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The Devil and Daniel Webster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Huh. As is typical for what passes as thought at WaPo on the gun issue, there is no mention of Gunwalker, no mention of Mexican military and police corruption, no mention of real military weapons...nahhh, this is all noncontroversial, all reasonable all common sense—as long as we look to the gungrabbers to define those terms."

"And a gungrabber Webster most certainly is, along with the fraudulent enterprise he shills for. ..." ...
 

It Takes A Village
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "And we learn that surviving residents of the village of Obo decided they would not go gentle into that good night. Instead, they 'raised their own volunteer scout force, armed it with homemade shotguns, and began disseminating intelligence on the LRA’s movements using the village’s sole, short-range FM radio transmitter.'”
 

Botched East-side Detroit Barber Shop Robbery Attempt Proves That Guns Save Lives
Submitted by: PGP GunWorks
Website: http://pgpgunworks.com

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"Gun control advocates are predictably silent in the aftermath of a botched robbery attempt of an east-side Detroit barber shop last week. Apparently, the 'gun grabbers' feel that if they can't say anything nice about lawfully armed citizens thwarting a crime of violence and saving the lives of fellow customers then perhaps they won't say anything at all."

"Usually the gun grabbers are noticeably vocal in their disdain of firearms when they are used unlawfully by criminals to rob, to rape, and to murder victims. They loudly and incorrectly opine that if guns were illegal then criminals would not have access to them and that violent crime would also not exist." ...
 

Chicago Still Disrespects Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"That’s the upshot of a recent decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Ezell v. City of Chicago. This was a challenge to the new regulations the city enacted in the wake of McDonald v. City of Chicago case, which applied the Second Amendment to the states."

"In an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s clear holding, Chicago’s ordinance first mandates that would-be gun owners receive training at a firing range but then prohibits firing ranges from operating in the city. ..." ...
 

Hezbollah in Mexico--and not arming themselves through any 'gun show loophole'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Business Insider bears the alarming news that the Iran-supported terrorist group Hezbollah is busy establishing a presence in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America:" ...
 

Interview with NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox at the United Nations (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the 'NRA News Minute' videos."

"To view the current firearms or gun rights news video, please click above:" ...
 

NRA will help resist fascism in U.S.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear Editor: Most people would not consider the ultra-conservative, pro-military, war-glorifying NRA as being anti-fascist. Actually, in its own limited but very important way, it is very anti-fascist."

"The reason the NRA is very anti-fascist is this. The NRA is resisting both pro-fascist major political parties’ efforts to destroy the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment guarantees the right of American citizens to keep and bear firearms." ...
 

TTAG at AAC: A Little Background
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With my trip to AAC coming up at the end of the week, I thought I should take a little time to give you guys some background information on the company and their products. So, what exactly does AAC do?"

"AAC is a manufacturing company; they make stuff. Based in Georgia (the state, not the country) they produce firearms related products for both the civilian and military markets. Their products can be broken down into three distinct categories: cans, accessories, and ammo." ...
 

Gun Review: M1 Garand Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For some folks, the M1 Garand is a venerated object, a potent symbol of American greatness during World War II. Some of these people make an almost holy exercise out of researching serial numbers and finding the correct elusive parts. Yea, verily, for some searcheth out the lock bar rear sight, even from the very bowels of the earth, while others locketh not the rear sight, lest they anger the spirit of John C. Garand." ...
 

Army Considers Plastic Ammo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Soldiers may soon have a solution . . . that cuts the weight of small-arms ammunition nearly in half and provides a potential replacement for the SAW that weighs a whopping 8.3 pounds less than the current M249,' military.com reports. 'The weight reduction comes in the form of a new light machine gun and ammunition developed by engineers from the Lightweight Small Arms Technologies [LSAT] program.' According to Kori Phillips, systems management engineer with Joisey-based ARDEC [Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center], 'We are using cased telescoped ammunition which uses a strong plastic case instead of a traditional brass case.' And that means . . ." ...
 

IA: Congressman, grandson fight off armed intruder
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"An eight-term congressman from Iowa helped fight off an armed man who invaded his farm house in Decatur County and attacked his daughter on Saturday night ..." ...

"While the two [Congressman and intruder] scuffled, Boswell's grandson Mitchell grabbed a loaded .12-gauge shotgun from a nearby room and confronted the intruder, who then fled into the surrounding field and reportedly was still on the run." ...
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KABA Note: According to David Codrea, Rep. Boswell is D-rated by GOA.
 

IA: Iowa Congressman, Family Safe After Home Invasion (another view)
Submitted by: Wildfire

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"A home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell's Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder, according to a statement from the congressman's office. No one was seriously injured." ...
 

Justice Department trying to shield officials in guns scandal, ATF chief says
Submitted by: PGP GunWorks
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"The Justice Department is trying to protect its political appointees from the Fast and Furious scandal by concealing an internal 'smoking gun' report and other documents that acknowledge the role top officials played in the program that allowed firearms to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives." ...
 

ATF Death Watch 40: Come on in! The water’s fine!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You just knew this was gonna happen. Here we’ve been focusing on the ATF lo these many weeks. And now the shockwaves emanating from Fast n’ Furious are rippling out to other alphabetic agencies in the ObamaNation. Think the ATF could get in this much trouble and screw up this badly without some big-time help from it’s sister-agencies? Think again, because reports are starting to surface that the FBI is neck-deep in kimchee, right along with our friends from the ATF&E (and sometimes Really Big Fires). And here at TTAG, we're not too big to say 'I told you so.'" ...
 

ATF Chief Admits Mistakes in 'Fast and Furious,' Accuses Holder Aides of Stonewalling Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The head of the [ATF] has admitted that his agency, in at least one instance, allowed sales of high-powered weapons without intercepting them -- and he accuses his superiors at the Justice Department of stonewalling Congress to protect political appointees in the scandal over those decisions."

"Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson made the disclosures about the so-called Operation Fast and Furious in an interview with congressional investigators looking into the controversial anti-gunrunning initiative." ...
 

Momentum builds, web expands on Fast and Furious investigation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Momentum is building and the web appears to be expanding dramatically in the Congressional investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, which is now seeking communications involving senior personnel at both the FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency; developments that are being closely watched by Northwest gun rights activists here and here." ...
 

ATF's 'fast and furious' pushes DOJ to skirt Congress to crack down on gun sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE/ATF) “gun walking” scandal has captured the mainstream media’s attention; the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) response for added gun regulation is going over like a straw purchase." ...
 

Why Did Drug Thugs Assassinate ICE Agent Zapata?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Five months after U.S. immigration agent Jaime Zapata was shot to death by a Mexican drug cartel, his family is demanding to know whether the weapons were purchased in the United States and smuggled into Mexico under the now-defunct Fast and Furious operation,' latimes.com reports. That's kinda weird; a few days after the killing, we heard reports that the Mexican e-Trace on guns recovered at the scene revealed the connection to the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious. The more interesting question: what was Jaime Zapata doing in Mexico in the first place? I mean, we get the means: ATF-enabled guns. The opportunity is clear enough: a government convoy down a lonesome four-lane highway in Mexico. What was the motive? ..." ...
 

No excuse for any congressman to be unaware of 'Project Gunwalker'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In gathering information for yesterday's column about gun rights wins in the July 13 House Appropriations Committee meeting, I spent a great deal of time watching the video of that meeting. Despite the positive outcome, it was not a pleasant experience (Otto von Bismarck will get no arguments from me), but there were a couple moments that made the rest worth it." ...
 

To fight Mexican cartels, House Democrats seek to make gun trafficking a crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Responding to reports that Mexican drug cartels have bulked up on weapons bought north of the border, House Democrats are pushing legislation aimed at combating the trafficking of U.S—purchased guns to the cartels."

"The bill ... would make gun trafficking a crime under a new federal statute."

"Its sponsor, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said at a news conference that currently, there is no federal statute that outlaws gun trafficking to criminal organizations. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: You can't really say she is lying, even though every single action her bill criminalizes is already illegal, the is, indeed "no federal statute that outlaws gun trafficking to criminal organizations".
 

House Dems to Make Breaking Gun Laws Even More Illegaler
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thank God we have Congressional Democrats to keep us safe from gun crime. Right? Stalwarts like Elijah Cummings and Carolyn Maloney are ever-vigilant, watching the horizon for new threats. And as soon as they spot one, bam! They throw all of their well-practiced legislation-writing capabilities into making sure that gun trafficking isn’t just against the law, it’s even illegaler than it already is. Because nothing fixes a problem like more laws…" ...
 

IL: Concealed carry getting a fresh look from officials
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Especially now that Illinois is the only state that does not allow concealed carry, some local officials said it’s time to change the law."

"State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, wasn’t always in support of concealed carry but has since shifted positions, even co-sponsoring a bill that would allow it." ...
 

IA: Natural Resources Commission Bans Lead Ammo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Iowa Natural Resources Commission gave final approval to the establishment of a dove season to begin on September 1. However, the Commission felt it necessary to add an amendment that will now ban the use of traditional ammunition when dove hunting."

"The Commission has taken a page straight out of the anti-hunting extremist groups’ playbook to deter hunting through traditional ammunition bans. ..." ...
 

ATF puts 250 million illegal cigarettes on streets
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Undercover ATF agents in Virginia have funneled more than 250 million cigarettes onto the nation’s streets in the past three years through black market sales targeting smugglers, an Associated Press review has found. Authorities say the flood of government-provided smokes — a pack and a half for every man, woman and child in New York City, the smugglers’ main destination — leads them to organized crime rings and can even cut off financing for terrorists."
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Submitter's Note: And the ATF hits just keep on rollin' in!
 

In Seattle, they’re thanking the San Francisco police for good marksmanship
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Less than a week after the slaying of a pregnant South Seattle teenager, people in the Jet City are offering thanks today to the San Francisco Police Department for the marksmanship skills of the officers who fatally shot the 'person of interest' in that girl’s murder in a gunfight Saturday afternoon stemming from an attempt to ride the subway there without paying." ...
 

UT: West Valley City officer-involved shooting ruled unjustified
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has ruled a May 24 shooting by a West Valley City police officer — who fired at and missed a fleeing driver — was not justified."

"On May 24, West Valley City police officer Jared Cardon fired at and missed Jose Alberto Contreras, who, according to the charges against him, was fleeing in a car following a hit-and-run crash."

"Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, though, said witness statements agreed that Contreras was attempting to drive around Cardon and not at him directly. Also, the ballistics and positions of parked cars show that Contreras was not driving directly at Cardon ..." ...
 

CT: Police officers shoot each other as they try to arrest child porn suspect at Harry Potter screening
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Two policemen are recovering after they were shot by fellow officers as they tried to arrest a man on child pornography charges outside a crowded move[sic] theatre."

"The incident happened as undercover officers tried to apprehend the unarmed man in the parking lot as he left a screening of Harry Potter in Plainville, Connecticut." ...
 

UT: Morgan City Justice Court to close
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"Morgan City Justice Court will close its doors at the end of August after years of operating in the red.

"'Ever since the court has been in existence, it’s never been a money-maker,' said Morgan City Council member Shelly Betz. ..." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's note: Wow what an epic accidental admission from the government's own mouth (of what we already knew). Gee, and all this time I thought "justice" courts were about justice. Turns out they're about profit.
 

NJ: Jersey City police deem gun buy-back program a success
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Saturday’s gun buy-back program in Jersey City exceeded expectations, according to Jersey City police officials." ...
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H/t to David Codrea whose photo cropping highlights the pictured "Only One"'s bad gun handling habits.
 

PA: Regulation goes too far, say Pocono doctors
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... "The legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, forbids physicians from asking patients about their gun ownership in the course of a medical examination unless there's a direct safety concern, such as a mental health issue."

"Patients can, however, initiate the dialogue themselves."

"The law's defenders, including the National Rifle Association, claim that it's intended to prevent discrimination against gun owners, but doctors across the nation, including the Poconos, aren't buying it."

"'I think it's a very, very bad idea,' said Dr. Ian Foster, who has a family practice in Shawnee-on-Delaware. 'My asking if a patient owns guns has nothing to do with the right to bear arms.'" ...
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KABA Note: Of course asking about gun ownership has nothing to do with the right to bear arms. Just like when the Nazis asked if people were Jewish, it had nothing to do with religious freedom. Merely asking the question can't do any harm, right?
 

OR: Green Watch: Neighbors tell range to “get the lead out.”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "According to the fine folks at the EPA, lead is classified as a 'toxic substance.' But hold the phone, Lucile. Under federal environmental regs, if you use a toxic substance for it's 'intended purpose,' it's not toxic. Since a gun range offers an 'intended purpose' under the law, the lead on the gun range property is not a toxic substance, and is therefore not a hazard. However, should the gun club lose their lease, somebody’s gonna be on the hook for cleaning up all that land, for without the gun club in operation, what was once covered by 'intended purpose' is no longer, and the lead instantly and magically transmogrified from 'non-toxic' to 'toxic' with the stroke of a pen." ...
 

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