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NBC News ignores Gunwalker, continues anti-gun propaganda agenda
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "So leave it to 'Today' to send 'national investigative correspondent' Jeff Rossen to Phoenix of all places, and rather than say word one about Gunwalker, instead perform the same sham straw purchase media stunt that’s already gotten no traction when unabashed anti-gun activists pulled it. And note they always do it where it’s nice and safe, and no real illegal transfers actually get recorded, as opposed to going undercover where they’ll meet real 'dangerous criminals' and terrorists, like on domestic urban gang turf, or better yet, in Ciudad Juárez." ...
 

Dad punishes Facebook post with 8 bullets to daughter's laptop
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"A video purporting to be the work of an angry father teaching his daughter a lesson by shooting bullets through her laptop is the viral video of day. The father, who identifies himself as Tommy Jordan, says his daughter broke ground rules when using Facebook, and posted disrespectful remarks about him there."

"He retaliates by laying out a case against her in an 8-minute video, concluding it with firing 8 bullets through her computer. The video was posted on YouTube and supposedly on the 15-year-old girl’s Facebook page last night. By mid-morning, it had more than 1 million views, and it sparked debate across the Web – some cheered on the father's 'tough love,' while others accused him of abuse." ...
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KABA Note: It was actually nine shots.
 

Houston Defensive Gun Use Story Lessons Fly In Face Of “Conventional Wisdom” (video available)
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'Conventional wisdom' says kids and guns don’t mix. The gun she used to repel the home invader was a .22 rifle that belonged to her son."

"'Conventional wisdom' says get a dog for home defense. She had two, including a 200-pound English Mastiff, that the intruders were able to lock in a bathroom ... the dog proved useless."

"'Conventional wisdom' says give assailants what they want or they may hurt or kill you. What if that is what they want?"

"'Conventional wisdom' says dial 911 and let the police handle things. That, perhaps, is the most chilling thing about this story, as we learn from her 10-year-old son:"
"'I started calling 911. I called five times. They kept hanging up on me.'" ...
 

Recovery or retribution in Chicago for financial payout to SAF?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No sooner had the image of a $399,950 check from the City of Chicago to the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation — published with this column — literally gone viral across the Internet than did anti-gun Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel come up with a new handgun registration scheme he wants to push statewide in Illinois." ...
 

Are gun sales arranged online a 'loophole'?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The hand-wringing about specific hardware was just a sideshow, though. The thrust of the story was that gun sales arranged online constitute a dangerous 'loophole' in American gun laws. NBC even hired a pet former [ATF] supervisor, to call such sales 'a weapons bazaar for criminals.' And most unforgivably, not a DoJ approved 'weapons bazaar for criminals.'"

"Rossen's 'investigation' was a rerun of rabidly anti-gun NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg's attempt to stir public outrage over online gun sales back in December, as National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea discussed at the time." ...
 

Progressive Obsolescence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Few things make this conservative happier than when progressives drop their holier-than-thou facade and reveal their true intentions. A column written by NY Times columnist Adam Liptak entitled 'We the People' Loses Appeal With People Around the World' is a textbook example. Essentially Mr. Liptak ... are ready to kick the Constitution of the United States to the curb because they consider it an 'obsolete' document. ..." ...

"... '[The Constitution] has its idiosyncrasies. Only 2 percent of the world's constitutions protect, as the Second Amendment does, a right to bear arms. ... It’s exactly that idiosyncrasy that remains the primary bulwark against those who would kick the Constitution to the curb ..." ...
 

Obama the Enemy of Conscience & Gun Rights (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The fat’s in the fire now. Obama is trying to use government against the rights of conscience."

"He has opposed the right to keep and bear arms and now he opposes those who choose life as part of their religious beliefs." ...
 

Photographing Women Who Love Their Weapons
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A landscape artist-turned-portait photographer, Lindsay McCrum enjoys exploring gender-based stereotypes. She has photographed young boys playing in military costumes with toy guns and young girls dressing up in their mothers' fancy clothes."

"After reading a provocative article in 2006 about the burgeoning gun business in the United States -- an estimated 20 million women own guns -- McCrum set off on a journey of discovery, photographing women and their weapons."

"Meticulously, McCrum took portraits of 280 women and selected 81 for her coffee-table book, 'Chicks With Guns,' which came out Oct. 1." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: This publisher's page gives nine more examples of her photos. http://www.vendomepress.com/chicks-with-guns/
 

Four Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Buy Your Gun a Holster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Finding the right holster can be a daunting task. As with firearms, holster preference is going to vary from person to person and can only truly be determined through trial and error: find something that works for you, use that until you find something that works better and go with that instead. There are a few items I always look at when I first pick up a holster that really speak to whether or not I will like the holster in the long run." ...
 

Kel Tec’s Follow Up re: Broken KSG Rail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In our last episode, AI member C Young relayed a, well, problem he encountered with his KSG’s plastic lower rail. But he’s been in contact with Kel Tec’s customer service operation and they seem to be very responsive so far. We pass on the following email string with permission. . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Kahr CM9 9mm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’ve never been a big fan of polymer frame guns. They’re light, some even toy-like. For me, they don’t have the solid grip that I get from metal frames, and they just don’t look as bad-ass as good old fashioned solid steel firepower in the hand. But looks don’t count for everything – especially when considering a pistol that’s meant to be concealed. But my bias for heavy handguns aside, there is definitely something to be said for the plastic fantastics. . ." ...
 

The M240L: The Myth of the $86,000 Machine Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On February first, the Department of Defense made an announcement that they had budgeted 77.4 million dollars for a fixed-price contract for new, lightweight M240L 7.62 NATO machine guns. The sticky bit was that it was for 900 guns."

"Or at least, that's how the announcement read ...

"Back-of-the-napkin math, that means that these are some seriously advanced machine guns, at $86,000 a pop. Fortunately, as the Times pointed out, 'It is a pretty bad contract announcement.' We decided to contact Colt Defense ourselves. From Gerald R. Dinkel, President & CEO of Colt Defense:" ...
 

Headline of the Day: Miami Herald Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From the miamiherald.com: 'Tampa Teen Shot by Gun She Found in Bedroom' That’s a lot to process. A poor, unsuspecting teen found a gun in her bedroom. God only knows how it got there. Most likely, it crawled in when she wasn’t looking. For some reason, the gun was upset with the girl and decided to shoot her. Wait. No, maybe she found the gun somewhere else, and brought in into her room. There, she argued with it and, in its insensate rage, the gun decided to plug her. Everyone knows the little bastards can be awfully moody. Hold on, that’s not not what happened either. Actually, there seems to have been someone else involved. . ." ...
 

Is the NRA's Electoral Power a Myth?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We all know that the National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, interest group in Washington. With their money and their committed supporters, they can carry candidates to victory or defeat as they choose, just as they've done in the past. Right? Well, maybe not. I'm doing a series of posts for Think Progress based on research I've done trying to address the question of the NRA's electoral effectiveness in a systematic way, something that has rarely been attempted before. Here's an excerpt from the first installment:" ...
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Submitter's Note: Just ask Jim Zumbo, he'll tell you how "mythical" the grassroots are!
 

It Will Take a Country to Save a Country -- Tucson One Year Later
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Time is less easily marked in a desert climate. Leaves don't cover the ground in the fall, and snow rarely buries it in the winter. ..."

"But on Jan. 8, 2011, the city of Tucson, Arizona was introduced to a horrifying new way to mark the passage of time, on a day that left an indelible scar, and ushered the city into a new reality defined by 'the number of days that have passed since the shooting.' ...

"So what does 'after' look like? And what is the progress of the crucially important Fix Gun Checks movement sponsored by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition as we enter into 2012, with a recent second shooting at Virginia Tech bringing back only too fresh memories of a massacre there that still haunts a community?" ...
 

FL: Loose gun laws conflict with people's right to live quietly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sudden shotgun blasts recently shattered the quiet of the homes that line West Crooked Lake in Eustis."

"... Doors flew open, and residents streamed outside. Five of them dialed 911 to summon police."

"They needn't have bothered."

"Out on West Crooked Lake, three happy hunters displayed the carcasses of five dead ducks. Eustis officers snagged the hunters and began to remonstrate with them. They needn't have bothered, either."

"Remember the ordinances cities typically enacted that prevented people living close to one another from pulling out their weapons and firing willy-nilly?"

"Gone, thanks to the Legislature. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually those ordinances were overridden back in the '80s, cities just ignored them. Oh and it is still illegal to fire weapons (except in self-defense) in any incorporated areas.
 

KS: Conceal carry shouldn't be allowed on college campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"How many different ways can the Bill of Rights be interpreted? While some of the ten amendments are fairly straight forward, others are not so clear. The Second Amendment has been up for individual interpretations recently among Kansas Legislators. A bill (House Bill 2353) is currently being debated in the Kansas House of Representatives which would allow concealed carry of weapons on college campuses, as well as other public buildings" ...
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Submitter's Note: How many different ways? Two. The right way and the wrong way. The right way maximizes individual liberty, the wrong way gives groups power over individuals' liberty.
 

Gun Contests For February
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Aaron at the Weapon Blog has released his monthly compilation of gun contests. I see a couple of Sigs on the list, a custom Springfield 1911, and a Ruger SR9." ...
 

Back From Baltimore
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sorry for the light blogging for the last couple of days. I had to attend a company regional meeting in Baltimore."

"With Maryland's uber-restrictive carry laws, I knew concealed carry was out. Moreover because I only had carry-on luggage, the next level of protection - a knife - was out as well. Thus, I was restricted to a tactical pen that I thought I could get past the oh so vigilant eyes of TSA." ...
 

KY: Homeowner, Father Shoots One of Three Intruders, Captures Others
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A KY man awoke to three intruders in his home. He grabbed a gun and fired at the suspects, hitting one. He held the other suspects at gunpoint until police arrived." ...
 

MI: 911 Is A Joke -- Detroit citizens no longer rely on police as self-defense killings skyrocket
Submitted by: Brian

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"The people of Detroit are taking no prisoners."

"Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies." ...

"The last time [resident Julia] Brown, 73, called the Detroit police, they didn’t show up until the next day. So she applied for a permit to carry a handgun and says she’s prepared to use it against the young thugs who have taken over her neighborhood ..." ...
 

NC: GRNC Targets Parks Firearms Carry Offenders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Grass Roots North Carolina has struck another blow in the battle to defend your rights. But before I tell you about it, let me introduce GRNC’s sister organization, Rights Watch International."

"We created Rights Watch to be our legal action arm, filing or defending against lawsuits to expand your Second Amendment freedoms."

"And now for the first time, we are bringing Rights Watch to bear by putting cities on notice that if they flaunt our concealed carry law, they will face consequences; that, in fact, those cities will face you." ...
 

Issa Wusses Out on Holder Deadline, giving me another chance to explain why I'm doing what I'm doing.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "There is no way to interpret this as anything other than Darrell Issa and the GOP leadership wussing out, for whatever reason is left to our imaginations."

"That said, let me review again my original reason for doing what I have done in the Gunwalker Scandal. These are in no particular order, and they include what I knew at the time I began (circa late December 2010) and what has become plain since then." ...

"3. Taken together, the Gunwalker scandal has bought us precious time to prepare for the eventuality of civil war, if the feds manage to shake off this scandal and evade responsibility again, as they did at Ruby Ridge, Waco and OKC. ..." ...
 

Holder granted extra time to turn over 'Fast and Furious' documents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A key congressional Republican who had threatened to bring a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder if he did not comply with a demand for 'Operation Fast and Furious' documents by 5 p.m. Thursday, has backed off his stated deadline."

"House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, who has the backing of the committee's Republican majority, has granted a Justice Department request for an extension. No new deadline was set." ...
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Submitter's Note: How many %#@$%&! chances are you going to give the murdering @#%^*#$%es?!?
 

GA: State considers law to bypass gun permits (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State leaders are considering a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to carry a gun without a permit."

"'To protect our Second Amendment rights is to remove all barriers,' said the man behind the bill, state Rep. Jason Spencer."

"Spencer, of Kennesaw, is sponsoring House Bill 679 -- also known as the Constitutional Carry Act. It would allow law-abiding adults in Georgia to carry a gun without a permit, openly or concealed." ...
 

GA: Support for Georgia bill to end gun-carry permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Georgia House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee heard both sides Thursday on whether the public will be endangered should the state end a permit requirement for those carrying concealed weapons."

"The panel held its first hearing on House Bill 679, a measure Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, introduced. The bill would allow anyone who can legally own a gun to carry one without getting a permit from a county probate judge." ...
 

Rick Perry: D.C. gun laws are unconstitutional
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rick Perry believes the gun-control laws in Washington, D.C. are unconstitutional. 'I think it’s an infringement on your Second Amendment,' the Texas governor told me before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday."

"I asked the former Republican presidential candidate for a brief interview as he was walking out of the media room. Knowing he was a gun owner and avid shooter, I told him that I got my first gun the day before."

"'I read your article,' Mr. Perry said, referring to the 'Emily Gets Her Gun' series about the hurdles in getting a legal handgun in the District. 'I followed you while you were getting it.'" ...
 

NRA official: Obama wants to outlaw guns in 2nd term
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"A top official with the National Rifle Association said Friday that President Obama will move to 'destroy' gun rights and 'erase' the Second Amendment if he is re-elected in November."

While delivering one of the liveliest and best-received speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said the president's low-key approach to gun rights during his first term was 'a conspiracy to ensure re-election by lulling gun owners to sleep.'" ...
 

Election Day 2012 is right around the corner - what are YOU doing to ensure Obama is a one-termer?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You may think November 6th — Election Day 2012 — is off in the distant future. Maybe you think there's plenty of time before anyone needs to worry about getting that new voter registration card, or that it will be a long while before you need to start educating your friends and family about their pro-gun allies running for office. But Barack Obama and his anti-gun supporters have no such illusions. Since the day after his first victory, his allies have been working to put their man back into office, this time free to attack gun rights without the need to worry about reelection." ...
 

IA: Iowa Republicans push for right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Republicans want to bring Iowa's Constitution in line with those of 44 other states."

"Iowa is one of only six states in the Union that do not have a Second Amendment-like right to keep and bear arms enshrined in their Constitutions."

"Gun-rights advocates — such as Stephanie Samford of the National Riffle Association's Institute for Legislative Action — say the resolution, House Joint Resolution 2005, is necessary to protect Iowans' right to have firearms." ...
 

IL: Chicago Mayor proposes new Illinois gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Second amendment rights are again being challenged by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel and the Chicago police department are pushing for mandatory registration of all Illinois handguns as well as a 65 dollar fee for a computer registry."

"'For ten years we've basically recovered one firearm a day that was sold out of one gun shop in Cook County. Now those firearms were sold legally based upon the laws that are in place yet ended up illegally on the streets of Chicago,' Police Officer Garry McCarthy said." ...
 

NY: Legislators line up on guns, pistol owners blast Schimel
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, who has frequently led the push for greater gun control is, along with her colleague Brian Kavanagh and Sen. Eric Adams, heading up a new group of legislators who are combating illegal guns (a retired NYPD officer, Adams has a gun permit, which is distinct from the illegal firearms these lawmakers are fighting against):"

"Here are the details of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, which met earlier in the week:" ...
 

IL: Quinn: Gun registry would be 'uphill climb' in Illinois
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Pat Quinn expressed doubt on Friday that the General Assembly would pass legislation proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to create a statewide handgun registry."

"'I think that has an uphill climb, and I'm going to see what members of the legislature do with that particular legislation,' Quinn said at a Friday press conference at the Illinois State Police Training Academy. 'I think it’s important to have committee hearings and the legislature will give its wisdom, and I think that that’s a healthy process.'" ...
 

IL: 'No damned way': Metro-east lawmakers plan to fight hard against proposed gun registration
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed statewide legislation Thursday to require handgun owners to register their weapons and pay a $65 fee for each one, calling it a common sense measure that would protect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping illegal firearms off the streets."

"But metro-east legislators, who have been working in the opposite direction, to allow concealed carrying of handguns, say they'll fight Emanuel's proposal hard. One of them called the bill ridiculous, and another ... said there's 'just no damned way we're going to let that happen.'"

"... A statewide registry would help the Chicago Police Department follow the chain of possession for guns found at Chicago crime scenes ..." ...
 

IA: Iowa firearms legislation update
Submitted by: Sean McClanahan
Website: http://www.rightofmiddle.com

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"This week marks the end of the first month of legislative action in Iowa for 2012, and today starts a two-week countdown to the first funnel, scheduled for February 24. Any bill that has not been passed out of committee by the 24th is essentially dead for the remainder of the session. With that in mind, here is a list of the various firearms related bills and the current status of each:" ...
 

IL: Sandack says CAT out-of-state expansion may be just the beginning
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In other news, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to push for a statewide handgun registry ... Mayor Emanuel’s call Thursday for a statewide gun registry is expected to draw fierce opposition from gun advocates and many downstate lawmakers. According to media reports, the mayor’s proposal would require all Illinois handgun owners to pay a $65 registration fee to the state, and provide the Illinois State Police with personal information, the gun’s make and model, and where and when the gun was purchased."

"... Penalties for violation of Emanuel’s proposed legislation range from a misdemeanor charge for failure to report a lost or stolen firearm, to a felony charge for residents in possession of an unregistered gun." ...
 

AZ: GCC students could soon be packing guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill that would allow guns on state university and community college campuses has passed the state Senate Judiciary Committee, initiating a bitter philosophical shoot-out."

"Senate Bill 1474 ... would allow faculty and students over 21 years of age to carry concealed weapons onto campuses if they have a permit."

"However, school officials may continue to ban guns from buildings and stadiums by posting signs and providing gun lockers — a potentially expensive provision."

"Critics have decried the measure."

"'I'm absolutely opposed to allowing students to carry guns on campus,' said Tom Loeffler, a board member for Gila Community College. He said allowing guns on campus would hinder the free expression of ideas." ...
 

Second Amendment Penumbras: Some Preliminary Observations (article available for download)
Submitted by: Ric k Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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"The Second Amendment to the Constitution is now part of 'normal constitutional law,' which is to say that the discussion about its meaning has moved from the question of whether it means anything at all, to a well-established position that it protects an individual right, and is enforceable as such ... The extent of that individual right has not yet been fully fleshed out, and, of course, will (like other items of normal constitutional law) occasion disagreement on one issue or another into the foreseeable future."

"Nonetheless, now that the right has achieved a measure of concreteness, it has begun, like other parts of the Bill of Rights, to cast its shadow across the law. And if the core of the shadow—or umbra—remains a bit unclear, what of the edge or penumbra?" ...
 

If You See Something, Film Something (Recording The Police is a Dangerous but Necessary Thing to Do) (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This video was created as an example of the importance of filming the police. Video provides transparency, accountability, and an accurate account of incidents that occur. It is no secret that the United States has a serious problem with police abuse, brutality, and corruption. It is essential for civilians to document their encounters with police officers to ensure transparency, accountability, and safety to all of those involved." ...
 

IL: Jury awards $1.35 to family of man slain by police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal jury awarded $1.35 million to the family of a man shot to death by an off-duty Chicago Police officer after a confrontation at a Northwest Side bar, an attorney for the family said Thursday."

"Officer Edward Yerke fatally shot Kenneth Elrod and his friend Demetri Centera on April 7, 2006. Attorney Gregory Kulis represented the family of Elrod in a lawsuit against Yerke, the city and other officers." ...
 

TN: Doctor Sues Former Metro Officer For Wrongful Arrest (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Metro Police Officer has been accused of excessive force and that he maliciously assaulted and imprisoned an innocent doctor."

"It happened in the lobby of a mental health clinic in Madison late last year and now there's a federal civil lawsuit."

"Dr. Oranefo Okolo said that then-Metro Police Officer Mike Gallagher came in looking for a suspect. When Okolo told him he couldn't help because of patient-doctor confidentiality he said Gallagher tried to arrest him for obstruction of justice." ...
 

IL: Settlement in 2003 Chicago protest lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city of Chicago has hammered out a $6.2 million settlement over a class-action lawsuit that accuses police of unlawfully arresting more than 700 people during a 2003 Iraq war demonstration, attorneys announced Thursday."

"The case has attracted added attention for what it might say about how Chicago copes with thousands of demonstrators expected to descend on the city for G-8 and NATO summits in May." ...
 

GA: Deputy jailed for alleged sex with inmate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A seven-year veteran with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has resigned following his arrest for allegedly having sex with an inmate, officials said Thursday."

"Deputy Duone Clark, 40, is charged with felony sexual assault and violating his oath of public office for an alleged encounter at the Gwinnett County Jail the morning of Jan. 13." ...
 

CT: Wife of Colchester contractor says she'll appeal denial of gun permit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The wife of Bruce 'Bruno' Hayn says the first selectman has denied her application for a pistol permit because her husband, charged recently with burning down his wood pellet business in Norwich, refuses to step down from the town's Board of Finance."

"Patricia Hayn received a letter from First Selectman Gregg Schuster this week ..."

"'As you know, I have recently asked your husband to resign from his position on the Board of Finance,' Schuster wrote ... 'Additionally, the Board of Selectmen has also unanimously voted to request he resign as well. Based on these circumstances, I do not believe I am in an objective position to render a decision on your permit and am therefore not approving it.'" ...
 

LA: Louisiana Officer in Federal Insurance Fraud Probe Found Dead
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"The St. Tammany Parish coroner ruled that the death of a New Orleans police officer under investigation by the FBI was a suicide."

"Officer Salvadore Battaglia’s body was found in his house on the night of Feb. 7. Dr. Peter R. Galvan, St. Tammany Parish coroner, confirmed the death by suicide. He said autopsy findings 'are gunshot wound of head. The toxicology findings are pending.'"

"Bruce Whittaker, Battaglia’s attorney, said the investigation involved a false insurance claim benefiting someone else. ..." ...
 

OH: Police and bar owners: No issues since reforms pertaining to concealed carry took effect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Mount Vernon News recently provided readers an updated look at what police and bar owners have experienced in the months since Ohio's concealed carry law was modified to allow license-holders to carry in places where alcohol is being served, so long as they are not drinking, and to remove onerous restrictions mandating how license-holders were allowed to carry in a motor vehicle."

"Addressing the modifications to the CCW law with regard to a motor vehicle, The Mount Vernon News reported that law enforcement officials aren't having any problems:" ...

"In the same fashion, area bar owners aren't reporting any problems since passage of the law ..." ...
 

OR: A Concealed Carry License Holder Writes his Local Sheriff
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"Robert,"

"The following deals with issues about concealed carry and interactions with law enforcement. I thought it an interesting example of a LEO wanting to do the right thing to support CHL holders, but still feeling their way as to how to do it. I thought it might be of interest to your readers. Feel free to put it in the circular file, whip it into a blog post, or whatever. Please don’t disclose my name, but you can use my TTAG handle, Phydeaux. Also, given that Joe and Chris are from this metro area, they may have some interesting perspectives – and Ralph too . . ." ...
 

GA: Existing gun laws are fine
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"In response to the Rev. Paul Cook’s Feb. 4 letter ('We need stricter gun laws,') I submit the following – and by the way, I have been around for seven decades."

"The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the others was a tragedy, especially the little girl. However, the man responsible had a history of mental problems, so blame his doctors and family for him not receiving proper treatment and/or confinement."

"If the courts would start punishing murderers with mandatory death sentences and carrying them out, this type of useless killing would drop drastically." ...
 

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As an individual, I believe, very strongly, that handguns should be banned and that there should be stringent, effective control of other firearms. However, as a judge, I know full well that the question of whether handguns can be sold is a political one, not an issue of products liability law, and that this is a matter for the legislatures, not the courts. The unconventional theories advanced in this case (and others) are totally without merit, a misuse of products liability laws. — Judge Buchmeyer, Patterson v. Gesellschaft, 1206 F.Supp. 1206, 1216 (N.D. Tex. 1985)

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