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Night of a Thousand Tips
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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thing to do, since he is illegally demanding that citizens be arrested under color of authority--send in an anonymous tip demanding his arrest." ...

"UPDATE: Everyone is reporting an error message when the tip form is submitted. It doesn't mean they're not getting them, but we have no way of knowing. Anyway, there's more than one way to skin a cat--here's their Contact Us' edress: webhelp@milwaukee.gov" ...
 

Profiling the Left in America
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"One of the neatest things about platforming as we do here is that one can have a build-up of hundreds of articles or podcasts or appearances which can be located on the www long after their initial publication date. Two of my most popular articles floating around are 1) There's no such thing as sensible gun laws, and 2) Sarah and James Brady: the anger from another time. ..."

"I could reprint them here, but they both require updates ... The psychodynamics of what makes up the liberal mind will never change, but the political environment they operate in is increasingly receptive to their unrighteous anger and defamation that will kill the nation in our lifetime."

"Let's revisit those two articles for an update 2009." ...
 

The gun lobby
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"E.J. Dionne Jr.'s column, 'Time to stand up to the gun lobby' [Opinion, April 21], is rife with misinformation. For one thing, there is no credible evidence that 'hundreds and thousands of assault weapons' used by Mexican drug gangs are traced back to gun shows in the U.S."

"Secondly, gun shows do a federal background check for each gun sold. Thirdly, guns were not the cause of the Columbine shootings -- a popular anti-gun example -- but were the result of the parents' absent awareness of their children's dark, anti-social appetites."

"It is the same old saw used by the anti-gun proponents that if you take away guns from law-abiding citizens, it will somehow make us safer. Balderdash! ..." ...
 

Here it comes: closing the mythical 'gun show loophole,' and the turning of a 'pro-gun Democrat'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As I have mentioned before (as recently as last Tuesday), with political reality forcing the Obama administration and Democratic Party leadership to abandon (for now) aggressive pursuit of a renewed 'assault weapons' ban, the next target would be lower hanging fruit. I refer to efforts to close the mythical 'gun show loophole'."

"That such efforts are 'lower hanging fruit' is made obvious by the fact that even many Republicans (some who have enjoyed heavy NRA support) have historically been among those railing against the 'gun show loophole.'" ...
 

Stricts controls on permits can still preserve rights (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I have now gone through my threshold of pain and patience in allowing the gun lobby to continue to determine public policy on gun control. Citizens arise."

"As E.J. Dionne Jr. noted in his column, it is time we stood up to the gun lobby. We cannot blame Mexico solely for poor law enforcement over the drug cartel when we supply from our country the assault weapons ..."

"We can do something about this and still preserve hunting rights and the right to defend property. ... We have a right to demand our government provide that protection to our citizens." ...
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Submitter's Note: Under the first amendment you certainly can 'demand', but court after court have ruled that the government doesn't have to provide it.
 

Students protest for concealed guns on campus
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.fpaulvalone.com

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"The organization 'Students for Concealed Carry on Campus' (SCCC) is holding its third Empty Holster Protest this week on college campuses across the country. Says an e-mail sent by SCCC late last week:"
"[SCCC] will hold its third national collegiate Empty Holster Protest during the week of April 20-24, 2009. Thousands of college students throughout the United States, organized under the banner of [SCCC], will attend classes wearing empty holsters, in protest of state laws and school policies that stack the odds in favor of dangerous criminals and armed killers by disarming law abiding citizens licensed to carry concealed handguns virtually everywhere else." ...
 

Video And More From the Oath Keepers' Oath Renewal Ceremony on Lexington Green
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"Courtesy of Boston Gun Rights Examiner Ron Bokleman comes the video above of the actual oath ceremony, along with his column describing the Oath Keepers' Oath Renewal Ceremony."

"See also this article from the New American for more coverage. We'll post the video from Alex Jones (whose crew was embedded with the Oath Keepers team) when it's available."

"Thanks to Mike V. for the links." ...
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Submitter's Note: On April 19, 2009, hundreds of patriotic Americans -- current military and police, veterans, retirees, and everyday citizens -- proudly and publicly renewed their oaths on Lexington Green to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Videos and other coverage of the event, sponsored by Committees of Safety and Oath Keepers, can be found at the link.

Join us next on the Mall in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2009 at the Gathering of Eagles Victory in Iraq celebration. Hope to see you there!
 

ARCCA Submits Letter To Arkansas Senators Urging Opposition of Inter-American Arms Treaty
Submitted by: ARCCA
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org

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A few days ago we told you about Obama's announcement that he will be pushing the U.S. Senate to ratify the inter-American arms trafficking treaty.

That treaty would ban reloading or handloading of ammunition, custom building of guns and quite possibly even upgrading existing firearms with new stocks, sights, triggers etc., without a gov't license here in the U.S..

Today ARCCA wrote a letter to our two Senators urging them to oppose any such treaty;

Dear Senator Lincoln & Pryor,

As the representative of over 65,000 Arkansas concealed handgun licensees, in solidarity with the Arkansas Rifle and Pistol Association, we are urging you, in the strongest of terms,
 

Wisconsin on similar path to concealed carry that Ohio took
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"Yesterday, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a memo stating 'that openly wearing a holstered gun is not grounds for a disorderly conduct charge.' The result of this ruling is that open carry is confirmed to be legal in Wisconsin, while concealed carry remains prohibited."

"This is similar to the path Ohio took before our concealed carry law was passed in 2004. ..." ...

"... grassroots activists in Ohio held a series of Open Carry Self-Defense Walks to demonstrate in favor of concealed carry reform, culminating in Walks held at the Ohio Statehouse and in front of the Governor's mansion. These Walks were widely credited with playing a significant role in ending Ohio's 145 year ban on carrying concealed firearms." ...
 

Obama Pushing Treaty To Ban Reloading
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Remember CANDIDATE Barack Obama? The guy who 'wasn’t going to take away our guns'?"

"Well, guess what?"

"Less than 100 days into his administration, he's never met a gun he didn't hate."

"A week ago, Obama went to Mexico, whined about the United States, and bemoaned (before the whole world) the fact that he didn't have the political power to take away our semi-automatics. Nevertheless, that didn't keep him from pushing additional restrictions on American gun owners."

"It's called the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. To be sure, this imponderable title masks a really nasty piece of work." ...
 

N.Y., Penn. consider body armor sale restrictions
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Shooting rampages in Pennsylvania and New York could become a rallying point for state lawmakers to restrict sales of body armor."

"In both cases ... heavily armed men braced themselves for gunfights with bullet-resistant vests."

"It never came to that in Binghamton ..."

"But in Pittsburgh, police Chief Nate Harper said alleged gunman Richard Poplawski, 22, wore body armor that deflected at least two shots to his chest during a deadly assault on officers that lasted nearly four hours."

"Federal law bars people convicted of violent felonies from purchasing body armor. In Pennsylvania and most other states, it is against the law to wear such armor while committing a crime." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Endorses Schiff for Sullivan County Sheriff
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state's largest and oldest Second Amendment rights organization, announces the endorsement of Michael Schiff for Sullivan County Sheriff. Sheriff Schiff's belief in the individual civil rights of citizens to keep and bear arms, and the understanding that criminals - not ordinary citizens - are responsible for violent crime, are very much appreciated by gun owners and the Association. NYSRPA strongly encourages the firearm owning community in Sullivan County to support Michael Schiff in his bid for re-election as Sullivan County Sheriff.
 

NY: Paulin sponsors bill requiring periodic renewal of handgun licenses
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"When Jiverly Wong walked into a Binghamton immigrant services center this month and killed 13 people, he was legally permitted[sic] to have the 9 mm and .45-caliber handguns used in the rampage."

"But that might not have been the case if state law had required him to periodically renew his gun license, contends two legislators proposing an end to what they call 'New York's dangerous lifetime permit system.'"

"That tragedy serves as a somber illustration of how critically important it is that our state licensing system be thorough, that the records be accurate and up-to-date and that handguns be accounted for,' said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, ..." ...
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KABA Note: As a crack addict, Wong was, in fact a 'prohibited person' who could not legally own so much as a single round of ammunition, much less a gun.
 

NY: Proposed gun laws are off target
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Many local residents have yet another reason to be upset with state lawmakers -- and it has nothing to do with higher taxes or secret budget negotiations."

"Area gun owners are decrying a series of proposed laws and regulations that they say would ban or severely limit the purchase of firearms or ammunition within New York. The proposals, being pushed by downstate Democrats, would -- among other things -- establish new regulations for purchasing bullets, set up an ammunition coding system on all handgun and assault weapon ammunition, require the renewal of firearms licenses after five years, impose more stringent rules for weapon storage, and ban the sale, use or possession of 50 caliber or larger caliber weapons." ...
 

WI: Group wants tougher gun background checks in Wisconsin
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Marking the anniversaries of the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings, gives a the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) an opportunity to gather support for new gun laws in Wisconsin."

"The group was touring the state on Monday and Tuesday with a display of 450 shirts, signifying the 450 people killed in Wisconsin each year to gun violence. WAVE says that number would go down, if Wisconsin adopted tougher background check laws."

"Currently, only licensed gun dealers need to perform background checks when selling firearms. Unlicensed dealers and individuals selling guns do not. Law enforcement says criminals often take advantage of that loophole." ...
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Submitter's Note: Then law enforcement lies. According to the DOJ, 1% - 2% of criminals obtained their guns from private sellers. As for those "450 gun deaths" about two-thirds (300) are suicides. Study after study has shown that stricter gun laws may reduce 'gun suicide', but do not change overall suicide rates.
 

Plan to Stop Flow of Guns into Mexico Will ‘Respect’ 2nd Amendment Rights, DHS Official Says
Submitted by: Paul

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"John Leech, the man who oversees U.S. efforts to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States, said the government also plans to stop the flow of guns into Mexico – while respecting the Second Amendment. "

"Leech ... testified about the government's 2009 strategy for the southwest border before a Senate subcommittee ..."

"'We've actually produced an arms chapter, and I think you will be very proud of what the United States of America has put in this document in terms of trying to get control of the arms problem,' Leech said of the new strategy report ..."

"Leech said the new strategy will 'really address the [gun] issue with tremendous respect for the Second Amendment and the rights of every American citizen.'" ...
 

Dissent does not equal terrorism
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Here's one lesson for surviving in Washington we thought Janet Napolitano would have known: Put a political time bomb on paper, and it's sure to become public."

"But the secretary of U.S. Homeland Security apparently was blindsided when a terrorism assessment memo was disclosed to reveal her agency suspects a likely rise in 'right-wing extremism,' ..."

"The memo cites a confluence of factors behind that conclusion — an economic recession creating emotional distress; the nation's first black president who has been rolling back anti-abortion policies and who could support new gun control laws; and a continuing influx of military troops returning from overseas who might have trouble returning to civilian life." ...
 

Classification of veterans as 'assessed threats' is frightening
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The loathing of our military by the Obama administration has shown its slimy head again."

"First was proposing our wounded warriors pay for their own injuries as they return from Iraq and Afghanistan. This outrageous proposal is still out there."

"Second, the latest outrage, is warning from the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The alert to law enforcement to be watching our returning veterans. The veterans could be disgruntled. They could be disillusioned about having a black president and be more prone to join a white supremacy militia group. Our returning warriors are considered 'assessed threats' to the United States." ...
 

Drug Control Begets Gun Control
Submitted by: Paul

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"During his visit to Mexico last week, President Obama suggested that Americans are partly to blame for the appalling violence associated with the illegal drug trade there. 'The demand for these drugs in the United States is what's helping keep these cartels in business,' he said. 'This war is being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States.'"

"Obama is right that the U.S. is largely responsible for the carnage in Mexico ... But the problem is neither the drugs Americans buy nor the guns they sell; it's the war on drugs our government insists the rest of the world help it fight. Instead of acknowledging the failure of drug control, the Obama administration is using it as an excuse for an equally vain attempt at gun control." ...
 

Greta Van Susteren Interviews ATF About Mexican Gun Violence (video)
Submitted by: Opposing Views

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Fox News reporter Greta Van Susteren recently interviewed ATF agents about the surging violence in Mexico. The ATF is partially repsonsible for enforcing America's gun laws, and recently much of their work has been devoted to stopping the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico. According to the ATF spokesperson interviewed, while the military-grade machine guns used by Mexican drug cartels are being imported from Central America, "the predominate amount of weapons we see are being purchased here [the U.S.] and being traffic to Mexico."

Later, Greta visited the firing range to learn more about the weapons being smuggled into Mexico and even fire them herself.
 

Oath Keepers vs. oath breakers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I first told Gun Rights Examiner readers about Oath Keepers a month ago. They describe themselves as 'Military, Veterans, and peace officers who will honor their oaths to defend the Constitution, will NOT 'just follow orders,' will stand for liberty, and will save the Republic, so help us God.'"

"Many of them had a chance to take the following oath on Lexington Green this past Patriots' Day:"
"I ... do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support and defend Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion pledging my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor. So help me God." ...
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The State's Selective Criminalization of Violence
Submitted by: Larry

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"The estimable Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has written a bittersweet essay describing how the State ruling us has effectively criminalized unruly adolescent masculinity."

"He begins by describing a recent incident in which two students were hauled away in handcuffs for fighting at recess. The students were seven and eight years old. ..."

"'I wonder if the kids now have felonious assault records that will cancel their Second Amendment rights when they come of age,' writes Dr. Roberts. He then describes his own experiences as a student, and occasional playground combatant, in the America of not that long ago. That was a culture in which guns were plentiful, ammo was sold at gas stations, school shootings unheard of ..." ...
 

A visual display: Just how high are firearms sales climbing?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On the April 5th, 2009 I had the chance to attend the Buckeye Bash at the Tactical Defense Institute (TDI) for a great day of shooting and getting to know fellow gun enthusiast. Inevitably, when you get more than two gun owners together, the debate over polymer frames vs. steel frames, manufactures, and caliber are sure to raise a few friendly disagreements that we all take in stride. However, there was one thing everyone agreed on, and that was the fear and uncertainty for the future of gun owners."

"It will come as no surprise to regular readers at BuckeyeFirearms.org that gun and ammunition sales are at an all-time high, thanks to the new administration. Shortages of ammunition are commonplace ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: The Annual comparison can be seen here[.pdf].
 

Armed America: Behind A Broadening Run On Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"What do an elderly Oklahoma homeowner, a Virginia Citizen Militia member, and a Texas airline pilot all have in common these days?"

"They're all part of America's massive gun-and-ammunition buying spree - a national arming up effort that began before last year's election of President Obama and continues unabated. Across the United States, it has led to shortages of assaultstyle weapons, rising prices, and a broadening of gun culture to increasingly include older Americans, women and - gasp - liberals."

"The causes are varied - from fears over crime, both rational and irrational, to the concern that Second Amendment rights will be curtailed by a Democrat controlled Washington. ..." ...
 

NY: Upstate Friends of the NRA group hand out $160,000 for shooting safety programs
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Upstate New York Friends of NRA State Fund Committee recently passed out about $160,000 in grants for the upstate New York area to promote community service programs, education, range improvements and gun safety."

"The grants were forwarded to local chapters, which then handed out the money. The cash was raised through donations, and fundraisers throughout the year by Friends chapters across the state."

"The Friends group also supports programs such as Boy Scouts and 4-H Shooting Programs, the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety, Hunter Education & Youth Bird Hunting programs." ...
 

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