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Toomey being touted as key to gun deal
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"If you don’t punish betrayals, and if politicians know they can do so without consequences, what incentive do you give them and others who would follow their bad examples to change? Cowardly acquiescence at the polls simply guarantees more betrayals."
 

AR: Obama taking guns debate in 'wrong direction'
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President Barack Obama has pushed the debate on guns in "the wrong direction," former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) said Sunday.
After the Newtown shooting, Hutchinson was tasked by the National Rifle Association with formulating new school safety measures, and that's where "I really believe that our focus should be," he said. ...
It's a mistake, Hutchinson added, to think that the federal government can eradicate gun violence by imposing tighter restrictions on guns.
 

TX: East Texas stores ration ammo as shortage affects law enforcement
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A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year’s firearm qualifications — something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office.
The sheriff was able to pull the plug on that plan this past week, when the department’s bullet order, placed more than 60 days ago, finally came in.
The shipment arrived just in time, since Gregg County deputies must renew their firearm qualifications this month, Cerliano said. ...
Like Gregg County, law enforcement agencies nationwide are feeling the squeeze as ammunition flies off the shelves across the country.
 

Ammo Manufacturers Scramble to Keep Up with Demand, Reassure Eager Customers
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The run on ammunition has manufacturers scrambling to accommodate demand and reassure customers, as many new and seasoned gun owners stock up over fears of new firearms regulations at both the state and federal levels.
 

The Original Intent of We The People's Fundamental Law, (U.S. Constitution)
Submitted by: E. David Quammen
Website: http://gunshowonthenet.blogspot.com/

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What follows are quotations from the written works which were employed as the means used to sell We The People on the idea of the proposed Constitution. These are excerpts from articles published in various newspapers throughout our nation at that time. Having established that FACT. It can thus be exerted that We The People accepted these writings as the original intent of the proposed Fundamental law. And accordingly, gave our consent to be governed by it: ..."

“...it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of insuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”--Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No. 25.
 

TX: Hundreds of Texas educators take free concealed handgun class
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A concealed handgun training class envisioned by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle before his death drew hundreds of educators to a Texas school auditorium Saturday.
More than 700 teachers and administrators attended the all-day session on gun laws and safety at Kennedale High School in Dallas-Fort Worth area, The Dallas Morning News reported.
The free class was organized by Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill and Kyle, who was fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range in February. ...
Teachers from across the state and at least one representative from each school district in North Texas attended the class, which was organized in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to the report.
 

OH: First Buckeye Firearms Foundation-funded training class for Ohio teachers is a success; It won't be the last
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The training class that Buckeye Firearms Foundation proposed at a town hall meeting following the mass murder of teachers and school children in Newtown, Connecticut, has been completed. The class of 24 teachers, administrators, and school employees attended a three day class at Tactical Defense Institute (TDI) in Adams County, Ohio on March 25-27. The weather was cold and at times difficult, but the teachers-turned-students all showed up ready and eager to learn.
 

NY: Schumer urges Congress to pass gun laws
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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Sen. Charles Schumer teamed up with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly today to call on Congress to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. Schumer, Kelly and victims of gun violence urged Congress to pass gun control measures that include universal background checks. The bill, which could go before Congress this week, would prevent anyone with a felony, mental illness or record of spousal abuse from obtaining a gun. The proposal needs 60 votes to pass.
 

NY: State Says More Gun Background Checks Are Being Done
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Saturday in Rochester marked one of the biggest gun shows in the region. State attorney general, Eric Schneiderman has created a system of encouraging gun show operators to tag guns once they are bought at private sales. According to the state's chief prosecutor, this measure will help crack down on illegal gun purchases and keep people safe through background checks.
 

NY: Galway junior rifle team prepares to compete nationally
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"It takes an incredible amount of self discipline and concentration to really get good at it," said Coach Chuck Boykin. The teens on the junior rifle team range in age from 12 to 18. "Shooting is a very mental sport. It's 90 percent mental, ten percent physical," Logan Ogden said. It's that intense focus that has Logan Ogden, 14, and Breanna Flint, 18, preparing for the National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs this week. "One target has ten bulls and you can get ten points on each bull. You want to try to hit that little tiny dot in the center to get a ten," Ogden said. Last year's Junior Olympics winner in Logan's category received a score of 576 out of 600.
 

CA: Lines for ammo long at Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Ontario
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Ammunition was the hot item Saturday as gun enthusiasts from around Southern California converged on the Ontario Convention Center for the first day of the two-day Crossroads of the West Gun Show.
The Ontario Convention Center was busy with some people arriving and others leaving with such purchases as walking sticks to firearms cases. But of all the items available, ammo was at the top of many shopping lists.
At one point, a line to purchase ammunition was snaking around the exhibit hall, said Bob Templeton, the owner of the gun show. It was taking about three hours for shoppers to make their way to the head of the line, he said.
 

AR: Government Can’t Solve Problem Of Violence
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Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), who led the National Rifle Association's school safety task force, said Sunday that President Obama should have turned to school safety measures rather than broad gun restrictions after the Newtown school shooting because government cannot solve America's violence problem.
On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace pressed Hutchinson, saying that his report for the NRA on how to make schools safer will do nothing to protect Americans in shopping malls or movie theaters from a gunman. Hutchinson responded that government cannot stop violence in American society.
 

States look to tax guns, ammo -- Some states and counties are studying whether to tax gun and ammunition purchases
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Cook County, Ill., this month began collecting a $25 tax on gun purchases, and at least six states are considering new taxes on firearms or ammunition as a way to help pay for the consequences of gun violence. ...
A group of gun sellers and owners sued to block the gun tax, saying it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Circuit Court Judge David Atkins denied a temporary restraining order, saying the lawsuit didn't show "that this right is threatened by the tax."
 

WI: Botched ATF sting in Milwaukee ensnares brain-damaged man
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ATF agents running an undercover storefront in Milwaukee used a brain-damaged man with a low IQ to set up gun and drug deals, paying him in cigarettes, merchandise and money, according to federal documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel. ...
Once authorities shut down the operation, they charged the 28-year-old man with federal gun and drug counts. ...
Wright's IQ measures in the 50s, about half of a normal IQ, according to those familiar with him. Wright's score is classified as mildly or moderately disabled, depending on the IQ scale used.

Submitter's comment: "I'm the only one in this room, professional enough, that I know of, to carry this Glock 40. I'm the only" BANG!
 

Maya Angelou admits to using guns for protection
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Obama's favorite poet at odds with president's gun control proposals?

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United States Crime Rates 1960 - 2011 in relation to Gun Control Laws/NICS Background checks
Submitted by: E. David Quammen
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"The statistics from the chart were gathered from the Disaster Center referenced above. To which were added the last two columns on the right. Which contain information concerning U.S. gun law enactment periods. As well as crime rate variances, and finally; N.I.C.S., (National Instant Criminal Background Check), numbers,

"As it is plain to see, crime rates started a dramatic rise after the 1968 Gun Control Act...."
 

White House looks to salvage gun-control legislation
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The Obama administration took to the airwaves Sunday morning to call on Republicans to back the president’s plan for gun control.
In interviews on “Fox News Sunday” and ABC’s “This Week,”Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser, pointed out that 90 percent of Americans support President Obama’s plan to expand background checks on citizens who purchase guns, and he pressured Republicans to get on board with what he said where “common-sense measures.” ...
Mr. Pfeiffer warned that a potential Republican filibuster is getting in the way of significant and meaningful gun-reform legislation.

Submitter's comment: 90 percent? This guy is too stupid to know that if you want people to believe your lies, you have to use believable figures.
 

TX: Beaumont Serial Robber Caught After Victim Shot Him
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After striking again early Sunday morning, a Beaumont serial robber has finally been caught, but not before he targeted a victim who fought back.

Beaumont and Lumberton Police collectively captured 21-year-old Scott Allen Willis Sunday after he committed two more robberies in Lumberton.

Police say Willis, along with the help of 22-year-old Malik Washington and 21-year-old Ariel Malveaux, first abducted a woman in the 200 block of Village Creek Parkway.

They drove her to an ATM and made her withdraw money before releasing her.

Then they attempted to rob two women at their home in the 100 block of Dennis Drive.

However, one of the women had the chance to grab a handgun from inside the home and shoot Willis in the abdomen.
 

ME: Lawmakers must face down NRA, stand up for sensible gun controls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A relatively recent scholarly book about the history of the gun control controversy should be required reading for legislators and anyone else who values facts over strident opinion.

"Gun Fight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," by Adam Winkler (Norton, 2011), offers some thought-provoking revelations about the National Rifle Association as background to a dramatic description of District of Columbia v. Heller, the landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision affirming the Second Amendment right of citizens to possess firearms.
 

Fears Of Government Tyranny Push Some To Reject Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the Senate returns from a two-week spring recess Monday, topping its agenda is legislation to try to curb the kind of gun violence that took the lives of 20 first-graders in Connecticut last December.

Recent polls show broad popular support for enhanced background checks and bans on military-style guns and ammunition. But many members of Congress side with gun-rights advocates who oppose such measures.

And those advocates are increasingly making the case that Americans need guns to fight government tyranny.
 

Senate Democrats stalking gun control reform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The renewed fight over gun control legislation is expected to heat up this week in the United States Congress. Democrats and Republicans are fighting over the need for universal background checks.

Making our communities safer is the goal of universal background checks according to many Democrats. Those Democrats are calling on the Senate to close the loophole that allows unchecked gun purchases. But opponents of the bill are vowing to fight any further infringement of their second amendment rights.

Gun control legislation is once again on the front burner in Congress. Back from a two-week break, Senate Democrats are pushing for tighter gun control measures in the form of universal background checks.
 

NJ: Threatening not to Enforce Laws Sends Wrong Message
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But there's a third group: chiefs and sheriffs who have outright declared that they will not enforce any gun control measure that they deem unconstitutional.

It is very easy to find admiration for a leader who is willing to put principle over politics. In a world of self agenda, it is refreshing to see someone stand for something especially when done at risk to themselves and, potentially, their careers.

But this is an extremely dangerous slope.

Whether appointed or elected, police chiefs and sheriffs do not have the power to decide what is and what is not constitutional.
 

CA: Cops: Stockton shooting might have been self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Stockton police said a fatal shooting Saturday might have been a case of self defense.

Investigators said a 24-year-old man was shot and killed along West Flora Street, near North Van Buren.
 

MA: US arms control advocates must show they like guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state recently passed some of the strictest gun control measures in the country, often reminds people he is a hunter. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who founded a gun control advocacy group after surviving a gunshot wound to the head, says she and her husband keep two guns in a safe at home. Vice President Joe Biden boasts that he owns two shotguns. And the White House recently released a photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at the Camp David presidential retreat, trying to silence skeptics of his claim in an interview that he has actually shot a gun.
 

CT: The next step is the legal challenge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state recently passed some of the strictest gun control measures in the country, often reminds people he is a hunter. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who founded a gun control advocacy group after surviving a gunshot wound to the head, says she and her husband keep two guns in a safe at home. Vice President Joe Biden boasts that he owns two shotguns. And the White House recently released a photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at the Camp David presidential retreat, trying to silence skeptics of his claim in an interview that he has actually shot a gun.
 

WA: Shooting in Walla-Walla
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man is dead tonight after being shot in the doorway of a home. Police think the case could actually be the result of self-defense.

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Police tell Action News the shooting happened after a night of heavy drinking between two men. Early in the morning, there was a confrontation, and one of the men was asked to leave. Police say he did leave, but eventually returned to the home where he tried breaking down the door.

That's when the other man shot him with a shotgun.
 

FL: Students wear empty gun holsters in protest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A national protest against campus and state policies that prohibit carrying concealed firearms has found its way to campus, and students participating in the protest will wear empty gun holsters over their clothes this week and hand out literature supporting their cause.

Emily Schwab, a senior majoring in business with a minor in political science who is helping coordinate the protest with College Republicans, said the protest is about the issue of personal freedom and self-defense — issues she said students should be concerned about.
 

Guns save lives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We all know that guns can cost lives because the media repeat this message endlessly, as if we could not figure it out for ourselves. But even someone who reads newspapers regularly and watches numerous television newscasts may never learn that guns also save lives -- much less see any hard facts comparing how many lives are lost and how many are saved.
 

NRA Trumps OFA
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Many factors are driving the president’s and OFA’s inability to gain traction on the issue. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who has a “B” lifetime rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and is trying to protect red-state Democrats up for reelection in 2014, simply does not have the votes for a bill to impose greater controls on background checks. “They don’t have the votes to get to 51, much less 60,” says a GOP aide. “They’re losing on policy and they’re losing on message. We feel pretty good about our chances of stopping any bill that threatens the Second Amendment.”
 

FL: Why I Support the Second Amendment -- and Democrats Should Too
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, I announced I would join efforts to filibuster any gun control proposals that seek to restrict the rights of Americans who have never violated the law. Many Floridians, including our large number of hunters and sportsmen, use guns regularly and responsibly and do not deserve to be harassed or further regulated. Especially in light of recent shootings, safety is everyone’s priority. But the way to increase safety is not to take away the rights of responsible gun owners, including those wishing to protect themselves and their loved ones. Instead, by ensuring that those who obey the law can remain the first line of defense against violence, America will become better equipped to handle potential tragedies as they arise.
 

Pro-Gun Rally to ‘Muster on the Battle Green’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Where once brave colonists stood in defiance of the Crown, a pro-Second Amendment group plans to rally for the right to bear arms on the 238th anniversary of the start of American Revolution.

This Friday, April 19, Gun Rights Across America is holding a “Muster on the Battle Green” rally in Lexington.
 

Here's some good news for 2nd Amendment fans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Acting largely under the radar amid a flurry of proposals that would curb constitutional rights, an advocacy organization for the Second Amendment has been taking down gun restrictions one at a time.

The latest success by the Second Amendment Foundation has been to obtain a preliminary injunction against part of a concealed carry law in New Mexico that, according to a lawsuit, violates the right of equal protection under the law.

The organization, which was integral in the cases that established that the Second Amendment applies to states and individuals, previously launched actions against gun restrictions in New Jersey, Maryland, New York and several other states.
 

Obama’s continued use of the claim that 40 percent of gun sales lack background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two months ago, we were willing to cut the White House some slack, given the paucity of recent data. But the president’s failure to acknowledge the significant questions about these old data, or his slippery phrasing, leaves us little choice but to downgrade this claim to Three Pinocchios.
 

Use social media to confront 'universal background check' pushers on '40%' lie
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The real goal (for now--nothing said here is meant to question that the eventual goal is to ban "assault weapons," and a great deal more than that) is a private sales ban, or "universal background checks," as per the current gun-hater lingo. And nearly every proponent of the private sales ban tries to justify this legislation, about which the Sipsey Street Irregulars' Mike Vanderboegh points out that "not even King George the Third was so grasping," by claiming that "nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are made by private sellers who are exempt from" the requirement to perform a background check on a prospective firearms purchaser.
 

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