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NC: Farmville family seeks charges in self-defense case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Questions about race, an antagonistic relationship with police and an ongoing dispute compelled the family of a Farmville man killed Nov. 15 to press for charges against a shooter who authorities say acted in self-defense.

Ellis Hunter III, 26, died a week after a fight with William Payton, 23, of Greenville. An investigation by Farmville police concluded Payton shot Hunter after Hunter attacked Payton with a knife, District Attorney Clark Everett told Hunter's family at a meeting last week.
 

NY: Woman fatally knifes thug in subway attack, then flees on F train
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Several thugs tried to drag a woman off a Queens subway train Thursday night, but she fought back and fatally stabbed one of her tormenters before fleeing on another train, police said.

The large group of men - perhaps as many as eight - surrounded the woman outside a chicken restaurant above the 21st St.-Queensbridge station about 9 p.m., police and a witness said.

The harassment, which may have included unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and grabbing, continued as she entered the subway station.
 

NV: Pistol institute to open with a bang
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A unique business is opening in Fernley early next month.

Already set up with an office on U.S. Highway 95A near Main Street, the Defensive Pistol Institute is accepting applications for classes in safe gun use.

Owner Cal Eilrich, a Fernley city councilman and member of many shooting organizations as well as the owner of a local shooting range, is offering his expertise to teach the art of handling firearms.
 

WA: Media drumbeat for gun control turns to outrageous blame game
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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First it was Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat suggesting that firearms ownership should be regulated like driving and car ownership, and now the newspaper’s editorial page has blamed the “Second Amendment crowd” for “some responsibility” in the shooting of two Pierce County sheriffs’ deputies.

The editorial also mentions the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, a vicious crime perpetrated by a career thug who got leniency from a governor and at least one Pierce County judge. There is nothing in the Times editorial about how two dead gunmen – David Crable and Maurice Clemmons – were able to skate through the court system when they should have been behind bars.
 

IL: Ill. Senate hopefuls bite bullet on gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. Senate candidates in Illinois walk carefully when discussing gun control, with most stressing support for the right to bear arms even if they favor some restrictions.

Gun ownership has been an ongoing issue in federal elections in Illinois, with officials trying to reduce violence in Chicago - where handguns are banned - on one side, and downstate hunters and sportsmen who oppose restrictions on the other.

Five Democrats and six Republicans, along with a Green Party candidate, are vying for their party's nomination Feb. 2 to run for the Senate seat once held by President Obama. Some of the candidates responded to an Associated Press questionnaire about guns.
 

Latest Crime-Gun Connection Evidence: More Guns, Less Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Even as gun ownership has surged in the U.S. in the past year, violent crime, including murder and robbery, has dropped steeply, says the Christian Science Monitor. With homicides down 10 percent in the first half of 2009, the FBI reports that gun sales – especially of assault-style rifles and handguns, two main targets of gun-control groups – are up at least 12 percent nationally since the election of President Obama. Pro-gun groups say the data disprove a long-running theory by gun-control groups that gun ownership spawns crime and violence.

"Anti-gunners have lost another one of their baseless arguments," says Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation.
 

AK: Firearm bill a priority for Interior lawmaker
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"It's a fail-safe position," Levengood told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "If federal law tries to undo our Second Amendment rights, we've got a fail-safe."

The bill would require the guns to prominently display the words "made in Alaska." The state attorney general's office would defend businesses prosecuted by the federal government.

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation, said past court rulings could create hurdles as states look to protect intrastate gun trade. But if enough states take action, the momentum could force Congress to rethink the federal government's role in firearm regulation.
 

TX: Guns for goons
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The other loophole is that only federally licensed sellers are required to do these checks. The people who sell without a license are not obliged to do background checks, and the main place they do this at is at gun shows. Hence, the "gun-show loophole."

“The catch is that gun shows basically allow for somebody else to have the venue and do the advertising, and bring in the crowd,” explains Helmke, “and that’s why so many people go around the law and sell guns [at gun shows] without having to do Brady background checks."
 

Second guessing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The other loophole is that only federally licensed sellers are required to do these checks. The people who sell without a license are not obliged to do background checks, and the main place they do this at is at gun shows. Hence, the “gun-show loophole.”

“The catch is that gun shows basically allow for somebody else to have the venue and do the advertising, and bring in the crowd,” explains Helmke, “and that’s why so many people go around the law and sell guns [at gun shows] without having to do Brady background checks."
 

NY: Cosmetics, accessories to double up as self-defense weapons
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Criminals will now face a difficult time targeting women, for ladies these days carry purses armed with cosmetics and accessories that double up as weapons.

Fears of violent crimes against women are leading them to stock up on self-defense gadgets, reports ABC News. And these masked defence mechanisms include pepper sprays disguised as lipsticks and knives that look like hair combs.

"One of the main things that our customers love is that the products don't look like weapons," The New York Daily News quoted Carlos Crespo, owner of Cleveland's Rose Guardian, a self-defence specialty store, as saying.
 

DC: Wizards' Arenas target of gun possession probe
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Arenas told the Washington Times that the incident occurred around December 10, when he moved the weapons from his home to his lock box at Verizon Center after his daughter was born.

"I decided I didn't want the guns in my house and around the kids anymore, so I took them to my lock box at Verizon Center," Arenas told the newspaper. "Then like a week later, I turned them over to team security and told them to hand them over to the police, because I don't want them anymore. I wouldn't have brought them to D.C. had I known the rules. After my daughter was born, I was just like, 'I don't need these anymore.'

Ed.: Leave it to the anti-gun nuts to punish someone for voluntarily surrendering his arms.
 

Gun Owners Win in Health Care Battle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You guys have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas. Our efforts together in lobbying against ObamaCare have netted some positive gains, and that has the political left up in arms.

The writers at the ultra-liberal Slate magazine are beside themselves that an organization like the Gun Owners of America was able to move the Senate to include protections for gun owners. According to Slate on December 20:

Score one for the Gun Owners of America, a lobby group positioned well to the right of the National Rifle Association…. [T]o pacify GOA, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who represents the gun-loving state of Nevada has inserted into his “manager's amendment” a section titled “Protecting 2nd Amendment Gun Rights.”
 

'Scrooge' Daley Squanders $$ Defending Gun Ban; Shuts Down Chicago Services
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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.
 

FL: Man Killed Daughter's Boyfriend On Street
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The Seminole Sheriff's Office said a man shot and killed his daughter's boyfriend on a Seminole County street.

The Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened just after 3 p.m. at the intersection of Dodd Road and Biscayne Drive. Officials said the man was Orlando Regional Medical Center where he died.

Several witnesses at the scene said the two men were arguing before the shooting and that they believe the father shot in self defense.

"He pulled out a gun that he had with him, that he carried most the time, and shot him from the hip in the stomach," Dykey Phillips said.

Police said they have the father in custody, but he has not been charged with any crime.
 

Peace on Earth, Wars continue to be fought
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As much as President Obama may want to bring peace to the world, he feels he can't let terrorists who threaten the United States go unpursued in the distant, mountainous reaches of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Nor should we leave open our shores to enemies. Peace should be our goal as a nation, but we cannot abandon self defense.

However, as wars have raged back and forth across the land, and so much so in the Middle East, retribution has not brought an end to war.

Thus, any leader wishing for peace must have the wisdom to find a new path, an alternative to war. We need a non-violent solution instead of conflicts, a de-escalation of tensions, a way to defuse the hatred, ...
 

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

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"Only one?"

Ed.: :-)
 

Wytheville Post Office Standoff Proves Once Again Gun Bans Don't Stop Criminals
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"Note the prohibition on guns had absolutely no effect on the bad guy. Just like it had no effect at Columbine, or Virginia Tech or... "
 

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

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The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.

It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. But for this it would have been difficult to detach its figure from the night, and separate it from the darkness by which it was surrounded.
 

Merry Second Amendment Christmas
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If it weren’t for his trusty handgun, Gary Wroblewski’s Christmas wouldn’t be merry.

Late on Monday night, December 14, when wheelchair-bound Mr. Wroblewski was about to retire to bed, he heard a knock on his front door.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The NRA has a point about the inadvisability of simply taking guns away from the populace. If that were possible, it would not disarm that small percentage of the population willing to break the law.... Punishing people who obey the law is backward thinking. — Hugh Downs, Veteran ABC newsman

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