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A Gun Rights Carol: The First Spirit
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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... "... Light flashed upon the room in an instant and Scrooge found himself face to face with an unearthly visitor."

"It was a strange figure of a middle-aged man dressed from a bygone era. ... In his hand he tightly gripped what appeared to be an old musket. But the strangest thing about the figure before him was that from the crown of its head there sprung a bright jet of light, by which all of this was visible. This could no doubt be dimmed by the tri-corner hat he carried under his other arm."

"'Are you the Spirit whose coming was foretold to me?' asked Scrooge."

"'I am!'"

"'Who and what are you?'"

"'I am the Ghost of Gun Rights Past.'" ...
 

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

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... "Still, the thing I find most rewarding about attending such events is not the bargain I might get on ammo or whatever, but the general sense that we are not alone." ...
 

Crime down again despite gun sales, economy
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Allegedly, the prevalence of guns leads to an increase in violence, especially murder." ...

"Some also believe that economic downturns lead to more crime. ..." ...
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Author's Note: Not according to the latest FBI data.
 

Concealed Carry Permits Rise, Police-Officer Killings Decline
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The number of people applying for and receiving permits to carry concealed weapons has risen dramatically throughout the United States during the last two years, and it continues to rise, yet the number of felony killings of police officers has declined just as precipitously over the same period."

"Inexplicable? 'This is just the type of thing that was predicted,' [said] economist John R. Lott ... Lott ... pointed to research done eight years ago by David P. Mustard and published in Chicago University's Journal of Law and Economics."

"'States that enact concealed-carry laws are less likely to have a felonious police death and more likely to have lower rates of felonious police deaths after the law is passed,' Mustard concluded ..." ...
 

An Open Carry Christmas
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It has been several weeks since I have had a chance to put out a column because I have been in frantic 'law school exam mode.' But this was a good semester from a gun rights perspective. One of the classes I finally was able to take was Constitutional Law. As you can imagine, as a gun rights advocate, this was one of the classes that I had been looking forward to since I first decided to attend law school."

"My first thought as the exam fades behind me is that we are truly blessed to have so many talented and dedicated activists who are also legal scholars and practitioners ..." ...
 

Gun Owners, Filtered
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In Monday's editorial, the New York Times reported the results of a Frank Luntz poll indicating that NRA members are much softer on key issues than the National Rifle Association itself."

"Unfortunately, the editorial was rife with filters in the form of hot labels and emotionally-laden words and phrases that immediately impugned the validity of the results of the study." ...

"By looking at the background of the poll, the sources financing it, and the credibility of the pollster himself, the results can be clearly understood by the best filter of all, the bright clarity of sunshine." ...
 

The Second Amendment, The States, and the People
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Amazing as it may seem, since ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the Supreme Court has never provided a definitive statement as to whether, in the Justices' opinions, the Second Amendment applies to the States as well as to the General Government. Until now. For the Court has just agreed to hear McDonald v. City of Chicago,in which finally that issue is squarely presented. This case is being heralded as being of groundbreaking significance." ...
 

Murder rate declined while gun sales boomed: An 'inconvenient truth'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Today I'm sort of sharing a headline with my colleague David Codrea because yesterday's release by the FBI of preliminary crime data for the first six months of this year just poked a mammoth-sized hole in that bag of hot air carried around by gun prohibitionists."

"Not surprisingly, since the Seattle Times and other news outlets reported this Monday, there has not been a peep about it from the gun prohibitionist lobby."

"According to the FBI, murder in this country declined by 10 percent overall during the first half of 2009, a period of booming gun sales that primarily focused on the purchase of two types of firearms most often demonized by the anti-gun lobby: semiautomatic sport-utility rifles and handguns." ...
 

FBI Report Points to Inconvenient Truth About Guns and Crime
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Trying to disarm you and me will not reduce violent crime. It will only increase the disarmed victim pool, giving even more of an advantage to predators who observe no moral law." ...
 

FBI: Gun sales up, murders down
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports a ten percent drop in murders during the first six months of 2009, while at a time US gun sales are going through the roof, according to reports obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. Meanwhile, gun sales to private citizens soared almost 30 percent during that same period."

"Gun rights advocates claim that these numbers are further proof that there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, state officials from the Second Amendment Foundation, a civil rights group. Further, the SAF contends that the increase in private citizen gun-ownership may have had an impact on reducing violent crime." ...
 

Murder Down, Gun Sales Up; Proof That Guns Don't Cause Crime: SAF
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A ten percent drop in murders during the first six months of this year at a time when gun sales were up dramatically is more proof that there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, the Second Amendment Foundation said today."

"The FBI released data Monday that shows murders dropped by 10 percent from the same period in 2008. Meanwhile, according to data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows that during the first six months of this year, gun sales were up. ..." ...
 

Safer Streets 101: gun ownership meets lower crime
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"David Codrea reports an FBI news release of importance, FBI Report points to inconvenient truth about guns and crime. Go get ‘em, David. Howard Nemerov has some powerful observations, too."

"If you want safer streets, you'll have to repeal all gun laws. Without the repeal of all gun laws, the people are at the mercy of both the thugs and the system. It isn't even crime that people fear at this hour; at this hour it is the system people fear most, and it was this which was the original fear of the Founding Fathers." ...
 

Give a Gun for Christmas (While You Still Can)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In Seattle Democrats' latest assault on the Constitution, several state legislators are attempting to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons and force current owners to submit to background checks."

"Why? Because 'there's no place to have sales of military assault rifles or weapons in this state.' Why? Because, according to Ralph Fascitelli, the board president of Washington Ceasefire, 'These are weapons of war. They can kill, shoot 200 bullets a minute.'"

"All types of guns are weapons of war. All guns can kill. And no, these guns cannot shoot 200 bullets a minute, not with accuracy, and not at a sustained rate before they break down." ...
 

I Like Guns (music video)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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H/t to David Codrea. Possibly not workplace friendly.
 

Praxis: The USGI Poncho and Poncho Liner
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two of the most useful pieces of gear you can carry in the woods are the USGI poncho and poncho liner. Together they represent a rain shelter, a ground cloth, an improvised sleeping bag."

"FM 21-15 (1977) says that the combination is good for down to 50 degrees F. as an improvised sleeping bag." ...

"Veterans generally remember the poncho liner with fondness. After the movie Mr. Mom came out ... the nickname 'woobie' was adopted for the poncho liner ..."

"Despite the fact that ready-made thinsulate liners seem to be unavailable commercially, there is no reason why you cannot craft your own." ...
 

Praxis: Improved M16/M4 Magazine Followers and Springs
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"My thanks to TypeAy for forwarding this story about improved M16/M4 magazine followers and springs. http://www.defencetalk.com/improved-magazine-increases-weapons-reliability-23413/ The 'Tan is the plan' ditty is both a hoot and insulting to today's professional soldiers (shades of the Vietnam era comic books for draftees)."

"The Army is currently procuring the first half million of these mags of a planned 7 million buy. For the Threeper, who doesn't have access to the military supply system, you should at least retrofit any mags you have with black followers to the green type. Many soldiers also buy P-Mags out of their own pockets now instead of relying on the issue mags." ...
 

First New U.S. L-3 Spy Plane Due in Afghanistan by Christmas
Submitted by: Larry

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"The Air Force as soon as Christmas Day will deliver to Afghanistan the first of 24 new Hawker Beechcraft Corp. planes modified by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. to support ground troops with video, still images and eavesdropping."

"The four-man, twin-propeller plane 'should arrive on or shortly after Dec. 25th,' about one month ahead of schedule, Lieutenant General David Deptula, who oversees Air Force intelligence and reconnaissance, said in an e-mail today." ...
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Submitter's Note: Tested against foreign insurgents - coming soon to a neighborhood near you (possibly yours?).
 

OH: Ohio hunters donate 95,500 pounds of venison to local food banks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The generosity and good will of Ohio hunters is having a major impact on needy Ohio families. The Ohio DNR is reporting venison donations to local food banks are almost triple what they were at this point in 2008. In fact with over 6 weeks of deer season still to go, 2009 donations to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry are almost double what was donated for the entire 2008 season."

"If you are a hunter who successfully harvests deer this season, please consider helping Ohio's hungry via this program. There is no cost to you by simply donating at a participating processor." ...
 

TN: Roane homeowner kills burglar; second suspect charged
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A homeowner fatally shot a 19-year-old Rockwood man during a burglary, and authorities have charged an alleged accomplice in the break-in."

"Michael S. Johnson died at the Roane Medical Center of injuries sustained about 7:55 p.m. Sunday after he entered through a window of the home at 419 Old Valley Road, according to a report filed by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Greg Scalf." ...

"Harvest said he waited outside as Johnson entered the home through a window. A few moments later Harvest said he heard gunfire."

"Scalf said crime scene investigators determined there was physical evidence confirming the homeowner’s version of what occurred and that Johnson was shot inside the home." ...
 

MD: Bragg soldier shot to death in Baltimore
Submitted by: jac

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"An Army private on leave from service in Afghanistan was fatally shot while on the way home from grocery shopping with his wife, Baltimore police said Monday."

"Detectives had no suspects or motive in the slaying of Pfc. Clifford J. Williams, a Baltimore native, said Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman." ...
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Submitters note: It's safer in a war zone. And Maryland prohibits concealed carry for protection except for certain elitists.
 

Democrats' suicide strategy; do they know something we don't?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Much has been made about how Democrats are committing political suicide with the healthcare bill and all the other onerous legislation they have proposed and/or passed this year. ... their insulting, arrogant, dishonest and blatantly corrupt behavior has brought citizen concern and anger to a fever pitch, while Democrat poll numbers plummet."

"But those who believe in this 'Democrat suicide' model implicitly assume next November's elections will be free and fair. Given ACORN's antics, Democrat Secretaries of State literally stealing elections ... such an assumption is fairy tale fantasy. It would be funny to think some people actually have that much faith in Democrats, if the implications weren't so disastrous. ..." ...
 

Gun control advocates seek to 'tighten' gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Over the last few months, the anti-gun movement, with help from the establishment media, has started a new attack campaign with their usual flair for the dramatic and lack of concern for the facts."

"Every article on gun-control during that time period mentioned that America has 'loosened' regulations on buying, carrying, and owning guns over the last three decades. It is as if media outlets from Fox News to Politico.com to Philly.com to The Washington Times all got the phrase from the same place." ...
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Submitter's Note: Maybe they should have waited for the first half crime stats before jumping up and down, yelling and screaming about 'loosened laws' . . .
 

Rider Passed Protecting Military Firearms, Ammunition, and Components
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"With the holiday season upon us, and the end of the year fast approaching, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3326—the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010. With the passage of this bill, NRA-ILA wraps up its appropriations work for the year."

"Our efforts on the huge spending bill were rewarded with the restoration of a longstanding rider to protect M-1 carbines, M-1 Garands, M-14s, .22 caliber rifles, and others from being destroyed."

"This language also includes a prohibition on the destruction of small arms ammunition and components, and a response to the short-lived concern over destruction of spent brass casings earlier this year." ...
 

MI: Barrett, mayors target guns, but NRA questions which ones
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Its detractors say it is anti-gun, its members say it is only against illegal firearms, but, as the debate grows about the national organization called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Milwaukee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett is emerging as one of its highest-profile members."

"The group, organized in 2006 by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino, featured Barrett on its website this week, posting a video address from the mayor in which he portrayed himself as a freedom fighter."

"In his presentation, Barrett stressed the group's founding principles ..." ...
 

IL: 'Scrooge' Daley Squanders $$ Defending Gun Ban; Shuts Down Chicago Services
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is sending city employees home without pay on Christmas Eve, 'just like Ebenezer Scrooge would have done,' yet he continues squandering scarce city funds defending an unconscionable, and soon-to-be unconstitutional, handgun ban, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"'This is an indefensible ban designed to leave Chicago citizens defenseless,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'yet Mayor Daley is perfectly comfortable pouring public funds down a hole darker than the grave of Jacob Marley, clinging to a law that has been a public safety disaster.'" ...
 

The Thin Blue Whine, Pt. III: Who Mourns the Murdered Mundanes? (Update)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "'The chances of being killed in the line of duty are lower than they have been in modern times,' noted Kevin Morrison of the Officers Memorial Fund."

"This is the reality behind the all-pervasive rhetoric describing law enforcement as a uniquely hazardous occupation. ..."

"The impression that police are under siege is also cultivated through the pomp and paramilitary ritual that characterize police funerals, even when the circumstances of death weren't particularly heroic (such as a traffic accident or other lethal mishap). Such events aren't so much intended to lament the death of an individual as to celebrate the might and glory of the State." ...
 

MI: Detroit man wrongly put in jail loses lawsuit
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A man who spent 4 days in the Wayne County jail in a case of mistaken identity has struck out in an attempt to collect from his captors."

"A federal appeals court says Anthony Flemister's ... ordeal didn't rise to a constitutional violation."

"Flemister was arrested in August 2005 while visiting a Detroit police station to try to clear his record so he could get a job. A cousin had used Flemister's name and birth date during a felony arrest and then didn't appear for a court appearance."

"... The appeals court last week quoted a 1979 Supreme Court case that said the U.S. Constitution doesn't 'guarantee that only the guilty will be arrested.'"
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Submitter's Note: He thought cops would compare his fingerprints to the arrest record and clear him, but it was easier to throw him in jail.
 

PA: Ridley Twp. Officer Canned After Altercation Over Proof-of-Age
Submitted by: jac

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"A Ridley Township (Delaware County), Pa. police officer is out of a job -- and facing criminal charges -- after an alleged assault on a convenience store employee last week."

"Police officer Brian Decker, 33, was off duty when, according to court papers, he hit a Wawa manager who asked for proof of age when he bought some chewing tobacco."

"The manager filed a complaint, alleging this was the third time that Decker had balked at being asked for ID."

"All this led to Decker’s termination on Monday night by the township." ...

"Decker is charged with harassment, simple assault, and making terroristic threats. There are reports that he is now receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed problem." ...
 

DC: Chief Lanier Deserves Credit For Drop In Homicides
Submitted by: Larry

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... "Assistant Chief Peter Newsham, who is in charge of the Investigative Services Bureau, attributes the homicide drop to a series of Lanier-endorsed initiatives from IT upgrades to personnel moves to a push to investigate not only fatal shootings but non-fatal shootings. 'One thing [detectives] are trying to focus on is shootings that don't result in homicides,' Newsham explains, 'trying to ID [the perp] even when nobody is struck, what the cause of the shooting was, where the victims are from, what types of associations [they may have].'"

"Sounds of gunshots actually gets a serious response from police. ..." ...
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Submitter's note: Gun grabber Lanier is so wonderful that she stops DC crime all on her lonesome.

KABA Note: Well, to be fair, she's having her cops actually investigate crimes, so that could be having an effect . . .
 

IL: Off-duty Lockport cop charged in fatal Stevenson crash
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"An off-duty Lockport police officer was charged Monday night with reckless homicide and drunk driving in connection with a three-car crash that killed an immigrant from Vietnam who was driving home on the Stevenson Expressway from his second job."

"Edward Stapinski, 34, was charged with one count each of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office." ...
 

WA: GUNS: Real agenda is destroying 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Re: 'NRA surprise: Public supports tighter controls' (We agree, 12-17)."

"Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun group consists of, by his count, '450 mayors from 40 states.' At least 25 members of his group are not mayors at all."

"The biggest omission of fact in this piece is that more than 40 mayors have resigned from this group when they were made aware of its true intent, which is not to restrict criminal acquisition and misuse of guns but the spreading of anti-gun propaganda and filing lawsuits against members of the firearms industry." ...
 

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