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John Longnecker: The Empty Holster Protest: What America Didn't See Is What's Newsworthy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, contended in a Fox News report that self-defense advocates have no business on college campuses."

Hamm should know by now that his organization cannot prevent violence. The anti-violence movement is a boondoggle.

"This was the week for the Empty Handgun Holster Protest, where college students wore their holsters to demonstrate several highlights about armed self-defense as the optimal answer to school shootings."

"The Empty Holster protest shows ... that person has a civil right to be armed wherever he/she goes, and no one else really has anything to say about it, least of all organizations seeking to dismantle a civil right." ...
 

Nicki F: Snuffy is back at it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So the most recent arrest wasn't enough for Snuffy Pfleger, who was at it again in front of a local gun shop."

"Protesters were back at a south suburban gun store on Saturday to rally for gun control while the march's organizers defiantly refused to pay Riverdale police for a permit.

"Organizers said the fee was excessive." ...
"So they refuse to pay fees, while Snuffy claims he and his misanthropic, fascist band of freaks are there to 'peaceably' assemble." ...
 

David Codrea: Stanley Still Crouching
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Stanley, there is nothing bold about anything you propose. It is the same old contemptible servitude that the powerful have always imposed on the weak."

"What I said to Mayor White goes double for you:"

"I wonder what these constituents would say if they were provided the truth about the racist origins and continued discriminatory application of the gun control measures you promulgate? Have you told them about the Slave Codes, that would allow a black man to be whipped (or worse) for possession of any kind of weapon? Or the post-Civil War Black Codes, designed to keep the newly emancipated from obtaining the means of defense during the heyday of Klan terror?" ...
 

Bloggers speaking out on ATF abuses
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"The NRA-ILA Grass Roots Division has issued a statement concerning the ATF's attack on the firearms industry. I was pleased to see the following:"

"Others in the pro-gun grassroots community have reported on this issue, including Ryan Horsley of Red's Trading Post, and numerous other bloggers. Working together, it is our hope that we can continue our mutual efforts to reform BATFE once and for all to reduce and eliminate unjust harassment of legitimate gun dealers."

"So I want to further encourage all of you that you are making a difference, my blog started out just to give some insight into what a firearms dealer endures in this process, hopefully I pray that changes will be made and other dealers will not have to go through this."
 

And another thing . . .
Submitted by: Kurt "45superman" Hofmann
Website: http://armedandsafe.blogspot.com

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An update to "Forget something, Dennis?" highlighting the irony of the Brady Bunch criticizing "editing the Constitution," as they edit the Constitution.
 

Senate Considering Treaty That Could Affect Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It turns out that Washington might soon be giving an arm of the United Nations jurisdiction over the import, export, and oceanic transport of GUNS and AMMUNITION." ...

"The Senate Foreign Relations committee will soon be debating the ratification of ... LOST (Law of the Sea Treaty). ..." ...

"But, even more frightening, Article 88 of the treaty stipulates that the high seas are 'reserved' for peaceful purposes. ..."

"What does this mean? It clearly doesn't mean that the U.S. or any other country is going to shut down its navy. But, on the other hand, it would be foolish to assume that the UN will not eventually try to use this provision to prohibit the oceanic transport of all firearms and ammunition -- except, of course, for guns and ammo bound for murderous dictators." ...
 

Time Magazine Names 'Bambi' To All-Time List of Top 25 Horror Flicks
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"Amazing that the first movies parents took their tots to in the 30s and 40s were the early Disney features. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo all exploited childhood traumas. Parents disappear or die; stepmothers plot the murder of their charges; a boy skips school and turns into a donkey. Kids were so frightened by these films that they wet themselves in terror. Bambi, directed by David Hand, has a primal shock that still haunts oldsters who saw it 40, 50, 65 years ago."
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Submitter's Note: Leave it to urbanite journalists to find a way -- in the midst of subject matter that includes zombies, aliens, psychopaths, knives, exorcisms, killer sharks, teens with telekenetic powers, mutant flies and chainsaws -- to find a subtle way to slam hunters and hunting.
 

NC: Locals protest arms laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A group of 32 local residents gathered on Polk Place on Monday to protest lax gun laws and to honor the lives of those who died during the April Virginia Tech shootings."

"Protesters stood in silence for three minutes to honor the victims of the shootings. The three minutes represented the length of time it took gunman Seung-Hui Cho to be approved for his guns."

"During the demonstration, residents wore black clothing, as well as maroon and orange ribbons, Va. Tech's colors, around their necks." ...
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H/t to David Codrea. And yes, David, it does look like a poster for When Zombies Attack.
 

IN: Lawsuit against state gun makers advances
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Connecticut gun makers Sturm Ruger & Co. and Colt are among 16 firearms manufacturers facing a lawsuit by the city of Gary, Ind."

"The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected the argument Monday that the 2005 federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act could shield the gun makers from the 1999 lawsuit Gary filed against them."

"Gun makers appealed Gary's lawsuit after the PLCAA was passed and a lower Indiana court ruled the federal law was unconstitutional, setting up this appeals court decision, which will allow the trial to begin in 2009."

"Gary was among several cities in the nation that launched lawsuits against gun makers in the 1990s, charging them with providing weapons to criminals ..." ...
 

IN: Indiana Court Misreads Federal Law, Rules Gary's Lawsuit Against Gun Makers Can Proceed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Indiana Court of Appeals today issued a ruling that will allow the city of Gary's frivolous lawsuit against 16 firearm manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, Colt, Browning, Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Beretta, to proceed despite a federal law that prohibits such suits."

"Today's decision is extremely disappointing because the court failed to properly apply a federal law as Congress intended. 'Gary's frivolous lawsuit is the poster child for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,' said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the [NSSF] ... 'Gary's lawsuit seeks to blame manufacturers for the actions of criminals who misuse firearms. It is like blaming car makers for drunk driving accidents. ...'" ...
 

PA: Shot fired at intruder
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Police are investigating an incident early Saturday morning in which a homeowner fired a shot at a man who had broken into his home."

"Police said the homeowner told them he was awakened at 3:50 a.m. by the sound of breaking glass. He said he got up and went to the kitchen carrying a handgun. There he saw a man dressed in black carrying a baseball bat. When the intruder advanced toward the homeowner, police said he fired one shot at him. At that the intruder turned and ran from the home."

"Police said they have evidence that supports the homeowner’s story that someone broke into the home and that a handgun was fired." ...

"Wright said the focus of the investigation is on the burglary."
 

NC: Students call for concealed weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Across the nation, students from 110 universities awoke to take a shower, shine their shoes, strap on an empty holster, and head to class."

"Last week a group under the banner of 'Students for Concealed Carry on Campus' organized the nationwide protest ..."

"Its leaders urged college students to wear empty holsters to class to campaign against state laws that prevent lawful permit-holders from carrying concealed weapons onto college campuses."

"... 38 states ban firearms on school grounds."

"Sixteen of these states, including North Carolina, explicitly ban concealed weapons on college campuses."

"Lenoir-Rhyne is the only college in North Carolina to have a chapter of the organization." ...
 

VA: Concealed Carry on Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Could Virginia Tech students have protected themselves on April 16th if they were allowed to carry guns?"

"That was the topic of this discussion Monday night on the Virginia Tech campus."

"Philip Van Cleave is president of the Virginia Citizens' Defense League."

"The group defends the right to lawfully carry a concealed weapon."

"The right to carry is allowed by state law, but not on Tech's campus."

"'The argument of gun control is police should have the guns you can disarm yourself because the state will protect you. I have been part of the other side of the badge. I can tell you that's bad advice. The police want to be there to help you.', says Van Cleave." ...
 

CA:Schwarzenegger vs. Boxer for U.S. Senate?
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"Speculation is rampant in California that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will challenge liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer for her Senate seat in 2010 – and a new poll has them running neck and neck."

"A California Field survey of registered voters released Tuesday showed Schwarzenegger with 44 percent of the votes in a hypothetical election, and Boxer with 43 percent. The rest were undecided."

"The poll also showed Schwarzenegger with a favorable job performance rating – 56 percent of respondents said they approve of his performance as governor, and only 23 percent disapprove, with his support coming from a majority of both Republicans and Democrats." ...
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Submitter's Note: Let's see . . . anti-gun republican takes on anti-gun democrat. Thinking voters in California may want to choose Door Number 3.
 

WI: Happiness is a warm gun… regulation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently, Wisconsin legislators finally reached a compromise and voted for the new state budget, ending a four-month deadlock. Even though this breakthrough is highly significant, we mustn’t forget the Legislature’s failure to reach a compromise on some comparably less significant issues, one of which has appeared time and again on the Legislature’s agenda: concealed carry gun laws."

"Despite its compromise on the budget, the Legislature’s failure to reach a compromise on this issue is bewildering."

"When a friend of mine first explained Wisconsin gun laws to me, he portrayed the ban on concealed carry as one of the reasons behind Wisconsin’s relatively low crime rate. ..." ...
 

IL: County trying to close gun range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The St. Clair County Board passed a pair of resolutions Monday to shut down and seize a nearly 32-acre shooting range that lies within the glide path of planes landing at Scott Air Force Base."

"The board overwhelmingly passed the resolutions at the urging State's Attorney Robert Haida."

"Haida told the board the pair of measures would help the county prevail in its eminent domain lawsuit ..." ...

"In late April, Associate Judge James Radcliffe toured the gun range for himself to determine what danger, if any, the range posed to aircraft passing overhead ..."

"During the visit, club President Randy Seper told Radcliffe that if club rules are followed, it would be impossible for a bullet to leave the range's boundaries ..." ...
 

WI: Conceal and carry laws necessary for WI safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... Conceal and carry provisions allow people to carry firearms in a concealed manner in a public place. Opponents try to make it more controversial than it has to be, but this is a worthwhile right."

"Guns save lives every day. People who own guns can use them to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm. ... People that carry a gun feel more comfortable and secure."

"A common belief among anti-gun circles is that guns are simply too dangerous to have in our society. The assumption is they kill children in accidents and having them around will simply lead to more shootings. This is not the case. Every year, more children drown in five gallon buckets than are killed by guns ..." ...
 

McDonald V. U.S., U.S. Supreme Court, "Many home-owners in this crime-beset city [Washington D.C.] doubtless are armed", Dec. 13, 1948
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"... the method of enforcing the law exemplified by this search is one which not only violates legal rights of defendant but is certain to involve the police in grave troubles if continued. . . . Many home-owners in this crime-beset city [Washington D.C.] doubtless are armed. When a woman sees a strange man, in plain clothes, prying up her bedroom window and climbing in, her natural impulse would be to shoot. . . . But an officer seeing a gun being drawn on him might shoot first. . . . I have no reluctance in condemning as unconstitutional a method of law enforcement so reckless and so fraught with danger and discredit to the law enforcement agencies themselves..."
 

NY: Newburgh to be first city in the nation to use Pistol-Cam
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"With complaints on the rise in recent months about alleged police brutality in the City of Newburgh, the department will be the first in the country to deploy a new age digital device."

"Called the Pistol-Cam, it was developed by Legend Technologies of Keesville, NY."

"The device will be affixed to a weapon – be it a handgun or long gun – and it will snap into action whenever that gun is deployed, said Pistol-Cam CEO Terry Gordon, who was in Newburgh Monday." ...
 

FL: Tasered Student Avoids Criminal Charges
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"A University of Florida student who was shocked with a Taser after persistently questioning Sen. John Kerry will avoid criminal charges by apologizing and complying with terms of a voluntary 18-month probation, authorities said Tuesday." ...

"[State Attorney William] Cervone said charges of resisting an officer without violence and interfering with a school function would be dismissed if Meyer complied. University police had recommended he be charged with resisting arrest with violence, a felony, and disturbing the peace and interfering with school administrative functions, a misdemeanor." ...

"Meyer demanded a chance to question the former Democratic presidential candidate about the 2004 election and his and President Bush's alleged involvement in the secret Skull and Bones society when they were students at Yale University in the 1960s." ...
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Submitter's Note: Be careful what you ask Your Public Servants!


 

FL: Criminals stealing guns from police in Palm Beach County
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Criminals are going after cops — for their guns."

"In the past year, gang members, thieves and drug dealers in Palm Beach County have broken into at least six police cars and stolen handguns and shotguns, officials say."

"'This shows how brazen they are,' Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said."

"Realizing they, too, can be victims, the Sheriff's Office and other agencies are fighting back by adding burglar alarms to marked and unmarked cruisers, installing extra gun locks in cars and enforcing rules that bar off-duty storage of handguns, shotguns and assault rifles in cars." ...
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Submitter's Note: Disarm police! It's for the children.
 

WV: Guilty: Sexual Abuse By a Custodian
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Jurors in Monongalia County have reached a verdict in the case of a former sheriff's deputy accused of sexual assault and abuse. After nearly 12 hours of deliberations, the jury of seven men and five women found Robert Fields guilty on one count of sexual abuse by a custodian."

"It carries a sentence of ten to 20 years in prison."

"The jury could not reach a unanimous decision on three counts of first degree sexual abuse and one count of second degree sexual assault." ...

"Prosecutors could retry Fields on those charges."

"Fields sexually abused a 16-year-old student when he worked as a prevention resource officer at Morgantown High School in 2005." ...
 

Iraq: Iraq Journalist Killed in Heavy Traffic
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"Suhad, 36, wanted to go to college and become a journalist since she was young. ..." ...

"... February 4th, 2007, the day she was killed, was like any other, she was on her way to work and waiting in line at a checkpoint for the Green Zone."

"The exact details are still unclear. Some reports claim there was a gun battle between US forces and militants near the checkpoint. Others accused foreign security contractors."

"Security contractors have a particularly bad name ... This video illustrates contractors firing indiscriminately on civilians in Iraq." ...
 

Ireland: FG claims Gardai are not equipped to tackle gun crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Fine Gael is claiming that the Gardai are not being properly equipped to tackle rising gun crime in Ireland.

Party spokesman Denis Naughten says official figures show that the number of officers authorised to carry firearms has actually fallen by more than 10% in the past five years.

He also says the Gardai do not have access to a dedicated firearms training range and have to use unsuitable army facilities.

Mr Naughten says this results from a legacy of persistent under-resourcing that has left Gardai ill-equipped to deal with gun crime and gangland criminals.
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Submitter's Note: As David Codrea asks: So if they can't do it, and the people aren't allowed do it, just who the hell is doing it?
 

Iraq: Man Attacked by Militia & Iraqi Military
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... "... This week Hussein Jassim ... details a very different experience with men from the Iraqi National Guard and other unknown men who attempted to kill him."

"According to Jassim, he was driving on one of the many highways around Baghdad when he realized he was being followed. Men in another car fired upon him, and he attempted to escape. When he came upon men in Iraqi National Guard vehicles he claims they also shot at him. He was lucky to make it to the Al-Bo’aitha checkpoint, where after losing consciousness, he was apparently taken to the Yarmouk Hospital ..."

"Two of the men who are believed to have attacked him were detained later and confessed on Al-Iraqiya Television, the government television station. ..." ...
 

NH: Gun firm eyes vacant Farmington plant
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Smith & Wesson, the parent company of Thompson Center Arms on Route 11, is looking to occupy about 10,000 square feet of the vacant Collins and Aikman building in Farmington for one year for temporary operations."

"Leland Nichols, company president and chief operating officer, said the move would not affect local operations or offer new job opportunities because it involves existing workforce from other locations."

"The company would use the space as it implements a new computer operating system for its Rochester site and additional auditing controls required of public companies as mandated by federal law, he said." ...
 

AZ: Flagstaff gun collector tough on safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just how many antique guns are in his collection is a 'state secret,' said Peter Stuyvesant Wainwright, but one little gun in the ample collection is as important as any. It is the 4-pound, 22-caliber undersized rifle he uses to demonstrate firearms safety to boys and girls in his classes for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts."

"'In the early years, girls are easier to teach than boys,' he said. 'They don't have that macho image of themselves. They learn quicker how to shoot, because I don't have to undo an attitude.'" ...

"'No ammunition goes with me during a safety talk,' said Wainwright, 82, who moved to Flagstaff about 20 years ago after retiring as chief of police for Paradise Valley. ..."
 

NY: City Council Member Seeks Gun Permit
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A City Council member who represents parts of Staten Island, Vincent Ignizio, says he is hoping to obtain a gun permit from the city — a process that can take up to six months."

"Mr. Ignizio, a Republican, said he wants to buy a rifle or a handgun for protection in his home. When he was growing up on Staten Island his father owned a gun for protection and he said he always knew he would do the same when he had a family. His first child, a girl, was born earlier this month." ...
 

PA: The Great Second Amendment Debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AS EXECUTIVE director of CeaseFire PA, I'd like to respond to some comments made by letter-writer Tom McCourt."

"Contrary to Mr. McCourt's assertions, CeaseFire PA has no interest in taking guns away from responsible, law-abiding Pennsylvanians. Our only goals are to reduce gun violence, injury and death. To that end, we support measures that will make it harder for convicted felons and violent youth to obtain handguns, as they do so easily now. Evidence shows that when gun laws are tougher, criminals have a harder time getting guns, while legitimate gun owners remain unaffected." ...
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Submitter's Note: I don't suppose Ms. Edbril would care to share this supposed evidence?
 

OH: Ohio Sets Up "Gun Crime' Trace Center
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"A new crime- fighting project aims to collect data on all illegal firearms confiscated in Northeast Ohio, which law enforcement officials hope will make it easier to trace guns used in violent crimes."

"Officials announced the project -- dubbed the Ohio Gun Crime Center -- Friday. It is part of an initiative to tackle gun violence in the region."

"The initiative, the Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium, is paid for with a $5.9 million federal grant. The initiative promises a concerted effort to fight gun crimes by entities including the Department of Justice, the Ohio attorney general and police in Cleveland, Youngstown, Akron, Canton, Elyria, Lorain, Mansfield and Toledo. ..." ...
 

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