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Virginia Tech official in denial before shootings and after report
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "That Hincker thinks he and his colleagues acted appropriately is hardly surprising though. After all, this is the same administrator who, before the shootings, publicly ridiculed an adult student advocating for campus concealed carry..." ...
 

Gun Owners Year in Review – 2010
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your attention too and activism with Gun Owners of America has made a world of difference over the past several months."

"The past couple of years were supposed to be the worst on record, as far as gun rights are concerned. With the election of Barack Hussein Obama, Americans went rushing to gun stores and generated a buying spree that created shortages of firearms and ammunition around the country." ...
 

Story about wounded illegal proves stupidity of Seattle’s ‘sanctuary policy'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Crimes committed by illegal aliens has been a sore subject with gun rights activists for a long time because the reaction from gun prohibitionists has never entered the realm of cracking down on illegals, or locking down the border. Their solution has always involved ratcheting down on the rights of law-abiding American citizens." ...
 

Thank veterans by protecting their right to self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"St. Louis, as home to the St. Louis VA Medical Center, plays an important role in caring for our wounded warriors, who have sacrificed so much in our nation's service. Awareness has steadily grown of the fact that not all war wounds are physical in nature. American service members have been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for most of a decade now, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) afflicts an enormous number of these brave men and women, with the VA treating over 140,000 new PTSD sufferers last year." ...
 

Thoughts on Equipment Placement, Conditioned Response, Reaction Time, Hick’s Law, the 21 foot guideline, and the OODA Loop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following article was written by Ben Kurata, Senior Staff Instructor at Texas’ International Training, Inc. ..."

"Recently, a transit Officer was convicted of homicide after he shot an individual to death while attempting to control the subject’s behavior. According to the Officer’s testimony, he thought he was reaching for his Taser but discharged his duty firearm instead, killing the subject. Now, I am not here to pass judgment on the Officer’s actions, as I was not there. But for some time, I have recommended that Tasers be mounted on the duty belt on the non-dominant side, with the grip pointed backward, NOT in a cross-draw position. Why? Well . . ." ...
 

Another Example: Competition is Not Self-Defense Training (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Practical shooting is a sport that evolved from experimentation with handguns used for self-defense.' That’s the official line from the USPSA website. It cleverly avoids the question: 'Is USPSA competition applicable to real world self-defense?' As the rabbi will tell you, no, it isn’t Oh sure, the competition helps you become a better shooter. It increases your ability to shoot under pressure. It’s a lot of fun. But it does NOT teach you the tactical skills you need to survive in a real world gunfight. Joe Huffman’s video illustrates that point . . ." ...
 

Bushmaster RIP?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two days ago, TTAG reported that the increasingly diversified holding company known as Smith & Wesson is hell bent on destroying Thompson/Center Arms. They’re spending millions shutting down the company’s Rochester, New Hampshire manufacturing and administrative base, bringing the black powder brand “in house.” Today, after the stock markets closed for the weekend, the Freedom Group announced that they’re performing the same brandicide on Bushmaster . . ." ...
 

"The Defenders" Takes on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After seeing all the ads on CBS referencing the Second Amendment and this week’s episode of The Defenders, I watched the new series for the first time – and was pleasantly surprised." ...
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Submitter's Note: And if Paul Helmke thinks "they handled the Second Amendment gun rights vs. gun regulation discussion even-handedly" you know it was skewed. What struck me was the prosecutor in his opening statement and the ATF agent on the stand both stated that serial numbers are necessary to catch criminals, but the defense failed to ask the (to me) obvious question: How many criminals have been caught using serial numbers vs. how many people have gone to prison or been run out of business because of clerical errors involving those serial numbers?
 

Ten Gun-Oriented Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza Gifts I’d Buy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Merry Insert Your Choice of PC Holiday Greeting Here! ‘Tis the season for gunmakers to clear their warehouses of thousands of low-priced, non-firearms line extensions that should have been gimmes, but aren’t. From branded hats to branded bags to branded hats. Fortunately for their cash flow, there may be a gun or two under the tree or near the menorah. (Especially near my menorah.) I want to buy my gun pals gun gifts, but most of them suck. So here’s my list of gun-oriented Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza presents that I wish they’d sell. But don’t. For some reason . . ." ...
 

"Naming a state gun is problematic because a gun is, after all, a killing tool"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An editorial in sltrib.com gets all wimpy about the proposal to name John Moses Browning’s 1911 as Utah’s state gun, despite being the birthplace of the world’s greatest firearms designer. 'Naming a state gun is problematic because a gun is, after all, a killing tool. It’s not like honoring the state flower, state bird, or even the state dinosaur, which happens to be a rather nasty carnivore. A gun necessarily carries the connotation of violent death, not the sort of thing Utah would want to appear to celebrate.' You see what happened there? The editorial writer knew the state’s dinosaur, the Utahraptor, eviscerated his argument. And yet he plowed on in that don’t confuse-me-with-logic way that anti-gunners do. ..." ...
 

IA: NRA wants Legislature to loosen gun rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association wants to block Iowa cities and counties from establishing so-called 'weapons-free zones' in parks, city halls, courthouses and other government buildings."

"The organization wants Iowans to be able to use deadly force to defend themselves and their families at home or most anywhere without first trying to escape and without any consequences."

"And the group thinks law-abiding Iowans should be able to carry weapons in public without permission from a sheriff, without background checks and without training requirements." ...
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Submitter's Note: And this is supposedly a "news" item, not an opinion piece.
 

NRA Civil Rights Roundup Regarding Brian Aitken (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cam Edwards talks with the NRA’s Deputy General Counsel Stefan Tahmassebi who reviews Brian Aitken case in New Jersey. Brian is serving 7 years for owning a legal gun." ...
 

NJ: More on the Brian Aitken front: Christie considering a pardon (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At an afternoon press conference in Trenton Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie let it be known he is considering a pardon for Brian Aitken. He's the guy who's serving a seven-year sentence on a charge of having guns for which he had valid permits locked in his car trunk." ...
 

NJ: N.J. man calling on Christie for clemency in gun-possession case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WHEN BRIAN Aitken was younger, he unrolled a map and pressed pushpins into every vast wilderness, all the snow-capped peaks he could climb and snowboard, and any universities that happened to be close by."

"But Aitken never put a pin on Fort Dix, where he now spends his days reading books and writing letters from his cell at Mid-State Correctional Facility." ...
 

OH: Alcohol and guns 'a dangerous mix'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bill Jamison, owner of Froggy Blues Cafe in Monroe, said he believes in a person's right to carry a firearm — just not inside establishments like his."

"Jamison said he opposes a bill in the Ohio House that would allow concealed guns inside bars and restaurants."

"Simply put, he said, alcohol and guns 'don’t go well together.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Which is why the law specifies that you can't drink while carrying.
 

Director of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: Who is Andrew Traver?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "President Barack Obama’s selection on November 17, 2010, of Andrew 'Andy' Traver, a career ATF agent, to lead the agency was greeted with hostility from the gun-rights lobby. Gaining confirmation of the nomination in the Senate is expected to be a challenge. In fact, prior to 2005, the ATF director did not require Senate confirmation. Republicans blocked President George W. Bush’s nominee, Michael Sullivan, claiming he was not sufficiently sensitive to gun dealers. Since then, the bureau has been run by acting directors, who do not need to be confirmed." ...
 

NC: Former Charlotte cop pleads guilty to sex assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer pleaded guilty to sexual assault and kidnapping charges in court Thursday afternoon."

"Eight women and two men alleged that former CMPD officer Marcus Jackson, 26, abused his power as a law enforcement official." ...
 

KS: Gun-Toting Woman Accosted in Own Home is Arrested in Kansas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So let's go over the details here."

"A 21-year-old outsider with a fifty pound weight advantage admittedly forced his way into the woman's home several times. He admits he attacked her. He admits he "restrained" her physically. He admits that he was trying to date the woman's underage daughter."

"And when the mother armed herself against this attacker in her own home... the cops arrest the mother??" ...
 

MO: Drunk Officer Pleads Guilty To Killing Four People
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Sunset Hills police officer pleads guilty to driving drunk and crashing into a car full of college graduate students killing four of them. Prosecutors say now 42-year-old Christine Miller was more than two times over the legal limit when the horrible crash took place in March of last year." ...

"Four students died and one was critically hurt. At an earlier court date, Miller was in a wheelchair. But on Thursday, she walked on her own into the courtroom. She entered a blind plea. This means there was no deal with prosecutors but rather Miller is leaving it up to the judge to sentence her." ...
 

RI: Ex-trooper enters guilty plea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the case against a former state trooper accused of assaulting a handcuffed man in South Kingstown Police custody in 2004 ends in a guilty plea, there will be no further sanctions against the South Kingstown officers involved."

"'The matter has been dealt with as an internal matter,' said Chief Vincent A. Vespia. 'The officers - I will not name them - have been sanctioned, that goes back to when the incident occurred. In my mind, the matter is disposed of.'" ...
 

NY: Cicero Police officer charged with attacking 10-year-old
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Cicero Police sergeant and charged with attacking a child while off duty." ...
 

FL: Captain retires after mom dies in fatal crash and son can't be found for blood test
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A high-ranking Volusia County Sheriff's official, whose mother was killed Nov. 25 in a traffic crash in DeBary, has retired rather than face an internal investigation into his actions that night." ...
 

MO: Ex-cop gets 10-year federal prison sentence for child porn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Noel police officer and McDonald County reserve deputy received a 10-year federal prison sentence with no chance of parole on Thursday for sexually exploiting a child and for possessing child pornography. ..." ...
 

GA: Federal police officer sentenced for illegal traffic stops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal police officer will spend more than a year in prison for making illegal traffic stops when he had no authority to do so, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said."

"Stephen G. House, of Silver Creek, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday after being convicted of making illegal traffic stops on eight occasions."

"'This defendant abused his authority as a federal law enforcement officer by repeatedly using his official position to make illegal traffic stops and illegally detain motorists,' said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates." ...
 

RI: RI cop pleads guilty in drug case, faces 10 years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Rhode Island narcotics detective has pleaded guilty to drug charges in a widespread state police investigation that netted three other Providence police officers." ...
 

TX: Former police officer in Fort Worth arrested on sex assault charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Fort Worth police officer was arrested on a sexual assault charge a day after he resigned from the force."

"Daniel Lopez, a six-year veteran, was taken into custody Wednesday at a relative's home in Arlington." ...
 

OR: Portland Police Officer Up for Promotion Draws Fifth Tort Claim Against City
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Portland Police Officer Leo Besner -- set for promotion to sergeant this week – has drawn yet another tort claim against the City of Portland, this time for allegedly arresting an innocent business owner in front of his own store 'for questioning' before releasing him without charges." ...
 

TN: Former Oakland Officer Pleads Guilty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Oakland police officer has pleaded guilty to false reporting after he said his badge stopped a bullet in a traffic stop." ...

"His plea means he will never be able to hold another law enforcement position." ...
 

CT: Connecticut’s Right To Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In the 'Constitution state,' however, no doubt exists as to our state's framers' intention. Since 1818, our constitution [Article First, § 15] has contained the provision: 'Every citizen has the right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.' (emphasis added). The McDonald majority cited several state constitutions (including Connecticut's) to buttress its conclusion that the Second Amendment, although itself silent as to this purpose, was understood at the time to include the right to bear arms for self-defense. Thus our state’s history and constitution assisted the majority in McDonald in expanding the Second Amendment's reach to the states." ...
 

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