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Is “Cowering… Only Recourse” To School Shooting?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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..."Revealing of the mindset that fuels this line of non-reasoning is a popular Chicago feminist blogger who created a firestorm among online activists with her post: 'Time to ban handguns, guys.' Responding to a critic’s argument that defenseless people are powerless to do anything but await their execution, she unintentionally did us a service, telling us everything we need to know about the citizen disarmament 'solution.'"

"'Cowering under a desk,' she replied, 'is indeed the only recourse for people facing life threatening situations in a school. Unless you are suggesting we pack every lunch box with a handgun.'"

"I’ve never seen the ultimate stupid argument of the gun-grabbers more eloquently put."
 

Gun Control Advocates Ignore Inconvenient Facts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Mr. R.L. Hall wrote to the Baltimore Sun decrying the fact that 'Gun rights advocates ignore inconvenient violence' and brings up the story of a 13-year-old girl who was accidentally shot and killed a few days ago. While Mr. Hall accuses us of ignoring violence he is busy ignoring a host of facts." ...
 

Citizen Dave: Idea of the Week ... Start a Civil War
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Dave Cieslewicz is sick and tired of gun violence. So to put an end to the violence he proposes to set off a civil war. Oh, no doubt he doesn't think of it that way, but that is because he is projecting his spinelessness and lack of principles onto gun owners." ...
 

Gun safety expertise: Political pretenders versus the Real Deal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"At the end of an emotionally brutal week in western Washington during which two youngsters died in remarkably similar firearms accidents in Snohomish and Pierce counties, one thing has emerged from the ensuing debate that has, perhaps, never been more clear."

"There are would be 'gun safety advocates' and then there are gun safety experts. The first group appears far more interested in using the shooting tragedies to push a political agenda, while the other group appears satisfied with existing laws and promoting genuine education." ...
 

NSSF Study Shows Youth Eagerness to Learn About Shooting and Hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released a study in conjunction the Hunting Heritage Trust showing that shows an interest in shooting sports among youth and a high impact of peer influence on youth participation in hunting and the shooting sports." ...
 

Progressive gov’t knows best
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "Dear progressive government, take from them the Second Amendment. It’s scary. You don’t need guns. We have tough anti-gun laws to protect everybody. We have gun-free zones, too, but criminals don’t care so much about gun-free zones, or gun laws, but we will keep making more anti-gun laws so we don’t have to address the real issue of criminals. When your life is in danger, call 911 because help is minutes away when seconds count, but at least they will know where to pick up the remains after the crime." ...
 

The Senate's Wolf in Elephant's Clothing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Not only has Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., crossed party lines to vote for confirmation of both Sotomayor and Kagan for the Supreme Court and in support of numerous anti-gun nominees and appointees to the federal bench and cabinet positions, he has also repeatedly voted against gun owners on pure, stand-alone gun legislation. He was one of only two Republicans to vote against the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in 2009, and he has announced his opposition to a similar bill currently awaiting action in the Senate." ..
 

New from Arsenal: Strike Pistol System (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We’d heard Arsenal was coming out with a new pistol a while back thanks to some of our Russian readers, but we didn’t really have a good idea about what it was or what made it special. And we knew Arsenal’s conjoined 2011 side-by-side thingy wasn’t it. Check out this link to a Russian news program showing it off earlier this year – that’s all we had to go on. But now Arsenal has put up a website with all the juicy details in English so we can happily report what makes their first gun, the Strike One (will there be a Strike Two and – God forbid – a Strike Three?) special. And while it may look an awful lot like just another standard polymer frame pistol, this gun has one big advantage . . ." ...
 

Don’t Be Defenseless Without Your Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Most, if not all, civilians who have a concealed carry permit carry folding knives. Some pack a blade just for convenience and others as a back-up to their pistol. And while plenty people who carry a knife train extensively with their carry pistol very few have ever trained with their folding knife. The truth is that most people don't choose a folding knife looking for something that could really do some damage in a pinch, they just buy something that’s 'good enough.'" ...
 

Four Shooting Accessory Essentials, Gun Owners Can’t Go Without
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When it comes to their guns, shooters are a notoriously fickle lot. Though often expressing near universal approval for all things firearms, gun owners are quick to shun a particular weapon for the smallest and most subjective of reasons ... All in all, I think this fickleness is a good thing and keeps the firearms market on its toes, but it’s also a quality I feel a lot of shooters don’t bring with them when it comes time to buy basic gun accessories."

"Even on today’s overblown market, there are still a lot of good accessories coming out, but far too often, gun folk are more than willing to burn money on shiny gadgets ... while paying little to no attention to those basic accessories almost every shooter imaginable should own." ...
 

Nosler Custom Competition Match Grade .308 Review: 168 Grains of Confidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When it comes to ammo, you can’t do much better than Nosler. It’ll perform better than most shooters. The bullets are smooth and hollow, and will put down most game. The brass are solid and polished, and will extract effortlessly. Guns.com looks at how well the Nosler Custom Competition Match Grade .308 ammo does when paired with a dependable, all-purpose Ruger rifle and a top-notch Leupold scope." ...
 

PA: It's insane how hard it is to control guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'This is designed not to pursue justice but to intimidate communities,' Max Nacheman, CeaseFirePA director, said Wednesday."

"CeaseFirePA isn't anti-gun, Mr. Nacheman said, but the group does favor accountability for firearms, and that's an important distinction. Nothing in these local ordinances infringes on firearm ownership because they affect only those guns that have been taken unlawfully." ...
 

NY: Nag, Nag, NYAGV
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"New Yorkers Against Gun Violence[sic] are all in favor of microstamping because this time their horrendously expensive and completely useless gun tracking database will work. Having finally been hit with a big enough clue-stick ($45+ million and nearly a quarter million man hours for precisely 2 hits, neither of which was useful) they are admitting that CoBIS was a colossal waste of resources not as effective as they had hoped. From their release:" ...
 

WA: Should Washington strengthen its gun laws? (first letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We need to stop killing children with their elder’s guns. ['Another child shot: Are gun laws too lax?' page one, March 15.]"

"It’s time for a discussion about enhancing our gun laws to prevent any future needless deaths. Three simple steps might help:" ...
 

WA: Thirty thousand deaths every year (fourth letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Thirty thousand gun deaths occur in the U.S. every year, approximately 12,000 of which are homicides."

"There are those who still believe that the right to bear arms should not be limited in any way. If we could think of 30,000 as the manifestation of a public-health threat that could be reduced or prevented by some inoculation, we would surely demand that this be done." ...
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Submitter's Note: And if that "inoculation" cost 60,000 lives would you still be demanding it? Because twice as many lives are saved annually in DGUs than are last to firearm related homicides or accidents.
 

Iron Sky: First 4 Minutes Released (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For those who don’t know, Iron Sky is an alternate history sci-fi comedy movie being produced by an independent shop somewhere in Europe. The premise is that the Nazis secretly colonized the moon before the end of WWII and now are planning on invading the Earth. ... with the release date only around a month away they’ve leaked the first 4 minutes of the film. ..." ...
 

PA: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Lucky to be Alive Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Samuel Smith was hanging out about 9:00 last night, sitting on his friend’s stoop in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania when two suspicious passers by . . . passed by. Spidey senses a-tingling, Sam decided it was time to, you know, load his gun. 'As the two men walked by, Smith had an uneasy feeling and loaded a magazine into his gun and reholstered the weapon.' Sam must be living right because he got what most crime victims don't – a little advance warning. Give him props for situational awareness, though. But he may want to consider running out and buying a lottery ticket soon because despite an even bigger mistake he was about to make than walking around with an empty gun, fortune seems to be smiling on him these days . . ." ...
 

AZ: Homeowner in AZ Confronts and Shoots Daytime Burglar (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An AZ homeowner heard a noise in his home around 4PM. Realizing that someone was in his home the homeowner grabbed a gun and confronted the intruder in a hallway and then shot the intruder. The homeowner called 911 and the suspect was taken to the hospital in critical condition." ...
 

NC: Store Clerk Shoots and Wounds Would Be Robber Who is Then Captured
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A NC store clerk spent the night in his convenience store to protect it after someone tore a hole in the roof. Around 2:30am a man broke into the store and was confronted by the clerk who shot him. The suspected robber then fled, but was captured by police nearby. The suspect is being treated for 'non life threatening injuries'." ...
 

OH: VICTIM ZONE: Four stabbed at downtown Columbus office building
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The stabbing of four people in a downtown Columbus office building, and subsequent shooting of the knife-wielding assailant by police, has made national news headlines over the past two days. Glaringly absent from news coverage, however, is any mention of the fact that the building is a 'no-guns' zone, thanks to Ohio laws which prohibit concealed carry in government buildings (the building houses offices for the state attorney general) and college campuses (the building houses Miami-Jacobs Career College)." ...
 

List of how many AZ laws Operation Fast & Furious violated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I count--"

"Direct Liability:"

"Misconduct involving weapons, a class 3 felony Ariz. Rev. Statutes 13-3102:" ...
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Submitter's Note: Let's see now; 4 felony counts time 2,000+ weapons and how many people have been disciplined so far? Besides the whistleblowers who brought this all to light I mean . . .
 

Issa and Grassley can relax about Fast and Furious now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In case you hadn't heard, there's a big break in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious today: The Arizona House of Representatives has formed its own commitee to do its own investigation!"

"The point of this ad hoc committee, according to a press release issued Friday, is to look into these three facets of the controversial federal investigation, which ran from October 2009 to January 2011:"

"1. The factual background of the federal program known as 'Fast and Furious'"

"2. The impact of 'Fast and Furious' on the State of Arizona and its residents"

"3. Whether any Arizona laws were violated" ...
 

Issa to CNN: ‘We’ve been lied to by DoJ’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"California Congressman Darrell Issa has evidently gotten his 'second wind' and in a Thursday evening interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper regarding Operation Fast and Furious and a similar project in Texas, accused the Justice Department and [ATF] of lying to Congress."

"The interview came at the end of a lengthy report on illegal gun walking that appears to have been permitted under the Obama administration in 2009 and 2010 in more places than just Arizona. It may be seen here, and this is what Issa told Cooper:"
"'We’ve been lied to by the Department of Justice; we've been lied to by some of the ATF.'" ...
 

Battle Raging on Capitol Hill with regard to Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you have ever questioned whether your emails and phone calls make a difference, then stop wondering."

"Your activism on the concealed carry bills in the U.S. Senate is doing a bang-up job!"

"Gun Owners of America has been working with the sponsors of the soon-to-be-introduced Thune-Vitter reciprocity bill, and we can report that there are at least 15 cosponsors on the bill!"

"By contrast, the Begich-Manchin Democrat compromise bill (S. 2188) has only one additional cosponsor." ...

"Sadly, we have been receiving emails from our grassroots activists showing that the NRA is taking aim at our position on these two bills."

"Hence, we would like to make the following points in order to prevent any confusion." ...
 

KS: Kansas House Passes Concealed Carry in Government Buildings Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Monday, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow citizens with valid concealed carry permits to carry handguns into government buildings provided that the building lacks sufficient security."

"Additionally, the bill would make an exemption for colleges and nursing homes, which would not be required to allow CCW permit holders to carry a firearm onto the premises." ...
 

IL: Conceal Carry Permit Bill Introduced in Illinois
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Illinois House Bill 5745, sponsored by Rep. Brandon W. Phelps, would give the right to conceal carry to the only state without it."

"The bill, which was first filed and read on Feb. 16, was passed by the Agriculture & Conservation Committee on Feb. 27 and then placed on the calendar on March 7. The hotly contested bill, already lacking support from Chicago politicians who believe the state should address crime prevention issues first, is also drawing negative attention do to a clause that would allow universities to choose whether or not to allow concealed carry on campus but would also hold the institutions liable if a student is harmed or killed because they could not carry on campus." ...
 

MO: Bill to bar employer bias against gun owners gets OK from Missouri House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Many Missouri lawmakers want to protect gun owners from any threat of workplace discrimination, just as state residents currently are protected for race, religion and gender."

"Legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against people because they own or use guns overwhelmingly passed the Missouri House before lawmakers left for spring break." ...
 

OH: Important Pro-Gun Legislation to be Introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"State Representative Terry Johnson (HD-89) is circulating a letter inviting fellow legislators to co-sponsor an important bill he will soon be introducing to address several problems with current gun laws ..." ...
 

MD: Gun owner wants wear-and-carry ruling to stand
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Baltimore County gun owner, whose federal lawsuit led a judge this month to declare a portion of Maryland's gun laws unconstitutional, has filed a court motion to protect the ruling ..."

"Attorneys for Raymond Woollard filed the 29-page document in Baltimore's U.S. District Court at the close of business Friday in response to a filing last week by the Maryland attorney general's office, which sought clarification and a delay of the judge's order so the agency could have time to appeal."

"But any such stay of the order would cause 'irreparable harm' for Woollard and his co-plaintiff, gun-rights advocate The Second Amendment Foundation, by continuing to deprive them of their constitutional liberties ..." ...
 

MD: The Md. gun ruling: A threat or a right preserved?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Post was far too timid in its March 12 editorial 'The right of protection,' about U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg’s ruling that the Second Amendment prohibits Maryland law enforcement from deciding who can carry loaded guns outdoors. This was an irresponsible and dangerous decision that reeks of a political agenda. It should be overturned."

"This ruling threatens public safety by furthering the “guns everywhere” agenda of the gun lobby, which is based on a renegade interpretation of the Second Amendment that goes against legal precedent. ..." ...
 

FL: Remember Gellin and LEO ProCards?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last year, I learned of a West Palm Beach cop selling cop-only (and cop family) get out of jail free cards. OK, not so 'cop only'; he offered me some freebies (I declined). I raised a minor ruckus, as did a few other people. The WPB PD claimed Gellin had already been disciplined for this once, and they'd look into it again."

"Today – several months later – I received this update from WPB PD Internal Affairs. Gellin has been 'suspended'. No duration mentioned. If this is a normal Only Ones suspension, it's probably with pay (which means he just doesn't get over time)."

"I also note that despite this, Gellin is still peddling his get-out-of-jail-free cards on his web site.*" ...
 

CT: CCDL Sponsors Second Amendment Rally at Hartford Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), the state’s largest grassroots firearms rights advocacy group, is once again sponsoring a rally in support of the second amendment. This year the popular event will take place on the south side of the majestic Hartford capitol building grounds, beginning at noon on Saturday, April 28th and running through 3:00 p.m. The event features prominent speakers on gun rights, live music, as well as plenty of information on firearms training and licensing here in Connecticut." ...
 

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