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Random Thoughts About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Jefe Shannon Watts’ Bodyguards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"You gotta love gun control advocates. Even though not many do. Yesterday’s Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America rally in Indianapolis was another in the long, perhaps endless lines of damp squibs. Despite the group’s deep-pocketed benefactor’s political juice and financial largesse, MDA couldn’t assemble the promised anti-gun throng. Only about 50 Moms gathered a few blocks from the NRA convention to protest, well, the usual. I think 'evil gun lobby' was the theme. Whatever. MDA jefe Shannon Watts’ bodyguards were the headline attraction . . ." ..."
 

"Guns For Privileged We, Not Peasant Thee"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Evil Princess and I took a pleasant spring day walk from the NRA meeting at the convention center in Indianapolis to the Veterans Park, where the Bloomberg-financed Everytown crew was holding forth. How ironic that they would speak for diminution of gun owners’ civil rights in the shadow of a monument to those who died fighting for those rights…"

"We couldn’t help but notice the guys straight out of central casting, burly fellas with black suits, Oakley style black glasses, and most with obligatory shaven heads. One confirmed to me that they were 'private security,' and 'three or four' in number. Didn’t look quite like the 300 protesters they claimed. ..." ...
 

One Reader’s Six (Well Seven) Part NRA Improvement Guide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I have been reading (and occasionally commenting on) TTAG for some time now. I read with interest one of your entries from Friday 4/25, 'How can the NRA become less white?' Or perhaps more generally (and more accurately), how can the NRA become more non-OFWG? I decided to address this in an email rather than a comment, mostly because this response is going to be fairly long, but also because the comments seem to be running along the lines of, 'Diversity? We don’t need no steenkin’ diversity!' . . ." ...
 

Weekend Digest: Unconventional Armament Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Chinese authorities have chosen a rather unusual firearm with which to arm their police forces, a revolver that shoots 9mm. The Wall Street Journal says that several readers contacted them with doubts about the accuracy of the story due to the unusual configuration ... but the WSJ says that the unusual design is purposeful. The move to beat cops carrying guns is a recent one, and the choice of a revolver is to minimize risks associated with introducing handguns into a society that has little experience with firearms. Also, they chose nonstandard ammunition so in the event a police weapon falls into the wrong hands, it will be more difficult to feed it. Chinese authorities are going to great lengths . . ." ..."
 

Republican Ex-Gov. Tom Ridge Resigns from Everytown for Gun Safety. Why?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'When I signed on as an advisor to Everytown, I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans,' Republican ex-PA Governor and Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge told The Daily Caller. 'After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work. Therefore, we have decided that we will pursue this issue in our separate spheres.' The New York Times is buying that explanation hook, line and sinker; it makes Everytown seem hard-core and Republicans (who served under George Bush!) wimps. I call B.S. . . ." ..."
 

Militia Demonization Begins. Continues.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'We’re in a moment of critical mass. We have so many anti-government groups who believe the federal government is working against them, who believe Obama is secretly a Muslim, a communist, or not even an American.' That’s the money shot from Ryan Lenz of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in thinkprogress.com’s post Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense. Clearly, the statist left has citizen militias in their sights, working from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals playbook. Specifically, Rule 12 . . ." ..."
 

NRA wraps as debate over good guys with guns in schools resurfaces
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The National Rifle Association has capped another convention in a city that welcomed the organization with open arms, just as the debate over guns in schools has resurfaced, with a report from Purdue University that reinforces an idea the group pushed 16 months ago that ignited an anti-gun wave of ridicule and scorn."

"According to WISH-TV, Eric Dietz, director of Purdue’s Homeland Security Institute reported about research that, 'there are benefits to having guns in schools.' ..." ...
 

‘This lady’s husband was killed. She wishes she’d been able to carry’ [pics]
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"National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke reports that a group called Moms With Guns Demand Action held an event today near the NRA Annual Meetings venue in Indianapolis. Unlike the gun-grabbing Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, this organization is pro-Second Amendment."

"One speaker shared the heartbreaking personal reason carry rights are so important to her:" ...
 

[NFA] Firearms applications surge, swamp registration system
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"A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government's automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns."

"In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices." ...
 

Jerry Miculek Sets New Revolver Speed Reload Record – 16 Rounds in 4.01 Seconds (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jerry Miculek is fast. He’s been fast since before I was born, and he doesn’t look like he has any plans of slowing down anytime soon."

"In this video Jerry fires 16 rounds of 9mm out of the new Smith and Wesson 929 Miculek Series Revolver." ...
 

ShootingTheBull410 Goes 9mm Old School: Federal Hi-Shoks (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ammo auteur ShootingTheBull410 goes retro in this episode of his short-barrel 9mm Ammo Quest. ..."
 

Gear Review: Speakeasy Briefs (video available)
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"This wasn’t actually going to become a TTAG post, but I was inspired by our IGOTD winner, Dallas Archer, who chose to conceal an NAA Mini-Revolver in a very private place ... Rewind one year — almost to the day — and a new company called Speakeasy Briefs is generating funding on Kickstarter for their boxer briefs with a hidden (assuming you’re wearing pants) pocket on the front. Ideal for stashing a flask, wallet, passport, rolled up sock, 'protection.' Ah…protection. I’m fairly certain Speakeasy meant condoms, but when I think 'protection' I think of the ballistic sort . . ."

"... Can you conceal a firearm in your Speakeasy Briefs? Absolutely. Should you? Well…it’s a much better choice than Ms. Archer’s, that’s for sure." ...
 

Gear Review: JWH 10/22 Bolt and Charging Handle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’m a diehard Texan. Born here. Raised here. Converted a few of the staff to Texans. So I’m a gullible idiot for anything Texas-related. I’m also a big dweeb for .22 rifles. If there’s a fire, and only one of my rifles can be rescued, my 10/22 is going to be slugging it out for first place with my Garand. At the time of this writing, I’ve owned my 10/22 for nearly 18 years, fired uncounted rounds and shot a mess of small varmints. And thanks to writing for TTAG . . ."

"I’ve been able to keep the old girl spruced up ... Naturally, when Thuy from JWH Custom offered to ship me a custom laser engraved bolt of my choosing, I jumped at the opportunity. And when I saw that he had a 'Texas' option, my fate was sealed." ..."
 

BREAKING: Moms Demand Action Comm Director Acknowledges Moms Execs Have Armed Security
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"A little do as I say not as I do? Pretty much par for the course for the anti-gun side of things."

"Erika Soto Lamb, Comms director for Everytown for Gun Safety (includes Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action), responded to a tweet from pro-gun journalist Dana Loesch on Twitter and acknowledged something that should be surprising, but really isn’t – Moms Demand Action’s team in Indianapolis is enjoying the NRA Annual Meeting with an armed security team." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: But...but...but... I thought a gun was 257,000 times more likely to kill your entire family, induce you to go on a shooting spree and commit suicide than to ever be used in a defensive situation, plus everybody who owns one has a tiny weenie...
 

‘Smart’ Firearm Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby
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"Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. A few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers were all it took."

"Then someone snapped pictures of the address where she has a P.O. box and put those online, too. In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. 'Belinda?' the person wrote. 'Is that you?'"

"Her offense? Trying to market and sell a new .22-caliber handgun that uses a radio frequency-enabled stopwatch to identify the authorized user so no one else can fire it. ..." ...
 

Common-sense gun control still needed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"April 17 marked the first anniversary of the U.S. Senate’s failure to achieve the super-majority required to pass bipartisan legislation that could help curb the gun violence that frequents the news coming out of the Philadelphia region on a seemingly daily basis as well as the rest of the nation."

"Nearly 90 percent of Pennsylvanians supported the bill requiring background checks for all gun purchases, proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. It also had the support of Pennsylvania’s other U.S. senator, Democrat Bob Casey. All three formerly had earned high 'grades' from the National Rifle Association."

"All three found the atrocity at Sandy Hook to be a reality check in terms of gun laws." ...
 

Moms Demand Action: Emotion Wins Debates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A hat tip to joehuffman.org for pointing out the absurd in this article from ABCnews. It quotes Shannon Watts as saying the following:"
"'I think the NRA should be very afraid of Americans, who’ve had enough of the gun violence in this country and in particular moms,' Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action ... said. 'Moms are afraid our children will be taken away and in the end, I think that’s the emotion that will win the debate.'"
"So Ms. Watts believes that debates are about emotion, and apparently, questions of law should be decided by the fears of mothers rather than by facts, thought, rational consideration of reality and reasonably expected consequences. ..." ...
 

The gun supremacists’ folly
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"Have we gone stark raving mad?"

"The question is brought to mind by the gun law signed last week in Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal. You might have thought that since the United States couldn’t possibly have more permissive firearms laws than it does now, nothing more could be done to coddle the gun lobby and tip the balance of our statutes away from law enforcement. Alas, you would be wrong."

"The creativity of the National Rifle Association and other organizations devoted to establishing conditions in which every man, woman and child in our nation will have to be armed is awe-inspiring. Where imagination is concerned, the best absurdist artists and writers have nothing on the NRA. ..." ...
 

Shannon Watts: ‘We are in no way anti-gun’ (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has a message for gun owners."

"'We are in no way anti-gun, but we are about the responsibilities that go along with the right of the Second Amendment and that includes things like background checks,' she told Guns.com in an exclusive interview following a Friday press event in Indianapolis." ...
 

‘Everytown’ launches attack on politicians speaking to NRA
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"Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s $50 million gun control campaign dubbed “Everytown for Gun Safety” today launched an advertisement that targeted politicians who spoke yesterday to members of the National Rifle Association here in Indianapolis, and the nastiest may be yet to come."

"A group led by Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — which is part of Bloomberg’s multi-million-dollar so-called 'grassroots' movement against gun rights — will gather today for a media event. They will be countered by members of several pro-gun women’s organizations that will gather by the Indianapolis Convention Center, where the NRA is meeting for its 143rd annual convention." ...
 

Charles Murray: If Liberals Change Second Amendment, It Will Backfire And Militias Will Rise Up (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "CHARLES MURRAY: If by some miracle that change were made in that Amendment, it would be the biggest unintended consequence in the history of liberalism. You know what's going to happen? Every red state and a whole bunch of blue states, too. The state legislatures will create militias. And guess what? There are going to be a whole lot of people who want to be in those in those militias. There are going to be --"

"JOHN AVLON: We already have those, it's called the National Guard."

"BILL MAHER: Yeah, exactly. Thank you, John."

"MURRAY: No. If you change the Amendment, it's not limited to the National Guard. They can form other kind of militias." ...
 

Preparing For The Worst With Luxury Bunkers (video available)
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"Preparing for the worst by setting yourself up with only the best."

"As CBS 2′s Maurice DuBois reported Thursday, luxurious kitchens, swimming pools, even gyms are being added to bunkers built just in case of an emergency."

"Bomb shelters were a common site in backyards in the Cold War 1950s."

"But as one bunker promotional video shows, today’s backyard survival bunker looks more like a five-star resort, equipped with everything from an indoor pool and state of the art movie theater, to a dog run and even an interactive classroom — all underground." ...
 

AL: Homeowner in Mobile, AL Shoots and Kills Would Be Home Invader (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This story highlights the need to be prepared for violent crime at any time of the day."

"At 9am, many people are either already at work, or getting ready to leave their home and start their day. This period of transition presents opportunity for criminals."

"In Mobile, AL a suspected burglar attempted to make entry into a home in quiet neighborhood around 9am."

"Fortunately, the homeowner was able to arm himself and open fire on the suspect." ...
 

OK: Home Invader Calls Police Himself After Meeting Up With Armed Homeowner (video available)
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"The most terrifying thing a criminal can face is an armed citizen. In this case, a suspected home invader ended up having to call the cops himself after just such an encounter."

"A man armed with a large metal pipe assaulted and attempted to enter a Mountain Park, Oklahoma home."

"Fortunately, the homeowner was armed and was able to open fire on the suspect, who was hit several times."

"Despite multiple gunshot wounds, the suspect was able to make it back to his home several blocks away where he called the sheriff’s office himself, saying he’d been shot." ...
 

A Look Inside Magpul's Retro 1950's Bus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When people want to do business at trade shows, there’s usually a limited range of options. You can scurry off to one of the dark corners of the convention center, I suppose. Or some companies just have a bunch of tables and chairs in their booth, but those are usually colonized by squatters and other passers-by looking for a quick break after hours on their feet. Then there are those who erect a sort of miniature office block, but that just seems so…tacky. Magpul, though, decided that they wanted to conduct their business in a more high-class environment, elegantly restoring a 1950′s era bus to do the job . . ." ...
 

McConnell on his Continued Efforts to Protect the Right to Bear Arms
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"Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum:"

"It's great to be here."

"I'm a proud lifetime member of the NRA."

"And I've always appreciated the support you've given me over the years."

"I'm proud of my record on the Second Amendment."

"As you know, I come from a state that takes the Second Amendment pretty seriously."

"From the sportsmen and sportswomen who hunt in Kentucky's public recreation areas, to the many Kentuckians who find comfort in the protection that the Second Amendment guarantees for their homes and their families.
"These men and women understand the value of the Second Amendment - they live it." ...
 

The NRA has declared war on America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As the annual meeting of National Rifle Association members started here this weekend, the gentleman seated next to me said to settle in: 'It's mostly administrative stuff. We vote on things.' He paused for emphasis: 'It's the law.'"

"He's somewhat mistaken, of course. The NRA doesn't have any state-mandated obligation to hold an annual meeting1. What's more, the NRA has very little respect for the law. A half an hour later, at that very meeting, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre exhorted the crowd to a morally obligated vigilantism. He drew a vivid picture of a United States in utter decay and fragmented beyond repair, Mad Max-meets-Hunger Games, divided by Soylent Green:" ...
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Submitter's Note1: Actually, Ana, as a registered 501(c) the NRA is required by law to hold an annual meeting.
 

Palin: ‘Waterboarding Is How We Baptize Terrorists’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did not mince her words in verbal attacks against 'leftist liberals' and other gun control advocates, suggesting several parallels between colonial American patriots and those in attendance at this weekend’s National Rifle Association convention."

"The former Republican vice presidential candidate took several opportunities to take shots at 'hypocrites' in Washington politics, using the term 'they' throughout much of her speech against big government at the NRA’s annual convention in Indianapolis." ...
 

NRA honors Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant
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"Governor Phil Bryant has been awarded the Defender of Freedom Award by the National Rifle Association in recognition of his steadfast defense of the Second Amendment."

"The governor received the award Friday in Indianapolis during the 2014 NRA annual meeting." ...
 

NRA set to battle Bloomberg’s gun control lobby to secure support from women
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"Organizers behind Everytown for Gun Safety, the new advocacy group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, say one of their top priorities is to turn guns into a women’s issue, akin to abortion or health care, and mobilize mothers ahead of the midterm elections in November."

"Women at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this weekend said, 'Bring it on!'" ...
 

They came, they saw and they are planning ahead
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"It is the final day of the National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis; exhibitors are finding room to breathe from Saturday’s aisle-jammer and NRA members are already planning for next year’s event in Nashville, while they are still getting over last night’s big bash at the Lucas Oil Stadium featuring Sarah Palin and Lt. Col. Oliver North."

"This morning’s opening-hour crowd is not nearly as large as Saturday, but today will see standing-room-only audiences in several NRA seminars, and people will be back to check out the things they didn’t see yesterday. For much of Saturday, it was difficult to move very far in the massive exhibit hall, and several people told this column they did not get everything done." ...
 

‘We have always been the good guys’ — LaPierre
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"Declaring that National Rifle Association members 'have always been the good guys,' NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told a lively audience Saturday that 'No one fights harder, longer or stronger' than the five-million member organization."

"Addressing the annual members’ meeting at the Indianapolis Convention Center, LaPierre lamented that the character of the nation is at risk, and that the NRA is not 'out of date; we are not out of step.' It is a message he has delivered before, and with Saturday’s recitation, it signaled the launch of an effort that LaPierre promised would only end with the election of a new administration." ...
 

NRA crowd roars at famous sheriff’s suggested ’7 words to add to Second Amendment’
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"Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. was a huge hit Friday at the NRA’s annual meeting, telling attendees he’d like to add seven words to the Second Amendment."

"What are the seven words?"

"'Keep your hands off our guns, dammit.'"

"The sheriff is best known for a radio ad last year that urged Milwaukee County residents to learn to safely handle firearms to defend themselves while waiting for police, according to Fox News." ...
 

Fox News’ pathetic last stand: Cliven Bundy, Wayne LaPierre and the liberal media
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"It’s always tough when a speaker has to alter his or her address at the last minute ... For instance, imagine what Wayne LaPierre’s speech to the [NRA] leadership forum on Friday must have been before right-wing hero Cliven Bundy ... declared himself a racist cretin in front of the entire nation."

"It must have been a rousing cri de guerre summoning up the ghosts of great Americans from Patrick Henry to Wyatt Earp to Charlton Heston to illustrate the patriotism of Real Americans like Bundy. (Well, probably not Wyatt Earp — he was a notorious gun-grabber.) After all, the Second Amendment guarantees their right under the Constitution to declare the federal government illegitimate and threaten it at gunpoint. Or something." ...
 

NRA: 'Do or die' moment as moms, mayors mount anti-gun offensive (+video)
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"At its annual convention in Indianapolis, Ind. today, the National Rifle Association is warning that looming gun control threats in an election year represent a “do or die” moment for gun rights."

"Alarmist slogans in reaction to perceived threats are nothing new for the 143-year-old organization, which is widely acknowledged to wield political clout far beyond its 5 million member collective. But the 'do or die' idea may be an acknowledgement of shifting politics, as well, given feisty new opponents set to wave protest placards outside the Indianapolis Convention Center: moms" ...
 

Palin to NRA: 'If You Control Arms, You Control the People'
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"Sarah Palin rallied the faithful at the National Rifle Association's convention on Saturday, saying that they are 'needed now more than ever because every day, we are seeing more and more efforts to strip away our Second Amendment rights.'"

"'They are trying, though. You know who 'they' are?' she asked the 13,000 attendees at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, referring to the Obama administration. 'If you control oil, you control an economy. If you control money, you control commerce.'"

"'But if you control arms, you control the people,' she added. 'And that is what they're trying to do.'" ...
 

Possible GOP presidential candidates court NRA
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"Several potential Republican presidential candidates courted gun-rights supporters Friday at the National Rifle Association's annual convention, talking up their pro-gun credentials while imploring the crowd to fight not just for their Second Amendment rights but for other freedoms they say are being threatened." ...
 

GA: 'They Want To Know Who You Are, What You Have' (video available)
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"A candidate to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate has issued a warning to middle-class America about Washington’s plans to control guns."

"'They want to know who you are, what you have, and they want to know where you live,' said Derrick E. Grayson, a Republican running to succeed Saxby Chambliss.

"His comments appeared on a video that was posted online a few weeks ago but recently has started getting attention." ...
 

IN: 3 District 66 GOP candidates discuss education, role of government
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Three Republican candidates in District 66 are running against incumbent Democrat Terry Goodin for an Indiana House of Representatives seat. Goodin is unopposed in the Democratic Party."

"Political newcomers Lisa Seng Shadday and Ron Harsin and 2012 candidate for federal congressional District 6 Joe Van Wye Sr. seek to represent the district that includes all of Jefferson and Scott counties, a small part of Jackson County and part of Clark County, touching Charlestown, New Washington, Otisco, Hibernia and Marysville."

"All three candidates spoke out as pro-second amendment supporters and against common core standards in the education system." ...
 

CA: Vote June 3rd For Your U.S. Representative
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "You and our neighbors ... have a choice to make this year. Yes, we know that a Republican will be elected to fill our seat in the House ... but which Republican. Will it be the one selected for you by the Republican Establishment or the one who will serve you?"

"I'm guessing that Mimi Walters is the one that John Boehner wants. He couldn't help but notice that she has a long record as a good Republican soldier. Look at her voting record in the California State Legislature. She has consistently voted the party line. However, when it came to issues that We the People are truly concerned with, such as limitations on our Second Amendment Rights or increases in taxes, she either declined to vote or voted against us." ...
 

NY: Oil & gas industry ready to contribute millions to Astorino
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"Republican challenger Rob Astorino, badly trailing Gov. Cuomo in campaign cash, expects 'several millions of dollars'’ in windfall Super PAC funding from across the nation as a result of last week’s federal court ruling in Manhattan, GOP insiders say." ...

"Other pro-Astorino contributions are expected from Second Amendment supporters and firearms-industry executives, who strongly opposed Cuomo’s anti-gun-ownership 'Safe Act,' as well as from well-heeled social conservatives outraged over the governor’s claim that 'extreme conservatives' have 'no place in New York.'" ...
 

WI: Son of Slain Sikh Stands for Gun Control
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"Would greater controls on gun ownership save lives or simply limit freedom? It is the debate that renews after every mass shooting in the US."

"In August 2012 six people were shot dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by a white supremacist."

"Frustrated by the lack of action in Congress and what he deemed insufficient attention to the massacre by President Barack Obama, the son of one of the victims is running for Congress on a gun control platform." ...
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Submitter's Note: As a Sikh he believes he must at all times carry a weapon, a ceremonial sword or dagger called a kirpan.
One wonders how he can reconcile this with a demand that others be disarmed.
 

MN: Franken's in trouble
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"The only conclusion an honest pundit can reach after reading this letter to the editor is that Sen. Franken's re-election is in trouble:"
"'I find the silence from Minnesota Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken disturbing over the recent Federal Government abuse of power by the Bureau of Land Management over the farmer in Nevada.'"

"Franken, who has prided himself in calling for the ban of 'assault weapons' on our streets, stood by like a drunk as the BLM had almost 200 agents pointing assault weapons at normal citizens and the farmer, whose cattle were grazing on federal land (our land).'" ...
 

Inside the Beltway: Mr. Santorum finds a new demographic
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... "Mr. Santorum, 55 and the father of seven, remains unapologetic about his pro-life, pro-family, pro-faith beliefs and his traditional values; indeed, he acts on them. At the height of his 2012 presidential run, Mr. Santorum suddenly bolted from the campaign trail to be at the bedside of his young daughter, Bella, who suffers from a genetic disorder and had taken ill. He has not shied away from Second Amendment issues either."

"'A well-armed family is a safe family. A well-armed America is a safer America,' Mr. Santorum told CBS 'Face the Nation' Sunday." ...
 

GA: Georgia’s new gun law and Jason Carter’s conundrum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last week, two days before Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law the gun bill that has brought our state so much national attention, his Democratic challenger appeared before a friendly MSNBC camera."

"After the inoffensive preliminaries, interviewer Chuck Todd raised a most delicate issue for state Sen. Jason Carter and his still-young campaign for governor."

"When HB 60 passed the General Assembly last month, Carter was one of only four Democratic lawmakers to support the measure – and the sole Democrat in the Senate to do so. So why did he vote for a measure that puts more concealed weaponry in bars, churches, schools and many – if not most – government buildings?" ...
 

AZ: Arizona Governor Vetos Weapons Definition Reform
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"I thought Governor Brewer would sign SB 1366. Really I did. It seemed a non-controversial reform that de-conflicted two definitions of what a firearm is under Arizona law, making it clear that air guns are not firearms."

"Here is the story from an AZCDL alert:" ..."
 

Supreme Court Remains Silent on Major Gun Rights Case
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"On April 18 and again on April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court met in private conference to consider the latest crop of cases seeking review. According to the Court's docket, both conferences included discussion of Drake v. Jerejian, a Second Amendment case centering on the constitutionality of New Jersey's Handgun Permit Law. On May 21, the Court announced the results of its April 18 conference. There was no word on Drake. Today the Court announced the results of its April 25 conference. Once again, silence on the Second Amendment. With no action taken, the case will now most likely be re-listed for another round of debate at the Court's next private conference ..."

"These are notable developments. ..." ...
 

MA: Ruling on gun permit case
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"A marijuana possession conviction 41 years ago cannot stop a local man from obtaining a gun permit, a federal judge ruled last week, overturning Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler’s decision to deny him a permit for that reason in January 2013."

"The suit, filed in U.S. District Court by Michael Wesson along with Thomas Woods of Natick and Commonwealth Second Amendment Inc., claimed that Salisbury and Natick town officials violated the two men’s constitutional rights by denying them access to firearms based on what is now a civil offense rather than a criminal one, according to court documents." ...
 

PA: Robert Mericle Sentenced To Prison For Role In "Kids For Cash" Scandal
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"Robert Mericle, a builder of for-profit youth detention centers in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for his role in a scandal that found judges taking money to send youth to his juvenile detention facilities."

"... In addition to his year-long sentence, Mericle received a $250,000 fine and 100 hours of community service."

"Mericle was sentenced for lying about his involvement in the 'kids for cash scandal,' in which Mericle paid a total of $2.1 million for judges to send juveniles to his detention centers."

"Mericle is the last major player in the 'kids for cash' scandal to be sentenced, which also led to the conviction of the two involved judges ..." ...
 

TN: Tennessee sheriff's deputy is FIRED after he was caught on camera choking an unresisting college student until he passed out
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"A sheriff's deputy in Knox County, Tennessee has been fired after he was caught on camera allegedly choking a university student Saturday night."

"Frank Phillips, 47, was been found 'unsuitable for continued employment,' according to a termination notice posted Sunday night on the Knox County Sheriff's Office's website."

"'In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident,' Sheriff Jimmy 'J.J.' Jones said."

"'Therefore, Officer Phillips' employment with the Knox County Sheriff's Office is terminated immediately.'" ...
 

PA: No criminal charges for four Philly officers in 'Tainted Justice' cases
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"After years of investigation, federal and local prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against four Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of lying about evidence on search warrants and stealing from corner stores during raids ..."

"One of the officers was also accused of sexually assaulting three women."

"Sources familiar with the investigation said authorities cited weak witnesses and a lack of evidence as factors in their decision not to bring charges."

"The officers - who were at the heart of a scandal that shook the department five years ago - now face possible disciplinary action from the Police Department. But it is likely they will soon be placed back on the street and even awarded lost overtime pay ..." ...
 

NC: Warsaw Officer Fired After Arrest (video available)
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"The Warsaw police officer arrested by the SBI, accused of conspiring to sell Oxycodone, has been fired according to the Jones County Sheriff's Office. Deputies continue to search for another drug suspect in the case."

"Jones County deputies say Officer Lacy Ward, who works for the Warsaw Police Department, was arrested just before 5:00 p.m. on charges of conspiracy to sell and deliver Schedule II controlled substances, that being Oxycodone. She is also arrested for interfering with an investigation." ...
 

NJ: After 22 Years In Prison For A Sick Crime He Didn’t Commit, Man Will Get To Sue Cops Who Allegedly Made Him Confess
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... "In a strongly worded opinion (pdf), a federal appeals court has ruled a man has every right to sue cops who allegedly coerced him into confessing to gruesome child murders he didn't commit, resulting in him spending 22 years in prison."

"The Third Circuit's opinion revives Byron Halsey's lawsuit accusing two cops of violating his Constitutional rights by bullying him into saying he'd tortured and killed two small children. That decision overturns a lower court's decision, which found the police officers had qualified immunity from his lawsuit."

"In his decision Thursday, Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Judge Morton Ira Greenberg almost expresses disbelief (pdf) about the way investigating officers treated Halsey ..." ...
 

TX: Cuero officer charged with assault after DPS trooper wife allegedly hit by vehicle
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"A police officer has been charged with assault after his Texas trooper wife allegedly was hit by a pickup truck pulling a trailer at their home."

"Department of Public Safety officials say Cuero police Sgt. Corey Tolbert was charged Friday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury/family violence." ...
 

CA: In California, a Fevered Rush for Gun Permits
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d thrown out this state’s strict requirements for obtaining a concealed-handgun permit1 — among the toughest in the nation — by calling the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to apply for a permit he had long wanted."

"'I’m a gun enthusiast,' said Mr. Alexander, a construction contractor who lives in Fullerton. 'Crime is encroaching on our neighborhood, and I don’t feel as safe as I used to. This is adding to the police force.'"

"Mr. Alexander turned out to be the beginning of a flood. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: 1Once again the Times gets it wrong. The only thing the court threw out was the "good cause" requirement; all the other restrictions are still in place.
 

FL: Sound Off: Readers get their say about T-U editor's comments on guns
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"Readers responded by email and on Jacksonville.com to Times-Union Editor Frank Denton’s column in last Sunday’s Reason about the obsession with guns. ..."

"I have been with a variety of weapons, guns, knives, missiles, hammers and screwdrivers, just to name a few, my entire life. I have noticed that of all the potential 'weapons' that I still encounter daily, NONE kill of their own volition. Their bottom line common denominator in the violence arena is an OPERATOR, usually human in nature. It matters not how many weapons laws are generated, the violent, unstable and criminal elements of our society are not, in general, going to abide by them. This is the area that needs controls, not the weapons or the law-abiding individuals. ..." ...
 

VA: Second Amendment makes it clear
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"A better title for Rob Huffman's article in Sunday's Free Lance-Star should have been: 'My Liberal Ideology Trumps the U.S. Constitution.' Mr. Huffman's understanding of this country's founding document and the history surrounding that document is dubious at best."

"Put aside all his skewed statistics, hand-wringing emotional regurgitations and 'bile rising' in [his] throat and examine the Second Amendment's pivotal phrase: 'shall not be infringed.' In legal circles there is an oft-used phrase: 'Let the statute speak for itself.' One cannot misunderstand the founders' intent with those four words." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Thanks to the government’s past record, it is unfortunately very predictable that, in spite of the severe penalties mandated, tens of thousands of people will not comply at all (with Bill C-68). A new class of criminal will be created among harmless citizens whose previous lawbreaking may have resulted in nothing more than parking tickets. — Lee Morrison, Canadian Mounted Police

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