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Mike Vanderboegh: "Do we submit? Or will we resist?" My Speech to the "Our Capitol, Our Rights: A Rally for Freedom." 7 February 2015.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "How DO we maintain our liberties when all the levers of power are in the hands of the domestic enemies of the Constitution? Well. I’ll tell you. WE SIMPLY REFUSE TO BE COMPLICIT IN OUR OWN VICTIMIZATION."

"The citizens of Connecticut answered that question with armed civil disobedience. They simply refused to obey the law demanding that they register their semi-automatic rifles and ... the standard capacity magazines that those rifles use – and there were and are literally MILLIONS of them. They accepted the fact that their own state had just declared them Class D felons – They accepted it and then they quietly and politiely – with their silent non-compliance – told the Connecticut politicians to TAKE THEIR LAW AND GO STRAIGHT TO HELL!" ...
 

Bratton ‘resisting arrest’ proposal a ploy to strengthen police state
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... "'NYPD Has a Plan to Magically Turn Anyone It Wants Into a Felon,' Gawker Justice observes in a more hard-edged assessment that includes examples of resisting arrest charges being deliberately unjustly applied. And it’s that felony rap that should most outrage right to keep and bear arms advocates, because such convictions will result in lifetime prohibitions against owning guns, outcomes Bratton and his boss, socialist mayor Bill de Blasio, wouldn't mind seeing more of. Understand these are people who want to deploy with machine guns to control protesters, a wish they've apparently publicly backed down from -- for now." ...
 

Vanderboegh speech highlights gun advocate divide
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"I don't have a crystal ball, but I believe disparaging and dismissing what we saw yesterday will not serve those doing so well, especially since there is nothing you or I can do about dissuading further such demonstrations."
 

Vanderboegh calls Jan. 15 open carry protester a ‘moron’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Alabama blogger and gun rights activist Mike Vanderboegh, appearing at a Saturday protest in Olympia, referred to a Jan. 15 incident inside the Capitol that resulted in a ban on open carry in the Senate and House viewing galleries, dubbed one of the participants in that exercise 'a moron' in a YouTube video that may be seen here."

"He was alluding to a demonstration of about 15 people who entered the House gallery at the end of the mid-January event. Photographs from that event have been seen in various newspaper accounts. Saturday’s small demonstration was to protest the ban. Was Vanderboegh being fair? Was his criticism justified?" ...
 

Massad Ayoob: Rx: Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"With a new, Obama-appointed Surgeon General with a long history of anti-gun advocacy, we now see a resurgence of the Prohibitionists’ efforts to have firearms ownership be excoriated as a health and safety risk to Americans."

"Sigh…"

"When I opened my first shooting school to teach armed citizens the use of deadly force in 1981, I very quickly noticed something my predecessors in the private firearms academy business, Jeff Cooper and Ray Chapman and John Farnam, had already seen: in more classes than not, health care professionals were the single most highly represented occupational category among the students. That trend has continued to this day." ...
 

Gun-grabbing Bloomberg: Minorities can’t handle guns, so disarm everybody
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Every now and then, liberals let their masks slip off to reveal their true feelings and agendas."

"That was the case Friday, when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the stage at the Aspen Institute to discuss marijuana legalization, which he decried as stupid ..."

"He also touted vocational education and, of course, his favorite topic, gun grabbing." ...

"Not only did Bloomberg call for taking away Americans’ right to arms, as he usually does, but this time, he suggested targeting a specific group: minority males between the ages of 15 to 25."

"The former mayor claimed that the demographic is responsible for 95 percent of all murders." ...
 

ID: The NRA's Imperial Grip on Idaho
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Drape National Rifle Association lobbyist Dakota Moore in purple. Seat him at the center of the state Senate floor. Give him the full-on Julius Caesar treatment and name him consul of Idaho for life, already. At least that would be honest."

"The wing-nut litmus test season is in full swing at the Statehouse. And, straight away, the gun crowd took to again eroding any reasonable restrictions on firearms. Last year, the Legislature sacrificed the safety of college and university students on the NRA’s altar, at a cost to students and taxpayers of nearly $4 million. Within months, a professor’s lecture was cut short when his semi-auto pumped a hole into his thigh." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually it was his foot that got the ND.
 

WA: Pro-Gun Protesters Want Open Carry In The Washington State Legislature Now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"For the last several months, the spirit of protest has been deeply, profoundly rooted within our society. ... But not all protests are liberal-minded, or mounting such eminently humane, reasonable causes. For a prime example, look in the Pacific Northwest — pro-gun protesters want open carry in Washington’s state legislature, and it’s nothing short of absurd."

"Obviously, there will always be fair-minded disagreement about how far the Second Amendment rights afforded by the Constitution go — I happen to favor far tighter gun control laws than could ever reasonably be passed nowadays, but that’s just me. Regardless, this sounds like the very definition of an ill-conceived overreach. " ...
 

CO: Colorado's concealed-carry law ain't broke, so don't "fix" it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Lawmakers would have a much easier time and we would all be better served if they would follow the adage 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.'"

"But that common-sense approach flies out the window when politicians start talking about guns."

"Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, is the lone sponsor of a so-called 'constitutional carry' bill that would allow 'a law-abiding person to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.'"

"Marble's Senate Bill 32, coupled with Senate Bill 86, which would repeal legislation requiring background checks on gun transfers, narrowly passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last Monday." ...
 

KY: Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight – Hitchhiker Pulls Knife, Victim Pulls Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A hitchhiker in Kentucky learned a couple of valuable lesson this week when a good Samaritan tried to give him a ride. Namely, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. After being picked up by Raymond Givens ... the hitchhiker tried to rob Givens at gunpoint." ...
"Givens told authorities that the male hitchhiker pulled a butcher knife on Givens and demanded his wallet, officials said."

"'Givens stated he pulled a handgun on the subject and told him to get out of his vehicle,' a news release said."
"The suspect then fled the vehicle and remains at large. He is described as a white male with dirty blonde hair." ...
 

KS: Chicken Killing Dog Shot Charging Chicken Owner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In Kansas, a dog owner deliberately let his dogs run loose and unsupervised. At least one of the two dogs, a 90 lb, 10 month old Presa Canario, attacked a neighbor’s chickens, killing some. The neighbor called animal control, then grabbed a shotgun and went to defend his livestock. The Presa Canario charged at him, and he shot and killed the marauding animal." ...
 

Bill would ban plus-10 rounds magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Florida) were among a group of congressional Democrats who joined representatives of the Newtown Action Alliance at a Capitol Hill news conference Feb. 5 to propose a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Connecticut) are the principal authors of the bill which bans the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition and are designed for shooting en masse." ...
 

SC: To protect women, SC must take guns out of abusers’ hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Last week, my colleagues took an important first step in standing up for public safety and protecting women and families when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.3 by a vote of 19-2. This life-saving bill would protect South Carolinians by prohibiting convicted domestic abusers from possessing firearms. It would also prohibit abusers subject to protective orders from possessing firearms for the duration of the order — usually six months to a year. This bill is now headed to the full Senate for a vote." ...
 

SC: Class at the Gun Range: Beaufort School District Weighs-In
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The debate on whether students should fire guns as part of a gun safety course continues in the Lowcountry. There are two bills filed in South Carolina that involve guns in public school curriculum. One bill would create the Second Amendment Education Act, where a three week course teaches Second Amendment rights in depth. The other bill would create the South Carolina Gun Safety course, where students travel to a gun range with the class and fire guns. Not all parents are on board, and now the Beaufort County School District joins the discussion."

"You could see students at target practice, if S. 95 passes." ...
 

NM: Background checks bill squelched in committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A bill to require background checks on buyers at gun shows died a fast death Saturday night."

"Members of the Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 to table the bill, meaning it won't move forward. All the Republicans opposed the bill, and all the Democrats supported it."

"Gun owners, sheriffs, a promoter of gun shows and a University of New Mexico football player were among those who testified against the bill. They said it would weaken the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and open the door to gun registries." ...
 

WV: The WVCDL: A Grassroots Movement Protecting The Right To ‘Constitutional Carry’ In West Virginia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Perhaps U.S. Anthropologist Margaret Mead said it best when she conveyed her thoughts on the time and commitment of those who believed in the power of activism."
"'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.'"
"Indeed, the tireless efforts of West Virginian Citizen Defense League President Keith Morgan, Vice President Art Thomm, and hundreds of committed members believe in those words with their heart and soul, and they fight relentlessly to protect a right that they hold dear. Art Thomm explains the meaning of the bill SB 347, also known to WVCDL as 'WV 3-22 Carry,' and why it is deemed 'Constitutional Carry.'" ...
 

AL: Firearms, freedom and more: BamaCarry's gun-rights conference is Feb. 21
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun-rights group BamaCarry is hosting its debut Alabama Firearms Freedom Conference on Feb. 21 that will feature several speakers including Secretary of State John Merrill, former lawmaker Scott Beason and more."

"'The purpose of this is to bring together the Second Amendment supporters in the state of Alabama and basically have a legislative kickoff to show our legislators we're serious about our right in the state of Alabama,' BamaCarry President Eddie Fulmer of Northport said." ...
 

NH: Rights Come With Responsibilities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Although expected, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons is disappointing."

"Advocating for so-called 'constitutional carry,' ... Derek Dufresne, states, 'The Second Amendment is a right. Legislators shouldn’t require lawful individuals to have to get a government permission slip to act on it.' ..."

"Mr. Dufresne forgets that we live in a society where rights come with responsibilities. I prefer that a local police chief or sheriff approve an application to carry a concealed weapon. This is a safeguard that the concealed-weapon carrier is not a felon, or someone who has repeatedly come to the attention of the police for domestic violence or mental illness." ...
 

PA: Gun ownership is a legal right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I write in response to the letter pertaining to the lawsuits filed by the National Rifle Association against Lancaster, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia ('NRA lawsuit steps on right to safety,' Jan. 25)."

"The purpose of the NRA is to protect the Second Amendment rights of the people to keep and bear arms, and to promote gun-safety education and training programs." ...
 

NM: Lions Club hosts gun, craft show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Alamogordo Evening Lions Club hosted their Gun and Crafts Show at the Tays Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday." ...

"Over 60 vendors came from all across the state of New Mexico, Texas and Arizona."

"Organizer Eli Calles said the Lions Club have been sponsoring the show for 20 years. Calles has been working with them on the shows for the last five. In the past, he has had gun shows at the Fairgrounds and at New Mexico State University."

"He said one of the reasons for the show was to celebrate the citizens' Second Amendment rights to bear arms."

"Calles said there are possible gun law changes in the future from the state legislature." ...
 

MI: Legislature Serious about Passing Gun Reform Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On January 15, 2015, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder vetoed gun reform legislation that had strong support in the legislature. Snyder cited concerns that were drummed up in a media campaign by the bill’s opponents. The bills sponsors consistently said that the complaints were baseless. To obtain the governor’s signature, the new legislature has removed the small bit of the legislation that Governor Snyder objected to, and passed the new bill, known as SB34 with over a 3-1 vote. ..." ...
 

CNS Confirms: Homicides tied to Mistrust of Police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In January of 2013, I wrote an essay on European Murder rates compared to the United States. In it, I came to the conclusion that culture was the most important driver of homicide rates, and that the presence of guns was a minor factor. It has been one of the most popular essays that I have written. As I have pursued the subject further, the predominant and most important part of the 'culture' predictor of high homicide rates appears to be a lack of faith in the criminal justice system."

"I have found that the same conclusion was reached a couple of years before I did, in 2011, in an article published in the Catholic News Service. Here are some excerpts from the article:" ...
 

CA: Suspended Kensington Detective’s Stolen Gun Recovered After Prostitute’s Pimp Shoots Himself In Reno
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A Kensington police detective was suspended earlier this week after allegedly having sex with a prostitute who stole his gun, badge, and ammo from a Reno hotel room while he slept.
In late May, Sergeant Keith Barrow allegedly paid $70 to have sex with a prostitute while he was off duty.
Barrow woke up to find his badge, two clips of ammunition, and his gun missing.
Barrow was never cited, and returned to work. He wasn’t suspended until earlier this week.
Residents in Kensington were outraged it took so long for Barrow to be disciplined. ...
Barrow’s stolen gun was later recovered by Reno police after the prostitute’s pimp shot himself in the leg with that gun.
It’s unclear how long Barrow’s suspension will last.
 

WI: Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permits top 240,000
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Wisconsin concealed carry permits topped 240,000 in 2014, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. From the jsonline.com:"

"Nearly 34,000 were issued permits, raising the total number in Wisconsin to 242,488, according to an annual report from the Department of Justice."

"The permits have been a success by most observers standards, following the pattern in other states. The first permits were issued late in 2011. Only one person with a permit has been convicted of a homicide since that time. ..." ...
 

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