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When the solution is more guns
Submitted by: Kurt Hofmann
Website: http://armedandsafe.blogspot.com

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St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom claims that "The Solution is Not More Guns." That's debatable.
 

A 'sideshow issue'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"A 'sideshow issue'?

"I suppose the Mr. Cohens of the world can believe that if they like.

"Others of us have observed the lessons of history. We have done what we can to educate others not only about the evil that is citizen disarmament, but also of our resolve to not be disarmed.

"My prayer is this never becomes what Mr. Cohen would consider an 'A-list topic,' that it never takes over the center ring. My fear is that it will, due to the arrogance of those who think they can forever push, and that those they push will forever yield."
 

Gun control in America, Part III: it doesn't work unless it fails
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is a very good reason more and more Americans are buying more and more guns in 2008 and 2009. With the way crime is handled by our servants, it’s no surprise they bungled the financial crisis. 80 Million gun owners know that crime is not fought by bureaucracy after the fact, it is caught after the fact (sometimes), long after the theft, the rape or the abduction is a completed act, and that crime is either fought on scene during the fact, or it wins every time. Crime wins millions of times every year." ...
 

Friday Afternoon Housekeeping
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"I'm just now getting a moment to post this, a follow-up on my appearance on The Steve Gill Show...

"He was pretty knowledgeable during our chat--he was up on the latest Mayors Against (Your) Guns youth outreach, for example...so it made it easy to keep the conversation flowing, which I like."

Also in this post:
-Gun Owners of Nevada
-Gun Rights Examiners (Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis)
 

Gun law update: Brady Gun-Ban Strategy Outlined
Submitted by: jghilty

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"The powerful gun-ban lobby has developed its own language to color and disguise its true agenda -- the disarming of law-abiding Americans in every way possible, and the end of effective self defense."

"Their latest set of plans -- used as a fund raiser (outlined below) -- is filled with nice sounding terms that put a deceptive spin on their goals. Respect for the Bill of Rights is nowhere to be found, only clever end runs and literal destruction of rights Americans have always had."

"Starkly missing from these plans is any direct attack on criminals -- the whole game plan is aimed at firearms the public holds. It is a product of abject gun fear -- hoplophobia -- that afflicts the people behind the plan. ..." ...
 

Brady Campaign looks on the bright side of Stockton schoolyard massacre
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I've condemned the citizen disarmament movement's 'blood dancing' in response to atrocities committed by sick, evil punks before, but am rarely given such a glaring example of it as this."
"Twenty Years Since A Nightmare:
Stockton, CA School Shooting Of 35
Led To Strengthening Of Gun Laws"
"That's how a citizen disarmament advocate looks on the 'bright side'--if the slaughter of innocent children leads to more restrictive gun laws, that's the price of 'progress.'"
"'Stockton was a critical moment in the history of the fight for sensible gun laws in America,' Helmke said."
"The Stockton massacre was an unmitigated atrocity, and to portray it as anything else is reprehensible." ...
 

The Bipartisan Homeland Security State
Submitted by: Jon Koopman

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"As he prepares to retire, McIntyre has taken the opportunity to warn that the ongoing economic collapse may re-invigorate the moribund white supremacist movement. ..."

"This is emerging as a standard narrative among federal law enforcement agencies: A plummeting economy + the election of a black president = a racist renaissance ... The Regime's publicity arm has already treated the public to several variations on that theme, even though the evidence to support it is thin to the point of translucency."

"The point of all this is not to address a plausible threat, of course, but rather to provide a the proper reductionist framing device so that any tremor of organized resistance to Obama's Neo-New Deal can be interpreted in terms of racial resentments." ...
 

The Stench of Sleaze
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m betting that we will all look back at the confirmation hearings, the controversy over Barack Obama’s birthplace, and the 'Blago' scandal, and say 'Why weren’t we paying more attention?'"

"The Obama administration, before it even takes office, is giving off a stench of sleaze that some in the media might want to ignore, but should be cause for genuine concern." ...

"The controversies circling Erik Holder, the man chosen to be the next Attorney General, deliberately ignored the facts regarding the granting of a Clinton presidential pardon ... he has a long record of opposition to the Second Amendment, i.e., gun ownership. No Attorney General can pick and choose which elements of the Constitution he intends to enforce." ...
 

VA: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Virginia Gun Group to Rally for Concealed Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) will be meeting at the State Capitol in Richmond on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to rally for the elimination of existing gun regulations and the repeal of laws that have prohibited concealed carry permit holders from bringing handguns into schools, churches, government buildings, restaurants and other places of public gathering in the Commonwealth. The holiday commemorates the birthdate of the great civil rights leader and proponent of nonviolence."

"During his life, King spoke out forcefully against the necessity of carrying weapons for self-protection. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: While being protected by armed volunteers.
 

'The Weapon Ban Has Worked Well All These Years'
Submitted by: Larry

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"On Dec. 31, the daily Miami Herald editorialized:"
"'The Bush administration last month gave the National Rifle Association a parting gift by lifting a decades-long ban on concealed weapons in national parks. …'" ...
"Goodness; where to begin?"

"Surely the top priority of the federal government (the reason 'governments are instituted among men') is to protect and defend our liberties, among which one of the foremost is our right to keep and bear arms. (Even the current 'rules change' restores this right only in part. Since most national park visitors come from far away, what are the chances most will have the slightest idea how to obtain the required 'state permit?')" ...
 

Taking a stand against stalkers
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"An article earlier this week reported that approximately 3.4 million people (a little more than 1 in 100 adults) reported being stalked during a 12 month period from 2005-2006." ...
 

It's About the Judgment, Senators
Submitted by: jghilty

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"Looking ahead to today’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, ranking member Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) says he is worried about Holder's 'ability to maintain his independence from the president.' This is the wrong question. The proper question is one of judgment: Does the nominee demonstrate the kind of judgment necessary to advise the President in a responsible and constitutionally appropriate way? There are at least five issues which raise serious questions about Holder’s judgment:"

"Pardoning Terrorists ..."

"Second Amendment Rights ..."

"Sixth Amendment Rights ..."

"Voting Rights ..."

"Marc Rich ..." ...
 

Eric Holder says waterboarding is torture, gun control less likely
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Torture wasn't the only matter addressed by Holder. A long-time supporter of government restrictions on Americans' right to own firearms, Holder conceded during the hearing that last summer's Supreme Court decision in Heller was a 'very significant opinion' that recognized the Second Amendment as protecting individual rights and limited the government's ability to impose gun control laws. Holder says that, should he be confirmed, his actions 'will be guided by that Supreme Court decision.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: See Mike Vanderboegh's take on yesterday's hearing.
 

WRSA Grid-Down Medical Course - Lancaster, PA - February 7-8
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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... "Designed by a retired Emergency Physician with 35 years of Trauma, EMS/Rescue, and instructional experience, this two-day (16 hour) course of instruction will prepare the motivated outdoorsman to treat life and function-threatening medical conditions in the wilderness without access to classical EMS and medical resources."

"This program assumes an injury or illness sustained by a family or work group remote from medical resources by distance, time, or availability over a short to intermediate interval. Our course is a second-generation collaboration by west coast homesteaders/preppers/PAs-nurses-dentists-docs-medics on 'extended' issues relative to a 'grid down' survival scenario requiring medical care." ...
 

MT: Democrats, law enforcement groups line up behind ‘castle doctrine’ bills
Submitted by: jghilty

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"Two bills put before lawmakers Thursday would put on the books a widely recognized right to use a gun on home intruders posing a serious threat, but one Republican says the Legislature needs to go farther in protecting Montanans' Second Amendment rights."

"Sen. Larry Jent, D-Bozeman, and Rep. Kendall Van Dyk, D-Billings, presented their bills in Senate and House hearings Thursday morning with the backing of law-enforcement officials and prosecutors from across the state."

"The identical bills would enshrine the so-called 'Castle Doctrine,' ..." ...
 

CA: Appeals Court hears challenge to ban on gun shows at Alameda County Fair
Submitted by: jghilty

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"A long-running challenge to Alameda County's ban on gun shows at the annual county fair1 in Pleasanton was back before a federal appeals court in San Francisco today."

"Gun show promoters Russell and Sallie Nordyke, of Willows in Glenn County, claim the ban violates their constitutional First Amendment right of free speech and their Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"Their lawyer, Donald Kilmer, told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 'We are asking to be allowed to hold the traditionally law-abiding gun shows held in the country fair for 10 years.'" ...

"The ban was passed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in 1999, in the wake of a shooting at the 1998 fair in which eight people were injured." ...
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1: The show was held on the fairgrounds, not during the fair.
 

NY: Gun law won't scare scarecrows
Submitted by: jghilty

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"That's the question before the York City Council next week. Members are scheduled to vote on an ordinance requiring people to report lost or stolen guns within 72 hours after they discover them missing."

"Maybe that seems like common sense ... Good citizens who have legally purchased firearms would be foolish not to call police if their guns are stolen. That's just what you do when something gets stolen."

"But should it be illegal to fail to do so? Should we run the risk of criminalizing people who, say, have a gun stolen, perhaps by 'friends' or family members, who don't even know their weapons are missing, if they fail to report the loss or theft?"

"Isn't that a little like victimizing the victim?" ...
 

NE: For now, hidden-gun bans stand
Submitted by: jghilty

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"Hub Territory cities can continue to ban the carrying of concealed weapons despite the Nebraska attorney general’s opinion."

"Attorney General Jon Bruning announced an opinion Wednesday that a conceal-carry law passed in 2006 applies to all communities, despite clauses that allowed cities local control."

"Lexington City Manager Joe Pepplitsch said until he hears differently, he will assume that Lexington’s ban remains in effect."

"'An attorney general's opinion has no legal effect. There's a lot of questions about it, but we'll probably take no action,' Pepplitsch said. 'We have an ordinance prohibiting concealed weapons, and it doesn't pre-empt any other laws, so for us it's a nonissue. We're not taking any action on it.'" ...
 

GA: Conviction nixed in deadly botched Ga. drug raid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An appeals court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a former Atlanta police officer sentenced to prison for lying to FBI agents about the killing of a 92-year-old woman during a botched drug raid."

"In tossing out Arthur Tesler's conviction on the state charges, the Georgia Court of Appeals said Fulton County prosecutors failed to prove where the lying took place."

"'Its admitted failure requires us to reverse Tesler's conviction,' Chief Judge Yvette Miller wrote." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

NY: 2 Undercover Narcotics Officers Are Accused of Faking Charges Against 4 Men
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two undercover narcotics officers have been charged with lying about a sting operation in Queens after one of the men they accused of selling drugs produced video evidence showing the officers had had no contact with him or three other men they arrested."

"The two, Police Officer Henry Tavarez, 27, and Detective Stephen Anderson, 33, surrendered to the authorities on Thursday and were arraigned in Queens Supreme Court."

"The charges include conspiracy, unlawful imprisonment and official misconduct, he said. If convicted, they face up to nine years in state prison." ...
 

NV: NLV officers arrested, accused of abuse of power
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They promised to uphold the law, but Thursday night, two North Las Vegas Police officers are in jail, accused of breaking it. News 3's Anita Roman reports that the officers, who have been with the department for just under two years, are accused of abusing their power: using physical force while interviewing a subject and then lying about what happened in the police report. ...

"'I can tell you that the video shows officer Miles hit and throw to the ground the victim in this case, and also records the statements made by the officer and statements made by the man who was the subject,' claims Sgt. Tim Bedwell, North Las Vegas Police." ...
 

Obama Driving Surge in Gun Sales, Firearms Groups Say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"President-elect Barack Obama's election has spurred a surge in gun sales, firearms retailers and enthusiasts say, as gun owners brace for what they believe will be a new era of gun control in Washington."

"An electronic news service that covers outdoor news has even named Obama its 'Gun Salesman of the Year.'"

"Firearms associations began to suspect that political considerations were driving gun sales late last year as the number of background checks increased. But end-of-year figures showed a big spike in background checks for the last three months of 2008 ..."

"'It's not a hard tea leaf to read,' said Jim Shepherd, publisher of ... Outdoor Wire, which claims Obama's election has 'frightened consumers into action.'" ...
 

Barack Obama: The Outdoor Wire's "Gun Salesman of the Year"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In recognition of the unprece­dented demand for firearms by nervous consumers, The Outdoor Wire has named President-elect Barack Obama its 'Gun Salesman of the Year'. For me, it was a simple fact of recognizing that without President-elect Obama's frightening consumers into action, the firearms industry might be suffering the same sort of business slumps that have befallen the automotive and housing industries."

"It's credit where credit is due. Mr. Obama has consistently voted against individual rights to firearms ... That history, along with the unquestioned support of anti-gun organizations has spooked consumers into a buying frenzy for firearms that could be outlawed in another Assault Weapons Ban." ...
 

CO: Counties Can't Keep Up With Concealed Carry Applications
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's an increasing chance the guy sitting or standing next to you is carrying a concealed weapon."

"... the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Thursday it is having trouble keeping up with the workload due to so many new applications statewide." ...

"'The political power is moving to the left, and the power brokers are the radical left. ... Law abiding gun owners get concerned that their Second Amendment rights will be infringed upon,' said Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden."

"Alderden said his office was processing about three to four applications a week before the November election. Now, they are processing an average of 35 a week. He cites studies that he said prove society benefits from concealed weapon permits." ...
 

NY: Plaxico' s gun possession hail mary
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Plaxico Burress' Florida license that covered a rifle and an old, inoperable handgun was seized last month from his Totowa, NJ, home - but he's hoping the permit will stave off new gun charges even though it has expired, a source involved with the case said yesterday."

The license expired because Burress had failed to inform Florida authorities he was moving and the state sent the renewal forms to his old address, the source said.

"'If you have a license and it's expired and not because of any misconduct on the part of the licensee, they typically don't charge you' with weapon possession, the source said." ...
 

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