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Absolved: Deacons by Mike Vanderboegh
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh

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... "... (T)he Klan had a problem. Surprised by the dash into Andrey's parking lot, they had jumped the CORE activists at the edge of Bogalusa's Negro community. This wasn't some lonely road with no witnesses. Although the streets had emptied . . there were any number of witnesses peeking out from windows and doorways. . Even so, the Klan had reigned around Bogalusa for almost a hundred years. . But still, their courage . . failed them. Too stupid to carry out their original plan correctly, too scared to finish the job and too proud to just call it a day and drive away, they waited. . .until something very strange happened. . something almost unprecedented . . (that they never) thought would happen. And that something was the Deacons." ...
 

Notes of a gun show debutante
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I went to my first gun show recently - part of my ongoing remedial education in American cultural literacy, which my (American) wife has lately taken in hand - and I have been turning the experience over in my mind these past few days. As a Brit, of course, I was conditioned to expect that the first time I saw an unholstered pistol would be when a mugger stuck one in my face. That is how it works in a civilised country. So for me it was passing strange to see many hundreds of pistols - not to mention shotguns, assault rifles, armour-piercing bullets, laser-sighting attachments and all manner of other lethal weaponry - arrayed for the delectation of ordinary citizens. They let me pick up a gun, for heaven's sake!" ...
 

Chicago Suburbs Repeal Their Handgun Bans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I just noticed this: Last week two Chicago suburbs, Morton Grove and Wilmette, repealed their handgun bans in response to D.C. v. Heller, the Supreme Court decision that overturned the Washington, D.C., handgun ban. After Heller, Second Amendment advocates sued Morton Grove, along with Chicago and two other suburbs, Evanston and Oak Park, over their handgun bans. Wilmette was not sued, apparently because it stopped enforcing its ban following the ruling." ...
 

Guns a government-given right for protection
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As intended, the 'Guns kill people' article by Corbin Martin will stir the pot on this ... issue. First, let me give my answer to the question posed: 'Do you like sitting next to a student who has a pistol in his backpack?' It depends. If I'm under fire from an attacker ... then I hope he is well armed and an excellent combat marksman and in the seat in front of me! If he has a mental health history that was protected by privacy laws, then I guess not."

"You are correct when you say 'guns put the power to kill literally at your fingertip.' You are incorrect in the assumption that my right to pursue life (i.e. not be killed by a criminal) does not include the right defend myself with adequate technology. ..." ...
 

Where is America Going?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In March 2006, Indiana became one of the few states to put into statute that an individual does not have a duty to retreat from an attacker before using deadly force to prevent injury to one's self. At the same time, Indiana passed a law establishing a life-time firearms carrying permit, eliminating much of the hassle of carrying a firearm while maintaining a program of scrutiny as to who is legally carrying a weapon. Recently, the United States Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that (fire) arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home for the first time in history. ..." ...
 

Gun Accident Injuries Are More Likely With Weaker Safety Restrictions
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"David Perecman, leading New York personal injury attorney, believes that the Court has set a dangerous precedent when it struck down the District of Columbia's strict gun control laws requiring that firearms kept at home be equipped with trigger locks or disassembled. ..."

"'By weakening the gun safety restrictions, you're increasing the risk of gun accident injuries,' states David Perecman, 'As more gun accidents occur, the courts will see personal injury lawsuits. Although it may no longer be illegal to fail to lock a gun, it still may be negligent to fail to do so.'" ...
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KABA Note: Umm, do you have any evidence to support your allegation couselor?
 

AK: Juneau Gun Dealer Sued
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A Juneau gun store is being sued by the family of an Anchorage man who was fatally shot with a rifle bought there.

The lawsuit against Rayco Sales was filed Thursday on behalf of the family of Simone Young Kim by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Juneau attorney Mark Choate.

According to the plaintiffs, Rayco negligently supplied Jason Cody with the rifle even though he was a fugitive and a methamphetamine user and therefore prohibited from buying or possessing guns.

The shooting occurred two days later on Aug. 4, 2006, in Juneau. At the time, the victim was a painter working on a retail remodeling project.
 

They begged for it and they got it: Heller sues D.C. again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a very foolish move, the City of Washington D.C. has put itself back in the position of being sued by the same man for the same reasons, in just over a month. Dick Heller was victorious on June 26th, when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the historic judgment ... but in a rather stupid move, the city of Washington D.C. decided to only barely modify their handgun law to squeak by. Some of the provisions kept are clearly at odds with the Supreme Court ruling."

"The city said they would allow registration of revolvers but kept their ban on semiautomatic firearms capable of accepting a 12 shot magazine ... this rule effectively outlaws all semiautomatic firearms in the city. ..." ...
 

Second Amendment guarantees our rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court recently struck down a gun ban and affirmed that the Second Amendment to keep and use firearms was an individual right. While this seems gun-rights friendly, the majority opinion contains serious flaws. The opinion is self-contradictory by first acknowledging a pre-existing right and later claiming that it is the Second Amendment that confers a right to gun ownership. This claim is directly at odds with the clear intent of the Founding Fathers, and leaves the door open for untold infringements to a citizen's lawful right to self-defense." ...
 

NY: Gun Rights of New Yorkers May Rest on Case of Hot Dog Vendor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If New York's strict antigun laws are overturned in the near future, it may be the work of a hot dog vendor."

"The vendor, Daniel Vargas, is due next month in court to fight misdemeanor charges that he kept an unlicensed revolver loaded on a basement shelf in his apartment. The case ... would be of little general interest, except for the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the Second Amendment protects a right to keep a handgun at home for self-defense."

"Now, suddenly, Mr. Vargas's case, as well as a handful of other cases, are testing the authority of district attorneys to prosecute people for gun possession, a strategy that Mayor Bloomberg has emphasized in his criminal justice policies." ...
 

TN: Felon pushes gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An accused Scott County killer contends a recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming an individual's right to go armed opens the door for an attack on a federal law that bars felons from possessing guns in their own homes."

"A motion filed in U.S. District Court ... puts the 61-year-old Whisnant at the forefront of a nationwide move to have declared unconstitutional gun control laws aimed at felons.:

"Brown joins defense attorneys in federal courts throughout the United States who are using the June decision by the nation's high court striking down gun control laws in Washington, D.C., to launch an attack on a federal law that strips felons of the right to go armed." ...
 

TX: Kingsland man shoots suspected burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A resident in the 4700 block of River Oaks Drive in Kingsland shot a man in the head he thought was breaking into his next-door neighbor's house." ...

"In a press release, Llano County Sheriff's Department stated they did receive a 911 call from the shooter informing them some of his neighbor's items were stolen."

"The shooter said he saw a vehicle drive up and down his street several times, then back under his neighbor's carport. The shooter grabbed a pistol from his house and walked over to see what was going on. As he confronted the people in the vehicle, they drove off, and that's when he shot at them." ...
 

FL: Crawfordville business owner defended himself from would-be robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two men tried to rob the owner of a Crawfordville business earlier this week, but the owner pulled out his gun and scared the would-be robbers away."

"It happened about 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Premier Motorcar Gallery ... according to the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office."

"The owner was exiting the front door of the business carrying a small bank bag and had turned around to lock it when one of the men ran up and hit him in the head with a 2-by-6 board."

"The owner fell to the ground but was able to get a handgun out of his rear waistband and point it at the robber. Another man was running toward them, but the two turned around and ran to a waiting car when they saw the owner was armed." ...
 

Gas, Guns and Gravitas: Key Issues in Presidential Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gas prices, gun rights and gravitas in resisting America’s deadly enemies are major factors in this year’s campaign for President of the United States."

"Barack Hussein Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, fails on each of these issues. ..."

First, though, let's take just a brief look at the gas, guns and gravitas issues." ...

"Obama's record shows he initially supported a handgun ban. He also refused to sign a congressional amicus brief to get the Supreme Court to overturn the ban. Then, after the Supreme Court rendered its historic decision last month, he flip-flopped and said that he had 'always' supported an individual right to keep and bear arms! ..." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania 4th Candidates Stress Gun Owners' Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last spring, Democratic candidate Barack Obama was criticized for saying some small-town Pennsylvanians who face tough economic times 'get bitter' and 'cling to guns or religion.'"

"Residents of the Pennsylvania 4th Congressional District might have thought that comment referred to them. Many citizens of the region ... enjoy hunting and recreational shooting." ...

"The NRA says that Congressman Jason Altmire supports 'the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.' Altmire, a first-term congressman, is competing again against the Republican congresswoman he defeated in 2006, Melissa Hart."

"... Both candidates say they are strong believers in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ..." ...
 

MO: MO GOP throws down gun gauntlet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Missouri Republican Party spokeswoman Tina Hervey just sent out an e-mail calling on all Democrat candidates to clarify their positions on the 2nd Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that ... declared an individual right to gun ownership. Hervey asks for all candidates to e-mail ... a 'press release' explaining their position. ... Candidates may very well try to dismiss this 'game' as nothing more than a political stunt. On the other hand, Missouri is a pretty gun-friendly state, and voters might be interested. Hervey's blunt e-mail argues that many Democrats who praised the high court's ruling are flip-floppers. And those who have stayed silent are just embarrassed by their own position ..." ...
 

AZ: Safford dog owner upset at use of deadly force
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... "Early Saturday morning, a jogger was passing by our yard, and Diamond was startled and taken by surprise. According to the police report, the jogger “put his right hand out to let the dog know it was OK. The dog bit his hand, leaving a puncture wound on the top of his hand and a small mark on the palm of the hand.” This happened in front of my house."

"The paramedics checked out the jogger and found him to be OK. My dog was safely in his yard lying down near the front door to the house, not a threat to anyone, when a Safford Police officer purposefully strode into my yard and shot him point blank." ...
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Submitter's Note: Executing a dog is good practice for these thugs...will the people be next?
 

GA: DeKalb County Deputy Carjacked
Submitted by: Henry Statkowski

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"Four people were in custody Thursday in connection with the carjacking of an off-duty DeKalb County sheriff's deputy's car Wednesday night."

"Two armed men approached the deputy, who was in civilian clothes, in the parking lot of Wayfield Foods on Bouldercrest Rd. and demanded her car."

"'One of the suspects pointed a gun at the officer and made her get out of the vehicle,' said DeKalb Police Officer Marcus Hodge. 'She got out and these two individuals took her vehicle and drove away in it.'"

"They took off in her Chrysler and picked up four other people, according to police."

"The deputy's gun, uniform and badge were in the car." ...
 

MN: Botched SWAT Raid Officers Given Medals for 'Bravery Under Fire' (follow-up)
Submitted by: jac

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"A Minneapolis family is outraged that members of the SWAT team that mistakenly raided their house and fired upon them last December have been awarded medals for their bravery under fire."

"Vang Khang and his family had the fright of a lifetime when they believed their home was being invaded by burglars, or worse. It was actually a SWAT team, conducting a high-risk search warrant -- on the wrong house."

"Acting on tips from a gang informant, police forced their way into the North Minneapolis home in the early morning of December 16 and traded fire with a terrified Khang ..."

"'The fact that the city of Minneapolis would give medals of valor and commendation to this SWAT team is shocking and outrageous,' the family's attorney ... told ABCNews.com" ...
 

IA: Siouxland Police Chief Arrested for Hog Theft
Submitted by: Glock29
Website: http://www.fideliscorp.com

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Authorities in O'brien County say they've made an arrest in connection with a hog theft in Paullina, IA.

David Johannsen, 44, of Sutherland, who's also the town's Police Chief, is facing charges of Theft and Conspiracy.

The sheriff's office had been investigating the theft since late last year.

Johannsen posted a $10,000 bond and has been released with a court date pending.
 

NJ: 'Gun-Flash' Marshal Is Seized
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"A U.S. marshal was arrested in Jersey City Tuesday night on charges he pointed a gun at two men after they complained that he was blocking traffic while he argued with a woman, authorities said."

"'I blew (the) horn and (the marshal) starts going bananas, cursing at me,' said Noel Nazarlo, 31, a passenger in the car stuck behind the marshal's car, which was parked in the middle of Washburn Street near Baldwin Avenue. 'He lost it. He shouldn't have pulled his gun out like that.'"

"The marshal, Joshua Rodriguez, 29, of New York City, was arrested after the 9 p.m. incident. Rodriguez was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief, reports said." ...
 

MN: Botched Raid on Innocent Family Earns Cops Merit Badges (another view)
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"Last December, I posted about a botched SWAT raid on an innocent Minnesota family. ... Seven months later, no one in the police department has been held accountable for the mistakes leading up to the raid."

"However, this week Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan and Mayor R.T. Rybak did give the raiding officers medals and commendations for their bravery in nearly killing Vang Khang, his wife, and their six children."

"Said Chief Dolan while handing out the hardware:"
"'The easy decision would have been to retreat under covering fire. The team did not take the easy way out,' Dolan told the crowd. ..."
"MORE: Listen to the 911 call from Khang’s wife here. Note how long it takes for the police to finally identify themselves."
 

PA: Police Officer Charged With Having Sex With Teenagers
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A police officer whose patrol area included a junior high school has been charged with having sex with two teenage girls.

Richard Corbin, 35, patrolled New Castle Junior-Senior High School as part of his duties, investigators said.

State police said Corbin gave two girls, then ages 13 and 15, a ride in his car and offered them alcohol.

One girl said she had several shots of flavored vodka before having sex with Corbin, authorities said.

Corbin has worked for the New Castle Police Department since 1998.

He was placed on leave.

Corbin faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 6 on statutory sexual assault charges.
 

MD: SWAT team kills 2 dogs in raid on Md. mayor's home
Submitted by: Larry

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"A SWAT team raided the home of a Washington, D.C.-area mayor, killing his two black Labrador retrievers and seizing an unopened package of marijuana delivered there."

"Prince George's County Police said Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo brought a 32-pound package of marijuana into his home that had been delivered by officers posing as delivery men. The Tuesday evening raid was conducted by county police narcotics officers and a sheriff's office SWAT Team."

"The package was addressed to Calvo's wife, Trinity Tomsic. His mother-in-law had asked the supposed delivery men to leave the package outside. Calvo has not been charged, though police said he, his wife and his mother-in-law are 'persons of interest' in an ongoing investigation." ...
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Submitter's Note: Why does this article make me want to practise some more dry-firing?
 

TN: Is Killing Liberals a Hate Crime?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Jim David Adkisson, who confessed to opening fire in a Knoxville church last weekend, told police that he was motivated by a hatred for gays and liberals and, in particular, that "liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country." Authorities are now investigating the shooting as a hate crime. Do liberals get special protections under the law?"

"Not in Tennessee. The Volunteer State has two laws dealing with crimes motivated by hatred toward a particular group of people, but neither one specifies 'political affiliation' or anything similar as a protected characteristic. ..." ...
 

FL: Federal Judge Hands Huge Defeat to Florida Business Lobby on 'Guns-at-Work' law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Florida Chamber of Commerce and The Florida Retail Federation argued for three years that business owners had an absolute right to control their employees. That's why they kept calling it the 'take-your-guns-to-work' legislation."

"They claimed they could search employee vehicles and ban firearms from those vehicles in the employer's parking lot. They claimed businesses didn't care if customers had guns in cars, they only cared about their right to control employees. When the legislature passed the law protecting the rights of workers, The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation filed a lawsuit in federal court asking the Court to throw out the law." ...
 

TX: Push grows for guns on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Weston Cartwright remembers his first week at LeTourneau University in 2006, and how he amazed his dorm mates when he returned unharmed from a walk to a South Longview restaurant."

"'They were like, 'Are you serious?'" Cartwright said."

"Since then, he's seen and heard why fellow students deemed a trip into the surrounding neighborhood such a serious mistake ... gunshots, some just a block away, can be heard at least three nights a week from his campus residence." ...

"'I guess we've grown accustomed to it, which might be a more dangerous thing,' Cartwright said ... 'You just deal with it because you don't have any way to defend yourself.'"

"He is among thousands of U.S. college students who want that changed ..." ...
 

FL: Disney under fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The decision by the managers of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, the most visited tourist attraction in the world, to sack an employee for bringing a .45-calibre pistol to work has only added to the general mistrust of the company by those who revere the American constitution's guarantee of the right to bear arms. The battle lines have been drawn in a dispute over the contentious Second Amendment ..."

"In July a new law came into effect in Florida allowing those with a concealed gun permit to take their guns to work. The response from Disney was immediate: to protect the company's 62,000 workers and the millions who visit ... each year, employees were informed that the new law did not extend to them. ..." ...
 

Canada: Bus passenger beheaded seat mate, witness says
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"As horrified travelers watched, a Greyhound Canada bus passenger repeatedly stabbed and then decapitated a young man who was sitting and sleeping beside him, a witness said Thursday."

"'There was a bloodcurdling scream. I was just reading my book, and all of a sudden, I heard it,' Garnet Caton, who was sitting in front of the two men, said of the Wednesday night incident ... in Manitoba."

"'It was like something between a dog howling and a baby crying, I guess you could say,' Caton said. 'I don't think it will leave me for a while.'"

"Passengers exited the bus, and a trucker who stopped provided wrenches and crowbars to several of them so they could keep the suspect on the bus until police came ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, at least he didn't use a GUN!
 

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