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Think Tough Gun Laws Keep Europeans Safe? Think Again...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It wasn't supposed to happen in England, with all its very strict gun control laws. And yet last week Derrick Bird shot and killed 12 people and wounded 11 others. A headline in The Times of London read: 'Toughest laws in the world could not stop Cumbria tragedy.'"

"Multiple victim public shootings were assumed to be an American thing for it is here the guns are, right? No, not at all. Contrary to public perception, Western Europe, where most countries have much tougher gun laws, has experienced many of the worst multiple victim public shootings. Particularly telling, all the multiple victim public shootings in Europe occurred where guns are banned. ..." ...
 

'Dear Abby' gives good advice on 'gun-toting churchgoer'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "You don't like it, leave. Your parents can do the same if it bothers them. Otherwise, deal with it." ...
 

VPC executive director libels open carry rallies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Josh Sugarmann is the executive director of the Violence Policy Center (VPC) ..."

"The VPC's main function, as best I can determine, is to make the Brady Campaign look 'moderate' ...

"A Sugarmann opinion piece in the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday, about political rallies at which attendees legally, peaceably, and even 'politely,' bear unconcealed firearms, provides an excellent example."
"Are armed mobs becoming socially acceptable? Watching television coverage of gun owners eager to brandish their firearms in public spaces, that appears to be the desired goal of 'open-carry' advocates."
"Right away, his wording is a bit problematic. ..." ...
 

More bad news for the anti-gun crowd as the Brady Campaign sells its member list to raise cash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the American public increasingly turns away from the gun control agenda, the leading gun control group has been forced to sell its membership list to raise money."

"While NRA membership nears 4 million members, the flagship gun control group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has been revealed to have just over 50,000 members."

"The once-secret Brady Campaign membership numbers were discovered when gun rights activist and blogger Joe Huffman found that the Brady Campaign was selling its membership list for direct mail marketing."

"As Huffman points out, 50,000 members is far below the 'about half a million members' that Michael D. Barnes, then Brady president, claimed in a 2004 interview." ...
 

Knife Rights Launches Million-Dollar 'SECOND FRONT' Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Knife Rights chairman Doug Ritter announced a million-dollar 'SECOND FRONT' fundraising campaign at Knife Rights' Sharper Future Awards Breakfast at the BLADE Show in Atlanta."

"'This past year, Knife Rights opened the 'second front' in the defense of our Second Amendment rights. Now, we launch a new fundraising effort to support this work. ...' said Ritter."

"'This effort represents a broader application of Second Amendment rights beyond traditional firearms issues. It's our Second Amendment, too.'"

"SECOND FRONT fundraising will support Knife Right’s National Knife Law Preemption Campaign which was launched with a model Knife Preemption Law passed into law in Arizona earlier this year ..." ...
 

Virginia Gun-a-Month Law Doesn’t Stop Trafficking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"But for its own bureaucratic incompetence, Massachusetts would have joined Maryland, New Jersey, California and Virginia in restricting gun buyers to one weapon per month. For what possible reason? To stop so-called 'straw purchases': legal buyers re-selling guns to people whose criminal past disqualifies them from buying a firearm. On the face of it, the limitation seems like a good idea. In practice, it doesn’t make one iota of difference to the flow of illegal guns to n'er-do-wells (and annoys more civic-minded citizens who like/need to buy guns). Case in point: centraljersey.com reports that the cops have nabbed a New Jersey gun runner purchasing weapons from . . . wait for it . . . Virginia . . ." ...
 

Target World Inc. of Pennsylvania Awarded NRA’s 2009 Dealer Recruiter of the Year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The [NRA] just announced Target World Inc. of Chalfont, Pennsylvania, the 2009 NRA Dealer Recruiter of the Year."

"Since 1992, Target World has been a consistent performer in the NRA Recruiting Program. Owner Danny Carr gives all of the credit to his employees."

"'These are the people on the front lines with the customers. You have to talk to everyone,' Carr explains. 'They've already shown an interest in our field by coming to the store. If they come to the range, we know they enjoy firearms and should be an NRA member.'"

"By keeping his employees up-to-date with all of the latest information ... Carr makes sure that Target World employees are prepared with all of the tools necessary to sell memberships." ...
 

You Asked: Who Owns Guns in America?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"America has a tradition of national gun ownership and use dating to the nation's origins. Yet the true nature of that tradition has been often romanticized, exaggerated, or distorted. Even though modern American culture includes groups that support gun traditions and use, only some Americans share these beliefs."

"Americans own about 270 million guns, nearly one for every person in the country ... Gun owners are found throughout the country, but are concentrated in rural areas and in the South. Long guns ... outnumber handguns by a ratio of 2-to-1. ... Nationwide, gun ownership has gradually declined: In the 1960s, about half of American homes had at least one gun; today, guns are found only in about one-third of homes." ...
 

McDonald v. Chicago: Daley's Last Stand?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It may be of little historic relevance to many people, but the 2008 Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller was issued on June 26, the closing day of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, popularly identified as 'Custer’s Last Stand.'" ...

"While the 2008 Heller ruling that defined the Second Amendment as protective of an individual civil right to keep and bear arms regardless of service in a militia was a devastating loss for gun prohibitionists, the impending Supreme Court ruling in another case – argued by the same attorney who represented Mr. Heller – could have far greater implications. The anticipated ruling could come, again, at about the same time history marks Custer's defeat." ...
 

Ammo Shopping Resources
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Comments at this post at Sipsey Street mentioned two important ammo price shopping tools; bookmark 'em both:"

AmmoEngine

AmmoSeek

Gun-Deals.com (firearms as well)

Are you investing in enough ammo?

Are you sure?
 

You Want a Bigger Bullet for Your M4?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wikipedia: 'Grendel is one of three antagonists, along with Grendel's mother and the dragon, in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf (AD 700–1000). Grendel is usually taken to be some kind of monster, though this is the subject of scholarly debate. In the poem, Grendel is feared by all but Beowulf.' This rifle conversion is called Grendal. Close enough."

 

A Primer on Situational Awareness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "People who practice situational awareness can often spot this planning process as it unfolds and then take appropriate steps to avoid the dangerous situation or prevent it from happening altogether. Because of this, situational awareness is one of the key building blocks of effective personal security — and when exercised by large numbers of people, it can also be an important facet of national security. Since situational awareness is so important, and because we discuss situational awareness so frequently in our analyses, we thought it would be helpful to discuss the subject in detail and provide a primer that can be used by people in all sorts of situations." ...
 

Exclusive: Republican senator's plan to let guns on Amtrak moves closer to reality
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Government Accountability Office study quietly released Thursday has bolstered a Republican senator’s efforts to force Amtrak's rail service to accommodate gun toting riders or face shutdown, Raw Story has found."

[Submitter's Note: If by toting they mean packed unloaded and secured in checked baggage then yes, gun-toting customers will be allowed.]

"The GAO ruled Thursday that an amendment inserted into a transportation funding bill by Republican Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) was permanent law, erasing doubts that Amtrak would have to comply. The mandate would force Amtrak to reverse a longstanding rule banning passengers from bringing guns onto trains instituted after 9/11." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Longstanding"? As opposed to the "short term policy" of allowing guns in checked luggage for the previous thirty years?!?.
 

New Kagan document undercuts right wing attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Elena Kagan's nomination wends its way through the Senate, Republicans have been scouring her record for ways to paint her as a knee-jerk gun control fanatic. The NRA is expected to point their formidable weaponry in her direction, too."

"But I've obtained a Clinton-era document that appears to undercut this case. In it, Kagan, then in the White House counsel's office, aggressively argues against a Clinton administration effort to ban the importation of 'large capacity feeding ammunition devices' ..."

"The document ... s likely to be central to Dem efforts to undercut the conservative argument that she's an ideologue on gun control. It may irk gun control advocates, but it's unlikely to provoke real opposition from them." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course if you actually read the .pdf document in question you will see that Kagan's objection was not the principled objection of a supporter of the Second Amendment (or any other part of the Constitution), it was instead the simple fact that the ATF rule was not supported by the language of the law.
 

Euro science used against American hunting with lead.
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"Eating the meat of animals hunted using lead ammunition can be more dangerous for health than was previously thought, especially for children and people who consume large quantities. ..."

"A team of scientists from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), along with researchers from other British institutions and from the Spanish Research Institute on Cynegetic Resources (IREC in Spanish), has proven that the levels of lead in some game meat that has already been cooked exceed the maximum allowances set by the European Union, due to the presence of remains of ammunition." ...
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KABA Note: Interestingly the authors fail to mention the study showing that people who regularly eat this "contaminated" meat have blood lead levels far below the threshold of concern.
 

Is This the Tackiest Gun Ever Made?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You guessed it: Mexican drug lord. But wait! There’s more! Literally. The guy had THREE of them (family photo after the jump). And so, so MUCH more!"
 

Fully functional LEGO sniper rifle (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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TN: Davidson gets 80 more years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "A problem with the criminal justice system is that it brings criminals to justice, but only after the crime has occurred. And in Tennessee, before you can go forth armed for defense, you must first purchase permission from the state. This makes our streets Gun Free Zones for many the average Joe."

"In most surrounding states, citizens are allowed by law to carry a defensive firearm in their car, without first being required to get a permit from the state. Tennessee, on the other hand, puts the ordinary citizen in the same position as ante-bellum slaves, who were not allowed to carry a gun unless they first got written permission from their master. ..." ...
 

OH: Two 'no guns' UDF convenience stores in Dayton robbed within 24 hours
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to news reports this week, two United Dairy Farmer's stores in Dayton (Wyoming Street and North Main Street ) were robbed within 24 hours. Apparently the thugs missed the little 'no guns' sign on the door UDF corporate put there to keep him out. Or just maybe the miscreant was a bit wiser than the UDF corporate stuffed shirts who put the sign up. The crook was certainly smart enough to seek out someplace where he knew his victims would not be armed and thus would be at his mercy." ...
 

SC: S.C. Dems ask Senate nominee to withdraw after felony charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Less than 24 hours after Alvin Greene's surprise win in the South Carolina Democratic Senate primary, the state party has asked him to withdraw from the race because of a pending felony charge."

"'Today I spoke with Alvin Greene, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, and asked him to withdraw from the race,' Carol Fowler, chairwoman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, said in a statement."

"The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Greene is facing felony charges for displaying pornographic pictures to a University of South Carolina student." ...
 

KS: Hays teacher sets sights on Washington
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sue Boldra is a Republican candidate applying for the job of U.S. Representative for the First Congressional District in Kansas. With a dual degree in English and history, Boldra spent 33 years teaching history and government at Hays, she is well aware of the financial needs in education. She also teaches social studies in the Fort Hays State University."

"She and her husband ran Sportsman’s Supply in Hays for 20 years and she understands how to operate a business." ...

"The Second Amendment is a key part of American culture. Farmers and hunters are ardent stewards of the land and Boldra said she would protect the Second Amendment's guarantees without reservation." ...
 

KS: Moran will protect Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am a strong supporter of Jerry Moran, our congressman from the 1st District who is running for the U.S. Senate. He has been a consistent conservative, voting against the 'stimulus packages' from President Bush and several from President Obama and the Democrats. He has signed the 'No New Taxes' pledge and voted against No Child Left Behind. He strongly opposed 'Obama Care' and has introduced legislation to get rid of it."

"He is a pro-family, pro-life man who defends the Second Amendment. We need people who will protect our Constitution and oppose the runaway spending of Congress, thus putting the burden of debt on our children and grandchildren. ..." ...
 

OH: SB239 and SB247: Two bills whose time has come
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently two critical bills passed the Ohio Senate. One deals with critical improvements for concealed license holders (CHL). The other corrects a defect in Ohio law which has resulted in court orders being null and void ..."

"Let us start with SB247 – the Restoration of Rights bill. Imagine if you are hunter, concealed handgun license (CHL) holder, a gun collector, or police officer. ... Years ago a court reinstated your firearms rights. The judge and the prosecutor agreed that you are a good person who would use them legally, and so you have, maybe for decades."

"Then you get a letter in the mail from the BATFE explaining that due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, your court order was null and void ..." ...
 

OH: Former Deputy Sheriff Sentenced For Theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A former Fayette County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Monday for stealing money from the Fayette County sheriff’s office storage area.

Douglas Coe of Jeffersonville was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing $29,903 from Fayette County sheriff’s office storage area.

The money had previously been seized from criminal suspects during various drug arrests.

Coe resigned from the sheriff’s office in January and made restitution at the time he pleaded guilty.

Detectives from the Franklin and Fayette County sheriff's offices investigated the theft, and the case was prosecuted by the Ohio Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Unit.
 

CA: LAPD Officer Arrested After Allegedly Selling $4,200 Worth Of Meth To Federal Informant
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Los Angeles police officer was arrested on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine this week after a confidential informant set up a drug buy in San Diego County that was monitored by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in San Diego. Yoshio Romero, a five-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who was assigned to the Southeast Division, was arrested Monday at his home in Corona, according to federal and LAPD officials." ...
 

RI: Four Officers Among Several Indicted in RI Drug Probe
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Four Providence police officers and 20 other people have been indicted in a wide-ranging Rhode Island cocaine investigation.

Three of the officers had been arrested previously. A fourth, Detective Robert Enright, turned himself in Wednesday.

Enright was arraigned in Providence Superior Court on charges of harboring a criminal and conspiracy. He pleaded not guilty and was released.

State Police Supt. Brendan Doherty says the case shows that no one is above the law. He says it concludes a wiretap investigation that began last year.

The three other officers were arrested in March. They include a narcotics detective and a former police driver for Providence Mayor David Cicilline (sis-uh-LEE’-nee).
 

SC: Sources: Ex-trooper had pattern of misconduct
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"A former North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper exhibited a pattern of sexual misconduct while on duty ..."

"Larry B. Lovick, 31, resigned Monday, the same day that Highway Patrol Col. Randy Glover requested a state investigation into Lovick's conduct." ...

"... Lovick put a young woman suspected of underage drinking in his patrol car and that the woman claimed that he convinced her to remove her top, handcuffed her, exposed himself and later drove her around in his patrol car."

"WRAL News has learned of several women who tell similar, disturbing stories. ..." ...

"A series of misconduct cases involving troopers has rocked the Highway Patrol's image over the past several years." ...
 

MA: DA expected to drop Billerica gun case
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A Billerica gun case that rose to the state's highest court and reaffirmed gun owners' responsibilities is expected to be dropped by prosecutors today after a judge ruled Billerica police illegally searched a home to find an unsecured shotgun.

"Prosecutor Christina Lucci filed a motion in Lowell District Court that stated the District Attorney's Office is not proceeding with the case against Richard Runyan of Billerica. The decision comes after Lowell District Court Judge David Cunis allowed a motion to suppress the search, which prevented Lucci from using her key piece of evidence -- the shotgun." ...
 

AR: Open carry now legal in Buffalo River National Park?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some readers may recall back in February I had contacted the ranger's office at the Buffalo National River to inquire how the park would enforce some of Arkansas's gun laws; specifically open carry while on a journey. The answer I received was not necessarily an emphatic 'no', but the chief ranger’s email led me to believe if I chose to open carry in the park while hiking or traveling on any other journey I would be in violation of Arkansas Game and Fish laws." ...

"However, several days ago a post on OpenCarry.org appeared which is in direct conflict with Ranger Maguire's decision. ... According to the post, an email was received from a different ranger at the park who stated open carry would be legal in the Buffalo River National Park." ...
 

WI: Open carry picnic comes to Seymour
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sandwiches aren't the only thing being packed for a local picnic."

"An open carry picnic is being held Sunday at the Town of Seymour Park. There will be food, speakers and a chance to network with other firearm owners. The event is open for anyone looking to learn more about the second amendment."

"'If you want to carry that's wonderful, if you want to come and learn about the laws before your comfortable, that's what our goal is to make sure people are aware of what the laws are and get them comfortable in choosing a firearm and how they wish to carry,' says Annette Olson, The Uninfringed Liberty Group." ...

"If you're interested in attending, the event runs from noon until four and is at the Town of Seymour Park."
 

NV: Local shooter makes the cut on History Channel show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last fall, Pahrump talk radio host, second amendment activist and defensive firearms instructor Bill Carns was among 5,200 shooters applying to take part in a new competition-based reality TV show, Top Shot, on the History Channel."

"The ... first episode premiered last Sunday."

"According to Carns, 'The show encompasses all types of weapons from modern guns through historical weapons that are centuries old and don't go bang. You might see everything from a long bow to an AR 15.'"

"The producers selected 50 potential contestants to try out for the show. Carns and 49 others spent a day ... on a shooting range in California where they were scored firing two different types of handguns as well as two types of rifles." ...
 

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