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Spelling isn’t only thing SNUG does backwards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "How are they doing? Any empirical data to support the notion that 'creative[ly] expressing the effects of gun violence and the importance of peace'—and especially doing so 'in an artistic positive and inspiring way'—quantifiably achieves their stated goal?"

"Have they had time to yield any peer-reviewable results since the New York Senate launched SNUG in 2009 with a $4 million allocation?" ...
 

Three Things You Need to Tell A Liberal About Guns
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... "Mom's remark reminded me that gun control is high concept; liberals and independents are not 'up' on firearms regulations' real world impact (or lack thereof). 'Supporting common sense gun control' is a euphemism for 'uninformed and proud of it.'"

"If you're debating gun control, never underestimate your opponents' lack of knowledge on the subject. Before you try to explain the rational basis for your position, make sure liberal-minded gun control advocates and fence-straddlers have a basic understanding of the subject. Here are the three key points you need to cover . . ." ...
 

Right To Carry Litigation – Get Involved
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners have had much to celebrate over the last several years."

"The Heller and McDonald decisions confirmed what gun owners had long known to be true regarding the Second Amendment; the number of 'shall issue' Right-to-Carry states has grown to 37; the number of permit-less carry states now stands at four (with Wisconsin pending) and federal Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation has gained momentum."

"With all of this success it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are still portions of this country where politicians continue to deny their citizens the means of self-defense outside the home, whether through discriminatory licensing procedures or outright carry bans. ..." ...
 

Independence and 'government monopoly on force' are mutually exclusive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "There can be no independence when citizens must depend on armed agents of the government to come to rescue them--something the government is under no obligation to do--when predatory evil threatens."

"There can be no independence when citizens must depend on the government being willing to 'license' their Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms."

"And finally, there can be no independence when citizens must depend on the government to honor the Constitutional limits on its power, without we the people having the means to enforce those limits." ...
 

As Helmke leaves, MI editorial shows why his message lost, even in NW
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Evergreen State gun owners recall Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke as the fellow who declared war on Starbucks for serving armed citizen patrons — and lost — and as he departs that post, an editorial in a Michigan newspaper yesterday underscores why." ...
 

Billy the Kid Tintype Photo Sells for $2.3m (video story)
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The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United States
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"I have been researching estate planning for firearms, and I came across a video that is worth sharing today, a day on which we celebrate the United States and reflect on its history. The video is about the Girandoni air rifle, which is on loan to the National Firearms Museum. With over 2 million views, Phil Schreier’s video has already gone viral." ...
 

Review: Stoeger Coach Gun Pt 2. (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There’s nothing like seeing yourself on video to make you feel self-conscious and awkward, unless you’re Anthony Weiner. On the orders of, uh, I mean gentle request of our Fearless Leader, I videoed myself going through a house with the Stoeger Coach Gun I reviewed a while back for TTAG, and learned several things in the process. First, I’ve got to get better camera technology. Second, even though I moved through a house against cardboard silhouettes, my adrenaline still pumped quite a bit, causing me to get tunnel vision and forget several things I was supposed to do . . ." ...
 

Hunting: On Shot Placement [NSFNH]
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"[Post-jump images Not Safe for Non-Hunters] As long has I have been hunting, 'experts' have been telling me to shoot whitetail deer by aiming for the large area behind the shoulder. A shoulder shot won’t to ruin the hide and the deer’s heart and lungs occupy a relatively large, easy to hit area. If you’re a trophy hunter, agreed, take the heart shot. Your taxidermist thanks you. If you’re like me, if you hunt for meat, aim for the neck or head . . ." ...
 

Ammunition Consistency Testing: PDX-1, Pierce and American Eagle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here at TTAG we take it upon ourselves to spend inordinate amounts of time on the range in order to figure out what's 'the best' out there so that you, our beloved readers, don't spend your money on utter crap. Today we look at three brands of .223 Remington ammunition: PDX-1, Pierce, and American Eagle . . ." ...
 

Happy 4th of July, 2011! Let’s Celebrate the Second Amendment (also written 2nd Amendment) and the Freedom it Ensures.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"DefenseReview (DR) would like to wish all of our readers and members a very Happy and Safe 4th of July (2011). We hope it’s a great one for you. We’d like to thank our troops for standing on that wall and looking out for the rest of us. Thank you so much."

"Defense Review also thinks that July 4th is the perfect time to celebrate the Second Amendment (also written 2nd Amendment) to the Constitution of the United States, since an armed and well-trained citizenry (this is what 'well regulated militia' meant at the time it was written) is the ultimate insurance policy for a free people ..." ...
 

Three ways to bolster liberty on Independence Day
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"Earlier today, I prescribed a blend of civic and personal for celebrating Independence Day. Glenn Reynolds, better known as Instapundit, offered a more active plan for both celebrating and promoting liberty today and in the future ..." ...
"If there’s one issue you care about a lot, get involved there. Gun rights activism crosses party lines, but has had a major influence in expanding liberty — over the past decade, the growth of Second Amendment rights has been one of the major Bill of Rights success stories. There are lots of other causes, ranging from fathers' rights to tax fairness. Pick one." ...
 

Independence Day 2011
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'd like to take a look at what this day might mean to some people...a day off with pay, just a day off, family, friends, cookouts, reunions or just a day to lounge and watch the fireworks. As for me, I think of our Constitution, our founding fathers, our Bill of Rights, our military men and women who are performing their duties to protect our freedom." ...
 

On Saving the Bill of Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We're losing our Bill of Rights. The reason why is so basic it's overlooked; though Thomas Jefferson warned us about this threat to individual liberty when he wrote, 'If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.' Jefferson said this in a letter to Colonel Charles Yancey on January 6, 1816. It was the basic truth that we can't retain our liberty unless we first grasp it that impelled me to write Saving the Bill of Rights." ...
 

Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearms
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"My previous post highlights how Americans are generous, despite a challenging economy. An earlier post mentioned that donating firearms could help the donor, the donor's family, the charitable organization, and all Americans who get a chance to appreciate and learn about historic treasures. A recent article bridges these ideas by showing that donating a firearm to the NRA’s Firearms for Freedom program helps promote the important liberty protected by Second Amendment to the United States Constitution." ...
 

Independence Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A safe and happy Independence Day to you all, as we celebrate the countless American patriots of past and present who put their lives on the line to assure the freedoms we enjoy today."

"Given that it was a ragtag band of Americans who brought their own guns to Lexington and Concord, and got this whole ball rolling when the British came to confiscate their hardware, the gun has long been a part of Fourth of July celebration, whether it’s hand thrown clay birds behind the farmhouse, or plinking some tin cans off the back fence with a .22."

"Personally, I spent the weekend shooting a couple of pistol matches with good friends. It’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate what the Fourth of July is all about. ..." ...
 

"When in the Course of human events..."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I sincerely believe that every American needs to read this document on at least a yearly basis. It is a reminder why we exist as a nation and why we must fight to preserve what so many in earlier generations gave their lives for." ...
 

Do not forget 'Gunwalker' dead; Rep. Cummings and friends already have
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Surprising no one, Congressman Elijah Cummings' (D-MD) show trial yesterday, ostensibly about the 'Project Gunwalker' scandal, made no effort to identify the parties within the Obama administration responsible for this monstrosity. A quick perusal of the list of participants ... would make it impossible to be surprised at this otherwise bizarre omission. Any time spent investigating the debacle would be time not spent discussing 'gun control.'"

"Perhaps more surprising, or at least more reprehensible, is the fact that the 'report' ... produced at Cummings' behest glossed over--simply ignored--the blood spilled, and that will continue to be spilled, as a result of 'Operation Fast and Furious.' ..." ...
 

An open letter to 'Gunwalker underpants gnome' Jon Stewart
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"On Tuesday, National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted Comedy Central's Jon Stewart's disappointing apparent acceptance of the 'botched sting operation' explanation for 'Project Gunwalker.' The reason that this is disappointing is that just last week, Stewart made clear that he fully understood how absurd this program was, as an anti-gun trafficking 'strategy.' ..." ...

"One might think, then, that if Stewart sees the utter absurdity of career law enforcement officials and criminal prosecutors adopting such a strategy for stopping gun trafficking, it would make some sense to at least explore the idea that just maybe, an entirely different goal was being pursued." ...
 

Redacted F&F e-mail possibly tells more than it was supposed to
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the two Washingtons get back to business following the July 4 weekend festivities, and Operation Fast and Furious documents resume their flow from the Department of Justice to Senator Charles Grassley, it may be a good time to ask about a heavily redacted e-mail exchange obtained by the senator and offered as an attachment to testimony he provided to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform." ...
 

NC: Castle Doctrine Now Law in North Carolina
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In my first state House session, I fought for jobs, education, lower taxes, less spending, public health and safety, and other conservative issues; I also fought for Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens and I was a primary sponsor of the main Second Amendment bill."

"Discussing guns on school property and in restaurants and parks led some who were not informed to tell lies about me and attack me personally. Regardless, I fought for law-abiding citizens." ...
 

ABC's 'This Week': Founding Fathers Were 'Guys Who Didn't Give Women the Vote and Let Slavery Stand'
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"ABC's 'This Week' began its Independence Day weekend program with a segment that echoed Time magazine's cover story questioning whether the Constitution matters anymore." ...
 

AR15.com Forum – Thread Spotlight ‘Anti Gun Media’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This month’s featured thread brings up some interesting issues, but the one I am focusing on is that of the left wing media altering the facts to drive their agenda." ...

"It is of course nothing new for television and print media to do these types of things but it is something that can not be ignored. This is obviously a religious issue for many, but let’s remember that it just as easily could have been a 2nd amendment issue."

"How often do we see the words 'assault rifle' used in coverage of criminal acts? How often do we see 'ammunition stockpile' used when a gun owner is arrested with a few hundred rounds? ..." ...
 

14 Propaganda Techniques Fox News TV Uses to Brainwash Americans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "6. Conflating Violence With Power and Opposition to Violence With Weakness. This is more of what I'd call a 'meta-frame' (a deeply held belief) than a media technique, but it is manifested in the ways news is reported constantly. For example, terms like 'show of strength' are often used to describe acts of repression ... There are several concerning consequences of this form of conflation. First, it has the potential to make people feel falsely emboldened by shows of force ... Secondly, especially in the context of American politics, displays of violence - whether manifested in war or debates about the Second Amendment - are seen as noble and (in an especially surreal irony) moral. ..." ...
 

WI: Firearm fantasies not likely to end well
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"Any day now, after the governor signs the bill, Wisconsin will be a concealed carry state, which makes a lot of people feel so much safer."

"Most of the rest of the country is already safe because 48 other states allow people to pack guns — including Pennsylvania, where 32 people were shot on a recent violent weekend in Philadelphia." ...
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Submitter's Note: Would it be rude of me to ask precisely (or even approximately) how many of those Philly shooters were permit holders?
 

OR: Jury awards $360,000 to building caretaker over urination dispute gone bad in downtown Portland
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... "The complaint stems from a December 2008 argument that led to the arrest of Naydenov after he pulled a gun on the two men."

"But Naydenov, 49, said he had done so only after Kassab and Peressini threatened him with an open champagne bottle and taunted him when he confronted them about Kassab's alleged urination." ...

"When police arrived on the scene, Kafoury said the two men lied about what happened, hid the champagne bottle in a snowbank and then took the MAX to go to the Trail Blazers basketball game that night."

"Meanwhile, Naydenov was arrested ..." ...
 

WA: Seattle suspect in 1957 killing accused of molestation
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"A Washington state man charged with the 1957 slaying of an Illinois girl has a history of sexual and emotional abuse claims against him - one of which cost him his job as a police officer - according to witness statements ..." ...

"An investigative report filed in King County Court in Washington describes how McCullough, as a police officer in the early 1980s, was accused of sexually molesting a runaway who was 13 or 14. He eventually pleaded guilty to unlawful communication and was fired." ...
 

CA: New discipline policy at LAPD results in some officers avoiding punishment
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"A growing number of Los Angeles police officers who have used excessive force, driven while intoxicated, falsely imprisoned people or committed other serious misconduct are being let off without punishment as part of a new, controversial approach to discipline at the LAPD."

"Instead of handing down suspensions without pay, as was the norm for such offenses, police officials increasingly are putting officers on notice that another gaffe of the same sort will bring a severe penalty and possible termination." ...
 

CA: Ex-Salinas officer pleads no contest in molest case
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"A former Salinas police officer has pleaded no contest to molesting a 12-year-old girl."

"Lance Mosher, 45, entered the plea late Wednesday on the condition he be sentenced to felony probation, which can carry up to one year in jail. ..." ...
 

NE: Officer Scheideler charged with assault at 'Nebraska City Rampage'
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"A Nebraska City police officer faces charges in Otoe County court for allegedly tackling a fan at the Nebraska City Rampage mixed martial arts event held April 9 at the old Alco building."

"Special prosecutor Randall Ritnour filed charges of misdemeanor assault and oppression under color of office against Dean Scheideler, 34, who was working security as a uniformed, off-duty police officer."

"Mike Frakes, 22, of Nebraska City told investigators that he 'flipped the officer off' as he was leaving the event." ...
 

TN: Former Knoxville police officer pleads guilty in teen alcohol and porn case
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"A former Knoxville police officer pleaded guilty Friday to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and providing alcohol to two minors." ...
 

NC: Incident sends 2 troopers to desks
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... "The investigation of Senior Trooper Edward S. Wyrick and Trooper Andrew Smith was prompted by an eight-page letter sent to Perdue on Friday by Raleigh lawyer Hoyt Tessener, detailing his wife Gina's negative experience with Wyrick this month in Wilmington."

"However, the troopers remained on the road until Thursday, when the Tesseners' complaint was widely reported in the media."

"The couple have accused Wyrick of falsely arresting the 51-year-old mother of three, mistreating her and then orchestrating an unjustified traffic stop of her husband by Smith."

"Gina Tessener was briefly jailed, despite twice blowing 0.0 on an alcohol breath test." ...
 

NC: North Carolina Gun Politics – The Good, The Bad, & The Disappointing
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"'The idea of a concealed-carry in an Applebee’s bothered people…' - Republican Speaker Thom Tillis, after restaurant carry language was removed from gun legislation which passed." ...
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Submitter's Note: Who here thinks '[t]he idea of coloreds in an Applebee's bothered people…' would be viewed as sufficient justification to restrict peoples' civil rights based on skin color? A civil right is a civil right. Period.
 

WA: 'Machine gun' sculpture dismantled after protests.
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"Update: The Seattle Parks Department removed the machine gun tonight after seeing story in the media. 'We made the decision to take it out ASAP,' it said. The story began on Wallingford’s neighborhood blogs and quickly spread to KING, KIRO and our partner The Seattle Times." ...
 

MA: Child Shooting Leads to Proposed Dirt Bike Ban. No Really.
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"It’s good to know that, at least in Boston, the Mayor has his eye on the ball. Crime-wise, that is. When a little boy was shot by a couple of scumbags on dirt bikes last week, Mayor Thomas Menino jumped into action. He’s obviously had quite enough of this kind of senseless violence. As far as he’s concerned, the time has come to do something about the root causes of these disturbing crimes. So he’s asked the Massachusetts legislature to ban dirt bikes in the city . . ." ...
 

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