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Texas police theft illustrates futility of total 'gun control'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Understandably, the government is portraying this as 'an unacceptable blemish on the integrity of law enforcement in Liberty County.' Perhaps. But what is also unacceptable is the systemic lack of controls and accountability that would lead anyone to think they could get away with such a scheme--repeatedly and over the course of years." ...
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Author's Note: Also listen to the sounds of silencio greeting Kurt Hofmann, and watch this week's program and answer a poll over at American Trigger Sports Network.
 

Madison, WI newspaper compares gun rights to civil rights…huh?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The headline says it all about the disconnect some people in the press have about gun rights: 'Is struggle for gun rights like the one for civil rights?'"

"Note to headline writer: Hey, bonehead, the right to keep and bear arms is a civil right. Same as the rights of free speech, freedom of religion, the free press (you are familiar with that one, correct?). Does the Bill of rights ring a bell with you? The Second Amendment is right in there with the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and so forth right up to the Tenth Amendment. Your headline makes it seem like gun rights are somehow different from other rights, and they are not. ..." ...
 

Why Court should protect hate-filled 'church,' and why gun owners should care
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a case to determine whether or not the disgusting vitriol spewed by the Westboro Baptist 'Church' is Constitutionally protected free speech. ..." ...

"But how is all this relevant to gun rights?"

"We gun rights advocates have tended, understandably, to focus on the finding in the Supreme Court's Heller ruling (and now in the McDonald ruling) that the right to keep and bear arms is indeed a right of the individual, protected by the Constitution."

"The forcible citizen disarmament lobby, on the other hand, prefers to focus on Justice Scalia's qualifying statement:" ...
 

Hidden Threat to Second Amendment
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"Recently the American Bar Association published a report urging:"

"... laws requiring that all newly-manufactured semi-automatic pistols be fitted with microstamping technology which would ... enable law enforcement to identify ... the first known purchaser of a weapon used in a crime."

"To succeed, microstamping requires building a permanent database of all gun owners (licensing) and linking their firearms by serial number (registration), two major goals of gun control advocates."

"Two law firms represent patent holders that could make the ABA recommendation reality. They’ve spent $6.7 million on campaign contributions since 2004, while the entire gun rights lobby spent $6 million." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: Contempt for America from the impairment deniers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "At the 2008 Gun Rights Policy Conference, I spoke of three generations of broken homes being the enemy of liberty in America. I myself had been a cultural observer for four decades combining formal psychology training with work experience in full-time EMS. It's the kind of psychoanalysis which is a popular tool which a lot of professionals utilize, from marketers to litigators to jury selection to novel writers. Even body language experts. The Greeks had it right and Shakespeare got it right long before Freud even formulated his theories. Modern professionals have to have a grasp of the psychodynamics at work before they can earn a living at this, much less be correct and helpful in the administration of justice." ...
 

A Factchecker Walks Into a Gun Rights Conference...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Steve Goode is the fourth man in the hotel who offers to take me to a gun range. At 63, the mostly deaf [NRA] instructor wears high-powered digital hearing aides[sic] ... Like the other white, male boomers crammed into a Hyatt ballroom one recent weekend, Goode registered for the two-day-long [Gun Rights Policy Conference] ... because he's riled by handgun regulations cropping up in states across the US—especially in Illinois, where he lives. The waiting periods to get a gun permit, the training, the registration, the background checks, the restrictions on where, how, and which firearm and ammo he can use—all these not only threaten his hobby but his ability to defend himself, he says ..." ...
 

Locke staffer assails NRA as Second Amendment wimps
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today's winner of the 'You-can't-make-this-stuff-up award for special achievement in the field of utter right-wing insanity' goes to the Locke Foundation’s 'Locker Room' blogger who today attacked the National Rifle Association for being a bunch of mealy-mouthed compromisers. The NRA's sin: endorsing three conservative Democrats for Congress – Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler and Mike McIntyre."

"The post approvingly quotes a recent article from The American Spectator in which the author said the following:"
"What irks these conservatives is the sense that the mighty NRA — a 4 million-member, $307 million organization — has become too pragmatic in the use of its power: too willing to compromise ..." ...
 

DE: O'Donnell Talks Gun Rights In Delaware
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell held a rare news conference Thursday, aimed at showing voters she supports the second amendment. The event was held at the Delaware Pistol Club in New Castle."

"O'Donnell has been endorsed by the N-R-A, but told reporters she has never owned a gun. The candidate would not comment on a possible nation-wide ban on assault weapons."

"'I can promise you this. I won't take a position on any piece of legislation I haven't read and your[sic] talking about a hypothetical bill. I support the second amendment. The devil is in the details. Let me see the bill and I'll tell you how I would vote," said O'Donnell." ...
 

DE: O'Donnell Vows to Protect Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican Christine O'Donnell received the endorsement of a newly formed gun rights group Thursday and vowed to safeguard the right to own guns if elected to the Senate."

"O'Donnell spoke at a news conference hosted by Sportsmen for O'Donnell, a group of gun rights activists urging Delawareans to vote for O'Donnell in November over her Democratic opponent ..."

"'I strongly believe that regardless of circumstance, regardless of income, every Delawarean, every citizen, has a constitutional right to self-defense, and our leaders in Washington and our leaders in Dover seem to have forgotten that,' O'Donnell said." ...
 

OH: Gubernatorial candidates submit to interviews with USSA/ Outdoor Writers of Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Editor's Note: Buckeye Firearms Association was the only Ohio gun group to have an outdoor writer (Region Leader Larry S. Moore) at the recent U.S. Sportsmen Alliance/Outdoor Writer of Ohio interviews with former Congressman and current Governor Ted Strickland and former Congressman John Kasich. Also represented at the interviews were Ohio Outdoor News, Ohio Valley Outdoors, Akron Beacon Journal, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, The Buckeye Sportsmen Radio Show and the Greene County Dailies. Below is a list of the firearms law and Ohio outdoors-related questions both candidates were asked and their responses." ...
 

IN: NRA endorses Van Haaften
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Trent Van Haaften, the Democratic candidate for Indiana's District 8, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Van Haaften is running against Republican Larry Buschon and Libertarian John Cunningham for Brad Ellsworth's soon to be vacated U.S. House seat.

Van Haaften said the NRA endorsed him because of his support for Second Amendment rights.

"One of the values is individual freedom and protection of our Constitutional rights," Van Haaften said. "I did that as a prosecutor in Posey County, I did it as a State Representative."
 

AZ: Tea Party to rally-goers: leave guns at home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Come to the rally, but leave the guns at home. That's the call to Tea Party members as they hold their big election event at Hi Corbett Field this Saturday."

"At a Tea Party event this past August, even the candidates themselves packed heat on stage. That won't happen Saturday."

"'The difference is that this one is actually going to be in a stadium so we're subject to different rules and laws,' said Tucson Tea Party leader Trent Humphries."

"They're expecting around 7 thousand people, and a gun ban was recommended to keep control."

"'There's some people that are upset by that news and I understand,' he said, "... we favor the second amendment, that's a big thing but the police have some concerns too.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well what if I have "concerns" about Blacks attending? Or Hispanics or Arabs, or Orientals or Seventh Day Adventists? Will you pander to my "concerns" as well?
Civil rights are civil rights; you don't get to pick and choose.
 

Misfire: Federal officials block import of old Army rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Perhaps it was the easiest letter ever presented to two Alaska senators, but it was still worth signing. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski joined 14 of their colleagues Wednesday in a protest of the Obama administration’s decision to block the importation of some old Army rifles from South Korea."

"Actually, the importation was approved last year, but the State Department reversed course."

"The rifles, M1 Garands and carbines, are semi-automatic military rifles built in the United States. The South Korean government has had them warehoused for decades. But now South Korea wants to sell them back into this country. The rifles not only are collectables but also are fully functional for hunting and recreational shooting." ...
 

AZ: Chief vows thorough investigation into officer shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris has promised a thorough investigation into the case of an officer charged with aggravated assault for holding a gun to the head of a suspect who he later shot and killed during a confrontation at a south Phoenix home."

"Officer Richard Chrisman, 36, was arrested within hours after Daniel Rodriquez, 29, was shot in his mother's trailer home Tuesday."

"Chrisman posted $150,000 bond after making an initial court appearance Wednesday morning."

"Harris met Wednesday with community leaders in the heavily minority area where the shooting happened." ...
 

NY: Police officer faces charges after attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A probationary Buffalo police officer faces criminal charges in connection with an apparent dispute early Tuesday in the Kensington area of the city, Buffalo police said."

"Earron D. Smith, 25, of Stratford Road, was suspended with pay after the 3:30 a.m. incident at a Manhattan Avenue address. Police sources said Smith, embroiled in a dispute with his girlfriend, was charged with criminal trespass and harassment. He is assigned to the Northeast District."

"Police said Smith pounded on the door of an apartment and, when allowed to enter, attacked the 25-year-old occupant, tore the man's shirt and then began struggling with the man's mother and her male friend." ...
 

CA: Oakland settles lawsuit for $1.2 million
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who suffered third-degree burns when a "flash-bang" grenade thrown by a police officer on the city's SWAT team exploded near her during a raid."

"Nicole White suffered burns over 11 percent of her body and was permanently disfigured as a result of the incident, which happened during a search of the home she was visiting on Douglas Avenue in East Oakland on Oct. 31, 2008."

"White, now 31, accused police of needlessly using an 'extreme level of force' when they lobbed the grenade into the house."

"Without admitting wrongdoing, the City Council voted unanimously in closed session Tuesday to approve the settlement." ...
 

TX: Feds: Gas station had role in fake ID scheme
Submitted by: Matthew Ledyard

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"Two former employees for the Texas Department of Public Safety — a trooper and a clerk — have been convicted of selling driver's licenses in Houston, according to federal authorities."

"Officials said former Trooper Mark DeArza, 39, of Houston, and Lidia Gutierrez, 37, of Galena Park, pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell Texas driver's licenses to unqualified applicants for a fee."

"Both are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 7. They each face up to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release. They also face a possible fine of up to $250,000."

"DeArza pleaded guilty Wednesday while Gutierrez pleaded guilty Sept. 30. They were indicted in August." ...
 

CA: Cop Allegedly Trashes Million-Dollar Home
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"A San Diego police officer and his wife have warrants out for their arrest after they were accused of vandalizing their million-dollar Temecula home."

"The warrants for felony vandalism were issued for Robert and Monique Acosta after they allegedly trashed their home because they were facing foreclosure." ...

"Neighbor, Keith Peet, helped the couple move but said he had to break off the friendship."

"'He started damaging the house,' Peet said. 'Pouring concrete down the drain and just damaging the whole house like it is now.'"

"The couple is also accused of smashing decorative stones and destroying the landscaping. In addition, the Acostas allegedly stole trees, fixtures, air conditioning units and cabinets." ...
 

DE: Del. alcohol enforcement chief charged with DUI
Submitted by: jac

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The head of the agency charged with enforcing Delaware's alcohol laws has been arrested for drunken driving.

Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Lewis Schiliro announced Thursday that Siobahn (shuh-'VON) Sullivan was stopped for speeding early Thursday on Route 1 near Lewes and subsequently charged with drunken driving.

The 45-year-old Sullivan, director of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, was released pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Oct. 22. She has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending further review.
 

September sees 6% jump in firearm sales over same month last year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figures for September 2010. NSSF-adjusted figures (770,310) show a 6 percent increase over September of last year (726,572).

The adjusted NICS data were derived by NSSF by subtracting out NICS purpose-code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases.

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions.

...In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.
 

FL: Florida Open Carry events to be held in Tampa and Daytona Beach on October 9th
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Campaign to restore open carry rights in Florida. Florida Open Carry will hold simultaneous 'Open Carry & Fishing Events' in Tampa and Daytona Beach. In the Tampa area at Tampa's DeSoto Park (NOT Ft. DeSoto State Park) and in Daytona at Port Orange's Dunlawton Causeway Park at the main fishing pier on Saturday, October 9th from 10am to 12pm."

"Full Details here: http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Open-Carry/calendar/list/"

"'With important elections only weeks away, now is the time to join together and make ourselves seen by the public and heard by our legislators. We will stand up for our fundamental right of self defense free of unconstitutional restrictions.'" ...
 

OH: 2010 Buckeye Firearms Foundation SW "Gun Skills Challenge" Re-Cap
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On September 25 Buckeye Firearms Foundation hosted another of our Regional Fundraising Shoots known as the 'Gun Skills Challenges' at the the Izaak Walton Conservation League Tallawanda Chapter in Oxford, Ohio."

"Almost 50 donors and volunteers were on hand for an entire day of shooting and networking with other supporters from Ohio. The majority of attendees had never done more then shoot at square targets on a square range, but thanks to the coaching by Randy Bueche's IDPA Range Officers, by the end of the day everyone was comfortably shooting while moving, shooting around walls and barricades, shooting off-hand and many other important self defense skills." ...
 

MD: Md. High Court Hears State Gun Law Arguments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler told members of the state's top court Thursday that recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings prove state laws restricting people's right to carry guns in public are constitutional, despite the arguments of a man seeking to overturn the law."

"An attorney representing Charles F. Williams Jr., who was arrested in 2007 for carrying a handgun in public in Prince George's County, argued the same two recent rulings protect his client's right to bear arms." ...
 

OH: Pilot Program to Fine Tune Ohio's New Fishing, Hunting and Trapping License and Permit Sales System
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Approximately 60 to 75 sales agents throughout Ohio will be testing the newly designed fishing, hunting and trapping license and permit sales system during this fall, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife."

"'Customers buying licenses and permits at one of these outlets will notice some differences in the products and process,' said Jim Marshall, acting chief of the Division of Wildlife. 'This test run of the new system will give us time to fine-tune the process.'" ...
 

OH: Pheasants To Be Released At 28 Public Hunting Areas Statewide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released on 28 public hunting areas across the state this fall, as part of a seasonal effort by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife to enhance hunting opportunities for this popular game bird."

"Ring-necked pheasants will be released on the evenings (after shooting hours) of October 22 and 29 in anticipation of the weekend’s small-game season for youth hunters. Releases will also take place on the evenings of November 4 and 12. The final release of the fall is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, November 24, to increase pheasant hunting opportunities during the Thanksgiving weekend." ...
 

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