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NRA-PVF changes GA candidate's grade and issues endorsement!
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"I have a happy outcome to yesterday's column about a pro-gun candidate for the Georgia State Senate who was given a failing grade by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. They have changed her grade to 'AQ' (based on her questionnaire response, as she has not held office to be rated on), and gone one step further and endorsed her!" ...
 

NRA News Tours the National Firearms Museum (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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NRA-ILA grass roots news recently debuted a new and improved format for the “Grassroots News Minute” video!

To view the current video in its new format, please click above:

John Popp talks to Phil Schreier, Senior Curator at the National Firearms Museum – For more, visit www.nramuseum.org – NRA News
 

Hoplophobia is Curable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jennifer Willis exhibited all the symptoms of hoplophobia in explaining her return to sanity in her article in Salon magazine, 'I Was Anti-gun, Until I Got Stalked.'"
"I'm afraid of guns…I abhor them. I used to date a guy who owned a handgun … I made him move [his] small gun safe…to another room…."

"The idea of owning a gun made me sick to my stomach … I dreamed that people were pointing double-barreled shotguns at me."
"These are all classic symptoms of hopolophobia, defined by author and firearms instructor Colonel Jeff Cooper as 'an unreasoning, obsessive neurotic fear of weapons as such, usually accompanied by an irrational feeling that weapons possess a will or consciousness for evil, apart from the will of their user.'" ...
 

Sportsmen gearing up for vote; how this relates to the Juan Williams outrage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Safari Club International yesterday issued a report predicting that nine out of ten sportsmen and women are very likely to vote in the crucial mid-term elections on Nov. 2, and if that same statistic does not apply across the board to gun owners, then perhaps the firearms community needs a wake-up call."

"Translation: Don’t you be the guy who sits this one out thinking that nine other people will carry your water Nov. 2. Too many self-styled gun rights 'activists' are active with their mouths or keyboards only and don’t bother to vote." ...
 

Inter-American Arms Treaty back in the news again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I wrote about the Inter-American Arms Treaty (better known by its Spanish acronym, CIFTA) back in April '09, and again in June of that year. President Obama had returned from Mexico that April, urging Senate ratification of the treaty (which had been signed in 1997, by then-President Clinton). Since then, though, there has been little in the news about that treaty."

"Little, that is, until now, with today's Washington Post reporting:"
"But the symbolically important treaty has gone nowhere, offering a lesson in the political sensitivities of taking even modest legal steps to crack down on gun-smuggling to Mexico." ...
"Wait a second . . . 'symbolically important'? ..." ...
 

Toomey Dances on Guns and Terror
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lots of politicians are willing to take the National Rifle Association's money. When it comes to endorsing the NRA's policy positions in the heat of an election campaign, that's another matter entirely."

"Take the case of Pat Toomey, the Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania. A darling of the radical right, Toomey's long-held position on gun control is expressed by his snarky soundbite, "gun control is a good aim." Yet, in Wednesday night's debate against his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Sestak, Toomey performed an elaborate song and dance to avoid endorsing the NRA's position that being on the terrorist watch list should not be a disqualifier for gun purchases." ...
 

A guide to openly carrying your gun in chic Winter Park
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is funny stuff from Dave in Winter Park…"

"MIKE"

"Loved your column on the legal battle for open carry moving to Florida. As a strong Second Amendment supporter, it is a discussion worth having."

"My REAL concern however, is how this may impact the fashion world. Consider the following situations-"

"- It SHOULD be obvious to anyone that you would never mix a black leather holster with brown shoes. But how can we easily or tastefully introduce Kydex or ballistic nylon into our apparel? Is there hi-tech chic?"

"- On a more formal note – is it proper etiquette to wear a black gun before dinner?"

"- What about wearing a stainless steel handgun with gold jewelry?" ...
 

PA: Photo released of robber in botched jewel heist (video available)
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... "Deputy Commissioner William Blackburn on Friday identified the dead suspect as 22-year-old Kevin Turner. Police say Turner was fatally shot in a gun battle with the store owner, 67-year-old William Glatz, who also died."

"Police added that Turner was the one who fired the shot that killed Glatz, but they were still trying to deteremine who fired the shot that killed Turner: Glatz, another worker, or both."

"The other employees in the store, who were not injured, told police the two men had been in the store and "mingled around the premises" several times in the days before the holdup, Blackburn said." ...
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Submitters Note: Unfotunately the store owner died in the shootout. If the state had done their job, the shooter would have still been in jail.

 

I was anti-gun, until I got stalked
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'You need to arm yourself.'"

"I blinked at the Portland police officer in my living room. This uniformed bear of a man -- packing a gun, a nightstick, a radio and who knew what else -- was responding to an ongoing stalker problem that had started several months earlier. I'd received letters, a phone call, a few packages and several e-mails from this unbalanced stranger who'd read a few newspaper stories I'd written and taken a shine to me. When the latest letter arrived -- mentioning my boyfriend, Mike, thoughts on religion, and a trip I'd taken but hadn't told anyone about -- I was seriously alarmed."

"But get a gun? Surely, I'd misheard him." ...
 

Violent rhetoric on the trail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A fringe Republican House candidate in Texas said Thursday that the armed overthrow of the government is 'on the table.'"

"'Our nation was founded on violence,' Stephen Broden, a pastor who is seeking to unseat Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Texas's 30th District, told an interviewer on WFAA-TV in Dallas. 'The option is on the table. I don't think that we should ever remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms.' He clarified that armed revolution is 'not the first option.'"

"Public references to violent overthrow of the government have been limited to a handful of mostly fringe candidates this cycle, with the exception of Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate ... in Nevada." ...
 

Buying the midterm election
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The American body politic⎯quiescent, even oblivious in normal times⎯is restless and fearful due to economic uncertainty. In its currently aroused state, it has become prey to cynical self-interested forces. When people are angry, they are easily led."

"For example, if it is a tenet of faith of one particular group that climate change is a myth, it makes sense that shadowy petrochemical plutocrats ... would give behind-the-scenes financial support, through patriotic-sounding front organizations, to candidates who espouse a laissez-faire regulatory philosophy (To the big money backers, all that Libertarian stuff about individual rights and Second Amendment gospel are window dressing. Being billionaires, they can simply buy all the rights they want)." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Billionaire plutocrats"? I got 2 words for you skippy: George Soros.
 

Right wing inciting violent revolution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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If the bloodless coup fails, the right wing is prepared to take up arms to wrest control of this country from the people."

"On Thursday, Republican congressional candidate and pastor Stephen Broden said, "If the government is not producing the results or has become destructive to the ends of our liberties, we have a right to get rid of that government and to get rid of it by any means necessary.'" ...

"It would be easy to write Broden off as a fringe extremist, except that he has had GOP Chairman Michael Steele in his district campaigning for him. He is also far from the only Republican who has been using the rhetoric of violent revolution." ...
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Submitter's Note: So people who are sincerely warning of possibly dire consequences aren't trying to change the country's course for the better, they are 'inciting violence'.
 

OH: Kasich stumps for votes in rural Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Roger and Sandra Minton attended the pumpkin show. He’s a Democrat. She’s a Republican. Both plan to vote for Mr. Kasich."

"'I’m a real Democrat, one of the old ones when they were true Democrats,' Mr. Minton said. 'I'm very conservative. I don't like anything that's going on now. Strickland hasn't done one thing for us. The only thing I like about him is the Second Amendment. He got an A-plus from the [National Rifle Association].'"

"On the campaign trail, Mr. Kasich repeatedly tells the crowd that he is a gun owner ... The NRA, however, has endorsed Mr. Strickland, remembering Mr. Kasich’s vote as a congressman in favor of President Bill Clinton's ban on assault weapons." ...
 

KY: Senate candidates' answers to gun rights questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Protecting gun ownership rights is an important issue to many Kentucky voters, and Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates both portray themselves as allies of the Second Amendment."

"The Associated Press asked the candidates why each is the better choice for an endorsement from pro-gun organizations. Here are the questions and the answers they submitted in writing." ...
 

Gun Rights and the 2010 House Elections
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When the new Congress convenes in January, the House of Representatives will almost certainly have an even larger pro-Second Amendment majority than it does today. How much larger? If 'N' is the net Republican gain, expect that the net pro-gun gain will be slightly smaller than ˝N."

"Below is a list of the U.S. House races discussed in a recent article by Jim Geraghty for National Review Online. He looked at 117 Democratic House districts where observers have at some point in the campaign cycle considered the seat to be in play. ... In the district-by-district list below, I supply the candidates' grades from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. ..." ...
 

NY: Hare responds to NRA rating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Democrat Jim Hare, a candidate for the 137th Assembly District seat, has responded to the C rating given his candidacy by the National Rifle Association.

"I am a member of the Farm Bureau and the NRA to demonstrate my commitment to the rural way of life valued by so many in the 137th Assembly District. Protecting that way of life will be a goal of mine when elected," Hare, who represents the 6th District on Elmira City Council, said in a news release.

"I am disappointed by the NRA rating as they had given me an 'A' rating in my previous run for this seat. I am confident that local NRA members know that I am a strong supporter of their right to bear arms and the Second Amendment," Hare said.
 

WI: Needs replacing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We as citizens and voters need to make a basic decision Nov. 2. Do we want our government to be more of the same for the next two years, with Obama care, bailouts, TARP, cap & trade, higher taxes and the list goes on?"

"Then, I suggest you vote for Ron Kind who has followed Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda for the past two years. Ron Kind has not been listening to what we have been telling him as his employer. ..."

"We should replace Ron with Dan Kapanke. Dan is a good man and has worked hard crossing our district with new hope. He has common sense, pro-family, pro-small-business, pro-family farm, pro-second amendment, pro-military, pro-life, pro-job growth and, add to that, a positive, pro-Wisconsin message." ...
 

PA: Incumbent Rep. Staback battles Kane
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Democratic incumbent Rep. Edward Staback has some competition in the upcoming general election for the representative seat in the 115th district."

"Republican Theresa Kane received enough write-in votes in the May primary election to challenge the 13-term incumbent." ...

"Kane runs on a platform of responsible spending, less government and lower taxes, and fiscal accountability. She is also in favor of eliminating property taxes, she is pro-life, pro-second amendment and is against political perks." ...

"Staback is a member of the National Rifle Association, and has received an 'A+' from the organization based on his voting record." ...
 

IL: Gun Owners of America Endorse Teri Newman for Congress with an "A" rating while giving Costello a "D" and listing all of his Anti-Second Amendment votes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The [GOA] issued a glowing endorsement of Teri Newman, the Illinois 12th District Congressional challenger. In the endorsement released by the GOA, the group states:"

"'Gun Owners of America is proud to stand with Teri Newman for Congress in Illinois' Twelfth District. Teri Newman is a strong defender of the Second Amendment, earning an 'A' rating for her unwavering support of the Second Amendment.'"

"'I have a concealed carry permit from Florida ...' said Newman. 'I believe the FOID card issued by the state of Illinois is a violation of my Second Amendment rights. I believe in the Constitution of our country as the supreme authority on all matters and will uphold and defend it at all times.'" ...
 

KY: Paul, Conway's gun views A-OK with NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association hasn't offered an endorsement in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, opting instead to reward[sic] strong grades to both candidates for vowing to protect Second Amendment rights to bear arms."

"The NRA is influential in Kentucky, where gun ownership is widely cherished and deer hunting season is seen as a right of passage for many youngsters. The group conferred 'A' ratings to both Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul for their responses to an NRA questionnaire focusing on Second Amendment and hunting issues." ...
 

TX: Electing the ‘Lone’ Star
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an election year when nearly every electable position in the state is up for grabs, the Texas gubernatorial race continues to draw national attention as it pits a longtime Republican incumbent against a popular Democratic challenger." ...

"Differences in policies and leadership style continue to drive a wedge between the two candidates."

"Perry is a pro-life conservative who opposes the legalization of gay marriage while White is pro-choice and has defended civil unions for gay couples. Both support Second Amendment rights, but White has argued for allowing colleges to control their own on-campus gun policies." ...
 

AZ: Phoenix Censors "Gun Safety for Kids" – 50 Pro Gun Billboard Ads Removed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Assistant Phoenix city attorney Ted Mariscal claimed in a conference call with Mr. Korwin and CBS Outdoor that the billboards weren’t commercial enough, the message was too vague, and then demanded the message be changed to his satisfaction."

"When pressed for a definition of what is either sufficiently commercial or what defines a public service ad, he declined to respond ..."

"Mariscal offered to provide the case he says matters, and the lease agreement he says allows the city to remove the ads. The case is now under review. No lease agreement has been provided, and the city apparently has no definitions in place, apparently leaving Mr. Mariscal to act on his own unfettered accord. ..." ...
 

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