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Kasich’s office considering ‘Stand Your Ground’ petition signature request
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Responding to an inquiry to make publicly accessible a petition submitted by the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus that reportedly collected 10,000 signatures opposing enactment of a 'Stand Your Ground' bill, the Office of Governor John R. Kasich indicated in a letter yesterday the request is under review."

"'On behalf of the Office of the Governor, I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your public records request,' Assistant Chief Counsel Samuel H. Porter, III, wrote to Gun Rights Examiner. 'Your request has been forwarded for review and processing.'" ...
 

Poll: Americans want More Gun Control, But Know It Won’t Work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The gun debate seems to be dying down a little these days, and from all indications gun rights advocates have carried the day. We’ve successfully kept our rights from being trampled by knee-jerk legislation, and that has the other side pissed. Nevertheless, the standard background noise of agitation for more draconian control over firearms ownership is ever-present as a recent Quinnipiac poll points out. However, despite the average American apparently wanting more gun control, it seems like they also realize that it won’t do a lick of good in stopping mass shootings. . ." ...
 

Are Logic and Guns Mutually Exclusive?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"At first glance, you wouldn’t expect there to be much similarity between guns and modern medicine. Still, both serve vital purposes in our society, yet have the potential to cause great harm. Unfortunately, many citizens are forgetting or ignoring the benefits of guns. They aren’t able to separate emotion from logic when confronting this issue due to the emotional attachment of seeing senseless acts of violence in the news. As a nurse and gun enthusiast, I believe it’s high time we acknowledge the abandonment of logic in the discussion of gun violence . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Thompson Submachine Gun (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"There are very few truly iconic firearms, ones that the lay public as well as gun nuts can identify at first sight. Not only are those instantly recognizable guns a perfect representation of the era in which they were designed and first used, but they have a look and feel all their own that sets them apart from the rest of the firearms world. They’re ambassadors for their era, giving us a unique insight into the mindset and the technology of their time. And in my opinion, only four firearms make the cut: the M16, the Glock, the AK-47, and the Thompson SMG. Until recently, I had never fired the last one on that list. But thanks to Kevin Brittingham, that oversight has recently been corrected . . ." ...
 

Brady Campaign cites massacre in Nairobi, to advocate Nairobi-like gun laws here
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Brady Campaign president Dan Gross made the curious argument in the Huffington Post Monday that all 'gun violence' in the U.S. is, in effect, terrorism--a position he stakes out from the very beginning, with the title 'Isn't It All Really Terrorism?':" ...
 

Ceasefire e-mails to McGinn’s office reveal anti-gun agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Newly-obtained e-mails between the head of Washington Ceasefire and a member of anti-gun Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s staff reveal the organization’s agenda and its efforts to get the embattled mayor’s cooperation, according to a report in The Gun Mag.com today."

"McGinn is also under fire from the Seattle Weekly, a popular liberal community newspaper that reported yesterday about how McGinn loyalists are 'jumping ship' and backing his challenger, popular Democrat State Sen. Ed Murray. Murray got more votes in the primary than McGinn. The general election next month will determine whether McGinn keeps his job or Murray takes over." ...
 

How to stop thinking — in its tracks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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... "The third 'thinking stopper' is peculiar to our American cousins. Everyone in that troubled land, that land of good people, of conflicted, angry, polarized and frightened people, of people apparently armed to the teeth, believing themselves to be under threat from 'enemies, foreign and domestic,' everyone is on edge. ... So, when Piers Morgan, a British transplant who, refreshingly, doesn’t care whose feathers he ruffles, or which boat he rocks, challenges a domestic arsenal owner, the knee-jerk response to this insufferable Brit, this descendent of foreign despots in reference to whom the Second Amendment was penned more than 220 years ago is 'It's my Second Amendment right.' End of discussion. End of thinking. ..." ...
 

The Secret Fears Of The Gun Lobby And What They're Planning Next
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "This question -- 'In 20 years, where will we be?' -- is one of gnawing urgency for the gun-rights movement. At the National Rifle Association convention last summer, I heard gun industry veterans joke that NRA now stood for 'Normal Retirement Age.' At this smaller but no less influential meeting of leading pro-gun minds, most speakers circled back to their fear that those in the room represented the end of a proud line. Even as the movement's leading activists boasted of recent victories at the federal and state level ... they warned of a deadly demographic drop-off, that the energy and the youth was all in the gun-reform corner. ..." ...
 

TX: Amazing Surveillance Video – Auto Shop Owner Wins Gunfight Against 2 Armed Robbers (video available)
Submitted by: Dan Cannon
Website: http://GunsSaveLives.net

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"The owner of a small auto shop and car dealer in Houston says that if it wasn’t for his gun and his decisive action during an armed robbery, he, his friends and customers might all be dead."

"Two armed men entered A B Motors with guns drawn and demanded money."

"The men can be seen pointing the guns at patrons and workers on the above security camera footage."

"Fortunately, the business owner, Mack Agaybi, saw the suspects running through the parking lot towards the front door on his security monitor in his office."

"Mack grabbed his gun and came out of his office to confront the the suspects."

"A brief gunfight ensued. The suspects were fought off by Mack and fled the scene." ...
 

IN: 70+ Year Old Vietnam Vet Shoots and Kills Home Invader in Indiana (video story)
Submitted by: Dan Cannon
Website: http://GunsSaveLives.net

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"A Vietnam veteran, now in his 70′s heard someone trying to break into his home."

"The homeowner armed himself and shot the suspected intruder on his porch."

"The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene."

"According to WANE, neighbors say the homeowner is a good neighbor, and aren’t surprised by his actions," ...
 

IN: Homeowner fires shots at burglars
Submitted by: Dan Moulder

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"A homeowner fired shots during a home invasion on the northeast side Tuesday morning, police say."

"Around 10:30 a.m., two people entered the home in the 8700 block of Green Branch Lane in the Fishers/Geist area. The homeowner was inside and fired shots as they tried to get away; investigators said the homeowner and his wife are both former law enforcement officers. Three rounds were fired, police said. After the gunshots, the suspects ran off, leaving their car with a door open." ...
 

How a senator got her guns for a D.C, show-and-tell
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Law enforcement is fairer to some than to others"

"Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier seems to think that gun-control laws don’t apply to the liberal elite. The police chief helped Sen. Dianne Feinstein acquire 'assault weapons,' which are illegal to possess in the District, for a news conference early this year to promote a ban on these firearms, then tried to cover up the police involvement. However, a recent response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals Chief Lanier’s shocking willingness to bend the rules for partisan and ideological purposes." ...
 

IL: Illinois delayed in accepting concealed-carry permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The wait keeps getting longer for Illinois residents who want to carry a gun."

"In July, Illinois finally became the 50th state to allow people to carry concealed weapons. But it will be January before the Illinois State Police will accept concealed-carry applications; April before anyone gets a permit."

"'The Illinois State Police originally told us (applications would be accepted) Jan. 1, now they've backed it up to around Jan. 10 because they're not ready,' Ron Darnall, owner of Darnall's Gun Range outside of Bloomington, said Monday. 'We understand now, instead of March, it's going to be April before the first cards are sent out.'" ...
 

NY: SAFE Act put on trial at Capital Region forum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The furor created amongst gun rights advocates when the New York S.A.F.E. Act was passed has not been forgotten, at least as evidenced by the crowd who turned out for a gun forum at the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company in spite of the rain on Monday evening."

"The S.A.F.E. Act was crafted on the heels of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and signed into law earlier this year. ..."

"'There’s a lot of gun owners who don’t know, really, what the SAFE Act is all about,' said state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R - 107 Assembly District). 'This is about making them aware.'"

"Interest in learning how to most effectively remove the S.A.F.E. Act brought Averill Park resident Robert Abrams to the forum Monday evening." ...
 

KS: Strong City, Kansas Joins the Fight to Protect the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"As we’ve reported previously: in August, Herndon, KS Mayor Kenny Chartier sent an email to '[every] municipality, city and town in the state of Kansas [with] an e-mail address,' urging them to pass ordinances similar to Herndon’s in support of the Second Amendment Protection Act, which was signed into law by Governor Brownback in April. Three cities have since answered that call: Muscotah, Easton, and most recently, Strong City."

"At their September 10 meeting, the Strong City city council passed the Right to Bear Arms Ordinance into law with a margin of 5-0." ...
 

CO: Fifth Republican announces for gubernatorial race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp announced Tuesday he will run for governor in 2014, becoming the fifth Republican to enter the race against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper." ...

"Kopp said he views the large candidate field as a response to a leadership vacuum in the state, federal overreach and the erosion of Second Amendment rights." ...
 

CA: CA Republican: ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban ‘Erases’ Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"California Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly (R-33rd Dist.) says legislation awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s (D) signature not only bans 'assault weapons' but 'erases the Second Amendment.'"

"Donnelly was referencing SB374–a bill which broadens the definition of an 'assault weapon' and then bans all such weapons within the state."

"Donnelly talked to Breitbart News about the bill on October 7:" ...
 

Lifting the right to carry firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Although the right to carry has not been guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court yet, both the 7th Circuit’s 2012 ruling and the recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling demonstrate a consistent judicial pattern that is setting the tone for a future, binding decision in Washington."

"The original 7th Circuit decision gave Illinois until July 2013 to draft a new law that protected the right to carry, and the state complied. However, ... so far, no permits have been issued."

"Alan Gottlieb, founder of the [SAF], a Washington state-based firearms advocacy organization said that the Illinois Supreme Court ruling was significant because state officials argued that the 7th Circuit federal ruling was not binding in state courts." ...
 

CA: NRA will sue California if Gov Brown signs anti-gun bills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Governor Jerry Brown has until October 13 to sign or veto the onerous bills listed below. Although some in the media tend to grossly underreport the amount of opposition to these misguided bills, Governor Brown needs to understand that California has millions of law-abiding gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters as residents and voters."

"The NRA has also announced its plans to file lawsuits against some of these bills if they are enacted into law. ..." ...
 

NY: New York Newspaper Sues County to Get Private Information About Gun Owners
Submitted by: Dan Cannon
Website: http://GunsSaveLives.net

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"You remember the Journal News, right?"

"They are the newspaper that compiled the the interactive map of gun owner’s homes earlier this year by requesting the records of all citizens who had a permit to own a gun in certain New York counties."

"Not all counties complied with the request for information, which in New York, is technically considered public record."

"Putnam County, New York has refused to provide the information about gun owners residing in its county. A stance they maintain to this day."

"However, the Journal News won’t leave well enough alone." ...
 

TN: Former MPD officer pleads guilty to sex trafficking (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A former police officer plead guilty to sex trafficking Monday in federal court."

"Sean McWhirter, 30, now faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison after copping a plea. He was charged in September 2012 after a complaint alleged he transported individuals in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution." ...
 

IN: Chief wants Gary police officer fired for striking handcuffed man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Hobart man with a lengthy criminal record accused 12-year veteran Patrolman Charles Minard of punching him in the eye during an arrest in January, causing broken bones."

"Chief Wade Ingram is asking the Gary Police Civil Service Commission to fire Minard for using excessive force on a handcuffed suspect, then lying about his actions to Internal Affairs Division investigators."

"Minard’s attorney, Schererville lawyer Mark Gruenhagen, argued there is no medical evidence his client’s blow caused the broken bones and that Minard, who is white, is facing a stiffer penalty than Patrolman Isiah Price, who is black and also accused of punching a suspect without provocation then lying about it." ...
 

CA: Oakland Crowdfunding Private Cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Sick of your government-appointed police force? Crowdfund your own."

"That’s what a subset of Oakland, California residents have decided to do, via a trio of campaigns on a crowdfounding Website named Crowdtilt. (Hat tip to ValleyWag for the original links.) The three patrols, if adequately funded, will cover Lower Rockridge North/West, Lower Rockridge South/West, and Lower Rockridge 'including part of the Uplands.' Each campaign has a different (Facebook verified, apparently) sponsor, and wants between $20,000 and $25,000 to make the dream of private patrols a reality." ...
 

TX: Former Kent County deputy sentenced to 50 years for sexual assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Kent County sheriff’s deputy has been convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 50 years in prison."

"Duane Eric West, 29, has been on the other side of the law since January, when he was accused of inappropriate activity with a 13-year-old girl."

"A jury of six men and six women deliberated just nine minutes before returning a guilty verdict on the first-degree felony charge, which carried a possible sentence range of five to 99 years or life. They spent 35 minutes determining his half-century sentence." ...
 

NY: Evidence NYC detective pounded on SUV
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two people familiar with the case say investigators have video evidence of an off-duty NYPD undercover detective pounding on an SUV during a melee with motorcyclists."

"The people were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity." ...
 

MI: Michigan trooper leaves gun in bathroom, man charged for not reporting it
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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"A man who found a state trooper’s handgun in a northern Michigan grocery store bathroom has been charged with failing to report the weapon. But the trooper who left the loaded firearm behind wasn’t punished."

"The unnamed trooper, who was off-duty at the time, was from the Wayland Post in Allegan County. He used the restroom inside a Kalkaska supermarket on May 20 and accidentally left the gun ... The trooper remains on active duty ..." ...

"Kalkaska County Prosecutor Mike Perreault said the man who found the weapon, Timothy Alan Flanagan, is in trouble ..."

"'If you come across a firearm, the appropriate response is to report it,' the prosecutor said. ..."

"Flanagan, 49, is facing a 10-year prison sentence. ..." ...
 

Destinations: 'If that gun could talk' - New Springfield museum offers take on guns, connection to American culture and heritage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I don’t know a lot about guns. When I was asked to check out a new gun museum in Springfield, I looked for an excuse not to do the story. I quietly kept hoping it would be assigned to someone else."

"Now, I’m glad I made the trip, glad I met the museum’s manager and glad I met a family that enjoyed the experience as much as I did."

"Why?"

"If it weren’t for guns — and the thousand or so like them displayed at the National Sporting Arms Museum — the West would not have been won, Johnny might not have come marching home ... guns are part of our American heritage. They have been, and I suspect will always be, a large part of our cultural identity." ...
 

Road Terror, Motorcycles, SUVs and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Everyone who has watched the news has seen the SUV being attacked by a gang of motorcyclists in Manhattan. We watched a husband, wife and baby surrounded by terror whose lives were seemingly going to end right before our eyes."

"Most of us have imagined ourselves in a similar scenario and played out in our minds how we might react." ...

"Finally, what if the family could have pulled a handgun out of the glove box? NYC law makes that very difficult in comparison to most of our country. However, residents of NYC should make every effort to achieve a legal permit and push every day for second amendment rights. What man or woman would not have begun firing the moment the window of that SUV was crashed? ..." ...
 

MS: Open carry hysteria unfounded
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Before the Mississippi Open Carry Law was implemented, mass hysteria reigned within the media and with more than few politicians. Published quotes to the tune of, 'It will be the wild, wild, west again' or 'Get ready for an OK Corral gunfight on every street corner' were shouted from rooftops. Dire consequences as result of the new law was predicted by elected leaders and reported with glee by the mass media. Gullible business owners rushed to put NO FIREARMS signs on their doors as a deterrent from gun toting hordes. A few uninformed citizens wrote letters to the editor and voiced their anti-second-amendment viewpoint." ...
 

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