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Platform Confirms Dems Still 'Don't Get It' about Gun Rights, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 2008 Democratic Party's draft platform confirms that the party still 'doesn't get it' about Second Amendment gun rights versus the Utopian fantasy that gun control laws will somehow make neighborhoods safer, the [CCRKBA] said today."

"'While promising to preserve our Second Amendment rights,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'the party platform demonizes semiautomatic sport utility rifles and wants them banned, calls for anti-gun show legislation and proposes so-called 'common-sense' gun laws. Many Democrats believe bans on most guns are 'common sense' ... Boiled down, all it really means is that the Democrats are still the party of gun control no matter how they try to re-package the rhetoric, and they know it.'" ...
 

Meet the Brady Center's newest 'Assault Weapon': Your Upland/Waterfowl/Skeet/Trap shooting shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... For years gun-grabbers like the Brady Center have claimed that they aren't after your hunting guns. As the old saying goes 'Actions speak louder than words'. Not content to go after deer hunters rifles by calling them intermediate sniper rifles, now they have targeted your grandaddy's bird gun."

"On Sunday July 27, 2008 a disturbed man ... entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville Tennessee firing three shots resulting in two deaths, wounding seven others before being tackled and held until the police arrived. The murder used an upland hunting gun, a Remington Model 48 semi-automatic shotgun. This is what has the Brady Center trembling with fear and outrage, the dreaded semi-automatic 'assault weapon.'" ...
 

Second Amendment is teeth of liberty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court recently struck down a gun ban (D.C. v. Heller) and affirmed the Second Amendment of the Constitution is an individual right. While this seems gun-rights friendly, the opinion contains serious flaws. The opinion is self-contradictory by first acknowledging a pre-existing right and later claiming it is the Second Amendment that confers a right to gun ownership. This claim is at odds with the clear intent of the founding fathers and leaves the door open for untold infringements to a citizen's right to self-defense."

"The Declaration of Independence states our rights are inalienable and are derived from our creator. To secure these rights, the people have instituted government ..." ...
 

Britain's Newest Epidemic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The knife violence in Britain has reached epidemic proportions according to an article at Dailymail.co.uk, an online news agency in England." ...

"Americans recognize the sensational headlines and use of the term epidemic to describe the actions of common criminals because of articles by the U.S. media that use the same format but vilify guns instead of knives. The nature of this type of news reporting makes it obvious they are used to sway public opinion against guns, or knives or the use of self-defense by the average citizen."

"When Britain outlawed guns (and self-defense), their elected officials claimed that the impending domestic tranquility would make them the envy of the world." ...
 

Taurus Slims Down
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The new Taurus PT709 Slim 9mm semiauto pistol represents a significant departure from Taurus' existing pistol platform designs, embodying a unique combination of tried-and-true traditional compact-auto operating features with several 21st century innovations."

"It is an ultra-compact, recoil-operated, polymer-frame, striker-fired single-action with a manual safety, slide lock and excellent handling characteristics. At only 19 ounces, it may not be the smallest medium-caliber auto pistol Taurus has ever produced, but it is the slimmest, and it is designed specifically as a concealed-carry gun." ...
 

FL: Would-be pizza parlor robber flees in face of .357 magnum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The owner of a pizza parlor here shot at a would-be robber who came out of the bushes as the proprietor and an older relative were leaving the business, police said this morning."

"Manny Manolas, 41, told police that he and Clary Manolas, 63, were closing up Manny's Pizza ... at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday when a man wearing a towel or a T-shirt over his head emerged from the bushes near Manolas' car, according to a report. The stranger brandished a gun and said, 'Give me the bag and your money,' according to the report."

"But Manolas wasn't about to surrender his cash and his receipts."

"He pulled out his own weapon, a .357 magnum revolver, and shot at the man, who ran toward a furniture store nearby, the report shows." ...
 

FL: Home Invader Dead: Two On The Run
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two suspects are on the run as deputies in Escambia County, Fla., continue their investigation into a weekend home invasion."

"A man who was sleeping inside the home shot and killed one intruder and at first deputies said they were looking for only one other suspect. Now that investigators have had a chance to interview neighbors in the area, one eye-witness tells deputies she saw a man exit and run from the home and she says she saw a woman driving a car, presumably a get away car."

"Investigators say when Rodney Allen Williams burst into the home, of former Navy sailor who was in the home with his girlfriend fired four times. William's died and deputies say he had two accomplices, a man and a woman, who are on the run. ..." ...
 

Father, 8-year-old son hurt in Tenn. bear attack
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"An 8-year-old Florida boy had just scrambled up a creek embankment ahead of his father and older brother during a day hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when he confronted an 86-pound male black bear."

"'The bear was staring at me,' Evan Pala of Boca Raton said ... 'Then he just stood up (on his hind legs) and jumped on me. Before he even got me I called, 'Bear!'"

"The bear mauled Evan ... grabbing the boy with his mouth and tossing him about like a rag doll ..."

"John Pala ... twice pulled the bear off his son before he and Evan's 10-year-old brother Alex pummeled it with rocks and sticks, then ran for safety."

"Park rangers caught a young bear soon afterward in the same area and killed it when it charged them. ..." ...
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Submitter's note: Another good reason for national park carry.
 

Guatemala: Thieves hack U.S. tourist to death with machetes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Robbers armed with machetes hacked a U.S. tourist to death and seriously wounded his wife in an attack aboard the couple's sailboat in northeastern Guatemala, the woman said Sunday."

"Nancy Dryden, 67, said her husband, Daniel Perry Dryden, 66, was killed by four men who boarded their boat late Saturday while it was anchored in Lake Izabal."

"'They poked us and stabbed us with the machetes, and they were asking for money, specifically dollars,' said Dryden."

"The thieves were apparently unhappy with the take. 'We had a few quetzales [Guatemala's currency], but we had no dollars with us on the boat,' Dryden recounted."

"The Drydens ... were equipping the vessel in preparation for a voyage into the Caribbean."
 

MT: [Gov.] Schweitzer: McCain has no advantage with gun voters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Governor Brian Schweitzer said he does not think Republican John McCain has an advantage over Barack Obama with gun voters."

"Schweitzer, who hangs a gun on his wall even though there is an ordinance banning firearms in public buildings, said die-hard gun voters will likely take a dim view of both presidential candidates."

"But the Democratic governor said he thinks Obama might have an advantage with hunters because he has talked more about preserving public lands."

"Schweitzer's comments came during a Tuesday conference call arranged by Obama's Montana campaign." ...
 

NY: Gov. Paterson signs law allowing deer hunting with a rifle in Madison County
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Beginning this fall, it's legal to hunt deer in Madison County with a rifle.

The law was signed late last week by Gov. David Patterson. The legislation, co-sponsored by two Democrat state lawmakers -- Assemblyman William Magee and state Sen. David Valesky -- allows rifle hunting in Madison County on a one-year, trial basis.

Magee and Valesky both said last month in interviews that they carried the bill at the request of the Affiliated Conservation Clubs of Madison County. In the Central New York area, hunting deer with a rifle is allowed in Oswego and Oneida counties.

It is not allowed in the more populated Onondaga, Cortland, Cayuga and Tompkins counties.
 

GA: GCO Asks TSA to Deny Gun Ban in Hartsfield Security Plan
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org has written Kip Hawley, head of the TSA, asking him to reject the City of Atlanta’s request to amend its airport security plan to include a ban on guns throughout the airport property. A copy of the letter may be viewed here.

GCO reminds the TSA that many airports around the country operate with daily legal carrying of firearms, and there are virtually no incidents resulting. The current federal delineation of where weapons are disallowed (from the screening process forward) is adequate, clear, and universally understood.
 

IL: Evanston amends its gun-ban law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that held that a blanket ban on handguns violated 2nd Amendment rights, Evanston's City Council voted 7-1 Monday night to amend the North Shore suburb's weapons ordinance to conform to the landmark court ruling."

"Council members believe the move will allow the city to avoid a potential court challenge."

"'I find the Supreme Court decision repugnant,' said Ald. Steve Bernstein (4th). 'But because of it, it's the law. In the short term, we'll be better off getting [the ordinance] off the books.'"

"Evanston's handgun law, one of the more progressive in the country, had banned not just handguns but any device that 'is designed to expel a projectile,' ..." ...
 

CA: Police show fruits of firearms ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sacramento police have seized 56 guns and more than 800 rounds of ammunition from criminals over the past year through an ordinance that tracks ammunition sales ..."

"The ordinance ... requires city gun dealers to enter into a Web site information about people who purchase ammunition. The Police Department tracks the sales and then arrests people who are prohibited from owning guns ..."

"City Councilmember Kevin McCarty ... said the results show 'we've made our neighborhoods a little safer.'"

"City police seized guns ranging from 50-year-old rifles to a high-powered shotgun labeled a 'destructive device' by the federal government ... In the past year, 53 people have been charged with felonies related to the seizures." ...
 

PA: Philly sets $1,900 fine for not reporting lost gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A new ordinance taking effect Saturday in Philadelphia is intended to crack down on irresponsible gun owners.

Citizens who fail to report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours can now be fined up to $1,900.

Repeat offenders will face another steep fine or 90 days in jail.

The strict penalties are part of the Lost or Stolen Firearm Ordinance, one of the three surviving pieces of gun legislation that Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law in April.

A judge blocked two more aggressive laws Nutter signed that would have instituted a one-gun-per-month limit and an assault-weapons ban.
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Submitter's Note: But remember this only applies to law-abiding gun owners ...
 

MD: City OKs gun theft reporting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners in Baltimore whose firearms are stolen would be required to report the theft to police under legislation approved by the City Council yesterday - despite questions about whether the proposal is legal."

"Supporters, including Mayor Sheila Dixon, say the bill will help police track stolen weapons used in crimes, but the city's law department has questioned whether Baltimore can legislate gun control, typically a state issue."

"In a June memo on the bill, the law department recommended the City Council hold off on advancing the measure until the Maryland attorney general issues an opinion on the bill - but that opinion is not finished." ...
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Submitter's Note: ... because criminals would self-incriminate if they complied.
 

TX: Dallas police officer charged in failed robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police officer who said he was held at gunpoint in a Sam's Club robbery was accused Tuesday of staging his role as a hostage in the failed heist."

"Dallas police Officer Alph Coleman was to be charged with aggravated robbery after evidence implicated the four-year veteran in planning and carrying out the June 27 holdup ..."

"... He has been placed on administrative leave. Police said Coleman would be arrested once a warrant was obtained."

"Coleman was working off-duty as a security guard, but in his police uniform, when he told investigators that a man held a pistol to his head inside a Sam's Club store and forced him against his will toward the accounting office." ...
 

MN: Scott County deputy charged with stalking Bloomington woman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Scott County Sheriff's deputy stalked and terrorized a Bloomington woman for more than a year after she ended a relationship with him, according to charges filed Friday in Hennepin County District Court."

"The criminal complaint in the case alleges that John Philip Grover, 54, used secure law enforcement databases to track her activities and those of others she had been seeing."

"Computer records show Grover accessed the database to check on the alleged victim 32 times between January 2007 and July 31."

"He repeatedly showed up when she was out with others, according to the complaint. Grover, an Edina resident, also appeared at an art fair she attended." ...
 

KY: Support Your Local Rape Gang
Submitted by: Larry

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... "Sydnor has entered a guilty plea and agreed to testify against the other two ..."

"According to the indictment, these three decided to have a little fun with a terrified teenager who was arrested and jailed on Valentine's Day 2003 for driving 35 mph over the speed limit and attempting to elude the police." ...

"... the deputies decided to teach a 'lesson' to the boy -- who was, remember, in police custody because of a minor traffic infraction: They invited a group of convicted felons to run a train on the terrified kid. Rather than placing him in the 'drunk tank,' as standard procedure would require, they threw him into a remote holding area with 14 feral convicts, locking the door behind him ..." ...
 

NC: Holly Springs cop nabbed for making phony money
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"A Holly Springs police officer was arrested Monday night and charged with forging cash ..."

"Bruce Renard Green was charged with uttering a forged instrument, forgery of notes, checks and other securities, and felony obtaining property by false pretenses."

"Green ... resigned Tuesday from his position with the Holly Spring police ... He had been with the force for more than two years."

"According to court documents, Green used $300 worth of counterfeit $20 bills to pay for escort services ..."

"The U.S. Secret Service worked with Raleigh police in the investigation, which began after an individual attempted to use a counterfeit bill on Aug. 5. The bill was then tracked back to Green by city detectives and federal agents." ...
 

LA: Lawsuit filed over Taser death
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"The family of a central Louisiana man who died after a police officer repeatedly jolted him with a Taser filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday, on the eve of a grand jury's probe of the case."

"The federal lawsuit accuses Winnfield city officials of civil rights violations in the death of Baron Pikes, 21."

"Former Winnfield police officer Scott Nugent is accused of shocking a handcuffed Pikes nine times with a 50,000-volt Taser stun gun while arresting him on a drug possession warrant in January. A coroner ruled the death was a homicide." ...
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Submitter's Note: Many of us said when Tasers were introduced that a "non-lethal" weapon that breaks no bones and leaves no serious marks would become an instrument of torture.
 

FL: Police Officer Resigns After Suspect Beating Caught on Tape
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"A police officer has quit and two others were on administrative leave Tuesday after a patrol car dashboard camera caught them punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect."

"West Palm Beach police released the video Monday, showing what happened to Pablo Gilberto Valenzuela, 42, on May 26. He suffered a broken jaw and bruised eyes, authorities said." ...

"Schwartz drew his gun and ordered Valenzuela to the ground."

"The video shows another officer, Kurt Graham, arrive and put a knee into Valenzuela's back as he was being handcuffed. The video then shows Graham punch and kick Valenzuela in the face. Schwartz is also seen on the video kicking Valenzuela." ...
 

Canada: Calgary police officer charged with assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Calgary police officer has been charged with assault in connection with allegations a man was injured during a traffic stop in December.

Following an investigation by the Calgary Police Service's professional standards section, the Crown in Edmonton recommended a charge of assault causing bodily harm be laid against Const. Ian Elsom.

The incident occurred on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in downtown Calgary, police said.

Elsom has been with the service for two years.
 

GA: Activist Judge Ignores Georgia State Law Regarding Guns in Airports
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Federal Judge in Georgia has decided to ignore state law and uphold an airport ban on firearms."

"Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue had previously supported gun rights in the public, non-secure areas of airports, citing not only public safety but also the fact that there is no law against it on the books in Georgia."

"'If my wife wanted to carry a gun, if she was going from the parking lot, walking from one of those far parking lots to pick up a grandchild or something like that, I think that's a good idea, yes,' he was quoted as saying"

"After Atlanta officials decided to declare Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport a 'gun free zone,' pro-gun group GeorgiaCarry.org filed a lawsuit to block the ban." ...
 

Glenn Eller Claims Gold Medal in Double Trap
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas) captured the gold medal and set two Olympic records in the Men’s Double Trap competition today at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing."

"Eller, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), who finished 12th at the Sydney Games and 17th in Athens, entered the final round today four targets ahead of Italy’s Francesco D’ Aniello with a qualification score of 145, setting a new Olympic record. The previous Olympic record of 144 was set by Ahmed Almaktoum of the United Arab Emirates at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens." ...
 

South Korean takes 50-metre pistol gold
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"South Korea's Jin Jong-oh won his second shooting medal of the Beijing Games in the men's 50-metre pistol on Day 4 of competition, scoring a total of 660.4 points."

"His gold medal comes three days after he won silver in the 10m air pistol. This is the third Olympic medal for Jin, who also won silver at the 2004 Games in the 50m event."

"The silver in 50m pistol went to Kim Jong-su of North Korea, the bronze medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games. Kim scored 660.2 points, edging China's Tan Zongliang, who scored 659.5 points to win bronze."

"The Chinese shooter, 37, was ranked No. 3 in the world heading into the Games. The world champion in 2006 and 2002, Tan placed 10th in 50m pistol at the 2004 Games." ...
 

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