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The Most Condescending Anti-Gun New York Daily News Story Ever…Until the Next One
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun worshiper wins semiautomatic weapon at church raffle in upstate NY the New York Daily News proclaims. Does 'Ron Stafford, 42, an avid hunter and single father of two from Schenectady' worship guns? Of course not. The Daily News’ headline writer was pandering to the paper’s disdain for Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. To be fair, the headline’s certainly in synch with the article’s condescending not-to-say plain-old-nasty tone. Straight out of the chute, the paper’s playing cute . . ." ...
 

Random Thoughts About the Gun Lobby (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun control advocates know the key to tricking people into supporting civilian disarmament: demonize the enemy. The enemy being anyone who opposes civilian disarmament. Which is, it must be said, a great many people. Millions of people, from all walks of life. Americans of all colors, creeds and religions support the Second Amendment. Democrats and Republicans, gay and straight, old and young, urban and rural. This transcendent – perhaps transcendental – love of firearms freedom makes the gun grabbers’ anti-agitprop a difficult proposition. But not impossible . . ." ...
 

Background check battle heats; Connecticut shows future desires of anti-gunners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Washington’s 'universal background check' battle has warmed up with the usual rhetoric, and an arrest last night in Wednesday’s fatal White Center shooting shows what is wrong with the push for such checks, while a look at what’s happening in Connecticut shows where gun prohibitionists want to take the Evergreen State." ...
 

Bill Maher wants Dems to 'come out against 2nd Amnd.,' congressman promises to (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"By now, gun rights advocates have no reason to be surprised at comedian (apparently some people find him amusing) Bill Maher's contemptuous disdain for our Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. He has, after all, gone so far as to say that 'the Second Amendment is bullsh*t,' and that even the political left in this country is to blame for being too afraid to say so. And it is on that theme--that 'progressives' are not anti-gun enough (not publicly, anyway)--that he focused on in his latest attack on the palladium of liberty." ...
 

Dick’s Sporting Goods Now Discriminating Against Law-Abiding Gun Owners
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"It wasn’t that long ago when Dick’s Sporting Goods pulled all black semi-automatic rifles from their shelves. They felt that in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy, these guns possibly should not be sold. This of course caused massive complaints against Dick’s, by law-abiding gun owners protesting their lunacy."

"Dick’s has now returned for round two! A member of Gun Rights Across America we’ll call 'John' went shopping for .308 cartridges at the Dick’s in Niles, IL. When he went to checkout, he was bombarded with a list of questions after presenting his current Illinois FOID Card ... These questions are not required to purchase ammunition... so John declined to answer and asked for a manager. ..." ...
 

South Jersey youngster could teach all adults something about gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Nine-year-old Shyanne Roberts may not seem like a formidable target for speaking against a new magazine limit in New Jersey, but she might be worrisome to somebody because over the weekend she was dubbed the 'new poster child' for gun advocates and highlighted by the on-line Inquisitr, and this kid just might be able to teach grown-ups a few things about gun control."

"Well, some lawmakers, anyway. Others seem to get it."

"The fourth-grade honor student attends Main Road Elementary in Franklinville. In a telephone interview with this column, Shyanne revealed that she began shooting at age five, while seated on her dad’s lap. She started competing two years later ..." ...
 

Unlikely Allies?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Warm day, blue skies, and that meant a crowded range. ... As more shooters arrived, we couldn’t help noticing they avoided the half-dozen 'illustrated kids' one position away from us." ...

"Four guys, two girls, taking turns with a worn-shiny AK, a couple of Euro-pistols and an old Smith Model 10; pawn-shop poppers, and having problems with one pistol. When the buzzer sounded to clear and bench guns for target changes Uncle John said, 'Stay. Wait ’til I wave you over. VZ, take off your jacket.' They tensed and looked up suspiciously as he approached. He stopped, raised one hand palm-out, and deadpanned 'Klaatu barada nikto — I come in peace.' That unbalanced ’em for a moment — and me too. Then their lead dog popped a big smile." ...
 

Video of University of California at Berkeley Debate on Gun Control (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Berkeley Forum debate entitled “Guns, Crime and Freedom” included: CPRC president and economist John Lott, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Stanford professor Jack Rakove and Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The debate took place on October 25th, 2013, but the video of the debate has only just now been released."

"Lott’s presentation begins at the 29 minute mark and the Q&A starts at the 46 minute mark." ...
 

Dan Wesson’s Back In the Revolver Business With the 715 .357 (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Take a deep breath, wheel gun devotees. Dan Wesson (CZ) is going to be turning out revolvers again. ..."
 

When You Have to Go for Your Attacker’s Gun
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"While trying to disarm an attacker with a gun is always a dicey business, sometimes it’s the only option. But as this story from Houston’s 14news.com shows, it should never be undertaken lightly. 'Henderson Police say the suspect tried to rob the victim at gunpoint, but the victim fought back and tried to get the gun. Police say the gun went off during the struggle and the victim was shot in the foot.' Of course, it’s possible that being shot in the foot was an acceptable trade-off . . ." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Move *Then* Shoot? (video available)
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"There’s some debate rumbling ’round the Internet about moving and shooting. Some gun gurus say move then shoot; make sure you have a stable platform before you send rounds towards a person or persons posing a lethal threat. Other say move and shoot; get your rounds on target as you’re moving towards cover or concealment (or just running away). Then get to a stable platform, if you need it. Others say it depends. Right answer! Of course it depends. A defensive gun use has enough variables to make meteorology look like basic math. But the question is: how should you train for this whole movement misegos? Well . . ." ...
 

Why We Use Expanding Bullets Part III: Reduced Ricochet Potential
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"They don’t call cities 'concrete canyons' for nothing. Many shootings have taken place at banks and courthouses. Did you ever notice that the architects who build such edifices seem to be obsessed with polished marble? It would be hard to design a substance more likely to cause ricochets. And, we all know, 'bouncing bullets' follow unpredictable paths. Heavy bone can also deviate a bullet off its intended path. ..."

"If the Good Guy’s bullet ricochets away from its intended trajectory it can continue onward with enough residual velocity to kill the next innocent person it meets. This, obviously, is unacceptable.." ...
 

Ready, Aim, Fire: the first Grand Strand guns are stamped to be shipped (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The beehive of activity at PTR Industries had an extra buzz about it today as the company stamped the very first 'Made in Aynor, SC' gun."

"Up until this point, the guns were put together with pieces made in the old Connecticut plant."

"'It is going to add national notoriety to the Grand Strand and Horry County as PTR is the first gun manufacturer to be located in Aynor, South Carolina,' said Bob Grabowski, the purchasing manager of PTR Industries."

"Grabowski gave WMBF News a behind-the-scenes tour Monday to show the complexity of the gun manufacturing process, proudly displaying the first steel receiver to be stamped with Aynor's name." ...
 

Steinhorn: No One Should Feel Safe in the Following States
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"'No one should feel safe in the following states,' Leonard Steinhorn writes at huffingtonpost.com. 'These are states with the most Wild West gun laws where you are most likely to encounter someone — anyone — with a gun: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Mississippi. It is legal in these states for people with absolutely no training to walk around armed and to carry their guns openly in the streets.' For the record, it is also legal in these states (and others) for citizens to speak and observe their religion without government-mandated training. 'It is legal in these states to . . ." ...
 

Guns as a Health Issue: Washington Post Promotes Same Old Propaganda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Washington Post's editorial board is once again flogging its well-worn, neurotic, hysterical fixation with gun control by disingenuously conflating health care and guns. And they're using this old, odious tactic to push the nomination of Barack Obama's selection for the next Surgeon General."

"And oh GOODNESS, do they lay it on thick!"
"For decades, doctors and other public health experts have argued that preventing gun deaths, particularly from accidents and suicides, should be a priority -- like curtailing car fatalities or tobacco use. For their sense, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others on the pro-gun side have pilloried them, ruining careers and stopping needed research with the help of a cowed Congress. ..." ...
 

Common-sense gun laws support Second Amendment
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"A recent letter to the editor asked: 'What if homeowners had been armed?' during the pistol-whipping and rape at the home of a Madison couple."

"What if the intruders weren't able to obtain the pistol because of a universal background check? Would they have been bold enough to invade a home without a pistol?"

"What if they obtained a pistol, but how they got it was tracked to an illegal sale, thus preventing a future illegal sale and perhaps another crime?"

"The point is to do as much as we can to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. It's not to be anti-gun, but to be pro-safe community." ...
 

NRA moves to new arena in fight over surgeon general
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In recent years, the National Rifle Association has stepped into fights over judicial nominees it views as weak on Second Amendment rights, but its decision to oppose a surgeon general nominee takes the powerful lobby into new territory, expanding its campaign to a post that has no direct power to regulate guns."

"President Barack Obama's nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, a Massachusetts internist and former emergency room doctor, has called for more stringent gun laws. But he also testified at his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he would not use the surgeon general's office as a bully pulpit to push for them." ...
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Submitter's Note: And we should believe him the way we believed Justice Kagan when she said "Now the Heller decision has marked a very fundamental moment in the court's jurisprudence with respect to the Second Amendment. ... there is no question going forward that ‘Heller’ is the law, that it is entitled to all the precedent that any decision is entitled to" just before she voted against incorporation in McDonald?
 

Amend the amendment to resolve gun issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns can be solved! In fact, the Constitution specifically says it applies only to a 'well regulated militia,' and not to anybody with the cash to buy a weapon."

"Confusion occurs from history. When the Second Amendment was written, there was no state armory for weapons storage. ... The amendment was never meant to apply to all possible weapons, nor all citizens."

"An individual's right to arms was inferred, but never expressed by law, except by precedent, from later practice and jurisprudence. And, if we wish to be sticklers, insisting it applies not only to states, but also individuals, then we must also decide if it applies to all possible weapons other then the weapon of the same age, muskets." ...
 

A Time to Remember, A Time For Change
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "I'm done with worrying a gunman will come into my math class and that will be it. No one should have to think like that, especially in a place that is supposed to be safe."

"It is time for change. I don't want to take away people's rights from the government[sic], but at some point public safety comes before the Second Amendment. This should not be about politics and popularity, but rather what will make America safe. These gun related crimes need to be stopped, whether that means doing better background checks before selling weapons, limiting guns sales, or training teachers to better recognize the signs of mental distress. Our politicians should be working on bipartisan legislation to keep Americans safe ..." ...
 

Taking Justice into Your Own Hands: Part 1 - Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "In civilized societies (as opposed to some hypothetical 'state of nature' or the Wild West), governments empower police to protect citizens and provide a system of laws and courts to administer justice. The tradeoff in English law - which was the origin of American laws on this and many subjects - was to limit the situations when individuals may use deadly force to take law into their own hands. Shooting puts innocents at risk, constitutes "vigilante justice” and bypasses the courts."

"And it's not just a matter of the state allocating power between it and its citizens. No matter how engagingly movies and video games portray it, 'every man for himself' is contrary to the personal values of civil people." ...
 

PA: Anti-Gun Group Shows Their Intolerance When Gun Rights Activists Show Up At Their “Rally” (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I guess this event was called a 'rally'. Personally, most of the gun rights rallies I’ve attended had supporters numbering in the hundreds and even thousands, not dozens like this event, but that’s not the point."

"A couple of gun rights supporters showed up at an anti-gun event being hosted by CeaseFirePA to pass out literature on real statistics and engage in a civil debate about the merits of gun control. However, what they were met with was severe intolerance to free speech as well as an unwillingness to have a conversation of any kind." ...
 

IL: Homeowner in Illinois Shot Man Who Broke Into His Home
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"A homeowner in Illinois refused to be a victim when he shot Michael Huston, 26, after Huston allegedly broke into his home."

"Huston’s wounds are not life threatening and according to The Beacon News, he is facing charges following his release from the hospital," ...
 

LA: Intruder calls 911 after getting shot during break-in attempt
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"An intruder called 911 after he was shot during a break in attempt, in Iberia Parish."

"Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said Charles Prince attempted to break into a balcony bedroom at a home in the 5500 block of East Admiral Doyle Drive, on March 23."

"Prince woke the victim, who grabbed a hand gun and fired 2 shots at Prince, hitting him once in the arm."

"The victim called the Sheriff’s Office around 8:39 p.m. and explained that he had shot at an intruder."

"Shortly afterward, the Sheriff received a 911 call from Prince who said he had been shot near the victim’s home." ...
 

Concealed Carry: What to do if you are “Made”
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"At a defensive pistolcraft class I was running one of the students with a carry permit asked what might happen if somebody noticed they were armed."

"This is practically never discussed at the concealed weapons qualification classes and should be a minimal risk if common sense is used in manner of carry and concealing garments."

"It does happen occasionally and, as a matter of fact has—oops!—even happened to me."

"Us cops call it 'being made' and it merits at least a little thought to keep an awkward moment from becoming dangerous." ...
 

No more sitting ducks — we must arm our soldiers on their bases
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"Can mass shootings be stopped or prevented? The Obama administration's political views prevent it from even considering certain obvious solutions." ...

"Currently, soldiers on military bases are not allowed to carry guns. Indeed, the military specifically forbids personnel from carrying firearms for personal protection except when 'a credible and specific threat against [military] personnel [exists] in that region.'"

"Thus, during the Navy yard shooting, the unarmed JAG officers, Marines, could do nothing but cower as the shooter fired round after round. What's more, military bases have few military police, as crime rates on bases are normally low ..."

"And it was a similar story in 2009 at Fort Hood. ..." ...
 

PA: Robbers Killed by an Armed Citizen, Now The Families Want To Sue
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"Sad but true, this is the way it works in the United States. Two men entered a convenience store, pointed their guns at the clerk, and robbed the store. As they exited the store, an armed citizen confronted them. The robbers pointed their guns at the honest citizen and he shot and killed both of them."

"Now the family of one of the dead robbers wants 'justice.' They want to sue the honest citizen. And leave it to the media to give the families of armed robbers a forum." ...
 

Common Core approved textbook rewrites Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Much has been written here and elsewhere about the toll the Common Core Curriculum Standards have already exacted on hapless children trying to learn simple arithmetic. But make no mistake: Common Core is an equal-opportunity destroyer. ..."

"As an illustration, examine this lesson on the Bill of Rights from a 'Common Core Approved' civics/government instruction booklet for elementary-middle school-aged students. The photocopy of the page shown here paraphrases the language of the Second Amendment as follows:"
"'[P]eople have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. [Emphasis added]" ...
 

Sen. Moran urges federal ban on gun owner data collection
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"U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), along with U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and 10 of their Senate colleagues, introduced the Gun-Owner Registration Information Protect (GRIP) Act. The legislation would prohibit federal funding from being used to support a gun registry maintained by any other organization, including state and local governments." ...
 

Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison ‘sure wishes’ his party would come out against the Second Amendment (video available)
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Minnesota Democrat Representative Keith Ellison said during an interview with Bill Maher that he 'wishes' his party would come out against the Second Amendment."

"The statement came in the middle of a panel interview on 'HBO’s Real Time' with Bill Maher. Ellison talked about 'common sense' gun control just moments before agreeing with a radically different stance ..."

"'I’m for gun control but I don’t think you have got to eliminate ownership of all guns in order to get some common sense gun rules. ...' Ellison started before being interrupted by Maher."

"'Then why doesn’t your party come out against the Second Amendment?' Maher asked."

"'Bill, I sure wish they would,' Ellison chuckled. 'I sure wish we would.'" ...
 

MI: Michigan to End Ban on Some Rifles and Shotguns
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"Michigan’s SB 610 has passed both the House (103-6) and the Senate (36-2), and is now headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. The measure will end nearly a hundred years of a pointless ban on the possession of short barreled rifles and shotguns. According to the Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners’ Facebook page, '…Governor Snyder has indicated he will sign SB 610. The bill will have immediate effect upon his signature.' How historic is this? It has been suggested that the Michigan ban served as the template for the regulation and taxes on short barreled rifles and shotguns that became the National Firearms Act of 1934. Michigan’s ban was passed in 1931 . . ." ...
 

FL: Florida House Passes Stand Your Ground Reform
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"HB 89, a reform of Florida’s 'Stand Your Ground' law, passed the house on last week by a vote of 93-24. The law extends the same immunity currently provided to people who actually shoot someone in self defense to those who merely threaten force or fire warning shots. The bill was given impetus by the Marissa Alexander case in which the defendant claimed to have fired a warning shot, but was sentenced to 20 years in prison under Florida’s mandatory sentencing laws . . ." ...
 

ID: Idaho Has Declared It Won't Obey New Federal Gun Laws
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"Last Friday, Idaho passed a law declaring that the state does not have to abide by federal gun laws going forward. The law, which criminalizes the enforcement of federal gun laws, passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate and takes effect immediately."

"Under the new law, state law-enforcement officials could also be fined up to $1,000 and charged with a misdemeanor for enforcing federal gun laws."

"'This is an important first step for Idaho,' Tenth Amendment Center spokesman Mike Maharrey told BenSwann.com. 'Getting this law passed will ensure that any new plans or executive orders that might be coming our way will not be enforced in Idaho. ...'" ...
 

ID: Adams eyes weapons ban
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"Playing off the momentum of the Idaho State Legislature, Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Steve Adams wants to eliminate a local weapons ordinance."

"The ordinance he wants to eliminate bans weapons at parades and festivals within the city limits of Coeur d'Alene." ...

"On Monday, Adams took the issue to the city's General Services Committee. That committee is a subset of the city council and screens most issues before they come to the city council for consideration."

"Adams, who sits on the committee with council members Amy Evans and Ron Edinger, said he thinks the law is unconstitutional and unnecessary." ...
 

CA: Gun-rights advocates shoot blanks when it comes to responsibility
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"Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was in town earlier this week in his bid to become the Republican Party’s sacrificial lamb … I mean candidate for governor against Gov. Jerry Brown in November." ...

"Donnelly’s favorite right is the right to bear arms, and he seems to be on track to visit every firing range in the state as he hunts for votes. He’s a former Minuteman who won’t discuss how many guns he owns ..."

"Registration is another matter. 'I find gun registration to be offensive,' he told the Sacramento Bee. 'I think that gun registration is simply so that someday the government can confiscate it.'"

"That meshes with Donnelly’s general view that you can’t trust the government to protect individual rights ..." ...
 

NH: Advocating for mental health gun legislation
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"As a U.S. Navy veteran, I spent a significant portion of my life protecting America, defending both the Constitution and the safety of our communities. While I strongly support the Second Amendment, there are people such as criminals or the dangerously mentally ill who shouldn't be able to buy guns."

"There is a bill in the New Hampshire Senate that takes a common sense step. SB 244 would require the state to submit names of people who already can't possess a gun under federal law to the national instant background check system." ...
 

WA: Washington Gun Battle Heats Up; Silk Calls I-591 A ‘Cynical Attempt To Confuse Voters’
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"Late last week the campaign in support of Initiative 594 – which would require criminal background checks on gun show and Internet firearm sales if approved this November - launched with a predictable press conference, at least for those familiar with the road map to victory traveled by 2012’s Referendum 74, which legalized same-sex marriage. Prosecutors like King County’s Dan Satterberg (a Republican) and Snohomish County’s Mark Roe (a Democrat, and self-proclaimed 'gun guy') took to the stage, selling the virtues of the initiative. ... It was just the mix you’d expect from a campaign that will cast I-594 as a widely supported bipartisan effort to bring sensible gun regulations to Washington." ...
 

WV: Grover Norquist talks West Virginia politics (video available)
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"The founder and president of Americans For Tax Reform says 2014 could be the year West Virginia voters make a major political shift at the polls and put more Republicans in charge in both Washington, D.C. and Charleston."

"'West Virginia is probably the state most out of sync between where its voters are on issues and the party affiliation of their governor and both Houses,' said Grover Norquist."

"He said it’s clear to him national Democrats, lead by President Barack Obama, have largely left West Virginia."

"'The modern Democratic Party has decided that the coal industry and coal workers have to be crushed. They’ve decided that the Second Amendment is an option. ...' said Norquist on Monday’s MetroNews 'Talkline.'" ...
 

MS: Desoto County leaders change proposed gun ordinance
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"Desoto County leaders will change a proposed gun ordinance after an outcry from people living in the area."

"The Board of Supervisors met Monday to vote on making the change after the original proposal drew opposition from second amendment activists."

"People who use the Hernando Desoto River Park in west Desoto County have complained about their safety."

"Last month, Action News 5 told you about park goers illegally shooting signs and other homemade targets."

"While trying to come up with a solution, leaders proposed changing who is allowed to bring a gun to the park."

"The proposed ordinance would have only enabled enhanced carry permit holders to bring firearms onto park property." ...
 

NJ: Magazine-limit bill nearing Gov. Christie’s desk (video available)
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"A controversial bill to limit magazines to just 10 rounds has passed the New Jersey Assembly and is now close to becoming law."

"The bill, after rigorous debate and dramatic testimony from both pro-gunners and pro-gun control supporters, passed the Assembly by a vote of 46-31 last Thursday."

"It is expected to make its way through the Democratically-controlled state Senate, where it was previously considered as part of a compromise agreement that would allow gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen to stop on the way to the shooting range or woods for food, emergencies or other 'reasonable' stops in exchange for limiting magazines to 10 rounds." ...
 

GA: Amid Wave of Pro-Gun Legislation, Georgia Proposes Sweeping Law
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"Pro- and anti-gun forces do not agree on much, but they do agree on the breathtaking sweep of the Georgia legislation allowing guns in bars, schools, restaurants, churches and airports that is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal."

"Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was critically wounded in a mass shooting in 2011, calls it 'the most extreme gun bill in America' and the 'guns everywhere' legislation. The National Rifle Association, which lobbied for the bill, calls it 'the most comprehensive pro-gun' bill in recent state history, and described the vote at the Capitol on Thursday as 'a historic victory for the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

Judicial tide turns in favor of gun rights
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... "The Chicago gun ban was struck down, and precedent was presumably set to take down other state and local restrictions on the right to keep and carry weapons in case of confrontation. And moreover, as a 'fundamental' right, courts are supposed to tip the scales in favor of the right – to give 'strict scrutiny' to governmental regulations limiting the right to keep and carry weapons in case of confrontation."

"In other words, going forward after McDonald, the government was supposed to usually lose, and the people were supposed to usually win, Second Amendment cases."

"But then things got weird." ...
 

IL: Illinois’ eavesdropping law struck down
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"It’s now completely legal to record your local police officers."

"In fact, it may be completely legal to record any conversation now that Illinois Draconian eavesdropping law was struck down last week by the Illinois Supreme Court."

"We didn’t think this was all that significant, but our trusted advisers and associates corrected us." ...
 

IL: Ex-Illini in court today on weapons charges
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"Felony weapons charges against Matt Sinclair should be dismissed because they violate his Second Amendment rights, his attorneys plan to argue today in court."

"Sinclair ... was arrested on Nov. 23 after a motorist saw him point a gun at another vehicle ..."

"He was charged with three felonies — aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, not having a valid concealed-carry permit and using the gun in the commission of a misdemeanor. ..."

"Sinclair's attorneys, Roger B. Webber and J. Steven Beckett, have argued in court documents that a portion of the law cited for their client's arrest is unconstitutional. They say that Sinclair should be protected under the state's recently passed concealed-carry law." ...
 

IL: Judge to rule on constitutionality of weapons charges
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"Circuit Judge Heidi Ladd expects to rule between now and mid-June on the constitutionality of felony weapons charges against a former University of Illinois football player and staff member."

"Matt Sinclair, 31, was arrested on Nov. 23 after a motorist saw him point a gun at another vehicle on Interstate 74 in Urbana."

"His defense attorney, Roger Webber, argued Monday that a portion of the law cited for Sinclair’s arrest is unconstitutional and said that Sinclair should be protected under the state’s recently passed concealed-carry law." ...
 

Open Carry Interaction with the Police: A Law Enforcement Perspective (video available)
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"Sgt Patrick Hayes writes:"

"YouTube is filled with videos of openly armed citizens interacting with the police. Some open carry advocates make the videos to capture a negative or unlawful police reaction to a legal practice. Some record an incidental interaction. The progress and outcome of these armed encounters usually depends on two key factors: geography and the officers’ attitude. In some states (e.g. Arizona) the police are comfortable with the practice. In other states (e.g. Rhode Island and Connecticut) open carry is so rare the police assume it’s illegal – or at least indicates an illegal activity. That’s the general picture. More specifically, though, bad things can happen . . ." ...
 

Video: Interview with Ares Armor About ATF Raid (video story)
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"We’ve already talked with Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor, but it’s always good to hear the story straight from the horse’s mouth. In this interview with Reason TV, Dimitrios calmly and clearly discusses exactly what happened with the ATF raid, and exactly how dumb the ATF’s actions were. 'To think that this is over a piece of plastic is ludicrous,' Dimitri says, 'this was a nice way for them to get their arm inside of our business and grab the information that they’re actually looking for.' There is a new piece of information that we didn’t have before, though, and it makes the ATF look even more like a bunch of jack-booted thugs . . ." ...
 

Note To Cops And Survivalists: The World Is Full Of Animals, Embrace It!
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... "If you are a law enforcement officer and know nothing about animals, are frightened all of the time around them, and cannot assert yourself at the proper time and in the proper way, there are options for you. You can volunteer your time at local farms, ranches and dog breeders ... If you choose to ignore this gap in your training and life experiences, and you choose to run around frightened of everything that moves, but you relinquish your badge and gun, then who am I to infringe on your rights? Do as you wish, and leave me out of it."

"But if you choose to be that kind of person, where you ignore gaps in your knowledge and experience base, but you continue to carry a badge and gun, I think you’re a panty waist. ..." ...
 

KY: Former Bardstown police officer indicted on drug charges
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"A former Bardstown police officer who was under investigation has been indicted on drug charges."

"KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory says that former Bardstown Police officer Tony Satterly was indicted 'on obtaining a controlled substance by a misrepresentation, fraud or forgery.'" ...
 

FL: North Port Police officer arrested for sexual assault (video story)
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"A veteran North Port police officer was arrested Thursday night on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment, while a fellow officer took his own life before a warrant for his arrest was served." ...

"In the heavily redacted affidavit, the victim, (who, in accordance to our 10 News Crime Guidelines, will not be named), claims she was handcuffed by Officer Turner and taken into a bedroom at a birthday party."

"That's where the alleged sexual assault involving both officers took place. The details are so graphic, 10 News has chosen not to reveal them."

"Urbina was on duty at the time of the party, and Turner was not." ...
 

WI: Butler cop charged with misconduct
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"A Butler police lieutenant, whose allegations of misconduct against former Police Chief Michael Cosgrove led to the 'porn in the morn' investigation of the Police Department last year, has found himself charged with official misconduct ..."

"Lt. Brian C. Pergande of West Allis is scheduled for an initial court appearance in Waukesha Court Circuit Court at 8:15 a.m. Monday, April 7 ..."

"A summons to appear in court was issued to Pergande late Friday afternoon, March 14, after District Attorney Brad Schimel filed a criminal complaint alleging that Pergande took inappropriate photographs of a stripper who was being held — perhaps improperly — at the village police station on September 8, 2009." ...
 

OH: Does the Second Amendment trump the First?
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"Does the Second Amendment trump the First?"

"It's a question being looked at here in the Ohio Valley after a local newspaper is denied a Freedom of Information request."

"The request was made by a reporter for a Wheeling newspaper requesting the names of all the people with a concealed-carry permit."

"Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler says it violates the privacy and safety of many residents."

"'First of all, I think it's an invasion of privacy and I think it's a dangerous precedent to set to let people all over the Ohio Valley know who has permits and who doesn’t.' said Butler." ...
 

IL: Concealed carry in Illinois adds new relevance to 'gun-free zone' liability laws
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"With a 'shall issue' concealed carry policy in Illinois now coming on line (finally), there are new questions. One of those questions, according to ABC 7 Chicago, is if a business that bans defensive firearm carry on that establishment's premises can be held liable for violence committed against the disarmed-by-policy patrons rendered incapable of effective resistance against a homicidal predator who finds such rules even less worthy of respect than laws against violence ..."
"As the first 13,000 permits are arriving, no-guns-allowed signs are going up some at businesses in Chicago and across the state. But the I-Team has found that the new state law fails to address who has liability if there is an incident in a gun-free zone." ...
 

Listen to Superintendent Explain Why He Refuses to Remove Workbook With Outrageous Definition of Second Amendment
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"The superintendent of Springfield Public Schools told 970 WMAY on Monday that he doesn’t plan to remove a workbook that contains an outrageous definition of the Second Amendment, despite the outrage it has generated among parents."

"The workbook ... teaches students that the Second Amendment gives people the 'right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison.'"

"Superintendent Bob Hill told 970 WMAY that the workbook is not the only resource that provides a definition of the Second Amendment and argued that the interpretation found in the material teaches students 'what happens with the right to bear arms in the context of 2014.'" ...
 

NY: How They See Us
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... "Gee, Caitlin… I’m not sure where Mr. Stafford might have picked up the impression that the media demonizes gun owners.
Maybe it came because of your paper’s repeated front-page assertion that the owners of the single most common rifle purchased in the United States are nothing more or less than mass murderers in waiting." ...

"Maybe, Caitlin, it was because he’s read enough hysterical, fact-challenged writing from the Daily News to know that you’d compare him to Adam Lanza in the very first sentence of your article."

"Maybe Mr. Stafford understood you all too well, Ms. Nolan, while you didn’t understand him or America’s other 100 million or so other gun owners at all." ...
 

PA: Laws restricting gun ownership violate Second Amendment
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"As can be expected, another Democrat politician is pressing for laws that are blatantly unconstitutional. There can be no law restricting or preventing gun ownership that is not a violation of the Second Amendment. 'Shall not be infringed' means 'shall not be interfered with.' It is clear that the Democrat politicians have no respect for the Constitution, which they 'swore to support and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic.' Domestic? That is them — anyone who attempts to violate it!" ...
 

CT: 'We need to finish the job the Brady Bill started'
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"On March 19, you published an excellent op-ed by Elizabeth Perry setting the facts straight on the positive correlation between background checks and gun violence prevention. Over the 20 years the Brady Law has been in effect it has helped to keep guns out of the hands of people we all agree should not have access to them -- criminals, domestic abusers and the violently mentally ill. Even so, 40 percent of gun sales go unchecked. That's like only screening 60 percent of air travelers. It's time to finish the job and extend background checks to all gun sales." ...
 

DE: Who are true representatives of the people?
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"What makes a politician a good representative of the electorate? Politicians, under the guise of supporting our national immigration law, have conspired to break the law by not enforcing our country’s borders. By denying the people the constitutional right to defend themselves, they continually attack our Second Amendment."

"Citizens are labeled racists because they want photo ID in order to vote when verification of a person’s ID is needed almost daily for everyday life in America. Big government controls the press, harasses citizens through tiresome regulation, and even literally plans to tax the rain that falls on our property."

"And, they wonder why we are unhappy with our representation." ...
 

NY: Pastor: Rifle revival a godsend (video available)
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"In a sanctuary already filled with prayer, patriotism, and an over-sized pipe organ, on Monday night the Grace Baptist Church in Lansingburgh was reloaded with controversy because for the second day in a row, churchgoers were lured to the pews with the promise of possibly going home with a brand new AR-15 rifle."

"'I think if you read your bible, it's crystal clear that this is normal behavior for someone who is a bible believer and believes in Jesus Christ,' said Pastor John Koletas. 'Jesus wouldn't have to have (a weapon) because he's God Almighty and didn't need one, but his disciples carried swords for 3 1/2 years and he never told them one time to put them down.'" ...
 

NY: New York Pastor's Rifle Giveaway Sermon Prompts Death Threats; John Koletas Aims to Connect 'Christian Values' With Second Amendment Rights
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"An Upstate New York pastor is raffling off rifles during his Sunday sermons to connect the 'Christian values' or the United States' founding fathers with citizens' Second Amendment rights."

"About 150 attendees filed into Lansingburgh's Grace Baptist Church this past Sunday to hear Pastor John Koletas' hymn and enter a raffle to win an AR-15 rifle, the Times Union reported." ...

"Despite other ministers' chiding Koletas' sermon style and rifle giveaway, the pastor insisted in an online letter that he wanted to respect gun owners 'who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media,' as well as politicians." ...
 

South African Writer: We Need More Gun Owners, Not Less
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"RSA gun guy Gideon Joubert emailed me this morning: 'I have written an article regarding the necessity of firearm ownership in South Africa. It is in response to negative press regarding gun ownership brought about by the highly publicized Oscar Pistorius trial.'"

"Gun ownership in South Africa has again been thrust into the spotlight, in no small part thanks to the high profile criminal case against Oscar Pistorius gracing our television screens and the front pages of almost every newspaper and weekly publication. It is mind-boggling that the allegedly negligent actions of but one famous public figure can reflect so badly on an entire population of lawful and responsible gun owners. Unfair indeed, but alas not unexpected . . ." ...
 

Egypt: Hundreds of Egyptians Sentenced to Death in Killing of a Police Officer
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"A crowd gathered outside a courthouse in the town of Matay erupted in wailing and rage on Monday when a judge sentenced 529 defendants to death in just the second session of their trial, convicting them of murdering a police officer in anger at the ouster of the Islamist president. Here in the provincial capital just a few miles away, schools shut down early, and many stayed indoors fearing a riot, residents said."

"But the crowds went home, and soon the streets were quiet." ...
 

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