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Are we getting the whole story behind the Austin gun show?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Forgive me if I can't help but focus on these words: '[T]he department wishes to withhold some of the requested information and has asked for a decision from the Attorney General about whether the information is within an exception to public disclosure.'"

"Why?" ...
 

Brady Campaign declares war on Starbucks; time for a cup of coffee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has declared war on a Northwest institution, and in the process perhaps the public will discover the extremes gun prohibitionists will go in an effort to push their radical agenda."

"The Brady Bunch has Starbucks squarely in its crosshairs, hoping to browbeat the coffee giant into refusing service to an evidently growing clientele of law-abiding firearms owners. ..."

"This was after Helmke acknowledged that his campaign of social bigotry against legally-armed citizens was launched because, 'Over the past few months, more and more gun owners have been gathering at restaurants and coffee shops like Starbucks with guns strapped to their hips, intimidating fellow patrons.'" ...
 

Pro-gun Organizations Call On ACLU To Defend Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citing law enforcement data that suggests murder rates have gone down while gun sales have increased, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has sought to dispute the claims that guns cause violent crime, while the [CCRKBA] has called on civil rights organizations to protect access to guns in the United States."

"SAF says a newly released FBI report found that in the first six months of 2009, murders across the nation dropped by 10 percent. Moreover, its National Instant Criminal Background Check System shows that in January 2009 gun sales rose 28.8 percent over the same month in 2008, February’s sales were up 23.3 percent and in March they were up 29.9 percent over March 2008." ...
 

Anti-dog editorial exemplifies anti-gun mentality
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "This all goes to the heart of the gun controller's dream--prior restraint on your rights because of what you might be capable of doing. Take that line far enough and off go our hands, potential stranglers that we are. Next up, all you proto-rapists..."
 

Safer Streets 2010: How many guns are enough?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Leftists are always limiting freedoms. Our Constitution limits only one thing: Government powers ... As if there were two sides to safer streets, leftists tend to ask provocative questions which wind up only provoking people, especially free Americans. They ask irritating questions as if they're crafted to vex, as if they have no answer, and as if the question itself were an accusation. One of the best ways to short-circuit a liberal is to take that question in front of others such as an audience and then answer it." ...

"... in asking the question of how many guns are enough, we are not talking about how many guns are owned by any single person, but how many guns are worn CCW in any given community ..." ...
 

Anti-Gun Government Tyranny in Canada
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Unlike the U.S., Canada does not have the right of self-protection enshrined in its laws ... the Canadians have to rely on the occasional good nature of their overlords in government to determine how their right to own a firearm is treated. Sadly, their ownership of firearms is usually mistreated ..."

"A writer for the Toronto Star wrote an article recently that showed the capriciousness of government thugs where it concerns privately owned firearms in Canada. Joe Fiorito had a retinue of Toronto's finest stormtroopers come beating on his door one day this month to confiscate his old rifle because the columnist had the temerity of forgetting to re-up his registration of a disassembled, 30-year-old, small caliber bird gun." ...
 

Hunting license sales up by 3.5 percent in NSSF Index of States
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a year when one word, 'fewer,' described life in America -- fewer jobs, fewer home sales, fewer purchases -- hunters were responsible for generating a welcome 'more' category, as hunting license sales rose by 3.5 percent in 2009 in states that make up NSSF's Hunting License Sales Index."

"The 12-state index comprises several states from four main regions of the United States. Nine of those states recorded hunting license sales increases from January through December of 2009 over the previous year, according to Southwick Associates, a research firm that monitored the license sales information." ...
 

Lessons from Appleseed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'We're proud that even experienced rifle shooters always seem to learn something here,' said Florida State Appleseed Coordinator Eric McCabe at the event in Hernando last weekend. He then asked, 'Who learned something here in the past two days?'"

"Everyone's hand shot skyward. Including mine."

"Some of the lessons I learned in 500 rounds or so, and a few runs over the challenging Appleseed Qualification Course:" ...
 

NJ: N.J. loses $70B in wealth during five years as residents depart
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"More than $70 billion in wealth left New Jersey between 2004 and 2008 as affluent residents moved elsewhere, according to a report released Wednesday that marks a swift reversal of fortune for a state once considered the nation’s wealthiest."

"Conducted by the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, the report found wealthy households in New Jersey were leaving for other states — mainly Florida, Pennsylvania and New York — at a faster rate than they were being replaced."

"'The wealth is not being replaced,' said John Havens, who directed the study. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: It doesn't occur to them that the decreasing freedom, exemplified by the ever increasing number of gun-control laws, is a major driver for this trend.
 

OK: Homeowner Shoots Intruder; OKC Police Arrest Suspects
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three intruders fled from an Oklahoma City home this morning after being shot at by the home owner, police said."

"The owner told police that he heard a noise at his front door around 1:45 a.m. and opened the door. Three men armed with knives forced their way into the home in the 6400 block of South Phillips Avenue."

"The intruders forced the residents into a back bedroom when the homeowner shot one of the intruders. The intruders fled in a dark-colored SUV, police said." ...
 

Having a gun can be the right answer
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"James Farmer's Jan. 29 letter in rebuttal to Esten Chenault’s about his anti-gun statement, 'We don’t need guns anymore than anyone else does. We have 911,' made some very good points, and I would like to set up several scenarios to prove his points."

"I live in Sprague River on a dirt road. My closest neighbor is a quarter-mile away. About 3 a.m., my dog is barking and I hear voices out on my deck ..."

"Scenario 1: I pick up the phone to call 911, and it's dead. ..."

"Scenario 2: I call 911 and spend five minutes answering questions, and they are now breaking into my house ..." ...

"Thirty or 40 minutes later, the sheriff’s department car comes racing down the road with siren blaring and lights flashing ..." ...
 

OK: Women in Tulsa Are Packing Heat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Women in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are utilizing the Second Amendment more than ever. Frank Wiley of Tulsa's Fox 23 news reports an increase of concealed carry licenses among women in Tulsa as a result of police layoffs."

"Concealed weapons-carrying classes continue to fill up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but the majority of the students in the classes have changed from men to women. The enrollment of women in classes has tripled in the last 10 years. In consideration of the recent police layoffs at the Tulsa Police Department, women feel the need to acquire self-defense skills more than ever." ...
 

"From My Cold Plastic Fingers"
Submitted by: TranssylvaniaPhoenix
Website: http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com

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"A fourth grade New Dorp boy faced the prospect of suspension after the principal at his South Beach school saw him playing with an action figure carrying a toy machine gun."

"Patrick Timoney, a 9-year-old student at PS 52, and friends were playing with LEGOs during their lunch period when the principal took him into her office over the two-inch toy gun carried by a standard policeman figure." ...
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Submitter's Note: More proof gun hating liberals are sick in the head
 

KY: Safety trumps allowing guns on UK property
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"Epidemiology graduate student Michael Mitchell suing UK for wrongful termination is definitely causing a stir."

"Mitchell filed a lawsuit against the university stemming from being fired last April for gun possession on campus."

"While Mitchell and anyone who goes through the proper channels to obtain a concealed weapons license has the right to carry, once they are on campus, UK has the say."

"'We’re arguing that (their right to regulate) is restricted to some extent by this other statute,' Christopher Hunt, an attorney for Mitchell, said." ...
 

AZ: Students protest gun resolution
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Associated Students of the University of Arizona decided to host a public forum to discuss a resolution for UA to oppose guns on campus after students protested during Wednesday’s meeting."

"The Ventana room of the Student Union Memorial Center usually has an empty audience Wednesday nights when ASUA members meet to discuss student issues, but last night students filled the seats in order to have their voices heard."

"'I honestly, in my heart, feel it is important for the people on this campus to be able to protect themselves,' said Coty McKenzie, a political science junior. 'All gun free zones do is allow people who illegally bring guns on campus to harm more people.'" ...
 

GA: Students weigh in on campus carry legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Campus weapon control is still on the radar for both the apolitical and outspoken student."

"At a recent interview ... Institute President G.P. 'Bud' Peterson stated his opposition to firearms on campus, specifically concealed weapons."

"Among his points, Peterson cited possible weapon misuse, the unlikely event that a major attack will occur on campus and that weapons are not the answer to crimes on and surrounding campus in the first place."

"This issue resurfaced up when the Ga. legislature announced a bill that would relax restrictions on where weapons may be carried, including college campuses and public buildings ... Currently, weapons are not allowed on or within 1000 feet of schools, including college campuses." ...
 

NY: Staten Island Kid Threatened With Suspension for Two-Inch Toy Gun
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"We know schools are supposed to be 'Gun-Free Zones,' but this is ridiculous. A Staten Island fourth grader, Patrick Timoney, was nearly suspended yesterday for having a LEGO set that included a toy gun that was all of two inches long."

"Principal Evelyn Matroianni caught him with the miniature firearm in the P.S. 52 cafeteria in South Beach, dragged the 9-year-old to her office, and reportedly told the kid's mother that Patrick was looking at hard away-from-school time."

"The principal consulted with a Department of Education official, who told her to lay off, thank God, but a DOE spokesman told the Staten Island Advance that 'toy guns are not allowed in schools' ..." ...
 

IL: 2 teens suspended in Riverside over Facebook video
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"Two 16-year-old boys face 10-day suspensions from Riverside Brookfield High School after a video on Facebook showed them handling guns and making gang slogans ..." ...

"Officials said that they sought juvenile charges against the students, but they were turned down by prosecutors who said the students did not threaten violence to anyone. Also, because police could not find the guns, they did not have the physical evidence to charge the students ..."

"There was no indication of any threats to students or school officials ..."

"'No gun was ever brought to school. There was no threat. This was a video produced in November,' he said. 'This is a very serious event ... but there were no weapons on school grounds and no threats to any students.'" ...
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KABA Note: If there were no threats made, then why is this "a very serious event"?
 

Get ready for a tea party
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the past few weeks, all the hype and headlines have been about who's not coming to the National Tea Party Convention." ...

"But not much attention has been paid to the 600 registered participants who are coming, and why." ...

"The Tea Party [Judge Moore] said, is about 'common ordinary people whose common sense dictates that we're not following the Constitution of the United States,' said Moore, who is also scheduled to speak at the conference. 'Our rights are being taken away and they never stop — whether it's our right to our guns, as outlined in the Second Amendment, or our right to religious expression ... or our property rights, as outlined in the Fifth (Amendment) or state sovereignty' in the Tenth Amendment." ...
 

ME: Democratic Candidates Differ on Gun Background Checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This week, Maine gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli declared in a written statement that she is the only Democratic candidate in favor of mandatory criminal background checks for the purchase of firearms in Maine. But her Democratic opponents say the law cannot be enforced, and that there are circumstances in which guns should be allowed to be transferred or sold without background checks."

"Right now in Maine, if you buy a gun at a store like L.L. Bean or Cabela's you have to undergo a criminal background check. But if you buy a gun from a friend, or from a private seller at a gun show, or through an ad in Uncle Henry's, no background check is performed. ..." ...
 

IN: Mayor's on right side of gun issue
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Mayor Greg Ballard gets to hear all kinds of complaints in the line of duty. Potholes. Crime. Snow removal."

"Lack of guns in city parks hasn't made the list, the mayor says; indeed, he suspects folks feel better knowing they're forbidden."

"Accordingly, he has taken the offensive against a dubious effort within the City-County Council to remove the ban on firearms in the parks."

"By wasting no time issuing his vow to veto the proposed ordinance, Ballard hopefully has extinguished what little chance there may have been for a political gesture that addresses no problem and could cause some if it became law." ...
 

ME: Proposal targets Gun Ban for Parks
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"Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal to reimpose restrictions on guns within Acadia National Park and along the Appalachian Trail in Maine in response to Congress' controversial decision to lift long-standing limits on firearms." ...

"A proposal pending before the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee, LD 1737, would essentially maintain the old law that has been on the books for several decades."

"That law generally prohibits firearms within park boundaries but allows visitors to carry unloaded guns through the park as long as the firearms have been dismantled or rendered inaccessible." ...
 

NY: Bloomy in the Bronx Promoting "Drunk Guns" Law
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The mayor, along with Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein, held a press conference in Morris Park this morning to announced the introduction of a state law that would make it illegal to carry guns while drunk."

"... A violation would be considered a class-A misdemeanor offense and punishments could include a year in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. It could also lead to the revocation of gun licenses."

"'Guns and alcohol are a deadly mix,' said Senator Klein, in a statement sent out after the announcement. 'The time is now for us to get serious about penalties for those who chose to carry a gun while intoxicated.'" ...

"The law would not punish those who get drunk and carry their guns around their own home."
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KABA Note: Sounds like a solution in search of a problem.
 

Senator Jeff Klein and Mayor Bloomberg introduce law that forbids carrying guns while drunk
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Video: Senator Jeff Klein and Mayor Bloomberg introduce law that forbids carrying guns while drunk.
 

KS: Kansas State Rifle Association Sponsored Kansas Firearms Freedom Act Introduced February 3, 2010
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Kansas Firearms Freedom Act, House Bill 2620, crafted by The Kansas State Rifle Association was introduced this morning in the Kansas House of Representatives by Representative Ray Merrick and several other co-sponsors."

"The Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) is principally a Tenth Amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the 'commerce clause,' with firearms as the object – it is a state's rights exercise. Originally introduced and passed in Montana, the FFA declares that any firearms made and retained in-state is beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states." ...
 

Delaware Public Housing Authority's attempt to disarm the poor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the revelation, by the Caesar Rodney Institute, that all four public housing agencies in Delaware have implemented policies forbidding residents from possessing firearms in their homes, we see, once again, that some would prefer to price the poor out of the self-defense market." ...
 

IN: Officer charged in sex assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Metro police officer arrested on a sex crime heard official charges in court Wednesday morning. So far, prosecutors have leaned away from rape, as alleged by the woman who reported their alleged sexual encounter."

"Metro Police Officer Courtney Harris, 33, admitted to a sexual encounter with a woman once convicted of prostitution. He called it consensual sex. But the 26-year-old woman calls it rape, something prosecutors question at this point." ...
 

WI: Menomonie police chief agrees to resign
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"The city of Menomonie and Police Chief Wayne Stolpa have reached a settlement after several citizens filed complaints saying Chief Stolpa had been rude and unprofessional. Stolpa denies those allegations."

"Ron Sanfort, chairman of the police and fire commission, announced Friday the Menomonie City Council, Police and Fire commission and Chief Stolpa have come to a resolution. That resolution includes the release and resignation agreement where Chief Stolpa will step down as chief and be a consultant for the Menomonie Police Department for 1 year. Stolpa's last day is February 1."

"'Based on the change in Stolpa's employment status, a final decision on the complaints is not necessary,' says Sanfort." ...
 

NY: Lawsuit claims brutality by NYPD during arrest (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Prosecutors in Brooklyn are reviewing the tape, but the two men arrested say police went way too far."

"'I think he thought he was going be killed,' the plaintiff's attorney Fred Lichtmacher said."

"Surveillance video shows several police officers taking down two different suspects on both sides of the screen."

"Naji Benson, 24, is seen in the grainy video as one police officer repeatedly kicks him while he's down. Two others use their fists."

"The Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly maintained that Benson and his friend, 23-year-old Davial Rowe, had both punched cops in a melee just moments before the video was taken." ...
 

GA: DeKalb Officer Accused Of Rape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A DeKalb county police officer has been arrested on charges he raped a woman in custody and offered to release another woman if she exposed herself to the officer, police said.

Jeremy Reynolds has been charged with rape, aggravated sodomy and sexual assault against a person in custody. The officer has also been charged with two counts of violation of oath of office.

The woman Reynolds is accusing of raping is a prostitute, according to sources.

Sources tells Channel 2 Action News reporter Mark Winne that the officer was taken into custody after he reported to work on Friday.
 

TN: Sheriff's deputy gets six months prison for skimming drug money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Shelby County narcotics detective has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for stealing money confiscated from drug dealers."

"Jeff McCall, 34, of Arlington was busted in a sting by the Sheriff's Department and the FBI last year after he was suspected of skimming drug money seized in traffic stops and from search warrants served on suspected dealers."

"McCall, who had been with the Sheriff's Department since 2001, pleaded guilty to a two-count information in October charging him with deprivation of rights under color of law." ...
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OH: Lowell Police Officer Arrested for Domestic Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the early morning hours of 30 Jan 10, Erika R. Rhodes, age 30, returned home ... along with her husband Robert, age 31, who is a patrolman with the Lowell Police Department. Deputy Sheriffs Mankins and Simmons later responded to the residence after Mrs. Rhodes reported being choked by her husband while they were seated in their vehicle ... Mrs. Rhodes commented to the Deputies that her husband is violent when he is intoxicated and that he has hit her in the past. ... Mrs. Rhodes said she feared for her safety and she also exhibited marks on her neck consistent with her account of the event. Based on their investigation, Deputy Simmons arrested Mr. Rhodes for domestic violence and transported him to the Washington County Jail." ...
 

NC: Former Burlington Police Officer Faces Sex-Related Charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Burlington Police Officer was arrested on Monday for charges stemming from a SBI investigation started in July."

"WFMY News 2 first reported the story in June 2009 when a mother contacted us alleging the officer was having inappropriate contact her daughter."

"She said her 14-year-old daughter was part of the Burlington Police Department's Explorer program, which caters to young people interested in a career in law enforcement. The mother accused 28-year-old Matt Hill with sexting and kissing her daughter during their ride-a-longs."

"At the time, Greg Seel with the Burlington Police Department said they were investigating the complaint and Hill resigned before the story ran." ...
 

OH: Columbus-area neighbors voice concerns about proposed indoor shooting range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Amidst news that unemployment rose in most cities in December comes word that some people are opposed to a new business bringing jobs into their Columbus neighborhood."

"Late fall, the Livingston Avenue Area Commission ... voted to recommend to the Columbus Board of Zoning & Adjustments (BZA) that they approve a special permit for the city's first indoor firing range ..."

"In November, the zoning board agreed with the recommendation, and granted a special permit ... to allow the indoor firing range and gun shop." ...

"Since the time of the vote, however, the commission and zoning board have come under heavy fire from various community groups and local politicians, including anti-gun Mayor Michael Coleman." ...
 

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