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Mike Vanderboegh: Allegory
Submitted by: mindful musings
Website: http://chris-horton.blogspot.com/

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"'Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.' - George Washington" ...

"... A government which once answered to the people is now issuing its own orders to the people, and occasionally killing them for its own purposes. Just ask the Davidians. A little bitty domestic plant, cultivated for the right reasons, has grown into an alien killer vegetable interested in nothing but its own survival and growth. I agree with Seymour Krelborn. Allegorically speaking, 'the vegetable must be destroyed.' In the meantime, let Audrey II become the new 'national floral emblem.' ..."
 

What the Second Amendment Means Today (Wed., July 2; Oakland, CA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment’s right 'to keep and bear arms' has been among the most controversial—and least understood—rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Did the Founders intend to safeguard an individual right or a collective right? How did England's efforts to ban firearms in colonial Boston shape the Founders' views on how to protect citizens from government tyranny? ..."

"... With the Supreme Court’s review of the Washington, D.C., handgun ban, along with recent shootings on school campuses and elsewhere, these questions are timelier than ever."

"Please join us on Wed., July 2, in Oakland, Calif., as Stephen P. Halbrook and Don B. Kates Jr. examine the Second Amendment and the gun control." ...
 

Video: Obama Hates My Family Heirloom
Submitted by: Transsylvania Phoenix
Website: http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com

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... "'Now, I don't know if that is the hope and change you are looking for; but it doesn't sound like the Land Of The Free to me'"

"Simple but powerful words. Watch the video and forward to family and friends."
 

Churches Weigh In On Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A case pending before the US Supreme Court could decide once and for all if the constitution guarantees the right to bear arms."

"Gun Control is so controversial many churches actively choose sides."

"There are more than 190,000 handgun permits in the Tennessee Valley."

"Each permit holder passes an extensive background check and claims his or her right to bear arms."

"Now, for the first time in nearly seventy years the US Supreme Court is examining that constitutional right."

"There's no question about second amendment rights at the Ammo Dump. Owner Hal Shaw says, 'Everybody's right to own and possess a gun guarantees them the ability to keep somebody from breaking into your house.'" ...
 

Q&A: Supreme Court to Decide on D.C. Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In its first comprehensive look at the Second Amendment right to bear arms, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns."

"The District of Columbia's ban is considered the nation's strictest gun-control law. A ruling by the court to strike it down could threaten other gun-control measures across the country, including laws that ban machine guns or assault weapons." ...
 

Shotguns for Survival
Submitted by: David Wolfe

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"My grandfather lived through the great depression of the 1930's. He said they had little money but they made it just fine, because they raised a huge garden, owned over 100 laying hens, a few hogs and several milk cows and a number of bee hives. ..."

"According to stories told by gradfather (now 92 years old) they only had one firearm, a single shot 10-gauge shotgun. He said they used fine shot for small game and birds, heaver shot for varmints and medium sized game, and round lead slugs for large game, such as whitetail deer and black bears. He said that old 10-gauge was all they needed to keep meat on the table and pest out of the garden." ...
 

Gun violence is everyone's problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This month the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the Washington, D.C., gun ban and with it, the Second Amendment, which deals with the rights of an individual to own a gun."

"It is a moot point for residents of Washington, where state law clearly guarantees one's right to own a gun without the ambiguity of a 'within a state militia' qualifying clause. The question here is not whether individuals have a right to own a gun but whether they have a good reason and what rules and regulations should be applied." ...
 

CA: Californians At Risk From Gun Violence: 2008 Report Tracks Gun Violence And Federal, State And Local Gun Laws
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Every year, guns kill or injure more than 100,000 Americans -- including more than 7,700 Californians, yet the federal government repeatedly fails to act to stem the tide of gun violence, according to a recent report from Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV). Because of this void in federal law, state and local governments are left to adopt policies to prevent gun-related deaths and injuries, the report concludes."

"'Fortunately, gun violence prevention remains a priority in the State of California, both at the state and local levels,' said Juliet Leftwich, Senior Counsel, responsible for LCAV's state and local regulatory work in California. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Then why are those darned guns still running around killing people all by themselves?
 

MI: I pulled the Gun (video follow-up)
Submitted by: John Jorgensen
Website: http://gs2ac.com

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This a video news story of a CCW carrier who stopped a bank robbery on Fox News
 

WV: Gun ban ordinance for public property considered in Ranson
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The first reading and discussion of a new ordinance in the city of Ranson that would prohibit firearms and weapons on public property was tabled ... after concerns were raised by the city’s police chief that the wording of the new ordinance may be too vague."

"The issue arose after an individual showed up at a semi-pro football game at Ranson's Charles C. Marcus Field with a gun about a month ago." ...

"The man did have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but agreed to remove the gun from the public field. The council now wants to ... prohibit people from carrying firearms on public property owned by the city. The point, Hamill said, is that the council does not want people to carry weapons at public functions within the city." ...
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KABA Note: According to the WVCDL: This proposed ordinance is in blatant violation of West Virginia's municipal gun control preemption law, W.Va. Code § 8-12-5a, and must be stopped!
 

OH: Ohio lawmakers: Better to slowly burn a child to death than to shoot her with a gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senate Bill 348, designed to add an additional 10 years to a prison sentence if a gun is used to cause injury to or death of a child, was introduced recently by Senator Eric Kearney (D-9). Senators Sue Morano (D-13), Teresa Fedor (D-11), and Capri Cafaro (D-32) have signed on as co-sponsors."

"The bill, which Buckeye Firearms Association strongly opposes, is another example of the legislature trying to make an existing crime more illegal."

"Killing someone with a baseball bat, hammer or even a car leaves the victim dead. The person committing the crime is still a murderer and the family of the victim will still grieve. Just because a gun might be involved in the crime is irrelevant." ...
 

UT: West Valley hears defense of gun-carrying
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Travis Deveraux stood at a podium and talked to the West Valley City Council Tuesday night, he looked as comfortable with his Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun proudly hanging on his hip as the mayor with his gavel."

"It didn't hurt that Deveraux, a West Valley resident, was flanked by 10 other men openly carrying their guns to make a statement in favor of their Second Amendment rights to bear arms. Deveraux, who says he's been handcuffed and harassed because of his gun several times in the last six months in the city, made a plea to West Valley's council to reconsider how the police respond to situations similar to his." ...
 

CA: 'No' on new gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The anti-gun nuts are at it again, sniping at our U.S. Constitution to destroy it. Our California legislature proposes two bills to control our ability to buy handguns and ammunition. If they succeed, we honest American citizens won’t be able to protect ourselves from criminals, outlaws and despots, which was the purpose of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment in the first place. ..."

"Bill #AB 2235 would require the owner to buy and maintain a device that would prevent anyone except the registered owner from being able to pull the trigger. ..."

"Bill # AB 2235 would require copying and recording a purchaser's ID before selling handguns or ammunition. ..." ...
 

GA: Judge, Deputy Son Charged with Human Trafficking
Submitted by: jac

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"A former magistrate judge, his son -- who is a sheriff's deputy -- and the deputy's wife have been indicted on charges of human trafficking, United States Attorney David Nahmias' office said Wednesday morning." ...

"According to prosecutors, the Garretts convinced an Indian national to come to the United States in January of 2003 under the false impression that she would be Russell and Malika Garrett's nanny. The Garretts allegedly stopped paying the victim for her work as a nanny and threatened her freedom if she refused to work for them." ...

"The Garrett's defense attorney said that the allegations were not proof, and that the truth would emerge in court." ...
 

TN: Video shows police beating at [police station]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Video obtained by Action News 5 shows a Memphis police officer beating a suspect at 201 Poplar in an apparent case of police brutality."

"The video, recorded February 12th, shows Duanna Johnson in the booking area at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center after an arrest for prostitution. The tape clearly shows a Memphis police officer walk over to Johnson - a transsexual - and hit her in the face several times." ...

"The officer hit Johnson several times with the handcuffs wrapped around his knuckles. In the video, you can see the flash of the metal. The tape shows another officer holding Johnson's shoulders as she tries to protect herself." ...
 

DC: CAIR's Traitorous Cop Ally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If the Taliban catches an American spy, they slit the informer's throat. If we catch a pro-Taliban spy, he gets a slap on the wrist after getting a letter from a Muslim pressure group urging leniency. Who says we're winning this war?" ...

"Compare that with the kid glove treatment of Sgt. Muhammad Weiss Rasool, a Muslim cop in the nation's capital who tipped off the target of an FBI terrorism investigation into a pro-Taliban mosque."

"Despite his arrest, confession and recent conviction in federal court, Rasool, an Afghan immigrant, will do no jail time and will continue to collect a paycheck from taxpayers pending the results of an internal-affairs probe by the Fairfax County Police Department outside Washington." ...
 

OH: OFCC Member Detained and Harassed for Open Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bryan Ledford, an Ohioans For Concealed Carry member, was walking down a street in Willowick, OH yesterday when he was ordered to his knees at gunpoint by several police officers. Our member was exercising his right to Keep and Bear Arms by openly carrying a firearm. He did also have a concealed handgun license."

"A Willowick Police Sergeant showed up at the scene, and our member was berated by several of the officers over his choice to openly carry, even being told that, 'you can't just walk around with your gun exposed' and that he 'made a piss-poor decision. It has to be concealed.'"

"As people educated about Ohio law know, there is absolutely nothing illegal about open carry of a firearm in places not prohibited by federal or state law." ...
 

IL: Ex-Police Sgt. Guilty of Mutiple Rapes
Submitted by: jac

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"A jury found a former Bloomington police sergeant guilty Wednesday of brutally raping four women and stalking a fifth after a trial in which he was described as both driven by pornography-fueled fantasies and a man arrested on flimsy evidence."

"Jurors deliberated over parts of three days in Bloomington before convicting Jeff Pelo on 35 counts, including 25 of aggravated sexual assault." ...

"He has been jailed since his June 2006 arrest, unable to afford the $100,000 he'd have to pay to make his $1 million bail."

"Pelo was charged in the rapes of four women between 2002 and 2005 and the stalking of a fifth woman." ...
 

IL: Jury finds former Ill. officer guilty of 4 rapes (another view)
Submitted by: Foo Bar

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"The man who raped four women in Bloomington between 2002 and 2005 left little behind for investigators. No fingerprints, no hair or semen that would provide the kind of ironclad evidence that can seal a conviction."

"But prosecutors had dozens of witnesses and a mosaic of circumstantial evidence that pointed to former police sergeant Jeff Pelo -- identifications made by victims, a computer stash of violent pornography and his arrest outside one woman's home late on a June night."

"Who would know better, prosecutors argued in court, how to cover his tracks than the 17-year Bloomington police veteran?"

"In the end, that was enough for jurors to find Pelo guilty Wednesday of raping the four women and stalking a fifth." ...
 

CO: Denver stocks up on pepper weapon
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Denver police are stocking up on guns that fire a pepper spray-like substance instead of bullets - a less-lethal weapon used to disperse crowds - in advance of the Democratic National Convention."

"The department recently ordered 88 Mark IV launchers and projectiles at a cost 'in the low six figures,' the company that makes the weapons stated in a news release Monday."

"The request was for delivery in advance of the DNC, according to Louisville- based Security With Advanced Technology Inc."

"The convention, scheduled for Aug. 25 to 28 at the Pepsi Center, is expected to draw thousands of protesters to sites throughout Denver." ...
 

UT: Gun owners complain about treatment in West Valley City
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"A group of gun owners is upset with the West Valley City police force. They claim officers are treating them unfairly because they choose to carry their weapons in shoulder and hip holsters, completely out in the open." ...

"... Travis Deveraux says he was walking in his West Valley neighborhood when an officer pulled up, pulled out her gun and ordered him on the ground."

"'At the end there were a total of eight officers who'd cuffed me up, taken my firearm. But they let me go because there was nothing wrong I'd done,' Deveraux said."

"Belcher and Deveraux joined more than a dozen other gun owners tonight at the West Valley city council meeting to voice concerns about how the city's police force has handled several situations." ...
 

TX: Friends of the NRA banquet set
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"The Friends of the National Rifle Association is set for its sixth annual dinner and auction Friday at the Lake Jackson Civic Center."

"Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. for the Cradle of Texas Chapter that covers all of Brazoria County and branches into surrounding areas."

"'It is a group that is affiliated with the NRA foundation which is a little different,' Cradle of Texas Chapter chairman Johnnie Hoss said. 'This branch of the NRA is one that gives grants back to the local clubs and shooting chapters. It is not only for local groups in Brazoria County but also for Matagorda (and) Wharton.'" ...
 

WY: Cody attractions draw gun enthusiasts
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"It wasn't only guns that attracted hundreds of Winchester Club of America members to Cody last weekend."

"'Many of our members attend because of Cody and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center,' club president Joe Salter said of the annual gun show. 'The show is an excuse for many of us to come here.'"

"The show attracted 40-50 dealers selling everything involving Winchester products, from vintage rifles to tennis racquets and posters. More than 200 club members attended the show at the Riley Arena on Thursday-Sunday. Membership also doubled at the meeting."

"The club was founded in 1980 to 'promote friendship and camaraderie among those interested in all things Winchester,' Salter said." ...
 

OH: Progress: We can only move forward together
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the past four years, gun owners in Ohio have made amazing strides forward. After years of battling for concealed carry, we finally won in 2004. In 2006, we won major reforms with HB347. This year, we not only won the uphill battle for Castle Doctrine but many other important amendments were added that improved what was already a pretty good piece of legislation. ... As a group, the gun owning fraternity in Ohio has truly enjoyed advancement in our goals."

"That said, there are additional things that need to be done. Granted, some of the needed changes are in Columbus, but I want to talk about something each and every one of us can do."

"Trust your fellow gun owner." ...
 

NY: Taking aim at illegal guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"The Capital Region is awash in illegal guns."

"Weapon seizures have surged in Troy, Schenectady and Albany since 2005, with the latter two cities showing a higher concentration of firearms per capita than New York City, federal statistics show."

"The 111 guns recovered in Albany last year -- an increase from 81 in 2005 -- not only more than doubled the figure of both its sister Capital Region cities, but exceeded the total found in Yonkers, a city with more than 100,000 more residents that borders the Bronx, the numbers showed." ...
 

NY: Buried guns found in Ridge park
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Four guns were found buried in a plastic bag at Brookhaven State Park yesterday, officials said.

State Department of Transportation instructor Cardell Davis was training maintenance workers on bulldozers when a black plastic bag was uncovered, said Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the agency. Inside were three rifles and a handgun, she said.

Suffolk County police were called to the park, which is off the William Floyd Parkway in Ridge. The Crime Scene Unit recovered the weapons, which will be examined and traced to determine each gun's history and whether any were involved in crimes.
 

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