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"To Disarm The People - That Was The Best And Most Effectual Way To Enslave Them"
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The title to this commentary was drawn from a 1788 quote by one of our founders, George Mason. Although his quote is more than two hundred years old, it remains as current now as it was then."

"Some things have simply not changed. Those regimes seeking to assert and maintain absolute control over the citizenry will always try to disarm them first ... Without exception, an unarmed citizenry is one that can be effectively bullied and coerced and are readily controlled by the government."

"By comparison, a well armed citizenry is an ominous threat to any police or military force who would seek to exert control over them. It is for this reason that our founding fathers introduced the Second Amendment into the U.S. Constitution." ...
 

Guns Or Butter
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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"Some 15,000 Americans died last year because they didn’t have it. As many as five million more experienced a significant reduction in their quality of life, including mental and emotional trauma as well as diminished health, without it. Although large majorities of those Americans fortunate enough to have it are satisfied with what they have, many of the poor who need it most desperately simply cannot afford it. The government already exercises a great deal of control over it. Lives could be saved if we made its purchase mandatory, and subsidized those of limited means, to make ownership universal."

"No, not health care. Guns."

"Legal gun ownership by law-abiding citizens brings a dramatic reduction in violent crime. ..." ...
 

Jim Darnell's 'pragmatic' article about AR-15s found
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Earlier today, I lamented the fact that outdoor writer Jim Darnell seemed to have figured out the danger to his career posed by his ill-advised screed against sporting AR-15s in time to pull it off the internet before it rose up to bite him."

"Luckily, someone at AR15.com was too quick for him:" ...
 

The most effective measure to prevent murder
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"As the Supreme Court prepares to hear McDonald v. Chicago, challenging Chicago’s handgun ban, anti-self-defense proponents have tried to shift the focus onto public safety issues. But even when viewed from their perspective, homicide data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides no support for the idea that fewer guns makes society safer." ...
 

Safer Streets 101: L.A. murder while police are outside
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Today's Los Angeles Times reports how a man eluded LAPD Officers to kill a woman while the police were outside her apartment. [Mid-city slaying shows the difficulty of protecting domestic violence victims.]"

"The Times reports how Flor Medrano was stabbed to death by her ex while police were outside. Short version, they took her home from the police station, secured her apartment, and posted outside for a little while. When they telephoned her from downstairs to say they were leaving, they heard her screaming, ran upstairs, found her ex stabbing her, and shot him to death. Flor Medrano was pronounced dead at the hospital." ...
 

Obama to attack guns as public-health threat?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Second Amendment advocates are expressing alarm that the most significant attack on gun rights across the United States in years soon could come in the form of a workplace 'safety' regulation under President Obama's nominee to run the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration." ...
 

Know what you do not know
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Living life is making one decision after another."

"The average person probably makes nearly a thousand decisions every day. Some decisions are automatic ... Putting butter on a piece of toast, adding creamer to your coffee. You do it all the time without breaking a sweat."

"As the decision making process becomes more complex, your degree of literacy and comprehension of the variables and factors influencing the decision begin to become more critical. Time is a huge variable ... does the decision have to be made in the next one half second? If your decision has life or death consequences, it is likely that sudden stress will impair your ability to think rationally. Your brain will go into survival mode ..." ...
 

Get Your Kids Fit for Slaughter!
Submitted by: Larry

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... "While Sparta's virtues are difficult to find in contemporary America, some of its vices are well-represented. For instance, our ruling elite has arranged things in such a way that they are always sending Americans to war, or searching for new enemies to justify the permanent warfare state."

"This requires a steady and growing supply of trigger-pullers and coffin-stuffers, and the people who preside over the bipartisan warfare state are worried that American kids simply aren't fit for slaughter." ...

"It is toward the end of raising an improved quality of cannon fodder that Mission:Readiness is demanding a wraparound welfare state ... in which the preparation for military service would begin in the cradle. ..." ...
 

Supreme Court Briefs Filed In Chicago Gun Ban Case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The opening brief to the Supreme Court is due November 16, 2009. The case is expected to be argued in February, with a decision expected by the end of June, 2010."

"We urgently need you to demand that all State Attorneys General file an Amicus Brief stating they agree that the individual right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and applies to all 50 states." ...
 

Gun cartoon was laughable
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The editorial cartoon printed in a recent Sunday Winona Daily News depicted a gap-toothed muscle-necked crew-cut-shorn caricature of the NRA clinging to his congressmen. And in the upper left corner is a blocked-in statement that says, 'New York mayor Bloomberg is pushing Congress to control illegal firearms sales at gun shows.'"

"I have been attending gun shows for more than 20 years. They are visited by some of the most patriotic and law-abiding people you might likely meet, many of them military veterans. I have yet to see an illegal sale."

"... private citizens are free to sell to other private citizens, just as they always have been, which is the much maligned and misnamed 'gun-show loophole.'" ...
 

Fort Hood: Deja Vu
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Blog reader CM Smith noted in the comments section of my earlier entry on the Fort Hood horror ... 'Amazing timing to have latest American Handgunner Ayoob File cover the similar 'Andy Brown' case on a USAF base in 1994.' Amazing, indeed. From my perspective, the coincidence was almost creepy."

"But, it shouldn't have been. As we all know, 'the past is prologue.'"

"This time, it was Sergeants Mark Todd and Kimberly Munley who 'rode to the sound of the guns.' Fifteen years ago at the air base, it was USAF Security Police Officer Andy Brown. Both times, the Good faced the Evil in horrific situations. Both times, it was the Good people – armed with simple Beretta 9mm pistols – who ... decisively stopped the carnage." ...
 

Questions That Must Be Asked
Submitted by: Larry

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"To this point in time the only evidence that has been presented concerning the terrible murders at Fort Hood has been that presented by accomplished liars and killers of innocent people: the government. To detail and list the lies of the government and its propaganda arm, known as the media, would take more time and space than is available. Need I say more than 'Iraq has weapons of mass destruction,' 'Read my lips, no new taxes,' 'I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinski,' 'I am not a crook'; and 'all our POWs are home.' Web sites abound with documentation of the lies of the state, its leaders and component agencies. ..." ...
 

Ft. Hood: Official Story Full of Holes
Submitted by: Larry

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... "For the record, any theories regarding what happened at Ft. Hood are up to readers to make. ... I must, however, start with a few conversations I have had with ex-military personnel since the incident."

"After the horrible massacre at Ft. Hood, I spoke with a few people who served in the military. A retired army Capt. ... said this: 'There is no way a psychiatrist – basically an intellectual desk jockey – shot off hundreds of rounds with two pistols and hit about 40 people without being subdued by someone. Come on! He wasn't a trained assassin or a special ops commando shooting up a mall. He would have had to reload and that means putting one of the pistols down and reloading the other with seasoned combat vets in that deployment center. ...'" ...
 

USA Today: Fort Hood caused by 'intolerance'
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"Criminology professors James Alan Fox and Jack Levin claim, in their USA Today piece, that the Fort Hood tragedy is nothing but 'workplace violence.' But when examining the authors' claims and criteria, their conclusion has little basis in reality." ...
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Author's note: James Alan Fox is a crime statistician with the DOJ. In this case, he embarrassed himself by not doing his research. FBI hate crime data proves this.
 

Exploiting Ft. Hood: Now it's the 'terror gap loophole'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at two different ways the forcible citizen disarmament lobby hopes to exploit the Ft. Hood atrocity: block efforts to defend veterans' gun rights, and ban the FN Herstal Five-seveN pistol. As it turns out, the nanny-statists have thought of a third angle."

"ABC News now cries, 'Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Bought Gun, Despite Ongoing Terrorism Investigation.' Actually, the title notwithstanding, the main thrust of the article seems not so much to be that the gun purchase should have been blocked ... but that the FBI branch that processed the background check should have been permitted to share the fact of the purchase with the part of the Bureau responsible for the terrorism investigation." ...
 

Self-Defense is More than Physical
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Through a practice he calls 'Practical Emotional Self-Defense (PESD),' Dean discusses how to deal with people from the annoying to the dangerous. Naturally, the right to armed defense factors into the latter." ...
 

NV: Candidate laments curbs on revolution
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "[Gubernatorial candidate Mike Montandon's] position on the Second Amendment definitely catches your attention."

"He argues that the amendment was intended to give citizens the right to possess the weapons needed to 'protect ourselves from our own nation run amok.'"

"'Citizens involved can continue to fight the small fights, over ammunition rationing, concealed vs. open carry, etc., but they are just distractions,' Montandon says. 'They distract us from the big issue. While we may have the ability to defend ourselves against our own ilk gone awry, we have lost the ability to defend ourselves from a federal government gone awry.'" ...
 

National Park Service to educate public on gun rights
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.Opencarry.org

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... "According to National Park Spokesperson Phil Selleck, the Park Service is not going to go through any formal rulemaking process for each park. Instead said Selleck, the Service is going to work to 'educate the public' and park employees on the gun carry rights in each park. Selleck said that federal law at 18 U.S.C. 930 continues to ban gun carry in 'federal facilities,' but advised that the Park Service does not consider unattended structures such as 'outhouses' to be federal facilities because 'employees are not regularly present there to perform official duties.'" ...
 

NJ: N.J. lawmakers to consider proposed changes to law limiting handgun purchases
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A series of proposed changes to the state's 'one handgun a month' law will be considered during the lame duck session, lawmakers said today."

"The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will restrict residents to purchasing only one handgun every 30 days. A task force created to review the law issued a report today detailing several recommendations, including altering legal language to ensure gun stores can purchase multiple guns from suppliers." ...
 

MN: Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty Guilty of Poor Hunting Conduct
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://opposingviews.com

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"Hunting ethics require sportsmen to do their best to assure a quick kill, and make every possible effort to find wounded animals to spare them prolonged suffering." ...

"Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty apparently had neither the skill nor the time to be a true hunter. He badly wounded a buck on Saturday at the Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener, but rather than follow the blood trail, he followed the money trail to Iowa where he was headlining a Republican Party fundraiser. The owner of the land ... searched for the deer all weekend, but turned up nothing."

"It's surely a sign of reckless and unsportsmanlike behavior to leave an animal severely injured and hope that others might take on the responsibility to end the animal's suffering." ...
 

NJ: N.J. law limiting handgun purchases unfair to retailers, says task force chief
Submitted by: Larry

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"A N.J. gun law needs exceptions for various groups — including retailers who will only be able to buy one handgun a month from suppliers — members of a task force reviewing the legislation said today."

"The law ... has riled gun advocates who say it penalizes law-abiding citizens like target shooters and collectors."

"The task force's central proposal would make it easier for gun store owners to stock their shelves while still limiting customers to buying one handgun every 30 days."

"'As it stands now, retailers would be prohibited from purchasing guns from their suppliers,' said Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi, who leads the task force. 'I think that was an oversight when the legislation was passed.'" ...
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KABA Note: Permit me to remain skeptical that it was an 'oversight'.
 

LA: New Orleans police officer indicted in rape, kidnapping
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"State prosecutors say a veteran New Orleans police officer accused of raping a woman has been indicted on aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping charges Orleans Parish grand jury."

"Authorities said 46-year-old Henry L. Hollins is accused of handcuffing a woman at gunpoint June 30 and taking her in his squad car to a warehouse. He then undressed and raped her while she remained shackled, according to an application for an arrest warrant signed by a magistrate commissioner." ...
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NH: 'Guilty' of Scaring Undercover Tax-Feeders
Submitted by: Larry

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"Around midnight the morning of November 8, 2008, Dustin Almon of Kensington, New Hampshire was walking by himself when he noticed two disreputable-looking people following him."

"Understandably concerned that the stalkers meant to do him bodily harm, Almon pulled a small pocketknife from his pants pocket and, holding it at his side, exclaimed: 'Why are you following me?'" ...

"When [Officer] Cattabriga yelled, 'Police!' Almon responded by folding up his pocket knife and complying 'with all subsequent police orders,' observes the Portsmouth Herald. In spite of this, Almon was arrested for the non-crime of 'disorderly conduct,' which was upgraded to an equally spurious count of 'threatening with a dangerous weapon.'" ...
 

IL: Woman Says She Planted A Gun For Crooked Cops
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"Chicago Police are accused of offering a crooked "get out of jail free" card. The catch? A woman says she was told to plant a gun for it. Now the city has paid her $50,000 in a settlement, and the cops have been suspended without pay. ..."

"'I felt that if I didn't do it, they may have harassed me,' said Courtney Harris." ...

"'What's unusual about this case is that they actually made a finding of wrongdoing,' said Jon Loevy, Harris' attorney."

"Two years after taking the case, the Office of Professional Standards recommended the three officers involved in Harris' case be fired. As of August, the officers were suspended without pay." ...
 

OH: Cleveland appellate court ignores previous Supreme Court decision, rules Ohio preemption law unconstitutional
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals has sided with Cleveland in the city's fight to enforce its illegal local gun control ordinances."

"A three judge panel has declared that Ohio R.C 9.68 - which became law in 2007 with passage of HB347 to preempt local gun control and ensure statewide uniformity of gun laws - is unconstitutional."

"Judge Colleen Conway-Cooney, Democrat facing re-election in 2010, Ann Dyke, Democrat facing re-election in 2010, and Melody Stewart, Democrat facing re-election in 2012, reversed a lower court's decision to uphold the law." ...
 

NM: Right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The newly formed Alamogordo Second Amendment Task Force is looking to educate people about firearms and their Constitutional freedoms."

"Member Dan Woodruff said there is a need nationwide for the public to be educated about firearms."

"Woodruff said when people surf the Internet, watch the news on television or read the newspapers, they see reports about illegal guns."

"'What constitutes an illegal gun,' he said. 'The group wants to educate people on what's an illegal gun, and what is not an illegal gun. We want to educate people on what their freedoms or rights are.'" ...
 

OH: Ohio Court rules statewide preemption unconstitutional
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals has overturned a trial court's decision and ruled that Ohio Revised Code 9.68, which provided for statewide preemption of gun laws, to be unconstitutional as it pertains to rifles and shotguns and open carry. The 8th District court feels it applies only to concealed carry licensing laws."

"Ohio included a note about statewide preemption in the original concealed carry bill in 2004. That wasn't strong enough, so ORC 9.68 was enacted ..." ...

"That wasn't good enough for the 8th District Court, which serves the Cleveland area only. They sided with Cleveland and ruled that ORC 9.68 only applies to concealed carry of handguns ..." ...
 

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