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Superman a ‘prohibited person’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "And there’s one other legal matter they probably haven’t considered, a prohibition against owning firearms established in United States Code. He’s forbidden to even touch a gun under two federal disabilities:" ...
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Submitter's note: The Man of Steel may want to think twice about renouncing the "American way" part of his mission statement...
 

Do 'gun control' groups think rights of minorities less important?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But never mind those points, because their importance pales in comparison to that of the real issue here. If gun owners are indeed a minority in the U.S., so what? Does being in the minority make one's rights less worthy of defending? Such a situation would hardly be consistent with the values that are supposed to be an essential part of what makes this nation great." ...
 

British gun control is sexist
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"The Brits know how to keep their women under control."

"After imposing draconian gun control in 1997, the next decade saw about a 60% increase in the rape rate. Where women used to be safer than in the U.S., British women are now raped about twice as often as here in gun-toting USA."

"It’s still possible to own a shotgun, especially if you live in rural areas, which brings us to today’s lesson." ...
 

Gingrich: Gun rights come from God
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment doesn't give anyone the right to own guns, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said today."

"The creator does, he said." ...
 

Sticking to Their Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At first glance, life seems good for the National Rifle Association and its members."

"While many conservatives bewailed the era of Democratic rule that began in January 2009, Obama actually signed several pieces of NRA-supported legislation, including bills allowing Americans to bring guns onto Amtrak trains and carry them in national parks ..."

"But there are some storm clouds on the horizon." ...
 

ArmaLite New Aluminum .22 ARs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ArmaLite has a whole bunch of new stuff they’re rolling out at the show. Let’s start with the 'little' things and move up to the 'big' news . . ." ...
 

Gun Safety Tips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All-too-often we hear about stories of accidental shootings. 'The gun just went off' is a common refrain. There are ways to avoid such tragic accidents. Here are some gun safety tips, courtesy of the good folks at the National Rifle Association -- keeping guns safe since 1871." ...
 

The M1911 is the Harley-Davidson of Pistols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"(Note: This is part 1 of a 3 part series I will be writing exploring the confluence of Motorcycles and Guns, two of my favorite hobbies.) Alternate title: The Harley-Davidson is the M1911 of Motorcycles. Now that comparison can either be seen as complimentary or insulting to either marque, depending on your preferences, and in a way, that’s kind of my point." ...
 

How the NRA Can Help Stop Gun Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But [the Tucson shooter] never should have been allowed to purchase a gun in the first place. And that's why I've traveled to Pittsburgh this weekend -- to ask the NRA to talk with me and other victims of gun violence about how we can fix the background check system so that we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like [him]." ...
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Submitter's Note: How about fire the Sheriff who failed to act on numerous reports that the shooter was issuing death threats?
 

Virginia Tech shootings survivor at heart of HBO documentary 'Gun Fight'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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

Obama Working "Under the Radar" to Kill the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Obama’s meeting with Sarah Brady produced a quote that someone went unnoticed. According to sources, Obama pleased Sarah Brady, wife of Jim Brady and gun control advocate, that he was working hard to push gun control legislation. How Obama is pushing for more gun control should awaken all Americans who realize the importance of the Second Amendment goes far beyond hunting and target shooting." ...
 

NC: Elon University Skews Poll On Concealed Handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A poll released last week by Elon University* purports to show little public support for expanding North Carolina’s existing concealed handgun law into parks and restaurants, as proposed under House Bill 111."

"However, the misleading and inaccurate phrasing of poll questions suggests that the researchers either haven’t read HB 111, or are woefully ignorant of North Carolina gun laws." ...
 

Mexico wants to sue U.S. gun makers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In another chapter in the ongoing attempt to blame the American gun community for Mexico's internal strife, CBS News reports that the Mexican government has retained the New York City-based law firm of Reid Collins & Tsai to examine its options for suing U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors. ..." ...
 

Evidence mounts that government, not gun shops, arming Mexican cartels
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the National Rifle Association gathers here for its annual convention starting today ... there is mounting evidence that this country’s government, not its gun shops or gun shows, is largely responsible for arming Mexican drug cartels."

"That revelation, plus the fact that Capitol Hill sources told this column on background that Congressional investigators remain in Arizona, interviewing various people in connection with the Project Gunrunner/Operation Fast and Furious controversy, will boost the NRA’s contention that American gun rights are not responsible for Mexico’s criminal wrongs." ...
 

Issa: "If you made a decision this felony stupid you shouldn't be making decisions any longer on behalf of the American people."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Patrick Richardson writing at Pajamas Media comments on Issa's recent appearance on the Roger Hedgecock show:" ...
 

NRA to call for Holder's resignation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association has Attorney General Eric Holder in its sights." ...

"LaPierre has accused Holder of trying to 'destroy the Second Amendment' and has been critical of the Department of Justice handling of 'Project Gunrunner,' a program intended to stop the flow of weapons to Mexican drug cartels."

"But as CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reported last month, ATF agents charge the program actually helped get thousands of guns into the hands of criminals." ...
 

Romney video fires blanks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mitt Romney's pre-recorded video greeting for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting received a lukewarm response here Friday, a reminder of his weakness on an issue important to the Republican base that at times dogged his 2008 campaign." ...
 

Politics and the NRA.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It’s Spring, and as the saying (sorta) goes, (in an even-numbered year) a politicians thoughts turn to getting re-elected. Feh. So it’s no surprise that the usual suspects turn out to pay homage to the party faithful at the NRA confab. What is a surprise, however, is how many pols phone it in." ...
 

Pittsburgh 2011 vs. Charlotte 2010. What a Difference a Year Makes.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, we’re at it again at the NRA show. And it’s about everything you’d expect – more exhibits, more speeches, more rallying the troops against those who would take away our 2nd Amendment rights. But there’s one big difference between this year and last. THIS year, you can actually carry at the NRA show. Whaaa?" ...
 

Jesse Abbate on Getting Minorities Into Shooting (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Santorum, Gingrich, Toomey on NRA meeting agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Presidential aspirant and former Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum is scheduled to address about 70,000 National Rifle Association members at the group's annual meeting in Pittsburgh."

"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and freshman U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, another Pennsylvania Republican, are also scheduled to speak as part of Friday's Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum at the convention." ...
 

National Rifle Association boss: 'Big gun' states will toss Barack Obama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ahead of the NRA convention that kicks off today, the leader of the group predicts President Barack Obama will be defeated in 2012 – and the 'big gun and hunting' states are going to deliver the fatal blow." ...
 

Bachmann wants gun owners on 2012 front lines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a well-received video greeting, Rep. Michele Bachmann urged gun owners Friday to be as engaged in 2012 as they were during the midterm elections that gave Republicans control of the House." ...
 

Cain sticks to his stump speech at NRA gathering
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Radio host Herman Cain said Friday that the right to bear arms 'and protect yourself if you have to' is fundamental to freedom."

"'That’s what America is all about,' the tea party favorite told a few thousand gun owners at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting here." ...
 

Preserving our Second Amendment right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nebraskans have long held rights granted by the Constitution close to our hearts -- especially the Second Amendment right to bear arms. In total, an estimated 90 million Americans own more than 200 million guns. Many are used for sport and hunting, others are collectors' items, and still more are used for self-defense and security." ...

"Unfortunately, the federal government continues to put regulations in place which limit this constitutional right. These regulations need reform, so I recently became a cosponsor of two important bills to prevent infringement upon the Second Amendment right to bear arms." ...
 

IN: Senate passes bill allowing guns in most government buildings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Senate passed 40-10 a final version of a firearms bill that would allow Hoosier to carry guns into most government buildings and would leave cities and towns unable to regulate firearms."

"'This is not about the state trying to override local government,' said the bill's author, Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville. 'This is a case where local government has had an insidious progress of taking powers that was not delegated to them.'" ...
 

WI: For Wisconsin Concealed Carry To Become a Reality, We need Your Help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During last November’s elections, NRA members and gun owners throughout the Badger State sent a clear message to elected officials that a strong Right-to-Carry law must be a legislative priority."

"Residents of Wisconsin sent their legislators to Madison to secure their freedom."

"To ensure we are prepared to meet the challenges posed by anti-gun forces and answer questions our members have about this legislation, NRA-ILA Grassroots will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the state. ..." ...
 

OH: Lorain Morning-Journal editorial: "Lundy’s duplicity over endorsement should be a concern to voters"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday, April 25, Buckeye Firearms Association exposed Rep. Matt Lundy (D) for having lied on his 2010 candidate survey ... sharing these facts in a newspaper advertisement published last week in newspapers that cover his district, the Lorain Morning-Journal and the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram." ...

"On Thursday, April 28, The Morning-Journal editors published an editorial calling Lundy to account for his duplicity." ...
 

IL: South Beloit, police sued for $300,000
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A South Beloit woman who was arrested in 2008 has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $300,000 in damages from the city of South Beloit and three members of the Police Department."

"Veronica McIntyre, who was arrested for a domestic dispute, claims that former Sgt. Brad McCaslin and former Chief Tom Fearn used excessive force while she was handcuffed in the department’s booking room in May 2008." ...
 

MA: Former Dean College students settle suit against officers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four former Dean College students have settled a lawsuit against two Franklin Police officers and the town over the allegation that police used excessive force in a 2009 traffic stop." ...
 

IL: Batavia settles police excessive force suit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Batavia has settled a federal lawsuit that charged one of its police officers with using excessive force on a man in custody."

"But the city still denies all of the allegations in the suit, according to a prepared statement released Wednesday by city administrator William McGrath." ...
 

FL: Former Gretna PD officer found guilty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After more than two hours of deliberations Thursday, jurors found a former Gretna reserve police officer guilty of sexual battery by a law-enforcement officer." ...

"A woman said that Barkley, 39, baited her to the Gretna Police Station after he discovered she had a suspended driver's license during a traffic stop. When she arrived at the station, Barkley coerced her into having sex in exchange for letting her go, she said." ...
 

OK: Norman council OKs settlements in officer-related shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A monetary settlement of lawsuits arising from a police officer-involved shooting will be added to the property tax rolls for collection, city officials said." ...

"City council members Tuesday night voted to authorize settlement of three lawsuits stemming from a 2008 shooting that involved former police officer John Terry."

"Terry sued the city after he was fired for shooting a man who was sleeping naked in a stolen car and tried to drive away when Terry attempted to arrest him." ...
 

TX: Wrecker driver's family sues police officer, city for wrongful death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The family of a wrecker driver who was shot and killed by an off-duty Houston Police officer at the Woodland Hills Village Apartments nearly two years ago has filed a civil rights suit in federal court against the officer, the city of Houston and the apartment complex where the deadly shooting occurred."

"According to a complaint filed in the Southern District Court of Texas in March, the common-law wife along with the father of 39-year-old John T. Barnes alleges Officer Ryan Gardiner 'shot and killed John T. Barnes under circumstances where no reasonable police officer would have done so.'" ...
 

CO: Denver May Settle Police Beating Case For $795K (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"7NEWS has learned the city of Denver may settle with a man who is suing over police brutality."

"If the Denver City Council approves the settlement, the victim, Alexander Landau, could be awarded $795,000."

"The original lawsuit accused the officers of stopping Landau, 19, after midnight on Jan. 15, 2009, for making an illegal turn, then calling him the N-word and beating his face and head with their fists, a radio and a flashlight until he was unconscious." ...
 

DC: Shot down: D.C. residents unable to register handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the D.C. government should step in to help residents of the nation's capital make legal gun purchases --something they can't do now, even though the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city's ban on handguns nearly three years ago." ...
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Submitter's Note: Hmm, IANAL, but this seems like a good case to use to try and overthrow the "can't by a handgun out of state" requirement.
 

DC: Currently, New Handguns Cannot Go To DC Homes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling, D.C. residents currently have no way to legally bring a new handgun into their homes." ...
 

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