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CCRKBA Says Anti-Gunners' Predictions about Ohio CCW Were Lies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thanks to a remark by Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, it is now clear that the gloom-and-doom predictions about licensed concealed carry in Ohio were all lies ..."

"Cornwell was quoted by the Associated Press noting, 'Those with the concealed carry licenses have been good, law-abiding citizens. The worst-case scenarios that were put out there about the gunfight at the OK Corral didn't come to fruition.'"

"'That's the way it always is,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'The wild-eyed forecasts of blood in the streets never come true. Of course, anti-gunners who traditionally fight such laws know this, which means that they aren't simply wrong in their predictions, they are liars.'" ...
 

You can thank James Madison
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Americans today regard the Bill of Rights as an almost sacrosanct part of the Constitution and of American life. Journalists cite the First Amendment's protection of freedom of the press; the National Rifle Association praises the Second Amendment's wording regarding the right of the people to bear arms; attorneys use the Fourth Amendment (no search and seizure without probable cause) ... among others. In short, present-day society almost takes for granted these rights and protections, and indeed, the Constitution itself."

"Yet it almost did not happen, and that is the story well told by Professor Richard Labunski of the University of Kentucky in this volume in Oxford's Pivotal Moments series. ..." ...
 

National Carry Must be Signed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's time for Congress to do the right thing and take action on the right to carry for those who have concealed carry licenses. Last year, Congress passed a law, and it was signed by President Bush, to allow police officer and retired police officers to carry all over the United States. Now they need to do this for holders of concealed carry permits. Right now, if you are issued a license to drive a car in one state, it is good in another state. The concealed carry permit should be the same."

"With the war on terrorism going on, it is vital we allow our good citizens to protect themselves and others. This was why our founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment in our Constitution in the first place. ..." ...
 

Public Stoning: Not Just for the Taliban Anymore
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two really devilish guys materialized in Toccoa, Ga., last month to harangue 600 true believers on the gospel of a thoroughly theocratic America. Along with lesser lights of the religious far right who spoke at American Vision's 'Worldview Super Conference 2006,' Herb Titus and Gary North called for nothing short of the overthrow of the United States of America." ...

"A Harvard-bred lawyer ... Titus told the Toccoa gathering that the Second Amendment envisions the assassination of 'tyrants;' that's why we have guns. Tyranny, of course, is subjective to these folks. Their imposition of a theocratic state would not, by their standards, be tyranny. Public schools, on the other hand, to them are tyrannical." ...
 

National interest in a 'Victim Bill of Rights' (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The past week has seen a nationwide flurry of interest in 'Castle Doctrine' or 'Stand your Ground' or 'Victim Bill of Rights' legislation. No matter the name, it does the same three things:"

"If someone breaks into your home, you may respond with deadly force."

"If you are outside your home, but are there legally, you do not need to retreat before deadly force."

"If forced to use deadly force, you can’t be prosecuted or sued for the actions you took to defend your life."

"This has been basic understanding of 'right and wrong' for centuries. Good people understand there are bad people, and think it’s best when the good people defeat the bad people who criminally violate the good people." ...
 

Complete Mailing Lists Has Gun Owner Database
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: HTTP://WWW.NYSRPA.ORG

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"Complete Mailing Lists compiled a state license data of conservative gun owners."

"The file has been overlaid with more than 30 demographics, including age, income, net worth, presence of children, credit card holder, mail order buyer, donor, ZIP code, lifestyle data, license type, e-mail and diskette."

"'The individuals comprising this file are a hot segment for the upcoming elections,' said Mike Jorgovan, partner at CML, Bronxville, NY. 'They turn out to vote and contribute.'" [emphasis added] ...
 

Targeted by Gun Nuts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'A SPINELESS retard with the character of pond scum.' A 'whacko,' 'greedy un-American idiot,' 'fascist,' 'whining liberal' and 'nasty little gun grabber.'"

"Those are just some of the names I've been called since I published an Op-Ed article in the Washington Post to commemorate the fifth anniversary of my brother's death. After briefly stating that David and his fiancee were shot and killed by the fiancee's mother, who was angry that she had to move out of their L.A. apartment, I went on to argue for a national ban on handguns. ..." ...
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Larry Pratt: Self-defense: The issue of our age
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"Both Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Ned Lamont, who defeated him in the Connecticut Democrat primary, are anti-gun. Nevertheless, gun owners should pay attention to the outcome of this race. Indeed, anyone interested in survival should pay attention." ...

"If Lieberman's defeat is a harbinger of future elections, any Democrat who believes in self-defense, be it personal or national, can expect to get the same treatment. And of course, Republicans can expect to get more of the same as long as they support self-defense."

"The issue of our age is self-defense. The Democrat left has drawn a line in the sand in Connecticut. They are against survival."
 

Another Reporter Gets It Wrong In Anger and Grief
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear Ms. Price:"

"Regarding your piece, Targeted By Gun Nuts appearing in the August 13, 2006 edition of The Los Angeles Times ... perhaps I can answer in the civil tone you long for."

"Ms. Price, no matter what I feel, no matter what I believe and no matter how much I hurt, I do not have the moral or legal right to stop you from publishing what you like to publish. No matter what you say, unless it is defamatory or otherwise established as illegal, I have no right to silence you." ...

"No matter how many may have last year and no matter how many will defame, lie under oath, mistake or falsely advertise this year, I have no right to silence you, Jenny."

"And I have no right even to call for silencing you. Because I have no right to stifle your civil right." ...
 

NC: Assailant shot dead by victim
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"A Rocky Mount man was shot and killed this weekend after allegedly attacking a Whitakers man in his own house, and authorities on Monday cleared the shooter of any wrongdoing."

"Authorities said Leroy Thorpe acted in self-defense when he shot 27-year-old Tavaras T. Pittman of Western Avenue once in the chest with a shotgun."

"Two other Whitakers men were charged with beating Thorpe and another man with a baseball bat before the 59-year-old Thorpe fired the fatal shot at the trio, Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said." ...
 

PA: Woman acquitted in fatal shooting of man who stole her drugs
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"Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey A. Manning on Tuesday ruled that Karena Dorsey, 19, acted in self-defense when she shot DeWayne Rankin, 42, during a confrontation over stolen drugs Sept. 26 in the city's Homewood neighborhood."

"Manning said prosecutors did not prove that Dorsey, who was charged with homicide, should not have feared for her life."

"'The commonwealth must disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt,' Manning said."

"The judge found Dorsey guilty of possessing a firearm without a license. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 31." ...
 

OH: Dispatch: Few conceal-carry permits revoked, records show (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Ohio's establishment media is finally getting around to reporting on stats for first quarter 2006 concealed handgun license issuance, news which was published on this website back in May."

"The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that, two years after Ohio sheriffs began issuing licenses allowing residents to carry concealed guns, VERY few of those licenses have been suspended or revoked."

"Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association, is quoted as saying 'those with the concealed-carry licenses have been good, law-abiding citizens. The worst-case scenarios that were put out there about the gunfight at the OK Corral didn’t come to fruition.'" ...
 

UK: Real Crime, Fake Justice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the last 40 years, government policy in Britain, de facto if not always de jure, has been to render the British population virtually defenseless against criminals and criminality. Almost alone of British government policies, this one has been supremely effective: no Briton nowadays goes many hours without wondering how to avoid being victimized by a criminal intent on theft, burglary, or violence." ...
 

Studies prove . . . (another view)
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... "It was a valuable experience so early in my career to learn that what 'studies prove' is often whatever those who did the studies wanted to prove. ..."

"It is the same story on the other side of the Atlantic, where a new book about Britain's criminal justice system exposes the fraudulent methods used to generate statistics about the 'success' of various programs of alternatives to imprisonment. The book is titled 'A Land Fit for Criminals' by David Fraser."

"The numbers may be accurate but the definition of 'success' makes them meaningless. When a criminal is put on probation and the probation is not revoked for a violation, that is 'success.'" ...
 

Triggering interest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"College students have organized clubs on dozens of campuses to defend their Second Amendment rights -- and to have fun with guns."

"'We go to the gun range because it's fun and educational,' said Michaela LeBlanc, a senior at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Miss LeBlanc travels to the nearby Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center with friends from the Smith College Republicans. This fall, they will seek recognition from the college as an official club."

"At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dax Dixson founded the Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club. He said he thought fellow students would benefit from shooting, a skill he started learning before elementary school. ..." ...
 

DC: Appellant's brief in Parker v DC (Part 2)
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"The deadline to file was June 1st, and like clockwork the brief is available from the counsel's website. All the delays in getting this document posted and analyzed were mine; it's a big document, coming in at 80 pages, and took me a while to digest, and then even longer to put together an analysis. To support the depth of the document I will be maintaining a table of contents in this post, and linking to areas of deeper analysis from it." ...
 

TN: Blackburn Praises Leibrock In Greeneville Campaign Visit
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"'We were about 200 votes short last time. Let's be 200 votes over this time,' U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Saturday morning at Republican Headquarters in downtown Greeneville."

"Blackburn, R-7th, of Franklin, was here Saturday morning in support of Charlotte Leibrock, the Republican nominee running for the 11th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives ..."

"Leibrock is challenging state Rep. Eddie Yokley, the incumbent Democrat who narrowly defeated her two years ago." ...

"She said Blackburn, as a state senator, helped defeat a state income tax, sponsored legislation protecting the Second Amendment, worked for affordable childcare, and began work to eliminate a loophole concerning illegal immigration." ...
 

OH: Clarett arrest shows Columbus is still Mentelly challenged show (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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... "In case you missed it, Columbus City Council member Mike Mentel sponsored a worthless Assault Weapon (or Mentel) Ban a little over a year ago in the interests of public safety."

"Since that time, Buckeye Firearms Association established the Mentel Ward to document the (lack of) success of Mr. Mentel’s law, and have looked on with growing dismay as crimes continue to be committed in Columbus using 'assault weapons.'"

"It would appear that Mr. Mentel can almost claim another partial success as former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was picked up this week with a loaded AK-47 pattern rifle in the front seat of his car (along with several loaded handguns and a half-loaded bottle of Grey Goose vodka). ..." ...
 

LA: About 440 new laws set to take effect in Louisiana on Tuesday
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"Beginning Tuesday, sex offenders face tougher penalties, adults can't smoke in cars when young children are around and motorcyclists can't tote their small children with them on their bikes, as 440 new state legislative acts take effect." ...

"Someone who shoots a burglar in self-defense will be protected against lawsuits filed by the criminal or his family. The new law by Rep. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte, shields crime victims from lawsuits if they use violence against criminals in the belief they were in physical danger, following a similar group of new laws nationwide." ...
 

CT: 175 muster to stop Montville gun rule
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"Before Monday night's Town Council meeting even began, council members were met by a crowd of vocal residents angry about a proposed ordinance regulating target shooting."

"The council heeded advice from Fire Marshal Ray Occhialini and ordered residents out of council chambers to avoid violating public safety regulations."

"Some 175 people attended the meeting in opposition to Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz's proposal, which has gained the attention of the National Rifle Association."

"'I knew it would be crowded, but not this many people,' Jaskiewicz said. 'There are a lot of people who do not live in town. It was never my intent to be taking rights away from people. That is not the intent of this ordinance.'" ...
 

OH: Ohio gun owners made up 27% of vote in 2000 (BFA)
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"On August 10, a columnist in the Minneapolis Star Tribune presented information which affirmed one of the central points made in Ken Hanson's rebuttal to Associated Press reporter Julie Carr-Smyth's recent complaints that Ohio gubernatorial candidates are battling for gun votes while 'only' 400,000 out of 11 million Ohioans have a hunting license or a concealed handgun license."

"In his rebuttal to the AP story, Hanson pointed out that Smyth was 'comparing apples to basketballs' since only 7 million are even eligible to vote, and less than half of that actually do. .." ...

"... according to the information compiled by this columnist, gun owners in general (and sportsmen in particular) make up close to a third of the voting public. ..."
 

Navy Sharpshooters Hit Their Mark
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"The U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team, the Navy’s small arms and marksmanship training program providing marksmanship skills to Sailors, is taking part in the 2006 National Rifle Association’s National Rifle and Pistol Championships July 9 to Aug. 14 at Camp Perry."

"The competition, known as the Nationals, brings together the Navy, Army, Marine Corps and civilian competitors to test their skills." ...
 

NY: From fake guns, authentic danger
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"Late on the night of July 4, with fireworks going off and reports of shootings across the city line in Buffalo, Cheektowaga police responded to the scariest of calls:"

"A man with a gun."

"Two 17-year-olds, it turned out, had a pair of imitation assault rifles in the car that police stopped on Walden Avenue."

"'We had knowledge of shootings in the area, and we found two young people with what appeared to be high-powered assault rifles,' Cheektowaga police Capt. John A. Glascott said."

"'If they had pointed one of them or made any movement with it, the officer would have been entirely justified in using deadly force, and we would have had a 17-year-old kid who could have been killed or seriously injured.'" ...
 

NC: Gun's realistic look drawing fire
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"A pellet gun with the look and feel of a real handgun nearly spelled tragedy for a youth in Wilmington recently."

"Police want everyone to know it is no toy."

"The gun closely resembles service weapons carried by Wilmington officers and is becoming popular among some youths."

"When two teens riding on a scooter without helmets were stopped recently, the investigating officer approached. At the last moment, he saw one of the juveniles reach toward his waistband for what appeared to be a gun."

"The officer 'was so close he didn't have time to draw, and he knocked it out of (the teen's) waistband,' Community Relations Officer Linda Rawley said. 'If he was in a different stance, he could have drawn and killed that juvenile.'" ...
 

Iraq: House-to-house search for illegal arms in Baghdad
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Do you have a gun? Do you mind if we check around?' says the polite but firm US soldier as he conducts house-to-house searches for illegal weapons in Baghdad's western Ghazalia neighbourhood."

"Iraqi and US forces have launched what amounts to an operation to recover Baghdad from the grip of sectarian death squads and insurgent groups, whose reign of terror has left thousands dead in the past few months."

"The house-to-house sweep is not designed to disarm the neighbourhood entirely, but to limit residents to weapons held for self-defence."

"'Each home is allowed one Kalashnikov and one magazine. We try to record every weapon,' explains Captain Teddy Kleisner, a company commander from the 2nd Infantry Division." ...
 

PA: Pa.'s not Wild West
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"Legislative 'fads' are nothing new. Much depends on the hot button of the day." ...

"Enter stage left state Rep. Steven Cappelli. The Lycoming County Republican has introduced a bill that's his own version of what the National Rifle Association and firearms aficionados call a 'stand-your-ground' law."

"The premise is simple -- Wild West simple -- if you're threatened, using deadly force is OK. Florida led the way with this concept followed by Michigan. Now 10 states have it on their books."

"Did we mention that the NRA loves it? Seems laws now on the books regarding self defense have been interpreted to mean that if you see trouble ahead, it's your responsibility to get out of the way." ...
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NE: The new danger (last letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The one thing I love about Lincoln is that you can pretty much be rest assured that we will get through a few months in a row without picking up the paper and reading about a murder or a rape and be scared that the lunatic is still out there lurking! ..."

"Here is the problem: What in the world is the reason for allowing people to carry concealed weapons effective very soon!? What are the lawmakers thinking? It is official. Lincoln will soon be creeping into a world of violence with random shootings, road rage violence and simply shooting people off of their property because these idiots will think 'well, since we can carry a weapon, we can use it however we wish!'" ...
 

PA: Stuck in the 1700s
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"Two of my former students were shot dead in separate incidents - not in the streets but at parties, and not by drug dealers but by other students they knew."

"Another of my students was knifed to death in a dispute over ownership of a handgun. ..." ...

"Just as President Lincoln in an 1863 speech looked back in sadness to the failure of past presidents to address the moral issue of slavery, it is time for us to search our past for the roots of the absurdly easy availability of firearms in our nation." ...

"... The premise of the Second Amendment, the need for minutemen, no longer exists. In a free society we must rely on the police. We have more important rights to fight for than the right to bear arms." ...
 

KS: Hundreds seek gun permits
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"Don Conrad took five shots with his handgun, each one hitting the middle of his target."

"He's one of the dozens of people who completed concealed-carry training last week in Sedgwick County. The permit he expects to receive in January will allow him to carry his gun for self-defense."

"The paper target was a crude outline of a human body, something he hopes never to fire at. But if someone tries to harm his wife or soon-to-be-born first child, he says, he won't hesitate. Six weeks after the new law came into effect, nearly 100 people each week in Sedgwick County are paying $150 or more for concealed-carry training, which is required before applying for a permit." ...
 

OH: Oregon Files Response To Motion To Dismiss (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite the fact that the Ohio Supreme Court found that carrying a firearm is a fundamental individual right, and despite the fact that at least two of the justices in Klein v. Leis argued that they know of many people who 'carry openly' without arrest in Columbus, the City of Oregon argued yesterday in this response brief [.pdf file] that there is no constitutionally protected right to carry a firearm openly." ...
 

Scotland: Scotland Sword Ban Announced (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If we could just ban guns, life would be Utopia, right? That's what the gun grabbers would have you believe. Get rid of the guns and all violent crime will be gone."

"Tell that to Great Britain. Handguns were banned in 1998 in an effort to reduce violence. Two years later, handgun crime was up 40% as criminals no longer had to fear their victims being armed unless they saw a long gun."

"Soon, more and more restrictions followed until not only were all handguns banned, but very tight restrictions were in place on all firearms and self-defense in and of itself became a punishable crime."

"But, it didn't end there." ...

"Scottish Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson today announced a new ban on swords 'unless sold for legitimate reasons.'" ...
 

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