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Racist death threat for Oath Keeper Rhodes debunks SPLC ‘hate watch’ lie
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'We are not going to let you ‘disappear’ until you are a Darwin award winner safely dead.'" ...
 

Mainstream Media "Misleading" Reports on Rifle Sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No sooner had the Obama Administration approved a regulation sought by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) requiring federally licensed firearms retailers along the Southwest border to report multiple sales of modern sporting rifles, did news outlets across the country begin misrepresenting the issue." ...
 

GOA & Gun Rights At the Center of the Debt Limit Fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You've heard a lot about the 'debt limit fight going on in Washington."

"But have you ever wondered how it affects you and your Second Amendment rights?" ...
 

TTAG Survey: Because we <3 data
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Continuing in Brad’s efforts to know just a little bit more about you (but this time YES it’s for our “files”), I present the July 2011 TTAG Reader Survey! As we slowly march forwards in terms of readership and quality, it would be nice to know exactly what our readers want from this site so we can tailor the content to exactly suit what you want to see from the site. ..." ...
 

NBC Chicago’s Edward Mcclelland: Burn Down Gun Factories
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NBC Chicago blogger Edward Edward Mcclelland‘s not happy about the fact that ex-con Rodrick Dantzler got ahold of a .40 caliber handgun and killed seven people in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 'The only way to prevent this sort of thing from happening again is to track the weapon back to the gun manufacturer, then burn its factory to the ground. As long as it is legal to make and sell a product whose only function is to kill people, that product will be used to kill people illegally. A thug who's planning a murder is not likely to worry about the penalty for stealing a gun.' At least Eddy gets that part of the equation right. And then he’s off again . . ." ...
 

Finally, some fallout from Fast and Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Justice Department announced on Monday that gun dealers in Arizona and other border states will have to begin notifying law enforcement officials any time they sell more than two semi-automatic rifles to someone during a five-day period."

"Republicans quickly denounced the new requirement, saying the feds are looking for cover in the wake of the disastrous Fast and Furious program."

"They probably are. But does that make the reporting requirement a bad idea?" ...
 

Who was the Real "Doc" Holliday?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the great legends of the American Old West surrounds the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corrall. The 'winners' of this gun battle against the Clanton-McLaury gang—the Earp brothers and John Henry 'Doc' Holliday—are still household names today because of popular films like 'Tombstone' (1993) and 'Wyatt Earp' (1994) and two recent books: 'The Last Gunfight' by Jeff Guinn and 'Doc' by Mary Doria Russell."

"We were fortunate to catch up with Mary Doria Russell to ask her some questions about her new novel and the fascinating life of her lead character. ..." ...
 

TN: Security Guard, Suspect Injured In Shootout (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A security guard and one of the suspects he was after are both in critical condition at The MED after a shootout in Berclair early Sunday morning."

"At 1:30 a.m., police say 26-year-old security guard Vincent Bialk approached a burglar who was breaking into a car in the parking lot of La Granja Bar and Grill on Summer Ave."

"As Bialk told the thief to drop a stick he was holding, police say a second burglar shot Bialk in the stomach."

"Two other security guards then came to Bialk's aid, and they exchanged gunfire with the suspects." ...
 

FL: Shot from .357-magnum just misses teen burglar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A teenage burglar is lucky to be alive after a resident of the home entering fired a shot at him on Monday, July 11."

"The burglar was one of two teens attempting to enter a Southwest Field Avenue home just before 2 p.m. when a 19-year-old resident, David Butler III, heard the break-in occurring and went to get his father's .357-magnum handgun ..."

"Butler saw one of the teens attempting to open a bedroom window and fired one shot, missing the burglar, who then fled along with the accomplice ..." ...
 

OH: Robber shot by one of the victims he was attempting to rob
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While on scene, officers were approached by a male who said that he had been walking down Lakeview earlier with two other males when they were surrounded by two unknown males. Those males attempted to rob them, but the victim told police he pulled his own gun and fired 2 shots at the suspect who had been pointing a gun at him." ...

"The victim allowed officers into his home to show them the weapon used, and show his CCW permit." ...
 

UT: Police say Salt Lake City man was ambushed in his apartment
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"A man who was ambushed in his Salt Lake City apartment tried to grab the gun of one of his attackers and was hit with brass knuckles, pistol whipped and beaten to the point of requiring hospital care, police say." ...
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Submitter's note: Trying to grab an attackers gun isn't as good as having your own with you to prevent these types of injuries.
 

ATF Death Watch 35: The Reluctant Attache (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gosh, it seemed like such a good idea at the time. Last October, the ATF made a point of announcing they’d be sending William Newell, their fair-haired-boy head of the Phoenix office, to Mexico City as the agency’s attaché there. Except a funny thing happened on the way to the City of Palaces…" ...
 

New Fast & Furious allegation about witness access to documents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A startling new allegation about possible tainting of potential witness testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has surfaced in a letter sent yesterday by Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley to Attorney General Eric Holder." ...
 

The Dirty Dozen, Gunwalker-style: Will they all come out like it's Halloween?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley have issued a letter to AG Eric Holder stating 'we have learned that senior officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ), including Senate-confirmed political appointees, were unquestionably aware of the implementation of this reckless program.'"

"In the letter they identify 12 officials, appropriately nicknamed 'The Dirty Dozen' by Mike Vanderboegh on his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog. Mike also transcribes the letter, and I have posted it on Scribd. Click here to read it and to see who they are." ...
 

DOJ’s Fast and Furious head fake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of swelling outrage over the Obama administration’s fatally botched Fast and Furious straw gun purchase racket, the DOJ is punishing the very whistleblowers who protested the scheme in the first place."

"This is a head fake."

"Instead of exercising more control over lawless bureaucrats within its own agencies, the Obama administration is tightening its grip over law-abiding gun shops:" ...
 

Breaking story: Grassley & Issa catch Eric Holder with his cover-up underwear down around his ankles.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From a letter by Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa to Eric Holder released this morning:"
"We have recently learned that the [ATF] has afforded potential witnesses for the Committee's investigation into Operation Fast and Furious access to a shared drive on its computer system replete with pertinent investigative documents, including ATF e-mails. ..."

"... These witnesses had not previously seen many of these documents."

"Allowing witnesses access to such documents could taint their testimony by allowing them to tailor their responses to what they think the Committees already know. ..." ...
 

Eric Holder Feigns Ignorance of Operation ‘Fast and Furious’ Now, But He Bragged of Overseeing Its Implementation in 2009
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"News about Operation 'Fast and Furious' is now ubiquitous. Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson’s Fourth of July testimony to Senator Charles Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa blew the cover off what appears to be one of the biggest political cover-ups in the last 50 years." ...
 

Obama must remove Eric Holder, or he’s complicit with Fast and Furious cover-up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Florida Republican Rep. Allen West is demanding that President Barack Obama force Attorney General Eric Holder to resign."

"Appearing on Nashville radio host Steve Gill’s show last week, West said Obama would be “complicit” with what he sees as Justice Department attempts to slow down and avoid a congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunrunner if he didn’t push his attorney general to resign. ..." ...
 

Issa, Grassley ask for communications between 12 DoJ officials
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious continued to grow Tuesday as Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Eric Holder for records and communications involving a dozen current and former Justice Department officials."

"In a letter to Holder, obtained earlier today by this column, Issa and Grassley asked for 'all records relating to communications between and among' the 12 named individuals. ..." ...
 

U.S. Taxes Bought ATF Guns for Cartels; Holder Lied
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the scandal surrounding the Obama administration’s operation to put high-powered guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels continues to grow, new revelations suggest that American taxpayers might have actually paid for the weapons through the stimulus bill and multiple agencies. On top of that, Attorney General Eric Holder apparently lied about his knowledge of the scheme." ...
 

“Fast and Furious” hits a roadblock (audio story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Initially meant to use guns as a way of tracking drug cartels which operate across the Mexican/US border, the 'Fast and Furious' program has backfired in a big way. The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which was behind this strategy, is now drawing fire from all sides. The public is up in arms over the disclosure of the fact that, in 2009 and 2010 alone, over hundreds of weapons have been allowed from the US into Mexico illegally. ..." ...
 

Bilirakis questions Holder, Melson on Tampa gunwalking allegations
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'These reports,' [Congressman] Bilirakis writes, 'raise troubling questions about the motives, intentions, and competency of the ATF and DOJ.'" ...
 

Holder's claims to have only just learned of Gunrunner proven false - by his own website
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the Operation Fast and Furious story continues, it seems the Attorney General of the United States has more than a little explaining to do over his having very little personal knowledge of the operation ..."

"On May 3, Mr. Holder testified (as in stated under oath) to Representative Darrell Issa's House Oversight and Government Reform committee that he only learned about the operation 'in the last few weeks'."

"Over the weekend, The Washington Examiner's 'Beltway Confidental' ... reported that website Big Government (http://biggovernment.com/tag/gunrunner/) had quoted a speech in which Holder had, in fact, bragged about having overseen its implementation in 2009." ...
 

Chris Cox Versus Dennis Hennigan On CNN (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dennis Henigan, Acting President of the Brady Campaign, and Chris Cox, head of the NRA-ILA, appeared on CNN's American Morning to discuss and debate the new reporting requirements issued yesterday by the Department of Justice. ..." ...
 

Justice Department’s New Rule on Border Gun Sales Gets Mixed Reviews
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Justice Department’s new policy on requiring all gun shops in four Southwest border states to report frequent buyers of semi-automatic weapons is drawing both praise and criticism."

"Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, is pleased with the new requirement." ...

"But the National Rifle Association (NRA) said it plans to sue the administration over the rule."

"'This is a blatant effort by the Obama administration and ATF to divert focus of Congress and the general public from their gross incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal,' NRA executive director Chris Cox said in a statement." ...
 

Obama Uses Executive Order to Pass Border States Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, the Obama administration announced that it was in the process of preparing new gun safety measures. The announcement, which coincided with the six-month anniversary of the Tucson, Arizona, shooting, provoked criticism from pro-gun groups as yet another way for the government to infringe upon Second Amendment rights. The administration appears unmoved, and today is putting its words into effect, by way of executive order." ...
 

White House Press Briefing By Jay Carney, July 12, 2011
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Q Does the President believe that a new regulation is going to have a real impact on stopping the illegal flow of arms to Mexico?"

"MR. CARNEY: Well, as the Deputy Attorney General said yesterday, this targeted measure will improve the ability of ATF to detect and disrupt the illegal weapons-trafficking networks responsible for diverting firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations. So, yes, we believe it will improve the ATF’s ability to do that." ...
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Submitter's Note: But the ATF said they already know who the straw buyers are, the purpose of Operation Gunwalker Gunrunner was to find the "bigwigs", not the little fish.
 

Rick Perry’s unwavering support for gun rights could boost his presidential prospects
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Texans have had a love affair with firearms since . . . well, since there was Texas. But the topic of guns seems hotter than ever in Texas right now. Look at the media coverage: KHOU 11 explores whether Texans are safer now that the Texas Legislature has passed a law that allows employees to keep handguns locked in their cars while they work, the Houston Chronicle reports on the aftermath of the Fast and the Furious program, and Texas on the Potomac publishes an interactive map tracking guns from their legal sale in Texas to their ultimate use in drug cartel violence in Mexico." ...
 

MS: Tough MS House Candidate Gets Highest Grade From NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"First she made news for killing a giant rattlesnake with her hoe, then promised to do the same to big government spending. Now Cindy Shivers Bryan is receiving more accolades in the toughness department."

"Bryan, a Republican candidate for Mississippi House of Representatives (District 91), is being given an 'A' rating by the National Rifle Association, the premier defender of the Second Amendment in the nation." ...
 

AZ: Senator Lori Klein Gives TTAG Her Side of the Story
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senator Lori Klein, our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day today, took the time to call me back to give TTAG her version of what happened when azcentral.com writer Richard Ruelas and a photographer interviewed her recently. You probably won’t be surprised that the Senator told me that what was portrayed in the story wasn’t an entirely accurate description of what happened…" ...
 

OR: State representative reflects on the Legislature’s accomplishments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Noted anthropologist Jane Goodall once said 'compromise is all right, as long as your values don’t change.'"

"That's the way I would sum up much of the 2011 session of the Oregon Legislature. We all gave a little and got a little, but in the end we were able to stick to our principles. ..." ...

"Many issues remain unresolved, from supporting our Second Amendment rights to enhancing the integrity of our elections system. I continue to pursue these items and many more that are important to Oregonians and encourage you to send me your ideas."
 

SCOTUS Grants Review in Firearm Search Warrant Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Fourth Amendment guarantees our right to not be subjected to search and seizure under a 'general' search warrant (i.e., a warrant not based on probable cause ...)."

"Firearms are generally lawful to possess, and usually may not be seized without probable cause that a specific firearm was used in a crime. On August 24, 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Millender v. County of Los Angeles, et al. (07-55518), confirmed that a general search warrant requesting the seizure of 'all handguns, rifles or shotguns of any caliber, or any firearms capable of firing ammunition…' was unconstitutional when the police who sought the warrant were aware they were actually searching for just one specific firearm." ...
 

NJ: Bayonne settles suit with men who accused police of assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bayonne has paid nearly $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two city men who said they were brutally assaulted by police as they left Fratelli’s Bar on Broadway in 2007."

"The city and officers admitted no liability or wrongdoing in the May 25 settlement made with plaintiffs Michael Condo, 25, of West Fifth Street, and Greg DeRocco, 38, of Avenue A." ...
 

NJ: Former Newark police officer says he was fired after blowing whistle on cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Newark police officer says he was fired for telling department investigators about a group of detectives accused of stealing money from drug dealers in 2007, according to a civil lawsuit filed last month." ...
 

NY: 2 NYPD officers charged with assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two NYPD officers are facing assault charges."

"26-year-old Police Officer Joseph Murphy, and 28-year-old Police Officer Jose Ocasio are accused of beating up a 17-year-old after giving him a summons back in February." ...
 

WI: Former Birchwood police officer not allowed to be in the force
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Birchwood Police Officer will not be allowed to have another job in the force."

"Online court records show 56-year-old Peter Weatherhead pleaded guilty Monday to a count of disorderly conduct and also negligent operation of a vehicle." ...

"Weatherhead was originally charged for sexual assault but that charge was amended." ...
 

DC: Government As Gun Dealer? (Updated)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Believe it or not but this is NOT a story about Operation Fast and Furious, Operation Castaway, or any of the other Project Gunwalker variants."

"It is, however, about a proposal before the District of Columbia City Council that would make the D.C. government a Federal Firearms Licensee. Currently there are no operating FFL's[sic] in the District of Columbia since Charles Sykes lost his lease. ..." ...

"UPDATE: It looks like the DC City Council will be rejecting this bill." ...
 

NC: Temporary Rules Proposed By NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NC Wildlife Resources Commission sent out notice of temporary rules that will go into effect on October 1st. The new rules are needed due to changes in wildlife laws made by the General Assembly. It impacts crow, coyote, and hog hunters." ...
 

WI: License to carry doesn't equal a license to kill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With concealed carry set to take effect this fall; we talked to local attorneys to find out when and how you can legally defend yourself."

"When Governor Scott Walker signed the concealed carry bill into law on Friday, he said Wisconsinites shouldn't have to worry anymore about protecting themselves or their family with a firearm. Both attorneys we talked to say the number one thing you need to know if you're going to carry a gun, is the law." ...
 

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