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The Truth About School Shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The truth about school shootings: they happen. Not often. But when they do, they are horrific. What could be more of a nightmare than kissing your child goodbye in the morning, leaving him or her in the care of others and never seeing your loved one alive again? Here’s what I don’t get. If your child died at school because their care-givers failed to protect them from a foreseeable accident, you’d blame the teachers, administrators and school system. You might even blame yourself for putting your child in that school. But if a child is shot at school, it’s society’s fault for giving him access to a gun. Where’s the sense in that?" ...
 

This Just In: NICS Instant Background Checks Will Continue. Slowly.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a federal government shutdown looms, TTAG’s been trying to get the definitive 411 on its possible impacts on potential gun buyers. The burning question: will the Congressional funding spat will put an indefinite kibosh on non-private gun purchases? If the NICS stops processing instant background checks, this will virtually eliminate commercial firearm purchases in the Land Of The Free . . ." ...
 

HBO Documentary 'Gun Fight' Debuts April 13; Marks Fourth Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are an estimated 250 million guns in the United States today. Over the past dozen years, a string of deadly shootings has pockmarked the nation as guns – licensed and unlicensed – have found their way into the wrong hands."

"Blending archival and original footage, two-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple ... investigates the complex issues surrounding guns and the heated debate over how best to reduce gun violence in the U.S., telling stories of citizens and activists on different sides in GUN FIGHT. The thought-provoking documentary debuts WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 (9:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) ..." ...
 

Wilson Combat 1911 Sales Go Through the Roof
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'This is the year of the 1911,' Wilson Combat’s John May tells TTAG. 'Thanks to the gun’s centennial, our marketing efforts and our huge number of customization options, sales have just taken off.' Roger that. May reports that Wilson Combat's already built 68 percent of last year's total sales figures. 'We've got 1140 guns on back order. If you want a Wilson this year, you better order it now.' Well he would say that wouldn’t he? But give Bill’s Boyz credit . . ."

"Most companies respond to skyrocketing demand by raising prices, making hay while the sun shines and reducing demand. Wilson Combat has only hoiked the price of its CQB—by a single Franklin. 'We’ll never compromise quality,' May assures." ...
 

First Impressions: Gen4 Glock G17, G19 & G26
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I’m not a Glock guy, never have been. I choose a Springfield XD over the Glock as a duty weapon and never gave it a second thought. The XD was better looking, had more safeties than a chastity belt and a grip angle that was light years ahead of the club-footed Glock. Sure Glock may have been 'first' to the polymer pistol prom, but everyone knows it’s better to be fashionably late. I was never going to be swayed from the premise that Glocks were homely looking and uncomfortable to shoot. So if that was the case why do I find myself considering joining the brainwashed masses at glocktalk.com?"

"Gen4. Right out of the box you notice that these aren’t your daddy’s Glocks. ..." ...
 

It’s a BIG Year for O.F. Mossberg Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"[National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers] interview with Member Company: O. F. Mossberg & Sons Inc. and Tom Taylor, VP Sales & Marketing." ...
 

TX: Recent gun scare on campus reignites concealed carry issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Some student organizations that are partnering with Invest in Texas believe that Monday’s incident will help their cause in opposing concealed guns on campus."

"'I'm hoping the scare makes our legislature realize that [guns on campus] are the students' choice. Our voice should be heard on this matter,' said Ashley Jennings, president of one of the sponsoring organizations, Communication Council." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course it is the students' choice! No one should be forced to carry a concealed weapon if they don't want to!
 

PA: Pastors and Guns (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... This is a rare site these days—protesters outside a gun shop. It’s called Delia’s, and it’s in North Philadelphia. The organizers are religious leaders from many different faiths. There are also people of faith protesting the protesters, like Bill Grumbine." ...
 

LA: Fix Gun Checks Tour stops at Tulane
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Fix Gun Checks Tour came to the Lavin-Bernick Center Quad yesterday as part of a campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of more than 550 mayors, including New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, to draw attention to the problems in the gun background check system in the United States." ...
 

Key figure in ATF's Gunrunner operation cooperating in congressional inquiry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A key leader in the federal law enforcement operation suspected of allowing high-powered assault weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels is now cooperating with congressional investigators, providing a crucial new window into the controversial operation known as Project Gunrunner." ...
 

ATF street agents excoriate Gillett. "He is no whistleblower";"The silver lining in this that (Melson, et.al) are about to be served up by an insider"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Whistleblowers are people who know of corruption or criminal acts and for moral and ethical reasons risk their careers and reputations to report that to higher authorities. George Gillett has used his power to destroy Whistleblowers." ...
 

The latest on the ATF "Gunrunner" scandal: Wondrous things, the subpoena...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "When subpoenas start flying, it's a sign that things are about to get complicated."

"Friday morning, Congressman Darrell Issa issued a congressional subpoena to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for documents related to the Gunrunner probe. Issa had tried nicely to get the documents, writing acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson to request the information by a Wednesday, [March] 30, 2011 deadline."

"Melson ignored the deadline."

"Seems now he's kicking another hornet's nest ..." ...
 

DOJ stonewalling continues with response to House Judiciary Committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'This responds to your letter dated March 9, 2011, which asked a number of questions about the [ATF] investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious,' Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich advised House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith in an April 4 letter (see sidebar slide show)." ...
 

Grassley warns ATF, takes gloves off on 'stonewalling'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senator Charles Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, took the gloves off yesterday with the publication of an Op-Ed piece that alleges he is being stonewalled by at least five federal agencies, including the [ATF] in his probe of ATF's 'Project Gunrunner.'"

"And today, Sen. Grassley sent another letter to the ATF asking for details on what guidance the agency gave to its field agents about responding to Grassley’s requests. ..." ...
 

U.S. general says scores of millions of guns in Mexico from Central America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "According to [U.S. Southern Command head, U.S. Airforce General Douglas] Fraser in testimony to the Senate, more than 50% of military grade weaponry flowing through the region originated from Central American arsenals, with the total quantity in circulation estimated at between 45 million and 80 million firearms." ...
 

Congressional Fly-In Brings Firearms Industry and Lawmakers Together
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry — hosted its annual Congressional 'Fly-In' for executives from industry companies this week."

"The nearly 40-member delegation heard from Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Rep. Don Young (R-At Large-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-1-NM) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-4-Ark.), a co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Second Amendment Task Force, among other congressional leaders." ...
 

CA: Assembly OKS concealed guns for four legislators
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"Assembly Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald Pane has given four legislators permission to carry concealed weapons in the state Capitol, according to two senior Senate staff members who have been informed of the decision." ...
 

IL: Illinois House lawmakers vote to keep FOID card names secret
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois lawmakers on Friday fought the attorney general’s ruling by approving legislation to seal the names of authorized gun owners from public access."

"The House on Friday voted 98-12 to send House Bill 3500 to the Senate for consideration." ...
 

MD: In Md., gun control bills face uphill fight: panel controlled by defense lawyer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite the tragedy in Tucson and a rash of deadly shootings this year in Prince George’s County, almost every gun-control bill proposed in Maryland has died — again — in a committee controlled by a Washington area defense lawyer whose firm has become highly successful at helping clients avoid lengthy prison terms for alleged gun crimes." ...
 

MO: Lawmakers Look to Expand Second Amendment Rights in Missouri
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"The Arizona shootings created a national debate over large capacity ammunition clips. In Missouri, some defend the clips as lawmakers pass legislation to expand second amendment rights." ...
 

IL: Chicago Cops Come Out for Concealed Carry (letter)
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MO: Days after arrest of Missouri sheriff, his chief deputy now facing charges, too
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"Days after the sheriff of Carter County, Mo., was charged with distributing methamphetamine, his former chief deputy is accused of burglary and receiving stolen property."

"The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Steffanie Kearbey told authorities she committed the burglary at the request of the former sheriff, Tommy Adams. ..." ...
 

FL: City Commission approves $30k settlement of lawsuit over former GPD officer Reveille
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city of Gainesville will pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil lawsuit brought against city government over the actions of former Police Officer David Reveille." ...
 

NY: Claim targets Troy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The police department has fired an officer accused of molesting a woman, and the city now faces a lawsuit from the alleged victim."

"Kevin M. Weatherby was suspended and is the subject of an internal investigation after the woman filed a complaint ... alleging Weatherby groped her while they were working at the Price Chopper in Lansingburgh." ...

"Weatherby, who was wearing his police uniform and had his gun, allegedly made a verbal advance, touched her shoulders and eventually rubbed her genitalia, she said in her statement." ...
 

AL: Former officer indicted
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"A Lawrence County grand jury has indicted a former North Courtland police officer on two counts of vehicular homicide, Sheriff Gene Mitchell confirmed Thursday."

"The former officer, Brandon Shane Mundy, was involved in a wreck that killed two people last summer. Mundy was fired by the North Courtland Town Council four months ago after an investigation into the accident by state troopers, during which Mundy admitted to running a stop sign, North Courtland Police Chief Alex Taylor said last month." ...
 

DE: State trooper charged with stalking woman
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"A Delaware State Police trooper is accused of stalking a woman for more than a month." ...

"Investigators say Mitchell repeatedly called, emailed and sent letters to a 38-year-old Sussex County woman." ...

"As the investigation continued, police say Mitchell was placed on suspension and advised not to contact the victim. However, police said, Mitchell continued emailing the woman." ...
 

TX: Former Police Chief Charged With Sex Assault
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"A former North Texas police chief is accused of having sexual relations with a girl between 2001 and 2004." ...

"... Lewis ... was arrested Thursday on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, eight counts of indecency with a child/sexual contact and five counts of sexual assault of a child. ..." ...
 

OR: Medford police officer is arrested on sex abuse charge
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"A Medford police officer has been arrested on a sexual abuse charge for reportedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl." ...

"Officer Tyler Terrell Chase, 23, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor."

"Both are misdemeanor charges." ...
 

TX: Outrage After Officer Pepper Sprays Baby Squirrel
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"A YouTube video of a police officer using pepper spray on a baby squirrel has sparked outrage in the city of Mesquite, Tx."

"A student recorded the incident. In the video, the officer is seen spraying the animal after it began chasing students around at Kimbrough Middle School." ...
 

IN: In the gun debate, we often speak different languages
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jim Bolin was as shocked as anyone else in Morgan County to hear about the shooting of a teen at Martinsville's West Middle School."

"But he's not shocked enough to get rid of his guns -- even though he and his wife are raising five children younger than 5 in their Mooresville home."

"'I think if people are responsible and they're not criminals, they're allowed to have guns, they should have all they want,' Bolin said." ...
 

KY: Guns on rise in state Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kentucky has seen a surge in people carrying guns into the Capitol, a legal activity here and in at least 10 other states, but one that is worrisome to critics." ...
 

IL: Roundtable: Illinois' proposed concealed carry law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Do you support HB 148 (Family and Personal Protection Act), a bill that would authorize county sheriffs to issue permits for adults to carry concealed firearms in Illinois?" ...
 

Brazil: Rio's drive to remove drug gangs from slums brings calm to hospital A&E
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... "... Doctors say a fledgling government drive to 'pacify' Rio's slums – by ridding every favela of heavily armed drugs gangs by the time the city hosts the 2016 Olympics – has sent the number of gunshot patients into freefall."

"In the wake of a massive military operation in November, in which security forces stormed and permanently occupied two vast favelas near the hospital, the number of bullet wound admissions at Getúlio Vargas has dropped almost 50%. In February there were 29 cases of what doctors call 'PAFs' – firearm perforations. In the first 11 days of March there were just four." ...
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Submitter's Note: Wait, you mean if you lock up criminals the guns stop shooting people?
 

Canada: Gun control: Politics before safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back on the merry-go-round, voters. The assault on Canada’s gun laws has begun again."

"That Prime Minister Stephen Harper would pledge to get rid of the federal long-gun registry was inevitable. It works for him on two fronts ..." ...
 

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