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Socialized Medicine and the last of the second amendment, Part VI
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"What is it about resisting Health Care Reform?"

"That's easy. It is a matter of consistency in preserving our sovereign independence from our servants and facing them down at every turn they try to take it away. It is about their following our instructions instead of following their own peccadilloes and hang-ups."

"Governance in America is by the people, with officials as servants of ours. In this, they don't get an opinion in how far left or right they can go, they go only so far as we permit them or instruct them. They do not allow us things, we allow them things. With me so far?"

"This is at the heart of the resistance to so-called Reform. ..." ...
 

No doubt about meaning of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"My son-in-law thought the liberals were making some kind of joke."

"Someone ... sent him a story ... The topic? Someone at a New Hampshire rally President Barack Obama attended to promote health care legislation was carrying a handgun."

"... There was speculation about who the guy was, why he had the gun and the potential harm he might do to the president — especially this historic president, and especially now that folks all riled up and volatile about the health care issue."

"The commentators didn't say as much, but the implication was clear: Dangerous, right-wing, gun-toting folks are out there and they're so upset about Obama's push for health care legislation that some of them might want to do him harm. ..." ...
 

Conservatism 101: What is the role of guns in modern American society?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"America has been, and always will be, a gun culture. From sportsmen, to collectors, to the average citizen guns have become a staple of what it means to be an American. When amending the Constitution for the first time, our country's Framers listed the right to own firearms as 'Second only to the Constitution in importance'- George Washington. The extended writings of our Founding Fathers illustrated the necessity of individual citizens to protect their property and life from, not only the government, but the actions of evil men. Inherent in liberty is right to take whatever actions necessary to protect one's right to life. ..." ...
 

Gun-rights groups see opportunity in hard month
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On the surface, it looks like it's been a bad month for gun-rights groups. First, the Senate narrowly defeated an attempt to allow Americans with concealed-weapons permits to carry their firearms across state lines."

"Then Second Amendment advocacy organizations pressed senators to oppose Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, only to see more than a dozen gun-rights backers support President Barack Obama's choice. Despite the setbacks, however, there's little gloom among gun-rights advocates."

"And the reason is simple: These tough battles are helping them separate politicians who are merely strong supporters of gun rights and those who are 100 percent allies." ...
 

Guns Cause Cognitive Dissonance
Submitted by: Larry

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"There has been a lot of commentary about the Obama-Gun incident. ... Certainly I don't need to add my 1.5 cents to the discussion, but there's something about this whole debate that puzzles me. In fact, I'm beyond puzzled. I'm flummoxed ..."

"During both Chris Matthews's hysterical interview and the nearly-hysterical guy interviewing Ron Paul, the discussion kept returning to this point: How could this guy show up to a rally with the President, carrying a gun, and not realize that his gun could be used for dangerous things? That’s a good question, and might even be valid except for one other fact. There are always lots, and lots, and lots of guys carrying guns at every rally where President Barack shows up. ..." ...
 

Concealed Carry 101
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"'Concealed carry' denotes wearing a hidden (concealed) handgun in public."

"There are two categories for this: legal and criminal. We are discussing only legal concealed carry here."

"To legally carry a concealed handgun, one generally must obtain a license (aka permit) from the state where they want to carry, though there are exceptions which we will discuss later."

"Getting a license"

"Concealed carry laws are passed by a state's legislature during public sessions, where constituent input as well as floor debate are a normal course of events. When the legislation passes both legislative houses, it is sent on to the governor for approval. ..." ...
 

Browning: One Man's Impact
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"On a particular fall day in 1889, the members of the Ogden Rifle Club of Ogden, Utah, were out in force. ..."

"... one of the competitors ... was having trouble concentrating on hitting the mark. As his good friend Will Wright took a shot with his rifle, the taller man noticed how a clump of desert weeds in front of the rifle was knocked back by the blast from the gun."

"It was not the first time the tall man or any of the spectators had seen such an event; the big bore rifles fashionable on the Western frontier always produced a formidable muzzle blast. But the tall man ... found himself wondering whether that burst of energy could somehow be put to use." ...
 

Caution reguired while cleaning guns to prevent accidents
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Ask any police officer to emergency room doctor and they'll tell you that the most common thing they hear after an gun accident is, 'I thought it was unloaded.'"

"All too often, this occurs while cleaning a firearm as happened yesterday in Piqua, Ohio."

"A man was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the abdomen while cleaning his gun."

"Anyone who has taken a safety course, such as the NRA Basic Pistol course, know the three rules of safe gun handling, 1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, 2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, 3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. The Piqua man violated rules #1 and #3 for sure ..." ...
 

Spike in gun sales could be driven by fear
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The manufacturing and sales of firearms has been a booming business since November 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president."

"Based on the numbers of people rushing out to buy guns and rifles, one might think Obama had his sights set on some major piece of gun control legislation."

"But that’s not the case. ..." ...

"Then there's another type of fear that seems to lead to increased gun sales. This one borders on delusional and is rooted in paranoia. It goes like this: the economy will unravel, creating a mass of angry unemployed people who will revolt against the government, creating violent unrest and lawlessness that underfunded law enforcement agencies won't be able to control. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: A beautiful example of a straw man argument. A "revolt against the government" is not necessary for "a mass of angry unemployed people" to committ crimes. In tough economic times crime rates do rise, and cash-strapped cities are cutting back on police services.
 

Toddlers Killing Toddlers, with Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The BBC recently ran a story that explains much about why the rest of the industrialized world has long been puzzled and horrified at U.S. policies toward guns. The story reported that, in the space of twenty-four hours, two young American children had been shot by their young siblings. ..." ...

"These tragedies are not isolated events, at least in America. In 2006 alone, 31 American kids under the age of 10 were killed in unintentional shootings ..." ...

Submitter's Note: In the same year, 61 kids under 10 were accidentally poisoned, 78 fell to their death, 651 drowned, and 741 were murdered by something other than a gun. Perhaps we could direct our efforts elsewhere for a better result?

"When kids accidentally shoot kids, who is to blame? ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: The parents for not teaching their child proper gun handling.
 

First Family Enjoys "No Guns In Parks" Rule Now, Before Loaded Weapons Permitted In February
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign ... released the following statement in advance of the first family's visit to America's National Parks this weekend:"

"'Thanks to successful litigation by the Brady Campaign and major national parks organizations, the Obama family will be able to enjoy their upcoming visits to America's national parks protected, not only by Secret Service, but also by the Reagan Administration policy that keeps loaded guns in the hands of civilians out of national parklands.'"

"'Unfortunately, because Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation allowing weapons in national parks beginning in February, other families will be unable to enjoy the same level of security next year ..." ...
 

NJ: Gun controls haven't gone nearly far enough
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "If the New Jersey government was thinking of the good of the citizens of New Jersey and our federal lawmakers were thinking of the good of the citizens of our entire nation, they would be working day and night to see how to get rid of the guns in our country instead of allowing more to be on our streets."

"How lucky they are that none of their children have been killed by in a drive-by shooting. You can bet your life that, heaven forbid, if one of these privileged children were shot in a drive-by shooting, or by a demented student at their school ... there would be night sessions in every state government and in our federal Congress and Senate to make sure guns were off the streets." ...
 

TN: Guns in the park: Are your children safe?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Do you find it necessary to take a handgun when you go to the park?"

"Memphis is ranked as one of the top five worst cities in America for it's crime rate. So it is understandable how someone might want some form of protection, when walking the trails in one of the state parks or watching their children play on the playground."

"Does the protection necessarily have to be a handgun? Mace, tasers, and learning self-defense are always good options and far less deadly. There is also a lesser chance of a child being injured or killed in the process of one of these options being used."

"The government has passed a state law allowing handgun-carry permit holders to be allowed to take a handgun with them, when they visit the park. ..." ...
 

MSNBC joins campaign of anti-gun bigotry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Any lingering doubts about the political leanings of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews were forever erased when the commentator launched a verbal assault on New Hampshire resident William Kostric, who had protested outside a 'town hall meeting' in Portsmouth Tuesday while openly carrying a pistol."

"My colleague, David Codrea, writes about this incident here, ... so I'm not going to load up this space with the same videos. CBS blogger Declan McCullagh writes about it here."

"This meeting was attended by President Barack Obama, it was a canned event with evidently only Obama supporters in the audience who threw him nothing but softball questions. ..." ...
 

The Gate Keeper: A Tale of Hope, Change and Unintended Consequences.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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"A Tragi-comedy by Mike Vanderboegh in two scenes, playing soon at a congressional office near you."

"Scene the First
13 December 2012
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"Chuck fumbled with the keys, dropped them, snatched them up and, finally, got the door open. The hospice nurse, alerted by the noise, was already up and standing in the middle of the front room. One look at her careworn face told the story."

"'I'm sorry Mr. Daniels,' she said anyway. 'She's gone.'"

"Chuck dropped his keys on the table as he always did, cognizant only of the thought that nothing would ever be the same again."

"Theresa was dead, then. Killed by health care rationing." ...
 

GA: Accused robber shot by Macon store employee
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A 19-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery in connection with a Saturday night robbery at a Fort Hill neighborhood store, Macon police said."

"Laadrian Javonte Wilson is being held at the Bibb County jail without bond, according to jail records."

"Three men entered the store at 406 Woolfolk St., at about 10:30 p.m. ..."

"One of the men pointed a gun at a store worker. A second store worker picked up a shotgun. He and the alleged robbers fired shots at each other, according to the report."

"The three men ran north on Woolfolk Street. Minutes later, police received a radio call about a man with a gunshot wound at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, according to the report." ...
 

AL: Bingo hall robber shot and killed by security guard in Walker County, Alabama
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Walker County man who authorities say shot up a bingo hall Saturday night during a robbery was shot and killed by a security guard ..."

"William G. Cantrell Jr., 43, was declared dead at the scene after he was shot multiple times by a security guard at It's Your Lucky Day Charity Bingo ..."

"... Cantrell entered through the front door around 11 p.m., fired his shotgun into the ceiling and yelled: 'This is a robbery. Everybody get out of here.' As he headed toward the cashiers' cages, Cantrell fired more shots at the ceiling, then fired at a cashier's cage and a safe, Tirey said. As two security guards approached, Cantrell turned his gun toward them and one of the guards shot him multiple times, the sheriff said." ...
 

MS: Robbery suspect shot in Jackson
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Police do not expect to charge a Jackson homeowner who shot and wounded a man he found breaking into his car early Sunday morning." ...

"About 5 a.m., a homeowner ... saw two men breaking into his Chrysler Sebring parked in front of the house ..."

"The homeowner got a gun and shot one of the suspected burglars ..."

"Michael Evans, 26, was shot in a thigh while still inside the Sebring ..."

"The second suspect, who has not been identified, was able to get away. ..."

"Evans was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening ..."

"Once Evans is released, Vance said, he will be charged in the burglary. He did not appear on the Jackson arrest docket Sunday night." ...
 

NY: Business Owner Fires on 4 Robbers, Killing 2, Police Say
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"A 72-year-old Harlem business owner used a shotgun to blast four men who tried to rob his restaurant-supply business Thursday afternoon, killing two and sending two others to the hospital with gunshot wounds, the New York City police said."

"The business, the Kaplan Brothers Blue Flame Corporation, at 523 West 125th Street, near Amsterdam Avenue, sells commercial gas and electric ranges, as well as parts and repairs."

"The police said that the four would-be robbers entered the business and announced that they were robbing it. One of them took out a Glock 9-mm pistol and started to pistol-whip a 33-year-old employee inside the store. The owner then took out a shotgun and opened fire, striking the four men." ...
 

IL: Man: 'Yep, I shot and killed a man in the basement'
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"A 59-year-old man admitted to police he fatally shot man who held a knife to his throat and tried to rob him Wednesday morning in Chicago's Englewood community." ...

"The man and the officer entered the basement apartment where the 59-year-old showed the officer the weapon he allegedly used, a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver ..."

"The man also told police the incident began when he was entering his basement apartment and Willis ran up behind him and held a knife to his throat."

"The arrestee said words to the effect of, 'OK, don’t hurt me, I got money here in the mattress,' according to police, who said when he went to the mattress he produced the revolver and shot Willis." ...
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Submitter's Note: A rare news account of a Chicago citizen using a firearm in self defense. An attempted robbery at knife point, reveals Chicago gun owners unique problems.
 

CA: Resident Shot, Suspect Killed in Apparent Home Invasion
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A resident shot and killed an intruder in southwest Bakersfield after the suspect shot the resident twice ..."

"... police received a report of a shooting ..."

"... they found an adult man outside the apartment suffering from two gunshot wounds to the torso."

"The man informed officers that the suspect was still inside the apartment."

"Officers entered the apartment and found Roosevelt Mitchell III, 21, dead with a gun."

"The victim told them he was home with his wife and several friends when two suspects forced their way into the apartment. The resident armed himself with a gun and both exchanged gunfire ..."

"The victim was taken to Kern Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries." ...
 

Shoot at the pirates? West weighs arming ships
Submitted by: motoboy

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"Challenging a global aversion to guns aboard ships, France has put troops on tuna boats in the Indian Ocean, and Belgium is offering military units to its merchant vessels off the Horn of Africa. Now, U.S. lawmakers are weighing similar action to fight piracy."

"Opponents fear such moves will escalate the violence and raise a minefield of legal issues." ...

"A range of maritime groups and insurers oppose arming ships because of liability issues and fears that violence could provoke an arms race with the pirates. Still, some ship-owners hire private guards; Israeli commercial boats are believed to routinely carry arms." ...
 

NY: Self Defense concern on the rise
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
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"Self defense class enrollment and sales of self defense products have both seen a spike in recent months around our area."

"At B and J Guns ... the purchases of guns have doubled and purchases of pepper spray have quadrupled this year. At the same time, just down the block at Empire Martial Arts, there has been a surge of enrollment in their self defense classes."

"'Women are definitely a spike. A lot of the adults are getting their kids involved in the program,' Empire owner Alan Condon tells us."

"Most people would assume that these trends would come as a result of a rise in crime. Statistics given to us by local police departments, however, show that crime is actually down ..." ...
 

Fun Fact: This guy wasn't doing anything illegal
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Though I'm not sure if you want to call it smart. A lot of people are talking about William Kostric, a protester who was photographed wearing a 9mm gun while he protested down the street from the president's health-care forum in New Hampshire. He was also carrying a sign saying, "It is time to water the tree of liberty." (He doesn't specifically say with blood, though you've got to wonder.)

Some people got upset, but the local police say there's no law against carrying a gun out in the open in New Hampshire. His gun was licensed. And the property owner -- a church -- was OK with him being there.
 

An Invisible Footnote on the Second Amendment?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A man who had the gall to exercise his Constitutional right to bear arms has come under fire, so to speak. The man, William Kostric, chose to open carry his handgun in a leg holster while holding up a sign prior to an Obama Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire the other day. What the hell was this guy thinking? …" ...

"The last time I read the 2nd Amendment it didn't end with 'shall not be infringed unless somewhat near where the President of the United States will be in 90 minutes.'"

"No, William Kostric is not crazy gunman. He just believes that if we don’t exercise our rights from time to time we will lose them. I do too. America needs more people like him." ...
 

Interview: The N.H. Man With A Gun Outside Obama's Town Hall
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When William Kostric showed up outside President Obama's town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H. on Tuesday, he didn't expect to be the object of a storm of media scrutiny. The handgun that was -- legally -- strapped to his leg in full view of the television cameras may have had something to do with it."

"Kostric's name has popped up in over 72,000 Web pages posted in the last few days, according to a date-limited Google search. A New York Times columnist used him as an example in a piece ... After featuring Kostric at least twice on Tuesday, MSNBC returned to him the next day when asking Rep. Ron Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate, what he thought of being armed in public." ...
 

WI: The open carry fight moves on to Madison
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"There is a saying that the first pioneers take all the arrows. To that, I would like to add that long term oppression, numbs the heart and mind, except for a few."

"In case you thought nothing much has been happening since JB Van Hollen issued his open carry memo last April, maybe you need to get off the couch."

"A group of citizens lead by three of my AACFI certified firearms instructors who were armed with the law and the facts, successfully stopped new local gun ordinances being proposed in Greenfield and South Milwaukee this spring. Many other communities were watching these cities to see just how far they were willing to go." ...
 

WI: Packing buns and guns: Hundreds expected for pistol picnic
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"A community picnic - could anything be more American?"

"'They're very proud citizens around here,' says Annette Olson of her neighbors in Glenwood City, Wisconsin as she hangs picnic posters around town."

"But this isn't the church or 4-H gathering some might expect in a small rural Western Wisconsin community. This is a picnic of a different caliber."

"'The poster talks about our 'open carry' picnic which is on Sunday August 23rd,' Annette explains."

"'Open carry,' as in firearms. Annette is planning for 500 people at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds, proudly displaying their guns on their hips."

"The Glenwood City picnic will be modeled after others held earlier this year ..." ...
 

WI: Trendy small town gun picnics are all the rage!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Man, 'open carry gun picnics' seem to be all the rage these days. Never heard of them? Basically, people looking to educate the public on Second Amendment rights organize a good ol' fashioned cookout where everyone is encouraged to attend, and hey, if you own a gun, bring 'er along! ... I'm assuming the more important goal of these events is to combat negative perceptions of gun owners. At any rate, it's just kind of a whacky concept, and much to organizers' delight, grabs a lot of attention."

"Personally, I do not have a negative perception of most gun owners ... yet I can't help but giggle at the mental image of a small town picnic where everyone's wearing hip holsters as they stand in line for a brat and some potato salad ..." ...
 

WI: 'Open carry' event planned for Hudson
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"The organizer of an 'Open Carry Picnic' to be held Aug. 23 at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City says he is planning another event in Hudson in a few months, according to a report in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram."

"'This is important to me because it has to do with our liberties,' Dave 'Ole' Olson of Glenwood City is quoted as saying in the Eau Claire newspaper. 'Our passion is liberty and freedom. In my thinking, the country is going in the wrong direction and people need to know that they have the right to carry a gun.'"

"Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an advisory on April 20 saying that it is legal to openly carry a gun in public." ...
 

WI: Open-carry picnic set at Glenwood City
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Glenwood City Police Chief Robert Darwin said he's not overly concerned about hundreds of people coming to the St. Croix County Fairgrounds on Aug. 23 armed with loaded sidearms."

"'I don't have a problem with what they want to do,' he said. 'They have the lawful right to do that.'"

"'My concern is how the general public will respond,' Darwin said Wednesday. 'I hope they will respect it, since it is lawful. The people coming to this are not the kind of people we need to worry about.'"

"Dave 'Ole' Olson said he and his wife, Annette, organized the 'Open Carry Picnic' from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the fairground primarily to inform people of their Second Amendment right to openly carry sidearms." ...
 

Ron Paul Praises Obama for the Handling of the Gun Toting Town Hall Protester
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"Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was on MSNBC's The Ed Show tonight reacting to the fact that one of his supporters, William Kostric, brought a loaded gun to the venue where President Obama held his healthcare town hall yesterday. Paul praised Obama and the Secret Service for their understanding of the state law and letting Kostric peacefully protest."

"When asked for his reaction ... Rep. Paul said, 'I think it proves a couple of points. One thing I think it shows a remarkable restraint by the president and his Secret Service because they didn't overreact. They recognize what the state law was, and that this man didn't break any laws in that he was just practicing a right that he has ... and Obama deserves credit for this.'" ...
 

Ron Paul on Open Carry at the NH Obama Meeting (video)
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AP: U.S. border authorities aid Mexican criminals
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"We've seen Attorney General Eric Holder exploit Mexican violent crime to propose further infringements on our right to keep and bear arms. We've seen his boss echo support for that goal."

"We've seen falsehoods first put forth--and then redirected--that have been used to manipulate the public--with a complicit "mainstream media" helping every step of the way."

"It's no secret that Mexico is an astonishingly corrupt place, with many of the players coming from the ranks of its government. In a new report, the Associated Press tells us the problem is not confined to their side of the border:"
"...U.S. law officers who work the border are being charged with criminal corruption in numbers not seen before ..." ...
 

FL: Deputy charged in incident
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Dylan Johnson and his younger brother left home Aug. 3 for an afternoon of fishing at the beach."

"They ended up trying to elude a man who threatened them with a pistol as they drove ..."

"The man accused of pulling the .380 gun is Deputy Joseph Dejoie, a 15-year veteran of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. He was off duty at the time of the incident and driving an Infiniti G35."

"Dejoie turned himself in at Escambia County Jail on Tuesday after a judge signed a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and released on a $500 bond." ...
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Submitter's Note: Didn't the Brady Campaign warn us about 'road rage shootouts'? They were right!
 

MA: Lynn adds to items banned as weapons
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"As students in Lynn prepare for the start of another school year, the city is taking extra steps to ensure their safety."

"The City Council authorized police this week to arrest students who bring to school objects that could be used as weapons, officials said."

"The ordinance ... expands the definition of a weapon to include items that are otherwise legal but could be used to inflict physical harm ..."

"Students could be arrested if they bring objects such as air guns, pellet guns, BB guns, fireworks, and even bats and clubs to school without a 'legitimate purpose,' ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: How about a pencil? Not today, unless one of your classes requires you to take notes, and then only one of them. The second one could be used as a weapon and has no 'legitimate purpose' since you have the first one. Spare shoelaces? Nope. Ever heard of a garrotte?
 

IL: Cash for clunkers: Chicago Police want your guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Chicago Police Department wants your guns. All your guns. 'Assault Weapons', rifles, pistols, shotguns, air guns, replicas of guns . . . . whatever you've got, they want them all. They'll be set up at 27 Chicago churches on Saturday to collect your guns--'no questions asked'--and they'll have pre-paid debit cards from Mastercard to pass out in exchange. 'The intent of the program,' Glen Brooks of CPD says, 'is to get guns off the street.'"

"That sounds sensible enough; nobody wants guns lying around in the street anymore than we would want buckets of antifreeze or sticks of dynamite in the gutter. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: CPD has no better place to allocate its resources?
 

NY: PEST-wielding Tax-Feeder Assaults Mom in Front of Her Kids
Submitted by: Larry

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"Last January 31, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Andrews, fishing for revenue, stopped a woman named Audra Harmon near Salina, New York. Andrews claimed to have seen Harmon talking on her cell phone while driving; Mrs. Harmon ... responded that she hadn’t been doing so and could prove it."

"... Andrews then accused Harmon of speeding ... under the impression that she was going to review the dashcam video, [she] began to exit the car."

"Andrews ordered Harmon back into the van; she hesitates briefly, apparently arguing, and then got into the vehicle. Andrews then ordered her out, saying that she was under arrest. When Harmon hesitated, Andrews seized her by the arm and violently yanked her out ..." ...
 

CT: Questions remain about Wallingford ATF raid
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Three months after officers with the [ATF] raided a mobile home on Hosford Bridge Road and seized 14 guns, the home's owner still has many questions."

"Gilman Boynton, 76, said that despite his repeated efforts to get an explanation, he has not been informed of the reason why ATF officials conducted the raid. He said the seizure has left him feeling like his second amendment rights have been violated."

"'I've got three questions I want answered,' Boynton said. 'Why were we targeted? What were they looking for? And who were they after?'"

"Federal officials said this week they were acting on 'credible intelligence' and that their investigation revealed the agents acted appropriately when they seized the weapons." ...
 

TX: Texas Officer Accidentally Shoots Himself
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Pasadena police officer was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself in the stomach on Sunday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Investigators said the shooting happened at the 46-year-old officer's apartment on Space Center Boulevard near NASA Parkway at about 1 a.m.

A child at the home helped the officer call 911, police said.

The officer had surgery on his abdomen and intestines. He is in serious condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The officer has been with the Pasadena Police Department for 20 years.
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

OK: Gun range draws no fire from residents
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"Well, son of a gun."

"Edmond City Council approved a gun/archery range to open for business ..."

"I was at the meeting and no one was there to argue against the range. No one."

"So by the deafening silence does that mean consent from the public?"

"I don't have a feeling for what Edmond residents think about the Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"I don't know if that last sentence even stirs our fine folks to debate what the framers of the Constitution intended."

"What will a gun range mean to Edmond? Will we suddenly have a flood of pistol-packing mommas and lines out the door for concealed carry licenses?"

"I don't have any idea, which is why I'm asking for your thoughts." ...
 

OH: Uncertainty over CHL fee change keeps authorities jumping
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"Almost immediately after we broke the news that changes effecting Ohio firearm laws were included in the House Bill 1, the two year budget adopted by the Ohio General Assembly, we began receiving questions on when the changes were going to be implemented."

"The question has proved rather difficult to answer, even a month after the bill was passed and signed into law. In fact, we have received reports that some sheriffs have already begun charging the higher fee, based on a letter from the Attorney General's office that was later revised."

"The reason for the confusion rests mainly in the nature of a budget bill. ..." ...
 

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