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Obama memorials bury Fast and Furious law enforcement deaths
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "While disappointing, it’s hardly surprising, especially considering no one in the 'mainstream press' elected to deem that development newsworthy, consistent with their documented record of ignoring or misdirecting the Fast and Furious story." ...
 

Freaks and Oddballs – You're One
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"[Less than] 200 days away from what will undoubtedly be one of the most important elections in US history, and most of the country still isn't even paying attention yet. Of course, those of you reading this have been paying attention for years, even decades, but that's because you're all freaks and oddballs like me. At least that's what the majority thinks of us."

"We prefer to think of ourselves as exceptional and concerned – responsible citizens, but they see us as demented political junkies lacking in real life. ..." ...
 

Zimmerman’s injuries and ‘Stand Your Ground’ under attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New revelations about the injuries suffered by accused Florida gunman George Zimmerman may sway public opinion about what happened the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin three months ago, but it may have no effect on a battle the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is waging as a direct result of that confrontation."

"CCRKBA’s Alan Gottlieb yesterday did a mass e-mail appeal to hundreds of thousands of gun rights activists nationwide, declaring that anti-gunners are exploiting the Martin slaying in an effort to eliminate so-called “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws. ..." ...
 

NW gun activists’ heated debate: How has Obama attacked 2A?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun rights activists on the Northwest Firearms forum engaged in a colorful debate over what possible harm Barack Obama has done to the Second Amendment and gun rights as president, with some suggesting that he has done nothing that should alarm gun owners."

"One participant, a self-confessed registered Democrat, made it pretty clear over the course of several entries that he does not believe Obama has hurt gun rights simply because he has not passed any anti-gun legislation." ...

"This one-dimensional viewpoint is not confined to the Pacific Northwest. ..." ...
 

DR. AWR Hawkins Expands On Our God Given Gun Rights (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cam Edwards talk to Dr, AWR Hawkins, on his recent article in The Daily Caller: How Are Gun Rights God-Given and Inalienable?" ...
 

Brady Campaign Steals “The Truth About Guns”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It’s bad enough that the gun grabbers want to grab our guns. Now they’ve grabbed our website. Well, not the website itself. Our name. The VA Tells the Truth About Guns. The NRA Can’t Handle It. So proclaimeth Brady Campaign VP Dennis A. Henigan under a TTAG-swiping extra-huffy Huffington Post headline. ..."
 

IAPCAR Says "G'day, Mate" to Australian Gun Rights Group
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Firearm Owners Association of Australia (FOAA) has joined up with the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR). The more the merrier!"

"When talking guns rights, the thing that we Americans tend to discuss the most is the Second Amendment, and since the US Constitution really only applies to the US (of course) it's not always clear how other countries handle gun rights. Well, all over the world people want to carry guns to protect their families against threats. Even if the flag they wave looks different, that basic desire will always be present." ...
 

Gun Buyers' Habits That Drive Me NUTS!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I currently dabble in the firearms industry as a gun salesman for a big box retailer and encounter customers with varying degrees of firearms knowledge. Before you instantly make the assumption that this post is the rant of a 'gunshop commando' just being an asshole; you need to hear me out. I look forward to helping someone purchase a firearm for defense or their new waterfowl gun. I really enjoy helping a parent match their child to their first firearm. I'm even eager to cover the most basic concepts as far as firearms are concerned. I never try to demean, talk-down too, or piss-off customers; because at the end of the day we all started somewhere and we are always learning. (Never forget that)" ...
 

11 Things to Consider When Choosing a Concealed Carry Holster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When choosing a concealed carry holster for your pistol, selecting the best holster you can find will add to your overall total self-defense abilities. A holster/pistol combination is part of your concealed carry defensive system. While looking at a quality holster the one factor you should consider last is the cost. Experience has taught me you get what you pay for. There should be no delays to your reactions caused by inappropriate or inadequately fitting equipment. With your life depending on it, you may never get the chance to tell others you should have picked the higher quality model." ...
 

Walther PPK Pistol Review
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Walther PPK as your primary CCW gun?"

"Recently I purchased a Walther PPK, the blued steel model manufactured in the USA by Smith & Wesson."

"I bought the gun because I recently had a concealed firearms student who couldn’t cycle a 9mm pistol."

"I wanted a pistol that had a barrel length greater than three inches, but that had a lighter spring than the 9mm, making it easier to cycle." ...
 

NDIA: Beretta ARX 160
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Italian Army is now fielding the Beretta ARX 160. Beretta has been teasing the civilian gun market with the ARX 160 modular carbine since at least the 2011 Shot Show. I was able to paw an ARX 160 SF (Special Forces) at NDIA and was very impressed with this weapon system. This carbine makes extensive use of corrosion-resistant polymers in both the upper and lower receivers, resulting in a very lightweight (6 lb) weapon platform . . ." ...
 

When You Really Need To Reach Out And Touch The Taliban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"General Dynamics unveiled their new lightweight medium machine gun in .338 Norma Magnum at the 2012 Joint Armaments Conference in Seattle yesterday. It is intended to bridge the gap between the 7.62x51 and the .50 BMG cartridges." ...
 

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 325PD: Slightly flawed, but could work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For a while, Smith & Wesson offered a large 'N' frame, lightweight .45 ACP revolver called the S&W 325PD. Although it had some unusual design features for its intended purpose, it wasn’t a bad gun, just not right as a pocket pistol."

"Today, about the closest thing in Smith & Wesson’s current lineup to it is the S&W 325 Night Guard, even though it has a 2.75-inch barrel and weighs an additional 6.5 ounces."

"Why did they stop producing the S&W 325PD? Good question." ...
 

9 Tips for Women Starting Out in Competitive Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am not a professional shooter; I do not even attempt to compete outside of my local ranges. If I were to be spending every weekend at local, regional, state, or national matches; I wouldn’t have the time to do what I really love, teaching firearms courses. However, I do make the time to shoot and participate as a range officer in our monthly action pistol matches because I think it’s great training; it tests your capabilities as well as the capabilities of your gear under stress. And heck, it’s just plain old fun!" ...
 

NDIA: Its the Shooter, Not the Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The conference rooms may not be filled to capacity here at NDIA, but there is more than enough data to keep this nerd happy for months. I’m scheduling most of these posts to keep you guys happy while Joe Grine and myself are off at the range having fun with machine guns and grenade launchers, but this one was just too interesting to hold off on…"

"ATK are the guys who run the Lake City armory. For those not in on the meaning of that statement, it means that they basically run the nation’s ammo plant. And as such, they want to be able to provide the best ammunition to our troops." ...
 

Commercial Remington XM2010: Completely Legit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I had my doubts, but it turns out that the Remington XM2010 I’ve been (slightly) obsessing about is completely legit. The guys over at Remington Defense have confirmed that it is an actual XM2010 that was purchased through a large distributor. Rumor has it that the gun is on sale for only $17,000!" ...
 

SRM Arms 16-Round Shotgun: Now in Full-Auto (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"SRM Arms has been teasing fans everywhere with promotional videos and photos of their very compact very high-capacity shotguns for some time now. Intended for law enforcement use, competitions and tactical fun everywhere, SRM shotguns have a rotary magazine with four magazine tubes for a total capacity of 16+1."

"It gets better. The SRM shotguns feed from detachable 4+4+4+4 magazines, which means you can go from empty to 16 fresh rounds of buck or slug in seconds. ..." ...
 

In Memory Of Second Amendment Advocate & Fresno DA Ed Hunt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Fresno County District Attorney Ed Hunt passed away on April 21st at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fresno California." ...

"A memorial service was held on April 30th at the First Presbyterian Church in Fresno. He is survived by Linda, his loving wife of 32 years, his daughter Tami, and his step son Steve Airman. He is also survived by his loving dogs Boomer and Gunner." ...

"Ed Hunt was well known among Second Amendment activists for supporting the right to keep and bear arms, and for being the lead plaintiff in an unprecedented prosecutor vs. prosecutor lawsuit, Hunt v. Lockyer, that got the attention of California police, prosecutors, the legislature, the criminal courts, and DOJ regulators." ...
 

TX: Homeowner Shoots 1 of 3 Daytime Home Invaders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Fort Worth, TX homeowner opened fire on 3 home invaders as they tried to break into his home. One of the men was hit. All of the suspects fled in a vehicle that was close by. The injured suspect was arrested after he was dropped off at the hospital and the other suspects were apprehended after police found their vehicle nearby." ...
 

IL: 4 Guardian Angels knifed trying to stop Red Line robbery
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"Four members of the volunteer security patrol known as the Guardian Angels were stabbed while trying to nab a man who pistol-whipped a rider on a Red Line train on the Near North Side, police say." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Who's got the guns in "gun-free" Chicago?
 

A Lack Of Class
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died serving this country. In recognition of his service to this country, Rep. Darrell Issa sponsored HR 2668 ... which renames the Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona in his memory. Having passed in the House it was sent to the Senate where last week it passed by a unaminous vote and was sent to the White House for the President's signature." ...

"Not only was this bill a non-event for the White House but US Customs and Border Protection did not even see fit to release a statement on the naming of the Border Patrol Station after one of their own who was killed in the line of duty."

"Both the actions of the White House and Customs and Border Protection are reprehensible. ..." ...
 

TX: National, state rifle associations give Tommy Merritt an A-rating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tommy Merritt, decade long NRA-Political Victory Fund and Texas State Rifle Association endorsed candidate has been "A" Rated by the NRA-PVF and TSRA."

"'I am the proud recipient of the endorsements by the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association many times in the past and I am honored by their 'A' rating. As Chairman of the House Committee on Public Safety, I worked tirelessly with the NRA and TSRA to make sure that our Second Amendment freedoms were protected. Every Texan has the right to protect themselves and I worked with the Department of Public Safety to cut the CHL backlog from 6 months to 45 days ...'" ...
 

Need national gun controls, says state Sen. Stack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I write concerning the incredible availability of handguns to our society. It's great that both New Jersey and New York have strong gun laws, but the strength of these laws is diluted when a criminal can travel to a state with more relaxed laws to buy a gun for resale in our community -- this is an outrage."

"I am in favor of law abiding citizens who wish to responsibly purchase and own a firearm. At the same time, we must examine the risk of guns, as 72 police officers were killed last year in the United States. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Sen. Stark neglects to mention that 5 of those 72 were accidental GSWs, 3 succumbed to injuries from decades before, 2 were 'blue-on-blue' casualties, and 2 were killed with their own weapons. Oh, and one was killed in a terrorist attack in Germany and one with a "Gunwalker" gun in Mexico, which leaves 58 (or not quite a third of the total officer deaths in 2011. I'm not sure what makes these officers more important than the 94 other line-of-duty deaths, but Sen. Stark seems to think they are.
 

OK: Open Carry Of Guns In Oklahoma Legalized
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It may appear the days of the Wild West are making a return but the new open carry law is not a free pass for gun owners." ...
 

IL: Rowes say right to carry vote likely to pass soon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mike and Valinda Rowe, local Second Amendment activists, report that a vote may be imminent on HB148, the family and personal protection bill which recognizes the right to carry a firearm for personal protection."

"Having just returned from a five day blitz of right to carry town hall meetings in the Chicago/Cook County area, and keeping in close communication with the bill sponsors, the Rowes expect a vote in the House of Representatives within the next two weeks." ...
 

IL: Ill. State Rep. wants citizens to sign concealed carry petition.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) is asking Second Amendment supporters to sign a petition supporting the passage of House Bill 148 which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon." ...
 

IL: Rep. Brown Urges Support for Concealed Carry Petition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation that would grant concealed carry rights to law-abiding gun owners could be called for a vote by the Illinois House of Representatives this month."

"State Representative Adam Brown (R-Decatur) is urging concerned citizens to sign a petition supporting passage of House Bill 5745, the Family and Personal Protection Act. Brown is a co-sponsor of HB 5745, which establishes statewide standards for the issuance of licenses to carry concealed firearms in Illinois." ...
 

Military Detention Law Blocked by New York Judge
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Opponents of a U.S. law they claim may subject them to indefinite military detention for activities including news reporting and political activism persuaded a federal judge to temporarily block the measure."

"U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan yesterday ruled in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Defense Department, claiming a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 31, puts them in fear that they could be arrested and held by U.S. armed forces." ...
 

MI: Detroit groundskeeper fired after finding loaded gun, handing it to cops
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"A Detroit groundskeeper, who turned in a loaded handgun he found hidden in weeds while working, was fired by the Wayne County Department of Public Services, MyFoxDetroit.com reports."

"John Chevilott, who is just two years shy of retirement, found the loaded snub-nosed revolver on May 3 when he and his crew were mowing a lawn in Wayne County. Chevilott secured the gun, waiting for police to drive by so he could hand it over to them." ...

 

CA: Calguns Foundation Establishes “DOJ Watch” Incident Reporting System
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a response to an increasing number of reports of apparently improper conduct on the part of the California Department of Justice towards those seeking to acquire firearms for self-defense – a protected activity under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution."

"The Calguns Foundation has established an incident and issue reporting form ..." ...
 

NJ: Writer: Trenton ‘Food For Guns’ was ‘illegal’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While many of the firearms statutes are open to various interpretations ... the laws that affect these gun buyback programs are pretty black and white."

"Let’s start with 'Voluntary Surrender'. Under the law, voluntary surrender is only legal when written notification is made to the chief law enforcement officer of your town of residence, or the superintendent of the NJSP, ... Said notification is to specify the proposed date and time of the surrender and surrender can only be made to the CLEO. ..."

"So we see, from the outset, that these gun buybacks, where people can just walk-in off the street and surrender a weapon without any questions asked (total immunity), are patently illegal. But it doesn’t stop there." ...
 

IN: Openly Carrying Marine Vet Excluded from Voting Booths, For No Real Reason (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A marine veteran was unjustly turned away from a voting booth because he was openly carrying a handgun."

"If you ever wonder why the phrase 'I support our troops' gets thrown around so much, it's because of people like Clay Edinger. This man showed a level of principle and calm composure that few people would have been able to maintain in such a frustrating situation." ...
 

CA: Rocket launcher among items hauled in by L.A. police dept.'s Gun Buyback Program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck holds up a rocket launcher taken as part of a cache of weapons received as part of a weekend gun buyback program at Los Angeles Police headquarters in Los Angeles on Monday, May 14, 2012. The haul also included 791 handguns, 527 rifles, 302 shotguns, marking a four-year low. A local supermarket chain donated $200,000 in gift cards to give out in exchange for the guns." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out what a big fat liar Chief Beck is. (Hint: The word TRAINER in inch-and-a-half high letters across the tube.)
 

FL: Trayvon Martin killed by single gunshot fired from 'intermediate range,' autopsy shows
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"Florida teenager Trayvon Martin died from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired from 'intermediate range,' according to an autopsy report reviewed Wednesday by NBC News."

"The official report, prepared by the medical examiner in Volusia County, Fla., also found that the 17-year-old Martin had one other fresh injury – a small abrasion, no more than a quarter-inch in size – on his left ring finger below the knuckle." ...
 

What Zimmerman, Martin medical reports tell us and the media didn't (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The new medical reports on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case tell us a lot. And it is not just for what they find, but also what they don’t find."

"First, the reports provide striking evidence that Zimmerman did not start the fight with Martin, and that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. Martin’s injuries were two-fold: broken skin on his knuckles and the fatal gunshot wound."

"Zimmerman’s injuries involved: a fractured nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury." ...
 

Gun Lovers Passions Offers Free Social Networking & Dating for Hunters & Second Amendment Advocates
Submitted by: Passions Network
Website: http://www.gunloverspassions.com

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"Gun Lovers Passions is taking aim at the niche online dating and social networking market, by providing a unique community where members can make new friends and even find romance...while discussing their favorite firearms. As part of the Passions Network network of niche community sites, Gun Lovers Passions welcomes gun owners, hunters, 2nd Amendment advocates, and anyone else that appreciates guns." ...
 

Minnesota Joins Rest of US in Love of Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Minnesota counties are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of gun permit requests."

"Guns, guns, guns! That's the overall message that we're happy to report time and time and time again. People everywhere are buying lots of guns, and in record numbers."

"The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota has just shared its gun statistics with the public, and it's looking like the good folks of Minnesota love guns just as much as the rest of the country. The sheriff's department received 1,875 gun permit applications in the first four months of 2012, compared to just 1,220 during the same period in 2011. That's an overall increase of 54%!" ...
 

NJ: Trenton police SUV is hit 5 times by gunfire, but two officers escape unharmed
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"Two Trenton police officers narrowly escaped injury late last night when a gunman opened fire on their patrol SUV, leaving five bullet holes in the vehicle, police said."

"The investigation into the shooting is ongoing this morning, as the state chapter of the Policemen's Benevolent Association announced a $20,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest."

"The shooting in the 600 block of Stuyvesant Avenue came as the two-man vehicle was traveling on the West Ward street shortly before midnight. Early this morning, police said it was clear that the gunman deliberately shot at police and intended the officers to be the targets of the shooting." ...
 

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