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South African police disarming citizens as their need for protection grows
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "... [A]nyone who would voluntarily disarm at the order of such a government should not be surprised if the time comes when they suddenly realize that wasn't a very smart move." ...
 

Professionals advise 'Arm yourself'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "That the antis don't like having such incidents pointed out is evident by their characterizing doing so as 'denigrat[ing] law enforcement.' That's fine—let 'em get their knickers bunched. As long as they keep pushing the lie that those with uniforms and badges are the only ones we can trust with guns, I'll keep countering it." ...
 

Violence Policy Center wants you to only see the trees, not the forest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Huffingtonpost.com has reported that the man who threatened House Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) had a concealed carry permit. Josh Shugarmann, the author of the piece (and executive director of the [VPC] in Washington, DC), interviewed the brother of the live-in partner of Norman Leboon who says Norman is 'a giant loon'. According to Sugarmann, Norman's brother searched his house several times trying to find and confiscate his brother's gun."

"OK. There are people with CCW permits who make threats. There are people who have committed actual gun crimes while they had a valid concealed carry permit. Point made and accepted. ... We must not lose the concept of the forest because we have become fixated on one blighted tree." ...
 

Knob Creek, Kentucky machine gun shoot portrayed as racist, radical 'hate group' muster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Johnathan Franklin, writing for the New Zealand Herald, attended the semi-annual machine gun shoot, in Knob Creek, Kentucky, where we are told he 'ventures to the edge of the American psyche.'" ...

"The prevalance of white people is apparently intended to be taken as an ominous sign. Race is apparently quite important to Mr. Franklin. He continues:"
"But this is a select crowd. During the entire weekend I see five blacks, two Asians and a Mexican."
"You know what? You'll not likely find a lot of the models from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hanging around with me, but that doesn't mean they aren't welcome to. ..." ...
 

The Coming Battle to Save the 2nd Amendment Metaphorically Speaking – The British are Coming Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I'm not sure students are still taught about American patriot Paul Revere's famous 'Midnight Ride' in our public school system, but I am sure about this -"
"Metaphorically speaking, 'The British are coming (again)!'"
"And just like the British army occupying Boston began confiscating the inhabitants' firearms in 1774, the new occupiers have similar goals in mind."

"At an Ohio campaign rally in October, 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised Americans, 'I will not take your rifle away.'[1] But less than 48 hours after he was elected, and before all the votes were counted, President-elect Obama immediately announced plans to do just that." ...
 

Tea Parties targeted for infiltration
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"... This, the Tea Party, is stirring the Left to fits of neurosis rarely seen beyond clinical settings."

"'Crash the Tea Party' is the latest example. ..." ...
"ACTION: Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which will exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public's opinion of them. ..." ...
 

Washington politicians should fear pitchforks and torches
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "We fought a bloody revolution against the British that America might become a nation of laws. The Founders ... carefully constructed a Constitution that would ensure there would never again be need for armed revolution in America. That is, so long as the Constitution is never violated; to guard against usurpation of that sacred document, the Second Amendment guarantees the rights enshrined therein."

"The Founders built into the Constitution not only failsafes, but tripwires. When one of the three branches of government overreaches, the Constitution prescribes corrective measures. ... Those safeguards built into our trifurcated system of government are useless if nobody cares." ...
 

To make us less free? Take away our guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For those who wish an unarmed populace, perhaps a visit to Germany during Hitler's reign would shed some light on their otherwise dim views of the Second Amendment."

"Letter-writer Patrick Victor asserts that his need for freedom is achieved by being free from proximity to those of us who legally carry firearms ['Deliver me from guns--and their owners!' April 1]."

"History is replete with evil regimes and governments that achieved power through the disarming of their people. Hitler was one of them."

"Mr. Victor's specious argument regarding his 'right to be free from someone who has a gun' is fallacious."

"Freedom implies independence and lack of restraint. What is needed to constrain abuse of that freedom is law." ...
 

Liberals with guns: scarier than Tea Partiers
Submitted by: Larry

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"Melissa Harris-Lacewell is a professor at Princeton University, as so subtly alluded to in the above excerpt from her latest drivel for The Nation, and she's concerned about the 'legitimacy' of the state -- a legitimacy she assumes but doesn't explain -- which she notes some backwards reactionaries have had the temerity to challenge ... [O]ne might ask: why is a liberal magazine so concerned about this state's legitimacy?"

"Because of the Tea Party movement, you see, whose flashes of racism and disrespect toward politicians is of more concern to Ivy League academics than the 'legitimate' state violence they applaud. ..." ...

"The proper attitude toward a criminal government is not deference and respect ... but defiance and rebellion -- of the non-violent variety."
 

Open Carry at Starbucks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Second Amendment ... in order to ensure 'the security of a free State,' guarantees citizens the right 'to keep and bear Arms.' This seminal document from 1791 does not go on to define 'Arms,' but most Americans are pretty sure the founding Fathers didn't mean automatic weapons or Glocks with their incredible stopping power. And these weren't little .22 caliber pistols sported by the out-of-uniform Montecito Starbucks warriors, but much larger and more menacing handguns in the Glock or Sig Sauer range – they appeared huge and menacing on the hip. The founding Fathers were basically thinking of long weapons – rifles and shotguns, with which a citizen militia could prevent overthrow of the Constitution." ...
 

Hate -- Antigovernment extremists are on the rise—and on the march
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Stewart Rhodes does not seem like an extremist. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former U.S. Army paratrooper and congressional staffer. He is not at all secretive. In February he was sitting at a table at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference ... handing out fliers and selling T shirts for his organization, the Oath Keepers. Rhodes says he has 6,000 dues-paying members, active and retired police and military, who promise never to take orders to disarm U.S. citizens or herd them into concentration camps. ... Their oath is to uphold the Constitution and defend the American people from dictatorship." ...
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H/t to Mike Vanderboegh, who points out that "Stewart Rhodes is also descended from Mexican farmworkers with a little Apache thrown in."
 

Rappin' Against the Right Wing: Can Hip Hop Save Black America?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... Rappers dissin' other rappers is an everyday occurrence in 'hoods across the country. This is what makes the Hip Hop community's lack of response to the current climate of hate fueled by the Tea Party, Birthers and other Right Wingers especially disturbing."

"For the last year, anti-black behavior has escalated from racist propaganda being promoted on radio stations to black Congressmen being called racial slurs and spat upon. All over the country Right Wing racists are rallying thousands of people, while rappers are too busy buying rims for their Escalades to notice." ...
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Submitter's Note: If anyone out there actually has documentary evidence of racial slurs directed at Rep. Lewis and other members of the black caucus, salon.com founder David Talbot will pay you $100,000 for a copy.
 

Second amendment as a 2010 stumping issue, Part II
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We're not at safer streets yet. We’re not even close as long as we have unreasonable gun laws. We’ll have unreasonable gun laws as long as public servants loathe our independence of them."

"Gun laws continue to keep streets unsafe by disarming only the target. Knowledge of this is cloned into other programs where electorate tolerance is known and abused."

"To understand American indignation at government servants for precisely that kind of abuse of due process just won’t be enough this November. The electorate will have to step up its threat assessment skills, i.e. discernment and how to connect gun control to these daring abuses." ...
 

NRA calls campuses 'disarmed victim zones'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of all rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment’s 'right to bear arms' is arguably the most controversial and the most restricted."

"To protest one of those restrictions, last week college students throughout the nation took part in the 'Empty Holster Protest' sponsored by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Students wore empty holsters to call attention to the fact that even students with the legal right to carry weapons are forbidden to do so on college campuses." ...
 

CT: Carry rights expansion has police concerned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The debate over where properly permitted owners can carry a gun extended a local college campus this week when Central Connecticut State University students protested by wearing empty holsters."

"The students ... claim the university is violating their Second Amendment rights by not allowing them to carry guns on campus."

"But state lawmakers and police say their interpretation of the Second Amendment is not only overly broad, but possibly downright dangerous."

"'The prevailing thought is that more guns, mean more shootings,' said state Rep. Michael Lawlor, co-chairman of the judiciary committee. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: I would not dignify that statement by calling it "thought" because it ignores virtually all existing evidence; evidence which overwhelmingly shows the exact opposite.
 

Former Lubbock ATF agent indicted for drug charges
Submitted by: Anonymous

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A former ATF special agent from Lubbock stands indicted for drug charges and money laundering.

A grand jury for the Northern District of Oklahoma indicted 33-year-old Brandon McFadden on Wednesday.

According to the indictment, from July 2002 through September of 2009, McFadden was a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The indictment alleges McFadden conspired with others to distribute several types of drugs in North Oklahoma.

As part of the conspiracy, he is alleged to have planted drug evidence on suspects, stolen drugs and money from suspects, and falsely testified in court.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
 

IA: New gun-permit law assures equal rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Iowans were partially delivered from many decades of an unconstitutional suppression of Second Amendment rights in the 'shall issue' provisions recently passed by the Legislature."

"Iowa gun owners were seeking a new gun law similar to those of New Hampshire and several other states, which mandate that law-abiding citizens, with no criminal histories, must be issued, upon application, a concealed-weapons permit."

"During my 28 years of service as Sioux County sheriff, I was unalterably opposed to Iowa's discretionary issue statutes. I believed these statutes deprived Iowa gun owners of their Second Amendment right to own and bear arms." ...
 

MA: Thanks to the 'fruitcakes,' we're safe from despotism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

I was surprised by your statement, "One of the fruitcake arguments spouted by rabid advocates of the Second Amendment is their need to possess weapons to protect themselves from the government" (Cheers & Jeers, April 2).

That is precisely the reason the Bill of Rights is included in the Constitution: to protect us from the government. Who else could restrict our right to speech, assembly, press and about 15 other rights? The Founding Fathers knew despots invariably restricted these rights and called in the weapons once a country was conquered. Those "fruitcake arguments" made sure a despotic administration could not do the same to us.

Thank heavens for the "rabid advocates" who wrote our Constitution.
 

NH: Residents protest gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some of them armed with handguns and rifles, more than 30 people gathered Saturday on the State House plaza to protest laws that restrict gun ownership."

"The peaceful rally included the denunciation of state lawmakers who last year voted to ban firearms in the capitol building."

"'You need to remember in November that some of these people want you defenseless,' Jennifer Coffey, a state representative from Andover, said about the next election."

"The Statehouse firearm ban, coupled with other New Hampshire and federal laws, prompted the gun owners to demonstrate in Concord. They contend their Second Amendment rights are under threat by a sprawling government that could potentially disarm them." ...
 

AZ: Gun advocates divided over proposed bill on concealed weapons
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Even among gun advocates, opinions are mixed over the bill that would allow Arizonans to carry concealed weapons without a permit or hands-on training."

"At Shooter's World in Phoenix, some, like Susette Tenney, voiced support for the bill that Brewer is expected to sign into law next week. She said gun owners should not have to buy a permit from the government to carry concealed weapons."

"'I'm carrying a gun and it's going in my purse and I want the right to do that,' she said."

"Firearms instructor Dave Gushert said that training was important, and that the new bill might be a problem. In addition to safety, he said people carrying firearms should also know the laws about when it is legal to use a gun for self defense." ...
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KABA Note: So people with a financial interest in requiring permit classes are opposed to getting rid of them? Who'd of thunk it?
 

IN: Militias: Risky or law-abiding?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"When it really hits the fan –"

"when society breaks down, the government is helpless and there's nowhere to turn – Will Flatt and his buddies say they've got our backs."

"Flatt is the senior brigade commander for the Indiana Militia Corps, a group of Hoosiers who see themselves as not only homeland security in the truest sense of the word, but also as the final backstop when everything goes wrong. Flatt claims membership statewide is in the hundreds."

"'We repel invasions, suppress insurrections and uphold the laws of the Union,' said Flatt, who lives in Ingalls, near Pendleton. 'What we're really about is upholding the Constitution.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Answer to the question posed in the headline: Yes!
 

CA: Open Carry group on the move
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I want to inform the public about a group that will be coming through the Fairfield, Vacaville and Dixon areas in coming months."

"The group is known as California Open Carry. We are people who stand up for our Second Amendment rights."

"We are law-abiding citizens. We meet in public places with our firearms unloaded and out in the open."

"We encourage the public to come out, meet us and get educated. We come from all walks of life. There are current and former military, as well as former law enforcement officers who make up this group. There are also doctors, teachers, professionals, mechanics, lawyers and many other backgrounds. We all support law enforcement and its efforts to serve ... and protect the innocent." ...
 

MI: Michigan Militia promotes gun rights with its Open Carry Family Picnic & Tea Party
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nothing beats grilling, guns and a good time — at least not for Michigan Militia members."

"Approximately 100 people attended the Michigan Militia's Open Carry Family Picnic & Tea Party on Saturday at the Island Lake Recreation Area in Green Oak Township, some members donning holstered weapons to demonstrate Michigan's open-carry policy on firearms, and others just enjoying an old-fashioned cookout. Members walked around in camouflage uniforms openly displaying handguns — and in some cases, high-powered rifles — while discussing politics, the Second Amendment and recent 'tea party' activity." ...
 

VA: Gun-rights advocates will hold rally today at state Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"About 300 gun advocates are expected to converge on Richmond this afternoon for a rally at the state Capitol that includes state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli."

"The rally is part of a grass-roots campaign leading up to a march in Washington next week."

"Chris Richardson, one of the organizers of the Virginia Second Amendment March, said yesterday that the rally was a way to raise awareness of gun rights as well as to keep gun issues in the forefront of voters' and politicians' minds."

"Richardson said the Virginia Second Amendment March is not affiliated with any political party."

He said the group is 'just trying to stay proactive and to raise awareness' about gun rights." ...
 

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