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‘Pro-gun Democrats’ AWOL from ‘Project Gunwalker’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "So then where the hell are the supposedly 'pro-gun Democrats'?"

"Why has not one stepped forward and demanded full and open investigative hearings in both the House and Senate?" ...
 

Question of the Day: Why Do Gun Control Advocates Trust Databases?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Would a database would have stopped Jared Lee Loughner from his murderous rampage? Sorry, your NICS background check says you’re prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Really? Huh. I was going to go on a murderous rampage but you know what? Screw it. No Glock no rock. And you can trust me when I say I won’t find a gun elsewhere, because there’s no way I can get a hold of a gun anywhere else but a legal gun store like this one. And I won’t use another method to murder people because . . ." ...
 

Safer Streets 2011 Gun Owner Survey: The Identical Purpose Between the Armed Citizen and Citizen CPR, Mainstream Values, and More
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Over the years, I noted one other condition so very similar that the response would also be similar: the private ownership and carry of lethal force: guns. The armed citizen is identical to citizen CPR." ...
 

High Capacity Gun Magazines – Life Is Too Precious To Risk Running Out Of Bullets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Minutes before [the Tucson shooter] began his mayhem in Arizona, the issue of a Federal high capacity ammunition magazine ban was a complete political non-starter."

"Obama didn’t go near it when he had Democratic majorities and he certainly wouldn’t have tried it after the election rout of 2010."

"High cap bans were simply not possible. ..." ...
 

Someone has to say it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ross Zimmerman, whose son Gabe was murdered in the recent Tucson tragedy, is now being heartlessly used as a poster boy by the execrable Michael Bloomberg's 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' campaign to lobby for 'reasonable' gun control measures. Unfortunately for him (and them), though, Zimmerman has no earthly idea about what exactly he's supposed to be advocating for:" ...
 

The SE Cupp Interview
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Author. Conservative Thinker and Commentator. Atheist who nonetheless decries the Mainstream Media’s treatment of Christianity. Talk show host. Hunter. All these words and more describe the vivacious, articulate, stunning SE Cupp, the woman who proves, conclusively, that brains, beauty, logic, reason, and wry humor can come in a single package. I am in awe. Although the peripatetic Ms. Cupp’s travel schedule precluded a phone interview for now (although hope springs eternal), I was able to get her to answer some questions in writing about guns, the 2nd Amendment, and how a hunter can survive in the asphalt jungle of New York City . . ." ...
 

What’s up with Texas?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "For some reason, you say 'Texas' outside the Lone Star State, and you get lots of misconceptions. No, we don’t all wear boots and ten gallon hats. We don’t all ride horses to work. And we don’t have the most liberal gun laws in the nation. In fact, I’d rate Texas gun laws as kind of 'middle of the road' when it comes to the national average." ...
 

NRA Representatives Visit Harvard Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Representatives of the National Rifle Association argued that an increase in the purchase of registered guns leads to decreased crime rates at an event last night sponsored by the Harvard Republican Club and the Harvard Shooting Club." ...
 

Salute to the 1911. And Karl Lippard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Army adopted John Moses Browning’s 1911 design one hundred years ago yesterday. Mazel Tov! While we can debate the 1911′s modern day utility, there’s no denying Browning’s genius or his gun’s combat efficacy. Not to put too fine a point on it, contemplating the scope and brilliance of Browning’s work reveals many of today’s gun designers as nanos gigantium humeris insidentes (dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants). But not all. As Browning’s dead and, therefore, relatively insensible to accolades, I’d like to take this opportunity to praise a living gunsmith: Karl Lippard. ..." ...
 

Glock Gen4 G17, G19, G26 Preview
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Glock. Brick. Gen4 Glock. Less of a brick? While the Austrian gunmaker’s flagged the fact that there’s a new recoil reducer on board, the main question swirling around the latest iteration of Gaston Glocks guns: are they more comfortable? Assuming, of course, they’re just as reliable as before. And accurate. With the same snap-to-it trigger. To reveal the truth about the latest crop of Gen4 goodness, we asked the company to send us three Gs: the G17 (17 rounds, 9mm, 4.4″ barrel), G19 (15 rounds, 9mm, 4.02″ barrel) and G26 (10 rounds, 9mm, 1.26″ barrel). We also asked for 3Gs in unmarked bills and a Gulfstream G4. Meanwhile, the guns are here and I’ve already started work on the comfort issue . . ." ...
 

 

New Winchester Super X3 Sporting Adjustable Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Winchester’s unveiled their Super X3 Sporting shotgun. For serious clay shooters (as opposed to Ralph and me who are always making jokes), the SX3S’s lightweight aluminum alloy receiver and ported, ventilated rib barrel should make the gun easy to swing hither and yon, and reduce muzzle jump. The X3′s Active Valve gas system gets an upgrade: a new, unique sporting gas piston that cycles all 2 ¾ inch shotshells, from light to heavy, and back. You also get a fiber optic front sight (high speed internet optional), five Signature choke tubes, AND an Invector-Plus™ Choke System partnered with a precise .742″ Back-Boring (that regulates the shot more efficiently than any other system, apparently). ..." ...
 

Why I carry a handgun for protection, Vol. 48
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So that if two career criminals (who are running around loose in public despite several outstanding felony warrants each) happen to smash their way through the front door of our house and assault us in our own kitchen, we'll have something a bit more effective than a baseball bat with which to defend ourselves, as a North Carolina woman successfully (and very luckily) managed to do last Thursday:" ...
 

FL: Fatal shooting deemed self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The State Attorney’s Office has decided not to charge anyone in the shooting death of a man early last month."

"Assistant State Attorney Anthony Tatti, who recently was appointed by the governor to be a judge in Hernando County, said Tuesday that after reviewing the case, prosecutors felt it was a matter of self-defense." ...
 

Malkin discusses 'Project Gunwalker' with Sean Hannity
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Malkin followed up this column with an appearance Wednesday evening on the Sean Hannity program on Fox News, and again acknowledged our role." ...
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ATF Gunwalker Scandal Explained
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you want to know why in Sam Hill the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (and Really Big Fires) would tell American gun dealers to go ahead and sell weapons to Mexico-bound gun smugglers, you have to understand the ATF’s modus operandi. Unlike other law enforcement agencies who react to crime and investigate, the ATF goes out and creates crime and then arrests a bunch of people. No really. Since its elevation to federal agency status (a HUGE mistake), the ATF has had more stings than a naked apiculturist. So when gun dealers dropped the dime on straw purchasers buying guns headed for narco killers, the ATF treated it like a sting operation already in progress . . ." ...
 

Darrell Issa On His Letter To Hillary (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News interviewed Rep. Darrell Issa about the letter he sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for information on Project Gunrunner and the State Department's involvement."
 

Official Correspondence on the Project Gunwalker Scandal.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It struck me this morning while I was searching for one of these letters below that a post containing all of them, properly updated and linked on the sidebar, would be a useful tool. So here it is." ...
 

How Big Was Operation Gunrunner? And Did One of the Gunrunner Guns Kill an ICE Agent?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Multiple agencies are involved, and there are signs that Alabama and Oregon are involved. We also see more tie-ins with Texas, including another group of gun smugglers arrested."

"By the way, my post last night set forth evidence indicating that the gun used to kill ICE Agent Jaime Zapata may have been part of Operation Gunrunner. Add this point to the list of evidence: the indictment of the straw purchasers lists 38 guns they bought between July and November 2010. (One, purchased in October 2010, was one of the Zapata murder weapons.) ..." ...
 

Project Gunrunner: Obama's Stimulus-Funded Border Nightmare
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Project Gunrunner's reach and authority continues to grow despite dire, prolonged warnings from insiders and whistleblowers that countless monitored guns have been passed on to violent criminals without being intercepted as planned. Following up on leads first published at www.cleanupatf.org and the blogs of gun rights advocates David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, CBS News reported last month that Project Gunrunner 'allegedly facilitated the delivery of thousands of guns into criminal hands.'" ...
 

Maybe Kerlikowske should duck Thursday hearing as well
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, now the Obama administration's 'Drug Czar,' is schedule to testify tomorrow (Thursday) before a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 'A Shared Responsibility: Counternarcotics and Citizen Security in the Americas,' while another Obama administration official is going to be noticeably absent." ...
 

Obstruct and evade: Administration running out of tricks to duck 'Gunwalker'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman noted Monday, today marks the deadline imposed by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) in his request to Kenneth Melson, Acting Director of the [ATF], to provide a number of documents related to 'Project Gunrunner' and 'Operation Fast and Furious.' Issa's request, made two weeks ago, has met with no reply so far, and there seems little reason to believe that today's deadline will be honored either, despite Issa's position as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That position bestows upon Issa almost unlimited subpeona power, and he will apparently have to tap that power to get anywhere." ...
 

Oath Keeping At The ATF
Submitted by: Elias Alias / Oath Keepers, Inc.
Website: http://www.oathkeepers.org/oath/

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... "The vast spread of the involved governmental agencies, policies, and offices related to this case are mind-boggling. The case is a scandal of serious proportions, and it reaches from the blood-stained sands of our southern border with Mexico all the way to the top of several Federal agencies. It even reaches into the top tiers of the U.S. Department of Justice, and, shockingly, into the Department of Homeland Security itself." ...

"Further, as U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, R-California, both assert, the Department of Justice and the ATF as well as other agencies have lied to Senator Grassley’s investigation into allegations that the ATF was arming criminal gangs in Mexico." ...
 

NC: Concealed Carry In Restaurants And Parks Passes NC House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"HB 111 passed its Third Reading this afternoon 74 - 45 with 3 excused absences and 1 not voting (the Speaker). It has been ordered engrossed and will now be sent to the North Carolina Senate for action." ...

"The final vote on the Third Reading was a roll call vote despite earlier reports that it would be a non-roll call vote." ...
 

IL: Conceal carry gaining momentum in IL
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The right to conceal carry a firearm is getting some attention in Illinois. The state of Illinois is only one of two states that do not allow citizens to conceal carry. Wisconsin and the District of Columbia also do not permit conceal carry. It is about time that these last hold-outs catch up to the rest of the nation and honor the 2nd Amendment. A recent article by WGEM discusses how Brown County is spearheading a new effort to get conceal carry legalized." ...
 

WV: Manchin Can’t Make Up His Mind on Anti-Gun Traver Nomination to Head the ATF (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our new U.S. senator, Joe Manchin is noncommittal on President Obama’s nomination of anti-gun zealot Andrew Traver to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives."

"This is the same Joe Manchin who ran an infamous TV ad last fall in which he killed two birds with one stone by touting his NRA endorsement and highlighting his opposition to Cap and Trade legislation by nailing a copy of the bill to a tree and using it for target practice." ...
 

FL: First, gag all the doctors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not even the First Amendment to the Constitution, with its protection of flag burning and curse words, has caused such passionate debate as the Second Amendment to the Constitution and its protection of gun ownership." ...
 

WA: Shhhhh…..Suppressor bill sent to Gregoire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation that will allow the legal owners of firearm noise suppressors to actually use them in Washington State is now headed to Gov. Christine Gregoire’s desk, where it should be signed due to the overwhelming support it got in both houses of the State Legislature, and from law enforcement." ...
 

OH: Restoration of Rights bill (HB54) passes House committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has stopped accepting Ohio's court orders restoring a citizen's right to own firearms. The purpose of this bill is to update Ohio's statutes to address this issue and protect Ohio citizens' legal rights under the law." ...
 

Beware of Homeland Security Training for Local Law Enforcement, by An Insider
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So how does a person qualify as a potential domestic terrorist? Based on the [DHS sponsored] training I have attended, here are characteristics that qualify:"

"Expressions of libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers)"

"Second Amendment-oriented views (NRA or gun club membership, holding a CCW permit)"

"Survivalist literature (fictional books such as "Patriots" and "One Second After" are mentioned by name)"

"Self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies)"

"Fear of economic collapse (buying gold and barter items)" ...

"A recent training session I attended encouraged law enforcement agencies to work with business owners to alert police when customers appear to be stockpiling items. ..." ...
 

NJ: Three Fort Lee officers suspended after teens are locked in police van overnight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three borough police officers have been suspended after a round-up of juveniles from a 'rowdy' house party early Saturday morning ended with five of the teenage boys spending the night in a locked police van, authorities said." ...

"Adam Kim, one of the teens left in the van, said in an email message that he and four other boys were 'stranded' in the van for more than 14 hours with no food or water." ...
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Submitter's Note: Low temperature Saturday was 27 degrees, with a high on Sunday of 44 degrees.
 

DC: Jury Finds D.C. Cops Unlawfully Arrested Woman for Questioning Authority
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a jury sided Friday with a woman who had sued Washington police officers for arresting her after she publicly criticized them, attorney Jeffrey Skinner of Goodwin Procter said he hopes the verdict will prompt a full investigation into the extent of 'contempt-of-cop' arrests in the city." ...
 

NY: Pending Lawsuit Against City of Oneonta
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Shanks attorney says Breen stopped him across from the city police station in January."

"The claim states Shanks decided to seek help from a supervisor and tripped while walking to the station."

"It states Breen jumped on and beat him while other officers refused to help and alleges Shanks was denied adequate medical care." ...
 

MI: Niles Police Officer Arrested on CSC Charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Niles police officer has been stripped of his gun and badge and charged with sexually assaulting a male teenager in the city’s Justice Center on St. Patrick’s Day, while he was on duty." ...
 

PA: State trooper gets probation, will lose job for interfering with Cumberland County investigation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Pennsylvania state trooper was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months of supervised probation in Cumberland County Court for interfering in a child molestation case that a county prosecutor had been pursuing." ...
 

CA: Family of Antioch man killed in CNET bust led by Norman Wielsch appeals justifiable killing ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The family of a 29-year-old Antioch man killed during a Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement bust three years ago has appealed a justifiable killing ruling, the latest development in the law enforcement scandal involving former CNET task force commander Norman Wielsch."

"The appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the family of Timothy Wayne Mitchell says that other officers involved with the CNET task force will soon be charged with felonies." ...
 

WA: Sinister motive for gun search
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shawn Vestal obviously has never heard of death by a thousand cuts ('WSP request a far cry from colonial tyranny,' March 25). This innocuous letter from the Washington State Patrol requesting purchase information on all AR-15s is nothing more than an attempt to build a file on who owns the guns and where do they live." ...
 

“The risk of handing out concealed-carry permits to people who may go on to commit crimes is reason enough to reject the current effort in Springfield to legalize concealed carry”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Chicago Sun-Times doesn’t think that Illinois should allow law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Nope. They can’t be trusted; the danger is too great ..."
 

OH: To the Editor: No, "many" American households don't contain fully-automatic weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Editor's Note: The following letter was written to the editor of The Dayton Daily News in response to a letter-writer who alleged that 'fully-automatic weapons' are in 'many households' in America."
"Re 'Common-sense gun rules are what we need,' March 6: Apparently, the letter writer is either grossly misinformed about laws relating to civilian possession and use of fully automatic firearms, which he alleges 'many households have...fully automatic weapons...', or he is deliberately spreading false information." ...
 

OH: Cleveland Plain Dealer's Thomas Suddes' racist remarks about gun owners are ignored by the politically-correct thought police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recent comment penned by long-time Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Thomas Suddes is a reminder that the left in America can make racist comments without fear of repercussions. It also teaches us that attacking gun owners and conservatives is not only acceptable under the left's politically correct guidelines, it is apparently encouraged." ...
 

TX: The facts about gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This letter is to address the facts on President Obama’s views on gun control as he is recently making news with his views on 'common sense gun laws.'"

"Fact: Barack Obama opposes four of the five Supreme Court justices who affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms. He voted against the confirmation of Alito and Roberts and he has stated he would not have appointed Thomas or Scalia. ..." ...
 

UT: Gun Shy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thank you, KSL, for reviewing whether to allow gun listings in your classified section on KSL.com. No, KSL isn’t anti-Second Amendment; it’s just good stewardship. Law enforcement agencies are concerned that gun transactions done there might skirt the ever-changing state or federal laws. ..." ...
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KS: Gun education is as important as gun itself
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As many readers may know, I am a strong gun-rights advocate, and I’d like to clarify that doesn’t necessarily mean I just support guns to support them. I support not only the guns — and for the most part those behind them — but also gun education." ...
 

MT: Shot down: RadioShack orders end to gun promotion at Hamilton store
Submitted by: Bob Anderson

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... "RadioShack officials called Strand on Tuesday afternoon, and ordered him to immediately quit the promotion that gives new Dish Network subscribers a gift card for a free gun." ...
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Submitter's Note: Maybe time to e-mail Radio Shack and voice our displeasure.
 

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