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Violent crime declines as American gun ownership rises
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the third consecutive year, violent crime has declined in the United States during the same period when gun and ammunition purchases have increased dramatically, something that should not be happening, if one were to believe the gun prohibition lobby."

"The FBI on Monday released preliminary uniform crime data showing that the four major violent crime categories are all slipping. Overall, 2009 experienced a 7.2 percent drop in murders, an 8.1 percent decrease in robbery, a 4.2 percent decline in aggravated assault and 3.1 percent reduction in forcible rape."

"Yet, according to data from the FBI’s National Instant Check System and ... the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, gun and ammunition sales are up dramatically. ..." ...
 

Mexico's Calderon and U.S. gun grabbers playing a rigged numbers game against our rights
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Sweet. Start an argument based on lying numbers, and when the lie is pointed out and it's clear you've lost the argument, take the position that numbers don't matter. And keep pressing to impose new citizen disarmament edicts anyway." ...
 

Debunking Random Anti-Gun Myths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The anti-gun movement and establishment media have done such a great job disseminating their dangerous message on the gun issue that several of their myths have become accepted as common knowledge in America today. Some of the myths are ridiculous, and some are so pervasive that they are considered to be true."

"In some cases they are perpetuated by well-meaning but misinformed entertainers, and in some cases they are the end result of years of anti-gun lies. Regardless, they are destructive to the gun movement and it is vital that they be exposed as myths."

"This list isn't meant to be a ranking and it is far from all-inclusive. They are simply myths that have been in the news recently." ...
 

Jamaica's Bloody Lesson On Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Do gun bans really stop criminals from getting guns? Americans need not look no further than the massive gun battle with armed gangs fighting police and soldiers that took place in Kingston, Jamaica today. At least 30 people were killed in the fighting. It is a huge number for a small island nation of fewer than 3 million people, but unfortunately murder is so common in Jamaica that these murders won't even be noticed in the annual crime numbers." ...

"Even before the recent rampage, Jamaica's murder rate was about six times higher than before the ban went into effect. ..." ...
 

If budgets are bare and public safety services are cut, what's a citizen to do?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The King County Council is not going to place a sales tax option on the fall ballot to raise money for a financially-strapped public safety budget this fall, but instead may resort to seeking a property tax hike."

""Sheriff Sue Rahr, who has always struck this column as 'one of the good guys,' explains in an Op-Ed piece in this morning’s Seattle Times that 'without additional funding' her department will be forced to cut 70 deputies. There will be 36 fewer deputy prosecutors to work criminal cases. That is this year, according to Rahr and Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Next year will be worse." ...

"... What we can anticipate, according to Rahr, is longer response time, perhaps no response at all to certain crimes ..." ...
 

BFA's Ken Hanson debates New York Mayor Bloomberg advisor on Columbus NPR talk show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ken discussed issues surrounding illegal guns, and proposals to make it more difficult for terrorists and criminals to obtain weapons and explosives with host Ann Fisher other the guests on the show, City of New York First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator/Special Advisor to the Mayor Arkadi Gerney, and City of Columbus Police Chief Walter Distelzweig."

"Download the podcast." ...
 

Second Amendment rights for our military
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Nidal Hasan opened fire on fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood in Texas, most Americans were stunned to find out that military bases are gun free zones. That is why he was able to kill so many people, trained soldiers, before he was stopped by a police officer who was armed. One person at the time compared the military base to a giant family and asked 'who would need a gun in their home?'. The shooting showed why: not everybody is 'normal' or trustworthy in a family that big. I have written on the difficulty of defending against the first time someone goes off the handle. Up to that point, there is no documentable reason to curb their liberties. When they cross the line, it requires rapid response, like a normal person who is also armed." ...
 

NSSF Grants Fuel Growth in Collegiate Target Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On college campuses across the country, men and women are taking up target shooting in increasing numbers. From Harvard to Jacksonville University to the University of Colorado, the shooting sports are 'in' as students discover how they can enjoy these safe, fun activities with their friends."

"To encourage this growth trend, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms and shooting sports industry, last year began providing grants through its Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative to support the development of varsity teams for those students interested in competition and create clubs for students interested in the recreational and social benefits of target shooting." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: Second amendment not revenge, but survival
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You may have heard of the gun owners who were ambushed by their hosting hotel during their NRA and Gala For Gun Rights convention in North Carolina."

"Millions of gun owners out of 90 million gun owners already refuse to give their business to various companies in protest of their being against our second amendment rights. Not revenge, but survival. After all, the armed citizen is the law of the land: gun control opposes this; who is the aggressor here? Spiteful attitudes and erroneous notions can threaten freedom itself. The countermeasure is education." ...
 

Supreme Court refuses to hear Ileto v. Glock gun liability case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The United States Supreme Court has decided to let stand a lower court's ruling that gun manufacture Glock is not liable for a white supremacist's shooting spree."

"In 1999, white supremacist Buford Furrow killed postal worker Joseph Ileto and wounded 5 others - including three children - at a Jewish Community Center in Grenada Hills, California. In order to carry out his racially motivated crime, Furrow broke numerous gun control laws (he was illegally in possession of 7 firearms). In exchange for a guilty plea, Furrow avoided the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole." ...
 

Kagan Bad on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... Now, with the choice of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, President Obama is two for two in selecting Supreme Court nominees with an apparent strong hostility to the right of self-defense." ...

"In the spring of 1995, Kagan wrote ... 'When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in a meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce ...'"

"... to maintain that standard, the Senate should demand Clinton-era memos written by Kagan, so lawmakers can understand her view of the 2nd Amendment. After all, she was very much involved in many of the gun-control initiatives pushed by President Bill Clinton. The Senate must 'properly evaluate' Kagan ..." ...
 

Pistols and catching brass for reloading
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I tell you all of that because even though reloading components, presses and dies have risen in price about like most guns and accessories if you do more shooting than the average you can still save a bucket full of money by reloading your ammunition."

"Most folks who have known me over the years will testify I am a .357 Magnum junkie. I have more than one and that is all I will say about that just in case our president should elect to try and push a treaty proposed in the United Nations, condoned by and blessed by Hilary Clinton, concerning international firearm laws ..."

"Anyway I will try and get back on subject and offer an item that I consider vastly important regarding shooting and reloading handguns." ...
 

From Their Cold Dead Hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The idea of terrorists with guns is not a pleasant thought, and considering how gung-ho Americans are about fighting terrorists, common sense dictates that we would do everything possible to ensure that they don’t get their hands on any. If that’s the case, then leading members of the NRA do not have common sense."

"There is a 'terror gap' at the moment, one that allows people on the terrorist watch list to easily buy guns without so much as a second glance on the part of the seller. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually when someone on the watchlist buys a gun the purchase is flagged and brought to the attention of the DoJ.
 

TX: Rick Perry and Texas Legislature to consider allowing guns on campus and in holsters on our streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Could we soon see a modern day version of 'Shootout at the O.K. Corral' in Wichita Falls?"

"Maybe there are two angry men glaring at each other under a clear sky on Lamar Street as they reach for their guns to settle an old score. How many times have you heard someone say 'If I had had a gun I would have shot him (or her)? That is a scarey thought if more people are allowed to carry guns. There are pros and cons to allowing more people to be armed and loaded for action."

"Or another scenario could be a robber tries to mug a victim who pulls his gun from a holster and stops the thief from taking his wallet at the mall. That sounds like a good thing." ...
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Submitter's Note: Ed the sky isn't going to fall. It'll be okay.
 

Marriott Hotel chain does not want guests prepared to defend themselves--so be it
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"Just before the NRA convention in Charlotte, North Carolina last weekend, I wondered why the NRA chose to hold it where both state law and property owner policy would mandate disarmament of the attendees. ..." ...

"As strongly as I oppose the NRA's decision to hold the convention in a 'gun free' zone, though, I have to acknowledge two mitigating factors: 1) the mandated disarmament was not NRA policy, but state law and convention center rules, and 2) at least the NRA made convention-goers aware of the policy in advance."

"As Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner Paul Valone reported last week, the Marriott Hotel chain took a much more sordid approach." ...
 

OH: Armed: Robbery Victim Shoots Suspected Robber
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A robbery suspect was shot by the man he was trying to rob Monday morning.

Lakewood police tell 19 Action News that around 1:40 a.m. a man was in the parking lot of the Colonial Club Apartments located at 146 Newman when the victim was approached.

The suspect was shot by the victim. It is unknown whether or not the victim used his own weapon or if it was the suspect's gun.

The shooting victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where his condition remains unknown at this time.
 

MS: Dead suspect linked to two murders and an armed robbery in New Orleans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 23-year-old man killed in a home invasion attempt in Mississippi Sunday ... has been linked to a Friday of terror in New Orleans that included the murder of a 43-year-old man in the 2200 block of Clio Street and the slaying of a United Cab driver at Sixth and Chippewa streets."

"A ballistics report reveals bullets from a .22-caliber revolver killed both 52-year-old cabdriver Arvil Hicks III of Avondale and Romalis Chapman ..." ...

"... Witnesses ... saw him go around to the back door, where he was confronted by the homeowners and shots were fired. Ferrande was shot in the chest and died. ..." ...
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IL: Is Chicago's Mayor Daley guilty of 'terroristic threats'?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a Thursday press conference, Mayor Daley responded to a question about the effectiveness of Chicago's ultra-restrictive gun laws in a rather alarming fashion."
"'It's been very effective,' Daley said, picking up a gun from the dozens displayed on a nearby table. 'If I put this up your butt, you'll find out how effective it is. Let me put a round up your, you know.'"
"The gun Daley had picked up, I should add, was a rifle with a long bayonet--easily capable, in other words, of doing fatal damage even without being fired."

"In some jurisdictions, these remarks could probably be interpreted as thinly veiled 'terroristic threats.' Daley, in fact, in expressing 'regret' for his remarks, actually acknowledged his intention of sowing fear." ...
 

Mayoralty And Madness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is abundantly clear to anyone who looks at the evidence that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is truly, genuinely obsessed with banning firearms. He has expressed frustration of late with the prevailing prediction from all sides that the soon-to-come US Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago will reverse his beloved handgun ban, and has promised to find a way around such a decision. (Interesting…an elected leader who promises to find a way to contravene what will be established as law by the highest court in the land.)"

"In a recent press conference, Mayor Daley ... picked up a gun that was on display as a prop and babbled about shoving it up the rectum of a reporter who asked him an innocent question ..." ...
 

Calderon And Daley Want Your Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not happy with interfering in our internal affairs by savaging Arizona's new immigration law, the president of Mexico wants to shred our Second Amendment too. And the mayor of Chicago wants to help."

"There stood Mexican President Felipe Calderon before Congress, blaming America for the violence on his side of the border and, among other things, the guns that fuel the Mexican drug war that has claimed more than 23,000 Mexican lives since he took office in 2006. ... he shoved the blame on America."

"It would all stop, he implied, if America would reinstate a ban on semiautomatic weapons. The violence in Mexico, he said, 'coincides, at least, with the lifting of the assault weapons ban in 2004.'" ...
 

Calderon logic assaults truth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Days before Mexico's President Felipe Calderon arrogantly addressed a joint session of Congress on how we ought to run this country, members of the National Rifle Association gathered in Charlotte, N.C., to celebrate their victories in Congress and the courts, discuss their passion for guns, hunting, the shooting sports and plan for the future."

"The largest turnout for an NRA Annual Meeting since the association's founding in 1871, the more than 72,000 members in attendance served as a boisterous reminder to politicians of both parties that the nation's gun owners remain a potent political force that no one should take lightly. Indeed, recent polls give the NRA a higher favorability rating than that accorded the Congress ..." ...
 

Safer Streets 2010: America Speaking Out not listening
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We're not going to get to safer streets as long as officials don't listen, and almost as bad, determining the topics to be discussed and not discussed wastes our time and fortifies our perception of Republicans."

"When I first learned of ... – AmericaSpeakingOut.com – I thought they might have read my articles here and gotten on the stick. But is doesn't look that way after all. I swear, they're going to lose the election. They don't really listen."

"There is ample invitation to post your ideas and solutions at their new website, but no ease of operation in starting discussion about second amendment. In fact, it's that old game of asking for input, and then denying the topics people want officials to know most." ...
 

SC: Palin Stars In Haley Ad
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A day removed from accusations of an affair with a prominent SC blogger, SC state Rep. Nikki Haley (R) is using her best weapon to keep her campaign afloat: Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R)."

"Haley is up with a new 30-second spot highlighting her conservative values and making a play for women planning on voting in the June 8 GOP GOV primary."

"'I'm a woman that understands that, through the grace of God, all things are possible,' Haley says in the ad. Palin appears to laud Haley as a 'strong, pro-family, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-development, conservative reformer.'" ...
 

Disgraced former Illinois governor thinks Mayor Daley not enough of a thug for 'gun control'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Much has been said about that, and about Daley's aggressive pursuit of the forcible citizen disarmament agenda in general. One thing one hasn't seen much of (and wouldn't expect to) is the accusation that Daley hasn't been aggressively thuggish enough in his efforts to impose oppressive 'gun control' on not just Chicago, but the entire state of Illinois (and, for that matter, the rest of the country)."

"That accusation, though, is exactly what disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich made on his weekly radio program (noon to 2:00 Sundays on WLS AM Chicago) on May 23rd. Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn posted a transcript. Here's an excerpt, illustrating my point:" ...
 

Does Rep. Hank Johnson think guns will make airports 'tip over and capsize'?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this month, both National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea and I reported that Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) had introduced federal legislation to ban firearms in even the 'non-secure' areas of airports. ... S. 3366 is Lautenberg's response to a new Georgia law ... lifting the state's restrictions against firearms in the areas outside the airport's security checkpoints (which would bring Georgia in line with 40 other states ...)."

"Now, Senator Lautenberg's bill has a House counterpart ... Don't be fooled by the description of H.R. 5321: 'To prohibit certain individuals from possessing a firearm in an airport, and for other purposes'--'certain individuals' are basically everyone but governent designated 'Only Ones.'" ...
 

Democrats Take Warmly to Calderon Message on Immigration and Beyond
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... "When Calderon took several minutes last Thursday to discuss the problem of assault weapons crossing the border into Mexico, Democrats visibly aligned themselves with Calderon's message."

"'With all due respect, if you do not regulate the sale of these weapons in the right way, nothing guarantees that criminals here in the United States ...will not (decide) to challenge American authorities and civilians' he said ..."

"But he criticized the abundance of gun shops along the U.S.-Mexico border and called for Congress to act." ...
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Submitter's Note: Strangely absent from Fil's speech was any mention of the fact that the average 'time-to-crime' for the weapons traced by the ATF was fourteen years. That "iron pipeline" seems to be pretty well clogged.
 

OH: Senate vote scheduled on Ohio Restaurant Carry reform
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"While HB 203 is stalled in the Ohio House, SB 239 has been scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, May 26 at 9am in the Senate South Hearing Room."

"SB239 provides for several reforms for Ohio's concealed carry laws, most notably removing the current ban which prohibits concealed handgun licensees from carrying their firearm into any establishment that serves alcohol. Under the provisions of this bill, a licensee would be able to as long as he or she did not consume any alcohol."

"The bill also removes the many rules about how a loaded firearm may be transported in a motor vehicle bringing Ohio law in line with many states in this country." ...
 

OH: SB239 (Restaurant/Car Carry) & SB247 (Restoration of Rights) scheduled for possible vote in Senate committee
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"The Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Tim Grendell (R-18), has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, May 26 at 9:00 AM in the Senate Building's South Hearing Room."

"Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson will offer testimony on SB239, sponsored by Senator Shannon Jones and Senator Tim Schaffer to allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants, and to reduce burdensome restrictions regarding how a license holder must transport a firearm in a car. This will be the fourth hearing for SB239, and Chairman Grendell has indicated that the bill may be amended before a possible vote to come either that day, or the following." ...
 

NY: Mayor Bloomberg's new gun law proposal aims for new controversial measures
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"A proposed package of changes in New York City’s gun laws has lit a fire under gun enthusiasts and Second Amendment rights groups. The changes are a part of the gun law reforms proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly."

"Bloomberg touts the proposals as a way to streamline the process by which New Yorkers can obtain gun permits. ..."

"The main purpose of the proposed change is to increase the number of personnel and resources available for looking into cases of illegal purchasing and possession of guns."

"There are currently 30 locations within a three-mile radius of central Manhattan, which are listed as selling or manufacturing guns and gun apparel." ...
 

PA: Pa. House Committee Rejects Local Gun Regulation
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"The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee has taken action on several bills dealing with guns and violence."

"Legislators overwhelmingly rejected a bill sponsored by Philadelphia Democrat Curtis Thomas that he says would have banned AK-47’s."

"'You do not need a 30-round magazine to go hunting,' Thomas said."

"Montgomery County Democrat Joshua Shapiro, however, says the bill is too narrow:"

"'If we’re going to truly protect Pennsylvanians, we need to insure that a wide range of assault weapons are included.'"

"Shapiro was also in the majority voting against a Thomas bill to give local governments more latitude to regulate guns." ...
 

TN: Governor Bredesen Turns Against Tennessee Citizens
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"Governor Bredesen has ignored the will of the citizens of Tennessee yet again."

"Bredesen’s veto of the Restaurant Carry Bill speaks volumes about his disregard for our Constitution and our Second Amendment rights. This man was elected and swore under oath to uphold our Constitution. With an overwhelming vote in both the Senate and House, our fine Legislators spoke for their Constituents by their vote supporting the Restaurant Carry Bill."

"This bill was re-done to fix the unconstitutionality that Chancellor Bonnyman ruled on last year. ..."

"I want to make it very clear that business owners can still post a sign saying 'no guns allowed.' I support a business owners right to choice in posting. ..." ...
 

Ex-Cop Goes Rogue on the Drug War, Tells Pot Smokers How to Outsmart the Police
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"Barry Cooper should know better than anyone that you don’t mess with the police. He was once a cop, and a dirty one at that. But for the past three years, this former narcotics officer has been irritating the hell out of law enforcement, and he’s been steadily raising the stakes ..." ...

"Cooper wanted to atone. So he created the Never Get Busted DVDs. ... But Cooper’s next big idea was even more outrageous. He decided he wanted to do more than just help potheads. He wanted to expose and punish the cops that put them in prison. And Cooper ... knew exactly how cops bend the law to put people in prison. So he decided to set up elaborate stings to catch cops doing illegal stuff, and film it for a reality TV show ..." ...
 

UT: 'Professional Courtesy' and Negligent Homicide
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"Lars Gardner of St. George, Utah walked away unscathed from the March 11 accident he caused when he plowed his car into a tan Buick carrying 71-year-old Karen Gummow, and 75-year-old Illa Jean Moore. Neither of the women — who were on their way to a women’s gathering at a nearby church when Gardner blindsided them — survived the crash."

"Gardner was entirely at fault in the accident, yet no criminal charges were filed against him. A civil suit would most likely be thrown out of court."

"Need it even be said that Gardner is a costumed agent of state coercion, and the women he killed were mere Mundanes?" ...
 

NJ: Wildwood police officer sentenced to five years for kicking suspects
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"Wildwood Police Sgt. David Romeo was sentenced Friday afternoon to five years in prison for official misconduct for kicking two handcuffed suspects while they were lying on the ground."

"Romeo remains free on bail pending an appeal. He left the courtroom with his family Friday following a sentencing that lasted about five hours."

"Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten imposed the sentence during a lengthy hearing in which he found that Romeo’s actions were measured, calculated and unprovoked when he kicked the two men."

"'The defendant yet denies culpability, yet displays no remorse,' Batten said." ...
 

MD: Debate Sparks Over Video Recording Of Arrests
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"Several Marylanders face felony charges for recording their arrests on camera, and others have been intimidated to shut their cameras off. That's touched off a legal controversy." ...

"A man whose arrest was caught on video faces felony charges from Maryland State Police for recording it on camera." ...

"Video of another arrest at the Preakness quickly made its way online, despite an officer issuing this warning to the person who shot it, 'Do me a favor and turn that off. It's illegal to videotape anybody's voice or anything else, against the law in the state of Maryland.'"

"But is he right? Can police stop you from recording their actions ..."

"The American Civil Liberties Union says no." ...
 

IL: Perjury Trial Opens For Police Officer Tied To Torture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A one-time Chicago police commander who officials say oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men goes on trial Monday."

"The first allegations date back 40 years, but former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge has avoided prosecution until now."

"Prosecutors say detectives under his command on the city's South Side tortured suspects until they confessed to crimes they may or may not have committed." ...

"For two decades, judges and juries didn't believe gang members with criminal records over decorated police officers. But the allegations were so widespread, they eventually led to a police investigation that found systematic torture in the South Side region where Burge was a commander. Burge was fired in 1993." ...
 

LA: Fifth Officer Charged In Connection With Danziger Bridge Shootings
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"A fifth officer has been charged in connection with the Danziger Bridge shootings, in which police officers in New Orleans allegedly shot unarmed civilians on the bridge just days after Hurricane Katrina."

"The Department of Justice charged Ignatius Hills, a former officer with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), in connection with the shootings, which are being investigated by the FBI."

"Here's the full press release by the DOJ:" ...
 

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Destroying A Mountain Of Munitions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On May 13, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Thomas Masiello and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Defense Selmo Cikotic, signed a Joint Statement in which both countries pledge to destroy 67 thousand excess small arms and 20 thousand tons of surplus conventional ammunition and explosive ordnance. The process is expected to take several years."...

"The United States is the world's single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction. Since 1993, the United States has promoted peace and security through more than 1.5 billion dollars in 47 countries spent for removal of landmines ... as well as the safe disposal of small arms, light weapons, and ammunition." ...
 

TX: History, Freedom, Security, Courtesy and Patriotism Displayed at Houston Gun Collector's Association Show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I attended the Houston Gun Collector's Association show at Reliant Park this past weekend as an exhibitor ... Since I have retired from my extensive law enforcement career that included operations with the military, I had a small collection of equipment and supplies that needed to be jettisoned. ... I hoped to sell my 'junk,' as my wife put it, and apply the proceeds to my other interests, hopefully at a discount often found at the shows."

"I attended another show in the same capacity in October of 2008, before the election of Obama, and felt this would be a great opportunity to gauge the sentiments of the Second Amendment crowd and the related business activity. I was right and I learned quite a bit." ...
 

GA: Gun ownership not just a right, but a requirement
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... "... more than 600 miles south of Chicago, on the same tracks the Union Army took through the state of Georgia during the US Civil War, and you are in the town of Kennesaw."

"This is a town where second amendment rights are exercised, 'all the time, everyday,' according to resident Dent Myers. 'Except whenever I bathe or go to bed.'"

"It's a way of life."

"'In the South, a gun is just a part of the household just like a hammer in the toolbox,' said Robert Jones, president of the Kennesaw Historical Society."

"And in the town of Kennesaw, it's also the law."

"'On May 1, 1982 they passed that law requiring all heads of households to own a gun,' said Jones." ...
 

CA: Open carry a right
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"I agree with Bill Moore ('Why pack unloaded gun?' May 13 letter to the editor). I wouldn’t want to pack an unloaded weapon either but that’s not the point, and he being a gun owner should realize that. Some do want to open carry and it’s their right to do so."

"The ... Democrats, are systematically chipping away at our Second Amendment rights, and our so-called conservative Republican governor is right there with them." ...
 

Tanzinia: EAC to destroy illicit arms in NW Tanzania to mark African Day
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"A public destruction of illicit arms and weapons organized by the East African Community ( EAC) is to be held on Tuesday in Kagera region in northwest Tanzania to mark the Africa Day on May 25th and commemorate the African Union's 2010 Year of Peace and Security."

"A total of 2,600 weapons will be publicly set on fire at the event, an EAC press release said, adding that the public destruction of small arms and light weapons has been ongoing in all the five EAC Partner States to emphasize the region's commitment to its vision of a peaceful, stable and politically united East Africa." ...
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Submitter's Note: So if that is their aim, why do they remove the best implements for ensuring "peace and security"?
 

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