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Oath Keepers Founder Plays 'Hardball'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "I also found Matthew's accusation of Oath Keepers being 'a vigilante group' not just a damned lie, but more reflective of his hysterical paranoia than anything else. It truly is projection going on--that and agenda."

"Likewise, if Matthews is going to suggest that unhinged people will be inspired to violent acts, perhaps he'd do well to avoid introducing the idea of 'jamming a CO2 pellet' into his ideological opponents' heads." ...
 

High Risk High Liability
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"This week I'm at the High Liability Instructors Conference ... As the very theme underscores, the emergency services in America – fire, police, and ambulance – deal in the coin of human life. When lives are on the line, the civil liability is high. So is the risk. The firefighter who runs into a burning building to save a child, the cop who races toward the sound of the guns to stop a mass murderer, and the paramedic who resuscitates a bleeding AIDS patient with open sores are all risking their own lives to save someone else's. Hopefully, they succeed. Sometimes, inevitably, they don't. If someone is hurt or killed, in this litigious society, lawsuits get filed, even if the harm or the death was not the fault of the official responder. ..." ...
 

A peek at trigger-happy America
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"There is a coastal sensibility to 'Lock 'n Load,’' the new reality series that premieres on Showtime tonight. Viewers, the show assumes, will be amazed to learn that some Americans actually shop for guns, hold them and clean them, take them to firing ranges and fire them. Even women! Even kids!"

"This might be surprising news to TV executives in Hollywood offices and Manhattan skyscrapers - and to a portion of the Showtime audience base - but on the outskirts of Denver, it's no big deal. That's why the customers at The Shootist, a family-owned gun and ammo shop, don't mug for the cameras or put on airs as they explain, matter-of-factly, why they've arrived at the counter." ...
 

Digging gun rights out of a State House Dumpster
Submitted by: Todd Vandermyde

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... "And there I was at the podium, 'I object to the proposed changes to our gun laws,' I said."

"My opponent roared, 'On what basis?'"

"'The second Constitutional amendment... the right to bear arms.' I stated, firmly."

"My opponent was relentless. 'And where is it written, that a man has the right to a private weapon? Where is that written?'"

"'I thought you would never ask.' I responded and read from the book's withered pages:" ...
 

The Power of Patience: Despite recent wins, securing our rights will still be a long fight.
Submitted by: Todd Vandermyde

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"In the 1920s and 1930s, Jehovah's Witnesses were viewed by many with the same horror and loathing gun owners receive today. So the 1920s and 1930s saw widespread state and local legislation against Jehovah's Witnesses, and though the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and religion, it took 30 to 40 years of careful litigation--patiently piling up precedents to achieve the overthrow of those laws by the Supreme Court."

"The relevance of the Witnesses' experience to gun owners is that it will take at least that many years of patient, careful litigation to remove the morass of senseless anti-gun laws at all levels of government." ...
 

Why are so many Americans worried Obama will try to ban gun sales?
Submitted by: Larry

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"A majority of gun owners think President Obama wants to ban gun sales."

"A new Gallup poll shows 55 percent of those who own a gun, 53 percent who have a gun in the household, and 41 percent of all Americans believe he will attempt to ban the sale of guns while he is president." ...

"It also helps explain the sharp increases in sales of guns and ammunition. There are reports that U.S. bullet-makers are working around the clock and still can't keep up with the demand for ammunition. Shooting ranges and gun dealers say they've never seen such shortages."

"However, President Obama has never said - as a candidate or as president - that he intends to push for a ban of gun sales. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Umm Jack? Yes he did.
 

Huge win for Knife Rights
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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"An e-mail from KnifeRights.com reports that the 'Senate has passed the conference report for the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill with our amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act intact.' The bill now goes to President Obama for his expected signature. The bill makes technical changes in the definitions of the Federal Switchblade Act. In particular, under the revised statute, a 'switchblade' is not: 'a knife that contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife.'" ...
 

Medical marijuana and guns: The Obama administration's split personality on state sovereignty
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Obama administration has, just this week, explicitly stated that it will not interfere with state laws permitting the medical use of marijuana." ...
"A White House spokesman repeated Obama's view that 'federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws.'"
"Hmm . . . compare and contrast that to this:"
"The passage of the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act ... has generated questions from industry members ... However, because the Act conflicts with Federal firearms laws and regulations, Federal law supersedes the Act, and all provisions of the Gun Control Act and the National Firearms Act, and their corresponding regulations, continue to apply." ...
 

The Right to Bear Arms and 18-to-20-Year-Olds
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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"A Fifth Circuit nonprecedential decision yesterday involved a challenge to the federal limits on 18-to-20-year-olds' acquisition of handguns, but didn't need to reach the Second Amendment question:" ...
 

Post Office Court Case Says No Guns in Post Offices
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"For some time there has been confusion about the legality of carrying a firearm in a Post Office."

"Many Post Offices have signs posted stating it is unlawful. However, Federal law does NOT prohibit possession of firearms in Post Offices for 'any lawful purpose.'"

"In our book 'Understanding Oregon's Gun Laws' we stated that we knew of no successful prosecutions for persons carrying guns in Post Offices, but otherwise committing no crime."

"Unfortunately we now have one."

"It's important to note that the conviction stemmed not from any violation of law, but of a violation of a 'rule' which is a very troubling development." ...
 

Supreme Court takes up another gun rights case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Amid all the giddiness among staunch pro-gun types over the landmark Supreme Court decision regarding the Second Amendment last year came reams of rumors and claims of changes in the rights and regulations regarding New York gun owners."

"I was told by instant experts ... that the ruling automatically negated standing restrictions and anyone could immediately purchase any gun, without restriction, at any time."

"I responded ... that the Court's ruling made no immediate change in New Yorker's gun rights and would likely not lead to any changes. I was, of course, immediately shouted down by the ever-hopeful ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yes, ever hopeful that gun rights will be treated like the real civil rights they are.
 

Aiming for Liberty: The Past, Present and Future of Freedom and Self-Defense
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

That’s the title of [Dave Kopel's] new book, scheduled for publication December 4. It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. In an 11-minute podcast on iVoices.org, Jon Caldara and Kopel discuss the book. It’s a collection of essays on firearms law and policy, and many other liberty issues and heroes. Topics are as old as ancient Israel and Rome, and as new as the United Nations gun control efforts and post-post-modernism.
 

The Malignant Nature of the Oath Keeper Movement
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Truly malignant ideas crop up in a democracy with the frequency of toadstools after a summer rain storm. Most of these ideas are dismissed by the great majority of citizens after public debate in one fashion or another. Some of the ideas hang on despite evidence to the contrary ... but attract no real following."

"Truly pernicious ideas, however, seem benign at first glance but in truth strike at the heart of our system of government. The 'Oath Keeper' movement is one of those ideas."

"At first blush, who can object to the 10 orders they say they will not obey. Until you start examining each of them in detail (we'll put aside for now the mindboggling assertion in Lexington/Concord was precipitated by an attempt to 'disarm' Americans)." ...
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Submitter's Note: "[T]he mindboggling assertion [that] Lexington/Concord was precipitated by an attempt to 'disarm' Americans'"?!?

But according to Wikipedia "[Mass. Gov.] Gage's plan was to avoid conflict by removing military supplies from the Whig militias using small, secret and rapid strikes. ... On April 14, 1775, Gage received instructions from Secretary of State William Legge, the Earl of Dartmouth to disarm the rebels, who were known to have hidden weapons in Concord".
 

NY: Intruder attacked Oswego County homeowner before he was fatally shot, relative says
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When Deanna Candee and her son, Adam, returned from a shopping trip Saturday to their Schroeppel home, they suspected something was wrong when they saw the garage door open."

"Candee's home had been ransacked. An intruder was still inside."

"As her 25-year-old son moved toward the cellar to check out a noise, Deanna, 48, started into the house, said Wilson Candee, Deanna's father-in-law."

"The intruder confronted her and grabbed her by the hair, Wilson Candee said. Adam heard his mother scream, went to her aid and pulled the intruder off. He and the stranger began to struggle."

"The fight ended, Oswego County Sheriff’s officials said, when Deanna grabbed her pistol and shot the man." ...
 

MO: Parole absconder charged with robbery in shooting case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A parole absconder from St. Louis is believed to have shot another man in a Tuesday night robbery near downtown Jefferson City, then was shot by one of his victims who acted in self-defense." ...

"Police believe Evans approached a group of individuals outside the Capitol Avenue residence, brandishing a gun. He then ordered the group to go inside the residence and lie on the floor. He then began taking items from the victims. Evans ordered one of the victims to collect everyone's possessions."

"While this was going on, one of the victims confronted Evans with a .45-caliber gun. The victim fired at Evans to defend himself and the other victims." ...
 

AL: 13-year-old Bromley boy shoots father for threatening mom with gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A 13-year-old boy shot his father Tuesday night to protect his mother from harm, authorities said Wednesday."

"Joseph 'Simp' Pruitt, 46, was shot in the arm and side after threatening his wife with a 9 mm pistol, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey 'Hoss' Mack Jr."

"Pruitt remained in critical condition at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile ..."

"'We believe Mr. Pruitt was attempting to shoot Mrs. Pruitt,' Mack said. 'Their 13-year-old son became aware of this and retrieved a 20-gauge shotgun.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Had this happened in CA, the parents could have been charged with a felony under that state's Child Access Prevention law.
 

Self-defense and 911 reality
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Jorge Guzman locked himself in his bedroom, called 911, and waited for help while a home invader prowled around in his home. Armed with his handgun, the emergency operator told him repeatedly that help was on the way. As the minutes dragged on like hours to a frightened Guzman, he was told to put down his gun because the next person he saw would be a deputy. He almost complied, which may have drastically changed the outcome." ...
 

OH: Ohio joins states declaring gun independence
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Ohio has joined with several other states, including Montana and Tennessee, in asserting independence from federal gun laws with the introduction of House Bill 315. This bill, sponsored by Representatives Morgan and Martin, would make all guns manufactured wholly within the state of Ohio exempt from federal gun regulations provided sales are within state boundaries."

"The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives has claimed that they have the authority through the right to regulate interstate commerce because even exclusive intrastate sales of guns have an effect on gun sales nationwide." ...
 

OH: Reps. Seth Morgan & Jarrod Martin introduce HB315: Intrastate Firearms & Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Representative Seth Morgan (R-36) of Huber Heights and Rep. Jarrod Martin (R-70) of Beavercreek have introduced House Bill 315, which seeks to 'provide that ammunition, firearms, and firearm accessories that are manufactured and remain in Ohio are not subject to federal laws and regulations derived under Congress' authority to regulate interstate commerce and to require the words 'Made in Ohio' be stamped on a central metallic part of any firearm manufactured and sold in Ohio.'"

"What follows is the pertinent language from the bill, with the proposed language underlined:" ..
 

TX: TABC Agent in Gay Bar Raid: "I Was Not Rambo"
Submitted by: jac

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"A fired state agent involved in the controversial raid of a Fort Worth gay bar admits he made procedural mistakes but denies officers were overly aggressive or targeted the club because of its patrons' sexual orientation." ...

"Aller acknowledged he never notified his supervisor about the inspection in advance, but said he didn't think he needed to."

"He said he erred by never writing a report about what happened to Gibson. He said he thought Fort Worth officers would handle the paperwork."

"'I didn't file a use of force report,' Aller said. 'I should have done that. TABC policy says if you put hands on somebody, you do a use of force report. I should have done that.'"

"He said he expected to be suspended a week or two, but got fired instead." ...
 

NJ: Newark airport guard accused of Obama threat
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A private security guard at Newark Liberty International Airport was arrested on charges of threatening Barack Obama the night before the president was to fly there."

"A Continental Airlines employee reported overhearing John Brek make threatening comments at an airport coffee cart Tuesday afternoon." ...

"Brek allowed police to search his Linden home and officers found 43 firearms, Kelly said. The firearms were still being processed, but no illegal guns had been found." ...

"... [Brek's] father, John, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that his son has the guns because he's an avid hunter." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course, this story makes it look like owning the 43 firearms is the real problem. I mean, after all, who needs 43 firearms?

Never mind the fact that he's being arrested for what he thinks, not what he did.
 

MI: Indiana state trooper one of three held in robbery
Submitted by: Mitch

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"Authorities say an Indiana State Police trooper was one of at least three armed men who stormed the home of a Lansing couple in their 60s Sunday night and robbed them."

"The three men, two from Lansing, were arrested soon after the incident ... Police said the incident happened just before 11 p.m."

"The men were arraigned Tuesday ... on the following charges: armed robbery, first-degree home invasion and using a gun to commit a felony. They face up to life in prison."

"Elton D. Jones, who joined the Indiana State Police in August 2008, was fired Tuesday, said an agency spokesman, 1st Sgt. David Bursten. The 28-year-old Valparaiso, Ind., man had been on unpaid administrative leave since he was arrested, Bursten said." ...
 

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