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Brady troll stalking WarOnGuns blog a welcome holiday gift to share
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "Take a look at the Sitemeter visit record in the sidebar photo. Look at where it came from. And it shows the outclick was from 'Post a Comment.'" ...

"Really, Bradys? Anonymous trolling? This is what the nation’s foremost gungrabber organization is reduced to?" ...
 

Obama’s Anti-gun Agenda Remains Alive and Well
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Thanks to the efforts of freedom advocates such as John Lott, Obama’s efforts to stay under the radar are now glistening in the sunlight. Lott reviewed an unsettling and lengthy list of Obama’s 'processes,' starting with the President's intention to ignore at least 20 parts of the 2012 omnibus spending bill ... Using the controversial and likely unconstitutional 'signing statements,' Obama said, 'I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility … such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient.' ... To rub it in, Obama iterated his position: 'Our spending decisions shall not be treated as dependent on the approval of congressional committees.' ..." ...
 

Anti-gun rights writer misses the point
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My comments are relative to Mr. David W. Driver's letter about gun violence (control)."

"Far am I from a Bible scholar much less a Christian theologian, perhaps as Mr. Driver. However, two thousand years ago I suspect a dagger or short sword was equivalent to a present day hand gun as a means of personal protection."

"On the night Christ was betrayed, disciple Peter sliced off the ear of the servant of the high priest with his sword. What was Peter doing with a sword? Christ surely knew about it. If he said, 'Peter, you dolt, I've told you time and again, no swords nor knives!' it was not recorded. He simply told Peter to re-sheath it. Did he tell him to surrender it? No." ...
 

Firearm Accident Fatalities at an All-Time Low
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the number and per capita rate of firearm accident deaths fell to an all-time low. There were 592 firearm accident deaths (0.19 such accidents per 100,000 population) in 2008, as compared to 613 accidents (.20 per 100,000) in 2007. In 2008, the chance of a child dying in a firearm accident was roughly one in a million."

"Firearm accidents accounted for 0.5% of all accidental deaths; well below the percentages accounted for by motor vehicle accidents, falls, fires, poisonings, and several other more common types of mishaps." ...
 

 

Heizer DoubleTap Hands-On
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While waiting in line to pony up for my range time recently, a pleasant man in spectacles and his son struck up a conversation with Matt, the owner of Sovereign Arms. Sovereign Arms is the scruffy shooting range at the intersection of 141 and 21 in Fenton outside St. Louis. I frequent their establishment for the fair prices and good service. It’s where I first showed my grandsons how to shoot a pistol. Matt’s handling a small object…" ...
 

Time For Some Clarification on the Four Rules, Mike
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Official TTAG gun rights denier Mikeb302000 finally commented on my article describing the first stages of teaching grandchild Five and Six how to shoot. Thanks Mike, I was starting to feel a bit left out. In the article I described how I focus on safety and tell the boys they have to memorize and recite the Four Rules of Firearms Safety as a condition of being able to shoot with Grandpa. But then Mike wrote…" ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Dry Fire Practice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regular practice plays the crucial role in creating and maintaining life-saving proficiency with a deadly weapon. Especially when you train without bullets. 'Dry firing' your gun can help you achieve many of the life-saving goals of marksmanship and safe gun handling you need at no cost at all. In fact, I’m down with the oft-stated calculation that dry firing should account for more than 50 percent of one’s practice time. Here’s what I do…" ...
 

AZ: A year without murders unlikely to last
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is, of course, reason to celebrate that Flagstaff is on track to finish 2011 without a single murder inside the city."

"Flagstaff is hardly Mayberry, RFD, but violent crimes of all types have plummeted in recent years, thanks to more community policing and better use of neighborhood-level police reports." ...

"But we are also realistic enough to know that lethal violence in a state with lax gun laws is hard to keep at a zero level for long. As every study shows, more guns mean more gun violence, everything else being equal. But with every state, city or region being different, establishing direct causation between restrictive gun laws and lower crime is like hitting a moving target. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Every study? I guess the editorial staff at the Daily Sun have never heard of an obscure book titled More Guns, Less Crime by a little known author named Dr. John Lott. Maybe they should get out more . . .
 

NC: Common sense says to limit concealed-carry rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An examination of North Carolina's concealed-gun permit program by The New York Times underscores the state's folly in allowing concealed weapons in public parks. And it shows just how right Winston-Salem and other cities are to limit, as much as possible, pistol-packin' in public parks. Citizens should fight any legislative attempts to allowed concealed weapons in other public places, such as bars." ...
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Submitter's Note: The JournalNow Staff clearly didn't bother to do any real research on the subject, because if they had they would have found that the NYT piece actually showed permit-holders are significantly more law-abiding than the average citizen.
 

Keep and Bear Arms, but Not in New York
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Constitutional scholars argue over the intent of the Second Amendment, and how it is impacted by the 14th. We claim no qualifications to speak to those legal arguments."

"But we do know gun ownership is not something to take lightly, and neither is the carrying of a concealed weapon. It is a moral responsibility with potentially mortal consequences. But it is only logical that people should have the right to defend themselves."

"By applying for a permit, people are asserting their right of self-defense, and expressing their willingness to abide by the law. People who follow society’s rules should not be placed at the mercy of those who do not. That shouldn’t change every time they cross a state line."
 

NY City Councilman: ‘Clearly, the (gun) laws are too strict here ...’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An astounding admission by a New York City Councilman, commenting on the arrest of a visiting Tennessee medical student who had a pistol in her purse at the Sept. 11 memorial, that the city’s gun laws are too strict could become political – and maybe even legal – fodder for proponents of national concealed carry reciprocity." ...
 

Should Gun Rights be Reciprocal Among States? Tenn. Women Arrested in NYC for Carrying Legal Gun at 9/11 Memorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "If every place in America is forced to be just like every other place when it comes all laws and regulation and taxes and collective bargaining and trans fat and this and that (including gay marriage, come to think of it), isn't that supposed to be a bad thing? Or should the standard for gun rights and many other things (free speech, religious liberty, not having to quarter soldiers, etc.) ultimately be set at the highest level possible? What do you think is the way to decide which rights get special protection and which ones don't?"
 

NY Politicians Having Second Thoughts on TN Woman Prosecution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hold on to your bonnet. While Mayor Mike would no doubt love to throw her in the Big Apple’s deepest dungeon for a few years, other local New York City pols are having second thoughts about prosecuting Meredith Graves, the Tennessee woman arrested at the 9/11 memorial earlier this week. As city councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said, 'By prosecuting this woman and seeking 3 1/2 years of jail, we are shooting our own [gun-control] efforts in the foot and giving the rest of the country ammunition.' So to speak. The problem – and Vallone sees it quite clearly – is Graves makes the perfect HR 822 poster child…" ...
 

TN: Teenager Shoots, Kills Home Invader With Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Henderson, TN teenager used a shotgun to shoot and kill a suspected home invader. The suspect was taken to the hospital and died of his wounds. The 14 and 17 year old residents were home alone. No charges will be brought against the teens or homeowners. ..." ...
 

GA: Wendy’s Employee Shoots, Kills 1 of 2 Armed Robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Wendy’s restaurant worker in Savannah, GA was robbed at gunpoint as he was closing the store. The employee then drew his own gun, shot, and killed one of the armed robbers. The other suspect is still at large. ..." ...
 

TX: Fort Worth Woman Shoots & Kills Home Intruder
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... "According to police, the woman was home alone and heard someone persistently ringing her doorbell and banging on the door at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The woman called her husband, who was traveling out of town visiting family, and he told her to get the couple’s gun. She did so and dialed 911."

"A short time later, police said, the suspect walked into the home through a backdoor and entered the woman’s bedroom. The woman fired the gun and struck the suspect in his torso, all before police arrived on the scene. He was taken to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth where he died." ...
 

FL: Fired for being brave: Store clerk loses his job after tackling armed robber who threatened to shoot him (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A sales clerk explains how he was fired from his job: tackling an armed robber who threatened to shoot him."

"Eric Henderson refused to back down when confronted by two female robbers in Pensacola Florida demanding he hand over cash from his Circle K register last week."

"Catching a moment of rare opportunity, the 30-year-old grabbed the gun pointed at him by one of the alleged robbers and slammed her to the ground." ...

"Mr Henderson claims he was given no choice but to act to save his own life but it was company policy not to provoke, chase or engage a robber."

"He explained that one of the robbers told her accomplice to shoot him as she stood behind the register." ...
 

New Year’s Resolution? Follow Fast & Furious to the end
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the New Year approaches, it is a good time to make plans for what many are predicting (or warning) could be the turning-point year in American history."

"So, here are some New Year's resolutions, which may, or may not, be worth the bandwidth."

"This column has come a long way with its coverage of Operation Fast & Furious, and our resolve is to report this story as it continues to unravel, dogging it to the bitter end so that those responsible will be held accountable. Fast & Furious is like a guaranteed full employment act for reporters." ...
 

Rush On the Record with Greta Van Susteren: Additional Segments
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "GRETA: What is the role of government?"

"RUSH: Government, spelled out, ideally and flawlessly and perfectly in the Constitution. The first ten amendments limit what government can do and FDR and Obama have both said that that's a big obstacle. They call that negative liberties. The Constitution, to them, is negative liberties because it says what government can't do. They want to change it. Fast and Furious, you know what that was about? And e-mails now prove it. ... This was an effort around the second amendment. That's what Fast and Furious is -- or was." ...
 

NRA’s Fundraising Growing Quickly As They Gear Up To Defeat Obama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the National Rifle Association sets its sights on keeping President Barack Obama from a second term in the White House, a new report finds that the group’s fundraising grew twice as fast as its income from membership dues from 2004 to 2010. Bloomberg News reported that the group received $71.1 million in donations last year, up 54 percent from the $46.3 million figure they raised in 2004." ...
 

John Frazier Of The NRA-ILA On Obama's Signing Statement (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cam Edwards of NRA News interviewed John Frazier, NRA-ILA Director of Research and Information, regarding President Obama's recent signing statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012. ..."
 

Obama violates his own words in defying Congress to advance 'gun control' agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One week ago today, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2055, the 'Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.' He also issued a 'presidential signing statement,' a controversial mechanism by which a president tells Congress he is not bound by parts of the newly signed law with which he disagrees. The line item veto is not dead, after all. In fairness, Obama did not invent this practice, as The Hill pointed out last week:" ...
 

NJ: Score one for the Second Amendment Society
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I wrote recently of how the state of New Jersey refuses to follow its own law that mandates that purchase permits for guns be issued within 30 days if there is no good cause to deny them."

"That statute also strictly limits the conditions a municipality may require."

"Egg Harbor Township was one of many that requires extra forms and imposes conditions outside the law."

"But when the Second Amendment Society brought this to their attention, the township officials showed a rare example of common sense."

"They reconsidered and decided to follow the law."

"Anything can happen. Perhaps soon even Chris Christie will see the light." ...
 

SC: Another South Carolina Sheriff Gets It (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker gets it. In response to a brutal rape and murder of a local woman, Sheriff Parker is encouraging women to get their South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP)." ...
 

TX: Call for Policy Change after Denny's Shooting (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two different stories are emerging after an off-duty Houston Police officer shot a man outside a Denny's restaurant."

"The injured man, Clemente Vela, 32, is facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly threatening the officer with a knife."

"Officer Julio Lopez, a six-year veteran of the force, was not hurt. He told investigators he feared for his life." ...

"A customer, who asked not to be identified, says the suspect did obey the officer's orders."

"He says he and a waitress heard what happened."

"'Pow Pow. She said he shot twice. Then he shot pow, pow, pow, pow. The guy had his hands up. He had dropped the knife,' said the customer."

"The witness believes the officer was drunk. ..." ...
 

NM: Former police officer accused of groping woman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Navajo Police Department officer has been indicted on a charge that he groped and kissed a woman against her will while she was handcuffed." ...
 

MA: Lowell to pay Nuon $50G in '08 wrongful-arrest suit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Newly elected Lowell City Councilor Vesna Nuon has agreed to a $50,000 settlement with the city and something unusual -- an apology from a Lowell police officer -- in his 2009 federal false-arrest lawsuit against the city."

"Attorneys Myong Joun and Jeffrey Wiesner, representing Nuon, released a statement Tuesday in which they said a key factor in the settlement is that the Lowell Police Department has agreed to revise its training on the law of disorderly conduct in the wake of a federal judge's ruling earlier this year."

"'This case was never about money. It was always about the police treating the citizens of Lowell properly and to strive to do better,' Nuon said in a prepared statement. ..." ...
 

PA: Fmr. DelCo police officer charged with rape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An elected official and former Darby Township police officer has been charged with using his position to commit sexual crimes against women."

"The Delaware County District Attorney's Office says Kevin Walker, a former Darby Township police officer and elected state constable for the city of Chester where he lives, harassed, threatened, stalked and in one case, raped vulnerable women while on duty."

"In a statement, District Attorney G. Michael Green said, 'As alleged in the Affidavits, the defendant used his position as a police officer to prey upon and violate women in vulnerable circumstances, and in doing so, he breached the public's trust.'" ...
 

MS: City settles with man who claimed police abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The City of Hattiesburg has reached a settlement with a local man who filed a lawsuit, claiming he suffered abuse at the hands of the Hattiesburg Police Department." ...

"The lawsuit, filed March 25, claims Hooker and the other officers beat Williams during a traffic stop, causing injuries."

"The lawsuit states Hooker and the three other officers pulled Williams over because they thought he was transporting drugs and that Williams was taken out of the car and officers addressed him using racial slurs."

"Williams claims in his suit the officers began to beat him with guns and flashlights when they couldn't find drugs. The suit says Williams' left eye was injured in the beating." ...
 

CA: San Jose Defends Falsified Evidence
Submitted by: John Jorgensen/GS2AC
Website: http://www.gs2ac.com/

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... "'San Jose Police Detective Matthew Christian created a document, on letterhead that bore the seal of the Santa Clara County Crime Lab, which falsely stated that Michael Kerkeles’s semen was found at the alleged crime scene. ... Christian then testified under oath that the report was true. Mr. Kerkeles was ordered to stand trial after Christian gave this false testimony — which was the only evidence that supported the charges. ... The Appellate Court also reinstated Mr. Kerkeles’ claim against the City of San Jose based on evidence SJPD officers routinely created false crime lab reports and there had been other instances where fake reports had been presented in court as genuine. [emphasis added]'"

"Consider that the lower court gave the officer a pass for a false report ..." ...
 

CA: Lawmen charged after crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Alhambra police officer was recently sentenced to 270 days in jail for drunk driving and causing a head-on crash that involved another San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy, who is also accused of driving under the influence."

"Jose Luis Vaca ... was driving north on Highway 395 about a half-mile north of Bear Valley Road during the early morning of May 23, 2010, when he collided with a Toyota Camry that was traveling southbound." ...

"A female passerby pulled over to help the injured. But then a sport utility vehicle driven by Rebecca Sue Long struck her and then hit Vaca’s vehicle."

"A 27-year-old San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy, Long was also off-duty at the time and was charged with drunk driving." ...
 

Bear Hunting… With a Twist (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m sitting here laughing my ass off. The girlfriend, on the other hand, is not amused. Eh, vegetarians…"
 

PA: Kill-adelphia: Yet again, city tops list of homicide rates
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... "Murders are up again this year in Philadelphia, and the city still has the highest homicide rate of the nation's 10 most populous cities, according to stats provided by each city's police department. At the same time, fewer murders are getting solved."

"With a few days left in the year, the city's homicide tally stood at 324 Wednesday ..." ...

"Comparing murder rates with the rest of the 10 most populous cities, Philly comes out on top, with 20.7 homicides per 100,000 residents. The next closest are Chicago, 15.7, and Dallas, 10.9."

"New York's rate is 6.1, and even notorious Los Angeles' is only 7.8, though rates for some smaller cities - like Detroit, New Orleans and St. Louis - are much worse than Philly." ...
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KABA Note: I wonder if the city government's hostility towards law-abiding permit holders has anything to do with their murder rate?
 

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