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Not Above The Rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you go the the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence's website today, you will see a blue hole where their Twitter feed used to be. The reason is that their Twitter account has been suspended due to a violation of the terms of service. In other words, by using Twitter to 'out' bloggers and, more importantly, reveal their personal information including home addresses, Ladd Everitt and CSGV broke the rules and are now paying for it." ...
 

Why does CDC's 'zombie apocalypse' preparedness list omit guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised a few eyebrows Monday, when Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan posted, on CDC's official Public Health Matters blog, 'Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse' (expect slow/difficult loading of the web page, which is apparently drawing vastly heavier web traffic than CDC is accustomed to dealing with). Here's what CDC recommends having on hand when the flesh-eating dead arise:" ...
 

Gear Review: Cree “Tactical” LED Flashlight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Remember back when Mag-lite was the last word in aircraft-grade aluminum illumination? Those old incandescent Mag-Lites weren’t any brighter than ordinary flashlights, but their indestructible machined-aluminum bodies made them the choice of police, private security, Elvis and burglars. They were 'tacticool' before people had a chance to learn to hate that word. The longer D-cell Mag-lites resembled aluminum billy clubs; they delivered a more devastating blow than any Monadnock PR-24 police baton ever could. Despite their size and weight, however, they still weren’t all that bright." ...
 

Ex-NYPD top cop Bill Bratton pushing for overdue ban on assault-weapons ammo clips
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Cops protect us, but for National Police Week, it's time we protected them, too."

"Former New York top cop Bill Bratton has joined forces with the city's Citizens Crime Commission to support the ban on assault-weapons ammo clips that have been used in virtually every mass murder since 1984." ...
 

Muzzling Doctors Who Ask Questions about Gun Safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine that your 16-year-old daughter has been bullied mercilessly in school, but hasn’t talked to you about it, or spoken about her suicidal impulses. One day, she is brought by ambulance to your local hospital emergency room, having made superficial cuts on her arms while in school. The emergency room physician tries to call you at work, but your cell phone isn’t picking up. The doctor begins her evaluation of your daughter, including an assessment of all relevant risk factors for suicide. Now imagine that the doctor believes she is forbidden by law from asking your daughter whether there are guns in your home — despite the fact that firearms in the home markedly increase the risk of gun-related suicide.1" ...
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Submitter's Note: What's the phrase I'm looking for . . . Oh yeah: Liar! Liar, Liar, L I I A A R R!. The law does nothing to prevent doctors from addressing gun safety, it only prevents them from asking patients if they have guns, and was prompted by a physician who refused to continue seeing a patient who would not answer a question about guns in his home.
 

Chicago's Daley a hypocrite to the bitter end
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Having retied from office on Wednesday, May 18, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley remains a monumental hypocrite to the bitter end and his request for publicly-financed armed bodyguards proves it, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said recently."

"As Daley prepared to leave office, a Washington Times editorial bared the anti-gun Democrat's hypocrisy. For years, Daley has had armed bodyguards protecting him at the same time he has worked fanatically to deprive his Chicago constituents and every other citizen in Illinois the same level of security, by pushing every crazy anti-gun scheme he or his colleagues could dream up. Now he wants that same privilege to carry into retirement." ...
 

CNN's Piers Morgan Battles with Ted Nugent on Guns, Says Second Amendment Almost Killed Gabby Giffords
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight has been such a parade of celebrity interviews it’s almost made Larry King Live look like a hard-news show. But on Wednesday night, Morgan interviewed Ted Nugent and pounded him repeatedly and personally, especially insulting him as a 'draft dodger.' He also suggested he was homophobic and not compassionate toward the poor."

"Morgan naturally picked a big fight on the Second Amendment, which he declared 'the reality is you end up with what happened to Gabby Giffords in Tucson.' Morgan insisted to Nugent, 'Eighty people a day die in America from gunshots.' Nugent replied, 'Kiss my ass...You are playing the idiot’s advocate.' ..." ...
 

Great Guns - Why does it need to be all or nothing?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I realize that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a weapon, and I agree with that. However I feel that with gun ownership comes certain responsibilities. I also believe that there should be some reasonable limits in what type of guns people can own."

"Let's face it, a gun, at its core, is built to kill something. By its very nature it is a danger to others. To limit this danger people who want to own and carry a firearm should be required to take training on that weapon and how to safely us it. We require training before you can drive a car, why is training before you can carry a gun so different?" ...
 

IN: What Did Pharmacist Jeremy Hoven Do Wrong?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Say Uncle says 'just say no' to Walgreens for saying 'say what?' to pharmacist Jeremy Hoven. The drug store chain fired Mr. Hoven after he defended himself during an armed robbery. ... It’s easy to depict Mr. Hoven as a gun rights hero. According to heraldpalladium.com, he warned Walgreens about the security threat, jumped all through the necessary hoops to get a concealed carry permit and only used his weapon in self-defense. More specifically, Hoven said 'he knows of no specific Walgreens policy barring employees from carrying lawfully concealed weapons at work.' Which doesn’t mean there isn't one. And there's Hoven's first mistake: not knowing whether or not he was allowed to carry at work. Here are three more . . ." ...
 

DEA seizes ‘50 to 60’ AK-style firearms ATF ‘scrambling’
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "DEA has the guns and ATF is reportedly scrambling to take possession of the guns from DEA to avoid further bad publicity." ...

 

Richard Milhous Obama: A modest proposal for a cure-all to every Obama administration victim's problems -- The Gunwalker Scandal.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Are you a GOP partisan worried that your current crop of pygmy presidential aspirants isn't up to snuff? You don't have to worry about growing them, just cut Obama down to size with a scandal demonstrating the greatest abuse of federal power ever."

"For all their Obama aches and pains I propose one prescription that will take the pain, and Obama, away -- successful prosecution of the Gunwalker Scandal criminals." ...
 

CBS affiliate parrots ATF talking points, completely ignores Gunwalker
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "You're right in the thick of things in Texas--you're a frickin' CBS affiliate, for crying out loud--and this is the best you and your bobble-head talking point-parroting anchors can come up with? Not a word about 'Project Gunwalker'?" ...
 

DEA Phoenix reported to have stumbled across 50-60 "Fast & Furious" Kalashnikovs. ATF scrambles to contain their gift that keeps on giving.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sipsey Street has confirmed through sources in Arizona and Washington DC the following allegation:"
"Within the past few days DEA in Phoenix was survielling what they believed to be a dope load. A traffic stop was executed. The haul was not drugs but instead 50 to 60 AK-47’s, wrapped in cellophane and intended for Mexico that were purchased during Fast and Furious. DEA has the guns and ATF is reportedly scrambling to take possession of the guns from DEA to avoid further bad publicity." ...
 

Gunrunner fallout: CCRKBA’s Gottlieb fires off stinging letter to Lieberman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Stunned by yesterday’s revelation by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) that he supports a proposed requirement to report multiple long gun sales to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by southwest states gun dealers, gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb has fired off a blistering letter to the senator that urges him to investigate the ATF instead." ...
 

VA: Minchew enters Delegate race in 10th district
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a campaign marked by uncertainty due to shifting election districts and multiple candidates, one of Loudoun’s longtime heavyweight political figures has thrown his hat into the ring for the newly created 10th district seat in the House of Delegates." ...

"... Minchew also reassured conservative voters of his stance on social issues. He described himself as pro-life and a strong proponent of gun rights under the Second Amendment. He also expressed his appreciation for the limiting effect of the Tenth Amendment and its limitation of federal powers to only those articulated in the Constitution." ...
 

Police and Congressional Majorities Seek National CCW Reciprocity (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The right to carry a concealed firearm around the country is a prime political issue,' gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today."

"'Congress should take immediate definitive action on this matter,' he added."

"Snyder said nearly 80 percent of America's top cops as well as over half the U.S. Representatives favor such a bipartisan initiative." ...
 

Federal gun legislation would greatly expand who qualifies as mentally ineligible from owning a gun
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"Recently introduced federal gun legislation would codify and greatly expand the definition of those barred from owning a gun because they suffer from broad, umbrella-like definitions of mental health problems. Mental health advocates, however, say legislators reacting to “deranged” people going on shooting sprees are 'completely missing the point.'" ...
 

OK: Oklahoma’s Parking Lot Expansion Bill Survives House and Senate Conference Committees (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cam Edwards talks to Oklahoma State Representative John Enns on the recent passage of the Oklahoma Parking Lot Expansion bill." ...
 

WY: Revenge Of The "Ruling Class"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Once one wades past all of the hysteria, it becomes apparent that the single element of the WyWatch inquiry which generated so much resentment was its demand for accountability. For years, public officials in the Cowboy State have remained relatively unaccountable to the citizenry, with the sole exception being a necessity to steer clear of any frontal attacks on the Second Amendment. But apart from that, a wholly self-serving and autocratic Republican Party has coalesced over the years, and has been relatively free to drift inexorably left, delving ever deeper into bureaucratic bloat and governing excess, all under the rubric of Wyoming being America’s 'most Republican' (and presumably most 'conservative') state." ...
 

OK: Bennett responds to state chamber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) answered this week allegations made by the State Chamber of Oklahoma that he has 'voted against good legislation….'" ...

"Bennett said The State Chamber also opposed open-carry bills he carried this year."

"'I’ve been told that the Second Amendment bills and pro-life bills weren’t allowed to come to a vote because they were 'anti-business,' Bennett said. 'When a legislator says something is 'anti-business' they always mean The State Chamber opposes it." ...
 

Oregon ‘high’ court: Medical pot users can have CCW permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Oregon Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that people who use medical marijuana cannot be denied concealed weapons permits, noting that there is nothing in the 1968 federal gun control act that specifically preempts a state’s concealed carry licensing statute."

"However, marijuana advocates should not get too excited about this, because the ruling does not clear the way for pot users to buy or possess firearms. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Or does it? The portion of the Federal Gun Control Act cited by the court, 922(g)(3), prohibits possession by anyone "who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance ...;". But someone with a prescription for medication is arguably not "an unlawful user", and the legal definition of addiction specifically exempts "medically warranted purposes."
 

Anti-Gun Nominee Defeated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'[Liu's writings] suggest a deeply-held commitment to the view that the Constitution can mean pretty much whatever a judge wants it to, that judges can just make it up as they go along.' ~ Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) comments on the Senate floor, Thursday, May 19."

"On Thursday, the U.S. Senate rejected President Obama's pick for a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a procedural motion that required 60 votes, Goodwin Liu’s nomination was defeated in a near-party line vote of 52-43." ...
 

Engaged Judges Needed to Protect Vital Freedoms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To those locked in the power struggles between right and left, adverse court decisions are frequently lambasted as 'judicial activism.' When the Supreme Court struck down Washington, D.C.'s gun ban under the Second Amendment, cries of conservative 'judicial activism' echoed across newspaper opinion pages. When the Court ruled that American citizens accused of terrorist crimes were entitled to certain constitutional rights, cries of liberal 'judicial activism' went up." ...
 

OR: Ore. high court to rule on pistols and pot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Retired bus driver Cynthia Willis is waiting to hear whether she will have to choose between her pistol and her pot."

"The Oregon Supreme Court is to rule Thursday morning."

"The Jackson County sheriff tried to take away her permit to carry a concealed handgun after she acknowledged in a renewal application that she also had a medical marijuana card." ...
 

OR: Medical pot users can pack heat, Oregon says
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Oregon Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that retired bus driver Cynthia Willis can have her medical marijuana and a concealed handgun, too."

"The ruling issued in Salem, Ore., upheld previous decisions by the Oregon Court of Appeals and circuit court in finding that a federal law barring criminals and drug addicts from buying firearms does not excuse sheriffs from issuing concealed weapons permits to people who hold medical marijuana cards and otherwise qualify." ...
 

FBI Documents Show US Citizens Targeted for Interest in US Foreign Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Antiwar and international solidarity activists, subjects of a federal grand jury investigation that alleges they may have provided 'material support for terrorism,' uncovered documents on FBI guidelines and investigation practices left behind in an activist’s home that was raided in September of last year. The documents illuminate how the FBI has conducted surveillance of the activists being targeted in the investigation and further prove the grand jury is being used as a tool to go after political groups." ...
 

NY: DA Probes Whether Westchester Cops Fixed Allegedly Drunk NYPD Officer's Ticket
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"An investigation into the New York City Police Department is spilling over borders, as the Westchester County district attorney is looking into whether local cops let off a drunk, and potentially dangerous, off-duty NYPD officer." ...
 

PA: Assaulted And Stalked By Town Cop, Lower Merion Woman Charges
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"Lower Merion officials are calling for a full investigation after a young woman went public at Wednesday night’s commissioners’ meeting, accusing a township cop of sexually assaulting her last October and then stalking her for more than a month." ...
 

WA: Sheriff's Office Removes Reference To Photography As Suspicious Activity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Photography is no longer a crime in Spokane County, Washington."

"At least according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, which removed a reference to photography as 'suspicious activity' on its website Wednesday - two days after Photography is Not a Crime reported the matter." ...
 

NM: Warrants Let Agents Enter Homes Without Owner Knowing
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"A special type of government search warrant that allows authorities to search homes without informing the owner for months is becoming more common, Target 7 has learned." ...

"These search warrants don’t involve knocking on doors or any type of warning at all. Delayed-notice search warrants, or "sneak-and-peek" warrants, allow federal agents to enter your home without telling you they’ve been there until months later."

"The warrants have always been around, but their use has spiked since the War on Terror ..." ...
 

CA: TSA officer accused of stealing from suitcase
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"A Transportation Security Administration officer at LAX has been arrested for stealing from a traveler's suitcase." ...
 

WA: Pierce County to research warrantless searches after high court ruling
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"The Pierce County Sheriff said it's too soon to know if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling could lead to more warrantless searches in his county."

"Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted police permission to break into a private residence, without a warrant, if they smell marijuana and believe the people inside are trying to destroy the evidence." ...
 

WA: Airsoft Pistol Triggers Scare At Federal Building
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... "Just before 8 a.m., someone carrying a bag walked up to Federal Protective Service officers at the loading dock and indicated he wanted to show them what was in it, police said."

"'When the officers looked inside the bag, it appeared there was a weapon and an explosive device,' police said ..."

"Officers detained the man, left the bag on the loading dock and called Seattle police. Police closed streets and sent the bomb squad to the scene, police said." ...
 

WA: Former Pierce County sheriff seeks to clear child porn record
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"Retired Pierce County Sheriff Mark French, who was convicted of possessing child pornography, will ask a judge Friday to erase the felony from his record and restore his right to possess firearms." ...
 

NY: Jagow Calls on Governor's Office to Process Delayed Pistol Permits (video)
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"A severe backlog in the processing of pistol permit applications by a state executive branch agency has left Niagara County officials gravely concerned about the public’s ability to exercise a fundamental right—and the safety of citizens who need to exercise that right." ...
 

AL: Montgomery (AL) Gun Buy-Back: Don’t Bring Us Your Broken Ass Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The burghers of Montgomery, Alabama seem to have woken-up to an interesting, not entirely unpredictable, in fact totally obvious problem with their 'gun buyback scheme': people bring old, broken-ass guns. Weapons that are no more dangerous than a baseball bat. Less. Unlike most cities and police departments, Montgomery isn’t just going to ignore the issue and claim victory ... 'Instead of offering $50 per gun, the city will pay $50 per person,' montgomeryadvertiser.com reports. 'This is being done to discourage people who might misuse the program as a way to unload defective weapons, said Martha Earnhardt, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery Department of Public Safety.' Turns out . . ." ...
 

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