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Breyer's Robbery Illustrates Why RKBA So Important Everywhere
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "'We're delighted that Justice Breyer was not hurt during this incident,' said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, 'and hopefully this case will give him a new perspective on the right to bear arms for personal safety. Police cannot always be around when you need them, even if you're a Supreme Court justice. One does not leave his right of self-defense at the doorstep of his home when he travels.'"

"'If this demonstrates anything to Justice Breyer,' he continued, 'it is that crime does not happen just at someone's primary residence, ... You must be able to protect yourself, even on vacation outside of your home state, at a moment's notice. That's not just a civil right, but a basic human right.'"
 

What would you do with $40? Obama asks for pictures
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Well, OK then. The picture’s right there accompanying this article. $40 would let me get a couple more magazines, or several boxes of 7.62x39 FMJ ammo. And while the gun is unarguably one the administration doesn’t want me to have, it is, regretfully, not one that their 'Justice Department' had walked down to Mexico—I say 'regretfully,' because in my hands it would not be used to victimize innocents. Still, I did try my best to be a 'gun felon' and make sure it was 'illegal'—for several years." ...
 

Nationwide Starbucks "reverse boycott", or BUYcott, brings in many generous customers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On February 14, 2012 gun rights advocates across the country provided an economic stimulus to their local Starbucks stores. The effort came together in response to the January 23 announcement that of a Valentine's Day boycott scheduled by an anti-self-defense group calling itself the 'National Gun Victim's Action Council.' The group is demanding that Starbucks, which takes a neutral position on concealed carry, change its corporate policy and prohibit guns in the stores."

"Once learning of the boycott, gun owners sprang into quick action, organizing a 'reverse boycott' and taking a page from the NGVAC by coordinating through Facebook. ..." ...
 

Gun smuggling on Bloomberg’s watch - but he wasn’t watching
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "For as long as I can remember, firearm owners have been using the phrase: 'When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.' Well, Bloomberg has helped that come to fruition. His obsessive attacks on the Second Amendment and his city's own draconian gun laws have come back to bite him. He's made firearms such a hot commodity in his bailiwick that even his own policemen were tempted by this new lucrative black market taboo."

"Recently, Brooklyn NYPD officer William Masso pleaded guilty to smuggling firearms, among other charges. Masso was among five NYPD officers charged in October. The 12-person smuggling ring also included three retired NYPD officers and a New Jersey correction officer." ...
 

Enumerated Rights: No Training Required
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I was asked today if, what with the record sales of guns last year, there should be a legal training requirement for gun ownership and/or CHL. This from the founder of the United Sates Concealed Carry Association, Tim Schmidt. Disclosure: I’m a USCCA member. After posting a quick 'no' reply, I got to thinking . . ."

"Is there a legal training requirement to exercise any other constitutional rights? No, I don’t think so. Should one 'train' or educate oneself to be able to best exercise any of your constitutional rights? Most certainly." ...
 

Krafft to WaPo on OGAM: I Don’t Think “Worked” Means What You Think it Means
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Editorial Board of The Washington Post must be using a special dictionary. All the dictionarys to which I have access define the term 'worked' as succeeded or accomplished, but the WPEB (yes, I’m too lazy to keep writing The Editorial Board of The Washington Post, sue me) headlines their piece on the repeal of Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month-(unless-you-are-a-special-person-) law Repealing A Gun Law that Worked . . ." ...
 

New Brady Campaign president might want to re-think fundraising strategy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Well, never mind that--now the Brady Campaign is no longer 'leaderless.' And now, in the spirit of good will, perhaps the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner can offer the new president some fundraising advice. This may seem a bit presumptuous ..."

"Still, seeing that the best the organization can come up with is a $250 per person fundraising event with Chicago Mayor (and would-be statewide handgun registrar) Rahm Emanuel, a little advice does seem warranted. ..."

"Anyway--on to some 'outside the box' thinking for building up the Brady Campaign's war chest. First, since they're working with Rahm Emaneul anyway, why not do what the Second Amendment Foundation did, in order to get him to write them a $400,000 check?" ...
 

Drawing the line between liberty and security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A trial has begun in Detroit that deserves more attention than it's getting, because it will help us define where we want to go as a country as we answer the question: How much of our liberty are we willing to give to feel more secure?"

"On trial for sedition and weapons charges are seven members of the Midwest militia group the Hutaree, based in southern Michigan, including Hoosier Thomas Piatek of Whiting."

"... The defendants are accused of conspiring to ambush and kill a police officer, then attack the funeral ... The defense says the group was just exercising its ... to free speech and ... right to bear arms. The anti-government talk was colorful but aimless bluster akin to frustrated pals drowning sorrows around a campfire." ...
 

UN’s Arms Trade Treaty – Perverting Logic While Banning Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If someone lies to you in order to manipulate you into changing your behavior, you should be very cautious and look for intent."

"The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) proponents have been lying from the outset to get States to jump on the ATT bandwagon."

"Just as the push for an Arms Trade Treaty was getting started, a new organization, the Geneva Declaration Organization (GDO)(http://tiny.cc/dbgqo) was created in 2006. The group’s stated goal is the reduction of world violence. But its true goal was to examine, and then exaggerate, the level of global armed violence, and thereby frighten States and their civilian populations into demanding an ATT." ...
 

What are People Saying About: Starbucks Boycott & Guns?
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"An anti-gun group started a boycott of Starbucks on Valentine's Day and said it will not call it off until the coffee chain bans guns in its shops. Starbucks said it stores simply comply with local laws. On the Opposing Views Facebook page, we asked the question, 'would you go to Starbucks if guns were allowed inside?' Since guns are already allowed depending on where you live, there is a good chance that the person typing on their laptop next to you is packing heat. Here's a sample of what people are saying:" ...
 

"Top Shot" is Ratings Gold
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Almost 2 million people tuned in for the season four premier of Top Shot on the History Channel. If you were one of the lucky ones, like me, then you were not disappointed."

"Right off the bat they cut two from the herd by way of a M14 challenge. From the prone position, shooters were presented with a bullseye at 200 yards. Furthest out were cut. That meant Craig the chemist and Forrest the 21 year old World Champion Pistol Shooter left before it even began." ...
 

Question of the Day: Which Self-Defense Gun for Disabled Shooters?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I had a very pleasant 70-year-old patient in today. He is disabled from multiple sclerosis and bound to a motorized wheelchair. I was evaluating him for hand weakness. He mentioned that his weakness was leading to malfunctions when shooting his Glock 19. I mentioned limp wristing, and he picked up that I was also a shooter. That led to a very pleasant discussion . . ." ...
 

Gunrunners: Take note
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Virginia used to be the chief supplier of guns recovered at crime scenes in New York. Now the commonwealth appears determined to regain that dubious distinction."

"Since 1993, Virginia has had a legal limit of one handgun purchase per month — with exceptions routinely granted to collectors and others demonstrating a need for extra guns. The law reduced illegal gunrunning from Virginia: The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence soon reported a 66 percent decline in the number of guns traced to Virginia that were found at crime scenes in the Northeast corridor." ...
 

Who's Afraid of the NRA?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sure as shootin', the gun issue will surface once the Republicans choose a candidate and face off against President Barack Obama after Labor Day."

"The [NRA]. is spoiling for a fight. I know because, as an NRA member, I'm on its mailing list. 'If gun owners like you and me don’t stand up to this lawless administration now, there’s no telling how far they’ll go to destroy our Right to Keep and Bear Arms,' the group's lead lobbyist, Chris Cox, warned in a Valentine’s Day e-mail. Cox suggested I make a special contribution ..."

"The NRA rarely communicates at less than a panicked pitch. Still, its current warnings seem especially hysterical. Obama, after all, has shown no appetite for provoking pro-gun forces. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: No appetite?!? I guess Paul hasn't read my screed on gun-owners' "Obama paranoia".
 

Lawyers, guns, and coffee: Starbucks may have to kick gun lovers out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Starbucks has gotten itself into the very definition of an awkward position, particularly in California. The coffee chain is being protested by an anti-gun group for looking the other way when practitioners of what's called 'open carry' show up for meetings at Starbucks with their unloaded firearms."

"Starbucks has said that it's just respecting the local laws. But there's speculation that 'Bucks is being used as a forum by the open-carry crowd to invite challenges to its rights (they're even come up with a gun-weilding Starbucks alterna-logo that probably horrifies Howard Schultz). And of course Starbucks' core demographic isn't as friendly to the Second Amendment as the core demo of the National Rifle Association." ...
 

Gun Control: Where do our priorities lie?
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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... "... Is the common-sense reform proposed by Mayor Bloomberg attainable? Those against such measures to increase the efficacy and range of background checks will argue it will place too much burden on private citizens or will cause unreasonable delay for law abiding Americans who wish to exercise their constitutional rights. Perhaps. But one who makes such arguments should also ask, is an additional burden or a slight delay worth that trivial inconvenience if it means preventing one innocent person’s injury, one family’s pain over a lost loved one? ... If the argument against gun control reform is merely to spare gun owners certain inconveniences it then becomes necessary to ask where do our actual priorities lie."
 

PA: Cities facing a tough fight on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gunfight is over, and the cities lost. The question is: Do they realize it yet?"

"For decades now, large majorities of urbanites - the people, the politicians, the interest groups - have favored stricter controls on guns, for reasons city residents find self-evident. In the last five years in Philadelphia, 1,656 people have been slain, and of those, more than 1,300 died of gunshot wounds. For many city residents, myself included, guns represent a plague, not protection."

"From the perspective of bloody Philadelphia, gun-rights advocates - and their allies in Harrisburg and Washington - appear all too willing to tolerate death in the city so they can protect the sanctity of the Second Amendment in the country." ...
 

IL: Finding the middle on guns in Oak Park
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Maybe it's clearer in retrospect. Maybe it's mostly clear to me, and others will disagree. But back in 1984 when Oak Park passed its ban on handguns ... it was a symbolic action. It was a hope-filled action that came with the expectation that towns and cities across the state and the nation would follow suit, that strong national gun control initiatives would take hold." ...

"That's OK. The 1980s were a hopeful time for actual gun control. This era isn't. But the need to try to find some place in from the margins of the NRA's intimidation and the "to the ramparts" rhetoric of the gun control left is more important than ever. And again, Oak Park has the opportunity to be a leader in this moment. If we take it." ...
 

MN: Gun bill: The cases against it and for it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We strongly oppose the 'shoot first' bill for many reasons, including those cited by Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom ('A bill for the trigger-happy? Bulls-eye,' Feb. 15)."

"In Pennsylvania, a young man just died of a gunshot wound sustained after he knocked on the door of the house he thought was his girlfriend's. The homeowner shot him through the door. 'Shoot first' makes irresponsible, blind shooting like that justifiable by law." ...
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Submitter's Note: A) No it doesn't. 2) MN already has no duty to retreat in the home so passing "Stand Your Ground" would change nothing.
 

Canada: Conservative gun rhetoric born in the U.S.A.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... But ignorance is the least of the Conservatives’ worries; their comments betray a greater confusion — not about history, but about current events. By importing the rhetoric of the American right, the Tories pushed the debate over gun control beyond the limits of reason."

"The gun registry requires gun owners to register their weapons, not to give them up. It is simply absurd to suggest otherwise, or to imply, as the Conservatives are now doing, that registering firearms is a mere prelude to their confiscation by federal bureaucrats with fascist tendencies. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Really? Try telling that to the folks who had their guns "reclassified" by the RCMP.
 

VA: Restaurant Owner Shoots At Armed Robber Who Shot Him In His Garage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A VA restaurant owner and his wife were attacked by an armed robber in their garage. The homeowner was struck once in the collarbone, grabbed a gun from his vehicle and returned fire. The attacker then fled. The homeowner was treated for his injuries and is expected to be fine." ...
 

Hero Teen Mom’s Open Letter to Nebraskans – Pass Victim Protect Act
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"Sarah McKinley, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother who was forced to shoot an armed intruder in her home last New Year’s Eve, has released an open letter to Nebraska residents that supports the efforts of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association (NFOA) and other citizen groups in trying to pass a Victim Protection Act in Nebraska." ...
 

TX: Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Re-Enact Your DGU
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Texas schmexas. A Defensive Gun Use (DGU) is an extremely dangerous event for any law-abiding citizen. Not just in terms of getting shot, stabbed and/or beaten by the bad guy. Also when it comes to staying out of jail. We can’t say this enough: the police are not your friends. The media are not your friends. Your neighbors are not your friends. When you’re looking at the possibility of jail time, your friends are not your friends. ..."
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Submitter's Note: My first permit to carry instructor was a prosecutor for 12 years. His advice? "The only words out of your mouth to the police should be 'I wish to speak with my attorney. I do not consent to any search.'" The 20+ year MPD veteran with him? Same advice. My refresher-course instructor? Same advice.
 

Is Issa approaching the ‘No-More-Mr. Nice-Guy’ point in Fast & Furious?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congressman Darrell Issa yesterday sent a seven-page letter to Attorney General Eric Holder about his and the Justice Department’s uncooperative posture in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, and there were no Valentines attached."

"Clearly, Issa’s frustration is showing in the letter, leading many to wonder just when the California Republican is going to stop playing 'Mr. Nice Guy' and slap Holder with a contempt of Congress citation. Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars dished out some sarcasm about Issa’s letter."

"On the Northwest Firearms forum, they're talking about Issa right now in a thread headlined 'Hey Issa - Pull The Trigger Already!'" ...
 

Follow-Up: Issa tells Fox News ‘American people have right to know’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a blistering interview Wednesday with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Congressman Darrell Issa made it clear that his investigation of Operation Fast and Furious is being stonewalled and he’s tired of it."

"Issa's live interview was a timely follow-up to this column."

"The 7½-minute interview primarily concentrated on Fast and Furious and the investigation mounted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which Issa chairs. It was, in the words of an Issa aide, a 'tough interview' and one of Issa’s five best on the subject. By the time it was over, there was little doubt that Issa wants someone held accountable." ...
 

Issa's Bravado on Fast and Furious Falls Flat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Did Representative Darrell Issa really ask Attorney General Eric Holder to 'specify a date' when the DOJ would turn over subpoenaed documents relating to Fast and Furious? " ...
 

David Hardy's Notes on State Jurisdiction to Prosecute a Federal actor.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This document by attorney David Hardy, author of 'This Is Not An Assault': Penetrating the Web of Official Lies Regarding the Waco Incident, is currently circulating in Arizona legal and political circles. Reprinted, with permission:" ...
"In the context of 'Fast and Furious,' the core issue would be whether the BATFE supervisors honestly and reasonably believed that allowing guns to go to the Mexican drug cartels was necessary to performing their Federal duties. Since they have so far been unable, when explaining their actions to Congress, to come up with any intelligible explanation of how running guns to the cartels served any legal purpose, this would be difficult." ...
 

Obama’s fast and furious spin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"President Obama is using his budget to advance an anti-gun agenda just before the election. One particularly sneaky provision buried deep within his submission to Congress Monday would, if enacted, allow the mistakes of the 'Fast and Furious' gun-walking scandal to be repeated."

"In November, the president signed the Justice Department appropriations bill, which included language from Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, prohibiting federal agencies from facilitating the transfer of an operable firearm to an individual known or suspected to be in a drug cartel, unless they monitor the weapon at all times." ...
 

Fast And Furious Gun Control Plot Was Widely Known
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Scandal: A drug enforcement agent says other agencies knew in 2009 about the Justice Department's gunrunning operation and even tried to interdict the weapons flow. And, yes, it was a gun-control plot."

"The notion that Fast and Furious was a localized operation run out of the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of which few, particularly the arguably clueless Attorney General Eric Holder, were aware continues to be exposed as the lie it is." ...
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Submitter's Note: One simple phrase to describe the actions of this criminal administration it would be: 'above the law'!
 

Is Justice Department Lying About Gun Trafficking?
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"An article in the Washington Free Beacon discusses the 15 year time-to-crime (TTC) statistic that casts significant doubt on DOJ claims regarding firearms trafficking along the southwest border." ...
 

Gunny Wants You To Register To Vote (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Too many Americans, for one reason or another, have chosen to sit on the sidelines by not registering to vote."

"Unfortunately, this includes too many American gun owners. It’s part of my job to do something about that."

"That’s why the NRA Freedom Action Foundation is wasting no time this year to launch our massive 'Trigger the Vote' voter registration drive." ...
 

Romney On Palin Doubting He Is Conservative: "Not Quite Sure What She'd Be Referring To" (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Presidential candidate Mitt Romney responds to Sarah Palin saying she is not convinced he is a conservative during his appearance on Wednesday's 'FOX & Friends.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: If he truly has no idea what she is talking about then he is obviously too brain-damaged to be President. Romney-care, abortion, "assault weapons" ban, etc.
 

Palin Still Not Convinced by GOP Presidential Hopefuls
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... "In an appearance on 'FOX & Friends' just before Palin's, Romney responded to Palin's original comments on 'FOX News Sunday' in which she questioned his conservatism."

"The former Massachusetts governor maintained he was not quite sure why Palin did not think he was conservative enough to be the nominee."

"'I'm pro-life, pro traditional Marriage. I believe in the second amendment,' Romney said."

"Romney also added he's grown more conservative as he has gotten older, which Palin later called a 'good sign.'"
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Submitter's Note: He may "believe in the Second Amendment" but he also believes in "assault weapons" bans.
 

NRA: Register To Vote or Chuck Norris Will Come After You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What do you get when you put Chuck Norris, guns, and young people together?"

"Alas, the answer isn’t a new reality show about a Chuck Norris summer camp. But it is part of the National Rifle Association’s plan to get younger people registered to vote and protect Second Amendment rights."

"'Trigger the Vote,' as it’s being called, will have action star Norris as its chair and funnel millions of dollars into getting young people to register and vote in 2012. ..." ...
 

Mitt Romney Won't Take Stand on UN Guns Treaty
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Dear Friend of the Second Amendment,"

"While most people would rate the economy and jobs as the most important issues in the 2012 Presidential campaign, another issue of overwhelming importance would be the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty."

"Many Americans have never heard of this treaty. But President Obama and Hillary Clinton reversed the position of President Bush and are pushing a UN treaty that could ban large classes of firearms (such as semi-automatic firearms) and license everything else." ...

"There is only one Republican candidate running for President who has not committed to reversing the Obama/Clinton position on the Arms Trade Treaty -- Mitt Romney." ...
 

Video: Rick Santorum Ad Features 'Mitt Romney' With Machine Gun
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"In Michigan, GOP candidate Rick Santorum, who once promised to keep his campaign "positive," has launched a new 30 second ad that shows a Mitt Romney look-alike darting around a parking garage and firing mud from an automatic mud weapon at a cardboard cut-out of Santorum (video below)."

"The 'Rombo' ad (a play on the film 'Rambo') includes a voiceover: 'Romney and his super PAC have spent a staggering $20 million brutally attacking fellow Republicans. Why? Because Romney’s trying to hide from his big-government RomneyCare, and his support for job-killing cap-and-trade.'" ...
 

Boozman Seeks Second Amendment Protection on Corps Land
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Senator John Boozman filed an amendment Monday that would prohibit the Secretary of the Army from enforcing any regulation that keeps an individual from possessing firearms on Army Corps of Engineer Water Resource Development projects or facilities."

"'This amendment would make gun regulations consistent across all federal recreational lands,' Boozman said. 'Law abiding gun owners deserve to defend themselves on federal lands while enjoying the outdoors.'" ...
 

NC: A Win For Concealed Carry In Forsyth County, NC
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Forsyth County (NC) Commissioners voted 4 to 2 to allow concealed carry in all areas of county parks in the county. Unlike the City of Winston-Salem which is located within Forsyth County, the commissioners seem to have listened to their constituents." ...
 

IA: HJR 2005 and HF 2114 watered down in committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"HJR 2005 and HF 2114 were debated in the House Public Safety Committee (PSC) today. Unfortunately for gun owners in Iowa, the true intent of both of these pieces of legislation was evidently lost on the Chairman of the committee. Representative Clel Baudler sided with the Democrat members of the committee, and both bills were watered down to the point of being useless." ...

"... this shows that Representative Baudler is not a friend to firearms owners. He speaks about his love of firearms and his desire to protect the firearms rights of Iowa citizens, but by turning his back on these two important pieces of legislation, he has shown his true colors." ...
 

IA: Iowa Firearms Preemption Bill & RKBA Amendment Pass Committee with Weakening Amendments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two important bills were up in the House Public Safety Committee (HPSC) today."

"HJR 2005, Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment and HF 2114, Iowa Firearm Preemption Act."

"Both of these bills were passed through committee with weakening amendments that are unacceptable." ...
 

IL: McCann introduces bill to eliminate FOID cards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The program that issues mandatory ID cards to gun owners in Illinois would be discontinued under legislation proposed by state Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville."

"Senate Bill 3340 would repeal the Firearms Owner’s Identification Act. McCann said the act prevents law-abiding citizens from exercising their rights under the Second Amendment." ...
 

IL: Manar calls on Chicago mayor to drop gun registry proposal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Macoupin County Board Chairman and candidate for State Senate in the 48th District Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) today called on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to drop a deeply unpopular proposal that would require gun owners to register their handguns and pay a fee or face felony charges."

"'I’m against it. Law-abiding gun owners are against it. And 48th District residents are against it,' Manar said of the proposal. 'Downstate voters are fed up with Chicago dictating to us what they think is best.'" ...
 

VA: Weapon-permit secrecy bill dies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A state Senate committee has killed a bill to close concealed-weapons permit information to public view."

"Del. Mark Cole, R–Spotsylvania, said he brought the bill because he doesn’t think concealed-carry permits should be public, the way marriage licenses and divorce decrees are."

"'This would treat the concealed-carry permit info similar to how we currently treat things like driver’s licenses,' which are not open to the public, Cole said."

"His bill, which had already passed the House, was supported by gun-rights groups, which say publicizing the information could endanger those who get concealed-carry permits for protection." ...
 

NY: Gounardes Pressures Golden on Microstamping
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"With the minority Senate Democrats renewing their push for gun microstamping legislation, Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Goundardes is out with a statement pressuring his opponent, Brooklyn Republican State Sen. Marty Golden, to support the effort."

"Golden, a former police officer, curiously ducked out of the Senate chamber for a phone call when the bill came up for a vote in waning days of the 2010 session — causing Democrats to pull the it from the floor. (Although, a couple more votes, besides Golden’s, were actually needed to pass the bill anyway.)" ...
 

NY: Echoing Bloomberg, Lancman Calls For Congressional Actions On Guns
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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"In the wake of another police shooting last night, Assemblyman Rory Lancman called on Congress to pass the 'Gabby Giffords Bill,' which would close gun loopholes and reform the nation’s firearm background check system."

"'Yesterday, an NYPD officer was shot with an illegal gun, while sitting in Congress there is a bill that would help stop the flow of illegal guns into New York City,' Assemblyman Lancman said. 'Congress needs to do the math – close gun loopholes by passing the Gabby Giffords bill and get serious about protecting police officers and communities in New York and across the country.'" ...
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KABA Note: One eensy-weensy little problem: Rep. Giffords was not shot with a gun purchased at a gun show.
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Calls Schimel's Dog-And-Pony Show Shamelessly Dishonest
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"Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel's dog-and-pony show at the Capitol building was one of the most shamelessly dishonest displays the NYSRPA has seen in a long time."

"Aided by some colleagues in the legislature, Schimel urged passage of her bill A-1157, mandating the use of unworkable firearms microstamping technology, and falsely claimed law enforcement support for her proposal."

"'Police do not support Schimel's bill,' said NYSRPA President Tom King. 'The forensic examiners at the Suffolk County Crime Lab, which is in Schimel's own backyard, say microstamping does not work ...'" ...
 

Forget the Gunwalker Scandal, Customs and Border Patrol is saving us from assault hair dryers. I know I'll sleep better tonight.
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"The assault hair dryer of choice for murderous Mexican drug cartel hair stylists."

"DHS: 'CBP Stops Thousands of Unsafe Hair Dryers'"

"You know, it is impossible to make this insanity up." ...
 

Obama's ATF Director, Anti-Gun Zealot Andrew Traver Transferred Out of Chicago
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"President Obama's pick for ATF director, anti-gun Andrew Traver, has been transferred from his position as special agent in charge of the ATF Chicago Field Division, to head up the Denver division. According to sources, the move came after Traver felt frustrated his confirmation for ATF director had been stalled in the Senate for nearly a year. The estimated cost to transfer Traver is nearly a million taxpayer dollars, all because his feelings are hurt. Traver chose to specifically to work in Chicago, (where his buddies Obama and Rahm hang out) and instead of forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for his transfer, he should stay and finish the job." ...
 

Pentagon working with FAA to open U.S. airspace to combat drones
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"With a growing fleet of combat drones in its arsenal, the Pentagon is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to open U.S. airspace to its robotic aircraft."

"As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the military says the drones that it has spent the last decade accruing need to return to the United States. ... [A]fter the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the military had around 50 drones. Now it owns nearly 7,500."

"These flying robots need to be shipped home at some point, and the military then hopes to station them at various military bases and use them for many purposes. ..."

"These aircraft would be used to help train and retrain the pilots who fly the drones remotely, but they also are likely to find new roles at home ..." ...
 

VA: Patrol car tape leads to suit against ex-deputy (video available)
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"A former Loudoun County sheriff's deputy is facing a federal civil rights lawsuit after a patrol car camera appeared to show him knocking out an unsuspecting target with a blow to the back of the head delivered at a full sprint." ...

"Garcia's lawyer, Victor Glasberg, said the video ... is clear and unambiguous evidence of an unprovoked assault. It shows Garcia standing with his hands in the air next to another deputy and his back turned as Daniel approaches rapidly. Garcia collapses immediately after being struck by the deputy."

"In the lawsuit, Garcia says the blow knocked him unconscious and has left him with permanent brain damage, including headaches, loss of memory and confusion." ...
 

NY: NYPD Quietly Revises Its Deadly Force Policy
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"​The NYPD has quietly revised its Patrol Guide to add a clause that gives officers more leeway in the use of deadly force, despite currently dealing with fallout from a police shooting that left an unarmed teen dead in the Bronx. The revision is based on a 2010 New York Court of Appeals ruling which stated that the decision to fire a gun should be left to an individual officer's discretion."

"The ruling threw out a lawsuit by Tammy Johnson, who was hit by a stray bullet when police began shooting at an armed robber in Harlem. Johnson had her 18-month-old daughter with her at the time."

"However, in that case, the court ruled that officers violated no NYPD guidelines. ..." ...
 

FL: 21 people killed or maimed by speeding cops in Florida since 2004 (video available)
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"The newspaper's analysis of the state's worst high-speed cop crashes revealed:"

"• Many officers were not racing to a crime scene — they were responding to routine calls, speeding for no valid reason or just rushing to work."

"• Speeding cops are often spared severe punishment in the criminal justice system. Cops found at fault for fatal wrecks caused by speeding have faced consequences ranging from no criminal charges to a maximum of 60 days in jail."

"• Inside many police agencies, speeding isn't taken seriously until it results in tragedy. Even then, some cops are disciplined but stay on the job — and the road."

"• The dead include seven police officers who crashed at speeds up to 61 mph over the legal limit." ...
 

CA: A New Way to Punish Oakland Cops?
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"Federal Judge Thelton Henderson and the court monitors overseeing the Oakland Police Department have been frustrated for years by the lack of accountability in the department when it comes to police officer misconduct. Typically, the department places officers accused of wrongdoing on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. But then if internal affairs recommends an officer be disciplined, or even fired, that recommendation often is overturned later by an arbitrator." ...

"Henderson is considering holding officers in contempt of court if they violate a sweeping set of police reforms in the consent decree that stems from the Riders case. ..." ...
 

PA: Philadelphia Man Shot Dead During Argument Over Chihuahua
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"A neighborhood dispute over where a Chihuahua relieved itself leaves one Tacony man dead and his neighbor, a former school police officer, charged with murder." ...

 

TX: Drunk Cop Jose Coronado Shoots Two Brothers
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"A drunk off-duty policeman shot two sober brothers in a bar parking lot, one fatally, as they 'were coming to the rescue of a young woman' a drunk patron had punched in the face, the widow claims in Harris County Court."

"Omar Ventura's widow Rosa Rodriguez and her three minor children, and Ventura's brother Rolando Ventura sued Officer Jose Coronado, the City of Houston and USA Investment Group dba Sherlock's Baker Street Pub and Grill."

"The family claims that 'Officer Coronado was not in fear of his or another's safety - he was drunk. He shot Omar and Rolando without provocation under color of law.'" ...
 

WA: WA hunters push to block confirmation to Wildlife Commission
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"HJR 2005 and HF 2114 were debated in the House Public Safety Committee (PSC) today. Unfortunately for gun owners in Iowa, the true intent of both of these pieces of legislation was evidently lost on the Chairman of the committee. Representative Clel Baudler sided with the Democrat members of the committee, and both bills were watered down to the point of being useless." ...

"... this shows that Representative Baudler is not a friend to firearms owners. He speaks about his love of firearms and his desire to protect the firearms rights of Iowa citizens, but by turning his back on these two important pieces of legislation, he has shown his true colors." ...
 

CO: Gun rights or wrongs?
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"No matter the season, the year, or the weather, customer interest in the rack of guns at Pasternack’s Pawn Shop in Aurora rarely changes."

"Typically, the shop on East Colfax Avenue near Dayton Street sells 25 guns each month, said Scott Pasternack, the owner. And while the last six months have seen a spike, Pasternack said reasons for it are a mystery."

"'I think it’s just the uncertainty of times we’re in, predictions like the Mayan calendar, world ending, all kinds of different things,' Pasternack said with a laugh." ...
 

OH: To bear, or not to bear, Airsoft arms (video available)
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"Airsoft guns."

"Chances are that you have heard of them. The replica guns are meant for adults and young people who want to have fun without the dangers real guns. However, some critics say Airsoft guns are just as dangerous as real ones."

"Airsoft guns were created in Hong Kong and Japan in the late 70's. Civilians there weren't allowed to own guns so manufacturers made some that looked just like them. Decades later, they're incredibly popular, especially with young people. And for some people, that's where the problem lies. Currently, an increasing number of states is cracking down on Airsoft guns. Critics have said the guns look too real. Advocates have said that reasoning is unfair." ...
 

AZ: Stewart District 4-H Shooting Sports awarded NRA grant
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"The Stewart District 4-H Club was recently awarded a grant of $3,173.53 by the National Rifle Association Foundation. The grant money will be used to purchase ammunition, targets, and supplies for the Stewart District 4-H Shotgun program. Cochise County 4-H Shooting Sports currently has members involved in archery, rifle, and shotgun programs. Any currently enrolled 4-H member is encouraged to contact the Shooting Sports leaders and participate, even if they are not specifically enrolled in the shooting sports." ...
 

NJ: 2A Rock Star Alan Gura To Address New Jersey Second Amendment Society
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"Alan Gura is well-known in the RKBA community as the attorney who successfully argued the Heller, McDonald and Ezell cases before the Supreme Court of the United States." ...

"Alan has agreed to deliver his presentation and also to conduct a Q&A session at the end. There is no one more familiar with our constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms than attorney Alan Gura." ...
 

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