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Gun laws aren't the answer, they're the problem
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Crime is out of control in Chicago, far worse than most cities of a similar size, and 2010 has seen over 100 homicides already in the city."

"In the wake of all of this, [two] Illinois State Reps. ... have called for Governor Pat Quinn to call in the National Guard to help restore the peace."

"Other suggestions have poured in as well. Hiring more police, though budgetary restraints make that a difficult option, is always at the forefront. Social programs, drug law reforms, improved school funding ..."

"Mayor Richard Daley feels the answer is tougher gun laws, though fails to adequately explain how more gun laws will help in a city with laws already so strict they're the subject of a Supreme Court case." ...
 

Polite Society 2010
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Flew to Tulsa last Friday from Chicago with Andy Stanford, talking shop all the way. Andy is the founder of the Options for Personal Security (OPS) firearms training school ... We were going from the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) to the National Tactical Conference and Polite Society event. Andy commented that Polite Society had done for private citizens what International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and ILEETA had done for police in firearms training: exposing folks all over the country to the latest and greatest international research and training in the field." ...
 

Does 'gun free' Chicago need the National Guard?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two Illinois state legislators have reached the conclusion that 'gun violence' in Chicago has reached the point that it is now necessary to bring in the National Guard." ...

"What an . . . interesting idea. Since the Chicago police department seems unable to get a handle on the violence, and since the law denies law abiding citizens an effective means of self-defense, the solution is to have the military occupy the city. As blogger Thirdpower points out, Chicago tried to defend its draconian gun laws on the basis that they are necessary to foster a 'system of ordered liberty' ..." ...

"Nothing says 'ordered liberty' like sending in the military to try to stop the bleeding." ...
 

Take your gun to church?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The topic of church carry is one that may draw a divide, some believe 'guns don't belong in church' others say 'as long as it's concealed'."

"My concern has been this - it is up to the congregation and not the government to tell churches what they can and can't do, Period. You may want to look at this"

"No matter what side of the fence you are on, one must not ignore history on this matter. Even gun owners have become the 'pro-gun movement's' worst enemy due to ill drawn conclusions about their rights and where these rights come from." ...
 

Tea Party movement is for real
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Last Saturday, while attending a local Tea Party rally, my worst fears were confirmed. As I approached the site I could feel the hate generated by the music being played and the people trying to trick me by smiling and conversing, just trying to lure me into their trap."

"Sure enough, as I was directed to my parking spot, the parking attendants also knew the trouble I was getting myself into. Their smiles and their pointing and their comments, such as 'welcome' and 'glad you could make it' even made me more certain that I was being led to my demise."

"As I got out of my car and approached the frenzied crowd (they wanted to appear calm on the outside, but I knew it was simply a ruse to fool me) I could feel the anger among them. ..." ...
 

Montana to feds: Hands off our rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Lawmakers in Montana are suggesting that the courts should be deciding whether Congress has overstepped its authority in a dispute over a state exemption from federal regulations for guns made and sold inside state boundaries."

"'Should Congress enact a law that appears to conflict with the guidance in the [Montana Firearms Freedom Act], the courts may then determine whether Congress has acted within the scope of its delegated powers as limited by later amendments,' an amicus brief on behalf of Montana legislators, said. 'The courts may then determine the extent to which Congress's enactment has abrogated the state's execise of power within the same sphere.'" ...
 

Gun owners aren't criminals or terrorists
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I read in the paper about a bill prohibiting carrying guns in public. One of the statements made in the article was ... 'unloaded guns pose a threat. In part because gun owners are allowed to carry ammunition and could load their weapon within seconds.' This is a very damaging statement to our citizens who own guns. It puts us in the class of criminals who are intent in killing anybody who gets in their way."

"The article talks about public safety. Here again it is saying that citizens who own guns would use them against anyone without provocation. It says to us who own guns we have no common sense or respect for our fellow citizens. It puts us in the same class as terrorist and gangs who go around killing themselves and innocent people." ...
 

The readers speak and the Detroit Gun Rights Examiner listens
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The thing I love about writing for Examiner.com, as opposed to writing for newspapers or other 'legacy media,' is the instant feedback I get from my readers. My readers offer me their own views, let me know when I 'get it right,' and add information not included in the original article."

"The best comments are informative, witty, or sum up the article's point neatly."

"In my article Will a 'Magic sign' protect you better than a handgun? I discuss a 'No weapons' sign posted at a Lansing parking garage owned by the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America."

"One reader added this relevant info:" ...
 

The law-abiding are all around you
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"This is in response to the Monday letter, 'Wrong to allow guns in our parks.' The writer alleges that the only people who are going to bring firearms into the county parks now are 'gun fanatics' and 'fringe' members of society and that they will only do so to 'intimidate and frighten' others because they can."

"Well, just a note of information for the writer: I have a concealed weapons permit and I carry my weapon with me most of the time, and I bet you have even passed me in the mall and never knew I had it on my person. I bet you never knew that I had it with me as my 'family with children' passed you in the grocery store aisle." ...
 

Pro-gun rights advocates turn fear into confidence; raise the level of discourse in policy debate
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As evidence supporting permissive gun laws and legal concealed carry mounts, the Ohio anti-gun movement's shrill ravings and outlandish antics are a clear indication of desperation. Recent press releases by anti-gun organizations called for closing a mythical 'terrorist loophole,' have labeled proponents of the Second Amendment as violent insurrectionists and promised, yet again, that the current proposed pro-gun reform will cause a return to the Wild West. Despite their zeal, the anti-gun leadership failed to offer a single piece of viable evidence that a 'terrorist loophole' exists, or that all pro-gun Americans are plotting a violent revolution." ...
 

Our Appleseed Experience
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I awoke early in the morning, most of the gear already loaded in the truck. It would be an hour and a half drive down to Athens County Fish and Game where our first Appleseed experience awaited. I woke my oldest daughter, who would be with me on the firing line for the weekend. She prepared for the ride with stoic anticipation. We had only the vaguest idea what we were in for that first day, but looked forward to every minute of it, if for no other reason than this would be a weekend that father and daughter would spend together on the range." ...
 

Obama, American guns and Mexican mayhem
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"During a visit to Mexico a year ago, President Barack Obama promised he would urge the U.S. Senate to ratify an international treaty designed to curb the flow of weapons to Latin American drug cartels. It remains just that - a promise. Prospects for ratification are virtually zero."

"... Joining 30 other countries in the Western Hemisphere in an anti-arms smuggling accord would therefore seem a perfectly sane and logical thing to do. But logic often ends where American gun ownership begins." ...

"There is no provision in the convention that would allow restrictions on legal gun sales in the United States ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: But there are provisions which would require a license from the gov't to load or reload ammunition, to upgrade furniture, and to repair or upgrade your weapon. In fact, a strict reading of the treaty would require a government license to put cartridges in a magazine and to put the magazine in the weapon.
 

Gun advocates crying wolf about gun control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The false paranoia was thick last week during the Second Amendment March in Washington where gun advocates were demonstrating for their right to bear arms."

"Granted, Washington is no stranger to groups protesting injustices, social or criminal. But gun advocates’ fear for their Second Amendment rights seems about as misplaced as the banking industry’s fear of running low on foreclosures."

"If anything, the Second Amendment March should have been a celebration of the rampant growth in gun freedoms and ownership in the last two decades."

"Today there are more guns in the hands of citizens of the United States than at anytime in history. ... More than a third of all Americans own firearms. ..." ...
 

A Kinder, Gentler Militia?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Even a short visit to the website of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia reveals how difficult it is for groups like this to disguise themselves as purely service organizations. The anti-government rhetoric appears in abundance. In a document entitled 'In Defense of Liberty II,' ... after proclaiming that 'the militia is not anti-government,' the militiamen say they 'fully support the restoration of the constitutionally limited government that was intended for this nation.' Thus, the government they support is not the government we have: 'Where we do have problems, is with the on-going violations of our inalienable rights, as should you.' ..." ...
 

What Do the Second Amendment Rallies Tell Us About the Gun Rights Movement?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Last week, pro-gun activists descended on the greater Washington area to stage two events. ... The date on which the rallies were held--April 19--was significant. It marked the anniversary of the first shots being fired in the American Revolution at the Battle of Lexington/Concord, the fiery conclusion to the 1993 siege at Waco, and the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh."

"The media, understandably, focused largely on harsh anti-government rhetoric of the speakers at the rallies. ..."

"Such comments were disturbing, dangerous and newsworthy. But underneath the surface noise of these events, there were some subtler insights into gun rights politics that are worth noting." ...
 

CA: Carrying unloaded guns out in the open is foolish and dangerous
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"Back in Louisiana during the 1920s, my great-grandfather kept a loaded shotgun mounted on the front door. It was protection against would-be lynchers."

"A 92-year-old female relative who lived in one of Oakland's toughest neighborhoods kept a loaded handgun by her bedside to protect her against the thugs who preyed on seniors."

"Last year, one of my neighbors shot an intruder breaking into his home. ..."

"I get that there are dangerous, violent people out there. Guns, used in a responsible way, can serve an unfortunate, but necessary purpose." ...

"The open-carry movement is the latest anti-government/Obama fad ..."

"It's where frightening[sic] paranoid individuals openly sport firearms on their hips in public." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, which is it; are there "dangerous, violent people out there" or are people who make the committment to protect themselves from those people with the most effective, safest tool in existence "frighteningly paranoid"?
 

WV: Man shot after attempting to break into homes, State Police say
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
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"One man shot another at an Atenville home in Lincoln County Tuesday afternoon because he tried to break into his home, according to State Police."

"Thomas Perry, 44, tried to break into several homes along West Virginia 10 Tuesday afternoon, said State Police Senior Trooper L.T. Goldie Jr."

"He approached the residence of Jeffrey Lambert, who was home with four children. Lambert warned Perry to leave the property, but he would not, Goldie said."

"At about 5:30 p.m., Lambert fired one shot, and Perry was later flown by helicopter to Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Goldie said."

"'Mr. Lambert is not facing any charges,' he said. 'It was a defensive shot.'" ...
 

NE: Armed Citizen Ends Robbery By Shooting Suspect
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"An armed customer shot a man attempting to rob a Walgreens Monday night, Omaha Police say."

"Investigators say two masked suspects entered the Walgreen's near 61st and NW Radial Highway shortly before 9pm Monday night, one armed with a short shotgun."

"Police say the armed suspect had leveled the gun at customers, and one of the customers at the register saw the suspect point the gun in the direction of the register where there were several others standing. This customer who had a valid permit to carry a gun, drew a handgun from his waistband shot the suspect holding the shotgun multiple times."

"The suspect was able to run from the store and collapsed outside. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died." ...
 

TX: Governor Shoots Coyote
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog."

"Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin."

"Perry said he will carry his .380 Ruger – loaded with hollow-point bullets – when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He’d also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area."

"When one came out of the brush toward his daughter’s Labrador retriever, Perry charged."

"'Don’t attack my dog or you might get shot … if you're a coyote,' he said Tuesday." ...
 

NC: Resident pulls gun on intruder: Suspect flees home after being caught in the act
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Broad Street man aimed up on a burglary suspect still inside his home Thursday morning."

"Armed with a revolver ... 63-year-old Roger Dale Ramsey told the thief to 'freeze' before the suspect fled outdoors."

"... Ramsey returned home around midnight Thursday and heard noises for several minutes before investigating."

"'Roger advised he checked his rear bathroom window then the window on the west side of the house, then turned around in his dining room to see a suspect step out of his bedroom into the dining room,' read the report ..."

"Ramsey then pointed his gun, but the suspect didn’t halt as requested."

"'The suspect turned and leapt out the bedroom window on the east side and ran,' read the report." ...
 

CT: Would-be robber shot in New Haven's Wooster Square (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A 40-year-old man apparently picked the wrong person to try to rob at knife point Monday and ended up at the hospital with two gunshot wounds to the chest, police said."

"As the alleged would-be robber lay wounded, his intended victim called 911."

"The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on Wooster Place just outside Columbus Park in the Wooster Square neighborhood."

"The shooting victim, tentatively identified by a source as Hector Santiago, 40, is expected to recover, and was speaking to police. The shooter, who police said is 65 and from out of town, waited at the scene for officers to arrive and was brought to police headquarters to be interviewed. He was later released, police said." ...
 

CA: Ripon man fires gun to scare off gang-banger burglars
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"A man who heard banging outside his apartment confronted three suspected burglars and scared them off by firing a pistol, police said today. Officers arrested two of them a short while later."

"Police said the incident happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday near West Washington Street and Key Avenue."

"The resident told police he confronted three men outside his apartment building and as they advanced on him, he retreated and fired a semi-automatic pistol into the ground."

"The men backed off but stayed in the area. Police responding to the possible burglary report captured two of the men about two blocks away: Lamberto Godina, 18, of Ripon and Jose Mendoza, 19, of Salida." ...
 

Arizona: Creating a Hostile Work Environment for Thugs Since 1994
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I've recently discussed the new Arizona Constitutional Carry law with a number of people who have told me they had been reluctant in the past to apply for a CCW permit as they did not want to be on any government list of known gun owners."

"They have taken self defense training courses, and have studied the local laws, yet have been unable to conceal carry due to the fact that they did not have a CCW permit issued by the government. They are looking forward to enjoying their restored freedoms in the near future, and will soon join those of us who have already obtained CCW permits in being able to be armed for the defense of themselves and their families." ...
 

The Right to Carry Concealed Guns Debate: Pretty Similar in 1872 and in 2010
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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"An excerpt from Debates of the [1872] Convention to Amend the Constitution of Pennsylvania (some paragraph breaks added). MacVeagh, incidentally, would nine years later briefly serve as U.S. Attorney General; Dallas would later serve as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:" ...
 

Will Everett jury’s verdict in Meade case change how we look at lethal self-defense?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When a jury in Everett acquitted police officer Troy Meade Monday on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, did that jury also lower the threshold for the use of lethal force by private citizens in Washington State?"

"Many people weighing in on reader feedback forums at the Seattle Times (more than 350 responses), Everett Herald and Seattle Post-Intelligencer argue that the verdict simply legalized murder by cops. The jury has handed down its verdict, and this column is not going to criticize that panel for having reached what was obviously a difficult conclusion." ...
 

SC: Inglis may get conservative boost with NRA endorsement
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"The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis in a high-profile move that could help the 4th District incumbent deflect criticism that he’s not conservative enough."

"Inglis' rivals in the June 8 Republican primary dismissed the endorsement, but political scientists said it could only help the congressman from Greenville in a tough primary fight."

"'The NRA is a popular interest group with nearly all Southern conservatives,' said Scott Huffmon, professor of political science at Winthrop University in Rock Hill."

"Huffmon said praise from the gun-rights group could help 'inoculate' Inglis against charges that he's not a 'real conservative.'" ...
 

Senate bill targets D.C. gun laws
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"Sen. John McCain and another U.S. senator on Tuesday introduced a bill that would strip the District of most of its gun laws, one week after the House of Representatives abandoned a D.C. voting bill because similar gun provisions were attached."

"McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., have sponsored the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, which would lift the District's ban on semiautomatic weapons and revoke the mandate that guns be stored unloaded and disassembled. The bill also would repeal registration requirements and allow District residents to purchase ammunition across state borders.

McCain and Tester say the bill would rectify the District's gun laws to comply with ... D.C. v. Heller." ...
 

Childers Introduces Bill to Restore Citizen's Second Amendment Rights
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"Today, U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (MS-01) joined Rep. Mark Souder (IN -03) in introducing critical legislation to restore Second Amendment rights to residents of the District of Columbia. This legislation is a response to the D.C. Council continuing to circumvent the Supreme Court's historic 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. Companion legislation is being introduced in the Senate by Sens. John McCain (AZ) and Jon Tester (MT)."

"'I'm proud to join Rep. Mark Souder in introducing bipartisan legislation essential to protecting Americans' Second Amendment rights,' said Congressman Childers. ..." ...
 

Anti-Gun Mayor Bloomberg never leaves home without his guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"New York Mayor Bloomberg has been an advocate of disarming the citizens, some of you watched as he launched a national anti-gun gauntlet, as well as being the Co-Chairman of the Mayors against guns campaign."

"Here's the grab…"

"Mayor Bloomberg only wants your guns, he has no intentions of giving up his..."

"In an article in the New York Times it states the following:"
"Guns are largely forbidden in Bermuda — even most police officers do not use them — but the mayor's guards have special permission to carry weapons'."
"Bloomberg gets special treatment, or more specifically demands the 'no-gun' rules be bent for him ..." ...
 

NY: Legislators hear students on gun control
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
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"Dozens of students from New York City area schools met with lawmakers in Albany this afternoon for a roundtable discussion on preventing gun violence."

"Led by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-North Hempstead, the legislators fielding questions from the students and laid out their plan for curbing violence through several pieces of legislation."

"The most popular item on the day's menu was state mandated microstamping on all semi-automatic firearms. Microstamping is a ballistic imprinting technology that uses lasers to engrave microscopic markings on cartridges that, when recovered by police after use in a shooting, can be traced to the retail purchaser." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry vetoes gun legislation
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"Gov. Brad Henry today vetoed a bill that would have exempted guns or ammunition made in the state from federal regulations."

"The Democratic governor said Senate Bill 1685 would have presented safety concerns to citizens and law enforcement officers."

"Henry said the ... bill would have made it easier for criminals to obtain a wide array of weapons in Oklahoma and endanger residents and law enforcement officers in the process." ...

"'I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and have earned an A rating from the NRA (National Rifle Association), but this legislation does nothing to protect an individual's right to bear arms,' Henry said." ...
 

OK: Oklahoma senator to seek override of gun legislation veto
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Republican legislative leaders, fresh off a gubernatorial override of two anti-abortion measures, are considering whether to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill that would have exempted guns or ammunition made in Oklahoma from federal regulations."

"The Democratic governor said Senate Bill 1685 would have presented safety concerns to residents and law enforcement officers alike." ...

"The governor said the measure ... would have made it easier for criminals to obtain a wide array of weapons in Oklahoma and endanger residents and law enforcement officers." ...
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AZ: Arizona no longer requires a permit to carry a concealed gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A new Arizona law allows any U.S. citizen 21 or older to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit from the state first. New Mexico is expected to follow Arizona’s lead."

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law with the no-permit requirement into law recently, The new law will go into effect 91 days after the State Legislature adjourns so it will be early summer of 2010 meaning the law would take effect sometime in the summer, according to reports."

"'I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well,' Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement." ...
 

GA: Ga. expands gun carry rights parts of airports
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"Georgia's registered gun owners would be allowed to carry their firearms into parts of the world's busiest airport, as lawmakers shot back Tuesday at a court ruling that had long frustrated Second Amendment activists."

"The House voted 120-37 to allow gun owners to carry their weapons into parts of airports throughout the state not controlled by the federal government, such as terminals and parking lots. The proposal has already been adopted by the Senate and now goes to Gov. Sonny Perdue." ...
 

WY: Senator Burns disputes Tea Party claims on his voting record
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You won't hear this in the mainstream media..."

"Senator Burns R-Sheridan disputes the comments I made at the Sheridan Tea Party on April 17th."

"In case you were out of the loop, I said Senator Burns took the 'teeth' out of HB-95 the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act by removing the penalties for Wyoming public servants."

"This is the step by step of how it went down in the Senate, Burns stated in open committee about his concerns with penalties against our own public servants, Burns said and I quote: 'that we cannot penalize our own law enforcement'."

"I raised my hand to which Senator Burns acknowledged me with: 'Mr. Bouchard'." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Opposes Microstamping Bill
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and State Senator Eric Schneiderman are once again promoting junk science in an attempt to convince the Legislature to pass their latest gun control scheme. The NYSRPA opposes their bill A-6468C/S-6005 requiring all semi-automatic pistols manufactured or sold in the state to be capable of microstamping ammunition. A similar California law scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2010 has not been implemented. A key reason is that an important proviso in the bill – that the sole-source microstamping technology be made available to manufacturers 'unencumbered by any patent restrictions' – has not been complied with."

"In addition, significant questions about the usefulness of the technology remain ..." ...
 

VA: Virginians For Public...Ignorance?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Virginia General Assembly has wisely decided that Ignorance isn't always bliss. A VCDL supported measure that would permit local school boards to introduce basic gun safety instruction based on the NRA's 'Eddie Eagle Gunsafe' program into school curricula was presented to the Governor for signing. During the legislative process, however, an amendment was attached at the behest of Dick ('The whole cast of deliverance is in town') Saslaw, which insisted that an alternative program, provided by a nonexistent group called 'National Crime Prevention Center', be authorized as an alternative to the NRA program." ...
 

Guns in Knoxville Starbucks?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There has been much made of guns being carried into Starbucks stores lately. Seems all the hoopla started on the Left coast. In Kalifornia, it is almost impossible for the average Joe to get a carry permit. But, except for certain, specific restricted areas there, one may carry an unloaded, holstered handgun openly."

"It's even OK to have the 9mm or .45 on your right hip, and a loaded magazine on your left. Well, some right thinking Californians have patronized their frienldly local Starbucks, packing heat openly, like Greg Dement is doing in Seattle, in the photo at right." ...
 

Why is ATF ducking freedom of information response on toy guns?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "... BECAUSE THEY CAN ..." ...

"What can you do about it? Certainly something about the general state of affairs at ATF. At the risk of beating a dead horse, join me? Take one minute and contact the Oversight Committee?" ...
 

Watching the Detectives
Submitted by: Larry

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"George Orwell famously said, "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever." He may still be right. But in today’s age of smart phones, Flip cams, and iPod cameras, there's a pretty good chance someone's going to capture that boot and the face it's smashing and post both to YouTube for all the world to see. Two recent incidents in Maryland illustrate the power of this new and increasingly democratized technology—and highlight just how important it is that the law protect the people who use technology to hold government agents accountable." ...
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The Borders Are Closing In
Submitted by: Larry

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"Returning to his home in Toronto following a brief visit to the States last December, author Peter Watts had the misfortune of being 'randomly selected' for a search by members of the Regime's Border Guards Directorate ..."

"The science fiction novelist's bad luck was exacerbated by a momentary miscommunication: He saw a 'flicker of motion' outside his car that he assumed was a wave, rather than a demand to pull over. ..."

"'When I go like this, I'm not waving hello,' sneered the border guard ..."

"'I guess we're not in Canada, because sometimes that means 'hello,' Watts replied, thereby committing a potentially fatal offense called 'contempt of cop.'" ...
 

Surge Lies Come Home to Haunt US
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"Chicago's South Side is indulging itself in a bit of nostalgia for the '80s and '90s. Michelle Obama's hood is overrun with gang-related murders; deaths are at the same rate as US soldiers dying in both major theaters of the US' 'War on Terror.' Government must do something, declares two Illinois state senators who represent parts of the city. I know — a good old fashioned military occupation, like what worked so well in our wars and Kent State and whatnot."

"'John Fritchley and LaShawn Ford, Democrats who represent the north and west sides of the city, said troops were needed to 'stabilize communities' in Chicago just as they had done in Iraq and Afghanistan,' explains the Telegraph." ...
 

Killer Cocktail: PTSD and Your Local Police
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"The moment that Austin police officer Wayne Williamson began unloading his pistol in a filled parking lot was probably the first time he realized he hadn’t left Iraq too far behind."

"Williamson never hit his target –a fleeing, 'possibly armed' suspect – but only one of the bullets he discharged in the parking lot was ever found. It was lodged in the back seat of a car in which two children ... had been sitting (miraculously, neither was injured). There were no excuses or cover-ups, however – Williamson was subsequently terminated from his nine-year career as a police officer."

"Williamson is one of thousands of veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ..." ...
 

NJ: N.J. State Police looks the other way after fellow trooper drinks and drives
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"It had all the makings of a routine motor vehicle stop. Police officer Ronald Gorneau spotted a silver Toyota swerving and pulled it over. The driver, Sheila McKaig, admitted she had drunk 'a lot' before getting behind the wheel, according to the incident report."

"Then she told Gorneau she was a state trooper ... Instead of being charged, McKaig was driven to the township’s police station, where fellow troopers picked her up."

"It was not an isolated incident. In fact, it was the third time in three months in early 2008 that an off-duty McKaig was stopped by Hamilton police after drinking, according to a State Police document. Each time no blood-alcohol test was given, no charges were filed and no ticket was written. ..." ...
 

NJ: N.J. cop who did not arrest State Trooper for allegedly drinking and driving was suspended
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A Hamilton Township police officer who did not arrest an off-duty state police officer during a suspected drunken driving stop had been placed on unpaid leave after crashing his police vehicle into another car while working, according to a report by PressofAtlanticCity.com.

Officer Ronald Gorneau was placed unpaid leave after the other driver, William Jackson, 81, was killed during the crash in 2007, the report said.
Trooper Sheila McKaig was stopped 10 times for various offenses over a 14-month period, but she has never received a traffic ticket in New Jersey, according to police records and a spokeswoman for the state judiciary.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops. — Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution Proposed BV the Late Convention (1787).

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