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CDC Study: Use of Firearms For Self-Defense is 'Important Crime Deterrent'
Submitted by: D Taylor

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"'Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent,'says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The $10 million study was commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January."

"'Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was 'used' by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,' the CDC study, entitled 'Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,' states." ...
 

Colorado politician equates Bloomberg bus protesters with Westboro Baptists
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'We find comparisons being made to Westboro Baptist Church's infamous protests at soldier funerals to be, well, deplorably accurate,' State Representative Rhonda Fields announced to her supporters, who reacted to Brown’s announcement in comments with obscenity-laced hatred." ...
 

Americans Own Nearly Half of the Privately Owned Guns on Earth
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"In 1994, the United States was home to about 200 million privately owned guns. Today, that number has ballooned to between 270 million and 300 million. That's almost half of all privately owned guns worldwide, according to a new essay from the Brookings Institution."

"The essay, titled The Promise by Matt Bennett, looks back at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the way ahead for gun control. ..." ...
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Submitter's comment: That's a GOOD situation and a tribute to our exceptionalism as a country. But we have to be on guard. The statist termites are chewing away at our freedoms.
 

Black Man Shoots White Teen, Jury says Self Defense. And Nobody Cares
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Huh. Roderick Scott went out of his house to confront a trio of punks breaking into cars in his Greece, New York neighborhood. Scott’s story was that he fired two rounds at one of them when the young man charged him after being told to freeze and wait for the cops. So, we largely have an inverse image of the incident in which Trayvon Martin perished, complete with the kinfolk weeping thusly . . ." ...
 

Charge filed in Renton case, underscoring fallacy of gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A manhunt is on for a man described in a Renton police report as a “7 time convicted felon” who, as yesterday’s Seattle P-I.com reported, is now charged with assault for igniting a May 22 gunfight at a Renton park that ended with the fatal shooting of Lonnie Lynn Reynolds, a 20-year-old whose tragic death underscores the fallacy of gun control laws." ...
 

Ask Foghorn: What Are the Different Types of Bullets, and What Do They Do?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Randall writes:"
"While I’m not exactly a newbie when it comes to *using* firearms, I am a newbie gun *owner*. And now that I’m in the position of purchasing ammo, I’m finding things to be rather confusing when sorting out all there is to be had. ... How ’bout an article for us newbie-types explaining the differences between, say, 'full metal jacket' versus 'total metal jacket' versus 'jacketed hollow point' versus 'jacketed hollow point subsonic' versus 'frangible' versus 'full metal jacket boat tail' versus 'soft point' versus 'boat tail hollow point' versus 'lead round nose' versus 'safety slug' versus…you get my drift."
"That’s a pretty wide-ranging question, so I’ll answer it in three parts. ..." ...
 

GLOCK Secures Atlanta Police Department as Newest Law Enforcement Customer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Today GLOCK, Inc. announced that the Atlanta Police Department (APD) ordered and started receiving 2,300 GLOCK 22 Generation 4 pistols. The APD is transitioning away from a Mass.-based polymer-framed pistol manufacturer with whom they have had a long-standing relationship, dating back to the 1940s."

"The APD’s decision to break their previous 70-plus year pistol relationship and transition to GLOCK pistols is particularly important, based on its conviction that GLOCK is the best pistol for its officers to carry. ..." ...
 

Brotherhood of the Gun: Paul McCain
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"School is out and grandpa has a little time off, so I pick up Grandson #4 for a little trigger time at the Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club. I’m digging the club, since you can drive your truck right into a “combat bay”, back in, and just friggin’ shoot. G4 is a pleasant lad, so taking him out to shoot is always fun. He’s conscientious, thoughtful about safety and takes instruction with nary a complaint or argument. Couldn’t ask for a better kid. As we are wrapping up the shoot . . ." ...
 

Former Navy Seal Dom Raso Blasts Pro-Gun Control ‘Puppets’ In ‘NRA News’ Segment (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former U.S. Navy SEAL Dom Raso recently appeared in an NRA News segment, slamming gun control advocates like Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his 'crew of puppets' for their actions."

"'I am getting more and more tired of celebrities, politicians, and high-ranking officials who don’t know what they’re talking about lecturing us on gun control,' Raso began. '…A few months ago they were proudly talking about gun control. Now they’ve changed their language to 'gun safety,' as if that’s fooling anyone. What the hell is gun safety legislation anyway?'" ...
 

Obama, Holder, Sharpton and Trayvon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"What is it about the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case that has Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and the liberal elite in such a tizzy?"

"It’s now clear from trial evidence and even the admission of Trayvon’s friend Rachel Jeantel that the troubled young black man physically attacked Zimmerman and was administering a severe beating to him when the neighborhood watch captain shot him with a legally registered firearm." ...
 

CDC Lobbies for Anti-Gun Research Bucks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'In more than 50 years of research, no study has focused on firearm violence as a specific outcome of violence in media,' according to a report from an 'ad-hoc' committee trying to drum-up federal funding for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). 'As a result, a direct relationship between violence in media and real-life firearm violence has not been established and will require additional research.' I’m no Nick Leghorn, but aren’t studies supposed to investigate the possibility of a link between variables before attempting to document and quantify it? In other words, is this an anti-gun agenda or what? ..." ...
 

Remove the sheet covering guns online
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "[The Second Amendment] was not written to enable the existence of a free, unhinged market place of firearms and ammo the American people could buy and trade as if they were baseball cards."

"However, the latter is exactly what is happening today, and it is a danger to the public peace. I highly doubt the founding fathers could have ever predicted the eventual rise of the Internet or, worse, gun shows, but if they had I'm sure they would have added more to our second amendment to try and maintain what has become a free for all of firearms." ...
 

NYC Taxpayers to Fund Renewed Gun Control Push
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The taxpayers of the city of New York will help finance a renewed push to enact gun control measures at the state and federal level, according to a city employee involved in the effort." ...
 

CO: Dudley Brown defends protesting at gun violence memorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Friday at the start of a weekend that will focus on the one-year anniversary of last summer’s Aurora theater shooting, victims’ relatives and other gun control proponents will gather at Cherry Creek State Park for a long, solemn memorial that’s also a renewed call for stronger gun control laws." ...

"But Dudley Brown, the director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, isn’t about to let that side of the gun control debate — the rally is organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns ... — dominate the weekend’s news coverage."

"Earlier this week, he emailed his members asking them to attend a 'peaceful 'counter-rally' in the park at noon Friday, a move that has outraged some gun control proponents." ...
 

Fun In Acapulco. Or Not.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"hellonearthblog.com reminds us that Acapulco is 'no stranger to drug violence.' The once-popular tourist spot was ground zero when the intra-cartel offensive began in 2006. Surprisingly, the city has remained popular with local tourists 'despite high profile murders and kidnappings, which usually occur on the outskirts of the tourist zone.' Maybe that’s because the over-supply has cratered prices. ... The images of the killings—enabled by guns supplied via the Mexican Military and Police (via US sales)—-are shocking beyond belief (Google 'Acapulco crime' with safe search off.) Here’s a more visually palatable roundup of the effect of America’s War on Drugs on Elvis’ former hang . . ." ...
 

CO: Colorado town considers issuing drone-hunting licenses
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"The next potential target for hunters in one Colorado town might be flying above the birds."

"Town leaders in Deer Trail are considering an ordinance that would create aerial drone hunting licenses and offer bounties to anyone who shoots one down." ...
 

FL: Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Home Carry is Handy Edition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'From what we’re looking at right now, it would definitely be a case of self defense.' (Melbourne, Florida Police Sgt. Sheridan) Shelley said. 'When you have armed intruders entering your home, you do have that right to defend yourself.' Yep, even in Florida. Still. Sorry, Mr. Attorney General. When Mike Augenti heard his girlfriend shriek, he ran toward the front door. There he saw as many as four men, some armed, barreling into his house . . ." ...
 

Mas Ayoob explains Stand Your Ground - Video
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
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"With so many people still believing that the Zimmerman trial was about the Stand Your Ground law, I figured that I would post this excellent video. SYG basically does two things. Says that you do not have a duty to be a coward and protects you from civil suits brought by the money grabbing relatives or even the criminal himself after you were found justified in your use of self defense. Too often civil trails are won by playing on the emotions of a jury which does not have to meet the higher standards of a criminal case. ..." ...
 

NRA unfairly delivering low blows to Manchin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Politicians generally come in two types: those who believe they are doing something right if they have kept all sides happy and those who believe they are doing something right if they have made all sides angry. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., seems to have found himself in the latter category on gun control. Some liberals don't think the position he supports is restrictive enough."

"On the other hand, the National Rifle Association is attacking him for the effort he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., have put forth to prevent criminals and the seriously mentally ill from buying firearms." ...
 

Rep. Lowey latest to call for suspenison of due process for would-be gun buyers (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This column has again and again discussed efforts to empower the Attorney General to block gun sales to those he designates 'suspected terrorists.' Such legislation, like the late Senator Frank Lautenberg's (D-NJ) S. 34, and Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) H.R. 732, allows the Attorney General to unilaterally designate anyone he chooses as a 'suspected terrorist,' and block that person's ability to legally buy firearms--without a conviction, without an indictment, without so much as an arrest or formal charges." ...
 

IL: Morton Grove Praised For Passing Compromise Assault Weapons Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It's not easy getting supporters and critics of gun laws to agree."

"That much was clear to the Morton Grove village board after more than a dozen pro- and anti- gun speakers paraded to the podium at a town hall meeting Monday and a special meeting Wednesday."

"In the end, though, people on both sides of the issue had praise, some forthright and some reluctant, for the village for writing, and on Thursday night passing, an ordinance they saw as a compromise." ...
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Submitter's Note: "Compromise" is it? "Compromise" as in when I catch a burglar walking out with all my silverware and he offers to let me keep the forks and knives? That sort of "compromise"?
 

WA: Washington State Gun Owners Have Advantage in Constitutional Chess Match
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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"In 2010 the Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago resulted in incorporation of the 2nd Amendment to individual states under the 14th Amendment as equal protection under the law."

"Although less commonly referred to than the Heller decision in the popular lexicon, the McDonald decision no longer allowed gun bans or unconstitutional 'gun control' measures to be instituted or excused under the guise of health, safety, state’s rights, or any other logic. The case was brought by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and argued in court by Alan Gura, the same attorney that shepherded the Heller case to victory in 2008. ..." ...
 

CO: Sens. John Morse, Angela Giron recall elections set for Sept. 10
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A Denver judge Thursday ruled petitions submitted to oust a pair of Democratic senators from office are valid, a pivotal ruling that sets in motion Colorado's first-ever recall election of state lawmakers."

"'The petitions here substantially comply with law,' Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt said in his oral decision from the bench. 'Recalls are a fundamental right of Colorado citizens.'" ...
 

MS: Gun law raises safety questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The current hysteria surrounding the Mississippi Open Carry Law raises one salient question. Who would you rather have carrying firearms in public, the responsible, law-abiding citizen advertising his lawful carry by wearing the firearm openly, or those who carry concealed for criminal purposes? Some will readily answer, 'Neither,' to this question, but the fact remains some among us carry concealed weapons illegally, either out of disregard for the law, or for exploitation of the unarmed. The Democrat has covered numerous stories in the past several years involving the unlawful carry and use of firearms in criminal acts, some ending in the death of the victims. ..." ...
 

IL: Chicago and Cook County expand ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban List and other Gun Control (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Wednesday, Chicago’s city council passed a measure that expands the city’s ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’ while Cook County commissioners not only followed suit by upgrading their AWB but also approved a stringent child safety lock measure thought to be the toughest in the state."

"The changes came before a Friday deadline imposed under the state’s new concealed carry law, home rule communities were given a 10-day window to either approve a ban on “assault weapons,” revise current ordinances to the way they see fit (as long as their laws obey the state and federal constitutions), or just simply follow state law." ...
 

NC: House leadership rejects Second Amendment protections
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment says that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. But $75 is pretty significant infringement some believe."

"That's how much it cost to even purchase a pistol because you have to get a permit from the local sheriff, who can delay or refuse to allow you to get a permit. And these local permits are in addition to all the federal background checks and requirements. They are but another example of how gun-ban advocates simply make it more and more difficult for a person to 'keep and bear arms.'"

"Yet most people accept that bad people should not be allowed to purchase handguns. But few of them believe having duplicate permit requirements are really needed." ...
 

No decision in round two of ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ in Miami federal appeals court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Lawyers representing Florida doctors sparred with state government attorneys Thursday in Miami federal appeals court over whether physicians have the legal right to ask their patients about gun ownership during medical consultations."

"Lawyers for the doctors, who won the first round in U.S. District Court last year, seemed to have the support of at least one member of the three-judge appellate panel, Charles Wilson. He agreed that the First Amendment right to free speech protects physicians’ inquiries about firearms in patients’ homes." ...
 

Ill. pushes anew to block hastened concealed-carry processing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun-rights advocates pressed anew Thursday for a federal judge to allow firearms to be carried publicly in Illinois, arguing in a court filing that waiting months for the permit process to be outlined under the state's new concealed carry law is unjustified and unconstitutional."

"The state of Illinois fired back, saying in its own filing that the request from Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association is moot and should be thrown out." ...
 

WA: Gun-rights group sues Seattle over documents allegedly withheld
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"The Second Amendment Foundation has sued the city of Seattle for alleged violations of the Public Record Act, claiming the mayor’s office withheld emails and other documents relating to the city’s gun buyback in January."

"The Bellevue-based gun-rights group claims the city withheld January email exchanges between members of Mayor Mike McGinn’s staff and Ralph Fascitelli, the president of Washington CeaseFire, an anti-gun violence group." ...
 

CO: Judge won't block Colorado senator recall elections on gun votes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Denver judge refused Thursday to stop recall elections for two Colorado Democratic state senators who supported gun restrictions, even though the lawmakers are challenging the validity of the petitions."

"Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt ruled against Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron, who tried to have recall elections blocked because of missing wording on the petitions to recall them." ...
 

WA: SAF sues City of Seattle over withheld public records
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, alleging that the city did not fully comply with a request for documents relating to January’s gun buyback under the Public Records Act."

"According to SAF Special Projects Director Philip Watson, the foundation asked for all communications and other related documents in February under the PRA, and in return received more than 1,500 electronically reproduced e-mails between five people on Mayor Mike McGinn’s staff. Allegedly missing were other communications, notes and meeting agendas, including an e-mail exchange with, and regarding, Seattle gun rights activist Ralph Fascitelli." ...
 

OH: Former Ohio deputy faces child pornography charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A veteran sheriff’s deputy in a western Ohio county is facing charges associated with producing child pornography and having sex with a minor."

"The Dayton Daily News reports that 30-year-old Dustin William Hensley, a deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of producing child pornography." ...
 

MD: Officer who pleaded guilty to sex at work gets probation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Baltimore County police officer was sentenced Wednesday morning after pleading guilty to misconduct in office."

"Aaron Pross, 29, of Newark, Del., entered the plea in May on charges that he engaged in sexual activity while on duty and in uniform."

"On Wednesday, he was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation. He did not get any jail time."

"Investigators said they found a lewd video of Pross on the cellphone of a 16-year-old girl in January. ..." ...
 

MN: Sebeka police chief suspended after domestic assault citation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sebeka Police Chief Eric Swenson has been suspended with pay by the city following a domestic assault citation, which may violate Swenson’s probation for a prior misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct."

"Deputy Mayor Lowell Stewart said Swenson was suspended on the advice of City Attorney Jeff Pederson until 'resolution of the issues that are on the table.'" ...
 

FL: Meggs offers to drop charges against Liberty County sheriff if he'll resign from office
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"State Attorney Willie Meggs has offered to drop charges against Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch if he agrees to step down from office."

"Meggs earlier this month offered in a plea deal to drop charges of official misconduct and falsifying public records against Finch. In exchange, the sheriff would resign and take part in a probation-like program, Meggs said in an interview."

"Finch, 50, of Bristol, was arrested June 4 on charges he released a man from the Liberty County Jail and tried to cover up the arrest by altering or destroying official documents."

"Gov. Rick Scott suspended him from office the day of his arrest. Finch was elected to the post last year." ...
 

WA: Does the City of Seattle hide documents from the public?
Submitted by: Phil Watson

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"The City of Seattle is accused of hiding documents from records requests made by the Second Amendment Foundation in a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court today (Case # 13-2-26392-1 SEA). SAF is alleging the City of Seattle did not provide all the requested documents when SAF filed a records request with the City of Seattle earlier this year for documents relating to the City of Seattle’s January’s gun buyback."

"SAF Special Projects Director Phil Watson discovered that documents which were not disclosed to the Second Amendment Foundation were apparently provided to the Seattle PI and reported in this article. ..." ...
 

CO: Longmont officer arrested for sex assault (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Longmont police officer, Christopher Martinchick, has been arrested for two counts of sexual assault, a class-three felony, and two counts of criminal invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, a class-one misdemeanor."

"An arrest warrant was issued on Monday for Martinchick, and he turned himself in on Wednesday at the Larimer County Jail."

"The victim is an adult female. Longmont police say the two knew each other but they wouldn't elaborate."

"An arrest warrant affidavit says he is accused of photographing the woman and having sexual contact with her while she was asleep." ...
 

Unintended consequence of verdict
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "We have come a long way from the Rodney King incident and have learned to just get along. But Trayvon wasn’t drunk, did not have a criminal record and was simply walking home when he encountered Stranger Danger. Trayvon was doing nothing wrong and he died.What do you think?"

"I feel hopeless because I don’t know how to prevent this from happening again. I don’t know what to teach my nephews and protégés." ...
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Submitter's Note: How about this; teach them not to lie in wait for Mr. Danger so they can ambush him, break his nose and pound his head against the ground?
 

A wide gulf between justice and the law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "No one even wanted to charge Zimmerman initially, despite the fact that a human being lay dead, until a whole lot of folks raised a whole lot of fuss about it. And his prosecution could be characterized as a nice try at best."

"Yes, the system worked. But the system is rigged."

"If you believe Zimmerman got justice, what did another Florida defendant, Marissa Alexander, get? Alexander fired a gun in a confrontation with her estranged husband, from whom she had a protection-from-abuse order." ...
 

Exercise self-defense wisely, cautiously
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Now that George Zimmerman has beaten the rap, thanks to Florida’s legal definition of self-defense, it seems like a good time to review that legal concept."

"In some more hyperbolic corners, Mr. Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is seen as the legalization of homicide. Mr. Zimmerman, armed with a handgun, provoked the confrontation with the teenager. Emergency dispatchers told him to stay in his car and not follow him, but he didn’t listen." ...
 

Justice Department places 'hold' on Trayvon Martin trial evidence, including George Zimmerman's gun - which Florida law says must be returned to him
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"The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession of all the evidence from George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial - including the exonerated neighborhood watch volunteer's gun."

"Sanford police confirmed on Thursday that the DOJ asked the agency not to return any pieces of evidence to their owners. Zimmerman was expected to get his firearm back by month's end." ...
 

Radio host Larry Elder tell Piers Morgan that black on back killing is the real threat
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
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... "Half of the murders in this country are committed by black people, even though black people are 12 percent of the population, which means 6 percent of the population is committing almost half the murders,' Elder said. 'And you throw out the old people and the young people, Piers, you’re talking about 3 percent of the population committing almost 50 percent of the murders. … This is why people profile.'" ...
 

Don Kates on Stand Your Ground
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Where does 'stand your ground' come from?"

"Sheer legal ignorance underlies the hysterical attacks now being mounted against what is falsely described as 'Florida’s Stand Your Ground' Law."

"First of all the 'stand your ground' principle is not unique to FL."

"It is the ever-increasing majority rule — dating back to the 18th Century and increasing ever since. Thus if Stevie Wonder boycotts every American state that accepts 'stand your ground' he will be boycotting CA and 40 or so other states." ...
 

Carrying a gun can elevate the risk for disaster (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the use of a firearm in the death of Trayvon Martin. A Juror revealed that she believed his claim of self defense when he fired a handgun that he was licensed under Florida to carry. And let me tell you, you will never meet a more staunch believer in the fundamental precepts of the second amendment and the right to carry a concealed firearm than yours truly."

"That being said, let this be a lesson to you as to what can happen when you elect to exercise that right even when you are right. You elevate the potential for disaster. Zimmerman may have been legally justified but look what happened. ..." ...
 

FL: Protesters stand up to 'stand your ground,' but laws likely here to stay
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that while he mourns with the parents of Trayvon Martin after their son's death, he had no plans to amend his state's controversial 'stand your ground' law."

"'I put together a task force of 19 individuals, bipartisan. They traveled the state. They listened to ordinary citizens. They listened to experts, and they concluded that we didn't need to make a change in the law, and I agree with their conclusion,' he said." ...
 

FL: Stand Your Ground protesters meet with Florida governor
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"Florida Gov. Rick Scott returned to the state Capitol late Thursday and met with a group of protesters upset about the George Zimmerman verdict who'd been camping out at his office while demanding changes to the state's self-defense laws."

"During a nearly-hour long meeting, Scott listened to seven protesters air their concerns about the verdict and descriptions of racial profiling. They were part of a group into its third day of a sit-in at Scott's office." ...
 

Idaho militia revealed: Photo essay shows intense training and bonding of heavily armed group
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"Armed to the teeth and dressed in camouflage uniforms, they train like they're soon to head for the front lines."

"But these are warriors of the homeland, a grassroots armed militia protecting the Constitution and defending against tyranny, they say. Formed in 2009 after President Obama was inaugurated, the Light Foot Militia prepares to help in the event of emergency, a supplementary armed force in time of anarchy. The group is highly paranoid of government suppression of freedom." ...
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Submitter's Note: It ain't 'paranoia' if they really are assaulting our freedoms. NSA spying, IRS bullying, ATF smuggling . . . to say nothing of President Obama's anti-gun track record.
 

LOCK & LOAD to DEFEAT the NY SAFE Act
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"Enter to win a full auto and silencer shooting adventure for two at a range in Pennsylvania."

"It’s like a private, mini version of the Knob Creek machine gun shoot!"

"Tickets cost $25 each. Proceeds go to the NYSRPA Legal Defense Fund to offset costs associated with our lawsuit to overturn the SAFE Act." ...
 

OH: Results of survey on gun violence shared
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"During the recent Multi-Cultural Festival, the Mid-Ohio Valley Friends (Quakers) conducted a Listening Project asking 10 questions relating to gun violence. Many people who took the poll and shared their thoughts were gun owners themselves. We promised to report on the results." ...
 

NC: GRNC Second Amendment Freedom Rally Rescheduled – Plan to Attend!
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"Let legislators where you stand!"

"Important note: This rally was rescheduled from January 23 due to the legislature unexpectedly adjourning until the end of the month. We want them to see you there!"

"RALLY DETAILS

WHAT: This is the revised information for the Second Amendment Freedom Rally at the General Assembly in Raleigh. It’s your chance to DO SOMETHING TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order. — Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942. (Source: "Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuehrer's Headquarters 1941-1942", Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaeum Verlag, Bonn, 1951).)

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