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Homicide Drop While Gun Ownership Rises Shows Anti-Gunners Wrong, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"This week's revelation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that homicide is no longer among the leading causes of death in the United States – at a time when gun ownership is at an all-time high – shows that the gun ban lobby has been wrong, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"'The CDC's report for 2010 that removes homicide from the top 15 leading causes of death in this country coincides with a period of record high gun ownership,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'At the same time, increasing numbers of citizens have obtained concealed carry permits and licenses. This is pretty strong evidence that rising gun ownership does not translate to more violence and murder.'" ...
 

Will VA’s McDonnell be an acceptable candidate for gun owners?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Here’s what McDonnell is telling us if he thinks it is legitimate to ban law-abiding and peaceable adults from having the means of self-defense on college campuses: If college campuses are safer being 'gun free,' then that principle must hold true everywhere--unless we are to believe crossing an invisible property line puts us under a magic spell where we suddenly lose the self control, morality and judgment we exhibit everywhere else, only to miraculously regain them when we exit the premises." ...
 

How will CeaseFire spin this? Homicide no longer among leading death causes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A blockbuster revelation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported by both the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune, shows that homicide is no longer among the top 15 causes of death in the United States, during a period when firearm ownership and concealed carry is increasing."

"This poses a dilemma for gun prohibitionists at Washington CeaseFire, the Violence Policy Center and Brady Campaign. Of course, all three include firearm-related deaths from suicide and accidents (both still in the Top 10) as 'gun violence,' but that may be a bit misleading. It depends upon one’s personal and political perspective." ...
 

Gun Control. Police State. Connect the Dots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the nice things about debating about the cons and cons of gun control: the real world is full of real-world examples of why gun grabbing is beyond foolish. I've already connected the dots between gun control and the destruction of press freedom, drawing on the lessons provided by Mexico. Today’s case-in-point hails from the land down under. smh.com.au reports . . ." ...
 

CDC: Pneumonia Knocks Murder Off Top 15 Killers List
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'In its annual report on U.S. mortality, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] said a condition known as pneumonitis had replaced murder as a leading cause of death in the country,' Reuters reports. 'The drop in deaths by homicides was expected. Last month, the FBI released a preliminary report on U.S. crime rates for 2010 that showed a 7.1 percent drop in murder between January and June, part of a wider drop in violent crime despite the country's ongoing economic troubles.' I wonder if the dramatic increase in gun sales and concealed carry has anything to do with the drop in crime and homicides—despite the media's fondness for linking hard times with hard crime? Correlation does not imply causation. But still. ..." ...
 

More On The Ruger SR22 Pistol (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is a follow-up to a post I did last week on the introduction of the Ruger SR22 pistol. Ruger just released a video detailing the features of their new SR22 pistol. ..."
 

The Pepper-Box Revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are a lot of cool firearms out there that seem to get lost among our tactical tupperware and ridiculous rifle builds. Every once in a while I run into these guns, and even more occasionally I think they’re weird enough to share. Such as the pepper-box revolver."

"The pepper-box revolver is a handgun with multiple barrels that have been grouped around a central axis. The old firearms are much like the traditional revolvers we now recognize, except each cylinder has its own barrel. ..." ...
 

New from H&K: MR762A1 Gas Piston AR-10
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"H&K manufactures the HK416 for the military market. The gas piston M-4 seems to be working pretty well for them (i.e. it's still here). H&K doesn't hate you that much; they make a civilian upper receiver kit for your purchasing pleasure (also debuting at SHOT). So far so 5.56 NATO. This new rifle, the MR762A1, is a civilian version of H&K’s G28 currently in use in Afghanistan. It's a gas piston operated AR-10 rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO. I've never seen a good implementation of a gas piston in an AR-15 (or AR-10 for that matter), but I'm always on the look out for a new version to change my mind. Press release after the jump . . ." ...
 

New from Benelli: M2 Shotgun, 3-Gun Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The M2 shotgun has been a staple of the 3-gun world, providing accurate fire and a fast cycling action. Turning a bone stock Benelli M2 into a true racegun takes some doing. There’s the magazine extension, bolt release button, magazine well… There’s tons of stuff to replace or modify to make the gun competitive. Benelli just removed that obstacle for shooters by introducing a specialized 3-gun version of their M2 shotgun. $2699 and you’re good to go. Presser after the jump:" ...
 

SERPA Holsters Banned from FLETC
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FLETC, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, is a facility in Georgia where over 90 federal agencies send their new recruits to be trained as law enforcement officers. That includes firearms handling, and is sometimes a recruit’s first time on the range. Needless to say the equipment and skills used and learned at this facility carry some weight with the new recruits, which is why the news that FLETC is now banning the use of Blackhawk SERPA holsters at their facility is so newsworthy." ...
 

New from Benelli: M4 H2O Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Foghorn predicted, in strict accordance with firearms industry practice, gunmakers’ marketing mavens are busy playing variations on a theme; working hard to up the new product round count for the SHOT show. Benelli’s latest stock in trade: the M4 H2O. No it’s not a double-barreled homage to the Australian mermaid saga which has so captivated my 8-year-old. It’s Big Ben’s Marine-compatible scattergun which includes ('for the first time ever') a factory-installed telescoping pistol-grip stock, a full-length magazine tube (7+1 capacity) and NP3 coating. What kinda player is that? Read on McDuff . . ." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Plan for Failure (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hollywood doesn’t call them 'set pieces' for nothing. Even in movies where the good guys’ gunfights go wrong the action has a certain inevitability to it. Stupid stuff is notable by its absence. No bumping into walls by accident. No tripping over things and falling down. No dropping the gun by mistake. No limp wristing. No bystanders causing complete confusion. No excruciating doubts. No insurmountable indecision. No twitching muscles. But those are exactly the kind of problems a self-defense shooter should anticipate. And train for . . ." ...
 

First Time CHL: I’m in the System
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I first started writing for TTAG, I thought that anybody who advocated for constitutional carry was a damn loon. We just let everyone have guns? Madness I tell you. Madness! Then I started going through the Texas concealed carry licensing process like a good citizen and realized the truth about bearing arms . . ." ...
 

RADETEC Handgun Electronic Round Counter. No Really.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The question: is this the accessory you’ve always wished someone would come up with or one of the greatest WTF items in firearms history? ..."
 

New from XS Sights: XTI AR-15 Angle Mount Back-up Iron Sights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The problem with using a scoped firearm in competition shooting is that stage designers LOVE to put really far away targets as well as really close in targets in the same stage. So while a scope might be perfect for that 250 yard shot it might not be so peachy for the 10 yard target. Offset sights fix that issue by providing a second unmagnified option for shooters accessible simply by turning your gun to the side. I did this on my own competition rifle with a pair of back up iron sights I wasn’t using anymore, but now XS Sights has a dedicated pair that come on their own 45 degree offset mounts. Press release after the jump." ...
 

New from Armalite: AR-10A
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Armalite is introducing two new AR-10 rifles at SHOT. Both rifles will bear the designation 'AR-10A,' but they will be two distinct builds (thankfully avoiding my pet peeve of minor differences warranting a completely new model designation). The first (pictured above) will be a Semi-Auto Sniper System, and the second one (after the jump) will be a M4-esque .308 rifle. While that’s cool and everything, the biggest difference with these rifles is that they will be designed to accept Magpul’s .308 PMAG as well as Armalite's typical waffle magazine design. Make the jump for the presser…" ...
 

A year after Tucson shooting people demand change
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Jan. 8th was the one year anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona which left six dead and thirteen wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who is still recovering. On that day hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in Harlem to march in honor victims of gun violence and to demand the government to do something about it." ...
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KABA Note: The headline should read "A year after Tucson shooting fewer people demand change". As shown here and here, between October 2008 and October 2011, support for a handgun ban fell from 29% to 26%. Support for stricter laws on the sale of firearms fell from 49% to 43%, while those favoring the status quo went from 41% to 44%, and those favoring less strict laws, actually rose from 8% to 11%.
 

OH: Taking aim at gun violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Calling on those present to advocate against gun violence, Eigenfeld urged the group to 'reach out, educate and advocate for reasonable legislation and full-scale solutions to stop gun violence perpetrated by those who are prohibited from owning a gun ...'"

"NCJW's Committee to Stop Gun Violence is chaired by Susan Reis. Lori O'Neill, a member of the committee and co-founder of Citizens for Safety, has been a longtime advocate for gun control."

"'In Cleveland, 88 citizens were murdered by guns in 2011, an increase of 20% over 2010,' O'Neill said. 'I am baffled why state and federal legislators won't take common-sense steps to keep guns away from criminals, teenagers and domestic violence abusers.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: 88 people murdered by gun? Must have been one of those magic guns.
 

IL: Nugent touches a nerve
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In today's editorial, which I wrote, I had no intention of ripping the booking of Ted Nugent as the keynote speaker for the Sangamon County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner next month. ... The point of the editorial is in these two paragraphs:"
"In choosing Nugent, organizers will without doubt accomplish their goal of raising money and packing the house. ..."

"But the local GOP also is taking a risk in making Nugent the voice of one of its most significant annual events."
"The risk, of course, is that Nugent's outspokenness might be off-putting to some party members, especially longtime, traditional conservatives. These are the people who favor gun rights, but also favor things like keeping assault rifles out of private-sector use. ..." ...
 

TN: Feeling Ignored, Gun Lobby Threatens to Retaliate Against Harwell and Her Supporters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun lovers are hacked and threatening political reprisals against House Speaker Beth Harwell and her Republican supporters for refusing to expand Second Amendment rights despite the party’s large majority in the legislature. In an alert to supporters, the Tennessee Firearms Association denounces Harwell as an opponent of gun rights. The association went so far as to equate her to Jimmy Naifeh, the old bull of the legislature who was vilified by conservatives when he was speaker during Democratic rule." ...
 

IN: Gun Carrier Shoots at Impostor Police Officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An IN gun carrier was pulled over by an unmarked SUV with red and blue lights. The man became suspicious when the “officer” wasn’t in full uniform as required under state law for officers making a traffic stop. The impostor officer became spooked when he saw the victim’s holstered weapon and the victim actually discharged his weapon at the fake officer." ...
 

IN: Homeowner Shoots 1 Burglar, Captures Another
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An IN man discovered three teens burglarizing his home. When confronted one of the teens was shot in the hand and the homeowner held another at gun point until police arrived. The home was not charged with any crime and the third suspect is at large." ...
 

SC: Don't Mess With South Carolina Women (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 68-year old Greenville, SC woman who used a walker was told to back up by an armed man at her door who was attempting to enter her house. Armed herself, she replied, according to her neighbor, 'I am not going to back up but I will kill you.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Go go Granny!
 

OH: Headline: "Grand Jury - No Indictment For Man Claiming Self Defense" (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WCMH, Columbus' NBC affiliate, is reporting that a Franklin County grand jury looked at the facts from an October 9, 2011 killing of a man who was breaking into a car and decided Wednesday not to indict the neighbor who fired the shot." ...
 

NC: Nice to see good triumph over evil
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every now and then, relatively unique stories pop up about the triumph of good over evil. My favorite types are those containing stark simplicity of old westerns where the good guy shoots the bad guy ..."

"This week, there was a story like that with a very unusual difference: In this one, the 'good guy' was a woman!"

"Yep, my hero for the week is Sarah McKinley from Oklahoma. Somebody was trying to break into her house when she dialed 911."

"She told the dispatcher she had a gun and a newborn baby. The dispatcher told her she could do whatever necessary to protect her son."

"That mother and newborn turned out to be a lethal mixture for one of the intruders. When he broke the door ... she shot and killed him." ...
 

China: Lady Stabbed to Death on the Street, RAW CCTV (disturbing video available)
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"The vicim, 28, female, a stranger to the killer, was passing by the 24 year old man who stopped her and tried to drag her into the nearby KTV. The man was arrested by police on the spot and now charged with murder." ...
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Editor's Note: A man accosts a woman in broad daylight. He spends 10 seconds trying to drag her off the street then starts stabbing her. He spends about 30 seconds stabbing her, pauses and then starts stomping on her. He spends about 30 seconds stomping on her, then breaks off and basically just waits, obviously agitated, pacing back and forth but otherwise doing nothing. ALL WHILE PEOPLE ARE STANDING NEARBY DOING NOTHING! Two people even WALK PAST, making sure to give him plenty of room.

Good thing China has that strict gun control!
 

Ohio concealed handgun license-holder charged for having gun in New York highlights need for passage of H.R. 822
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WBNS, Columbus' CBS affiliate, is reporting that a central Ohio man was behind bars on Monday after he was charged with having a weapon in New York." ...

"In related coverage, New York City's Fox affiliate reported that Tennessee nurse Meredith Graves was arrested Dec. 22 after she tried to check her .32-caliber Kel-Tec pistol at the 9/11 Memorial, and that Indiana jeweler Ryan Jerome, 28, was nabbed after trying to check his .45 Ruger at the Empire State Building on Sept. 27. And a well-known Tea Party activist took a disorderly conduct plea deal today after he was arrested for handing over his unloaded gun to TSA security before getting on a flight at LaGuardia Airport last month." ...
 

New York Makes Meckler Gun Case Go Away
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a resolution that should make the rest of the ever-growing crowd of New York City gun law violators breathe easier, Mark Meckler has settled the charges against him. As nypost.com reports, he’s plead guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and will pay a $250 fine. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course the City wants these cases to go away. These people are poster children for H.R. 822.
 

Some Fast & Furious documents relating to Terry murder could be released
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Washington Times is reporting that some of the documents relating to the slaying of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry – the event that ignited the Fast and Furious scandal – may soon be unsealed, provided the court agrees."

"It would be the first opportunity for public access to at least some of the facts uncovered during the investigation into Terry’s death in a southern Arizona canyon gunfight that involved at least five armed gunmen in December 2010. If the documents do become public in time for review before Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Feb. 2, it could open up a new line of questioning." ...
 

Mexican Roulette
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A deadly gun-running gamble just cost America's ATF chief his job. But the gun lobby gave him little choice but to try." ...

"Bad as 1993 was politically for the ATF, 2011 has been worse. In January, it came out that a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, killed in Arizona in December, was shot with an AK-47 purchased at a gun store near Phoenix by someone under ATF surveillance. ... Operation Fast and Furious ... was an interagency investigation involving not just the ATF, but also the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI, the Arizona U.S. attorney's office, and the Justice Department. It was carried out with the knowledge of the National Security Council." ...
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Submitter's Note: Seriously? "The NRA made me do it"? That's what you're going with?
 

Where Do Romney and Santorum Stand on the 2nd Amendment?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As the links below indicate, there is a great deal of chatter and contention regarding where Romney and Santorum stand on defending your Second Amendment rights."

"One alarming note raised by the National Association for Gun Rights Executive Director, Dudley Brown, is that neither Romney or Santorum -- nor Gingrich, for that matter -- have returned a survey seeking answers to questions important to gun owners." ...

"'My experience shows me that candidates who refuse to return gun rights surveys and answer important Second Amendment questions are almost always hiding something. Hiding anti-gun political views,' Brown said." ...
 

WA: Anti-gun Nickels mulling run for Secretary of State?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"His Wikipedia biography says he didn't graduate from the University of Washington, leaving instead to 'pursue his passion for politics.'"

"He does not appear to have ever held a job in the private sector, unless one counts his stint as a teacher at Harvard University. He's not an attorney, and doesn't seem to have any other job skills."

"Voters in Seattle threw him under the bus after he negotiated a deal that cost the city its NBA basketball franchise ..."

"And now Greg Nickels, the former Seattle mayor who pushed ahead with a parks gun ban he knew was illegal because the State Attorney General told him so ... is reportedly eyeballing another job as a professional politician. ..." ...
 

NY: Microstamping’s Back. In New York. Again. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to the NSSF the New York State Assembly is, once again, considering a bill (AB 1157b) which would require all semi-auto handguns manufactured or sold in the state, '…is manufactured to produce a unique alpha-numeric or geometric code on at least two locations on each expended cartridge case that identifies the make, model, and serial number of the pistol.' Unfortunately there is only one (patented, proprietary), manufacturing technique that will satisfy these requirements. According to Wikipedia, the manufacturer of this technology claims that it will only cost $0.50 to $8.50 per firearm to implement. Section 7 of AB1157 limits the cost to $12 per firearm in a 1,000 gun batch. Theoretically. But you know those devils…" ...
 

NC: Blowing Rock residents target gun amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Internet campaign by the Grass Roots North Carolina organization to persuade members of the Blowing Rock Town Council to vote against a proposed amendment to a town ordinance may have backfired when residents of the town got wind of it."

"Last month, GRNC sent a notice to its members that the town of Blowing Rock was considering an amendment to chapter 15 of the town code regarding weapons on town property to bring the code into compliance with recently modified state statutes. ..."

"The GRNC Internet posting urged its members to call Blowing Rock Mayor J.B. Lawrence, the Blowing Rock Town Council members and other persons and tell them they opposed the proposed ban." ...
 

NY: Councilmen Oppose City Gun Resolution
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"While most City legislators have taken aim at protecting the City’s stringent gun laws, two Queens councilmen have put more lax gun laws in their sights."

"Queens Councilmen Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and rising GOP star Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) have joined Staten Island Republicans Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo to oppose a Council resolution that voiced its displeasure with a bill approved in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives."

"The bill would allow a resident of one state who has a license to carry a concealed handgun to carry that gun in a different state, regardless of individual state law. ..." ...
 

VA: The General Assembly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state's lawmakers are now in Richmond for their long legislative session. ..." ...

"... From the left, look for an attempt to close the so-called gun-show loophole, an intrusive step that would have a statistically unmeasurable effect on crime. From the right, look for ... an effort to repeal Virginia's one-gun-a-month law. That law's defenders ask why anyone needs to buy more than one handgun a month. ..."

"Gun-rights enthusiasts might retort: 'Why does anyone need to publish a newspaper every day? ...' The rejoinder clarifies the defining characteristic of rights, which is that the holders of rights can exercise them at will — without having to tender justifications for others to approve or reject.
 

WA: State lawmaker proposes special NRA license plates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's well documented that Washington is strapped for cash, and a state lawmaker says he has a plan to bring in some extra money by selling a National Rifle Association license plate."

"Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, said he came up with the idea after he noticed the abundance of special license plates around the state." ...

"You might expect support from groups like the Second Amendment Foundation, but that's not necessarily the case."

"'Well, I'm an NRA life member and I don't feel very good about it,' said the foundation's Alan Gottlieb. 'We think it should be a Second Amendment plate ... not singling out any one particular group. We have a lot of groups in the State of Washington who support gun rights'" ...
 

Who is the Real Killer -- Cop or his Taser?
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"On May 10, 2011, 43-year old Allen Kephart died after having a Taser applied to him multiple times by three San Bernardino, California, sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Lake Arrowhead."

"'I feel that my son was murdered, I feel that something has to be done about law enforcement,' says Alfred Kephart, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit in San Bernardino Superior Court, August 30, 2011."

"High profile police related deaths like Allen Kepharts' are pushing activists, families and courts to question whether Tasers or officers are to blame, but the answer to that question is a tricky one." ...
 

RI: Trial video shows Lincoln cop kick (video available)
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"Suspended Lincoln police officer Edward Krawetz sat in court for a second straight day of testimony Thursday, on a charge that prosecutors say is backed up by video from a security camera. That video was shown in court on Wednesday."

"The suspended patrolman is accused of felony assault of a woman outside Twin River slot parlor in Lincoln back in May of 2009."

"Prosecutors say video images from a security camera show Officer Krawetz kicking Donna Levesque of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, in the back of the head after she made a motion toward him with her leg."

"She was sitting on a curb in handcuffs outside Twin River after the police had escorted her out of a bar inside for 'intoxicated, angry and belligerent behavior.'" ...
 

LA: LPSO: Deputy accused of molesting juvenile
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"Chief Deputy Jason Ard confirmed today that a Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy had been arrested and fired after he was accused of molesting a juvenile."

"Ard said Deputy Jeremy Brister, 37, was arrested today for one count of molestation of a juvenile and three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile." ...
 

TN: Officer accused of fraud
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"A Memphis police officer has been charged with computer fraud and lying to FBI officials, authorities announced Wednesday."

"Sean Fritz, 36, an MPD officer who lives in Marion, Ark., was charged with two counts of computer fraud and one count of false statements to a federal agency. He was taken into custody Tuesday, officials said."

"Fritz is accused of twice accessing the FBI's National Crime Information Center database to aid a confidential source for illegal purposes." ...
 

CO: Task force temporarily reduced in Sullivan investigation
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"The task force investigating former sheriff Pat Sullivan has temporarily been reduced by four law enforcement officers, 9Wants to Know has learned."

"The reduction brings the task force to 18 people, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Wednesday."

"The law enforcement officers were released temporarily because investigators are waiting for paperwork and information to come in, Robinson said. He didn't elaborate but did say the officers could return to the task force at a later date." ...

"Sullivan was arrested on Nov. 29, accused of trading methamphetamine for sex with men." ...
 

CA: La Puente Mayor Blames Prison Realignment For Surge In Violent Crime
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"The mayor of La Puente said Thursday that a federal mandate to cut the inmate population in California prisons is to blame for a sharp jump in crimes in the city."

"According to Mayor John Solis, sexual assaults are up about 300 percent and assaults with guns and knives up nearly 150 percent citywide since the realignment plan took effect a few months ago."

"Under the realignment plan, many non-violent offenders end up in the county system instead of state prison and then get released early because of overcrowding."

"Solis believes that makes the perpetrators even bolder." ...
 

WI: Federal jury finds fired police officer guilty in assault case Officer had responded to victim's 911 call
Submitted by: Dave Dworak

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"A jury on Wednesday found fired Milwaukee police officer Ladmarald Cates guilty of violating a woman's civil rights by raping her after he responded to her 911 call in July 2010."

"Despite being acquitted on a second count, Cates, 44, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced April 11. He will likely serve far less time under federal sentencing guidelines." ...
 

CA: Bus Confrontation Caught on Video in Bellflower (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "At the next stop, two LA County sheriff's deputies, one male and one female, boarded the bus and called the passenger by name."

"'They said get off the bus. She then started cursing at (the female deputy). You could tell she had special needs. After that they grab her, she curses him out, calls him a big shot, next thing you know he gives her a big shot,' Green said."

"Green captured the incident with his cell phone's video camera." ...

"'In the Army, they gave us extensive training for rules of engagement. ... This lady didn't do anything, she wasn't combative and he actually turned combative on her,' Green said."

"Green claims the deputies then tried to intimidate him when he refused to hand over his cell phone." ...
 

WA: Another tragedy for anti-gun rally
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"Regarding the Jan. 8 story 'Sorrow over gun violence unlikely to prompt change in federal law,' again a deranged person shooting innocent people gives the anti-gun people a chance to infringe on the constitutional rights of Americans. Statistics are available that show many more crimes are prevented by armed people than are committed by criminals. This story fails to mention those statistics. Please remember the saying that 'when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!'" ...
 

NH: We citizens deserve better representation
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"Is it any wonder that New Hampshire and the nation are at loggerheads over any number of issues? I read with interest the op-ed by Rich Dipentima in the Herald on Wednesday, Jan. 11. As a citizen who believes in the sanctity of the Constitution and more specifically the Second Amendment, I do believe that in general there are places in society for the ownership and carrying of loaded weapons. As a conservative, I am sure that many of my colleagues will have issue with the fact that, for the most part, I agree with him. In my opinion, the unfettered, non-regulation of guns and where you can carry them concealed and loaded is at best irresponsible." ...
 

IL: Second Amendment champ McDonald visits Carmi Rifle Club
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"Carmi Rifle Club's regular Thursday Night Pistol League was anything but regular last week with the surprise visit of Otis McDonald and friends."

"McDonald was one of four plaintiffs from Chicago who filed and won a lawsuit against that city, beating down the city's handgun ban that had been in effect for decades. The suit came on the heels of the Heller vs. Washington, D.C. Supreme Court case ruling that the Second Amendment is an individual right and not subject to belonging to a militia."

"That ruling only applied to Washington, D.C., and as it is not a state, the ruling was not incorporated into the rest of the states until the McDonald vs. Chicago Supreme Court case was won." ...
 

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