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Holder has a point claiming calls for resignation ‘not organic’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "If Holder simply steps down, much of the incentive to pursue him will evaporate. The natural focus of those who place ambition above principle will target others who have the power they covet for themselves. First things first and all…" ...
 

A study in contrast: Occupy protesters v. gun rights activists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The past two days of Occupy movement protests in Olympia provide a stark contrast to a turnout on the state capitol campus in January 2010 by hundreds of gun rights activists, many of whom were armed openly."

"Jointly published reports in the Daily Olympian and Tacoma News Tribune reveal the following:"
"Six troopers and one state employee hurt in scuffles with protesters.
Fifteen arrests, and at least six demonstrators hit with shocks from troopers’ stun guns. ..."
"KIRO radio Wednesday morning reported 11 arrests on Tuesday. In January 2010, there were no arrests, even from among more than two dozen well-behaved Open Carry activists, many of whom were well-dressed and articulate when interviewed by reporters. ..." ...
 

If you had told me even a month ago that I would be mirroring an ad from the DNC while praying for an Obama veto, I'd have said you were crazy.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Defying a veto threat by President Obama, the Senate voted Tuesday to give the U.S. military first crack at holding al Qaeda operatives, even if they are captured in the U.S. and are American citizens, and also reaffirmed the policy of indefinite detention." ...
"Does anybody here seriously think that there is anything in this bill preventing the Obama White House from having the military kidnap troublesome guys like me, secretly, in the dead of night, putting black hoods on our heads, and taking them off to Guantanamo, without hearing or trial? Nothing will prevent it except one thing: the copper-jacketed promise that if the rule of law no longer obtains then the rule of the rifle has obviously begun. Unintended consequences? Perhaps. Stupid? Certainly. Possible? Oh, yes." ...
 

Buckeye Firearms' Chairman Jim Irvine interviewed on KPCC Los Angeles re: NYT investigation on restoration of firearm rights (streaming audio and podcast available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On November 17, 2011, following the publication of a New York Times' investigation of firearms rights restoration which included a quote from Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson, BFA Chair Jim Irvine was invited to discuss the article with Times reporter Michael Luo and Adam Winkler, constitutional law professor at UCLA, live on KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles." ...
 

Military Channel Debuts 'Triggers,' New Series on History of Modern Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Want to know all the details surrounding the evolution of firearms and the role history, science and technology have played in changing the face of combat?"

"Then you have come to the right place."

"Former Army Ranger and Air Force Pararescueman Wil Willis has joined forces with the Military Channel to host its latest jaw-dropping series 'Triggers: Weapons That Changed the World.'" ...
 

Patriot Gun Safes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sometimes an emergency calls for a firearm, including for retailers who handle frequent monetary transactions and carry lucrative merchandise. 'Protecting your firearms from unauthorized use is serious business, and here at Patriot Safe, we understand this,' says Michael J. Proctor, national sales manager. 'While we completely agree with your right to own guns, we also want you to be as cautious as you can with them.' Whether you are a retailer looking to resell a quality line of safes, or to keep your personal in-store firearm protected, Patriot Safes’ 30 years experience makes the company a leader in both discount and premium gun safes. ..." ...
 

Top 5 Weapons of Pentagon's Deadliest Sniper -- He's killed 255, so he's the expert on killer rifles.
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"When retired Navy SEAL Chief Chris Kyle talks, the sniper world listens. With 255 confirmed kills under his belt, the Iraq war veteran is considered the most lethal sniper ever."

"So what's he carry in his arsenal? In his upcoming autobiography, American Sniper, Kyle identifies his favorite rifles." ...
 

TTAG Tactical Lever Rifle Project: Crimson Trace Solid Model
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Robert,"

"Here’s a screen shot of the computer solid model of the adapter part as well as a rendering of the final assembly for the Cowboy Assault Rifle Project Gun. I came in today and ran a 3D prototype on our SLA machine to verify fit on the barrel and mag tube. ..." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: What Does A Forward Assist Do, And Is It Useful?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"James asks:"
"Forward assist – Some rifles have it, some don’t. I understand the purpose and functionality of it. From what I see, all but one or two of DPMS' offerings don't have one, while, for example, RRA's do. How crucial is the forward assist on a .308? Or, is it crucial to the AR platform regardless of caliber?"
"A forward assist on a modern civilian AR-15 is like a spoiler on a road car — you'll probably never use it, and the only reason it's there is because the 'big boys' use it on their guns. Let me explain…" ...
 

Gun Folly in D.C.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republicans around the country, especially those in leadership positions in the House of Representatives, regularly deliver homilies about shrinking the federal government and giving more power back to individual states."

"Those heartfelt positions, however, come with an asterisk. Republican leaders in the House may like the idea of state’s rights—but they’re not so keen about local control when states like New York decide that it’s a bad idea for people to carry concealed weapons ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually that asterisk is more about civil right than gun rights. Specifically the explicitly enumerated natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
 

From Gabrielle Giffords Getting Shot, To AKs With Santa Claus!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Posing with Santa while holding an AK-47 and expressing your second amendment rights is OK I guess, but at the same time, it’s a bit insensitive considering 11 months ago Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head with a semiautomatic weapon."

"And that’s the same sentiment expressed by Democratic state Rep. Steve Farley, who said:"
"'To involve machine guns and Santa in a celebration in the birth of Jesus Christ is the worst kind of heresy I can imagine.'"
"Farley is the same Congressman who unsuccessfully proposed a ban on large-capacity gun magazines like the one used in the January 8th mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people, including a six year old." ...
 

18th Anniversary of Brady Law; Created Gun Background Checks
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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... "Through the end of December 2009, the latest year for which data is available, the Brady law had blocked over 1.9 million attempts to purchase a gun by legally prohibited purchasers at gun dealers. Following the law's adoption, murder rates fell nearly 30% – with nearly three-quarters of the drop attributed to a steep decline in gun murders. As President Bill Clinton once said about the Bradys and the Brady Bill, 'How many people are alive today because of Jim and Sarah Brady? ...Countless....'" ...
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KABA Note: GunCite.com does a good job exploding this particular myth. In addition, the 'gun supply' rose almost 50% during that same period and the number of states going to 'shall-issue' permit laws rose sharply both of which are equally likely to have affected the violent crime rate.
 

House’s concealed carry law is not a viable solution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A firearms bill that gained approval in the U.S. House of Representatives last week would make sweeping changes to the way the nation deals with allowance of concealed carry, while dredging up the old debate of states’ rights versus federal laws."

"Unfortunately, this bill will not help clarify the confusing mix of firearms regulations from state to state, and will likely leave a resident with fewer rights than a visitor." ...
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Submitter's Note: Then those residents had better get off their collective toochis and work to change the laws in their home state!
 

NJ: The right to carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I was shocked and disappointed to learn that Rep. Leonard Lance voted in support of the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, NRA-sponsored legislation that significantly erodes the right of citizens to govern themselves."

"Since the beginning of his political career, Leonard has identified himself as a conservative, which historically meant one who favors states’ rights over the power of the federal government. Leonard’s vote on the NRA bill is a shameful about-face ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually my carrying a concealed weapon is the ultimate form of self-governance.
 

AZ: Arizona gun stupidity never ends
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is no longer appropriate to say, 'Just when you think you’ve heard everything,' about the bizarre antics of the gun nuts in Arizona, because there is no end to their idiocy. The latest, and this is its second year, are the pictures from the Scottsdale Gun Club featuring families with an array of weapons from handguns to assault weapons. There are also machine guns included in some of the photos you can't even own legally. Probably a portent of the [NRA]'s next move to legalize new firearms for the average family."

"... Many of the photos will end up as Christmas cards, which, when sent out of Arizona, will give sane minded people across the country just one more reason to lavishly ridicule our state." ...
 

NC: ReRuns, Guns and poses no substitute for governance.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If our state legislature were to start a hunt for a poster boy, the emperor Nero would rightly be among among the finalists."

"The latest feckless fiddling is a statute requiring this and other communities to allow concealed handguns in public parks, effective immediately."

"This isn't a gun issue. Our parks are not high-crime areas. We will have guns in Festival Park and Mazarick Park and most others not because the Second Amendment or some jurist says we must, but because state lawmakers surrounded by serious problems once again ran off to indulge in political posturing." ...
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Submitter's Note: Your parks aren't high crime zones eh? Well perhaps your fair city would like to pass a law stating that anyone robbed or assaulted in the park, under circumstances that a reasonable man would believe they could have defended themselves if they had not been disarmed, is due full recompense for medical bills, lost wages, loss of consortium, pain, suffering and emotional distress. Let's limit the award amount to $10 million, or the cash equivalent of 5800 Troy ounces of gold or the cash equivalent of 110,000 barrels of crude oil (current value of both about $10 million), whichever is highest?
If you aren't willing to put your money where your mouth is then shut your pie-hole.
 

NY: Schneiderman takes on illegal gun show sales
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just finished his press conference on a statewide investigation in which investigators visited gun shows where undercover investigators found dealers selling a variety of hunting and assault-style rifles to people without performing the required federal background checks."

"'I'm very sorry to report that at every gun show they visited, undercover investigators who explicitly stated that they could not pass background checks were able to obtain firearms,' Schneiderman said, pointing to an array of rifles laid out on the table beside him."

"'This is clearly pointing to a flaw in our laws,' he said." ...
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KABA Note: Actually no, it does not point to a flaw in your laws Ricky-boy. New York State's General Business Law § 896 Operation of a Gun Show clearly states that:
"A gun show operator shall:
(a) at all times during such show conspicuously post and maintain signs stating 'A National Instant Criminal Background Check must be completed prior to all firearm sales or transfers, including sales or transfers of rifles or shotguns'. Signs must be posted at all entrances to the gun show, at all places where admission tickets to the gun show are sold and not less than four additional locations within the grounds of the gun show
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and New York State's General Business Law § 897 Sale of a Firearm, Rifle or Shotgun At a Gun Show clearly states that:
"1. A national instant criminal background check shall be conducted and no person shall sell or transfer a firearm, rifle or shotgun at a gun show, except in accordance with the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 922(t).[Brady Check Law]"
So you have the close the gun show loophole law that the Bradys are all in a lather over.
This just goes to show that antis will never be satisfied until private sales are outlawed completely.
 

NY: NY Gun Dealers Busted for Selling without Background Checks
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"Ten gun dealers have been arrested for selling weapons at gun shows in New York without performing the required background checks."

"The Buffalo News reports that undercover officers from the state's Attorney General's office went to several gun shows to make the illegal purchases. ... In a few cases, the dealer took the officer off-site to make the transaction." ...
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KABA Note: Notice how the "sellers" from Schneiderman's original press release have morphed into "dealers".
 

Canada: NRA in Canada
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m curious: Why is the National Rifle Association spending money in Canada to expand gun ownership rights for Canadians?"

"The NRA is the self-proclaimed defender of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. But how does this justify the association’s involvement in the internal politics of Canada?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Perhaps the NRA believes that the Second Amendment merely codified an existing right. Perhaps they share L. Neil Smith's opinion, that "the freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right -- subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility." Even for ungrateful Canucks.
 

CO: Bad Law Enforcement Advice of the Day: Colorado Springs Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You hear it so often it must be printed in police department handbooks. 'Just give the robber what he wants. It’s not worth getting hurt over a few dollars.' Would the same cops who counsel appeasing armed robbers tell a potential rape victim to lie back and make the best of it? They may if you live in Colorado Springs…"

"From gazette.com comes a story of a soldier and his wife who were held up by two masked men last night. One was armed with, at minimum, a machete. Thankfully, the soldier was carrying and fired a round at the ground, sending the muggers scattering into the night." ...
 

Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu on Fast and Furious (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cam Edwards talks to Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu on White House continuing to get away with fast and furious."
 

Senators Reluctant to Join House in Calling for Holder to Resign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Members of the Senate, true to the old trope that their chamber is the saucer that cools the hot passions of the more fiery House of Representatives, are notably declining to call for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation over the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking effort, the conservative political website The Daily Caller writes." ...
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H/t to Mike Vanderboegh who titled his link "Perfumed Princes of the Senate Coddle Holder."
 

'Fast and Furious' Whistleblowers Struggle Six Months After Testifying Against ATF Program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Six months ago, several agents with the [ATF] stood before Congress to testify about the details of a U.S. government program that armed Mexico's largest drug cartel with thousands of assault rifles."

"The administration denied it at the time and questioned the agents' integrity. The men were nervous and scared. They said they feared for their careers, their reputation and their families." ...

"So what happened to Dodson and the other whistleblowers?"

"'The only people who have been damaged from Fast and Furious, short of the obvious victims, are the people who tried to tell truth and blew the whistle,' Dobyns said."

"Dodson was told he was toxic and could no longer work in Phoenix. ..." ...
 

Obama won’t be pushing gun laws in re-election bid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THE ISSUE: Gun laws"

"OUR VIEW: Despite pledge to act after Arizona assassination attempt on congresswoman, look for silence from president" ...

"GOP contenders Rick Perry and Rick Santorum go pheasant hunting and give interviews before heading out. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain speak to the National Rifle Association convention. Michele Bachmann tells People magazine she wants to teach her daughters how to shoot because women need to be able to protect themselves. Mitt Romney, after backing some gun control measures in Massachusetts, now presents himself as a strong Second Amendment supporter." ...
 

 

Anti-gun Republicans Raising Funds in NYC
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Indiana’s Dick Lugar to sip cocktails with Michael Bloomberg"

"Birds of a feather sure do flock together."

"So it’s no surprise that the country’s most anti-gun Republican mayor, Michael Bloomberg, invited the U.S. Senate’s most anti-gun Republican member up to his New York City residence for cocktails and a fund raiser next Monday."

"Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana never met a gun control bill he didn’t like, and his F-rating from GOA is well-deserved." ...
 

Ron Paul has youth support, but is it enough to win?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Just more than half of voters ages 18 to 29 voted in the 2008 election, up from the historic low turnout years of 1996 and 2000, but lower than the 67 percent of Americans over 30 who voted ..."

"It found young Republicans who vote this year are likely to choose a candidate based on economic policy: 63 percent of respondents said 'jobs and the economy' is the most important issue."

"Paul’s young supporters, on the other hand, say they first got involved in politics as anti-war protesters, self-described 'typical Second Amendment Republicans,' ..."

"But where they began doesn’t matter, they say. All roads lead to Ron Paul because there is only one issue in this election, they said: freedom." ...
 

IL: ‘We don’t speak a lot about politics ...’
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"DENNIS SHACKELFORD of Rochester, owner of Judy’s Hallmark shops in Springfield, says he’s decided to make a run for the Republican nomination for the new 96th House District." ...

"I asked about gun policy, and Shackelford said he’s for ending Illinois' status as the only state that doesn't allow regular citizens to carry guns."

"'I believe in the Second Amendment,' he said. 'I am a hunter,' he added, 'except for this year, I was out circulating petitions instead of sitting in a deer stand.'" ...
 

IL: Residents seek details on Oak Park gun store
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"About 80 people crowded into Irving School's auditorium Tuesday night, curious about a gun store opening in Oak Park, but they kept the safety locked on any hostility toward the idea."

"The South East Oak Park Community Organization sponsored the forum, after Wednesday Journal first reported plans for a gun store in October. Berwyn resident Justine Delafuente ... plans to sell rifles, shotguns and other related equipment." ...

"Acting Village Attorney Simone Boutet said Oak Park was obligated to grant Delafuente a business license, as he has a right to open the store under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. However, it's possible that Oak Park might explore zoning regulations in the future to limit the number of gun stores. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So the City Attorney states that gun stores are protected by the Second amendment but goes on to say that it is okay to abrogate an enumerated civil right with . . . zoning laws?
 

WA: Bill introduced to protect WA gun owners at work introduced
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation that would protect employees from losing their jobs for having firearms locked in their vehicles on company property has been introduced in Olympia by a bi-partisan group of 18 House members led by Democrat Brian Blake (19th District) and Republican Joel Kretz (7th District)."

"It follows the logic, and spirit, of similar legislation that was signed into law in Oklahoma more seven years ago, and subsequently withstood a federal court challenge before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. ..." ...
 

Big Texas Swat Raid Nets 8 Ounces of Marijuana
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"Like most initial news on SWAT raids, this report from The Huntsville Item is lacking some of the needed details. Perhaps the warrant was for a violent criminal or for something beyond simple drug charges. No tragedies —not even puppycide — occurred; just an ordinary use of a police tactic more fit for a Columbine or a hostage-type situation, but which is used 40,000 times a year in America, usually over narcotics."

"So yes, in Huntsville, Texas, eight ounces of weed were seized and Americans can breathe a little easier:"

"'Half a pound of marijuana off the streets is a victory for us and for the community,' said [Lt. Jim Barnes]. 'Anytime when we serve narcotics search warrants, the potential for violent conflict is there. ...'" ...
 

MS: Mississippi police officer arrested in baby death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Jackson Police Department detective faces a capital murder charge in the death of a 1-year-old girl." ...

"Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said the baby died of internal hemorrhage because of severe blunt trauma." ...
 

UT: Bogus suicide call leads N. Utah cops into Rottweiler ambush
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"A bogus report of a suicide led Box Elder County lawmen into the confrontation with angry Rottweilers, ending with the besieged officers having to fight off one of the angry canines and shoot another." ...

"... they were able to enter the residence through an unlocked garage door." [emphasis added]

"Officers found the woman and her boyfriend, appearing to be intoxicated, sound asleep in a bedroom. 'We had to shake them awake," Potter said.'" ...
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Submitter's note: So some mystery crank call gives cops automatic permission to enter YOUR home AND bedroom?
 

WA: Co-workers accuse King County jail guard of long-term sexual harassment
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"Jail workers at King County's Regional Justice Center in Kent are accusing a jail officer of repeated, long-term sexual harassment and demanding millions of dollars in damages."

"The claims for damages were made by seven female co-workers who accuse the guard of making repeated sexual comments and asking them for dates. Some of the women say the guard would lock them in a hallway at the Regional Justice Center and make sexual jokes over a loudspeaker."

"According to their attorney, Bob Kim, one woman claims the guard, a 17-year veteran with the county, would hand out a card with his name on it, offering orgies and perversions." ...
 

CO: Ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Sullivan accused of dealing meth, trying to trade it for sex
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"Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of trying to trade drugs to a man for sex, as investigators monitored the deal."

"Drug task-force officers were 'visually monitoring' the deal when the 68-year-old former national Sheriff of the Year delivered methamphetamine to an Aurora home and sought sex in return, said current Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson."

"'This shows that no one is above the law, particularly a current or a former peace officer,' Robinson said." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Over the years I've learned that if a public official is anti-gun, further examination will reveal criminal behavior. This anti-gun POS (Public Official: Sheriff) is finally where he should be: in a cell in the jail named for him.
 

WA: Deputy fired after probe of son's accidental fatal shooting
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"A Clark County, Wash., sheriff's deputy found to have violated policies in the 2010 accidental shooting death of his 3-year-old son has been fired." ...

"The seven-year veteran had been on paid administrative leave since December 2010. Evans told The Columbian that the termination is effective immediately."

"Owens' son Ryan shot himself Sept. 14, 2010, while playing with his father's gun at their home ..." ...
 

CA: McFarland officer accused of excessive force is fired
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A McFarland police officer has been fired following accusations that he used a baton and unleashed a police dog on a suspect who wasn't resisting arrest." ...
 

NY: Detective found guilty of violating NYPD guidelines after he started shooting rampage that killed unarmed man on his wedding day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A New York Police Department official says the undercover detective who touched off the 50-shot police shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day acted recklessly and should be removed from the force."

"The decision Wednesday comes after a departmental trial for Detective Gescard Isnora and police officer Michael Carey who were involved in the 2006 shooting of Sean Bell and his two friends." ...
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Submitter's Note: Wasn't it Gladstone who said " Justice delayed, is justice denied"?
 

NJ: Jury awards $150,000 in punitive damages in shooting death of Ramapough Indian
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jury on Wednesday awarded $150,000 in punitive damages to the family of a Ramapough Indian who was fatally shot by a state park ranger five years ago in Mahwah."

"With a 7-0 vote, the panel found that former Park Police Officer Chad Walder’s actions were 'malicious or wanton' when he drew his gun and shot Emil Mann on April 1, 2006, during a confrontation near Ringwood State Park over ATV riding near Stag Hill."

"Lawyers for the Mann family said the finding was more significant than the size of the judgment."

"'That is a finding that this family has been waiting for five years,' lawyer Nick Brustin said after the verdict." ...

"Jurors had already awarded $2.1 million in compensatory damages to Mann’s family ..." ...
 

PA: Beaver settles lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Beaver on Wednesday settled a federal lawsuit filed by a borough man who alleged a local police officer assaulted him last year."

"The suit, filed Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court by Robert M. Doyle, ... was settled by the borough’s insurance company for $32,500 ..."

"In the lawsuit, Doyle claimed Beaver canine officer Jeffrey Wijnen-Reims went to Doyle’s home in May 2010 to investigate a report that he had violated a protection from abuse order. Doyle’s suit alleged Wijnen-Reims then proceeded to assault Doyle, shooting him twice with a stun gun, hitting him in the head with handcuffs and shoving his head though a glass window panel." ...
 

VA: Ex-state police captain guilty of sexual abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A teenage girl's secret life of sexual abuse and torment at the hands of her stepfather — challenged for two years in grueling court proceedings — evaporated Tuesday with a simple word that brought vindication and relief: guilty."

"Standing before a circuit judge near the end of a 20-minute hearing Tuesday, former Virginia State Police Capt. Edward L. Hope Jr. entered the plea to a single charge of aggravated sexual battery, never shifting has gaze toward his victim." ...

"He left the courthouse without comment and will be on probation for two years ..." ...

"Hope's trial in Chesterfield in 2010 on multiple rape, sexual battery and forcible sodomy charges ended in a mistrial over jury misconduct ..." ...
 

MS: Court's refusal to hear handgun case watched in Miss.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While not directly on point, the case had generated some interest in Mississippi because of new state laws that became effective this year that allow concealed firearms to be carried onto college campuses."

"But the path to legally carrying a weapon on a college campus isn't an easy one."

"The Mississippi law allows those who possess a permit to carry a concealed weapon to enroll in a 16-hour gun safety course with the state Department of Public Safety and seek an 'enhanced endorsement' for their permit." ...
 

OH: White-tailed Deer Hunters Challenged by Weather
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hunters took 23,600 white-tailed deer on a rain-soaked Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, December 4 then reopens for two days on Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18."

"The preliminary figures show a decrease of 39 percent from last year's opening day total of 39,071."

"'Last year's opening day harvest was exceptionally high. Even with ideal weather conditions, I'm sure this year's harvest would have fallen short of the 2010 season simply because last year was an atypical season,' said Mike Tonkovich, ODNR, Division of Wildlife deer project leader. ..." ...
 

AZ: Jennifer Nelson Takes on the Subtleties of the Second Amendment at ASU Art Museum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gunshots shatter the quiet of ASU Art Museum."

"Thankfully, the shots are coming from an edgy video installation created as part of 'Securing a Free State: The Second Amendment Project,' by artist Jennifer Nelson, on display in one of the museum's main galleries through December 31." ...

"Her chosen approach homes in on viscerally human issues of fear and threats against one's sense of safety and security. Wisely (this is gun-toting Arizona, after all), the artist seems to make no judgments whatsoever about firepower, per se, though she acknowledges that guns really have an aura to them." ...
 

OR: Man aims for squirrel, hits his foot instead.
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" The thing to do if a squirrel runs up your leg is probably not to aim a .22-caliber rifle at it."

"A Benton County, Ore., sheriff's officer says a 36-year-old Monroe man told deputies he was startled by a squirrel that ran up his left leg so he fired at it but hit his foot instead." ...
 

UT: Dog Shoots Man (video available)
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"It wasn't his dog's bark or bite that had a Brigham City man concerned, it was his aim." ...

"A 46-year-old Brigham City man and a friend were duck hunting Sunday about 8:30 a.m. on the north end of the Great Salt Lake near the bird refuge ..."

"The two had their canoe-like boat in a shallow marsh area when the man got out of the boat to either set up or collect decoys. He laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the boat ..."

"After the man got out of the boat, a dog inside the vessel jumped up on the bow and stepped on the gun. The gun fired and shot the man in the buttocks."

"Medical crews later removed 27 pellets of birdshot." ...
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Submitter's note: We need dog control.

KABA Note: We need to keep dangerous weapons out of the paws of dangerous dogs.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
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