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ATF management to treat Gunwalker crimes as personnel policy violations
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "This, in turn, follows and bolsters the narrative established by Barack Obama, that 'People who have screwed up will be held accountable.'" ...
 

If gun rights were treated like voting rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "We have talked about that from a slightly different angle before, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Washington's voting ban for felons. The court's logic was that felon voting bans disproportionately affect racial minorities, because non-whites are approached by police, arrested, convicted and incarcerated more than equally criminal white suspects. That, obviously, would mean that minorities are disproportionately disarmed by the Gun Control Act of 1968, which bans firearm possession by felons."

"Odd, isn't it, that both the 9th Circuit Court and the NAACP seem not to object to people of color being disproportionately subjected to mandated defenselessness?" ...
 

U.S. Cop Fatalities Rise 13 Percent. DOJ Jefe Holder Blames Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'One Oregon police chief was killed when a man allegedly took the officer's gun and shot him in the head. A policeman in Arizona was fatally shot when he went to a suburban Phoenix apartment complex to help a probation officer. And two South Dakota officers were killed in a shootout after a traffic stop.' Wait. Stop. What’s wrong with this lede from our friends at The Washington Times, chronicling a jump in law enforcement officers’ on-the-job fatality stats? Let’s have a look at the raw cop death data at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund via the link that the Times and the mainstream media somehow forgot to provide . . ." ...
 

Obama Anti-Gun Arrogance Targets U.S. Constitution in Washington DC (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Obama now says he won’t enforce part of law he signs when he disagrees with it."

"He shows his anti-gun colors in so doing." ...
 

Help A Bigoted, Gun-Hating Liberal Win an AK-47
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post Writers Group has penned an interesting essay. Titled, 'Help a card-carrying liberal win an AK-47,' it shows the sort of hateful rhetoric we gunnies have come to expect from the self-styled tolerant, inclusive, liberal elite. Refreshingly, Gene's perfectly honest about his liberalism and states up front that he would like to repeal the Second Amendment (he's apparently unaware that the Bill of Rights protects our rights, it doesn't grant them, so repealing the Second Amendment would do nothing but precipitate a civil war). He magnanimously admits that the Second was once useful, but then goes on to say…" ...
 

CA: New laws for Californians, effective 2012
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the dawn of every New Year comes a slew of new laws that go into effect, the state legislature having passed them the year prior. 2012 is no different as multiple laws in California will change personal liberties and the way we do business. ..." ...

"Open-carry citizen handgun ban. Endorsed by law enforcement because officers can’t tell if the weapon is loaded or not, the law prohibits carrying a handgun in plain sight. Violators may be fined up to $1,000 and spend six months in jail. Second Amendment supporters swear to carry rifles and shotguns instead. California residents can still apply for a concealed weapon permit." ...
 

PA: Castle Doctrine Covers Bow & Arrow Death
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... "Lisa and Carl Woolley were still married when she began seeing Bittinger."

"The triangle reached its breaking point when Bittinger left a voicemail on his lover's phone saying he was coming over to put a hole in her husband’s head." ...

"After making the nearly hour-long drive to Woolley's home with his two brothers, Bittinger stormed to the porch wielding a 32-inch club."

"That's when Carl Woolley went inside to get his bow and arrow, shooting Bittinger in the chest. ..."

"'From witness statements, yes, there were threats and he was intoxicated and basically out of control,' Trooper Drzal said."

"Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler announced ... Tuesday he would not pursue criminal charges." ...
 

Why the silence from WA congressional delegation on Fast & Furious?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Operation Fast and Furious has been in the headlines for 11 months, yet to gauge the non-interest and non-response from members of Washington’s Congressional delegation, including Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, one would think the scandal to be non-existent." ...
 

Is 2012 Presidential Election Fueling Record Gun Sales? (video story)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"The FBI reports that background checks for gun purchases in 2011 will shatter the yearly record, and experts are now trying to figure out why. ..."
 

CA: Gun Sales Skyrocketing During Holidays (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Electronics and toys are not the only hot holiday gifts this year."

"Shoppers bought a record number of guns, as well."

"New numbers from the F.B.I. show almost a half a million instant criminal back ground checks for gun owners were done in the 6 days leading up to Christmas." ...

"Jesse Gibson with the Range Pistol Club says 'We are very busy, not only with shooters but handgun sales, we are selling anywhere from 4 guns a day, other days 30 to 40 a day.'"

"He adds more women are buying guns, than ever before for protection."
 

Video: Michele Bachmann Talks About Her Favorite Gun, AR-15 (video story)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"On Thursday morning’s WHO-AM radio show in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann talked about how she loved hunting and her favorite gun (video below).

"'I went through gun safety when i was 12. My favorite is an AR-15. I scored the best of my class of any of the men, too,' the GOP presidential candidate gushed." ...
 

Ron Paul: U.S. is reaching end of another financial bubble
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. is on shakier financial ground now than it was during the economic crisis of 2008, Ron Paul told a crowd of roughly 150 Iowans gathered this afternoon in Atlantic, Iowa."

"'The financial markets and the dollar system are a lot worse off even than they were four years ago,' he said. 'My proposals are simply based on the Constitution, limited government, private property rights (and) the second amendment —all these things that made America great.'" ...
 

IN: Gun Owners of America Endorses Richard Mourdock for Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun Owners of America is proud to announce the endorsement of Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate."

"Mr. Mourdock, who currently serves as Indiana’s State Treasurer, believes that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right. He stands in stark contrast to his liberal, anti-gun opponent, Richard Lugar."

"First elected to the Senate in 1976, Richard Lugar has become the most pitiful of Washington denizens: a man who has forgotten what he stood for and who elected him." ...
 

OH: U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel sends fundraising plea to Second Amendment advocates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this month, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that, in a recent fundraising letter addressed 'Dear Fellow Gun Rights Activist,' Ohio's Republican state treasurer touts himself as a 'proud pro-gun candidate' for U.S. Senate." ...
 

STRIP Act targets TSA uniform: End 'impersonation' of 'real cops'
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"The STRIP Act is not some adult show."

"It's a new House bill that stands for Stop TSA's Reach In Policy and would prevent Transportation Security Administration officers from wearing law enforcement uniforms and police-like badges and calling themselves officers unless they receive law enforcement training." ...
 

AZ: Arizona Legislators Still Want Guns on College Campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arizona state legislators have redrafted legislation that would allow guns on college campuses, despite Governor Jan Brewer's vetoing of a similar bill earlier this year."

"The new bill is just a modified version of the old bill, which Brewer felt was too vague. However, after vetoing it, the governor said she supports 'the thoughtful expansion of where firearms should be allowed.'"

"'The actual legislation that does so must be both unambiguous and clear to protect the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners. Senate Bill 1467 [last year's bill to allow guns on campus] is neither,' she explained at the time." ...
 

AZ: Another Push To Allow Guns on College Campuses in Arizona
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The upcoming legislative session will see a push by pro-gun politicians to pass legislation that would allow students and professors to carry guns onto Arizona college campuses."

"Lawmakers rebuffed in 2011 by Gov. Jan Brewer in their efforts to legalize guns on campuses said they are determined to get the bill passed in the new session."

"The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/ulv7Qz ) reports backers have revised the wording of their failed bill, received the powerful political backing of the National Rifle Association, met with university and law-enforcement officials, and plan to introduce the bill as soon as the session begins Jan. 9." ...
 

Does Concealed Gun Give Cops Right to Search You?
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"A recent decision of the District of New Mexico, United States v. Rodriguez, 2011 WL 6739498 (D.N.M. Dec. 8, 2011) (Browning, J.) , addresses an issue of Fourth Amendment law that touches on Second Amendment concerns: In a concealed carry state, does police observation that a person is in possession of a concealed weapon create 'reasonable suspicion' justifying a stop and frisk for a potential violation of the state’s concealed carry law? The court concludes that it does, although that conclusion strikes me as incorrect." ...
 

Heller’s Attorneys Awarded $1.1 Million for DC vs. Heller Work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Who says the wheels of justice grind slowly? OK, in this case it’s the determination of legal fees that took three and a half years, and no one’s going to cry a river over lawyers waiting for the dough. Except maybe Ralph. But we’re trying to keep our schadenfreude meter from spinning off into the stratosphere at the news, via huffingtonpost.com, that Richard Heller’s attorneys, led by Alan Gura, were just awarded $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses for their work in the DC vs. Heller case decided by the Supreme Court in 2008…" ...
 

A dangerous bill heading toward the president would gut our rights.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You know these are interesting times when Glenn Beck, Dianne Feinstein, Rand Paul and the ACLU all agree on an issue. The issue in question is Subtitle D of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), headed to the president's desk. These under-the-radar provisions, co-sponsored by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, would allow for the indefinite military detention of any person alleged to be a member of Al Qaeda, the Taliban or 'associated forces.' The provisions also apply to any person who supports or aids 'belligerent' acts against the United States, whether the person is apprehended here or abroad. " ...
 

TX: Van Zandt deputy fired after allegedly striking teen with flashlight (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A veteran Van Zandt County Sheriff's deputy has been fired and faces serious charges for striking a 16-year-old in the head with a police flashlight."

"Van Zandt County Sheriff Pat Burnett said Michael Crumpler, a 6-year veteran of the department, was suspended after video of the September 21 incident captured on a patrol unit was reviewed." ...
 

TX: Woman Says Cops Took Turns on Her
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A woman who got drunk at a nightclub says two police officers in West Tawakoni, east of Dallas, took her to the police station and raped her, then drove her back to the club and told her to 'tell your friends this was a joke.'" ...
 

AL: City Council approves lawsuit settlement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Gadsden City Council on Tuesday agreed to settle a lawsuit against the city, former Gadsden Police Chief Richard Crouch and a Gadsden police officer."

"The council voted 6-1 to approve a resolution for the $50,000 settlement with Shawn Kevin Edlin ..." ...

"The complaint stated Edlin 'was punched in the face on videotape by a police officer while in handcuffs,' and that he suffered lacerations requiring stitches, broken bones and teeth, loss of blood, pain, humiliation, anger and emotional and mental distress, as well bruises and contusions to his face and body."

"Councilman Ben Reed voted against approving the resolution. He said Tuesday during the council’s work session that '$5 and a bus ticket was the best deal.'" ...
 

CA: CHP plans 24-hour crackdown on drivers using cellphones
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Cellphone talkers and texters, beware. California Highway Patrol officers around Sacramento have special marching orders on Friday and Saturday:"

"Find you and ticket you." ...

"Also on Friday, plainclothes officers and volunteers with clipboards will be stationed on foot at several major intersections around Sacramento, peering into passing car windows and noting the types of distracted driving they see." ...
 

FL: Photo shows pepper-sprayed prisoner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... A picture of 62-year-old Nick Christie could be worth thousands of dollars when a jury sees it."

"The photo shows the Ohio man restrained inside the Lee County Jail with his body covered in pepper spray."

"'This photo is a picture of a man who is strapped to a chair naked inside a jail for hours with a hood over his face. That evokes thoughts of being tortured,' says Cleveland-based lawyer Nick DiCello ..." ...

"The District 21 Medical Examiner ruled his death was a homicide because he had been restrained and sprayed with pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers. But to this day, nobody has ever been charged with a crime, and the Lee County State Attorney cleared the sheriff's office of any wrong doing." ...
 

VA: The Rest of the Story: 26 LU students request permits to carry guns on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Liberty University senior Craig Storrs returns from Christmas break, he plans to apply for permission to carry on campus his Bersa .380, a small handgun he owns for self-defense."

"If Storrs’ application is approved, he will join the first wave of students packing heat at Liberty."

"Since LU announced the new firearms policy in late November, 64 students, faculty and staff have applied for permission to carry guns on campus, according to university officials. Liberty officials would not disclose how many applications had been approved, but said they received requests from 26 students and 38 faculty and staff members by semester’s end." ...
 

WA: Does WDFW press release reveal serious fault with WA wildlife management?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "That's a 'Well, DUH!' kind of acknowledgement for which bureaucrats are famous across the landscape. WDFW critics might suggest that the agency may as well admit that Resource Allocation reduces the chance of success, and subsequently has reduced agency revenue. Many hunters quietly believe that the plan all along was to drive them out of the woods. Rather than admit the error, the agency has adopted this strategy: Provide a permit hunting opportunity for a limited number of hunters, rather than scrap Resource Allocation altogether. Yet, this does signal a gradual retreat toward the old structure." ...
 

NY: Tourist arrested after trying to check in gun at WTC site
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"A tourist from Tennessee reportedly thought she could check her loaded gun at New York City's Sept. 11 memorial."

"The New York Post says 39-year-old Meredith Graves was visiting the memorial at the World Trade Center site on Dec. 22 and noticed a sign that said 'No guns allowed.' The Post reports that Graves asked police where she could check her loaded pistol. She was arrested on a gun-possession charge." ...
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KABA Note: This quote from Instapundit proprietor Glenn Reynolds seems terribly apropos.
 

NY: Gun-holder busted for honesty at 9/11 memorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Graves and her husband were visiting the Big Apple so she could attend a job interview for a position at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Long Island when they stopped by the recently-opened memorial to pay their respects. Upon seeing a sign warning visitors that firearms were forbidden, the nursing student asked an NYPD officer if there was a place she could check the licensed weapon in her purse that she had forgot about. Now Graves will never forget that things in New York aren’t quite the same as down south."

"Although Graves was honest about her legally-obtained and registered weapon, cops are charging her with a felony for having the gun outside of the state of Tennessee." ...
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Submitter's Note: So where's the mens rea?
 

IN: Kroger shooting rekindles gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Monday's shooting in a Kroger store in Indianapolis rekindled debate about firearms in the workplace."

"A Kroger manager, 24-year-old Elijah Elliott, shot and killed a man whom he thought was a would-be robber inside the grocery store. The suspect later died from his wounds."

"'An armed society is a polite society,' said Jared Harrington, co-owner of the Four Guns store ... 'The situation at Kroger could have escalated into something much worse.'"

"Gun-carrying citizens have found advocates at the Indiana Statehouse in recent years. An Indiana law passed in 2010 allows workers to keep guns in their vehicles' locked trunks and glove compartments while parked at work - regardless of the company's policy ..." ...
 

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