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New York City deleted from MAIG member roster
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"... That page features a scrolling list of member cities with one noticeable absence: MAIG's and Michael Bloomberg’s flagship New York City." ...
 

‘Stand Your Ground’ rally attendees brave cold to support gun rights in Ohio
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Per a post by Noice on Facebook after the event, other grassroots groups with a presence at the rally included 'Central Ohio Carry, Ohio Carry, Northeast Ohio Carry [and] Southwest Ohio Carry. We were all there in force!'" ...
 

Alan Gottlieb and Pete Brownell interviewed (Audio story)
Submitted by: Paul Lathrop/ Polite Society Podcast
Website: http://politicsandguns.com

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"Rob: An armed society is a polite society.. and welcome to the Polite Society Podcast where we support and report on civilian self-defense."

"Paul: We’re recording today’s episode on Sunday, the 19th of January, 2014. I’m Paul Lathrop"

"Rob: I’m Rob Morse, on this show we have an interview with Allen Gottlieb and Pete Brownell" ...
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Submitter's Note: On the Polite Society Podcast Alan Gottlieb is interviewed about the state of gun rights in the US, and the coming GRPC conference in Chicago in September.

Also Pete Brownell is interviewed about moves his company is making and the state of the forearms business community.
 

IA: Intruder reportedly shot in Des Moines home invasion
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two people have been arrested in a home invasion on Des Moines’ northwest side early Thursday in which a homeowner reportedly shot an intruder."

"Police have charged Jesus Diaz and a juvenile friend with second-degree burglary."

"Police were called around 4:03 a.m. about an attempted burglary in the 3100 block of Jefferson Avenue. The suspects allegedly forced open a door. One of the residents fired a handgun, hitting one suspect in the arm, police said." ...
 

IA: INTRUDER SHOT: Home Owner Shoots Man Busting In (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Des Moines police say a man was within his rights for shooting a man who broke into his home."

"The incident happened on the 1200 block of 39th street on the city’s north side around midnight Saturday."

"According to the police report, Charlie Bell, a black male from Des Moines pounded on the front and back doors at the home of 58-year-old, Randy Cornell."

"Police say Bell eventually busted his way in, charged towards Cornell, and grabbed him."

"At that time, Cornell thinking he was being robbed fired two shots, one hitting bell in the stomach." ...
 

IA: Des Moines records 7 residential invasions so far in '14
Submitted by: Donald W Bohlken

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"Des Moines police spent the first weeks of 2014 searching for suspects who have broken into occupied homes and, in some instances, violently accosted the homes’ residents." ...

"This year’s other home invasions occurred:

• Jan. 2, when two men reportedly forced open the door to a home in the 3100 block of Jefferson Street about 4 a.m. The homeowner fired a gun at the suspects, striking one in the arm. Both suspects were arrested.

• Jan. 5, when a man allegedly broke into a house in the 1200 block of 39th Street and attacked the homeowner, asking him if he knew a third person. The homeowner shot the suspect. Authorities have identified the suspect, but no charges have been filed." ...
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Submitter's Note: During this month, armed homeowners in Des Moines stopped two home invasions by shooting and wounding the perpetrators.
 

2nd Amendment rallies across the country over weekend, attendance varied (video available))
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Volunteer grassroots organization Gun Rights Across America mounted a campaign over the weekend to rally pro-2A gun owners and gun-rights activists in every state capitol in the country."

"Largely organized through social media, GRAA celebrated its second annual Gun’s Across America event . From Salem to Des Moines and Boise to Montgomery, pro-second amendment activists held rallies yesterday at noon."

"Last year thousands gathered all across the country in honor of Gun Appreciation Day, but this year attendance varied. In many areas, this was chalked up to poorly organized state-level chapters of the new movement." ...
 

Pro-gun 'Stand Your Ground' Sunday rallies set at all 50 state capitals
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In a preemptive move to put state political leaders on notice, gun advocates are planning protests Sunday at all 50 state capitals to warn elected officials that they won't sit idly by and watch their Second Amendment rights be destroyed."

"'We're trying to be very proactive right now,' said Eric Reed, president of Gun Rights Across America, which is organizing the rallies. 'I don't want to see the gun grabbers get a jump on our constitutionally protected rights,' he told Secrets."

"The protest is called 'Stand Your Ground' and takes place at 'high noon.' The phrase 'stand your ground' is also the nickname given to laws that let citizens used deadly force when threatened." ...
 

LA: Stand Your Ground rally promotes gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Within sight of the finish line of Sunday’s Louisiana Marathon, on the steps of the state Capitol, Gun Rights Across America held its second annual Stand Your Ground rally."

"At every State Capitol in the United States, people gathered to show their support through the grassroots effort to promote the Second Amendment and to take a stand against what they see as the infringements of the right to bear arms."

"In Louisiana, some sat on the seats of motorcycles and listened, others stood holding signs and others leaned on strollers while holding the hands of their children." ...
 

NH: 'Stand Your Ground' rally highlights women fighting for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"At the Gun Rights Across America 'Stand Your Ground' rally in Concord today, women proved they too want their gun rights. The emcee of the event was Susan Olsen of Gun Rights Across America and two of the speakers were women: Jenn Coffey of 2nd Amendment Sisters and Donna Deluca Murphy of 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control. There were many women also in attendance. These women defy the false narrative of the anti-2nd Amendment crowd across the Granite State and the country that often portray those who believe in their Constitutional Right as males (often as extremists or rednecks but always males)." ...
 

PA: Gun rights advocates rally on steps of the capitol (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun rights advocates took to the State Capitol in Harrisburg Sunday to stand up for their second amendment rights. Gun Rights Across America, a volunteer organization made up of gun owners and gun rights advocates rallied on the capitol steps. Members of the group say they want to stand up for their constitutional rights to keep and bear arms." ...
 

IL: Gun Owners Rally To Defend Second Amendment (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Still in the fight. That's the message local gun owners hope to send elected officials by rallying at the state capitol. The rally was hosted by Gun Rights Across America."

"While the passing of concealed carry in Illinois is a major victory for gun supporters, those at today's rally say the fight to protect Americans' second amendment rights is far from over."

"'We feel like after fighting the gun wars of years ago, that we've won,' said Tom Shafer of the Sangamon County Rifle Association. ..." ...

"'Big victory, but just the beginning. We got the bill. It's not a great bill, but this is where we start. We start etching away at it and get the bill that we really need to protect ourselves," said Shannon Workman of Gun Rights Across America." ...
 

AL: Gun Rights Rally At The State Capital (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Dozens of people came to the state capitol in support of the Gun Rights Across America Second Amendment Rally, and they say tighter gun laws are not the answer to violence."

"Nearly 50 people gathered for this year's rally. Many with signs and flags to voice their opinions on gun legislation."

"'Without the second amendment, the constitution is going to fall completely. Everything will go after that,' says Paul Strange, a rally attendee. Peter Carroll, another rally goer and Montgomery resident says, 'I think tighter gun control is not the answer. It's tighter crime control is what we need.'" ...
 

WA: Gun owners rally for 2nd Amendment rights in Olympia
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Mike Bessette’s attire reflected the mood at Saturday’s rally for gun rights on the grounds of the state Capitol. The Gig Harbor man wore a shirt emblazoned with stars and stripes. On his back hung a sign with the words “Law-abiding gun owner” and a bull’s-eye target."

"'It’s not the law-abiding citizens that are the problem, but we’re the ones being targeted,' Bessette explained."

"Part of a nationwide series of rallies, the Washington State Guns Across America event drew an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 1,000 people opposed to new restrictions on gun ownership. Dozens waved American flags. Many wore pistols on their hips or carried semiautomatic rifles slung over their shoulders." ...
 

RI: Hundreds demonstrate at State House for Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A crowd of hundreds braved a punishing winter wind Sunday to demonstrate on the front steps of the State House in support of Second Amendment rights they assert are threatened by bills the General Assembly will consider this session — and by legislative agendas certain candidates for higher office hope to advance in this election year."

"The rally, one of 50 such events planned for every state by Gun Rights Across America, was organized by Ed Doyle, Rhode Island administrator for the national group, who spoke of the 'power of the grass-roots American' in his address to the crowd, which stood in crisp January sunshine that did little to mitigate the cold." ...
 

TX: Open carry debate dominates Capitol gun rally
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"More than 100 gun rights supporters, including several Republican candidates for statewide office and a former presidential candidate, rallied Sunday at the state Capitol against further restrictions on carrying firearms."

"'If we don't exercise the freedoms that we have, then they're going to get taken away,' Gary Johnson, a former Libertarian presidential candidate and former governor of New Mexico, told about 150 demonstrators."

"The rally was part of a 50-state Second Amendment event organized by Gun Rights Across America."

"Protesters carried the famous 'Come and Take It' flag and signs with phrases such as 'Give me liberty or I'll get up and get it myself' and 'Legalize open carry.'" ...
 

CA: CA Senator Blatantly Lies About Guns In Press Conference (video available)
Submitted by: mynameisfoxtrot.com
Website: http://www.mynameisfoxtrot.com

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... "Senator de Leon seems to confuse 80% complete metal lowers and 3D printed weapons ... He seems to think that any firearm created at home, metal or otherwise, cannot be detected by a metal detector. He also seems to think that these so called ghost guns have a mythical super power that not only changes their caliber but also allows them to fire an incredibly high rate of fire. Here is a direct quote from de Leon about the so called ghost guns:" ...
 

OR: Oregon gun group says senator ‘lying’ about ‘registration’ bill
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'So the question is how is this not a registration bill?' OFF asked." ...
 

Sen. Leahy on NSA spying: We need to stop government from controlling American people (video available)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency."

"Speaking on 'Fox News Sunday,' the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nation’s lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people."

"'I think that we are going to maintain our ability to protect the United States,' Leahy began. 'That’s extremely important.'"

"'The concern everybody has is allowing our government to have such a reach into your private life, my private life, and everybody else’s, that we are, we have the government controlling us instead of us controlling the government.'" ...
 

TX: Man gives change to homeless person, is handcuffed and held by police for an hour (video story)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Greg Snider was in a Houston, Texas parking lot, on the phone making a business call. While in the lot, a homeless man approached his car and asked forchange. Snider gave him 75 cents and then drove off. KPRC Local 2 News reported on the shocking thing that happened next."

"When Snider pulled onto a nearby freeway, a police car pulled him to the side. Greg was surprised by how aggressive the officer was, telling KPRC, 'He's screaming. He's yelling. He's telling me to get out of the car. He's telling me to put my hands on the hood…They're like, 'We saw you downtown. We saw what you did.’ And I was like, 'Are you kidding me? I gave a homeless man 75 cents.'"

"He was dragged out of his car and handcuffed. So what was it that police insisted Mr. Snider had done? Give that homeless man drugs. ..." ...
 

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