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Traver ‘up or down’ vote must include Fast and Furious answers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "For instance, there are email responses from the Chicago Field Division with a tag line about never quitting based on the SEAL ethos. A source identifies this as coming from Andrew Traver, who has been nominated by President Obama to be the Bureau’s director. That would place him directly in the decision-making loop on the 'Gunwalker' response." ...
 

Support for the Second Amendment among Americans continues to rise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recently released Angus-Reid Public Opinion Poll show that '...most people in the United States agree on the meaning of the Second Amendment, and half endorse the 'shall-issue' prerogative to carry concealed weapons in public.'"

"This most recent poll (taken January 17 - January 18, 2012) show that support for legal firearm ownership continues to grow. Fully 85% of Americans believe that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. This belief matches the United States Supreme Court finding in the D.C. vs. Heller case from 2008." ...
 

Do Giants, Patriots and NFL support use of trademarked items in anti-gun ad?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "What’s unclear is whether the NFL and its member professional football clubs need to authorize the use of their trademarked and licensed logos, symbols, designs, team names…or is anyone free to make a commercial using them to imply an endorsement and score political points? And can we do it with any 'hot button issue' sure to stir up significant ire?" ...
 

The Second Amendment: not negotiable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I love how people love the Constitution, until it gets in the way of what they want to do."

"I love the the First Amendment. That's why I have a job."

"I am also a big fan of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms."

"Funny how some think this amendment needs to be modified, if not taken away." ...
 

‘It’s half-time in America’…‘are you feeling lucky?’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Who’s going to argue with a guy who just might be remembered for selling more Model 29 Smith & Wesson .44 Magnums than all of the company’s advertising combined? Certainly not natives of Scorpio. Nobody on the Magnum Force. Do that and your name might just wind up in The Dead Pool. This column will take Mr. Eastwood at his word, as he’s always seemed like a straightforward guy who says what’s on his mind, whether one agrees or otherwise."

"The former mayor of Carmel is hardly responsible for what Democrat strategist Axelrod or Republican strategist Rove thinks about anything, including an advertisement. A smart man not only knows his limitations, he puts considerable distance between himself and political animals ..." ...
 

Pro-Second Amendment = Anti-Government Extremist
Submitted by: Howard Nemerov
Website: http://pjmedia.com/blog/author/howardnemerov/

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"When Reuters reported the FBI’s warning about 'anti-government extremists' and cited two cases where alleged 'sovereign citizens' shot police, I figured it was just standard anti-gun media. But the emerging use of 'anti-rights' instead of 'anti-gun' is far more accurate."

"The FBI has been publishing bulletins about the 'sovereign citizen movement.' One indicator that you might be a 'sovereign citizen' is:"
"'References to the Bible, The Constitution of the United States, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, or treaties with foreign governments.'"
"Thus, referring to the Bill of Rights, DC v. Heller, McDonald v. Chicago, or the pending U.N. arms trade treaty may place you on the federal government’s radar." ...
 

‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Constitution has seen better days."

"Sure, it is the nation’s founding document and sacred text. And it is the oldest written national constitution still in force anywhere in the world. But its influence is waning." ...

"It has its idiosyncrasies. Only 2 percent of the world’s constitutions protect, as the Second Amendment does, a right to bear arms. (Its brothers in arms are Guatemala and Mexico.)" ...
 

'I Chose The Gun': Netherlands Gen. Gives Passionate Defense of Military
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense. He knows the art of war. But despite being a man of the sword, he’s not a bloodthirsty soldier with an insatiable desire to kill ... Instead, he is a distinguished man with a craft. And in an inspiring TED talk recently, he explained why he 'chose the gun.' ..."

"'Ladies and gentleman, I share your goals,' he said while holding a rifle. 'I share the goals of the speakers you heard before. I did not choose to take up the pen, the brush, the camera. I chose this instrument. I chose the gun.'"

"'Let us cherish the fact that most of you have never been close to a gun,' he added. Why? 'It means the Netherlands is a peaceful country. ...'" ...
 

Virginia Dumps "One Gun A Month"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The dominoes keep falling. Virginia has dropped its 'one gun a month' law, as seen here:"

"Back when they passed it, one of my graduates in Virginia called me to share his misery. He asked, 'Mas, how would YOU feel if they passed a 'one-gun-a-month' law in the free state where YOU live?!?'"

"I replied, 'Hell, I’d find the money somehow…'"

"He was not amused."

"I don't blame him. He was right and I was wrong. Arbitrary restrictions on productive members of society are nothing to joke about." ...
 

Southern Preposterous Lie Center has a new employee, and they gave him an assignment: me. He wants me to provide them material to twist into lies. My polite reply.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So I wrote back:"
"Morlin. You used to work for a Washington state newspaper, right?"
"He replied:"
"Right. 37 years at The Spokesman-Review; now semi-retired. I think I may have spoken with you on the phone at some point. Covered Aryan Nations, Ruby Ridge, MT Freeman, militia movement, etc. etc. Now doing freelance work.
- Bill"
"So, I told him what I thought of him and his new boss:" ...
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Louisville Leather Desert Eagle Project Pt. 2
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All inventors, forward thinkers and idiot savants have 'eureka' ideas that are so ludicrous that they make us laugh. Cheese in a hair spray can is one such brainstorm. Another would be flying nonstop, solo, from New York to France in an airplane that’s the size of a Parisian taxi and has no windshield. A concealed carry holster for the Desert Eagle is another idea that seems right up there with Evel Kneivel jumping Devil’s Canyon in a rocket-propelled toothpaste tube. However, as if to prove that the incredible is not necessarily the impossible, there’s Cheez Whiz and Lindbergh and the Louisville Leather inside the waistband holster for the Desert Eagle. . ." ...
 

Yes, Another Remington 700 Precision Rifle Project
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have to admit that I’ve become a bit of a junkie when it comes to firearms. A year ago, I owned exactly zero guns. Today, I own six pistols and two revolvers. Technically, I still own three additional pistols, but those are up for sale at Gunbroker, so I won’t count them for now. Yes, I know it’s a sickness, but I also seem to have developed a fondness for rifles. I have a couple historical rifles (a Mosin Nagant and a Garand), a Winchester Lever Action in .357, and a couple of ARs. My newest project, however, is the one I’m currently most excited about – piecing together a precision rifle . . ." ...
 

Recoil Therapy: the Art of Relaxing at the Range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whatsamatter, buddy? Winter blahs got you down? Having a hard time focusing on work? Can’t quite clear your head after those interminable PowerPoint presentations? Sick & tired of being sick & tired? What you need, my friend, is a little Recoil Therapy because nothing chases away the blues like a .44 magnum." ...
 

The Smith & Wesson's Registered Magnum: Possibly, the Finest Handgun Ever Made
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today, magnum is a part of even the most casual shooters’ vocabulary but back in 1935, the term magnum was just entering shooter lexicon thanks to a new, beefed up .38 Special round that we know today as the .357 Magnum. The firm of Smith & Wesson would be the first to extend the label to handguns in the form of the Registered Magnum. Skeeter Skelton had one, so did George S. Patton and with a production run starting in 1935 and continuing for the foreseeable future as the S&W Model 27, many today consider the original Registered Magnum to be the greatest handgun ever made." ...
 

Bargain Hunting: the CZ P07 Duty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The CZ P07 Duty is a great, accurate, and inexpensive service pistol. Of course, it should be mentioned that on the whole CZ brings a lot to the table at very reasonable prices, but the P07 is a different kind of handgun for CZ and deserves some special attention."

"The P07 Duty is a compact, lightweight polymer hammer-fired 9mm service pistol, with wide-body full double-stack sixteen-round magazines, (twelve in .40 S&W) and doesn't share much of the family resemblance that CZs are so instantly recognizable for. And the truth is that there isn't much they have in common." ...
 

Raising the Ghost of John Wayne with Cimarron’s Colt Single Action Army Reproductions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To many the very symbol of gun culture, John Wayne left such an indelible mark on the shooting world, in effect cementing gunslinger iconography into the American imagination, that even shooters that are wildly critical of Hollywood depictions of firearms get nervous about wagging their finger at the Duke—and for good reason if you’ve seen any of his movies. Indeed, John Wayne remains among the most respected and dare-we-say-it American of all silver screen gunmen and as long as we continue to fawn over his movies, the guns he carried in many of these landmark westerns will remain among the most popular reproductions with collectors." ...
 

Praxis: Replacement corks for GI metal canteens
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to my post bragging about scoring a stainless steel GI canteen made by S.M. Co. in 1943 for a pittance at the thrift store yesterday, Chief says, 'I've had my metal canteen since I was a kid. My dad gave it to me. Problem is, the cork is gone. I don't know where to get a replacement, maybe a thin piece of corkboard from the arts and crafts store?'" ...
 

Advanced Sight Could Double Range for Shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The next generation of battlefield optics will empower infantrymen to hit enemy targets from twice the effective range of the M4 carbine if Defense Department scientists get their way."

"This summer, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are scheduled to begin testing prototypes of the Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic, known as 'DInGO.'"

"Modern rifle optics have become essential kit for combat troops. They're dependable, accurate and help riflemen aim and shoot quicker than old-school iron sights." ...
 

OMG! OMG! It’s a Gun Store! In My Town! OMG!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to philly.com columnist Kevin Riordan, DyAnn DiSalvo is an unobservant, self-absorbed children’s book author and illustrator living in Merchantville, New Jersey (“a quaint Camden County borough of about 3,800, Merchantville is best known for Victorian architecture”). Actually, Riordan doesn’t describe her as unobservant and self-absorbed. That’s just the obvious conclusion drawn from reading of her outrage at looking up one day recently and noticing that her small town just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia now sports a gun store. And that it’s been there for over a year. Which means that something must be done about this. Now." ...
 

About That Seminal Event In Dan Gross' Life
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dan Gross, the newly hired president of the Brady Campaign, counts the shooting of his brother Matt in 1997 at the Empire State Building as a seminal event in in his life. ..." ...

"To sum up, you have an angry Palestinian intent on jihad who had friends in both New York and Florida that committed a terrorist act in New York City. It is incredibly naive to believe that someone like Abu Kamal could not have obtained a firearm, legally or illegally, given his intent and resources. His young Islamic friend in Florida or his connected Saudi friend in NYC could have helped him obtain a gun one way or another. To blame gun laws is to ignore the reality of the situation ..." ...
 

Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Mormon Church owns one of the most active and unregulated gun sale portals on the web, according to a national investigation released by the New York City Mayor's office."

"The website in question is KSL.com, the online hub for Utah's NBC affiliate and sister radio station, which are both owned and operated by the for-profit arm of the Mormon Church. In addition to local news, KSL.com produces a popular classifieds section that reaches millions of users well beyond Utah." ...
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Submitter's Note: More evidence that they really are the Mayors Against ANY Guns.
 

When It Comes to Data on Firearm Sales, Gun Lobby Still Shooting Blanks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last month, I posted a blog ('The Truth About Gun Sales') here at Huffington Post that analyzed the gun lobby's favorite pitch to the media. Year after year, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) continue to push stories about 'record-setting' sales and reporters -- always looking for a sensational lead -- print/air these claims as gospel without actually fact-checking them." ...

"Angered over being exposed as peddlers of bogus data, the [NRA-ILA] responded to my blog in a January 13th alert on their website ... With their NICS ruse foiled, they are now offering yet another separate and distinct body of information as 'hard data' on gun sales." ...
 

NY: Kavanagh Elected State Legislators Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Today, the New York State Chapter of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns (SLAIG NY) held its first meeting of 2012 and announced the election of Senator Eric Adams, Assemblymember Michelle Schimel, and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh as Co-Chairs of the group’s Steering Committee."

"SLAIG is planning to hold additional educational forums, meetings, and other events throughout the year. The group is committed to working together to find innovative ways to prevent illegal gun violence." ...
 

IL: Chicago DGU
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'As I begin to write this, not 20 minutes beforehand, I pulled my gun in self defense. For the second time in 4 months. In the gun free city of Chicago. I already know what you’re thinking, I’m not allowed to carry a gun in Chicago. Let’s get this out of the way, I have made the decision to conceal carry in Chicago. ...'" ...

"The man closest to me asked me for a smoke, he was standing still about 5 feet from me. I told him I don’t smoke with a firm voice well above normal volume but not a yell while making eye contact with him."

"He then said, 'I'll take your f*cking wallet then dick' while reaching out to me."

"I smacked his forearm away with my left hand as I took 3 steps farther down the platform and drew my gun from its five o’clock spot on the right side of my body. As I drew I yelled 'back off' very loudly. They all turned tail and ran while cursing their lungs off after giving me saucer eyed unbelieving looks. I thank God that they had the sense to not even move in my direction." ...
 

AZ: 9 Months Pregnant AZ Woman Shoots Intruder Who Tried To Break In Doggie Door
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A quick thinking AZ woman, who is pregnant and expecting to give birth any day, armed herself when a man she didn’t know kept ringing her door bell. When no one answered the man tried to break in through the doggie door, but was met with a gun. The woman tried to shoot the intruder in the hand as he stuck it through the door. It is unclear if the suspect was hit as he fled after the shot was fired. The woman is shaken, but doing fine." ...
 

AL: Hair Salon Owner Shot and Killed a Knife Wielding Intruder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An AL hair salon owner shot and killed a man who entered the salon waving a knife around while making threats and demands. The owner warned the intruder to leave. When the man would not leave the salon owner shot him. The intruder was found by police dead on the sidewalk outside the businesses. No arrests have been made or are expected." ...
 

CA: Armed Taco Truck Driver Shoots, Wounds 1 of 3 Armed Robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A CA taco truck driver opened fire on three armed robbers who tried to rob his food truck as he performed maintenance work. The truck owner was shot 3 times, but still called police and is expected to live. The suspect that was shot was arrested after going to a local hospital. The other 2 robbers remain at large. Police say food trucks have been targeted by armed robbers in this area recently." ...
 

TN: Homeowner Shoots Suspected Burglar with Shotgun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A TN homeowner shot a man he says was breaking into his home with a shotgun. The man is in critical condition in the hospital. Neighbors say the homeowner did the right thing." ...
 

NM: 62 Year Old Homeowner Shoots Intruder Twice With .45ACP Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 62 year old NM homeowner suspected that thieves had stacked several belongings of his together on his property for later retrieval. After alerting the police the homeowner made sure he was armed and prepared. Later in the evening an intruder returned, charged at the homeowner and was shot twice by the homeowner, who was carrying his .45 caliber pistol. The suspect was caught when he called 911 requesting medical assistance for this wounds. The suspect does have a prior criminal history." ...
 

FL: Man Fatally Shot in Dog Dispute
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An altercation between two neighbors over a noisy dog resulted in one man being shot to death Saturday morning, police said." ...

"Officers said Dan Daley, 60, ... walked to a duplex to ask the neighbors if they could do something about a dog in the yard that was barking too loudly." ...

"[Eyewitness Lenny] Martin said Chester told Daley to leave and that, as he was walking away, Chester left the yard and ran over to Daley, where he spun him around and began beating on him."

"The witness said Chester was on top of Daley and was beating on him. Martin said that was when he heard gunshots." ...
 

IMPORTANT Self Defense Advice: Street Robberies and You – The Basics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I don’t usually link to or post things that are posted on gun forums, but this post is simply too good, too spot on to not re-post here."

"It describes what you might experience during a street robbery and why these types of crimes can be one of the most deadly encounters you can have."

"Note: Your heart rate may increase reading this, it might make you angry, it might make you scared, it might make you feel unprepared. Read it all anyway." ...
 

Former Tucson DEA head: Holder either knew of gun-walking, or was willfully unaware
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Tucson Drug Enforcement Administration chief Tony Coulson told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder either knew guns were walking during Operation Fast and Furious, or should have known about the deadly practice."

"'[Fast and Furious] was driven locally and it was driven from Arizona, from the ground up, I mean it was not much oversight,' Coulson said in a phone interview. 'And, I mean, I can only speak to the reporting, but people all the way up to the attorney general knew what was going on.'" ...
 

Holder testifies on “Fast and Furious”; Reiterates Obama administration's support for renewing Clinton-era gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Thursday, February 2, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding his role in the ... operation known as 'Fast and Furious.'"

"During the hearing, Holder continued to deny any foreknowledge of the botched operation. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House committee, led the charge in questioning Holder on his involvement and knowledge. ..."

"The U.S. Attorney General has an obligation to the American people to know what is going on under his watch, but throughout the hearing Holder continuously tried to distance himself from the activities of his staff." ...
 

Source: Gun Walking To Mexico Known Outside Of ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Newly released documents show that allowing guns to walk into Mexico was widely known outside of the [ATF], the agency accused of allowing the weapons to head south across the border. And now a retired federal law enforcement official says some of those outside government agencies interfered with ATF’s plans by stopping some of the shipments." ...

"Coulson also claims politics played a role in how Fast and Furious unfolded. The ATF officials who supervised the gun walking out of Phoenix were telling the news media as early as 2008 that 90 percent of the guns seized in Mexico came from the U.S. In other words, the same agency that was waging a public battle against gun smuggling was facilitating gun walking at the same time." ...
 

Fast and Furious: Three Questions Not Asked -- A competent media would relentlessly pursue the three answers.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... Operation Fast and Furious ... was radically different from all other border gun operations in one crucial way. Operation Fast and Furious was the only border gun operation that was undertaken with the full intention of the straw-purchased guns leaving the control of law enforcement officers and reaching the armories of drug cartel murderers. That fact alone should lead to the impeachment or administrative removal of everyone, from field agents to political appointees and elected officials that knew or should have known about the plot."

"But that is only half of the horror story."

"Operation Fast and Furious was specifically conceived so that 'walked' guns would be recovered at crime scenes in Mexico. ..." ...
 

Backlash erupts against Holder after House committee appearance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If Attorney General Eric Holder thought his Feb. 2 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform would cool everyone’s jets about Operation Fast and Furious, he was as wrong as the operation, itself."

"Northwest gun rights activists are closely following this story at WaGuns, Shooters Northwest, Northwest Firearms, Seattle Guns and Gun Rights Media."

"Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar unloaded in this morning’s Arizona Republic, not so much against Holder, but against now-former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Cunningham who recently invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent when investigators wanted to question him about his role in the gun trafficking operation." ...
 

Romney is good for guns, guns owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican nominee hopeful, Mitt Romney, may very well be the next President of the United States. If so, gun rights advocates can relax a sigh of relief."

"We have examined the current administration’s record on guns, and found that vocally President Obama is supportive of Second Amendment rights; but inherently he is diligently working with the Justice Department and other anti firearm groups to institute gun control measures, by any means, with or without Congress and the People."

"Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has taken a firm, pro-gun rights position, and unlike the President, has a record to prove it." ...
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Gingrich attacks Romney as 'avid hunter of small varmints'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Newt Gingrich on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on fellow GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney over gun rights."

"Gingrich tweeted: '@MittRomney Do you still believe taking away 2nd amendment rights 'helps protect us'? romneyguns.com'"

"Gingrich's campaign launched a new website, RomneyGuns.com, as a showcase for Gingrich's offensive against Romney's position on the Second Amendment, or the right to bear arms. The website taunts Romney as an 'Avid Hunter of 'Small Varmints.'" ...
 

OR: O.F.F. Gun Bills Update
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The House Judiciary Committee today heard HB 4045. No action was taken."

"This is Representative Kim Thatcher's bill to protect the privacy of CHL holders and an issue she has been working on for gun owners for some time."

"Representative Thatcher suggested an amendment to mollify the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Judicial Department who suddenly (after years of this concept being discussed) decided that it might be a burden on them to comply. But that's not why no action was taken on the bill today."

"The reason no action was taken was the 10 or so anonymous amendments that got walked through the door at the last minute. ..." ...
 

VA: Charged Reactions to VA Gun Legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a major win for pro-gun advocates, the Virginia Senate voted to repeal a 19-year-old law Monday that prohibits state residents from purchasing more than one hand gun a month."

"... the ban is intended to stop Virginia guns from being used in crimes up and down the East Coast."

"With Monday’s 21-20 vote falling along party lines, the supporters and opponents of the bill outside the Legislature are similarly ... colored in blue and red." ...

"The Virginian-Pilot’s Bill Sizemore pointed out that while the one-handgun-a-month repeal bill is getting the most attention, there are a number of other bills floating in the Virginia legislature that, if passed, would change the landscape of gun laws in the state." ...
 

IA: HF 2215 "Stand Your Ground" in detail
Submitted by: Sean McClanahan
Website: http://www.rightofmiddle.com

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"I reported yesterday that HF 573 was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives as HF 2215. This is the Iowa Family Defense Act, or the 'Stand Your Ground' legislation. HF 573 was originally introduced last year by Representative Windschitl. Since Iowa's legislative sessions run in a two-year cycle, it was still alive this year. Rep. Windschitl worked on the bill with the NRA and IFC to come up with a carefully worded bill that provides protection for citizens who find themselves needing to use deadly force, but does not protect criminals who resort to using deadly force to practice their trade. I've had a chance to look through both HF 573 and HF 2215, and here are the main differences that I see between the two bills." ...
 

Illinois Concealed Carry Ruling: Gun Rights Group Files Appeal With U.S. Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun rights group filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday after a federal judge in Springfield defended Illinois' ban on concealed weapons."

"In an opinion issued Friday, U.S. Judge Sue Myerscough said the Second Amendment gives citizens the right to have guns in their home -- not carry them in public, the State Journal-Register reports."

"The opinion was issued after several citizens and gun rights groups filed a lawsuit claiming that Illinois is violating the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by prohibiting people from carrying guns in public." ...
 

IL: Judge Upholds Conceal Carry Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois gun owners are planning 'the largest turn out of Right to Carry supporters Illinois' has ever seen, now that a federal judge has upheld the state's law prohibiting concealed weapons."

"In the case of Moore v. Madigan, in which a gun-rights advocate sued Attorney General Lisa Madigan to overturn the law, U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough ruled that:"
"The United States Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit (Appellate Court) have recognized only a Second Amendment core individual right to bear arms inside the home. Further, even if this court recognized a Second Amendment right to bear arms outside of the home and an interference with that right, the statutes nonetheless survive constitutional scrutiny." ...
 

Anonymous hackers breach police websites
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Saboteurs have hacked into the websites of several law enforcement agencies worldwide in attacks attributed to the collective called Anonymous, including in Boston and in Salt Lake City, where police say personal information of confidential informants and tipsters was accessed."

"Breaches were also reported this week in Syracuse, N.Y."

"The Utah hackers gained access this week to sensitive data, including citizen complaints about drug crimes, including phone numbers, addresses and other personal information, police said."

"The website remained down Friday as police worked to make it more secure." ...
 

FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists
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"Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday."

"These extremists, sometimes known as 'sovereign citizens,' believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference."

"The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: So now if you're "opposed to taxes and regulations," you're by definition an "anti-government extremist." They could be describing our Founding Fathers.
 

DC: Man Calls Suicide Hotline; Arrested, Cops Trash House Looking for Gun
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"A depressed Army reservist who made a phone call for help says dozens of police responded by surrounding his home and arresting him, vandalizing and searching his place without a warrant, seizing his dog and killing his tropical fish."

"Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, sued the District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court."

"Confronted with a massive police presence after his plea for help, Corrigan says, he denied officers permission to enter his house, but they entered and trashed it anyway, saying, 'I don't have time to play this constitutional bulls**t!'" ...
 

MI: Metro Detroiters slapped with flimsy tickets linking them to hookers and drug dealers
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"It was a route home Robert McGowan had taken dozens of times before. But on a night in August, his trip back from a Detroit house was different. As he made a turn, Robert noticed a police car."

"That officer wrote him up for a decaying license plate. But it wasn’t until the next morning that Robert looked closer at that ticket, and saw two words that made him panic: prostitution and narcotics."

"'I was driving down the street,' McGowan said."

"'... I was driving home.'"

"Turns out the cop wrote Robert up for loitering in a place known for prostitution and narcotics. It’s a misdemeanor charge with a penalty of up to $1000 and 93 days in jail. ..." ...
 

TX: SAPD chief: 7 officers suspected of covering up off-duty crash
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"They're supposed to protect and serve, not protect each other from getting in trouble."

"But seven officers are under investigation. The police chief said they are accused of trying to cover for an off-duty officer who slammed his unmarked unit into a concrete barrier at U.S. 281 and Josephine last Thursday."

"The officer allegedlyy was under the influence and abandoned his unit after the single-car crash." ...
 

WI: Former MPD officer sentenced for identity theft
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"A former Milwaukee police officer was sentenced Monday for stealing the identity of a seven-year-old Racine boy and buying a Mercedez-Benz." ...
 

PA: Ex-officer pleads not guilty in prostitution-ring case
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"A former Reading police officer pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court here on charges he helped set up a prostitution ring run by Paul S. 'God' Sewell."

"Ronald R. Miko, who had been on the city force for nine years, also pleaded not guilty to lying to authorities about his involvement after Sewell and co-defendant Michael Johnson were indicted in November 2010." ...

"Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said the case was initially investigated by county detectives."

"'When the county detectives started the investigation they had information that Miko was living in the Sewell household where prostitution was going on with some underage girls,' Adams said." ...
 

NY: City Officer Pleads Guilty In Gun-Smuggling Case
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"A New York City police officer whom prosecutors called the leader of a group of officers who accepted thousands of dollars in cash in return for illegally transporting firearms into the state pleaded guilty on Monday in Federal District Court in Manhattan."

"The officer, William Masso, 48, admitted to all four conspiracy counts against him, just months after he and seven other current and former city officers were charged in a scheme to illegally traffic guns — including M-16 rifles and handguns with altered serial numbers, as well as cigarettes, slot machines and other goods — across state lines."

"The Police Department said Monday that Mr. Masso, who had been suspended, was terminated 'as of his plea today.'" ...
 

NJ: Le Tellier named Hightstown police director in unanimous council vote
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"After months of work and discussion, the last piece in the reorganization of the Hightstown Police Department was put into place last night, as the borough council moved to appoint James Le Tellier the new police director in a unanimous vote." ...

"... However, the new director’s role will differ in several ways from that of his predecessor."

"As a civilian department head, Le Tellier will not be permitted to operate a marked police vehicle, use a gun on the job, make a routine traffic stop, access criminal history reports, actively participate in criminal investigations or wear a police uniform. ... The mayor and borough council will have the most authority over the department, followed by the borough administrator." ...
 

NY: Special prosecutor sought in NY police beating
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"A man who was videotaped being kicked and struck by New York City police officers refused to cooperate with the district attorney's investigation Monday and requested the appointment of a special prosecutor."

"Lawyers for Jateik Reed, 19, of the Bronx, told him not to sign an agreement that they said would allow him to be questioned by investigators from the office of District Attorney Robert Johnson."

"They noted there had been an array of recent police violence cases and said police and prosecutors were too close to investigate each other." ...
 

NY: Fatal shooting of unarmed Bronx teen by cops conjures Amadou Diallo shooting; galvanizes a community
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... "But while protestors[sic] in the Diallo case were labeled 'rabble rousers,' [Borough President Rubén] Díaz said, the response to Graham’s shooting has been markedly different."

"'The difference is that here the police officers involved have been taken off the streets, there’s an immediate internal affairs investigation subsequent to Mr. Graham’s death, and we have an immediate meeting with police, elected officials, community leaders and family members,' he said."

"'People are very upset and rightfully so. What we need here is a full investigation and for the family to feel like they’re being treated with respect and getting justice.'" ...
 

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