terrorists." ...
 

TX: Customer Kills Gunman Who Fired Into Texas Restaurant
Submitted by: jac

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"A Harris County Attorney’s Office investigator who was eating at a Houston-area restaurant shot and killed a gunman who fired several shots into the business."

"The investigator wasn’t injured in the incident Sunday night, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said."

"The suspect and another person were arguing inside the restaurant at a strip mall, authorities said."

"The man walked outside to his vehicle, retrieved a handgun and fired several times through the glass front door."

"The investigator witnessed the shooting, pulled out his service weapon and returned fire, striking the suspect, who died at the scene." ...
 

MI: Michigan sheriff: Girl, 11, hides in closet with shotgun, scared off burglar
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Authorities say an 11-year-old girl pointed a shotgun to scare off a man invading her home in Michigan's rural Thumb."

"Lapeer County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jason Parks calls her a 'very brave girl' who 'held her composure' and helped investigators catch the 53-year-old intruder."

"She was alone in the North Branch Township home Friday afternoon when the break-in occurred and hid inside a bathroom closet."

"The suspect opened the door but fled when she pointed the shotgun at him. Authorities arrested him and a 31-year-old companion soon after in Imlay City." ...
 

This One Minute Disarming Technique Could Save Your Life (video story)
Submitted by: mynameisfoxtrot.com
Website: http://www.mynameisfoxtrot.com

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"Having a gun pointed at you is never a good thing... Hopefully you won't ever be in that position, but if that does happen, knowing how to handle yourself could save your life. Check out this pretty simple one minute tutorial on how to do a quick disarm:" ...
 

CO: GOP committee clears proposal to repeal expanded background checks (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Democrats scheduled a spate of Republican gun bills for Monday, which happens to be Groundhog Day, in order to make a point about the GOP’s stubborn and seemingly never-ending opposition to Colorado’s new gun safety laws, which were approved by the Democrat-controlled legislature two years ago."

"At a press conference inside the Capitol’s west foyer ahead of the afternoon’s hearings, gun control activists handed out groundhogs — well, stuffed animals — just to be sure the assembled reporters got the reference." ...
 

NV: Armed Nevada lawmakers prompt joke about gunfight in Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Nine Nevada lawmakers have disclosed they will be carrying concealed firearms during the legislative session that started today, prompting one assemblyman to joke about floor action turning into a gunfight."

"Lawmakers must disclose to the Legislative Counsel Bureau if they plan to carry a gun, but the bureau is prohibited from publicly identifying them, Director Rick Combs said. The bureau doesn’t track the number of lawmakers who make firearms disclosures each year."

"Republican Assemblyman Pat Hickey drew attention to the issue in an email to constituents this morning, joking about the number of armed lawmakers." ...
 

AR: 2 new bills take aim at widening gun-carry rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Two bills filed last week to expand concealed-weapon carry permits in the state are the result of a mandate from voters last year, some lawmakers say."

"On Wednesday, Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, filed House Bill 1190 to lower the age requirement for a concealed-carry permit from 21 to 18 for active military members."

"The same day, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, filed Senate Bill 159, which would allow permit holders who work at county courthouses to take weapons to work."

"The bills are not the first and won't be the last pieces of legislation seeking to expand gun rights, according to several legislators." ...
 

TX: Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick Sends Open Carry Bills To Committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) has referred two bills expanding the open carry of guns to committee, a crucial step needed before the legislation can reach the floor for debate and a vote. The move was announced Monday afternoon, a week after Patrick had made comments in an interview casting doubt about whether there was sufficient support for a bill allowing the open carry of handguns this session."

"Gun rights have strong popular support in Texas, but open carry legislation seems to be following a particularly odd path to passage. ..." ...
 

PA: Police sergeant accused of surrendering guns using false name
Submitted by: jac

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"A Philadelphia Police sergeant is facing charges, accused of providing false identification to law enforcement when surrendering fire arms at a police station." ...

"The district attorney's office says that on August 3, 2014, Sgt. Ruff, then assigned to the 16th District, walked into the 35th District headquarters in civilian clothing carrying a bag containing three handguns."

"He allegedly tried to surrender the weapons, saying the guns belonged to a family member."

"In an effort to determine if the guns were stolen or used in a crime, 35th District officers asked Sgt. Ruff for his name and date of birth in order to record the interaction." ...

"All three guns he turned in came back to different owners, with one having been reported stolen out of South Philadelphia in 2010." ...
 

PA: TV Star Jesse James to Appear at the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Jesse James, TV star and founder of popular clothing and custom motorcycle manufacturer West Coast Choppers, is joining a growing list of celebrities attending the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA. James will greet fans and sign autographs February 11th and 12th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm in the Small Arena ..."

"James, who became a household name because of his skill in building custom choppers, was inspired by his passion for firearms in 2012. So, he began applying his signature craftsmanship to manufacturing firearms and launched Jesse James Firearms Unlimited (JJFU) to focus on creating skillfully crafted and highly customizable guns for law enforcement, military, and individual use. ..." ...
 

CA: California’s Triggerman – C.D. ‘Chuck’ Michel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"C.D. 'Chuck' Michel won big against what he calls the 'gun grabbers' last February when a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court ruling in one of the most significant Second Amendment cases of his career."

"Not only did the 2-1 majority invalidate San Diego County’s restrictive policy for obtaining a concealed-carry handgun permit, it went on to declare that the personal right to keep and bear arms extends outside the home." ...
 

FL: Neighbors Furious After Man Builds His Own Gun Range in Backyard. The Police? They Say He Isn’t Breaking the Law.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"One man’s plan to shoot a 9 mm gun in his own backyard began is now backfiring as neighbors claimed it’s not safe given how many children live nearby. But police say they can’t do anything to stop it because the man is merely exercising his Second Amendment right."

"Joseph Carannate, 21, of St. Petersburg, Florida, built a gun range in his backyard merely for sport, but says had he known what a controversy it would cause, he would have never done it, WFLA-TV reported Sunday."

"'I don’t want to hurt myself or any neighbors. I don’t want to hurt anybody. I just want to use this as my enjoyment,' Carannate told WFLA-TV."

"But for his neighbors, Carannate’s word just isn’t good enough." ...
 

FL: Guns should not be allowed on college campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Florida just can’t seem to get it right."

"While its judicial system desperately needs to redeem itself, a newly-passed bill has the potential to push the state 10 steps back."

"The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis have led to backlash of Florida’s 'Stand Your Ground' law, yet Florida still doesn’t seem to understand that it needs to be demoting violence."

"Last week, a Republican-led House committee approved a bill allowing people on any Florida college campus, 21 years or older, to carry guns and concealed weapons." ...
 

Venezuela: Venezuelan Police Murdered at Record Levels, for Their Firearms
Submitted by: Mike

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"Soaring crime in Caracas throughout 2014 has given it the unenviable ranking of second most violent city in the world, with a murder rate of 155 for every 100,000 inhabitants ... [N]ot even the state’s security forces are safe: during the first 29 days of 2015, criminals murdered 13 of the city’s uniformed officers. Circumstances varied, but in the majority of cases, the perpetrators killed police to steal their firearms." ...

"And the trend goes beyond regular police ... 388 members of various state security forces were murdered in 2014 ..."

"In Venezuela, restrictions have been in place on the sale of firearms since June 2010, with various additions restricting the ownership and personal possession of guns ... But none of these measures have stemmed the rising tide of gun-related killings. Instead, killing police officers for their sidearms has become an even more lucrative option." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." — The Dalai Lama, (May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times) speaking at the "Educating Heart Summit" in Portland, Oregon, when asked by a girl how to react when a shooter takes aim at a classmate

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