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What's to debate when anti-gun advocate has criminal past?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "What is this, a joke? Why are they dignifying this...this character with a debate?" ...
 

Nothing "common sense" in gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the favorite phrases of the would-be gun grabbers is the phrase 'common sense gun control'. The argument is that regulating guns, at least to some extent, is perfectly normal and necessary. Using that particular terminology is designed to paint anyone who opposes such regulations as lacking in that very same common sense."

"The truth of the matter is that gun control isn't common sense in any way." ...
 

Campus guns debate should cool off
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not long after a gunman ran through the University of Texas at Austin last week, the debate over whether or not students should be allowed to conceal and carry handguns on campuses restarted. The shooting lasted only a few moments, but the debate has been raging for years and does not appear to be going away any time soon."

"Those who favor guns on campuses have appealed to their desires not to be sitting ducks subject to the violent whims of a mad gunman. Others argue just as subjectively that the shooting was proof that guns are too dangerous in the hands of students and are generally distrustful of the armed." ...
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Submitter's Note: Except that the arguments aren't "subjective". There is a huge body of evidence showing A) guns save lives and B) lawful carry on campus endangers no one but criminals.
 

Supreme Court's conservative majority is making its mark
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the Supreme Court begins its new term, its sixth with John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, the reality is that this is the most conservative court since the mid-1930s. Since Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968, conservatives have sought to change constitutional law ..."

"During the first years of the Roberts court, it has consistently ruled in favor of corporate power, such as in holding that corporations have the First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts in independent political campaigns. For the first time in American history, the high court has struck down laws regulating firearms as violations of the Second Amendment and held that the Constitution protects a right of individuals to possess guns. ..." ...
 

Simplifying the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday I ... [read] UC Irvine law school dean Erwin Chemerinksy, who avoided silly metaphors and instead made the provocative and straightforward argument in the L.A. Times that 'this is the most conservative court since the mid-1930s.' That’s a claim worth thinking about. ..." ...

"As for the Second Amendment cases, a very impressive list of liberal legal scholars lined up behind the winning propositions that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms ... and that the 14th Amendment applies that right to the states ... Again, some liberals were unhappy with those decisions. Guess what? Some very high-profile legal conservatives were unhappy with them too. ..." ...
 

Praxis: "The Damned Engineers" -- A study in character and command.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I picked up a copy of a book I read long ago at the gun show this weekend for the lordly price of $2.50. Entitled The Damned Engineers by Janice Holt Giles, it details the heroic tale of the 291st Combat Engineer Battalion under Colonel David Pergrin and the role they played in stopping the German assault in the Battle of the Bulge."

"I picked up the book just in time for a couple nights of insomnia, and finished it this morning. There are many valuable lessons in this book,but the most striking to me is that the 291st stuck against overwhelming numbers when everybody else was pulling out largely because of the character of their commander and the combat ethic that he had inculcated in his unit. ..." ...
 

Praxis: Waste not, want not. Recycling worn out BDUs.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Here in Alabama, most of the new units I'm aware of standardize on Woodland pattern BDUs (Battle Dress Utility). This is true partly because it is cheaper and easier to find than other patterns (the thrift stores being loaded with them) but mostly because it is a good pattern year round for the South. (Yes, I know there are better patterns, but what we're talking about here is price and availability for newbies who lack funds.)"

"But BDUs, like everything else, wear out. I teach my newbies down here to recycle as much of the old uniform as possible." ...
 

Drunken gun-slinging not okay
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citizens of Tennessee who are handgun permit holders are now allowed to carry loaded guns into bars. Tennessee is the latest of four states with similar laws. Twenty other states have no laws regarding the issue, effectively making it legal to carry a loaded gun. The push for looser restrictions on gun control is both unsettling and dangerous."

"The strongest argument for the right to bear arms is self-defense. People do not want to be left defenseless if they are mugged or attacked on the street, in their homes or at the local bar. Of course, they are overlooking the obvious: A gun is a deadly weapon. The function of a gun is to hurt or kill. Bringing more weapons into a conflict can only serve to escalate the violence." ...
 

Brady Center: Fed Court Must Uphold Calif. Gun Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Legal Action Project of the Brady Center ... filed an amicus brief today in federal court in California in defense of San Diego County’s concealed handgun permitting process ..."

"The California Pistol & Rifle Association and five individuals sued San Diego County and its sheriff, ... challenging California’s 'may issue' permitting process, under which law enforcement officers determine who has 'good cause' to receive a permit ..."

"The Brady Center argues that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in [DC] v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago held only that there is a Second Amendment right to possess guns in the home for self-defense, and do not require San Diego County to change its permitting process." ...
 

NRA may stop GOP from taking the House?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ever since the middle of Bill Clinton’s second term, the highest-profile issue that the American left has been unable to push in any major way has been gun regulations. ..."

"Credit for some of this has to go to the National Rifle Association which has built up a powerful lobbying force and also been more than happy to endorse candidates who are Democrats but in favor of gun rights."

"That position has rankled some conservatives over the years but especially so this year with Republicans hoping to retake the House and depose such liberal stalwarts as Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada). The NRA's bipartisan stance is potentially harming those hopes as it’s endorsed 39 Democratic candidates in the House ..." ...
 

NJ: Congressman John Adler On Hunting & the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The officers of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance have determined it is best not to make endorsements in the upcoming federal elections (congress and US senate) this upcoming November." ...

"However, as we have in the past, we will on occasion become involved at the federal level if an individual case can be justified."

"In fact, two years ago the NJOA did believe it was justified to endorse John Adler for congress. Even though we will not be endorsing federal candidates this year we want to be clear to outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen that we believe Congressman Adler has done an exceptional job representing our state’s outdoor interests in Washington, DC. ..." ...
 

NY: Republican Closes Gap In New York Senate Race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republicans have been looking for opportunities to make surprise gains in this November's Senate races. Some polls have shown that even in New York, they might have an outside chance at upsetting freshman Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand." ...

"MANN: ... The polls have been all over the map on this race, with most showing Gillibrand up by solids, ... but others showing her lead dwindling to single digits. ..."

"Mr. TRENDE: Remember, she comes from upstate New York, a district that doesn't have a lot of Democrats. So she just doesn't have this base to rally around her."

"MANN: Another factor here is that Gillibrand has been changing her political positions over the last year. Once seen as a centrist who favored Second Amendment rights, she embraced gun control. ..." ...
 

MO: NRA Gives Jason Gregory Thumbs Up in Missouri's 27th District Race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) has given Republican candidate for Missouri House District 27 Jason Gregory an 'AQ' rating, which is a highest rating bestowed to non-incumbent candidate for office."

"In a statement issued by his campaign, Gregory said he welcomes the NRA's support."

"'I'm the clear choice for all NRA Members, gun owners and sportsmen in Missouri's 27th district. I urge them to spread the news to like-minded Second Amendment friends to vote Jason Gregory for State Rep.'" ...
 

NY: Ritchie Earns NRA's 'A' Rating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The [NRA] today awarded its strongest, 'A' rating to State Senate candidate Patty Ritchie, recognizing her as a 'pro-Second Amendment/pro-hunting candidate who supports gun owners and sportsmen.'"

"'As a person who enjoys the outdoors, and comes from a long line of sportsmen and women, I am extremely gratified by the NRA’s recognition,' said Ritchie."

""As County Clerk, I stood up for the rights of gun owners. As State Senator, I will stop the downstate, anti-gun agenda and defend our way of life.'"

"Ritchie was among the first to speak out against Gov. Paterson’s plan to restrict handgun licenses by requiring five-year renewals, and rallied her fellow County Clerks to join in opposing the plan ..." ...
 

MD: National Rifle Assoc. endorses Kratovil over Harris
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund announced that it is endorsing Democrat U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil last week, despite having backed his Republican opponent in 2008."

"Kratovil won Maryland's 1st Congressional District seat in the 2008 general election by narrowly defeating state Sen. Andy Harris, R-Baltimore/Harford, despite having lost the NRA's endorsement to his Republican opponent."

"Both men won their respective party's nomination last month and are slated for a rematch in the Nov. 2 general election, although this time it will be Kratovil who has the NRA's backing." ...
 

SD: Noem won't be at Ted Nugent Second Amendment Rally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. House candidate Kristi Noem will not attend the Ted Nugent Second Amendment Rally Oct. 16 in Rapid City."

"Noem campaign manager Josh Shields confirmed Tuesday that Noem has a scheduling conflict that will prevent her from attending the Nugent event at the Pennington County fairgrounds event center. Instead, she will take part in a fund-raising pheasant hunt for a relative with health problems at the Noem family farm ..."

"When the Citizens for Liberty tea party affiliate first announced the Nugent event, a flyer listed Noem as a special guest. Shields quickly corrected that announcement, saying that Noem's October schedule was complicated and that it hadn't yet been determined that she would the Nugent event." ...
 

WI: Anybody Sense a Pattern Here?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The folks at the NRSC do:"

"In a recent TV ad, Feingold misleadingly used footage of news reports to smear Ron Johnson, leading the news director of WKOW, one of the stations whose news report was featured, to call Feingold's behavior 'just plain wrong.' ..." ...

"*Feingold hypocritically claimed in a radio ad to be a defender of the right to bear arms after nearly two decades of failing grades from pro-Second Amendment groups. (Note: the National Rifle Association has enthusiastically endorsed Ron Johnson.)" ...
 

AZ: Yavapai Co. supervisors leave gun policy alone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Carrying guns into Yavapai County offices is still allowed."

"... the board of supervisors held off requiring citizens to check their guns at the door when entering county buildings."

"Sheriff Steven Waugh says some county office employees are intimidated by folks that wear firearms strapped to their sides. ..."

"County Recorder Ana Wayman-Trujillo says her employees told her they're concerned, especially about a group of people who claim to monitor election integrity and carry guns, knives and make demands of election officials."

"Waugh says he doesn't see a Second Amendment rights violation by requiring gun owners to check their weapons when entering county buildings."
 

PA: Pennsylvania State House Approves 'Castle Doctrine' Self-Defense Bill (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

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

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

Cam Edwards talks to NRA-ILA Pennsylvania state liaison John Hohenwarter – NRA News – October 4, 2010.
 

We're the Only Ones Flying the Friendly Skies Enough
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Gilpin County Sheriff's deputy was allowed to fly from Denver International Airport Sunday, even after Denver Police confiscated his personal handgun and a loaded magazine from his carry-on luggage...Williams is not facing charges, according to Denver FBI spokesman Dave Joly. [More]"
"I'm glad they're so reasonable about an honest mistake. I'd hate to think they'd try to ruin our lives over something like that!"
"What? That-doesn't-apply-to-us?"
 

Oops! Your considerable tax dollars at work, or, not. Fibbies lose GPS tracking device.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A tip of the boonie hat and deep genuflection to Irregular Stan who forwarded this CalGuns post, 'Government GPS not hidden well enough.'" ...
 

IA: Sheriff makes grade in mandated Constition course
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"He didn’t get an A+, but a Northwest Iowa sheriff reportedly made the grade recently in a court-ordered course on the U.S. Constitution."

"Osceola County Sheriff Douglas Weber enrolled in the course at the order of U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett, who ruled the sheriff must take the course for violating the rights of Ocheyedan resident Paul Dorr in wrongfully denying him a permit to carry a concealed weapon." ...

"In his ruling, Judge Bennett wrote there was a 'tsunami, a maelstrom, an avalanche, of direct, uncontroverted evidence' that Weber had violated Paul Dorr's First Amendment rights in denying the permits after the Dorrs engaged in extensive free speech activity ..." ...
 

NY: Teen gets 12-month sentence for minor offense - and thug gets probation for raping her
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"15-year-old Ashley had no inkling of what was to come on the day in 2005 when she was in Manhattan Family Court on a minor charge." ...

"Just moments after being violated, Ashley was seated next to her mother and before the judge. She was too shocked and terrified to report the attack."

"'I knew I was just raped. I knew it wasn't supposed to happen,' she recalled. 'I didn't think anybody would believe me.'"

"She kept silent as she was found to be a juvenile delinquent and sentenced to 12 months ..." ...

"On Sept. 27, Simmons appeared in court and pleaded guilty to raping Ashley and sexually assaulting two other teens."

"He received probation." ...
 

CA: Alleged gun-planting costs Oakland cops $175K
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal jury awarded $175,000 on Monday to a parolee who said an Oakland police officer planted a gun on him, causing him to be jailed for nearly two years for possessing a weapon illegally."

"Lorenzo Hall, a rapper well known among local audiences, should receive $100,000 in general damages and $75,000 in punitive damages for his treatment by Officer Ramon Alcantar, the jury determined after a weeklong trial in the San Francisco courtroom of U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney." ...
 

MI: Prisoners: Deputy who crashed van was texting
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"The Macomb County Sheriff's Office today is investigating whether a deputy was texting or using his cell phone while driving when a county prisoner transport van with 13 inmates rear-ended a car in Mt. Clemens on Monday." ...

"Inmates in the van indicated that Randlett had his personal phone in his hand, but Randlett told officials that he wasn't on the phone, Wickersham said. He said officials are conducting an administrative investigation to determine if Randlett was using the phone - either texting or dialing - at the time of the accident."

"'There an array of allegations by the inmates in the van. We're looking at each to validate if it's true or not,' Wickersham said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Michigan just passed a ban on texting while driving about a month ago. I guess it was only meant for the serfs.
 

PA: Two Cops Accused of Robbing Undercover Officer (another view)
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"Two Philadelphia police officers have been charged with criminal conspiracy, robbery, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, theft, and other related charges, according to officials."

"Sean Alivera, 31, and Christopher Luciano, 23, allegedly robbed a supposed drug dealer of 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $24,000 as well as $3,000 in cash. It turns out that the man they thought was a drug dealer was actually an undercover officer."

"Authorities also believe that the two planned to have the drugs redistributed on the street by an un-named drug dealer." ...

"At least five Philadelphia officers have been accused or convicted in the past year of trying to rob drug dealers. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey reportedly plans to clean house in the 6,600-member department."
 

PA: 2 more Philly officers arrested amid reforms
Submitted by: jac

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"Officials in Philadelphia say they've arrested two city officers overnight, the latest in a string of embarrassing in-house arrests."

"31-year-old Sean Alivera and 23-year-old Christopher Luciano were arrested shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Monday and charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Robbery, Theft by Deception and other related offenses."

"The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the District Attorney's Office, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations."

"According to police, the two officers attempted to rob a man they thought was a drug dealer. The victim was, in fact, an undercover police officer." ...
 

Australia: Police face charges for using Taser 13 times on Aboriginal man
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"Civil liberties groups and police watchdogs in Australia have called for an urgent review of the use of Taser stun guns following the death of a man in Sydney and the release of a video showing an Aboriginal prisoner screaming in agony after being repeatedly 'zapped' at a Perth police station."

"The footage of the Aboriginal man being shot 13 times was described as 'outrageous' by Western Australia's attorney-general, Christian Porter, who suggested criminal charges should be brought against officers involved." ...

"The Australian Council for Civil Liberties said Tasers were supposed to be used only in life or death situations, but were increasingly deployed simply to force people to obey orders. ..." ...
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KABA Note: The phrase is 'pain compliance tool'.
 

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