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WA: Rep. Hunter pushes 11th-hour anti-self-defense measure; Hearing Wednesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"A bill that would strip Washington citizens of a unique self-defense protection is being fast-tracked by its sponsor, anti-gun State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48th District), who unveiled the measure on Saturday and has it scheduled for a hearing before the House Ways & Means Committee – which he chairs – on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Olympia."
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Submitter's comment: Sad to say, this weasel is my own state rep. Rest assured I've given them an earful. Won't you do the same? Mark, co-editor, KABA.com
 

Education: the key to fighting ignorance in the concealed carry on campus debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems that this year more than ever, increasing numbers of state legislatures are considering expanding concealed carry rights. As firearms are a hot-button issue, the print medium in particular has noticeably increased its coverage. One tactic the media love to employ is to interview and quote individuals on both sides of the issue, and when it comes to firearms, more opponents tend to be interviewed. But this is really a blessing in disguise as it offers proponents like ourselves a glimpse into the mind of the other side." ...
 

The Truth About Arming Teachers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Thus in the mind of a bureacrat, teachers-with-guns is inherently bad. And statistically, a bad gamble. The number of schools versus the number of school shootings (no matter how sensational in the media) present very long odds that your school will be next. The chance of an accidental shooting is much, much higher."

"So denying guns to teachers has no real downside, unless you’re real unlucky. Then what? Almost every investigation I've led has had management ask the following two questions: Did we have a plan? Did you follow the plan? It's the way of the bureacrat. Nothing warms the cockles of a bureaucrat's heart like 'we had a plan, we followed the plan!'" ...
 

Alan Gura on Gun Rights (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here is a video of an excellent presentation by Attorney Alan Gura on the topic of gun rights in a Post-Heller and McDonald world."

"You’ll remember that Mr. Gura is the lead attorney on the Woollard suit being brought by the Second Amendment Foundation against the State of Maryland." ...
 

More Great Cop Reading
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This week marks the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. If you can’t be there, you can read the wisdom of many of ILEETA’s master instructors. Brian Willis, an inspirational police trainer who spent a quarter century with the Calgary Police Department, has edited a superb collection titled 'If I Knew Then: Life Lessons from Cops on the Street.'" ...
 

Va. Tech shooting survivor at heart of HBO documentary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "After Goddard became outspoken about gun control, he was enlisted as the subject of a 40-minute documentary called "Living for 32," about the 32 victims of Cho's rampage. But at the time of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, accomplished documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple already was focusing on the issue of guns in America. Goddard is now at the center of that 90-minute film, 'Gun Fight,' which premieres Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on HBO, three days before the fourth anniversary of the Tech shootings."

"It's a remarkable movie because it gives extensive, almost equal, time to gun rights advocates. ..." ...
 

Fiancée of slain Giffords staffer wants ban on high capacity ammunition magazines (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The fiancée of a congressional aide killed in the Tucson shootings in January is joining the fight to ban high capacity ammunition magazines."

"'Hopefully we'll get the attention of both the White House and Congress on the need to do something about these assault clips,' said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, an organization that works to prevent gun violence." ...
 

Looking Down the Barrel of a Debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But events have rushed along since Virginia Tech, and Ms. Kopple has had to account for, among other developments, the Supreme Court decision last year in McDonald v. Chicago (a victory for gun-rights advocates) and the assassination attempt against Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona in January. This leaves 'Gun Fight,' which makes its debut Wednesday night on HBO, with a contingent, slightly queasy work-in-progress quality. The real question isn’t who’s right or wrong, but what’s next." ...
 

Goddard: Because we haven't taken the steps to change laws since the last shooting, a 'Virginia Tech' WILL happen again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ONLY ON THE BLOG: Answering today’s OFF-SET questions is Colin Goddard, a former international studies major who was shot four times ... in a Virginia Tech classroom, four years ago on April 16, 2007. [The shooter] killed 32 people, injured at least 17 others, and then took his own life." ...
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Submitter's Note: So what, besides having been a helpless victim, qualifies Colin as an expert in the field?
 

HBO documentary 'Gun Fight' features UC DAvis emergency room physician
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and public health epidemiologist at UC Davis Medical Center, is among the featured experts in the documentary 'Gun Fight,' which premieres on HBO Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 p.m. on HBO." ...

"A professor of emergency medicine and director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, Wintemute is a nationally recognized authority on the prevention of firearm violence and in the field of injury epidemiology. He pioneered the first studies that systematically recorded both questionable and blatantly illegal transactions at gun shows and revealed their potential to serve as places where criminals can easily obtain firearms. ..." ...
 

Violence begets violence, and so does violent symbolism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When [the Tucson shooter] opened fire at a Tucson shopping center in January, killing six people and seriously wounding U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, he might or might not have been directly influenced by Sarah Palin’s map that marked Giffords’ district in crosshairs. And we might never know."

"Nevertheless, the map clearly represented a culture of violent talk that has become all too pervasive in tea party circles and the right-wing media that influence them. Each and every act of violent symbolism encourages a violent mindset that can all too easily incite the mentally unstable to violent action." ...
 

AZ: Brewer needs to veto latest bill allowing guns at colleges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The governor should veto SB 1467, a dangerous bill that would allow concealed handguns to be carried in public rights of way on university and community college campuses." ...
 

WI: St. Francis man finds live missile in bathroom wall
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A week after she and her husband found a live bomb from the Korean War era in a bathroom wall of their home, St. Francis resident Sally Ann Wittman says the discovery now seems almost unreal."

"Wittman's 70-year-old husband, William, was doing some remodeling on a portion of the bathroom wall on April 5. Wittman was pulling out old insulation when he felt something in the wall, his wife said."
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: The reporter refers to it as a "bomb" and a "missile." When I read the description, I thought it might be a mortar round. And a commenter suggested a bazooka round. Also, it was probably deactivated but nobody checked. Doesn't anybody know anything anymore?
 

Phillip Luty. April 8, 2011.
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Philip died on April 8, 2011 after a two year struggle against cancer.

This site will be kept online as a memorial.
 

Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My guest this week is Mr. Charl Van Wyk, a man who returned fire on marxist terrorists in South Africa as they massacred 11 Christians and wounded another 57 who were simply attending church services. Grenades were exploding everywhere. Pews were shattering. Bullets were flying. People were diving under chairs and grasping for whatever cover they could. The worshippers that night were sitting ducks, except for one man, Charl van Wyk, who was carrying a snub-nosed .38 caliber revolver." ...
 

Gun Owners' Guide to the 2012 Election
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This week, the picture is finally complete. First, the Obama White House decided to leap headfirst into the gun control debate. Then came the response from Congress, which is far more interested in investigating the "Fast and Furious" scandal, in which federal agents allowed thousands of guns to be 'walked' into Mexico and furnished to drug cartels. And now the final piece: President Barack Obama has filed his papers to run for re-election."

"That in a nutshell is all gun owners need to know about the 2012 presidential election. ..." ...
 

Obama's Gun Guru: A Profile of An Uncooperative, Ineffectual Policy Non-Entity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Curious Washington Post profile today of Obama's gun regulation lead man, Steve Croley. He refused to be interviewed, and the upshot is, thankfully, that even post-Giffords shooting, the Obama administration has little interest in putting much energy behind tougher gun laws, and thus this reputed tort and reg genius has little to do on this topic." ...
 

OK: Senate votes against amendment to allow lawmakers to carry guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Senate on Tuesday voted against allowing lawmakers to carry guns."

"Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, was successful in getting an amendment stripped out of her bill that would allow U.S. attorneys and their assistants to carry weapons if they were trained." ...
 

TX: Guns-on-campus bill 'clearly not dead,' its sponsor insists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation to allow licensed concealed handguns in buildings at colleges and universities appears bogged down in the state Senate, but the bill's sponsor says his efforts to win passage are far from over."

"'No, it's not dead,' Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said Tuesday. 'It's clearly not dead.'" ...
 

OH: Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix (SB17) and Restoration of Rights (SB61) bills pass Senate committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two pro-gun bills, one of which would make critical improvements to Ohio's concealed carry laws, have passed out of the Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee."

"The committee, which is chaired by BFA 'A+' -rated Sen. Tim Grendell (R), passed SB17 (Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix) with a 7 - 2 vote. The committee also passed SB61 (Restoration of Rights) with a 8 - 1 vote. (See vote tallies below.)" ...
 

PA: Self-protection legislation clears State House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Tuesday, both state Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) voted in favor of legislation known as the Castle Doctrine, according to press releases from both Pickett and Baker." ...
 

CA: Limits on guns advance in California Legislature
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lawmakers seeking to revive two controversial gun bills made progress Tuesday, as an Assembly committee approved proposals targeting the 'open carry' protest movement and requiring records on long gun sales." ...
 

CA: 'Open-carry' gun ban challenged by supporters (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The controversy over gun control is heating up in Sacramento. State legislators are considering a bill that would prohibit people from openly carrying unloaded handguns in public."

"'Open Carry' legislation was the topic at the Capitol Tuesday. Representatives from both sides showed up to publicly defend their position. A bill is reigniting the debate over gun control in California." ...
 

ME: Proposals to Loosen Maine's Gun Laws Draw Opposition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A series of proposals aimed at making it easier for Mainers to get concealed weapons permits came under fire yesterday at a legislative hearing. Some proposals would repeal long-held prohibitions, and that's something Bill Harwood of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence isn't happy about." ...
 

ME: Gun Bill Day in Augusta
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Monday was Gun Bill Day in Augusta. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee held a public hearing on nine bills having to do with the regulation of firearms in Maine. Seven of the bills dealt with concealed weapons permits. All of them would make it easier for people to carry hidden loaded guns in public. Some of the bills included:" ...
 

IL: FOID bill moves to Illinois Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill that would prevent the disclosure of the names of those who hold a firearm owners identification card passed the House last week and a first reading was held in the Senate Monday." ...
 

CA: Assembly committee approves 'open carry' ban, rifle records bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved on party lines today two controversial gun bills that failed last session, including legislation targeting the 'Open Carry' protest movement." ...
 

NY: Senator Serrano Joins Rally to Prevent Gun Violence
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"State Senator José M. Serrano today joined New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, advocates, and nearly 150 high school students to rally for stronger gun laws to help protect our community." ...
 

VA: Va. AG: Armed worship OK unless clergy bans it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People may carry guns into worship services for personal protection, but churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship - not the state - have the right to keep weapons out, according to a legal opinion by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli." ...
 

CleanUpATF: "Gunwalker Bill" STILL going to Mexico! Rat Gillett appointed temporary SAC of Phoenix! Are they trying to get Newell killed?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "One second, one minute or one day with George Gillett in charge of anything at ATF should refocus everyone on how skewed the logic and reasoning of ATF management is. Irregardless of the battle damage Gillett has put on ATF and our people, this is the guy who only weeks ago retaliated against a whistleblower and was called out by Congress for it. So much for Melson stating that he will not tolerate retaliation on his watch." ...
 

70 ATF Agents Raid IN Gunstore. Grandstand Much?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anyone remember that the leaked memo from ATF central asking their agents to generate 'positive publicity?' You know; in the wake of the Gunwalker Scandal, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stands accused of allowing thousands of guns to flow unimpeded from American gun stores to Mexican drug cartels? It looks like the entire friggin' Agency has heeded that call. At the same time. In the same place. 'Special agent Kimberly Riddell, public information officer for the ATF, told The Star Press that 70 ATF agents, investigators and support personnel were at the [Parker City Ludco gun] shop, with assistance from the Indiana State Police . . ." ...
 

Register a Resounding 'NO' for Traver as ATF Chief
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As of April 1, there was no schedule for anti-gun zealot Andrew Traver to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be confirmed as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives."

"But Second Amendment advocates and conservatives far and wide are clanging the alarm bells, signaling that now -- right now -- is a good time to contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators to register a resounding 'NO' to his confirmation."

"There is plenty to be alarmed about regarding Traver." ...
 

UT: Police handling more social media complaints
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"Did somebody place an angry or offensive post on your Facebook wall? How about an obscene direct message sent via Twitter? You can defriend, block or report the person. Or, you can simply call the police." ...

"'I think it’s important to remember that a vast majority of everything that we do as law enforcement is noncriminal,' [Lt. Brad] Franke said. 'Historically, we have always been sort of involved in the social parenting of our community; and the similar things we do in those situations, we try to do with these.'" [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's note: I don't have enough wows for this one. Not directly gun related, but these are the people the anti gunners want to use to take our guns. Proof that many see government as our parent. Wow.
 

NY: NYPD Investigated For Ticket-Fixing
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... "The Police Commissioner refused to answer questions about a grand jury probe in the Bronx, which is reportedly looking at union delegates being asked to trash tickets written for officers’ relatives and their pals. While Kelly admitted ticket fixing had been viewed as something of a 'professional courtesy' in the past, he emphasized that ticket fixing is no longer acceptable." ...
 

NC: Study is flawed; FBI stats show recent crime down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The fact is that their estimates were plain wrong. I encourage Heide to look at FBI crime statistics for the past few years. As more states allow people to exercise their Second Amendment rights, violent crime has gone down. The numbers provided prove this — which is of more value than arbitrary estimates taking a decreasing trend and magically turning it around. So please check your facts, Ms. Heide." ...
 

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