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Former congressman urges ATF oversight hearings
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "While this hardly touches on many of the issues we’ve discussed in this column, from arbitrary classifications to baffling rulings to motivated persecutions to perjury to unreliable records used to prosecute citizens, and much more, it’s at least a start."

"To those of us who feel like we’ve been lonely voices in the wilderness—for a long time—it’s nice to be joined by another, especially one so prominent." ...
 

In the battle against crime, whose wisdom prevails – SPD or SAF?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This column neither advocates nor supports vigilantism, but we must be candid. Public sentiment might just lean toward a little 'curbside justice' for smash-and-grab thieves in mall parking lots or on downtown streets and in parking garages. It is tempting, after all, to imagine 'pulling a Denny Crane' (William Shatner's character in Boston Legal) on some miscreant. Successful armed self-defense doesn’t only happen in the movies or on television and my book with SAF founder Alan Gottlieb – America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age proved it." ...
 

Pepsi on Verge of Giving $250K to HSUS?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The country's largest anti-hunting group, the Humane Society of the United States, appears to be on the verge of getting a $250,000 grant from Pepsi Cola. The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) and others are working to inform Pepsi about HSUS' true, animal rights agenda."

"Pepsi will award $250,000 to the top two vote getters in an online grant program it developed to provide funding to a variety of projects. Currently, HSUS is leading." ...
 

Federal employees can make tax deductible gun rights gifts 'till Jan. 17
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "At least two of the charitable organizations on the CFC list this year fund gun rights initiatives. The National Rifle Association’s Civil Rights Defense Fund (CFC #10006) and Gun Owners of America’s Gun Owner’s Foundation (CFC # 10042) exist to fund litigation to enforce and expand gun rights throughout the United States." ...
 

I need a new wingman…uh…Wingmaster.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In my continuing effort to come up with a workable home defense strategy, some time back I bought a shotgun. Actually, let me be more specific. Sometime ago, I bought a shotgun to keep a borderline-homicidal, certifiably-crazy, martial-arts expert former roommate of mine from killing me. Curious? Well it was a curious story, and bears directly on my sad personal history with shotguns. To wit…" ...
 

Obscure Object of Desire: Grizzly Custom Guns Marlin 1895G
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite its reliability, superior rate of fire (for pre-automatic weaponry) and ammo capacity, the lever action rifle never found much success in the U.S. military. Other than the usual “fix in in” political BS, there’s one simple reason levers were unsuitable for our fighting forces; they’re a bitch to fire from the prone position. With the advent of trench warfare—invented by soliders during the U.S. Civil War—levers never stood a chance (so to speak). That said, if you are standing up, looking at a Grizzly bear running towards you, you could do a lot worse than aim a Marlin 1985G lever action rifle at your ursine adversary . . ." ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 3
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Went to the range today. If you’d like to read my in-depth review of the gun I’m carrying for the 30-day project, click on over. I’ll wait."

"Back? Good. Okay, so I was having a discussion with Fearless Leader the other day, and RF casually mentioned that he and his significant other keep a gat strapped to their person pretty much every waking moment. (There’s a story there, I’m sure, but he’s not sharing – yet – and I’m not prying.) Since I don’t live in downtown Beirut, I’m disinclined to keep a gun on my while I’m at home . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Life is all about balance. It’s a Zen thing. Yin. Yang. Black. White. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Name your poison. Like in anything else in life, all guns are a study in the art of compromise. Large calibers = big holes, but come with (more) expensive rounds and fewer that will fit in your average sized magazine. Then you’ve got size. And contrary to what Cosmo magazine would have you believe, bigger is not always better. It depends on what you wanna do. Capice? Thus we have the study in compromises du jour, The Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II." ...
 

Michigan Concealed Handgun Licensees Have Suicide Rate Higher Than General Michigan Population--VPC Concealed Carry Killers November Update
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Michigan concealed handgun license holders commit suicide at a rate higher than the general Michigan population according to the November update to the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers, an on-line resource that tallies reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders that have not been determined to be legitimate self defense. According to the November update, with the new addition of 57 Michigan suicides and six Michigan homicides, nationwide concealed handgun permit holders have killed at least 276 individuals--including 83 suicides--since May 2007." ...
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KABA Note: I don't suppose our dear friends at the VPC corrected for demographics? Because in Minnesota at least, the majority of permit holders are middle-aged white males, and in Michigan that demographic had a suicide rate of 28.8 per 100,000 in 2007.
 

Another New Stephen Hunter Novel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Judging by the reader comments from the last of his books I reviewed, 'I, Sniper,' Stephen Hunter has lots of fans here. They’ll be happy to know that another in his Bob the Nailer series is coming out." ...
 

CA: Tahoe man kills 500 lb. bear in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wildlife officials confirmed this week that a Lake Tahoe man was legally acting in self defense when he used a shotgun to kill a 500-pound bear after the bruin allegedly attacked him 10 days ago inside his Lake Forest restaurant." ...
 

Taking Your Own Personal Safety Seriously
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "On Armed American Radio we talk about preparation, avoidance and awareness to some extent almost every week and how important those three elements are to your personal safety. The sad fact is that criminals and predators enjoy the holiday season as much as the rest of us. They love the fact that we are distracted by our surroundings and many are lying in wait for us to make that one mistake that they can capitalize on." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Hostages Talk Student Gunman Out Of Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A hostage standoff at the Marinette High School in Wisconsin ended Monday night with the 15-year-old student gunman shooting himself, as police stormed the classroom. The gunman is currently in 'grave' condition, according to the Associated Press."

"He made no demands after taking a teacher and 25 other students hostage with two pistols, eventually releasing them before turning his guns on himself. ..." ...
 

PA: Extending Home Defense Rights to Public Places? (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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PA: Rendell calls bid to curb guns in Pennsylvania 'a lost cause'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"For eight years, Gov. Rendell has lobbied hard in the halls of the Capitol for what he calls 'commonsense' handgun laws."

"He wanted to limit sales to individuals to one handgun a month. He wanted owners to report lost or stolen weapons. He wanted to close a loophole in state law that he believes lets criminals use gun permits obtained in other states."

"At each turn, the legislature ... knocked down the proposals like so many slow-moving clay birds on a skeet-shooting range."

"On Monday, Rendell defended his weekend veto of a bill expanding gun owners' self-defense rights - but declared his efforts to reduce gun violence through legislation 'an abject failure.'" ...
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KABA Note: What the good Gov. fails to mention is that all attempt to "reduce gun violence" using his "commonsense" gun laws has been proven to be "an abject failure". Criminals don't obey laws.
 

PA: Rendell vetoes bill to expand 'castle doctrine'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Gov. Ed Rendell on Saturday vetoed three bills, including a measure to expand a person's right to use lethal force against a perceived threat outside of the home." ...
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Submitter's Comment: To give the devil his due, Rendell is correct on this: "The self-defense elements were couched in an otherwise noncontroversial bill to close loopholes in the state Megan's Law related to registration of sex offenders. ... He added that the self-defense element may have rendered the bill unconstitutional because it linked matters only loosely related to one another."

The two concepts must be put in separate bills. Otherwise they may negate each other.
 

KS: Guns coming to a Kansas college campus near you?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kansas college students, one man is fighting for your right to bear arms on campus. Republican state Rep. Forrest Knox told the Star that he's going to push a bill that would allow students to carry concealed firearms in buildings without security measures like metal detectors or guards." ...
 

Texas Teen Leading Fight for Gun Rights (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Texas teenager is leading the fight to allow 18 to 20-year-olds in our state to legally carry guns."

"James D'cruz of Lubbock filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the law barring those under 21 from carrying concealed weapons in public." ...
 

Living with 'prohibited person' no grounds for forcible citizen disarmament
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Volokh Conspiracy reports that the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania has ruled that cohabiting with a 'prohibited person'--someone banned by law from possessing firearms--cannot be legitimately used as an excuse to be deprived of the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. ..." ...
 

NJ: Family: New Jersey man serving 7 years for guns he owned legally
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... "No one blames Sue Aitken for Brian's arrest, except herself maybe, but his father and attorney claim that the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the former Superior Court judge who tried the case ignored evidence that proved Brian had the guns legally. The family has asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for clemency and has garnered a great deal of support on a 'Free Brian Aitken' Facebook page and among gun-rights advocates."

"Aitken and his supporters believe that he had a legal exemption to have the handguns in his car because he was moving from his parents' home to a residence in Hoboken." ...
 

NJ: Legal Gun Owner Jailed for 7 Years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brian Aitken was a finance student at NYU, an economic scholar at the Foundation of Economic Education, a father, an entrepreneur, mountain climber, and so many other things. One of the things that he was not, however, was a criminal. No one, not the judge, jury, or prosecutor disputes the fact that there were no victims in Brian Aitken’s case. Regardless, he’s currently serving 7 years in state prison for a crime that thousands of people maintain he didn’t commit." ...
 

Major BATFE 'house cleaning' most pressing gun rights need
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Frankly, a 'house cleaning' is not my first choice of what to do with the BATFE. We're talking about a house so filthy that it should be condemned and bulldozed, as an agency whose very existence has no Constitutional justification. That, unfortunately, is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future--so a 'house cleaning' (an epic, Augean stables-like effort) is going to have to do." ...
 

CT: Man accuses Conn. officer of swiping sex videos from his phone, forwarding them after arrest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man who was arrested by police has accused an officer of confiscating his cell phone and forwarding sexually explicit personal photos to himself and at least one other person."

"A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges Officer Michael Presti forwarded e-mails containing racy photographs and videos of William Vasilakos and his girlfriend." ...
 

ID: AP Enterprise: Guards shown watching inmate attack
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, managing to bang on a prison guard station window, pleading for help. Behind the glass, correctional officers look on, but no one intervenes when Elabed was knocked unconscious."

"No one steps into the cellblock when the attacker sits down to rest, and no one stops him when he resumes the beating."

"Videos of the attack obtained by The Associated Press show officers watching the beating for several minutes ..." ...
 

CA: San Francisco CopWatch Member Assaulted for Videotaping Cop (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A San Francisco CopWatch member was assaulted by an undercover cop he was videotaping on a public street this month."

"The incident was not only caught on his own video camera, but on another video camera carried by a fellow CopWatch member." ...
 

VA: DC Photo Activist Once Again Detained for Photography (videos available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again, teenage photo activist Jerome Vorus found himself educating - and embarrassing - police about basic Constitutional rights."

"The 19-year-old Washington DC-based student who has proven countless times that he is no match for some dimwitted law enforcement officers was detained last week for taking photos of a transit facility from a public sidewalk in Alexandria." ...
 

LA: Former Colfax officer gets 5-year sentence for manslaughter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Colfax police officer was sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty this month to manslaughter in the death of a Colfax man in 2009."

"Thirty-fifth Judicial District Judge Warren D. Willett sentenced Stephen Merchant to five years at hard labor for shooting and killing 54-year-old Harold Phillips." ...
 

FL: Officer arrested for luring kids for sex
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A retired Florida police officer was arrested on charges of using the Internet to lure children into sex, the state Attorney General's Office said."

"Thomas Winters, 64, a retired police officer from Cooper City, was taken into custody at his DeBary home Monday after talking online for about a month with undercover officers posing as children, WFTV, Orlando, reported Tuesday." ...
 

LA: Former narcotics officer arrested for possession of cocaine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former McComb narcotics officer was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in Louisiana." ...
 

NJ: Newark Mayor, Police Union Head At Odds Over Layoffs
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"There is concern and worry in New Jersey’s largest city."

"Newark residents were wondering Tuesday if their streets were safe after 14 percent of the city's police officers were laid off ..." ...

"'The criminals are sitting back, saying, 'Oh boy. I like this. I like this!' resident Emma Montgomery said." ...
 

OH: December 4 is Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry Day in Ohio
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the opening day of Ohio's deer-gun season on November 29, hunters are reminded that donating a deer is free at meat processors participating in the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) venison donation program."

"Although venison donations are accepted any day during the deer hunting season, September 25 – February 6, 2011; Saturday, December 4 has been designated as FHFH Day."

"Participating meat processors can be found by visiting the FHFH Web site at www.fhfh.org. Last year, hunters showed they cared by donating nearly 116,750 pounds of venison which equates to 467,000 meals for Ohioans in need." ...
 

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Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? — Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836

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