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Gun 'safety' regulation, VPC style
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, I speculated about public reaction to some hypothetical gun maker problem analagous to Toyota's out-of-control-cars. I contrasted that with Violence Policy Center executive director Josh Sugarmann's . . . remarkable assertion that gun manufacturers are 'the last unregulated industry.'"

"As it happens, Sugarmann has just recently continued with that theme, with his 'Gun Industry Continues to Produce More Lethal Weapons.'" ...
 

Short barrel shotguns for Department of Education?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "... And then keep in mind that the change took place on the watch of a president whose party had, not all that long ago, really, proposed eliminating the DOE altogether. This was the Republican party platform:"
"'The Federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in school curricula or to control jobs in the market place. This is why we will abolish the Department of Education.'"
"What, GOP loyalists expect to turn stuff like this over to the Democrats and not have them use it?" ...
 

How Sensitive Is Your Park?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday a federal judge rejected a constitutional challenge to Seattle's ban on guns in city parks, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has not said that the Second Amendment applies to cities and states as well as the federal government. That will almost certainly change after the Court decides McDonald v. Chicago, the handgun ban case it heard last week. But since McDonald involves a blanket ban rather than restrictions on where guns can be kept or carried, the Court's ruling still will not resolve the question of whether regulations like Seattle's are consistent with the Second Amendment." ...
 

Poll says gun rights aren't an issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This latest polling data in the telephone survey says 69 percent of the people participating in the survey believe cities have no rights to ban handguns. Only 25 percent believe cities should have that ability."

"'The Rasmussen survey clearly shows Americans have grown weary of anti-gun municipal demagoguery,' says Second Amendment Foundation Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. 'A victory in our case before the Supreme Court should send a clear signal to gun prohibitionists like Chicago Mayor Richard Daley that arbitrarily disarming law-abiding citizens under the guise of fighting crime is an idea that has no place in this country.'" ...
 

Half-cocked columnist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are two types of columnists — rational ones and those who go off half-cocked (pun intended). Dan Thomasson falls into the latter category." ...

"Texas gun owners, myself included, are not 'paranoid' as Thomasson suggests. We are law-abiding citizens who know that gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility. We believe in our right to self-defense because we know that when seconds count, despite their best efforts, police cannot be there the moment a crime occurs. According to criminologists, guns are used 2.5 million times a year in the United States to prevent a crime from occurring, a fact that we seldom see in print or on screen." ...
 

A strange way to press an issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congratulations to the Cupertino Starbucks for its recent stand on gun rights. Starbucks was 100 percent right to acknowledge[sic]1 the Second Amendment of the Constitution that gives[sic]2 the individual the right for self-protection. The NRA is correct on this issue too."

"The NRA'S actions[sic]3 of placing Starbucks and their employees in the position to take sides on a constitutional issue[sic]4 should require they (NRA) be given the 'Horses' Rear-end Award.' As much as I agree with the NRA, there is nothing that can condone their[sic]5 actions of wearing their guns on their hips into a business establishment. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: With so many mistakes, where to begin?
1) Starbucks took no Constitutional position, they said they follow the law.
2) The Second Amendment gives nothing, it protects the pre-existing, G-d given civil and human right to bear arms.
3) It was not "The NRA" who did anything, it was some Californians obeying the law.
4) See 1).
5) See 3)
 

Twilight's Kristen Stewart flirting with death?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Twilight stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart have been making headlines recently. The sexy young stars of the hit films have amassed millions of fans from around the world, including Austin."

"(It’s satire, folks.)"

"Austin, being part of Texas, also has plenty of gun owners. Travis County, comprised mainly of Austin, had 1,851 concealed handgun licenses issued in 2008, fourth highest in the state."

"So what does this have to do with 'Twilight'?"

"Kristen Stewart was recently seen sporting a green water GUN on the set of her new movie 'The Runaways.'"

"In real life, this could get her shot. One young boy was shot by police after pointing his water gun at a cop." ...
 

Coming Up On Armed American Radio – March 14th 2010
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Another milestone here at AAR THIS week! 4 new stations join the Armed American Radio family as we continue our relentless march of freedom across America’s airwaves!"

"This Sunday I will be welcoming WDJA in Delray Beach FL, KAAA in Kingman AZ, KZZZ in Bullhead City AZ and WWNS in Statesboro GA. Not bad for a fledgling radio show in one city back in September now turned into one of the fastest growing radio broadcasts in America!"

"Coming up this week I will be speaking to lead attorney Alan Gura who not only won the historic Heller decision a couple of years ago but is now poised to make history again with a win at the US Supreme Court in the McDonald v. Chicago case! ..." ...
 

A renegade majority (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your March 3 editorial regarding the Second Amendment is in serious need of clarification. You state that in its 2008 decision striking down the Washington, D.C., handgun law, the Supreme Court 'ruled decisively.' The vote was 5-41, hardly decisive."

"The current renegade Supreme Court majority overturned two centuries of precedent with its tortured reading supporting an 'individual' right to bear arms. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: 1 No matter how many times you repeat a lie, it remains a lie. As can easily be seen by reading the opening paragraph of Stevens' dissent the 'dissenting' 4 did not even question whether the Second protected an individual right.
 

OH: Toledo robber shot by store owner
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"A Toledo robber is in serious condition tonight after being shot by the owner of the music store he attempted to rob."

"According to reports, Steve James, 30, entered Allied Music on South Byrne Road in Toledo and inquired about a job. He left, then returned and attempted to rob the store while pointing a gun at the clerk's head. The clerk called for help and store co-owner Eric Bilger came out from the back with his own gun and exchanged fire with James. James was hit twice, once in the hand and once in the body."

"According to Bilger's brother Mark, the store had been robbed three times since last summer and [Eric] obtained a concealed carry license to protect himself and his employees." ...
 

AK: Wolves kill teacher in Alaska
Submitted by: BambiB

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"Hunters were combing the snowy brush around Chignik Lake, Alaska, on Friday in an attempt to hunt down up to four wolves that killed a 32-year-old special education teacher in the first known fatal wolf attack in the U.S. in modern times." ...

"Candice Berner, a special education teacher who traveled among several rural schools on the Alaska Peninsula, 475 miles southwest of Anchorage, was attacked while jogging and listening to her iPod Monday evening on the deserted, 3-mile-long road that leads out from the village to its small airstrip."

"... Her body was found by snowmobilers a short time after the attack. It had been dragged off the road and partially eaten, and was surrounded by wolf prints." ...
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Submitter's Note: Carry a gun... if you don't want to be EATEN!
 

IL: Concealed carry activists host town hall meeting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In light of an upcoming Supreme Court decision that might overturn the Chicago handgun ban, a gun-rights group stopped in Elmhurst last week to tell residents that allowing concealed carry of firearms in Illinois would be a proper next step."

"IllinoisCarry, ... that since 2004 has advocated for statewide permission of concealed carry of firearms, hosted about 300 guests ..."

"'We just want to get people informed,' IllinoisCarry member Greg Powell of Hanover Park said. 'We want to get some elected officials that will fight for our rights ...'"

"For Powell, it's a matter of protection and reason, as Illinois is one of two states that do not allow some form of concealed carry." ...
 

CO: Colorado's Largest Gun Rights Group Endorses Larimer for Sheriff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners' PAC (the only pro-gun PAC in the state of Colorado) endorsed Republican Carl Bruning for Sheriff of Larimer County."

"'The Sheriff is a very important elected official, especially to gun owners,' said Dudley Brown, Executive Director for RMGO, Colorado's largest gun rights organization. 'If you value your right to keep and bear arms, Carl Bruning is the only choice for Larimer County Sheriff.'"

"Bruning is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and was a USAF pilot and commander in Operation Desert Shield. ... Following Desert Storm, Carl received his [MBA] degree. Bruning has served as a Vice President and senior executive, with proven leadership and management experience." ...
 

NM: New New Mexico gun law draws fans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Locals praised a new law that allows people with licenses to carry concealed handguns into restaurants that serve beer and wine. Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Richardson wants stricter regulations to accompany the law." ..."

"Under the new law, people could carry concealed weapons into restaurants that serve only beer and wine unless an owner or manager says it isn't allowed or a sign prohibits it. The sign must be posted at each public entrance where it can be easily seen."

"Carrying a firearm while under the influence of drugs and alcohol remains illegal. Nor may people bring concealed weapons into a bar or restaurant with a full liquor license." ...
 

WY: Despite concerns, governor signs gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With some trepidation, Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Thursday signed into law a bill asserting that Wyoming-made firearms are exempt from all federal laws and regulations."

"The law, which takes effect in July, is meant as a shot at the federal government. But it's unclear whether the law will remain a symbolic declaration of states' and Second Amendment rights, or spark a confrontation between state and federal officials."

"Under the law, any firearms made from scratch in Wyoming — besides automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade launchers — are officially exempt from all federal gun laws so long as the gun isn't taken out of the state." ...
 

AR: Cowboy journalism in Arkansas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Wild, wild west.'
'Packing heat.'
'Smoking barrel at their belt.'
'Episode of 'Gunsmoke'.'"

"These phrases could have easily come from books of fiction or an action movie. However, all originated from the elite press of Arkansas when describing the movement to repeal the open carry ban in this state. Why do they paint such obscene pictures with their 'journalism'?"

"Writers like Max Brantley (blogger for the Arkansas Times website) have an obvious motive; they are decidedly against the right of the law-abiding citizens of Arkansas to defend their lives with firearms. Mr. Brantley titles most of his blogs 'Annals of Gun Nuttery', and then follows with visions of shootouts at the OK corral and gunfights in parking lots ..." ...
 

Guns To Protect Chicago Schools or Teacher Unions?
Submitted by: John Jorgensen/GS2AC
Website: www.gs2ac.com

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"Chicago, Illinois, the home of Barack Obama and liberal gun banners, has always had a high murder rate by guns. Every time there are more shootings, they pass more restrictive gun laws until they outright banned them." ...

"Now with the much-publicized school shootings, the US Department of Education is ordering 27 12-gauge shotguns with 14-inch barrels! If you are I had possessed this weapon, we would be doing a minimum of 10 years in the Federal Gray Bar Hotel! ..."

"What does the Federal Department of Education have to do with Chicago? Just look at the delivery address:"

"U.S. Department of Education
Office of Inspector General
c/o: Gary Pawlak, Special Agent
500 West Madison Street – Suite 1414
Chicago, IL 60661" ...
 

Why do ATF employees question fitness of agent in 'toy gun' seizure?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "In fairness to Mr. Crenshaw, this assessment is clearly coming from someone with an agenda. His side of things has not been presented. What hasn't been established is whether that agenda is just, whether that assessment is fair, or whether an accomplished professional is being unfairly maligned by disgruntled colleagues." ...
 

VA: Virginia Hands Out 6996 Traffic Tickets In One Weekend In An Effort To Raise Revenue For The State Government
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the old days, police officers wrote traffic tickers primarily to keep people safe and to prevent citizens from breaking the traffic laws."

"But in the new Amerika, all of that has changed. Now traffic tickets are primarily viewed as a revenue raising tool for state and local governments. ... Last Saturday and Sunday state troopers were ordered to absolutely saturate Interstate 95 and Interstate 81 and to issue as many traffic tickets as humanly possible during those two days. Why? Well, it turns out that the state of Virginia has a 2.2 billion dollar budget deficit that they are trying to deal with, and so they need to find some quick sources of cash." ...
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Submitter's Note: No longer 'To Serve and Protect' but 'To Shear and Persecute'?
 

NJ: We're the Only Ones Able to Continue Enough
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chatham cop accused of forgetting loaded gun on sidewalk while drunk and off duty ..."
"Now hold on just a damn second here--I thought it was well-settled that New Jersey 'Only Ones' were more trustworthy than the rest of us when it comes to bearing arms. That must be why no charges were filed and the incident wasn't publicly reported."

"And thank goodness for this silver lining:"
"There is no indication he is not able to continue on the job."
"You go, Sgt. Roy George!"

"It's a confidential personnel matter, you see. ..."

"I don't know who the caller is who turned it in is, but I hope they stomp him for unauthorized--and illegal--handling and possession of a concealed handgun to the full extent of the law."

"Anybody dumb enough not to keep it deserves whatever he gets."
 

MN: Man who clobbered Chisholm gunman with a chair is hailed as hero
Submitted by: Mike DeArmond

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"The man who stopped a bar shooting incident by hitting the suspected gunman with a chair was hailed as a hero on Monday."

"The Saturday night shootings at Jim's Sports Club Bar and Grill left one man dead, another critically wounded and a third with a less serious wound. Authorities said the suspect, Jason Musburger, 47, a former Chisholm police officer, had gone to the bar to confront his ex-wife."

"Ryan Simonson, 27, of Chisholm, confirmed Monday that he was the patron who smashed a chair over the suspect's head, knocking him unconscious." ...
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Submitter's Note: Just .....WOW this one particular incident validates everything we have been arguing about.
 

TX: Conroe Police Officer Convicted Of Bank Robbery
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"A 22-year-veteran of the Conroe Police Department was convicted Thursday of robbing a bank where he had worked security for years ..."

"Michael Edward Tindall, 48, entered the First Bank of Conroe on Aug. 11, 2008 wearing a white motorcycle helmet and left with approximately $28,000, prosecutors said. During the robbery, the tellers said he used lingo known by bank insiders and that his voice sounded familiar."

"An extensive FBI investigation and review of the bank robbery video indentifed Tindall as a suspect in the case; and he was arrested on March 24, 2009."

"Tindall faced money problems and an unexplained influx of cash deposits hit his account after the robbery ..."

"Tindall faces up to 20 years of prison a $250,000 fine ..."
 

February second highest all-time for background checks on firearm sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,243,211 checks in February 2010, ranking the month the second highest February (eighth highest month overall) for most NICS checks."

"This figure, while being a 1.3 percent decrease from the 1,259,078 checks conducted in February 2009 -- the early stage of an ongoing surge in firearms and ammunition sales -- is an increase of 21.7 percent over checks in February 2008." ...
 

Sales of 'black guns' increases as popularity grows
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Walk into almost any gun shop these days and you'll likely find that a large percentage of the customers are looking for a type of rifle that was developed by the military and has been widely used since the Vietnam war. Known as the AR-16[sic] by the military and as the AR-15 in the civilian world, this so-called 'black rifle' has finally emerged as one of the all-time favorites among hunters and gun lovers." ...

"While I enjoy the more conventional bolt action, single or double barrel guns with beautifully crafted wooden stocks, I do have to agree with the shooting sports fraternity that prefer the AR-15 type of guns and the fact that these guns are here to stay until something better comes along." ...
 

MA: Massachusetts Supreme Court upholds state gun-lock requirement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a move that at first seemed rash, untimely and somewhat twisted/tainted the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court vacated a lower court decision in the case of Richard Runyan who was charged in the Lowell Division of the District Court Department with storing or keeping a firearm that was not 'secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device, properly engaged so as to render such weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner of other lawfully authorized user,' in violation of G.L. c. 140, § 131L (a)." ...
 

NM: Fairgrounds will keep 'no guns' signs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Otero County Fair Board won't be removing its 'no guns' signs anytime soon."

"Instead, the board opted ... to redefine its no-guns policy to include wording that makes an exception only for law enforcement and security personnel hired by the fair board."

"A small contingent representing the Alamogordo Second Amendment Task Force, a local gun rights advocacy group that wants the signs removed because they say it is unconstitutional, challenged the fair board ..."

"Alamogordo 2ATF members say that aside from being illegal, they also don't make sense since the fairgrounds hosts several gun shows each year." ...
 

WA: Judge: Seattle parks gun ban is constitutional
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal judge has ruled Seattle's ban on carrying firearms in city parks and community centers is constitutional."

"However, city officials said guns are not banned in Seattle parks."

"Last month, a King County Superior Court judge ruled the gun ban is in direct violation of Washington state's firearm pre-emption law."

"'You still can bring your gun to the parks,' Parks Department spokeswoman Joelle Hammerstad said. 'The U.S. District Court judge was only dealing with the constitutional issue, not the state issue and the state ruling still stands.'"

"Attorneys for the city are appealing the Superior Court case." ...
 

MI: It's just a pointed finger
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Michigan boy suspended after pointing his hand, curled into the shape of a gun, at another student.'"

"I have come to the conclusion that this is no longer about zero tolerance for violence, but about brainwashing the children against the Second Amendment. If we can brainwash an entire generation into thinking that they do not have the right to even point their finger into the shape of a gun, draw a shape of a gun, draw a stick figure of a person carrying a gun, or heaven forbid as my grandson did, draw a stick picture of his Marine father carrying a rifle, then the liberals have pretty much succeeded in defeating the Second Amendment without firing a shot." ...
 

MA: Supreme Judicial Court ruling triggers frustration with gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Richard Callaghan gives away a trigger lock with every gun he sells at his Mechanic Street shop in Marlborough, but he wonders why he's required to use one when he's in his own home."

"'If you are physically there, you are in control. When you're not home, you're not in control, and you should have it locked,' said the owner of Callaghan Firearms. ..."

"Bay State gun owners will continue to be required to keep firearms [secured] after a ruling by Massachusetts' highest court this week."

"The decision frustrated some local firearms sellers and advocates for gun owners, several of whom said the ruling upholds a law that is confusing or deals a matter that ought to be left up to personal responsibility." ...
 

Has the US gun lobby shot itself in the foot by unintentionally undermining states' rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The US Supreme Court is due to deliver its verdict in June on the case it has just heard (McDonald v City of Chicago) seeking to overturn the ban on handguns in Chicago ..."

"... it seems ironic that [Obama's] administration should see a liberalisation of firearms laws. So, why are the fanatics of the liberal/left not up in arms (metaphorically speaking), marching, protesting and generally frothing at the mouth over this reversal of their aspirations? Why, in fact, are some liberals even supportive of the gun lobby’s case?"

"Because they scent an opportunity to advance their agenda, is the answer. ..." ...
 

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