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Vanderboegh: An Open Letter to the Gun Control Crowd
Submitted by: Concerned American
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"You're almost there."

"Regardless of who wins the presidential election, you'll have a candidate who agrees with you on government seizure of control of the private sale of arms. ... you think that the next order of business after that will be a real 'assault weapons ban' ..."

"So things could not be brighter - you're almost there ..."

"Wrong."

"Not even close." ...

"Pass a ban on private sales of arms and we will defy it."

"Pass a ban on semiautomatic rifles of military utility -- in effect, try to disarm us -- and we will refuse to turn them in."

"Send thugs to come and take them from us and we will shoot back."

"People are going to die - lots of people."

"And that's only the beginning." ...
 

GUNS Magazine: June 1958
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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There's plenty in this issue, including a look at "West Point's 'Library' of Guns," "Tommy Gun" marksmanship, Elmer Keith hunting lions, the story of "Pistol Pete" Eaton, and more, including the classic period gun ads.

But here's what really stands out:

"Sullivan Law: This Law Makes Crime Safe," is a must-read, and gives us an invaluable analysis and perspective on the background, effects and implications of this evil, unAmerican edict that provided the model for urban citizen disarmament.
 

Educate children about gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'll never understand how some people in our society relegate the responsibility of human behavior onto an inanimate object made of metal and wood."

"Guest columnist C.D. Chamberlain's concern for the safety of our children regarding firearm deaths is most certainly laudable. His column began with the anticipation of discussing real solutions for these terrible tragedies, but then sadly deteriorated into nothing more than unrealistic antigun rhetoric."

"Mr. Chamberlain's sarcastic answer for ending these deaths is to ban ammunition for all firearms. Gee, as simple as that! I'll admit it's a different and humorous spin by the antigun establishment, however, as usual, it is void of any positive substance." ...
 

New Reasons to Boycott Toronto Canada
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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... "After I sent an e-mail letting the Mayor & the Toronto City Council know that I will NOT be spending any money in their city as a result of their anti-gun owner rhetoric, I found out so much more by the responses I received! According to Toronto City Council Councilor Joe Mihevc & his executive assistant Sean Hill, they & other Canadians 'overwhelmingly' endorse Obama (see below). The Councilor & his assistant also hold a considerable amount of contempt towards American Gun owners & Arizona Gun Owners in particular. Check out the below communications thread I had with them. My first e-mail was sent to the Mayor & all of the members of the Toronto City Council ..." ...
 

Project 'Correct Kimber' letters begin to pour in
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, Buckeye Firearms Association Legislation Chair Ken Hanson sounded the alarm on gun manufacturers who continue to aid gun banners, and announced project 'Correct Kimber':"
"We, the consumers, must intervene to help save gun manufacturers from their self-destructive habits. Like any other intervention, tough love is needed. 'We love you, we love your products and want to support you, but we can no longer stand by and watch you destroy yourself.'" ...
"In his article, Hanson is inviting gun owners to contact Kimber, and some have forwarded letters they are sending to the corporation." ...
 

Tijuana's Elite Flee to San Diego to Escape Kidnappings & Violence in Mexico
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"One prominent attorney, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, drove from his office directly to the border with a police escort after being notified that kidnappers planned to kill him for speaking out against the crime wave."

"He and his family slept on air mattresses and sofa beds in a San Ysidro apartment for weeks until he closed escrow on a home in Eastlake. He shut down his office in a Tijuana high-rise and now works from his American home."

"'I had to change cities, houses, countries, offices,' he said. 'It's a life of constant fear.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, it seems that good guys (and gals), like to live where they have a right to keep and bear arms.
 

Bearing arms: whose right is it anyway?
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"What's a comma got to with it? In a major Supreme Court case, the small punctuation mark could make or break gun laws in America."

The case, District of Columbia v. Heller, deals with whether or not the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms, or whether it only covers a collective right of the states to have a militia."

"D.C. bans handguns, making it one of the strictest gun control laws in the country. The plaintiff in the case, Dick Heller, sued the city in 2003, arguing that the law violates his constitutional rights. The case has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is likely to hand down its ruling any day." ...
 

AZ: 2nd suspect in Phoenix home invasion found dead days later
Submitted by: Wildfire

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"Phoenix police say they've found a man they wanted to question for an attempted home investigation on Monday, but he was dead of a gunshot wound."

"Detective Stacie Derge says Travis Jarred was found in his west Phoenix home Friday by police who broke in after his girlfriend called them worried after not seeing him since Sunday."

"The 35-year-old was wanted for a home invasion Monday morning where a home's resident fatally shot a second intruder. ..."

"The victim, his wife, and several small children were asleep when the suspects forced their way in through the back door armed with a rifle and a knife. The home resident was stabbed, but grabbed a pistol and opened fire."

"... Jarred apparently drove home before dying."
 

Women Are Filling Handgun Classes; Surveys Show Personal Protection a Big Motivator
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The old adage, 'God made men; Sam Colt made them equal,' applies to women, too."

"Women across the country are packing classes where they learn about all aspects of handgun ownership. One of the main reasons for attending these classes, they say, is to learn more about how to take charge of their own safety."

"Carol, a thirty-something mother from Connecticut, explained her participation in a class: 'My husband convinced me that it would be to my benefit to learn how to use a handgun. The experience actually opened up a whole new world for me. I'm really enjoying shooting and learning about different calibers and actions --- not to mention getting to spend more time with my husband.'" ...
 

Second Amendment: A Valued Target for Students
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Dwight Springthorpe learned how to shoot out of necessity. Growing up in rural North Carolina, his parents’ farm was plagued with coyotes. ..."

"Now a senior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Springthorpe continues to shoot for sport as president of the Tar Heel Rifle and Pistol Club (THRPC). For college students to participate in a gun club – or even work on their own to start one – seems almost an anachronism, antithetical to the political correctness of the academic world."

"But, as HUMAN EVENTS found, it’s a lot more common than most of the academic world would have us believe for one reason: students value their Second Amendment rights and are willing to work to protect them." ...
 

Shooting Sports Slowly Returning to Colleges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My uncle tells stories about being in the rifle club when he was in high school. A few years ago, I visited a private catholic school that still had a shooting range in the basement (though it is now defunct). In the nineties, I visited Edinboro University in Pennsylvania which had a operational shooting range (I don't know if it is still in existence there). In the recent past, though, shooting sports on college campuses and high schools had all but died out due to the ill-conceived notion that "guns and kids don't mix" toted by the gun grabbers."

"Now, though, the shooting sports are making a comeback in colleges, and hopefully high schools won't be far behind." ...
 

McCain On Crime Gun Trace Data
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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... "While Sen. McCain did reference his support for closing the gun show loophole, as I've discussed before, he implied that this was the only gun control issue where he parted ways with the NRA."

"My staff did a little digging and found an interesting passage from a longer floor speech ... In it, he takes three common-sense stands in favor of what are today key items in the Brady Campaign's legislative agenda."

"First, Sen. McCain spoke against the restrictions on ATF trace data sponsored by Rep. Todd Tiahrt ..."

"Next, Sen. McCain spoke against the requirement to destroy records of firearms transactions within 24 hours ..."

"Finally, Sen. McCain spoke against the prohibition on ATF to conduct inventory audits of licensed gun dealers ..." ...
 

Obama wrong on guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Sen. Barack Obama says he supports the Second Amendment to our great Constitution, and supports hunting and target shooting, but omits the right to defense of home and life of self and/or family members."

"Obama is a bald-faced liar - he does not support you or me. Obama has an atrocious record on your most fundamental and most important right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution: The right to a firearm for self-defense. You won't hear it from the media. Over the years he has either voiced support for, or voted to enact laws to: Ban all handguns, ban the sale or transfer of all semi-automatics, ban the right to carry in every state, and ban firearms in the home, even for self-protection. ..." ...
 

Forgotten already? John McCain's 2004 vote for the Clinton Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I opposed the ban on so-called 'assault weapons,' which was first proposed after a California schoolyard shooting. - John McCain, NRA Annual Meetings, Louisville, KY, May 16, 2008"
"To understand just how insulting this statement was to the intelligence of every NRA member present at this year's Annual Meetings, take a short trip in a time machine with me, back to good ol' 2004...

"... despite amendments that ... 'would have reenacted the 1994 Clinton gun ban and shut down gun shows', there were eight Senators who still found the bill worthy of their support. One of them is the candidate the NRA-ILA appears on the verge of offering their endorsement just four short years later."

"John Sidney McCain." ...
 

OH: Cincinnati should conform to state law on concealed carry
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Inscribed on the Hamilton County Courthouse, visible from Central Parkway, are these words: 'That the Commonwealth May have a Government of Laws, and Not of Men.'"

"This inscription enshrines the most basic premise of the law, that we as a society have chosen to be bound by the rule of law. This is the foundation of a civil society." ...

"The city of Cincinnati is now a lawbreaker. In March 2004, Ohio joined 48 other states in authorizing qualified applicants to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense. This law was statewide, but some cities refused to recognize the new law, claiming it was not a 'general law.'" ...
 

NY: Politician pushes for bullet microstamping
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A state legislator from Nassau County and law enforcement officials yesterday urged the state Senate to pass a bill mandating that new semi-automatic guns feature technology that would stamp each shell casing with details about the weapon.

The technology, called micro-stamping, would imprint bullet casings with the gun's make, model and serial number. That would enable detectives to analyze casings left at crime scenes to trace the weapon's original buyer and the shop where it was sold, said Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), who sponsored a similar bill in the state Assembly.
 

OH: Governor signs bill protecting those who shoot intruders in self-defense
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Over the objections of law enforcement groups, Gov. Ted Strickland today signed into law a bill that relaxes certain gun restrictions and establishes a new 'castle doctrine' for shooting an intruder in self-defense."

"The legislation, Senate Bill 184, takes effect in 90 days."

"It was backed by the National Rifle Association to establish a presumption that a person acted in self-defense when shooting someone who unlawfully enters his or her home or occupied vehicle. Supporters say it will protect the innocent from facing charges." ...
 

LA: Campus weapons proposal pulled
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the most controversial bills of the legislative session, to allow concealed weapons to be carried on the campuses of universities, community colleges and vocational technical schools, died Monday when its chief sponsor pulled it from consideration."

"Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chasse, said he did not have the votes to pass his House Bill 199, targeted by editorial writers and opposition from university officials."

"But Wooton warned that he will bring the bill back 'at every session I can,' including next year's fiscal session during which lawmakers can file five non-fiscal bills." ...
 

Police taking steps to save gas
Submitted by: fms

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"Rising gas prices are prompting some police departments to curb their cruisers for parts of their daily shifts and walk the beat instead — a change that shrinks coverage areas and increases emergency response times."

"Others are cutting back on a popular program that allows officers to take their vehicles home to boost police presence in neighborhoods."

"'The unintended consequence of some fuel-saving solutions could be a reduction in police services,' Justice Department policy analysts Karl Bickel and Deborah Spence said in a May bulletin to local law enforcement agencies." ...
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Submitters Note: All the more reason for citizens to be armed.
 

MO: Woman Handcuffed for Waiting to Stop in Lit Area
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Motorists followed by an unmarked car with flashing police-style lights are often told to activate their flashing emergency lights and wait for the nearest well-lit area before pulling over. An attractive young female motorist who followed this advice found herself held at gunpoint, handcuffed and searched by real police officers in Greene County, Missouri last week."

"... An unmarked police cruiser pulled behind her vehicle and activated its lights. Kimery immediately put on her flashers and slowed to acknowledge the vehicle behind. She then drove less than a mile to the nearest well-lit area ... For this, Kimery was ordered out of the car at gunpoint and surrounded by three police deputies." ...
 

SC: Girl recovering after shooting with grandma's gun (follow-up)
Submitted by: MACpistol.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"A relative of a 4-year-old South Carolina girl who accidentally shot herself with her grandmother's handgun in a Sam's Club store said Tuesday the family expects the child to be out of the hospital by week's end." ...

"Authorities said the 47-year-old Williamson, a South Carolina magistrate, has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The Sam's Club store does not have a sign prohibiting guns inside." [emphasis added]

"Chief Magistrate Rodger Emerson Edmonds said it's common for magistrates to carry guns for protection."

"'Sometimes some of the judges have to make deposits at the banks,' he said. 'The other reason is for self preservation to protect yourself because there are some crazies out there.'"
 

KY: Police: Gun Used In Deadly Home Invasion Stolen From LMPD (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Louisville Metro Police said two teenagers shot and killed Tuesday during a home invasion were using a gun stolen from the police department."

"Earl Springer, 19, and Dazmond Turner, 19, were shot by Billy Jackson, 70. Investigators said the pair forced their way into Jackson's West Broadway rental property and threatened to kill him and his wife."

"Police said the gun was stolen in a separate burglary, but it was unclear whether Springer and Turner committed it."

"Billy Jackson told WLKY Newschannel 32 he faked a heart attack, then kicked the gunman in the leg, before firing upon both men. Springer died on the scene and Turner later died at the hospital." ...
 

NY: Genesee Outfitters Helps Local Officers Practice Shooting
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Local law enforcement personnel have a new option for low-light shooting practice, courtesy of Genesee Outfitters and its indoor pistol range."

"The public range ... makes it easier for officers to practice the skills they need to accurately shoot in the dark, according to Marty Bova, Sheriff's Academy training director."

"'We always shoot at least once a year under low-light conditions,’' Bova said. 'We used to do it by shooting at night, so these guys would start their shift around 7 p.m. This makes it much easier.'"

"By blocking out the windows in the range and shutting off the lights, owner Chris Short can provide a low-light environment in a controlled situation, so officers can practice at any time of day." ...
 

GA: GCO Asks Glynn County PD to Stop Hassling Lawful Carriers
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org has written the chief of the Glynn County Police Department, asking for this department to cease detaining people solely for open carrying. The letter was prompted by a GCO member being twice detained by GCPD for no reason other than the members’ open carrying. A copy of the letter may be viewed here.
 

NY: Report on City Police Shootings Urges More Use of Tasers Before Guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Police recruits and veteran officers could benefit from more frequent firearms training and a wider use of Taser stun guns, according to a study of the New York Police Department’s shooting habits released on Monday."

"The study, by the RAND Corporation, was commissioned in January 2007, about seven weeks after a Queens man, Sean Bell, died in a hail of 50 police bullets. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at the time that questions about the department’s effectiveness and training required an independent review."

"RAND researchers raised the phenomenon of “reflexive shooting,” or contagious shooting, in which one officer’s gunshots spur a fusillade of bullets by others in the area." ...
 

UK: Shot policeman was 'pretending to flee'
Submitted by: Steven Brown

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"A police officer blasted to death with a shotgun by a colleague was playing the role of a criminal fleeing in a car, it emerged today."

"Pc Ian Terry was blasted in the chest from a high-powered gun as armed officers went through a drill to practise the dangerous tactic of stopping fleeing armed criminals. ..."

"He had been shot during the exercise at a disused warehouse in Newton Heath, north Manchester, being used by officers to practise firearms exercises." ...

"An IPCC spokesman said that officers were using 'special munitions' designed to stop vehicles, but would not say what type of bullet him Pc Terry. Some reports suggested that he was blasted by a cartridge containing CS gas." ...
 

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