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The Militia is You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Other than 'THINK, dang it!,' I rarely offer advice in my articles. I occasionally tell people things they should NOT do, like engaging in the cult ritual of voting, but now I'm going to urge you to do something very specific. ..."

"If you are mentally stable, and believe in the right of self- defense, here is my advice: BUY A GUN. But not just any gun. Buy a rifle, and make it one that you don't have to reload after one shot, or after five. The classic military-style rifles are nice, though plenty of hunting rifles fit the bill, too. (It's handy to have one that takes large-capacity ammunition magazines.) If you already have one, buy more ammo." ...
 

Illinois State Rifle Association Accepts 'Affiliate of the Year' Award From the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):"

"It is with a great deal of honor and pride that the ISRA accepts the 2008 Affiliate of the Year Award from the [CCRKBA]. First awarded 23 years ago, the Affiliate of the Year award is bestowed upon organizations that demonstrate an exemplary dedication to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, and whose actions have helped preserve the freedoms protected by the United States Constitution."

"... This year's award was presented to ISRA President Don Moran and ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson by CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb during the Gun Rights Policy Conference held this pastweekend in Phoenix, AZ." ...
 

The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 53
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"1- Brady Schemes Exposed"

"The lamestream media told you:"

"There are many good ideas for cutting 'gun deaths,' according to a Freakonomics quorum run by The New York Times ..."

"The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:"

"Anti-gun-rights crusader and Brady gun-ban hero David Hemenway ... has developed plans for gun bans and rights restrictions that will skirt the Heller gun-rights findings and attack the rights of the public, with little or no effect on crime. ... The plan is fiendishly simple:"

"Create the National Firearm Safety Administration ... It would mimic the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in some respects, with stunning power in a loosely controlled agency's hands." ...
 

We must know our rights to responsibly use them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a civil society, standing up for your rights and ensuring that authority acts within the bounds set by the law are necessary to prevent abuse of power. If you do not know your rights, then they might as well not exist. In fact, they do not exist. Only by knowing your rights and what they mean can you ensure they are observed." ...

"The Second Amendment gives[sic] every individual the right to own firearms (recently confirmed by the Supreme Court ...). In Virginia, everyone age 18 and above has the right to openly carry ... a loaded, ready-to-shoot firearm almost anywhere in the state ... Although the 'shall not be infringed' part of this amendment is not wholly observed, many are aware of this and fight for it constantly." ...
 

Statement Of Brady Center President On Court Decision Keeping Guns Out Of Airports
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

"The decision by U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob is a victory for sanity and common sense. Keeping concealed weapons out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport puts the proper focus on public safety.

"In the post-9/11 world, allowing more guns into airports would only increase the chances of airport security being breached, something that could lead to tragic consequences. The gun pushers’ priorities were clearly misplaced in this case.

"Judge Shoob's opinion, which also scolds the gun lobby for 'misleadingly' making its case, helps demonstrate that public safety is more important than the gun lobby's agenda of pushing more and more guns into the most sensitive places in America."
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KABA Note: Before the law changed merely driving onto airport property with your permitted weapon with was a felony.
 

Statement Of Sarah Brady On The Passing Of Paul Newman
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"'Jim and I were saddened to mark the passing of Paul Newman this past weekend. He was the most humble human being I ever met.'"

"'Paul was a strong supporter of the gun violence prevention movement. Personally, and through his foundation, he supported the Brady Center and the Brady Campaign financially for many years, and we couldn’t be more grateful.'" ...

"'We have all lost a dear friend, but we know his humanitarian spirit will continue to shine and live on to inspire all those who work for the causes in which he believed.'"
 

Just Justice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My housemates brought up an anecdote while we debated the right to bear arms, a conversation provoked by the recent school shooting in Finland. The story was about a Texan bank robber who brandishes a gun during the course of his robbery and the several bank customers who responded by whipping out their pieces and blowing him away. Despite their intensions, I thought my housemate's example became an argument against allowing civilians with no respect for life to open fire in a public space."

"I don't think anything I own or ever will own should be defended with deadly force. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well Chris you have the right to be as craven as you wish, but you do not have the right to impose your cowardice on others.
 

VA: Please check your firearm at the door
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"SUMMARY: There is merit in Gordon Meriwether's suggestion to prohibit guns at local government meetings."

"Every so often, the topic of gun rights grabs headlines in Culpeper. And when it does, count on a passionate response from people who, otherwise, could care less what happens in our community."

"Such was the case Sept. 9 when more than a dozen members of the Fairfax-based Virginia Citizen Defense League showed up at a Culpeper Town Council meeting — pistols on hips — to protest a relatively insignificant proposal by the police chief to regulate the discharge of firearms in town limits."

"All of this rubbed town resident Gordon Meriwether the wrong way, and, to a large degree, we can understand why. ..." [link added] ...
 

NY: Gun 'fingerprints' database still has merit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Though a more than 7-year-old database of new handguns sold in New York has yet to result in a criminal prosecution, it's still too soon to assess it as ineffective."

"State Police and others who sought to create the database should recommit themselves to making it a useful law enforcement tool." ...

"The problem has been that of more than 200,000 casings entered into the database, there have been only two hits. ..."

"But before scrapping the database as some gun advocates propose, more time on task is needed to give a better assessment of its usefulness."

"State Police argue that it typically takes from seven to 10 years after a gun is purchased before it's used in a crime. The database was created in March 2001." ...
 

NY:Bloomberg to run again
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"After months of speculation about his political future, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Thursday morning that he will seek a third term as mayor, according to three people who have been told of his plans."

"The extraordinary move promises to upend New York City’s political world."

"Right now, Mr. Bloomberg is barred by law from seeking re-election. But he will propose trying to revise the city’s 15-year-old term limits law ..." ...

"The move represents an about-face for Mr. Bloomberg, who has repeatedly said he supports term limits and once called an effort to revise the law 'disgusting.' He will apparently try to do so through legislation in the City Council, rather than the ballot box." ...
 

VA: Mother fends off robbers with handgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three would-be robbers, one armed with a pair of scissors, walked into a Woodbridge store on Saturday morning with criminal intent."

"They left empty-handed and apparently more than a little frightened."

"About 11:30 a.m. the three walked into Tienda Hispana Esperanza. One rushed to the counter and pointed the scissors at the owner's neck and another grabbed her son’s arm, the family that owns the store said Monday."

"But the owner, Esperanza Salazar, 36, reacted immediately."

"She leaned back and reached for her handgun and pointed it at the three unknown males, the Salazar family said." ...

"One of the would-be robbers immediately ran out of the store ..." ...
 

AZ: History of violence ends with deadly shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police have identified the man killed in a confrontation at a woman's home Sunday, and they say there was a history of violence there."

"According to police, Terry Milburn, 45, went to the victim's house ... about 2:30 Sunday morning."

"The woman, whose name has not been released, refused to let Milburn into her house and called 911. While she was on the phone, Milburn broke a window and forced his way inside, police said."

"Investigators said Milburn then followed the woman to her bedroom where she shot and killed him."

"While the exact relationship between the two is not clear, police said the woman had a restraining order against Millburn and that there was a history of violence between them." ...
 

TX: Deadly Houston home invasion leaves one suspect dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

One suspect is dead and two others are on the run after a deadly home invasion on Friday night.

Houston police report that the armed group pushed their way through the front door of the home on Wycliffe.

According to witnessed, the group got into a scuffle with the homeowner's boyfriend, who had a gun. The boyfriend fired shots, killing one of the suspects.

Police said robbery was the motive.

The authorities do not plan to charge the boyfriend.
 

Obama's record on guns frightening
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sharon Smith's letter to the editor in the Sept. 28 Augusta Chronicle ('Religion and guns odd mix for Palin') warrants a response, as she calls Gov. Sarah Palin 'Talibanish' for recent remarks that Obama wants to take 'religion and guns' away from Americans." ...

"I urge every gun owner to review Obama's voting record regarding our Second Amendment right to be armed. Wake up America! Look at what happened to Australia, and England after the citizens' guns were taken. Violent crime has since soared in both countries.

"... I urge all readers to go to the Web site www.AFA.[net] and review the presidential voter issue guide. It shows how Obama would govern if elected." ...
 

Barack Obama Should Fish for Votes Among Hunters and Sportsmen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "For years, the sportsman's vote was assumed to be mostly impenetrable for Democrats because of cultural issues and the volatility of the gun issue. Yet the political terrain has shifted during the last eight years ..."

"Sportsmen have become increasingly dissatisfied with the Bush administration's corporate-friendly environmental policies, and hook and bullet organizations are increasingly working with environmental groups. ..."

"At the same time, the gun issue is losing its potency. Sure, the National Rifle Association is running television ads implying that Obama wants to take away hunting guns, but that attack is weakened by the recent success of the gun lobby at the Supreme Court. ..." ...
 

Obama's stance on Second Amendment is not what it seems
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"On my way home from work recently, I heard a radio ad from Ray Schoenke, the president of the American Hunters & Shooters Association, supporting Barack Obama for president. I was intrigued. Traditionally, Democrats have been the take-guns-from-people party. I decided to do some research, and, thankfully, I found that tradition has not changed."

"The AHSA is a two-year-old organization that, after visiting its Web site, seems to exist solely to stand against the National Rifle Association. Just so there's no confusion as to the AHSA's stand on guns, Paul Helmke, the president of the Brady Campaign (one of the largest anti-gun lobby groups in Washington) said of the AHSA: 'I see our issues as complementary to theirs... They're a positive group.' (Washington Post, March 18, 2008)" ...
 

The NRA Cries Wolf...Again
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Over the years I have observed the underhanded and sleazy political campaign tactics of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). It has been my experience that their practices hew to a familiar pattern—wait until near the end of an election cycle, then attack those who support common sense gun laws with a series of unsubstantiated and false claims."

"This election cycle, the NRA-ILA has announced that it will spend $40 million on campaign activities. $15 million of that amount will be used to portray Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama as a threat to individual gun ownership in the United States. ..." ...
 

OH: McCain receives warm reception at USSA's 12th Annual Save Our Heritage Rally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Several members of Buckeye Firearms Association joined hunters, anglers and trappers from across that state this past weekend at the United States Sportsman’s Alliance's 12th Annual 'Save Our Heritage Rally' held in Columbus on September 27th."

"The event, as always, was a well-organized flurry of activity, as guns, hunting trips and other outdoors accessories were auctioned off and given away throughout the evening. The grand prize was 20 acres of hunting ground in south-eastern Ohio!"

"The keynote speaker for the evening was Senator John McCain. Making good on his campaign motto, 'Country First', McCain chose not to attend the event in person ... [but] addressed the more than 1,300 rally attendees via satellite feed." ...
 

Curbing youth violence is something we CAN DO
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is a plague spreading across this country that is taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of American citizens—and it is disturbing and upsetting that the public outcry is not greater over the destruction that it leaves in its path. The plague: urban violence." ...

"The Communities in Action Neighborhood Defense and Opportunity (CAN DO) bill is an attempt to provide a comprehensive, community-oriented approach to address the issue of gun violence, especially as it affects our youth. The object is to accurately frame the issue of gun violence as a matter of public safety, rather than as a Second Amendment issue or strictly a gun control issue, while also addressing the root causes of the violence." ...
 

NJ: Court shoots down law limiting gun purchases
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A state appeals court yesterday struck down a controversial Jersey City law seeking to limit the number of handguns people can buy."

"Jersey City's law had sought to keep people from buying more than one handgun every 30 days. The unanimous appeals panel said Jersey City exceeded its authority and didn't have a right to enact such a local law because state law already regulates the sale of handguns."

"'Jersey City, via the ordinance at issue, seeks to impose a local standard in a subject matter area that has been rather comprehensively addressed by the state,' wrote Appellate Division Judge Howard Kestin, who was joined by Judges Edwin Stern and Christine Miniman." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania Rules Against Philadelphia - Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Friday, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled once again that the City of Philadelphia did not have the right to past its own gun control ordinances."

"Philadelphia has passed seven gun control laws since 2007. They have included a limitation on handgun purchases (one per month) and a requirement that owners report lost or stolen firearms or face criminal charges."

"Each of those laws has required state legislature approval before passage. In each instance, they have been rejected. Consequently, members of the Philadelphia City Council went to Commonwealth Court, asking that court to validate those gun laws." ...
 

PA: We shouldn’t have an activist sheriff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I think Meleanie Hain should have her concealed-carry permit back, and Sheriff Mike DeLeo should lose his job for misconduct. Revoking the concealed-carry permit of a law-abiding citizen for no other reason than personal and political issues isn’t just a gross violation of her rights but also a serious abuse of power. What gives him the right?" ...

"Regardless of your feelings on Second Amendment issues, the Sheriff's Office is not and should not be the venue for a political or personal agenda. The sheriff's job is law enforcement, not law interpretation. Changing or enacting new laws as deemed necessary by individuals with an agenda isn’t part of the job description." ...
 

OH: Open Carry A Hot Topic As Cleveland Charges Fought
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine the irony for readers of the Plain Dealer today who cheered when Cleveland resident Lawrence Hanson III was cleared of charges the day after he shot and killed an intruder in his home. Today, in a follow up story to our win in the Ohio Supreme Court, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has done a story not only on the right to carry openly, but the legal struggle of Greg Llewellyn. Llewellyn is now facing criminal charges for merely posessing a firearm in the open while doing nothing illegal."

"He spent a weekend in jail for simply posessing a firearm in Cleveland, Ohio. An act that was made completely lawful by HB347 and Ohio Revised Code 9.68." ...
 

UK: Police confiscate walking stick from retired teacher, 78, because it is an 'offensive weapon'
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"They must have known he was a troublemaker the moment they saw him."

"With his white hair, wax jacket and glasses, 78-year-old Philip Clarkson Webb clearly ticked all the boxes any eagle-eyed policemen would mark as 'danger'."

"And as he shuffled along the pavement towards them there was one thing above all they deemed to pose a threat - his walking stick."

"The officers surrounded the retired classics teacher and informed him the 3ft wooden cane was an 'offensive weapon' and had to be confiscated."

"Mr Clarkson Webb duly handed it over, but the farce did not end there."

"When he later went to collect it from his local police station in Southborough, Kent, with his police receipt, he was told it had been misplaced." ...
 

NY: Handgun owners warned
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A new indoor gun range in Jamestown, N.Y. may entice gun enthusiasts from Warren County to practice a few rounds. However, taking a personal handgun could lead to jail time. Warren County Sheriff Larry Kopko said handguns cannot be taken to the new Genesee Outfitters shooting range because without a New York state carrying permit, the handgun would be illegal. 'The Pennsylvania carry permit stops at the state line,' he said. ... According to Chris Shorts of Genesee Outfitters, the range does rent guns so patrons from Pennsylvania do not have to bring their own. ... Violation of carrying an un-permitted handgun in New York carries a mandatory sentence of one year in prison, he added."
 

In defense of guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is difficult to understand how gun control activists, those opposed to our Second Amendment rights, derive their twisted logic. Their key premise appears to be that if law-abiding citizens are disarmed, everyone will be safer. Not so."

"There will still be those who, somehow, acquire weapons, eager to ravage both home and person. Sadly, law enforcement is rarely on the scene when a murder occurs."

"This is like saying that if the United States elects to disarm its military services and ban all weapons, Americans will be safer. It is sheer folly to believe that potential adversaries ... will do likewise. To the contrary, they would attempt to destroy us in a heartbeat." ...
 

OH: Faith & Joy Ferkel making headlines as Ohio concealed handgun license instructors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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nation as concealed handgun license (CHL) instructors."

"The Fremont News-Messenger recently featured photos of the pair, decked out in Second Amendment Sisters t-shirts, explaining pistol mechanics and proper loading techniques to students during one of their women's-only training sessions for the concealed and carry law in Ohio."

"The two will be also featured in the November/December issue of Women & Guns magazine."

"Meanwhile in Tiffin, OH, the local newspaper is reporting that women are 'staying aware' as investigations continue into recent attacks by one or more violent sexual predators. ..." ...
 

But don't they HAVE gun control? NY: A 'gun-demic'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Could there be a more startling example of the need to get guns off of the streets, for good? Early Sunday, just hours after Mount Vernon's brand new gun checkpoints closed for the night, a teen-age father was shot to death while standing on his front porch, his year-old son in his arms. ..."

"Police Commissioner David Chong said yesterday that Green-Cane was the intended target of the shooter. ..."

"A nervous city can barely find some reassurance in the knowledge that the violence wasn't random. Another young man lost. Another child growing up fatherless in a world where adult guidance is desperately needed. ..." ...
 

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