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Congressional Fast and Furious report released in advance to chosen few
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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... "Providing an overview of Fast and Furious from inception through to the program’s termination, the report points a 'culpability' finger at five [ATF] officials, beginning with the role played by Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division William Newell, and including findings pertaining to the actions of Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations William McMahon, Assistant Director for Field Operations Mark Chait, Deputy Director William Hoover and Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson."

"Three appendices present 'Exhibits,' 'Correspondence,' and a rebuttal to a Fortune article critical of the investigation and whistleblowers, and supportive of the principals behind the operation." ...
 

Sticking to their guns: Marines place $22.5M order for the Colt .45 M1911
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"It’s been called the greatest handgun ever made, and it has barely changed sine 1911, when the legendary John Browning designed it especially for the U.S. Military."

"And now, the Colt .45 M1911 is making a big comeback, now that the U.S. Marines have placed a $22.5 million order for the Connecticut-made pistols."

"The gun, which has been wielded on film by John Wayne and in real life by Sgt. Alvin York and Maj. Audie Murphy, was the standard-issue sidearm in the military for decades, until it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 1985." ...
 

Gun control is a futile exercise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"Whether it is college campuses, Amish communities, or other gun-free zones, bloodthirsty maniacal men will find a way to quench their cravings. Therefore, gun control laws do not work -- because they are based on the erroneous assumption that criminals will obey the law. They don't and won't; hence leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless in the face of danger, as so happened that tragic July evening at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater where guns were not permitted, and a man who called himself 'The Joker' went on a shooting rampage." ...
 

Question of the Day: How Do You Carry Around Your Kids?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"Patrick writes:"
"Yesterday my wife and I were talking about our political beliefs. Gun control came up and I already knew that we are both on opposite ends of the debate. She’s for more of it and I want no new laws. One topic we discussed at length is me carrying concealed. Before getting married I had planned on carrying basically everywhere I lawfully could . . ."

"She is hesitant, though ..." ...
 

New From Charter Arms: PITBULL 9mm Rimless Revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"TTAG’s had its issues with Charter Arms. Or vice versa. Charter really, really didn’t like it when we pointed out that their .44 Bulldog was made famous by the Son of Sam spree killer. (The PR phone call from hell.) We also gave their Target Mag Pug one star. And so on. Now the all-American revolver maker’s gone and introduced a 9mm version of the Pitbull ... 'The 9mm Rimless Revolver PITBULL uses the same unique rimless cartridge extractor assembly system as the Charter Arms .40 cal Rimless Revolver. A dual coil spring assembly located in the extractor allows insertion and retention of a 9mm cartridge in each chamber of the revolver’s cylinder. After firing, the shooter can easily eject the spent cartridges ..." ...
 

A Printable Gun for the World (video story)
Submitted by: C. Rutledge Wilson
Website: http://PrintableGun.com

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Submitter's Note: A group calling themselves Defense Distributed has proposed a global liberalization of Second Amendment protections by digitizing a gun design in CAD for 3D printing and sharing it with the world for free. They are saying this is the end of gun control and are raising money for their project at PrintableGun.com.

KABA Note: An essay on this can be found here.
 

Fear of Attack at Movies Is Terrorism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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... "Still convinced that people were after him, he told me there that he had a 'right to carry a sidearm into any public place except a school.' Many things about his delusions and violent statements were downright scary, but even more terrifying was this: Here was someone who thought he had a constitutional right to come to a hospital armed."

"I work as a psychiatric nurse on a unit where we routinely treat patients who have guns at home, including assault weapons. Many of those patients have been previously committed, which means they have a documented record of mental illness. Yet it is not uncommon to hear these patients brag about the ease with which they can purchase guns ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: If these people are so dangerous, what the frack are you doing letting them out?!?
 

Gun control advocates target high-capacity magazines
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"The Colorado theater shootings thrust assault weapons, such as the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle used in the rampage, into the national spotlight."

"Equally important in the gun control debate — and often overlooked — are the high-capacity magazines used to fuel the firepower in mass shootings, gun control advocates say. Aurora police recovered a 100-round magazine drum at the scene of the shooting July 20. ..." ...
 

Average Americans don't need assault weapons
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"To all of you gun lovers, feel free to go buy your Glock, shotgun, hunting rifle, .22 pistol, .357 Magnum or any of the other guns at your disposal."

"But you do not need an AK-47."

"For some, it's too soon to discuss gun reform, a little more than one week after the mass killings in Aurora, Colorado. I disagree. Too many Americans are being killed by guns every day; this most recent heinous tragedy should not keep us from having a rational debate."

"Let me be crystal clear: I do not own a gun, have no desire to get one and don't begrudge anyone for having one. Keeping a gun for safety? No problem. You're a hunter? Knock yourself out. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Because you can always depend on the government to protect your family and property, right? Unless you were in L.A. in 1992 or in LA in 2005.
 

NJ: Newark police ramp up gun seizures, see violence go down
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A month after he became Newark’s police director, Samuel DeMaio found himself in the middle of a war zone."

"A feud between two of the city’s largest gangs — the Brick City Brims and Sex, Money Murder factions of the Bloods — had turned ugly and then uglier, driving a brutal 30-day span that left 13 dead last July."

"With the bloodshed threatening to spill into August, DeMaio called for a meeting between federal and local law enforcement leaders to fashion an all-out blitz against the surging violence." ...
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KABA Note: Guns don't cause violence, people cause violence. So when you put the people in jail violence goes down.
 

BATF Parody Song Mocks Fast & Furious (podcast)
Submitted by: Tom Gresham
Website: http://www.guntalk.com

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Submitter's Note: With tongue firmly in cheek, this parody is a sendup of the BATFE and DOJ activities surrounding Fast & Furious. Click on the file name, to listen. Right click (control-click for Macs) on the file name to download the song.
 

DC: GOP investigators fault five ATF officials in gun-tracking
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials — including the special agent in charge of the Phoenix field office and the bureau's top man in Washington — were responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was 'marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy.'"

"In a final report likely to be released this week, investigators cite new evidence that agents from the [ATF] in Phoenix initially sought to hide from the Mexican government that two firearms recovered after the killing of a Mexican official's brother were linked to Fast and Furious." ...
 

The threadbare gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"Every time we have one of these increasingly frequent ritualized killing sprees here in the United States, we have essentially the same national conversation. And then nothing happens. ... mass murder may as well be a constitutional right."

"Arguments about guns have been worn so threadbare that people may as well be having them in their sleep. Observing friends bickering on Facebook, I wondered what was the point? To start with, guns will never be banned entirely. Saying they should be only empowers crackpots."

"The Second Amendment ... was written to protect a citizen's right to own a single-shot, muzzle-loading musket with an effective range of fewer than 50 yards." ...
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Submitter's Note: I guess the author never heard of the "Kentucky rifle" or the "Pepperbox" pistol or the Nock gun or the . . . but you get the point.
 

Ban high-capacity ammunition clips[sic]
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"IN RECENT DAYS I’ve repeatedly asked myself: When will we wake up? How many of our sons and daughters must die — how many lives must be taken — before we act to slow the bloodshed in America?" ...

"When the gunman arrived at the movie theater in Aurora, he showed up with an assault rifle with a 100-round magazine, a shotgun and two handguns. And although police responded in 90 seconds, his arsenal gave him more than enough time to kill 12 people and injure 58 more." ...
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Submitter's comment: What The Lout is covering up is that it was probably the 100-round magazine which caused the rifle to jam, thereby saving lives.
 

Obama ‘evaluates’ multiple gun control bills advanced by Senate Democrats
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"In the wake of the tragic ‘Dark Knight’ attack in Aurora Colorado, the media and gun control advocates seem determined to push the Democratic Party into renewing its push for more gun control. And there is no shortage of Democratic candidates willing to oblige regardless of the damage it might do to their party this fall."

"... Following on the heels of an amendment to the Cybersecurity bill to ban the sale, transfer or possession of normal capacity magazines, Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg is introducing a separate bill that would completely ban the online sale of ammo; the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act."

"But his bill would do far more than that ..." ...
 

Editor's Notebook: Cluster (bottom of page)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"As we all know, cluster's only half a word. In this period, a scant four pension checks (15 unemployment checks) from a national election, we've just suffered an outrageous crime against unarmed people by a semi-functional idiot who's Mommy likely didn't hold him enough when he was a baby. As a result, the ghoulish Congressional trash dance in the blood of the casualties offering ammo and magazine bans." ...
 

DC: Obama will 'evaluate' bill to ban online munition sales
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that President Obama will 'evaluate' a new bill that would ban online ammunition sales in the wake of the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. That left 12 dead and dozens more injured."

"During the daily press briefing, Mr. Earnest was asked whether Mr. Obama supports the measure, which aims to end sales of unlimited amounts of ammunition on the Internet and other mail orders. The bill also would force ammunition dealers to report large sales of bullets and other munitions to law enforcement authorities" ...
 

IL: Quinn calls for assault weapons ban (video story)
Submitted by: D. Smith

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"Governor Quinn made a call to action on Tuesday on military-style assault weapons."

"The governor wants a state-wide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines."

"It is an amendatory veto of a republican-sponsored measure with a much different intent, designed to allow easier access to ammo."

"Instead, the governor specifically targets rapid-firing, military-style guns like the AK-47, TEC-9 and AR-15." ...
 

NY: Assemblyman's Fundraiser Has Skelos And Some Controversy - UPDATED
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is taking heat from anti-gun activists for participating in a weapons-themed fundraiser for a conservative state assemblyman from Westchester."

"Skelos (R-Nassau County) is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for local Assemblyman Steve Katz at the Paladin Center, a Putnam County weapons training facility that bills itself as a 'New York based professional and continuing education venue specializing in public safety and tactical defense training.'" ...

"'I think it is quite frankly a disgrace that he would attend a fundraiser like that with the people in Colorado still burying their dead,' said Jackie Hilly, executive director of the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence." ...
 

Supreme Court Justice Suggests that “Hand-Held Rocket Launchers” Are Allowable Under the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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... "SCALIA: We'll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and 'bear,' so it doesn't apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided."
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Submitter's Note: There is no "allow" here. The Second Amendment prohibits the government from barring such weapons.
 

Texas Trucking Company Wants Compensation for DEA “Botched Sting”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"'The DEA is running neck-and-neck with the ATF for the title of most dangerous federal law-enforcement agency; in my view, both should be dissolved and their responsibilities handed over to some more responsible party, such as a group of drunken rodeo clowns or ADD-addled teen-agers.' That’s National Review blogger Kevin D. Williamson’s reaction to one of the DEA’s latest War on Drugs capers that, oh-by-the-way got a cooperating truck driver killed while they used a trucking company’s equipment without its permission…resulting in six figures in damages. The media’s calling it a botched sting (gosh, where have we heard that before?). The DEA calls it just another Monday . . ." ...

 

The Drones Are Coming
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"For years, the United States has used drones to track foreign terrorists overseas and catch outlaws along the border. But now, thousands of drones are heading to the homeland. Drones are already used for certain purposes here in the United States, but the FAA will soon dramatically expand the use of drones to operate nationwide by the year 2015. It is estimated, by 2020, 30,000 of them will be flying in American skies. Who and what will all of these new eyes in the sky be looking at? No one really knows. But whether we like it or not, the drones are coming."

"Who will operate these drones, and what will be their mission? Could it be a suspicious government agent who thinks someone looks kind of funny? ..." ...
 

Police Scan Us - Soon We'll Scan Them
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Very soon you will be able to go to the airport and not cower at having a Homeland Security cop rummage around your private parts or command you to be filmed for any trace association with terrorism."

"Instead, according to website Gizmodo, 'within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away." ...

"Meanwhile, I am encouraged by another recent story that shows we have knowledgeable inventors creating technologies that protect our Constitution against the lawless CIA’s government colleagues. ..." ...
 

DHS gears up for civil unrest prior to presidential elections
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"The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equipment to prepare for potential significant domestic riots at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration."

"The DHS submitted a rushed solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities site on Wednesday, which is a portal for Federal government procurement requisitions over $25,000. The request gave the potential suppliers only one day to submit their proposals and a 15-day delivery requirement to Alexandria, Virginia." ...
 

CA: LAPD officers investigated for 'military-style' boot camp (video available)
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"Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating two officers who allegedly operated a military-style boot camp for kids that employed harsh physical methods.

The Juvenile Intervention Program, which bills itself on its website as a 12-week program that will “improve the lives of "at risk" youth and their families by implementing structure, self-discipline and respect,” has been operating its weekend classes in Hollywood since at least February, according to the program’s website." ...

"Several of the instructors are shown wearing holstered guns and uniforms from the city’s General Services police--an agency that soon will become part of the LAPD, but traditionally has been separate." ...
 

CA: OMG!OMG! They’re Selling Guns! At a Gun Show! OMG!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"Continuing the theme of the Left Coast struggle for gun rights, it seems our friends at KTVU decided to head on over to the Crossroads Gun show at the Cow Palace in Daly City recently. Apparently they came to the conclusion there was a lot of mischief going on in the great cow hall. They found a guy with a backpack trying to sell a gun to anyone who would listen. Given that all gun sales in California are supposed to be handled through an FFL – even private party transactions – yes, he would be breaking the law if he’d unloaded his gun. But just in the nick of time . . ."

"a polite FFL dealer explained the error of his ways to the young man possibly saving him a trip to the hoosegow. ..." ...
 

FL: Weighing in on Second Amendment, gun control debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"I would like to add my 2 cents on this issue please."

"I have not seen anyone mention the real reason that the Second Amendment was added to the Constitution. The thought that anyone would have questioned the right for citizens to carry a weapon in the time of the writing of the amendment would have been preposterous to say the least. Most men and not a few ladies carried weapons for personal protection, and a weapon for hunting in the home was a necessity, not a sport in those days."

"The reasoning for this amendment was simply that an armed populace could not be cowed by an arrogant governor or legislature of any stripe, be they state or federal. ..." ...
 

CA: The bottom line on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"Every screwball shoot-em-up -- the latest in Colorado -- triggers (pun intended) calls for tightening laws on gun ownership. Every letter or public statement carries the old lie that guns should be only for hunting, they should be long rifles that are hard to conceal, that clips cannot hold more than X number of bullets, etc. Every such screed ignores the original intent of the Second Amendment." ...
 

NY: New York’s Used Police Shells, Reloaded for Sale
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s attacks on the gun industry are legion, and familiar far beyond the boundaries of the city he runs. They were heard again just hours after the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo., in his calls for tightened gun control."

"So it may come as a surprise to some that in June, New York City sold more than 28,000 pounds of the Police Department’s spent shell casings not to a scrap metal company, as it has in the past, but to a Georgia ammunition store. The store, Georgia Arms, routinely buys once-fired shell casings, reloads them with bullets and sells them to the public." ...
 

UK: UK police arrest man over Twitter insult
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com

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"Police say a man has been arrested in connection to Twitter postings directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley."

"Daley's father died of brain cancer a year ago and the 18-year-old Olympian had hoped win a medal 'for myself and my dad.' But he finished fourth on Monday in the 10-meter synchronized platform with teammate Pete Waterfield."

"Afterward, a Twitter user sent him several negative messages, including: 'You let your dad down i hope you know that.'" ...
 

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