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Take The ATF Challenge!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Since we have been going through this ordeal with the ATF, many of my friends in law enforcement have came forward to support us and to also tell us about their disrespect for the BATFE. The reason is not just because they are shutting down honest gun dealers over paperwork errors but the fact that when they find felons in possession of a firearm or guns used in a crime that the ATF REFUSES to press federal charges. ...

Here is my challenge to our Congressional Delegates and reporters who want to dig into this. Simply call up your local law enforcement and ask "In cases where a felon had possession of a firearm or a firearm was used in a crime, in how many cases have the ATF placed federal charges on this person?" ...
 

National Rifle Association under fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The July Fourth fireworks over the Washington Monument are nothing compared with the sounds of battle accompanying an uncommon war raging on Capitol Hill, gun-rights Web sites and radio talk shows.

Under fire is the National Rifle Association's embrace of what some are calling the most important gun-control measure passed in the House in years.

The NRA collaborated with its usual arch-nemesis, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, to craft a bill that would close a loophole in the 1993 Brady law ...

While the NRA says its participation made the measure less draconian and even gained back some ground lost in earlier gun-control battles, the Gun Owners of America and even a loud chorus of NRA backers are blasting the group for heresy.
 

East Coast homicides due to lack of.... immigrants and gun control?
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"Only one little problem with the implication that gun control is somehow responsible for plummeting crime... the Sullivan Act - THE major gun control legislation that allowed New York to become the fascist hellhole it is today - was enacted in 1911. That's right. 1911. I guess it took gun control nearly 90 years to work its magic? The New York City permitting and registration scheme for rifles and shotguns was passed in 1967. Why did it take nearly 30 years to work? And while homicides in New York city have finally begun to decrease, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for 2000, New York was listed as one of the most homicide-ridden cities in the nation..."
 

What Does Freedom Mean Anymore?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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It is worth remembering during this week divided by an Independence Day holiday that as Americans we are united by freedom, perhaps even as many freedoms as there are of us. That is both the ideal and the reality of America, that each one of us enjoys a freedom all our own, to defend through participation or allow abrogated through indifference. ...

When learned and thoughtful Americans irrespective of political persuasion think of freedom, they undoubtedly think firstly of the First Amendment of our Constitution ... Some also would automatically think of the Second Amendment, with its freedom of the people to keep and bear arms, and of the Fourth, with its freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.
 

Armed and dangerous
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A Senate committee has approved a pro-illegal-firearms, anti-cop amendment. The lamebrainchild of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the measure would put tight handcuffs on police use of federal gun-trace data - data that had been freely available until four years ago, when legislation sponsored by Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) interfered with law enforcement's ability to track weapons traced to crimes.
 

NRA meddling with gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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It's a harsh, political reality that few gun-control measures become law without a fight with the National Rifle Association. So forgive the natural suspicion that arises on the rare occasion the NRA agrees to tighten gun-violence safeguards. ...

The NRA says it supports the move because it tightens existing safeguards, rather than expand controls. But, no surprise, there's a gimmie or two for the NRA. Among the most troubling is the exclusion from the background-check system of veterans with mental health problems. No disrespect to these veterans' service to this country, but wouldn't you want to keep weapons from troubled individuals actually trained to hit a target?
 

William A. Patton Jr.: Americans' love affair with guns is fairly recent
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... In his book "Frontier Violence: Another Look," W. Eugene Hollon writes that the murder weapon most preferred by Americans before the Civil War was the knife or the bludgeon. After the war, the weapon of choice was the gun. The change occurred for several reasons. Large numbers of firearms and the technological improvements to those firearms made guns cheaper and easier to use. Prior to the war, all firearms had been single-shot weapons, which required continuous reloading. Starting in 1866, Winchester made and sold the first commercially available repeating firearms, both rifles and handguns. ...
 

KS: Guns in our midst: ‘It gives you the ability to look someone in the eye and say no’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A single, laminated flower hangs from the refrigerator in Richard Dyer’s Lawrence apartment.

You know, the art-project kind where the petals are made from a cutout of a small child’s hand. Hanging next to a Kansas City Royals schedule, it paints a grandfatherly picture.

Dyer’s curly white beard, a half-finished Sudoku puzzle on the kitchen table, and how he leans in and turns his ear toward you to hear better, add to the image.

But don’t let the 57-year-old, self-professed bookworm fool you. He can show you a different side, not that he would want to, nor that you would want to see it.

“One thing a firearm does for you is it gives you the ability to look someone in the eye and say ‘no,’ and mean it,” Dyer said. ...
 

OK: Armed and Licensed: Concealed carry law hitting mark
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Ten years later, officials say gun-carrying citizens responsible, deterring crime.

If the number of concealed-handgun license holders is any indication, robbers may have to worry about getting more than stolen goods during a heist.

With an increasing number of state residents legally packing heat, more robbers may be taking away some hot lead.

More than 54,000 Oklahomans are licensed to carry concealed handguns under the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, said Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. ...
 

Immigration Bill Dead For Now -- Gun owners unheralded in media, but played a huge role in the defeat of bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Well, the American public has spoken.

If you ever wondered whether your activism pays off, then look no further than the immigration debate. The bill went down in flames yesterday by a vote of 53-46.

And good thing too, because this bill was packing more than just immigration stuff -- it also contained anti-gun language as well.

But what else would you expect from a Ted Kennedy bill?

In addition to denying many law-abiding gun owners their right to find a job or buy a gun, the bill could have put every major gun shop out of business, something which the anti-gun left has been trying to do for years.
 

NY: State Seeks Registry To Enhance Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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In the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech University this past April, New York State Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood) has sponsored a bill that aims to create a "disqualifying information" registry to enhance gun control throughout New York State. Information contained in the registry would be used to prevent mentally ill individuals, or those who are suspected or convicted of a crime, from purchasing or possessing a firearm. The gun control legislation passed in the state Assembly on June 14 and, as of press time, was still waiting to be voted on by the state Senate. [emphasis added] ...
 

NM: Concealed-carry, pot laws go into effect
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A series of new laws that become effective today give New Mexicans access to marijuana for medical purposes, allow them more control over who views their credit report and ensure they get the most bang for their buck from a gift card. A total of 103 bills approved by state legislators this year and signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson will take effect today. ...

House Bill 588 allows residents with concealed-carry licenses for handguns to take them into convenience stores or grocery stores that sell packaged liquor. Previously, license holders weren't allowed to enter establishments that sold liquor, whether packaged or not. Businesses that sell beverages for consumption at the premises, however, will still be off-limits.
 

NY: Bloomy rages at gun-data foes
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Mayor Bloomberg invoked the wrath of God yesterday when he blasted U.S. senators who backed legislation that restricts cops' access to federal gun data. "What are they going to do when they face God?" Bloomberg asked on his weekly radio show, referring to the 19 senators who voted Thursday in committee to limit police access to the gun trace data.
 

James Madison to Tench Coxe, "Your arguments appear to me to place the subject to which they relate in its true light", Jan. 3, 1788
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"...I have been favored with yours of the 28 Ult. and thank you for the paper which it inclosed.(1) Your arguments appear to me to place the subject to which they relate in its true light* . . . . Col. Hamilton has read the paper with equal pleasure & approbation with myself..."

"...Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. . . . [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."

"...the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."

 

Thoughts on the Subject of Amendments, "the more certain basis of the acknowledged rights of man, and the established principles of freedom" By Tenche Coxe, Dec. 10, 1788
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"...the progress of political knowledge had given us the more certain basis of the acknowledged rights of man, and the established principles of freedom. Being possessed of constitutions formed out of these rights and principles, it was argued, that no sudden inroads upon the liberties of the people could be made, no insidious encroachments could be effected...."

"...The amendments that have been hitherto suggested may not improperly be divided into two kinds 1st. Those which are supposed immediately to regard the liberties of the people; and 2dly. Those which would effect a diminution of the powers of the federal legislature..."

"...the rights of the states, as well as those of the people, are involved in the proposed amendments..."
 

OH: Police officer charged after allegations by teen
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A West Milton police officer faces a misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge for allegations made by a 16-year-old girl. ...

He was charged by sheriff's detectives after an investigation into a complaint made by a teenage girl to West Milton Police Chief Tracy Hendricks, according to the sheriff's office report. ...

County Prosecutor Gary Nasal said Johnston was charged with a misdemeanor because the alleged victim is age 16 and there was no evidence that force was involved. The charge was filed in juvenile court because that court has jurisdiction in contributing to the delinquency of a minor cases, he said.

Nasal would not comment on specifics of the allegations against Johnston. ...
 

NJ: Officer charged in phone dispute
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Police charged a sergeant in the Passaic County Sheriff's Department with two disorderly persons charges for failing to turn over telephone records related to harassment charges against another sheriff's officer.

Sgt. Andrew Romeo,a corrections officer at the Passaic County Jail, was served Thursday with charges of hindering arrest and obstruction of administration of law, said North Haledon Police Chief Robert Bracco. ...

Romeo was charged for failing to turn over telephone records that a North Haledon detective subpoenaed, Bracco said. Bracco could not say whether the records had been turned over since ... Bracco said the department would pursue the charges in court now even if Romeo turned over the records.
 

OK: Nicoma Park officer charged with assault
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Nicoma Park Police Officer Chris Hudgens was charged Monday with domestic abuse for allegedly assaulting Charlene Kilmer ...

"According to the court affadavit, Oklahoma County Sheriff Deputy Michael Hanson was called to a house at the 2600 block of N. Alicia on a possible domestic abuse situation ...

“When I arrived I made contact with the reporting person Charlene Kilmer who stated that she was at the house located at 2660 N. Alicia getting some of her clothes when Chris Hudgens got upset and started to grab her. Charlene stated that Christ grabbed her in the bedroom and tossed her down on the bed and threatened to break her wrist. Charlene stated that he had her by the wrist ...” Hanson states in the affadavit.
 

AR: Trooper Who Killed Disabled Man Sentenced To 90 Days
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Former Arkansas State Trooper Larry Norman was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail and 30 days of public service at a center for the disabled in the March 2006 shooting death of a disabled man he mistook for an escaped fugitive.
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Submitter's Note: A much too harsh of a reprimand for one of our ruling elite, don't you think?
 

WV: Police officer charged in domestic battery case
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A Charleston police officer has been charged with domestic battery for allegedly grabbing his girlfriend by the throat and hitting her.

Daniel Adam Dodd became violent with his girlfriend during an argument at their home ...

Dodd, a patrolman with the Charleston Police Department for about four years, is on paid administrative leave until the case is resolved ...

According to the complaint, Dodd hit his girlfriend, Drema Dawn Pearson, choked her and pushed her down.

Pearson had bruises on her back, arm, thigh and neck, said State Police Trooper B.H. Moore of the South Charleston detachment. ...
 

GREECE: Greek police confronted by 'videos of shame'
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Greek police are battling accusations of brutality after their own films taken on mobile phones became public.

Public outrage has even prompted the leader of the opposition party PASOK, former foreign minister George Papandreou, to call them "videos of shame" that have created "a legacy of ... Greek Guantanamo camps."

The controversy was sparked on June 16 when a video of two immigrant youths in police custody, beaten and forced to slap each other in punishment after an alleged bag-snatching, was posted on the Internet by a blogger.
 

Canada: T.O. police officer charged after SIU probes crash
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A Toronto police officer is facing criminal charges after his cruiser collided with a car late last year.

Peter Eckersall was charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm Friday after a Special Investigations Unit probe into the accident.

The SIU said in a statement the officer's car was traveling westbound on Ellesmere road responding to a 911 weapons call on October 5, 2006 when it crashed into a vehicle driving the opposite direction.

The 40-year-old female driving the other car suffered multiple fractures. The passenger, the woman's 10-year-old daughter, wasn't injured.

Based on evidence from the investigation the SIU concluded that there were reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence. ...
 

VA: Brady propaganda in the Roanoke Times
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"...My right to own a pistol, shotgun, rifle or grenade launcher does not infringe on any right you may have. And I'm talking about real rights here - not the kind of rights that obligate me to give up something for you - not the kind that confer an obligation on me to somehow grant you what you wish. ..." ...

"I had to explain to you the concept of a right, because you and your cowardly collection of cretins seem to think that feeling safe and secure is somehow your right. It's not. A feeling is subjective. ...And if it happens to confer an obligation on me to disarm, infringing on my "right" to feel safe and secure, it's not a simultaneously existing right among human beings, and therefore you're not entitled to it."
 

MN: NRA's clout causes nation to overlook need for regulations
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Instigated by the Virginia Tech shootings, the U.S. House recently passed gun legislation supported by an unlikely alliance between the National Rifle Association and the Democratic Party.

The bill expedites the incorporation of individuals prohibited by law from buying firearms into a national data base for background checks maintained by the FBI.

With NRA support, the measure is expected to obtain Senate approval and become the first major gun legislation in more than a decade. Although a positive step, the legislation highlights the ability of the NRA and other gun rights groups to influence government policy and public opinion regarding firearms. ...
 

OH: Sheriff faces lawsuit
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A Tiffin man is suing the Seneca County Sheriff’s office, alleging civil rights violations.

Timothy Norville filed the lawsuit ... and alleges his Second Amendment right to own a gun is being denied.

Norville alleges the infringement because the Sheriff’s Office entered his brother’s arrest record into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center system under Norville’s Social Security number and date of birth.

Hall said they believe the mix-up of personal information occurred when Norville was arrested in October 1998 for assault at the same time his brother was arrested for disorderly conduct. ...

“My client would like to purchase a firearm. The right to own a firearm is a constitutional right,” Hall said.
 

UK: Hooligan in violent fight sent to jail
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A HOOLIGAN who acted like a "young gangster" and wielded a baseball bat during a fight in Cambridge city centre has been jailed.

Aaron Hudson was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment after the earlyhours argument with US servicemen in the market square was caught on CCTV.

Cambridge Crown Court was shown video footage of the 23-year-old taking the bat from his VW Golf during a showdown with the Americans and swinging it viciously at them.

Two of Hudson's swings failed to connect, but a third appeared to hit a victim hidden from the camera's view. The bat broke in two and Hudson fled to a car, diving in through the passenger window as the vehicle sped off.
 

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