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Should Students Be Allowed to Carry Guns on College Campuses? (video debate)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two groups that support giving college students the ability to carry a concealed weapon on campus held a discussion on the issue in Washington."

"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) argue that colleges would be safer if students were allowed to possess firearms." ...
 

BREAKING NEWS: US attorney opposes victim status for Terry parents in gun case
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'This Court should deny the motion to intervene as victims because the intervenors are not victims in this case,' Burke wrote, stating they do not qualify as victims under the Crime Victim Rights Act." ...
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Submitter's note: Includes link to copy of legal filing.
 

Talkradio, 2012 Candidates and Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"American Talkradio is an enormous success. It's secret is that it is in touch with the electorate where no one else is. ..." ...

"Talk show hosts are in a better position to live with the very same realities their listeners live with. Liberal hosts not only do not live with the realities of their listeners, but they also do not have to live with the consequences of their leftist policies. As one primary for instance, many liberal lawmakers are armed one way or another by carrying a loaded sidearm or hiring armed guards, and last year, California lawmakers had asked for latitude in concealed carry permits for themselves. Lawmakers have made California a second amendment hostile state while asking to be armed themselves. ..." ...
 

Students Discuss Concealed Weapon Rights (second item)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Concealed Weapons. On Monday, days after reports of a possible gunman at Virginia Tech shook the campus and revived fears of the 2007 attack, an organization that promotes the right of licensed gun owners to carry concealed firearms on college campuses brought together a number of speakers for a discussion on the issues of gun control and Second Amendment rights.The discussion was part of the second national conference of the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, which was held at the National Press Club and supported by the Second Amendment Foundation. ..." ...
 

Tales Told By Fools: Why The Media Can't Get Anything Right About Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine a newspaper story on automobiles in which the writer confused camshafts and driveshafts. Or a piece on investing in which the words 'stock' and 'bond' were used interchangeably. Or one that referred to Marines as soldiers (which will get you a punch in the mouth from any self-respecting Jarhead). Not likely, you think. No reporter is that ignorant or that careless. Wrong. They are when they turn their attention to guns. Cartridge and bullet are used interchangeably, clip and magazine mean the same thing; submachine gun and machine gun are synonyms. And it gets worse." ...
 

The Bodyguards' View
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"By the time you read this, I’ll have gotten back from the two-day Executive Protection Seminar hosted by Bob Duggan, the legendary founder and leader of Executive Security International in Colorado. I didn’t count, but Bob told me there were about a hundred attendees. I couldn’t help but notice that some major firms were there, actively recruiting new security professionals. The market for them is booming, both here and overseas, the worldwide economic slump notwithstanding." ...
 

The Guns of Top Shot Season Three Episode One
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Top Shot season three's opening salvo, we learned that Survivor survivor and series host Colby's hands have been surgically attached to his hips. And there's someone on planet earth thinner than Colby. Who was eliminated. I mention all this because it's funny. In other news, the competition began with TTAG commentator's Joe Matafome's pride and joy: the Smith & Wesson 500. With Germanic pride (i.e. over-capitalization) Smith's website calls the five-shot revolver 'A Hunting Handgun For Any Game Animal Walking.' Running? That too. Did you know that S&W designed the 500 cartridge before the new-for-2003 X-frame wheelgun that holds it? The can was invented before the can opener too. As for the 500's shootability . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Weatherby Vanguard Carbine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the world of budget bolt action rifles, there are a few names that immediately spring to mind: Mossberg, Savage, Marlin, and even Remington. You immediately think of hunting stands at dawn and target practice out on the farm. But the name Weatherby typically evokes images of a finer experience, perhaps well dressed gentlemen hunting on the open plains with brandy snifters sitting on the dashboard. There was a time I thought a Weatherby was too fine an instrument for my mediocre shooting abilities. And then I realized that I could own one of their rifles for less than $100 more than I spent on that Mossberg 100 ATR." ...
 

Gun Safety At Home – The First Priority
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An ever increasing number of people are purchasing firearms for home protection today."

"Many of these people are first time firearms owners who have decided for various reasons to add a layer of protection for their families."

"This means that many homes with firearms will also have children present and while good firearms safety storage measures are important to block access to all unauthorized persons, its especially important to consider how to safeguard your children as well as to introduce them to any firearms you have in your home." ...
 

Colleges Are Safest With No Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Texas Governor Rick Perry, who likes to carry around a gun as he jogs, is attempting to push through state legislation that would allow students to carry guns on college campuses. The legislation is getting heat from Perry’s own party as Republican State Senator Jeff Wentworth says he doesn't 'want to see repeated on a Texas college campus what happened at Virginia Tech.'" ...
 

PA: YDR Opinion: Fashion police: Ditch the holster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Walking around with a gun for all to see is not on the level of what the Westboro wingnuts do, of course, but there's something unsettling about the practice. People who feel the need to advertise their guns seem overly paranoid, and they make other people nervous."

"That's probably part of the point. The subliminal (maybe even overt) message is: Don't mess with me." ...
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Submitter's Note: Swing and a miss! The message I try to convey when I open carry is See? Permit holders are just regular folks doing regular things. We aren't urban thugs, or camo-clad rednecks, we're middle-aged, overweight white guys who hold doors for ladies and help people get items off the top shelf in the grocery store. So YDR, please stop projecting your insecurities and neuroses onto law-abiding open-carriers.
 

FL: Why do we need guns in parks?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I want some help today from my good friends, the gun lovers."

"I need your help in anticipation of a state law that goes into effect Oct. 1, basically repealing all city and county laws limiting gun ownership. ..." ...

"Please, gun lovers, tell me why you need a concealed weapon in a park." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, how about the 45-year-old mother who was gang raped in front of her children in a park in Minneapolis, MN? Or the 16-year-old girl who was abducted at gunpoint from a "gun-free" park in Toledo OH? Or the 30-year-old man who had his skull bashed in by a juvenile with a golf club in East Pikeland PA?
 

OH: Castle Doctrine - it's not just for gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WDTN (NBC Dayton) reported recently that a man had been fatally stabbed by his girlfriend, who was at the home of her bed ridden parents when he kicked in the door." ...

"Although championed by Buckeye State gun rights activists, Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, which became law in 2008, offers significant practical improvements for all law-abiding persons in Ohio." ...
 

FL: Armed diner shoots robbery suspect outside St. Petersburg Applebee's
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Raven Smith doesn't usually take a gun to Applebee's."

"But something made him reconsider Sunday night as he held his .380 caliber weapon in his hand, about to leave it behind as he stepped out of his car to have dinner with his girlfriend, Ashley Tanner."

"In a split second, he found himself firing the weapon at a masked stranger who rushed up behind Tanner with what looked like a gun."

"'Get down, get down!' Smith yelled to Tanner. She ducked and he fired four shots at the stranger from less than 6 feet away, over the head of his crouched girlfriend." ...
 

Ron Paul accepts award from Gun Owners of America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ron Paul accepted the Defender of the Second Amendment Award tonight from the Gun Owners of America following a campaign speech in downtown Des Moines."

"'Many politicians claim to be pro-Second Amendment and pro-gun ownership, but more often than not their voting record says otherwise,' Larry Pratt, the organization’s executive director, said in a press release. 'In Ron Paul's decades in government, he has been an unwavering champion of the Second Amendment by introducing legislation protecting gun owners’ rights – and their privacy.'" ...
 

‘Gun Owners for Ron Paul’ rolled out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The presidential campaign for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul continues to roll out constituency support groups, their latest being an organized effort to pull Second Amendment advocates toward the candidate."

"'Rep. Ron Paul has justly been dubbed a champion of our Constitution. He works tirelessly to stop — and reverse — federal encroachment on the Second Amendment. While other members of Congress traded their integrity to get votes for pet projects, Ron Paul earned the nickname 'Dr. No' for his unwillingness to abrogate the Constitution,' Ed Dolan of Central City said in a prepared release."

"Dolan is a Gun Owners of America life member, a patron member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition." ...
 

WV: Tomblin nabs NRA endorsement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is backing Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin in the governor’s race, his campaign announced today."

"Tomblin, who is Senate president and acting as governor, has been endorsed in every election since the NRA’s Political Victory Fund was formed, said his campaign, which released this excerpt of the endorsement letter he received:" ...
 

FL: Seeking traction, Jon Huntsman touts Jeb Bush Jr. support
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, struggling with low poll numbers and internal campaign troubles, came to Coconut Grove Wednesday searching for political magic from that coveted name in Florida politics: Jeb Bush."

"It was Jeb Bush Jr. — not his father, the former governor — who was throwing his support behind Huntsman. And the son made clear he did not speak for the father." ...

"But Huntsman — who also said he backs the sanctions and embargo against Cuba — shied away from being called a moderate."

"'I'm a conservative problem-solver,' he said. 'Pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-growth. All I ask is for people to look at my record ...'"
 

Federal carry law would be bad for gun rights and Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Across the river in Illinois, the argument is being made that the carrying of defensive firearms should be regulated at the federal level. Says Tim West, writing for the Naperville Sun-Times:"
"What it seems to me to be the best solution would be a federal concealed carry law that would apply to all the states."

"That way, someone who travels from one state to another with a legal firearm wouldn’t have to worry that he or she might be breaking the law in some state to which they may travel, even though they are in compliance with the law in their own state." ...
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Submitter's Note: On the other hand, a Federal law requiring states to abide by Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution regarding carry permits would avoid the pitfalls of a federal 'may issue' law.
 

Congressmen object to new gun requirements, show support for NRA lawsuits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Federal lawmakers are backing lawsuits against the [ATF] following the introduction of new gun registration requirements in several border states. The lawsuits, supported by the National Rifle Association, aim to stop the ATF from compelling firearms sellers to report multiple purchases."

"'The ATF has no authority to track the purchases of law-abiding gun owners and the Second Amendment Task Force applauds the lawsuit to stop this effort,' Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun told The Daily Caller. The task force is a 13-member, bipartisan group of lawmakers established in 2009. Broun is its co-chair." ...
 

If British shopkeepers had the right to bear arms, vicious thugs would think twice before looting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During the Los Angeles riots in 1992, many store owners in the south central part of the city defended their property against marauding gangs with their own weapons, and succeeded in protecting their livelihoods and thousands of jobs that depended on them. And across the country, Americans admired their bravery, thankful for the Second Amendment to the US Constitution ... In contrast in London in 2011, shopkeepers were left at the mercy of feral, brutal thugs acting with impunity across whole swathes of the capital as the police were overwhelmed. If they had the right to bear arms and defend their stores with force, it would have been a very different story, and brutal looters would have met firm resistance." ...
 

Time to Give the British the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nile Gardiner, writing in the UK Telegraph, has offered a thought that has been considered unthinkable across the pond. In view of the viciousness of the riots that have rocked English cities, it is time to grant Britons the right to keep and bear arms."

"Taking note of how shopkeepers in Los Angeles were able to defend their property during the 1992 riots, Gardiner writes:"

"'[I]n London in 2011, shopkeepers were left at the mercy of feral, brutal thugs acting with impunity across whole swathes of the capital as the police were overwhelmed. If they had the right to bear arms and defend their stores with force, it would have been a very different story, and brutal looters would have met firm resistance.'" ...
 

Baseball Bat Sales for Self Defense Soar 6500% After UK Riots (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The riots in the United Kingdom show that gun laws do not stop crime but do prevent decent citizens from being able to protect themselves and their property."

"According to the IBTimes 'Sales for baseball bats on Amazon UK have risen by more than 6,000 percent over the past 24 hours, as the London riots stretch into their third day and spread to other cities.' ..."

"These laws should be repealed so the people can get the guns they need for their own safety." ...
 

ATF's gun surveillance program showed early signs of failure
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In March 2010, the No. 2 man at the ATF was deeply worried. His agents had lost track of hundreds of firearms. Some of the guns, supposed to have been tracked to Mexican drug cartels, were lost right after they cleared the gun stores."

"Five months into the surveillance effort — dubbed Operation Fast and Furious — no indictments had been announced and no charges were immediately expected. Worse, the weapons had turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the ATF official was worried that someone in the United States could be hurt next." ...
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H/t to Mike Vanderboegh.
 

LA: Inmate on suicide watch kills himself, Orleans sheriff says
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... "Marc Ehrhardt, a spokesman for [Sheriff] Gusman, said that when someone is placed on suicide watch at the jail, they are supposed to be under constant supervision. This means under supervision '24 hours a day,' he said."

"The jail suspended a deputy who was charged with observing Goetzee, according to a news release. The deputy, whom the release did not name, left his post for an undisclosed period of time, the release said." ...
 

WA: Skyway shooting was apparently dope deal gone bad, charge filed
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"A charge of first-degree assault was filed Wednesday against the man arrested by an armed citizen in Skyway over the weekend, and it turns out the suspect in that case was apparently angry because of a heroin purchase earlier in the day that left him nauseated."

"Northwest gun rights activists on several discussion forums are continuing to applaud the actions of the armed Good Samaritan who intervened, though many have questioned his possession and use of handcuffs to hold the suspect until sheriff’s deputies arrived." ...
 

WI: Addressing concealed carry on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While speaking to gun rights advocates in Washington DC, State Rep. Evan Wynn (R-Whitewater) praised Wisconsin’s recent passage of concealed carry but doesn't think it 'went far enough.'"

"The state law will allow carrying concealed weapons in open places on college campuses but allows schools to ban it, inside of public buildings." ...
 

ID: Idaho Touts Its Red State Culture To Attract Gun Manufacturing Jobs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Idaho is among a handful of Western states using their gun-rights cred in this tough economy to attract jobs in the firearms industry."

"Economic development reps have started making regular trips to gun shows to talk to companies about relocating. Many gun manufacturers are based on the East Coast, where state lawmakers have tightened gun laws in recent years." ...
 

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