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Gun Control in America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Have guns become obsolete in American life, possibly an ugly reminder of violence and war? Should we grant our elected representatives the power to remove them from the public at large?"

"That is the question that Americans have faced throughout our country's history, and will continue to face for the foreseeable future. I do not think so, and can prove that it was the intent of our founding fathers to safeguard our right to arm and defend ourselves, our families and our personal property."

"... I concede the existence of well intentioned individuals, who honestly feel that there is no right to bear arms. ... The people who I find troubling are those who seek to achieve their goal of a disarmed public through deception. ..." ...
 

Politicians Wrongly Target Handguns to Stop Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is a startling disconnect between the problems many of our urban areas face and the solutions advocated by gun-control advocates. In Chicago, for example, Police Superintendent Jody Weis says the city has more guns and more gang members than almost any other city in the country. The solution, according to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley? Keep enforcing a decades-old ban on handguns." ...
 

Gun Control Leads to Militarized Law Enforcement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Already referred to as the 'U.S. gun control capital,' Chicago has banned the private ownership of handguns and rifles since 1982 with some of the most stringent gun laws in the country. The city's excessive gun ban is currently under fire in the top Second Amendment case in the country ... presently before the Supreme Court. And now, with nearly 30 years of failure and violence rising to astronomical proportions, local residents are left longing for the pre-gun control days with lower levels of violence."

"Even with such blatant facts plainly staring them in the face, officials are ratcheting up their anti-gun rhetoric and renewing calls for more drastic efforts to strip citizens of the right to bear arms. ..." ...
 

Right-To-Carry: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Of Concealed Carry on Colorado State University [.pdf file]
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"On May 18th 2003, Colorado became a 'shall issue' or 'right-to-carry' state. This meant that any Colorado resident who applied for a permit and meet all additional requirements HAD to be issued a concealed weapons permit. As part of this change was the provision that public property could not be banned from concealed carry unless specific security measures were met. No public college in Colorado meets these security requirements, so by state law concealed carry is legal on any public college in Colorado. ..." ...
 

The Second Amendment in National Parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment prohibits Congress from passing laws that interfere with a citizen’s right to bear arms. A recent amendment proposed by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to the 'Protecting Americans from Violent Crime Act' allows Americans to carry firearms into national parks."

"Two exceptions were carved out in the bill: (1) It did not allow people to carry firearms that were otherwise prohibited, and (2) It did not allow people to carry firearms if they would not have been allowed to carry firearms in their home state."

"The new law had been pushed for years by Coburn with the support of Second Amendment rights supporters ..." ...
 

Libraries have right to filter Internet, but maybe shouldn't
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week the Washington Supreme Court ruled that a public library has the right to filter adult patrons' access to the Internet. I suppose they do, though I am skeptical of Internet filters. ..." ...

"The case decided last week, Bradburn v. North Central Regional Library District, is about computers in 28 libraries ... The computers are public. Patrons' taxes paid for them. Still they are the library's and are provided to advance the library's purposes."

"If porn is all they blocked, probably no lawsuit would have happened. ... But ... Charles Heinlen of Okanogan wanted to see the Second Amendment Foundation's Web page, 'Women and Guns.' All three were blocked." ...
 

Clinton staff: "We are taking the law and bending it as far as we can to capture a whole new class of guns." Kagan wrote the Clinton ban on gun imports.
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"The Chicago Tribune's James Oliphant reports: 'According to records at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., she [SCOTUS nominee Kagan] also drafted an executive order restricting the importation of certain semiautomatic assault rifles.'" ...
 

The Myth of the Menacing Militias
Submitted by: Larry

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"Flash back to the end of March, when the authorities hauled in nine members of the Hutaree ... and charged them with plotting a mass assassination of police officers. The media quickly added the arrests to the ongoing narrative of 'rising right-wing violence,' with the Michigan-based militants cast as the leading edge of a smoldering paramilitary threat. ..."

"A month later, the Hutaree case is in a state of flux ... There are signs that the judge is unimpressed with the state's case, and she has stressed that prosecutors must demonstrate that the arrestees were guilty of an actual conspiracy to kill cops, not just loose talk. Even 'hate-filled, venomous speech,' she said, is 'a right that deserves First Amendment protection.'" ...
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What are Elena Kagan's views on Second Amendment?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "By way of comparison, her position appears practically identical to that of 'conservative Justice' Antonin Scalia. ..." ...
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Author's Note: Also see part one of my April 19 speech at the Second Amendment March in Washington DC.
 

No Ordinary Nominee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When President Obama announced his nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Joe Biden thankfully spared the nation another muttered profanity ... The rest of the country is suppressing its own outburst, for the selection of Kagan takes beltway cynicism to a new low ..." ...

"For all the attempts by the liberal fog machine to obfuscate her extremist views, Kagan is a committed liberal. ... Nor is her belief in strictly constraining constitutional liberty confined to the First Amendment. In response to questions during her confirmation as solicitor general, Kagan argued the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, like freedom of speech, enjoys 'strong but not unlimited protection.' ..." ...
 

Supreme Court nominee finds no fault with Heller decision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The President has nominated his pick for the Supreme Court to replace Justice Stevens. Elena Kagan is the Solicitor General of the United States, and, if the Senate approves, she will become the next Justice on the United States Supreme Court."

"Solicitor General Kagan has never been a judge, so her track record on constitutional issues is almost non-existant."

"Therefore, she has no written judicial opinons giving her view on the constitutional right to bear arms, as Justice Sotomayor had when she was picked for the Supreme Court from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Kagan's lack of a written judicial record has liberal activists very concerned, according to reporting from several news outlets." ...
 

A New Book Coming Soon from Michael Bellesiles
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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"History News Network reports about it (the title is 1877: America’s Year of Living Violently) and the rather pugnacious promotional campaign for it, which argues that Bellesiles' Arming America was wrongly criticized. Arming America was indeed quite rightly condemned, including by our own Jim Lindgren, and Bellesiles rightly lost his Bancroft Prize, and his tenured Emory University position, as a result of the scandal. That the publicity campaign is so inaccurate is unfortunate; but it is certainly possible that the new book itself might prove to be sound, and I look forward to hearing more when the book is actually out. ..." ...
 

Praxis: Strategy and tactics in one paragraph -- "Killing the enemy on the most unequal terms possible."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Read this in the hospital while awaiting my HBO 'dive' today. It says it all. Especially if you keep in mind that it is the tyrant's offensive war makers and war planners who are the most morally justifiable of all possible retaliatory targets. As Junger says, after they open the ball, kill THEM 'on the most unequal terms possible.'" ...
 

'Gun Disassembly 3D' Review — Second Amendment, Meet the App Store
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Less of a game and more of a demonstration of each and every working part in 5 different handguns, Gun Disassembly is a technical app with an extraordinary amount of detail in both the included weapon models and their many animated parts."

"To begin, there are two handguns to choose from, the Colt 1911 and Glock 17. Selecting one of these enables you to view a complete demonstration of the gun being completely disassembled and then re-assembled. The demonstration and the game component itself is set around a 3D model of the weapon, with the camera able to zoom and pan around various components. ..." ...
 

NSSF Provides Free Videos to Help Educators Teach Firearm Safety and Conservation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation has launched an online campaign offering free educational videos about firearm safety and wildlife conservation to teachers and school administrators across the country."

"A longtime leader in promoting firearm safety and conservation education, NSSF is pleased to report that just several days into the campaign more than 4,500 DVDs have been ordered by educators, reflecting their strong interest in teaching students about these important subjects." ...
 

Terrorism Scary, Guns Not
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of these days, terrorists are going to figure it out."

"So it turns out that Faisal Shahzad, the accused terrorist suspect in the failed Times Square bombing case, must have attended Pakistan's Beavis and Butthead School of Bomb-making. ..." ...

"The one thing that Shahzad and the perpetrator of the last solo terrorism attempt have in common is they both have links to Anwar al-Awlaki ... But al-Awlaki's last fifth columnist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, managed to kill 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, before being captured."

"The difference is, Hasan used guns." ...
 

NRA: Allow terrorism watch list suspects to buy firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People who are on the federal government's terrorist watch list can't fly on airplanes. But they can buy guns."

"Why? Because the National Rifle Association says denying them the right to buy guns is a denial of their Second Amendment rights. There are more than 1 million people on such watch lists, the NRA says, and many of them are there by mistake. Just because they are a suspect doesn't make them a terrorist, the NRA says, any more than being on Sen. Joe McCarthy’s 'communist' list in the 1950s made somebody a real communist."

"Clever parallel, but it doesn't hold up ..."

"Being told you can’t buy a gun might be an inconvenience. It isn't a life-ruining experience ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Not a "life-ruining experience"?!? If this law passes and I am on the list, then the next time I go to buy a gun from a dealer, I will be denied. Tedious, yes, but it gets worse. Since I actually am a 'prohibited person', I have committed a felony by attempting to purchase a weapon. Alarm bells go off, a little research shows that I have a permit to carry and a whole bunch of guns, so the S.W.A.T. team comes knocking on (down?) my door some fine night. The first thing they'll probably do is shoot my 60 pound Lab/Shepherd mix who will go charging to the door to greet whoever is coming in. And the first thing I do when someone shoots my dog is to shoot back. Now, please explain to me how this is not going to be a "life-ruining experience".
 

No guns for terror suspects: Ths time, Congress can't back down from the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Who could favor selling guns to terrorism suspects? The National Rifle Association."

"In 2007, the Bush administration backed a bill by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., to let federal officials block sales of weapons and explosives to people on a terrorist watch list. The NRA charged that it 'would allow arbitrary denial of Second Amendment rights based on mere 'suspicions' of a terrorist threat.'"

"With Democrats and Republicans alike too gutless to take on the NRA ... Sen. Lautenberg's bill went nowhere. The issue has resurfaced because Faisal Shahzad ... last March bought a Kel-Tec Sub Rifle 2000 for $400 from a Connecticut gun shop. ..."

"He was not on a terror watch list when he bought the gun ..." ...
 

Dads Say: 500 Kid Gun Deaths No Biggie
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We just couldn't believe the response to the momlogic article we wrote last year, wherein we listed the horrific incidents of children accidentally killed by firearms in the U.S."

"One statistic in our piece was utterly heartbreaking: 'More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots.' Now a website, Damnum Absque Injuria, claims that since the U.S. population teeters at over 300 million, '500 is a statistical zero.' What's worse is that the site comes to this conclusion using what they call 'dadlogic.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well you must have come to your 500 children a year figure through lyinglogic, because to reach that figure for 1999 - 2006 you must include "children" up to age forty-three! Using the more generally accepted figure of age 13 for a cutoff, the accidental death rate is almost one-tenth of the claimed five hundred. 57 accidental deaths a year is awful, but more than 6,300 children accidentally drown each year, so where would our energies be better directed?
 

Don't let suspected terrorists buy guns and explosives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a triumph of law enforcement and counterterrorism ... the events at Times Square last week renewed the national focus on the threat of terrorism. ... [T]he timing would seem ripe for proponents of America's forceful antiterrorism policies to be trumpeting their successes. But instead, a funny thing happened in Congress last week: Republicans developed a sudden concern for the rights of suspected terrorists."

"The right in question was that of the second amendment ... When confronted by Senator Frank Lautenberg’s proposed legislation that would prevent those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns and explosives, members of Congress and advocacy groups jumped to the defense of due process and individual freedoms ..." ...
 

SC: A gun took his son
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If anybody would be a natural to want to attend the National Rifle Association's convention this week in Charlotte - or a Second Amendment rally Thursday in Fort Mill - Peter Krenn would seem to be that guy."

"In 1998, Krenn's 16-year-old son, Erik, was dropping off a buddy on Rock Hill's South Jones Avenue when four guys carjacked Erik."

"Erik was shot with a Saturday Night Special handgun, and died. Among them, the four scoundrels got 120 years in prison."

"Certainly, Peter Krenn has spent the last dozen years carrying around a licensed pistol as he readied for a fight with villains, right?" ...

"Wrong."

"Peter Krenn remains steadfast in 2010 ... that guns are part of the problem." ...
 

NYC's Bloomberg in London to view transit CCTV
Submitted by: Larry

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"New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Britain's capital in a fact-finding mission Tuesday in the wake of the thwarted Times Square bombing, visiting centers where experts monitor a vast network of security cameras — one of the largest in the world." ...

"An estimated 4 million closed circuit television cameras operate in Britain, and some civil liberties campaigners have warned the country is becoming a surveillance state."

"Bloomberg acknowledged what he called 'very serious' concerns about civil liberties and the use of surveillance cameras. But he said the threat of global terrorism had forced authorities to make adjustments." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yes, Mayor Smirking Fascist is FORCED against his better nature to try to take away individuals' rights.
 

TN: Woman dead, pair sought in home invasion attempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A botched break-in this morning turned into a gunfight that left one would-be robber dead and two more on the run, authorities said."

"Deputies arrived at Rustic Circle just after 1:30 a.m. to investigate a shooting call, Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin said. They found a woman's body lying in the road ..."

"She'd been shot through the throat, the sheriff said."

"The woman had knocked at the door of Scott and Penny Knight, claiming she had car trouble and asking to use the phone. Scott Knight became suspicious and fetched a .22-caliber pistol ..."

"When he opened the door, at least two armed men tried to force their way inside."

"'They started shooting, and he started shooting,' the sheriff said. ..." ...
 

SC: Attempted Robbery Ends in Shootout
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cherokee County deputies are investigating a shootout that happened at Sonny’s Restaurant on Highway 29 just outside of Gaffney."

"Officials said the gunfire erupted as the three attempted robbery suspects were about to leave the restaurant at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The suspects were shot by two employees, who were armed with guns. They were taken to local hospitals." ...
 

WA: Charges, more revelations in Port Orchard slaying
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "When this column explored the shooting yesterday ... included was the language of our state's lethal self-defense statute, the one that details justifiable homicide. Finlay's apparent statements to police investigators evidently portrayed the incident in a way that did not meet the requirements of the statute, compelling the Kitsap County prosecutor to file the charge after the county coroner formally ruled Axthelm’s death as a homicide."

"The shooting has set off a spirited discussion on at least three forums where yesterday's column was posted ..." ...

"The key question remains unanswered."

"What was Axthelm doing in Finlay's apartment at 3:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning? ..." ...
 

NC: Attempted robbery in Salisbury ends with 3 shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "According to the police investigation, Adams had been standing outside in the front yard of his home at 529 N. Ellis Street when he was approached by three masked individuals. Two of the individuals were armed with handguns."

"The masked individuals began going through the pockets of Adams' loose fitting pants, which caused the victim's pants to fall down. Adams fell to the ground to grab his pants, and a concealed handgun that he was carrying fell onto the ground."

"After seeing that Adams had a gun, the two armed suspects immediately opened fire on Adams. None of the shots made contact with Adams."

"Adams told police he returned fire as the three suspects fled while exchanging gunfire. ..." ...
 

FL: Sarasota pharmacist shoots robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pharmacist Frederick 'Jerry' Pireaux shot a robber on Friday at his shop on Bee Ridge Road, the second time he has pulled his pistol and fired at someone trying to steal drugs."

"'I never saw Jerry grab the gun,' said Mike Hull, a friend who was behind the counter, chatting with Pireaux at about 4:30 p.m. 'It happened just so fast. I just heard bang, bang.'"

"The drug store, Bee Ridge Pharmacy, has two counters, one in front with the cash register. ..."

"The robber was at the register, Hull said, and showed a clerk the gun, demanding oxycodone and yelling at her that she had 30 seconds."

"The clerk turned and headed to the back of the store ..."

"Then Hull and the clerk both ducked as Pireaux fired." ...
 

CO: Will CSU be safe for students now?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I appreciate accolades from the choir, but I treasure the comments of those who are not convinced, but read my column. One such lady responded to my last column on CSU rescinding their ban on concealed carry on campus by licensed persons. She expressed fear for her daughter's safety if she now were to attend CSU:"

"sue smith says:
"'My daughter was planning on going there. No longer- we hate guns, and don't give me the 'it's for their protection'. You people and your second amendment rights-it is about time this amendment was amended. WA is also becoming like the old wild west and what century are we in? ...'" ...
 

WA: Public reaction to Port Orchard shooting reveals distrust of 'system,' misunderstanding of law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Public reaction to a fatal early-morning Saturday shooting in Port Orchard is largely in favor of the shooter, a 72-year-old man who was arrested for investigation of manslaughter."

"The man he shot, 22-year-old Donald Axthelm, was found dead a short distance away from the older man's residence ... According to published reports, the older man was awakened at about 3:30 a.m. by noises in his home, so he grabbed a pistol to investigate. He confronted a 'young adult male' in the living room, there was a struggle, and the older man apparently managed to force the burglar outside and fired at him as he fled. Now the older man is in the Kitsap County Jail on $100,000 bail, and many people are furious ..." ...
 

Satire about anti-gun 'terrorism' hysteria almost too true for humor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We have talked a great deal recently ... about proposed legislation to close the so-called 'terror gap loophole.' ... Even reliably 'pro-gun' Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is not ruling out supporting this appalling attack on civil liberties."

"Discussion of this issue is not, of course, limited to my fellow Gun Rights Examiners and me, though. Readers can find articles and opinion pieces in the Washinton Post, the New York Times, and ScrappleFace. Er . . . 'ScrappleFace'?"

"For those unfamiliar with it, ScrappleFace ... is a satirical 'news' site, with the sharp end of the satire generally directed toward the left side of the political spectrum. Thus . . . (with my emphasis added)" ...
 

Will 'pro-gun' Sen. Vitter jump on anti-gun 'terrorism' hysteria bandwagon?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Thursday, we talked about proposed legislation ... to empower the Attorney General to unilaterally deny gun sales to anyone he claims to suspect of being involved with terrorism. The proposed legislation barely bothers with the most cursory of nods to due process. We followed that up on Friday with a discussion of the fact that blatant unconstitutionality aside, this measure would do nothing to reduce would-be terrorists' firepower.

"What remains to be discussed is just how likely the passage of such legislation is. ..."

"The difference here is the 'terrorist' bogeyman, and the power of hysteria about terrorism to scare the people into surrendering their rights. ..." ...
 

PA: Phila. Police Officer Losing Job After Shooting Story Doesn't Add Up
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"A 21-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force has been suspended with intent to dismiss. Police officials say he has admitting fabricating a story about a holdup in order to explain a gunshot wound of his shoulder."

"Police commissioner Charles Ramsey says Sgt. Robert Ralston confessed about 4am Tuesday morning ..."

"Ralston, 46, suffered a graze wound of the shoulder on April 5th. He originally told investigators that he had been approached by two men who tried to hold him up ..." ...

"Police say that based on gun powder analysis they determined the bullet wound was self-inflicted." ...

"Ramsey says Ralston will not face criminal charges: he was offered immunity in exchange for his confession." [emphasis added] ...
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KABA Note: We feel certain that this officer did not receive special treatment. Any Joe Shmoe off the street would have been offered immunity after shooting himself and filing a false police report. /sarcasm
 

Keeping guns from terrorists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Friday, the NRA-ILA ran a story about the latest U.S. Senate hearing for S.1317 and H.R.2159, which would 'prohibit the possession of firearms by people on the FBI's 'terrorist watchlist'.'"

"Many people might wonder why anyone would be opposed to keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists, but that's not really what the issue is here."

"The FBI claims the only people on the list are those 'known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity.' The FBI website about the watch list admits that U.S. citizens are on the list and also states that it 'cannot reveal whether a particular person is in the [list].'" ...
 

Legislation attacks a basic American right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gail Collins' column and the Lautenberg bill it supports are as fatally flawed as the FBI's terrorist watch list. The Terrorist Screening Center has been and still is adding names to that list with no investigation beyond those names coming up in uncorroborated, uninvestigated reports of suspected terrorism supporters, sympathizers and participants."

"The list now contains more than 1.1 million names, many with multiple entries and misspellings, and almost all are completely innocent of any crime. It has included 4-year-olds and nationally known figures, and it took years for those victims to get their names off the list. Nelson Mandela and his family were not removed until 2008 after intervention by members of Congress." ...
 

More on how anti-terror laws threaten our Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In my article last week, Will the terrorism 'watch list' strip citizens of their 2nd Amendment rights?, I wrote about how a U.S. Senate committee outlined plans to deny gun rights to anyone on the terror watch list and how that threatened all U.S. Citizens."

"While I've been working on more Michigan based gun rights articles, St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hoffmann has been following the national story. Read his series of articles for more on why this proposed expansion of the 'watch list' should worry us all." ...
 

NJ: Hoboken advised to fire police lieutenant suspended since 2007 scandal after lawyer reviews his role in January incident in Tampa Airport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A special legal counsel to the city has recommended that the suspended police lieutenant at the center of the infamous SWAT Team scandal of 2007 be fired."

"But not for posing with Hooters waitresses holding police weapons ..."

"Special legal counsel Thomas Portelli was hired in February specifically to examine the circumstances of a Jan. 18 incident at Tampa International Airport ..."

"Andriani allegedly grew irate after the flight crew was allowed to board a New Jersey-bound plane before him."

"According to TSA officials, Andriani displayed a badge and said he was a police officer. As a suspended officer, Andriani wasn't even supposed to have a badge, officials said. No charges, however, were filed." ...
 

What do (those goofy?) Libertarians believe?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm Rachel Hawkridge, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Washington. I also sit on the Libertarian National Committee. I'm both the most conservative person you'll ever meet, and the most liberal. I'm a grandmother and political activist whose issues include Anti-War, the Second Amendment ..." ...

"Firearms for free, peaceful people
It’s not the legal user/owners of firearms who commit crimes. When I open carry my revolver into my bank, most of the employees realize that very few people intent on crime carry their firearm openly, without covering their faces."

"Our Second Amendment was a method of making sure that we were never again defenseless against a tyrannical government. ..." ...
 

NV: For these U.S. Senate candidates, happiness is a warm gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'D. Boon Kilt a Bar, 1803'"

"-- Daniel Boone, probable forgery"

"From the sound of the shots emanating from the hunt for Harry Reid's U.S. Senate seat, the woods are full of patriotic frontiersmen."

"You can't swing a coonskin cap without encountering a Senate candidate holding a 12-gauge for a photo opportunity or reminiscing about their limitless -- if previously little known -- love of guns, hunting and the sacred Second Amendment. It's getting so intense I hear the Las Vegas Review-Journal is considering sending In the Outdoors columnist C. Douglas Nielsen on the road with the candidates." ...
 

NY: Gun Owners For Carl (Paladino)
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Hot off the email comes the announcement of a new group, 'Gun Owners For Carl,' which is 'focused on informing voters of Paladino's position on the right to keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

Christina Jeffrey Is Packing … (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

We were forwarded a video (above) of S.C. Fourth Congressional District candidate Christina Jeffrey discussing the Second Amendment and God bless her bat sh*t crazy, Rudy Giuliani-lovin' ass but on this issue she's dead right …

The Second Amendment wasn't put in the Bill of Rights to protect our ability to hunt, it was put there to protect our right to "take the power back," yo. That may not be politically-correct to say, but it's accurate.

Now … is Jeffrey still a loon? Absofrigginlutely … although we're not going to call her one while she's brandishing an AK-47. Well, at least not until after we've "Manchurian Candidated" her …
 

CA: Morale, guns, immigration top sheriff's debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the race for sheriff enters the final stretch, the real difference between incumbent Sandra Hutchens and her two opponents depends on whether one believes the Orange County Sheriff's Department is on the road to healing or Armageddon." ...

"However, one federal issue that falls smack in Hutchen's lap is the Second Amendment right to bear arms and her control over concealed weapons permits."

"Hutchens interpretation of gun permit laws is narrower than that of Hunt and Hunter – each of whom has said they would hand out more permits than the current administration." ...

"And that's exactly why Hutchens insists she is more qualified to be sheriff: She says she is willing to take hard, unpopular positions." ...
 

NY: Schuyler County Leaders Oppose State Anti-Gun Legislation
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The Schuyler County Legislature is voicing concern over proposed state legislation to crack down on firearms.

Legislators passed a resolution Monday, opposing at least a dozen anti-firearms bills making their way through the State Legislature.

County Chairman Tim O’Hearn says the fear is that the proposed legislation would infringe on civil liberties and the Right to Bear Arms.

The Inter-County Association of Western New York is expected to pass a similar resolution at its meeting Friday.

The association represents 19 counties and about three million people.
 

CA: Growing Opposition to AB 1934
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"Termed out State Assembly Member Lori Saldana, has introduced a bill that would further reduce the ability of law abiding Californians to carry a firearm for personal protection. The bill, AB 1934, would outlaw unloaded open carry in public places. AB 1934 has generated a considerable amount of opposition from gun-rights groups ..."

"Now, the Republican Liberty Caucus of California, has joined the fight against Saldana hoping to lay AB 1934 to rest. The libertarian leaning Republican organization has an event scheduled today where members plan to exercise their 1st Amendment rights to protect what they recognize as every individuals 'natural right of self-defense.'" ...
 

CA: Anti-gun bills are oppressive
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"Mark Twain is credited with having said: 'Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.' Surely AB 1810, AB 1934 and AB 2223 fall into that category. These legislative proposals do nothing to keep us safer. Rather, they are calculations to hinder and badger honest gun owners, hunters and businessmen."

"The cost in dollars and time, for the state and private sectors, in the present economic environment, is foolhardy and unjustifiable. AB 1810 expands additional registration requirements, in direct violation of Second Amendment rights. California politicians want to place another layer of costly bureaucracy on already documented firearms. ..." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma open carry law in danger of veto
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"I promise, I'm not even going to touch the 'wild west' subject."

"The Tulsa World is reporting Governor Brad Henry is now waffling on signing HB 3354, the Open Carry bill."
"Gov. Brad Henry said Friday that he has concerns about an open-carry gun bill sent to him for consideration…"
"Even though he 'hasn't had time to review the measure', he is saying he is unsure whether he will sign it or not. Governor Henry says the Oklahoma State Trooper Association opposes the measure due to safety reasons and he is apprehensive:" ...
 

OK: Open carry and the elite media of Oklahoma
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"The major media outlets in Oklahoma are doing their best to fight the war against conservatism in the state, and open carry is the new battle front. The weapons the press is using in this skirmish are two of the most powerful icons in the state: Gene Stipe, a former legislator for 51 years, and the Oklahoma State Troopers Association."

"Gene Stipe was loved by many in southeastern Oklahoma during his service, and his power of persuasion may still have an affect on them. He has one problem, however; a U.S. District Court has found him mentally incompetent, and he is the biggest political crook in Oklahoma history. Stipe's thoughts on the open carry law?" ...
 

Gun control is synonymous with citizen control
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"What if I said the government, at a whim could change your life. Not for the better but, exhaustively ruin your life, pushing you beyond the limits of what you could imagine another human being doing to you, let alone agents of the government."

"What if I say it happens, ruthless manipulating thugs with badges and guns that are above the law could turn your world upside down. Even worst the media would join in the quest to bring you down to your knees, you feel like you can no longer endure the attacks."

"You feel abandoned, everyone you know has been questioned and told you were guilty, they were even ordered to no longer associate with you." ...
 

From crisis to crushing of liberties, happens just that fast
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"You may have read about the Sheridan Police and how they harassed me and my family, you may also know that I would not comply with their request for identification since they performed an illegal stop. This isn't my just my opinion, the basis in which a police officer cannot detain, search and seize just because a person is armed has been upheld by the courts time and again." ...

"... Jesus Gonzalez a U.S. Citizen that was abused by the same ones that are sworn to uphold the constitution, he was not only arrested for merely having a gun, according to court documents the police retained his property for 10 months before returning it and that was only after a court order." ...
 

TN: Spring Hill Police chief, assistant chief, resign; investigation under way
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"The top two officers in the Spring Hill Police Department has resigned and an investigation is in progress."

"But City Administrator Victor Lay said he was not at liberty to describe the nature of the investigation. He confirmed that officers of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were involved."

"Chief John Smith, who has held the post since 2005, turned in his resignation this afternoon, Lay said. Assistant Chief John Roberts resigned last week."

"Lay said Roberts’ resignation letter said he was leaving the department for personal reasons." ...
 

IA: Allamakee County Sheriff expresses concerns with Iowa's new concealed weapon permit law
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"Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed into law Senate File 2379 Thursday, April 29, ... changing Iowa from a 'may-issue' state to a 'shall-issue' state. Prior to the Governor's signing, ... Allamakee County Sheriff Tim Heiderscheit, at the suggestion of and with the support of the mayors and police chiefs of all Allamakee County municipalities, [proposed] a county ordinance banning concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol, a control that was in place in Allamakee County prior to the recent legislation, when each county sheriff established his own county's guidelines for issuing permits." ...
 

IN: Squadrito Receives Large Settlement From The City
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A Fort Wayne woman who sued the city after being accused of stealing an item from a restaurant gets a sizable settlement.

Lori Squadrito received $23,000 in damages from the city of Fort Wayne, and $3,000 from Frickers restaurant.

Squadrito claimed officers Scott Morales and Doug Haskell violated the fourth amendment against illegal search and seizure in October of 2007 by entering and searching her home without a warrant, using excessive force and failing to read Miranda Rights.

Morales later apologized for his actions, and was suspended for three days in April, 2008.
 

VA: Another Dumfries officer suspended
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"Yet another high-ranking and long-serving Dumfries police officer has been placed on administrative leave."

"Sgt. Aracelis 'Sally' Marcano Worley, who has been with the department for 22 years, was suspended with pay on Thursday pending an ongoing internal investigation, according to Dumfries Town Manager Kimberly Alexander."

"Alexander did not give the reason for Worley's suspension."

"Worley is the fourth Dumfries officer to be suspended since mid-March. She is part of the four-member command staff of the department that includes the chief, captain and another sergeant." ...
 

Russia: Officer dies scratching his nose with gun
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INVESTIGATORS believe a young Moscow cop died after scratching his nose with his loaded gun.

The Moskovsky Komsomolets reports the 23-year-old policeman, who was not named, was found under a desk with a head wound. The investigation ruled out a murder and there was no note that would indicate suicide, the paper said.

The alarm was raised when a supervisor couldn't reach the policeman by phone. A locked door was broken down and the man's body was located, the paper said.

Pravda said the victim had been serving in the police force since 2007. He was single and had not visited the staff psychologist. He was reported to be in good spirits on the day of the accident.
 

IL: Gun 'buy backs' and math, Chicago-style
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"The Chicago Tribune reports that another gun 'buy back' in the city has brought in over 4,000 guns (including BB guns and replicas)." ...

"I've made no secret of my skepticism about the efficacy of these efforts, but they remain popular with the anti-gun crowd, despite the lack of evidence that they accomplish anything useful. Perhaps with the idea of coinciding with Mother's Day weekend (with the 'Million' Mom March having somehow tied citizen disarmament to motherhood), this weekend has seen such programs not only in Chicago, but also L.A. and Brooklyn."

"But back to Chicago, where as is generally the case with 'gun control,' things aren't adding up." ...
 

KS: Friends of NRA banquet achieves goals
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"A variety of organizations with gun programs will benefit from an auction Saturday sponsored by the Friends of the NRA."

"About 80 gathered at the Pratt Area 4-H Center on the Pratt County Fairgrounds to bid on numerous items and take part in chances for other items related to hunting at the first such event in Pratt."

"The goal of the evening was to raise money for the National Rifle Association Foundation that is in turn offered to gun programs in the form of grants, said Deb Kolb, South Central Kansas Friends of NRA who helped sponsor the event."

"J.A. Knight and Sons, Larrison’s Mortuary and Quint Liquor helped underwrite the event catered by 54 Diner." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association leaders speak at Second Amendment Town Hall
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"On April 28, the Dublin Republican Club of Northwest Columbus sponsored a Second Amendment Town Hall meeting in Dublin, OH."

"Guest speakers included Col. Danny Bubp, a State Representative from the 88th District; Linda Walker, Buckeye Firearms Association Central Ohio Chair and winner of the NRA's Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award; Ken Hanson, Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair and winner of the NRA-ILA's Defender of Justice Award; and Patrick Cherry, coach of The Ohio State University's rifle team." ...
 

OH: Another city nullifies gun ban under statewide preemption; City of Cleveland still in violation of the law
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"Even as the City of Cleveland continues to enforce its local gun control laws and waste tax payer money to fight state law prohibiting same in court, the City of Newark, OH is taking another route entirely at a council meeting to be held tonight."

"Ohio R.C 9.68 - which became law in 2007 with passage of HB347 - preempts local gun control and ensure statewide uniformity of gun laws. When it became state law, Mayor Frank Jackson and the City of Cleveland decided to challenge the law in court, and continue to enforce its illegal gun control ordinances despite assurances to the contrary." ...
 

MI: Michigan State Police report shows about 1 in 43 state residents has a CPL
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"A new Michigan State Police report shows that in the almost nine years since Michigan's 'shall issue' concealed carry law was enacted 227,468 Michigan residents have taken advantage of the law to obtain a Michigan Concealed Pistol License."

"The latest Census data puts the Michigan population at 9,969,727 residents. This means that statewide about 1 in 43.829 people has a Michigan CPL. That works out to approximately 2.28% of the total state population." ...
 

CA: Emeryville's police chief on the open carry movement
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"The Northern California Militia is an example of a growing movement by private citizens to arm themselves. So what do law enforcement officials think about militias like that? We asked Emeryville Police Chief Ken James, who thinks the California militia is getting it right."
"KEN JAMES: In my opinion the Second Ammendment was written to provide the ability of normal citizens to band together and form an army just like these militias are doing. So I believe the militias are totally supported by the Second Ammendment."
"James, however, says there's another group of private citizens who have the wrong idea about the Second Amendment. ... It's called 'open carry,' and participants openly carry unloaded firearms in public." ...
 

SC: Gun rights rally in Fort Mill
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"Gun rights advocates and Republican political candidates will come together Thursday for a rally in support of the Second Amendment."

"York County Republicans are hosting the 5 p.m. event, which will be free and open to the public at Life Pointe Community Center ... next to Knights Stadium."

"It's part of the festivities surrounding the National Rifle Association's national convention this weekend in Charlotte."

"Candidates for state and local offices each will get 90 seconds to share their views on the Second Amendment, which reads: 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'" ...
 

NC: NRA heads to Charlotte
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"The last time the National Rifle Association came to Charlotte, then-NRA president Charlton Heston thrust a musket in the air and shouted what would become a signature slogan: 'From my cold, dead hands!'"

"Now the NRA is back."

"The city's largest-ever convention opens Thursday at the uptown Charlotte Convention Center. Organizers expect up to 70,000 visitors to pump at least $20 million into the local economy. So packed are hotels that even Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps had a hard time finding a room for this weekend's UltraSwim."

""It's bigger than anything we've had," said Moira Quinn of Charlotte Center City Partners." ...
 

FL: Second Amendment Sparks New Radio Show
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"Noel Flasterstein, a Tampa criminal and civil attorney, said his idea for 'The Gun Show' evolved after a 'high stakes' court case."

"'My dog had been missing for about three days then I discovered that someone shot my dog about 12 feet in front of the door to my back yard fence. Whoever did it was clearly trying to gain entry undetected into my house to cause me harm. As an attorney, I always thought I should get a gun for protection; now I know from experience that having a firearm for personal protection is a must.'"

"Flasterstein's colleague, and noted civil rights attorney, Luke Lirot, is an avid listener and firm supporter of 'The Gun Show'." ...
 

NY: Remington Arms Company & Empire State Development Announce Expansion at the Remington Arms Facility in Ilion NY
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"Freedom Group's COO, Joseph B. Gross, today announced that the Remington Arms facility in Ilion, New York, will add 100 manufacturing jobs as it relocates certain production from its Marlin factory in North Haven Connecticut. The 194-year-old Ilion Firearms Plant, which is the Mohawk Valley’s largest employer and the nation’s longest continuous manufacturer, will receive $5.9 million in building improvements, equipment and machinery investment over the next two years. ..." ...
 

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