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CCRKBA Supports College Students and 'Empty Holster' Protest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today endorsed the upcoming Oct. 22-26 "National Collegiate Empty Holster Protest" being sponsored by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a grassroots organization that formed in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy last April."

"CCRKBA Executive Director Mark A. Taff met with Michael Flitcraft, an SCCC chapter leader at the University of Cincinnati during the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference. The fledgling student organization is a non-partisan group that believes legally-licensed students and instructors should be able to carry defensive handguns on campus, providing another layer of defense against the rare, but deadly occurrence of a campus shooting." ...
 

Genocide Resistance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whatever may be said about the U.S. House of Representatives committee vote concerning the use of the term 'genocide' in reference to Turkey's atrocities against the Armenians during World War I, two facts are indisputable: It was gun confiscation that made the atrocities possible. And it was the possession of firearms that saved many Armenians."

"Under the Ottoman Empire, Armenians, who are mostly Christian, had not been allowed to own firearms. This was standard practice for Christians and Jews throughout the Empire, under sharia law for the 'Dhimmi' — Christians and Jews (and sometimes other faiths) who were allowed to retain their religion, provided that they lived in subordination." ...
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H/t to Buckeye Firearms Association.
 

NSSF speaks out against Schwarzenegger
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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation has issued a press release letting the world know exactly what they think of Arnold's recent decision to sign into law the California microstamping & lead amo bills. I love the way they worded their response, I could not have said it better myself:"

"'Governor Schwarzenegger has now effectively banned more firearms than Senators Kennedy, Feinstein and Schumer combined,' said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. 'The governor has proven to gun owners and sportsmen that he is just another liberal anti-gun Hollywood actor ... Mr. Schwarzenegger has now exposed himself for what he really is, the most anti-gun and anti-sportsmen governor in America.'"
 

Dr. Lott: Get Your Hunt On
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Do vegetarians benefit from hunting? Well, let’s just say that all those vegetarians who have adopted their non-meat eating lifestyles because they abhor harming animals might be in for a real shock. Farms actually depend crucially on the ability to kill animals that eat their crops. So vegetarians might consider whether the fine print under their organic labels actually contains the words 'no animals were harmed in the making of this food."

With hunting season starting in various parts of the country, it may be time to acknowledge what vegetarians, as well as hunted animals, owe to hunters." ...
 

Students Get a Sneak Peek at Supreme Court Term
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last Thursday the American Constitution Society hosted a Supreme Court Preview with Tom Goldstein and Patricia Ann Millet, co-heads of the Supreme Court practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld."

"Goldstein ... drew a crowd of avid Supreme Court followers and blog readers as well as a number of other students curious about the future of the Court. ..." ...

"The speakers then turned to discuss particularly difficult cases ... and Parker v. District of Columbia ..."

"As for Parker, Goldstein noted that the Supreme Court has not ruled on the Second Amendment in over 70 years, making it anybody's guess how it will be decided. Goldstein's and Millet's firm, Akin Gump, represents the city of D.C. in this case." ...
 

Good Guy With a Gun: A Superhero For the Times
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"When Captain America returns to the pages of his comic book in January, it won't be his star-spangled new duds getting all the attention. Instead it will be what he's wielding in his right hand, the one once reserved for pummeling the jaws of evil. Come next year, he'll be gripping cold, hard steel."

"That's right, Captain America will be packing heat."

"With a few mainstream comic book exceptions -- the Punisher, for instance -- it's usually the bad guys who have the guns. ..."

"'We definitely wanted a Captain America that still screamed, 'This is Captain America,' but this isn't the same Cap you've been reading about,' says Ed Brubaker, the comic book's writer. 'This isn't Steve Rogers.'" ...
 

Ruger Blackhawk
Submitted by: David Wolf

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"In the early 1950s, Westerns were popular in movies and television. Colt had discontinued the famous Single Action Army prior to World War II, and few single-action revolvers were available on the handgun market. In 1953, the new firm of Sturm, Ruger and Company introduced the Ruger Single Six, a .22LR rimfire single-action revolver with full-sized grips and a downscaled cylinder and action to match the small .22 cartridge. Popularity of the new Single Six warranted development of a full-sized centerfire version." ...
 

The AK-47
Submitted by: David Wolf

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"The AK is simple, inexpensive to manufacture and easy to clean and maintain. Its ruggedness and reliability are legendary. The large gas piston, generous clearances between moving parts, and tapered cartridge case design allow the gun to endure large amounts of foreign matter and fouling without failing to cycle. This reliability comes at the cost of accuracy, as the looser tolerances do not allow the precision and consistency that are required of more accurate firearms. Reflecting Soviet infantry doctrine of its time, the rifle is meant to be part of massed infantry fire, not long range engagements." ...
 

AL: Couple Make Burglar Clean Up at Gunpoint
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"A burglar in Montgomery chose the wrong family to mess with, literally. Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned home on Tuesday after a week away to find that thieves had emptied almost everything the family of five owned, Tiffany McKinnon said through tears." ...

"Adrian McKinnon sent his wife to see her sister while he inspected the piles left behind. As he walked back into the sunroom, a man walked through the back door straight into him ..." ...

"Adrian McKinnon held the suspect, 33-year-old Tajuan Bullock, at gunpoint and told him to sit on the floor until he decided what to do."

"'We made this man clean up all the mess he made,' Tiffany McKinnon said. ..."

"When police arrived, Bullock complained about being forced to clean the home at gunpoint."

"'This man had the nerve to raise sand about us making him clean up the mess he made in my house,' she said. 'The police officer laughed at him when he complained and said anybody else would have shot him dead.'" ...
 

Dr. Lott: Teachers Packing Heat?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Good intentions do not necessarily make good rules. What counts is whether the laws ultimately save lives. Unfortunately, too many gun laws primarily disarm law-abiding citizens, not criminals."

"Banning guns from schools seems like the obvious way to keep children safe. But a teacher, Shirley Katz, in Medford, Oregon, is proposing the exact opposite and is stirring up debate across the nation. Recently the first round of a legal battle went to the teacher, since the judge would not accept the school district's claim that her case should simply be dismissed."

"Ms. Katz, who has a concealed handgun permit and regularly carries her handgun with her when not at school, wants to be able to do the same on school property ..." ...
 

TX: Area school districts considering Ag Clays 381
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced it's trying to start a pilot program similar to the Archery in Schools initiative, the new program entitled Clay Sports in Schools."

"The pilot is designed to introduce 6th through 12th grade level youth to competitive shotgun clay target shooting through the Wildlife Management and Recreation curriculum in the Agricultural Science program in high schools."

"Charlie Wilson, a training specialist in the Hunter Education Department of TPWD explains there is a similar program put out through the National Shooting Sports Foundation called Scholastic Clay Target Program, but it never really caught on in Texas." ...
 

Veteran stress cases up sharply
Submitted by: motoboy

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"The number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder from the Department of Veterans Affairs jumped by nearly 20,000 — almost 70% — in the 12 months ending June 30, VA records show."

"More than 100,000 combat veterans sought help for mental illness since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, about one in seven of those who have left active duty since then, according to VA records collected through June. Almost half of those were PTSD cases."

"The numbers do not include thousands treated at storefront Vet Centers operated by the department across the country. Nor do they include active-duty personnel diagnosed with the disorder ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: How many will be denied the right to own a gun under HR2640?
 

Sen. Warner backs gun law debate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Sen. John W. Warner today urged Senate leaders to bring up for debate on the Senate floor a bill passed by the House and spurred by the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech."

"The bill would tighten the national instant background-check system for gun buyers and ensure that states share with the U.S. government mental-illness information that might prohibit a buyer from getting a gun." ...
 

CA: Schwarzenegger shoots hunters in foot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
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"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two pieces of legislation on Saturday that were direct slaps in the face of gun owners, hunters and common sense."

"His supposed ties to the conservative community suggested he would veto both of them. He didn't."

"The normally mild-mannered Lawrence Keane, the senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), said, 'Governor Schwarzenegger has now effectively banned more firearms than Senators (Ted) Kennedy, (Dianne) Feinstein and (Charles) Schumer combined. The governor has proven to gun owners and sportsmen that he is just another liberal, antigun Hollywood actor. He just plays a moderate Republican on TV.'" ...
 

OH: Buehrer Leading the Charge for Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) Wednesday gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 184, legislation he introduced that would make needed reforms to Ohio's self-defense law. This bill is part of Senator Buehrer’s ongoing quest to preserve our Second Amendment rights, while providing Ohioans with the tools to protect themselves, their homes and their families."

"Sen. Buehrer, who testified on SB184 before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, explained that Ohio's current self-defense law unfairly places the civil and criminal burden on the victim to prove in court that they were truly acting to defend themselves from serious physical harm or death." ...
 

Discourses Concerning Government, By Algernon Sidney, "to make such arms as are most fit for our defence", 1698
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"...But if it be lawful for us . . . to make such arms as are most fit for our defence, and to invent printing, with an infinite number of other arts beneficial to mankind, why have we not the same right in matters of government . . . . From whence should malice and wickedness gain a privilege of putting new inventions to do mischief every day into practice? and who is it that so far protects them, as to forbid good and innocent men to find new ways also of defending themselves from it? . . . nor to think that God has so far abandoned us into the hands of our enemies, as not to leave us the liberty of using the same arms in our defence as they do to offend and injure us..."

 

An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Artical II, By Adam Smith, "the whole body of the people was completely instructed in the use of arms", 1776
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"...It was in this manner, by facilitating the acquisition of their military and gymnastic exercises, by encouraging it, and even by imposing upon the whole body of the people the necessity of learning those exercises, that the Greek and Roman republics maintained the martial spirit of their respective citizens..."

"...But the security of every society must always depend, more or less, upon the martial spirit of the great body of the people..."

"...The influence, besides, of the ancient institutions was much more universal. By means of them the whole body of the people was completely instructed in the use of arms..."

"...But a coward, a man incapable either of defending or of revenging himself..."
 

The Influence of America, By John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton, "rather than against any suffering under its enactment, that they took up arms", 1910
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"...“The rights asserted by our forefathers were not peculiar to themselves. They were the common rights of mankind. The basis of the Constitution was laid broader by far than the superstructure which the conflicting interests and prejudices of the day suffered to be erected. . . . but they were plainly promulgated in the Declaration of Independence.” ..."

"...rather than against any suffering under its enactment, that they took up arms..."

"...which are the laws of nature and consequently the laws of God, that we are to place our hope of softening the divine displeasure. It is the law of nature, which is the law of God.”..."
 

You can and will make a difference!
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"I wanted to updated everyone on the Red's Trading Post Challenge, I have had 10 people complete the challenge and several others indicate they are still working on it. That may not seem like a whole lot but that is over 1,000 letters sent so far."

"Evidently there are still members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that are still seeking questions of ATF Acting Director Michael J. Sullivan. If the Committee confirms Sullivan then he will go before the full Senate for confirmation to Director."

"If you write them also feel free to point them to our online petition that currently has over 4,900 signatures. I hope that you will take the time to help stop these back door attacks on our Second Amendment." ...
 

CA: Man accused of hacking into 911
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"SWAT officers expected to find a victim shot to death, drugs and a belligerent armed suspect when they surrounded the home of an unsuspecting couple, but found they were only a part of a false emergency call caused by a teenager who hacked into the county’s emergency response system, authorities said."

"Ellis is expected to appear in an Orange County courtroom Monday to face charges of computer access and fraud, false imprisonment by violence, falsely reporting a crime and assault with an assault weapon by proxy."

"'It's not a prank,' Emami said. 'People's lives were in danger.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: ?????assault with an assault weapon by proxy.????
 

NC: Judge Delays Sentencing in Case of Ex-Robeson Co. Sheriff Deputy
Submitted by: jac

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"A federal judge has delayed sentencing a former Robeson County lawman, one of several facing prison time as part of a nearly five-year investigation into corruption in the sheriff's office."

"Former deputy Vincent Sinclair gave a nearly hourlong speech in court before U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle on Wednesday that provided what appeared to be contradictory information about the crimes." ...

"In February, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence." ...
 

UK: Replica guns seized from collector
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Armed police swooped on the flat of a 54-year-old replica pistol collector in Battersea."

"They seized 17 replica guns but police admit the man posed no threat to the community." ...

"'This action was taken to pro-actively reduce the threat of firearm incidents in the borough ...' Insp Phelps said after the weapons had been handed over." ...

"It turned out the 54-year-old had been collecting the gun memorabilia over 20 years and had built up an extensive collection." ...

"The Met said in a statement that 'although there was no concern that the owner of the collection posed a threat himself, the firearms that had been identified by officers as susceptible to conversion were retained as a precautionary measure' and will be destroyed."
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IL: Vietnam veteran subjected to outrageous injustice
Submitted by: Kurt Hofmann
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"First, although this is about a veteran being denied, for psychological reasons, his Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms, it is not about H.R. 2640. I am passionately, vehemently opposed to the so-called NICS 'Improvement' Act, but this brave man faces the same egregious treatment whether H.R. 2640 passes, or not." ...
 

NY: A major loophole in NYS gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"An Eyewitness News undercover investigation reveals just how easy it is, and perfectly legal, for anyone to get their hands on a deadly firearm -- no background check needed, no drivers license even needs to be shown." ...

"New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. But after the gun scare at St. John's University in Queens, we decided to take a closer look at the law as it applies to a specific type of rifle -- one that panicked a campus and nearly killed a state police trooper." ...
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KABA Note: "loophole" is tyrant-speak for "some small bit of freedom which has not yet been legislated out of existence".
 

NY: Letter on gun rights is far from being right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In regard to Lee Deems' Oct. 3 letter:"

"1. When the Bill of Rights was written there was no militia. The militia was considered the whole body of people. Every right in the Bill of Rights is an individual right. Why would the second one be only for a militia?"

"2. Two different U.S. Courts of Appeals have ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban violates the Second Amendment. The 5th Circuit's decision in United States vs. Emerson found that the Second Amendment protects an individual right."

"3. In the Washington, D.C., case, Judge Silberman wrote that the right to arms existed prior to the formation of the new government ..."
 

Pakistan: An American dogma
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It has happened twice again within a few days in between -- carnage of innocent people by gun-totting individuals in the United States. On October 10, 2007, a 14-year-old suspended student shot four people in his downtown high school ... On October 7 in a small town in the state of Wisconsin a deputy sheriff pulled the trigger of a rifle ..."

"I don't know how many times Americans as well as people from rest of the world have not been chocked to learn that some crazy fellow who had gone berserk killed several individuals in one go. ..." ...

"... It is not, however, simply easy availablity of firearms that has made violence endemic to American society but also a morbidly violent cultural ethos ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: In Pakistan yesterday explosions ripped through a crowd killing at least 136 and wounding hundreds.
 

UK: Lawmakers want pool to replace gun range
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
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"Weightconscious lawmakers called on British authorities Thursday to replace Parliament’s shooting range with a swimming pool, saying that it would help them keep in shape."

"'Do you agree that there are too many fat members of Parliament?' lawmaker Richard Bacon asked in a House of Commons debate. 'Speaking as one of them, may I say how much I welcome reports about proposals to [replace] the shooting range with a swimming pool.'"

"Legislators have urged officials considering renovations to the Palace of Westminster, home to Parliament, to clear out the rifle range to make way for better sports facilities." ...
 

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