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Moderation in Va. Senate race will advance special interests, not principles
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "I don’t suppose espousing principles and showing leadership to an electorate and educating them on what they’re being defrauded on is an option among the politically pragmatic, who prefer noncommittal platitude sound bites over substance. That may be so, but the 'safe' approach does not give the inspiration a team needs to win a championship game. It’s not enough to hold noses and vote for the perceived lesser of two evils. Supporters need to be not just willing, but enthusiastic about giving it their all for a campaign, working, spreading the word, and importantly, donating." ...
 

Why Not Compromise?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "I'm here to talk about compromise in general."

"Those who claim we're being unrealistic and don't know how the real world works – what has compromise gotten us? Our rights continue to be gradually eroded, and efforts to destroy them continue unabated and well-funded."

"What compromise can there be between life and death?"

"What compromise should one make between slavery and freedom?"

"Make no mistake, ladies and gentlemen – this is what we're talking about: a compromise between good and evil. When you comingle even a little evil in with the good as a compromise, what you get is tainted goods." ...
 

After days of criticism on JPFO/SAF merger, finally some support
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Following days of internet criticism over a proposed merger between the foundering Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) – the bulk aimed at SAF founder Alan Gottlieb – there are now voices coming forward in defense of the reported merger, and Gottlieb, at AmmoLand and Backwoods Home Magazine."

"The controversy was ignited last week when now-former JPFO writer Claire Wolfe revealed the merger was in the works in her 'Living Freedom' column at Backwoods Home. It sparked a firestorm that has gotten plenty of comment." ...
 

Second Amendment Foundation Continues Thwarting Anti-Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Second Amendment Foundation has written to 49 local Utah governments demanding they repeal various ordinances that violate a state law reserving almost all gun-regulation power to the state Legislature."

"We’re going state by state, one state at time, going through every single ordinance of every city and county in every state finding where the cities and counties have ordinances enacted that are in conflict with state law … and then contacting each one of them to remove the ordinances." ...
 

A Gun Rights Compromise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Relax. Bear with me for a few minutes."

"OK, everyone is all wound up over the takeover of JPFO by SAF/Gottlieb. I've had things to say over the years that apply well to this situation, so let me summarize the arguments for a compromise."

"Compromise isn't always a bad thing, not when everyone gains something good." ...
 

Incendiary Image of the Day: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Can’t Handle the Truth Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I named this website The Truth About Guns because I wanted to make sure that, A) we held ourselves to the highest possible journalistic standards, and B) we weren’t corrupted by the industry or, indeed, our own enthusiasm. Although we’ve made missteps, I like to think TTAG’s stayed true to our mission statement. ... In contrast, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is an organization based entirely on a lie. The words 'gun sense' are a ruse designed to hide the fact that MDA’s out to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. If you pay even the slightest attention to their messaging, you can see the proverbial man behind the metaphorical curtain. For example . . ." ...
 

2014 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Focusing on recent developments in our nation’s courts and legislatures regarding the Second Amendment, speakers at this year’s event will discuss and debate current Second Amendment developments and related issues."

"The symposium will feature top Second Amendment scholars and attorneys discussing topics that range from the history of the Second Amendment to current Second Amendment litigation in Maryland and across the nation, to the nuts and bolts of legal practice in both defending and advancing gun owners’ civil rights." ...
 

Second Amendment Commentary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The framers of the Constitution didn't write the Second Amendment to facilitate hunting. They wrote it so that ordinary Americans could protect themselves from a variety of threats, including would-be totalitarians. And the notion that a magazine capacity of ten bullets or less will keep people safer, while one that holds eleven or more leads directly to a Newtown and therefore must be eliminated, smacks of the 'do something' mentality to which politicians resort when they have nothing of substance to offer. ..." ...
 

Shooting the 2014 Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A couple weeks back I participated in the third annual Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational. This is by far one of the most fun 3-gun events in the United States, mainly because it takes place at a range in the middle of the Oregon desert in the pitch black of night. 3-gun is cool, but when you’re running suppressed firearms with lights and lasers on them and thermal optics, things just get exponentially more awesome. I’ll have an equipment breakdown at some point, but first I want to talk about the stages and how the light (or lack thereof) impacts your options as a shooter." ...
 

Gear Review: PWS CQB Muzzle Device
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One of my notes during my testing of the PWS MK 107 was how loud the muzzle blast was. Specifically, I called it a downright religious experience to spectate while someone shot the MK 107 in and around your area. That blast is unavoidable when running a projectile with that much unburned powder behind it out of such a short barrel. And while the factory-installed Triad muzzle device did an admirable job of dealing with muzzle rise, it didn’t do a thing to baffle the boom. Enter the CQB Muzzle Device . . ." ...
 

The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason."

"It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Melinda, have given $1 million to Initiative 594 in Washington state. The ballot initiative, if passed by voters on November 4 (and it currently enjoys overwhelming support), will require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state.

"Gates is only the latest Washington billionaire to give to the effort, with original Amazon investor Nick Hanauer providing crucial early funding, and more recently upping his overall donation to $1.4 million. ..." ...
 

CNN's Don Lemon says automatic weapons are easy to get
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fans of the Second Amendment have been chiding CNN’s Don Lemon for his comments about the sorts of guns you can legally buy in this country. They’ve said Lemon was confused, and his exchange with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson on Aug. 20, 2014, was embarrassing."

"It began when Lemon, broadcasting live from Ferguson, Mo., said he supported the Second Amendment but that he doubted the Founding Fathers were thinking about automatic weapons when they wrote it. Ferguson shot back." ...
 

A Mutant Giant Cockroach Of A Citizen’S Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The strange line of legal logic provides fresh evidence that we’ve gone completely gun crazy around here. We’ve already sent officers out into a dangerous and unpredictable world — where half the population’s packing heat. Now we want to deny them the authority to control the arsenal in plain sight and otherwise while they’re trying to separate the wack jobs from the citizens."

"Kaffka would have understood perfectly — as the Second Amendment right to bear arms metamorphizes into some kind of impossible giant cockroach only the Supreme Court could mistake for a right of citizenship."
 

Citing the Constitution, groups prepare to defend themselves and their rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fear of the federal government’s interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected officials are ignoring the “will of the people” have provoked a resurgence of self-described patriots across the country who say they are preparing to defend themselves and their rights by any means necessary."

"Organizations tracking the movement say the number of groups has risen dramatically in the past six years."

"'There’s a very unreasonable, ridiculously crazy attack on the Second Amendment and people that own guns,' said Cope Reynolds, a member of the White Mountain Militia in Show Low, Arizona. ..." ...
 

NE: 73 Year Old Homeowner Stops Home Invasion With Taurus .380 Handgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A homeowner who is 73 year old was forced to use a firearm to defend himself and his home this week."

"The elderly man grabbed his Taurus .380 ACP pistol when he heard someone trying to break in. The local news report describe the gun as legally registered, however, Nebraska has no gun registration laws.
According to Omaha.com,
And halfway down the stairs he spotted a man entering his home through a broken front picture window. Peering about 15 feet from the steps into the living room lighted only by a small table lamp, Jackson said he fired one round that grazed the torso of the man." ...
 

FL: 89 Year Old WW2 Vet Shoots Armed Robber, Credits Gun With Saving His Life
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We end up documenting a lot of defensive gun uses that involve the elderly. They are often targeted in crimes and are often unable to physically defend themselves against younger, stronger, faster assailants. However, most of them can still shoot."

"Arthur M. Lewis, of Florida, is a World War II veteran. He says he never fired his gun during his service overseas, but he certainly had to this past weekend." ...
 

WA: Gates’ $1M donation to gun control fires up the grassroots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yesterday’s announcement in the Seattle Times and Seattle P-I.com about the $1 million contribution from Bill and Melinda Gates to the Initiative 594 campaign appears to have ignited a grassroots backlash among people who will not go quietly into the night, and what they lack in dollars, they make up for in numbers and votes."

"The Times actually did two separate announcements, both of which have ignited spirited arguments among responding readers. Gun rights activists are alarmed and furious over what appears to be an effort by a handful of billionaire elitists to buy an election that they believe will erode their gun rights and privacy rights. ..." ...
 

AZ: GOP Congressional race too close to call
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After 36,110 votes have been counted in the Congressional District 1 republican primary, Gary Kiehne took over the lead from Andy Tobin and now leads by 406 votes. Tobin's 12,615 votes trails Kiehne's 13,021 while Adam Kwasman is in third with 10,323 votes."

"As of 11:25 p.m., 241 of the 327 precincts had reported."

"The winner will face incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, in the general election on Nov. 4."

"Though the three GOP candidates all have similar views on the hot-button issues — repealing the Affordable Care Act, protecting Second Amendment rights, securing the border — each had slightly different ways of saying it." ...
 

CT: Governor’s election may pivot on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Republican Second Amendment defender and Tea Party activist Joe Visconti added heat to an already tight governor’s race in Connecticut when he qualified to appear on the November ballot last week."

"Gun control looms large over the gubernatorial contest after the incumbent, embattled Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, signed a package of reforms into law in the wake of the Newtown shootings, making the state one of the strictest in the nation for gun carriers. Malloy’s challenger, Republican Tom Foley, has not stated a clear position on the gun law." ...
 

CA: Is A New California Law Aimed At Eventually Banning All Handguns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Selling certain semiautomatic pistols is now illegal in California, under legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown."

"The change is designed to limit the exemption for single-shot pistols from what the state calls its unsafe handgun roster. Before the Democratic governor signed the law, the exemption excluded semiautomatic pistols that were altered to not fire in semiautomatic mode."

"'Gun control advocates argued the exemption allowed gun dealers to sell temporarily altered single-shot pistols to people who could convert them back into semiautomatic weapons that do not comply with state safety requirements,' The Sacramento Bee reported." ...
 

FL: Florida Carry Election Action Request – #gunvoter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Are you a #GunVoter?"

"This is for anyone committed to voting for our Second Amendment rights and the candidates who support us in the Florida primaries [Tuesday 8/26] and in November."

"Show that you are a #GunVoter"

"After you vote in the primary today, take a pic of your holster or gun with your 'I Voted' sticker and post it to social media with the hashtag '#gunvoter'."

"Some are also wearing their empty holster into the polling place to object to victim disarmament zones." ...
 

California wait period doesn't apply to gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms."

"U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii of Fresno ruled late last week that '10-day waiting periods impermissibly violate the Second Amendment' for gun-buyers who already passed background checks or are authorized to carry concealed weapons." ...
 

Surprise! D.C. Lawyers Want To Reinstate Carrying Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For a brief time, concealed carry permit holders could exercise their Second Amendment rights by bringing their firearms into Washington D.C.; a right that was previously denied until the Palmer decision. Granted, if you were a D.C. resident, you had to have the gun registered. For outsiders, ... your handgun couldn’t have a magazine with more than ten-rounds."

"Until recently, the District of Columbia was the last place where citizens were banned from carrying their firearms outside of their homes. A stay, which was agreed upon by both parties in the Palmer case, was issued to allow the city council to draft legislation in response to the ruling. But D.C. lawyers are trying to get the carrying ban reinstated ..." ...
 

D.C. asks judge to reconsider ruling ending District’s carry ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Citing risk for terrorism and assassination, attorneys for Washington D.C. asked a federal judge to reconsider his July ruling striking down the District’s ban on handgun carry."

"As reported by the National Law Journal, Irvin Nathan, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia asked U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. to take another look at the case he decided in July." ...
 

Federal judge kicks back obscure Louisiana gun law as unconstitutional (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 2012 traffic stop that led to the arrest of a legal gun owner for having three rifles in his car was overturned in a federal lawsuit decided this week in Louisiana.:

"When Ernest Taylor left an area nightclub on the night of Oct. 13, 2012, he was pulled over ... After searching Taylor’s car, officers found three legally-owned rifles which led to the driver being charged under a little-known city ordinance for Possession of a Firearm Where Alcohol is Being Served, though he never brought the guns into the venue."

"After a nearly two-year legal battle that led to the threatened firing of a city attorney and a federal lawsuit, a U.S. District Court judge found Monday in Taylor’s favor and ruled that Baton Rouge’s obscure law is unconstitutional." ...
 

TX: Crash victims, witnesses accuse EPPD of fabricating police report regarding officer-involved collision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Victims and witnesses of a northeast El Paso collision involving an El Paso Police Department cruiser claim the officer caused the crash, and that police fabricated statements in the accident report to blame an innocent woman." ...

"Allyson claims she was heading to drop someone off Friday night when she pulled up to the intersection ..."

"'The light was red, I had come to a stop, I was only there for about a few seconds and then it turned green and I barely started to accelerate,' she said."

"She said that’s when an EPPD cruiser came speeding through a red light, with no sirens or lights, and smashed into her car." ...
 

CA: Pleading suspect dies in police custody: 'You can breathe just fine'
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walk or stand by the time officers brought him to a South Los Angeles police station for booking. So they carried him into a cell, leaving him lying face-down on the floor. He was soon unconscious. ..."

"The chilling account of how Azucena died is told in two reports made public this week. ... the reports offer new details into the man's desperate and futile attempts to convince officers his lungs were succumbing to what coroner's officials determined was most likely an asthma attack."

"Nearly a year after Azucena's death, LAPD officials have not yet determined whether any of the officers involved that night should be disciplined for failing to summon help and, in the case of some officers, for lying to investigators. ..." ...
 

TX: Former Pharr police officer indicted on child sexual assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A grand jury indicted a former Pharr police officer late last month after he allegedly sexually assaulted an underage girl multiple times, according to court records."

"Erasmo Mata Jr., 25, is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl during work hours on five separate incidents from July to October 2013, records show."

"Richard Alamia, attorney for the teen’s family, had also said that other Pharr police officers watched Mata commit the sexual assaults and that the department attempted to cover up the case" ...
 

IL: Chicago thugs, beware — an armed citizenry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Fearful and timid politicians predicted a return to the Wild West. Everyone would wear a six-shooter on his hip, and barroom brawls would end at the coroner’s office. Hospitals would run out of room for the wounded."

"The opposite has happened. Chicago’s homicide rate has fallen to a 56-year low. Burglary is down 20 percent, and theft of automobiles has been reduced by 26 percent. At the same time, 83,183 Illinois residents applied for concealed-carry applications, and 68,549 licenses have been issued. This proves once more that when the good guys get guns, the bad guys get scared." ...
 

NY: SAFE ACT Sign Thieves Strike North Tonawanda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last Tuesday night (Aug. 19), 8-10 signs calling for the repeal of the NY SAFE Act were stolen from front yards on South Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda."

"The Repeal the SAFE Act signs have become a common sight across New York since the law passed in January of 2013. The strictest gun control law in the nation is opposed by 52 county legislatures, the New York State Sheriff's Association, the New York State Association of County Clerks, and by ordinary people who put up lawn signs calling for the repeal of the law." ...
 

IL: Concealed Carry: Crime Rate In Chicago Drops Once Permits Are Issued
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Concealed carry permits increase self-defense abilities and prompt crime rate drops, according to Second Amendment advocates. The violent crime rate in Chicago has dropped since such permits became legal to issue late last year. City officials credit “better police” work with the drop in violent crime and theft in the city. One significant important crime-deterring factor appears to have been summarily dismissed by Chicago leaders – the recently passed law allowing concealed carry permits to be issued to residents." ...
 

LA: Hunters get break from sales tax Sept. 5-7
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies are exempt from state and local sales taxes Sept. 5-7."

"The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday applies to individual consumer purchases of a wide range of hunting gear, including:" ...
 

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