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MI: 15-year old dies after police Taser him
Submitted by: Larry

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Police in Michigan say a 15-year-old boy has died after being Tasered by officers who were trying to break up a fight.

Police didn't release his name and say state police are investigating.

A Bay City police news release says officers answered a report of an early morning fight on Sunday. The statement says two males were arguing in an apartment, and one of them "attempted to fight the officers."

Police say officers Tasered him, and his reaction led them to immediately call for emergency medical help. He was pronounced dead at Bay Regional Medical Center.

Deputy Chief Thomas Pletzke tells WNEM-TV police placed one officer on administrative leave.
 

MA: Gun sales on the rise, but why?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Joe Norman, the club's chief range officer is spending his Sunday giving a gun safety course, required for anyone looking to get a permit in the Bay State.

He says it's the second amendment, not the recession that's bringing people to the range.

Norman says the club normally sees 30 to 40 new members a month and over the past five months has seen double that.

The FBI's statistics back that up.

Background checks nearly always lead to gun purchases.

And the background checks are up a whopping 40 percent in Massachusetts

Ed.: There is a video as well.
 

MA: Fears about crime, economy trigger gun sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The popular handguns are on back order. Some kinds of semiautomatic rifles are even harder to get. Ammo, too, is at a premium. In short, the gun industry is weathering the recession just fine.

In Massachusetts and across America, the recent surge in gun buying has been fueled by fears that President Obama will restrict gun rights, and by creeping anxiety about crime and the economy.

“It’s a tug-of-war between the anxiety of the general public and their lack of money,” said Andrew Molchan, president of the Professional Gun Retailers Association. “Right now, anxiety seems to be winning out.”
 

Yard work? It's worse than taxes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Kirt didn't just say "weeds." He also used their scientific Latin names, and even suggested the brand of weed killer I should use to get rid of them. Then he offered a few other helpful hints about the rest of the yard.

"Excuse me for a minute," I said.

I tried to get to a gun. I swear I did. But the two idiots our other daughters married stopped me. As it turned out, they were on Kirt's side. He has a huge HD TV and all sorts of pay-per-view sports.

When I came back, Kirt was discussing the yard with my wife. She was taking notes about gardening and top soil and sprinkling systems and patios and other forms of suburban torture.
 

NH: Gun sales are up, but it's legal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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People use them for hunting, for target shooting, for collections, for protection.

Sadly, some people use them in robberies and murders. But such people are breaking our laws when they do so. Such are not the actions of responsible gun owners. And no law can totally prevent such actions.

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The two sides have not been able to reach any middle ground and are not likely to do so. Each is entrenched in its views. Gun owners see every new law or regulation as an incursion on their rights. Gun-control advocates see new laws as making us more safe.

The decisions will be made in the Congress. And each side will make its arguments.

In the meantime, there is nothing to prevent people from legally stocking up on guns and ammunition.
 

Fighting Drug Cartels is a Second Amendment Issue?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“If they don’t get guns from the United States, they’ll get them from their own military, they’ll steal them from other countries, they’ll buy them, there are markets out there,,” Sessions said. “The problem really isn’t the guns. The real problem is that this group is attempting to continue illegal operations in Mexico, and they will intimidate and kill people that try to stop them.”

But liberal Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the current majority whip, directly blamed American laws and policies for facilitating the influx of weapons into Mexico.
 

Pakistan: Pakistani Villagers Pay a Price for Defying Rebels
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But while most inhabitants of this violence-plagued region near the Afghan border have been cowed by the growing tide of Islamist and criminal violence, those in a handful of communities like Bazitkhel -- where tribal bonds are especially strong -- are determined to arm themselves and fight back.

Any vehicle that approaches Bazitkhel on the winding road from Peshawar, the provincial capital about 20 miles away, is quickly surrounded by men of all ages, each carrying a rifle and many loaded with grenade vests, ammo belts or military weapons. None wears a uniform or a badge.

"I am an educated and peaceful man. I would rather be carrying a book than a gun," said Hizar Amin Shah, 22, leaning on a rocket launcher.
 

Obama's Disarming of America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Our trusted American Cold War Veteran and active duty Army friends have brought some startling news to our attention.

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The Obama administration is subversively attacking our 2nd amendment rights in an effort to effectively eliminate them. They will disarm our veterans and active duty troops because they can ‘easily’ do so by government order. We have already heard and seen the possible legislation that would lump PTSD in the disqualifier category.

To quote Scott L’Ecuyer, Director American Cold War Veterans Inc, “You go to fight for your country, when you return home the government disarms you!”
 

IN: PUC could see a new gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Imagine life at PUC with no gun ban. Picture a campus on where students, faculty, and visitors could all carry a concealed weapon, whether in the parking lot or the classroom.

This scenario could soon be reality should State Senator Johnny Nugent of Lawrenceburg find three times a charm in a possible January, 2010 revival of his controversial gun legislation.

Having failed in the Indiana Senate during the 2008 session and again last week for 2009, Nugent's bill would prohibit public colleges and universities in Indiana, which rely heavily on taxpayer funds, from establishing any regulation of firearms or ammunition.
 

MI: Teen dies after police use Taser to break up fight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State police have launched an investigation into the death of a teen whom police Tased.

The 15-year-old died about 3:40 a.m. Sunday after Bay City police used a stun gun to subdue him at an apartment on South Catherine near East John.

Neighbors summoned authorities to quell a large fight, police said.

When officers arrived, neighbors directed them to an apartment where they found two people arguing.
 

Guns in national parks: the NRA files an appeal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Until the next development individuals cannot legally carry loaded, concealed firearms for personal protection in national parks and wildlife refuges.

My position has been that while guns don't kill people, people kill people, people with guns are more dangerous than people without guns.

The problem, I believe, comes down to how to we insure that folks who carry guns into national parks aren't about to become dangers to wildlife and others. That is what drives the controversy. And that dilemma is more complex than a "yes" or "no" to concealed weapons.
 

CA: 3 officers dead, suspect killed in Oakland, Calif.
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A police officer shot during a traffic stop has been pronounced brain dead but remained on life support, police said Sunday, retracting an earlier statement that he had died.

Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason announced the death of 41-year-old Officer John Hege earlier Sunday but later said that Hege was being kept alive while a final decision was made about donating his organs.

Police said a 26-year-old parolee wanted on a parole violation opened fire on Hege and Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon, killing Dunakin, police said.
 

AK: Hank Harmon Rifle Range to receive $10,000 NRA grant
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Hank Harmon Rifle Range Inc. received verbal notification in early March that the range was the recipients of a $10,000 grant from Friends of the National Rifle Association - Alaska. The grant will be used for "grading and drainage" improvements on its short, 100 yard range. That range is normally referred to as "the pistol range" but can be used by both rifle and pistols. It is separated from the 400-yard long range by a safety wall.
 

MO: Order of protection only as good as enforcement behind it, advocates say
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And even then if someone is determined to cause harm, injuries and even murder can occur.

Judy Edmonson, director of AVENUES, Northeast Missouri's domestic and sexual violence resource center, discussed in general the realities of an order of protection, emphasizing that it is a legal document.

"If it's not enforced, it's a piece of paper," Edmonson said. "It's not going to stop a knife. It's not going to stop a bullet. It's not going to stop a fist."

Edmonson stressed that a victim of domestic violence should develop a safety plan. She said that although there are no firm statistics, there is an "increased risk for a victim of domestic violence if she's moved on."
 

The Militarization of America
Submitted by: Larry

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The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 expanded the President's authority to declare martial law and seize control of National Guard units from state governors. Luckily, these provisions were repealed the very next year. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the executive branch (or perhaps President Bush in one of his many nefarious and unconstitutional signing statements retained the "right" to interpret the law as he wished). In any case, on September 30, 2008, the Army Times reported that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team would be placed under the day-to-day control of NorthCom, "a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities."

This video provide a good example of why using the military for law enforcement is a very bad idea:

Ed.: Calling this video "chilling" would qualify as the understatement of the year.
 

MN: From my "The Policeman Is Your Friend" file ...
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"Minnesota: Slap on Wrist for Cop Who Rammed Minivan Full of Kids"

"The Minnesota State Trooper who rammed a slow-moving minivan on New Year's Eve was given a slap on the wrist Wednesday. A written reprimand was placed in the personnel folder of Sergeant Carrie Rindal, mildly criticizing her for twice slamming her patrol car into the Toyota Sienna minivan belonging to Sam Salter, 40, who had been driving his two, three and six-year-old children home to Hudson, Wisconsin just before midnight on Interstate 94 in St. Paul."

The reason for the officer initially pursuing the driver was:

"Rindal activated her police lights and siren to chase after the man she claimed had made a lane change without signaling. Salter is seen in the video carefully pulling toward the right¹, turn signal on, within ten seconds."
 

Israel: Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques - IDF fashion 2009
Submitted by: Larry

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Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques - these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription "Better use Durex," next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter's T-shirt from the Givati Brigade's Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull's-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, "1 shot, 2 kills."

Submitter's note: Of course, the taxpayer-funded killers of the BATFE, FBI, and various SWAT teams would never harbor such callousness toward American citizens.
 

DC: This Is About Safety, Not the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: jgh
Website: http://secondamendmentfreedom.blogspot.com/

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Repealing our gun law, and further repealing the District's local legislative authority, would have repercussions for public safety. It would be harder to arrest chronic criminals, because police would no longer be able to charge them with possessing unregistered weapons. It would be harder for police to trace guns used in crimes, because there would be no registration system. It would be harder for Lanier to be proactive about gun violence, because federal law only records gun information such as ballistics after a crime has occurred.

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Listen to Chief Lanier and others in law enforcement. Put public safety first and reject the Senate's amendment.
 

Anti-Drug Effort at Border is Readied
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In Obama's first major domestic security initiative, administration officials are expected to announce as early as this week a crackdown on the supply of weapons and cash moving from the United States into Mexico that helps sustain that country's narco-traffickers, officials said.

The announcement sets the stage for Mexico City visits by three Cabinet members, beginning Wednesday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and followed next week by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Napolitano, designated by Obama to convene a multi-agency security plan for the border, said the government is preparing plans to send more agents and intensify its investigation and prosecution of cartel-related activity in the United States. In addition, she said, the government may expand efforts to trace the sources of guns that move from the United States into Mexico.
 

DC: Powerful Pro-gun Argument Buried in Post Article on D.C. Vote
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A black woman from the District of Columbia who lost children to "gun violence" and who advocates for the victims of unsolved murders is calling on liberal Democrats to come to grips with the Second Amendment and vote for a bill before Congress that would give D.C. a vote in the House of Representatives at the cost of rescinding the city's stringent gun control laws.

"I want my vote to be counted. I want representation in Congress. And I also want the right to bear arms," Valencia Mohammed, director of Mothers of Unsolved Murders, is quoted in the March 21 Washington Post.
 

TX: Obama administration right to talk frankly to Mexico about guns, border security and rule of law
Submitted by: Trapper

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After few words on Mexico during the presidential campaign, the Obama administration is rightly turning south to tackle the grave, bilateral problem of narcoviolence.

Mexican officials might ask whether we really are doing all we can to snuff out addictions that send thousands into our prisons — and then back to street-corner drug markets. They could inquire whether our freedom to buy assault weapons, and to easily purchase unregistered weapons at gun shows, really is worth the chaos those firearms, illegally exported, produce on our borders.

The Americans can point to our new scrutiny of American guns making their way to Mexico — and question why Mexico doesn’t have an equally strong cadre of enforcers on their own side.
 

KY: Military demands details on soldiers' private guns
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A military commander at Fort Campbell in Kentucky demanded his soldiers give him the registration numbers of any guns they own privately and then reveal where they are stored.

The order was stopped, according to base officials, when it was discovered the commander was not "acting within his authority."

The original order was issued on the letterhead of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment and said effective March 11, any soldier with a "privately owned weapon" was required to submit the information, along with any information about any concealed carry permit the soldier may have, and what state issued the permit.

Submitter's note: An Army general over steps his authority & orders his troops to register their private guns.

Ed.: It was actually a Company Commander, almost always a Captain (o-3).
 

'Just Submit'
Submitted by: Larry

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This used to be a free country. For the first 50 years of the life of this Republic – when things were pretty peaceful, from all reports – we didn’t even HAVE any police forces as we know them today. When was the Constitution amended, Former Officer Ron? When did they take the old part that says we’re to remain “secure in our persons, houses papers, and effects,” free from search and seizure unless a warrant is issued “upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation …” and add to it your new section that reads “Oh yeah, unless someone calling himself a policeman decides to stop you and issue whatever arbitrary orders and commands he can dream up, at which point you have to ‘submit’ or else he can shoot you down like a dog”?
 

MO: Hannibal police didn't check murder suspect's immigration status during several criminal contacts since 2006
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"The Hannibal Police Department had several contacts with Manuel Cazares since 2006, including arrests on charges of assault and burglary involving the woman he is now accused of killing.
But it wasn't until officers discovered the bodies of Amanda Thomas and Carl Patrick Epley in a Hannibal apartment Saturday morning that police checked the immigration status of Cazares and learned he was in the country illegally.


"But then again, that's a secondary issue.

The real issue is we have two victims of a homicide and an individual in custody.""
 

Terrorism Begins at Home
Submitted by: Larry

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Based on the record of past Democratic administrations, in the near future terrorism will almost certainly be coming home. This does not necessarily mean more attacks on American soil. Rather, public perceptions of terrorism will shift away from external enemies like al-Qaeda and Hezbollah and focus on domestic movements on the Right. We will hear a great deal about threats from racist groups and right-wing paramilitaries, and such a perceived wave of terrorism will have real and pernicious effects on mainstream politics. If history is any guide, the more loudly an administration denounces enemies on the far Right, the easier it is to stigmatize its respectable and nonviolent critics.
 

Stayin' Alive
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When I worked for the police department my partner and I would go to the range at least twice per month, although we weren’t required to qualify with our firearms but twice per year. We enjoyed shooting but our main concern was maintaining our shooting skills. Besides, we could shoot as much as we desired as the department provided all the ammo, at least for department approved service weapons. Further, we attended every training class that was scheduled by our department.
 

CA: Gunman kills 3 officers, wounds 4th in Oakland
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A police officer was battling for his life and three more were dead after a parolee with an "extensive criminal history" opened fire at a routine traffic stop and hours later gunned down members of a SWAT team searching for him.
The gunman was also killed Saturday, capping a day of violence that the Oakland Police Department said was the worst in its history. Never before had three police officers died in the line of duty on the same day. ...
People lingered at the scene of the first shooting. About 20 bystanders taunted police.
Tension between police and the community has risen steadily since the fatal shooting of unarmed 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a transit police officer at an Oakland train station on Jan. 1.
 

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