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MD: Baltimore Candidate Should 'Bite the Bullet' on Dumb Tax Idea, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposal by Baltimore, Maryland mayoral candidate Otis Rolley to levy a tax of $1 per cartridge in an effort to cut down crime and random gunfire in the city is typical of an anti-gun liberal who decries urban violence but offers a way for government to profit from it while not solving the problem, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today." ...
 

The (Gun) Law of Unintended Consequences.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I live in the South, where the Summer heat is the stuff of which legends are made. ..." ...

"Now of course, nobody dies of heatstroke on purpose. But if you are sans cool air and afraid for your life and property to open a couple of windows or a door, (remember, the heat makes people do crazy things, and things get pretty crazy in the ‘hood, heat or not), you may have just signed your own death warrant. Damned if you do/damned if you don’t is no way to live. But for thousands of low-income citizens, that’s the choice they get to make, because gun laws won’t allow them to arm themselves to protect their own lives and property." ...
 

Gun banners' "Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence" fails to provide education on crime avoidance or gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is still trying to convince people the Second Amendment has no value in today's America. To that end, they are using a group called the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence as a cover to market anti-gun myths."

"Oddly enough, the education spoken about by the CSGV does not help teach people, or specifically children, how to avoid becoming the victim of gun violence, or gun accidents."

"The truth is the anti-gun leaders have always refused to support teaching gun safety education in schools because dead children are a key part of the emotional blackmail they use to push their agenda. ..." ...
 

A most excellent post concerning the Guerena murder, SWAT and what may be coming
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... I reject the argument that only cops can judge other cops. Per other cops, however, like Norm Stamper, former chief of police in Seattle (during the 1999 WTO conference) has said that there is an alarming increase in conditioning of police to view 'civilians' as The Enemy. ... Injury or death from police, very often police with no identifying badges or anything else so that people don’t know they’re police, is getting far out of hand and increasing as many officers have come to think they can give citizens ANY order and expect to be obeyed instantly, else they’re justified in a violent attack on the citizen. In fact, too many cops seem to think that a lack of abject groveling is 'disrespect,' and grounds for attacking the person. ..." ...
 

Slaves Are Issued Weapons; Free People Own Them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A popular bumper sticker proclaims that free people own guns, while slaves do not. History shows, however, that masters have often issued weapons to slaves under conditions in which the latter's socioeconomic standing made rebellion unlikely. History also shows that, despite efforts by Bill Clinton's and Barack Obama's Supreme Court Justices to amend the Constitution without the consent of the states or Congress (see Squealer the Pig in George Orwell's Animal Farm), the Second Amendment is an individual right." ...
 

Forget Gun Rights, New Group Protects Knife Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an effort to garner broader support and raise awareness of Knife Rights and the very real threats knife owners face, Knife Rights has launched a Knife Rights Facebook page www.facebook.com/KnifeRights."

"Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights, said, 'the greater our reach, the more supporters we gain, the more success we will have in achieving a Sharper Future™ for all Americans. Social media such as Facebook has been proven an effective way to get the word out and will join Twitter in our social media outreach efforts.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Pray tell, Mr. Reporter, precisely why we should "forget" our gun rights when working to support and expand our right to keep and bear all arms?
 

Gear Review: L-3 EOTech EXPS2-0 Holographic Weapon Sight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently, I ran some gear out at Gunsite in Paulden, Arizona – Namely the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport and their E-Series 1911Sc. The folks from Smith teamed up with L-3 Communications to outfit the crew with EOTech weapon sights for our testing; talk about a treat. The L-3 Communications EOTech EXPS2-0 Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS) fills a niche, and then spills over the rims like the head on a perfectly poured lager. So, who needs an EOTech? Why spend a bundle on a weapon sight? Crack open a cold one and read on fair Inteligentsia. . ." ...
 

Question Of The Day: Would You Build Your Own AR?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Lots of middle aged guys have expensive hobbies, and the back pages of Popular Mechanics are full of plans and kits for Tesla coils, Shelby Cobras, and even helicopters. Since my expensive hobby is shooting, I’ve always thought it would be cool to build my own rifle. I could pick the caliber (within reason) and customize everything about the gun exactly the way I wanted it, with nothing but the skill of my hands and the funds in my debit card. M203 cuts on the barrel? Hell, No! Stainless barrel? Hell, maybe…" ...
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Submitter's Note: To say nothing of the fact that if you start with an 80% receiver there's no serial number required.
 

A Perfect Concealed Carry Gun and Holster Package
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is no perfect concealed carry gun or holster. Everything is a trade off and what works well for one person may not work well for another. In choosing the right concealed carry gun and holster combination for your specific circumstances, you need to consider your mission, your capabilities, and your limitations." ...
 

AZ: 2 shot, 2 sought after home invasion southwest of Tucson
Submitted by: Wildfire

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"The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in finding two men who were involved in a home invasion last night."

"Deputies responded to the home in the 4500 block of Paseo Don Rolando around 10 p.m. Monday after a report of gunshots."

"Residents reported that four masked men had entered the house, near West Ajo Way and South Kinney Road. As they were leaving, one of the residents fired shots at the group." ...
 

Even An Imaginary Gun Can Save Your Life
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whenever a high profile crime makes the news, the first impulse of any self-respecting lawmaker is to, well, make a law. When your only tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail. So even if something’s already against the law, why not make it even illegaler? Sure, the new law may do absolutely no good at all in real terms, but at least someone will have done something. Right? What better way to show your constituents that you’re on the job. But what if there was a law that could be enacted that would actually save lives? Well, no. We can’t do that…"

"Especially not if it means allowing law-abiding people to carry a gun and defend themselves, that is. ..." ...
 

'Gunwalker' could have major impact on Mexican politics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Writing for the Abilene Reporter-News, Jorge de la Isla points out a relatively unexplored implication of 'Project Gunwalker':"

"Mexico's presidential election, coming up a year from now, could easily have the U.S. gun policy known as 'Fast and Furious' at the center of public debate."

"Two weeks ago, Fox News went farther than that, reporting that the potential next president of Mexico (as the likely nominee by President Felipe Calderón's National Action Party), Senator Santiago Creel, has advocated extradition, and prosecution in Mexico, of any U.S. officials behind Project Gunwalker. ..." ...
 

Deputy Attorney General James Cole Involved in 'Fast & Furious' Whistleblower Cover-up?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Operation Fast and Furious (F&F) – a program run by the [ATF] that allowed thousands of lethal weapons to cross the Mexican border – was apparently no secret among high-level political authorities at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Among those in the know? Newly-confirmed Deputy Attorney General James Cole."

"Information is now seeping out about the political whiplash that secured a confirmation vote for Cole in exchange for the DOJ’s release of documents to Congress. In a supremely ironic twist, the documents ransomed by Cole’s confirmation strongly suggest that Cole himself was involved in the cover-up of F&F." ...
 

Obama-Contra
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Scandal: Democrats who condemned our support of Nicaraguan freedom fighters in the '80s now ignore administration gun-running that may have put American weapons in the hands of the Central American MS-13 gang."

"As if 'Project Gunrunner' and 'Operation Fast and Furious' weren't bad enough, we now learn of 'Operation Castaway,' run out of the [ATF]'s Tampa field division. It's another operation that allowed guns to 'walk' south of the border, this time to Honduras, using similar techniques and tactics." ...
 

Gunwalker: ATF Targets Were Actually FBI Informants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Writing from the Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau, Richard Serrano reveals that at least six of the ATF’s targets in Operation Fast and Furious were paid FBI informants."

"Your tax dollars at work:" ...

"To simplify: the Department of Justice was paying ATF agents to ignore federal laws in order to provide weapons to criminal informants paid by the FBI, who then distributed those weapons to other cartel members who killed federal agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement plus an estimated 150 soldiers and police in Mexico." ...
 

Rep. Darrell Issa On The Demand For Info From The DEA And FBI (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Darrell Issa was a guest on Cam and Co. He was interviewed by both Cam Edwards and Ginny Simone. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: For those who can't listen to the whole thing, John has posted excerpts with "the really key things Issa said" here.
 

Concerns came early in U.S.-Mexico gun sting, lawmakers say
Submitted by: PGP GunWorks
Website: http://www.pgpgunworks.com

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"An Arizona gun dealer balked at continuing to sell weapons in a sting operation meant to track arms flowing to drug cartels in Mexico as early as December 2009, Republican lawmakers said on Monday."

"Two guns sold in the operation, dubbed 'Fast and Furious', ended up almost exactly a year later at the crime scene where a U.S. Border Patrol agent died in a shootout with illegal immigrants trying to cross into the United States." ...
 

ATF Death Watch 41: A Rolling Stone(wall) Gathers No Melson.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We can learn a lot from history. If only we pay attention, that is. But the Obama Administration seems Hell-bent for leather to ignore all the lessons they coulda/shoulda/woulda learned, had they just been paying attention to the end of the Nixon Administration. Case in point, you can’t expect to hang someone out to dry without them turning stool-pigeon and singing for the grand inquisitors. Word is now trickling out about the testimony of ATF’s Acting Director, Kenneth Melson. Testimony that would indicate that AG Eric Holder has, in the words of Ricky Ricardo, got some 'splainin' to do…" ...
 

An Open Letter to Republican Presidential Primary Voters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear Republicans:"

"Could we please have a serious, pro-rights, pro-Constitution candidate for the office of President this time? For the past several elections you have passed over good, pro-rights, pro-Constitution candidates – or never come up with any – in favor of wishy-washy 'moderates' with poll-based values and elastic principles. Make no mistake: the rights movement, and the wide array of activists concerned about constitutional liberty and restoration of the Republic, will not endorse, support, or actively work for any candidate who does not have a proven record of personal commitment to the Constitution and individual liberty." ...
 

MS: The Battle Over A Hunting License
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over the past couple days, Billy Hewes and Tate Reeves have received identical A ratings from the NRA. It looks like the gun lobby is holding off making an endorsement until after the primary [for Lt. Governor]." ...
 

NY: Sportsmen turn out for Gibson
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Sunday may have been hot and humid, but it didn’t discourage area hunters, fishermen and trappers from attending the Sportsmen for Gibson Fundraiser Pig Roast. Held at the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club, this soon-to-be annual event brought more than 100 sportsmen and sportswomen to the Ghent location ..."

"Since its founding in 1953, the club has hosted hundreds of events, including numerous hunter and bowhunter education classes, but Sunday’s soiree was in support of Congressman Chris Gibson (20 District) who as a lifelong resident of Kinderhook, is not only looked upon as a favorite son, but is admired for his support of the shooting sports and his strong position on the Second Amendment ..." ...
 

VA: 37th District Primary Race Heats Up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In their bid for a chance to unseat incumbent Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37) in the Nov. 8 general election, Republicans Jason Flanary and Steve Hunt declared independence from each other, delineating their differences before a standing-room only-crowd at Monday night’s Braddock District candidates forum."

"Both defined themselves as fiscal and social conservatives, defending Second Amendment rights, deriding 'tax-and-spend' Democrats, and championing right-to-life values. ..." ...
 

MD: Bullet Points in Baltimore
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sometimes, my job is just too easy. I mean, when you get handed a story like this one, the bloody thing practically writes itself. I mean, you gotta love it when a Baltimore mayoral candidate in September’s primary comes up with a plan to combat gun violence by slapping a $1 tax per bullet on ammo within the city. Um. Yeah. So how’s THAT gonna help? (Hint: Not one bit.) Furthermore…" ...
 

TX: Patterson Confirms He'll Run for Lieutenant Governor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jerry Patterson confirmed Tuesday night that he will run for lieutenant governor in 2014, making that announcement just hours after Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he'll run for U.S. Senate in 2012." ...
"As State Senator from Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties, Patterson established a record as a strong defender of individual liberties, including his passage of the Texas Concealed Handgun Law in 1995. His ardent support of the Second Amendment has made him a nationally-recognized defender of the right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

Bloody Hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced HR 2554, Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act of 2011, on Friday to great fanfare along with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). They say they want to provide law enforcement with more 'tools' to stop smuggling of arms along the border of Mexico. This, of course, ignores all the other laws already on the books which makes each and every thing covered under this bill a crime." ...
 

Rep. Jason Altmire On Self-Defense Carry On Army Corps Of Engineer Land (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) proposed an amendment that restricts funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to enforce a ban on firearms on Corps-managed land. They manage over 11 million acres of land throughout the U.S. The Gosar-Gibbs-Altmire Amendment passed last week." ...
 

Probing Bachmann, Palin, and Gingrich, NBC's Investigative Unit Ignores Obama's ATF Debacle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NBC News Investigative Unit has devoted considerable resources to uncovering 'scandals' ranging from Marcus Bachmann's health clinic to Newt Gingrich's credit line at Tiffany to the Sarah Palin document dump, but continues to ignore a botched Justice Department operation that contributed to the death of a U.S. border agent."

"Examining the trove of reports filed by NBC News national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff over the last few months reveals a fixation on investigations involving Republican politicians and an aversion to probes concerning the Obama administration ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: And it's not as if no one told him about it. Months ago.
 

Gun control at the border
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, July 17, 2011:"

"The Obama administration took a concrete step toward curbing the flow of semiautomatic weapons to Mexico last week when it adopted a new regulation mandating the reporting of multiple sales of long guns to federal authorities."

"Under the regulation, some 8,500 licensed gun shops in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas will be required to inform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a customer buys more than one semiautomatic that is .22 caliber or greater within a five-day period." ...
 

IA: Goofy Anti-Gun Story on WHO-Radio After Family of Congressman Saved by Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... Newsman Gary Barrett explained that the grandson of Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell* had warded off an armed intruder to the rural Boswell household with a shotgun. The man was already attacking one of the women in the household and fled the scene after being confronted by the younger Boswell."

"In an amazing display of hutzpah[sic], the story ended with a quote from (I believe) a law-enforcement officer suggesting that residents should not take out their firearms when faced with an intruder because
  1. They might wrestle the gun from you and do you harm

  2. If you let them take whatever they want from you, they will USUALLY just leave you unharmed." ...
 

Look who Obama's hired for cybersecurity team
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An elite team of computer technicians assembled by the Obama administration to protect Pentagon networks from cyberattack shockingly includes a former Clinton official who 'lost' thousands of archived emails under subpoena and who more recently left the Department of Homeland Security under an ethical cloud related to her qualifications, WND has learned."

"The administration in May quietly hired Laura Callahan for a sensitive post at the U.S. Cyber Command, a newly created agency set up to harden military networks as part of an effort to prevent a 'cyberspace version of Pearl Harbor.'"

"The move raises doubts about the administration's vetting process for sensitive security positions ..." ...
 

Feds Have Trouble Holding Onto Their Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I know what you’re thinking. You're thinking this is just another mis-titled ATF Death Watch post. No no no. The missing guns in question here aren't the ones the feds intentionally 'lost' to the Me-hi-can cartels. No, these are federal employee duty guns that – oopsie! – just seem to have gone missing. Left in bathrooms, on car trunks…whatever. So let’s see…"

"Between 2006 and 2008, excluding guns that were stolen, the busy little bees at DHS lost – actually lost – 179 guns. That’s about 60 each year. Or more than one a week." ...
 

In Wisconsin, like Ohio, gun grabbers singing same off-key tune
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Less than two weeks ago, Wisconsin became the 49th state to legalize concealed carry and, as expected, the gloom and doomers are out in force. One such criticism is the claim that police officers will be in danger because they won't be able to access the Wisconsin Department of Justice list of permit holders." ...
 

OH: Ohio Proposed Bill Would Arm EMTs – Is That Really a Good Idea?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems like in these troubled economic times, more and more people are calling for EMTs to go above and beyond the call of duty. Which we’re perfectly happy to do, within reason. What falls outside the envelope of reason, you ask? Well first there was a story about Washington, D.C. EMTs and firefighters being asked to patrol high crime neighborhoods in the district at night, which I found to be a little distasteful (especially since there were three people injured in shootings near their patrol routes recently, calling into question both the safety and the efficacy of the policy). Then today I saw this lovely story about Ohio wanting to arm EMTs, and I gotta say that’s way over the line, even for me. And here’s why." ...
 

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