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Bloomberg’s New York City gun laws continue to endanger the 'law-abiding'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "In other words, all five 'well-aimed bullets' missed what she was aiming at, that is, 'center mass'? From 12 feet away…?"

"Hey, it’s not like shooting stationary targets. This guy was shooting at her, and she showed bravery under fire and put her life on the line. No one can take that from her and she deserves praise."

"So what am I saying? That I could have done better?"

"I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not, but seeing as how it's my life, I ought to have that choice to try." ...
 

Phoenix Censors "Gun Safety for Kids"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city of Phoenix, in an apparently arbitrary move and without formal legal process, has forced CBS Outdoors to tear down 50 illuminated bus-shelter billboards under contract to promote gun safety training for children and their parents."

"The posters were placed by TrainMeAZ.com, a commercial joint-educational effort of the firearms industry in Arizona ..."

"'The Phoenix attorney's office claimed these were public service announcements, and those are banned,' said Alan Korwin, manager of the TrainMeAZ campaign ... 'It's a bogus excuse ...'" ...
 

A 'Tea Party beauty pageant'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The conservative young women of America had better get into training now, says Tim Murphy at Mother Jones. Registration has opened for Miss Liberty America ..." ...

"How will the contestants be assessed?"

"Would-be queens will parade in a one-piece swimsuit (adhering to the 'minimum standards of modesty') and an evening gown, demonstrate a talent, answer questions regarding the documents of America's founding fathers, and compete in marksmanship."

"Sorry... marksmanship?"

"Yes. 'This will be the first pageant of its kind to introduce competency in the handling, safety and use of firearms, and CPR,' say the organizers. 'The contestants must be able to save a life as well as defend one.' ..." ...
 

Accidental shooting triggers revival of ‘safe storage’ debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A shooting mishap Monday in Kitsap County that left a 23-year-old mom wounded by shotgun pellets after her 4-year-old son managed to load a live round into a semi-auto shotgun lying on her bed is bound to set off a renewed push for 'safe storage' legislation in Olympia when the Legislature convenes in January."

"Safe storage is trophy legislation for the gun prohibition lobby, but as this writer noted in an on-air discussion Tuesday with KOMO’s Ken Schram, we can pass such laws but that doesn’t mean the people at whom such legislation is aimed would obey it. One cannot legislate wisdom or morality, or against stupidity. ..." ...
 

Among the Police Chiefs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I spent most of last week at a conclave of police trainers at the High Liability Instructor seminar at the Pat Thomas police training academy in Tallahassee. Tonight finds me in Orlando at the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Earlier today I spoke on a panel dedicated to the reduction of officer casualties, along with Sgt. Marcus Young (retired from Ukiah, CA PD) and Lt. Adam Kasanof (retired from NYPD), chaired by Dr. Fabrice Czarnecki, one of IACP’s top medical consultants."

"It pleases me to see chiefs taking an interest in this. ..." ...
 

CSGV says only the government can protect you from . . . the government
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, we talked about the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV). More specifically, we talked about the real reason for that group's intense hostility to the right to keep and bear arms--as explained in a book co-written by CSGV executive director Josh Horwitz, 'Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea'). Today, we'll look at efforts in that book to debunk what they call one of the 'myths' perpetuated by the 'Insurrectionists' (which are, remember, people who believe that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the people's means to resist tyranny)." ...
 

MasterPiece Arms Unveils MPA Protector Pistols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let’s face it: these are not the prettiest weapons in the word. I’ve seen Lego guns with more style. But MasterPiece Arms reckons their new 'MPA Protector Series line of Personal Protection, Conceal Carry, Sub-compact Pistols' have something going for them ..."
 

Gun Review: Ruger SR40
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Porsche unveiled the Boxster, the mid-engined sports car was an automotive revelation. Gott in himmel, what a chassis! Unfortunately, the car’s designers were inspired by Dr. Doolittle's Pushmi-pullyu. Worse, the Boxster's 2.7-liter powerplant replaced a vampire's victim as the dictionary definition of anemic. The Sultans of Stuttgart had good solid marketing reasons for creating a gutless wonder, from an understandable desire to suck-in entry level buyers to not stepping on the venerable 911's torquetasic toes. By the time Porsche blessed the Boxster with a proper engine, it was too late. ... The Ruger SR40 is like that: a great gun with a fatal flaw. And one major difference: the SR40 is one handsome son of a gun." ...
 

Valkyrie Armament Belt Fed AR: Why Not? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From Valkyrie’s website:"
"Born from an idea that Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness starts with a warm, belt-fed rifle, Valkryie Armament has reinvented the time-tested model of Eugene Stoner's belt fed conversion into a modern day phoenix . . . We’ve all heard it before…why do you own an 'assault rifle'…why do you need a “scary, black rifle”…why, why, why? Simply put, because you can. In this great land of ours, the liberties that we all enjoy were born in the barrels and breeches of our forefather’s flintlocks. ... Valkyrie Armament is your conduit to politely tell those that ask you why…to go pound sand."
 

“If someone’s not complying with what the government requires of somebody, that’s usually a sign that you can’t trust them to follow the rules with something like a gun”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So sayeth Paul Helmke. The President of the Brady Campaign ... made the pro-Stalinist—I mean, pro-government remark whilst in support of proposed changes to the New York City police department’s concealed carry permitting process. This from a man who presumably has never been 'arrested, indicted or convicted for a crime or violation, except minor traffic violations.' ... Oh wait; it doesn’t matter. Helmke doesn’t live in The Big Apple nor carry a gun, presumably. In fact, it really doesn’t matter to anyone else, either, because New York City is already denying concealed carry permits to anyone save celebrities and other politically connected pals. But the language of the new regs is flat-out unconstitutional. ..." ...
 

A Right to Bare Arms? Arm Bears? The 2nd Amendment (Civics Primer #2)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Americans have always liked their guns. And some Americans REALLY like their guns. Whether to hunt, protect their homes or defend themselves from a tyrannical government, many Americans believe that the government has no right to restrict their access to firearms. But those who want to minimize gun violence, Congress, and the Courts have thought otherwise. ... And does the high level of American gun violence (more than 31,000 firearms fatalities in 2006, according to the CDC) mean it is time to reassess an idea that made sense more than 200 years ago?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually it was 30,896 deaths in 2006, of which more than half (16,883) were suicides and, as numerous studies have shown, firearm availability does not affect suicide rates. So if firearms 'cost' about 14,000 lives a year, what are the benefits of gun ownership? Conservative estimates are that there are one million or more DGUs every year; if 5% of DGUs save a life (and remember, most people do not pull out a gun unless they reasonably believe that their are in immediate danger of death or great bodily harm) then guns save about fifty thousand lives a year. In other words, 3.5 lives are saved for every 1 life lost.
 

Finally: A .40 Caliber Pumpkin! (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So I’m thinking, “What in the Hell am I gonna do for a Halloween-themed post this week. Well all I’ve got to say is 'Thank God for YouTube.' ..."
 

So Let’s Just Forget About Muzzle Discipline, Shall We? (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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NRA leadership needs changing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For many years, I have been a [NRA] member and believed in the message enough to become an endowment member. Last week I was made aware of a situation that I think all NRA members and people who contribute to the NRA should be aware. The NRA has seen fit to make contributions to 53 democrats running for office. You need to remember that the GOP (not all that grand just lesser of evils) needs 39 seats to take the house back. The Democratic Party is the one that brought about all the gun restrictions you now have. ..."

"Having called the NRA to confirm that it is in fact making these contributions, I was given the standard speech: 'We are a single-issue organization.' We who are concerned about gun rights must be smarter than this. ..." ...
 

Democrats owed 2008 victory to Internet; in 2010, the Internet strikes back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But the internet has changed in 2010. No longer were progressive-liberals permitted to engage without challenge in ... one-sided and unbearably long Internet postings ..."

"Conservatives are hitting back in all the internet forums and postings and they're hitting back hard, bristling at what they feel are the excesses of a wealth-distributing nanny-state."

"The new conservative revolt is having a powerful effect on Democrats , a party showing signs of disintegration. Like West Virginia's Joe Manchin, who is depicted in a viral political ad shooting a high-powered hunting rifle into a cap-and-trade target, many Democrats are touting their Second Amendment bona-fides, as well as their distance from President Obama." ...
 

MA: Maryanne Lewis for 10th Congressional seat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"GateHouse Media New England's South unit is endorsing Maryanne Lewis, who is an independent unenrolled candidate, for the 10th Congressional District."

"We believe she will provide a clear voice and a fresh perspective — so badly needed in Congress." ...

"As a Congresswoman, Lewis promises to:" ...

"· Protect our Second Amendment rights and crack down on illegal immigration." ...
 

KS: Put our Right to Keep and Bear Arms back in the Kansas Constitution On November 2nd (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 1905 court ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court took the interpretation of Section 4 of the Kansas Constitution to mean the Right to Keep and Bear Arms only exists as a collective right for those in the militia or military and 'NO INDIVIDUAL RIGHT EXISTS.'"

"For that reason, the NRA has worked with the Kansas State Rifle Association, Senator Mike Petersen and the Legislature, to pass a Constitutional Amendment during the 2009 legislative session, which provides new language that clarifies Section 4 and GUARANTEES an individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms. ..." ...

"Now it is up to YOU to do your part on November 2, 2010 and vote this provision into the Kansas Constitution." ...
 

MN: ‘Other’ gun group will endorse Cravaack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Gun Owners of America is expected to announce its endorsement of Republican Chip Cravaack today in his race against Minnesota 8th District Congressman Jim Oberstar." ...
 

MT: Guns and election conjecture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... I understand, appreciate and share the strong, independent streaks all of us Montana residents share collectively. ... I may not personally care to own a gun, but I believe in our constitution and my fellow residents’ rights to own and bear arms."

"However, I was shocked and appalled at the lengths Mr. Skees will go to protect that right. During the Oct. 20 debate, Will Hammerquist stated his desire for there to be public areas that are 'gun free,' which include schools, places of worship, and our national parks."

"While Mr. Skees did agree on churches and other places of worship being gun-free, he was firm on the fact that guns should be allowed to be carried and possessed in our schools by adults. ..." ...
 

NC: Kinnaird, Hilliard face off in 23rd district race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Sen. Ellie Kinnaird said her experience—in politics and otherwise—makes her an excellent advocate for residents of the 23rd district, while her opponent Ryan Hilliard said it’s time for a new voice to represent Orange and Person counties." ...

"Hilliard, a resident of Chapel Hill, said his main concerns are tax relief, reducing wasteful spending and protecting individual liberties."

"He said he would strive to reduce the tax burden on working families and small businesses, to promote job growth and to champion individual liberties, including the Second Amendment right to bear arms." ...
 

IL: McDonald of McDonald vs Chicago Endorses Pro-Second Amendment Brady for Governor (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Supporters of the Second Amendment battle to defeat the Chicago handgun ban know and revere Mr. Otis McDonald, the lead plaintiff in the landmark case which is bringing about change in gun laws all across the nation."

"What many may not know is that this quiet, unassuming gentleman is a stalwart Democrat who has turned to Bill Brady, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor, in order to preserve and protect what he and the other three plaintiffs in the case fought so hard to win." ...
 

NJ: Boyce Would Strictly Adhere to Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Peter F. Boyce, 61, of Millville is the Constitution Party candidate for New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, a job that pays $174,000 annual with a two-year term." ...

"'In Congress, I will not be answerable to party bosses or special interests; rather to the Constitution that I will swear an oath before God to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. I will not take that oath lightly,' Boyce stated."

"Core values of the Constitution Party:" ...

"•Ensuring the individual Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms Repealing the Veterans Disarmament Act." ...
 

WI: Hraychuck advocates for sportsmen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m writing to say that I have known Rep. Ann Hraychuck for more years than I care to count. My wife, son and I have hunted, fished, and shot trap with Ann, her husband and son many times over the years. I’m proud to say my wife and Ann have each harvested black bears."

"Ann and her husband, Dave, have co-chaired deer hunts for hunters with disabilities for over 10 years. They organized a Learn to Turkey Hunt Program this spring, giving 18 boys and girls the chance to experience the thrill of a turkey hunt. [They] ... have years of experience as hunter safety instructors." ...

"As our state representative, Ann is great advocate for sportsmen and women and a strong supporter of our Second Amendment Rights." ...
 

OH: DOWN TO THE WIRE: After two years of focus on the economy, the final Ohio gubernatorial battle is being fought over gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After two years of excusing his practice of ignoring pro-gun voters by saying the election will be about the economy, John Kasich now finds himself in the final week of an election battle that is being waged on the very ground he forfeited earlier in the campaign."

"Polls indicated Kasich had a double digit lead two months ago. But then Ted Strickland set out to inform voters about Kasich's sketchy history on guns. Since those ads started running, the polls have tightened considerably, with multiple reputable polls now showing the race in a statistical dead heat."

"Now that Kasich finds himself needing votes, the gun owners he largely ignored throughout the campaign are suddenly important to him ..." ...
 

NC: The checkered past of NRA-endorsed Majority Leader Hugh Holliman and what it means to YOU
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"The NRA is busy inflating the ratings of and sometimes endorsing anti-gun and mediocre candidates in General Assembly races across the state. If they are allowed to succeed, Joe Hackney, the Speaker with a 14% voting record who even the NRA gives an 'F,' will get the opportunity to draw political districts which will saddle you with anti-gun legislators for the next ten years …" ...

For other articles by Paul Valone, go to: www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com
 

VA: Candidates call for choice in 6th
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Though two of the district's three Congressional candidates do not agree on many key issues, they do agree on one thing: choice." ...

"While debating the issue of concealed weapon laws, Bain advocated for a person's right to carry a concealed gun, citing the April 16 Va. Tech shooting as an instance in which people were vulnerable." ...

"Bain argued that responsible individuals should be able to go through the necessary steps in order to secure a concealed weapon and be able to take it anywhere."

"Vanke said he supports the Second Amendment, but not on college campuses. He also added that he had to think more on the subject before committing to a particular side." ...
 

MI: West Michigan self-proclaimed conservatives square off in 100th District
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The battle for the 100th state House District features two self-proclaimed conservatives — one of the Republican variety, the other Democratic."

"Democrat Bill Richards, 63, of Newaygo County’s Barton Township and Republican Jon Bumstead, 52, of Newaygo face off in Tuesday’s general election in a district that includes Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties." ...

"Richards is retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections and has a 20-acre 'hobby farm' in Barton Township."

"He is a Navy veteran and former member of the Michigan National Guard. He also is a former high school social studies teacher."

"'I'm a conservative Democrat. ... I'm pro-life and pro-Second Amendment,' Richards said." ...
 

MD: Students pepper delegate candidates with questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hagerstown Community College students asked state delegate candidates about leadership, principles, spending, priorities, immigration and a slew of other topics Wednesday." ...

"Republican Michael Hough and Democrat Paul J. Gilligan, competing in Subdistrict 3B, disagreed on Second Amendment rights."

"Gilligan said people should be allowed to own guns and keep them at homes, but carrying a gun in public can be dangerous."

"Hough said he firmly believes in right-to-carry laws."

"Neil Becker, a Democrat running in Subdistrict 2A, said Americans have gun rights, but suggested that anyone who wants to carry one should have it holstered so anyone can see it." ...
 

OH: Caleb Finkenbiner vs. Bob Latta
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Election 2010 is approaching. Here is how the District 5 House of Representative candidates stand on some key issues."

"Caleb Finkenbiner -- Democrat" ...

"Guns: Finkenbiner believes in upholding the Second Amendment while enforcing federal and local laws on firearms to fight the bigger problem of illegal ownership and use of weapons."

"Bob Latta -- Republican" ...

"Guns: Latta strongly supports the right to gun ownership because it is a basic Constitutional right and expresses the democratic principle of self-defense. He is an Ohio Division of Wildlife Certified Hunter Education Instructor and co-sponsored banning gun registration and a trigger lock law in Washington, D.C." ...
 

AZ: Election and CCUSD
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have always been a fan of voting on Election Day as is stated in the Arizona Constitution. But since the state has adopted (illegally?) early balloting and the election is so complex I decided to get an early ballot and carefully fill it out."

"I also got the NRA recommendations in which they grade candidates for office. One blood pressure elevator was their recommendation to vote for Rep. Nancy Barto for state senate. I know NRA looks at one thing, where a candidate stands on the second amendment. You would think they would have a method to see if the candidate lies and obviously they don’t. It doesn’t matter to them that she was behind at least three devastating bills, which have been discussed in detail in this column. ..." ...
 

CA: Jim Cooper for Sheriff CCW policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I submitted the following questions to both candidates for Sacramento County Sheriff. Jim Cooper was the only candidate to respond. In case you hadn't heard, the Sacramento County Sheriff now accepts 'self-defense' as a 'good cause' requirement for issuing a license to carry a firearm concealed. This was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation SAF.org. Although this effectively turns the County into one with a 'shall issue' CCW policy the California statute allows the issuing authority to place restrictions on the license which could effectively render the license meaningless." ...
 

TX: Was Police Chief Fired for Tea Party Affiliation?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TexasFred, a conservative blogger, reports that West Tawakoni Mayor Pete Yoho has fired Officer Johnny Beckett from the city’s police department and also suspended for ten days without pay Police Chief Jack Schultz, after which he will be terminated. The offense alleged is that the two officers belong the Tawakoni Area Tea Party. West Tawakoni is a small town in eastern Texas with a population of about 1,500 people. ..."

"... This story, if true, is evidence of an animus against the Tea Party which violates the rights of those officers."

"However, it is important to note that the validation of this story is still incomplete. ..." ...
 

OH: National Rifle Association Endorses Governor Ted Strickland
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Governor Ted Strickland stopped by the Western Reserve Fish and Game Club in Niles to join representatives from the National Rifle Association who announced their support for the Governor."

"'It's important to the NRA that we get these type of folks out to the polls next week and make sure we get another 4 years of Ted,' said John Hohenwarter, state liaison for the NRA." ...
 

NY: Decision 2010: NYS Governor....who will you decide?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On November 2, 2010 New Yorkers will fill the polls to place their vote for the fifty-sixth Governor of New York State. ..."

"This years election brings hope to New Yorkers, new job opportunities, a relief in the economy, lower taxes, and bringing and end to the corruption in Albany are just some of the past dew[sic] topics being addressed this election."

"Andrew Cuomo, democrat, from Queens New York has strong ties to the United States Government. ..."

"Carl Paladino, Republican, ... who has a handgun permit and carries whenever it is legal, is strongly in favor of firearm ownership, and second amendment rights; seeks to repeal the New York State Assault Weapon Ban. ..." ...
 

TN: Tennessee Governor's race, the final week
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last year, Bill Haslam met with the Knoxville Tennessee Firearms Assocation (TFA) group, and indicated he was in the learning mode. Many were skeptical, including this writer. ... Indications were that he had not learned enough at that time."

"More recently, however, Haslam has addressed the Nashville area TFA group, and his statements indicate he has learned. At that meeting, he indicated that he would sign a permit-less (Constitutional) carry bill if it was sent to him by the Legislature... And today's News-Sentinel story has him in favor of parking lot carry."

"In contrast Mike McWherter, indicates his elitist disregard for the rights of Tennessee firearms owners. He thinks that we hillbillies can't be trusted ..." ...
 

MO: Gun issue keeps percolating in Raymore
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It started a year ago when Raymore City Council member Jeff Cox introduced a plan to give council members the right to carry concealed weapons during meetings. It also allowed citizens to carry concealed weapons into city buildings and parks."

"The measure passed the council, but by not enough margin to override a veto by Mayor Juan Alonzo. In April, though, two opponents of Cox’s proposal were defeated by gun-friendly forces."

"Cox quickly reintroduced the ordinance, and that time it withstood the mayor’s veto."

"But by then, a citizens’ petition was going around town to get the issue on the November ballot as a public referendum. More than 1,600 residents signed the document."

"Next week is the showdown ..." ...
 

Cops Launch Stealth Gun Control Group: The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence was launched today at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando, Florida,' prnewswire.com informs us. 'Representatives of the founding organizations were on hand to speak to the devastating impact of firearms, which kill and injure 100,000 Americans each year.' Yada yada yada gun crimes suck. Not one word in the release on what this new group will actually do. 'Reducing gun violence is absolutely essential. Far too many of our citizens live in fear and far too many of our officers have lost their lives,' said Chief Rob Davis, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. ..." ...
 

NJ: NJ Cop Had Sex With 14-Year-Old: DA
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"A Trenton Police officer has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office." ...
 

NY: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly vows that his freebies at Harvard Club will be going on the record
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday he would amend disclosure forms to show his expenses at the Harvard Club had been paid for years by a private foundation." ...

"Kelly's dues and the cost of meals and drinks at the exclusive club have been picked up by the New York City Police Foundation since 2002 ... Kelly failed to disclose the arrangement in his filings with the city Conflicts of Interest Board." ...

"Annual dues for the club - which is open only to Harvard grads - run about $1,500. It is not known how big a food and drink tab Kelly ran up, and he declined to discuss it."

"Kelly ... also would not say whom he had brought there. He insisted he used the perk only for Police Department business." ...
 

Mexico: Every cop in town quits after Mexico attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The entire police force of a small northern Mexican town quit after gunmen attacked their recently inaugurated headquarters, according to local reports on Wednesday."

"Los Ramones Mayor Santos Salinas said nobody was injured in Monday night's attack, during which gunmen fired more than 1,000 bullets at the building's facade, according to Noroeste newspaper's website. Six grenades, of which three detonated, were also flung at the building, the newspaper reported."

"'Fortunately, those who were inside the building threw themselves on the ground and nobody was hurt,' Salinas told the newspaper."

"All 14 members of the force reportedly resigned Tuesday ..." ...
 

IL: Big crowd attends gun rights rally at VFW hall
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A big crowd filed into White County VFW Post 3851 in Carmi to hear speakers from politics, law enforcement and gun rights groups talk about their Second Amendment rights, specifically, the right to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois."

"Illinois is the last state in the Union to deny its citizens the right to carry a firearm. In Illinois, only sworn law enforcement, certain security and private detective personnel and certain private citizens making late-night bank deposits with cash can carry, according to those gathered Monday night." ...
 

TN: State Gun Advocates Pushing Too Hard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Republican control of the state Legislature in Tennessee has led to a succession of gun bills. ..."

"In short, statewide and nationally the atmosphere for the protection of gun rights has never been better."

"Instead of being satisfied with victory on every front, some of the special-interest groups that advocate for guns are now proposing abolishing the carry permit program and allowing gun owners in Tennessee to carry a gun anywhere without having a permit. They point to states like Vermont, where there are no gun regulations and citizens can carry wherever they like. That also means no background checks and no need to demonstrate proficiency with a weapon." ...
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Submitter's Note: You mean treat it like a real civil right? Well that certainly goes beyond the pale . . .
 

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War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. — John Stuart Mills

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