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The 'Window War' Begins
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"Man throws brick through City Hall, police HQ windows"

"Austin, Texas police say a man tossed a rock through the window of police headquarters after he hit Austin City Hall with a big rock minutes earlier."

"The suspect is described as white, in his 30s and with a beard. Police say first a security guard on duty saw the man smash the glass and sprint down Cesar Chavez."

"Then 14 minutes later police say the scruffy suspect was captured committing a crime on camera outside police headquarters. On video the suspect is seen shattering the glass and taking off."

"The glass at City Hall has been replaced but some are upset city hall was targeted with this misdemeanor madness." ...
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Submitter's Note: Read the rest, please.

 

United States gets blamed for Canadian illegal gun trade
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"After months of being blamed for Mexico's surge in drug related violence, the United States is now being blamed for the illegal gun trade in Canada as well."

"Many anti-gun idealists are still trying to perpetuate the myth that guns are bought legally in the U.S. and are then sold to Mexican gangs despite the fact that their ... claim has been thoroughly debunked."

"Sensing a chance to snowball the issue, a 'study' conducted in Canada claims 'that the best available data suggests that about two-thirds of crime guns seized in Canada have their origin south of the border.' Spearheading the study was Wendy Cukier ... a prominent gun control activist, who feels the blame should be extended for all violent crime on the planet." ...
 

Liberty activists: Enhance your outreach!
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Gun control is a topic where conversations often devolve into shouting matches, but there are other, more successful methods for winning Liberty converts: The following story will assist your outreach to big-government supporters, without mentioning guns!" ...
 

Another liberty assignment for readers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Naturally, I read my fellow Examiners. I have a great deal of respect for each of them because of their observations and how they relate them to us. It’s not about writing, it's about sharing understanding of how liberty and gun control profoundly affect whole families and whole communities."

"As for myself, I like to write my content for non-gun owners. As you might know, I have urged non-gun owner readers to contact a liberty purist friend and ask them to take you shooting. You can learn a lot by contact not with a gun culture, but with a liberty culture, and right about now, that is very, very important. Now I’m going to ask you to perform another assignment." ...
 

Guns at the Capitol
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"E. J. Dionne Jr. writes:"
"Isn't it time to dismantle the metal detectors, send the guards at the doors away and allow Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by being free to carry their firearms into the nation's Capitol?" ...
"It is a clever idea for a column, and it took me a little while to think through why I think Dionne's logic is unsound. But unsound I think it is. I think supporters of conceal carry can readily concede that a regime of metal detectors and armed officers trained to protect people and surrounding the workplace is superior to conceal carry as a way of protecting congressmen and their staff. ..." ...
 

Just in case you want to call your friendly jack booted thug . . .
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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Here's some contact numbers. Print this out and put it on your refrigerator with your 2nd Amendment magnet.

Mike
III

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF]

Fiscal Year: 2006 Budget: $972,000,000 (Budget Outlays)
Number of Employees: 4,884
 

Kay Bailey Hutchison Leaving Senate to Run for Texas Governor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison won't be a senator much longer. The Republican will soon be returning to her home state of Texas to launch a run for governor -- and she'll be quitting her Senate seat to do so. In an interview with Texas radio station WBAP, Hutchison promised to make her official campaign launch announcement in August. The senator also nixed any possibility that she would hold on to her seat while running for governor, saying that she would leave sometime in October or November." ...

"... The senator already seems to be setting the stage for her campaign. In her interview, she also promised to vote against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor because of the judge's position on gun control and the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

Senator Barrasso: Concerns remain about Sotomayor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement after meeting with President Obama’s pick for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor :

“Judge Sotomayor has an extensive judicial career with more than 17 years on the federal bench. Her background is impressive.”

“It is imperative that we have a justice who will apply the law, not write the law. I still have concerns regarding her views involving the Second Amendment and issues similar to those raised in the New Haven firefighters case.”
 

Sotomayor nomination moves to full Senate
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Pushing toward a historic Supreme Court confirmation vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor yesterday over nearly solid Republican opposition."

"The 13-6 vote masked deep divisions within GOP ranks about confirming President Obama's first high court nominee. Just one Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, joined Democrats to support her."

"Four Republicans not on the Judiciary Committee have said they, too, will vote for Sotomayor when her nomination comes before the full Senate next week - and that number is expected to grow." ...
 

Afraid Of NRA, Conservative Democratic Senators Waffle On Sotomayor Vote
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Noting Judge Sonia Sotomayor's record on the Second Amendment, Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) told Roll Call that that he is 'undecided' on her nomination to the Supreme Court (although he added that he is 'leaning toward voting in favor'). Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) expressed similar uncertainty:" ...

"Both senators' equivocal statements come in the wake of the NRA’s decision to 'score' the Sotomayor vote in determining where each lawmaker stands on the NRA's pro-gun agenda. The NRA claims, falsely, that because Sotomayor once upheld a New York law against a Second Amendment challenge this somehow proves that she is hostile to gun rights. That decision, however, did nothing more than apply well-established law." ...
 

DeMint to Oppose Sotomayor Nomination
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"U.S. Senator Jim DeMint says he'll oppose the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court."

"DeMint (R-South Carolina) released a statement Wednesday explaining his reasoning."

"'The American people demand fair, common sense judges that deliver blind justice, not someone who relies on personal views and sympathies to guide their decisions,' DeMint wrote in the statement."

"South Carolina's other U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham, announced last week he intends to vote for Sotomayor."

"Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Sotomayor's nomination to the full Senate for a vote. Graham was the only Republican member of that group to vote in favor of her." ...
 

Democrats urge GOP to back Sotomayor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Senate debate over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor turned bitter Wednesday, after Democrats warned the GOP it would pay a steep price for opposing the judge who would be the first Hispanic justice, and a top Republican charged they were playing destructive racial politics."

"Majority Leader Harry Reid implored Republicans Wednesday to join Democrats in voting to confirm Sotomayor next week, warning that GOP opposition would bring the same sort of public backlash that followed the party's spirited opposition to measures that would have given some illegal immigrants a chance to gain legal status." ...
 

Praxis: Bicycle Infantry
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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"Someone sent me this photo as a gag, saying it represented the Tour de France, 1940. It is, of course, German bicycle infantry, circa 1940. Very funny. But it got me thinking. What if, in some post-disaster scenario, fuel is at a premium? Then bicycle infantry doesn't look like such a bad idea, does it?"

"Read the material below and give me your reactions."

"Mike
III"

"Here's the citation on bicycle infantry from Wikipedia:"
"Bicycle infantry are infantry soldiers who maneuver on the battlefield using bicycles. The term dates from the late 19th century, when the 'safety bicycle' became popular in Europe, the United States and Australia. Though its use has waned over the years in many armies, it continues to be used in unconventional armies such as militias." ...
 

Pocket Pistols For Survival
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"I'm sure many readers will question the logic of including a 'pocket pistol' in the survival battery. After all there are better, more effective tools available for self-defense and survival."

"I agree there are better weapons for saving your skin. But the pocket pistol, being small and light is likely to be with you when you need it and not left behind because you didn't want to carry the weight and bulk of a more effective weapon." ...

"... a few days ago I was picking tomatoes from the garden, dusk was filling the sky and I was in a hurry ..."

"Just as I was reaching in to pluck a big juicy red one from the vine I spotted a copperhead (pit viper) lying beneath the plants on the ground - to be honest, when I saw the thing, I nearly pooped my pants." ...
 

Thirty Years of Trial and Error
Submitted by: Larry

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"When it comes to choosing guns, thirty years of hits and misses has taught me that a gun I don’t like to shoot won’t accompany me to the range. Comfort is thus a key consideration when choosing a firearm."

"Especially with handguns, accuracy is required for effect. Every handgun cartridge has documented instances where a determined attacker absorbed hit after center-of-mass hit and kept right on being a threat. ..."

"People who buy someone else’s favorite hand cannon ... shoot it a couple times and put it in a drawer to gather dust may not be helping themselves. It's not much better if the shooter develops a flinch from anticipating recoil, muzzle blast or being hit by ejected cases from their gun." ...
 

Arm the Senate!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Isn't it time to dismantle the metal detectors, send the guards at the doors away and allow Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by being free to carry their firearms into the nation's Capitol?"

"I've been studying the deep thoughts of senators who regularly express their undying loyalty to the [NRA], and I have decided that they should practice what they preach. They tell us that the best defense against crime is an armed citizenry and that laws restricting guns do nothing to stop violence."

"If they believe that, why don't they live by it?"

"Why would freedom-loving lawmakers want to hide behind guards and metal detectors? Shouldn't NRA members be outraged ..." ...
 

Guy Has Old-Timey Gun Made, Gets Hassled by Cops; Patriots Bellow
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"​Well, we said that twitting gun nuts might do Bloomberg some good, but it appears they're taking the fight to him: Michael Littlejohn of Sheepshead Bay had a flintlock made for himself, then waited for the fascist gun seizers to show up."

"And they did! Cops have interviewed him and the blacksmith who made the old-timey shootin' ahrn. Let the cold dead hands fireworks commence..."

"... [The NYPD] want him to get a permit. He claims exemption, as the weapon is an antique, albeit a newly-made one." ...

"'Gun Rights Examiner' David Codrea rages, 'Leviathan can throw unlimited resources at an individual until he breaks... How much money does NYC have to throw around at outrageous extra-legal vendettas like this? ..." ...
 

Blue Dogs, Birthers & Bullet Fetishes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"So last week the Thune Amendment was thankfully defeated. A group I work with, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, took on the task of defeating this inane legislation, which only had a chance of passing due to the extremism of the NRA/Birther crowd and the ever-present cowardice of the usual Blue Dog Democrats."

"I guess they weren't busy enough trying to destroy healthcare reform or climate-change legislation, so overriding state laws trying to prevent criminals[sic] from enjoyng the right to concealed carry seemed like a good idea."

"Thankfully, the NRA lost a gun battle for the first time in five years, but no thanks to squeamish Blue-Dog Democrats. ..." ...
 

CO: Right to a free press (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Bravo for your series Mr. Dave Philipps on ‘Casualties of War”. I hope it gets national recognition.

Thank you, too, for publishing E.J. Dionne’s editorial “Let’s put guns in the Capitol,” (July 27). Many silent people feel strongly on this issue.

Perhaps what the Second Amendment provides, more than “guns” (about which it says absolutely nothing), is to arm people with a free press.

Frank Merritt, Colorado Springs
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Submitter's Note: Frank? You're an idiot. On so many levels that it just boggles the mind.
 

NV: Woman, intruder shot during home invasion attempt
Submitted by: Foo Bar

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"An attempted home invasion late Tuesday in North Las Vegas resulted in an exchange of gunfire and a woman and an intruder being shot."

"Police said someone tried to enter a home shortly before midnight near West Craig Road and Simmons Street when the homeowner opened fire. The intruder fired back and injured the woman, authorities said."

"Sgt. Tim Bedwell of the North Las Vegas Police Department said he isn't sure who fired first."

"He said the woman suffered a minor non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He said the suspect was treated at UMC and had a more serious injury but is expected to recover. Police said the suspect arrived at the hospital shortly after the victim." ...
 

FL: Would-Be Robber Shot and Killed
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Orange County Sheriff's deputies say a robbery victim turned the tables on two robbery suspects."

"'I was in my bedroom sleeping and all of a sudden I heard a pow, pow, pow,' said eyewitness Barry Quintin."

"Deputies say Miguel Jimenez was walking into his apartment ... when 18-year-old Andri Benjamin ran up, put a gun in his face and tried to rob him."

"But Jimenez was carrying a loaded revolver and a concealed weapons permit to go along with it."

"He pulled his gun out and shot Benjamin several times, killing him." ...

"Deputies rushed to the scene while Jimenez was holding the second suspect at gunpoint." ...
 

OR: Homeowner kills intruder
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Website: http://www.xqqme4thinking.blogspot.com/

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"Everett Skinner says when a bear broke into his home, he grabbed his shotgun and killed it."

"The animal ripped off a screen and climbed in through a window late Saturday, Skinner said."

"The man told the Daily Courier he hadn't killed a bear before or even hunted in awhile, but makes it a point to keep the shotgun handy." ...
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Submitter's Note: Was the intruder upset over past perceived wrongs? Did the intended victim's name have anything to do with it? Although not actually noted in the story, odds are the intruder was... "black".
 

OR: Honey, I just shot a bear in the den... (video)
Submitted by: xqqme
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Grants Pass, Oregon man forced to kill bear who entered home.

************WARNING************

Video contains graphic images of dead bear with genitals exposed.
 

TN: Neighbors: Son Kills Father-in-Law In Self Defense
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A man died Wednesday after being shot in Murfreesboro."

"According to police, a young man shot and killed a 56-year-old man early Wednesday morning at an apartment located in the 600 block of Maple Street."

"Neighbors said the young man shot his father-in-law in self-defense. According to the neighbors, the 56-year-old man pulled a gun on his son-in-law first."

"Police confirmed that the shooting was classified as domestic related homicide; although, investigators have not ruled out self-defense or accidental shooting."

"In regards to an arrest, investigators spoke with and released a person of interest, which doesn't mean the case is closed. Police said they plan on sending the case to the grand jury." ...
 

Senator Voinvich claims Ohioans can't relate to pro-gun Republicans from the South
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"One week after ignoring thousands of phone calls from his constituents and helping a Democrat filibuster kill nationwide CCW reciprocity, Republican Senator George Voinovich of Ohio told editors at the Columbus Dispatch he knows what the Republican party's biggest problem is."

"According to the anti-gun Senator, who has decided to retire after recognizing a 2010 re-election bid would meet the same fate as anti-gun Mike DeWine's did in 2006, Ohioans just can't relate to pro-gun Republicans from the South." ...
 

TN: Knox City Council postpones vote on guns in parks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Knoxville City Council locked and reloaded Tuesday night in the debate on guns in parks, postponing a vote on whether to opt out of the new state law."

"One group is setting its sights on stopping the ban."

"'I guess we're all a little bit disappointed. We came to speak and talk and hear the vote, but that's okay,' Mike Mollenhour says."

"Mollenhour and a group of other gun rights supporters, the only ones who admitted they came out for this issue, say they'll continue to fight for their freedom under the Second Amendment."

"'We've not gone out and shot people in parks or kids. You can't find any evidence that any of our people have committed those kinds of things,' says NRA member Bill Noll." ...
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Submitter's Note: Here in Minnesota a 14 year old girl was recently raped while riding her bike on a Criminal Friendly Bike Trail. Please don't let this happen in Knoxville.
 

Doing 55 in a 54
Submitted by: Larry

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"Kelley Vlahos has a great piece today on the Henry Gates affair and the larger problems of which it's a symptom. One such problem is the ever increasing number of pretexts on which the authorities can interrogate, search, assault, and arrest citizens. The authority figure ... uses his or her superior knowledge of legal arcana to find some way to put the citizen behind bars. For instance, what struck me when reading the policeman's account of the Gates incident was a small detail: the repeated use of the term 'tumultuous.' It appears three times in the brief report in descriptions of Gates' behavior. Why was the cop fixated on this SAT word?"

"Turns out, it appears in the Massachusetts statute defining disorderly conduct ..." ...
 

Today, Henry Gates; Tomorrow, You
Submitted by: Larry

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"After a week, the turbid tale of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge police has finally settled into the tedium of the 24-hour news cycle, singularly focused – but predictably superficial – in its debate over whether race played a prevailing role in Gates’ doorstep arrest on July 16." ...

"But an interesting and even momentarily hopeful thing happened in that fertile space of time between when a news story breaks and the mainstream media’s wagons circle a simple, safe narrative. People started talking about the police. And civil liberties. The phrase 'contempt of cop,' referring to bogus arrests triggered when an officer perceives a challenge to his authority ..." ...
 

Martial Law and the War on Terrorism
Submitted by: Larry

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"The New York Times reported last week that the Bush administration considered sending in the U.S. military to arrest the so-called Lackawanna Six in 2002. Ironically, one of the worst prosecutorial overreaches by the Justice Department in the war on terror almost resulted in a temporary period of martial law." ...

"The Bush team considered sending in the military in part because of the lack of evidence. ... Vice President Cheney reportedly 'argued that the administration would need a lower threshold of evidence to declare them enemy combatants ...'"

"In other words, the idea was that it would require less evidence to totally nullify all of a person's rights ... then to arrest him on a felony charge. ..." ...
 

Hal Turner Admits He Worked for the FBI
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In a lame attempt to save his hide and stay out of prison for allegedly threatening to kill federal judges, the racist talk show host Hal Turner has admitted in court that he is an FBI informant, the Chicago Breaking News Center reports today."

"Alex Jones and others have argued for some time that the white supremacist ... is an FBI informant."

"Assistant U.S. Atty. William Hogan tried to dismiss Turner's admission. 'Hogan said Turner may have had some contact with the FBI as an informant but that it was quite some time ago,' reports Jeff Coen. Recent evidence, however, reveals that Turner has continued his relationship with the feds."

"Documentation emerged in 2008 exposing Turner as an FBI operative. ..." ...
 

Military To Work With FEMA During Swine Flu Pandemic
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"According to a CNN report, the military will assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant swine flu outbreak in the U.S. this fall, stoking fears that the pandemic, which has claimed relatively few lives so far, will be used as an excuse to implement martial law and a mandatory vaccination program."

"'The plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with [FEMA]. There is no final decision on how the military effort would be manned ...' states the report." ...

"There can be little doubt that many Americans will call upon their second amendment rights and resort to using force to protect themselves and their children if the government attempts to forcibly impose a mass vaccination program. ..." ...
 

Prof. Gates' Unconstitutional Arrest
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"The now-infamous Gates story has gone through the familiar media spin-cycle ... Drowned out of this echo chamber has been an all-too-important (and legally controlling) aspect: the imbroglio between Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley has more to do with the limits (or breadth) of the First Amendment than with race and social class."

"The issue is not how nasty the discourse between the two might have been, but whether what Professor Gates said--assuming, for argument's sake, the officer's version of events as fact--could by any stretch of both law and imagination constitute a ground for arrest for 'disorderly conduct' (the charge leveled) or any other crime. ..." ...
 

NY: Up in arms over gun: Replica rifle has Brooklyn man at odds with cops
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"Like America's first soldiers at the Battle of Brooklyn, Michael Littlejohn is fighting for his right to bear arms."

"The Revolutionary War buff charges the Bloomberg administration with tyranny for trying to seize his handmade flintlock rifle - a dead ringer for the weapon once used against the redcoats."

"... 'Mayor Bloomberg is driven crazy by my flintlock gun - the one that won the American Revolution.' [Littlejohn said]"...

"Police claim it's illegal for Littlejohn to keep the flintlock without a gun license." ...

"The social worker is also clinging to a little-known exemption in the city's strict gun laws."

"The loophole allows license-free ownership of 'antique firearms' - defined as rifles that require the bullet and gunpowder to be loaded separately." ...
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KABA Note: Lovely subtle spin by the Daily News. In one paragraph an explicit legal exemption becomes a "loophole".
 

FL: Police Perjury: How They Roll in Hollywood, Florida
Submitted by: Larry

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"In Chicago, it's called 'creative writing'; in Dallas, it's been referred to as the practice of occasionally telling a 'noble lie'; and in Hollywood, Florida, it's known as 'doing a little Walt Disney.'"

"All of those expressions refer to perjury committed by police in official reports. The latest example ... was captured by the dash-cam in a Hollywood PD cruiser following a collision with a drunk driver last February."

"After Officer Joel Francisco rear-ended vehicle driven by Alexandra Gabriela Torrensvilas, Officer Dewey Pressley, a 21-year veteran, promised to falsify a report in order to protect his fellow police officer. Torrensvilas was drunk, but the accident was apparently Officer Francisco’s fault." ...
 

IL: Soviet-Style 'Warning Shots' in Chicago
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"... Russian expatriate comedian Yakov Smirnov made a good career telling jokes underscoring the contrast between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R."

"One of his more memorable lines dealt with a critical difference between American police and their counterparts in Soviet Russia."

"'What I really like about American police is that they fire warning shots,' Smirnov explained. 'In the Soviet Union, the police just shoot you and call that a warning to the next guy.'"

"The new deadly force policy going into effect in Chicago next Monday is close kindred to the Soviet approach, as described by Smirnov: Police will now be permitted to shoot at fleeing vehicles if the driver or a passenger is suspected of committing a felony ..." ...
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KABA Note: Guilty until proven innocent, right?
 

IL: New Policy Allows Police To Shoot At Fleeing Cars
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"The Chicago Police Department has instituted a major change in policy regarding the use of deadly force." ...

"The new policy, from police Supt. Jody Weis and confirmed by WBBM Newsradio 780 Wednesday morning, allows police officers to shoot at fleeing vehicles if the driver or passengers are suspected of committing a felony." [emphasis added]

"The old policy allowed officers only to shoot at vehicles that pose a threat to them or others, such as if the driver were trying to run down the officer."

"But now, officers need not be under attack to open fire."
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Submitter's Note: And onward rolls the police state. Officers in Chicago can now shoot at any fleeing vehicle they suspect might contain a felon. "Suspect" - like that mayor that was "suspected" to be a felon, and has SWAT raid his house and shoot his dog. Now they're allowed to shoot at you as well.
 

IL: A right to protection (fifth letter)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Forty-nine states recognize the right of law-abiding citizens to carry firearms for personal and family protection. In Illinois people would be committing a felony if they did so."

"People may apply for a non-resident carry permit from states such as Utah, Florida and Pennsylvania. Such a permit would allow the carrying of a firearm in any state that recognizes that permit, which of course excludes Illinois." ...

"Ninety out of 102 counties in Illinois have passed pro Second Amendment resolutions. I'd like to know why St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern refuses to bring this to a vote of our board. After all, this is one of our Bill of Rights." ...
 

CA: Getting it right on citizens' rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Kudos to Alfred J. Dunning for his well reasoned letter to the editor (“Bill discriminates against gun owners,” July 20).

I would like to strengthen his reasoning by correcting his only mistake.

He states that the Second Amendment “grants a right of the people to bear arms.”

The Second Amendment does not “grant” that right, but rather acknowledges an already existing right of the people to keep and bear arms, and states that that right shall not be infringed.

Remember, our Constitution enumerates powers granted to our government by we the people, not vice versa.

Dick Young

Yuba City
 

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