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L. Neil Smith: Setting a 'LEO' Straight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am in receipt of your May 17 letter to Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, in response to my column about the National Rifle Association and its collusion with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. (See 'With Friends Like The NRA ...' http://www.jpfo.org/smith/smith-friends-like-nra.htm ). I thank you for taking the time and going to the effort of expressing your concerns, but I'm afraid you have some misconceptions about the nature of individual rights in general and the individual right to own and carry weapons in particular." ...
 

What's the point of a right that we're not supposed to use?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Other gun bloggers ... have covered the outrageous (and criminal) police harassment of open carry activists in Dickson City, PA. The police thuggery eventually led to the arrest of a man who had broken no laws, and the confiscation of his entirely legal firearm."

"... The reason I am writing about it today is to respond to this editorial piece, 'Big difference in right v. smart.'" ...

"... the writer seems to be asserting that 'sure, you have the right to keep and bear arms ... but you oughtn't do it, because it upsets people.' Are we to believe that the exercise of a right is . . . wrong, if said exercise makes people uncomfortable? This editor would have been a big help in the desegregation movement in the 60's, eh?" ...
 

Yes, the Second Amendment is Also About Duck Hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sure! I know what the bumper sticker says: 'The Second Amendment Isn't About Duck Hunting.' But hunting of all game—from little pests and varmints to record-book big game—is more relevant to the Second Amendment than many people may appreciate."

"Hunting is just one of the many individual legal purposes for which firearms possession and use are guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution—and the constitutions of most of the individual states."

"But that’s not the only reason it has a special connection to the right to keep and bear arms."

"Perhaps the confusion has arisen because of the chicanery of anti-gun politicians ..." ...
 

Framed in muskets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The next time you look at the American Flag waving proud and free over at the courthouse ... you may very well ask yourself this question."

"How did this all come about, and what lets it endure?" ...

"To the amazement of our adversaries, those who oppose or disagree are allowed to speak freely within our borders, as well as everyone else. Through this we learn rather than to silence. Then we can write about it, walk with our head up with equality, trade freely and go home and pray to our god."

"And when we get home, we can be secure."

"Why? Because behind every kitchen door, under a cash register, near a night table or another quick and handy place lies the reason. Plain and simple, we are armed to the last man." ...
 

Former Rep. Curtis Jenkins Elected To NRA Board
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Former state Rep. Curtis Jenkins of Forsyth has been elected to the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. Jenkins’ election to a 3-year term following the NRA’s nationwide balloting was announced at the group’s 137th annual meeting last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky." ...
 

Memorial Day: Remembering All Who Protect And Serve
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"If you have yet to visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, I encourage you make it part of your plans on your next trip to Washington, D.C."

"Dedicated by President George H.W. Bush in October 1991, this memorial provides an experience as solemn and moving as visiting any of the other, better-known monuments here in the nation's capital."

"Having been responsible for the police department of Indiana's second-largest city during my 12 years as mayor of Fort Wayne, I was particularly moved by seeing the names of over 14,000 police officers killed in the line of duty - officers who took it upon themselves to protect and serve communities all across America. A few of these names from my hometown were well-known by me personally." ...
 

Drink the Kool-Aid, eat the venison
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Sometimes I have to wonder about a few organizations that purport to represent those of us who hunt. Do they advance in public discourse an enlightened rationale for the continuation of sport hunting, one that a reasonable hunter or non-hunter might support? Or do they cavalierly dismiss us as dunderheads, incapable of rational thought or displaying concern for others ..."

"The issue comes to mind because of recent findings involving minute, often microscopically small particles of toxic bullet lead in the venison we eat that comes from the deer we shoot — and the initial, knee-jerk reaction to these findings by the National Rifle Association, Safari Club International and the National Shooting Sports Foundation." ...
 

Judge uses a silencer on Bloomy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg won't be able to say his piece about the gun menace on the city's streets at the upcoming trial of a Georgia gun dealer, a judge ruled yesterday."

"'I'm not going to permit the case to turn into a media show for either side,' said Brooklyn federal judge Jack Weinstein. 'I see no reason to have the mayor here.'"

"Bloomberg had hoped to take the stand next month against Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors, which allegedly illegally sold guns later used by thugs in New York." ...
 

Bloomberg Gets a Pass
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'I'm not going to permit the case to turn into a media show on either side,' Judge Weinstein said in court to a city lawyer, Kenneth Taber. 'I see no reason to have the mayor here. From the city’s point of view, he doesn't add anything to your case.'"
"What about from Jay Wallace's point of view? Might it add anything to his case? Or are we being told there'd be no benefit to a cross examination?"

"Is there really nothing to learn about...oh, I don't know...conspiracy and lawbreaking...by having Bloomberg under oath? I mean, it's not like some states and even the feds haven't warned him about running afoul of their laws and screwing up current investigations." ...
 

TX: Tarrant County College Bans Empty Holster Protest
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"As we reported in today's press release, Tarrant County College (TCC) in Fort Worth, Texas, has banned students from wearing empty gun holsters as part of a protest against regulations and laws that prevent concealed carry license holders from carrying their guns on campus. Meant as a powerful metaphor for what these students see as being left defenseless under these regulations, this form of protest took place on campuses across the country this April. According to the organization that coordinated the event, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, the protest involved 3,800 students from 600 campuses nationwide." ...
 

McCain reiterates willingness to consider assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"From signing onto an amicus brief in support of the individual right to own firearms to attending the NRA Annual Meetings, Republican presidential nominee John McCain is doing everything he can to help America's gun owners forget his past decade of work opposing gun rights."

"He glosses over McCain-Feingold campaign finance 'reform' legislation ..."

"He glosses over McCain-Leiberman legislation aimed at closing the non-existent gun show 'loophole' ..."

"And now, even as he attempted to gloss over prior statements that he could support an assault weapons ban, depending on the details, he has repeated his belief that there may be a way an assault weapons ban could be drawn that could win his support!" ...
 

NY: In the Right Hands: Pass bill to prevent gun ownership by mentally unstable
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Time and again, the gun lobby and its allies in the state Legislature have targeted and killed proposals to protect New Yorkers from firearms misuse."

"But they're not taking aim at an effort by Gov. David Paterson to block mentally unstable people from buying guns. All New Yorkers should find that gratifying." ...
 

NY: New York state's gun law needs to be fixed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"New York has some of the best gun laws in the country, statutes that balance the rights of gun owners and purchasers with the need to protect society."

"But it's past time for the state to adopt legislation that brings it in line with a federal mandate prohibiting sales of weapons to the mentally ill."

"A bill proposed by Gov. Paterson and introduced in the state Assembly would ban the sale of firearms to anyone who has a record of involuntary commitment to a mental health facility. Congress last year passed legislation requiring states to provide such mental health information to the federal database used for background checks." ...
 

OH: Castle Doctrine amendment & vote rescheduled for May 27
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"House Criminal Justice committee Chairman John White (R-38) has rescheduled SB184 for a fourth hearing next week. Once again, the Chairman has indicated that an amendment may be offered before a possible vote."

"The meeting is scheduled for for Tuesday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Statehouse Room 121."

"PLEASE use our Write to Legislators website feature NOW to contact your legislators and ask them not to give in to the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police union leaders' full assault aimed at derailing this bill." ...
 

TX: Texas Police Chief Accused of Sex With Underage Girl
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A Starr County grand jury has indicted the police chief of the small South Texas town of La Grulla on a charge of soliciting sex from a minor.

According to the indictment released Thursday, the grand jury believes Alfredo Hernandez tried to talk a girl younger than 17 years of age into having sex with him last month.

Hernandez was booked into the Starr County Jail on Thursday and released on $5,000 bond.

District attorney's investigator Carlos Delgado said the girl had complained about the incident and it was forwarded to law enforcement.

Hernandez was unavailable at the La Grulla police department, which referred calls to Mayor Oscar Gonzalez. The mayor did not immediately return a call for comment.
 

TX: Image of Taser use lingers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Blake Dwyer remembers pain:"

"The agonizing burn of electrical shock."

"And shouting."

"And fear." ...

"He doesn’t remember the epileptic seizure he suffered July 18, 2007, when he was 16."

"He doesn’t remember fighting to keep from being tied to a stretcher or hitting a paramedic."

"His brother, Travis Baker, 17, remembers all of it. He recalls screaming at Corinth police to stop shocking Blake with a Taser. ..." ...

"And in case they should forget Blake’s experience, they have photographs of 12 separate sets of burns from the double posts of a Taser." ...

"According to the police report ... an officer Tasered Blake Dwyer only twice." ...
 

MN: Former Rosemount police reserve officer charged in second child sex assault case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former member of the Rosemount Police Reserves is in jail on felony charges of allegedly molesting a boy between the ages of 13 and 16 over a three-year period, and he has been found guilty of a similar crime in a separate case."

"James Lucier, 47, of Rosemount, was charged ... this month with criminal sexual conduct in the first and second degree. According to the criminal complaint, Lucier had worked with the boy in a 'mentorship' from October 2000 to November 2003."

"It states he sexually assaulted the boy on 'multiple occasions' during that time. The boy had not yet turned 16 when the mentorship ended."

"The complaint does not specify what kind of mentorship program the boy was enrolled in." ...
 

GA: Beyerle, Fong qualify in 3-position rifle
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Jamie Beyerle and Sandra Fong qualified for the U.S. Olympic team Thursday in three-position rifle.

Beyerle won the three-position event at the U.S. shooting trials, and Fong finished second. Beyerle, of Lebanon, Pa., was the gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games.

"I have been waiting a long time for this," she said. "This is what I have been training for the past six years and it feels great. My goal was to come in and shoot world-class scores and I think I accomplished that."

Fong, 18, of New York, beat out Amanda Furrer for second place. Abigail Fong, Sandra's sister, finished fourth.

Beyerle and Fong each qualified for the U.S. Olympic team for the first time.
 

NJ: U.S. founders clear on intent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The First and Second amendments have been squeezed and stretched and pulled apart over the years with interpretations far distant from the original intent of our Founding Fathers. ..." ...

"The Second Amendment, which was established so we had a 'ready militia' in case we were attacked, has nothing to do with people today being allowed to buy Uzis or other automatic weapons, which should be outlawed. Automatic weapons aren't needed to hunt rabbits or birds."

"Everyone in their heart of hearts knows what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they pushed through these amendments. Let's not continue to squeeze and bend them into ridiculous and illogical interpretations." ...
 

CA: Just trust everyone to have a gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I couldn't believe the letter "Gun ads celebrate violence" (May 7). While I am sure the writer is a wonderful person, her reasoning is seriously flawed. To intimate that gun advertisements encourage or celebrate violence is akin to saying grocery ads encourage or celebrate obesity, or pharmaceutical ads encourage illegal drug activity."

"Guns aren't the problem. The problem is a society where people do as they please without any consequences and no responsibility."

"The gun lobby is freedom-loving individuals who see the threat to our society from those who would disarm us. An armed populace was the only thing this country had when we declared independence from England. ..." ...
 

Canada: Assault rifle seized from new gang
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An assault rifle, a money counter and weigh scales are just tools for the trade for a new gang cutting into Edmonton's drug market, say police who displayed a drug seizure Wednesday."

"The items were seized from two homes in Edmonton raided last week. Police also seized 800 grams of cocaine and $8,000 in cash. The rifle sat next to T-shirts and ball caps with the gang's name, Independent Soldier."

"'We're not sure how many we're dealing with,' said gang unit Const. Kevin Berge. The gang started in Vancouver. It's affiliated with the Hells Angels and started operating out of Calgary a year ago."

"Berge said more than 20 gangs operate in Edmonton." ...
 

Japan: Doctor charged with manufacturing gun bullets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A doctor accused of illegally possessing guns has been slapped with a new charge of manufacturing bullets without permission, law enforcers said."

"Mie Prefectural Police have sent to the Tsu District Public Prosecutors Office additional papers accusing Kenji Abo, 58, a doctor from Tsu, of violating the Ordnance Manufacturing Law."

"'I wanted to make (bullets) by myself,' Abo was quoted as telling police as he admitted to the charges."

"Abo had earlier been indicted on charges of violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law after he was found in possession of 18 guns and 1,000 bullets at is home. Abo had been commissioned by local police for 15 years to conduct autopsies on victims of crimes or accidents." ...
 

UK: Man convicted of gun conspiracy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 29-year-old man from Manchester has been found guilty of being involved in what is believed to the UK's biggest ever gun conspiracy."

"Kaleem Akhtar was convicted at Manchester Crown Court of conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life."

"He supplied an 'assassin's armoury' of handguns, and ammunition to gangsters across the UK ..." ...

"The guns, brought from Essex, were found in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford and Scotland."

"Many of them were legal blank-firing weapons converted to fire live rounds, the court heard." ...

"... every one had been expertly modified and were sold on the street for up to £2,500 each ..." ...
 

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