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CNN insults gun owners, covers it up
Submitted by: dwlawson

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"I was a bit dismayed and a little surprised to hear a CNN Headline News analyst refer to gun owners and 'gun nuts' and 'Second Amendment literalists' in an offhand comment during a report on the recent TSA report of suspicious activity."

"My first reaction was to wonder, 'which am I? A gun nut or a Second Amendment literalist?' Then I got to thinking, just what is a 'second amendment literalist?' Is there such a thing as a 'Second Amendment figurativist?' Should the second amendment, or any amendment to the Constitution be interpreted figuratively? This 'journalist' obviously could be characterized as a 'First Amendment literalist.'" ...
 

Bang! You're sued
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... The city's legal machine had hired Nooner to snare Georgia gun sellers whose firearms ended up in the hands of murderers, thugs and thieves in New York."

"The investigator's work formed part of the foundation of twin lawsuits the Bloomberg administration has filed against gun dealers, some in New York but most in Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina. ...'"

"At least two of the gun stores have shot back with countersuits – including one shop that was targeted by Nooner, Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna. Adding to the star appeal of the cases, Adventure Outdoors' lawyer in the countersuit is Bob Barr, a former congressman and outspoken civil libertarian." ...
 

MS: Store Owner Shoots At Would-Be Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Detectives said two men pulled up to the store ... at about 7:30 p.m. One of the men got out carrying a gun and pulled a mask over his face, officials said."

"The store owner noticed what was happening, police said, and defended himself."

"'When he was coming up with the pistol, the owner opened fire, thinking the guy was going to shoot him. There was no doubt in his mind that this was an attempted robbery,' Chief Jimmy Houston said."

"In all, six shots were fired between the store owner and the would-be robber, police said. It's not clear whether the suspect was hit in the exchange of gunfire."

"The liquor store owner was also robbed about five years ago, police said, and he defended himself in that incident." ...
 

CT: Gun Sales Rise After Cheshire Home Invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State gun sales have shot up in the days after the wife and two daughters of a prominent Connecticut physician were killed, according to a local gun shop owner."

"Scott Hoffman runs Hoffman's Gun Center ... In the past few days, following the triple homicide in Cheshire, Hoffman said that people have been rushing to his store to buy guns ..."

"'They're scared,' he said. 'They're scared for their own personal safety and their family's safety, their children's safety and they want a way to protect themselves.'"

"Hoffman said that the most popular weapon ... is a defense-grade shotgun. Hoffman credited the gun's popularity to the short waiting period -- it can be obtained in two weeks as opposed to waiting 90 days for a pistol permit." ...
 

WI: Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Teen Accused of Killing School Principal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Jury selection begins for the trial of the teenager accused of shooting his principal to death at Weston High School in Cazenovia.

16-year-old Eric Hainstock is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Weston School principal John Klang. Authorities say Hainstock went to school the day before the schools homecoming activities, intending to kill people.

Klang was shot as he wrestled Hainstock to the floor and knocked his pistol away. Klang later died at a Madison hospital. If convicted, Hainstock faces life in prison.
 

Giuliani 1995: "We Need Assault Weapons Ban on Federal Level" (video)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Interview video of Rudy Giuliani during his time as mayor of NYC stating that the federal government needs to implement an assault weapons ban to help keep guns out of cities like New York and that he doesn't understand organizations like the NRA who fight these bans. As a presidential Giuliani is saying now that he doesn't believe in federal regulation of guns, now we know he's full of it. Pass this around to your friends!
 

OH: Central Ohio legislators support 'castle doctrine' bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A nightmare scenario feared by gun owners would be no more under companion House and Senate bills that would establish the 'castle doctrine' under Ohio law."

"S.B. 184 and H.B. 264 would protect anyone who uses deadly force to defend themselves or another person from any civil liability against the person who created the threat against whom the deadly force was used."

"'This is a traumatic thing as it is. If someone breaks into your house and you've used a gun to protect yourself, the burden should not be on you to defend a suit in court,' said State Rep. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark). 'The burden should be on the person who feloniously attacked you. The law-abiding citizen should have a presumption of innocence. ...'" ...
 

PA: Council accused of breaking law for firearms ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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an ordinance ... that bans firearms and other dangerous weapons from township parks and most township-owned buildings."

"Council members were accused of breaking the law, facilitating criminal activity, and defying the U.S. Constitution for establishing the ban, which came about after a resident carried a concealed handgun into a heated zoning hearing board meeting."

"Although the resident didn't brandish or threaten to use the weapon, a board member felt intimidated when he spotted the gun, which the resident had a license to carry." ...
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Submitter's Note: And I might "feel intimidated" when I see the council's armed bodyguards in police uniforms, are you going to ban them too?
 

Benjamin Franklin to Silas Deane, "A Country of such People was never yet conquer'd", Aug. 27, 1775
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...I am glad to hear that the Gunsmith's Business goes on so well with you. We make great Progress on it here; but the Price is high. If we would acquire that Manufacture in Perfection, it must be by assuring the Workmen of a large Demand..."

"...As the Numbers of People are continually increasing, we can never be long overstock'd with the Article of Arms. And I wish the Congress may think fit to recommend the same Project to the other Colonies..."

"...when they find by Experience how inefficient merely mercenary the regular Troops are, when oppos'd to Freeholders & Freemen, fighting for their Liberties & Properties. A Country of such People was never yet conquer'd, (unless through their own Divisions)..."
 

BATFU/DoJ Reneged on Deal to Stifle Red's
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"Yesterday I mentioned:"

"I've been sitting on some facts for a few days at the request of Ryan Horsley. BATFU had threatened him that he needed to cease all blogging and keep their agents and inspectors free from being photographed or observed, or they would go to the judge and file a complaint of harassment ..."
"Here, as Paul Harvey says, is the rest of the story:"

"Ryan had been agonizing over this--on the one hand, he wanted to fight for what was right, and keep people informed of what was happening. On the other, the threat of a complaint like the one that was filed would mean a new round of legal expenditures that could break the bank. ..." ...
 

JPFO Alert: BATFE TO RED'S: STOP EXPOSING US!
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"We've been keeping our readers abreast of the trials endured by Red's Trading Post, Idaho's oldest gun shop, which has been targeted by the BATFE. You can read our previous updates on Red's (as well as links to news articles on this travesty) at www.jpfo.org/redstradingpost.htm or visit Red's own site at www.redstradingpost.com."

"Despite having won an injuction to keep their business running, Red's is still being harassed, seemingly because owner Ryan Horsley continues to speak publicly about the situation. ..." ...
 

Speaking of Control Freaks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Or should we refer to these characters as bashful. It seems the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) is having a tizzy over having their incompetence and legal violations exposed to the general public by bloggers. One blogger in particular, follow the link above for details."

"So they want a Federal judge to go after the guy. Not so much to close him down, as to get it established in legal precedence that bloggers are not real journalists. What that really means is that they don’t want people covering them in anything like an honest, comprehensive fashion. They want their activities to be secret so they can continue to operate as a bunch of gangsters." ...
 

David Codrea: Open Questions for BATFU DIO Richard Van Loan--and an Announcement
Submitted by: ChareltonHest
Website: http://atfabuse.com

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"So, Dick: Is all this publicity over your heavy-handed persecution of Red's Trading Post the reaction you were hoping for, or is this simply another manifestation of your agency's legendary incompetence resulting in 'unintended consequences'?"

"Is all the hatred and contempt good Americans have expressed for you and your little 'gang' a surprise to you, or is it just another motivating factor that drives you in your ongoing personal crusade ..?"

"Are you starting to feel the heat yet from your 'superiors' ... for making a very public mess of what could have been a simple audit? ..."

"Allow me to add to their--and your--discomfort, Dick. Tomorrow, I'm going to post photos of Area Supervisor Linda Young on this blog. ..." ...
 

ID: Manager Accused of Harassing ATF Agents
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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The Department of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is accusing a Twin Falls gun store manager of harassing and intimidating them.

ATF agents have been examining business records at Red's Trading Post downtown looking for possible violations linked to paperwork which is required by the government.

In turn gun shop manager Ryan Horsley who's also the Twin Falls City Planning and Zoning Commission chairman has been videotaping the agents.

In a web blog Horsley also supplied information about the agents such as their names, what hotel they were staying at and a description of the rental car they were using.

All this is part of an ongoing legal fight over whether Red's will retain the federal license needed to buy and sell firearms.
 

Drug warriors are the real threat to Americans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, drug czar John Walters said that people who grow marijuana are terrorists. 'These people are armed; they're dangerous,' Walters said. He called them 'violent criminal terrorists.'"

"Walters must be referring to people like Anthony Diotaiuto, a 23-year-old bartender and part-time student. ..."

"... the drug warriors conducted a pre-dawn raid on Diotaiuto's home, battering down his front door without warning When the raid was over, Diotaiuto lay dead in his closet, his body riddled with ten bullet holes. The drug warriors' story about what happened has changed several times since the incident. ... the drug warriors in all likelihood saved us from another dangerous, marijuana-smoking criminal terrorist." ...
 

CA: Officer charged for sexual misconduct with Trans-Gender prisoner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Santa Clara County correctional officer was arrested July 19 for alleged unlawful consensual sexual activity with a prisoner in November 2006, according to the Santa Clara County Department of Correction."

"Correctional officer Jose Perez, 42, was released on $5,000 bail on July 20."

"... the prisoner involved in the case is transgender."

"Officials aren't releasing any personal information about the prisoner."

"The Mercury News reported that Perez faces a year in jail if convicted for a misdemeanor charge that he 'groped a 30-year-old transgender inmate's breast over the shirt at Santa Clara County Main Jail' during a three-day period last November. ..." ...
 

NY: Ulster, Dutchess may copy Orange gun buyback program
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A total of 198 firearms – 136 handguns and 62 long rifles – were turned in to the police in the Orange County cities of Newburgh, Port Jervis and Middletown during the six-week gun buyback program that ended earlier this month."

"County and city officials Wednesday pronounced the program a success and County Executive Edward Diana said they will probably conduct another round of buybacks in about a year."

"Persons, who turned in weapons, legal or illegal, had no questions asked and received ShopRite gift cards in return." ...
 

PanAm Games: Soldier Secures Olympic Berth at Pan Am Games
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Army World Class Athlete 1st Lt. Mickey Kelly secured a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games with a third-place finish in the women's modern pentathlon July 23rd at the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007."

"'I can't believe I just did that,' 1st Lt. Kelly said of winning a Pan Am Games bronze medal and earning a trip to Beijing, China, as the second North American finisher at the Deodoro Sports Complex."

"'I'm still in shock. You dream of it and you try to put everything in position so you can have that,' she said, 'and when it comes true, you're just like: 'Whoa, did that really just happen?' I'm just ecstatic.'" ...
 

TN: Police officers suspended
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Memphis police officials have taken disciplinary action against three officers involved in a May 30 confrontation with a South Memphis business owner."

"Sefu Uhuru, proprietor of the Nappi By Nature salon ... says he and four others, including his wife, were manhandled and unfairly detained by the officers." ...

"Officer Steven Grigsby was ordered suspended for three days. Officer Billy Gray got a one-day suspension. Both were charged with using excessive force."

"McCord, their supervisor, was suspended a total of 40 days stemming from the incident at Uhuru's business."

"He was terminated because he signed his name on a so-called "blue slip," indicating one of his officers was in court when he wasn't." ...
 

FL: Inmate convicted of indecent exposure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Florida jail inmate was convicted of indecent exposure after a guard complained that he had masturbated in his cell." ...

"In November, Broward County Deputy Coryus Veal, who was monitoring Alexander’s cell from a centrally located control room, saw him masturbating while he was sitting on his bunk, alone in his cell. She testified that she brought the charge against him the third time he masturbated in view of her."

"Veal has brought similar charges against seven other inmates in six months."

"The sheriff’s office encourages deputies to file criminal charges to discourage masturbating in the county’s jails, said Elliot Cohen, an agency spokesman. He said privacy is one of the rights inmate give up in jail." ...
 

FL: Speeding leads to firing of cop charged in fatality
Submitted by: Foo Bar

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"A Fort Lauderdale police officer, already accused of fatally running over a woman last year, will soon lose his job, after an internal investigation found he routinely drove his patrol car at speeds over 90 mph in the month leading up to the crash."

"Officer Alexander Griss hit speeds as high as 118 mph while driving to and from work, according to a police internal affairs report released Wednesday." ...
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Submitter's Note: I guess he had the common cop syndrome where he thought he was above the law. If we want to get dangerous things "off the street", cops like this would be a great start.
 

Canada: Man charged with stolen handgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A 30-year-old Dartmouth man is facing several weapons charges following a domestic disturbance in O'Connor Township last Spring.

While police were in the home to investigate the dispute in May, officers discovered a handgun. It turns out the weapon, a .40-calibre Heckler and Koch pistol, had been stolen from an MNR Conservation Officer in an Oliver-Paipoonge residential break-in in 1998.

Further investigation led to a warrant being issued for 30-year-old Jason Brown. Brown is originally from Thunder Bay, but is now living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He faces charges of trafficking a firearm and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.
 

Canada: Acquitted officer wants back on the payroll
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A suspended Toronto police officer is poised to demand that his pay be reinstated after his acquittal on assault charges in Windsor, his lawyer says."

"Accused rogue drug officer Ned Maodus last spring became the first policeman in Toronto history to be suspended without pay after his Michigan girlfriend made allegations to Windsor police that Constable Maodus assaulted her."

"Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair took the unprecedented step of halting his pay, arguing that the constable ... was unavailable for work."

"But after a three-day trial in Windsor last week, Ontario Court Judge Bruce Thomas acquitted Constable Maodus when his ex-girlfriend recanted her allegations during two days of testimony." ...
 

WI: Annual muzzleloader shoot takes place Saturday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Next Saturday, Aug. 4, has been scheduled for the 11th annual muzzleloader shoot at the shooting range east of Menomonie."

"The very popular event gets underway with the National Rifle Association’s youth shooting camp registration taking place between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Shooting will take place between 8 and 11 a.m."

"Firearms and ammo is provided. The free event is open to youth shooters 15 years of age and under. A parental release is required. There will be a gun raffle and youth awards." ...

"The adult muzzleloader shoot registration takes place prior to the shoot which occurs between 12:30 and 3 p.m. The adult shoot is open to any type of muzzleloader having open sights only. Any projectile can be used." ...
 

MD: Collaborating on EXILE a positive step
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gun control debate nationwide has sometimes taken center stage. Other times, it's simmered underneath the surface while other issues have been closer to the forefront of everyone's minds."

"Here in Prince George's County, EXILE, a program intended to deal with the issue of illegal firearms is designed to combine the efforts of federal, state and local officials to keep illegal firearms off the streets."

"Such a partnership is welcome in a county that seems to be as notorious for its crime rate as it is famous for being the most affluent African-American-majority county in the nation." ...
 

NY: Local NRA fundraisers bring home the bacon
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"While the National Rifle Association was chartered by the State of New York back in 1871, it wasn't until 1990 that the tax-exempt NRA Foundation was formed. With the foundation came the Friends of NRA program - grass-roots committees all across the country, assisting with fund-raising, and keeping NRA members energized and involved."

"Since holding its first banquet in 1994, the Mid-Hudson Friends of NRA committee has evolved into one of the most successful in the country. My biased opinion is that the banquet that is stagedin Dutchess County each spring is the standard by which all others should be measured." ...
 

NY: Cop-slay gun shocker
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"The gun used to kill Police Officer Russel Timoshenko earlier this month traces back to a Virginia dealer whose weapons have been cited in more than 1,000 crimes, The Post has learned." ...

"Guns involved in more than 1,000 crimes have been traced to R&B Guns between 1996 and 2000, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Store owner Richard Norad eventually had his license revoked and was put out of business after Virginia State Police issued him five warnings over two years for failing to check gun buyer's identifications." ...
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KABA Note: A problem dealer was shut down: what is so shocking?
 

SC: Merchants: AK-47s good for business
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The same type of gun commonly used by Iraqi security forces is legally being sold to civilians in Rock Hill."

"Surprised? Don't be. It's been happening for years in York County, and more stores are offering AK-47 assault rifles as their popularity grows among collectors since federal restrictions on their sales were lifted in 2004."

"But law enforcement officials say they've found shell casings at crime scenes recently, and gun-control advocates claim the guns weren't designed for retail sale." ...

"'AK-47s should not be available for sale. There's really no argument,' said Zach Ragbourn, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign ... 'They're designed to attack people, period. They're not for hunting or a fun collector's item.'" ...
 

NY: White will take aim where his Games career began
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"The Empire State Games were preparing for their inaugural competition when organizers approached Tom White about having the Hudson Valley shooting tryouts at Cortlandt's Blue Mountain Sportsman Center, where he had a summer job."

"White and an Ossining High classmate, Vito Palmietto, agreed to run the match, as long as they could participate as well. The two friends ended up qualifying together, which is how White made the first of his 28 appearances in the Games' shooting competition."

"The 45-year-old New Rochelle resident will make No. 29 when the shooting events return to Blue Mountain Reservation this week." ...
 

Canada: Federal justice minister looking at new knife laws; Canadians are far more likely to be assaulted by someone with a knife than someone with a gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Canada's federal justice minister said Monday he will consider a request by the city's police chief to bring about knife crime legislation, but he said he can make no promises." ...

"There are now 13 bills before Parliament, all of which are meant to help reduce crime in communities, Nicholson said."

"One of the higher-profile bills will provide mandatory prison terms for people convicted of crimes involving guns. That bill is stuck in the Senate."

"'We're having a difficult time getting through anything and it seems to be we would have a tougher time getting a mandatory minimum for knives,' Nicholson said." ...
 

UK: Drunken teenager admits assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A DRUNKEN would-be soldier who beat up his then girlfriend's brother told a court he hoped the Army would sort him out."

"Michael Albert Spencer, 19, said he knew he had a short fuse and had taken up kick boxing to relieve stress."

"The defendant was said to have had 55 units of alcohol in 24 hours before attacking Peter Johnson with a piece of wood when the victim was visiting his home." ...

"The defendant, of Dall Street, Burnley, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, on March 10."

"He was spared jail even though the bench said he posed a high risk of harm to the public and the guideline sentence was custody." ...
 

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