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Old TV Western Shows Folly of Citizen Disarmament
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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Today's Gun Rights Examiner column lets you vicariously experience what it's like to be "a knight without armor in a savage land."

Also see through an effort in Oregon, visit "The Spin Zone" with Oath Keepers, learn how to buy a gun in D.C., see who is running for the NRA Board, and watch a rerun--and, of course, get the latest from my fellow GREs.
 

Defeat of Maryland semi-auto ban shows power of grassroots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A couple weeks ago, Maryland state Senator Michael Lenett (D) introduced a bill to ban so called 'assault weapons'--common, semi-automatic, detachable magazine fed rifles, in other words. Maryland's gun laws are already horribly restrictive, but SB 516 would have made them dramatically worse."

"Gratifyingly, though, Maryland residents are apparently mad as (heck), and aren't going to take it anymore, and they mustered enough grassroots pressure to have the bill withdrawn." ...
 

Do Tea Parties breed plane bombers?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's only a matter of time before somebody uses the Austin plane bombing by Joseph Andrew Stack for political purposes. So we might as well use the tragedy for a teachable moment."

"We apparently live in a world of 'nuanced meaning,' where it's okay to take phrases out of context in order to justify grinding one's favorite ax. Two examples follow." ...
 

NRA: Brady Campaign's Contradiction on Concealed Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Paul Helmke and the Brady Campaign have recently been trying to make hay over the fact that the Starbucks Coffee chain doesn't mind having law-abiding gun owners as customers. Helmke's been spouting off his statements about gun owners on blogs, in news stories and on television for years now, but his recent rants border on incoherence." ...
 

Handgun Case Creates Odd Alliances
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Next month, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Constitution blocks states from restricting handguns."

"The case could continue a reassessment of firearms regulation the court began two years ago, when for the first time it struck down a law for violating the Second Amendment."

"The issue has scrambled traditional alliances, pitting gun-rights groups against each other over how to argue the case, while uniting some left- and right-leaning legal theorists over how to interpret the Constitution." ...
 

WA Supreme Court: '2nd Amendment applies to the states via 14th Amendment due process clause'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Washington State Supreme Court delivered a haymaker to anti-gunners – and strong reinforcement to gun rights advocates – Thursday morning when it handed down an opinion in the case of State v. Sieyes that states bluntly, 'We hold the Second Amendment applies to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment due process clause.'"

"The majority opinion, written by Justice Richard B. Sanders, was signed by five other justices including Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen, with a (sort-of) concurring opinion from Justice Debra L. Stephens that takes issue with the incorporation premise, and a partly-concurring and partly-dissenting opinion from Justice James M. Johnson that argues the majority ruling isn't strong enough." ...
 

State vs. Federal: The Nullification Movement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This is not to say that all is rosy and state nullification is on its way to restoring our constitutional republic. ... The state nullification movement definitely does have major obstacles obstructing its goal of returning the federal government to its constitutional limits."

"Some activists are heading down the fruitless path of endless legal challenges in federal courts to validate their state nullification legislation. ... entrusting one party (the federal government) with the sole power to interpret a contract (U.S. Constitution) is the problem. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: But as more states have their laws quashed by the Federal behemoth, a Constitutional Convention becomes more likely.
 

NRA Receives Heartfelt Thanks from Second Amendment March
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today the Second Amendment March (SAM) publicly thanked the National Rifle Association (NRA) for its assistance in promoting the planned Second Amendment March through online announcements."

"'This is a pivotal time not just for gun owners, but for the entire country. On behalf of the SAM, I wish to thank the NRA-ILA for agreeing to send out periodic reminders about the march to its members.' said Skip Coryell, founder of the march."

"'We understand that NRA has a lot on its plate and we fully acknowledge the value this relationship presents. I hope it’s one which will blossom in the weeks and months to come.'" ...
 

An armed society is a polite society - Robert Heinlein
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Until Don Zaidle, my editor at Texas Fish & Game magazine, sent me the email last week, I’d never heard of the CNPSR. And now that I’ve read the email, and know what it is, I wish I still hadn’t heard of it. You will wish the same thing in about two minutes."

"The members of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees recently sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, whining about Section 512 of Public Law 111-24, which will go into effect 22 February 2010. This provision, authored by Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), effectively extends what Second Amendment rights remain in America to our national parks." ...
 

National Parks gun ban set to expire, hysteria reaching critical
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Monday, February 22, the ban on loaded firearms in National Parks will end once more. That is when the rule change goes into effect and National Parks will follow state law in determining what rights visitors are allowed to have. ..."

"As happens whenever a change to the law occurs which returns gun freedoms, some are predicting dire consequences." ...
 

Armed defense at Front Sight: Intermediate tactics and skills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The first two segments of the 'Armed defense at Front Sight' series covered the philosophy of Front Sight Training Institute, its support for the right to keep and bear arms, and the basic handgun skills taught in days one and two of its Four Day Defensive Handgun Course. As one of the world's foremost firearm training facilities, Front Sight offers courses in handgun, carbine, shotgun, submachine gun, empty hand defense and even rappelling and climbing."

"Day three of Four Day Defensive Handgun Course delved into more advanced skills, ..." ...
 

There's Such a Thing As a Too-Small Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you've read my column in Backwoods Home Magazine for any length of time, you've noticed how frequently I've made the point that it's close to hopeless for a smaller person to try to shoot well with a gun too big or too long in the stock for them, and easier for a larger person to adapt to a gun that's too small. Well, this past weekend, I was reminded that there actually is such a thing as a gun too small for the largest shooters." ...
 

Guns and Death from Massachusetts to Alabama: Misrule of Law?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The murder of three faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, allegedly by Harvard-trained neurobiologist Amy Bishop is eliciting much media attention ..." ...

"What is still receiving insufficient attention is the simple fact that Dr. Amy Bishop walked into the faculty meeting and sat quietly during its proceedings with a fully-loaded gun in her possession."

"In the United States, it is almost taken for granted how easy it is to gain access to guns and carry them undetected—even onto college campuses, whether they are a 'gun-free zone' or not. ..."

"Guns play a role by effectively translating fallible human intent into lethal outcomes. ..." ...
 

Gun-Toting Visitors Heading to National Parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Teddy Roosevelt couldn't bring a gun into Yellowstone National Park, but soon anyone with a permit will be able to shoulder a shotgun as they watch Old Faithful erupt."

"At Virginia's Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts outside Washington, summer concertgoers will be able to pack a pistol with their picnic on the lawn. Along the rim of the Grand Canyon, rifle-toting visitors will stand next to unarmed tourists from abroad. And while Civil War re-enactors will still flock with their historic muskets to the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania, modern-day militiamen will be able to retrace Pickett's Charge carrying modern-day weapons." ...
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Submitter's Note: Andrea take a few deep calming breaths. The sky is not falling, it's going to be OK. Really.
 

Brady Campaign State Scorecards: Most States Have Weak Gun Laws
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Most states have weak or non-existent gun laws, helping feed the illegal gun market and allowing the sale of guns without background checks including at gun shows, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Forty-three states fail to close the loophole that allows criminals to buy guns at gun shows without Brady background checks."

"Scores range from the first-ever 'zero,' earned by Utah, to 79 for California. The complete scorecard results can be accessed at www.bradycampaign.org." ...
 

Right-wing media promote, give platform to 'anti-government extremist' Oath Keepers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over the past several months, right-wing media have promoted the Oath Keepers, a group established in 2009 and identified by the Anti-Defamation League as 'encourag[ing] members of the military and law enforcement to pledge not to follow certain hypothetical 'orders' from the federal government' that 'echo longstanding conspiracy theories embraced by anti-government extremists.' On February 17, Bill O'Reilly said that he intended to host a member of the group on his next show to 'give forth their point of view.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: I still don't understand how pledging to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States can be considered 'anti-government'. Not enough KoolAid I guess.
 

McDonald v. Chicago: Stakeholders to Discuss Upcoming Supreme Court Handgun Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorneys for Legal Community Against Violence, a leading gun violence prevention group, Chicago officials and other stakeholders will brief members of the media on McDonald v. Chicago in advance of oral arguments before the Supreme Court early next month. They will be joined by others with a direct stake in the outcome of the case: mayors, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, medical professionals and the families of gun violence victims. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 23, at 9:30 am. in the Fourth Estate Room of the National Press Club. A conference line is available for those who wish to call in." ...
 

VA: Bill to permit guns in bars is ludicrous
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Liberty Valance Restaurant, as its name suggests, is no haven for gun-shy bleeding hearts."

"Named for a notorious movie outlaw, the Stratford Hills eatery's 'greeters' include a cutout of singing cowboy Roy Rogers brandishing a pair of six-shooters. Pistols and holsters adorn the 34-year-old establishment ..."

"But the manager at this restaurant ... doesn't think much of the state Senate's approval of a bill that would allow people with concealed-gun permits to carry their firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol."

"Jody Walker comes from a family of hunters and makes it clear that she's a staunch believer in the Second Amendment."

"But bringing guns to Valance's saloon? That's different." ...
 

ME: Cops: Toddler at crimes
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"A Richmond couple is facing charges in connection to a string of burglaries that the couple allegedly committed with their toddler in tow."

"Bruce Tillson, 33, and his wife, Jessica Tillson, 23, are each charged with three counts of burglary, Lincoln County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Murphy said." ...

"... The items stolen include numerous handguns and rifles."

"Police have recovered all of the stolen items, Murphy said."

"The 11 stolen firearms were found in Augusta and Winthrop, said Murphy, who believes the weapons are worth several thousand dollars."

"'All the ones we know are missing have been recovered,' Murphy said." ...
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Submitter's Note: This is not what is meant by: "It's never too early to teach your children about firearms."
 

TX: Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot in Game Room
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Investigators say a security guard fatally shot an armed man who tried to rob a game room in northwest Houston."

"Officers arrived after 10 p.m. to the Fun and Gift game room ... and found the alleged robbery suspect's wounded body inside."

"Homicide investigators say that the suspect entered the game room holding a gun and demanding money while a partner waited outside ... The security guard, who was not an off-duty law enforcement officer, used a weapon to shoot the suspect an undetermined amount of times."

"The man waiting in the truck outside the game room ran away on foot and left the vehicle in the parking lot."

"Investigators have not revealed if any charges will be filed in the suspect's death."
 

GA: Open carry deters armed robbery in Kennesaw
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two customers displaying holstered pistols deterred an armed robbery in a Kennesaw Wafflehouse recently." ...

"Matt Brannan and J.P. Mitchell were dining in the Wafflehouse ... in Kennesaw at 4:45 in the morning recently when a scout for an armed robbery crew entered ..."

"The scout saw that two of the customers were wearing holstered 1911 Springfield Mil-Spec .45 pistols ..."

"... Cobb County Police Officer D. Lowe had noticed suspicious cars sitting behind the restaurant in the dark and decided to investigate. He caught men with masks and rifles who had been preparing to rob the Wafflehouse. The criminals informed the police that they had changed their mind upon discovering armed customers and were waiting for Matt and J.P. to leave ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: The perfect DGU IMHO.
 

PA: Lancaster Store Clerk Fires Gun At Armed Robber
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Shots were fired during an armed robbery in Lancaster Wednesday night.

Officers responded to a panic alarm at Mangat's Mini-Mart on East Liberty Street (see interactive map below) at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lancaster police said.

The robber pointed a handgun at the employees and demanded money, police said.

One of the clerks also had gun and fired shots at the robber, who then ran from the store.

About 30 minutes later, a 17-year-old male was admitted to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, police said.

So far, police have not said if the shooting victim is connected to the robbery.
 

IA: Vander Plaats: Scared of Obama? Buy guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican Bob Vander Plaats sought to play the role of the detached anthropologist this week in Carroll when he advanced one of the ugliest and spectacularly irresponsible narratives in America today: people have cause to 'fear' President Barack Obama and arming themselves to the hilt is an understandable reaction." ...

"... we asked Vander Plaats about Obama."

"Is the president a patriotic man with whom you have profound disagreements or is he a leader to be feared?"

"'It's caused some people some fear,' Vander Plaats said."

"He soon added, 'I think it's why you see the increase in gun sales and ammunition. People are concerned about their freedom today.'" ...
 

TX: Donna Campbell on gun rights
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"Donna Campbell is a Republican candidate running for Texas Congressional District 25, currently held by Lloyd Doggett. If you want a Congressman to represent your right to keep and bear arms, this questionnaire will assist you in deciding if a candidate will represent you." ...
 

MS: Tax holiday on guns, ammo weighed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mississippi lawmakers are considering a two-day sales tax exemption for guns and ammunition in honor of 'Second Amendment Weekend,' which would come just before fall hunting seasons."

"Some said fear over revenue loss might derail the bill, which was filed by Rep. Warner McBride, D-Courtland. It has 39 co-sponsors. ..."

"The legislation would waive sales taxes on rifles, shotguns, handguns and ammunition on Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend."

"The National Rifle Association and some hunting groups support 'Second Amendment Weekends,' which Louisiana and South Carolina have enacted. Sporting goods stores in Louisiana reported a boost during the tax holiday, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate." ...
 

AL: Guns at Work Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Alabama Senate may not be able to find bi-patrician support for bingo, but there could be for guns."

"Senator Roger Bedford is sponsoring a bill that would eliminate an employers right to ban firearms on company grounds."

"It's an amendment that fire arms enthusiasts say is over due."

"Amy Royer with the Gun Cellar in Hoover believes that the government has gradually chipped away at the second amendment for years."

"'For years there's been a slippery slope of you can't carry it in here, but you can carry it in there. And that hurts the honest, innocent people that were in that faculty meeting worse because they were the ones that were abiding by the rules.'" ...
 

Report: Homeland Security officers lose nearly 200 guns
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"The nation's Homeland Security officers lost nearly 200 guns in bowling alleys, public restrooms, unlocked cars and other unsecure areas, with some ending up in the hands of felons. The problem, outlined in a new federal report, has prompted disciplinary actions and extra training."

"Most of the misplaced weapons -- including handguns, shotguns and military rifles -- were never found. 'Most losses occurred because officers did not properly secure firearms,' says the Homeland Security inspector general report."

"At least 15 of the guns ended up in the hands of gang members, criminals, drug users and teenagers ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Was this reported to the BATFE? The ATF wants to imprison FFL dealers if they lose only 1 gun. Shouldn't the DHS officers be imprisoned for losing the guns?
 

Report: Officers lose 243 Homeland Security guns
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"Nearly 180 Department of Homeland Security weapons were lost -- some falling into the hands of criminals -- after officers left them in restrooms, vehicles and other public places, according to an inspector general report."

"The officers, with Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 'did not always sufficiently safeguard their firearms and, as a result, lost a significant number of firearms' between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2008, the report said." ...
 

PA: Hazelwood man dies after 10 calls to 911 over two days
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"In his first call to 911, Curtis Mitchell sounded calm, explaining to dispatchers that his 'entire stomach [was] in pain.'"

"By the time his longtime girlfriend made a 10th call nearly 30 hours later, she was frantic. He wasn't breathing. He was cold to the touch."

"'Oh God, oh God,' Sharon Edge sobbed to dispatchers. 'I've been trying to get an ambulance over here for three days.'"

"Paramedics arrived at their Hazelwood home as Ms. Edge tried to resuscitate the 50-year-old, but it was too late." ...

"Emergency vehicles were within blocks of his home three times -- once so close Ms. Edge could see the ambulance lights from her porch -- but did not make contact with him. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Dial 911 and Die" is more than the title of an excellent book.



 

NY: Ex-NYC police boss gets 4 years in prison
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"Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was hailed as a hero alongside former Mayor Rudy Giuliani after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and nearly became chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was sentenced to four years in federal prison."

"District Judge Stephen Robinson went well beyond federal sentencing guidelines, which suggested 27 to 33 months. He said the guidelines do not take into account 'the almost operatic proportions of this case.'"

"The judge said that after 9/11, Kerik '"in many ways acted in the highest tradition of a public servant.' But then, he added, 'The fact that Mr. Kerik would use that event for personal gain and aggrandizement is a dark place in the soul for me.'" ...
 

GA: Cuffed and Stuffed for Asking 'Why?'
Submitted by: Larry

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"Minnie Carey, a 61-year-old Atlanta resident, was peaceably assembled with three of her friends on a sidewalk ... when two heroic guardians of public order pulled up next to them."

"'Move it,' grunted Officer Brandy Dolson of the Atlanta Police Department. ... three of them complied with Dolson's imperious demand."

"Carey herself, however, asked why they were being ordered to vacate a public sidewalk."

"'Because I said so,' Dolson declared, as if that were a good and sufficient reason. It was neither, of course, as Carey pointed out to the tax-supported armed functionary." ...

"Within seconds, Dolson and his cohort in state-sanctioned crime, Officer Jamie Nelson, had Carey 'cuffed and stuffed' in their patrol car ..." ...
 

AR: Arkansas Cops: Completely Untrained, but Licensed to Kill
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"To become a licensed practicing cosmetologist in the State of Arkansas, an applicant must pass a state board examination and complete 2,000 hours of specialized training. For an investment of 600 hours an applicant can qualify to work as a manicurist ..."

"While Arkansas strictly regulates those who cut hair ... it imposes no training or licensing standards whatsoever on armed people clothed in government-issued costumes and the supposed authority to inflict lethal violence on others."

"'The second night I ever put on a badge and gun I was riding in my own car,' recalls Crittenden County Chief Deputy Tommy Martin. At the time, Martin was 21 years old and hadn't spent so much as a minute inside a police academy classroom ..." ...
 

NY: Feds Won't Feds Pursue NYPD Shooting of Man in 2006
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"Three New York police officers who killed an unarmed man in a 50-shot barrage outside a seedy strip club hours before his wedding will not face civil rights charges, federal authorities said Tuesday."

"The parents and former fiancee of Sean Bell, along with the Rev. Al Sharpton, had lobbied federal prosecutors in Brooklyn to charge the officers with violating Bell's civil rights." ...
 

NC: Former Sheriff Who Went To Prison Now Running For Sheriff Again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former sheriff who served time for embezzlement is once again running for the sheriff's seat."

"The Washington County Board of Elections confirmed Stanley James has filed to run for sheriff."

"James is a convicted felon who served about two months in prison, according to the NC Department of Corrections."

"James, who had been sheriff in Washington County starting in 1998, was indicted in 2004. He was convicted in 2006 and served time from September 2007 to November 2007."

"North Carolina is one of a dozen or so states where a convicted felon can run for office after his or her civil rights are restored. Elections officials say James registered to vote in October 2009 after his voting rights were restored." ...
 

IL: Six years for Melrose Park police Chief Scavo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Melrose Park Police Chief Vito Scavo was sentenced to six years in prison today for extorting business owners in town to hire his private security firm — a considerable break in sentencing from the maximum 25 years prosecutors had sought."

"Scavo apologized at the hearing before U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall in Chicago, saying he knew he had embarrassed his family, friends and the village of Melrose Park."

"'I feel like I let them totally down,' said Scavo, 61, whose lawyers asked for a prison sentence of five years." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yeah you did let them down. You got caught.
 

TX: Texas Police Officer Faces Arson Charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police officer with three years on the Mineral Wells police force was in Palo Pinto jail on Tuesday facing three arson charges."

"John Gore was stopped in the area of Wolters Industrial Park after firefighters fought three fires there, one that sent one firefighter to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, according to authorities."

"Gore faces two counts of arson and one count of arson that caused an injury. Bail was set at $25,000 on each of the two arson charges and $45,000 on the arson that caused injury charge, said Police Chief Mike McAllester." ...

"'He's been a model officer for the three years he has been here,' McAllester said. 'There have been no allegations of misconduct.'" ...
 

MN: Fears of gun control boost state coffers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The historian Richard Hofstadter famously wrote about the paranoid style in American politics ... and subsequent commentators have reinforced the idea that a certain percentage of the citizens of the republic believe in conspiracy theories, the apocalypse and an anti-Viking football officiating crew at every game."

"Politicians can profit from the 'suspicious discontent' of the electorate, of course. Sometimes even governments can profit. Such is the case in Minnesota."

"As documented by John Helland at Conservation Minnesota ... the state's bank account for fish and wildlife spending is getting an extra $4 million to $5 million because folks are buying ammunition before President Obama bans or restricts firearms." ...
 

MI: Second Amendment March Attendees Please RSVP
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We now have an RSVP form on our website that allows our supporters to let us know if they plan on attending their state march, the national march, or both."

"This information will help us greatly in determining how many attendees to expect, additional resources that we may need to secure, and how many hotel rooms we should block off."

"We have created the form to require only a minimal amount of information. However, the more information you provide to us, the better we can serve you."

"Rest assured that we value your privacy, and this information will not be shared with ANYONE outside of the Second Amendment March organization or our event planning partner, One Step Promotions." ...
 

WA: 2nd Amendment Applies to States, Court Says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment applies to the states via the 14th Amendment due-process clause, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an opinion that beat the U.S. Supreme Court to the punch on the same issue. The High Court is to hear arguments later this year on the question of whether the Second Amendment applies to the states."

"'The Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms from state interference through the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,' the court wrote. 'This right is necessary to an Anglo-American regime of ordered liberty and fundamental to the American scheme of justice.'" ...
 

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