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ATF stonewalling highlights importance of getting answers under oath
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "My sense, particularly from the response by Sen. Grassley’s office to the Weich deflection, is that they are not happy at all with it, know they’re being played and are not going to be deterred in any way. If anything, my bet is we’ll soon see they’re not going to take this lying down." ...
 

Congressional Research Service can be used to expose ‘Project Gunwalker’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "What did Mr. Churchill say about doing things while they’re still easy?" ...
 

BREAKING NEWS: Grassley to Holder: Terry family deserves answers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "I have obtained a copy of that letter and supporting documents, including National Tracing Center Suspect Gun Summaries, Suspect Person Information Reports and a Significant Information Report on weapons recovered at the scene of the firefight where Agent Terry was killed ..." ...
 

Why 30 Rounds?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The bit that gets me: the idea that limiting spree killers to 10 rounds gives some of the mass murderer’s victims a fighting chance. Thanks a lottery."

"Anyway, who the hell wants a 'fighting chance' against a spree killer? I want the armed loony terminated with extreme prejudice. No fair fight. I want him (or less likely her) to face immediate and overwhelming firepower. Did you know that LEO trainers are now instructing police in the fine art of contact head shots for just such an occasion? Sounds about right to me." ...
 

Repeal of Second Amendment misguided
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This letter is in response to the recent Citizen’s Voice by Col. Frank Greene. Greene’s editorial was obviously heart-felt and the result of much consideration on his part. However, I must strongly disagree with much of his piece." ...
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Submitter's Note: Repealing the Second Amendment would no more remove the individual's right to self-defense than repealing the First would remove the individual right to worship as one chooses. To say nothing of the possible unintended consequences.
 

The misconception about assault weapons and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have been invited to write an op-ed piece about assault weapons in response to my e-mailed comments about the admittedly non-scientific poll of SDGLN readers that reported that 75% of SDGLN readers thought that 'assault weapons' should be outlawed." ...
 

Is Obama handing 'gun control' lobby another disappointment?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brady Campaign had big hopes for the Obama/Biden administration. From their breathlessly enthusiastic endorsement, to their 'We Win, They Lose. Now, Let's Get To Work' post-election gloating, the Brady Campaigners were thrilled."

"Until they weren't. And weren't some more. And then really weren't." ...
 

Question of the Day: Experiments with Firearms?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A couple of days ago, RF asked me to join the writing staff at The Truth about Guns. I agreed to become the site's resident mad scientist. I have a bad/good habit of questioning 'accepted knowledge' about guns, whether it be the supposed superiority of FNH’s semi-automatic shotgun offerings or whether Wolf ammunition’s accuracy is correlated with its price (that one you may have seen before). I use science and statistics to get a definite answer instead of relying on gun store scuttlebutt. I have a couple experiments in mind, but I want to hear what TTAG's Armed Intelligentsia needs to know. To start the conversation, here are a few ideas my friends and I have been kicking around during the past few days . . ." ...
 

The Truth About Top Shot’s Sharps Shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The opening segment of Top Shot Season Two had 16 competitors replicating the shooting test for the United States Sharpshooters at the start of the Civil War. Well, sort of . . ." ...
 

Bill eliminating supersized ammo clips is needed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Farley has introduced a bill that would outlaw extended-capacity ammunition magazines in Arizona. Such supersized ammo clips were outlawed for a decade by the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004; it's well past time to outlaw them again." ...

"... No one outside law enforcement and the military 'needs' to fire 30-plus rounds without interruption. Hunters do not; neither do target shooters or those who carry guns for self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: So how many do these people 'need' to fire? 20? 15? 10? 5? This guy could probably fire 30 shots as fast as the Tucson shooter using 3 round mags.
 

Limiting High Capacity Gun Magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When [the Tucson shooter] allegedly opened fire on January 8th, his handgun had a 31-round magazine. Records indicate that Loughner bought the weapon and the high capacity magazine legally. Now, state Representative Steve Farley (D-28, Tucson) wants Arizona to ban those high capacity magazines."

"Federal law banned the high capacity magazines until just a few years ago, so House Bill 2711 aims to limit magazines to only 10 bullets. Farley says he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but believes 'reasonable' limits lie within the purview of that amendment." ...
 

NRA: It's Good to Live Like a King
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "With their decision to reject the calculated negotiation of their previous 'old guard' board members, who for example, came out publicly in support of a proposed ban on .38 Specials by then-senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, they embarked upon a 'no compromise' plan of action for the future." ...
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Submitter's Note: No compromise? Except for their continued failure to seek repeal of 1934 NFA, 1968 GCA, 1986 FOPA (Hughes amendment), the Brady Bill(s) and the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, their endorsement of the NICS Improvement Act of 2007, their failure to support the various Firearms Freedom Acts pending across the country. Nope, no hint of compromise there!
 

Gavel to Gavel: Second Amendment solution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "However, if we recognize that the need to arm the public in general is no longer pressing, but that there are legitimate uses for firearms that are, in any event, a part of our history and culture, perhaps we can tinker with the verbiage of the Second Amendment and come up with something a bit more workable." ...
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Submitter's Note: How 'bout this 'verbiage': "Anyone who attempts to impose any sort of restriction on any sort of firearm is guilty of treason and subject to immediate execution by any citizen of the United States. Any citizen who executes such a traitor will receive all of the traitor's assets and will not be imprisioned unless convicted by a random jury of 1200 of his peers."
 

The nameless, faceless dead of the Project Gunwalker Scandal. "What's a few more dead Mexicans in the grand scheme of things?"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We know the name and the face of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, killed on 14 December 2010 by a smuggler's semi-auto rifle that the ATF knew beforehand was headed south and did nothing to stop."

"What we don't know yet, because the ATF and the Justice Department are unwilling to tell us, are the names of the faceless dead of other people in Mexico killed with rifles of similar provenance, provided them by SAC Newell and friends in the Phoenix ATF office. That such people existed is a certainty, and not just because our sources within ATF, those brave whistleblowers, tell us so. If with a wink and a nod you provide weapons to criminals, they will kill people with them. And they have, now on both sides of the border." ...
 

DOJ Stonewalls Grassley On Project Gunwalker
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "DOJ, ATF, and those involved need to remember that it wasn't the Watergate break-in that destroyed Richard Nixon. It was the cover-up." ...
 

Denny’s shooting case settlement raises prickly legal questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Monday’s announcement of the multi-million-dollar settlement in King County of a lawsuit filed against the Denny’s restaurant chain after a shooting at a Kent Denny’s in 2007 – a settlement made for $13 million prior to a jury verdict that awarded more than $46 million to the plaintiffs – raises some serious questions about corporate liability and personal safety." ...
 

Guns protect us from many threats
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bonnie Erbe's column on the tragic Tucson shootings (Jan. 18) was subtitled 'Ability to carry guns hasn't stopped massacres from happening.'"

"Actually, there's no way of knowing how many massacres of this sort may have been prevented by armed citizens. ..." ...
 

UT: 4 Walmart employees fired after disarming gunman caught shoplifting
Submitted by: MACpistol.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"Instantly, Shawn Ray and Justin Richins kicked into gear, spinning the gunman around. Lori Poulsen ripped the gun away and secured it. They all held onto the man until police arrived minutes later."

"The four Layton Walmart employees felt it was mission accomplished. Police officers told them they had done everything right."

"But a week later, all four were fired from their jobs. Walmart said their actions had violated company policy and put their fellow workers and shoppers at risk." ...
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Submitter's note: This really makes a person want to rethink buying even ammo at Chinamart, er I mean Wal Mart.
 

Danger In The Backwoods
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This recent murder in rural Alaska highlights the fact that the namesake of our operation here, the backwoods home dweller, tends to be on his or her own when violent crime threatens in the far hinterlands:"

"http://www.adn.com/2011/01/23/166331…t-husband.html"

"Might things have come out better if the homeowner had been armed when he stepped outside? If he’d had a solid piece of cover from which he could have issued a challenge?" ...
 

Glock-19: Investment In Personal Protection Or Killing Machine? (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The phrase goes that 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.'"

"But the Glock-19 model is earning the dubious distinction of being a weapon of choice when it comes to gun violence."

"It's a subject Indiana’s NewsCenter explored in a special report entitled, 'The Killing Machine'." ...
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Submitter's Note: Hmph! No bias showing in that title.
 

MN: Melin needed in Minnesota Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With great pleasure, I endorse Carly Melin for state representative, and I hope you will vote for her next Tuesday."

"Melin has what we need in the Minnesota Legislature ..." ...

"I’ve gotten to know Melin; she’s a[sic] smart, articulate, educated and passionate about the Iron Range. I know she will fight for jobs, protect seniors, help the middle class and defend our Second Amendment rights." ...
 

Rocket Propelled Grenades Same as Gun Ammo Magazines?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"20 Democrats in Arizona have signed on as Sponsors for HB 2711 which if passed and signed into law would lump people caught with unauthorized Rocket Propelled Grenades in the same boat as those caught holding magazines with capacities greater than 10 rounds of ammunition! Unbelievable." ...
 

WY: Wyoming bill divides private property, gun rights advocates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Wyoming House passed legislation on Wednesday that would force employers to allow their workers or customers to store guns in their vehicles while on company property."

"The proposal has ignited a contentious debate between proponents of two cherished constitutional rights: property rights and Second Amendment rights." ...
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Submitter's Note: What's to debate? My car is my private property, my employer can allow me to park it on his property or not. What is inside my private property is none of his smegging business.
 

IA: Is 'no retreat' gun law needed?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "A bill before the Legislature would give people more leeway to defend themselves or others. Iowans who face serious injury or death would be allowed to fight back or kill when they are 'any place they have the legal right to be,' the bill says."

"Current state law applies only to one's home or workplace." ...
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Submitter's Note: How about phrasing it this way: Is 'presumption of innocence' needed? Under current law burden of proof is on the shooter to show s/he acted lawfully. This is not the way it us supposed to work.
 

DE: Markell seeks to strengthen DE's gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Governor Jack Markell seeks to strengthen the state's gun laws to better protect police and Delawareans." ...

"Markell calls these 'common sense measures.' The first deals with closing what's called 'the gun show loop hole.'"

"'Under current law, any adult can buy a gun at a gun show and no background check is required,' explains Markell." ...
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OH: House committee hears sponsor testimony on HB45 (Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fixes)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Representative Danny Bubp and Terry Johnson presented sponsor testimony for HB45 to the House State Government and elections committee, chaired by Rob Mecklenborg. Representatives from Buckeye Firearms Association and the NRA were on hand and were joined by many interested media and citizens. Toby Hoover from the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence was also on hand." ...
 

OMB Scuttles Long Gun Registry Work Around; Melson Readies Gunwalker Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So the on-again, off-again, on-again long gun registry is off-again. And this time it looks officially official. And the official making the announcement is not the man in charge (hint: the guy above). It's Meg Reilly, a spokeswoman for Office of Management and Budget (OMB). According to msnbc.com, Ms. Reilly's department reached the surprising conclusion that the ATF's 'emergency' regulation requiring some 8500 border-sniffing American gun dealers to report purchases of more than two mag-fed rifles at a time wasn’t based on an emergency. ... So . . . the long gun registry is dead right? Wrong . . ." ...
 

At CIA, grave mistakes, then promotions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "A hard-charging CIA analyst had pushed the agency into one of the biggest diplomatic embarrassments of the U.S. war on terrorism. Yet despite recommendations by an internal review, the analyst was never punished. In fact, she has risen to one of the premier jobs in the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, helping lead President Barack Obama's efforts to disrupt al-Qaida." ...
 

CA: Veteran O.C. deputy faces domestic violence charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A veteran Orange County deputy has been charged with domestic violence and trying to obtain a firearm while out on bail, three days after he was arrested by his colleagues on suspicion of spousal abuse." ...
 

SC: Deputy convicted of beating handcuffed detainee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Prosecutors in the case against a former Kershaw County sheriff's deputy said Thursday afternoon that they were not nervous as jury deliberations dragged into a second day."

"In the end, the prosecutors won a conviction against Oddie Tribble, 51, on a federal civil rights charge for beating a handcuffed detainee." ...
 

KY: Deputy is indicted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Deputy David Gray is a former Perry County Deputy and was indicted on wanton endangerment charges."

"He's accused of firing a gun inside his apartment last February." ...
 

GA: Police officer arrested in local undercover operation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Fort Valley police officer was arrested in Dahlonega Wednesday afternoon and charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes following an undercover investigation by the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office." ...
 

TX: Indicted Crime Stoppers Officer Retired Monday
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"The Dallas police officer who headed Crime Stoppers for seven years and was accused of stealing money from the program retired on Monday."

"Senior Cpl. Theodora Ross had been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, she was arrested Jan. 26."

"Investigators say she stole more than $250,000 from the program over a five-year span with the help of a co-conspirator, Melva Delley." ...
 

MI: Deputy Who Ignored Jail Rape Won't Get Immunity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former inmate who was raped in a Michigan jail can sue one of the corrections officers for civil rights abuses, the 6th Circuit ruled, finding that the deputy does not qualify for immunity because he acted with 'deliberate indifference.'" ...
 

IA: My conversation with Marion Police Chief Daugherty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a follow-up to two previous stories regarding Marion Police Chief Daugherty, I had a conversation by phone with him this morning. As promised, here are the highlights of that conversation. I will present the facts as I was given them; you, as the reader, will need to decide how you wish to come down on the entire situation." ...
 

OH: Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman on guns: 'What's good for me is not good for thee'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NBC News in Columbus is reporting that, while at the same time working to oppose the self-defense rights of his constituents and other Ohioans, Mayor Michael Coleman himself has used over $1 million in taxpayer funds to pay three police officers to protect him on a 24/7 basis." ...
 

TX: Being Bizarre in Texas…
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"now gives rise to 'reasonable suspicion' that you are about to commit a crime and will get you a warrantless detention. ..." ...

"Judge Meyers in dissent puts it better than I can, here is the essence of what the CCA in Texas believes law enforcement has the power to do…"
"According to the majority, someone can call the police and give their name and a description of a vehicle they think is suspicious, and without any other information, the police can detain the driver of the vehicle." ...
 

NY: Long Island Second Amendment Rights Group To Hold Clean Up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Long Island Firearms, New York's foremost online firearms enthusiast community, in conjunction with Club LIF, has joined once again with the Town of Brookhaven New York to host another Cleanup of Ronkonkoma Avenue." ...
 

IL: Roosevelt Institute debates gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than 20 students gathered in Annenberg Hall on Wednesday night to attend 'Bearing Arms in the 21st Century,' a panel discussion on gun control organized by the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network in the wake of the Tucson shootings."

"'I think all students should care about gun control because it's an issue that shows up periodically on campuses around the country but never gets addressed,' said SESP sophomore Zach Glasser, the event coordinator." ...
 

IL: Meaning of the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I would like to make a few comments on the piece by Pat and Chuck Wemstrom about firearms in America. As usual they are arguing things which have been decided. The Supreme Court of the United States recently found that gun ownership is an individual right." ...
 

OR: Oregon company brings guns back to 'Civil War'
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... "Larry Bryan of STS Arms, says that he and the owner of the company originally just thought that it would be cool to have a gun for each team. 'So, these are my personal weapons,' said Bryan, 'but we came to realize that there was more fans out there than just us.'"

"Now, STS has a limited edition of 25 rifles from each team available for sale, and they will be on display at the Sportsman's Show on February 12 and 13." ...
 

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