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Al Sharpton shows unreasonableness of anti-gun zealotry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "And the end result? Even a licensed gun in the home is too much for the anti-defense zealots, and if you don't go along with them on that, you're the one who's being unreasonable and extremist." ...
 

And How Was Your Day?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Birthday dinner. My beautiful wife and I were sitting under the stars, eating shrimp, sipping watery Diet Cokes. 'I was firing Scott's Sig at the range,' I said, by way of romantic conversation. 'The trigger's incredibly light . . . I was thinking about how you fire yours. I was trying to imagine how you made the transition from not firing to firing. You know; does she kind of walk up to it, or just power through it? It's a Zen thing.'"

"'What are you talking about?' Sam demanded. 'You either shoot,' she said, chopping both hands straight down onto the metal table, rattling the silverware. 'Or you don't shoot. That's it.'"

"I guess you could say that Sam and I have a different perspective on things. ..." ...
 

Not knowing much about history can hurt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Of course, you can bathe in knowledge and still emerge dirtied by attitudes averse to the founders' best beliefs. No doubt members of the Supreme Court are well versed in our history, but 44 percent of them recently voiced something close to total disregard for the Second Amendment's clear statement about the right to bear arms. (Grammatical ignorance is not today's topic, but the business about a militia is not in a restrictive clause.)"

"You can grant that diverse interpretations are often legitimate and that we should shirk from constitutional absolutism, but time and again some members of the court ... seem to believe that the plain meaning of the Constitution's words has no or little bearing on what they should decide." ...
 

Take Notice!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sunday, our nation celebrated its 234th anniversary. Flags were waved, fireworks were ignited, and the birth of freedom was once again recognized."

"Yet a couple days prior to this, the United States Supreme Court had taken a vote regarding the second amendment. Now we should be joyous to find that the Supreme Court ruled by a five to four majority in favor of the American’s right to own fire arms. The fact that this would even be brought up as an issue in our federal court system is disturbing. This is not the first time that the rights of the American people have been brought up for question, but its outcome is an example of how our most basic freedoms are dithering by simple threads of the fading traditionalists in the system." ...
 

Arizona, Chicago must find middle ground on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chicago's near-absolute ban on handguns, recently rendered defunct by the U.S. Supreme Court, bears more similarity to Arizona's gun laws than may be apparent at first."

"Both sets of laws, after all, are the products of radical minds. And both sets betray some uncomfortable indifference to the constitutional rights of citizens." ...

"Arizona, meanwhile, has enacted some of the most liberalizing gun laws of any state in recent years. ..."

"While Second Amendment advocates justifiably argue that Arizona's new laws expand the constitutional rights of owners of firearms, they display a rough indifference to the rights of property owners." ...
 

CCW
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The permit (or license if you will; I steer clear of that particular semantic trap) to carry a concealed weapon has been the subject of much debate over the last few decades. It wasn’t so long ago that there were seven states where the piece of paper that authorized you to carry a loaded, concealed handgun in public simply wasn’t available. Now there are two: Illinois and Wisconsin. The latter state came achingly close, only to be vetoed repeatedly by a governor who won’t be in office to do that the next time around. Look for Illinois to be the only holdout soon." ...
 

Filibuster Kagan!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan should be filibustered."

"We have learned a lot more about Elena Kagan and her views on the right to bear arms since the last time she appeared in this column, and what we have learned is not pretty."

"As an initial matter, recall that Justice Sotomayor ... stated in her confirmation hearings that she accepted the Supreme Court's Heller decision as establishing 'that the Second Amendment right is an individual right.' In Monday's McDonald v. Chicago ruling, however, she joined the dissent that stated, 'I can find nothing in the Second Amendment’s text, history or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as 'fundamental' ...' In other words, she lied." ...
 

Why So Easy for Terrorists to Get Concealed Gun Permits?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Political violence is not an abstract concept in America, as a series of incidents this year has dramatized. The Department of Homeland Security has warned the nation that a dramatic increase in right-wing extremism since the election of President Obama increases the potential for domestic terrorism. The number of armed militias in America has increased a staggering 200% since 2008."

"... Something that has flown beneath the public radar, however, is how easy it is for terrorists to obtain permits to carry concealed handguns." ...
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Submitter's Note: Maybe because, in this country people are presumed innocent until proven guilty?
 

Thinking free
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I've always talked about how freedom begins with an attitude — with thinking free. Some people just aren't interested in hearing that because it means they have to shift the blame from other people (their parents, the cops, bureaucrats, Congress) and take charge of their own lives. Others dismiss it as nonsense on pragmatic grounds — because it's ridiculous to say anyone can be free while stuck in a gulag or living in a police state. Others just think that action is everything and that thinking free is merely a form of idleness."

"Even people who understand that you can't live free unless you think free have a lot of trouble maintaining that belief, day to day."

"I have trouble with it, I admit. ..." ...
 

In self-defense — The Quiz
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As promised earlier this week in this column, readers now get to test their retention skills (or maybe just refer back and re-read Parts I and II) to get a grasp on the principle of self-defense and the importance of strong self-defense laws."

"This is not a joke – using force against another person, especially to the lethal level, is no laughing matter – and the 'prize' for getting right answers is a better understanding of the concept of self-defense and not running afoul of the law. Each person who makes the conscious choice of arming one's self in anticipation of a moment they hope will never come takes on a responsibility of far greater import than nearly every other thing they ever do. ..." ...
 

Function of justices is called 'rule of law' (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Contrary to Elena Kagan's philosophy as quoted in 'A judicial change to believe in' (Opinion, July 6), the Supreme Court should not 'defer to the choices of elected officials except in the most extreme cases.' Instead, they should firmly and swiftly strike down any legislation that violates the Constitution, whatever the degree. Liberty is lost a little at a time."

"Of course there are difficult cases, but that's the purpose of the Supreme Court — to decide those cases that are so close that they cannot be decided by the lower courts. The 'extreme' cases are most unlikely ever to reach the higher courts."

"The function of the nine justices is to decide if a matter is constitutional — not if it should be. ..."
 

Do we have to like everything in the Bill of Rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Voices 'After ruling on handgun laws, cities must focus on other options.'"

"The editorial says, '... the court has elevated gun ownership to the same level of protection as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures and cruel and unusual punishments.'"

"So the idiots ... I mean editors ... at the Chicago Tribune ... are somehow appalled that the Second Amendment is as legally binding and as important as the First Amendment (speech and religion), the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) and the Eighth Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment)."

"Maybe we should call the Bill of Rights the Let's Pick a Couple That We Like and Dump the Rest Bill of Some Stuff We Want."
 

Time for the next round--challenges to gun laws piling up
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"As we discussed immediately after the Supreme Court's McDonald v. City of Chicago ruling ... McDonald doesn't 'settle' the gun rights vs. 'gun control' debate--it reinvigorates it. While SCOTUS has made clear that the people's right to keep and bear arms is 'fundamental,' both the Heller and McDonald rulings take pains to basically say that shall not be infringed means . . . nothing, really, when it comes to 'reasonable restrictions.'"

"So which restrictions are 'reasonable'? The Supreme Court has left very little indication so far--hence all the work that now remains to be done ..." ...
 

Bearing arms dwindled to bare freedoms
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"A federal lawsuit has been filed against Chicago's new gun-control ordinance as several gun owners and vendors have discovered a number of problems with its restrictions."

"The Supreme Court recently overturned the previous regulation, prompting Chicago's city aldermen to pass a new one that still restricts ownership. ... So the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers, along with other groups, has filed a lawsuit, claiming the ordinance infringes on constitutional rights."

"Dave Workman is senior editor of Gun Week, which is part of the Second Amendment Foundation, and he has studied both the ordinance and the lawsuit."

"'There are problems with the way that guns are restricted only to the home,' he explains. ..." ...
 

Little Gun Control On Blogs
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"Although Supreme Court rulings rarely have been among the top social media topics, last week's decision bolstering the right to bear arms generated strong reaction in the blogosphere -- almost all of it from cheering gun advocates."

"For the week of June 28-July 2, more than a quarter (28%) of the news links on blogs were about the ruling, making it the No. 1 subject, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism."

"Last week's Second Amendment ruling limiting cities' and states' ability to prohibit gun ownership split the Supreme Court by a 5-4 margin along conservative-liberal lines. But there was no such divide in the blogosphere where gun rights supporters dominated ..." ...
 

Don't legislate from the bench, make change
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"Let me preface my comments by saying I don't own a gun and have never have. This isn't about that as much as the rule of law."

"Less than four months ago Justice Sotomayor, in questioning by the Senate hearing to confirm her as a Justice, under oath, said she fully supported the Second Amendment ... Her only exception was if it were prohibited by state law. This comment alone should have disqualified her in my opinion. ..."

"However, in the recent Supreme Court 5-4 decision involving Chicago, she sided with Chicago in banning all guns. Fortunately, the Chicago law was overturned. But how could she in a matter of days change her position on so simple an issue? Fact is, she didn't; she simply lied under oath." ...
 

Gun Liberty and McDonald
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"But an even greater danger is the potential for the future federalization of all gun laws due to the further erosion of federalism because of the incorporation doctrine. Congress and the federal agencies it has created have already federalized a host of ordinary street crimes already covered by state criminal codes."

"Conclusion"

"As much as the McDonald decision is a victory for residents who want to defend themselves in Chicago and other municipalities with draconian gun laws, this decision also makes it clear that our rights are not natural and absolute. They are subject to the whims of the current members of the Supreme Court." ...
 

If you liked Mcdonald v. Chicago, you'll love Benson, Count II: teenagers with guns
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"In Count II of their complaint, the plaintiffs in Benson v. Chicago take issue with Mayor Daley's decision to limit legal gun ownership to adults 21 years of age and older. Simply put, no one may possess a firearm without a 'Chicago Firearm Permit,' and no one may be issued a permit unless he can show that he is at least 21 years of age. The permit itself is problematic at best--it appears to replicate the Illinois FOID card but costs 33 times as much per year, and represents a fee charged to exercise a Constitutional right. But what about Chicago's age restriction? Won't it save lives?" ...
 

For the GOP, a risky wave to ride or turn back
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... "But mainstream conservatives have been strangely disoriented by Tea Party excess, unable to distinguish the injudicious from the outrageous. ... Just to be clear: A Republican Senate candidate has identified the United States Congress with tyranny and contemplated the recourse to political violence. This is disqualifying for public office. It lacks, of course, the seriousness of genuine sedition. It is the conservative equivalent of the Che Guevara T-shirt -- a fashion, a gesture, a toying with ideas the wearer only dimly comprehends. The rhetoric of 'Second Amendment remedies' is a light-weight Lexington, a cut-rate Concord. It is so far from the moral weightiness of the Founders that it mocks their memory." ...
 

CO: While Norton smears Buck, we call him a hero
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"You expected a boring primary season? We did, but then several candidates surprised us, and issues such as gun rights unexpectedly entered the debate." ...

"Norton responded to Buck's success by smearing him in a nasty, below-the-belt attack ad. Buck's 'crime' while working at the U.S. Attorney's office was standing up for the little guy and bucking prosecutorial abuse in a politically motivated gun case. In our book, that makes Buck a hero, not a villain, and we are profoundly disappointed with Norton's malicious tactics." ...
 

TN: Zach Wamp gets endorsement from gun maker
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"U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp says he's been endorsed by Ron­nie Bar­rett, a Murfrees­boro firearms man­u­fac­turer, for his bid for governor:"
"'When­ever Ten­nessee sports­men and gun own­ers needed a friend in Con­gress, Zach Wamp stood strong with us to pro­tect and defend our 2nd Amend­ment rights, that's why he's always received an A rat­ing from the National Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion,' said Bar­rett. 'We need that same strong back­bone and con­sis­tent sup­port from our next Gov­er­nor, and I'm con­vinced that Zach Wamp will be that man. I strongly encour­age all Ten­nessee sports­men and gun own­ers to sup­port Zach Wamp for Governor.'"
"Bar­rett owns Bar­rett Firearms, maker of the .50-caliber Bar­rett M107 rifle ..." ...
 

In Disclose Act, Democrats are muzzling free speech
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"In Congress, Democrats have not yet put the final blemishes on their proposal for restricting political advocacy, the Disclose Act ... but already it is so awful it is excellent. Its nakedly partisan provisions, and the squalid process of trying to ram it into law, illuminate the corruption that inevitably infects what is supposed to be a crusade to purify politics ..."

"The [NRA] began a bizarre bazaar when it told Democrats it would not oppose Disclose if it exempts entities with a cynically constructed set of attributes that only the NRA has. When other interests howled, Democrats began tweaking the bill to enlarge eligibility for membership in the category of groups that will have broader speech rights than others do. ..." ...
 

Gun Microstamping Study Bill Introduced in U.S. House
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"U.S. Congressman Dan Boren introduced legislation this week (H.R. 5667) to direct the U.S. Attorney General to work with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive study of firearm microstamping. NSSF supports this bipartisan legislation as a means of ensuring adequate research of microstamping is completed, and the concept is proven to work reliably, prior to states mandating microstamping through the legislative process."

"... Every independent study to examine the concept of microstamping has determined that it does not function reliably and is flawed." ...
 

NY: Micro-stamping issue should be discussed
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"I'm writing to offer a little background on the recent resolution on the Oneida Common Council agenda regarding support for micro-stamping and some observations on the politics involved."

"I'm the councilor who offered the resolution and had it placed on the agenda. A few weeks ago I received a mailing from Mayors Against Illegal Guns ... The mailing was seeking support for NYS Senate Bill S6005, a bill requiring micro-stamping capability on all semi-automatic handguns in New York State by 2012."

"I believe the other councilors and the mayor received this mailing as well. I wasn't familiar with the issue and wanted to learn more, so the first thing I did was read the bill. ..." ...
 

LA: Gun Control Advocates Decry Louisiana's New Law Allowing Churchgoers to Pack Heat
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"Gun control supporters are up in arms over Louisiana's new law allowing churchgoers to pack heat along with their Bibles."

"Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his blessing this week to churches, synagogues and mosques to allow concealed handguns on their premises, overturning a state ban."

"'The governor's position on the Second Amendment is not new,' Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said in a written statement to FoxNews.com. 'He sides with the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: I wish they would stop using the term 'pack heat'. Makes me want to go out carrying a can of Sterno in my holster.
 

Are Guns Medical Devices?
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... "According to the legal interpretation the FDA is using to ban e-cigarettes as unapproved 'drug delivery devices,' the brief notes, 'any product that affects the structure or function of the body is a drug, device or drug/device combination under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act,' regardless of whether it is intended for medical purposes. NJOY says this broad reading of the statute, which has been repeatedly rejected by the courts and the FDA itself, would lead to 'absurd results':"

"'If applied as FDA now insists, without therapeutic intent as a limiting principle, the FDCA's structure/function definitions would transform into drugs, devices or combination products articles like guns, bullets, mace, seat belts, air bags ...'" ...
 

FL: Ex-deputy gets 30 days in jail
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"A former Rock County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail with work release privileges after pleading no contest to fourth degree sexual assault and obstructing an officer."

"Steven L. Stenulson, 39, of Janesville, was accused of sexual assault to an 18-year-old woman at a party ... He initially was charged with third degree sexual assault, a Class C Felony which has a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and fines up to $100,000."

"As part of a plea agreement Stenulson pleaded no contest to the Class A misdemeanor charges of fourth degree sexual assault and obstructing an officer." ...
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Submitter's Note: But I am certain that every rapist in the county gets a similar plea bargain. /sarcasm
 

MN: Former Itasca Co. Sheriff's Deputy jailed
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A former deputy from Itasca County Sheriff's Deputy sits in jail in Aitkin County after a judge sentenced him Tuesday.

David Allen Sigfrinius faced four charges of criminal sexual conduct, among other things, from incidents in 2008. That's when prosecutors say he molested a juvenile.

In a plea deal, the Sigfrinius admitted to furnishing alcohol to a minor and criminal sexual conduct, but the judge only convicted him of the alcohol charge, as long as he adheres to his sentence. That includes 90 days in jail, two years probation, and registering as a predatory offender.
 

GA: Deputy Accused Of Being Combative With Officers At Hospital
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"Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said a Paulding County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested after becoming combative with officers Sunday morning."

"Officials said Paulding County deputies responded to a domestic violence call at a home on Bethnal Way in Douglasville at about 2 a.m. Sunday."

"Authorities said Deputy Patric Huston initially refused to communicate or cooperate with responding officers, so SWAT team members were called and Huston surrendered peacefully."

"Police said Huston was transported to WellStar Paulding Hospital in Dallas for an evaluation."

"At the hospital, deputies said Huston became combative with officers and was booked on felony obstruction of an officer charge." ...
 

FL: Ft. Lauderdale cop forced to resign after wrongful arrest caught on video
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Like many cops, Ft. Lauderdale police officer Jeff Overcash did not appreciate a citizen asking for his name and badge number, so he placed the citizen under arrest as many cops do on a regular basis.

But this time, the citizens’ girlfriend videotaped the interaction.

And the video led to Overcash having to resign rather than face termination, according to the Broward Palm Beach New Times.

Of course, this also means that Overcash will most likely pop up at any number of neighboring police agencies in South Florida.

So remember the name. And never hesitate to film a cop if you feel something is not kosher.
 

NY: Diabetic inmate to settle for $150,000
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"Erie County intends to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a diabetic defendant who nearly died when Holding Center personnel failed to give him his insulin over two days in 2005."

"Craig Beatty ... repeatedly told jail personnel ... that he would need his medicine. But he slipped into ... diabetic ketoacidosis after a series of failures and miscues by jail personnel."

"When finally rushed to Erie County Medical Center, Beatty was dehydrated, unresponsive and hypothermic, with a body temperature at 94 degrees ..." ...

"The Beatty episode might have revealed serious lapses in the jail's medical care, but those lapses had been revealed just months earlier, by the state Commission of Correction in a report to the county." ...
 

FL: We were permanently banned from the Miami-Dade Metrorail for taking photos (video available)
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"We had planned to ride the Metrorail through three stations to see if anybody would try to stop us from taking pictures of the trains."

"We didn't even make it inside the first station."

"By the time it was over, three hours after a security guard told us it was against the law to take pictures in the parking lot of the Douglas Road Metro Station in Miami, a 50 State Security Captain had banned us for life from ever setting foot on the Metrorail again." ...

"Ledford had done his homework on this project, having interviewed Miami-Dade Transit head of security Eric J. Muntan who informed him that people had the right to take pictures within the Metrorail station with the exception of commercial photography, which needed prior approval." ...
 

NY: Former Hornell policeman arrested
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"A former Hornell police officer was arrested Wednesday after state police seized eight illegal handguns, other weapons and drugs from his home."

"Richard A. Regan III ... was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Additional charges are likely."

"Montour Falls-based state police executed a search warrant Wednesday at Regan’s home. They seized eight illegal handguns, a nightstick, a gravity knife — which is similar to a switch blade — two marijuana smoking pipes and marijuana."

"Regan was a police officer with the City of Hornell for nearly a decade. ..."

"... Regan was with the Geneva Police Department since Nov. 25, 2007." ...
 

IA: Iowa Federal Court Finds Sheriff Denied Concealed Carry Because of Applicant’s Political Activity, Orders Sheriff to Take a First Amendment Class
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"The case is Dorr v. Weber, decided yesterday (some citations omitted); the court ordered the sheriff to grant the permit, but also wrote:"
"Paul [Dorr] was denied a permit precisely because Sheriff Weber believed that his free speech rights offended the majority of voters in Osceola County...."

"In denying Paul a concealed weapons permit, Sheriff Weber single handedly hijacked the First Amendment and nullified its freedoms and protections. Ironically, Sheriff Weber, sworn to uphold the Constitution, in fact retaliated against a citizen of his county who used this important freedom of speech and association precisely in the manner envisioned by the founding members of our Nation ..." ...
 

TX: Lower Greenville Patrons, Merchants Upset over Officer's use of Pepper Ball Gun
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"A Dallas police officer is under investigation and will likely be disciplined, after commanders say the cop fired a pepper ball gun without permission." [emphasis added]

"'He made a mistake and we have to learn from it. He understands he should have made a better decision,' Deputy Chief Vincent Golbeck, said."

"Commanders say the officer ... deployed the pepper dust, firing about 13 rounds against a building. Witnesses describe the incident as frightening." ...

"'There was no fight. It was just a means of getting people to move faster and it was so wrong,' Adelmann said." ...
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Submitter's Note: "A mistake", eh? Sounds more like assault to me, but I'm not an 'Only One'.
 

CA: California transit cop guilty of manslaughter
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"A white former transit police officer was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday in the videotaped shooting death of an unarmed black man that triggered riots in Oakland, California last year." ...

"A Los Angeles jury deliberated for about six hours over two days before reaching their decision about the shooting on a train platform in Oakland, indicating they deemed it a tragic accident rather than the intentional act of a rogue cop." ...

"'We are outraged that the jury did not find guilty of murder in a case that is so egregiously excessive and mishandled,' said Benjamin Todd Jealous, head of the [NAACP]." ...
 

IA: District Court Judge awards permit and requires training for Sheriff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On June 17, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett issued a ruling from the bench that overturned a permit denial from Osceola County (Iowa) Sheriff Doug Weber. The permit application was made by a citizen in Osceola County by the name of Paul Dorr. According to the report, Mr. Dorr's application was turned down by Sheriff Weber due to Mr. Dorr's activities with the Osceola County Taxpayers Association." ...
 

CA: Oakland Police Search Without Warrants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a little-known city program that critics say may be unconstitutional, cops join fire and building inspectors as they enter homes without a warrant and then arrest residents if they find anything illegal." ...
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Submitter's Note: We doan need no steenkin' Constitution!
 

FL: Daytona FL Cops to Gun Shops: Give Us The Names of S&W .40 Customers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Daytona Beach police Chief Michael J. Chitwood sent letters to gun shops across Central Florida asking for the names, addresses and phone numbers of customers who purchased [a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson Sigma series pistol],' The Orlando Sentinel Reports. 'Police think a serial killer shot three prostitutes — and possibly another woman — to death using that weapon. It's the newest lead they are following aggressively in the stalled six-year investigation.' Aggressively, eh? You might want to swap out that word for 'illegally.' Not that it's time to complain. Truth be told, the battle to make the feds and the states and municipalities maintain gun owners' confidentiality was lost a long time ago." ...
 

Canada: Toronto cops accused of rape and torching police cars during G20 summit (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of almost 1,000 people being arrested during the G20 summit protests in Toronto last weekend ... police are being accused of everything from rape to torching a police car under the guise of Black Bloc members."

"One female journalist who was arrested said she witnessed numerous women getting strip searched by male officers." ...

"Police are also being accused of donning black masks and destroying property, including torching a police car under the guise of the Black Bloc."

"As far-fetched as that might sound, it makes you wonder when you learn that police stood by and made no arrests when Black Bloc members were destroying property, but made mass arrests in the following days when people were protesting peacefully." ...
 

OH: Two men plead guilty to poaching $12,000 trophy buck
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"Two La Rue men pled guilty to six wildlife violations in Marion County Court and were ordered to pay $12, 845.71 in restitution, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife." ...

"... The trophy deer scored 186 4/8, which is the basis for the restitution values assigned under a March 2008 revision to the restitution law for the illegal taking of white-tailed deer. The law now allows the Division of Wildlife to seek an increased recovery value on all illegally harvested wildlife." ...
 

CA: Ban 'open carry'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let's see if we have this right."

"Gun lovers are concerned that California's gun laws are too restrictive. So they decided that the best way to make their case would be to stage a series of demonstrations in which they gather in public places with firearms brazenly displayed on their hips, disturbing everyone from law enforcement officers to families in Pacific Beach and Escondido to patrons of Starbucks, Peet's Coffee & Tea and California Pizza Kitchen up and down the state." ...
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Submitter's Note: Or, to put it another way, 'Civil rights advocates, wishing to remind Californians that it's not just criminals who carry guns, flagrantly complied with California law in every respect, while being lambasted by the press."
 

MI: Concealed-weapon policy spurs boycott
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"A decision by the St. Joseph County Grange Fair Board policy to not allow people to carry concealed pistols on the fairgrounds has started a boycott."

"Steve Doney, owner of Gunslingers Gun Shop on U.S. 131, has posted a sign on his marquee which states, 'CPLs unite. Boycott Centreville Fair.'"

"CPLs are concealed pistol license holders. There are 1,544 CPLs in St. Joseph County, and more than 230,000 statewide."

"'These people are all squeaky-clean citizens,' Doney said. 'They represent the finest people in our community. ...'"

"Fair manager Bill Johnson said the fair board is within its right to prohibit people from entering the fairgrounds with concealed handguns." ...
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Submitter's Note: And CPLs are within their rights to tell you lot to sod off.
 

WI: Concealed carry debate continues at state level
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"Both sides of the concealed weapons debate seem to agree that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week does not change Wisconsin’s law against concealed carry. The justices ... upheld laws that forbid weapons in 'sensitive places' like schools. And it did not throw out laws that prohibit felons and the mentally ill from having guns."

"Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox made waves last week when he said he would not prosecute the concealed carry ban and other gun laws, saying the court’s ruling made them unconstitutional. But Jeri Bonavia of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort said the ruling is so narrow, it will have no impact at all." ...
 

NC: National Forest Camping for a celebration
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"Budget conscious outdoorsmen may find a lot to do during this week's Forth of July Holiday ... look around you for the various publicly owned parks that may be located very close by your home base. ..." ...

"Due to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions (Washington, DC and Chicago) having to do with guns and the Second Amendment, I can't help but point out that many of these publically-owned facilities now allow most U.S. citizens to carry weapons while on these lands. The reason I mention this is that some of these public lands also offer the free use of shooting ranges and, with hunting seasons looming close by, many outdoorsmen will be honing their shooting skills there." ...
 

IL: Illinois Gun Rights Groups to Hold Chicago Rally
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"The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association:"

"WHAT: Rally to Celebrate the Second Amendment, especially the recent US Supreme Court decision in McDonald v Chicago ruling that the 2nd Amendment applies to state and local governments."

"WHEN: Friday, July 9, 2009, 11:00 AM."

"WHERE: Thompson Center Plaza, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL"

"WHO: Richard Pearson, Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle Association; Mike Weisman, First Vice President, Illinois State Rifle Association; Valinda Rowe, spokeswoman, IllinoisCarry.com; and the plaintiffs in the McDonald v Chicago case, Adam Orlov, David and Colleen Lawson and of course, its namesake Otis McDonald." ...
 

IN: My first time at the gun range
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"I can think of no other way to begin this blog post than being completely honest: I hate guns. More accurately, I think, I am afraid of guns. I have no qualms with the second amendment, but the last few days leading up to tonight's police academy class have filled me with a mixture of about 25 percent excitement and 75 percent anxiety."

"About two hours ago, I locked and loaded a .40 caliber handgun and fired a bullet for the first time."

"It was at once scarier and easier than I expected. Through Purdue's police academy I fired 12 rounds (six at a distance of seven yards and six at a distance of fifteen yards), and from the first jolting pull of the trigger it confirmed for me the power of a firearm." ...
 

Mexico: 'Shootout Drills' for School Children
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"When I was a kid my grade schools had regular 'emergency' drills. Sirens would wail as we'd crawl under our desks and fold our hands over our heads. ... We accepted that the world was a cruel place and soldiered on with our young lives. The world is still a cruel place. ... school children living in the dystopia of Mexico are required to participate in classroom 'shootout' drills, in which students are trained to . . ."

"drop to the floor, cover their heads, keep away from windows and DO NOT take photos or video of the shootout." ...

"No word on whether teachers are allowed to pack heat in order to protect the kids in case their school goes from being caught in the crossfire to being battleground." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms. — Robert Heinlein

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