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"Dead Man's Holler", from Absolved by Vanderboegh
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh

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... "Charlie had never joined the army. Those few who knew him thought that was probably a good thing. . . .In the peacetime Army, Charlie Quintard would have been an abject failure as a soldier."

"In a war, well, somewhere in those Cherokee genes of his lurked a warrior."

"Charlie had learned that about himself. . . And there was something else that Charlie Quintard had learned. There are no obsolete weapons. There are only obsolete ways of employing them - obsolete tactics, if you will. An English longbowman of the 14th Century, if transplanted to the 21st, could still kill a man at distance. He just wouldn't stand in a row in an open field to do it like he had at Agincourt or Crecy." ...
 

Saturday Night Assault Specials
Submitted by: Larry

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... "If a DC blowhard wants to pass a bill with no other motive than to get his name appended to a piece of legislation, he can always blather on about the threat of 'assault weapons.' He almost certainly doesn't know the difference between a nonfunctional lever-action carbine reproduction and an actual assault weapon. Likely, neither does the reporter snooping for a scoop."

"But it doesn't matter. It plays well on the floor of the House, in the gun-hater's handout, and in the pages of the Hometown Herald." ...
 

A gun in the home can lead to tragedy
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Now that Wilmette and Morton Grove have repealed their handgun bans, people around the state might be rushing to buy guns in the name of protecting their families."

"But before they do that, they should think about the consequences of bringing guns into their homes."

"According to a survey by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, approximately 43 percent of American homes with children also have guns."

"Nearly 50 percent of those households with children do not safely lock and store their firearms so that children cannot gain access to them." ...
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KABA Note: So 21.5% of American homes have an 'unsafe' gun, and according to the CDC, from 1999 to 2005 an average of 59 children a year were accidentally killed with guns. So if all those deaths were in 'unsafe' homes, 21.5% of 110 million households is 23.65 million, divided by 59 per year is about one child per 401,000 households with guns accidentally killed each year. Don't we have more dangerous things to worry about?
 

Spies and lies - How the NRA rolls (vol 1)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Having faced the opposition of the National Rifle Association to Ceasefire NJ's campaigns to reduce gun violence for over a decade, I've come to know the NRA and its ways all too well. I've been frustrated, at times, by the attitude of many non-NRA folks, who believe the NRA is an honest citizens' lobby, acting with good will and intent. Such mistaken beliefs make the NRA's job - protecting the sales and profits of the gun industry - far easier than the truth."

"Time for some truth..." ...
 

AHSA exposes NRA support for Members of Congress with worst records on conservation
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Today, the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) released a report, 'Slash and Burn: Why Does the National Rifle Association Leadership Support Congress's Biggest Opponents of Conservation?' ..."

"Our goal is to pull back the curtain on the ugly truth: The leaders of the National Rifle Association, who have long claimed to represent hunters and shooters, have instead overwhelmingly supported the biggest conservation opponents in Congress. We want America's 70 million gun owners, most of whom, like me, consider themselves conservationists, the opportunity to learn about the NRA's dismal record on conservation." ...
 

The Latest on the Heller Gun Decision--Week Eight
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"This is the latest on the D.C. v. Heller, the Supreme Court's decision on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. It's been a relatively quiet week, but there are some interesting developments."

"First, I saw snippet of Justice Kennedy's remarks on a panel of the Ninth Circuit conference on CSPAN at a Ninth Circuit Conference and I think Second Amendment review of state and federal laws may be more vigorous than people may realize – particularly in terms of mechanics and procedures of licensing and registration."

"Secondly, Dick Heller was finally given his completed handgun registration which he picked up and transported home on his bicycle." ...
 

NY: Grand jury clears man who claims self-defense in friend's death
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A grand jury has cleared a Rochester man who claimed self-defense in the shooting death of a friend last month."

"Monroe County grand jurors on Tuesday refused to indict Edel Gonzalez, 24, who had been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Omar Luna, 30, on July 27."

"Luna was shot outside his apartment ..."

"Gonzalez has been released from County Jail, where he had been held without bail since he turned himself in to police three days after the shooting."

"His lawyer, Thomas J. Cocuzzi, said Gonzalez shot Luna in self-defense. Luna was arguing and fighting with another friend, who dropped a gun, Cocuzzi said. When Gonzalez picked up the gun and Luna lunged at him with a knife, Gonzalez shot Luna in the head." ...
 

TX: NW Harris County store owner fatally shoots robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Confronted with a pistol and bound with duct tape, the owner of a northwest Harris County store decided not to quietly submit and hope his attacker would show mercy."

"The businessman worked himself free, got his own gun and killed the robber in a shootout, sheriff's deputies said."

"The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man walked into the cellular phone store ... pulled out a gun and tied up the owner, sheriff's detectives said."

"'He (the robber) was in the process of trying to disable the surveillance equipment when the owner was able to free himself,' said Sgt. Ben Beall."

"The owner grabbed his own pistol and opened fire. The robber did the same, but was fatally wounded." ...
 

TN: North Knoxville high school shooting leaves one student dead; one arrested
Submitted by: Scott Manby

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"A student fatally shot a 16-year-old classmate during a dispute Thursday at a Knoxville high school, and a suspect was taken into custody moments later on a nearby street, authorities said."

"The shooting happened shortly after 8 a.m. at the Central High School cafeteria, Chief Deputy Bill Roehl said. The suspect and victim knew each other, said Knox County School System Superintendent Bill McIntyre."

"'This wasn't a shooting that was a random act,' Roehl said. 'It was an individual directing his aggression toward another individual, not the school or the students inside the school.'" ...
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KABA Note: And taking advantage of the fact that he knew his victim would be disarmed.
 

76 percent of sportsmen say they prefer to elect a President who hunts or fishes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sportsmen have a solid history of voting, with 9 in 10 currently registered to vote and of those 83 percent say they will vote in the November election, according to a new survey ... Overall, there are an estimated 40 million sportsmen of voting age in the United States."

"'Sportsmen are active voters and prefer candidates who align with them on hunting and fishing issues,' said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. ..."

"Among sportsmen, Republican John McCain holds a significant lead over White House opponent Barack Obama ..."

"Asked who they planned to vote for in November, 45 percent said McCain and 31 percent said Obama." ...
 

IL: Morton Grove Repeals 1981 Handgun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The early 1980s were bad years for gunowners and the right to keep and bear arms. In 1981, the Village of Morton Grove enacted an ordinance banning private possession of all handguns within the village limits. The law was even more restrictive than the 1976 gun laws enacted by Washington, DC, and the Morton Grove ban quickly inspired similar bans in some neighboring Chicago suburban communities. ..."

"Now, Morton Grove's landmark handgun ban, imposed 27 years ago, is dead, having died quietly on the night of July 28, as the Chicago suburb's Village Board bowed to a new legal reality and the high cost of litigation and repealed the ordinance. ..." ...
 

OK: Gun owners got letters
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"Authorities working to narrow their leads in the June 8 shooting deaths of two girls used old-fashioned legwork to come up with a list of area gun owners with .40-caliber pistols, one of two weapons used in the slayings."

"Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents knew the caliber of the guns used in the killings, so they merely checked with area gun dealers and pawnshops to determine who had bought or recently pawned .40-caliber Glocks."

"'It's a typical procedure of any investigation' involving a gun, according to Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the OSBI."

"That time-consuming procedure yielded the OSBI the names of more than 60 owners of .40-caliber guns in the Weleetka area." ...
 

OK: Agents test fire weapons to narrow leads in the June 8 killing of the girls near Weleetka.
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"More than three dozen guns from the Weleetka area were test fired over the weekend as authorities worked to narrow their leads into the June 8 slayings of two girls."

"Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said more than 60 letters were sent out to registered owners of .40-caliber handguns, asking them to voluntarily submit their weapons for testing on Saturday and Sunday at the Okfuskee County Courthouse at Okemah."

"Brown said about 40 of those owners showed up with their guns, which were test fired outside the courthouse." ...
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Submitters note: This is a clear violation of the 4th amendment.
 

OK: Police tell owners: 'We're inspecting your guns'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oklahoma police investigating the shooting deaths of two girls have told area residents with guns to bring them in for a test to determine whether they were used in the attack, sparking concern among those who own guns for hunting and self-defense."

"According to reports in the Tulsa World the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation sent letters to members of the community who were registered as owning .40-caliber handguns suggesting they voluntarily bring in their gun or guns for a test." ...

"Wrote a second, 'Since when does Oklahoma have handgun registration? … I'm disturbed by the implication that Oklahoma, one of the most free states in the USA, has handgun registration.'" ...
 

BATFE does not know the meaning of manufacturing.
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The ATF demonstrates its complete lack of fluency of the English language in this memo.
 

New Guidelines Would Give F.B.I. Broader Powers
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"A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion, Democratic lawmakers briefed on the details said Wednesday." ...

"The senators said the new guidelines would allow the F.B.I. to open an investigation of an American, conduct surveillance, pry into private records and take other investigative steps 'without any basis for suspicion.' The plan 'might permit an innocent American to be subjected to such intrusive surveillance based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities,' the letter said. ..." ...
 

UK: Man Jailed After Taking Photo of Police Van Ignoring 'Wrong Way' Sign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A British man was jailed for five hours after he photographed a cop reversing the wrong way up a one-way street."

"After Andrew Carter snapped the cop van, officer Aqil Farooq leaped out, hit the camera to the ground, handcuffed him and bundled him into the back of the vehicle."

"The plumber, 44, was arrested for supposedly being drunk, resisting arrest and assaulting the officer with the camera."

"He was kept in cells before finally being released on police bail at midnight."

"Carter, of Bedminster, Bristol, said: 'I was nearly knocked down there once so when the police van went the wrong way I sort of said, 'Hey mate. no entry'. But he just shouted out of the window, '(expletive) off — this is police business'." ...
 

MN: Brooklyn Center City Council allows resident to sell custom firearms out of home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brooklyn Center City Council unanimously approved a permit Aug. 11 that will allow a resident to sell firearms out of his home once he receives a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives license."

"The council, acting on a recommendation by the Planning Commission, approved the special use permit for Luke Papin to conduct business out of his home in the 3800 block of Woodbine Lane North."

"According to information provided to the council by the Planning Commission, Papin's business will sell custom-made firearms manufactured in the home. Sales are expected to be primarily to law enforcement but also to 'responsible citizens,' the information stated." ...
 

NC: Local 4-H shooter wins medal at national event
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Martha Ann Hall, a member of the Macon County 4-H Sharpshooters, recently became the first North Carolina shooter to earn a medal at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational."

"This annual event, held in Grand Island, Neb., was host to individual and team competitors from 29 states. All competitors had to be approved by their state 4-H Shooting Sports Director and Hall’s invitation was approved after she won gold medals for the past two years when shooting at the State 4-H competition held each fall in Ellerbe, NC. Last fall, she also received a gold medal for the high overall air rifle score." ...
 

LA: NRA to hold banquet at American Legion post
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"At 6 p.m. tonight, the West-Central Louisiana Chapter of the National Rifle Association will hold its third annual fundraiser banquet at the American Legion."

"Chairman Ron Roberts is expecting this banquet to be the largest yet."

"'I really hope that the community will come out and show support for our local chapter of the NRA,' said Roberts. 'Anything that the local people can do to help is greatly appreciated.'"

"Tickets are $35.00 per individual, or a sponsorship, which includes eight tickets, may be purchased for $250.00. The money brought in from this event will go to local 4-H groups to aid with preexisting shooting programs." ...
 

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