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Bloomberg Coalition Mayor Held in Contempt by Federal Judge in Gun Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this week, a federal judge in New Orleans granted a motion that Mayor C. Ray Nagin be held in contempt for failing to abide by court orders to provide information on hundreds of seized firearms in city custody, and begin returning those guns to their rightful owners."

"The Second Amendment Foundation ... today said Nagin should step down or be asked to leave Michael Bloomberg's 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' unless that group wants him as their poster child."

"'Here we have a group formed by the anti-gun Big Apple mayor, whose membership includes the anti-gun Big Easy mayor, and all they have done so far is raise a Big Stink about so-called 'weak' gun laws,' said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb." ...
 

Bloomberg Should Change Course, Work With Industry, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With a third departure from Michael Bloomberg’s 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' coalition, and a warning from the Justice Department about conducting any further gun shop stings, the Big Apple mayor should change course in his campaign and work with the firearms industry, instead of against it, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb suggested that Bloomberg should take a different approach to the problem armed criminals present to his city, and stop trying to spread his brand of gun control all over the country." ...
 

Hunting the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are many reasons not to vote for Rudy Giuliani for president of the United States." ...

"But here's an example of an issue where Giuliani is not only in direct conflict with the Constitution, he is apparently even blissfully ignorant of what the Bill of Rights say and why they say what they say." ...

"'I used gun control as mayor,' he said. 'I understand the Second Amendment. I understand the right to bear arms,' adding, those kinds of restrictions would have no effect on hunting."

"Now let's try to dissect what it is Giuliani is saying here, because his words are very important. Giuliani is a front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. He is being endorsed by people claiming to care about the Constitution and American freedom and limited government." ...
 

Statement from Rep. Carolyn McCarthy on the Shootings in PA and UT
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Yesterday we learned of more unnecessary deaths from gun violence in Philadelphia, PA and Salt Lake City, UT. I am saddened to hear of these events and have introduced legislation that if enacted will prevent further violence." ...

"I have again introduced legislation to permanently ban assault weapons. These weapons have no practical use. They are not used by hunters for sport or by individuals for self-defense. They are intended to kill as many individuals as possible in a short amount of time and have no place on our streets. The unfortunate situation in Philadelphia could have been avoided if Congress stood up to the gun lobby in 2004." ...
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KABA Note: So Carolyn, if these weapons "are intended to kill as many individuals as possible in a short amount of time" why do the police in the city of Cloquet, MN carry AR-15s in their patrol cars?
 

Big battles on American civil right to bear arms looming on Capitol Hill, observes United States gun law expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... the ongoing legislative battle over the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms shows signs of heating up soon in Congress." ...

"The gun control lobby seems to have coalesced around a proposal put forth by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York. Surprisingly and disturbingly for gun rights advocates, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, a former NRA Director, has joined with McCarthy as an original cosponsor of her bill, H.R. 297." ...

"... if it became law, the records of individuals who were never convicted of an offense preventing them from obtaining a firearm but had been arrested for such an offense would be included in NICS. ..." ...
 

NJ: WNY burglar runs from gunfire
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A would-be burglar was frightened off in West New York yesterday afternoon by a gun-wielding homeowner who "accidentally" fired a shot in his direction, according to the West New York Police Department.

A man wearing a gray North Face jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath tried to kick in the door to a first-floor apartment, the 39-year-old resident told police.

The man ran to the door after hearing dogs barking and heavy pounding on his door, police said. He picked up a licensed handgun, leaned out a window, and yelled "what are you trying to do, I have a gun!" and tried to display it.

The gun fired accidentally, said West New York Police Director Tim Griffin, and the frightened burglar took off running.
 

NJ: Foes of gun limits rap Quigley's 1-gun-a-month bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"New Jersey could become the nation's fifth state to make it illegal for people to buy more than one handgun per month."

"... The Senate hasn't considered the legislation, but gun rights groups are moving against it."

"Scott L. Bach, president of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the National Rifle Association's state organization, said the proposed limit would do nothing to stop crime."

"'To stop crime, you've got to stop the criminal, not attack the tool, because the criminal mind will always find another tool,' Bach said."
 

OH: Passing good legislation - Lessons learned, Part I (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the passage of HB347 last year, the Governor’s threat of a veto coming to fruition, and the culmination of a veto override, we all learned some lessons about how the political process works, and how we worked within that system."

"Judging by the results, we won. So we were good enough, but there is always room for improvement. In this article I will discuss some things we did right. Tomorrow I will chronicle some areas where we can improve."

"What Buckeye Firearms Association did right:"

"We were there. Sometimes showing up is 90% of winning. ..."

"We answered questions, sometimes doing extensive digging to find them. ..."

"We worked with other groups like the NRA and PRO. ..." ...
 

TN: Bill would allow deadly force against carjackers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Spurred by violent crime in Memphis and elsewhere, Tennessee legislators have filed several bills to expand the legal rights of people to use deadly force when threatened by would-be attackers."

"One would specifically allow people in motor vehicles to kill or 'cause serious bodily injury' to attackers -- both inside or outside the vehicle -- who they believe are threatening to murder, rape, kidnap, rob or carjack the car's occupants." ...
 

CO: Do you feel lucky? Minority GOP isn't playing the punk on gun bills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican lawmakers, often lining up with Democrats on renewable-energy bills this session, are drawing the line on gun issues." ...

"So Senate Republicans found much to cheer about Tuesday when three Democrats voted with them to gut a gun measure that would have required concealed-weapons permit-holders to reside in the state where the permit is issued."

"Democrats quickly pulled the bill from debate to figure out how to salvage it."

"And in the House, seven Democrats joined with Republicans on Monday to support Gardner's bill to expand Colorado's 'make my day law' to include businesses as well as homes. It passed by one vote on initial reading, and Democrats are working to defeat it on a final vote." ...
 

UT: Campus gun bill advances despite lots of opposition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A compromise between university leaders and legislators to create gun-free areas on campuses passed out of committee Tuesday but not without a parade of opposition from students and gun-rights advocacy groups"

"The 3-2 vote came after more than an hour of testimony against the bill by students who say they will feel unsafe if they are not allowed to carry guns and by citizens who say they are being stripped of their rights."

"The bill, sponsored by Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights, would allow faculty at state universities to declare their offices a gun-free zone. A sign must be posted outside the office and a storage locker of some type offered to students who need to dispose of weapons before entering that office." ...
 

VA: Important Pro-Gun Bill Passes Virginia House, Now Heads to Senate (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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On Tuesday, February 13, by a vote of 14-1, the Senate Local Government Committee resoundingly approved House Bill 2547, sponsored by Delegate Charles Carrico (R-5).

This measure would clarify that, except for the purposes of hunting, localities may not regulate the possession of firearms on public roadways. Having already passed the House with overwhelming, bi-partisan support, House Bill 2547 is now heading to the Senate floor for consideration.

Please contact your State Senator at (804) 698-7410 immediately and urge him or her to support and vote for House Bill 2547!
 

"Armed Merchant Vessels" A Perverse Precedence Applied:
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"...Peace and harmony with all nations is our sincere wish; but, such being the lot of humanity, that nations will not always reciprocate peaceable dispositions, it is our firm belief, that effectual measures of defence will tend to inspire that national self-respect and confidence at home, which is the unfailing source of respectability abroad, to check aggression, and prevent war...."

"...That such hiring, arming, and employment, shall not be for a term exceeding one year; and the said ships or vessels, when so hired and armed, shall be employed under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury:”*...."

 

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, "that all freemen capable of bearing arms. . . for the common defense", March 24, 1794
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"...and took his seat in the House; the oath to support the Constitution of the United States being first administered to him by Mr. Speaker, according to law...."

"...the act, entitled "An act more effectually to provide for the national defence by establishing an uniform militia throughout the United States," ..."

"...Resolved, That a select corps of militia be enrolled in the United States; that all freemen capable of bearing arms from the age of -- to --, compose a select militia, and that they be armed and accoutred at the general expense...."

"...to call into actual service such portion or portions of the select Militia as may be deemed necessary for the common defence...."
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, "by taking up arms in its defence", Aug. 29, 1781
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"...the officers of his Britannic Majesty, commanding within these United States, had in the most wanton and barbarous manner, in cold blood, put to death divers citizens of these States, under the false and insidious pretence of their having returned to their allegiance to his said Majesty and had again revolted therefrom, and were taken in arms fighting against his said Majesty's forces in America, when the fact was that numbers of the inhabitants of these States had been driven by the most cruel oppressions . . . reiterated violence continuing to be exercised on their persons and property, had as soon as possibly they could openly profess their love to their country by taking up arms in its defence..."
 

Fragment of the Debates, "This is a direct appeal to that God who is the avenger of perjury", Jan. 1788
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"...United, we are strong; divided, we are weak..."

"...States, as well as individuals, are subject to ambition, to avarice, to those jarring passions which disturb the peace of society..."

"...What is to defend us from the ambition and rapacity of New York, when she has spread over that vast territory which she claims and holds? Do we not already see in her the seeds of an overbearing ambition? ..."

"...There is such a love of liberty implanted in the human heart, that no nation ever willingly gave up its liberty. If they lose this inestimable birthright of men, it is not for a want of the will, but of the proper means to support it..."
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "the paramount and supreme law of self-defence", Feb. 20, 1862
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"...I especially forbid all citizens of Kentucky, whether in the State guard or otherwise, from making any hostile demonstration against any of the aforesaid sovereignties; to be obedient to the orders of lawful authorities; to remain quietly and peaceably at home when off of military duty, and refrain from all words and acts likely to provoke a collision, and so otherwise to conduct themselves that the deplorable calamity of invasion may be averted; but, in the meantime, to make prompt and efficient preparation to assume the paramount and supreme law of self-defence, and strictly of self-defence alone."
 

NJ: Cop cuffed, faces fraud charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A rookie Jersey City police officer is facing misconduct and fraud charges after being arrested Monday in connection with a false claim that his car was stolen ..."

"Edward George Kopf, 27, was arrested in front of his fellow officers and removed in handcuffs during the afternoon roll call at the South District after it was determined that the car he owned and reported stolen last month had been in the custody of police in Pennsylvania for several months."

"Kopf ... reported that the last time he saw his 1998 Lincoln Navigator was New Year's Day evening, but an investigation determined that police in Hazleton, Pa., found the abandoned vehicle last September and impounded it in December, officials said." ...
 

NJ: JCPD is not to blame
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent tragedy that unfolded on the Pulaski Skyway has had a palpably traumatic effect on the spirits of our proud citizens. ... My sympathies go out to the family and hope that if found guilty, Kevin Freibott is prosecuted to the fullest degree of the law."

"However, there is another, perhaps not-so-obvious, casualty of the Pulaski tragedy: The Jersey City Police Department. It seems that again our police are unfairly criticized. This is because of the way the media is describing the JCPD's failure to do the proper background check on Freibott. Even worse, allegations have been made that Freibott's hiring was rubber-stamped because of his familial relationship to Mayor Healy." ...
 

UT: Trolley Square shooting: Concealed-gun debate heats up after mall shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To carry or not to carry? Which philosophy would had made a difference?"

"The debate between gun-control advocates and gun-rights supporters is a familiar aftermath to any outburst of gun violence in America."

"In the wake of Monday's murderous rampage at Trolley Square, those questions again confront law-abiding members of a sometimes violent society." ...

"Those on the other side of the debate, however, say more guns make us less safe."

"'I'm not comfortable arming our entire country for protection - that's a paranoid notion,' said Gary Sackett, a Gun Violence Prevention Center board member."

"'You can't protect against every madman with a firearm or a hand grenade. That sort of thing is going to happen from time to time.'" [emphasis added] ...
 

UT: Trolley Square shooting is not about agendas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I wish this hadn't happened. As a humanist, I wish this hadn't happened because lives were lost. No equation can calculate the gravity of a human life." ...

"Worst of all, Charlton Heston is on the verge of knocking on my back door with the butt of a rifle. The gun enthusiasts will bathe themselves in hypothetical soap, saying that if only a concealed weapons permit holder had been there, everything would be just fine. Every man, woman, child and dog should have a gun stashed in his or her pants, purse, backpack or water dish. If everyone has a gun, no one will ever get hurt." ...
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KABA Note: Once again, the antis ignore the fact that it was someone with a nasty, eevil *gun* who stalled the spree until on-duty police could arrive.
 

GA: Get a permit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A BILL to allow concealed handguns in cars blew threw the Georgia House on Monday, but police agencies are rightly concerned the measure could endanger officers making traffic stops." ...

"Two main questions surround the bill."

"The first is what - if any - added protection the bill grants to gun carriers who rely on a firearm to protect themselves while in the car? A motorist with a permit can aleady reach a gun if he or she needs it under existing law."

"The second major point is that a person who is likely to shoot a police officer is not likely to care where the law says he can stow his pistol. ..." ...
 

ND: Women offered home firearms safety class
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Women unfamiliar with the guns their hunter spouses and kids keep in the house will have an opportunity to learn more about them."

"A women's-only home firearms safety class is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. March 18 and March 25. It's sponsored by the Bismarck-Mandan Rifle & Pistol Association."

"Although more than a month away, there has been some interest, said Leon Nesja, who taught the class solo last time."

"Nine women participated in that first class."

"'They loved it,' Nesja said. 'Most said it exceeded their expectations. They didn't know what they would learn, but they learned a lot.'" ...
 

VA: Attorney General Inviting Police Abuse of Power (second letter)
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"In your article, the argument is made that police need to be able to arrest someone for minor offenses so police can search for evidence of more serious crimes. The Supreme Court was blamed for messing up the law on arrests for misdemeanors."

"The Supreme Court did nothing of the sort! It only stated the law in Virginia as it has been on the books for a long time." ...

"When we give the police more power, it is always at the expense of our freedoms and we must not do so without a powerful and compelling reason."

"Another step in the direction of a police state? No, thanks."

Philip Van Cleave
Midlothian
 

CA: Editorial Board: Metaphors and guns don't mix
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Metaphors make for good novels and great poetry. However, in her speech to a half-empty Kresge auditorium Monday night, NRA President Sandra Froman '71 demonstrated the ease with which a metaphor inserted into political discourse can polarize, warp and muddle a divisive issue."

"... Froman's words became more difficult to swallow when she began comparing programs requiring gun-safety education programs for owners of firearms with Jim Crow laws in the segregated South. Disqualifying voters for not knowing obscure constitutional trivia may be unfair, but in no way is it comparable to requiring that gun owners know how to operate a deadly weapon. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: And both are examples of tools used by repressive governments to prevent certain despised minorities from exercising their rights.
 

NY: Some regulation of guns is needed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"... Gun-control opponents have to stop ignoring the first clause of the Second Amendment and its implications. The rights of law-abiding, responsible citizens to maintain firearms for leisure or protection should always be protected; of this there should be no debate."

"But to dismiss every piece of gun-control legislation out of hand by invoking gun ownership as an inalienable right on par with life or liberty is irresponsible. How many more innocents need to be deprived of their life and liberty as a result of gun violence before the gun lobby is held accountable?" ...
 

UK: Climate of fear
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"Gun violence terrorises our communities and neighbourhoods and has created an epidemic of fear among our young people in key cities across the UK."

"I have witnessed over the past 15 to 20 years the evolution of gun crime in the UK from crack cocaine to gangs; from informants to witnesses; from Jamaican nationals to British-born blacks; from drug dealers to youths and disrespect; from backdoor execution-style murders to the gunning down in public places."

"Guns have gone from being the tool of the crack cocaine criminal to the everyday fashionable accessory, easily accessible item that young people want to be seen with." ...
 

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