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Mike Vanderboegh: Concise [Exclusive to David Codrea's War on Guns Blogspot]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

(Author's note: David has recently taken me to task, not without reason, for being too long winded. Therefore, I have written the mini-essay below just for War on Guns.)

"Tell me," I was once asked, "What do you think about gun control? Give me the short answer." To which I replied, "If you try to take our firearms we will kill you."

The End
 

Constitution guarantees gun rights for people, not militia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Niccolo Machiavelli, who was a sort of Karl Rove of his day, though with more integrity, said of the Swiss that they were 'the most free and most armed people' of Europe. Get it? The connection between arms and freedom?"

"That statement is still true of the Swiss. Many people know that they practice neutrality, but not many know that they practice armed neutrality. If the gun controllers' claim that the mere presence of arms leads to mayhem were true, the Swiss would have wiped themselves out years ago. There are guns and gun ranges all over the place. You would be hard-pressed to find a Swiss home without a firearm and ammunition. Yet, the Swiss have a very low crime rate." ...
 

Robert F. Williams and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In 1925, Robert F. Williams was born into the nasty era of Jim Crow ..."

"... Williams decided to do what past generations of patriotic Southerners had done — defend his soil against foreign aggressors, namely the Ku Klux Klan."

"As head of the local chapter of the NAACP, Williams (who was also a World War II veteran) organized a militia unit ... trained black men and women to use rifles, and fortified his entire neighborhood by stacking sandbags and stockpiling weapons. It worked." ...

"It's a safe bet that Williams understood the true meaning and importance of the Second Amendment more intimately than most contemporary conservatives ..." ...
 

Column same old antigun rhetoric (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"C.D. Chamberlain's attempt at antigun logic and presentation falls short, and, in the end, is only a reworking of the same old tired antigun rhetoric. It is more than a stretch to compare alcohol addiction and lead paint toys from China to the Second Amendment and lead bullets, and then throw in statistics from the Center for Disease Control which are inappropriate because they include adults ages 18 and 19, and teenage criminals."

"In fact, all children to age 14 are five times more likely to die from motor vehicle accidents than from firearms, and more than twice as likely to die from drowning, according to the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2005)." ...
 

Taking a gander at Horwitz's latest attempt to cook liberty's goose
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Josh Horwitz, of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, is once again arguing that the people of the United States have no right to resist tyranny ...--this time, oddly enough, using Mexico to illustrate his 'point.'" ...

"Unfortunately for Josh, the argument he never tires of knocking down is a straw man, and is not, as far as I am aware, made by any gun rights advocates. No one, to my knowledge, claims that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to revolt against the government. ..."

"The Second Amendment exists not to safeguard the right to revolt against the Constitutional government, but to protect the people's means to resist a government that refuses to be bound by the Constitution. ..." ...
 

The .22 at 150
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"In East Africa you hear hunters talk of four-five-eights and the three-seven-fives. They're mighty cartridges, for game that can trample you or pick you up in its mouth. 'But you shoot too seldom when every pull of the trigger costs you a couple of bucks,' concedes one PH. His .416 solids have the dull patina of old oak where loop leather hasn’t turned them green. 'When I practice, it's with the two-two.'"

"The .22 rimfire had an unlikely start. In 1849 inventor Walter Hunt earned a patent for his breechloading Volition Repeater. But he lacked money to develop it. Fellow New Yorker George Arrowsmith chipped in cash and business savvy, hiring skilled gun mechanic Lewis Jennings to troubleshoot the rifle. ..." ...
 

Let's take gun control to another level
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"It's about time we get real about gun control in our cities. If we can have sobriety checkpoints and now motorcycle checkpoints, why don't we have cops creating gun checkpoints? Have them create checkpoints in the city where the gun violence is running rampant."

"Give the cops metal detectors and make people stop and get checked for guns. They are illegal and they are a lot worse than drunken drivers, and motorcyclists without the correct credentials. Let's get real here and start doing something about all these guns on our streets."

"If it's legal to stop people driving a car down the street to see if they are drunk, why isn't it legal to stop people walking down the street to see if they have a gun? ..." ...
 

DAY SEVEN: America is being governed in accordance with laws created by people who thought the Earth was flat?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TODAY I would like to take umbrage with an issue that has perplexed me for some time."

"The so called 'right to bear arms'. The Second Amendment. The untouchable written clause in the American way that gives anyone - from a yeehaa Texan President to a yahoo Detroit drug dealer - the God-given right to wield a weapon capable of causing death."

"How? Why? I don't get it. This is not something level-headed and even sane people should do. Unless you're a farmer with a need to shoot vermin, perhaps."

"For anyone who doesn't know, America is governed by a written constitution. A series of amendments cast in stone - like the Commandments handed to Moses." ...
 

Brady Campaign: Georgia, Florida and Texas Top Crime Gun Suppliers; Hawaii, Rhode Island, New Jersey Supply Fewest Crime Guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Georgia, Florida and Texas are the top suppliers of crime guns to other states, according to crime gun trace data recently released by the federal ... (ATF) and analyzed by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Illegal guns generally flow from states with weak gun laws to states with stronger gun laws. In states with strong gun laws, criminals find it more difficult to obtain guns from local sources and frequently must obtain guns from traffickers supplied by out-of-state gun dealers. This fuels the 'iron pipeline' described in past Federal law enforcement reports." ...
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KABA Note: What the Brady Bunch fails to mention is that the ATF itself states that crime gun trace data are not reliable indicators of unlawful gun use.
 

PA: Packing heat sure makes Pitt interesting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before classes adjourned for the academic year, students at the University of Pittsburgh squared off over whether guns should be legally carried on campus."

"Although the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus have yet to convince lawmakers to allow them to pack .45s alongside their copies of Roget's Thesaurus, I hear the pro-gunplay group plans a major offensive aimed -- pardon the pun -- at overturning the campus anti-gun policy."

"With that in mind, we'd like to imagine a day in the life of Pitt's SCCOC leader David Brytus if he succeeds." ...
 

WI: Reservist loses plea to stay out of prison
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Wisconsin man convicted in federal court of transferring a machine gun has been denied a request to stay out of prison while he fights the conviction." ...

"Olofson's attorney argued that the gun Olofson loaned to another man malfunctioned when it fired multiple rounds and Olofson didn't know it would do that."

"Olofson, whose case has received widespread attention after coverage on the Lou Dobbs show on CNN, filed an appeal with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and also asked that he be kept out of prison until that appeal is decided."

"In a one-line order this week, a three-judge panel on the 7th Circuit denied Olofson's motion to stay out of prison pending his appeal. ..."
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

SC: Wake delays action on weapons ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citing additional insurance concerns, Wake County schools staff will wait until August before presenting draft revisions to the district's deadly weapons bans aimed at allowing student marksmanship teams to participate in approved firearms competitions."

"In response to the public outcry after an East Wake High School club team was banned from competing in a state-sponsored marksmanship tournament, school board members asked staff to draft a policy to allow teams to compete." ...
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Submitter's Note: Insurance concerns?!? For a sport that has fewer injuries than football, baseball wrestling and cheerleading?
 

McCain Brings Back 'Bitter'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sen. Barack Obama's 'bitter' comments resurfaced Wednesday in Pennsylvania where Sen. John McCain invoked the now infamous phrase in front of supporters during a town hall meeting."

"Pledging to win the state in November by going to small towns to spread his message, McCain told the crowd, 'I'm going to tell them that I don’t agree with Senator Obama that they cling to their religion and the Constitution because they are bitter…'"

"Pushing faith and the second amendment as cornerstones of his philosophy, McCain continued in saying that 'I'm going to tell them that they have faith and trust and support the constitution of the United States ...'" ...
 

WA: Post-Folklife gun ban myopic (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Why does it seem that legislation is always going after those who are law-abiding when firearms are concerned? In my opinion, Mayor Greg Nickels' ban on concealed-carry permits at festivals is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to avoid a lawsuit ['Nickels said to plan festival weapons ban,' Local News, June 7]."

"If he is going to do a ban just on festivals, that is a waste of perfectly good, shortsighted legislation. Why not go for a ban at all types of events?"

"Because these events have just as much likelihood of having a shooting as a festival does, right? Oh, wait, that would be dangerously close to violating the Second Amendment and the purpose of having a concealed-carry permit (CCP) in the first place." ...
 

IL: Concealed carry proposal gets support of sheriff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers lent his considerable support to the county’s concealed carry debate."

"Meyers was the last of 30 speakers to take the podium, and he received a standing ovation for his efforts." ...

"The County Board is drafting a resolution that will authorize the sheriff to issue gun permits to qualified citizens. Although the resolution is still in draft form, at least 13 of the 28 board members have already signed on."

"Although he supports the idea of concealed carry for the county, Meyers said he would not issue permits ... if he is told by the state's attorney's office or the Illinois attorney general's office that doing so would be a violation of state law." ...
 

IL: Closing arguments expected Monday in trial of former officer charged in rapes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Closing arguments are expected to start Monday morning in the trial of a former central Illinois police officer charged in four rapes.

Attorney Michael Rosenblat has wrapped up his defense of former Bloomington police officer Jeff Pelo (PEE'-loh).

Rosenblat only called a handful of witnesses, while prosecutors called more than 60 people to the stand.

Also Wednesday, Judge Robert Freitag (FRY'-tag) dismissed two aggravated criminal sexual assault charges against Pelo. The judge says prosecutors didn't present sufficient evidence to back up those counts.

Pelo still faces 33 charges and has pleaded not guilty to all of them.
 

GA: Army Wins Day One at Interservice Pistol Championship
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit are continuing to lead in the 49th annual Interservice Pistol Championship Matches, which started June 6 at Phillips Range."

USAMU service pistol shooter Sgt. 1st Class Eric G. Daniels beat
72 competitors to win the .22-Caliber Individual Interservice Championship June 9."

"Staff Sgt. Robert S. Park II and Staff Sgt. James M. Henderson were tied just one point behind Daniels. The USAMU Service Pistol Team of Daniels, Park, Henderson and Sgt. Michael S. Gasser won the .22-Caliber Team Interservice Championship." ...
 

GA: MARTA Police Department Announces Its [Over]Reaction to HB 89
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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Original Title: Facing $43M deficit, MARTA is cutting jobs

... "Meeting at MARTA headquarters at Lindbergh Station, the board also heard a presentation from MARTA police on how they intend to deal with the new law allowing licensed gun owners to carry their firearms on MARTA. One concern was the MARTA station at Hartsfield-Jackson airport."

"MARTA police plan to ask passengers with visible guns to conceal them. They will ask the public not to approach fellow passengers with guns, but to contact MARTA police." ...
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Submitter's comment: MARTA is preempted from regulating firearms per OCGA 16-11-173. Additionally, there should be no issue with the "MARTA station at Hartsfield-Jackson airport" so long as nobody attempts to carry past the metal detectors into the sterile areas of the airport.
 

TX: Supervisor fired over gun thefts reinstated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Houston police supervisor fired in the fallout after roughly 30 guns went missing from the property room won his job back Tuesday, arguing he had little control over widespread security failures though top HPD officials knew about the problems and did nothing."

"... Allen Baquet, a 25-year city employee, and his lawyer argued that lapses in security allowed people with criminal backgrounds to access the property room and swipe guns." ...

"HPD officials determined that more than 30 guns had gone missing over six months beginning in October 2006. During that time various people — including ... a temporary employee awaiting trial on aggravated robbery charges who police say took some of the guns — had access to the room." ...
 

CO: Former Denver cop faces child prostitution charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Denver police officer Joseph Bini has been charged with four felonies in connection with allegations that he paid two juvenile girls to perform sex acts while he watched."

"Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey today filed two counts of soliciting for child prostitution and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor against Bini ..." ...

"... investigators said the girls had gone to a store owned by Bini's wife and were looking at a poster when Bini approached and began to talk to them."

"He allegedly said that 'what he would really like to see is two young girls' having sex together ..."

"The juveniles said Bini offered them $20 if they would have sex in front of him." ...
 

ID: Red's To Move Into Tribes Building
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"Monday we told you that the city of Twin Falls got the okay to buy the Red's Trading Post Building for $200,000. The building was first built in 1912 and Red's Trading Post moved in, in 1936."

"The current manager at Red's says that the city is more interested in the lot than the building. But red's has already picked out its new location in 'Old Towne' Twin Falls."

"Ryan Horsley, Co-Owner, says, 'It's gonna be what's currently the Tribes building. And just over by Lamphouse Theatre, Gem State Paper. Great location, actually it's gonna have more room.'"

"Horsley says Red's will probably close for about 30 days beginning at the end of this month. That's so they can move to their new building." ...
 

OH: Pyramyd Air donates $7,000 check to the NRA Round-Up program
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Pyramyd Air, the largest airgun dealer in the world, has donated a $7,000 check to the National Rifle Association's Round-Up program."

"A long-time supporter of the NRA, Pyramyd Air has been part of the Round-Up program since 2004. Through the program, Pyramyd Air customers have the option of rounding-up their purchases to the next whole dollar, with the round-up portion being set aside for the NRA. Among airgun retailers, Pyramyd Air is the largest contributor, thanks to its supportive customers."

"The Round-Up program funds are used for the NRA's 'Shooting for the Future' program, which helps ensure and preserve shooting programs for future shooters." ...
 

Australia: NSW Govt 'aiding push to ease gun laws'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Greens have accused the New South Wales Government of courting the Shooters Party to help ease the passage of controversial legislation to ease the state's gun controls."

"The Bill, introduced to the Upper House by Shooters Party MP Roy Smith, would relax some safeguards and remove the 28-day waiting period for people with a registration waiting for a second gun." ...

"The legislation would also remove the need to register guns made before the 1900s and allow more people to apply for a self-loading or pump-action shotgun to use in clay target shooting competitions." ...
 

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