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Second Amendment Foundation Launches ‘Guns Save Lives Day’ National Advertising Effort
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Second Amendment Foundation is launching a nationwide television advertising effort, calling attention to 'Guns Save Lives Day' on Dec. 15 2013, in conjunction with Bill of Rights Day."

"SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb announced the campaign, noting that the organization has bought 'hundreds of thousands of dollars of air time' on Fox News, DISH TV, and Glenn Beck’s Blaze Network. He has also purchased air time on national conservative radio talk shows, SiriusXM satellite radio and major radio stations." ...
 

MDA and MAIG are Right – No More Silence
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Honey-toned Lock and Load Radio host Bill Frady writes:"

"I have just taken the time to view the No More Silence video agitprop that is coming from Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It’s a perfect illustration if you ask me. Legs walking toward an un protected school with a sinister duffel bag swinging. Beautiful children and pensive adults re-living the 24/7 onslaught of “news” that was the coverage of that horrible attack on Sandy Hook. Everyone totally defenseless. Legs climb stairs, bag is discarded, door swings shut, time is up . . ."

"Unfortunately, as long as the insanity of the gun free zone persists, history will repeat itself. ..." ...
 

Gun control: Watch out for that first step
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"One of the ideas we hear for supporting gun control concerns the word 'militia' being used in the Second Amendment. Anti-gun advocates claim this word clearly shows the only constitutionally approved ownership of firearms guaranteed by the Second Amendment must be connected to the owner serving in a state militia — period."

"In fact, the Supreme Court, as recently as 2008 and 2010, affirmed that an individual’s right to own firearms cannot be constrained by either state or federal laws, or by requiring membership in a militia. So this particular basis for supporting gun ownership restrictions is simply opinion and is a moot point that has no basis in law." ...
 

Poll: Should Non-Violent Felons Be Allowed to Own Guns?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"As our judicial system currently stands, when you are convicted of a felony, you give up certain rights. It doesn’t matter if the felony was a victimless crime or a violent crime."

"Our poll for today deals with the rights of non-violent felons. When voting keep in mind, we are talking about non-violent crimes here. Maybe someone got lost driving through Virginia and accidentally entered Washington DC with an otherwise legal handgun in their car and gets pulled over." ...
 

Shooting the Bull: Safe Gun Handling Is Every Shooter's Responsibility
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"If the seemingly endless lines at Black Friday gun counters and the record firearms, ammunition and gun accessory sales posted for Cyber Monday are an accurate indicator, then Americans’ desire to exercise their Second Amendment rights is stronger than ever. That’s wonderful news."

"The downside is that many of these weapons will find their way into the hands of individuals with a very limited understanding of basic firearms mechanics and little in the way of formal firearms safety training. Luckily, there are ready solutions for both of these scenarios." ...
 

Cerberus To Keep Freedom Group. Well, Most of It
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"'After a nearly yearlong effort to sell its gun business, Cerberus Capital Management LP is close to bringing on a minority investor and lender to the weapons maker to let some of its investors sell out, a person familiar with the matter said.' As wsj.com points out, Steven A. Feinberg’s minions have been looking to punt, indeed promising to punt The Freedom Group (TFG) for almost a year, after it was revealed that Newtown spree killer [redacted] used a Bushmaster AR-15 for his murderous spree. Spurred on by The California State Teachers Retirement System’s decision to pull some $15m out of the Freedom Group in protest. The sales process has been, shall we say, fraught. As the wsj reports . . ." ...
 

New from Nesika: Some Awesome Looking Bolt Action Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"I love my Remington 700 AAC-SD, but it has its limitations. The Hogue stock is grippy, but that means the barrel isn’t free floating. And the hinged floorplate magazine is nice, but I’d really prefer a box mag. Other finnicky things come to mind too, but I can just cut to the chase by saying that the new Nesika Tactical rifle in .308 (or .338 for those with too much money in their wallets) is quite possibly my idea of bolt action heaven . . ." ...
 

Gun Grabbers Sliding Down Slippery Slope Marked Mental Health
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Firearms Coalition writes [via ammoland.com]:"

"Gun rights advocates around the country need to be on the lookout for an insidious new tactic being launched by Mike Bloomberg and his mercenary minions. The strategy: use the wide acceptance of the idea that the mentally ill should not have access to firearms, as a front for prohibiting a broad array of 'normal' people from possessing guns or ammunition. As with most things, the devil is in the details. What is mental illness? Who is mentally ill? How mentally ill must one be to warrant revocation of a fundamental human right? Who makes that determination? Who is 'normal,' and how 'normal' do they have to be to own guns? Recently . . ." ...
 

NPR Still Shocked that Gun Control Efforts Failed, Interviews Paul Barrett to Find Out Why
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The folks at the NPR program ‘Here & Now’ do a God-awful job at covering up their desire to cram new gun control regulations down the throats of Americans. They speak in calm and even tones, but everything from their choice of phrases to their choice of guests proves that they couldn’t care less about an impartial view on the day’s news. On Friday their guest was Paul Barrett, author of the recent GLOCK history, and together they mourned the lack of 'progress' on gun control in the United States following Newtown. And in trying to explain the failure of their civilian disarmament efforts, they fell back on some of the favorite (and widely disproven) groupthink of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex . . ." ...
 

The NRA Doesn't Belong in Your Doctor's Office
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"As we approach the Newtown anniversary, everyone's going to weigh in with their thoughts about guns. Here's mine. I believe the NRA is more right than wrong in questioning the motives of many of the proponents of more gun control. They are correct when they say that just about all gun owners are responsible, law-abiding citizens who don't need to jump through yet more legal hoops in order to buy or own guns."

"At the same time, the NRA should ... keep their nose out of places where it doesn't belong. And one place the NRA doesn't belong is challenging the right of physicians to talk to patients about guns. The NRA's attempt to criminalize such efforts by physicians (docs versus Glocks) is both stupid and wrong. ..." ...
 

One nation, divided over guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "Today, half of Americans favor stricter gun laws1 — down since spiking last December, but higher than two years ago. And the ranks of those who want easier access to guns — though far fewer than those who support expanding gun control — are at their highest level since Gallup began asking the question in 1990. Even when the public found some common ground, widely supporting expanded background checks for gun purchases, lawmakers could not agree."

"The discord is striking." ...
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Submitter's Note:1 Actually according to the latest CNN poll it is 49%.
 

Guns make suicide a public health issue we cannot ignore
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"If the Second Amendment cannot be changed, then everyday folks have to make firearm suicides a public health issue."

"My best childhood friend lost her sister in 2010 to suicide by gun. Her sister completed the classes -- how to safely handle and store guns. The gun and the gun safety training were a gift from her husband. But depression does not follow gun safety rules. It runs its own course. It drives its victims to look for the first thing they can use to stop depression's insidious course of moodiness and emotional instability."

"My friend's sister had access to guns. ... Successful suicide is synonymous with suicide by guns. It assures its victim or aggressor that the job gets done." ...
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Submitter's Note: Except that numerous studies have shown suicide rates are independent of method. When Canada tightened their gun laws several years back the antis made much of the drop in the firearm suicide rate while ignoring the fact that the non-firearm suicide rate increased to more than make up the difference.
 

Katie Couric leaps aboard 'undetectable gun' hysteria bandwagon
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The Senate is expected to vote today on ... the 10-year extension of the 'Undetectable Firearms Act' passed last Tuesday in the House--nearly unopposed by the GOP and NRA, and actively supported by the ostensibly 'pro-gun' National Shooting Sports Foundation. Apparently believing that the American public had not yet been subjected to enough ridiculous fearmongering over the supposed 'undetectability' of firearms printed from plastic, ABC's Katie Couric ran a short segment on her show, 'Katie,' last week, titled, perhaps not surprisingly, 'The Dark Side of 3D Printers.'"

"... One cannot help but wonder, were there some way 3-D printers could contribute to oppressive governance, if that would be 'the bright side' of the technology." ...
 

Buyers form trusts to get guns that are off-limits
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The federal government is moving to crack down on what it says is a burgeoning scam where people who are not allowed to own firearms under their own name create a trust or corporation, and then legally have the gun transferred to that trust."

"But gun rights groups are vociferously denouncing the proposal, saying it’s an unnecessary fix to a nonexistent problem."

"The fight, which is playing out right now in the arcane world of federal regulations, is the latest sign that the action on gun control has moved away from the legislature and into the regulatory world." ...
 

The Dark Side of 3D Printers (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Katie explores a use of 3D technology that has some safety advocates extremely concerned: making undetectable guns."
 

NC: Gun law change opens dangerous door
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"OK pardners, the powers to be in Alamance County have finally cleared the way for our Second Amendment right to bear arms in county offices. Now if you have a beef with your property tax, your county paycheck is shorter than you think it should be or that pothole on the street in front of your house keeps getting ignored, we now have the solution. You just plop that ten-gallon hat on your head, strap that six-shooter on your hip and saunter on down to that county office to make things right. Of course you have no intent to intimidate anyone. You just want everyone to know that you don’t take no guff from nobody and you are the 'man.'" ...
 

OH: Ohio Burglar Calls 911 Himself After Being Shot by His Would-Be Victim (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"An Ohio man accused of burglary is recovering from gunshot wounds in a Toledo area hospital this week."

"The suspected burglar actually called 911 himself to report he had been shot. Although, in his version of events he forgot to mention the whole attempted burglary thing."

"The homeowner identified as Antione Garret, 34, heard someone trying to break into his home in the middle of the night."

"Garret grabbed a handgun and went to investigate. He found a man, suspected to be Randy Estrada, 21, attempting to enter the home through a window."

"Garret fired multiple shots at Estrada, who then fled the scene." ...
 

Military service doesn’t legitimize anti-gun positions
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"From time to time, gun rights advocates find themselves in a discussion of the Second Amendment with someone who claims to be a military veteran that supports gun control. Most of the time, it’s easy to dismiss these people as pretenders or whatever, though military service doesn’t make one automatically pro-gun."

"That’s the case with Lt. Col. Robert Bateman in a piece over at Esquire:" ...
 

Colonel Who Vowed To Disarm Americans Works With DHS
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, the second amendment-hating Army Officer who caused controversy after vowing to 'pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers,' works closely with the Department of Homeland Security."

"Earlier this week, Bateman, an active military commander, penned a piece for Esquire magazine in which he promised to push for a total ban on all firearms besides muskets, shotguns and rifles, and shut down all gun manufacturers except for those who produced weapons for the federal government and the armed forces ..."

"Bateman is president and founder of Alliance Defense Marketing Associates LLC, a 'global premier risk management' firm that does work for the DHS." ...
 

Military officer writes troll-like attack on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Trolling. That’s the word that comes to mind when I read Lt. Col. Robert L. Bateman’s editorial on the Second Amendment in Esquire."

"He’s got to be trolling the gun community. Either that or he’s bat-shit crazy. Those are the only two conclusions this humble writer can draw from reading his piece entitled, 'It’s Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court.'"

"Seriously, no solemn individual — let alone an officer who swears to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic — says what he said with a straight face." ...
 

Army officer insults Supreme Court for Heller decision; calls for gun bans, turn-ins
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"To say the least, some of the characters who have appeared on the national scene in recent years have demonstrated some enormous egos and used some pretty ill-tempered language in their efforts to turn this nation into something we wouldn’t recognize. But Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman is challenging them for top dishonors in that regard, with an over-the-top rant in Esquire magazine this month."

"You pretty much know what’s coming when a guy begins by claiming, 'My entire adult life has been dedicated to the deliberate management of violence. . . . My job . . . is about killing. I orchestrate violence. . . . I am really good at my job.'"

"Real warriors don’t brag, of course. They let their actions speak for themselves. ..." ...
 

US Army Lt. Col. proposes new gun control platform
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "The anti-gun rights crowd has been so successful in peddling their pablum that an officer in our own Army has bought into it lock, stock and barrel (if you’ll pardon the phrase). Nearly every wish list item from the far left wing of the Democrat party is in play. They seek to regulate gun ownership and use through taxes, followed by restricting the types of available firearms to technology which is a century or more old. And over the longer span of time, to slowly confiscate every gun not in the hands of the police and the military. (And some of them aren’t too sure about the police, either.)." ...
 

Army Officer Wants You Disarmed: “We Will Pry Your Gun from Your Cold, Dead Fingers”
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"Within the upper echelons of our military there still remain men and women who are committed to the fundamental laws of the land. But assuming that all members of our military will be there to support the Constitution of the United States when our nation needs them most would be a mistake."

"Understand this: There are those within their ranks who would turn on their oaths and forcibly seize the very rights our Founders fought so hard to preserve without giving it a second thought."

"The following opinion piece, penned by Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, shows in stark detail exactly what we’re dealing with and argues in no uncertain terms that the American public must be disarmed in order for the United States to survive." ...
 

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta Introduces New Sportsmen's Act, HR 3590
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today noted that Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has introduced HR 3590, a new bipartisan version of the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013."

"Earlier this year, Latta and CSC Co-Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen's legislation designed to safeguard and promote America's hunting and fishing traditions. The legislation enjoys wide support from both sides of the political aisle." ...
 

28 States Fight ATF “Straw Purchase” Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that West Virginia and 25 other states and one territory have filed an amicus ... brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing a federal government attempt to prosecute legal gun owners who wish to sell a weapon to another person who can legally own and purchase firearms. 'Our Office is proud to lead a bipartisan group of 27 states and territories in this brief to oppose the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to unilaterally create a federal restriction on firearm sales between law-abiding citizens,' Attorney General Morrisey said.'“We believe that every legal gun owner in this state and nation should be interested in the outcome of this case.' The case . . ." ...
 

Jason Smith Capitol Report: U.N. Arms Treaty Hurts 2nd Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"When I was sworn into office to represent Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives, I took an oath to uphold the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. The federal government should not compromise the ability of decent Americans to own a gun for protection or sport. Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the Obama Administration. The treaty clearly violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." ...
 

Congress Likely to Extend Ban on 3-D Printed Guns, But Won’t Go Further
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut."

"Monday’s vote to extend the prohibition on plastic guns for another decade responds to a growing threat from steadily improving 3-D printers that can produce such weapons. But gun control advocates seem sure to lose an effort to impose additional, tougher restrictions on plastic firearms—a harsh reminder of their failure to enact any new federal gun curbs in the year since 20 first-graders and six educators were murdered in Newtown, Conn." ...
 

Congress Ready To Extend Ban On Plastic Firearms Capable Of Evading Metal Detectors, X-Ray Machines
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"A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut." ...
 

RI: Rhode Island recall: Gun-rights battle could backfire on town leaders
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Call it a double whammy. Four town councilmembers in Exeter, R.I., not only failed in their bid to get the state to take over concealed-carry permitting for their town, but now they face a recall election Saturday because of it."

"The story is a small-town version of the drama that played out in Colorado earlier this year, when two state senators behind a new gun-control law were recalled by angry voters in September. A third facing recall resigned last month."

"The recalls speak to the motivation and fervor of gun-rights advocates nationwide, who feel as though they are under attack from President Obama. ..." ...
 

AL: Parts of gun law need tweaking
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"When House Republicans last week rolled out their 'Commonsense Conservative' agenda of priority bills for the 2014 session, one topic not mentioned was the Second Amendment."

"Republicans sponsored a major overhaul of the state’s gun laws this year, and Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, said the state needs time to see how it’s working and being enforced. But, he said, he has heard of a few things that may need tweaking."

"'I don’t see us addressing a lot of gun legislation this session just because we need to give what was put in place time,' said Henry, who carried the gun bill in the House. 'There have been some portions of that bill that have been brought to me that are being misinterpreted.'" ...
 

RI: Gun permit tiff puts officials' jobs in danger
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"This sleepy town of 6,000 doesn't have a police department, and the only firearm violence tends to be directed at deer."

"It's an unusual place for a debate over gun control."

"Yet this rural community 30 minutes south of Providence has become the latest place where officials are facing consequences for proposals to change gun laws."

"Four of the five council members are the subject of a recall election set for Saturday when they angered gun owners with an idea to tweak the way the town issues concealed weapon permits." ...
 

How US v. Miller Subverted the Second Amendment
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"In 2008, Brian L. Frye published the seminal paper on the history of United States v. Miller, the single most important Second Amendment case before DC v. Heller. While Miller no longer holds as much significance in second amendment cases as it used to, the way in which the government manipulated the case in order to deprive American citizens of their Second Amendment rights deserves detailed study. In The Peculiar Story of the United States v. Miller, Professor Frye’s meticulous scholarship shows that much of what went on behind the scenes differs sharply from what we have been told . . ."

"Frye’s essay consists of 34 pages, packed with footnotes documenting original sources. ..." ...
 

Three Most Important Ongoing Second Amendment Cases
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Since the 2010 Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago, which applied the ruling in the 2008 Heller case (which said the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms) to states and localities, the Court has so far evaded any new case about the limits and meaning of the Second Amendment."

"Those two cases, though, did not resolve all the important questions about how and when and why the government can restrict Second Amendment rights. Heller and McDonald said that the right to possess commonly used weapons for self-defense in the home cannot be infringed, but Justice Antonin Scalia in his majority opinion in Heller explicitly said this didn’t mean anything goes when it comes to Americans and their guns." ...
 

Court reverses free speech verdict
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"A federal appeals court has overturned a jury verdict and ruled that Eugene police officials did not violate a former officer’s free speech rights by reassigning him after he questioned the department’s response to a series of inadvertent weapons discharges by SWAT team members ..."

"The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Tuesday that reversed a lower-court jury’s verdict in favor of former Eugene police officer Brian Hagen."

"The court ruled that insufficient evidence supported the federal jury’s finding that Hagen spoke as a private citizen when he raised concerns about SWAT team safety — and that because Hagen’s comments were made as part of his job as a public worker, he is not entitled to First Amendment speech protections." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin gun rights group to file lawsuit against Madison Metro Transit
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A Wisconsin Second Amendment advocacy group plans to file a lawsuit against Madison Metro Transit regarding a policy that bans weapons on city buses, according to an organization representative."

"Wisconsin Carry, Inc. President and Chairman Nik Clark said state pre-emption statutes prevent cities from implementing gun laws more strict than state statutes, and the state does not prohibit concealed carry on mass public transit."

"The organization wanted to give Metro Transit an opportunity to address the issue outside of court, but the bus company, which maintains the law is legal, said Friday it is not going to change its position." ...
 

ATF’s Nationwide Storefront Stings Exposed
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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... "The story goes on to detail other agents’ heinous tactics at other stings, also involving mentally challenged citizens. Damage to property without compensation (as above)? Check. Entrapment? Nothing but. Like convincing a rube to saw off a shotgun and then bring it back. The ATF also offered 'sky-high' prices for gun, creating a black market for stolen guns. I repeat: they created crime so they could punish those involved. How many innocent people were victimized as a result?" ...

"The bottom line is clear: the ATF is a profoundly, fundamentally corrupt government agency that routinely breaks the law and endangers public safety. It should be disbanded immediately and its responsibilities reassigned to the FBI."
 

ATF uses rogue tactics in storefront stings across nation
Submitted by: Mike DeArmond

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... "Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed rogue tactics similar to those used in Milwaukee in every operation, from Portland, Ore., to Pensacola, Fla."

"Among the findings:"

"■ ATF agents befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to Milwaukee. ..."

"■ Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. ..."

"■ As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. ..." ...
 

MO: Man says police officer threatened to kill his dogs (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"A Kansas City man says he’s been terrified since an encounter with police on Monday evening. He says officers came to his home in southeast Kansas City looking for people he’d never heard of and when he refused to let them inside, things turned ugly." ...

"Then he said one police officer started threatening him saying, 'If we have to get a warrant, we’re going to come back when you’re not expecting it, we’re going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we’re gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we’re gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we’re going to ransack your house looking for these people.'" ...
 

CA: 3 students injured after Chino cop’s assault rifle discharged during safety demo
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Police are investigating how and why an officer’s AR-15 assault rifle was accidently discharged, injuring three students, during Red Ribbon Week activities Wednesday morning at Newman Elementary School."

"The weapon was mounted to a police motorcycle that was on display during the activities, said Tamrin Olden, Chino police spokeswoman." ...

"'The event and activities did not involve the display or use or demonstration of any weapons,' Olden said during a press conference Wednesday evening." ...
 

DC: D.C. police officer under investigation for sex trafficking after runaway teen, drugs found at home
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"D.C. police are investigating whether one of their own officers was running a prostitution ring after investigators found a runaway girl and other young women at his home in Southeast Washington.
According to documents filed in federal court, a 16-year-old girl who had gone missing told police that the officer bought sexy clothes for her and set up a 'date' for her with an older white male for $80. The girl, who had been missing for a week, told police that six other women had also worked out of the home ..."

"The incident comes just four days after the arrest of another D.C. police officer who was accused of taking nude pictures of a runaway teenager after she returned home. ..." ...
 

NY: Erie County Sheriff explains his opposition to SAFE Act
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"Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard called the 52 counties that passed a resolution opposing the SAFE Act the 'modern day colonies' Friday at a Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce Luncheon."

"'The power rests in Albany, and the governor is king,' he said. 'He has ignored us.'" ...

"Howard argued that the law contradicts the Constitution’s Second Amendment. He said he has filed a friend of the court brief in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the act, and will wait until the Supreme Court upholds the measure to enforce it."

"'I believe the Constitution is the law of the land,' he said." ...
 

NY: NYPD Orders Precincts to Deny Journalists Access to Crime Reports
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"The NYPD has ordered the city's 77 police precincts to stop giving out any information to the media about crimes taking place in their neighborhoods, cutting off a long-standing source of information for New Yorkers."

"According to a terse NYPD edict transmitted citywide, precinct commanders were instructed: 'Any requests by media to view complaint reports be referred to the office of the Deputy Commissioner For Public Information.'" ...
 

UK: Police woman killed herself after sending text to husband instead of lover by mistake
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"A police officer killed herself after writing a text to her lover thanking him for a 'wonderful' date but accidentally sent it to her husband, an inquest heard."

"PC Gail Crocker, 46, met a fellow officer while her husband Peter, 49, was on a business trip in London."

"Later that evening the mum-of-two typed a message on her mobile saying: 'Thank you for a wonderful evening. Only wish we could do this more often'."

"However the mother-of-two sent the message to her husband of 30 years by mistake, an inquest, in Truro, Cornwall was told." ...

"The couple rowed and the next day PC Croker was found dead ..." ...
 

CT: Connecticut allows open carrying of firearms, with exceptions
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"It’s legal to carry a loaded firearm in public view in Connecticut, but it’s not really that simple, according to law-enforcement authorities."

"To gun enthusiasts, though, it is pretty simple." ...

"Dong, 22, of Fairfield was arrested ... with two Glock semiautomatic pistols. But he wasn’t charged with carrying them. He is charged with breach of peace ..." ...

"'The very premise of breach of peace is 'violent or tumultuous behavior,' said Rich Burgess, president of Connecticut Carry. Since carrying a weapon in public is legal, doing so is exempted from the breach-of-peace statute, he said."

"Calling Lawlor incompetent, Burgess said, 'He doesn’t understand the laws, and he’s using it as a political stunt to hurt people. ...'" ...
 

WA: Bishops take sides in gun rights debate
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"According to yesterday’s on-line Seattle P-I.com column by Joel Connelly, Washington State’s four Catholic bishops have taken sides in the gun rights battle and it’s not to the benefit of legally-armed members of their congregations."

"This revelation may reopen a different debate, not over firearms civil rights but over how far churches should be allowed to wade into political controversies before risking their tax status and crossing the separation of church-and-state line." ...
 

PA: Gun Control Debate Heats Up In Montco (video available)
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"A protest was held Saturday in Norristown to call for the protection of Second Amendment rights."

"Demonstrators gathered outside the Montgomery County Courthouse, many of them holding guns."

"They said they wanted to prove they're not menaces to society, just men and women exercising their constitutional right to bear arms." ...
 

WV: Hundreds Flock to Fairmont Gun Show (video available)
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"One year ago this month, dozens of lives were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since that time, the issue of gun control has been on the table and supporters aren't backing down."

"Not even the icy conditions could stop hundreds of gun owners and enthusiasts from coming to the Fairmont Gun Show on Sunday to stock up."

"'[I came out to] pick up a few things, like some ammo. I bought a gun yesterday,' said Gary Abel, a Vietnam War veteran." ...
 

NY: NY SAFE Act recognizes Second Amendment rights
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"A recent letter claimed that NY’s SAFE Act creates criminals out of law-abiding citizens. The rationale behind this theory alleges that the SAFE Act, by requiring responsible gun ownership, ensures that only criminals will be beyond the reach of gun safety laws. Of course, such is not the case. Responsible gun ownership laws create responsible gun owners. Only a criminal can make a criminal." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that `if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.' It is a very serious consideration...that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event." --Samuel Adams, speech in Boston, 1771

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