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Obama: Good U.S.-Mexican relations demand we spare guilty and let innocent die
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "How telling that he does not place his emphasis or concern on an operation conducted under the authority of his administration that has resulted in estimates that up to 150 Mexican nationals may have been killed—people who were never given due process and their day on court, that is, people who are legally innocent." ...
 

Militias and Mumbais
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anti-gun groups are quick to link Militia to state governments, but, as usual, they mislead the electorate. When the Supreme Court and lower courts grapple with the second amendment as a concept of state militia, they err. Still, many wins for the individual right were made possible by a greater adherence to Original Intent than ideas that the Document is a 'living document', that a militia must be a state entity, or that a militia is a hate group." ...
 

The Last Refuge Of Liberty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... We have the voting booth to democratize power, but all violence centralizes power. Whether it is the weapons of an army, the paving stones wielded by rioters or the suicide bomber– violence centralizes power. ..."

"Only by democratizing violence, through such measures as the second amendment, is there any popular defense against such centralization of violence. But as states grow more complex, they centralize power and monopolize violence, and then become more vulnerable to violence. Populist violence is a more effective lever against a centralized state that has isolated itself from the people. Once a political system becomes isolated, it also becomes tyrannical, and vulnerable. ..." ...
 

Many Americans feeling the need to keep guns in the home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I never cease to be amazed at how many people approach me and ask about taking them out to learn to shoot. Like most outdoorsmen I know I usually try and accommodate these newcomers to the outdoor sports but sometime there just isn’t time to do it all. I usually have to refer them to other experienced outdoorsmen or to a professional shooting range to learn the basics from a certified National Rifle Association instructor." ...
 

Guns & Patriots Podcast Episode 4 (podcast)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Gun Rights and Mental Illness: Answering Readers’ Questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an article in The New York Times on Sunday, Michael Luo examined how states across the country were increasingly allowing people who lost their firearm rights because of mental illness to petition to have those rights restored."

"While several states have had such restoration laws for some time, more than 20 have passed similar measures since 2008. The increase has been traced to a law passed by Congress after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech that was actually meant to make it harder for people with mental illness to get guns."

"In this post, Mr. Luo is answering questions submitted by readers about the restoration of gun rights for people with a history of mental illness. ..." ...
 

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson Governor Take 2 (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"RF recently reviewed the Smith & Wesson Governor. Unfortunately, our Fearless Leader lives in a part of the world where shooting inanimate objects requires a court order and direct supervision by a Plinking Safety Officer. RF suspected that the Governor had a hidden forte: shooting stuff. So he sent Smith’s Black Beauty to Arkansas for my 'dining and dancing pleasure.' The star of the show: the watermelon PDX’ed into red misty oblivion. I think watermelons are more spectacular than cantaloupes ... because they contain so much water. Water doesn’t compress very well, and has to go somewhere when a stack of metal disks and pellets slam into it at high velocity. But wait! There’s more . . ." ...
 

Video Guide To Smith & Wesson Revolver Frame Sizes (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Praxis: Pneumatic Antenna Launchers.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No, it's not an improvised surface to air missile. It's an early-generation pneumatic antenna launcher." ...
"Why does anyone need to Launch an Antenna?"

"It is often more convenient to use existing trees than to erect supports for wire or beam antennas, especially when these antennas are required for temporary or emergency field use. We set up antennas for disasters and drills, camping and contests, practice and fun. ..." ...
 

Gun Control: A Long Over Due Argument Still Unresolved
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There was little to no fanfare as in January when Arizona Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords was shot along with 18 others, 6 killed, 12 wounded, at a political rally. During that national tragedy was when a clearer, more focused debate over stricter gun laws needed and should have taken place but since Giffords has recovered, left rehab, let’s have the debate now." ...

"These gun nuts believe Jesus was packing before he blew away the Gays and Democrats, ascending to the “right” hand of the father giving us the Ten Commandments, the Constitution and anointing Ronald Reagan and George Bush as Arch Angels of truth, justice, the bullet and the ballot." ...
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Submitter's Note: A wonderful exemplar of what antis believe constitutes "debate", full of ad hominem attacks, straw men and red herrings.
 

Our Liberties Are Slipping Away, We Don't Even Put Up a Fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Who did this to us?"

"We did. Americans who have grown less than watchful, who have allowed themselves to get swept up in the 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' 'doublespeak,' who certainly are prepared to put their life on the line for the First or Second Amendment to the Constitution, but the Fourth Amendment? We fell asleep at the switch. We are the ones who elected careless officials, the damage-doers, to Congress and the state Legislature."

"We are the ones who elected Big Brother." ...
 

F&F firestorm: Mexican officials want to prosecute U.S. officials
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fox News is reporting today that some officials in Mexico would like to extradite and prosecute U.S. officials responsible for Operation Fast and Furious because it flooded their country with guns illegally, resulting in the deaths of possibly hundreds of Mexican citizens." ...
 

ABC, which has yet to run Story One on Gunwalker nationally, at least has a genuine reporter in Jake Tapper. "Is this president upset about this?"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "At today’s White House briefing, ABC’s Jake Tapper pressed White House Spokesman Jay Carney on whether the President is 'incensed' over the botched gun walking program 'Operation Fast and Furious'." ...
 

Firearms Bureau Finds Itself in a Rough Patch
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Today, the bureau is again under scrutiny, this time over a gun-trafficking investigation in which federal agents knowingly let weapons slip across the Mexican border; two later turned up in Arizona, where an American Border Patrol agent was killed in a shootout. Congress and the Justice Department are investigating; President Obama vowed last week to take 'appropriate actions' when the facts come out." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: "And I suppose the dead people are unfortunate byproducts."
 

Video: Mexican officials want Fast & Furious officials extradited for trial
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"Imagine, Fox News’ William Lajeunesse asks, if Mexico had decided to investigate American drug distribution and links to cartels by allowing a flood of cocaine to cross the border for tracking purposes. Americans would be outraged, especially as deaths mounted, and would demand the extradition of the government officials who sent the cocaine streaming into the US that caused the deaths. Similarly, some government officials in Mexico want the extradition of ATF and DoJ officials who greenlighted Operation Fast and Furious and flooded their country with illegal weapons:" ...
 

Heather Wilson Running to the Right in N.M.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As she faces a competitive primary against Lt. Gov. John Sanchez and at least two others vying for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D), Wilson is tacking to the right every chance she gets."

"'Primaries are a family fight,' Wilson told Roll Call during a recent interview in Washington, D.C. 'I'm a pro-free enterprise, pro-Second Amendment, pro-life Republican.'" ...
 

IL: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs bill to protect gun owners' privacy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over the weekend, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 3500, which protects the privacy of Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card holders and applicants. This legislation became necessary when the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released an opinion that the Illinois State Police (who administer the FOID system) were obligated to release the information. From the Illinois Observer:" ...
 

If Not Me Then Who?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the drive home from Cincinnati, after attending John Giduck's presentation of 'Terror at Beslan,' hosted by Buckeye Firearms, several thoughts were running through my mind.

First, the nightly news doesn't even begin to touch on the brutality that terrorists are willing to inflict on innocent children."

"Second, I am certain that not only are terrorists planning and training for a school siege in the United States, but that eventually terrorists will execute their plan and attack a school in America."

"Third, we, as citizens, are grossly unprepared for an attack on our schools. But is it our responsibility as ordinary citizens to protect our schools? Absolutely! ..." ...
 

Lessons from the Terror at Beslan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On June 11, close to 100 individuals attended a conference on terrorism presented by John Giduck. Buckeye Firearms Foundation made seats available to state and local school board members as well as numerous teachers and administrators at no charge because the topics covered are critical to the safety and security of our schools and the children who attend them. We are grateful to those who took the time to attend ..."

"Giduck covered the history of terrorist events from Columbine to Virginia Tech to Beslan and Mumbai. Terrorism is about getting attention. Terrorists seek the attention of government, the public or citizens, other nations and often Muslim extremists to further their agenda." ...
 

Anti-Gun "Armed Campuses" Site Tracks Guns at Colleges
Submitted by: Oliver Nelson
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"There is a relatively new anti-gun website called Armed Campuses that tracks which colleges allow guns on campus." ...
 

VA: Virginia AG Cuccinelli Says Carry Permits Trump UVA ‘No-Guns’ Policy
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"In response to an inquiry by Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R – District 24), on July 1st Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion addressing the constitutionality and validity of a University of Virginia policy banning the possession, storage or use of any firearm, weapon, ammunition, or explosives within any University facility by anyone, except a law enforcement officer, without the prior written permission of the University’s Chief of Police.'"

"In the opinion, Attorney General Cuccinelli distinguished his analysis between the constitutional right to open carry and the statutory privilege granted by a concealed handgun permit." ...
 

VA: Virginia Attorney General says UVA cannot ban gun carry
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-washington-dc/mike-stollenwerk

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"On the heels of his recent opinion holding that 'self-defense' is 'good and sufficient reason' to carry a gun to church, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli now says that state colleges like the University of Virginia cannot ban the carriage of concealed handguns by proper license holders. The opinion was written in response to a question by Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)." ...

"... According to OpenCarry.org's campus carry map, most states are just like Virginia and do not generally prohibit by law gun carry on college campuses by visitors or students." ...
 

VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The transition to a police state will not come about with a dramatic coup d’etat, with battering rams and marauding militia. As we have experienced first-hand in recent years, it will creep in softly, one violation at a time, until suddenly you find yourself being subjected to random patdowns and security sweeps during your morning commute to work or quick trip to the shopping mall." ...
 

CA: Parents of Avery Cody expected to get $500,000 in shooting by sheriff's deputy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The parents of a Compton teen fatally shot by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy are expected to get half a million dollars in a settlement that comes on the heels of a dramatic mistrial earlier this year ..."

"In March, a judge abruptly ended the wrongful death case of Avery Cody Jr. after the attorney for the slain 16-year-old's family announced in court that he had a videotape that he said contradicted sworn statements made by the deputy."

"... The surprise evidence was the second instance in which the deputy's account of the 2009 shooting and its aftermath appeared to be contradicted by video evidence." ...
 

CA: Jury rules against Sheriff's Department in false-arrest suit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jury has awarded a Pepsi delivery driver more than $325,000 in a lawsuit against Moreno Valley police and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department." ...

"'The jurors thought the cops were transparent liars, and we were able to prove that time and again,' Perrin's attorney Thomas Beck said. 'My client hit no one and was knocked out and injured. It's a cover-up. Every time, they gave a different version.'" ...
 

CA: CalGuns Forces San Francisco Sheriff To Adopt CCW Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The CalGuns Foundation sent out this release this evening regarding their victory in forcing the Sheriff of San Francisco County to comply with California law regarding concealed carry permits. Congratulations to CalGuns for getting San Francisco to obey the law. When I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco, I was shocked to find out that there were only eight CCW permits issued for all of San Francisco County. While this number may have changed some, it is still ridiculously small for a city and county of the size of San Francisco." ...
 

MO: Concealed Carry For Me But Not For Thee?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Why is it that some elected officials and senior bureaucrats believe their need for protection is superior to that of the ordinary citizen?"

"A case in point. The Town of Willard (Missouri) Board of Alderman is set to vote July 11th on an ordinance that would allow the mayor, alderman, town department heads, and other specified town employees to carry on town property so long as they had a Missouri concealed carry permit. Williard is located just outside of Springfield. ..." ...
 

TX: Tiny Texas city lays off entire police force
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As cities and towns across the country trim their budgets, some of them can't even afford some basics anymore - basics such as law enforcement."

"The small east Texas city of Alto, population 1,200, is one such place, reports CBS News correspondent Don Teague." ...

"The council furloughed the police department for at least six months to make up for a $185,000 budget deficit."

"[Chief] Barron says, 'There have been accusations that the police department is not generating enough revenue. Well, police departments are not revenue generators.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Kudos to a top cop who gets it.
 

IL: Gun control not about guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our legislature has been debating concealed carry of firearms for quite a while. One side believes the U. S. Constitution gives us this right in the Second Amendment, and the other side believes honest law-abiding citizens can’t be trusted with a firearm." ...

"Only Chicago representatives, senators and governors have a problem with allowing citizens to have the right to concealed carry. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them." ...
 

FL: NRA Loads Up for Doc Trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With a federal judge ready to hear arguments next week, the National Rifle Association and doctors are feuding about the NRA’s role in a legal challenge to Florida’s new 'docs v. glocks' law."

"The NRA is seeking to formally intervene in the case, contending it was a 'foremost supporter' when lawmakers approved the measure to restrict doctors from asking patients about gun ownership." ...

"But physicians, who argue the law is a violation of their First Amendment free-speech rights, are trying to block the NRA from playing a large role in the case. In a document Friday, the doctors said the state can adequately defend the law and that the NRA 'offers only inflammatory hyperbole.'" ...
 

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