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Can corrupt government legitimately decide who it allows to keep and bear arms?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "This is not 'just a few bad apples,' as the ubiquitous police [state] apologists would have us believe. For every one exposed, there’s an entire support system of co-workers, superiors and subordinates who witness attitudes, behaviors and actions every day and keep silent, going along to get along, to protect their own place at the table and/or activities. " ...
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Submitter's Note: Thursday's Gun Rights Examiner column looks at a whole rotten barrel.

Also see more citizen disarmament foolishness in Portland, and join a celebration.
 

Safer Streets 2011: How the first amendment protects the second amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A lot of liberty purists show how the second amendment protects all the others: this is all true, but other amendments protect the second, including the tenth amendment and the first amendment."

"One question where second amendment critical analysis can respond is the carping interrogatory of whether the second amendment allows atomic weapons. Of course, that's crafted more to vex gun owners than be a serious interest, but the best thing to do is answer that. The answer is yes." ...
 

Jeffrey Toobin’s Shoddy Attack on Bush v. Gore
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a New Yorker essay ... [Jeffrey Toobin] ... finds 'echoes' of Bush v. Gore's 'judicial activism' in a number of high-profile cases from the Roberts Court." ...

"Toobin attacks two decisions on the right to keep and bear arms for '[b]randishing a novel interpretation of the Second Amendment.' In fact, that interpretation was widely held during the Founding period, and has had wide support throughout our history. The interpretation the Court recently rejected (and the one Toobin apparently favors) was first adopted more than a century after the ratification of the Bill of Rights, by a state court. That twentieth-century innovation, which the Supreme Court never adopted, was the real novelty." ...
 

Suing Your Readers for Spite and Profit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Righthaven LLC has emerged from the ongoing meltdown of the newspaper industry with a new business model: sue the hell out of every person who reprints, in part or in full, any article without the express consent of the article’s copyright owner."

"From March through November 2010, Righthaven has filed over 160 suits against individual bloggers, Web domain registrants and non-profits such as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Second Amendment Foundation, as well as political organizations and candidates." ...
 

Narrow, Shrinking Plurality Favors Stricter Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recently released Gallup poll shows that a record low number of Americans support stricter laws governing the sale of firearms. The plurality that still favors stricter laws (44 percent) is a far cry from the 79 percent that gave that response when the question was first asked in September of 1990. Gallup also notes an all-time low of 29 percent favor a ban on the possession of handguns 'except by the police and other authorized persons.' When the question was first asked in 1959, 60 percent favored such a ban. ..." ...
 

Citizen disarmament wears a white coat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, we talked about the Violence Policy Center's bizarre attempt to link concealed carry and suicide. That attempt continues not only the VPC's longstanding campaign to discredit defensive handgun carry, but also their efforts to portray restrictive gun laws as an important tool to reduce suicide (works great in Japan!). Suicide is, of course, a mental health issue, so perhaps now would be a good time to discuss the intersection of health care and 'gun control.'" ...
 

'Three Strikes' in CA, no balls in Portland, no brains in Jersey
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now that we’ve got your undivided attention, we begin with a reference to a column several days ago that mentioned John Carlson, conservative Seattle radio talkmeister and one of the guys who spearheaded the 'Hard Time for Armed Crime' statute (which ignited the hair trigger tempers of several readers)." ...
 

NSSF to Intervene in Lawsuit Challenging EPA on Traditional Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to a lawsuit filed today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's denial of a petition to ban traditional ammunition containing lead core components, the National Shooting Sports Foundation will file a motion to intervene. This action allows NSSF to protect industry's interests in the case and ensure that the will of Congress is adhered to." ...
 

Mass hysteria is easy to whip up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his 'Phalon’s File,' Suburban Trends columnist Joe Phalon touched on a subject that has always been a concern to this writer, namely the steady erosion of our liberties by a government that looks for any excuse to further trash the already badly tattered Bill of Rights." ...

Consider how Conservatives see nothing wrong with censorship laws regarding sex, marijuana, ..."

"Then turn around and look at the Liberals. They, too, want censorship over what they call hate speech or insensitivity. The Second Amendment is feared by Liberals, and also by Conservative big mouths like Bill O’Reilly. The idea of private citizens owning guns frightens these people out of their wits!" ...
 

Firearms and New Jersey – This Week on Gun Talk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tom talks firearms and state law this Sunday on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk (R) Radio, the only nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports."

"Sandy Chisolm, President of North American Arms, stops in to talk with Tom about all the great products NAA offers, including the Mini and Guardian lines of pistols and revolvers."

"You may not know Attorney Evan Nappen’s name, but you have definitely come across his client’s name, Brian Aitken, recently." ...
 

U.S. Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' XM25 Rifle in Afghanistan
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"Since the dawn of modern warfare, the best way to stay alive in the face of incoming fire has been to take cover behind a wall. But thanks to a game-changing 'revolutionary' rifle, the U.S. Army has made that tactic dead on arrival. Now the enemy can run, but he can't hide."

"After years of development, the U.S. Army has unleashed a new weapon in Afghanistan -- the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, a high-tech rifle that can be programmed so that its 25-mm. ammunition detonates either in front of or behind a target, meaning it can be fired just above a wall before it explodes and kills the enemy." ...
 

Book Review: Poor Lenin's Almanac
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm reviewing my copy of Poor Lenin's Almanac - Perverse leftist proverbs for modern life by liberty writer Bruce Walker (Outskirts Press)."

"I re-read Poor Lenin's Almanac yesterday and there's more utility to the chapters than mere freedom content; Walker employs several literary devices to contrast sloganeering of cliches so often used to change our society for the worse. It's a smooth and effortless read." ...
 

Sometimes It’s OK to Bring A Spatula to a Gun Fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A great many gun owners suffer from what I call totemgunopia (totem + gun + myopia). OK, I just made that up. But I’ve met plenty of gun guys and gals who’ve come to believe that their gun is the centerpiece, the be-all, end-all of self-defense strategies. Setting aside the legal requirements needed to even display the possibility of lethal force, it’s an extremely dangerous mindset. Most violent confrontations are swift n’ nasty sneak attacks ... Acknowledging a threat, bringing your weapon to bear and using it effectively is a three-part process in a one-part world. Chances are you’ll need to counter an attack and gain space before your firearm becomes a factor. You need to think outside the holster. Like this guy . . ." ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 5
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I don’t get out much. Part of that is habit. Part comes from being self-employed. Part comes from being a single dad. And part is frankly that the only time I hang around bars is when I'm booked there with my band. ... But there's a couple of things I can say about bars – most of them are in less-than-wonderful parts of town, and most of their parking lots look to my Condition Yellow-trained eyes as wonderful locations for a mugging. Now I’ve never been in a bar fight. Never been mugged outside a bar (or in an alley behind a bar, which is usually where I have to load in/load out if I'm playing). But as they say in the financial services industry, 'past performance does not insure future results.'" ...
 

Dear Diary: 30 Days to Conceal Carry, Day 4
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Being in the midst of a big project for my day job, I had to curtail most of my plans to travel about (notably to a coffee shop) today. Frankly, most of my – ha ha – 'spare' time was spent trying to figure out why our power went out in my man cave. (Turned out to be a faulty transformer on the pole. My luck.) So rather than look for my IWB holster in the dark, I decided to work on the concept of concealment for my car. Well…Jeep, actually." ...
 

WI: Arms and the man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine you're sitting in a west-side eatery and a half-dozen guys come in sporting iron on their hips. By this I mean they are carrying guns holstered at their sides. They mill about and talk a little too loud, wanting to be noticed. Do you make eye contact? Do you wonder what these guys want and if you are in danger? Now go read staff writer Joe Tarr's report 'Locked and Loaded,' our cover story for this week." ...
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Submitter's Note: Good comment by Auric Gold, the primary source for 'Locked and Loaded'.
 

WI: Locked and loaded -- A look into the minds of the gun-toters among us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Auric Gold got out of the Army in 1977 and moved back to Wisconsin, the college town of Madison seemed like a safe place to settle. But a few random incidents made Gold feel vulnerable." ...
 

Firearms Freedom Act Heads to the Ninth Circuit Court on Appeal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Plaintiffs in litigation to validate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA) have appealed an expected but adverse federal district court decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The plaintiffs in MSSA v. Holder include the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA), the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and MSSA President Gary Marbut of Missoula."

"The MFFA is designed to test the power of Congress to regulate everything without limits under the narrow power given to Congress in the Constitution to 'regulate commerce … among the states.'" ...
 

NJ: Gun advocates ask if Christie's a straight shooter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As for Christie, he seems to have learned a lesson from that loss. By the time he ran for governor last year, he had adopted the position that politicians traditionally adopt when they really, really wish the gun issue would just go away: He said he wouldn’t seek new laws, but would enforce current laws."

"That’s not good enough for gun lovers, and the case of Brian Aitken shows why. Aitken, a media consultant in his mid-20s, was a normal, law-abiding citizen until January of last year. That’s when he moved back to his native New Jersey from Colorado, where he had lived for several years." ...
 

NE: Christensen’s Castle Doctrine legislation gets attention during interim study hearing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senator Mark Christensen’s bill to address self defense issues at home and work, LB 889, got killed in this year’s session of the Unicameral but that doesn’t mean he’s giving up."

"Prior to adjournment, Christensen got a legislative resolution passed to conduct an interim study on a key element of the bill, commonly known as the Castle Doctrine."

"Christensen has built a reputation as a big advocate of Second Amendment gun rights. As a result, he wants to make sure people have the right to protect themselves in their homes, workplaces and vehicles without the threat of a civil lawsuit."...
 

AZ: Montgomery adopting slow approach to changing county attorney policies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his first week on the job, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he's taking a slow and cautious approach to changing any of the office's policies ..." ...

"On Tuesday, Montgomery announced the creation of a Self-Defense Review Committee to evaluate specific cases involving the unlawful discharge of firearms, the defensive display of a weapon, and incidents of physical and deadly force where the right of self-defense has been asserted. Comprised of the same group of senior attorneys in the County Attorney's Office who currently review officer involved incidents, the committee will carefully and expeditiously review the facts presented in such cases prior to making final decisions, Montgomery said." ...
 

TX: District leaders discuss second amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While some believe in stricter gun control, others not only trust in their second amendment rights but also exercise their choice to bear firearms."

"'Why should we handicap our law abiding citizens with restrictions? We have the fundamental right to protect ourselves,' State Rep. Gary Elkins (R-Dist. 135) said. 'Law enforcement can not protect you 24/7.'"

"The issue is also supported by State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-Dist. 130) who signed on two bills last session that were in favor of the second amendment rights." ...
 

OH: Signatures needed for discharge petitions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For weeks, we have been asking you to contact your Representatives asking for support for SB239 and SB247. Your calls have made a difference. We now move to the next step and time is short."

"There is no time for the two bills to go through the normal three committee hearings and committee vote prior to the end of session. There is, however, a powerful but rarely used procedure called a 'discharge petition,' which pulls the bill out of committee, and places it before the full House for a vote. The rules for this procedure making timing a real issue for us. We need 50 Representatives to sign each petition by Tuesday[12-07] morning." ...
 

Will Governor Christie Pardon Brian Aitken?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brian Aitken, a finance student at NYU and economic scholar at the Foundation of Economic Education, ran afoul of New Jersey’s draconian gun laws when he was arrested while transporting two handguns unloaded and locked in the trunk of his car." ...
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Submitter's Note: The only problem being, acceptance of a pardon constitutes an admission of guilt.
 

New Jersey Gun Case Exposes 'Patchwork' of State Laws, Experts Say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The case of a New Jersey man who is serving seven years in prison for possessing two locked and unloaded handguns he purchased legally in Colorado is a perfect example of how a law-abiding citizen can unwittingly become a criminal due to vastly differing gun laws among the states, gun rights experts say." ...
 

New Jersey Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Legally Owned Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Did you think that when the ban on semi-autos and semi-auto magazines sunset in 2004, that the jackboots would be removed from the necks of Americans wishing to possess those items?"

"Well, apparently, not in New Jersey."

"Brian Aitken, 27, was convicted in the 'Garden State' of possessing high-capacity magazines and now faces seven years in prison."

"What makes Aitken’s conviction all the more disconcerting is that he had contacted the New Jersey State Police prior to moving his home and his firearms — and he thought he had all his i’s dotted and his t’s crossed." ...
 

VA: Ex-deputy sentenced for perjury in Va. jail probe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Henry County sheriff's deputy convicted of perjury has avoided jail time."

"The Martinsville Bulletin reports that Mary Lois Markland received a suspended sentence ..." ...
 

IN: Purdue Student Journalist Takes Defiant Stand Against Cop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A student journalist showed nerves of steel as he defiantly continued to videotape a police officer, even as the officer was in his face threatening him with arrest if he continued videotaping." ...
 

FL: Hillsborough County Deputies Refuse to Investigate Assault on Videographer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Emil Assily of the Tampa area had an interesting experience the other day when a man came crashing onto his property in his car." ...

"Assily's first instinct was to begin videotaping, which prompted the owner of the car to grab his camera in an attempt to take it from him."

"Assily pulled away from him and continued videotaping as the man kept inquiring as to why he was 'making a picture of my car.'"

"Assily ended up calling the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department, only for deputies to arrive and berate him for calling them." ...
 

LA: New Orleans police officer says he burned car with body inside because he was stressed, exhausted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A veteran New Orleans police officer said he purposely torched a car containing a gunshot victim's body in the days after Hurricane Katrina because he was stressed, exhausted and felt disorder had gripped the city."

"'I had seen enough bodies,' officer Greg McRae testified Monday. 'I had seen enough rot.'"

"For several hours Monday afternoon, McRae tried to explain his actions to a federal jury that will soon decide his fate and that of four other current or former New Orleans police officers charged with either fatally shooting Henry Glover, burning his body, or covering up his death." ...
 

NJ: Suspended Camden police officer faces charges for third time of harassing ex-wife
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A suspended Camden police officer, previously arrested on two occasions related to the alleged harassment of his ex-wife, faces new charges, Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk said Friday." ...
 

GA: Former Georgia deputy gets life in murders of wife, day laborer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of murder in the slaying of his wife and a day laborer in 2008 was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life sentences plus five years in prison." ...
 

FL: Man Beaten By Police On YouTube Is Charged (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week CBS4 first aired video from YouTube which showed Miami police officers punching an unarmed man as he laid on the ground in Coconut Grove on Halloween night. The Miami police department has launched an internal investigation into the officer's actions."

"Now a South Florida attorney who represents the man being punched by police in the video is speaking out. ..." ...

"Matamoros, who was formally charged with resisting arrest without violence, entered a not guilty plea."

"'All he tried to do is cover his head, until he passed out. They beat him until he was unconscious, and they had to take him to Jackson,' said Martinez-Cid." ...
 

NJ: Jersey City Filing Plan to Lay Off Nearly 100 in Police Department
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"The Healy administration announced this afternoon that Jersey City is moving forward with a plan that will lay off 82 police officers and seven civilian employees in the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD). The city will send the proposal to Trenton Thursday for approval; it comes following what the administration describes as a "collapse of negotiations between the administration and the police union.'" ...
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KABA Note: Mayor Healy is a member of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. And in Jersey, pretty much all guns (even 'legal' ones) are illegal.
 

NJ: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs
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"Camden City Council, as expected, voted Thursday to lay off almost 400 workers, half of them police officers and firefighters, to bridge a $26.5 million deficit."

"That's about a quarter of the city's entire work force."

"Five members of City Council voted unanimously to approve the layoff plan — two other members were absent. The cuts take effect in mid-January." ...
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Submitter's Comment: More than 150 cops laid off in Newark; 100 soon to be in Jersey City and almost 100 in Camden with more towns to come. Expect a spike in crime in NJ. The devil finds work for idle hands.
 

CA: SFPD Retired Officer Busted For Bribery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "It is alleged that over the course of two years ending March 2009, Makaveckas accepted bribes from taxi cab driver applicants in exchange for giving them a passing grade on a written examination that was required for a taxi driving permit. During this period of time Makaveckas was a San Francisco Police Officer who was in charge of administering and grading the written examination. It is alleged that Hancock assisted Makaveckas by being the middle man in the transactions. Hancock is also alleged to have been the operator of a taxi cab driving school." ...
 

NV: Another Clark County Cop Kills and Walks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Henderson, Nevada, police who investigated the incident contend that Zhgenti went to the home of his estranged wife and co-worker, Sabina Iskenderova, at 1:15 a.m. a month into the couple’s trial separation. Officials claim that Zhgenti was armed and intent on triggering a confrontation. The four bullets that hit him — including one in the head — speak to the finality of that confrontation. Henderson police indicate that the shooting was justifiable self-defense. It is apparent that they believe there are only two living witnesses to the incident: Sabina Iskenderova herself, and Edward Little, the police officer who fired the fatal shots." ...
 

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