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Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee staff on 'Project Gunwalker'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "But also understand that so far, attempts to generate interest among various senate and congressional staffers over the past few days has been a frustrating experience of evasiveness and deflection, and that also is being documented. There is far too much at stake for the brave people who are putting themselves on the line to let this continue. To do so is inexcusable. That's why this is being sent to you as an open letter, published on the Internet to apprise the media and interested citizens of the efforts we are taking to bring this matter to light."

"What do we tell our guys, Mr. Downey?" ...
 

Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, and Armed Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Via Instapundit, here’s UCLA law professor Adam Winkler reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.’s 'complicated history with guns':"
"Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the mid-1950s, as the civil rights movement heated up, King kept firearms for self-protection. In fact, he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon."

"A recipient of constant death threats, King had armed supporters take turns guarding his home and family. He had good reason to fear that the Klan in Alabama was targeting him for assassination." ...


 

'Reason to Own Guns' Tact Shifts Debate in Wrong Direction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The fact is no gun owner need explain why they are entitled to the protection of the Second Amendment any more than any journalist need explain why they are entitled to the protection of the First Amendment. Such is the nature of inalienable rights protected and preserved by the Constitution."
 

Moore Again Less: Filmmaker Flummoxed by Link Between More Guns, Less Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As if to fill the void, a variation on the theme has appeared, especially in the wake of the Tucson shooting. It goes like this -- gun ownership rates climb despite falling crime rates. With any luck, this too will be consigned to the dustbin, but don't hold your breath." ...
 

Racial and Ethnic Divide over Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Columbine High School. The Washington, D.C. sniper. Northern Illinois University. Virginia Tech. Red Lake Indian Reservation. Chicago school children. And now, Tucson, Ariz. In dramatic ways, shooting deaths have horrified, mesmerized and confounded Americans. Yet, an increasing number of people say it is more important to protect the rights of citizens to own guns than to limit those authorized to carry lethal weapons." ...
 

The Arizona Shootings, Gun Violence Research and the Facts vs. The New York Times
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You know you're doing something right when two New York Times columnists, Gail Collins and Nicholas Kristof, attack your research on the same day. Kristof followed up on criticism leveled earlier in the week by others writing for The Times. I must have said something substantial enough to warrant this attention. Let us check the facts." ...
 

Proposed magazine ban another pointless feel-good exercise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday’s introduction of federal legislation to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines may have an impact on gun makes like the folks at Washington-based Olympic Arms — provided it passes, which industry odds-makers here at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show don’t believe has a prayer — but it likely would not prevent a determined nutball from carrying out mayhem, as detailed in yesterday's Seattle Times." ...
 

No Shift Toward Gun Control After Tucson Shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the Tucson shootings, there is no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights. Currently, 49% of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership. ..." ...
 

Gun owners, enthusiasts not necessarily gun nuts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Look into the eyes of the man in the picture."

"He is not one of those end-times loons. Or a militia man from the lunatic fringe. He does not conform to any of the stereotypes some of us want to have of those who see the world in ways different from us." ...
 

An unarmed citizen is a slave
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again, the gun control crowd is exploiting a tragedy in its never-ending campaign to deprive honest citizens of our constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms. The framers of our Constitution didn't include the Second Amendment to protect citizens from each other. They included it to protect citizens from a tyrannical government. They knew the danger first hand. They knew that an unarmed citizen is a slave. And with each passing day, we see the wisdom of their decision. ..." ...
 

Gun control laws, an empty promise
Submitted by: Richard Nascak
Website: http://www.floridacarry.org

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... "In light of the Panama City shooting, and the recent Arizona shooting, the Bonita Springs City Council has decided today to have an armed sheriff's deputy at future council meetings in order to provide the real protection that the laws had only promised. ..."
 

Newsweek's Ben Adler Gripes That 'Conservatives Make Inaccurate Arguments Against Gun Control'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While it's true that courts have not examined the constitutionality on such a ban, it's completely ludicrous to say there is in no way a constitutional issue at play here. Courts invalidate legislation on the grounds of creating an"undue burden" on constitutional rights all the time, as well they should, seeing that the purpose of the Bill of Rights is, well, securing rights to citizens from the abridgement of the government." ...
 

More Leftist Fantasy: Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before I could shift gears from the fantasy of a productive and auspicious state-command society, the talk on Sunday news-ralk television, predictably after the Tucson shooting story has leveled off, turned to gun-control. It is now widely conceded after Supreme Court rulings, that there IS an individual second amendment right to bear arms. So, at least the fantasy is largely set aside that killings can be averted by banning guns. ... And the ONLY people who would have guns would be those who are willing to break the law, like…oh…killers for example. This is demonstrated everywhere gun-control has been tried. But liberals never let the experience of the real world get in the way of a fine fantasy." ...
 

Shooting Sparks Gun Control Debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) divulged on Friday that it plans to combat any attempt by Congress to renegotiate the national policy on guns. U.S. gun policies have been under great scrutiny following the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson ... A posting on the NRA's website expresses sympathies for Giffords and other victims of the violence. However, in a statement released on the same website, the Association pledged to, 'as always, stand front and center in defense of the rights of gun owners.'" ...
 

Gun laws give more than illusions of safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "We can never fully understand the why because the motivation to murder in cold blood is too wholly foreign to our hearts and minds. What we can learn from all of this is the how: How two individuals with such murderous intents were able to get their hands on tools whose sole purpose was to kill and destroy." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yeah, just ask Derrick Bird's victims about illusions of safety.
 

NRA and Some of Its Board Members Have Direct Financial Interests in Stopping Ban on High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines, says VPC
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Board members of the National Rifle Association and its affiliated organization the NRA Foundation, as well as the NRA's lobbying division, have a financial interest in allowing the continued sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in the Arizona mass shooting according to a just-released investigation by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity (CPI). The article, 'High-Capacity Magazine Sellers Raise Millions for NRA,' is available at http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2839/." ...
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KABA Note: Seriously? This is the best you can come up with? The thing is, as soon as a ban goes into effect the price of so-called 'high-cap' mags will double overnight (or more). So wouldn't the retailers be pushing to renew the ban?
 

Who Does the NRA Advocate For?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you stand up for the second amendment, the NRA will stand up for you—that's what the gun rights juggernaut claims, at least. But, increasingly, the lobby's incestuous relationship with the gun manufacturers begs the question[sic]: Is the the NRA advocating for people who own guns? Or the lucrative companies that make them?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Sid, baby, begging the question is a type of logical fallacy. It does not mean 'raises the question'.
 

Re. "American Politics have always been a contact sport" by Morgan Liddick, opinion, Jan. 18
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In this day and age, the right to own and use a gun should not be one of our basic freedoms; repeal the Second Amendment and tone down the violent rhetoric. Save our innocents … respect and love each other. How many more need to die in senseless massacres?"
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Submitter's Note: If you really want to see 'senseless massacres' go ahead and repeal the Second, then try to take peoples' guns.
 

Despite Support For Second Amendment, At Least Half of All Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly 90% of all gun owners in America join other Americans in demanding that more thorough background information be aquired or investigated before a gun sale or permit is issued" ...
 

Better off armed? I think not
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Second Amendment rights were instituted as a protection against the possibility of illegitimate and illegal government in the wake of independence from what was considered the autocratic rule of George III. It was not intended for Americans to use to protect themselves against each other."

"Under present conditions, that type of insurrection is sure to fail and should be unnecessary with democratic institutions and the right to vote." ...
 

KY: Suspect shot during robbery at Louisville store
Submitted by: Gregg Hughes

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... "The store’s owner was inside the office, and after the man received the business cash, the owner shot him multiple times inside the store, said Dwight Mitchell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesman." ...
 

NC: Clerk at Subway shoots robbery suspects, kills one
Submitted by: Gregg Hughes

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"An employee of a Subway restaurant shot two men who were trying to rob the store Monday night, killing one of them and wounding the other, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said." ...
 

GA: RCSO seek second suspect in deadly weekend robbery attempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A would-be robber who was shot and killed by his intended victim was a resident of Covington, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office."

"No criminal charges will be filed against the man who fatally shot the suspect ..." ...
 

FL: Armed Robbery at Bill's Mini Mart in Tallahassee (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Tallahassee Police say 23-year old Andrew Hale entered the convenient store and demanded cash from the clerk. And that's when the tables turned, the clerk retrieved his personal handgun and shot and killed Hale right inside the store." ...
 

Should high-capacity ammo clips be banned? -- Keep big clips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every decent American agrees that the shootings in Arizona were a horrible tragedy. But using that event as a reason to ban high-capacity ammunition clips would accomplish nothing." ...
 

Should high-capacity ammo clips be banned? -- Ban them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All the blather by gun zealots can't hide a basic fact about the tragic shootings in Arizona. Jared Loughner was able to squeeze off 31 rounds without reloading. When his oversized magazine ran out and he paused to insert another clip, a woman grabbed the fresh magazine. Only then were bystanders finally able to subdue him." ...
 

SHOT Shot News
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show – THE annual gathering for the firearms industry – is going on now in Las Vegas."

"So far, there seems to be more derivation and evolution than revolution." ...
 

SHOT Shot Continues With Tag-Team Coverage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gang, as of this entry, the Backwoods Home firearms blog coverage of the shooting industry’s biggest show worldwide continues. I’m tag-teaming out, and what you get henceforth comes via the eyes and ears of my old friend and colleague Russ Lary." ...
 

SHOT Show: Rohrbaugh Firearms R9 is No Range Toy (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Karl Rohbaugh readied himself for iPhone immortality, the gunmaker shuffled the five pocket pistols on the glass countertop like a Las Vegas poker dealer. Within seconds all the guns were sitting dead center on their assigned black mats, all facing the same way. I realized that Rohrbaugh Firearms’ main man is a fellow OCD sufferer. Actually, I made the diagnosis even before I’d caught his attention, when I first racked the slide on one of his mini-marvels. It felt like all semi slides should: smooth, precise, solid, sexy. The double action-only trigger pull was as long as a midsummer’s night dream, but the R9 still felt like a lion amongst ladies’ guns. So, one mouse gun to rule them all? Well, that depends . . ." ...
 

SHOT Show: SIG SAUER SIG50 = New McMillan TAC-50
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'We needed an anti-material rifle for international customers.' How Tony Stark does that sound? Of course, the real world of military sales is not all Iron Man suits and Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s about negotiating a bureaucratic labyrinth with so many moving parts it makes a Patek Phillippe Grand Complication look like a Swatch. Or making a McMillan TAC-50 look like a SIG50. Dave Grimshaw was the man who made that happen; he’s surprisingly candid about the rifle’s genesis. Still, it’s who you know, not what you clone." ...
 

SHOT Show: New Guns. Blue Guns. This Gun’s Not For You Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Blue guns are not new guns but they are good for you guns. For self-defense defenders defending in a crusade that’s never ending, a blue gun is one of the few guns that’s totally safe for you guns. A model gun is another fun gun when there’s no battle to be won. But bad things can be done when faced one-on-one. ..."
 

Mandatory gun training the answer to gun control debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "For gun control advocates to blame the Glock semi-automatic handgun or the 33-round extended clip is wrong and injudicious. As a liberal and supporter of controls, like closing gun show loopholes, I owned handguns and know that the weapon is benign until there is a hand on the trigger. It is the person."

"For ownership advocates to declare that gun ownership is an absolute right is equally as injudicious. Nothing is absolute, except death. With gun ownership falls the responsibility of safe, proper and astute handling of that firearm." ...
 

 

Tucson shooting should be teaching moment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Ultimately, no one will ever truly know exactly why Loughner fired his gun, and it is irresponsible for anyone to try making political hay out of this tragedy—but that doesn’t mean we can’t examine our political rhetoric and try elevating the discourse in this country." ...
 

Arizona Shootings, Second Amendment and Aaron Zelman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The shootings of at least 18 people (6 killed, at least 12 wounded) in Tucson, Arizona, has predictably ignited a firestorm of anti-gun, anti-right, and anti-anything not 'liberal' diatribes from the typical big government talking heads in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Anti-freedom congressmen railed for more gun control, including resurrecting Bill Clinton's so-called Assault Weapons ban, and other laws restricting 'high capacity' magazines (the assailant reportedly used a Glock 9mm in the attack)." ...
 

The framers never figured on right to bear a Glock
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since the shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others in Arizona, most of the debate has tended to focus on questions of what more stringent gun-control measures are needed and how mentally unstable persons can be prohibited from purchasing weapons. I suggest we also re-examine what the authors of the Second Amendment had in mind by the word 'Arms' when they wrote: 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: While we're at it, let's look at what they had in mind by the words "religion", "speech" and "press" in the First Amendment, and the phrase "houses, papers, and effects" in the Fourth . . . is this a road you really want to embark upon?
 

Firearms need stricter purchasing requirements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While owning firearms in this country is a right preserved by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, something must be done to make it more difficult for firearms to fall into the wrong hands." ...
 

Reid Opens The Door To Longer Background Checks For Gun Purchasers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday appeared to open the door to pushing legislation that would revamp the waiting period and background checks administered to prospective gun purchasers." ...

"'There should be a waiting period for the purchase of a handgun to stop someone who has mental problems from buying a gun. We can check instantly, it is so easy to do,' Reid said, according to a transcript of the show." ...
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Submitter's Note: Say didn't Waye LePew -ahem- I mean LaPierre say that Reid "is a true champion of the Second Amendment back in Washington, DC"? Didn't Cyndi Lauper sing a song about Harry?
 

Cheney opens door to tighter gun restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a staunch gun advocate, says tighter weapons regulations might be 'appropriate' to prevent another tragedy like the Arizona mass shootings ..."

"Cheney, an avid hunter, said he is 'willing to listen to ideas' on how to better control the purchase and use of firearms." ...
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Submitter's Note: Don't be a Dick. As for 'ideas', here's one for ya Dickie-boy: Molôn labe.
 

Dick Cheney: 'Maybe It's Appropriate' To Limit Gun Magazine Size (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a stalwart Second Amendment rights activist and notorious hunter, appeared to open the door to some form of future gun-control legislation in a recent interview with NBC News." ...
 

Proposed ban of high-capacity ammunition introduced in Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "'The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly. These high-capacity clips should not be on the market,' Lautenberg said in a news release." ...

"The proposed bill also would exempt law enforcement, those protecting nuclear materials and retired law enforcement that have devices transferred to them at retirement." ...
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Submitter's Note: Okay Frank, then please explain the circumstances under which LEOs would find it desireable "to kill a lot of people very quickly".
 

Will Obama mention gun control in his State of the Union?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now that Dick Cheney has opened the door to tighter gun restrictions, will President Barack Obama do the same?"

"That politically dicey question is playing out behind the scenes in the run-up to next week's State of the Union. In the aftermath of the Tucson shooting ... gun control groups and some Democratic members of Congress are pushing to get the president to directly address the issue of gun violence in his speech to Congress next Tuesday, according to gun control advocates and congressional aides, who asked for anonymity." ...
 

Broun wrong on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Athens-area Congressman Paul Broun has spoken publicly regarding his view that the Second Amendment to the Constitution, containing the right of the people to keep and bear arms, is designed to empower the people to rise up and oppose a tyrannical federal government by force."

"This radical anti-government view is both wrong on the merits and highly inflammatory. ..." ...
 

TX: Should Council Members Arm Themselves During Meetings?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should Corpus Christi city council members or those who have a concealed handgun license be allowed to arm themselves during city council meetings? It's a question that comes on the heels of recent shootings across the country."

"At least one council member thinks it should be allowed as a form of protection. However, others say not so fast. ..." ...
 

MT: Lawmakers Stay the Course After Arizona Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following the recent shooting rampage in Arizona, members of Montana’s federal delegation said they would not allow the tragedy to affect what they see as a vital part of the democratic process: access by constituents to their elected representatives." ...
 

FL: Taking aim at privacy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This year’s regular session of the Florida Legislature is expected to consider several bills expanding the rights of gun owners. But one measure aimed at physicians is way off target."

"Legislation sponsored by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, would make it a felony for a doctor to ask a patient if he has a firearm in his home. Doctors who violate the law could be fined up to $5 million or face up to five years in jail."

"Just for asking a question." ...
 

KY: Area lawmakers divided over congressional response to Arizona shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Only one area lawmaker — Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville — believes Congress should pass new restrictions on ammunition clips in response to the mass shootings earlier this month in Arizona." ...
 

CA: Fresno Judge Shoots Down State Ammunition Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A shot in the dark; that's what gun enthusiasts thought they had."

"'Big win for the industry. One more thing we were going to have to battle that could harm us as a whole,' Will Ayres, who works at The Range Pistol Club, said."

"For Ron Tipps, it's a bullet to his rights."
 

NY: Status quo: Arizona shooting does little to change how local politicians interact with public
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite the Tucson, Ariz., shooting, during which a gunman shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head and killed six others, several New York politicians have indicated that they don't plan to change how they meet with constituents. Giffords (D-Ariz.) was meeting with constituents outside a grocery store when the shooting unfolded. Following the tragedy, Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said they planned to carry guns." ...
 

WY: Wyoming Senate committee OKs concealed-carry bills
Submitted by: Paul Worden

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"Despite opposition from some police organizations, a Wyoming Senate committee on Tuesday recommended approval of a bill that would place the state among just a few others nationwide that allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit." ...
 

IA: City’s response to new gun laws is just, sensible
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The recent shift in state gun laws has prompted the Iowa City City Council to consider a resolution banning firearms on city property. The Iowa City Public Library is planning a similar measure. Even with the understanding that the U.S. Constitution allows for citizens to arm themselves, both of these restrictions are eminently reasonable and deserve the support of Iowa City residents." ...
 

'Project Gunwalker': Another angle from which to bring the heat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The last four are especially important, because they provide a good deal of helpful advice on what you can do to help bring the disinfectant power of sunlight to bear on this sordid mess. Basically, senators and their staffers urged to investigate this have so far been, to put it charitably . . . underwhelming, in their response. Since the BATFE whistleblowers are risking their livelihoods, their freedom, and perhaps more (remember Jay Dobyns?), they are going to need the kind of protection that only Congress can give them (particularly in light of how far up the executive branch this rot appears to have run), and Congress is apparently going to need some arm-twisting to motivate them to become involved." ...
 

Sources, Timeline & Summary of the ATF "Project Gunwalker" scandal and the death of BP agent Brian Terry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Summary: For many months the ATF's 'Project Gunrunner' initiative was under fire for poor management, exaggerated statistics, etc. Floundering to carry out an agenda that wasn't entirely covered by the law, stung by poor publicity and an Inspector General's report that excoriated their performance, it is alleged by ATF's own agents that the Phoenix office of ATF began a policy of 'walking' semi-automatic rifles south of the border -- at first with a wink and a nod, later, according to one agent:"
""(The agency was) not only looking the other way but actually facilitating trafficking, threatening and punishing agents who voiced objections, ..." ...
 

TSA makes ‘nominal’ payment to settle suit over exposing 24-year-old’s breasts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A woman who had her breasts exposed during an airport search by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was to receive a 'nominal' payment as a part of a settlement agreement, according to documents released this week." ...
 

Shielding Reality
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Take the time on this holiday to read SF Weekly's fascinating and troubling look from last week at Bait Car, a reality show on TruTv."

"The show’s producers, collaborating with the San Francisco Police Department, sprinkled cars around the city, keys in them, engines left running. The bait cars were wired for video, and police, producers and camera operators lurked around the scene waiting to catch who might hop in and drive away, handcuffs at the ready."

"Why’d the piece give me the skeevies? Besides the traditional concerns of entrapment, there’s a colorable case that some of the drivers weren’t up to anything other than moving the mysteriously abandoned cars out of traffic lanes ..." ...
 

TX: Records reveal details of police officer's sexual assault charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jason Hignight, 32, resigned as a Lubbock police officer shortly before detectives arrested him Tuesday evening. Hignight is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child." ...

"According to the police reports, Hignight's two adopted daughters, ages 16 and 12, were interviewed by police about the allegations after the mother of the girls brought them to the police department." ...
 

FL: Man Arrested at MIA for Taking Photos
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But it does say police became even more suspicious after they questioned him and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent."

"The news report also says the sensitive areas he was photographing were buildings, runways, surveillance cameras and "restricted areas," which apparently are the same TSA checkpoints we are allowed to photograph."

"These areas are so sensitive that WSVN did not hesitate to videotape them to include in its news report." ...
 

NY: NYPD actually 'buys back' missing gun stolen from 103rd Precinct locker
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun swiped from a police lieutenant's locker - sparking a probe into whether it was an inside job by disgruntled officers - was sold to an NYPD buyback program for $100." ...
 

FL: Florida police chief charged with thwarting rape case against friend
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"A central Florida police chief has been arrested and charged with derailing an investigation into the alleged rape of a minor in order to protect a friend."

"Windermere, Florida, Police Chief Daniel Saylor, 44, was arrested Wednesday morning on felony charges of official misconduct and unlawful compensation for official behavior, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement." ...
 

MA: Arlington Man Loses Gun License Due To Blog About Tucson Shooting
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"A blog threatening members of Congress in the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shooting has prompted Arlington police to temporarily suspend the firearms license of an Arlington man." ...
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KABA Note: So he isn't charged with a crime, they just took his property.
 

WA: Snohomish deputy arrested in assault case
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"Snohomish County sheriff's officers say an off-duty deputy has been arrested for investigation of a domestic violence assault." ...
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Submitter's Note: Oddly enough, the deputy remains uncharged and unnamed.
 

MI: Police officer's career ends after conduct during President Obama's Kalamazoo Central commencement address
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"He flashed his police badge, insisted on special parking privileges, even dropped the name of his brother, a Secret Service agent."

"In the end, Mark Laster’s reluctance to wait in line along with everyone else to see President Barack Obama led to the officer retiring early after 23 years with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety." ...
 

Canada: Victim of alleged police brutality still in custody: family
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"The family of a man who was allegedly kicked in the face by police during an arrest in Kelowna, B.C. says he remains in custody more than 24 hours later."

"Mounties pulled over Buddy Tavares' truck on Friday while responding to reports of shots fired at the Harvest Golf Club."

"Video of the arrest shows Tavares kneeling on the street when an officer appears to wind up and kick him. When another officer rolls him over, his face is covered in blood and there appears to be a pool of blood where he was lying." ...
 

AZ: Despite shooting, Brewer sees no reason to limit ammunition sales
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... "It was when [the Tucson shooter] needed that other clip, witnesses said, they were able to stop him."

"But Gov. Jan Brewer told Capitol Media Services she sees no reason for Arizona to limit the sale of these high‑capacity magazine. Neither does Senate President Russell Pearce."

"And House Speaker Kirk Adams said through a spokesman he has no plans to alter any of Arizona's gun laws." ...
 

CA: Why not require thumbprints to purchase gas?
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... "It is clear the most likely way for one to die either at the hands of a stranger or by lapse in judgment is by car and not by gun despite the fact there are more guns out there than vehicles."

"Any wrongful death inflicted by another should not be tolerated. Yet we spend considerable time in an uproar over guns and how to regulate them and the people who own them and hardly a whimper about the more deadly weapons on four wheels." ...
 

SD: No charges against Nugent
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"Rocker Ted Nugent will not be charged with a hunting violation in connection with his hunt last fall on a pheasant preserve near Hot Springs, state law enforcement officials have decided." ...
 

Canada: Guns are a way of life in the U.S.
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"I believe that there are many differences between Americans and Canadians, not least of which is our attitudes toward guns."

"Any major gun incident in Canada is immediately followed by cries for more gun regulation, while in the U.S., one week after the Tucson, Ariz. massacre, at a gun fair, handgun and ammunition sales have spiked dramatically." ...
 

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