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Grassroots Gun Rights Groups Gain Momentum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Considering that there are an estimated 80 million gun owners in the United States, it should be no surprise that local organizations devoted to protecting and promoting gun rights - especially in the wake of the 2008 Heller ruling and the 2010 McDonald decision by the U.S. Supreme Court - have been springing up, growing in numbers and gaining political clout." ...
 

Brazil school shooting gives further proof ‘gun control’ does not work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "We’re further told that it’s 'virtually impossible to obtain a carry permit,' and that a tax must be paid every three years to own a gun legally. So naturally, nine of the estimated 17 million guns in Brazil are unregistered."

"And naturally:"
"Although Brazil has 110 million fewer citizens than the United States, and more restrictive gun laws, there are 50% more gun deaths; other sources indicate that homicide rates due to guns are approximately four times higher than the rate in the United States." ...
 

Bellevue v. Bloomy: Pricing a right beyond reach; Why people hate Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Compared to the price of fingerprinting by the King County Sheriff’s Department, the cost of getting fingerprinted in New York City so one can subsequently pay $340 to exercise the right to keep a handgun in one’s own home is astronomical."

"A check with King County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart this morning revealed that the agency charges $15 for a set of fingerprints. That is paltry when stacked against the $94.25 being assessed against New York City residents, which is an issue in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city, by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation. ..." ...
 

Magazine ban advocates' shaky grasp of mathematics and reality
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Missouri and Illinois residents currently face no restrictions with regard to the ammunition capacity of their firearms, although in Illinois, that's not due to lack of effort on the part of the gun-haters. Illinois is, in fact, the state where several years ago, state Senator Dan Kotowski went so far as to hijack a bill intended to protect children from sexual exploitation, and tried to turn it into a law banning 11-round and larger magazines." ...
 

An Open Letter to Kalifornia Gun Stores
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This just in from a friend who has had it:" ...
 

Guns Save Lives Message Comes to Capitol Hill in Washington DC
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 'Guns Save Lives' message came recently to Capitol Hill, reported gun rights expert John Snyder."

"A billboard truck carrying the message toured Washington, D.C. in late March and early April." ...
 

Will Government Shut Down Shut Down Gun Sales?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As you know, you can’t buy a gun without a dealer punching your particulars into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The good folks at the FBI run the system. If the federal government shuts down, it’s entirely possible that the NICS system will go dark. ..."
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Submitter's Note: Actually 18 USC §922(t)(5) only provides for sanctions against the FFL if "the national instant criminal background check system was operating". Mind you, merely following the letter of the law has never prevented the ATF from slamming a dealer.
 

Gun rights for gay rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The right to bear arms and rights of the LGBT community, including same-sex marriage, are covered by the same ideological principle. It is time for a political compromise to put both of these issues to rest once and for all."

"Generalizations should be considered a bad thing — but let’s face it, without them politics in America would come to a complete standstill. Gun rights versus gay rights unfortunately boils down to the cliché conservative versus liberal battle just like every other issue." ...
 

We aren't entitled to every weapon we want
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I read with great interest your editorial 'Middle-ground sham.' I disagree with your opinion. The Second Amendment to the Constitution states in part that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed; it does not say guns."

"Therefore, if I wanted an M1-A1 tank, which is an arm1, I should be allowed to have it according to strict interpretation of the Second Amendment. No one on either side of this issue thinks that I have a right to an M1-A1 tank, nor a TOW anti-tank missile, nor a mortar, nor an RPG2. All of these are arms. No one on either side of this issue thinks I should be allowed to possess a .50-caliber machine gun." ...
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Submitter's Note: Okay, 1 'arms' means weapons carried by a soldier, so it does not include tanks or TOWs. 2 Don't try to speak for a 'side' you are completely ignorant of. Many of us on the side of liberty do believe that we have the right to own "swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier". Which includes pistols, rifles, .50 caliber machine guns, RPGs, LAWs, MANPADSs, Claymores, etc..
 

PA: Hillers and others protest Delia’s gun shop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Neighborhood Partners to End Gun Violence, a group of local residents — many from the Northwest — who have committed themselves to demonstrating to bring attention to the problem of guns in Philadelphia, protested at Delia’s Gun Shop, 6104 Torresdale Ave. in the Northeast on Tuesday evening, April 5." ...
 

TN: T-shirt emblazoned with handgun and Bible sends mixed message
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man wears a red shirt with a graphic of a large handgun over a Bible."

"He’s at a Republican-sponsored forum on the county budget. At first glance, one might think the wearer is advocating the 'Second Amendment remedy.' That is, if you don’t get your way in the voting process, get an armed crowd together and attack the elected officials who voted your side down." ...
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Submitter's Note: Or maybe he's making a statement that the Second Amendment protects the First.
 

A Modest Proposal (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Could you imagine if they combined parkour with IDPA, USPSA, or IPSC? It would be like the X Games on steroids!"
 

NV: Police: Reno homeowner shot, killed man who was attempting to rob him
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"Reno police said a 32-year-old homeowner Wednesday night shot and killed a 19-year-old man who drove up to his home and confronted him with a gun while demanding his property." ...

"[Lt] Rafaqat said he discourages dangerous confrontations, and asked that residents be 'good witnesses' and immediately report suspicious activity to police." ...
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KABA Note: I think the homeowner's method of 'discouraging dangerous confrontations' will work better than the Ell-Tee's method.
 

HI: When Seconds Count Will You Survive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.' People often hear this statement thrown about and automatically believe that it is a derogatory statement against our police officers."

"That line of thought could not be further from the truth."

"The fact is, it has absolutely nothing to do with the police, but everything to do with the limitations of physics. Although law enforcement officers are heroes in every sense of the word, they are not superheroes-they cannot fly or teleport." ...
 

PA: Guns on campus? That's trouble waiting to happen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The most recent controversy on my Pittsburgh university campus has been whether to create a police department with armed cops. The question has divided the campus. Some believe armed guards would provide more safety in our downtown neighborhood; others believe there is a negative image from the perceived need to have armed police on a campus advertised as safe. Some question whether an officer would be tempted to use a gun simply because he/she has it. But I suspect most of us on this campus would agree that it is foolish to let students and others outside of the police carry guns on campus." ...
 

TN: Keep Vanderbilt gun-free
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "It is true — one place where students should feel safest, universities, are too often not safe at all. But how to respond to this issue is a complex, difficult question. 'More guns' is certainly not the answer."

"The problem with guns is obvious: They kill people. And putting them in more hands within the college environment, even as a preventative measure against such atrocities as the Virginia Tech massacre, represents nothing less than a misguided overreaction." ...
 

Chicago Mayors Richard Daley and Rahm Emanuel: Concealed Carry Sucks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As Mayor and Mayor-Elect of the City of Chicago, we are writing to express our strong and unequivocal opposition t concealed carry legislation." ...
 

Obama cuts Congress out of his new gun control lawmaking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The next day, Obama played politics with other people's pain. The White House, the vice president's office, and the Justice Department joined with prominent Big Gun Control groups in a Giffords brainstorming session described by a Huffington Post commentator as 'Obama looking for ways around Congress on gun policy.'"

"The talk was of 'executive orders or agency action' to 'explore potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action,' according to administration officials." ...
 

OH: Coughlin may seek GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, challenge anti-gun Sen. Sherrod Brown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week we reported that Ohio Treasurer of State Josh Mandel (R), who has earned the endorsement of Buckeye Firearms Association in several previous campaigns, is reportedly leaning toward a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012."

"We are pleased to report that another former BFA endorsee is also considering a run." ...
 

OH: Restaurant/ Car Carry Rules Fix and Restoration of Rights scheduled for possible vote in Senate committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After another disappointing week with no floor action in the Republican-led House on HB45 (Restaurant/Car Carry Rules Fix) and HB54 (Restoration of Rights), both of which have been passed in committee after multiple hearings, identical bills are showing new signs of life in the Senate." ...
 

OK: "Make my day" law extension passes committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Senate panel on Thursday advanced a measure that would extend the state's 'make my day' law to businesses."

"The full Senate, meanwhile, approved a bill that would establish a Second Amendment Day in Oklahoma." ...
 

CA: California Gov. Jerry Brown tells cops, 'I've got 3 guns'
Submitted by: John Jorgensen / GS2AC
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... "Brown suggested that it's ridiculous for opponents of his plan to transfer thousands of felons from state prisons to county jails to lampoon it as the 'get a dog, buy a gun' bill. It's perfectly natural for people to have those items in their homes anyway, he said."

"'I've got three guns and one dog,' he told the Alliance of California Law Enforcement."

"Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford declined to say Wednesday afternoon what kinds of guns her boss possesses."

"'We don't discuss the governor's arsenal in detail,' she said." ...
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Submitter's Note: A hypocritical gun banner or a 2nd amendment advocate, will the real Jerry Brown standup?

KABA Note: Seriously? Three guns is "an arsenal"?!?
 

MT: Montana Permitless Carry Bill to be Voted on by Full House & Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA-supported House Bill 271, sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), passed out of the Conference Committee this morning and anti-gun Senate amendments were stripped out of the bill."

"In fact, HB 271 was made better than it was as introduced!" ...
 

CA: NRA & CRPAF Lawsuit Forces San Francisco to Amend City Law but City Still Gets It Wrong
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"San Francisco just can’t seem to get self-defense civil rights right." ...
 

Was The ATF Funneling Guns to the Sinaloa Cartel?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TTAG started the week with a post reporting that Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s silence on the ATF Gunwalker scandal—in which agents of the United States government let smugglers transport some 3000 guns into the hands of vicious Mexican drug thugs—was down to the fact that his administration was in bed with the Sinaloa drug cartel. And that the U.S. DEA was also giving the Sinaloas a pass. As predicted, Sinaloa member Ismael Zambada has filed a brief in federal court fingering the feds for their involvement in his gang’s activities. ... And here’s the kicker . . ."

"It also asserts that Zambada was working for the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ..." ...
 

NRA Names Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife Officer Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the selection of Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife Officer Michael Neal as its 2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year."

"Officer Neal was selected for this distinguished award based upon his selfless act of valor on May 20, 2010, in West Memphis, Arkansas." ...
 

NY: Gun Groups Challenge NYC Pistol License Fees
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) in conjunction with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have filed suit against the City of New York over the fees charged by the New York City Police Department for the costs associated with the processing of pistol license applications." ...
 

CT: Ban on high-capacity magazines an assault on gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This letter is to rebuttal Marty Isaac of Trumbull and his statement that high-capacity magazines are a threat to public safety, published on April 3." ...
 

OR: CR’s at OSU doin’ it Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What’cha doin’ next week? Well, if you want to head over to OSU you may have a chance to win a gun!"

"Yep, you read that right. This coming Monday, April 11th through Friday April 15th the Oregon State University College Republicans will be holding their annual Second Amendment Week."

"As part of the festivities they will be raffling off an AR-15 rifle ..." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
When Pa was at home the gun always lay across those two wooden hooks above the door. ... The gun was always loaded, and always above the door so that Pa could get it quickly and easily, any time he needed a gun. — Laura Ingalls Wilder

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