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'Four star model of sensible gun laws’ does nothing to protect lives on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Police on Wednesday were investigating a shooting at a Northern California university parking garage as a murder-suicide that left three people dead, including the suspected gunman,' the Associated Press reports." ...
 

Is AARP Anti-Gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I hate junk mail. Junk mail comes in many flavors – there’s those newsprint things with ads from the discount stores and supermarkets (they make excellent kindling for my grill, so at least they have one redeeming feature). There's the come-ons from credit card companies, car dealers, et cetera. And then there are the direct mail solicitations that come, courtesy of data-mining some database or other that I’m on. These typically drive me nuts, because I’m not buying what they’re selling. Case in point – missives from the American Association of Retired Persons, a.k.a.: the AARP. They are the nation’s biggest advocacy group for 'seasoned citizens' and apparently, they hate guns as much as Bloomberg and Brady combined." ...
 

Gun owners need to step up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm a firm supporter of the Second Amendment. I don't think anyone who has read my work previously has a lot of doubt about that. I’m not one of those luke warm supporters either, but a died[sic] in the the wool 2A kind of guy. You won’t hear me touting 'sporting purposes' as a reason to keep some guns legal, but instead hear me say 'the Second Amendment doesn’t care what kind of gun it is'. However, we gun rights supporters have an image problem that we need to work harder to fix." ...
 

New Gun Day: ArmaLite AR-50 A1 50 BMG
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What’s the best day? New gun day. The good folks at ArmaLite have generously provided an AR-50 rifle in 50 BMG for me to play with. LuckyGunner is providing some ammo. And play I will . . ." ...
 

MAG 80 Experience Pt 1
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In early 2010, I had the epiphany: I needed to bite the bullet. I needed some heavy-duty gun training. I did some asking around. I was overwhelmingly directed to Massad Ayoob and his entry-level MAG 40 course. The four-day class focused on the legal aspects of shooting in self-defense, as well as core handgun skills. By week’s end, my brain was so full I had couldn’t understand a single example of 'common sense gun control' that didn’t involve safety, accuracy, legality and self-defense. In short, I was hooked. After a few months practicing what Mas preached I was ready for more . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Timney AR-15 Triggers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Walking down the aisles at the NRA Convention, the Timney Triggers booth caught my eye for one very specific reason: a gigantic banner above their booth proclaiming that they produced 'The World’s Finest Triggers.' I couldn’t resist. 'You make the best triggers, eh?' I asked. 'Yes, we do!' the representative behind the table responded. 'Prove it!' I retorted. 'No problem! Give me your address' he replied. Two weeks later a package arrived on my doorstep, courtesy of Timney Triggers." ...
 

Doctors, groups clash over asking patients about firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three states are considering laws that would penalize doctors and other health care providers for asking patients or their parents whether they have a gun at home."

"The [NRA] and other pro-gun interest groups argue that doctors violate patients' Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms by inquiring about gun ownership. Doctors say they ask only because of safety concerns. Prohibiting them from asking about guns likely violates the First Amendment, at least one constitutional law expert says." ...
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Submitter's Note: Horse Hockey! If "safety" is their true concern doctors needn't ask about guns in the home, they should tell all parents to teach their kids gun safety (see "Long Battle Against Guns Began with a Son’s Death" below).
 

WI: Want to Pack "Heat"?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "If SB 93 is signed into law, the gun-carrier in our scenario above could not be arrested unless he were found to be legally barred from owning a gun, such as a convicted felon or someone adjudged insane. The proposed change woiuld reduce the risk of carrying a weapon for the purpose of robbery, intimidation or even murder for first-time would-be offenders. Does that make you feel safer yet?" ...
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Submitter's Note: No, I don't "want to pack 'heat'", I want to carry the most effective and safest self-defense tool in existence.
 

CA: Long Battle Against Guns Began with a Son’s Death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "After finishing a class assignment ... [Kenzo] called his father for permission to go to a friend’s house. A few hours later, his father received another call: Kenzo was at Children’s Hospital in Oakland."

"The bullet went through my son’s shoulder and into his heart,' Griffin Dix said, 'and killed him.'" ...

"... Griffin has helped transform the dialogue about guns in California from being centered on Second Amendment rights ... to one focused on personal tragedies and consequences." ...
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Submitter's Note: Anything to avoid facing the fact he failed his parental duty, by not teaching his fifteen year-old son basic gun safety, leading to the boy's tragic, but preventable, death.
 

WI: Wanna feel safe? Guns for everyone!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here's what I don't get. If concealed carry is such a good idea and is going to make us all safer, why exempt government buildings where lawmakers work?"

"Or schools for that matter. Think how much safer the kids will be if someone with a gun happens to be around if trouble breaks out in the lunch line or third-hour study hall. You know, it takes a vigilante to raise a child." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yep, just like the Appalachian School of Law, the Pearl MS High School, the Edinboro PA school . . . Think how much safer the students were because someone was there with a gun . . .
 

VA: Police will not charge person in Virginia Beach shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shawn Ross is dead and police say the person who shot him won't face any charges because it was self defense."

"'You can't use deadly force to defend your property but if someone comes into your home with a gun that's an immediate threat to your life. If you feel your life is in danger and if you have a gun you are allowed to defend yourself,' says Officer Adam Bernstein." ...
 

GUNRUNNER: ATF agent tells Fox News ‘Violation of our mandate took place’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Blockbuster charges against management of the [ATF] that the agency violated its own mandate with Project Gunrunner have been leveled by outspoken ATF Agent Jay Dobyns in an interview with Fox News’ senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano."

"'What happened in Project Gunrunner,' Dobyns told Napolitano, 'is that a violation of our mandate took place. We are told by Congress to stand in the way of violent crime and to prevent guns getting into the hands of criminals and during Gunrunner, ATF did exactly the opposite of that and armed the enemy.'" ...
 

MO: Legal self-defense coming to 21-year-old Missourians?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of the 49 states that do not outright ban defensive handgun carry, Missouri makes would-be applicants wait the longest. Only in this state must would-be applicants wait until their 23rd birthday before becoming eligible to apply for a concealed carry permit. Yesterday, the Missouri State Senate took a major step toward righting that wrong, by passing HB 294. ..." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Constitutional Concealed Carry SUPPORT SB93
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three Lies Being Told by Politicians"

"Lie: 'If we push for Constitutional Carry, we’ll get nothing.'"

"Lie: 'We support Constitutional Carry, but it’s not the political reality right now.'"

"Lie: 'The permit-to-carry bill will give you 'special benefits' (If you consider being registered in a Department of Justice criminal database 'special benefits' this statement is actually true)." ...
 

OH: House Speaker says Restaurant Carry bill could be sent to Governor next week, and that Kasich has assured him he will sign it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that House Speaker Bill Batchelder has received assurance from Governor Kasich that Ohio's Restaurant Carry legislation will get signed." ...
 

WI: Conceal Carry Debate Underway in Madison
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A hearing has begun in a packed committee room at the State Capitol in Madison where police officers, sheriff's deputies and people who live in Wisconsin will get their chance to speak about the issues of the potential legalizing of carrying concealed weapons." ...
 

IL: An Open Letter to Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein (D)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear State Senator Silverstein:"

"As the Rabbinic Director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, I was consulted over the controversy you created surrounding the use of a Jewish Star of David in the Illinois based Gun News newsletter. I write to you as a fellow Orthodox Jew." ...
 

Obama Appoints Gun-Grabber John McConnell as a District Judge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"President Obama is now 20 for 20 in 2011 district court judicial appointments following the May 4 Senate confirmation of John McConnell -- an avowed opponent of the Second Amendment -- to the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island." ...
 

The District of Columbia vs. District of Columbia v. Heller (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Washington Times editorializes against Washington, D.C.’s continuing refusal to respect the Second Amendment in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller:" ...

"As the editorial notes, the Second Amendment Foundation and victorious Heller and McDonald v. Chicago lead attorney Alan Gura brought suit against the District this week in order to set this ridiculous matter straight. Considering D.C.’s blatant disregard for the Second Amendment and Gura’s impressive legal record on behalf of gun rights, I don't imagine this one will end very well for the District's Second Amendment opponents." ...
 

NJ: NJ2AS Files Lawsuit As Part Of Operation Establish Compliance To Gain Access To NJSP’s Firearms Application Guidebook
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New Jersey Second Amendment Society has filed a lawsuit in Trenton, NJ to gain access to the New Jersey State Police’s Firearms Application Guidebook."

"When the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) asked its members and supporters to list the problems that law-abiding gun owners face in New Jersey, the fact that many municipality police departments routinely violate the law when issuing firearms permits ranked at the top." ...
 

CA: New Video Showing Alleged SFPD Misconduct Released
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released a video Wednesday that he said shows police officers improperly searched the room of a man at a Tenderloin residential hotel during a December drug bust and took a duffel bag full of items out of his room that was never accounted for afterward."

"The surveillance footage is the latest in a string of videos released by Adachi since March that he said shows police misconduct."

"Dozens of drug and robbery cases have been dropped due to the allegations ..." ...
 

FL: Copwatch Member Facing 6 Years In Prison After Videotaping Police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"John Kurtz, the founder of Orlando Copwatch, was arrested on New Year’s Eve after attempting to videotape a police investigation in public." ...

"Considering that everybody agrees that Kurtz was videotaping that night, it should be easy to prove his innocence or guilt in this case."

"The problem is, the videotape and camera have apparently gone missing." ...
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Submitter's Note: It's amazing how often these sorts of videos get "accidentally erased" or "lost". It's a good idea to have a covert backup camera.
 

CA: Vietnamese students gets $90,000 in lawsuit against US cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Vietnamese student in California has been paid US$90,000 in compensation for being violently beaten up by police officers two years ago ..." ...

"On September 3, 2009, four police officers of the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) used a stun gun and baton to repeatedly hit an unarmed Phuong on suspicion of brandishing a deadly weapon and allegedly resisting arrest."

"Earlier, Phuong had allegedly threatened to kill one of his roommates with a steakknife during a dinner time altercation."

"During the arrest, another roommate secretly used a cellphone to videotape Phuong's arrest as he was beaten up by police officers." ...
 

LA: NOPD officer pleads guilty to raping his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just as his alleged victim, the 13-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend, was sworn in to testify, former New Orleans police officer Christopher Buckley pleaded guilty this morning to raping the girl." ...

"The victim, now 15, had been sworn in and was preparing to take the witness stand when Buckley decided to take a plea. In all, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of forcible rape." ...
 

WI: Officer Shoots, Kills Man's Dog (video)
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AL: Alleged excessive force by Lanett Police officers
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... "Woody said he was sitting on the front porch when the officers pulled up and asked him to come to their car. Woody said he walked over to try and explain the situation, but before he could even finish the officers tackled him to the ground."

"The alleged victim said, 'Kneeing me, kicking me, fractured my ribs, a bunch of contusions. A bunch more scars, several places bleeding, minor little scrapes and bruises on that though. But the whole time I was telling them when they were doing it to me...I turned myself in. I am asking them why are ya'll doing this to me.'" ...
 

MN: Ex-Duluth cop accused of swindling mother guilty on all counts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Five years after he was charged with financially exploiting his mother, and after an earlier jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case, a retired Duluth police officer was found guilty of all seven charges brought against him." ...

"An investigative auditor with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the state attorney general’s office alleged that Campbell took $107,686.29 from the savings and checking accounts of his mother ..." ...
 

MO: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Unidentified St. Louis County Cop
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... "A County officer who’d been assigned to a local high school the school as a “school resource officer” decided he could best be a resource to the public education system by making sure his gun was shiny and clean."

"Only one problem. The mystery officer evidently has never been schooled in safe gun handling practices. Predictable zaniness ensued when the gun 'accidently discharged' (shazam!) sending hot lead through the wall into the nurse’s office next door." ...
 

CO: CSPD officer arrested for child pornography
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Colorado Springs police officer has been arrested for child pornography possession."

"Sergeant Steve Noblitt with the Colorado Springs Police Department released a statement saying 30-year-old Josh Carrier has been placed on indefinite administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation." ...
 

CA: CHP officer arrested in Target store thefts
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"A California Highway Patrol officer has been arrested for allegedly stealing an Xbox gaming system and other merchandise on four separate occasions from a Target store in Vacaville, police said Wednesday." ...
 

CA: Former Detective Running Brothel As Well As Drugs
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"There are new allegations against the former head of the Contra Costa County drug task force. In addition to charges of selling drugs, he's now been accused of running a brothel out of a Pleasant Hill business park."

"Private investigator Chris Butler claims in a 34 page report that he and former Contra Costa County narcotics officer Norman Wielsch ran a brothel on Gregory Lane called 'My Devine Skin.' The two were once on the Antioch police force together. Recently they were both charged with selling drugs taken from the police evidence lockers." ...
 

KY: Former Whitley sheriff pleads guilty to extortion, drug, conspiracy charges
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"The former sheriff of Whitley County has admitted he was an illegal drug user and dirty cop much of his eight years in office."

"Lawrence Hodge, who left office at the end of 2010, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to three felony charges — conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to distribute pain pills and conspiracy to launder money." ...
 

CO: People without guns (first letter)
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"In the letters to the editor in the May 6 Gazette, Gerald Smith was dismayed at the NRA’s position on gun control issues. He could not understand why the National Rifle Association resisted the tightening of the rules on gun ownership. He asks why citizen hunters, recreational shooters and people who want to defend themselves need ammo clips with 31 bullets plus assault weapons." ...
 

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