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Gun-Grabbers Can’t Get No Satisfaction
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... “'You can’t always get what you want.'”
 

Dick Metcalf, Unforgiven
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Back in the day, Dick Metcalf penned an article for Guns & Ammo advocating infringements on the Second Amendment. The Powers That Be fired Metcalf and the magazine’s editor. Anti-gun activists immediately leaped to Metcalf’s defense. They used his dismissal to try to prove that the supporters of firearms freedom are intolerant hypocrites that will not tolerate 'dialogue' or the slightest dissent within their own ranks. ..."

"Metcalf wasn’t fired for presenting a contrary point of view. His employment was terminated because he made fundamental errors of history, tone, language and tactics. He badly misstated the history of the Second Amendment and its purpose. ..." ...
 

How About We Regulate Alcohol And Cigarettes?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A week ago, horror author Stephen King took to his Twitter account to spew forth his political opinion on guns. In the aftermath of yet another shooting after a rap concert in Colorado, the man responsible for some of the most nightmarish literary violence in history, told his followers that guns should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes." ...
 

Why Airline Carry is a Really Bad Idea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"RF and I recently discussed a machine gun attack on Pakistani airliner. RF believed the incident proves that airplane carry is relatively safe. More than that, he believes that concealed carry on an airplane is A-OK. Or, rather, should be an A-OK thing to do. While I understand his point about Americans’ gun rights and agree with him on an ideological level, I can’t agree on a practical basis. I think there are one or two rather important points that Robert was ignoring that are muy importante when considering this issue, points that make my own point of view almost completely the opposite of his . . ." ...
 

Big Apple bloodbath: Calls for return of ‘stop-and-frisk’ a good idea?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Six months into the term of New York’s ultra-liberal anti-gun Mayor Bill de Blasio has some folks wishing for the 'good old days' under Michael Bloomberg, who supported the so-called 'stop-and-frisk' policy to check people for illegal guns, according to a Monday report on WPIX 11, and this morning’s New York Daily News."

"This past weekend saw 23 people shot in the Big Apple, including four who died. That rivaled Slaughterhouse Chicago for violence, where one person was killed over the weekend and 'at least 35 others were wounded,' according to the local CBS affiliate." ...
 

Hot New Idea: Doctors Should Be Trained to Determine Who is "Fit" to Carry a Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Remember when I warned about the dangers of President Obama's Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy? Here's another reason why the National Rifle Association and even pro-Second Amendment Democrats have lined up together to oppose his nomination: the Left wants doctors trained to determine who is 'fit' to carry a firearm. More on this proposal and study being used to justify the move from The Atlantic:" ...
 

Guns, psychopaths and a nation divided
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Taking my cue from fellow Write Team member Nathan Hovious, I felt obliged to render my take on the omnipresent gun issue."

"Every possible argument has been made from both sides of the political aisle — Second Amendment hysteria, floundering background checks, assault rifle moratoriums. With catastrophic numbers of Americans killed in gun violence each year, it would seem something, for better or worse, would have been enacted by now. We are still waiting."

"But in the minds of many, including Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association executive vice president, our nation's mental health system may rest at center stage." ...
 

Does Freedom to Carry Guns on College Campuses Make School Safer?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "'If I was in that deli when the guy came and shot it, I don’t know how I would react,' he said. 'But I’d like to think that I would have the mental clarity and capacity to stop it.'"

"Castro’s romantic vision of heroism is not a new one. For years, perhaps the most prevalent argument for allowing guns on campuses has been that they can be used for self-defense in an active shooter situation. The epicenter of this debate is concealed carry ..."

"On Tuesday, Idaho became the seventh state to allow carrying of concealed weapons on public college campuses, joining Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures." ...
 

Hickok45 Shows Us What Happens When Watermelons Meet a .500 Magnum Revolver (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Hickok45, in classic Hickok45 fashion, shows us what happens when a group of dangerous watermelons meets a Smith and Wesson .500 Magnum revolver."

"The results are… explosive (sorry…)." ...
 

New from SureFire: X400 with Green Laser, XM Tailcap for Scout Lights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gearscout has scouted-out two new products from SureFire that look like sure fire hits. The $790 X400 rail-mounted light now comes with a green laser. 'In addition to being highly visible, the five-milliwatt (505 nanometer) green laser of this new X400 Ultra is generated by a green-laser diode, making it more reliable over a wider temperature range than double YAG green lasers on the market.' 'Cause operators operating operationally need both arctic and equatorial reliability. In terms of actual operation, try this [from the SureFire product page] at home . . ." ...
 

The ammunition shortage is a real thing. Here’s why it happened.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"America's shooters have had around five years of trouble finding enough bullets for their guns. In the years after President Obama's 2008 election, then again after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting ... big-spending gun aficionados left manufacturers struggling to keep shelves full. Now, the shortage seems to be winding down."

"Demand has remained high since 2008, in part because some gun owners, frightened that Obama would tighten gun control laws, went into panic mode. But that's only one side of it. The problem is that supply never seemed to quite meet that demand. And that's in part because ... skittish manufacturers don't believe the panic will last long enough to make it worth the investment in costly new factories." ...
 

Gun makers flee Northeast for ‘true blood Second Amendment’ states (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Gun manufacturers are leaving the Northeast in droves, seeking out new production homes in the comparatively low-tax, Second Amendment-friendly South — and at a time when firearms sales have skyrocketed, industry data showed."

"'Everybody who is looking to expand in new factory space is looking outside the Northeast,' said Brian Ruttenbur, an analyst with CRT Capital Group, in Reuters. 'The reasons are taxes, labor and laws.'" ...
 

Exclusive interview with Everytown president; Gun control group discusses its agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In April, Mayor Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action merged to create Everytown for Gun Safety and when it officially launched it had a whopping $50 million in the bank, donated by the leader of the gun control movement and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg."

"Since the launch, Everytown has advocated for universal background checks, but the group’s views on other topics within the gun debate — assault weapons ban, magazine capacity, concealed carry, open carry, etc — have been unclear. We aimed to fix that."

"John Feinblatt, president of Everytown and former chief advisor for policy and strategic planning for Bloomberg, opened up via email in a Q&A discussion about Everytown’s agenda." ...
 

Repeal the Second Amendment.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Deadlines being what they are, I'm not sure which gun tragedy will be foremost on your mind when you read this column. I am confident, however, that there will be one. Somebody shot up a campus, a mall, a workplace, today, yesterday or tomorrow. In America, gun massacres are always in the news."

"Is there anything we can do to stop the cascade of corpses appearing nightly on our screens, large and small? ..."

"Yes, there is. We can repeal the Second Amendment. That's a good place to start. That's the only place to start, because every effort we make at sensible gun regulation runs up against that brick wall and falls down as dead as the latest victims of random, massively predictable gun violence." ...
 

Gun opponent buys a ticket to the gun show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Having seen decades of advertisements for gun shows at the Cow Palace, I finally forked over $13 and attended one. ... I should disclose my bias that I am generally opposed to private gun ownership, and find America’s affiliation with firearms internationally embarrassing."

"The National Rifle Association set up a tent outside of the Cow Palace and enthusiastically encouraged people to sign up for membership. ..."

"... Upon entering, we were naturally asked to turn over any loaded guns. There was also a sign proclaiming 'No Photos.' Since we’re all big fans of constitutional rights, I took photos anyway." ...
 

OH: Family of 16 Year Old Armed Robber Killed by Store Owner During Robbery Attempt Speaks Out (videos available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sixteen year old Isiah Haggins Jr. and another suspect identifed as Brandon Harris (who was just caught in the last couple of hours) entered a hip hop clothing store in Dayton, OH with plans of robbing it at gunpoint."

"However, what the would be robbers didn’t expect was an armed store owner. The owner fired a single shot at the pair of robbers, hitting and killing Haggins. Harris fled the scene and was just recently located by police. He could possibly face murder charges for the death of his friend."

"The family is now speaking out against the store owner and 'demanding answers. ...'" ...
 

LGBT Gun Owners Don’t Get Bashed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I was recently reading RF’s Mass Killings, New Orleans, and the Mind of a Gun Grabber article. That reminded me of the UpStairs Lounge arson attack that killed 32 people in the Crescent City back in the 70s. And an incident here in Seattle last August as well as something that happened to me personally got me thinking about why I own firearms (I’m going to start carrying as soon as I can find a decent job that allows me to purchase my Springfield XD compact, but that’s a whole different ball of wax). But first some backstory on me . . ." ...
 

What does 'universal background check' mean?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "No one has tried to define exactly what 'universal background check' means and how it would differ from the existing NICS program. NICS, run by the FBI, is used by Federal Firearms Licensed Dealers in all 50 states and is mandated in 30 states, Illinois being one of them. NICS has run 100 million background checks in the last 10 years, resulting in 700,000 purchase refusals ( 7/10 of 1%) of which very few have been tried and convicted. " ...

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Submitter's Note: You know if the antis were serious about wanting more background checks then they wouldn't be crowing about all the FFLs we have lost in the last 20 years or so . . .
 

Why we need universal background checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "In order to ensure that these prohibited people cannot obtain a gun as easily as they do now, the FBI maintains [NICS] where the names of these individuals are stored. Before selling a gun, a [FFL] is required to check with the NICS to make sure that the buyer is not on the prohibited list. Filling out the paperwork and checking with the NICS takes only a few minutes and 90% of the inquiries are resolved while the gun dealer is still on the phone."

"This system is quick and efficient and, since its creation in 1998, it has prevented the sale of guns to over two million criminals and other prohibited persons."

"The problem is that there is a large loophole in the system: It applies only to licensed dealers." ...
 

GA: Georgia schools resist arming teachers despite new law (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Georgia school leaders are turning down a new option to arm teachers, arguing that it doesn't make kids any safer and creates more problems than state lawmakers intended to solve."

"A string of attacks at schools and colleges in California, Oregon and Washington state hasn't swayed education officials who say bluntly that they don't believe guns belong in schools."

"'We could give (teachers) all the training in the world as to how to a shoot a gun, but knowing when to shoot poses a major problem,' said Steve Smith, superintendent of the Bibb County School District. 'The folks we work with day in and day out don't have that.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Interesting commentary on the quality of teachers today . . .
 

GA: Guns could be present in Woodstock meetings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Residents who attend the first Woodstock City Council meeting in July possibly could notice more gun presence, as screening will not be done to prohibit weapons as allowed under House Bill 60."

"At the June 16 Woodstock City Council meeting, members discussed potentially installing metal detectors or having police officers do visual screenings of people entering the council meetings in order to continue prohibiting weapons from meetings; however, no decision was made. As of July 1, the new gun law, HB 60, goes into effect, which allows some weapons to be permitted in government buildings, such as handguns, unless screening is performed." ...
 

GA: Georgia's controversial gun law takes effect (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Some hail it as a victory for the Second Amendment, others are calling it much too extreme. Georgia's controversial new gun law took effect on Tuesday."

"It is now legal to carry a gun in some schools, churches, airports, restaurants and bars."

"There are those who believe more guns in more places will cause more crime. Others say more guns will actually reduce crime. What is for certain is that both sides will be tracking gun violence very closely to make their case before the legislature next year." ...
 

GA: Georgia "Guns Everywhere" Law In Effect Today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Due to a new measure effective today, Georgia residents may take guns into some bars, nightclubs and schools as long as they have a license to carry."

"The law allows religious leaders to 'opt in' to permit guns on their worship premises and also makes it legal for permit-holders to take firearms near Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints."

"Critics call the measure the 'guns everywhere' bill. They believe it disturbs places of worship, bars and schools, though Georgians may not bring their firearm into a bar or church if the property owner bans them. GeorgiaCarry lobbied for the bill, calling it 'meaningful pro-gun legislation.'" ...
 

GA: Atlanta Mayor Says City Facilities Will be Gun Free
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tueday that their city facilities will be considered gun-free zones, Huffington Post reported."

"Reed said in a press release that 'with the exception of certain public safety officials and employees, there is no place for firearms in a city facility. Every City of Atlanta government facility that screens the entrance into the facility with security personnel will continue to prohibit firearms.'"

"'Furthermore, City of Atlanta employees have all been notified that the new state law does not authorize them to carry firearms while on duty or store weapons in personal vehicles that are parked in secured employee parking lots,' he added." ...
 

MS: Important Gun Laws Take Effect Today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The 2014 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature was another successful one for NRA members. Thanks to your persistent constituent contact and the outstanding pro-Second Amendment leadership of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R) and House Speaker Philip Gunn (R), several key NRA-backed measures were passed and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant (R) and take effect today:" ...
 

TN: Car carry - a bit more liberty restored in Tennessee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"So, you live in Tennessee, but never got a carry permit. You always felt that you did not want the hassle of being fingerprinted, paying for the training required by the State, and paying to exercise a Constitutionally guaranteed right. You have long been aware that other states, such as Kentucky, Georgia, and all other contiguous states except Alabama, did not require a permit to carry a loaded defensive gun in the car."

"Maybe you just have been carrying one discreetly all these years when you traveled. You hoped to never need to use a defensive firearm, but knew, also, that Tennessee has an odd twist to its law:" ...
 

Federal Judge Stretches Facts, Law to uphold Colorado Gun Ban Legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Federal Judge Marcia S. Krieger (Chief Judge, 10th Circuit District Court) seems to have stretched both facts and law in ruling against the individual rights of Colorado citizens and in favor of government restrictions and control in finding the 2013 Colorado 'gun ban' legislation constitutional."

"Judge Krieger's 50-page ruling selectively omits relevant facts and applies a strained interpretation of 'significant' or 'substantial' infringements of rights as well as what constitutes 'substantially related to an important government objective' in upholding the legislation." ...
 

How ATF’s Electronic NFA Form System is Still Ruining My Business
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Once again, your favorite merchant of death here with a report on the state of the NFA business and how ATF is making things difficult. Since ATF pulled the plug on electronic form 3′s and form 4′s, dealers have had to go back to paper forms. I actually like that change, for one particular reason . . ."

"And that is: paper forms ACTUALLY COME BACK AS APPROVED. ..." ...
 

MT: Blackfeet officer sentenced for getting non-consensual oral sex in patrol car while on duty, then lying about it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Blackfeet law enforcement officer will be spending the next 24 months behind bars after being sentenced in federal court on Monday."

"Michael Connelly, Sr., 57, of Browning was also given three years of supervised release for receiving non-consensual oral sex in his patrol vehicle while armed and on duty, and then lying to investigators about it."

"The U.S. Attorney's Office says the victim reported that Connelly took her to a secluded place on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in September 2012, and threatened her with jail if she did not perform oral sex." ...
 

CO: Denver deputies subject of 114 investigations, one-third allege excessive force, Post review finds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The embattled Denver Sheriff Department has 114 open internal affairs investigations, with nearly a third of those involving allegations of excessive force by deputies, city records show."

"Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson said Thursday that he is addressing the issue of deputy misconduct by introducing new training and other resources to help deputies deal with stress. The plan includes mentoring for recruits, a new chaplaincy program and an evaluation of shift and work hours." ...
 

WA: SPD officer on leave after altercation with handcuffed prisoner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Seattle's new police chief says a city police officer has been relieved of duty while the use of force against a handcuffed female prisoner is investigated."

"Chief Kathleen O'Toole said Thursday in a statement that both the officer and the adult woman were injured in the incident last Sunday. The officer arrested the woman in a domestic violence case."

"Based on a review of in-car video, police officials decided additional investigation was warranted." ...
 

MA: Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent report on police militarization, the Massachusetts chapter of the organization sent open records requests to SWAT teams across that state. It received an interesting response."

"As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments. ..." ...
 

NY: Cannibal-plot case tossed; ex-cop gets out of jail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former New York Police Department officer left jail on Tuesday after a judge overturned his conviction in a bizarre case accusing him of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women."

"Judge Paul Gardephe ruled late Monday that there was insufficient evidence to support a jury's guilty verdict in the kidnapping conspiracy conviction of Gilberto Valle. His lawyers had argued that the alleged plots were really fantasy online role play that never put anyone in harm's way." ...
 

CO: Checking In On Colorado Town Where Guns Are Required (audio story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last year, the small town of Nucla, Colo., thrust itself into the Second Amendment spotlight. It required all households to own a gun."

"Supporters of the measure said it was a non-issue because most of the town’s residents owned a gun already. But opponents say it has not helped the town’s image."

"From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Colorado Public Radio’s Ben Markus reports." ...
 

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