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VA: Fatal shooting in Prince George called self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Prince George County man acted in self defense when he fatally shot a Hopewell man during a gathering last month, county authorities have determined.

After an extensive investigation by Prince George police and the county commonwealth's attorney's office, authorities have concluded that Jeremy W. Atkins, 21, was fatally shot Oct. 11 after pointing a handgun at a resident of the home in the 3000 block of High Peak Lane, authorities said today in a statement.

The resident, who was not identified, fired two blasts from a hunting-style shotgun, fatally injuring Atkins, authorities said.
 

NE: Omaha gun violence has some worried
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Omaha's increase in gun violence this year has some residents looking for ways to protect themselves - including taking self defense classes and even buying their own guns.

More than three dozen people have died from shootings in Omaha so far this year. That includes five people shot to death in separate incidents last week.

Omaha self-defense instructor Michael Benkis says he's seen an increase in interest in the past couple of weeks from people looking to protect themselves.

One woman who talked to Omaha television station KPTM on the condition of anonymity says she's considering buying a gun for protection.
 

TX: Obama gun-policy fears trigger a run on assault weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As soon as Barack Obama won the presidency, Lawrence Johnson decided to buy his fourth AR-15.

"He is a Democrat, and Democrats are anti-gun," said the 25-year-old Garland resident about his post-election desire to purchase another military-style rifle.

"But I have the right to one, and that's all there is to it."

Like Mr. Johnson, other Second Amendment devotees have filed into Dallas gun stores recently, fearing curtailed rights and stauncher weapon bans.

But as distributors delight in empty shelves and backlogged orders, dealers and policy analysts caution against a knee-jerk reaction spurred more by rumor than reality.
 

Obama discriminates -- against gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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All of those questions have been deemed to be discriminatory and, therefore, out of bounds for employers to ask. However, in examining the first document created by President-elect Barack Obama, the "White House Personnel Data Questionnaire" – which is a model that can used by all agencies of the federal government – he has made it clear that discriminatory practices are to be a hallmark of his administration and that he particularly intends to discriminate against hunters and gun owners.

It is remarkable the mainstream media are ignoring the implications of this politically unacceptable and intrusive questionnaire.
 

OH: NRA: Ready to defend 2nd amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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LaPierre told an estimated 700 students and adults in the AU Convocation Center that he believes there will be a challenge because of a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a firearms ban in Washington D.C. He said there is an “elite ruling class” that feels the Court made a mistake, that people can’t be trusted and there is a need for restrictions on the new firearms freedoms.

“If the founders and framers of our Constitution were sitting here today, they would say we have made progress toward equality, justice and freedom for all people but would they also see storm clouds where other Americans see only change?” LaPierre said.
 

IL: Still no word on charges in fatal Waukegan shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More than a month after a Waukegan store clerk fatally shot a fleeing robber, it's still not known whether charges will be filed.

"We haven't completed our investigation yet," Lake County State's Attorney Michael J. Waller said Monday.

Waller expects his staff will reach a decision "within a couple weeks."

Twenty-year-old Brandon Starks was shot to death Oct. 13 outside People's Market, 901 8th St. The North Chicago resident had just robbed the store at gunpoint and was riding away on a bicycle when the clerk shot him twice, authorities said.

The clerk, whose name has not been released by police, did not have a valid firearm owners identification card and therefore was not legally allowed to use a gun, authorities said.
 

NJ: We've been brainwashed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It seems most of our legislators have this unfounded fear that if Bill A1282 is enacted, everyone will rush to get their concealed carry permit and there will be millions of guns on our streets which will result in a bloodbath the likes we have never seen. ...

... The latest Census estimate the population of NJ is 8.7 million. If two percent of citizens are granted a concealed carry permit, that would be approximately 174,000 people. That also means there will only be 2 people per square mile who would have their permit to legally carry their weapon. There are 10 times more criminals and street gang members in our cities that are illegally carrying concealed right at this very moment! So what exactly are we afraid of???
 

OR: Unconcealed thoughts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As for the issue of whether the names of concealed-carry holders are or are not a a [sic] matter of public record, I would have to say they are. And please resist the temptation to dismiss that as the misguided opinion of a some sort of leftist non-gun owner. If anything, it’s the opinion of a transparency-leaning First Amendment defender who feels public business should be conducted in public.

Ed.: It always amazes me that the same people who demand to know who has a CCW/CPL would be *horrified* if we all just carried openly instead of concealed.
 

Barack Obama’s Bucket Brigade
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He [Obama] is a threat to the Second Amendment which guarantees my right to self defense in my own home. Gun owners across the country are buying up guns and ammunition like there’s no tomorrow because they simply don’t trust Mr. Obama to uphold their rights.
 

AZ: Gun owners' fears of Obama are exaggerated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a StarNet poll that asked whether readers believe the new president or Democratic-led Congress will try to restrict Second Amendment rights, 63 percent said "yes" as of Monday morning.

Gun buyers' fears evidently encompass more than assault weapons. Items in high demand include ammunition, high-capacity shotguns and magazine-fed rifles, Sullivan and Huicochea reported. Shops were having a problem meeting demand.

Ed.: This dimly-lit bulb argues that gun-owner's concerns are exaggerated, then admits that Team Obama wants to do *exactly* what we are afraid they will do!
 

KY: Fully Loaded
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Obama’s White House Transition team created the Web-site change.gov after his win on Nov. 4, which listed the president-elect’s proposed agenda. The Urban Policy section of the agenda states that Obama and Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden favor “commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners while keeping guns away from children and criminals ... They also support making the expired federal assault weapons ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.”

The agenda has since been removed from change.gov and reduced to a short discussion on the administration’s broader goals.

But sentiments like the original post have some gun owners worried.
 

AL: Factcheck.org isn't nonpartisan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mr. DeWitt restates factcheck.org's spurious claim that Obama and Biden 'respect the Second Amendment' although the organization also notes approvingly that the president- and vice president-elect 'favor common-sense measures,' including bans on many semi-automatic firearms and the closing of the imaginary 'gun show loophole.'

Given that these proposals are anything but 'common-sense,' have virtually no effect on the criminal misuse of firearms, and, most importantly here, are hotly-contested, it is Mr. DeWitt's reference to factcheck.org as nonpartisan that misconstrues.
 

OH: NRA Fights To Protect The Right To Bear Arms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The National Rifle Association is fighting hard to protect the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. On Monday, the president of the NRA talked about the importance of the amendment. His address was part of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs' Major Issues Lecture Series held at Ashland University. "The Second Amendment Rights are Everybody's Rights," was the theme of NRA President Wayne LaPierre's presentation. LaPierre told the audience some politicians are trying to strip law abiding citizens of their right right to bear arms by proposing restrictive measures.
 

NY: Firearm sales shoot up as gun owners worry about Barack Obama administration
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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From sea to shining sea, the election of Barack Obama has sparked a run on guns by firearm fans who fear stiffer rules are on the way. During election week, the FBI did 374,510 background checks on prospective gun owners, compared with 251,804 in the same week last year. Last month, the G-men did checks on 285,894 people buying handguns, compared with 223,141 in Oct. 2007.
"It is a significant jump," Special Agent Jason Pack said.
 

UK: Game beware: it's the return of the poacher
Submitted by: Pastor Guest
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As times get harder in Britain's cities, armed gangs are heading for the countryside – and stealing deer, salmon and rabbits to feed a burgeoning black market in food.

 

College security tighter, but is it enough?
Submitted by: motoboy

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Nine months after five students were shot to death in a siege at Northern Illinois University and a year and a half after 32 others were killed by a deranged gunman at Virginia Tech University, college officials are ramping up police forces, installing brighter lights, building observation towers and attending security summits.

But students and faculty at schools large and small say the new attention to security isn’t easing their anxiety, and some are trying to take matters into their own hands. On dozens of campuses, student-led campaigns are under way to approve the carrying of concealed weapons.

 

Rationality disappears through NRA membership
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Shortly after midnight, more than 20 years ago at an upscale cocktail party in California, and as a lark, I said I belonged to the NRA, "National Rifle Association." Almost immediately I found myself being escorted to the street. However, during this process, I told my evictors my tenure with the NRA had been years before, "back when the NRA was respectable," and that I now belonged to its sane alternative, "handgun control." What's more, I had a membership card to prove it.
 

NJ: Bill A2116 threatens gun-owners' rights
Submitted by: Anonymous

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This excellent and timely letter (the seventh and last) appears on the day the NJ state Assembly will vote on a .50 caliber ban bill.

"The word "reasonableness" surely will be used in argument Monday on the floor of the New Jersey Assembly when Assembly Bill A2116, a bill to erase from civilian possession yet another class of firearms, is debated. ... The .50 caliber is not a widely owned rifle. It is certainly not a factor in criminal behavior in the state. ...
Known to its sponsors, this bill actually bans some Revolutionary War firearms, because the size of their bores commonly measure over .50 caliber.
I ask the entire Assembly, to please not support the bill."
 

AK: Homeowner opens fire on intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A homeowner interrupting a burglary in progress late last week morning opened fire on the intruder as the burglar approached him and his wife, Alaska State Troopers said. The burglar was not hit by the shots but did sustain minor injuries when he "went through the window" while fleeing the home, troopers said.
 

NC: Burglars Get Into Gunfight With Business Owner
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police searched for two men Monday morning who broke into a business and got into a gunfight with its owner. Police said the men broke into Big Rob's Sports Bar on Nevin Road in north Charlotte around 3 a.m. Monday. The burglars tripped the burglar alarm, which alerted police and the bar's owner. The owner went to the bar and saw the men loading electronics into the back of a truck. When the burglars saw the owner, one burglar shot at him. The owner shot back and the burglars got away.
 

The Lady Of The Gun
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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She looks like she could have been my mother, or perhaps yours, if your parents were of “The Greatest Generation.” In one sepia photo, she drapes a dark coat across her arm. In the other she’s wearing it. She stands by the side of a house, or perhaps a garage, looking off in one picture, toward the camera in another, appearing first, serious, and then — is that a smile?

She was young. She was pretty. Who was she? Somebody’s sweetheart? Somebody’s wife? Is she still alive? Did she end up having children, grandchildren …?

And whose gun were the Plexiglas-covered photos on the grip of the 1911 Army .45 affixed to?
 

NY: Hunter charged in fatal shooting of girl in home
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SWAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) - A deer hunter has been charged with manslaughter after a bullet he fired killed a toddler inside her grandparents' Hudson Valley home, police said Monday.

 

The Battle of Sipsey Street (updated edition)
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh

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As Absolved grew like Topsy into a book-length treatment, the chapter was renamed "The Battle of Sipsey Street." I had intended to use the last chapter of the book to present Phil Gordon's media plan and valedictory. However, the final chapter of Absolved will wrap up the Governor's struggle to use legal means to protect the people of Alabama from federal depredations. . . . Thus, it was necessary to let Phil tell his story in Chapter One. Here is the updated version. Those of you who have it archived under "Absolved" in the original form, please substitute this. And if you wish to recirculate it through email, or blogging, feel free. Thanks.

Mike Vanderboegh

 

WV: Audit finds State Police evidence rooms sloppy
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In another case, auditors noted that a criminal investigation report at the Martinsburg detachment showed that 8 pounds of marijuana had been seized but had not been properly logged, nor had it been documented that the marijuana had been forwarded to the State Police forensic laboratory.

"During our initial inquiries about the location of the eight pounds of marijuana, detachment personnel were under the impression the marijuana was still in the possession of the laboratory," the audit found.
 

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Submitted by: mindful musings

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As new leaders prepare to move into the White House and Congress over the next few months, we'd like to call on them to restore Americans' privacy rights.

This should concern EVERYONE. No matter if you blog,text message others,or just appreciate some privacy. The outgoing Administration was key in pushing this Agenda forward the last 8 years.
 

A Snitch inTime
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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Meet Summit County Crimestoppers, sponsors of the local "Goods for Guns" nonsense, and a self-described " program designed to encourage cooperation between the citizenry and the law enforcement community."

How do they do that? No, not through anything that will teach us how to protect ourselves until the police arrive. Instead, they offer "the citizens of Summit County direct and easy access to their law enforcement community and incentive in the form of anonymity and reward."
 

Gun Groups Fearmonger: Obama Is Discriminating Against Firearm Owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Obama transition team is requiring that all potential hires for high-ranking positions fill out a seven-page questionnaire with questions about the applicant’s financial history, affiliations, professional background, legal history, and domestic help. Question #59 deals with gun ownership.

Ed.: The Obama spokeswoman likens owning a gun to being a petty criminal.
 

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