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Righthaven files, settles more copyright lawsuits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Las Vegas newspaper copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC sued five more website operators Tuesday, alleging infringements of Las Vegas Review-Journal material." ...

"... Some defense attorneys and critics, however, call Righthaven a frivolous lawsuit and settlement shakedown operation."

"As in all its recent lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for Nevada, Righthaven demands damages of $150,000 apiece and forfeiture of the website domain names from these new defendants:" ...

"• The Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, Wash., and an official there, Keeva Segal, who are associated with the publication Women & Guns and the website womenshooters.com." ...
 

ATF: Surplus Korean firearms imports 'pose a threat to public safety in the U.S.
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "...ATF believes the importation of these firearms, particularly the M1 carbine rifle and M-1911 pistol, poses a threat to public safety in the U.S." ...
 

BATFE works to price the poor out of the self-defense market
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... "Anyway, back to today's relevations. Mr. Codrea has found the advisory issued by the BATFE, explaining why the reimportation of these firearms would (supposedly) 'pose a theat to public safety in the U.S.' He helpfully breaks the BATFE's rationale down to six reasons, but the one that seems to be the most central to the BATFE's objection (in that most of the other reasons seem to stem, to a significant degree, from this one) is that the influx of firearms would, through the laws of supply and demand, cause prices to fall:" ...
 

Guns and the Drop in the Violent Crime Rate
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"President Obama undoubtedly didn't intend it, but he deserves some credit for the recent report that all violent crime rates dropped in 2009, murder rates by 7.4 percent, robbery rates by 9 percent: His election caused gun sales to skyrocket, and crime rates to plummet."

"Gun sales started notably rising in October 2008, and sale really took off immediately after Obama won the presidential race: 450,000 more people bought guns in November 2008 than bought them in November 2007. That's over a 40 percent increase in sales. By comparison, the change from November 2006 to November 2007 was only about 35,000. Over the last decade, the average year-to-year increase in monthly sales was only 21,000." ...
 

GOA Ratings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A new brouhaha is brewing over GOA supposedly dropping the grade for Deborah Halvorson with no explanation any of the Pratt critics can point to other than speculative hatred for the guy and his group.

They list candidate votes on their site. She voted against them 7 out of 7 times, including on the national parks gun ban. Some of you might want to learn how to navigate a website before jumping to conclusions and getting the anti-GOA lynch mob ginned up--it took me less than a minute to locate this info on the GOA site.

Yeah, but some of those aren't pure gun votes... !!!

They're related enough. Besides, that's not what you were savaging the guy over. You were accusing him of having NO criteria.
 

About The "Dead Sled" ...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not too long ago, while in the Omaha area to teach a course in responsible armed self-defense, I found myself in a Cabela’s which had graciously furnished a conference room for the classroom portion of the program. While I was there they had a 'door-buster' sale that included $99.99 Mosin-Nagant 7.62mm Russian military surplus rifles. They had hundreds of ‘em, and sold over a hundred in the first fifty minutes ... They sent enough Mosins out the door that weekend to defend the gates of Stalingrad."

"While we were there, the cute little redhead I call The Evil Princess spotted an Internet ad from the very same Cabela's for a product named The Dead Sled. Turns out to be something called generically a 'game cart.' ..." ...
 

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: Media Matters report shows "clear link" between "armed violence" and Fox News rhetoric
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a Huffington Post blog this morning, Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, responds to Media Matters' report on how Glenn Beck and the right-wing media drove Byron Williams to reportedly plot the assassination of the leaders of the ACLU and the Tides Foundation. Hurwitz[sic] comments that the report 'demonstrates a clear link between armed violence and the contemptuous political rhetoric that seems to be the raison d'ętre for Fox News.'"

"Hurwitz[sic] further links Williams' rhetoric to that of the National Rifle Association, which made Beck the keynote speaker of their last national convention:" ...
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Submitter's Note: And they say we're paranoid for thinking that when the Left gets done with the Second Amendment they'll go after the First.
 

'Gun Ban Obama?' Not So Much, Say Gun Control Advocates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To hear some gun rights activists tell it, President Barack Obama wants to take away your guns and, any minute now, jack-booted federal agents could knock on your front door to collect them."

"Such predictions started during the 2008 campaign. 'Obama would be the most anti-gun President in American history,' screamed a banner at the [NRA]'s GunBanObama.com. It got so bad that Obama even had to reassure voters he wouldn't take away their guns. Even after the election, gun sales boomed."

"You'd expect a President so opposed by many gun rights groups to get high praise from gun control advocates since he took office. But advocates ... are far from satisfied with the progress on gun control being made in this administration." ...
 

PA: Newberry Township man pursues stolen truck; fires warning shot
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... "... When [Dustin McKinley] woke up just after 5 a.m. Sunday morning, he said he saw Roger Becker, 43, driving his 1978 Ford pick-up truck down Cly Street. McKinley armed himself with a Ruger .357mag and said he followed the stolen vehicle." ...

"'I presented my gun to him and told him he needed to pull over right now,' McKinley said. 'When he slowed down to about 5 mph, I cut in front of him. I pinned him in, jumped out of the truck, and held him at gunpoint and told him to get out of the truck.'" ...

"'My interest here is to see that the person who did the crime gets punished for it,' [Chief] Snyder said. 'Mr. McKinley did what he had to do.'" ...
 

Where Are the N.R.A.'s Ads? Everywhere.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All this talk of newfangled outside groups receiving money from anonymous donors has overshadowed some of the more traditional players. But one of them, the National Rifle Association, is coming in big."

"All told, the N.R.A. says it plans to spend between $15 million and $20 million this election cycle. As of the end of this week it will have spent $6.7 million so far including mail. So, doing the math, that leaves the last two weeks before Election Day to make up the lion’s share of its action, though group officials cautioned their final spending decisions could change with the political environment." ...
 

A Politician’s Stand On The Second Amendment Determines If You Are A Subject Or A Citizen
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"Texas legislator Dr. Suzanne Gratia-Hupp said, 'How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.'"

"Every election cycle we see candidates with marginal commitment to gun owners doing a masquerade intended to deceive voters. ..."

"Don’t take the bait for that particular trap, and don’t fall for the on-paper-only, hunting-sounding 'groups' that emerge only shortly before each election to offer political cover for candidates who do not fully support the right to bear arms." ...
 

NH: Just try to match my gun record
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"I'm writing in response to a falsehood stated by the New Hampshire Gun Coalition which removes any credibility this group may have. As reported in the Sept. 21 Monitor, the group said I 'did not share their view of the Second Amendment and New Hampshire Constitution Article 2.'"

"I have been a strong pro-gunner and Second Amendment supporter for more years than most gun organizations have had charters, except the NRA. I've held a federal firearm license for more than 51 years. I have run a firearm sales and repair business and have an active retail store at present. I have testified in Concord on many occasions against repressive gun regulations. I am a life member of the NRA and belong to several other gun organizations." ...
 

KY: Rand Paul At Machine Gun Rally: 'We're Clinging To Our Guns, Our Religions And Our Ammunition'
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"Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul appeared at a three-day Kentucky machine gun shoot and show over the weekend to rally support among the state's gun owners."

"'I don't have to apologize for supporting the second amendment. I support it and will continue to support it no matter what the liberals say,' the Tea Party-backed Republican told a crowd of Second Amendment devotees, according to a report from The Daily Caller."

"'The president says that you're out here in the middle of the country clinging to your guns and ammunition. What I tell the President is, 'We're clinging to our guns, our religions and our ammunition,' Paul continued." ...
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H/t to Mike V. who says "For a belly laugh, be sure and read some of the comments."
 

NJ: We need county commissioner who can address needs of everyone
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"I met Naomi Compton, candidate for Licking County commissioner, recently at a Democratic gathering in Pataskala. ... I had a chance to talk to Compton before the party began. This was not arranged; it just happened by a desk near the front door where names were being taken."

"I found Compton to be friendly and unassuming and a great listener. She also is someone who has a human approach to problem solving and is actively seeking solutions to the problems surrounding us in a society drenched with pitfalls ..."

"Naomi is a big believer in the Second Amendment. She thinks everyone who is qualified to own a gun should not be hindered in owning one, mainly for the protection of one's self, family and home." ...
 

MT: Let’s leave constitution alone
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"As elections seasons go, this one looks like a ho-hum affair for Montana voters. But despite the lack of close, compelling statewide races, there are several issues that merit our full attention, starting with CCC No. 2, the ballot measure that would call a constitutional convention to rewrite or revise the state’s constitution."

"While it sounds like a sleep-inducing topic, the content of the Montana Constitution has a big impact on our lives. The constitution approved by voters in 1972 has strong provisions that guarantee our right to participate in government ... The gun rights outlined in our constitution are believed by many to be stronger than those outlined in the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment." ...
 

WV: GOP Ads Warn Against Manchin's "Rubberstamp" Of Liberal Agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republicans launched a multimedia offensive against West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin on Tuesday. The Democratic Senate candidate early this week began running an ad pledging his opposition to the administration's climate change legislation." ...

"The governor ... also ran a new television ad this week assuring voters of his independence from his party."

"In the 30-second spot, the governor touts his endorsement from the National Rife Association and assures voters he'll protect Second Amendment rights." ...
 

PA: New ads, fresh sparring in Pa. Senate campaign
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"The candidates in Pennsylvania's hot Senate race touted new endorsements Tuesday and skirmished over Social Security and health care as a fresh batch of attack ads hit the airwaves with three weeks left until the general election."

"Republican Pat Toomey appeared with members of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association in suburban Harrisburg to accept its endorsement. Democrat Joe Sestak received the endorsement of the labor-backed Alliance for Retired Americans." ...

"The National Rifle Association also began chiming in on television and radio in recent days to attack Sestak, accusing him in vague terms of advancing a radical agenda to take away Second Amendment rights." ...
 

CT: Connecticut Citizens Defense League Releases Fall 2010 Political Endorsements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Connecticut Citizens Defense League has released a comprehensive list of endorsed candidates for the fall 2010 elections, as a service to their members and voters interested in their second amendment rights statewide."

"Each of these candidates has demonstrated through their voting record or current actions and mindset that they are the best pro-second-amendment choice in their respective race."

"The CCDL reminds its members that the only way to ensure we continue to live in a just and free society is to make every effort to vote for representatives that support personal liberty." ...
 

OH: NRA-PVF releases new television/ radio ads in support of Rob Portman for U.S. Senate (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With early voting already underway, the NRA is seeking to make sure voters are aware of pro-gun candidates running in Ohio so that they can cast their vote prior to or on November 2."

"To raise awareness among NRA members and pro-gun voters, the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is running ads across Ohio in support of Rob Portman for U.S. Senate." ...
 

TX: Rick Perry pros ... (third letter)
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"All Texans want an effective governor. How about a governor who has guided our state over the last eight years to:"

"a state that created more private-sector jobs last year than all other states combined." ...

"an influx of physicians through tort reform reducing the cost of malpractice insurance and our healthcare costs."

"being voted No. 1 by businesses as the 'most business-friendly' state in the U.S."

"a state committed to the "gun rights" Second Amendment."

"Rick Perry's superior track record is a fact of history." ...
 

PA: Sestak hit by guns right lobby
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"With economic issues owning the political conversation this election cycle, there hasn't been much back and forth on social policy. But the National Rifle Association ... is spending $400,000 to tell gun rights advocates that Democrat Joe Sestak is a man to fear."

"'They are pushing a radical agenda to take away your freedom, take away your Second Amendment rights' a voiceover in the ad says. 'And Joe Sestak is helping them do it. If Joe Sestak wins, you lose.'" ...

"Republican Pat Toomey was endorsed by the NRA at the end of last month. In late August, Toomey was asked about his position on gun control and in a rare moment of going off script he said, 'My idea of gun control is steady aim.'"
 

NC: National Rifle Association Endorses Shuler
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"The National Rifle Association (NRA), widely recognized as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, has endorsed Heath Shuler, citing the Congressman’s strong and consistent defense of gun owners across the country. In making their endorsement, the NRA urged all gun owners and sportsmen to re-elect Shuler to North Carolina’s 11th District." ...
 

FL: New NRA ad for Rick Scott (video available)
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Crowley Political Report found this ad by the National Rifle Association featuring a man apparently working for a gun manufacturer.

The man (not sure if he is an actor) says he is worried - "with Nancy Pelosi and her crowd in Washington, I feel threatened. If they damage our Second Amendment rights it could destroy or jobs here."

From there he leaps into talking about Rick Scott, the Republican candidate to be Florida's next governor.
 

MO: Residents poll Todd, Hampton
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... "Incumbent Tom Todd, D-Campbell and Republican challenger Kent Hampton, of Malden, gave the audience insight into their background and reasons why they would like to be this area's state representative." ...

"Upon retiring from farming, with no intention to run for public office, Todd's friends encouraged him to run for State Representative since they knew of his love for politics."

"In his first speech, at a political function, Todd gave an assessment of himself that he says still holds true today."

"'I'm a pro-life Democrat, I'm a conservative and I believe in the second amendment which is the right to bear arms, or the right to keep your guns.'" ...
 

IL: Rifle associations endorse Justice Kilbride
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Justice Tom Kilbride has been endorsed for retention to the Illinois Supreme Court in next month's general election by the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association."

"Announced in a media release, both the NRA and ISRA endorsed Kilbride 'because of this decision on the Supreme Court showed support of the rights of law-abiding gun owners.'" ...
 

AK: Begich Fights Federal Gun Ban (fifth item)
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"Sen. Begich is urging the State Department to allow the sale and import of a vintage rifle that helped American troops in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Begich is one of 16 senators who sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking for an explanation and reversal of a decision to ban the sale of surplus M1 Garand and M1 Carbine rifles from South Korea to qualified buyers in the U.S. 'This decision amounts to no more than a backdoor gun ban that lacks any basis or justification under current Federal law and policy,' the letter states. ..."
 

ME: Portland Officials Propose Banning Guns In Public Places
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"Portland city officials have thrown their support behind a proposal to ban guns in public buildings in Maine."

"The city's Public Safety Committee heard arguments both for and against the idea at a public hearing Tuesday night."

"City councilors are considering drafting a resolution that asks the state to amend current laws to prohibit guns in places where crowds gather. In Portland, that would include venues like Fitzpatrick Stadium, the Expo and City Hall."

"Forest Brown with the Maine Open Carry Association said that proposal steps on his rights as a U.S. citizen." ...
 

Inquest proper in questionable police shootings
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"We screen them, we train them, they are sworn in and entrusted with a badge and gun, given awesome responsibility, considerable authority that is supposed to be tempered with discretion, and in the event they take a human life, they are subjected to a remarkable degree of scrutiny to assure they acted properly, deciding perhaps in a split second to commit an act that will be examined by a committee that has the luxury of time."

"Police officers are human beings and subject to human error. Having known a fair number of policemen ... this column can say without fear of contradiction that there are some fine people in law enforcement, and others who have been, well, disappointing. ..." ...
 

TX: Off-Duty Police Officer Accused Of Stealing Money Box From Wedding
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"An El Paso police officer who was off-duty working as security for a wedding reception at Bebe's Hall on Saturday was accused of stealing a money box and then fleeing after partygoers confronted him, said police."

"Alberto Madrid, an18-year veteran of the El Paso Police Department, was charged with one count of aggravated robbery."

"El Paso police told KFOX that the incident happened around 11 p.m. Saturday at the Bebe's Hall located at 1212 N. Yarbrough Street."

"When wedding guests confronted Madrid, police said he tried leaving in a vehicle. They also said one person jumped on the hood the of the vehicle Madrid was driving to avoid getting run over." ...
 

Australia: Thug cop Ben Price jailed over bashings of Airlie Beach revellers
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"A POLICEMAN who rammed a fire hose down a handcuffed man's throat during a brutal bashing in a police station has been jailed."

"Former Senior Constable Benjamin Price, 34, was today sentenced to 27 months prison by Townsville District Court judge Stuart Durward but will be eligible for parole next July." ...

"In CCTV footage shown in court last week, Price can be seen punching and kneeing a bleeding, handcuffed Timothy Steele ..."

"Price puts him in a brutal spine lock and leaves the commercial diver with a broken nose and two blackened eyes ..."

"Other police officers watch on - but none intervene - as Price stuffs a running fire hose into his victim's mouth, nearly drowning him in a five minute ordeal ..." ...
 

OH: Ottawa County gun experts mostly happy with concealed carry
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"Attorney Terrence Rudes sometimes defends people who commit crimes with guns. Other times, he teaches people how to use and conceal them."

"'I've taught concealed-carry classes since 2006,' Rudes said. Although he's glad Ohio passed the law that allows citizens to carry guns, he does have issues with it."

"'It's the only constitutional right that requires a permit,' he said. 'It would be like telling someone they have to get a permit to write newspaper articles.'" ...
 

OH: State Supreme Court to hear preemption case this week!
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"The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for an important gun rights case, City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio ..."

"The case came about after the Ohio General Assembly voted to override Governor Bob Taft's veto of HB347 - Ohio's 'preemption' law - which codified R.C. 9.68, ensuring that firearms laws would be uniform throughout the state."

"The City of Cleveland immediately sued the State of Ohio, and the Supreme Court is now going to be forced to issue a ruling that will decide once and for all whether R.C. 9.68 is valid. If it is valid, than other than ordinances banning the discharge of firearms inside city limits and zoning laws, Ohio cities are, once and for all, out of the gun control business." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. — Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com

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