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Hello Cleveland! Hey, Who Likes Guns?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "Now it's time for a little shameless exploitation of my new hosts. I'd like to extend an invitation to Cleveland area gun rights activists: we have a unique and unprecedented opportunity here, courtesy of Examiner.com, to employ their resources and reach to get our message heard outside 'the choir.' Let's use it. If you know of a story that can help promote the cause, send me the link as a tip. If you're part of a gun rights group that is fighting a particular battle, supporting or opposing a particular candidate or measure this area is affected by, or if you have an event coming up, let me know about it. If you're an area gun blogger, by all means keep me apprised of work you're doing that Northeast Ohioans would be interested in. ..." ...
 

More good news for the good guys: New FBI crime data proves gun grabbers wrong
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (and other supporters of Barack Obama's presidential campaign), 'more guns = more crime'. The logical conclusion they hope lawmakers reach is that guns should be banned, or at least be severely restricted."

"But changes to gun laws over the past five years, and data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), suggest something else entirely." ...

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released the 2007 edition of Crime in the United States, which shows that both violent and property crimes fell in 2007." ...
 

Denny Crane Takes on Armed Thug
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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"Boston Legal's Denny Crane vs. Armed Thug. Too funny - must see!"
 

The Cave: The social calculus of handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This past summer, in what history will remember as a watershed case, the US Supreme court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of individual gun ownership rights ..." ...

"Historically, government has outlawed certain firearms based on their high social cost. Now let us consider what that same utilitarian calculus has to say about handguns. The Department of Justice reports that handguns are the most frequently used firearms in homicide. Their report shows that in 2005, 14,965 murders involved firearms, 7,565 of them by handguns ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Now let's look at the lives saved by guns. If there are 1.5 million DGUs a year, and even 1% of them saved a life then as many lives were saved with guns as were taken.
 

TN: Self-Defense Ruled In Case Where Central Student Was Killed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A criminal homicide charge was dismissed Friday morning against James Bryan Miller in the case in which a Central High School student was killed in a home invasion at Summit."

"General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon said, 'I cannot imagine a case where there is more justification for taking a life.'" ...

"County Det. Ed Merritt said Miller would likely have not faced any charges had he not fled the scene. ..." ...

"... He said Miller looked out and could see under a night light that three people were approaching the trailer. He could see that they were wearing hoodies and masks and one had a shotgun..."

"Det. Merritt said Miller went for a nearby gun and began firing as soon as the trio forced their way inside." ...
 

OK: Tulsa Homeowner Shoots Man Trying To Break Into House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Tulsa homeowner shoots a man police say was causing all sorts of problems near 34th & Riverside."

"Shortly before midnight, police were called to Riverside Drive because a man was seen screaming and shouting at cars driving by."

"About 10 minutes later, police received another call from a homeowner about the man trying to break into his house."

"The homeowner was on the phone with a 911 operator and told police he had a gun. He left the phone off the hook and the operator heard several shots fired."

"The homeowner told police the man had to break into his home and was shouting threats at him."

"That's when he grabbed his gun and opened fire, hitting the man in the right leg." ...
 

TX: Man fatally shoots would-be robber, police say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two men with shotguns tried to rob a man late Thursday in southeast Fort Worth, but the would-be victim pulled his own gun, killing one, police said." ...

"Police responding to a report of shots fired at the address met with the 35-year-old resident, who said he was in his pickup outside the home when he was approached by two men toting shotguns."

"The man was 'forced to lie down in the street while the suspects contemplated what to do next,' ..."

"'One of the men,' Henderson said, 'decided to force (the resident) back inside his residence and told him to get up. As (he) began to stand up he retrieved a handgun that was concealed in his pants and began slinging lead at the two would-be robbers.'" ...
 

Outdoorsmen should look at key issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This time of year, our thoughts turn to two things: Fresh venison and national politics."

"Ponder this while you wait for a deer or Election Day, whichever comes in range first: Who is the outdoors person's best choice for president?"

"Let's take a look:" ...

"There isn't much difference between McCain's and Obama's stands on gun rights and gun control. Both endorsed the recent Supreme Court decision affirming the Second Amendment ..."

"They also have similar records and have made similar promises on gun limits and restrictions."

"They are similar in two more interesting ways: First, neither is a gun owner, shooter or hunter."

"Second, both have running mates who are famously pro-gun." ...
 

American Hunters and Shooters Association founder: Obama will protect gun rights
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama won't take away Americans' guns, says the head of the American Hunters and Shooters Association."

"'We're a gun rights organization and we are stating Obama's not going to take away your guns,' Ray Schoenke, who is founder and president of the AHSA, said in an interview Thursday night."

"While Schoenke, whose group has endorsed Obama, was pushing the Democrat's agenda for sportsmen at the Beltrami County DFL's campaign headquarters Thursday evening, Todd Palin, husband of Sen. John McCain running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was pitching the Republicans’ agenda on northern Minnesota issues." ...
 

AZ: NRA Endorses David Schweikert
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"District Five congressional candidate David Schweikert has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and an 'A' rating for his solid support of Second Amendment rights."

"'I'm honored to be recognized for my commitment to the principles our Founders established when the Constitution was written,' Schweikert said. 'The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the Heller case ratified the Founders' intent that all Americans have the right to bear arms as established by the Second Amendment. I'm proud to be associated with any group such as the NRA that is devoted to protecting each of our basic Constitutional freedoms and I'm grateful for this endorsement.'" ...
 

MN: More than just hunt, gun issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thursday found the presence of both presidential campaigns in Bemidji — part of a swing through northern Minnesota." ...

"Both men were in Bemidji — and northern Minnesota — to appeal to northern voters on gun rights, hunting rights and private land issues. Make no mistake, northern voters do support the Second Amendment in droves, and we are first in line to preserve the right to hunt and fish. By and large, we support multiple use for our natural resources ..."

"But we worry that at the national level, when presidential campaigns target voters, that they think that gun rights and hunting are all we care about. That by appealing to gun rights, the campaign will lock up northern Minnesota." ...
 

PA: CeaseFire Pennsylvania Issues Endorsements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CeaseFire PA has their list of endorsements out for this year. The full list is here. I notice that my State Representative carries a CeaseFire PA endorsement. I will be voting for Frank Farry this election (even though he didn’t get his NRA questionnaire filled out!) due to this development."

"If your state representative is on this list, be sure send him or her a message letting them know how unhappy you are with their endorsement by CeaseFire, and that you will be voting for their opponent in this upcoming election ... We're going to want these endorsements to cause headaches for the folks endorsed, and our numbers are lot higher than theirs."
 

NJ: Brady Campaign Strongly Endorses Senator Frank Lautenberg
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, along with its New Jersey Million Mom March chapters, today strongly endorsed Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey for re-election."

"'Senator Frank Lautenberg is a hero to all Americans working to prevent gun violence. He has been a courageous champion for sensible gun laws and has worked tirelessly to make our communities safer,' said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign."

"'I have always been proud to stand strong with the Brady Campaign to stop gun violence in New Jersey and across our country so I am honored to have the support of the Brady Campaign and its members,' Senator Lautenberg said. ..." ...
 

IL: Board supports right to own guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Will County became the 87th of 102 Illinois counties to approve a resolution defending the Constitutional amendment allowing people to owns guns."

"The Second Amendment support is in response to cities, such as Chicago, who have prohibited handguns. Chicago's handgun ownership ban, the Chicago Weapons Ordinance, has been in existence since 1982."

"Will County Board member Lee Ann Goodson, chairman of the board's Legislative Committee, said at Thursday's County Board meeting the resolution was requested by the Illinois State Rifle Association."
 

PA: Pa. governor signs bill increasing gun penalties
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Pennsylvania's gun laws got tougher Friday as Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill increasing the mandatory sentence for anyone convicted of shooting a firearm at a police officer and for crimes committed with illegally purchased guns."

"Rendell, flanked by family members of slain Philadelphia police officers, city and state officials and law enforcement, signed the wide-reaching bill at the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police lodge."

"'It's a good day for Pennsylvania and a great day for law enforcement,' said Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who pushed for the changes." ...
 

PA: 2 gun-control bills introduced in Council
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The same Philadelphia City Council members who have challenged the state's supremacy on gun laws introduced two new gun-control bills yesterday, one aimed at closing what critics say is a big loophole in the secondhand gun market."

"Under legislation ... anyone reselling a gun would have have to run the sale through a licensed dealer, who would run a background check on the buyer."

"A similar state law already exists, but critics say it is too narrow and has no effect on individuals selling guns to other individuals." ...

"The other bill introduced yesterday ... would allow police to confiscate a car driven by someone illegally carrying a gun - regardless of ownership of the car." ...
 

National Search for Vegas Boy Taken by Police Impostors
Submitted by: jac

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"Two men posing as police officers kidnapped a 6-year-old boy in a drug dispute after entering his family's home and tying up his mother and her boyfriend, police said Thursday."

"An Amber Alert was expanded nationwide as police searched for Cole Puffinburger, who was taken Wednesday, police said." ...
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Submitters note: This is why you shoot first in the event of a no knock police raid.
 

BATFE Adds Theft To Its Crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Coloseum Software Corporation has developed software that will help dealers record all of the information that is unconstitutionally required by the federal government -- and to keep that information in a way that insulates them from bogus prosecutions at the hands of the [BATFE] (aka The Gang)." ...

"The BATFE wanted to see the details of the program, which left the directors at Coloseum a bit hesitant, as companies are reticent to expose the details of a product before it's released to the market place."

"No problem, Coloseum was told. The agency would protect the details of their product."

"Well, that was a lie." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

PA: Ex-Birdsboro policeman sentenced to house arrest for child porn, peeping
Submitted by: jac

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"Former Birdsboro Patrolman Robert L. Newth was sentenced Thursday to six months of house arrest for possessing child pornography on his computer in 2004 and peeping into apartment windows in 2005."

"Berks County Judge Peter W. Schmehl also ordered Newth to serve five years of probation."

"Under house arrest, Newth is required to wear an ankle bracelet and cannot leave home without permission from court authorities."

"Newth, 30, Exeter Township, pleaded guilty in June to possessing 120 child-pornography images on his home computer in July 2004."

"He also pleaded guilty to loitering and prowling for looking in windows at a Pennside apartment complex on June 25, 2005. Newth resigned from the force three days later." ...
 

LA: Police arrest nearly 130 suspects in Operation Crime Sweep
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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state and federal agencies stopped during ... "Smith was one of hundreds that the more than 50 officers from local, parish, Operation Crime Sweep -- a Rapides Parish zero-tolerance operation."

"Officers said they didn't mind if residents felt the heat of them sweeping the streets -- that's the point." ...

"... During each contact, officers ask for the person's name and date of birth and if the person was "on paper" -- under parole or probation supervision. The pertinent information was written on a board the person held for the picture."

"LaCour stressed that residents who are out and about on the parish's streets need to expect to be contacted by an officer during this operation." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Probable cause? We doan need no steenkin' probable cause!"
 

TX: FBI arrests South Texas sheriff on federal drug charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Starr County Sheriff Reymundo Guerra was indicted on drug charges and arrested by FBI agents Tuesday at his Rio Grande City office."

"The 52-year-old sheriff ... is a defendant in an indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury earlier this month."

"The 19-count indictment alleges Guerra and 14 others were part of a conspiracy to move hundreds of pounds of marijuana and cocaine through the remote Mexican border county."

"Guerra is charged with three counts, including conspiracy, acting as an accessory by suggesting a co-defendant use fake lease documents to avoid apprehension, and using a telephone in the conspiracy." ...
 

TX: More than 30 HPD officers punished in payroll probe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than 30 Houston police officers face suspension or a departmental reprimand after an internal affairs investigation concluded that they worked at part-time jobs while still on the clock for the city."

"The Houston Police Officers' Union said the punishment handed down by HPD amounted to an overreaction to long-standing — if unofficial — patrol officer practices." ...

"The department forwarded the results of the investigation to the Harris County District Attorney's Office."

"'They declined any charges on anybody. No criminal activity occurred,' Blankinship said." ...
 

TX: Officer fired after arrest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One Mount Pleasant police officer has been fired and another placed on administrative leave after an incident in Nacogdoches Tuesday night."

"Donald Drew 'DC' Craig, 28, a four-year veteran of the Mount Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) was terminated after being arrested on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest, 'once I received the report and other documentation from the Nacogdoches Police Department (NPD),' said MPPD Chief J.C. 'Jay' Burch."

"Craig and another, as yet unidentified, MPPD officer had driven in a marked MPPD patrol car to Nacogdoches Sunday to begin attending a two-week accident investigation school." ...
 

CO: Convention Arrest Charges to Be Dropped in ABC Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Criminal trespass charges filed against ABC News producer Asa Eslocker during the August Democratic Convention will be dropped by the Denver City Attorney, lawyers for Eslocker said today." ...

"Eslocker was grabbed around the throat and put in handcuffs by a Denver police department sergeant as he and a camera crew attempted to take pictures from a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and wealthy donors arriving at a secret meeting ..." ...

"'The individual officers violated Mr. Eslocker's First Amendment rights, illegally ordered him away from the Brown Palace, wrongfully charged him with crimes and arrested him in a violent and thuggish manner,' said Eslocker's lawyers ..." ...
 

KS: WaKeeney police officer arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A WaKeeney police officer remains in the Trego County jail pending the filing of aggravated assault charges."

"Authorities, however, have yet to divulge details surrounding his arrest."

"Formal charges have not yet been filed against officer John Kersley, 41, according to WaKeeney Police Chief Terry Eberle. Bond has been set at $50,000. He has been an officer with the WaKeeney Police Department since November 2005, Eberle said."

"Kersley was arrested at about 1 a.m. Tuesday in connection with an incident in WaKeeney."

"Assistant Trego County Attorney Dave Basgall said he has been given until 10 a.m. Wednesday to file charges in connection with the incident." ...
 

UK: Massive loyalist weapons cache found after man’s death
Submitted by: Russell Middleton

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"Police have uncovered over 80 loyalist paramilitary weapons and thousands of bullets during the search of a house in north Belfast."

"The massive arms cache, believed to be linked to the UVF, was uncovered by officers investigating the sudden death of a man in the area. The man has been named locally as William Bell from Ballysillan Drive."

"The circumstances surrounding Mr Bell's death are still under investigation, however police are not treating it as suspicious at this time."

"It is understood he may have taken his own life."

"Police today said that during follow-up searches they discovered more guns in lock-up premises in greater Belfast." ...
 

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