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Marriott Hotels, you have a problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NRA national convention took place last weekend ... Many of the gun rights supporters, however, were fired up over another matter. ... Valone reports the GRNC group had scheduled their 'Gala for Gun Rights' symposium Friday night in the hotel, and while members were attending this gala the Marriott staff had scotch-taped computer-generated signs around the hotel. These signs banned guns in the building, thereby putting hundreds of hotel guests and symposium attendees in immediate danger of arrest ..."

"This action ... piqued my curiosity about Marriott Hotels in Arkansas and how they treat guests who carry guns. I called the front desks of the hotels in Fort Smith, Fayetteville and Little Rock, and here is what I found: ...
 

'The Treaty is coming! The Treaty is coming!' SFW? An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "An Open Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton"

"Madame Secretary,"

"I note with interest your reversal of the Bush Administration's opposition to participating in the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. There are many firearms owners in this country who believe that this is an Obama Administration effort to backdoor firearms restrictions by means of an international treaty. ..."

"I disagree with these apprehensions of your motives. In fact, I embrace your committing the United States to this arms control regime and sincerely hope that you attempt apply it to firearms availability in this country."

"For if you do, you and your regime will be swept out of power at the point of the muzzles of millions of rifles ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: For those of you unfamiliar with the acronym, 'SFW' means 'So Flipping What'.
 

'Sanctuary city' philosophy: Disarm citizens, protect criminals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A demonstration pushing for so-called 'immigration reform' disrupted downtown Seattle on Thursday, an irony since Seattle is a 'sanctuary city' that protects illegal aliens while its leaders concentrate on disarming law-abiding citizens who belong here."

"Seattle has that much in common with Washington, D.C., where the former police chief revealed a few years ago that a sanctuary policy exists." ...
 

California Could be Defense-Free; Stop Gun Control Now!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has been at it again in recent weeks, bombarding the public with bitter rhetoric and tactless assaults on the NRA after losing some important battles across the country. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently signed SB1108, extending Open and Concealed Carry to all citizens without the need for a license. The law goes into effect sometime in August. Several States away Tennessee has allowed the Carry of guns into bars by patrons not imbibing alcohol, a measure similar to what Arizona had taken last year. Finally back across the country again, to Colorado, where Concealed Weapons on Campus has been a rigorous battle for Guns Rights Advocates fighting off the misinformation." ...
 

Happy birthday to the .357 (second letter)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"The venerable .357 Magnum revolver (gun and load) celebrates its Diamond Jubilee for 2010, being 75 years old."

"Originally developed in 1935 by Smith and Wesson and Winchester, the .357 Magnum, along with its parent caliber the .38 Special, was formerly the quintessential handgun service caliber of American law enforcement. This has since changed as police and sheriff's departments largely replaced revolvers with semi-automatic pistols in the past 20 years."

"Both .38 Special and .357 Magnum revolvers continue to offer a lot to the average free-thinking citizen, including the individual who owns but one handgun. The .38s and .357s remain ideal for self defense/house protection. ..." ...
 

FantasySCOTUS: What’s Taking Them So Long? Predictions for McDonald, CLS, PCAOB, Doe, and Bilksi
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With Kagan's nomination set, and all oral arguments for the October 2009 Term completed, we are still waiting for some major decisions — specifically, McDonald v. Chicago, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, Free Enterprise v. PCAOB, Bilski v. Kappos, and Doe v. Reed. In this post, we will offer predictions for these huge cases. Additionally, our statistics might also give us an insight into what is causing the delay within the SCOTUS on handing down these opinions."

"The chart contains the outcome of the predictions, the confidence interval for the outcome, and the SMRs for each justice, along with the SMR’s confidence interval." ...
 

On Guns, Mexico's Calderon Spoke for All of Us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sometimes the chance juxtaposition of two news articles sends its own message."

"It occurred this morning as I read my morning Washington Post at the breakfast table. I had just finished the article on Mexican President Calderon's address to a Joint Session of Congress yesterday, in which he urged American lawmakers to 'consider reinstating' the assault weapons ban that had expired in 2004. I then turned to the next page, where my eye was caught by a brief article about two Arkansas police officers, who were fatally wounded by gunmen with AK-47s, after their van was pulled over along Interstate 40. Ninety minutes later the gunmen died in a shootout with police at a local Wal-mart ..." ...
 

The Second Amendment debate: Some reason needs to be applied
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My qualifications: I'm a scientist and science is about using observation and reason to understand the world. I think some reason is needed in the Second Amendment debate. I grew up in Oklahoma where camouflage is the state color and where most everyone owns a gun, or two or more. I own several and have hunted and shot targets since I was 12." ...

"We are guaranteed our Second Amendment rights and no one is really trying to take those away. While considering our gun rights, we need also to consider the rights and safety of our peace officers and our citizens. Registration, background checks, safety training and waiting periods for buying handguns are good ideas." ...
 

Targeting abuses of the Second Ammendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment matters little to me. I have a modest history with firearms. I fired rifles in the backyard to kill sparrows using birdhouses intended for other species, in camp competition, and in military training. I needed a handgun only once in Vietnam and have handled no firearm since. But I accept that firearms matter to others for a variety of purposes, some fine, some not so fine."

"I believe that people have not only the same right to firearms as they have to automobiles, but also the same responsibilities for them: registration for ownership and restrictions on use. ..." ...
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Editor's Note: Treat them like cars? Okay, so I should be able to walk into any one of a dozen dealers in town, plunk down cash on and pick up my FN Five-seveN, M-16, Thompson SMG or Barrett .50? And since I'm not going to be 'driving it' on the streets, I don't need to register or insure it? High school kids will be taught gun safety in school and their parents get a break on their insurance when they do? When my boy turns 16 I can give him my old gun so he can carry it to school, or church, or a ballgame to show it off to his friends? Anyone who applies will be given a permit-to-carry* if they can pass the test and demostrate proficiency (which 95% of people do their first try, and 99% on their second)? My permit-to-carry will be valid in every state in the union and I don't have to worry about being arrested because my gun being too big or too powerful or uses the wrong kind of fuel (ammo)? And violations that don't hurt anyone will be dealt with by paying a miniscule fine that can be mailed in to the court?

Okay.

*I am completely opposed to requiring permits to carry, I mention them here for the purposes of illustration.
 

OH: Ohio Senate should bury bill to permit concealed weapons in bars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now pending in the state Senate, that carnival of Columbus lunacy, is a bill to let Ohioans with concealed handgun permits carry their weapons in bars and restaurants licensed to serve alcoholic beverages."

"Booze and guns: A stupider idea and deadlier mix can hardly be imagined. Yet a dozen senators (including Geauga County Republican Timothy Grendell, suburban Youngstown Democrat Capri Cafaro and Republican secretary of state candidate Jon Husted, a suburban Dayton Republican) think it would be dandy."

"The proposal is pending in a Senate committee. It should never see the light of day." ...
 

Mexican president criticizes U.S. gun laws--again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mexican President Felipe Calderón, addressing a joint session of Congress, continued his petulant complaints about the lack of a federal ban of so-called 'assault weapons' in the U.S." ...

"Calderón is clearly banking on Americans being unaware that correlation does not equal causation. In this case, a causal link is clearly implausible. For one thing, the dramatic spike in drug cartel violence started in 2006--two years after the expiration of the ban. From a chronological perspective, a much stronger correlation can be drawn between the massively escalating violence and Calderón's assumption of office in 2006, followed ten days later by his implementation of Mexico's version of the 'War on Drugs.'" ...
 

Gringo Go Home
Submitted by: Larry

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"In his propaganda speech before Congress, the Bankster títere from south of the border urged the Bankster puppets here to re-instate the ban against freedom from government assault weapons that expired in the United States back in 2004. He says the weapons are winding up in the hands of the non-government class of criminals south of the border. ..." ...
 

President Calderon’s Misleading Claim
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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... "... The basic fact is that Mexico’s problems are fundamentally homegrown. It may be politically convenient for the President of Mexico to claim U.S. responsibility, but in the form he presented them today, those claims are regrettably misleading."
 

American gun owners should say 'Gracias, Presidente Calderón!'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Thank you, Señor Presidente. I can think of no greater motivator for galvanizing outrage on the part of American gun owners than to have some foreign ruler, particularly one of such a corrupt and violent society, openly calling for gutting our most cherished rights."
 

Calderon and Holder Agree: US Gun Control Is the Answer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mexican President Felipe Calderon continues to weigh in on US laws. After siding with Obama against the laws and citizens of Arizona he is moving on to new topics. It seems that Calderon and Attorney General Eric Holder agree that Assault Weapons should be banned in the US. Obama and the Democrats are now blaming Mexican violence on US gun laws. Witness Dick Durbin the Senator from Illinois saying that we should 'look at US policy on guns and drugs' before making judgements on immigration.Calderon now blames Mexican violence on Second Amendment rights." ...
 

IN: Pizza Driver, Would-Be Robbers Exchange Gunfire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two would-be robbers and a pizza delivery driver exchanged gunfire early Thursday morning after the men tried to rob the worker, police said."

"The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. ..."

"... a driver for Aunt Polly's Pizza was met by two men on the front porch who demanded money and food."

"One of the men fired a shot at the driver, but missed. The driver also had a gun and fired back."

"Indianapolis police said they don’t think either suspect was struck, but the men haven’t been found."

"The owner of the pizza shop said that he started having all his drivers carry guns while on deliveries about two years ago.
A sign that reads, 'Warning, We Don’t Dial 911' is posted inside the business." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: Next time I'm in Indy I'll have to try some of that Aunt Polly's Pizza.
 

TN: Accident Leads To Road Rage Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A simple car accident ended with violence after both drivers pulled guns Sunday night."

"Now, a man is in jail after the case of road rage and another man now claims self-defense." ...

"To add insult to injury, police say the man who shot him did it in self-defense."

"According to police, Lowe got into an accident with another driver, 28-year-old Lawrence Harwell who asked if Lowe was okay. Instead, they ended up arguing."

"Then, police say, Lowe threatened to get a gun and Harwell said, 'Don't do that bro'."

"When Lowe grabbed his gun from his trunk Harwell opened fire."

"When police got to the scene, Harwell admitted firing and said, 'I have a gun and permit.'" ...
 

MN; Store clerk shoots robber during holdup in Greenwood
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A convenience store clerk thwarted a pair of robbers late Thursday night, shooting one of the men who were trying to hold up the store.

The robbery attempt occurred at the Lakeshore Market in Greenwood on State Hwy. 7 about 10:45 p.m.

According to the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, two masked men entered the store and a clerk opened fire, hitting one of the men.

Police searched the area near the store and found "the wounded suspect with a firearm hunkered down" near the store, according to police.

He was arrested and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. He hasn't yet been charged, police said.

The other suspect remains at large, police said.
 

Rand Paul is right, Rachel Maddow is wrong: anti-discrimination laws discriminate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As I predicted Wednesday, the demonization of Rand Paul has begun. On Wednesday evening Paul was a guest on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show and was asked about his support of the 1964 Civil Rights Act ..."

"Paul gave a reasoned, thoughtful response, namely that anti-discrimination statutes have worthy goals, but the means used to ban racism, sexism, etc., in private businesses violate the property rights of individuals. ..." ...

"Dr. Paul calmly explained to Ms. Maddow the 'logic' of the Civil Rights Act; gun owners will demand that they have the right to carry a firearm in restaurants, bars and other private facilities. If they are denied that right, as Paul made clear, gun owners would assert that their Second Amendment rights are being violated. ..." ...
 

IL: Mayor Daley Threatens to Shoot the Messenger—Namely, Me
Submitted by: Larry

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"Mayor Daley loves to bag on the local media, and given my recent line of inquiry into his politics and policies, I've never expected to be greeted with a fruit basket at City Hall."

"But even I was a bit taken aback this morning when the mayor grabbed a rifle and threatened to shoot me."

"The mayor was holding a press conference to discuss what the city was doing to prepare for the Supreme Court's expected decision to overturn the city's gun ban. The short answer: all sorts of things, but we'll just have to wait until the court weighs in next month to find out the details. 'We're hoping for the best,' Daley said." ...
 

IL: Mayor Daley offers his argument for gun control
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotecyourkids.com

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"Today must be Irony Day in the Western Hemisphere. First we have Cuba calling immigration enforcement 'brutal,' and now we have gun-control politicians demonstrating why the founders passed the Second Amendment in the first place. When challenged by a reporter to explain how gun control makes the city safer when it only disarms the law-abiding, Mayor Richard Daley responded by offering to demonstrate by shooting him:" ...
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KABA Note: Given that Hizzonner had a gun in his hannd when the threat was made, how is this not a terroristic threat, and does Dickie-boy have a FOID card or did he commit a Class A misdemeanor in full view of the press? And if the press conference was within 1,000 yards of a school, isn't unlawful possession a felony? Just wonderin'
 

IL: Chicago Mayor Regrets 'Up Your Butt' Comment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mayor Richard M. Daley said Friday that he regrets his choice of words when he suggested he'd stick a rifle with a bayonet up a reporter's 'butt,' but he said he was trying to 'shock' the media into exposing gun manufacturers who flood the streets with firearms."

"'I want to shock you, maybe scare you, to realize this is serious,' he said."

"Asked if he was sorry for how he went about illustrating his point, Daley said, 'Sure I'll be sorry... I'm not going to sing the song 'I'm Sorry' now, but sure, you can write it. But I hope I shocked you that you can write about now the gun manufacturers[sic].'"

"The mayor said the focus should not be on his remarks, but about the impact of gun violence in urban America." ...
 

NY: NYPD Detective Oscar Sandino charged with demanding sex from women he arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An NYPD narcotics detective was charged Tuesday with preying on women he arrested - on police property."

"The alleged attacks by Detective Oscar Sandino date to 2006 and could land the 13-year veteran behind bars for three years if he's convicted on federal charges."

"His lawyer dismissed the accusations as 'old news' and questioned the credibility of the women, one of whom has filed a lawsuit."

"But federal prosecutors Pamela Chen and Licha Nyiendo said the evidence that Sandino is more perp than protector is 'substantial and irrefutable.'"

"'The persistent and repetitive nature of the defendant's misconduct demonstrates that he is a sexual predator,' they wrote in court papers." ...
 

CA: Circuit Upholds Verdict in Gun-Planting Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 9th Circuit upheld a $3.7 million verdict against Oakland, Calif., and two of its officers who were accused of planting an assault rifle on a parolee's property."

"Officers John Parkinson and Marcus Midyett appealed the ruling in favor of Torry Smith and Patricia Gray, claiming the court applied an incorrect 'subjective intent' test when reaching its verdict." ...

"In November 2007, a jury found that the officers violated the civil rights of Smith and his then-girlfriend, Gray, by cooking up a case against him to justify his 2004 arrest." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks "So these 'Only Ones' are still on the street?"
 

OH: Cleveland newspaper rolls out more tired arguments in editorial opposing restaurant carry legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Page is a perfect example of the old cliché about insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

"In their most recent anti-gun rant ... they are speaking out against a bill that makes Ohio's concealed carry law less restrictive."

"Over the years, The Cleveland Plain Dealer has used the same tired arguments to oppose every single pro-gun bill introduced in the legislature."

"True to form, they are falling back on the tired old argument that guns and alcohol don't mix. Conveniently, the Plain Dealer editorial board leaves out relevant facts, and as always they use a lot of bold words, without bold logic, or a substantial argument." ...
 

AK: A stand against tyranny
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some have been shaken by the press stories about my conviction for reckless endangerment and my subsequent arrest on a charge of weapons misconduct. If you are part of the liberty movement and you feel shaken, you need to stop to think about why. Is it you following me? Or is it you and me following the ideas of liberty?"

"The first requires a flawless personality, a messiah and leader. The second requires a tremendous amount of bold initiative, personal conviction and fortitude from everyone who believes in freedom and liberty."

"Two weeks after the first charge I was arrested again at a Liberty Bell call while observing and taking notes on a warrantless search. ..." ...
 

IN: Quigley misfires in column about guns-at-work law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fran Quigley, with his ongoing crusade against the Second Amendment, again misses his own point ('Guns working overtime,' May 17). The 'Bring Your Gun To Work' bill (as he refers to it) was not in effect when the state employee illegally brought the gun to work. So the law was irrelevant to the discussion."

"The purpose of the law is to protect law-abiding citizens who have a permit to carry firearms for their own protection or any other citizens who legally carry firearms in their vehicles from being fired from their place of employment for possessing a firearm in their car in the parking lot. Thousands of people legally carry firearms in their vehicles and are never a threat to anyone except a criminal. ..." ...
 

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