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CCRKBA Applauds House, Senate Vote on Parks Personal Protection
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"With passage by the House earlier today of legislation that will allow legally armed citizens to carry loaded firearms in national parks, Congress has taken a responsible step toward increasing park safety for millions of visitors, whether they are armed or not, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said."

"The measure passed the Senate last week on a lopsided 67-29 vote with 27 Democrats and one Independent joining 39 Republicans. Today's House vote was equally lopsided, with 279 voting in favor of the measure and 147 voting against it."

"'This is a great victory for gun rights and common sense,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. ..." ...
 

Violence Policy Center proves that more guns means less violent crime, murder
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "When it comes to homicide and overall violent crime ... the full dataset shows that 'weak' states are safer: 19.8% lower firearms homicide and 6.8% lower non-firearms homicide rates. Moreover, the 'weak' states had 21.5% less violent crime."

"Bottom line: Suicide rates drive the difference between 'gun death' in VPCs 'strong' and 'weak' gun law states, but since 'weak' states also have higher rates of non-gun suicide, VPC must either admit there are other causative factors besides gun availability, or admit that if more guns cause more suicides, then guns also cause less homicide and violent crime. As it stands right now, VPC's own data proves that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens is an effective anti-crime tool."
 

To Serve and Protect (Themselves)
Submitted by: Larry

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"... the late Aaron Russo, used to open some of his talks with a question: How can you know whether or not you live in a police state?" ...

"Imagine yourself, he said, driving down the road. ..."

"Now ... imagine that as you pass an intersection, you look in the rearview mirror and see that a police car has turned onto the street behind you. ... He's just settling in behind you, driving at the same speed as you "

"Are you comforted by the knowledge that the police are out on patrol, fighting crime? Or do you start to worry ..."

"The latter reaction ... is a sign that you're living in a police state: A society in which you and everyone around you are subject to the arbitrary whims, and expected to obey the every command, of 'law enforcement personnel.'" ...
 

Go ahead, make my day: Do more guns mean less crime?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Only recently, I was one of those misguided souls who thought that the government should enact stricter gun control laws. Count me among the flip-floppers. The recent spate of opinion-page letter writers and the pronouncements of gun advocates has convinced me, and helped me to reach my current state of enlightenment."

"Their argument is unassailable. Our safety will be increased when more people carry firearms. With the proliferation of guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, criminals will begin to fear real and immediate retribution."

"I disagree, however, with the NRA's desire to have each state pass a concealed weapons law. Weapons should not be concealed. The laws should require that all weapons be carried in plain sight. ..." ...
 

Obama May Grab for Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"President Obama voiced his support for an anti-gun treaty with such wide ranging implications that it could ban everything from assembling guns in kits to repackaging spent shells."

"The treaty was signed by former President Clinton, but never approved by Congress. ... Obama put his weight behind it during his whirlwind tour abroad late last month."

"Yesterday's passage of legislation that revoked the longstanding ban on guns in national parks proved that this treaty would probably fall by the wayside once more ... But the fact that Obama voiced his support for it speaks volumes about the President's view of the Second Amendment, after his famous claim to not 'take away guns' from law-abiding Americans." ...
 

NRA Comes to SF to Challenge Gun Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The NRA claims the City of San Francisco's 'trigger lock' requirement for handguns in homes violates state laws and the Second Amendment. Plaintiffs include an officer of the San Francisco chapter of Pink Pistols, 'an organization that represents the interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered firearms owners.'"

"The NRA claims that requiring handguns to be rendered 'inoperable at all times,' makes it impossible for its members to use guns for self-defense, 'particularly in urgent, life-threatening situations.'"

"The ordinance also prohibits the firing of guns within the home in self-defense as well as the sale of ammunition 'specifically designed for use in self-defense emergencies,' the complaint states." ...
 

Texas Senators Who Voted to Force Hidden and Loaded Guns Onto College Campuses Put Students' Lives at Greater Risk of Gun Violence
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Today the Texas state senate passed dangerous legislation that would force the carrying of hidden and concealed guns at public universities and colleges. The measure now heads to the House where college students and gun violence prevention advocates are calling for leadership to prevent the bill's passage. The bill threatens the safety of students, professors, and staff and increases the risks of gun violence on college campuses by making weapons more readily available." ...
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KABA Note: Of course no one is going to be forced to carry a gun as these loons claim. Besides, to paraphrase Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm: "You don't like the fact that the administration can't ban guns on your college campus? Drop out of school."
 

Open Carry Picnic in Onalaska, WI a huge success
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On a wonderful but chilly Sunday about 210 men, women, and children gathered at a neighborhood park in Onalaska for 'Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and guns.' Half the people were Open Carrying their favorite side-arms."

"Two men were Concealed Carry instructors from Minnesota where concealed carry is more than accepted."

"One gentleman was a new Wisconsinite from Arizona. He came to the event because he was appalled at WIs gun laws. Seems that in AZ you are weird if you do NOT have a gun.

"So, you ask, WHY do we need to attend a picnic with guns on our hips?"

"We need to show the public that owning and carrying a gun does not mean we are gangsters. The general public fears guns. ..." ...
 

AR: Sebastian County Quorum Court Rules Unanimously Gun Ban in Parks Must End
Submitted by: ARCCA
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org

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"The guys at Arkansas Carry are tonight reporting that the Sebastian County Quorum Court meeting went well. In fact they apparently voted unanimously to end the ban on guns in city parks!"

"Arkansas Carry gets a big, 'Bravo Zulu' for their work tonight. This could effect the rest of the state's rules on guns in city parks."

"Right now here's the update from their website, 'The Quorum Court agenda tonight was really full, and they moved the Ben Geren gun ban repeal to the very last. The meeting started at 7 pm, but they didn't get to our subject until about 8:30. When it was introduced, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue was asked to come up and talk about it, and he pretty much elaborated about the items covered in his letter ...'"
 

OK: Homeowner takes a shot at burglar
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"One burglar may be considering a different profession after nearly losing his life during a break-in, last Wednesday."

"Heather Fitzgerald says she was checking e-mail in her garage with the garage partially open. Shortly before 3:00 a.m., however, an intruder crawled in."

"Heather immediately worried for her children, who were sleeping inside the home. She grabbed her 9-milimeter pistol and fired two shots at the man."

"Police do not believe he was hit because they found no blood ... As he was running away, she says she lined up the gun's laser sight on his back, but did not pull the trigger again, most likely sparing his life." ...

"Police say she was well within her rights to use deadly force to protect herself ..."
 

GA: Police: Cross-Dressing Man Robs Macon Store
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Central Georgia man is recovering from a gunshot wound; he got shot after robbing a Macon liquor store at gun point."

"... 50-year-old Ricky Nell Johnson robbed the ABC Liquor Store at 1194 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Saturday."

"... Johnson entered the store around 6:45 p.m. wearing a wig and skirt. It says he showed a handgun, jumped on the counter and demanded money."

"After getting some cash, Johnson fired a shot and ran out of the liquor store. The release says an employee returned fire."

"According to the release, Johnson was found near a parking deck at the Medical Center. He was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, where doctors treated him for a gunshot wound to the torso near the buttocks." ...
 

Yellowstone Officials Kill Wolf
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Yellowstone National Park wildlife officials say they have killed a wolf that chased people on bicycles and motorcycles on several occasions.

The action taken Tuesday against the yearling male is the first time wildlife managers have been forced to kill a wolf since the animals were reintroduced in Yellowstone in 1995-1996.

Previous attempts to haze it away from park facilities were unsuccessful.

Wildlife managers said the wolf had lost its fear of people, showing up in the Old Faithful area frequently, and posed a safety risk to park visitors.

Officials said the wolf has probably been fed by people.
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Submitter's Note: See?! We don't need guns in National Parks...the government will protect you!
 

Advocates of Gun Rights, Now a Majority in Congress, Near a Victory
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Advocates of gun rights are poised to win a Congressional victory that eluded them under a Republican president."

"To the frustration and discouragement of many Democrats, House and Senate lawmakers and aides say it now appears likely that President Obama will this week sign into law a provision allowing visitors to national parks and refuges to carry loaded and concealed weapons."

"The White House is lukewarm at best on the gun provision ... But the Democrats who now control both Congress and the White House appear ready to allow it to survive rather than derail a consumer-friendly credit card measure that Mr. Obama is eager to sign as Congress heads off for a Memorial Day recess." ...
 

Stop littering National Parks with dead bodies
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"One of the last things former President George Bush did before leaving office was to overturn the 25 year old ban on carrying loaded firearms in our National Parks and return your right to self-defense, but only if you had a concealed handgun license and your state allowed guns in parks."

"One of the first things done under President Obama's administration was to suspend that rule change, citing that nobody had done an environmental study. Apparently we need to determine which disturbs the natural order of the parks more, a few grains of lead or a shallow grave containing a raped murder victim."

"Progress is being made, however ..." ...
 

Victory! Gun Ban in National Parks Repealed
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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"Good news!"

"The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today that included an amendment to repeal the gun ban on National Park Service (NPS) land and wildlife refuges."

The amendment, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and attached to a credit card industry reform bill, passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 279-147."

"For decades, law-abiding citizens have been prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment rights on NPS land and wildlife refuges, even if the state in which the land is located allows carrying firearms." ...
 

National Parks Gun Bill Presents Dilemma for Constitutionalists
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Hey, I'm just pointing out that you don't get benefits without costs, that you dance with the devil at your peril, and that he is unexcelled at making you think you're the one leading."
 

The NRA won a smashing victory
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"One can now bring guns into the national parks."

"The National Rifle Association thought McCain, not Obama, should be President. But this probably would never have happened if McCain was President. Gun restrictions seem to get passed more often when Republicans are President." ...

"Obama who is internally torn between his respect for the Constitution, and abhorrence to guns did not seem to me likely to portray the gun advocates as ogres. And I guessed that when he had to choose between gun laws and other policy he was more certain about, it was unlikely that he would hold firm on limiting guns." ...
 

Due process: it's for veterans, too
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Back in March, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced S. 669 [which] would, basically, restore the requirement for due process in denying veterans the right to buy firearms. ..." ...

"One might think that there would be no need for such a law--that surely, there already exists a requirement for a court order to determine that a military veteran is so mentally imbalanced that he must be denied the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms."

"That, unfortunately, would be wishful thinking. Since the early 90's, the mere fact that a veteran needs help balancing his checkbook has been used as grounds to designate him a 'prohibited person,' ..." ...
 

NY: Picente Supports Microstamping; Bill Passes State Assembly, Awaits State Senate Consideration
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced his support for ammunition microstamping. Microstamping is a technology that uses a laser to make engravings on the internal mechanism of a gun. This is done so that when the gun is fired, this specific engraving is imprinted onto the casing, identifying which gun the casing came from. This legislation would mean all new models of all semiautomatic firearms manufactured in the state would possess the capability of microstamping ammunition."

"'I fully support this legislation and its goal of aiding in the apprehension and conviction of individuals involved in gun related crimes,' Picente said. ..." ...
 

TX: Guns on College Campus Bill Passes Senate
Submitted by: jac

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Texas concealed handgun license holders could carry weapons into public college classrooms and dorms under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate.

But in a last-minute change, the legislation exempts teaching hospitals run by institutions of higher education.

The bill passed 19-12 Wednesday and now heads to the Texas House. Supporters say the bill reinforces the constitutional right to bear arms and could prevent mass murders such as the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.

Opponents say it would make campuses more dangerous.
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KABA Note: They have no evidence that it makes campuses more dangerous, but that doesn't stop them from saying it.
 

NE: Heineman signs concealed gun bill (LB 430)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Two state senators hailed the signing of a new law on carrying handguns as a way to make certain law-abiding citizens aren't breaking the law."

"Nebraska has had a concealed carry law for three years. ..."

"But State Sens. Tony Fulton of Lincoln and Mark Christensen of Imperial said passage of LB 430 this year will make sure that holders of permits will not run afoul of city ordinances that prohibit concealed carry." ...

"Under LB 430, those who obtain state concealed carry permits would be exempt from any city ordinances banning such gun possession." ...

"One aspect of LB 403 that stirred controversy is a clause that now allows churches to permit their security guards, if they have a state permit, to carry concealed guns."
 

IA: Rochester sounds off on 2nd amendment rights
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"Sioux City city councilman Aaron Rochester is speaking out about national gun control legislation."

"He says talks of allowing authorities to search homes for unregistered guns goes against the right to bear arms, and he wants to make sure Sioux City police know it."

"... 'I think it's going against constitutional rights, and I think our police department in Sioux City should really know every bit of the second amendment so that they can interpret it and do things according to what our founding fathers meant.'"

"Rochester's given council direction to make sure all new police officers have a thorough review of the second amendment." ...
 

"Only Ones on Parade": Hey, Helmke, here's another reason government should have a monopoly on violence, right?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Five Birmingham police officers have been fired for a January 2008 beating of an already-unconscious suspect with fists, feet and a billy club, a battering caught on videotape until a police officer turned off the patrol car camera, city and police officials said today." ...

"The complete news story in the hard copy of the News on my desk says that ABI has been called in to determine IF these guys should be charged with criminal assault. Now, does anyone think that if one of us came across an UNCONSCIOUS man and began beating him, even if he had clipped us with a car, even if he had threatened us ... that more than five seconds would elapse between the time we were discovered and the time we would be thrown under the jail?" ...
 

U.S. arms may be falling into hands of Taliban
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"Insurgents in Afghanistan, fighting from some of the poorest and most remote regions on earth, have managed for years to maintain an intensive guerrilla war against materially superior American and Afghan forces."

"Arms and ordnance collected from dead insurgents hint at one possible reason: Of 30 rifle magazines recently taken from insurgents' corpses, at least 17 contained ... rounds, identical to ammunition the United States had provided to Afghan government forces ..."

"The presence of this ammunition among the dead in the Korangal Valley ... strongly suggests that munitions procured by the Pentagon have leaked from Afghan forces for use against American troops." ...
 

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