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More Blood On Hands of 'Gun Free Zones' Extremists at Omaha Mall, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Eight more innocent Americans have been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness at Omaha's Westroads Mall this week, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today that the real outrage of this crime is that it happened in a 'gun free zone' where law-abiding private citizens are disarmed by mall rules and state statute."

"'In the wake of this horrible crime,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'gun control extremists are already demanding more useless gun control legislation. A prohibition on firearms at Westroads Mall did not stop Robert Hawkins, but it did give him a risk-free environment in which to unleash his rampage.'" ...
 

CCRKBA Urges Senate to Withhold Sullivan Confirmation At BATFE
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms strongly encourages the U.S. Senate to reject confirmation of Michael Sullivan as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives until he demonstrates responsible leadership."

"While we have admired Mr. Sullivan’s no-nonsense opposition to attempts by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others to gain sweeping access to sensitive BATFE firearms trace data, we are alarmed at what appear to be significant abuses of authority by BATFE agents under his command. The BATFE is an agency in serious need of reform, and we are not confident Mr. Sullivan can accomplish such reform, based on agency conduct under his term as acting director." ...
 

L. Neil Smith: Gun Control and the Supremes
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redtradingpost.com

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"Many years ago, cartoonist Rex F. 'Baloo' May and I tried to sell a daily comic strip to the newspaper syndicates called Atlantea the Beautiful. Ostensibly, it was about the final days before Atlantis sank beneath the waves, but it was actually a satire of contemporary American politics, being written and drawn during the George H.W. Bush Administration."

"What's significant about it is the way we portrayed the Atlantean Supreme Court: nine old men in black dresses sitting atop a giant slot machine, as lawyers below jump up absurdly to pull the lever. Judging from the reactions in the media to the real court's decision to accept a case about the right to own and carry weapons, Rex and I were spot on." ...
 

John Longnecker: Omaha, Nebraska: Six Minutes... Crime 9, the People 0.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nine dead thanks to a micro gun ban policy. A gun ban."

"Bans on school campus and in Malls, workplace and other locales are nothing but micro gun bans with tragic results as gigantic as any other shooting. ... Nine dead for this kind of brilliance. In less than six minutes. Nine dead thanks to a gun ban. This is what we call Lip Service, where the results so obviously discredit the excuses."

"Public places need to understand that individuals bent on murder will not listen to their gun ban. They never do and they never will. Murderers do notice where a target-rich environment is unarmed and unable to stop them in the few moments they need to kill. The few short moments they need is a lot less than six minutes." ...
 

Media Coverage of Mall Shooting Fails to Reveal Mall's Gun-Free-Zone Status
Submitted by: jac

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"The horrible tragedy at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. received a lot of attention Wednesday and Thursday. ..."

"A Google news search using the phrase "Omaha Mall Shooting" finds an incredible 2,794 news stories worldwide for the last day. From India and Taiwan to Britain and Austria, there are probably few people in the world who haven’t heard about this tragedy."

"But despite the massive news coverage, none of the media coverage, at least by 10 a.m. Thursday, mentioned this central fact: Yet another attack occurred in a gun-free zone."

"Surely, with all the reporters who appear at these crime scenes and seemingly interview virtually everyone there, why didn’t one simply mention the signs that ban guns from the premises?" ...
 

SKS Accessories
Submitted by: david wolfe

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"The SKS rifle is a simple gas operated auto loader with some very strong attributes in it’s favor. For all it’s glory and simplicity few rifles have been surrounded by more confusion than the humble SKS. ..." ...

"The most important thing you can learn about any SKS is this, leave it alone! There are dozens of accessories available for an SKS but most do nothing to improve the performance of the weapon. Forget about folding stocks, high capacity magazines, scope mounts etc... Leave it as is and it will serve you well. Take the extra money and buy an extra case of ammo, you'll be glad you did. Trust me on this one.
 

Smith & Wesson 2Q Profit Rises
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. said Thursday profit rose 3 percent in its fiscal second quarter, as strong international and U.S. police sales offset weak domestic consumer demand."

"Net income rose to $2.94 million in the three months ended Oct. 31 from $2.85 million a year earlier. Per-share earnings were flat at 7 cents because the company increased the number of outstanding shares to 48.3 million from 41.5 million."

"Overall revenue rose 39 percent to $71.4 million from $51.4 million. Product and services sales, which exclude licensing income, rose 39 percent to $70.8 million from $50.8 million."

"The results topped Wall Street's expectations. ..." ...
 

Crazy laws let a killer 'go out in style'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NEBRASKA, the farming state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the US, began the year with LB-454, a new state law allowing people 21 years and over to carry a concealed handgun pretty much wherever they go." ...

"Nebraska marked the end of the year yesterday with a bloodbath at the Westroads shopping mall ..." ...

"... Omaha's Orger Sorgenfrei was one of the first Nebraskans to apply for a concealed weapon permit. At the time, he said the new law was going to be good forOmaha because 'the good guy is carrying instead of just the bad guys'."

"It would be nice to think that Mr Sorgenfrei might at least be prepared to reconsider his position now." ...
 

After Omaha Massacre, the Issue is Not Mall Security, But Rather Access to Assault Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday Robert Hawkins, a troubled 19-year-old youth, walked into a mall in Omaha, Nebraska and opened fire with an assault rifle. In just minutes he killed eight people, wounded at least five more and then turned the gun on himself."

"News media across the country are now asking 'How safe are U.S. malls?' But the issue is not mall security, but rather easy access to assault weapons. Because of lax gun laws and the sunset of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Hawkins was able to arm himself with an assault rifle and fulfill his wish to 'be famous' by carrying out a mass shooting." ...
 

Paul Helmke: America Again Witnesses the Cost of Assault Weapons in Civilian Hands
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement about yesterday's tragic shooting in Omaha, Nebraska:"

"'Our sympathies and prayers go to the families of the eight who died and the five who were wounded in yesterday's mall shooting in Omaha.'"

"'Having an SKS rifle and high-capacity ammunition clips enabled a troubled young man to kill and injure a large number of people quickly and efficiently. Allowing the easy acquisition and possession of military-style weapons like this is foolhardy and the results are tragic.'" ...
 

Our Second Amendment: The Founders’ Intent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Soon the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether the District of Columbia's bans on possession of handguns, even in the home, and on having long guns functional for self defense violate the Constitution. ..."

"After ignoring the Amendment since its ambiguous U.S. v. Miller decision in 1939, the Court will decide whether the phrase 'the right of the people' in the Second Amendment refers to the same 'people' as in the First and Fourth Amendments ... It will also consider whether a 'right' in the Bill of Rights refers to a real liberty or is only rhetoric. Is the right to keep and bear arms on a par with the rights peaceably to assemble or against unreasonable search and seizure? Or is it void where prohibited by law?" ...
 

ID: Idaho Attorney General joins other AG's to defend the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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With other Attorney Generals signing on with Texas Attorney General to support Heller, that the Second Amendment is an individual right. I began to contact our Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, calling and writing his office, writing a letters to the editor and encouraging others to contact him.

I just received the following letter from Wasden's staff. He will be signing on to support the Second Amendment with other Attorney Generals. I appreciate Mr. Wasden signing on and I encourage others to contact your AG to support OUR right to keep and bear arms!
 

CT: Police: Homeowner Shot At Burglars
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A Stratford homeowner shot at two men who had allegedly broken into his home, according to police."

"Police said officers received a 911 call ... before 10 a.m. on Thursday. Someone called and reported that shots had been fired and that there had possibly been a home invasion ..."

"When officers arrived, the homeowner told police that he had interrupted two teen suspects burglarizing his garage."

"The homeowner said that he fired two shots at the teens, but missed, and the suspected burglars fled." ...

"Police said the homeowner claimed that one of the burglars had something in his hand that looked as though it might have been a gun. The man said that the two teens came at him, forcing him to fire his weapon." ...
 

MO: Home Invader Critically Wounded by Resident
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"A home-invasion turned violent for one of the suspects late Wednesday."

"St. Louis police say one of four men who stormed a home in the 8900 block of Halls Ferry Road was apparently shot by one of the residents." ...

"The man who was shot carried a gun into the home, but it was knocked from his hand and fell to the floor. He struggled with one of the residents, and was shot in the struggle, police say."

"It was unclear if the man had been shot with his own gun. A .357-caliber handgun found beneath him had not been fired, police say."
 

TX: Teen Shot In Home Under Construction
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A teenager was shot inside a West Side home under construction by a contractor who was keeping watch because of previous break-ins, police said."

"The victim and another teenager gained entry into the home ... at 1 a.m. by breaking a window, police said."

"The noise woke up the contractor, who was asleep. He told police he thought one of the teens was carrying a gun, so he grabbed a pistol and shot one of them in the hip."

"The teen was transported to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."

"His accomplice fled the scene."

"Police said that the contractor will not be charged."

"The contractor told police he decided to stay in the home because there had been previous burglaries at the residence."
 

MI: Girl, 7, shot 6 times saving mom
Submitted by: Protector

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"A 7-year-old-girl is being hailed as an 'angel from heaven' and a hero for jumping in front of an enraged gunman, who pumped six bullets into the child as she used her body as a shield to save her mother's life." ...

"Ford said she dialed 911 on her cell phone as she walked into the station."

"'The first operator clicked off and I dialed again and told that operator a guy with a gun was holding me hostage with a mother and baby and threatening to kill us. I told her the name of the gas station and then she said they didn't have a unit to send.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Interesting that 911 said they didn't have a police officer they could send - big help for the victim!
 

UT: Gun-rights activists push for carrying their weapons openly on campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A pro-gun student group is gearing up to again challenge the University of Utah on its weapons policies, this time seeking approval for what they view as their right to openly carry weapons on campus."

"U. administrators are 'circumventing the Legislature' and creating their own laws, allege members of Second Amendment Students of Utah, who want to meet with U. officials to hash out their diametrically opposed positions on Utah gun laws."

"'Guns have been vilified. We are lucky we live in a state where open carry is still legal,' said group member Thomas McCrory, a U. accounting major. 'It's a rare thing and it should be preserved.'" ...
 

KY: Group Wants Concealed Guns for Students
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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The deadly shooting at an Omaha mall has touched off another debate about self-defense and gun protection.

After the Virginia Tech massacre left 33 dead, a group of college students formed the "Students for Concealed Carry on Campus."

They want universities to let licensed gun owners with concealed weapons permits bring those firearms on campus for self protection.

They believe more students with guns will stop future mass shootings before they start.

Every college in Kentucky currently bans weapons -concealed or otherwise - from campuses.

A University of Kentucky spokesman says that rule will not change.
 

The GOP gun frenzy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At last week's Republican CNN/YouTube Debate, the four major topics for discussion were immigration, Iraq, the Second Amendment and America's financial situation. As contentious as each of those issues are, the most disconcerting answers came on questions regarding guns and gun laws. It seemed each candidate was trying to outgun his foes. Duncan Hunter of California bragged about getting his first hunting license at ten-years-old and described in detail a gun he had just recently purchased. It is frightening to see such educated men so thoroughly defend the right to bear arms." ...
 

OH: PRO Testimony to Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee On 'Castle Doctrine/No Duty To Retreat' Bill
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.thereadyline.blogspot.com

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... "... If you are attacked in your home or out-of-doors, and are in fear for your life, you have the basic human right to defend yourself. But the very act of violence upon your person is also an act of robbery. You are robbed of your dignity, your sense of security, and if the criminal doesn't care – and many don't – you may be robbed of your life."

"So I ask you this: Is it fair, is it moral, is it human to knowingly permit the innocent victim of a potentially brutal attack to be robbed a second time via our courts? By a civil lawsuit filed by the very criminal who initiated the illegal activity, or that criminal’s family? Is that justice? ..." ...
 

Hamilton R. Gamble and James E. Yeatman to Abraham Lincoln,"The restoration of the arms and other property to which the government has no right", May 15, 1861
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...We propose that an order be issued to the General in command directing him to restore to the Missouri Militia all arms which may have been distributed to them by the state and all arms and property which never belonged to the United States..."

"...The restoration of the arms and other property to which the government has no right is so obviously just that it needs no reasoning so support it the claim to it particularly when loud and just complaints are made against the seceded states for seizing arms belonging to the government. The small number of arms thus to be restored cannot be of much importance either to the state or the United States..."
 

George Washington to [British General] Thomas Gage, "whom the Hand of Tyranny has forced into Arms to defend their Wives, their Children, and their Property", Aug. 20, 1775
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...Whether British or American Mercy, Fortitude, and Patience are most preeminent, whether our virtuous Citizens, whom the Hand of Tyranny has forced into Arms to defend their Wives, their Children, and their Property, or the mercenary Instruments of lawless Domination, avarice and Revenge, best deserve the Appellation of Rebels, and the Punishment of that Cord, which your affected Clemency has forborne to inflict: whether the Authority, under which Fact, is usurped, or founded upon the genuine Principles of Liberty, were altogether foreign to the Subject. I purposely avoided all political Disquisition; nor shall I now avail myself of those Advantages, which the sacred Cause of my Country of Liberty, and human Nature, give me over you..."
 

CCRKBA urges Senate to withhold Acting ATF Director Sullivan's confirmation (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has just issued a press release urging Senators 'to reject confirmation of Michael Sullivan as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives until he demonstrates responsible leadership'"

"Gun Owners of America just recently opposed Sullivan's Confirmation and urged members to contact their Senators."

"If your are members of these organizations, you should be proud to know that they are strongly defending your rights. As a member of the NRA, I encourage fellow NRA members to contact them about joining GOA and CCRKBA in opposing Sullivan." ...
 

America in Crisis – Increasing Police Violence
Submitted by: Sidelined in CA

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"Police brutality as a regular occurrence in America was once limited to specific areas in big cities. It was motivated by an 'us-versus-them' racist police mentality that was formerly isolated to ghettos and included also organized crime strongholds in such big cities as Chicago and New York during the government-imposed Prohibition back in the 1920s and 30s. ..."

"How did we 'progress' from a 'protect and serve' mentality to one where every American citizen is a criminal until the citizen-victim proves otherwise under taser torturing, physical beatings, and outright life-threatening assault by police? How did we go from an 'innocent until proven guilty' foundation to the current government attitude of guilty until proven innocent? The police mindset has been transformed into a new version of 'us [the police] versus them' [every citizen in America]!" ...
 

MI: Woman in city standoff says she wasn't a hostage
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"'There wasn't a gun in his hand,' Kasey said as she wept. 'That's what I don't understand.'"

"Sean Furlong, a state police detective who is heading the investigation into the shooting, confirmed Tuesday that Joseph Carter never held a gun to his girlfriend's head, which Lansing police initially reported." ...
 

PA: Gun suit vs. U. Darby will cause ripples
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Delaware County attorney C. Scott Shields says Mayor-elect Michael Nutter's 'stop-and-frisk' proposal for getting illegal guns off Philadelphia's streets is a lawsuit waiting to happen."

"Shields ... plans to sue the city himself if Nutter implements the policy – just as soon as he gets done suing Upper Darby Township for what you might call its 'take-and-keep' approach to gun control."

"Shields is representing township resident Mary Welsch, who claims in a federal lawsuit ... that police illegally took her deceased father's guns from her house, then refused to return them without a court order."

"... she is pushing ahead with the civil rights suit in an attempt to have the department's gun-seizure policy declared unconstitutional." ...
 

OR: Over-educated educator wants your kids to be stupid victims
Submitted by: Barry Bright
Website: http://www.willowtown.com/

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"Once more an over-educated educator is defining the best way to raise children, and how to protect them from the dangers of this world, by making sure all parents share in his stupidity."

"Check out your kids' friends' homes before you send them over for playtime to make sure they don't have any guns so your own undereducated junior idiot doesn't pick up one and treat it like a toy because he’s never had the proper training or introduction to weapons says Gene McIntyre of Oregon."

"Here’s some news for you Gene, an un-accessible weapon is useless. ... it is stupid to not have a weapon available that can be made useful within the few seconds that a home invasion or personal attack can take." ...
 

GA: Gun Ban in Parks Overturned
Submitted by: Ed Stone
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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"The Georgia Court of Appeals has overturned a Coweta Superior Court decision and ruled that Coweta County's ordinance prohibiting guns in parks is preempted by state law."

"The Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday to overturn a decision by Judge Jack Kirby. In June, Kirby ruled in favor of Coweta County in a suit filed against Coweta by Ed Stone and gun rights group Georgia Carry." ...

"'The plain language of the statute expressly precludes a county from regulating 'in any manner... carrying... of firearms,' according to the opinion. 'Under these circumstances, the preemption is express and the trial court erred in concluding otherwise.'" ...
 

UK: Masked gun gang 'patrols streets'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gang of up to 25 masked men, carrying guns and dressed all in black, were seen patrolling the streets of a Manchester suburb, police said."

"Armed officers were deployed to Moss Side on shortly before 1600 GMT on Tuesday afternoon after reports of shots being fired by the men."

"The gang was reported by five witnesses in Moss Side and Whalley Range." ...

"A police spokesman said officers searched the area but no further sightings of the gang were made."

"He added there was no evidence of any firearms being discharged and there were no reports of injuries." ...
 

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