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Anti-Gun Mayors' Hypocrisy Blasted by Second Amendment Foundation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Several members of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition are annoyed by freedom of information requests about their activities from a California law firm, yet these same mayors have no problem demanding complete access to sensitive gun trace data.

The Second Amendment Foundation today said the mayors are practicing a double standard and are guilty of "world class hypocrisy." SAF founder Alan Gottlieb pointed to a remark from Joseph Arellano in San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's office, who contended that the information being sought by the law firm of Trutanich Michel "is privileged."
 

The Parker Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Bob Levy, co-sponsor of the Parker case (the one that overturned the D.C. gun ban) reports:

The D.C. Circuit Court granted D.C.'s unopposed motion to hold off on the requirements of the Parker case until August 7, the deadline for requesting a review by the U.S. Supreme Court. (This means the gun ban stays in effect at least until that outcome of that request is known.) In an extraordinary statement, Judge Silberman warned D.C. that it would have been inappropriate to request a stay if D.C. did not intend to file for the review. ...
 

Inviting target - Black rifles have fans, critics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Despite their menacing appearance -- and in some cases, because of it -- black rifles are now the guns of choice for many hunters, target shooters and would-be home defenders. Owners praise their accuracy, ease of use and versatility, as well as their potential to be customized with an array of gadgets. While the gun industry's overall sales have plateaued and its profits have faded over the past decade, black rifles are selling briskly...

Moreover, manufacturers say, for every dollar spent on black rifles, gun buyers spend at least another customizing the guns from an arsenal of accessories. All of this has combined to make black rifles a lone bright spot for long-suffering American gunsmiths.
 

Senate committee today has chance to stop Mikulski of Maryland assault on Tiahrt Amendment, notes gun law expert
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Senate committee today has chance to stop Mikulski of Maryland’s assault on Tiahrt Amendment, notes gun law expert “When the full Senate Appropriations Committee meets today, it has a great opportunity to stop the maneuver by Sens. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey to undermine the Tiahrt Amendment,” said gun law expert John M. Snyder. “Millions of law-abiding gun owners, the firearms industry and the reputable law enforcement community unite in hoping the committee takes this opportunity,” he added.
 

MOVIE REVIEW: The Gang (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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In 2003, the Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), released an amazing documentary called Innocents Betrayed. Now in 2007, the JPFO has produced another Oscar worthy and hard hitting documentary. This time, they are exposing the truth about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Their new documentary is appropriately named The Gang.
 

Comments Worth Repeating II, 2007 - The Zumbo Affair, Afterthoughts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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“The ‘radicals’ (a la Thomas Jefferson) just wait. They are the silent ones. Staying off lists, staying off the radar. Not NRA members, not even JPFO members. Not Gun Owners of America members. Not writing to gun manufacturers about wrong-minded editorials. Not militia members. Just….waiting. That’s who the radicals are, Bill. Thankfully, I only know of them--not where they are or who they are. You could be looking across the table at one now.” (kldimond)

“The fanatical response of some of your readers just validates the concern that people like me, who believe in gun ownership, own a lot of them and have a concealed weapon permit and yet still do not see why anybody needs to own an assault rifle. ...
 

Taking on the NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Through its influence and lobbying in Washington, the National Rifle Association in the past has been able to limit the use of federal data that trace the ownership of guns used in crimes. But this year, the NRA has run into a small problem: Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is using her power and influence to block reauthorization of the gun-trace restrictions - and it's worth the fight. Gun violence is ravaging cities like Baltimore, where nearly all murder victims are killed by guns, and shootings have steadily increased. It's a problem in Detroit, Jersey City, N.J., Washington and New York, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg has led the charge to repeal the gun-trace provision, named for Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Republican.
 

Let 'Em Eat Cake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... Many of the elite, especially the liberals, are avid gun control advocates……just not for them, of course. A case in point is Rosie O’Donnell, who wants the rest of us to give up our right to own and carry a gun, all the while relying on her armed bodyguard to protect her.

Perhaps the most hypocritical advocate of tough gun laws was Carl Rowan ... in 1998 Rowan was confronted with a teenager who was on his property illegally. Rowan used a gun and wounded the teenager. Rowan was charged ... At his trial he claimed he had the right to use whatever means he had to protect himself and his family. Isn’t that the argument defenders of the Second Amendment use? It doesn’t impress the elite who think they will never have to do so themselves, but rely on hired bodyguards.
 

Fans gun for Rosie over shot of kid in war garb
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Rosie O'Donnell is sparking shock and awe by posting a photo on her blog of her 4-year-old daughter dressed in camouflage clothes and ammo belts.
A normally strident anti-war and gun-control advocate, O'Donnell is getting flak from fans who find the photo of her Vivian Rose disturbing.
"Ro, so disappointed to see your little ones with bullets. Where are the guns? I thought for sure you would protect them more from such things," said one of many angry e-mails O'Donnell received from fans yesterday.
"That picture is gross! I am disturbed," said another e-mailer named David.
The actress and former talk-show host claimed she was surprised by the fallout, calling the response "wild really."
 

FL: Subways Customer Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect
Submitted by: Greig Sayre

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One man is dead and another in critical condition after the duo was shot by a customer while they were attempting to rob a Plantation Subway shop Wednesday night. Police said 71-year-old John Lovell II used a licensed gun to shoot the alleged robbers at the Subway shop.
 

FL: Customer who police say shot Plantation robbers a "Clint Eastwood-type," friend says
Submitted by: Zendo Deb
Website: http://wheelgun.blogspot.com/

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" PLANTATION -- One gunman is dead and another is in critical condition after they tried to rob a sandwich store and were shot by an armed customer Wednesday night, authorities said."

Legal Concealed Carry stops armed robbery
 

U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Shelby Amendment
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) welcomed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee decision to reinstate language commonly known as the Tiahrt Amendment into the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill. The amendment offered by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) passed with broad bi-partisan support. This language would keep firearm trace information in the hands of law enforcement and out of the hands of politicians and special interest groups. The body also rejected a Lautenberg-Feinstein Amendment that would have weakened the Shelby Amendment.
 

Statement Of Brady President Paul Helmke Concerning Senate Committee Action On Crime Gun Data
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee chose the gun lobby over America’s police and local officials, making a bad law that has hurt law enforcement even worse. The Committee restored a provision that prevents communities from knowing the truth about corrupt gun dealers and illegal guns, and added even greater restrictions on law enforcement access to crucial crime gun information. At a time when crime rates are rising, and corrupt gun dealers and traffickers are fueling gun violence in our neighborhoods, this action is a step in the wrong direction.
 

Statement from Mayor Bloomberg On Vote by Senate Appropriations Committee to Pass an Even More Restrictive Tiahrt Amendment Proposed by Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Today’s vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee showed Congress at its most craven, buckling to pressure from the gun lobby to protect those who traffic in illegal guns – even if it means locking up police officers. And make no mistake: under this new Tiahrt provision, police officers may be sent to jail – for up to five years – for doing exactly what they are trained to do: follow every lead, solve every crime, and prevent the next crime from occurring.
 

U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Votes to Keep Comprehensive Crime Gun Trace Data Secret Under 'Tiahrt Amendment'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Today the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to an amendment sponsored by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) to the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill that funds the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) restricting law enforcement and public access to information compiled by ATF about guns traced to crime. Shelby's amendment adds to restrictions -- commonly known as the "Tiahrt Amendment" (named for Kansas Representative Todd Tiahrt) -- which block access to basic information about crime guns previously available under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that can help stop illegal gun trafficking and prevent gun violence.
 

Larry Pratt: Ron Paul Leads the Fight to Defend and Restore the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s pro-gun credentials are impeccable and he has been a leading proponent of rolling back the past 40 years of gun control.

Ron Paul has represented areas near Houston, Texas for nearly 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has the reputation of the paramount defender of the Constitution and seeks to follow it in casting every one of his votes.

Ron Paul has been a leader in the fight to defend and restore the Second Amendment. He has sponsored legislation to repeal the following: ...
 

WI: Judge: Bill drafts are not public records
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Lawmakers can continue to share bill drafts with lobbyists while withholding them from the public without violating the open records law, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Dane County Judge David Flanagan said lawmakers’ practice of seeking advice from experts and lobbyists while drafting legislation and keeping the details secret until proposals are formally introduced does not violate the state’s open records law.

He dismissed a lawsuit by former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager. The suit accused two Republican lawmakers of violating the open records law by sharing the drafts of a bill to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons with lobbyists from the National Rifle Association while refusing to share them with her office. ...
 

PA: Pa. black caucus: No gun laws, no budget
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Anger about the lack of action on gun-control bills boiled over onto the House floor yesterday, with several African American Democrats from Philadelphia vowing to hold up passage of the state budget unless their bills are considered.

With the city's death toll approaching 200 this year, six members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus made impassioned pleas for help during an unexpected two-hour discussion about gun violence and many of its root causes: drugs, joblessness and poverty.

They were not debating a bill; none of the 14 anticrime bills introduced this session has even made it out of a House committee.
 

MA: Corralling the illegal guns in our streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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THE DOMINOS pizza arrived at the home of Liquarry Jefferson about the same time as Boston police. The night the 8-year-old died of a gunshot wound was just another night in the life of a typical dysfunctional American family.

Go ahead, rail against their dysfunction. That won't stop it.

Now, how about trying to stop the flow of illegal guns into homes like this across America?

This tiny first-grader was accidentally shot by his 7-year-old cousin. The handgun used in the shooting may belong to Liquarry's 15-year-old half brother, Jayquan McConnico, who is already under supervision by the Department of Youth Services for gun crimes. ...
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Submitter's Note: So it was an unlawful gun, unlawfully possessed unlawfully by a juvenile who unlawfully stored it. But passing more laws will help?
 

NY: City watershed workers charged in gun scheme
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Three employees of the city Department of Environmental Protection have been charged with falsifying records to cover the illicit sale of a handgun to a supervisor, according to the New York City Department of Investigation.
 

CA: Ex-Deputy Cleared in Airman Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A former sheriff's deputy was acquitted of all charges Thursday in the videotaped shooting of an unarmed Iraq war veteran, authorities said.

Former San Bernardino County Deputy Ivory J. Webb was found not guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm for opening fire on Elio Carrion, an Air Force senior airman, said Susan Mickey, a district attorney's spokeswoman. ...

On a grainy, 40-second video clip shot in darkness by an area resident, Carrion can be heard swearing at Webb before the deputy tells him, "Get up! Get up!" Webb, who is shouting expletives, then shoots Carrion in the chest, left leg and left shoulder as the victim appears to obey the order.
 

OH: My Response to the Managing Editor of Sandusky Register (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Matt Westerhold, the Managing Editor of the Sandusky Register, printed a response on Wednesday attempting to explain his dangerous and reckless decision to publish the personal information of people that have merely chosen to exercise their rights guaranteed under the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions.

Below, you can read his weak attempt at justification, as well as my in-line rebuttals that are bolded for emphasis. ...
 

NY: Putnam Valley shooting victim says he was attacked
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Putnam Valley man shot in his driveway by process server Dennis Illuminate told state police today that he did not attack Illuminate but that the ex-cop came gunning for him, taunting him with the phrase "Here is another one for you" before pumping a second bullet into his back.

That was the version of events recounted yesterday afternoon ... Illuminate, who was serving Greenwich with divorce papers, told state police that an enraged Greenwich came at him with a police baton and that he had not choice but to shoot him with his licensed, 25-caliber pistol.

State police said the shooting appeared to be self defense. Redd argued for a different conclusion today. ...
 

OH: What is the harm in publishing lists of concealed handgun license holders? (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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By publishing lists of persons who have obtained concealed handgun licenses, newspapers such as the Sandusky Register have taken private, non-public record information and made it public.

Beyond the fact that the Register has now made public that which statutorily was not to be public, what harm can come from this? BFA previously brought you the story of a prison guard who was tracked down by a former inmate by using a concealed carry license list published in the local paper. However, beyond this explicit example, the general public remains largely unaware of just how much harm can come from this.

So, as a service to our readers, we have prepared an example by using Sandusky Register Editor Matt H. Westerhold.
 

NY: Gun amnesty program is floated in Ulster County
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Guns for gift certificates? A proposed local law would allow Ulster County residents to trade in their unlicensed guns, without repercussions, and receive gift certificates to local stores in exchange. County Legislator Leonard Distel, a retired corrections officer who sits on the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee, supports the proposed gun amnesty program as a way to take guns off the streets. Distel, D-Ellenville, said the program would be similar to Orange County's gun buy-back program, which was launched earlier this month and runs through July 15.
 

NY: Mahopac girl is on the mark
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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After just missing last year's Empire State Games shooting team by a couple points, Mahopac sophomore Alisa Frankfurter this year came back with a vengeance. The 15-year-old qualified for the rifle prone scholastic team of two by placing first during tryouts. "I was really nervous the day of the tryouts. I worked really hard and I felt a sense of relief when I was told that I made the team," Frankfurter said. Frankfurter became involved with rifle shooting just two years ago when she took a trip with her father to their local club - the Putnam County Fish and Game Association (PCFGA). She took a liking to the sport, and with two practice sessions a week learned how to skillfully handle her rifle.
 

Olympic Sports Scene: June 20 - June 26
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Olympic Sports Scene is a weekly feature on www.usocpressbox.org with previews and results highlighting U.S. Olympic sporting news from around the world. Details can also be found in the form of complete stories on this web site (search by sport). Log on each Wednesday for a quick overview of America’s elite athletes in action.

Shooting: (June 24) In the Men’s Free Pistol event, Jason Turner (Rush, N.Y.) captured the national title and in the men’s Air Rifle, Ryan Tanoue (Reno, Nev.) won the national title.
 

UK: Rail crash trauma ‘made me a killer’
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A man who claims he was turned into a killer by the trauma that he suffered in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash began an unprecedented claim for £300,000 ($600,500) in compensation yesterday.
Kerrie Francis Gray says he had a “normal and uneventful life” and always avoided confrontation before the horrific crash that saw him develop a “significant personality change”, complete with angry outbursts.
After two years of depression, frequent absences from work and bouts of anxiety and nervousness, Gray, 47, stabbed a pedestrian to death with a kitchen knife in August 2001 when his victim drunkenly hammered on his car window.
 

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