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What is 'Rational Management?'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court finally bit the bullet, ruling on the good old Second Amendment for the first time since the Dirty Thirties. Wow! 'The people' have an individual right to keep and bear arms?!? One needn’t be enlisted in either the National Guard or Militia of Montana?!? Shazam! Handsprings and cartwheels!"

"While some pundits feel gun control has been defused as a political bomb, I disagree – gladly."

"First, the 157-page ruling, over half of which was dissent, is basically the two sides shouting past each other. Whether you see the warring opinions as holy writ or blasphemy depends on if your rifling twists right – or left."

"Second, the Supremes did almost nothing to settle the long-running battle over 'What Guns Government Can Keep Away From You.'" ...
 

The Internet Introduction to Absolved by Vanderboegh
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh

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I will be dedicating 'Absolved' to "Waco Jim" Cavanaugh and Jody Keeku of the ATF, the blundering, deadly yet unintended inspiration for all my work. . Whether my novel is a prescient glimpse into a bloody future or a "useful dire warning" that is heeded, is entirely up to the likes of them and the corrupt politicians who hold their leashes. It is they who by their conduct will absolve us of any further obedience to an oppressive regime. And as I point out in 'Absolved,' if the law no longer protects us, then they will find to their sorrow it does not protect them either. The choice is theirs. . As Ho Chi Minh once observed, "Cherish your enemies, they teach you the best lessons." I hope they understand that before it is too late.
 

How a gun-hating family from Billerica produced an Olympic shooter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Stephen Scherer fired his final shot at the Olympic trials in March, lowered his rifle, and smiled. There was no fist pumping, no chest thumping when he won the 10-meter air rifle competition and a berth on the US Olympic team bound for Beijing. Just a shy, slightly self-conscious smile. It was the first and only emotion Scherer showed during three pressure-packed days in Colorado Springs. He was as composed in victory as he had been throughout the best shooting performance of his life. ..." ...

"Not bad for a teenager from Billerica who professes a love of all things Army and his admiration for Jimi Hendrix in the same breath. And whose mother didn't even want him to have a squirt gun as a boy." ...
 

Firearm of Choice
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "... As you all know I think the Remington 870 express is the best thing to come down the line since magnum sized condoms. If I could only have one firearm it would be the 12 gauge pump action shotgun. Most folks would say the .22 LR because of cheap ammo prices and low report, and I will admit the little .22 is a good choice in many ways, but once you begin to put the subject into proper perspective the 12 gauge shotgun is more versatile for hunting and self-defense, becoming even more so when fitted with the right accessories."

"Many hunters buy 20-22” cylinder bore barrels with rifle sights for deer season, then sell it after the season is over for half the original price. I found mine at a local pawn shop for $40 ..." ...
 

Parking Lots, State Laws, OSHA, And The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "According to the U.S. Department of Labor, homicide was the second-leading cause of death for women in the workplace in 2006. Eighty-one percent of all workplace homicides that year involved firearms. Although the overall number of workplace homicides has decreased in recent years, the potential for deadly incidents ... remains a major concern for employers."

"In response, many employers have banned firearms from their property in order to decrease gun-related violence. Gun advocates have criticized these policies and have repeatedly challenged them in courts. In recent years, these advocates ... have begun lobbying state legislatures to establish laws that prohibit employers from maintaining gun-free workplace policies. ..." ...
 

Religious, peace groups say new U.N. agreement helps curb arms trade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Religious and peace groups heralded a nonbinding U.N. agreement on small arms that they said helps incremental efforts to curb the trade of illicit weapons."

"But disarmament advocates also said the action is part of a wider effort to curtail a serious international problem that is being fought by faith communities, such as parishes in Brazil." ...

"... The U.N. conference ended with 134 nations agreeing to a set of recommendations that includes the marking of small arms at the point of manufacture to assist tracing efforts." ...
 

Supreme Court’s Pro-NRA Ruling May Aid Felons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, we told you so. In fact, even the pro-gun Bush administration's own Department of Justice and Solicitor General's Office told us so. A Supreme Court ruling [in Heller] might backfire and aid felons." ...

"It's certainly possible that some judges -- especially those magistrates who support the gun lobby's ideology -- will go along with the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Second Amendment and use the ruling to hold that a felon can possess a firearm for self-defense. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: GunGuys you need to take a deep breath and relax, the sky isn't falling. From the decision: "The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons"
 

Supreme hypocrisy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In recent years, the American judiciary has been subjected to incessant criticism aimed at so-called 'activist judges.' Proponents of the attacks see an American court system populated by jurists who habitually overstep their inherent legal authority to invalidate existing law and create new doctrine without legislative approval." ...

"In [Heller] the conservative bloc of the court, led by Antonin Scalia, found an individual right to keep and bear arms that is separate and distinct from service in a militia. Reasonable minds can differ with regard to that interpretation."

"But Scalia then betrayed his own principles and practiced the very judicial activism he claims to detest. ..." ...
 

Excuse Me While I Get My Gun
Submitted by: N. Estle

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"Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia had violated the Second Amendment by making armed self-defense in the home impractical and banning the most popular weapons used for that purpose. Last week, the D.C. Council responded by unanimously approving a law that makes armed self-defense in the home impractical and bans the most popular weapons used for that purpose."

"D.C.'s political leaders know they are inviting another Second Amendment lawsuit, but they are determined to defy the Supreme Court and the Constitution for as long as possible." ...
 

Did the Supreme Court Approve the Order to Lock and Unload?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While researching my column about the District of Columbia's new gun law, I came across a tendentious assertion by Peter Nickles, D.C.'s acting attorney general, that I didn't have space to address. Defending the District's requirement that guns be kept both locked and unloaded until the very moment they're needed ... Nickles told Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher:"
"It's clear the Supreme Court didn't intend for you to have a loaded gun around the house. I don't think the court thought this was going to become a Wild West scene."
"... where, exactly, did the Supreme Court make it clear that keeping a loaded gun is beyond the protection of the Second Amendment? ..." ...
 

Lisa Benson Editorial Cartoon 7/22/08
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Submitter's Note: Political cartoon explanation of the D.C. gun permit process.
 

PA: Gunman killed in robbery try (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"John Roads believes people should be able to defend themselves against criminals, even if it means using a firearm."

"The owner of Power Pro Battery Co., 210 S. Penn St., Manheim, said it was the right to possess a gun that potentially saved the life of his operations manager Tuesday and ended the life of a would-be robber."

"Kevin Lee Smith, 19, of Lancaster, was shot and killed by the manager early Tuesday when Smith and an accomplice held up the manager with a semiautomatic weapon ..."

"Police said the manager acted in self-defense."

"'We all have a right to come to work, to do our time and go home to our families,' Roads said. 'And nobody has a right to take that away from us.'" ...
 

MO: Neighbor Fights off Would-be Grocery Store Burglars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The crooks tried using a truck as a battering ram, and brought down the front of the store."

"But owners say thanks to a quick thinking neighbor, those would-be burglars left empty handed." ...

"'I heard this loud, excruciatingly loud bang across the street,' Robert Chavez said."

"That's when he sprang into action."

"'I got my gun out of my gun cabinet and told my wife to call 911. I walked outside, and fired a shot in the air ...' he said." ...

"'He pulled out and faced me, the truck did. I felt at that point, I'm in imminent danger, and it scared me. I fired a slug through the windshield of his truck, and put one in the grill and passenger side door,' Chavez said." ...
 

Dems pressured on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is putting the election-year squeeze on conservative Democrats, demanding that they buck their leadership to support a bill to erase more of the District of Columbia’s gun laws."

"Democratic gun rights supporters will risk losing their A-plus rating if they don't sign a discharge petition to be filed Wednesday bringing the gun-rights bill directly to the floor."

"It will be the first time in more than 20 years that the NRA has 'scored' a discharge petition in determining the grades it gives lawmakers before the November election, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam." ...
 

TN: Sen. Raymond Finney endorsed by National Rifle Association
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Senator Raymond Finney has been given a rating of 'A' by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his four years of service in the Tennessee General Assembly. In addition, the NRA has endorsed his candidacy for re-election to the Tennessee Senate."

"In making this announcement, NRA state liaison Heidi Keesling said that part of Senator Finney’s endorsement was based on his 'strong and vocal support of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.'"

"Sen. Finney said he was grateful that the NRA recognizes that he is a strong defender of the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

FL: NRA endorses Evers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida have endorsed Greg Evers' re-election to the Florida House for a fifth term."

"Evers, R-Baker, represents District 1 ..."

"Marion Hammer, past president of the National Rifle Association and executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida, stated that 'sportsmen and gunowners could have no better champion than Greg Evers,' a news release from Evers' office said."

"In the release, Hammer urged 'our member, and all citizens who support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to put Freedom first and work to re-elect' Greg to the Florida House where he can continue his 'strong tradition of outstanding support on these core issues and values.'" ...
 

IL: Wilmette shoots down '89 handgun ban
Submitted by: todd Vandermyde

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"Wilmette village trustees voted Tuesday night to strike the village's 1989 handgun ban from the books in the wake of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn a Washington, D.C., ban."

"Village officials suspended enforcement of the ordinance shortly after the June 26 ruling and said it would probably not withstand legal challenges based on the court’s reasoning in the ruling, which said outright gun bans are unconstitutional."

"The proposed ordinance to repeal the local ban was passed unanimously late Tuesday night." ...
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Submitter's Note: In the wake of the Heller decision the fallout continues as another Gun ban is repealed. Despite what anti-gun groups claim that Heller has no effect on the states or local government, city councils see things differently.
 

IL: Handgun Ban Repealed as Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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In Wilmette IL, in reaction to the Heller decision, Wilmette council members unanimously repealed their handgun ban in recognition that it was not constitutional. They didn't amend it, they repealed it. Well done. The DC Council should take notes, if they still know how to write.
 

CO: Home, home on the shooting range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Worlds are colliding along the barrel of Willy McAllister's .45 pistol."

"Guns have always been in his life. His father taught him how to hold and fire a gun, and McAllister now target-shoots competitively. He built a target range on his eight acres in Fall Creek, and when he wants to practice or just enjoy himself, he walks outside and unloads a few rounds."

"That's when the neighbors jump. They say they've been listening to a fusillade all summer long. ..." ...

"And so, in a move that squares the Second Amendment against noise regulations and one man's personal freedom against his neighbors' sense of well-being, some Fall Creek residents have asked the county to shut down McAllister’s shooting range." ...
 

AZ: Arizona governor vetoes bills that would have eased gun controls
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In Arizona, Gov. Janet Napolitano has vetoed legislation that sought to ease restrictions on where people can carry guns in vehicles. Other gun bills in the state met the same fate."

"The measure – HB2389 – would have permitted guns to be hidden anywhere in vehicles, whether the person possessed a concealed weapons permit or not."

"The governor said in her veto message that the bill 'would have added to the level of uncertainty and danger law enforcement officers who make traffic stops already face in the line of duty.'"

"... Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said his bill was intended to keep people without permits from getting arrested simply because their guns were inadvertently covered." ...
 

IL: Wilmette Handgun Ban Dead, 7-0 Vote Repeals Law (another view)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The village board voted Tuesday night 7-0 to repeal the 19-year-old ban, following 45 minutes of discussion and public comment."

"The ordinance has not been enforced since last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming individual gun ownership rights in the case of the District of Columbia vs. Heller."

"Nonetheless, Village President Christopher Canning said village attorney Timothy Frenzer feared legal action by opponents of the ban if it were to remain on the books."

"'The Village of Wilmette ordinance, as it is drafted and on the books today, would not withstand constitutional scrutiny, and therefore should be repealed,' Canning said. 'That has to go.'" ...
 

Army wins national pistol title for first time in decades
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit of Fort Benning, Ga., brought home the top trophies from the annual National Pistol Matches July 10 to 13, besting about 700 pistol shooters from around the country."

"USAMU'S Service Pistol Team beat 100 of the best pistol teams in the nation, repeatedly hitting a bull's eye the size of a silver dollar half a football field away, to win the National Pistol Team Championship." ...
 

PA: Philly Police Radio System Goes Silent Overnight
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"The Philadelphia police radio system was getting static again."

"The network went silent Tuesday night, leaving officers unable to communicate."

"The radios were silenced all over the city Tuesday night for almost an hour, meaning officers couldn't communicate with each other or with dispatchers."

"'The main concern is the safety of the officers on the street and the safety of the community. I mean right now you can't go out there and operate, especially on a hot summer night in the middle of a heatwave with no radio system,' John McNesby, of the Fraternal Order of Police, said. " ...
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Submitters note: So much for calling 911.
 

GA: Former officer charged with sexual exploitation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A 32-year-old police officer who is the son of the Eastman police chief has been charged with sexual exploitation of children in Greene County.

Tom Davis, agent in charge of the Milledgeville Georgia Bureau of Investigation office, said Jason Thurmond Wiggins was arrested in Eastman and is being held in the Greene County jail. He is the son of Eastman Police Chief Furman Wiggins.

His girlfriend, Frances Jeannette Jackson, 29, of Greensboro, also faces charges. Davis said she sent Jason Wiggins child pornography by cell phone.
 

IL: Chicago cop arrested for extorting tow truck drivers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Chicago Police officer was arrested today for allegedly extorting money from tow truck drivers — the second cop busted by the feds in a widening scandal involving tow trucks."

"Michael J. Ciancio, 56, is charged with soliciting bribes from a tow truck driver in return for the driver getting towing business at accident scenes."

"Ciancio was netted in a 16-month investigation by the FBI, Chicago Police and Internal Revenue Service. He was scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason today.
Last month, the FBI arrested Officer Joseph Grillo and Collision Towing owner Jim "Meatball" Athans for allegedly helping another cop carry out an insurance scam." ...
 

NY: Democrat Congresswoman Gestapo Tactics
Submitted by: Transsylvania Phoenix
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"An outspoken Long Island gun owner's home was raided by Nassau County detectives, who seized two dozen weapons he lawfully owns just one day after Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's office made a 911 call about him." ...
"I'd love to know what she said in the 9-1-1 call that compelled the PD to raid the home. There should be a recording, no doubt about it. The congrescritter's staff should be asked to testify under oath about what exactly they 'felt' to be threatening in Mr. Razzano behavior during his visit. Did he threatened them or their boss with physical violence, or was he just a citizen came to express his displeasure with the release back on the streets of an illegal alien and attempted cop killer?" ...
 

CA: Inglewood residents demand change after shootings
Submitted by: motoboy

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"Friends and relatives of Kevin Wicks didn't accept the official explanation of why police fatally shot him when they were called to his apartment building."

"Now they question why the officer who pulled the trigger was even there in the first place - just two months after being involved in another fatal shooting." ...

"Ragan is still under investigation for a May 11 shooting in which he and his partner fired multiple rounds at a car, killing 19-year-old passenger Michael Byoune. Police said at the time the officers believed the car was heading toward them and that gunshots were coming from within."

"Officials said the officers apparently did not identify themselves before opening fire. The car's occupants were unarmed." ...
 

MN: Application hurdles for 'right to carry' prove effective
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Five years after Minnesota loosened its rules concerning who can legally carry handguns, we must admit our surprise at the lack of problems that have resulted in ..."

"Handgun owners aren't accidentally shooting themselves. Kids aren't finding the pistol under Dad's side of the bed and hurting each other. Vigilantes aren't taking the law into their own hands. Police officers aren't being shot as they approach cars during traffic stops."

"Clearly, the hoops applicants must go through, including background checks and handgun safety training, have been effective. ... The right to legally carry a gun in public requires a fairly significant investment of time and money ... and that's as it should be." ...
 

AR: Dinner proceeds to benefit youth programs, grant fund pools
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Arkansas chapter of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation will host a fund-raising banquet Saturday at the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club on East 16th Street."

"The NRA Foundation is a 'separate arm' of the NRA, which raises funds to support youth shooting sports and firearm education programs, organizer Mike Wilkins said."

"'This is not a political fund-raiser of any kind,' Wilkins said. 'It's not a membership drive for the NRA.'" ...
 

NJ: Letters - Allowing Too Much Firepower In Homes
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"As a former weapons instructor for the Army during World War II and the Korean War, I was amazed by the Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"When the amendment was designed, there were no automatic or semiautomatic weapons. Flintlocks armed the militia and any civilians available to fight invaders. Today, small arms and concealed weapons that may be carried by licensed people can do more damage to any living being in a split second."

"I am not opposed to the court's ruling. But gun collectors do not need workable automatic weapons in their homes. Parts to make them operable should not be available." ...
 

NJ: Old Guns, Ammo Remain A Threat
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... "Every year, the Passaic County Sheriff's Department is called to remove grenades, bombs and bullets found in people's homes. Most of the ordnance came from World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans who forgot about them or died. Old guns also turn up at local police departments when a relative stumbles on them." ...

"There have been no reports of old ammunition detonating and hurting someone in Passaic County in recent years, Maer and local police said. But explosives are dangerous."

"In February, a Virginia vender of Civil War relics died when a cannonball exploded. Two years ago, two children died and five others were injured in Bakersfield, Calif., when a neighbor gave them a military shell to play with." ...
 

IL: Constable ignores statistics on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is in response to Burt Constable's July 15th Column entitled 'A gun almost always turns a suicide attempt into suicide.'"

"It's quite apparent from Burt's previous columns that he would like our Second Amendment right to own a handgun in our homes to protect ourselves revoked."

"In his latest anti-hand gun column, he uses quotes from Physicians for Social Responsibility, the American Journal of Public health, the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Harvard epidemiologist to support his case of the part hand guns play in suicide."

"First, who are these people that qualify them to speak on the Second Amendment?" ...
 

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