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LUTHAs: "Take their guns away President Obama! Then we can kick some rears."
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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It has been a joy this weekend to have my son visiting. I'll see him for perhaps one more time after this before he redeploys back to join his beautiful wife and precocious son in Germany. After that, only God knows when I will see him again.

We were chatting yesterday about our clueless opponents and he asked a very good question: "Why can't they just leave us the Hell alone? We're not trying to take anything from them. It's not like were trying to seize vibrators from liberal lesbians or whatever. Why can't they just leave us the Hell alone?"

I recalled this conversation late last night when I was doing some searching for Absolved material and came up with these comments from just after the election . . .
 

GOP Backs Holder, Elects Anti Semi-Auto Rifle Michael Steele as Chairman of the RNC. Base Reacts Poorly.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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Q: Should people have access to buy assault weapons?

A: Society should draw lines. What do you need an assault weapon for, if you're going hunting? That's overkill. But I don't think that means you go to a total ban for those who want to use gun for skeet shooting or hunting or things like that." -- Michael Steele, in an October 16, 2006 Washington Post interview.


"I have to say, I like that he’s different. He’s an out-of-the-box thinker, or at least willing to give those who have ideas for these non-traditional messages a go." -- Sebastian on Michael Steele at Snowflakes in Hell.

Ed.: Mike, you owe me a new keyboard. ;-)
 

Investing in Liberty for Fun and Profit
Submitted by: Larry

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At this point in history, I believe the opportunity presently exists for investing in the tools of liberty in combination with the ability to profit from the exchange. To any discerning, educated mind, the ability to purchase firearms and ammo could be rapidly coming to an end.

FBI records indicate the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) experienced over 900,000 more requests (Form 4473) to purchase firearms in the last quarter of 2008 than the same period for 2007. This figure does not reveal the number of private purchases that occurred over the same period.

This significant increase has created industry-wide shortages in several different firearm model offerings, predominantly in the so-called "assault weapon" categories. A friend who is employed by a sporting goods chain in a large Southwestern US city, told me a couple of days ago that his store received a shipment of 10 Rock River Arms AR-15, M4 firearms and they all sold in less than an hour. The flashing "Notice" sign at RRA’s website is indicative of the present demand for this product.
 

MI: Gunning for change-County's top law officials at odds over need for monthly gun board meetings
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LAPEER -- Law enforcement leaders are at odds over a majority decision to abolish monthly conferences between the Lapeer County Gun Board and citizens who hope to carry concealed weapons.
Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin believes the meetings with applicants who will have hidden weapons for the first time is an important part of the process. Michigan State Police F/Lt. Patrick McGreevy and the Lapeer County Prosecutor's Office consider the gatherings a waste of law enforcement resources...
"If a person qualifies, is certified and they have no criminal history or mental problems, they're entitled to obtain the license," said Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh.
 

Ted Nugent Ready to Battle Antigunners for the NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Barack Obama jumped over a bunch of longer-experienced presidential candidates to win the White House, so will that pattern take at the National Rifle Association? It might, considering rocker and hunter Ted Nugent's popularity among NRA members. We hear that the Nuge is being urged to get into the race, and a key NRA insider tells us: "He does have a grass-roots following." That's for sure. The singer of "Cat Scratch Fever" fame and 23 albums is being promoted on Facebook. While Nugent is an NRA board member, he doesn't have the type of top slot in the organization normally needed to springboard somebody into the presidency. Even Charlton Heston, who played Moses in Hollywood, worked his way up to the presidency.
 

NH: A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.
Submitted by: Anti Federalist

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New Hampshire House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 6:

A bill affirming the rights of the state(s) to declare the binding agreement with the General (federal) Government null and void, when the General Government no longer follows the Constitution.

Including, but not limited to, the following...

VI. Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition.
 

Deadly Force
Submitted by: Larry

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What a SWAT team did to Cheye Calvo's family may seem extreme. But decades into America's war on drugs, it's business as usual.
 

Praxis: Universal Magazine Bandoleer.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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Meet the Tactical Operations Products Magazine/Utility Pouch. My son made me a gift of one of these in coyote brown during a recent visit, and I have been playing around with it to see what multiple uses can be made of it. I came away impressed.

Though nominally designed for nine 5.56 thirty round magazines (three per pouch), it actually can hold twelve of the old standard aluminum M16 mags or nine of the wider 5.56 MagPuls; nine AK47 7.62x39 or AK74 5.45x39 thirty round mags; or nine M14, FN/FAL, G3 or AR10 7.62 NATO twenty round magazines!

 

A Gun in My Pocket
Submitted by: The Liberty Sphere
Website: http://www.thelibertysphere.blogspot.com

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In this day and age I would no more think of venturing out of the house without my gun than I would without my drivers license. It simply goes with the territory.

Most people would have absolutely no idea that in my pocket is a firearm that can inflict deadly harm.

I certainly don't look the part. I am professional, well-dressed and groomed, unassuming, and well-mannered. I am just going about my business in a normal fashion...at the supermarket, the bank, the drug store, and even at church.

But if I am threatened with harm to my person, or if my fellow innocent citizens are thusly threatened, I am fully prepared to respond with as much force as necessary to stop the threat, up to and including using deadly force.
 

Praxis: "Nazi Zombies" -- Guerrilla Marketing Communications in Austin, Texas
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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THIS is a sign warning Austin, Texas motorists about a Nazi Zombie Attack.

This story covers how it happened that someone reprogrammed road warning signs to warn about Nazi Zombies. There are all sorts of applications and permutations of this guerrilla marking communications scheme that I can think of. The story says that someone has posted instructions on the Net about how to hack these signs. A cursory search of Google this morning turned up nothing to me, but perhaps there is a talented Three Percenter out there willing to dig it up?

 

The Riddle of Steele
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"The GOP has spoken.

"Michael Steele is the new party chairman.

"What does this mean for gun owners?

..."'Society should draw lines. What do you need an assault weapon for, if you're going hunting? That's overkill.'"
 

NY: Sen. Gillibrand should help find new solutions on guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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For too long, the hot-button issue of gun control has been used as a political litmus test for liberals and conservatives. May be now that Kirsten Gillibrand, a strong gun rights supporter, is New York's junior U.S. senator, the two sides can get beyond the shouting.
 

Local Police Want Right to Jam Wireless Signals
Submitted by: Larry

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Much of the controversy has been fueled by the growing demands from state and local governments.

In the District, corrections officials won permission from the FCC for a brief test of jamming technology at the D.C. jail last month, after citing the "alarming rate" of contraband phones being seized at prisons around the country.

"Cell phones are used by inmates to engage in highly pernicious behavior such as the intimidation of witnesses, coordination of escapes, and the conducting of criminal enterprises," D.C. corrections chief Devon Brown wrote to the federal agency.

The test has been put on hold because of a legal challenge, but the city will keep seeking permission, said D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles.

Texas prison officials made a similar request last fall after a death row inmate placed an illicit call threatening a state legislator, and South Carolina corrections officials said their department staged a test without permission in November.

In a pilot project, the FBI deputized about 10 local bomb squads across the country in 2007 so they could use a small number of radio jammers similar to the military equipment used overseas.

Submitter's note: Hat tip to Christopher Manion at www.lewrockwell.com
 

GA: Guns allowed in more places-79% more apply for firearms permit
Submitted by: jghilty

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On the morning after the presidential inauguration, Sean Ely was in Cobb County Probate Court to apply for his first concealed weapons permit.

The Acworth builder had read that it might become harder to get a permit during the Obama administration.

“I figured I’d get it while I can,”...

Adrian Brown, an EMT student from Austell, was at the court office minutes later to do the same thing but for a different reason.

“I want to protect my family,” said Brown, father of two girls, ages 2 and 6 months...
Across Georgia, there’s been a dramatic surge in applications for firearm permits...Statewide, 121,219 applications were submitted in 2008, up 79.2 percent from 67,640 in 2007, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
 

OR: Ex-Reserve Police Officer Arrested In Turner
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TURNER, Ore. -- A former reserve police officer in Turner has been jailed on sex abuse and official misconduct charges.
Until he resigned this week amidst the allegations, Brian Livingston worked as a reserve officer in Turner since 1999. On Friday, he was booked into Marion County Jail on charges of second-degree sexual penetration, three counts of first-degree sex abuse and official misconduct.
The Turner Police Department has not commented on the charges. Police only said the alleged crimes didn't happen while Livingston was on duty.
However, police said the misconduct charge stems from Livingston downloading pornographic material onto his work computer...Livingston is expected to appear in court on Feb. 10.
 

GA: Ga. gun permit applications rise in 2008
Submitted by: Pastor Guest
Website: http://www.stepstowardthemark.com

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports that there were more than 121,000 firearm applications submitted in 2008. That's up almost 80 percent from the roughly 68,000 permit applications in 2007.

The reasons for the increase vary. Some residents were worried it may become harder to get a gun during the Obama administration. Others said they just want to be able to protect their families, especially in high-crime areas.
 

Mayor Bloomberg is mocked in bobblehead
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Mayor Bloomberg's anti-gun crusade has won him a new mantle in the Second Amendment world, as a pistol-packing bobblehead doll. "It's an instant laugh to anybody that looks at it," said Steve Lauer, the Wisconsin gun dealer who commissioned the doll after years as the target of Bloomberg's ire. "I never stop laughing about it." Lauer stands on one side of the doll holding an AK-47 automatic rifle, while Bloomberg stands next to him with a red Glock handgun and a fake yellow Beretta.
 

A Certain Outcome for Holder
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"The Borgs at the AP tell us resistance is futile, and Eric Holder will be confirmed by the full Senate Monday evening. They say there's nothing we can do, that 'the outcome is not in doubt.'

 

IL: An Appealing Development
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"Attorney Alan Gura has filed an opening brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals...

"What's it all about?

"Pretty basic stuff, really. And pretty important. "
 

MT: Senate advances bills to help clear up self defense with guns
Submitted by: Rockpicker

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Sen. Christine Kaufmann, D-Helena, said that loaded guns in homes cause more problems than they solve. She also said the "powerful gun lobby" bullies lawmakers into such legislation.
"I am troubled by the way we are all pressed not to have reasonable debate on the issue," she said, noting one gun group gave her an F-rating before she even had a legislative record. "That score will likely be continued now that I have stood up and made these comments."

Submitters note: This is just another misleading Anti-gun editorial disguised as news.
 

GA: Gun permit applications up 79% in Georgia
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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On the morning after the presidential inauguration, Sean Ely was in Cobb County Probate Court to apply for his first concealed weapons permit. The Acworth builder had read that it might become harder to get a permit during the Obama administration. “I figured I’d get it while I can,” Ely said. Across Georgia, there’s been a dramatic surge in applications for firearm permits, and no sign that the trend is slowing. Statewide, 121,219 applications were submitted in 2008, up 79.2 percent from 67,640 in 2007, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
 

MI: Detroit woman sues police for $15 million
Submitted by: Larry

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A Detroit woman and her seven children ages 9-18 are suing the Detroit Police Department for $15 million, because they allege officers attacked them without provocation in their home earlier this month.
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Tasha Flowers said Thursday that approximately 14 police officers barged into her home in the 19000 block of Shrewsbury about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 without a search warrant, demanding to know where drugs and guns were. After she explained she didn't have any, she said they twisted her arm and tried to handcuff her, while her children and two of their friends were there.

The following day, a police officer came back with $25 gift certificates to Wal-Mart and Target, $100 in cash and the promise to bring a cashmere coat because he felt bad about the alleged attack, Flowers said.
 

PA: Pa. black homicide victims level high
Submitted by: jghilty

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Kelly Drayden was shot and killed by her boyfriend in a murder/suicide.
Charles King was stabbed to death during an argument with his girlfriend...
Christopher Butler was shot on a busy street and died a few feet from where he lived with his wife and children. The three died in 2006, and all were black.
A study found the three York deaths are part of a national homicide trend that a national gun-control organization says has reached crisis level...Access to illegal guns definitely jacks up the violence," Camacho said. "In fights with handguns, it's obvious that the likelihood for death is extremely high."Camacho stressed that this does not imply that every minority homicide victim was involved in drugs or illegal activity.
 

Friendly fire within the Democratic tent
Submitted by: jghilty

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Here’s how Tom Robbins, a columnist with the Village Voice, described her: A "42-year-old Reese Witherspoon knockoff, legally blonde, all giggles and tee-hees, boasting an Ivy League education. She’s put her Dartmouth schooling to such good use that she holds a 100-percent rating from the National Rifle Association and a four-square stance in favor of the death penalty."

Call her the Democrat’s Sarah Palin, at least in the "we didn’t see that coming" sense.

The reaction from gun-control apologists, on the other hand, could be seen with the naked eye from space...

New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy was on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, swinging at every anti-gun pitch that the feisty host lobbed her direction.
 

AR: Proposed Law Would Allow Guns in Churches
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Little Rock, AR - Should you be able to carry a gun to church? It's a question state lawmakers will be taking up next week when they debate a bill that's kicked up a little controversy. The bill being discussed would let churches decide on their own to post a sign to ban guns inside, but opponents say it should not even be an option.

Grant Exton is a gun owner and president of the state's Concealed Carry Association. He's been working with lawmakers on a bill that would allow people licensed to carry a concealed handgun to take their guns to church. ..

Little Rock pastor John Phillips, now at Central Church of Christ, has first-hand experience with guns in the sanctuary... he was gunned down in the pulpit.
 

AZ: New President, New Gun Laws?
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If you disarm the people, you know, what's the next freedom to go."
Larry Hunter and his wife just finished a little target practice on the shooting range. He says its important to learn about a weapon before firing it.
"Criminals out using firearms unlawfully don't have respect for the law to begin with," Hunter told KOLD News 13.
Hunter says those people buying the guns and using them properly would be the ones to suffer.
He says he worries about President Barack Obama and a possible weapons ban. "He votes for everything that comes along that is going to end up taking firearms from a private citizen," Hunter said..."He has a lot of things on his plate that firearms - gun control probably he shouldn't even be worrying about that."
 

Obama supports some gun control
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The Obama administration, cited by many Georgia gun owners as the reason they applied for concealed-carry permits last year, supports restrictions on certain kinds of guns and certain kinds of gun sales.

“President Obama believes in the Second Amendment,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said.... “He supports common-sense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn’t have them.”
Brundage said Obama supports reviving the expired ban on assault weapons and making it permanent. And he backs closing the “gun show loophole,” whereby individuals may buy weapons from other individuals without background checks or other regulation.


 

NY: Gillibrand hopes to break a trend
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Kirsten Gillibrand hopes to break the cycle of politicians appointed to the U.S. Senate by governors and then rejected by voters.

To do so, experts said, the Democrat from upstate Hudson must discard her opposition to gun control and illegal immigration, both supported by large segments of her party. She also has to become known and seen to be working on behalf of Long Island, New York City and its other suburbs, home to nearly 60 percent of the population, they said...

"She has to reposition herself geographically and ideologically," said pollster Lee M. Miringoff of Marist College. "Being pro-gun and anti-immigrant is not the way to go."
 

SWAT teams deployed in 911 fraud
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According to prosecutors, Ellis picked the Bates family at random, as he did with all of the 185 calls investigators say he made to 911 operators around the country.

"If I would have had a gun in my hand, I probably would have been shot," said Doug Bates, 38. Last March, Ellis was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to five felony counts, including computer access and fraud, false imprisonment by violence and falsely reporting a crime.
 

GA: Counties issuing more gun permits
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There's one market that seems to be proving bullet proof when it comes to the recession: guns.
Throughout Richmond and Columbia counties, officials say they're seeing high numbers of people applying for gun permits, and one seller says demand is so high he can hardly get his orders in fast enough.
"The handguns are just blowing out," said Paul Gray, the owner of American Sportsman, located on Washington Road. "We're getting 10 a day and selling 15."
Mr. Gray said he's got people from all walks of life coming in.
"We just can't get 'em fast enough," he said, adding that even manufacturers and distributors are selling out.
 

TX: Customs agent was shopping before killing armed robber
Submitted by: Paul

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An off-duty customs agent shopping at a west Houston liquor store shot and killed a man who attempted to rob the store Friday night, police said.

Out of concern for the safety of the agent and his family, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials would not release his name or details about where he works.

“It was fortunate that the officer was able to assist, and protect the lives of those who were in the store,” said Yolanda Choates, a spokeswoman for the agency in Houston.

 

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