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Make politicians prove they support the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I'm sick of politicians."

"Democrats and Republicans continually prove themselves to be thinly-disguised collectivist sell-outs, and third parties haven't managed to make a dent in the status quo." ...

"Long story short: A few years back, I developed a political questionnaire to help pin down the double-speak and weasel words that are the norm. It's past time for people who would presume to represent us to show us they understand what our rights are. I expect them to consider the right to keep and bear arms not as an embarrassing lip service requirement, but as an enshrined unalienable right. I don't want them just to defend it, I want them to know how and why to proudly champion it."

"Here it is. ..." ...
 

Define 'Gun Owner'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As an afterthought to my last piece about an L.A. Times editorial against guns, there is this: for all the arguments the anti-violence organizations make, they forget one solid, inescapable truth: only you will live with the consequences of taking their advice, refusing to own a gun or to otherwise prepare for an encounter with violence. Part of the anti-violence movement is, of course, to do nothing. Some advice."

"The average household may well understand interest rates, privacy, auto insurance and even food prices, but how the family will meet, manage and survive an encounter with violence is the most neglected area of household management." ...
 

Is the Brady Campaign for the children? (Part 2)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In the previous part, we examined Brady's latest attempt to scare us into supporting gun control by combining the small number of true child firearms fatalities with adults up to age 24, all under the heading of 'Children & Guns.'"

"Of the 6 bullet points in their report, Brady practiced truth-in-advertising only once:"
"'The rate of firearm death of under 14-years-old is nearly 12 times higher in the U.S. than in 25 other industrialized countries combined.' [Emphasis added]"
"But even when telling a truth, Brady manages to hide other 'inconvenient' truths." ...
 

Questions about NLE 09 exercise
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"While not getting much publicity ... there will be a [FEMA] event taking place in the Sooner State and surrounding states called National Level Exercise 2009 or simply NLE 09."

"According to an official press release ... 'NLE 09 will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants.'" ...

"... 'NLE 09 will also include exercises designed to round up and intern suspected terrorists.' Nimmo's report speculates that NLE 09 'represents the next phase of preparations to implement martial law in America under the guise of fighting loosely defined terrorists.'" ...
 

Second Amendment Reciprocity?
Submitted by: none

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"The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. --Alexander Hamilton"

"Schumer protested, 'This amendment is a bridge too far, and could endanger the safety of millions of Americans. Each state has carefully crafted its concealed-carry laws in the way that makes the most sense to protect its citizens. Clearly, large, urban areas merit a different standard than rural areas. To gut the ability of local police and sheriffs to determine who should be able to carry a concealed weapon makes no sense. It could reverse the dramatic success we've had in reducing crime in most all parts of America ..." ...
 

Fans of patron saint of clerics see him as patron of 'handgunnners'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"From lost causes to the unattractive, patron saints are associated with virtually every occupation, ailment and activity."

"St. Gabriel Francis Possenti, a 19th-century Passionist monk and patron saint of Italy's Abruzzi region, clerics and youths, is gaining a line of followers who feel he should be recognized by the Vatican as the patron saint of 'handgunners.'"

"The St. Gabriel Possenti Society of Arlington, Va., is an interdenominational society dedicated to promoting the public recognition of the saint and advocating his Vatican designation as patron of 'handgunners.' It emphasizes historical, philosophical and theological bases for the right to self-defense." ...
 

Praxis: "Kit Up!" -- "Rocket Fuel" and other great tips
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"My thanks to Took for directing me to this site, called Kit Up! From the main page:"
"Kit Up is the stuff you weren't issued but that you couldn't have done without during your military life. Kit Up can be a device, software, book, DVD, or a resource like a website, chat room, or blog. We want to know about the items that made things bearable during a deployment or that allowed you to accomplish your mission. Maybe your gear even saved your life. Kit Up can be new or old, expensive or cheap. It just needs to have mattered to you. And if you used an item that you think works better than what's posted here, we want to hear about that too. Warfighters: Tell us about your gear." ...
 

How Big a Gun Do You Need?
Submitted by: Larry

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"We Americans like to do things in a big way. Big houses. Big cars. Big boats. And, yes, big guns."

"There are good arguments for all this, of course. The big house accommodates more guests. The same is true of large cars and boats, both of which are also more 'crashworthy' ... And anyone who has ever been faced with something large and dangerous at the muzzle end will tell you that a big gun is far more reassuring than a little one at such moments."

"And yet, there is a strong argument for downsizing. ... Smaller cars and boats are more economical, more convenient, more nimble, and often more fun to pilot. Similarly, smaller firearms are handier, more convenient, produce less fatigue when carried afield all day ..." ...
 

A Combination Praxis and Intel Report: "The Ammunition Factor."
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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"Mr. A. Nonymous tossed a bit of intel over my electronic transom this morning:"

"'FYI and it may or may not be significant-

The Feds, probably multiple departments combined, just let a contract for about 745K 223 barrier penetration rounds. These rounds are not used by DOD.'
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"The rounds Mr. Nonymous is referring to are the Winchester Ranger 60 grain Partitions, Q3238, pictured above. This is the FBI standard issue load. According to sources, my own and Internet forums, the current back-order time for this is about one year. State and local police departments who standardized on it cannot obtain it for love nor money." ...
 

This gun fight isn't over
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In our nation's capital, no bad idea ever seems to die for good. So we can expect the crackpot gun law that was blocked in the U.S. Senate this week to rise again any day now."

"This is the bill that would take New Jersey's strict limits on carrying concealed firearms and blow a hole in them big enough for a truck driver, or anyone else with a permit from another state, to bring guns through.[sic]" ...
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Submitter's Note: No matter how many times you repeat a lie it does not become the truth. Any permit holder carrying in the state would still have to follow NJ's idiotic 'hollow-point' ban, their asinine 'normal magazine' ban and whateve other silly-@$$ idiocy they come up with.
 

Senators misfire on gun measure
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall bowed to the gun lobby Wednesday we're not quite sure how else to explain it and supported a failed measure that would have greatly altered how concealed-carry permits for guns are regulated."

"The amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., would have required states to allow concealed- carry permit holders from other states to carry their hidden weapons across state lines." ...

"Thune's measure had nothing to do with the constitutional right to own and bear arms. Rather, it had to do with the privilege[sic] of carrying a hidden gun." ...
 

A Narrow Victory
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Thanks to a vocal grassroots opposition, the Thune Amendment on concealed weapons was narrowly defeated in the senate yesterday, signaling a victory for gun control advocates throughout the country. I'm glad our efforts paid off, but the truth is, we can't rest on our laurels - the fact that Democrats and Republicans alike voted for the measure only underscores that we must remain vigilant in the fight against the NRA." ...
 

NRA goes to bat for illegal alien coke dealers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In yet another example that the folks which make up the Republican Party seem to be operating from a different playbook, the [NRA] ratcheted up its opposition for SCOTUS nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor while Rush Limbaugh and others criticized President Obama and the Democrats as being against law enforcement."

"The evidence according to Oxycontin fiend Limbaugh is Obama, responding to a question in Wednesday's presser, said the actions of Sgt. Crowley and the Cambridge, Mass. police department were stupid. Ergo, the President and the Democratic Party hate law enforcement."

"However, if one bothers to apply the same lazy circular logic to the NRA and its Republican allies by extension, the same would also be true." ...
 

A senseless crime leaves me wondering, "What if...?"
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"I, for one, was nauseated by the news of the slaughter of Byrd and Melanie Billings at their home ..."

"On July 9th, in a well-planned home invasion, seven armed men entered the Billings home ... they left two decent people dead and the children who were in the home traumatized." ...

"As news stories have unfolded about the events, I have heard nothing about firearms in the Billings home, just the security system and cameras. As we know, the system detected and recorded that thugs were on the grounds minutes before entering the home, so surely the Billings knew for a minute or so what was coming, but put up no resistance or fight. ... I found myself wondering, 'What if Byrd Billing had been carrying a firearm?'" ...
 

Thought for the weekend: Should you own a gun?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It has been a particularly discouraging week during which two women in South Park were brutally stabbed ... as they slept, one teen fatally shot another ... and two people ... were robbed of a gun and electronics."

"So, let us consider for a moment: Should you own a firearm? Take a good look in the mirror, size up that person you see, and ask whether you think that man or woman has the skill, temperament, and backbone to use a gun properly, should the occasion arise?"

"... early Friday, three thugs, one armed with a gun, burst in to confront the two people living in a residence. One of the residents grabbed his own gun but ... 'dropped his firearm and complied with the suspects' because he was in fear for his life." ...
 

Graham, Sotomayor, and the NRA: The Question Is Moot
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Would South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham have announced his support for the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor if the National Rifle Association had announced a week ago its determination to rate the confirmation vote?"

"That's the question some conservative leaders and activists are asking themselves today, as they ponder stories with headlines like 'Graham takes on conservatives.'"

"Graham, after all, has always scored exceedingly well on the NRA's important congressional ratings."

"These conservatives are pondering ... because Graham's decision to support Sotomayor robs them of the ability to argue that she's so extreme that no reasonably conservative, or even centrist, Senator could support her." ...
 

Concealed Carry for Out-of-State Travel Fails by Only Two Votes
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The bad news is that the Senate still fell two votes short of the 60 votes needed to enact the amendment, which was sponsored by Republican Senators John Thune (SD) and David Vitter (LA). A prior Unanimous Consent agreement allowed the amendment to be offered in the first place, but as such, required that the legislation garner 60 votes (rather than a simple majority) in order to pass."

"The good news is that a majority of the U.S. Senate (58 members) voted for an amendment to allow citizens who are already authorized to carry firearms concealed to do so when they travel out of state." ...
 

Thune-Vitter CCW Reciprocity Amendment Is Really A Win
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The headline is somewhat misleading. Let's not forget that the amendment did pass, 58 to 38. It just did not have the votes to overcome the threat of a veto. 48 states already have concealed carry permit issue. No less than 40 of them are mandatory issue, meaning if you pass the background check and the course, the permit must be issued. Most of the concealed carry states already have reciprocity with most other such states."

"What is astounding is the doomsday rhetoric that measures like this continues to inspire:" ...
 

Rule by fear or rule by law?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"'The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.' - Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943"

"Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of 'an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.'" ...
 

WV: Rockefeller's gun bill vote disappoints rights group
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"A gun rights advocate said Thursday he was disappointed with Sen. Jay Rockefeller's vote against an amendment to allow firearm owners' concealed weapons permits to be recognized in most other states, but West Virginia's senator said the state should set and follow its own laws."

"The U.S. Senate voted 58 to 39 Wednesday in favor of the national reciprocity amendment sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D, as part of a defense spending bill."

"The measure fell just two votes short of the 60 needed to pass."

"Rockefeller, D-W.Va., voted against the measure and Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was absent." ...
 

The Battle Begins: ATF vs the Constitution
Submitted by: Larry

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"A line was drawn in the sand last week - a response by the Federal Government to the State of Tennessee and their assertion of sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution." ...

"Part of a series of moves by states seeking to utilize the Tenth Amendment as a limit on Federal Power, the Tennessee State Senate approved ... the Tennesse Firearms Freedom Act, by a vote of 22-7. The House companion bill ... previously passed the House by a vote of 87-1."

"Governor Breseden allowed the bill to become law without signing."

"The law states that 'federal laws and regulations do not apply to personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition that is manufactured in Tennessee and remains in Tennessee ...'" ...
 

Well, there's a big surprise: Homeland Security admits report on "Right-Wing Extremism" sourced from SPLC and ADL playbooks.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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"Well, folks, I said it then (The SPLCization of Law Enforcement in the 21st Century: Conflation, moral panic and the 'Narrative of 1995.') and it now proves to be true. That stupid Homeland Security report on 'Right-wing Extremism' was written with sources drawn primarily from the Southern 'Poverty' Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Here are the pdf's of a three page response to a FOIA request:"

"Page 1: http://www.mediafire.com/?tic5xy4mzuo"
"Page 2: http://www.mediafire.com/?zmdqzqnizn1"
"Page 3: http://www.mediafire.com/?gtguhjoz2qz"

"I transcribe them below because I had a devil of a time getting past the (expletive deleted) pop-ups and other crap on Mediafire."

Mike
III
 

Federal court rules no probable cause in arrest for openly carried firearm
Submitted by: Mark
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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"Georgia resident Luke Woodard ended up in the Paulding County jail for purchasing lottery tickets while carrying a handgun openly. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, even though he was carrying openly, and disorderly conduct. As reported in these pages previously, Luke Woodard sued the two Paulding County Sheriff's Deputies involved. Federal Judge Harold Murphy, Northern District of Georgia, recently ruled that the officers had no probable cause to arrest Mr. Woodard on either charge, and that therefore, his arrest was illegal."

"The analysis does not end there, however, as the court decided to go further and argue that the two deputies had something called 'arguable' probable cause ..." ...
 

NICS background checks up 18% in June; Year to date sales up 24.5% over 2008
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) show an 18.1 percent increase in background checks on the sale of firearms in June.

Background checks for the first six months of 2009 are up 24.5 percent over the same period in 2008.

FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing either newly manufactured or used firearms from federally licensed retailers. As such, the checks serve as a gauge of sales but do not reflect the actual number of firearms produced or sold.
 

NY: Gun rights & local law (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Your editorial regarding the Thune amendment was, as usual, off base. There have been well over 40 states that have given their citizens the right to carry, and these states have not turned into 1860 Tombstone. In fact, the opposite is true. Statistics from the FBI - not the NRA - show that crime has gone down in these states. Why would New York be any different?

A right-to-carry permit in New York is practically nonexistent. Those persons lucky enough to get a permit usually have one that is so restricted that it is in effect useless.

This bill was for people duly licensed in their home states - not unlicensed felons. If they are not a threat in their home states, why would they be a threat here?
 

NY: Gun rights vs. local laws (first letter)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Asking the Brady campaign for facts about legal gun ownership is like asking the Communist Party about the merits of owning stock, and both their agendas are un-American ..."

"Illegal trafficking in guns is already a crime in all 50 states and under federal law. The Senate shouldn't have punished the overwhelming number of law-abiding gun owners for the crimes of a tiny minority."

"Whether Newsday likes it or not, Americans have the right to arm themselves. Just because we live in a state that abrogates that right for all but the elite does not mean gun ownership is bad or wrong. As an entity whose very existence depends on the 1st Amendment, one wonders what Newsday has against the Second Amendment."
 

WV: Gun rights advocates turn attention toward states
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Gun rights advocates are turning their attention to the state level after this week's defeat of a bill in the U.S. Senate."

"The West Virginia Citizens Defense League issued a press release pushing the state Legislature to reform its concealed weapon reciprocity law. The group views the state law as restrictive with unnecessary legal impediments to establishing reciprocity with other states."

"Reciprocity agreements allow state residents to carry their concealed weapons into other states. West Virginia permits are currently recognized in 23 states, including each of its neighbors except Maryland." ...
 

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