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Victory! American Activism Wins
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"You have, no doubt, heard that the illegal alien amnesty bill died in the Senate last week. The determination and ultimate success of the American people on this issue proves that American activism and the spirit of liberty lives on in the United States today. And gun owners made a big contribution to our overall success."

"Gun owners, by and large, understand what it means to have our rights taken away. We know full well that the government can and will violate our God-given rights, acknowledged in the U.S. Constitution, if the American people do not know or care about the issue. As such, gun owners have become politically aware and have taken direct action to prevent our rights from further erosion. ..." ...
 

Big Enough To Work, Small Enough To Conceal
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"The nomenclature C3 in the Sigarm's name GSR C3 equates to 'Compact Concealed Carry' and Sig's GSR 1911 pistol fits the billing pretty much right on the money. For the 1911 haters, there is no joy in Mudville, as this pistol works. Whoever set the design in motion here knows 1911 pistols and Sig has presented an excellent working rendition of John Browning's masterpiece on a reduced scale." ...
 

The Coming Storm
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"I first shot the PX4 Storm Subcompact as a preproduction prototype. My first impression was, shall we say, underwhelming. I looked at it lying on the table like it was a fat envelope in the mailbox with an attorney's return address, asking myself 'Do I have to?' As soon as I glommed my size Large hands onto the grip, my attitude started changing. Many subcompact guns are hard to shoot. Some are abusive. After using up all the ammo our hosts would admit to having on hand, my hand felt none the worse for wear. I mentally filed away a note: Here is a subcompact gun that is fun to shoot." ...
 

Bearing arms (again)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The pistols had hardly cooled after the murder of 32 innocents at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in April when the old debate broke out: Does the Second Amendment prohibit government interference with the right of individuals to keep weapons for hunting and self-defense?"

"... While the National Rifle Association, and its opponents, are equally certain that the [Second] amendment protects — and does not protect — hunters, it is fatuous to hold a dogmatic view. As constitutional text goes, the Second Amendment may take the prize as the most incoherent provision of the document." ...
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Submitter's Note: It is only incoherent if you can't read English!
 

Independence Day (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the upcoming holiday, lets look at what it might mean to some people…a day off with pay, just a day off, family, friends, cookouts, reunions or just a day to lounge and watch the fireworks. As for me, I think of our Constitution, our founding fathers, our Bill of Rights, our military men and women who are performing their duties to protect our freedom."

"'FREEDOM'. We say it often, exclaiming our rights by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, but is it really free? Daily, there are people who are ready, willing and able to chip away at our most basic freedoms as guaranteed by the 1st and 2nd Amendments to the Constitution, and it is these people who we must fight against. ..." ...
 

Stop New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Crusade! (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As you know, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is heading a national cabal of anti-gun mayors called 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns.'"

"The main objective of this coalition is to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment. This critically important legislation protects the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners, the safety of law enforcement officers, and the integrity of criminal investigations by preventing inappropriate and public release of confidential firearm trace data except in the course of a bona fide criminal investigation."

"Law enforcement has been steadfast in joining NRA in support of preserving the Tiahrt Amendment. Both the BATFE and the Fraternal Order of Police ... strongly support keeping this sensitive data private." ...
 

OH: Think the Register got too much private info? Records prove they wanted MORE (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton has posted the Sandusky Register's June 6 request for the list of concealed handgun license-holders on the official website of the Ottawa County Sheriff."

"The request letter reveals that the Sandusky Register didn't stop at asking for the private information allowed journalists in the media access loophole. Rather, the newspaper asked for the home address of each and every licensee!" ...

"Ohio law considers ALL concealed handgun license records to be confidential ... However, an exception was offered to journalists to review the information to address their assertions of a need for 'checks and balances'. ... CHL holders' information is NOT A PUBLIC RECORD by statute." ...
 

OH: Letter to Sandusky Register Editor Matt Westerhold (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We know it was far from the only one mailed to Editor Matt Westerhold, but the Sandusky Register has finally published a single letter to the editor about their irresponsible release of private information on CHL-holders on their website:"

"After years of advertising my rental units ... the Sandusky Register has chosen to list my name on their web site under the concealed carry permit holder's list. When I want my business put in your paper or Web site, I'll call your advertising department ... as a customer I have the right to no longer do business with the Sandusky Register." ...

"Also from another northern Ohio editorial page, the Cleveland Plain Dealer recently published a pair of pro-gun letters to the editor ..." ...
 

KY: Murder charge dropped in shooting of 15-year-old
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A murder charge against 19-year-old Troy L. Cole has been dropped after police determined that he was likely acting in self-defense."

"Cole was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Adams, who was shot just after midnight Sunday ..."

"Lt. Barry Wilkerson said this afternoon that after interviewing Cole and witnesses, police believe Cole was being robbed by Adams and another 15-year-old when an altercation broke out and Adams showed a gun."

"That prompted Cole to shoot in self defense, Wilkerson said." ...
 

IN: Hobart man arrested after he's shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A shooting last week led to an arrest Monday -- the person who was shot."

"Lawrence Halt, 43, took two shots to the chest and hand in from a handgun fired by Michael Peco, 39."

"Peco shot Halt in his own home, apparently acting in self-defense ..." ...

"Halt told Peco he wanted to work on his air conditioning unit, but Peco refused ... Eventually, Halt made threatening comments against Peco and placed him in a chokehold."

"Peco struggled loose and went inside. Halt entered Peco's home without permission. Peco retrieved his .25-caliber handgun from the bedroom moments before Halt grabbed him again, placing him in another chokehold ..."

"During the struggle, Peco shook loose and fired his gun at Halt. ..." ...
 

FL: Store owner takes law into his own hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tampa, Florida-It was like something out of the Wild West for Deborah Beal as she watched the owner of this Kwik Stop food store chasing an armed robber up her street." ...

"Police say the two robbers had forced the store owner at gunpoint to the ground and were on their way out after stealing money and ripping off the stores surveillance system, but apparently the owner didn't plan on going down without a fight."

"Andrea Davis, Tampa Police"

"'The store clerk got up, grabbed his gun, came out of the store, and yelled at them to stop. One of the males turned around pointed the gun at the store clerk and said, 'I will shoot you.' At that point, the store clerk did shoot the bad guy.'" ...
 

KY: Police: Shooting Was Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police say a man shot to death in a Laurel County Sunday night allegedly was killed by his father-in-law when he went to the home of his estranged wife with a machete."

"The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. at the home ... Police say Jesse R. Justice, Jr., 46, went to the home of his estranged wife, Edna Whitworth. An active Domestic Violence Order (DVO) was in effect at the time against Justice, which was taken out by Whitworth and her parents."

"According to police, when Justice arrived confronted Paul Whitworth, Edna Whitworth's father, and the father shot Justice three times with a shotgun in the torso." ...

"At this point, police believe the the case was a justifiable homicide ..." ...
 

MO: Blunt signs bill enacting 'castle doctrine'
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Joined by area representatives, senators and members of the National Rifle Association, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill that guarantees Missourians the right to defend themselves when under attack in their home or car."

"The 'castle doctrine' bill is a natural extension of rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, Blunt said. He signed the bill in a ceremony today at the firing range at the Miles Anderson Law Enforcement Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University."

"'Missourians can now be certain that they can protect themselves in their time of need,' Blunt said. 'The state should not subject victims to unfair criminal prosecution.'" ...
 

MO: Governor signs bill allowing residents to fatally shoot intruders without fear of lawsuits (another view)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Starting in August, Missouri residents can fatally shoot intruders without fear of prosecution or lawsuits."

"Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed the legislation Tuesday, the latest in a wave of states adopting the so-called 'stand your ground' laws."

"People can use deadly force once the intruder illegally enters their home, vehicle or other dwelling, including a tent. The bill provides an absolute defense against being charged or sued."

"'It ensures law-abiding Missourians will not be punished when they use force to defend themselves and their family from attacks in their own home or vehicle,' Blunt said in a written statement." ...
 

PA: Black legislators, NRA meet on violence
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Members of the legislative black caucus met with a NRA lobbyist for nearly an hour Monday in an effort to find a solution to the gun violence that has Philadelphia in its throes."

"The unusual session, held in the Capitol offices of House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese -- a Democrat and an NRA member -- comes as the city is losing a resident a day to violence ... the worst in nearly a decade."

"Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, who leads the 21-member black caucus, repeated his previous statement on the House floor that he intended to 'use any means necessary' to address gun violence."

"'Any means necessary' means even having the ability to sit down with the NRA, the opposition, and being able to say, 'OK, let's talk about this,' he said." ...
 

IL: Time for Legislature to step up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Chicago, we're doing our part to improve our schools, better manage city government and public transportation and protect our children from gun violence."

"To keep our progress going, state government must now do its part. It's time to ... enact balanced gun legislation ..." ...

"We're all outraged by needless gun violence. That's why we've again taken steps to protect our children and keep them involved in positive activities this summer."

"In partnership with religious and community groups, we're providing thousands of children with summer programs that are both educational and fun. ... And we continue to confiscate and destroy tens of thousands of guns every year." ...
 

PA: Law widens landowners' immunity from hunting accident lawsuits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pennsylvania property owners who allow hunting on their land are now shielded from lawsuits over accidents involving victims off the property ..."

"Landowners who allow the free use of their property for recreational activities - such as hunting, fishing, swimming and hiking - have been protected from liability for accidents for more than four decades."

"The bill Rendell signed Saturday, prompted by a bizarre hunting accident in Lehigh County in 2004, extends that protection for hunting even when the victim is in a distant location."

"'Farmers now can be more confident that their livelihood won't be at risk when they open their land to hunters,' who help control wildlife that causes crop damage, said Carl T. Shaffer ..." ...
 

MA: Federal Judge Files Complaint Against Prosecutor in Boston
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Citing 'extraordinary misconduct by the Department of Justice,' the chief judge of the Federal District Court in Boston has filed an unusual disciplinary complaint against a federal prosecutor there, according to two letters from the judge dated Friday and placed in the court file yesterday." ...

"In his letter to Mr. Gonzales, Judge Wolf expressed dismay over the department’s conflicting positions. 'It is disturbing,' Judge Wolf wrote, 'that the Department of Justice continued to advocate positions which [the Office of Professional Responsibility] had flatly rejected.'" ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Good! Maybe this, following the Nifong debacle, indicates that prosecutors are losing their untouchable status, second only to judges themselves, as American royalty.

KABA Note: It seems the BATFE fits right in at Justice.
 

SC: Lake City police officer charged with drug trafficking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A Lake City police officer is charged with drug trafficking.

Shanita McKnight, 34, is also accused of extortion, using her position as an officer to wrongfully obtain monies from other individuals. Albergail McFadden, 52, was also charged in the case.

The maximum penalty for the drug offense is imprisonment from 10 years to life, and fines of $4,000,000 to $8,000,000. The maximum penalty for the extortion offense is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 20 years.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, SLED and the Florence County Sheriff's Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah B. Barbier and Mark C. Moore, both of the Columbia office, are prosecuting the case.
 

Australia: Police 'bashed' Aboriginal camp woman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A group of women from Aboriginal town camps in Alice Springs have accused police of brutality."

"... a resident ... claims she was kicked and pepper-sprayed by police ..." ...

"Eileen Hoosan ... accused police of 'riding roughshod' over the camps and said they should be working with camp women to combat domestic violence, not frightening them." ...

"'Now we have to step back and say we have to protect our rights as well - and we want to make sure that no other town camp women is bashed or hurt by police action.'" ...

"Acting Supt Murphy says the matter is not being investigated because no complaint has been received. He says there are no discrepancies in the officers' account of the incident."
 

Thailand: Officer charged with drunken knife attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A deputy police inspector has been charged with assaulting garbage collectors while drunk. Pol Capt Wutthichai Pakkangwesang ... faces counts of assaulting, insulting and obstructing officers performing their duties, carrying a knife to attack others and being drunk causing chaos." ...

"Mr Somsak said he and three other garbage collectors were working on Soi 20 Mituna in Huay Kwang at around 6am yesterday. He alleged Pol Capt Wutthichai, who appeared to be intoxicated, got out of his car and accused them of causing traffic congestion."

"He said the officer then started a quarrel and physically attacked them before pulling out a knife to chase the garbage collectors, who ran to a 191 Police Unit to seek assistance." ...
 

IA: West Liberty Gun Club: Education
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Sixty years ago carrying a rifle on a city bus was not illegal, nor was it unusual. American Legion Halls used to have firing ranges in their basements. With the formation of the National Rifle Association in 1872, shooting for 'scientific' purposes has become something of a staple in the United States. In the 1930's and '40’s shooting sports were very popular and the popularity has continued to grow ..."

"However, as the old adage goes, times have changed. The popularity of shooting sports has grown, as has general disdain towards guns. ... gun clubs across the United States, like the West Liberty Gun Club (WLGC), have had to bend and adapt to the world's changing perception of firearms and the people who use them." ...
 

IN: Years after Columbine, violence only grows
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... It has been more than 10 years since the shooting at Columbine that sparked a national debate about our priorities."

"At the time, Columbine left us with such a bitter taste that we had to spout anti-violence venom at anyone even remotely connected with violent images -- video games, Marilyn Manson, the NRA, the media. Since then, we have become desensitized. ..."

"Each and every one of us is responsible for standing up and saying, 'I will not stand for violent behavior. I will not allow my children and my loved ones to be exposed to a world where they are at risk. I will not live in fear of someone else coming into my home and killing me and I will not allow that fear to give me reason to raise my hand in 'self-defense.' '" ...
 

NY: Hoeltschi finds rifle competitions help confidence
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"Shooting in the prone position, Kelly Hoeltschi sets up her rifle and fixes her position."

"Before any round goes downrange, Hoeltschi goes through her mental list of things to do: sight alignment, sight picture, and breathing control are among the many preparations. Her target is 600 yards downrange. That's a long way when you're shooting iron sights."

"For Hoeltschi, 21, it's just another great day of high-powered rifle competition." ...
 

UK: Pals describe club stabbing in 'war zone'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two friends of a murdered Manor Park teenager told an inquest about the chaotic nightclub scenes in which he was stabbed, likening them to a war zone."

"Warren Graham, who lived in Comet Close, was among around 300 people in the Palace Pavilion in Hackney for an event aimed at teenagers, featuring locally-known performers."

"But what should have been a fun night out with his friends became a nightmare when the 18-year-old received a fatal stab wound to the heart." ...
 

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