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CCRKBA Says Chief's Missing Gun a Bigger Threat to Safety Than Most Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, quoted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer today claiming that more guns in the community does not deter crime should remember that his stolen gun is out there posing a greater threat to public safety than firearms belonging to typical law-abiding gun owners."

"... CCRKBA still has a reward for the recovery of Kerlikowske's stolen 9mm Glock pistol, taken from his city-owned car that was parked on a downtown street almost four years ago."

"Kerlikowske, in New York preparing for a gun control debate on National Public Radio, is quoted by the newspaper arguing that research is 'clear' that the more guns in the community, 'the more that are in circulation for criminals to get their hands on.'" ...
 

Mutual Assured Destruction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are some who are fond of repeating Jefferson's comment about the tree of liberty needing to be 'refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,' though they often skip the part about patriots and choose to only include the tyrants. The problem is that in actual practice you couldn't leave out, 'the blood of patriots,' because when the blood of tyrants is spilt, the blood of patriots must also be spilt. There is simply no way around it."

"The same guys are often fond of bumper sticker slogans like, '…from my cold dead fingers,' and the more erudite, 'MOLON LAVE,' and while I can appreciate the sentiment, I also know that in 99.995% of cases it's simply not true. ..." ...
 

Life After Heller
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In June, the Supreme Court held that the Washington, D.C. gun bans violate the Second ... This has understandably been an occasion of great joy for advocates of the right to self-defense. Nevertheless, we must understand how fragile this result is and how limited the opinion is."

"The case was decided by the scantest of majorities: 5-4. The dissenting opinions are, to put it bluntly, ahistorical garbage that treat the Second Amendment in ways in which no other portion of the Bill of Rights is treated. The case for the right to arms is so overwhelming that both sides call it the Standard Model view of the Second Amendment, which has been accepted not just by gun owners but also by many honest scholars who are anti-gun." ...
 

Campaign Hypocrisy on Guns? From Ohio Democrats?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... “'The truth is,' the state gun rights group points out, 'that the only thing SB184 changed regarding schools was about the ability for concealed handgun license-holders to pick up or drop off their child from a designated point on school property.'

"Seems reasonable. These citizens have a right to keep and bear arms, and citizens in compliance with SB184 are the most peaceable in the state. And it's not like those intent on evil will be stopped by mere rules. So if you’re not projecting your own ignorance and trust issues, what’s the problem?" ...
 

Uncertain times trigger boom in gun sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun sales are on the rise, and gun shop owners say the uncertain economy and upcoming election are the reasons."

"Some report their sales are up as much as 25 percent from last year."

"One of those gun shops that is seeing gun sales soar is the Albuquerque Pawn Shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico."

"'Probably 20 to 25 percent, but inquiries are probably up 50 to 60 percent,' said owner Jay Johnston."

"Johnston says there are a few reasons for the rise in gun sales." ...

"'If one particular candidate is elected, then rumor has it that there’s gonna be a serious gun ban and I think people wanna get the guns while they can,' Johnston said." ...
 

The truth about gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The usage of guns in America has always been a hot-button issue used by politicians to appeal to their various constituencies across the country. Thanks in part to the efforts of our Founding Fathers, the right to keep and bear arms is a protected right shared by all citizens. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution ensures that the government does not have the jurisdiction to take away this right."

"The importance of protecting this right is derived from fear of the government exhibiting some form of abuse toward its citizenry, in which case the citizens would have the right to replace that government with a new one that would better serve them. ..." ...
 

Massachusetts 'Gun Fair' Where Child Was Killed With Machine Gun May Have Violated Gun Law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is calling on law enforcement to investigate whether a "gun fair" that hosted a machine gun shoot for children where an 8-year-old boy was tragically killed violated a Massachusetts gun law that makes it illegal to furnish machine guns to children." ...
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KABA Note: Dancing in the blood of the innocent again, eh Paul?
 

Itchy trigger fingers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new presidential administration comes with quite a long to-do list. You have to write lots of new jokes for late-night TV shows, you have to immediately start printing bumper stickers abdicating responsibility for the new president-elect (ie: 'Don't blame me, I voted for ______!'), and of course, you have to stock up on your guns."

"Wait. What?"

"Apparently, it's true. In this wondrously bad economy, one industry is experiencing a surge in business. Gun sales are up 8% to 10% this year and according to the gun buyers themselves, this is due to one of two fear-laden factors." ...
 

Laws Allowing Guns in Office Parking Lots Place Company Execs in the Crossfire
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Keeping violence out of the workplace naturally is a top priority for employers everywhere. But as more states pass laws giving employees the right to bring guns onto company parking lots, many managers now feel caught in the proverbial crossfire, writes James P. Anelli, a Newark-based attorney in LeClairRyan's Labor and Employment Group in a new article."

"In the article, written for Human Resource Executive Online ... Anelli outlines the growing and legally controversial trend among state legislatures to pass laws that actually prevent employers from keeping guns out of workplace parking lots. It is a fascinating twist on a familiar controversy, the attorney writes in the article, titled 'Firearms at Work,' ..." ...
 

Holes in NRA's campaign
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Here in the West, there's no more sure-fire way to rile up voters than raising a threat to our firearms. Heritage and history are only part of it. Tens of thousands of Coloradans grew up around hunting and cherish the fall ritual as a once-a-year renewal of good times with family and friends. We tend to associate guns with camaraderie, the outdoors, rugged independence and, yes, personal safety."

"It's small wonder that a vigorous, $40 million [NRA] campaign against the election of Sen. Barack Obama as president has attracted a good deal of attention. The NRA has named Colorado as a target. With flyers, mailers, yard signs ... the NRA claims the Democratic candidate would be 'the most anti-gun president in U.S. history.'" ...
 

MA: A knife ban is OK if the police have 'a lot of discretion'
Submitted by: J.D. Tuccille
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-536-Civil-Liberties-Examiner

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"Politicians in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts ... propose to ban the possession in public of knives with blades longer than 1.5 inches. The ban follows a rise in after-hours stabbings among the city's bar- and club-goers from 85 in 2006 to a projected 148 this year. (Strange but true: a popular New England regional band of the 1980s was called Rash of Stabbings.) The idea seems to be that if you forbid the carrying of sharp pieces of metal, the people committing the mayhem will slap themselves on the forehead and say, 'Oh hell, I guess I can't commit attempted murder tonight cuz I might get fined for carrying a pocket knife.'" ...

"[District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.] emphasized that the police would have a lot of discretion in enforcing the law to assure that people aren't wrongly caught up in its net." ...
 

Voters asking: Who will take my guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The individual right to keep and bear arms, and whether that right deserves restrictions, has caught John McCain and Barack Obama paradoxically fighting for gun control laws in the past. Today, they are cheerleaders of the Second Amendment, according to public statements."

"Wayne County gun owners and the national gun lobbies, however, have mixed feelings - and some fears - on the day when either the Democrat or the Republican takes the White House. Will they take my guns, some of my guns, or no guns?"

"Peter Snyder, a life-long Republican and hunter from Lake Ariel, does not believe Obama will take his hunting rifles." ...
 

TSRA Second Amendment Radio Spot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Texas State Rifle Association radio ad.
 

Democrats Should Fear the 'Brady Effect'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"As legions of Barack Obama's supporters (both inside and outside the mainstream media) wait with giddy anticipation to celebrate victory on November 5, they can't seem to block creeping doubt from their minds. What if the outcome doesn't all fall neatly into place like their polls project? How can such a scenario be explained?" ...

"Thus, in preparation for a potential Obama loss, Democrats have dusted-off the old 'Bradley Effect' charge, which originated when African-American Tom Bradley lost the California gubernatorial race to George Deukmejian in 1982. ..."

"... It isn't the 'Bradley effect' Democrats should fear, but something else. Call it the 'Brady effect,' named after ... The Brady Campaign." ...
 

Think before you vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The American people are about to vote in the most important election of our time. I ask all of you to search for the truth."

"All of you who are NRA members, I ask, are your guns more important than people losing their homes? Are they more important than our government borrowing money from China while Wal-Mart and others flood our country with products made in Communist China? Our jobs are going to China, India, etc. and our economy will never be strong again until people have jobs. Also remember that the Second Amendment cannot be removed without the U.S. voters' approval. That will never happen." ...
 

For Obama, Contradictions Breed Success
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In my last column, I discussed the effect of John McCain’s rudderless campaign. In complete contrast, his opponent’s well-funded, disciplined campaign has barreled through this election with a single motivation: to do and say whatever it takes to get Barack Obama elected."

"Even if what they say is completely inconsistent." ...

"Since then, his campaign has been more careful, but no less obvious about its inherent contradictions. The examples are numerous, but just to name a few:"

"Obama has cast himself as a believer in a Second Amendment right to bear arms, but has never found a gun regulation that violates it." ...
 

Vote McCain for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... If gun owners and hunters want more detailed information about Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden they can log on to www.nraila.org for articles with copious endnotes, citations and web-link references to non-NRA resources, along with YouTube clips showing the candidates speaking for themselves as regards their position on the Second Amendment/gun control issue." ...

"... In evaluating candidates in any national election, citizens must first ask this question: Will the candidate respect and protect our fundamental constitutional rights and liberties? ..."

"... The voting records and policy positions of Obama and Biden show that they will be clear and present dangers to our fundamental Second Amendment rights ..." ...
 

Obama: 'I don’t believe people should be able to own guns'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So, Obama supports gun rights? That's not what he told author John Lott."

"Free Republic has a transcript of an interview of Lott by Dave Bose when Bose was substituting on the Michael Medved Show."

"John Lott: ... I saw him at a couple of seminars. I ran into and talked to people that were nearby him. One of the things though, is that the conversations all tended to be extremely short when I was involved with him."

"John Lott: The first time I met him, I went over and introduced myself. He said, 'Oh, you're the gun guy.'"

"John Lott: And I said, 'Yeah, I guess so.'"

"John Lott: And he said, 'I don't believe people should be able to own guns.'"
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Look at Obama record on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to letter writer Jay Warren Clark, who states that gun organizations are trying to scare people into voting for John McCain: I disagree - all the gun organizations are doing is pointing out the voting record on gun legislation between the two candidates."

"We as American citizens won our right to the Second Amendment in the U.S. Supreme Court this summer by one vote. Based on his voting record, if Obama had been president these past years and appointed the judges to the Supreme Court, we would not have the right to the Second Amendment that we have now."

"Here is where the scary part comes in ... If Obama is elected ... the second amendment could be eliminated." ...
 

Obama 'transition team' already eying method to allow government storage of gun purchase records
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Outdoor Wire, an outdoor sports industry resource, is reporting that Barack Obama's prematurely-established 'transition team' is already considering changes to the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) for firearms purchases that would allow gun purchase records to be stored on government servers." ...

"Think you can believe their assurances that the government wouldn't use and abuse the information? So did Ohio's 'Joe the Plumber', whose records were accessed at least four different times by various government offices, including a Toledo Police Department records clerk ... and the director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services ... a maxed-out Obama campaign contributor." ...
 

NY: Anti-gun groups back Oppenheimer, Stewart-Cousins
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and GunFreeKids.org, are both expected to endorse democratic senators Suzi Oppenheimer and Andrea Stewart-Cousins in their re-election campaigns today."

"Oppenheimer is running against Larchmont Republican mayor Liz Feld in the state’s 37th district and Stewart Cousins is running against Yonkers Republican councilman John Murtagh in the 35th district." ...
 

GA: NRA, Ga. Right to Life endorse Loudermilk
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The National Rifle Association has endorsed Barry Loudermilk for re-election in House District 14. The group gave him a score of A+ for his support of Second Amendment Rights for Georgians." ...
 

ME: NRA Political Victory Fund endorses Summers for Congress
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Summers for Congress campaign announced today another national organization's pledged support of Charlie Summers' bid for Maine's First Congressional seat: The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) has endorsed Summers' candidacy."

"NRA-PVF ranks political candidates - irrespective of party affiliation - based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire. Summers received an 'A' ranking based on these criteria; his opponent scored an 'F.'" ...
 

OK: Hunters shouldn't wait
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In 'Three questions on ballot worthy of voter support' (Our Views, Sept. 19), The Oklahoman questioned the need for State Question 742, which gives voters the choice to permanently preserve in the Oklahoma Constitution the right to hunt and fish. You suggested waiting until a crisis develops before proposing the amendment. ..."

"But why should Oklahoma hunters wait? The painful experiences of hunters in Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, California and Colorado show that waiting is not a strategy; it's tantamount to a concession of rights. Ballot measures and policies pushed by well-funded, aggressive anti-hunting proponents have eliminated bear, cougar and even dove hunting in these states because hunters waited to respond." ...
 

PA: Phila. gun-law case appealed to high court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two City Council members appealed to the state Supreme Court yesterday in their case against the state legislature to allow Philadelphia to pass and enforce its own gun laws."

"Darrell L. Clarke and Donna Reed Miller asked the court to reconsider its landmark 1996 ruling, which appeared to leave local municipalities no leeway to regulate guns. Only the state had that power, the court ruled then."

"Council passed seven gun-control laws last year that included regulations to limit handgun purchases to one per month and to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Recognizing the state's traditional control over gun laws, Council's bills required approval by the legislature before they could take effect." ...
 

CA: Calif. Newlywed Killed by Police in Case of Mistaken Identity
Submitted by: motoboy

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"A newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his home to confront suspected burglars was shot in a case of mistaken identity, police said."

"Julian Alexander died after being shot twice in the chest by a police officer who was chasing four burglary suspects early Tuesday morning."

"Police Chief John Welter said the officer ran into Alexander, mistook him for one of the four juvenile suspects and shot him." ...

"Welter would not release the officer's name, but said he was a 10-year veteran of the department. The officer was placed on paid leave pending an investigation." ...

"Welter said investigators would interview the officer to determine what commands he gave to Alexander before he fired. ..."
 

CA: 'America's Sheriff' Facing Corruption Trial in California
Submitted by: jac

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"Opening statements begin this morning in the federal public corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona, who was once dubbed 'America's sheriff.'"

"The 53-year-old Carona is charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Also charged are his alleged mistress and his wife." ...

"A series of conversations secretly recorded by 1 of Carona's former assistant sheriffs and close friends promises to figure prominently in the case."

"Prosecutors say Carona and his friends accepted nearly $700,000 in cash, gifts, kickbacks and questionable loans in exchange for political favors beginning a decade ago." ...
 

AR: Rambo gets choice: Quit or face charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Miller County Sheriff Linda Rambo said she has been given an ultimatum by Prosecuting Attorney Brent Haltom: Resign or face criminal prosecution.

Rambo said she didn’t know she was breaking the law when she gave jail Sgt. Dolly Simmons permission to use a county-owned truck and an inmate from the Arkansas Department of Correcction to help Simmons’ sister move.

“I didn’t think a thing about it because I hadn’t read that law book,” said Rambo. “Hell, I don’t know all the rules.”

Rambo said she now knows she made a mistake and takes full responsibility.
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DE: Women have same right to own guns as healthy men are given
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Alvina Vansickle should not have run afoul of common sense and common courtesy when she attempted to purchase a gun for self-protection."

"Her outrageous treatment highlights how unfounded prejudicial practices in the application of state laws can be used to interfere with citizens' rights under the Second Amendment."

"It also revealed a concealed sexist approach to gun ownership being administered by the state."

"The 81-year-old Lewes resident, who had no criminal history to prevent the gun sale, had to wait nearly a week beyond the normal approval process time because an uninformed state police employee thought Vansickle was too old -- and even worse, a woman." ...
 

NY: Guns Reduce Crime: Experts Make a Strong Case, but New Yorkers not Convinced
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Intelligence Squared U.S. ... announced the results of its third debate of the Fall 2008 season, 'Guns reduce crime.' A sold out audience ... voted 27% for the motion and 63% against at the conclusion of the debate. 10% were undecided." ...

"'The recent Supreme Court ruling ... made this an especially timely debate ...' said Robert Rosenkranz, chairman of The Rosenkranz Foundation. 'The panelists on both sides were superb and the audience questions were particularly well formed and thought provoking.'"

"Intelligence Squared U.S. polls its audience ... before and after the debate. At the start of Tuesday's debate, the audience voted 13% for the motion that 'Guns reduce crime,' with 60% against and 27% undecided." ...
 

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