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Will Brownells lead in reforming Marriott anti-gun policies?
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"Pete Brownell is president of Brownell's, Inc., the world's largest supplier of firearm parts, tools, equipment and accessories. For his service to the Second Amendment and the NRA, Mr. Brownell was elected to the NRA Board of Directors at the NRA's annual meeting in Charlotte on the weekend of May 14. Said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre: 'On behalf of NRA's four million members, I offer Pete my sincere congratulations and support. ..."

"Below is my letter to Mr. Brownell, asking for his leadership in helping Marriott International see the error of its anti-gun ways." ...
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Submitter's Note: Paul Valone will be on Tom Gresham’s “Gun Talk” this Sunday…
 

Obama Would Have Prosecuted Chicago Man For Defending Himself With Handgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An 80-year-old Chicago man who defended himself and his family from a neighborhood thug this week could be criminally prosecuted, if Barack Obama had prevailed in a 2004 Illinois State Legislature vote on a measure to protect citizens who use handguns in self-defense even when their communities ban handguns."

"'As an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama voted not once, but twice in opposition to Senate Bill 2165,' recalled Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms." ...

"'That measure is now law,' Gottlieb noted, 'and it should protect a courageous Chicago resident from being victimized twice ... If Obama had had his way in 2004, Wednesday morning's hero would be today's criminal." ...
 

'Morning Shooting Underscores Why We Sued Chicago,' Says SAF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"[Wednesday] morning's fatal shooting of a home invasion suspect by an 80-year-old retired Army veteran in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood underscores why we filed a lawsuit to overturn the city's gun ban, the Second Amendment Foundation said today."

"That case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, is about to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Joining SAF in that lawsuit are the Illinois State Rifle Association and four Chicago residents including Otis McDonald, for whom the case is named."

"Today's shooting of an armed home invader with a lengthy criminal record is still under investigation by police, noted SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, but it appears to be a clear-cut case of self-defense. ..." ...
 

Does Mayor Daley dare order 80-year-old 'gun criminal' arrested?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Why wouldn't he order the cuffs slapped on this octogenarian scofflaw and haul him off to a cage? Besides, now that they've announced to the world that he's been disarmed, and at the very least they're not giving him his gun back, the city has created a vulnerable, easily identifiable target. Maybe the folks who called dead perp 'Big Ant' were his friends. Maybe they could use some easy money. Perhaps taking this 'gun criminal' into custody would be the most protective thing they could do for him." ...
 

America Speaking Out is still not listening
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I didn't expect to write a second piece on America Speaking Out, but I'm receiving remarks that are good analysis, rather consistent, and probably right. The idea is that voters are seeing the very same thing missing from the new republican Website, America Speaking Out, and that is that it doesn't seem to listen after all. I had said that in my earlier remarks."

"As of 08:45 Pacific time, their site is down. But the question remains: Will the Republicans listen, or will the conservatives, independents and libertarians listen better to second amendment rights?"

"My assertion is that the Republicans haven't so far. ..." ...
 

In Pursuit of Arms Trade Treaty, Slogans Substitute for Sanity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Amnesty International has a new slogan designed to drum up support for the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty: it's calling on its supporters to demand a 'bullet-proof' treaty."

"That's cute. Unfortunately, what's cute is not necessarily good policy, as Amnesty’s slogan illustrates all too clearly. It explicitly demands a treaty that 'control[s] all arms and ammunition and their parts.' Leaving aside any Second Amendment considerations, this is insane. Controlling the 'parts' of 'all arms,' ranging from bullets to battleships, would mean controlling every substantial part and industrial process in the world. A treaty of this scope could never be enforced and would be utterly meaningless in practice." ...
 

Vets protected us, let’s protect their Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For too many people, the Memorial Day weekend just means a big sale down at the Bellevue, Southcenter or Tacoma malls, a visit to the Folklife Festival in Seattle, or a three-day camping trip to the drier east side of the mountains."

"Others, however, take time to reflect and remember a father, uncle, brother or – perhaps most sadly of all – a son or daughter, who will never again be at the 4th of July family picnic, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas party for 'the rest of their lives.'"

"As I drove to the office this morning past Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue, the main drive was lined with American flags. They are there for a reason." ...
 

Mayor Daley: 'Guns is not the answer'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Guns is not the answer,' according to Chicago's grammatically challenged mayor. This bit of . . . wisdom was Daley's response to what we discussed yesterday--a situation in which a gun was the answer. ..." ...

"... Daley seems to be the one whose understanding is a bit foggy. Perhaps he was confused about the question, but when asked 'with what can 80-year-old man who walks with a cane best protect himself and his family from a young, fit, armed home invader (and career criminal), who has already illustrated his ruthlessness by firing twice?' a gun most certainly is the answer."

"This next part is what I want to talk about, though:" ...
 

Brady Campaign's slipping relevancy underscored by NRA convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Adhering to a pattern of behavior that has developed over the years, a tiny contingent of gun prohibitionists paraded outside of the Charlotte Convention Center while the [NRA] was hosting its record-breaking members' meeting, but they remained only long enough to get some camera time with local news crews."

"Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, came to that North Carolina city in order to grab some face time and get his name in the local newspapers. Where the NRA can pull more than 70,000 members, the Brady bunch could barely muster two dozen protesters to parade around for perhaps an hour, probably less, and then leave satisfied that the 5 o'clock news would carry their images." ...
 

Madness Continues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the last posting here, we shared the most recent bizarre behavior of Chicago's Mayor Daley in regard to 'Gun Control.' Now we discover that indicted and disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich feels Mayor Daley isn't going far enough on gun control ... How interesting that Blago doesn't mention that when he himself was arrested by The Feds, they seized his FOID (Illinois Firearms Owner’s Identification) card. Good that he's not a hypocrite or anything…"

"If I can quote Blagojevich himself, who was talking about something else at the time, that’s 'f—in' golden.'" ...
 

Kagan's 20+-year-old memo does not show that she's out of the mainstream on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Los Angeles Times reported that 'gun advocates have seized upon a short memo' Elena Kagan wrote as a clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall in the late 1980s 'in which she urged him not to hear the appeal of a man convicted of having an unlicensed gun.' The Tmes added: 'The man's 'sole contention is that the District of Columbia's firearms statutes violate his constitutional right to 'keep and bear arms,' ' Kagan wrote. 'I'm not sympathetic.' But the Supreme Court ruled otherwise in 2008.'"

However, Kagan's statement was not an outside-the-mainstream position in 1987. ..." ...
 

Praxis: Advice to counterinsurgents -- "Travel light."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From Counterinsurgency by David Kilcullen, Chapter One, 'Twenty-eight Articles: Fundamentals of Company Level Counterinsurgency.'"
"5. Travel light and harden your Combat Service Support. You will be weighed down with body armor, rations, extra ammunition, communications gear, and a thousand other things. The enemy will carry a rifle or RPG, a shemagh, and a water bottle if he is lucky. Unless you ruthlessly lighten your load and enforce a culture of speed and mobility, the insurgents will consistently outrun and out maneuver you. But in lightening your load, make sure you can always "reach back" to call for firepower or heavy support if needed. Also, remember to harden your CSS. ..." ...
 

Handguns, the second amendment and the public safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two sides of the gun control debate squared off in San Francisco this week, focus of a mini-battle over the fully loaded question: Does your right to walk around with a loaded gun in public override my right to feel safe when I don’t know if you might go off your rocker? This writer discovered, thanks to a show of hands at the Commonwealth Club sponsored panel, that I was the only unarmed person within a back-of-the-house three-row section. This revelation guarantees discomfort but keeps you alert." ...
 

Mayor Daley: Annie Get Your Gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not to worry, Mayor Daley, about what the US Supreme Court will do in McDonald v. Chicago as we await an expected June decision. I had a front row seat, next to the attorneys for Petitioner Otis McDonald, the 76-year-old South Side African-American grandfather, who brought this action. From the justices' questions, it sure didn't seem like a slam dunk for the gun lobby."

"Yes, two years ago the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban in D. C. v. Heller, but it was by the narrowest of margins, a 5 to 4 vote. During their give-and-take with counsel on March 2, the justices made known the important distinctions between the two cases." ...
 

Small Arms Treaty can only do harm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Secretary of State Clinton (the Obama administration) has committed the U.S. to supporting the U.N. Small Arms Treaty.

The outcome of this treaty, if adopted by the U.S., will be to ultimately eliminate private firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens and restrict "ownership" of small arms to the government and criminals. (They aren't obeying our laws, anyway, why would they obey this one?)

The inconvenient presence of the Second Amendment will no doubt be brushed aside, as seems to be the current government practice with areas of the Constitution that hinder its agenda.

Please communicate to your senators your opposition to this treaty. It can only harm and weaken the U.S.
 

OH: Restaurant Carry passes Senate, heads to House
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"In a flurry of activity due to the rapidly approaching summer recess, the Ohio Senate passed two pro-gun bills yesterday and both now head for the House."

"SB239, the hotly debated Restaurant Carry bill that also reduces restrictions on vehicle carry (see Irrational opposition to Restaurant Carry bill doesn't stop passage), passed 23-10. Senators Buehrer, Cafaro, Carey, Cates, Coughlin, Faber, Fedor, Gibbs, Gillmor, Grendell, Harris, Hughes, Husted, Jones, Niehaus, Patton, Schaffer, Schiavoni, Seitz, Stewart, Wagoner, Widener, and Wilson voted in favor of the bill. Senators Goodman, Kearney, Miller D, Miller R, Morano, Sawyer, Schuring, Smith, Strahorn, and Turner voted no." ...
 

NY: Legislators do not act on gun legislation opposition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has asked the Oswego County Legislature to support a resolution in opposition of various proposed state legislation that targets Second Amendment rights."

"... The committee bypassed any action during its meeting Monday because too many proposed bills were noted."

"'We need more time to get more information about all bills that were in the resolution,' Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann said."

"Ontario County supervisors were seeking the county’s support in opposition of several Second Amendment matters. Certain bills, if passed by the state legislature, would curtail the rights of law-abiding citizens, the neighboring county's supervisors claim." ...
 

TN: KPD sergeant's weapon, other items stolen from unmarked cruiser
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun, ammunition and several other items were stolen from a Knoxville Police Department investigator's unmarked cruiser at a Loudon County apartment complex ..."

"The items included the KPD sergeant's badge, .40-caliber service weapon, two full magazines, KPD ID card and other personal items ..."

"... Sgt. Scott Sheppard's weapon, badge and other items were appropriately secured in an unmarked bag inside the cruiser's passenger compartment."

"The sergeant's Chevrolet Impala had no emergency lights or other distinguishing police equipment, said DeBusk, and it was likely that the thief did not realize initially that it was a police vehicle." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

PA: Pa. police officer charged with sex offenses
Submitted by: jac

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"A police officer sexually abused three girls repeatedly over nine years, often at his home near Philadelphia ..."

"... Jose Manuel Santiago, 54, was being held without bail ..."

"The girls went to authorities in August 2009 to report that they had been abused from 1991 to 2000. All three were under age 14 when the abuse began ..."

"Two of the girls were relatives, while the third spent significant time in Santiago's care at his home ..."

"Santiago has been employed by the police department since 1995 ..."

"Santiago was charged with more than 500 sex-offense counts ..." ...

"There is no evidence Santiago used his position as a police officer to pursue his alleged victims ..." ...
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KABA Note: Just the fact that he was a cop would have had a chilling effect on the victims' willingness to talk to the cops.
 

NJ: Hudson jury awards $760,000 to woman raped by 2 NJ Transit cops she had asked to protect her
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jury has awarded $760,000 to a woman who said two New Jersey Transit cops sexually assaulted her ... after she got off a PATH train at Exchange Place, told them she was drunk and afraid, and asked for their help ..."

"'It's very difficult to prove that an employer was responsible for the criminal acts of their employee, but in this case it was clear, or should have been clear, that NJ Transit should have known about their unfitness,' attorney Rosemarie Arnold said of the case ..."

"The jury found former NJ Transit police officers Lennard Ryner, ... and Gabriel Mantilla, ... as well as NJ Transit, responsible for what happened to the victim, who is identified only by her initials in the suit." ...
 

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