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IFOA Offers Concessions on Guns Following Roanoke Murders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "True enough. Add to that no shortage of rage directed at those who defend the right to keep and bear arms accompanied by frenzied opportunistic blood dancing and demands that 'we do something,' unspecified, naturally, and it looks like it’s once more time for gun owners to hold fast and not give an inch."

"Except the gun group perceives changes to firearms laws can be made. And it apparently assumes we on the 'shall not be infringed' end of the spectrum are going to be OK with that." ...
 

Junk Science As Anti-Gun Propaganda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Some weeks it’s hard to decide which new anti-gun 'study' to dismember. The problem is that there is so much propaganda coming so fast and furiously. It’s like lobbing a lot of crude missiles at a target hoping to do some damage even though none of them are explosive. I can’t recommend too highly Chris Cox’s NRA-ILA report of August 26, 'Weird Science' as a brief guide to the junk science that is the last resort of a cause sailing a leaky boat. As Cox says, watch out for 'cherry-picking the data' to prove a point and for 'garbage in, garbage out'. I’d add to beware when correlations are trumpeted as likely causation. To paraphrase W.C. Fields, we are being 'dazzled with … b—s—' . . ." ...
 

Questions anti-gunners won’t answer in war of words against 2A
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The war of words over the right to keep and bear arms is heating up today, in the pages of the Seattle Times with anti-gun columnist Jerry Large on one side and Kurt Schlicter at Townhall.com on the other, while over the weekend came allusions to Australia-type gun confiscation and a swipe at media and politicians who stir up trouble."

"As Schlicter puts it this morning, “Sure, liberals never met a civil right that actually exists in the Constitution that they didn’t want to violate, but they have a special hatred for the Second Amendment.” And just why do they hate the Second Amendment? Because it protects the right of people to resist." ...
 

Force Science Institute: Memory of Shooting Inherently Unreliable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to a Force Science Institute study [full report after the jump], a police officer’s memory after a shooting is highly unreliable. Same goes for you. That’s why you should never agree to a post-defensive gun use police interview without a lawyer present (but do provide details that can help the police apprehend criminals or identify witnesses). 'Investigators need to remember that an officer who misses or misstates information about an event that later becomes significant is not necessarily being deceptive or self-serving,' the report recommends. That’s true for both cops and [non-LEO] citizens, although you’re hardly likely to get the same slack as brother officer. Just sayin’ . . ." ...
 

Daily News Spitzer: Live TV Killer Couldn’t Have Bought a Gun In New York. Maybe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Had [TV news killer Vester] Flanagan lived in New York State, the story would likely have been very different,' nydailynews.com‘s Robert J. Spitzer writes. 'I know this first-hand, because I applied for a state pistol permit two years ago. Had Flanagan been required to do what I had to do, it is highly unlikely that he could have legally obtained a permit, and therefore a gun.' Highly unlikely. Legally. Two qualifiers which tell the tale. Truth be told, criminals and crazies have no problem obtaining a gun illegally, which renders Spitzer’s argument moot. But let’s see how he came to that irrelevant conclusion . . ." ...
 

Perspectives: About those so-called loopholes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "For example, when [redacted] allegedly murdered nine Charleston church-goers earlier this summer, the media narrative quickly snowballed into a politically-correct crusade."

"Instead of focusing on the murderous actions of a mentally unstable young man, the masters of contrived outrage sought to leverage public outrage against Confederate symbols and unpopular attitudes towards race. ..." ...

"Contrast this with the media’s treatment of the shocking on-camera murders last week ... Because the accused gunman was an unhappy homosexual black man, political correctness forbid any questioning of his ideologies, motives or choices." ...
 

Bang! Another one bites the dust: repeal the Second Amendment!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"America’s gun violence worsened on Wednesday as WDBH7 reporter Alison Parker, along with photographer Adam Ward, were brutally gunned down whilst reporting live on air. There is seemingly a never-ending spree of gun violence currently in America and this latest incident has once again led to renewed calls for gun control. Proposed gun controls laws would have very little impact on the numbers of gun homicides; the only true cure is to repeal the Second Amendment." ...
 

States with tough gun laws have fewer shooting deaths: study
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The harder states make it to get guns — like New York — the fewer people die because of them, a new analysis of firearm restrictions shows."

"New York State, with its relatively strict laws — restrictions that are even tougher in the five boroughs — had 4.2 gun deaths per capita in 2013, the third-fewest number of gun-related deaths nationwide, according to the National Journal’s study released Monday."

"It examined gun-related deaths of all types — from murders to suicides and accidental shootings — in the year 2013 and found “while it’s certainly true that a number of factors contribute to the high rates of gun violence in the U.S., a comparison of state laws versus rates of shooting deaths does show a correlation.”" ...
 

U.S. needs a 28th Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Any discussion of limiting access to firearms always triggers an angry recoil by groups and individuals who cite the Second Amendment as sacrosanct."

"Until Congress and state legislators engage in serious discussion of reducing gun violence, let us consider a 28th amendment to the Constitution: 'The right of Americans to go about their lives in peace without fear of victimization by gun violence shall not be abridged.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Starting a civil war is probably not the best way to reduce "gun violence".
 

Babies named after guns on the rise in US despite shooting sprees with thousands following trend
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Around 88 people are shot dead in the US every day, but those horrifying statistics are not doing anything to dampen America's love of weapons."

"In fact, a worryingly significant minority of parents are showing their devotion to the Second Amendment by naming their children after weapons."

"Gunner is the most popular choice for gun-toting parents, but other names like Trigger, Shooter, Caliber and Pistol are proving popular."

"Gunner was given to over 1500 baby boys last year. Taken together with the 750 boys named Gunnar, an authentic Scandinavian name meaning 'bold warrior,' it comes among the Top 200 boys’ names." ...
 

The US should mandate gun insurance so the two monoliths fight to the death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Let everyone in this country keep their guns, but force them to insure those guns. It seems so obvious when you think about it. We insure our cars, our houses, our boats and bodies, even our plane tickets and rental cars. And some of those policies are legally mandated. We should absolutely require gun owners to pay against the indemnity they might incur when their gun does what it is statistically most likely to do – kills or injures them, or someone else." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who says:

No. We will not comply. I don't even need to read the rest of the details. Just "No."

Your move, David Ferguson. Now what? Be specific. What are you going to do, have others arrest me? How do you even know what I have? What about the millions more who will not comply? You know about them, don't you? Or are you truly that cloistered?

Come on, flesh it out. I want to see just how bloodthirsty you can be, as long as it's not your precious hindquarters on the line.
 

Anti-Gun Rights Fascists Fail Again
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"In the wake of yet another killing spree by an Obama voter, there were the predictable calls to 'do something' about guns. It was no shock that the liberals’ preferred solution to the problem of Democrat mainstream media personalities murdering people because of their racial and sexual grievances was to disarm everyone who isn’t a Democrat mainstream media personality who murders people because of his racial and sexual grievances. But what was shocking was how quickly the anti-civil rights left moved on to pursue other tyrannies." ...
 

Study: Shooters Quicker To Pull Trigger If Target Is Black
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"People are quicker to shoot black targets with a gun than they are to shoot white targets, a new study suggests." ...

"The studies analyzed was mostly comprised of first-person shooter tasks and asked to make decisions when presented with images of targets from various races. The images of targets had either a gun or some sort of neutral object. Participants were asked to make a decision whether or not to shoot when they see a target with a gun. If they didn’t respond within a millisecond a message appeared asking participants to make the decision faster, as reported by NPR." ...
 

Rasmussen: 68% Of Likely Voters Stand With Donald Trump On WDBJ Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following Donald Trump’s statements that the August 26 shootings of a WDBJ-TV reporter and cameraman were indicative of mental problems rather than a gun problem, '68 percent' of likely voters told Rasmussen they agree with Trump’s assessment."

"Breitbart News previously reported that Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he was 'a very strong Second Amendment person' and stressed that guns were not to blame for the heinous attack. Rather, Trump said Virginia gunman Vester Lee Flanagan was a 'a very sick man.' He added, 'In the old days, they had mental institutions for people like [Flanagan] because he was really, definitely borderline and definitely would have been and should have been institutionalized.'" ...
 

Obama Responsible for the 'War on Police,' Sheriff David Clarke Claims (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"President Obama and ex-Attorney General Eric Holder declared a “war on police” for what might amount to pandering to anti-cop activists, according to outspoken Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke."

"Clarke was reacting to the Friday execution-style murder of Harris County, Texas Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth as well as other officers across the country who have died this past year in the line of duty." ...
 

Congressman Walker Visits Ruger Facility in North Carolina
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"U.S. Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) today toured the Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. manufacturing facility here and met with employees and company executives. Ruger established this manufacturing facility in 2013 to accommodate its continued growth and has created approximately 200 jobs in the Mayodan area, with more expected in the future." ...
 

MA: Mayor Walsh wants to ban replica handguns in public spaces
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"Mayor Marty Walsh filed an ordinance Monday to ban replica handguns in public spaces, according to the Mayor’s office. These regulations would start immediately, once approved by the City Council."

"Under the ban, Boston Police would be allowed to confiscate replica handguns and hold them at the station until the owner came to collect them. If the owner is under the age of 18, a parent or gaurdian would be alerted and held responsible for picking up the replica firearm if they choose." ...
 

Circuit Court Overextends on Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In June of this year, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case of an illegal alien who had appealed his conviction on a federal firearms offense for possessing a bullet. ..."

"The conviction was upheld, but the reasoning of the chief judge in affirming the conviction is disturbing. First, she held that the Second Amendment ... applies to all individuals in the United States, including illegal aliens; but then she went on to say that the federal government nonetheless had within its power the ability regulate that right away for certain individuals."

"Postulating that even illegal aliens have the right to keep and bear arms is a view with which I suspect even the [NRA] would strongly disagree. ..." ...
 

CA: California’s 10-day gun registration waiting period found unconstitutional
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Second Amendment activists scored a huge victory last Tuesday when a federal judge struck down California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases."

"Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii ruled in favor of the plaintiffs’ California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation, reported the Firearms Policy Coalition." ...
 

NY: Due Process Hearing Ordered on Retention of Firearms
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"A federal judge has ruled that the Nassau County Sheriff's Department violated the rights of a woman who was the subject of an order of protection by retaining her firearms without a due process hearing."

"Eastern District Judge Joan Azrack, writing in Panzella v. County of Nassau, 13-cv-5640, ordered the county on Wednesday to hold a hearing by Sept. 25 on returning plaintiff Christine Panzella's two shotguns and two rifles, which the sheriff's department had seized in 2012 after her ex-husband filed an order of protection against her." ...
 

Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics (audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The phrase 'police militarization' conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states — with one exception: Utah."

"The pressure to start counting the operations there dates back to 2012, after a drug raid gone wrong in Ogden. A tactical team from the local drug task force had gone into a little house where marijuana was being grown. But they ran into gunfire. In the chaos, five officers were hurt, and one was killed. The resident ... later said he thought he was being robbed." ...
 

OH: Ohio officer in video says 'direct eye contact' one reason he pulled over driver
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"When a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, handed John Felton a warning for a traffic signal violation, Felton asked whether he was stopped for something besides having out-of-state plates, according to a video of the conversation posted on Facebook."

"'Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you,' the officer replied in the video."

"Felton posted the video on Facebook. It's another example of how the national conversation about police-community interaction, especially with minorities, is being scrutinized. Technology makes the interactions easy to record and to share via social media." ...
 

America Has Reached The ‘Gun Control Tipping Point’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On August 30, Salon suggested society may have reached a tipping point, where Americans are unable–or unwilling–to think of supporting any new gun control proposed by 'extremes.'"

"Salon makes this point via an interview with UCLA cognitive psychologist Keith Holyoak, who explained that Americans are now so entrenched on one side or the other that any real chance of passing more gun laws is less and less likely."

"Because media is not like it used to be–there are now viable options to the mainstream’s bias–people have different outlets to which they can turn for news on certain events, and Holyoak says people instinctively turn to the outlets with which they most agree. ..." ...
 

MD: A major concern (first letter)
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"Our 17-year-old son is fine now. However, on a recent beautiful Sunday he ran into our room apparently choking. He was in major distress. I called 911 while my husband performed the Heimlich maneuver. To my shock and dismay, I was put on hold, with a recording stating 'due to the large volume of calls …'" ...
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Submitter's Note: When seconds count . . .
 

HI: ‘Anti-gun stupidity’: Honolulu destroys $575G worth of police firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Destroying working firearms, as well as valuable taxpayer property, was 'the height of anti-gun stupidity and will not stop one criminal from getting a weapon,' said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation."

"'These guns in the hands of lawful civilians could provide an important means of self-defense, especially for low income people who can’t afford them,' Gottlieb said. 'Or the sale of them could help pay for much needed law enforcement equipment to help keep the public safe.'"

"Any city the size of Honolulu could use $575,000, said Amy Hunter, spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action." ...
 

WA: Anti-gun lobby deceives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Anti-gun lobby activists are now posing as gun owners before demanding harsh gun laws and Second Amendment revisions. These same deceivers helped pass Initiative 594, a gun registration and eventual gun confiscation measure disguised as a background checks bill."

"These gun owners perpetuate the myth that the Second Amendment is about militias and make asinine claims that the Second Amendment is the cause of mass shootings." ...
 

MS: Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday
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"Mississippi’s Second Amendment sales tax holiday weekend is coming up. All day on Friday and Saturday, shoppers in Mississippi can get a break on guns, ammunition and archery equipment. These items will be tax-free."

"List of eligible (E) and non-eligible (N) items from the Mississippi Department of Revenue" ...
 

MD: Second Amendment (third letter)
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"Godfrey R. Gauld (The Capital, Aug. 25) makes a strong case for arms as a natural right and as the 'foundation upon which all other rights are based.' And the extent to which our elected representatives flail away at this fundamental right should alarm us."

"From this argument one draws the conclusion that each of the Earth's other free nations would have its own equivalent of our Second Amendment. And if they do not, then their citizens are, somehow, less 'free' than ours." ...
 

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