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Defense of slavery decisions points to ultimate need for armed citizenry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Anti-gun Oregon Democrat State Senator Chuck Riley says the Supreme Court was 'right for the time' for upholding the enslavement of blacks as Constitutional. His comments came after questioning by gun rights advocates who were attempting to understand his rational for supporting citizen disarmament edicts, and was recorded by videographer 'LaughingAtLiberals.'"

"'But that wasn't the end of it,' blogger Gateway Pundit noted. He embedded a second video, where Sen. Riley and his staffers were unable to explain how the 'universal background check' edict would work at stopping violent criminals, or do anything besides provide a registration list of gun owners." ...
 

Ohio’s Criminal Background Check System Doesn’t Work. And?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'The computerized background-check system operated by the [Ohio] Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the office of Attorney General Mike DeWine has been troubled for years, sometimes indicating that thousands of criminals have clean records,' dispatch.com reports. 'Thousands of police officers and employers rely daily on the criminal background check system that DeWine describes as 'critical for the safety of Ohio families.' The system is used to vet school teachers, foster parents, medical professionals, police officers, firefighters, day care and nursing home workers and gun owners seeking concealed carry permits, among many others.' So how bad is it? . . ." ...
 

Mayberry Revisited: Does God Hate Guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "I believe that guns–like books, and pencils, and power tools–have moral neutrality. Guns can be used for good (protecting one’s home, fending off an attacker, preventing a rape) or for evil (demanding a man’s wallet on the street). Similarly, pencils enable communication, or they poke out the eye of that kid you don’t like in math class. Power tools help in construction of a new shed, or–if you’re Leatherface in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre–you use power tools to murder and maim others." ...
 

Gear Review: Norman Gray’s Top 5 AR-15 Iron Sights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In my time, I used iron sights on my military issued M-16A2 simply because EOTech and Aimpoint didn’t exist. Fast forward 26 years and every civilian shooter, soldier and law enforcement officer has one on their rifle. It’s truly amazing the technical advancements we have made in that time, but shooters don’t often learn from history. As tough as these sights may be, they are still man made devices and prone to malfunction or breakage and in a worst case scenario, bullets and shrapnel can severely shorten their lifespan. It’s these times when we can still rely on old fashioned low tech to get us through these unforeseen events and still be effective on the battlefield . . ." ...
 

Kimber on Gun Control: Quotes From Heated Debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Kahr Firearms Group relocated its corporate offices in 2013 after the [SAFE Act] was passed, blaming the law's restrictions for the decision. 'Why take a chance when we can be in a state where they're not looking to cause us any problems?' Frank Harris, Kahr's vice president for sales and marketing, said in an article ..."

"American Tactical Imports also left the state in 2013, moving to South Carolina, saying ... 'It is imperative that a firearms importer and manufacturer do business within a state that is friendly to the Second Amendment rights of the people.'"

"More strict gun-control laws from New York could force out the remaining firearm manufacturers according to Tom King, the president of the [NYSRPA] ..." ...
 

David Hemenway: The science on guns is settled
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After the Sandy Hook tragedy, reporters often called me to ask for information on firearms. They wanted to know whether strong gun laws reduced homicide rates (I said they did); and, conversely, whether permissive gun laws lowered crime rates overall (I said they did not)."

"I discovered that in their news articles journalists would write that I said one thing while some other firearms researcher said the opposite. This 'he said, she said' reporting annoyed me, because I knew that the scientific evidence was on my side." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: If by "science" you mean "agenda-driven propaganda," and if by "settled" you mean all challenges will be suppressed and disparaged, then yeah, there's nothing further to talk about.
 

Tom in Oregon (in South Africa): The Hunt for Black Death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After a long day and a half of travel, we all agreed to sleep in on the first day at the lodge. Jeff and I awoke at around 10:00 local time. We headed to the range and fired a few rounds to make sure the rifles were still good. Fortunately, the padded travel cases did their job and the sights were on. Then it was off into the bush . . ."

"Apparently, it has been raining off and on recently and everything was lush and green. The trees have all their leaves and haven’t started to drop even though it’s now fall here. This will make hunting a bit difficult." ...
 

DoJ to Monitor Arkansas “Muslim-Free Zone” Gun Range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last year, Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, officially declared her establishment to be a 'Muslim-Free Zone'. Apparently, the entrepreneur from the Natural State was concerned that Muslims were a threat to her safety as well as that of her patrons. On making the announcement, Ms. Morgan said she believed that '[I]t will cost me everything I have to fight for this.' In the months after her announcement . . ." ...
 

Senator: VA Denying Vets Their Constitutional Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The Department of Defense (DOD) has also gotten into the act and is hiring outside independent contractors to declare veterans and even active duty personnel 'incompetent' in order to strip them of their Second Amendment rights. When the VA sends a letter to veterans telling them that they are about to be declared incompetent they are given 60 days to respond but the DOD’s outside contractors have given many veterans just five days to respond."

"The horror stories don’t end there. Veterans have been threatened with the withholding of and loss of benefits if they appeal, have been hauled to hospitals for involuntary psychiatric holds and had their guns and ammunition seized without warrants." ...
 

SC: South Carolina House Passes Imperfect Constitutional Carry Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For out-of-staters with licenses to carry firearms, South Carolina has been a bit of an outlier in the old south. While the other states in Dixie tend to recognize out-of-state licenses rather freely (and in many cases, regardless of whether a reciprocity agreement exists) the Palmetto State has kept the number of out-of-state licenses it recognizes to just two-fifths of the other states in the Union. It’s unclear at first glance why this is the case. ..." ...
 

NC: Stand up for your 2nd Amendment rights before Wednesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"... Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. Such appears to be the case with HB 801. It is the classic liberal 'we've got to feel like we're doing something to help' when actually what they are doing is making a blow against law abiding citizens' fundamental rights—such as their Second Amendment rights."

"The summary is simple. The bill takes away a person's right to possess a gun or ammo if someone has taken out a civil 'no-contact' order against the person. Recently, in our neighborhood one of our neighbors took out such an order against another neighbor in a dog dispute. Anyone can take out such an order against anyone whether there is just cause to do so or not." ...
 

OR: Oregon state senator says he didn't mean to suggest slavery was ever 'right for the time'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"State Sen. Chuck Riley, a Hillsboro Democrat, got in a heated confrontation with gun rights activists this weekend in which the lawmaker said some things about slavery that he wishes he had worded differently."

"Riley, who cast one of the crucial votes in favor of a bill to expand Oregon's criminal background checks on gun sales, wound up being featured in a YouTube video titled, 'Democrat senator says slavery was 'right for the time.'"

"'Obviously, I don't think slavery was ever right,' Riley said Monday. 'I never had time to say that because of all the yelling.'" ...
 

OR: We Are Very Close
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The House vote on the liberty smashing, privacy invading, woman attacking SB 941 will happen any day. It could be as soon as this Wednesday."

"Republicans plan to introduce alternatives (minority reports) and this might slow it down, but not by much."

"We are heading into the home stretch on one of the worst anti-gun bills in the country. If 941 passes, it will make it illegal for someone to leave a firearm in your safekeeping unless they first conducted a background check on you." ...
 

NY: Amish Farmer: Cuomo’s SAFE Act Discriminates Against Us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Amish farmer in New York claims that he and other members of his faith are being discriminated against by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act."

"The SAFE Act requires a National Instant Criminal Background Check on all gun purchases. All buyers are required to have a background check and to present photo identification."

"Many Amish refuse to have photographs taken of themselves for religious reasons."

"This provision of the SAFE Act affects the Amish way of life—which for many includes farming and hunting—since it prevents them from legally obtaining firearms." ...
 

SC: Bill would enhance concealed-carry rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "As the primary cosponsor of the ... South Carolina Second Amendment Empowerment Act (H. 3025), I was proud that it passed the House vote 90-18. The bill, as now amended, allows South Carolina concealed weapon permit-holders to carry in 27 states (instead of the current 20) and opens South Carolina’s door to recognize a CWP issued by any state of the Union. Additionally, the amendment authorizes every law-abiding South Carolinian who meets the requirements to legally purchase a firearm to carry concealed without a permit in South Carolina. This empowers every law-abiding citizen to freely exercise their Second Amendment rights. This bill will also receive its third reading and should move on to the Senate this week." ...
 

TN: Another Second Amendment Victory, This Time in Tennessee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (shown) was mayor of Knoxville in 2009, he supported gun restrictions in city parks, but since then he has had a change of heart. On Friday he signed into law a bill that invalidated an older law prohibiting gun owners with permits from carrying concealed in parks across the state."

"Haslam is a living, breathing example of former Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen’s famous dictum: 'When I feel the heat, I see the light.'" ...
 

NH: Real Facts About NH’s Constitutional Carry Bill from an Active Duty Policeman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Next week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will consider SB 116, Constitutional Carry."

"We only have a few more days to make our views known to legislators. Please use the information below to contact your State Representatives and urge them to vote SB 116 'ought to pass'."

"We have told you about people who have been denied licenses even though they are legally allowed to own firearms, we have told you about the sudden change to the application form by the Department of Safety and of course, we have made it clear that law abiding, peaceable people, should not have to grovel to a government bureaucrat to exercise a constitutionally protected civil right." ...
 

US Court Upholds Chicago Suburb's Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A U.S. appeals court Monday upheld a Chicago suburb's assault weapons ban that had become a focus in the statewide debate over gun control, though a dissenting judge sharply criticized the majority opinion."

"In a 2-to-1 decision, a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago concluded the city of Highland Park's 2013 ban does not violate the Second Amendment, saying municipalities ought to have leeway in deciding how to regulate firearms."

"'If a ban on semi-automatic guns and large-capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that's a substantial benefit,' the 12-page majority opinion says." ...
 

NC: SAF Wins Preliminary Injunction In North Carolina Resident Alien CCW Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment Foundation has won a preliminary injunction against a North Carolina statute that requires a person to demonstrate American citizenship prior to obtaining a concealed carry permit in a case involving a permanent resident of Granville County."

"SAF filed this lawsuit on behalf of Felicity Veasey, an Australian citizen who is a legal permanent resident. While it is legal for resident aliens to possess firearms and even carry them openly in North Carolina, they may not obtain a concealed carry permit because of the citizenship requirement. Federal District Judge Terrance W. Boyle handed down the five-page ruling." ...
 

PA: Indictment: Redstone Township officer lied about slugging suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Pennsylvania police officer has been indicted on charges he deprived a suspect's civil rights by slugging the man in the face and lying in an attempt to justify his actions." ...
 

MA: Former Ipswich police officer sentenced to two years probation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Ipswich police officer was sentenced to two years of probation on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to charges that he assaulted a fellow officer and damaged a screen door during an off-duty encounter in October 2013."

"Under an agreement reached with Essex County prosecutors, Peter E. Nikas, brother of Ipswich police Chief Paul A. Nikas, agreed not to work as a police officer again, remain alcohol free, and complete a batterer intervention program." ...
 

FL: Bradshaw attempts to defend deputy in shooting of Dontrell Stephens
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "WPTV and the Palm Beach Post did a thorough investigation in how quickly Sheriff Bradshaw comes to the defense of his deputies, even before an official investigation has been completed. ... The WPTV investigation found numerous inconsistencies in statements made by Bradshaw after shootings which could easily lead one to believe there have been widespread corruption at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to protect deputies. ..."

"Dontrell Stephens' attorney has shown that Lin fabricated evidence, a fact that was ignored by the State Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's internal affairs office. ..." ...
 

CA: California: Orange County Sheriff Responds to NRA-CRPA Letter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As we recently reported, following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals order to rehear Peruta, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens decided to abandon her policy of accepting self-defense as 'good cause' for a CCW and to revert back to her pre-Peruta policy, requiring individual applicants to articulate and document a heightened individualized safety concern to be issued a CCW license ..."

"The Sheriff’s announcement of this policy change stated that all individuals currently in the application process would be required to resubmit their 'good cause' statements under the new higher standard, even those who had already been determined to have 'good cause' and were nearing the end of the application process." ...
 

CT: Doesn't Like Englehart's Criticism Of CCDL
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bob Englehart's cartoon on the [CCDL] [April 23] was offensive to me as a law-abiding gun owner and sportsman, as well as the thousands of Connecticut residents who are as well."

"I have had a Connecticut concealed carry permit since I left the Marine Corps when I was 21 years old. I rarely carry, if at all. It is my right, however, ... to have the ability to defend myself and my family as well as pursue my interests in shooting sports as a member of a local marksmen's association."

"If Mr. Englehart does not like guns or anything gun-related, I would suggest to him that he spend some time with those who are involved in legitimate firearms events before he paints us all with the same extremist paintbrush. ..." ...
 

OR: Anti-gun folks can't be neighbors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Once again, The World newspaper and Sharon Ramirez are spouting their usual anti-gun garbage! The World claims that most people support the useless anti-second amendment bill. I would like to see proof of that!"

"Ramirez ran off a list of who she did not want for neighbors, I too have a list of people I do not want for neighbors, starting with Ramirez , Zimmerman, the editorial staff of The World and many more anti-gun people who refuse to respect the Constitution!" ...
 

DE: Adopt Australian gun control laws (third letter)
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"When most Americans think of gun control, they think of an America where only the bad guys have guns, obtained illegally. But, gun control, which is a good idea, doesn't have to be like this."

"Just look to Australia, which has had gun control since 1996. Australia banned automatic and semi-automatic weapons while heavily regulating all other firearms. Since that time, many of their gun related statistics have been reduced, such as gun-related crime (which dropped about 50 percent) and teen suicide (in general, not just with guns). Australia also has one-tenth the number of gun murders per capita." ...
 

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Our Founding Fathers were proud that Americans were trusted with arms because they knew that only when people are armed could they truly be thought of as free citizens. And that's where the circle closes. Those who want to deprive you of your right to keep and bear arms are intending to deprive you of your freedom, period. Like the criminals their policies encourage, these elitists know that it is always best to disarm victims before you enslave them. — Charley Reese

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