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Anti gun study filled with flaws and bias
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A study conducted by Charles Branas, who is a beneficiary of the anti gun Joyce Foundation, concluded that possessing a gun makes one 4.46 times more likely to be shot, and that guns rarely allow their owners to effectively defend themselves. I find this study’s methodology to be incredibly flawed, as it effectively ignores reverse causation, lumps law abiding gun owners together with gang members who illegally carry guns and use them to commit crimes, and draws no distinction between the self defense abilities of a trained law abiding gun owner and criminals who illegally own guns and have received no training. Below are direct quotes from the study, and my comments." ...
 

'The Smutty Professor' Shows Perverted Anti-Gun Academic Bias
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Still, if the Smutty Professor would step out of the booth and promise to keep his trench coat buttoned, and also not to touch us, perhaps we could give his ideas some consideration. What would happen if we took his 'hands-on' approach and treated guns like porn?"
 

Citizen disarmament lobby wants to expand 'prohibited persons' list
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"An op-ed piece by Daniel Webster ... of the anti-gun Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, argues that federal laws prohibiting felons, illicit drug users, the mentally ill, and people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are not enough, and that even more categories of people need to be disarmed." ...

"In other words, it would seem that Dr. Webster advocates adding a whole laundry list of misdemeanors to the already long list of crimes--littering in a cave is a felony in Texas; so is selling marital aids ... --that can render a person disarmed for life."

"Then, of course, there are the efforts to disarm 'suspected terrorists'--without a conviction, without an indictment, without an arrest ..." ...
 

United States joins General Assembly in vote on small arms trade
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The General Assembly today will endorse a landmark agreement to fight the illegal and irresponsible trade of small arms and conventional weapons. Now, the General Assembly resolution is not an agreement itself, but it does set out a timetable for negotiations on an agreement on ways to curb arms sales to insurgent groups, volatile regions, or irresponsible governments. The vote tomorrow is very significant, however, for the fact that for the first time ever the United States has will vote with the majority of states in favor of an arms trade resolution. This is more than symbolically important because the United States is by far the largest arms dealer in the world. ..." ...
 

Does Denying Guns to 'Prohibited Persons' Ensure Public Safety?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"I have some questions for discussion... "
 

Gun Shows Need to be Proactive to Survive
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Mayor Bloomberg's 'investigation' of gun shows in Ohio presents an opportunity for gun owners in the Buckeye state - an opportunity that we must seize if gun shows are to survive."

"The choice facing us is simple: Change how gun shows operate, or gun shows will be legislated/litigated out of business. The loss of gun shows would be a devastating blow to the First Amendment rights of gun owners. Yes, I said First Amendment."

"Let's get something out of the way upfront so we can concentrate on our issues: Mayor Bloomberg is exceeding his authority, is wrong, has no business doing investigations in Ohio ... etc etc etc."

"None of that matters. Now, can we concentrate on our own problems and administer some tough love?" ...
 

Seattle lawsuit brings out the beast in people
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Like the Claude Rains character in Casablanca, it is shocking, SHOCKING!, that such a galvanizing issue as the lawsuit against Mayor Greg Nickels and the City of Seattle should bring out the public fangs, but read the feedback pages in the on-line Seattle Post-Intelligencer or Seattle Times websites, or the West Seattle Blog."

"Wear rubber-soled shoes and don't stand in water when you click on those sites. There are more than 275 comments on the Times reader feedback site, and a rather pitiful – by comparison – 67 comments at the P-I site." ...
 

Industry Insights From Ruger
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Yesterday morning, I listened to the on-line stockholders' report from Sturm, Ruger Inc., delivered by Mike Fifer, the current CEO."

"I had the impression of an honest man giving honest answers to honest questions."

"I knew and admired the late Bill Ruger, Sr., the company founder. He was always proud that his corporation had no debt. That’s still true today. Too bad we never elected a man like that to run the whole damn country. Congrats to Fifer and his crew for keeping that paradigm intact."

"Item: there are some 300 different SKUs (Stock-Keeping Units, or specifically different products) now being shipped out of the Ruger plants in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ." ...
 

The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 73 - McDonald v. Chicago
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "8- McDonald v. Chicago"

"The lamestream media told you:
"

"Chicago's 27-year-old ban on handguns is coming up for challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court ... It is the second major gun-rights case to reach the Court, following the 2008 landmark Heller case ... Alan Gura, lead counsel in the Heller case, is lead counsel in this case, and is quoted as saying, 'State and local politicians should be on notice: the Second Amendment is a normal part of the Bill of Rights, and it is coming to your town.' ..."

"The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:"

"Although this is presented almost everywhere as a Second Amendment case ... the real significance of this case is in its 14th Amendment implications." ...
 

Have You Thought About F-Class?
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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... "Go to the linked piece, review the links there, and consider:"

"No, I am not suggesting you go out and buy some fancy-pants $5000 dedicated rig for exclusively F-class shooting."

"What I am suggesting is"

"1) A lot of readers have sub-MOA .308 bolties with decent glass."

"2) With a 175 SMK (factory match or handload), your rifle and round can get to 1000 yards and be on paper." ...

"What better way to learn how you and your precision rifle shoot at full distance, especially with the wind calls inherent in such a challenge?"

"You do realize that more and more freedom-lovers getting proficient at truly long ranges will make the hoplophobes thoroughly soil themselves, don't you?"

"Can you say 'strategic'?"

"I knew you could."
 

Firearms Fundamentals: improving accuracy
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Many new shooters, and to be truthful many experienced shooters, get discouraged at the shooting range by targets that look like they were hit by a shotgun blast. The problem is, they don't know what to do about it."

"The best way to correct accuracy issues is to get help from a professional trainer. If you don't know or can't afford one, there are a few things you can do to improve your shot grouping." ...
 

New Terrorist Warning Poster
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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Thanks to all who forwarded me this.

 

Hero contractor recounts fighting off Taliban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"For two hours, a civilian contractor held off Taliban commandos with an AK-47, saving the lives of 24 people in a Kabul, Afghanistan, guest house. But while others are praising Chris Turner’s courage, the 62-year-old former hippie refuses to be called a hero." ...

"The bearded American repeatedly rejected efforts to label his actions as extraordinary. The reason he was the one holding off the commandos was because he happened to be the one who had a gun, he said." [emphasis added]

"'I was the only one in the back of the building who was armed. I was just praying that I could keep them at bay so that we could protect the women and men who were unarmed and unprepared for this kind of violence,' he said." [emphasis added] ...
 

UK: 'Hero' son is held for burglar murder
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A council official's son who allegedly stabbed two burglars breaking into his mother's home has been charged with murder."

"Omari Roberts was hailed a hero after disturbing 17-year-old Tyler Juett and his accomplice, 14."

"But yesterday, the 23-year-old appeared in court accused of killing Juett and wounding the younger raider with intent to cause grievous bodily harm."

"The CPS said it decided to charge him for using 'excessive and gratuitous force' when the pair tried to burgle the home of Jacqueline McKenzie-Johnson in Nottingham in March." ...
 

VA: Police Prefer Cuccinelli For Virginia's Next 'Top Cop'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA), the nation's largest coalition of law enforcement professionals, crime victims and concerned citizens, announces its strong endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General of Virginia. ..."

"LEAA Executive Director and retired police officer Jim Fotis remarked, 'I'm proud to endorse Ken because he will be a GREAT Attorney General. LEAA joins with other police groups including the Fraternal Order of Police, and distinguished police leaders like Sheriff Charles 'Charlie' Jett and Sheriff Stephen Simpson and over eighty more law enforcement leaders to announce the police community's overwhelming endorsement of Cuccinelli.'" ...
 

TN: City of Knoxville election
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Recently, when the current Knoxville City Council was considering whether or not to allow citizens with handgun carry permits to carry in City Parks, future Council candidates were questioned on this issue."

"The question asked was, 'If you were in office today, would you be true to that oath, and support all the U. S. Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights? In short, would you honor that oath and vote to repeal the current ban on firearms carry in parks by persons who hold valid, state-issued carry permits?'" ...
 

Miss. lawmakers spar over passengers transporting guns on Amtrak
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi says hunters and sportsmen should be allowed to bring unloaded guns in checked bags aboard Amtrak trains, and he's pushing for legislation to allow it."

"'This is simply a matter of common sense and convenience for law-abiding hunters and sportsmen to transport their weapons the same way that they do on other railroads and on the airlines,' said Wicker, a Republican. 'It's simply a matter of fairness.'"

"But Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, a fellow Mississippian and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, says the proposal raises national security concerns." ...
 

TN: Silence on Bartlett's gun ban caps furor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The silence that met Bartlett's resolution regarding guns in parks was contrary to the noisy debate that spread through the suburb this summer."

"The lack of a second to Alderman Emily Elliott's motion Tuesday night regarding a ban on the weapons ended the controversial issue in the suburb without even a vote."

"No aldermen had to express their position publicly on the matter. Since no one seconded Elliott's motion, it failed without discussion. That allowed the state law, which legalized permit holders carrying their weapons in parks as of Sept. 1, to remain in effect in Bartlett."

"'I'm disappointed they didn't vote on it,' Bartlett resident Tom Rieman said. 'They put so much effort into it up to that point.'" ...
 

VA: Five Va. Corrections Officers Allegedly Fondled K-9
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Five Virginia Department of Corrections officers have been charged with animal cruelty involving the fondling of a K-9 dog and videotaping the two incidents."

"All five officers were training at the Academy for Staff Development in Goochland County to become K-9 handlers. ..." ...

"Powhatan Commonwealth's Attorney Robert B. Beasley Jr. said Thompson 'allegedly had some sexual contact with the animal.' The male dog, a German shepherd or shepherd mix, was not harmed, he said."

"'Essentially, he was touching the dog's penis with his hand,' Beasley said. 'The others were there filming it. That's actually how we learned of it -- there's a video.'" ...
 

NY: Ex-Fox TV reporter Mike Sheehan guilty of driving into NYPD horse
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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Ex-city cop and TV reporter Mike Sheehan pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving drunk and slamming into an NYPD horse.

He copped to a violation and was sentenced to five days of community service, lost his driver's license for 90 days and fined $500.

Sheehan was originally charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment in the March 30 crash, faced up to a year behind bars had he been convicted.

He worked for the NYPD for 25 years and handled numerous high-profile cases, including the Robert Chambers preppie murder.

WNYW/Ch.5 fired him in April after 16 years. The horse suffered cuts and bruises to a hind leg.
 

UT: Stockton officer defends actions in spite of suspension
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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has the whole town talking. The mayor of Stockton tried to fire the officer for issuing his son a ticket." ...

"[Cpl. Joshua] Rowell is a new member of the five-man Stockton police force. So, last Tuesday he didn't think twice about pulling over a driver in a small white car for avoiding a DUI stop."

"'He didn't have a driver's license, so I issued him a citation for that,' Rowell explained." ...

"Rowell said he knew there was trouble when, about 20 minutes later, he found the chief of police in the mayor's truck in a heated discussion. Then he said the mayor, Dan Rydalch, rolled down the window and demanded he get in his truck. When he refused, Rydalch abruptly fired him on the spot." ...
 

IL: Cops Receive $1.5 Million Parking Ticket
Submitted by: jac

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"Four Chicago cops just received the most expensive parking ticket ever: $1.5 million."

"In May 2006, a Traffic Management Authority employee wrote a parking ticket for an illegally parked minivan in downtown Chicago."

"That minivan, however, belonged to Officer Robert Reid, a Chicago policeman who was responding to a call. ..."

"After all, cops are accustomed to certain privileges." ...

"Upset over the $50 ticket, the four police officers then grabbed Fegan, handcuffed her and tossed her into a police vehicle ..."

"On Friday, a federal jury awarded her more than $1.5 million for emotional distress, medical treatment and lost wages."

"Seriously, officers. You should've just paid the $50."
 

TX: DPD Once Again the Victim of Theft
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"The Dallas police are once again looking for thousands of dollars in stolen equipment after an unmarked SWAT vehicle was broken into on Thursday."

"Police said the thief ... made off with weapons, ammunition, police uniforms, badges and body armor."

"Earlier this month, police said someone stole more than 15,000 rounds of ammuntion from a police shooting range in late September."

"A raid jacket, police radio and department-issued pistol were stolen July 18 from a Dallas officer's personal car in Red Oak. Just eight days earlier, another officer's assault rifle and 15 magazines of ammunition were stolen from his DeSoto home." ...

"Between March and August, the department reported 15 active cases involving stolen gear." ...
 

TN: Right to know vs. right to carry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The First Amendment Center will host a panel discussion about the intersection of First and Second Amendment rights on Nov. 3 at the Center. The discussion will focus on whether the public should have access to gun owners' personal information found in state right-to-carry permit records."

"The discussion, open to the public, will be conducted at 3 p.m. at the John Seigenthaler Center on the Vanderbilt University campus, 1207 18th Ave. South ..."

"Panelists will include John Harris, executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association; Chris Peck, editor of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal; and David Hudson, First Amendment scholar and a lawyer at the First Amendment Center ..." ...
 

WI: Guns: It's about self-defense, rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's disappointing, but predictable that the standoff in Hudson on Oct. 17 would become a 'gun' issue as evidenced by Susan Stori’s letter last week."

"What is not mentioned is that the gunman was allegedly intoxicated, according to his son. This man was obviously dangerous."

"Would Ms. Stori have been as concerned about public safety if there had been an SUV going the wrong way down I-94 with this man behind the wheel? Probably, but perhaps not passionately enough to write a letter about it."

"I respect a passionate debate, but want it based in fact." ...
 

NJ: NJ Court Rules 2nd Amendment Does Not Apply in State
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"New Jersey ratified the United States Constitution on December 18, 1787 — in fact, it was the third state to do so — but an appeals court has determined that that does not necessarily mean that the state must uphold the rights guaranteed by that Constitution." ...

"The New Jersey case came down to the question of the powers of local law enforcement to arbitrarily deny a citizen the necessary permit to own a handgun. ..." ...

"Thus the Dubov case has proven thus far to have the opposite effect of the Heller: ... Dubov's case appears to dangerously challenge the constitutional basis of the right, but then awarded Dubov the necessary bureaucratic permit giving him permission to exercise his rights." ...
 

IN: Freedom to own guns not restricted to army
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The statement in the letter ("Restrict gun sales for a more peaceful union") that the Constitution emphatically points out that its purpose in allowing gun ownership was to provide a well-regulated militia is debatable. A standing army was established on June 14, 1784. The Second Amendment was added on Dec. 15, 1791. If the standing army was already in existence, why add the Second Amendment? To ensure a free state from tyranny of the government. We, the people, have always seen freedom as the cornerstone of American life, at least most of us.

Ted J. Morhart
 

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