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‘Elite’ media treatment of Gunwalker is scandalous
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/elite-media-treatment-of-gunwalker-is-scandalous

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... "So does this now make 'Gunwalker' a 'bonafide scandal,' worthy of notice by our revered opinion-makers, not just mere 'Authorized Journalists' but elite ones?" ...
 

NY Times’ anti-gun extremism threatens its relevancy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Newspapers, even those in the Pacific Northwest, must rely on a handful of principles in order to stay in business: Accuracy, credibility and reliability are near the top."

"And that brings us around to today’s editorial in the New York Times, which expresses some sentiments sure to earn it high marks with the 5,000 reported members of Washington CeaseFire, but not much traction with the more than 345,000 (as of 9/19) Washingtonians licensed to carry concealed handguns. (Do some math; which group is more relevant to the Northwest lifestyle, eh? It's a 69:1 disparity.)" ...
 

FBI Stats and National CCW Reciprocity (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FBI statistics showing violent crimes decreasing correlate with the popularity of state laws allowing the carrying of concealed firearms by private citizens."

"What is needed now is national CCW reciprocity." ...
 

A look at the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Let’s start with a refresher course before we continue. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states 'A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'"

"The right to have arms, per above, came from a long established 'natural right' in English law stemming from the English Bill Of Rights from 1689. A “natural right” is one that exists through natural law or a right that you’re born with. The ability to protect yourself is a natural law and can be seen all over nature without any legal dissection necessary. But, let’s dissect a few words from above and look into their meanings." ...
 

The Second Amendment is Coming Under Fire!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this month, we alerted you to the fact that Congress will have an opportunity to defund some of the anti-gun programs that the Obama Administration has foisted upon the American people."

"Well, we are sorry to report that the congressional leadership is not yet listening to you. The House will soon be taking up H.J.Res. 79, which bundles all 12 appropriation bills to fund the federal government for the next month and a half."

"According to GOA’s sources on Capitol Hill, this bill contains:" ...
 

'Means Matter': Gun lethality affects suicide rates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Vriniotis, Barber and Huston emphatically asserted their research, findings and actions are not about gun control or Second Amendment rights."

"'The goal isn’t to be anti-firearms, but to make them inaccessible,' Huston said."

"'There may be some people who are hard to convince about innovative ways of firearms safety,' Vriniotis added."

"But suicide profoundly affects families, friends and communities, and firearms should not be exempt from scrutiny, she said. 'A lot of people in the gun world know someone who committed suicide with a gun.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: This article is a masterpiece of anti-gun propaganda.
Even though it never explicitly states that firearm availability increases suicide rates, by the time the reader finishes the piece, they are left with the firm belief that "locking up the guns" will save lives. The only problem with that belief is that it is demonstrably false. Numerous studies have shown that while restricting guns may reduce the firearm suicide rate, the overall suicide rate remains effectively unchanged.
 

Before bearing arms, bare your soul
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The only citizens — non-law enforcement/non-military — who are mentally stable enough to carry a loaded gun in public are those who refuse to do so."

"Yes, that's a Catch 22, but we have to draw the line somewhere, right?"

"Well, maybe not if you're an NRA partisan." ...
 

OH: Dayton store clerk pulls concealed handgun on armed robber (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Video: Andrew Breitbart Brags "We Have the Guns... Bring It On"
Submitted by: OpposingViews
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"Speaking to the 'Red Mass Group' at a Tea Party event in Lexington, Massachusetts on September 16, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart assured his audience that 'we have the guns' and that he sometimes wants to 'fire the first shot' (video below)." ...
 

Guns Make Us Safer
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"A Tuesday, Aug. 30 Mail Tribune letter from a local militant anti-gun and anti-self defense activist piously stated, 'Less than 2 percent could recall a single incident of a gun-owning citizen thwarting a burglary with his fiream. Less than 2 percent!'"

"Really? Numerous studies debunk this distorted data. In actuality defensive firearms use deters criminal activity 2.5 million times annually." ...
 

FL: Florida firm welcomes clients with AK-47
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"A Florida company is giving new clients a voucher to buy an AK-47 assault rifle to defend themselves from violent crime."

"Sarasota-based MerchantService.com is a business that provides small stores and businesses with cash machines and credit card processing services."

"Its 'No Merchant Victim" program now offers a voucher that can be used to buy a gun such as an AK-47 from a local gun dealer, or upgraded security camera equipment, when clients have had its services for three months." ...
 

DC: Secret recordings raise new questions in ATF 'Gunwalker' operation (AUDIO AVAILABLE)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"CBS News has obtained secretly recorded conversations that raise questions as to whether some evidence is being withheld in the murder of a Border Patrol agent." ...

"The tapes were recorded approximately mid-March 2011 by the primary gun dealer cooperating with ATF in its 'Fast and Furious' operation: Andre Howard, owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company in Glendale, Arizona. He's talking with the lead case ATF case agent Hope MacAllister."

"The tapes have been turned over to Congressional investigators and the Inspector General." ...
 

ATF agents fear new leadership looks like more of same
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Deputy AD tells Phoenix field employees Issa/Grassley probe 'a political move'? Whistleblower website calls for special prosecutor" ...
 

'Gunwalker' conspirators right to fear Grassley and Issa; Leahy--not so much
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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CBS News has been revealing explosive new audio tapes detailing the extent of panic among the perpetrators of 'Project Gunwalker.' The tapes, recording phone conversations between participating gun dealer Andre Howard (owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company, in Phoenix), and [ATF] Special Agent Hope MacAllister, were made in March, shortly after the herculean efforts of National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea and Sipsey Street Irregular Mike Vanderboegh had finally brought the story to the mass media, with CBS having just begun to cover it."

"The most recently released recordings reveal not only panic over the possibility of getting caught, but open hostility and contempt for congressional oversight. ..." ...
 

Issa calls Fast & Furious ‘dumb, useless and lethal’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congressman Darrell Issa, speaking this morning in a conference call with on-line reporters, called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Operation Fast and Furious 'dumb, useless and lethal.' Issa said that in addition to the slaying of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, he has been advised by Mexican authorities that there have been some 200 different incidents involving guns linked to the Fast and Furious operation, launched in autumn 2009 by the Obama administration." ...
 

EXCLUSIVE: Grassley says F&F ‘bigger than when we first got into it’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley told this column late Monday that he 'never had the slightest idea' when he began looking into Operation Fast and Furious that it would become a huge scandal that has generated three investigations and hearings before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform."

"'It keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger,' Grassley said in an exclusive telephone interview with Examiner and Gun Week. 'It’s much bigger than I anticipated.'" ...
 

BREAKING: Audio uncovered about 3rd Terry crime scene rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CBS News has uncovered an audio recording of a conversation between an Arizona gun dealer and a lead investigator in Operation Fast and Furious that tends to confirm a third gun was recovered at the scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder last December." ...
 

Mexico--like American people--still not getting answers on 'Project Gunwalker'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some Mexican officials are apparently as frustrated with the Obama administration's refusal to come clean regarding the "Project Gunwalker" . . . problems (whatever you do, don't call it a 'scandal') as the American gun rights advocacy community is. From the Sacramento Bee:"
"Months after the deadly lapses in the program were revealed in the U.S. media - prompting congressional hearings and the resignation of the acting chief of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - top Mexican officials say American authorities have still not offered them a proper accounting of what went wrong." ...
 

NJ: Ron Paul to Receive Endorsement of New Jersey State Sen. Mike Doherty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will receive the endorsement of New Jersey State Senator Michael J. Doherty (R-23) on Monday, September 26th at a noon press conference on the steps of the New Jersey State House, located in Trenton." ...

"Sen. Doherty is serving his first term in the New Jersey Senate, after serving four terms in the New Jersey General Assembly. By most measures, he is the most conservative legislator in New Jersey. Sen. Doherty's record has earned him repeated endorsements and top ratings from pro-business groups, industry associations, Second Amendment rights organizations ..." ...
 

NH: Primary Status: Prominent Seacoast activist backs Jon Huntsman for President
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well-known Seacoast political and community activist Renee Riedel-Plummer will formally back Jon Huntsman for President this week."

"Riedel-Plummer, of Portsmouth, has been active in GOP politics since the mid-1990s and in helping state and Seacoast area causes, such as the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery and the Granite Springs Foundation, since the 1980s." ...
 

AK: Fairbanks Borough Assembly campaign ad reignites debate about guns at public meetings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While most advertisements from candidates in the Oct. 4 local election promote their own positions, Van Lawrence has gone on the attack in the race against incumbent Michael Dukes."

"The ad, which ran in the News-Miner on Sept. 11, called out Dukes for carrying a gun to public meetings and community barbecues, among other points." ...
 

House takes aim at concealed-carry laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Until now, states have been able to set their own rules for concealed-carry permits. New York, for instance, has fairly stringent standards ... Utah’s is laxer ..."

"These differences would be obliterated by the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which was taken up by a House panel last week. The act would force states that allow concealed-carry to permit out-of-town visitors to tote hidden handguns if they have obtained a license elsewhere — regardless of the issuing state’s standards. Advocates say that the law will allow law-abiding citizens to defend themselves wherever they are and to ensure that their right to travel — with gun handy — is not impeded by an obstinate state. This approach is bad policy and unnecessary law." ...
 

NY: In Johnsburg, talk of a gun ban triggers reactions
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"A Second Amendment debate of national proportions is brewing in this rural, hunting-happy community."

"Local officials are considering local legislation that could outlaw the possession of firearms on all town property."

"The proposal arose as officials looked to update the municipal workplace violence policy."

"In other communities that have proposed such bans, they have pitted municipal employees against gun enthusiasts." ...
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KABA Note: So would this reporter call folks trying to get blacks registered to vote "franchise enthusiasts"? Of course not! But for some reason if your civil rights activism is in the field of gun rights you aren't a civil rights activist, you are a "gun nut" or "gun enthusiast".
 

OK: Oklahoma lawmakers study open carry of handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lawmakers took aim Tuesday at expanding gun rights in Oklahoma by allowing citizens to openly carry firearms, an issue that has become an emotionally charged one at the Capitol with differing opinions on just how far legislation should go."

"Members of the Public Safety Committee took testimony from law enforcement, academics and proponents of expanded gun rights as they decided how to proceed with an open carry bill. Rep. Mark McCullough, who requested the study, said his plan is to take a strategic approach to expanding firearm rights that would include drafting a variety of bills on the subject." ...
 

NY: Barbara Sheehan Trial: Shot Abusive Husband 11 Times
Submitted by: OpposingViews
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"A New York City woman, who shot her police officer husband, testified on her own behalf, claiming decades of abuse led her to kill him."

"Barbara Sheehan admits that in February 2008 she shot and killed her husband Raymond as he was shaving in the bathroom. However, Sheehan claims her husband also had a gun and was going to use it on her." ...

"Sheehan said her husband had abused her for more than 20 years. She said she never went to the police because he was a cop himself and she feared no one would help her." ...
 

TX: Pattern of Allegations and Resignations in Former Deputy Constable's Past
Submitted by: jac

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"Previous employers and local law enforcement agencies are being tight-lipped about former Brazos County Deputy Constable Agustin Rubio."

"There's a pattern in his job history of allegations and resignations and that's why concerned residents are becoming more interested in his past."

"41 year-old Agustin Rubio used to be a Brazos County Deputy Constable."

"That was before he was arrested twice in less than three weeks, for kidnapping and attempted sexual assault."

"Now that he's out again, free on bond, we're looking into Rubio's past, but his former boss at Precinct 2 denied us access to an on-camera interview about whether or not he remembered to check out all of Rubio's job references before hiring him." ...
 

NY: NYPD teaches nightclubs to look out for possible terrorists with 'bulging veins in the neck'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The NYPD's updated guide to bolstering the safety of city nightclubs offers tips on how to spot patrons who are bombed - as well as those carrying bombs."

"The 27-page booklet, titled "Best Practices for Nightlife Establishments," advises owners to be cautious about nervous customers who are sweating profusely and with ;bulging veins in the neck.;" ...

"On how to spot would-be terrorists, the guide recommends being alert to people with 'visible wires and tape' protruding from their clothing and 'individuals who are obviously disguised.'" ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: At last I feel safe! BTW, How much is this ingenious program costing us taxpayers?
 

MI: Michigan State Police to investigate Warren man's death after Tasering
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Details involving a Warren man's death remained sketchy Monday, but the use of a Taser on the 27-year-old has reignited controversy over the electronic stun guns."

"Some Michigan residents have criticized the use of Tasers by law enforcement, while others welcome the devices."

"Finettie Hawkins, 52, of Warren said she was told by Warren police that her son, Richard Kokenos, tried to break into a house late Friday, and a Taser was used on him. He died early Saturday, she said."
 

NY: In the trenchcoats: Designer hopes to make a killing in New York with bulletproof fashion line
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A fashion designer may have found the answer to gun violence - stylish clothing for men and women that is completely bulletproof."

"God help us."

"Designer Miguel Caballero first developed his line in his native Colombia, where wealthy clients needed protection from Medellin drug cartel hit men, but didn't like the bulky look of bulletproof vests."

"After all, if you must run away from a shooter, why not do it in couture?"

"Two years ago, Caballero saw the sky-high level of gun violence in the U.S. and thought, 'Market!'" ...
 

FL: New Offer for Business Owners: Open an Account, Get an AK-47
Submitted by: OpposingViews
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"It's an offer that sounds too good to pass up -- open an account and get a free AK-47 assault rifle. Unfortunately (fortunately?) you have to be a business owner with $1 million in sales."

"The Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports that a Sarasota, Florida company that processes credit card transactions is making the offer."

"MerchantService.com said on its website that its mission with its credit card services is to protect businesses, so it seems natural to take the next step to help people physically protect their businesses:" ...
 

UT: Gun-rights advocates want next U. prez to allow arms on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Utah gun-rights group is asking its members to pressure state officials to consider only University of Utah presidential candidates who have an expansive view of citizens’ rights to arm themselves on campus."

"An action alert emailed Sunday to members of Gun Owners of Utah, or GOUtah, claims that under the leadership of former President Michael Young, the U. has 'harassed' and 'targeted' gun owners exercising their right of self-defense in violation of state law. The group’s leadership hopes Young’s successor will overturn a campus ban on openly displaying guns." ...
 

Somalia: Prizes for Kids Koran Recital Contest: AK-47s, Grenades
Submitted by: OpposingViews
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"Somalia is one rough place. The winners of a recital contest for children -- for children -- received AK-47s and hand grenades."

"According to Voice of America, Andalus radio, which is run by an al-Qaeda-linked group called al-Shabab, sponsored the Koran recital competition. Senior al-Shabab leader Mukhtar Robow said at the competition that children should use guns to defend Islam." ...
 

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