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Mayor Daley just doesn't 'get it'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley doesn't get it about firearms and personal safety, and after the highly-publicized self-defense shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city's West Side on May 26, he should fold his tent, shut his mouth and go away."

"The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to nullify the city's Draconian handgun ban, and nothing clarifies Daley's dilemma with guns more dramatically than the slaying of would-be home invader Anthony 'Big Ant' Nelson, a 29-year-old career thug who has ... This neighborhood predator made what nationally-recognized self-defense expert Massad Ayoob calls 'a fatal error in the victim selection process.' ..." ...
 

Another Self-Defense Gun Use Validates SAF Chicago Lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yet another high-profile shooting this morning of a criminal by an armed Chicago homeowner further reinforces the Second Amendment Foundation's justification for its lawsuit to overturn the city's handgun ban."

"SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said the early-morning shooting ... involved a fleeing felon who had run from police with a large volume of narcotics, and crashed through the window of the gun owner's home. The unidentified armed citizen reportedly has a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card ..."

"'This is the second time in a week that an armed private citizen has fired in self-defense against a criminal who was storming into his residence,' Gottlieb noted. ..." ...
 

Chicago’s 2nd recent self-defense shooting 'validates lawsuit,' says SAF founder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The founder of the Bellevue, WA-based Second Amendment Foundation ... is marveling at recent events in the Windy City."

"In the past eight days, two high-profile shootings by private citizens who armed themselves in defiance of the ban have, in Gottlieb’s words, 'underscored the necessity of our lawsuit.'"

"Early Thursday morning, a criminal recidivist identified ... as Aaron Marshall ... was stopped by Chicago police ... What happened next is the stuff of a Dragnet scriptwriter's wildest imagination."

"Marshall ... ran to a nearby house and reportedly crashed through a window, and that's when his luck went from bad to worse. Inside the home, one of the residents ... grabbed a gun and shot Marshall once in the chest. ..."
 

FBI Crime Stats Show an Armed Public Is a Safer Public
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Data from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation show that America has been on a firearms buying spree since the end of 2005. Meanwhile, the FBI recently released preliminary 2009 crime data indicating that violent crime has been dropping at an accelerating rate since the end of 2006."

"The FBI reports the number of background checks, by month, requested for potential firearms purchases through licensed dealers. When a prospective buyer wants to buy a gun, he fills out a form which the dealer submits to law enforcement. If approved, the sale proceeds. ..."

"Between November 2005 and October 2009, nearly every month’s requests were higher than the year before. ..." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: Do California and the L.A. Times oppose safer streets?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Does Sacramento oppose safer streets? In being against guns and the rights of others, The Los Angeles Times [Open Carry; It's not for California] showcases it's global boast by being out of touch with the rest of the United States. The streets of Los Angeles – like those streets of many major cities – will not be safer by more rights being curbed, but only by affirming rights. Many other Governors and Legislatures around the country already know this. Safer streets are not a product of more restrictions, but proof of a healthier self-rule. Articles such as being opposed to the armed citizen contribute to unsafer streets and ignore the experience of other Americans who have reconciled this dilemma." ...
 

Guns On Campus: Mistaken notions cost student safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Virginia Tech Review Panel’s report to Virginia’s Governor is not my idea of student safety. Before one argues that it’s only one man’s opinion, please consider my immediately prior article on the same topic of gun bans and how unpopular they are for the rest of the nation. When California is banning guns, the majority of other states are moving to affirm them."

"Why? Because gun violence at the hands of thugs pales in comparison to the non-gun crimes of beatings, knifings, rapes, and robberies."

"Meanwhile, the very concept of banning guns puts students at risk, and it banks largely on mistaken notions. Here are two examples of this, each taken from the V-Tech Review Panel, Chapter VI, Page 25:" ...
 

Guns and Crime in Chicago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Chicago gun debate finally shows signs of changing. With the Supreme Court's decision on the city's gun ban imminent, people might be beginning to understand that gun bans don’t stop criminals from getting guns."

"At a press conference two weeks ago, Mick Dumke, a reporter ... asked Mayor Richard Daley what should have been an obvious question: 'Since guns are readily available in Chicago even with a ban in place, do you really think it’s been effective?' Daley’s response wasn't very helpful. ..."

"Reporters greeted Daley’s outburst with a moment of stunned silence. But it wasn’t Daley’s answer that was important. The novelty is that a reporter actually questioned Daley on whether the gun ban had failed." ...
 

The Persecution of Gilbert Arenas -- How gun prohibitionists and an image-conscious NBA scapegoated a basketball star
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On December 19, 2009, NBA star Gilbert Arenas and fellow Washington Wizards player Javaris Crittenton got into a heated argument over a card game, exchanging violent threats. (Arenas maintains that his were made in jest.) Arenas told his younger teammate he was too old to fight him, but he'd burn his SUV or shoot him in the face instead. Crittenton answered that he'd shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee."

"Two days later, before practice at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center, Arenas placed four unloaded handguns on the chair in front of Crittenton's cubicle in the team's locker room with a note that read, 'PICK 1.'" ...
 

Will British gun laws get any more restrictive? Is that even possible?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "If history is any guide, Britain's reaction to this newest atrocity will be the adoption of even more oppressive gun laws--but how much more oppressive can they get? With the 'Violent Crime Reduction Act,' in 2006, Britain stepped up regulation of even air guns, replica guns, and knives (to the point that a woman showing a knife, through her window, to peeping toms, is enough to draw a warning for her 'illegal' behavior)--I guess Britain hopes to avoid China's problem with 'knife violence.'" ...
 

Pro-gun activists want freedom from state tyranny, expert says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At last month's [NRA] convention, 10,000 people applauded loudly as former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the right to bear arms is not about hunting, target shooting or collecting."

"'The Second Amendment is in defense of freedom from the state,' proclaimed Gingrich."

"Once an idea from the fringes of American politics, the notion that we need guns today to protect against government tyranny 'has become mainstream,' says Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)."

"On June 14, Horwitz will speak at a meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland section, on 'Guns and Democracy: Is Political Violence an American Value?'" ...
 

Senator Gillibrand Speaks Out About Long Island Issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since her appointment by Governor Paterson to the U.S. Senate ... followed by her winning the special election in March of 2009, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has had a lot on her plate ... Gillibrand will be running to hold on to her seat in November."

"In the interests of getting better acquainted with her constituency (and vice-versa), Senator Gillibrand met with members of the press at her Long Island office ..." ...

"On the issue of gun control, Gillibrand stated that while she supports the Second Amendment, stemming the tide of gun violence ranks highly on her agenda. Gillibrand stated that she is only interested in making it harder to obtain illegal guns, stressing that licensed gun owners should have no reason to be concerned about any legislation she would introduce. ..." ...
 

John McCain Picks Up NRA Endorsement While J.D. Hayworth Gets Nod of Group's Former President
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Apparently it's go-grab-your-gun day in the GOP Senate primary and both former Congressman J.D. Hayworth and his opponent, Senator John McCain, each picked up endorsements from some big-name gunslingers."

"We got an email from Hayworth's campaign earlier today announcing that Bob Corbin, the former president of the [NRA], was endorsing Hayworth."

"Not to be outdone, exactly two minutes later, the McCain campaign sent us an email announcing a gun-lovin' endorsement of its own: The NRA's political action committee."

"In Hayworth's announcement, he claims that 'McCain's lifetime NRA rating is C+ ...'"

"'C+' or not, the NRA's current, political brass seems to prefer 'The Maverick.'" ...
 

NRA endorses McCain in Arizona Republican primary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The [NRA] endorsed John McCain Thursday in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, providing a significant boost as the four-term senator tries to shake a primary challenge from the right."

"The support for McCain's conservative credentials came as former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth traveled the state telling Republicans that McCain can't be trusted to support issues important to them."

"Hayworth has attacked McCain's record on gun rights, saying the incumbent has supported restrictive legislation, including a measure to close the so-called 'gun-show loophole' that allows private sales of weapons without background checks."

"The NRA, however, said McCain's overall record is friendly to gun owners, despite past disagreements." ...
 

NY: Paladino forges ahead with gubernatorial bid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, who didn't receive the GOP nomination for governor this week, said Thursday that his campaign will spend about $500,000 getting signatures to force a Republican primary and set up a tea party-oriented line for November." ...

Paladino said the Conservative Party, which chose Lazio as its gubernatorial pick last week, is supporting 'a liberal Republican who doesn't support the party's pro-life, pro-Second Amendment platform' and said he's 'more into deal-making than principle.'" ...
 

SC: 4th District Candidate Plans AK-47 Social
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One Republican candidate has found a unique way to target voters."

"Christina Jeffrey, who is running for the 4th Congressional District seat, has posted a YouTube video, with her holding an AK-47 rifle."

"'In politics, you do have to get attention,' Jeffery said."

"WYFF News 4 met up with her at Allen Arms, a gun shop in Greenville County, to ask her about the video."

"Jeffrey said it's about the Second Amendment and her fight to protect it."

"“It's not about hunting: it's about self -defense and it's about being a sovereign people. Sovereign people are an armed people,” she said."

"Jeffrey will be holding an AK-47 social June 5 at Allen Arms from noon to 3p.m." ...
 

CA: California Assembly approves bill to expand rifle record-keeping
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"California would keep a permanent record of anyone buying a shotgun or rifle under legislation passed Thursday by the Assembly."

"The measure would expand state law by adding long-gun buyers to a state Justice Department database that currently can identify only handgun purchasers."

"Opponents contend the bill is the latest in a long line of bureaucratic hurdles designed to discourage gun ownership."

"'It's none of government's flippin' business what guns I own, or why I own them,' said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California."

"But supporters ... claim it will help police officers track long guns at emergency or crime scenes, and it could help identify felons who own them illegally." ...
 

NY: Sheriff hails pharmacy worker as hero in attempted robbery case
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"Sullivan County Sheriff Michael Schiff Wednesday honored a brave citizen who fended off a would-be robber at the Jeffersonville pharmacy last week."

"Schiff recognized Paul Hemmer of Jeffersonville for his role in thwarting the attempted robbery which occurred May 26th, at about 2:45 p.m."

"A man wearing a ski mask and a blue sweat suit entered the pharmacy carrying a spear and a baseball bat and demanded that the employees 'give him all the drugs'."

"Hemmer, who is a pharmacy technician and was behind the counter at the time, pulled his licensed handgun and asked the bandit, 'Do you really want to do this'? Seeing that the tables had been turned on him, the robber fled the pharmacy empty handed." ...
 

Indictment adds weapons charges against Hutaree
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "This raises questions about what role the reported infiltrator may have played, and importantly, will the government be relying on the NFRTR to prove its case?" ...
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Author's Note: Also see Wednesday's Trigger Sports Network program.
 

Weapon of Mass Destruction: ATF, ESF-13 and the really scary thing. Puppetmaster Rubenstein's epochal failure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Friday, September 5, 2008"

"ATF Takes the ESF–13 Lead to Coordinate Federal Law Enforcement Assistance"

"ATF was designated by the Department of Justice to coordinate the ESF–13 function. ESF–13 is part of the National Response Plan and involves coordinating the federal law enforcement response for public safety and security ..." ...
"Now this is scary-funny because the Justice Department has just come out with a report entitled Review of the Department’s Preparation to Respond to a WMD Incident, May 2010. In it, the DOJ reviewer rips the ATF a new asshole about their failure to actually DO anything that they were tasked with doing two years ago."

"Relevant snippets:" ...
 

MD: In Spite of State Law, Maryland Law Enforcement Officials Still Arresting, Charging People for Recording Cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Graber's case is starting to spur some local and national media discussion of the state's wiretapping law. As I mentioned in my column last month, his arrest came at about the same time the Jack McKenna case broke nationally. McKenna, a student at the University of Maryland, was given an unprovoked beating by police during student celebrations after a basketball game last February. McKenna would probably still be facing criminal charges and the cops who beat him would likely still be on the beat were it not for several cell phone videos that captured his beating. According to Cassily's interpretation of the law, if any of those cell phones were close enough to record audio of the beating, the people who shot the videos are felons."
 

MA: With flier, police try to 'shame' gang -- Distribute photos of 10 not charged in teen’s slaying
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said yesterday that his department’s release Monday of a flier showing photos of 10 unidentified young men was designed to shame them for allegedly belonging to a street gang, one he blamed for the slaying of 14-year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis." ...

"... Officers distributed the flier door-to door in the Fomby-Davis family’s neighborhood in Dorchester and to news organizations." ...

"The men featured on the flier do not face charges in the slaying or outstanding warrants for other offenses, and Davis stressed that the handout is not a wanted poster. ..." [emphasis added] ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out "In other words, they haven't even been charged with anything, let alone tried and convicted, but government feels it can single them out for special negative public treatment."
 

MI: Lakeshore soldier tests gun rights at Memorial Day parade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A lakeshore soldier says he was embarrassed by police in an Oceana County village when they made him sit out a Memorial Day parade because he was carrying his gun."

"The teen says he was exercising a constitutional right ... Police say their response was an effort to make sure no laws were being broken and ensure public safety. Both sides are defending their actions."

"18-year-old David Thomas ... says he knows state and federal gun laws inside and out. Monday, he put his rights to the test at the New Era Memorial Day Parade. With a gun strapped to his belt, Thomas found a spot to watch the parade. He says it didn't take long for reserve officers with the Oceana County Sheriff's Department to ask him to put the gun away." ...
 

OH: Anti-gun Ohio newspaper editorial board member embraces 'denial' like a baby does his 'binky'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a May 30, 2010 column, Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board member and columnist Thomas Suddes says, 'Just hand Ohio to the gun nuts and get it over with.' While I would like to oblige him, despite his pejorative labeling of me as a 'nut,' the political realities reduce me instead to responding to his op-ed."

"Mr. Suddes is presenting to us a severe case of denial. Denial is a coping mechanism employed by individuals to avoid dealing with painful realities, and Suddes is owning it. Ensconced within the Ivory Towers of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Suddes has peered out his window at the hoi polloi in the Ohio Senate and clucked his tongue over passage of Senate Bills 239 and 247." ...
 

WY: Machinegun and cannon shoot, this weekend in Casper
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"The Wyoming NFA Shooters Club is sponsoring an event this weekend, this is your chance to join in on rapid fire action as a spectator or you can participate in fully automatic gun fire.
(Machinegun rentals available)"

"Please check out the Wyoming NFA Shooters Club web-site for shooter registration and safety information. Click here"

"If you have never been around operating machine guns then you are in for a some real fun, just remember to bring your own eye and ear protection. To see a video of a previous event Click here" ...
 

NY: Friends of GOA Dinner in Rochester for Patriots & the Second Amendment
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"GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt will be the keynote speaker at a Friends of GOA Dinner in Rochester on Saturday, June 12."

"The event will take place at the Main Street Armory located at 900 East Main Street in Rochester. Scott Donaldson is the owner: phone 585-232-3221."

"There will be a reception from 5:00 to 6:00 PM during which Larry Pratt will be available to sign his books. There will be some brief talks from local officials starting at 6:00 and at 6:30 dinner will begin. Pratt will speak at 7:15. A question and answer period will conclude the evening by 8:15."

"The $35.00 Dinner will include selections of beef, chicken, pasta, two salads, coffee, tea and soda with the meal. ..." ...
 

Minnesota Handgun Carry Permit Holders Pass 75,000 Mark
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just over seven years after its passage, the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act of 2003 has resulted in over 75,000 people who now have active carry permits, a 500% increase over the number in effect before the law was reformed."

"According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, there were 75,583 active permits as of May 31, 2010."

"The MCPPA, passed in 2003, allows any U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who has taken state-approved training, paid a fee, and passed strict criminal, chemical abuse and mental health background checks to receive a five-year permit to carry a handgun in most public places." ...
 

NY: CVCS students participate in teleconference handgun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Does government have the right to ban the possession of handguns and is there a need for this ban?"

"These were the central topics of discussion among high school students from rural, urban and suburban schools across the country."

"Cassadaga Valley Central School's government class students were among six participating schools ... taking part in this discussion." ...

"Interestingly, the urban and suburban school students were more supportive of controlling handguns. They spoke of shootings that took place in their home areas."

"The rural area students ... said the guns that are common in their communities were used for hunting purposes."

"Protection was another factor." ...
 

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