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And thus the abyss beckons: "David Neiwert died violently last night."
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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"I think civil wars begin with the smallest of social estrangements and work their way to Gotterdammerung along an escalating path strewn with unthinking banal discourtesies, deliberate slights, virulent name calling and finally assaults -- first on the truth, then on the law and, at last, on each other."

"I say this because David Neiwert died violently last night, and when told, I didn't give a hoot in hell. I actually grimly smiled and muttered, 'Serves the lying collectivist bastard right.'"

Then I woke up." ...
 

Praetorian Presumptions
Submitted by: Larry

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"Salt Lake City's Deseret News, as part of its continuing campaign against rationality, recently published a house editorial condemning civilian ownership of firearms."

"... '[T]ough guys don't pack firearms. Fearful guys do -- people who see everyone around them as a threat and think the worst of faces they don't recognize. Guns don't showcase strength, they showcase weakness.'"

"There is the beginning of an important point here ... If they are serious in their assessment that carrying firearms (particularly handguns) is symptomatic of socially dangerous insecurity on the part of those who carry them, then disarmament should begin with those most frequently found in public possession of those weapons -- that is, the police." ...
 

Defeat of Thune amendment runs afoul of Constitution's full faith and credit clause
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Alan Gura [Partner, Gura & Possessky, PLLC]: 'Gun rights opponents at last have cause to rejoice. Only 58 members of a lop-sided Democratic-controlled Senate approved of a provision mandating that states give full faith and credit to each other's gun-carry permits. The laws of forty-eight states, at least in theory, allow their peaceable citizenry to carry guns in public for self-defense. Forty of these states either require no license to do so, or issue such licenses as a matter of routine upon meeting basic qualifications. Even in the small minority of hold-out states, gun carry licenses are often available depending on one's residence. ...'" ...
 

What if we could do 'instant checks' and not identify gun buyers?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "... I want to tell you about a proposal some friends of mine came up with a few years back. I'll explain why I want to tell you about it after I tell you what it is. Necessity forces me to link to an archived copy." ...

"The short answer from the antis would be--well, it hardly matters since masking their long-term intent has always been their MO. The short answer from the 'incrementalists' will be along the lines of 'because it doesn't stand a chance of passing.'"

"But we'll never know that unless it's on the discussion table, will we? And it never has been, even though the 'gun lobby' groups who could easily change that have known about it for years."

"My sense is it never will be."
 

Glenn Beck Defends His Right To Carry (video)
Submitted by: Brian Carey

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Vintage Beck. He defends his right to carry a gun as he only he can.
 

Who's On Second?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"I was involved in the 2007 Heller case in which the Supreme Court invalidated Washington, D.C.'s gun bans as contrary to the Second Amendment right to arms. I was recently invited by UCLA's law school asked me to address the subject recently. Here's what I told them:"

"'The historical evidence is clear: The Second Amendment was uniformly seen as an individual right by 18th and 19th century Americans. The idea that it was something else is a fiction of the 20th century, invented because even gun-ban advocates realized that the amendment has to mean something.'" ...
 

Across the Fruited Plain: Concealed Carry Confidentiality
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As the fight to restore the right to bear arms for self-defense was waged in various states, one of the toughest opponents to attempts to reform the law was the establishment media. With rare exception, newspaper editorial boards repeatedly took the side of legislators and gun ban extremists who prefer to view citizens more as subjects." ...

"One of the more common items inserted as a poison pill in many states under pressure from the establishment media was a public records provision. 'We have to make sure,' the editorial boards claimed, 'that the 'right' people are getting licenses.' But in the months and years after concealed carry laws took effect, it quickly became clear the media had far less noble intentions." ...
 

Senate Judiciary Votes "Yes" on Sonia Sotomayor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It was nearly a party-line vote. While every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of Judge Sonia Sotomayor today, almost every Republican voted against her... all except for turncoat Lindsey Graham of South Carolina."

"Apparently, the flighty Republican did not care that Judge Sotomayor has demonstrated an extreme anti-gun bias in her private and public life. Not only that, she has expressed racist views in multiple speeches over the years, and she has proven -- in her actions and words -- that she is committed to IGNORING THE CONSTITUTION!"

"The Sotomayor nomination now moves to the U.S. Senate floor, where gun owners definitely face an uphill battle." ...
 

Sotomayor's pending confirmation exposes how far we have fallen
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Of all the issues brought up during the confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayer, one comment she made is most disturbing. It also has largely been ignored by the establishment media. During an exchange with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla, Sotomayer stated there is no constitutional right to self-defense."

"Her statement makes one thing painfully clear – the liberal intelligentsia see individual rights where they don't exist, and don't see fundamental rights clearly enumerated in the Constitution." ...
 

ID: Prison escapees meet their match in Idaho mom with gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Idaho County Sheriff's Office had honored a Cottonwood woman with a certificate of achievement saying she showed true courage in the face of danger for fending off two prison escapees who tried to break into her home."

"Cassidy Lockett was home with her young children late last month when she says two men tried to break into her home. She hid the children behind the couch, grabbed a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and aimed it at a man who was already halfway through a window, climbing into her home."

"Lockett says she pointed the gun at him and told him to get out or she'd shoot. She says he complied, and left along with another man who was trying to get through the locked front door." ...
 

FL: Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber in Miami, witnesses say
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Brinks security guard shot and killed a would-be robber who attacked him while he was making a routine stop at a South Miami-Dade health clinic Friday, according to witnesses."

"After the 2 p.m. shooting outside the Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St., Miami-Dade police arrested two other suspects after a search of surrounding neighborhoods." ...

"One employee of the health center, who did not want to be identified, told The Miami Herald that the shooting took place after the apparent robber attacked the Brinks security guard. The guard, said the witness, then shot the man outside the health center, which remained under lockdown for hours as police officers swarmed the area in search of the other suspects." ...
 

…While Arizona AG would deny victory to Harold Fish (second item)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As reported here in my July 7 column, former Arizona high school teacher Harold Fish, convicted of second-degree murder in the 2004 trailhead shooting death of Grant Kuenzli, had that conviction overturned on appeal and a new trial ordered by the Arizona Court of Appeals. ..." ...

"Last week, Fish was released after spending three years in prison when Coconino County Prosecutor David Rozema announced he would not retry Fish."

"Reaction in Arizona has been mixed, but mainly positive for Fish, who now faces another threat. Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will apparently appeal the Appeals Court reversal to the state Supreme Court. ..." ...
 

Crime becoming a more dangerous occupation
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"For months now, we've been seeing stories from all over the world about the increase in gun and ammunition sales in this country since the November elections. Many states, including Ohio, are also reporting prominent spikes in issuance of concealed carry licenses ..."

"There are many factors which have lead to this trend: concerns that the new anti-gun administration will attempt to enact new gun restrictions, budget cuts leading to a publicized decrease in police presense ... to name a few."

"Possibly as a result of all of this, we are seeing an uptick in stories where the victim of a criminal attack emerges victorious thanks to having an effective self-defense tool. Two from today demonstrate this trend." ...
 

NJ: Boonton Twp. cops mace groundhog, respond to brazen bear
Submitted by: JarheadSgt

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"A berserk groundhog who attempted to attack a resident and two police officers was maced on Thursday, just a few days after a ravenous black bear strolled into an open garage and gorged itself on meat from a freezer." ...

"The bear complaint was made by homeowner James Tepper, who told police his garage door was left open within a three-hour window ..." ...

"The 55-year-old Tepper, who said he's seen many bears during his 10 years living on the same cul-de-sac, said he never felt threatened by their presence before. But Saturday's incident changed his mind, he said." ...

"When Danyo and Ryan arrived and Scott attempted to show them where the groundhog was, the rodent sprang toward the officers, Cacciabeve said." ...
 

India: Free self-defense training for Surti women
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Following the success of programme organized by Jagrat Nagrik Manch, some private karate and fitness institutions have come forward to offer free-of-cost training to Surti girls and women wanting to learn self-defense techniques."

"More than 1,500 girls and women had participated in the workshop on self-defense technique for women' organized by Jagrat Nagrik Manch, a group of social activists and NGOs formed after the brutal gangrape on 17-year-old girl, at indoor stadium on Sunday." ...
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KABA Note: Because an afternoon self-defense class will enable a 17-year-old girl to fight off 3 experienced adult male rapists suspected in seven other gang rapes.
 

TN: Guns at school sports still illegal, Tenn. AG says
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"According to the Tennessee Attorney General, a recently passed state law that allows guns in parks does not apply to school sanctioned sporting events."

"In a opinion issued last Friday, the state attorney general said there is no state law to prevent school districts 'from using athletic or other recreational facilities in parks where handgun carry permit holders may lawfully possess their firearms.'"

"The opinion goes on to say carrying firearms, whether licensed to carry or not, into school sporting events held in public parks violates a previous state law banning the practice." ...
 

OH: Prohibition of guns in parks gets mixed vote
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Text messaging while driving will be a violation of city code while guns in city parks will be allowed in accordance with state law. The Cleveland City Council voted 6-0 to prohibit texting and 3-3 on the question of handguns in parks."

"Council members Bambi Hines, Bill Estes and Vice Mayor Avery Johnson voted to ban weapons in city parks. Council members David May, Richard Banks and George Poe voted against the ban. Councilman Bill Robertson was absent."

"Estes, who placed the item on the agenda, said he may or may not raise the issue again, depending on how much feedback he gets. Regardless, he won't ask for another vote unless there are seven Council members present." ...
 

More Federal Police State "Stimulus"
Submitted by: Larry

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... "Given the increasing demand for practitioners of state coercion, I suspect that Washington will adjust its COPS requirements to keep officers on the payroll, perhaps even nationalizing law enforcement outright. If the Feds are willing to nationalize General Motors, they certainly won't simply sit by and allow the police state bubble to collapse."

"Apart from seeking full employment for armed tax-feeders, Obama’s police state 'stimulus' package is underwriting the purchase and deployment of portable electro-shock torture devices, also known as Tasers." ...
 

AL: Cops 'Justified' in Taser Attack on Disabled Man
Submitted by: Larry

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"Antonio Love is a deaf and mentally disabled 37-year-old man from Mobile, Alabama. During a recent visit to a Dollar General store, Mr. Love went to the bathroom to deal with a severely upset stomach."

"After Love had been in the bathroom for about an hour, store managers called the police, who on their arrival displayed their celebrated good sense and compassion."

"As the police tried to force open the door, Love — seeking to preserve his privacy, and not knowing it was the police on the other side — held the door shut. So the police deployed pepper spray through a crack in order to subdue Love."

"Once they pried open the door, the police then used their favorite lethal toy — the ... Taser — on the hapless and terrified man." ...
 

TX: Police can use force to compel hurricane evacuation
Submitted by: Larry

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"A new state law will allow police to arrest people who don't leave town under mandatory evacuation orders."

"As it stands, officials cannot compel people to evacuate, only warn that those who stay behind won't have any emergency services at their disposal. The new law gives county judges and mayors the power to authorize use of 'reasonable force' to remove people from the area." ...
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As LRC notes: "From the For Your Own Good Department comes the heartwarming story about a new law that empowers officials to use 'reasonable force' to remove people from areas under mandatory evacuation orders."

"Great! The last thing we want are pesky citizens staying around to watch over their property. Those Galvestonians are asking for it."
 

CA: 16,000 L.A. Guns to be crushed today, turnrd into steel rebar
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Officials today will destroy 16,000 guns confiscated from criminals and collected from numerous gun buy-back programs across L.A. County."

"Law enforcement agencies have attempted to get guns off the street by allowing people to turn them in for gift cards."

"Back in March, an LAPD gun-buyback program that traded gift cards for firearms netted nearly 1,700 weapons, including 40 assault-style weapons and a rifle with a grenade launcher." ...
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KABA Note: It is always refreshing to see a city whose coffers are overflowing despite these tough economic times. Why else would they be paying to destroy millions of dollars worth of guns? If the city is financially strapped, however, then perhaps of both malfeasance and misfeasance would be appropriate?
 

CA: A Reporter Tries Open Carry
Submitted by: Larry

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This is an interesting story in the San Diego Weekly Reader. Rosa Jurjevics, along with some others, decides to (legally) open carry in California to see what kind of response she gets from strangers. Of course, it doesn’t take long before someone dials 911 and the cops show up. NOTE: Please don’t write me about the impractical aspect of open carry. While I completely dislike the thought of unloaded, open carry, and I think it turns you into a sitting duck, the practical side of self-defense was not the point of my post. The alarmist reaction from Californians was my point.
 

AZ: Non-profit to discuss hate groups in AZ
Submitted by: Larry

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"Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is bringing a representative from the Southern Poverty Law Center to help raise awareness about the presence of the state's hate groups, the Nativist movement and White-supremacist organizations."

"The Montgomery, Ala.-based non-profit organization identifies, monitors and investigates hate activity across the United States."

"According to the center, the number of hate groups nationwide has risen 54 percent since 2000, fueled by opposition to non-White immigration, the economic recession and the election of the nation's first Black president." ...
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KABA Note: Read more about the SPLC here.
 

NY: Cuomo Takes Aim At Toy Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today announced that he sent cease-and-desist letters to over 100 companies who are selling imitation toy guns, saying state law prohibits their sale of without specifically indicating that they are toys."

"'Realistic toy guns are a tragedy waiting to happen,' Cuomo said in a statement. 'Every day, these imitation weapons put the lives of both law enforcement and civilians at risk. This is a public safety matter, plain and simple, and we will not permit these companies to profit by making our streets more dangerous.'"

"Letters were sent to manufacturers, distributors, and ... over 100 local retailers who purchased illegal toy guns from Rhode Island Novelty Co."
 

WA: Kitsap County Commission hands victory to open carry activists…
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The open carry movement in Washington State just won a big one, with Monday’s repeal of a county ordinance that banned the open carrying of handguns in county parks."

"That ban had been enacted in 1971, years before the State Legislature passed a preemption law in 1983, ... that nullified such ordinances and placed sole authority for firearms regulation in the hands of the state."

"It might be interesting to look around the Evergreen State and find out when all of those municipal gun ban ordinances were adopted; you know the ones that Greg Nickels' office has alluded to in its defense of his threatened – but so far not enacted – executive order banning legally-carried handguns on Seattle city property." ...
 

NY: NY tells stores to halt sales of some toy guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Despite years of enforcement stings, many New York stores still aren't complying with state rules banning the sale of toy guns that could be confused with the real thing, state officials said Tuesday."

"Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said his office has sent letters to more than 100 retailers ordering them to halt sales of look-a-likes that violate the ban." ...
 

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