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Should gun owners have their heads examined?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "That's pretty terrifying. Why wouldn't Australians want to make sure people like this are disarmed?"

"Why wouldn't we?"

"Could we if we wanted to?" ...
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Author's Note: Wednesday's Gun Rights Examiner column also includes my segment on "The Watchmen."
 

Safer Streets 2010: Which gun laws to repeal first?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In my Safer Streets Newsletter, I'm posting how and why we need to talk to non-gun owners before the election. ..."

"If we're going to talk about the repeal of gun laws, I'm sure it's not going to happen all at once. (If only... if only...) Which gun laws ought to be repealed first? How about these?"

"1. A nationwide concealed carry which is either a repeal of concealed carry regulation or a national reciprocity for a concealed carry permit. I don't care which, it's a start. Ultimately, the second amendment is the only concealed carry law we need, if only it were respected. But gun laws did not come into being overnight, they won't be vanquished overnight. (If only... if only ...)" ...
 

Mid-term election IS about gun rights; John A. Nosler, in memory
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Saying the mid-term election coming up in less than two weeks is not about gun rights demonstrates clearly that the speaker is a moron."

"Since Barack Obama took office, he has named two very anti-gun justices to the U.S Supreme Court, and Senator Patty Murray – who is now boasting that she helped write Obamacare legislation (uh, would you take that kind of credit?) – voted to confirm both of them. Murray has also supported just about every gun control measure to come along since she was elected to the Senate nearly 18 years ago. Likewise, she voted to confirm Attorney General Eric Holder, who wanted to renew the ban on modern sport-utility rifles ..." ...
 

"Fedamageddon." Interesting. Time asks: "Will the Federal Reserve Cause a Civil War?" and in doing so admits the Founders' militia concept.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Now I don't know what the Fed will or will not do. Based on past experience, you can just about guarantee that what it does will a. be unconstitutional and b. make things worse."

"The interesting thing here is that a major magazine is speaking about the militia movement in terms that admit its potential power and the assumption of the role of counterbalance to government tyranny."

"They're starting to get the Founders' point." ...
 

RKBA: Why I Went From Gun Scoffer To Armed Liberal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let's get some background."

"I grew up in a non-gun state where they all had to be registered, both handguns and long guns. We had a rifle and shotgun in the house, to be handed down to me by each of my grandfathers, but they sat in their cases because neither me nor dad had an itch to go sit in the woods ... waiting for meat to show up when a good steak was just a few minutes drive away at the grocery store. It was also a nice neighborhood where everybody checked on each other when the power went out or the water pipe broke, a couple neighbors had a housekey to take in the newspapers and mail if we were away. ..."

"So what could have possibly taken me from such a life of rainbows, unicorns and warm fuzzy pooties?" ...
 

Critical safety questions at Remington Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 10-month investigation by CNBC has found that at least two dozen deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the signature product of an iconic American company."

"The Remington Model 700-series rifle - with more than 5 million sold - is one of the world’s most popular firearms. Famous for its accuracy, the rifle is now the target of a series of lawsuits claiming that it is unsafe and susceptible to firing without pulling the trigger."

"Remington insists its rifle is safe and free of any defect, though internal documents obtained by CNBC indicate the company has wrestled with concerns over the gun's safety for some 60 years. ..." ...
 

Question of the Day: Why Do People Think Car Doors Provide Cover? (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The only part of a car that you could kinda maybe count on to stop a bullet is the engine block. And yet IDPA and the rest of the run n' gun crowd are constantly holding competitions where you have to shoot from behind a car door. Yes, I know the difference between cover (ballistic protection) and concealment (hiding). But I reckon the combat sim crowd should run drills and comps where the shooters have to fire from behind more realistic fake cover (if you know what I mean). I'd also like to point out that most times these shooters expose their entire upper body while firing, rather than "peeking out" from cover. Or concealment. Anyway, talk to me about cover. Do you scan for it when you walk around? What do you look for?
 

Training With Cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m spending this week at the High Liability Instructors Conference ... Cops working alongside paramedics et. al., public servants who respond to dangerous situations with human life on the line. It builds character doing that day after day, so you always meet quality people at gatherings like this."

"I'm teaching each day, but in free periods I take every class I can. It ain’t just about guns and bullets and smackin’ folks. I caught an excellent lecture from Tania Penderakis, an expert in body language and detection of deception. I've been studying body language and teaching it for years ... but this erudite lady is deeper into it than I am, and I picked up some new info from her. So can you, at her website, www.AthenaTraining.com" ...
 

The Remington 700 and Me
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After reading about the trigger problems with the Remington 700, before the CNBC brouhaha, I went out and bought a Remington 700 SPS Tactical. I was confident that the company has addressed the design defect more than two-and-a-half decades ago. No, that’s not it. I don’t buy a product because it isn’t defective. I buy it because it's what I want. I wanted a reasonably priced 308 rifle for target practice. In bad ass black. If SWAT teams trust the post-1982 Remington 700 to save the lives of innocent people, that’s good enough for me. OK, SWAT teams deploy the Remington M-24 Sniper Weapon System based on the 700. But still. Which brings me to my main point: why is Remington attacking CNBC's reporter instead of defending their gun?" ...
 

Ruger SR40 Field Stripped and Cleaned. Ready for Review (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My brand new gun is jamming!" And not in a Bob Marley kinda way. Ask anyone who works at a gun range: they've heard that one before. As Wayne from American Firearms School attests, the lube used to protect a gun before it's shipped from the factory is not the same gunk you need to keep it running smoothly. So Wayne field stripped and cleaned our recently received Ruger SR40 prior to its test and review (writing it now). Thank you Wayne.
 

NJ: Should condos have the right to restrict weapons?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"JUST AS the First Amendment's indulgence of free speech is often said to end at the point of falsely yelling fire in a crowded theater, should the supposed 'right to bear arms' mentioned in the Second Amendment be similarly restricted by keeping rifles and assault weapons from being brought into semi-crowded suburban enclaves?" ...
 

Gun control makes sense to some; proves irksome to others -- Gun Control: A Reality Check (second item)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the issue of gun control, it’s imperative to know why we have the second amendment, the amendment granting the right to bear arms. There is in fact a simple reason for the founders of this country decided to incorporate a right to own a weapon. The second amendment is a safeguard of sorts, what it guarantees is more than a just a weapon, but the idea that one person can defend themselves. They may not necessarily be defending themselves against another person, but also the government itself. What could the people possibly do if we find ourselves in a fascist nation where weapons are illegal? ..." ...
 

Gun control makes sense to some; proves irksome to others -- Bring Back Reality
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the first few weeks of summer vacation this year, I took driver's education classes. My instructor, Morris, was knowledgeable, competent, and entertaining, but was someone who ... 'couldn’t hold his tongue'. One evening, in between telling us stories of gruesome automobile wrecks involving teenagers, Morris said that the reason that the low number of shootings in the 19th century 'Wild West' was because everyone carried guns. But later, when describing instances of road rage, Morris called us a 'violent generation' that could not be temperate. Whether he knew it or not, Morris had contradicted himself. The early 21st Century is not the late 19th Century. Times have changed, and so must our relationship with guns." ...
 

MI: Man gets into fatal shootout with carjacker in Detroit
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"Video surveillance footage shows a 5-year-old girl's confusion as she watches her mother's boyfriend stumble around a gas station after he was shot fending off a would-be carjacker." ...

"The carjacker shot the victim, who fell to the ground, pulled out his own handgun and opened fire as the suspect entered the Escalade ..."

"More than 20 shots were exchanged and the suspect was killed, said Detroit Police Cmdr. Steve Dolunt. The carjacking victim was hit multiple times, including in the face and body, police said."

"The carjacking victim had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to police." ...

"The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in serious condition." ...
 

NRA Getting it Right, Except on Tester
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The number of guns Americans own has skyrocketed, but how is this significant?"

"An incredible paranoia swept the country back in 2008 when it started to look like a perceived 'gun-grabber,' Barack Obama, might become commander-in-chief. ..."

"Watching this happen – in utter disbelief and shock, I'm sure – gun control advocates frequently predicted 'terrible consequences.' But what really happened?"

"The FBI's recently released crime statistics give us that answer. Now that more private citizens own more guns than ever, violent crime has sunk to a 35-year low, including a 6 percent drop in just one year between 2008 and 2009 when Americans were buying every gun they could get their hands on ..." ...
 

Why the NRA is bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Others have complained about flawed NRA candidate ratings. Now let us examine why the organization purporting to defend the Second Amendment has been systematically selling out…"

"As conservatives battle to wrest control of Congress back from the left, liberal news organs like The Washington Post, National Public Radio and even 'The Gray Lady' herself have cheered the NRA as it endorses Democrats across the country."

"And rest assured the NRA's efforts are systematic. Take, for example, an e-mail I got yesterday from 'Marge':" ...

 

IL: Who let the thugs out? IL Gov. Quinn, who also wants to keep you unarmed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D), in a difficult battle for Illinois Governor (Quinn was elevated from Lieutenant Governor, replacing the disgraced Rod Blagojevich) against Republican Bill Brady (currently on the state senate) has made clear that he intends to maintain the status quo in Illinois, of prohibiting the carrying of defensive firearms in public. From the Springfield State Journal-Register:"
"'Governor Quinn believes in the Second Amendment and in common-sense restrictions upon it,' said campaign spokeswoman Mica Matsoff. 'He is not in favor of legalizing conceal and carry. Gov. Quinn believes in keeping the most dangerous guns, such as assault weapons, off of our streets.'" ...
 

PA: In debate, Toomey, Sestak peg each other as extremists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Even though they disagree on everything, Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak found some common ground Wednesday night in the first U.S. Senate debate: Both agree the other guy is an extremist." ...

"Mr. Sestak said he respects the Second Amendment but is in favor of banning assault weapons, quoting a past statement from Mr. Toomey saying 'my idea of gun control is a steady aim' to press the extremist point. Mr. Toomey said Mr. Sestak 'doesn't respect the right of law-abiding citizens on firearms.' Mr. Toomey noted his endorsements from the state troopers association and the Fraternal Order of Police." ...
 

NY: Candidates Forum Draws A Crowd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Candidates for the N.Y. State Assembly and the N.Y. State Senate discussed their records and their views in front of an overflowing audience ... on Tuesday October 19 at the Scarsdale Public Library." ...

"In response to a question about gun control, Atayan stressed her experience with law enforcement and stated 'we have a right to bear arms. We should store them safely. As a person of Assyrian descent – my husband is Armenian – it is abhorrent to confiscate weapons. It revolves around legal gun ownership.'"

"Paulin replied that though the second amendment grants the right to bear arms, she favors pistol permit renewals which could hopefully prevent another massacre like the one that took place in Binghamton." ...
 

CA: Lopey displays Constitutional knowledge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear Editor,"

"There have been letters to the editor claiming that the National Rifle Association dropped the eight ball by supporting Jon Lopey over Jim Betts. That is fair, freedom of expression is your constitutional right. But for your information, I personally had nothing to do with who the NRA chose to support. So please don't send any more people out to me to complain about the NRA's choice."

"The NRA claims it sent out NRA-PVF candidate questionnaires to both candidates. Jon Lopey returned his with strong support for the Second Amendment and your right-to-carry. In contrast, his opponent did not return the questionnaire. I also noticed in my sample ballot Jim Betts did not make a statement about anything." ...
 

FL: Guns, aging rocker take center stage in 5th District ad campaigns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Election Day nears, the two candidates running for the 5th Congressional District seat are pulling out the big guns. Literally."

"Not only is Land O'Lakes Democrat Jim Piccillo sinking money into a television commercial, but the 30-second spot features a photo of Piccillo ... holding a military issue M-4 rifle with a collapsible stock and laser sight."

"Meanwhile, Hernando County Sheriff Rich Nugent, the Republican in the race, announced on Tuesday the support of gun-loving rocker Ted Nugent (no relation)."

"A news release included a photo of Ted Nugent ... wearing a 'Rich Nugent for Congress' T-shirt as he stands in front of a mantle over a stone fireplace piled high with animal antlers." ...
 

TN: Haslam Says He'd Support Carrying Guns Without Permit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Youtube post entitled, 'Bill Haslam For Tennessee Governor Second Amendment' has gotten a little more than a thousand views since posted two days ago. The post is causing quite a stir for Tennessee Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Haslam."

"The posting has the audio from a Monday night discussion with Haslam and members of the Tennessee Firearms Association. When asked if he would support legislation allowing people to carry guns without permits, Haslam said he would."

"TFA Member: 'So you would support non-permitted carry?' Haslam: 'If the legislature passed that and brought that to me, I said I would sign it, yes.'" ...
 

WA: Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee endorses John Koster for 2nd District Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Wednesday endorsed Republican John Koster for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District."

"Huckabee praised Koster's conservative values, saying that he had a '100 percent pro-life voting record, believes that marriage is between one man and one woman and believes in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affording Americans the right to keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

OH: NRA has problems with robocall in 18th Congressional district
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the National Rifle Association is concerned that a 'robo-call' by the Republican congressional candidate's campaign misleads voters into thinking that Bob Gibbs is the NRA-endorsed candidate." ...

"For its part, Buckeye Firearms Association has graded both candidates with an A, but the endorsement was given to Space as the incumbent who has proven himself a friend to gun owners with his actions in Washington D.C."
 

IL: Hot-button issues at center of governor debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The terse yet civil governor's debate Wednesday saw hot-button societal issues abortion, gay rights and the death penalty take center stage." ...

"Also in the spotlight was the issue of gun control. Quinn wants an assault weapons ban. Brady noted he 'supports the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

MS: Childers Speaks at Ribbon Cutting for Holly Springs Recovery Act Project
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (MS-01) spoke at the Holly Springs Industrial Park Loop opening and participated in the ribbon cutting. This project was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to complete the base and paving phase." ...

"A pro-gun, pro-life Mississippian, Congressman Travis Childers (MS-01) represents the First Congressional District in North Mississippi. He is a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and serves on the House Agriculture and Financial Services Committee. Congressman Childers co-chairs the reestablished bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus and was appointed to the bipartisan Second Amendment Task Force ..."
 

FL: NRA Regrettable Endorsement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Open Letter to Chris Cox of the National Rifle Association:"

"You've overstepped, and I resign from NRA. You may stop sending me the mal-named 'Freedom' magazine."

"There was no reason at all for you to endorse lapdog democrat Alan Boyd for Florida District 2 congress. Of course Boyd owns guns - eveyone in this district does, including his opponent Steve Southerland. Of course he is foursquare for the Second Amendment. Everyone in this district is, including Steve Southerland. But Boyd is also for oppressive taxes and oppressive government control of health care, energy, finance, and private business, as is proven by his 96% voting record with gun-haters Nancy Pelosi and Barak Hussein Obama. ..." ...
 

CA: Terrorists & Guns: Campaign Issue in CA Senate Race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Los Angeles Times reports that Terror Gap continues to come up in the race for U.S. Senate in California between incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer and challenger Carly Fiorina:"

"Five months after the subject arose in a primary debate, the federal no-fly list remains a key topic in the U.S. Senate race in California, if Monday is any indication. Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer stood outside a private terminal at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport…The election, Boxer said, 'is a choice between someone who is working to keep our airlines safe and working to keep guns out the hands of terrorists, versus someone who believes that those on the suspected terrorist no-fly list should be able to buy a gun –- any gun.'" ...
 

FL: Movement under way to let Floridians openly tote their guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So you are walking down Park Avenue, window shopping for all the stuff you once could afford, and suddenly coming down the sidewalk you see three gunslingers."

"It's like the Wild West except they're drinking lattes, and instead of six-shooters, they have Glocks clipped to their matching Gucci belts."

"Would this bother you?"

"Well, it could happen because the 'open carry' movement has come to Florida."

"Open carry means just that. Any law-abiding citizen is allowed to openly carry a handgun."

"Advocates are pushing for legislation allowing it and are armed with a statement of support from Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott." ...
 

CA: Ban on guns in parks before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The cities of Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach ban the possession of guns in parks. The Redondo Beach ordinance was passed this May. The Hermosa Beach ordinance seems to date back to the 1990s. These are the only two cities in the South Bay of Los Angeles which restrict the possession of firearms in parks. The City of Hermosa Beach claims its beach is a park and as such, is the only public beach in the County of Los Angeles where the possession of firearms is prohibited. The old railroad tracks which were converted into green space a couple of decades ago, cuts through the city like a Berlin wall where carrying a firearm is prohibited by the City, for now." ...
 

OH: Cleveland clings to gun control until the bitter end
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On October 12, 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Cleveland's challenge to the constitutionality of ... Ohio's preemption law ... Trying to predict the outcome of a court case based upon oral argument is pure folly, but listening to this argument does instill a sense of optimism for Ohio's gun owners."

"The first thing to note about this case is that it was brought by the City of Cleveland against the State of Ohio. As we noted throughout the debate on HB347, one critical component of the new law is that it shifted the burden back where it belonged - on the cities. If a city wants to have firearm laws, the city now bears the expense and risk of advancing such laws. ..." ...
 

TX: Shoot guns away from homes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I am a member of the NRA, TRA and the San Angelo Gun Club. I started hunting when I was 9, and I am an Army veteran."

"I am concerned by the lack of common sense of some hunters. We are fighting a tough battle to keep our gun rights yet some go right up to city residential property lines and blast away. They scare the residents and actually place them and their children in danger." ...

"How much support do hunters and the Second Amendment lose every time residents become angered by reckless actions? Maybe it would be best if SB 1742 [the discharge of a weapon within 600 feet of the property line of residential subdivisions] were modified to apply to all counties."
 

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