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Bellevue gun-rights advocate becomes key player in national debate
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"He takes them in stride, the nasty emails that come in three or four times a week."

"They’re not that many, but they display the raw emotion that Alan Gottlieb generates with his gun-rights message. A recent email begins, simply, 'You are an idiot.'"

"It concludes with an emphatic, 'I hope someone shoots you in the face with an AK-15 which you love so much. Poetic Justice, you -----!' (The writer likely meant an AR-15, a type of assault rifle[sic] used in some mass shootings.)"

"Gottlieb, 66, is the bookish, balding guy with the bow tie and nerdy eyeglasses who founded the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue." ...
 

Hearst 'Oswald' hit piece on guns spreads falsehoods about federal law
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Were Freedman to make good on his assertions and demonstrate the equivalency he would have readers believe exists, he would next demonstrate how he can 'buy' a gun online and have it shipped to him through the mail. But he knows he can't because that would be against the law." ...
 

Intelligence Squared debate over current usefulness of Second Amendment rights (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Intelligence Squared held a debate Thursday night on whether the 'Constitutional right to bear arms has outlived its usefulness' or if it is as equally pertinent today as it was at its conception."

"Those for the motion include Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Alan M. Dershowitz, and Professor of Law and of Government at the University of Texas Law School, Sanford Levinson."

"Those against the motion include Research Director of the Independence Institute, David Kopel, and Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, Eugene Volokh." ...
 

Time to repeal the Second Amendment, eh?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A Texas A&M professor’s remarks Friday about repealing and replacing the Second Amendment are getting plenty of attention this weekend, but buried in the story ... is an embarrassing revelation about the effectiveness of gun laws in the opinion of the legal community."

"They don’t work to reduce crime."

"The CT News Junkie reported right after Prof. Mary Margaret Penrose’s appearance at a symposium at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford that she 'asked the audience — a room packed full of lawyers and law school students — how many of them felt the legislative and judicial responses to gun violence have been effective.'"

"'Not a single hand went up,' the report noted." ...
 

If Congress 'finishes the job' as Brady Campaign demands, 2nd Amd. is finished
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "If the Brady Campaign were remotely interested in honesty, of course, they would acknowledge that even taking the draconian step of banning all private gun sales, as they currently demand, would come nowhere near 'finishing the job' of disarming the American people to the Bradys' satisfaction."

"Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke at the rally, and was a bit more honest (perhaps inadvertently). ..."
"'So we're going to pass this law,' [Schumer] added. 'We are going to finish the job and pass background checks and then move on and do other things we have to do to get guns off the streets and stop gun violence.'"
"In other words, immediately after 'finishing the job,' he vows to . . . do some more of the job." ...
 

Gun Hero of the Day: John Stossel (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The fact that New York City has a de facto gun ban is not news to anyone who wants to carry a firearm legally in The City That Never Sleeps. The People of the Gun living outside The City So Nice They Had to Name It Twice also know that civilian disarmament is alive and well in The Big Apple. But Stossel’s report may be something of a surprise to Americans who live in what the liberal elite call 'Flyoverland.' This report reminds the so-called silent majority that their countrymen are not free from the yoke of tyrannical gun grabbers. ..."
 

The Intangibles of Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"There’s always that one person in the room who can’t seem to understand why I shoot. It’s often the same people who through snide, oft condescending remarks wonder how an intelligent, literate person could enjoying shooting. Surely I’m simply misguided, no? But what these people, and indeed many in the shooting community, fail to see is that beneath the veneer of camo, politics and showmanship that pervades the firearms industry lays an artistry in itself. Something that transcends simply a machine triggering a chemical reaction. It is these intangibles that have driven me to shoot . . ." ...
 

Why I Use An FFL For My Private Sales
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"I’m opposed to universal background checks, but I won’t do business with a stranger without a 4473 and stolen firearms check because I’d rather police myself than have someone do it for me. Context is everything. In full disclosure, I work in the firearms business. I’m in my seventh year as a gun dealer and my company ships more than 10,000 firearms per year. Most transactions are dealer-to-dealer transfers and I receive all kinds of correspondence from the ATF regarding changes and focuses on firearms laws . . ." ...
 

The Scare Campaign of Open Carry Activists
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A growing faction of gun rights advocates believes brandishing big guns will help everyone feel safer. But their protests have been inciting more fear than support."

"Some two dozen men and women from the gun rights group Open Carry Texas, armed with rifles and shotguns, sat outside a Dallas-area restaurant earlier this month waiting for four women—members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a small anti-gun organization—to emerge from lunch at the Blue Mesa Grill. The group posed for photos in the strip mall parking lot, brandishing their weapons and the American flag. After two hours, they packed up their protest and headed to Hooters." ...
 

Texas A&M Law Professor Calls For Repealing 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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ntly called for a repeal of the Second Amendment while speaking at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Conn."

"'Unfortunately, drastic times require drastic measures,' Penrose told an audience on Friday. 'I think the Second Amendment is misunderstood and I think it’s time today, in our drastic measures, to repeal and replace that Second Amendment.'" ...
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Submitter's note: *sigh* Another "law professor" who believes that the Bill of Rights gives us our rights. If that were the case then the Second Amendment would read: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the people are granted the right to keep and bear Arms.
 

Harvey Weinstein: Obama's Not Embarrassing; The Country Is Embarrassing'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Hollywood producer and Obama donor Harvey Weinstein said the United States is 'embarrassing' because of its adherence to the Second Amendment and lack of universal healthcare."

"Appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight Friday, Weinstein said 'this is the only the country in the world where we don't have health care. Countries embarrass us around the world.'"

"'And this is the only country in the world where we don't have a gun law. I watched you, you know, talking about that,' he said. 'You know, quite frankly it's embarrassing. Obama's not embarrassing. The country is embarrassing.'" ...
 

No country for thinking men or women?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"As with many of his Fourth Estate colleagues these days, magazine editor Jim Bequette wanted to 'generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights.'"

"So in the latest edition he published a commentary by a regular contributor, who wrote in support of limited regulations on firearms. It was no small attempt at reason given that he works for Guns & Ammo magazine — or used to." ...

"Overall, he put forward what should have been grist for the America's ever-grinding debate mill. Unfortunately, in exchange for their food for thought, they got the shaft."

"They were vilified by enraged readers who said the mere suggestion that any regulation is tolerable brought into question Guns & Ammo's commitment to the Second Amendment." ...
 

Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, and Gun Control: Four Blunt Points
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Another racially charged shooting, this time in Detroit, has restarted the debate about American gun culture."

"You’ll remember all too well the antecedent in Florida involving Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African American in a hoodie who was killed on his way home from the store by George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman with a pistol on his hip. The Detroit case concerns Renisha McBride, an unarmed 19-year-old black woman shot and killed by a white homeowner in the middle of the night under circumstances that are still murky." ...
 

TTAG Exclusive: World’s First Google Glass 3-Gun Video (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"This is video taken from Google Glass during a 3 gun match at Best of the West on Saturday. For those who don’t know, Google Glass has two different ways to record video: using voice commands and using the touch area on the side of the glasses. The voice commands are fast and work well indoors where there is little background noise but at the match in gusting wind, I used the touch pad. ..."
 

Jesse James’ Colt .45 Expected to Fetch $1.6 Million at Auction
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"One of the most well documented guns to be tied to the notorious outlaw, Jesse James, is going to be auctioned off with a starting price of $400,000."

"Experts are pegging the gun’s final sale value near $1.6 million, or more."

"The gun has an excellent provenance that accounts for ownership of the gun all the way from James’ death in 1882, when he was assassinated by a member of his gang, Robert Ford." ...
 

Intro to Force-On-Force Training, Part 2: The Practice
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"In part 0ne, I discussed the various technologies and players in the force-on-force marking round business. For part two, I’m going to delve into the training side of the equation. Although there are at least three companies that produce force-on-force marking ammunition, only SNC/GD’s system can be referred to as Simunitions as they own the trademark to that term. In some ways, it’s similar to the way people still refer to photocopies as 'Xerox' copies ... To avoid confusion ... I’m going to use the term, 'marking round' when referring to it. Folks who get bent out of shape when people refer to magazines as 'clips' will understand the importance of being precise . . ." ...
 

GA: Circle K Clerk Fired For Shooting at Armed Robber Who Was Holding a Gun to His Head (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Johnny Jarriel, of Douglasville, GA, isn’t having the best November."

"Jarriel has faced an armed robber who put a gun to his head and he lost his job, all in about 48 hours. The two incidents are actually connected."

"Jarriel, who was working as an assistant manager at a Circle K convenience store, was working on some paperwork ... That’s when an armed robber burst into the room, peppered sprayed Jarriel, put a gun to his head, and told Jarriel that he would kill him unless he opened the store’s safe."

"That’s when Jarriel acted. When he saw a brief opportunity when the suspect’s back was turned, he drew his own gun from his pocket and opened fire on the suspect."

"Once the shooting started, the suspect fled the area ..." ...
 

WA: Microsoft’s Gates and Ballmer Bankroll Crooked Signature Gatherers For WA ‘Expanded Background Check’ Initiative
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"There are two competing gun-related citizens’ initiatives working their way through the Washington State election system. The first is the pro-gun I-591, which would vaguely ban government entities from confiscating firearms without 'due process of law.' It would also ban state-required background checks unless required by federal law. But it’s not alone… ..."

"The second measure is I-594, which would require NICS background checks for all firearms transfers except those between immediate family members. ..."

"The complex and obfuscatory text of I-594 fills a 19-page roll of legislative toilet paper ..."

"The list of contributors to the anti-gun I-594 is a veritable Who’s Who of the Seattle tech elite. ..." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania Town Ousts Previously Unopposed Mayor After He Joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Michael Bloomberg’s 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' is starting to have a negative political connotation to it."

"Earlier this month we reported on the Morrisville, NC mayor, who was backed by MAIG suffering a loss following her campaign to get sporting goods stores in the area to stop selling semi-auto rifles."

"It appears that at least one other mayor may have lost their reelection bid due to their allegiance to the anti-gun group."

"Real Clear Politics is reporting that Chambersburg, PA Mayor Pete Lagiovane, who last election won in an unopposed landslide, was defeated by a Republican challenger last election day."

"What changed between those elections? Lagiovane joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, that’s what changed. ..." ...
 

BATFE joins 3-D printed gun fearmongering
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Over the past year or so that 3-D 'printing' of guns has become a hot topic, one entity that would seemingly have a major interest in the subject has for the most part been surprisingly quiet. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has said very little about this transformative--and rapidly evolving--technology. Until now. National Public Radio reports that the BATFE has decided that now is the time to frighten the ill-informed public:" ...
 

Police turn routine traffic stops into cavity searches
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Complaints about police conducting public full-body cavity and strip searches, sometimes without warrants, have popped up in Texas, Wisconsin and Kansas in recent months, alarming civil rights attorneys and advocates."

"... The police couldn’t find any drugs in the truck, so they ordered Young to drop his pants and underwear in the public parking lot to search him. Then, at 2 a.m., they got a warrant for a body search at the local hospital, where Young was digitally penetrated and X-rayed, according to the complaint."

"He was discharged at 4:30 a.m., after cops failed to find contraband in his truck or hidden in his body. Later, Gila Medical Center sent him a bill for $600." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Carry Weekly Update November 15th 2013 Open Carry Controversy (video and audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "Police over-reaction to open carry has been a hot subject recently ..."

"Neenah police released dash-cam video a week ago of one of their officers repeatedly threatening to shoot an open-carrier in the head."

"Considering the dash-cam video, statements by police AND new revelations from an open records request for the 'call to police' some interesting information has surfaced." ...

"... here is a story from Fox11 that where Neenah Police Captain claims there was 'numerous calls to police' and that the encounter was 'right in front of a school'." ...

"We NOW have, through open records obtained the audio of a SINGLE NON-EMERGENCY PHONE CALL to the NON-EMERGENCY number of the Neenah Police Department." ...
 

NY: Jury: Man beaten by deputy sheriff awarded $95,000
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A federal jury in Central Islip agreed Thursday with a Hempstead man that he had been beaten up by a Suffolk County deputy sheriff and awarded him $95,000 in damages."

"The verdict came less than a day after the jury began deliberating in the civil rights suit brought by Perrim Anderson, 39, who sought $2.7 million in damages for face, neck, back and knee injuries as well as psychological trauma he said was caused by two deputy sheriffs, Vincent Aparicio and Maria McAuley, after his 2008 arrest." ...
 

LA: Former Jennings police chief pleads guilty to malfeasance
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Johnny Lassiter, the former police chief of Jennings, has pleaded guilty to two counts of malfeasance in office, according to Jeff Davis District Attorney Michael Cassidy." ...
 

TN: Officer fired after shooting at squirrel in dollar store
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"An officer is out of a job after he allegedly shot at a squirrel inside a Dollar General store in late October."

"... witnesses say it started in the toilet paper aisle when a squirrel made its way into the Dollar General."

"According to the 911 log, a woman told a dispatcher there was a squirrel inside the store, and she was afraid customers were going to get bitten because they thought it was cute and were trying to catch it." ...

"According to the documents, a Dollar General employee said they walked down the toilet paper aisle, and the squirrel started running toward them."

"According to the police report, he shot at the squirrel but missed. ..." ...
 

TX: Memo: Austin police officer suspended after improper arrest
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... "Hopkins told her not to come toward him and she took a few steps and stopped, the memo says. Hopkins’ dashboard camera shows that she stopped about 20 to 30 feet away from him, and Hopkins told her she was detained and said several times for her to sit on the curb."

"She eventually did, the memo says, and then took out her cell phone to call her husband. Hopkins told her to hang up the phone and when she failed to do so, Hopkins walked over to her and grabbed her around the wrist. When she pulled away from him, he put her on the ground to handcuff her, and arrested her for interference with public duties and resisting arrest." ...
 

OH: More concealed-carry permits issued in Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Ohio has issued a record-breaking number of concealed-weapons licenses this year."

"Just over 82,000 new permits were handed out through the first nine months of this year, which is much more than all of last year, the Ohio attorney general’s office said."

"The highest yearly total of new licenses issued in Ohio had been 64,000 in 2012."

"A spokesman with Ohioans for Concealed Carry told the Columbus Dispatch that there’s an upward trend of people wanting to carry out their Second Amendment rights." ...
 

OR: Being a gun owner important part in protecting society
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"I am amazed at the number of readers who were critical of the great front-page column by Capi Lynn about her experiences at the FBI Citizens Academy range day."

"There is a great disconnect in their thinking; that because there is exhilaration and excitement in shooting a Glock pistol and wanting to own one, that there is more likelihood that violence against other people will occur."

"How absurd." ...
 

NJ: New Jersey Second Amendment Society To Focus on Streamlining NJ FID Process
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"In direct response to the concerns of our membership, NJ2AS will begin an exciting new project to seek improvements to the current process to obtain Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) cards and/or Handgun Purchase Permits(HPP or P2P)."
"The current process is both antiquated and fraught with completely unacceptable delays."
"We have decided our primary focus at this time will be addressing these 'illegal additional forms and the OUTRAGEOUS delays." ...
 

UK: Burglars stab Luton man in 'appalling attack'
Submitted by: Mike the Limey

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"A man was stabbed several times after disturbing three burglars who had broken into his home in Luton."

"Three men forced their way into the property in Wellfield Avenue about 03:25 GMT while the family slept."

"Awoken by the noise the 47-year-old father went downstairs to investigate when he was attacked and stabbed."

"The man, said to be in a serious but stable condition, was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital after the alarm was raised by his wife and daughter."

Det Con Mo Hussain from Bedfordshire Police said: 'This was an appalling attack on a family man within his own home and I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.'" ...
 

Daily Mail: 3D Guns Are Dangerous Because They Work Too Well
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A dailymail.co.uk article shows the ATF sending two messages:"

"1. The 3D printed guns work, so they must be banned!"

"2. 3D printed guns blow up, so do not make them or attempt to use them!"

"I don’t think either message is really effective. Both just generate more interest in 3D printed guns . . ." ...
 

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