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New Boston ATF head’s Fast and Furious ties raise questions
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Someone might also ask new ATF Director B. Todd Jones if a plum assignment is what he means by holding personnel involved in Fast and Furious accountable." ...
 

Random Thoughts About Gun Rights and the Bunker Mentality (videos available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"I remember watching All in the Family as a kid. My liberal mother loved the show. She saw Archie as a figure of fun, and rightfully so. The show dissed conservatives even as it gave voice to their beliefs. As it does above, with the 'laughable' suggestion that Alabama Governor George Wallace might not have been disabled by an assassination attempt if he’d had a 'rod' to shoot Arthur Bremer. What’s intriguing about that clip: Lionel’s reply to what 'his people' think about guns. 'Depends who’s holding it.' Someone was thinking outside the box there. Here’s Archie’s gun control editorial . . ." ...
 

Modern Sporting Rifles: Recent Survey Casts Doubt On Anti-Gun Claims
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The modern sporting rifle has been the whipping boy of the anti-gun media and politicians for decades. The majority of the feigned outrage has been based on how the guns look, with an unhealthy dose of complete lies thrown in for good measure."

"The endplay, of course, is the confiscation of all guns. An unarmed populace is far easier to control than a well armed one. Until an oppressive regime can be completely realized, anti-freedom groups hammer at the edges, trying to convince the ignorant and the uninformed to accept small encroachments on liberty. If one class of firearms can be deemed unacceptable, it becomes a stepping-stone to the next infringement." ...
 

Gun defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"I take issue with the condemnation of the National Rifle Association and people that believe in the Second Amendment. Columnist Jack Topchik’s first paragraph issues the proposal that, 'You can take my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.' I’m sure that NRA members and non-members that are American Citizens and legally own guns would agree to that proposal. I do."

"The columnist fails to mention in the second paragraph that it was a military base and only minimal firearms were permitted. This made a military base, for all intents and purposes a target-rich environment. Sorry, I meant almost a gun-free zone. These zones work so well." ...
 

"Constitutional Carry"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"For longer than anyone reading this has been alive, the state of Vermont has allowed its citizens and its visitors to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public with no permit required. The Michael Bloombergs of the world fear that such a practice will make the proverbial blood run in the streets…but history has shown us the reverse. Every year, Vermont is one of the LOWEST violent crime states in the nation. In recent years Alaska and then Arizona adopted the same thing. So did Wyoming, though that state limited permitless carry to Wyoming residents. Whaddaya know: rivers of blood haven’t swept through any of their streets, either. ..."

"One suggestion, though. ..." ...
 

Gun rights groups push ‘Guns Save Lives Day’ on Newtown anniversary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"On the anniversary of last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, gun rights groups are planning events to drive home a straightforward message:"

"'No one at Newtown should have been a victim and no one in the future should be victimized by laws that do not allow people to defend themselves.'"

"That simple statement is from Guns Save Lives Day website, sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation, DefendGunRights.com and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to galvanize gun rights supporters to fight efforts by a gun-grabbing government – abetted by the media – to use the Dec. 14 anniversary to push their agenda." ...
 

Ghoulish Gun Advocates’ Shameful Sandy Hook Anniversary Plan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Somehow, a Thursday joint announcement by the Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and DefendGunRights.com slipped under our radar. We rectify the matter here. The above groups have…"
"… decided to sponsor 'Guns Save Lives Day' on Dec. 14 — the anniversary of last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. … Alan Gottlieb, the president of [the Second Amendment Foundation], said the goal is to show 'there’s a good side of guns.'"

"'People every single day use guns to save lives,' Gottlieb said. 'We don’t think anybody should have been a victim at Sandy Hook, and we don’t think anybody should be a victim in the future.'" ...
 

CSGV condemns NRA for not voicing conspiracy theory
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is, as a group, a fervent believer in blind trust in, and absolute obedience to, the government. CSGV actually takes this extreme position to the 'extremely extreme' of claiming that there can be no right to armed resistance against even a government that begins rounding up citizens, based on ethnicity, religion, etc., and herding them onto cattle cars to be dumped into concentration camps--as long as 'due process' is followed. CSGV claims a government 'right' to political violence against the citizenry, and even the use of nuclear weapons against the people." ...
 

Change mentality on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Whatever went wrong with Virginia's gun background check system or the Navy security protocols or the neurons in [redacted]'s delusional and angry brain, none of that matters now to the 12 souls who were tragically killed Sept. 16."

"They are gone. They don't care about balancing gun rights and public safety."

"Heartbroken family members of the victims of the Navy Yard shooting do care, and so should the rest of us. But we should also care about the 85 people who are shot every day in the United States, many by their own hand, according to [CDC] data."

"The root causes of our national gun violence epidemic are many and complex, but it seems easier these days to blame one thing: mental illness. ..." ...
 

CSGV claims not to have sought handgun ban for decades; facts say otherwise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One of the difficulties the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence wrestles with (unsuccessfully) is the tension between claiming to be 'moderate' in its anti-gun jihadism on the one hand, and advocating the extreme, pro-tyranny position of a 'government monopoly on force,' on the other. And yes, CSGV actually does try to claim that their position is 'moderate,' and that their agenda poses no threat to the vast majority of gun owners." ...
 

Veterans Storm World War II Memorial, Return Obama’s Barricades to the White House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"How does the media deal with thousands of war veterans and their supporters storming the World War II memorial in defiance of Barack Obama’s orders, tearing down his barricades, and leaving them in a neat pile at the White House gate? You probably already know the answer, but if you need a hint, try hitting your favorite mainstream media 'news' site and looking for headline coverage. ABC News, for example, thinks movie star Orlando Bloom listing his house for $4.5 million is a front-page featured-item event, but not the Million Veterans March. ..." ...
 

CA: This ain't your average survival shelter (with video)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"There's nothing new about predictions that the end of the world is upon us. But there's plenty new about how some people are preparing for it."

"What began as a pipe dream for Ron Hubbard has become big business...underground"

"'We call this the backyard bunker,' Hubbard said as he showed us one of his survival shelters."

"These days, the fear market is booming."

"'I can't build them fast enough right now,' he said. 'It's better to have a shelter 10 years early than five minutes late.'"

"But unlike those Cold War-era concrete bunkers with just the basics, these survival shelters come fully loaded." ...
 

TN: Homeowner Shoots and Captures Burglar During Broad Daylight Break-In Attempt (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We are seeing more and more reports of daytime home invasions and burglaries, so don’t think just because the sun is up you can afford not to be vigilant."

"In this case, a Memphis, TN homeowner was forced to defend himself and his home from a burglar who attempted a break-in during broad daylight."

"The incident happened in the middle of the day."

"A homeowner near Memphis, TN caught an intruder attempting to enter his home through his bedroom window."

"The homeowner armed himself and opened fire on the suspect, striking him once." ...
 

Anti-gun Group Challenges the National Rifle Association
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Just hours after Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) announced that the anti-gun group's two leaders, Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, were headed to the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair in New York on Sunday, the media splashed headlines as if it were a major event. ..."

"Because Giffords is a favorite of the mainstream media owing to her atrocious voting record while a member of the House of Representatives from Arizona's 8th District from 2007 until her shooting in January 2011 (and because of the ARS's anti-Second Amendment stance), the media took special pains to make a big deal out of nothing. The press release issued by Kelly gave the media plenty of ammunition(!):" ...
 

Double-Standards in D.C. – AR-15's for Feinstein and drug lords, no AR’s for Senators Cruz and Graham
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As most Americans know, the [ATF]–and perhaps others in the Obama administration–knowingly allowed guns to be smuggled from the United States to Mexican drug-smuggling cartels, on the hope that the guns would be recovered at Mexican crimes scenes and eventually traced to sales in the United States. ..." ...

"Meanwhile, evidence has been uncovered that the District of Columbia and Philadelphia police departments provided firearms to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to help her promote her “assault weapon” ban legislation in January, but that D.C. police denied a request from Senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for firearms to be used in their presentations opposing the ban." ...
 

Ex-US Rep. Gabby Giffords attends NY gun show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A smiling Gabrielle Giffords toured rows of tables loaded with rifles and handguns in her first visit to a gun show since surviving a 2011 shooting, and pleaded afterward for people to come together to stop gun violence."

"The former Arizona congresswoman visited the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair on Sunday with her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to highlight a voluntary agreement that closely monitors gun show sales in New York." ...
 

NH: N.H. Legislature may see a renewed fight over gun control in 2014
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"There was passionate debate over gun control this year in state capitols across the country. But not at the State House in Concord, where no major changes to New Hampshire’s gun laws were proposed in the aftermath of last December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn."

"That will change in 2014. More than a dozen gun-related bills are in the works at the Legislature, including measures that would expand background checks before firearm purchases and ban assault rifles and large-capacity magazines." ...
 

CA: Brown vetoes semi-auto bill but slams hunters with lead ammo ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"California Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoed a ban on semi-automatic rifles but threw hunters under the bus by signing legislation that outlaws the use of lead ammunition for hunting by mid-2019, the Sacramento Bee is reporting."

"The San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times have more complete reports that reveal Brown signed other gun control legislation, while turning thumbs down on some measures." ...
 

CO: Colo. governor suggests gun-control groups stay away
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggests national gun-control groups stay away from a looming recall battle that could switch control of the state Senate to the GOP. The groups poured money into an unsuccessful defense of two state lawmakers recalled over their gun votes earlier this year."

"'Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems,' the Democratic governor said ... 'They don't really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.'"

"'But (it is) probably not a bad idea' for gun-control groups ... to curb their efforts if gun-rights activists collect enough signatures to force a recall vote on state Sen. Evie Hudak ... he said." ...
 

CA: Lead ammo ban signed into law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The wait is over for California’s law-abiding gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters. Governor Brown has signed some anti-gun bills and one anti-hunting bill into law. However, he also vetoed several anti-gun bills."

"Below is a list of the bills signed into law and vetoed as well as a link to the respective descriptions given by Governor Brown."

"The NRA will be looking over all the recently signed laws and our legal options for law-abiding Californians." ...
 

IL: Draconian proposal to turn petty offenses into 3-years mandatory minimum for a victimless crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The Shylocks in Springfield are up to their old tricks." ...

"They aren’t targeting habitual criminals toting guns in Chicago running around killing, robbing and raping innocent people. If they were, they could transfer them to the federal system for an automatic, no parole 5-years at the federal level."

"Thugs like the two who shot up the park wounding a dozen a couple of weeks ago – if they had prosecuted them under this provision, they wouldn’t have been prowling the streets to shoot those folks."

"Here’s our position on the matter… a sneak peak at November’s editorial in GunNews." ...
 

WA: Washington State Likely Going to be Forced to Vote on “Universal Background Check” Initiative in 2014
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"It looks like Washington is moving towards at least having a vote on adopting a new strict, background check law, which would require background checks for all firearms transfers in the state. Only antique guns transferred among family would be exempt."

"Backers of the initiative turned in over 250,000 signatures to the Secretary of State this week. That is shy of the recommended number needed to force a ballot initiative, but the effort has until January to collect the remaining signatures." ...
 

Why So Many Police Chiefs Favor Gun Control, When Most Sheriffs Don’t
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"This contains some concepts that many folks haven’t considered.
We are not siding with or against the police or advancing excuses for them and we hope it does not appear we are picking on them either; we aren’t."

"For this work, we interviewed 17 chiefs and sheriffs from around the country. From those conversations (emails and phone) we have some quotes in this work. We were asked not to source the particular quotes and that is fair since this was not an on the record news interview, we just wanted their thoughts and opinions. So, as Joe Friday said, 'just the facts ma’am.'" ...
 

PA: Philly Cop Hassles, Arrests Open Carrier With Permit (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Keystone resident is stripped of his carry permit and firearm, detained and issued a city citation for possession of cutting weapons on a highway."

"'The officer did not have the legal right to confiscate my firearm. He also had no grounds to revoke my license to carry firearms,' said Edward Yealey, a professional audio engineer and production manager."

"Yealey said Oct. 8 at or around 11:30 a.m., he was standing outside a diner owned by a friend on Philadelphia’s East York Street, when he was approached by a city police officer concerning the .45 caliber Glock 30 he was open carrying." ...
 

TX: 9 suspects charged with operating illegal horse track in Crosby
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"Investigators raided the Rancho El Herradero Training Center, on 12402 Sralla Road, saying it was a front for illegal horse racing and gambling."

"They arrested nine people, including six law enforcement officers, and have charged them all with racing without a license."

"Authorities ... say the track hired off duty cops to provide security; those officers are accused of looking the other way when illegal gambling was going on." ...

"'Peace officers take an oath to uphold the law,' said Terese Buess of the district attorney's public integrity division. 'To discover them actually working in their official capacity to provide security for organized criminal enterprises is extremely alarming and disappointing.'" ...
 

FL: TPD officer fired, arrested for fraud and grand theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For the second time in two weeks, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor held a press conference announcing that a Tampa Police Officer was fired."

"'One of our officers violated the law,' Castor said."

"Shortly after losing her job, Officer La Joyce Houston was arrested and charged with two counts of welfare fraud and one count of grant theft."

"Castor said Houston, 47, was working with a Hillsborough County inmate to use food stamp benefit cards fraudulently for mutual gain." ...
 

NC: Voorhees pleads guilty to larceny, fined $100
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former Rockingham Police Chief Robert Voorhees pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of larceny on Monday in Richmond County Superior Court."

"Voorhees, 43, was fined $100, had a 45-day stay in jail suspended, ordered to 12 months of unsupervised probation and was required to surrender his law enforcement license. Judge Mark Klass also ordered Voorhees, originally charged with a single felony count of embezzling $33,000 of city money, to pay court costs of $584.50." ...
 

LA: Iberia Parish deputy fired after Sugarcane Festival incident (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy seen hitting a hand-cuffed man and pushing a teen-age girl has been fired."

"The deputy was captured on video using what the department calls 'excessive force' to control a crowd after the Sugarcane Festival." ...
 

VA: Current System Works! Felon Sentenced to Prison After Trying to Buy Gun at a Gun Show, Turned in by Dealers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Here is a story for anyone who thinks the majority of gun sales at a gun show happen without a background check ..."

"Lamont Reaves, 27, who is a convicted felon, apparently tried to get several vendors to sell him a gun at a Virginia area gun show without a background check."

"Anti gun advocates would have you believe that Reaves would have been able to easily find a gun for sale without a background check at one of those evil gun shows."

"However, Reaves was denied by multiple vendors, and several of the vendors actually notified a state trooper working the gun show who took Reaves into custody. Charges were filed after it was found Reaves was a convicted felon." ...
 

NC: Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock hopes to curb gun thefts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns are being stolen in Fayetteville at an alarming rate, Police Chief Harold Medlock says."

"Figures from the Police Department show that at least 2,179 guns were stolen in the city between 2010 and 2012, an average of nearly two a day. And while police have dedicated a unit to getting guns off the street for more than a year now, it has seized only a fraction of the number of guns stolen in recent years."

"Medlock said the weapons may be worth hundreds of dollars each, but they could easily be sold for $20 or traded for a new pair of sneakers. ..." ...

"The problem facing the city isn't part of a debate over Second Amendment rights, Medlock said."

"'This is an own-your-gun-but-secure-them-properly issue,' he said." ...
 

IL: Labor: Illinois employers face firearms obligations and choices
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "A prudent employer will have a written policy ... which applies to visitors and employees, stating its policy with regard to weapons on its property, including its parking lot, and other areas that it controls. For those employers who wish to prohibit concealed weapons on its property, it should clearly specify where concealed carry is prohibited, and post conspicuously in those areas where the prohibition applies, including parking areas. Other employers may be more gun friendly, allowing concealed carry in its physical buildings, and/or in the parking lots. Regardless of the employer’s gun stance, a clear, well drafted policy and conspicuous posting should go far in protecting an employer’s rights, and fulfilling its legal obligations."
 

MA: Buying gun in Mass. not quick deal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It took exactly 150 days from when I walked into my local police department to learn how to get a firearm license to when I finally received it in the mail Thursday."

"What's up for debate is how many days the actual process took."

"A spokesman for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security said it was 85 days ..."

"A representative of the Gun Owners' Action League ... said to count from when I completed my application to when I actually had the license in my hand ... That's a 100-day wait."

"One could also argue that an additional 40 days should be tacked on, because that's the time I had to wait to get an appointment with the Police Department's firearms-licensing clerk ..." ...
 

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