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Helen Mirren illustrates Hollywood hypocrisy on guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Do a Google search on terms 'Helen Mirren' gun and see for yourself. She's "bad@$$"! She's "awesome"! ...

"Now do a search for 'Helen Mirren' Oxfam." ...
 

Seattle case raises issue about felons and guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A story in Friday morning's on-line Seattle Post-Intelligencer reminds readers that despite federal and state laws forbidding it, convicted felons can get their hands on guns."

"In this case, detailed rather well by the P-I's Casey McNerthney, a man identified as 23-year-old Jeffrey Dywayne Harris, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a gun in the aftermath of a shooting. Harris has two felony drug convictions, and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. But when did that ever stop a criminal from getting a gun?"

"According to the story, Harris had a 9mm Glock that he claimed to have bought from a 'crack fiend' for $300 ..." ...
 

Don't judge a book by its cover
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I love the old saying that 'you should never judge a book by its cover.' When you make the mistake of doing so, it can really turn around and bite you in the rear end. There is no doubt we have all made this mistake more than a time or two in our lives."

"There is one organization often judged by its cover, with the judger having very little actual knowledge of the organization or what it spends its time and efforts on. The group I am referring to is the [NRA]. When the NRA is mentioned, it will most likely generate one of two responses — the first being respect and the other disdain ... most folks either love it or hate it. With education you normally get a better understanding. What follows is a little background on the NRA." ...
 

NRA takes message to liberal academia with new NRA University initiative
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The [NRA] is in the process of educating the next generation of gun rights advocates, taking their message directly into the belly of liberal academia with their campus initiative, NRA University ..."

"NRA U is a training class for students interested in learning more about gun safety, the NRA, the Second Amendment, methods for crime prevention and legislative threats to gun rights. It aims to arm — pun most definitely intended — students with the information they need to debate and become effective activists for gun rights."

"Rachel Parsons, an NRA spokesperson told The Daily Caller, 'NRA U was conceived to help pro-gun students have a voice in the often one-sided gun control debate on many college campuses.' ..." ...
 

As Arms Trade Treaty Meeting Concludes, U.S. Frustrations Grow
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again, America’s interests, and the rights of her people, are at risk. And once again, a United Nations treaty is the source of this danger—the U.N Arms Trade Treaty, to be specific." ...

"The Preparatory Committee is not engaged in negotiating a treaty, but in defining what should be included in the treaty when it is negotiated. As a result, many of the statements by the participating states are very general. But enough has been said to show that the Obama Administration’s decision to participate only on the basis of 'consensus'—which it justified as a way to ensure that the final treaty is satisfactory—was ill-advised." ...
 

NC: No surprise from Burr
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This comes as absolutely no surprise: Republican Sen. Richard Burr will oppose Elena Kagan's confirmation."

"His statement today:"

"'I opposed Ms. Kagan's nomination to be Solicitor General, and the little additional information provided through the confirmation hearing process has given me no reason to change my mind in support of her to serve on the Supreme Court. With no judicial record, I am left with reviewing her decisions in academic life ...'"

"... I am also concerned about her views on Second Amendment rights and her lack of sympathy for law-abiding gun owners. She has consistently substituted her personal beliefs for the law, giving poor advice on the constitutionality of options she disagreed with ..." ...
 

Praxis: Swiss Field Wire Dispensers back in stock at Sportsman's Guide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You may recall from my post earlier in the month that Sportsman's Guide had the Swiss equivalent of the US MX-306/G wire dispenser."

"The Swiss dispenser, called a 'wire ball' in Swiss Army parlance ... contains 6-strand, black plastic covered, WD-1TT equivalent phone wire, 800 meters long (approx. 874.75 yards, or one half mile). In the Swiss dispenser, however, the US canvas and tape design is replaced by a similarly shaped very sturdy 16" x 16" plastic container with D-rings for securing to a packboard or ALICE frame. The Swiss version weighs 30 pounds. The ones being offered for sale by SG are in brand new ..." ...
 

More guns not answer to nation's gun problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I was bemused by your front page article, 'Police arrest woman in shooting,' ... and a letter to the editor in the same edition, 'Shooting ranges: Strengthening national security' by Quentin McKenna."

"The 19-year-old woman cited in the headline ... and the victim were admiring his weapon, which she thought was unloaded. She shot him in the face and killed him the process."

"Mr. McKenna argues in his letter that we should divert money from our 'adventurism abroad' and build more shooting ranges, which he feels would encourage 'safe and responsible gun ownership' ...'" ...
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Submitter's Note: If the "woman cited in the headline" had been taught basic gun safety the "victim" almost certainly would still be alive.
 

IL: Court ignored many gun safety issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a retired federal law enforcement officer, I experienced firsthand handgun violence when my 20 year old brother Michael was fatally shot in a robbery aboard a CTA el in 1972. I have worked with families of handgun victims through programs both in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the Victim Advocacy Project in the Illinois attorney general's office. Most expressed the hope that our tolerance of guns in our society should be challenged."

"In controversial decisions by the narrowest of margins, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment is about self-defense and guarantees the right of citizens to possess a gun in the home. ..." ...
 

Brian Zins Wins NRA National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry for the 10th Time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Retired Gunnery Sergeant Brian Zins was named National Champion at the National Rifle Association National Pistol Championships held July 13-17 at Camp Perry near Port Clinton, Ohio, making 2010 the year that he won his 10th title as National Champion."

"Zins, of Poland, Ohio, shot consistently high scores throughout the event, winning the .22 Caliber Championship and placing in the top three for the Center Fire and .45 Caliber Championships. In the end, his aggregate score of 2650-134X placed him at the top of the leader board for the tenth time in his shooting career. Zins broke the record for the highest number of titles as National Champion with his seventh, eighth, ninth, and now 10th win." ...
 

If armed, the good guys can win
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am writing to respond to the column by Dan K. Thomasson in The (July 20) Herald Mail."

"Thomasson is unhappy with the Supreme Court because of Justice Alito's opinion in the recent McDonald case, in which the court ruled that the Chicago law forbidding handguns in the home was unconstitutional."

"Thomasson claims that the National Rifle Association 'disdains to bring sanity into the gun debate.' Really? I retired from the legal office of the NRA and do not recall ever being instructed to omit sanity from a legal argument. By 'sanity,' one must assume, Thomasson means that state in which one's perceptions conform to objective reality." ...
 

FL: Second Amendment Supporters Praise AG Candidate Holly Benson
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Holly Benson, running in a close Republican primary for attorney general, is trailing at least one of her rivals when it comes to fund-raising, she did receive some praise for her conservative credentials from Marion Hammer, former president of the NRA and now executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida. Benson’s bid to be attorney general received an A+ from the NRA and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida." ...
 

MO: Long will protect our interests in 134th
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I live in Republic and have been interested in local pollitics for some time. I have voted in every election since coming here and [have] talked to a lot of politicians. Every once in a while, one comes along who stands out from the others. Thomas Long is running for the 134th District state representative, the district that Jim Viebrock represented until he was term-limited out."

"Thomas Long is not a career politician, but he is a strong Republican, a good family man and a hard worker. He ... believes in the Second Amendment, 'the right to keep and bear arms.' We need someone like Thomas Long to represent us through the tough times ahead ..." ...
 

GA: Nathan Deal gets the NRA endorsement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced its endorsement of former U.S. Congressman Nathan Deal for Georgia Governor."

"'In politics, one can learn the character of a person by working with them over time,' said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF."

"'I have worked with Nathan Deal for more than a decade, and his record as a U.S. Representative and as a Second Amendment supporter is stellar. His constant and unapologetic support for gun rights in Congress demonstrates a strong commitment to the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.'"

"Deal is in a running for the GOP nomination with former Secretary of State Karen Handel. The runoff election will be held on August 10." ...
 

IL: Gun fight looming -- State legislators expected to reload laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling neutralizing a Chicago handgun ban last month, state lawmakers are expected to have a showdown on gun control early next year."

"Legislators' attempts to regulate, or deregulate, have been stymied by regional disagreements: Chicago lawmakers want tight restrictions on weapons while Downstate officials push for such firearm freedoms as a concealed carry law."

"Retired Leland Police Chief Bud Harton believes next year will be a good one for the Second Amendment." ...
 

CA: Police investigation finds East Palo Alto detective's Facebook posts were 'inappropriate'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An East Palo Alto police detective who suggested in a Facebook post that people who openly carry unloaded firearms should be shot engaged in 'inappropriate behavior,' the police department announced Tuesday."

"The announcement was welcomed by Responsible Citizens of California, which supports the legal 'open carry' practice. The group gathered at East Palo Alto City Hall on Tuesday night for a rally intended to pressure police officials to speed up their investigation into Detective Rod Tuason's comments on the social networking site." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

FL: Home Ex-FHP trooper gets jail time for falsifying tickets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A disgraced Florida Highway Patrol trooper will spend 364 days in jail for writing hundreds of phony tickets to motorists who were never pulled over for traffic offenses."

"Paul C. Lawrence pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight misdemeanor counts of falsifying public records."

"Prosecutors said Lawrence wrote hundreds of bogus traffic tickets using the information of motorists he had previously pulled over. Befuddled drivers, some of whom were out of the country at the time of the alleged traffic violations, suddenly got tickets in the mail and in some cases, had their drivers licenses suspended." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out: Misdemeanors, y'see. Under a year sentence, so a "prohibited person" provision don't kick in.

Now you try lying to the "Only Ones" in their official police reports and see what happens.
 

UK: Police chief tells officers: Don't follow the rules...use your common sense!
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A police chief today urged officers to 'use common sense' instead of following a set of complicated rules when tackling crime."

"Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton said there were was too much Government guidance for officers who were not allowed to 'use their discretion'."

"'The danger is officers spend a lot of their time following the rules rather than using their common sense,' she said. 'I don't say this to criticise officers. It's the system that we have created.'"

"... We need to have less complex guidance and give officers the space to use their discretion."

"She cited a case in 2005 when the force tried and failed to take a student to court after he called a mounted policeman's horse 'gay'." ...
 

UK: Crook frogmarched to police station with 'THIEF' sign around his neck sues employer for £90,000 for 'being humiliated'
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"It was a public way of shaming an employee who had stolen from his business."

"But two years later, Simon Cremer is being sued by the thief he caught - despite having already been cleared of any wrongdoing."

"Mark Gilbert, 40, is claiming compensation for lost earnings because of the alleged psychological trauma he suffered at the hands of his former boss."

"Mr Cremer hung a sign around Gilbert's neck branding him a thief and marched him to a police station in 2008 after discovering he had forged a company cheque for £845 and cashed it."

"But Gilbert was let off with a police caution, while floor fitting firm owner Mr Cremer and his staff were charged with false imprisonment before the case against them was dropped." ...
 

UK: Don't report shoplifters if they've stolen goods worth less than £20, police tell retailers
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"Police have told shopkeepers not to report thefts of goods worth less than under £20 in a scheme which they claim will cut crime. Under the trial, retailers are told not to dial 999 if they fall victim to petty shoplifters, but note details in a log book."

"It could then be weeks before a community support officer visits to read the log." ...

"Anthony Bush, owner of the general stores and post office in Killingholme, said: 'It's an absolute joke. You might as well put a sign on the door to say 'nick up to £19.99'. I wish the police would explain to me how this is going to drive down shoplifting."

"'.... I don't care what they are suggesting, if I notice shoplifting I will call the police.'" ...
 

Demand Triggers Upside in Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ACCORDING TO DATA FROM both the [ATF] and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), annual domestic commercial firearms-industry sales are estimated at more than $4.1 billion, which includes $1.21 billion for handguns, $1.35 billion for long guns and $1.55 billion for ammunition."

"In addition, annual sales of firearms and ammunition to the U.S. military and law-enforcement markets are estimated at $1.7 billion and $475 million, respectively."

"Over the past 27 years, wholesale shipments for handguns, long guns and ammunition have increased at a combined compounded annualized growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5%. However, the CAGR has almost tripled to 15.1% during the past five years ..." ...
 

AZ: Concealed weapons permit, training requirement ends Thursday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In less than a week, Arizona residents will be allowed to carry a gun in their pocket or purse without needing paperwork to do so."

"Senate Bill 1108, which allows people to carry concealed guns with no permit or safety training, takes effect on July 29 ... It makes Arizona the third state behind Alaska and Vermont, all supportive of gun rights, to enact a law that raises concerns for law enforcement."

"'It's disconcerting,' said Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead. 'The fact that anyone can walk around and carry a gun without training is disconcerting. We don't let our police officers walk around with a gun without training. Some people will start shoving a gun down their pants and shoot themselves.'" [link added] ...
 

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For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution. [Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)

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