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Peaceful pro-gun rallies: A firsthand account
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"I'm back from a rather exhausting past couple of days. I'll have time over the next few days to catch up on what the media is saying about the Second Amendment March and the Restore the Constitution rally, but for now I just wanted to share some of what I experienced." ...
 

This day in history
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Disperse, you rebels; damn you, throw down your arms and disperse!'"

"-- Major John Pitcairn, April 19, 1775, at Lexington, Massachussetts, while waving his sword in the air."

"With all of the focus given to the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, many Americans forget that today is the day the war actually broke out, when militiamen gathered on the bridge at Lexington and exchanged shots with government troops coming in force to disarm the colonists. Major Pitcairn hardly expected the resistance that he met. The first shots were fired at dawn at Lexington, but the seventy or so Americans quickly retreated, with the shootout lasting only a few minutes ..." ...
 

Armed citizens prove protective benefits of guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "There's nothing quite like a gun to convince a younger man with a crowbar that things can be resolved without escalating the violence." ...
 

Fear and Loathing in the Good Ol’ U.S. of A.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I watched former U.S. President Bill Clinton ... piously fretting over the growing concern on the left that the great unwashed masses known as middle-class America are increasingly viewing violence as an option to safeguard their rights." ...

"Add to this ... hints from the White House everything from Second Amendment rights to cherished, hard-won liberties are at risk and you are puzzled by the reaction?"

"Dag nab it, Bill, you shouldn't wonder why folks are forming militias, marching in the streets with guns hanging on their hips and joining the Tea Party movement. ... I know the concept of freedom and self-determination is anathema to the socialist mindset but take a deep breath to collect your wits." ...
 

The Obama Administration Year One: The flight from gun control
Submitted by: John Pierce - Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-3253-Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Much to the surprise of many, President Obama’s first year in office has not featured a push for new gun control legislation. In fact, not only has he not pushed for new legislation, he has actively resisted calls by gun control groups while signing legislation allowing open and concealed carry in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges as well as allowing firearms on Amtrak trains." ...

"President Obama's gun rights transformation is proof, not of a change in his core beliefs, but of a change in America itself as gun rights escapes the historical bounds of hunting and becomes mainstream. In order to maintain the momentum of this trend, it is incumbent upon those of us who believe ... in gun rights, to continue to reach out ..."
 

Arizona constitutional carry and the 'Law of Unintended Consequences'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, I am personally pleased to see the passage of this law permitting constitutional carry in Arizona. However, there has been some significant controversy about several of the potential outcomes of this law."

"... as I have reflected on the passage of SB 1108 ... I began to think about what is most often described as the 'Law of Unintended Consequences'." ...

"Unanticipated outcomes can be positive and serendipitous or can be negative or perverse. Let's take a look at some of the potential positive and negative outcomes associated with the new law." ...
 

Interesting Times In Gun Owners' Civil Rights Movement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was an interesting week for gun owners' rights activists, and this week promises to continue the trend. Last week, the Governor of Arizona signed the legislation that will make that state the third in the nation that allows law-abiding adult citizens to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public without a permit. ..."

"Today the Second Amendment March is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC. I expect it to go peacefully, and therefore be largely ignored by the anti-gun elements of the mainstream media. ..."

"This immediate past weekend saw our friends in the Appleseed Project hold their excellent rifle clinics/history lectures all around the country ..." ...
 

'Gun show loophole' myth getting another push
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With tomorrow being the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting rampage, the forcible citizen disarmament lobby is once again pushing the 'gun show loophole' myth. From the New York Times:" ...
"Two Columbine students had a friend obtain four high-powered weapons, no-questions-asked, from gun show 'hobbyist' dealers ..."
"Actually, the friend only bought three of the four firearms used (the fourth was bought from another friend, who had already owned it), and she, with her clean background, could have passed a background check anyway."

"It's also interesting that to find a sufficiently horrible example of violence committed with guns purchased at a gun show, the NY Times editorial board had to go back eleven years." ...
 

Accusations of 'sedition' are an attack on freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Late Congressman Larry McDonald (D-GA) is often credited with a fairly famous quote about liberty:"
"We have four boxes with which to defend our freedom: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box."
"One variation amends the above with 'please use in that order'--which is, I hope we can all agree, sage advice."

"Lately, though, there are a growing number of voices arguing for restrictions on that first box:"

"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence calling gun rights rallies 'an open threat to the rule of law.'"

"The Violence Policy Center blaming the murder of three Pittsburgh police officers on 'NRA rhetoric' ('rhetoric' that just happens to be true)." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: Not with the L.A. Times' help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Los Angeles Times violates its public trust when it repeatedly mischaracterizes a movement for Independence from our public servants as being anti-government. Must be guilty conscience, but over whole generations, anti-freedom types have no conscience."

"Being against the TEA Party movement is to be wholly against freedom. People who stand up to be counted in re-iterating and asserting their authority over their servants are not anti-servant, they are pro-law and order. They are pro-integrity. They are pro-Oath of office. Anti-freedom persons are anti-law and order when they oppose this authority and presume that the government is the supreme authority. It is not. ..." ...
 

Defending the right to pack a pistol to the mall
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The thing I don't like about handguns is how nice they feel in your hand. The heft, the balance, the grip and the power of the things are seductive."

"A pistol is like that gold ring in the Tolkien novels: Pick one up and you'll be suppressing a desire to use it."

"I fired guns often when I was a kid. On the family farm, my dad had a pistol and rifles, and I expended many thousands of rounds during my short, unspectacular military career." ...

"... Canada's gun laws have only grown stricter since."

"Here in the U.S., though, if I want a gun, and I mean almost any kind of gun at all, I can just go buy one. Especially, in my case, if I simply drive cross the Potomac River into Virginia." ...
 

Eight Reasons America Is On Edge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the banks of the Potomac River, guys carrying guns gathered in a Virginia park ... Their compatriots gathered on the National Mall to honor the Second Amendment. They carried signs warning 'Don't Tread on Me'. On cable TV, Republicans speak about a 'gangster government' and the need to 'reload'—all innocent discourse, they claim—while on another channel, Democrats warn that such talk could lead to violence. And in Oklahoma City this week, families of those who died in the 1995 bombing are remembering their loved ones. People across the country wonder if, or when, it could all happen again."

"The country is once again on edge: We worry about violence. We worry about extremism. We worry about a government run amok. ..." ...
 

Helmke admits 'polite' attendees at VA armed rally
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Perhaps if the arm of friendship is extended we can all get along and Paul will learn to trust his fellow citizens, and stop demanding enforced obedience to his will?" ...
 

US gun rally in Washington (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Gun rights activists gather in Washington to promote their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.
 

Curiouser & Curiouser (second item)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During a Democratic fundraiser in California on Monday, President Obama was heckled by gay activists ... On the very same day, Nicki Stallard, a transgendered gun activist, addressed a Second Amendment Rights rally in Virginia, representing Pink Pistols ..."

"'She gave a gutsy and humorous speech while wearing a black skirt and jacket with a purple blouse, nylons and high heels ...' says LaDonna Hale Curzon, executive producer of Sarah Palin Radio. ..." ...

"Mrs. Curzon continues: 'It was truly a great moment to see this person address the crowd and win acceptance and applause. We won't see or hear the 'lamestream media' report any of this. They still think conservatives are all homophobic racists ...'"
 

2,000 gun-rights advocates rally in Washington
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Without firearms, but armed with loudspeakers, posters and 'Don't Tread On Me' flags, about 2,000 gun-rights advocates assembled near the Washington Monument yesterday to warn the government to stop infringing on their right to keep and bear arms."

"'I think it's good to let the government know the Second Amendment is important,' said Bruce T. Jackson of Stafford County, one of more than 100 Virginians who boarded three buses to the nation's capital chartered by the Virginia Citizens Defense League."

"The Second Amendment March was scheduled yesterday to commemorate the first shots fired in the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775." ...
 

Was the Second Amendment March a success?
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"As an admittedly jaded 18-year gun rights activist, I regarded yesterday’s Second Amendment March (SAM) with a certain dread. While the efforts of Skip Coryell and the other organizers of the SAM could best be described as valiant, I regarded them as, at best, misguided: Even under the best of conditions, rallies represent huge outlays of resources yielding uncertain returns." ...

"Were my fears confirmed? Not entirely. While the turnout of, by some estimates, 2,000 – 3,000 people was nothing to write home about, I was reminded how inspirational a rally can be for those who attend. And from a logistical perspective, it was obvious that the SAM organizers had their collective act together. ..." ...
 

Former President Clinton equates loyalty to Constitution with 'hatred'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"National Gun Rights Examiner (and 'threat to the rule of law') David Codrea reported that former President Bill Clinton tarred several groups, including the Oath Keepers, with the 'hatriot' label. Active duty and retired military service members, law enforcement officers, and firefighters, who have publicly sworn an oath to disobey any order to oppress their fellow citizens, are now 'haters.'" ...

 

Gun Rally Protest (video)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Congress recently approved a law allowing people to carry guns in National Parks. The demonstrators took advantage of the fact that most of the land across the Potomac from the Nation's Capitol is National Parkland. and they brought their guns to a protest against what they see as threats to their constitutional rights. ..."

"These protestors are armed - and they want Washington to take notice." ...

"The protestors are the first to demonstrate with their firearms in a National Park since Congress passed a law allowing people to carry guns in the parks." ...

"These so-called open-carry rallies have been cropping up around the country.. in Virginia, Michigan, New Mexico and Ohio." ...
 

2A rallies from one Washington to the 'other' suggest gun owners are growing restless
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Monday's Second Amendment March (SAM) in Washington, D.C. was a huge success compared to the armed gathering at Virginia's nearby Fort Hunt and Gravelly Point parks, and now gun rights activists in the 'other' Washington (I prefer the real Washington) are working hard to match yesterday's events right here in the Evergreen State." ...
 

Glenn Beck Revives The Ghosts Of The Waco Tragedy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Glenn Beck has still obviously not gotten over being called seditious and compared to Timothy McVeigh. ... And if the left could get away with comparing him to McVeigh, Beck seemed to figure, he was going to turn the tables on them and compare Oklahoma City to the tragedy in Waco, Texas."

"Beck opened the show with his bread and butter– images of the peaceful Tea Party protesters he claims the left are consistently trying to brand as violent and dangerous. 'The media, it seems,' he noted, 'has picked a side.' If the Tea Parties were so violent, he asks, why was there not even a 'good old-fashioned pistol-whipping' at the pro-Second Amendment rally?" ...
 

Bill Hunt Calls For 'Constitutional Revolution' in DC
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Washington Times has posted an article featuring Orange County sheriff's candidate Bill Hunt and his pro-gun speech yesterday at the Washington Monument in the nation's capital."

"'The Second Amendment should be the litmus test for anybody seeking election,' Hunt told the crowd ..."

"The paper also reported that Hunt 'compared himself of the embattled sheriff played by Gary Cooper in the film classic High Noon.'" ...

"'They found a tough man and sheriff to run the bad guys out of town,' Hunt told the DC crowd, which 'roared' in approval. 'Let the revolution for constitutional rights go from Orange County, California, to Orange County, Florida!'"

"The rally was organized to protest anti-gun laws." ...
 

CA: Gun Owners Display Heat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With guns in holsters and rifles strapped to their chests, Second Amendment activists converged Monday outside California's Capitol to demonstrate their right to bear arms."

"Most of the 50 protesters who gathered brought guns and rifles, although they said their weapons were not loaded to comply with the state's open-carry law."

"'The Second Amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms,' said rally organizer Kent Sandhagen, who wore a pistol in a leather holster on his hip."

"... gun owners organized the gathering to coincide with a similar rally in the nation's capital."

"They also were protesting a bill pending in the California Legislature that would ban gun owners from openly carrying unloaded guns ..." ...
 

Are These Guys Really Militias?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The upsurge in gun rights protests in recent days has been accompanied by a term you've probably heard before: militias. Self-identified groups like the Michigan Militia and the Arizona Citizens Militia have received more than their share of attention in recent months. ... One of the speakers who addressed a gun rights rally on April 19 in Arlington, Virginia, Mike Vanderboegh, was identified as a former leader of the 'Alabama Minutemen.'"

"All this leads to a question: who are these guys? Or more to the point, are they really militias, in the way that word is used in the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment ... The simple answer is No. ..." ...
 

Mayors' group pushes for background checks on sales at gun shows
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mayors Against Illegal Guns ... is running TV ads in the state urging Maine's U.S. senators to vote for legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales at gun shows, but opponents say the bill goes much further than that." ...

"Jeff Weinstein, president of the Maine Gun Owners Association, said the legislation being supported by the mayors goes way beyond requiring criminal background checks. ..."

"'This bill in fact creates a de facto gun owners registration database in states where registration is not required, like here in Maine,' he said. 'The tone of the bill assumes that a significant number of gun owners are suspect of being bad guys, which is factually inaccurate.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: They push to get rid of "kitchen table" dealers who performed checks, now they bitch that those same people aren't doing checks. People, you can't have it both ways.
 

Bloomberg’s Latest Salvo Against Guns
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"On the 11th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns has launched a new campaign to pressure Congress to close the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows firearms to be sold without background checks." ...
 

Georgia Representative locks and loads
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the absence of loaded weapons, the void was filled ... at the Second Amendment rally in Washington DC with loaded words. Promoting himself as our era's Cato, the congressional representative for Georgia’s 10th district, Representative Paul Broun, thrashed and wailed against our nation's Government as if he, himself, were not a cog in the wheel. Exhibiting a complete lapse in tactful rhetoric, he appeared to commit what some would consider 'incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.' ... The www.Dictionary.com definition of sedition."

"... Broun went on to declare that his right as a gun owner should be extended to '…protecting ourselves against the tyrannical Government of the United States.' ..." ...
 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Launch New National Campaign to Close the Gun Show Loophole
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
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"The bi-partisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced the launch of a new national campaign to close the Gun Show Loophole. The Gun Show Loophole is a gap in federal law that enables criminals to buy guns at gun shows without undergoing a background check." ...
 

11 Years After Columbine, It's Time for Congress to Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today is the 11th anniversary of the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, which left 13 dead."

"Last Friday was the 3rd anniversary of the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, which left 32 dead."

"And since those dark days, tens of thousands more Americans have been killed with guns by criminals and people with dangerous mental illness -- people who never should have had access to guns in the first place."

"At Columbine, the killers bought their guns through a gap in federal law known as the 'Gun Show Loophole,' ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: No they didn't. They got their guns from Robyn Anderson, an 18-year-old Columbine student and old friend of Klebold's, who straw-bought the guns for the underage pair.
 

Getting past April 19 without violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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without violence, this year anyway. No thanks to right-wing hate-mongers. Gun-toting 'Restore the Constitution' protesters gathered in Metro D.C.'s Ft. Hunt National Park to warn against Obama administration threats to the Second Amendment – even though it was Obama who signed the bill authorizing their carrying guns in a national park. Meanwhile, their supporters in punditry and government did their best to keep anti-government rhetoric at fever pitch, the tragic history of April 19 notwithstanding." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who had this to say: "Cover your children's eyes before proceeding to the appropriate response.

Ready?

F*** you, you stupid ****."
 

Gun-Control Activists Launch Lobby Blitz
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Gun-control proponents, outspent and outmaneuvered on Capitol Hill, are pushing back this week using the anniversaries of two high-profile tragedies to make the case for legislation that would close gun show loopholes."

"Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D), is expected today to unveil a lobbying blitz to prod Congress to approve legislation that would require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows." ...
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KABA Note: But what about the "Parking Lot Loophole" or the "Swap Meet Loophole" or the "Living Room Sofa Loophole"?
 

Columbine dad signs full-page ad for gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In full-page newspaper advertisements Monday, the father of Columbine High School shooting victim Daniel Mauser urged Colorado Sen. Mark Udall to support a bill to expand criminal background checks at gun shows nationwide."

"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence paid for the ads. They appeared in The Denver Post and The (Boulder) Daily Camera on the eve of the anniversary of the 1999 shootings at Columbine ..."

"A friend of the gunmen bought three of their weapons at a gun show from a private seller who wasn't required to conduct background checks, as federally licensed dealers do." ...
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Submitter's Note: Not mentioned is the fact that the 'friend' would have passed a NICS check.
 

This isn't Second Amendment defense its[sic] mental illness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There comes a time when lines are crossed and you have to stop making excuses for insane behavior. The Right Wing of American politics has crossed that line. They are certifiably and dangerously, possibly criminally insane."

"I am a gun owner and I believe in the Second Amendment. I live in the town where the initial ideas that would lead to the Second Amendment were born." ...

"So why aren't today's Second Amendment supporters just standing up for the same rights as the Justice William Smith?"

"Because the tyranny they talk about is not imposed. Our government is not a tyranny because it was freely elected. That means that more people support it than oppose it. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: The fact that more people supported slavery than opposed it did not make slavery right.
 

How not to protest: with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Monday's Washington Post ran an article about an 'open carry' demonstration whereby dozens of protestors gathered on the Virginia side of the Potomac River with a variety of loaded and unloaded weaponry to protest what they view as violations of the United States Constitution. Interestingly enough, their grievances have nothing to do with the Second Amendment or gun rights whatsoever. ..."

"If the protest were about gun rights and gun rights alone, their demonstration would have be rather fitting. Like it or not, lining up with guns to protest is a pretty logical response to infringements on gun rights. Lining up ... with guns simply because you're not a fan of anything Barrack Obama has done, conversely, is a horrendous idea." ...
 

Bill Clinton’s Lethal Hypocrisy on Government Violence
Submitted by: Larry

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"Yesterday, on the fifteenth anniversary of the attack on the federal office building in Oklahoma City, former President Bill Clinton had an op-ed today in the New York Times ... The article settles any doubts about whether Clinton was one of the most talented demagogues of modern times."

"Casting a net of collective guilt over much of the 48 contiguous states, Clinton announced that the 1995 bombing was the fault of people who believed 'that the greatest threat to American freedom is our government, and that public servants do not protect our freedoms, but abuse them.' People who distrusted government helped echo ideas which somehow persuaded 'deeply alienated and disconnected Americans' to carry out the attack." ...
 

Enemies of the State
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... "This past weekend, I happened to catch a bit of Wolf Blitzer's interview with Bill Clinton, who, on cue, evoked the two dreaded anniversaries [Waco and OKC] multiple times -- all the while claiming that he in no way was trying to link these events with the Tea Parties. No Siree. Clinton might as well have said, 'You know, Wolf, we're also approaching the anniversaries of Hitler's birth and Captain Cook's discovery of Australia. Now, I'm not saying that the Tea Parties want to round up Jews and enslave aborigines, but let's just remember that pluralism is the lifeblood of our democracy...'" ...
 

WA: King County Sheriff warns of cutbacks, so go out and buy a gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'When seconds count, police are minutes away.'"

"That's become something of a catch phrase among gun rights advocates who suggest that private citizens are their own best first line of defense ..." ...

"The other day during a meeting on the budget with the King County Council, Sheriff Sue Rahr and Prosecutor Dan Satterberg [stated] ... that with another round of budget cuts in the forecast, law enforcement services are going to be cut to the bone. There will be no residential burglary investigations, it will take more time to report an emergency to the 911 dispatch center, and investigations will be reduced for other crimes including sexual assault, arson and domestic violence." ...
 

Practicing Politics: Ignoring it will make things a lot worse for gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Conditions have lined up for 2010 to be the year of the perfect electoral storm. But in order to create the kind of storm the Republic needs, one that cleans out an insubordinate and defiant Congress, GunVoters and pro-rights activists need to get organized. The time to start is now. Just as ... Dave Ramsey says about saving money, it's never too early to get involved in politics, but it's better to get involved late than not to get involved at all. ..."

"There are many ways to participate in the political process and all of them are important. The first, and most fundamental, is to vote. Make sure that you are registered to vote and that you show up on Election Day. Dismiss the excuses. I've heard them all and they are all lame." ...
 

John Ensign, Harry Reid play role in bill over guns, D.C. voting rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nevada's two senators played a pivotal role in today's quiet defeat of a long-championed effort to give residents of the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress."

"Advocates of the District voting rights bill decided to postpone this week's House vote on the measure after being unable to accept pro-gun provisions tacked onto the bill."

"Republican Sen. John Ensign all but doomed the voting bill when he attached an amendment that would overturn the District's strict laws against assault rifles and firearms. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, also a strong Second Amendment advocate, led the bill's passage from the Senate last year with the gun provision." ...
 

DC: Childers: Fight to Restore Citizens' Second Amendment Rights Not Over
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (MS-01) released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives pulling legislation to end Washington, D.C.'s gun ban from the floor schedule:"

"'I am deeply disappointed that upcoming legislation authored by myself and Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana to end D.C.'s unconstitutional gun ban has been pulled from the House's floor schedule. However, this fight is not over. ... I remain committed to overturning D.C.'s gun ban ...'"

"The NRA has consistently supported Childers and his colleagues' efforts to overturn Washington, D.C.'s gun ban, and are proponents of language included in a current draft of the Childers-Souder bill."
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Submitter's Note: The NRA did everything they could to derail Heller v. DC, now they'll do whatever they can to keep Heller II from reaching the SCOTUS.
 

Safer Streets 2010: Attention Kalifornia State Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'd hold off on that next gun ban in California. It's the type of pattern and practice that puts the K in Kalifornia and parallels World War II European thinking. Incremental abuses of law. As if smear weren't bad enough, Kalifornia now wants to confiscate more guns by repealing a law that never hurt anyone: the open carry of an unloaded handgun by a law-abiding adult taxpayer."

"Kalifornia's not worried about blood in the streets from armed honest citizens, she is worried about the cold-blooded disarmament of the law-abiding who have learned that they cannot count on public servants. I'll say for the umpteenth time that police have no duty to protect individuals from the criminal acts of others." ...
 

CA: Bill to Ban Open Carry Advancing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The California Assembly is moving closer to banning gun owners from being able to carry their unloaded weapons openly in public."

"Over the last few months there has been an increase in the number of open carry rallies and meetings in Northern California. on Tuesday a committee moved closer to ending such practices."

"Several dozen protesters took to the steps of the Capitol on Monday, guns in holsters and rifles strapped to their chests. The gathering was in part a demonstration of Second Amendment rights and a protest of a bill that ... would ban carrying an unloaded weapon in public ..."

"It's an effort that doesn't sit well with some local gun owners." ...
 

OK: Gun bill sent to Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry
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"A bill exempting guns or ammunition made in the state from federal regulations would endanger state law officers, a lawmaker warned Tuesday."

"'If this bill were to pass and become law, it will make law enforcement in Oklahoma a very, very dangerous job,' said Rep. Paul Roan, a retired [OHP] trooper. 'It's going to put weapons back on the street that have been made illegal over the years."

"'This is just a bad, bad law,' said Roan ..."

"Rep. Charles Key, the House author of Senate Bill 1685 — known as the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act — said the measure is about protecting Second Amendment gun rights for Oklahomans."

"SB 1685 is on the way to the governor after it cleared its last legislative hurdle. ..." ...
 

KS: Kansas Now Allows Threat of Deadly Force in Self-Defense, and Not Just Use of Such Force
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"You wouldn’t think that it would take a statute to do this. After all, if it’s OK to kill someone to defend against a threat of death or serious injury, the lesser harm of threatening to kill someone should be fine, too."

"But last year the Kansas Supreme Court held that existing Kansas law only allowed a defense for actual use of force, which didn’t include threats ..."
 

GA: GA Bills: SB 308 Update
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"The legislative session is running down to the wire now. Sine die, the day the legislature breaks and all legislation is finished for this session, is next week, on Thursday, April 29. SB 308, in order to become law, must pass out of the Judiciary Non Civil Committee, where it currently resides, be put onto the floor for a vote, and then go to a conference committee where any differences between House and Senate versions can be reconciled. Following the conference committee, SB 308 must then go back for a vote of approval in both the Senate and the House. The General Assembly is in session today and tomorrow and will be back in session on April 27." ...
 

"Find Me The Man, I'll Find The Crime"
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"All of the serious charges against Gregory Girard have been dropped, yet he remains behind bars and denied bail until the people responsible for putting him there can devise a suitable 'crime' to justify his imprisonment." ...

"Like assistant DA DeCourcey, Judge Mori is employing Soviet legal concepts to justify undisguised violations of Girard's individual rights."

"Specifically, they are treating him as what the Soviet penal code called a 'socially dangerous' person -- a designation used to justify summary punishment of political dissidents and others deemed enemies of the state, whether or not they were charged with an actual criminal offense." ...
 

IRS purchases firearms and uses them for government greed
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"Some of you recall the IRS purchasing Shotguns that surfaced and was beamed around the Internet." ...

"But what goes unmentioned is what the IRS does with them?"

"Try this-
'IRS Special Agent Paul Muschell and a number of armed agents showed up to execute the search warrant shortly after 7 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2007, while Denise Simon was getting the couple's youngest child, 11, ready for school' Read the entire article"

"This has become current news because Mr. Simon is suing the Federal Government for wrongful death of his wife, you see she committed suicide three days after the federal officers invaded her home." ...
 

Demilitarized Brass - part deux
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"Recently, I reported on ATK's contracting with military bases for demilitarized small arms brass. Brass that, if left intact, could end up being re-used by us in Knoxville through ammo purchased from dealers like Lucky Gunner or Georgia Arms."

"Not wanting to go off half cocked, I emailed ATK, trying to gain an understanding of their definition of demilitarized. No answer." ...

"The NRA is involved now, and yesterday reported that ATK is"
"voluntarily withdrawing from contracts it made with military bases to collect and scrap once-fired small arms cartridge cases. ..."
"This comes as a result of the actions of Montana's U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester. Many thanks to them and to Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association."
 

PA: Sex-crimes unit head charged in Pa. sex assault
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"A former sergeant who headed a Pennsylvania police department's sex crimes unit is accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside a township building."

"Forty-one-year-old Michael Marren is accused of sexually assaulting a woman March 9 inside the Bensalem Rescue Squad's headquarters. He was arraigned Monday."

"Police say Marren, a part-time medic, followed the woman into a restroom and assaulted her after a night of drinking. They say the woman was found curled up and crying in a closet following the assault."

"Court documents say Marren told investigators he rebuffed the woman's advances." ...
 

VA: Police, Lawyer/Bureaucrat Intimidate and Bully Student Journalists
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"A half dozen armed cops and a 'commonwealth's attorney' barged into the student newspaper office at James Madison University in Virginia recently and confiscated 600 pictures the newspaper had taken of a 'melee' off campus where the cops used tear gas and other means of force and coercion to end what they call a 'riot.'"

"The cops/bureaucrat say they only wanted the pictures to identify people in them who might be a danger to the community. ... An alternative hypothesis would be that some of the pictures might have incriminated the police for the kind of police brutality that occurred not too long ago at the University of Maryland where a student celebrating a basketball victory by skipping down a sidewalk was beaten senseless ..."
 

CA: Bomb Probe Turns Up Vibrator
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"A California Highway Patrol office was briefly evacuated earlier this month when investigators became concerned that an arrestee might have been carrying a concealed explosive device. When officers collared Steven Ferrini on a drug charge, a search of the 60-year-old suspect turned up 'a suspicious wire, with an on/off switch' in his pants pocket. 'The wire was found to extend from the pant pocket to the subject's anus,' according to a CHP report ... Though Ferrini claimed that the wire was connected to an anal vibrator, officers became suspicious when he subsequently 'began to explain his knowledge of explosives and bomb making.' So they called in El Dorado County's 'explosive ordinance disposal' team ..." ...
 

South Africa: Right wing group busted by police
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"Police have cracked down on right-wingers alleged to be involved in a plot to sabotage the world cup."

"Officers swooped on members of the Suidlanders in various raids in Mpumalanga, Pretoria and the Western Cape."

"Investigators have uncovered two stockpiles of weapons, one of them being housed in a room at the Worcester Magistrate’s Court."

"The weapons caches contained explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition."

"One was found at the Cape home of a former Lieutenant Colonel in the old Civilian Force Commandos."

"The second was found in an underground storeroom at the Worcester Magistrate’s Court leading to the arrest of the court’s head of security who is currently out on bail." ...
 

OH: MultiGun Clinic: Discover the fun of 3-Gun shooting
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"If you've never shot a MultiGun competition, you're in for a real treat."

"MultiGun (or 3-Gun) is a comprehensive shooting sport where you must combine accuracy, speed, and power to successfully solve many different shooting 'problems' using a pistol, shotgun, and rifle."

"Targets range from point blank to 100 yards. And it is up to you to decide how to engage and complete your mission."

"This clinic is a friendly introduction to MultiGun, including rules, tips, and tactics. You're welcome to attend whether you're a novice or an experienced competitor." ...
 

TX: Women on Target comes to Austin area
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"This Saturday, April 24, we will be hosting a Women on Target clinic for new women shooters."

"After Britain and Australia banned firearms, violence against women increased. Granted, violent crime rates increased in general, but rape led the way with the biggest increase of any category."

"Meanwhile, violence against women decreased in America, where law-abiding women could buy firearms for personal protection."

"(For more information on this, see Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn't It Working?)"

"This class will take place at Schaefer Training Academy, from 9 AM to 1 PM. We will teach women the basics of handgun safety and how to shoot. Then we will move outside to the range for practice." ...
 

CO: Colorado State University gun ban isn't settled yet
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"The CU Board of Regents suffered a setback in their plans to ignore the wishes of the majority of students and ban all guns from the campus. Their ban has been struck down by the Colorado Court of Appeals for being in conflict with the Concealed Carry Act of 2003. That act included verbiage to harmonize the laws from the state level down, so that lower governing bodies like cities could not restrict weapons beyond what the state law allowed."

"The court ruling states the reason for the CCA law:" ...

"They go on to explain why the law needs to be administered on a state wide basis:" ...
 

OH: Generous Deer Hunters Double Venison Donations to Ohioans in Need 116,750 pounds of venison donated
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"Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 116,750 pounds of venison to local food banks through the 2009-10 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife."

"The 116,750 pounds of venison equals approximately 467,000 meals for Ohioans in need. Last year, FHFH collected 54,800 pounds of venison throughout the season. A total of 2,336 deer was donated this deer hunting season compared to 1,096 in 2008-09 and 418 in 2007-08." ...
 

OH: Families Afield: Apprentice Hunting License Sales Soar to Nearly 400,000
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"Plant a sapling and, in time, it will bear much fruit."

"That's the way to look at Families Afield, a program launched in 2004 by the [NSSF], U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Wild Turkey Federation to reduce states' regulatory barriers to youth hunting."

"Now firmly rooted in 29 states that have passed legislation lowering barriers to youth hunting, the program is producing bushels of new, young hunters. Families Afield's latest report shows that from 2005 through 2009 more than 388,000 apprentice hunting licenses have been sold, based on 24 states reporting their license sales numbers. As the tree grows, the yield becomes greater: An increase of 100,000 apprentice hunting licenses occurred in 2009 alone." ...
 

AR: Message to tourists with guns; don't come to Arkansas
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"Arkansas is a beautiful state, blessed with many opportunities to enjoy its scenic splendor and other attractions. However, an Arkansas vacation is not advised for the gun-owning tourist. Following are many reasons why:"
"The entire Ozark National Forest and all other Wildlife Management Areas are off-limits to firearms of any kind, unless you have an Arkansas-approved gun permit. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have deemed themselves lords over these lands and have illegally enacted firearms regulations which are stricter than gun-hating California. Southern Arkansas is a confusing patchwork of gun laws due to the Wildlife Management Areas and National Forest regulations." ...
 

AZ: Opposition to Arizona Constitutional Carry law from surprising sources
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"Now that SB 1108 has been signed into law, to become effective later this year it is interesting to hear where some of the harshest criticism is coming from."
"The Marksman Pistol Institute.
'This means now I have to watch even closer the nutcakes who wave guns in the air and act like total testosterone-filled jackasses.' - Barbara O'Connell, Owner and General Manager of the Marksman Pistol Institute SAID IN REFERENCE TO HER OWN CUSTOMERS.
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"Ms O'Connell, you certainly must have seen this from all the nutcakes who open carry without a permit here in Arizona." ...
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Submitter's Note: Not to be cynical, but aren't all these instructors going to be losing a lot of business with this law?
 

OK: UCO panel debates guns on campus
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"University of Central Oklahoma student Latoya Taylor asked what would happen if someone suddenly entered the college auditorium she was sitting in and began shooting at the nearly 200 people in the audience."

"'If somebody came in right now I want to have that same option to be able to carry my gun,' Taylor said to a panel of law enforcement officers at the Guns on Campus informational panel discussion."

"'Like how them police officers have their gun, they can shoot them and be done with it,' she said Monday afternoon at UCO. 'Instead of waiting for the police to show up we can already have them taken care of.'" ...
 

AZ: Gun ownership law properly protects citizens' rights
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"In response to Monday's editorial 'New gun law endangers everyone,' it is unfair to target responsible citizens as criminals. ... The bill signed by Gov. Jan Brewer was most likely in favor of protecting our citizens from illegal migrants from Mexico ... Also, it was passed to protect the Second Amendment. But to say that everyone is now in danger is hard to fathom. In Vermont, one of the three states that they follow the same policy as Arizona, which allows citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, the crime rate is relatively low. At the University of Utah, students are allowed to conceal their weapons on campus and inside the classroom but no accident or firearm discharge has happened. ..." ...
 

CA: Letter: 'Why I choose to open carry'
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"Readers may be unaware that it is legal in California to openly carry a holstered and unloaded firearm. Each person has his or her reasons for open carrying. I would like to share my reasons ..."

"I know CPR, not so that I can give myself chest compressions, but so that I can help someone else in need. I hope a certain percentage of my neighbors are capable of assisting me. I could call 911 ... But some situations require an immediate response, if only to buy time for a trained professional to arrive."

"The same theory applies to openly carrying a firearm. I don't carry to protect myself, but to protect my fellow citizens, to buy time for the police to arrive. And I hope a certain percentage of my fellow citizens will do the same." ...
 

DC: White House staffer Kalpen Modi -- yes, that's Kal Penn -- robbed at gunpoint in Northwest D.C.
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"Kal Penn, the actor-turned-Obama-staffer, was robbed at gunpoint in Northwest Washington early Tuesday morning ..."

"A D.C. police official told our colleague Paul Duggan that Penn ... was accosted around 1:30 a.m. ... by a gunman, who walked up to him and took a wallet and other belongings."

"It was 'a basic street robbery,' said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the department typically does not discuss victims or witnesses by name. No one was hurt in the incident, which was first reported by TMZ."

"Penn, 32, an ardent Obama campaigner, gave up his role on the hit series 'House' last year to take a job as an associate director in the White House's Office of Public Engagement ..." ...
 

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