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Does the truth hurt, Paul?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "With the Heller ruling not even announced, the Brady Bunch appears to be unhappy with where they expect it to go. Oh, and Paul? That the Second Amendment is a Constitutional guarantee of the fundamental, absolute human right of the individual to keep and bear arms isn't a 'theory'--that's the fact of the plain text in the Bill of Rights. Get used to it."

"Even with a favorable (for us) Heller ruling (which I refuse to see as anything close to a foregone conclusion, as much as I'd like to), the advocates of forcible citizen disarmament have no intention of giving up and moving to the UK, however." ...
 

Supreme Court must shun outside view on Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court are impossible to predict. Often, if they were still alive, the framers of the Constitution would be astounded by the interpretation of their simple language. Compromised decisions have sponsored unintended consequences that are destructive to some of the basic principles of our nation. ..." ...

"The Supreme Court, for the first time, is about to render a decision regarding the Second Amendment ... Certainly during and after the Revolutionary War an armed militia was critical to achieve and maintain independence ... Many citizens believe that the first part of the amendment, forming a 'militia,' establishes the justification for the second part, 'the right to keep and bear arms.' ..." ...
 

Lessons of the Frontier in High Court Gun Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A lone frontiersman made an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court in March, when, in oral argument in D.C. v. Heller, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy invoked the remote settler defending 'himself and his family ...'"

"At stake was whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. Although the amendment's words tie the right to bear arms to the state's militia power, proponents of an individual right claim that the amendment reflects a deeper constitutional principle: the individual right of self-defense. This invocation, however, moves only a half-step, stopping well short of identifying the broader and more apt Second Amendment principle, that of protection. ..." ...
 

Brady Campaign Predicts Loss On Heller
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I don't think the Heller decision will be a slam dunk when the U.S. Supreme Court rules this month. The 2A will be viewed as an individual right. But the Court will, sadly, reserve the right for government to have some oversight and regulation on firearms. ..."

"Nevertheless, to hear Paul Helmke talking to ABC News with such a defeatist position is mind-boggling. Remember, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Handgun Control Inc.) has been happily spewing half-truths for more than a decade. Much of the legacy media has happily carried the Bradys' water, never questioning their bizarre sound bytes and quotes designed to frighten an uninformed public." ...
 

What's new: Give your ATV or rifle a unique look at Hydro-Dip
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Hydro-Dip, a water transfer printing system owned by Scott and Todd Springer, began operating in April at 1129 E. Pine St., Meridian."

"The Hydro-Dip process adheres graphic art to a wide variety of objects, from a camouflage design on an ATV or rifle to a custom woodgrain interior for a Learjet." ...

"'Water transfer printing is a surface decoration technology that uses a specialized film printed with natural and geometrical designs to decorate many kinds of materials, such as plastics or metals, and is able to coat on complex three-dimensional shapes with very high quality,' he said." ...
 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal 2008 Financial Results
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ... today announced financial results for the fiscal yearand the fourth fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2008."

"Net product sales of $293.9 million for fiscal 2008 increased 25.2% over net product sales of $234.8 million for fiscal 2007. Firearms sales for fiscal 2008 grew 23.9% over firearms sales for the previous fiscal year, reflecting the inclusion of a full year of revenue from Thompson/Center Arms ('Thompson/Center'), which was acquired in January 2007. Sales, excluding revenue from the Thompson/Center acquisition, grew at a rate of 3.1% for fiscal 2008." ...
 

Gun Control Group Braces for Court Loss
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"... with the Supreme Court poised to hand down a potentially landmark decision in the case, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence fully expects to lose." ...

"Brady Campaign Attorney Dennis Henigan said there are multiple gun control measures that would not run afoul of a Supreme Court decision striking down the D.C. gun ban."

"'Universal background checks don't affect the right of self-defense in the home. Banning a super dangerous class of weapons, like assault weapons, also would not adversely affect the right of self-defense in the home,' said Henigan. 'Curbing large volume sales doesn't affect self-defense in the home.'" ...
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KABA Note: Nice of them to give us a sneek peek of their strategy.
 

History Undercover - Inside Pol Pot's Secret Prison
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It's been called one of the most evil institutions of the 20th century. Operating under the code name S-21, Pol Pot's secret prison was an interrogation, torture, and execution center used to exterminate suspected traitors of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. From 1976 to 1979, thousands entered its gates--only seven escaped alive. While focusing on the prison, we see how Pol Pot's campaign of forced labor, starvation, and murder left 1.7 million Cambodians dead.
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Submitter's Note: I felt that this show on History Channel is quite a statement on how a government could exterminate millions of unarmed people.

It is frightening.
 

NC: Panel moves to bar mentally ill from buying guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A plan prompted by the Virginia Tech shooting to bar the mentally ill from purchasing guns was approved by a Senate committee Thursday, over the objections of lawmakers who said the measure may infringe on individuals' right to bear arms." ...

"Under state law, people committed to inpatient treatment have demonstrated that they pose a threat to themselves or others. Those committed to outpatient therapy have a mental illness which, without proper care, could deteriorate to a dangerous level."

"'You have a specific instance of where the finding of dangerous to self or others is not made, and yet we're going to restrict these people in terms of their Second Amendment rights,' Berger said." ...
 

OH: Gun owners fired up over self-defense law
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"Criminals could be in the crosshairs under a new law signed Wednesday by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, reports News 11's Tim Miller"

"Under the current law, you have to prove your life was at risk if you kill someone who tried to force their way into your home. When the new law goes into effect in September, you'll be free to fire away."

"Gun owners across Ohio are fired up about the new law, called the 'Castle Doctrine.' You'll no longer have to prove someone breaking in is out to do you bodily harm. It will be assumed that anyone who kills or injures an intruder will have acted in self-defense." ...
 

CT: State Park Hikers In The Line Of Fire
Submitted by: Jason Azze

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"Tri-Mountain State Park was reopened to hiking last week after the owner of a nearby gun range agreed to a seven-day cease-fire. Taking advantage of the lull and a beautiful spring day, I accepted Pasquale DiNatale's invitation for a walk in the park." ...

"Toward the top of the ridge was a tree with a trunk about 2 feet wide. There was a recent bullet hole on its downhill side. The other side had an exit hole, its edges splintered and pushed out as if the tree had exploded." ...
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David Codrea has a good fisk of this piece.
 

I Wish I Was in Dickson, Hooray! Hooray!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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As a direct and proximate result of the foregoing, the Defendants have caused the Plaintiffs to suffer significant indignities, and other damages and have deprived the Plaintiffs of their rights and privileges as citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania...
Looks like the open carriers in Dickson are mad as hell and not gonna take it any more.

Going on the offense!

Excellent!
 

CT: Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was barred from the New London police force because he scored too high on an intelligence test."

"In a ruling made public on Tuesday, Judge Peter C. Dorsey of the United States District Court in New Haven agreed that the plaintiff, Robert Jordan, was denied an opportunity to interview for a police job because of his high test scores. But he said that that did not mean Mr. Jordan was a victim of discrimination."

"Judge Dorsey ruled that Mr. Jordan was not denied equal protection because the city of New London applied the same standard to everyone: anyone who scored too high was rejected." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

GA: Ga. called leading source of crime-scene firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Georgia gun stores supplied more guns that were later recovered at crimes in other places than any other state in the nation, according to a Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence review of 2007 federal data."

"... According to the Brady Center, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives data showed 2,631 crime guns recovered in other states were traced to Georgia stores." ...

"But ATF and gun proponents found flaws in the Brady Center's calculations."

"ATF supervisor Todd Reichert in Washington noted that the agency's data included some gun sales that were originally made as much as 10 years ago, which is much longer than the two-year 'time to crime' ATF considers an indicator of a possible illegal gun sale." ...
 

OH: Police Witness Intimidation in Ohio Succeeds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The high school principal who wrote a letter of support for Derrick Foster, the man charged with attempted murder for wounding two police officers conducting a paramilitary-style drug raid last month, has since apologized. Pickerington High School's Scott Reeves apologized in front of 14 police officers after the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police organized a campaign against him for daring to vouch for the character of a man who mistook raiding cops for armed robbers during the raid." ...

"This is blatant witness intimidation. Foster's character could very well factor into his trial ... It isn't at all inconceivable that Reeves might be called to testify at Foster's trial. ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

ID: Police officer arrested for DUI plans to fight charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More details are beginning to emerge about a Boise Police officer's DUI arrest back in April."

"It's been learned that he will fight those charges."

"Gary Miller of the Boise Police Department was arrested by an Idaho State Police officer on April 24. Miller was charged with driving under the influence."

"The arrest report further explains what allegedly happened."

"'I could smell the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,' the police report states. 'Miller's eyes were also extremely glassy and bloodshot. ...'"

"He was taken to the Ada County jail where a breathalyzer came back with a deficient sample of .144. A blood test was then taken but the results are not yet in court documents." ...
 

UK: Man Who Fell Off Couch Laughing at TV Show Ends Up Pepper Sprayed, Arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Christopher Cocker, 36, collapsed on the floor after laughing at a joke on TV, but his neighbor who heard the thud thought something bad had happened and called the police ..."

"According to police, Cocker initially was cooperative but quickly became 'aggressive' when asked his name and personal information. Cocker tried to shut his door on the officers, at which point he was pepper sprayed through a crack in the door."

"Cocker then was handcuffed, arrested and taken to court ... An unidentified police spokesman told the Mail that, given Cocker's aggression, they acted appropriately." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

SC: Charleston Rifle Club hosts cancer benefit
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The Charleston Rifle Club hosted a benefit for Kathy Snider the weekend of April 26-28. The fundraiser included a fun run, bowling, pool and horseshoe tournaments, a barbecue and live music by the Fowl Play Band."

"Snider, who is battling cancer, attended the festivities."

"'Kathy has been a vital asset to this club,' said event organizer Mark Bell. 'She exemplifies courage that has inspired many, and we as a family will not be denied to give the best fight that this most formable opponent has ever seen.'" ...
 

UK: Day Nine: Your thoughts on the gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I live in the United States. I teach English literature and composition at a college. I've also written for newspapers in the past and taught college journalism courses."

"I am also a certified handgun instructor, which you may find shocking." ...

"Another set of questions you ask in the column are as follows:"

"'Why can't the second amendment be scrapped? All guns could be taken into a police station and destroyed. ..." ...

"And of course, since England banned handgun ownership, and tightly restricted the ownership of shotguns and rifles, your country has become a violence-free paradise of love and compassion and brotherhood." ...
 

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