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David Codrea: The Road to Hell...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chuck Michel, an attorney for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, said gun rights groups originally supported the creation of the program because it was designed to get guns out of the hands of violent criminals and felons."

"'The CAPP program is good in theory,' Michel said. 'In practice, however, there are now so many complicated ways to lose your gun rights over paperwork and minor violations that many lawyers don't understand the system and many people don't even realize they're prohibited.'"

"'Regrettably, CAPP is frequently being misused against these minor offenders who have often been misadvised about their legal status.
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"...is paved with what kind of intentions again? They really couldn't see this one coming?" ...
 

Gun rights dean sends holiday message to anti-gun chief
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Gun law expert John M. Snyder this past weekend mailed a Christmas card featuring the image of an armed Santa Claus to Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, known formerly as Handgun Control, Inc."

"'Hopefully,' said Snyder, 'the card's message will resonate with Helmke and lead him to at least consider the ridiculous nature of the gun control lobby's program.'"

"Both The Washington Post and The New York Times have referred to Snyder as 'dean of gun lobbyists.'"

"A high resolution version of the image on the card is available on request by emailing gundean@aol.com." ...
 

Colorado Church Shooter Stopped by License Holder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is being reported that the Colorado Church Shooting that occurred this week was prevented from being a large-scale massacre by an average woman with a Concealed Handgun License that volunteered to be armed during services. While several media sources are mentioning the hero’s size and gender, not very many are including the important fact that she was armed with only her license and personal handgun."

"However, if you look hard enough, you can find some honest reporters that found that fact interesting." ...
 

Order for Omaha Stakes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Did you place your bet? Not many chances there was more then ten or twenty milliseconds after the first news reports of the Omaha mall murders, before the left began to preen for more gun control. First-reports included citizens of the 'West' telling how they cowered like easterners in Laxachusettes, hiding behind racks of clothes! Imagine the bullet-stopping ability of cotton, rayon and pleather!"

"... Yet to be seen in the yaparama chatter is the thought that perhaps if a half-dozen of Omaha's finest citizens had themselves been packing heat, they might have returned some lead-poisoning by their own initiative ..." ...
 

Bolt action vs Semi-auto for survival
Submitted by: david wolfed

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"No matter who you talk to about the selection of firearms for survival, each seems to have a personal unwavering opinion as to what is the best and most appropriate for the situation. One of the continuing arguments among survival writers and planners, is the bolt action vs semi-auto rifle for survival use. Both points of view, have merit, depending on how you look at the situation and your needs."

"Using a bolt action, will cut down on ammo usage, because one is more prone to making every shot count, not firing as fast as the trigger can be pulled ... For hunting the semi-auto can work fine in skilled hands, but with the stress that comes with being attacked by a group of armed bandits ... it will be difficult to control your fire ..." ...
 

PA: Staring into face of Pa. gun violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Richard Decoatsworth, the 21-year-old Philadelphia police officer shot during a traffic stop in September, wore his scar on a bandaged jaw."

"With him were several mothers holding up pictures of children lost to gun violence, the scars of emotional anguish on their faces."

"They were among the 100 people who joined Gov. Rendell, dozens of police officers, Democratic lawmakers ... at a rally yesterday in the latest push to win legislative support for what organizers called 'sensible' gun-control measures." ...

"'I respect the Second Amendment right under the Constitution to have arms, but it is a civil right not to be shot in the streets of the cities all over the commonwealth,' said [mayor-elect] Nutter." ...
 

PA: Officials, police rally for gun controls
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Until recently, Mercedes Raye hadn't been an active participant in the community forums, street marches or other anti-violence efforts around Harrisburg."

"But with her 12-year-old daughter recuperating from being shot in both legs outside a teen dance party in the city last month, Raye has become an instant gun control advocate. Her daughter is expected to make a full recovery, but the experience was too close for comfort for Raye."

"The Harrisburg waitress said legislation to stem the flow of illegal guns is 'definitely worth a try.'"

"'If you don't try, you don't know what could come out of it.'" ...
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KABA Note: What Ms. Raye ignores is that strict gun control has been tried with great success: Nationalist China (10 million dead), Communist China (77 million dead), the USSR (61 million dead), Nazi Germany (20 million dead) . . .
 

CA: Market owner uses pistol to scare off five gunmen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The owner of a market pulled out a pistol and scared off five gunmen apparently intent on robbery last night, a sheriff's official said.

No shots were fired, and no one was injured in the holdup attempt at G and M Market on Jamacha Road near Sweetwater Lane shortly before 9 p.m., sheriff's Lt. Mike McClain said.

Deputies were told five black men, wearing red hats and shirts and carrying guns, came to the small grocery store, but left without any money after the owner brandished a gun. They drove off north on Sweetwater Lane in what was described only as an American-made car.
 

NV: 6 Shot After Exiting Vegas School Bus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Six young people were shot Tuesday after they got off a school bus that left a high school, following a fight over a girlfriend earlier in the day that resulted in three arrests by school police, authorities said."

"An 18-year-old remained in critical condition with gunshots to the torso."

"'It appears at this time that the motive for the shooting was a fight at Mojave High School earlier today,' said Sheriff Doug Gillespie."

"Gillespie said later the fight appeared to be over a girlfriend and did not appear to be gang- or race-related." ...
 

FL: 63 year old lady thrown in jail for bearing a weapon
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com

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"I bet the citizens of Florida slept easier this past Sunday night knowing that a 63 year old senior citizen was safely behind bars. Mary Ann Richardson, a US Citizen & a resident of Pennsylvania, was thrown in Jail in Florida while she was visiting there as a tourist. What was her crime? Bearing concealed weapons (a small handgun, a pocket knife, and a pair of scissors) without a CCW permit. She is currently out on $2,000 bail while she awaits her trial."

"Wait, what about the 2nd Amendment. Does it not include 'the right of the people to keep & bear arms shall not be infringed?'"

"I guess that particular constitutionally protected right doesn't apply to 63 year old senior citizens who bear arms to protect themselves ..." ...
 

A Dirty Harriet Saves Day In Colorado
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the Supreme Court ponders what the Constitution means, a volunteer security guard in Colorado shows that the problem with society may not be who has guns, but who doesn't."

"Every time there are multiple shootings ... we are lectured about the easy access to firearms in the U.S. and the dangers it creates."

"But many are thankful today that Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at New Life, had easy access to a gun when Matthew Murray entered the east entrance of the church and began firing his rifle. Murray was carrying two handguns, an assault rifle and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition." ...
 

Bill of Rights saves lives again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last Wednesday in Omaha, Neb., gun control failed America again. Robert A. Hawkins, a deranged 19-year-old illegally possessing an illicit AK-47 illegally smuggled his weapon past 'No concealed weapons allowed' signs at a gun-free shopping mall. As he casually picked off shoppers and mall employees, unarmed security officers only could duck and cover. Police were there within minutes, but by then, he had killed eight, wounded three and committed suicide."

"On Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Second Amendment saved lives again. A gunman with a high-powered rifle opened fire at the New Life Church, killing two and wounding two before an armed guard blew him away. Police arrived three minutes later ..." ...
 

CO: Security Guard: 'God Guided Me And Protected Me'
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"Jeanne Assam appeared before the news media for the first time Monday and said she 'did not think for a minute to run away' when a gunman entered the New Life Church in Colorado Springs and started shooting."

"There was applause as Assam spoke to reporters and TV cameras saying, 'God guided me and protected me.'"

"New Life's Senior Pastor Brady Boyd called Assam 'a real hero' because Murray 'had enough ammunition on him to cause a lot of damage."

"When asked by a reporter if she felt like a hero, Assam said, 'I wasn't just going to wait for him to do further damage.'"

"'I give credit to God,' she said."

"Assam described how the gunman, Matthew Murray, entered the east entrance of the church firing his rifle." ...
 

CO: Colo. Church Gunman Had Been Kicked Out
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"The gunman believed to have killed four people at a megachurch and a missionary training school had been thrown out of the school a few years ago and had been sending it hate mail, police said in court papers Monday."

"The gunman was identified as Matthew Murray, 24, who was home-schooled in what a friend said was a deeply religious Christian household. Murray's father is a neurologist and a leading multiple-sclerosis researcher."

"Five people—including Murray—were killed, and five others wounded Sunday in the two eruptions of violence 12 hours and 65 miles apart." ...
 

CO: Guard's hands 'didn't even shake' as she shot gunman
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"Amid deafening cracks of gunfire, smoke-spewing canisters and the flight of thousands of New Life Church members, Jeanne Assam said she suddenly saw the hallways clear and a gunman come through the door."

"'I took cover. I identified myself. I engaged him. I took him down,' the 42-year-old former law officer and volunteer church security guard said Monday at a news conference in the Colorado Springs police station."

"'I just said, 'Holy Spirit, be with me.' I wasn't even shaking,' Assam said. 'I give the credit to God. I say this very humbly. God was with me.'"

"Assam, a member of New Life for only a few months, admitted she had been without sleep since Sunday's midday shootings at Colorado's largest church." ...
 

Violence difficult to digest in any place of worship
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jeanne Assam surely never imagined when she awakened Sunday that she'd later take down a heavily armed gunman who would open fire in her church, intent on massacring as many Christians as possible."

"... many lives are believed to have been spared by this woman who said she was praying while firing rounds."

"New Life Church Pastor Brady Boyd credits her with saving 100 lives in their Colorado Springs, Colo. place of worship."

"Assam, a church volunteer licensed to carry a concealed weapon, attended the early morning service and then stuck around for security detail. Word had already spread of the missionary murders in a nearby community."

"Thank the good Lord this woman was armed." ...
 

UT: Holstered guns in open view don't belong on campus
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Utah law allows students with concealed-carry permits to pack handguns on state-owned college campuses. Some of those students are pushing that envelope, arguing that the University of Utah cannot prohibit them from carrying loaded firearms in plain view. The university is pushing back, and for good reason."

"Imagine you were an instructor or student in a class and someone other than a peace officer walked in carrying a holstered handgun in plain view. What would you do?"

"One instructor told us she would immediately dismiss class and tell the students to leave." ...
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KABA Note: Thus ensuring a target rich clump of students at the exit. A more mature response might be to discretely ask the student for their permit.
 

Barack Obama thinks gun owners are stupid; you are, if you vote for him
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"As you know I have posted numerous times regarding what a catastrophe the confirmation of Michael J. Sullivan to Director of the ATF would be for U.S. gun owners. If you have not contacted your Senator lately on this, please consider doing so ASAP. I have not contacted Hatch and Bennett for almost a week on this issue so I need to contact my Senators too."

"In my opinion, any public official seeking election and my vote, who answers a question about his support of Sullivan like Obama did…well, he lost my vote. To be honest, he never had it. I am just sick and tired of the politician BS talk. Do they think we are stupid?" ...
 

PA:Mayors push for gun laws
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Less than two weeks after a triple homicide in Easton, two Lehigh Valley mayors called on the state Legislature to address the gun violence spreading through local communities."

"Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan on Monday joined Gov. Ed Rendell for a gun control rally in Harrisburg. It was aimed at beefing up support for legislative proposals dealing with the flow of illegal handguns on both city and suburban streets." ...
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KABA Note: Guns flowing in the streets?!? And me without a net!
 

Anti-Second Amendment Individual Tapped to Head BATFE
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"Gun Owners of America recently released this alert regarding the Bush administration’s pick to head the BATFE. The candidate, Michael Sullivan, has the ringing endorsement of leading anti-Second Amendment proponent Senator Ted Kennedy:"

"'We'll miss him in Massachusetts, but he'll be a strong leader at ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key issues on gun control.'"

"The last thing America needs is a strongly anti-Second Amendment individual running the BATFE. This nomination represents a clear and present danger to the Civil Rights of American citizens. I urge you to go to the GOA site which will direct you to their Legislative Action" ...
 

Hamm of Brady Campaign: just give Sullivan a chance; gun owners: no chance!
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"You know, if Michael J. Sullivan ever just goes away and does not become the Director of the ATF, then what the hell am I going to write about. It seems that some 5 percent of my posts are on this guy who is very, very bad news for U.S. gun owners."

"How do I know he is very, very bad news? Other than his ATF record, his work ethic as a U.S. Attorney, he is in bed with 'Chappaquiddick' Kennedy, and he is from Massachusetts then there is always the Brady Bunch…err…I mean the Brady ‘Anti-Gun’ Campaign (or whatever they are calling themselves this week)."

"If the Brady Campaign (BC) supports Sullivan, then, other than his record, there is not a better indicator that Sullivan is very, very bad news for U.S. gun owners. ..." ...
 

President of Historic Arms reveals more abuses of the ATF
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"So what is it like being in the crosshairs of the ATF? Just ask Len Savage of Historic Arms (pictured with R. Lee Ermey aka Gunny), it has now been 2 years since they have approved a patent for this gun manufacturer, they have threatened him, sent armed inspectors (who are not supposed to carry guns) to do a thorough inspection of his records after he questioned ATF Acting Director Michael J. Sullivan."

"Savage who penned a great post entitled Am I an enemy of the US Government? Which gives wonderful insight into how an honest citizen feels when the ATF sets out to destroy your life, business and ruin you financially."

"The latest JPFO Talkin' to America features an interview with Len Savage, this is something you have to listen to!! ..." ...
 

JPFO: An Interview With Len Savage
Submitted by: ChareltonHest
Website: http://atfabuse.com

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"Aaron Zelman has an updated interview with Len Savage, President of Historic Arms, discussing court cases dealing with gun owner's rights that the ATF would rather you not know about and also about some of the most recent vindictiveness of the ATF towards Len and others, and a little bit about their sloppy record keeping."

"This is a must listen for all gun owners to better understand why the ATF should be abolished."

"The Talkin' to America page can be found here where you will find links to the MP3 sound file and a PDF transcript."

"People are encouraged to watch the movie 'The Gang', a documentary film exposing the abuses and criminality of the ATF, Len Savage being one of the stars in it. ..."
 

NJ: 6 N.J. Troopers Suspended In Alleged Sex Assault Case
Submitted by: jac

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"Six New Jersey state troopers have been suspended with pay as authorities investigate claims by a 25-year-old woman that she was sexually assaulted by a group of men."

"The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office confirmed a 25-year-old college student said one or more troopers sexually assaulted her."

"No charges have been filed." ...

"'The superintendent of police has suspended six troopers with pay as a result of Mercer County's investigation of the alleged sexual assault,' said Capt. Al Della Fave, a State Police spokesman." ...

"'There's an investigation going on of that situation, which I probably shouldn't comment on,' Gov. Jon Corzine said. 'Like everyone, if the allegations were true, you'd be deeply disturbed.'" ...
 

WI: Former Prescott police officer charged with fraud
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Prescott police officer has been charged with misconduct becoming a police officer by falsifying a police report."

"Brad Woletz, 37, River Falls, has been accused of the crime stemming from an incident this past March which led to his termination in May from the Prescott Police Department."

"His first court appearance on the charge will be 10 a.m. Jan. 7, 2008. If found guilty, the maximum penalties for the Class I felony is $10,000 dollar fine or 42 months in prison or both." ...
 

PA: Ramsey shifts stand on gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey has shifted his position on Washington's 31-year ban on handgun ownership as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the issue."

"Mr. Ramsey, who turned the job over to Chief Cathy L. Lanier 11 months ago, said yesterday on WTOP Radio's "Ask the Chief" program, that there needs to be reasonable control over guns, but that handgun registration can provide that control."

"The former chief, who is set to take over Philadelphia's police department next month, said the nation is not going to ban handguns and he is taking a realistic approach to the issue. He said any weapons ban should cover assault weapons and more dangerous guns." ...
 

Iraq: Iraqi policewomen are told to surrender their weapons
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"The Iraqi government has ordered all policewomen to hand in their guns for redistribution to men or face having their pay withheld, thwarting a U.S. initiative to bring women into the nation's police force."

"The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, issued the order late last month, according to ministry documents, U.S. officials and several of the women. It affects all officers who have earned the title 'policewoman' by graduating from the police academy. It does not apply to men in the same type of jobs." ...
 

MI: Susceptible to violence (fourth letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent mall shooting in Omaha exposed a very important and often ignored reality."

"Those who oppose our Second Amendment right to protect ourselves and other innocent people in these situations need to wake up!"

"The notion that we can somehow stop further violence through simple information sharing and intervention need look no further than this incident for the truth." ...

"The fact of the matter is that any public building, including our schools, is susceptible to this type of violence and no amount of education or intervention can guarantee our safety and prevent future violence. CCW (Carrying Concealed Weapons) laws are a step in the right direction and at least give law abiding citizens a fighting chance.
 

CA: Gun control limits are not legally clear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to the commentary published recently, there is no need for the Supreme Court to rule on the Second Amendment since the writer, representing the liberal agenda of total disarmament of the law-abiding public, doesn't care what it says or means since they have no intention of abiding by the Constitution anyway. Thanks for clearing that up, not that it's any surprise."

"The writer makes the claim that it's 'obvious' that the government has the power to disarm the public. No, it is not. That is precisely why the high court has taken the case challenging the District of Columbia's handgun ban and others like it." ...
 

CA: California cracks down on illegal gun ownership
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"The state of California is seizing the guns owned by individuals who are not supposed to have them because of violent felony convictions."

"While the initial crackdown has focused on 1,000 individuals, including some in the Central Valley, it could be expanded to try to seize the weapons owned by as many as 60,000 Californians, state Attorney General Jerry Brown says."

"Department of Justice agents are using a state database to identify persons who lawfully acquired firearms in the past but became barred from possession due to a subsequent felony conviction. The database, which currently has 9,000 names, could eventually expand to include 60,000 individuals as new offender records are added to the system." ...
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Submitter's Note: The issue of felons owning firearms aside, here is proof that registration aids confiscation. What's to stop the California DOJ from broadening the definition of "illegal firearm"?
 

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