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Mike Vanderboegh: Absolved - - The Squad -- BAR
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Bill Curtis' squad had started out as just two friends getting ready for uncertain times. That was back in the Nineties, after Waco. It was just Bill and his friend Denny Powell. One buddy team. Friends in high school, both of them were now veterans. They'd come home after Desert Storm ... to take up wives and civilian careers ..."

"Now they each had teenage sons, two of whom also shouldered weapons in the squad. That was the way it was with militia, a confluence of like-minded friends, bolstered by family. There were folks who allowed themselves to be paralyzed by fear of linking up with others, worried (and not necessarily irrationally) about federal snitches, provocateurs, or just garden-variety nut-burgers." ...
 

A thousand fathers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We spoke Friday of the folly of gun 'buybacks.' Yesterday, we talked about the folks behind the one in Akron, Summit County Crimestoppers, and how they also employ an anonymous paid snitch program. We've seen how the one stops no crime and the other can actually encourage it--including by the police."

"Let's see, they don't like guns, their solutions don't work, but they can get ink in the local paper. So naturally, they have the ear of our community leaders. Narcissistic politicians make sure their names are attached to any publicity. Police are quick to exploit the partnership to bolster their status ... Churches open their doors and give them sanctuary."

"And We the People fork over money, whether we want to or not. ..." ...
 

A brief explanation - What is National Ammo Day?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"November 19 is National Ammo Day."

"It is a nationwide BUYcott of ammunition. You buy ammunition. 100 Rounds a person."

"The goals of Ammo Day:"

"The goal of National Ammo Day is to empty the ammunition from the shelves of your local gun store, sporting goods, or hardware store and put that ammunition in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Make your support of the Second Amendment known--by voting with your dollars!"

"There are an estimated 75 MILLION gun owners in the United States of America. If each gun owner or Second Amendment supporter buys 100 rounds of ammunition, that’s 7.5 BILLION rounds in the hands of law-abiding citizens!" ...
 

NRA chief says gun owners must be vigilant/There are pressures to give up rights, according to Wayne LaPierre
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Historic victories for gun rights occurred in 2008, but the fight for firearm freedoms must continue to preserve the Second Amendment, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told a crowd on Monday at Ashland University."

"Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a handgun ban in Washington D.C., that affirmed the right to keep and bear arms, there is a battle for firearms ownership in America, LaPierre said. He urged NRA members and firearms owners to stay vigilant while pressures mount domestically and internationally for them to disarm." ...
 

Doherty on Heller
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brian Doherty's 'How the Second Amendment Was Restored: The inside story of how a gang of libertarian lawyers made constitutional history' in the December 2008 issue of Reason is worth reading. It does paint the Heller decision as a victory, but does allude to aspects of this case that some libertarians are less than sanguine about--see some excerpts below:" ...
 

Anti-hunting group which endorsed Obama now calling for ammunition ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The extremist animal 'rights' group, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is back to its old tricks. Earlier this week, the vehemently anti-hunting and anti-gun group once again called for a nationwide ban on lead ammunition, saying that studies by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the North Dakota Department of Health prove that game shot with lead ammunition poses a health threat to those who consume it."

"In a HSUS press release, Andrew Page, senior director of the Wildlife Abuse Campaign for HSUS said, '... Now that hunters know their actions are directly putting themselves and other people at risk, there are no more excuses to use the ammo that just keeps on killing.'" ...
 

Budget Priced Self Defense Pistol
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... "The Sig Sauer P225 it was the most widely issued sidearm to European Police Forces before the adoption of the Sig P226, with over half a million P225's having been made for the EPF. It is rugged, reliable and accurate with the only negative being the limited magazine capacity of eight + one in the chamber. However; I personally don’t see this as a disadvantage, considering the fact most gun fights expend less then three rounds and take place at under seven feet, the ability to get the weapon from concealment and on target becomes the most important consideration to surviving a gun fight."

"A great book that I recommend is Tactical Pistol Shooting ..."
 

We Win, They Lose. Now, Let's Get To Work
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The elections two weeks ago reflected significant advances for the cause of gun violence prevention. Meanwhile, with stories of fear-driven gun sales emerging since the election, the shallowness of the gun lobby's divisive approach to America's problems has never been more apparent." ...

"Even before the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Second Amendment ... we predicted that most law-abiding citizens would realize that the Court wouldn't let their guns be 'taken away,' regardless of who was victorious on Election Day. At the same time, we thought that voters now would be more likely cast their ballots for candidates willing to do something to reduce the 100,000 deaths and injuries from guns which occur every year ..." ...
 

DCTV Kickstarts National Anti-gun-violence Campaign With New Organizer
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Continuing its commitment to outreach and education, Downtown Community Television Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephanie Skaff, artistic activist and organizer, to begin community outreach and planning of a national anti-gun violence media campaign made possible with generous support from the Ford Foundation. Following the success of its past media tours, DCTV’s renowned Cybercar, a 40-foot-long bus converted into a mobile TV studio, is preparing for a Fall 2009 20-city tour to promote community-driven initiatives to end gun violence." ...
 

GA: GCO Files Airport Brief on Appeal
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org has filed its brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in support of its appeal in the Atlanta Airport gun case.

GCO sued Atlanta in federal district court because of Atlanta’s threats to arrest people lawfully carrying firearms in the Atlanta Airport. The recently passed HB 89 decriminalized carrying firearms "on public transportation" for license holders, but the City of Atlanta, Hartsfield Airport, and Federal District Judge Marvin Shoob have stated that "...the ordinary signification of 'public transportation' does not include airports..."

A copy of the brief may be viewed here.
 

TX: Sheriff: Attempted carjacker gets shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The clerk warned Alejandro Salinas about the suspicious men who had been hanging out in front of the convenience store for the past hour."

"He told Salinas to be careful as he went back out to his ... pickup truck ..."

"Salinas walked out to his truck and hopped in."

"But before he could close the door, 18-year-old Hector Severo Ramos was holding a .25-caliber pistol at Salinas' neck ..."

"'He says 'Get out of the truck. I'm going to take it and I'm going to kill you,' Trevińo said of Ramos."

"Salinas told the gunman to calm down; they could work things out."

"Then he pushed Ramos' pistol away, pulled out his own pistol and fired two 9 mm bullets into Ramos' chest." ...
 

CA: Man in critical condition after weekend domestic violence attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 60-year-old Stockton man remains in critical condition in an area hospital after he was shot several times early Sunday by a neighbor trying to intervene in a domestic violence attack."

"Alcide Doucet ... allegedly went to the Kelley Drive home of a 43-year-old woman and kicked in the door ... Doucet allegedly hit the woman in the head with his fists and a handgun."

"A 42-year-old neighbor heard screaming and other noise coming from the woman's house and went to help ..."

"Once inside the woman's home ... Doucet allegedly turned the gun on the neighbor and fired once, hitting the man."

"The neighbor returned fire with his own gun, hitting Doucet several times in the upper body." ...
 

OK: Homeowner Halts Burglary With Shotgun Blast
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A man sent suspects running after firing a shot from his 12-gauge shotgun to end an attempted burglary overnight.

It happened at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday night near 45th and South Evanston. The victim told police his estranged wife and ex-girlfriend came to his home with two unknown men.

The victim says his wife broke through the front window and the two men kicked in the front door. The man retreated to his bedroom and got out his shotgun and fired one shot through the front room wall.

All of the suspects ran away from the scene. There were no injuries reported and no arrests have been made.
 

Chilling Reports by Students: Classmates With Guns Talk of Shooting Obama -- And Racism in Wasilla, Alaska
Submitted by: Trapper

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"Here at E&P, starting over a week ago, we have been chronicling local anti-Obama incidents, many far from the national spotlight, usually involving racist attacks of a verbal, physical or even criminal nature. We are following this largely from the Web pages of smaller daily or weekly newspapers." ...

"'There were other remarks, mostly by students who hunt. They were discussing how far a shotgun could shoot, and decided that they could get to a high enough vantage-point to shoot Obama from at least 2 miles away, without anyone ever knowing where the shot came from. 'Another Kennedy' they were saying.'" ...
 

IL: North Shore Suburb Wants Its Guns Back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Winnetka officials could decide to amend the city's ban on handguns at a town meeting tonight."

"In September, three Winnetka residents and the National Rifle Association sued the village, stating that the ban violated their rights protected by the Second Amendment."

"The plaintiffs claimed they were 'subjected to irreparable harm in that they were unable to obtain handguns and ammunition to protect themselves in their homes ... subjecting them to endangerment from criminal intruders.'"

"If the village amended its weapons ordinance, handguns in homes would be permitted, but firing guns and gun sales would still be prohibited." ...
 

Oh yeah--this is the guy who will rein in the BATFE
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pending passage through the vetting process, our next Attorney General will be Eric Holder. What effect can the Attorney General have on gun rights? Quite a large one."

"One of the responsibilities of the Attorney General, of course, is leadership of the Department of Justice, of which the BATFE is now a part. It's also the Attorney General who is empowered to determine whether or not a firearm is suitable for 'sporting purposes' (don't even get me started on the perversity of having that as a criterion for which arms are suitable to be kept and borne); and who would, under the abomination of S. 1237/H.R. 2074 have the power to unilaterally deny a person's ability to buy a firearm, on the basis of a suspicion that he's a terrorist." ...
 

When police shoot dogs, people are at risk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Twice in recent days, police officers have gunned down family pets in incidents where the animals posed little or no clear threat to humans. The killings raise serious questions about law enforcement attitudes toward the use of force, law enforcement attitudes toward the general population and the potential for violent confrontations between police and the people they are supposed to protect." ...

"It would be bad enough if canine killings were just isolated excesses. But they're not nearly rare enough." ...
 

VA: Police are fighting teen gun culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police are set to prioritize the escalating juvenile gun culture on the Peninsula with programs such as a new gun buyback after the shooting deaths of four teenagers in Hampton and Newport News in as many months."

"Newport News police will hold a second gun buyback next month, while Hampton Police Chief Chuck Jordan said he will 'push harder' on educational initiatives to highlight the dangers of firearms."

"The shooting death of 14-year-old Xavier Denzell Barringer-Blakeney ... brought to six the number of teens shot on the Peninsula and in Surry since August and highlighted the apparent prevalence of guns among young people. A 16-year-old and a 15-year-old from Newport News have been charged in the killing.
 

OR: Gun permit holders: Want your name withheld?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Holders of concealed-carry gun permits in Linn County will soon get a letter asking them if they want their names withheld in case someone makes a public-records request."

"Sheriff Tim Mueller made that announcement today ..."

"As of today, 4,365 Linn County residents had such permits. The letter will ask them to fill out and return a form if they obtained the permits for reasons of personal safety, and if they return it, their names will not be subject to disclosure." ...

"Volunteers will handle the mailing, Mueller said, to keep the cost at about $2,000. ..."

"The issue — should information on carry permits be public under Oregon’s public-records law? — came up in a court case in Jackson County." ...
 

MN: Former cop pleads guilty to faking arrest of woman
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A former police officer must pay a $200 fine and be on probation for a year after pleading guilty to faking the arrest of an 18-year-old woman.

Steven Patrick Boyle, who had worked part time for the police department serving Amboy and Vernon Center, resigned in August after the July incident.

Authorities say Boyle, of Austin, told the 18-year-old woman she would be released if she flashed her breasts. He was in uniform and driving a squad car at the time.

Assistant Blue Earth County attorney Chris Rovney says Boyle was sentenced for just a misdemeanor crime. But Rovney says it will be difficult for the 23-year-old to be hired as a police officer again.
 

PA: Lebanon Soccer Mom To Sue For Legal Fees
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The Lebanon woman who had her handgun permit revoked after bringing a holstered gun to her daughter's soccer game said that she plans to sue Lebanon County.

Meleanie Hain is suing for the money she spent defending herself in court.

A judge reinstated her gun permit last month after it was revoked by the Lebanon County sheriff.

Hain said that she wants to make sure no one else's rights are violated.

"It's not just about gun rights," said Hain. "It's about any right that we have -- guaranteed in the constitution."

Hain has not decided on a dollar amount for the lawsuit.

She said that her legal fees were more than $3,000.
 

Locked and loaded
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Faster than a speeding bullet, assault rifles and ammunition are flying off of the racks in Louisiana’s gun shops. It's a nationwide trend that is shooting across the country since President-elect Barack Obama's recent victory, as gun enthusiasts are concerned that an Obama administration will ban certain weapons and ammunition."

"Many residents 'zero in' on their weapons of choice at Star Pawn and Gun on Fort Polk's Entrance Road."

"'Since the election, it's just been crazy,' said shop owner, Tonya McKee. ... She added that the majority of those purchasing weapons are talking about what they believe will be a possible ban on weapons and ammunition ... McKee is also concerned about increased taxation on the items." ...
 

Have Gun Owners Bought Freedom?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We're all seeing article after article about the continuing sales boom at gun shops across the country as people stock up due to fears that the pending Obama administration will enact far-reaching gun control measures."

"Now, the anti-gunners are all upset because there are now 'more guns on the street' and they think that since guns cause crime that the crime rate will skyrocket. ..."

"The more likely ramification of the substantial and well documented increase in sales is that gun owners have sent a very strong message to Washington that despite a faltering economy, millions of Americans are willing to open their wallets to ensure they have the ability to defend themselves and their homes." ...
 

OH: Gun Sales Up In Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohioans are buying more guns than they were this time a year ago."

"The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports a 12 percent increase in gun sales in the state last month over October 2007."

"That is in comparison with a national increase of 15 percent."

"The National Rifle Association claims many fear President-elect Barack Obama may take aim at the Second Amendment."

"ONN's Brian McIntyre asked a northern Ohio gun retailer his thoughts."

"'It's like a gun-buyin' spree,' said Fin, Feather and Fur Outfitters manager Tom Krebs."

"The sporting goods store in Ashland says business is up, with firearms flying off the shelves." ...
 

OK: Looser laws don't equal more guns -- Gun laws rated weakest, but state not a leader in ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Parked on Main Street in the middle of a weekday morning, a Rogers County farmer reaches behind the seat of his F-150 pickup and pulls out a pair of loaded guns."

"One is a 9 mm automatic[sic] pistol with a shiny silver finish and a leather holster."

"The other is a .22-caliber rifle, painted bright pink with a flower decal on the barrel."

"John Humboldt keeps one for self-defense, although he's never had any need to use it."

"The other, he gave to his daughter for Christmas last year, right before she turned 9."

"'I thought she was getting pretty old for it, really,' Humboldt says. 'I learned to shoot right after I learned to walk.'" ...
 

NY: Gun Task Force holds final meeting
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Albany's Gun Violence Task Force is holding its final scheduled meeting Tuesday as the panel concludes a year long process of trying to develop strategies to curb gun crimes in the city." ...

"The 17 recommendations include setting up a crisis response team at Albany Med that would go into action in the event of a shooting to try and stop possible retaliation shootings."

"However some task force members feel the panel should have included a process of how to track guns that are coming into the city."

"Its not clear whether a proposal to extend the year long life of the Gun Violence Task Force will be approved by the Common Council."
 

Finland: a nation armed to the teeth
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Retired Lieutenant.Colonel P.J. Virtanen leads the way deep into the bunker-like gun vault ... Behind an ordinary garage door, the way leads into the garage itself. From there he goes through another locked door, after which he opens a third door. It is about as thick as a family Bible ..."

"In the first vault there is a further locked door, leading to a hallway. There are four closets in the cellar filled with guns and gun parts ..."

"'Weapons need to be stored so that neither robbers or children can get to them', Virtanen says."

"He is a very pedantic man - a legal weapons dealer, as most weapons dealers are. The basic assumption is that about 95 per cent of the world's arms trade is legal." ...
 

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