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The 'Gun Lobby' is YOUR last line of defense, E.J., not the other way around. (An Open Letter to the WaPo's Arsonist of Civil Order.)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"E.J. Dionne is upset that the Lightworker apparently doesn't want to start a civil war and burn the country down to the ground around all our ears. YET. ..." ...

"Ho Chi Minh once cautioned his followers to 'cherish your enemies, they teach you the most valuable lessons.'"

"Ensnared by your own prejudices and cut off from a complete sense of reality by your isolation from other folks (us) who do not agree with your world view, citizen disarmament advocates such as yourself present our side of the argument with a moral dilemma. Should we explain to you how little clue you have about the dangers you face or should we just let you walk forward unwarned into a minefield that you unwittingly made yourselves?" ...
 

People Who Think We Shouldn't Have Guns Hate Human Freedom
Submitted by: Larry

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"'There's no rational reason we should allow people to possess semiautomatic assault weapons.' That 'assault' follows 'semiautomatic' is not by accident. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) is looking for a ban on 'assault' weapons. (See Michael Gaddy on this issue.) These people look for any opening to take away more and more of our rights. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (or rather, the campaign to prevent self-defense), Eric Holder and Rahm Emanuel have become 'muted' on this issue. Of course, they have not abandoned the issue at all. Both of those fascist criminals have spoken loudly against the right to bear arms, however, there just isn't enough support for this in Congress ... yet." ...
 

Guns and the barometer of discontent
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"You see it when tens of thousands of citizens turn out to protest in 'Tea Parties' across the U.S.; you see it in military personnel compelled to form 'Oath Keepers,' outlining orders they will not obey; you see it in a number of states debating sovereignty resolutions, in some cases even calling for secession; you see it in the number of people joining gun rights organizations; and yes, you see it in the number of people buying guns."

"Simultaneously, just as during the Clinton administration, malcontents have increasingly inflicted mass homicides on the American people. Is it part of the same unrest? If so, what causes it? The economy? Hatred for the Obama administration? ... Or something more fundamental and pervasive?" ...
 

The real lesson of Columbine
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Several of my colleagues are today observing the tenth anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado."

"As we look back on that terrible day, many Americans try to sort out what led to the event, and what might be done in the future to prevent another such tragedy."

"The answer is alarmingly simple, and nobody is going to like it."

"We cannot prevent more Columbines. There it is. If we could, there would have been no Virginia Tech. The shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota would not have happened. We would never have read about the shooting at Northern Illinois University." ...

"Can we take steps to minimize the likelihood of future Columbines? Sure." ...
 

Savage shooting looks like fun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Well, we're supposed to write attention-getting headlines..."

"I've been focusing on single issue columns lately because there's been a lot going on. But there are some other things I might not be able to build an entire article around, but nonetheless I'd like to call to your attention. First up, Historic Arms, LLC President and friend Len Savage at Knob Creek:" ...
"I was shooting a Barrett M-82A1 semi-automatic .50 caliber rifle. All 30 lbs (13.6 kg) unloaded, and 57 in (145 cm) of it. Rapid fire, ten rounds at a time.

Yes, I was hitting cars at 100-200 yards away. Yes, I was 'point' shooting, not using the sights. I was using Armour Piercing Tracer Incendiary rounds [APTI]." ...
 

An insight about the liberal mind
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I have continued my conversations with my liberal family members and had an epiphany. I understand the mental construct whereby they have reached their positions on guns, and it is much like mine! All of us strive to allocate our scarce resources to the best of our knowledge, and to our best advantage. Most of us buy insurance because there is a chance of catastrophic loss of our house or car that would cost us more than the annual premiums for many years. We study and evaluate risk, seeking to achieve an acceptable level of safety at an acceptable level of cost. Socially and emotionally we do the same thing." ...
 

Prison for America's gun lords
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "For decades, the United States has pressured governments in Latin America to get tough and put drug lords behind bars. U.S. courts must demonstrate the same resolve with American gun lords."

"By acknowledging U.S. co-responsibility for Mexico's drug violence, the Obama administration has taken an important first step toward ending the border area's war-zone status. The administration pledged a sharp crackdown on the southbound weapons and illicit funds fueling Mexico's violence."

"Gun-rights advocates already are grumbling, as if the right to amass unlimited quantities of military-grade weaponry outweighs all other considerations. U.S. prosecutors and courts, particularly in border states, must not be deterred." ...
 

Report Shows Need For Brady Checks At Gun Shows And For All Gun Sales, Gun Show Loophole Legislation Introduced In The U.S. Senate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The day after the tenth anniversary of the Columbine High School tragedy, U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg is poised to introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate to close the loophole that allows dangerous people to buy guns at gun shows in most U.S. states without passing a Brady background check. A new report from the Brady Campaign ... was also released today, making a forceful case that Brady checks should be conducted for all gun sales in America, including at gun shows."

"'Ten years after two dangerous high school students exploited the gun show loophole to destroy the lives of countless fellow students in a horrific massacre, it is way past time to extend the successful Brady background check system in America to every gun sale in America,' said Paul Helmke ..." ...
 

On guns, we lost an opportunity
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"'Don't be absurd,' a reader of this column ... wrote recently when I suggested in an e-mail exchange that he and other all-guns-at-all-costs advocates seem unfazed by the mass killings that have marked another American spring. 'Those of us that support Second Amendment RIGHTS hate gun deaths, perhaps more than you, for it gives you what you seem to think is ammunition (no pun intended) for your cause.'"

"Thanks for the candor, Bruce."

"Those in the all-guns-at-all-costs crowd might cringe a little when they hear [massacre] stories ... And they fully expect a few of us to claim that a lack of gun control has contributed to an epidemic of impulsive, demented and deadly violence." ...
 

Who's for Gun Control Besides the State? (video)
Submitted by: Larry

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Humor
 

Nordyke case: Plaintiff’s lose, but Second Amendment wins…again
Submitted by: Dave Workman

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"The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday handed down a long-awaited ruling in the epic case of Nordyke v. King, which started as a lawsuit by gun show operators Russell and Sallie Nordyke against California’s Alameda County, and became something considerably larger."

"The court panel, with Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain writing the opinion and Judge Ronald M. Gould offering a concurring opinion, rule that the Second Amendment is incorporated to the states; that is, the right to keep and bear arms that is affirmed by the Amendment now becomes a limit on state and local governments, same as it is a limit on the federal government." ...
 

A cautious approach to the 9th circuit ruling on 2A
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The 9th Circuit Court, which has jurisdiction in the western states, made a surprise ruling on Monday concerning the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 3-judge panel ruled that the 2nd Amendment is incorporated against state and local governments." ...

"Most gun rights activists and legal observers view this decision as a victory ... And this is correct...as far as it goes." ...

"Two key observations are in order:"

"1. The ruling applies only to the states in the 9th circuit's jurisdiction. ..."

"2. While 'incorporation' essentially protects a Constitutionally-cited human right from infringement by state and local governments, the 9th circuit nonetheless ruled against the plaintiffs in the case ..." ...
 

Incorporation of Second Amendment within sight
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As my colleague, David Codrea, has already reported, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that state and local governments are bound by the Second Amendment. Since the advent of the Fourteenth Amendment, most provisions of the Bill of Rights have gained power over not only the federal government, as originally intended, but over state and local governments, as well. The Second Amendment was one of the few exceptions--and that has never made sense (and was clearly not intended by the drafters of the Fourteenth Amendment)."

"In Nordyke v. King, however we may very well be seeing the beginning of the end of that very unsatisfactory set of circumstances ..." ...
 

Citizens can challenge state, local gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A federal appeals court ruled Monday that private citizens can challenge state and local gun laws by invoking the constitutional right to bear arms - the first such ruling in the nation - but upheld a ban on firearms at gun shows at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton." ...

"The case was a challenge by gun show promoters to a 1999 ordinance that banned firearms on all Alameda County property, including the fairgrounds, where 16 people had been injured in a melee that included gunfire the previous year. The court could have decided the case with its conclusion that the ban was a reasonable safety measure, without addressing the Second Amendment, but opted for a broader ruling." ...
 

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back On Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"One of the many issues left unresolved by last year's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was the question of whether or not the Court's holding, and the Second Amendment in general, would apply to the states. Back in 1886, in the case Presser v. Illinois, the Supreme Court specifically held that the Second Amendment only limited the national government, and no subsequent case has applied the doctrine of incorporation to the Second Amendment."

"Until now that is."

"Yesterday, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment does in fact apply to the states:" ...
 

GA: Robber gets surprise when pharmacist opens fire
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It was a robbery with a big surprise for the robber. A gunman walked into a CVS drugstore expecting to hold up the place. What he didn't expect was to find a pharmacist who had a gun and was not afraid to use it." ...

"'The pharmacist overheard the conversation and realized the store was being robbed and he then grabbed his own 9mm weapon from his bag as he stated and confronted the suspect in one of the aisles,' says Sgt. Rogers." ...

"'When he confronted the suspect the suspect raised his weapon at the pharmacist at which time the pharmacist fired at least three shots at the suspect which caused him to then flee the scene,' says Sgt. Rogers." ...
 

TN: Kingsport man's show of handgun ends alleged road rage incident
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Kingsport man used his concealed handgun to protect himself during an alleged road rage incident on Sunday."

"According to Kingsport Police, the incident occurred about 1:58 a.m. on Harris Avenue."

"Michael Salyer told police he was headed home when a yellow Ford Probe in front of him started weaving from left to right."

"The driver, later identified as Jonathan Lee Adams, 28, 1630 Spruce St., stopped in the middle of the road, jumped out and started screaming at him, Salyer said."

"When Adams tried to get in his car, Salyer said, that's when he pulled out his handgun and ordered him to stop." ...
 

CO: Homeowner Fends off Alleged Armed Burglar With Gun Shot
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A suspected burglar is under arrest Saturday morning after police say the homeowner took security into their own hands."

"Colorado Springs police say they were called to 3295 West Woodmen Road on a report that a person armed with a knife had just broken into the caller's home. The caller told police they had used their gun to fire a shot at the armed suspect and the suspect had run away."

"Police and K-9 units found the suspect in the woods with non-life threatening wound to his lower leg. He was transported to Memorial Hospital and arrested after he was released."

"The suspect, Ricky Hatcher, was booked into the Criminal Justice Center for Felony Menacing." ...
 

FL: 200-pound wild pig chases woman in St. Pete backyard
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Cassandra Frank was at home this morning when the father of her children told her he thought he saw a pig on the lawn."

"When Frank, 26, went outside, she was stunned. An enormous sow was staring her down."

"'This one was pretty large,' Frank said. 'I guess it wanted to be in charge of somebody.'"

"The 200-pound pig charged her and Frank ran across the yard, held on to a tree and screamed. The animal used its tusks, striking her in the back of the leg."

"After awhile, the pig ran off. Frank, who got a cut and bruises during the attack, called 911, worried that the animal would attack children in her neighborhood ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Jeez lady, why didn't you just shoot it?
 

The Piracy Challenge
Submitted by: Larry

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"The problem of Somali pirates ... is being portrayed by many in the media as a challenge for Barack Obama and his administration. I agree wholeheartedly. In that spirit, here are the challenges as I see them."

"1. I challenge Obama to admit that the State has no economically viable solution to the piracy problem and that the free market is the answer." ...

"... government heads are using billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded military hardware and personnel to fail utterly at stopping the pirates. ... For relatively little expense, the owners of the ships could ... provide security for themselves. They don't need heavy artillery or armored flotillas; they need small arms capable of stopping speedboats ..." ...
 

Gun Advocate Preacher Says Citizens Should 'Pack Heat'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"What are the chances you will ever be attacked by armed assailants in a situation in which no one else can help you, and your only chance for survival rests in using your own loaded firearm?"

"Charl van Wyk author of, SHOOTING BACK: THE RIGHT AND DUTY OF SELF DEFENSE (a book and documentary DVD by WorldNetDaily.com) says that considering the recent attacks by Somali pirates, mass shootings in Binghamton, NY, North Carolina and Washington state, and the cop killings in Pittsburgh, the chances are increasing all the time." ...

"Van Wyk makes a case for individuals arming themselves with guns and does so more persuasively than perhaps any other author, because he was attacked by terrorists during the St. James Massacre in South Africa -- one of the worst massacres of its time." ...
 

Banning concealed guns leaves citizens vulnerable
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is offering free one-year trial memberships to all Americans in an effort to show lawmakers how many citizens support their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Although President Barack Obama - along with the Democratic majority in Congress - has pursued some worthwhile progressive causes, extending gun control is not one of them."

"While it's kind of cute to think disarming law-abiding citizens would lower shooting deaths, it's not realistic. The majority of intelligent college students don't support concealed carry on college campuses because anybody 'bold' enough to go on a shooting spree would not go to the trouble of applying for a concealed handgun license." ...
 

The lesson of Columbine examined
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On another anniversary of Columbine, we might look at various other experiences for perspective and see whether anything was learned at all. In this Examiner’s surmise, the deaths of students are unnecessary, avoidable, and politically motivated."

"Politically motivated? How? By indolence and by stubbornness, pure stubbornness. Perhaps tortious interference. Perhaps worse. For some of the details of response after-the-fact, please see Examiner Howard Nemerov’s analysis here. There is a Page 1 and Page 2 there. Please read the other Examiners on this issue listed in the SIDEBAR on the right of this article. >" ...
 

Restaurant with anti-gun policy saved by a gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The manager of an Atlanta restaurant, Taco Mac, stopped an armed robbery Sunday morning by firing his own gun at the armed robber. What makes this story ironic is that the CEO of the company that owns this particular Taco Mac was one of the people that strenuously fought against the passage of the Georgia law last year that made it legal to carry a firearm in this restaurant. The law also contained a provision overriding Taco Mac's policy of banning firearms from its employee parking lots." ...
 

MO: University officials wrong to oppose guns on campuses
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Starting next fall, Missouri's college students will no longer be safe to learn and exchange ideas. Evil Republican state lawmakers want to give law-abiding college students the right to self-defense."

"I'm not surprised that Missouri public university presidents are opposed to the Second Amendment. They don't like the First Amendment either, with those pesky rights to freedom of press and speech."

"University of Missouri President Gary Forsee and Missouri State President Michael Nietzel claim that students face a grave danger if the age to obtain a concealed weapon permit in Missouri is lowered from 23 to 21 and permit holders are allowed to carry on campus. Once again, they are wrong." ...
 

Why can't students say 'guns' in school?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Media snicker of the day: those crazy gun nuts, worried that the government is out to snatch their constitutional rights along with their AK-47s. 60 Minutes is the latest to have a chuckle, playing a commercial for a Washington, D.C.-area firearms show that that urges viewers to 'Celebrate the Second Amendment and get your guns while you still can!'"

"My own hunch is that the sheer number of Americans who own guns ... will keep their Second Amendment rights off the endangered-species list for the foreseeable future. Their First Amendment rights, however, may be another matter. Those are taking a beating these days, right in the place that's supposed to be America's rowdiest free-speech zone: college campuses." ...
 

NRA's LaPierre Debates Pa. Gov. Rendell on Assault Weapons Ban (video)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"On Sunday, April 19, NRA's executive vice president Wayne LaPierre appeared on CBS' Face the Nation. Wayne stressed that enforcing existing laws was the answer to curbing gun crime, and not enacting failed methods such as renewing the Clinton semi-automatic gun ban proposed by gun control advocates like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell."
 

Kirsten Gillibrand: Gun control’s new spokesperson
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"Once again, anti-rights forces in Congress are attacking the Tiahrt Amendment as restricting law enforcement from doing its job, using their pretty new face: Kirsten Gillibrand. But examination of Gillibrand's campaign finance, and comparing rhetoric to reality, are in order before trusting her as a disinterested public servant trying to protect us." ...

"In 2007, Michael J. Sullivan ... had this to say about allegations that the Tiahrt Amendment somehow restricts gun trafficking investigations:"
"Let me be clear: neither the congressional language nor ATF rules prohibit the sharing of trace data with law enforcement conducting criminal investigations, or place any restrictions on the sharing of trace data with other jurisdictions ..." ...
 

Lautenberg renews push to shut gun show 'loophole'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Several high-ranking senators led by Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) on Tuesday relaunched their push to require gun sellers to conduct background checks on purchases of all types of guns at state gun shows."

"On the heels of the 10-year anniversary of the Columbine shootings the lawmakers pushed to close the gun show 'loophole' that exists in more than 30 states." ...

"'There is no rational reason to oppose closing the loophole,' said Lautenberg, the bill's sponsor. 'The reason it's still not closed issimple: the continuing power of the special interest gun lobby in Washington.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually
 

Pesky will of the people interferes with gun ban agenda
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is at it again. When last I wrote about him, he was spewing lies and calling for the renewal of the debunked and failed 'Assault Weapons Ban.' ... Now, he's ... calling the NRA a 'paper tiger'." ...

"He's now claiming that it isn't the 'powerful gun lobby' that is stopping further gun control from being enacted, but simply that congress is too busy right now. Though, he does note that it is also 'too divisive an issue.'"

"It is divisive not because the gun lobby is pitted against gun control loving congress critters, but because the American public doesn't agree with these gun ban extremists. Rendell would have you believe that the record number of gun sales in the last few month has nothing to do with the will of the People ..." ...
 

Inhofe Responds to Obama Pledge to Support Gun Treaty
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement ... that he plans to urge the United States Senate to ratify the [CIFTA treaty].

"'The idea that American-manufactured firearms are responsible for the growing violence in Mexico isn't grounded in reality, but the Obama Administration is using this violence as justification to require stricter licensing requirements and markings on firearms by U.S. manufacturers,' Senator Inhofe said. '... Many of these weapons are coming from other countries in Central and South America and deserters from the Mexican military." ...
 

NY: Assessing risks to gun ownership rights
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"It seems that everywhere you look these days, one of the big stories is the surge in gun sales across the U.S., and the demand is also helping boost the price of guns."

"The general consensus is that the current Washington political environment has created the demand for guns. Many are anticipating anti-gun legislation at the federal level that will affect citizens' ability to purchase guns, particularly assault rifles."

"There is no current congressional legislation being proposed that can be called a direct threat to gun ownership in general, and while it remains to be seen what the federal government will do regarding gun legislation, the New York state Legislature always seems to be brimming with gun control activity." ...
 

NY: NY lawmakers want 5-year handgun licenses
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Spurred by a gunman's rampage in Binghamton, two New York lawmakers want to limit the duration of state handgun licenses and require renewals every five years."

"Sen. Eric Schneiderman and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin say it’s time to reform the 'dangerous lifetime permit system.' They pointed to the April 3 mass shooting at the American Civic Association by licensed handgun owner Jiverly Wong, who killed 13 people and then himself."

"They say current laws don't require any review of a licensee's subsequent criminal convictions, mental health or behavior that might raise red flags." ...
 

WV: Press association wins legislative duel over gun permits
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"When the smoke cleared away on the final night of the legislative session, the West Virginia Press Association held the winning hand in a duel over guns and the public's right to know who is toting concealed firearms."

"For two years, the battle has raged between the press association and the National Rifle Association in a bill initially offered to allow West Virginia to enter into and honor reciprocal pacts so that states recognized each other’s concealed weapon permits."

"But the NRA amended the measure so that no citizen could access permits under the Freedom of Information Act, a move the press association viewed as poor policy in regard to the public’s right to know and scrutinize government records." ...
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KABA Note: Of course the public should be able to scrutinize public records. Pay and discipline records of politicians, police, firefighters, bureaucrats and other gov't employees. Minutes of legislative meetings and transcripts of debates. But they should not be able to scrutinize the private information of individuals who are having their rights violated as it is, by having to beg permission from the State to exercise their G-d given right of self-defense.
 

PA: Tougher Local Gun Laws in PA
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Thousands rallied in Harrisburg on Tuesday against local municipalities in Pennsylvania who want tougher gun control laws."

"State House Representative Tina Pickett from Bradford County says the changes would include gun registration for all firearms purchased, changes to registration fees, and renewing gun permits on an annual basis.

"But Pennsylvania lawmakers say a state law passed in the 1990s specifically bans local firearm laws. They say if municipalities violate the state law they are also violating the Second Amendment which allows people to bear arms."

"Tim Payne owns Cooper’s Sporting Goods in Mansfield and he says more gun control isn't the answer." ...
 

Department of Homeland Security Advisory
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "Applying this general and the specific 'assessments' of who may constitute a 'Right-wing Extremist' and terrorist threat to our nation, to truly and fully protect the American people from domestic terrorism, the DHS must immediately release its list of Top Ten Most Wanted Potential Right-Wing Extremist/Terrorist List:"

"1. George Washington, a.k.a. 'The Father of Our Country' (Person of Interest): Avowed revolutionary; decommissioned veteran; commander of militia and other armed forces; Second Amendment zealot and gun owner; alleged murderer and war criminal in the British and French Imperial War of Empire (North American Theater); racist." ...
 

Study: 'Green' Training Ammo Carries Cancer Risk
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In the 1990's the U.S. Army introduced a new set of 'green' training ammunition designed to be less toxic and more environmentally friendly than the lead-filled rounds used before. But these new bullets may have left firing ranges contaminated and exposed soldiers to a new health hazard. ... a key element in the new ammo, once thought to be safe, may in fact be carcinogenic. The Army has stopped production of the bullets." ...

"There have been growing concerns about tungsten for some years. An October 2008 Issues Paper from the state and federal waste managers' group says that the 'original position of the scientific community with regard to fate and transport, analytical testing and toxicology' of tungsten has 'drastically changed.'" ...
 

National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)
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"National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery." ...

"NLE 09 is a White House directed, Congressionally- mandated exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies, staff and key operational elements. In addition, broad regional participation of state, tribal, local, and private sector is anticipated. This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09." ...
 

FBI Spied on TEA Party Americans!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Even as average Americans were planning to get out in towns and cities to demonstrate against Big Government and Big Taxes, the [FBI] surveillance was being unleashed upon them. In fact, unsuspecting Tax Day TEA Party participants were being closely watched during the demonstration planning stages in a covert operation that began on or about March 23, 2009."

"If you one of the estimated 750,000 Americans who attended one of about 600 TEA parties last week, you might have seen media cameras covering the event. Media cameras, however, were not the only cameras taking video at these events, something that has at least one current FBI agent concerned over the future of America. ..." ...
 

NATO fiddles while pirates burn our ships
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Today's print edition of the Washington Examiner reported that 'Somali pirates attacked two ships off the horn of Africa' yesterday capturing a Belgian flagged freighter. NATO ships are allegedly giving chase as this column goes to print, but Belgium commandoes who did catch up with a pirated Yemini vessel detained seven Somali pirates who 'were soon released because 'NATO does not have any detainment policy.'"

"Huh?"

"You mean ... NATO ... is playing catch and release with pirates on the high seas like trout fish too small to take home? It's not like these pirates are just playing around with their jolly roger - only a few months ago they attacked the NATO friendly Cypriot flagged ship Captain Maslov and set it ablaze." ...
 

FBI workers accused of spying on dressing room
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall."

"The FBI employees have been charged with [misdemeanor] conspiracy and committing [misdemeanor] criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday." ...

"The workers were described in a complaint as 'police officers,' but prosecutors did not say whether the men were agents or describe what kind of work they did." ...
 

AZ: Kentucky man dies after Arizona police stun him with Taser
Submitted by: Larry

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"A man who died after Tucson police shocked him with a Taser stun gun has been identified as a resident of Kentucky."

"Police say Gary A. Decker died several hours after officers trying to subdue him shocked him with a Taser stun gun. They gave no city of residence."

"Officers were called to the 50-year-old's downtown Tucson hotel room early Thursday because staff heard loud banging and music coming from his room. Sgt. Mark Robinson says they used a pass key to get inside after he wouldn't open the door."

"They found the room ransacked, furniture broken and a nude Decker holding a toilet seat he had ripped from the commode. They used a Taser but it had no apparent affect and they eventually wrestled him to the ground." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn is bordering on irresponsible
Submitted by: John Pierce - Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner

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"Yesterday, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B.Van Hollen issued a long-awaited advisory memorandum making it clear that merely openly carrying a firearm, absent additional facts and circumstances, is protected behavior under Article I, § 25 Of The Wisconsin Constitution and will never justify a disorderly conduct charge absent other criminal behavior." ...

"... Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said he would advise his officers to question anyone out in public with a gun. He went on to say that 'If my officers see someone walking around the City of Milwaukee with a firearm openly displayed, it borders on irresponsible if I were to communicate to members of my community that they can carry that firearm with impunity.'" ...
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KABA Note: So Chief Flynn is saying that it would be irresponsible following the law?!?
 

WI: Carrying firearm not grounds for disorderly conduct
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Wisconsin citizens are legally allowed to carry firearms openly, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a memo to the state's district attorneys Monday."

"... according to Van Hollen, there is nothing in state law regarding citizens who openly carry weapons."

"'The Department (of Justice) believes that mere open carry of a firearm — absent additional facts and circumstances — should not result in a disorderly conduct charge,' Van Hollen wrote." ...

"Van Hollen did say, however, that the police may stop and question citizens who openly carry weapons if the officer has 'reasonable suspicion based on articulable facts of criminal activity,' based on the individual circumstance." ...
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Sumbitter's Note: Repeat after me: "I wish to speak with my attorney and I do not consent to any search."
 

PA: The "Watchmen" Hate to Be Watched
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"Erie, Pennsylvania police Patrolman James Cousins II was off-duty and well into his cups the night of April 6 as he regaled bar patrons with tales of his on-the-job exploits." ...

"Cousins also bragged about using his cell phone to capture personal photos of the deceased. ..." ...

"Cousins ... apparently forgot that other people carry cell phones as well."

"... Orr uploaded the resulting video clip to YouTube shortly thereafter and then flew to Australia, where he presently lives ..."

"Within hours of the video being posted on YouTube, an internal affairs investigation was underway -- not of Cousins' behavior, but rather of the source of the video itself."

"That 'investigation' proved to be little more than an attempt to blackmail Orr's family into removing the clip ...
 

NYPD Holds Gun Buy-Back in Bronx
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The NYPD continues to sponsor gun buy-backs... and this "weekend, it's the Bronx's turn. Illegal gun-owners can swap their firearms, no questions asked, in exchange for $200 cash cards."

"REPORTER: Fernando Mateo with the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says he's helping to spread the word where gun violence tends to happen -- like in bodegas and livery cabs."

"MATEO: They are the ones that every day of the year get either robbed, assaulted or murdered by a gun...we are basically the most vulnerable in terms of small businesses."

"REPORTER: Mateo is working with the Bronx DA to distribute flyers in English and Spanish to every bodega and livery cab driver in the Bronx. ..."
 

WI: Another Wisconsinite arrested for open carry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When will our cops understand Open Carry is legal in Wisconsin?"

"County Sheriffs need to tell the local police chiefs that OPEN CARRY is LEGAL! SOMEONE needs to do this! OUR GOVERNOR says open carry is LEGAL!"

"NO one is listening. NO ONE is speaking out- not our Governor- not our County Sheriffs! Sheriffs have more power than local police chiefs. Think Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio."

"In the meantime Wisconsin resident, Jesus Gonzalez will go to court against West Milwaukee for wrongful search and seizure when he was wrongfully arrested for open carrying in a Walmart store. His gun was in a thigh holster, in the open. Perfectly legal." ...
 

WI: JB Van Hollen open carry opinion
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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Here it is.

Thank you to the AG for providing much needed guidance and to all Wisconson Patriots for helping to restore liberty to Wisconsin!

http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/FinalOpenCarryMemo.pdf[.pdf]

It's about liberty, your liberty.
 

Pass the ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"We are in the midst of a national ammunition shortage. Provoked by an AP story attributing the shortage to military demand (i.e., Presient Bush), Bob Owens started writing about the shortage in 2007. Owens debunked the AP story ..."

"Owens revisited the subject in February of this year, reviewing possible causes of the current shortage. Sales of ammo are booming, making it what Glenn Reynolds calls 'an economic bright spot.'"

"Last month ESPN took a look at booming ammo sales ... The Google Trends chart supports the story's thesis that concerns over what the election of Barack Obama (and a Democratic Congress) portends for gun owners is the main cause for the inflated demand for ammunition." ...
 

UT: Wadman couldn't be more misguided
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In response to Professor Wadman's suggestion that the United States amend the second amendment (apparently to ban guns, although no particular amendment is offered) to supposedly reduce the number of deaths by firearm."

"But if the good professor looked at the actual results of gun restrictions (as detailed in More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott, Jr.), gun restrictions appear to increase the number of violent crimes, including murder, where enacted, while liberalized concealed carry laws actually reduce the violent crime rates." ...
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Submitter's Note: To say nothing of the fact that the Second Amendment did not create a right to bear arms but rather protected an already existing right. Removing the words from the Bill of Rights will not remove the right.
 

PA: Gun rights proponents hold rally in Pa. Capitol
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Hundreds of gun rights supporters assembled in the state Capitol for a noisy Second Amendment rally that's become an annual tradition.

The Tuesday rally focused on constitutional protections for gun ownership in the state and national constitutions and what several speakers described as threats to those rights.

The crowd booed heartily at the mention of a proposal backed by Gov. Ed Rendell to limit handgun purchases to one per month.

National Rifle Association president John Sigler is warning that "the enemies of freedom are not giving up" and that too few gun owners understand that their rights are at risk.
 

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