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Abuse of the nation’s second amendment began decades ago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Most conservative commentators have lamented that the recent Supreme Court decision, Heller vs. U.S., which struck down the unconstitutional weapons ban in the District of Columbia, was not unanimous. I am dismayed it was a 5-4 vote as well. We came very close to having the Second Amendment practically expunged from the Constitution."

"Amazingly, this decision was the first time in American history the Second Amendment has actually come before the court for a literal interpretation, and the court made the right call: the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right of each and every citizen, and not a collective right, as was argued by the government's lawyers." ...
 

TX: In defense of concealed carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There has been substantial debate on the subject of conceal carry in The Daily Texan lately, but regrettably, much of the information that has been presented seriously misrepresents and even falsifies the critical legal and moral aspects of concealed carry. Although publicly disclosing having a concealed-handgun license defeats its ultimate purpose (by doing so I help dismantle the anonymity of conceal carry that is so inherently important in discouraging criminals from committing crime with impunity), I will volunteer such in order to help reinforce points and add some much needed clarification regarding conceal carry laws, and more importantly, what actual limitations concealed-handgun licensees really have." ...
 

Anti's SHOCKED That Pro-Gun 'Mole' Worked In Their Midst
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Frankly, I am shocked . . . SHOCKED . . . that the anti-gun folks are shocked."

"I have sat in many meetings over the years, local, regional and national, where we knew there were 'plants' from the anti-gun groups seated with us. Taking notes, taking part in discussions, asking opinions, and more boldly, asking about strategy. That is why 'family business,' as I refer to it, is discussed with those you most closely trust."

"Both sides do it. Get over it."

"This whining by States United to Prevent Gun Violence is really to distract from the fact that fewer and fewer Americans -- and lawmakers, for that fact (and the Supreme Court) -- are paying attention to their intellectually bankrupt arguments." ...
 

Mary McFate--She's the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Intermittently for the past 25 years, the NRA has run a series of ads under the headline 'I'm the NRA.' Included are celebrities ... politicians, and ordinary members. Each ad profiles the NRA member, quoting the reasons why they joined the organization."

"Mary McFate will never be in an NRA ad. But she is the NRA. And reveals more about the NRA's leadership than any glossy magazine ad ever will." ...
 

Why So Silent, NRA?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Why won't the NRA speak? The National Rifle Association is not known as an organization run by people who are shy with the media. Yet the most powerful player in the gun lobby--and one of the most powerful political organizations around--still won't say anything about Mary Lou Sapone (a.k.a. Mary McFate)." ...

"So shouldn't the NRA have to address this? Before our story was posted, we called the NRA several times, explaining what we were going to report. Rachel Parsons, a spokeswoman for the NRA, promised she would get back to us. She never did. Other media outfits pursuing the Sapone tale have also received the brush-off. ..." ...
 

MO: Bank customer shoots gunman after robbery
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"A bank customer shot a robber after an armed confrontation in a Kansas City parking lot Saturday."

"The robber was wounded in the head and was in stable condition at a hospital, police said."

"The shooting happened about 9 a.m. when a man and a woman were in a car using the automated teller machine ..."

"They were robbed at gunpoint, but as the gunman walked away, the man in the car got out armed with his own gun ..."

"The man yelled for the robber to stop. When the robber turned around and pointed his gun, the man fired at him, hitting him in the head ..." ...

"The robbery victim had a permit to carry a concealed gun ... [but] that would not matter because he could legally carry the weapon in his car." ...
 

FL: Robber in critical condition after being shot by Jacksonville handyman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man working on a home just north of Springfield this afternoon shot an armed man who tried to rob him, said Sgt. Derrick Lewis of the Sheriff’s Office."

"The shooting occurred about 1:15 p.m. ... Police said a man armed with a gun approached the man working on a house and the worker, who was also armed, opened fire. The wounded man fled south on Pearl Street and collapsed outside a music store at West 23rd Street, a witness said."

"The wounded man was taken to Shands Jacksonville hospital and listed in critical condition, Lewis said. The worker is being questioned by police, but has not been charged. Their identities have not been released. Police recovered both guns, Lewis said." ...
 

TX: Suspect killed in robbery at Houston family's business
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gunfire broke out during a holdup at a family-owned roofing company early Sunday, leaving one attempted robber dead and the business owner seriously wounded, Houston police said."

"Detectives said Sergio Rodriguez, his brother and a co-worker were preparing to open about 6:50 a.m. when three or four armed men forced their way inside the building ..."

"'Somewhere in the middle of the (robbery), Mr. Rodriguez was shot,' said Houston Police Department homicide investigator Fil Waters."

"One of the roofers managed to grab a gun and began shooting, fatally striking one of the intruders and wounding another. Rodriguez also was struck during the gunfire exchange, police said." ...
 

FL: Clearwater homeowner shoots intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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A suspected home intruder was taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning, after police say he was shot by a homeowner.

Police say the homeowner awoke to noise coming from the garage of his home on Pennsylvania Avenue. The homeowner went to check it out, found the intruder and shot him.

That man was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment. Police have not said how badly he was injured.
 

Pro-Gun Students Hear From Gun Control Advocate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The first convention of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) featured one panelist who favors gun control."

"Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said college students carrying guns on campus will not make anyone safer. He pointed to studies showing that college students are more likely to engage in risky behavior than the general population." ...

"The conference at the National Press Club in Washington included a debate between Helmke and John Lott, a Second Amendment supporter and author of 'The Bias Against Guns.'" ...
 

Mr. Flip Flop is Becoming Ridiculous, says Gun Rights Dean, and Obama Risks Turning his Party into a Political Joke
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"'Mr. Flip Flop, known more formally as Senator Barack Hussein Obama, is fast becoming absolutely ridiculous,' said gun law expert John M. Snyder, 'and his fast and furious twists and turns on major public issues risk turning his Democratic Party into the biggest political joke of the early 21st Century.'" ...

"Snyder, named Dean of gun lobbyists by The Washington Post and The New York Times, noted that, 'While we in the gun rights movement were among the first to be struck this summer by the vacillations of Mr. Flip Flop, Obama has since branched out and manifested this unfortunate characteristic on a number of other public issues as well.'" ...
 

MO: Is Mayor's Illegal Gun Fight Just Political Posturing?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser is leading a group of metro area mayors that want to join a national coalition of mayors against illegal guns."

"Three people were killed and another seven were wounded in Kansas City gunfire over the weekend. But, some said the mayor's call to get illegal guns off the streets is nothing more than a publicity stunt."

"The coalition to get illegal guns off the streets started two years ago ..."

"'When we join together, trade ideas ... We find ways to work together,' said Mayor Funkhouser."

"'Our only interest is in fighting crime. ... The issue of illegal guns is not conservative or liberal. It's an issue of law and order, life or death,' said Heinz Rodgers." ...
 

MT: New survey touches on gun issue in governor's race
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Very little separates Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Republican challenger Roy Brown when it comes to gun rights."

"Schweitzer, in a recent survey, said he will continue to keep a rifle on display in his office - despite a city ordinance that bans guns in the state Capitol."

"While the Helena city attorney says the governor is in a gray area, Brown thinks Schweitzer is breaking the law. Brown said he doesn't like that idea and would change state law so that anyone could bring guns into public buildings. Unlike Schweitzer, Brown also wants guns to be allowed on college campuses."

"The differences appear on a questionnaire the two filled out for the Montana Shooting Sports Association." ...
 

IL: Illinois' Blagojevich and Daley – A Tale of Two Failures
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich recently offered to call out the Illinois National Guard to help Chicago fight the recent spike in violence that has catapulted the City into the national news. Daley didn’t immediately accept the Governor’s offer of help and the two most powerful leaders in Illinois missed the irony of the offer."

"There is a reason 'citizen' comes before 'soldier' when describing National Guard members. Illinois National Guard members are simply citizens who are given a gun and told to keep order. So, essentially, both the Governor and Mayor are doing what concealed carry advocates have wanted to do all along - put honest citizens on the streets with guns." ...
 

Going After Crimes -- and Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence rarely agree on anything related to gun laws. But both support a law-enforcement program in Richmond that targets gun crimes."

"The Supreme Court's Second Amendment decision ... caused city officials nationwide to worry that they could see an increase in gun violence. It also renewed interest in Richmond's efforts to combat it. The city has already reduced firearm-related violence dramatically. It has done so not by making gun purchases more difficult ... but by severely punishing all gun crimes ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Because we all know how much more heinous it is to murder someone with a gun than to hack them to death with a machete, or bludgeon them to death with a baseball bat.
 

Militia fictions & facts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following outrageous paragraph appeared in the Trib's story about the arrest of Morgan Jones, who was charged with selling an assault rifle to an undercover agent and is alleged by law enforcement officials to be 'a major player in a militia movement whose shadowy members have a 'propensity toward violence' ('Clarion County man not a 'terrorist,' wife says,' July 27 and PghTrib.com):"

"'Oklahoma City Federal Building bomber Timothy McVeigh was linked to a militia. The siege and eventual destruction of David Koresh and the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas, was tied to militia activity.'" ...
 

TX: U.S. Marshal's gun fires at federal courthouse; injures himself and Border Patrol agent
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"Two law enforcement officials suffered gunshot wounds Monday after one of their weapons accidentally discharged at the El Paso Federal Courthouse ..."

"A U.S. Marshals' deputy discharged his weapon, fired one bullet, and injured himself and a Border Patrol agent in the federal courthouse at about 10:45 a.m. Monday ..."

"Both law enforcement officials, whose names were not released, were taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. They were both released a short time after ... No one else was injured ..."

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were conducting an investigation Monday afternoon to determine how the shooting happened." ...
 

MN: Honor Khang Instead (second letter)
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"I see that the Minneapolis Police Department has awarded medals to the officers who raided the wrong house, under the justification that they 'performed very bravely under gunfire and made smart decisions.'"

"Those same criteria apply to the man whose home they raided, Vang Khang, who 'thought he was being robbed. Khang shot through his bedroom door at the officers until he understood who they were.'"

"Why is his bravery and intelligence under fire any less worthy of recognition? Minneapolis Police Department Policy 2-306.01 states: 'The Citizen's Award of Valor may be awarded to citizens for exemplary and heroic acts that expose them to considerable danger.'"

"I'd say Mr. Khang qualifies just as much -- if not more so -- than his assailants. If there is any fairness, he would also be recognized." ...
 

NY: How to Lose Your Guns Without Due Process in Freeport
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"To sum it up, for exercising his First Amendment right to petition his representative, Razzano had the cops called on him by Congressman McCarthy's office, which denied doing so until ordered by a magistrate to produce the name of the staffer who did this. Using the call as their reason to intervene, police made a decision to 'temporarily' confiscate Mr. Razzano's firearms. They subsequently revoked his pistol license, effectively barring return of his property. They have also retained custody of his long arms, and there is no provision to return them. And at no time has Mr. Razzano been charged with any crime, nor has he been adjudicated unsuitable or examined by any professional who has rendered that determination." ...
 

NC: New Bern Police Officer Charged with DWI
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A New Bern police officer found himself on the other side of the law this weekend.

According to documents in the Craven County Clerk of Court’s office, 37-year-old Michael White was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with driving while impaired.

His blood alcohol level was 0.09. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08.

The documents also say he was driving 46 mph in a 35 mph zone. His license has been revoked for 30 days.

A New Bern Police Department spokesman White is on administrative duties while the department conducts an internal investigation.
 

MI: Eaton County Sheriff and wife accused of stealing campaign signs
Submitted by: Mitch

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"Michigan State Police are investigating an allegation that Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines and his wife tried to steal his Republican primary election opponent’s campaign signs."

"Eaton County Prosecutor Jeff Sauter confirmed today that his office received a complaint about a Monday night incident involving a sign belonging to Raines' challenger, Tom Reich."

"Stealing a campaign sign is a misdemeanor crime."

"Reich ... said he began staking out locations where his signs were placed because more than 150 of his campaign signs had gone missing in recent weeks."

"On Monday night, Reich said he saw Raines' wife, Laurie, bending over one of his signs as if to steal it. He said he also saw Mike Raines' minivan drive away." ...
 

MO: All is quiet in Wellston after gun-flourishing tussle Friday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All was quiet Saturday at the Wellston city hall and police station, a day after the new police chief and former chief got into a brawl there."

"City officials were mostly mum about the scuffle, in which both men pulled out pistols. No shots were fired, and no arrests have been made."

"Wellston Mayor Frank McNeil, who tried to break up the fight, confirmed the tussle was between the newly appointed chief, Brian Gillmore, and the recently demoted chief, Robert Cossia."

"The two began pushing each other Friday afternoon in a meeting room inside City Hall. Then pistols were drawn, said Pine Lawn Police Chief Rickey Collins, whose department is investigating." ...
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Submitter's Note: Who here thinks a 'civilian' could shove a cop, then draw down on him and live to tell the tale?
 

MI: Gun Arrest Made During Festivel Saturday
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"A man was arrested for carrying a gun in the open in the moments leading up to the Coast Guard Festival's fireworks display Saturday night."

"The man was carrying a Glock 40 handgun in a holster at his side in downtown Grand Haven ... The man was disarmed by the officers, arrested on a misdemeanor, issued a 90-day appearance ticket and allowed to leave, Reiss said. His weapon was also confiscated by police."

"While Michigan law allows carrying concealed weapons with a permit, Grand Haven has a local ordinance prohibiting openly possessing and carrying dangerous weapons in public, Reiss said. People carrying weapons can be frightening and the department received several verbal complaints about the man, Reiss said." ...
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KABA Note: According to USACarry.com, MI has pre-emption, so Grand Haven may not prohibit open carry.
 

NC: Former Officer Arrested On Child Porn Charges
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A former Boone police officer has been charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Marvin Eric Tart, 34, of Boone, was arrested on July 31. She said the charges against Tart involved child pornography.

No other details surrounding the investigation were released.

Boone police said Tart resigned on July 31. He had been an officer with the department since 1999.
 

PA: Penn. police officer charged in teen sex case
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A Pennsylvania police officer has been arrested after authorities say he had sex with a 16-year-old Indiana girl he met over the Internet.

Altoona Police Officer Herrick Johnson is on paid administrative leave. State police say the 49-year-old Johnson met the girl through a site that promoted law enforcement careers.

State police say Johnson drove to Indiana to pick up the girl at her family's home last week for a trip back to Altoona. They say authorities in Indiana were told of the relationship after the teen's friends found text messages between Johnson and the girl.

Johnson is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors. He was released on $20,000 unsecured bail.
 

India: Four pistols lost from armoury, probe ordered
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"Four pistols have gone missing from an Army armoury at Dehra Dun and the Army has ordered a court of inquiry to probe the incident ... The loss of the pistols was detected after authorities at the armoury found that the seal on the lock of the armoury was broken. ... The four pistols are of 9 mm calibre and of Indian make, sources said."

"The Army sources expressed concern over the loss of the pistols since these could be misused. Investigations will also probe whether this was a theft executed with the help of insiders in the armoury establishment. ... The armoury from which the pistols went missing stocks 'small arms'. The loss of the pistols was detected sometime last month, officials said." ...
 

OH: More Guns, Less Road Rage in Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Associated Press is reporting that Ohio State Highway Patrol figures prove road rage is on the decline in Ohio."

"While there could be many causes for this good news (Patrol spokeswoman Anne Ralston speculates that reduced travel due to higher gas prices is having an effect), one truth is certain:"

"Gun ban extremists' dire warnings about what would happen if Ohio passed a concealed carry law have failed to come to pass." ...
 

NY: Gun Violence Task Force meeting again
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Two days after Albany's latest homicide, the city's Gun Violence Task Force will meet again this afternoon.

This meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the First Israel AME Church on Hamilton Street.

Albany police are still investigating the shooting death of Nathan Walcott.

The 38-year-old was DJ'ing at a house party when he was shot and killed early Sunday morning inside 11 Judson Street.
 

OH: Vintage rifles popular at Camp Perry matches
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"What a difference 365 days make, to stretch an old song's lyrics, to describe the night-and-day contrast in weather for the popular M1A Rifle Match here."

"The inaugural edition ... was held in pouring rain and mud and a stout wind a year ago. ..."

"In contrast, the second edition Sunday saw sunny and mild conditions ... It made for a perfect day on the range. It was a 'fun shoot' for such invitees as me, who once toted an M-14 in service days many rounds ago."

"But the serious competitors, well, can they ever shoot this fine 'rifleman's' rifle. It was amazing to see some of the targets when taking a turn in the scoring pits; a lunch plate, or sometimes a saucer, would cover a string of shots fired from 300 yards." ...
 

NY: City Girl Shoots for Olympic Gold
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The wood-paneled walls of the oldest shooting club in New Jersey are covered with aged, black-and-white photos of men holding rifles and wearing smiles. ..."

"Inside, a self-proclaimed 'city girl' unpacks her stylish pink suitcase full of shooting gear and begins to assemble her gun."

"'It's my baby,' Sandra Fong, 18, said as she hugged her rifle."

"The gun weighs more than 10 pounds and will soon travel to Beijing with the petite Ms. Fong to compete in the small-bore rifle Olympic competition. The youngest of all the Olympic shooters, she is not yet old enough to practice at the shooting range in Chelsea, much closer to the Manhattan apartment where she grew up." ...
 

UK: Bystander killed in pub shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A man killed in a shooting at an east London pub was an innocent bystander, police have said.

Carl Gbedmah, 47, was hit in the head by a stray bullet as he stood outside the Live and Let Live pub in Romford Road, Forest Gate, on 1 August.

Police said the shooting happened when two groups of males clashed in nearby Sprowston Road.

Mr Gbedmah was found by officers called to reports of a disturbance and the sound of gunfire at about 0345 BST.

He was taken to hospital where he later died.
 

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