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Why New York Times’ Columnist Joe Nocera Thinks It’s OK to Infringe on Your RKBA, And What You Can Do About It
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"New York Times columnist Joe Nocera jumped on Guns & Ammo-gate lickety-split. Duh. Joe is the Gray Lady’s leading proponent of civilian disarmament, through his own personal context-free zone (Gun Report) and regular editorials. Joe starts this morning’s anti-gun piece When a Gun Advocate Dissents with a simple statement: 'It’s not as if Dick Metcalf was some kind of gun control fanatic.' You see what he did there? With one sentence Nocera paints gun rights advocates as intolerant fanatics. The rest of the polemic follows entirely predictable lines, especially this bit . . ." ...
 

Openly Displaying Guns: A Conditioned Response
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Those who push the cause of citizen disarmament work hard to demonize guns. They try to make the public display of arms a shameful thing, something that 'decent' people simply don’t condone. And they’ve had a considerable amount of success. As recently as the 1950s people carried rifles and shotguns in New York City without so much as a sideways glance. In liberal fascists’ version of reality, the public display of firearms is perfectly acceptable, even laudable, as long as the person with the weapon is wearing a uniform, indicating they’re an agent of the state. But trade the uniform for ordinary clothing and the that open display becomes cause for alarm because…shut up . . ." ...
 

There Is Nothing Less Scary Than This 3D-Printed Metal Gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "But what the Solid Concepts achievement tells us is this: For those with the capability to conduct high quality construction using expensive manufacturing devices, creating these guns is now a reality. You know who has expensive manufacturing devices and high quality construction? Gun companies. Getting freaked out by this would be like stumbling into a room at the Glock factory that's mass producing weapons and then fearing that, soon, every kid on every block would be operating gun factories in their basements. This does not scale down." ...
 

First 3-D printed metal gun is new nail in 'gun control's' coffin
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Many of the gun prohibitionists who fear the death of 'gun control' via technology like 3-D printing, which will allow any aspiring armed citizen to bypass laws restricting his purchase of guns by instead simply producing them himself in his own home, have clung to one thin reed of hope. So far, the printed guns have been made of plastic, a material not well suited to the forces some gun parts must contend with (although that obstacle looks less and less insurmountable every day). Actually, the fact that printed guns have been made entirely (or almost so) of plastic suits their agenda in a second way." ...
 

Last US lead smelter closure highlights need to rescind bullet material limits
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"With last month's announcement the Doe Run Company will be closing its lead smelting operation in Herculaneum, Missouri in December, America will lose its last primary lead smelter (there are still some domestic secondary smelting operations, that recycle used lead, but refining lead-bearing ore into lead bullion will be a thing of the past in the U.S.). Doe Run is closing the operation because compliance with new EPA regulations would require a $100,000,000 investment--more than the company is willing to risk."

"This could carry dire consequences for with regard to availability and price of ammunition ..." ...
 

Boston Globe Anti-Gun Editorial Forgets the "T" Word
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"What is it with gun control advocates? Do they not understand the entire point of the United States Constitution? Hello? It’s a document whose sole purpose is to limit the power of the federal government—so that the government doesn’t become a tyranny. Tyranny. As in a system that disarms citizens (duh) so that it can deprive them of their natural, civil and human rights. Like . . . Nazi Germany. So while while those of us who value our life and liberty mark the 75th anniversary of an incident that teaches us what happens to a disarmed populace the Boston Globe 'celebrates' the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination with a call for universal background checks. You know: all sales monitored and approved by the Uncle Sam. ..." ...
 

Ralph: There are Three Kinds of Gun Control Advocates
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"Hoplophobes are afraid of guns as if firearms had a mind of their own. Hoplophobes are ignorant and we’d like to teach them, but they (mostly) do not want to learn. They are happy in their ignorance. They are only dangerous because they vote . . ." ...
 

Gun Control Advocacy Forum Rules: Disagree and Be Banned
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"There’s many reasons why I don’t like the people behind the gun control movement, even on a personal level. But one of the biggest reasons is that they don’t accept any criticism or opposition to their position. Their beliefs are the right and true ones, and any argument to the contrary is regarded as a personal betrayal and instantly banished. In order to try and understand the other side and see if they ever make a good point (hint: still waiting), I’m a member of many gun control advocacy forums — just lurking in the background, watching. One ... failed to get off the ground. ... Their rules mimic the majority of other gun control advocacy groups’ forums, and give a good insight into the way the other side thinks . . ." ...
 

Armed and Shameless
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"There was a gun show in Tulsa over the weekend (there are gun shows in Tulsa every weekend) in which the buying and selling of firearms was (and is) only part of the festivities."

"Come for the AR-15s; stay for the paranoia."
"John Heald of Tulsa, who said he has been regularly attending the show since about 1999, recalled on Saturday that the atmosphere at the November 2008 version of the show was 'absolutely hysterical' as gun enthusiasts were eager to buy firearms and ammunition before Obama was sworn in as president."
"Really, enthusiasts? Yeah, I suppose that's one way to describe those who think an automatic weapon is needed to shoot ducks." ...
 

Second Amendment Shoots the First at 'Guns & Ammo'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Web is jangling today in that special way it does when gobsmacking stupidity crosses wires with schadenfreude. Guns & Ammo magazine has banished columnist Dick Metcalf for writing that 'all constitutional rights are regulated,' and editor Jim Bequette has resigned in disgrace."

"Presumably, the December issue of the magazine, which contains the source of shame, will be pulled from newsstands and ritually burned in the parking lot at the NRA headquarters in Virginia." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yet another anti who has no grasp of the difference between Astroturf® 'movements' like his (consisting primarily of paid flacks) and true grassroots movements (consisting of millions of real people).
 

First Amendment vs. Second Amendment (video story)
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"Paul Farhi, Callie Crossley and guest host Eric Deggans discuss the firing of an editor and writer at 'Guns and Ammo.""
 

Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords Launches Veterans Initiative For Gun Control
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"Dozens of retired senior military veterans are signing onto Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly."

"The new initiative, Veterans for Responsible Solutions, will support Giffords and Kelly’s wider efforts by bringing to bear the experience of military veterans who’ve sworn to defend the Second Amendment and have themselves been well versed in the use of firearms." ...
 

Runner's World Mag Calls For Handgun Ban For Everyone But Police, Military
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"The November 5th issue of Runner's World carries a column by athlete Nick Symmonds calling for a handgun ban for everyone except police and military personnel."

"The column also calls for a ban on 'assault rifles,' while kindly proposing that regular citizens should be allowed to keep a shotgun with which to hunt birds and a '[rifle]...for big game animals.'"

"In a manner similar to Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, Symmonds starts his column by exclaiming, 'I love my Second Amendment right.' Shortly thereafter he limits the Second Amendment to a protection of hunting weaponry, although hunting has never been central to the Second Amendment. " ...
 

WA: Higher Education Lesson of the Day: Armed Self Defense is Not an Option
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"What happens when a concealed carry license holder wards off a robbery attempt in Spokane, Washington, by displaying a legally owned firearm in his own apartment? He gets a big atta-boy from the local PD. But if he’s a student and rents that off-campus apartment from Gonzaga University, he gets his guns confiscated in a midnight raid. And he will, in all likelihood, be expelled. That appears to be the most likely outcome of a University Disciplinary Board hearing today to determine the academic fates of Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh . . ." ...
 

WA: Gonzaga may re-evaluate weapons policy, says president
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"In a statement today, Gonzaga President Thayne M. McCulloh revealed that this week’s controversy over possible sanctions against two students who discouraged an intruder at gunpoint from their off-campus apartment has opened the door for 'thoughtful evaluation' of the university’s weapons policy ..."

"A Friday hearing before the university’s discipline board may determine whether seniors Daniel McIntosh and Eric Fagan will be suspended or expelled because they violated Gonzaga’s long-standing policy. That policy forbids firearms and other weapons on campus or in campus properties. Their off-campus apartment is owned by Gonzaga ..."

"But public reaction to the incident has been overwhelmingly against the policy. ..." ...
 

IN: Indy residents search for safety after home invasions
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"A recent spate of home invasions has residents of some Indianapolis neighborhoods on edge, but law enforcement and security experts say preparation — not panic — is the best defense."

"Many local residents already have taken steps to protect themselves and their families, from installing security systems to enrolling in self-defense training courses to buying guns."

"'I just got a call this week from a group of women from the Meridian Hills areas who want personal protection instruction,' said Guy A. Relford, a Carmel attorney who specializes in Second Amendment law and operates Indianapolis-based Tactical Firearms Training LLC."

"The request was 'specifically due to some of the recent incidents,' said Relford ..." ...
 

Metcalf: Dumbass has questions, I have answers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Dick Metcalf, the ex-technical editor for Guns & Ammo magazine, says his column advocating the further infringement of civil rights was intended to 'to open a discussion'."

"Apparently the idiot was unaware that the discussion has been open for decades – centuries, even, and is already extremely one-sided thanks to an anti-RKBA lamestream muddia."

"But – to an extent – I'll play his game. He asks a few... slanted questions. I'll give honest answers." ...

"Look, Dickhead; the fact that unconstitutional laws that discriminate against a class of people exist, doesn't make those laws right or good. It means those discriminatory laws should be eliminated ... Or, dick, do you think those laws were good because... well, they're already laws?"
 

Fired Guns & Ammo editor to explain his position on Gun Talk Radio
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Dick Metcalf, former Technical Editor of Guns & Ammo magazine, whose severance from the publication was announced Wednesday, will be an interview guest this Sunday on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, a program press release announced today." ...
 

Metcalf fires back on firing; Angel win helped by gun owners
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... "Metcalf, fired from his job at Guns & Ammo by editor Jim Bequette, who also resigned from his post about two months ahead of his scheduled departure, as this column discussed, brought down the thunder by suggesting that the Second Amendment is subject to some regulation, and that such regulation is not unconstitutional. Critics came screaming out of the internet woodwork, demanding his head and other body parts, and complaining that Metcalf’s support for a training mandate as part of a concealed carry license process is anti-Second Amendment."

"But Metcalf is now challenging some of his more vocal critics with four questions. Here they are:" ...
 

Gresham hosts Metcalf; was writer simply naďve?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sunday’s nationally-syndicated 'Gun Talk' with Tom Gresham was something of a must-listen event with a full segment ... featuring embattled veteran gun writer Dick Metcalf revealing that 'nobody anticipated' the tidal wave of negativity that cost him his job last week at Guns & Ammo magazine."

"This column earlier discussed the debacle ... The controversy also forced G&A editor Jim Bequette to resign two months earlier than his scheduled departure in January. But it was Metcalf’s head readers wanted on a pike after his December column, which suggested that the right to keep and bear arms is subject to some regulation, and that no right is absolute. He was also accused of misinterpreting the Second Amendment." ...
 

Guns & Ammo Editor Apologizes for Pro-Gun Control Column, Steps Down
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"Jim Bequette, the editor in chief of Guns & Ammo, issued an abject apology Thursday for the magazine's recent editorial advocating gun regulation, saying he would resign immediately from his post atop the firearms magazine."

"The author of the column, contributing editor Dick Metcalf, was also shown the door, Mr. Bequette said in his letter of apology."

"'I made a mistake by publishing the column,' Mr. Bequette said in the letter, which was posted to the Guns & Ammo website. 'I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights. I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and I ask your forgiveness.'" ...
 

What the Heck Were Republicans Thinking?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Well, the results from Tuesday’s high-profile gubernatorial elections are in."

"A moderate-to-liberal gun control advocate (Chris Christie) won in New Jersey, while a die-hard pro-gun advocate (Ken Cuccinelli) barely lost in Virginia."

"Cuccinelli lost a squeaker (48.0 to 45.5 percent), even though he was outspent 4-1 by his anti-gun Democrat opponent ..." ...

"So how did the national GOP counter? Well, according to The Washington Times, 'The Republican National Committee spent six million dollars less this year than it did in 2009 ...'"

"During the last two weeks of the race, the Cuccinelli ad campaign went 'dark,' as they were unable to answer the vicious lies and attack ads ..."

"Conservatives in Virginia are furious. ..." ...
 

Gun Control – Be Careful What You Wish (and Vote) For…
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Every time there has been a mass public shooting, governments lose no time in enacting massive new restrictions which seek to disarm all civilians, especially the peaceable gun-owners of its society —the ones who are not the cause of these rare high-profile tragedies."

"The stated rationale is always that less guns in the hands of civilians equates to a 'safer society.' The available evidence would indicate otherwise." ...
 

Christie: I'll Protect Second Amendment Rights
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"After backing several gun control measures in the state of New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie is now using conservative rhetoric about additional gun control, attempting to shift the debate more broadly to 'violence control.'"

"On Fox News Sunday, Christie said, 'When you look at what we’ve done in New Jersey, we want to control violence. Some of that may involve firearms, but a lot of it doesn’t.' He added, 'In New Jersey, I’ve signed some of those measures. But I’ve also vetoed measures that I thought were overreaching and not consistent with Second Amendment rights.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Question for you Guv; how are any of NJ's laws 'consistent' with an uninfringed individual right to keep and bear arms?
 

PA: UPDATE !!! Governor Corbett Signs SB 648 Into Law – Landowners Protected At Last !!
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"In follow up to my last blog, I am pleased to advise that Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 648 into law on November 1, 2013. This law, which amends Title 34, Section 924 of the Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code to protect landowners who grant permission to individuals who are hunting and trapping on their property, is a long overdue modification of the Section. Effectively, the new law protects landowners against Game and Wildlife Code violations by hunters and trappers except where the landowner willfully takes part in the violation in some manner." ...
 

CO: Hudak fights recall drive in Colo. with D.C. cash
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"Colorado state Sen. Evie Hudak, the latest Democrat to be swept up in the state’s recall brushfire, is fighting back with a cash infusion from Washington, D.C."

"Two pro-Hudak issue committees have raised $50,428 since Oct. 23 to fight the recall effort, with $30,000 coming from Environmental Majority, a Washington-based political action committee, according to campaign finance reports."

"That war chest — more than twice what recallers have raised in their push to place the Democrat on the recall ballot — has allowed the Hudak campaign to blanket her suburban Jefferson County district with door-hangers, robocalls and yard signs urging residents not to sign the recall petitions." ...
 

CA: Reality Check: Can NRA Win Sunnyvale Lawsuit? (video available)
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"The NRA threatened a lawsuit if Sunnyvale voters passed a comprehensive package of gun laws wrapped into a ballot initiative called 'Measure C.'"

"On Tuesday, voters helped 'Measure C' cruise to victory at the polls and as promised an NRA lawsuit is forthcoming."

"The organization’s California attorney, C.D. Michel, told NBC Bay Area that residents of that city can expect 'likely more than one
lawsuit' coming from a number of associations."

"As it concerns his organization, Michel said 'the NRA’s suit will be pure Second Amendment filed in federal court, and seeking an injunction against the magazine possession ban.'" ...

"But is the NRA lawsuit more bark than bite?" ...
 

Are ATF’s Newly Approved Electronic eForms Legal? The Shocking Answer
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Recently, I have seen a number of people posting approved eForm Applications (Form 1′s), which had me greatly concerned given the translucent nature of the newly utilized electronic stamp. After receiving these approved eForm Applications by email, some of the applicants have called the NFA Branch and been told that they will not be receiving a hardcopy and that the electronic copy is their approved tax stamp. While, as explained below, there appeared to be….wait for it…a loophole in relation to Form 1 Applications, as made explicitly clear by 27 C.F.R. 479.162, ATF’s newly utilized electronic stamps are unlawful and invalid." ...
 

WI: Cop to WI Open Carrier: “I Think What You’re Doing is Detrimental to the Constitution of the United States” (video available)
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"I’m all in favor of open carry. Like Ralph, I don’t think that 'being a good little gun rights advocate' and keeping your firearms hidden from view makes it any more likely that the enemies of firearms freedom are going to stay their collective, metaphorical hand. Open carry creates 'gun normalization' that protects our rights. Besides, if something is legal to do then it’s legal for you to do it. Ipso facto. And yet the Neenah Wisconsin officer felt free to . . ."

"threaten to shoot the open carrier in the head if he made a furtive move. Twice. This despite the fact that the officer clearly knew the 'suspect' was exercising his Constitutional right to keep and bear arms without any intent on shooting anyone. ..." ...
 

OK: Attorney: Dashcam Video Lead To Suspension Of 3 Miami Police Officers (video available)
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"Three Miami police officers were suspended after dashcam video of an arrest painted a much different picture than the officer's report.
An attorney shared it exclusively with News On 6."

"The driver's attorney got the video through a subpoena. He said the video should be made public and he knows it is the reason his client's DUI charges were dropped."

"In the dashcam video from an O-H-P trooper's cruiser, you can hear the trooper turn on his lights as he follows a suspected drunk driver. Once the truck pulls over, a Miami police officer gets out of her car and approaches Jerry Payne's truck."

"Payne's attorney, Josh Lee, said her police report doesn't add up with what happens next." ...
 

KY: Ex-officer sentenced for evidence tampering
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"A former police officer who was the lead investigator of a 1994 double slaying at a southern Kentucky massage parlor has been sentenced on a tampering with evidence charge in the unsolved case."

"The Kentucky New Era ... reports 50-year-old Leslie Duncan was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison." ...
 

CA: Ex-police officer sentenced to 1 year in prison
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"A former Water Valley police office has been sentenced to one year in prison for receiving money from a drug trafficker in return for information about law enforcement."

"John David Hernandez, a 35-year-old of Olive Branch man, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oxford." ...
 

NY: Perjury rap for narcotics cop in PCP bust
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"He can’t get his story straight."

"Narcotics Detective Abel Joseph, 39, was arraigned Tuesday in a Manhattan court on felony perjury charges for allegedly giving two different sworn accounts of busting an accused PCP peddler in East Harlem."

"'This is a serious crime,' said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Ryan Connors. 'As a detective, honest police testimony is the bedrock of the criminal justice system.'" ...
 

PA: Philadelphia Cops Accused of Burglarizing Woman's Home: Sources (video available)
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"Five Philadelphia Police officers are being investigated for allegedly breaking into a woman's home and stealing valuables from inside.

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel confirms a police sergeant and four officers from the 24th District Narcotics Unit, known as the '5 Squad,' are under investigation by the Internal Affairs Division for the alleged crime." ...
 

TN: Former Tennessee Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Handcuffed Arrestee
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"Christopher Eugene Reynolds, 39, a former police officer of the Selmer, Tenn., Police Department (SPD), pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee to violating the civil rights of an arrestee, the Justice Department announced."

"During his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen, Reynolds admitted that, while using his authority as a SPD officer, he slammed a handcuffed arrestee to the floor of the McNairy Regional Hospital and struck him in the face. According to information presented in court, Reynolds acknowledged that this assault was unreasonable and did not serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. ..." ...
 

FL: Hollywood man beaten by cop wins $195,000 settlement
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"Arben Bajra, a Hollywood man beaten by a police officer during a false arrest three years ago, won a $195,000 settlement from the city Wednesday."

"Bajra sued the city and Officer Jonathan Commella, now a Broward Sheriff's deputy, after a beating that fractured his skull."

"Bajra, 33, still lives with numbness in his face and required surgery to implant a metal plate under his left eye, said his attorney, Wayne Koppel."

"According to police records, Commella arrested Bajra in 2010 after mistaking him for a man who had pulled a gun on someone at a bar near Young Circle." ...
 

TX: For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man
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"Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. When trying the case as a prosecutor, Anderson possessed evidence that may have cleared Morton, including statements from the crime's only eyewitness that Morton wasn't the culprit. Anderson sat on this evidence, and then watched Morton get convicted. While Morton remained in prison for the next 25 years, Anderson's career flourished, and he eventually became a judge."

"In today's deal, Anderson pled to criminal contempt, and will have to give up his law license, perform 500 hours of community service, and spend 10 days in jail. ..." ...
 

IL: Cop Charged With Molesting Girl, And Later, Her Daughter
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"A veteran Chicago Police officer has been charged with molesting a minor girl years ago, and similarly attacking the victim’s 3-year-old daughter late last month."

"Allen Hall forced his first victim to masturbate him while he was in his bed at his Austin home when the girl was 13, Assistant State’s Attorney Maura White said."

"White said the girl told her mother what had happened, but authorities were never contacted at the time of the incident ..." ...
 

DC: ShotSpotter detection system documents 39,000 shooting incidents in the District
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"When Absalom Jordan hears the crack of gunfire outside his home in Southeast Washington, he reacts in an instant. 'You get away from the windows and get down,' the 72-year-old said. 'I have learned to live with it.'"

"Police are listening as well. Rooftop sensors monitor his neighborhood around the clock for the distinctive bang of a gun. ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: OK, so if we're going to evaluate its effectiveness as a crime fighting tool, which is ostensibly the whole justification behind this boondoggle, shouldn't we then be able to factor in the costs of procuring, maintaining and staffing the system, plus the costs of investigating and reporting shots fired, and then take the number of resulting arrests ... wait, no, convictions ... and be able to come up with some sort of feel for how cost effective this is?

What? That's not the point?
 

SD: New gun rage has Black Hills residents stepping up to the big guns (video available)
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"It's no secret South Dakota is filled with gun lovers. But if you're not a fan of hunting, or the cold, where do you go to get your firearms fix? Earlier this fall, Western South Dakota's only public indoor shooting facility opened its doors in Rapid City."

"Owner Kim Smith says, 'We provide a facility for people to come out and exercise their second amendment right.'"

"Many residents seem to be taking full advantage."

"Smith says, 'Business is busier than I thought it would be for only six weeks in the business.'" ...
 

OK: Wanenmacher Arms Show draws thousands of enthusiasts
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"The Second Amendment is alive and well this weekend at the River Spirit Expo."

"Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show is expected to draw from 35,000 to 40,000 people to Expo Square by the time it concludes ..."

"Joe Henry of Broken Arrow said he has been attending the twice-a-year event —... since 1977. He said he remembers the show being big back then, but not nearly as large as it has become."

"Wanenmachersaid about 4,200 tables are set up and more than 7,200 exhibitors' credentials have been issued for this weekend's event. He said a study done several years ago revealed that the spring and autumn shows had a combined $16 million annual impact on the local economy. He said, if anything, that number has grown." ...
 

OH: Gun rights group holds walk in Lima
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"A group hosting a walk through downtown Lima on Sunday to promote the right to carry guns in the open insisted the event was much more than a display of gun rights."

"'There is a lot of attention on the rights to conceal carry and people do not even realize you also have a right to open carry,' said Ryan Anderson, public relations director for Northwest Ohio Carry, a group that promotes the safe, open carrying of firearms. 'Some locals requested us to come here. We wanted to help them get the word out.'" ...
 

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