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America's three-party political system
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Most Americans think we have two major political parties: Democrats and Republicans. However, there is a third party whose influence extends beyond recognized political boundaries, and its goal is destroying personal liberty for private gain." ...
 

New Year's Gun Rights Resolution: Read Second Amendment Books
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"I will purchase and read books documenting the history behind the development of the Second Amendment."

"I say 'purchase' because I believe it is important to support authors who do such important work. They deserve to eat, too."
 

From Our Cold Dead Hands
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Made popular a decade ago when NRA president Charlton Heston held up a rifle and uttered a shortened version of the the slogan, 'I will give up my gun when they peel my cold, dead fingers from around it,' these words were first used in 1976 and appear to have originated with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Since then, words to that effect have become a rallying cry for those defending the Second Amendment."

"Ironically, Heston, though undoubtedly well intentioned, had become the spokesman for an advocacy organization which has worked against gun owner's interests a good deal of the time. ..." ...
 

Stephen Halbrook Christmas Special
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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"A fifty-three minute podcast interview with Stephen Halbrook. Over the last three decades, Halbrook has been the greatest legal champion of Second Amendment rights. As a scholar, as an attorney (with a 3–0 record in the Supreme Court), and as a public advocate, Halbrook has done tremendous work in saving the Second Amendment from nullification, and in putting the courts and the legal academy back on the track of recognizing the right to arms in the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. We talk about the broad scope of Halbrook’s career, and about McDonald v. Chicago, in which Halbrook is representing the National Rifle Association as a party 'respondent in support of petitioner.'"
 

Stand Down: Anti-Gun Rumor Is Wrong
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's a rumor that is spreading like wildfire: Secret legislation signed by the president will tax all guns, require owners to be fingerprinted, require that all guns be reported to the IRS, and even bar gun ownership by Americans over 60. 'It's so secret that even gun store owners don't know about it,' one concerned caller told Whispers this week."

"Unlikely as it is that lawmakers could secretly pass anti-gun legislation, stranger things have happened in Washington. So is it true?"

"The best source for this is the National Rifle Association and its crack team at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. Their determination: It's an old and false rumor." ...
 

Iowa Carry Says NRA Bill 'Best Chance at Getting (Concealed Carry) into Law'
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 Sean McClanahan, President, Iowa Carry."
 

Jon Gosselin Gun Ban Reporting Provides More Questions than Answers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Nothing like having our rights defined by the least informed/most trivial-minded among us... "
 

Private Gun Sales – No Questions Asked No Sale – Protecting Gun Shows
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Anyone who does not hold an FFL and sells a firearm to someone he doesn’t know well is incurring a certain amount of liability. And, a bit of bad judgment could cause trouble not just for the seller, but for the rest of the gun owning community as well. There is no question that individuals have the right to buy, sell, and trade firearms between themselves without government infringement. But there are laws on the books and failing to know and follow them is just asking for trouble. A prudent trader will take into account not only the legal technicalities, but the political environment also." ...
 

High Court Rejects Challenge to NRA’s Signature Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In 2005, the [NRA] enacted a law that probably saved the American gun-making industry from bankruptcy. And just this last week, the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to this landmark legislation, ensuring this law stays on the books to preserve America's culture of lawful firearm ownership."

"For years, opponents of the Second Amendment sought to eliminate gun rights by eliminating guns. Anti-gun groups, working with big-city mayors like Michael Bloomberg of New York City, devised a scheme to rid America of firearms."

"They filed product liability suits, alleging that firearm manufacturers should be held liable for any injury caused by a firearm. And not just a gun made by that particular gun-maker ..." ...
 

The Second Amendment and the Living Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Independence Institute Research Director (and Reason contributor) David Kopel has just posted his forthcoming law review article 'The Right to Arms in the Living Constitution' to the Social Science Research Network. Kopel's gun rights scholarship is always of the highest caliber, and this paper looks to be no exception. Here's some of the abstract:" ...
 

Praxis: WSJ -- "Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones"
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations."

"Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber -- available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet -- to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter." ...
 

Training Realistically
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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who own firearms and practice with them enough to be considered proficient in their use, most likely choose good weather in which to practice; light conditions are optimal and a good comfort level is maintained. Sure, you can hit that silhouette at 25 ft with both hands the majority of the time with optimal conditions with your favorite handgun. You can also hit that target at 300 yards with your battle rifle ... fine indeed if your attack occurs only during the daylight with no wind and the temperature hovering around 72. How many know how they will perform these tasks when faced with darkness, heavy wind, freezing temperatures or blowing snow? Better yet, how many know how their equipment will perform in less than ideal conditions?" ...
 

Remington wants Army rifle contract
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Remington Arms is hoping to land a government contract that would upgrade more than 3,000 sniper rifles used by the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, announced they secured $2.4 million to upgrade the M-24 sniper rifles."

"Remington already has the existing contract to make the firearms, making the company the logical choice for the upgrades, Remington Arms Ilion plant Manager James Rabbia said."

"'We obviously feel we're the best qualified,' Rabbia said. 'We feel we make the best sniper rifle in the world.'" ...
 

CA: 74-year-old San Jose man arrested for carrying firearm near school
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"After his brothers watched a newscast about the national movement to carry guns in public, they told Sherman 'Tony' Fontano he could do that himself. Two San Jose police officers also said it would be OK."

"So this week, Fontano, 74, put his unloaded .357 Magnum into his waistband and took a walk with his girlfriend."

"But he was soon surrounded by police who had their own guns drawn. Unfortunately, nobody had mentioned it is against the law in California to walk with a firearm near your neighborhood school."

"'I just can't see what I did wrong,' Fontano told the Mercury News ... 'I'm not a member of anything. I'm not political. I just wish the cops would have told me not to carry it near a school. ..." ...
 

OK: Marine Allegedly Upset With Military Status Opens Fire in Northwest OKC
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A man is in police custody after opening fire at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex near Hefner and Council roads."

"Police said the man started firing multiple shots in the parking lot of the Tammaron Village apartments around 4 p.m. Thursday."

"Witnesses said the man initially went into the apartment complex's main office. When employees locked him out, he opened fire in the parking lot."

"As the man was firing shots, another citizen armed with a gun came around the corner and ordered the gunman to put his weapon down. The gunman dropped his weapon and ran into his father's apartment and barricaded himself inside." ...
 

CA: Gaines Reveals Worst 9 of 2009
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Assemblyman Ted Gaines ... today revealed the 'worst 9 bills of the 2009 legislative session,' which include some of the most extreme and costly measures that show just how out-of-touch the Legislature is with mainstream Californians." ...

"Assembly Bill 962: Handgun Ammunition"

"Signed into law by the Governor, this bill makes California the first state to require instant background checks on anyone wishing to purchase handgun ammunition. ..."

"'While we should make every effort to track down and bring to justice those who would commit crimes with a gun, this misguided measure makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right and purchase a legal firearm in California. ...'" ...
 

WA: WA gun ban proposal shows facts don’t matter to prohibitionists
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were 14,180 homicides in the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics." ...

"UPDATE! According to the FBI's uniform crime report for 2008, only two of the homicides committed in the entire state of Washington that year were committed with rifles."

"In Seattle, a young man named Aaron Sullivan was shot to death in the Leschi neighborhood in July by another youth in what appears to have been an argument. Now three anti-gun state lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban so-called 'assault weapons' and name their bill in his memory, the 'Aaron Sullivan Public Safety and Police Protection Bill.'" ...
 

NJ: Former Hunterdon County sheriff indicted in accidental gun firing at health club
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Former Hunterdon County Sheriff William Doyle has been indicted on a charge of illegally giving a former undersheriff a handgun that accidentally fired in a Raritan Township health club more than three years ago."

"Former Sheriff William Doyle, Sr. has been accused of fourth-degree unlawful transfer of a Davis Industries .38-caliber two-shot Derringer Model D-38 gun, in January or February of 2006 in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, according to an indictment handed up Tuesday by a grand jury in Morristown." ...
 

WV: Former Sheriff Wills sentenced
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Former Mercer County Sheriff Danny Wills was sentenced Thursday afternoon to six months in prison, followed by one year supervised released, for fraudulently obtaining and possessing hydrocodone."

"Wills, who is also a medical doctor, admitted that during his tenure as sheriff he ordered and obtained 4,500 hydrocodone pills from General Injectables and Vaccines (GIV) in Bastian, Va., and paid for them with proceeds from the Mercer County Concealed Weapons Permit, according to court documents."

"Wills also admitted that he had written prescriptions for Xanax, a scheduled II controlled substance, in the names of his wife and son, but he obtained and used the Xanax himself." ...
 

MA: Officers: Chartrand 'highly intoxicated'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two police officers now allege that off-duty Deputy Police Chief David Chartrand was 'highly intoxicated' on the September night his own officers almost shot him, but Police Chief Kevin Richardson said he's not changing the investigation that exonerates his deputy." ...

"'He didn't do anything wrong and he didn't violate any policy,' said Richardson. 'I just want to get this behind us and move on.'"

"But Selectman Jim O'Loughlin wants police to set a policy for off-duty officers who respond to calls for help. Richardson has said he has no plans for such a policy. ..." ...
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FL: Three police officers charged in separate cases
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Three veteran city police officers were charged Thursday in Circuit Court with separate crimes ranging from accessory to murder to forgery and official misconduct."

"The charges could jeopardize more than 70 felony cases, said the state attorney's office."

"The announcement comes days after a former Riviera Beach police officer was convicted in Circuit Court of attempted sexual battery and other charges." ...
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TX: Dallas officer accused of faking burglary story to hide his sex act in squad car
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Dallas police officer is under criminal investigation after being accused of faking a burglary report to hide the fact that he was elsewhere, allegedly having sex with a woman in his patrol car ..."

"Officer Keith Ashley, who joined the department in 2001, has been placed on restricted duty. ..." ...

"Ashley came under scrutiny after a Nov. 24 incident in which teachers at the Lighthouse Christian Academy ... reported that they had seen him engaged in sexual acts in the back of his squad car while it was parked in a school parking lot." ...
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DC: Washington, D.C., Cop Accused of Being Lookout During Fatal Robbery
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"A Washington, D.C., police officer is accused of being the lookout for a robbery that ended with a fatal shooting."

"Officer Reginald Jones was charged Tuesday with felony murder in the Dec. 1 shooting death of Arvel Alston of Maryland."

"The officer is not accused of pulling the trigger, but authorities say he attended a meeting to plan the robbery and was parked nearby in his cruiser. He's also accused of driving away when a woman pleaded for help."

"Police say Alston and his son, Arvel Crawford, were among the four robbers who got into a scuffle with their target. The son is accused of firing shots that killed his father and injured the robbery victim." ...
 

SC: AG opinion causes Georgetown to reconsider illegal gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"An opinion from South Carolina's attorney general is forcing the Georgetown County School District to rethink an illegal policy that bans concealed weapons on school property."

"Henry McMaster told the district that the policy, which prohibits visitors, parents, teachers and students from carrying weapons on school property including parking lots — even with a concealed carry permit — was a violation of state law."

"That law was approved by the General Assembly earlier this year and allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to keep weapons locked in their vehicles on school property." ...
 

IN: Concealed Carry Permit Database - Indianapolis Star mirrors Bloomington Herald-Times
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"... this past week the Indianapolis Star revealed its own gun database in an attempt to capitalize on the same controversial limelight as the Bloomington Herald-Times. The Star's database is modified from a street-based catalogue of the number of permit holders in a defined area, to a demographic listing of Indiana ZIP codes, including the percentage of the population permit holders make up ..."

"However, such differences do not hide the paper's intent. This searchable database of law-abiding carry permit holders is included in the 'Public Safety' section of the paper's website. The paper seems to believe that it’s a matter of 'public safety' for people to know how many permit holders live near them. ..." ...
 

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