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Terrorism and Gun Control: A Perfect Match
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The terrorist attack ... at Fort Hood, Texas brought the lack of security at such a large military base directly into homes across America."

"Leaders of the pro-gun movement, and many soldiers, weren't quite as shocked because they knew most military bases are considered 'gun-free zones,' ..."

"Whether [the] attack on American soldiers was sponsored by one of the bigger terrorist organizations is irrelevant since it gave terrorists a road map to complete similar attacks in the future. You can bet our enemies learned valuable lessons from his ability to kill so many of our best and brightest in such a short period of time. In one fell swoop, he taught terrorists where millions of Americans are essentially defenseless." ...
 

New Year's Gun Rights Resolution: Take a New Person Shooting
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Memorable occasions for me include one of my first dates with my wife (I don't understand people who tell me their wives don't like guns--establishing compatibility is why we're supposed to get to know each other before getting into committed relationships), watching a visiting Japanese executive grin like a kid in a candy store as he fired off rounds from my .44 Magnum, and ditto for a Santa Monica 'liberal' with my M1 Garand. I've had especially great times teaching my kids, but I think I'll leave that for its own resolution." ...
 

Health care costs of guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"John Rosenthal, writing for the Huffington Post December 15, decries the medical and human cost of gun violence in America. Again, his solution is to beat on the innocent. He states: 'On average, guns kill or wound 276 people every day in America. Of those, 75 adults and 9 children will die. In the US there are more than 30,000 deaths and over 100,000 injuries related to gun violence each year.' His solution is to further restrict access to guns by the law abiding public."

"What he doesn't say is that the vast majority of these shootings are drug and crime related. Those pulling the trigger are already not supposed to have guns and not supposed to be shooting people. ..." ...
 

Be careful trusting gun polls
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Right now many in the gun control movement are giddily reporting the results of some questions on a poll conducted by The Word Doctors on behalf of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The claim is that the poll proves that NRA members support gun control measures, such as the one requiring all persons to conduct background checks at gun shows. In other words they support closing the 'gun show loophole'." ...
 

Christmas Coal Sent to Obama by Washington Senior Rights Activist
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"'Obama's on the list for Christmas coal,' says John M. Snyder, named the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News."

"Snyder sent the fabricated nuggets wrapped in a cloth pouch marked 'you've been naughty' in a USPS priority mailing box."

"'Obama deserves the coal,' said Snyder. 'He's been worse than naughty, even bad, really wretched. He's misused the presidency in a radical attempt to undermine gun rights, the right to personal self-defense ...'"

"USPS indicates it left a package notice but the item was unclaimed as of yesterday afternoon. 'Perhaps this reflects White House incompetence or unwillingness to face the music,' commented Snyder." ...
 

Iowa Gun Owners Promote 'Real Right-to-Carry'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"As a follow-up to my recent column on competing concealed carry bills in Iowa, I have invited representatives from state gun rights groups Iowa Gun Owners and Iowa Carry to educate us on their positions. The following response is from Aaron Dorr, Executive Director of Iowa Gun Owners." ...
 

Great Undertaking In The Future Of The NRA And The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I recently met with a young lady that reinforces my conviction that today’s youth are the future of the NRA and the Second Amendment."

"Lisa-Marie Rieckhoff is going to introduce the Eddie Eagle program to the Milwaukee Public School System. Through her experience at NRA headquarters and a newly discovered love of firearms and the shooting sports as well as a family background in shooting and law enforcement, Lisa-Marie with the support of her parents, is resolved to make this happen."

"I know she’ll have all the backing and encouragement she needs and look forward to sharing updates with you."

"Here is her story." ...
 

Gun bans through the back door-part two
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In part one of this series, I explained how thousands of citizens are in danger of losing their right to own or possess a firearm as a result of minor misdemeanor or misdemeanor drug convictions. The present article focuses on the Lautenberg Amendment, a law passed by the U. S. Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1997."

"... Before this law, anyone convicted of a crime in which the possible prison term exceeded one year was prohibited from possessing a firearm. This meant felony convictions in most states."

"Now, (since 1997) federal law makes it a crime to own or possess a firearm if a citizen is convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor offense under local, federal, or state law. ..." ...
 

Ban assault weapons
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Let me begin by saying that I am a gun owner and avid hunter and I do believe that every American has the right to own guns. However, the recent murder of another local police officer by an assailant using an assault weapon should be the last straw."

"Assault rifles are designed with a single purpose -- to kill human beings. They are weapons of war. Assault weapons belong only in the hands of the military. These guns have no role in peaceful society."

"It is time for Congress to ban the sale and ownership of fully automatic weapons. This cannot happen until the National Rifle Association (NRA) abandons its obstructionist policies." ...
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Submitter's Note: Someone should tell Jim that it's not polite to display his ignorance in public.
 

What Does Past Brady Endorsement Mean for Tarkanian Campaign?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Mr. Tarkanian 'is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and has never reached out to the Brady Campaign,' Mr. Fisfis said. He said later that Dan Burdish, a consultant who now works for their Republican primary opponent Sue Lowden, had 'freelanced' by making arrangements for the call without Mr. Tarkanian's knowledge."
 

IL: Congressional candidates discuss issues
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Four of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District turned out in Princeton Tuesday to debate both each other and the candidates who weren’t present."

"Henry Meers, Dave White, Darrel Miller and David McAloon sat on a stage at the Bureau County Metro Center under signs bearing their names, while two empty seats in the center of the stage were marked Adam Kinzinger and Debbie Halvorson." ...

"All of the candidates expressed their support of the Second Amendment, but Miller said he didn't care for a concealed-carry law." ...
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Submitter's Note: I don't care for concealed carry laws myself, unless they are in the style of Alaska and Vermont, but I doubt that is what Darrel meant.
 

NC: The Twisted Tale of Holliman and Castle Doctrine in NC
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"NC House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman has a dilemma."

"On the one hand, he recently claimed in the 'Davidson County Dispatch' that he supports the Castle Doctrine."

"On the other, he completely refused to exercise leadership in preventing one anti-gun committee chairperson – Rep. Deborah Ross – from bottling it up in committee."

"How can the House Majority Leader, who wields great power, support a bill, yet not use his leadership position to prevent stonewalling tactics by one of the few members of the GA who opposes it?"

"So, Rep. Holliman seems to be talking the talk, but in the last session, he certainly did not walk the walk." ...
 

MO: Raymore City Hall Gearing Up for Fight Over Gun Ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Raymore City Council voted this week to allow council members to carry a concealed weapon at their meetings, and increase the concealed carry permit rights for everyone in town. But those changes could be short-lived after the mayor promised to veto the ordinance, and a showdown could be looming at City Hall."

"Raymore Mayor Juan Alonzo says that he plans on vetoing the ordinance, which passed by a 5-3 vote earlier this week. ..." ...

"What bothers Alonzo more than allowing concealed weapons into city buildings is that it allows council members to carry weapons inside city buildings, but not citizens." ...
 

WA: Anti-gun WA lawmakers launch new assault on weapons; press doesn't help
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As predicted earlier in this column, gun prohibitionists are using the murder of a Seattle police officer, and a couple of other slayings, to launch a new effort to ban the sale of semiautomatic firearms in Washington State, and require current owners to register their firearms."

"I forecast this development in a Nov. 3 column that addressed the cowardly slaying of Seattle Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween as he sat in his patrol car in the Central District with trainee Britt Sweeney, who was able to return fire."

"The irony is that Brenton, as I wrote in a Nov. 10 follow-up, was not killed with a rifle that meets the so-called 'assault weapon' criteria, except that it just happens to be a semi-auto ..." ...
 

WA: State lawmakers to seek ban on sales of semi-automatic weapons
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In response to recent shooting deaths, three state lawmakers say they want to ban the sale of military-style semi-automatic weapons in Washington."

"The lawmakers intend to propose the ban in the state legislative session that begins next month."

"The legislation, called the Aaron Sullivan Public Safety and Police Protection Bill, would prohibit the sale of such weapons to private citizens and require current owners to pass background checks."

"It is named for Aaron Sullivan, 18, who was fatally shot last July in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood, allegedly with an assault-style weapon." ...
 

IL: Cop in Bartender Beating Case Fired (videos available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Chicago Police Board has ordered the dismissal of a police officer caught on tape beating a female bartender at a Northwest Side bar.

In a unanimous decision by the nine-civilian panel, Anthony Abbate was found guilty of aggravated battery and other charges stemming from a Feb. 19 incident two years ago that injured bartender Karolina Obrycka as well as other patrons.

A surveillance video camera at the bar shows Abbate throwing a female bartender to the floor and punching and kicking her repeatedly while he was intoxicated. [link added]

Abbate was under review for a felony conviction stemming from his court case in early June.
 

TX: Cop Involved in Fatal Accident Was Drunk: Police
Submitted by: jac

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"Blood tests show an off-duty Fort Worth police officer involved in an accident that killed a woman last Friday was legally drunk, police said Thursday."

"Officer Jesus Cisneros had a blood alcohol content of .17 -- more than twice the legal limit -- when his unmarked police SUV collided with a car driven by Sonia Baker about 2:30 a.m. The legal limit is .08."

"Baker died at the scene."

"'This tragedy has shocked the conscience of this department,' police chief Jeffrey Halstead said in a statement. 'I will deal swiftly with Officer Cisneros. The police department is deeply saddened for the Baker family. We are embarrassed by this tragic incident.'" ...
 

PA: Protesters want outside probe of incident at Frankford High
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Protesters rallied at Frankford High School yesterday to demand that the Philadelphia School District launch an outside investigation of the alleged beating of a Frankford student by two school-police truancy officers." ...

"... Jack Creighton, the Frankford High athletic director ... [wrote] that Thomas had been held down by one officer and beaten by the other." ...

"... when some of the school police officers regularly assigned to Frankford tried to stop the truancy officer from hitting Thomas, the man told the Frankford officer, 'Man, get the f--- off of me,' Parker-Dixon said."
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Submitter's Note: Too bad the Frankford officer didn't arrest the thugs on the spot.
 

PA: Camden Co. investigator pleads guilty to wire fraud
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"An investigator with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office pleaded guilty to wire fraud today in federal court and admitted that she lied on loan applications for a house her then-boyfriend used as a rental property."

"Asha Ritchards, 31, of Sicklerville appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden where she accepted a plea agreement in which prosecutors said they would not pursue mortgage fraud or money-laundering charges." ...
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KABA Note: And we feel certain that Asha received no special treatment.
 

NJ: Buyback programs are dubious events
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In a three-sentence press release e-mailed to the Verona-Cedar Grove Times last week, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced a gun buyback program."

"Today and tomorrow, residents who are in possession of illegal handguns can turn them in and receive up to $200 – no questions asked."

"It's the county's Gun Amnesty Buyback Program, held in high crime areas ..." ...

"Such programs have gained enormous popularity over the years across the country. In some cities thousands of guns make their way off the streets within a day or two."

"A good way to fight crime, one would think."

"But are we sending the wrong message to criminals who want to earn a fast buck with the sale of illegal firearms?" ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... — Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 (1894).

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