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New York home defense case triggers larger question of citizen disarmament
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "That still raises the question of whether or not foreign nationals are empowered anywhere in this country to arrest citizens, and the answer to that is 'Yes.' And in some pretty populous places." ...
 

Why This Pastor Preaches the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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:Over the past few months I’ve noticed a sort of pattern. TTAG finds and quotes a guy or gal wearing preacher-duds and inevitably it’s some left-winger spouting off on gun control, demonizing firearms and firearm owners, and excoriating the right to keep and bear arms. Worst of all recently was a so-called “Lutheran” bishop honking off about how churches should be places where guns aren’t necessary, they are bad, bad, bad and blah, blah, blah. At that point I decided I’ve had enough and decided to write up this little piece . . .: ,,,
 

2014: It’s all in knowing who to trust; should America trust 90 million gun owners’ values?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Far from being a single-issue voter, the American gun owner is much more of a libertarian – independent – conservative blend of the average citizen: the shared values I’m talking about are where gun owners stand generally as a rather reliable early warning to presage how the rest of the nation will fare. As I put it often, the health of the second amendment is the primary indicator of the overall health of the nation."

"Gun owners work a double duty sort of. They not only serve as a sensitive early indicator, but they’re mouthy, and you can depend on their complaining as a reliable cawing to let you know that whatever is happening to them is going to happen to non-gun owners next. ..." ...
 

Brady Law Has Done Little To Keep Guns Out Of Criminals' Hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Last Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the so-called Brady Law ..."

"Since it requires background checks on all guns purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers, gun control advocates celebrated the law's purported effectiveness."

"The description by ... The Hill was typical: 'The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which took effect 20 years ago Friday, has blocked more than 2 million firearm sales, preventing 'countless' killings and other crimes, gun control advocates said at an event to mark the anniversary ... .'"

"On Friday, the Brady Campaign claimed that half those blocked from purchasing a gun — over 1 million — were felons."

"Impressive numbers. But, alas, both are gross exaggerations." ...
 

Huge majorities on East Coast support national gun registry
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"A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry."

"The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry."

"Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns." ...

"The poll does seem skewed with too many liberals and Democrats. None of the colleges said they asked party affiliation of the respondents." ...
 

CPRC on KRLA in Los Angeles to discuss 9th Circuit decision striking down California’s concealed handgun law (audio story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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Editor's Note: Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center discussing the ruling in Peruta v. County Of San Diego.
 

Don't believe mainstream media mistruths about firearms research
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"If we are to believe the mainstream media, the powerful NRA has used its political muscle to keep people ignorant of how guns impact our safety. ... This is all a result of a 1996 amendment to the federal budget stating 'None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the [CDC] may be used to advocate or promote gun control.'"

"Thus last month, ABC News reported: 'In 1996 the NRA successfully lobbied Congress to pull millions of dollars out of government-funded firearms research. This has resulted in essentially a 17 year moratorium on major studies about gun injuries.'" ...

"Nice story line, but a new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows none of this is true. ..." ...
 

Greenwood slaying: Some reality lessons for gun banners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"By tomorrow ... a decision will be made by King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg's office on charging the 17-year-old suspect in the Feb. 23 slaying of David L. Peterson, apparently over a cell phone."

"This is not the kind of case anyone relishes, as the Times story ... notes that there is lots of tragedy to go around."

"This case could turn into a reality lesson for gun prohibitionists not only in Washington but across the country; the people who believe such things as so-called 'universal background checks' and microstamping will prevent such crimes."

"However, they will most likely shift blame from the suspect to the gun, blaming the lack of background checks and the 'easy availability of guns' for the crime. ..." ...
 

Moms Demand Action Kicked Off Staples Property While Trying to Deliver Anti-Gun Petition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Moms Demand Action is apparently trying to change corporate policy on gun carry at every retailer in the US, one company at a time. The group already got Starbucks to take a slight anti-carry stance in their corporate policy."

"In recent months they have been focusing their efforts on Staples stores. This week, the Moms tried to deliver a petition to Staples headquarters asking the office supply chain to prohibit legal concealed carry at their stores. They were shown the door and asked to vacate company property." ...
 

Under pressure from Demanding Moms, Facebook mulls banning 'gun-themed' pages
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun group 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns,' along with his extremist anti-gun puppet group, 'Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America,' henceforth to be known here as 'Bloomberg Moms' (BMs), has lately been demanding that Facebook get on board with the groups' extremist gun ban agenda. Concerned that prospective gun buyers are using the social media site to (gasp!) make contact with people wishing to sell guns, the BMs want Facebook to ban the practice of arranging gun sales on the site, despite the fact that such sales are subject to exactly the same laws that encumber any other private gun sale in that jurisdiction. According to VentureBeat, that pressure may be bearing fruit:" ...
 

Three-state majority favors nat’l gun registration, says poll
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A stunning majority of registered voters in New York, New Jersey and Virginia support the creation of a national gun registry, according to a coordinated polling effort by three universities, which jointly released their results earlier today, and Examiner spoke via telephone to the man who coordinated the effort."

"Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute, located just outside of Albany, N.Y., told this column that the poll – conducted jointly with Roanoke College in Virginia and Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey – will hopefully pave the way for more such efforts. The idea, he explained, is to get a good representative sampling and coordinate such polling among different institutions." ...
 

 

Daily Digest: It’s Not Magical Dirt Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One previously unmentioned facet of the new Illinois gun freedoms is how landlords, building owners and managers will deal with the prospect of tenants and visitors legally toting guns. Private property owners can, of course, prohibit handguns on their premises, so declaring leasing offices off limits to guns is obviously legal, but what about individual apartments? The general consensus is that a rental property can prohibit concealed firearms anywhere on the property, including individual apartments . . ." ...
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Submitter's Note: That is why MN's law states "A landlord may not restrict the lawful carry or possession of firearms by tenants or their guests." Tenants can post, but the landlord can't/
 

FL: Intruder shot, killed in North Port
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The North Port Police Department is investigating an early Saturday morning shooting."

"It happened around 12:12 a.m. in the 6000 block of Deming Avenue."

"According to officials, a man attempted to break into a home. When the intruder entered the home, the resident shot and killed him." ...
 

FL: 81 Year Old Landlord Shoots Boyfriend of Tenant Who Was Allegedly Attacking Girlfriend
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'My neighbor, he’s the kind of guy you don’t mess with,' Harry Cornelius told WPTV about his 81 year old neighbor Rosko Rock. That is apparently very true."

"According to reports, Dale Reese, 39, spotted his girlfriend’s car at Rock’s home. She was visiting a friend who rents a room from Rock."

"Allegedly, Reese then slashed his girlfriend’s tires, forced his way into the home and began attacking his girlfriend and her friend."

"Rock confronted the much younger Reese and told him to leave. When Reese started to approach Rock in a threatening manner, Rock drew a handgun and shot Reese." ...
 

NY: New York Resident Charged With Manslaughter For Shooting, Killing 1 of 5 Armed Home Invaders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Only in New York. In many other states, Youssef Abdel-Gawad would likely be hailed as a hero for defending himself, his family and his home against a group of armed home invaders. However, in the Empire State, Youssef is being treated as a criminal."

"The resident of Huntington Station is facing manslaughter charges after he used a rifle to repel an attack by as many as five armed home invaders."

"According to a video at News 12 Long Island, an intruder can clearly be seen firing a gun inside the home after breaking into an exterior door. Youssef used a rifle to return fire and struck the would be home invader, killing him."

"However, authorities say no bullet was ever recovered so the intruder may not have ever fired. ..." ...
 

Two former Navy SEALs found dead aboard 'Captain Phillips' ship
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "But while Phillips' story -- and by extension, 'Captain Phillips' -- had a happy ending, the Maersk Alabama has not been so fortunate, facing further pirate assaults in recent years. The ship was attacked a second time in 2009, again in 2010 and yet again in 2011. Each time, though, the assailants were repelled by armed security forces."
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H/t to David Codrea who says: That sounds pretty damned fortunate to me.
 

“Connecticut, All Eyes Are On You” (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"James Yeager sees three possible outcomes as tensions rise over Connecticut’s blatantly unconstitutional gun laws. Two are bloody, and the third is repeal." ...
 

An Open Letter to Lt. Paul Vance, the Self-Proclaimed "Master" of CT. "And what rough beast . . . slouches toward Bethlehem, Connecticut to be born?" (audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "You were a recipient of my Open Letter to the Men and Women of the Connecticut State Police.(9) You have by now, if you're doing your job properly, also read my 'Open Letter to the Legislative Tyrants of Connecticut.'(10) You have no doubt been made aware of the fact that I posted a list of their home addresses ...(11)"

"Yet you honestly believe that because your job description doesn't include kicking in doors and shooting people who merely want to be left alone -- who are simply defending themselves from you taking their liberty, their property and their lives -- that YOU WILL BE EXCUSED? Do you think that in the aftermath of the civil war that your agency starts on behalf of craven, cowardly, corrupt wannabe tyrants that people who are your victims of state violence will forget your proclamation that 'I AM THE MASTER'?!?!?!?" ...
 

CT: Navy vet defiantly confronts lawmakers over Conn. gun law: ‘I will not comply!’ (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When Connecticut lawmakers passed a law last year requiring gun owners to register 'assault weapons' with the state, they created a new class of criminal:" ...

"A video going viral now shows one of them. He’s identified as John Cinque, a Navy veteran and career firefighter who took the floor at a public meeting in North Haven last April ..."

"The father of three told the lawmakers he is an 'upstanding citizen' but 'with the stroke of a pen you decided to [make] me a felon, a class D felon — for doing absolutely nothing wrong!'" ...

"'I'm telling you right now, I will not comply,' Cinque said, as the listening crowd burst into applause. 'There you go. I’m not going to comply.'" ...
 

OH: Ten-year-old boy suspended for ‘level 2 lookalike firearm’ used ‘execution style’ aka making a gun with his finger (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A 10-year-old boy from Columbus, Ohio, was suspended for three days following an incident last week which school officials described as the boy using a 'level 2 lookalike firearm' pointed at another kid’s head 'execution style.'"

"While district spokesman Jeff Warner said that this type of forbidden play has 'been escalating,' the boy’s father, Paul Entingh, told The Columbus Dispatch that it’s the adults who are acting childish."

"'I was just playing around,' Nathan Entingh told reporters. ..."

"However, according to the Devonshire Alternative Elementary School Principal Patricia Price, students have received numerous warnings about this type of behavior and should know the rules by now." ...
 

IL: Rauner's attack on Quinn is a crime against truth
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"About three quarters of the way through last week's Republican gubernatorial debate, moderator Ron Magers ... turned the attention of the four candidates to the issue of gun control, specifically whether Illinois citizens should be allowed to own so-called assault weapons."

"Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Bill Brady answered quickly: Yes, assuming proper training and criminal background checks."

"State Sen. Kirk Dillard said he'd defer to the U.S. Congress on the matter ..."

"Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner ... quickly associated himself with Rutherford and Brady's answer and with Dillard's support of gun rights."

"'We make a mistake when the politicians blame gun ownership for our crime problems,' he added. ..." ...
 

NY: Central New York Regional 24th Congressional Conservative candidates’ forum
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Thursday February 27th, I attended the Central New York Regional 24th Congressional Conservative candidates’ forum."

"The candidates for congress gave passionate patriotic speeches about the state of America and how our congress our representatives and our President have severely failed the people and failed to honor their oath of office their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, the candidates outlined what the most pressing situations plaguing the nation were and what their plans were to change or set the country on a coarse[sic] to put an end to them."

The attack on the Second Amendment was a huge one ..." ...
 

NH: Kenney has wealth of knowledge about how government works at state level
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I went out of my way to meet the two candidates for executive council. One of them favorably impressed me. He was Joe Kenney. Here is why."

"Mr. Kenney has a wide variety of experience to draw upon: U.S. Marine, state Legislature, state senator (District 3), senate transportation chairman, select board chairman for his town, father of two and husband to a County Commissioner. It takes depth of character to do all of these jobs and additional strength and integrity when you do them well, as Joe Kenney has done."

"Mr. Kenney also shares my values: support for Liberty and the Second Amendment and opposition to the Northern Pass/wind turbines and to income/sales taxes." ...
 

CA: Tim Donnelly, Calif. gubernatorial candidate, compares Obama to Hitler on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama's gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea's Kim Jong Il."

"State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, posted a Twitter message Tuesday with an image that compared what he said were figures who have supported gun rights with those who have supported gun control."

"Those he said 'stood for gun rights' were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr."

"He said Hitler, Stalin, Kim, King George III, Mao Zedong and Obama 'stood for gun control.'"

"'Which side would you choose?' Donnelly said in his Twitter message." ...
 

Gun Owners Of America Says Congress Has 'Healthy Fear' Of Being Shot (Audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt recently said that members of Congress have a 'healthy fear' of being shot."

"Pratt made his bizarre comment while speaking to Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham on Sunday ..." ...

"Pratt then recalled how a member of Gun Owners of America was lobbying a gun issue with a member of Congress who said, 'You want to shoot me, don’t you.'"

"'Well, that’s probably a healthy fear for them to have, even though that’s not the guy’s, he wasn’t saying anything about that, it wasn’t in his demeanor,' said Pratt. "But you know, I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds. Hopefully they’ll behave."" ...
 

GA: Legislature trying to go overboard on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There are lawmakers in Atlanta who will stoop to any lengths to kowtow to the gun-toting public, particularly its leadership. However, even the gun-toting public understands when something is going a little too far."

"There have been attempts in Georgia to allow students with gun carry permits to brandish their weapons on college campuses over the objections of college presidents. A few sessions ago, there was a push to allow employees to bring weapons on their jobs against the will of their employers. And there was another push to allow guns in airports. Fortunately, those attempts failed."

"Now there is a proposal to allow weapons in churches and bars — something even the gun-toting public sees as problematic ..." ...
 

SD: South Dakota lawmakers poised to pass gun control bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Despite an aggressive e-mail campaign against a bill designed to keep guns from dangerously mentally ill people, a South Dakota Senate committee passes the bill on to the floor for a final vote."

"By a 5-2 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 1229, which would keep guns from certain people with mental issues by adding their names to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. First, a person has to be involuntarily committed and be a danger to him or herself or the public. Also, at a future time, that person could have his or her Second Amendment rights restored." ...
 

SC: Don't get carried away with reckless gun carry laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Opponents are convinced this [Constitutional Carry] legislation, at its worst, would unnecessarily endanger the public and lead to an escalation of gun violence and the deaths of innocents. At best, it’s a needless imposition of discomfort upon the general populace."

"The former objection is more easily addressed by looking at the half-dozen states that already have constitutional carry and their low incidence of problems. ..."

"The latter objection, one of discomfort, is more difficult to answer. Apparently it works in the six states already up and running ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: You are a little low there Mike; according to OpenCarry.org, open carry is only prohibited in five states and D.C., not allowed in "only" six states.
 

VT: Changes to gun rules on the ballot in Burlington
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It is a big day for voters across the state and the big ticket item this Town Meeting Day in Burlington is guns."

"'I think it's one of the most important issues that we have to deal with,' said Anne, a Burlington voter who didn't want to give her last name."

"Queen City residents are hitting the polls and must decide whether to pass three Charter changes about firearms. The first item requires firearms to be locked up at all times at home. The second bans firearms in establishments that sell liquor. And the third allows police to seize firearms in domestic violence situations." ...
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Submitter's Note: So if a 110-pound woman is being threatened by her 200-pound hubby this new law will require the cops to render her defenseless? Nice.
 

GA: Reading and Revolvers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Local governments like Athens-Clarke County may soon face a choice: Allow guns in City Hall, libraries and other government buildings or spend untold sums on security to search people at the door." ...

"But House Bill 875, the newest version, comes with a twist: To continue banning guns from government buildings, local governments would have to institute security measures similar to courthouses, complete with guards and metal detectors. That could mean emptying your pockets and taking off your belt before checking out a book or paying your water bill." ...
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Submitter's Note: Or you can just trust your citizens . . .
 

AL: Ala. lawmaker proposed tax free holiday for guns and ammo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Alabama lawmaker wants to add a third sales tax holiday to the calendar."

"In an addition to back-to-school shopping and severe weather preparedness, guns, ammunition and accessories would be tax free one weekend each year."

"'We in Alabama hold dear in our hearts our second amendment right and the prices of guns and ammo have increased quite substantially the past few years. Also, some congressional democrats are trying to impose additional taxes from a federal level on guns and ammo and this is just a way to say to the citizens of our state that we understand and here is a tax free weekend,' explains Republican Representative Becky Nordgren of Gadsden." ...
 

MD: Md. Gun Control Laws Under Fire In Annapolis
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Maryland’s gun control laws come under attack in Annapolis. A House committee was flooded with bills from both sides of the issue Tuesday."

"Political reporter Pat Warren reports the loudest voices were from the strongest opponents."

"It’s almost a year to the day that Governor Martin O’Malley rallied with supporters to pass some of the most restrictive laws in the country."

"'We are here because of the loss of lives due to gun violence in all of our towns,' O’Malley said."

"One month ago today, gun advocates gathered in Annapolis, vowing to protect their Second Amendment rights." ...
 

Parsing Peruta’s En Banc Petitioners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When Sheriff William Gore of San Diego announced he would not seek further review of the Ninth Circuit’s three-judge Peruta decision, some believed that he had caved to pressure from our favorite special interest groups (Brady, MAIG, et al.). Conspiracy theorists among us thought he might have held back in order to avoid a possible review by the United States Supreme Court. A review that, given the currently-continued presence of the Heller/McDonald majority on the bench, could threaten the continued validity of ... may-issue concealed carry licensing schemes held as constitutional in the Second, Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals ... But that turned out not to be the case . . ." ...
 

Yes, There Are Paid Government Trolls On Social Media, Blogs, Forums And Websites
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Do you want solid proof that paid government shills are targeting websites, blogs, forums and social media accounts? For years, many have suspected that government trolls have been systematically causing havoc all over the Internet, but proving it has been difficult. But now thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden and revealed by Glenn Greenwald, we finally have hard evidence that western governments have been doing this. ..." ...
... But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself." ...
 

Fitchburg Police Chief: We Need a National Gun Registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Police say holes in firearms records make it difficult to track the source of weapons they recover from crime scenes,' sentinelandenterprise.com reports. 'The ongoing investigation of a shooting on Fulton Street last month has shed light on an issue Fitchburg Police Chief Robert DeMoura said is putting his officers’ lives in danger.' You ready for this? Sure you are . . ." ...
 

CA: Former CHP officer pleads to bathroom battery
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"A California Highway Patrol officer who was arrested last year for inappropriately touching a man in a bathroom in the Arden Fair Mall has pleaded no contest to battery." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma Officer Charged With Assault After Road-Rage Fueled Arrest
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"An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with assault after arresting a driver during a fit of road rage."

"Motorist Robert Biegler says he saw Sgt. Matthew Downing yelling at the female driver of a minivan stopped at a green light, according to KFOR. Feeling cheeky, Biegler rolled down his window as he drove past the scene of the traffic stop and shouted, 'Road rage sucks!'"

"Thinking no more of his action, Biegler proceeded to a convenience store for a cup of coffee. Downing, however, curtailed his first traffic stop and chased after Biegler. Finding him in the coffee shop, Biegler alleges Downing threw him onto the ground outside and arrested him." ...
 

CA: Officer charged in drug investigation at Taft Correctional Institution (video available)
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"The affidavit shows investigators learned of the alleged smuggling conspiracy after a federal inmate in November informed officials at the Taft Federal Facility and was later passed on to the FBI and the Department of Justice."

"A drug smuggling conspiracy led investigators to the Taft Correctional Institution where an inmate says cell phones in addition to several types of illegal narcotics were being brought in by correctional officer, Ramon Cano."

"The affidavit obtained by 23ABC shows Cano selling methamphetamine and cocaine, along with syringes to inmates." ...
 

MD: Baltimore County police investigating videotaped arrest incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Baltimore County police say they are investigating a weekend confrontation between an officer and a man filming an arrest ..."

"The ... video shows Baltimore County officers and Maryland State Police making an arrest as a crowd around them shouts profanities. Officers approach the person filming, telling him that he is distracting them."

"When the person filming asks what law he is violating, an officer gets up close and tells him to 'shut your [expletive mouth] or you're going to jail.'" ...

"Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman, said that state law has established that citizens have a right to film officers ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: That's great Eli, now would you mind telling your fellow cops that?
 

MD: City To Pay $250K To Man Who Claims Police Deleted His Footage Of A Preakness Arrest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In Maryland, you can take pictures of officers in public but in several high-profile cases, police are accused of trying to stop those recordings."

"Mike Hellgren reports $250,000 taxpayer dollars could soon settle a lawsuit over the issue."

"Next week, the city is expected to approve the settlement while still disputing the allegations. It’s just the latest in a string of incidents where people say their rights are being violated."

"Christopher Sharp was recording an arrest at the Preakness almost four years ago when officers got angry." ...
 

CO: CBI chief's numbers for Colorado gun-sale background checks don't add up (video available)
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"The director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation cited a long list of statistics last month when he told lawmakers there was a compelling public safety interest not to repeal universal background checks."

"But some of the numbers Ron Sloan presented were inaccurate and used out of context ..."

"Sloan testified that under the new universal background check law there had been 6,198 'private transfers' screened by the agency."

"But the data Sloan cited included sales done at gun shows, which have required background checks for a decade, and background checks for online out-of-state private sales required under a long-standing federal law."

"Neither have anything to do with the new background check law passed in 2013."

"But he never told lawmakers that." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who notes: Back when I was working in the corporate world, if I'd have stood up in a presentation and given management bad and irrelevant data like this in order to influence their policy and decisions, I'd have been appropriately canned after they found out I was BSing them.
 

MI: MSU student files lawsuit against 'malicious' East Lansing police officers
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... "One of the officers, the complaint says, told Socha that he wanted to evict the people living in the home. ..."

"It also says an officer threatened to arrest Socha and his friend for 'prowling and trespassing' if they could not get one of the residents to come outside."

"After spending at least 25 minutes knocking on the home’s front and back doors without a response, the officers told Socha and his friend to sweep up broken glass in the street, the complaint says."

"The officers then 'intimidated' Socha and his friend and 'coerced' them into spreading the glass in the parking lot outside the house, behind vehicle tires, the complaint says." ...
 

CA: Sheriff's Office puts form to carry a concealed weapon on its website
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"The path to register to legally carry a concealed weapon in San Joaquin County has become less concealed, with the county Sheriff's Office putting the necessary forms on its website." ...

"Last month, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of California's concealed-weapon law ... requiring applicants to show good cause as to why they needed the permit, calling it a violation of the Second Amendment."

"After the ruling, San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore announced in a statement that he would follow the any changes to the law, but reminded applicants there were still other requirements, including the need to show 'good moral character.'" ...
 

Giving Away Guns For God
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"Last year, almost 400 religiously unaffiliated men converted to Christianity at East Bay Calvary Community Church in Traverse City, Mich., over two days. What convinced these men to give church a try? The chance to win one of 80 guns in a church-organized raffle."

"Easy Bay Calvary is one of dozens in the Midwest giving away firearms to entice nonbelievers, especially men, to attend services, and Chuck McAlister is often there to preach to them."

"A pastor for 35 years, McAlister starred in the Adventure-Bound Outdoors television show on the Outdoor Channel and now works for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He’s regularly invited to speak at church gun raffles, something he says has become increasingly common in the Midwest." ...
 

Church under fire for gun giveaway (video available)
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"A church in the US is in the firing line after for attempting to lure converts by giving away free guns."

"The Kentucky Baptist Convention's self-proclaimed 'outreach to rednecks' celebrates the Second Amendment ..."

"Around 1000 people are expected to attend the seemingly irreligious event this Thursday, where they will have the chance to win one of 25 handguns, rifles and shotguns." ...

"McAlister’s boss, Paul Chitwood, the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s executive director, said the initiative has been a success."

"'It's been very effective,' he said."

"But other men of the cloth have questioned the events' connection between guns and religion." ...
 

IL: WICD story on CCW license arrival (video story)
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"First, a shout out to Scott Bowyer for letting me know Channel 15 was looking for a license holder for the story."

"Channel 15, WICD Champaign, was looking for a CCW licensee today to do a story on “what’s changed” since the license arrived. Heather Good from the station met me at an undisclosed secret bunker under an nondescript brick and steel building and did a short interview with me." ...
 

AK: My gun rights
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"I wonder why Sen. Coghill has to present a bill to protect our Second Amendment rights. I don’t remember giving the University of Alaska the right to limit my constitutional rights while on campus."

"Non-criminal citizens have the right to carry concealed firearms while in public areas. If they displayed them in any kind of threatening manner, they can be charged with brandishing a firearm. I have personal knowledge of the type of dangerous criminals and mentally disturbed citizens that our government has allowed to walk among us." ...
 

SC: SC law brings state in line with constitution
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"In Virginia, a citizen can carry any firearm openly without a permit except on private property marked 'No Concealed Weapons.' Prior military can receive a Concealed Carry by submitting a copy of their DD214."

"The Supreme Court ruled in United States vs. Cruikshank: 'The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution: neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second Amendment means no more than it shall not be infringed by Congress, and has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government.'" ...
 

IN: Fear government that fears citizen's gun
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"Kevin Leininger’s column in The News-Sentinel of Feb. 18 informs us that the Ohio National Guard had an exercise aimed at countering 'Second Amendment terrorists.'"

"As many as 100 million Americans own firearms. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives the individual right to do so, confirmed by the sitting Supreme Court. The vast majority are honest citizens."

"Gun owners are a very diverse group of men and women. Many are Christians; many are not. Many are military veterans; many are not. Many are old; many are young."

"They are of all races and income groups. Which group of these millions are 'Second Amendment terrorists?'" ...
 

VT: Leave Handgun Owners Alone
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"Bob Williamson (Forum, Feb. 9) , board member of GunSenseVT, has to be aware of the Supreme Court ruling District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which solidly affirmed that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. No mention is made about background checks. And the statistics Williamson cites, about a decrease of police officer deaths by criminals armed with handguns in states that have background checks, fail to recognize that the decrease could very well be because more and more cops are wearing body armor. It is high time that the government leaves lawful gun owners alone. ..." ...
 

Canadian Gun Confiscation Begins. Again
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"I live in the frozen wasteland of Canada and get my news via the Morse code receiver in my igloo. Hearing furious beeping, I slid inside from the backyard curling rink to find myself facing the news that our gun control regime has given up the pretense of respecting civilian gun ownership and began moving guns from legal ownership status to prohibition. Before I explain any more, it’s important to understand the mess of our gun laws to some degree so here’s a quick primer. Be warned, none of it makes any sense . . ." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Some people think that the Second Amendment is an outdated relic of an earlier time. Doubtless some also think that constitutional protections of other rights are outdated relics of earlier times. We The People own those rights regardless, unless and until We The People repeal them. For those who believe it to be outdated, the Second Amendment provides a good test of whether their allegiance is really to the Constitution of the United States, or only to their preferences in public policies and audiences. The Constitution is law, not vague aspirations, and we are obligated to protect, defend, and apply it. If the Second Amendment were truly an outdated relic, the Constitution provides a method for repeal. The Constitution does not furnish the federal courts with an eraser." --9th Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, dissenting opinion in which the court refused to rehear the case while citing deeply flawed anti-Second Amendment nonsense (Nordyke v. King; opinion filed April 5, 2004)

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