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Open Carry Still Dangerous - Even Where "Legal"
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "What's to respect about charges being filed over activity the police have no legal say prohibiting? And is the best course to ensure law enforcement is educated on its legitimate authority, or to become a culture where a demand for 'your papers' is complied with out of fear?" ...
 

Don King airport ammunition find points to first class justice--for some
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"It just seems ironic that so many anti-gunners facilitated the 'legal' arming of a man with a violent criminal background. It seems ironic that anti-gun Al Sharpton, who was in town to deliver a eulogy for King’s wife, does not extend his anti-gun zealotry to his friends."
 

Are efforts to reduce Mexican 'crime guns' leaving citizens defenseless?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... The Washington Post has, for months now, been running a series of articles demonizing gun dealers, and calling for more restrictive federal gun laws (and more aggressive enforcement of those laws). It should come as no surprise that WaPo would eventually get around to steering that series in the direction of the 'blame 'lax U.S. gun laws' for violence in Mexico' mantra--and indeed they now have."

"Meanwhile, in response to one St. Louis GRE column about efforts to exploit violence in Mexico to justify more draconian gun laws in the U.S., correspondent Uncle Lar made a trenchant observation:" ...
 

Outcome in Montana should be lesson for educators everywhere
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This morning, if accounts in Kalispell and Missoula newspapers are accurate, 16-year-old Demari DeReu should be back in class at Columbia Falls High School after the School Board last night showed the good sense that this column accurately suggested – 'for the sake of argument' – would be the case." ...
 

November sees 9.7% in firearms sales checks over same month last year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The FBI has released its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figures for November 2010. NSSF-adjusted figures (945,463) show a 9.7 percent increase over NSSF-adjusted figures from November 2009 (861,575)."

"The adjusted NICS data were derived by NSSF by subtracting out NICS purpose-code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases." ...
 

Barack Obama & Gun Control: Effective and Shrewd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Encyclopedia Britannica Blog is running a series this week assessing the Obama presidency. My entry, with the title above, argues that President Obama has been successful at promoting gun control, taking into account the fact that Obama has faced a Congress with strong pro-gun majorities, and that the Obama administration determined to spend its finite political capital on other issues." ...
 

Norming Guns Away: Why We Need to be Concerned About the UN
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "It might be possible for our laws to be changed because of this treaty, even without a Presidential signature, or Senate ratification." ...
 

Editorial: Happy Bill of Rights Day!
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Happy Bill of Rights Day."

"On Dec. 15, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by proclamation celebrated the first Bill of Rights Day. It was the 150th anniversary of the ratification of those first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, amendments that spelled out our freedoms as well as our rights."

"On this 219th anniversary, we would do well to reflect on history for it was history that spawned the Bill of Rights." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: I checked several of my calendars for mention of Bill of Rights Day, Dec. 15.
The only calendar which did mention it was the one provided by the VFW.
Among those calendars which did not mention it were those from The New York Times, USA Shooting and, unbelievably, the NRA/ILA!
 

Praxis: The efficacy of "secure bases" against an intelligent enemy. "There is no Green Zone that cannot be violently redecorated in red by 4GW."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Much is made of the 'secure Green Zone' in Baghdad as applied, in theory, to some future American civil war scenario. The principal malefactors, it is postulated will be able to live safe behind their walls while the rest of us are ravaged by their minions. 'Resistance is futile!' cries the Borg."

"Uh huh."

"I dealt with my insomnia last night by taking in a few pages of The Tunnels of Cu Chi by Tom Mangold and John Penycate. Here are some pages for your edification and amusement about the 'impregnable' (in the words of one of its commanders) base camp of the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, RVN, circa 1966-1969." ...
 

30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 14
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So as we cruise into the midpoint of my little 30-day chronicle, it occurs to me that I’ve not talked about guns and dating. There’s actually a reason for that. I don’t get out much. Being a divorced dad, I’ve learned, the hard way, that this dating thing is time-consuming, expensive, and unpredictable at best. Simply put, dating is a bitch. ... I’ve got nothing against dating, per se, but the challenge of finding a girl to date is a little more daunting and time-consuming than I enjoy. Between courting, planning, dating, worrying about money, et cetera, it’s not like I need one more thing to act as a barrier within the concept of my social life." ...
 

NRA-led gun lobby wields powerful influence over ATF, U.S. politics
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Behind the scenes, federal agents in charge of stopping gun trafficking to Mexico have quietly advanced a plan to help stem the smuggling of high-powered AK-47s and AR-15s to the bloody drug war south of the border."

"The controversial proposal by officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives calls for a measure strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association: requiring gun dealers to report multiple sales of rifles and shotguns to ATF."

"The gun issue is so incendiary and fear of the NRA so great that the ATF plan languished for months at the Justice Department, according to some senior law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity but would not provide details of how the decisons were made." ...
 

Bill of Rights built foundation, will help maintain it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The United States annually marks Constitution Day, a time set aside for schools to engage in mandatory instruction about the U.S. Constitution. Today, Dec. 15, doesn't get the fanfare but Bill of Rights Day is an annual observance aimed at focusing on the basic freedoms guaranteed to Americans through a document that most Americans consider the Constitution but which was not part of the originally approved document." ...
 

The Disappearing Preamble and the Forgotten Ninth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Ninth [Amendment] is being used in an important gun rights case. It’s not only a Second Amendment issue. An excerpt from a press release by the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute states:"
"On April 9, 2010, the Goldwater Institute filed an amicus brief in defense of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The law permits firearms to be manufactured and sold within state boundaries, free from federal regulation. ... The Institute’s amicus brief has been joined by nearly a third of the Arizona Senate, nearly half of the state House of Representatives ... It is the first of many litigation salvos aimed at restoring state sovereignty and the principles of federalism under the U.S. Constitution." ...
 

NC: Did you hear the one about the Anti-Gun Senator shooting an intruder?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Stop me if you’ve heard this one…a blowhard, anti-gun Senator rags on gun owners, day in and day out. So one night, he’s at home, living his Life O’Reily, when an intruder shows up to burgle/home invade/rob/commit mayhem. What’s a poor Progressive that abhors gun ownership to do? Silly wabbit! If they are a state senator, they do what any other gun owner would do – they pull out their gun and air condition the criminal with a little lead. Ventilate the varmint. Give him lead poisoning. Shoot the muther. (You get my drift.)" ...
 

ME: Machias man killed in early morning shooting in Eastbrook
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"A local homeowner told Maine State Police Monday that he shot and killed a man who assaulted him after the resident was lured out of his home by a woman claiming to have been involved in a motor vehicle crash nearby." ...

"The shooting occurred early Monday morning at a mobile home located at 24 Roaring Brook Road, off the Sugar Hill Road, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland." ...
 

MS: 3 charged in Jackson home invasion
Submitted by: Jeff Pittman, MSFOA
Website: http://msfoa.com

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"Three young men accused of at least one home invasion are in the county jail after they were shot by the owner of a Jackson home they attempted to rob." ...

"[Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula] Green said more homeowners and business owners are protecting their homes and stores with firearms. In recent months, several would-be robbers have been shot or shot at in places they were allegedly attempting to hold up."

"'They're going to protect themselves. That's why the Castle Law is in effect,' Green said. 'They shouldn't have to protect themselves in that manner, but I can understand it because they're being victimized by these criminals.'" ...
 

Book Review: Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Perhaps no other American president was a better embodiment of the people he represented than Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a tough self-made man ... He was bellicose speaker and notorious hunter. But there was more to the man than a cartoon persona of burly weight-lifter’s physique, walrus mustache, and snapping choppers. He was an intellect without equal among his fellow office holders, with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson. He is the only sitting president to have earned a Nobel Peace Prize. His public policies were nuanced and he was a tender-hearted husband and father. In Colonel Roosevelt, biographer Edmund Morris explores the final, often violent, years of the former president’s life." ...
 

Chicago’s ban on gun ranges challenged in court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When the Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago over the summer that the right to bear arms does apply to the states, the victory’s sweetness for conservatives was short-lived. Almost immediately, gun-rights advocates braced themselves for more battles against the city’s many regulatory hurdles and licensing schemes."

"And there were plenty ..." ...
 

Supreme Court Justice Breyer: Founders Were For Restricting Guns... Why Breyer is Wrong
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... In essence, Breyer was saying that Madison was not interested in an individual's right to gun ownership and self-protection and for that reason his dissenting opinions against that individual right accorded well with what the founder's thought on the issue."

"But Breyer's assumption that a citizen's right to bear arms is not sacrosanct and his following contention that the founders would agree seems to ignore much of the history of the era not to mention the precedents in law and the historical record upon which the founders relied to define their political ideas -- including Madison." ...
 

Justice Breyer’s remarks on guns revisionist thinking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is an ideologue, a judicial activist who rules by his own political and personal philosophy, rather than the rule of law and what our founding fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights more than 200 years ago."

"The left-leaning justice recently made remarks that further the suspicion that has been held for years - he doesn’t rule in regard to the Constitution, but rather a far-left political philosophy." ...
 

Breyer Suggests Second Amendment Out of Date
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, speaking this past weekend on Fox News Sunday, declared that the Founding Fathers did not intend firearms to go unregulated. Breyer was one of four dissenting justices in the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case, which overturned a firearms ban in the District of Columbia. ..."

"In his opinion in that case, Breyer stated that James Madison included the language of the Second Amendment so that the states would ratify the Constitution ..." ...
 

Latta Vice Chair of Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congressman Bob Latta (R- Bowling Green) was named a Vice-Chairman for the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus for the upcoming 112th Congress."

"'I would like to thank Congressman Jeff Miller for this opportunity to serve the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus in the next Congress. Sportsmen and sportswomen issues are important for me as a public servant. I look forward to working with all members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus to protect and advance the values, traditions, and rights sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy in the United States,' Latta stated." ...
 

Force RNC to become TRULY 'pro-gun'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners in St. Louis and across the country have an opportunity to ensure that the Republican National Committee does far more than pay lip service to support for gun rights, along the weasel-worded lines of 'I support the Second Amendment,' and can start doing so right now. How?" ...
 

United States Should Shoot Down U.N. Small Arms Treaty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Obama administration recently appointed a negotiator to work with the United Nations on a treaty to regulate international trade in small arms. The ostensible goal is to staunch the flow of illegal weapons to drug cartels, terrorists and guerillas."

"This proposal is consistent with the 1997 Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Firearms Trafficking in the Americas (CIFTA) signed by President Clinton, but never ratified by the Senate." ...
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Submitter's Note: Good graphic on Mexican 'crime guns' from USA.
 

Repeal of Gun Ban on Amtrak Takes Effect Wednesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation authored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) to repeal a gun ban on Amtrak trains will go into effect on December 15, one year after it was signed into law."

"GOA spearheaded the victorious campaign to get the Wicker amendment passed in the Senate. It will replace the current policy--guns are banned even in checked bags on Amtrak trains--with a policy similar to airlines. Firearms will soon be allowed in checked bags on the trains so long as they are declared and carried in a prescribed manner." ...
 

OH: Gahanna Considers Allowing Gun Training In Parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Columbus' 10TV is reporting that the Gahanna City Council is considering legislation that would allow weapons training in public parks."

"From the story:" ...
 

OH: We need more legislators who listen to the people
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Last Tuesday morning, I broke with my party’s leadership to bring Senate Bill 239 and Senate Bill 247, Republican bills that stand firm on the side of gun owner’s rights, to the floor of the House. When a discharge petition was presented to allow these bills to leave committee for a vote, I was the first Democrat to sign that petition. On Wednesday, I joined several Democrats and nearly every Republican in voting to accept the discharge. I was proud to do so." ...
 

Supporters promote "Call to action day" to free Brian Aitken
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "CALL TO ACTION: On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, please pick up your phone and call Governor Christie at 609-292-6000. Wish him a Merry Christmas and ask him to please Free Brian Aitken!!!" ...
 

A long-time Minnesota attorney comments [on activist Joel Rosenberg's felony arrest]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This is more about our justice system than about Joel. The preposterous amount of bail is the usual way to coerce a defendant to plead. If they had a solid case they’d have mailed him a Summons."

"The reasons for an arrest and bail in any case is that there is a likelihood of flight and/or a threat of violence toward others. It’s kind of why we deny bail to serial killers. Or, (the reason not written in the law), when they want to force a plea." ...
 

Op-Ed: Assault Weapons and the Truth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Obama administration is moving into high gear in putting gun-control advocates into important government positions. The administration's nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), Andrew Traver, should be of particular concern. His attacks on the civilian use of so-called assault weapons raise real questions about his willingness to distort the truth for political purposes. The person nominated to be the nation's top gun cop shouldn't use inaccurate descriptions to scare people into supporting gun control." ...
 

CA: Man killed by Long Beach police was holding a water nozzle, not a gun, police say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Douglas Zerby, 35, was shot and killed by officers responding to a 911 call of an intoxicated man holding a 'six-shooter' Sunday in the Belmont Shore neighborhood."

"The 35-year-old Long Beach man killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday was holding a pistol-grip water nozzle, not a gun, Long Beach police officials said Monday." ...
 

WA: SPD advice to women joggers good anywhere, but lacking one detail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four recent separate attacks on Seattle-area women are currently being investigated by Seattle Police detectives, and SPD is urging women to take precautions, but a glance at today’s Seattle Times on-line suggests many readers think one detail is missing." ...
 

MN: St. Louis Park cop cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting
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"A Hennepin County grand jury has declined to indict a St. Louis Park police officer in the 2009 shooting death of a 29-year-old Iraq war veteran." ...
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Submitter's Note: Summary and reading between the lines: An off-duty officer in his own car pulls over a driver "driving erratically" . He then scuffles with a most likely) unarmed passenger, whom he then shoots and kills. And now he gets off scot-free.
 

OH: Fall Turkey Season Concludes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohio's fall wild turkey season ended November 28 with 1,336 birds killed during the seven-week season. Ashtabula County led the state with 75 birds taken, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. Last year, 2,180 birds were taken."

"'The decline in the fall turkey harvest we observed from 2009 to 2010 was not unexpected. Acorn mast crop failures like we observed in 2009 typically result in increased hunter success and higher fall turkey harvests because turkeys feed in open areas, such as agricultural fields and pastures,' said Wildlife Biologist Mike Reynolds ..." ...
 

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