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Seattle Homicide Stats Don’t Support Nickels Gun Ban Scheme, Says SAF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Homicide statistics for 2008 in Seattle do not justify a proposal by anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels to ban legally-carried handguns from public property, nor his plan to lobby for a change in the state’s preemption law, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation said today."

"'Less than half of Seattle’s homicides in 2008 involved firearms,' noted SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, 'and about one-third were gang-related. Yet Mayor Nickels would have the public believe there is a dire need to violate state statute and the civil rights of law-abiding gun owners, by challenging a state preemption statute that has stood for more than two decades as a model of efficiency and effectiveness that other states have copied.'" ...
 

"Some people simply shouldn't have guns"
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"I've said for years anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian.

"Thing is, we're surrounded by all kinds of people who can't be trusted with all kinds of things."
 

"The Republic will always have need for heroes."
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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On 5 April, 1973, Robert Heinlein, noted science fiction author and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, delivered the James Forrestal Memorial Lecture to the Brigade of Midshipmen at his alma mater. . .

It was a time of turmoil and doubt. . . .American soldiers were coming home from the second . . . unpopular war in a generation. Midshipmen in Heinlein's time proudly wore their uniforms off post and were hailed . . . By 1973, Naval and Marine officer candidates rarely wore their uniforms off post, for when they did, the girls would spit on them and call them "babykillers."

As for Heinlein, he had no doubts, and in his speech he tried to get across to the midshipmen that they should have none either. ...
 

What I don't understand about 'pragmatism'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I had pretty much made up my mind to step away from the rancorous, and apparently endless, debate between the 'pragmatists,' on the one hand, and the '3 percenters,' on the other. It's an argument that will pretty clearly never be 'won' by anyone, except perhaps the citizen disarmament advocates. After catching up on my reading ... and seeing the intensity of vitriol* some of the more outraged 'prags' have seen fit to direct at Mr. Vanderboegh and his 'merry band,' I feel compelled to once again wade into the fray." ...

"As far as the 'prags' go, I don't consider them cowards, or collaborators, or many of the other insults that '3 percenters' have tossed their way. I do consider them vastly overly optimistic ..." ...
 

Some don't understand Second Amendment
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Dan Thomasson's Dec. 10 column, 'Guns in National Parks will cause mayhem,' was a very-overdone attempt to sensationalize something small into something big. Basically, the change is whatever concealed-carry law a state has, it will also apply to national parks within the state. Nothing really earth shattering. Since concealed-carry permit holders are not shooting up their home towns, they will probably not begin shooting up national parks. I don't see anything to be alarmed about here. There is however, something alarming about a national syndicated columnist demonstrating such ignorance and arrogance concerning the Constitution and Supreme Court." ...
 

More Gun Talk
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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Tom Gresham asked me to join him on his nationally-syndicated radio show this Sunday to discuss "doing the 'crystal ball' look at 2009." I'll be on at 2:00 pm Central, so figure it out for your time zone and tune in by clicking on "Listen" on his site.

For those of you who didn't hear it, here's the podcast link for the last time I was on (scroll down to November 2, Part A).

These things are always fun.
 

The fallout from Heller in California
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Since I have not written about gun issues recently, I felt that it was necessary to discuss two recent California Court of Appeals decisions that alluded to District of Columbia v. Heller, as well as what is happening in D.C. in response to Heller, as well as the Plaxico Burress situation. I would best sum up this week’s writing by noting that the NRA should giver some praise to Darrell Steinberg, Jim Brulte and Kevin Shelley."

"In terms of California, discrete divisions of the California Court of Appeals handed down 2 published in the last 2 weeks." ...
 

The ten manliest firearms
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"This was a hard piece to write, because guns by definition are manly, except for Berettas, gold-plated TEC9s, .25 caliber pistols or anything made by the French. To simplify things, I have limited it to modern cartridge firearms a man might, can, and should collect and shoot. There are certainly other manly weapons, and you may have a different list. As long as the list contains nothing French, gold-plated, .25 or with pearl grips (which Patton correctly observed are the mark of a New Orleans pimp), it is a good list." ...
 

Gun doesn't always ensure happy ending
Submitted by: jghilty

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"I read with amusement Steven Cramer's Dec. 26 letter 'Guns could protect national-park visitors,' ... In arguing that guns should be allowed, Cramer tells of a time he and a friend 'came across a stranded motorist in the middle of Mount Rainier National Park.'"

"Cramer even affirmed that the motorist 'was frightened that someone was approaching him while he was alone. What if I hadn't been a good guy? This law-abiding man was stranded and had no means of self-defense.'" ...

"What if the frightened man they approached had possessed a gun, and lawfully? What would have prevented this law-abiding, frightened motorist from shooting first and asking questions later?" ...
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KABA Note: How about the inherent reluctance of one human to kill another except in the direst circumstances?
 

Election didn't need to trigger gun rush
Submitted by: jghilty

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"You have to shake your head at the reaction."

"Democrats won ... and, to hear it from firearms merchants, people rushed to stock up on guns."

"Many are worried the government will take gun rights away, you see."

"We hope these gun buyers take classes in firearms safety, but first we would send them back to the classroom for some civics lessons. If ever there was a time that the Second Amendment is in fine shape ... this is it." ...

"It would defy common sense, though, for gun control to emerge high as a legislative priority."

"And even if it did, concerned gun owners would not need to load up on weapons and ammunition. They can do something more powerful to lawmakers who push gun-control bills:"

"Vote them out of office."
 

The New Second Amendment: A Bark Worse Than Its Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In June, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, D.C. v. Heller. ..."

"So far, the victory hasn't turned out exactly as the gun rights folks had hoped."

"As many legal scholars predicted, the Supreme Court's decision led to a tidal wave of Second Amendment challenges to gun control. Every person charged with a gun crime saw the Supreme Court's decision as a Get Out of Jail Free Card."

"To date, the lower federal courts have ruled in over 60 different cases on the constitutionality of a wide variety of gun control laws. ... The courts have upheld every one of these laws."

"Since Heller, its Gun Control: 60, Individual Right: 0." ...
 

21st-century guns unforeseen by Founders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"First, I should state that I support the right of citizens to bear arms."

"However, I would surely place more of a caveat on it than letter-writer Dennis Hannick suggests ..."

"I believe that there should be a right to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense, and for individuals to own and transport guns for the legitimate purposes of hunting or shooting practice and competitions."

"The argument for the unfettered right to bear arms will go on for many years to come ..."

"Could our Founding Fathers have predicted the advancements in firearms design that have put us in this quandary (e.g., rapid-fire automatic weapons, armor-piercing projectiles, shoulder-held cannons, and on and on)?" ...
 

UT: Guns and smoking
Submitted by: jghilty

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"The front page of Tuesday's paper shows a photograph of two men smoking a cigarette 'on what could be one of the last cigarettes smoked inside a city bar'" ..."

"Banning smoking in public space is smart and responsible."

"Directly below this article is a photograph of a gun salesman ..."

"The story reports that 'nearly 9,000 more guns were sold this November compared to the same month last year" ..."

"Because I believe that both smoking in a public space and carrying weapons in a public space are just a wee bit dangerous, I offer a thought for a New Year resolution: Wherever one is not allowed to smoke, one is not allowed to carry weapons (permit or not)."

"Just a thought."
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KABA Note: We see no evidence of thought here, just hoplophobia.
 

MN: Lawmaker seeks to curtail hunters' use of lead bullets
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"Beth Siverhus has hunted deer since 1976. The Warroad, Minn., woman also spends time rehabilitating injured birds."

"She'd never really connected those two activities until this year, when she saw several eagles die from lead poisoning. She believes they likely ingested the lead while eating piles of deer guts left in the woods by hunters."

"'It's a pretty sick feeling to realize I could have been doing something to both contaminate the food we eat, and make wildlife sick that are feeding on the gut piles,' said Siverhus. ..."

"Some Minnesota food shelves stopped accepting venison this year after lead fragments were found in the meat." ...
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KABA Note: The North Dakota Department of Health banned the use of donated venison in their food banks until a CDC study showed ND hunters had lower lead levels than the national average.
 

GA: GCO Files Reply Brief in Airport Case
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org has filed its reply brief in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for its appeal of its case against the City of Atlanta for illegally threatening to arrest Georgia Firearm License holders for carrying firearms in the unsecured areas of the Airport.

GeorgiaCarry.Org states that the 2008 HB 89 permits firearm carry in unsecured airport areas, while the city of Atlanta states that such areas are governed by federal no-gun regulations ... although 40 other states don't seem to have any problems with airport carry.
 

Gun restrictions will be relaxed in national parks
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A controversial new federal policy will allow those with concealed weapons permits to bring their loaded firearms into most national parks, including Lassen Volcanic National Park, starting later this month."

"The new rule goes into effect on Jan. 9, barring judicial intervention, according to officials with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"That organization sued the Bush administration earlier this week to try to stop the new policy and is hoping a federal judge will issue an immediate injunction to halt the elimination of a 25-year-old federal rule that restricts loaded guns in national parks." ...
 

Brady is off-target
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The Brady Campaign ... is out to block the right of individuals to carry concealed weapons on national park property."

"That's hardly surprising, given the Brady group's historic fight against handguns. What is unexpected is the organization's claim about why the ruling by the Bush administration that allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into national parks and monuments was wrong: It allegedly violates federal environmental regulations."

"Oh, come on. Do Brady officials think there will be so much lead flying once guns are allowed ... that rivers and streams will be polluted? Do they really believe, as their lawsuit suggests, that concealed weapons pose a serious hazard to endangered species?" ...
 

TN: Robbery suspect tangles with Elvis
Submitted by: jghilty

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The lesson here is, don't mess with The King.

Or at least don't mess with Elvis Smith.

Around 5:30 p.m. today, Smith, 49, and his two brothers were cleaning up a lot in North Memphis when a man approached them with a gun.

"He tried to rob them and one of the gentlemen had a handgun on him," Memphis police Lt. Jerry Gwyn said. "He exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The suspect lost the gun battle."

The suspect was hit in the chest and leg but is expected to live. An investigation is under way, but Gwyn said it's unlikely Smith will face any charges.
 

GA: Man shoots burglar in 2 fingers as perpetrator fled scene
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A Covington man shot a burglar in his home Dec. 28, sending the perpetrator to the hospital, where officers with the Covington Police Department arrested him."

"According to the incident report, the victim was asleep when he heard someone kick open his front door and enter his home. He said the grabbed his handgun from under his pillow, loaded the weapon and ran into the living room, where he saw the burglar standing in the foyer. The victim said he fired four shots and the intruder ran. The victim then grabbed his high-powered rifle and stood guard outside his home, where officers found him when they arrived at the home." ...
 

An Appeal for Disunity
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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... "Well to quote Mencken, the American electorate are going to get what they voted for good and hard, because this is also the year the global economy is truly going to crash, big time, plunging us into a recession and indeed a depression ..."

"And this presents friends of liberty with a great many opportunities."

"Never has there been a better time for cleaning house. ... no amount of unity will change the fact that regulatory tax-and-spend politicians will be in charge for the next few years ... And so I would strongly urge such people to get into politics like never before, not primarily to fight the statist left just yet, but to create opposition parties that are actually worth voting for." ...
 

OH: The truth about HB450 (what the Columbus Dispatch doesn't want you to read)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Columbus Dispatch editorial 'Kowtow to the NRA – Sheriffs got a raw deal when lawmakers backed down on concealed carry fee' demonstrates that the Dispatch editors are still more interested in spreading lies to prop up their failed ideas rather than excepting the truth and reporting the news."

"It is important to note that the Dispatch has been contacted many times by Buckeye Firearms Association leaders about gun-related stories full of errors, omissions, or lies. That they continue to write stories that are factually inaccurate proves they are intentionally attempting to mislead their readers about firearms and the legislative process." ...
 

GA: Special coding for your bullets?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the bills the Senate will consider when they convene is an ammunition coding bill. It would require manufacturers to engrave a unique code on the bottom of each bullet, so it can be traced. A measure that could help in the prosecution of people using handguns to commit crimes."

"A state senator from Decatur has proposed legislation that would require an ammunition coding and database system. It would require a unique serial number or marking on each bullet. Many gun rights enthusiasts say the bill is a violation of their second amendment rights." ...
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Submitter's Note: And just how much would such a database cost? And how would it be paid for? And how much would this increase the price of ammunition?
 

NC: Police: Deputy rubbed genitals on customers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Raleigh police have arrested a Warren County sheriff's deputy in bizarre incidents at two stores."

"Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says his department has charged 40-year-old Cornelius Orlando Davis with two counts of sexual battery."

"Davis allegedly walked up to women in the stores and rubbed his genitals on them. The first time, it happened at the Brier Creek Wal-Mart store on Glennwood Avenue on May 30. The second time, it happened this past Wednesday at both the Wal-Mart and a Kohl's store on Alexander Promenade."

"Detectives say although the attacks did not involve bare skin, they're still considered sexual assaults." ...
 

OH: Police aiming to unload souvenirs
Submitted by: jghilty

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"A collection of rifles, shotguns and handguns has done nothing but collect dust at the city's police department."

"Now it's going to help get new equipment for officers."

"Several police departments facing tight budgets are unloading souvenir firearms to raise money and buy new equipment."

"In Sandusky, police are trading in a machine gun made popular by Prohibition-era gangsters along with other confiscated firearms for new weapons and gear worth over $60,000."

"'We decided it was time to turn these things over while they still have value,' said acting Police Chief Charlie Sams." ...
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KABA Note: So is Cheif Sams saying that he expects the incoming administration to ban these guns?
 

FL: The Only Thing We Have to Fear ...
Submitted by: Larry

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"Our valiant defenders scored another huge victory in Gainesville, Florida, last week when they saved the homeland from 'apparently abandoned' luggage. ..."

Moises Banrevy is an 18-year-old kid who missed his flight the Monday before Christmas. ..." ...

"Moises did what many kids would who’ve yet to discover how larcenous – or ridiculous – their fellowman can be: he chose an out-of-the-way place ... and parked his three bags there. Then he left the airport ..."

"Alas, 'an airport employee' noticed the bags at 8:15 and 'reported' them. Leviathan can't teach kids to read but it excels at training serfs to snitch. Ten minutes later, Our Rulers were busily saving the nation by hopelessly snarling traffic ...
 

Gun sales skyrocketing
Submitted by: jghilty

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"Apparently fear is a powerful motivator and as the saying goes 'You don’t know what you've got until it is gone.' And those with the fear are making sure they have it before it is gone."

"I've never seen anything like this in 30 years,' says one gun dealer. Rifles and pistols are flying off the shelf and some models are becoming hard to find. Nervous consumers believe the incoming administration in Washington will quickly move to reinstate the 'Assault Weapons Ban' that was allowed to sunset under the Bush administration. In preparation, they’re buying — frantically — 'pre-ban' rifles and handguns. ... you have the perfect storm for gun dealers and manufacturers to take advantage of that fear." ...
 

MO: Obama effect not in effect: Local gun sales remain about normal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In recent months, national news organizations such as The New York Times have reported a marked increase in gun sales, seen by many as an indication of a rush to buy before President-elect Obama takes office."

"Some worry that the new administration will further restrict Second Amendment rights."

"An employee at Cott Firearms, who requested anonymity, said it appears that gun sales are up in Marshall, too. But that is partly due to hunting season and Christmas shopping, the employee said."

"And, 'as soon as people realize he (Obama) doesn't have anything in progress' sales will drop off, the employee said, adding that Obama probably has bigger things to worry about now -- the economy, for instance." ...
 

CA: NRA volunteers clean up illegal dump site
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A group of volunteers from El Dorado and Amador counties recently cleaned up a public nuisance on Eldorado National Forest land."

"Over the last 15 years, a well-organized group of volunteers called 'Please Leave It NRA Klean' from the El Dorado Rod and Gun Club have cleaned up numerous illegal dump sites on Eldorado National Forest lands."

"Its modus operandi is to solicit candidate sites from the local district ranger and clean up the litter using volunteers from local chapters of the National Rifle Association. The type of litter that is typically encountered includes discarded furniture, refrigerators, broken computer equipment, bags of leaves and other larger items." ...
 

IL: Chicago has 32 gun arrests, 75 weapons confiscated
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"Chicago police arrested 32 people for firing guns during the New Year's celebration and seized 75 weapons, including two AK-47s and an assault pistol with a silencer."

"The department's Mobile Strike Force enforced a zero-tolerance policy for celebratory gunfire New Year's Day, according to a department news release."

"The strike force arrested 13 people on the West Side and confiscated eight guns, including one assault rifle and an AK-47, police said." ...

"Other police units seized 67 weapons, including an AK-47, and a Tech 9 assault pistol with a silencer, and made 19 arrests, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said."

"There were 262 calls to 911 of people reporting gunfire between midnight and 12:30 a.m., police said."
 

UK: Boozy Britain's bloody New Year: A 999 call every seven seconds in alcohol-induced mayhem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Violence scarred celebrations and led to a bloody New Year across the country as emergency services endured a chaotic end to 2008."

"Ambulance control centres reported receiving 999 calls as often as once every seven seconds - the second highest volume of calls since the Millennium - as binge drinkers turned nasty in the freezing temperatures."

"Many of the calls related either to alcohol-fuelled assaults or excessive drunkenness." ...

"Elsewhere, while large numbers were ferried to hospitals, in some areas injuries were treated by paramedics in 'booze buses' to leave ambulances free for more serious emergencies." ...
 

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