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Rest in Peace
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "The lady in question was traveling on business and had to pull into a rest stop to use the facilities. It was late, and there was only one other car in the lot, parked away from the structures, away from the lights. She took her purse, containing her concealed firearm, inside with her."

"As she emerged from the stall, she saw a man blocking the entrance, leering at her."

"'Hey baby, we're gonna have some fun now,' he sneered."

"Without batting an eye ... she drew her pistol and aimed it at center mass."

"'Yes,' she replied in a grim tone, 'we are.'"

"The blood went from his face. Cursing, calling her all kinds of vile names, he backed off and got out of there. ... [S]he got away. Unharmed. Alive." ...
 

Say goodbye to hunting rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As I have mentioned on occasion in my columns, I dearly love to go hunting. I have rarely been happier than the 30 years of spending that week following Thanksgiving living in a tent and sleeping on the ground with my dad in our Gallia County deer camp." ...

"When Ohio's deer season opens on Dec. 1, I hope to be afield somewhere here in Highland County in an attempt to put some of nature's finest venison in my freezer for the winter. I plan to savor every sight, every sound and every smell of that whitetail hunt because after Barack Obama is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2009, as I fully expect him to be, his administration will sound the death knell for all hunting and gun ownership by the end of his first term." ...
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Breaking my own rule again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again, I'm going to break my self-imposed rule against linking to Mark Karlin's rabidly anti-gun 'Gun Guys.' ... This time ... it's not so much the ridiculousness of what the 'Gun Guys' are saying, but the fact that the geniuses are actually making my own point for me."

"The point to which I refer is that, the horrible tragedy of the death of 8-year-old Chrisopher Bizilj at a machine gun shoot notwithstanding, such events have an impressive safety record. Helping to make that point are my favorite panty-wetters ..." ...

"The point here is that despite there being nothing especially unusual about kids firing full-auto firearms at machine gun shoots, this is the first time anything like this has happened ..." ...
 

Sunday Gun Talk
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"Tom Gresham has invited me to be a guest on his radio program, Gun Talk, this Sunday during the 2:00 pm hour (EST) ..." ...

"I hope you can join us, and I hope some of you call in and get through. The number is 866-TALK GUNS (866-825-5486)." ...
 

Knox the Younger Responds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As expected, and intended, my latest Knox Report column has upset some in the, 'All is lost; let's start a shooting war' camp."

"It is mind boggling to me that intelligent people could be so short sighted and misguided as to think that killing people and blowing things up is somehow going to make things better for our grandchildren. They seem to think that because only about 5% of the populace supported the idea of seceding from the English Empire back in 1776, that their 'magic number' is 3% and they think they have that because some survey suggested that 3% of the population thinks violence against the government is justified or could be justified today." ...
 

Outdoors columnist says, 'Cast your vote; don’t waste it'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Voting is a precious right. That's why it has never ceased to amaze me that so many people don’t think it's any big deal, and therefore don’t bother to vote."

"Most of the excuses — the ones I've heard, at any rate — go something like: 'My one little vote won’t make any difference one way or the other.' Or: 'Politicians are all alike anyway, so it doesn't matter who wins.'"

"The thing is, if enough people fail to vote because they believe their 'one little vote' doesn't make any difference, it results in a small voter turnout, and then something happens that we've fought several wars to prevent from happening: public leaders (and therefore public policies) are determined by a minority of the people. ..." ...
 

Spies and lies about Obama - how the NRA rolls
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When the National Rifle Association declared in the spring that it planned to spend $40 million (yep, $40 million) on this fall's election campaign, including $15 million devoted specifically to tagging Barack Obama as anti-gun ... it somehow failed to note it would also use outright dissembling and distortion to smear the Democrat."

"Nothing new, as the NRA is infamous for lying. But, with a $15 million handle? Impressive. Disgusting, but impressive."

"The first dishonest shot across the bow was a so-called letter from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre detailing what he called 'Obama's 10 Point Plan to 'Change' the Second Amendment' ..." ...
 

NRA and Its Cronies Bring Out the Scare Tactics for Halloween: Schoenke Says Vote Hope Not Fear
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Today, Ray Schoenke, President of the [AHSA] condemned the actions by the NRA and its cronies forcing Dan Cooper, the founder and owner of Cooper Firearms, to be replaced because of his political views. 'The gun lobby's attempt to destroy a good man and small business owner, a loyal member of the gun fraternity, again reveals the desperate Joe McCarthy-like politics of fear that the NRA leadership and others who put partisan politics first. ..." ...
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KABA Note: This is how you can distinguish real grassroots folks from 'astroturf' mouthpieces. A true grassroots activist would recognize the actions of an outraged multitude, while Shoenke and his ilk only know bought and paid for 'activism'.
 

DC: Judge Refuses to Stop DC Police Roadblocks
Submitted by: Larry

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A federal judge has refused to order police in the District of Columbia to stop using a vehicle checkpoint program in one of the city's crime-ridden neighborhoods.

The Partnership for Civil Justice sued in June on behalf of four residents who were stopped at checkpoints in Washington's Trinidad neighborhood. They had asked U.S. District Judge Richard Leon to issue a preliminary injunction to keep police from using the program again.

But Leon refused, saying it was unlikely the plaintiff would win a lawsuit to stop the program permanently.

Police in June stopped cars in the northeast neighborhood. Motorists without proof that they lived in the area had to explain where they were going or they were turned around.
 

Protect guns, defeat Obama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In no other nation does the average citizen enjoy as much political power as we do in America. If not for a handful of Florida voters in 2000, the last eight years would have been a dark time for those of us who cherish our right to keep and bear arms, our right to protect our homes and loved ones against violent criminals and our hunting heritage rights. In 2000 and 2004, American gun owners rose to the occasion and defeated seasoned opponents of our rights ..."

"Today, we face the same challenge. Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have such a long and open anti-gun record that they cannot hide their past. Sen. Biden wrote the Clinton gun ban ... As for Sen. Obama, he can only paper it over with platitudes. ..." ...
 

Cartoon insulted Ohioans, not Palin (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I would like to send out a big thank you. Thank you to ABC, NBC, CBS, and the Democratic Party. Thank you for making the state of Ohio look foolish for the 'cartoon moose' ad. This ad called Gov. Sarah Palin 'trigger happy.'"

"If hunting and believing in the Second Amendment makes you 'trigger happy,' then I guess I should be on that list as well. I am not going to apologize for what I believe in or for being a hunter."

"What I will apologize for is wanting healthy meat that is not injected with steroids. I am sorry for wanting meat that is not going to be called back because it is contaminated with something that could make me ill. ..."

"Then again, what do I know? I'm just a crazy, "trigger happy" country boy. ..." ...
 

Obama and McCain Unlikely to Woo Hardcore Pa. Gun Rights Voters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hazle Township resident Anne Marie Shelby is blind in her right eye, so she shoots using her left. But the Pennsylvania gun owner will rely on her right hand to pull the lever for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama next week."

"'He supports the Second Amendment. He just doesn't believe guns should be given to known criminals,' said Shelby, an Obama volunteer in Hazleton ..."

"Shelby, whose family collects guns as an investment, is somewhat of an outlier among the 580,000 state residents with a current license to carry a gun ... despite the millions of campaign dollars the Democratic and Republican parties have poured into Pennsylvania, gun owners often have little good to say about either candidate." ...
 

63% Say Obama More Likely to Restrict Gun Rights
Submitted by: Paul Shoemaker

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"Nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters (63%) say Barack Obama is more likely than John McCain to restrict an individual’s right to own a gun, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey."

"Just 16% believe McCain is more likely to do so, and 22% are undecided." ...

"Sixty-four percent (64%) say the issue of gun control is at least somewhat important to how they will vote, with 32% saying it is Very Important. Just 10% say the issue is not important at all." ...

"For 62% of those who say they are certain to vote, gun control is at least somewhat important to how they will vote. Eighty-two percent (82%) of first-time voters agree." ...
 

Obama, Biden target our guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's an old saying, 'If George Washington never told a lie, how did he get to be president?'"

"In the upcoming election, Sen. Obama keeps saying he's in favor of the Second Amendment that protects our right to own guns, but even before he started in politics in Illinois, he always was against private ownership of guns. Tracing his record back, he has never once cast a vote in favor of our right to own and lawfully use guns. And his running mate Sen. Biden is even worse. He has sponsored a number of anti-gun bills in Congress. Ban all semi-automatics, all handguns and all magazines over 10 rounds. Tax ammunition so high you can't afford to buy it. Register all guns, and then the next step is to take them away from us. ..." ...
 

This Is What A Vote For Obama Gets You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I live in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. I live in the state that incubated the political career of Barack Obama and for that, as a resident of the State of Illinois and a conservative, I apologize. But this puts me in a unique position to afford you a glimpse of things to come for our nation should Barack Obama attain the Oval Office ..." ...

"... Blagojevich ... proposed raising the fee ... for the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card from $50 to $500. He said the increased FOID fee, '...was necessary so people would think twice about wanting to own a gun.' Of course, it also put the ability to purchase a gun ... out of range for many middle and lower-middle income families, the Second Amendment be damned." ...
 

Guns Are Crime Deterrent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When our founding fathers established this great nation, they acknowledged the people’s rights to bear arms. They comprehended a firearm in every household would allow individual family protection and assurance."

"These intelligent men knew this would reduce the portion of the population having thoughts of committing armed criminal acts. If there is a known firearm in the home, a reprobate is less prone to assume they can commit an act without repercussions." ...

"Barack Obama claims to respect the Second Amendment, but he also influenced the Illinois handgun ban. He supports the Second Amendment, but he desires to enact numerous restrictions. He stated last year that 'concealed carry is OK for retired officers' ..." ...
 

GA: Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty to Lying in Shooting of 92 Year Old
Submitted by: Larry

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"A former Atlanta police officer who was involved in a botched raid that ended in the shooting death of a 92-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges."

"Arthur Tesler entered the plea Thursday. He faces a sentence of more than 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000."

"In May, Tesler was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on state charges for lying to investigators about the botched drug raid that ended in the death of Kathryn Johnston." ...

"Johnston died in a hail of police bullets after narcotics officers burst into her northwest Atlanta home the night of Nov. 21, 2006, using a special no-knock warrant to search for drugs."
 

FL: Officer's pay docked for misconduct
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Jacksonville police officer who punched a man during a possible road-rage fight in April won't face criminal charges, but he forfeited 10 days of pay ..."

"Sgt. Roderic Feacher, a 12-year police veteran, was driving in his personal car ... when he said he was run off the road by another driver. He put his car in reverse and followed the other driver, Charles Rowe, to his home ..."

"He ... got out of the car because he wanted to 'educate' the other driver ..."

"Things quickly became heated after Feacher ignored multiple requests to leave Rowe's property, but accounts vary on who started the fight. Rowe and a neighbor said Feacher threw three unprovoked punches ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks, reasonably enough, if anyone out there thinks a 'civilian' would even survive following a cop home and punching him, much less escape charges.
 

FL: Escambia deputies inadvertently Taser undercover agent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities say deputies responding to a call about a Pensacola liquor store robbery inadvertently Tasered an undercover state agent."

"Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco worker Ira McQueen was trying to see if the clerk would sell alcohol to a minor."

"The mixup on Tuesday started when a customer saw the clerk's arms raised and saw McQueen with a gun, and thought the store was being robbed. When Escambia County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, McQueen didn't comply with demands ... Deputies Tasered him and released a sheriff's dog. McQueen was briefly hospitalized for injuries."

"Sheriff's spokesman Glenn Austin says it appears McQueen was trying to tell deputies he was a state agent." ...
 

CA: California Cities Cut Police Budgets
Submitted by: Larry

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"When the economic crisis deepened this fall, this city already was losing scores of police and firefighters because it could no longer afford the rich salaries and benefits it offered after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Now, with crime on the rise and tax revenue sinking, this San Francisco Bay area city faces more cuts in police and fire department budgets."

"It is a scenario being closely watched by the many other California municipalities that offered the same lucrative pay packages -- and that now face the same fiscal pressures."

"With a slowing economy and housing prices in decline -- cutting into tax revenue -- Vallejo ... has targeted public-safety budgets that in the past were off-limits to the budget ax." ...
 

Do Gun Owners Fear an Obama Presidency?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"BILL HEMMER, HOST: What does the election mean for gun owners in America? One group is not pulling for Barack Obama. The NRA ... spent millions on ads against him. Some people are reportedly buying up guns in the event of an Obama presidency ..."

"Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the NRA. Chris, good evening to you."

"CHRIS COX ...: Thanks for having me, Bill."

"HEMMER: What are these owners so worried about, you think?"

"COX: Well, they're worried about Barack Obama winning and they're worried if he wins, he will take their guns away. And the truth is, they have a reason to worry."

"HEMMER: Why?"

"COX: This guy — he supported the most radical gun control agenda that's ever been imagined ..." ...
 

John Longnecker: Gun Sales Are Up -- Americans Are Starting To Get It
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It isn't really about Guns, is it? It never was."

"No, It's about Independence, and more than ever before feel their Independence is threatened like never before."

"Barack Obama has said many many things which indicate that he has been groomed for this election for a long time, and this is frightening. Newt Gingrich said this morning on the radio that Obama has wanted to be President for a long time. Let me add that it could be secondary without his actually being groomed to be President for a very long time. Senator Obama believes in what he believes, but his background betrays a one-sided view that government translates into social justice." ...
 

Gun owners fret Obama White House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The nation's gun owners have the presidential election in their sights."

"Some are up at arms about the prospect of future gun legislation should Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama win the White House. Others are beefing up their personal arsenals, skittish that firearms could become scarce or too expensive in the near future."

"'If the economy is down, and gun sales are up, it shows you just how deep-seated the concern is out there about the situation,' said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association." ...
 

AR: Gun Owners Fear New President Means New Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Everywhere you look, sales are down. They're down in the housing market, automotive market and with retail sales."

"In fact, consumer confidence is as low as it has been since 1974."

"But for gun dealers across the country, business is booming."

"Overall gun sales in 2008 are up more than 10 percent. Many owners say it's due to concerns over the struggling economy and the possibility that a Barack Obama Presidency could result in tighter gun control."

"Patrick Brady, a gun dealer in Northwest Arkansas, says he expects sales to triple should Obama win the Nov. 4 election." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma gun owners worried about Obama Presidency
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oklahomans are purchasing more guns, and so is much of the rest of the United States. Some gun enthusiasts are concerned that if Senator Barack Obama is elected President, there will be a new restrictive legislation on particular types of guns. So, many gun buyers are going shopping before the election. Obama supports gun control measures of certain types of guns and a ban on assault weapon ownership."

"Gun shops say Tuesday's election is a hot topic among their customers, but the focus isn't on taxes or healthcare - it's all about guns. Gun owners are concerned about how the laws may change, depending upon who becomes President." ...
 

WI: Gun Sales on the Rise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns are in high demand in the Northwoods, but it's not because of the upcoming hunting season."

"Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain have very different views on gun control, and people in the Northwoods are worried about the change of leadership in Washington."

"The struggling economy doesn't seem to be hurting gun sales at Statton's General Store in Tomahawk."

"Dick Statton, the Owner of Statton's General Store, says 'In a year like this where you would expext the economy would keep people from spending on a new firearm that's not the case.'"

"In fact, gun sales have increased." ...
 

OH: In Sour Economy, Gun Sales Soar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tough economic times and fear of increased gun control have firearms sales booming. Nationally, the industry has seen an 8-10 percent jump compared with 2007."

"James Dean, owner of Norton Sporting Goods, says he's seen sales increase between 10-15 percent since summer, thanks in part to a big jump in personal handguns."

"While economic downturn typically tends to loosely correlate with increased firearm sales, the presidential campaign could also play a big part for gun owners concerned about increased regulation, especially if Barack Obama is elected."

"Dean indicates a number of his customers have been buying guns 'because they can', anticipating that Obama would augment restriction and gun control legislation." ...
 

AZ: Why gun sales are shooting up in Arizona
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Steve Saridakis, a Valley gun dealer put it like this."

"'it's scary. I've had nightmares about this guy.'"

"Obama says he does support the second amendment and a person's right to bear arms."

"But in the past he has supported bans on semi-automatic weapons and on concealed weapons."

"It's enough to make gun owners nervous."

"Ron Bilodeau says 'not so much fear, just major concerns.'"

"Kirk Optepeke agrees, 'they just talk about if Obama wins, some of our second amendment rights will be taken away from us.'"

"And as a result gun shops across the country are seeing a spike in sales."

"Nationwide, gun sales are up around 10 percent." ...
 

OH: The truth about the NRA bag
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"If you are a supporter of Barack Obama and a subscriber of the Times Recorder, you probably aren't very happy with us today."

"Today's print edition was delivered inside a bag purchased by the Political Victory Fund of the National Rifle Association. For those of you who bought the paper at the newsstand or read us online, here is the message on the bag:"

"'Vote Freedom First. Defend Freedom. NRA. Defeat Obama.'" ...

"The fact that our paper is delivered in a bag does not mean we agree - or disagree - with the message contained on it. And if the same message were published as a page in the print edition, few would dispute our right to run it." ...
 

NY: Peace by piece: New York's gun buyback program makes for safer streets
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"As safe as New York has become, there will be no true peace as long as illegal weapons abound on the streets - and abound they do."

"Last Saturday's gun buyback program offered but a glimpse into the contraband firepower that's concealed in neighborhoods across the city. In exchange for $200 per gun and no-questions amnesty, New Yorkers turned in a record 744 weapons at five Harlem churches."

"People arrived with sawed-off shotguns, high-end semiautomatic pistols, combat-grade assault rifles and cheap handguns, as they had in three earlier church-based buybacks in Manhattan and Brooklyn. All totaled, 2,279 weapons were taken out of circulation for destruction." ...
 

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