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Spotlight: Unconcealed-Handgun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A typical frustration at starbucks is when the guy next to you is hogging the electrical outlets. But what if he openly wore a gun, like someone lost from a Clint Eastwood set? What would you do: take a seat next to him or get that cappuccino to go?"

"The patrons of at least five Starbucks locations in California's Bay Area have faced this dilemma in recent weeks. Gun owners have walked into various Starbucks ... openly wearing weapons while they drink their coffee."

"You might not think you would need to be armed to order a latte, but the Bay Area gun owners ... are hoping to draw attention to what they see as a Second Amendment guarantee: the right to carry a gun without fear that it will be confiscated ..." ...
 

Gun control nuts are becoming suicidal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More and more editorials outside the second amendment community are taking the position of praising Starbucks for standing their ground against the gun control bully The Brady Center For the Prevention of Handgun Violence, a non-profit. This is most significant."

"Brady prevents nothing in the way of violence, as it bullies companies into submission and compels them to give in to disarming their employees or students and now customers. In bullying companies to refuse business to armed customers in states where it is perfectly legal to carry your loaded sidearm, gun control forces corporations to enforce rules that aren't there in the state law. ..." ...
 

Al-Qaida seen eyeing less complex attacks on US
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"Ever since al-Qaida attacked the United States in 2001, U.S. authorities have worked to detect and prevent the next big terrorist strike."

"But officials and counterterrorism experts say the Christmas airline plot and last November's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, may have shown al-Qaida that smaller-scale attacks also can prove unsettling, without the complexity and risk of bigger attempts." ...

"'It's pretty clear that while al-Qaida would still love to have home runs, they will take singles and doubles if they can get them,' said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Saban Center and a former CIA officer. .." ...
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Submitter's note: If this isn't sufficient reason to arm oneself I don't know what is.
 

Gun Rights Politics is About Precinct Organizing, not YouTube Clips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At a campaign rally on a cold winter evening, thousands of individuals crowd around a stage to hear a Presidential candidate speak ... to a sea of activists, many whom had never before taken an interest in politics. As he concludes, ... he asks for their support in the upcoming Presidential primary."
"The next day, about 75 percent of them do not show up to vote."
"The above illustrates the difficulty facing the liberty movement today ... their reluctance to engage in political action, the only thing that counts on Election Day."

"Unfortunately this has even bled into the issue of gun rights, self-defense, and second amendment advocacy. ..." ...
 

The 'Myths' are circulating once again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Possibly the circulation of some bare facts will kill these myths, at least for 6 months rather than the 3 or 4 as seems to be the case now."

"Let’s start with S. 2099."

"S. 2099:
A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain heaters
Introduced Oct 29, 2009. (No Co-sponsors) 111th Congress
Referred to Committee on Oct 29, 2009 where it still sits. Theoretically Dead."

"Note: This bill has absolutely nothing to do with firearms."

"However:"

"S 2099
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the registration of handguns, and for other purposes."

"Introduced Feb 24, 2000 (No Co-Sponsors) 106th Congress
Referred to Committee Feb 24, 2000. OVER TEN (10) YEARS AGO. Definitely Dead." ...
 

If Toyota made guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The near-daily new revelations of Toyota automobiles hurtling out of control for no apparent reason bring up an interesting question. I can't help but speculate about the public reaction if something analogous were happening with a major gun maker's products."

"Can you imagine the outrage if (say) several models of Smith and Wesson's semi-automatic pistols and their semi-automatic M&P 15 rifle (a dreaded 'assault weapon') gained a reputation for spontaneously firing on their own?"

"The news would be dominated by breathless reports of 'terrifying storms of armor-piercing bullets'" the Brady Campaign would be screaming about the evils of 'any gun, anywhere, any time,' ..." ...
 

This is Why There is a Second Amendment!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We watch with horror the political machinations going on in the US House as Speaker Pelosi tries every trick imaginable (whether legal or not, whether defensible or not, or even whether it makes common sense to anyone) in order to cram through the Senate health care bill." ...

"It appears they are considering a rule change to simply pretend that they voted for the Senate bill (when they didn't) and to accompany that with some other changes. ..." ...

"This is about pretending to follow an accepted and historic process when in fact it is a charade to momentarily pacify the people in order to gain control of their lives, finances, habits, exercise regimens, and on and on."

"This is why there is a second amendment." ...
 

McDonald v. Chicago: What constitutes a win?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Most of the conversational around the industry since [last] Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments in the McDonald v. Chicago case has been pretty optimistic. It seems a foregone conclusion that the Supreme Court will vacate both firearms restriction ordinances in Chicago and its suburb, Oak Park, lllinois."

"But there's been very little said about Otis McDonald, the 76-year old retired maintenance engineer who's the primary name on a lawsuit that may become yet another fundamental rib in American jurisprudence." ...
 

Another great from Oleg Volk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Submitter's Note: If you haven't already, check out Oleg's a-human-right website, and his main website.
 

You're living in the past
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I want to add my 2-cents worth over the latest debate in the county and the way things have been going lately. I am surprised and not altogether shocked ... when the childishness of the so called 'Adults' in this county show their true colors." ...

"Come on, people. ... The last time I checked, the year was 2010, not 1810 or even 1910, and the need to carry a sidearm around town has long since been left in the past. This is the time for us to be coming together and trying to make the county a better place that is more inviting for businesses to come to, not to scare them off by complaining because you are not allowed to try and scare everyone with your gun." ...
 

Lloyd Garver: Have gun, will latte
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... I was surprised to learn that some gun-toting, Second Amendment-loving customers were sitting in Starbucks, sipping green tea. ..."

"At least 38 states allow people to walk around with unconcealed weapons. For the most part, the people I'm talking about have not qualified to get licenses to carry concealed weapons. ..."

"... I'm not suggesting that those who walk into Starbucks or other places of business with their weapons in view don't have a right to do so. ... I'm just wondering why anyone would want to do so."

"It's hard for me to imagine a conversation between two friends like this: 'Hey, Joe, you want to go to Starbucks and grab a cup of coffee?' 'Sounds good, Mike. Just let me grab my gun.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: It's hard for me to imagine, too, but that's probably because my name is Bruce, not Mike. Also I usually am carrying two weapons (as advised by a friend who spent 25 years as a NYC cop), main weapon in a shoulder holster, B.U.G. in my pocket.
 

NJ: Gun Dealers Shouldn't Take Aim at Little Leaguers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hey kids, when you're stealing first base or making that game-winning homer, think about the nice people at Chesterfield who made it all possible." ...

"Or how about the Captain Morgan Rum Company sponsoring your team? Just drink responsibly, boys and girls." ...

"What is wrong with a perfectly legitimate business sponsoring a local baseball team? Matt Carmel, a licensed gun dealer in New Jersey, demanded that answer when his application to sponsor a youth baseball team was rejected."

"Let's see if I can explain this to him. Most of us, I imagine, think that certain things -- say alcohol, tobacco and firearms -- should not be advertised to or promoted among children." ...
 

TX: Burglar Killed by Homeowner: Dallas Police
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A possible burglar was shot and killed by a homeowner Thursday, Dallas police said.

The shooting took place at a home on the 7100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue.

More information coming soon.
 

TN: Don't bring a knife to a gunfight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Friday, an armed permit holder shot and killed a knife wielding man in the parking lot of a Family Dollar Store in Frayser. The man was reported to have been going around threatening people with the knife."

"But then the knifeman* made a fatal mistake. He threatened the permit holder, who was in a car with two children, and was killed."

"Under Tennessee's Castle Doctrine, deadly force may be used when a person is in fear of grave bodily injury or death; and may be used any place that the person has a right to be." ...
 

OH: Ohio State University shooting proves need for concealed carry on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When a disgruntled employee shot two supervisors earlier this week, Ohio State University added its name to the list of educational institutions with multiple victim shootings and a policy against legal concealed carry on campus."

"During the debate about concealed carry in Ohio several years ago, the OSU administration took the predictable, and intellectually lazy, stance that guns don't have a place on campus, where enlightened thought should be unencumbered by such a 'threat.'"

"Basically, they argued that open and challenging debate can't take place if concealed carry is allowed on campus. A clear indication of how little faith college administrators put in the self-control of students and faculty." ...
 

OH: Ohio supreme court to decide on home rule vs statewide preemption of gun laws
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"As expected, the Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear Cleveland's challenge to statewide preemption of gun laws." ..
 

MO: Congressional candidate visits campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Missouri Sen. Jack Goodman (R-Mt. Vernon) took time out of his spring break to speak to the Missouri Southern College Republicans."

"Goodman is running for the Missouri 7th Congressional District seat, currently held by Roy Blunt ..."

"After introducing himself, Goodman assessed the current situation of the United States and the importance of political involvement." ...

"'We are one of the strongest Second Amendment states in the country. I wrote and passed Missouri's Castle Doctrine which states that you can use full force to defend your house. Before that if someone got into your house you had to wait for them to physically attack you or your spouse or your children before you could use full force to take care of them. ...'" ...
 

WY: Wyoming gov. signs bill on federal gun regulation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Thursday signed into law a bill that seeks to exempt firearms made in Wyoming and used exclusively in the state from federal regulations, making the state the latest to try to undermine federal authority on gun regulation."

"Montana, Tennessee and Utah have already passed similar legislation to exempt firearms made in their states from federal regulations and Idaho and Alaska have been considering it."

"A lawsuit over the issue is brewing in Montana, where gun advocates are arguing that the state should decide which rules, if any, should control the sale and purchase of guns made and used in the state." ...
 

DE: Delaware government: Gun lobbyist's bill drawing fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"About three dozen city residents Wednesday protested a bill that could ease gun restrictions in classrooms, day care centers, on DART buses, even in neighborhood group homes for people with mental illnesses." ...

"Those concerns are groundless, say Millsboro Democrat Rep. John Atkins and Georgetown Republican Sen. Joe Booth, because the two lawmakers never intended to go beyond overturning restrictive gun policies at Delaware's four public housing authorities."

"Booth accused Markell of spreading misinformation, stoking the fears of preachers and anti-violence workers who staged the rally in front of a day care center." ...
 

IA: Iowa Senate approves domestic violence gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Iowa Senate has sent the governor a bill that would take guns away from those convicted of domestic abuse and forbid those who’re the subject of a 'no-contact' order from owning or selling guns and ammunition. Senator Keith Kreiman, a Democrat from Bloomfield, says the bill is intended to reduce fear. 'It is intended to reduce the number of instances of domestic abuse,'Kreiman says."

"... Critics like Senator David Hartsuch ... say this may mean people who are wrongly accused of domestic violence — and who are the subject of a 'no-contact' order but haven’t been convicted of a crime — will lose their gun rights." ...
 

MD: Several Bills Aim To Tighten Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The House and Senate heard nearly two dozen gun-related measures in Annapolis on Thursday."

"Supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear arms are crying conspiracy. They claim committee chairmen in both the House and Senate decided to hold hearings on gun legislation on the same day and at the same time to divide and conquer their opposition."

"They are particularly concerned with bills that tighten the rules for the sale and transfer of fire arms."

"'They try to tell you it's going to be a firearms safety bill, and really what it is, is a further restriction on the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase and own handguns,' said Paul Dembfrowski, the president of MarylandShallIssue.org." ...
 

CO: Colorado Tea Partiers rally in capitol chambers and on the steps
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Members of Colorado Tea Party and 912 groups and the libertarian think tank Independence Institute attended a 'grassroots session' and rally sponsored by Americans For Prosperity at the Capitol Wednesday. The activists met with GOP lawmakers for a strategy session in the Old Senate chambers and then gathered on the capitol steps. The rally lured a familiar group of Republican lawmakers, led this time by Yuma state Rep. Cory Gardner, who is also running to represent the Fourth Congressional district in Washington."

"'I represent a district that is tired ...' Gardner told the crowd. '... And I am tired of a government that puts veterans, second amendment believers and other activists on terrorist watch lists.'" ...
 

Preserving Reasonable Gun Limits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After serious setbacks to sensible gun control, the top court in Massachusetts on Wednesday made it clear that the Second Amendment does not bar states from protecting children and others against the risk posed by unsecured guns in the home."

"The unanimous ruling by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court upheld the constitutionality of a state law that requires guns to be kept in a locked container or equipped with a trigger lock when not under the owner’s control. ..." ...

"As the Massachusetts ruling also noted, the Supreme Court has yet to hold that the Second Amendment applies against city and state governments, not just against the federal government and the federal enclave of the District of Columbia. ..." ...
 

NY Times gets an education; Seattle Times wises up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New York Times is the newspaper that gun rights activists love to hate, and the newspaper's editorial page has been a bastion of demagoguery for years when it comes to the Second Amendment."

"The NY Times editorial staff, to put it bluntly, has never seen a gun law that it didn't like."

"So the other day’s exercise in its 'The Learning Network' feature, in which it asked for reaction to open carry in coffee shops must have produced a genuine cardiac-level shock. Students ages 13 and older were invited to weigh in, and many of them took off the gloves. If the Times thinks it has trouble with older generation'“gun nuts,' the next generation now coming up to bat is going to give them 24/7/365 heartburn. ..." ...
 

WI: Guns are weapons, not accessories
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"There seems to be a shooting in the news every day, and not once has it been due to 'a well-regulated Militia.' There's a resurgence of people who are so concerned about exercising their Second Amendment rights that they have lost all perspective on what a gun actually is. It is a weapon designed for killing efficiently. It is not a fashion accessory to hang on your belt, nor is it a security blanket to make you feel safe."

"A few weeks ago, gun rights activists made their point by going to Starbucks in New Berlin wearing side arms. My question is not whether this should or should not be a 'right,' but rather why anyone would feel it necessary to be armed in order to get a latte in an upscale suburb. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: I think Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes put it best when he said: "If a man neglects to enforce his rights, he cannot complain if, after a while, the law follows his example."
 

OK: Legislature has better things to do
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Oklahoma Legislature is spending too much time pampering voters on emotional issues that either are unimportant or ridiculous."

"The House passed a bill this past week, one that the Senate already approved, that asserts the state is exempt from federal regulation for guns and ammunition manufactured, sold and used in Oklahoma."

"Those who hold to an unrestricted interpretation of the Second Amendment surely are elated at the passage of this bill. Indeed, it passed by large margins in both state chambers because legislators have been pressed and prodded by gun rights advocates, not because the bill makes sense." ...
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Submitter's Note: So I guess it makes sense to regulate items that never cross state lines by using the 'interstate commerce' clause?
 

Why does Department of Education need 12-gauge shotguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Federal and state law across the American landscape (and certainly here in Washington State) almost uniformly declares schools to be 'gun-free zones,' yet the U.S. Department of Education is in the process of purchasing more than two-dozen short-barreled police-style shotguns which are supposed to be delivered by March 22 to an address in Chicago, IL." ...

"Even more intriguing is the fact that, according to the solicitation notice, these are the 'only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.'" ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Carry, Inc. awarded judgement against City of Racine and two Racine police officers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On September 9th, 2009 Wisconsin Carry member Frank Hannan-Rock of Racine was unlawfully arrested while open-carrying on the front porch of his home in Racine."

"On January 8th Wisconsin Carry filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Wisconsin, City of Racine, two Racine Police officers, The City of Milwaukee and one Milwaukee Police Officer. In this lawsuit we challenge the constitutionality of Wisconsin's Gun-Free-School-Zone Act. In this lawsuit we also brought on two
Wisconsin Carry Members as co-plaintiffs. Frank Hannan-Rock of Racine was one of these co-plaintiffs."

"A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here:"

"http://www.wisconsincarry.org/pdf/GFSZ_Complaint.pdf"
 

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

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"I'm running out of time for today. I didn't want to let the work correspondent FFFW put into compiling this go to waste (and he tells me he only had time to send me about a quarter of what he's found), so I'm presenting his email below without going throug my usual formatting and titling:" ...
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Submitter's Note: There are two dozen stories today, follow this link for the summaries and links.
 

PA: The Thin Blue Whine, Pittsburgh Edition
Submitted by: Larry

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"Pittsburgh, which is under a state of emergency in anticipation of weekend flooding, might witness an outbreak of the 'Blue Flu,' an epidemic of militant petulance resulting in a mass 'sick-out' by police."

"As has been the case elsewhere, the Pittsburgh plague is an acute reaction by tax-engorged union police to what they consider an intolerable affront: A judge recently dismissed spurious criminal charges against 18-year-old Jordan Miles, who was beaten by police on January 12."

"While walking to visit his grandma, Miles, an honor student at a the nearby CAPA high school, was swarmed and beaten by three undercover street cops with the Pittsburgh Police Department." ...
 

UK: British police take 50 minutes to respond, thieves get away
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"When two burglars broke into Simon Thomas’s pub in Sussex, he grabbed one of his hunting shotguns and held them for police. But it took police 50 minutes to respond to Thomas’s emergency call, enough time for the burglars to unload the stolen goods from their vehicle and disappear." ...

"Police didn’t have time for 'immediate response' but did have time to tell Thomas to put away his gun. After he complied, the thieves took the opportunity to escape." ...
 

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